Thursday, 24 December 2009

Greetings from our Chairman....

Auckland, New Zealand

24 Dec 2009

Dear All,

We had a long but comfortable flight from Bombay to Auckland via Singapore. It is very far away and seems like a different world.

The people are nice and friendly. The weather was quite cold and rainy when we got here but is now warm and comfortable most of the time. It also does not rain much now.

The flowers are in bloom and there are many migratory birds all over the place. Here at Alok’s place we hear birds all day long. It is very quiet and peaceful.

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman sea there are many beaches close to the house,lots of greenery and plenty of open spaces.

We visited a sacred forest with many Kauri trees ,one of which is 2000 years old.

In a short time we have visited a number of places and will be going to the South Island in mid Jan for 10 days, travelling in a camper van. This is going to be quite an experience. Looking forward to it.

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand ,said to be the 5th largest city in the world by area. For a population of 1.4 million people ,it is very spread out and the distances are large. To drive 400 km in a day is not considered a lot at all. Last weekend we visited a Maori sacred forest and some lakes.

Museum , Botanical garden , Parks , Mt Victoria , One Tree Hill , Mission Bay are a few among the many places we have seen in Auckland.

Today we are going to see the Sky Tower ( the highest man made structure in the Southern Hemisphere ) ,Mt Eden which is a volcano right in the middle of the city. And also go to see some very beautifully lit streets for the festive season.

Will send another update after returning from the South Island.

Warm Regards and Best Wishes for the New Year.

Rajni & Sujata

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Too Good !

Too good not to share....... .....
(Received via email from Mr Chandrkant Gavandi)

A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island. The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agree that they had no other recourse but to pray to God. However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.

The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and! he was able to eat its fruit. The other man's parcel of land remained barren.

After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, there was a woman who swam to his side of the land.

On the other side of the island, there was nothing.

Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food. The next

day, like magic, all of these were given to him. However, the second man still had nothing.
Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island. In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island. He considered the other man unworthy to receive God's blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.

As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, "Why are you leaving your companion on the island?"

"My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them,” the first man answered. "His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything."

"You are mistaken!" the voice rebuked him. "He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings."

"Tell me," the first man asked the voice, "what did he pray for that I should owe him anything?"

"He prayed that all your prayers be answered."

For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us.

This is too good not to share...

My prayer for you today is that all your prayers are answered. Be blessed.

"What you do for others is more important than what you do for yourself"

This was shared with me by a friend, I hope you will share with your friends!

"Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone...!!!"

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Smile at him!

By David J. Pollay

How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive colleague ruin your day? Unless you're a robot, you are bound to blow your top off. However, the mark of a sucessful person is how quickly he or she can get back his or her focus on what's important.

Sixteen years ago, I learned this lesson. I learn it in the back of a New York City taxi cab. Here's what happen.

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front o f us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident,whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly. So, I said, 'Why did you do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'

And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now called, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck'.

Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of f rustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. If they happen to dump it on you, don't take it personally.

You just smile, wave, wish them well, and moved on. You'll be happier if you did that rather than fight them..

So this was it: 'The Law of the Garbage Truck'.

I started thinking, how often do I let garbage trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the street? It was that day I said, 'I'm not going to do it anymore.' I see garbage trucks everywhere and everyday.. I see the load they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my taxi driver, I don't make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.

Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting. Good parents know they have to welcome their kids home from school with hugs and kisses. Teachers and parents know that they have to be fully present and at their best for the people they care about.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by?

Here's my bet. You'll be happier. the people who treat you right.

Forget about the ones who don't.

Believe that every thing happens for a reason..

If you get a chance, TAKE IT!

If it changes your life, LET IT!

Nobody said it would be easy...

They just promised it would be WORTH IT


"Life is short. Enjoy the journey."

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Husbands Are For Sale! But Be Aware!

Dear Ladies, please forgive me for this imagined story:

A store that sells husbands has just opened in a city, where a woman

goes to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a

description of how the store operates. You may visit the store ONLY

ONCE! There are six floors and the attributes of the men increase as

the shopper ascends the flights. There is, however, a catch. .... You

may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up

a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building! So,

a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband...

