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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Concert - Maali ( Flute)

  1. O jagadamba nannu - Aanandhabairavi 
  2. Sudha maadhurya - Sindhu ramakriya 
  3. Toli ninnu jesina - Kokiladhwani 
  4. smara janaka - Behaag 
  5. Ika nannu brova - Bhairavi 
  6. Evari maata vinna - Kaambodhi 
  7. RTP - Sahaana 
  8. Apadhoorukulanoiti - Kamaas 
  9. Chinnanchiru kiliye - Kaapi 
  10. Mangalam

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

But, it is interesting to read

This discipline among Muslims, while praying, is what I admire
Sanskrit interpretations- VERY INTERESTING. MUST READ

An inscription and a Greek account fix Muhammad's birth in 552, not
570. Muhammad's career took place not in Mecca but hundreds of
kilometers to the north. Yehuda Nevo. The classical Arabic language
was developed not in today's Saudi Arabia but in the Levant.

Long before Islam came in to existence, Kaaba, in Mecca in Saudi
Arabia was a pilgrimage site. The word Kaaba might have come from
the Tamil Language which originated around 1700BC. In Tamil Nadu
Kabaalishwaran temple is Lord Shiva's temple and Kabaali refers to
Lord Shiva. The black stone at Kaaba is held sacred and holy in
Islam and is called "Hajre Aswad" from the Sanskrit word Sanghey
Ashweta or Non-white stone. The Shiva Lingam is also called Sanghey
Ashweta. So what is in Kaaba could be the same what Hindus worship.

The pedestal Maqam-E-Ibrahim at the centre of the Kaaba is octagonal
in shape. In Hinduism, the pedestal of Brahma the creator is also
octagonal in shape. Muslim pilgrims visiting the Kaaba temple go
around it seven times. In no other mosque does the circumambulation
prevail. Hindus invariably circumambulate or Pradakshina, around
their deities. This is yet another proof that the Kaaba shrine is a
pre-Islamic. In Shiva temples Hindus always practice
circumambulation or Pradakshina. Just as in Hinduism, the custom of
circumambulation by muslim pilgrims around the entire Kaaba building
seven times shows that the claim that in Islam they don't worship
stones is not true.

Allah was one of the deities in Kaaba long before Islam was founded.
It might come as a stunning revelation to many that the word `ALLAH'
itself is Sanskrit. In Sanskrit language Allah, Akka and Amba are
synonyms. They signify a goddess or mother. The term `ALLAH' forms
part of Sanskrit chants invoking goddess Durga, also known as
Bhavani, Chandi and Mahishasurmardini. The Islamic word for God is.,
therefore, not an innovation but the ancient Sanskrit appellation
retained and continued by Islam. Allah means mother or goddess and
mother goddess.

The King Vikramaditya inscription was found on a gold dish hung
inside the Kaaba shrine in Mecca, proving beyond doubt that the
Arabian Peninsula formed a part of his Indian Empire. (Ref: page 315
of a volume known as `Sayar-ul-Okul' treasured in the Makhtab-e-
Sultania library in Istanbul, Turkey). King Vikrama's preachers had
succeeded in spreading the Vedic Hindu sacred scriptures in Arabia
and Arabs were once followers of the Indian Vedic way of life. The
annual fair known as OKAJ which used to be held every year around
the Kaaba temple in Mecca and the present annual hajj of the Muslims
to the Kaaba is of earlier pre-Islamic congregation. . Even to this
day ancient Siva emblems can be seen. It is the Shankara (Siva)
stone that Muslim pilgrims reverently touch and kiss in the Kaaba.

Muslims shave their head and beard and don special sacred attire
that consists of two seamless sheets of white cloth. One is to be
worn round the waist and the other over the shoulders. Both these
rites are remnants of the old Vedic practice of entering Hindu
temples clean and with holy seamless white sheets. According to the
Encyclopedia Britannica, the Kaaba has 360 idols. Traditional
accounts mention that one of the deities among the 360 destroyed
when the place was stormed was that of Saturn; another was of the
Moon and yet another was one called Allah. That shows that in the
Kaaba the Arabs worshipped the nine planets in pre-Islamic days. In
India the practice of `Navagraha' puja, that is worship of the nine
planets, is still in vogue. Two of these nine are Saturn and Moon.
In India the crescent moon is always painted across the forehead of
the Siva symbol. Since that symbol was associated with the Siva
emblem in Kaaba it came to be grafted on the flag of Islam.

