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    Ravindran has been growing bonsais, lots and lots of it, for the last four decades on his one-and-a-half acre garden in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. | EPS

    Ravindran has been growing bonsais, lots and lots of it, for the last four decades on his one-and-a-half acre garden in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. | EPS

    Lawyer-businessman D Ravindran could be considered an oddity. For, he has dared to breach a supposedly female bastion and emerged tops. Ravindran has been growing bonsais, lots and lots of it, for the last four decades on his one-and-a-half acre garden in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu.

    It all started as it normally does, as a hobby. A lover of ‘general gardening’ as he puts it, Ravindran’s meeting with Madhavan Nair, a staff member of an agricultural college to discuss rose cultivation and grafting, awakened in him an interest in bonsai.

    Back then in the seventies when the idea first took root, books provided necessary guidance. Then came the time when he got acquainted with bonsai master Peter Chan, first by attending his class and then by interacting with him during subsequent workshops. Recalls Ravindran, “Thanks to my friend Dr Prasad, a devoted bonsai enthusiast that I was able to meet Chan. Prasad was impressed with my collection, and he invited me to a workshop being conducted by Chan in Hyderabad.”

    However, much before that it was a workshop with Japanese bonsai master Susumu Nakamura and Karuva Nakamura in the mid-nineties in Mumbai that gave him the much needed impetus to pursue this art form.

    Ravindran took to the art doggedly and it was certainly not roses all the way. Fellow enthusiasts too thrashed his work of larger than normal size bonsais, saying that a bonsai had no right to be huge but as a rule, be small. But he was vindicated in the end when experts complimented him on his method and style.

    Initially, when he went public with his collection in flower shows, many wondered what bonsais were doing there. The tables seem to have turned now. According to organisers his bonsai collection acts as a crowd puller at flowers shows and exhibitions.

    So what was his first bonsai tree? “A banyan,” he replies unhesitatingly before going on to enumerate its attributes and current condition. After that, he worked with ficus, bougainvillea, jade and casuarinas, the latter two being his favourites.

    Beginners, he says, should begin with ficus, a hardy and tolerant plant and for which one does not have to struggle to get the desired result—only five years! “Patience and perseverance are qualities that bonsai lovers should have in plenty,” says Ravindran who has held bonsai workshops all over Kerala and other cities in India. His zeal and devotion towards this art saw him being elected president of the Kerala Bonsai Association. Besides this, his other noteworthy achievement was in 2007 when at the All India Bonsai Convention and Exhibition held in Mysore, his Bodhi Tree was awarded the prestigious Iwasaki Award.

    He also runs a bonsai nursery called Nikki Bonsai. “It is difficult to give my undivided attention to the 2,000 bonsai plants/trees that I have here. Technical and creative aspects are taken care by me, the rest I leave to my five-member team of gardeners,” he says.

    Perhaps, the proudest moment for Ravindran must have been when he discovered a new species suitable for bonsai culture and of course, mentor Chan’s visit to Nagercoil. Also noteworthy is his contribution to convert and develop a barren hill at Chunkankadai, Nagercoil into a lush green forest.

    But for all that, the bonsai expert treasures his work for its spiritual overtones, keeping him as it does bound to nature, besides fostering a sense of well-being.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Magazine / by Sunita Raghu / May 26th, 2013

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    This iconic bike reigns supreme in Mohan Janardan’s heart. RAGHUNATH RISHIKESH reports

    More than fifteen years since Yezdi shut its operations in India, you would be hard to spot one on the roads today. But for a select band of Yezdi lovers, the motorbike is very much alive, thanks to their painstaking efforts in restoring and driving one. Equity and Technical Analyst Mohan Janardan is one such. A resident of Chromepet, he can often be spotted on his yellow Yezdi Classic in the bylanes of the suburb.

    “For me, no motorbike can match the thrill of a Yezdi. There are several new brands in the market today, but it is the only bike that has captured my imagination. After all, it was on a Yezdi that I learnt how to ride a bike,” says Mohan. He adds, “It’s a magnificent machine, driven only by a few enthusiasts now.”

