Careless handling of fire crackers may turn a happy Diwali into a terrible tragedy, leading not just to injuries, but sometimes, even death. Even the simple diya can cause terrible burns. So, while you celebrate this wonderful festival of lights, be careful of them and handle them with respect. All accidents due to fireworks occur as a result of carelessness, negligence and ignorance. But these can certainly be avoided by observing some very simple precautions.
- Buy good-quality fireworks which have been legally manufactured. Don’t try to make them at home.
- Light fireworks outside the house, in an open area, taking care to avoid crowded areas. If possible, organize a community display where they are lit by professionals while all of you can sit and watch it. Only one person at a time should light the fireworks.
- Dress appropriately. It is best to avoid synthetic clothes which catch fire easily. Thick cotton clothes are best. Also avoid long flowing garments and trailing scarves and dupattas which can catch fire from diyas and candle which have been placed on the ground.
- Never carry firecrackers in your pockets. Also don’t store or stack them near lighted candles and diyas.
- Never light fireworks while holding them in your hand. Neither must you bend over them while lighting them. You can use a long candle to light them. Keep flower pots and charkhis flat on the ground while lighting. Point rockets away from the house and towards open areas while lighting them. If a firework doesn’t burn properly, don’t go near it, or pick it up in your hands. Sometimes, it could still be live. Throw these duds into a bucket of water to make them safe. Never throw used or misfired crackers into a bonfire.
- Don’t fool around with fireworks. Don’t throw them or point them at people. This is foolhardy and very dangerous.
- Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. So try to avoid drinking near fireworks and bonfires.
- Never allow children less than five years to hold firecrackers. Always supervise children when they are playing with fireworks. Keep a bucket of water close by.
- In case of burns, immediately pour water on the burnt area. In case of eye burns, splash tap water on the eyes and take the person to a hospital. In case of major burns, try and remove smoldering clothes. If it is sticking to the skin, don’t do anything, but take the victim immediately to the hospital for treatment. It is best to go to a burns specialist or to a major hospital.
- If you have a pet, remember that pets hate bangs and flashes and get very frightened. Closing all curtains and shutting the windows, may help to shut out the light and noise, and keep your pet calm.
Be careful and calm and have a happy and safe Diwali.
Laughter is one of the most useful and pleasant emotions. Laughter instantly relaxes us at three levels, the physical, the mental and the emotional. We laugh because we enjoy ourselves and we enjoy because we laugh.
Laughter releases tonic emotions which through the medium of sympathetic nervous system, cause a sudden nervous discharge and change the physiological reactions of the individual. At the purely physical level, a good laugh wonderfully relaxes muscular tension of the whole body, especially in the chest and abdomen. Inner tensions are speedily relieved. This in turn leads to a deeper rhythm in the respiration, allowing oxygen to circulate more freely through the blood to every part of the body. We are thereby stimulated, tickled and relaxed.
Stress management benefits of laughter:Laughter is the all-time favourite stress-management strategy because it’s free, convenient, and beneficial in so many ways. More than half of illnesses are related to stress and many of the stressed people turn to smoking, alcohol and drugs. If only they had realised early the importance of laughter in warding off stress they would lead a normal stress-free life.
- Hormones: Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisone and adrenalin. It also increases the level of health enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters. Laughter increases the number of antibody producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.
- Physical release:Have you experienced the cleansed feeling after a good laugh? Laughter provides a physical and emotional release.
- Internal work-out:A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm and even works out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterwards. It even provides a good workout for the heart.
- Distraction:Laughter brings the focus away from anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions in a more beneficial way than other mere distractions.
Social benefits of laughter:
Laughter connects us with others. Also, laughter is contagious, so if you bring more laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you to laugh more, and realise these benefits as well. By elevating the mood of those around you, you can reduce their stress levels, and perhaps improve the quality of social interaction you experience with them, reducing your stress level even more!
You can get more laughter in your life with the following strategies:
- TV and movies:There’s no shortage of laughter opportunities from the entertainment field, both at the theatre and in the aisles of the video stores, as well as at home with TV comedies. While wasting your time watching something marginally funny may actually frustrate you, watching truly hilarious movies and shows is an easy way to get laughter into your life whenever you need it.
