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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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The Real mother VS Fake mother!

Judgement of Solomon.

In one account, known as the judgement of Solomon, two women came before Solomon to resolve a quarrel over which was the true mother of a baby.
When Solomon suggested they should divide the living child in two with a sword, one woman said she would rather give up the child than see it killed.
Solomon then declared the woman who showed compassion to be the true mother, and gave the baby to her.

So the 'real mother' tries to protect the child.
The 'other mother' tries to destroy the child.
The other name for the other mother ...'Monster'!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Mothers will be always mothers!!

They expect their children to be or become perfect!!

So they keep motivating / criticizing / encouraging all the time!

We have to learn to live with them and the bothering mothering!!!

One can't disown one's own mother for being a ideal mother!


Visalakshi Ramani

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Shared by a friend from his facebook and slightly modified by me.

The formula for SUCCESS:-

Set your Goals
Understand the obstacles
Create a positive mental picture
Clear your mind of self doubts
Embrace the challenge
Stay on the chosen path
Show the world you can do it

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
On the same day Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead many other
mishaps happened.

But whenever God closes one door - He always opens another.
When we reach a crossroads we are given a new option and a new choice.

So do not blame The Hand that closed a door.
May be The Hand wanted you to choose a new path!

Do not get confused a the cross roads!
Use the chance to choose a better path.

Life must go may be on in the right or the wrong direction.
But always remember that you have made the choice by yourself!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Even relocation within USA need 2 to 3 days!
Packing, keeping the other things safe and cleaning the place needs one day.
The actual travel and the driving time and waiting time takes another day.
Setting up the things stored safely in the new location needs another day!
WOW! Life seems to have become what is fondly denoted by living out of a suitcase.
The only difference is it is more than just one suitcase!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Blow hot....Blow cold!

The car seat was a hot plate in the place from where we left.
The wheel chair was as cold as ice- where we landed!

So how does one dress up for such a journey- so as not to get either roasted or end up becoming frozen?

Visalakshi Ramani

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Did I come under SSSS special security check category because I shook hands with someone in the airport 2 years ago (?!)

Yesterday the cutest kid was cooing and trying to attract my attention. She and her young parents were sitting just to my right side.

I am happy and relieved now - that I did not try to become more friendly with either the baby or its parents.

Six men in uniform turned up from nowhere - each carrying a suitcase. They questioned the young father for a few minutes - making him stand all the time.

Then they attached some electrical connections to his index fingers and the grilling continued. I could see the young man make many jerks and small jumps.

What was going on? Was it a polygraph test or something similar to it? I had no idea.

Then four more men arrived - pushing something like a giant stretcher on wheels with more suitcases and joined in the grilling.

Finally they all packed their suitcases and left quietly. Obviously the young man was 'clean'


Do not smile even at cute babies- since their parents may bring on some of their own troubles on to you too!

Visalakshi Ramani

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My checked - in bag was apparently turned upside down and checked by the TSA. I can imagine their puzzled expression when they could not identify the pazhani vibhoothi and the kAmAkshi kunkumam found in my bag. Despite all their deep knowledge in chemistry these articles must have remained a perfect mystery!

The pooNool threads, the nOnbu charadus, thAli charadus must have confused them all the more. I forgot to mention the BIG Eyetex chimizh and the sticker pottus in various colors and sizes.

So I must have made them run for their money!

No one can repack the bag packed by me once again - since it is usually a meticulous 3D packing.

So all the items were thrown back into the bag with a slip confessing that my bag was checked for ensuring the security of me as well as the others!

I usually tie a multi colored thick rope ( made by braiding three sari falls together) around all my bags. They serve in many ways.

I can identify my bags from far far away. The rope holds together the contents of the bag. It also protects the bag from getting ripped by the moving metal belt. It acts like a shock absorber.
when the bag rough lands on the belt!

The rope was thrown inside the bag along with the other contents. So I missed picking up my bag during its first two rounds!

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Great quotes from Great men & women!

One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."

"An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness."

"Never explain- your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway."

"The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge."

"Enthusiasm is the great hill-climber."

"Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you."

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."

(Elbert Hubbard)

Visalakshi Ramani

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My elder son always goes to a shop / store / mall to buy the things he needs.
I asked him why he was not using the services of Amazon and get the goods delivered at home.
He replied in a serious tone, "I do not want all these nice stores to get closed. "
He is right! One big giant fish (whale?) can gobble up all the other smaller fish to extinction.
But how many of us stop to ponder about the future of these stores?

Visalakshi Ramani

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THEN why do we need an election at all?

News Associated Press
US officials say foreign election hacking is inevitable
WASHINGTON (AP) - The hacking of U.S. election systems, including by foreign adversaries, is inevitable, and the real challenge is ensuring the country is resilient enough to withstand catastrophic problems from cyber breaches, government officials said Wednesday.

Visalakshi Ramani

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Indian Crabs (India naNdu)
These fictitious creatures are credited with this remarkable ability.
They can pull down any other naNdu trying to escape from the rest of the group - by climbing and reaching higher and higher.

American Crabs (America naNdu)
These real creatures can push the most unworthy crab in the group higher and higher - most often against the wishes of the chosen one!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Great quotes from great men & women

Geniuses are like ocean liners; they should never meet".
(Louis Aragon).

"Genius may have limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped".
(Elbert Hubbard).

Acquaintance: "A person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend to".
(Ambrose Bierce).

"Harangue: A speech by an opponent, who is known as an harang-outang".
(Ambrose Bierce).

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent dong nothing"
(George Bernard Shaw).

Visalakshi Ramani

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Great Quotes by great men & women
(originally posted by one Mr. R. R. )

An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.(Gandhiji)

You must be the change you wish to see in this world. (Gandhiji)

Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever. (Gandhiji)

To believe in something and not live it, is dishonest. (Gandhiji)

The weak never forgive, forgiveness is the attribute of the strongest. (Gandhiji)

Keep your head and your heart in the right direction and you'll never have to worry about your feet. (unknown)

Visalakshi Ramani

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Touch me not!

The faucets dispense water without being touched.

The lights over the kitchen counter come ON or go OFF
without being switched on

The lights in the passages and garages come on by themselves and go off by themselves whenever someone moves there.

The bathroom light comes ON as soon as anyone enters in it and goes off after 5 minutes if the room is vacant.

Modern miracles using "No touch" policy continue to amaze me!

Will the people also stop touching one another in the future???

Visalakshi Ramani

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"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

"Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself."

"I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself."

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
(Oscar Wilde)

Visalakshi Ramani

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"Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you the opportunity to commit more."

"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."

"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example."

"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
(Mark Twain)

Visalakshi Ramani

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Here Kids went for a 3 days' camp.
They have come back with darker complexion and real tired.

But they have learned the dignity of labor during the camp.
They had clean the tables/ make beds/ mop the floor - by turns.

This is very necessary in USA where one is supposed to do all one's household chores and maintain a garden or at least a lawn.

I remember the story told by my Tamil teacher in High School.
The rich man ( the hero of that story) was so spoilt by his wealth and comforts that he would call out to is gardener (who would be watering the plants) to come and plant his feet on his footstool.

Visalakshi Ramani

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It is no secret that most busy tailors refuse to do any kind of alterations or repair old dresses.

Today I altered my favorite travel dress and it took me more time than stitching new one! :(

I took the trouble since the dress in black and white looks formal. It has vertical stripes which can make me look slimmer and taller by optical illusion!

It can withstand cold and does not make me sweat profusely.

Most important of all - it does not make a beep or even a peep while I walk through the metal detector.

Why won't I spend so much time in restoring it?