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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Which is the COSTLIEST bottle of lemonade in the world???

The one which was got poured accidentally on to a laptop ...ruining it completely!
whopping sum in USD had to be spent to bring back to working order.

Moral of the incident....

Never have these three in the same location at any time of the day
as in the story of boatman with a tiger, a goat and a bundle of grass.

1. A naughty 2 year old boy. ( the tiger ?)
2. A full bottle of lemonade. ( the goat?)
3. A hi-fi laptop kept ready for use. ( the grass?)

Visalakshi Ramani

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

99a. Wenn der Berg nicht zum Propheten kommt,
muss der Prophet zum Berg gehen.
99b. If the mountain does not go to the Prophet,
the Prophet must go to the mountain.

Wenn = if
der = the
Berg = mountain
nicht kommt = does not come
zum Propheten = to the Prophet
der Prophet = the prophet
muss = must
gehen = go

zum Berg = to the mountain

Visalakshi Ramani

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Year 1990 A.D
A ( Brahmin?) boy living abroad says to his parents,
"I love my colleague and want to marry her with your permission"

Year 2000 A.D
A boy living abroad says to his parents,
"I just married my roommate. I am sending you the photos of our wedding"

Year 2010 A.D
A boy living abroad says to his parents,
" I had married my roommate 8 years ago. I will be visiting you with my family next month.
I have a daughter 10 years old and a son 6 years old"

Year 2015 A.D (June 26th)

A boy living abroad says to his parents,
"I just married my long time man-friend. We had to wait very long to get wedded!
But it is worth the wait. You will be happy to learn that I am his wife and he is my wife!"

Year 2035 A.D
A boy living abroad says to his parents,
"I just married an Alien. I hope you would like my spouse!

Here an Indian Brahmin had married an American lady four decades ago
(I have no idea as to whether it was with or without his parent's consent!)

He is proud that his son and his girlfriend are 'going steady' for the past 12 years!
Naturally No Grandkids! It is wisdom not to bear children out of wedlock!

The burger he ate so eagerly in one of the gatherings, surprised me!
Since I would not eat even a veggie burger toasted on the same grill!

Another lady, a T Brahmin from T. Nadu says she could not get her daughter
get married even to an American of her own choice.

Wedding means loyalty, commitment and the need to rise a family.
Freedom means liberty to indulge and enjoy without feeling guilty!

This is the current trend of thoughts of Indian boys and girls living here!
No point in lamenting about the break down of Caste System or Kulam or Gothram.

Visalakshi Ramani

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

100a. Menschen, die zu viel im Leben erwarten, werden enttäuscht
100b. People who expect too much in life get disappointed.

die Menschen = the people
too much = zu viel
im Leben = in life
erwarten = expect
werden = become
enttäuscht = disappointed

Life must be lived with hopes and dreams.
But Life may not turn out to be according to one's hopes and dreams.
So as some wise people say," Always hope for the best and prepare for the worst!"

Visalakshi Ramani

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Isn't wonderful that while men live to differentiate and disapprove of one another in a fast shrinking

world, the new and the fast spreading diseases, in the same fast shrinking world, do not do so.

To them "All men are the same!" The one and only 'samarasam ulaavum idam idhu thaanO'???

Visalakshi Ramani

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

101a. Wem Gott gibt ein Amt, dem gibt auch Verstand.
101b. Whom God gives an office, to him He also gives the brain to fill it.

I do not agree fully with this statement.
We have seen all the three types of people
Those who are born great, those who achieve greatness and
those who are made great by the appropriate pulls and pushes!

Wem = to whom
Gott = God
gibt = gives
ein Amt = an office/ a position
dem gibt = to him gives
auch = also
Verstand = the brain

Visalakshi Ramani

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I shuddered when I learnt that the head (and all the parts in it ) can function for upto 10 seconds -
even after it had been mercilessly rolled onto the ground - by the cruel kings of the past.

The head would held up like trophy not just to let the mad and bloodthirsty crowd gathered see it,
but also to let the dead person have a last glimpse of the jubilation over his beheading!

"Enna avasaram??? Raaja kaariyam paazhaaip pogirthaa??? thalai pOgira vElaiyaa???"

These sentences have become everyday conversation and we have forgotten why the originated originally.

As children we would pluck the tall weeds with small white colored wild flower on the top and ourselves become the powerful Kings and Queens in our own imagination. With a flick of the index finger we would behad the flower!

How sad we thought then that it was fun! :(

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

101a. Wenn jeder Herr ist, wer bringt aus dem Stall den Mist?
101b. If everyone is a Lord who brings the dung out of the

We have a similar proverb in Tamil.
"If everyone sits on a palanquin, who would carry them?"

Wenn = if
jeder = everyone
Herr ist = is a lord
wer = who
bringt aus = brings out of
dem Stall = the stable
den Mist = the dung

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

102a. Wenn straffen will die
Gottes Hand, so nimmt sie einen den Verstand.
102. When the God's hand wants to punish, it takes away the sanity first.

"kEdu varum pinne .........
madhi kettu varum munne!"

Wenn = when / if
die = the
Gottes Hand = God's hand
will = wants
straffen = to punish / to tighten
sie nimmt = it takes away
so einen = such a
den Verstand = (Person's) Sanity / Power to

Visalakshi Ramani

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1403a. துள்ளும் மான் துள்ளித் துரவில் விழுந்தது
1403b. Pride comes before fall.

Visalakshi Ramani

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One of the similies I enjoyed and remember very well is this:-
Money comes in very small amounts but when it gets lost the whole thing goes off poof!

The example given was this:-
To a meeting or a recital audience trickle in slowly and steadily.
But when the meeting / recital is over everybody goes away as fast as they can.

Is the Disappearing Act by far easier than the Appearing Act ???
Is Disbursing by far easier than Assembling and coming together???

Visalakshi Ramani

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

Quatsch keine Oper.
103b. Cut out the Opera!

Quatsch = nonsense, rubbish, crap
keine = no
Oper = opera

Writers often fall in love with their own writing and go on and on wasting words.
Speakers often fall in love wit their own speeches and singers with their songs!
Often times the effect gets diluted by providing more than what was just right.

Visalakshi Ramani

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

104a. Wer auf Gott vertraut, hat gut gebaut.
104b. He who trusts in God, has built well.

God is the one who supports everything created.
God is the foundation on which
everything rests.

He who trusts in God has the strongest support he can opt for.

When God is with us, no one harm us.
When God is against us, no one help us.

Wer = he who
auf Gott = in God
vertraut trusts
hat = has
gebaut = built
gut = well

Visalakshi Ramani

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சிந்தனை தந்த இந்திர ஜாலம்
#049. சிறு தவளை

வனவாசம் செய்யும்போது ராமன்,
தனது தாகத்தைத் தணிக்கவேண்டி;

அம்பையும், வில்லையும் மண்ணில்
ஆடாமல் பதித்துவிட்டுச் சென்றான்.

வந்து பார்க்கையில், மண்ணில்
சிந்தும் ரத்தத்தில் சிறு தவளை.

வில் ஊடுருவியதால் அதற்கு
விளைந்து விட்டது விபரீதம்!

“ஒரு குரல் கொடுத்திருந்தால்
ஒரு கொலை நிகழ்ந்திராதே!”

மறுகிய மனத்துடன் ராமன்,
மரணம் தழுவும் தவளையிடம்

மனம் வருந்திக் கேட்கவே,
மறுமொழி பகர்ந்தது அது.

“யார் எனக்குத் தீங்கு செய்தாலும்
யாரை நான் அழைப்பேனோ,

அவனே எனக்குத் தீங்கிழைத்தால்,
யாரிடம் சொல்வேன் நான்?”

தெய்வம் உதவிடும் நமக்கு,
மற்றவர் தொல்லை செய்தால்!

தெய்வமே தொல்லை செய்தால்,
மற்று எவர் உதவுவார் நமக்கு?

வாழ்க வளமுடன்,
விசாலாக்ஷி ரமணி

Visalakshi Ramani

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

105a. Wer befehlen will muss
gehorchen lernen.
105b. He who
wishes to command must learn to obey.

We have heard of the word Military Discipline!
To get anything done one must be

Those who are not self disciplined will be made so in Army.
He who knows how to obey, will also know how to command!

Wer = he who
will = wants
befehlen = to command
muss = must
lernen = learn
gehorchen = to obey

Visalakshi Ramani

Well-known member

The struggle for Equality exists everywhere!
God had made all Men equal but as always
Some are MORE EQUAL than the others! ?


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Visalakshi Ramani

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

106a. Wer den Acker nicht wil graben, der wird nicht als Unkraut haben.
106b. He who does not want to dig the land, will have nothing but the weeds.

Bad things come up very fast, on their own.
Bad things spread out very fast on their own.

Good habits need to be 'cultivated'
Good crops must be '
cultivated' likewise.

Left to itself, the land may bear nothing but the weeds and thorns.
Left to his whims and fancies, a man may become an animal in human form!

Wer = he who
den Acker = the land
nicht = does not
will = want
graben to = burrow / till
der = he
wird = will
nicht = not
haben = have
als Unkraut = but weeds

Visalakshi Ramani

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I don't know why I am expected to give logical explanations to
the things said/ done by other people far far away!

Am I a mind reader? :unsure:

Even if I am one, am I expected to enter into the minds of those
who will not communicate with me in real life and as a real person.

To some people I am an 'anAmikA' who can be called a 'Hey!' or "Hello!"
Not perfect strangers but people who know me from the time was born!

The one advantage of people keeping you at an arm's length is that :(
they themselves will remain at at a distance of an arm's length from you! :)

Talking of strangers...

Once while at the dentist a crazy Mexican (?) called out to someone
"Hey what is your name! You look very cute!"

I was the only-odd-person in that mixed group of people!
I did not even look up and just pretended that he did not exist!

It is perfectly strange that perfect strangers want to get familiar with me
and familiar people are playing like perfect strangers! :oops:

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