Saturday, April 28, 2007

Mixed Fruit Juice Benefits

Mixing of Fruits to make juices is one of my favourite choice when it comes to juice drinks. I didn't know that it has some benefits in it until I read these points. Start your mixed fruit juice today based on your need as given below
Carrot + Ginger + Apple - Boost and cleanse our system
Apple + Cucumber + Celery - Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and improve stomach upset and headache
Tomato + Carrot + Apple - Improve skin complexion and stops bad breath
Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk - Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat
Orange + Ginger + Cucumber - Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat
Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon - To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney
Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi - To improve skin complexion
Pear & Banana - To regulates sugar content
Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango - Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization
Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk - Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and strengthen body immunity
Papaya + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism
Banana + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation

Friday, April 20, 2007

21 Ways To Relieve Stress

By Garrett J. Braunreiter, GHF's Success Coach

At the turn of the century -- before the fax, modem, computer and cellular phone era -- the average American workweek was 60 hours long. By 1970, it was down to 37 hours. In the 1990s, the average worker puts in 46 hours a week at the office and six more at home for a total of 52 hours, according to a recent survey. In addition, 40 percent of those surveyed said they'd work up to 10 more hours for extra pay, adding up to 62 hours -- two hours longer than in the horse-and-buggy days.

Thus most people feel they experience less leisure time and more daily stress as they juggle a career, family, friends, perpetual to-do lists, goals, and their community. In spite of life's demands, there are some simple and effective steps which can reduce daily pressures. Here are 21 ways you can lower your stress each day:

  1. Begin the day with Power Questions rather than jumping out of bed and rushing to start your day, take a few minutes--from five to 15--to ask yourself these questions:
    • What am I happy about in my life now?

    • What am I excited about in my life now?

    • What am I proud about in my life now?

    • What am I enjoying most in my life right now?

    • What am I committed to in my life right now?

    • Answer these questions, to yourself, out loud, or write them down to start your day in the right frame of mind, and to remind you of how today is perfect.

  2. Go somewhere else for lunch. Get out of the office and enjoy your noon meal at a park. Use this time to be with nature. Try this once or twice a week, especially now that the weather is getting warmer. Eat slowly, enjoy your meal, and relish the fresh air to rejuvenate you.

  3. Remember, you WILL make mistakes. They're called lessons. And you learn from lessons, yes? Many people are forever beating themselves up because they had forgot a meeting, forgot their lunch, only worked out for 20 minutes, had a piece of coffee cake, or didn't complete their to-do list.
    The important thing to remember is: we all make mistakes, and will make mistakes. It's our job to focus on SOLVING or LEARNING from the problem or mistake, not wallow in it.

  4. Carry the serenity prayer with you. (Got this idea from a client.) This 25-word prayer, written years ago by Professor Rein hold Nebular at Union Theological Seminary in New York, has helped many people regain balance in their lives: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to knowthe difference." Carry those words with you and memorize them.

  5. Give yourself a much deserved pat on the back. Each day, take a moment to pat yourself on the back for all the things you did. This will shift your perspective, helping you appreciate the great balancing act you pull off daily working, parenting, volunteering, maintaining a social life, caring for elders, etc.

  6. Create an image of peace in your mind. Several times during your workday, pause briefly to create a peaceful image in your mind. For example, picture yourself flying (NOT in a plane, but YOU flying over mountains, meadows, forests, oceans, gently gliding across the sky, admiring the view below. The more you practice this technique, the easier you will relieve daily stresses.

  7. Read. Reading is a great way to escape, educate yourself, and expand your horizons for personal and professional growth. If your life is hectic, this is a great way to relieve stress. You're now doing something for YOU. Read at lunch time, in the evening (instead of watching TV), in bed before you go to sleep. Consider using audio books that you can listen to on your way to and from work.

  8. Smile. Greet everyone with a smile. This will make others feel good about being with you. In turn, smiling will give you a deep sense of ease, calm and peace.

  9. Check how you breathe. Are you breathing deeply? When we are relaxed, our breathing is slow and even. However, when we are anxious or upset our breathing becomes shallow. When you notice yourself becoming stressed, say to yourself, "Stop." As you breathe in, repeat the word "peace," or say something that brings peace to you. As you breathe out, smile. Meanwhile, let your shoulders drop and your hands relax. Repeat this sequence several times.

  10. EXERCISE!!! Experts note that exercise is effective in burning the excess adrenaline that fuels feelings of anxiety and stress. Exercise also releases endorsing, the body's natural chemicals which block anxiety and pain. So take a brisk walk during your lunch hour or get your butt to the gym for a stress- busting weightlifting workout. Head to the gym after work to "work off" the stress of your day.

  11. Think positively. During a day when you face a crisis, think "challenge." Remember, it's all in your PERCEPTION of the situation that determines how stressful it is. Approaching any stressful event in this manner will positively boost your energy. So the next time you face a conflict, think in positive terms. When you face an obstacle, think "opportunity."

  12. Put yourself in the other person's shoes. Try to see a conflict or difference of opinion from another person's point of view. The other person is right, too. When you see the situation from the other side's view, you gain a different perspective, and quite possibly a solution. Most of the time you'll find your anger disappearing.

  13. Beware of what you drink. The coffee or soda you drink throughout the day can be a mental health nightmare. Too much caffeine can cause shaky hands, restlessness and irritability, all of which increase stressful feelings.

  14. Do the very best you can, right now. This is another way of learning to be less-than-perfect. Trying to be perfect leads to destructive behavior and procrastination. In other words, commit to completing your task or project by giving your all. That's EXCELLENCE - the commitment to completion. Just do it.

  15. Just say, "No." You don't have to accept every project, invitation to become involved or every opportunity to attend a meeting. You're not a prisoner to your phone or your friends. Acknowledge what you want and don't want to do. Say, "No, thank you," to requests you don't want to accept. Period.

  16. Interrupt your disruptive habits with "peace" habits. As soon as you begin to feel angry, hostile, cynical, skeptical, irritable or impatient, repeat a word that can offset the negative energy. Some examples include "peace," "love," "hope," "faith," "joy," "patience," etc.

  17. Reminisce happy memories. Tap into the power of your memories. In a time of stress, look back and remember a pleasant experience or satisfying moment that brought you great joy. Your wedding, the birth of your child, a time where you were publicly recognized for an achievement. Relive them for the purposes of helping you feel better.

  18. Listen to the music. The right music can take you from a highly intense state to a relaxed state in a short time. The right music is generally instrumental rather than vocal and tends to be performed by instruments such as flute, harp, piano and string ensembles. Many people find the sounds of nature combined with musical harmonies to be very relaxing.

  19. Simplify your life, dramatically. Permanently cut out 3 projects, tasks, responsibilities, shoulds, coulds, wants, goals, habits, or routines that are not necessary. Delegate or systematize 12 tasks, activities and habits that you don't think much about, but that waste your life away. Go deep with this. Even go as far as tossing out your personal to-do list!

  20. Don't bring work problems home. Leave your cares behind at the office. You and your family will feel better, and you will return to work refreshed, energetic and more creative. Saki F. Santorelli, Ed.D., assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, offers these tips: "At the end of the workday, sit quietly and consciously make the transition from work to home. Take a moment to simply be, enjoying the moment. You may feel as if you're heading into your next full-time job--home. When you pull into the driveway or park on the street, take a minute to orient yourself to entering your home and being with family members. Try changing out of your work clothes when you get home. This simple act might help you make a smoother transition into your next 'role.'"

  21. End your day with Power Questions. Same concept as #1, however, use these questions:
    • What have I given today?

    • What did I learn today?

    • How has today added to the quality of my life or how can I use today as an investment in my future?

    • What can I do right now to turn myself/this situation around?
You may also add the Power Questions from #1. Suggestion: start journaling. You can effectively "close" the day on a high note and be refreshed for tomorrow.

Finally, keep in mind these tips and techniques are simply general guidelines. Allow your own sense of possibility and curiosity to evolve as you explore and discover your own techniques to reduce stress during the workday.

Apart from all these just do one thing to relieve your stress, and is nothing but do Meditate.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Puzzles - 55

There was a barbeque arranged in the family of 4. But they had purchased only 3 potatoes for eating. How do they split equal shares to everybody?
Reduce of head count or fractional answers are not allowed.

Diamond Ring Hotel in Dubai

I received this forwarded pictures from one of my Buddy. I wonder if this is gonna be really built in Dubai. But the design looks real cool. May be this is will become one like ealier listed Singapore Flyer. God knows... Here are those 3D Design Concept Pics.

The Soldier and Horse

A soldier took the utmost pains to care his horse. As long as the war lasted, he looked upon horse as his fellow-helper in all emergencies and fed him carefully with hay and corn. But when the war was over, he only allowed him chaff to eat and made him carry heavy loads of wood, and ill treated. War was again proclaimed. The Soldier put on horse its military trappings, and mounted, being clad in his heavy coat of mail. The Horse fell down straightway under the weight, no longer equal to the burden, and said to his master:
"You must now go to the war on foot, for you have transformed me from a Horse into a Donkey; and how can you expect that I can again turn in a moment from a Donkey to a Horse?"

MORAL: Use the skill judiciously.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

How do we celebrate Tamil New Year

First and foremost அனைத்து தமிழ் நெஞ்சங்களுக்கும் எனது இனிய தமிழ் புத்தண்டு நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

Thru this article I shall write a little about how we celebrate Tamil New Year, when I was living in our village during my childhood days. It has been many years since I have lived such a life and I hope to bring back you all the same way I used to celebrate when I was Young. If you have lived similar village life of mine, Please add your comments if you find something is missing.

Once we have taken bath before the sun rise we pray to Sun god in the early morning as it is a new beginning of the year, believed to have a good source of energy delivered. We also go to temple and pray to God. After that we pray at home and then we will go to our paddy field. In there we perform pooja with all the auspicious items by placing them in the Esaani Moolai ( South East Corner) at the paddy field. Then we make few rounds to loosen the sand with yer or kalappai (wooden item used to loosen sand). It is believed that doing so in New Year will give a good cultivation result(அதாங்க, நல்ல மகசூல் அல்லது சாகுபடி).

Then we all will come back and have good meals on that day, but only vegetarian diet is followed. On this day is a big revenue making day for all kids as all the elderly people will bless all small kids with small amount of money as well. Those small kids who needs to be taught to learn how to write also they practice them by holding their hand with basic letters in Tamil. Local shop owners they will open a new day book account note as its believed that it will also yield them a good revenue in the whole year.

Later in the evening all the people including village president and other village administrative people and the residents will join together to listen to the reading of Vackya Panjangam.

Followed by this we also have a Festival called Chithirai Festival and we eat Nila Choru (moon rice) on chitra Pournami (The First pournami of the Tamil New Year). I will try to post some interesting pictures taken during the last Chithirai Festival and information related to the celebration during that period. Please wait for just two more weeks.

அம்புட்டு தாங்கோ... If you wanna say anything more please do so...

Singapore Flyer

You have heard about London Eye or Malaysia Eye, Now to add in that row Here comes Singapore Flyer, A new tourism attraction in Singapore. As you see its locateed along the Marina Bay Costal region. They have packages that helps to even organising of Business Meeting in the Capsules of the Giant Wheel. Here is the Preview of Singapore Flyer and the Price Details.

Basic Flights (37 Minutes)Adult (S$)Child (S$)Senior (S$)
Singapore Flight$29.50$20.65$23.60
Express Boarding
(includes an exclusive Singapore Flyer souvenir)
$52.00 $36.40$41.60
Signature Cocktail Flight
(includes Express Boarding and an exclusive Singapore Flyer cocktail glass)

Private Capsule
(up to 30 pax per capsule, with exclusive check-in)

Valid during off-peak hours from 8.30am to 6.30pm on weekdays.

(Excluding a minimum purchase of $500/capsule in F&B and other services*)
Valid during peak hours from 6.30pm onwards on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays.

Updated News :

At 165 metres, or 42 storeys, the Singapore Flyer will be 30 metres higher than Britain's London Eye, said Great Wheel Corp, which built the Singapore attraction. The 28 capsules - about the size of a city bus - are air conditioned and can hold up to 28 people. Passengers can walk around and will not feel movement or vibration during the 30-minute ride. Passengers will get a 360-degree view of up to 45 kilometres across the island republic and into neighbouring Malaysia and Indonesia Made its first spin with viewers on 11th February 2008 Monday Night with corporate clients paying thousands of dollars (some paying $8,888) for the 'inaugural flight'. Its Officially to be launched on 1st March 2008. For More details visit Singapore Flyer Home Page.

21 ways to burn fat

This article might be very useful to those who sits on chair 8 hours minumum and storing more and more fat on their body everyday. If you are one among them try implementing these ways and burn your fat.

  1. Stock up on green tea
  2. Green tea isn't known only for its cancer-fighting benefits: It may help boost your metabolism, too. People who took green-tea extract three times a day saw their metabolic rate increase by about 4 percent, according to a study published in the December 1999 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (Translation: You could burn an extra 60 calories a day, which equals about six pounds a year!) It may be because green tea contains catechins, which increase levels of the metabolism-speeding brain chemical norepinephrine, says Joy Bauer, a New York City nutritionist and author of Cooking with Joy.

  3. Pump iron
  4. Weight training is the ultimate way to burn calories fast. "A pound of muscle burns up to nine times the calories of a pound of fat," explains Richard Cotton, M.A., chief exercise physiologist for Weight training increases your resting metabolic rate, which is the number of calories you burn while sitting on your butt. What's more, it gives your metabolism an added boost after you exercise: It remains in overdrive for up to two hours after the last bench press, according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Strapped for time? Try these quick moves: squats, bench step-ups, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups and crunches. In a pinch, just do single sets of 10 for each exercise — you'll get optimal results for the time invested.

  5. Eat iron
  6. Yeah, we just told you to pump iron, but you also need to eat it. "If you don't have enough of this mineral, your body can't get enough oxygen to your cells, which slows down your metabolism," explains Samantha Heller, R.D., a nutritionist at the New York University Medical Center. Most multivitamins contain around 18 mg (the RDA for adults); you can also get your fill by eating three to four daily servings of foods rich in iron, such as lean red meat, chicken, fortified cereal and soy nuts. If you are feeling symptoms such as fatigue and weakness, ask your doctor to test you for anemia (it's a simple blood test) at your next physical.

  7. Order water — and ask for a refill
  8. A new German study found that when you drink 17 ounces of water (about two glasses) within a certain time frame, your metabolic rate shoots up by about 30 percent. Using these results, they estimate that by increasing your current water intake by 1.5 liters a day, a person would burn an extra 17,400 calories a year, resulting in about a five-pound weight loss.

