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Saturday, September 27, 2008

A beautiful rangoli

Thursday, September 18, 2008



Think of someone you know (or know of) who is “a person of good character.” Lock his or her image in your mind. Now take a moment to reflect on the things this person says and does…the personal characteristics that make him or her a role model for you. What comes to mind? What do you see?

Chances are that high on the list of your role model’s qualities is COMMITMENT – the unwavering dedication to being a good family member and friend…to doing his or her best at work and away from the job…to doing what’s right, noble, and decent.

Committed people like your role model just seem to have their heads and hearts in the right place. They keep their priorities straight. They stay focused on what’s important. They know, inherently, that what they believe must drive how they behave – and how they behave ultimately determines the character they possess, the reputation they enjoy, and the legacy they leave.

Do they face occasional temptations to compromise their values…to do what’s easy, convenient, and self-serving? Of course they do! But they fight those temptations the same way they approach every aspect of their lives: With everything they have.

Questions to Ponder:
What am I committed to?
What values are important to me?
How committed am I?
What personal behaviors can I cite as evidence of those commitments?
How close are my behaviors to those of my commitment role model?
What can I do to be a commitment role model for others?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Murugan songs by TMS

Here are some songs by T.M. Soundararajan on Muruga.

Ninaitha pothu
Oraaru Mugamum

Sollil Tamilai
Thithikkum Thenpagum
Ullam Uruguthaiya

Enakkum Idam
Enthan Kuralil
Karpanai Endralum
Muruganai Koopitu
Nambungal Murugan
Manimudi Oraru
Isayaal Vasamaga

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bomb blasts in India

Lets see the series of events

-Blasts rock a city in india
-Prime Minister, President and Mrs Gandhi condemn the blasts
-Home Minister Shivraj Patil appeals for calm and communal harmony
-Security forces blame ISI and pakistan
-Debate in News channels on how terror needs to be tackled
-BJP attacks govt on being weak on terror.
-Next day media reports that the place is limping back to normalcy.
-Chief Miniter anounces compensation
-One week later everyone forgets about the incident.

And then again the cycle keeps repeating and people keep dying.

Go banana

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting.
After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again .

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.

It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest

ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking & Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassiu! m and ma gnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, 'eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out.. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

Share this with friends, if you like the banana....

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth.
Amazing fruit!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Ataana is a raga used mainly in concerts. It is considered to be a very catchy raga that gives a stage flavor for a musician when everything is going dull in a concert. It stimulates the audience by its qualities of Veeram, Bakthi rasam.
Ataana is a kind of raga where the arohana and avarohana are not strictly followed. First this was thought to be under 29th Melakartha Sankarabharanam with ga1 and ni1 as two annyaswaras (alien swara). But now it has been broadly agreed to be under 22nd Melakartha Karaharapriya with ni2 as the single annyaswara. When it was under Sankarabharanam the prayoga "ga2 ma1 ri2 sa" was used predominantely. But this has died as the time went off. As I said earlier the arohana-avarohana is not very strict here but one perception is: arohana: sa ri2 ma2 pa ni1 sa, and avarohana: sa da2 pa ma1 ri2 ma1(ga1) ri2 sa.
The ni2 (kakali nishatham) comes as annyaswara in certain prayogams but it does not exist in the arohana-avarohana. Some of the prayogams in which ni2 comes are sa ni2 da2, ri2 sa da2. In ri2 sa da2 in between singing sa and da2 we touch ni2 and come to da2. This gives a nice flavour to ataana. This also gives the Bhasanga status to the raga. Ri2 and da2 are most dheera swaras for this raga. "ga1" is the weak swara we can not stand in "ga1" for too long. And we can not have prayogas like "ga1 ga1 ri2 sa" as the same occurs for the raga Durbar. It should be sung as ri2 ma1 ri2 ma1 ri2 sa. Similarly the prayoga "ga1 ma1 ri2 sa" also occurs in Kaanada. But in the midst of other prayogas it does not give any flavor of Kaanada even when it is sung in the same fashion. This is the main beauty of our music it looks theoretically ambiguous but nothing looks ambiguous when sung.
The prayoga da da da gives a nice touch for Ataana. In the charanam of "Balaganaga maya/Ela nee dhayaraathu" composed by Saint Thyagaraja (perhaps his first song) i.e., "ra ra dhevathi deva" it gives a real touch of softness. It is a quite interesting prayoga because mostly all the other prayogas give a bold stature to the raga but this one gives a very soft touch. I think many will agree with me. "ma1 pa ri2 sa", "pa ri2 sa da2 ... ri2 sa da2... sa da2" all very good prayogas for Ataana.

  1. Baala kanakamaya - K. J. Yesudoss
  2. Baala kanakamaya - T. V. Sankaranarayanan
  3. graha bala - Ranjani & Gayathri
  4. Thiyaagaraaja swaami - Aruna Sairam
  5. Ambaa paaravthi ( aalapana) - Nithyashree
  6. Ambaa paarvathi - Nithyashree
  7. Baala kanakamaya - Nithyashree
  8. Munnai Ilangai - Sowmya
  9. Nee irangaayenil - Bombay Jayashree
  10. Raama naamamu - Madurai Somu
  11. Sri Mahaganapathim - Maharajapuram Santhanam
  12. Sri Vaidhyanatham - Bombay Jayashree
  13. Sri raama naama - K. J. Yesudoss
  14. Anupama - Bombay Jayashree
  15. Baala kanakamaya - Aruna Sairam
  16. Baala kanakamaya - S. Janaki
  17. Nee irangaayenil - P. Unnikrishnan
  18. Sri vaidhyanatham - Nithyashree
  19. Ada Naaraayana - Sowmya
  20. Kaala kaalan kayilai nathan - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  21. Madhura madhura - Aruna Sairam
  22. Raa raa raghuveera - Maharajapuram Santhanam
  23. Anupama gunaambudhi - Sudha Raghunathan
  24. Baala kanakamaya - Sowmya
  25. Ilalao pranadharthi - Bombay Jayashree
  26. Kaala kaalan - T. V. Sankaranarayanan
  27. Sakala graha bala - S. P. Raamh
  28. Madhura madhura - O.S. Arun
  29. Bhajana seyaraadha - T. N. Seshagopalan
  30. Sri mahaganapathim - Nithyashree
  31. Nee irangaayenil - M. S. Subbalakshmi
  32. Parama paavani - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  33. Thiruvadi charnamappa - Sowmya
  34. Thyaagaraaja swaami - Ranjani & Gayathri
  35. Malai mugqadu - T. M. Krishna
  36. Mummoorthulu - T. M. Krishna
  37. Naaradha gaana lola - P. Unnikrishnan
  38. Velli nilavinile - T. N. Seshagopalan
  39. Nee irangaayenil - Bombay sisters
  40. Sakalagraha bala - Bombay Jayashri
  41. Naarada - Balamuralikrishna
  42. Yepappamu - T.K. Rangachari
  43. Ilalo pranadharthi - T. K. rangachari
  44. Baalakanaka maya - T. K. Rangachari
  45. Naarada gaana - T. K. Rangachari
  46. Epaapamu - T. K. Rangachari
  47. Baalakanakamaya - Sanjay Subramanian
  48. Gopakumara - Unknown to me ( If some body knows this artist please let me know)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

India's most and least corrupt states

September 5, 2008

India has a dubious distinction when it comes to corruption as indicated by Transparency International. In the Global Corruption Index, a survey of 133 nations conducted by TI (a Berlin-based anti-graft watchdog), India is ranked 72 among 180 countries.

Now find out which are India's most and least corrupt states. A survey conducted by Transparency International-India and the Centre for Media Studies in New Delhi has for the first time released the list of India's most and least corrupt states.

The survey puts India's states into four categories: Alarmingly Corrupt; Very Highly Corrupt; Highly Corrupt; and Moderately Corrupt.


The survey says that there are four states in the 'Alarmingly Corrupt' category, led by Bihar.

Bihar is the 12th largest Indian state in terms of area and the third largest when it comes to population. Biharis are far behind other Indian in human and economic development terms, (source, Wikipedia) thus fuelling corruption and migration.

The survey is a part of efforts by Transparency International - India to reduce corruption by promoting and supporting transparent and ethical practices in the government sector.

It had randomly selected a sample of 22,728 BPL (below poverty line that is poorest) households from all across the country and they were surveyed to ascertain which were the most unhappy and extorted lot and in which state.

