Thursday, June 23, 2011

K16 - Put The Glass Down

A chemistry professor decided to teach his students a different lesson one day. Holding a glass of water in his hand, he asked the students, “How much do you think this glass of water weighs?” “500 grams!” came a voice from the back. “600,” said another student. “I don’t really know!” said the professor, holding the glass up to make sure everyone could see it. “And unless we weigh it, we won’t know.”

With the glass still in his outstretched hand, the professor continued, “What will happen if I hold it like this for a few minutes?”

“Nothing!” came the reply. “Right, and if I hold it for an hour like this, what might happen?” “Your hand will begin to hurt,” said a student. “Indeed. And what would happen if I held the glass in my hand like this for 24 hours?”

“You would be in tremendous pain,” said one student. “Your hand will probably go numb,” said another. “Your arm will be paralyzed and we’ll need to rush you to the hospital!” said a student on the last bench.

“True,” said the professor. “But notice that through all this, the weight of the glass did not change. What then causes the pain?”
The class went quiet. The students seemed puzzled.“What should I do to avoid the pain?” asked the professor. “Put the glass down!” said a student.

“Well said!” exclaimed the professor. “And that’s a lesson I want you to remember. The problems and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. But think about it a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything. It’s important to remember to let go of your problems. Remember to put the glass down!”

 We may not have been in that classroom that day, but it’s a lesson we would all do well to remember. Put the glass down! Always. It’s not just problems and worries. Sometimes, we feel hurt and betrayed by a friend. And we carry that grudge through our lives. It grows and causes us anguish and pain. Learning to forgive – and forget – is not just good for the other people, it’s great for you. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in jail and when he was finally freed, you can understand how angry and vengeful he must have felt. But guess what? When he became President, he invited his jailers to be present at the inauguration – in the VIP seats! If he could forgive after 27 years of suffering, surely we can too.

It is the same with our fears too. A failure or an incident in early childhood becomes a deeply entrenched fear over time. Fear of public speaking, fear of Maths, fear of rejection. You name it, and chances are, we have it. Someone gave us that glass to hold when we were little kids – ‘you are clumsy, you are no good, you can’t do it’ - and we have faithfully held on to it all our lives. ‘I can’t’ - becomes a thought that stays in our mind and grows – leading us to complete paralysis.

Time to put the glass down!

The story goes that there was a hardworking man who lived a contented life with his wife and children. Every evening when he returned from work, he’d follow a ritual. Outside the door to his house were three nails. On the first one, he’d put his hat. On the second he’d hang his coat. And on the third nail, he’d unwrap an imaginary turban from his head and ‘put’ it there. A friend happened to see this and enquired what he was putting on the third nail every day.

“Those are my problems, my worries and my anger,” said the man. “I have lots of that at work, but when I come home, I remember to take it off – and leave them outside. I don’t take them home with me.” Maybe you should learn to do that too. Starting today.

Put the glass down. And see the difference!

Please Note: This post is not written by me. Actually i don't know the original source of this article, i found it at 2-3 different blog. Since its quite interesting & informative, i have shared it here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

K15 Why India is still a developing nation & will remain developing nation always ?

An Old Story:

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.
Come winter, the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

Indian Version:

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The Grasshopper thinks the Ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Arundhati Roy, Medha Patkar & Mamta Bannerji

Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant's house.
Medha Patkar goes on a fast along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter .
Mayawati states this as `injustice' done on Minorities.
Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticize the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.
The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the Grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance) .
Opposition MPs stage a walkout. Left parties call for 'Bengal Bandh' in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.
CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers.
Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the 'Grasshopper Rath'.
Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the ' Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act' [POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of the winter.
Arjun Singh makes 'Special Reservation ' for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services.
The Ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes,it's home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.
Arundhati Roy calls it ' A Triumph of Justice'.
Lalu calls it 'Socialistic Justice '.
CPM calls it the ' Revolutionary Resurgence of the Downtrodden '
Koffi Annan invites the Grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.

