Friday, October 31, 2008


Brain Exercises

Get Smarter: Do These Brain Exercises.
It's called neurobics.
Engage your senses in a novel way and you'll get smarter.
Just like you need to exercise your muscles to keep your body in shape, you need to exercise your brain to keep your mind sharp.
One way to do this is a technique called neurobics-a play on the word aerobics-that uses one or more of your five senses in novel and unconventional ways that are meant to engage your attention and add an unexpected element to a routine activity, reports HealthDayNews.
The result?
Brain cells become more active and stimulated, and it actually creates new connections in areas of the brain that process sensory input. Put simply, your brain gets recharged.
  • Duke University researchers say if you do these simple-but somewhat weird-exercises regularly, you'll keep your brain nimble and ready for new challenges.
HealthDayNews describes five neurobics exercises:

· Use your non-dominant hand as you go through your morning rituals, such as combing or styling your hair, getting dressed, brushing your teeth, and making your breakfast.
· Close your eyes as you shower and use your sense of touch to locate your soap and wash yourself. Your brain must then rely on your other four senses to complete the task.
· Turn the pictures on your desk or shelves upside down.
· Experience new sights and sounds by going to a new ethnic or farmer's market or bakery.
· When you travel abroad, immerse yourself completely in unfamiliar surroundings. For example, go to a small town where no one speaks your language, try new foods, and stay in a local bed-and-breakfast.
· Other neurobics activities you can do that break up your mental routine include rearranging your living, office, or desk space or take a different route to work or the mall.


Corpus Callosum

The corpus callosum is the part of the brain the connects the left and right hemispheres of the cerebral cortex.
Most of the communication between the two halves of the brain is carried over the corpus callosum. Some studies have shown that women have more fibers in the posterior portion of the corpus callosum. This added ability for cross-talk within the brain may account for the tendency for women to be more intuitive and better multitaskers. This interconnect is also very important for reading. This may be why dyslexia is five times more common in men versus women.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Ever seen this optical illusion before?
Simply focus on the tiny dot in the middle of the two circles and then move your head toward the computer and then away from the computer.....
Don't take your eyes off the tiny dot. Forward then backward while looking at the tiny dot.

Have Noticed the circles are moving?
Notice they are moving in opposite directions?
Notice the neighbors watching you through the window laughing?
You are getting sleepy.....very, very sleepy........... Can anyone explain this illusion.....?


Can you read this?

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The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch atCmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in awrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer bein the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raedit whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raedervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh andI awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! .


Saturday, October 25, 2008





Did you Know?

1. What programming language is GOOGLE developed in ?
Google is written in Asynchronous java-script and XML, or its acronym Ajax.

2. What is the expansion of YAHOO?
Yet Another Hierarchy of Officious Oracle .

3. What is the expansion of ADIDAS ?
ADIDAS- All Day I Dream About Sports

4. Expansion of Star as in Star TV Network?
Satellite Television Asian Region

5. What is expansion of "ICICI?
" Industrial credit and Investments Corporation of India

6. What does "baker's dozen" signify?
A baker's dozen consists of 13 items - 1 more than the items in a normal dozen

7. The 1984-85 season. 2nd ODI between India and Pakistan at Sialkot - India 210/3 with Vengsarkar 94*. Match abandoned. Why?That match was abandoned after people heard the news of Indira Gandhi being killed

8. Who is the only man to have written the National Anthems for two different countries?
Rabindranath Tagore who wrote national anthem for two different countries one is our 's National anthem and another one is for Bangladesh- (Amar Sonar* *Bangla)

9. From what four word expression does the word `goodbye` derive?
Goodbye comes from the ex-pression: 'god be with you'

10. How was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu better known?
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu is none other Mother Teresa

11. Name the only other country to have got independence on Aug 15th than India?
South Korea

12. Why was James Bond Associated with the Number 007 ?
Because 007 is the ISD code for Russia (or the USSR , as it was known during the cold war)

13. Who faced the first ball in the first ever One day match ?
Geoffrey Boycott

14. Which cricketer played for South Africa before it was banned from international cricket and later represented Zimbabwe ?
John Traicos

15. The faces of which four Presidents are carved at Mt.Rushmore?
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln

16. Which is the only country that is surrounded from all sides by only
one country(other than Vatican)?
Lesotho surrounded from all sides by South Africa

17. Which is the only sport which is not allowed to play left handed?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


6 ways to nurture great ideas at work

Success at work is often a result of combining knowledge, skills and the ability to inject your work environment with fresh and breakthrough ideas.
While conventional wisdom teaches us to learn skills, and enhance our knowledge for the job, we often forget that we need to keep coming up with new ideas that will help the organisation succeed and also keep our jobs secure in today's competitive landscape.

We offer a few tips towards helping you break out of a routine thought process and generate breakthrough ideas.

Your mind, like your body, needs exercise and can get it through challenges and problem-solving. A good way to feed your mind is to read a lot and study the success stories of other businesses and entrepreneurs.

Read case studies related to your industry or biographies of successful people.

This will not only stimulate your grey cells but also provide you a dose of inspiration. Learn how other successful people generate breakthrough ideas.

When the brilliant spells do come, make sure you capture them. Don't rely on mental notes, you'll surely forget them. Have a notepad, PDA or voice recorder ready at all times, even next to your bed at night (who knows, you may suddenly strike gold at 2 am). Once you've recorded your idea, use it as soon as you can. I read an advertisement for IT company Accenture, which said: "An idea is like a cup of coffee, it's not going to stay hot forever." So remember that ideas are best when they're fresh.

"I always carry a voice recorder with me and tape my thoughts. Listening to them later in the day ensures that I don't deprive myself of the brilliant phases that we all have during the day," says G Rajaraman, a senior sports correspondent with Outlook magazine.

Your mind reacts to its surroundings and has an uncanny ability to generate new ideas when the physical setting changes. You may be thinking in a very linear and academic way while you are at your workstation, so take your laptop/PDA and sit by in your office garden/park or cafeteria and you may see some fresh perspectives. Take a walk or hit the gym. The mind is agile when the body is indulging in a disciplined and rhythmic physical activity like a jog or workout. For all you know, a change of setting may bring you the inspiration you need.

"I am at my best when I am out in the open with my laptop and listening to my favourite music during a lunch break," says Shelly Jain, a Delhi based consultant with NIIT.

You could even take a notepad and jot down your ideas and thoughts and later organise them when you get to your workstation. The time spent thinking would be worthwhile as you will be away from the usual workplace distractions.

Step out of your job description once in a while and help others with their tasks. Do this without having to be asked. Saying, "Need a hand there?" has a two-fold effect. First, you encourage others to give of themselves, creating a more positive workplace.

Second, you buy yourself a future favour, since kindness always comes back. The people you have helped will become soundboards for your ideas and will be able to give you new ideas and suggestions that may get you thinking on a new track.

"A response such as 'This is not my area of work. Find out from the person concerned', shows that the individual is responding from his own frame of reference, an attitude detrimental for both employee and organisation," says Anil Bhatnagar, a management consultant.

Help people whenever they need your expertise. Offer your support to new emloyees as they usually have the ability to come out with bright ideas. Their minds are fresh and have not been conditioned to think in a linear fashion like most tenured employees, so they may springboard some fresh perspectives.

You must know if what you have to offer is in high demand at work. Find out the direction in which your company is headed and the areas in which it needs maximum improvement. This will ensure that you ideas have a business impact and act as a catalyst in your growth within the organisation. There's much strength to be derived from knowing how a company operates as a whole. Tailor your ideas to meet the organisational objectives and you will be in a position to add maximum benefit to your organisation.

Did you ever think that companies would be selling fairness cream for men? Emami, a Kolkata-based company with interests in personal and healthcare business realised the need and launched 'Fair and Handsome', a fairness cream for men in April 2006. The executives at Emami realised that in the age of metrosexual men, who go for manicures and pedicures, a fairness cream, if positioned well, could be a winner in the personal care market for men.

In today's teamwork-oriented work environments, no man is an island. You are always a part of the bigger picture that the organisation has in mind. Expose yourself to different realities. If you are a marketing person, go and spend some time with the finance team or the product management team and ask them questions about their nature of work. Learn to see things from their perspective. The best ideas sometimes come from looking outside the familiar and that is what "thinking out of the box" means. founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were batchmates at Stanford when the thought of empowering people by creating an easy search mechanism hit them. The advertisement depicting Hari Sadu as the monster boss is a good example of out-of-the-box thinking, because it mixes humour with a message.

So keep your eyes and ears open and indulge in some idea generation activities. 

Friday, October 17, 2008


Male brain or Female brain?

Do u have male brain or Female brain?
This is called the quick eye exam This will blow your mind...!
Just do it - And be honest to yourself.

Try this its actually quite good.
But be truthful and Count the number of F's in the following text in 10 seconds:-


Read further only after you have counted them! OK?

How many F are there?
Three ? (You are definitely a male!!)

