A loveliness of ladybirds

Did you know a group of ladybirds is called a ‘loveliness’?

Yes, that’s right…..a ‘loveliness’ of ladybirds. It turns out that the collective noun for these cute polka-dotted beetles is ‘loveliness’.

The Disability Vote matters!

Quote by Martin Luther King on the right to vote

“Vote as if your life depends on it - because it DOES!” - this was famously said by Justin Dart, the man often considered the father of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is especially true for People with Disabilities. Every policy decision that impact their lives are influenced by whom we elect - from employment to transportation, to the funding of health programmes and social security, accessibility and so on and so forth. Yet, ironically, majority of People with Disabilities are unable to exercise their fundamental right to vote.

Going grey and lovin’ it!

Grey! When it comes to hair, it’s the dreaded colour, right? Few of us welcome it and we reach for the dye immediately as soon as the silver strands start to appear.

I did that too and I don’t even know why. I’ve never been interested in colouring my hair nor ever had the patience to sit through the process. But when the greys started to show up thick and fast, I turned to the dye answer without question. There you go, that’s classic herd behaviour for you! Most people are doing it so I just went with the flow and did it too.

Season of Hope

Spring is such a beloved season. It’s called the season of hope and that’s an apt description. It is indeed a hopeful season when everything seems possible.

Kairos is NOW

Kairos – I came across this word today and it got me thinking.

According to Wikipedia, Kairos (καιρός) is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos (χρόνος) and kairos. The former refers to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action.

The missing issue of Nagaland Election 2018

A young boy taking part in a rally calling for inclusive education on Nov 4, 2017. Hundreds of children with disability came out and pleaded with their government and fellow citizens to hear their voice. Sadly, it appears that the politicians have not heard them

The election campaign circus has been painting the town red with all the usual political dramas, bombastic rhetoric, tired promises we hear every election but which hardly ever see light of day and, of course, the mindless parroting of ‘solution’ ad infinitum by various candidates and leaders of political parties. In fact, one would be forgiven for thinking that general elections in Nagaland have now become about nothing but the Naga issue.

As ‘interesting’ as all that has been, there are other very important issues that some people have been waiting to hear about; issues that literally impact their day-to-day living. And so, with voting day just a couple of days away (Feb 27), let’s take a look at what the politicians and political parties have been saying on disability issues and what their positions and policies are on Disability.

Science Day: A golden opportunity lost!

A Star Wars themed bionic arm. Credit: Open Bionics

National Science Day was observed on February 28 last. The day is celebrated each year to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928. For his discovery, CV Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.