Vinay Journal

hmtday 10000 Tips
Always nurture your mind with great thoughts.
To believe in the heroic, makes heroes.

hmtday Tech Center
Before computers, telephone lines, televisions and mobile phones connected us, we shared the same air, the same oceans, the same mountains and rivers.
We were always connected then too.

hmtday Meditation Room
Organised 30 minutes meditation class for the students of the public exam classes - 10th,11th and 12th - between 3:30 and 4 pm today.

hmtday Meditation Room
Meditation is not to run away from the society, but to come back to ourselves and see what is going on and make it better.

hmtday Anything Goes
The only people with no problems are either dead or not yet born!

hmtday Life Lessons
Relation is like a bird. If you catch tightly, it dies. If you catch it loosely, it flies. But if you catch affectionately, it remains with you forever.

hmtday Life Lessons
'No' and 'yes' are short words which need long thought. Most of the trouble in life are the result of saying 'Yes' too soon and 'No' too late.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Speaking without ego, loving without intention, caring without expectation, praying without selfishness - are the signs of true relations.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not expect much from others and get disappointed, but most important, do not disappoint those who expect a little from you.

hmtday Beautiful Places
Kovalam beach in Kerala near Trivandrum is a lovely place. Previously it used to be very beautiful with the nature at its best, but nowadays it has started losing its charm.
I am planning to take a group of students for an educational tour to Trivandrum, Kovalam, Kanyakumari and Madurai by the end of September after the quarterly examinations.

hmtday Food Food
Dinner will be my own preparation. I have planned idlis for dinner. Already my wife has prepared onion chutney and sambar, and I can make use of that in her absence.
A few idlis, banana and a glass of warm milk will bring back my energy (to sleep?).

hmtday Days Today
I was very busy in the school. But when I came back home at 6 pm, I felt the absence of my wife who has gone with the students for an educational tour. I have to be alone today, not just today, till late night tomorrow.

hmtday Open Thoughts
After living with the family members for such a long time, staying alone even for one day has become very difficult.
We can console others, but can't console ourselves. When my daughter went with her husband a year ago after the wedding brought tears from my eyes. Now, my wife has gone on an educational tour with the school students only for two days, but I feel that I am totally left alone in my house! A sort of helplessness!
I wonder about the aged people who are left alone by their grown up children now. How much they must be suffering!

hmtday 10000 Tips
Always think and believe that the best is yet to come.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Your work will not take care of you when you are sick. But your family and friends will. Therefore do not cut ties.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Try to spend time with people over 80 years and children under 6 years of age. It will teach you a lot.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Forget past events and do not remind your partners of their past mistakes. It will ruin your present happiness.

hmtday Stress Busters
Stress is caused because we are being "here", but wanting to be "there".
Therefore, live HERE, and live NOW.

hmtday Success Tips
The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, and not on things we fear.

hmtday 10000 Tips
When you are in the wrong, admit your mistakes.
If questioned, give explanations, never excuses.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Laugh WITH others, never AT them; but when the joke is on you, laugh at yourself.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Be generous with your praise, lavish with kind and encouraging words, and prompt with your thanks.
But be restricted with criticism.
When in doubt - don't!

hmtday 10000 Tips
Dress neatly and in a way that suits the type of work you do.
Always remember: "Eat to please thyself and dress to please others."

hmtday 10000 Tips
Be eager to learn, and be a learner always. Learn from anyone. And be eager to give information, especially when asked.

hmtday 10000 Tips
It will be always better if you leave home worries at home, and office worries in office.

hmtday Ways To Save Money
Use water very sparingly. It not only will cut down your water bill, but also will help you have water in the long run.
Save water, and you are saving money.

hmtday Ways To Save Money
It has become a fashion (?) nowadays in most of the shops to mention the price of the things as Rs.199, Rs.499 etc. When we pay, naturally we will not get back the one rupee as change. Just imagine how much money they will be collecting in a day, week, month and year. It becomes a big amount - the amount for which they will not pay tax!
Therefore, get the change from the shopkeepers, even if it is Re.1. When we collect from 10 shops like that, it amounts to Rs.10.

hmtday Sports World
As expected the Indian Cricket team had a 3-0 win over the Srilankans. Congratulations Team India.
Let us hope that they continue the good form in the forthcoming one day series that start on the 20th too.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Today morning I had the flag-hoisting in the school. I just announced on Saturday that today was a holiday, and it was not compulsory to come to the school. But if they were the true patriots of India, I would expect them, I told.
Today the attendance was almost 100 %.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Fruits are good for the health. But always wash the fruits very nicely before consuming.
Special care should be given to grapes and apples. Grapes should be kept in salt water for about 10 minutes before washing in clean water. Check for the shining substance on the apples, and it could be the wax coating. Remove the coating using the knife. It would be better if we avoid eating the skin of the apple.

hmtday RIP Center
The sudden land-slide has taken the lives of many people in Himachal Pradesh.
May their souls Rest In Peace.

hmtday RIP Center
A good Tamil actor, Shanmuga Sundaram, passed away at Chennai this morning. He was 74 and had been ill for about a month.
May his soul rest in peace, and his family members have courage to bear the loss.

hmtday Weather Center
Last two or three days, the day time temperature has been a bit high, and we do get rains in the evenings. Very strange weather. Today morning also the sun was shining very brightly, and look at the dark clouds that have brought the drizzle. It is raining outside.

hmtday Last 60 Minutes
Checked the Whatsapp and Facebook messages from 8 o' clock. Then I had my dinner - white pongal, coconut chutney and sambar. Just after that started working on Enoma. Here I am now.

hmtday Morning Musings
Today being Sree Krishna Jayanthi here, we had a pooja at home in the morning. Made paal paayasam (a sweet dish made out of rice and milk with sugar added to it) to offer to the God.

hmtday Weather Center
Once again the unpredictable weather here is very hot. Yesterday it was not as hot as this, and some time it was cloudy too. Rains are predicted all over Tamilnadu, and I doubt whether it will affect this part!

hmtday 10000 Tips
When you buy medicines or any other things for that matter, check for the expiry date on the label. If the date is altered, or another paper is pasted on top of the printed date, it is advisable not to buy that product. There should be something fishy about it.

hmtday Sports World
Yes, India is going to win this cricket test too against the Lankans. It certainly is going to be a total white wash (unless the weather God helps them!) winning all the three tests. Well done, Kohli and the other members in Team Blue.

hmtday Days Today
A nice day. Early morning we started from our house to go to Pazhani temple. It is about 100 km away from here.
As expected, being Sunday, there was a very big crowd in the temple. The temple can be reached by climbing about 800 very steep steps. Even though rope car and winch were available, we climbed the steps. We could attend the 12 o' clock pooja very nicely. Satisfied with the 'darshan' we had.
Started driving back by about 2:30 and on the way we had lunch. Reached home by about 5 in the evening with paining legs for both me and my wife!

hmtday Happy Birthday
Today is the birthday of my elder brother. I called him early in the morning to wish him. Yesterday itself I contacted him to ask him about his programme for today. He was planning to go to Kerala, otherwise he would have come here to celebrate his birthday.

hmtday Travel Thoughts
We are planning to go to Pazhani temple tomorrow. Will start early in the morning. It is about 100 kilometres from here. After the darshan, I hope to come back in the evening itself if everything goes all right. Tomorrow being Sunday, I expect a big crowd in the temple.

hmtday Days Today
Had a very busy day. There was a Parents-Teachers' Meeting for the tenth standard parents. All the parents were happy, but the only thing was that after the meeting most of them wanted to come and meet me in my office.That took a lot of my time.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not take bath using very hot water. That will dry out your skin and cause it to age prematurely. Warm water is much better. Apply moisturiser while your skin is still damp. You may add a little olive oil to your bath to keep your skin moisturised.

hmtday 10000 Tips
It is good to start your day with an alkaline fruit like banana, apple, guava or chickoo that will keep your stomach and intestine calm.

hmtday Health Club
All fruits can be combined in a fruit salad. Fruits are hydrating and should never be had along with water, milk or any other liquid.

hmtday Health Club
Avoid eating a fruit after a heavy meal. When fruits are eaten after a meal, they pass through a heavy meal leading to a delay in the intestinal absorption. This is where the mal-absorption takes place as the food consumed gets decayed before reaching the intestines. Hence fruits should be avoided post meal.

hmtday Success Tips
All of us have our moments of success, when the tendency would be to feel that we achieved them alone. But when we allow ourselves a closer look, we know, as do others, that someone passed the ball to us.

hmtday News Waves
Watched the TV news about the grand rally being organised by the Marathas in Mumbai. The crowd of people looked very huge really.

hmtday Movie Times
There are a lot of Tamil movies being shown in the theatres here. Each one says different opinion about the movies. I can't find out whether there are any good movies, really. So, don't feel like going to the theatre at all.

hmtday Days Today
The parents of Standards XI and XII came to the school to get the Progress Report of their wards. Many of them came to me to discuss their wards. All are happy that their children are doing well - not in academics alone, but in all the other areas as well.
Feeling proud!

