Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Mistake Poem

I came across this poem recently and simply loved it. I enjoyed reading it and I am sure you would too. Though I am not sure who exactly is the poet of this poem. If you have any idea, let me know. The poem is about making mistakes, accepting it, asking for forgiveness and learning from those mistakes. Enjoy the poem!

A Mistake

    - By Poet Unknown

I know I went wrong somewhere,
I know it was at your stake,
I know at all it wasn't fair,
I'm sorry, it was my mistake.

Things don't always go right in life,
That doesn't mean we break apart,
To forgive and to forget,
That's the rule and life's art.

A trauma of feelings, a jamboree of thoughts,
All caught up and muddled between ought, nots, and oughts,
The blunder is done, let me find the track,
In this world of actions, there is no looking back.

Never will I moan,
Never will I fret,
If you do understand me,
Let's all forgive and forget.

And pretend that nothing happened before,
And that it as never born,
For at dusk you might look around you,
And find yourself forlorn.

Never with mistakes does life blotch,
You only look at it as worse,
It is made up of attitudes alone,
Life is beautiful and never a curse.

You learn from mistakes,
You earn from mistakes,
A lifetime of experience,
As richest as ever.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Expansion of Idea - Green City, Clean City

When we say 'green city', the first thing that comes to our mind is a city full of greenery. Lush green trees and plants everywhere! When we say 'clean city', the first thing that comes to our mind is a city completely clean of garbage, pollution and dirt. The combination of both blows our mind away. Something such would exist is a dream come true.

But think about it in this manner -  a city which is green because of lots and lots of trees swaying away all around would definitely keep away pollution, forest degradation and other environmental problems. Such city would help purify the air and allow us to breathe safely, without any worry of pollutants and gases. A green city will allow us to live a healthy life. Such city would gain an ecotourist importance and attract tourists and visitors from all around the world.

If such a city exists the residents of such city would rejoice because of all the attention. In turn, they would take certain measures to keep the city clean and set an example. Not only will the green city be maintained but the people of the city would plant more trees and try to maintain the green environment. Once the ecosystem is balanced, the city would remain free from diseases and the residents would enjoy healthy environs. But such city can still exists, if we as concerned citizens take initiative towards making it green and clean.

It is completely upon us as the concerned citizens to plant more trees, maintain them, maintain cleanliness and keep the environmental problems at bay. Even if it starts with one city, slowly and steadily it would grow. Imagine what the consequences be - good health and happiness everywhere!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Expansion of Idea - Live and Let Live

Life is the best gift to mankind. Enjoying life and allowing others to enjoy so is the right thing to do. Making use of every opportunity available to us helps to make life better. Such opportunities should be enjoyed and allowed others to enjoy as well. Every person has the right to make the most of the opportunity provided to him to improve his standard of living and to develop his own skills. Man in his own greed at times, takes away such opportunity from others who too deserve to enjoy. By doing so, we destroy the peace and well being of others.

No one can predict the time allotted to them to make their presence on this earth. Hence one should make the right use of his time and allow others to do so too. But greed overpowers all the desires. Greed not just to have everything to oneself, but greed to peace, greed to fame, greed to power and greed to success makes man cruel and selfish. In such cases, we destroy lives of others and bring harm to innocent people. We should allow each and everyone the opportunity to live and enjoy life. Every one has the right to do so. No one is less fortunate than other. 'Live and let live' indeed should be the prime principle of every individual's life.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Man in the Glass Poem By Peter Dale Wimbrow

I recently read this poem and thoroughly enjoyed it. This poem is written by Peter Dale Wimbrow(1895 - 1954), usually known as Dale Wimbrow. Dale Wimbrow was an American composer, writer and is well known for his poems. This poem titled as "The Man in the Glass" is originally titled "The Guy in the Glass'. I am posting the version I read. This poem is about being true to oneself. The words of the poem remind you the one truth - 'You can cheat or lie to the whole world, but you can't cheat or lie to  yourself.'

The Man in the Glass 

                      - By Peter Dale Wimbrow

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.

For it isn't your father, or mother, or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts the most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people may think you a straight-shooting chum
And call you a wonderful guy,
But the guy in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.

He's the fellow to please - never mind all the rest
For he's with you, clear up to the end,
And you've passed your most difficult, dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears,
If you've cheated the man in the glass. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Expansion of Idea - We Live in Deeds Not in Years

Man is known for his deeds. Our actions speak louder than our words. What a man does in his life counts more than how long he lived. You may live a short span life, but if your life is well-spent than such a life is far better than a life that is long lived. Life that we have is a god's gift, and it is upon us how we make the most of it.

