Dear IL Members, Wow! 4 months of the year have flown past. Are years members of the avian species, I wonder. So here we find ourselves ready to usher in the month of May. You might be wondering what I am doing here. Our friend Viswamitra, due to personal reasons is unable to hold the fort for Cheeniya Sir. So I came to do the needful. I am afraid we will have to do without Cheeniya Sir’s most entertaining posts here for some more time. I am in no hurry though, because I am sure we all wish him a complete recovery, so he can take up charge again. It is really heartening to see him active with his ramblings and I am sure he will also continue to respond to the threads in this forum. Meanwhile you will all have to just bear up with me although I am not a blot on CS, Kamla and Viswa. Stepping into their shoes is an onerous task and I am doing with great trepidation. I do hope you will continue to support this forum by bringing in your nominations regularly. The country is ablaze with the summer heat. There is worse to come for the North where summer is at its worst in May and June. Here in the South, hopefully, we should soon be out of it. Bangalore is showing signs of cooling down. After years am witnessing typical Bangalore weather – hot and steamy in the mornings, cooler and cloudy with thunder showers and lightening in the afternoons. Of course, there is a flip side. If it rains, trees fall on electrical lines and there is no electricity. If there is no rain, there is no water and so therefore no electricity. While we face all these vagaries of Nature and of the “powers” that be, some celebrations are also in order. We begin the month with workers’ day – a bank holiday. This is also the month when the first Indian Nobel Laureate (Literature), Rabindranath Tagore came into this world. His birth anniversary is on the 9th of May. The motivation for his award has been stated to be "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West". He was also knighted but returned the knighthood as a mark of protest against the Jalianwalla Bagh massacre. What better way for us to celebrate this month of the anniversary of this great Nobel Laureate than by contributing actively to this forum in our own chosen way of expression. I request all of you, my friends on IL to please contribute actively to the various forums and also to bring in more nominations to the FP forum. Posts from all forums are welcome here. Only one is declared as a Finest Post and one as Finest Narration each month. But there are no restrictions that a thread has to be nominated only once or only in the month in which it is written. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please note that posts and threads from the sub-forums Express Cafe, Forward Messages & Jokes, Online Games & Puzzles cannot be nominated. To familiarise yourselves with FP and its nominating process, please check this link: Finest Posts of IL Each member is allowed to nominate up to 4 posts only. This ensures that each of us has a hand in deciding the winning post as we will filter our choice more closely, thus making the winner more significant. The nominations will be closed on the last day of every month. Simultaneously, the nomination thread for the following month will be opened on the First day of that month. In a case of nominating Feedback, please remember to add a link to the feedback post and not to the original post. The following gives step-wise on adding links to your nominations – - To add a link to the original post that you are nominating: How to add a "Link" in my post? - To add a link to the Feedback post that you are nominating: How do I create a link to an existing message posted in IL?"