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Friday 30 November 2007

Allergic to Spam!!!???

Looks like these folks can't run away from spam - irrespective of where they are!


Wonder if any of you have a solution for this???
Regards,
N

Wednesday 28 November 2007

PIGGY BANKS LEAD TO SHORTAGE OF COINS

PIGGY BANKS LEAD TO SHORTAGE OF COINS

All of you must be remembering the good old days when we used to put away loose change (from our pocket money, gifts from our grand parents/uncles, etc.) in a small piggy bank, and see it grow after a few months into a surprisingly large sum of money.

Apparently, the chinese have been doing that as well, with surprising results at a macro level:

This habit has resulted in an acute shortage of coins in China as "just too many" of its population has been putting away ALL their coins in such piggy banks!!!

Read the original article:

Regards,

N

ps: Perhaps, it is a macro level problem, but at the micro level, I guess that it makes sense for all of us to develop the habit of being thrifty through the use of piggy banks and benefit from the same!!



Tuesday 27 November 2007

Finders, Keepers!

Finders, Keepers!

Hey friends,

I recently saw a rather interesting article about a diamond mine in Arkansas, USA,

where tourists are welcome.

Not only are they welcome, they are welcome to look for diamonds!!

Not only can they look, they can keep all the diamonds that they find!!!

Interesting indeed!

Take a look at the article on this link:

Wonder if USA also gives special visas "More liberally" to those who just wish to make a trip to take a look at (and for those) diamonds?!?!?!?

Regards,

N


Monday 26 November 2007

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

The other day, I had gone for a haircut. (For those of you who know me, THIS is not the joke!!!) Interestingly, the conversation out there was about the share prices, and which one is worth buying!

This reminded me of a nice little story, which I must share with all of you:

Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for Rs 10.

The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at Rs 10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort.

Noticing this, he further announced that he would now buy at Rs 20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer rate was again increased to Rs 100 and the supply of monkeys became so limited that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at Rs 500! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him. In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers. Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at Rs 200 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell it to him for Rs 500." The villagers squeezed up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys. Then they never saw the man nor his assistant, only monkeys everywhere!!! Welcome to the "Stock" Market!!!!!

Regards,

N



Friday 23 November 2007

Defying Death with Organ Donation

Defying Death with Organ Donation

Here's a touching story of the parents of Sivakumar. Sivakumar, their young child, was declared brain-dead. Most parents would have been shattered. They would have perhaps cursed their fate, cursed all folks around them (perhaps including the doctors), etc. These parents were special - They consciously decided to donate Sivakumar's kidneys, liver and eyes to other patients so that though Sivakumar was no longer with them, some human lives somewhere and their families will forever remember Sivakumar and his parents for the rest of their lives.

Though I felt sad for Sivakumar, this touching story brought a smile on my lips, a smile of relief on behalf of:

  • The recipients of the organs
  • Their families
  • All human beings at large!

Regards,

N



Monday 19 November 2007

Avoiding Footboard Travel in buses in interior Tamil Nadu

Got this one from a friend! If this is the condition of our buses in TN (which are supposed to be good!!!), wonder what the "bad" buses will be like?!?!?!?!

Regards,

N

Tuesday 13 November 2007

All Pay, No Work

Many of the old-timers, especially in certain "special" organisations, would be used to this stuff, though it used to be unofficial.

At Bajaj Auto, it becomes completely official! The employees (over 2500 of them - not one or two, not a dozen here and a dozen there!) at their Akurdi unit are kept "completely idle" - But they are being paid their regular salaries & wages, merely for coming to the factory!!!

Wonder if they also have additional vacancies at various levels - I'm sure that many of us will be interested!!!

Regards,

N



Monday 12 November 2007

SOME DESSERT, THAT!!!

SOME DESSERT, THAT!!!

Hi folks!

I'm pretty certain that I can't enjoy this dessert, spending US $ 25,000/=. However, I'm sure that I enjoyed the news item ... ... ...

The crude response of a rather envious friend was: "Wonder what happens the day after you're done and through with the dessert!"

Regards,

N


Wednesday 7 November 2007

Article about a "Success through Determination" real life story

Dear folks,

Here's a real life story which made brought a happy smile on my face:

Let's celebrate a happy, safe and prosperous Deepavali with pleasant thoughts about how a poor girl managed to achieve success that's truly great by the normal expectations that one would have for people coming from similar backgrounds.

Regards,

N



Thursday 1 November 2007

Thoughtful Thieves!

Thoughtful Thieves!

Here's a story (From Mumbai Mirror, October 31, 2007) of a senior citizen who is grateful to a couple of thieves who had, probably in a rare attack of conscience, posted Mulani's precious senior citizens' card back to her two months later.

Enjoy the link!

Regards,

N

ps: By the by, do anyone of you know about Senior Citizens cards and how to get one?