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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Seriously, these are points to ponder

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?

What is the speed of darkness?

Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up every two hours?

Are there specially reserved parking spaces for 'normal' people at the Special Olympics?

If the temperature is zero outside today and it's going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?

Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Did you ever stop and wonder......

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze
these pink dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?'

Who was the first person to say, 'See that chicken there... I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes outta it's bum.'

Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their bum when they ask where the bathroom is?

Why does your Obstetrician, Gynaecologist leave the room when you get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs

If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Stop singing and read on.......

Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?

Do you ever wonder why you gave me your e-mail address in the first place?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Power of positive thought

Power of Positive Talk

I remember my dad teaching me the power of language at a very young age. Not only did my dad understand that specific words affect our mental pictures, but he understood words are a powerful programming factor in lifelong success.

One particularly interesting event occurred when I was eight. As a kid, I was always climbing trees, poles, and literally hanging around upside down from the rafters of our lake house. So, it came to no surprise for my dad to find me at the top of a 30-foot tree swinging back and forth. My little eight-year-old brain didn't realize the tree could break or I could get hurt. I just thought it was fun to be up so high..

My older cousin, Tammy, was also in the same tree. She was hanging on the first big limb, about ten feet below me. Tammy's mother also noticed us at the exact time my dad did. About that time a huge gust of wind came over the tree. I could hear the leaves start to rattle and the tree begin to sway. I remember my dad's voice over the wind yell, 'Bart, Hold on tightly.' So I did. The next thing I know, I heard Tammy screaming at the top of her lungs, laying flat on the ground. She had fallen out of the tree.

I scampered down the tree to safety. My dad later told me why she fell and I did not. Apparently, when Tammy's mother felt the gust of wind, she yelled out, 'Tammy, don't fall!' And Tammy did… fall.

My dad then explained to me that the
mind has a very difficult time processing a negative image. In fact, people who rely on internal pictures cannot see a negative at all. In order for Tammy to process the command of not falling, her nine-year-old brain had to first imagine falling, then try to tell the brain not to do what it just imagined. Whereas, my eight-year-old brain instantly had an internal image of me hanging on tightly.
This concept is
especially useful when you are attempting to break a habit or set a goal.. You can't visualize not doing something. The only way to properly visualize not doing something is to actually find a word for what you want to do and visualize that. For example, when I was thirteen years old, I played for my junior high school football team. I tried so hard to be good, but I just couldn't get it together at that age. I remember hearing the words run through my head as I was running out for a pass, 'Don't drop it!' Naturally, I dropped the ball.
My coaches were not skilled enough to teach us proper 'self-talk.' They just thought some kids could catch and others couldn't. I'll never make it pro, but I'm now a pretty good Sunday afternoon football player, because all my internal dialogue is positive and encourages me to win. I wish my dad had coached me playing football instead of just climbing trees. I might have had a longer football career.

Here is a very easy demonstration to teach your kids and your friends the power of a toxic vocabulary. Ask them to hold a pen or pencil. Hand it to them. Now, follow my instructions carefully. Say to them, 'Okay, try to drop the pencil.' Observe what they do.

Most people release their hands and watch the pencil hit the floor. You respond, 'You weren't paying attention. I said TRY to drop the pencil. Now please do it again.' Most people then pick up the pencil and pretend to be in excruciating pain while their hand tries but fails to drop the pencil.

The point is made.

If you tell your brain you will 'give it a try,' you are actually telling your brain to fail.. I have a 'no try' rule in my house and with everyone I interact with. Either people will do it or they won't. Either they will be at the party or they won't. I'm brutal when people attempt to lie to me by using the word try. Do they think I don't know they are really telegraphing to the world they have no intention of doing it but they want me to give them brownie points for pretended effort? You will never hear the words 'I'll try' come out of my mouth unless I'm teaching this concept in a seminar.

If you 'try' and do something, your unconscious mind has permission not to succeed. If I truly can't make a decision I will tell the truth. 'Sorry John. I'm not sure if I will be at your party or not. I've got an outstanding commitment. If that falls through, I will be here. Otherwise, I will not. Thanks for the invite.'

People respect honesty. So remove the word 'try' from your vocabulary.

My dad also told me that
psychologists claim it takes seventeen positive statements to offset one negative statement. I have no idea if it is true, but the logic holds true. It might take up to seventeen compliments to offset the emotional damage of one harsh criticism.
These are concepts that are especially useful when raising children.

Ask yourself how many compliments you give yourself daily versus how many criticisms. Heck, I know you are talking to yourself all day long. We all have internal voices that give us direction.

So, are you giving yourself the 17:1 ratio or are you shortchanging yourself with toxic self-talk like, ' I'm fat. Nobody will like me. I'll try this diet. I'm not good enough. I'm so stupid. I'm broke, etc. etc.'