On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men have jobs and love the Lord.

The second floor sign reads:

Floor 2 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, and love kids.

The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, and are

extremely good looking.

" Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop-

dead good looking and help with the housework.

"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!"

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop-

dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic


She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 6 - You are visitor 4,363,013 to this floor. There are no men on

this floor.

This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please.

Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. Watch your step as you

exit the building,

And have a nice day!

A Verbal Wound is as bad as Physical One

Please read this beautiful story and furnish your comments below:

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.

Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence. (Most importantly the last sentence)

His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the door.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the door. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the door.

Finally the ! day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper..

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the door. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the door. The door will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out.

It won't matter how many times you say "I'm sorry", the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Received from Wg Cdr SD Karnik

I was having trouble with my computer.
So I called my grandchild, the 11 year old whose bedroom looks like Mission Control, and asked him to come over.

He clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.

As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong?'

He replied, 'It was an ID ten T error.'

I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An, ID ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again
He grinned ... 'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?'
'No,' I replied.

'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'

So I wrote down: I D 1 0 T

I used to like my grandchild, the little bastard

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Importance of Sleep!

Received by email from a friend of mine

Dear All,

A month ago, many of us heard about the sad demise of Ranjan Das from

Bandra, Mumbai. Ranjan, just 42 years of age, was the CEO of SAP-Indian

Subcontinent, the youngest CEO of an MNC in India . He was very active in

sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner. It was common to see him

run on Bandra's Carter Road . Just after Diwali, on 21st Oct, he returned

home from his gym after a workout, collapsed with a massive heart attack

and died. He is survived by his wife and two very young kids.

It was certainly a wake-up call for corporate India . However, it was even

more disastrous for runners amongst us. Since Ranjan was an avid marathoner

(in Feb 09, he ran Chennai Marathon at the same time some of us were

running Pondicherry Marathon 180 km away), the question came as to why an

exceptionally active, athletic person succumb to heart attack at 42 years

of age.

Was it the stress?

A couple of you called me asking about the reasons. While Ranjan had

mentioned that he faced a lot of stress, that is a common element in most

of our lives. We used to think that by being fit, one can conquer the bad

effects of stress. So I doubted if the cause was stress.

The Real Reason

However, everyone missed out a small line in the reports that Ranjan used

to make do with 4-5 hours of sleep. This is an earlier interview of Ranjan

on NDTV in the program 'Boss' Day Out':

http://connect. das/play- video-boss- day-out-ranjan-

das-of-sap- india-229111- 807ecfcf1ad96603 6c289b3ba6c376f2 530d7484. html

Here he himself admits that he would love to get more sleep (and that he

was not proud of his ability to manage without sleep, contrary to what

others extolled).

The Evidence

Last week, I was working with a well-known cardiologist on the subject of

‘Heart Disease caused by Lack of Sleep’. While I cannot share the video nor

the slides because of confidentiality reasons, I have distilled the key

points below in the hope it will save some of our lives.

Some Excerpts:

· Short sleep duration (<5>

by 350% to 500% compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per night.

Paper published in 2009.

As you know, high BP kills.

· Young people (25-49 years of age) are twice as likely to get high

BP if they sleep less. Paper published in 2006.

· Individuals who slept less than 5 hours a night had a 3-fold

increased risk of heart attacks. Paper published in 1999.

· Complete and partial lack of sleep increased the blood

concentrations of High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-cRP), the

strongest predictor of heart attacks. Even after getting adequate sleep

later, the levels stayed high!!

· Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in

body such as Interleukin- 6 (IL-6), Tumour Necrosis Factor-Alpha

(TNF-alpha) and C-reactive protein (cRP). They increase risks of many

medical conditions, including cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Paper

published in 2004.

· Sleeping for <=5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart

disease. Sleeping for <=6 hours per night leads to 18% increase in heart

disease. Paper published in 2006.

Ideal Sleep

For lack of space, I cannot explain here the ideal sleep architecture. But

in brief, sleep is composed of two stages: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and

non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in

physical repair and rebuilding. During the night, you alternate between REM

and non-REM stages 4-5 times.

The earlier part of sleep is mostly non-REM. During that period, your

pituitary gland releases growth hormones that repair your body. The latter

part of sleep is more and more REM type.

For you to be mentally alert during the day, the latter part of sleep is

more important. No wonder when you wake up with an alarm clock after 5-6

hours of sleep, you are mentally irritable throughout the day (lack of REM

sleep). And if you have slept for less than 5 hours, your body is in a

complete physical mess (lack of non-REM sleep), you are tired throughout

the day, moving like a zombie and your immunity is way down (I’ve been

there, done that L)

Finally, as long-distance runners, you need an hour of extra sleep to

repair the running related damage.

If you want to know if you are getting adequate sleep, take Epworth

Sleepiness Test below.

Interpretation: Score of 0-9 is considered normal while 10 and above

abnormal. Many a times, I have clocked 21 out the maximum possible 24, the

only saving grace being the last situation, since I don’t like to drive

(maybe, I should ask my driver to answer that line J)

In conclusion:

Barring stress control, Ranjan Das did everything right: eating proper

food, exercising (marathoning!), maintaining proper weight. But he missed

getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. In my opinion, that

killed him.

If you are not getting enough sleep (7 hours), you are playing with fire,

even if you have low stress.

I always took pride in my ability to work 50 hours at a stretch whenever

the situation warranted. But I was so spooked after seeing the scientific

evidence last week that since Saturday night, I ensure I do not even set

the alarm clock under 7 hours. Now, that is a nice excuse to get some more


Saturday, 31 October 2009

How to take care of your wife:

How to take care of your wife:

Received from Wg.Cdr.S.D.Karnik

(Equally applicable to Senior Citizens too – Thanks Mr Karnik)

In the world, one single rule applies to the men: Make the Woman happy. Do something she likes, and you get points. Do something she dislikes and points are subtracted. You don't get any points for doing something she expects. Sorry, that's the way the game is played.

Here is a guide to the point system:


-- You make the bed (+1)
-- You make the bed, but forget the decorative pillow (0)
-- You throw the bedspread over rumpled sheets (-1)
-- You go out to buy her what she wants (+5)
-- In the rain (+8)
-- But return with Beer (-5)
-- You check out a suspicious noise at night (0)
-- You check out a suspicious noise, and it is nothing (0)
-- You check out a suspicious noise and it is something (+5)
-- You pummel it with iron rod (+10)
-- It's her pet (-10)


-- You stay by her side the entire party (0)
-- You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with a college buddy (-2)
-- Named Tina (-4)
-- Tina is a dancer (-10)


-- You take her out to dinner (0)
-- You take her out to dinner and it's not a sports bar (+1)
-- Okay, it's a sports bar (-2)
-- And it's all-you-can- eat night (-3)
-- It's a sports bar, it's all-you-can- eat night, and your face is painted the colours of your favourite team (-10)


-- You take her to a movie (+2)
-- You take her to a movie she likes (+4)
-- You take her to a movie you hate (+6)
-- You take her to a movie you like (-2)
-- It's called 'DeathCop' (-3)
-- You lied and said it was a foreign film about orphans (-15)


-- You develop a noticeable potbelly (-15)
-- You develop a noticeable potbelly and exercise to get rid of it (+10)
-- You develop a noticeable potbelly and resort to baggy jeans and baggy Hawaiian shirts (-30)
-- You say, "It doesn't matter, you have one too." (-8000)


-- She asks, "Do I look fat?" (-5) [Yes, you LOSE points no matter WHAT]
-- You hesitate in responding (-10)
-- You reply, "Where?" (-35)
-- Any other response (-20)


-- When she wants to talk about a problem , you listen, displaying what looks like a concerned _____expression (0)
-- You listen, for over 30 minutes (+50)
-- You listen for more than 30 minutes without looking at the TV (+500)
-- She realises this is because you have fallen asleep (-10000)

Note: Only for those who have received this by Email: Please click on the link “Ganeshkhind Senior Citizens Club” below. This will take you to our Club’s Website

Thursday, 29 October 2009

How much water do you need a day?

