My Power Quote !

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

Sunday, November 30, 2014

MY MOBILE SHOT : CLEAN INDIA


ROAD SIDE ASSISTANCE

For the past several months, at a petrol bunk near my home in South Delhi, I have been seeing a parked Maruti Omni Van standing in readiness with driver on the seat.  I have not paid much attention for several days and one day my eyes went on it  which has one helpline number written on sides and back.

The van belongs to ' Cross Roads - A Road Side Assistance Company with its Delhi Helpline number as  011-47090909 and PAN India toll free: 18004190199.

Friday, November 28, 2014

THE STORY BEHIND MY BLOG's CUSTOM DOMAIN

THE STORY BEHIND MY BLOG's CUSTOM DOMAINMy previous post depicted my agony of not getting help when I shifted  to  custom domain.  In fact I wrote the story to lighten my heart for the emotional turmoil I faced mentally for a blog which I developed from scratch but it vanished in my own hands.

The blog is not simply my outer face to the world but my living room for the writer inside me.

The motive behind writing  this  behind scenes story  is to say how  difficult for a computer illiterate in doing such technical things as known experts want to do it  for a price.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

MY BLOG IS MY CHILD

MY BLOG IS MY CHILD36 hours ago, I did my life's Himalayan blunder.  I tried to shift my blog   from blogger platform (Google's)  to custom domain at knoweb.in  on a friend's advice.  

In fact, the domain was purchased from one of the India's oldest Domain Registrars.  Not only the service  at their call centre / Helpline was poor,  but no  technical assistance at all was given to do the steps involved to change to  custom domain.  Whatever I did, it was  on my own with the aid of  few steps I saw on the internet. The experience left me deep scars /emotional turmoil.

Monday, November 24, 2014

MY CHARM TO VISIT RAILWAY STATIONS

MY CHARM TO VISIT RAILWAY STATIONS
There is an adage that nothing is outside the domain of a poet.  It is only the context that channelizes his creative juices. I think the same is  equally true for  a blogger.

When I see the top bloggers in  tech genre,  my heart prompts  to  advise them to take a holiday for a while  and write  a different post for novelty. I know that  they feel it as a bad idea, but I swear it not !

The other day when I completed 186 articles in  this blog which was started more than 3 years ago,    I felt  dried up to churn out new ones. The problem is  I can't sit empty-handed without writing an article.  But what to write ?

Immediately I find an answer in railway stations.  The context came handy as one of my close friends was about to  catch a train and I went  along with him to railway station to see him off.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WASTAGE OF ELECTRICITY !



It was a pleasant winter afternoon in Delhi.   My mood was upbeat with the cool weather and Sun soaked body in the park where I sat with a book to  read poems of Subramania Bharati.

My mind was deeply thinking to write a  review on the book ' Selected Poems ' of Subramania Bharati, translated by Usha Rajagopalan.

THIS WIDGET GREATLY HELPS BLOGGERS TO INCREASE READERSHIP

THIS WIDGET GREATLY HELPS BLOGGERS TO INCREASE READERSHIPWhen you join Blogger Communities like IndiBlogger.in to increase readership for your articles, the inherent problem is that only your relevant article link pops up  there and the reader could read only that article whose link is given.

Suppose, you have  written great articles  in the past and  you want to drive the  readers attention  to read those posts, unless you know this widget,  you have only an option to manually create links  to your past articles  with current post, which is a fuss and time consuming.

The good news here is, a widget solves all your problems !

Saturday, November 22, 2014

INDIA GATE, NEW DELHI FROM MY LENSE

One place I like the most in New Delhi is India Gate.  The sprawling area facilitates to take a leisurely  walk and for writers,  it is a place you get creative ideas.

Those who blame the city's  sweltering summers must forget their curses in winters to  immerse  in the beauty of Delhi, originally known as Dilli which means the city with  people of heart !

This structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the architect of New Delhi.

  • Built in 1931
  • Originally known as All India War Memorial
  • Built in memory of 90,000 soldiers of British Indian Army who lost their lives in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afgan War
  • 42 metre tall.
  • India's Republic Day Parade starts from Rashtrapati Bhavan and passes through India Gate.




    HEAD VIEW (click on the images to view the original size)


 FRONT VIEW



                                                                  

               SIDE VIEW                                                      BACK VIEW

10 MANTRAS FOR BLOGGERS

10 MANTRAS FOR BLOGGERSRecently, I spent a whole day to know the tips for improving  traffic to my blog.  The reason behind it is to take a professional approach in spreading  my ideas/ views for larger reach.

Whoever said, the substance is same.

Here is the cheat sheet :
  • Update your blog daily, daily, daily.....  This advice should not be neglected at any cost.

Friday, November 21, 2014

SUNSET IN DELHI WITH MY MOBILE CAMERA


This is a glazing winter sun opposite to India Gate, New Delhi, caught in my mobile camera !

