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Thursday, December 23, 2010


1. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are packed with beneficial fibers, vitamins and antioxidants. They fill up your stomach fast so you feel full earlier. They are also low in calories and helps to keep your calorie count low. Fruits and vegetables are packed with beneficial fibers, vitamins and antioxidants. They fill up your stomach fast so you feel full earlier. They are also low in calories and helps to keep your calorie count low.

2. Small is beautiful :  Eat small frequent meals
Eating small frequent meals help to balance your calorie intake throughout the day and also keeps your blood sugar level balanced. Instead of eating 3 big meals, try to eat 5 - 6 smaller meals throughout the day.

3. Do not cut down your favourites totally
Everyone has his or her favorite treats. Simply allow yourself a little indulgence, but watch out for the frequency and the quantity. Having a small treat once in a while can be rewarding to your weight loss experience. Cutting too much of your favorite treats usually lead to an early relapse.

4. Drink water when you feel like drinking a juice/soda
Juices, soda, cream & sugar in your coffee or tea all add up. Opt for drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. In addition to providing hydration to your body, it will also help you feel full.

5. Increase your water intake, it detoxifies without adding calories
Drink plenty of water. Our body needs a lot of water so give in to water. Water is not just way to flush out toxin but if you have more water in your body you will generally feel healthier and fitter. This itself will discourage any tendency to gorge. The best thing about water is that is has no calories at all.

6. Follow a balanced diet – do not starve, have variety from all food groups
Choose a variety of foods from all food groups every day. This is a fine way of keeping deficiency diseases at bay. Change the items included in your diet every day. This is an excellent way of keeping deficiency diseases at bay and it helps you to experiment with a variety of dishes and there by you do not get bored of your diet.

7. Break fast within an hour of waking
Try to have breakfast within one hour of waking. It’s always best to have breakfast within an hour of waking so that your body can charge itself with the energy it needs for the day. The idea is not to wait for your self to get really hungry. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but that does not mean that it should be the most filling meal of the day.

8. Outdoor exercises better than indoor

Exercise out doors as far as possible. There are two advantages of doing whatever you are doing out side. One advantage is that it gives your body a chance to get a lot of the much needed fresh air and sunshine. The second advantage is that the surroundings keep you perked up and it is a break form remaining cooped up all day long

9. Stand and stretch yourself every ½ hr if you have a sitting job
If you have a sitting job, stand up and stretch yourself every half an hour. Most of the jobs today are indeed sitting jobs that are in one word sedentary. This is especially true for those who sit and punch away at the keyboard or toy with the mouse all day long. So if you have such a job, make it a point to get up at least every half an hour and stretch your self.

10. Don’t worry be happy
As long as you do not have serious health problems and weight related issues, don’t worry, be very very happy.  Do not feel guilty about being overweight.  Some people are born overweight,  some acquire weight in due course, some are slim from the beginning and suddenly put on weight.  No medicine or concoction is going to reduce your weight overnight.  It has to gradually go as it has gradually come.  We notice it when some one tells us that you have become fat.  So avoid worrying the moment they tell you and start looking for various methods  to reduce your weight.

Ten manthras of mine to reduce weight

  1. Do things yourself.  Do not expect others to do small petty jobs for you like bringing water, switching off the TV etc.
  2. Walk for 45 minutes everyday,  If not possible continuously,  split it into three 15 minutes.
  3. Sweep and swab the floor everyday, preferably in the morning.
  4. Do not crash diet with items you do not like, or which you will not relish, because very soon you will discontinue your dieting.
  5. Eat anything you want without guilt.  But try to do some exercise to burn out the extra calories you gained.
  6. Never skip your breakfast.  You will try to make up what you have not had in the lunch.
  7. Do not wear tight fitting clothes to make yourself feel that you are fat.  Go for those dresses which will make you feel comfortable
  8. Do not glue yourself to the television watching serials.  Instead go for a walk, clean the house, spend time with children or near and dear ones or go to the terrace and gaze the stars while walking.
  9. One day in a week, eat an oil free, ghee free diet.  Eat boiled vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and porridge.  Have fruits, instead of juice, have nuts instead of fries, have boiled vegetables instead of fried or gravy vegetables.
  10. Last but not the least, always look at yourself in the mirror and say that you are slim and beautiful,  you'll become what you say.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

God in the guise of man

People call themselves heroes doing many things which others cannot do,  but mostly for the popularity or for the fame and name it brings to them.  There are many heroes who do heroic deeds to serve the society.  They are the real heroes who are worth worshipping and if possible giving a helping hand in any form.  One such person is Shri. Narayanan Krishnan.

Narayanan Krishnan was a bright, young, award-winning chef with a five-star hotel group, short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland. But a quick family visit home before heading to Europe changed everything.
"I saw a very old man eating his own human waste for food," Krishnan said. "It really hurt me so much. I was literally shocked for a second. After that, I started feeding that man and decided this is what I should do the rest of my lifetime."
Krishnan was visiting a temple in the south Indian city of Madurai in 2002 when he saw the man under a bridge. Haunted by the image, Krishnan quit his job within the week and returned home for good, convinced of his new destiny.
"That spark and that inspiration is a driving force still inside me as a flame -- to serve all the mentally ill destitutes and people who cannot take care of themselves," Krishnan said.
Krishnan founded his nonprofit Akshaya Trust in 2003. Now 29, he has served more than 1.2 million meals -- breakfast, lunch and dinner -- to  homeless and destitute, mostly elderly people abandoned by their families and often abused.

Krishnan said the name Akshaya is Sanskrit for "undecaying" or "imperishable," and was chosen "to signify [that] human compassion should never decay or perish. ... The spirit of helping others must prevail for ever." Also, in Hindu mythology, Goddess Annapoorani's "Akshaya bowl" fed the hungry endlessly, never depleting its resources.
Krishnan's day begins at 4 a.m. He and his team cover nearly 125 miles in a donated van, routinely working in temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
He seeks out the homeless under bridges and in the nooks and crannies between the city's temples. The hot meals he delivers are simple, tasty vegetarian fare he personally prepares, packs and often hand-feeds to nearly 400 clients each day.
Krishnan carries a comb, scissors and razor and is trained in eight haircut styles that, along with a fresh shave, provide extra dignity to those he serves.

