Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Peaceful Weekends

Enjoy the peaceful weekends...
Camping at night
Catch the sun rising
Swimming and boating
Batteries recharged....

I don't know how the dragonfly jumped into the picture

Monday, January 30, 2006


We participated in the UCAL car rally for the blind on Sunday. It was a very good experience. Sonia Agarwal flagged of the first car. In this rally all the instructions regarding the location, speed ... are given in the form of braille. Every car has a blind man alloted as navigator. He/She reads out the instructions and the team follows it. There are check spots on the way where we get signed off. Just like an ordinary rally we get penalty points if we come in early or late and the team with least amount of penalty points are the winners.

I am not able to add more than one photo on my blog, so I split it. Any advice on it would be appreciated


We are all set to join the fun. Our navigator was brilliant and he had the experience of participating in atleast 10 races before. We were novices and due to my impatience we missed a check point. We learnt a lot more during the race.
Team spirit, not pointing hands at others
To be more prepared....
We finished the rally and had lots of fun.
Hi, watch out for us in the next rally which will be held in Jan 2007

Waiting for a sponsor


Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

There were quite a lot of blind people who were waiting for a sponsor. This was their day out where they could go around the city and have fun too. There were not enough cars, so guys/gals join the fun next year so that more blind people can also have fun.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Innovative Indian!

Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things

It was a busy international airport. They had recently introduced free internet at the airport.

They had 4 computers at each browsing spot. I was watching the crowd catching up with their email and browsing the net. There were atleast 3 or 4 people waiting behind each internet user patiently (impatiently) waiting for their turn. One computer terminal was free. People would go to that terminal move the mouse around and found that the ball was missing inside the mechanical mouse, would go back to their queue a bit frustrated.

A couple of people who were not in the queue rushed to the vacant computer only to be disappointed that the mouse would not work. You could see the smile across the faces of he people waiting for their chance at the disappointed guys.

Then this simple looking guy (Indian) walked up to the vacant computer. He checked out and found that the mouse ball was missing. He looked around and could see the sarcastic smile of the travellers over there waiting for their chance. I could see a smile on his face. He kept his bag down, picked up the mouse with his left hand and with his right hand index finger started moving the mouse internal rollers to position his cursor and browse. I was happy and smiling when I saw the sarcastic smile being replaced by amazement and stupidity in the traveller's face who were waiting for so long.

I felt proud.

The key to success is often the ability to adapt

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Don't worry having read the previous post. Be Happy

i am getting old? burnt out?

I failed. Well let me better start exercising my brain.
or is it the stress at my job? let me get a break

Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important that we keep mentally alert The saying; "If you don't use it, you will lose it" also applies to the brain, so... Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence. So, take the following test presented here and determine if you arelosing it or are still "with it." The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you have made your answer.
OK, relax, clear your mind and... begin.


Question 1.
What do you put in a toaster?
Answer: "bread." If you said "toast," then give up now and go dosomething else.! Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, "bread," go to

Question 2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk." What do cows drink?
Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk," please do not attempt the next question. Your brain is obviously over stressed and may even overheat. It may be that you need to content yourself with reading something more appropriate such as Children's World. If you said "water"then proceed to question 3.

Question 3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a blackhouse is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "greenbricks," what the devil are you still doing here reading these questions????? If you said "glass," then! go on to Question 4.

Question 4.. It's twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feetover Germany (If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany.) Anyway, during the flight, TWO of the engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he has time and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany or West Germany or in "no man's land"?
Answer: You don't, of course, bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else, you are a real dunce and you must NEVER try to rescue anyone from a plane crash. Your efforts would not be appreciated! . If you said, "Don't bury the survivors", then proceed to the next question.

Question 5. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Sweden, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on In Carmarthen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven. What was the name of the bus driver?
Answer: Oh, for crying out loud! Don't you remember your own name?It was YOU

PS: 95% of people fail in most of the questions! !!

I just got to accept the fact I am an average guy one of the 95%

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

It looks like she's been waiting for a long time!

A store that sells husbands has just opened in the city where a woman may go to choose a husband from among many men. The store is comprised of 6 floors, and the men increase in positive attributes as the shopper ascends the flights. There is, however, a catch. As you open the door to any floor you may choose a man from that floor, but if you go up a floor, you cannot go back down except to exit the building.

So a woman goes to the shopping center to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men have jobs.

The woman reads the sign and says to herself, "Well, that's better than my last boyfriend, but I wonder what's further up?" So up she goes. The second floor sign reads:

Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love kids.

The woman remarks to herself, "That's great, but I wonder what's further up?" And up she goes again. The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love kids and are extremely good looking.
"Hmmm, better" she says. "But I wonder what's upstairs?" The fourth floor sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking and help with the housework.

"Wow!" exclaims the woman, "very tempting. BUT, there must be more, further up!" And again she heads up another flight. The fifth floor sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, help with the housework and have a strong romantic streak.

"Oh, mercy me! But just think... what must be awaiting me further on?" So up to the sixth floor she goes. The sixth floor sign reads:

Floor 6 - You are visitor 3,456,789,012 to this floor.
There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please.

Thank you for shopping at Husband Mart and have a nice day

Monday, January 23, 2006

A child's prayer for / to God

There is nothing more precious than the heart of a child.

The absolute faith of a child in God

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Cracks and Flaws

If you don't start out the day with a smile, it's not too late to start practicing for tomorrow. ~Author Unknown
A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck.. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering onlyone and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect forwhich it was made.But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserablethat it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to thewater bearer one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, and because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?
That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back,you've watered them.For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decoratethe table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be thisbeauty to grace the house"
Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots.But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together sovery interesting and rewarding.You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

You think you had a bad day

A laugh is a smile that bursts. ~Mary H. Waldrip

Having a bad day???

In a hospital's Intensive Care Unit, patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11:00 a.m., regardless of their medical condition.This puzzled the doctors and some even thought it had something to do with the supernatural. No one could solve the mysteryas to why the deaths occurred around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, so aworldwide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents.The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11:00 a.m., all of the doctors and nurses nervously waited outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books, and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits.Just when the clock struck 11:00, Pookie Johnson, the part-time Sunday janitor, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so he could use the vacuum cleaner.

Having a Bad Day??

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez Oil spill in Alaska was $80, 000.00. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers.A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.

Still think you are having a Bad Day???

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places. Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.

STILL think you're having a Bad Day??

Two animal rights defenders were protesting the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn, Germany. Suddenly, all two thousand pigs broke loose and escaped through a broken fence, stampeding madly.The two helpless protesters were trampled to death.

What?? STILL having a Bad Day???

Iraqi terrorist Khay Rahnajet didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with "Return to Sender" stamped on it.Forgetting it was the bomb, he opened it and was blown to bits

There now, feeling Better ?

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Beautifully stated

A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks. ~Charles Gordy

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to
ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken
probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts
too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with
your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did.
You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose
someone you love. So take many pictures, laugh a lot, and love like
you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a
minute of happiness you'll never get back.

My friend sent it to me by email. How true it is when we waste our time.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Hi Guys, Let me also join the game

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available. ~Jim Beggs
One of the world's best photos -#1
(All credit to the photographers)
Thank God, we don't have these playmates in Chennai.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Lord, my ship is so small and your sea is so big

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. ~Andy Rooney

One of the world's best photos -#2

Sailors on this ship got to be really brave to smile in a situation like this

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Lighting up the world

Always remember to be happy because you never know who's falling in love with your smile.
One of the world's best photos -#3

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Need a SUN, send an email

Start every day with a smile and get it over with. ~W.C. Fields

One of the world's best photos -#4

Good trick shot.
Wish I could also get the stars, moon and fix it on my room ceiling!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Keeping the snow cool?

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ~Author Unknown

One of the world's best photos -#5

Sometimes it is amazing when I see photographs like these.
The photographer has to be at the right place
at the right time
with the correct equipment.

