Friday, August 29, 2008

NARA'S NOTEPAD
VOLUME 4
SEPTEMBER 2008
NUMBER 9

BREATHE DEEPLY



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PEOPLE AND PLACES


Knowing about people and places is a great fun. Although we go to many places and meet many people, we do not really appreciate the outcome of the visit and the friendships we developed at a later date.
In fact, if we start thinking about all these there are many things to learn from them. Great people who have created great things in the world are our guides and forerunners. When we read bout them and if we get a chance to meet them, then we will be able to understand the way they became great. Usually they talk about their experiences and achievements in life, the difficulties and happiness they faced. Those will give us confidence and encouragement to make our life strong.
At one time, I started listing out some of the people whom I have met and not met in my life and started thinking about them for a while. It gave me great inspiration and thoughts. Similarly, I brought to my memory, the places I visited over time with some of the photographs taken in those places. It brought back the invaluable remembrances in my memory, which gave me great deal of joy and satisfaction.
In fact, most of us generally do not look back the interesting things happened in our life in terms of people and places. If we write down few sentences about the people we met, it will run into thousands of pages. It will give an idea, how much we know about each person we met and those we have not met also. Similarly, the places we visited and not visited are also worth thinking of. One important thing is that we learn many things and revise our memory and derive lot of joy. Such joy can be even shared with our dear ones. Keeping a diary or journal or a blog (nowadays) could be helpful for all these activities. Recording life is as important as living a life itself. I have done it, that is why I stress this point and expect everyone does that. The way we live is the way we achieve happiness and joy. I feel there are ways by which we can reach the goal of life. Today’s life and world is full of stress and tensions. So we need to take into account the way we live. We have to know how to live with what we have. Learn such simple philosophy and lead a happy and healthy life.
- NARA

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USEFUL TIPS FOR ALL

Almonds: To remove the skin of almonds easily, soak them in hot water for 15-20 minutes.

Ants: Putting 3-4 cloves in the sugar container will keep the ants at bay.

Biscuits: If you keep a piece of blotting paper at the bottom of the container, it will keep biscuits fresh for a longer time.

Butter: Avoid the use of butter. If it is essential to use, use a butter containing low saturated fat or with plant sterols (which avoid absorption of cholesterol by our body) or similar substitutes.

Apples: Apply some lemon juice on the cut surface of the apple to avoid browning. They will look fresh for a longer time.

Banana: Apply mashed banana over a burn on your body to have a cooling effect.

Bee and Scorpion Sting Relief: Apply a mixture of 1 pinch of chewing tobacco and 1 drop of water. Mix and apply directly and immediately to the sting; cover with band aid to hold in place. Pain will go away in just a few minutes.

Bitter Gourd (Karela): Slit Karelas at the middle and apply a mixture of salt, wheat flour and curd all round. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour and then cook.

Burnt Food: Place some chopped onion in the vessel having burnt food, pour boiling water in it, keep for 5 minutes and then clean.

Chili Powder: Keeping a small piece of hing (asafoetida) in the same container will store chili powder for long time.

Chopping: Use a wooden board to chop. It will not blunt the knife. Don't use a plastic board; small plastic pieces may go with the vegetables.

ACID RAIN


Acid rain is the common name for acidic deposits that fall to Earth from the atmosphere. The term was coined in 1872 by English chemist Robert Angus Smith to describe the acidic precipitation in Manchester, England.

Today, scientists study both wet and dry acidic deposits.

Although there are natural sources of acid in the atmosphere, acid rain is primarily caused by emissions of SO2 and nitrous oxide (N2O) from electric utilities burning fossil fuels, especially coal.

These chemicals are converted to sulphuric acid and nitric acid in the atmosphere and can be carried by the winds for many miles from where the original emissions took place.

Wet deposition occurs when the acid falls in rain, snow, or ice.

Dry deposition is caused by very tiny particles (or particulates) in combustion emissions.

They may stay dry as they fall or pollute cloud water and precipitation.

Moist deposition occurs when the acid is trapped in cloud or fog droplets.

This is most common at high altitudes and in coastal areas.

Whatever its form, acid rain can create dangerously high levels of acidic impurities in water, soil and plants.

MAKE OTHERS HAPPY


HAPPINESS is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.


This is my favorite secret of happiness.


The way to being happy is to make others happy first.

FACTS AND FIGURES



  • There are 3.22 Million Indians in America.*

  • 38% of Doctors in America are Indians.

  • 12% of Scientists in America are Indians.

  • 36% of NASA employees are Indians.

  • 34% of MICROSOFT employees are Indians.

  • 28% of IBM employees are Indians.

  • 17% of INTEL employees are Indians.

  • 13% of XEROX employees are Indians.

  • - ‘WORLD HISTORY FACTS ABOUT INDIA.’

JUST TO LAUGH....


I’d offered to drive my mother-in-law to the doctor’s. But when I arrived at her house, I found her gossiping away with a neighbour.
“Mom, we’ve got to go,” I interjected but she couldn’t hear me over the chatter.
“Mom!” I repeated as I pulled her away.
“Sorry, but I didn’t know what to do,” she said, getting into the car. “That woman wouldn’t stop listening to me.”

Three dolts (stupid persons) are in the forest when they spot a set of tracks.
Dolt No.1 says, “Hey, deer tracks!”
Dolt No.2 says, “No, dog tracks!”
Dolt No.3 says, “You’re both crazy – they’re cow tracks!”
They were still arguing when the train hit them.

A businessman was self-conscious because he had no ears. So when he hired a manager, he asked each candidate, “Notice anything unusual about me?”
The first replied, “You have no ears.” He was shown the door. When the second candidate’s response was the same, he was also tossed out. But the third guy had a different answer.
“You’re wearing contact lenses,” he said.
The businessman was flabbergasted “How did you know?”
“Because people who don’t have ears have to wear contacts.”

THEY SAID.....


To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. – Joseph Chilton Parce

What ever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. –
Goethe

The secret of staying young is to live honest, eat slowly, and lie about your age. –
Robert Lee Frost

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –
Abraham Lincoln

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dream. – Eleanor Roosevelt

We make a living by what we get,
We make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

Meet you next month – OCTOBER 2008
Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D, FISPP
#19, Phase 5, Maharani Avenue, Vadavalli, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu – 641 041
Ph: 0422-2423017; Mobile: 98422 423017
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