Evelyn Waugh, the ardent fan of P.G. Wodehouse, once confessed that it was his regular habit to read a few pages of PGW before retiring to bed. He said that this made him go to sleep with a smile on his face and if he ever died in his sleep, his friends would find his lifeless body with a smile on the face. Friends, please do not dismiss Evelyn Waugh's statement as the mere emotional outpourings of an over-zealous fan. There is an abiding truth in his what he says. Psychologists always recommend reading a good book, listening to good music or auto-suggestion before retiring to bed. You know what I mean by auto-suggestion. I refer to the method of Emile Coue of suggesting to one-self just before falling asleep that day by day in every way he is getting better and better. He was of the firm view that this was a lot better than counting sheep! He advocated that this singular practice would ensure that all our goals would eventually become eminently achievable. Our mind is reported to be usually in a semi conscious state just before falling asleep and is said to be a fertile ground to sow healthy seeds of soul-enriching thoughts. If you are trying to run for cover thinking that I am going to give you a long lecture on the lines of Dale Carnegie, let me hasten to assure you that I have no such intention. I am merely sharing a personal experience. I have always been very inconsistent about what I do before retiring to bed. Sometimes I read good books ranging from P.G. Wodehouse to Osho's parables, listen to the soft music of Paul Mauriat or Richard Clyderman or watch the rain-soaked gyrating torsos of some buxom Telugu stars in programmes like Midnight Masala of Gemini TV. I get up totally refreshed on the following day after a restful sleep if the last act of my day was reading a good book or listening to good music or pondering over the soul enriching thoughts of chitvish. But watching soft porns on TV before retiring makes me very grumpy and highly irritable on the following day. This is why I am warning you to heed the advices of psychologists. Let us not try to understand why and how healthy and positive thoughts/actions before retiring to bed help us to get really restful sleep. "It has something to do with your subconscious mind which takes possession of you during your sleep" will be the explanation these head-shrinkers, as Bertie Wooster calls Sir Roderick Glossop, would give. And thus leaving us more confused than ever before. I must sign off now for I hear the familiar tune of Midnight Masala beckoning me. As the scene unfolds before me showing the rain-soaked stars, I am filled with revulsion and a sense of guilt but I can't take my eyes off the screen!