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Informative

Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” observed the genius & greatest
painters of all time, Leonardo DaVinci.

“We, who have so much, must do more to help those in need. And most of all,
we must live simply, so that others may simply live,” noted the American
actor and environmentalist, Edward Begley Jr. Mahatma Gandhi put it even
more simply when he instructed his countrymen thus: “Live simply so that
others may simply live.”

All over the place, we observe people saying and doing things in a
complicated way. The German-born poet, Charles Bukowski calls this the work
of the intellect. He says, “An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard
way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” Charles Mingus, the
American jazz musician, composer and civil rights activist, put this
slightly differently when he said, “Making the simple complicated is
commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple – that’s
creativity.”

Bhagvad Gita, termed and accepted as the king of education, the most
secret of all secrets – by common men & philosophers world-wide – also
discusses this attribute at more than a couple of places. It lists
simplicity as a divine quality (in Verse 16.1) and a knowledge item (in
Verse 13.8). But, what is this simplicity? And, how should one go about
cultivating this sophisticated of all qualities?

Discussing knowledge (in Verse 13.8), divine qualities (in Verse 16.1) and
austerity of the mind (in Verse 17.16), the same Bhagavad gita offers an
answer to these questions. Accordingly, simplicity (or ‘aarjavam’ in
sanskrit) means – without diplomacy – one should be so straightforward that
he can disclose the truth even to an enemy. To cultivate this quality, it
recommends (in Verse 17.16) that the mind be devoid of duplicity (called
‘saumyatvam’ in sanskrit). And this, it says, is possible only when we
think of the welfare of all.

So, the secret is to keep the mind free from duplicity, placing others’
interests ahead of self. Experience and conditions come and go,
complications arise and fall away, but the simple man alone is loved and
remembered in the long run!

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Festival Indian Mythology

Navratri festival

Maa Durga

It is believed that Goddess Durga on her 10 day journey around the earth removes all evil. Thus navratri festival is very auspicious for hindu devotees. Devi has taken avatar to kill the king of asuras, Mahishasura. She killed the most fearsome demon Mahishasura along with others.

Maa Durga

May Goddess Durga destroy all evil around you and fill your life with happiness and prosperity.

Maa Durga

Further reading

Legends of Durga Puja

Navratri – Story

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Funny Bone

Rajni Mania

Rajnikant was bragging to Amitabh Bachchan one day,
“You know, I know everyone.
Just name someone, anyone,
and I know them.
Tired of his boasting, Amitabh called his bluff,
“OK, Rajini how about Tom Cruise?”
“Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it” Rajini said.
So Rajini and Amitabh fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise’s door,
And sure enough, Tom Cruise shouts: —
“Thalaiva! Great to see you!
You And your friends come right in and join me for lunch!”

…Although impressed, Amitabh is still skeptical.
After they leave Cruise’s house,
he tells Rajini that he thinks Rajini knowing Cruise was Just lucky.
“No, no, just name anyone else” Rajini says
..”President Obama”, Amitabh quickly retorts
…”Yes”, Rajini says,
“I know him.”
And off they go.
At the White House, Obama spots Rajini on the tour and motions him, saying :—-
“Rajini, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting,
but you and your friend come on in and let’s have a cup of coffee first and catch up”.

Well, Amitabh Bachchan is much shaken by now,
but still not totally convinced.
After they leave the White House grounds,
he implores him to name anyone else.
“The Pope,” Amitabh Bachan replies
…”Sure!” says Rajini,
“My folks are from Italy and I’ve known the Pope a long time”.
Rajini and Amitabh are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Rajini says,
“This will never work.
I can’t catch the Pope’s eye among all these people.
Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I’ll come out on the balcony with the Pope.”
And he disappears into the crowd headed toward the Vatican ..
Sure enough, half an hour later Rajini emerges with the Pope on the balcony.
But by the time Rajini returns,
he finds that Amitabh Bachchan has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics.
Working his way to Amitabh Bachchan’s side,
Rajini asks him,
“What happened?”
Amitabh Bachan looks up and says,
“I was doing fine until you and the pope came out on the balcony
and the Italian man next to me asked,
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“Who’s that on the balcony with Rajini?”

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Informative

How social networking can harm you?

Here is an interesting observation from a leading newspaper about social networking. Read here for details:

Be careful when using social networking

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Informative

Meet GOOGLE PLUS – new social networking avatar

Looks like Google is trying its hand on social networking with its new project Google Plus. Not much is available about the project, but it seems that various social networking items are rechristened. Have a look at the following:

1. Hangouts – Looks like this is similar to video conferencing.

2. Circles – Your circle, you and your friends. We already have it, Orkut, Facebook, Linked-in. How many social profiles can you manage?

