My Power Quote !

A good book on a rainy day is happiness for me - Ruskin Bond

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMERICAN SAGE: RALPH WALDO EMERSON

One of the two Great American sages that literally changed my trajectory of  life is Ralph Waldo Emerson ( May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882).

He is an essayist, lecturer, and poet who spearheaded the Transcendentalist movement in  the mid-19th century in America. Being a champion of individualism,  Emerson inspired countless  people through his writings and  public lectures.

Henry David Thoreau, another American sage  when he met Emerson, he was asked  'Do you keep a journal ?   In fact,  that question went on to be a lifelong inspiration for Thoreau who also churned out masterly works like 'Walden' etc.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

MY FAVOURITE VERSES OF RUMI

Savour the following lines from the poetry of  13th century Persian poet Rumi :

Poems are rough notations for the music we are.

I didn't come here of my own accord,  and I can't leave that way.

Whoever brought me here will have to 
take me home.

There is a fountain inside you.   
Don't walk around with an empty bucket !

THIS IS RIGHT BOOK TO KNOW ''HISTORY OF INDIA''

History is  baffled with dates.

Perhaps the history lessons we learnt in our childhood might have obscured from our memory and now it is come back time for all grown-ups.   

India  is a land of rich culture and traditions.  It's civilization flourished when the western civilizations were in the nascent stage.  To know what India did in the past centuries, you need to revisit the history  which requires simple history book with an interesting narrative.

With this frame of mind, I searched bookshops, Book Exhibitions, but could not find my choice book.  At last, my efforts paid a rich dividend when I got "Children's History of India'', written by Sheila Dhar.  It is a book published by Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, priced Rs.150/-  ISBN  978-81-230-1872-0

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW FRONTIERS IN NEUROSCIENCE

Science is touching new frontiers,  especially in Neuroscience.

One news magazine recently carried an article detailing how the  brain  responds to decisions.  It is a new discipline called ''Neuroeconomics'' which explains human decision making, the ability to process multiple alternatives and to follow a course of action.

Scientists  predict that if you tend to splurge, it means you are right-brain oriented.  Right brain thinkers, they say, hate to plan and succumb to impulse much more.

When you see a new dress,  lovely shoe/ jewellery  you get excited thereby light up a ''pleasure centre'' of your brain called ''Nucleus Accumbens '' which  secretes neuro-chemical called dopamine.

IT IS A SHORT FILM BY PEPSI AND KURKURE - GHAR WALI DIWALI



Sometimes, sharing information makes wonders and internet is the best platform.  The above Youtube video is a short film made by Pepsi and Kurkure - Ghar Wali Diwali. A must watch by every Indian !

Monday, October 27, 2014

DO YOU KNOW WHY YOU WANT TO WRITE ?

Perhaps this question might be  hunting you for quite some time.  But a logical answer to such fundamental question is not that much easy. When I asked this question to myself,  for years, I didn't get the clarity of why I get this drive. Suddenly one fine day, I got a full-blown reply from George Orwell’s essay ‘ Why I write‘.

Eric Arthur Blair who used the pen name George Orwell is an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. He is ranked as one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century.

AADHAAR CARD IS NOW CRUCIAL FOR YOU


Image result for aadharBeing an Indian and  not made Aadhaar Card till now ?  Don't worry ! You could take prior appointment nearest to  your Aadhaar Centre in your town/city by simply clicking the following link  https://appointments.uidai.gov.in/  

Fill the data and take a print out of acknowledgement slip.  Reach to the centre on appointed date & time  and show the acknowledgement slip to the authorities.  Thereafter fill up the Enrolment Form with supporting documents and give your biometrics.  After that you would be given acknowledgement slip.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

THIS A.R. RAHMAN SONG ' JIYA JALE' SUNG BY STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF THE BERKLEE INDIAN ENSEMBLE HITS YOUTUBE




A.R. Rahman, the master Indian composer is the most sought after musician not only in India, but the world over.

MY EARLY MORNING REFLECTIONS

There is no other way to control a day than to wake up early in the morning.  It is one such non-negotiable activity that a writer should cultivate to embark a successful journey.

Honestly, I am not a  stickler to this virtue on daily basis.   But I find the quality of writing improves insanely a lot when I  write in the mornings.   As the mind would be like a clean slate in those serene hours,  great writing happens miraculously.  

After so many months of sloth,  I woke up early on this Sunday and the glorious winter morning took me into her bosom to spend an hour or two creatively.

Friday, October 24, 2014

'POCKET' - AN APP THAT FACILITATES OFF-LINE VIEWING/ READING OF WEB PAGES

This is an ad-driven world where products of not-so-important are beamed everywhere including the internet.

Some important mobile productivity tools that are so essential may not come to the knowledge of wider public.

One such app you are seeing here is 'Pocket'. It is an app to save web pages to your mobile/ tablet  for off-line viewing at your convenience. Once you install  this app in your Android phone,   it would add a small icon to your default web browser Chrome in  mobile phone and whenever you want to save any webpage, simply press share button and select 'pocket' which saves to 'Pocket'.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

INDIAN RAILWAYS ANDROID APP : NTES

A little while ago, when I surfed the  internet, I landed up to a blog called ''The one-minute Writer''.  The slogan  of  the blog mentioned that you have 1,440 minutes in a day  and use one of them to write.  

Very invigorating slogan for a soul which has no productivity for the last three days without any cogent reason.  May be, I am not getting sufficient triggers to write on any subject of my appetite.   But the blog 'The one-minute Writer'  pedaled me to write  at this late night  (1130 pm)  on Diwali day  - 23.10.2014.

Monday, October 20, 2014

DON'T BE HASTE !

Ever since I started  writing  on this blog,  I almost stopped thinking other than on paper thereby opened  new doors of  wisdom which is exhilarating.

In the process of finding ways to live a happy life, I started flipping the pages of books of great wisdom masters.  I find one essential factor that determines your happiness is 'not being haste'.   You must distil it into your DNA to live a peaceful life.  Being hurry  to every aspect of life would  turn you lunatic.

The best way to manage a day's affairs skilfully  is to wake up a little early.   Further make it a thumb rule to  reach to your appointed place a little earlier would put you in check of mindless 'hurriedness'.

The American sage Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his book  'The Conduct of Life' says that ' Nothing is more vulgar than haste'.   When you are in haste, you can't maintain the natural rhythm in  your daily chores.     The same feelings were echoed by American writer, historian and philosopher William James Durant  who says that ' No man who is in a hurry is quite civilized.

Haste is a venom for a writer.  If  you are carried away by it,  not only it crushes your creativity but harm  the  surrounding weaker souls.

 French Playwright  Moliere summed up the whole lesson in this beautiful quote : Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error !

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

During second week of August last year (2013),  it was reported that Indians are getting as fat as Americans.  It says that obesity crisis swells among India's middle class youth as children choose Western fast food over traditional cuisine.  

It is simply not children who fall prey to such food habits.  Adults equally ruin their health by taking such foods uncontrollably swelling the figure to alarming levels.  It is time to wake up to reality !

If you take food as medicine, you need not take the medicine as food, the adage goes. But it is  easier said than doing. 

Controlling others is the easy business, where as controlling our own inner stimuli needs a warrior’s perseverance. Food is what makes your body and if you are reckless to what you take, you are bound to end up in tatters.

You must have vigilant eyes to see what is going inside your

Thursday, October 16, 2014

GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY

India is now in digital mode for  observing each day  as some Special Day through out the year.  One thing certain  about  observing these Days is to send  the message  to the remotest corner using technology so that people would aware of it and respond in  a befitting manner. 

Yesterday  had gone awry   as Global Handwashing Day which was observed  on 15th October, 2014 slipped from my eyes unnoticed.  

It was only  today (16th October, 2014) early morning  I came to know  when an email was received  from India's Health Minister  Dr. Harsh Vardhan.    The message has driven me to write  about  the  occasion.   The  gist of the mail  is about the basic health lesson  that  soap should be used for hand-washing after using the  restroom (toilet).   Though it lays more stress on children and schools,  in fact, the adults  equally need  awareness and compliance.

Monday, October 13, 2014

HOW TO REMOVE YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

Computer or internet related tips are such that a layman can't find the solutions online as the way they tell is not understood by many.   More over, majority of people don't want to search those tips online.  Instead they bank upon the advice of experts or computer geeks.

 Whenever, I am asked any question related to tips pertaining to internet / computer,  I do the spade work on behalf of needy person which  not only give solution to his or her  problem, but instantly share those tips to larger community on my blog.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MAHARANI GAYATRI DEVI : THE CHARMING BEAUTY OF THE WORLD

The other day a popular English news magazine carried  a story regarding display of royal Indian jewels across the world this fall.   The story mentioned six royal style icons and their jewellery that made news.

Top amongst them is Maharani Gayatri Devi who was admired for her charm and beauty and featured in the list of Vogue's Ten Most Beautiful Women of the World.

Natural beauty attracts instantly.   When the beauty is from royal family, the curiosity doubles to know more about such personalities.   Exactly the same happened  in 2004 when I saw   a book review of Book " Rajmata Gayatri Devi..... Enduring Grace by Dharmendar Kanwar, published by Roli Books.

Roli Books brought out the book in celebration of  their 25 years in the publishing business.  The book is a collector's edition worth to be read again and again.     The author did a fantastic job in taking the reader to the regal  palace life  with rare photographs.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF JACKFRUIT

Jackfruit health benefits and nutrition factsSeasonal fruits not only give the flavour to your tongue but give immense health benefits. Many of us don't care to eat these seasonal fruits and we dangerously fall into the routine way of gulping food including the fruits.

Jackfruit is such a fruit, only few people like. But it has magical nutritious value. It contains a rich source of calorie with no cholesterol or saturated fats.

Jackfruit is rich in antioxidants which protect you from cancer and aging. It improves bone and skin health.

Health experts say that jackfruit contains large amounts of potassium which is required to maintain sodium level in the body.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A WEBSITE FOR PROTECTING COPYRIGHT OF YOUR WORK !

We see so many instances where the creative works of writers and artists are copied or used without their permission.  

It is a heart-wrenching experience for them and the pain is palpable.   We all know how the celebrity writer  Chetan Bhaghat's novel was used in a movie without his permission.

Friday, October 10, 2014

GOOD NEWS : SAVOUR TELUGU SONGS HERE !

Ever since i-Pad/ mp3 player/ smartphone invaded our lives, we  almost lost in  touch with Radio.   

In my childhood days, Radio is the only   available entertainment  in our home.  It is an era of  80s in India when TV still not spread its wings. 

The large credit  for my collection of most of the melodies goes to radio.  

Occasionally, I feel sick of listening to my own collection of songs.  Then, one day, I gestured

Thursday, October 09, 2014

BENEFITS OF COPPER VESSEL

There is nothing trivial for sharing.  A good friend of me in a recent post in Facebook said that :

A Cup that was already full,
cannot have more added to it; 
In order to receive more good
we must empty it 
by sharing it with others
regularly and consistently ..

So whatever, good I see,  my heart craves to share it instantly with others  so as to spread its  benefit.  The intention is noble for which  this Blog is rooted.

Friday, October 03, 2014

SWACHCHH BHARAT ABHIYAN - INDIA'S CLEANLINESS DRIVE

Cleanliness is next to godliness.

This year's Gandhi Jayanthi : 2nd October, 2014 is different from past years to that extent that India started cleanliness drive with a missionary zeal lead by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who himself held the broom stick to sweep the roads.

So, the 2nd October this year is not a holiday for government employees who went to their office premises and took pledge to contribute their part in keeping public places clutter -free.  This is really a radical step to change the value system of most of us who are not honest enough in maintaining cleanliness in public places.

INSTALL THIS YOUTUBE H.D. DOWNLOADER

Youtube, in one way makes all of us movie makers.  It is now very simple to switch on webcam of your computer and start recording  and then upload to  'Youtube' where the world could watch you instantly !

Youtube, over the years collected huge number of videos in all genres/ languages/ regions. It is the world's video library.   

But watching your favourite videos repeatedly online involves  huge  data charges and hence you need to save them  to your hard disc.

But how ?

Thursday, October 02, 2014

RADIO NEWS IN YOUR MOTHER TONGUE

Though I started and titled this Web Log or Blog as KNOWEB early in 2005, I have not made any significant contribution until 2011 when a friend of mine convinced to do it liberally that may help or trigger inspiration.

On the internet, when you use the information of somebody, it is your bounden duty to give something back to the internet so that the web widens  with quality information.

In fact, my reason to call this blog as KNOWEB - in short for Knowledge Web is based on the premise that knowledge is an ever expanding horizon and one needs to pursue it as a never ending process.   Accordingly, I posted my first article 'Power of Information ' on 26th March, 2011. 

The journey of writing is now going on much more vigorously after I break the ice and now writing is showing a therapeutic benefit on my mind. In fact, I feel exalted in my mission : Knowledge Sharing.
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