Sunday, October 13, 2013

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Hi friends, best & high quality Stainless Rice CookerI always believe that the online marketing and online shopping has created a win- win situation for both the sellers and the buyers. Though the conventional marketing has got its own advantages, nobody can deny the fact that the involvement of multiple layers of middle men is totally eliminated in online or internet marketing. Because of this the profit share of middlemen is passed on to the online customer who does buying products from the comfort of his or her home. Unlike in conventional shops where choices are very limited as far as different brands of any product is concerned, in online shopping one can visit number of shops for variety of brands of that particular product and get comparison of cost and quality within no time. The response to the concept of online marketing is very much encouraging in India and some of the retailer websites have become house hold name within a short period. Looking at the growing popularity of online marketing, new concepts are added to it and cashkaro.com is one such fruitful effort which is increasing the smile on the face of online buyers. cashkaro.com is a Cash back & Coupons website and this concept is no doubt a boost to the already booming online marketing. Cahkaro has tied up with many online retailers and that number is well beyond 350 and the list of retailers includes leading websites like Myntra, Snapdeal, Flipkart, Yatra, Makemytrip,Goodlife, Homeshop18 and Jabong.

Since the economy is very turbulent at present, cost of every commodity and service is always on increasing trend. Apart from this the earning opportunities are limited during such period. It is always true that a penny saved is a penny earned and one can save or earn considerable amount through online shopping.  And if you want to make this saving really big then just join cashkaro.com, log on to the site, select any of the online retailers which are tied up with kashkaro.com, use the link given which will take you to the retailers’ site from where you can do your buying as usual. The retailer will pay some commission to cashkaro.com for sending customers to their site from which cashkaro .com will share certain portion to you. Because of the stringent laws which are protecting the rights and interest of the online customers such as return and cancellation policies, the cash back may be delayed unless there are issues of return or cancellation of products. The amount which you receive can be viewed from your account on the cashkaro.com site and can get it transferred to your bank account using NEFT facility.  

If you shop through cashkaro.com site you are entitled to get the entire discount amount offered by the retailer shop plus cash back from cashkaro.com and additional coupon offers if any. You can also earn extra bucks just by referring your friends. If your friend joins cashkaro.com on your reference and do shopping via cashcaro.com, you will get referral commission on every buying of your friend. You can increase your referral circle and make a permanent income arrangement for yourself without virtually doing anything. If you are looking for attractive restaurant offers for the coming festival holidays, you can visit cashkaro.com/restaurants and click the restaurant section for further details.

Happy shopping to all my online friends.  

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu


I wish Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all blogger friends from all over the World.  I take this opportunity to discuss about a vedic shloka (verse) which is sung at the end of all Hindu rituals and prayers. Om lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu.This shloka is very close to my heart and I never miss to invocate this verse at the end of my daily prayer. The literary meaning of this verse is "May all the beings in all the worlds become happy and peace there everywhere", it may look very simple but the concept behind this invocation is very significant looking at the complexity of our Universe. Our ancestors ( Rishis & munis) were very knowledgeable in all aspects and they proved what Lord Sri Krishna said in the holy Bhagavad-Gita,  that is Jnana (knowledge) is supreme. Though it is always true that energy can neither be created nor be destroyed, our Rishis and munish developed a strong additional energy field by developing a positive mindset and performing vedic rituals. They used shlokas as positive affirmations, were able to manifest and achieve positive changes in the universe. The best example is the creation of a new world by Vishwamitra Mahrashi by his mental power which is mentioned in one of our epics. The knowledge gathered by rishis through their spiritual activities made them to realize that the entire creation is one entity. They realized that in a family only one member cannot be happy if others are not so and they applied this theory to each and every component of this creation. Negative energy created in one part of the world is going to affect other parts also. Since ignorant people are bound to produce negative energy, our rishis came out with sustainable solutions to nullify it through daily rituals like, Yajna, yaga, homa, paryers with positive affirmations etc. The importance of environment protection is emphasized in all our rituals and even in Bhagavad-Gita Lord himself talked at it. I have bloged about saving this earth through Indian rituals and routines in my older posts like we-will-save-earth. The invocation of the shloka Om lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu is aimed at keeping the whole creation of God in a healthy condition and I think chanting it by millions of people with positive frame of mind is going to do so. It is also time to pray Lord Jesus to make us knowledgeable. Lord Jesus showed mercy on us and showed the importance of scarifies by example.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Life is short, just go for it.

