Tuesday, July 29, 2008




Each book has two covers – paper or hard – protecting hundreds of printed pages, which emit information in different forms. These pages may tell us a story, poem, history, science and many other subjects. I love books because they are my good friends who will be always with me wherever I am. I carry a book wherever I go and read sitting under a tree in a park or inside an air conditioned bank when I wait for my turn or traveling in a train or in an aero plane. I expect more people do this and cultivate the habit of reading, which is a very good brain exercise. We learn many things from reading books, magazines and newspapers. New ideas will come into our mind to explore and experiment. Unfortunately, the habit of reading is not practiced very; much by the younger generation. TV, mobile phones, MP3 player etc., are new gadgets, which divert people from reading a real book. Nowadays, books are available by which one can hear the books from an audio tape. They are called audio books. Still we miss the pleasure of looking at the words and sentences and understand the spellings and meanings.
Kindle is one of the electronic devices invented by Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com costing about 400 dollars in the US. I was tempted to posses one by looking into the specifications of this stuff. It looks like a folded book with some buttons on it and a monitor in which one can download a book, magazine, newspaper or website and read. The letter size can be adjusted. I hope I’ll get it one day and enjoy reading books.


Happiness refers to the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile. However, most of us don’t need a definition of happiness because we instinctively know whether we are happy or not. The fountain of happiness can be found in how you behave, what you think, and what goals you set everyday of your life. “There is no happiness without action.”


Did you know that keeping your mind active is one way to live longer and healthier? Studies have shown that when you "feed" your mind with new information, you are actually building brain cells that can benefit you, both physically and mentally.
And there are plenty of ways to do that, Narayanan. It can be as simple as thinking of a topic that interests you and then researching it. When you research, you expose yourself to a wealth of information. And with today's sophisticated online search engines, researching is much easier than it used to be. That makes it easy to keep your mind active without even leaving home.
And there are other means to find mental stimulation. If you are fond of formal classes, you could look into the curriculum offered at a local learning center, community college, or even a major university. Many universities now offer online classes, which really broadens your learning options. Whether it's a cooking class or a university course in psychology, you'll benefit from learning something new. You can also stimulate your "little gray cells" by visiting a local museum or watching historical, scientific, and other educational programs on television.And don't forget the easiest and simplest lifelong learning technique, reading. A powerful activity for keeping the mind honed and sharp, reading is an inexpensive and pleasant pastime. Studies show that teachers and professors tend to keep their mental faculties longer, and this factor is attributed to their regular reading habits. So, settling in with a book is good for your health!


Modern computer chips pack almost a billion transistors in a mere square inch of silicon, and in the future computer elements will shrink even more, approaching the size of individual molecules. At this level and smaller computers may begin to look fundamentally different because their workings will be governed by quantum mechanics, the physical laws that explain the behavior of atoms and subatomic particles. The great promise of quantum computers is that they may be able to perform certain crucial tasks considerably faster than conventional computers can.
Quantum computers, the ultra powerful computers can store and process data using atoms, photons or fabricated microstructures. One can store data on the ions and transfer information from one ion to another.


At a cocktail party, one woman said to another, “Aren’t you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?” “Yes, I am. I married the wrong man.”

A lady inserted an ad in the classified: “Husband Wanted.” Next day she received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: “You can have mine.”

First guy says, “My wife’s an angel!” Second guy remarks, “You’re lucky, mine’s still alive.

A worried woman rushed to see her doctor. “Doctor,” she said, “take a look at me. When I woke up this morning, I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out, and I had this corpse-like look on my face! What’s wrong with me, Doctor?”

The doctor looked her over for a couple of minutes, then calmly said, “Well, I can tell you that there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight.”


Ozone is a gas naturally present in Earth’s atmosphere. Unlike regular oxygen, which contains two oxygen atoms (O2), ozone contains three oxygen atoms (O3). A molecule of regular oxygen can be converted to O3 by UV radiation, electrical discharge (such as from lighting) or complex chemical reactions. These processes split apart the two oxygen atoms, which are then free to bind with other loose oxygen.

Why is it so important to drink a lot of water?

Water aids in the digestion and absorption of foods through the intestinal walls.
Water is important in the elimination of metabolic wastes.
Our thermoregulatory system depends critically on water. If you don’t have enough water to seat, you can’t receive the natural cooling benefit of water evaporating from your skin.
Most of our blood is water, so being well hydrated is central to maintaining a healthy blood volume. If blood volume drops, the natural cooling process of sending blood to the skin’s surface is impaired, and the heart rate is unnaturally elevated.
Water can be a healthy and natural appetite suppressant. Certainly, drinking water frequently can help give a sense of fullness.


    Nothing is worth more than this day – Johann von Goethe
    mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day –
    Will Durant
    Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is cash in hand. Spend it! – John W Newborn
    is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather –
    John Rusking
    is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing – Oscar Wilde

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple – C.W. Ceram

Meet you next month –SEPTEMBER 2008
Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D, FISPP
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Thursday, July 3, 2008