The Hindu Vedic letter in Sanskrit "OM" if seen in a mirror one can
see the Arabic numbers 786 and this is the most sacred number for
Muslims and copies of the Arabic Koran have the mysterious figure
786 imprinted on them. In their ignorance simply they do not realize
that this special number is nothing more than the holiest of Vedic
symbols misread and none of the Arabic scholar has been able to
determine how they chose 786 as the sacred for them. In short
muslims are also going around Siva Lingam at Kaaba, seven times as
Hindus go around it seven times.

A few miles away from Mecca are a big signboard which bars the entry
of any non-Muslim into the area. This is a reminder of the days when
the Kaaba was stormed and captured solely for the newly established
faith of Islam. The object in barring entry of non-Muslims was
obviously to prevent its recapture. Kaaba is clothed in a black
shroud. This custom also originated from the days when it was
thought necessary to discourage its recapture by camouflaging it.

Another Hindu tradition associated with the Kaaba is that of the
sacred stream Ganga (sacred waters of the Ganges river). According
to the Hindu tradition Ganga is also inseparable from the Shiva
emblem as the crescent moon. Wherever there is a Siva emblem, Ganga
must co-exist. True to that association a sacred fount exists near
the Kaaba. Its water is held sacred because it has been
traditionally regarded as Ganga since pre-Islamic times (Zam-Zam

Mail received from Mr. Yessel Narasimhan 

Blogger tramu said...
Hello Sir, Thanks for your wonderful post about islam & religion. All these details are available with Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University which is head quarted in Mount Abu. Just browse some of the video of Brahma Kumaris, you will come to know that "GOD is One" and his name is 'Sadha Shiva'. Sadha means 'Always'. Shiva means who does good to his kids(humans). 'Shiva' doesn't belog to any religion. Muslims call him as 'Allah', Hindus calls him as 'Shiva', Christins calls him as Yohova...and the people who started their religion never claimed that they are GOD. GOD definition: 1.God will not have any body like us. Ex:We cann't claim Sri krishna, Sri Rama as God. They are deities. We have 33 crore deities in Hinduism. 2.God will not take the birth from mother's womb as we/deities take. The interesting kowledge they give you when you go to their institution(free of cost), enlightens a lot. I wish you should visit once to the nearest Brahma Kumaris Institution...... Thanks for reading...... REgards, Thulasi
September 29, 2010 6:48 PM
Blogger Harisankar said...
knew about this from the book 'autobiography of a yogi'. interesting of course but, not very useful information to make a change.
September 29, 2010 8:04 PM
Blogger Harisankar said...
not very useful as in not very useful in knocking sense into the masses
September 29, 2010 8:05 PM

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

11 year old's devotion and melody.

A girl of 11 years old, by Name MS. Sharada from USA has rendered the songs rendered originally by Maharajapuram Santhanam.

1. She has handled ragas such as Bageshri, Durga and Yamuna Kalyani with much finesse and polish that you have to listen to it yourself to believe it.

2. The songs rendered has been slightly modified from its original version sung by Late Shri Maharajapuram Santhanam. There is an impressive new added Chitteswaram in Ranjini.

3. In some of the songs she blazes through with double speed that is very clear, accurate and on time.

courtesy: Nagaraja at Rasikapriya-dot-net

I recommend you not to miss this, just for the pleasure of hearing with a feeling that a girl next door is singing. Thinking that you may love it, I am posting them here.

  1. Mahaganapathi - Thilang 
  2. Madhura madhura - Bhageshri 
  3. Hey govindhaa - Hindholam 
  4. Vandheham sharada - Yamuna kalyaani 
  5. Dhakshinamurthe - Ranjani 
  6. Shankaracharyam - Mohanam 
  7. Raamam bhaje - Dhurga 
  8. Bho shambo - Revathi

    Thanks to Dr. Shasidhar, Sharada's father, for sending this photo.

