Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Poem: If I had my Life to live over


Hi good day ppl!
Now-a-days I am following Paulo Coelho's blog. Here he keeps adding 1-min-read posts. They are beautiful short stories,thought, excerpts,....

Here is the recent one he added:

Of course, you can’t unfry an egg, but there is no law against thinking about it.

If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes.
I would relax. I know of very few things that I would take seriously.
I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less bran.

I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles.
You see, I have been one of those fellows who live prudently and sanely, hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I have had my moments. But if I had it to do over again, I would have more of them – a lot more.

I never go anywhere without a thermometer, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had it to do over, I would travel lighter.

If I had my life to live over, I would pay less attention to people telling us we must learn Latin or History; otherwise we will be disgraced and ruined and flunked and failed.
I would seek out more teachers who inspire relaxation and fun.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted a little earlier in the spring and stay that way a little later in the fall.
I would shoot more paper wads at my teachers.
I would keep later hours.

I’d have more sweethearts.
I would go to more circuses.
I would be carefree as long as I could, or at least until I got some care- instead of having my cares in advance.

I doubt, however, that I’ll do much damage with my creed.
The opposition is too strong.
There are too many serious people trying to get everybody else to be too darned serious.

(there are several versions of this text circulating in Internet. The one above is attributed to Don Harold)


Read more posts from his blog here

If I had my Life to live over...
Hey why wait for that to happen, start living your life NOW! :D

Bye. tc

Friday, December 24, 2010

Festival: Christmas 2010

Hi Good day & Merry Christmas everyone!
Its Christmas Eve & everything seems to be in celebration mood.

We created some beautiful features on our website. These are kids-oriented, but they are fun to use for all ages.
We have:

In our office we had a lovely choir group & Santa claus singing carols. There was a band who entertained in the evening along with snacks.



There are cribs being made. This pic is from 2008 from our School compound.


Have been reading interesting stories about Christmas, the Christmas trees.
Christmas tale: the pine tree in St. Martin
Read this beautiful short story about Christmas tree on Paulo Coelho's blog. Read it here .

The Perfect Tree By Debra W. Higley

Finally, that dreaded day had arrived, to go out and drive from tree lot to tree lot to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. So finally, with my unwillingness, I set out in my car to find the Christmas tree. While sitting in my car I watched the people as they darted in and out, as they poked and tipped each tree to find the right one. I began to wonder if the trees had a story to tell and what their stories would be like. I got out of my car and began to walk around, not realizing that I wasn't looking for that perfect tree.

I suddenly noticed a man in front of me; he was kicking at a branch on a tree
while laughing out loud. I stopped to listen to what he had to say, "Look at this tree! It is only good enough for firewood." I looked at the tree and said in a soft voice, "But did you ever stop to think that maybe that branch was there for a reason. Maybe the branch sticks out farther than the rest so a bird could rest upon it after a long flight, or maybe it stretches out for the birds to make a nest upon it for them to raise their families." Then slowly he turned toward me, and I began to notice the small tears forming in his eyes. He smiled and said, "You know you are right, it is the perfect Christmas tree. Wouldn't it be
so grand to see my daughter's smile as she ran to the tree, Christmas morning to see her new doll from Santa nestled so snug on this wonderful branch." I smiled and went on my way.

I then saw a mother with her children looking at a tree. They too were laughing and joking at the strange little tree. I stopped and reached out and touched a branch on it. Then said with my soft voice, "What is so funny about this little tree?". One of the boys replied, with a laugh, "It has two trees wrapped around each other." I looked over at his mother and replied, "Did you ever think that maybe one of the trees was so small and delicate, that the other tree knew that if he was to live and grow strong, he would have to help hold his brother up." The little boys just stood and looked at the tree. Their mother
then turned to me with tears running down her cheeks and said, "This tree is so strong and beautiful, it is just like my sons, for where one goes the other follows. When one falls down the other is there to pick him up." So she reached over and handed the sales boy the money for the tree, and asked him to take it over to the trunk of their car.

So during this Christmas holiday, when we are putting the lights and ornaments on our trees, think about all of the stories that this tree may have to hold. For they are all perfect in natures eyes.


