Monday, December 31, 2007

थे roundworm

The roundworm

The roundworm is also known as Ascaris lumbricoides. It is the longest worm parasite of humans, reaching upto 40 cms in length. It is an extremely common aliment in Indian villages and towns. Roundworms, or nematodes, are a group of invertebrates (animals having no backbone) with long, round bodies. There are several abnormal hosts that have been diagnosed as having a Baylisascaris infection: mice, squirrels, rabbits, birds, woodchucks, and chipmunks.
Adult worms live in the lumen of the small intestine. Mature female worms produce upto 240,000 eggs a day, which passes out with the stools. With open sanitation a common featureall over India, these eggs find their way into fields where they mature. Infected eggs are then consumed, mixed in the soil especially in rural areas where playing in mud, or working in the fields with bare hands is a feature. With basic hygiene not being followed and hand to mouth fecal carriage, it is inevitable that children in impoverished areas of the villages are the most' affected.

Life Cycle Diagram (Courtesy of the DPD)

Once the eggs are swallowed, larvae are hatched in the intestine. They invade the mucous membrane, migratevia the bloodto the lungs, ascend up the bronchialtree and are swallowed again.In the small intestine the larvae develop into adult worms. These worms survive for 1-2 years. As with other parasitic diseases, roundworm infections are more common in warm, tropical climates than in cooler, temperate areas of the world. The eggs can survive for over three years in suitable conditions, such as moist soil. The eggs can get into food or water, or onto a person's hands, through poor sanitation, using human excrement as a fertilizer, or inadequate personal hygiene. This worm is found worldwide, with infections more frequent in areas with tropical weather and poor sanitation practices, and among children. Some 800 million people are infected. When they return to the small intestine, the larvae mature into adult worms and start to reproduce.Mature worms can live for up to 2 years in the intestine.

The anterior end of Ascaris
lumbricoides. Notice the
three prominent "lips".
Female and male Ascaris lumbricoides;
the female measures approximately
16 inches (40 cm) in length.

A large mass of Ascaris lumbricoides
that was passed from a
person's intestinal tract.
The Ascaris lumbricoides can
measure up to 16 inches long.
A common parasite in humans.

Roundworms (also known as Ascaris lumbricoides) belong to a large group of worms called nematodes. B. procyonis has been reported from numerous states, but probably occurs wherever the raccoon inhabits. Roundworms, or nematodes, are a group of invertebrates (animals having no backbone) with long, round bodies They range in size from those plainly visible to the naked eye to those several hundredths-of-an-inch long and visible only under a microscope. Most roundworms or their eggs are found in the soil and can be picked up on the hands and transferred to the mouth or can enter through the skin. Unlike hookworms, they do not attach to the intestinal wall; rather, they literally swim in their food.

As with other parasitic diseases, roundworm infections are more common in warm climates than in cooler, temperate areas. Many roundworm parasitic diseases result from human carelessness and a lack of appropriate personal hygiene and sanitation measures. Roundworm infections can occur all over the world but is most common in warm, moist climates and in countries were raw fish or squid is popular. Eggs that have been eaten hatch in the small intestine and become larvae. The larvae penetrate the bowel lining and are carried in the blood to the lungs, where they grow to about the size of a pinhead. Roundworms are intestinal parasites that can be passed to and from any warm-blooded animal.
Causes of Roundworm
The common causes of Roundworm :
Roundworm can be passed ingesting the feces from an infected animal, through mother's milk to puppies, or eating infected rodents.
Onchocerciasis, which is spread by day-biting flies, is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, affecting about 20 million people, mostly in Africa.
Symptoms of Roundworm
Some common symptoms of Roundworm :
Cough, chest pain, or difficultly breathing
Abdominal discomfort and pain,
Weight loss
Nausea and vomiting
Muscle aches
Severe cases can lead to pneumonia & intestinal & bowel blockage
Bloody or mucus-laden stool
Loss of appetite
Treatment of Roundworm
Here is the list of the methods for treating Roundworm :
Your health care provider can treat ascariasis successfully with mebendazole, albendazole, or pyrantel pamoate.
A person can be reinfected after drug treatment if they swallow more worm eggs, so it is important to maintain high levels of hygiene (see Prevention).
Analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, and antibiotics - for relief of symptoms or to treat bacterial infection
Surgery may be necessary in some cases when the infection causes obstructions in the intestines or other organs
Medicated therapy available from your veterinarian. Typically Pyran tablets given twice, according to weight, one dose, and another at ten days.

Source Discover Magazine; August 2000 Edition

What next for Pakistan?

What next for Pakistan?

Dr Shabir Choudhry 30 December 2007

Just like her father, Benazir Bhutto, a towering figure in Pakistani politics has gone. Both became victims of biased and uncontrollable establishment and army dictatorship. Like all popular and great people, both were controversial figures, and would always be remembered in history for good and bad things associated with them.

No human being is perfect and she was not perfect either. She had many faults and her record in government was nothing to be proud off, but despite her not so good past she was still adored by the masses, and considered as last hope for democracy, freedom and the federation of Pakistan. In any case she did not deserve this treatment – she did not deserve to end like this; and what ensued after her tragic killing Pakistan did not deserve it either.

Her termination is a big loss to Pakistan and fury, anger and resentment that erupted after her killing is also a big loss to Pakistan. It showed deep hatred for the rulers and love for her, but according to some experts Pakistan has already lost more than 40 billion rupees as a result of this, not to mention loss of respect and prestige to the country.

Those who are responsible for this loss need to understand that loss to Pakistan is not personal loss to Musharaf, his cohorts, establishment and 'lotas' who have helped him to stay in power for so long and weaken Pakistan and its federation. As a result of this destruction, arson and fury ordinary people of Pakistan have lost. It is a body polity of Pakistan that has suffered. It is ordinary people who suffer and continue to suffer.

However as a result of this tragedy Pakistani government once again finds itself in a dock, and doesn't know which way to go. Its response and actions are similar to those when the government killed Nawab Akbar Bughti, and they had to tell lies and plenty of them. Government Ministers and spokesmen changed story everyday and that exposed them further and further in eyes of the people.

Musharaf has earned himself reputation as a man of crises - a trained commando prepared to surprise people with his actions. His tried and tested method, like some Kashmiri leaders is to create crises, when people complain he commits a bigger blunder and people forget the previous one. He believes in ending crises with more crises- treat poison with poison, and what we have witnessed is a series of blunders since 1999.

In this process he has mastered the art of creating crises and managing them by propaganda, lies and oppression; and still claim that he is great believer of democracy, liberalism and independence of judiciary and media. But there is limit to what he can get away with and what Pakistani society and federation can take. Many Pakistani leaders and commentators say his first priority is not Pakistan as he claims, but power at all costs; and if continues with this policy then Pakistan might not stay as a nation state. But question is does he care?

When he illegally overthrew an elected government in October 1999, he declared seven point agenda and people thought he, unlike previous military rulers, might put Pakistan back on the track. But he with help of his cohorts and 'lota politicians' who were deeply involved in corruption and nepotism brought the country to the brink of civil war and disintegration.

In view of some experts on South Asian politics and Pakistan, the country does not have a bright future. They think the process of disintegration was already on the way before the killing of Benazir Bhutto, and her killing has accelerated that process. Many Pakistanis will reject this view and with their emotional thinking call it a conspiracy and declare that Pakistan is here to stay till doomsday.

They need to understand that nations and countries do not become strong or prosper just because people have strong desire or passion for that. They become strong and flourish because rulers carefully plan what is to be done in future. They set certain goals and create a system which helps them to implement that planning and achieve those goals for the benefit for the country. These rulers regard themselves as servants of the people and country, and always regard country's interest as paramount.

If Pakistani brothers compare that with what has been happening in Pakistan then they will see that in Pakistan there is no system in place, and rulers are like emperors and their personal interest is paramount to everything. Rule of law, fairness and sense of belonging is not there; and moreover the will to become a nation or thrive as a nation is getting weaker day by day.

This process cannot be halted just by some slogans or calling conspiracy or foreign hand after every blunder. In my honest opinion it is still not too late, and 'melting' of Pakistan could be halted, but for that the rulers have to be brave and take some decisions which might not be in their personal interest.

But if they continue with the same policies and the same mind - set then nothing can save Pakistan and the country will not survive as a nation state, no matter how loudly people shout Pakistan Zindabad, or say that it was created in name of Islam and Allah will save it.

They need to understand that Allah was also there in 1971, and Pakistan lost East Pakistan not because it was Allah's wish but because of blunders of Pakistani rulers. If Pakistani rulers commit blunder after blunder, impose their will on society and deprive people of justice and basic human rights; and people instead of challenging their rulers keep on shouting slogans and hope that Allah will help them, then take it from me it won't happen, because Allah only helps those who help themselves.

In my view the following needs to be done to halt the process of disintegration:

Postpone elections and give new date before month of Moharam;
New care taker or national government which has some credibility;
Allow Nawaz Sharif and his brother to contest elections;
Declaration from Musharaf that he will resign after new Assemblies are elected;
Re instate judiciary the one which was there before Emergency was declared;
Reinstate constitution of 1973, as it existed in October 1999;
Abandon policy of promoting and exporting its 'ideology' and 'Jihad' to other countries as was the policy in 1980s and 1990s;
Abandon policy of getting more land, and try to secure and consolidate what legally belongs to Pakistan;

As Pakistan's many problems are directly linked with its obsession to get Kashmir which is not part of Pakistan, it is time to abandon that policy, and accept Azad Kashmir and Gilgit and Baltistan as separate political entities

Many Pakistani brothers, especially those with little knowledge and foresight, and those who are in government will once again call me 'anti Pakistan', without realising that this is the best course forward to save Pakistan. I sincerely want Pakistan to do well and survive as a nation state. I want Pakistan to be a democratic and stable country in peace with itself and its neighbours. Allah forbid if Pakistan disintegrates, with the people of Pakistan we Kashmiris will also suffer; and I sincerely don't want that to happen.

Writer is Chairman Diplomatic Committee of JKLF, Director Institute of Kashmir Affairs and author of many books on Kashmir. He could be reached at:

Dr Shabir Choudhry

It’s time to Say Good Bye 2007 As Today Night passby

There is no investment you'll ever make that will pay you so well
As the effort to scatter sunshine and good cheer wherever you are.
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. If you treat an individual as if they were what they ought to be and could be, They will become what they ought to be and could be. Everyone thrives on being appreciated, loved and needed. There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in you.

Applaud others when they run.
Console them when they fail.
And cheer them when they recover.
As water is to a flower, so is praise to the heart of another.
Slow down and enjoy

"Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience."
Racing through life is very stressful. If we stay in high gear too long, we lose our ability to shift down. And when we're stressed, we can't access happiness, appreciation, fun, compassion, generosity, awareness of beauty and other wonderful qualities. High stress also triggers negative emotions like frustration, impatience, anger and fear.

Life has so much to offer if we will slow down and truly experience it. We must always remember that we are the ones in control of the accelerator. We CAN choose to brake.

Some of us take baby steps
Some of us take giant steps
But the secret is not to let that
one step back turn into a failure.
Learn from backward steps
And keep on stepping forward in this dance
Called Life!
"If you accept what has happened and search for the positive, you will be able to move forward in your life. So keep putting one foot in front of the other, and taking your life day by day."


Like every other year, the year 2007 was special in its very own way. And as it draws to a close, we have endeavoured to bring you 15 events that happened in this year that made a difference to you. Events that made you laugh, cry, jump, roar, swear, fret and fume. Happy reading!

Bridge in troubled waters
The Sethu Samudram channel project remained a bone of contention this year as mythology clashed with political exigency. The project in Tamil Nadu is being opposed by the BJP tooth and nail since it allegedly involves blowing up ‘Ram Sethu’ in Dhanushkoti near Rameshwaram, a bridge, which according to the Ramayana, was built by Lord Rama. However, Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi has been arguing that the project will bring in more trade to the Tuticorin ports and has been accusing those against the project of harming the interest of the state. He, in fact, hit the hornet’s nest by questioning the existence of Lord Ram, ruffling many feathers, especially those of the saffron brigade. The matter is now also being heard by the Supreme Court. The apex court issued notice to the Central government and even sought the opinion of the Archaeological Survey of India on the matter.Meanwhile, the VHP, RSS and other Hindu organisations have launched an agitation under an umbrella body called Rameshwaram Ram Sethu Raksha Manch to oppose the project.Incidentally, the shipping ministry had cited a NASA report to bolster its claims that the bridge is a natural formation. However, a NASA spokesperson said the report cannot be taken for scientific evidence.

Turmoil in Pakistan
Citing grave threat from Islamic militants and judicial interference as reasons, President Pervez Musharraf, on November 3, declared a state of emergency in Pakistan. This came ahead of a decision on the legality of his election as president in uniform. Musharraf also suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who was to give the verdict, and other judges critical of his dispensation. There were widespread protests within Pakistan, mainly by the Opposition parties and the legal community, and condemnation from across the globe. Later, Musharraf doffed the uniform, giving in to pressure from the west, and set December 15 as the deadline for lifting emergency. Many saw the declaration of emergency as a desperate act by Musharraf to remain in power. It came after he had struck a power-sharing deal with Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto by agreeing to quash all corruption charges against her. Bhutto, who had remained in self-imposed exile for eight years fearing prosecution, decided to return home. And her homecoming began with a bang. On the day she set foot on Pakistani soil, deadly blasts, allegedly targeted at her, killed 135 and injured another 250 during a procession in Karachi to welcome her home. Bhutto escaped unhurt. High drama also marked the homecoming of another opposition leader and former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, whose government was overthrown by Musharraf in a bloodless coup in 1999. He was later sent into exile. Sharif returned on September 10, after successfully fighting in the Supreme Court for permission to return to Pakistan to contest elections. But, within minutes of his landing in Islamabad, he was deported again by the President’s men. Sharif, however, came home later to rousing welcome on November 25. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s election commission announced polls on January 8, 2008.

Iran allows IAEA to peep in
Iranian nuclear activities also made headlines with Tehran finally permitting the UN atomic agency IAEA to monitor its programme. In January this year, Iran had vowed to keep its nuclear enrichment programme under cover following UN Security Council sanctions against it on account of nuclear armament. In March, the UN adopted a resolution, demanding Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment programme with immediate effect. Iran has been saying that its nuclear programme is for civilian usage, whereas the US claims it could be making nuclear bombs. Representatives of UN’s nuclear watchdog IAEA examined Iran’s 40 megawatt nuclear reactor at Arak in July. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that permits uranium enrichment for civilian use. The IAEA finally gave a clean chit to Iran’s enrichment programme, saying that the programme furthered the country’s industrial growth.

Sensex – on a new high
India created history this year when on October 29, it became the 20th nation in the world to have seen its stock market benchmark enter the league of bourses that have touched the 20,000-point milestone.
The Sensex breached the 20K level in intra-day trade for the first time in its over two-decade history. As many as 32 indices spanning across 19 countries have already crossed this mark. After crossing the magical figure, the Sensex, however, fell to close at 19,977.67 on that day.
In Asia, the bellwether index is second only to Hong Kong's Hang Seng to achieve this feat, while markets like China and Japan are yet to see any of their indices touching 20K points. Even in the West, markets like the US, UK, Canada, Germany and France have not seen their indices reaching this mark.

Nandigram on the boil
A sedate, rural area in West Bengal found itself caught in turmoil over a state government proposal to acquire land for a chemical hub under its SEZ policy. What began as a protest by residents of 27 villages against “forcible acquisition of land” soon turned ugly. The government’s assurance that no land would be acquired failed to put down the protests. On March 14, the police had to resort to firing, killing 14 people and injuring 164. The protests still did not die down.
It came to a flashpoint in the later half of the year, when the cadres of the CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress-backed Bhoomi Uchched Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) fought with each other for territorial control. Violence escalated in November again when CPI(M) cadres captured villages of Nandigram, Khejuri and adjoining areas. The battle got so severe that many villagers were forced to flee. In fact, the conflict zone became inaccessible to outsiders.
As the bloodshed continued, the state agreed, reluctantly, to the deployment of CRPF personnel in the area to bring back normalcy. Of late, there have been reports of mass graves being found in Nandigram. Political observers believe the violence was fuelled by political parties, mainly the Trinamool Congress and the Left front, with an eye on the 2008 local body elections.

Harry Potter - The end
Will J K Rowling kill Harry Potter? That was the question the world sought an answer for before the release of the final instalment in the seven-novel series about the adventures of Harry Potter.
On July 21, Potter fans across the globe enthusiastically snapped up copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and sales records kept tumbling the world over. It became online retailer Amazon's most pre-ordered product, with almost 1.6 million copies booked globally ahead of the release. As many as 2,40,000 copies were pre-ordered from India alone. In the US, the book set two new records — by selling 8.3 million copies in a day and 11.5 million copies in first 10 days.
And just when the world was coming out of Potter’s magical trance, Rowling had the world in a spin again — she revealed that Albus Dumbledore, the head of Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, was gay!

North Korea shuts down main nuclear reactor
Under a six-nation pact jointly signed by China, Russia, Japan, US and the two Koreas, North Korea shut down its main nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. A team of American experts arrived at the nuclear reactor and began the disabling work in November. The talks on the nuclear shutdown resumed in Feburary, after North Korea had already conducted an atom bomb test and declared itself a full-fledged member of the nuclear club. The task of closing down the nuclear reactor will involve, among other things, extracting 8,000 spent fuel rods. The rods, after a year of reactor operation, could yield plutonium enough to make a nuclear bomb. The pact is further expected to taper North Korea’s uranium enrichment programme by December.

Political drama in Karnataka
Karnataka witnessed high political drama this year, with the state coming under President’s Rule twice.
Coalition partners JD(S) and the BJP were at loggerheads after H D Kumaraswamy refused to hand over the baton to the BJP as laid out in a power-sharing arrangement between the two parties before they formed the government. Political parleys failed to yield any result and the state was brought under President’s rule. However, it was revoked when the JD(S) made a turnabout and decided to support the BJP on the condition that the saffron party agreed to a 12-point memorandum of understanding drafted by it. But when the BJP refused, the JD(S) decided not to support the BJP-led government, led by B S Yeddyurappa, on the floor of the house. Karnataka’s 12th Legislative Assembly has since been dissolved.

Indo-US Nuclear deal - on the rocks?
If there was one issue that constantly made news throughout this year, it most certainly was the Indo-US nuclear deal. Bush and Manmohan Singh, who signed the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement in 2006, have been doing everything possible to see the deal through. However, it certainly wasn't a cake walk for them this year. While the Congress-led UPA government was eager to complete the deal, which it said would end the country’s nuclear isolation in the international arena, the BJP-led opposition was intent on stopping the deal from going through as it claimed the deal compromised India's nuclear weapons programme. However, strangely, the government didn't face as much opposition to the deal from the BJP as it did from the Left parties, which are providing support to the government from outside.The Left leaders were particular that India not go ahead with the deal with the US as they claimed opting for the deal would “bind India into joint operations with the U.S. in their aggressive war strategies”. However, the government remained steadfast on its commitment to the deal and refused to back down on the agreement. The stand-off almost led to mid-term elections in India when other UPA members stepped in time to defuse the situation.
A UPA-Left committee was formed to look into the issue and find a solution. It held its first meeting on September 11, with the members outlining the agenda for the discussion.The committee framed the issue following broad issues for discussion, implications of the Hyde Act on Indo-nuclear 123 Agreement and on the self-reliance in the nuclear sector, implications on foreign policy and security cooperation. However, despite these measures, the UPA government still runs the risk of falling if it goes ahead with the deal without convincing the Left parties. The Left parties have warned the government of serious consequences if it went ahead with operationalising the Agreement. The Government has said that the agreement will be operationalised after taking into account the committee's findings.