    Anonymous Anonymous said...
    Nice rendition, need to watch for more collections from this young talent. By the way the last file Bho Sambo seems to be corrupted.. can you pls check and correct. Thanks. RK
    November 20, 2010 10:44 AM

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Concert - Gayathri Girish

    Download 01  Saami niine kori.mp3 - Sri
    Download 02 Sidhdhi vinaayakam.mp3 - Shanmugapriya
    Download 03 Aalaapana.mp3 - Aanandhabairavi
    Download 04 Violin.mp3
    Download 05 Marivere gadhi.mp3 - Aanandhabairavi
    Download 06.Omkarana mp3 - Begadaa
    Download 07 Navarathna.mp3 - Navarathna vilasini
    Download 08 Idadhu padham.mp3 - Kamaas
    Download 09 Aalaapana.mp3 - Kalyaani
    Download 10 violin.mp3
    Download 11 Kamalaambaam bahare.mp3 - Kalyaani
    Download 12 Thani.mp3
    Download 13 Irakkam varaamal.mp3 - Behaag
    Download 14 Innudhaya.mp3 - Kalyaanavasandham

    "There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment."
    ~ Norman Vincent Peale

    Blogger r b subramanian said...
    Dear Sri Hariharan, Item No.5 - Mariveregathi - I am not able to download. Can You please check it up? Thanks and regards RBS
    September 28, 2010 6:23 PM

    Blogger hvaidya said...
    Dear Mr. rbs, It is very much opening. Please try again. If the problem persists, Please let me know.
    September 30, 2010 8:04 PM

      Friday, September 24, 2010

      Smile ! It is good for health

      After reading my posting "Basic Essentials of Dinner Table Etiquette" one of the readers Mr. saras has made a comment. Since many of you may not read that, I thought  you should not miss that beautiful comment. So I am posting this here.

      A friend of mine asked me what does the abbreviation RSVP on the Invitation stand for. While I was explaining to him that it was a French term "Respondez S'il Vous Plait" asking the guest to confirm his attendance, my witty uncle quipped "Romba Seri Varen PO".

      Do you know ?

      This was actually financier's daughter's name

      This came from the name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock

      Apple Computers:
      It was the favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobbs. He was three months late for filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 o'clock that day

      It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco .

      This name was formed by using COMp, for computer and PAQ to denote a small integral object

      The name was derived from the founder's name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland Research Laboratory.

      The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol',a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders - Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Pagepresented their project to an angel investor; they received a cheque made out to 'Google'.

      Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. WhenSabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters"html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing

      Hewlett Packard :
      Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

      Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ' Moore Noyce' but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

      Lotus (Notes) :
      Mitch Kapoor got the name for his company from 'The Lotus Position' or'Padmasana' . Kapoor used to be a teacher of transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

      Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was removed later on.

      Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

      It originated from the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

      Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer;Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.

      It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA's httpd daemon.. The result was 'A PAtCHy' server --thus, the name Apache Jakarta (project from Apache):A project constituted by SUN and Apache to create a web server handling servlets and JSPs. Jakarta was name of the conference room at SUN where most of the meetings between SUN and Apache took place.

      Dennis Ritchie improved on the B programming language and called it 'New B'.He later called it C. Earlier B was created by Ken Thompson as a revision of the Bon programming language (named after his wife Bonnie).

      Bjarne Stroustrup called his new language 'C with Classes' and then 'new C'. Because of which the original C began to be called 'old C' which was considered insulting to the C community. At this time Rick Mascitti suggested the name C++ as a successor to C.

      Originally called Oak by creator James Gosling, from the tree that stood outside his window, the programming team had to look for a substitute as there was no other language with the same name. Java was selected from a list of suggestions. It came from the name of the coffee that the programmers drank.

      Combination of two popular Korean brands Lucky and Gold star.

      Linus Torvalds originally used the Minix OS on his system which here placed by his OS. Hence the working name was Linux (Linus' Minix). He thought the name to be too egotistical and planned to name it Freax(free+ freak + x).His friend Ari Lemmke encouraged Linus to upload it to a network so it could be easily downloaded. Ari gave Linus a directory called linux on his FTP server, as he did not like the name Freax.(Linus' parents named him after two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling) .

      When Marc Andreesen, founder of Netscape, created a browser to replace Mosaic (also developed by him), it was named Mozilla (Mosaic-Killer, Godzilla) .The marketing guys didn't like the name however and it was re-christened Netscape Navigator.