Many years later...
The Ant has since migrated to the US set up a multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley,
100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in India,
As a result of loosing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the grasshoppers,
India is still a developing country !!!

Please Note: This post is not written by me. Actually i don't know the original source of this article, i found it at 2-3 different blog. Since its quite interesting & informative, i have shared it here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

K14.0 Baba Ramdev or Neta Ramdev !!!

PM Manmohansingh & UPA led government, during the last 2 years, has seen more ups-down then they might have seen during their whole career or politics history. CWG scam, 2G scam amidst lots of other small scam and now anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare n followed by more flamboyant Baba Ramdev, against the tax evaders. This means PM is a very brave person to face this (in fact such a leader must be compared to coward when he says he is not aware of what is happening; remember the PM comments about 2G scam & Raja)

Let me make it clear at the very beginning, i m not a fan of Baba Ramdev neither i support any political party. This are my personal views & i will keep it straight forward. Baba may be a good yoga teacher, but it is hard for me to believe some of his claims. As far medical field is concerned, i am sure you can't grow back your lost hair simply by rubbing your finger nails against each other, can't cure homosexuality just by breathing deeply, you can't get rid of cancer just by drinking cow urine everyday & you can't cure diabetes by drinking Lauki juice. Baba has been involved in shady land deals before, might have crores of rupees, may be in the name of his trust, charged thousands of rupees for his yoga session which i have seen personally when he visited my town.

Now lets looks at what happened recently behind the scenes. Before Baba started his fast on saturday, he along with his right hand Acharya Balkrushna had a meeting for almost 4 hours with minister Kapil Sibal & Subodhkant Sahai behind closed doors of a five star hotel !!! of Delhi. Govt accepted most of the demand of Baba. The only thing which they didn't accepted was to enforce law to declare this black money as National asset/treasure. Govt after a hard work !! created a heavy dozier of all demands of Baba accepted by them. Baba, for the first time, showed interest to call off his fast. Its looks like an agreement reached between govt & Baba. But Kapil Sibal was not satisfied with this. He wanted Baba to pen down his signature on a written agreement & make announcement their in hotel itself. But Baba believed by announcing this, his follower who came from far away place will get angry (so was this Baba publicity stunt?) so Baba asked for 1 more day and after this (token) fast, he will call it off, and also said, he never sign on any paper (??) So Kapil Sibal & other agreed, took Acharya Balkrushna signature on an agreement on which was written that 99% of Baba's demand has been met by govt n Baba will call his fast off within 24 hours. Kapil, throughout in this meeting, was in contact with finance minister Pranav Mukherjee. He then called PM n informed him about this, & then hugged Baba, saying, Now you can have Celebrations !!
Baba came back to Ramlila & announced on stage that their 99% of demand were met by govt. Next day his fast & yoga camp started. This time he announced he will continue his fast until govt accept his all demands. Kapil Sibal was shocked to hear this. He called Baba & reminded about their agreement of calling off fast after 4 pm but Baba didn't replied in straight manner. Kapil got angered & decided never to call him back. He waited for 5 pm & after getting confirmed of Baba U turn, he went to finance minister Pranav Mukherjee office.

Home minister Chidambaram cancelled his 4 pm flight to Chennai & went to Pranav Mukherjee office. Within 30 mins they decided to took action by sending police troops to Ramlila maidan at midnight. Implementation of this plan was on Chidambaram. At 5:40 pm he met Home secretary G K Pillai & head of Intelligence bureau Nehchal Sandhu. G K Pillai along with Delhi head police officer gave the final call on plan to raid at midnight.

Kapil Sibal prepared to call press conference at 6 pm. When baba came to know about this, he called Kapil, to which he replied, if he will not call off his fast & movement, then he will declare his written agreement. Baba didn't agreed. 