hmtday 10000 Tips
One should have enough patience. Only with patience, the ordinary larva becomes a beautiful butterfly, and the mulberry leaf becomes silk thread.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do the thing that is right, even when the boss is not looking, because the boss isn't a criterion. The real boss is standing alongside you every moment of your life.

hmtday Anything Goes
Use things, not people;
Love people, not things.

hmtday Success Tips
Keys to success: Have a goal, research your ideas, plan for success, expect success and just do it.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Never stop learning till your death, because life never stops teaching.

hmtday Random Thoughts
Sometimes in life, we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey. Therefore enjoy the 'present' and do not worry about the uncertain future.

hmtday Random Thoughts
FAIL = First Attempt In learning.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Choose a job you love. Then you will never have to "work" a day in your life. Because it is something you love to do, and will not be a work at all.

hmtday Weather Center
Last night we got very good rain in these parts. May be because of that, it is very cool here today. Lovely weather. I am scared to tell that because the weather forecast here has become very difficult nowadays. Anything can happen any time - sun shine or rain!

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not mix bad words with your bad mood. You will have many opportunities to change a mood, but you will never get an opportunity to replace the words you spoke.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Always focus your conscious mind on things you desire, not things you fear.

hmtday 10000 Tips
When you see something good or beautiful in someone, tell them. It may take only seconds to say, but for them, it could last a life time.

hmtday Relaxing Thoughts
The time to relax is when you really don't have time for it.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not get upset with people or situations, both are powerless without your reaction.

hmtday Life Lessons
A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile.

hmtday TV Tuner
There is a programme going on on Star Vijay TV channel. The name of the programme is Big Boss. I think it is also telecast in some channels in Hindi. It is being directed by actor Kamal Hasan. The people have become a bit crazy about it.

hmtday Random Thoughts
A Guru being an embodiment of discipline, knowledge and integrity, expects nothing from his students except their growth. He is certainly worthy of unquestionable faith, deep reverence and complete obedience.

hmtday 10000 Tips
As you forgive others you have to forgive you too. Unless you forgive, you cannot forget. Give pardon, and get peace of mind.

hmtday Life Lessons
Scene 1."Do you have a problem?"
"No".
"Then, why to worry?"
Scene 2. "Do you have a problem?"
"Yes."
"Can you solve it?"
"Yes."
"Then, why to worry?"
Scene 3. "Do you have a problem?"
"Yes."
"Can you solve it?"
"No."
"Then what is the use of worrying?"

hmtday Sports World
Kudos to the Indian Cricket team for winning the series in Srilanka. They gave the Lankans an innings defeat in the second test.
Now we will hope for a total white wash in the three test series.

hmtday 10000 Tips
If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot do it", then by all means do it, and that voice will be silenced.

hmtday Success Tips
Focus + daily improvement + Time = Genius = Success.
Should understand this formula deeply and your life will never be the same.

hmtday Success Tips
Success is nothing but a few simple disciplines practised every day;
failure is nothing but a few small mistakes repeated every day.

hmtday Life Is Beautiful
The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling; even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Where we are today is a result of the choices we made yesterday. Let's make the best choice today so that we might have the best tomorrow.

hmtday Success Tips
Success is how high you bounce back after you hit the bottom. So never worry when you hit hard on bottom because the harder you hit, the higher you bounce.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not see the problem as a problem. See it as a God-sent opportunity for you to show your problem solving talent.

hmtday Weather Center
Just this morning I mentioned about the weather here that it was very sunny and there was no chance of any rain.
Very strange.
In the afternoon, suddenly it started raining. It rained very heavily for about an hour and suddenly it stopped too (as if mocking at me!). Then the sun started shining brightly!

hmtday Random Musings
Both guilt and hurt are harmful. We have to liberate ourselves from both.
When we don't forgive others, we suffer from hurt; when we can't forgive ourselves, we suffer from guilt.

hmtday Random Musings
If you keep doing the same stuff, you will keep getting the same results. Similarly, if you walk the path everyone walks, you will only reach where everyone reaches.
A breakthrough necessitates break with.
Path-breakers become pathfinders!

