Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Maxim # 26: இலவம் பஞ்சிற்றுயில் -- Sleep in silk-cotton mattresses.

ஆத்திச்சூடி # 26: லவம் பஞ்சிற்றுயில் (ila-vam pan-jil thu-yil)

Translation: Sleep in silk-cotton mattresses.

Rumination: This maxim has to be split rightly in order to derive sense out of it: "இலவம் பஞ்சில்" means "silk cotton variety" and "துயில்" means "sleep." Auvaiyar is not a marketing person for silk-cotton variety. Rather, her exhortation has to do with the quality of sleep itself. Studies show that very many people suffer from health issues because of sleep related disorders. Modern society has even started to treat sleeping time as unproductive time. Doctors suggest a minimum of 8 hours sleep each day for a human body to function properly. Preparations for competitive examinations, as well as parents' over ambitious nature are all undermining the essence of sleep in kids. The only way to stay invigorated each day and charged up to do the best at our work and studies then is to have a wonderful sleep each night, every night.

"My mind is not a bed to be made and re-made." -- James Agate, 1877-1947, British drama critic and novelist. (Oxford Dictionary of Quotations 6th Ed.)

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