Wednesday, August 31, 2005


Do u remember....??
> When we always had friends to play aais-paais (I Spy), chhepan-chhepai and
> pitthoo anytime...
> When chitrahaar, vikram-baitaal, dada daadi ki kahaniyaan were so
> fulfilling...
> When there was just one TV in every five houses and When bisleris were not
> sold in the trains and we were worrying if papas will get back into the
> train in time or not
> when they were getting down at stations to fill up the water bottle...
> When we were going to bed by 9.00pm sharp except for the 'yeh jo hai
> jindagi' day...
> When Holis & Diwalis meant mostly hand-made pakwaans and sweets and moms
> seeking our help while preparing them ...
> When Maths teachers were not worried of our mummys and papas while
> slapping/beating us... When we were exchanging comics and stamps and
> chacha-chaudaris and billus were our heroes...
> When we were in nanihaals every summer and loved flying kites and plucking
> and eating unripe mangoes and leechis...
> When one movie every Sunday evening on television was more than asked for
> and 'ek do teen chaar' and 'Rajni' inspired us ...
> When 50 paisa meant at least 10 toffees...
> When left over pages of the last year's notebooks were used for rough work
> or even fair work...
> When 'chelpark' and 'natraaj' were encouraged against 'Reynolds and
> family'..
> When the first rain meant getting drenched and playing in water and mud
> and making 'kaagaj ki kishtis'...
> When we were not seeing patakhes on Diwalis and gulaals on Holis as air
> and noise polluting or allergic agents...
> The list can be endless... on the serious note I would like to summarise
> with ...
> When we were using our hearts more than our brains, even for
> scientifically brainy activities like 'thinking' and 'deciding'...
> When we were crying and laughing more often, more openly and more
> sincerely... When we were enjoying our present more than worrying about
> future...
> When being emotional was not synonymous to being weak ...
> When sharing worries and happinesses didnt mean getting vulnerable to the
> listener...
> When blacks and whites were the favourite colors instead of greys... When
> journeys also were important and not just the destinations...
> I really miss .. do u?


Today's Quote

Good friendships are fragile things and require as much care as any other fragile and precious thing.

-Randolph Bourne

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Count your blessings 'now'

Today's Quote

It is vital that people "count their blessings" to appreciate what they possess without having to undergo its actual loss.

-Abraham Maslow

Don,t cross....

Today's Quote

Don't cross the stream to look for water.

-Swedish Proverb (submitted by Superyoope)


Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 August 2005, 06:24 GMT 07:24 UK

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Telescope views death of galaxy

New stars and planets may be forming within the old galaxies (Image: Gemini Observatory)
Two galaxies collide in the constellation of Pisces, some 100 million light-years away from Earth.
Astronomers say it gives a scary insight into what may happen to our own planet some 5 billion years from now.
The Milky Way is expected to merge with the neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy, swallowing up the Solar System.
The image was captured last month by an instrument on the Gemini North Telescope at Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
Professor Ian Robson, Director of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, which built the instrument, said that when he first saw the image, it sent shivers down his spine.
"Our saving grace is that we have about 5 billion years left before we get swallowed up by Andromeda," he said.
"Nevertheless, it's amazing to see so far in advance how planet Earth and our own galaxy will ultimately end. Glad to say I won't be around when the fireball happens."
The combined galaxies, known as NGC 520, have lost their shape as a result of the collision. Astronomers believe new stars are forming in the faint red glowing areas seen above and beneath the middle of the image.
It is one of many snapshots of distant galaxies and star forming regions taken by the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph (GMOS) since it was installed in 2001.

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Monday, August 29, 2005

An Irish friendship wish

May your purse always hold a coin or two;

May the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;

May the hand of a friend always be near you;

May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Sher S Agrawal
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The greatest support we can have is mindfulness, which means being totally present in each moment. If the mind remains centered, it cannot make up stories about the injustice of the world or one's friends, or about one's desires or sorrows. All these stories could fill many volumes, but when we are mindful such verbalizations stop. Being mindful means being fully absorbed in the moment, leaving no room for anything else. We are filled with the momentary happening, whatever it is--standing or sitting or lying down, feeling pleasure or pain--and we maintain a nonjudgmental awareness, a "just knowing."