Jammu & Kashmir

J&K is also in the 'Alarmingly Corrupt' category.

The strife-torn Indian state has been a constant battleground between Indian security forces and terrorists.

Terror strikes have reduced the once-booming tourism trade in the state to nothing but a distant memory.

Corruption is thus rife in this state, currently under President's Rule.

About the survey

The survey found that the police department in all these states tops the corruption chart, followed by others -- including the forest department, land records/registration and housing.

Electricity, banking, education, water supply and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme fell under the other corrupt services.

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh, which according to the Transperancy Internation India survey is 'Alarmingly Corrupt,' has since long been a victim of nepotism and corruption.

The chief minister of the mineral-rich state is Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

More about the TI-India survey

The survey ascertained that nearly Rs 883 crore (Rs 8.83 billion) was paid as bribes in the year 2007 by BPL (below poverty line) families to avail of these public services -which include getting a ration card as well as for admissions in schools. Of the entire bribe money, Rs 214.8 crore (Rs 2.148 billion) was paid to the police.

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh's economic mainstay is agriculture. Most of the state's employed people are engaged in this activity. It is one of India's major tourist hubs, especially since it houses the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra..

The state also has some large manufacturing units and is one of the top IT centres in India too.

The state is fighting a losing battle against corruption, and has been categorized in the 'Alarmingly Corrupt' bracket.

It is India's most populous state. Mayawati is the state's current chief minister.


Karnataka is one of India's most economically progressive states, which is why the bracketing of the state among the 'Very Highly Corrupt' states comes as a surprise.

It's growth has been amongst the fastest in the country, and it has been the hub for the software sector and also for industries.

The chief minister of the state is B S Yeddyurappa.


One of India's most famous tourist destinations, Rajasthan's economy is most dependent on agriculture and mining. The state is in the 'Very Highly Corrupt' category.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will have to fight tooth and nail to curb the menace of rising corruption.

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is also a highly industrialised Indian state. It also has a vibrant services sector.

The fact that the state is categorized as being 'Very Highly Corrupt' is quite surprising as Tamil Nadu is also one of India's most literate state, bursting with great talent across all sectors of human activity. Its per capita income too is higher than the national average.

It is also among the highest recipients of foreign direct investment in India. M Karunanidhi is the state chief minister.


Chhattisgarh is one of India's fastest growing states. Mineral rich and bursting with great agricultural potential, the state has been a victim of long-time neglect.

Chief Minister Raman Singh now has his task cut out for himself with the state being categorized as 'Highly Corrupt.'

The state is now giving special attention to education and breeding talent, and also has big plans to be biofuel self-sufficient by 2015 by planting crops of jatropha (source: Wikipedia).


India's capital Delhi is one of India's richest states with its per capita income more than twice the national average. The state is the seat of the Indian government and, perhaps, that makes it vulnerable to corruption as industrialists and common folk alike throng the corridors of power to get their 'work done.'

It is the nation's second financial capital after Mumbai. The state is highly industrialised and also has a booming services sector.

According to Transparency International India, Delhi is 'Highly Corrupt.'

Sheila Dikshit is the chief minister of Delhi.


Gujarat is one of the most industrialised and among the richest states in India. India Inc has a big presence here. Some huge projects like the Reliance Industries' massive refinery are housed here. It also has a rich and flourishing agricultural sector, and is also blessed with rich mineral ore.

Yet corruption in the state is quite high and it is in the 'Highly Corrupt' category. Something for Chief Minister Narendra Modi to think and do something about.


Jharkhand, carved out of Bihar in the year 2000, is highly rich in minerals. It also is a heavily industrialized state.

Yet, for long, the state has been dogged by corruption at all levels of government, semi-government and private sector establishments. TI-India categorises Jharkhand as 'Highly Corrupt.'

Shibu Soren, the new chief minister of the state, is now faced with the gargantuan challenge of checking corruption and helping the state grow faster than ever.


For long the economy of Kerala, one of India's most literate states, had been financed by petro-dollars sent by people from the state working overseas, especially in the Persian Gulf region.

The state has been going through a series of problems trying to raise the level industrialisation, usher in a free market economy, attract higher foreign direct investment, and establish a healthy services sector. The domineering presence of Leftist unions has to an extent curbed Kerala's ambitions.