The group's operations cost about $327 a day, but sponsored donations only cover 22 days a month. Krishnan subsidizes the shortfall with $88 he receives in monthly rent from a home his grandfather gave him.
Krishnan sleeps in Akshaya's modest kitchen with his few co-workers. Since investing his entire savings of $2,500 in 2002, he has taken no salary and subsists with the help of his once-unsupportive parents.
"They had a lot of pain because they had spent a lot on my education," he said. "I asked my mother, 'Please come with me, see what I am doing.' After coming back home, my mother said, 'You feed all those people, the rest of the lifetime I am there, I will feed you.' I'm living for Akshaya. My parents are taking care of me."
For lack of funding, the organization has been forced to halt construction on Akshaya Home, Krishnan's vision of a dormitory where he can provide shelter for the people he helps. Despite the demands and few comforts his lifestyle affords, Krishnan says he's enjoying his life.
"Now I am feeling so comfortable and so happy," he says. "I have a passion, I enjoy my work. I want to live with my people."

Monday, December 6, 2010

Necessity is the mother of invention the saying goes.  It does not require huge science and maths labs or sophisticated facilities to invent something.  People in rural areas and the underpreviliged areas invent so many new things everyday.  It is not given the publicity or the popularity.  These people do not even know what they are capable of.  They invent many things which contribute a lot to their society. Take this case for example.  I read it in a newspaper, and have reproduced the contents as it was worth mentioning.

Ship Of The Desert Drives A Bus

Acarpenter by profession, late Shri. Mewaram Jangid has developed a camel-driven school bus that attempted to solve commuting problems in rural desert areas.In this novel bus,the driver sits on the camel with the reins and two brackets fixed to the animals saddle are connected to the rear of a double-decker unit on four wheels.Discarded aircraft tyres are used as these are broad and reduce pressure on the sand due to increased surface area. There are five such affordable buses transporting 400 students daily

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Anna and her student

Anna is a cheerful and simple lady.   She works as a lecturer.  She teaches people from different parts of the country.  She gets students who are good, attentive, sometimes good but not attentive, attentive but not so good, and all categories of students with different expectations and different dispositions.  She gives the same attention to all and does not get carried away by any in particular. 
One day,  she had to meet a new batch of students. Again  there were different students, different backgrounds and all.  Among all the students,  she found one student who was very responsive, responsible helpful and cheerful.  She felt that whenever she looked or talked to the student,  she felt as if she was talking to her child.  She had this feeling right from the beginning and till the student fininshed the course.  On the last day,  when all the students left, this student came to her and said “you resemble my mother, I felt this right from the very first day".

Ah!  How great she felt!  A woman gets the maximum joy when she is called mother  by someone who is not her child.  She was moved.  Now she understood the reason for her feeling for the student.  It was reciprocal ! (Sometimes feelings speak stronger than words).

Thursday, October 14, 2010

the lingo boy

Happened to watch a TV programme about this boy. Tried to gather more information from the net to share it with you all. Thanks to all who have rendered some information on the net about him.

The lingo boy

Ravi, a young Gujarati boy, now known as the Lingo Kid all over the internet, sells the peacock feathers his grandmother makes to tourists at Mumbai's Hanging Gardens.
He was eight when he started selling feathers and could not speak English. In a few years Ravi could rattle off a sale in more languages and with a faster tongue and sharper accent. He's full of fun facts too, such as the seasons in which various nationalities prefer to travel. Spaniards and Italians he says, love to visit Mumbai in the monsoon.
He never went to school or any tutor for learning the languages. It was only by talking to the tourist people who come to the spot he could learn so many languages. He said that he didn't want to go to school, because there he could learn just English, whereas out on the street he's picked up 10 different tongues. Just for the sake of selling he started learning various languages and now he has acquired a great talent. He speaks the following languages -

• Spanish
• Chinese
• Japanese
• Russian
• German
• French
• Italian
• Arabic
• Iranian
• Israeli
• English
• Hindi

While it is amazing to watch this lad speak so many languages without any schooling, it is painful to see that his lifestyle has not improved a bit . He sells peacock feathers from the age of eight. He dines at a local shop. People look at him surprisingly when he speaks their language, some buy the feathers, others just go away. He gets a marginal profit of 10% if lucky. The stocks are piled up but the takers are less. His father wanted him to be educated but due to poor conditions he had to end up selling peacock feathers.
There may be some soul somewhere who may read about him and can change his life forever.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

blogs and comments

dear bloggers,

Thank you all for visiting my blog again and again. It makes me feel so
happy to see more number of viewers everyday to my blog. While your
visit encourages me to add more information and value to my blog, your
small views about my blog in the comments column will help me understand
your feelings and the effect the blog had on you. The comments which i
received from some of the viewers were a reflection of their feelings
about my blog. I am thankful to all those who registered a comment.
One visitor has just left a hi and a small wish for the weekend when
she visited the second time. It had so much of personal touch as if
she is wishing a friend. Thanks sandy for the wish.

Monday, September 13, 2010

mom is going to bed

Mum said, "I'm tired, and it's
Getting late. I think I'll go to bed."
She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's
Lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the
Freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box
Levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the
Table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.
She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes
Into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She
Picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on
The charger and put the telephone book into the drawer. She
Watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to
Dry. She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom.
She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted
Out some cash for the excursion and pulled a text book out from
Hiding under the chair. She signed a birthday card for a friend,
Addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the
Grocery store. She put both near her bag.
Mum then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night
Solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth
And filed her nails.
Dad called out, "I thought you were going to bed."
"I'm on my way," she said. She put some water into the dog's dish
And put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked and
The patio light was on.. She looked in on each of the kids and
Turned out their bedside lamps and radios, hung up a shirt, threw
Some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation
With the one up still doing homework.
In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next
Day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her
6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and
Visualized the accomplishment of her goals.
About that time, Dad turned off the TV
And announced to no one in particular. "I'm going to bed." And he
Did...without another thought.
Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer...?
(and they can't die sooner, they still have things to do!!!!)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Marketing Vs selling

Hi bloggers and others who visit my blog, today I would like to share something about selling and marketing.

What is the difference between selling and marketing, both are similar and pertain to the same department in many offices. That is what many of us think. While selling means giving whatever we have manufactured for a price, marketing means manufacturing what others need and giving it away for a price after due consideration of the purchasing power of the buyer. This is too technical for us.

Let us simplify this in our day today activities. A mother prepares a dish which is easier to make and involves less strain on her. The child may not like the dish the mother has prepared or may throw a tantrum if asked to eat it. If the mother insists that the child should eat what she has prepared, it is selling, without taking into consideration the child’s requirements and tastes. The mother may not have the time to prepare what the child expects immediately or the ingredients may not be readily available at home.

On the other hand, if the mother studies the child’s tastes and preferences for certain dishes and observes what the child loves to eat, and prepares it, the child will lovingly gobble up the whole food without any extra effort. This is exactly done in the market research and survey. This is the crux of marketing.

