The Child is Father of the Man (Wordsworth, My heart Leaps Up). Whatever Wordsworth meant, I take it to mean that the true nature of a person does not change with time. True, but the clever child will grow smarter. Modern children are definitely smarter than their parents. I don’t mean more genetically intelligent, but having better ability to do creative work, to make and invent things. They can adapt to a far more complicated world.

The origin of the game of football was shrouded in mystery, as was of Polo. It’s now agreed it began in England in 1581, codified in 1863. It was introduced to Manipur by James Johnstone in his Johnstone School. Before WWII my eldest brother Gokulchandra (ex-Johnstonian) played football barefooted, for Ashutosh Engineering College in Dhaka, now in Bangladesh, against a visiting English team.

News is the first rough draft of history. Here’re some news that will be history in the next few years such as, doctors as fortune tellers by doing single blood test that can tell how a person will age, after scientists decoded blood “signature” patterns which predict ill health. Researchers at Boston University, US, have learnt to recognise combinations of specific “biomarkers” or chemicals found in the blood of 5,000 people in a study. The new approach will enable doctors to give a likelihood of their patients’ overall future health, and thus advise lifestyle changes or give preventive treatment to stave off diseases.

Adolf Hitler was a German politician and was Fuhrer of Nazi party from 1933 to 1945. He was responsible for WWII. His spouse was Eva Braun. Both committed suicide on April 30 1945 when Germany was losing the War. Hitler’s autographical book, Mein Kampf published in 2016, became a bestseller in Germany again, 92 years after it was first published in 1925. This edition has 2,000 pages and is being sold at £69 like hotdogs.

Mohenjo-daro, one of the world’s earliest city civilisations of pure indigenous Indians is now being discovered. It is still driving archaeologists bananas as Mohenjo daro script is indecipherable. The recent Hindi film, Mohenjo Daro (2016), starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde, is well researched and evocative of the excavated city, especially the two enormous silt platforms, upper and lower towns, stabilised by facings of mud brick. The larger of the two platforms that is the Lower Town is divided by a grid of wide streets into city blocks with lanes, dwellings with courtyards, and with access to wells for water.

English language has become international language. In Manipur also, children are now taught in English, especially in private schools from the Kindergarten stage with English nursery rhymes that are global. The good thing about studying English language is that students are exposed to a range of knowledge, especially on the net whose language is English. The study of English literature provides them with creativity to approach their lives and helps them to build experience while enjoying as a recreational activity. Because, English-language writers explore human experience and imagination in their prose, poetry, short stories and dramas.

Lucky are those who have never questioned their birth sex. This year 2017 has seen a public explosion on the uncertainty of gender identity ie people who don’t know if they are male or female. They are known as non-binary people or genderqueer (they prefer to be called non-binary), who have now come out in the open with their own ‘Pride flag’ created in 2014, with horizontal stripes (from top to bottom) – yellow, white, purple and black. The ‘gender community’ LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender) has various flags to represent various identities. Pride flags are symbols used at their Pride parades for self identification.

I’ve been wondering how such a powerful Iraqi army with the modern state-of- the-art firing power, and 13 times larger than ISIL troops, has been unable to trounce such a small insurgent group that is taking over their country! Only now, the Iraqi army backed with American air power, special forces, and Shia militia, are able to press forward towards Mosul, the second largest city after Baghdad, where in a mosque, ISIL leader Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate spanning Iraq and Syria in 2014. UN estimated in January 2017 that 1,238 civilians were killed in Ninevah Province alone.

The philosophy of marriage has been a beautiful institution, bringing a young man and a woman into partnership leading to a family life for regulating sexual behaviour, reproduction and nurturing the offspring. It was meaningful to talk about the medieval aesthetics of marriage as a delightful procreative art and integrity of marriage. The modern civilisation where individual freedom is a coveted commodity has caused contemporary marriages very fragile. The perceptions and relationship of marriage are no more ethical, bringing chaos in the family.

Doctors can read the mind of the 'dead', who a decade ago, would have been certified dead, cremated or buried. Mind is the invisible part of thought, which is processed by the brain. Half a century ago, while I was a young doctor, we certified patients dead when their hearts stopped beating. I had another confirming sign to look for to clinch the diagnosis. That was to look at the arteries in the retina inside the eyeball. They should be empty of blood. But many a time it was a bit of hit-and- miss.

It’s hard not to cavil. It sticks in craw. it’s a craze that women in the whole retirement shebang want to start a family. I know old age is not always old age for someone who has a healthy mind and physique, untouched by the pillages of time. I only felt old two years ago, which I noted down in my diary. Since then I’ve counting the days when I’ll kick the bucket.