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SUPERSTAR RAJINIKANTH'S MOVIE 'LINGAA' HIT SONG



Superstar Rajinikanth's upcoming movie " Lingaa' is going to hit the screens shortly.  This song is  now doing rounds in kollywood and you must savour composer Rahman's musical delight.

TONY BUZAN's MIND MAPS

TONY BUZAN's MIND MAPSThere are so many  ways to boost your memory power and Mind Maps are one such method.   
I first heard  about this  in 1999.  Upon a friend's advice, I read a scholarly book " Mind Maps' written by Tony Buzan.   

Tony Buzan is world's leading authority on memory, learning systems.    

Tony Buzan defines Mind Map as a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain.   He says that it  harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MY HERO OF FITNESS

MY HERO OF FITNESS
Health is wealth.  Those who have wealth can't  buy it  by throwing money.  You have to  sweat it out on your own.  It is Nature's law and you are bound by that !

There is a general trend we see  that rich people bother little about their fitness and health.  Their bulge figures speak louder than anything.  

Health, I feel,  is an attitude rather than an activity.  It is not a thing you pay attention for an hour or two in the day.  It is a 24 x 7 phenomena.  Exercise, a right kind of food at right time matters a lot.  You must adjust your activities according to these cardinal principles.  

The man I am going to introduce here is a corporate czar.  He is my hero  not due to the fact that he is having a networth of $5.9 billion according to the Forbes billionaire list for 2014.  It is because of his credence  given to health.

MASTER POET IQBAL

Iqbal, Sir Muhammad - Portrayed by: Ajab Gull
My body reverberates with patriotism when I listen to " Sare Jahan se Accha'' sung by Lata ji. Though I know that it was written by Muhammad Iqbal, beyond that I know nothing.

The other day when I was reading the poetry of Ghalib, a friend of mine told that there was another marvelous urdu/persian poet whose poetry I should not miss to read. Then my attention has gone to find about Iqbal and luckily  in my office library I got a book "Iqbal - His poetry and Message written by Sheikh Akbar Ali.

The cover flap gave a brief bio of Iqbal. He was born at Sialkot (Pakistan) on 22nd Feb., 1873. He graduated in philosophy and was awarded two gold medals and a scholarship for his proficiency in English and Arabic. His profession was teaching history and philosophy. After a fruitful life, he died at the age of 60 due to  a prolonged illness.

THE HISTORY OF KHAKI UNIFORM

HISTORY OF KHAKI UNIFORM
The history of India during colonial times is very interesting.  The present day khaki uniform worn by Police forces in India  has a history of its own.

Lt Gen Sir Harry Burnett Lumsden, a British military officer introduced khaki uniforms  in 1846 for  his ' Corps of Guides', a regiment of British India Army in North West Frontier, India.

The word 'khaki' is a loanword from Hindustani (meaning soil-coloured) and is originally derived from the Persian word 'Khak, literally meaning 'soil'.

Earlier British Army's uniform colour is white pants and red tunic.  It was time for British's consolidation of power in India and they  found the  colour  of their uniform  inexpedient to  fight local forces  in Western India (Afgan)  which is full of deserts.

 Finally, British Army introduced 'khaki uniforms for all its troops in 1848.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MY PENCIL DRAWING OF PEACOCK, MADE 23 YEARS AGO


WHAT IS SELF REALIZATION ?

WHAT IS SELF REALIZATION ?
It is the cream of Upanishadic wisdom.  The Ancient  Indian Texts: Vedas  speak on it  elaborately.

Is it  something with religious connotations or a subject every human must ponder irrespective of gender and social position ?

Even in this scientific age, it is still relevant  to dwell on it.  When the mind is ready, the first question that crops up immediately : why it is needed ?  It is needed because, we are all enduring existential suffering since our birth.  In fact dualities  caught our systems : Pain & Pleasure.  We use to be more inclined towards pleasurable things and stay away from painful ones.   The real struggle starts here  when we wrangle with others to take our best slice.   This is the root cause of suffering.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A BLOGGER's MIND !

A BLOGGER'S MIND
I am a bit over-zealous with books.  My reading habit has travelled from passion to addiction.  If you visit my home, you will see more than a hundred books  lined up  for my reading.

Ever since, I started writing for my blog,  my habit to watch TV at long stretches has gone. Now you could say, completely gone !   More time and energies are now invested in this pursuit.  This passion to write has made me to stop thinking the years that added to me : Forty Four plus.    

THIS IS THE BEST SCIENCE WEBSITE

Image result for http://www.sciencemag.org/We are living in a World Wide Web (WWW) guided by Google search.  Some times, the best websites may not come on the front  of search result  shown by Google.  Hence, human guidance is imminent.

I find it the best website on science :

http://www.sciencemag.org/

Sunday, November 16, 2014

THIS IS TECHIE's WORLD !


