Happy New Year 2015


Saturday, November 24, 2012

My Photo Album-198: Hardwar Chandru

We were working together at Karaikudi in the same cadre for several years and became great friends.  Then he went to BHEL, Hardwar.  After several years there, came back to Ranipet, Tamil Nadu.  Unfortunately, over the years our contacts diminished and we rarely meet or talk to each other.  Last year or so, suddenly one day he telephoned me and found that I had come to Chennai to visit my daughter and he was also in Chennai to visit his own daughter.  So we met and had breakfast together and spent some happy hours.  I thought this meeting in person would revive our friendship and we would be close again like the good old days.  But that did not happen.  However, I still cherish the memory of our days together on many a happy occasion and his help to me on various occasions.

He has two daughters, one is in Germany after graduation from IIT-Madras and the other is pursuing higher studies in Chennai (I have forgotten the institution and the course).

Chandru! I shall always love you. May God bless you and your family!

(This is the only photograph of Chandru I have now; all the others have disappeared.  Unfortunately, the photo is not good.  However, I have to manage with it).

A Thought for Today-623: William Faulkner

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself  - William Faulkner, a great American writer and Nobel Laureate

Write-up on William Faulkner from Wikipedia:

Nobel Prize Banquet Speech by William Faulker:

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Picture of the day-432:

My Photo Album-197: Karthik and Saravanan

A Thought for Today-622: Charles Buxton

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body and soul - Charles Buxton, English Philanthropist

Write-up on Charles Buxton from Wikipedia:

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Self-Improvement-114: Brian Tracy - How To Tap The Infinite Potential Within

This is Part 1 of a 6 Part video. All the 6 videos are worth watching. If you start at 1, the you can go to the next. This particular video has been viewed by 8,943 persons. It was Uploaded by NewSuccessfulYou on 1 Aug 2011. In this powerful session, you'll learn all of the most critical laws for literally reprogramming your mind and boosting your self-confidence to a whole new level. 

Grateful thanks to Brian Tracy, NewSuccessfulYou and YouTube.

Picture of the day-431: Manamadurai

Mud Road linking the East Bank of River Vaigai with the West Bank.  It is just opposite Sri Parvathavarthini-Somanathar Temple. I had walked this several times during our stay at Manamadurai.  Especially, for going to the weekly vegetable market. The road used to be good and has since deteriorated for want of maintenance. They put stones across to prevent vehicle from using this road.  Now vehicles have to go by the overbridge only

My Photo Album-196: Balu

Balu. Our Director's driver. An excellent driver and a friend.  He has a helping nature.  I shall always cherish his help at the time of my father's death.

May God bless him!

A Thought for Today-621: Grandma Moses

And life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be – Grandma Moses, American Artist

Friday, November 16, 2012

Picture of the day-430: Devanampattinam 4

My Photo Album-195: Alex Jr

John Alex. Everybody calls him Alex.  I call him Jr Alex, because I have another friend with the same name.  Towards the end of my career, he joined our section as a contract worker.  He became very much attached to me.  At this young age, his father, who was working as a driver, suddenly passed away.  As the first son of the family he had to bear the family burden.  I always have a soft corner for him. Even after my leaving our office, he used to send me SMS regularly.  

This photo I took after my retirement, when I was also working on contract.

May God bless him!

A Thought for Today-620:

Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination - Unknown

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Picture of the day-429: Devanamattinam-3

My Photo Album-194: Pussy cat, pussy cat!

A Thought for Today-619:

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, "This is the real me," and when you have found that attitude, follow it -

William James, American psychologist and philosopher

Write-up on William James from Wikipeda:

Full Text of book, Memories and Studies by William James from Project Gutenberg:

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Picture of the day-428: Devanampattinam

My Photo Album-193: Subha

Cute little girl! My friend, Chandru's daughter.

A Thought for Today-618: The Power Of One - Author Unknown

One SONG can spark a moment
One FLOWER can wake the dream
One TREE can start a forest
One BIRD can herald spring
One SMILE begins a friendship
One HANDCLASP lifts a soul
One STAR can guide a ship at sea
One WORD can frame the goal
One VOTE can change a nation
One SUNBEAM lights a room
One CANDLE wipes out darkness
One LAUGH will conquer gloom
One STEP must start each journey
One WORD must start a prayer
One HOPE will raise our spirits
One TOUCH can show you care
One VOICE can speak with wisdom
One HEART can know what is true
One LIFE can make a difference

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Self-Improvement-113: Walk away from the 90 percent by Jim Rohn

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Picture of the day-427: Devanampattinam

My Photo Album-192: Chandru with Achu

A Thought for Today-617: Edward Sellner

We inhereit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted... Each of us contains within... this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise - Edward Sellner

Sunday, November 04, 2012

My Photo Album-191: Socrates!

Picture of the day-426: