Sunday, November 30, 2008


NARA'S NOTEPAD


VOLUME 4


DECEMBER 2008


NUMBER 12

CULTIVATE LIFE

MEMO FROM NARA


At the age of 70 years, my memories are loaded with all kinds of thoughts of worries as well as happiness about me, my children, family, relatives and friends. I worried whenever I or they were not well or in some kind of trouble and I was happy whenever I or they were happy in life. Now I feel that these are part of everyone’s life. I also feel that there was no point in getting worried at any circumstance because it does help neither me nor others. Certainly the causes for the worry will vanish sooner or later. By worrying we cannot achieve the relief for anybody. One has to face any problem which may be hard sometime. Even then without worry and with a brave will we need to fact it and find the possible solutions. Time, in fact, is a great healer of emotional or physical pain. We have to wait without worrying. It is easy to say and difficult to adopt, we should train our mind and tune to this attitude. Later in life, one brings back to memory all the past worries and happiness as I do now. It is better to think a bit about the repercussions of worrying. It weakens our mind by not solving the problems. The same worry will vanish as soon as the problem is solved. That is what happens. If we know it well in advance for sure, then we can control the worries and live with a clean mind and vision. Such a mind or vision helps us to take some appropriate decisions to solve the problem. Great people have adopted this simple principle and could manage their lives very well. We have to learn from such people to control our feelings of worry and live free from it. I hope those who read this bit will try to follow the principle of ‘not to worry’ and cherish their life and also the lives of children, family, relatives and friends.

GREAT ACHIEVERS


The greatest achievers are driven by a huge, humongous, all-consuming Vision, either for their lives or for the world. They view the world as a perfect playing field to manifest and make concrete their visionary ideas and are often driven by this vision, whether or not they are consciously aware of it from moment to moment.
They set targets and objectives that are in alignment with this grand vision of theirs. They also have the discipline to reject and ignore so-called opportunities, developments, innovations and temptations that are not in alignment with their great vision, often creating enemies because of this.
They seek out the best possible methods to accomplish what they seek, never settling for mediocrity or lackadaisical efforts. To these achievers, the terms 'laziness' or 'hard work' are concepts foreign to them. What they are driven by is their vision and the goals they must achieve in order to meet that vision. Whatever it takes to accomplish those targets of theirs, they will accept, and although they are humans too and can feel exhaustion, they do not view the necessary work as something to dread, but something to live with, even enjoy.
The great achievers are constantly learning. They learn from their mistakes, from other people's mistakes, from their observations of the necessary goal-attaining processes in which they are engrossed. They do not stop at simply learning, they also put their learning into action, dynamically and consistently refining their methods in real-time. Sometimes the growth and improvements they obtain from their gradual evolutions borne out of their learning can be very minimal, sometimes they may achieve tremendous improvements, even breakthroughs. But in their minds, they do not discriminate between small improvements and big improvements, neither obsessing over making huge improvements nor being content with only small improvements. All sizes and manners of growth are welcomed by them. - Mohammad Latiff

TRANSGENES AND CISGENES


Transgenes (hybrid) are genes originating from other organisms or non-crossable species, which is a new source of genetic variation for plant breeding. In transgenic technology, bacterial genes coding for resistance to antibiotics or herbicides are used for the selection of transformed plant cells. The introduction of these classes of genes, new GM regulations have been developed in order to master the potential risks connected with the genes.

Natural indigenous genes, isolated from crop plant itself or from crossable species, are now called cisgenes in order to distinguish them from transgenes. The traits of these cisgenes represent the existing genetic variation applied in classical plant breeding. The use of genetic variation coming from the crop plant itself or from crossable species has a long history of safe use in many crops.

THEY SAID...


Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it. For in today, already walks tomorrow. – David Guy Powers

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. –
Henry Ford

Often we change jobs, friends and spouses instead of ourselves. –
A. H. Hetha

When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred. – Thomas Jefferson

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. - Benjamin Disraeli
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. - Aristotle

BREAK THE ROUTINE


1. Go for a leisurely walk or jog around your neighbourhood.
2. Write down your thoughts and feelings in a journal.
3. Do something creative: paint, draw, play music or do woodwork.
4. Take a hot bath.
5. Meditate.
6. Exercise.
7. Read a book.
8. Collect old clothes and other items to donate to a charity.
9. Start a new project, such as organizing photos.
10. Give yourself permission to just do nothing at times
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GLOBAL WARMING


Global warming is the increase of average temperatures on the earth’s surface, calculated annually from measurements taken across the entire globe. Scientists attribute the recent rise in average global temperatures to an increase in greenhouse gases which create the “greenhouse effect” of trapping heat from the sun in our atmosphere. These gases include water vapor, CO2, methane, nitrous oxide, and chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) among others. While the greenhouse effect is essential for life on earth – without it, surface temperatures would be about -2oF – excessive greenhouse gases can also elevate temperatures above livability range.

JUST TO LAUGH...


‘Woman without her man is a savage.’
When this sentence was given to a class to punctuate correctly, it was found that the boys took it one way, the girls another.
Boys: ‘Woman, without her man, is a savage.’
Girls: ‘Woman! Without her, man is savage.’

Satisfied in the past with the work of ayoung teacher who supplemented his income by doing interior decorating, we employed him again. When his bill came, we say he had charged us Rs.120 per room.
‘But last time it was Rs.100.’ my wife reminded him.
‘Yes,’ he answered. ‘But that was before I got my M.A.’

The Sunday Times prints the following conversation between a visiting American and an Eton schoolmaster:
‘Do you allow your boys to smoke?’ the American asked.
‘I’m afraid not,’ said the Etonian.
‘Can they drink?’
‘Good gracious, no.”
‘What about dates?’
‘Oh, that’s all right, said the master, ‘as long as they don’t eat too many.’

‘What steps,’ a question in a college exam read, ‘would you take in determining the height of a building, using an aneroid barometer?’
One student, short of knowledge but long on ingenuity, replied: ‘ I sould lower the barometer on a string and measure the string.’

PERSONAL TRAITS


1. Accurate
2. Active
3. Adaptable
4. Adventurous
5. Affectionate
6. Aggressive
7. Ambitious
8. Analytical
9. Appreciative
10. Artistic
11. Brave
12. Business like
13. Calm
14. Capable

15. Caring
16. Cautious
17. Cheerful
18. Clean
19. Competent
20. Confident
21. Confident
22. Conscientious
23. Conservative
24. Considerate
25. Cool
26. Cooperative
27. Courageous
28. Creative

Curiosity is the very basis of education!
Meet you next month – January 2009

Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP
# 19, Phase 5, Maharani Avenue, Vadavalli, Coimbatore – 641 041, Tamil Nadu
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