Vinay Journal

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.

hmtday 10000 Tips
If you have a child studying hard for the public exam, be with him most of the time of his study. That can be a moral support for him. Sometimes, just go to him and pat at the back, that's all what is needed to tell him,"Don't worry, I am with you".

hmtday 10000 Tips
If you have a child studying hard for the public exam, be with him most of the time of his study. That can be a moral support for him. Sometimes, just go to him and pat at the back, that's all what is needed to tell him,"Don't worry, I am with you".

hmtday Stress Busters
In case something is bothering you often, it will be better to talk it over to someone whom you have faith in, instead of keeping everything inside you. That becomes a stress and brings in all sorts of trouble. Pour it out to someone who is ready to listen to you and you will be relieved.

hmtday Sports World
Congrats Roger Federer for achieving yet another grand slam title. A real record indeed. He became the oldest person to win the Wimbledon. Great!

hmtday Sports World
Indian women cricket team managed to reach the semi finals, at last. They are going to play against the mighty Australians. If Indians keep their nerve, definitely they can beat the Aussies to enter the finals.

hmtday Happy Birthday
It was the birthday of one of my students. Usually on the birthday we wish that student in the assembly and the student donates a book to the school library. Today, the one who was celebrating his birthday donated a sapling to the school. Something different it was, and immediately I got it planted in a proper place. Very thoughtful of the parents to send the saplings to teach the students the strong message - Grow more trees.

hmtday Fashion Sense
I like to be in my formal dress always. Whenever I go out I try to be in my formals. That has become my habit.

hmtday Days Today
We had the Captains' Investiture ceremony in the school where two police officials were the Chief Guests. The function was organised very well and I became very happy when they appreciated the school in front of everyone.

hmtday 10000 Tips
The success of life does not depend upon getting all the things we like, but liking all the things that we get.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do not worry about the things we don't have. Instead thank God for all the things we have.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do you want to learn something? Teach somebody.
Do you want to get something? Give lavishly.

hmtday 10000 Tips
All the problems are stuck between 'Mind' and 'Matter'. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

hmtday Shopping Cart
Last evening we went out just for a drive, and when we saw the car accessories shop we thought of having a peep inside. We liked a sticker to be used as the body graphics to be stuck on the sides of the car. We bought it. It looks nice (even though it was a bit costly!). We also bought a mobile phone charger to be used in the car.

hmtday Weather Center
It is a cloudy day here today. Lovely weather, no sun, no heat. The wind is blowing a bit heavily, as is expected during this month of the year.

hmtday Days Today
Today morning when I got up, I told myself that this day is going to be a fantastic day for me. At least I will make it as one for me. Nobody can spoil my day except myself.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Do you have a problem? Can you solve it? If yes, then why do you worry about it? If no, what is the point in worrying about it?

hmtday 10000 Tips
Make it a point to go for the complete health check up at least once a year. Don't be scared about it. In case everything is all right, we can be happy. In case there is something wrong, thank God that we were able to diagnose it early to take the proper treatment.

hmtday Ways To Save Money
In case you are able to decide your vacation well in advance, book your flight tickets as early as possible. It will be much cheaper if you do the advance booking well in advance. You can really save a lot of money.

hmtday 10000 Tips
In case you are planning for a long vacation, make out a list of the things that you have to carry before hand. Keep on adding to the list whenever you remember something. It will become easier for you to do the packing once the list is complete at the time of packing the luggage.

hmtday 10000 Tips
In case you are planning for a trip by bus, train or flight, plan to arrive at the bus stop, railway station or the airport at least 30 minutes earlier. In case there are any troubles on the way, you will have some spare time with you then.

hmtday 10000 Tips
Have faith in your close relatives: father, mother, siblings, spouse or children. Do not keep anything as secret from them. Later, in case they come to know about it, they will be heart-broken, and will lose their faith in you.

hmtday 10000 Tips
It is always better to tell the truth for two reasons. 1. If the lie is detected by the others, your image will be spoiled for ever. 2. In case you tell a lie, you may have to add quite a lot of lies one after the other to make it appear true.

hmtday 10000 Tips
When you are carrying more money with you, keep it in different places, instead of keeping it in just one place. In case someone steals the amount, the balance money will be there with you.

hmtday Tech Center
The scientifically correct way of answering a call on a mobile phone is by using the phone in your left year. If the battery charge is very less, it is always advisable not to use the phone as the radiation is much higher than the normal time.

hmtday Weekend Break
My weekend is just one Sunday. I am planning to go to Coimbatore with my family in my new car. We plan to visit my brothers-in-law and also to visit a famous temple there. My only concern is that I will not be able to work on my lap top! I will miss Enoma.

hmtday Night Hours
It is half past eleven, and I am still working on my lap top. When I am working on Cafe Enoma, I do not like to quit, so I am still here. But when I think that my sleep will get disrupted, I feel like going to bed for fear of my headache.

hmtday Open Thoughts
It is always good to be very humble before your superiors. Creating a good impression can make a lot of difference in your life.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Sometimes just because we are very timid, there will be people who will try to take advantage of the softness. Sometimes, becoming polite also can be your villain.

hmtday Sleep Tips
Wash your legs before going to bed at night. Drink a cup of warm milk. Read some good articles, and then listen to your favourite music. You will get perfect sleep.

hmtday Last 60 Minutes
I have been working on the SDC forum and Cafe Enoma from half past five till now.

hmtday Shopping Cart
At last I have got my new car. Hyundai X-Cent, wine red colour. I took delivery of the vehicle in the morning from the showroom. I am happy. I am happy that it became cheaper by about 25,000 rupees after the declaration of the new GST.

hmtday Shopping Cart
I am going to take delivery of my new car tomorrow; tomorrow being an auspicious day. I will just take it, go for a round with my wife, do the pooja and take it back to the showroom. Then I will take it after the registration is done with the RTO. I am not going for a fancy registration number as it has become very costly here.

hmtday Sports World
The selection of the coach for the Indian Cricket team was postponed. That must be because of the differences of opinion among the selection panel. After all they are human beings; how can Ganguly forget and forgive Ravi Sastry who had abused him last time when they selected Anil Kumble as the coach!

hmtday Last 60 Minutes
I had gone outside with my wife and another family. We went to a temple, stayed there for some time. I left them there, and went to a studio to take a passport-size photo. After that, came back to the temple, picked my wife and came back home. Reached by 8:45. As soon as my wife prepared the dinner, we had it together. Switched on my lap top, and started doing this.

hmtday Sports World
It was a happy note that India became the overall champs in the Asian Championship. Dethroning the 17 years champs, China, was tremendous. Even though India came as runners-up for six times, so far they could not make it to the top spot. Congrats India.

hmtday Sports World
India lost in the one-off Twenty-20 match against the West Indies. 190 runs in 20 overs was not sufficient yesterday. Too sad.

hmtday Music Room
The success of the present day songs is mainly due to the music - the instruments, the rhythm the loud noise etc, where as the previous time, may be the last generation, the songs became hit because of the wordings, the lyrics. Music played only secondary fiddle there.

hmtday Brain Fitness
There is a game called Spell-o-Fun that gives a lot of inputs to our thinking of the English language. You have to keep making words using the letter blocks you have, along with the blocks placed by your opponents. The bigger word you make the more points you get. A good game to improve the vocabulary.

hmtday Parenting Place
Nowadays the parents want everything instantly. If a child does not study properly in a school, they blame the school and change the student from that school to another one. There they expect that instant result. Education, knowledge, behaviour or discipline cannot be injected to the students, then how do they expect the instant results?

hmtday Open Thoughts
A smile is a cheap thing, and costs nothing for us. It enriches those who receive, without making those poorer who give. It takes a few seconds to smile, but the memory the receiver is going to cherish may last forever.
Let us give our free smile to everyone.

hmtday Morning Musings
The mornings in my house are always busy on working days. As my wife and I have to start by quarter past eight from the house, we have to complete the cooking of the breakfast and lunch, and then have the breakfast too. We pack the lunch to carry with us to have it in the noon.
That means, we have to struggle to complete the work well before the time. I do help my wife in preparation of the food by cutting the vegetables etc; otherwise, the work will not be completed.

hmtday Menu Now
I had a tea by three o'clock itself. I have to be in the school till half past five till the 12th std students finish their class. The students are given a good drink along with some snacks daily by about 4 o'clock. Along with them I also had Badam milk and samosa. Good it was.

hmtday Hobby Lobby
During my school days, the children had a lot of hobbies like collection of stamps, coins, pictures, quotation, match boxes, flags etc, reading, writing and that sort of things. Nowadays the children are not interested in any of those hobbies at all. The way they want to spend their leisure time is by watching TV, playing computer games, using mobile phone, chatting, going for movies etc. Quite a lot of difference between the previous and present generations.

hmtday Tech Center
A few of my last year's students came to me to inform that they have taken a short film. I saw that on YouTube. It has come very well. They have given me the link too: http://youtu.be/NWFtgwPLNt4
The name of thefilm: Bane.35

hmtday Movie Times
The cinema theatre owners and the Tamilnadu govt have somewhat arrived at a decision where the owners agreed to start the show from today, and the govt agreeing to constitute a committee comprising of both the parties to look into the tax imposed on the movie. Even otherwise, the ticket rates have gone up like anything. What ticket we got for Rs.100, will cost you Rs.196 from today!

hmtday Sports World
At last Virat Kohli and his men won the series in West Indies. The fifth one-day match was a cake walk for the Indians. I cannot understand why they lost to the same team in the previous match.
I am happy that my favourite, Rahane was able to contribute in all the matches, and very rightly got the Man of the Series award.
The mistake they did in England was not including him in the playing eleven.

hmtday Easy Recipes
Here's a recipe for the 'beaten rice balls'. Take some beaten rice (choora or poha, I think), and add the jaggery powder and grated coconut. Put it in the mixie and make it into power. If needed sprinkle little bit of milk or water. Adjust the sweetness according to your taste by adding more jaggery. Take it out and make it into small balls with your hands. Very tasty evening snack which will be liked both by the children and grown-ups.

hmtday Days Today
I had a bit tough day in the morning today. Yesterday some parents of the students had complained about one particular teacher using some unwanted words in the class. The parents were a bit agitated, and I consoled them. This morning I had a session with that particular lady teacher, and made her understand the mistake they made. The technique that I used today was to listen more to her than me talking to her. She has realised the blunder she made in the class, and promised me that she will make amends. I managed this case without giving the trouble either to 'the leaf or the thorn'.

