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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

148a. Der neue Besen fegt gut, aber der alte Besen kennt die Ecken.
148b. The new broom sweeps well, but the old broom knows the corner.

The new wife ( new bride) is very beautiful to look at and does her chores.
But it is the old wife of several decades that serves her husband the best

The best wife is one who merges with the background to remain so to say invisible
both unseen and unheard BUT fulfills all the needs of her husband!

Is there anyone like this woman, anymore, anywhere
in the age group < 60 years or married for < 40 years??? :unsure:

Der = the
neue Besen = new broom
fegt = sweeps
gut = well
aber = but
der = the
alte Besen = old broom
kennt = knows
die = the
Ecken = corners

Visalakshi Ramani

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Is it better to be the Head of a Cat or the Tail of a Tiger??? :unsure:

It depends entirely on the mindset of the person making the choice. ;)

Given the choice I would wish to be the Head of the Tiger! :giggle:

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

149a. Nicht alle sind Diebe die der Hund anbellt.
149b. Not everyone is a thief who the dog barks at.

Territorial terrorism is best seen in dogs.
One dog would not let me walk even in my side of the compound wall.

It would bark its head ( as well as my head ) off in the chill stillness of the early morning.
I have never seen that dog nor had it ever seen me.
Finally I had to request my neighbor over the wall to keep her dog under control.

The dog can be
quietened by offering a piece of meat/ sweetmeat.
The stinking rich can be quietened by a heavy tax cut!
A Tamil adage says "NakkuNdAr naavezhAr!"

Nicht = not
alle sind = everone is
Diebe = (a) thief
die = who
der = the
Hund = dog
anbellt = barks at

Visalakshi Ramani

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Sparisam is one feeling which can satisfy the entire boy
The reason...???
The Atma is spread over every atom / molecule/ nerve/ tissue of every living thing.
We can feel a tiny loose hair on the nape of the neck as clearly as anywhere else we can see.

All Children like to be tickled. So some kids evolve a novel plan to get tickled!
They sit in a big circle and each one will be combing with his smooth finger tips
the bare back of the kid sitting in the front - ever so gently.
The system of mutual tickling works out wonderfully.

The improved version can be seen where the girls braid one another's hair sitting in a circle!
When there used to be more food than we can polish off my mother would not want to waste the food. Those were the days when Refrigerator was not known where we used to live.

She would make us sit in a large circle and give us the balls of the rice mixed appropriately with the side dishes. Not only the whole food would get exhausted, but may be we could have eaten some more if there were more food!

Such was the 'kai maNam' of our wonderful mother. 🙏

Visalakshi Ramani

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

150a. Niemand ist unersetzlich.
150b. No one is

Men may come and men may go but the world goes on all the same.

The greatest conceit is that everyone thinks he/ she is irreplaceable.
That he/ she is really unique and the most talented person in the Cosmos!
Nothing can be farther from the truth! No one is really

Nature abhors vacuum and the free space you have just created in your house
by rearranging all the other things in it, has already be taken up by something else!

Niemand = No one
ist = is
unersetzlich = irreplaceable

Visalakshi Ramani

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நாட்டாமையா ??? படையப்பாவா ??? :unsure:

ஆட்டின மாவையே மறுபடியும்
ஆட்டாதீங்க அப்பா! (n)

படையாப்பாவை மீண்டும்
படைக்காதீங்க அப்பா! :oops:

ஆட்டுங்க மூளை புது வழியில்!
காட்டுங்க நல்ல புது சினிமாவை! :giggle:

டெஸ்க் டாப்பில் நான் பார்த்த தலைப்பு
நொடியில் படைத்த உடனடிக் கவிதை (?) ;)

Visalakshi Ramani

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

151a. Hobby ist die Faulheit der Beschäftigten und das Geschäft der Faulen.
151b. Hobby is the laziness of the busy and the business of the lazy.

Small drops of water make up the mighty ocean.
Small seconds and minutes make up our life span.

Small actions sum up to make our life what it is.
Small choices help us make our right / wrong decisions.

Small decisions make us walk in the right path....
maybe often alienated but never really alone.
Small steps in the right path make our life worthwhile.

Hobby = hobby
ist = is
die = the
Faulheit = laziness
der Beschäftigten = of the busy
und = and
das = the
Geschäft = business
der Faulen = of the lazy


Visalakshi Ramani

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Let us welcome the Spring! :)
Lasst uns den Frühling begrüßen! :)

Spring, also known as springtime, is one of the four temperate seasons, succeeding winter and preceding summer. There are various technical definitions of spring, but local usage of the term varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. Wikipedia

Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 – Sat, Jun 20, 2020 Trending

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

152a. Ich habe viel zu tun und bin noch weit weg.
152b. I have a lot to do and far to go.

One must remain fully focused to achieve anything or to reach place.
Chasing butterflies and soap bubbles on the path will defeat one's purpose.

Life offers too many distractions and makes one sway from one's chosen path.
Comparing the long time results with the immediate results will make the choice easier.

