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Friendship Speech

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies Respected principal, teachers and my dear friends Today,/ I am here before you/ to speak a few words about friendship./ Lucky are the people who have real friends./ Friendship/ is a gift of God/ which should be handled with care./ Though I am small,/ I too have lots of friends,/ some are close,/ some are less,/ but/ I have two best friends/ and I can't imagine my life without them,/ they mean a lot to me./ The most important thing about friendship for me is/ being able to share secrets / my snacks /and to help each other out during games. / Before I conclude I would like to say,/ A friend is one that knows you as you are,/ understands where you have been,/ and still, gently allows you to be his best friend./

Spat On the Face

There are some things or instances at some part of our lives which really becomes a turning point to our very existence. Sometimes, it might be a big issue or just a trivial matter. For me, I have had hordes of experience on my very person which has been intrinsically interwoven into my life and its very beautiful too to look at when I sit and evaluate. It really helped me be a better person. But one instance really did hurt me. It didn't happen to me, but an incident triggered my memory of the previous incident. Long time back, may be five years back, it happened in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh. My family and myself decided to buy a plot of land. So, every evening we went around looking at good properties. So once our auto driver came to pick us up for our next destination,he and myself were waiting for others to join. As all were ready and when we started the auto, a widow passed us. Immediately, the auto driver spat and got off the auto. We were surprised by his acti

Do You Really Need to Bargain When You Travel?

No Way!!!!!!!!! I know, you might be raising your brows. But its true. Never bargain. Ask the price. If you feel that it is the right value or a little more and if you can afford it, then just pay it. And if it is very much more? If you really want it, ask whether they can reduce it. If no buy it or let it go. If it is for you, it will come to you, no matter what the price. OK, that's enough. Now, do you know why you bargain? Because you feel, that it is your hard earned money, which should not be squandered, isn't it? But how did that money come to you in the first place? From the money tree? No, someone passed it to you, isn't it? Exactly, money is to be shared, just like everything. Grains are sown in the soil and after sometime, it produces more grains, likewise, fruits, vegetables, etc...etc... They go to nothingness to bring abundance. Sometimes my friends would scold me for paying the price just like that, without even asking whether it could be red

The Connection Between You and Travel

Hey guys, Sorry. It took so long to take my letter pad for the next session of writing. Last day, I had a very insightful experience which really made me think that travel is not just seeing places. Then what? Well, let me first explain the situation, then I could explain in detail. A month ago I had to organize a houseboat post haste. The reason, the guest who had selected a travel agent, did not turn up to take them to their houseboat or give any detail of the houseboat. So they decided to take my help. I booked a good houseboat, they requested a standard houseboat. You know the speciality of the houseboat? There are many categories from base, standard, premium to luxury. And the price, facilities, menu, etc varies. The boat which was allotted for them had no fridge ( standard boat has no fridge). But they had two cases of beer to consume. The boat people gave them an ice box in which the ice couldn't stay for long and the result, the guest were angry. They were angry

So, What Makes You Happy in Travel?

Now, that is one question, you should know before you travel. And that is a very important question which you should answer when you plan for travel. We are all here in this world searching for something fulfilling and its not same for all. My favourite place is sitting by a small brook under the shade of the tree, with my legs dipped in the water letting the small fishes eat, with a romantic book to read and something to munch and sip. But my family would ask, "Are you crazy? What is there in a brook. So ..... now you understand, all people are not alike. So decide, what makes you happy and what makes others happy and check for the places, which caters to your need or ask a travel agency, so that they can help you out on that score and easier to plan. Then bring a balance to the places you plan to visit. So that the whole family gets to fulfill their wishes easily. And that would be a first successful step in the tour programme. Now the next thing you should be aware of

Who Are You?

I am living in a place where history is everywhere, in the buildings, the trees, the seas, the backwaters, etc... You know history is made by the people, the people who lived here, live here. That means, you and I are making history for the future generation. The past generations had given us something to say about, the buildings, the trees, the trades, the ......., etc...etc.... Now if we fast forward it to a hundred years ahead, what might have we given to the future generation? I hope you understand what I mean, we are making changes everywhere advancing everything, which are now backfiring against us. Do you know why this happens? It is simple, we are proud of our knowledge, education and our capability. You know, that is a big blunder we are doing. There was a time when the people had not had all this know how, but still they built the pyramids, the great china wall, the greatest cave paintings, the greatest drainage systems, water systems, townships, which we are curren

