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Monday, May 31, 2010

A Thought for Today-370:

He whose money is kept for counting and not for trade or charity, is like the blacksmith's bellow - though he breathes, does not live - Panchatantra

A Thought for Today-370:

He whose money is kept for counting and not for trade or charity, is like the blacksmith's bellow - though he breathes, does not live - Panchatantra

Picture of the day-192:

Picture of the day-192:

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Thought for Today-369:

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it - Thomas Babington

A Thought for Today-369:

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it - Thomas Babington

Picture of the day-191:

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Thought for Today-368:

Unlimited enthusiasm, efficiency and refusal to accept defeat are the virtues that lead to sure success in any venture - Ramayana

Picture of the day-190:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Self-Improvement-76: "Unleash the Power Within" by Anthony Robbins



Grateful thanks to Anthony Robbins, YouTube and MalcolmXdGreat.

A Thought for Today-367:

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have - Maya Angelou

Picture of the day-189:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Thought for Today-366:

Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life - Disraeli

Picture of the day-188:

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Eyecatchers-148: Dangerous Oil Spill !

An estimated 210,000 gallons of crude oil were gushing daily into the Gulf of Mexico from a leaking BP oil well. A plan to trap the oil in a massive dome failed. Engineers were considering plugging the leak with trash, and wealthy Manhattanites were donating their hair to mop up the spill.

Courtesy: Sam Stark, Harper's Weekly Review, May 11, 2010.

Grateful thanks to Mr.Sam Stark and Harper's Weekly.

Letters-87: Tackling Maoism

1. Many political parties are reluctant to act firmly against political extremists. There are also the so-called intellectuals who have a soft corner for the extremists. Everyone speaks of winning people's trust but some governments, particularly in naxal-affected States, are responsible for making their States a fertile ground for extremism. Their indifferent approach to the problems of the poor has left several schemes meant for the deprived half-implemented - P.U.Krishnan, Udhagamandalam.

2. The main cause for naxalism to thrive is the lack of a proper delivery system and inclusive growth. India lives in the villages but growth eludes the villagers. Most of the funds allocated are not spent in the backward regions. The Centre has conveniently shifted the blame to the States where naxalism has been thriving. If this trend continues, Maoism cannot be rooted out in the near future - K.M.Lakshmana Rao, Vishakapatnam.

Courtesy: Letters to the Editor, The Hindu, Madurai, May 15, 2010.

Grateful thanks to M/s.P.U.Krishnan, K.M.Lakshmana Rao and The Hindu, India's National Newspaper.

A Thought for Today-365:

Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most – Buddha

Picture of the day-187:

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Thought for Today-364:

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within - Maya Angelou

Picture of the day-186:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Thought for Today-363:

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life - Charles Darwin

Picture of the day-185:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Letters-86: Tamil Nadu Legislative Council

In what can be termed "political opportunism", the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance Cabinet have decided to accept the DMK's demand for the creation of a Legislative council in Tamil Nadu. At a time when there are discussions on whether an upper house is needed at the national level, one fails to understand why parties want to create a new legislative council, unless it is for pampering some not-so-popular leaders and constituencies. Why not abolish the Rajya Sabha itself and instead nominate a certain number of eminent personalities to the Lok Sabha? - B.C.U.Nair, Hyderabad.

Courtesy: Letters to the Editor, The Hindu, Madurai, May 6, 2010.

Grateful thanks to Mr.B.C.U.Nair and The Hindu, India's National Newspaper.

A Thought for Today-362:

Everything you need is within reach – Jim Rohn

Picture of the day-184:

Monday, May 10, 2010

My Photo Album-45: Landmarks of Karaikudi

The temple devoted to Sri Koppudayamman,
the goddess who looks after the welfare of the people of Karaikudi


Manikkoondu - The Clock Tower at the Koppudayamman Amman Sannathi

Statue of Sa.Ganesan


Tamilthaai Temple


Kamban Mani Mandapam


Periyar Statue


Statue of Poet Kannadasan at the entrance of the Kannadasan Memorial


Memorial to the Tamil Poet, Kannadasan, near the Karaikudi New Bus Stand


Statue of Pasumpon Mutharamalinga Thevar, just near the Karaikudi New Bus Stand


The new BSNL building, just opposite to the Karaikudi New Bus Stand

The new Karaikudi Railway Station. Incidentally, I have a great fascination for trains and railway stations. My family has close links with the railways.

Alagappa University Arch


L.CT.L.Palaniappa Chettiar Memorial Auditorium -


Alagappa University Convocation Hall


Alagappa University


The statue of Dr Alagappa Chettiar at the entrance of the Alagappa University


Alagappa Govt Arts College


The great philanthropist, Dr Alagappa Chettiar's Memorial - It is difficult to imagine how Karaikudi would have been but for him. CECRI and the Alagappa Institutions are all due to him.


Dr Umayal Ramanathan College for Women - Just opposite to the first entrance of CECRI - This is a comparatively newcomer

CECRI - The institution which fed me for 39 years and is still feeding me. I had plenty of opportunities to read and improve my knowledge. I also developed some lifelong friendships here. I shall always remain grateful to this great institution.

ACCET

Sri Kollan Kali Amman Temple. I have been visiting this temple almost right from the time I set foot at Karaikudi.

Alagappa Polytechnic

I set foot at Karaikudi on November 11, 1969 for an interview. Almost from that time, I have become a resident of Karaikudi/suburb of Karaikudi. Very often I used to feel time dragging and making me tense. Sometimes, I have felt that minute-hand of the clock to be moving at snail's pace. Paradoxically, 40 years have slipped by just like that! Unbelievable.

Initially children used to call me, "Anna" (elder brother) and later, Uncle and now they call me Grandpa. Time has moved so fast. Still I am the same person inside and wonder how these changes came to pass. I have spent a major chunk of my life at Karaikudi, the most crucial too. Hence Karaikudi naturally has a special place in my heart.

It has been going through a sea-change and has grown so much that people who return to Karaikudi after a long time may find it difficult to recognize. Still there are landmarks, old and new, which stand for Karaikudi and I have clicked some of them and posting them above. I have started with special prayers to the Goddess of Karaikudi, Arulmigu Koppudayamman.

My Photo Album-45: Landmarks of Karaikudi

The temple devoted to Sri Koppudayamman,
the goddess who looks after the welfare of the people of Karaikudi


Manikkoondu - The Clock Tower at the Koppudayamman Amman Sannathi

Statue of Sa.Ganesan


Tamilthaai Temple


Kamban Mani Mandapam


Periyar Statue


Statue of Poet Kannadasan at the entrance of the Kannadasan Memorial


Memorial to the Tamil Poet, Kannadasan, near the Karaikudi New Bus Stand


Statue of Pasumpon Mutharamalinga Thevar, just near the Karaikudi New Bus Stand


The new BSNL building, just opposite to the Karaikudi New Bus Stand

The new Karaikudi Railway Station. Incidentally, I have a great fascination for trains and railway stations. My family has close links with the railways.

Alagappa University Arch


L.CT.L.Palaniappa Chettiar Memorial Auditorium -


Alagappa University Convocation Hall


Alagappa University


The statue of Dr Alagappa Chettiar at the entrance of the Alagappa University


Alagappa Govt Arts College


The great philanthropist, Dr Alagappa Chettiar's Memorial - It is difficult to imagine how Karaikudi would have been but for him. CECRI and the Alagappa Institutions are all due to him.


Dr Umayal Ramanathan College for Women - Just opposite to the first entrance of CECRI - This is a comparatively newcomer

CECRI - The institution which fed me for 39 years and is still feeding me. I had plenty of opportunities to read and improve my knowledge. I also developed some lifelong friendships here. I shall always remain grateful to this great institution.

ACCET

Sri Kollan Kali Amman Temple. I have been visiting this temple almost right from the time I set foot at Karaikudi.

Alagappa Polytechnic

I set foot at Karaikudi on November 11, 1969 for an interview. Almost from that time, I have become a resident of Karaikudi/suburb of Karaikudi. Very often I used to feel time dragging and making me tense. Sometimes, I have felt that minute-hand of the clock to be moving at snail's pace. Paradoxically, 40 years have slipped by just like that! Unbelievable.

Initially children used to call me, "Anna" (elder brother) and later, Uncle and now they call me Grandpa. Time has moved so fast. Still I am the same person inside and wonder how these changes came to pass. I have spent a major chunk of my life at Karaikudi, the most crucial too. Hence Karaikudi naturally has a special place in my heart.

It has been going through a sea-change and has grown so much that people who return to Karaikudi after a long time may find it difficult to recognize. Still there are landmarks, old and new, which stand for Karaikudi and I have clicked some of them and posting them above. I have started with special prayers to the Goddess of Karaikudi, Arulmigu Koppudayamman.