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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Learning new languages has been my third love - the first two being Classical Dancing and Carnatic Music.

Grammar, Music and Mathematics are closely interrelated. If you are good in one of them, you will be good in the other to as well!

Every time we travel through Frankfurt to India and back, I used to feel like a dumb fool - 'dumb' because I could not speak German and ' a fool' because I could not understand it either!

Certain events happening in the airport made me realize the importance of having working knowledge in German. I must know at least whether people were talking to me or talking about me!

I am glad I took upon myself the task of learning German. The German Grammar made me realize and appreciate the English Grammar - which seems to be so much easier by comparison.

The Four Famous Cases driving people nuts; the ambiguous pronunciations; the chains of silent letters; the hardened and softened letters; the conjugation of verbs; the stem changing verbs; adjective declension German, the German subjunctive called the Kunjunctive 1 and 2 are all challenging - have no doubt.

But everything become possible when broken down to smaller manageable daily doses. It is less than one year since I started to teach myself German. I have refined my listening, reading and comprehending skills. To be able to speak fluently I need to work more on my grammar and vocabulary.

I was overwhelmed when recently I enjoyed watching a hilarious video in German -without registering that it was NOT in English.

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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

226a. Alle guten Dinge kommen zu denen, die warten.
226b. All good things come to those who wait.

If one wants to grow a strong, tall and mighty tree, one have wait till the sapling grows and becomes one such tree.

If one wants a bundle of joy as a baby, one should wait for 40 or more weeks.
There is no possibility of instant conception and delivery as we read in the epics!

Alle = All
guten = good
Dinge = things
kommen = come
zu = to
denen = them
die = who
warten = wait

The story of Aruna teaches us the importance of waiting.

Kashyapa Prajapati's two wives Vinata and Kadru wanted to have children. Kashyapa granted them boons. Kadru wished for one thousand Nāga sons, while Vinata wanted two sons as bright as the Sun. Kashyapa blessed them.

Later, Kadru gave birth to one thousand eggs, while Vinata gave birth to two eggs. These incubated for five hundred years, upon which the 1000 eggs of Kadru hatched and out came her 1,000 Naga sons.

Vinata was very eager to see her sons and decided to break open one of the eggs prematurely. From the broken egg a flash of light, Aruna, sprang forth. He was as radiant and reddish as the morning sun.

But, due to the premature breaking of the egg, he was not fully formed and had no legs. A charioteer does not need legs to walk on and so Sun God made Aruna his
charioteer and the announcer of his arrival with the reddish Aruna kiraNa.

The second egg hatched at the proper time and from it emerged the mighty Garuda in all his
splendor and strength. He later became the vahana of Lord Vishnu.


Visalakshi Ramani

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Visalakshi Ramani

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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

Der Tiger kauert, bevor er entspringt.
Der Bogen biegt sich, bevor er schießt.

The tiger crouches before it springs.
The bow bends itself before it shoots.

There is calm before every violent storm.
There is a deceptive submission before every strike!

Der = The
Tiger = tiger
kauert = crouches
bevor = before
er = he / it
entspringt = pounces.
Der = The
Bogen = bow
biegt = bends
sich - itself
bevor = before
er = he / it
schießt = shoots.

Visalakshi Ramani

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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

228a. Ein Lamm zu Hause, ein Löwe beim Jagen.
228b. A lamb in the house, a lion during hunt.

Every person has two faces - the real face
and the other deceptive one he puts on at times.

A Top executive may be as gentle and a lamb in his house.
He may willingly allow his wife to dominate over him.
Yet, he may be a nightmare to his workers in the office.

Conversely the odd-jobs-man may be as gentle as a lamb
when he gets kicked around by everyone in the working hours.
Yet, he may terrorize his wife and children once he gets home.

Are these two faces Complimentary or Supplementary?

Ein = A
Lamm = lamb
zu Hause = at home
ein = a
Löwe = lion
beim = during
Jagen = hunt

Visalakshi Ramani

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I am an incorrigible optimist. I never seem to learn from the past events! :(

By wishing to share a pleasant surprise, I got myself neck deep into trouble!

No one could explain the origin of the thumb-sized-bumps which erupted all over my body, starting at the nape of the neck and spreading fast in every direction!

The itching was enough too drive anyone mad and that too so late at night!

The visit to the emergency room at the time of the COVID 19 season was scary.
But when both the options are evil, we have to select the lesser evil!

So after spending 4 hours in the emergency room after taking anti allergy medicines for 5 days, I finally look like my normal self [ from the bumpy caricature I had suddenly transformed into!]

Moral which I should remember in the future!

DO NOT expect that everyone will get a pleasant surprise - just because you did!

On the other hand some may cast an-affectionate-eye and give you a nasty surprise!

It is my guess that whoever caused the thumb-sized-bumps may be happy to hear this

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

229a. Vertrautheit erzeugt Verachtung.
229b. Familiarity breeds contempt.