Hi friends, much water has flown down the River Tungabhadra since my last blog post. In spite of my repeated attempts I could not write anything for the last 3 months and here a fresh attempt to do so. After surgery for the removal of GIST, my general health condition is not satisfactory because of the side effects of the medications which are prescribed to me. I felt I am becoming weak both physically as well as mentally and decided to wage a war against these enemies on my own.  The strong medicine for gist Imatinib is creating access acid in my stomach and day by day it is becoming a nuisance for me. Also, the increased level of blood cholesterol especially triglyceride is a major concern for me. So I thought, instead of taking one more medicine for reducing the acidity and gastric formation, I have decided to go for a water therapy. Two days ago on my birthday, I made my first ever birthday resolution to remain healthy in all respects and decided to motivate people around me to do so. Decided to find ways to make people happy who are around me at least for a brief period. Today is the 5th day of water therapy and I got some relief from gastric problem. For the benefit of my friends I am giving the details of therapy along with its benefits. This water therapy is widely circulated via emails/blog posts and I also got it from one of my friends. It is mentioned in the e mail that this therapy belongs to Dr.Mahmoud Hussain of IBN Sina Company.

Therapy procedure:
Drink 1.5 liters of water daily in the morning before brushing or mouth wash. Whatever left in side the mouth should go to your stomach along with water.
Don’t consume anything one hour before and after therapy including liquids.
Boiled and filter water is preferable for therapy.
After one hour you may take your regular food, nothing is mentioned about it.

It is mentioned in the mail that the following diseases can be cured by following this therapy holistically
Hyper tension, Anemia, Rheumatism, paralysis, obesity, arthritis, sinusitis, tachycardia, giddiness, cough, leukemia, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, meningitis, kidney stone, urogenital diseases, hyper acidity, dysentery, gastroenteritis, uterus cancer, ractal piodapse,  constipation, hostorthobics, diabetes, eye diseases, irregular menstruation, breast cancer, laryngitis, head ache and leukemia.
It is mentioned that, by following this therapy chronic illnesses like cancer and tuberculosis can be cured within few months.  I will practice this therapy for few months and give my honest feed back to all my online friends and visitors.

Life is short, just go for it.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A blessing in disguise!

Hi friends, at last Google has updated page rank list and it is not good news for me. My page rank which was 4 for about 2 years has gone down by one number. Since six months my blogging activities were almost nil because of my ill health (I was operated for gist removal) and I was expecting reduced page rank at least by one. Even after complete recovery from the illness I failed to update my blog at least once in a fortnight. I cannot expect traffic to my site or expect to get a higher page rank unless I fulfill the basic conditions of blogging like posting good contents regularly and visiting my friend’s pages. I paid heavily for my laziness but I count it as a blessing in disguise for my blog. I take this opportunity to say sorry to my visitors for my inaction and promise to blog with valuable contents.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Exhibiting excellence…….

Hi friends, there was a time when benefits of technology were enjoyed only by elite sections of society especially in our country and for rest of our countrymen they were sour grapes. The introduction of computer and internet technologies have laid foundations to number of developments in electronic field and resulted in the birth of various gadgets which are useful for human beings in one way or the other. Some people use electronic gadgets for business purpose where as many people use them for personal enjoyment. I lived in an era where land line telephone was the only communication link and transistor radio was an enjoyment means. In spite of limited financial resources majority of Indian house hold owned a radio and people were taking its advantage to maximum extent.
Many years latter, when television networking was permitted in India, having a TV set became a top priority for us and I heard that even a person living in a jopadpatti or hut was enjoying program on his own TV set. I feel the time has come to reap rich harvest from the ongoing technological revolution and we Indians are in a better financial position to catch the speed of growth in this field. As far as gadgets are concerned, mobile phones are widely used in our country both for communication purpose and enjoyment. Mobile hand sets have become a part and parcel of our life and some body rightly mentioned that it has become an additional organ for us. Our craze for electronic gadgets has attracted major multinational electronic giants and some of them became house hold names in India.
Like my fellow countrymen I also became electronic gadget savvy as far its usage is concerned and time to time adopted all available electronic aids to make my life easier and thrilling. Since change is the law of nature, I also changed my priorities and brands as far as owning gadgets are concerned, but I cannot forget the enjoyment I got from my transistor set. Murphy and Philips are replaced by Dell, Samsung, HCL and many more and now I realized that my life will be incomplete without my gadgets. When I am at home, most of the time I will be in front of my PC where as my Nokia 5800 express music mobile phone hand set will be always with me where ever I go. Whenever I purchase a consumer product I prefer to go for branded products simply because they work to my expectations and give me post purchase satisfaction. Though I never use Laptop for my personal work at home or official work in my office, my son who is a software engineer compelled me to buy one and now I have a Dell laptop will best configurations in my home.
I wrote this blog post for a contest “change is easy” at Indiblogger conducted by Dell, which is the most popular brand in laptops in India. Answering the question for the contest, “do your gadgets reflect your personality in any way?” I always try to exhibit excellence in all my activities and I feel the present day gadgets are very helpful for me to do so. 
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Significance of Earth day!

Hi friends, people all over the world who are concerned about the deteriorating condition of our Earth celebrate Earth day with heavy heart and use this occasion as an opportunity to spread awareness in different ways. The first ever Earth day was celebrated way back on 22nd April 1970 in USA and now in as many as 175 countries it is celebrated. I feel we have exploited the environment to maximum extent and not spared any component of our biosphere. Then what we are celebrating on 22nd of April every year? Are we celebrating our achievement in environment protection which is very negligible compared to its day to day exploitation? Is there any improvement in the health of environment from previous years Earth day to next years one? Some scientists warn us about the immediate environment disasters and we are feeling the heat slowly. If all the predictions about large scale environment disasters come true, then we may hardly celebrate next year’s Earth day. But I am an optimistic person and believe that Mother Nature will give us another chance to correct our self. I whole heartedly appreciate the efforts of millions of people who make effort to keep our earth in a healthy condition throughout the year and celebrate Earth day as a stock taking activity.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Looking for a handy hand set?

Hi friends, I always felt the present generation is a blessed one as far as modes of communication are concerned which are available to them easily. When I bought my first mobile hand set it was a mere phone with few kilobytes of in-built memory and it was capable of storing only 30 messages and few contact numbers. I never thought things will change so quickly and the technological revolution in the field of mobile hand sets has brought out verities of models with unlimited user-friendly aspects.

There are few maters in the field of mobile hand set manufacturing and I found Nokia sets are very easy to operate and they are available in different price ranges. Nokia is house hold name in India and nokia phones india are very popular and people are mainly recognizing Nokia with mobile hand sets especially our crazy younger generation. Ten years back I was enjoying with my Nokia 3300 and now I am a proud owner of Nokia express music 5800 with 8 GB memory.

It is time to make life more colorful with latest models of hand set which support 3G and I am again looking at my buying guide ConsumerMate.com which makes my selection process easy and helps me to decide which hand set is best for me. ConsumerMate.com is an online portal with rich information about various products by major producers and I am happy that it guides me to reliable shop to do my shopping. The mobile phone section here is really a great source of product information and even a lay man who does not have little knowledge can decide a best hand set for satisfying his needs.

Friday, March 11, 2011

My buying guide!

Hi friends, our day to day activities keep us very busy and I find it is very difficult to spare some extra time to go round the shopping complexes to make a best buying. I always wanted to make a smart buying by comparing all aspects of product especially electronic items but most of the time failed because of lack proper guidance. But now I find it easy to do shopping from my comfort zone by visiting online shops and for expert buying advice and reliable online shops I always look at “consumer mate”. consumermate.com helps me to get all product information about different categories including laptops, mobiles, LCD and Plasma TVs, digital cameras and camcorders, I can compare a product with respect to quality aspects as well as price range. ”. consumermate.com guides me to reliable online shops with whom it has got tie ups.

If you are interested in knowing all brands of mp3 players india, visit consumer mate where you will have information about 250 MP3 players marketed in India produced by branded companies. Tablet Personal computers are becoming popular among younger generation and if you want to find and compare performance of different Tablet India, consumer mate will provide you all necessary information.

Every now and then Consumer mate is coming out with different contests involving product users and this time again it is launching an online contest --> in which product users can write their experience as reviews on certain products and win prizes.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Few days in hospital!

