Tuesday, July 31, 2012









“Be brief” – one of my teachers used to tell me when I was a student in the college. I used to think that it will save time if we are brief in talking or writing. Usually, we explain a past action or the present happenings in an exaggerated manner so that the one who hears will get interested to hear. At the same time even if we are brief, people get interested to hear us. This fact is not known to the chatterboxes.

There are people who do not allow others to talk – they start in one subject and end up in some other subject which is altogether different. For example, they may comment on the present day policies and end up in a local dispute between a husband and wife. It is good to spend time for those who do not have any other thing to do. But for busy people it will be a waste of time, so they like to hear in brief. Brief statements can tell us the salient points which are enough for adding to our knowledge.

We see in newspapers or websites the bulleted news items under the heading ‘News Digest.’ A glance at it will tell us what happened yesterday around the world. Writing in brief without missing the main point is in fact an art. One has to practice to talk brief or write brief. When I was a student, there used to be a question on précis writing, probably even now it may be there in schools. The question will have a large passage on some subject like railways or patriotism from some source. We have to read the passage and understand the content and briefly write a précis without missing out the main and salient points in about100 words or so. Of course I, like many others did not take it seriously. We answered the questions only to score some marks. But later on I understood the importance of précis writing.

When we talk or write brief, we use appropriate words more carefully to express our thoughts. Most of the scientific journals request us to write brief research papers to publish. Nowadays it is very costly to print elaborate writings and also for the readers to go through number of pages to extract out a simple point. The readers prefer to have brief reports so that they understand very easily what the scientific research is about.

Poster in a scientific conference is one such brief way of putting the findings in a nutshell. Many scientists and academics find it difficult to brief their findings. They write and rewrite to make their poster brief. Sometimes they solicit others help to make the posters brief. In olden days people used to write long letters extending to four to five pages for their loved ones. But nowadays, a few lines in e-mail or short messages in sms are being sent. Even the words are being abbreviated in a much distorted way to make the mail short and brief. The modern world is following brevity in expressing one’s thought. The communication among people has become so short that we like to be heard very less. Language provides us all possibilities to narrate a long story and at the same time languages also provide us words which can convey messages in a nutshell. Like code words used by defense persons, young people of today are practicing short messages for their friends and others.

Novelists and literary giants used to write a lot to describe a person or a situation in order to bring the attention of the reader into their story. Some of the readers read every word and try to understand the inner meanings and enjoy the author’s aim and also the theme and running of the story, prose or poetry. Even today, in the world of brevity we do find people who like to read a roundabout description sacrificing their precious time. I hope, the number of those people will be getting reduced over time. Certainly the future is for brief communication and deep understanding.

“Be brief” – should be our motto, but it becomes difficult at times to be brief. We describe, expand and exaggerate as I have done in this write-up.


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Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  – Robert Brault

All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.  – Horace Friess


1.     Have I chosen to let habits go in the past?

2.     Am I confusing a difficulty with impossibility?

3.     Where is the evidence that I can’t choose to be different?

4.     Am I a certified fortuneteller who can predict the future?

5.     Am I now finally ready to choose to let my habit go?

6.     Can I think of any reason that would compel me to choose to let my habit go – such as if my life or the life of a loved one depends on it? If the answer is yes, I can do it for myself.

7.     Am I completely lacking in inner resources and strengths?



The marriage ceremony is always a sacred ritual, regardless of whether we get married in a temple or church, at the City Hall or on the beach. The soul is always present, and the subconscious mind is always taking note. That’s why the vows made in this way have a powerful impact. And that’s why the most effective way to undo them is through another ritual, a ritual of a different kind, but just as powerful. This time – undoing the old contract and releasing both people from their vows.
It doesn’t matter whether we create the ritual in our physical reality or in a meditative state. What matters is the clarity of our intention and the intensity of our feeling. Our emotional body cannot distinguish between what happens in our imagination or in our physical world. That’s why we cry our hearts out while watching a movie or reading a book.                                                                            – Aurea McCarthy                                           


in vitro Fertilization (IVR)  involves retrieval of an oocyte form the mother, fertilization in a culture plate, development of an embryo, transfer of the embryo back to the uterus of the mother, implantation, further development into a fetus and birth of the young one. In short, it is an assisted reproductive technology involving human intervention to facilitate fertilization and early development of the embryo outside the mother but subsequently returned to the confines of the mother for future development. On 26 July 1978, Robert G. Edwards and Patrick C. Steptoe were the first to report the birth of Louise Joy Brown, a baby girl, born by IVF using a single aspirated oocyte of her mother Lesley Brown, recovered during her natural cycle, which was fertilized and transferred at the eight-cell stage. After a little more three long decades, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine had been awarded to Edwards for the development of human IVF.



v  Recent survey shows that 100% of people, who drink water, die. That is a fact!

v  Teacher: What is the chemical formula for water?

Student: HIJKLMNO.

Teacher: What are you talking about?

Student: Yesterday you said H to O.


Obesity means having too much body fat, to the extent that it has an adverse impact on your health. What and how much you eat play a significant role in how much you weigh. Most fat calories, especially saturated fats and trans fatty acids found in junk foods are immediately stored in fat cells, which add to the body’s weight and girth as they expand and multiply. Carbohydrate calories from cereals, breads, fruits and vegetables and protein calories from fish, lean meat, skim milk, on the other hand, are converted into fuel almost as soon as they are consumed. If your calorie intake is more than the calorie spent, you put on weight. Certain foods like refined white flour carbohydrates combined with low fibre intake may also interfere with food and energy metabolism. After the age of 40, the body’s metabolic rate slows down by 5 per cent every 10 years; and if you do not improve your eating habits, you will put on weight.
Lack of physical activities and exercise result in low energy expenditure; the result is weight gain and obesity.


Get a piece of paper.

On it, list six people that you know fairly well.

Then drawing two lines and in one column write

what you like about them.

In the other column write what you don’t like about them.

The information you write down about these people

will tell you more about yourself than

it will about the six people.


Ø  When you take care of yourself, others will move towards you.

Ø  Appreciate what you are doing right now – good or bad.

Ø  If you can’t do the best thing, do the next best thing.

Remaining dependent on others stunts your growth!

Meet you next month – September, 2012


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

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