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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

196a. Halb verbranntes Holz entzündet sich leicht.
196b. Wood half burnt catches fire easily.

It is always easier to continue from where someone has already reached,
than start everything afresh from the very beginning.

Children reach greater heights than their parents did - since they are literally standing on the shoulders of their parents.

Often students shine better than their devoted teachers - since they can learn so much, so soon and so very easily.

Also man can think and evolve only in many small steps and never in a single giant leap from Nothing to the most perfect of Anything.

Halb = Half
verbranntes = burnt
Holz = wood
sich entzündet = gets ignited
leicht = easily

Visalakshi Ramani

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The nasty tooth ache which has thrown my life out of gear for almost one week now, makes me realize how true it is that a human body can be well and feel well only - and if only - all the parts of one's body are in good health and work in perfect coordination.


Visalakshi Ramani

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

197a. Zufriedenheit ist der größte Reichtum.
197b. Contentment is the greatest wealth.

A 'poor person' need not necessarily be a real pauper.
He may in fact be a stinking-rich poor-man!

Whoever seeks to possess more and more of what
they already have in plenty, are the real poor people!

So the gang which belong to the now famous "99 Club"
and strives to own the 100th of whatever-they-want is eternally poor!

This applies not just to the material possessions but to everything else besides!

The artists of the past decades must decided to get down from the stage voluntarily
so that the young, sparkling and fresh artists can prove their latent and succeed.

I feel that though "Old is gold" at some point of time they also become stale!
New ventures and new attempts can be made only by the young innovative minds.

Why should be be forced to watch Seniors and Super seniors dance - when pretty
young people as-thin-as-tendrils and as fresh as flowers are denied their chance?

How long should we be forced to listen to the same songs, sung in the same rAgAs,
by the same people who-are-getting-older-all-the-while, all our lives?

I personally know the power Applause and Appreciation have on the performing artists. But at some point of time they must get satisfied with all these adulation.

The best time to quit is when one at the height of fame and very much in demand!
It is wisdom to stop performing then and start creating a new generation of artists.

Zufriedenheit = Contentment
ist = is
der = the
größte = greatest
Reichtum = wealth.

Visalakshi Ramani

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Tricky questions which need you to think well before you answer!

If you want to select your Guru from these two, who will you select?

(a) A very well known and a famous performing artist
(b) A devoted teacher who is never seen in the public.

If you want to select a barber for having a haircut in a town which has only two saloons

(a) will you select one who is impeccably groomed?
(b) will you select one who imperfectly groomed?

Visalakshi Ramani

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

198a. Gesicht ist der Index des Geistes.
198b. Face is the index of mind.

Facial expressions reveal the innermost thoughts of a person. His smiles, his snarls, his kindness, his scowls, his generosity, his animosity - to name a few.

Even the best actor can not hide his real feelings for ever from our eyes.

Maybe that is why celebrities wear goggles large enough to hide not just their eyes but also most of their face as well! Their true expressions are always kept hidden under a dark screen!

Gesicht = Face
ist = is
der = the
Index = index
des Geistes = of the mind


Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

199a. Gott hilft denen, die sich selbst helfen.
199b. God helps those who help themselves.

Some people would not lift a finger but expect everything to be done by someone else.
Out of fear or love or devotion, some others may oblige to these lazy masters.
But it is wisdom to do our best and then seek help for what lies beyond our capacity.

Gott = God
hilft = helps
denen = those
die = who
helfen = help
sich selbst = themselves

Visalakshi Ramani

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Today's link to abhirAmi andhAdhi with moolam and meaning given in Tamil


Visalakshi Ramani

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While the super seniors depend on very elaborate hair decoration, rich & colorful costumes and heavy make up, the young girls can pull off difficult numbers wearing a normal sari and with no make-up!

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Preview YouTube video Vishamakara Kannan by Bhairavi Venkatesan - Sridevi Nrithyalaya - Bharathanatyam Dance

Vishamakara Kannan by Bhairavi Venkatesan - Sridevi Nrithyalaya - Bharathanatyam Dance


Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

200a. Hunger bricht Steinmauern.
200b. Hunger breaks stone walls.

pasi vanthidap paththum paRandhu pOgum!
A Hungry man is an Angry man and will stop at nothing to get food.

Recently a man declared he would eat his neighbors if the lock down continues!
Poor neighbors who will live in constant fear until normalcy returns!

Many revolutions have been precipitated by hunger and poverty.
People who have never been hungry in their life, will not know its severity!

Hunger = Hunger
bricht = breaks
Steinmauern = stone walls.

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

201a. Wie säen wir, so ernten wir.
201b. As we sow, so we reap.

World is a mirror. It is a great reflector. And it is a perfect reflector!
It send back to us whatever we are sending out - without deflecting them.