  9. Get your thyroid checked
  10. Suspect you have a sluggish metabolism? You might have hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland, which afflicts about 25 percent of American women — many of whom don't know they have the condition, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. "The thyroid gland controls your body's metabolism, so one of the first signs that it may be off is an inability to lose weight," explains Peeke. Your doctor can determine if you're suffering from hypothyroidism by running a blood test. If you do have an underactive thyroid, you'll be treated with a synthetic thyroid supplement, which you will need to take for the rest of your life (it will return your metabolism to normal, so it should be easier to lose weight).

  11. Avoid alcohol
  12. Want to keep your favorite meals from going straight to your hips (thighs, belly)? Wash them down with water, not wine. Alcohol slows your metabolism by depressing the central nervous system. A British study found that when alcohol was added to a high-fat, high-calorie meal, less dietary fat was burned off and more was stored as body fat.

  13. Rev up your workouts
  14. Interval training — in which you add bursts of high-intensity moves into your workout — is a surefire metabolism booster, says Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., director of the Kinesiology Program at the University of Virginia and author of The Spark. Researchers at Laval University in Quebec found that high-intensity interval training burns more fat than regular, consistent aerobic exercise. If you usually jog at a 10-minute-mile pace, for example, add a 30-second sprint every five minutes. Or add a one-minute incline to your treadmill workout every five minutes. "Even if you just have 10 minutes for a quick workout, you can walk at a normal pace and then add in a 30-second bout of speed-walking every three minutes," recommends Gaesser.

  15. Do more dairy
  16. Women who ate low-fat dairy products, such as nonfat yogurt and low-fat cheese, three to four times a day lost 70 percent more fat than low-dairy dieters, according to a study published in the journal Obesity Research . "Calcium serves as a switch that tells your body to burn excess fat faster," explains study author Michael Zemel, M.D., director of the Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Sorry, but you won't reap the same benefits from calcium-fortified O.J. Research shows that you get the best results from dairy products themselves, not fortified foods. Aim for 1,200 mg, which includes about three servings of dairy a day.

  17. Take up a new sport
  18. Are you like Old Faithful when it comes to your morning walk or evening jog? Know this: The more you do an activity, the more your body adapts to it, so you burn fewer calories. If you want to light a fire under your metabolism, consider cross-training. For example, if you normally walk, try biking instead. "Since you're not used to working all those different muscles, it's a more intense workout, which can translate into a greater metabolic after-burn because your body is working harder to recover and get oxygen to all your tissues," says Carol Espel, M.S., an exercise physiologist for Equinox Fitness Clubs in New York City.

  19. Go fish
  20. Break out the lemon wedges: Regular fish eaters tend to have lower levels of the hormone leptin — good because high levels of leptin have been linked to low metabolism and obesity, says Louis Aronne, M.D., an obesity specialist at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. Try to consume three to four servings of a fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna or mackerel, each week.

  21. Say ommm
  22. Stress may contribute to abdominal fat, according to several studies, including a recent one at the University of California, San Francisco. "When you're stressed, hormones like cortisol stimulate your appetite, slow your metabolism down and encourage fat storage inside your abdomen," explains Shawn Talbott, Ph.D., director of the Nutrition Clinic at the University of Utah. So what's a frazzled girl to do? "Find an activity that reduces stress for you, whether it's listening to soothing music or taking yogic practise, and do it daily," advises Talbott.

  23. Have a PB & J
  24. Think peanut butter is only for pint-sized palates? Think again. PB is rich in magnesium, a mineral that motors up your metabolism by giving your cells energy. Aim for 320 mg a day of magnesium: Good food sources include a peanut butter sandwich made with whole-wheat bread (100 mg) or spinach (1/2 cup has 80 mg).

  25. Exercise off that PMS
  26. You could lose more weight exercising during the later phase of your menstrual cycle than at any other time in your cycle, according to a recent study from the University of Adelaide in Australia. Hormones estrogen and progesterone fire up your fat-burning furnace: They promote your body's use of fat as an energy supply, so more is burned off when you exercise. "Women burned about 30 percent more fat for the two weeks following ovulation to about two days before menstruation," explains study author Leanne Redman.

  27. Don't blow off breakfast
  28. Studies show that eating breakfast plays a part in successful weight loss — almost 80 percent of people who successfully keep weight off chow down on this meal, according to a study published in Obesity Research. "Your metabolism slows as you sleep, and the process of digesting food revs it up again," explains Heller. Aim for a 300- to 400-calorie breakfast, such as a high-fiber cereal (another metabolism booster) with skim milk and fruit.

  29. Pump up protein
  30. Not in an extreme, Atkins sort of way, but having a little protein at every meal fires up your metabolism. "Your digestive system uses more energy to break it down, so you burn more calories," explains Lisa Dorfman, R.D. However, keep protein levels to between 20 and 35 percent of your diet; eating too much of it can cause kidney strain and may cause your body to store too much fat.

  31. Snack away during the day
  32. Grazing is a surprisingly good idea because it helps you avoid metabolic slowdown. "Your body will be tricked into thinking it's constantly eating, so it will never slow your metabolism down," explains Bauer. Aim for five small meals (200 to 500 calories) a day rather than three large ones. Also try not to go more than four hours without eating — if you eat breakfast at 7am, for example, have a snack at 10am, lunch at noon, another snack at 3pm and dinner at 7pm.

  33. Skip the starch
  34. Carb crazy? Consider this: Refined carbohydrates, such as bread, potatoes and rice, create a surge in insulin that in turn drives down your resting metabolic rate, explains Aronne. "It's important to keep carbohydrates in your diet, but really focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which have less of an effect on insulin levels," he explains. And when buying whole-grain breads and cereals, make sure the first ingredient listed is whole wheat, whole oat or cracked wheat.

  35. Break up your workouts
  36. Try dividing your workouts into two shorter 20-minute sessions. You'll rev up your metabolism for an hour or two after each workout, which means you'll burn more calories than if you did one longer session. Don't have time? Even small bursts of activity will get your metabolism chugging again, according to a study in Nature. "Just a five-minute walk around the house every hour translates into an extra 200 to 300 calories burned every day," says Peeke.

  37. Pace while you're on the phone
  38. People who are constantly in motion — crossing and uncrossing their legs, stretching and pacing — burn more calories. When researchers at the Mayo Clinic asked subjects to eat an additional 1,000 calories a day for eight weeks, they found that only the nonfidgeters stored the calories as fat.

  39. Eat more bananas
  40. They're full of potassium, which revs up your metabolism by regulating your body's water balance, says vitamin expert Susan Lark, M.D., author of The Lark Letter. If you're dehydrated, you'll burn fewer calories. Make sure you're getting at least 2,000 mg: a banana has 450 mg, a cup of milk has 370 mg and an orange has 250 mg.

  41. Get enough z's
  42. Yeah, Russell Crowe may be on Letterman, but it's way more important for your waistline if you don't stay up. A study at the University of Chicago Medical Center found that people who got only four hours of sleep had much more difficulty processing carbs. The culprit? Increased levels of insulin and the stress hormone cortisol. "When you're exhausted, your body lacks the energy to do its normal day-to-day functions, which includes burning calories efficiently," says Talbott. So the best way to make sure your metabolism runs smoothly is to get six to eight hours of shut-eye each night.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Puzzle - 54

This is made to hold water but it has lots of holes. What is it?

The World's First All-glass Undersea Restaurant Opens

The Maldives : 15 April, Marks the day that the first ever all-glass undersea restaurant in the world opens its doors for business at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. Ithaa* will sit five meters below the waves of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic offering diners 270-degrees of panoramic underwater views.

"We have used aquarium technology to put diners face-to-face with the stunning underwater environment of the Maldives", says Carsten Schieck, General Manager of Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. "Our guests always comment on being blown away by the colour, clarity, and beauty of the underwater world in the Maldives, so it seemed the perfect idea to build a restaurant where diners can experience fine cuisine and take time to enjoy the views - without ever getting their feet wet."

Created by MJ Murphy Ltd, a design consultancy based in New Zealand, Ithaa's distinctive feature is the use of curved transparent acrylic walls and roof, similar to those used in aquarium attractions. "The fact that the entire restaurant except for the floor is made of clear acrylic makes this unique in the world," continues Schieck, "We are currently planting a coral garden on the reef to add to the spectacular views of the rays, sharks and many colourful fish that live around the area.

Here are some exciting pictures for you...

Nice Quotes to learn from

  1. Never expect things to happen. struggle and make them happen. Never expect yourself to be given a good valuecreate a value of your own

  2. If a drop of water falls in lake there is no identity.But if it falls on a leaf of lotus it shine like a choose the best place where you would shine

  3. Falling down is not defeat...Defeat is when your refuse to get up

  4. Ship is always safe at shore...But is is not built for it

  5. When your successful your well wishers know who you are when you are unsuccessful you know who your well wishers are

  6. It is great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him/her

  7. To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world

  8. Even the word 'IMPOSSIBLE' says 'I M POSSIBLE'

  9. Always Aim high for the best, but also be prepared for the worst

  10. Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort in your life makes all the difference

The Fox and The Goat

A Fox fell into a deep pit from which he could not get out. A Goat passed by shortly afterwards, and asked the Fox what he was doing down there.

"Oh, have you not heard?" said the Fox; "there is going to be a great hunting, so I jumped down here as this sounds safe and good hideout. Why don't you come down too?"

The Goat thought well of this advice, and jumped down into the pit.

The Fox immediately jumped on her back, and by putting his foot on her long horns managed to jump up to the edge of the pit. "Good-bye, friend," said the Fox, "if you had brains equal to the number of hairs in your beard you would not have jumped down without a way back up."

Moral : Look before you leap

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Puzzle - 53

Two thieves came to steal a precious sculpture in the ancient museum. After they have taken it away from the museum carefully, they drove off their car to the hideout point which is about 30 miles away from the museum. Once they have reached they found out that one of the tires was completely flat whole time. How did they manage to scurry off to their hideout by driving that car?