If our parents can set a lifetime of programming with one wrong statement, imagine the kind of programming you are doing on a daily basis with your own internal dialogue. Here is a list of Toxic Vocabulary words.

Notice when you or other people use them.

Ø But: Negates any words that are stated before it.
Ø Try: Presupposes failure.
Ø If: Presupposes that you may not.
Ø Might: It does nothing definite. It leaves options for your listener.
Ø Would Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen.
Ø Should Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen (and implies guilt.)
Ø Could Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen but the person tries to take credit as if it did happen.
Ø Can't/Don't: These words force the listener to focus on exactly the opposite of what you want. This is a classic mistake that parents and coaches make without

knowing the damage of this linguistic error.

Toxic phrase: 'Don't drop the ball!'
Likely result: Drops the ball
Better language: 'Catch the ball!'

Toxic phrase: 'You shouldn't watch so much television.'
Likely result: Watches more television.
Better language: 'I read too much television makes people stupid. You might find yourself turning that TV off and picking up one of those books more often!'

Take a moment to write down all the phrases you use on a daily basis or any Toxic self-talk that you have noticed yourself using. Write these phrases down so you will begin to catch yourself as they occur and change them.

Twinkle twinkle in Indian style

You will really enjoy this link ( click here)

Life is being happy with what you have

' Oh yeah,' said the son.
'So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?' asked the father

The son answered:
saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others

We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.'

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, 'Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.'

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing?

Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sri Kamalaambaa Navaa varanam

It was pointed out to me by one of my readers, that the First avaaranam and Fifth avaaranam were not available and they were repeated by Dhyanam and Fourth respectively. Now I have corrected and posted them. Please download the missing links and have all the benefits of hearing them.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sachin's world record

Hi guys,

"If you want to commit any sin, do it right now, because God is also watching Sachin batting."

If some body feels that Lara has done this in lesser tests please read this:

"While it is true that Lara scored his runs in 20 fewer tests, his volatile character and his inability to lift West Indies cricket out of the doldrums will always make him second best in any comparison with Tendulkar" - Boris Majumdar, Cricket historian.

And do not forget, Lara never faced the most dangerous west indies bowlers, whereas Sachin faced them in 16 tests.

And read this also

"We put up with corruption, don't mind poor toilets, manfully live through terrorism, but cannot allow Tendulkar, in the end just a man, to fail occasionally - Harsha Bhogle

Thursday, October 16, 2008

An appeal to Carnatic Music lovers

Since the music season is fast approaching, these are my feelings and solutions for the same. This is only happening in our country, and mainly in carnatic musical concerts.

Problem No 1: Coming late for the concerts and disturbing the audience as well as the artists.

Remedy: Plan well in advance including the time required for traveling and parking of the vehicles, and be in your seat from the beginning of the concert. This we do in all important occasions in our life. Why not now?

Problem No 2: Moving out in between the programme. Excuse given generally is going to the rest room.

Remedy: Do not consume any liquid including water, half an hour or one hour prior to programme and bring a water bottle to the concert, and consume one or two sips if you feel thirsty.

Problem No 3: Leaving the programme in between.

Remedy : Please avoid this. You can avoid coming, if you have any other priorities . If for any reason, you have to leave the programme due to some unexpected development. please do it after a song is completed.

Problem No 4 : Attending cell phone calls

Remedy: Keep your cell phone in "switch off" mode, not in "vibration" mode which will tempt you to get up and disturbe others. Think what you do when you are in important meetings.

Problem No 5: Discussing about the Raagam or other matters

Remedy : If you find an important point, please note down the same in a piece of paper and discuss the same after reaching home. ( Artists can also prevent this by announcing the raagam. thalam and composer, before beginning the piece, so that the audience do not discuss to find out or claim their knowledge by telling to his neighbour.) Please do not discuss any personal matter during the concert however long after you might have met that person and enquire their welfare. After all if he/she is not well, would not have come to the programme.

Problem No 6: Leaving the moment the "thani" is started

Remedy : I feel this is a great insult we will be doing to the artist and to the art and if you do not like these instruments which are playing very important role in our concerts, why do you come?

Problem No 7 : Leaving the auditorium the moment "Mangalam" is started

Remedy : Please wait in your seat until the mangalam is completed. After all another two minutes will not deprive you anything great in your life.

Problem No 8 : Singing along with the artist

Remedy : Please avoid this, however tempting it may be. After all, your neighbour has not come to hear you, all the way. Try to realise how terribly, this is upsetting others and do not invite irritated look from them

I wish the artists also say these things before the beginning of the concert, and educate the people, which is their duty to get some some respect for the art and for themselves in return. Why not the artists insist on organisers to insist on putting the lights off, except the stage, once the programme starts. It will also help them to concentrate in immersing themselves in music without the disturbance from audience.

