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Small walk is useful, small talk isn’t

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on June 26, 2008

Tips to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle is an active one. As well as planned exercise (e.g. 30 minutes three times a week) you should also incorporate activity into your day-to-day life. The following are some ideas to help you to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle.

  • Take the stairs instead of lifts or elevators.
  • If you work in a large office, walk to talk to your colleagues, rather than picking up the phone.
  • If you use buses, get off a stop or two earlier and walk.
  • Don’t worry about finding a car park next to the supermarket or shop entrance. By the time you have found a close park you could have walked from a further, empty and less stressful space!
  • For small amounts of shopping or other errands use a bicycle instead of the car, saving you money and the hassle of finding a park. If you live in a town, you will probably save time and if you live in the country you can enjoy the countryside.
  • If you have a cordless phone, walk and talk.

Best of walk!

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The Ant & The Grasshopper – A modern Indian View

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on June 21, 2008

What the political parties and media do in India and whom they protect or detest is difficult to understand many a times.  While it is important to protect and help those who really deserve it, when it becomes a right or some kind of default entitlement people may just tend to take it for granted and may not work hard enough to excel.
 
Read this interesting symbolic story.
 
Ant & Grasshopper

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter ,the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.
Indian Version

The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer building its house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The Grasshopper thinks the Ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the Ant's house .

Medha Patkar goes on a fast along with other Grasshoppers demanding that Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter .

Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticizes the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the Grasshopper.

The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the Grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance).

Opposition MPs stage a walkout. Left parties call for "Bharat Bandh" in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.

CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and Grasshoppers.

Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the 'Grasshopper Rath '.

Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the ' Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act' [POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of the winter.

Arjun Singh makes 'Special Reservation ' for Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in Government Services.

The Ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes,it's home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.

Arundhati Roy calls it ' A Triumph of Justice'.

Lalu calls it 'Socialistic Justice '.

CPM calls it the ' Revolutionary Resurgence of the Downtrodden '

Koffi Annan invites the Grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly .

Many years later…

The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley ..

100s of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in India ….

As a result of loosing lot of hard working Ants and feeding the Grasshoppers, India is still a developing country!!! 

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Bull Market Vs Bear Market

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on June 5, 2008

We were talking about the rate of inflation, rising prices and the impending oil price increase in India.
Friend: Prices are increasing like mad. Inflation is worrying and all prices are rising.
Me: But, inflation is not affecting everything.
Friend: (Surprised) Not affecting everything? How?
Me: Look at your portfolio, and look at what happened to the price of shares that you bought last month, last week, yesterday, today! Without exception aren’t they lower?
Friend: Yah! Its a bear market (for stocks). Just thinking what they were talking around December 2007 and early Jan 2008. All were expecting the market to go up. There were buy calls everywhere.
Me: Yah! In a bull market every one is a bull and you get lots of bull shit. And in a bear market, you have to bear all those shit that you got from the bull market!

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