Missing Madeline
A three-year-old girl had the whole of Britain praying for her safe return after she went missing in Portugal on May 3. Madeleine McCann, daughter of Kate and Gerry McCann, vanished from her bedroom in her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. She is yet to be found. Initially, investigators and her parents suspected that she had been abducted. But now many fear that she is dead.
Her disappearance caught the attention of the whole nation. From villagers in her native in Rothley, Leicestershire, to football stars like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo (who is from Portugal) and John Terry, appealed for her return. A fund, called the Madeline’s Fund, and a website have also been launched to help in efforts to trace the child. The case was not without twists and turns — initially, a British expat, Robert Murat, was said to be the main suspect, but as the case progressed, reports suggested that investigators considered Madeline’s parents as the main suspects.

Blasts in Glasgow, tremors in India
On June 30, the tremors of a blast at the Glasgow international airport shook India’s image of being a nation that did not breed terrorists. Two men, Kafeel Mohammed, an aeronautical engineer, and Dr Bilal Abdullah, rammed a burning Jeep with inflammable materials into the main terminal of the Glasgow international airport. Kafeel was in flames after the attempted bombing and was admitted to the hospital with severe burn injuries. The two men were arrested. The police also arrested three others, including Dr Sabeel Ahmed, Kafeel’s brother. In Australia, Dr Mohammed Haneef, who had studied medicine at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, was detained at the Brisbane airport when he was to fly to India after his wife had given birth to a child. According to investigators, Haneef’s SIM card was used by one of the suspect in the bombings. He was later charged with supporting a terrorist organisation. In all, eight people were arrested.
While Kafeel died at the hospital on August 2, Haneef was released by the Australian police after failing to prove charges against him. Haneef later returned to India.

There were several landmark judgements that were pronounced in the year 2007. But the verdicts of two cases were eagerly awaited. One was the Uphaar fire case and the other was the 1993 Mumbai blasts verdict.
a) Uphaar:
The year finally saw a verdict being pronounced in the infamous Uphaar case. A fire in the Uphaar cinema hall had claimed 59 lives ten years back. The court imposed two-year prison sentences on the owners of the cinema hall, Gopal Ansal and Sushil Ansal, and three MCD officers.The convicts were punished for causing death due to negligence. Seven others, including some Uphaar employees and Delhi Vidyut Board staffers, got seven years behind bars. As in any other case, while some were pleased with the judgement, others weren't.
b) 1993 Mumbai blasts:
If not for anything else, 2007 will be remembered for this landmark judgement that came thirteen years after a series of blasts rocked Mumbai.
A TADA court punished those responsible for the Mumbai serial blasts, which killed 257 persons in India's commercial capital, bringing cheer to the victims and the public. Judge Pramod Kode, created history by convicting 100 people in the case. He awarded death sentences to 12 people and sentenced around 20 to life. The judge, who sentenced Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt to six years imprisonment under the Arms Act, also took pains to make it clear that the star was not a terrorist. The verdict drew curtains on a case that will go down in history books as one of the most reported cases ever.

Shilpa Shetty, the celebrity
When Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty agreed to participate in Celebrity Big Brother, little did she realise that it would do a world of good to her sinking popularity. The Indian actress was bullied time and again by at least five housemates, who sneered, giggled, mocked and made fun of her. Their actions evoked widespread condemnation not only from those in India but also from people in other countries as well. A whopping 50,000 complaints were filed with UK media regulator Ofcom. Some 300 newspaper articles in Britain, 1,200 in English language newspapers around the globe, and 3,900 foreign language news articles were written on the controversy and, what's more, about 22,000 blogs were posted on the internet. And on January 28, Shilpa was announced as the winner.

Bobby Jindal, the hero
The son of Indian immigrants has become the first Indian-American in the whole of the US and the first non-white governor of conservative Louisiania when he was elected to the state’s gubernatorial post on October 20. Piyush ‘Bobby’ Jindal, a Republican Congressman polled 53 per cent votes. Incidentally, he had lost the elections four years ago, when Democrat Kathleen Blanco became the governor. She decided against contesting this election following widespread criticism of her handling of the situation after Hurrican Katrina struck New Orleans. Jindal will take over as governor in January.

A tale of two stars and a wedding
It was the wedding of the year, if not the decade or century. The pair being Aishwarya Rai and Big B’s son Abhishek Bachchan. Touted as a private affair that turned public under the media glare, the wedding was solemnised at the Bachchans’ House, ‘Prateeksha’, in Mumbai. A four-page wedding invitation, with the couple's initials 'AA' embossed on the cover made as much news as the fact that none of the Khans was invited for the event.


Blair’s Watergate over cash-for-peerage
British Prime Minister Tony Blair found himself in the midst of a controversy in February this year with the investigating agencies interrogating him at 10, Downing Street for the third time. Blair and the Labour Party were accused of giving away unelected seats in the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords, in lieu of campaign contributions. The conservatives stepped up the offensive comparing ‘cash-for-peerage’ revelations with Nixon’s Watergate, demanding that Blair quit in national interest as US President Nixon had. As the year went by, the probe turned murkier. Meanwhile, Blair handed over the baton to Gordon Brown in June, leaving Britons with the disgrace of a sitting prime minister being probed for corruption charges. The year ends with Labour donors seeking funding reforms in the party.

American troops in Iraq
The dilemma over whether to withdraw or not to withdraw troops from Iraq saw the Americans voting against President Bush and his party in February. The US president, who has plans to keep the troops in Iraq till 2009, has been drawing criticism from all quarters. As per the statistics released by the official machinery, 1, 70, 000 troops are involved in the operations in Iraq, costing the American exchequer a whopping $10bn every month. Bush is facing flak on home turf primarily for sidestepping issues like children’s health reforms and global warming. The latest development from the battlefront is Operation Marne Roundup, wherein 1400 US troops launched an offensive against al-Qaeda and Sunni Islamist fighters, close to Baghdad. Ethnic Indians fight for rights in Malaysia: History was created on November 25 this year as thousands of ethnic Indians tried to stage a rally that was banned forcing the Malaysian police to use force on them. Witnesses claimed dozens of demonstrators were beaten and arrested. At least 5,000 people gathered near Kuala Lumpur's famous Petronas Twin Towers, in a rare attempt by Malaysia's ethnic Indian minority to highlight complaints that they were economically marginalised by the ethnic Malay Muslim-dominated government. The rally was meant to support a US$4 trillion lawsuit filed by a Hindu group in London in August, demanding that Britain compensate Malaysian Indians for bringing their ancestors here as ''indentured laborers'' and exploiting them.

Bali summit on climate change
Carbon emissions: Taking cue from the 1992 Rio earth summit and the UN framework of climate change, year 2007 ended on a critical note on Carbon emissions. According to the statistics released by the IPCC, the annual emission of Green house gases, if left unattended, could cause global temperature to increase by a catastrophic 5º Celsius by 2050. In visible terms, it could lead to submerging nations due to glacier meltdowns. Major brunt of the global warming is borne by South East Asia and Africa. A 50 to 80 per cent cut down in the carbon emissions could limit the temperature increase to 2º Celsius.

Over 3,100 dead in Bangladesh cyclone Sidr
Cyclone Sidr, which swept the southern coast of Bangladesh, rendered millions homeless and claimed over 3,100 lives. Winds, in the range of 100 miles an hour, forced as many as 6, 50,000 people to relocate. Described as the worst storm in 15 years, Sidr had an island of Barisal district submerged under at least six feet of water. Capital Dhaka though way off the epicentre of the calamity, felt the punch and went without power and water 24 hours after the storm hit the nation. The emergency ruled government had to call in the military to help, but blocked and washed away roads made the relief process an arduous task for administration. Pockets that were completely cut off from the capital city had to be reached by air for evacuation to be carried out.

Howard defeated, Rudd takes over as Australian PM
The Liberal government led by John Howard suffered defeat at the hands of the Labour party. In fact, the slide has been so huge that Howard, who managed to remain prime minister for a period of 11 years, lost his seat as well. Howard had earned the reputation of being a technology driven Prime Minister. He was also against signing the Kyoto Protocol on climate change and carbon emissions. Taking over the reigns of Australia, Rudd declared from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane that he would represent “all Australians— indigenous Australians, those born in Australia, rural Australians and those who have migrated to Australia from overseas.” Rudd’s statement assumes significance as the Howard government lost considerable ground to the opposition because of certain controversial decisions it made in the Dr Mohammed Haneef case. The Rudd government is likely to support more uranium mines in Australia and bring forth $400 mn Water Security plan for the nation. Among the first initiatives after his taking over office, has been the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on environment change.

थे counsellor

The new elementary school counselor was eager to help. One day during recess she noticed a girl standing by herself on one side of a playing field while the rest of the kids enjoyed a game of soccer at the other. She approached and asked if the girl was all right. The girl said she was fine.

A little while later, however, the counselor noticed the girl was in the same spot, still by herself. Approaching again, she offered, "Would you like me to be your friend?"

The girl hesitated, then said, "Okay," looking at the woman suspiciously.

Feeling she was making progress, the counselor then asked, "Why are you standing here all alone?"

The little girl heaved a sigh of great exasperation and said, "Because . . . I'm the goalie!

Moral: Don't go looking around for problems, just because you love solving them!

The Magic of Self-Acknowledgement‏


Just like a car cannot drive without fuel, a person's �drive� requires acknowledgement. We all need to hear, �Keep it up!� once in awhile to keep our passion alive. To be acknowledged by others for our efforts�large and small�is affirming. We know that others value what we do and that knowledge propels us to continue to give our best. So why is it that you lagging sometimes behind a league of successful people? Even you can do it, go ahead and achieve the best out of your available resources.

