Thursday, August 30, 2018


NARA'S NOTEPAD

VOLUME 14

SEPTEMBER 2018

NUMBER 9

NARA'S NOTEPAD
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BY 
READERS LIKE YOU


THE SECRET OF GETTING AHEAD 
IS 
GETTING STARTED



NARA’S NOTEPAD
THANK
Sri. R. Padmanaban, M. Sc (Ag)
Consultant,
Tea Plantations at Darjiling, Assam & Nepal
17/22 Titan Township, Madhagiri, Hosur 635 110 TN
Ph: 094431 42391


MEMO FROM NARA




Food is the primary input for all living organisms including the humans. If we miss a meal, we feel hungry and tired. Then we come to know the importance and necessity of food. Millions of people do not get the minimum food required for their livelihood. Thus starvation struck some of the poor countries of the world, and thousands die because of that. People are displaced owing to natural calamities and political unrest. The basic need, if not available what can anyone do except accepting death?


The developing and developed nations are very particular in concentrating on the food production or import to meet the food needs of the people. The major food crops like rice, wheat, maize and tapioca are given utmost importance to harvest maximum out of them. Many international institutes governed by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and supported by an international donor group are working for achieving this goal. International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) with headquarters in the Philippines focuses on generating and disseminating rice-related knowledge and technology of long-term environmental, socio-economic benefits. Rice being the staple diet the world over, is the base on which an overall improvement in social and living conditions can be based. The rice eating population is economically weak and as a result most of the people are subjected to starvation. It is not only the food, but also the work is essential to pull on life.
Food shortage may occur due to many reasons. Food production is subjected to drought, flood, diseases and pests and the like. Scientists are trying to do their might to stave off starvation by producing miracle rice and other possible management practices which are not fully utilized by the farmers because of certain limitations they face. Productivity increase is the motto on which agricultural scientists concentrate. The stagnating productivity is the crucial challenge. Degradation of soil was found to be one of the reasons for such stagnation. By 2020, we may have miracle rice which can revolutionize the rice production of the world.


During Green Revolution period, IR8 - a dwarf rice and Mexican dwarf wheat could significantly increase the productivity and stave off the starvation of millions of mouths. No one can deny that. The demand for food is growing day by day because of the growing population. China, the world’s largest rice producer introduced the hybrid rice technology and introduced the hybrid rice technology and increased the productivity considerably. There is little room for expansion of area for growing rice in Asia. So the only way out is to augment the productivity by using all our scientific knowledge. That is what all rice research institutes of the world are engaged in. résistance to biotic and abiotic stresses is a very important research area agricultural scientists go after. Of late, genetic engineering of crops to solve many of the problems at the gene level is thought of. Although there are controversies regarding the genetically modified crops and their produce, scientists go ahead with the needed research to stave off starvation and help the human beings.
On the one hand, one has to look into the dying millions without food and on the other hand, one has to consider the safety of the food we produce for our population. Certainly we have to take mid-decision to drive away the hunger from the world. Once basmati rice was grown for export purpose, but now the neo-rich Indians are after it. As the life-style and standard of living have sky rocketed in the urban population in many developing countries including India, the food preference have gone towards scented rice, organic rice or wheat and their products. At the same time, it is obvious that the farmer who toil in the field and the traders who bring food to the door steps of the consumer are to be appreciated and properly compensated because it is a great service they render for all of us. They are the people who are really responsible to stave off our starvation.

