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What is truth, and how it helps us trace past facts.   But what is the benefit of past facts ?   What every one does, is based on what he has understood as a "fact" in the past.  If it was true, perhaps his efforts would have borne fruit but if it was misunerstood or misinterpreted, then the consequences can end in arguments and recrimination, and litigation.

Now a days people are feeling aggrieved by what happened 1200 years ago,  500 years ago and feel like giving a fitting reply to those of their descendants.   Both parties who argue now  in  2017 never knew them, nor had anything to do with them, except being their decendants.   Do you think this has any merit or purpose other than give a vent to that imaginary grievance ?   It is better to build all afresh, with compassion and forebearance.

Perhaps they have discovered another psychological fact, and that is how we can whip frenzy in those who never had a chance to think for themselves.   Indeed this clue was found  years ago to whip up frenzy in Europe and have tit for tat.  There too people who came after  perfected, and after the technological innovation they used the media, print,electronic and social media to do the job.    Just as these, there are those who do the opposite and spread awareness, and goodness, and sunshine in the lives of others.   I think this is much better than creating havoc as always peace is preferred by every human being, not because he belongs to a particular belief, but because it is rooted  in our own natures.

People are reluctant to share the truth of their lives with others and just because of that those who are against them spread fake news, and no one can defend them as they have always hidden from the truth, and kept aloof.   I have decided to tell at least those within the family to truth about our own selves so that those who come after us, should not ask what happened to them and why ?   It is because what happened in the past can repeat again, as genes flow without our asking them for permissions and legal battles.

If we did not know about Jesus what would have happened ?  Yet there are those who say point blank, "it is a figment of the imagination of sick people".    "The Church is a 'man-made- religion'  -  but it comes from those who have a grievance  against  it.    Let us not be  among those, who are blind and lead the blind !


When the sun has set

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When the sun has set, and the night is on
When the darkness falls
and the light has gone
You be my light O Lord
and lead me on (2)

When the sun has set, and the night is on
When the darkness falls and the light has gone  
You be my light O Lord and lead me on (2)  

When I’m growing weak
and my steps are slow  
When the hopes are bleak
and I’ve strength no more  
You b e my strength O Lord
and lead me on (2)



World Events, hurting private families 1934

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The American depression in the early twenties, caused economic upheavals all over the world and as India was part of the British Empire with close links to America at that time, it also suffered.    Our family Creditors had panicked and were after us to return the money, the matter was handed over to the courts, and it was decided that our properties and coffee estates had to be auctioned.  

Even though the British had promulgated the Partnership Act in 1932, our family still continued as Sole Proprietors, and as a result,  judgement was passed accordingly.  All members of the family were liable for the debts.  My father who did not participate in the management of the estates, was the worst hit, as he had five children, and I was the youngest, a baby.  His brothers and sisters were well settled, and were less affected.   It was a bad year for my parents, and I was born one week before Christmas, on 18th of December.   

Moving out of the ancestral home

My father and mother had moved out of the Balmatta house,after the auction, to my maternal grandfather’s house in the Catholic Bank,    The Balmatta House  is now the Nazareth Convent in Balmatta, Mangalore,     

It is said, that some old furniture from the Balmatta house was sent to my mother’s house on a bullock cart, as my father’s share, which my father did not want to accept, but my mother’s father’s advice prevailed, and he accepted them.  The older brother and sister took the better things.  

My father had done the teacher’s training, and was employed by the (British) Government.  In those days, the Government Board of Education ran schools, in different parts of every district.  Our district was called South Kanara.  It was one of the 26 districts of the Madras Presidency.  To the north of the presidency was Goa, a Portuguese colony.  Further to its north was the Bombay Presidency, which covered a large part of modern day Gujarat, and Maharashtra.  

During the last years of the British Empire, South Kanara district which was the 26th district of the Madras Presidency.   It was divided into 6 talukas.  From the north to south, they were Coondapur, Udipi, Mangalore,Karkal, Puttur and Kasargod.   Karkal was, to the east of Udipi  and to its South was Puttur.  To the east of the district of South Kanara was the Coorg district, where the coffee estates were.  They were in the Western Ghats.  

My father had served in Karkal, Puttur, Mangalore, and Kasargod.  My father used to rent accommodation in places where he was transferred to.  Thus after the collapse of our coffee estates, from 1936 to 1937 he was stationed in Karkal.  From 1938 to 1939 he was stationed in Puttur.  Gratian Farias, later to be the husband of my sister Minna,  lived in Puttur at that time.  His mother, Helen was the first cousin of my father, being the daughter of his father’s sister Regina.


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