Hi friends, I was away from blogging activities since January -2011 and my last blog post was published on 17th of December last year. During a routine health check up, a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (gist) was detected in side my abdomen and subsequently I underwent a major surgery at KMC Hospital- Mangalore. Still I wonder how I became a victim of this dangerous disease in spite of practicing a disciplined food habit and a decent life style. This sudden development kept me away from my professional duties as well as personal hobbies for about 45 days and now I am happy to receive green signal from my doctor to carryout my normal day to day activities. Thanks to the latest technologies and medications, the surgery was virtually painless and kept me in a joyful mood till I was in the hospital. I want to use this blog post to express my sincere gratitude to some doctors and few of my relatives who helped me during these days. My niece Nivedita Kamath, wife Shobha, son Vinayak, dil Varsha, bother K T Kamath, sister Chandrakala Shenoy tried to keep me comfortable all the time at the cost of their comfort and I think I am a blessed person to have such nice people in my life. I can’t put an end to this blog post without mentioning the help of talented doctors like Jayaram Shenoy and Krishna Prasad who are masters in their field. I pray Almighty God to keep all these people always happy so that they can bring smile on others life.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Modern Akshaya Patra- feeding the needy.

Hi friends, the exact period of Vedas, Upanishad, Ramayana, or Mahabharata may still be a matter of debate, but no body can deny the fact that during all these periods feeding a hungry person was treated as a greatest service to man kind. “Anna daanam mahaa daanam” is a very popular Sanskrit verse which has motivated millions of Indians to perform this divine act and in ancient India in most of the temple premises there were annadana centers. But, things have changed drastically and now we can see very few temple premises which run annadanam schemes. Healthy rural Indian economy has become sick as British rulers tightened their grips on administration and in 1947 when they left India for ever their policies have forced millions of villagers to hold begging bowl in their hands.


I am a regular viewer of spirituality centered television channels like Astha and Samskar and I never miss any opportunity to listen speeches of Late Rajiv Dixit of Bharath Swabhimaan which are aired regularly on these channels. He traveled excessively from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Kutch to Bhuvanaeshwar many times and gathered information about socio economical conditions of rural India during different periods. In his speeches, Rajiv Dixit virtually takes us to rural India and explains how rural economy was growing with the mutual cooperation of all villagers irrespective of their cast, creed and economic status. Trades were carried out mainly with exchange of goods and as many as 2000 products were exchanged including cultivated and crafted. But, milk and butter milk were never traded in rural India and they were exchanged freely, those who have excess milk used to distribute it to neighbors or needy villagers. As whole rural economy was carried with goods exchange including goods for service, every household was self sufficient with respect to food and shelter. Till first half of 19th century, healthy rural economy has managed the wealth distribution efficiently so that no body was deprived of basic necessities. Every village was having a Gurukul where all children were given education, health centre to treat sick villagers, panchayat where all disputes were settled amicably. But with the emergence of British rule things started changing and Dixit’s eyes became wet when he explained the present condition of rural Indians. His dream was to bring back the glory of rural India by making them self sufficient as they were 15o years back.

Some people might have shown sympathy towards the pathetic condition of poverty ridden Indians in rural areas as well as in urban slums and given some temporary relief but very few people think of long lasting solutions to such social diseases. When Sri. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada saw a group of children, who were trying to over power street dogs and snatch food packet from their mouth, took a unique decision of feeding hungry people within 10 miles radius of his ashram. After seeing the success of this move, Swamiji and his followers decide to spread it to other parts of India in a systematic manner and thus The Akshaya Patra foundation came in to existence. Like any other organization it has also framed a vision which says: “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.” The mid day meal program started by Akshaya Patra for 1500 school going children in 5 schools few years back has grown beyond expectations of its well wishers and today in excess of 12 lakhs children across India are happily enjoying mid day meals distributed by selfless volunteers of Akshaya Patra trust.

India can regain its lost glory only if our younger generation can live with dignity and I feel it can be done only through education. But a hungry stomach in a body will not allow its mind to concentrate on anything else unless its demand is fulfilled. So I appeal all my fellow Indian Blogger to donate liberally to implement this noble activity all over India so that nobody remains hungry and uneducated. Visit “Akshaya Patra” to know more about its activities and be part of this great unit by donating your hard earned money which may bring smile on our underprivileged children. You can donate your contribution by just clicking the link http://www.akshayapatra.org/individual-donors.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WCM concepts.......!

Hi friends, this post is continuation of my previous post. Thank you.