-Ayya Khema, "Be an Island"

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Here and there

The last step out of here the first step into there.

~Michael Haigh, UK~

Ease and trouble

Ease destroys bravery, trouble...creates strength.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Risk takers

Today's Quote

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

-T.S. Eliot

Saturday, August 27, 2005


Are you worried now about how to stay stressed? You'll have no trouble if you practice the following clinically proven methods:

NEVER EXERCISE. Exercise wastes a lot of time that could be spent worrying.

EAT ANYTHING YOU WANT. Hey, if cigarette smoke can't cleanse your system, a balanced diet isn't likely to.

GAIN WEIGHT. Work hard at staying at least 25 pounds over your recommended weight.

TAKE PLENTY OF STIMULANTS. The old standards of caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and cola will continue to do the job just fine.

GET RID OF YOUR SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM. Let the few friends who are willing to tolerate you know that concern yourself with friendships only if you have time, and you never have time. If a few people persist in trying to be your friend, avoid them.

PERSONALIZE ALL CRITICISM. Anyone who criticizes any aspect of your work, family, dog, house, or car is mounting a personal attack. Don't take time to listen, be offended, then return the attack!

MALES AND FEMALES ALIKE - BE MACHO. Never ever ask for help, and if you want it done right, do it yourself!

BECOME A WORKAHOLIC. Put work before everything else, and be sure to take work home evenings and weekends. Keep reminding yourself that vacations are for sissies.

DISCARD GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS. Schedule in more activities every day than you can possibly get done and then worry about it all whenever you get a chance.

PROCRASTINATE. Putting things off to the last second always produces a marvelous amount of stress.

WORRY ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN'T CONTROL. Worry about the stock market, earthquakes, the approaching Ice Age, you know, all the big issues.

BECOME NOT ONLY A PERFECTIONIST BUT SET IMPOSSIBLY HIGH STANDARDS......and either beat yourself up, or feel guilty, depressed, discouraged, and/or inadequate when you don't meet them.

THROW OUT YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. Staying stressed is no laughing matter, and it shouldn't be treated as one.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Don't let....

Today's Quote

Don't let other people tell you what you want.

-Pat Riley

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Anger. A fit of anger with a travel provider will get you nowhere fast. (Throwing a phone at a hotel clerk might end you up in jail.) Getting angry at poor service or a delayed flight will not correct the problem. For me, I often find myself tempted to get angry at inept service people but by turning the other cheek. I don’t look like the bad person, and besides, you attract more bees with honey than vinegar.

Forget the past

: "Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now." -----Swamy Shri. Yukteshwarji

Monday, August 22, 2005

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GEORGIA PEACHES, California grown - 89 cents lb.

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FOR SALE BY OWNER: Complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica. 45 volumes. Excellent condition. $1,000 or best offer. No longer needed, got married last month. Wife knows everything.

Your neighbor

To smile at your neighbor is more important than to treat him to a drink.

- Johanan b. Nappaha, Talmud: Ketubot

Sunday, August 21, 2005


If you love somebody,
Set her free...
If she comes back, she's yours,
If she doesn't, she never was....

If you love somebody,
Set her free ...
If she ever comes back, she's yours,
If she doesn't, well, as expected, she never was.

If you love somebody,
Set her free ...
Don't worry, she will come back.

If you love somebody,
Set her free ...
If she ever comes back, ask her why.

If you love somebody,
Set her free ...
If she doesn't comes back within some time forget her.

If you love somebody,
Set her free ...
If she doesn't come back, continue to wait until she comes back ...

Playful: If you love somebody,
Set her free ...
If she comes back, and if you love her still, set her free again, and repeat

C++ Programmer:
if(m_she == NULL)
m_she= new CShe;

Animal-Rights Activist:
If you love somebody,
Set her free...
In fact, all living creatures deserve to be free!!