So Enjoy this festive season.
Merry Christmas to all of you :)

Bye. tc


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Short Story: Look at the other side

Hi good day EVERYONE! :)
Here is a short story I received in mail today:

"A Father was reading a magazine and his little daughter every now and then distracted him. To keep her busy, he tore one page on which was printed the map of the world. He tore it into pieces and asked her to go to her room and put them together to make the map again. He was sure she would take the whole day to get it done. But the little one came back within minutes with perfect map.

When he asked how she could do it so quickly, she said, 'Oh… Dad, there is a man's face on the other side of the paper. I made the face perfect to get the map right."" she ran outside to play leaving the father surprised."

There is always the other side to whatever you experience in this
world. This story indirectly teaches a lesson. That is, whenever we come
across a challenge or a puzzling situation, look at the other side...You
will be surprised to see an easy way to tackle the problem...

Have A nice Day...!!

Bye. TC. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Books: Connect The Dots by Rashmi Bansal

Hi good day ppl!
Over the last week was reading an interesting book: Connect the Dots by Rashmi Bansal. This is the 2nd book by Rashmi, the first being 'Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish'.


This book is about 20 enthusiastic people who are driven by ideas, hard work, dedication, passion to get them into reality into a business.
These people had no MBA, some aren't even from business families but they have gone from being startup companies to big businesses.

I got interested reading this introductory quote by Steve Jobs:

"You cant connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust... in something- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." -Steve Jobs, Commencement address Stanford University (2005)

The book is divided into 3 sections:
  • Jugaad- No formal training. Just observation, application of mind, because business in no Rocket Science
  • Junoon- Driven by idea which different & its about making these dreams a reality
  • Zubaan- Creative people need a platform, when a platform is created, these creative souls become 'entrepreneurs'
Its writing is simple & since all the stories are in conversation format, its easy to understand, visualize how it must have happened. Each story refreshes you, inspires you to give your best in things you Love doing ;)

Some of my favourite stories were:
  • Street Smart-Prem Ganapathy of Dosa Plaza: Since I have visited the Center One Dosa Plaza,Vashi & Sadguru hotel, Chembur, its interesting to read how this person who was new to the city started from dish washing to owner of a food chain, due to his simple philosophy--Good product, good service, give the customer what he would love to have with the best presentation,hygiene.
  • Food for thought-N Mahadevan of Oriental Cuisines: You don't need degrees to build an empire. A professor can set up an empire stretching across cuisines & continents.
  • Human touch-Hanmant Gaikwad of Bharat Vikas Group: An engineering students who took tuitions to support his fees, runs a facilities management firm(BVG) which maintains clients like Rashtrapati Bhavan. The firm is commited towars giving back to the society.
  • Kitabu Keeda-R Sriram of Crossword: A bookworm who brought a new meaning to 'reading' by building India's largest bookstore chain.
  • Electric Dreams-Chetan Maini of Reva Electric Car Company: Building something which is far ahead of its time & spreading it is trully a tough task. Wish I had read this 1year ago, would have bought a Reva car instead of a petrol one ;)
  • Paper Tiger-Mahima Mehra of Haathi Chaap: Making unusual stuff out of unimaginable material like elephant poo & marketing it too requires dedication! Mahima has brought a new dimension to recycling & handmade paper.
  • Truth Shall Prevail-Paresh Mokashi of 'Harishchandrachi Factory': I loved the movie. Have watched it 4times till now. Reading about its maker is thrilling.
  • Call of the wild-Kalyan Verma a Wildlife Photographer: Thinking that you also want to live in the forest, watch animals all time, click photos & making it a reality is a different thing altogether. A Software professional who is a living sample of 'idiot', who is doing the same thing like me: 'My job is my hobby & im getting paid for it' ;)
PPL, you have to read this book once, like Rashmi Bansal writes in Acknowledgements:
Because it is these stories which will move and inspire the next generation to stay hungry and foolish.
Get more information here: http://connectthedots.in/

Check out other book reviews:
Book: Three Cups of Tea
Short Story-3,900 Saturdays...!
Quotes: Life from Chicken Soup for the Sisters Soul
Quotes: Friends from Chicken Soup for the Sisters Soul
Quotes: Sisters from Chicken Soup for the Sisters Soul

Short story: Life of True Abundance!
Book: Wisdom of Wolves
Book:Goals...The 10 Rules for Achieving Success

Let us know your views about this book too.
bye. Tc.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nature-Walk the Mumbai Trees-Part 1

Hi Good day ppl!
Walk among nature is possible in a city like Mumbai too. My sister, me and a friend joined a group 'Walk the Mumbai trees', who select a locality & walk around it giving information about the trees present there. We did 3such walks.

