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Visalakshi Ramani

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A proverb a day to brighten the day!

551a. Es gibt keine Schlösser, um die Lippen des Klatschers zu versiegeln.

551b. There are no locks to seal the lips of the gossiper.

footnotes:
Es gibt = There is
keine = no
Schlösser = lock
um zu = to
versiegeln = seal
die Lippen = the lips
des Klatschers = of the gossiper
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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552a.
Das Glück ist launisch.
Armut ist nicht dauerhaft.
Geld kommt und geht die ganze Zeit

552b.
Fortune is fickle minded.
Poverty is not permanent.
Money comes and goes all the time

The mantra to accept the things that come to you in life is "This too will pass with Time!"
That way we remember that neither our riches nor our poverty is permanent in our life.

footnotes:
Das = The
Glück = Fortune
ist = is
launisch = fickle minded.
Armut = Poverty
ist = is
nicht = not
dauerhaft = permanent.
Geld = Money
kommt = comes
und = and
geht = goes
die ganze = all the
Zeit = time.
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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Something....Something.

Everything is born out of something - small or big
just as
Everyone is born out of someone - ordinary or extraordinary.

Man just needs just a creative spark to create something grand and great.
The sculptor can see the statue hiding in every stone - awaiting his chisel.

The storyteller watches the people around him and
every spark is born out of him as a short story or a novel

The musician, the dancer, the poet, the painter...everybody can identify
a creative spark - which the lay man misses completely and miserably.

Nothing is unimportant in the creation.
No one is insignificant in the creation.

Trifles lay seeds for great revolutions
Tiny sparks lay seeds for great art.

So the something becomes everything to these artists.
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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553a. Eine Zunge kann sich in jede Richtung biegen und jede Unwahrheit aussprechen.

553b. A tongue can bend in any direction and speak any falsehood.

footnotes:
Eine = A
Zunge = tongue
kann = can
biegen = bend
sich = itself
in = in
jede = every /any
Richtung = direction
und = and
aussprechen = speak out
jede = every / any
Unwahrheit = falsehood
 
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Something...Something

Somethings can cause distress - even when they are tiny/ insignificant / powerless.
The damage they can cause depends on their location and the helplessness of their victims.

An elephant is mighty and weighs several tons and compared to it a mosquito weighs next to nothing. But if this insect manages to get into the gigantic ears, it may even drive the elephant mad!

Imagine the constant buzzing of an insect inside our ear.
We can put a drop of oil and take it out with a cotton bud.

But for the poor elephant!!!

Can it convey its plight to the mahot?
Will the mahot understand the cause of its temper tantrum and help it?

So the power of destruction is not dependent only on the size.
It also depends on the location of the insignificant trouble maker.

Something small can become something large -
if it has the advantage of the right location.


 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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554a.
Waffen haben eine begrenzte Reichweite.
Geld kann überall hinkommen, wo es will.
554b.
Weapons have a limited range.
Money can reach anywhere it wants to.

Is fighting with money more effective than fighting with weapons?
Maybe!
Why else will the richer nations punish the poorer ones
with financial sanctions against them?

footnotes:
Waffen = Weapons
haben = have
eine = a
begrenzte = limited
Reichweite = range.
Geld = Money
kann = can
hinkommen = reach
überall = everywhere
wo = where
es = it
will = wants to.
 
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A disruption in the dainty daily routine by something is often beneficial.
When Life flows ever so smoothly, we take everything we have for granted.
We never stop to realise how very lucky we are to have such a blessed life.

We don't understand the plight of those less fortunate people with problems regarding money, health and other issues.

An occasional disturbance gives an unexpected jolt and wakes up people from their wanton slumber and supreme indifference.

A good life, a good health, a good feast, and a good relationship must all have something disturbing them for a short while, to make the people appreciate life better and understand the plights of the others better.
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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555a.
Verschiedene Schutzfunktionen für
verschiedene zerstörerische Kreaturen.

555b.
Different protective features for
different destructive creatures.

Nature has provided different protectie features for different creature.

Venom which can be injected into the victim.
Poison which can be released from the skin
Thorny and spiky Spines.
Superior Speed
Crafty Camouflage
Built in Armor.
Puffing and Bluffing
Make Startling Sounds

Man lacks all these but uses his brain better than all these put together

footnotes:
Verschiedene = Different
Schutzfunktionen = protective feature
für = for
verschiedene = different
zerstörerische = destructive
Kreaturen = creatures.
 
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Something ....Something.

We all need something to look forward to/ something we like to do / something we want to do. It may even be watching a mega maha serial or discussing all the other people under the sun.

One day my father said when his first grandchild arrived in our family.

" We must have a child in the house to watch and admire how beautifully it grows up. If this is not possible we must have at least flowering plant in the garden - to enjoy the various stages of it growth".

Growth is an essential part of every living being - even if it is only growing older, weaker, sicker, heavier, fatter and shorter!

The body grows LESS strong with age, but we may grow more strong in our own chosen fields. One may grow more knowledgeable, more aware, more kind, more gentle and more affectionate.

Man need to do something all the time. One must make the right choice of what to do and how to do it to make one's life more meaningful and enjoyable.

Sometimes doing that Something can make Everything else appear so joyful in life.
 
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556a.
Ein armer Mann ist allen ausgeliefert.
Die Frau eines Armen ist eine freie Dienerin für alle.

556b.
A poor man is at the mercy of all.
A poorman' wife is a free servant to all.

A poor man and his wife are NOT expected to have
or even allowed to have any personal dignity.

He is always at the mercy of everyone
and she is a free servant for everyone.

Money can buy many things - including
respect and a warm welcome everywhere.

footnotes:
Ein = A
armer = Poor
Mann = man
ist = is
ausgeliefert = at the mercy
allen = of everyone.
Die = The
Frau = wife
eines = of a
Armen = poor man
ist = is
eine = a
freie = free
Dienerin = servant
für = for
alle = everyone.
 
