Friday, January 25, 2008

Drive Safely!

Life Goes On! Drive Safely!

Quote For The Day!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tea Bag

We are like teabags,
whose strength comes out when we’re put in hot water.

So, when problems upset you…
Just think, you must be God’s favorite cup of Tea!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A picture speaks thousand words - Perfectly captures the essence of Starbucks

Creativity with currency

50 Best Snacks Under 50 Calories

Satisfy your cravings without putting on a pound

If you're trying to lose weight, listen up: Snacks are your friends—as long as you eat the right ones. Eating between meals keeps up your energy levels and prevents you from overindulging, especially later in the day and at night when the munchies can really hit hard. Sometimes you truly need a substantial snack (say, if dinner is hours away); other times, you just need a small bite to satisfy a craving…and I have 50 that are sure to do the trick.

Satisfy your sweet tooth

1. 1⁄2 medium apple, baked, topped with 1 Tbsp lowfat yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon (45 calories)

2. 1⁄2 small banana, frozen (45 calories)

3. 4 oz unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon (49 calories)

4. 1 miniature box of raisins (45 calories)

5. 2 sugar-free ice pops (30 calories)

6. 1 sugar-free fudge ice pop (35 calories)

7. 12 cherries (48 calories)

8. 1 individual serving sugar-free gelatin with 3 Tbsp light whipped topping (40 calories)

9. 1⁄2 cup strawberries with 21⁄2 Tbsp nonfat yogurt (47 calories)

10. 14 seedless red grapes, frozen (48 calories)

Indulge a salt craving

11. 11⁄2 cups salted air-popped popcorn (46 calories)

12. 1⁄4 cup shelled edamame with sea salt (37 calories)

13. 8 oz miso soup (36 calories)

14. 1 pretzel rod (37 calories)

15. 1⁄4 small bag of Glenny's lightly salted soy crisps (35 calories)

16. 1 medium sliced cucumber mixed with 1⁄4 cup sliced onion, 1⁄2 cup chopped celery, 4 Tbsp vinegar and salt to taste (45 calories)

17. 6 oz eight-vegetable juice (39 calories)

18. 1 kosher dill pickle (10 calories)

Crunch and munch

19. 1⁄2 cup jicama with 4 oz salsa (49.5 calories)

20. 11⁄2 cups sugar snap peas (40 calories)

21. Small celery stalk smeared with 1⁄2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (49 calories)

22. 1⁄2 small apple with 1 tsp soy butter (46 calories)

23. 1 brown rice cake with 1 Tbsp sugar-free jam (44 calories)

Smooth and creamy

24. 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb wedge spread on cucumber slices (35 calories)

25. 1 tsp almond butter (34 calories)

26. 1⁄2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 tsp sugar-free strawberry jam (43 calories)

27. 1 oz avocado (about 1⁄8 of an avocado) squirted with lime (45 calories)

28. 8 grape tomatoes dipped in 1 Tbsp light cream cheese (46 calories)

Cheesy whizzes

29. 6 pieces of endive filled with 1⁄2 oz reduced-fat feta cheese (49 calories)

30. 1 slice fat-free American cheese (30 calories)

31. 1 large tomato, sliced, topped with 1 Tbsp Parmesan, broiled (44 calories)

32. 1 oz fat-free cottage cheese on 1 slice caraway Finn Crisp Crispbread (38 calories)

33. 1 oz fat-free mozzarella dipped in 1 tsp marinara sauce (46 calories)

Power up on protein

34. Turkey rollups: 2 slices white meat turkey rolled in 2 lettuce leaves (46 calories)

35. 1 oz smoked salmon (about 1 slice) on 2 Wheat Thins crackers (Multi-Grain) (48 calories)

36. 1 tofu dog with 1 Tbsp sauerkraut (48 calories)

37. 1⁄2 cup plain fat-free yogurt sprinkled with 1 tsp sunflower seeds (49.6 calories)

38. 1.3 oz water-packed tuna with 1 tsp Dijon mustard (48 calories)

39. 2 large hard-cooked egg whites with 1 cup sliced cucumber (48 calories)

40. 1 slice Wasa Fibre Crispbread with 2 tsp hummus (45 calories)

41. 1 medium water-packed sardine with slice of red onion (35 calories)

Solid standbys

42. 1⁄2 cup melon with 2 Tbsp 1% cottage cheese (47 calories)

43. 1⁄2 small grapefruit (32 calories)

44. 1⁄3 cup blueberries with 1 Tbsp light sour cream (47 calories)

45. 1⁄2 cup carrots with 1 Tbsp light ranch dressing (45 calories)

Thirst quenchers

46. 1⁄2 cup nonfat milk with 1 Tbsp Walden Farms calorie-free chocolate syrup (40 calories)

47. 1 packet of sugar-free hot chocolate made with 1⁄4 cup skim milk and 3⁄4 cup hot water (47 calories)

48. 3⁄4 cup almond milk (45 calories)

49. 3⁄4 cup seltzer with 1⁄4 cup cranberry juice and a lime wedge (33 calories)

50. Homemade iced green tea (with artificial sweetener if desired) (0 calories)

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Your bedroom decor can boost positive energy

Are relationships a major issue in your life?