How much water do you need a day?

(Received by Email)

Water is an important structural component of skin cartilage, tissues and organs. For human beings, every part of the body is dependent on water. Our body comprises about 75% water: the brain has 85%, blood is 90%, muscles are 75%, kidney is 82% and bones are 22% water. The functions of our glands and organs will eventually deteriorate if they are not nourished with good, clean water.

The average adult loses about 2.5 litres water daily through perspiration, breathing and elimination. Symptoms of the body's deterioration begins to appear when the body loses 5% of its total water volume. In a healthy adult, this is seen as fatigue and general discomfort, whereas for an infant, it can be dehydrating. In an elderly person, a 5% water loss causes the body chemistry to become abnormal, especially if the percentage of electrolytes is overbalanced with sodium.One can usually see symptoms of aging, such as wrinkles, lethargy and even disorientation. Continuous water loss over time will speed up aging as well as increase risks of diseases.

If your body is not sufficiently hydrated, the cells will draw water from your bloodstream, which will make your heart work harder. At the same time, the kidneys cannot purify blood effectively. When this happens, some of the kidney's workload is passed on to the liver and other organs, which may cause them to be severely stressed. Additionally, you may develop a number of minor health conditions such as constipation, dry and itchy skin, acne, nosebleeds, urinary tract infection, coughs, sneezing, sinus pressure, and headaches.

So, how much water is enough for you? The minimum amount of water you need depends on your body weight. A more accurate calculation, is to drink an ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight.

Health - Very Very Important Tips

Health - Very Very Important Tips
(Received via Email)
Answer the phone by
LEFT ear.
Do not drink coffee
a day.
Do not take pills with
Do not have
meals after 5pm.
Reduce the amount of
food you consume.
Drink more
WATER in the morning, less at night.

Keep your distance from hand phone CHARGERS.
Do not use headp hones/earphone for
LONG period of time.
Best sleeping time is from
10pm at night to 6am in the morning.
Do not lie down immediately after taking
medicine before sleeping.
When battery is down to the
LAST grid/bar, do not answer the phone as the radiation is 1000 times.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Story of Valour and Humility

Story of Valour and Humility

(The following beautiful narration has benn received from Wg. Cdr SD Karnik)

Live humbly, there are great people around us.

Vivek Pradhan was not a happy man. Even the plush comfort of the air-conditioned compartment of the Shatabdi express could not cool his frayed nerves. He was the Project Manager and still not entitled to air travel. It was not the prestige he sought; he had tried to reason with the admin person, it was the savings in time. As PM, he had so many things to do!!

He opened his case and took out the laptop, determined to put the time to some good use.

"Are you from the software industry sir," the man beside him was staring appreciatively at the laptop.

Vivek glanced briefly and mumbled in affirmation, handling the laptop now with exaggerated care and importance as if it were an expensive car.

"You people have brought so much advancement to the country, Sir. Today everything is getting computerized."

"Thanks," smiled Vivek, turning around to give the man a look.

He always found it difficult to resist appreciation. The man was young and well built like a sportsman. He looked simple and strangely out of place in that little lap of luxury like a small town boy in a prep school.

He probably was a railway sportsman making the most of his free traveling pass.

"You people always amaze me," the man continued, "You sit in an office and write something on a computer and it does so many big things outside."

Vivek smiled deprecatingly. Naiveness demanded reasoning not anger. "It is not as simple as that my friend. It is not just a question of writing a few lines. There is a lot of process that goes behind it."

For a moment, he was tempted to explain the entire Software Development Lifecycle but restrained himself to a single statement. "It is complex, very complex."

"It has to be. No wonder you people are so highly paid," came the reply.

This was not turning out as Vivek had thought. A hint of belligerence crept into his so far affable, persuasive tone." Everyone just sees the money. No one sees the amount of hard work we have to put in. Indians have such a narrow concept of hard work. Just because we sit in an air-conditioned office, does not mean our brows do not sweat. You exercise the muscle; we exercise the mind and believe me that is no less taxing." He could see, he had the man where he wanted, and it was time to drive home the point.

"Let me give you an example. Take this train. The entire railway reservation system is computerized. You can book a train ticket between any two stations from any of the hundreds of computerized booking centres across the country. Thousands of transactions accessing a single database, at a time concurrently; data integrity, locking, data security. Do you understand the complexity in designing and coding such a system?"

The man was awestruck; quite like a child at a planetarium..

This was something big and beyond his imagination. "You design and code such things."

"I used to," Vivek paused for effect, "but now I am the Project Manager."

"Oh!" sighed the man, as if the storm had passed over, "so your life is easy now."

This was like the last straw for Vivek. He retorted, "Oh come on, does life ever get easy as you go up the ladder. Responsibility only brings more work. Design and coding! That is the easier part. Now I do not do it, but I am responsible for it and believe me, that is far more stressful. My job is to get the work done in time and with the highest quality. To tell you about the pressures, there is the customer at one end, always changing his requirements, the user at the other, wanting something else, and your boss, always expecting you to have finished it yesterday."

Vivek paused in his diatribe, his belligerence fading with self-realization. What he had said, was not merely the outburst of a wronged man, it was the truth. And one need not get angry while defending the truth. "My friend," he concluded triumphantly, "you don't know what it is to be in the Line of Fire".

The man sat back in his chair, his eyes closed as if in realization. When he spoke after sometime, it was with a calm certainty that surprised Vivek.

"I know sir, I know what it is to be in the Line of Fire." He was staring blankly, as if no passenger, no train existed, just a vast expanse of time. "There were 30 of us when we were ordered to capture Point 4875 in the cover of the night. The enemy was firing from the top. There was no knowing where the next bullet was going to come from and for whom. In the morning when we finally hoisted the tricolour at the top only 4 of us were alive."

"You are a...?"

"I am Subedar Sushant from the 13 J&K Rifles on duty at Peak 4875 in Kargil. They tell me I have completed my term and can opt for a soft assignment. But, tell me sir, can one give up duty just because it makes life easier. On the dawn of that capture, one of my colleagues lay injured in the snow, open to enemy fire while we were hiding behind a bunker. It was my job to go and fetch that soldier to safety. But my captain sahib refused me permission and went ahead himself. He said that the first pledge he had taken as a Gentleman Cadet was to put the safety and welfare of the nation foremost followed by the safety and welfare of the men he commanded........his own personal safety came last, always and every time."

"He was killed as he shielded and brought that injured soldier into the bunker. Every morning thereafter, as we stood guard, I could see him taking all those bullets, which were actually meant for me. I know sir....I know, what it is to be in the Line of Fire."

Vivek looked at him in disbelief not sure of how to respond. Abruptly, he switched off the laptop. It seemed trivial, even insulting to edit a Word document in the presence of a man for
whom valour and duty was a daily part of life; valour and sense of duty which he had so far attributed only to epical heroes.

The train slowed down as it pulled into the station, and Subedar Sushant picked up his bags to alight.

"It was nice meeting you sir."

Vivek fumbled with the handshake. This hand... had climbed mountains, pressed the trigger, and hoisted the tricolour. Suddenly, as if by impulse, he stood up at attention and his right hand went up in an impromptu salute.

It was the least he felt he could do for the country.

PS: The incident he narrated during the capture of Peak 4875 is a true-life incident during the Kargil war. Capt. Vikram Batra sacrificed his life while trying to save one of the men he commanded, as victory was within sight. For this and various other acts of bravery, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra (Medal), the nation's highest military award.

Live humbly, there are great people around us.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Very Informative and Useful Sites

The Following contains many very useful inks to various Government and other Sites:

Sent by Wg.Cdr S D Karnik

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