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."

Thursday, July 13, 2017


"You are the light shining upon the wall. Do not venerate the wall.'
(via Julia Hayes)
"The physical existence is like the peel of a fruit. The peel of fruit has no purpose of its own. Only as a protective layer for the fruit it is meaningful. The moment you eat the fruit the peel goes straight to the trashcan."
-Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
"You are God's present being unwrapped.
 Don't identify with the paper."

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(~ Murari Bapu, Femina, March 8 - 22, 1984)

A man had fever and therefore went to a nearby dispensary. On the way, he fell down and had many bruises. When he met the doctor, he was given two medicines- one to swallow for his fever and the other for purely for external application.
The man in his fevered ignorance, came home and drank up the medicine given for the bruises and applied the on the wound- healing neither his fever nor his bruises. in the same manner...

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(Paraprosdokian is a figure of speech, which little known by the general public, but is well understood by satirsts.  The key feature is that the final words make the listener reinterpret the first part of the sentence.)

•I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

•Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others — whenever they go.

•I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

•I always take life with a grain of salt… plus a slice of lemon… and a shot of tequila.

•You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

•To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit, the target.

•Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

•A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it, as when you are in it.

•Change is inevitable, except from a bus conductor.

•I used to be conceited, but now I’m perfect.

•Of all the people I’ve ever met, you could be one of them.

•A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

•You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

•The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

•I discovered I scream the same way whether I’m about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

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😀 !!!JUST IN JEST!!! 😀
*The Art of dealing ....*

A retired old couple returned to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman promised to hold a car for them.

But they found the car was just sold to a beautiful, leggy, busty blonde in a mini skirt and a halter top.

The old man was visibly upset. He spoke to the salesman sharply-
"Young man, you said you hold that car till we raised the $95,000 asking price, yet you closed the deal for $75,000 to the young lady there. And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no discount for this model !"

The salesman took a deep breath, cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water.

"Well, what can I tell you? She had the cash ready, didn't need any financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist?", replied the grinning salesman sheepishly.

Just then that young woman walked over to the senior couple and gave the car keys to the old man.

"There you go," she said. "I told you I could get him to lower the price. See you later Dad, Happy Father's day."

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~Shiv Khera
(The Hindu, JUNE 19, 2017 )
Do you develop cold feet while speaking in public? Here’s what you need to do to become a great speaker.

Persuasion skills are essential for good leadership. These are one of the greatest components of public speaking and have the ability to influence, convince, negotiate, and sell. Who doesn’t need them? I am sure all of us sometime or the other have gone through a situation where we had to say a few words in public but developed cold feet. On then looks for an excuse to escape such a situation.

Some of the greatest public speakers were the greatest disasters when they started. The good news is that we can all learn to be effective public speakers.

The best product or service, if not presented properly, is useless. There are many advantages to being a powerful speaker:~
(1)One of them is that you are perceived as a leader and an expert in your field.
(2)Second, you can leverage your position effectively.

Public Speaking comprises the following three Fs:
(2)Flow and

(1)Flair: When you are on the platform, your presentation must have pizzazz. It ought not to be bland. You are not an entertainer or performer, but your presentation must have flair.

(2)Flow: There must be a structure to your presentation, otherwise people lose track.

(3)Facts: What you say on the platform, goes into public domain. No matter what you say, you must have your facts right to gain credibility.

The following are some steps to being an effective public speaker.

•Clarify expectation in advance:
Ask your hosts what is the ‘end result’ they are looking for upon completion of your presentation. Clarity on the end result would decide your contents.

•Do not make more than three points:
Less than three is too little, more than three is too much. Don’t question the power of three. Somehow three points stick. It is an odd number; odd numbers stick better than even numbers.

•Use simple language:
Keep your presentation at 6th grade level. Use simple words that can be easily understood. Don’t use jargons, slang or words that are difficult to understand.

The idea is to express and not to impress. The audience being impressed is a natural outcome of a good presentation.

•Be yourself:
Don’t pretend and put on a false mask. Just be honest and sincere. Being yourself does not mean that you become casual. Being casual displays indifference or arrogance. People hate both.

•Go well prepared:
Practice, Practice, Practice. There is no substitute to preparation. Audiences can tell if you have come prepared or not.

An unprepared speaker wastes their audience’s time. They invest their time to listen to you out of trust. When trust is broken, they feel cheated.

•Have a strong opener:
Why? How much time does it take to grab your audience’s attention? About 30 seconds. If you have not got their attention within 30 seconds, you have lost them. Most powerful speakers have very strong openers.

•Have a strong close:
Why are strong openers and closes crucial to a good presentation? Because they leave a lasting impression. Impressions stick in the mind whereas contents are lost. Impressions have a lasting effect.

•Always close with a ‘call to action’:
Every speech must close with a very strong and specific call to action. A call to action makes you a leader, otherwise you are only an information provider. If your speech does not end with a call to action, you are only a loud speaker, not a good public speaker.

These are only a few essentials of a good public speaker. Good public speaking needs a lot of practice.

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Monday, July 10, 2017


-- by Kusala Bhikshu
(An extract from the talk given at a high school in Los Angeles.)
"To Buddha, the end of suffering is more important than God.

Then how everything in this world got started... "If you don’t have God in Buddhism then who or what caused the universe?"

When the Buddha was asked how the world started, he kept silent. In the religion of Buddhism we don’t have a first cause, instead we have a never ending circle of birth and death. In this world and in all worlds, there are many beginnings and ends. The model of life used in Buddhism has no starting place... It just keeps going and going.
So, God is not what Buddhism is about... Suffering is...But, Buddhist's don't believe God can end suffering. Only the teaching's of the Buddha can help us end suffering through wisdom and the activity of compassion."



The great sage Ramana Maharishi once said that all of Vedanta could be compressed into just four words: "deham, naham, koham, soham"

Deham: The body
Naham: I am not
Koham: Who am I?
Soham: I am That

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2170 ~ Happy /childhood /doing the impossible /GIGO/useful/ life

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2169~Quotes- greatest treasures /life/success/try/ lies& truth

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2168~quotes on winning people /practise pause

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2167~ JUST IN JEST 😀

Wife : I have heard that a man gets deaf if he has Viagra often.

Husband : Who the hell is Jeff and what is he doing at Niagara? 😳
A person died after hearing the price of Tur daal.
Dr. issued death certificate that read... Cause of death "HIGH PULSE RATE"...!!!😊
Grandfather :
when I was of your age, I used to take two rupees to the market  and bring home soap, rice , milk, bread, ghee and face powder , etc.

Grandson :
nowadays it is difficult....
There are CCTV cameras  everywhere.


2166 ~Government engineers 😀

😀 !!!JUST IN JEST!!! 😀
Two Government engineers, were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up.

A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.

'We're supposed to find the height of the flagpole', said one, 'But we don't have a ladder.'

The woman said, 'Hand me that wrench out of your toolbox.'

She loosened a few bolts, then laid the pole down.

She then took  measuring tape from their toolbox, took the  measurement and announced, 'Eighteen feet, six inches' and walked away.

The second engineer shook his head and laughed and said.

'We need the height and she gave us the length!'

Both the engineers  are still working for the Government.

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