Thursday, October 27, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
YOUR LIFE IS IN YOUR HAND
A man once dreamt that he went into a beautiful shopping complex and after making a tour and buying some items he finally went to the billing counter.
To his utter astonishment, he finds God standing there! He plucks up courage and asks the Lord," God, What are you selling here?"
God replied: "Whatever is good for you!"
The man started thinking. After a while he said, "God, then give me something that can take away my pain."
God said: "No, I will not do that, for trials, tribulations and pain draw you away from the world and closer to me." Then the man said: "God, give me happiness!"
God answered, "No. I can bless you, but happiness is up to you."
The man pondered a little and said, "God give me all the things so that I can enjoy life."
"No. I have given you life so that you can enjoy all things," replied the Lord.
At the end the man was exhausted. He thought frantically and came up with a wonderful solution.
He said: "God, now I understand the most essential, the most valuable thing for a human being. And they are the Human Values! Give me Sathya (Truth), Dharma (Right conduct), Shanti (Peace) and Prema (love)."
This time God chuckled, "Son, you have got me wrong! We don't sell fruits here. We sell only seeds. It is up to you to inculcate them. I can only point, but you have to follow."
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Ill-Effects of Firecrackers
Diwali is the festival of lights but many people consider it a festival of firecrackers. Traditionally firecrackers were used during Diwali for a number of reasons. One of them, the more scientific one, is that the fumes produced by the crackers would kill insects and mosquitoes found after the rains.
Today, simple sparklers have given way to elaborate fireworks that can light up the entire sky above your home. Unfortunately the fumes that these crackers produce are harmful to the the environment and us.
Copper: Causes irritation in the respiratory tract.
Cadmium: Reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of blood, leading to anaemia.
Lead: Lead in the body has a harmful effect on the nervous system.
Magnesium: Magnesium fumes cause a condition known as metal fume fever.
Zinc: Causes metal fume fever and also induces vomiting.
Sodium: Sodium is a highly reactive element and combines with moisture to cause burns.
FIRECRACKERS AFFECT OUR HEALTH
The bursting of crackers during Diwali is primarily responsible for an increase in concentration of dust and pollutants. The fine dust that settles after bursting crackers is rich in pollutants like oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, metal dust and organic pollutants.
- Even the tiny sparklers, torches and flower pots which are otherwise considered to create no noise at all generate thick smoke that can affect the respiratory tract of young children.
- The suspended particulate matter (SPM) levels rise significantly during Diwali. This causes throat, nose and eye related problems which can later develop into adverse health issues.
- Firecrackers have much more severe effects in people with heart, respiratory or nervous system disorders.
- They can aggravate problems for people suffering from colds, allergies or coughs and can also cause congestion of the throat and chest.
- They can also cause water contamination and acid rains.
- They result in air pollution that creates carcinogenic sulphur compounds and airborne arsenic effect.
- The green light produced in fireworks displays comes from barium, which is radioactive and poisonous. The blue colour produced from copper compounds comes from dioxins linked to cancer.
FIRECRACKERS AFFECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Fire Hazards: Sometimes rockets set fire to huts, heaps of dry grass and even houses.
Noise Pollution: Firecrackers make more noise than the allowed decibel limit.
Air Pollution: Smog caused by firecrackers is harmful when inhaled. It also causes reduced visibility. The Central Pollution Control Board of India has also banned firecrackers with a decibel level of more than 125 at a distance of 4mts from the bursting point.
FIRECRACKERS AFFECT ANIMALS
- The sound of bursting crackers can be quite traumatic to pets, as they cannot bear loud sounds.
- We know that dogs have an incredible hearing ability and they can detect sounds that cannot be heard by human beings. Shakuntala Majumdar, President of the Thane Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says, "Their actual frequency range is 67Hz to 45kHz as compared to the human ear's range of 20kHz. Thus firecrackers with low decibels can affect their temperament."
DID YOU KNOW?
Most fireworks are made by factories that employ children as labourers. These young children are forced to handle the toxic substances that go into these firecrackers. As a result, they contract diseases associated with these substances. Limited access to medical aid means that many of them die in their teens.
PRECAUTIONS YOU NEED TO TAKE
- Try to avoid use of firecrackers.
- Use firecrackers that are less noisy.
- Do not try to light a firecracker in your hand.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PET
- Take your pet to a vet if he/she is a over-sensitive. The doctor may give your pet some anti-anxiety drugs to reduce his/her fear.
- Create a safe place for the pet to hide from frightening noises such as under the bed.
