This and That…

(1) The first pop stars are BELKA & STRELKA, because they returned alive from their space mission. (mentioned in a book by Olesya Turkin).  LEIKA was the first canine to be sent into space, but she died.
(2) PM Modi’s fondness for “alliteration” is no secret.  He extolled the virtues of the 3 DS.  He said India has 3 unique DS ——- Democracy, Demographic dividend and Demand.  The 4th D is Discussion on how to expand the pool of skilled workers in the country, how to retain talented teachers, nurses and others, and how to bring back those who have left the country.
(3) We create our own realities.  Energy becomes intent, intent forms a word.  A word shapes an action and an action creates a reality.  CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY.
(4) Most cultures forbid “cursing”, because words are like PSYCHIC ARROWS, they can cause harm.  Our thoughts and actions have a far greater impact on our lives than we know.  Keep your thoughts pure, keep your words positive.
funny oil painting(5) Intelligence is like “underwear”.  It is important that you have it, but not necessary that you show it off.
(6) I am reading a book on ANTIGRAVITY.  It is impossible to put it down. 
(7) Step with care and great tact.  Life’s a great “balancing act”.
(8) When at last you are sure, you’ve been properly PILLED, a few paper forms must be properly FILLED, so that you and your heirs may be properly BILLED.
(9) I changed my password to INCORRECT.  So, whenever I forget what my password is, the computer will say, “YOUR PASSWORD IS INCORRECT”.
(10) I hate people who use big words just to make themselves look PERSPICACIOUS. 
(11) Never break someone’s heart —– they have only 1……… break their bones, because they have 206 of them.
(12) If a turtle doesn’t have a shell ———- is it “homeless’ or “naked” ?
(13) It  takes “patience” to “listen …… it takes “skill” to “pretend you are listening”.
(14) You have “brains” in your “head.  You have “feet” in your “shoes”.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You’re on your own and you know what you know.  And you are the guy who’ll decide where you go.
funny dog art(15) Animal Crackers :
(a) What do you call a dinosaur who only eats the most delicious food ?  CONNOISSAUR.
(b) Where do “snails” avoid eating ”  In FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS.
(c) Why did the kangaroo stop drinking coffee ?  HE GOT TOO JUMPY.
(d) What’s a bunny’s favourite music ?  HIP HOP.
(e) How do you find the gender of an ant by throwing it in water ?  If it “sinks”, it is a girl-ant, if it floats ——- BUOYANT.
(16) German Saying :  When 2 dogs fight for a bone, and a third runs off with it, THERE’S A LAWYER AMONG THE DOGS. 
(17) A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so, if one’s life is “cold and bare”, he can blame none but himself.
(18) Valour is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. —— Michel de Montaigne.
(19) Through love, all that is bitter will be sweet
Through love, all that is copper will be gold
Through love, all dregs will become wine
Through love, all pain will be turned to medicine. —— Rumi. 
(20) What do you get when you cross a “lawyer” with “Godfather” ?  ——- AN OFFER YOU CAN’T UNDERSTAND.
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Bizzare laws

Here are a few BIZARRE LAWS from around the world.  It is a crazy world out there, and in this mad world you have to live by the rules.  But there are some laws which are just plain BIZARRE, to put it mildly.  If you are planning your next vacation abroad, you might want to take a look at some of these BIZARRE LAWS.
bizarre-law(1) GREECE ——– Ever thought of having a destination wedding, which will be the talk of the town ?  But get this —– anyone getting married in Greece is required to publish their “wedding notice” in the Greek newspaper or in the Notice board of the City Hall.  If you are planning to get married there, we suggest carry extra bucks just for the newspaper advertisement.
(2) SWITZERLAND ———- Did you know that it is illegal to flush  the toilet after 10p.m. in Switzerland ?  The reason ?  Well, apart from noise pollution, the Swiss have taken the “love thy neighbour” commandment to the next level.  So, if you are planning to gorge on Swiss cheese, make sure it is for lunch.
(3) SPAIN ——– Planning a road trip in Spain ?  Well, ditch those flip-flops and pack in a pair of shoes.  Driving with flip-flops / sandals is illegal.  The traffic law states that a person needs to wear formal shoes while driving —- failing which you can be fined up to 150 euros.
(4) BOLIVIA —— The next time you are off on your Bolivian adventures, we suggest you go solo.  Because if you are a married woman in Bolivia, we’ve got news for you ——– there is a law that states that a married woman will be refused a 2nd glass of wine.
Bizarre laws(5) USA ——– Talk about specifics ——- if you are in Oklahoma and your donkey decides to nap in the bathtub after 7p.m. —— consider yourself a criminal.  We are not making this up.
(6) DENMARK ——- Denmark could sell itself as the perfect destination  for “budget holidays”.  The Danish take their “food servings” very seriously.  As a matter of fact, if you are dissatisfied with the quantity of food served, you can walk away without paying the bill.  It is not something we recommend, but that is the law.
(7) MILAN —– We know the Italians to be loud, boisterous and way too expressive  ——- but they aren’t showing any of this enthusiasm in Milan.  It is illegal in Milan “to frown”.  So, when in Milan, remember to turn that “frown ” upside down.
(8) ENGLAND ——- Imagine you are breathing your last.  Your life is flashing before your eyes.  Just wait for a minute, look around you and make sure you are not in the British Houses of Parliament ——— where, according to law, it is illegal “to die”.  The last thing you want to do on Earth (quite literally) is to die illegally.
———– NDTV Good Times.