If on the other hand, the mother sits with the child on the previous day and discusses what he or she likes, but due to non availability of the resources at home, she could not make it or she suggests some other dish which the child may like, although not in the first instance, it is called negotiations in marketing parlance.

An organization which was manufacturing pens interviewed two people for the post of marketing executive. The first person entered. The interviewer asked him to sell the company’s pen to him. The candidate explained to him the quality, brand name of the pen and the superior quality of the ink used and sold the pen. He was asked to wait, while the next candidate entered. He was given the same task. The candidate took the pen from the interviewer and broke it into two pieces. Then he said, now that you don’t have a pen, you can try this pen and explained to him its features. Guess, who was selected for the post.

Obviously, the second one, because while the first candidate explained what was already there in the pen, the second candidate broke the pen and created a need for it.

This does not mean that you always have to destroy something to sell something, but the lateral thinking skills which the second candidate possessed was appreciated and he was selected for the post.

Marketing not only involves giving what the customer wants, but also to create a need for the product manufactured .

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

An interesting incident

In a particular town, there was a sudden food shortage and nobody could get anything. People had to wait in queue to get a single piece of bread. A person was waiting in the queue for a long time. He waited till what seemed to be eternity. Still, his turn for the bread had not come. He was very frustrated and angry. In a fit of anger, he had a sudden impulse to kill the person responsible for the condition. He said that he is going to murder the local headman responsible for their plight. Everyone felt it justified as they were equally frustrated. The person immediately left the queue and ventured into the place where the headman lived. Within seconds, he came back to the original queue. Everyone was intrigued. They were really surprised that the man could manage to kill the headman so easily. They were curious to know how he managed.
When they asked him, the frustrated man said, “When I ventured there, there was a longer queue than this!”

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

what inspired me today

“The Cure” By Ms. Geetha Anand, a former national swimming champion, and a journalist. Written as a medical thriller, it's the story of a "dad starting a company to save his kids," Anand says. John and Aileen Crowley have two children Megan and Patrick, both of whom suffered from Pompe disease, a rare genetic disorder with a life expectancy of not more than two years. Thanks to their efforts, today Megan is 13 and Patrick is 12, but both are still in wheelchairs and on ventilators.

The book describes the life of John Crowley :How a Father Raised $100 Million – And Bucked the Medical Establishment – In a Quest to Save His Children

John married his wife Aileen in 1990. In 1998, two of Crowley's children, Megan and Patrick, were diagnosed with a severe neuromuscular disorder, Glycogen storage disease type II, also called Pompe disease. In the face of the children's deteriorating health, the family moved to Princeton, New Jersey to be close to doctors specializing in the disease. Crowley worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he served in a number of management positions. Frustrated with the slow pace of research on Pompe disease, Crowley left Bristol-Myers Squibb in March 2000, and took a position as CEO of Novazyme, a biotechnology research company located in Oklahoma City that was conducting research on a new experimental treatment for the disease.[3]

In 2001 Novazyme was acquired by Genzyme Corporation, the world's third largest biotechnology company,[1] under Crowley's initiative. Under these auspices, Dr William Canfield's work eventually bore fruit and in January 2003, Megan and Patrick Crowley received the enzyme replacement therapy for Pompe disease developed by Genzyme. John Crowley credits the experimental trial with saving his children's lives.[1] The children are still on respirators. The acquisition of Novazyme by Genzyme, and Crowley's fight to cure Pompe's Disease, was documented in the Harvard Business School Case Study, Novazyme: A Father's Love.[5]

Crowley went on to become President and CEO of Orexigen Therapeutics in 2003. In January 2005, he was named the President and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, based in Cranbury, New Jersey.[6] He also serves in the United States Navy Reserve as an intelligence officer. He completed a six-month tour of duty at the Center for Naval Intelligence in Virginia in 2007,[7]. He is currently assigned to a Navy Reserve unit at the United States Special Operations Command.

John and Aileen Crowley have also launched a website Crowley Family 5, where people interested in the Crowley Family or Pompe Disease can follow the family's activities. Crowley is active in a number of social service and philanthropic efforts. He was named the "Humanitarian of the Year" by the Make A Wish Foundation of New Jersey.[18] He and his wife Aileen have supported numerous charitable and community organizations through their family foundation, the John F. and Aileen A. Crowley Foundation.

A movie has been made depicting the real life story of John Crowley, titled “Extraordinary Measures”.

Inference : John or his wife could have just walked off from this life. But they stood the test of their times and their life reflects their mutual love for each other and their love for their children. Everything is made possible by understanding couples. They were optimistic. Optimism knows the struggle one has to undergo, to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Great to know about them. Long live their children.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Nostalgic memories

If there was Ctrl+Z in life........

Nostalgic memories of those 'good old days' – world has changed and we also changed for the world !!!
Are you missing those days? Sometimes I do
Doordarshan Logo
Doordarshan' s Screensaver
Malgudi Days
Dekh Bhai Dekh
Mile Sur Mera Tumhara
Turning Point
Bharath Ek Khoj
Alif Laila
Byomkesh Bakshi
He Man
Salma Sultana DD News Reader

Vicco turmeric,
Nahin cosmetic
Vicco turmeric ayurvedic cream
Washin powder Nirma, Washing powder Nirma
Doodh si safedi, Nirma se aayi
Rangeen kapde bhi khil khil jaaye

I'm a Complan Boy(Shahid Kapoor) and
I'm a Complan Girl (Ayesha Takia)

Surabhi : Renuka Shahane and Siddharth

Then were 'Mungerilal ke hasin sapane' and 'karamchand' ...'Vikram Betal', etc.

How did one survive growing up in the 80's and 90's? We had no seatbelts, no airbags..

Cycling was like a breath of fresh air…

No safety helmets, knee pads or elbow pads, with plenty of cardboards between spokes to make it sound like a motorbike…

When thirsty we only drank tap water, bottled water was still a mystery…

We kept busy collecting bits & pieces so we could build all sort of things … and we were fearless on our bicycles even when the brakes failed going downhill…

We were showing off how tough we are, by how high we could climb trees & then jumping down….It was great fun….

We could stay out to play for hours, as long as we got back before dark, in time for dinner…

We walked to school, or sometimes we even rode our bicycle.

We had no mobile phones, but we always managed to find each other…. How?

We lost teeth, broke arms & legs, we got cuts and bruises and bloody noses…. nobody complained as we had so much fun, it wasn't anybody's fault, only ours

We ate everything in sight, cakes, bread, chocolate, ice-cream, sweet sugary drinks, fruits..yet, we stayed skinny by fooling around.

