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funny logic

Lessons in Logic Man and woman sitting together :
If happy – they are friends
If sad – they are husband and wife ..............................................................

I was born intelligent - Education ruined me. .............................................................

Practice makes perfect..... But nobody's perfect...... So why practice? ................................................................
If it's true that we are here to help others, Then what exactly are the others here for? ..............................................................
Since light travels faster than sound, People appear bright until you hear them speak. ............................................................
How come "abbreviated" is such a long word? ................................................................
Money is not everything. There's MasterCard & Visa. .............................................................
If your father is a poor man…

SHAHI TUKRA & pudding

you made gulabjamuns and finished them but the syrup is left.........dont know what to do.......................what i do is............
Fry bread pieces and dip them in the syrup and take out immediately and put on the plate. As it is, it is a good sweet, crisp and sweet, but to make it more sumptuous or to serve it to the guest, put all the fried and dipped in syrup slices in a big plate. Thicken the milk, like rabri,add sugar and cardamom and pour over the slices. Garnish with chopped dry fruits and a very delicious rich dessert is ready.The second choice is put some flour in the syrup and some chopped dry fruits and either you can make the pan cakes or fry little balls ( for this put enough flour in the syrup to make it semisolid, ) or even you can bake it.If you bake it then it will be something like scones, fried one like Malpua. Normally when we buy biscuit, some are always broken, so in 15 days quite a good quantity of broken biscuits is collected and we dont know what to d…


Yesterday we went to Spencer plaza and there in the pantloon showroom , I stumbled upon a hard surface and hurt my little toe, since the cut was quite deep I had 6 stitches. Here I am not writing about it but the reactions of my family and friends---

Not now, but earlier the first reaction of my husband would be----why cant u walk properly-----this is a very patronising remark we always give to our children,.

From now onward wear shoes.

Sue the owners of Pantloon for making something not customer friendly.

I always feel that wheneversomebody is hurt, most of the time it happens with the children, he/she must be given the utmost care lovingly.But what the parents do---immediately start scolding the child-----why did you go there? cant u see before going? or if they break something----how can u be so careless?

What i say is that can anything broken be more important than our child? Things come and go, but the childhood never comes back. Kids( or even adults sometimes) need assurance i…

Dus kahaniyan

This is movie by Sanjaygupta, here there are 10 small stories all directed by different people with different cast. The idea is vey good and it could be very enjoyable if they chose the stories from the vast Indian literature. I always wonder that in a land of Premchand,Bhagwaticharanwarma, Mahashwetadevi, and there are many more regional good writers, like in the days of Doordarshan we had a serial on those stories, so why we have shortage of ideas and writers.I am digressing from the main point...the movie--here they are not stories, but snippets or small acts.Too short to leave any impact, for such a short act the idea needs to be very entertaining, sadly this is not so in all.Only two leave an impact,if it can be called so----
One with ShabanaAzmi and naseeruddin shah---but the idea of hindumuslim---caste considerations -------quite old now
and other one with Arbaaz and Mandira--this is a good one, but since I had read the same story earlier, it lost the novelty for me- Here mandira…


Just the other day I saw it. name of two persons -John Abraham & Anuragkashyap (director) made me watch it. But I regretted it. It is said that he wanted to make a strong statement about not smoking but how ? he has made it so complicated that at the end a lay man is left wondering---what was he watching...............a simple message..................... and a complex movie...........totally negates the effect.John and PareshRawal both are wasted here. Its about John who is a smoker and wouldnt stop smoking for anything, how he is scareD into stopping it forms the crux. But addiction is never cured by such methods.Secondly the methods of scaring him are quite theatrical, nothing realistic about this movie. No entertainment. Total waste of time.