The New Resolution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As the eyes of 2013 are drooping for a long sleep, the atmosphere here is that of expectation. You know, after the sleep you would be having a brand new day, new year and new hopes. But there is one funny part, how do we know the difference from the old year and the new year, in fact, what about months. Do you know the difference? I really do not know. So for me, I would say, there doesn't make any sense in putting expectation or planning a new beginning for a specific date or a day because all days have a morning, afternoon, evening and night. The attitude we have is what makes the difference. So what do you think? Are you planning to make a resolution for new year or for now? Think about it. I will think about it for sure. See you tomorrow. Until then, take care. Bye. Meena

Beauty Tips

Today I accidentally saw an advertisement of a big gathering of the great beautifying people. The advertisement was like this, "For everyone wanting to meet the stars of the hair and beauty sector, the mega event of the year." You know, when I read this, I knew, there would be an interest in every heart. But why do we have so much flutter when we hear about beauty? Simple, we feel that we would be accepted only if we have beauty. But in fact, I would like to ask one question. What is your criteria about selecting your friends? Or I will rephrase the question. How many friends do you have who are really beautiful? The answer would be either two, one or none. What does that mean. We are simply wasting our time, making ourselves beautiful. We all look for a person who is kind, smiling, easy to talk to, etc...etc... isn't it? So my advice is be beautiful at heart. Then you would be more popular than the most beautiful world in the Universe. Did I exaggerate? No, not at


Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory disease which can affect the skin, joints and nails. The causes of psoriasis are not fully understood and are the subject of ongoing research. In psoriasis, the immune system is mistakenly activated, which leads to overproduction of skin cells. Skin cells build up too rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming raised, red, scaly patches (called plaques). These plaques are often itchy and sometimes painful. Psoriasis lesions commonly appear on the scalp, limbs and lower back, but they can occur anywhere on the body. Some people are not very affected by their psoriasis symptoms, but for others, psoriasis is a disabling and embarrassing condition that affects their lifestyle and their interactions with others. There are many available treatments that may help to relieve symptoms and improve daily life. IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT PSORIASIS 1. Psoriasis is not contagious. 2. Sufferers develop psoriasis between the ages of 15-20 years or later between 5

Be A Loser

Today in my family we had a very small fight, which could have aggravated, if I hadn't got the insight into the cause of it. It was so trivial a cause, that I felt, it should have been overlooked. But you know, we people are so strung with a joint family tagging around, that we make all sorts of mistakes just at every juncture of our life. Now, while this juggling of words were taking place, I was a silent spectator because I didn't want to add oil into the already raging fire with my words. I saw the faces, the expressions of all around. It was not good. So this made me think, we are all here to be happy and not to be sad, then why is it that we are always sad, with our own people more than outsiders? It was then, it came to me like a splash of cold water on my face, that if this is the case with us, then we are the reason for its origin. I know its very difficult to believe it. But its true. We all hear one jargon of Darwin in all aspects of life, whether its profess

Alzheimer's Disease

Today, I met a daily wager, who had worked for our family for many years. I smiled at him and asked, "How are you Rajan? Did you buy fish?(As he was coming from the market). But he didn't reply or smile. He was looking at me, as if I had grown two horns on my head. I was surprised because before he used to joke with me and talk so much, that I used to go another way, to avoid him. So this way of behaviour was really weird. when I asked my friend, I came to know, he had forgotten everything even people. I felt sad. So I thought, its time to learn what causes this forgetfullness. What is Alzheimer's disease? Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease in which healthy brain tissue degenerates, resulting in problems with memory, behavior, and other mental abilities. It is the most common cause of dementia (the loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life) and the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Alzh

The Power of Priesthood

Last day there was a public voicing of the credibility of priests and their works by a man to an old lady, in a queue in the LIC office. Since it was a queue, nobody had any business other than hear this juicy topic. But to the horror for the man and the spectators, the old lady declined herself to be dragged into the malice. She said sternly, “Look, I do not like to criticise any priests or for that matter anybody. And you’re a man, it won’t suit you to talk in such a manner, as a woman. Please let me be as I am. The man felt ashamed because he was publicly humiliated. Here the generation gap which focuses the lifestyles of two cultures and characters were reflected. But it was a thought for me as a lay person. We are living in an age where priests and sisters are valued less. An age where there are hordes of opportunities to corrupt mankind. In the process the God’s selected few too get corrupted, unwittingly. But the humiliation others take is heart rending. It is indeed a sad sp

