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On Speech and Silence …

Posted on June 30, 2017. Filed under: Quotes, The Grand Scots |

On Speech, Silence; – Thomas Carlyle ….

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves. Silence is more eloquent than words. It is as deep as eternity. Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.

Speech is as shallow as time. Speech is human, Silence is divine – yet also brutish and dead. Therefore we must learn both arts.

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels. In fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man, is felt to be so divine – it brings us near to the Infinite.

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Gen KS Thimayya or Just Timmy …

Posted on May 15, 2017. Filed under: From a Services Career, Pakistan, Personalities, Quotes |

Gen KS Thimayya remains one of the Three Greatest Chiefs of the Indian Army along with Field Marshals KM Cariappa and Sam Manekshaw.

Timmy’s  misfortune was that Nehru’s blue eyed boy – the machiavillian V K Krishna Menon was the Defense Minister whose sole aim was to belittle the Chief and destroy the moral fabric of the Nations’ Army. Menon had even gone to Sam when he was GOC 26 Div, to enlist his help to bring down Timmy. Sam had of course point blank refused to be dragged down to such heinous villainy. As a consequence an enquiry was instituted against Sam when he was Commandant the Staff College and his promotion delayed by a year and half.

Timmy had foreseen the 1962 War and had got Gen SP Thorat to do an Appreciation to evolve a plan for the defense of NEFA. Gen Thorat had in the event recommended that we fight at the existing Road Heads in view of the poor communications and our lack of wherewithal. Gen Thimayya agreed with Gen Thorat and went on to recommend to the Govt that Gen Thorat take over as Chief after he retired.

However Nehru and Menon had different plans which was to make an Army Service Corps officer, Gen BM Kaul, a Kashmiri related to Nehru, Chief after Timmy retired.. The result was that toe indian Army touched the Nadir of its Great History.

\Bare bone facts re Timmy – a military legend in his own right and by any standard.

Born 30th Mar 1906. Died 17 Dec 1965 after he had seen the Debacle of 1962 and the 1965 War.

He was the first Indian to command an Infantry brigade during WWII.

His elder brother Ponappa served in the INA, while his younger brother Somaiah was killed in action  in Kashmir.

In the army he had a running feud with British officers over their snobbery/racism.

He wanted to quit the Army and join the Freedom Movement  but was dissuaded by Motilal Nehru – father of Pandit Nehru.

During the Quit India movement he ordered troops not to fire on the protesters.

He oversaw the surrender of INA at Rangoon, his brother was one of the POWs.

After the Korean War, he played a major role in repatriation of POWs winning plaudits from Gen Douglas Mc Arthur.

During the Kashmir War in 1947, he personally led from the front in a tank for ohe capture Zoji La Pass.

He asked Nehru for just thoree months to retake the whole of J and K but Nehru referred to the UN.

Had a running feud with the Def Minister V.K.Menon over his undue interference in the Army.

Had the foresight to recognize the dange from China along with Sardar Vallabhai Patel much before any one else..

His proposal to appoint Lt.Gen Thorat as Army Chief was shot down by Nehru, who instead appointed Pran Nath Thapar to ease the way for Biji Kaul.

He spent his last days in Cyprus, as part of UN Peacekeeping Force during their Civil War. Passed away in Cyprus on 17 Dec 1965, aged 59. No important person from India attended his Funeral. He was buried in the  Wilson Garden cemetery.

When General Thimayya died in Cyprus, the Cyprus Govt. declared a 10 day mourning and the their Flag flew at Half Mast.

When the President of Cyprus, came to India, specifically to Honour him, our government, woke up and hastily erected a memorial, in ASC Center, Bangalore.

Jai Hind

Gen KS Thimayya remains one of the Three Greatest Chiefs of the Indian Army along with Field Marshals KM Cariappa and Sam Manekshaw.

Timmy’s  misfortune was that Nehru’s blue eyed boy – the machiavellian V K Krishna Menon was the Defense Minister whose sole aim was to belittle the Chief and destroy the moral fabric of the Nations’ Army. Menon had even gone to Sam when he was GOC 26 Div, to enlist his help to bring down Timmy. Sam had of course point blank refused to stoop to such a despicable. As a consequence an enquiry was instituted against Sam when he was Commandant the Staff College and his promotion delayed by a year and half.

Timmy had foreseen the 1962 War and had got Gen SP Thorat to do an Appreciation to evolve a plan for the defense of NEFA. Gen Thorat had in the event recommended that we fight at the existing Road Heads in view of the poor communications and our lack of wherewithal. Gen Thimayya agreed with Gen Thorat and went on to recommend to the Govt that Gen Thorat should take over as Chief after he retired.

However Nehru and Menon had different plans which was to make an Army Service Corps officer, Gen BM Kaul, a Kashmiri related to Nehru, Chief after Timmy retired.. Incidentally Gen Kaul was the first recepient of the PVSM.His citation read

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Three Great Urdu Poets …

Posted on October 1, 2016. Filed under: Quotes, Uncategorized |

The three legendary Poets of Urdu literature are Ghalib (1797-1869),  Iqbal (1877-1938) and Faraz (1931-2008)!

Here they present their opposing views on the Universality of God in their couplets.

It was not a feud but rather a poetic difference of opinion between highly intelligent and witty minds and which was spread across Centuries.

Ghalib started it in the 19th century. It was a bold statement but then Ghalib was never known for meekness or following the crowd.

Zahid,  sharaab peene de masjid mein baith kar Ya wo jagah bataa, jahaan Khuda nahin.

Let me drink in a mosque; or tell me the place where there is no God.

Allama Iqbal was not convinced and decided to reply about half century later. In late 19th – early 20th  centuryl. His poetic reply to Ghalib.

Masjid Khuda ka ghar hai, peene ki jagah nahin Kaafir ke dil mein jaa, wahaan khuda nahin.

Mosque is the abode of God, not a place to drink. Go to the heart of a non-believer because there is no God there.

Faraz had the last word in latter half of 20th century.

Kaafir ke dil se aaya hun, main ye dekh kar Faraz, Khuda maujood hai wahaan, par usey pata nahin.

I have returned from the heart of the disbeliever and i have observed: God is present in his heart too, but he just does not know it.

QED!

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Yiddish Proverbs …

Posted on April 17, 2014. Filed under: Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Quotes, The Good Book, Vocabulary/Words | Tags: |

Ever come across Jewish Proverbs? Here are some from the Race that has, percentage wise, produced more Nobel Prize winners, than any other!                                                  

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

 

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.  A wise man hears one word and understands two.

 

A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.

One old friend is better than two new ones.

One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

 

“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.”

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

 

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

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English Language Odds and Ends …

Posted on December 15, 2013. Filed under: Light plus Weighty, Quotes, The English |

Let us see if you can figure out what these seven words have in common?

1. Banana
2. Dresser
3. Grammar
4. Potato
5. Revive
6. Uneven
7. Assess

Well apart from a letter or letters being repeated, the fact is that if the first letter is taken and placed at the end, then the same word can be read backward.

Now for some more.

‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word typed with only the Left Hand  and ‘lollypop’ is the longest word typed with the Right Hand.

No word in the English language rhymes with ‘month’, ‘orange’, ‘silver’, or ‘purple’.

‘Dreamt’ is the only English word that ends in the letters ‘mt’.

The words ‘race car’  ‘kayak’ and ‘level’
are the same whether they are read
left to right or right to left (palindromes). As also Napoleons’ famous sentence, “Able was I ere I saw Elba!”

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order – ‘abstemious’ and ‘facetious’.

There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘dous’:
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Another interesting fact –

A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

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Yiddish Proverbs …

Posted on March 4, 2013. Filed under: Books, Guide Posts, Light plus Weighty, Personalities, Quotes, The Good Book |

Here are proverbs from the race that, percentage wise, has produced more Nobel Laureates  than any other! And a few observations from the recent Great of that Race!

If the rich could hire other people to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living.

The wise man, even when he holds his tongue, says more than the fool when he speaks.

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.

A hero is someone who can keep his mouth shut when he is right.

One old friend is better than two new ones.

Lifee’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

Golda Meir (1898-1978)

“Don’t be so humble – you are not that great.” 

Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

There are only two infinites – the Universe and human stupidity.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
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English Usage …

Posted on November 14, 2012. Filed under: Light plus Weighty, Quotes, The English, Vocabulary/Words |

The guy who made up this sentence is a many splendoured genius! The first word has one letter, the second has two letters, the third three letters and so on till the twentieth word is with twenty letters!

“I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting: nevertheless extraordinary pharmaceutical intellectuality counterbalancing indecipherability transcendantalizes intercommunication’s incomprehensibleness”

Then there was this here competition for the correct usage of the two words, ‘complete’ and ‘finished’. The winning entry had universal appeal as well as high humor. It went something like this – 

‘The word complete best describes those persons who have found the right partner in their marriage. The word finished best describes those who have found the wrong partner! And they are completely finished if anyone of them finds the other in bed with some one else!”

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True Religion …

Posted on June 18, 2012. Filed under: Guide Posts, Indian Thought, Personalities, Public Speaking, Quotes, Searching for Success |

All Religions preach the same stuff. Yet they are all at war with one another and are responsible for much of the bloodshed and suffering ever since they were founded.Here is how the Dalai Lama defines true religion. Most of us will no doubt agree. 

The Best Religion is the one that gets you closest to God – in other words which makes you a better person.

Whether you are religious or not is not important. What is important is your behavior in front of family, at work, at play, in your community and outside it and indeed every where and all the time.

Your personal universe is the echo of your thoughts and actions. The law of action iand reaction is also true in your relations with others. Goodness will beget goodness and evil will beget evil.

You will always have what you desire as long as you desire the same for others. Happinnes is not a matter of destiny. Rather it is a question of options.

Hence Take Care –

Because your thoughts will become words. Your words will become actions. Your actions will become habits and your habits will become your character. And your character will become your dsstinyAnd destiny is life.

There is No Religion Higher than Truth.

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The Best Government is the one which Governs Least …

Posted on June 9, 2012. Filed under: American Thinkers, Business, Guide Posts, Quotes |

Laws of Good Governance

First Law

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

Second Law

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

Third Law

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

Fourth Law

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! That also goes for esteem, pride, ambition or confidence!

Fifth Law

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when that other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

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Dr Devi Shetty Shoots from the Hip …

Posted on May 18, 2012. Filed under: Guide Posts, Indian Thought, Personal Magnetism, Quotes |

Dr Devi Shetty, the noted Heart Surgeon, was personal physician to Mother Teresa. He was on the BBC Hard Talk Programme recently where he held his own when being hammered about his life aim of reducing cost of Heart Surgery to One Thousand Dollars!

Here he shoots from the hip as he answers common Qs re Heart and Health.

Q: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
1. Diet  – Less Oil and Carbs. More Protein. 2. Exercise – At the least a Half  Hour Walk Five Days a week. Climb steps and Avoid lifts. 

Avoid sitting for more than half hour at a time. 3. Quit smoking  4. Control weight  5. Control Blood pressure and Sugar.

Q: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
 No

Q: It’s still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person
gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?
This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Q: Are heart diseases hereditary?
Yes.

Q: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?
Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Q: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
Walking is better than jogging, since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints

Q: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?
Extremely rare.

Q: Does cholesterol accumulate from an early age or only after30 years age?
Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Q: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?
You tend to eat junk food when habits are irregular and your body’s enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Q: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Q: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Fruits and vegetables are the best and oil is the worst.

Q: Which oil is better – groundnut, sunflower, olive?
All oils are bad.

Q: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?
Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Q: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
Help the person into a sleeping position, place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit, since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Q: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
Extremely difficult without ECG.

Q; What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? People of 30-40 yrs age have heart attacks and heart problems.                               Sedentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Q: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?
Yes.

Q: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child?
Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities.

Q: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart? What precautions would you recommend?
When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. As you grow older, Respect the biological clock.

Q: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause other complications (short/long term)?
Yes, most drugs have side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Q: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?
No.

Q: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
No.

Q: How would you define junk food?
Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , Samosas, even Masala Dosas.

Q: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason?Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?
Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Q: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
No.

Q: Can a person help himself during a heart attack?
Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay. Do not wait for the ambulance.

Q: Do low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?
No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Q: Sometimes, due to hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?
Certainly. 

Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour continuously. Even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair helps.

Q: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Yes. A strong relationship. Diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Q: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?
Diet, exercise, drugs on time. Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Q: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?
No.

Q: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?
No.

Q: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
Nature protects women till the age of 45. Present Global census show that the Percentage of heart disease in women has increased more than in men.

Q: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?
There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem. My suggestion is to – Aoid the drugs  Go for walks. Diet to reduce weight. Change attitude and lifestyle.

Q: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?
Eat a healthy Diet. Avoid junk food. Exercise every day. Do not smoke. Go for health check ups – if you are 30, at least once in six months.

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