hmtday Brain Fitness
Tomorrow is Saturday, a holiday for the students in my school. But I have asked all the teachers to attend the school for half day. I have arranged a Meditation session for the teachers and some breathing exercises, as I arranged for the public exam students last week. I am sure the ever-tensed teachers will appreciate it and will enjoy doing it. My desire is that they continue doing it, instead of doing it just the name sake tomorrow.

hmtday Body Language
When someone is speaking to me, yawning in front of him will clearly indicate that I am not at all interested in what he is speaking.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
Went to the installation ceremony of the Rotary Club. I had to speak for 20 minutes and I did speak. I was happy to deliver the speech in front of the big gathering.
The only thing that I did not like was the way they organised the entire programme. Instead of starting at 6:30, the programme was started at 7:25. They did not keep the time at all.
I did not just finish the speech without mentioning about the punctuality of the Rotarians. I thought they should know about it.
Had nice dinner and came back.

hmtday Food Food
Today I had a very heavy lunch. I had rice with fish curry, fish fried and mince balls. Very tasty it was.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
Today late evening, I have to attend a meeting in the local Rotary Club and give a talk. It is going to be the Investiture ceremony. I have prepared and planned my speech well.

hmtday Life Lessons
I have a daughter who is married. Definitely she must be watching how I treat my old mother. She must be learning from me. I have to be careful to teach only good to her. How I treat my mother, will be repeated by my daughter towards me. How nicely life teaches you to be kind to all!

hmtday Open Thoughts
There are many who do not take care of their aged parents. Either they are forced to go to the Old-age Homes, or they just run away from the home to escape from the torture they suffer. I don't know how someone can totally neglect their own parents like this. Are they aware that they also would become old once?

hmtday Smartphone Etiquette
Last Saturday, two of our XI std students brought the mobile phones to the school. I confiscated the phones and informed the parents immediately. The parents did not bother to come to enquire at all!






hmtday Wildlife Reserve
Yesterday there was a news item on the Tamil news channels telling about a wild buffalo entering the village in Nilgiris in Tamilnadu. It came straight to a ration shop where people were getting things. This buffalo came straight to the people, and tossed the person who was at the last of the queue with its huge horns. The person died on his way to the hospital.
Very pathetic!

hmtday Weather Center
Today it is a very hot day in Tirupur. The sun is shining brightly, and there are no clouds at all in the sky. There is no chance of any rain, I guess.

hmtday Sports World
Today it is a very hot day in Tirupur. The sun is shining brightly, and there are no clouds at all in the sky. There is no chance of any rain, I guess.

hmtday Sports World
I am sad that Indian Cricket team lost to the West Indies by a narrow margin yesterday. Unfortunately there is no telecast of the match, so even though I was very eager, could not see the match on TV.
Happy that Indian women beat Pakistan in the world cup match. At least some compensation!

hmtday Food Food
Today morning when my wife went to take bath, I tried my hands at cooking the breakfast. I tried to make some 'uppuma' and surprisingly it came out very well. I prepared tea too.

hmtday Food Food
Going to have a late lunch today. It is going to be a simple lunch. Rice, sambar, scrambled egg, curd and pappad.

hmtday Sports World
It's going to be India versus West Indies in the men's Cricket and India versus Pakistan in the women's Cricket today. Good luck to both the teams.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Three Rotarians came home some time back to invite me to their club for the Investiture ceremony to be held in the evening on Tuesday. I am honoured! Should prepare and plan a good speech for that occasion.

hmtday Family Time
We decided that today we will not go out anywhere. We are going to be at home the whole day. Spending some quality time here.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
It's a beautiful afternoon with a slight breeze blowing outside. The sun is playing hide and seek behind the clouds, and there is no sign of any rain today too.

hmtday Movie Times
All the cinema theatres in Tamilnadu are going to close from Monday to protest against the tax that is imposed on them by the state government, other than the GST. So if anyone wants to go for a movie to the theatre, make it today, and we don't know when the strike is going to end.

hmtday Incredible India
The incredible Indian cricket teams are going to play today.
The men's team will take on the West Indies and the women's team will play Pakistan. I wish both our teams the very best of luck. Play well, and make us proud!

hmtday Meditation Room
Today morning I woke up with a headache. I thought that my whole day was spoiled. After brushing my teeth, I thought of really concentrating on my headache. I sat very quietly, closed my eyes and concentrated on my pain. I started forgetting about everything, and I gave some colours and shape for my pain. My concentration was very high that I was able to 'pick' my head ache and throw it away from me. After about 15 minutes, when I opened my eyes, I could not believe myself that my pain had vanished! Drank some tea and took a cold bath. I am very fresh now.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
It's a lovely evening. I am inside my flat listening to all the noises outside. I can hear the loud noises of many children of this apartment playing in the play area and around the car parking area. They are all happy because of the lovely weather and the thought that tomorrow is a holiday.

hmtday Menu Now
Usually we have tea at home. But felt like drinking coffee as I felt a heaviness on my head. Had a nice coffee prepared by my wife. Had some light snacks along with the coffee.

hmtday RIP Center
We had a nice neighbour where we stayed previously. Heard that that lady's mother passed away. I pray that her soul may rest in peace and the family members have enough courage to bear the loss.
My wife and I are going to meet the lady this evening to console her.