Did You Call Me?=================
God: Hello. Did you call me?
Me: Called you? No... Who is this?
God: This is GOD. I heard your prayers.So, I thought I will chat.
Me: I do pray. Just makes me feel good.I am actually busy now.
God: What are you busy at? Ants are busy too.
Me: Don't know. But, I can't find free time.Life has become hectic. It's rush hour all the time
.God: Sure. Activity gets you busy.Productivity gets you results.Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.
Me: I understand. Yet, I still can't figure out. By the way,I was not expecting YOU to call me on instant messaging chat
God: I wanted to solve your fight for time, by giving you someclarity. In this internet era, I wanted to reach youthrough the way in which you would understand.
Me: Tell me, why has life become complicated now?
God: Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis makes itcomplicated.
Me: Why are we constantly unhappy?
God: Your today is the tomorrow that you worried aboutyesterday. You are worry…

compliments & comments

Just now i read on a blog about complimenting, read a lot about it in Chicken soup for the soul also.
Compliments are the most powerful tool in shaping someone;s personality. Good or bad, they have the power to make or break a person .A child , who gets lots of good compliments, is always full of positive energy and gets lot of encouragement to do well, be good, but negative comments always sap the energy.Normally what happens that we are very liberal with criticism but stingy when it comes to praise. It shouldnt be. Rather it should be the opposite, if we keep the criticism to us, it wouldnt make any difference, though I feel that some amount of constructive criticism is necessary for the betterment of a person.
Children who always get compliments always strive to be better and work hard towards that. And i have seen it in life that they turn out to be good person in life.While getting no appreciation or only negative comments make the person bitter in life and insecure about other;…

good samaritan

yesterday I went outside for a little tid bit shopping. In the evening on the road just outside our apartments, the traffic is a continuous flow of vehicles.can you believe it I stood outside our apartments to cross the road for 20 minutes ( actually I am always quite scared of crossing the roads and extra cautious also ) and then one youngman of the nearby shop also wanted to cross the road and with him I crossed it. And then he waved the hand at me and it dawned on me that,he crossed just to help me:) and then went back to his side.It just made my day. These are the little gestures which make life so beautiful.People like him make me believe in all the good things in life. He didnt know me, not even my language, he knew only tamil, but he came out to help.
Then I thought over it that we see many big people in big cars least bothered about pedestrians, , they will just pass through with a needle;s space between them and people and we feel-what has world come to ? So its not money or…

pilots sleep

Today i read two news---one- that on an air india flight from jaipur to Mumbai, pilots slept so well that they pass their destination, even frantic calls from ATC go unanswered--why is this happening there can be two reasons only either they are overworked and exhausted or they they have no work ethics but in both the cases lives of so many passengers are put in danger and when there are so many lives at stake,govt. must find the solution and fast.
Second one came in Bitsaa mail
With reference to an article in the Times of India last week, it was brought to everybody's notice that APIIC is building a road on the lake which is opposite Wipro Manikonda, Hyderabad without proper permissions. This lake is being taken care of by Wipro. The article also threw light on how the land mafia/sharks might be involved in it. Unfortunately I'm unable to find that article on the internet and provide a link to the same.After the article was published, there was a lull in the road building ac…

Wisdom From Kids

Never trust a dog to watch your food.
When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents.
Sleep in your clothes so you'll be dressed in the morning.
When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom whenshe's on the phone.


marriage is not about giving up or giving in ; its about going the distance together

marudeeshwar temple

As such Chennai is a place of temples, but four temple are here which are very ancient and Marudeeshwar temple is one of them. It is in Thiruvanimayur. When I asked the driver to take us to this place , he didnt understand and then I called somebody and asked him to explain, and realised it was me who pronounced it wrong,as here the n is silent and the area is called तिरुवामौर :). In all the languages pronunciation is more important then spellings and knowledge.
This is a huge temple and the main residing deity is Shiva, he is called the god of medicine and it is believed that whoever partakes the prasad distributed after abhishekam, is cured of any sickness he has. And abhishek is performed everyday at 8 am , 11 AM, and 8.30 PM. With swiftness they do the whole process ,its admirable, like at 8.30, there is abhishekam and they distributeprasad, then in a palanquin, they take lord shiva to his consort, then there is pooja, and then they take lord shiva and his consort to SHAYAN and th…

do what is right

Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’
Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’
And Vanity comes along and asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’
But Conscience asks the question ‘Is it right?’And there comes a time when one must take a position thatis neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right
.~Martin Luther King~


Eyes From Above===========
I walked into the store as I had done countless times before.There was nothing unusual about the night, just a routine stroll down the aisles of commerce. My five and two-year-old sons were with me.It was a huge store. You would know the name of the chain,but the name doesn't matter.Bright lights, wide aisles, and full shelves made for an awesome store. My sons naturally were interested in the toy section,so there we strolled.The modern stores don't have many helpers like the old days.I used to work in a drug store. My job was to price merchandise,stock the shelves, sweep the floor, ring the cash register, andwatch customers.I didn't watch customers for fun. Customers would steal in the old days. My job included helping customers find what they wanted but keeping a watchful eye to make sure they paid forwhat they found.Those old days came to mind as I wandered or rather was towed by anxious kids down the huge aisles.
How in the world do they keep p…


Car Care

Remember to check battery, electrical wiring, headlights , tyres, engine, wipers and the underbody anti- rust coating on a regualar basis.Tyre pressure, tread depth and spare wheel should also be checked. Replace cloth floor mats with plastic/ rubber mats as it avoids dampness and bad odour.

Driving Care

Avoid driving when it is pouring heavily . But if urgent, drive using first gear only and avoid using full accelerator.Lower your window panes while driving through water logged areas. If the car stalls in between, do not try to push start or crank start. It is advisable to get technical help and towing the vehicle to the the nearest authorised garage. Avoid parking the vehicle near a newly built compound wall or under big trees, as storms or heavy thundershowers may collapse them.

Personal Care

A well equipped first aid kit with bandage, pain relief spray, antiseptic cream, anti-allergics such as Avil and Aspirin should be kept handy, also carry umbrella / raincoats. People…

funny videos

These are two very funny videos sent to me by my DIL , I just loved them and wanted to share with everybody.

Do you know how the fuel price is calculated in India?

Suppose if the petrol price per litre in Chennai is Rs 51.90,
here the break-up of cost calculated by the government:
Basic Price = Rs 21.93
Excise duty = Rs 14.35
Education Tax = Rs 0.43
Dealer commission = Rs 1.05
VAT = Rs 5.5
Crude Oil Custom duty = Rs 1.1
Petrol Custom = Rs 1.54
Transportation Charge = Rs 6.00 Total price = Rs 51.90
So for a Rs 22 litre petrol at pumps, consumers in India pay Rs 28 tax extra.

my resolutions

This year I have taken a few resolutions, now only my family members can tell me whether i have been successful or not? have they found any change in me.My resolutions are:----I will be nice to everybody.I wont complain for anything.I will not expect anything- emotional or financial from anybody.I will just not interact with the people who bring stress or negativity in my life.I will try never to hurt anybody by my action or words.I will do whatever I can for everybody.I will not give anybody undue importance in my life :)buy only what I need, no hoarding.I wont fear any body and do and say only what is right.Learn to appreciate--may be people or things.Show your appreciation.Forget the word ---criticism, shouldnt exist in my dictionary.whatever is supposed to happen , will happen anyway.I cant change a thing even, leave aside a person, except one that s me.Acceptance brings happiness in life.If we love someone unconditionally, then today or tomorrow or sometime in life we will certai…


This is in Ascenda IT Park, Tharamani road near Tidel park. Its very spacious and covers most of the cuisines, has a good seating arrangement.As soon as we enter on the left side is KFC--a little unnerving for a vegetarian like me.Next one is Mcdonald--- they have most of the variety, we had a soft serve and softy on the coke, both were good.In the front we have PALIMAAR--vegetarian restaurant with all the north indian and south Indian fare and tea coffee. We ordered Idli, Mysore masaladosa,matarpaneer, kulcha and pudinaparaantha. Except paraantha everything was very good. Serving quantity is good. with Idlidosa they serve coconut chutney and tomato chutney and sambhar, everything in good quantity.then there is Pizza corner, Noodle house--famous restaurant for chineese food,one outlet for frankies and other dishes like that, Qwiky;s cafe-----they have pastries,coffee,doughnuts,and different types of bread and all.Movenpick: they have sorbets, ice creamscoffee tea, sundae and all th…