There are a lot of trees to mention, hence will split the posts in parts, so as not to bore & cause system overload ;)

There are a lot of interesting things to know about the trees you see everyday.

Some of the terms used:
Indigenous- Native or from this country. If trees are from your own country, they grow better, are adaptable to the conditions here. Hence such trees should be grown more.
Deciduous- The leaves fall off in winter.
Evergreen- The leaves are self-renewing.
Some trees have a story connected to them, have added that in short under 'Story'

The girls in the center white t-shirts are Lahar & Satwiki who conduct these walks. This pic is from the Bandra walk on 24th Oct 2010.



False Ashoka: Also called Asopalav. It is an indigenous tree.It is not the real Ashoka tree, hence the name False Ashoka. It grows to 30feet. There are 2types, one grows tapering to the top, the other spreads in a huge canopy. Both are shown in the pics. They act as sound barriers & hence planted around residential areas.

Arjun: Like a flying fox. Its an indigenous & deciduous tree. It is found around rivers. Its leaves have medicinal value & used for skin ailments and pimples. The leaves are used for silkworm farming. The wood is used for building boats.

It has a pepal tree strangling the Arjun tree.


Thats the fruit of the Arjun tree. Loved the texture.


Bhendi: It is an indigenous tree and an evergreen tree. Its leaves are like the pepal (heart shaped) & thin. It has an umbrella shaped huge canopy. It has yellow & murron flowers which give out a dye. It has high medicinal value. Its leaves are used to cover food as it keeps it fresh. Its wood is hard & is used to make musical instrument like 'thavil'. The 'Bhendi Bazar' is named since there are a lot of these Bhendi trees in that locality. Other locations like 'Chinchpokli', 'Tardev',... are named according to the trees in that area.

Story- There is a story behind this tree. There was once a princess who was very beautiful & at the same time proud & vain about her beauty. One day she was going in her chariot & was busy admiring herself. A brahmin came and stopped the chariot asking for food. The princess was so engrossed that she didnt pay attention to him, so he gave her a curse & transformed into tree. the king on hearing this sought out the brahmin, asked for his forgiveness and requested him to return his daughter. The brahmin said the curse was irreversible, but what he could do was bless the tree to bear the flower in the colour of the dress the princess was wearing, that is yellow. :) Hence the flowers are yellow in colour ;)






Fish tail Palm: Its an indigenous tree. Its from the palm variety & gets its name since its leaves are like a Fish tail. Its speciality is: It flowers only once in its lifetime. But its flowers, fruits last a very long time. Hence on most trees you will see its fresh flowers, fruits & dried up fruits all together.The fibre is used to make ropes.

On the left side you can see the flowers, on the left the fruits & in the center are the fruits which have dried up.


Gulmohar: Its not an indigenous tree. Its a native of Madagascar. It has broad leaves which are divided into tiny leaflets. It has a large canopy. Its pods(fruits) give out a dye. It has a smooth bark. It has orange flowers which look beautiful when they flower. Since its not a native tree of India, its roots dont go deep into the earth & it uproots easily in rainy season. These are used as avenue trees to decorate lanes.


Rain Tree- It is not a native tree. It has a large canopy & round leaves. Its trunk is huge & wood is used as fuel. It has white-pink powdery flowers. It flowers in March to June, but this year you see them flowering in Nov-Dec too. The leaves droop down in evening & its said they got the name cause the leaves droop down when there are dark clouds indicating rain. The tree has a lot of moisture around its base but its not because of the tree, but due the insects which live in them.