hmtday News Waves
India has done well again in the West Indies beating the Cricket team comprehensively in the third one-day match. Congrats India.
I am happy that my favourite Rahane is scoring runs these days.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I hate those people who pretend as if they are our good friends. The moment something happens to us, they will run away from us and will not be seen there at all. There are selfish people plenty in this world. Very difficult to recognise them.

hmtday Weekend Break
Tomorrow, Saturday, is a half working day for my school. That means I am going to get only just one and half days as my week end. Even though we planned to go to Coimbatore, today we decided to cancel that programme to spend this week end totally at home here itself. I am going to be totally relaxed.

hmtday Tech Center
After some time, my wife will start preparing dinner for us. I plan to listen to some of the audio books of Savio sir. I would like to listen to those when everything is quiet and when I can relax. I took out my stereo head phones to connect to my lap top in which I have stored all the audio books.

hmtday Menu Now
Both my wife and I had some extra snacks this evening, so decided to have light dinner. We plan to have dosa and sambar and papaya fruit. And milk before going to bed as usual.

hmtday Nature Thoughts
About a month back the whole place looked almost brownish in colour due to lack of water, and now because of the frequent rains, we see the greenery everywhere. The green nature is always very soothing for our eyes.

hmtday Music Room
It has become my habit to listen to the songs when I go to sleep at night. My MP3 player has something called the sleep mode, where we can adjust the time when it has to be switched off. I always keep it for one and half hours, and usually it so happens that before the player automatically switches off, I would have slept.
A nice way to go to the slumber.

hmtday Meditation Room
Tomorrow is a working day in the school. I have arranged meditation session for X, XI and XII standard students tomorrow. They will do the meditation with the experts for one hour before they go home for lunch as it is a half-working day.

hmtday Incredible India
The incredible Indian cricket team is going to play the next one day match against the Windies today. Hope they win this match too. Virat Kohli will go all out to win this to prove a thing that it was because of Anil Kumble that we lost in England.

hmtday Happy Things
Today when I booked the car, actually I wanted to get the smoke-grey colour which looked very good. But I knew that my wife preferred the wine red colour, so I booked a wine red colour car. Her happiness can be, and is, my happiness!

hmtday Life Lessons
Yesterday evening we went to attend a wedding reception. There was a very big crowd, and the food was awesome. The people kept on taking the food whether they wanted or not, just to fill their plates. I just watched many of them just taking the food in their plates, eating half of it and dumping the rest of the food in the bin to get the next variety. Real waste of food. I thought they should realise how many lakhs of people starve for lack of money to get food! I really felt annoyed, but helpless.

hmtday Menu Now
As I felt a bit sleepy, I had my extra cup of tea in the school along with my favourite 'Chaska-Maska' biscuits.

hmtday Shopping Cart
It happened at last! I have booked my new car. I chose Hyundai X-Cent, a beautiful wine red sedan car. I gave the advance today and the car will be delivered in two week's time. I am happy today.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
Today is a beautiful day with no rain and the sun hidden behind the clouds. It is a bit humid, though. I always call this as 'cricket weather' as this weather suits to play cricket.

hmtday Parenting Place
There was a parent of one of the students of my school who came to me this morning to tell that his daughter did not come to the school for the last two days, but she had left home on both the mornings to come to the school. I asked him about it and found out certain things, and called the girl to me to talk to her.
Very pathetic. She could not come to the school only because of the fact that she was totally depressed the last two days, and so, instead of coming to the school, she went to her elder sister's house to stay there till the evening.
Many parents do not understand their children at all. All think that how their parents made them grow up, they should follow the same pattern of parenting. They don't realise that this generation is a special one, not like ours.
I felt very pity on them!

hmtday Shopping Cart
Yesterday I went to three different show rooms to decide about my new car, and I short listed two last night. This morning, after discussing with my wife, we have decided to go for one particular one.
May be I will share about it once I book my new vehicle for sharing my happiness.

hmtday Stress Busters
Whenever I am a bit stressed about something in my work place, the way I reduce my stress is to talk very openly to my wife who is a patient listener. She consoles me and talks to me something, giving a lot of 'stories' from here and there to reduce my stress level.
She is a very good 'stress reducer'.

hmtday Health Club
Many people are anaemic and go to the doctors to get special tonic and other medicines. The easy way to have more iron in your body is to eat a piece of jaggery (gud in Hindi, vellam in Tamil and chakkara in Malayalam) every day. It is full of iron. Also drinking the pomegranate juice will help increase the blood in your body.

hmtday Days Today
I always have a beautiful quotation in my room:
TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE.

hmtday Days Today
Today is the day that I am going to finalise the car that I am planning to buy. I have already short-listed three cars. I am planning to visit the showrooms after my school hours along with my wife and decide which one to buy.
Yes, today is the day!

hmtday Brain Fitness
One good thing that the Tamilnadu government did last year was to introduce the game of chess in all the schools compulsorily. They insist that the children should play chess to develop their brain power and ability to concentrate well and more over improve the memory power.

hmtday Public Speaking Tips
Before the time of our speech on the stage, it is mandatory to go there to check the stage arrangement, the public announcement system, podium and the seating arrangement for the audience. According to the speaker's need, we may be able to ask the organisers to alter any of these well before the programme. Otherwise, if we reach there just before the speech and see anything not in order, it will be very embarrassing.

