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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Reading makes a full man;
conference a ready man;
and writing an exact man.

Eating makes you stronger;
Reading makes you wiser.

Three golden rules for selecting a book:
Never read a book which is not a year old.
Never read any but the famous books.
Never read any but what you like.

Two men look out through the same bars.
One sees the mud and the other the stars.

To understand is to pardon.
To
misunderstand is to hate!

Those who can not remember the past
are condemned to repeat it over and over again!
How come History repeats itself despite being recorded!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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The three Universal Languages that never fail to impress

people of any race / gender / age / cultural background!

A Smile, A Slap (or a punch on the nose) and Money!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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James Matthew quotes.

Every time a child says," I don't believe in fairies",
there is a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead.

"To die will be an awfully big adventure." :rapture:

Charm:

It is a sort of bloom on a woman.
If you have it, you don't need to have anything else;
And if you don't have it, it does not matter much what else you have.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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சாய வேட்டி கட்டியவர்கள் எல்லோரும்
சாமியார்கள் அல்ல. அது வெறும் வேஷம்!

காவி வேட்டி கட்டியவர்கள் எல்லோரும்
கையால் ஆகாதவர்கள் இல்லவே இல்லை!!

விசேஷ ரயிலில் பயணித்துச் சென்று
விரும்பி அளிக்கின்றார்கள் காணிக்கை.

தங்க மயில் வாகனத்தில் பவனி வருகிறாள்
உங்கள் மனம் கவர்ந்த பங்காரு காமாக்ஷி.

"இல்லாதவர்களிடம் காட்டாதே உன் செல்வத்தை
பொல்லாப்பு வரும்!" என்றார்கள் ஆன்றோர் அன்றே!

தொடங்கிய நாடகம் நன்கு களைக் கட்டட்டும்.
முடிவையும் நாம் பார்க்கத் தான் போகின்றோம்!

காவி அணிந்த முனிவர்கள் சுமந்து வந்த
கோவலன் நகுஷன் கதை நாம் அறிவோம்!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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“சர்ப்ப! சர்ப்ப!”

பிரம்மஹத்தி பீடித்ததால் இந்திரன்,
பிரமை பிடித்தவன் போல ஆனான்!
ஒளி இழந்து, அவமானம் அடைந்து,
ஒளிந்து கொண்டான் வெட்கத்தினால்.

எங்கு சென்றான் என்றே யாராலும்
எண்ணிப் பார்க்கவே முடியவில்லை.
அரசன் இல்லாமல் ராஜ்ஜியம் ஏது? புது
அரசனைத் தேடிக் கண்டு பிடித்தார்கள்!

வீரனும்; நல்ல சீலமும், புகழும் பெற்ற
சூரனும்; ஆகிய நஹுஷனே அவன்.
“மண்ணுலகின் சிறந்த அரசனையே,
விண்ணுலகின் அரசன் ஆக்குவோம்!”

புதிய பதவியை ஏற்க பயந்தவனுக்கு,
போதிய தைரியம் கூறினர், மேலும்
தத்தம் தவப் பயன்களை எல்லாம்
தத்தம் செய்து விட்டனர் விண்ணோர்.

“கண்ணில் படும் அந்நியர்களுடைய
மன்னிய தேஜசும், பிற சிறப்புக்களும்
வந்து அடையும் புதிய இந்திரனையே!”
வரமும் அளித்துவிட்டனர் அவர்கள்.

புண்ணியம் தீரும்வரை புனிதனாகவும்
புண்ணியம் தீர்ந்தபின் மனிதனாகவும்
மாறினான் மன்னன் நஹுஷ இந்திரன்!
கோரினான் சசியைத் தன் மனைவியாக!

பாவியின் விருப்பத்தைக் கேட்டவுடன்,
பதறிப் போனாள் அந்தப் பதிவிரதை.
குல குருவிடம் சரணம் அடைந்தாள்,
“குலப் பெண்ணைக் காப்பாற்றும்” என.

“கால விசேஷத்தால் தோன்றும் துன்பம்
கால விளம்பத்தால் நீங்கி விடும்” என
தைரியம் கூறிய குலகுரு, “சசிதேவியின்
வைரி அழியும் நேரமும் வந்தது” என்றார்.

மானஸரோவரில் தாமரைத் தண்டில்,
மறைந்து தவம் செய்திருந்த இந்திரன்,
“மறை முனிகள் சுமக்கும் பல்லக்கில் ஏறி
மாண்புடன் வந்தால் உன்னை மணப்பேன்”

என்று நஹுஷனிடம் நாடகமாடும்படித்
தன் மனைவி சசிதேவியைப் பணித்தான்.
பாவம் பழுத்து விட்டது நஹுஷனுக்கு;
சாபம் கிடைக்கும் நேரம் வந்து விட்டது!

சப்த ரிஷிகள் சுமக்கும் பல்லக்கில் ஏறி,
சசி தேவியைக் காணும் ஆவல் உந்த,
சல்லாபிக்க வந்தவன், ஆத்திரத்தில்
“சர்ப்ப! சர்ப்ப!” என்று அதட்டியபடியே,

அகத்தியரை காலால் உதைத்தபோது,
அவன் பாவமூட்டை நிறைந்து விடவே,
‘சர்ப்ப!’ என விரையச் சொன்னவனை,
சர்ப்பமாகும்படி அகத்தியர் சபித்தார்.