Give out a smile... you will get back a smile!
Give out a scowl...you will get back a scowl!

Sneer at the world and it sneers back at you!
Cheer the world and cheers you in return!

Do you often wonder why the cruel world is treating you so badly!
Pause for a moment and ponder how you have been treating the world!

A passerby asked a man coming out of a village whether the place was good.
The man replied in Telugu as follows,

"mee nOru manchithu AythE, ee ooru kooda manchithE!"
meaning "If your mouth is good, then the village is also good!"

A man who digs a pit for the another, himself falls in it.
A man who flings mud on another, himself smells foul!

Wie = As
wir = we
säen = sow
so = so
wir = we
ernten = reap.

Visalakshi Ramani

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நன்றியும், பன்றியும்

நன்றி - மூன்று எழுத்துக்களில் அடங்கிவிடும் பண்பு.
பன்றி - மூன்று எழுத்துக்களில் அடங்கிவிடும் கயமை.

நன்மை செய்தவர்களுக்கு 'நன்றி' என்று கூறினால்
என்ன தான் ஆகிவிடும் ஒருவருக்கு - தெரியவில்லை!

முத்துக்கள் உதிர்ந்து விடுமா - அல்லது
முத்துப் பற்கள் தாம் உதிர்ந்து விடுமா?

ஆங்கிலத்தில் வாழ்வை இனிதாக்கும்
இன்றியமையாத சொற்கள் இவை என்பர்!

"Thank you!" and " I love you!'

Visalakshi Ramani

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

202a. Bellende Hunde beißen nicht. Es ist der stille Hund, der gefährlich ist.
202b. Barking dogs seldom bite. It is the silent dog which dangerous.

Barking dogs seldom bite. They know that they can guard their territory just by barking and scaring the others trying to invade it.

It is the silent dog which is more dangerous - since it will attack the invader rather than bark and scare him off.

The same is true of men and women. One who screams his head off when upset, releases his anger and may not contemplate on more serious or heinous crimes!

Bellende = barking
Hunde = dogs
nicht = do not
beißen = bite
Es = It
ist = is
der = the
stille = silent
Hund = dog
der = that
ist = is
gefährlich = dangerous

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

203a. Nächstenliebe beginnt zu Hause.
203b. Charity begins at home.

Some people want to keep up an appearance of prosperity.

They may go overboard donating for the sake of fame and name. In that process the genuine need of some family members may be overlooked.

A glass cup overflows only after it is filled to the brim.
A mud pot may leak even when it is not broken.

Learn to be a glass cup and not a mud pot!
Attend to your family first before you do acts of charity.

Nächstenliebe = Charity
beginnt = begins
zu = at
Hause = home

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

204a. Sauberkeit ist nach Gottlichkeit an zweiter Stelle.
204b. Cleanliness is second only to Godliness.

Things need not be costly or gaudy or showy.
But everything has to be clean and simple.

I wonder at the gem studded dresses worn by rich women.
Can they get them cleaned? Do they ever get them cleaned?

Once I was surprised to watch an aunt powder-clean her blouse.
She rained talcum powder on the blouse and mixed them well.

She blew off the powder and got the blouse ironed and ready for use!
One of the many uses of talcum powder perhaps???

I have always wondered whether perfumes were created to
camouflage human body odor or to excite people sexually!

Either way, one does not need any perfume - if one bathes
and changes every item of the dress, every day, at least once.

I know of an old uncle whose under garment has never had any association with water- even though it was being worn everyday while performing pooja!

The reason... it is 'sudhdha madi' as long as it does not get washed!!!
So theoretically it is 'madi' but practically the dirtiest cloth in the universe!

So when 'madi' VS 'cleanliness' I will always choose the latter and never the former!

Sauberkeit = Cleanliness
ist = is
an = in
zweiter = the second
Stelle = place
nach = after
Gottlichkeit = Godliness

Visalakshi Ramani

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A survey has showed that 50% of people - 1 out of every 2 persons - in USA
does not change the underwear every day!

In some states in India, under garmnts are worn only on special occasions.
Wearing pants / pajama without wearing a brief or pattaa-patti(!) underneath;
Wearing blouse without a bra/ bodice; wearing shoes with out wearing socks are common habits!

The LADY will start looking or her BODY only when she has to go out!
The man will not look for his brief even when he has to go out!

So once a specialist who told his patient to remove his pants followed the instruction with a stunning question! "chaddi EsukkunnAru kAdhA?"

I know of several occupational hazards but is this one the scariest among them???

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

205a. Nur Diamant schneidet Diamant.
205b. Only diamond cuts diamond.

However strong the enemy may appear, there will be weak point to win over him.
So nothing and no one is indestructible forever.

Nur = Only
Diamant = diamond
schneidet = cuts
Diamant = diamond.

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