Initially, printed materials were made available to workmen on local language and banners were displayed all over the plant about 5 ‘S’ and its benefits along with lectures by both external as well as internal trainers. Since success of 5 ‘S’ concept depends entirely on team spirit, various teams were formed at different levels involving both staff and workmen. As teams started meetings, large quantities of unwanted materials, non value adding activities and underutilized spaces were identified and eliminated. As per the concept “place for everything and everything in its place” places were fixed to equipments, labeled with necessary information and one point lesson to handle it. With the elimination of all types of waste, work places in each and every department became well organized which resulted in reduction in breakdowns and accidents. Elimination of non value adding process created opportunity to reduce workmen and staff positions. Teams were encouraged to come out with kaizens(small improvements) some of which resulted in substantial financial savings. Financial benefits derived from all the above activities were spent for atomization which again paved the way for further man hour reduction.

In the mean time, minor issues related to quality were addressed without much effort because of the new culture and concepts like “cleaning is inspection”, “first time right every time right” etc. Dynamic work environment helped us to improve product quality where as ‘why why” analysis of a problem took us to the root cause of the problem. With regular brain storming by WCM teams, chemical consumptions were optimized which ended with financial benefit and improved process parameters. Ultimate goal of WCM is to delight the customer and he will be delighted only if we supply him defect free, best quality product at lowest possible price. Successful implementation of WCM and making it as our way of life has strengthened all aspects of our business and I hope with little bit extra effort we can be our customer’s first choice.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Japanese World Class Manufacturing concepts- not new to Indians

Hi friends, as mentioned in my blog profile I am serving in Aditya Birla Group which is already in the Fortune 500 companies list and aiming to be in the list of 150. Our unit has adopted World Class Manufacturing concepts which were originated from Japan and harvested its benefits to a great extent. I feel any borrowed concept or tool aimed at increasing the performance of systems need not be copied as such, they can be modified as per prevailing situations. I have observed that many of the concepts included in the Japanese WCM system are being followed in Indian house holds since centuries and the sad part is that we blindly follow and imitate others. In this context, I remember an age old Kannada proverb “hittala gida maddalla” which means the plant grown in the backyard is not medicine. Any way I am publishing the following article which I have submitted for an in house essay competition aimed at promoting the so called WCM culture among employees.

Our achievements after adopting 5 ‘S’ concepts by P Kamath

There was a time when our business was operating on seller’s market but slowly we slipped from that advantageous position because of various factors like adoption of liberalized trade policies by government and entry of new players in to VSF manufacturing. In addition to this, expectations of the stake holders of our business including customers, employees and society has gone up considerably which not only resulted in reduced profit margin but also compelled us to think about producing product with better quality. So with an aim to achieve excellence in all walks of industrial activities, our management decided to adopt and implement WCM concept and I feel that was the best step taken at a right time which yielded multifold benefits. I am working in this organization since 30 years and happily associated with every development activity in my work place connected to WCM and observing the positive changes took place throughout the plant at large. It is proved beyond doubt that 5 ‘S’ is one of the main pillars of WCM and unless you follow all the 5 steps holistically, reaching the standards of world class may remain a dream for ever.

I would like to memorize those successful steps taken at GRD by which today we could be counted among World class manufacturing units and as a testimony to our claim of attaining rare position of manufacturing excellence, we have been awarded with Chairman’s Platinum Award. I would like to thank our management for not sparing any effort to make our journey to excellence a smoother one by furnishing necessary infrastructure and moral support. As “old habits die hard”, it was a Luke warm response to WCM in the initial days but with wide spread education on the benefits of 5 ‘S’ in the work place and beyond, employees started practicing it slowly.


Friends, remaining part of the essay will be continued as next blog post.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

First ever artificial ice technology used in India!

Hi friends, I am dedicating this blog post to Late Rajiv Dixit who left this world for ever. He has kept National interest above all and till his last breath traveled length and breadth of India to educate people about the importance of Nationalism. He is a proud son of Mother India and she lost one of her brave soldiers. Today evening I was watching a recorded speech of Late Rajiv Dixit in an Indian TV Channel Samsakar and am surprised to hear what he was telling. He was listing out the contributions of Indians in the field of science and technology. He told, the first ever artificial ice was produced way back in 6th century in India, contrary to the belief that it was produced in 18th century in Europe.