What is the point in living a longer life which is wasted and has nothing to remember by! Man in it's entirety can survive on his actions rather than how long he lived. Deeds speak for themselves. Our deeds and our actions are what we are judged for, not for the length span of our life.  A life full of negativity, regrets and unpleasantness is not a life well spent.

You rather live short, but whatever time you spend on this earth it should be worth it. A good living never goes unnoticed. Some spend their life with actions that announce positivity, generosity, humility, charity and forgiveness. Such people are followed by many and often serve as examples to live by. Hence it is imperative that one should make a good living of his life and enjoy optimistic and positive approach. Because we live in deeds not in years. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

10 Funny Phobias One Cannot Believe Existed

Phobia is an extreme fear of something. One could get anxious or extremely upset or even fear persistently about any object or certain situations. Phobia is one such situation which an individual would go to lengths to avoid. But not all phobias may sound serious to us. There are certain phobia which we may at times find too weird or funny. Here are ten such funny phobias which one cannot believe existed.

1.  Ablutophobia

Ablutophobia is the fear of bathing. With this phobia an individual may persistently fear bathing or cleaning oneself. This kind of phobia is more common in children and females. Wonder whether it is this phobia that keeps dogs away from bathing!

2. Arachibutyrophobia

Peanut butter lovers would never imagine, someone would have a phobia related to it. Well not entirely about eating peanut butter but arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

3. Chrometophobia

Chrometophobia is one such phobia one may find funny, as it could affect one's life at a great extent. Chrometophobia is the phobia where a man fears money. Now money is used by us in our day to day life to buy commodities, and also to live and make a living. A phobia as such can affect an individual vastly. How can one survive like that, I wonder!

4. Chronophobia

Now even this phobia is weird! Chronophobia is a phobia where an individual suffering from it fears of time passing. Such person may fear watches and clocks. Existence of such phobia can really put an individual's life in great trouble, I must say!

5. Lachanophobia

Meat lovers won't mind this at all! Lachanophobia is one such phobia where an individual may have great fear of vegetables. A  person suffering from this phobia may suffer panic attacks at the sight of certain vegetables, for example say peas, potatoes, cereals. This phobia could relate to one or two such vegetables or many. Now, vegetables is one such thing that provides us with nutrition and good health, but some people may indeed be afraid of them.

6. Peladophobia

Now how can one survive with such a thing! Peladophobia is the fear of bald people or baldness. Being bald or having bald people around cannot be helped. But imagine some people actually getting anxious around bald people or fearing the thought of becoming bald themselves. 

7. Photophobia

This phobia I wished never existed! Photophobia is a phobia where one is afraid of light. This fear resembles a condition known as light sensitivity where a person could get over-sensitive around light. He or she may feel that light is hurting their eyes and would prefer remaining in dark.

8. Pogonophobia

Pogonophobia is one such funny phobia where an individual may take extreme dislike for beards or even fear the presence of someone who has beards. Though we may find such a phobia silly, but for those who suffer from it it is not funny at all. Such people suffering with pogonophobia can get extremely upset around people with beards.

9. Syngenesophobia

Maybe I have this phobia! Syngenesophobia is a phobia where one individual may get extremely afraid or upset around relatives. This fear could be about being around relatives or even siblings. In such condition a person may really get anxious about meeting relatives - either all or some of them. For example this fear could be related to fear of aunts, fear of cousins, fear or uncles or anyone else in particular. Such person may get extremely anxious in such people's company.

10. Tonsurephobia

Tonsurephobia is a phobia where a person can be extremely upset or afraid  about getting haircuts. The existence of such phobia in an individual could really affect his or her physical well-being. But such phobia does exist, however weird it may sound.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

35 Motivational Quotes for Students

Children need motivation. Whenever a child feels upbeat, parents should motivate their child.  Their are certain situations in life of students when they want to be encouraged. These situations could include the time during exams or even while making decisions. Exam time could be stressful for children. It is the time of the year when children go through a lot of ups and downs. Even though a child is well-prepared for, yet stress levels rise during exams. It could be due to the fear of attempting the paper or simply the thought of not doing well. This is the time when a child requires lot of motivation, encouragement and positivity.

Motivational quotes from great thinkers gives one a lot of encouragement and strength. Their wise words makes us think and rethink about the decisions we take. And hence such quotes of motivation are as valuable as any treasure.