hmtday Random Musings
The strength of the tree depends on the depth of the roots.
Similarly, to evolve higher in maturity, you need to grow deeper in faith.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not express negative judgements about people. Instead we can share the experience we had with them.
If a person betrayed us, we will call him untrustworthy. But instead of using that word, we can share our experience of betrayal and leave it to the listener to form his own judgement.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Be always non judgemental.
For that, there has to be total acceptance and zero expectations. Then deal with life as it comes, whatever it may be.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Do not get bored looking at the same horizon thinking that horizon is always the same.
What we require are new eyes to see the same existing horizon.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Boredom and monotony is because we think life is repetitive, but life in its very design cannot repeat itself. Life is always new.
So life need not change, but our outlook towards life needs to change.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Decision making is sometimes very difficult. But once we take a decision, it can be called a decision only if you don't negotiate on it. In case you negotiate, it is not a decision, it is only a wish.

hmtday Days Today
When I started working on Enoma, some guests came home, and I had to stop my work.
They went back only by about 5 o' clock.
My wife and I had lunch only after that as we were not feeling hungry because of the late breakfast.

hmtday Random Thoughts
Contentment does not mean that you should not be ambitious.
It means that you will cherish what you have without any regrets.

hmtday Random Thoughts
Today being the Friendship Day, it will be nice to think about all our old friends with whom we did not have any connection for years. We can try to find out their whereabouts and if possible, to contact them. It will be surprise for them, but imagine the happiness we will have.

hmtday Travel Thoughts
Next weekend is going to be very long weekend. Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Monday being the Sree Krishna Jayanthi, is a holiday. Tuesday, even though it is a holiday on account of Independence Day, I have to go to the school in the morning for the flag hoisting.
We are planning for the trip on Sunday and Monday. Not yet decided where to go, but will go for sure.

hmtday Weather Center
Really unpredictable weather. We had very lovely weather yesterday, but today it is very hot. The sun is shining very brightly. No breeze at all. No chance of any rain, I guess.

hmtday Menu Now
My wife has started cooking the lunch. It is going to be egg curry, some mixed vegetables, pappad and curd along with the rice.

hmtday Menu Now
Got up late in the morning, today being Sunday. So had late breakfast. We had 'Ada Dosai' with coconut chutney. This is a very healthy food as it is made out of rice, wheat, ragi, corn flour and different cereals.

hmtday Travel Thoughts
When you are physically or mentally not well, avoid driving alone. If you want to go somewhere, it will be better to arrange a driver. It is very dangerous to drive when you are tensed.

hmtday Menu Now
Today's lunch was something I always liked. Rice with drumstick-leaves gravy, cauliflower fried, pappad, curd and pickles. We had pappaya and sweet pongal after the lunch.

hmtday Weather Center
We are experiencing very beautiful weather here today. It is a bit cool with the sun totally hiding behind the dark clouds.
Very strange that each day we have different type of weather.

hmtday Sleep Tips
Keeping regular sleep times is as important as the amount of sleep you get. A scientific report says that college students who did not keep regular bedtime and wake times did worse academically and had poorer grade points, on average.

hmtday Success Tips
Vision is not enough, it must be combined with ventures. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.

hmtday Success Tips
Belief in success is one basic, absolutely essential ingredient in successful people. Believe, really believe that you can succeed and you will.

hmtday Sports World
Indian Cricket team is doing very well in the second test also against Srilanka. I am again happy that my favourite Rahane scored a beautiful century.
Innings victory this time?

hmtday Incredible India
The Indian Railways runs as many as 19,000 trains every day. Some 12,000 trains are for passengers and 7,000 for freight. There are 7,083 railway stations in India.
Really Incredible India!

hmtday Food Food
Going to have the dinner in my neighbour's house as they have a pooja there. They have invited about 30 people from around here. The menu was prepared by us yesterday and we also helped in the preparations.

hmtday Days Today
I had a very busy day in my school today. When I came back home it was nearly 6 o' clock. Was very tired. Took bath and refreshed myself.

hmtday Last 60 Minutes
I was working on Cafe Enoma for more than one hour.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not compare yourself with someone whom you think is doing slightly better. He knows how hard his life is.
The other side always looks greener pasture than ours.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not neglect when someone is in distress or needs help. Even if we are in a hurry, it pays to stop and help the needy.

hmtday Weather Center
Right from the morning it has been nice weather here. It is not very sunny because of the clouds. The breeze is not very strong either.

hmtday Sports World
Nice to see that India is doing well in the Colombo test also. The only doubt I have is whether Indians are playing better because India is strong or is it because Srilanka is a weak team at present?

hmtday Shopping Cart
Went for shopping to buy the grocery. Then suddenly decided to go to 'Chennai Silks'. Very good collection of dresses they have. Bought a nice sari for my wife, even though she told not to buy. I am happy because she is happy!