Jackfruit: Its a native tree-indigenous & evergreen.It has leaves with a leathery texture. The leaves are in the shape of a cup, pointing upwards. Its wood is used for making furniture. Also used to make musical instruments. The bark is red underneath. The fruit is sweet & is a variety of dishes,pickles are made from it. Read more here
Story- When the Portuguese arrived in Calicut,India, saw this fruit & asked for its name. The people told them 'Chaka' in Malayalam, which was anglicized as 'Jaca'.



Jamun: Its an indigenous tree. Its a fast growing tree. Its wood is strong & water resistant. It flowers in the summer season. It has a tasty fruit which has many medicinal values. Its bark & fruit give out a dye. You can identify it by crushing the leaves.


Kadamb: Its a deciduous tree. It has longitudinal leaves. Its flower is round,strong & has a sweet fragrance. It has a lot of medicinal value. It has many religious stories associated with it. Read all these here


Karanj-Its an indigenous & deciduous tree. Its fruit is in the shape of a karanji (semi circle). It has pink,white,purple flowers. Its trunk has white spots on it. Most of these tree have leaves eaten by worms,insects and has never healthy. Its a common tree.



Pink Trumpet-Its not a native tree. It has beautiful pink flowers shaped like a trumpet.They grow in clusters. The leaves are in groups of five, with 3longer at the end & 2 shorter on each side. This tree looks beautiful when its in full bloom & its a huge tree.



Thankfully we could identify 5-6 common trees. Thanks to my parents, school, girl guide camps, beautiful colony & my grandparents who introduced us to nature & made us vigilant about the things around you.

Please join in such Activities to know more about the things surrounding you.
Visit the FB page of the 'Walk the Mumbai Trees' to know about the next walk.

Check for the next part of this post.

Read more such posts:
World:10-10-10
All Trekking posts
Tour De Web18-2010
Trek: Tungareshwar-2010

Bye. Tc. Have a great productive week ahead.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Whats that pic-2

Hi good day ppl!
Today morning woke up & got to see this amusing way of drying keds. I quickly clicked a pic, but I am stuck with what caption to give it.

Options:
- High Life
- Life with strings attached by the supreme power above ;)
- Walking in air

Please suggest a good caption for this pic.



Other funny pic posts:
Whats That Pic!

Waiting for your comments.

Bye. tc.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Music:If I Were Brave by Jana Stanfield

What would you do today if you were brave?

Hi good day ppl !

Thats the question asked by Jana Stanfield. This song is a beautiful collection of Brave deeds done by women all over the world. The song shows pics & messages from lots of women who have done Brave deeds.

Brave deeds doesnt necessarily mean saving someone's life, fighting for your country,.....

Its more about overcoming your own obstacles.

So it might be going back to college & completing that graduation, it may be starting your own business, learning a new hobby, playing guitar at a Live concert for the first time at the age of 43,.....

Push back in your seat, turn up your speakers and ENJOY this one:



Motivation PACKED!!! :)

Here are some brave dee
Heroes: CNN Heroes Narayanan Krishnan
Mind Power !
Forgotten Your Dreams?
Achieving Set Goals!


So ask yourself :

What would I do today, if I were brave?

Bye. tc.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Movie: Remember When from movie-UP

Hey gr8 day ppl!
I have been having a gr8 productive, satisfying week with a lot of ups & downs to keep it interesting ;)
If you have seen the movie "UP!" , this following video & lyrics of the song capture your heart.







If the video doesnt play, watch it on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdW28otrZOg


Remember when by Alan Jackson

Remember when I was young and so were you
and time stood still and love was all we knew
You were the first, so was I
We made love and then you cried
Remember when

Remember when we vowed the vows
and walked the walk
Gave our hearts, made the start, it was hard
We lived and learned, life threw curves
There was joy, there was hurt
Remember when

Remember when old ones died and new were born
And life was changed, disassembled, rearranged
We came together, fell apart
And broke each other's hearts
Remember when

Remember when the sound of little feet
was the music
We danced to week to week
Brought back the love, we found trust
Vowed we'd never give it up
Remember when

Remember when thirty seemed so old
Now lookn' back it's just a steppin' stone
To where we are,
Where we've been
Said we'd do it all again
Remember when
Remember when we said when we turned gray
When the children grow up and move away
We won't be sad, we'll be glad
For all the life we've had
And we'll remember when

Lovely song, voice. Love the guitar part too.
Right now have 4windows each playing this song at different notes :) .