food shortage

Saving water is not a option now, its a necessity. With the global food shortage, certain steps are necessary.
The foremost is that govt. must decide the percentage of land needed to be used in cultivation, and laws be made to adhere to that. In a country known for its affinity to agriculture, shortage of food shows our negligence towards our roots.
As a citizen there are many step we can also take to help them--
We can revive the culture of kitchen gardens. Few vegetables are very easily grown like tomato, green chilli, lady ginger etc.We must take a resolution never to over feed ourselves and our family, its good for health, good for nation.Buy only that much that is required, may be a little less but never more. Stop hoarding eatables.It will save money for us also, as so many times packed eatable have an expiry date, sometimes for some reason if we are not able to use fresh ones rot also. If we buy limited quantity we are leaving it for some unfortunate ones. Rather shopping for e…


According to a survey done By a leading magazine helplines for women are good in Hyderabad ,Calcutta and Mumbai and fair in Ahemdabad but not good in Delhi ,Chennai and Bangalore.As regarding the info helpline nos are-
New Delhi
crime against women cell-2688-2691
DTC'S NEW TOLL-FREE NO 1800-118-181
JAGORI--2669-2700 (9.30--5.30PM)
PRATIDDHI---2252-7259,22058718 (9.30--5.30PM)
POLICE-100 OTHER THAN 100---2785-2482

Pune girl steals--------

Indians litter, says it racism or shame on Indians ?
Pune girl steals professor;s purse to buy ipods,cells------This girl is AartiDevnaani, her father was a bussinessman in Dubai, he is no more, now his uncle looks after the business.She lives in a posh area in KoregaonPune.She stole the purse of a teacher in Mattreyi college, when she went there with her friend and used the debit card to buy the luxury items, but she was caught due to CCTVs. She is not a poor girl or in need of anything. She is a fashionable upper class girl who didnt have any qualm about stealing for luxury. That shows what are we teaching our youngsters and what values they have.

amitabh bacchan

.I am fed up of this see-saw of sayings-Sarkar raj is good; it is not. Let the box office decide that. But box office never decides the merit of a movie, it only tells you the entertainment value ,So many movies were not hit ,but they were the best Silsila, Aalaap, Kala patthar, main aajadhoon.. Since ours is a poor country of under preivileged people, here the glossy movies where everything is over the top, shows a world not seen by havenots are always successful. And that is where the dichotomy starts because critics are there to tell a movie''s worth academically, not of popularity, they are there to dissect a movie to pieces and there lies the truth all bare. In my whole life I have never seen any movie praised by critics to be a hit and vice versa and thats it.But all good actors have got acclaim irrespective of the movie being a hit or not. Hritik's ten movies must have failed, but he was always praised, and so was Rishikapoor, Shabanaazmi, Naseeruddin shah, Om pur…

learn life


Happiness often sneaks in.....through a door you didn't know you left open.

few excerpts from the speech of JK Rowling at Harward

There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.

Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is indeed something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticised only by fools.

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life.

Life is difficult, and complicated, and beyond anyone's total control,…

To ease the pressure on Bangalore, how can industrial growth be promoted in Tier II cities?