This is being done in Hindusthani concerts even by the same organisers and it is also their duty to educate the audience. The organisation office bearers should not walk up and down to receive the VIPs who generally come late and avoid late comers.

I have seen the gates were closed, the moment the concert started in "the Hindu - Friday" concerts which is being conducted regularly every year.

During music season, the programmes are organised without much time to rasikas to have their tiffin, lunch or coffee. (Even, well conducted Music Academy is also not an exception to this.) This is forcing the people to move around even after the concert is started.

Friday, October 10, 2008


I could not find much to present and any reference in the internet regarding this raga as a carnatic raaga except this.

29 dhIra shankarAbharaNam janya
A: S G3 M1 P N3 D2 N3 S
Av: S N3 D2 P M1 G3 R2 S

I will be much obliged if anybody can give me some reference about this raga in Carnatic Music

  1. Aadum chidambaramo - O.S. Arun
  2. Aadum chidambaramo - Nithyashree
  3. Aadum chidambaramo - Sowmya
  4. Aadum chidambaramo - T.V. Sankaranarayanan
  5. Aadum chidambaramo - M. S. Subbalakshmi
  6. Aadum chidambaramo - S.P. Ramh
  7. Hari hari eaama naama - O.S. Arun
  8. Idhudhano thillaisthalam - Nithyashree
  9. Idhudhano thillaisthalam - Ranjani & Gayathri
  10. Irakkam varaamal - T.M. Krishna
  11. Irakkam varaamal - Bombay Jayashri
  12. Jaya jaya raama - P. Unnikrishnan
  13. Kande naa - Nithyashree
  14. Kandu dhanyana - Ariyakkudi
  15. Naaneka baduvanu - M.S. Subbalakshmi
  16. Naaraayanathe - P. Unnikrishnan
  17. Nirupamaana - Neiveli Santhanagopalan
  18. Nirupamaana - T. N. Seshagopalan
  19. Oruththi maganaai - Bombay Jayashri
  20. Oruththi maganaai - Ariyakkudi
  21. Muruganin marupeyar - Sudha Raghunathan
  22. Muzhudhaai unarndhavar - M. Subbalakshmi
  23. Oruththi maganaai - M. L. Vasanthakumari
  24. Raam raththan dhan - O.S. Arun
  25. Saaramaina - M.L.Vasanthakumari
  26. Saaramaina - Sikkil Gurucharan
  27. Saaramaina - Bombay Jayashri
  28. Saaramaina - Neiveli Santhanagopalan
  29. Saaramaina - T.N. Seshagopalan
  30. Sadhaa enna - T.N. Seshagopalan
  31. Samayamidhe - Hyderabad Brothers
  32. Samayamidhe - Sanjay Subramanian
  33. Paramapurusham - Sikkil Gurucharan
  34. Smara Janaka - T.V. Sankaranarayanan
  35. Sri Maadhava - Sudha Raghunathan
  36. Sune sakhi - K.J. Yesudoss
  37. Thillaanaa - Rajkumar Bharathi
  38. Thillaanaa - S.P. Ramh
  39. Thillaanaa - Radha Jayalakshmi
  40. Thillaanaa - M.L.Vasanthamumari
  41. Thottu thottu - Bombay Jayashri
  42. Vagaladi -Master(Kundrakudi)Balamuralikrishna
  43. Vagaladi - T.K.Rangachari
  44. Varuvaan vadivelan - O.S. Arun
  45. Varuvaan azhaithodi - Dhandapani desikar
  46. Velane - Bombay Jayashri
  47. Viruththam fwd by Muruganin marupeyar - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  48. Viruththam fwd by Muruganin Marupeyar - Bombay Jayashri

Thursday, October 9, 2008


It is worth and interesting to read this link (click here)

  1. Abhimaanamen - T.N. Seshagopalan
  2. Ambaa alangirini - T.N. Seshagopalan
  3. Bhakthuni Charithramu - Sowmya
  4. Bhuvaneswari - Gayathri Girish
  5. Devi nin - Nithyashree
  6. Dhaya nidhe - Bombay Jayashri
  7. Eka dhantam upaasmahe - M.S. Subbalakshmi
  8. Eththanai kodi Inbam - Nithyashree
  9. Gajavadana - Sudha Raghunathan
  10. Intha chalamu - Ranjani & Gayathri
  11. Kaakkavendro - Sudha Raghunathan
  12. Kalayaami raghuramam - Sankaran Namboodhri
  13. Naadopaasana - Sowmya
  14. Nee dhayai seyyavidil - S. P Ramh
  15. Raama bhakthi chesina - T. N. Seshagopalan
  16. RTP - Nithyashree
  17. Shankari neeve - Bombay Jayashree
  18. Shankari neeve - Sudha Raghunathan
  19. Shankari neevani - T. K. Rangachari
  20. Sundari - Balamuralikrishna
  21. Thanavaritha - T.N. Seshagopalan
  22. Thiyagaraajaaya namasthe - Sudha Raghunathan
  23. Vaa murugaa - Sikkil Gurucharan
  24. Vaa murugaa - Sudha Raghunathan
  25. Vaa murugaa - Nithyashree
  26. Vallabha Naayakasya - Nithyashree
  27. Vallabha Nayakasya - Maharajapuram Santhanam
  28. Dhayanidhe (Varnam) - Maharajapuram Santhanam
  29. Intha chala (Varnam) - T. N. Seshagopalan
  30. Yelle ilam kiliye - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  31. Vaa murugaa vaa - O.S. Arun *
  32. Vallaha naayakasya - Sanjay Subramanian*
*Added on 2nd June 2009