- Laugh with friends:Going to a movie or comedy club with friends is a great way to get more laughter into your life. The contagious effects of laughter may mean you’ll laugh more than you otherwise would have during the show, plus you’ll have jokes for reference at later times. Inviting friends over for a party or game night is also a great set-up for laughter and other good feelings.
- Find humour in your life:Instead of complaining about life’s frustrations, try to laugh about them. If something is so frustrating or depressing it’s ridiculous, realise that you could ‘look back on it and laugh’. Think how it will sound as a story you could tell your friends, and then see if you can laugh about it now. With this attitude, you may also find yourself being more light-hearted and silly, giving yourself and those around you more to laugh about. Approach life in a more mirthful way and you’ll find you’re less stressed about negative events, and you’ll achieve the health benefits of laughter.
- Fake it until you make it:Just as studies show the positive effects of smiling occur whether the smile is fake or real, faked laughter also provides the benefits mentioned above. So smile more, and fake laughter – you’ll still achieve positive effects, and the fake merriment may lead to real smiles and laughter. Laugh out loud with an open mouth 15 minutes a day, as your way for good health.
Laughter is the best antidote to worries of any kind. A sense of humour is of greatest help in facing difficulties of all types. Laughter dissipates fears and apprehensions and certainly minimises mental strains. The sure deterrent to worry is laughter. All men laugh more or less, but those who laugh the most are the ones who live the longest and enjoy the best health.
The various axioms in use about laughter are well meant.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- Laughter is still the best medicine.
- Against laughter nothing can stand.
- Laugh out your problems.
- Laughter is the greatest safety valve.
If a good laugh clears the air for the person who laughs, it may also do the same between the people bringing them back to a feeling of stability and normality after tensions have been aroused. Feelings of hatred, bitterness or malice may be instantly dispelled by a well-directed gale of laughter. Laughter is an interacting social phenomenon which invariably exercises a humanizing effect upon all who practise or enjoy it. It is beyond doubt the happiest convulsion which people can summon back again and again as long as sanity prevails.
A smile is a fundamental means of human communication. It helps to preserve a sense of proportion.
Perhaps, the most civilised and mature form of humour is that known to all leaders of men and in improving interpersonal relations. Management by humour is a new approach to the art of human relations. It is the humour which can be used to detense people in order to tide them over difficult or awkward moments and act as a catalyst in motivating people.
People still fear too much for their dignity. There are families where children are brought up to believe that laughter is impolite. Consideration for time, place and people should be given but spontaneous laughter among friends, colleagues and equals is most welcome. Unless laughter is loud enough to be audible to others, it cannot do the maximum good either to the person who laughs or who listens to him or her. In circumstances where a loud laughter will be out of place, a grin, a smile and even a subdued laugh will be of great benefit in relaxing the atmosphere as well the individual.
Laughter is the pleasantest infection in the world and one should be able to share it with others. Most of the good magazines publish jokes or humorous articles to tickle their readers. Laughing clubs have been formed at places, laughing loudly with raised hands in yoga classes for only three times helps a lot in deep breathing and de-stressing.
Many times, there are occasions when one may laugh in private at his own follies. People who cannot laugh at themselves usually take themselves too seriously, or may suffer from a sense of inadequacy which made them refuse to admit that they can be foolish or wrong. No man can ever distinguish himself who could not bear to be laughed at. Those who laugh well, are more sensible and sympathetic than those who show stiff, sad, unsmiling faces and dogged expressions. To be unable to explode spontaneously into rich laughter will be a serious and lasting disability. The man or woman who cannot laugh spontaneously rarely makes a good member of a community.
Do not get upset by a personal joke if it does hit you below the belt. It is better to laugh it out. If possible, turn the joke towards you so that it gives a feeling of laughing at yourself. The situation will be eased. Even a light joke hitting below the belt is always in bad taste and should not be attempted by anyone. It may lead to animosity even between best friends.
One who can laugh is more carefree than others. Laughter is a good indication of good health. A really sick person rarely laughs. Those who can take things lightly in difficult situations lessen their own hardships and those of others around them. However, there are certain dos and don’ts for laughing.
