The World thru Drones …

Posted on May 18, 2018. Filed under: Quotes |

Global Drone Photography

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Dubai never ceases to impress, but this aerial shot of the skyline by AirPano shows the city in an incredible new light.

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Only a photograph from above like this one can demonstrate the vast size of the Angel Falls in Venezuela.

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This perfectly ordered city is Barcelona in Spain-captured in the middle is the famous Sagrada Familia church.

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A perfectly captured picture of the Victoria Falls in Zambia.


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Iguacu Falls, Argentina, is just one of the stunning aerial shots shown off in AirPano’s spectacular collection. 
(How do people get out there?)

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Winter wonderland!  A stunning photo of Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain, located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas.

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New perspective! It could confuse at first, but this is actually the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, photographed entirely from above.
Concrete jungle lit up!  A magical panoramic shot of Manhattan City Line at night, with the Empire State Building gleaming to the left and the Chrysler building towards the center. 

AirPano perfectly shot Manhattan in New York, with views for miles stretching out in the background.
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Looking down, down under! Australia’s barrier reef looks a brilliant shade of turquoise in this landscape capture.
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See the Taj Mahal from a new angle!  The Indian landmark has been captured many times before, but the team took a new perspective.

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One of the spectacular wonders of the world from above.  The Ha Long island dotted in the Vietnamese bay.
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Flecks of white in the blue ocean, frozen Iceland as you have never seen it before.
The team mainly use drones to take their photographs.
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Looking like something out of a fairy tale is Neuschwenstein Castle in Germany, captured in the midst of the rolling mountains.
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The Pyramids in Egypt made AirPano’s 100 Best Places on the Planet list, which the team set out to capture over the years since they started in 2006. 

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Project coordinator Sergey Semenov revealed that after initially working with spherical panoramas on land, the group decided to take to the skies.


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Speech, Silence, Music …

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

Thomas Carlyle –

Speech is human and as shallow as time. Silence is divine – yet also brutish and dead.

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves. It is more eloquent than words. It is as deep as eternity. Therefore we must cultivate both arts.

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious. 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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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 in their couplets their opposing views on the Universality of God.

It was not a feud but rather a poetic difference of opinion between highly intelligent and witty minds and which 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 the 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 the person just does not know it.


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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.

A wise man hears one word and understands two.

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

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.

Golda Meir

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)

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.

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

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.

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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.

Here is how the Dalai Lama defined true religion when some Smart Aleck tried to trip him up by asing which was the Best Religion. 

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

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

Your personal universe is the echo of your thoughts and actions. The law of action and 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 – it is a question of options.

Because your thoughts will become words. Your words will become actions. Your actions will become habits and your habits will become 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?

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?

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?

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?

Q: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

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?

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?

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?

Q: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

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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Thomas Jefferson – Relevant for the Ages …

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: American Thinkers, Personalities, Quotes |

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time and made this statement – “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Thomas Jefferson studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood history, the nature of God and his laws, and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. He was a very remarkable man who started learning early.

Some Facts. At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French. At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages. At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe. At 23, started his own law practice. At 25, elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America” and retired from his law practice. At 32, a Delegate to the Second Continental congress. At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence. 

At 33, reviseed Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom. At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry. At 40, served in Congress for two years. At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.At 53, served as Vice President and. At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions – the basis of ‘States Rights’

At 57, was elected the third President of the United States.At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size. At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello. At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine. At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first President.

At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, along with John Adams.

Some of his observations –

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” –

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people under the pretence of taking care of them.”

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.”

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless”.

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