If you love somebody,
Set her free...
Clause 1a of Paragraph 13a-1 in the second amendment of the Matrimonial Freedom Act clearly states that...

Bill Gates :
If you love somebody,
Set her free...
If she comes back,
I think we can charge her for re-installation fees and but tell her that she's also going to get an upgrade.

If you love somebody,
Set her free...
She'll evolve.

If you love somebody,
Set her free...
If she loves you, the probability of her coming back is high
If she doesn't, your relation was improbable anyway.

Schwarzenegger's Fan:
If you love somebody,
Set her free...

Over Possessive:
If you love somebody don't set her free.

Nine times falling down ten times getting up

Today's Quote

If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.

-Mary Pickford

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Life - how long or short?

Today's Quote

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

-W.M. Lewis

BE HAPPY NOW irrespective of....

> Don't Wait to Be Happy
>Be Happy Now
>We convince ourselves that life will be better
>after we get married, have a baby, then another.
>Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old
>enough. We'll be more content when they are.
>After that, we're frustrated that we have
>teenagers to deal with.
>We will certainly be happy when
>they are out of " that stage ".
>We tell ourselves that our life will
>be complete when our spouse gets his
>or her act together. When we get a nicer car,
>when we are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.
>The truth is, there's no better time
>to be happy than right now. If not now, when?
>Your life will " always " be filled with challenges.
>It's best to admit this to yourself and decide
>to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way.
>So, treasure " every " moment!
>Treasure it more because you
>shared it with someone special.
>Special enough to spend
>your time with...
>Remember that time waits for no one.
>Happiness is like sugar,
>Just a little can make you smile.
>Pass on some happiness!

Friday, August 19, 2005

Do you depend on others' opinion for your happiness!

Today's Quote

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.


calm down

Calm Down

Calm Down


To Be Healthy

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and
abstinence, to live as if he were poor.

~William Temple~

LORD give me power to change to GOOD

Lord help me to stop doing the same things over and over that I
know I should change.

I do OK for awhile then I revert back to my old ways.

Why can't I straighten out?

Why can't I change and stay that way?

Why do I keep doing the SAME old things over and over that I
know I shouldn't be doing?


Lord give me the strength and the consistency to do the things
that I know I should do and keep doing them.

~A MountainWings

argue or not

Never argue with an idiot.

They will drag you down to their level
and beat you with experience.

, Failure, Daring, Getting up


Failure is not fatal.
Failure should be our teacher, nor our undertaker.
It should challenge us to new heights of accomplishments,
not pull us to new depths of despair.
From honest failure can come valuable experience.
~William Arthur Ward~

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious
triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank
with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory
nor defeat.
~Theodore Roosevelt~

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
~Japanese proverb~

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Afraid of tomorrow?

Today's Quote

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

-William Allen White

Thursday, August 18, 2005


Trivial thoughts, insignificant thoughts,
When followed they distract the mind.
Not understanding those thoughts
The roaming mind runs back and forth.
But by understanding those thoughts
One ardent and mindful restrains the mind.
An awakened one has overcome them completely
So they do not arise to distract the mind.


Wednesday, August 17, 2005



This is without a doubt one of the nicest good luck forwards I have received

Hope it works for you - and me!

Lotus Touts: You have 6 minutes

There's some mighty fine advice in these words, even if you're not superstitious. This Lotus Touts has been sent To you for good luck from the Anthony Robbins organization. It has been sent around the world ten times so Far.

Do not keep this message.

The Lotus Touts must leave your hands in 6 MINUTES. Otherwise you will get a very unpleasant surprise. This is true, even if you are not superstitious, agnostic, or otherwise faith impaired.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want

FOUR. When you say, "I love you," mean it.

FIVE. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way
to live life completely.

TEN.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone.

everything you ever dreamed of will begin to take shape.

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

If you like your friends, send it to them too; it will bring you good luck.


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Enjoy the good luck, thanks to John Love, our teacher from the Citizen Class.

Though a man live a thousand years, yet at his demise How long has one lived?