Image result for techieI am a technology enthusiast and adopt to  new technologies to enrich the day-to-day living is my zing.

Newspapers are buzzing with tech news these days.  The success stories of some of those techies who hit the headlines, are very inspiring. One surprising thing is that these techies are guys of below twenty but have a lot of exposure to internet and computers.  Internet mastered them in this art thereby opened new  revenue streams.

Take the case of this boy.  Eight year old Reuben Paul gave a key-note address on the second day of a summit on cyber security held in New Delhi on Friday    (14.11.2014).  This child prodigy can give tips about how Internet users can protect their content from hackers.  

THIS IS A RIGHT BOOK WITH LOADS OF INSPIRATION !

THIS IS A RIGHT BOOK WITH LOADS OF INSPIRATION
Dr. Kalam is an exemplary public figure not only in India but the world over.

Though  he came from a very humble background,  his  ambition to realize dreams brought him  to the level  of what  he is today.

He is a voracious reader and wrote more than twenty books.  The latest edition " The Righteous Life : The very Best of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam' is the cream of his writings.

The youngsters must read this book to get inspiration from a man of profound wisdom.

A must read book !

BREAKTHROUGHS ON BRAIN

BREAKTHROUGHS ON BRAIN
There are similes between these two : Internet and Human Brain.  Both are network of networks. Perhaps the idea of internet must have come  from the brain's way of functioning.

Human brain is the most complex  and mysterious organ in the universe.  It is a  three pound mass of jelly with 100 billion neurons, each  capable of making up to ten thousand connections with fellow neurons.

Recently Indian origin Professor Rajesh Rao of  University of Washington  has achieved a breakthrough.   He established a 'brain to brain communication' link using the Internet.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

ALBERT EINSTEIN ON 'GOD'

ALBERT EINSTEIN ON GOD
Then there are fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics and comes from the same source. They are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who?—? in their grudge against the traditional ‘opium for the people’?—? cannot bear the music of the spheres. The Wonder of nature does not become smaller because one cannot measure it by the standards of human and moral aims.”


“The more I study science the more I believe in God.” “True religion is real living?—?living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.” I accept the historical Jesus “unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”

SOME LESSER KNOWN FACTS !

> Thomas A. Edison had only 3 months of 'Schooling' during his entire life.

>  Henry Ford had less than a sixth grade schooling, but he managed to do pretty well by himself, financially.

> One of America's most successful and best known financiers followed the habit of closing his eyes for two or three minutes before making a decision. When asked why he did this, he replied " with my eyes closed, I am able to draw upon a source of superior intelligence. "

> Best time to impregnate your subconscious mind is just prior to sleep.

> Turn the problem over to the subconscious mind, which alone knows the most effective solution or way out.

> Neuro-scientists estimate that the entire brain is recycled on a bi-monthly basis.

> The prime mysteries of nature dwell in those realms far away from the sense-imprisoned man. - Einstein.

> Science can not solve the ultimate mystery of Nature.. because in the last analysis we ourselves are part of the mystery we are trying to solve. - Max Planck.

> Yogis in India say that if you want to master the art of relaxation, study the CAT.

> A baby girl has 2 million eggs in the mother's womb. When born, she loses a million of them. The other million lie dormant till the time she reaches puberty. After puberty girl loses 20 -25 eggs per menstrual cycle. Healthiest eggs are released first till the young age of 30. Unhealthy eggs are reserved for later years and complication could arise with the mother. Menopause will start by the age of 47-50 years.

DEEPAK CHOPRA's SECRETS OF HAPPINESS



Image result for secret of happinessLaw of Pure Potentiality: The source of all creation is pure consciousness. Pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. And when we realize that our true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in nature.

I will put the Law of Pure Potentiality into effect by making a commitment to take the following steps:

I will get in touch with the field of pure potentiality bytaking time each day to be silent, to just Be. I will also sit alone in silent meditation at least twice a dayfor approximately thirty minutes in the morning and thirty minutes in the evening.

THIS SHOULD BE EVERY PERSON's DAILY 'CHECK LIST'


- Did I go through my physical fitness schedule and other health management programmes ? 

- Did I devote my planned time for recreational / sports activities & to my family ? 



- Did I do my daily meditational prayers ? 

- Did I ever infringe any "core values" which I have laid down as my guiding 
  principles ? 

AMAZING SCIENCE !

AMAZING SCIENCE OF COSMOLOGY
Gone was the era of Cold War  with  missiles of  destructive technologies capable of  reaching continental distances precisely to hit the target.  Now good times are back  with the advancement of healthy science to unravel the origins of Universe.

Scientists have now been able to achieve the feat called : Inter-Planetary Missions.  India's recent  successful Mar's Orbiter Mission (MOM) is a jewel in the crown of Mother India.
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