Here are some motivational quotes for students by famous people that a student can always look forward to in every step of his life, be it weakness, be it exam fear, be it failure, be it taking decisions or so.

Motivational Quotes for Students on Failure

1. "Failure doesn't mean the game is over, it means try again with experience." - Len Schlesinger

2. "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford

3. "I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered there are 1000 ways that can cause failure" - Thomas Edison

4. "Failures are part of life.
     If you don't fail, you don't learn.
     If you don't learn, you'll never change." - Anonymous

5. "Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their failure." -                   Napoleon Hill


Motivational Quotes For Students on Believing

7. "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve." - Napoleon Hill

8. "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." - Christian D. Larson

9. "Believe in yourself and you are unstoppable." - Anonymous


Motivational Quotes for Students on Fear

11. "The fears we don't face become our limits." - Robin Sharma

12. "Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears we can move forward, Stronger and Wiser within ourselves." - Unknown

13. "Never feed the fear, it only grows, 
       rather let the fear teach you how to overcome it. 
       Let it be the stepping stone to your bright future." - Unknown


15. "Never let fear decide your future." - Unknown

Motivational Quotes for Students on Taking Efforts

16. "Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." - John F. Kennedy

17. "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." - Jimmy Johnson

18. "It's not about perfect. 
        It's about effort. 
        And when you bring that effort every single day, 
        That's where transformation happens. 
        That's how change occurs." - Jillian Michaels

19. "Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out." - Robert Collier 

20. "Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking potential." - Winston Churchill


Motivational Quotes for Students on Trying New Areas

22. "The expert in anything was once a beginner." - Helen Hayes

23. "We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." - Jawaharlal Nehru

24. "It is never too late to be who you might have been." - George Elliot


Motivational Quotes for Students on Courage

26. "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." - E.E.Cummings

27. "Courage is not having the strength to go on. It is going on when you don't have the strength." - Theodore Roosevelt 

28. "It's easy to stand with the crowd. It takes courage to stand alone." - Mahatma Gandhi

29. "With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity." - Keshavan Nair

Motivational Quotes for Students on Weakness


Motivational Quotes for Students to Study Hard

31. "Push yourself because, no one else is going to do it for you." - Unknown

32. "Don't stop when you are tired. Stop when you are done." - David Goggins 

33. "Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow" - Doug Firebaugh

34. "Work hard until lamp light of your study table becomes spot light of stage."


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Expansion of Idea - For Some The Journey is Quicker, For Some The Journey is Slow

Life is a journey. Each day you try and reach a new milestone. For some the journey of life is quick for some it is slow. Each one of us live life our own way. Everyone has their own goals, dreams and objective they wish to achieve. We try to fulfill our objectives and achieve our goals depending on our merit. Our skills and abilities provide us with the opportunity to make the most out of our life.

For some the journey is slow and for some the journey of achieving success is fast. This speed depends on how important it is for one to reach the goal. For some the only purpose of life is to make their dreams come true. But not everyone think that way and then they stagnate and live a dreary life. Then there are few who reach success on a slower pace, because they face many obstacles and yet never back out.

The journey of life allows us to come across varied experiences and vast opportunities. We meet people and learn different lessons. It is all about how you take each and every opportunity and try to enrich your life. Some let opportunities go and repent their whole life. Opportunities once lost can never be found again. Hence it is important that we take life in a positive way and make the most out of it. By doing so we can continue with the journey of life on a much faster pace. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Expansion of Idea - Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Whenever we hear this maxim, the only story that comes to our mind is about the race between the tortoise and the hare. In this story, there was a race between a hare and a tortoise. This race is won by the tortoise, who slow and steadily reaches the winning line, whereas the hare loses because of it's overconfidence and foolishness.

At times, people rush into certain things or decisions without giving it a second thought. Such people make a fool of themselves by meeting with failure. The reason for meeting failures in such circumstances is either being too confident about oneself or not taking time thinking over the decision to be made.

Some students do not prepare for exams throughout the year, but study at the last moment when exams are near. But few start their studies right from day one and prepare well. These students who prepare well throughout the year fare well. But those who burn the midnight oil at the last moment, discover that they are ill-prepared. At times such students go blank during examinations or even forget whatever they have learned over the short period of time. It is then they realize that they could have fared better, had they been studying consistently throughout the year.