To promote II tier cities, govt must better the infrastructure of the city and give incentives to the industrialists WHO want to set up themselves over there. Once the industries come, it brings employees, they need housing education, health facilities, gyms and malls. So its all a big circle, one thing leads to another. Starting point is infrastructure-that is good roads, good connectivity, continuous supply of water and electricity

amitabh bacchan and iifa wards

Though Mr. bacchan knows and everybody knows that he is the best, but why give so much importance to RGV . Bacchan has put on his blog all the critics assessment of Sarkar raj and RGV;s answers, and much more.Are so many publications without any intelligence to employ such journalists or critics ori s it that anybody who criticises is a fool and one who eulogises is intelligent. When all were praising RGV he was basking in the glory, then he never said that these journalists have no knowledge or idea, so how can they praise.When everybody praised AmitabhBacchan for Black unanimously and when there are so many fans of his out there, he never doubts their sincerity, they why doubt it if someone is critical.Great people like him should accept everything in their stride and thats what make them all that great, not this mudslinging match.With the fan following he has , I think he has some social responsibiliy of not glamourising the antisocial elements or people like Subhashnagre.The leas…

Modern day grocery stores

Now when so many big MNCs have come in the market for opening the general departmental stores type, one sees in the market at every nook and corner a Fresh, Spencers, More and in big malls, food world, then regional ones like Magna and Trinethra in Hyderabad.The question is are they really better then our idigenous ones, are they really providing a good service and value for money and can they ever replace our Kirana stores.Since i have lived in many cities like Nagpur, Delhi, Hyderabad and now in Chennai, I am privileged to see many varieties and can see the changes and a pattern. The first indian super store the one like abroad I saw was Nanz in Delhi. We went there like sight seeing, for us it was a first experience in India to shop vegetables in air conditioned comfort and all things at one place. But the prices were exorbitant over there, and the result-----it was closed after some time. As I think about,the few advantages I find are.........For me it is a big comfort to shop i…

save gas

Taraknathchoudhary from a small village Dedanga--Kartickpur district WB has come up with device which will help in making kitchen pollution free and will make 30 % reduction in LPG consumption. he has been granted a patent and I just hope this device comes soon in the market.
We need innovations like this to make our planet pollution free and save precious fuel

sarvana bhavan--restaurants in Chennai

Of course everybody knows sarvana bhavan, as it is one of the most popular chains of restaurants. First time i tried it 4 years back on the central railway station. Food and service both are superb there. Now when we are staying in Chennai, we usually go to its joint in KK Nagar. Food as usual is very good, service is also good, but on sundays it is very crowded. One has to wait a long time to get a table and then sometimes even share the table. There is no enjoyment of dining out, its just fulfilling the basic need hunger.So much of noise is there one cant hear even mobile ringing. but I was surprised at the musicbeing played there--IT WAS HINDI FILM MUSIC----to be precise instrumental version of Chandni songs-how the Chennai has changed !

In parched Bundelkhand, boy held for stealing water

In the days of abundance, India is a land of contradictions, on one side there are people who are making 60 storeyed houses for themselves, buying villas in Dubai, removing a statue and making another just because it was little small and in the process wasting crores of rupees and ont he other side are......................................the poor boys like this---check it---
Bundelkhand last made news over Rahul Gandhi's midnight visit to a Dalit home, provoking Chief Minister Mayawati and the BJP to question his motives. But as Lucknow and Delhi debate Dalit politics, Bundelkhand is seeing clashes and thefts over something far more basic: water.
On Saturday morning, 15-year-old Daya Shankar and three fellow villagers were arrested for allegedly trying to capture a tanker delivering drinking water to their village Mudhari in Mahoba district. Besides other charges, all four were booked under Section 353 of the IPC for obstructing government work. Three armed policemen are since o…

Will converting to alternate and cheaper fuel help soften the price sting?

Whatever we do but the sting will be there. remedy is not to increase the price, govt should think out of the box. Like giving a waiver to farmers or giving freebies by any govt. be banned. Govt expenditure be slashed to half. Everything should be monitored about govt servants and ministers, like foreign travel,electricity bills, phone bills,and travelling withing India. It would be better to give everybody a lump some salary instead of giving allowances or expenses on actual.I would say in every industry one should get a fixed remuneration, nothing over that. We indians save only when its from our own pocket. I am sure we will save gallons of petrol being spent by the persons-meaning families of employees and govt.Govt can increase taxes on luxury items and those things which are used by elite of the country like big cars, big houses etc. But increasing the price of petrol will have a very adverse effect on everything, it will make everything dearer and difficulties of common man wil…

