Thursday, June 28, 2012

Life can begin at any age, it is all in your hands!

Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 50/60 70/80years of age owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinions. But it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously.
Here are ten mantras to age gracefully, make life after retirement pleasant, enjoy and treasure the elders years of wisdom and intelligence at its best.  

1.  Never say ‘I am aged'
 There are three ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by the health conditions and the third is how old you feel you are. While we don't have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age. 
 2. Health is wealth:
 If you really love your kids and kin, taking care of yourself and your  health should be your priority.Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Do take health insurance cover.   
3. Money is important: 
 Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don't spend beyond your means even for your children. You have lived for them all through and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful and they take care of you, you are blessed. But never take it for granted. 
 4.Relaxation and recreation:
 The most relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter.Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music and see the funny side of life. 
5. Time is precious
 It is almost like holding a horse's reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that every day you are born again. Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash — use it profitablyLive this moment.  
 6. Change is the only permanent thing
 We should accept change — it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed. 
 7. Enlightened selfishness
 All of us are basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and happiness we derive by doing good to others, without expecting anything in return.   
8. Forget and forgive: 
 Don't be bothered too much about others' mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped in one. But for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will be only increasing our BP.  
 9. Everything has a reason. A purpose: 
 Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and right in his own way.   
10. Overcome the fear of death: 
 We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will carry on.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Versatile blogger award,200 postings and 25000 pageviews


I am glad to inform that this is my 200th post and it is about the Versatile Blog award received by me. I am also glad to inform that I have reached 25000 pageviews as on today.

Some months back I  received Versatile blogger  award from  Mr Subhorup DasGupta of ' Subho's Jejune Diet' This was the first award received by me from a fellow blogger after joining Indi Blogger.

He has given the following reason for choosing me for the award:

"SVS of Knowledge Sharing. Very popular and very simple. This blog puts out all sorts of information from a rich variety of sources, without too much of opinion or self promotion, and the sheer breadth and sometimes the depth of information put out is enough for it to be on my list. SVS’s genuineness and commitment (time and effort and research) to sharing empowerment with the readers of this blog is amazing."

I decided to post this information after reaching the mark of 200 postings. So in this post I have covered about the award.

When one receives this peer review kind of award, this is what one is expected to do with it

1. Add a picture of the award in your post.
2. Thank the award giver.
3. Share 7 random facts about you.
4. Choose 15 other bloggers to pass the award to and let them know that they’ve been nominated.

Though the first three expectations are very easy to fulfill, the last one of choosing 15 other bloggers to pass the award is very difficult since the number 15 is very very small when we have hundreds of versatile blogger writing in their own style on different subjects. And by this time most of them would have  already received this award. 

1.  Added the picture of the award at the starting of the post .

2. I already thanked  Mr Subhorup DasGupta who gave the award to me. It was really so nice of him  to pass on the award to me with the excellent comments on my blog. 

I also take this opportunity to thank all those readers of Indi Blogger, my friends in Face book and friends in various online groups who  read my postings and give nice comments and encouragement.
3. Seven random facts about me:
    a. Native place: Sholinghur, North Arcot District. A pilgrim centre with two famous Hills.

    b. Education and Job:Completed  SSLC in Sholinghur and studied PUC in Pachaiappa's  College,Chennai  and  B.Sc(Chemistry) in Loyola College,Chennai. After working as Chemistry Demonstrator in  Loyola College  for two years , joined Indian Bank in 1973 where I worked for 37 years  in different capacities and  retired as Assistant General Manager in 2010. 

       After joining the Bank , I got the  CAIIB qualfication in Banking,  Diploma in  Advanced Basic Programming, and PGDCA in Alagappa University. 

   c. Family: Married in 1977. My wife  Uma Sai baba with  MA(English Literature).B.Ed ,qualifications  worked as English Teacher in a Private School and resigned the job last year when she was Head Of  English Department. 

My elder daughter married and settled in Hyderabad. She has a daughter who is studying 5th Std. in the same school where my daughter is working. 

