Posted by: janya | August 9, 2008

Just try it out !!!

In my childhood I was told this story where a child watches a spider go up the wall and keeps falling down. After umpteenth effort it succeeds. The motto is: keep trying and you will succeed. I strongly believe in this.

My brother asks me, don’t you ever get tired. No, I don’t. I don’t like saying No to anything unless I try it out first. Ofcourse, this goes against you sometimes as you fall flat when you don’t heed the advice of people based on their experience. Well, still I continue “trying” it out. I can “get up” after falling down though. 🙂 But if you cannot: then just listen to others.

It’s fun. I can tell you that. Well, it all comes down to enjoying your life no matter what. Once you are capable of doing that, you will take everything in a stride in spite of ups and downs.

Posted by: janya | July 29, 2008

What’s so special about this guy?

That’s right. What is so special? He is just another IITian (for those of you who don’t know, IIT is at par with or better than any Ivy league schools in USA) who got employment with Google.

Well, it’s special because his parents are illiterate and he moves around in a wheelchair as he does not have legs. Read this motivating article and you will see life from a whole new perspective.



I have seen people complaining – if only their parents provided them more guidance they would’ve achieved new heights in their lives. Well, now you can see that nothing can stop you if you have the passion. Naresh’s parents are illiterate.

We see people complaining about their lives. Look at Naresh. He is always smiling. This is one of the best qualities in Naresh.

I know I will see life from a completely different angle from now on.

Posted by: janya | July 26, 2008

Eat less to save environment?

Researchers at Cornell University in New York have suggested that the most effective way to save the environment is by eating less. Average American consumes an estimated 3,747 calories a day, a staggering 1200-1500 calories over recommendations.

They contend that the most dramatic reduction in energy used for food processing would come about if consumers reduced their demand for highly processed foods.

This would also help cut down food miles and its related fuel cost as US food travels an average of 2,400 km before it is consumed. This study argues strongly that the consumer is in the strongest position to contribute to a reduction in energy use.

The study is published in the Springer journal Human Ecology.

There’s one more article I read that eating beef is less green than driving. I don’t eat beef, but I do eat meat though. It seems producing 2.2lb of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car non-stop for three hours. So, there you go. We can stop eating meat to help our Earth. Only eat what you need. and you can save mother Earth. Interesting???

Posted by: janya | July 20, 2008

Airlines and Environment – Shocking !!!

Have you ever noticed that Airlines are environmentally Un-friendly? They give you food in these plastic containers that are of course recyclable, but definitely not compostible. Your cutlery is wrapped in plastic and that’s not recyclable. And finally for the coffee or tea – they are served in these Styrofoam cups that are non-biodegradable.

Well, “Styrofoam is not easily recyclable due to it’s light weight and low scrap value. It takes a very long time to decompose and has been documented to cause starvation in birds and other marine world life.

Isn’t that scary? Check this one now:

“The city of Berkeley, California was one of the first cities in the world to ban polystyrene food packaging (called Styrofoam in the media announcements). It was also banned in Portland OR, and Suffolk County NY in 1990. Now, over 20 US cities have banned polystyrene food packaging, including Oakland CA on Jan 1st 2007. “

At least this is promising. And I hope all the airlines adopt this.

Considering the number of people that fly every single day, it would be great help to our environment if they stop using them and become more environmentally-friendly.

Posted by: janya | July 13, 2008

We “see” with our ears !!!!!!!

We tend to think that when we play Ping Pong or baseball, we react based on where the ball looks as if it’s headed, but the sound of the ball striking off the opponent’s paddle or bat is an important clue to its trajectory. Subjects who have tried to play these games while wearing gear that blocks their ears perform less well.

So we do “see” with our ears.

Well, now for one more example to show that we use cues to combine vision with sound to help us process what we are hearing.

One woman who was being interviewed by a doctor while being admitted to a hospital told him “Wait a minute, I can’t understand you, I need my glasses”.

Some people who are great talkers hate to talk over the phone, in part because they cannot see the other person’s face.

So we need a combination of both for better process.

** Courtesy: A user’s guide to the brain by John J Ratey.

Posted by: janya | July 7, 2008

Drought in California !!!!!!!!!!!!

For the first time in 17 years state-wide drought has been declared urging all Californians to reduce their water usage by 10% to avoid mandatory rationing later this year.

Here are some tips:

Turn off water tap when brushing or doing dishes. You will save 2.5 gallons every minute.
Take shorter showers. Each reduced minute will save 2.5 gallons. Or better use buckets like we used to do in old old times.
Don’t allow the hose to run when washing your car.
Operate your clothes and dishwashers ONLY with full-loads even if you have adjustable settings.

Other tips for homeowners:

Leaking faucet can waste more than 2000 gallons per month.
Be sure your sprinklers are watering plants and not pavements.Make sure your plumbing is not broken.
Use higher-efficiency fixtures and appliances.

Let us all Save Water and spread the message. Tell your friends.

Water is a natural resource and needs to be used wisely and efficiently.

I am reading this very interesting book “A User’s Guide to the Brain” by John J Ratey. It is very enlightening when it comes to understanding human behavior. I wanted to share some of those with you. Here is one:

Well do you know that the primary receptor for pain is called ‘nociceptor’ and it is this that responds to stimulation such as intense pressure, extreme temperatures and more. One interesting process here is the pain mechanism. For example, when you hit your knee on a desk, you probably rub it to make it feel better. Why does this rubbing reduce the pain instead of aggravating it? Because the act of rubbing sends a second set of tactile signals to the brain. Brain has to pay attention to both signals at once and this leads to a reduction in perceived severity of the more intense first one. This concept is called competitive inhibition.

When your mother rubbed your elbow after you fell off your bike, she was applying this scientific principle to the reduction of pain. Moms know it all.

Well, there you go. Now you have learned something new.

Posted by: janya | June 25, 2008

Who is laughing now?

I had a blog about an IIM graduate who made millions but still lives in a hut. And someone felt it was ‘stupid’. Well, here is one more.

This IIM topper wants to go global with Brand Bihar vegetables. It is nice to see all these toppers working towards making a difference to the society they belong to.

Posted by: janya | June 12, 2008

Do you know Thalassemia?

I didn’t, until my brother told me about it few weeks back. “Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder in which the body is unable to make adequate hemoglobin”.

My brother told me about these kids suffering from Thalassemia. Survival of these kids depends upon regular blood transfusions and then to contain the iron content they need expensive medications. Kids who are supposed to play, are lying in bed with regular blood transfusions and continuous medical care. I believe they need a transfusion once in 2 weeks. Can you even imagine that?

Red Cross Blood Bank of Hyderabad provides free blood to these children. If you would like to help, please check this site for more details:

You can ask your relatives or friends in Hyderabad to collect money at work or via friends and donate. They can donate blood too.

Posted by: janya | May 28, 2008

Energy: Planting trees and Me

As my awareness increased into other areas, I started thinking about planting trees. Yes, my heart goes out when a tree is being cut down. I would talk to my friends in the neighborhood (usually young kids) and explain to them why we need trees for survival. I used to tell them to think about just making their house look more greener and they don’t even have to go to the streets for it. Motivate your friends to do the same to the place they live and that would make a huge difference. Well, to be honest I am not sure how much affect it had on Mother Nature, but I am happy for at least trying.

Oh, by the way, I am a great believer in ‘trying’ out something. I don’t care about losing or failing. I am happy that at least I tried something. I guess I have another topic for blogging. 🙂

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