On the other side, Delhi police made all preparation to raid Ramlila maidan. At 11 pm, a written notice was sent to baba, stating Govt has given promise to declare black money as nation asset, now u follow your promise; but again baba didn't replied to this notice. At 12:35 am Delhi police started their operation. Baba, resting on stage along with thousands of his followers, suddenly got awake & took microphone in his hand "Even if i get arrested, our fast & movement against corruption will continue" when one policeman went near to arrest him, he jumped off from stage & ran. Followers gathered around baba & gave him cordless microphone. He requested people to remain calm & peaceful. Police had to watch this drama going on. Now tear gas was thrown, some of which caught fire on stage, chaos was created among people. Old men, women & children started running, many of them got injured, but baba disappeared. He disguised himself in white color woman cloth. 2 hours went but police didn't found baba. There were different groups of women chanting against this raid, but one group was silent, behaving like being injured & was trying to flea away. Police got doubted & they found baba among those women. (Now why the hell, baba jumped from the stage, ran like a thief/accused, changed his orange clothes to white colored woman cloth? What baba wanted to do? He could better got arrested, which would have increased sympathy toward him from people not only present there in Ramlila but from the whole country. But was he afraid? How can he be trusted? Just recently, after few days of this incidents, due to fast his body started deteriorating, to which doctors advised him to stop fast & take food. But he denied & decided to go on fasting until his death !! Now the person who ran n disguised in woman cloth is worthy of being trusted? Its better looks like a well executed drama)



 Was this well planned action of Govt.?

If central govt has taken such strict action against baba movement from the very beginning itself, than this sunday midnight raid would have been considered as legal action against baba. But for many days govt minister spread red carpet for baba, & agreed to take action against corruption & then raided. This shows it was well planned action by govt.

Govt knew that from 2nd day itself, RSS workers from whole country will come to Ramlila & will took over this movement & hence they decided to raid at midnight. As planned earlier, Govt & Congress party kept themself at distance with congress giving opposite statement to that of govt. Congress newspaper's editor Anil Shastri tweeted next day, "what happened at Ramlila maidan was unfortunate & was avoidable. This decision was of PM Manmohansingh govt n has nothing to do with congress party"

And than the blame game started between different people & party. Some minister accused baba as purely businessman to which other replied, "that's your minister went to receive baba at airport & sign MOU." The opposition, mainly Sangh parivar came out in full throated support of Ramdev, comparing police raid on yoga camp with Jallianwala Bagh massacre, an allegation that insults the memories of victims of Amritsar atrocity. This comparison was simply ridiculous. As TV footage showed, there was no violence from police as they claimed. But yes, followers of Baba were definately violent, to which police responded. If people present there has to blame anyone for this midnight raid, than its none other than their Baba who kept them behind in dark scenes. I don't know what Baba motives are? Bringing back black money n anti corruption action are only his agenda, but he too has secret wish to enter political frame & he can't find better stage than this. (remember last year he announced he will form his own political party led by his own people)

Baba was arrested & sent back to Varanasi. He was prohibited to enter Delhi for at least 15 more days to calm down situation. Although he tried to go back to Delhi but was denied by UP govt. Next day baba announced, he personally has forgiven PM & govt, but this nation & people will never forgive this action against their democracy. Next day baba did U turn (just like he do sirsharshan) & said, he will form an army of 11k people, from different part of country, will give them arms & training & then will face govt force. (now after thief, accused, lady, & businessman tag, baba was not satisfied so he went for terrorist tag too!! Was this Gandhian non peaceful movement or was it greed of baba?)

On other side, UPA is dreading a confrontation with Baba for a simple reason- he is followed by people who don't thinks on their own, they will do anything for him, will fast & will also die if circumstances arises, they are like misguided terrorist, who thinks they will go to heaven directly from Ramlila. This country has came to such a stage that ignorance is practiced on an industrial scale can be seen as an alternate to its political system discredited by corruption. Tihar jail is already flooded with more politicians than murderers.