hmtday Days Today
One of my friends invited us to his house as they had a special pooja at home, today being an auspicious day. Attended the pooja, had lunch there, went for shopping and came back home.

hmtday Success Tips
Success is not a matter of being the best. Success is a matter of handling the worst. So be the best in handling the worst.

hmtday Life Lessons
We came to this world with the fear of not knowing anybody, but we will go from here with tears after knowing everybody!
That's called life!

hmtday Open Thoughts
Here's a beautiful sentence: ".... but I like you!"
A painful sentence: "I like you, but....!"
Words are the same, but where they are placed really matters.

hmtday 10000 Tips
'Some day' is not the day of the 'week'. It is a day of the 'weak'. So never postpone your work for some day, which you can do today.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Disappointment is the distance between the expectation and the reality. Therefore, either expect less and accept the reality or expect a lot and turn it into reality.

hmtday Random Thoughts
Whatever it is we need courage. We need courage to stand up and speak. More than that, we need courage to sit and listen.

hmtday Success Tips
Between success and failure, most of the times, all that makes a difference is an attempt; an attempt beyond hope.

hmtday Family Time
In the pretext of earning money to take care of the wife and the children, the husband neglects the quality time with the family members. The children rarely meet the father, as the father will be either sleeping or would have gone for jogging when the child gets ready to come to the school. In the evening, the child does not see the father as the father comes late from the office.
Where is the quality time with the family?

hmtday Life Lessons
When our diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When our diet is correct, medicine is of no need!

hmtday Parenting Place
Our children will not remember us for the material things we provided them, but the feeling and occasions that we cherished with them.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Most of the times, the problem will not be how to get new, innovative thoughts into our mind, but how to get the old ones out. When we throw out the unwanted old thoughts, make space for the new ones to come in, only then the new ones can come in. We have to prepare ourselves for that.

hmtday Parenting Place
Many parents hesitate or deem it worthless to talk about sex to their children. If the parents or teachers do not inform the children about sex at the appropriate time, they will get the information from their friends' circle, which may not be the correct one. They learn or get the wrong messages, and these can create a lot of problems in the later stages of their life. Right sex education is a must.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not hold on to your anger. It is almost like grasping a hot iron piece with the intention of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Want to make a better living on this earth?
Then, try to leave everything a little better than you found it.

hmtday 10000 Tips
One should learn to love without condition;
Talk without bad intention;
Give without any reason;
And above all, care for people without any expectation.

hmtday Sports World
What an incredible win India had against the Srilankans yesterday! Congrats Kohli and his team for winning the first cricket test in Srilanka against them on the home ground.

hmtday Shopping Cart
The price of onions and tomatoes has not come down at all. Onions are Rs. 85 a kg and tomatoes Rs. 75 a kg. How can the average and poor people survive in these conditions?

hmtday Weather Center
I wonder if this is the same place where we received that heavy rain last evening! How nice it was yesterday evening!
It is just the opposite today. The sun is shining very brightly, and it is very hot. What a funny weather!

hmtday Anything Goes
I remember my childhood days. Whenever my parents planned to go somewhere, I was eagerly waiting for that particular day. Many days before that particular day itself, I would start dreaming about it. And at last when that day came, how excited I was!
It is the same feeling even now. Today is the counselling session for me with Savio sir. I am excited about it. Waiting for the 8 pm of today! The good old childhood excitement comes back to me.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
I am sad today. I have been having the headache from the morning. Slightly better now, and thought of engaging myself with Enoma. Let me see whether Enoma can get rid of my headache.

hmtday Weekend Break
How fast the days are passing! It is one more weekend. Tomorrow is Sunday, a holiday. We are not planning to go anywhere except the near-by temple in the morning. Tomorrow is family time for me. (And not forgetting the counselling session that I have to attend at 8 at night.)

hmtday Sleep Tips
It is not advisable health-wise to sleep in a room where the air-conditioner if switched on. It will be better not to get the coolness directly from the AC. In case you want the AC to switched on, let it be for some time, and then switch it off before you sleep.

hmtday Weather Center
Suddenly it started raining very heavily in these parts. It started at about half past four, and lasted for about one and half hours. Very good rain. We got the rain after many days of waiting. The temperature has come down slightly.

hmtday Success Tips
Whenever you want to start a new assignment, get the blessing from elders, especially the parents. It gives great confidence to continue the work. With their blessing and our confidence, the assignment cannot fail.