You are Wrong. There are six F's - its not a joke!

check. Read it again now.

The reasoning is further down...

The MALE brain cannot process the word "OF".
Incredible or what?

Anyone who counts all six F's on the first time go has a brain of a Female.

You can test this by asking a Guy/Girl near you to work it out.
Forward to your friends and ask them to test this...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


10 Biggest Brain Damaging Habits :-

1. No Break fast. People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain "causing brain degeneration".

2. Overeating. It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. Smoking. It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. High Sugar consumption. Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air Pollution. The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. In-haling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. Sleep Deprivation. Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

7. Head covered while sleeping. Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. Working your brain during illness. Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts. Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10. Talking Rarely. Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain

Saturday, October 11, 2008


The WEAK have no place here, in this life or in any other life. Weakness leads to slavery. Weakness leads to all kinds of misery, physical and mental. Weakness is death. There are hundreds of thousands of microbes surrounding us, but they cannot harm us unless we become weak, until the body is ready and predisposed to receive them. There may be a million microbes of misery, floating about us. Never mind! They dare not approach us; they have no power to get a hold on us, until the mind is weakened. This is the great fact: strength is life, weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery; weakness is death.

"Once when I was in Varanasi, I was passing through a place where there was a large tank of water on one side and a high wall on the other. It was in the grounds where there were many monkeys. The monkeys of Varanasi are huge brutes and are sometimes surly. They now took it into their heads not to allow me to pass through their street, so they howled and shrieked and clutched at my feet as I passed. As they pressed closer, I began to run, but the faster I ran, the faster came the monkeys and they began to bite at me. It seemed impossible to escape, but just then I met a stranger who called out to me, "Face the brutes". I turned and faced the monkeys, and they fell back and finally fled.

That is a lesson for all life - face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them. If we are ever to gain freedom, it must be by conquering nature, never by running away. Cowards never win victories. We have to fight fear and troubles and ignorance if we expect them to flee before us. "

- Swami Vivekanand


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


How to Speak Well and Confidently

Are you very shy when it comes to new surroundings, such as starting a new class or moving to a new area ?

Sometimes, it is necessary to overcome your shyness and speak confidently. By doing this, it can help you not only to share your ideas properly to others, but also to learn communicating with others. Here are a few steps to consider when speaking with confidence.

Steps : Learn how to have conversations with people. Your ideas or opinions may not always be accepted by others, but this is nothing unusual. Open your mouth, express your beliefs! This will improve your courage.

Don’t be afraid and speak loudly. If you speak in a low voice, not only will others not be able to hear what you say, but you will also portray a submissive demeanor, which suggests the opposite of a confident one.

Make an eye contact when you speak. For one thing, it is polite for others. Also, eye contact will help others to listen to your thinking carefully.Praise yourself everyday! This will promote your own confidence, which is important when you speak. With more confidence, people will take your thinking more seriously.

Tips :
Don’t be nervous when you make mistakes. Human error is far from being a new concept — nobody is perfect! It is normal for everyone to make mistakes. Just calm down and keep speaking bravely.

Try and try again! This may be difficult for a shy person at first, but you need to force yourself to speak, and not seclude your thoughts. If you have some ideas, then try to speak out! Don’t just keep them in your head.

If, you have self confidence issues, try to think that you are the only one who has sound knowledge about the topic. Then go ahead and impart your knowledge to the audience in an effective way.

Remember that, there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Don’t portray an exaggerated amount of confidence, or you will come off as arrogant, believing that your ideas are better than the ideas of everyone else.
from : Priya Malhotra

Monday, October 6, 2008

Your children are not your children
By –kabhil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
But seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are send forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and he bends you with his might that
His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


"O God!
Educate these children.
These children are the plants of Thine orchard,
the flowers of Thy meadow,
the roses of Thy garden.
Let Thy rain fall upon them;
let the Sun of Reality
shine upon them with Thy love.
Let Thy breeze refresh them
in order that they may be trained,
grow and develop
and appear
in the utmost beauty.
Thou art the Giver.
Thou art the Compassionate.

By -'Abdu'l-Bahai

May we all be enabled to provide such a good example for them as they grow and develop.

Education is the answer of many problems!
O God, Educate ALL children, Give all of us ability, strength and opportunity to help children to provide them education of Arts, Science and also Moral education - so that it may be easier for such souls to know Thee and worship thee and follow the commandments of HIM. They may walk on His path and educate further hundreds of souls who are in darkness and help them to bring them to light.

I have a pious duty to teach children. LET US CONTRIBUTE LITTLE TO EDUCATION