My younger son is working as a Software Engineer and he is staying with us.

   d. My Hobbies: Reading books in Tamil and  English, Listening to music,Watching movies and TV  programs, chatting with Online friends and Blogging. 

    e. Books of my  Interest: In English I have read almost all the books by Alistair MacLean(and  also  saw most of the movies based on his novels during college  days),Jefferey Archer,Sydney Sheldon, Irving Wallace, Leon Uris, Frederick Forsyth, John Grisham, Dan rown,P.G.Woodhouse,JRR Tolkein's 'Lord of Rings', J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter series, C.S.Lewis's Narnia series, my wife's favorite author Georgette Heyer(some books),Stephenie Meyer.  I also read books on Health,Self development etc. 

      In Tamil, my favorite authors are Kalki, Agilan,  Sujatha,Na.Parthasarathy,Sandilyan, Jayakanthan,Tamilvanan, Janakiraman etc. I don't know how many times I have read Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan,Sivagami  Sabatham and Parthiban Kanavu. I like his style of writing combining the past and present.

   f. Best Moments in my life

  •        When I came School First in SSLC examination out of more than 100 students.
  •        When I got   BSC Degree with Distinction Plus
  •        When I was a Student and Demonstrator  in Loyola College. 
  •       When I went on Nine days package tour of Tamil Nadu in 1976 conducted by Tamil Nadu Tourism    Development  Corporation covering most of the tourist places of Tamil Nadu.
  •        My Marriage and initial  starting of married life in Calcutta where my daughter and son were born. (Immediately after my marriage I was posted to Calcutta on promotion  and started my married life).  We spent five years in Calcutta where we had a nice time.
  •       One Month stay in 2008 with my son(who was working there at that time) in USA spending time in   Minneapolis,Chicago,New York and New Jersey.
  •       One Week Stay in Malaysia and Singapore in 2010  with my son(who was working in a different  company).
  •      Spending time with my Grand daughter whenever we visit to Hyderabad or during her visit to Chennai
  •      My son's getting M.S.Degree last month after studying in Aston University,Birmingham
  •      Whenever reading nice comments by the readers of my blogs in English and Tamil
    g.  My disappointments life:

        a) Lack of friends to share my pleasures and  problems. It is my nature to keep alone wherever I go and  not mixing easily with people. Fortunately in the recent years I am connected with about 25 of my   Loyola College   friends (B.Sc.Chemistry batch of 1970) after a period of 40 years and we used to         meet once in two or  three months to spend some time. Even then I feel that I have failed to develop  close friendship with anyone. I have got some online friends with whom I maintain contact  and share my thoughts though I have  not seen some of them in person. 

       b) I have not learnt to drive two wheeler or four wheeler which I find now a days  is my big problem in life since I have to  depend on my son or call drivers whenever I have to go to other places by car.

I think that this is enough about me and now I am coming to the Most important part of this posting. 

4. Choosing  15 other bloggers to pass the award to and let them know that they’ve been nominated.

    It is really very difficult to choose only 15 persons since there are many many bloggers who are writing very good articles on various matters in their own style. Some of the persons whom I have chosen might have already got this Versatile award from other bloggers.

However, I choose the following Bloggers for the Versatile Blogger award:

      1.  Farida Rizwan:   In spite of her health problem, apart from taking

Farida Rizwan
 care of her family ,she is regularly posting articles about her self and her experiences in her life in the following blogs:
                         -Discovering Myself
      2.Ranjith: In his "A light hearted Talk" Blog he posts articles for  happiness in this world. In his own words 

This blog is about: Friendship,Love,Relationships,Happiness,Spirituality .............. And an expression of my feelings and thoughts.

      3.Raj kumar:  I find it difficult sometimes to post even one article per a week in my two blogs. But 

Mr.Raj kumar is maintaining the following blogs and post articles in each blog very frequently:
                          -The Traveller
                          -Money Market Blog
                          - Elixir of Knowledge
                           -Destination of Marvel
                          - Mono-live
                           -Mac and me
                           -Dream Health
I really enjoy reading his articles which cover various subjects and wonder how does he find time to write so much of information in his blogs.