- Laugh when you can.
- Look for an opportunity to laugh.
- Laugh out your troubles.
- Join others in their laughter.
- Do not laugh at others.
- Do not laugh at others’ cost.
- Do not laugh artificially.
- Do not laugh inappropriately.
Male mice can sing like humans, using high pitched love songs to woo females and even spice up their tunes to overcome any competition, a new study has found.
Researchers found the mice have certain brain features, somewhat similar to humans and song-learning birds, which they may use to change their sounds.
“We are claiming that mice have limited versions of the brain and behaviour traits for vocal learning that are found in humans for learning speech and in birds for learning song,” said Duke neurobiologist Erich Jarvis, who led the study. The discovery contradicts scientists’ 60-year-old assumption that mice do not have vocal learning traits at all.
“If we’re not wrong, these findings will be a big boost to scientists studying diseases like autism and anxiety disorders,” said Jarvis, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
The research suggests the vocal communication pathways in mice brains are more similar to those in human brains than to sound-making circuits in the brains of chimpanzees and other non-human primates.
When an earthquake shakes the entrails of the oceans, then a tsunami rocks the waters above and devastates the topography of the earth near it. The best way to control a tsunami would thus be not an exterior effort but peace in the depths of the ocean.
Our health also works on the same principle. If the mind is full of tension, and conflict or commotion, discomfort or ill health can affect the whole body. All the parts of the body that are weak can then succumb to the onslaught of the mental upheaval.
While this doesn’t apply to all illnesses, there are many diseases that have their origins in a mind that is not at peace.
Doctors often say that a disease is psychological and the patient resents it because the sickness is causing pain and it is hard to accept that their own minds are responsible for the pain.
For instance, headaches, especially migraines, are often created by the mind. Tensions, worries and conflicts often cause severe health problems like depression, insomnia and ulcers. High blood pressure and cardiac problems are often related to the hyper reaction to happenings in one’s life. Some people become compulsive eaters to quieten their over – wrought brains and may end up having stomach disorders or obesity.
It is common sense to understand this dependence of the body on the mind. The centers of the body are in the brain. When the brain is not in a healthy and tranquil state, then all the nerves, cells and tissues that it controls will also be upset and so become liable to become ill and unhealthy causing illnesses and diseases. So it is essential to keep the mind at peace. There are many ways to keep the mind at peace.
Accept that life will have problems: When people are young, it is usual to have a rose-tinted vision that everything will be hunky dory and they will never have a problem in life. They believe that they will always win and be able to solve all the problems that come before them.
This attitude often leads to later disillusionment. It is better to accept that life will have problems which will at times hurt and even embarrass or humiliate. Being ready for all this acts like a sponge and the mind is not too affected when some disastrous happening occurs.
Don’t expect anything from anyone: Human relationships are the causes of many a mental upset. The lack of a pleasant relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, lop-sided marital relationships, the growing insecurity of live-in relationships where people can just walk out of relationships with out a pang – there are umpteen causes for mental insecurity that can result in mental conflict that can cause physical problems. The best would be not to expect that every human being will be true and genuine.
Negative emotions are enemies of peace: A person should also try to control his negative attitude and always try to be positive. This also includes that one should criticize less and praise more. Emotions like jealousy and envy can upset many a mind and then many a family, especially if the family is a joint one. A positive attitude is always creative rather than destructive and is the best way to keep the mind healthy and then naturally the body will not be affected by ‘emotional atyachar’.
Avoid anger: It is an emotion which not only distorts the face but also distorts the mental make-up of a person. It can not only be hurtful to the object of the anger but the angry persons themselves can hurt them – selves with high blood pressure and associated problems. It is best to breathe deeply and try to curb anger by delaying the response. Then painful utterances will be avoided, hypertension cases will be reduced and so relationships maintained.
Donʼt fear: It can be devastating. Fear can make the mind so weak that everything becomes a problem and when the brain seems unable to face the situation, then the body caves in. Fears can be tackled by people themselves by grit and guts but if they are unable to do so, then they can take the help of a person who cares for them. Facing fear includes that people should be even ready for failure. They should not expect to always win because of the fear of failure and the consequent humiliation.