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Everything has a limiting value beyond which it just snaps and breaks apart. This includes everything under the sun - including human emotions.

Pent up feelings keep building up all the time. Then the last straw of any trivial matter will make everything come out like a deluge or a volcanic eruption.

So we must be aware of the many things we say and do everyday and hurt the others - knowingly and unknowingly. Those things may even be silly or just meant to be funny.

But do you know how a person is remembered by the others?
It is HOW the person made the others feel when they interacted.

In our colony the teen aged boys used to call one another as 'nAyE', 'pEyE', 'guNdA' etc. One day I asked them a simple question.

If your friend is a 'nAyE' and 'pEyE' then who are you???
The foul name calling stopped then and there.

Somethings are very wrong but we can set them right by doing something!
 
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Visalakshi Ramani

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557a.
Undankbar zu sein ist schändlich
Der Handelnde muss vergessen, was er Gutes getan hat.
Der Empfänger darf es nie vergessen.

557b.
Being ungrateful is being disgraceful,
The doer must forget the good he did.
The receiver must never forget it.

 
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Something... Something!

Learn something new everyday... as long as you live.

It may be a new word, or a new sentence, a new story, a new theory,

a new concept, or a new art or skill or even a new dish.

Novelty removes the boredom and monotony of our mundane existence.

The joy of learning is no less than the joy of sleeping or eating or even dating.

Why are children so happy and supercharged with energy?

They keep learning umpteen new things everyday.

If we can retain the curiosity and interest of a child we can remain childlike all our life.
 
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558a. Oft werden die temporären Anpassungen zu dauerhaften Lösungen

558b. Often the temporary adjustments become the permanent solutions

Necessity is the mother of invention.
Getting 'what we want' from 'what we have' is the secret behind any real invention!
I am sure we all invent many such things and solutions as and when we need them.

My father used to say,
"Nothing is more permanent than temporary solutions"
I have noticed that it is taue from my real life experiences.

A clever man would paste a small coin on the leaking hole in his aluminium water tub.
This went on for a long time and the bottom of the water tub got completely covered with those shining coins - increasing the value of the old leaking tub several times!

footnotes:
Oft = Often
die = the
temporären = temporary
Anpassungen = adjustments
werden zu = become
dauerhaften = permanent
Lösungen = solutions.
 
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Something ....Something!

We see many things every day.
We hear manythings everyday

We read, we write and we speak and so so many things everyday.
But only some of them are remembered by us later in life.

Those are the ones which have affect us more than all the others -
by making us feel happy or sad, angry or oppressed, enthusiastic or crestfallen.

The very name or the face of some people make us glow and smile.
The very name or the faces of some others make us sulk and turn purple.

That 'something special' acts like a fragrance or as a repulsive odor.
Developing pleasant qualities and pleasant speech will make life so much rosier!
 
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559a.
Ein Elefant kann unseren Reichtum auf seinen Beinen ausschöpfen.
Ein Haus kann unseren Reichtum auf seinem Fundament abbauen

559b.
An elephant can drain our wealth moving on its legs.
A house can drain our wealth standing on its foundation

footnotes:
Ein = An
Elefant = elephant
kann = can
ausschöpfen = drain
unseren = our
Reichtum = wealth
auf = standing on
seinen = its
Beinen = legs.
Ein = A
Haus = house
kann = can
abbauen = drain
unseren = our
Reichtum = wealth
auf = standing on
seinem = its
Fundament = foundation.

P.S
A disease can drain our wealth and health by making us take to bed!
 
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Some Things which cost nothing are the Same Things that are loved most by most people.

Remembering the name of a person whom we meet only now and then, here or there.
They become so happy that we remember their names correctly and call them by their name.

Asking about the well being of the person as well as his near and dear ones.
This creates a bond of friendship and helps to bind both the families together.

I feel hurt when I see that in the marriage halls the seating is really strange.
The bride's people make sure that they don't mix with the groom's people.
This can be excused since they are nearly strangers as yet.

But the father's group of people don't mix with the mother's group of people -
even if those parents had got married 30 years ago!

People never overcome the distinction....
"Ithu namma aaLu! ithu namma aaLu illE!" :(

 
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560a. Ost oder West Zuhause ist das Beste.

560b. East or West home is the best.

Man is strange in his thinking, wishing and acting.
When in the house, he wants to go out at all costs.
But when he is outside, he wants to go back home.

footnotes:
Ost = East
oder = or
West = west
Zuhause = home
ist = is
das = the
Beste = best.
 
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All our actions are controlled by the mind either consciously or subconsciously.

When we do something with real interest, everything turn out to be perfect.
When we have any negative emotion everything will go wrong.

The impact of moods over the end products is best seen in cooking.
The food may become too spicy, too salty, get burned, boil and spill over.

Something connects our innermost thoughts and our visible actions.
Guarding the thoughts will guard the moods and also guard the actions.

 
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561a.
Ein Optimist sieht auch in seinen Problemen Chancen.
Ein Pessimist sieht Probleme auch in seinen Möglichkeiten.

561b.
An optimist sees opportunities even in his problems.
A pessimist sees problems even in his opportunities.

We all know about these two types of people...
those we see the jar half full and those who see it half empty.

There are two kinds of people everywhere.

Through the same window one may see
the shining stars or the muddy soil outside

footnotes:

Ein = An
Optimist = optimist
sieht = sees
Chancen = opportunities
auch = even
in = in
seinen = his
Problemen = problems.

Ein = A
Pessimist = pessimist
sieht = sees
Probleme = problems
auch = even
in = in
seinen = his
Möglichkeiten = opportunities.
 
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