And if one of us was lucky to find a 1 litre coca cola bottle we all had a swig from it & guess what? Nobody picked up any germs...

We did not have Play Stations, MP3, Nintendo's, I-Pods, Video games, 99 Cable TV channels, DVD's, Home Cinema, Home Computers, Laptops, Chat-rooms, Internet, etc ...

BUT, we had REAL FRIENDS!!!!

We called on friends to come out to play, never rang the doorbell, just went around the backdoor…

We played with sticks and stones, played cowboys and Indians, doctors and nurses, hide and seek, soccer games, over and over again…

When we failed our exams we were given a second chance by simply repeating the same grade…without visiting psychiatrists, psychologists or counselors…

Such were the days…

We had freedom, success, disappointments and responsibilities. ..

Most of all, we learned to respect others…

Are YOU from that generation?? If that's the case, email this to all your friends from the same era…

Maybe this message will help them forget the stress that surrounds us these days….and just for a few moments puts a smile to their faces as they remember what life was really like in the good old days……

Monday, August 2, 2010

happy friendship day bloggers

Some interesting quotes on friendship, two poems and a short story which inspired me about friendship. Hope my readers will also enjoy it.

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost."

"Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say."

When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your best friend will be there.

What Is A Friend?

A friend is somebody
Who knows you and likes you
Exactly the way that you are.

Someone who's special
And so close in thought
That no distance can ever seem far.

A friend understands you
Without any words,
Stands by you
When nothing goes right.

And willingly talks
Over problems with you
Till they somehow
Just vanish from sight.

And whether you're neighbors
Or live miles apart,
A word from a friend gives a lift
To your heart and spirit.

That shows you once more
Why friendship is life's dearest gift!

Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones
We hold dearest to our hearts
And we allow foolish things
To tear our lives apart.

Far too many times we let
Unimportant things into our minds
And then it's usually too late
To see what made us blind.

So be sure that you let people know
How much they mean to you
Take that time to say the words
Before your time is through.

Sand and Stone

Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE."
They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one, who had been slapped, got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After the friend recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE."
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"
The other friend replied: "When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."

Happy Friendship day and year ahead

Friday, July 23, 2010

In pursuit of happiness

Once, during my morning strolls, I happened to meet a small kid playing the same game with the same ball every morning, but he appeared to be very happy and thrilled everytime he kicked the ball and ran to pick up the same.

On my way back, I saw the vegetable vendor who always liked to chit chat with his customers about various happenings. Though he sells the same or sometimes some mix and match depending upon the season, he was so engrossed in his job and he was happy.

That day, I gave an old good dress of mine to my servant maid since it was good and intact. She was delighted at the thought of wearing the dress, and said that she is going to reserve it for a family function.

Just then, I saw my neighbour with her son (four year old) trying to convince him to wear a new dress they had just bought for a party in the evening. He was very adamant in not wearing it and started crying and making a fuss driving his parents mad. He wanted it to be replaced immediately with another . He had 100s of dresses in his cupboard, since my neighbours are a pampering lot and buy him whatever he wishes. When I asked him "Are you not happy your parents have done so much to you, you have got so many dresses? . He answered " No Iam not happy! They have not bought me what I wanted!

Hi bloggers, post your inferences and views on the above happenings. Where does happiness lie?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The three cartoons which we have enjoyed and which our children continue to enjoy i.e. Tom and Jerry , Scooby doo and Powerpuff girls are the products of Hanna Barbera, the duo whose cartoons revolutionized television animations.

William Hanna was Born in US ON July 14th 1910. The world is celebrating his 100th anniversary this month. He dropped out of college and during the Great Depression, he did odd jobs like preparing title cards for silent films. When his talent was noticed, he joined a reputed organization and headed its pen and ink department. In 1930, he hired the MGM Studio where he met Barbera. They teamed together and made a short film "Puss gets the boot". Thus emerged Tom and Jerry. Then came Scooby doo, Power puff girls and so on. He passed away on March 22, 2001. But his characters live for ever to delight the young and old alike.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Humorous communications

Humor is an important ingredient in effective communication. Humor can ease the situation. It enables the communicator to subtly point out some shortcomings or something which if told otherwise would hurt the receiver. Great people had very good sense of humor. Once one such saintly person was approached by a person who claimed himself to be a scholar who can speak on any religious subject with ease. So the saint gave him an opportunity to render discourses on The Bhagavath Gita for a period of one week at a religious place where people gathered to appreciate religious values. On the first day, 50 persons attended the discourse, on the second 25, on the third day it dwindled to 10 persons. So the person became very furious. He approached the saint and told him “ The people here do not have religious sentiments, they do not appreciate good things being told to them, see only ten people came to attend the discourse”. To this the saint replied with a smile, “ Please be patient, at least there were ten people. When Lord Krishna recited the Gita, there was only one person” ( i.e. Arjuna).

There was a foreign delegate who was supposed to address a group of people in the host country. As the foreigner did not know the local language, he was supposed to speak in his mother tongue while a translator will translate his speech. The speech commenced and the translator kept translating the speech. At one point, the foreigner went on narrating a humorous incident for about five minutes. As he used some local slangs the translator could not aptly understand. However, his duty was to translate. So he just told the entire joke in a single sentence. The people immediately burst into a roaring laughter. At this the foreigner became inquisitive. The narration which lasted for five minutes could be translated in a single sentence and got the desired result. How did it happen? When he enquired the translator, he simply quipped, Actually I could not translate your joke, nevertheless, I did not want to disappoint you. So I told the audience, “the delegate has just narrated a joke, please laugh”

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Yummy Noodles

Hi bloggers,

Lets talk about something yummy. Today, as I was preparing noodles
for my children, I just started thinking about the history of noodles,
how it is made and so on. Let me share my findings with you, of course
with some great photographs

It is believed that Chinese invented the noodles for the first time. A team of archaeologists, reporting in the British journal Nature, say there is now
incontrovertible proof that China was faster to the pasta.

They discovered 4,000-year-old long, boiled strands of noodles protected by an upside-down bowl, embedded in a fine, brownish-yellow clay on a terrace of the Yellow River at Lajia, north-western China.
The site, on a flood plain whose sediments are three metres thick, has been under careful excavation since 1999.
The age of the find comes from carbon dating of the sediments in its lay.
The Neolithic noodles show no trace of the durum wheat, bread wheat or barley that usually make up today's pasta.
Instead, they are made from millet, one of the first grass plants to be farmed in the semi-arid plateau of north-western China.
"The noodles were thin (about 0.3 centimetres in diameter), delicate, more than 50 centimetres in length and yellow in colour," say the delighted researchers, led by Lu Houyuan of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.
"They resemble the La-Mian noodle, a traditional Chinese noodle that is made by repeatedly pulling and stretching the dough by hand."

