Monday, 21 November 2011

Fwd: Obituary printed in the London Times - interesting and sadly, true

Obituary printed in the London Times - interesting and sadly, true.
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Life Can Begin At 50/60 ... 70/80.

Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 50/60 70/80 years of age owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinions. But, it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously.

Here are ten mantras to age gracefully, make life after retirement pleasant, enjoy and treasure the elder years of wisdom and intelligence at its best.

1. Never say 'I am aged':
There are three ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by the health conditions and the third is how old you feel you are. While we don't have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.

2. Health is wealth:
If you really love your kids and kin, taking care of yourself and your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Take out a health care insurance coverage.

3. Money is important:
Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don't spend beyond your means even for your children. You have lived for them through out and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful they should take care of you. But never take it for granted.

4. Relaxation and recreation:
The most relaxing and recreating forces are healthy and religious attitudes, good sleep, music and laughter. Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music, and see the fun side of life.

5. Time is precious:
It is almost like holding a horse's reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that every day you are born again. Yesterday is
a paid cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash - use it profitably. Live this moment.

6. Change is the only permanent thing:
We should accept change - it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.

7. Enlightened selfishness:
All of us are basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But, our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and happiness we derive by doing good to others, without expecting anything in return.

8. Forget and forgive:
Don't be bothered too much about others' mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped on one cheek. But, for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will only be increasing our BP.

9. Everything has a reason; a purpose:
Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and right in their own ways.

10. Overcome the fear of death:
We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But, the truth is that no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will carry on.


Regardless How Far The Journey Is OR How Capable We Are, We Do Our Best To Reach Our Goal. This Is Perseverance At Its Best.

Don't ever change yourself to impress someone, coz they should be impressed that you don't change to please others.


Facts about Ghee and why it is good for health

Fact:   Ghee is composed almost entirely of saturated fat.  
 What you're already shaking your head with disgust??   Just read on and have patience.   Remember a good cook must have a lot of patience.     

Fact:   When cooking, it can be unhealthy to heat   polyunsaturated oils such as vegetable oils   to high temperatures. Doing so creates peroxides   and other free radicals. These substances lead   to a variety of health problems and diseases.  Hey now even vegetable oils sound scary!  Good we're making progress here. 

Fact:  Ghee has a very high smoke point and doesn't  burn easily during cooking. Ghee has the  more stable saturated bonds and so is lot  less likely to form the dangerous free radicals  when cooking. Ghee's short chain fatty acids  are also metabolized very readily by the body.  Hmm... So now aren't you confused?  Is ghee good or bad you ask with a puzzled look?  Be patient, just a bit more.

Lab studies have shown ghee to reduce cholesterol  both in the serum and intestine(aren't you surprised?!).  It does it by triggering an increased secretion  of biliary lipids (stuff coming out of your bile).  Ghee is also good for nerves and brain.  It helps control eye pressure and is beneficial  to glaucoma patients. I bet you  didn't know these,  did you?

Ghee is most notably said to stimulate  the secretion of stomach acids to help with  digestion, while other fats, such as butter and oils, slow down the digestive process and can sit  heavy in the stomach. You don't want that really.

In addition to ghee's nutritional value,  it is rich with antioxidants and acts as an aid  in the absorption of vitamins and minerals from  other foods, feeding all layers of body tissue  and serving to strengthen the immune system.  A high concentration of butyric acid, a fatty acid  that contains anti-viral properties, is believed to  inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors. 

It is also good for treatment of burns and  blisters; a little kitchen remedy there for y'all.  According to Ayurveda ghee promotes learning and increased memory retention. Make sure you  remember that. And it'll help you remember  if you had some ghee! 

However, as a caveat, while in a healthy person  consuming ghee may reduce your cholesterol  or not affect it, it not advised for people  already suffering fromhigh cholesterol. 
So should you eat Ghee or not???

If you're healthy, ABSOLUTELY. It is safer than  butter and has more nutritional use than oil.  No you understand how the Punjabi's  have tonnes of ghee and still are fitter and stronger  than any other group of Indians?  Go get some ghee you weakling.   

A high concentration of butyric acid, a fatty  acid that contains anti-viral properties, is believed  to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.

Although tests and research are still ongoing,  it has been used in Indian medicinal practice  to help with ulcers, constipation, and the promotion  of healthy eyes and skin. An Indian folk-remedy  for thousands of years, ghee is also said to promote  learning and increased memory retention. It is used  in Indian beauty creams to help soften skin,  and as a topical for the treatment of burns and blisters.

English-- super hilarious

English - absolutely hilarious/brilliant!
We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,


Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?  
Then one may be that, and there would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,

But imagine the feminine:
she, shis and shim!  Let's face it - Englishis a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.


English muffins weren't invented in England .  
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
We find that quicksand can work slowly,

boxing rings are square,
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write, but fingers don't fing,


Grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends
but not one amend?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends

and get rid of all but one of them,

What do you call it?  
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables,


what does a humanitarian eat?  
I think all the folks who grew up speaking EnglishShould be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
In what other language do people

recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship...
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,


While a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?  
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
In which your house can burn up as it burns down,
In which you fill in a form by filling it out,
And in which an alarm goes off by going on.


in closing..........
If Father is Pop,

how come Mother's not Mop.???

Thursday, 17 November 2011



We all know too much butter is bad for your health,
but who would have thought of using it instead to create
these magnificent sculptures.
One of the world's fanciest chefs
Vipula Athukorale has designed a Rolls-Royce car, a scene
from Pinocchio and detail from the Pied Piper story.

The level of detail in his work is so fine that he cannot
even breathe on the butter before cutting figures.
Spread of brilliance: Vipula Athukorale with his Rolls-Royce sculpted from butter
 They might look like they're about to melt, but Mr Athukorale said the secret
was using the right type of golden spread. He opts for pastry margarine,
rather than butter, which tends to melt at much higher temperatures.

Mr Athukorale, 46, picked up two gold medals and a silver at the
international Salon Culinaire Awards in London last week.

The judges were amazed by the level of detail and Mr Athukorale's patience.

'The sculptures take a very long time,' said the father of one from Leicester.
Creamy goodness: A scene from the Pied Piper is reinvented.
Mr Athukorale uses pastry margarine instead of butter because
it doesn't melt so easily
Steady: The chef holds his breath as he sculpts the intricate
details of a scene from Pinocchio, which won a gold
medal at the Salon Culinaire Awards