Pure bliss. :)

bye. tc.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book: Attitude is Everything

Hi good day !
This is a long one.

Summary on this post:
Count your blessings
Attitude of gratitude
Say "please", "thank you", "sorry"
Gratitude journal
Mind power, stay positive


But who know Zig Ziglar or have been reading Simpletruths posts would love this too.

More related posts:

Motivation required daily !
Learning to dance in the Rain! Play the Glad Game!
Mind Power !


Now read on:

An excerpt from Attitude is Everything by Vicki Hitzges


Years ago, I was the public relations director for motivational guru, Zig Ziglar. At the time, he was arguably the best-known, most loved speaker in the world. When audience members heard Zig, they witnessed a man chockfull of energy, vitality and joy. Having worked closely with him and knowing him well, I can tell you that the Zig you saw on stage was the real Zig Ziglar. In fact, I can't remember ever seeing him when he was not happy and upbeat.

The Zig I knew was one carbonated guy.

Every time Zig answered his home phone, he picked up the receiver and said with gusto, "This is Jean Ziglar's happy husband!" And he meant it!

Awhile back one of Zig's closest friends and I were discussing Zig's aura of happiness. "Completely genuine," his friend said. "I have never seen him down." Then he added thoughtfully, but with love, "Hardly what you'd call normal."

"What's Zig's secret?" I asked.

"I think," he said, "it comes down to feeling grateful. Never met a guy more grateful than Zig. Period."

You'd think anyone that grateful must have had an easy life. But that's not so.

Zig started out poor. Dirt poor. His father died when he was six, leaving his mother to raise eleven children alone. The family was virtually penniless. Yet despite their poverty, Mrs. Ziglar instilled a strong work ethic in her children and raised them to believe that both she and God loved them. She also instructed her children to practice saying "please" and "thank you." Those lessons stuck. Her formula of work, love and faith made their difficult lives easier. Gratitude made their lives enjoyable.

Zig once told me, "When we neglect to require our children to say 'thank you' when someone gives them a gift or does something for them, we raise ungrateful children who are highly unlikely to be content. Without gratitude, happiness is rare. With gratitude, the odds for happiness go up dramatically."

Years ago, Zig created the popular phrase, "Have an attitude of gratitude." According to Zig, "The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for."

I know firsthand that giving thanks brings joy. Awhile back, I heard Oprah Winfrey urge viewers to keep a Gratitude Journal. It seemed pretty schmaltzy to me, so I didn't do it. But Oprah was a jackhammer. Day after day, week after week, she kept pounding on that idea. I'd catch her show here and there. Same thing: Keep a Gratitude Journal. A few months later, I was speaking to a government group and staying in a cruddy hotel. I was seated at the hotel's indoor restaurant by a swimming pool reeking with enough chlorine to purify the Love Canal. As I waited impatiently for my meal to arrive, I suddenly remembered Oprah's directive. What the heck? I had a pen and some scrap paper.

I listed my mother who spent time each day praying for me. I wrote down my father who deeply loves me. My kind, funny brother and his family. My job and the opportunity to travel and encourage people. Friends. Laughter. For the fact that I had a place to sleep that was safe. For a private bathroom. (You start listing - you begin to get thankful!) I quickly listed about 30 things and noticed that not only did I have a lot to be thankful for, but suddenly I was in a terrific mood!

Publisher Malcolm Margolin was grateful for something that's right outside our doors, but most of us have never taken the time to experience it. He wrote, "The next time it begins to rain... lie down on your belly, nestle your chin into the grass, and get a frog's-eye view of how raindrops fall... The sight of hundreds of blades of grass bowing down and popping back up like piano keys strikes me as one of the merriest sights in the world."

That might strike you as advice from a person with not nearly enough to do, but personally, I like it. If Margolin can feel joy in soggy clothes looking at wet grass, you and I can find all kinds of things for which we can give thanks!