At times you cannot control your actions, but you can control your reactions: There are two things that can be in front of you, chance or choice. Elder people will often maintain that there is something like chance that is fate or destiny. Others believe that life is molded out of our choices. Whatever it is, it is on us human beings how we deal with an event. Whether we get hyper and rant and rave or we remain calm and composed, it is our choice. Even if the actions of other human beings or destiny are not in our control, how we react to them is in our control. So one can learn to be calm even in the face of adversity. The affected people can see the problem and consider what they can do and make their best efforts. After that they can accept whatever follows knowing that the result is not in their hands rather than fluctuating between hope and despair and becoming a nervous wreck in the bargain.
Do your duty and then leave it to take what shape it can: So people should learn to try their best but then let the events unfold because there are others also who are pitted against you. For example, a student studies very well for an examination, but no one can guarantee the result. Other students have studied also and the result will be decided by who understood the question the best and answered with the most relevance.
Believe that what will happen will be for your own good: So, after making efforts, the best thing is to let the result happen and life takes its course if it is beyond control.
Have faith in yourself: One’s having faith in oneself helps a lot because if there is disappointment and failure, then the self-confidence will give courage to the person to go on trying. Courage is something that keeps the mind confident that it can face any situation. Then there will be less fear and more faith in the self to change the situation.
If a past decision goes bad, then remind yourself that at that, given the time, you did what was best: The human mind is often beset by regret, blame and guilt and that can impair the mental health of a person. It is best to think out objectively and logically before taking a decision. Then even afterwards if it proves to be wrong, stop feeling guilty by reminding yourself that in those circumstances, you took the best decision possible.
Live a life of routine with exercise and a nutritious diet: For a healthy mind, one must have a healthy body. Exercise keeps the muscles working and the heart healthy. The diet should also be nutritious and care should be taken that the balance in the body is maintained where vitamins, chemicals or minerals are concerned. Lack or surplus of sugar can cause problems. Sometimes a drop in health can also be due to lack of potassium in the body. It helps the mind to be healthy when the body is cared for because then life does not appear such a great struggle. Two people may suffer a similar set of painful circumstances. One may buckle, the other may survive. The healthier person has more chances of survival because of more physical endurance which would result in a more positive, optimistic, resolute and determined attitude than a sick person who could easily be depressed because his or her body is not in a fit condition or there is some pain that makes the problem seem more cumbersome.
Meditation helps: The mind can work best when it is quiet and still. Meditation helps in this by helping a person concentrate on something and quieten the brain from other things. Everyone cannot meditate. Then doing something with full concentration is also a form of meditation because the mind then focuses on one thing and is distracted from the points that give tension.
If you can’t help worrying, fix half an hour just to worry and then don’t let yourself worry. Just act. Think less: If the persons are not able to keep their minds still by meditation then they should not worry. There are some people who love to worry. So they can keep aside half an hour and worry as much as they can.
Do something that you like doing: The best way to distract oneself from worries is to do something one loves to do whether it is shifting the furniture in the house, watering the garden, reading, making a new thing, cooking, sleeping, whatever. What is necessary is that the thing being done should be something the person loves doing.
Remember that your mind is the slave of your will: At times one feels that one is not able to control the worrying but the fact is that the mind is a slave of the will. If people use their will-power they can command the mind to behave in a calmer manner. The most important strength in us stems from our will and everyone has it. Some use it, some just surrender without trying.
Learn to be objective and detached: The mind is healthier if it removes the layers of emotion, and subjective feelings and then just sees facts as they are. So it is very helpful if even sensitive and sentimental people start learning to be objective and detached. This can be done by just thinking of the facts of the case and not the feelings attached to the facts.
Make yourself believe that everything will be all right: When facing problems we are beset by misgivings and bad thoughts. A student thinks that he or she might fail and feels miserable. It would help more if he or she makes himself or herself believe that he or she will pass. Often, this makes the thing happen. If by chance it doesn’t, you still have saved yourself from hours of worry and the bad after- effects of worrying.
