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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

Lernen Sie, mit Ihrem Reichtum zu leben.
Armut wird lehren, wie man damit lebt.

Learn to live with your wealth.
Poverty will teach you how to live with it.

It is the new found wealth that makes man go mad with pride and money-power!

As the saying goes in Tamil, such a man will hold up an umbrella at midnight
- when there is neither Sunshine nor Pouring rain!

Poverty on the other hand makes a man prudent, thrifty and level headed.
Poverty teaches him the art of surviving and living against all odds!

Sie = You
Lernen = learn
zu leben = to live
mit = with
Ihrem = your
Reichtum = wealth.
Armut = Poverty
wird = will
lehren = teach (you)
wie = how
man = one
lebt = lives
damit = with it.

Visalakshi Ramani

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Words form the basic tools for any writer.

Words convey meanings as well as emotions.

Words are borrowed as well lent by languages.

Words often fuse together to form new words.

Words have interesting tales hidden behind them.

Words can be picturesque, descriptive, rhyming or poetic.

The components of some words appear to be contradicting.

Some words appear to be the wrong names for the right things.

We shall explore the wonderful world of words now.


Visalakshi Ramani

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

238a. Ist es Weisheit, Feuer in der einen und Wasser in der anderen Hand zu tragen?
238b. Is it wisdom to carry fire in one hand and water in the other?

Ist = Is
es = it
Weisheit = Wisdom
zu = to
tragen = carry
Feuer = fire
in = in
der einen Hand = in one hand
und = and
Wasser = Water
in der anderen = in the other ?

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day

239a. Die Gewohnheit beginnt als Spinnennetz und verwandelt sich bald in ein Eisenkabel
239b. Habit begins as a cobweb and soon transforms into an iron cable.

Habits die hard but Habits are so easy to form.
That makes Habits doubly dangerous - since we can get into them easily but hardly ever can get out of them.

Die = The
Gewohnheit = Habit
beginnt = begins
als = as
Spinnennetz = cobweb
und = and
verwandelt = transforms
sich = itself
bald = soon
in = into
ein = an
Eisenkabel = iron cable

Visalakshi Ramani

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காலம் மாறிவிட்டது - உபயம் : கோவிட் 19

குனிந்த தலை நிமிராமல் நடந்த பெண்கள்,
தனியே சென்று பிரசவிக்கின்றார்கள் இன்று!

ரோடு, ரோடாக சென்று சைட் அடித்த விடலைகள்,
வீடே கதி என்று ஆனதும் படித்துத் தேறுகின்றனர்.

"அண்ணாசாமி வீட்டுக் கல்யாணம் - ஆனால்
அவரவர் வீட்டில் கல்யாண விருந்து" என்போம்.

அன்று கேலி செய்யும் பழமொழியாக இருந்த இது
இன்று மெய்யாகி விட்டது - வையகம் முழுவதிலும்!

பந்தல் இல்லை! பந்தி இல்லை! வாத்தியம் இல்லை!
பந்தம் ஏற்படுத்த இவை தேவை இல்லை அல்லவா?

வாண வேடிக்கைகள் இல்லை! பங்கரா நடனம் இல்லை!
வாண்டுப் பயல்கள் செய்யும் வம்புகள் இல்லவே இல்லை!

பெற்றோர்கள் உண்டு! மற்றோர்கள் தேவை இல்லை!
பற்றோடு வாழ்த்துவோம் வெகு தொலைவில் இருந்து!

பழையன கழிதலும், புதியன புகுதலும் உலக இயற்கை!
பழையன கழிந்திட ஒரு நூதன வியாதியும் உதவிடலாமே!

கோவிட் 19, கொரோனா செய்வது நன்மையா? தீமையா?
உண்டோ உலகில் கலப்படமற்ற நன்மை அல்லது தீமை?

Visalakshi Ramani

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

240a. Sie schätzen nie, was Sie im Leben haben, bis Sie es verlieren.
240b. You never appreciate what you have in life, until you lose it.

We take for granted too many good things in life. We scarcely acknowledge the services rendered by the other family members. One is ever more ready to complain and find fault with everyone else - than appreciate the others for all the things they do.

Sie = You
nie = never
schätzen = appreciate
was = what
Sie = you
haben = have
im Leben = in life
bis = until
Sie = you
verlieren = lose
es = it

Visalakshi Ramani

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Good fortune, a Good sleep and a Good feast must get disturbed often -
just to make those people realize how lucky they really are!

One needs yOgam to be able to eat / sleep and enjoy life. It is not in everybody's yOgam to enjoy these - irrespective of the wealth and free time they may possess.
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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day

241a. Sie können einem alten Hund keinen neuen Trick beibringen
241b. You can teach an old dog no new trick.

Old dogs, like some old people, do not want to learn anything new.
It is NOT that they are incapable of learning anything new
but rather they do not want to learn anything new.

Sie = You
können = can
beibringen = teach
einem = an
alten Hund = old dog
keinen = no
neuen = new
Trick = trick


Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

242a. Die Regeln der Natur: Ein Feuer muss brennen;
Die Erde muss sich drehen; Ein Mann muss kämpfen.

242b. The rules of nature: A fire must burn;
The earth must revolve; A Man must struggle.

The unwritten rules of Nature:
A fire remains a fire ....only as long as it can burn.
The earth remains a living planet .... only as long as it rotates.
A man remains alive (kicking and ticking) .... only as long as he is willing to struggle.

Life is a constant struggle for survival.
For the poor, it is a struggle to make the ends meet.
For the rich, it is a struggle to protect their wealth from the others!

Die = The
Regeln = Rules
der Natur : = of Nature :
Ein = A
Feuer = fire
muss = must
brennen = burn.
Die = The
Erde = Earth
muss = must
sich drehen = revolve around itself.
Ein = A
Mann = man
muss = must
kämpfen = struggle /fight for survival

Visalakshi Ramani

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திருவைந்தெழுத்து மந்திரம்

"எத்தைத் தின்றால் பித்தம் தீரும்?" என்று
பித்தனைப் போலச் சித்தம் கலங்காதீர்!

அத்தனுக்கு அர்ப்பணியுங்கள் கர்மங்களை;
அத்தனையும் நீங்கிவிடும் அவன் அருளால்!

செய்விப்பவனும் அவனே - கர்மங்களைச்
செய்பவனும் அவனே - அந்தர்யாமியாக!

அனுபவிப்பவனும் அவனே கர்மங்களை!
அணுவளவும் பற்றாது அவை அவனை!

திரு ஐந்தெழுத்து வெறும் ஐந்தெழுத்து அல்ல.
பொருந்தியவை விதியை மாற்றும் வல்லமை. 🙏

Visalakshi Ramani

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

243a. Töte zwei Vögel mit ein Stein.
243b. Kill two birds with one stone.

Töte = Kill
zwei = two
Vögel = birds
mit = with
ein = one
Stein = stone.

Visalakshi Ramani

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We think we all have two options....
to do something or not to do that something!

We are completely wrong!
We actually have three choices.

To discontinue doing something in addition
the two choices given above makes it three!

That is what is happening with the lock down for Corona virus control.
A thing half done = A thing not done ( or undone)!
Is it still surprising why the new cases are soaring to sky???

Visalakshi Ramani

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One day the Sanskrit Teacher posed an interesting question.
"Why is an infant called as "S'is'u" in Sanskrit.
The answer is very simple.
Infants keep doing 'shee' and 'shu' all the time! :)

Visalakshi Ramani

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

Lachen ist die beste Medizin.
Lache und die Welt lacht mit dir.
Weinen und die Welt lacht dich aus

Laughter is the best medicine.
Laugh and the world laughs with you.
Cry and the world laughs at you

Lachen = Laughter
ist = is
die = the
beste = best
Medizin = medicine.
Lache = Laugh
und = and
die = the
Welt = world
lacht = laughs
mit = with
dir = you.
Weinen = Cry
und = and
die = the
Welt = world
lacht = laughs
dich aus = at you

Visalakshi Ramani

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Shopping has become an expedition these days.
To avoid frequent outing and exposure to COVID 19 risks,
shopping is done once a month.
The time needed is more than two hours and the car trunk gets packed full!
This will be one of the many permanent changes caused by COVID 19.
No need to talk about hugging grand kids and visiting friends and family!

Visalakshi Ramani

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#245a. Jeder Arzt schafft Arbeit für einen anderen.
#245b. Every doctor creates work for another.

Taking care of one's Health has become so complex these days that
one ailment leads to another and one doctor sends us to another doctor.

Jeder = Every
Arzt = doctor
schafft = creates
Arbeit = work
für = for
einen anderen = another.

Visalakshi Ramani

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For some strange reasons, I am not able to enter the Forum sometimes these days.
If I can enter, I will be posting as usual.
Otherwise please know that I was blocked by the non-cooperating i cloud!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

246a. Menschen, die in einem Glashaus leben, sollten keine Steine auf andere werfen
246b. People who live in a glass house, should not throw stones at others

It is good to remember one's weaknesses and shortcomings before pointing to another person. Nothing like self awareness to make a person live life as it should be lived.

These days - more than ever before - the things we give out to the others, are returned to us with compound interest...before you can drop a hat!

Menschen = People
die = who
leben = live
in = in
einem = a
Glashaus = glasshouse
sollten = should
warfen = throw
keine = no
Steine = stones
auf = on
andere = the others

Visalakshi Ramani

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The perpetual threat of Corona Virus affects different people differently.

Some people become pious and chant mantras to protect them from the disease.

Others become a little more kinder to the fellow human beings.

A few become all the more morose, rude and indifferent to the others.

We humans are used to worshiping everything that scares us out of out wits.

I know of a big temple devoted to The Plague Maariyamman in Coimbatore.

May be it is time to start worshiping Corona Devi seeking Her protection from Herself!

Men either obey or disobey the safety regulations put forth by the Government, but

when they become sick everyone wants to be nursed and brought back to good

health by the same Government, which they did not obey or respect!

People want to live a life demanding their Rights, but neglecting their Responsibilities!

Visalakshi Ramani

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

247a. Gewinner betrügen nie. Betrüger gewinnen nie.

247b. Winners never cheat. Cheaters never win.

Satyam Eva jayathE = Only Truth wins.
Lies may manage to pull wool over the eyes of everyone but eventually
Truth will emerge like the Golden Sun dispelling the darkest lies.

Gewinner = Winner
betrügen = cheats
nie = never.
Betrüger = Cheater
gewinnen = wins
nie = never

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