Overconfidence is something that can jeopardize your chances of success. As in the case of the rabbit from the story, who thought he was too fast and smart and could easily win the race against the tortoise. But on the other hand, the tortoise kept taking his slow steps forward consistently, until he reached his goal. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Expansion of Idea - There is Nothing Impossible in Life

For those who believe in themselves there is nothing impossible in life. People who are full of optimism always take life in a positive way. They do not allow negativity enter their mind and thus control their way of thinking. For such people there is nothing impossible in life, as they learn to fight problems and face challenges. One sees many obstacles in the path of success. These obstacles are barrier to success and can either let you down or take away the possibilities of life.

But just the fear of facing obstacles should not take your success from you. One must not run away from problems but face it with fortitude and courage. There are solutions to each and every problem, but it is all about your approach towards it that helps or hinders your progress. If we allow ourselves to look at life with fullness and entirety, we can foresee what is coming toward us.

Unbridled determination and perseverance can help us go long way in life. Looking at the brighter side of life can help build a positive approach. Only such attitude towards life can help turning impossible into possible. Optimists are one of the shining examples of this. They have a positive approach towards dealing with challenges and fighting problems. And only for such people everything is possible and nothing is impossible in life.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Remembrance Poem By Emily Brontë


                   - By Emily Brontë

Cold in the earth - and the deep snow piled above thee, 
Far, far removed, cold in the dreary grave! 
Have I forgot, my only Love, to love thee, 
Severed at last by Time's all-severing wave? 

Now, when alone, do my thoughts no longer hover 
Over the mountains, on that northern shore, 
Resting their wings where heath and fern-leaves cover 
Thy noble heart forever, ever more? 

Cold in the earth, and fifteen wild Decembers, 
From those brown hills, have melted into spring: 
Faithful, indeed, is the spirit that remembers 
After such years of change and suffering! 

Sweet Love of youth, forgive, if I forget thee, 
While the world's tide is bearing me along; 
Other desires and other hopes beset me, 
Hopes which obscure, but cannot do thee wrong! 

No later light has lightened up my heaven, 
No second morn has ever shone for me; 
All my life's bliss from thy dear life was given, 
All my life's bliss is in the grave with thee. 

But, when the days of golden dreams had perished, 
And even Despair was powerless to destroy, 
Then did I learn how existence could be cherished, 
Strengthened, and fed without the aid of joy. 

Then did I check the tears of useless passion— 
Weaned my young soul from yearning after thine; 
Sternly denied its burning wish to hasten 
Down to that tomb already more than mine. 

And, even yet, I dare not let it languish, 
Dare not indulge in memory's rapturous pain; 
Once drinking deep of that divinest anguish, 
How could I seek the empty world again? 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Memorabilia Poem By Robert Browning


  - By Robert Browning

Ah, did you once see Shelley plain, 
And did he stop and speak to you? 
And did you speak to him again? 
How strange it seems, and new! 

But you were living before that, 
And you are living after, 
And the memory I started at — 
My starting moves your laughter. 

I crossed a moor, with a name of its own 
And a certain use in the world no doubt, 
Yet a hand's-breadth of it shines alone 
'Mid the blank miles round about: 

For there I picked up on the heather 
And there I put inside my breast 
A moulted feather, an eagle-feather— 
Well, I forget the rest. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Tales of Tenali Raman - Tenali Raman and The Talented Artist

Once the court of King Krishnadevaraya was visited by a courtier who gifted the king a pigeon with blue feathers. The king was rather surprised to see a blue feathered pigeon and asked the courtier where he found such a rare bird. The courtier replied, "My Lord, Recently I visited the jungles of Mysore, where I caught this bird with great difficulty. And I also saw some strange birds there."

Intrigued, the king asked, "Which other birds you saw there?" The courtier replied, "My Lord, I saw a red parrot, a golden peacock and also a green crane." The king said, "Fine! You go back there and bring me some more rare birds. I want all these birds here in my royal garden." The courtier said humbly, "But My Lord, this task is time consuming and very expensive."

To this the king replied, "Oh! Do not worry about this. I will exempt you from the court duty for one month. I will award you twenty thousand gold coins for each bird." The king ordered his royal treasurer to reward the courtier for the pigeon. The courtier smiled cunningly and returned to his seat.

Only Tenali had seen the courtier's smile and expression. He knew something was amiss. The bright colors on the pigeon looked unconvincing. He doubted whether the colors were even real. He decided to do something about it. The next day Tenali Raman went to the outskirts of the city and searched for a good artist. He placed and order for two birds of each kind the courtier had mentioned and told the artist to bring them in a cage after 5 days to the royal court. He handed some money to the artist.