    Mohan has taken his love for Yezdi one step further: he restores old models to give them a shiny new look.“It’s very difficult to restore a Yezdi. It’s a long process and requires a lot of time,” he says. First up, one has to hunt for appropriate spare parts. Mohan says there are some dedicated spare part shops and has spent hours in Pudupet, trying to locate suitable accessories for Yezdi. “Finding the clutch, standard bore and chain assembly are the most difficult,” says Mohan. He, along with his trusted mechanic ‘Yezdi’ Selvam, leaves no stone unturned in trying to procure them. “Selvam has been a great partner. His knowledge of the bike is outstanding,” he says.

    “One unique thing about the bike is that it has got a single bore with double silencer and the kicker acts as the gear shaft. No other bike has it,” says Mohan. Every time he takes his yellow Classic out on the roads, he makes heads turn. Youngsters, for instance, have a hard time identifying the model from the engine sound as he whizzes past them. For Mohan, that is ample proof of the ‘Yezdi effect’.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> Down Town / May 26th, 2013

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    May 29th, 2013adminEducation

    At a time when aerospace science is struggling to find  a solution to reduce aircraft propulsion noise, a group of students from Chennai-based SRM University have come up with an innovative answer to the problem. The students – Michael Thomas, Anita Mohil, and their team leader Balakrishnan Solaraju Murali – all studying for their bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering at the university, have spent months studying the jet exhaust shape modification that would pave the way for noise reduction in aircrafts.

    Even at a proposal stage their innovation has earned them an international recognition. They have been shortlisted for Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas Challenge final to be held at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France on June 12, 2013. The three students along with their academic mentor Sakthivel Kasinathan, known as Team Avas (Sanskrit for protection), will now travel to France to present their ideas in front of a jury from Airbus and industry experts.

    The winners will be announced at an exclusive ceremony at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on June 14, 2013. The winning team will receive a prize of €30,000 and the runners-up €15,000. UNESCO has given its patronage to the global competition which challenges students worldwide to develop innovative ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry in the future.

    “We are the only team from India whose concept has impressed the panelists from Airbus. The other four teams that have been shortlisted are from Australia, Brazil, Italy and Malaysia. It was not an easy competition as 618 teams totaling over 6,000 students from 82 countries had submitted their proposals,” says Anita Mohil, one of the team members.

    The proposals had to cover one of the six themes – energy, efficiency, affordable growth, traffic growth, passenger experience and community friendliness, identified by Airbus as the key 21st century challenges for a greener aviation industry. “We chose energy as our theme to innovate because energy conservation is very important today. In our concept we have proposed use of intelligent materials (shape memory alloys) for jet exhaust shape modification. These alloys are energised by harvested electricity generated by advanced thermoelectric materials using engine heat source. This will reduce 6 to 7% of propulsion noise that today’s aircrafts produce. It’s quite a feasible model and there is  scope for further improvisation,” says Balakrishnan Solaraju Murali, who led the team of students.

    Team Avas say that the initial few months were quite challenging as their concept involved expert inputs from other disciplines of science such as electronics, electrical, mechanical sciences etc. “We held several sittings with our professors from other science disciplines before we arrived at a final conclusion. To have an idea is not tough but to translate it into reality is where one’s skills are put to a real test. We are confident that we will win the final,” says Michael Thomas, another team member.

    The other teams that are in the competition include team CLiMA from Australia which is developing an aircraft fuelled by a blend of sustainably-produced liquefied biomethane and liquefied natural gas (Bio-LNG); team Levar from Brazil that is working on a luggage loading and unloading system; team Flybrid from Italy that is working on an electric/turboprop combination for hybrid propulsion in regional aircraft and team Embarker from Malaysia that is developing a self-sustaining aircraft cabin concept.

    “The entries were assessed by experienced Airbus engineers who were extremely impressed by the quality of work. These talented students from around the world represent the future of our industry,” says Charles Champion, Airbus’ executive vice president, Engineering and Fly Your Ideas Patron.