hmtday Beautiful Places
Bhutan is a lovely place. I had worked there for ten long years. I was in the Eastern side of the Bhutan, where the nature was at its best. The human had not spoilt the nature.The place where I worked, Kanglung, is a beautiful place.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
Very beautiful weather, it is neither hot nor cold. The sun is hiding behind the dark clouds. Cool breeze blowing a bit heavily all around. An ideal time to spend on the bed, reading a good book, having a strong hot tea and some fried cashew nuts by the side to put into the mouth.
All these are dreams as I am in my school doing my usual work!

hmtday Happy Things
I am happy to see my dear wife happy. Today she wanted to go to a temple in Coimbatore, so I drove her there after the school hours, attended the special prayers and came back. We had our dinner on the way from a restaurant. My wife was very happy, and hence, I too was.

hmtday Travel Thoughts
Today evening I had to rush to Coimbatore which is about 60 km from my place. We started after the school hours. The drive was a really nice one with a perfect weather and the cool breeze blowing outside. I enjoyed my drive.
Came back after the work there by about 9:30 pm after having the dinner on the way.

hmtday Open Thoughts
The drive from Mangalore railway station to the place Kollur is something to be experienced. I took a bus, but even that journey was a terrific one. After half way through, from the place Kundapura, we have to slightly climb the hill through the forest. Everywhere lush green that pleases anyone's eyes. Beautiful scenery. All the trees and plants dancing in the rain is really a treat to watch.

hmtday Fashion Sense
The fashionable hair cut of some of the youngsters makes me irritated. It is almost like clean shave at the sides with a lot of hair right at the top of their head. It is almost like the mushroom cut that the small girls have. This particular hair style reminds me of the pineapple with the leaves at the top of it.

hmtday Family Time
I am really happy that I could take my wife to the places where she wanted to go: The Mookambika Temple and Udupi Temple. We had a nice darshan at both the places in spite of the rain, and got the blessings of the God. More than getting the blessings of the God, I liked the way my wife enjoyed the trip and satisfied with the visit to the temples. Her happiness makes me happy too.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
I am in a place called Udupi in Karnataka. This place is famous for its temples, especially the Krishna temple. Nice cool evening here at present, with showers of rain very frequently. It is nice to see most of the people walking in the rain as if enjoying it. The nature is at its best.

hmtday Beautiful Places
I had already mentioned Kollur as a beautiful place. Yesterday I came here, and this place looked more beautiful than ever with the monsoon rains at its peak.

hmtday Wildlife Reserve
Most of the days when I drive to the school I see number of peahens and peacocks near and in the school. It is a very lovely sight.
Last Monday, when the school assembly was going on I noticed about twenty pea fowls on the opposite side of the big school ground. I allowed all the students to cross over to the other side of the ground to have a closer look at the birds. All the small kids were very excited.

hmtday Wildlife Reserve
Most of the days when I drive to the school I see number of peahens and peacocks near and in the school. It is a very lovely sight.
Last Monday, when the school assembly was going on I noticed about twenty pea fowls on the opposite side of the big school ground. I allowed all the students to cross over to the other side of the ground to have a closer look at the birds. All the small kids were very excited.

hmtday Ways To Save Money
As soon as we get the salary, both my wife and I, keep aside a small amount towards the outing that we plan that year. The small amount that we keep aside accumulates and becomes a big amount, and the time we plan for a trip, this money will be very useful. Earmark that amount as 'travel bank', which should be used only for the outing/tour that we plan with family.

hmtday Beautiful Places
I had already mentioned about one of the beautiful places as Kollur and Udipi. From Kollur, if you travel climbing a hill of the Kudajadri, the scenic beauty is marvellous. I will be there on Sunday.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
Today is a hot day here. Some of the classrooms, when I went for the rounds, I found the students drowsy. This weather really brings a sleepy mood. Those who have the habit of having a nap in the noon, cannot resist this now.

hmtday Sports World
One more new match today for the Indian cricket team. I don't know whether they will play in a relaxed mood thinking that they got rid of Anil Kumble, or with guilt in their mind for losing the ICC finals and chasing Kumble away.

hmtday Weather Center
I hope the weather at Mangalore is nice now. I don't mind having light drizzle, but not raining cats and dogs. As I am planning to reach there by early morning tomorrow, I don't want the weather to spoil our travel plan.

hmtday Weekend Break
I am planning to have a break from work for this long weekend. I am planning to visit Mangalore, Udupi and Kollur. I am starting tonight and will be back home by Monday night. Going to enjoy this train trip.

hmtday Monsoon Season
This is supposed to be the monsoon season, and it rains almost everywhere. We are sad that there is no rain here at all. Very dry weather.

hmtday Food Food
Some days I have surprise lunch. I carry lunch from home, neatly packed by my wife. Most of the days I will know what lunch it is, but certain days it is kept as surprise.
Today the surprise lunch was tamarind rice, french fries, two boiled eggs and some pickles. Simple, but very tasty.

hmtday Mindfulness Now
A hectic day. On and off I came to the course forum and Cafe Enoma whenever I could spend some time. In between I felt very lethargic. I did my mindfulness for about 15 minutes sitting in a quiet room, without any disturbance. I just listened to the sound that I could hear, and after some time, I was on my own. I could feel my breath only. After some time, I felt totally refreshed.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I noticed one thing. During the summer, all the people pray to God for the rains, and later when it rains, the same people blame the God for the excess rainfall. Why don't they think that the God is giving them something in abundance? Suppose we ask for ten rupees, and if we get hundred rupees, can't we be happy about it?

hmtday Travel Thoughts
We are going to get a long weekend this time, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (being Ramzan). We are planning to go to Mangalore, Udupi and Kollur in Karnataka. I heard that it is raining there, but we had already planned to go there.

hmtday Smartphone Etiquette
The advertisement says not to use the mobile phone while driving. What about while walking on the road? Today, one person who was crossing the road had a very narrow escape from being hit by a bus. He was using the mobile phone while slowly crossing the road, enjoying his conversation. He was really lucky. It would be nice if we pay more attention to our surrounding while walking on the road. Anything can happen.

hmtday Stress Busters
Someone suggested to me to rub in a circular motion at the back of the ears when we get a headache or when we are stressed. I tried, and it worked.

hmtday Sports World
Ok, so Indian cricket team could not bring laurels to our country. So what? Just look at the hockey team. The same day Indian cricket team got thrashing from the Pakistani counterparts, Indian hockey team gave a humiliating defeat to the Pakistani hockey team. Mera Bharath Mahan!

hmtday Sports World
Poor performance by the Indian team yesterday. It is ok if we fail in any one of the departments, but yesterday we failed in all the departments of the game - fielding, bowling, batting, and planning strategy.
It was as if the match was fixed!

hmtday Shopping Cart
Since I have been using my present car for the last seven years, I am planning to buy a new one. I visited some of the car showrooms and have short listed my choice. I thought I will go for any one of these: Honda Jazz, Brio, Hyundai Xcent, Nissan Micra or Maruthi Baleno. I noticed that all these are highly rated cars.

hmtday Shopping Cart
I bought an instant water heater for one of my bathrooms. It is a very compact one with beautiful colour. Because it is summer season, I managed to get it in the off season competitive price.

hmtday Public Speaking Tips
Right from the schooling years, the children should be given practice to speak in front of the audience. One mistake the teachers usually do is that the chance always is given to the ones who are only talented, thus neglecting all the others. How do we find out the talent then?

hmtday Incredible India
Yesterday India played against Pakistan in the final match of ICC Champions Trophy. Even though we lost the match very badly, there is a consolation that Indian hockey team won against Pakistan in the hockey match.
Good compensation.
Incredible India!

hmtday Beautiful Places
We have the habit of visiting some temples. One of the temples that we visit at least once a year is Mookambika Temple at Kollur in Karnataka. It is about four hours drive from Mangalore and two hours from Udupi. The way to that temple is through somewhat forest area. I always go to that place to enjoy the scenic beauty. The temple is situated in the forest - the Kudajadri forest.

hmtday Hobby Lobby
One of my hobbies right from my childhood has been collecting quotations. I got this habit from my dad who had collected a lot of quotations. I started doing it from my school days itself. Now I have quite a lot of quotations as my collection. I enjoy collecting them.

hmtday Happy Things
Going for doing some exercises in the morning is a good and happy thing. In the same way, going for a drive in the early morning also is a happy thing.
I realised it this morning. I enjoyed my driving.

hmtday Family Time
Today is the death anniversary of my wife. I could see the feelings on the face of her. I had to console her by being with her.
I empathise with her.

hmtday Morning Musings
Today I had to drive to Coimbatore early in the morning. After a long time, I was driving in the morning. Such a lovely weather. How nice it was driving at that time. I enjoyed my driving thoroughly.

hmtday Open Thoughts
There is a saying in English: The early bird catches the worm.
Today early morning while I was driving to Coimbatore I suddenly started thinking about it. How absurd that saying is. The bird who is early to catch the worm gets the worm who knows the same saying. The worm must also have come out early for its food.
Therefore, it is not always that all the early birds will catch the worm; sometimes the early birds will land in trouble too!

hmtday Evening Thoughts
Very lovely evening today. The wind is blowing very strongly making a lot of noise.

hmtday Meditation Room
Yesterday I arranged an introductory meditation class for the students of Standards X, XI and XII, the classes where they have to write the public exams. It was very useful as I also attended with the students. We will continue the sessions with the experts for three more days, and then we will take over to have the follow up with the students.

hmtday Sports World
Congrats India for marching to the finals of the ICC Champions Cricket tournament.
If India has the same temperament, there is no reason why we will not win the finals against the arch rivals Pakistan. Moreover, the psychological advantage of defeating them in the opening encounter should add confidence to Indian team.

hmtday Longevity Secrets
I took the life span test just now and found out many things about me. I knew it already, but I 'realised' it now.
Thanks for the test sir.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
It is a lovely afternoon today. There are dark clouds on the sky that make the noon a bit cool, saving us from the heat of the sun. I would call this as an ideal weather for 'cricket'.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I think our greatest discovery is to discover our true self and the true wisdom is the ability to read our own heart and mind.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I always feel that there is nothing called 'good' and 'bad'. It depends on the situation and the person.
I tell a situation in my training sessions.
A butterfly comes and rests on the wall. Suddenly a lizard appears from nowhere and is about to eat the butterfly. What do most of us do? We try to save the life of the butterfly by making it fly away from there. Yes, we did a good deed as far as the butterfly is concerned. But what about the lizard? We deprived him of one good meal sent by God. So from the lizard's point of view, it looks bad.

