My SCRAPBOOK (సేకరణలు): A COLLECTION of articles in English and Telugu(తెలుగు), from various sources, on varied subjects. I do not claim credit for any of the contents of these postings as my own.A student's declaration made at the end of his answer paper, holds good to the articles here too:"I hereby declare that the answers written above are true to the best of my friend's knowledge and I claim no responsibility whatsoever of the correctness of the answers."

Saturday, April 05, 2014


Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!
Rule 2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters.. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

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Friday, April 04, 2014

1399- A descendent of Tippu Sultan and a Second World War heroine!


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1398- Materialism Is Not Necessarily Negative!

Gyalwa Dokhampa, aka Khamtrul Rinpoche,
(a Buddhist teacher in the Drukpa Lineage)
_________________________________ just meditating, nothing will change. Along with meditation, we must develop the strength of compassion through wisdom... The purpose of Buddha's teachings is to do what is needed just NOW. Compassion helps put this in action.

...From the Buddhist point of view, we don't think that materialism is necessarily negative. It is a tool. Like a computer can be used to spread any message, either of peace or of hatred. It is our responsibility to develop the wisdom and compassion that is needed to use the tool properly, so that it does not take over our lives and we don't harm anyone.

...Mindfulness begins with bringing the mind to the present moment.
What is the reason we feel disturbed? It is either because our mind is caught up in the past, or it is disturbed by hope and fear related to the future. The past is gone and the future is as yet uncertain. So, all worries are a waste of time and energy. Entangled in these, we forget to live life in the present. By bringing our minds to the present moment, we can begin to see things clearly. The simplest way to do this is to focus on the breath. Count the number of times you are breathing in and out. This will bring your mind to the present moment.

Awareness of body and breath is the first step towards awareness of our emotions and reactions in everyday situations. If we sense that the body is tensing up, then it is likely that the mind will soon follow. Try to focus on the breath, on the in and the out, to allow the mind a chance to pause.

...Many people think that we Buddhists are only about being and never doing, but it is really that we need to be before we can do: we need to understand who we are, and then strive to get something done, driven by love and compassion.
(The Speaking Tree,TOI, 25:03:2014)

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

1397- God!

'Atma'-a spark from 'Paramatma', wearing the body, experiences the world through the five senses.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

1396- Now hot, then cute!

[1] Tapsi [13] Ram
[2] junior NTR [14] Kajal
[3] allari Naresh [15] Nitin
[4] Allu Arjun [16] Sidhdharth
[5] Samanta [17] Anushka
[6] Trisha [18] Nani
[7] RaaNaa [19] Karti
[8] Nitya Menon [20] Deepika Padukone
[9] Sruti Hasan [21] Mahesh Babu
[10]Naga Chatanya [22] Prabhas
[11]Ram Charan [23] Surya
[12]Ktrina Khife

(ఈనాడు, 30.03.2014)

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1395- అన్నమయ్య గీత!


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