Relationships, be it within the family or with the outside world is important as we cannot live a solitary life. Some homes have serious differences in relationships.

Many have a wonderful life outside their homes but the moment they step into their homes, especially in the bedroom, they are in an irritable mood and tend to get into fights easily.

A lot has been said about bedroom Feng Shui, but one important aspect of Vaastu and Feng Shui is not just the location of the bedroom but also the positioning of the bed in respect to the geomagnetic
fields. The earth is encompassed by geomagnetic fields and these grids cause disturbance and distort the energy fields of the occupants when they sleep or work from such zones. We can make the energy fields work for us by simply re-positioning the bed.

Another aspect about the bedroom which needs to be monitored is
the decor and furnishing within the room, which helps generate a supportive environment and strengthens relationships. A good bedroom decor would be to have a bedside table on either side of the bed, with a separate bedside light. A heavily cluttered bedroom represents stagnation and disconnection bringing in feelings of anger, confusion, and tiredness.

Any obstacle preventing the bedroom door from opening and closing properly, leads to frustration. The clutter behind the door and inside your closet is a sign of unwillingness to examine your emotions, and clutter around the bed indicates a desire to escape from reality and behave unreasonably.

Now, let’s look at the bed itself. If it is filled with too many blankets, pillows or stuffed soft toys, it indicates that you have no room
for anyone else in your life. Make room for your partner and take away unwanted things to revive your relationship and bring in a sense of mutual respect and love.

Create a serene and blissful atmosphere by adapting a decor which is slightly dark, quiet and cool. This will ensure that you have a good rest as well as love, mutual respect and a feeling of security in your relationship. Low lighting with drapes having solid patterns and muted colours can further accentuate the feeling of space. Ensure that your bedroom wall is not aligned with a toilet wall.

All this and a lot more can be achieved through proper orientation, positioning and decor.

Peace March on Republic Day by Buddhist Monks

Buddhist monks from Bihar participate in the Republic Day Parade rehearsal
at Raj Path in New Delhi.

Hi Tech Sanyasi!

Pilgrims Progress
A sadhu works on his laptop while another looks on at the Babughat transit shelter, on his pilgrimage to Gangasagar, in Kolkata

25 Tips For Relationship Success

What’s the key to successful relationships? Here, I reveal the simple things you need to know to deepen your partnership and make your relationship work

1 Without quality time, your relationship will not survive. Carve out at least half an hour a night, and at least one day a month when you the two of you spend time exclusively together.

You will both need security, comfort. A good relationship is built on compromise and a great deal of give and take on both sides.

Keep your dependence and independence in balance. Tell and show your partner how much you need him, but don’t cling, as that can make your partner feel trapped.

Encourage him to listen to you, by showing appreciation when he does. By the same token, show interest when he talks to you. Be aware that most men aren’t mentally programmed for conversation in the way women are. They need more silence and internal time.

5 Make him appreciate you. Don’t wait for a spontaneous compliment, but say something good about yourself and ask for his agreement.

Teach him, preferably early in your relationship, exactly how to give you a fail-safe orgasm because it’s unlikely he’ll find out alone. If you don’t yet know yourself, find out.

Learn to do the one thing that is most likely to restore good feeling in your relationship — giving your partner a genuine, loving and approving smile.

Often those subtle quirks that first attracted you to your partner can, with time, turn around and become toecurling annoying habits. Learn to love him, warts and all.

Hidden resentments poison a relationship; so if something bothers you, say it. Remember that while men are wary of emotional conversations, they love to find solutions. Express your problem and then ask him to help you find the answer.

Learn that punishing your partner won’t work. It may make you feel better to give him a hard time, but it will actually make him dig his heels in more. A better tactic is to reward the things you like and ignore what you don’t like.

Money is the number one cause of couple conflict. For a relationship to work, you need to address your finances and work out a budget.

If the domestic work is not divided fairly between you, it will cause friction in your relationship. Make a list of the domestic tasks, talk it through with your partner and mobilise the whole family, your partner included, to share the work.

If you have children, involve your partner as much as possible with the childcare — even if you feel he’s not as good as it at you are. It’s important to present a united front to your children.