hmtday Shopping Cart
Today was my wife's birthday. So just at the end of the school hours, I took her surprisingly to a nice shop and forced her to take two saris. Very nice pure cotton saris that look very pretty. I also presented her a small fancy hand bag.

hmtday Life Lessons
If we don't get what we aspired to get, we should think that it is God's will. We can also assure us that God has better plans for us. May be He has plans to give us something better.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Today's semifinals cricket match is over and Pakistan is celebrating its entry into the finals.
Will India be celebrating its entry into the finals tomorrow night?
Is it going to be a India-Pakistan clash in the finals?
One thing is sure: we all can really celebrate well because there are three Asian teams that have come to the 'last four'.
Great Asia!

hmtday Open Thoughts
Children under two years who spend more time on hand-held devices such as smart phones and tablets may be at risk for speech delays.

hmtday Easy Recipes
Are you worried that there is balance of rice after the lunch? Don't worry. Add minutely chopped onions, green chillies, coriander leaves and little bit of besin gram along with salt to the rice and mix it in the mixie. Take it out, make it into small balls and deep fry in oil. Very tasty evening snacks will be ready now. Good to have with strong hot tea.

hmtday Beautiful Places
If we travel about two hours from Mangalore towards the Mookambikai Temple, we come to a place called Udupi. A beautiful place of temples. There are quite a lot of beautiful ancient temples, the temple of Lord Krishna being the famous one. The architecture of the temples is really worth seeing.

hmtday Brain Fitness
This Thursday, I am introducing meditation and breathing exercises for the students of 10th, 11th and 12th standards. I feel that those students are totally under stress because of the demand and pressure from their parents, society, teachers and themselves with regard to the marks they have to score. I very strongly believe that these exercises will not only release their tension, it will also make their brain fit to receive what has to be received.

hmtday Body Language
This morning one of the parents came to me to admit his son in standard eleven. All the time he talked to me, he was not at all looking at my eyes, always avoiding his glance from me.
After the formalities were over, I asked him why he was not looking at my face while talking to me, he told me that that's how he wanted to give respect to the 'principal' of the school.
I talked to him for some time and made him understand that it will be nice to talk to someone by looking at the eyes. And also I told him that I will not suspect his respect towards me.

hmtday Afternoon Thoughts
Today is an overcast afternoon. It is very gloomy outside. I am in my office, sometimes going for my 'rounds' to the classes. Most of the students are enjoying the weather. The ones who are playing outside on the ground are looking at the sky often, as if they expect rain at any moment. They must be praying not to get the rain as it will spoil their games time.

hmtday Open Thoughts
The colour combination of Osovo is changed. I noticed it today. This bright colour looks very good. As the posts in Osovo are very bright and shows light in our lives, the script colour also suggests brightness.
Good one sir.

hmtday Sports World
Congrats Indian Cricket team for pushing yourself into the semi finals place. Today they played very well and was a team effort really.
Hope they do well both in the semifinals and finals. We would like to see Indians winning this tournament next Sunday.

hmtday Shopping Cart
We bought a nice big refrigerator to replace the small one we had so far. This one is Samsung, and is a good one. We can use the freezer part both as a freezer and also as an ordinary fridge. Very useful.

hmtday Parenting Place
Most of the parents nowadays think that they are good parents only when they give everything their children demand from them. I am surprised sometimes when I see the children having 500 or 2000 rupee notes with them. How casually they carry that amount without realising how hard it was for their parents to earn that. Instead of giving everything the children ask for, it would be nice if the children are taught the value of money. Let them know the struggle that the parents have to earn it.

hmtday Incredible India
It was incredible India winning very convincingly against South Africa today in the ICC Champions Trophy cricket match.
Congrats 'Blue India'. We are proud of you.

hmtday Guided Relaxation
After a long time, today morning both my wife and I got some time for relaxation. Usually we will have some work on Sundays, but today it was an exception. So we thoroughly relaxed at home.
In fact I understood the importance of relaxation.

hmtday Food Food
Went for a movie in the evening. And because of a traffic jam, we were delayed a lot. So decided to go to a restaurant for the dinner.
Had nice masala dosa and chola poori. Good it was. Came back home and going to have some good tasty mango pieces and a glass of hot milk before going to bed.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
A lovely evening here. And moreover, we got a chance to go to a movie -Bahubali 2. When we came out, there was a very nasty traffic jam right in front of the theatre, so we were delayed a bit.

hmtday Email Etiquette
When we send a mail to someone, it will be better not to type in capital letters. The capital letters are the indication of SHOUTING.

hmtday Beautiful Places
One of the beautiful places in Kerala near to the Tamilnadu border is Malampuzha. It is a dam where they have a nice water theme park. Quite a nice place if one is not visiting that place during the hot summer time.

hmtday Movie Times
Got a chance and time to see Bahubali 2 this evening. But I made sure that before going to the theatre, I saw the glimpse of the part 1 so that I will not miss out anything in the second part.
I liked the movie, even though there is not much in it other than quite a lot of graphics.

hmtday Open Thoughts
I had a busy time in the school today as today was the reopening day.

hmtday Open Thoughts
All the schools reopened today in Tamilnadu after the summer vacation. It was nice to see the tiny tots going to the school with there small bags at their backs.

hmtday Weather Center
We enjoyed a very heavy rain this evening. It was very nice. I noticed many people going out in the rain and dancing and merry-making.