3. Sparks – Way to find out about your interests, etc. Wasn’t buzz was something similar.

I really doubt that this project is just basic what I have wrote above and seriously hope that there is more to it. But the question is, this has to be really remarkable if it has to succeed. We have already seen people moving from Orkut, which was a huge success few years ago, to facebook.  It can happen again, from Facebook to GooglePlus, lets wait and see.

Note: The +1 button below is the building block of this project.

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Cricket

Moments from Indian Cricket

Moments to remember – Indian Cricket

Featured here are some famous pictures related to Indian Cricket. These pictures will surely evoke some emotions to the cricket loving  people in India.

 

1. Miandad doing acrobatics in 1992 world cup. Pakistan eventually lost this to India. He was bowled by Srinath in this match.

2. Sourav Ganguly celebrating at Lords after India defeated England in NatWest final. Andres Flintoff took off his shirt in Mumbai and many still think that Ganguly was returning the favour.

 

3. Aamir Khan losing his wicket after pakistan was making good progress while chasing India’s 289. There were few words exchanged and Prasad also did the talking not only with the ball, but through his lips as well. M J Akbar put it aptly that Aamir lost his temper, lost his wicket and lost his match as well. Yes, he was captain in that match. This match also was jadeja’s exploits with the bat. Sachin made 31 and Sidhu was named man of the match for his 94.

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Informative

Site Review – Dropbox.com

I started using and immediately liked it, but yesterday I detected a problem that a person needs to have an administrator access on XP in order to use it. This is not a problem in Vista but definitely a big dampener for XP. Hope they are doing something about it as the forum also does not provide any solution to this. Could not find any satisfactory answer on forums as well. Would definitely like to use this.

A good product but above problem is already hurting them.

 

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Funny Bone

Panch Purush

When I was reading about Panchkanyas, a thought struck me to create a post with five persons which I think have influenced print and digital media and caught public imagination. I do not have any problem in finding first two of them, not because they are established names and they are specialists in their chosen area, but they are in discussion because they are involved in “not-so-nice” activities in recent past.
The duo which I am talking about is Tiger Woods and our own Narayan Dutt Tiwari, because their deeds are very fresh, but finding other three will require refreshing my memory.
I have found my third member, which is former US president, Bill Clinton. When the news broke out about twelve years ago, he was part of discussion of almost every media. Internet, which was not so mature was filled with his stories and jokes. I remember, then google was not available and blogging was not a concept,but Bill Clinton was probably the most used name on internet.
Now, I am struggling to find other two  names. I could easily pick any example, but I want this list to appear credible, so who I am going to choose?
I found this one with the help of Google. Silvio Berlusconi. Just wondering that this has skipped my attention despite being very recent happening.
This only makes the count to four and as I am struggling to find the fifth name, I don’t want to include any name just for the sake of it. Rather, I will leave this to you to suggest me one. Till  then, this post remain incomplete.

This can be also found on Ganga Kinaare
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Cricket

An article on Sachin Tendulkar

I am becoming nostalgic reading about Sachin Tendulkar, SRT. I was very angry when I wrote this post because a friend of mine has criticised SRT. So, please help yourself.

(This post was written on Octber 25, 2005)

When this guy is batting and batting the way he used to, How can I keep myself in check!!! Looks like Chappel said to him- Go son, enjoy yourself and let us enjoy your batting. Appears to me that he has been asked to go and use pyrotechnics to blast the opposition and not to try to win matches for india. After all, its a team game!!!!!!!!!!! One good article I found at http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/indvsl/content/story/223078.html. It feels good to hear words like God and Ferrari ( Mind you these are not mine.)

Wait a minute. I have almost forgot to write about Dravid. Shot of the match was played by him.( even second innings is not played). Inside out to extra cover for 6.

By the way, today Tendulkar was wearing jersey no. 33.

I got a chance to get photographed with my hero at Madame Tussaud’s too.

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Informative

Federer and Nadal – champions of tennis

This article is one of my older posts on Yahoo, 360. Sometimes its fun to see what  we have written a few years ago.

Watched the finals of French Open 2007. It was a good match and was a bit disheartened seeing Federer struggling. I like this guy from the day when he beat Pistol(Pete) in the wimbledon (This was the wimbledon which was won by Ivanisevic.)

But hats off to Nadal who played tennis as if he belonged there. Too many unforced errors from Federer didn’t do good to him.

Nadal