Take life as a challenge and get ready to take on the challenges head-on. The best is to get up in the morning, stretch and tell yourself, “Now is another day! Let me see what it brings. I am ready to face any challenge, good or bad.” This attitude will give you a readiness to expect adverse situations and make it easier to find the energy and courage to face them.
Don’t react without thinking. Think of the pros and cons and then react: Often, problems happen in human relationships whether at home or at office, where a person says something to be regretted later. The fact is that most people cannot think on the spur of the moment and say things that cause regret, remorse or guilt. Learn to talk to people with questions and suggestions.
Little knowledge is a dangerous thing: Often, life becomes very difficult because of half-baked information. A chance sentence like, “The boss is angry” can give a nervous worker palpitations, whereas when he or she actually goes to the office of the boss, he or she may have a pleasant meeting. This applies mostly to health. Don’t apply snippets you have heard to something that happens to your near and dear ones.
Here are the Top 22 things and Indian do/tries to do when he/she returns from the “United States of America”…..
22. Use Nope for No and Yep for Yes.
21. Tries to use credit card in road side hotel.
20. Drinks and carries mineral water and always speaks of health conscious.
19. Sprays deo such so that he doesn’t need to take bath.
18. Sneezes and says ‘Excuse me’.
17. Says “Hey” instead of “Hi”.
Says “Yogurt” instead says “Curds”.
Says “Cab” instead of “Taxi”.
Says “Candy” instead of “Chocolate”.
Says “Cookie” instead of “Biscuit”.
Says ” Free Way ” instead of “Highway”.
Says “got to go” instead of “Have to go”.
Says “Oh” instead of “Zero”, (for 704, says Seven Oh Four Instead of Seven
16.Doesn’t forget to crib about air pollution. Keeps cribbing every time he steps out.
15. Says all the distances in Miles (Not in Kilo Meters), and counts in Millions. (Not in Lakhs)
14. Tries to figure all the prices in Dollars as far as possible (but deep down the heart multiplies by the latest currency exchange rate).
13. Tries to see the % of fat on the cover of a milk pocket.
12. When need to say Z (zed), never says Z (Zed), repeats “Zee” several times, if the other person unable to get, then says X, Y Zee(but never says Zed)
11. Writes date as MM/DD/YYYY, on watching traditional DD/MM/YYYY, says “Oh! British Style!”
10. Makes fun of Indian Standard Time and Indian Road Conditions.
9. Even after 2 months, complaints about “Jet Lag”. Laughing Laughing
8. Avoids eating more chili (hot) stuff.
7. Tries to drink “Diet Coke”, instead of Normal Coke.
6. Tries to complain about any thing in India as if he is experiencing it for the first time.
5. Pronounces “schedule” as “skejule”, and “module” as “mojule”.
4. Looks suspiciously towards Hotel/Dhaba food.
3. From the luggage bag, does not remove the stickers of Airways by which he traveled back to India, even after 4 months of arrival.
2. Takes the cabin luggage bag to short visits in India, tries to roll the bag on Indian Roads.
1. Tries to begin conversation with “In US ….” or “When I was in US…
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Good luck charms could add that missing magic to your home. Your home is sacred to you; so make it auspicious by bringing positive energy into your home. If things are not working out for you professionally, then a good luck thing may just help. If you are having problems within the family then good luck objects might turn out to be your good omen. No matter how scientifically inclined we become, no one can deny that there is an element of ‘fortune’ to everything we do. Good luck things promise to nurture that element of good fortune in our lives. There are many types of good luck charms that serve different purposes. Let us take a look at a few.
This good luck object belongs to the famous family of Feng Shui articles. They a kind of improvised bells which are Chinese in origin. They are hung from windows or doors so that whenever there is a breeze, they make a chiming sound. This sweet tinkling sound is supposed to keep bad vibes at bay and cultivate positive energy at home. Wind chimes are beautiful good luck things and the sound they make is very pleasing, so even without the aspect of luck they can complement your home decor well.
You must have seen the cute, cuddly Chinese Buddha’s in many homes. These Feng Shui good luck objects will bring wealth, prosperity or happiness into your home depending on which type of Laughing Buddha you are using. A Laughing Buddha should always be kept facing the door so that as soon as you enter, you see the adorable smile and break into a smile yourself! One more thing, it has to be gifted to you; you can’t but it!
Having living fish in your house is good for concentration. Fish, apart from being colorful and interesting to look at are a very potent source of positive energy at home. Observing the movement of the fish is pleasant to the eye and helps your mind focus on important issues.
The Money Plant
One of the oldest members of the lucky plants fraternity, they are grown in a water medium like a jug of water. These plants are abundantly available and grow very quickly. A common mistake people make is to hang money plants from a height as they are beautiful creepers. The shoot of a money plant must always point upwards and only then it brings wealth to the house.
It is believed that if you have a source of flowing water in your house it ensures that you have positive energy at home. Water is the eternal source of life that washes away everything. Flowing water will wash away resentment, grudges, misunderstandings which exist in the family. It can be in the form of a fountain, a waterfall or any other show piece.
The horseshoe is considered very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to protect and attract good fortune for the family residing inside. Many believe that to hang it with the ends pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck. Others believe that no matter which way you hang the horseshoe, good luck will come.
The Four Leaf Clover
This famously lucky plants hail from the U.S. They are tiny clover plants that miraculously have just four leaves. It scientifically is a mutant variety of the normal clover that is exceptionally rare. The references to this good luck for home plant hark back to the seventeenth century when it was said that, if you accidentally find a four leaf clover, then something good is about to happen to you.
The Lucky Bamboo Plants
These home plants are made in China and have become a rage in India these days. It has become a household name and is considered great Feng Shui for homes. The lucky bamboo plant is basically a bundle of four green bamboo shoots tied together with a red ribbon. It stands for solidarity and oneness in the family. As a good luck plant it is supposed to keep the family together and the fact that makes exotic decoration is an added bonus.
A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked.
‘Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?’
Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because we lose our calm, we shout.’
‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.’ asked the saint
Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.
Finally the saint explained, ‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.
What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…’
The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’
He looked at his disciples and said.
‘So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.’
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Finally 2012 is upon us (almost) and we will know for sure whether we, humans, will exist at the end of the year or not. Prophecies and predictions apart, 2012 promises to be a exciting year with lots and lots of changes in store – some good and some bad and some that has the potential to become super bad.
Topping the Super Bad list would obviously be the scary end of human civilization conspiracy theory. But then again, we will know only around Dec 21st, 2012. So there is plenty of time to argue, debate and fight.
Looking back at 2011, it has been a fabulous year of sorts with highs and lows. Everything that has a happy ending always has something opposite. So here are some of the Highs and Lows of 2011 that happened in India and tried to shape/influence the average Indian Citizen.
Some of the Lows of 2011 in India
- the obvious choice would be the the insanely comical ignorance of Social Media by the UPA Government (aka) #Idiotkapilsibal
- Restriction of or at-least trying to Censor Internet and Free Speech.
- 2G Scam and mammoth proportion of it.
- Death of Sathya Sai Baba, MF Hussain and Steve Jobs.
- FDI dhamaka and the shortsightedness of our politicians – ruling and opposition.
- Japan’s earthquake/tsunami tragedy and Sikkim earthquake.
Some of the Highs of 2011 in India
- India winning the World Cup – this surely has to be the obvious choice. After 28 years of waiting, this is a dream come true.
- Rise of Anti-Politician and Rise of Anna Hazare – The people of India truly came alive after a frail old man took the fight to the parliament. Tired of corrupt, incompetent politicos year after year, election after election, the common man found a leader in Anna Hazare and truly made their frustrations known in one form or the other.
- Chennai are the Super Kings of IPL-4 for the 2nd time.
- Death of Osama Bin Laden.
- Arab revolution
- Rise of Amma and downfall of Appa as we prefer to call it down south!
- Prosecution of those accused in 2G scam – while this is not yet over at-least a step in the right direction has been taken. in 2012 we will know if this remains a high or becomes yet another low in our effort to fight corruption and crime.
In the meantime Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.