Saturday, 20 May 2017

There is a fledgling care industry aimed at the senior citizens in India. 
A few years back, old age homes were for the destitute or for those who had no one to look after them. 
Now we have homes for the elderly that nicely combine geriatric care with appropriate independence. 
One can buy a small flat or house in a colony full of senior citizens. These communities provide care and help and companionship for the elderly. 
Now I see some advances in palliative care too. There are also some home care organisations. All that makes me hopeful that in my old age, I will be able to manage without having to trouble my children too much.
But this comes at a fairly high price. So what about people who cannot afford it? 

Friday, 19 May 2017

https://midwaypersonal.blogspot.in/2016/10/trumps-3-am-tweets-rival-hyper-14-year.html?m=1

I was indulging in some hyperbole, or so I thought, but it seems to have come true. Trump has actually done this, not in a tweet, but to the Russian ambassador.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Keezhadi

Keezhadi near Madurai is a site of a dig. For the first time, an archeological dig in this region is attempting to gather evidence of urban settlements in ancient Tamil nadu.

There are many stories of the Tamil Sangam in ancient times which implied the presence of  great urban settlements where literary seminars were held. It is said that much of the evidence was drowned in the sea after a great flood (maybe a tsunami) which obliterated the cities. Kumari kandam is believed to have existed many thousands of years ago. But the great ancient urban Tamilnadu theory had no archeological evidence. One reason could be that either some cities were drowned and some others like Madurai continue to be urban settlements where digs cannot be carried out.

An ASI officer from the Bangalore office has discovered many sites along the Vaigai which show evidence of ancient cities in this region. The team has done remarkable work in Keezhadi, the site chosen for the first dig. But as evidence of the urban settlements emerged, the ASI officer has been posted to Assam.