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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Being born on a Leap Day has its benefits.

Thar person can be in single digit's age
while his age may be actually in double digits.

The lucky ones who live to become triple digits in age
will still register only double digit birthdays!


Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

133a. Viel stroh, wenig Korn.
133b. Much straw, little grain.

'Much ado about nothing' conveys the meaning as this proverb.

preparation may at times end in a fiasco or just fizzle out.
preparation doe not necessarily mean a grand success.

The best example for this is the movie which is expected to take off like a rocket
but nosedives like an aircraft hit by a missile by an enemy country!

Viel = much
stroh = straw
wenig = little
Korn = corn

Viel = much (and) viele = many.
So Wie viel? = how much? (and) wie viele? = how many?
are the two essential words while going for shopping! :)

Visalakshi Ramani

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Doctors of the olden times, were at the service of humanity round the cock
and 52x7 days of the year! But not any more!

They also disappear like the rest of the population for almost three days per week.
They too have a family, friends and need to relax and have some fun!

So they can't be fired and re-hired whenever we need them
like we do the untrained staff who have and need no special skill!

The forewarned are the forearmed!
The forearmed are the foresighted!

It is wisdom to prepare to handle an imminent crisis....
rather than pretend that it will disappear on its own!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

134a. Schmieds Pferd und Schusters Wibe gehen meistens barfuss.
134b. The Smith's horse and Cobbler's wife mostly walk barefoot.

I once visited a house where the mami was selling food items to the neighbors.
She was so unhappy to feed us during our visit and short stay in her place.
She could have charged us for the food and we would have happily paid her.

The very thought of giving something free to someone when
it can be sold for ready cash makes some people very unhappy.

Schmieds = Smith's
Pferd = horse
und = and
Schusters = cobbler's
Wibe = wife
gehen = walk
meistens = mostly
barfuss = barefoot.

Visalakshi Ramani

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Classes for learning to sing or to play musical instruments or Art or any Sports is very costly here.
The well to do parents spend a fortune to get their children learn something useful and fun.

The parents who can't shell too much money at any given time, have another option.
Apparently 5 minutes' (power-packed?) classes are available for a small fees of 2$!!!

I bet the teacher grudges the very short intervals of time spent in between these short classes!
When Time = Money, every second is calculated in terms of money.

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

135a. Schnell Urteil hat Reue feil.
135b. Hasty
judgement end in remorse.

Marry in haste and repent in leisure.
Haste makes waste!
Hurry with leisure!
Much can be said about hasty decisions
and the troubles they land us in.

Schnell = hasty / speedy
Urteil = judgement/ opinion
hat = has
Reue feil = a remorseful end

Visalakshi Ramani

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How to bring the people living in a land of fantasy come down to the land of reality?
Only Mother Nature can perform this feat easily and miraculously.

Imagine the persons denying the existence of something despite the solid evidences
get caught in the very same thing they refuse to believe!

Imagine the scary virus spread in one of the gatherings of those who disbelieve!
Their glee will take off faster than them - as they try to flee from the imminent danger!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

136a. Setze einen Dieb, um einen Dieb zu fangen.
136b. Set a thief to catch a thief.

Great men think alike; Fools also think alike!
Crooks also think alike; The crafty people think alike!

It is
believed that All men think alike; All women think alike.
That is why we are able to understand each others feelings, fears, hopes and despairs.

Even when the snakes do not have any legs,
in Tamil we say "paambin kaal paambaRiyum!"

Setze = set
einen = a
Dieb = thief
um .... zu = in order to
fangen =

einen = a
Dieb = thief

Visalakshi Ramani

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Some moms complain that their kids do not trust them any more or
do not share anything happening around them with their moms.

I think this kind of behavior is created and bred to become mutual.
Love begets Love. Trust begets Trust. Suspicion begets suspicion.

When the child reached out to the mother for any help, she must also reach out to the child.
No one is so busy that they can't spare a few minutes of quality time for their children.

IF we shut them out of our life / our house / our room when they are young,
they too will be only too happy to reciprocate this indifference when they grow up!

For Every Action there is ( and will be ) an Equal and Opposite Reaction!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Here are Whitney Houston’s five tips for parenting, which is "The Greatest Love of All."

1) I believe the children are our future.

2) Teach them well and let them lead the way.

3) Show them all the beauty they possess inside.

4) Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.

5) Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be.


Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

137a. Selbst dem Teufel sein Recht geben.
137b. Give The Devil his right.

Everybody needs a fair deal, a fair chance to state his side of any case.
So let us give The Devil his right, but be on guard not to get carried away!

I bet The Devil can
state his case better than the angels.
Otherwise why
would man choose to walk in an ugly crooked path?

Devil has certainly managed to make the evil and wicked things
far more interesting than the healthy and good things in Life!

geben = give
dem Teufel = The Devil
sein = his
Recht = right
Selbst = personally

Visalakshi Ramani

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I am a fan of bitter gourd - after I learnt how beneficial they are to our good health.
The other day I was preaching my grand kids the virtues of bitter gourd.

My little grandson said, "But they are so bitter to taste!"
I told him, "That is precisely why they are good for health.
Otherwise who would ever eat it despite its bitter taste?

On the other hand all the tasty stuff- sweet, spicy, salty and oily
need no advertisement as they can attract people by their taste!
But sadly what is good to the tongue may not be good to your body!"

I have noticed God's Balancing Act in one more place.

The pretty girls had terrible horror-scopes and
the ordinary looking girls had good horoscopes.

Those who choose beauty, wont mind the chart ascribed on a sheet.
Those who mind the chart on a sheet will go easy on the physical beauty!

Anyway Beauty is only skin deep, only transient and
solely depends on the eyes on the onlooker!

But a chart ascribed on a sheet is in black and white
and permanent and may be 100% true to life!

Visalakshi Ramani

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To this day this article remains the most widely read among all my articles in my various blogs!


Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

138a. Keine gute Tat bleibt unbestraft.
138b. No Good deed remains unpunished.

The popular saying in Hindi goes thus:-
nEkhi karO! joothE khAvO!

One auto driver with insight added
two more lines to those lines given above.

Now it read....
nEkhi karO! joothE khAvO!
mainE kiyA! mainE khAyA!!

A good man can get bad sons.
A good tree may give bad fruits.
A good deed may end badly!

ONLY Doing is in our hands but
not the result of that good action.
So says the gist of Bhagavath GitA.

foot notes:-
Keine = no
gute = good
Tat = deed
bleibt = remains
unbestraft = unpunished

Visalakshi Ramani

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சிந்தனை தந்த இந்திர ஜாலம்
#130. நிருகன் கதை

களித்து விளையாடிய கண்ணனின் மகன்கள்
களைத்து நீர் வேட்கை மிகுந்ததால் ஒரு
கிணற்றில் எட்டிப் பார்த்தனர்; அங்கே
கிண்ணென்று கல் போன்ற ஒரு ஓணான்.

அற்புதமான அதனை அவர்களால் வெளியே,
எத்தனை முயன்றும் தூக்க இயலவில்லை.
கண்ணனிடம் சென்று கூறினர் பிள்ளைகள்
மண்ணுலகோர் காணா விந்தையைப் பற்றி.

இடத்தை அடைந்த கண்ணன் தன் சிவந்த
இடக்கையால் தூக்கி வெளியே எடுத்தான்;
கண்ணன் கைபட்டவுடனேயே அந்த ஓணான்
பொன்னிற தேவனாகவே மாறி விட்டது!

பட்டாடைகளும், பலப்பல ஆபரணங்களும்
பளபளக்கும் ஒரு வாலிபனாக மாறியது.
பணிவுடன் கண்ணன் தாள்களை அவன்
பணிந்து தன் கதையைக் கூறலானான்.