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Puzzle - 52

Anitha's mum has four daughters.
The first child is called Vimala.
The second Jasmine.
The third Sainthavi.
What is the name of the fourth child?

7 Dont's after meal

  • Don't smoke

  • Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher).

  • Don't eat fruits immediately

  • Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1hr before meal.

  • Don't drink tea

  • Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the Protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest. Try avoiding it for 30 minutes after your meal. Even though, some researches suggests that Green Tea after the meal will help you losing weight.

  • Don't loosen your belt

  • Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted &blocked.

  • Don't bathe

  • Bathing will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.

  • Don't walk about

  • People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actual fact this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.

  • Don't sleep immediately

  • The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine.

Why Employees Leave Organizations?

This article was released by Azim Premji, CEO - Wipro.

Every company faces the problem of people leaving the company for better pay or profile.

Early this year, Mark, a senior software designer, got an offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its India operations developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer.

He had heard a lot about the CEO. The salary was great. The company had all the right systems in place employee-friendly human resources (HR) policies, a spanking new office,and the very best technology,even a canteen that served superb food.

Twice Mark was sent abroad for training. "My learning curve is the sharpest it's ever been," he said soon after he joined.

Last week, less than eight months after he joined, Mark walked out of the job.

Why did this talented employee leave ?

Arun quit for the same reason that drives many good people away.

The answer lies in one of the largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The study surveyed over a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called "First Break All The Rules". It came up with this surprising finding:

If you're losing good people, look to their immediate boss. Immediate boss is the reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he 's the reason why people leave. When people leave they take knowledge,experience and contacts with them, straight to the competition.

"People leave managers not companies," write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.

Mostly manager drives people away?

HR experts say that of all the abuses, employees find humiliation the most intolerable. The first time, an employee may not leave,but a thought has been planted. The second time, that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he looks for another job.

When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so by passive aggression. By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information. Dev says: "If you work for a jerk, you basically want to get him into trouble. You don 't have your heart and soul in the job."

Different managers can stress out employees in different ways - by being too controlling, too suspicious,too pushy, too critical, but they forget that workers are not fixed assets, they are free agents. When this goes on too long, an employee will quit - often over a trivial issue.

Talented men leave. Dead wood doesn't.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Monkey and a Man

Once upon a time, a man was passing through a jungle. He saw a monkey and was attracted to it. He called the monkey and to his surprise, the monkey came near him.

The man told the monkey that it was his ancestor and so they should cultivate friendship. With different kinds of gestures, he was able to establish friendship with it. The man was just trying to kill time using the monkey as company while crossing the jungle.

Suddenly unexpectedly, a lion roared fiercely and pounced in front of them. They scarcely had time to escape. The monkey ran and the man followed suit. They found a very huge tree and soon climbed it. Though they were breathless, they did not stop until they climbed to a safe height. The lion continued to prowl here and there, hoping to catch them when they climbed down. The lion was angry and hungry and awaiting his prey finally sat down under the tree.

The man was clinging to one of the strong branches, while the monkey was sitting on a branch with ease, as if nothing had happened.
After a prolonged wait, the lion lost patience and proposed to let one of them go scot-free if the other was offered to him as 'food'.

The man and the monkey consulted each other. They even offered to sacrifice their lives for each other, but ultimately concluded that they would live and die together.

The lion was disappointed, but not dissuaded. He continued his vigil. Nevertheless, the wait on the tree proved a testing time for both the monkey and the man.

They were feeling drowsy. They were both faced with the danger of falling down while dozing on the tree. Ultimately they decided to take turns to sleep.

The monkey would sit wide-awake while the man slept and the man would keep vigil while the monkey had his share of sleep.

As decided, it was the man's turn to sleep first, while the monkey kept guard. The monkey slept in the other half of the night, while the man held fort. When the monkey was fast asleep, the man started contemplating. He thought that if he pushed away the sleeping monkey, the lion, as promised, would allow him to go scot-free. Immediately, he translated his thoughts into action (This is the best example for Thought leads to Action). The monkey was in deep slumber. The man pushed him down. As the monkey was accustomed to such things, he immediately caught hold of the branches halfway and was back to his place in a moment.

Without uttering a single word, he went back to sleep as if nothing had happened. In the morning, the monkey led the man to safety. The lion was still on prowl under the tree. When they reached at the safer place, the monkey made a special request to the man. "Please do not allege that monkeys are ancestors of mankind."

Moral: Man without humanity is inferior to animals.

Mushroom Facts

This is one of my favourite item to add into my vegetarian diet choices, especially when I step into a non-veg makan place. Once upon a time When I was living in Bangalore, because of the cool climatic condition I was seriously putting my thought about setting up a mushroom farm instead of just sticking to Monitor and Keyboard everyday. Did some research too and finally things didn't get materialized as the way I thought it would be. Man Proposes - God Disposes, you see. Anyway, I've brought some useful informations to your eyes to read about my favourite veggie Item. Hope this becomes favourite of yours too after knowing the value it.