- Try to distract your pets with any activity that keeps them occupied. Their favourite game or a chew toy can help.
Diwali also means new clothes, diyas and candles, colourful electric lamps, sweets and firecrackers.
To make your Diwali a truly joyous occasion, here are some do's and dont's you should follow. Ensure you and your family takes these precautionary measures to enjoy a peaceful Diwali.
- Always get firecrackers from an authorized manufacturer.
- Keep the crackers in a closed box and place it in a cool and dry place.
- Keep them away from the reach of children and also from source of fire.
- Go through the safety recommendations provided by the company.
- Make sure you have enough open space to light your crackers.
- Maintain arm's length distance while you burst crackers.
- To ensure maximum safety from fire, wear heavier cotton clothes.
- Throw used fireworks in a water bucket which would avoid people from stepping on used fireworks.
- Keep buckets filled with water, portable extinguishers ready if in case any fire turns out.
- If your clothes catch fire do not panic, drop down on the ground and roll.
- Ensure a safe place for people who can become sick due to the smoke and noise generated.
- Burst rockets by placing them in a bottle filled with sand.
- Do not burn crackers in crowded places and also near sources of fire.
- Do not let children burst crackers unless accompanied by an adult.
- Do not bend over while lighting crackers especially flower pots.
- Never re-ignite crackers that do not light at the first instance.
- Do not rush immediately toward crackers that haven't caught fire, wait for a while and then go.
- Do not hold crackers in your hand and light them.
- Never burst crackers from a metal containers or glass bottle for special effects.
- Do not throw lit firework on people, it's a criminal offence.
- Do not keep pets near the firing place as the noise generated can hamper them.
So, before you even start hosting the light and sound show make sure you follow the above listed precautions, thus ensuring that everyone around will have a safe and happy Diwali.
Have a safe and happy Diwali and may the festival of light expel the darkness out of your homes.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
SUBMIT PETTY THINGS TO GET PRETTY THINGS
Jenny was a bright-eyed, pretty five-year-old girl.
One day when she and her mother were checking out at the grocery store, Jenny saw a plastic pearl necklace priced at $2.50. Now she wanted that necklace and when she asked her mother if she would buy it for her, her mother said, "Well, it is a pretty necklace, but it costs an awful lot of money. I'll tell you what. I'll buy you the necklace, and when we get home we can make up a list of chores that you can do to pay for the necklace. And don't forget that for your birthday Grandma just might give you a whole dollar bill, too. Okay?"
Jenny agreed, and her mother bought the pearl necklace for her. Jenny worked on her chores very hard every day, and sure enough, her Grandma gave her a brand new dollar bill for her birthday. Soon Jenny had paid off the pearls.
Now Jenny loved those pearls. She wore them everywhere to kindergarten, bed, and when she went out with her mother to run errands. The only time she didn't wear them was in the shower - her mother had told her that they would turn her neck green. Now Jenny had a very loving daddy. When Jenny went to bed, he would get up from his favorite chair every night and read Jenny her favorite story. One night when he finished the story, he said, "Jenny, do you love me?"
"Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you," the little girl said.
"Well, then, give me your pearls."
"Oh! Daddy, not my pearls!" Jenny said. "But you can have Rosie, my favorite doll. Remember her? You gave her to me last year for my birthday. And you can have her tea party outfit, too. Okay?"
"Oh no, darling, that's okay." Her father brushed her cheek with a kiss. "Good night, little one."
A week later, her father once again asked Jenny after her story, "Do you love me?"
"Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you."
"Well, then, give me your pearls."
"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls! But you can have Ribbons, my toy horse. Do you remember her? She's my favorite. Her hair is so soft, and you can play with it and braid it and everything. You can have Ribbons if you want her, Daddy," the little girl said to her father.
"No, that's okay," her father said and brushed her cheek again with a kiss. "God bless you, little one. Sweet dreams."
Several days later, when Jenny's father came in to read her a story, Jenny was sitting on her bed and her lip was trembling. "Here, Daddy," she said, and held out her hand. She opened it and her beloved pearl necklace was inside. She let it slip into her father's hand. With one hand her father held the plastic pearls and with the other he pulled out of his pocket a blue velvet box.
Inside of the box were real, genuine, beautiful pearls.
He had them all along. He was waiting for Jenny to give up the cheap stuff so he could give her the real thing!
God is waiting for us to give up the petty things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures. Sometimes it is so hard to see what is in the other hand we should believe in one thing.
God will never take away something without giving us something better in its place!