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 who literally changed the trajectory of  my  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.

My other hero, Henry David Thoreau, another American  luminary 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.

My favourite quotes of Emerson:

- Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.

 - Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

 - What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

 - What is a weed ? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.

 - Though we travel the world over  to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

 - Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

 I am terribly inspired by reading some inspiring works of Emerson. The depth of his thought stirs us into contemplation.  Only some blessed souls get the opportunity to read his precious works.

If you are ignited enough,  click on the link below to savour his  literature!

  http://www.rwe.org/component/content/section/5.html 

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 a 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

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in his Foreword to the book on 1st August, 1960  said that  ''I have looked through this little book and have liked it.   We lack good books on the history of India, more especially for children.  This book fills a vacuum and fills it well.  The language is easy and suited to young boys and girls.''

 Though, it was mentioned that this book is meant for children, I feel it is for elders as well.   The interesting part of the book is all dates were given at the end of the book for reference purpose.  The author says that the aim of the book is more to stimulate interest in the study of history than to present a comprehensive survey of facts.

The book is a lucid narrative of history of India  in a sequential way. It is a book you need to keep in your personal library to come back and forth whenever necessary ! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NEW FRONTIERS IN NEUROSCIENCE

 Science is touching new frontiers,  especially the 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 how 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.

In fact, we are shrouded with so many mysteries on the human brain.   After  successful completion of  ''Human Genome Project'',  America now  started another equally marvelous project called  BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies Initiative.  The European Union also established ''Human Brain Project which is a 10 year scientific research project to better understand the brain and how it functions.

The objective of US's Brain Research Project is better reflected in  these words of US President Barack Obama "There is this enormous mystery waiting to be unlocked.  And the brain initiative will change that by giving scientists the tools they need to get a dynamic picture of the brain in action and better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember.  And that knowledge could be- will be - transformative''.

Human brain is the most complex organ in the universe.  With 86 billion neurons along with other cells, it  make more than 100 trillion connections.

Scientists say that  research helps to improve so many areas of human health.  It  tries to map the circuits of the brain, measure the fluctuating patterns of electrical and chemical activity and understand how their interplay creates unique cognitive and behavioral capabilities.

Scientists further say that 60 years of studying one neuron at a time has taught a lot about individual neurons, but that is not sufficient.

Most of us assume that the physical location of the  brain is head.  But the fact is  that your head is only the ''command centre'' where as each cell has its own brain.

The scientists are struggling  with what the phenomena called ''Hard Problem''.   So far they could not map out how the brain creates subjective experience called 'qualia''.   It also equally maintains mum of how we experience the texture, colour of any object when we see it.  For e.g.  Suppose when a person sees a red rose and if his brain is put under fMRI,  nothing of such sort like  rose is seen in his brain which is called ''Hard Problem''.

Hope one day, our scientists solve this mystery!  

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.

He says that there are four great motives for writing. They exist in different degrees in every writer, and in any one writer the proportions will vary from time to time, according to the atmosphere in which he is living. They are:

(i) Sheer egoism : Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on the grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc., etc.  It is humbug to pretend this is not a motive, and a strong one.  Writers share this characteristic with scientists, artists, politicians, lawyers, soldiers, successful businessmen — in short, with the whole top crust of humanity. The great mass of human beings are not acutely selfish. After the age of about thirty they almost abandon the sense of being individuals at all — and live chiefly for others, or are simply smothered under drudgery. But there is also the minority of gifted, willful people who are determined to live their own lives to the end, and writers belong in this class. Serious writers are on the whole more vain and self-centered than journalists, though less interested in money.


(ii) Aesthetic enthusiasm : Perception of beauty in the external world, or, on the other hand, in words and their right arrangement. Pleasure in the impact of one sound on another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story. Desire to share an experience which one feels is valuable and ought not to be missed.   The aesthetic motive is very feeble in a lot of writers, but even a pamphleteer or writer of textbooks will have pet words and phrases which appeal to him for non-utilitarian reasons; or he may feel strongly about typography, width of margins, etc. Above the level of a railway guide, no book is quite free from aesthetic considerations.