How to make noodles without egg
2 cups Wheat Flour, Whole-grain
1 teaspoons salt, table
3/4 cups Water
1 tablespoons Olive Oil

In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Add warm water and stir to make a stiff dough. Increase water if dough seems too dry.

Pat the dough into a ball and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 to 15 minutes. Cover. Let dough rest for 20 minutes.

Roll out with rolling pin to desired thickness, working with 1/4 of dough at a time. Cut into 1/4 to 1/2 thick strips. Let dry for at least 2 hours.

Add to boiling water and cook until soft, about 8-12 minutes.

Monday, June 21, 2010


I got a mail from one of my friends regarding stroke. It contains symptoms of recognising it and calling for help. I thought by sharing it with you all, the information will be useful to many who may be saved from a stroke. The contents are


During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, but she went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening
Her husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm she passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps she would be with us today. Some don't die. they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this...

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR . Read and Learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)(i.e. It is sunny out today.)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Best parental behaviour:

Case 1 : Child son/daughter has broken a showpiece. There is a big bang
and the child is afraid. You have noticed it. The child takes a few steps backwards and cringes to the wall. What will you do?

1. Shout at the child for the wrong behaviour
2. Slap the child so that it is not repeated
3. warn the child of consequences if such things happen in future
4. hug the child and tell not to worry

Though the first three behaviours are normally the behaviour of any irritated parent, the fourth behaviour brings the best results.

1.Shouting at the child will indicate that whenever somebody commits such mistake in future, the child has to shout. So the child may shout the next time you or any of your friends or family members do such things in front of the child.

2.Slapping the child who is already afraid, may increase the fear in the mind of the child which may even result in the child becoming very timid and psychologically disturbed. On the other hand, the child may also become very violent. He takes it as a licence to hit anybody, be it friends or siblings when they commit such things.

3. Warning the child, although is better than the first two behaviours,
Will only make the child over cautious and the child may act consciously. But the same thing may give the child a freedom to warn you also if you do something which the child does not like.

4.Hugging the child is the most unexpected thing for the child. The child is already afraid and cringes to the wall, He expects that something bad awaits him for what he has done. But he has done it unintentionally . Hence if the child is hugged and told not to worry, initially, the fear in the mind of the child for the parent goes and the child becomes more friendly and closer. At that time the parent can explain to him that he has to be very careful while handling such things. The child not only learns how to handle a delicate thing, he also learns how to handle many delicate things in life. He will present the most dignified attitude during a crisis.

All of us want our child to behave in the manner mentioned in point no.4,
So why not we in the first instance?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hi bloggers,

this cute baby is the brother of the earlier baby you all have seen in my earlier blog. It is surprising to know that they are the creations of Ms.CamilleAllen, who instead of ignoring a piece of clay has blown life into it. The babies look so natural and cute that we are unable to take our eyes away from them, It is really amazing to see a piece of clay full of life as a cute baby. Nice work, Ms. CamilleAllen. So Now the reason why she is not their boilogical mother is clear!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hi bloggers,

This is about one person whom I admire for her creative thinking and sense
of humour. I happened to read a blog of one of my cousins.
The narrative and the style in which it is presented makes it very interesting
lively. She also narrates various life incidents in a jovial and understandable
fashion for which she gets accolades from various viewers. She gives various
Tamil movie and song titles for each of her blogs which indicates the gist
of what we can expect from the blog but in the most unexpected way. I
personally feel that humour is an art and making others enjoy the humour is
an art in itself. I really enjoy her blogs.

Friday, May 28, 2010

hi bloggers,

this cute baby wants to tell you something

Can you guess who my mom is?

She is my mom since she gave birth to me. But she is not my biological mother. Can you guess how it can be? I think you have guessed right. If not, I will answer you when you visit the next time.

Monday, May 24, 2010

iam back

hi friends,

Thank you all readers who have read my blog or who have passed through my blog. Its nice to see the hit counter with all your responses. i am back with lots of things to share with you. continue visiting.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

housing - different options

Some housing options we can think of.

a unique tree house

Amazing rock house

Boat house

glass house

Water house

Monday, April 5, 2010

Summer Camps with a difference

Summer camps for children concentrate on overall development of children or enable the children to have fun. When the society has children with disabilities, there should be a opportunity for them also to reap the benefit of summer camps. Many mothers who blog have children suffering from some kind of disability. This information will be especially useful to them.

Camp Victory, Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Children who are chronically ill or physically disadvantaged need help and encouragement to cope with their lifelong challenges. Recognizing the sense of isolation and frustration these challenges can bring to the children and their families, Camp Victory was designed and built to handle their special needs.. Both weekend and weeklong sessions are available. For more information, call 570/458-6530, send an e-mail to, or visit the Web site at

Camp C.A.M.P. (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential)
San Antonio, Texas) enables children with disabilities to thrive in a recreational environment where safety and nurturing are primary. Camp C.A.M.P is a series of five-day summer camp sessions for children with special needs who may not be eligible to attend other camps due to the severity of their disability or medical condition. We also include activities for campers' siblings without disabilities. Fees can be waived or lowered by cost-sharing programs, sliding fee scales, and camp scholarships for lower-income families. For more information, call 210/292-3566, e-mail or visit the C.A.M.P. Web site at

Confidence is Cool Kids' Camp
Newport, RI
Confidence is Cool Kids' Camp is hosted by SHAKE-A-LEG. This camp is a recreational day camp provided to children, ages 7-12 disabled by neurological dysfunction, and is designed to fill a void in summer programming available for children with physical disabilities. Sarah Kirwin at 401/849-8898, email, or visit

Camp No Limits – No Limits Limb Loss Foundation
Rome, Maine
Formerly known as Camp Ability, Camp No Limits was established in 2004 to provide children with limb loss and their families the opportunity to network with other children and their families, as well as experienced physical and occupational therapists, prosthetists, and patient advocates. Nature, sporting events, and arts & crafts highlight daily activities. Some sponsorships are available as well. For more information, call Mary Leighton at 207/240-5762, or visit the Camp Ability Foundation Web site at

Information available on the net. Thought it will be useful to many of you bloggers. All the best for your children’s fun and happiness.

summer camps for children

Many parents are on the look out for summer camps to enrol their children this summer. Some information about summer camps in and around Chennai.