STAY PEACEFUL AROUND THE STRESSED



1. Not living in the moment. Always wishing you were somewhere else, doing something different with other people.
2. Blaming your problems on your past. Although the past affects us, it need not define us. We can choose, decide and act – and take control of our lives. Don’t let your past heartache and pain affect who you become.
3. Running away from problems. It’s pointless to bury your head in the sand and pretend that things are fine when you’re dealing with a problem. Face reality, take action and work to turn things round.
4. Being ungrateful. Being thankful sets you free in your heart and mind. It inspires all that’s good and, also, oils relationships. But an ungrateful person will wear others down. It destroys your spirit, and it saps your energy.
5. Being angry and bitter. Refusing to forgive and bearing grudges against others will slowly poison our personality. It’s much better to release them and to focus, instead, on living a happy and fulfilling life.
6. Letting your expectations rule your life. Life rarely goes smoothly and according to plan – and people disappoint us and let us down. Accepting this is normal takes some tension out of life.
7. Disrespecting yourself and others. Every single person deserves respect, and every single person is fighting their own battle. So focus on being kind, understanding and forgiving.
8. Neglecting important relationship. A relationship that’s built on unconditional love – where a person accepts us for who and what we are – is truly a gift and is worth fighting for. Don’t take it for granted – recognize that it’s a gift.
9. Loving people who are bad for us. Not every person will build into your life. Be aware of those who who’ll use you, or who want to bring you down, or who want to hurt you, or destroy your confidence.
10. Never taking risks. If you always play it safe, you’ll find you end up going nowhere. You must be ready and willing to take risks. If you don’t, you may regret it as you’ll miss so much in life.


THINGS THAT CAN WRECK YOUR LIFE



1. Not living in the moment. Always wishing you were somewhere else, doing something different with other people.
2. Blaming your problems on your past. Although the past affects us, it need not define us. We can choose, decide and act – and take control of our lives. Don’t let your past heartache and pain affect who you become.
3. Running away from problems. It’s pointless to bury your head in the sand and pretend that things are fine when you’re dealing with a problem. Face reality, take action and work to turn things round.
4. Being ungrateful. Being thankful sets you free in your heart and mind. It inspires all that’s good and, also, oils relationships. But an ungrateful person will wear others down. It destroys your spirit, and it saps your energy.
5. Being angry and bitter. Refusing to forgive and bearing grudges against others will slowly poison our personality. It’s much better to release them and to focus, instead, on living a happy and fulfilling life.
6. Letting your expectations rule your life. Life rarely goes smoothly and according to plan – and people disappoint us and let us down. Accepting this is normal takes some tension out of life.
7. Disrespecting yourself and others. Every single person deserves respect, and every single person is fighting their own battle. So focus on being kind, understanding and forgiving.
8. Neglecting important relationship. A relationship that’s built on unconditional love – where a person accepts us for who and what we are – is truly a gift and is worth fighting for. Don’t take it for granted – recognize that it’s a gift.
9. Loving people who are bad for us. Not every person will build into your life. Be aware of those who who’ll use you, or who want to bring you down, or who want to hurt you, or destroy your confidence.
10. Never taking risks. If you always play it safe, you’ll find you end up going nowhere. You must be ready and willing to take risks. If you don’t, you may regret it as you’ll miss so much in life.


JUST TO LAUGH




Mrs. Brown was complaining to her doctor that his bill was unreasonably high. 

“Don’t forget, “he reminded her, “that I made 11 visits to your home while your son had the measles.” 

“And don’t forget,” she countered, “that he infected the whole school.”

TIPS TO REMEMBER




When we’re around people who are stressed and negative it can upset our own sense of inner peace and calm. Here are some suggestions to help you with this:
1. Imagine there’s an invisible shield that separates you from them. See their attitudes, reactions and high expectations as being their choice and decision- they’re not a part of you. You are two separate people – don’t let them influence you.
2. Disconnect from the source of negativity. End the call, close your email, or get up and walk away. When we feel stressed and angry we’re more likely to react – so maintain your control by taking steps to decompress.
3. Avoid toxic people if you possibly can. Avoid people who guilt trip you, or are constantly complaining, or who like to sit in wallow in their misery. They’ll quickly drain your energy and drive you to despair.
4. Be a positive person. Go on the offensive and reach out to people who need some encouragement, a smile or a kind word. That will keep you feeling peaceful and positive.
5. Spend time with people with whom you can connect, and who inspire and motivate you to be a better person. Look out for people who improve your self-esteem, who are positive role models and live life to the full. They’ll broaden your capacity to give and grow as well. (So let them be your focus – and not the stressed out people!)

