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No.

Subject of the Article

Details

1.

India the Great

Arjunas / 1-99 / Umesh

2.

Values in Life

Arjunas / 1-99 / Richa

3.

Slow Dance

Arjunas / 2-99 / Pranjal

4.

A Smile a Day

Arjunas / 12-98 / Pranjal

5.

Your Idea of a Friend

Arjunas / 12-98 / Pranjal

6.

Sayings

Arjunas / 12-98 / Pranjal

7.

The loving wait of God

Arjunas / 1-99 / Pranjal

8.

Diwali retold, american ishtyle...

Arjunas / 1-99 / Pranjal

9.

Too magnanimous to be human...

Arjunas / 1-99 / Vivek

10.

The Meaning of Valentine's Day

Arjunas / 2-99 / Vaibhav

1

India the Great

1. Quotes about India

Albert Einstein said :

"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made."

Mark Twain said :

"India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

Romain Rolland (French scholar) said :

"If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India."

Hu Shih (Former Ambassador of China to USA) said :

"India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border."

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2. Facts about India

India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.

India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.

The World's first university was established in Takshila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.

The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the most suitable language for the computer software - a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.

Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.

Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British in the early 17th Century. Cristopher Columbus was attracted by her wealth.

The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAV Gatih. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit Nou.

Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (5th century) 365.258756484 days.

The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.

Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India. Quadratic equations were propounded by Sridharacharya in the 11th century.

The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 1053 with specific names as early as 5000 BC during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera :1012.

According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.

USA based IEEE proves what has been a century old suspicion in the world scientific community that the pioneer of wireless communication was Prof Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.

The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra. According to Saka King Rudradaman-I of 150 CE a beautiful lake aptly called 'Sudarshana' was constructed on the hills of Raivataka during Chandragupta Maurya's time.

Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.

Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, contracts, artificial legs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and brain surgery.

Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India.

Over 125 surgical equipments were used.

Deep knowledge of anatomy physiology, etiology, embryology, digestion, metabolism, genetics and immunity is also found in many texts.

When Europeans were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago,Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)

The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.

(Arj / 31-1 / Umesh)

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Values in Life

 

The Greatest Handicap

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FEAR

 

The Best Day

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TODAY

 

Hardest Thing To Do

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TO BEGIN

 

Easiest Thing To Do

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FINDING FAULT

 

Most Useless Asset

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PRIDE

Most Useful Asset

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HUMILITY

 

The Greatest Mistake

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GIVING UP

 

The Greatest Stumbling Block

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EGOTISM

 

The Greatest Comfort

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WORK WELL DONE

 

Most Disagreeable Person

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THE COMPLAINER

 

Worst Bankruptcy

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LOSS OF ENTHUSIASM

 

Greatest Need

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COMMON SENSE

 

Best Gift

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FORGIVENESS

 

The Greatest Moment

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DEATH

 

The Greatest Knowledge

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EXPERIENCE

 

The Greatest Thing

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LOVE

 

The Greatest Success in the World

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PEACE OF MIND

 

The Hardest and Most Painful to Accept

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DEFEAT

 

Meanest Feeling

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REGRET AT ANOTHER'S SUCCESS

"The most beautiful things in the world can neither be seen nor touched, just felt in the heart."

(Sent by Richa to Arjunas - 1/99)

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3

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids, on a merry-go-round.

Or listened to the rainslapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight.

Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short, and the music won't last.

 

Do you run through each day on the fly.

When you ask - How are you? Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,

with the next hundred chores, running through your head?

You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short, and the music won't last.

 

Ever told your child, We'll do it tomorrow

And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die

'Cause you never had time to call and say Hi?

You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short, and the music won't last.

 

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It is like an unopenedgift... Thrown away...Life is not a race.

Do take it slower Hear the music Before the song is over.

 (Sent by Pranjal to Arjunas - 2/99)

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A Smile a Day

She smiled at a sorrowful stranger.

The smile seemed to make him feel better.

He remembered past kindnesses of a friend

And wrote him a thank you letter.

The friend was so pleased with the thank you

That he left a large tip after lunch.

The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip,

Bet the whole thing on a hunch.

The next day she picked up her winnings,

And gave part to a man on the street.

The man on the street was grateful;

For two days he'd had nothing to eat.

After he finished his dinner,

He left for his small dingy room.

He didn't know at that moment

That he might be facing his doom.

On the way he picked up a shivering puppy

And took him home to get warm.

The puppy was very grateful

To be in out of the storm.

That night the house caught on fire.

The puppy barked the alarm.

He barked till he woke the whole household

And saved everybody from harm.

One of the boys that he rescued

Grew up to be President.

All this because of a simple smile

That hadn't cost a cent.

(Arj / 20-12 / Pranjal)

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Your Idea of a Friend

In kindergarten your idea of a good friend was the person who let you have the red crayon when all that was left was the ugly black one.

In first grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went to the bathroom with you and held your hand as you walked through the scary halls.

In second grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you stand up to the class bully.

In third grade your idea of a good friend was the person who shared their lunch with you when you forgot yours on the bus.

In fourth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who was willing to switch square dancing partners in gym so you wouldn't have to be stuck do-si-do-ing with Nasty Nicky or Smelly Susan.

In fifth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who saved a seat on the back of the bus for you.

In sixth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went up to Nick or Susan, your new crush, and asked them to dance with you, so that if they said no you wouldn't have to be embarrassed.

In seventh grade your idea of a good friend was the person who let you copy the social studies homework from the night before that you had forgotten about.

In eighth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you pack up your stuffed animals and old baseball cards so that your room would be a "high schooler's" room, but didn't laugh at you when you finished and broke out into tears.

In ninth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went with you to that "cool" party thrown by a senior so you wouldn't wind up being the only freshman there.

In tenth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who changed their schedule so you would have someone to sit with at lunch.

In eleventh grade your idea of a good friend was the person who gave you rides in their new car, convinced your parents that you shouldn't be grounded, consoled you when you broke up with Nick or Susan, and found you a date to the prom.

In twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you pick out a college, assured you that you would get into that college, helped you deal with your parents who were having a hard time adjusting to the idea of letting you go.

At graduation your idea of a good friend was the person who was crying on the inside but managed the biggest smile one could give as they congratulated you.

The summer after twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you clean up the bottles from that party, helped you sneak out of the house when you just couldn't deal with your parents,assured you that now that you and Nick or you and Susan were back together,you could make it through anything, helped you pack up for college and just silently hugged you as you looked through blurry eyes at 18 years of memories you were leaving behind, and finally on those last days of childhood, went out of their way to come over and send you off with a hug, a lot of memories, reassurance that you would make it in college as well as you had these past 18 years, and most importantly, sent you off to college knowing you were loved.

Now, your idea of a good friend is still the person who gives you the better of the two choices, holds your hand when you're scared, helps you fight off those who try to take advantage of you, thinks of you at times when you are not there, reminds you of what you have forgotten, helps you put the past behind you but understands when you need to hold on to it a little longer, stays with you so that you have confidence, goes out of their way to make time for you, helps you clear up your mistakes, helps you deal with pressure from others, smiles for you when they are sad, helps you become a better person, and most importantly loves you !

I'm sure all who will read this till here will have enjoyed it, you never know what will happen to you but when friends are around you don't care about it.

I'm goin to have to leave after 12th and it's gonna be a pain, reading this almost got me in tears. I can hear my heart scream out , " I don't wanna leave !!! ".

(Arj / 17-12 / Pranjal)

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Sayings

"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."

To handle yourself, use your head; To handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

If someone betrays you once, it's his fault; If he betrays you twice, it's your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.

God gives every bird its food, But he does not throw it into its nest.

He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses more; He who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

The tongue weighs practically nothing, But so few people can hold it.

Friends, you and me.... you brought another friend... and then there were 3... we started our group... Our circle of friends... and like that circle... there is no beginning or end.. Thank you for stepping into my life....

(Arj / 28-12 / Pranjal)

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The loving wait of God

As you got up this morning, I watched you and hoped you would talk to me, even if it was just a few words, asking my opinion or thanking me for something good that happened in your life yesterday but I noticed you were to busy trying to find the right outfit to put on and wear to work. I waited again.

When you ran around the house getting ready I knew there would be a few minutes for you to stop and say hello, but you were too busy. At one point you had to wait fifteen minutes with nothing to do except sit in a chair. Then I saw you spring to your feet. I thought you wanted to talk to me but you ran to the phone and called a friend to get the latest gossip. I watched as you went to work and I waited patiently all day long.

With all your activities I guess you were too busy to say anything to me. I noticed that before lunch you looked around, maybe you felt embarrassed to talk to me, that is why you didn't bow your head. You glanced three or four tables over and you noticed some of your friends talking to me briefly before they ate, but you didn't.

That's okay. There is still more time left, and I have hope that you will talk to me yet you went home and it seems as if you had lots of things to do. After a few of them were done you turned on the TV, I don't know if you like TV or not, just about anything goes there & you spent a lot of time each day in front of it, not thinking about anything - just enjoying the show. I waited patiently again as you watched the TV and ate your meal but again you didn't talk to me.

Bedtime I guess you felt too tired. After you said goodnight to your family you plopped into bed and fell asleep in no time. That's okay because you may not realize that I am always there for you. I've got patience more than you will ever know. I even want to teach you how to be patient w/ others as well.

I love you so much that I wait everyday for a nod, prayer or thought or a thankful part of your heart. It is hard to have a one-sided conversation. Well you are getting up again and once again. I will wait with nothing but love for you hoping that today you will give me some time.

Have a nice day! Your friend, GOD

(Sent by Pranjal in Arjunas -1/99)

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Diwali retold, american ishtyle...

 (Hey all ! This mail I write for Dipa, leavin for america. Get accostomed to this tongue, you'd have to explain Diwali in this way to people there - lol. Bon Voyage Dipa, study hard and have a nice stay. Your friend in cyberspace, ...Pranjal)

Here's the story…

So, like this dude had, like, a big cool kingdom and people liked him. But, like, his step-mom, or something, was kindofa pain and she forced her husband to, like, send this cool-dude, he was Ram, to some national forest or something...since he was going, for like, something like more than 10 years or so..he decided to get his wife and his bro along..you know...so that they could all chill out together. But DUDE, the forest was reeeeaaaall scary shit..really man..they had monkeys and devils and shit like that. But this dude, Ram, kicked ass with darts and bows and arrows...so it was fine. But then some bad gangsta boys, some jerk called Ravan, picks up his babe (sita) and lures her away to his hood. And boy, was our man, and also his bro, Lakshman, pissed..And you DON't piss this son-of-a-gun cuz, he just kicks ass and like, all the gods were with him. So anyways, you don't mess with gods.

So, Ram, and his bro get an army of monkeys..dude, don't ask me how they trained the damn monkeys..just go along with me, ok..so, Ram, Laksh. and their monkeys whip this gangsta's ass in his own hood. Anyways, by this time, their time's up in the forest...and anyways...it gets kindof boring, you know...no TV or mall or shit like that.

So, they decided to hitch a ride back home...and when the people realize that,like, our dude, his bro and the wife are back home...they thought, well, you know, at least they deserve something nice...and they didn't have any bars or clubs in those days...so they couldn't take him out for a drink, so they, like, decided to smoke and shit...and since they also had some lamps, they lit the lamps also...so it was priitttty cool...you know with all those fireworks..really, they even had some local musicians play along with the fireworks.. and you know, what, dude, that was the very first, I kid you not, that was the very first music-synkronized fireworks...you know, like the 4th of July stuff, but just, more cooler and stuff, you know. And, so dude, THAT was how, like, this festival started. Cool! Diwali rocks, maaannn. So Now that you folks know the story, HAPPY DIWALI for the nexttime dudes... ENJOY, luv...Pranjal...

(Arj / 4-1 / Pranjal)

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Too magnanimous to be human...

A little boy about 10 years old was standing before a shoe store on Broadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold on Christmas Eve. A lady approached the boy and said, "My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in that window?" "I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the boys reply. The lady took him by the hand and went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel, and he replied: "Certainly," and quickly brought them to her. She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet and dried them with a towel. By this time the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes, and tying up the remaining pairs of socks, gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, "No doubt, my little fellow, you feel more comfortable now?" As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her by the hand, and looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes, answered the question with these words, "Are you God's Wife?"

(Arj / 23-1 / Vivek)

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The Meaning of Valentine's Day

Bouquet of roses, box of chocolates, melody of sentimental music and candle-lit dinners. The picture paints Valentine's Day. Jewellery and other gifts are what most people associate with Valentine's. But is Valentine's Day only meant for lovers? If you're wondering how this universal custom got started, here is an insight on how the practice evolved.

This is the fascinating story of the priest, St. Valentine. According to history, Valentinus (the Latin form) was thrown into a dungeon. Although his jailer, Asterius, was not harsh, the priest lived with only the bare necessities. His one comfort while in prison was his friendship with Asterius' blind daughter. She befriended the kindly priest by bringing him food and delivering messages. After a year in jail, Velentinus was summoned to appear before Claudius II. The emperor was so impressed by the young priest's dignity that Claudius attempted to convert him from christianity to save him from execution. Valentinus, however, refused and was ordered to be beaten with clubs, stoned and executed. In the last days of his life, Valentinus, through his faith, restored the sight of the jailer's daughter. He also converted Asterius and the girl to his faith. On the eve of his execution the priest wrote a farewell message to the girl and signed it 'From Your Valentine'. His execution was carried out on Feb 14, 269 A.D in Rome. According to legend, a pink almond tree, a symbol of friendship and affection shared each anniversary of the priest's execution marks Valentine's Day. Although, thought to be a day for lovers, Valentine's Day is actually a day to profess your love and affection for anyone. It is a time to renew and strengthen the friendship and relationship shared.

(Sent by Vaibhav to Arjunas-2/99)

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