Sort out your sex life. The sex may ebb and flow over the years, but if sex starts going downhill, don’t just accept it. As soon as you notice a slide, question why and then work at bringing the passion back.

Don’t assume you won’t be tempted to have an affair as almost everyone is. You need to learn to resist. If you do stray, don’t feel it spells the end of your relationship. Most couples recover, particularly from a one-night-stand, and often find that unrooting the cause of
the affair helps them to get even closer.

Remember that boredom typically covers up anger. If you feel bored with him, ask yourself what you’re angry about.

Be aware that men generally feel overwhelmed by emotion more than women do. If he’s angry or tearful, half an hour’s ‘unflooding’ time to himself will help get his balance back and make him more able to interact positively with you.

Learn how to argue well. The trick is to never say anything that you wouldn’t want to hear said to you.

Research suggests you need five positive experiences to erase the memory of one negative experience. So give five kind words for each bitchy comment. Give five hugs for each cold shoulder.

Learn how to negotiate. Each of you states what you want, then both of you work together to find a way forward.

Accept the things that won’t change. Some characteristics about your partner are there for life — and you have to face that.

Learn to forgive. If you know you will never forgive your partner over something important, then give him — and yourself — a break and start again, with someone else.

23 Realise that the two of you will shift and change over the years. So, even if you think you understand him, or believe you have agreements sorted, check regularly — at least once a year — to make sure that neither of you has changed your mind.

Know when to leave. If your life aims are incompatible, there are heavy drugs or violence around, or if there is consistently more pain than pleasure, then walk before the relationship destroys you.

Don’t think that going to counselling equals failure. It can turn a bad relationship around. It can turn an average relationship into a brilliant one.

Great Date-Night Ideas

From silly to sweet to flat-out scorching, I've got togetherness tips for every mood

Go out for pizza — ask them to cut the pie into the shape of a heart.

Try live entertainment, such as a band at a local bar, instead of a movie.

Pick a TV show, get a season’s
worth on DVD and make a date to watch it together every night.

How about dinner and
some stargazing at the planetarium’s evening show? Try brunch and a matinee. Pick up a bucket of fried chicken and head for the drive-in.

Put on your sexiest stilettos; sip fancy cocktails at a hotel bar. Bubble bath for two. Candles. Champagne. Need we say more?

Oysters are said to be an aphrodisiac, so head to a seafood place and slurp them right out of the shell. Take a dinner cruise: The
motion of the ocean sets off sensuous signals inside us .

Gooey, sexy, delicious: Get a fondue pot and have a feast. Add a French movie and French-kiss all night.

Try a trip to a jazz club or a night
at home with a CD by Jazzy Joe.

Make a finger-foodsonly dinner and feed each other.

Cleavage is nice. Bump it up with a push-up bra,
a scoop-neck top and a sparkly necklace.

Have your own version of trickor-treating: Put on a sexy outfit and knock on the den door.

Don’t forget the treats! Dress up your backyard picnic table with a white tablecloth.

Add candles, fancy cheese, chocolate and voilĂ : five-star fun.

Spread a blanket on the floor and have a carpet picnic.

Curl up with the Sunday crossword puzzle.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Awesome Bridge!

Water Bridge in Germany
Amazing. What an unbelievable piece of engineering
Water bridge... over a river!!!

Even after you see it, it is still hard to believe !

Water Bridge in Germany.... What a feat!

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters this is engineering!

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin. The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.

To those who appreciate engineering projects, here's a puzzle for you armchair engineers and physicists. Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?


It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of the water!

Why? A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.

Remember your high school physics, and the fly in an enclosed bottle project Similarly, the super sensitive scale proved that it didn't make any difference whether the fly was sitting on the bottom, walking up the side, or flying around. The bottle, air, and fly were a single unit of mass and always weighed the same.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Raise

Maid asked for a pay raise, Madam was very upset about this and
asked, 'Now Maria, why do you want an increase?'

Maria: Well Madam, there are three reasons why I want an increase. The
first is that I iron better than you.

Madam: Who said you iron better than me?

Maria: The Master said so.

Madam: Oh.

Maria. The second reason is that I am a better cook than you.

Madam: Nonsense, who said you were a better cook than I?

Maria: 'The Master did.' Madam.

Maria: My third reason is that I am a better lover than you.

Madam (very angry now): Did the Master say so as well?

Maria: No Madam, the chauffeur did!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Painted floor in bathroom

IMAGINE YOU ARE AT A PARTY on the tenth floor....

YOU'VE BEEN DRINKING A BIT...(not that you would...)


You open the door....



This would really mess your mind up!

You would probably also forget why you came

into the bathroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wonderful Quotes

Monday, January 14, 2008

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