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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

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