Cornered by a number of corruption cases, the Congress led govt. has not done anything to give an impression that it's serious about tackling corruption. It's not serious about nothing, only power. But so are other party too. Now where people of largest democratic country goes? To Baba Ramdev or Neta Ramdev !!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

K13.0 Local Home Remedies -- Desi Dawa - Part 2

17) Home Remedies for Heartburn:

Ginger serves as an effective home remedy for heartburn. Grind fresh ginger and prepare ginger tea... You can even add ginger to foods.
Increase your fiber intake, as it aids in the absorption of excess acid and gas. It helps in flushing out the toxins from your body.
Drink plenty of water at least 8 glasses everyday.
Green tea is also effective in treating heartburn.
Prepare herbal tea containing equal small amounts of peppermint, chamomile, ginger, licorice root and catnip. Preferably, it should be taken after dinner

18) Home Remedies for Herpes:

Take a few ice cubes and rub them on the cold sore affected area for a few minutes.
Take a warm tea bag and apply it on the fever blisters for about half an hour.
Lemon balm extract is considered valuable in healing Herpes infection.
Consume foods rich in vitamins. Zinc and iron are also vital. Eat plenty of fruits and green veggies

19) Home Remedies for High Blood Cholesterol:

In 1 glass of water, add 2 tbsps of coriander seeds and bring to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink this mixture two times in a day.
Sunflower seeds are extremely beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol deposits on the walls of arteries. You just need to modify your cooking style a bit and substitute sunflower seeds for solid fats such as butter and cream.
Incorporate loads of fiber in your meals, as fiber helps a great deal in lowering the cholesterol pressure in blood.

20) Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure:

A real effective home remedy for high blood pressure is to take 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp ginger juice and 1 tsp cumin powder and mix them well. Have this mixture at least two times in a day.
As a part of high bp home remedy treatment, it's good to try out the idea of consuming coriander or fenu greek leaves mixed in 1 cup of water.
Take about 25-30 curry leaves and make a juice, using 1-cup water. You can even add on lime juice to it for making it tastier. Strain and drink it in the morning.

21) Home Remedies for Menopausal Disorder:

When a woman experiences menopause, she should take a daily supplement consisting of 500 mg magnesium and 2 gm of calcium.
Carrot seeds are of great value in case of menopause. In 1 glass of cow's milk, put a tsp of carrot seeds and boil for about 10 minutes or so. Consume it everyday as a medicine.
Liquorice serves as an effective remedy for menopause, as it contains the natural female hormone, estrogen. Thus, it helps in making up for the lost hormones.

22) Home Remedies for Obesity:

On an empty stomach in the morning, drink 1 glass of warm water mixed with juice of half a lime and 1 tsp honey.
In 1 cup of water, add 3 tsp of lime juice, 1/2 tsp pepper powder and some honey. Drink this everyday for about 3-4 months.
As a substitute of breakfast, consume 2 ripe tomatoes in the morning.
This remedy will aid in reducing your weight at a faster rate.

24) Home Remedies for Prostate Disorders:

Pumpkin seeds are extremely useful in treating prostate disorders. The seeds of pumpkin act as a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids that are vital to the health of the prostate.... Men suffering from prostate trouble must take about 60-90 gm of pumpkin seeds daily. Pumpkin can be consumed in the form of powder spread over the cooked food. You can also mix them with white flour for making chapattis.
Zinc has been found beneficial in the treatment of prostate disorders. Take about 30 milligrams of this mineral everyday.
Vitamin E is beneficial for prostate health. The patient should be given foods rich in vitamin E like wholegrain products, green leafy vegetables, milk and sprouted seeds.
In 200 ml spinach juice, add 300 ml of carrot juice. You can even have carrot juice separately. Vegetable juices are excellent in curing prostate disorders.

25) Home Remedies for Ringworm:

Take a raw fresh papaya and cut out slices. Rub the slice on the ringworm patch. It serves as an excellent home remedy for ring worms.
Take a few mustard seeds and powder them. Thereafter, make a paste using water.. Apply the paste on the ringworm-affected area and see its wonderful effects.

26) Home Remedies for Sexual Impotence:

Garlic is considered valuable in treating the problem of sexual impotence. It acts like a tonic for loss of sexual power Chew 2-3 cloves of raw garlic daily.
Another aphrodisiac food next to garlic is onion. It aids in strengthening the reproductive organs. Prefer going in for white onions.
Carrots have proved beneficial in creating the desire for sex. Take about 150 gm of finely chopped carrots and eat them with a half boiled egg, dipped in 1 tbsp of honey. Consume it once a day for about a month or two.