(iii) Historical impulse : The third reason is that desire to see things as they are, to find out true facts and store them up for the use of posterity.

(iv) Political purpose : Desire to push the world in a certain direction, to alter other peoples’ idea of the kind of society that they should strive after. Once again, no book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.

This elevating reply from a great writer not only helps to understand the  inner dimensions of writer but ignite others to pursue their passion !
  

AADHAAR CARD IS NOW CRUCIAL FOR YOU


 Being 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.

Within 90 days, your card will be despatched to your mailing address.  In the meanwhile, you could check the  status Aadhaar Card delivery,  by clicking the following link



Once you get Aadhaar Card, you are a more empowered citizen.   Aadhaar Card is already  linked to so many government flagship schemes in Centre and States , including central government employees attendance system.   So don't be slack !




  

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.

Recently, when he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Berklee Collge of Music in Boston, the students and faculty of that college sung his hit number ' Jiya jale' as a tribute. It got the highest number of hits of 533,804 on Youtube in 11 days span.

Hats off Rahman ji 

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.

In fact, the work that does not exhaust you but the monotony.   I feel a slump when I don't start  my day with some 'Reflective Writing'.  To make  the day dynamic, it is not the world outside that  needs to be changed, it is  'you'. 

After  sipping a cup of  hot coffee with  a biscuit,  followed by one minute prayer, yoga and meditation,  I sat down to begin my day.  When  I was about to open my 'Quotations Book' to savour some power quotes,  suddenly the corner table-top calender grabbed my attention.  It is the calender with daily power quotes of Swami Vivekananda which I stopped rolling daily with a  usual complaint: 'I don't have time'.   But  I know that is absurd.     Having felt guilt for a while, I rolled  the date card  to  26th October.  A beautiful  quote popped up  which slid me into reflection :

'This is the first lesson to learn; 
be determined not to curse anything outside, 
not to lay the blame upon anyone outside, 
but be a man stand up, lay the blame on yourself.  
You will find that is always true.  Get hold of yourself !


I tried to digest this truth into my veins.  

The agenda in front of me is to ' to share, share and share and widen my Knowledge Group through this forum. !  This urge is ballooning day by day and the articles are churned out effortlessly like never before.   

My intention  to share is noble and the purpose is  plausible.   

Too much worldly man can't cut much ice.   Even if he could succeed, it is only for short duration.

After certain age, physical growth stops and intellectual growth only matters and it differentiates  you from the crowd.  To grow in life means to grow spiritually.  Stephen R Covey said  that ' we are not human beings having a spiritual experience.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience. '  

If you plough the history,  you could witness  that great people  had come and gone with their foot prints in the sands of time.  Their wisdom is handed over to succeeding generations.   Derive benefit from this wisdom and  march  ahead  with your own foot prints. 

But feeling insignificant in this vastness of the universe is a self-inflicted curse and it is the beginning to your own end.  You have to make your own mark  on this planet in  your own life  time and  that adds sense to life !   

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'.

It is a wonderful app to add webpages for your off-line viewing/ reading !  This app is selected for Webby Award for Best Productivity in 2014 and over 10 million people  have already downloaded  to save articles, videos and other web content for later reading/viewing. It keeps all your web material at one place for off-line use.

So what you are waiting ?  Click this link below and install  '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.

Instead of going to sleep with  a zero output, I thought to share one important app that is available now as a free download  on Android platform.  It is Indian Railway's 'National Train  Enquiry System' with live feeds of trains arrival/departure.   It seems that all service/utility websites in India are creating apps considering the power of mobile telephony.  The information provided by NTES app is  very essential to all of us.