hmtday Stress Busters
I have been having an aquarium for more than 20 years. There are about 14 golden fish in the tank at present. When I feel a bit sad or lonely, I like to sit near the aquarium to watch the fish. Just keep watching them, and they will come towards you some time, talk to them and forget the worry you have. You will be totally relieved.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
We always keep water in a big saucer in front of our flat in the apartment. The lovely pigeons come to drink that water often. There are hundreds of pigeons here. It is very lovely to watch them.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not give up when you try something. It is just like pumping to get water. When you pump 24 times you may not get water and may give up. But the water would have come at the 25th pumping. You would have missed out by just one pumping. Similarly, when you want to give up, always remember, the success can reach you, may be in the next try!

hmtday 10000 Tips
Just before going to sleep, it will be always good to thank God for the lovely day He gave you. Also while lying on the bed, it is a must to analyse what all happened that day, to you, and also through you to others. If you feel that something wrong had happened, ask excuse from God. Think of something where you would have acted in a different and better way too. Similarly, as you wake up in the morning, pray to God to make that day a good day for you.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
I took a session for the teachers of my school. The session was on HOT (Higher Order Thinking). Explained very well using PPT, and all the teachers were very happy to know about a new concept. I stressed the point that teaching is not just giving and dumping facts and figures into the children, but real teaching should be to make the children think.

hmtday Last 60 Minutes
At 4:45, I drove my wife to the colony where she is going to attend the pooja. Dropped her there and came back home. Watched TV news for some time and went through the newspaper. Took a nice shower and refreshed. Sat closing my eyes for some time for the relaxation. Now here I am on Cafe Enoma.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
Today being an auspicious day of an auspicious month, my wife wants to attend a pooja in the evening. It is called the 'Vilakku poojai' meaning the pooja done with the lamps. We got the invitation from the colony where we were living before shifting to the present apartment. It is very nice of those residents to remember us still!

hmtday TV Tuner
The programme on Vijay Super TV channel conducted by the actor Kamalhasan is becoming to be a big hit. The name of the programme is The Big Boss. It is telecast every night from 9 to 10:30. It is something different.

hmtday Sports World
Even though India did not reach the expected high total in the first innings in Srilanka test, they did very well in restricting the Lankan batsmen to a very low score taking 5 big wickets. Indians have to bowl them out soon today. Today's game can be crucial.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Improvement happens with change. Accept the change always. Better than that is as Gandhiji mentioned 'you must be the change you wish to see in the world'.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Always be thankful for what you have. You will end up having more. Liking what you get is more important than getting what you like.

hmtday 10000 Tips
No God, no peace!
Know God, know peace!

hmtday 10000 Tips
Anything that you cannot teach the people in 50 years can be taught to them by example or being a role model in one week.

hmtday Anything Goes
It will be always wise to direct our anger towards the problems, and not people; to focus our energies on answers, and not excuses.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Everyone makes mistakes. But never do the mistake of claiming that you never made one.

hmtday Happy Things
The happiness can't be expressed when I see and hear that the reason for somebody's happiness is me. That again proves that if you want to be happy, make someone happy.

hmtday Days Today
I had asked the parents of two boys to meet me today as I felt that the low scoring of the boys was not due to the fact that they don't understand the lesson. I thought it has something to do with the relationship with their parents. This morning when I talked to the parents, I knew that my guess was correct. Spent some time with the parents, and they felt relieved openly talking to me. Felt very happy that I was able to do something for two families. My counselling sessions at Enoma help me a lot nowadays!

hmtday Food Food
Today, Thursday, is fasting day for my wife. So I prepared some simple chapatis for me to carry to the school for lunch. My wife prepared very nice black chana curry which I like as the combination for the chapatis.

hmtday RIP Center
Today is the death anniversary of our Great President Dr. Abdul Kalam. With fond remembrance we pray for him. I remembered the meeting I had with him at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan and spending about one and half hours with him when I took 70 students and 7 teachers for an educational tour.

hmtday Sports World
India did very well on the first day of the Srilankan test yesterday. Scoring nearly 400 runs a day is something very good in a test match.
Today till lunch, they lost 4 wickets for 104 runs in the span of 27 overs, which is very alarming. There should be consistency in the batting with long partnership.

hmtday Parenting Place
Many of the parents, especially mothers, keep asking many questions to their daughters as soon as they come back from school to know what all things happened in the school. The parents need not become 'police' to know about it. Just love them and be friendly with them so that they will have the confidence in you. Then, without asking anything, they themselves will tell you everything.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Give that unconditional love to your son and daughter. They need it. In case they don't get it at home, they will seek it else where. That's how they fall into the wrong relationships.