Ich = I
habe = have
viel = a lot
zu = to
tun = do
und = and
bin = am
noch weit weg = far to go

Visalakshi Ramani

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Paradox in real life.


1. Why was the morality rate of women giving birth different in different wards of the same hospital?

2.Why did the ward attended to by the doctors have more death than that attended by the less qualified midwives?

3. Why was giving birth in an unclean street safer than giving birth in a hospital?

4. What is the connection between all the above questions and the spreading of COVID 19???

Read on to find out all these answers and know the man who found the cause for the paradox!

Ignaz Semmelweis
Austrian-Hungarian physician
Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was an Austrian-Hungarian physician and scientist, now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the "savior of mothers", Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Wikipedia

Born: July 1, 1818, Buda
Died: August 13, 1865, Oberdöbling, Vienna, Austria
Known for: Introducing hand disinfection standards, in obstetrical clinics, from 1847
Books: Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever
Education: University of Vienna (1837–1844), Eötvös Loránd University
Children: Antónia Semmelweis, Szemerényi Margit, Szemerényi Béla


Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

153a. Nur tote Fische schwimmen mit dem Strom.
153b. Only the dead fish swim with the stream.

Modern men especially the Law makers of many countries
learned several survival techniques.

One of them is
"Go with the flow after closing your eyes,
and ears and after de-linking your brain."

When all the input and outputs are cut off,
the person in no better than a dead person!

The proverb rightly states that

"Only the dead fish swim with the stream while
the live ones swim they way they want to swim".

Nur = Only
tote = dead
Fische = fish
schwimmen = swim
mit = with
dem = the
Strom = stream

Raji Ram

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Visalakshi Ramani

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ஆதி3த்ய ஹ்ருத3யம்

“நான் ஒரு சாதாரண மனிதன்” என்றே தன்னைப் பற்றிக் கூறிக்கொண்ட ஸ்ரீ ராமபிரானுக்கு; ராம ராவண யுத்தத்தைக் காண வந்த அகஸ்தியரால் உபதேசிக்கப் பட்டது இந்த ‘ஆதி3த்ய ஹ்ருத3யம்.’

“இது புண்ணியம் வாய்ந்தது. எல்லாப் பகைவர்களையும் அழிப்பது. வெற்றியை
அளிப்பது. மங்களம் நிறைந்தது. பாவங்களை நீக்குவது. கவலையும், துன்பத்தையும் போக்குவது. ஆயுளை வளர்ப்பது. மூன்று முறை இதை நீ ஜபித்தால் ராவணனை வெற்றி கொள்வாய்” என்று அகஸ்திய முனிவரால் ஸ்ரீ ராமனுக்கு அருளப்பட்டது.

ஆபத்துக் காலங்களிலும், மிகுந்த கஷ்டங்களிலும், பயம் ஏற்படும் சமயங்களிலும் இதை பக்தியுடன் ஓதினால் துன்பங்கள் விலகும். உள்ளத்தில் தைரியம் உண்டாகும். உடலில் புதிய சக்தி பிறக்கும். பயங்களும், கிரஹ பீடைகளும் கஷ்டங்களும் விலகி விடும். சகல சௌபாக்யங்களும் கிடைக்கும். கண் பார்வை நன்றாகத் தெரியும்.

ஸ்ரீ ராம ஜெயம்.


Visalakshi Ramani

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


154a. Die Erde lacht in Blumen
154b. The Earth laughs in flowers.

Laughing Children give us immense happiness.
Blooming flowers give us immense happiness.

Plants and children have many things in common.
They both are among Nature's best gift to mankind.

Both grow everyday with the children learning new skills
and the plants putting out a new leaf, bud, flower, tendril!

It is the daily growth and the daily novelty that makes them so interesting.
The saying in Tamil is "nALoru mEni pozhuthoru vaNNam".

Plants grow in their Nursery, just like the kids do in their nursery.
Kids grow in their Kinder Garten - just as plants grow in their garden.

The wild flowers outside our house are in full bloom.
Their lovely colors and fragrance attract not just the humming birds but also men passing by!

Everyday people photograph the garden of flowers as they pass by.
They convey their appreciation - if see anyone of us make eye contact!

The rains water those plant and the Sun makes them grow.
But they give immense happiness to every onlooker. :)

Die = The
Erde = Earth
lacht = laughs
in = in
Blumen = flowers

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

155a. Raten ist nicht zwingen.
155b. Advice is not compulsion.

He who won't listen will have to learn by
Experience is a costly school but fools will learn nowhere else.

Often Advising goes over board and ends in arm-
wrenching when
the advisee chooses to ignore his advice and the adviser gets offended.

Suggestion works better than commanding or arm-wrenching.
There is no ego problem involved in giving one's suggestions.
If ignored, it is best to let the person learn it the hard way!


Raten = advice
ist = is
nicht = not
zwingen = compulsion

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

156a. Schande dem, der davon denkt.
156b. Shame on them who think badly about the others.

Character of a person is he really is and
Reputation is how he appears to the others.

Schande = Shame on
dem = them
der = who
denkt = thinks
schlecht = badly
davon = about others

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