LINES I LIKED

         

Ø  Be a host instead of a guest in life.
Ø  Be confident in who you are.
Ø  Be dependable and consistent.
Ø  Be moderate in eating, drinking, and working – everything you do.
Ø  Be ready to take change and lead from the front.


Many people lie for personal gains!


Meet you next month –2018

 

Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP


Ph : 0422 4393017 Mobile : 75399 15614

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Monday, July 30, 2018



NARA’S NOTEPAD

VOLUME 14
AUGUST 2018
NUMBER 8

SUPPORTED BY READERS LIKE YOU



PROBLEMS ARE NOT STOP-SIGNS, 

THEY’RE GUIDELINES


NARA’S NOTEPAD
THANK
Sri. R. Padmanaban, M. Sc (Ag)
Consultant,
Tea Plantations at Darjiling, Assam & Nepal
17/22 Titan Township, Madhagiri, Hosur 635 110
Ph: 094431 42391


MEMO FROM NARA


Countries have to think of good roads as the best infrastructure. Developed countries of the world realized this long ago and paved good roads all over. As a result, transportation increased and movement of goods and people from one place to another was accelerated. Settlement of people came on either side of those roads. Developing countries, by looking at those developments started thinking about the good roads for their own economic progress. Bad roads are there everywhere, paved or unpaved. Pot holes, speed breakers, damages in patches, narrow ones are the status of roads in many developing countries including India.
Allotment of budget for this vital sector is thought of only recently to link north to south and east to west of India. Huge amounts of money is required to make the already existing narrow roads to four lane ones. Mostly the World Bank loans are availed for this purpose. Highways/motorways have to be improved to the level of the ones we find in developed nations. They are going to be the lifeline of a nation. Good roads have to be maintained frequently to give a better service to the users. Bad roads cause fatal road accidents very often. The traffic police take lots of measures to prevent road accidents. If the roads are bad, they will be helpless to implement those measures.
Effective steps have to be taken to lay good roads with signboards and proper lighting. Design engineers are responsible for laying good roads for the country. The system of construction through corrupt practice makes the proposal for good roads, a mediocre one. Within a short period after the construction, the roads become unusable, and such is the situation in most regions of our country – India. There are experienced construction companies in India who laid very good roadways in other countries, but they are generally ignored by the politicians. They cannot get their required commission from such reputed companies. Therefore the development is poor and our progress in road infrastructure is retarded to a considerable extent. India being one of the important growing giants in the world certainly needs good roads throughout the length and breadth of the country. Four thousand years ago the ancient cities of Mesopotamia was paved with stone. That was the first man-made roads.
Later, Roman roads formed the most extensive network in Europe and Middle East. The motorways of the 20th century are built on a firm, thick base of pebbly material with a layer of concrete laid over top. Above this is a layer of tar or rolled asphalt. Rubberized roads are also coming up in certain regions in India. Even plastic wastes are also mixed with tar and applied on the top of the road. Innovative road building techniques are invented and applied wherever possible. 

A country which managed with single lane roads for seventy long years after independence realize today the necessity of this important infrastructure on which many other developments depend. National highways connecting various states help in interstate business, transportation of goods and people. In fact, India is moving towards the dream of a developed nation.

While making good roads, there are many hurdles the country has to face. Towns and cities have to be connected by roads of short distances. So the interfering structures have to be removed or demolished. Sometimes rivers have to be crossed, so bridges have to be constructed. The engineering technologies have improved so much that constructing various kinds of bridges is possible nowadays. Wide roads were made in town and cities, but the paved roads are only half the width of the planned roads. Avenue trees occupy some area on either side of the road. Similarly the electric and telephone poles also take away some space. Unauthorized constructions like projection of roof structures by the shops on either side steal away some space. As a result we will be left with a narrow road in the cities for the vehicles to pass by. It is really sad to see such bad roads in many parts of India. Every time the local administration tries to remove the unauthorized occupations, there will be resistance from the public who are affected. They go the extent of filing a case against the administration in the court and stay the work. We know the court takes its own time to clear such cases. Another set of people who get the votes of these people also support them and will not allow the administration to do its job. Thus road remains as it was. We have seen many times such sights in every town. In a democratic country with about 40% illiterates, it becomes difficult to interfere with peoples’ proper or improper activities. It is one the reasons that India could not progress fast and reach the status of a developed nation. With all these limitations, India has a hope to come up in the Global level as a developed nation with good roads in the near future.

ARE YOU ADDICTED TO APPROVAL?



Signs of being addicted to approval include:
1. You are very aware of the expectations of others. They also affect how you feel about yourself.
2. You are constantly worried about how others view you/ what they are thinking about you.
3. You choose NOT to do things that others don’t approve of for fear of judgment and rejection.
4. You DO things you don’t want to do as you fear others making fun or you, putting you down, or talking about it.
5. You feel anxious and upset if you think you have upset or irritated someone – and desperately try to make things right.
6. You think the views and opinions of others are more informed and valuable than yours.
7. You agree when others criticize and put you down. Then you start to attack and feel ashamed of yourself.
8. You reject yourself if other people reject you, and basically believed that at core you are flawed.

TO QUOTE


v  Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot. – Charlie Chaplin
v  For every ‘inside’ there is an ‘outside’ and for every ‘outside’ there is an ‘inside’, though they are different, they go together. - Allan Watts
v  Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny. - S . Hawking

JUST TO LAUGH



“This gay came by trying to sell me a talking dog for $10,” related the bartender
“I said, Get out of here!”
But the dog said, “Please, Sir, this man is mean to me; he never takes me for walks, hardly feeds me, …’
I said, “Hey, he really can talk. Why are you selling him for only $10?
The guy said, “I’m sick and tired of all his lies.”


When you wallpapered your lounge room,” Fred said to Peter, “how many rolls did you buy? Our room is exactly the same size.”
“Twelve,” Peter replied. About a fortnight later, Fred complained that he had six rolls left over.
“I’m not surprised.” said Peter. “So have I.”


The lecturer had reached one of his most telling points: “He who gives in when he’s wrong is wise; but the man who gives in when he’s right is ---“ Married,” came a voice from the audience.

THINGS YOU NEED TO DO



1. The few things that aren’t going right. – When things go wrong, take a moment to be thankful for all the other things that are still going right. And if you’re struggling to be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you have escaped. Sometimes the best gifts in life are the troubles you don’t have.
2. Trying to label everyone and everything. – Sometimes you’ve just got to take people and situations for what they are, appreciate them, and not try to label them or change them.
3. Worrying about what everyone else thinks. – The minute you stop overwhelming your mind with caring about what everyone else thinks, and start doing what you feel in your heart is right, is the minute you will finally feel freedom.
4. Wasting time on the wrong people. – You cannot make someone respect you; all you can do is be someone who can be respected. No matter how much you care some people just won’t care back. At some point you have to realize the truth – that they no longer care or never did, and that maybe you’re wasting your time and missing out on someone else who does.
5. Old wounds and grudges. – You will never find peace until you learn to finally let go of the hatred and hurt that lives in your heart. In order to move on, you must know why you felt the way you did, and why you no longer need to feel that way. It’s about accepting the past, letting it be, and pushing your spirit forward with good intentions.
6. Superficial judgments. –Every human being is beautiful; it just takes the right set of eyes to see it.
7. Letting small disagreements snowball out of control. – Don’t let a single poisonous moment of misunderstanding make you forget about the countless lovable moments you’ve spent together.
8. Showing a lack of self-respect. – Decide this minute to never again beg anyone for the love, respect, and attention that you should be showing yourself. Choose to be your own best friend.


LINES I LIKED

       


Ø  Avoid comparing yourself to others, that’s the fastest way to beat up on yourself!
Ø  Avoid growing tired in your thoughts and attitudes and keep your interest and eagerness in every aspect of life at a high level
Ø  Awareness is the first step in transformation.