மலைப் பாம்பாக மாறியவன், கீழே
தலைக் குப்புற விழுந்தான் மண்ணில்.
நிலை மாறி பழைய வடிவம் பெறவே
பல நூறாண்டுகள் காத்தும் கிடந்தான்.

“நிலை உயரும் போதும் மனிதன் தன்
நிலைமை மாறலாகாது” என்றறிவோம்,
“பதவியைத் தந்தவர்களாலேயே அதே
பதவி பறிக்கப்படும்” என்றுணர்வோம்.

வாழ்க வளமுடன்,
விசாலாக்ஷி ரமணி.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Suffering from Insomnia?
Listen to this beautiful recitation of the German Past participles
in the musical voice of my virtual teacher to enter the ZZZ Land in a jiffy! :)

 

Visalakshi Ramani

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In olden days people were satisfied with less personal possessions
and felt far more happier than what we do with more possessions!

Thrupthi aka Contentment was the reason behind that.

I remember my grandfather had just one white shirt which he would wear whenever he had to go out. My father - a medical practitioner in a village - had may be three sets of doctor's white coats and pants.

He wore regular shirts ( very simple ones in a very pale shade of beige or sandal paste) and regular dark colored pants when we went out on visiting kin and kith. On all the other days the same doctor's uniform was the dress code.

Once my father asked us, "Why do some women want to wear a different sari for each day of the month?" He could not understand why women keep buying more and more saris all the time.

Now I know of some women who have to repeat a sari only after may be 3 months or even 6 months! They have saris in multiples of 30!

Yesterday I came to know that now some Devis have 'a necklace for everyday of the month'!
I was tongue tied - unable even to make a comment.

Those who have money to throw around exhibit their saris/ jewels/ mansions and cars.
Those who have a fine figure, flaunt their curves and other assets.
Those who have neither of these exhibit their knowledge and wisdom.
While the first two may get them into trouble the third one will ever ever cause them any harm
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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WHY GERMAN AT THIS ADVANCED AGE?

We always fly to India and back in Lufthansa. Drama in real life is fast becoming an inevitable part of my life! I used to feel like a dunce - not knowing whether the people in Frankfurt Airport were talking to me or talking about me!

Well now I can understand what they may be saying perfectly well. May be in a few more months I will be able to converse fluently in German.

This time I wish to give surprize to all those who have been giving me the surprize during the previous visits.

Knowledge will never be wasted. Learning the German Grammar makes the English Grammar look like child's stuff.

Alles ist gut, das endet gut! (All is good that ends well.)
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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There is saying in Tamil "AaRina kanji pazhankanji!"

The easiest way to dilute the impact of a shocking news or event or to make people forget a bloody crime or horrible event all one has to do is to delay the news or prolong the waiting time before it is made public.

Human interest and memory are short lived. A person is supposed to be completely forgotten in about 45 days' time - when he is out of sight.

Sounds very cruel right ? But there is truth in it! :(

People have already forgotten Sunanda Pushkar, Khashoggi and Sridevi while their murderers are roaming on the surface of the earth - as if nothing has happened!

Sometimes this happens automatically over a period of time. But the clever men who want to speed up this process and make people forget faster - use other subtle techniques like throwing smoke bombs and using the laser gun used to distract the ferocious cats from attacking the kids!

Thus the world goes on and on and on!

YET grown up people and very responsible people still FALL for this cheap and obvious trick
and that is what amazes me the MOST of all the things under the Sun!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
I shudder when I remember a mami ( from Palghat? dressed in hot pants and a T shirt) who kept on drinking red wine like fish throughout the long flight and her two sons who were running around shouting in a flight - like two monkeys let loose.
The motto is "Is Anything free? Then give me three!"

StyleThe Independent
Ryanair passenger was so drunk upon landing that she 'thought she was still in Spain'
A Ryanair passenger was so drunk when she landed in Ireland from Alicante that she believed she was still in Spain, a court has heard.Ciara Bradshaw, 38, from Limerick, was arrested when she landed at Shannon airport last month.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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The vamps and the seductresses in the old movies were
more modestly dressed than the current heroines! o_O

 

Visalakshi Ramani

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He did not know how to get along with people.
He did not know how to bring out the best qualities in everyone.
He used to cause unwanted friction and turn people into his enemies.

He fought with his sisters for the ancestral property and wasted 15 years of his precious life.
He fought with the promoter /contractor and wasted more years and the flats are yet incomplete.
He did not marry off his daughters when they become eligible for marriage.

He did everything that was wrong and he did nothing that he was supposed to do.
It is shocking that he could suffer a massive heart attack after the way he kept exercising!
Now left his sick wife has to fend for herself - fighting off her selfish relatives with no male support! :(
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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The Distant Ray of Hope!

Old men simply may not care,
Or they may not really dare;
To make the things any better,
And the sufferings any lesser.

But the young ones do want to live,
And also they do honestly believe;
If elders change before it is too late
They may change the World's Fate!
 

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