அரசன் நிருகன் எனப்படுபவன் அவனே!
சிறந்த இக்ஷ்வாகு குலத்தின் மன்னன்;
கொடைவள்ளல் என்ற புகழ் பெற்றவனுக்கு
கொடையினாலேயே கொடுமை நிகழ்ந்தது.

காராம் பசுக்களை அந்தணர்களுக்கு தானம்
கோராமலேயே அளிக்குபோது, ஒருவனின்
கராம் பசுவும் மந்தையில் சேர்ந்துகொண்டது.
ஆராயாமல் அதையும் அளித்து விட்டான்.

பசுவின் சொந்தக்கார மனிதனுக்கும்
பசுவை தானம் பெற்ற மனிதனுக்கும்
பரபரப்பான வாக்குவாதங்கள் முற்றி
சமரசம் செய்ய முடியவே இல்லை.

அந்திமக் காலம் வந்த மன்னனிடம்,
“முந்தி தண்டனையா? சுவர்க்கமா?”
வந்து வினவினான் யமதர்மராஜன்,
“தந்து விடு தண்டனையை முதலில்!”

“விழு!” என்றதும் ஒரு ஓணானாக மாறி
விழுந்தான் கிணற்றில் என்றோ ஒருநாள்!
விழுந்தவன் வெகுநாள் காத்திருந்தான்;
வேணு கோபாலனின் கை ஸ்பரிசத்துக்கு.

காத்திருந்தது சற்றும் வீண்போகவில்லை.
“காலமெல்லாம் உன்மீது நான் கொண்ட
பக்தி மாறாமலேயே நிலைத்து இருக்க
பக்தனுக்கு அருள் செய்வாய் கண்ணா!”

பொன் விமானத்தில் ஏறிக் கொண்டான்;
பொன்னுலகம் பறந்து சென்றான் நிருகன்.
நல்லதையே எண்ணிச் செய்யும் போதும்
நாம் எதிர்பாராத தீயவிளைவுகள் வரலாம்!

வாழ்க வளமுடன்
விசாலாக்ஷி ரமணி.

Please use the link given below for the translation in English.


Visalakshi Ramani

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

139a. Ständiger Wassertropfen schnitzt den Stein.
139b. Constant drip of water carves the stone.

We have similar proverbs in Tamil
eRumbu oora kal thEyum.
karaippAr karaiththAl kallum karaiyum.

The message conveyed is to keep on trying until one succeeds -
however hard the task may be and however feeble one's effort may be!

Ständiger = permanent/ constant
Wassertropfen = water drops
schnitzt = cuts/ carves
den Stein = the stone

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

140a. Schuster, bleib bei deinen Leisten.
140b. Shoemaker, stick to your profession.

People should talk about what they know very well and also correctly.
Many people want to show off their non existing intelligence by talking on

unfamiliar topics and thereby both highlight and underline their ignorance.

This is a good reminder to whoever digresses or treads on unfamiliar terrains
to stick to his own topic / own profession / own trade.

Schuster = Shoemaker
bleib = remain
bei = in
deinen = your
Leisten = profession / performance

Visalakshi Ramani

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Women deceive themselves - thinking that they are liberated, free and independent!

They still curl their straight eyelashes and they straighten their curly hair,

They shave off their dead facial skin along with all the facial hair to get a 'glow'

They dye their hair in the colors of a rainbow.

They get every body part which can't be pulled off ....pulled up!

They change their facial features to look like nothing-on-earth!

They have their body fat sucked off!

They get their butts sculptured to resemble a zebra? hippo? GOK!

They get their boob-jobs with implants - braving the possible ruptures and leaks!

They manage to walk on towering high heels - braving the pain and the bunions!

They manage to go around (un)dressed - leaving nothing to the imagination!

They pay the expenses, bear the pain, put up with the harm they are self inflicting

...........just to make a man / many men happy and get visually raped by them ?????

Tell me really how can anyone doing all these things to please MEN be truly liberated???

A truly liberated person is one who accepts himself / herself as he/she really is

and whom all the others accept as he/ she really is!

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