Mushrooms are low in calories, have no cholesterol and are virtually free of fat and sodium. Mushrooms also contain other essential minerals like Selenium, which works with Vitamin E to produce antioxidants that neutralize "free radicals" which can cause cell damage. Studies have suggested that selenium may reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, may slow the progress of HIV disease and may aid in symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatitis and asthma. Studies show men who eat selenium rich foods may lower their risk of prostate cancer.

Potassium (good for the heart) is also found in mushrooms. It has been suggested a diet with potassium may help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Copper is another essential mineral found in mushrooms. Copper aids iron (also found in mushrooms) in making red blood cells and delivers oxygen to the body. Mushrooms also contain three B-complex vitamins; riboflavin for healthy skin and vision, niacin aids the digestive and nervous systems, and pantothenic acid helps with the nervous system and hormone production. These vitamins are found in every cell and help to release energy from fat, protein and carbohydrates in food. Vegetarians should know that mushrooms are one of the best sources of niacin. The vitamin content of mushrooms is actually similar to the vitamin content found in meat. The amino acid count in mushrooms is higher per serving than corn, peanuts, kidney and soy beans. The average mushroom is also high in protein and nucleic acid.

  • The first mushrooms were thought to be cultivated in Southeast Asia, but it is not known why for sure. It is possible that someone discovered that mushrooms grew by accident or perhaps there was a demand and someone sought out a growing method

  • Whether mushrooms are wild or cultivated they continue to grow after they are picked. People sometimes mistake a thin white material called mycelium for mold, but rest assured it probably is the mycelium growing!

  • French farmers grew garden beds in the 1700's which ended up being too small and too expensive. They later moved their crops to caves created when the stone for building Paris was quarried - this is where the name champignon de Paris originated. American farmers followed the same method

  • While mushrooms are canned, pickled and frozen, drying mushrooms is the oldest and most commonly used way to preserve mushrooms

  • Mushroom compost can range from being manure or wood based (sawdust, wood chips) to utilizing materials like cocoa bean or cotton seed hulls, brewers grains , even exotic items like banana leaves as substrate

  • One Portabella mushroom generally has more potassium than a banana

  • Mushrooms continue to gain popularity, especially the specialty mushrooms such as Portabella, wild Morels, Oysters and Shiitake. Mushrooms, particularly the Portbella are often used in place of meat in many dishes

  • Commercial mushroom farming began in the early 20th century. Pennsylvania and California are the largest mushroom producers

  • Mushroom "farms" are climate controlled buildings; airflow, temperature and light are all constantly monitored

  • Wild mushrooms can range in price for reasons such as taste, historical significance and availability. European truffles can sell for over $1,600 per pound!

  • Wild mushrooms can be found in many wooded areas. If you do choose to harvest wild mushrooms, make certain you have a professional identify your pick. Many mushrooms may resemble safe mushrooms (they are called false mushrooms (mushroom sakkalathi in tamil) ) and can be poisonous

  • The oldest fossil fungi are at least 545 million years old. These microscopic, aquatic forms were found in northern Russia.

  • According to archaeologists, people have been enjoying the products of fungal fermentation—wine and beer—for at least 25,000 years.

  • Ever seen a mushroom glow in the dark? You're not imagining it. Several Nova Scotian species, such as the Honey Mushroom, produce light by a chemical reaction called bioluminescence. People once used glowing pieces of fungus-infested wood to light their way in the woods. Foxfire is due to the luminescing mycelia of other fungi.

  • Fungi use antibiotics to fend off other microorganisms that compete with them for food.

  • The first hard evidence that diseases are caused by germs was provided when a fungus, Beauveria bassiana, was found to be killing silkworms in Europe in the early 1800s.

  • Throughout history people have used various mouldy concoctions to heal disease. Species of Penicillium were almost certainly the active ingredient.

  • If the scientists who developed penicillin had tested it on guinea pigs instead of mice, they might have given up their quest. Penicillin is toxic to guinea pigs and would have killed them.

  • The bracket fungus Ganoderma lucidum has been used in Chinese medicine for about 4,500 years. It is said to promote long life.

  • In 1993, Chinese women athletes set a number of new world track records. Their success was partly attributed to a tonic prepared from the fruiting bodies of a fungus that invades moth caterpillars.

  • When other decomposers such as bacteria shut down for the winter, fungi remain active. Their metabolic processes generate heat. Some moulds carry on growing at temperatures as low as -7 degrees C. This of course is why even refrigerated bread turns furry eventually. We need to freeze foods at temperatures of -18 degrees C or less to preserve them from fungal decay.

  • Spontaneous combustion! Moulds and bacteria growing together in sawdust can generate so much heat the sawdust catches fire.

  • It can take 50-100 years for fungi to reduce a hardwood trunk to dust.

  • One of the first organisms to have its genome decoded was—you've guessed it—a fungus: baker's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, in 1997. It has about 6,000 genes.