Though plenty of ice is available in nature, technology to prepare ice was not known for many years. Chakravarty samrat Harshavardhan who ruled India in 6th century AD was basically a scientist and his specialization was chemistry. One day his son became ill due to very high fever and nobody could find any remedy to bring down the fever. The Doctor who was treating the patient requested Harshavardhana to arrange some cold material so that body temperature of the child could be brought down. Since natural ice was not available in that area, Harshavardhana used his scientific skill and prepared the first artificial ice pieces by human being and saved his son’s life. The scientist turned ruler knew the exact combination of temperature and pressure to convert water to ice. Historical biography of King Harsha in Sanskrit,Sri. Hars ha Charitra by Banabhatta is a source of information to justify this historical fact.

This post is a humble tribute to that departed soul who was always trying to make us feel proud about our mother land by highlighting its positive aspects with facts and figures.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Remembering the departed soul in Vedic way!

Hi friends, Indian civilization is the oldest one and it has produced many precious gifts to man kind. Vedas are the oldest Sanskrit literature in which one can have the deep knowledge of Indian way of life. Vedas are compiled over a period of time and till today most of our day to day rituals are having connection to any of the four Vedas, especially Yajurveda. From birth to death during various occasions specific rituals are performed and a trained priest will be engaged if the ritual is complicated. After the death of parents, death anniversary (shradda) will be performed by their children either on the day of the death as per Hindu calendar or during mahalaya period. In our house at my native place, every year we perform our parent’s death ceremony and under the guidance of our family priest all rituals are carried out. My knowledge about Veda is almost zero but I believe if every ritual explained in these sacred books if performed systematically, then it is going to produced enormous amount of positive energy. During the rituals I used to follow the instructions of the priest mechanically but my mind remembers my parents and good things they have done towards us. I feel this ritual for a common believer like me is an opportunity to remember parents and express my gratitude in the form of offering. I heard that there are many complicated rituals like perjanya yagna from which we can make it rain at any time. Rituals explained in Vedas are for the betterment of man kind and they replace the negative energy created by our inhuman activities with Divine energy.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lessons learnt by a student in the process of becoming independent

Hi friends, I am continuing my previous post on education system in ancient India. I know it is not proper to compare systems which exist on different eras but by counting the positive aspect one system, we can bring changes to the present system. I am happy to read the matured comment for my post “Education at Gurukul in ancient India” by my blogger friend Always happy from United kingdom and according to her “Ancient gurukul system was good, modern education system isn’t bad either, it is up to individual student and parents how they use it. It has its pros and cons.” Any way as promised, I am listing out the lessons learnt by a modern student on his way to become independent. I am not sure whether these lessons are own experiences or copied from any other source but my source is SJCE college magazine published on the year 2002 and the student who wrote the article is Ann Jacob. Thank you Ann.

It takes courage to be yourself
Everybody will not like you and it doesn’t matter as long as you like yourself
You can be lonely amidst gazillion friends if there is no empathy.
Something that doesn’t kill you will ultimately make you stronger
Standing up for what you believe in won’t win you friends, but the peace you feel within beats all.
The best way to overcome fear is to face it.
Be kind for everyone you come across is fighting a harder battle
Truly loving another is letting go of all expectations
The best friends are always gained through trail in life
Never stoop to avenge yourself
Merit doesn’t count every time
Better looking people often get luckier and that shouldn’t demoralize you
Never compromise on personal standards
Prayer can work wonders
Things often won’t work out the way we plan it
You can make mistakes as long as you learn from them
No friendship has a forever guarantee
The most considerate thing we can do is to simply listen
People you love the most may hurt you the most
Things are not what they seen
Betrayal is a common thing but not betraying a betrayer is a decent thing to do
The most cheerful persons have the greatest sorrows buried within
Everyday has its lessons; it is for us to seek them

