Use a comma

 Yesterday I read this column by Robert J Samuelson in Washington Post that dwelt upon the need to hit `PAUSE’  mode in our lives by using the metaphor of a comma – yes, the comma that we know.  Some excerpts – 

Even on the printed page, commas are dwindling…..If all this involved only grammar, I might let it lie. But the comma’s sad fate is, I think, a metaphor for something larger :  how we deal with the frantic, can’t-wait-a-minute nature of modern life. The comma is, after all, a small sign that flashes PAUSE. It tells the reader to slow down, think a bit, and then move on. We don’t have time for that. No pauses allowed. In this sense, the comma’s fading popularity is also social commentary.”

Even  my  scenic,  used-to-be  sleepy  hometown of    Thiruvananthapuram   (in the southern state of Kerala in  India)  has sadly changed.  It hurts to see the relaxed, small town everyone-knowing-everyone-else way of life making way for mad, hell-for-leather pace of modern life.  

Perhaps they need a local Eugene O’ Kelly to chronicle it all in a  Chasing Daylight 

Take my advice.  Slow down….!  

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