So what are you lacking?

Just out of resentment at your work, perhaps your mom had just made you feel pathetic about your scores in the exams. Perhaps your boss has reprimanded you being eccentric in the organization. So what�s the big deal? They have the freedom to tell you anything and everything and finally go ahead and carry out with their daily chores of work. Remember you have to prove them wrong! It can be by any means or by any channel. Find out the reasons of you going unnoticed. Figure out your efficiency levels and come up with a positive modus-operandi. Take a time-out and value the antipathy that reached you. If you value the antipathy you can work towards your success. Think intensely, keep thinking, value the antipathy, consider the different ways to combat it and be assured of the fact that you will create an anti-dote for the aversion that has just shattered you.

Learn to acknowledge

As kids, we were all loved and showered with acknowledgements from our parents, relatives, neighbours and even friends at certain times. Human beings always crave for any kind of acknowledgement. We wait for everything and almost anything. We wait for parent�s approval, wait for our boss to give us a handsome pay-rise, wait to spend the most enchanting and blissful moment with our soul mates. As we grow up we tend to ignore certain achievements which may not be meaningful in terms of success. We should always learn to be happy with what we have with us. Learn to acknowledge your own achievements, no matter what it is. Don�t try to associate everything in terms of success and failures. Rather take a more positive approach towards everyday life.

The Self-Acknowledgement Syndrome

� Always learn to acknowledge yourself at least 10 times in a day on something you feel you have done well. It can be anything right from scoring a huge six in a gulley cricket match or for safely driving your car to the office.

� If you start appreciating other people by acknowledging them, making them feel good, they will start noticing your act of goodness and they will indeed come back with something to make you feel good. This is a very effective tool to mark your success and stay perked up even at real testing times of your life.

� Whenever you mark yourself with a self acknowledging factor, make it a point that you speak to your own self or if possible scream at the top of your voice and just believe the magic of your own words will make you feel positive and vibrant from all corners.

� The key to make positive changes in our lives lies in understanding how the process works. It needs to feel good and exciting. The more fun and energy you create, the stronger its effect will be on yourself and others. So next time when somebody tries to pin a blame on you or reprimands you, never lose hope. Take it rationally and work to improve yourself with an extraordinary change.

Are you Jesus

A few years ago, a group of salesmen went to a regional sales
convention in Chicago.
They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of
time for Friday night's dinner.

In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen
inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples.
Apples flew everywhere.

Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the
plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.


He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and
experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand
had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one
of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination
and explain his taking a later flight.

Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the
terminal floor. He was glad he did.

The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears
running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time
helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled
about her, no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples,
put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he
did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and
bruised; these he set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the
girl, "Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you

She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, "I hope we
didn't spoil your day too badly."

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl
called out to him, "Mister...." He paused and turned to look back
into those blind eyes. She continued, "Are you Jesus?"

He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his
way to catch the later flight with that question burning and
bouncing about in his soul: "Are you Jesus?"

Do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not?

To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the
difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His
love, life and grace.

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would.
Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to
church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised
by a fall.

He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill
called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Please share this....Sometimes we just take things for granted, when
we really need to be sharing what we know...Thanks


The Unity that Underlies all Religion By Swami Sivananda‏

"All religions are one. They teach a divine life. I
respect saints and prophets of all religions. I
respect all religions, all cults, all faiths and all
creeds. I serve all, love all, mix with all and see
the Lord in all".

- Swami Sivananda

At the present moment all religions contain a mixture
of truth, which is divine, and error which is human.
The fundamentals or essentials of all religions are
the same. There is difference only in the
non-essentials. The apparent differences in religions
are due to a misconception or misconstruction of the
long-forgotten truth of the Vedas on which they are
ultimately founded. All systems of religion are
equally divine and true. The conflicting points are
all due to misconception and misconstruction of truths
on account of prejudice, bigotry, lack of purity of
heart and subtlety and purity of intellect, and
perverted condition of the intellect of people.

The great majority of religions had their origin in
prehistoric times. Hence there are no genuine
documents or trustworthy traditions concerning them.

All prophets are messengers of God. They are great
Yogins and realized souls, who have had divine,
intuitive perception of God. Their words are
infallible and sacred. The Koran or the Zend-Avesta or
the Bible is as much a sacred book as the
Bhagavad-Gita. All contain the essence of divine
wisdom. Ahuramazda, Isvara, Allah, Jehovah are
different names for one God.

Truth is neither Hindu nor Muslim, nor Buddhist nor
Christian! Truth is one, homogeneous, eternal
substance. The follower of the religion of Truth walks
on the path of light, peace, wisdom, power and bliss.

Man forgets all about his religion on account of
ignorance, or lust for power and greed. He has become
irreligious. So he has come down to the level of a
brute. He has lost all sense of morality. He does
havoc. He creates mischief. He stabs, loots, and burns
houses. The law of the jungle prevails.

Many preach Buddhism, but no one gives up desires and
Himsa (as opposed to Ahimsa). Many preach
Christianity, but no one practices love and
forgiveness. Many preach Islam, but no one recognizes
the brotherhood of man. Many preach Hinduism, but no
one realizes the Divinity in all. Preaching has become
the livelihood of men, while practice has become their
object of scorn.

Hence the world is wicked, not for want of truth, nor
on account of religions; but, alas, it is wicked for
the lack of true followers of these ideals and

What is needed is proper education of the followers of
all religions. Place the practical tenets of their own
religion before the followers of that religion, and
devise ways and means of enabling them to express
these tenets in their daily life. Without practice,
idealism creates fatalism in man. Unless knowledge
alters one's life, it is useless. Selflessness and
love are not creeds to be taught, but ideals to be
exemplified, demonstrated and radiated. Therefore, let
everyone practice his own religion and strive to
attain the goal. Let religion create saints and
Yogins, rather than Mandirs (Hindu temple), Masjids
(Mosque) and Churches.


Let’s Chant

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare



I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.
I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.
I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.
I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.
I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class.
I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I've learned. That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I've learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I've learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I've learned... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.
I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I've learned.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

And now, a wrist computer!

And now, a wrist computer!
A computer that can be worn, like you wear watches, and that offers access to information- and communication- resources at any time, might soon be available in the market

We may soon be headed for a time when laptops, mobiles, and mobile devices no longer suffice to make us feel 'sufficiently mobile'.

Possibly such a premonition might have led one Andy Fagg from the Computer Science faculty at the University of Massachusetts to embark on his mission of developing a 'wearable computer'.

Fagg was quoted as saying that with general computing systems becoming smaller, we're reaching a point at which it's becoming conceivable to don these devices easily.

It's not about being able to write a paper or send an email while you're at the grocery store; rather about having digital assistance as you go about your life, Fagg explained.

Fagg's ultimate objective is to teach the computer to 'notice' a user's routine, and offer information accordingly.

For instance, if you happen to enter a conference room, the computer you're wearing should be able to figure out that you're going for a meeting, and accordingly pull-out appropriate documents, including minutes of the last meeting and related discussions, explained Fagg.

The other example he cited was that of the computer being able to recognize that you're going to cook a certain something for dinner, and being able to know exactly what's in stock in your kitchen cabinet, so that a call may be taken on what else is required, which the computer could then remind you to purchase from your friendly grocery store -- of course when you're passing by it.

What is PABX?

What is PABX?
Originally an organization's manual switchboard (operated by a person plugging cables into sockets) was known as a PMBX (Private Manual Branch eXchange). These were gradually replaced by automated electromechanical and then electronic switching systems, called PABXs (Private Automatic Branch eXchange). As PMBXes are almost unheard of, the terms PABX and PBX have become synonymous.

Using a PABX saves connecting all of a business's telephone sets separately to the public telephone network (PSTN or ISDN). Such a set-up would require every set to have its own line (usually with a monthly recurring line charge), and "internal" calls would have to be routed out of the building to a central switch, only to come back in again.

In addition to telephone sets, fax machines, modems and many other communication devices can be connected to a PABX as well (although the PABX may degrade line quality for modems). For this reason, all such devices are generally referred to as extensions.
The PABX equipment is typically installed at a business's premises, and connects calls between the telephones installed there. In addition, a limited number of outside lines (called trunk lines) are usually available for making and receiving calls external to the site (i.e. to the public telephone network). Companies with multiple sites can connect their PABXs together with trunk lines. PABX-like services can also be provided by equipment located off site at a central provider, delivering services over the public telephone network. This is known as a hosted PABX. For example, most local phone companies offer a Centrex service in which each extension has a trunk line connected to the telephone company's Central Office. Other companies offer similar services.

PABXs are distinguished from smaller "key systems" by the fact that external lines are not normally indicated or selectable at an individual extension. From a user's point of view calls on a key system are made by selecting a specific outgoing line and dialing the external number; calls on a PABX are made by dialing 9 (or 0 in some systems) followed by the external number; an outgoing trunk line is automatically selected upon which to complete the call



Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation,
and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupfull of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thouroughly over radient joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.
You're bound to have a happy new year.



Man discovered weapons, invented hunting.
Woman discovered hunting, invented furs.

Man discovered colors, invented painting.
Woman discovered painting, invented make-up .

Man discovered speech, invented conversation.
Woman discovered conversation, invented gossip .

Man discovered agriculture, invented food.
Woman discovered food, invented diet.

Man discovered friendship, invented love.
Woman discovered love, invented marriage .

Man discovered trade, invented money.
Woman discovered money, man has never recovered

good poems for the New Year‏

You Can If You Think You Can!

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win, but you think you can't,
It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will.
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You've got to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But soon or late the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.

~ C. W. Longenecker ~

If you Think You Can, You Can!