Hansel & Gretel Kids Play Centre‎
11, Jagadambal Street (Near Pondy Bazaar), T.Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017‎ - 044 2815 2549‎

YOCee - Website for Chennai Kids‎
15B, 1st Main Rd, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600020‎ - 044 4205 4377‎

Jai Summer Camp‎
PORUR, 33, SABARI NAGAR EXTENSION, CHENNAI, Tamil Nadu 600116‎ - 09840358057‎

PapyrusClubs Discovery Camp‎

6th Floor, "ACROPOLIS" 148, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai,, Mylapore,, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004‎ - 044 4392 3800‎

Summer camp Kriyative kidz‎

14/25, 7th Ave, Ashok Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600083‎ - 044 65446655‎

Robotics @ Bevytro Education Solutions‎

Silicon World, #3/7, II Main Road, Indira Nagar, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600020‎ - 044 32213000‎

Summer Camp in Porur‎
35C, 13th Street, Madha Nagar Ext IV, Madhanandapuram, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600116‎ - 099 41016534‎

Enchanting Elves- Children's Activity Resource Centre, Chennai‎
No.26, Ranganathan Avenue,, Sylvan Lodge Colony, Kilpauk,, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600010‎ - 09444085903‎

AA Summer Camp For Kids Computer Multimedia Courses Training Institute Chennai‎
291, 2nd floor, Poonamalle High Road, Aminjikarai, Chennai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600029‎ - 044 45530096‎

These are general informations when I browsed the net. For specific information the parents have to contact the respective camps.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The flying sikh who made the country's flag fly high

Sardar Milkha Singh is the greatest living Sikh Athlete. Born in a family of modest means, joining the army and then discovering the penchant for running and winning is his life in summation. He deservedly got an epithet named "Flying Sikh" from Pakistan General Ayub Khan. The 'Flying Sikh' is the only Indian to have broken an Olympic record. Unfortunately, he was the fourth athlete to reset the mark and thus missed the bronze medal in the 400m event at the Rome Olympics in 1960.

The Flying Sikh - Milkha Singh

For the man who won 77 of the 80 races he ran, Milkha Singh has no medals. It has been some years that 'The Flying Sikh' donated his sporting treasures to the nation. No personal souvenirs line his living room walls, no trophies sit on the mantle. Instead, the walls make do with pictures of the surgeon in America who saved his wife's life and Havildar Bikram Singh, a Kargil martyr.(Incidentally, he had adopted the son of the Kargil martyr) "I have given permission that my medals be transferred from the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi to the sports museum in Patiala," says the 72-year-old Singh.

But Milkha Singh's achievements can do without such testimony.

Recently, there was a proposal to film the life of Milkha Singh. When the concerned authorities approached him for his consent, he readily agreed. When a sum of Rs.1 crore was offered to him, he flatly refused to accept the amount and said, that I would be happy if my film motivated many to become athletes. Milkha was not only great as an athlete, he was also great in proving that he is a real patriot who is not interested in money, but the development of the sport.

Milkha Singh is king!

How 1st April became Fools Day

Hi friends,
Today is the first of April. Generally people call it Fools Day. If we trace the origin of this day, the most popular theory about the origin of April Fool’s Day involves the French calendar reform of the sixteenth century.

The theory goes like this: In 1564 France reformed its calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to January 1. Those who failed to keep up with the change, who stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week that fell between March 25th and April 1st, had jokes played on them. Pranksters would surreptitiously stick paper fish to their backs. The victims of this prank were thus called Poisson d’Avril, or April Fish—which, to this day, remains the French term for April Fools—and so the tradition was born.
I wish you all the best for not getting fooled this day.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Winners do things differently

This is about a real life happening which I happened to read in a popular magazine. It really touched my heart. Although I do not remember the names of the persons or the exact happenings, I would like to give you the gist of what happened.

The narration is about a mother who lost her son in an accidental shooting. On that fateful morning just a few minutes after her son saw her off, he was shot by a person who was neither an acquaintance of her son nor had anything against him, in fact, he was not even known to him.
But then, all had happened. For the mother whose only solace was her son, it was very painful and a gruelling experience. She could not digest the fact that her son was killed for no reason.
She then tried to collect evidences. Finally the police nabbed the murderer and a life sentence was pronounced against him. For a long time, she could not convince herself. She had been thinking for a while to meet the murderer and ask him why he had killed her son. She contacted the prison authorities and expressed her wish. Finally her wish was granted.
On that day, she waited for the person in the prison. He arrived. He was a young chap may be one or two years older than her son. The moment she saw him, she had a mixed feeling. For quite sometime, they were sitting face to face staring at each other. Then she asked him, how it all happened. He replied with a non-chalant attitude that he just saw her son and shot at him without any impulse or provocation. She could not tolerate it. She burst out. She felt that he did not have any remorse for his act. She showed him the albums of herself and her son and all those things which reminded her of her son. At the end, she asked him, how could he do this to her innocent son, and her. For sometime the prisoner stared at her. She just could not bear it anymore. She held his hand and asked him why? At that moment, two drops of tears rolled and fell on her hand. He spoke about his horrible childhood and background that had drove him to this situation. After hearing him, she felt that the firmness in her hand loosened. She experienced a change in her. Her heart told her that she should forgive him. At that moment she forgave him and entered into a conversation with him. She then decided to do a different thing. She felt that his bad childhood is the cause of all misery. So she decided to videograph his remorseful statement and a message to all, that an impulse can cause such a bad experience and prison term. She was successful in convincing him to do it. It was a welcome move. She organises gatherings and shows this presentation to all so that it will be an eye-opener to all. In this process, she has also forgotten her sorrow and forgiven him.

We have come across many success stories of persons who wanted to become someone. They have achieved something and ultimately they benefited out of it. In my opinion, I consider this mother to be a winner . She not only dared to do what other mothers would not have done, but also has brought about a change in the mind of a cold blooded murderer and made him realize what he has done. She also wanted to protect the society from what had happened to her. She had made the presentation with a view to cleanse the society. In this aspect, she stands out and hence she is a winner. Hats off to her.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Friendship is a nice feeling which cannot be expressed in words. Good friends are great assets to us. They cannot be sacrificed for any material pursuits. They give us warmth, pleasure, advice and what not. Knowing that you have a best friend with whom you can share your joys and worries is a great feeling. There are many occasions when your friend has made you feel very elated, very emotional, and very lively.

There are also occasions when you have some disagreements with your friends. When there is a disagreement, it may also result in not talking with your friend or maintaining silence which is not comfortable to you as well as your friend. You may like to break the silence but your ego may not allow you to do so.