Try it! Count your blessings. Jot them down. At least stop and think of as many things as you can that you're thankful for right now. It worked for Oprah, Zig, Margolin and me. Give it a shot. If you want to feel happy, try on an attitude of gratitude for a change in your mood, your outlook and you.


So what do you think ppl ! :)
I can start by:
Running in a slight drizzle to the corner tea shop with a friend & still hope you could have vada-pav along with the chai. :D

Now thats a blessing to count to start with ;)

Hope everyone grows stronger in this talent of : Finding something positive in everything you see. Check this quote here http://nav-justanyrandomtopic.blogspot.com/2008/05/hi-gud-day.html

Bye. tc.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Festival: Happy Diwali 2010

Hi Happy Diwali ppl !
May you have a Prosperous Diwali.









Rangoli's to welcome everyone on this auspicious event.

Sorry no fire crackers this year. Also was glad to see most of youngsters,kids going around to visit each other instead of bursting crackers. Guess the noise & air pollution levels must be an all time low this year.

Have a great year around. Hope to see more of you around :)

Festival: Pre Diwali 2010

Event: Mumbai's Biggest Diwali Party 2010

Bye. Tc.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Zen Habits: You're already perfect

Hi Good day!
Was just browsing through my bookmarked site & came across 1 more motivational site I visit often: Zen Habits.
Re-read this article You're already perfect from Zen Habits. Please read it, its immensely self-motivating.

Quoting from this article, just to give you a glimpse of it:

‘Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.’ ~Lao Tzu

You’re already good enough, you already have more than enough, and you’re already perfect. Try saying that to yourself, as corny as that might sound, just to see if it sounds true.

if you learn to be content with who you are and where you are in life, it changes everything.

You already have everything you need to be happy, right here and right now.


Also, as corny as it may sound, I love you, completely and unconditionally, and if everyone else in your world betrays and abandons you, you always have me. :)



Now stop reading this blog, and go be happy.

Reviving some posts I added in the starting days, more on these lines:

Some short stories
Hieya PPL, 1 Motivational Mail
Think!

Bye. Tc

Heroes: CNN Heroes Narayanan Krishnan

Hi good day!

We have many war,political,industry,... heroes who have done great achievements in their lifetime. But there some unsung heroes who do their heroic deeds day in and day out.

I got this through mail & checked the CNN site too for more details. There is a voting on for these heroes which CNN has shortlisted. So you can check each of them & cast your vote.

You have to read about this man: Mr.Naryanan Krishnan

If you had not heard of Narayanan Krishnan, as I had not, it is a collective
failure. This is one of the most incredible stories of personal commitment.

Narayanan Krishnan, all of 29 years old now, does what he was professionally
trained to do as a chef. Feed people. Only Krishnan does not do this in the
swanky confines of a 5-star hotel. Every day, he wakes up at 4 am, cooks a
simple hot meal and then, along with his team, loads it in a van and travels
about 200 km feeding the homeless in Madurai , Tamil Nadu.

Krishnan feeds, often with his hands, almost 400 destitute people every day.
And for those who need it, he provides a free haircut too.

According to CNN, eight years ago, this award-winning chef with a five-star
hotel chain was all set to go to Switzerland for a high-profile posting. On
a visit to a Madurai temple, he came across a homeless, old man eating his
own human waste. That stark sight changed Krishnan's life.

Much to the dismay of his parents, CNN says, Krishnan abandoned his career
plans and decided to spend his life and his professional training in looking
after those who could not care for themselves. He has provided more than 1.2
million hot meals through his nonprofit organization Akshaya Trust, and now
hopes to extend this to shelter for the homeless too.

Krishnan is the only Indian in a list of 10 heroes that CNN has picked
worldwide to honor. One of them will be chosen CNN Hero of the Year,
selected by the public through an online poll. If many Indians get together
to vote for this inspiring man, he can win by a long mile.

If Krishnan wins he will get $100,000 in addition to the $25,000 that he
gets for being shortlisted for the Top 10. Akshaya Trust needs all the
monetary support it can get to build on Krishnan's dream. Let's help him get
there.





http://edition.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/01/cnnheroes.krishnan.hunger/

Vote for Krishnan http://heroes.cnn.com/vote.aspx here. The poll
continues through November 18 at 6 a.m. ET.

