Monday, November 1, 2010





‘No one is intelligent, but everyone is intelligent’ – a stupid statement which is contradictory and confusing. I think the statement itself is an intelligent one! The power of learning, understanding and reasoning is intelligence. All these mental abilities are possessed by every human being. But how far they are used in day-to-day life is the question that determines whether one is intelligent or not. Intelligent people are considered as superior in a society. They think differently and excel in their efforts to achieve great things in life. Most of the scientists posses the above qualities to qualify as intelligentsia. Those who have not studied in schools and colleges are also intelligent in a way because they carry on works which even an educated person who claims as intelligent cannot do. The skill and talent, learned from experience make a person intelligent too. Intelligent people think before they leap. Such precautions help them to escape some serious risks, but those who are not intelligent do not think before they leap. In some incidents they are cheated by the so-called intelligent people. All intelligent people are not always intelligent because they fail in their intelligence owing to various reasons. Therefore the statement - ‘No one is intelligent and everyone is intelligent’ holds good for all of us. Intelligent people are successful sometimes, not always. Similarly non-intelligent people are also successful in their life according to the circumstances. Application of intelligence for good performance and achievements is essential for efficient services everyone can offer. The power of intelligence is not the sole property of some people, but it is with everyone. If motivated, the power starts working to achieve great things in life. Hence motivation or kindling the brain is an important activity which I undertake through NARA”s NOTEPAD to make everyone intelligent. Am I intelligent? What you think?


An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid. – Art Spander

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument. – William G. Mc Adoo

Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening. – Barbara Tober


An Arab student sends an e-mail to his dad, saying:

Dear Dad,

Berlin is wonderful, people are nice and I really like it here, but Dad, I am a bit ashamed to arrive at my college with my pure-gold Ferrari 599GTB when all my teachers and many fellow students travel by train.

Your son,


The next day, Nasser gets a reply to his e-mail from his dad:

My dear loving son,

Twenty million US Dollar has just been transferred to your account. Please stop embarrassing us. Go and get yourself a train too.


your Dad

Vicky, who was 19 years old, was buying an expensive bracelet, to surprise his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, at a jeweller's shop in Connaught Place, Delhi.

The jeweller inquired, 'Would you like your girlfriend's name engraved on it?'

Vicky thought for a moment, grinned, then answered, 'No, instead engrave 'To my one and only love'. The jeweller smiled and said, 'Yes, sir; how very romantic of you.'

Vicky retorted with a glint in his eye, 'Not exactly romantic, but very practical. This way, if we break up, I can use it again.'


Memory is the process by which the brain first acquires information, then stores it and retrieves it when needed. It is an amazing and mysterious phenomenon. The brain functions are mapped by instrument like Position Emission Tomography (PET) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Memories are laid down as sequences of electrical activity that connect brain cells, or neurons, in various parts of the brain. These electrical pathways link all our senses and connect our sensory input to our physical and emotional responses, storing it all into memory.


Focus on one thing at a time: You can’t remember every fact that comes your way. Decide what’s really important to remember.

Be an active listener: hearing is not the same thing as listening. Some people find it useful to jot down notes or “play back” the gist of what they have just heard.

Eliminate distractions: When you are younger, it may have been easy to study with the television on or the radio blaring. When you’re old, you probably have to eliminate distractions for best mental performance.

Practice, practice, practice: Repeated exposure strengthens the brain’s electrical pathways and greatly improves recall. Remember how many hours you spent memorizing multiplication tables?

Put new information in context: It’s much easier to remember something meaningful than something abstract or random. For best retention, associate new learning with something you already know.

Reduce stress: Stress, whether in the form of anxiety or depression, can be a major impediment to memory.

Become a creature of habit: Fix one spot to leave your eye-glasses, keys, and wallet.


 Looking good is directly linked to feeling.

 Creativity is a kind of journey where you have to explore things your own way.

 The bigger the challenge, the greater the opportunity.

 Either become a leader of change or a victim of circumstances.

 It is not the caste or religion that matter, but the individual with good character and broad outlook.

 Behind every individual there is a story of happiness and sadness.

 Chickens are the only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

 Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.

 The bigger the challenge, the greater the opportunity.

 The very basis of religion is faith, not scientific evidence.


Medicine: Prof. Robert G. Edwards (85), the British scientist whosepioneering research with his late colleague Parick Steptoe led to thebirth of the world’s first ‘test-tube baby’ in 1978 has won 2010 - Nobel Prize for medicine. His work has made possible the treatmentof infertility, a medical condition that affects a large proportion ofhumanity including more than 10% of couples worldwide.
Chemistry: Ei-ichi Negishi, Purdue University (USA), Akira Suzuki,Hokkaido University (Japan) and Richard R. Heck, University of Delaware (USA) share the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for palladium catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis. The discoveries have had a great impact on academic research, the development of new drugs and materials and are used in manyindustrial chemical processes for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and other biologically active compounds.

Physics: Andre K Geim and Konstantin S. Novoselov from theUniversity of Manchester (UK) were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prizein Physics for succeeding in producing , isolating, identifying andcharacterizing another form of carbon-graphene. Graphene is a single atomic layer of carbon, is the first two-dimensional
crystalline material that has been identified and analyzed. It is a transparent conductor which is one atom thin.

Literature: Mario Vargas Llosa (74) celebrated Peruvian-Spanishauthor and one of the most renowned novelists of his generation, won 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance,revolt and defeat. Llosa is one of the great Latin American storytellers-a master of dialogue who has been searching for the elusive concept known as the total novel, and who believes in the power of fiction to improve the world.

Peace: Jailed Chinese political activist Liu Xiaobo (54) won the Nobel Prize – 2010 for Peace for long and non-violent struggle forfundamental human rights in China since there is a close connection between human rights and peace.

Economics: Americans Peter Diamond (70) and Dale Mortensen (71) and British-Cypriot Christopher Pissarides (62) won the 2010 Nobel Economics prize for developing theories that help explain
How economic policies can affect unemployment.

Approach your future with a sense that anything is possible!

Meet you next month – December, 2010
Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP

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