hmtday 10000 Tips
It will be only proper to thank all those small things that we get as help. We don't thank our maid, the server in a hotel, the milk man, the postman, the newspaper boy, the man who packs things for us in a grocery shop etc. Unless we thank them, how can we expect gratitude from others when we do a good deed?

hmtday Random Musings
Today we organised a programme in the school with the help of an organisation from Coimbatore. It was just to 'Thank Water'. The speaker spoke very nicely bringing in scientific proof that water molecules react to our feelings. Therefore, if we love water, and thank it, it will react in such a way that we will start getting plenty of water. The scientific proof was from a scientist from Japan. Very surprising, indeed.

hmtday Brain Fitness
Playing chess is a good exercise for our brain. You have to concentrate on each move of yours and your opponent, remember all the moves and plan what should be the next move. It needs concentration, memory, planning, decision making, time management and executing.

hmtday Easy Recipes
Here's something taught by my wife:
Cucumber salad
Ingredients: 3 medium cucumbers (thinly sliced), 1/4 onion, 1/3 yogurt, juice of 1 lemon, chopped green chilly, salt, freshly ground black pepper and chopped coriander leaves.
Directions: In a large bowl, mix cucumbers and onions. In another medium bowl mix yogurt, lemon juice, green chilly and whisk until it becomes very smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over cucumbers and onions, and toss until it gets mixed. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

hmtday Last 60 Minutes
Today I came back from the school only by 6:30. Rested for some time with some snacks. Took a warm water bath to regain the freshness. Read the news paper for some time, and now here I am on Cafe Enoma.

hmtday Weather Center
Today also is a very hot day here. It is slightly better than yesterday, but the days are just like the hot summer days.

hmtday Random Musings
One can easily become famous and be remembered for two things:
the problems he solves or the ones he creates.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Actually there is nothing called 'failure'. A failure is actually success if we learn a lesson from it.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Before going for a long trip in the vehicles, have the vehicles get checked up in a nearby workshop. If you know to check, that's enough. Check for the oil, fuel, radiator coolant etc. Also make sure that the extra tyre is ready to be used in case it is needed. Check the air pressure in all the tyres and make sure that basic tools are available in the vehicle.

hmtday Menu Now
It is going to be coconut rice for my lunch. I like it very much, so my wife prepared it in the morning. To go along with that, I have carrot and beans vegetables and some fryums (substitute for pappad).

hmtday Shopping Cart
The price of tomatoes has shot up to Rs. 110 a kilo. I think we have to follow what Sheila suggested. Just boycott tomatoes for a week at least. Let the tomatoes get rotten than buy it for that huge price.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Today is 26th July. Today we remember the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the Kargil war. Let us remember them and pray for them on this Kargil Vijay Dhivas.

hmtday Weight Loss Tips
Skipping in the morning and in the evening will make you feel light. In the long run it will reduce weight too. Can't expect instant result, though.

hmtday Shopping Cart
Bought some vegetables today. Almost all the vegetables are very costly. We cannot go anywhere near tomatoes or small (sambar) onions.

hmtday Menu Now
We had extra snacks in the evening with the tea, and so thought of taking light dinner today. We prepared dosa and coconut chutney. As usual a cup of hot milk too.

hmtday Night Hours
There was a phone call from the President of the Kerala Samajam this afternoon asking me to attend an emergency Executive Committee meeting at 8 pm today. Came from the school only by 6 in the evening, had a cold bath, and wanted to do something on Enoma before I go for the meeting. I don't know how much it is going to be delayed for me to come back.

hmtday Sports World
The Indian Women's Cricket team captain Mithali Raj is chosen as the captain of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 team by the ICC. Deepthi Sharma also is included in the team. It shows the growth of the Indian Women's Cricket in India.

hmtday Random Musings
It is really disgracing to see the way the MP's behave in the Parliament. Even for very simple things, they disturb the proceedings of the Houses. How many lakhs and lakhs of people will be watching the programme live, and what will they think about India!

hmtday Food Food
For about one week we have not been using the small onion (what we call it as sambar onion) as the price of it has shot up to Rs. 92 a kilo. According to the shopkeepers, there is no chance of the price coming down immediately, it seems. We have to be contended with the big onions which do not taste as good as the small ones.

hmtday Food Food
Had a nice big samosa with a strong cup of tea just now. Very refreshing it was, even though the weather is still very hot here.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
The students of Std 8 were taken to a nearby dairy farm where they had large number of cows and buffaloes. The students learnt a lot about the feeding of the cattle, the milking process, vermi-compost and many other things. I also accompanied them, and everything was new to me too. I learnt quite a lot.