Check out the other heroes too. Hope everyone does their bit.

Do you know anyone & would be perfect as a CNN Hero? Send in their enteries too.

Bye. tc.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Festival: Pre Diwali 2010

Hi Good day ppl!
DIWALI is on the way. Get out of office during day time & you will really feel the festivals true vibe.

We got the feeling when we were shopping for a friends son birthday party gift.

All the sidewalks are filled with displays of lanterns, rangolis, lightning arrangements, firecrackers, lamps,....



You really get in the mood after seeing all these colourful displays.

Happy Diwali preparation to all !!! :)

Check more Diwali posts:
Event: Mumbai's Biggest Diwali party 2010

Bye. tc.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Event: Mumbai's Biggest Diwali Party 2010

Hi good day!
DIWALI is on the way. We every year spend money, time, efforts,.. to make it a special celebration for ourselves, family, friends,...


How about adding a little more efforts to make it special for those who are not so fortunate.
We through one of our friends volunteered for an event called "Mumbai's Biggest Diwali Party".
This event is being organised since 27years by Madhu Mehta Foundation. Read more here

It brings together 1500 children from orphanages & remand homes. They are treated to a warm welcome, snacks, entertainment, dinner & gifts.

This is organised at the Mahalakshmi Race course, Mini Club every year before diwali. They take only few selected volunteers too. The special thing about this event & what suprised me was the way its systematically organised. No confusion.

It started at 5pm & went on till 9pm.

There were live performances to entertain the little guests who took full part in them enthusiastically.

The dinner is a sit down ones & is served in pangat style. The children are well looked after & made to feel special. Some need to be feed by hand & have their care takers with them. The volunteers make sure all the children are well served.


One pangat is of 800 children.

The gifts section. Each kid is gifted a bag full of things which they would require on a daily basis. It includes full scape books, registers, notebooks, pencil set, pencil boxes, soaps, towels, crayons, bowls, chocolates, tooth paste,brush,... & every fire crackers :). These gifts were contributed by corporates & organisations.



This young one was loving distributing toys to each special kid & would wish everyone whole heartedly "Happy Diwali". Each kid was also returning the greeting & showing their gratitude with a big smile. Their enthusiam was infectious & made us volunteers try harder to make them more comfortable.



The kids are sent off in an equally grand way :)

It was a well spent evening. Hope the children had a great time too.

It feels like enjoying this times Diwali with a little more enthusiasm & satisfaction :)

How are you spending your Diwali time??

Bye. Tc. Have a great week & preparation time for Diwali.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Quotes: Good Days, Bad Days!

Hello Goooood day people! :)
After a Loooong weekend, Do you feel like getting back to work? ;) Im sure not. Good days, Bad days come & go. This quote caught my attention quickly as I was musing over the Work I did on this loong weekend ;).

Never blame a day in your life. Good Days Give u happiness. Bad days give u Experience. Both
are essential in life! All are Gods blessings!
Very true. & felt its impact more as I finished re-reading The Alchemist.

Some more quotes, most with a funny tinge to them:
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Strongly believe this. Also mentioned this in my early days posts. Sometimes feel Im going to feel the heat when I upfront ask my superiors certain questions/doubts/intentions which trouble/seem wrong to me ;). The song Im hearing right now: The heat is ON!!! :D:D

Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.
Agreeed! So keep working ppl, even if u cant understand where u r heading in certain projects, but ur superiors know, & I can tell u, They are Right!

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
Wow, power to decide! The elections gave us this power.

Get so busy making someone else happy that you cant help but be happy yourself.
Get busy helping them and you wont have time to think about your own problems.
This is felt when ur planning a suprise birthday party for friends/collegues/family members. There is this burst of energy within u & ur ready to go that extra mile.

Come on lets make atleast one person Smile today! That doesnt mean u crack PJ's!

Hope these quotes made you Smile :). Mission accomplished then i would say.