You can be a total winner even if you're a beginner,
If you think you can, you can,
If you think you can, you can,
You can wear the gold medallion,
You can ride your own black stallion,
If you think you can, you can,
If you think you can, you can,

It's not your talent or the gift at birth,
It's not your bank book that determines worth,
And it isn't in the color of your skin,
It's your attitude that lets you win,
You can upset Connors or Austin,
Or win the marathon at Boston,
If you think you can, you can,
If you think you can, you can,

You can profit through inflation,
You can redirect this nation,
If you think you can, you can,
If you think you can, you can,

It doesn't matter if you've won before,
It makes no difference what's the half time score,
It's never over until the final gun,
So keep on trying and you'll find you've won,
You grab your dream and then believe it,
Go out and work and you'll achieve it,
If you think you can, you can,
If you think you can, you can!

~ Denis Waitley ~

As you can see, the way you think can affect your life profoundly --
either positive or negative.

If you haven't produced the results you wanted, chances are good
that you've been thinking limited thoughts.

Are the thoughts you've been putting into your mind mostly positive?
Do you expect to win more than you expect to lose, or the other way

If you've been expecting to lose more than to win, don't worry.
Because today is a new day and you can control and change what you
put into you mind.

While it may be hard for you to believe you can actually change your
thinking habits this easily, you really can.

It probably won't happen overnight, but if you start reconditioning
your mind and expecting to achieve or win at whatever you do, your
chance of succeeding will be greatly increased.

Try it. You'll be surprised at the results.

The next time a little voice comes in your mind and says, "You can't
do it!" Just tell it to shut up and affirm to yourself..

"Yes! I Absolutely Can!"

After a short time, that voice will become quieter and quieter and
eventually you won't be able to hear it anymore.

Please don't be upset with that voice because its job is to protect
and prevent you from embarrassing or making a fool of yourself, from
feeling uncomfortable, or from failing (again).

The bad news is, by doing so, it's been holding you back from being
all you can be and keeping you from accomplishing your aspirations.

One of the best ways to overcome limited thinking is to read
inspiring quotations from successful people – people who started
with nothing but the belief that they had the potential to reach
their dreams.

You do have the potential to achieve your desires. So start
believing in yourself and keep on working on your goals no matter
what challenges you may face. And very soon, you'll turn them into

Live for others

Live for others


My wife called, 'How long will you be with that newspaper? Will you come here and make your darling daughter eat her food?

I tossed the paper away and rushed to the scene. My only daughter Sindu looked frightened; tears were welling up in her eyes. In front of her was a bowl filled to its brim with curd rice. Sindu is a nice child, quite intelligent for her age.

I cleared my throat, and picked up the bowl. 'Sindu, darling, why don't you take a few mouthful of this curd rice? Just for Dad's sake, dear.

Sindu softened a bit, and wiped her tears with the back of her hands. "Ok, Dad. I will eat - not just a few mouthfuls, but the whole lot of this. But, you should...' Sindu hesitated. 'Dad, if I eat this entire curd Rice, will you give me whatever I ask for?'

'Promise'. I covered the pink soft hand extended by my daughter with mine, and clinched the deal. Now I became a bit anxious. 'Sindu dear, you shouldn't insist on getting a computer or any such expensive items. Dad does not have that kind of money right now. Ok?'

'No, Dad. I do not want anything expensive'. Slowly and painfully, she finished eating the whole quantity.

I was silently angry with my wife and my mother for forcing my child to eat something that she detested.

After the ordeal was through, Sindu came to me with her eyes wide with expectation. All our attention was on her.

'Dad, I want to have my head shaved off, this Sunday!' was her demand.

'Atrocious!' shouted my wife, 'A girl child having her head shaved off? Impossible!' 'Never in our family!' My mother rasped. 'She has been watching too much of television. Our culture is getting totally spoiled with these TV programs!'

'Sindu darling, why don't you ask for something else? We will be sad seeing you with a clean-shaven head.'

'Please, Sindu, why don't you try to understand our feelings?' I tried to plead with her.

'Dad, you saw how difficult it was for me to eat that Curd Rice'. Sindu was in tears. 'And you promised to grant me whatever I ask for. Now, you are going back on your words. Was it not you who told me the story of King Harishchandra, and its moral that we should honor our promises no matter what?'

It was time for me to call the shots. 'Our promise must be kept.'

'Are you out your mind?' chorused my mother and wife.

'No. If we go back on our promises, she will never learn to honor her own. Sindu, your wish will be fulfilled.'

With her head clean-shaven, Sindu had a round-face, and her eyes looked big and beautiful.

On Monday morning, I dropped her at her school. It was a sight to watch my hairless Sindu walking towards her classroom. She turned around and waved. I waved back with a smile. Just then, a boy alighted from a car, and shouted, 'Sinduja, please wait for me!' What struck me was the hairless head of that boy. 'May be, that is the in-stuff', I thought.

'Sir, your daughter Sinduja is great indeed!' Without introducing herself, a lady got out of the car, and continued,' that boy who is walking along with your daughter is my son Harish. He is suffering from... Leukemia.' She paused to muffle her sobs. Harish could not attend the school for the whole of the last month. He lost all his hair due to the side effects of the chemotherapy... He refused to come back to school fearing the unintentional but cruel teasing of the schoolmates. 'Sinduja visited him last week, and promised him that she will take care of the teasing issue. But, I never imagined she would sacrifice her lovely hair for the sake of my son! Sir, you and your wife are blessed to have such a noble soul as your daughter.'

I stood transfixed and then, I wept. 'My little Angel, you are teaching me how self-less real love is!'

The happiest people on this planet are not those who live on their own terms but are those who change their terms for others & inspire others.

New Years Prayer

New Years Prayer

Thank you Lord for giving me
The brand new year ahead
Help me live the way I should
As each new day I tread.

Give me gentle wisdom
That I might help a friend
Give me strength and courage
So a shoulder I might lend.

The year ahead is empty
Help me fill it with good things
Each new day filled with joy
And the happiness it brings.
Please give the leaders of our world

A courage born of peace
That they might lead us gently
And all the fighting cease.
Please give to all upon this earth

A heart that's filled with love
A gentle happy way to live
With Your blessings from above.

Wings of a Bird‏

There is a fable about the way birds first got their wings. The story goes that initially they were made without them. Then God made the wings, set them down before the wingless birds, and said to them, "Take up these burdens and carry them."

The birds had sweet voices for singing, and lovely feathers that glistened in the sunshine, but they could not soar in the air. When asked to pick up the burdens that lay at their feet, they hesitated at first. Yet soon they obeyed, picked up the wings with their beaks, and set them on their shoulders to carry them. For a short time the load seemed heavy and difficult to bear, but soon, as they continued to carry the burden and to fold the wings over their hearts, the wings grew attached to their little bodies. They quickly discovered how to use them and were lifted by the wings high into the air. The weights had become wings.

This is a parable for us. We are the wingless birds, and our duties and tasks are the wings God uses to lift us up and carry us heavenward. We look at our burdens and heavy loads, and try to run from them, but if we will carry them and tie them to our hearts, they will become wings. And on them we can then rise and soar toward God.

The heavy burdens when lifted cheerfully with love in our hearts will surely become a blessing to us. God intends for our tasks to be our helpers; to refuse to bend our shoulders to carry a load is to miss the new opportunity for growth. No matter how overwhelming, any burden God has lovingly placed with His own hands on our shoulders is a blessing.

Read these beautiful lines:

Read these beautiful lines:

To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to Meet.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident...

To! realize
The value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when

you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend:
Lose one.

The origin of this letter is unknown,
But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.


Happiness is something that one settles for

After the ups and downs of ecstasy.

Perhaps one doesn't know what one is looking for;

Perhaps one doesn't realize one is free.

Year's end is time to tally up the tentacles,

Needing an occasion to take stock.

Everywhere are angels singing canticles

Well beyond the confines of the clock.

Years, no more than seconds, are but moments,

Each eternity again, again.

All live on the wheel of joys and torments,

Returning to the ramparts of the wind.


A valuable lesson in Business Management ( 18 + )‏

Johnny wanted to have sex with a girl in his office,
but she belonged to someone else...

One day, Johnny got so frustrated that he went up to
her and said, "I'll give you a $100 if you let me
screw you. But the girl said NO.

Johnny said, "I'll be fast. I'll throw the money on
the floor, you bend down, and I'll be finished by the
time you pick it up. "

She thought for a moment and said that she would have
to consult her boyfriend... So she called her
boyfriend and told him the story.

Her boyfriend says, "Ask him for $200, pick up the
money very fast, he won't even be able to get his
pants down."

So she agrees and accepts the proposal. Half an hour
goes by, and the boyfriend is waiting for his
girlfriend to call.

Finally, after 45 minutes, the boyfriend calls and
asks what happened.

She responded, "The bastard used coins!"

Management lesson: Always consider a business proposal
in its entirety before agreeing to it and getting screwed!

New Year's Wishes

New Year's Wishes

May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastroenterologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber .....

May New Year's Eve find you seated around the table, together with your beloved family and cherished friends. May you find the food better, the environment quieter, the cost much cheaper, and the pleasure much more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night.

May what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others see in you delight them. May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes, and tell the world about your virtues.

May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish dinner, may the commercials on TV not be louder than the program you have been watching, and may your check book and your budget balance - and include generous amounts for charity.

May you remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parent, your siblings; but not to your secretary, your nurse, your masseuse, your hairdresser or your tennis instructor.

And may we live in a world at peace and with the awareness of God's love in every sunset, every flower's unfolding petals, every baby's smile, every lover's kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.

यू कैन दो it

An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to
spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work.

His only son, who would have helped him, was in
prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and
mentioned his situation.
Dear Son, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks
like I won't be able to plant my potato garden this
year. I hate to miss doing the garden, because your
mother always loved planting time. I'm just getting
too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were
here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would
dig the plot for me, if you weren't in prison.

