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NARA'S NOTEPAD


VOLUME 5

MARCH 2009

NUMBER 3

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MEMO FROM NARA


Success in various fields of science, sports and entertainment brought happiness to all Indians. On the other hand, we faced some unpleasant events too. The war between the LTTE and Sri Lanka Government, terrorist attack on Mumbai, Pakistan’s involvement, Dr.Manmohan Singh’s hospitalization, Satyam fraud, the clash between advocates and the police force in Chennai are some of those problems the State and Central Governments face. They are very sensitive issues. It is not that easy to resolve those unless our country carefully adopts diplomacy. Days, weeks and months have passed. Still the problems persist. In spite of all these unpleasant problems, we are satisfied with the scientific achievement of moon mission of sending Chndrayaan I to the moon. In sports, Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bupathi pair won the mixed doubles tennis championship in Australian Open 2009. In the Junior Championship someone from Uttar Pradesh won the cup in the same match. In entertainment field Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars in which two Indians: A.R. Rahman and Resul Pookutty were included. The same film was already awarded the Golden Globe and the BAFTA awards. Another film: Smile Pinky shot in India with an Indian child actor got the Oscar for the best short documentary film. Indians are second to none in the world. Men and women of India are shining in the world forum in all fields with skill and talents. But still as in other countries, we have also internal problems which have to be solved diplomatically and peacefully. Let us hope that India will come out of all these local problems and win over the world in the near future.

JUST TO LAUGH .......


Boss: Where were you born?
Sardar : Punjab .
Boss : Which part ?
Sardar : Kya which part ? Whole body born in Punjab.

Two Sardars were fixing a bomb in a car.
Sardar 1 : What would you do if the bomb explodes while fixing.
Sardar 2 : Don’t worry, I have one more.

Sardar was busy removing a wheel from his auto.
A man asks sardar why are you removing a wheel from your auto?
Sardar : Cant you read the board. Parking is only for 2 wheeler.

Sardar joined new job. 1st day he worked till late evening on the computer.
Boss was happy and asked what you did till evening.
Sardar : Keyboard alphabets were not in order, so I made it alright.

THEY SAID ...


To write one’s memoirs is to speak ill of everybody except oneself. – Marshal Petain

“Classic” – A book which people praise and don’t read – Mark Twain.

When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom – John Gray

I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou

Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die – Malachy McCourt.

DO YOU KNOW?


In the International system of notation for numbers letters ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, and ‘d’ do not appear anywhere in the spelling of 1 to 99.

Letter, ‘d’ comes for the first time in hundred.

Letters ‘a’ ‘b’ and ‘c’ do not appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 999.

‘a’ comes for the first time in thousand.

Letters ‘b’ and ‘c’ do not appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 999,999,999.

Letter ‘b’ comes for the first time in billion.

Letter ‘c’ does not appear in the spelling of any number.

VIVACE


Vivace stands for Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy. Slow-moving ocean and river currents are reliable and affordable alternative energy source. Vivace in a machine that works like a fish to turn potentially destructive vibrations in fluid flows into clean, renewable energy. Michael Bernitsas, Professor in University of Michigan, Dept. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering developed Vivace. Electricity created with Vivace is cheap: 5 cents per kWh compared to wind costing 6.9 cents per kWh, and with nuclear power costing 4.6 cents per kWh. Of all the alternative energy technologies solar is the most expensive: 16 – 48 cents per kWh. According to Benitsas, if we could harness 0.1 per cent of the energy in the ocean, we could support the energy needs of 15 billion people.

MAGNETIC MIND


In order to acquire the magnetic mind, you must eliminate, with prejudice:
Doubt and fear of your ability to please others
All antagonisms towards other people
Your eagerness to get the best of others
Feelings of superiority over anyone
Thoughts of yourself as the only person thatmatters
Desire to rule or oppress others
All urges to impress others
Of course, the rules above do not mean that you should act like some nobody that is merely being tolerated by others. Envy no one anything he has, but don't agonize over the fact that you have no more yourself. If Bob or Amy is taller or better looking than you, rid your mind of those comparisons.

HAPPINESS IN CRISIS


Things go smoothly when we are happy or when we are happy things go smoothly. It happens all the time in all our life. When there is a crisis in life, how to maintain happiness? Is happiness associated always with the healthy state of mind? Yes, it appears so. It is very difficult to be happy in tough times, but still with little effort and practice, one can be happy even in those times. Examples are many. One of the telling examples is in India, during the past few years employment in IT industry shared lot of money in the form of salary to our young people who enjoyed their life spending lavishly their salary. But today suddenly due to the economic downturn, those youngsters are facing tough time in their life. They cannot live as they were living earlier. Some of the companies reduced the salary or did not increase it or cut their jobs. It is certainly not a happy situation. But still they need to understand the crisis and try to be optimistic. It is said that happy people are optimistic and are more committed to their duty. The only way to do great work is to love what we do. Happiness during difficult days is one of the survival strategies humans should adopt. Sharing thoughts and feelings with friends and others, improve the emotional energy of mind. There is more than one method to achieve happiness during difficult times. One of them suggests writing down three to five things for which a person is thankful for and thinking of them during difficult times. This helps the person to be happy.

Let us try and see. -NARA

HEALTHY BODY AND MIND


WATER: Keeps your energy levels high. Your body needs at least two pints of water a day to function well.
BREAKFAST: The most important meal of the day.
OXYGEN: Fills the body and beats fatigue. If you're feeling tired, just take a few deep breaths.
EXCESS WEIGHT: The body has to work harder and longer just to move and breathe.
USE YOUR MUSCLES: Too much rest can be exhausting. Simply do any exercise for at least ten minutes a day.

FITNESS: Is as easy as a 20 minute exercise session three times a week.

ALPHABET MOTIVATION


Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits.
Believe in yourself.
Consider things from every angle.
Don’t give up and don’t give in.
Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come.
Family and friends are hidden treasures; enjoy their riches.
Give more than you planned to.
Hang on to your dreams.
Ignore those who try to discourage you.
Just do it.
Keep trying, no matter hard it seems, it will get easier.
Love yourself first and most.
Make it happen.
Never lie, cheat or steal, always strike a fair deal.
Open your eyes and see things as they really are.
Practice makes perfect.
(Rest in the next issue in April 2009)

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor!
Meet you next month – April, 2009

Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP
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