So, next time when your relations/ near & dear ones reach your town/ city,  don't need to go to railway station much in advance.    Check out this  app about the likely arrival of the  train to your nearest railway station and plan to move accordingly.  It would save your valuable time and energies.

 This is the power of  technology ! 



Monday, October 20, 2014

DON'T BE HASTE !


Ever since I started  writing in 2011,  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 stomach. If you are not cautious enough, you would be exasperated with your own lower nature and repent only after indulgence. This becomes a continuous vicious circle that would mar you to the end.

So, act according to Nature’s cycle and not being dictated by senses too much. Being a slave to taste buds now and then is ok. But if you fall into repeated failure-cycles, it is time for introspection and turn to expert advice.   If you  turn to the pages of history, you could see how some great people dealt such situations. 

The great English writer Samuel Johnson says that “Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind anything else.”

The America's Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, in his 13 virtues drawn out for his implementation spelt how moderation in taking food is the main key to his personal discipline. He says that  eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

To overcome gluttony is extremely challenging initially. But by giving sublime messages to your mind, you could relieve of the enigma and thereby energize your system !  

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. 

It was only  today (16th October, 2014) early morning  I came to know  when an email was received  from India's  then 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.

This is the occasion for introspection by everybody big or small.   The tendency of  munching  snacks on the road side without handwashing and  then cleaning  the hands with tissue paper should be desisted.    Hands must be washed with soap invariably.   Another good habit that can be nurtured on this occasion is  to keep a  "Hand Sanitizer' for handwash wherever you do not have availability of water and soap.  In fact, hand sanitizer kills 99.99% of germs without water.  It is easily available in medical shops/ provision stores.

A small change will definitely do wonders in personal hygiene. 

Observing these Days without bringing any quality changes is of no avail to you. It is the need of the hour that every educated person should stand as an example in personal hygiene and pledge to  increase the awareness of among illiterate populace which would  strengthen  the government's  efforts  for personal hygiene of every citizen in the country.

My best wishes  though belatedly,  to my fellow citizens on this occasion !

If you want to know more about what this Global Handwashing Day, please log on to :   

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 explain is not understood by many.   More over, majority of people don’t  know to search those tips online.  So 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.

The question that was asked by one of my friends is : How to delete my Facebook account ?

 Steps involved :

 -   Login into your Facebook account by typing ID and Password.
-   Go to Settings in the drop-down  menu on the top extreme right-hand corner.
-   Select 'Security' on left side Menu.
-   Select ' Deactivate your account'  at the bottom.

Now your Facebook account has been deactivated !

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 review of the  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.   The more interesting part of the book is the  twists and turns in Gayatri Devi's  personal life  in her  marathon journey of 90 years, enduring the personal tragedies of loss of husband and son  in front of  her eyes.

I didn't have much idea about Gayatri Devi till I read that review which inspired me to purchase the book instantly.   After 10 years of reading the book,  I have taken out the book  back from the shelf , removed the dust and glimpsed into a couple of pages randomly.   It is so soothing to my heart and eyes.

The author succeeded stupendously in enacting the royal glory of those times with relevant rare photographs which is admirable.

Indira Gandhi had once described Gayatri Devi as 'a glass doll'.    Being  a Maharani of Jaipur in 1940 shortly before turning  twenty-one,  she played a key role in emancipating women of erstwhile Jaipur State and bringing them out of the purdah.

The interesting thing is the author of the book,  Dharmendar Kanwar is  an alumnus of Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School which speaks her contribution in women education.   Reading her biography gives glimpses of history of  India beyond  the personal life of one of the most exquisite women on this planet ! 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF JACKFRUIT


Seasonal 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.

Jackfruit contains good amount of dietary fiber which improves digestion and prevents constipation.

Eating this fruit keeps the eye free of vision problems like cataract etc.

It slows down the ageing process and maintains skin glow with high moisture levels in skin and also protects from skin diseases.