hmtday 10000 Tips
All successful and unsuccessful people have one thing in common: 24 hours in a day.
It is how they make use of it that makes all the difference.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Never explain yourself to anyone, because, the person who doesn't understand you won't believe it. And the person who understood you doesn't need it too.

hmtday 10000 Tips
The family is built on trust mainly. Between the husband and the wife, there should be trust, faith, confidence, good communication with a lot of listening, empathy, adjustment, tolerance, mutual respect and good understanding.

hmtday Morning Musings
It seems to be the second summer in this part of the world. It has been terribly hot for the last two days, today being no exception. The heat makes one lethargic, lazy to do the usual work. Very frequent power cuts add to the misery of the people.

hmtday Days Today
Right from the morning I was not in my proper mood. I had cold and throat pain. But I thought that these were only the symptoms of something else. I analysed and found out that I was not able to access Cafe Enoma, and that worry had brought the cold and throat pain.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Yesterday completely I was not able to access Cafe Enoma. Something had gone wrong. My idea was to spend more time on Enoma as my wife had gone to Coimbatore for some official work. I thought Enoma would give me company, but when I was not able to do anything on Enoma, I understood I much I miss it. I think it has become part and parcel of my life.

hmtday 10000 Tips
In case you have done a mistake secretly, and if it is pricking the conscious still, the only way to come out of that is to openly talk it out. Once you spill it out, you will be relieved. That initial hiccups will be there, but people will start trusting you once you reveal the mistake and apologise from the heart.

hmtday Sports World
Very sad that the Indian Women's Cricket team lost in the finals. In spite of that, all Indians will like them for their fighting spirit and reaching the finals of the world cup for the second time.

hmtday Sports World
Tomorrow the Indian Women's cricket team will play the World Cup finals against the host England. England is a strong team, no doubt, and they have their home ground advantage too. But our plus point is that we defeated them in the league match that led us to the finals.

hmtday News Waves
I cannot understand why the Tamilnadu Govt is approaching the central govt to get the exemption for the students of this state from NEET examinations. They also demand some reservation for the students. Is it possible to consider just for one state? Is it not unjust to request so? Or is it indirectly admitting that the educational standard here is lower than other states?

hmtday Menu Now
As both my wife and I had half day as working day, we decided to have a simple meal for lunch. We had rice with sambar, one vegetable and buttermilk. There were potato chips too to go with the rice.

hmtday 10000 Tips
At least for one meal of the day, all the family members should be sitting together to have the meal. No TV, no reading newspaper or novels at that time. Just keep talking to your family members. Have that quality time. Share anything you want to with others.

hmtday Days Today
I had a training session for the teachers of my school this morning. It was a very fruitful session.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Some of our failures happen mainly because at certain times we say 'yes' when actually we wish and want to say 'no'. We lose the courage to say what we want to express. Always say 'no' when we have to say 'no.

hmtday Weather Center
The weather has been very hot throughout today. It is almost like a summer day. No hint of any rain at all.

hmtday Weather Center
Yesterday it was very cloudy here, and today the sun is shining very brightly. Each day the weather changes and can't predict about it nowadays.

hmtday Weekend Break
One more weekend in my life. Tomorrow I have to conduct a session for the teachers on Multiple Intelligence in the morning. Afternoon I am free. I am sad that my wife has to go to Coimbatore on Sunday morning on official work and will be back only in the evening. I am going to be alone at home. Cafe Enoma is going to give me company.

hmtday Parenting Place
Do not talk ill about any of the teachers of your son or daughter in front of them. They will lose the respect towards their teachers. Whatever may be, the teachers are the teachers whom the students should respect.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I feel very irritated when someone is not keeping the time or not being punctual. The politicians feel that if they arrive at a function on time, people will think that they don't have any work, so they purposely come hours late. But what about the people waiting for the politicians, don't they have anything to do? Why don't they have sense about it? Wasting the time of hundreds of people unnecessarily.

hmtday Sports World
The Indian Women's Cricket team has stormed into the finals of the World cup, beating the favourites Australia. I sincerely hope the same in the finals against England on Sunday. Let India bring laurels to our nation. Good luck to them.

hmtday 10000 Tips
'If there is a will, there is a way', they say. If there is will power, there are 10,000 ways to achieve anything.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Whether anyone is watching or not, if you are driving a two wheeler, wear your helmet, and a four wheeler, your seat belt. It is not for the law, but for your own safety.

hmtday Menu Now
We have decided to have puris with green gram gravy for dinner. And to add to it, there is going to be fruit salad too, which is my favourite.

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