This & That…

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(1) Daniel Day-Lewis, an Englishman, who has won 3 Best Actor Oscars, said, ” I come from, not just a household, but a country, where the finesse of language, well-balanced sentence, structure syntax —– these things are driven into us, and my parents, bless them, are great custodians of the English language.”

(2) Did you know, that in space you cannot cry, because there is no gravity to MAKE THE TEARS FLOW.
(3) KEEP IT FLOWING : Did BRAD fall into a PIT ?  Is ANGELINA always JOLIE ? Was AMRISH really a PURI ?  Has GERARD always been a BUTLER ? Why is GAUTAM always GAMBHIR ? Is NICOLE a KID or a MAN ? Did KANGANA really RANAUT or was she caught and bowled ?
(4) What do you do when a chair breaks ?  Call a CHAIRMAN.
(5) What was Napoleon doing at KFC ?  Pulling the BONE APART.
(6) A GOOD writer can TELL A STORY.  An EXCELLENT writer can TELL IT WELL.  A GREAT writer can LISTEN.
(7) What happened to a plant in math Class ?  It grew SQUARE ROOTS.
(8) When someone allows you to BEAR HIS BURDENS, you have found DEEP FRIENDSHIP.
(9) He who is plenteously provided for within, needs but little from without.
(10) It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor the judgement to hold their tongues.
(11) Never forget what you are ………… Wear it like armour and it can never be used to hurt you.
(12) You will not be punished For your ANGER.  You will be punished BY your ANGER.


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(13) READERS are PLENTIFUL ; THINKERS are RARE.

(14) The lustre of a virtuous character cannot be defaced, nor can the vices of a vicious man ever become lucid.  A jewel preserves its lustre, though trodden in the mud, but a brass pot, though placed upon the head —— IS BRASS STILL.
(15) I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way, we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
(16) There once was a man from Peru
Who dreamt he was eating his shoe
He woke with a fright in the middle of the night
To see his dream come true.
(17) Faith is knowing one of two things will happen : There will be something to stand on, or YOU WILL BE TAUGHT TO FLY.
(18) Only those in tune with nature seem to pick up on the energy in winds.  All sorts of things get swept off in the breeze : ghosts, pieces of soul, voices unsung, thoughts repressed, love not cherished and so much spiritual ether.
(19) When we love someone too much, they become our sense of home.  What was within us is now with them, and so when they withdraw, they take with them the place we belong, the place we seek for comfort, leaving us lost, lonely and wondering.
(20) It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money cannot buy.
(21) Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.