The only problem with this fruit is the messy process of cutting and taking out its bulbs. In order to enjoy its countless health benefits, we should not feel it as hurdle !

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.

To keep an eagle's eye for protecting the  creative works is humanly impossible in this digital era.   With a noble mission to offer solution freely,  a website : My free copyright.com  comes forward thereby you can track on day-to-day basis if anybody lift  your creative works from online and mask it as their own work.

So friends, please log on to the following website  to protect your  creative works. 

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
my mouse in search of  a radio like application or website which could cater to my needs.    My effort paid dividends as it landed me to a beautiful website's page where I got the opportunity to listen streaming music online in Telugu.  The beauty is that the songs are categorised and you could choose your own genre.    

So what you are waiting ?   Click here to go directly into the music world ! 

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.

In this blogpost,   I would like to dwell on the the immense benefits of copper in daily life.  Though, we know its wide  usage in  electrical and electronics,  deriving health benefits  from copper is not wide-spread. 


Doctors say that copper contains antibacterial properties.   If you drink water from a copper vessel,  it would cleanse your system of various toxins.

I know its benefits since my childhood  when my mother used to give us water  only in the copper tumbler.  That habit was out of sync for some years  till  I get married  when my wife restarted and now we are not breaking the vow to drink a couple of glasses of water from the copper vessel in a day.  

In fact it is a good old Indian tradition to offer water in the copper tumbler which we replaced with a glass tumbler.    When  a tradition is  tested scientifically,  one should not abandon  it and  must kick start the habit  to derive the health benefits the metal offers !   

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 the 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.

Old habits die hard. The other day when I bought a book which was given to me  in polythene wrapper,  my hand almost went to throw the polythene waste  on  pavement,  but I paused and corrected my act by politely asking the shopkeeper to show me the dustbin.    This behavioral shift in every citizen  is the need of the hour to maintain  public places neat and clean.

Cleanliness is simply not sweeping roads to catch the  public eye.  It is more than that.  One newspaper rightly said that it is more than a mere broom job in office premises whether private or public.  The action plan the paper suggested is inspiring :


-  Classification and stacking of office records.
-  Files in computers to be organised.
-  Weeding out of old records.
-  Dusting of offices, removing cobwebs.
-  Checking overhead tanks for water stagnation
-  Removal of litter from office compound.


Cleanliness is one of the 13 virtues  to develop his character by United State's Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.  In his much acclaimed autobiography, Franklin numbers this trait at ten where he says that 'tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or  habitation. He is like Mahatma Gandhi to Americans. 

We use to observe so many Important Days through out the year.   The precedence to observe 2nd October every year as ' Cleanliness Day' makes it more meaningful to bring the required transformation and awareness in  the common man.

True to the spirit of Prime Minister's call,  I personally cleaned my house clocking more than 8 hours  on a holiday.  My children were also put on the ' Cleanliness Drive'  for  their room and book shelves.

Empty words don't inspire unless followed by personal exemplary action.   When it comes to cleanliness, I feel that we don't need any sermon to keep ourselves and our surroundings neat and clean.  It should be part of our life !

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/tab/mobile 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  free 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 ?

The solution lies in this tiny software called Youtube Downloader HD,. 

So friends, click here to install   this software to your computer and enjoy watching your favourite videos off-line :

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 vigorous pace 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.

When it comes to sharing,  a couple of months back, while I was searching for an app in my Android smartphone, I found All India Radio  App very interesting as it facilitated me to listen radio news in my mother tongue: Telugu.  Listening radio news, that too in our mother tongue would have its own flavour. Regional newspapers or TVs may not do the thorough job of covering the news like radio  does. Much before TV came in India, it is Radio that was the undisputed emperor ! 

So, friends, irrespective of your geographical location in the world, connect with news in your mother tongue through this interesting Android app " Air News'. Those who don't have smartphones, need not worry. 

You can enjoy it by clicking on the following link in the AIR News website :



This is the Power of Information !
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