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CHANGE WITH THE TIMES
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Weekly Blog | July 19, 2021 When questioned on the success of the Japanese, Shogo Katakura, a Japanese engineer replied that Japan’s geographical conditions caused his people to be constantly in quest of new ideas. He explained that in Japan, the seasons are quite distinct from each other, and that earthquakes and tempests cause repeated changes in the pattern of living. The Japanese are, therefore,...
THE CHALLENGE OF ADVERSITY
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Weekly Blog | July 12, 2021 Edmund Burke, (1729-1797) the Irish writer, statesman and philosopher, once observed that: “He that wrestles with us, strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” Shaikh Saadi, the famous Persian poet, has expressed quite the same thought in the form of a parable in his book entitled Gulistan: “Don’t you see, when a cat becomes frust...
WEATHERING THE STORM
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Weekly Blog | July 7, 2021 People fall, largely, into two mutually exclusive categories: those reared in the hard school of life, and those born into the lap of luxury. Early environment has a decisive impact upon their as yet unformed personalities, and it is the way people acquit themselves in their con­trasting situations of ease and privation that ultimately determines how their personalities wil...
THE INVERTED PYRAMID
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Weekly Blog | June 28, 2021 When Vikas Minar, the tallest modern building of Delhi was com­pleted, the newspapers reported that “the city’s twenty-one-storey building is ready.” The attention of the reader was thus focused on the twenty-first storey, although it was only after years of foundation-­laying, and floor-by-floor additions to the building that it was possible for the topmost storey to be b...
WHEN THINGS LOSE THEIR NOVELTY
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | ST Weekly Blog | June 14, 2021 “When opened, it was like a small tent, and when shut, it was all curiously jointed and would fold up to the length of a man’s hand.” This curious description applies – in case you hadn’t already guessed – to the umbrella as we know it today. Nowadays, no one finds it necessary to describe an umbrella nor to express any astonishment over it, because it is now suc...