Love, Dad

Shortly, the old man received this telegram:
“For Heaven's sake, Dad, don’t dig up the garden!!
That's where I buried the GUNS!"
At 4.00 AM. The next morning,
A dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up
and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.
Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son
telling him what happened, and asked him what to do
next. His son's reply was: "Go ahead and plant your
potatoes, Dad. It's the best I could do for you from

Moral of the Story




Family is still the cradle of our civilisation. A well spring of social and emotional security. But the numbers tell the story of a tectonic shift in India's social mores, led by a new middle class that unabashedly prefers the nuclear arrangement to the extended one. Parents and siblings, plus an aunt, uncle, or a cousin, and of course the grandparents, that's what the "traditional"Indian family used to be about. Now as the DINKS or the double-income-no-kids, best exemplify, the vulnerable institution is under threat. Or is it?

Sure, the middle class questions the rules of the game and rewrites these to suit new needs, but the family still remains the first line of defence in the struggle to provide nurture and socialisation, health and education. The dramatic change may actually reflect a popular desire to modify traditional structures rather than abandon them, to make the customs lockstep with new demands on individuals' time & energy with legion numbers, India's 300 million strong middle class has today emerged as the most powerful pace setter of every key trend in the country, from halter neck blouses to citizen's activism. It tolerates inter-caste marriages, champions its career women, reinvents ``upvas''and yet manages to make merry on Valentine's day. The Desires, hopes and values of this class will carve out the future of an Indian Society that is imploding from within. Neither short on aspirations nor chary of consemerism, raking in more moolah than their forefathers saw in their wildest dreams, they are going all to town with their newfound spending power. But other than keeping the economy impressively buoyant, their street-smart ways are also redesigning the Indian social structure to its very core

Experiencing God’s Grace

Lord Guruvayoorappan –the Aapath Bhandhavan
Experiencing God’s Grace
By Muttathukattil Mamanna Ittiravi Nambudiri
In whatsoever danger you find yourself, if you call Guruvayurappan with bhakti and melted heart, he will come running to you .There is no doubt about this.
It happened in 1919. I had been to Guruvayur during Uttarayana along with my friend Thottam Nilakantan Nambudiripad. We were then studying at Mukkola Pakaraavur Mana and studying Upanishads. From there we went to Guruvayur during the Vaisaka season. Those days there were no bus services; one had to walk. From my place, Paanjal, the distance we had to walk is 30 miles to reach Guruvayur. From Mukkola it is only 10 miles. We stayed at Guruvayur for a month observing bhajan.
After we returned from Guruvayur, one day my friend and I went to see sea and also take bath there. It was near Vanneri village in Malappuram district. There is a vast expanse of sand there but without any sign of human being. We walked through the sand and reached near the waves. A sea is something which remains ever new and fresh despite any amount of time you spend seeing it. Moreover, we had not seen sea before. Therefore we cannot describe our wonder and excitement. Although we tried to take bath, seeing the furious waves we were afraid to venture into the water. There was no trace of human beings anywhere in the area except one or two huts which were far away and no voice could reach there.
As we were standing there, we saw four Mappilas (Muslims) who were fishermen spreading their nets in the ocean. It was fun seeing them rising and falling with the waves, throwing their nets into the sea and drawing them back.
Presently we saw the four fisherman walking towards us. Two of them asked us: “Where do u come from. What for?” and so on. We told them the truth- that we were from Mukkola and that we had not seen sea before. Though we wanted to venture into the sea and play, we admitted we didn’t dare.
The two examined us and walked towards the other two. I was holding my umbrella in my right hand. I was wearing 2 gold rings at which they were looking intently.I got afraid. I covered the hand with my upper cloth.
Then the fisherman were talking between themselves. They were well-built, they came near us and started talking at random: One of them said: “ You see if anyone comes here, there are certain formalities- if there are two rings, one should be given to us.”
The second one said: “No, no, that will not do, they should gives us both the rings.”
As we kept standing still, the third man said: “If you don’t give the ring, see this knife, we will give it to you.”
I stood perplexed, not knowing what to do or what to say. To tell the truth, we had no objection to part with the ring. But then to avoid any blame on them, they would have pushed us to the sea. This they could accomplish quite easily.
Again they started talking something between themselves. As if we did not care to listen to them we turned back and started walking. “You cannot go away like that”, said one fellow and followed us. He caught hold of my hand and changing his tactics, said: “You have come to take bath in the sea. Do not be afraid. I will help you, come on, walk back”.
His tone which was mild first, became harsh. He used force and started pulling me. “Here, everything is coming to an end, death is very near”, I felt. At that very moment, the image of Guruvayurappan whom I had seen only four days back came looming before me and His Names on my tongue.
“See, somebody coming, let us go fast”, said one fisherman pointing to someone far away and to the man holding my hand. Others also looked in that direction and got frightened seeing someone. Leaving my hand, all the four picked up their nets and ran away. We also walked looking behind if any one followed us. We saw none and were wonderstruck.
This frightening incident happened in order to experience the Lord’s grace and I am grateful for this. The golden image of Guruvayurappan that appeared before us that day is still fresh in my mind.
The above was an extract from a great book –Sri Krishna The Lord of Guruvayur Divine Experiences by Sri K.R.Vaidyanathan, Bhavan’s Book University .
It has the English translation of real experiences of our Bhagavan’s grace narrated by readers of the “Sri Guruvayurappan”–a monthly magazine of the Sri Guruvayurappan Sankeerthana Trust, founded by Thirunamacharya Shri Anjam Madhavan Nambudiri (1918-1988), a scholar devotee who held vast audiences spellbound by his inimitable discourses on Bhagavata and the Namasankirtan.


Why is a man given a better chance to live than swine or other animals? Why is a highly posted government officer given better facilities for a comfortable life than an ordinary clerk? The answer is very simple: the important officer has to discharge duties of a more responsible nature than those of an ordinary clerk. Similarly, the human being has to discharge higher duties than the animals, who are always busy with filling their hungry stomachs. But by the laws of nature, the modern animalistic standard of civilization has only increased the problems of filling the stomach. When we approach some of these polished animals for spiritual life, they say that they only want to work for the satisfaction of their stomachs and that there is no necessity of inquiring about the Godhead. Yet despite their eagerness to work hard, there is always the question of unemployment and so many other impediments incurred by the laws of nature. Despite this, they still

denounce the necessity of acknowledging the Godhead. We are given this human form of life not just to work hard like the swine or dog, but to attain the highest perfection of life. If we do not want that perfection, then we will have to work very hard, for we will be forced to by the laws of nature. In the closing days of Kali-yuga

(this present age) men will have to work hard like asses for only a scrap of bread. This process has already begun, and every year the necessity for harder work for lesser wages will increase. Yet human beings are not meant to work hard like animals, and if a man fails to discharge his duties as a human being, he is forced to transmigrate to the lower species of life by the laws of nature. The Bhagavad-gita very vividly describes how a spirit soul, by the laws of nature, takes his birth and gets a suitable body and sense organs for enjoying matter in the material world.
In the Bhagavad-gita it is also stated that those who attempt but do not complete the path of approaching God--in other words, those who have failed to achieve complete success in Krsna consciousness- -are

given the chance to appear in the families of the spiritually advanced or in financially well-to-do mercantile families. If the unsuccessful spiritual aspirants are offered such chances of noble parentage, what of

those who have actually attained the required success? Therefore an attempt to go back to Godhead, even if half finished, guarantees a good birth in the next life. Both the spiritual and the financially well-todo families are beneficial for spiritual progress because in both families one can get a good chance to make further progress from the point where he stopped in his previous birth. In spiritual realization the atmosphere generated by a good family is favorable for the cultivation of spiritual knowledge. The Bhagavad-gita reminds such fortunate well-born persons that their good fortune is due to their past devotional activities. Unfortunately, the children of these families do not consult the Bhagavad-gita, being misguided by maya (illusion).

Birth in a well-to-do family solves the problem of having to find sufficient food from the beginning of life, and later a comparatively easier and more comfortable way of life can be led. Being so situated, one has a good chance to make progress in spiritual realization, but as ill luck would have it, due to the influence of the present iron age (which is full of machines and mechanical people) the sons of the wealthy are misguided for sense enjoyment, and they forget the good chance they have for spiritual enlightenment. Therefore nature, by her laws, is setting fires in these golden homes. It was the golden city of Lanka, under the regime of the demoniac Ravana, that was burned to ashes. That is the law of nature.

A Great story to learn from

A man feared that his wife wasn't hearing as well as
she used to, and he thought she might need a hearing
aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the
family Doctor to discuss the problem. The Doctor told
him there is a simple informal test the husband could
perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her
hearing loss.
Here's what you do," said the Doctor, "stand about 40
feet away from her, and in a normal conversational
speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30
feet, then 20 feet, and so on until
you get a response."
That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking
dinner, and he was in the den. He says to himself,
“I'm about 40 feet away, let's see what happens."
Then in a normal tone he asks, 'Honey, what's for
No response.
So the husband moves to closer to the kitchen, about
30 feet from his wife and repeats, "Honey, what's for
Still no response.
Next he moves into the dining room where he is about
20 feet from his wife and asks, Honey, what's for
Again he gets no response so, He walks up to the
kitchen door, about 10 feet away.
"Honey, what's for dinner?" Again there is no
So he walks right up behind her. "Honey, what's for
"James, for the FIFTH time I've said, PASTA!"

Dear friends, Simple humor of the life teaches us a
lot. This story tells a lot about how we respond in
life like

1) We tend to look to heal in others problems or
issues that are actually ours.

2) What concerns us in our minds, we try to project
onto others

3) Sometimes the best way to learn is to turn the mind
inwards rather than outwards - if one finds themselves
posing judgment on another or getting agitated by
another's actions, the simple test is to turn the
judgment/agitation inwards and see if it is actually
an internal conflict & most likely it is. Perhaps the
judgment on another is on the exact subject that we
lack in ourselves, therefore, the judgment is simply a
consequence of our own anger at oneself.