Ouch Acidity

Not a lot of people are aware that it is important to maintain the acid-alkaline balance because it hugely affects the overall health. However, not everybody knows what the proper pH level balance should be. pH is actually a measure of acidity of the body fluid depending on the amounts of positively charged or acid forming ions and negative charged or alkaline forming ions present in the fluid. A normal pH ranges from 0 to 14 and 7.0 is considered to be neutral. Experts say that a healthy person should have a pH of 7.35 or 7.45. Even though this is just a little bit leaning toward the acidic side a person whose pH value is either higher or lower than this one is considered to be quite vulnerable to various ailments and diseases. This is the reason why a lot of people wonder what to do when their pH level is a little below the normal pH value. Acidity in human body A person's body is considered to be acidic if his or her pH value is just a little bit lower than the normal pH va


What is Epilepsy? Abnormal electrical activity in the brain can cause seizures. When a person has repeated seizures, this condition is called epilepsy. Seizures happen when the electrical system of the brain malfunctions. Instead of discharging electrical energy in a controlled manner, the brain cells keep firing. The result may be a surge of energy through the brain, causing unconsciousness and contractions of the muscles. If only part of the brain is affected, it may cloud awareness, block normal communication, and produce a variety of undirected, uncontrolled, unorganized movements. Most seizures last only a minute or two, although confusion afterwards may last longer. An epilepsy syndrome is defined by a collection of similar factors, such as type of seizure, when they developed in life, and response to treatment. What Causes Seizures? There are many different causes of seizures. According to some studies, between 7% and 10% of people will suffer a single isolated sei

Conserve Water

The Importance of Water Our bodies need water to function properly. According to, humans can survive for weeks without food, but for only a few days without water. The plants and animals we eat require water as well, so water crises inevitably become food crises. We also use water for cleaning our bodies and our homes, and for producing power such as in hydroelectric dams. The World Water Council reports that the human population of the planet is on track to grow 40 to 50 percent within the next 50 years, putting additional pressure on our already shrinking supply of fresh water. Why should we conserve water? Reducing our use of water will decrease water pollution, increase energy savings, and create more efficient use of our water resources. 780 million people around the world lack access to clean water causing 3.4 million deaths, many of those being children. Consider the fact that every 21 seconds a child dies from water related diseases. These overwhelming numbers ca

Causes of Land Pollution

Land pollution is the pollution of the Earth's natural land surface by industrial commercial, domestic and agricultural activities. 1. Increase in urbanization :- Construction uses up forestland. This leads to the exploitation and destruction of forests causing imbalance to climate. There is more demand for water, hence reservoirs are built causing the loss of land. 2. Increase in agricultural land :- As the human population grew there was a greater demand for food, thus more land allocated to agriculture. 3. Overuse of pesticides and chemical fertilizers :- Chemical herbicides and pesticides kill bees and other pollinators. Chemical fertilizers do not put minerals into the soil. Consequently, the crops grown have very few minerals and causes non-biodegradable chemicals to enter and accumulate in the food chain. Vegetation alone has the unique ability to convert inorganic minerals absorbed from the soil and water into organic forms that animals and humans can use. Beca

Causes Of Water Pollution

Water pollution is contamination of water bodies such as rivers, oceans, lakes, and groundwater caused by human activities. 1. Urbanisation As more and more people move into cities and towns, a number of factors cause pollution: • the physical disturbance of land due to construction of houses, industries, roads, etc.; • chemical pollution from industries, mines, etc.; • inadequate sewage collection and treatment; • Increase in fertilizers to grow more food. These results in an increase in nutrients (nitrates and phosphates) in the water which causes enhanced plant growth (algal blooms). When this plant material dies and decays the bacteria uses the oxygen in the water. This lowering of oxygen levels results in the death of other water life that needs oxygen to survive, eg. fish, etc. This process is called eutrophication; litter, which causes disease and has a negative visual impact. 2. Deforestation Clearing land for agriculture and urban growth often leads

Causes of Air Pollution

Air pollution is the air which is not fit for breathing. Its a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air released into the atmosphere by both man-made and natural processes. 1. Exhaust from Combustion Engines :- Emissions from vehicular combustion engines contain gaseous oxide, nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide, all of which contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer. With a thinner ozone layer, the earth will gradually succumb to sweltering heat. 2. Use of Coal and Fossil Fuels :- Factories, power-generating establishments, offices, even homes, utilize fossil fuels and coals for power or heat. Even though beneficial, coal and fossil fuels contribute to air pollution and smog. They also damage structures and hasten the oxidation of iron. Add to that, they can cause harm on plants, which significantly reduces oxygen supply on earth. 3. Mining Operations :- These activities release carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide into the air, all of which contribute to de