Education at Gurukul in ancient India

Hi friends, I never miss a chance to read stories of Indian epics or mythologies. I was brought up in a healthy cultural environment where my mom was my first Guru or teacher who used to tell us stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata which are counted among very few great epics of the world. The respective heroes of these epics, Lord Sriram and Lord Srikrishna are described as incarnation of the supreme power who is the creator of the entire universe and still they are worshiped throughout India. As I learnt from these books, education system followed in ancient India was unique in many ways including the process of handing over the student from the first Guru (mother) to master at Gurukul, the ancient from of residential schools. The concept of Gurukul it self very holistic in nature where students will be staying with their master’s residence away from their homes for many years till the master is satisfied with the performance of his student. Master used to treat his student as his family member and all his requirements were taken care off by master and his family members. The parents who send their children to Gurukul were not worried about their children’s activities and safety as they were under the homely care of Gurukul master. At the end of the many years of vigorous training, parents were asked to take their children back and what ever material given as fees towards the education were accepted by the teacher as guru dakshina. It is said that both Lord Rama and Krishna were sent to gurukuls where they underwent training on all aspects of education. But, the modern form of education in India has shrugged off all its cultural values and it has become a means to make huge profit from minimum investment. Now we send our children to far away cities for higher education where they will be staying in hostels for boarding and lodging. As long as children stay in the hostel, parents spend sleepless nights because there is no enough control over the students both within the campus and in Hostels. Even students want to be away from home during their studies to enjoy the student life to its full extent. But at the end of the student life they will realize what is gained and what is lost. Today I was turning the pages College magazine of SJCE, Mysore where my son has done his Bachelor of Engineering and found an article with a heading “Lessons” written by a student. He began his article saying he was thrilled to be away from home to find him and be independent. He says he learnt many things but paid heavy price for them. I thought it will be useful to my readers if I make a blog post out of it. The billeted list of his learning is quite lengthy, so I think it is better to continue in another post tomorrow. I think modern education system is keeping both parents and students sleepless but for different reasons.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Benefits of cycling

Hi friends, continuing discussion on reduction of carbon footprints through change in life style, I want to count the benefits of cycling in all angles. It is a known fact that the concept of cycling is green and it is no less greener then any other environmental friendly activities. Using cycle as a mode of travel in place of vehicle run on fossil fuel will no doubt reduce carbon load on the environment. Benefits of peddling a cycle regularly with respect to personal health are many. Because of our modern life style as well as nature of job, many of us especially younger generation are confined to tables which denies them enough physical activities and lack of physical work retards the calorie conversion in our system. According to Baba Ramdev, who is a well-known Yoga Guru, as long as blood circulates without any hindrance, digestive organs burns all the calories taken inside and mind is free from any worries, then you will keep yours self away from any diseases. He teaches Yoga and other physical exercises along with meditation which can keep a person physically, mentally and socially healthy. Baba says, rhythmic cycling to a long distance will keep us physically and mentally fit mainly because of proper digestion of food. Un burnt calorie will accumulate as fat in different parts of our body and becomes a cause for health upset. As a developing nation with second highest human population in the world, oil consumption in India is always a matter of worry for economists and environmentalist and replacement of motorcycle with a bicycle for daily use can make a huge difference for exchequer and to our environment. I heard that in European counties people prefer to pedal cycles for smaller distance with an aim to save environment and remain healthy. But unfortunately in India, our craze for motorbike is increasing and in spite of increasing fuel price this trend is still continuing. Modern India tries to imitate western culture very happily, then why not adopt their cycling concept?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Reducing Carbon footprints through change in life style: Setting an example

Hi friends, as an upcoming blogger I always keep my eyes and ears wide open as far as grabbing blog post topics are concerned and today got some good stuff to write. As I already mentioned in my earlier posts, I am serving in an Indian blue chip company and I am lucky to have a friendly boss with whom I have a good rapport. In spite of this, we hardly discuss personal matters because of our tight schedule but never forget to share our children’s achievements at least for a brief moment. Today in the evening when I was about to leave office, my boss called me inside his cabin and happily shown a news story about his son Mr. Mayank Rungta which was published on Bangalore edition of e-paper DNA (Daily news & analysis) on his PC. Like all Indian parents who are always willing to be part of their Children’s success he was also very happy and exited to share it with me.

The title of the news story is “Make way for pedal pushers” and this about those determined people who use cycle to travel within the city of Bangalore. Instead of using his bike, Mayank pedals his cycle every day to go to his office which is about 11 kilometers from his residence. According to Mayank, riding a cycle is having many benefits both personal as well as environmental. He says, apart from saving money one can save valuable time, remain stress free, stay healthy and reduce our carbon foot prints by regular cycling. He is a proud member of Ride a cycle foundation, Bangalore and enjoys his association with this NGO group As I have mentioned in my earlier posts about carbon footprint reduction, need of the hour is to minimize fossil fuel burning. Voluntary change of life style is essential to achieve this and Mayank’s foot steps can be followed. Once upon a time Bangalore city was known for its greenery and cleaner environment but now day by day it is losing its originality mainly because of our inevitable modern activities and changeable life style.

I want to discuss the benefits of cycling in detail so thinking of stopping here for the time being and continue hopefully tomorrow.

 
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