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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while
Aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
G.K.Chesterton.

So what is the name for the government by the uneducated Aristocracy? 😉
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A 'poem' on one of the members of the forum, by another member!
I stumbled on it again today which going through the old posts!
I like happy people. So I present it here to make you happy on Diwali Day.
Enjoy and celebrate the Pure Tamil Poetry by a Professional Pundit! (y)👏:giggle:

தினமுமோற் பயனர்ர புதுத்தகவல்தறு அரிவுமனி
தினவுதீர தினவுதரு பனுவலலிக்கும் அண்புமணி

தினையளவு குற்றமும் பெருக்கலாகா கரணைமணி
தன்தவறுக் கந்தகியாம் தன்னிகரில் தற்குறிமணி
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A proverb a day to brighten the day!

9a. Man must accept things the way they come

9b. Man muss die dinge nehmen wie sie kommen.


Footnotes:-
muss = must
dinge = things
nehmen = take / accept
wie = how
sie = they
kommen = come
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A man is as old as he is feels,
A woman as old as she looks.


Does this explain why some old men can look harmless and inflict harms?
Does this explain why some women take extreme steps to appear young?
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A proverb a day to brighten the day!

10a. Morning time is golden.


10b. Morgenstund hat gold im Mund.

Footnotes:-
Morgen = morning
stund = hour
Mund = mouth
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member

Ill and well!

A person went to a doctor to tell
That he was not feeling really well;

After being examined thoroughly well,
He was told," You don't know hygiene well!"

The Doctor told him to take simple digene gel,
And yet toward his fees charged his salary full,


Reducing the money in his pocket to nil,
And turning the man's sober face really dull.

I don't know what he will do with all this money
After parting with Charity as sweet as honey!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Taking into consideration different factors like duties, responsibilities, household chores, child care etc,

An Indian wife living in India = An Indian husband living in the U.S.A.

Does it remind you of a famous Tamil song?


பரம சிவன் கழுத்தில் இருந்து பாம்பு கேட்டது,
"கருடா! சௌக்கியமா ?"

"யாரும் இருக்கும் இடத்தில் இருந்துவிட்டால்
எல்லாம் சௌக்கியமே!"

கருடன் சொன்னது அதில் அர்த்தம் உள்ளது.

It is NOT just WHO you are but also Where you are

that determines WHAT you are!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A proverb a day to brighten the day!

11. Krummes Holz gibt auch gerades Feuer.

11b. Crooked log also gives straight fire


Footnotes:-
Word for word translation except that
auch = also & gibt = gives
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
Knowledge and existence.

We never covet to possess objects - whose existence we are totally ignorant about.
So the knowledge about an object and its greatness makes us wish to possess it.

We never wonder about things that don't exist- like
X Ray vision or Supersonic hearing ability in humans.

We never had them, we may never need them, and so we may never miss them!

The very fact that we talk about/ doubt about an object is because we can FEEL
that it really exists and YET we do not want to believe that it really exists!

So the very question ABOUT its existence is a PROOF that it really exists!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A proverb a day to brighten the day!

12a. Selbst ist der Mann; Selbst ist die Frau.
12b. You are the Man; You are the woman.

Footnote:-
There is no bifurcation as a man's job and a woman's job.
IF you really want to get something done, then do it yourself!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member

The pretty Medusa.

Medusa, Stheno and Euryale were the three Gorgon sisters. They were the children of the ancient marine deities Phorkys and his sister Keto, chthonic monsters from an archaic world.

Near them their sisters three, the Gorgons, winged
With snakes for hair— hated of mortal man—
While ancient Greek vase-painters and relief carvers imagined Medusa and her sisters as beings born of monstrous form, sculptors and vase-painters of the fifth century began to envisage her as being beautiful as well as terrifying.

In an ode written in 490 BC she is already already spoken of "fair-cheeked Medusa".

In a late version of the Medusa myth, related by the Roman poet Ovid, (Metamorphoses 4.770), Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden, "the jealous aspiration of many suitors," a priestess in Athena's temple.

When Poseidon the "Lord of the Sea" raped her in Athena's temple, the enraged Athena transformed Medusa's beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that-the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone!

In Ovid's telling, Perseus describes Medusa's punishment as a victim by Minerva (Athena) as just and well-deserved.

Fine end for a finer story isn't it?

Laying the foundation stone to the foul treatment of
women in the future -
get raped first and get punished later for being the poor victim of a rape!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A proverb a day to brighten the day!

13a. Taten sagen mehr als Worte


13b. Actions speak more than Words


These two sentences are word by word translation.

Hence no need for footnotes!:)

The German word 'tun' (pronounced as 'toon') means 'to do'.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member

Food for thought!

The easiest and the juiciest equation defining GOD or equating God to something each one of us should have felt at some point or the other in our lives!
GOD = LOVE
The concept is true with all religions, all regions, all languages, all cultures, all customs and all countries.
But defining LOVE has become more difficult - now that it has been equated to GOD!

It is by far easier to say what is NOT love.

Desire is not love.
Lust is not love.

Kaamam is not love.
Raagam is not love.

Pretending for a purpose is not love.
Loving for the sake of love is love.

Those who are lucky enough to feel this kind of pure love
can also feel GOD and need never doubt His Presence!!!

How can the less the greater comprehend?
Or finite reason reach Infinity?
Quote by John Dryden.

Anbe Sivam!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.

Imaginations is more important than knowledge.

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein.

P.S.

Yet Peace Keeping Force is the most popular phrase coined recently and used vastly! :rolleyes:
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A proverb a day to brighten the day!

14a. Wer zwei Hasen auf einmal jagt bekommt keinen.


14b. He who chases two rabbits at the same time will catch none.


Footnotes:-
Wer = Who
zwei = two
Hasen = rabbits
einmal = once (at the same time)
jagt = hunts / chases
bekommt = gets
keinen = none

By extrapolation...

He who rides on two horses at the same time will go nowhere.

He who lives with two wives at the same time will have none -
when his well guarded secret becomes known to the public.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
A proverb a day to brighten the day!

15a. Eltern werden ist nicht schwer, eltern sein dagegen sehr. (German proverb)

15b. To become parents is not hard, to be parents is very hard. (English equivalent)


Footnotes:-
Eltern = parents
werden = become
ist = is
nicht = not
schwer = difficult
sein = to be
dagegen = on the other hand
sehr = very

Many Children believe that their parents are made to be ignored or squeezed dry.

Often parents have to feed the mouths that bite them and hands that hit them!
 

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member
மீண்டும் பூஜைகள்! வேண்டும் வெள்ளையப்பன்!!

கத்தி முனையில் கொள்ளை அடித்தால் மட்டும் போதாது;
புத்திசாலித்தனமாகச் அதைச் செலவு செய்ய வேண்டும்.

வெள்ளி கவசங்கள் இருக்கும் போது எதற்குக்
கொள்ளை விலையில் தினமும் புது உடைகள்?

வைப்பதற்கு இடம் இல்லை என்று அறிவோம் !
விற்பதற்காக வாங்குகிறார்களோ ஒருவேளை?

ஐந்து நூறுகள் கொடுத்து வாங்கிய பொருளை
வெறும் ஐந்து பத்துகளுக்கு ஒருவர் விற்றால்...

அதில் என்ன திறமை? பெருமை? மகிமை?
புதிது தான் வேண்டும் என்றால் வழியுண்டு!

சேலை வாங்கியவர்களுக்குப் பூஜைக்குப் பின்னர்
சேலையை பிரசாதமாக வழங்கினால் என்ன ஆகும்?

ஒரே கல்லில் இரண்டு மாங்காய் விழும் அல்லவா?
சேலையின் விலை மிச்சம்! வாங்கியவருக்கு திருப்தி.

"தனக்கும் தெரியாது; பிறர் சொன்னலும் கேளேன்;"
என இருப்பவர்களை எதுவும் செய்ய முடியாது!
 

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