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Thursday, March 1, 2012


Mr. Bhaskaran Sivaraman sent me a link which deals in lot of matters connected with Senior citizens. I am posting some important issues, we, Senior citizens face, under this label "For Senior citizens" Please be on the watch out for more.

Have you often gone into a room and wondered why you came there in the first place? Do you frequently "misplace" your keys?
Do not blame it on "Old Age". Here are some things you could do to get over simple forgetfulness.
  • Make a place in your house to put those things you frequently misplace. Make it a point to always keep your keys, wallet, ration card, milk card etc. in that place.
  • Though some things are better done by routine, try to do things differently, which will encourage the brain to work, and break the monotony. For example take a simple detour to reach the same place. Button your shirt from down to up. Read the newspaper from the last page.
  • Start using a note pad to jot down things you have to do, or phone numbers, details of bills and so on. Try to always carry this pad and a pen with you.
  • Organise yourself and get into the habit of putting things in their places. For example if you use a pair of scissors and forget to put it back, you may have to spend a lot of time looking for it.
  • Do not postpone anything that can be done just then. That way you will not have a chance to forget to do it.
  • While doing something you need to remember later, repeat to yourself that you are doing it. For example if you have deposited a cheque in the bank, tell yourself more than once "I have deposited the cheque in the bank". Even if you have to do somethimg you could say to yourself more than once "The electricity bill has to be paid tomorrow".
  • If you have to do something important, remember to leave reminder notes for yourself in places you will not miss seeing.
  • If you find yourself in a room wondering why you came there, try going back to the place where you came from. This usually brings back your memory.
  • Create a mental picture of what you have to do. For example if you have to pick up your grandchild from school, imagine the scene where you are picking him up and bringing him home. This kind of visualisation helps you remember.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
How come you are typing on a calculator when you have the computer on? memory issue. but, surely you can have a lot of plus side with old age.

A malayalam pandit who taught me was 72+ he could remember all of the kilippattu poems and lot more when I could not get myself to learn the poem in the text. I think memory is a matter of will not age.
March 2, 2012 12:52 AM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
it happens to me and i am in my 20's. I agree it increases with age.
March 2, 2012 2:01 PM
Blogger hvaidya said...
I often forget that calculator is available in computer. After taking the calculator which is on the same table and start calculating only I realise the mistake. I do not think it is because of the age. May be out of habit.
March 2, 2012 7:58 PM
 BHASKARAN19 said...
Most important thing -first and foremost never think that you are getting aged. Age is only state of mind. Think you are always young and young in heart. Always say that you are excellent when someone ask you How are you.
March 2, 2012 8:18 PM

Every Indian Must read

a great write-up.

Charley Reese's Final column!
A very interesting column.. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL

Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...
He has been a journalist for 49 years.
He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House
now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren't so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid...

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom
, if agreed,stayed home to raise the kids.What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'
I hope this goes around THE USA and INDIA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!

 Anonymous said...
well we dont have to read this to know what happens with tax. All you need to read the kali yuga predictions from the vishnu purana towards the end of the book. it says

there will be so many taxes that people will run to the forests again!!!!
March 2, 2012 12:54 AM

Annamaya - Paadavaikuntam

  1. Dhorakuna 
  2. Kaanaarunaalugu
  3. Kattedura
  4. Kommaluchoodare
  5. Nandagopa
  6. Sakalamu
  7. Saranu saranu
  8. Srihari Nityasesha
  9. Tagumunulu
  10. Vichcheyevayya
Blogger hvaidya said...
Dear Mr. Ram K,
I started this blog in 2008, when I do not know any thing much about computer. As i was posting or tried to post every day, I learned a lot by err and learn method. Thanks to my son, and my cousin's daughter who are computer professional, I could learn a lot and make this blog presentable.

Then at the age of 67 I went to an institute and learnt photo shop and Sound forge mainly to edit the concerts. Do you know, how many hours it takes for a LKG in computer to tag a concert and split the songs in the concert and then to upload to mediafire and then to the blog with a photo (if necessary done in ohoto shop)?

Apart from that many concerts of old stalwarts were recorded on those days without proper equipments. I do not have the expertise to remove the disturbances. With my limited knowledge when we do that we may lose the continuation of the song. Even now a days, there is lot of disturbances in concerts, people moving around making noices, talking all the stories with their relatives or friends whom they meet after along time. There are people who come to concerts to talk various matters. They drag the chairs with maximum noice, cough, sneeze and what not apart from eating by making noices.

I will be very glad if you could do that and send it to me, so that I can repost them with perfection. There are millions who downloaded these songs, and many may be professionally equipped to perfect them bu no body bothered to offer their services or they might have done it and kept for themselves without bothering to share. I am trying my level best to present as best as possible and if there is still any lacuna, I am helpless because of the constraint of my time, age and energy etc. I am a heart patient in extended life with "sorbitrate" always in my pocket and oxygen cylinder by the side of my working table.
March 5, 2012 10:14 PM
Blogger asimov said...

i started learning to appreciate carnatic music only recently(though i am aged 66 years). Thanks to Charulatha Mani and her Isai Payanam. I am a recent addict to ur blog and started downloading songs. You are doing a great a service to startes like me. Thank u sir.
March 23, 2012 11:39 AM

Paar Kadal alai - M.L.V and Padmini