If Distance can add enchantment to the view,
the familiarity must, most certainly, do the opposite.

A hedge in between does keep the friendship green.
A little distancing is needed to make people realize what you are and what you do!

Vertrautheit = Familiarity
erzeugt = breeds
Verachtung = contempt.

One will be surprised to see the number of German words starting with the prefix 'ver'

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

230a. Gut besucht in Wohlstand und ganz allein in Armut.
230b. Well attended in prosperity and all alone in poverty.

A person with a fat purse never lacks company!
It draws people to the person, as honey draws the flies!
Once the purse is empty, the person becomes all alone!

Gut = Well
besucht = visited / attended
in = in
Wohlstand = prosperity
und = and
ganz allein = all alone
in Armut = in poverty

Visalakshi Ramani

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Certain medicines are given in combination.
They must be taken together - as told by the doctor!
Doctoring the Doctor's orders brings nothing but additional woe!

Oh! How I wish I had realized this a little earlier!
Getting Scared by the number of pills to be taken
and leaving out one by one's own choice is NOT wisdom! :(

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

Wer nicht wartet, bis der Brei abgekühlt ist, der ist wirklich der größte Narr.
He who does not wait till the porridge cools, he is really the greatest fool.

Wer = He who
nicht = does not
wartet = wait
bis = till
der = the
Brei = porridge
abgekühlt ist = has cooled down
der = he
ist = is
wirklich = really
der = the
größte = greatest
Narr = fool

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

232a. Wahre Liebe macht unmögliche Dinge möglich
232b. True love makes impossible things possible.

Wahre = True
Liebe = love
macht = makes
unmögliche = impossible
Dinge = things
möglich = possible

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

233a. Alle guten Dinge im Leben kommen zu denen, die gelernt haben zu warten.
233b. All the good things in life come to those, who have learned to wait.

Time is the factor that decides everything for everyone.
Recently two families tried to celebrate the weddings of their daughters several times.

Every time the wedding got postponed for some reason or the other.
Now finally the wedding is over. What had caused the undue delay?

The absence of planet Guru's Grace (for those who believe in Astrology.
For the other it maybe Corona Virus / COVID 19 / Lock down etc.

Alle = All
guten = good
Dinge = things
im = in
Leben = life
kommen = come
zu = to
denen = those
die = they / (who)
haben = have
gelernt = learnt
zu = to
warten = wait.

Visalakshi Ramani

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The real life Mathemetics!

Joy, when shared with others, multiples many folds.
Sorrows when shared, dwindle down to a mere fraction.

In general we all believe that sharing increases
the Joy and decreases the Sorrow.
But not any more!

The shared joy causes sleepless nights and ulcer.
The shared sorrow creates a sadistic happiness!
The moral...????

Keep your achievements to yourself!
Keep all your sorrows to yourself!
Sole your problems by yourself.

The New Law prevailing on earth is
"Each one for himself and none for the others!"

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

234a. Die Gewinner geben niemals auf. Wer aufgibt, gewinnt nie.
234b. Winners never give up. Those who give up never win.

Die = The
Gewinner = winne
niemals = never
geben = give
auf = up.
Wer = He who
aufgibt = gives up
nie = never
gewinnt = wins

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

Geben Sie einem Mann einen Fisch und Sie füttern ihn für einen Tag.
Bringe ihm das Fischen bei, du fütterst ihn jeden Tag.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for one day.
Teach him to fish, you feed him everyday.

Gift of Knowledge is superior to any other material gift.
Knowledge is power. It never diminishes with time and usage.
Knowledge equips a person with the power to survive against all odds.

Sie = You
Geben = Give
einem Mann = a man
einen Fisch = a fish
und = and
Sie = you
füttern = feed
ihn = him
für = for
einen Tag = one day.
Bringe bei = Teach
ihm = him
das Fischen = to catch the fish
du = you
fütterst = feed
ihn = him
jeden Tag = everyday

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

Verbreiten Sie auf alle Fälle nützliches Wissen. Wenn Sie nicht können, verbreiten Sie Verwirrung, was viel einfacher ist.

236b. Spread useful knowledge by all means. If you can't, spread confusion, which is far more easier.

Some people have to spread something during their life time - good, bad or ugly.
So if they can't spread useful knowledge, they choose to spread confusion and doubts!

Sie = You
Verbreiten = spread
auf alle Fälle = by all mean
nützliches = useful
Wissen = Knowledge.
Wenn = If
Sie = You
nicht können = cannot
verbreiten = spread
Verwirrung = confusion
was ist = which is
viel = much
einfacher = easier

Visalakshi Ramani

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The number as well as the variety of vaccines given to children and adults in USA is mind blowing.

YET the number of children physically and verbally abused and the number of children who could have easily avoided the dangers and accidental death is not less mind blowing!

What a contrast between the the Lofty Goals and the failed achievements.


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