This & That…

(1). My heart, my fellow traveller
It has been decreed again
That you and I be exiled
Go calling out in every street
Turn to every town
To search for a clue of a messenger from our Beloved.
—- Faiz Ahmed Faiz. 
(2) GENIUS lies in all of us ———— JUST WAITING TO BE RELEASED —— Adam Piore.
picasso(3)  What you seek is seeking you.  We are all looking for something —— Rumi.
(4) I like the concept of a “Masculine Divine Energy” and the “Feminine Devotee”.  To me, it is the duality, the idea that one cannot exist without the other.
(5) Every year, Louis Vuitton burns all their leftover bags and accessories to “preserve the high-class nature of the brand, its exclusivity and its value
(6) R. K. Laxman’s “Common Man” cartoons were used by gamblers, who looked at “how many fingers the character was holding up” to decide their wager for the day.
(7) We want something that we can put our faith I.  We put our love into our children or into an important relationship, into someone who helped us when nobody else did, or even a career  We are all in constant pursuit of that “something” —- the reason we give ourselves for getting out of bed every morning.—– Meghna Das.
(8) What washes up on “tiny beaches” ? ————- MICRO-WAVES.
(9) A wise school teacher sent this note to all parents on the 1st day of school :  “If you promise not to believe everything your child says “happens in school”, I’ll promise not to believe everything he says “happens at home”.
(10) To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.  I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.
rumi_painting(11) There is no “abstract art”.  You must always start with something.  Afterwards, “you can remove all traces of reality”. —-Picasso
(12) What do you get if you put a radio in the fridge ?  —- COOL MUSIC.
(13) Language is a funny thing, and English is even funnier than most.  HORSERADISH is another strange beast.  Is it a particular favourite sauce amongst our equine friends ?  Is it made up of bits of horse-meat cunningly disguised ?  Perhaps we are better off not knowing.—– Geraldine Evans.
(14) POWER POSES :  Get into the habit of “sitting up” & “looking up”.  Be mindful of your body positions and give yourself an advantage.  The next time you need some support or extra power to get through a difficult situation, try changing your body position.  Make yourself BIG for 2mins.  Use the changes in your brain to help you face your situation.
Vidya+Sury+-+Haiku+day+29(15) HAIKU is never possible other than in Japanese.  It may never be understood unless read in the Japanese original.  5-7-5 is a rhythm.
(16) With life as short as a half-taken breath, DON’T PLANT ANYTHING BUT LOVE. —Rumi.
(17) Finding it tough to cope with modern life ?  You need 5 friends : (a) An AGONY AUNT (b) An EMOTIONAL SUPPORT (c) A PRACTICAL PERSON (d) SOMEONE GOOD —— WITH MONEY (e) A COLLEAGUE YOU CAN SEEK ADVICE FROM.
 (18) What do you call a South American girl who is always in a hurry ?  —– URGENT — TINA.
(19) It is a myth that dogs only see in Black & White.  They can actually see primarily in blue, greenish-yellow and various shades of grey.
(20) If people knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. —–Michelangelo.  .

This & That…

(1) Pray for “eyes” that “see the best”, a “heart” that “forgives the worst” a “mind” that “forgets the bad” and NEVER LOSE FAITH.
(2) John Ruskin, who died in 1900, was an English critic and philanthropist said : “Sunshine is “delicious, Rain is “refreshing”, Wind “braces us up”, Snow is “exhilarating”.  There is really no such thing as “bad weather”, only DIFFERENT KINDS OF GOOD WEATHER.

(c) The Royal Institution; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(3) “Oh Gravity, thou art so great
Thou keeps me grub upon me plate
And drops de apple to de ground
‘Cos that’s how Newton found
That mass attracts and the world is round
Which put paid to the concept ‘DEO’ —-or was (that) bloke Galileo !
—– Bachchoo. 

(4) John Steinbeck, author of “Grapes of Wrath”, liked to write his drafts in pencil.  His editor had to send “round pencils” to alleviate the calluses Steinbeck would develop by using “hexagonal” pencils.
(5) The world’s 1st novel —– The Tale of Genji, was published in Japan around 1000 AD, by a female author—-Murasaki Shikibu.
(6) The 1st known use of a diamond engagement ring took place in 1447, when Archduke Maxmillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring featuring the letter “M” spelled out in diamonds.
(7) We are on a market trip to earth : whether we fill our baskets or not, once the time is up, we go home.
(8) On a tee shirt : Smoking makes you lose weight —– ONE LUNG AT A TIME.
(9) We should take care not to make the intellect our God, it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
 (10) Insomnia is ‘payback for all the naps you refused to take as a child.”
(11) Toothache : The pain that drives you to “extraction.”
  (12) When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet.