  • Ever wonder why air-conditioned rooms sometimes smell mouldy? Poorly maintained air-conditioners can house massive colonies of mould. Noxious gases emitted by these moulds may be the cause of "sick building syndrome."

  • A gourmet vole? The California red-backed vole feeds almost exclusively on false truffles. The truffles may depend on the vole to disperse their spores.

  • Under the Volcano? After Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, fungi were among the first organisms to recolonize the volcano.

  • In Europe, the practice of deliberately burning woodland to encourage growth of the delicious Morel mushroom had to be banned!

  • No one has yet found a reliable way of cultivating morel mushrooms. The New York Botanical Gardens tried for 40 years, but it is not economically practical.

  • The active ingredient in Beano®-the wind-reducing standby of the flatulent-is an enzyme derived from the mould Aspergillus niger.

  • The dried powder of old puffballs has been used as an astringent by First Nations.

Footnote: the fungal disease, athlete's foot only spread outside the tropics when international travel became commonplace about 100 years ago.

Some Worldwide Statistics

  • Fungi have been in the recycling business for as long as plants have been around—that's about 400 million years.

  • The largest living organism on earth may be a fungus. A culture of the species Armillaria bulbosa has spread through an 86-hectare (35 acre) woodland in northern Michigan. It could be 1,500 years old.

  • In North America, edible European truffles sell for more than $1,000 (US) per kilo ($450 per pound).

  • Some colonies of lichens are more than 4,000 years old. In the Arctic it takes a colony of some lichens 1,000 years to grow two inches.

  • Fungal decay of woody matter adds 80 billion tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere every year in the form of carbon dioxide.

  • Mushrooms, like most living organisms, are 85-95 percent water.

  • One specimen of the common bracket fungus, Ganoderma applanatum, can produce 350,000 spores per second. That's 30 billion spores a day and 4,500 billion in one season.

  • Fungal spores vary from 3-100 microns across. One micron is one thousandth of a millimetre. 100 microns equal one-tenth the thickness of a dime.

  • A single yeast cell averages 2-4 microns in diameter, about five times larger than most bacteria.

  • One scoop of horse dung may provide a home for as many as 40 species of fungi.

  • One expert estimates there may be as many as 1,500,000 species of fungus. So far only about 100,000 species—1 in 15—have been described. Some 10,000 of these produce the fleshy fruit bodies we call mushrooms.

  • More than 90 percent of all the higher plants have mycorrhizal fungi associated with their roots.

  • A tree may donate 10 percent of its photosynthetic products to the upkeep of the fungi partnered with its roots.

  • In forest soils, 90 percent of all the living matter, other than tree roots, is fungus.

  • If you laid out the fungal hyphae associated with the roots of a single tree, they would encircle the world several times.

  • Many of the fungi found in old-growth forests will not recolonize clearcut habitat for 40-50 years.

  • In Canada, 30 million cubic metres (just over 1 billion cubic feet) of living wood are lost each year to trunk decay and root rot caused by fungi.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Puzzle - 51

A frustrated young guy, who was living in 15th floor of an apartment, appeared to be sitting on a windowsill. He was about to jump off from it to took his life off. People all surrounded at the bottom of the apartment and shouting not to jump. Even his parents were there and trying to stop him from jumping. He got nervous n fell. But he survived without any hurt or injuries. What could have really happened?

The Mouse Trap

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.

"What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the goat and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The goat said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the goat slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.


One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a friend.

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Unlighted Candle

A man had a little daughter-an only and much-beloved child. He lived for her ~ she was his life. So when she became ill and her illness resisted the efforts of the best obtainable physicians, he became like a man possessed, moving heaven and earth to bring about her restoration to health.

His best efforts proved unavailing and the child died. The father was totally irreconcilable. He became a bitter recluse, shutting himself away from his many friends and refusing every activity that might restore his poise and bring him back to his normal self.

But one night he had a dream. He was in Heaven, and was witnessing a grand pageant of all the little child angels. They were marching in an apparently endless line past the Great White Throne. Every white-robed angelic tot carried a candle. He noticed that one child's candle was not lighted. Then he saw that the child with the dark candle was his own little girl. Rushing to her, while the pageant faltered, he seized her in his arms, caressed her tenderly, and then asked: "How is it, darling that your candle alone is unlighted? "Father, they often relight it, but your tears always put it out."

Just then he awoke from his dream. The lesson was crystal clear, and its effects were immediate. From that hour on he was not a recluse, but mingled freely and cheerfully with his former friends and associates. No longer would his little darling's candle be extinguished by his useless tears.

"Nadandathaiye Ninaithurunthaal Amaidhi Yengumillai"

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Free Hugs Campaign

Some of you might have seen the Movie either Munna Bhai MBBS or Vasool Raja MBBS. One popular concept to note in it was Katti Pidi Vaithiyam also the Laughter Therapy. Here is a the guy Juan Mann goes on to the street promoting Love thru Katti Pidi Vaithiyam.