Yet, the standard of living in Kerala is among the best in India. The state has a very well developed tourism, banking and finance, and communications sectors. Yet it suffers from a high level of joblessness fuelling corruption. It has thus been categorized as 'Highly Corrupt.'

V S Achuthanandan is the state chief minister.


Mineral-rich Orissa is now attracting foreign direct investment and mega projects like no other state. The state is blessed with heavy iron ore deposits and many a steel plant.

Despite the high level of poverty in the state, Orissa has been in the forefront of privatization and economic reforms.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's Orissa, however, is hardly free from corruption and is said to be 'Highly Corrupt.'

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh, rich in agricultural and services sector also has a vibrant industrialised economy.

A vibrant information technology sector has seen the state emerge as one of India's largest exporters of IT and software services. This sector has also generated large-scale employment in the urban areas of the state.

But for Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy things aren't all rosy. . . especially since he needs to curb the rampant corruption in the state that has been bracketed as 'Moderately Corrupt.'


Haryana has emerged as a major hub for IT and BPO firms. It is also a huge manufacturing base for many a global company, having received a massive amount of foreign direct investment.

The state's business-friendly policies have seen it grow on all parameters of economic development. It is also one of India's richest states.

Transparency International India, however, categorises it as 'Moderately Corrupt.' If corruption were to be reduced in the state, its prosperity and growth would be electrifying. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will, apart from industrialisation, have to now focus on this aspect of human development too.

Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh, blessed with stunning natural beauty, is a major tourist attraction. It has fairly impressive infrastructure in place and its economy is largely agriculture-dependent. The state also has mega hydro-electric projects.

The tentacles of corruption have Himachal too in its grip: the TI survey says it is 'Moderately Corrupt.'

Prem Kumar Dhumal is the state's chief minister.


Maharashtra is India's most industrialised state. It is also one of the richest.

It has a great mix of giant industrial units, well developed agricultural base, flourishing services sector, a fairly free market economy, and a booming financial, banking, and insurance sector.

The state is home to India's financial capital Mumbai, and to the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange. It is also home to Bollywood, the nation's Hindi film and television industry.

Although, a 'Moderately Corrupt' state, Maharashtra needs to weed out the menace to grow ever faster economically and on the human development index. Vilasrao Deshmukh is current chief minister of the state.


Punjab has an impressive mix of industrial and agricultural economy. The hub of many a manufacturing unit, Punjab's mainstay is agriculture.

It is also ranked amongst India's richest states. Unfortunately, it is also has widespread corruption which has seen TI categorise it as being 'Moderately Corrupt,' something that should worry Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.


Uttarakhand was formed when it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh.

The new state has been trying to attract foreign and domestic companies to invest in the state by giving tax concessions. It has a very entrepreneur-friendly policy.

Uttarakhand is blessed with natural beauty that helps promote tourism. It also has many dams where it seeks investment to set up huge power projects.

Corruption here is comparatively low and it is categorised as 'Moderately Corrupt,' something Chief Minister B C Khanduri can take some solace from.

West Bengal

The economy of West Bengal, currently in the news due to the huge controversy over Tata Motors' small car plant at Singur, depends mainly on agriculture.

However, the Left-ruled state has been trying to break through the shackles of anti-liberalisation and aggressive workers' unions, with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya at the helm of affairs.

The state has been trying to attract investment in the industries and services sectors, but the going has been slow and painful.

Being economically backward, the state becomes a hotbed for corruption. Yet, the menace is not as debilitating here as in some other -- and richer -- Indian states. TI-India survey says West Bengal is 'Moderately Corrupt.'

West Bengal, despite its problems, is one of the fastest growing states in India due to rapid industrialisation and a booming information technology sector. By the way, the West Bengal is also a power-surplus state.


Interesting facts


At age 22 – He failed in business
At age 23 – He ran for the Legislature and was defeated
At age 24 – He failed in business, once again
At age 25 – He finally was elected to the Legislature

but then…

At age 29 – He was defeated for Speaker of the House
At age 34 – He was defeated for Congress
At age 39 – He lost another bid for Congress
At age 46 – He was defeated for the Senate
At age 47 – He was defeated for Vice President
At age 49 – He was again defeated for the Senate


At age 51 – He was elected President of the United States

He was…
Abraham Lincoln