      Red Hat:
      Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone!

      "Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing", formed by 4 ex-IBM employees who used to work in the 'Systems/Applications/Projects' group of IBM.

      SCO (UNIX):
      From Santa Cruz Operation. The company's office was in Santa Cruz .

      When Bell Labs pulled out of MULTICS (MULTiplexed Information and Computing System), which was originally a joint Bell/GE/MIT project, Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie of Bell Labs wrote a simpler version of the OS.They needed the OS to run the game Space War which was compiled under MULTICS. It was called UNICS - UNIplexed operating and Computing System by Brian Kernighan. It was later shortened to UNIX.

      The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product trying to say `dry' (as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying). The Greek root `xer' means dry.

      The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book 'Gulliver's Travels' . It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

      Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company started off by mining the material corundum used to make sandpaper.

      OpenID moneycone said...
      Awesome list! Sony actually comes from Sound Nippon (Nippon is a synonym for Japan)
      September 25, 2010 6:33 AM
      Blogger Harisankar said...
      knew most of it.
      September 25, 2010 7:00 PM

      Embar on Thiyagaraja

      1. Thiyagaraja - 1 
      2. Thiyagaraja - 2 
      3. Thiyagaraja - 3 
      4. Thiyagaraja - 4  
      5. Thiyagaraja - 5
      Blogger VENKATARAMANI said...
      Dear Sir, Will you please upload Unnikrishnan's songs. Venkataramani K
      November 25, 2010 8:43 PM
      Blogger hvaidya said...Do you mean P. Unnikrishnan's songs? Please see under the label "Concerts." His songs are available there. Some of his songs available under carnatic music raagas also
      November 26, 2010 12:05 AM

        Sunday, September 19, 2010

        My diary - 19th Septemeber 2010

        Dear Readers,

        You may be remembering one label in my blog in the name of "Spiritual discourses" with Tanjore Temple photo, and in that I have provided links of spiritual discourses provided by one Mr. Swaminathan. There were many who were complaining to me that the link is not opening. I also assured that I will look into it, but I completely forgot about it. A reminder from Mr. V. Viswanathan yesterday made me to look into that. I realised I have given the link without making it available through web. Hence, you readers could not open and download them.

        Now I have uploaded the link through rapidshare and you can download the big list of discourses and then download them one by one. I am sorry for the delay, and I am confident, once you get the links you will feel happy and excuse me for the delay.

        With greetings

        Please do not fail to read this ! though bit long, it is worth !!

        It was probably the April of 1974. Bangalore was getting warm and gulmohars were blooming at the IISc campus. I was the only girl in my postgraduate department and was staying at the ladies' hostel. Other girls were pursuing research in different departments of Science. I was looking forward to going abroad to complete a doctorate in computer science. I had been offered scholarships from Universities in the US... I had not thought of taking up a job in India.

        One day, while on the way to my hostel from our lecture-hall complex, I saw an advertisement on the notice board. It was a standard job-requirement notice from the famous automobile company Telco (now Tata Motors)... It stated that the company required young, bright engineers, hardworking and with an excellent academic background, etc.

        At the bottom was a small line: 'Lady Candidates need not apply.' I read it and was very upset. For the first time in my life I was up against gender discrimination.

        Though I was not keen on taking up the job, I saw it as a challenge. I had done extremely well in academics, better than most of my male peers... Little did I know then that in real life academic excellence is not enough to be successful?

        After reading the notice I went fuming to my room. I decided to inform the topmost person in Telco's management about the injustice the company was perpetrating. I got a postcard and started to write, but there was a problem: I did not know who headed Telco

        I thought it must be one of the Tatas. I knew JRD Tata was the head of the Tata Group; I had seen his pictures in newspapers (actually, Sumant Moolgaokar was the company's chairman then) I took the card, addressed it to JRD and started writing. To this day I remember clearly what I wrote. 'The great Tatas have always been pioneers. They are the people who started the basic infrastructure industries in India, such as iron and steel, chemicals, textiles and locomotives they have cared for higher education in India since 1900 and they were responsible for the establishment of the Indian Institute of Science. Fortunately, I study there. But I am surprised how a company such as Telco is discriminating on the basis of gender.'

        I posted the letter and forgot about it. Less than 10 days later, I received a telegram stating that I had to appear for an interview at Telco's Pune facility at the company's expense. I was taken aback by the telegram. My hostel mate told me I should use the opportunity to go to Pune free of cost and buy them the famous Pune saris for cheap! I collected Rs30 each from everyone who wanted a sari when I look back, I feel like laughing at the reasons for my going, but back then they seemed good enough to make the trip.

        It was my first visit to Pune and I immediately fell in love with the city.

        To this day it remains dear to me. I feel as much at home in Pune as I do in Hubli, my hometown. The place changed my life in so many ways. As directed, I went to Telco's Pimpri office for the interview.

        There were six people on the panel and I realized then that this was serious business.

        'This is the girl who wrote to JRD,' I heard somebody whisper as soon as I entered the room. By then I knew for sure that I would not get the job. The realization abolished all fear from my mind, so I was rather cool while the interview was being conducted.

        Even before the interview started, I reckoned the panel was biased, so I told them, rather impolitely, 'I hope this is only a technical interview.'

        They were taken aback by my rudeness, and even today I am ashamed about my attitude.  The panel asked me technical questions and I answered all of them. 

        Then an elderly gentleman with an affectionate voice told me, 'Do you know why we said lady candidates need not apply? The reason is that we have never employed any ladies on the shop floor. This is not a co-ed college; this is a factory. When it comes to academics, you are a first ranker throughout. We appreciate that, but people like you should work in research laboratories.

        I was a young girl from small-town Hubli. My world had been a limited place.

        I did not know the ways of large corporate houses and their difficulties, so I answered, 'But you must start somewhere, otherwise no woman will ever be able to work in your factories.'

        Finally, after a long interview, I was told I had been successful. So this was what the future had in store for me. Never had I thought I would take up a job in Pune. I met a shy young man from Karnataka there, we became good friends and we got married.

        It was only after joining Telco that I realized who JRD was: the uncrowned king of Indian industry. Now I was scared, but I did not get to meet him till I was transferred to Bombay. One day I had to show some reports to Mr Moolgaokar, our chairman, who we all knew as SM. I was in his office on the first floor of Bombay House (the Tata headquarters) when, suddenly JRD walked in. That was the first time I saw 'appro JRD'. Appro means 'our' in Gujarati. This was the affectionate term by which people at Bombay House called him. I was feeling very nervous, remembering my postcard episode. SM introduced me nicely, 'Jeh (that's what his close associates called him), this young woman is an engineer and that too a postgraduate.

