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Sickness in the guise of a Lady! (Post No.6772)

Written by  London Swaminathan

 Date: 13 AUGUST 2019  

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Post No. 6772

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Demetrius would at times tarry from business to attend to pleasure. On such occasions he usually feigned indisposition. His father, coming to visit him, saw a beautiful young lady retire from his chamber. On his entering, Demetrius said,

“Sir, the fever has left me”.

“I met it at the door”, replied the father.

((Demetrius of Alopece[1] (Greek: Δημήτριος), was a Greek sculptor of the early part of the 4th century BC, who is said by ancient critics to have been notable for the lifelike realism of his statues. His portrait of Pellichus, a Corinthian general, “with fat paunch and bald head, wearing a cloak which leaves him half exposed, with some of the hairs of his head flowing in the wind, and prominent veins”, was admired by Lucian. He was contrasted with Cresilas, an idealizing sculptor of the generation before. Since however the peculiarities mentioned by Lucian do not appear in Greek portraits before the 3rd century BC and since the Greek art of the 4th century consistently idealizes, there would seem to be a difficulty to explain.))[2]


Autopsy will answer!

The old-timer had been sick in bed for weeks. The local doctors had been unable to help or to diagnose. The old codger insisted that he didn’t need anybody’s help, but specialists were called in over his protests. When they had gone, his friends and relatives asked the old man what they had said.

“Told you I was alright”, he said triumphantly. “Them gentlemen used a lot of big words I couldn’t understand but they finally said,

Well, no use worrying about it or arguing over it. The autopsy will soon give us the answer”.


Abraham Lincoln’s Sickness

Abraham Lincoln was once confined to the White House with a bad cold, a congressman, who had called to express his sympathy , was interrupted in the middle of his solemn words by the President, who said laughingly,

Well – I expect colds. And looking down at his large feet he continued,

“There is so much of me on the ground, you know”.



Painter Nevinson

Written by  London Swaminathan

 Date: 12 AUGUST 2019  
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C R W Nevinson, English painter, tells one of the finest of all sick bed stories:

Then came pleurisy, culminating in pneumonia that nearly ended my life. The telephone was at by bed side, and in order that I should not be disturbed we were supposed to be cut off from all incoming calls. One night, however, when the night nurse had gone out of the room the bell rang. Instinctively I reached out my hand.

“Yes”, I quavered.

“Daily Blank speaking”, announced a very cockney voice. “Is he gone yet?”

It hurt me to laugh and I maintained my gravity by thinking they should not have left it to the office boy.

“No, I said, He is still with us”.

I then said that the patient had expressed a desire that certain matters to be remembered in his obituary notice, and I dictated a paragraph which the voice assured me it had taken down. I wished him good bye.

“Good bye ,said the voice. An’ if h’ goes within the next hour give’s a scoop will yer?”

I promised to do my best  in difficult circumstances and rang off.


I like Death

The steward attempted to encourage the suffering passenger.

“Don’t be downhearted, nobody’s ever died of seasickness”.

“Oh, moaned the sufferer , how can you be so cruel? Only the hope of death has kept me alive so far.”


Mark twain reply!

Could there be anything worse, an ailing friend once wrote complyingly to mark twain, than having a tooth ache and an earache at the same time?

Mark twain wrote back:

“Rheumatism and St.Vitus Dance”.


What is your last wish?

Looking down at the sick man, the doctor decided to tell him the truth.

“I feel that I should tell you. You are a very sick man. I am sure you would want to know the facts. Now—is there anyone you would like to see?”

Bending down towards his patient, the doctor heard him feebly answer, “Yes”.

“Who is it?”

In a slightly stronger tone the sufferer said,

“another Doctor.”

Xxx subham xxx

Written by S NAGARAJAN


Date: 2 February 2017


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by Santhanam Nagarajan


Sanskrit is one of the richest languages in the world. There are thousands and thousands of manuscripts which are not at all touched by anybody. These are being preserved in various countries.

One area in which everybody is interested in Sanskrit Literature is called Subhasitas. What is Subhasita?

There are thousands of moral maxims, ethical teachings and wise sayings in the Sanskrit literature. These are generally called as subhasita verses.

The great scholars of India used to quote very many subhasita verses in their discourses. Because these are well spoken words filled with Dharma, the ethics.  We may find riddles also in these short verses.

A very rough estimate indicates that there are about 20000 verses in this category.

Given below are a few wonderful, inspirational verses to make us understand its significance.



Sickness arises in six ways; through too much water-drinking, and through eating irregularly (as a quantity and time), through sleeping by day and through staying awake by night, and through retention of urine and excrement.


The following five are considered as fathers: giver of food, the protector from fear, the giver of the young girl (in marriage), the natural father, and the preceptor.


The giving of food is a great gift, but the giving of education is a greater one; the satisfaction that comes out of taking food is momentary, whereas the good result of education is life-long.


Proficiency in other sciences is only a pastime, for at the time of need they mean nothing. But medicine (the art of curing), astrology and Mantravada (Science of Spells) infuse confidence are useful at every step.


Those who are acquainted with the nature of the Eternal and the Transient, do not lament for either of them; when some among these beings even are seen to mourn, it is to be understood, that nature rules supreme in them.


Some of the verses will give double meanings. For example let us go through this one:

Dear girl, you are affected by high fever (or, you suffer from the fever of love). I consider fasting good for you (or, the kindling of sacred fire for our marriage will be for your happiness).  The other meaning of this verse will be: O, best of physicians, prescribe mercurial preparation, for I am not able to undergo the fast as prescribed by you (or give me love, for I am not able to disregard what you have said.


Those who know Sanskrit could enjoy the verses for its beauty, words and meaning.

Several attempts have been made in the last two hundred years to compile as many subhasitas as possible.

We may assign some time daily to read and grasp the meaning of these beautiful verses which will enrich our knowledge to lead a better life.


This article first appeared in on 23-1-2017. You may read it in the following link.,-Inspirational-Sanskrit-Subhasita-Verses&id=9626334