Friday, January 31, 2014


 
NARA'S NOTEPAD
 
VOLUME 10
 
FEBRUARY 2014
 
NUMBER 2


 
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MEMO FROM NARA...



2013 is passed away and 2014 is born. We have seen the past and we have to see the future in 2014. The past and future were separated by a very short period of the New Year Eve on 31 December 2013. It was the minute and hour hands of the clock came together one over the other at 12’O clock – the midnight. As soon as the midnight was passed we entered the year of 2014 – A New Year. People all over the world irrespective of all kinds of differences celebrated the solemn occasion.

People make new life-changing resolutions such as putting a stop to cigarette smoking, drinking liquors, getting up early in the morning, going for morning walk etc. All these New Year resolutions are followed religiously for a month or two and forgotten afterwards in most of the cases. Still it is a custom to take New Year Resolutions to improve one’s quality of life.

People used to send New Year Greetings to their dear ones who live in far off places. But nowadays such habit of sending greeting cards is getting vanished. We just call our friends and relatives using our mobile or i-phones and wish them New Year greetings. See the changes we have followed over time! Everyone expects that the New Year will bring peace and happiness all over the world. Such expectations may happen as we expected or it may not. Still people expect for a good future. Those who have faith in God go to temples, churches or mosques to pray for a good future in the coming year without knowing what they need to do. Unless we change  our behaviour and attitude good future cannot be achieved. That is certain. We may talk about so many things for days together, but the real progress comes only when we involve ourselves in the governance. We need to do our duty and follow certain norms to bring about better surroundings with good understanding of human value.

For India, the parliamentary election is scheduled in May 2014. A new government is expected. New future for the country is envisaged. The United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, the International Year of Crystallography and International Year of Small Island Developing States (or SIDS, who worry that if the Oceans rise, they could become SUD – Small Underwater Drowned States). All these three important aspects concern the population of the world. Agriculture, science and climate change are basically essential for every individual of the world to consider. Future depends on these three subjects.

I think 2014 will certainly see some spectacular changes both in our country and in other parts of the world. Let us not see an angry world, but let us see a peaceful world for the progress of human achievements.

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Dr. V.V. Ramamurthy, Principal Scientist (Entomology) and National Coordinator, IARI, New Delhi

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AND

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for sponsoring March 2014 to Dec. 2014 issues.

KEEP THE SPARK ALIVE...


 
Explore Yourself: If you are busy finding faults with your partner, without considering how you may have changed, too, it will harm the relationship. You make an effort first. Do small things to make your partner happy.

Grow together: Every phase comes with fresh excitement and responsibilities. Discuss your inhibitions with each other. At various stages, you’ll discover different aspects of yourself, your partner and your relationship. Grow not only as individuals, but even as partners. It’s important to learn from mistakes and appreciate each other’s strengths.

Expectations create havoc: It’s impossible not to have expectations, but being a bit realistic and lenient can go a long way. Also, focus on your partner’s strengths, not weaknesses.

Take time out: Spend time with each other doing fun things, like you would have done during the initial days of your relationship. Invest time.

Build intimacy: Touching, holding hands, cuddling, and kissing help re-build intimacy. Saying ‘I love you,’ ‘I am sorry’ and ‘I miss you’ go a long way. These words, when taken for granted and unuttered, widen the gap in a relationship.

Blame game: Avoid blame games to resolve conflicts. On the contrary it worsens the situation.

Comparisons: Don’t compare your relationship with those of your parents, friends or extended family. Each relationship is different just as each person is.
                                                                              Melissa D’Costa

DO YOU KNOW?


v  The word ‘almost’ is the longest in the English Language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

v  The first English Dictionary was written in 1755.

v  The word ‘strengths’ is the longest word with just one vowel.

v  ‘Bookkeeper’ and ‘bookkeeping’ are only two words with three consecutive double letters.

v  There are only four words in the English Language which end in ‘dous’ (they are : hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous)

v  The first letters of the months July through to November spell JASON.

v  ‘Skiing’ is the only word with double ‘i.’

v  The least used letter is ‘Q.’

v  The most commonly used letter is ‘E.’

v  ‘Dreamt’ is the only word with that ends in ‘mt.’

TO QUOTE...





Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we really are. – Felix Baumgartner

To discover joy is to return to a state of oneness with the universe. –Peggy Jenkins

I owe my success to listening to the very best advice and then doing the exact opposite. – G K Chesterton

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. -Michelangelo

SIX CARDINAL RULES OF LIFE


 

1.       Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your present.

2.       What other people think of you is none of your business.

3.       Time heals almost everything. Give it time.

4.       No one is in charge of your happiness. Except You.

5.       Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

6.       Stop thinking too much. It’s alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when least expects it.

JUST TO LAUGH...






A doctor vacationing in Switzerland met an old lawyer friend and asked him what he was doing there. The lawyer replied, “Remember the piece of real estate I bought? Well, it caught fire, so here I am with the fire insurance proceeds. What are you doing here?” The doctor answered: “Remember the piece of land I bought in the country? Well, it got flooded by the river and here I am with the flood insurance proceeds.” The lawyer looked puzzled, “How did you start the flood?”

Two lawyers went to a bar and ordered two drinks. Then they took out sandwiches from their briefcases and started to eat. The waiter marched over and told them, “You cannot eat your own sandwiches in here!” The lawyers looked at each other, shrugged and they exchanged sandwiches.

ANGER


ANGER is an inescapable human emotion; we all get mad once in a while. But there are ways to control our anger, and not let it control us. Just like laughter is transient in nature, so should anger be. A joke will make you laugh again if you think about it over and over, and anger is no exception, the more you think about it, the angrier you’ll become. So when you are angry at something or someone, it’s important you let it die out naturally, don’t continue to feed it. Think of other things and apply your cognitive resources at things that make you happy.




Avoid doing what you know is wrong!


Meet you next month – March, 2014


 


Professor A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP


 

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