After five days, Tenali came in the court with a big cage full of two red parrots, two green pigeons, a golden yellow peacock and blue crane. All the courtiers were surprised to see such rare birds. Tenali said to the king, "Your Majesty, I have brought some rare birds which I thought would look good in the royal garden." The king was surprised and inquired where Tenali found these birds. To this Tenali said,"Yes your Majesty, I went to the same place where the courtier went and found many varieties of rare birds. If you wish to have some more rare bird, I can get it within few days. All we have to do is order and it is done."

Shocked and little irritated with Tenali's answer, the king said, "What are you saying, Tenali? Explain yourself right now." Tenali replied, " My Lord, as you can see I have brought a bright blue crane, but if you wish to have a green crane, then you need to order for the same. It takes a few days, but you will get whatever you order." The king inquired, "What are you saying? Is it some magical place?" Tenali smiled and answered, "Not a place your Majesty, a man! The artist who has the talent of creating such magic."

And saying so, Tenali went out and came back with the artist. He introduced the man to the king, "My Lord, this is Vyakata. He belongs to a small village that is situated at the edge of the forest. He is a good artist and can color the birds to look like this." Now the king realized what Tenali wanted to tell him. He understood that his courtier had indeed cheated him. Immediately he summoned orders to suspend the courtier for three months and also to return the reward. Plus he asked the courtier to pay a penalty for the fraud. The kind thanked Tenali and honored him with precious gifts. The artist was also rewarded for his talent. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Earth Song By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth Song

                                          - By Ralph Waldo Emerson 

      Mine and yours;
     Mine, not yours.
        Earth endures; Stars abide—
        Shine down in the old sea;
        Old are the shores;
        But where are old men?
        I who have seen much,
        Such have I never seen.

        'The lawyer's deed
        Ran sure,  In tail,
        To them, and to their heirs
        Who shall succeed,
        Without fail,

        'Here is the land,
        Shaggy with wood,
        With its old valley,
        Mound and flood.
         But the heritors?—

        Fled like the flood's foam.
        The lawyer, and the laws,
        And the kingdom,
        Clean swept herefrom.

        'They called me theirs,
         Who so controlled me;
        Yet every one
        Wished to stay, and is gone,
        How am I theirs,
        If they cannot hold me,
        But I hold them?'

           When I heard the Earth-song
      I was no longer brave;
My avarice cooled
                  Like lust in the chill of the grave.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

My Mother Kept a Garden Poem

Recently I came across this beautiful poem - My Mother while reading the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul'. The words in this poem really touched my heart. I don't know who wrote it, but the words and lines of these poem are so touching and beautiful. Hope you enjoy it too!

My Mother Kept a Garden

  - By Poet Unknown

My mother kept a garden,
A garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
That gave my life its start.

She turned me to the sunshine,
And encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self-esteem.

And when the winds and rain came,
She protected me enough --
But not too much because she knew
I'd need to stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example,
Always taught me right from wrong --
Markers for my pathway
That will last a lifetime long.

I am my mother's garden,
I am her legacy,
And I hope today she feels the love
Reflected back from me!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tales of Tenali Raman - Tenali Raman and The Unusual Cat

Once a merchant visited the courts of King Krishnadevaraya, and brought some Persian cats with him. The king immediately bought all the cats as a gift to his queen. The queen was very happy to receive this gift of cute cats and gave few of them to some of her favorite people in the court including Tenali Raman. Before giving one to Tenali, she instructed, "Tenali Raman, since you are one of my favorites, I am giving you this cat. Take care of her properly and feed her well. I have instructed the royal cowherd to give you one cow, so that you can give your cat plenty of milk to drink. I wish to see this cat after a month to check her growth."

Tenali took the cat home and couple of months passed by. The queen seemed to forget about the cats, until one day someone reminded her. All the persons whom she had gifted the cats were immediately summoned to the court along with the cats. The king and queen inspected each one of the cats and were happy to see that the cat which was with Tenali was the plumpest of all. The queen ordered one of her servants to get milk for all the cats. Once the milk bowls were brought, all cats except Tenali's rushed towards it. One of the servants took the milk bowl and kept it in front of Tenali's cat, but the cat ran and leapt into Tenali's lap. Everyone was surprised to see this incident. 

The surprised king asked Tenali the explanation for the cat's behavior. Tenali answered, "Your Majesty, we all know that cats always drink their milk with eyes closed. It seems they do this out of fear. But I wanted my cat to be fearless. So I wanted to get rid of this habit of my cat. To do so, I put a bowl of hot milk in front of it. I repeatedly told my cat to keep her eyes open and drink the milk. But it still closed it's eyes and started licking the milk. Since the milk was hot, it burnt her mouth. I applied an ointment on it. But since then, my cat runs away whenever it sees milk. So I have stopped giving her milk."

The king then asked surprisingly, "So how come your cat is fattest of all the other cats present here?" To this Tenali Raman replied, "My Lord, There are many rats in my house, as well as the neighbor's houses. I allow my cat to roam freely, whenever it is hungry and relish on those rats. My cat simply enjoys this, and recently this has also become one of it's favorite pastime. This way not only she enjoys her food, but also enjoys her freedom. This is how it has put on weight. "

The queen then inquired about the cow that she had given to Tenali for the milk to feed cat. Tenali answered to her query, "Your Highness! The cow gives plenty of milk which is full of cream. My children and his friends enjoy the delicious treat and thank you everyday." The king and the queen roared with laughter on hearing this. They were as usual pleased with Tenali's intelligent and witty jester. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Why Do We Have Lines on the Palms of Our Hand

The lines that we have on our palm are known as the palmar creases or palmer flexion. These are the tiny ridges on the palm surface which depend upon the bone structure and the arrangement of muscles on an individual's hand. These tiny ridges are strong where the fingers and the thumb meet. These lines that we have on our palm help us fold and stretch our skin, when our hands bend. This folding of skin calls for a better grip and also prevents in the skin from tearing easily. These lines on our palm also help us to hold things firmly.

The lines that we have on our palm differ from person to person. Though Science is yet to figure out why patterns of the palmer creases differ from one individual to other. Yet it is said that the creases start to appear right when the skin starts forming. This process takes place within the womb, as the human hands develop the lines on the palm at around the 12th week of gestation and are present on a infant's hand right when it is born. The few factors that may affect the thickness or the presence of the number of lines on an individual's palm could be family history, race etc.

It is believed by many that the lines on the palms of our hand can tell our future. Many people believe in the practice of Palmistry. Fact to be told, no way one can predict the future of an individual by reading the lines on the palms of our hand.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Definition of Love Poem By Andrew Marvell

The Definition of Love

            - By Andrew Marvell

My Love is of a birth as rare 
As’tis for object strange and high; 
It was begotten by despair 
Upon Impossibility. 

Magnanimous Despair alone 
Could show me so divine a thing 
Where feeble Hope could ne'r have flown, 
But vainly flapt its Tinsel Wing. 

And yet I quickly might arrive 
Where my extended Soul is fixt, 
But Fate does Iron wedges drive, 
And always crowds it self betwixt. 

For Fate with jealous Eye does see 
Two perfect loves, nor lets them close; 
Their union would her ruine be, 
And her Tyrannic pow’r depose. 

And therefore her Decrees of steel 
Us as the distant poles have plac’d, 
(Though Loves whole world on us doth wheel) 
Not by themselves to be embrac’d; 

Unless the giddy Heaven fall, 
And Earth some new Convulsion tear; 
And, us to joyn, the World should all 
Be cramp’d into a Planisphere

As Lines so Loves oblique may well 
Themselves in every Angle greet; 
But ours so truly Paralel
Though infinite can never meet. 

Therefore the Love which us doth bind, 
But Fate so enviously debars, 
Is the conjunction of the Mind, 
And Opposition of the Stars.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Vertue Poem By George Herbert


   - By George Herbert

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright, 
The bridal of the earth and skie; 
The dew shall weep thy fall to-night, 
                            For thou must die. 

Sweet rose, whose hue angrie and brave 
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye: 
Thy root is ever in its grave, 
                             And thou must die. 

Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, 
A box where sweets compacted lie: 
My music shows ye have your closes, 
                                  And all must die. 

Only a sweet and virtuous soul, 
Like season'd timber, never gives; 
But though the whole world turn to coal, 
                                      Then chiefly lives. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Jordan Poem By George Herbert


      - By George Herbert

Who says that fictions onely and false hair 
Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty? 
Is all good structure in a winding stair? 
May no lines pass, except they do their duty 
Not to a true, but painted chair? 

Is it no verse, except enchanted groves 
And sudden arbours shadow coarse-spun lines? 
Must purling streams refresh a lover's loves? 
Must all be veil'd, while he that reads, divines, 
Catching the sense at two removes? 

Shepherds are honest people; let them sing; 
Riddle who list, for me, and pull for prime; 
I envy no man's nightingale or spring; 
Nor let them punish me with loss of rhyme, 
Who plainly say, my God, my King. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

How Do We Get High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of our blood that pushes against the arteries. We do need some blood pressure so that it helps the blood to move throughout the body. But at times, the pressure rises more than one needs and stays high over time. This high pressure keeps pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. In many ways this high rise in the blood pressure can damage our body. This process of the rise in the regular blood pressure and staying high over the time is known as high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is also referred as 'hypertension'. This condition of high blood pressure in one is dangerous as it makes one's heart pump and push more than normal stages. Understand this, the higher one's blood pressure, the greater is the damage risk. High blood pressure needs to be controlled to avoid major damage such as a heart stroke, heart attack or other complications. The situation at times could be fatal.

Symptoms and Causes of High Blood Pressure

Some symptoms of high blood pressure include severe headache, chest pain, tiredness, irregular heartbeat and difficulty in breathing. Some foods that may get you blood pressure higher include intake of salt, packaged foods, frozen food items, heavy creams, etc. Packaged foods and canned foods are the many culprits as they have heavy doses of sodium in it. Foods like canned beans, canned fruits, frozen meats, soft drinks, pastries should be avoided as much as possible.

One can include fresh fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, leafy vegetables, fishes with omega 3s, cow milk and berries to maintain a healthy heart. Other than foods, some other factors that lead to high blood pressure include body temperature, mental state, sleep apnea, over exertion and certain medications or drugs.

How is Blood Pressure Measured?

Blood pressure is measured with an instrument known as the sphygmomanometer, commonly also known as the blood pressure monitor or blood pressure gauge. The blood pressure is measured as systolic and diastolic pressures. Here 'systolic' refers to blood pressure while pumping blood and 'diastolic' means blood pressure when heart is at rest in between beats. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What is a Sinkhole

Also known to be a swallow hole, shake hole, sink or even a doline, a sinkhole is a depression caused in the Earth's surface. These sinkholes that form on the earth's surface do not usually form due to natural process. They can be natural or even man made. These depressions formed in the earth's surface, are due to the dissolution of carbonate rock. And this process is also known to be the Karst process. Sinkholes either could form gradually or may appear sudden.

When water flows underground and starts dissolving the rocks, slowly and gradually sinkholes form. These rocks that dissolve are mostly limestone, salt beds, gypsum or clay.  When rocks start dissolving, small caverns form within the surface. This process carries on over a period of time and the land later caves in. This sudden collapse happens when pressure hits on the earth's surface. Small cracks may emerge to show the beginning of the sinkhole. These small cracks are not dangerous in the beginning. But as the cracks keep expanding and forming a hole, a weight of certain object would make the land cave in.

Sinkholes can differ in size and at times could be big enough to swallow even a house or a swimming pool. The process is so dramatic that it would not give out a warning at times, and suddenly would break out into a big, enormous hole creating chaos. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tales of Tenali Raman - Tenali Raman And Challenge of The Linguist

Once in the court of King Krishnadevaraya, came a linguist who was known to have traveled all over India and learnt many languages. He conversed with the king's courtiers in many languages fluently. Everyone was thoroughly impressed with him including the king. Now the linguist challenged the court to find out what his mother tongue actually was. The court accepted the challenge and each one of them tried their best to find out the linguist's mother tongue.

One courtier who spoke to the linguist in Bengali said that the linguist was indeed a Bengali. Another one spoke to him in Hindi and declared that the linguist was Hindi.  Each one of the courtier came up with many languages they thought could have been the linguist's actual mother tongue. So no one reached to any solution. The linguist was smart and kept replying without actually revealing any truth. Later on he said to the king, "Dear Lord! There definitely going to be a lot of guessing. But I want more than just guessing".

So now the king turned towards Tenali Raman and asked him to try. Tenali Raman accepted the linguist's challenge. The linguist put a condition in front of the king, that if Tenali Raman failed in proving so, the king would have to reward the linguist with whatever he asked for. The king readily agreed as he had full confidence in Tenali.