Though a man live a thousand years, yet at his demise it seems to him as though he had lived but an hour.

- Zohar


The Buddha was invited by a Brahman to have a meal in his house. But when he arrived, the Brahman greeted him strangely, with a torrent of abuse.

Politely, the Buddha asked, “Do visitors come to your home, good Brahman?”
“What preparations do you make for them?”
“We get ready a great feast.”
”What happens if they don’t arrive?”
“Then we gladly eat it ourselves.”

“Well, Brahman, you’ve invited me for a meal and you’ve entertained me with hard words. I want nothing from your preparation. So please take it back and eat it yourselves.”

“Never retaliate in kind,” the Buddha told his followers. “Hatred does not come to an end through hatred but can only cease through generosity.”

-Jataka Tale


We comprehend only that He exists, not His essence.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Chain letters

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me your chain letters over the past two years.

Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy. Because of your concern.......

A separate individual?

All those of compassion should encourage their minds to think: "Every living being, whether born from the womb or born in any other way, whether they have perception or none, we should bring toward the boundless freedom of liberation. And when this vast and immeasurable number of beings has been liberated, we must not believe that any being has been liberated!" Why is this? It is because no compassionate person who is truly compassionate holds to the idea of a self, a being, or a separate individual.

-Diamond Sutra


To have no occasion for lying does not yet mean to be honest.

- Arthur Schnitzler (Austrian playwright, 1862-1931)


Today's Quote

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.

-Aiden Nowlan

Buddha says

Even as rain breaks through an ill-thatched house,
So lust breaks through an ill-trained mind.

Even as rain breaks not through a well-thatched house,
So lust breaks not through a well-trained mind.

-Dhammapada 13-14

From "365 Buddha:

Monday, August 15, 2005


Customer: 'I can’t eat such a rotten chicken, call the manager.'

Waiter: 'It’s no use sir, he won’t eat it either.'

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Boy or the earthquake

Joke # 26
There was an earthquake recently which frightened inhabitants of a certain town. One couple sent their little boy to stay with an uncle in another district, explaining the reason for the nephew’s sudden visit. A day later the parents received this telegram, 'Am returning your boy. Send the earthquake.'

Charity begins at home

You cannot have empire abroad and a republic at home.
--Mark Twain

Saturday, August 13, 2005


Today's Quote

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.

-Ruth E. Renkel



Sukh suwida ke kar liye, jamaa sabhi saaman;

Kaudi Paas na Prem kee, bante hain dhanwan

Sufi sant chalay gaye, sab jangal kee ore;

Mandir Masjid mein milay, rang birangay chore.

Jangal Jangal aaj bhi, naach rahe hein more;

Lekin basti mein mile, ghar ghar aadamkhore.

Safal wahi hai aajkal, wahi hua sirmaur;

Jiski kathnee aur hai, jiski karni aur.

Hamko yeh suwidha milee, paar utarne hetu;

Nadiya to hai aag ki, aur mom kaa setu.

Har koi hamko milaa, pehne huwe nakaab;

Kisko ab achcha kahein, kisko kahein kharrab.

Saagar se rakhti nahin, seepi koi aas;

Ek swati ki boond se, bujhh jaati hai pyaas.

Man se jo bhi bheint de, usko karo kabool;

Kaanta mile babool ka, ya goolar ka phool.




August 15 2055

SHER AND PUSHPA AGRAWAL (seattle, Washington, USA)

P.S; Please visit from time to time for interesting items my Blog:, heading FACTS OF LIFE

Chhama and God's Laws

22. Forgiveness (kshama) in the man of God consists in not inflicting, wishing to inflict, punishment on those who harm or wrong him. He knows that the cosmic law will see to it that all injustices are rectified; it is unnecessary and presumptuous to attempt to hasten its workings or to determine their form. Retribution at the hands of the immutable law of karma has for its proper and far-seeing purpose the eventual spiritual redemption of the sinner.

—Paramahansa Yogananda, the twenty-six ennobling qualities of the devotee, chapter 16, God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita.

Initiative and discernment

At the time for initiative
he takes no initiative.
Young, strong, but lethargic,
the resolves of his heart
the lazy, lethargic one
loses the path
to discernment.

-Dhammapada 280, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Friday, August 12, 2005


"The nice thing about meditation is that it makes doing nothing quite respectable."
— Paul Dean



A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill.In
the room of 200, he asked, Who would like this $20 bill? Hands started going
up. He said, I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do
this. He proceeded to crumple the $20 dollar bill up. He then asked, Who
still wants it? Still the hands were up in the air.

Well, he replied, What if I do this? And he dropped it on the ground and
started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now
crumpled and dirty. Now who still wants it? Still the hands went into the

My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did
to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It
was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and
ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that
come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.

But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose
your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still
priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we
do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are special - Don't EVER forget
it. If you do not pass this on, you may never know the lives it touches, the
hurting hearts it speaks to, or the hope that it can bring. Count your
blessings, not your problems. Never be afraid to try something new.

And remember.....
Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

What a coincidence?

TEACHER: "Can anybody give an example of COINCIDENCE?" STUDENT: "Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day, same time."

Babus or Angrez Sahebs

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Three key ‘culprits’ absconding; Solapur police clueless, say warrants will be issued soon
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SOLAPUR, AUGUST 11: Bijapur Road and Kotgi Road are two prominent residential localities which are hubs of Solapur’s rich and famous. Manoj Nimbalkar, a clerk in the revenue department and the main accused in the Rs 9.1-crore Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) fraud, and Subhash Durape, an agriculture department supervisor and co-accused, stay there.

Nimbalkar, Durape and another accused, Sutvirayya Swami, an agriculture department assistant — all have been suspended — are absconding since July 12, a day after Collector Manisha Varma found incriminating evidence against them. While family members say they have no idea of their whereabouts, Solapur Police too is clueless.

Nimbalkar has a two-storeyed plush bungalow on Bijapur Road. As a clerk, he draws a salary of Rs 5,000-Rs 6,000 a month and his wife says they used to stay in a one-room flat just seven years ago. She quickly adds that she is a primary school teacher — ‘‘and the double income helped us buy this bungalow. We have also taken a loan for it.’’

She insists she has no idea where her husband is but gives us his mobile number which is, of course, switched off.

Durape’s bungalow on Kotgi Road area is fancier. His monthly earning as an agricultural supervisor is around Rs 8,000. The upper storey of the two-storeyed bungalow has been rented out to two local dailies. The ground floor is well-furnished. ‘‘He is not here since the past seven days and he has changed his mobile, so I can’t get in touch with him,’’ his wife says.

Another accused, Swami, who earns less than Rs 5,000 a month, lives at Bhavani Peth in a modest housing society. His father tells us he is in Parbhani.

The indifference of the Solapur Police to these cases — four criminal cases have been lodged against them — has raised many eyebrows. Pune’s Divisional Commissioner, Prabhakar Karandikar, is obviously upset. ‘‘Now that criminal charges have been framed against them, it is for the police to nab them.’’

But Karandikar isn’t surprised. ‘‘I suspected that the police were under instructions to resist a deeper probe, because when we wanted to file the first FIR, the police made such a fuss that it took them an entire night, from 11 p m to 5 a m, to lodge the complaint.’’

Collector Varma, who claims the fraud is just the tip of the iceberg, says there should have been arrests by now.

Solapur Police Commissioner Jagan Nath responds on predictable lines: ‘‘The law does not spare anyone. A special squad has been created and it has conducted raids on the houses of the accused without any positive results. Soon, we will declare them absconders and attach their properties but all this takes time.’’


American Indian funds first ever Indian IPR School
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Friday, August 12, 2005

NEW DELHI: Indian American Vinod Gupta, who has funded a string of educational institutes in India, is investing $2-2.5 million on setting up the country's first school on intellectual property rights (IPR).

The Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Law will be set up at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, from where Gupta graduated in 1967. The human resource development ministry has given its go-ahead.

"The institute will provide world-class legal education in the intellectual property space, leading to post-graduate degrees in law and later doctorate programs," Gupta, who is probably the only American Indian to stay overnight in the White House as a personal guest of former American president Bill Clinton, said.

With an annual intake of 150, the institute is expected to attract students from both within the country and abroad, Gupta added. Admissions will begin next July.

"(The institute) will probably cost $2-$2.5 million initially, spread over two years. We expect the institute to be self-sustaining in two years," said Gupta, who chairs infoUSA, Inc., a $300 million company that deals with information databases for businesses and employs over 2,000 people across the U.S.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

A bend in the road

Today's Quote

A bend in the road is not the end of the road...unless you fail to make the turn.


Man and machine

Today's Quote

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

-Elbert Hubbard


Nobel Prize winning author VS Naipaul says that India and China "will completely alter the world" although he bemoans there "are no thinkers in India".

"It's a rather calamity of India today that there are no thinkers. A big country, a powerful country of a billion people. There are no thinkers in India. What is important today is the economic development of India and China that will completely alter the world," Naipaul told The New York Times in an interview.

In contrast "nothing that is happening in the Arab world has that capacity", Naipaul said, adding, "It has capacity for mischief. They are spreading their little wars to Indonesia, the Philippines and all these other places. But that's just mischief. What's happening in India and China will bend the world and will change it forever."

Naipaul, whose writings about the world of Islam and its troubles have been considered prophetic, had a sobering view of the September 11 terror attack on America. "What happened on September 11 was too astonishing. It is one of a kind, can't happen again. But in the end it has had no effect on the world. It has just been a spectacle like a bank raid in a western film. They will be caught by the sheriff eventually but they'd raid a few banks," he said.

On the Arab world he said "intellectually it is a great tyranny. Because it is a tyranny people's can't grow intellectually and be on the level of the world they envy. But it has always been like that. Religion has always been a tyranny and it becomes an expression of state power."

He spoke of his controversial views on Islam with undiminished vehemence. "I became very interested in the Islamic question, and thought I would try to understand it from the roots, ask very simple questions and somehow make a narrative of that discovery," he said.

He wondered to what extent "people who lock themselves away in belief...shut themselves away from the active busy world?" He said he was also interested in "to what extent without knowing it" they were "parasitic on that world"? He said there were "no thinkers to point out to them where their thoughts and their passion had led them"?

He reiterated his famous observation that as a form of writing the novel is dead. "What I felt was, if you spend your life just writing fiction, you are going to falsify your material," he said. "And the fictional form was going to force you to do things with the material, to dramatise it in a certain way. I thought non-fiction gave one a chance to explore the world, the other world, the world that one didn't know fully."

"I thought if I didn't have this resource of non-fiction I would have dried up perhaps. I'd have come to the end of my material, and would have done what a writer like Graham Greene did. You know, he took the Graham Greene figure to the Congo, took him to Argentina, took him to Haiti, for no rhyme or reason."

Sher S Agrawal
Tel/Fax # -425-688-1155


TO BE or not to be INTELLIGENT

To be intelligent is to be open-minded, active-memoried, and persistently experimental.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Good fortune--remember it's fickle; misfortune--remember it'll pass

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

A big advantage for curvy fair sex

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A Big Advantage For Curvy Women

Curvaceous, voluptuous women are more likely to live longer than their slimmer friends. For good looks and good health, the feminine ideal really should be an hourglass figure with well-defined hips. Think Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sophia Loren.

Belly or butt: Which is better? The shape of your body, not how much you weigh, is the most powerful predictor of your health.

It turns out that those wide hips help protect women against potentially fatal heart conditions, according to researchers from the Institute of Preventative Medicine in Copenhagen. Why? Hip fat appears to contain a beneficial natural anti-inflammatory protein hormone called adiponectin that actually prevents arteries from swelling up and becoming blocked, report the BBC News and the Manchester Evening News.
Here's the magic number: Your hips need to measure 40 inches with a dress size of 14 for the most benefit.

Overweight? Here's good news! There's actually an advantage to being just a few pounds over your ideal weight. Click to find out what it is.

The study: Almost 3,000 men and women aged 35 to 65 took part in the research. In 1987 and 1988 the Danish researchers measured the participants' height, weight and body mass index. Through 1998, Danish health registers were checked to find out which of the participants suffered cardiovascular problems, while death records were checked through 2001.

Do popular people live longer? Find out the weird effect of the "status syndrome" on your health and happiness.

The results: Compared to the group of women with the smallest hip circumferences, women with the biggest were found to have an 87 percent reduction in deaths, reports the BBC News. The curvier women also had an 86 percent reduced risk of developing coronary heart disease and a 46 percent reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease. Sorry, guys. This benefit is for ladies only. Large hip circumference was not found to offer better heart health for men. "It seems that the protection is not a matter of wide hips, it's the detrimental effect of narrow hips with a lack of muscle fat, or bone or a combination of both," study leader Berit Heitmann told the BBC. "Fat on hips is different than fat on the abdomen. If you do not have enough of this fat, you may risk heart attacks."

Call it a Rx for aging beautifully! If you eat these foods, you'll look 10 years younger. Find out Dr. Nicolas Perricone's secrets to an age-defying diet.

The classic apple shape where the fat is located in the belly area really can be dangerous to your health since fat cells produce chemicals that can change the insulin system. That in turn raises the risk of diabetes and heart disease. The study results were published in the journal Obesity Research.

Do this when you're young, and you're more likely to live until you're 90! Click to find out what it is.

Monday, August 08, 2005


The Blessing of Unanswered Prayers

I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I had asked for,
but eveything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

- Unknown Confederate soldier


It is very important that you do not compare your actions to your partner's or judge your partner's behavior as unskillful. Rather, focus on your own actions and take responsibility for them. Recall those times when you looked into your partner's eyes and saw the pain you caused this person you love to suffer. If you can admit your own faults, if you can see how hurtful your actions were and tap into a sense of concern for your partner's well-being, then compassion and loving-friendliness will flow.


It is very important that you do not compare your actions to your partner's or judge your partner's behavior as unskillful. Rather, focus on your own actions and take responsibility for them. Recall those times when you looked into your partner's eyes and saw the pain you caused this person you love to suffer. If you can admit your own faults, if you can see how hurtful your actions were and tap into a sense of concern for your partner's well-being, then compassion and loving-friendliness will flow.

-Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness"

Godly business

God will pardon: that's His business.

- Heinrich Heine, on his death-bed, 1856 Reprinted with

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Holy law

We do not rejoice at the punishment meted out to an enemy; we have been taught by the holy laws to have human sympathy.

- Philo, "Flaccus" Reprinted fr

Friday, August 05, 2005

It is not what it is how!

Today's Quote

The thing that matters is not what you bear, but how you bear it.


Guardian Angel of God

Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God's love commits me here;
Watch over me throughout the night,
keep me safe within your sight.

source: Traditional


A gold Buddha can't get through a furnace, a wood Buddha can't get through a fire, and a clay Buddha can't get through water. The real Buddha sits within: enlightenment, nirvana, suchness, and Buddha-nature are all clothes sticking to the body.