        She is the first woman to work on the Telco shop floor.' JRD looked at me. I was praying he would not ask me any questions about my interview (or the postcard that preceded it).
        Thankfully, he didn't. Instead, he remarked. 'It is nice that girls are getting into engineering in our country. By the way, what is your name?'
        'When I joined Telco I was Sudha Kulkarni, Sir,' I replied. 'Now I am Sudha Murthy.' He smiled and kindly smile and started a discussion with SM. As for me, I almost ran out of the room.
        After that I used to see JRD on and off. He was the Tata Group chairman and I was merely an engineer. There was nothing that we had in common. I was in awe of him.
        One day I was waiting for Murthy, my husband, to pick me up after office hours. To my surprise I saw JRD standing next to me. I did not know how to react. Yet again I started worrying about that postcard. Looking back, I realize JRD had forgotten about it. It must have been a small incident for him, but not so for me.
        'Young lady, why are you here?' he asked. 'Office time is over.' I said, 'Sir, I'm waiting for my husband to come and pick me up.' JRD said, 'It is getting dark and there's no one in the corridor.
        I'll wait with you till your husband comes.'
        I was quite used to waiting for Murthy, but having JRD waiting alongside made me extremely uncomfortable.
        I was nervous. Out of the corner of my eye I looked at him. He wore a simple white pant and shirt. He was old, yet his face was glowing. There wasn't any air of superiority about him. I was thinking, 'Look at this person. He is a chairman, a well-respected man in our country and he is waiting for the sake of an ordinary employee.'
        Then I saw Murthy and I rushed out. JRD called and said, 'Young lady, tell your husband never to make his wife wait again.' In 1982 I had to resign from my job at Telco. I was reluctant to go, but I really did not have a choice. I was coming down the steps of Bombay House after wrapping up my final settlement when I saw JRD coming up. He was absorbed in thought. I wanted to say goodbye to him, so I stopped. He saw me and paused.
        Gently, he said, 'So what are you doing, Mrs. Kulkarni?' (That was the way he always addressed me.) 'Sir, I am leaving Telco.'
        'Where are you going?' he asked. 'Pune, Sir. My husband is starting a company called Infosys and I'm shifting to Pune.'
        'Oh! And what will you do when you are successful.'
        'Sir, I don't know whether we will be successful.' 'Never start with diffidence,' he advised me 'Always start with confidence. When you are successful you must give back to society. Society gives us so much; we must reciprocate. Wish you all the best.'
        Then JRD continued walking up the stairs. I stood there for what seemed like a millennium. That was the last time I saw him alive.
        Many years later I met Ratan Tata in the same Bombay House, occupying the chair JRD once did. I told him of my many sweet memories of working with Telco. Later, he wrote to me, 'It was nice hearing about Jeh from you. The sad part is that he's not alive to see you today.'
        I consider JRD a great man because, despite being an extremely busy person, he valued one postcard written by a young girl seeking justice. He must have received thousands of letters everyday. He could have thrown mine away, but he didn't do that. He respected the intentions of that unknown girl, who had neither influence nor money, and gave her an opportunity in his company. He did not merely give her a job; he changed her life and mindset forever.
        Close to 50 per cent of the students in today's engineering colleges are girls. And there are women on the shop floor in many industry segments. I see these changes and I think of JRD. If at all time stops and asks me what I want from life, I would say I wish JRD were alive today to see how the company we started has grown. He would have enjoyed it wholeheartedly.
        My love and respect for the House of Tata remains undiminished by the passage of time. I always looked up to JRD. I saw him as a role model for his simplicity, his generosity, his kindness and the care he took of his employees. Those blue eyes always reminded me of the sky; they had the same vastness and magnificence. (Sudha Murthy is a widely published writer and chairperson of the Infosys Foundation involved in a number of social development initiatives. Infosys chairman Narayana Murthy is her husband.)
        Article sourced from: Lasting Legacies (Tata Review- Special Commemorative Issue 2004), brought out by the house of Tatas to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of JRD Tata on July 29, 2004 .

        Sudha Murthy and Narayana Murthy

        Blogger BHASKARAN said...
        TATAs are rare Phenomenon, Mark his words "When you are successful you must give back to society. Society gives us so much; we must reciprocate. Wish you all the best.' Only TATA can do this consistently. All of us have read for RATAN TATA has done for Bombay Blast victims including for the victims in the Railway station no one can forget.
        September 20, 2010 6:45 AM

        Blogger Harisankar said...
        Amazing. Good Post.
        September 20, 2010 8:26 AM

        Blogger sury said...
        //though bit long long, it is worth it// It is worth a pound of gold for every word, nay every letter in the article. Great men help others, never expecting anything in return at any point of time. The great saint of Tamil poetry, avvayar wrote, " Nandri oruvarukku seithakkal annandri endru tharunkol ena venda " . This means, ( I assume you are not a Tamilian) never expect for a return for the kindness you exhibited in favour of any one, for the poetess continues, the coconut trees continue to give sweet water to whosoever tread the way they stand, they never get tired, nor seek or remember the address of those who they help. Tata is one such man. In the Corporate world of today, this is a rarity. Nevertheless he is there. And his name will continue to rule the ethical horizons of the world. subbu rathinam
        September 20, 2010 8:38 AM
        Blogger hvaidya said...
        I am very much a Tamilian, Mr.
        Sury, and I am proud of saying that as much as I am an Indian
        September 21, 2010 3:29 PM

        Lalgudi 80 - video

        Here is the link for Lalgudi 80 live programme 

        Please keep clicking until you get this programme for the video. Hope this will be available to all those who missed, subsequently also from this site.

        Saturday, September 18, 2010

        Basic Essentials of Dinner Table Etiquette

        We may not be able to follow all those things mentioned here. But knowing and trying to follow at least few of them will improve the standard of life. These tips may help those youngsters who are going to foreign countries, to enhance their reputation there.