Tenali turned to the linguist and said, "Sir, I really appreciate your superior linguistic skills. You indeed are very well read and intelligent. Though you are a master of lots of languages I still believe that you love your mother tongue very much. Please give me a day's time and I promise that I will give my reply tomorrow in this court." The linguist readily agreed and was made to stay in the palace as a royal guest. Tenali Raman himself made sure that all the staying arrangements made for the linguists were comfortable. The linguist was happy with the hospitality he received and enjoyed lovely dinner and soundly retired in his bed.

Tenali Raman had worked out a plan. He waited outside the quarters of the linguist until midnight. He made sure that the linguist was deep asleep. Then he tiptoed towards the linguist's bed. Tenali tickled the linguist slowly with a rough duster. Not once but he repeated the action twice. Suddenly woken from a deep slumber, the linguist started shouting, "Kon Che! Kon Che! Chowkidar! Ma Jagdambe, Raksha karo!" Tenali hid himself behind a cupboard and witnessed the whole act. Once he made sure that the linguist had gone back to sleep, he slid back, went to his house and slept well.

Next day in the court,  everyone including the king anxiously waited for Tenali. Even the linguist was eager about what was going to happen. Tenali Raman entered the court as his usual self and bowed down to the king. The king asked him," Tenali, can you tell us what his mother tongue is?" Tenali calmly answered, "Yes my lord. I can." The King said, "Then tell us," Tenali turned towards the linguist and said, "O Scholar of languages! You are an expert and I bow down to you. But I know your mother tongue is Gujarati. Please confirm it." The linguist replied, "My mother tongue is indeed Gujarati."

Everyone including the king was shocked and surprised to hear it. The king asked, " How did you know, Tenali?" Tenali Raman replied, " Everyone of us love their mother tongue. It is the most dearest to us. Though one may be proficient in many languages, yet he would always turn back to his mother tongue in dire circumstances. I used the same trick with our guest. Last night, I woke up our guest. Being disoriented and frightened he resorted to his mother tongue and shouted in Gujarati."

The linguist came forward and hugged Tenali. He admired his quick wit and praised him. The linguist regarded Tenali as a genius and as usual Tenali Raman proved that to be true. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

What is Soundproof Glass

There are numerous occasions when we wish, we were sitting in a room with soundproof glass; especially when we are with friends spilling out secrets. Soundproof glass help us achieve that level of privacy where conversation stay intact with no secrets been revealed to the outside world.

Soundproof glass is a type of glass which refrains sound from penetrating from one side to the other. This could either be from inside to outside or from outside to inside. Such type of glass are used by people who spend time in noisy environment. For example, people living on busy streets or cabins of noisy offices.

How Does Soundproof Glass Work 

Sound in the form of energy pass through various mediums such as solid, liquid or gas. The closer the molecules in the medium, the faster the sound energy pass from one point to another. Since the molecules of a solid medium are closely held, the sound travels faster through it. But when a soundproof glass is installed, it absorbs the sound waves and reduces vibration thus working as a barrier and preventing the sound from passing.

How can Soundproof Glass be Made

A sound proof glass can be made by simply using a thicker glass. The thicker the glass, the stiffer it would be and lesser the vibration. One of the other option to make a sound proof glass is using a material between two panes of glass. One of the most common material used for glass sound proofing is lamination. Lamination of glass is where a thin piece of plastic is placed between two glass panes. This cuts down significant amount of sound and allows noiseless atmosphere. Laminated glass work as the best soundproof glass and best soundproof windows.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

What are Waterspouts

Tornadoes that form over water are called as waterspouts. A waterspout is a strong columnar whirlpool that resembles funnel shaped cloud and move over water. At times they form over water and move over land from water. A waterspout could be accompanied by heavy hail storm, lightnings and strong winds. A waterspout has a five part life cycle, which include a dark spot formation on the water surface followed by spiral pattern of water surface and formation of a spray ring along with a development of visible cloud like condensation funnel which finally decays.

Waterspouts can form in an area less than 2 km in width. The column of rotating cloud that is funnel shaped, descends over water. This cloud that develops could be mild or even harmful. Some of the waterspouts formed are strong and usually tornadic in nature. At times these waterspouts could be mild and weak. Such mild waterspouts are caused by different atmospheric pressures and develop in moisture laden environment. Though weaker than a tornado, waterspout can still manage to cause considerable damage to it's surroundings.

Where are waterspouts witnessed?

Waterspouts are witnessed in tropics and subtropical areas. Europe, Australia, New Zealand have common occurrences of waterspout. One of the area which witness waterspouts frequently is Florida Keys with around 400 waterspouts approximately around the world. 
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