A shadava audava janya raga derived from the 28th mela Harikamboji. Besides Sa and Pa^ the notes taken by this raga are Antara Ga^ Sudha Ma^ Chatusruti Dha and Kaishiki Ni. An upanga raga in which Ri is varjya in both arohana and avarohana. Ga is nyasa svara and Pa is amsa svara.Ma and Ni are rendered with little gamaka. Most of the compositions start from Dha^ Pa and Ma. A melodic raga wherein kampavihina prayogas are also met with Saint Thyagaraja popularised this raga to a great extent.

28 harikAmbOji janya
A: S G3 M1 P D2 N2 S
Av: S N2 P M1 G3 S

  1. Brova baarama - P. Unnikrishnan
  2. Brova baarama - T.V. Sankaranarayanan
  3. Brova baarama - S. P. Ramh
  4. Brova baarama - Bombay Jayashri
  5. Brova baarama - Neiveli Santhanagopalan
  6. Brova baarama - Hyderbad brothers
  7. Brova baarama - Ranjani & Gayathri
  8. Garuda gamana - K. J Yesudoss
  9. Kamala dhlaayatha - Balamuralikrishna
  10. Maarakoti - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  11. Sadhaananda thaandavam - P. Unnikrishnan
  12. Sadhaananda thaandavam - Nithyashree
  13. Smara vaaram - G. N Balasubramanian
  14. Unnadiye - Bombay Jayashri
  15. Unnadiye gadhi - M.L. Vasanthakumari
  16. Unnadiye gadhi - Sikkil Gurucharan

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Leadership in action

Leadership in Action

After entering the hospital and taking the elevator to the proper floor, NFL coach Don Shula walked down the hallway and entered a numbered room. He moved toward the bandaged figure on the bed.

The patient recognized him, smiled as best he could, and raised an arm from which several tubes dangled.

Thanks for coming, coach.

How you doing? inquired Shula.

Oh, okay replied the bed-ridden man whose mournful look told a much different story.

There was a long pause as the two men looked at each other. Finally, Shula leaned in – his prominent jaw jutting close to the patient’s face.

Listen, Mike, I need you in training camp in July – on the field, ready to go. We’re going all the way this year.

After recovering from bone cancer, Mike Westhoff, still the special-teams coach for the Miami Dolphins, said of Shula:

I thought he would tuck me in, but he didn’t. He treated me the way I could be, not the way I was.

~Adapted from an article in Success magazine

Impact of job change

Impact of job change

A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the footpath, and stopped centimeters from a shop window.

For a second everything went quiet in the cab, and then the driver said: "Look mate, don't ever do that again. You scared me!".

The passenger apologized and said, "I didn't realize that a little tap would scare you so much."

The driver replied, "Sorry, it's not really your fault. Today is my 1st day as a cab driver - I've been driving a van carrying dead Bodies for the last 25 years.

Monday, October 6, 2008

And then some

Enjoy this poem as a reminder that great service requires the extra degree.

These three little words are the secret to success.
They are the difference between average people
and top people in most companies.

The top people always do what is expected…
and then some.

They are thoughtful of others,
they are considerate and kind…
and then some.

They meet their responsibilities fairly and squarely…
and then some.

They are good friends and helpful neighbors…
and then some.

They can be counted on in an emergency…
and then some.

I am thankful for people like this,
for they make the world a better place.
Their spirit of service is summed up in these three little words…
and then some.
~Carl Holmes

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

An Arab woman speaks..........

Since the friend who sent this with this statement

It is extremely surprising that the Arab
financed TV station in Dubai would allow this to air. Be sure and
watch this, it is so powerful I have no doubt she now has a
very large price on her head. I also have no doubt it
won't be on the net very long.

She is one impressive woman. Here is a
powerful and amazing statement on Al Jazeera television. The
woman is Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American psychologist from Los Angeles .
I would suggest watching it
ASAP because I
don't know how long the link will be active. This film
clip should be shown around the world repeatedly!


This video is also a must watch:

I am posting this link ( click here)

Yet all of us can see this and think over.