Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Buddha says,

Monday, November 26, 2018

Share your inspiration with others

Keep your fears to Yourself, butShare your inspiration with others
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis/Quotes 

When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.
It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write.
What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.
Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
People will buy anything that is one to a customer.
There are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor, and that he has never known trouble.
Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.
Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Change is a constant


To begin a new you must say farewell to who you once were. To open a new door you must close an old one first. That can be heartbreaking and scary, but it is necessary if you are to change and grow. Say goodbye to the old you and rise up as a stronger and more magical you.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Leo Kottke "Pamela Brown"

Leo  Kottke "Pamela Brown"

Guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke's celestial twelve-string slide rendition of
the Tom T. Hall song, resynched to a 1982 television performance. The
original sound recording first appeared on his 1974 album, "Ice Water."

Daniel Goleman on Focus: The Secret to High Performance and Fulfilment

Daniel Goleman on Focus: The Secret to High Performance and Fulfilment

 Psychologist Daniel Goleman shot to fame with his groundbreaking
'Emotional Intelligence'. 

The premise of the book, now widely accepted, is that raw intelligence alone is not a sure predictor of success in life. 

A greater role is played by 'softer' skills such as self-control, self-motivation, empathy and good interpersonal

Now Goleman comes to Intelligence Squared for an exclusive talk on the
themes of his latest book, 

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. 

Attention, he will argue, is an underrated asset for high achievers in
any field

Incorporating findings from neuroscience, Goleman will show
why we need three kinds of focus: 

1 = inner, for self-awareness; 

2 = other, for the empathy that builds effective relationships; and 

3 = outer, for understanding the larger systems in which organisations operate. 

Those who excel rely on Smart Practices such as mindfulness meditation,
focused preparation and positive emotions that help improve habits, add
new skills, and sustain excellence.

Filmed at the Royal College of Music on 25th October 2013.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Kadri Gopalnath Vol 2.....



Carnatic Music Concert- Saxophone by Kalaimamani Padmashree 
Dr. Kadri Gopalnath. 
Shri B. Hari Kumar on Mridangam 
Shri Rajendra Nakod on Tabla


Kaushiki Chakrabarty - A devotional bhajan in raga Bhairavi with Soumik ...


MERU Concerts 


Kaushiki Chakrabarty - A devotional bhajan in raga Bhairavi with Soumik Datta and Vijay Ghate

 MERU Concert live - A soulful devotional bhajan in raga Bhairavi
performed by Kaushiki Chakrabarty with Soumik Datta on Sarod and Pt.
Vijay Ghate on tabla; Paromita Mukherji on harmonium and Allarakha
Yaminkhan on sarangi - 21 July 2013 at Oranjerie Theater in Roermond,
The Netherlands.



Sunday, September 2, 2018

Amazing Grace: 40 Treasured Hymns - Tennessee Ernie Ford

Ernie showed up on one of my google searches and i was transported back in time to Ed Sullivan shows

Amazing Grace: 40 Treasured Hymns - Tennessee Ernie Ford

Disc 1: 1. Stand By Me 0:00 2. When God Dips His Love In My Heart 3:00 3. He Knows What I Need 5:18 4. Others 7:49 5. What A Friend We Have In Jesus 9:43 6. Sweet Hour Of Prayer 13:35 7. Come On Down 15:58 8. Blessed Assurance 19:22 9. I Can Tell You The Time 21:44 10. Just A Little Talk With Jesus 25:05 11. Life's Railway To Heaven 27:56 12. Saved By Grace 31:06 13. My Task 33:34 14. No Tears In Heaven 35:19 15. Peace In The Valley 37:34 16. Nearer, My God, To Thee 40:56 17. His Amazing Grace 44:26 18. Just A Closer Walk With Thee 46:57 19. On The Jericho Road 49:21 20. A Beautiful Life 51:55 Disc: 2 1. Precious Memories 54:21 2. Did You Think To Pray? 57:06 3. The Old Rugged Cross 1:01:26 4. In The Garden 1:04:10 5. Face To Face 1:07:01 6. I Find No Fault In Him 1:10:41 7. Rock Of Ages 1:14:11 8. Hide Me, Rock Of Ages 1:16:52 9. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 1:19:51 10. Alleluia 1:22:51 11. How Great Thou Art 1:27:02 12. Put Your Hand In The Hand 1:29:04 13. I Know The Lord Laid His Hands On Me 1:31:36 14. Get On Board, Little Children 1:33:26 15. Farther Along 1:36:10 16. Let The Lower Lights Be Burning 1:38:35 17. Wayfaring Pilgrim 1:40:12 18. Lord, I'm Coming Home 1:42:58 19. Take My Hand, Precious Lord 1:46:18 20. If I Can Help Somebody 1:49:29 Show less

Bill Murray as Rodney Dangerfield’s Psychiatrist


Bill Murray as Rodney Dangerfield’s Psychiatrist
Throughout his career, Rodney told countless jokes about his good-for-nothin’ psychiatrist. In this sketch from his 1982 TV special, “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me”, Bill Murray played the role of Rodney’s psychiatrist to a tee.

Adaptation of the Serenity Prayer for ADHD : The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change

Serenity Prayer: for ADHD

Dr. Edward Hallowell’s adaptation of the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change;

The patience to resist trying to control everything I could, had I the energy and time;

The courage and skill to change the things I have chosen to change;

And the wisdom to know the differences among all these.



Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin - Georgia On My Mind plus It Takes Two to Tango

The Midnight Special

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life


 A woman jogs in the countryside with her dog. Photograph: Alamy 

The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life

 The five healthy habits were defined as:

1-not smoking;
2-having a body mass index between 18.5 and 25;
3-taking at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day,
4-having no more than one 150ml glass of wine a day for women, or two for men; and
5-having a diet rich in items such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains and low in red meat, saturated fats and sugar.

The five habits that can add more than a decade to your life

Major study calculates effect on lifespan of habits including healthy eating and not smoking

People who stick to five healthy habits in adulthood can add more than a decade to their lives, according to a major study into the impact behaviour has on lifespan. 

Researchers at Harvard University used lifestyle questionnaires and medical records from 123,000 volunteers to understand how much longer people lived if they followed a healthy diet, controlled their weight, took regular exercise, drank in moderation and did not smoke.

When the scientists calculated average life expectancy, they noticed a dramatic effect from the healthy habits. Compared with people who adopted none of them, men and women who adhered to all five saw their life expectancy at 50 rise from 26 to 38 years and 29 to 43 years respectively, or an extra 12 years for men and 14 for women.

“When we embarked on this study, I thought, of course, that people who adopted these habits would live longer. But the surprising thing was how huge the effect was,” said Meir Stampfer, a co-author on the study and professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

The researchers performed the analysis in the hope of understanding why the US, which spends more on healthcare as a proportion of GDP than any other nation, ranks 31st in the world for life expectancy at birth. According to the World Health Organization, life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 76.9 and 81.6 years old for US men and women respectively. The equivalent figures for Britain are very similar at 79.4 and 83 years old.

The study, published in the journal Circulation, suggests poor lifestyle is a major factor that cuts American lives short. Only 8% of the general population followed all five healthy habits. The research focused on the US population, but Stampfer said the findings applied to the UK and much of the western world.

The five healthy habits were defined as not smoking; having a body mass index between 18.5 and 25; taking at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, having no more than one 150ml glass of wine a day for women, or two for men; and having a diet rich in items such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains and low in red meat, saturated fats and sugar.

Men and women who had such healthy lives were 82% less likely to die of heart disease and 65% less likely to die of cancer compared with those with the least healthy lifestyles, over the roughly 30 years of the study.

Given that the habits of a healthy lifestyle are well known, the mystery is why we are so bad at adopting them, said Stampfer. Part of the problem is that many people struggle to give up smoking, and the continuous peddling of unhealthy food, as well as poor urban planning, which can make it hard for people to exercise, also feed in, he said.

“I do think people need to step up and take some personal responsibility, but as a society we need to make it easier for people to do that,” he said.

“People can get stuck in a rut and think it’s too late to change their ways, but what we find is that when people do change their ways, we see remarkable benefits.”

Major study calculates effect on lifespan of habits including healthy eating and not smoking

Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on Life Expectancies in the US Population

Yanping Li, An Pan, Dong D. Wang, Xiaoran Liu, Klodian Dhana, Oscar H. Franco, Stephen Kaptoge, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Meir Stampfer, Walter C. Willett, Frank B. Hu


Background—Americans have a shorter life expectancy compared with residents of almost all other high-income countries. We aim to estimate the impact of lifestyle factors on premature mortality and life expectancy in the US population.

Methods—Using data from the Nurses' Health Study (1980-2014; n=78 865) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986-2014, n=44 354), we defined 5 low-risk lifestyle factors as never smoking, body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2, ≥30 min/d of moderate to vigorous physical activity, moderate alcohol intake, and a high diet quality score (upper 40%), and estimated hazard ratios for the association of total lifestyle score (0-5 scale) with mortality. We used data from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys; 2013-2014) to estimate the distribution of the lifestyle score and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WONDER database to derive the agespecific death rates of Americans. We applied the life table method to estimate life expectancy by levels of the lifestyle score.

Results—During up to 34 years of follow-up, we documented 42 167 deaths. The multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios for mortality in adults with 5 compared with zero low-risk factors were 0.26 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.22-0.31) for all-cause mortality, 0.35 (95% CI, 0.27-0.45) for cancer mortality, and 0.18 (95% CI, 0.12-0.26) for cardiovascular disease mortality. The population-attributable risk of nonadherence to 5 low-risk factors was 60.7% (95% CI, 53.6-66.7) for all-cause mortality, 51.7% (95% CI, 37.1-62.9) for cancer mortality, and 71.7% (95% CI, 58.1-81.0) for cardiovascular disease mortality. We estimated that the life expectancy at age 50 years was 29.0 years (95% CI, 28.3-29.8) for women and 25.5 years (95% CI, 24.7-26.2) for men who adopted zero low-risk lifestyle factors. In contrast, for those who adopted all 5 low-risk factors, we projected a life expectancy at age 50 years of 43.1 years (95% CI, 41.3-44.9) for women and 37.6 years (95% CI, 35.8-39.4) for men. The projected life expectancy at age 50 years was on average 14.0 years (95% CI, 11.8-16.2) longer among female Americans with 5 lowrisk factors compared with those with zero low-risk factors; for men, the difference was 12.2 years (95% CI, 10.1-14.2).

ConclusionsAdopting a healthy lifestyle could substantially reduce premature mortality and prolong life expectancy in US adults.