If you find nothing wrong with your friendship and you feel that your friend can be the best person you can have, but for the disagreement, remain silent till your friend realises or if you are at fault, apologise to your friend, but dont expect a kind reaction from your friend immediately. It will take time for your friend to compose himself or herself and think about your apology. Even if you are not in talking terms for sometime, but feel very bad and long to talk to your friend, wish for the same. Never think or talk about a break in your friendship. Never even wish for the same. Friendship is like a small seed which you have planted in your garden . Everyday you provide water and nourishment
and watch it grow . You enjoy everytime it grows an inch and feel very happy to reap its fruits.

Will you ever think of cutting this tree which has grown and has provided so much for you just because the tree has hurt you or its branches have poked you sometimes? Just the same way, even if you have a small disagreement, do not allow it to grow oversize and take your friendship away. Keep in touch with your friend. Do not forget to do what you have been doing all along to your friend. When you are in high spirits due to some good thing happening to you or very low due to something happening to upset you, count on your friend who, eventhough may not be talking to you, may always be thinking of you. Your friendship will be refreshed by such occasions

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Giving Back to society

I Came across an article about Ms.Lakshmi venkataraman, in a Newspaper. My views.
Accolades to Ms. Lakshmi Venkataraman, daughter of R. Venkataraman, former President of India, for establishing a trust named Bharatiya Yuva Shakthi trust. (BYST). She gave up her lucrative job in the AT and T- Bell Laboratories in the US and return to India way back in 1990 and established BYST.

The aim of BYST is to help nurture underprevilaged youth in thr 18-35 age group to start successful enterprises guided by a mentor. Mentoring is a distinctive feature of this project.

Assistance is provided by BYST by supplementing financing, based on the requirement assessment and lending training support. Monitoring and networking are also offered.

Launched by Prince Charles in New Delhi in 1992, it replicates the Prince's Youth Trust Model successfully outside UK.

Each one of us should, after reaching a stage in life, should think about giving back to our society what we have got from it so that the downtrodden and underprevilaged are also benefitted

Friday, March 19, 2010

the rich and the poor

Every now and then, we find popular magazines coming out with findings on who is the richest person in the world. These findings may give popularity to the richest and their value may go up in the market. It will also be an inspiration for people who aspire to become rich or who are already in the race to come to the top slot. On the other side of it, it will reflect the disparities in distribution of income because we may find poorest in the world and the richest in the world are from the same country.

So many measures and efforts are taken to eradicate poverty and help the poor and the needy. But every individual should think (before eating an extra morsel of food, or buying a new dress when you have many or adding a new room to the house or a vehicle which is not essential but because we can afford to), about the poorest for whom your extra morsel may be a feast, for whom your used dress may be a royal robe, and for whom a thatched roof on top may be a palace.

The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied...but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing. ~John Berger

It would be nice if the poor were to get even half of the money that is spent in studying them. ~Bill Vaughan

To a man with an empty stomach food is God. ~Gandhi

Consider the life of people in Haiti.

At the market in the La Saline slum, two cups of rice now sell for 60 cents, up 10 cents from December and 50 percent from a year ago. Beans, condensed milk and fruit have gone up at a similar rate, and even the price of the edible clay has risen over the past year by almost $1.50. Dirt to make 100 cookies now costs $5, the cookie makers say.

Still, at about 5 cents apiece, the cookies are a bargain compared to food staples. About 80 percent of people in Haiti live on less than $2 a day and a tiny elite controls the economy.

Merchants truck the dirt from the central town of Hinche to the La Saline market, a maze of tables of vegetables and meat swarming with flies. Women buy the dirt, then process it into mud cookies in places such as Fort Dimanche, a nearby shanty town.
Carrying buckets of dirt and water up ladders to the roof of the former prison for which the slum is named, they strain out rocks and clumps on a sheet, and stir in shortening and salt. Then they pat the mixture into mud cookies and leave them to dry under the scorching sun.

The finished cookies are carried in buckets to markets or sold on the streets.

A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered.

Assessments of the health effects are mixed. Dirt can contain deadly parasites or toxins, but it can also strengthen the immunity of fetuses in the womb to certain diseases, said Gerald N. Callahan, an immunology professor at Colorado State University who has studied geophagy, the scientific name for dirt-eating.
Haitian doctors say depending on the cookies for sustenance risks malnutrition.

"Trust me, if I see someone eating those cookies, I will discourage it," said Dr. Gabriel Thimothee, executive director of Haiti's health ministry.

Marie Noel, 40, sells the cookies in a market to provide for her seven children. Her family also eats them.

"I'm hoping one day I'll have enough food to eat, so I can stop eating these," she said. "I know it's not good for me."

I would like to quote Mother Theresa, who said,
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Friday, March 12, 2010

kind attention, students writing board exams and their parents

ten golden rules before writing exams

1. prepare well.

2. Do not skip your meals

3. sleep well.

4. Drink plenty of fluids like juice, water etc

5. arrange the things you have to take for the exams like hall ticket a day before and check once before leaving for the exam

6. start to school well ahead of time in a cheerful mood/ do not get tensed

7. Read the question paper and the instructions to answer thoroughly.

8. Write your roll number in the places meant for it.

9. Answer legibly and neatly, leaving adequate space between the answers.

10. After the exam is over, leave the hall and go afresh to prepare for the next exam, Do not discuss the answers and get perturbed about the marks. have faith in yourself and God.

In a dark room without electricity, there were four candles burning. A sudden gush of wind upset the first candle. The name of the candle was peace. It said, Oh the wind is going to blow me off, immediately, the candle was put off by the wind. The second candle was also not sure whether it will survive the wind. Its name was love. It was also blown off. The third candle, seeing the plight of the two candles, felt that the wind will not spare it. Its name was Knowledge. It was also blown off. The fourth candle was sure that it can withstand the wind and survive. The wind blew, but the candle stood the test of time and survived. Its name was faith. A small boy entered the room and felt sad for the three candles. The fourth candle named faith said, Hi friend, don't worry even if all the others are gone, I am still there. If you have me, you will be able to get all the other three back. Thus the boy could regain knowledge, love and peace through faith.


For parents:

1. ensure that the child eats, and sleeps well.

2. give them enough fluids and energy drinks.

3. Always reassure them that they will do well.

4. Do not make comparisons with other children

5. Do not pressurise them by fixing unrealistic targets

6. Know their strengths and limitations and encourage them

7. Do not use harsh words against them for any wrong answers/mistakes

8. Give them the feeling that it is an experience, not the end of life

9. When they do not do well in a particular paper, encourage them to do the others
well. Do not cry over spilled milk and prove detrimental to the other exams.

