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Tuesday, 17 September, 2013

Aristotle on an educated mind

Educated Mind

But that was in the day and age of Aristotle.

Who cares now?

Well, well, I guess that one continues to live in hope!



Wednesday, 4 September, 2013

Federer, the human being par excellence!

Federer: The Human

Like our very own Tendulkar, Federer is facing questions about his retirement from people around the world. At this juncture, I must remind all of us about the fact that Roger Federer is as much a human being as any of us.

What's interesting is not that he's a human being. What's interesting and impressive is that he is humane!

Read on:



Saturday, 31 August, 2013

Donate Eyes

Importance of Donating EYES

At the very least, you must consider donating your eyes at least after you DIE!

For Heaven's sake! After all, after you die, if you donate your eyes, it may help you to reach HEAVEN!



Monday, 3 June, 2013

Power Struggle

Power Struggle at IIT Chennai

Well, for a change, we're not talking about politics entering the world of academics.

Nor are we talking about a group of students fighting for their rights.

We're not even talking about the women on campus fighting for gender-sensitive behaviour.

We're certainly not talking about any struggle for the post of Dean or Director.

Well, despite having a whole lot of supposedly world class technocrats, IIT Chennai recently had a rather special experience:

  • The notorious Chennai Power Cut!

What takes the cake is not just another power cut. Apparently, the power cut happened during exams. Again, not one of those routine internal exams that presumably keep happening out there all the time. On this occasion, the Chennai Power Cut happened while the IIT JEE (Advanced) exams were in progress. Or should we talk about a lack of progress???

Take a look at the story:

This is what I would call a "real power struggle"!!!

As திருவள்ளுவர் (Thiruvalluvar) would have said, 

  • இடுக்கண் வருங்கால் நகுக! (Rough translation: In times of difficulties, try and accept it with a smile!)



Tuesday, 28 May, 2013



This is an old one, and a brilliant one. Honestly, I know not the original author. This time around, got this from an old friend, Ms. S - Thanks to her for reminding me of this one.

If you're wondering as to why this is appearing despite being old, I've got two reasons:

  • It remains relevant to us and will remain relevant for several years to come.
  • I'm sure that there will always be a new set of folks who were born relatively recently, who became literate recently, who started going online recently, etc. Am sure that they will find this not merely useful and interesting, but also NEW !

Read on and enjoy... 

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

An Obituary printed in the London Times

 – Interesting and sadly rather true.

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

- Why the early bird gets the worm;

- Life isn’t always fair;

- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate;

Teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch;

And a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; 

But could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;

And criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.

She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

- I Know My Rights

- I Want It Now

- Someone Else Is To Blame

- I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing