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Think or sink!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

325a. Er geht schneller, der alleine geht. Er geht weiter, der mit einem anderen geht.
325b. He goes faster, who goes alone. He goes farther, who goes with another.

Safety verses Speed. Alone, one can go faster. But in a group, one will be safer.

Er = He
geht = goes
schneller = faster
der = who
geht = goes
alleine = alone.
Er = He
geht = goes
weiter farther
der = who
geht = goes
mit = with
einem anderen = another.

Visalakshi Ramani

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Nature VS Fashion.

Women ( at least some of them) would go to any length to look beautiful. But their concept of beauty is rather weird. According to me being healthy and happy is being beautiful. I do not believe in having cat's eyes or lips resembling those of a fish or wasp waist or a padded bottom or silicon filled boobs or Botox filled face.

Corsets were ( and even now are) worn to give a shape to the body. They are tied to the body so tight that all the internal organs have to reshuffle themselves to fit in the available space and shape.

Lung's capacity gets reduced, liver gets crushed into the space in between the ribs, stomach gets pushed down and in turn pushes out all the other organs already there!

Why all this fuss??? To hold on to her roving eyed-fickle minded man, who may desert her at the drop of a hat, for a younger and more pretty woman!!

One famous controversial celebrity recently wore her corset so tight that she could not only NOT breathe air but also NOT drink water NOR empty her bladder / bowels. That means no drinking or eating until she gets out of her killer corset! All these sufferings to please the ogling and lust filled eyes or random people! :(

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

326a. Stille Wasser sind tief. Stille Hunde sind gefährlich.
326b. Still waters run deep. Silent dogs are dangerous.

Empty vessels make the most noise.
Lighter pan of a pair of scales rises up.

Oceans are still and silent.
Barking dogs seldom bite.

Stille = Still
Wasser = waters
sind = are
tief = deep.
Stille = Silent
Hunde = dogs
sind = are
gefährlich = dangerous.

Visalakshi Ramani

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What happens in your old age depends on whether or not you are a duck that lays gold eggs! :)
Can human beings lay eggs made of gold? Yes most certainly - if they 'earn' a handsome pension!! :)

When the pension runs into 5 or 6 figures, the oldies are kept in super comfort and taken good care of.
Longer they live, longer the money will be flowing in to the family's money bin - to be enjoyed by all.

If on the other hand the old man/ woman has nothing to fall back on or or does not 'earn' an attractive pension, he /she will be considered a burden and that truth will be driven home at every opportunity.

Small wonder Government job was the top priority in the marriage market decades ago. Whether the groom was tall, short, handsome, horrible looking, thin, fat fair, dark etc did not matter.

Maybe that is why everybody managed to get married in the past. Bride gave dowry and never expected that the groom must OWN a fully established home with all the modern facilities and a fancy vehicle to drive her around!

அருள்இல்லார்க்கு அவ்வுலகம் இல்லை பொருள்இலார்க்கு
இவ்வுலகம் இல்லாகி யாங்கு

(அதிகாரம்:அருளுடைமை குறள் எண்:247)

Visalakshi Ramani

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I do not care for gold or for being a golden member.
But it is a relief to see my posts undisturbed by the umpteen advertisements.

Very recently I found ads in between every two paragraphs in everyone of my posts.
To make reading easier, I usually make my paragraphs very short and well spaced!

Thanks to everyone who made this feat possible! 🙏
No need to take off on one's heels soon after posting in a thread - to avoid the avalanche of ads!

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

327a. Alle guten Dinge kommen zu denen, die gelernt haben zu warten.
327b. All good things come to those who have learned to wait.

We must learn to wait for the appropriate time to have something, in fact anything.
To get a degree, one has to study for many years and wait.

To get a baby, the parents have to wait patiently for 40 weeks.
To get the fruit from a tree, one will have to wait for many years.

To grow a strong tree, man will have to wait for several decades.
To cultivate the fields, man has to wait for the appropriate season.

Alle = All
guten = good
Dinge = things
kommen = come
zu = to
denen die = those who
haben = have
gelernt = learnt
zu = to
warten = wait.

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

Meiner Ansicht nach. Deshalb existiere ich.
328b. I think. Therefore I exist.

A man who is still capable of thinking is alive. Otherwise he is dead.
Remember Stephen Hawking who could do NOTHING except thinking?

Thinking is known as 'Chinthan' aka 'sindhanai' in Tamil.
Worrying is known a 'ChinthA' aka 'chinthAkulam' in Tamil.

'Chinthan' is a positive emotion which helps in creativity.
But 'Chintha' is a negative emotion which ruins our health.

Man can't help thinking as long as he lives.
Remember the line,"I think. Therefore I exist"

But man can stop worrying and start living
without having to kill his power of thinking.

Chinthan karO! magar ChintA math karO!
[ Indulge in thinking but not in worrying!]

Visalakshi Ramani

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அசுர காண்டம்

ஊரி லான்குணங் குறியிலான் செயல்இலான் உரைக்கும்
பேரி லான்ஒரு முன்னிலான் பின்னிலான் பிறிதோர்
சாரி லான்வரல் போக்கிலான் மேலிலான் தனக்கு
நேரி லான்உயிர்க் கடவுளாய் என்னுள்ளே நின்றான்


Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

329a. Geld wird nicht durch Sünde befleckt.
329b. Money does not get stained by sin.

If only money gets stained by sin committed to earn it...
if only money will bark when earned by selling a dog...
if only money will stink when earned by selling a foul smelling candle...
if only money will turn red when earned by committing a crime...
maybe man will be more careful as to how he earns the money!

Geld = Money
wird = will
nicht = not
befleckt = get stained
durch = by
Sünde = sin.

Visalakshi Ramani

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A helmet for every occasion!

eN jaaN udalukku sirasE pradhAnam!
The head is the most important part of the body.
We must protect it at all costs and all times from all possible injuries.
Internal Bleeding is more dangerous than external bleeding, which is visible.

Various helmets for numerous activities, with different head-protection goals. A martial-arts helmet protects from kicks and punches to the face. A hard hat protects from objects dropped on it. Bicycle, ski, and motorcycle helmets protect the head from impacts on hard surfaces.

In civilian life, helmets are used for recreational activities and sports (e.g. jockeys in horse racing, American football, ice hockey, cricket, baseball, camogie, hurling and rock climbing); dangerous work activities (e.g. construction, mining, riot police, fighter pilots); and transportation (e.g. motorcycle helmets and bicycle helmets). Since the 1990s, most helmets are made from resin or plastic, which may be reinforced with fibers such as aramids.


Visalakshi Ramani

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( Refer to the above post)

The invisible internal bleeding is much more dangerous
than the visible external bleeding!

( One can always improve one's observation to become more clear and concise!) :)

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

330a. Geteiltes Glück vervielfacht sich und geteiltes Leid nimmt ab.
330b. Shared Happiness multiplies and shared sorrow diminishes.

Why do people come
together in all the happy occasion in life?
Why do people come together in all the sad occasions in life?

A real life Mathematics lies beneath these social responsibilities.
The human psychology lies beneath these social responsibilities.

Happiness when shared, multiplies by several times.
Sorrow when shared, diminishes by several times.

Geteiltes = Shared
Glück = Happiness
vervielfacht = multiplies
sich = itself
und = and
geteiltes = shared
Leid = sorrow
nimmt ab = diminishes.

Visalakshi Ramani

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Beauty with a Beard!

I met a distant relative after a very long time. In the meantime, she has started growing a white beard with bristles - resembling the gramophone needles of the past.

May be she is too busy caring for the elders in the house! May be she never found time to stare at herself in a mirror! But surely she must have FELT the stub (shrub?) while applyig soap while bathing!