hmtday News Waves
After some days of calm, the Tamilnadu politics started taking a turn for worse. I feel there is going to be trouble for the ruling faction of the AIADMK when they meet on the 14th in the Assembly.

hmtday Food Food
When I came back from the school this afternoon for the lunch (as it was a half working day), even though my wife was not at home, she had prepared beautiful egg fried rice for me with some french fries. Very tasty it was.

hmtday Fashion Sense
I hate people nowadays with fancy hairstyles. It is not only that it doesn't look good, but most of the style doesn't suit the persons at all.

hmtday Beautiful Places
Ooty in the Nilgiris in Tamilnadu is a lovely place. I was born there. Very beautiful hill station. Even though the tourists throng that place in the months of April and May, the season that I like the most there is the second season in the months of August and September.

hmtday Evening Thoughts
Lovely evening, with an overcast sky, but no rain.
I am alone at home, as my wife has gone to Coimbatore officially. It's a bit boring, but spending time on Cafe Enoma can be fun, watching the Cricket occasionally to update myself with the latest score.

hmtday Open Thoughts
Once someone becomes a teacher, he or she doesn't spare time to study something. According to me, a teacher should be a student always. The moment he thinks he is a teacher, he stops growing as a teacher.

hmtday News Waves
The Education Minister of Tamilnadu keeps on announcing that he is going to change the education system in this state. Next year he plans to change the syllabus of first year Higher Secondary class to bring it at par with the CBSE syllabus. Let's wait and see what happens.

hmtday Parenting Place
One of the mistakes all the parents make nowadays is that they try to imitate how their parents brought them up. They don't realise that the times have changed, and the way that we have to bring our children up should not be the same way as our parents brought us up.

hmtday Travel Thoughts
Tomorrow we are planning to travel to a place called Pollachi which is about 70 km away from here. There is a famous temple called Maasaniamman Temple, where the idol of the goddess is very huge. We are planning to visit the temple tomorrow.

hmtday Useful Tips
One of my students who has become a doctor told me this: To get rid of migraine, eat an apple in the morning adding a bit of salt in it. Make it a habit and there will be a definite change in the frequency of the nasty headache.

hmtday Useful Tips
The ordinary toothpaste can be used for cleaning the glass items. Apply a bit toothpaste on the mirror and wipe it neatly with a piece of cloth. The mirror will get back the shine it had before.

hmtday Ways To Save Money
One way of saving money is to get rid of all the old things in the house. The electric and electronic things, when they become old, consumes more electricity. If we get rid of those things by giving it to the needy as second-hand goods, we can go for the new ones.
Today I sold my fridge that is about three year old, and I am going to buy a better bigger fridge.

hmtday Weather Center
Everyone says that the monsoon has started, but still we are expecting the rain in these parts. Today it is a bit cloudy, and we can see the dark clouds in the sky. Hope the clouds bring rain at least today.

hmtday Sports World
Today is the crucial India-Pakistan cricket match in the ICC Trophy tournament. There was an interruption due to rain some time back, and I am happy that the match has resumed. Hope India does well today also.

hmtday Sports World
All the Indians are eagerly waiting for June 4th. India is going to have a "war" with Pakistan - of course on the cricket field in the ICC Champions Trophy match.

hmtday Movie Times
Even though there was enough talking about the movie Bahubali 2, but I did not get a chance to see it so far. May be I am planning to go to see the movie within a day or two.

hmtday Monsoon Season
Everyone says it is monsoon season now. I am sad because there is no rain here at all. We do get heavy breeze with the smell of the rain that tell us that there is rain somewhere near by.

hmtday Longevity Secrets
Want to live long? There is only one medicine. Laugh well. You can laugh only if you are happy. So be happy every time. Even in adverse situation, try to find the silver lining, and hold on to it to laugh. The life will smile back at you.

hmtday Incredible India
The rich tradition and culture of our country cannot be equalled by any other country in the world. That's why many foreigners try to follow our culture and tradition.
It's incredible India!

hmtday Incredible India
So many people, so many religions, so many castes and so many languages. It's really unity in diversity. Whenever there is any natural disaster somewhere in the country, the helping hands that reach that place from all over the country is really amazing. Really incredible India!

hmtday Happy Birthday
Usually I don't like to celebrate my birthday. The reason that I give the students and my friends is that, by birthday, we actually go closer to our death by one year. That means, I am closer to my death by one year. How can I celebrate that?

hmtday Guided Relaxation
I don't think that there is nothing more relaxation than just lying down on a comfortable place having a nice book to read. Slight drizzle outside and fried cashew nuts or ground nuts by our side. A person to bring hot strong cup of tea every two hours.
By writing this itself is a temptation.

hmtday Food Food
I feel the people should be given a free hand in choosing their food. The ban on beef has come as a slap for me, as I love beef. If someone thinks that a cow should not be killed for food, neither can we kill a goat or hen or fish for that matter. My food should be my choice.

hmtday Fashion Sense
Somehow I don't like the dress sense of the present generation. What with the very low-hip pants and short shirt, they look very bad, and create a wrong impression on the people who look at them.

hmtday Beautiful Places
According to me Valparai, a small hilly town in Tamilnadu is a beautiful place. Not many tourists go to this place that is full of tea estates. You will find greenery all over the place with the sloping tea bushes all over. As it is a hilly area, quite often the elephants come into the town and scare the people. (May be because the humans have encroached the forest of the animals!!)

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