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  • Pearls of Life.


    Pearls of Life.

    1]    Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble;
    it is a “steering wheel” that directs us in the right path throughout life.

    2]    Do you know why a car’s WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror
    is so small?  Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE.
    So, look ahead and move on.

    3]   Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes
    years to write.

    4]   All things in life are temporary. If going well enjoy it, they will not last
    forever. If going wrong don’t worry they can’t last long either.

    5]   Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a
    Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always
    need a base of Gold!

    6]   Often when we loose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from
    above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!

    7]   When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities;
    when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

    8]   A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than
    losing eye sight?”  He replied: “Yes, losing your vision.”

    9]   When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them.
    Sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has
    prayed for you.

    10]   Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s  TROUBLES.

    It takes away today’s PEACE.

    (contributed by : Mr. Rajamani Venkatraman on 18.02.2011)

  • Salmon


    Stress hormones have an archenemy: omega-3 fatty acids. A 2003 study from Diabetes & Metabolism found that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids kept cortisol and adrenaline from geysering. Omega-3 fatty acids also protect against heart disease, according to a 2002 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “Eat an 85g serving of fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and light tuna, at least twice a week,” Jamieson-Petonic says. Not a fish eater? For another omega-3 punch, buy foods fortified with DHA (you’ll find this particular fatty acid in eggs, yoghurt, milk and soy products); but don’t go out of your way for products that boast booming levels of ALA, another fatty acid, which may not work as well.


    (source: http://nz.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/nutrition/galleries/g/-/10445428/6/7-foods-you-should-eat-every-day/)

  • Last 3 Wishes of Alexander – The Great

    Alexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed. With death staring him in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no consequence.

    He now longed to reach home to see his mother’s face and bid her his last adieu. But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking health would not permit him to reach his distant homeland

    So, the mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to breathe his last. He called his generals and said, “I will depart from this world soon, I have three wishes, please carry them out without fail.”

    With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their king’s last wishes.
    1) “My first desire is that”, said Alexander,

    “My physicians alone must” carry my coffin.”

    2) After a pause, he continued,

    “Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury”.

    3) The king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute’s rest and continued.

    “My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin”.

    The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes. But no one dared bring the question to their lips.. Alexander’s favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart.
    “O king, we assure you that all your wishes will be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?”

    At this Alexander took a deep breath and said:
    “I would like the world to know of the three lessons I have just learnt.

    Lessons to be learnt from last 3 wishes of King Alexander

    I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no doctor on this earth can really cure any body. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death.

    So let not people take life for granted.

    The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the path to the graveyard is to tell People that not even a fraction of gold will come with me. I spent all my life Greed of Power, earning riches but cannot take anything with me.

    Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth

    And about my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world”.

    With these words, the king closed his eyes.

    (contributed by mdivakaruni on 03.02.2011)

  • Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

    Hawa Mahal (Hindi: हवा महल, translation: “Palace of Winds” or “Palace of the Breeze”), is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Usta in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict “purdah” (face cover).

    Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women’s chambers, the chambers of the harem. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.


    View of Hawa Mahal in 1875

    Maharaja Sawai Jai singh, the ruler of Rajasthan of the Kachwaha clan, was the original planner and builder who built the Jaipur city in 1727. However, it was his grandson Sawai ujjawal Singh, son of Maharaja Sawai Madhosingh I, who built the Hawa Mahal in 1799 as a continuation of the Royal City Palace. Pratap Singh’s deep devotion to the Hindu god Lord Krishna is inferred to have prompted him to build it as a dedication, in the form of a Mukuta or headgear, adorning the Lord. Though no historical record is available to its exact history, it is conjectured that Royal family ladies, who were under strict observance of purdah (the practice of preventing women from being seen by men), had to be given opportunity to witness proceedings in the market centre and watch the royal processions and festivities sitting behind the stone carved screens. Hawa Mahal did just that in style, amidst its luxurious comforts and behind strict screened exclusivity, unseen by outsiders.

    Royal family of Jaipur, during their reign, also used the palace as a hot weather retreat, during the suffocating summer season of Jaipur, for several years, since the unusually designed window screens provided the much needed cool breeze and ventilation.


    Views of Hawa Mahal façade the rear side
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    The complete view of facade from the main road Full rear view of the Hawa Mahal







    The palace is a five-story pyramidal shaped monument that rises to a height of 50 feet (15 m) from its high base. The top three floors of the structure have a dimension of one room width while the first and second floors have patios in front of them, on the rear side of the structure. The front elevation, as seen from the street, is like a honeycomb web of a beehive built with small portholes. Each porthole has miniature windows and has carved sandstone grills, finials and domes. It is a veritable mass of semi-octagonal bays, which gives the monument its unique façade. The inner face on the back side of the building consists of need-based chambers built with pillars and corridors with least ornamentation, and reach up to the top floor. The interior of the Mahal has been described as “having rooms of different coloured marbles, relieved by inlaid panels or gilding; while fountains adorn the centre of the courtyard”.


    Lal Chand Usta was the architect of this unique structure who also planned Jaipur city, considered then as one of the best-planned cities in India. Built in red and pink coloured sand stone, in keeping with the décor of the other monuments in the city, its colour is a full testimony to the epithet of “Pink City” given to Jaipur. Its façade depicts 953 niches with intricately carved Jharokhas (some are made of wood) is a stark contrast to the plain looking rear side of the structure. Its cultural and architectural heritage is a true reflection of a fusion of Hindu Rajput architecture and the Islamic Mughal architecture; the Rajput style is seen in the form of domed canopies, fluted pillars, lotus and floral patterns, and the Islamic style is evident in its stone inlay filigree work and arches (as distinguished from its similarity with the Panch Mahal – the palace of winds – at Fatehpur Sikri).

    The entry to the Hawa Mahal from the city palace side is through an imperial door. It opens into a large courtyard, which has double storeyed buildings on three sides, with the Hawa Mahal enclosing it on the east side. An archaeological museum is also housed in this courtyard.

    Hawa Mahal was also known as the chef-d’œuvre of Maharaja Jai Singh as it was his favourite resort because of the elegance and built-in interior of the Mahal. The cooling effect in the chambers, provided by the breeze passing through the small windows of the façade, was enhanced by the fountains provided at the centre of each of the chambers.

    The panoramic view from the roof of the Mahal is stunning. The bazaar (the Seredeori Bazaar or market) on the east resembles avenues of Paris. Green valleys and mountains and the Amer Fort form the scenario to the west and north. The Thar desert’s “interminable line of undulating vapour” lies to the east and south. All this transformation of the landscape, from a stark and desolate land of the past, occurred because of the concerted efforts of the Maharajas of Jaipur. So much so that the Mahal has been stated to be a counterpart of Versailles.Views of the Jantar Mantar and the City Palace can also be witnessed from the top floor of the monument.

    The top two floors of the Hawa Mahal are accessed only through ramps. The Mahal is maintained by the archaeological department of the Government of Rajasthan.



  • Holiday Places

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    Climbing Mt. Wellington

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    A death-defying act by Eskil Rønningsbakken in Norway

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    Now imagine if you dropped your phone down there

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    Bike trail on the Cliffs of Moher

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    Vintage climbing photo taken from Gaston Rébuffat’s book

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    Extreme kayaking at Victoria Falls

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    Blake Aldridge dives 29 metres from the rock monolith during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Portugal

    [Contributed by: User – Chetan Bhatt on 03/06/2013]

  • Wise and otherwise

    “When a man knows God, he is free: his sorrows have an end, and birth and death are no more. When in inner union he is beyond the world of the body, then the third world, the world of the Spirit, is found, where the power of the All is, and man has all: for he is one with the ONE.            “From: Svetasvatara Upanishad
    It is indeed the mind that is the cause of men’s bondage and liberation. The mind that is attached to sense-objects leads to bondage, while dissociated from sense-objects it tends to lead to liberation. – Amrita-Bindu Upanishad
    Dissolve the self in the supreme Self as the pot-space is dissolved in infinite space; then, as the Infinite be silent for ever, O sage! – Adhyatma Upanishad

    That which is consciousness alone which is all-pervading, which is eternal, which is all-full, which is of the form of bliss and which is indestructible, is the only true Brahman (infinite consciousness).”Everything is God”

    (contributed by : Amr on 06.08.2012)

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