4) We believe that the entire world is going on in our
head, what occurs externally is just the final movie
that everyone gets to watch. Yet, what goes on inside
includes the cast, the characters, their
relationships, the conflicts, the living out of every
single scene and the decisions which we take ( In Life
) finally makes the movie worth or not worth watching.


> Benajeer Bhutto is now "Allah Pyari".
> This must be the umpteenth gruesome assassination in
> the history of the 60 year old Terrorist State of
> Pakistan -a state carved out of Bharat & created
> purely for the chosen followers of Allah's
> Islam...the religion of "Peace, Tolerance� &
> yes, of course, that oft repeated word
> The long list of political assassinations in
> Pakistan is well known to all who have cared to
> follow its history. However, I have always contended
> that the country whose very soil & foundation are
> drenched with the blood of hundreds & thousands of
> innocent & defenseless Hindu men, women & children
> slaughtered during the partition will never see
> peace and prosperity in its existence.
> Down every water well and river of Pakistan flows
> the blood of innocent Hindus. In fact, blood of the
> dead Hindus runs in the very veins of this rogue
> nation often called the Epicenter of Global
> Terrorism. Facts about the brutal manner in which
> the Hindus were butchered in Pakistan have been
> surreptiously suppressed by not only the world media
> and the wily British but also by the power hungry
> knave - Jawaharlal Nehru who did not wish ANYTHING
> to mar his lust to be the PM of India . The Brits
> had conveyed to the world that the transfer of power
> was a smooth one and thus, the greatest holocaust in
> Human history, one far greater than perhaps the
> Jewish holocaust has remained an untold story. Too
> bad that the current generation of Indians are
> clueless about their own history.
> The fact that Pakistan today serves as the source of
> Global Terror needs no elaboration. However, apart
> from terrorism, the Pakis have their finger in
> almost every possible crime committed on a global
> scale against humanity such as A Q Khan giving the
> deadly nuclear technology to other rogue countries,
> a crime for which he has remained unpunished.
> Pakistan is also the clearinghouse for the opium
> harvested in Afghanistan . It is believed that most
> of the top politicians in Pakistan are major players
> in this illicit business and have amassed
> unfathomable amounts of wealth in its export. Their
> frequent & ostentatious trips to foreign countries
> provide ample evidence to this fact. Just take a
> look at some of the real estate owned by Pakis in
> Pakistan the UK (another Pakistan in the making)!
> Now, to the topic of the day...the assassination of
> Benajeer Bhutto. Upon getting the news some two
> hours after it had happened, I called my friend in
> Pakistan . She was furious - not at the perpetrators
> of the heinous killings but at the dead Benajeer who
> she blamed for the recent unrest in Pakistan . She
> further added that Benajeer Bhutto knew she would be
> eliminated and would also cause death & destruction
> of several others but continued her "Martyr like"
> behavior and now "see what happened?"
> What has happened is nothing new in that hellhole.
> Like other Prime Ministers & Presidents, including
> her own father before her, Benajeer too got plucked
> by Allah Mian by means of the bullet.
> May she rest in peace.
> ============ ======
> December 27, 2007 .
> ============ =====
> Very rightly you said, "the foundation stone of
> Pakistan is the bones and blood of the innocent
> Hindus and Sikhs who were massacred in 1947."
> Pakistan is purely British creation or mischief. An
> old parliamentary democracy, boasting of secularism
> and Magna Carta, misused her absolute power over the
> natives, gave vast territories of India to Islamic
> beast that, ironically, has now dug its teeth into
> the soft flesh of mainland United Kingdom itself in
> order to bleed her to death in the manner of the
> death of United India.
> Britain at that time did not think it relevant to
> hold REFERENDUM over the issue of BOGUS partition
> that was to retain the Muslims in India while wiping
> out the Hindus in Pakistan .
> Someone has called Pakistan an illegitimate "bastard
> child" of India born as a result of her rape by
> indigenous Muslims, encouraged by the British rulers
> at the time.
> The act of creating the artificial Muslim State
> called Pakistan was High Treason against enslaved
> India without example in history. It was imposition
> of ALIEN Koran written in ARABIC from another
> beastly wild world upon the subservient, soft and
> gentle natives of sub continent.
> Today the intellectual and cultural wilderness of
> Islamic Pakistan, where assassinations, murder,
> rape, prostitution and killings are daily routine,
> is the same soil upon which centuries ago great
> Rishis and genuine Mahatmas composed Vedas and
> Scriptures, where Guru Nanak was born who went
> around the known world with his gentle message of
> universal peace and love, where Guru Arjun Dev
> compiled Sri Guru Granth Sahib that contrasts
> sharply with the blood curdling message in the
> "Kafir killer" Koran, and where the Guru himself was
> tortured to death, and where in our own time brave
> patriots like Bhagat Singh were hanged to death in
> Lahore for the sake of a united, secular, civilised
> India, not for the sake of savage Islamic Pakistan.
> It is the same soil where once renowned universities
> stood at Nalanda and Taxila that turned out scholars
> and thinkers, where in our own time Madrassas of
> Indoctrination & Brainwashing have sprung up to
> produce the Taliban and the suicide bombers.
> One could also add:
> Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi, the
> very city where bloodthirsty Muslim mobs went on
> rampage, killing men and women, dragging out girls
> to be raped, wiping out village after village,
> removing any trace of Hindu and Sikh life.
> In March 1947 reporters accompanying Viceroy
> Mountbatten in somes towns in that area saw "charred
> bodies covering the streets like the pheasants after
> the shoot." Those reports and photos were never
> shown to the nation and those journalists who
> accompanied the Viceroy on that trip kept silence.
> The faint semblance of a Sikh Holocaust Museum is
> seen INDOORS in several Gurdwaras where the massacre
> of Gurus, their followers and even minor children is
> well depicted, but nothing OUTDOORS to tell the
> world of the great massacres that took place in
> Rawalpindi during 1947.
> Benazir was a first cousin of Rajiv Khan who
> perished in the same way on May 21, 1991 . Benazir
> tried to bring democracy to military dictatorship
> while "dirty" Rajiv depicted himself as Mr Clean in
> the midst of all that filth of rampant corruption.
> There is an ironic angle to the current fate of
> Pakistan . Pervez Musharraf is INDIAN by birth. Like
> Zia Ul Haq he was born on the soil that is still
> India . Both these men brought to Pakistan an agony
> of death from the land of their birth. It is the
> subconscious wish to take revenge, to punish the
> Pakistanis, to put them all in Hell on earth.
> General Zia ul Haq used the stick of ISLAMIC
> FUNDAMENTALISM while General Pervez Musharraf,
> allied to the USA , is wiping out Al Qaida and the
> Taliban. Both of them are doing to Pakistan what the
> silent anguish of the land of their birth would have
> wished them to do- beat the Pakistani traitors on
> their heads, on their backs, on their buttocks and
> on their legs, not sparing even the barristers, the
> advocates, the lawyers and the teachers, for the
> crime of ATTACKING the integrity and unity of their
> own Motherland (India) in order to break her up into
> three parts.
> In other words it is the revenge by the Combined
> Spirit of Sri Ram, Krishna, Guru Nanak and Guru
> Gobind Singh ji that these unworthy "children" of
> India drowned in the QUAGMIRE of Islam that flowed
> out of the rough tough brutal ARABIA like Tsunami,
> covering free and intellectual green pastures of
> genuine democracy and secularism like the Lava that
> covered the city of Pompeii in 79 AD. Gentle sons of
> soil who respected girls, calling them
> “devi�, and women, honouring them as
> mothers, became woman oppressors & beaters- Taliban
> style.
> In the morning Benazir met Hamid Karzai, President
> of Afghanistan to discuss Pak-Afghan relations.
> Within a few hours she was gone to God. The question
> is, How long will Karzai survive if the American
> Infidels pull out? And, how long will Pervez
> Musharraf survive without his Kafir backers in
> Washington ?
> We will go on watching the mounting chaos and
> political convulsions in Pakistan till it reaches
> the logical conclusion when not one but several
> civil wars will break out and the five states,
> Sindh, Baluchistan, NWFP, West Punjab and Swat
> (North Kashmir) break away and become sovereign like
> Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Albania and East
> Bengal (now Bogusdesh).
> The Hindus need not be complacent if the treacherous
> "Hindu bashing" Nehru Dynasty, and the bogus
> Gandhis, continue indefinitely to suffocate the FREE
> HINDU SPIRIT & SPIRITUALITY in Bharat, holding them
> tightly in their ideological grip.

Health tips for various diseases

High Blood Pressure

The number of people suffering from hypertension is growing at an alarming rate and the culprits are the lifestyles that we lead and the kind of food that we eat. So what is this blood pressure that we keep referring to? The blood circulating in the body exerts a certain force on the walls of the arteries, veins and the heart chambers. If the force increases, then the blood pressure increases and high blood pressure can trigger the formation of plaque in the arteries (arteriosclerosis) , which can later lead to heart attacks and strokes. So, high blood pressure needs to be controlled. Let us look at some of the natural remedies that may help to combat this condition.

Managing stress, which has become an everyday affair plays an important role in controlling high blood pressure. Breathing exercise like Pranayam, meditation and doing yoga have helped to combat high blood pressure. The benefits of regular exercise cannot be overlooked. It helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the resting heart rate, which is important for the health of the heart. In combination with other techniques, high blood pressure can be controlled.