This & That…

(1) Begin your day with meditation and a mantra :  I love the world, I love my life and I love this universal energy.  Saying this aloud brings about a smile from within, which leads perfectly on to a heartfelt rush of gratitude.  Create a snapshot in your mind’s eye, which gets triggered by —- a stranger’s smile, bird songs or the wind flying through the trees.
(2) The Wandering Albatross, with a wing-span of 12ft, the largest of any living bird, can glide through the air for hours —without flapping its wings.
Wandering Albatross Kaikoura 19 Nov 12_990(3) Dear Optimist, Pessimist and Realist, while you guys were arguing about the glass of water —– I DRANK IT. ——-The Opportunist.
(4) Affirmations : Having little positive affirmations around you, that you can see and read everyday, can actually completely change your mood and help you stay ‘focused’ and ‘positive.  Find your inner philosopher and write something amazing.  Use ‘quotes’ to inspire others, to change your mood, to stay on track towards your goals.  ‘Quotes’ can also help to remind you about how blessed you are with where you are in life and the things you have achieved.
(5) In times of joy, all of us wish we possessed a TAIL WE COULD WAG.— Wystan Hugh Auden.
(6) FOCUS on what is IMPORTANT, CAPTURE the GOOD TIMES and DEVELOP from the NEGATIVES and if things don’t work —— TAKE ANOTHER SHOT.

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(7) What lies on the ground, 100 feet in the air ?  A centipede sun-bathing.
(8) You don’t get ulcers from what you eat, you get them from what’s eating you.
(9) Avoid the word “very”, because it’s ‘lazy’.  A man is not ‘very’ tired, he is ‘exhausted’.  Don’t use ‘very’ sad, use ‘morose’,  Language was invented for one reason, boys, —- to woo women —– and, in that endeavour, laziness will not do.
(10) Repeat to yourself every night : Sleep peacefully, wake up feeling good, refreshed and energised..  This helps you fall asleep quicker, focusses your mind and encourages a self-hypnotic state of relaxation —— easing away the stress accumulated through the day.  Dreams are vivid and can carry information or messages and are excellent resources of discovering untapped creativity and potential in us.

This & That

noahs-ark(1) During your life, everything you do and everyone you meet —– rubs off on you in some way.  Some bit of everything you experience, stays with everyone you’ve ever known and nothing is lost.  That’s what is eternal, these little specks of experience in a great, enormous river that has no end.——- Harriet Doerr. 

(2) There are two
(a) things people worry about these days.  One is that things may never get back to normal, and the other, that they have already. 
(b) kinds of secrets : those that are not worth keeping and those that are too good to keep. 
(c) kinds of statistics : the kind you look up and the kind you make up. 

(3) As a single mother of a teenage son, I heard that stressing that I had given birth to him, might earn me some respect.  So, during an argument, I said, ” Remember, I bore you”.  “Yes, Mum,” he shot back, “sometimes you do.” 

(4) Books say, “She did this because ……”  Life says, “She did this.”  Books are where things are explained to you, Life is where things aren’t.  I’m not surprised, that some people prefer books.  Books make sense  The only problem is that the lives they make sense of are other people’s lives, not your own. —Julian Barnes. 

(5) I like the fact that LISTEN is an anagram of SILENT.  Silence is not something that is there before the music begins and after it stops.  It is the essence of the music itself, the vital ingredient that makes it possible for the music to exist at all. ——- Alfred Brendel

(6) Like an apple of gold, in a setting of silver, is a WORD SPOKEN IN  A RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCE. 

(7) Never be afraid to try something new.  Remember : Amateurs built the Ark, Professionals built the Titanic. 

(8) Success is a lousy teacher.  It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.  And, it’s an unreliable guide to the future.  What seems the perfect business plan or latest technology today, may soon be as out-of-date as the 8-track player, the vacuum tube television or the main-frame computer. —Bill Gates. 

(9) The problem with cats, is that they get the exact look on their faces, whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer. —-Paula Poundstone. 
(10) An insincere compliment sweetens the tongue, but sours the stomach.  The simplest compliment can be the most profound. 

(11) The human mind is as driven to understand, as the body is driven to survive. 

(12) Modified maxims :
(a) Caveman’s motto : He who hesitates is lunch. 
(b) Jockey’s rule of thumb : Put your money where your mount is. 
(13) Mark Twain once remarked that he could live for two months on one good compliment. 

(14) The six stages of life : Spills, Drills, Thrills, Bills, ills and Wills. 

06eiffel(15) Would you say :
(a) You’re overstressed when your COPE runneth over ?
(b) That a certain Cuban Dictator’s Physician is a CASTROENTEROLOGIST ? 
(c) He knows not the value of flowers who never BOTANY ? 

(16) Middle Age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist exchange places. 
(17) P. V Narasimha Rao is the only Prime Minister, who is credited to have mastered as many as 17 languages. 
(18) You are unpopular, when it comes to taking a group picture and THEY HAND YOU THE CAMERA. 

(19) OBESITY is not because it runs in the family, it’s because NO ONE RUNS IN THE FAMILY. 

(20) Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower had dyslexia and a paralysing fear of heights.