        4. Rajesh Prabhu
Rajesh Prabhu

Travelling across India and captures whatever seen by him and post
 the pictures in three blogs:
                             -Why take snaps?
                             - Lazy clicks
                            - India Travel
             Most of the pictures taken by him and posted in the blog are amazing.
      5. Seema

A great artist and her pictures in 'Seema's Art' blog receives a lot of appreciation. She also selects the themes of her paintings to suit the festival seasons. Her recent pictures on Together till the end,Will wait for you,Labor etc are amazing. She also participates in most of the contests and won the contests. She was one of the first few bloggers who joined in my Network and made nice comments in my postings.  

      6.Sujatha Sathya : 
Sujatha Sathya

Another great blogger in her blog' Conversations(A peek into my life and Times)'  posts articles on her various experiences, her travels to places. She is  also very bold writer giving her views on controversial subjects very boldly. Whenever she posts an article she gets more than 100 comments and somehow I used to be the last person to give my comments :-( .  I got inspiration from her articles and started to post my experiences also in my blog .  
      7.G.Christy Rathnalatha: In her Blog 'Mykitchenflavors-bonappetit'' she is giving recipes  for mouth watering dishes and got many awards for her postings in various contests. 
G Christy Rathnalatha   
There is no doubt that many persons would have been benefited from her recipes.
      8   Deepak Vitthal Doddamani: 

Deepak Vitthal Doddamani

Deepak in his blog postings writes various articles, poems and post beautiful pictures captured by him with suitable descriptions

      9. DeepaK Karthik : Deepak is an Engineering students and maintains the following two blogs :
                                    - Whatever it takes
                                    - The Portico
Deepak Karthik
 He is writing interesting articles in these blogs and he has also received many awards for his blog postings.
     10.Jane Sheba: She is writing about various subjects in her   six blogs listed below.
Jane Sheeba
                              - Pro blogging success
                              -Jane Sheeba
                              -Merry Relationships
                              -Zion Revival ministries
                              - Cooking your way
                              -Tech Buzz online

 She is a Blog consultant and also authored two ebooks to help other bloggers.Her writings are awesome and  I always used to wonder how she is writing on various subjects . I always  read with interest her posts on computers and internet in Tech Buzz online.                              
     11.Padma Priya T.S:  In her Blog "Aalayam Kanden" she is writing about unique and lesser known temples in various parts of India along with the
Padmapriya T S
                  relevant pictures of the temples. She has already received many badges and awards for her posts. 

  12.Arun: Arun in his blog "Passion for Movies"writes reviews of different types of movies
  .In these two years of starting his Blog(2011 and 2012) he has already posted reviews/appreciations about 185 movies

  13.Shrijeet Roy Choudhary:
Shrijeet Roy Choudhary

  A Mechanical Engineer by Qualification, a Techno-Business Analyst by Profession ,he maintains two blogs in his name:
                            - ASS on Fire takes you higher
                             -Point and shoot
In the first blog he covers various topics like humour,philosophy,cartoons etc. All his articles are written in his own  humour style and make us smile while reading.

The second blog as the name suggests consists of wonderful photos taken by him on various occasions.

  14.Ashwini C.N: 
Ashwini C N

Ashwini in her five year old  blog "Just the Way I like" writes about various aspects/experiences  which she has come across in her life. She has already received many awards including Versatile Blogger award.

  15.Saru Singhal: 
Saru Singhal

She is writing interesting articles on various subjects, poems (in Hindi also) ,True stories etc. I like her English poems written in a simple language which are really nice to read.

Note:  I have selected the bloggers for the award from my Network of bloggers in IndiBlogger and I have not listed the names above  in any order. My selection is only at random and since the number is limited to 15 , the other bloggers in my Network should not feel that I have ignored them. In my opinion all the Bloggers will get this Versatile Blogger award since each selected blogger can give the award to other 15 bloggers. 




Friday, June 1, 2012

" DRINKING WATER " By Dr. Willie T. Ong

      Our bodies are made up of mostly water. Just look at the facts:

       The brain contains 74% water, blood contains 83% water, lean muscle has 75% and bone has 22% water. 

        Experts agree that water is one of the most powerful forms of treatment.

        So how come most people don't drink enough water?

        10 Health Benefits of Water:
        1. Water prevents kidney stones. The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water.  Since water dissolves the substances that form stones in the urine, drinking 12 glasses daily helps treat kidney stones.

        2. Water treats urinary tract infection. The more water you drink, the more you will urinate.  "Drinking lots of water will help flush out harmful bacteria from your bladder," says Medical City kidney specialist Dr. Roberto

        3. Water helps patients with diarrhea by preventing dehydration.  As a first-aid for diarrhea, you can make your own oral  rehydration solution at home.  Mix a glass of water with 2 teaspoons sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt, and drink as much as you can tolerate. This is similar to the dextrose solution in the hospital.

        4. Water helps reduce fever.  For symptoms of flu, water can help lower your body temperature when you urinate the "heat" out of your body.  If you're sick, drink more water for you to recover faster.

        5. Water helps treat cough and colds, sore throat, and respiratory infections. Water helps loosen sticky phlegm.   A respected lung specialist told me that some mucolytics out there are just as beneficial as drinking lots of water.

        6. Water reduces heartburn. Taking 2-3 gulps of water every 20 minutes or so can help flush the stomach acid away.   Bananas and water are effective alternatives to taking antacids. Try it.

        7. Water prevents constipation and its complications. Too little water can harden the stools and lead to hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, a disease of the large bowel. Drink water and eat lots of vegetables to soften your stools.

        8. Water keeps you alert and energetic. If you're dehydrated,  your blood is literally thicker.  This makes it harder for the blood to circulate.  As a result, the brain can become less active and you can feel confused and fatigued.   Some studies also show that water may help cure migraine headaches.

        9. Water helps reduce weight. By drinking a glass or two of water before a meal,  you will lessen the amount of food you can take in order to feel full.  Water has zero calories and will not make you fat.

        10. Water keeps your skin soft and radiant.  Just as a dehydrated person will have deep-set eyes and wrinkled skin,  so will a fully hydrated person exhibit a normal and beautiful skin tone.

The Proper Way To Drink Water :
       1. Drink water when you wake up. Your body loses water while you sleep, so drink a glass before you go to sleep, and another glass when you wake up.  You are naturally thirsty or dehydrated in the morning.  Drinking water in the morning helps flush out the toxins that have accumulated all night.

        2. Drink 8 to 12 glasses a day. According to the Mayo Clinic,  a 120-pound individual needs 8 cups of water a day,        while a 190-pound person would require 12 cups daily. Dr. Robert says that we should monitor our urine color and keep it on the light side. However, drink only a maximum of 16 glasses a day, and not more.

        3. Drink little by little throughout the day. It is preferable to sip water throughout the day rather than to drink two glasses all at once. This will lessen the stress on the heart (especially if you have heart disease) and give your body more time to absorb it.

        4. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water. By the time you feel thirsty, you're probably already 2 glasses below your normal water needs.  Elderly people are also less sensitive to the body's need for water.  

        5. Drink water, not soft drinks, alcohol or coffee.  Some experts believe that tea, sodas and coffee can be potentially dehydrating. Moreover,  the high phosphorus and sugar content in cola drinks can lead to conditions like osteoporosis and diabetes.   One study shows that adults who drank six cups of coffee daily experienced mild dehydration.  Drinking alcohol is much worse because it actually dehydrates you by making you urinate a lot.

        6. Train children to drink water. Set a good example to your kids and drink water together.  Make sure that children drink enough water when they're active.   Pack a large bottled water in their lunch box.

        7. Drink more when it's hot. People living in hot climates like the Philippines need to drink more water.  They are more prone to develop kidney stones compared to those living in cooler regions.

        8. Drink more as you exercise. When you exercise, you need to drink more water to compensate for fluid loss. Go for an extra 500 ml of water for a 30-minute to 1-hour exercise.  Eating a banana also helps keep your potassium up.

        9. Drink more when you're sick. Even though you don't feel like it,  you really need to drink more water to help your body recover from various infections. If you're dehydrated, you'll feel much worse.

        10. Drink more if you're pregnant.  Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink  10 cups of fluids daily and women who breast-feed take in about 13 cups of fluids a day. 