It is a reality in life also. Must be really lucky...
To be at the right place and at the right time.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

I have cancer , it doesn't have me - Anika

CAN Conquer CANcer initiative

I parked the car on the side of the road, and my wife and daughter
were getting ready for their usual prayers in the chapel attached to the school, then we were to drop our daughter off at her class.
"Can you park the car on the other side of the road please?", my wife requested.
With a frown on her face she said, "The building by the side with closed windows is a cancer hospital…dirty, germs, radiations...."
I agreed and parked on the opposite side. We usually wait to pick up our daughter at the same place. One day, a window opened up and we saw a cute looking girl about 6 or 7 years old with a tired face.
When she saw us she gave us a shy smile. My wife returned the smile. My daughter arrived and waved at her and the girl waved back happily.
We could see the girl and my daughter were getting friendlier.
This became a regular affair at the same time each day.
My daughter named her Anika, meaning beautiful child of God.
As days passed, Anika started looking weaker and more fragile.
Her hair seemed to thin off and we could see the pain behind the smile.
One day, as usual, we waited but the window never opened up.
We turned back home after our daughter arrived.
Same story next day...
There were tears in my daughter's and wife's eyes. My heart was heavy.
We did not want to think negatively... The next day, as usual, both of them went to the chapel and when my wife returned , she was in tears.
She told me she prayed and her heart cried out for the girl. We wanted to see that smiling cheerful face again. She asked me to stop the car by the hospital side of the road. I was surprised. She sat there with her eyes closed.
I had lost hope but did not have the heart to check on the girl's condition as I knew both my daughter and wife could not bear any sort of bad news.
My wife insisted that we park under the same window everyday and both the girls spent more time every passing day in the chapel .
They were confident that they would see Anika again.
In my mind, I knew that they were going to be disappointed.
It had been 10 days and on that day, as I stopped the car near the hospital, both my wife and daughter were excited. The window was open and sweet, bald, Anika was there with a wide radiant smile waiting for us.
My wife and daughter were crying with joy and there were tears in my eyes too!!!
My brain said it would not last long and there could be a relapse.
For once I listened to my heart and knew Anika had fought through the cancer because of her fighting spirit, her friends who would not give her up and prayers with faith.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Free Orkut Invitations!!!

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. ~Author Unknown

Make new friends all over the world!!!

Hi guys/galsIf you need a free ORKUT invitation make a comment about something which made you smile or send your email address in the comments.

If you have anything free to offer (free software, jobs, part time work, offers.....)let us know so we can share the smile

If you already have one pass the message and the smile


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Results of forwarding chain emails!!!

Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over. ~Walter Anderson

I always had the guilty feeling whether to forward an email or not....

This one made me smile and I am not forwarding it, but just putting it on my blog.

Subject: ThanksMy heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of you who have taken the time and trouble to send me "forwards" over the past 12 months.Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed and healthy.

Extra thanks to whoever sent me the email about rat crap in the glue on envelopes - because I now get a wet towel every time I need to seal an envelope.
Also, I scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.
Because of your genuine concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because I know it can remove toilet stains, which is not exactly an appealing characteristic.
I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS. Which is the same reason I no longer go to the pictures just in case I get jabbed with an Aids infected needle planted in the seat.
I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
I no longer go to shopping malls because someone might drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.
I no longer eat KFC because their "chickens" are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.
I no longer worry about my soul because at last count, I have 6,363,214 angels looking out for me.
Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes. This one especially must be true because apparently the Dalai Lama believes it also.
I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl on the internet who is about to die in the hospital (for the 1,387,258th time).
I no longer have any money at all in fact - but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special on-line email program, and or the 256 Million US dollars being held in a Nigerian Bank under my name, and the 86 Million Euros I've recently won in a lottery somewhere.Yes, I want to thank you all so much for looking out for me that I will now return the favour! If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 7minutes, send me your Bank account details so I can share in the aforementioned winnings I am anticipating, make 22 wishes, (none are to be the same), a deformed mutant pigeon with a wicked case of diahorrea will land on your head at 5:00 PM (EST) this afternoon.I know this can occur because apparently it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician, twice removed on her Father's Uncle's Cousin's side.


And have a nice day!

Let me know your opinions about forwarding emails

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Free gmail invitations

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.

Hi guys/gals

If you need a free gmail invitation make a comment about something which made you smile or send your email address in the comments

If you already have one pass the message and the smile