MATHSYA-restaurant in chennai

I heard so much about Mathsya in Egmore that when i saw this restaurant in T nagar-Thanikchalam road that I wanted to see it. Since they have a Chaat counter , we went there first. Its outside in the open. I thought it would be warm, but it was not so, it was quite comfortable. When we saw the menu, we were thrilled as they have mentioned more than 30 varieties. But while giving order we were disappointed to see that there were hardly anything available out of the dishes. So we asked him to bring us a plate of Alootikki and a plate of chanatikki first. What he brought was enough to dampen our spirits. For tikki they prepared small balls fried, with some bread mixed in, and he served it cold with the chatneys, no curd. Of course he put it after we asked him. We were there in the evening and no wonder there was nobody there.
Inside they have air conditioned restaurant, again with all the dishes and buffet dinner also. But for chaat the preparations are same, from outside only it goes i…

re: Can you suggest two easily implementable measures to ease the traffic congestion?

For removing the traffic congestion--- left lane must never be let blocked by the vehicles. -Parking must be provided at the major bussiness and commercial places and none should be allowed to stop a car or park it on the road, the way we do for tidbit shopping or picking up things.they are very big nuisance, blocking the road and congesting the traffic.-And then it would help if there is a good public transport system, carpooling or chartered buses for service class and colleges.

massage for life

A boy was born to a couple after eleven years of marriage. They were a loving couple and the boy was the gem of their eyes. When the boy was around two years old, one morning the husband saw a medicine bottle open. He was late for office so he asked his wife to cap the bottle and keep it in the cupboard. His wife, preoccupied in the kitchen totally forgot the matter. The boy saw the bottle and playfully went to the bottle fascinated by its color and drank it all. It happened to be a poisonous medicine meant for adults in small dosages. When the child collapsed the mother hurried him to the hospital, where he died. The mother was stunned. She was terrified how to face her husband. When the distraught father came to the hospital and saw the dead child, he looked at his wife and uttered just five words.QUESTIONS:1. What were the five words ?2. What is the implication of this story?scroll down to

30 out of 30--in IIT-entrance

Here in Chennai one person Anand along with the help of a few of his friends is coaching the underprivileged students for IIT free of cost. He had ambitions for IIT but couldnt do it due to his family conditions and so he started this noble venture.This year he coached 30 students and all of them succeeded, got an entry into the prestigious IIT. This single man must be changing the destiny of whole lot of families and shows what a commitment can do. He is the most unsung hero of today . We must salute people like him who are changing the future of India from the grass root level

RBI ban sahara for taking deposits

It was long expected and now it has happened. When will our government wake up and be proactive in regard to NBFCs ? Poor public is being cheated again and again. These people live life king size at cost of tax payer's money and by the time they payment default starts and action is initiated, they have lived a royal life for 20 years and may be stashed away an equal amount for the future. And the sad thing is many celebrities associate themselves with the projects either as directors or some other way making them look like bonafide concerns. In India we take filmstars very seriously and when stars like Amitabbacchan, shahrukh khan hobnob with them, the prospects sound quite real and attractive.Its time govt took some action and even people endorsing a product must be made accountable for any scam, the way it happened with Hometrade.

Amitabh bacchan

I have been reading Bacchan's blog recently, quite regularly and read viewers comment also. I have seen that only those responses are put where
he is being praisedhis family is worshipped and people are idolising himrest all the comments are deleted later on as quite a few intelligent fans are asking some questions which are valid but make him uncomfortable, here they are---you are always praising and talking about youy parents but when the time came to immortalise your mother you backed out, why didnt you name the school in her name ? Why in Aishwarya's name?In Abhishek's marriage, you didnt call many people saying that you wanted it to be a private affair whereas in India Marriage is a social occasion, but now you are sharing all the private details of your life like where going, staying everything Why?This year you didnt attend any award function citing that you are mourning because your mother died. and then you went to Cannes with full family and fan fare, are the rul…