Till then bye. Tc. Drinks lots of Water. Beat the heat!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Movie:Dreams are whispers from the soul

Hello Good day Everyone :)
How was the week? Ready for the weekend? Everyone is preparing for the festive season.

Everyone has the desire,dream to do something special for the ones you love, yourself, your friends. But all dreams dont become realty, why?

Coz we dont have faith in them & ourselves.

This beautiful movie clip again from Simpletruths motivates you to hold on to those dreams, push yourself to your limits to achieve what you desire.

So GO for it! Watch the video here: The Dream




This pic says it all!

To a special friend who is getting operated today, God bless you. May you see the beauty of the Universe with new sight more clearly now. You have got a second chance :) May all your dreams come true!!!

More posts to keep you going:
Mind Power !
Forgotten Your Dreams?
Story:The Golden rule of Live
Book:Goals...The 10 Rules for Achieving Success

Movie: May you be Blessed
Movie:3min Inspirational movie clips
Bless you !
Learning to dance in the Rain! Play the Glad Game!

Have a gr8 weekend everyone!

Bye. Tc.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Festival:Happy Dasera 2010

Hi Good day ppl !
Happy Dasera to all of you ! I had a grand time :)
In the morning after pooja & great breakfast we went visiting my papa's workplace: RCF factory. On Dasera, employee families are allowed entry if you have authorized passes. We visited the various plants which make the chemicals & fertilizers. It was great to know how everything works on the machine floor.
In the evening got to visit the Tulja bhavani replica temple we have near Diamond Garden.


They say the Tulja Bhavani actually resided in this temple at some point. There is a family which takes care of this & a chawl behind it maintains the temple.

This is Ghat. To mark the beginning of the harvest season. The harvest season begins at this time and so the Mother Goddess is invoked to start the new harvest season and reactivate the vigor and fertility of the soil. This is done through religious performances and rituals which are thought to invoke cosmic forces that rejuvenate the soil.

I couldnt visit it during Navratri. But today they had a special hom(zynya) & 9days ghat.

The pooja of instruments, equipments, books is done in the morning.
The exchange of Aapti leaves with relatives, neighbors marked the completion of the day for us.

It was great to spend a 3day weekend with family & resting.

Now back to work & a productive week ahead :)

Bye. Tc.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Engineering: KJ Somaiya Abhiyantriki 2010

Hi good day ppl !
Today Saturday 16th Oct 2010 accompanied my friend to K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering. She was invited to cover the Techfest the Engineering college was hosting. We both being with the Press decided to attend it.

The event is called "Abhiyantriki". This year the theme was The Green Dream. No robotics or fancy stuff. They organised 41 events based on this theme making use of recycled things & the knowledge they gain in Engineering years.

Law of Gravity: Marble Marvel. Here 4people are given this maze through which you have to guide the ball, crossing obstacles, dodging manholes,... Team work & knowing the law of gravity is all you need in this.

Contrivance: Art of Contraption. This was the main event. My friend starts the process for a re-run.

It included a complex, strategically planned actions which lead to final completion of task. Like here the ball moves along specially designed path. The students used things which were left as waste in their fitting,carpentary,welding,... labs. So everything was recycled.

The final goal was raising the curtain for the Techfest using this contraption.

Newton's 2nd Law: Bowling. We were given a set of rules similar to bowling. But the way the students explained actually made you realize how Newton's 2nd Law applies here.

Crusher: The students were given spare, used, waste materials and asked to create Crusher. So using waste create a machine which will help recycle waste.

Mega structures: A team was given candy sticks and asked to create structures(bridges) which can carry maximum weight & should follow the principle of Thrust. The first bridge from left in this pic can carry weight of 30kgs. Amazing! Good work guys! :)

Top view of the Contrivance performing another re-run.

Next day Sunday 17th Oct 2010, being Dushera the professors were busy perfoming pooja of all the equipment. This is the fitting lab.

We are the next generation & we can make a difference.

It was good to go back to college & that too an Engineering one ;). Could very well relate to the energy, enthusiasm,efforts put in by the students. We were greeted, showed around, explained very well by the Team organising the event.

Thanks to my friend for inviting me in ;).

Bye. Tc. Like they say its good to go back to your roots once in a while.