Aromatherapy is now being associated as a remedy for high blood pressure. The oil of blue chamomile is said to be beneficial under stressful conditions when inhaled directly. A combination of lavender oil and olive or sunflower oil with blue chamomile massaged under the collarbone every night is said to afford relief from high blood pressure. Next to exercise, managing your diet is the next important step towards achieving control of blood pressure.
Consumption of adequate Sodium, potassium and magnesium help to lower blood pressure. The dietary ratio between sodium and potassium and sodium and magnesium has got to be narrowed. This can easily be done. Bananas, melons, grapefruit, oranges, cabbage and cauliflower and other fresh vegetables and fruits are rich in potassium Magnesium is present in nuts, rice, wheat germ, beans, soy and also in bananas. So go ahead and increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Supplementing with oral calcium will also help. Celery and celery oil helps in the dilation of the muscles that regulate blood pressure and is considered to be very beneficial. Celery juice in combination with carrot juice and water makes a nutritious and beneficial drink..

Cloves of garlic, which we use regularly in Indian cooking, helps to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and increase circulation of blood. Garlic pills or powder help to make blood thinner but you have to be careful when it is combined with prescription drugs.

Ayurvedic treatment of high blood pressure is very common in the Indian set up. The treatment is highly individualized according to what is referred to as"dosha" or in more common parlance one's constitution. A diet low in salt and fat and herbs like Sankhapuspi and ashwagandha are supposed to be cardio protective and help in the strengthening of heart muscles. The bark of the Arjuna tree is said to induce a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate. Hawthorn leaves, flowers and berries are useful in combating mild high blood pressure by improving heart function and in treating irregular beating of the heart and angina. Dandelion is a popular home remedy which more or less acts as a diuretic and thus helping to lower high blood pressure. As there is no loss of potassium and as dandelion leaves are easy to attain, it does seem an easy remedy. Reishi, the Japanese mushroom reduces the amount of bad cholesterol and also helps to combat high blood pressure. Homeopathy is just as popular in India as Ayurveda or Allopathy.

Sound therapy and imagery are gaining in popularity as natural remedies for high blood pressure. It has been found that listening to relaxing music for about 20 to 30 minutes a day slows down the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. Just close your eyes, breathe slowly and deeply, lie down in a comfortable position and let your body absorb the sound energy. Use headphones and you will find that the music soothes you and helps you to relax. Imagery psychiatrists say when practiced for 3-5 minutes a couple of times a day does help to combat high blood pressure. Of course it involves visualization of the sense of coolness pervading every pore of your body and imagining it to enter your blood stream and sensing that your elevated blood pressure is being lowered. Reflexology has its share of helping to stablise blood pressure by focusing on foot reflexes. No one can deny the power of yogic postures. "Shavasana" and the Knee squeeze help in the circulation of blood , relieves tension and both in turn help to combat high blood pressure. Grandma's remedies especially in India still have a following. Equal amounts of melon seeds and khus khus ground into a powder are a favorite. A teaspoon early in the morning and late in the evening is effective. The juice of curry leaves mixed with water and limejuice has its own potency. It is said that coriander and fenugreek leaves also produce the same effect and as they are harmless it is worth the try. Grandma also says that honey, ginger juice and cumin powder is an excellent natural remedy for high blood pressure. Whatever remedy you choose, the bottom line is this ---changing your lifestyle, managing your stress and controlling your diet are all in your hands.

Abdomen Pain

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel in the abdominal area (the area between your chest and groin), often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Even when you feel pain there, however, Abdomen pain may originate from somewhere else -- like your chest, pelvic region (the area just below the abdomen that houses the reproductive organs), or a generalized infection affecting many parts of your body (like the flu or strep throat). For abdomen pain, always consult with your doctor first.

Causes of pain of lower right abdomen are frequently appendicitis; pain of upper abdomen may be caused by stomach or duodenum diseases; pain at the rim of lower abdomen and lower back may be caused by kidney stones or ureter stones, pain of right rid may be caused by liver and gallbladder diseases; pain of left rid may be caused by spleen disease; Cramp at the rim of lower abdomen and inguen of women are usually caused by pre-menstruation symptoms. You doctor can diagnose & guide you best.


Before looking at the home remedy for yeast infection, it is important to understand this infection. The fact is that most people are afraid of suffering from infections and end up complicating things further because of their fear and discomfort.

Some times they tend to overlook the symptoms as the develop hoping that a miracle will do away with the entire ailment. But this is not so? So, to begin at the very beginning – yeast infections primarily inflict women who are in the age group within which they can naturally bear a child

According to the medical statistics anywhere between 70% to 80% of this infection is caused by Candida albicans, which is a strain of yeast. This, as well as other strains of yeast naturally crop up in a woman's vagina, in miniscule amounts and are kept in control by Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is a bacterium that naturally arises in the vagina. However, a yeast infection only occurs when there is imbalance in the existence of these organisms.

This imbalance is caused due to varied reasons that include:

· Use and in-take of broad-spectrum antibiotics, as well as steroids and certain birth control pills that tend to destroy the required abovementioned bacteria.
· During pregnancy and prior to menstruation a woman goes through hormonal changes, which is also a contributing factor to yeast infection
· When the vagina is frequently exposed to semen the acidic balance of the vagina is affected causing the infection.
· Sometimes the very products one uses to keep the vagina clean can cause infections as the ingredients maybe extremely harsh
· Wearing tight jeans and other such clothing that does not give that area too much scope to breathe contributes to bringing about this infection.

Apart from the abovementioned causes, there are various others too. The important thing is to be aware of what causes yeast infections in order to prevent it from happening.

While most women rush out to pick up the quick-fix medications, the fact is the home remedies have a longer lasting effect, with no side effects. In fact, apart from curing, these remedies can be used daily to ensure that the infections do not occur.

bleeding gums

Treatment for Bleeding gums:

Gingivitis (pronounced "jin-ja-VI-tus"), is the inflammation, swelling, and bleeding of gum tissues.

Have you ever wondered when your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? It is a first sign of gingivitis.

The primary cause of gingivitis is the bacteria that coats your teeth, and if oral hygiene is poor, it forms a sticky white substance called plaque.

The bacteria here proliferates faster and produces toxins that irritates your gums, keeping them swollen and red.

When they are left untreated, they will destroy the tissues connecting the gums to the tooth, and eventually the tooth to the bones, causing a deep pocket and eventually attacks the bony structure. It has now progressed into what we call periodontitis which is an irreversible form of gum disease.

tips & home remedies for bleeding gums

With a pinch of salt soaked in a glass of lukewarm water, you now create a homemade saline solution. Use this to rinse in the morning and in the evening. This will help increase circulation in your gums and reduce the swelling.
No matter how well and how often you brush your teeth, you can't reach the areas between your teeth and below the gums. Make the habit of flossing. Floss comes in very handy. Keep one in your bag or at your office. After meal, floss it!

sensitive teeth

Sensitive teeth is usually caused by exposed dentin, the layer next to the enamel. A lot of things can cause dentin to be exposed. One most common is improper toothbrushing method.

Too much pressure applied during toothbrushing using a hard bristled toothbrush causes abrasion on the enamel layer, exposing the dentin layer beneath it.

Most common example of this is cervical abrasions, found in the "neck" portion of the tooth crown.

The tooth can also be bruised or abraded from dntal instrumentations, especially after a restorative procedure. Accidental biting on hard substances can also bruised the tooth. Another cause of tooth sensitivity is exposure of the root portion of the tooth due to gingival recession.

Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant. It can come and go. Constant pain could be a sign of a more serious problem. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your dentist to determine the cause and proper treatment.

Depending on the diagnosis, your dentist may recommend one or more of the following treatments to relieve the symptoms of sensitive teeth:

A soft-bristle toothbrush.A special sensitive teeth toothpaste which can either block access to the nerve or make the nerve itself less sensitive.

A fluoride rinse or sensitive teeth gel, recommended by your dentist.

A sensitivity protection toothpaste usually takes several weeks to ease pain. Follow the instructions of your dental professional on the regular use of sensitivity protection toothpaste to keep pain from returning

Some sensitive teeth toothpaste or sensitive teeth gel can be used on your regular tooth brushing schedules


The incidence of depression has been growing at a phenomenal rate but the positive factor here is that people no longer fell stigmatized by acknowledging that they have a problem. The awareness has set in and once this hurdle is crossed, treating depression is possible.

The effects of depression can be traumatizing and the individual suffering from it feels emotionally, physically and even spiritually assaulted. It is an illness and one that has to be treated before it becomes too late.

Depression can break a weak willed person. When we talk of remedies for depression, you would like to deal with natural remedies and the purpose of this exercise is just to do that.

Depression can be caused by many factors both genetic and biological. Individuals may have a genetic makeup that makes them prone to depression or stressful events like the loss of a close one could also be a cause. In addition it is believed that it is also caused by biological factors. We have what are called neurotransmitters in your brains, which are responsible for sense of well being that we feel. Serotonin and other chemicals like dopamine, acetylcholine, norepinephrine largely act as an anti depressants and tranquilizers. Depletion in the levels of these neurotransmitters could lead to depression.

Anti depressants essentially enhance neuro transmission simultaneously increasing the levels of the neuro transmitters especially serotonin.. Medication coupled with natural remedies has been known to be very effective in curing depression.

Dandruff cure

aloe vera dandruff cure - with aloe vera gel . About 10-15 minutes before you wash your hair, rub a lot of aloe vera gel into your scalp. leave it on for 10 minutes, and shampoo your hair like you regularly do. if you do this everyday the dandruff will stay away.

Using lime juice to wash hair.

Soak 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning grind into a fine paste. Apply all over scalp and leave for ½ an hour. Wash with mild shampoo.

Ingredients: Olive oil and almond oil

Instructions: Mix the olive oil with the almond oil. Leave it on about 5 min.s after it starts to burn. Rinse well to clear dandruff.

Massage your hair with warm coconut oil and apply the juice of 2 lemons, steam your hair and leave the oil on for about 2 hours. Shampoo with a mild shampoo. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

Boil a handful of neem leaves in 4 teacups of water. After cooling and filtering, use for rinsing hair.