Saturday, October 30, 2010




A Samurai (a Japanese warrior) had lent some money to a fisherman, and set out to collect it a year later. Upon seeing the Samurai, the fisherman bowed humbly and said, "It has been a very bad year for me and I regret I don't have the money to repay you." Hearing this the Samurai quickly drew his sword to kill the fisherman. Fearing that his life was at an end, the fisherman spoke out boldly, "For some time now I have been studying martial arts," he replied, "and one of the lessons that my master teaches is never to strike when you are angry."


Thinking about what the fisherman had said, the Samurai lowered his sword. "Your master is wise," said the Samurai, "as a student of the art of the sword I too, have heard that lesson many times, but I get so angry I act without thinking." Putting away his sword, the Samurai said, "You shall have another year to repay your debt, or I shall take your life instead." And he walked away.


It was already dark by the time the Samurai arrived home. Seeing no lights on in the house he crept in quietly not wishing to wake the servants or his wife. As he entered his bedroom, he noticed his wife was sleeping with a Samurai. Swiftly he drew his sword to slay them both. Just then the fisherman's words came back to him, "Never strike when you are angry." Pausing, he took a deep breath, and then on purpose he made a loud noise. The sound woke his wife and the stranger. When his wife lit a candle, he found himself face to face with his wife and his mother, who was dressed in his clothes.


"What is the meaning of this," he demanded, "I almost slew you both." His wife quickly explained that when he had not returned by night fall, they decided to dress his mother up in his clothes to keep away intruders. At that moment the Samurai realized his habit of "striking without thinking" had almost cost him the life of his wife and his mother.


A year later the Samurai met the fisherman. "It has been an excellent year my Lord, here is all the money I owe you." "Keep your money," replied the Samurai, "you don't know it, but your debt was paid long ago."


Always remember: Never act when you are emotional.

Aamby Valley India Bridal Week 2010 - Backstage Pictures

Here's a sneak peek into the first round of fittings for the Aamby Valley India Bridal Week 2010. We caught models looking tired and designers Manish Arora and Rocky S buzzing around backstage looking stressed and happy respectively.

The same clothes on the ramp look gorgeous! Yes, blame it on those tired expressions, these outfits look so unflattering here!

Sometimes when an accessory is too tricky, all they can do is join their hands in prayer!

Rocky S is all smiles and chilled out. Guess, everything's prim and proper for this designer!

Manish Arora doesn't look too happy with the fittings!

Fashion designer Anjali Kapoor looks pleased as punch!

Monday, October 25, 2010




A teacher in New York decided to honour each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they have made. She called the students to the front of the class, one at a time, and told them how they made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, 'Who I am Makes A Difference.'


She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honoured whom and report back to the class in about a week.


One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honoured him for helping him with his career planning.


Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket above his heart.


That night the boss came home to his 14 year old son and sat him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office and one of my colleagues came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine, he thinks I'm a creative genius. Then he out this blue ribbon that says 'Who I am Makes A Difference' on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honour. As I was driving home tonight, I thought about you. I want to honour you.


"My days are really hectic and when I come home, I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bed room being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. You are a great kid and I love you!"


The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "Dad, I was planning on doing something to myself tomorrow that could have been terrible. I didn't want to live any longer. I couldn't take things anymore. I wanted to end it all. I didn't think anyone understand me, or even cared. I didn't think anyone loved me. I didn't think you cared. But this changes everything. Now I know."




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Monday, October 4, 2010

Our Heart Our Responsibility

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees .


The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.


Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?



1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil

2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime

3. Quit smoking

4. Control weight

5. Control blood pressure and sugar


Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?


Ans: No


Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?


Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.


Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?


Ans: Yes


Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?


Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.


Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?


Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints


Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?


Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient


Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?


Ans: Extremely rare


Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?


Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.


Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?


Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.


Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?


Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.


Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?


Ans: Yoga helps.


Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?


Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.


Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?


Ans: All oils are bad .


Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?


Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.


Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?


Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.


Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?


Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.


Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.


Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, s edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.


Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?


Ans: Yes.


Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?


Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child


Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?


Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.


Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?


Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.


Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?


Ans : No.


Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?


Ans : No.


Qn: How would you define junk food?


Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.


Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?


Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.


Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?


Ans : No.


Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?


Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.


Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?


Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.


Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?


Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.


Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?


Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.


Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?


Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.


Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?


Ans : No.


Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?


Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.


Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?


Ans : No.


Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?


Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45. (Present Global census show that the Percentage of heart disease in women has increased than in men )


 Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?


Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ....