Too many cooks spoil the broth

Last weekend my 10-year-old son asked me to help him on his school oratory assignment. The topic was “‘Too many cooks spoil the broth”. He had to give the meaning of the proverb and give examples of where it caused failure and the opposite caused success. “I” being lazy on weekends (I can hear my back wife saying when it comes to family you are lazy all the time) dodged him till Sunday night. Finally, he cornered me that I will be responsible for him losing 4 marks in his…

Ennai (Oil in Tamil) peyar vilakkam

இன்று நான் கற்றது, எண்ணெய் பெயர் விளக்கம். எனக்கு தெரிந்தது: நல்லெண்ணெய் = நல்ல + எண்ணெய் இன்று கேட்டது: எள்ளு + நெய் = எண்ணெய் எண்ணெய்  என்றால் லிப்போ பேராகராதி சொல்கிறது (கீழே): எண்ணெய் : (1) எள்ளைப் பிழிந்து எடுக்கும் நெய் gingili oil; (2) எல்லாவகை நெய்க்கும் பொதுப் பெயர் a general name for all kinds of oil.

Asatoma Ma Sadgamaya

In my weekly Yoga classes my Yoga master starts the class and ends the class with either of the following two Sanskrit Hymns. asato ma satgamaya tamaso ma jyotirgamaya mrityorma amritam gamaya (Brhadaranyaka Upanishad) Meaning: Lead me from the untruth/unreal (asat) to the truth/real (sat), Lead me from darkness to light, Lead me from death to immortality. Om sahana vavatu sahana bhunattu Saha viryam karawavahai Tejasvinavaditamastu Ma vidvishavahai Om shanti shanti shanti (Kato Upanishad) Meaning: Together may be be protected Together may we be nourished Together may we work with…

“If” by Rudyard Kipling

In today’s Economic Times Newspaper in an Interview Subhash Menon, Founder of Subex mentioned about “If” by Rudyard Kipling – a short poem that carries the whole essence of Life. I searched and found it at Poetry Foundation and courtesy to them given it below. There is a video recital of this at https://vimeo.com/149949205 If By Rudyard Kipling 1865–1936 Rudyard Kipling If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But…