27) Home Remedies for Sinusitis:

Mango serves as an effective home remedy for preventing the frequent attacks of sinus, as it is packed with loads of vitamin A. OR Another beneficial remedy consists of consuming pungent foods like onion and garlic, as a part of your daily meals.
Fenugreek leaves are considered valuable in curing sinusitis. In 250 ml water, boil 1 tsp of Fenugreek seeds and reduce it to half. This will help you to perspire, dispel toxicity and reduce the fever period.
Tie a tsp of black cumin seeds in a thin cotton cloth and inhale..

28) Home Remedies for Sore Throat:

Take 1-2 cloves of garlic and 2-3 cloves and make a paste. Mix with 1 cup of honey. Drink 1 tsp about 3 times in a day.
In 1 cup of warm milk, add a pinch of turmeric powder... Drink the milk before going to bed.
Take 1 whole onion and boil it with some water. Thereafter, mash it and add some butter, salt and pepper to it. Now eat this mixture.

29) Home Remedies for Stomach Ache:

Drink plenty of water , as it helps in ensuring smooth bowel movements.
Drink lemon tea with some honey added in it for taste. It will keep away stomach ache.
Mix 1 tsp each of mint juice and lime juice. Add some ginger juice and black salt in it. Drink this mixture.

30) Home Remedies for Tonsillitis :

Take a fresh lemon and squeeze it in a glass of water. Add 4 tsp of honey and ¼ tsp of common salt in it. Drink it slowly sip by sip.
Milk has proved beneficial in treating tonsillitis. In 1 glass of pure boiled milk, add a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder. Drink it every night for about 3 days.

31) Home Remedies for Toothache:

Dip 1 clove of garlic in rock salt and place it on the affected tooth.
Keep a piece of raw onion inside the mouth on the affected tooth..
Clove serves as an excellent home remedy for toothache. Keep a clove in your mouth and suck it. You can even apply clove oil on the affected tooth.
Lime is considered valuable in maintaining the health of teeth.
Consume the juice of wheat grass, as it acts as a fabulous mouthwash in case of tooth decay.

32) Home Remedies for Wrinkles:

Application of left over egg whites at the bottom of the shell to the problematic area serves as an effective home remedy for wrinkles.
For the sagging skin under the eyes or on the throat, apply some odorless Castor oil.
Take some coconut oil and massage on the wrinkled skin.
Eat 1 tsp of shredded ginger along with a few drops of honey every morning.
Rub the core of a pineapple all over your face for sometime and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.

33) Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection:

In 8 oz of water, put 1/2 tsp of baking soda and drink it.
Drink plenty of water, as it aids in flushing out the waste products from the body.
Drink Cranberry juice. You can also add some apple juice for taste.

34) Home Remedies for Warts:

Apply Castor oil daily over the problematic area. Continue for several months.
Apply milky juice of fresh and barely-ripe figs a number of times a day. Continue for two weeks.
Rub cut raw potatoes on the affected area several times daily. Continue for at least two weeks.
Rub cut onions on the warts to stimulate the circulation of blood.
Apply powder of herb Indian squall daily over the warts.
Apply milk from the cut end of dandelion over the warts 2-3 times a day.
Apply oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut over the warts.
Apply Papaya juice
Apply Pineapple juice

35) Home Remedies for Vomiting:

Take 2 cardamoms and roast them on a dry pan (tava). Powder the cardamoms and thereafter add a tsp of honey in it... Consume it frequently. It serves as a fabulous home remedy for vomiting.
In the mixture of 1 tsp of mint juice and 1 tsp lime juice, add 1/2 tsp of ginger juice and 1 tsp honey. Drink this mixture to prevent vomiting.
Lime juice is an effective remedy for vomiting. Take a glass of chilled lime juice and sip slowly. To prevent vomiting, drink ginger tea.
In 1 glass water, add some honey and drink sip by sip.