Wednesday, August 03, 2005


> >Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings lived,
>Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge and all the others, including Love.
> >
> >One day it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was
>going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So, all the feelings
>prepared their boats to leave. Love was the only one that stayed. She
>wanted to preserve the island paradise until the very last possible
>moment. When the island was almost totally under water, Love decided
>it was time to leave. She began looking for someone to ask for help.
> >
> >Just then Richness was passing by in a grand boat. Love asked,
>"Richness, can I come with you on your boat?" Richness answered, "I am
>sorry, but there is a lot of silver and gold on my boat and there
>would be no room for you anywhere"
> >
> >The Love decided to ask Vanity, who was passing in a beautiful
>vessel, for help. Love cried out "Vanity, help me please!", "I can't
>help you, " Vanity said, "You are all wet and will damage my beautiful
> >
> >Next Love saw Sadness passing by. Love said, "Sadness please let me
>go with you." Sadness answered, "Love, I'm sorry, but, I just need to
>be alone now."
Then, Love saw Happiness and cried out, "Happiness, please take me
>with you." But Happiness was so overjoyed that he didn\'t hear \r\nLove
>calling him.
> >
> >Love began to cry, then, she heard a voice say, "Come love I will
>take you with me". It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed
>that she forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived on land
>the elder went on his way.
> >
> >Love realized how much she owed the elder and when she met Knowledge
>she asked who it was that had helped her.
> >
> >"It was Time", Knowledge answered. "But why did Time help me when no
>one else would?", Love asked. Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom
>and sincerity, answered, "Because only Time is capable of
>understanding how great Love is

Then, Love saw Happiness and cried out, "Happiness, please take me
>with you." But Happiness was so overjoyed that he didn't hear Love
>calling him.
> >
> >Love began to cry, then, she heard a voice say, "Come love I will
>take you with me". It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed
>that she forgot to ask the elder his name. When they arrived on land
>the elder went on his way.
> >
> >Love realized how much she owed the elder and when she met Knowledge
>she asked who it was that had helped her.
> >
> >"It was Time", Knowledge answered. "But why did Time help me when no
>one else would?", Love asked. Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom
>and sincerity, answered, "Because only Time is capable of
>understanding how great Love is."
> >


All the delightful things of the world--sweet sounds, lovely forms, all the pleasant tastes and touches and thoughts--these are all agreed to bring happiness if they are not grasped and possessed.

But if you regard them merely as pleasures for your own use and satisfaction and do not see them as passing wonders, they will bring suffering.

-Sutta Nipata

From "Buddha Speaks," e

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

merry merry merry

Today's Quote

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

-Proverbs 17:2

Monday, August 01, 2005


'you remember the times your father carried you, when you walked with him on the hills."

"Yes mother," I said.

"You were scared to jump from one rock to another, and dad used to just stoop down, pick you up and step over."

"It wasn't just the mountains ma," I said, "It was also at the railway station."

I was afraid to go over the footbridge, because the wooden planks which made up the bridge floor had cracks through which I could see the engines below. Evil monsters that breathed fire and blew smoke up through the crevices onto me.

I put down the phone and thought of dad, of his strong arms that so easily carried and lifted me over places I was scared to step over. My thoughts went to the lovely poem, 'Footprints', in which the man in the poem looks back over the years and sees a pair of footprints which he knows is that of God and himself walking next to each other.

"And what about those footprints, which are alone?" asks the man of God, "Did you leave me then?"

"No," says God, "that is when I carried you,"

What a beautiful thought .God carrying us:

When we are sick. When we have no strength left in our bodies. When we have given up. When we cling to the edge of a precipice and are frightened by what we see when we look down.

There is a lovely story of a mother eagle that had built her nest on a ledge of rock jutting precariously over a steep and dangerous precipice.

Soaring through the air one day, returning to her nest, she was startled by what she saw. Clinging desperately to the jagged edge of a rock at the top of the canyon was her baby eagle, struggling with all its might to prevent a fall that was sure to crush its body more than a thousand feet below.

Unable to get to the ledge before her little one could fall, the mother eagle, with the speed of lighting, swooped low beneath the jutting rock, spread her strong wings to break the fall of her darling and with her precious cargo clinging to the feathers of her mighty wings glided safely to the canyon's floor.

Carried by its mother's wings, the little one lived.

So also is our heavenly father, waiting to lift us up, and break our fall.

I am sure there are many of us, in situations where we are afraid to cross something fearful and difficult.

Wait for God to take you across.

I am sure there many who are clinging to some jagged rock, knowing that your strength is waning. Let Go and let God pick you up and put you down safely on solid ground.

My father is no more there to lift me across the rough patches of hills and rocks and over the bridges at stations, but I know that the Father he has gone up to be with has muscles that will continue to effortlessly do the same work.

He is there for you too my friend..!

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