Such spurious growth of hair mars the beauty of many women of all ages. Some have sideburns as thick as those of a man who grows them with a great devotion!

Some women have mustaches like the comedians in the old movies, near the ends of the upper lip.
Some have hair all over the face like one of our hairy ancestors.

These hairs must be nipped at the bud. Once they become stronger and longer, it becomes more difficult and painful to get rid of them!

I do not believe in shaving off these spurious hair. Shaving promotes the growth of hair. Plucking away with the roots discourages the growth of fresh hair.

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

331a. Widrigkeiten beweisen den Komfort des Wohlstands.
331b. Adversity proves the comfort of prosperity.

Good fortune, good sleep, good food and good conjugal bliss must be disturbed now and then.
Otherwise man takes them for granted and never realizes how lucky he is to have all these.

In summer the air condition makes those hot days bearable.
In winter the room heater makes the cold nights bearable.

On a bright and sunny day an umbrella makes the burning heat bearable.
Shoes / Sandals make walking of hot roads bearable.

Without them we will realize how hard life can become for us !
Without them we will realize how hard life is for those less fortunate than us.

Widrigkeiten = Adversity
beweisen = proves
den Komfort = the comfort
des Wohlstands = of prosperity.

Visalakshi Ramani

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A power struggle in disguise?

People have their own preference when it comes to the way food is served on the plate.
Personally I do wish that the items are served without overlapping and getting mixed in the plate.

I must have the freedom to mix whatever I want to mix and whenever I want to mix. This is not a great deal really BUT it is symbol of my personal freedom and choice.

I fail to understand why some parents serve every item one on top of one another in a small plate and make the children eat. The kids shed tears while eating, since they hate the way the food is served but could do nothing about it.

They feel helpless, physically overpowered, meticulously manipulated and screwed around ever so subtly, everyday, during every meal.

Personal choice, personal freedom and personal space are very important to develop our self esteem and self confidence. Power struggle - if it is one - can keep those helpless young people under your control - ONLY as long as they remain under your control.

Once they break loose and become free, it will be a total liberation and freedom for ever.
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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

332a. Sie können sieben Mal fallen. Aber sei bereit, acht Mal aufzustehen.
332b. You may fall down seven times. But be ready to get up eight times.

Failure is the stepping stone to success.
If at first you fail, try, try and try again!
Winners never quit! Quitters never win!!

Sie = You
können = can
fallen = fall
sieben = seven
Mal = times.
Aber = But
sei = be
bereit = ready
aufzustehen = to get up
acht = eight
Mal = times.

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Deft Definitions.


The free flow of emotions.
The song of the soul.

Music rendered visible.
Painting done in the air.

Colorful form of Poetry.
Visible form of Music.

Frozen form of Dance.
Solid form of Poetry.

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day.

333a. Wörter müssen gewogen, nicht gezählt werden!
333b. Words must be weighed, not counted!

Words are wonderful tools for communicating.
Some words are heavy laden with deep meaning.
They are heavy like the precious and heavy Gold.

Some words are meaningless and superfluous.
They are like the empty and light
chaff .
It is wisdom to weigh the words rather than count them.

Wörter = Words
müssen = must
werden = be
gewogen = weighed,
nicht = not
gezählt = counted

Visalakshi Ramani

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vEdham and Whats app!

Whats app is one-up over and above every other mode of communication.
It keeps People on their toes for the notification - day and night.

They would religiously forward the message/ video/ photo to everyone on the contact list.
This may often include the person who had originally forwarded that message to them.

Those who do not like Carnatic music would listen to it with rapt attention.
Those who do not like slOkams would would listen to it with rapt attention.

Do you want people to listen to vEdham?
Just send it by Whats app and watch what happens!

Nothing like Whats app to revive and rejuvenate
any craft / art/ science/ music/ dance/ religious stuff.
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