        Here you will find tips on dinner table etiquette that will help you through any formal or semi formal lunch party or dinner party.
        The 10 easy DO's, and 10 easy DON'Ts of good table etiquette!

        But first of all, a little general advice on.....
        Simple, Good Manners

        * Always respond to an invitation within a week of receiving it.
        * Dress according to the recommended (if any) dress code. NEVER attempt to "out dress" the hostess!
        * Be punctual - never more than 10 minutes late.
        * If you wish to bring a guest as your partner, good dinner table etiquette demands that you should always check with the host first. If you are the one hosting the party and a guest of yours arrives with an unexpected friend, be polite & courteous with them, and speak with your inconsiderate guest at another time!
        * It is considered polite to take along a small gift for your host and hostess. Flowers, chocolates or champagne are always appreciated.

        Dinner Table Etiquette - the 10 Do's!

        1. Once seated, unfold your napkin and use it for occasionally wiping your lips or fingers. At the end of dinner, leave the napkin tidily on the place setting.
        2. It is good dinner table etiquette to serve the lady sitting to the right of the host first, then the other ladies in a clockwise direction, and lastly the gentlemen.
        3. Hold the knife and fork with the handles in the palm of the hand, forefinger on top, and thumb underneath.
        4. Whilst eating, you may if you wish rest the knife and fork on either side of the plate between mouthfuls. When you have finished eating, place them side by side in the center of the plate.
        5. If the food presented to you is not to your liking, it is polite to at least make some attempt to eat a small amount of it. Or at the very least, cut it up a little, and move it around the plate!
        6. It is quite acceptable to leave some food to one side of your plate if you feel as though you have eaten enough. On the other hand, don't attempt to leave your plate so clean that it looks as though you haven't eaten in days!
        7. Desserts may be eaten with both a spoon and fork, or alternatively a fork alone if it is a cake or pastry style sweet.
        8. Should a lady wish to be excused for the bathroom, it is polite for the gentlemen to stand up as she leaves the table, sit down again, and then stand once more when she returns.
        9. Always make a point of thanking the host and hostess for their hospitality before leaving.
        10. It is good dinner table etiquette to send a personal thank you note to the host and hostess shortly afterwards.

        Dinner Table Etiquette - the 10 Don'ts!

        1. NEVER start eating before a signal from the host to do so.
        2. Forks should not be turned over unless being used for eating peas, sweetcorn kernels, rice or other similar foods. In which case, it should be transferred to the right hand. However, at a casual buffet, or barbecue it is quite acceptable to eat with just a fork.
        3. It is not generally regarded as good dinner table etiquette to use one's bread for dipping into soups or mopping up sauces.
        4. Loud eating noises such as slurping and burping are very impolite. The number one sin of dinner table etiquette!
        5. Talking with one's mouth full. is not only unpleasant to watch, but could also lead to choking! Definitely not a good idea!
        6. Don't stretch across the table crossing other guests to reach food, wine or condiments. Instead ask a guest sitting close to pass the item to you.
        7. Good dinner table etiquette sometimes involves a degree of diplomacy when it comes to the host's choice of food and wine! Even if you feel that you can do better, don't ever offer your criticism. If you feel unable to pay any compliments, at least remain silent on the subject.
        8. Picking teeth (unless toothpicks are provided) or licking fingers are very unattractive! The only exception to the latter is when eating meat or poultry on the bone (such as chicken legs or ribs). In which case, a finger bowl should be provided.
        9. Drinking too much wine can be very embarrassing! Where a different wine is served with each course, it is quite acceptable to not finish each glass.
        10. Don't forget to make polite conversation with those guests around you. Dinner parties are not just about the food, they are intended to be a sociable occasion!

        Blogger Harisankar said...
        There are videos on youtube on dining etiquette. here
        September 20, 2010 9:34 AM

        Blogger Harisankar said...
        i dont know about the getting up when a lady goes / comes. i have been with a bunch of people who have sent chivalry to the grave. its rolling there.
        September 20, 2010 9:42 AM
        Blogger Saras said...
        A friend of mine asked me what does the abbreviation RSVP on the Invitation stand for. While I was explaining to him that it was a French term "Respondez S'il Vous Plait" asking the guest to confirm his attendance my witty uncle quipped "Romba Seri Varen PO".
        September 23, 2010 1:05 PM