10. Once the exam is over, allow them to relax. Do not set the next target for them.
have faith in them.

ten ways to cope with stress

1. a morning walk in the fresh air

2. a steaming cup of coffee or tea

3. a fun talk with a small child

4. a short nap

5. fresh fragrance of a flower in the garden

6. listening to soothing instrumental music

7. pep talk with friends

8. spending ten minutes in a place of worship

9. remembering some hilarious moments

10. bringing a smile on the face of a needy.

schools to be cool with children

When I was waiting at a school, I happened to witness two incidents which is worth sharing.
The women incharge of cleaning the school started cleaning the premises just when the children started arriving. As the children dressed up neatly in uniforms and who came from a very protected environment i.e the house, still carrying it along like wearing a scarf around, carrying a kerchief and other protective devices arrived, they were immediately exposed to the dust and dirt emanating from sweeping. The women nonchalantly pushed the brooms hither and thither passing the dust all over. The children were sneezing, holding their kerchiefs or rushing to their class rooms to avoid the dust. The dust which emanates will take time to settle and it will affect all the children causing some dust allergies. Had the women started sweeping a little early before the children actually started arriving, the dust would have settled by the time. They can even sprinkle some water so that the dust does not fly and cause the children to sneeze. The school authorities have to take note of this and take remedial action.

Another event which is not intentional but inadvertant. One teacher was incharge of supervising the children till they reach their classes. Any complaint by the children about other children as well as the general discipline is taken care of by this teacher. I felt that this is a very good arrangement as somebody can mind the children till the classes begin. The teacher was also occasionally calling some students, enquiring about them and having a pep talk with them, which is again a good sign to cheer up the children. Just then, a student passed with a heavy school bag and a lunch bag. He was climbing the stairs. The teacher called to him twice and the third time he responded. That shows that because of the burden and some burdening thoughts the child was preoccupied not to have paid attention to the teacher. The third time the teacher called him and he came down apologetically with the heavy bag and lunch bag. He must be a second or third standard student. Just then, the teacher handed over to him some 35 notebooks to be carried to the classroom. The child also immediately obliged. But after taking the books in the hand he found it very difficult to balance but somehow managed to take them. His class may be in the second floor. The child had to carry the entire burden to the class. Here, one thing I would like to tell the teacher. Giving some small chores like this to children is not wrong, and it also gives the children pride that the teacher has chosen them to take the notebooks. But the teacher could have asked the boy to come back after keeping his bag and lunch bag in his classroom to collect the books. Or she could have carried it herself or could have given to the peon to carry. Giving the books to a child who is already overburdened with books and lunch bag only shows the thoughtlessness of the teacher at that time. She should have put herself in the shoes of the child and understood the pressure she gives to him by asking him to carry the notebooks along with his bag and lunch bag. Children are already burdened by the pressure to get up early, gobble down their breakfast, run for their van with their bags and rush to the school gate before the bell. They should be given some time to relax like a ten minutes prayer or mind relaxation exercises before they are given any work to do. schools to take care.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Louis Braille

Sometimes, an accident or an unfortunate situation gives rise to various inventions
and discoveries. If that is going to benefit millions of people, then it is worth its effort.

A blind child or adult 200 years ago had no effective way to read and write independently. Today, thanks to the ingenious invention of Louis Braille, children and adults throughout the world can read and write as well as their sighted counterparts. Braille's invention was a system of raised dots that can be read with the fingertips.

The American Foundation for the Blind celebrates the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille's birthday on January 4, 1809, this year. We also celebrate the braille code, named after its young inventor, and the expanded possibilities for literacy, independence, and self-expression Louis Braille opened up to blind people everywhere.

The Reserve Bank of India, Chennai region has brought out a Rs.2 coin with the photograph and name of Braille written in braille to mark the birth bi-centenary of Louis Braille.

Louis Braille became blind at the age of 3, when he accidentally poked himself in the eye with a stitching awl, one of his father's workshop tools. The injury wasn't thought to be serious until it got infected. Braille's other eye went blind because of sympathetic ophthalmia.

Louis Braille began inventing his raised-dot system with his father's stitching awl, the same implement with which he had blinded himself, finishing at age 15, in 1824. Inspired by the wooden dice his father gave to him, his system used only six dots and corresponded to letters,

The six-dot system allowed the recognition of letters with a single fingertip apprehending all the dots at once, requiring no movement or repositioning which slowed recognition in systems requiring more dots. These dots consisted of patterns in order to keep the system easy to learn. The Braille system also offered numerous benefits over HaĆ¼y's raised letter method, the most notable being the ability to both read and write an alphabet. Another very notable benefit is that because they were dots just slightly raised, there was a significant difference in make up.

A man who has made it possible for those unfortunate people who have lost their eyesight to read and write!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A smile, the extra mile

One of the words in English which is a noun and a verb at the same time.
It is said that a smile requires 17 muscles while a frown requires 43 to
50 muscles. Whether it is scientifically proved or not, the intention
behind the saying is that it is easier to smile than to frown. A smile
is different from a grin where your teeth are shown, and a laughter
or giggle which produces a sound. A smile is as sweet and soft as
the cream on the cone.

When you smile, you spread warmth, when you smile, you repose
confidence when you smile, you achieve, when you smile you win the
hearts of others, when you smile, you look beautiful. All these
attributes of smile make it the most precious gift one possesses.

A smile costs nothing, but it gives a lot. A smile has got that extra
mile in it which other reactions may not have. A smile when given
makes the smiling person happy. A smile received makes the receiver
happy. Hence a smile creates a win win situation for both the giver
and receiver.

Here, I would like to share a small incident in the life of a writer
which is very relevant. The writer was going to the bank. It is her
usual practice to go to bank every alternate week. On that day, just
two feet from the bank, she found a young person in battered clothes,
unshaved face and writhing pain written large on his face. He held
his battered hat to her. She could immediately recognise that he was
a beggar. He was asking for alms. She felt so pathetic that at this
young age he has to beg. As she had to leave early, she could not wait
and interact with him which otherwise she would have done. She just
dropped some change into the hat and went ahead to enter the bank. Just
then the beggar called her. She felt embarrassed. What else he is
going to ask? She turned to him, He said, Thank you!. She was surprised.
He continued, Thank you, for the smile. I never get it from anyone!.
Just then she realised that she had smiled at him while offering alms.

A smile had so much value for the beggar as he would not have got it from
anyone. So why not we make a value addition to our lives. Let's smile
and go that extra mile. Some photos to bring smiles on your faces

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