I happened to read the write up: അച്ചൻ കോവിലാറ്റിൽ മുങ്ങി മരിച്ചു… by Sri Roshan Francis in Almaysabdam blogspot and enjoyed it. I felt the same every time while reading his writings. This time I felt guilty for not writing a word of appreciation till now. I felt like the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus and only a Samaritan went back to thank him. I felt I am not even as good as that Samaritan. So this note.
What is special about Roshan's writings? All is summed up in the little Latin Phrase: "Ridendo corrigere!" (Correct by making people laugh or by making harmless pun or fun upon people." I must admit that Roshan is an expert at it. As a result, I guess, he has a vast crowd appreciating his writings. Please, Roshan, accept my sincere, honest congratulations and pardon me for my silence for too long.
Of course I was not keeping silent purposefully. Usually I don't read much Malayalam. I have too much English items to read or write or edit that I hardly get time for anything else, although I start my reading and writing daily at 4 am and finish sometimes the following day. That is said, not as an excuse but as a statement of facts. At the same time it is also a fact only the very busy people can afford to spare some time to do a few exemplary things. Also I don't write Malayalam on my computer, as I do fast with English.
Even if we are not able to do herculean good works that make people wonder, we all can say a good word of encouragement about good things said, written or done by others, which alone make this world worth living. A good word of encouragement is like a smile: "Smile a while and while your smile there lights up miles and miles of SMILES." A good word has such multiplier effect. That is why it is said: “Wear a smile on your face all the time”. It is contagious and infects others do the same. Also it is said: "A drop of honey attracts a swarm of flies or bees than a barrel of vinegar." The easiest thing all can do is to go about “wearing a smile”, the next thing is to say a good word which takes a little more effort, but affordable to all.
So let us support each other with a word of good will and encouragement during this Lent and make both Almayasabdam (Malayalam blog) and Church Citizen's Voice"(English) entertaining, informative, educational and enjoyable. God bless all participants in the discussions, also those who want to do so but are prevented from doing it for various legitimate reasons. God Bless all and He will, because the name our God is MERCY as Pope Francis says and He is always on the run after the lost sheep, like the Prodigal Father.
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