Tuesday, March 14, 2006
wish u a safe Holi
Guidelines for safe Holi
To spread awareness about the harmful effects of colours used during Holi, the Society for Prevention of Blindness (India) has issued a set of guidelines for a safe festival.
According to a release issued by the Society, the colours available in the market contain chemicals like lead chromate, which can cause eye irritation, and cobalt nitrate that can result in skin allergies.
The bright pink "gulal'' contains lead chromate which can cause eye irritation.
Blue has cobalt nitrate that can cause skin allergies
and yellow, which is metanil yellow, causes photosensitivity.
Green is metachile green or nickel sulphate which causes dermatitis
and purple is chromium iodine which is supposed to be carcinogenic, the press release said.
Besides, containing harmful chemicals, the colours are often also mixed with sand, mica, glass, talc and starch. These irritants like sand can cause irritation and if rubbed vigorously can cause removal of sensitive layers of cornea.
Glass powder can even cause laceration and conjunctivitis, the released stated.
Issuing guidelines for the public for a safe festival, the Society has asked people to stick to natural colours.
THE INTERVIEW WITH GOD
I dreamed I had an interview with God.
“So you would like to interview me?” God asked.
“If you have the time” I said. God smiled. “My time is eternity.”
“What questions do you have in mind for me?”
“What surprises you most about humankind?”God answered...“That they get bored with childhood,they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.”
“That they lose their health to make money...and then lose their money to restore their health.”
“That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future.”
"That they live as if they will never die, and die as though they had never lived.”God’s hand took mineand we were silent for a while.And then I asked...“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”
“To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved.”
“To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.”“To learn to forgiveby practicing forgiveness.”
“To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them.”
“To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most,but is one who needs the least.”
“To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply have not yet learned how to express or show their feelings.”
“To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently.”
“To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”
"Thank you for your time," I said humbly. "Is there anything else you would like your children to know?"
God smiled and said, “Just know that I am here... always.” -author unknown
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