Awesome! B_O_M_B_A_Y

Bombay has no bombs and is a harbour not a bay.
Churchgate has neither a church nor a gate. It is a railway station. 

  • There is no darkness in Andheri. 
  • Lalbaag is neither red nor a garden. 
  • No king ever stayed at Kings Circle .. 
  • Nor did Queen Victoria stay at Victoria Terminus.. 
  • Nor is there any princess at Princess Street .. 
  • Lower Parel is at the same level as Parel 
  • There are no marines or sailors at Marine Lines. 
  • The Mahalaxmi temple is at Haji Ali not at Mahalaxmi. 
  • There are no pigs traded at Dukar bazaar. 
  • Teen bati is a junction of 3 roads, not three lamps. 
  • Trams used to terminate at Kings circle not Dadar* Tram Terminus (Dadar T..T..). 
  • Breach Candy is not a sweetmeat market, but there is a Hospital. 
  • Safed Pool has the dirtiest and blackest water. 
  • You cannot buy coal at Kolsa street. 
  • There are no Iron smiths at Lohar chawl. 
  • There are no pot makers at Kumbhar wada. 
  • Lokhandwala complex is not an Iron and steel market. 
  • Null bazaar does not sell taps. 
  • You will not find ladyfingers at Bheendi Bazaar. 
  • Kalachowki does not have a black Police station. 
  • Hanging Gardens are not suspended. 
  • Mirchi Gully does not sell chillies. 
  • Figs do not grow in Anjir Wadi. 
  • Sitafals do not grow in Sitafal Wadi, 
  • Jackfruits do not grow at Fanaswadi. 
  • But it is true that you may get fleeced at Chor Bazaar! 

A City where everything is possible, especially the impossible 

Where telephone bills make a person ill,
Where a person cannot sleep without a pill.

Where carbon-dioxide is more than oxygen,
Where the road is considered to be a dustbin,

Where college canteens are full and classes empty,
Where Adam teasing is also making an entry,

Where a cycle reaches faster than a car,
Where everyone thinks himself to be a star,

Where sky scrapers overlook the slum,
Where houses collapse as the monsoon comes,

Where people first act and then think,
Where there is more water in the pen than ink,

Where the roads see-saw in monsoon,
Where the beggars become rich soon,

Where the roads are leveled when the minister arrives,

Where college admission means hard cash,
Where cement is frequently mixed with ash..

This is Mumbai my dear, But don't fear, just cheer, come to Mumbai every year!


1. You say 'town ' and expect everyone to know that this means south of Churchgate.

2 You speak in a dialect of Hindi called 'Bambaiya Hindi',
which only Bombayites can understand.

3. Your door has more than three locks.

4. Rs 500 worth of groceries fit in one paper bag.

5. Train timings ( 9.27 , 10.49 etc) are really important events of life.

6. You spend more time each month traveling than you spend at home.

7. You call an 8' x 10' clustered room a Hall.

8.. You're paying Rs 10,000 for a 1 room flat, the size
of walk-in closet and you think it's a 'steal.'

9. You have the following sets of friend: school friends, college friends, neighborhood friends, office friends and yes, train friends, a species unique only in Bombay. (REALLY TRUE)

10. Cabbies and bus conductors think you are from Mars
if you call the roads by their Indian name,
they are more familiar with Warden Road, Peddar  Road, Altamount Road

11. Stock market quotes are the only other thing* besides cricket which you follow passionately.

12. The first thing that you read in the Times of India is the
' Bombay Times' supplement.

13. You take fashion seriously.
You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you. 

14. Beggars and the homeless are invisible.

15. You compare Bombay to New York 's Manhattan instead of any other 
cities of India.

16. The most frequently used part of your car is the horn.

17. You insist on calling CST as VT, and Sahar and
Santacruz airports instead of Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

18. You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.

19. Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your toes.

20. Being truly alone makes you nervous.

21. You love wading through knee deep mucky water in the monsoons, and actually call it ''romantic'. 

22. Only in Bombay, you would get Chinese Dosa and Jain Chicken
Salaam Bombay..