    Team:  3 members

    Background:  Aerospace Engineering

    Focus Area:  To find a solution to reduce aircraft propulsion noise

    Outcome/impact: Shortlisted for Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas Challenge final

    What next:  More projects in aerospace engineering for energy conservation

    ‘I made them focus on relevant issues’

    Sakthivel Kasinathan, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at SRM University, has played the role of an academic mentor for the team Avas. He has helped the students understand what might be expected of them in a competition like Airbus FYI. He’s conveyed to the students that they should focus on both the present scenario of the aerospace industry, while being able to present it coherently simple. “As far as my suggestions to them are concerned, I insist that they continue to find origins of issues faced by current aviation industry like energy and environment, while at the same time using what they learnt in their curriculum to offer solutions to such problems,” says he.

    According to Kasinathan, evens like FYI contest provides an opportunity to the students to think out of the box and learn what makes the difference between winning and losing.“We should have more and more such event which would benefit both the students as well as the industry,” he says

    Five facts at your fingertips

    1. Anout SRM University: Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University in Chennai is one of the top ranking universities in India with 33,044 students and 2358 faculty across all campuses, offering a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in engineering, management, medicine and health sciences, and science and humanities

    2. Flagship programmes: SRM University offers undergraduate programmes in engineering and technology, medicine and health sciences, science and humanities; postgraduates programmes in engineering and technology, management, medicine and health sciences, science and humanities and PhD

    3. Placements: It has nearly 100% placement of registered students in all the top companies such as TCS, Wipro, Cognizant, Infosys, Siemens and others. Over 60 top executives from leading corporates constantly interact with faculty and students to give a boost to the industry-academia link. SRM was accredited by NAAC with ‘A’ Grade this year

    4. Chennai:  It is the capital of Tamil Nadu
    It’s a major educational centre in South India
    It is also known as the cultural capital of South India
    It’s famous for Marina Beach, Kapaleeswarar temple
    It’s also referred to as the gateway to South India

    5. Admissions: There are different admission criteria for different courses. As far as engineering is concerned, the admission is purely on the basis of performance in the entrance examination conducted by SRM University. Candidates short-listed in the entrance examination are called for counselling.

    source: http://www.hindustantimes.com / Hindustan Times / Home> ht education / by Jeevan Prakash Sharma, Hindustan Times / New Delhi – May 21st, 2013

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    ARCHIVAL VALUE: S.N. Lekshmanan displaying his collection. / Photo: L. Balachandar / The Hindu

    ARCHIVAL VALUE: S.N. Lekshmanan displaying his collection. / Photo: L. Balachandar / The Hindu

    On a narrow lane off Melaoorani Vaikkal Street in Karaikudi is a nondescript but astonishing private library that represents a treasure trove of ancient manuscripts, photos, books and other material of great archival value.

    S.N. Lekshmanan is a 57-year-old bibliophile with a collection of nearly 70,000 old books, historic photos and rare manuscripts.

    His huge collection comprises 200-year-old books on classical Tamil, music, medicine and art. There are also letters, pamphlets and handbills going back to the days of the Indian National Army (INA) in the early 1940s.

    There are portraits of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and V.M. Letchumanan Chettiyar, Chairman of the Indian Independence League (IIL), along with his colleagues.

    The photo of Netaji with three of his major generals, Chatterji, Giyani and Habib Rahman, was taken in Tokyo in 1942. The group photo of Lekshmanan Chettiyar with others, bears Netaji’s signature. “We are fighting the cause not of India alone, but of humanity as well. India freed means humanity saved,” said Netaji in his signed letter to Chettiyar.

    The unassuming bibliophile displays a collection of about 250 post cards and about 50 telegrams sent by the INA troops to Mr. Chettiyar, when they were in exile in Malaya. Among the ‘INA collection’ are handbills and pamphlets announcing street plays and public meetings, details of donations given to the INA, membership cards and Netaji’s writings in the National Liberation Week and his messages.

    “I got most of the INA collection from my father who served in the INA and died in Malaya in 1971,” Mr Lekshmanan told The Hindu. He collected some more material after visiting Malaya, Burma and from old paper marts in parts of Tamil Nadu, he says. A ninth standard drop-out, Lekshmanan hails from Pandukudi, near Thiruvadanai in Ramanathapuram district. He could not pursue his studies after his father’s death and took up business, only to end up as a bibliophile.

    Though he developed an interest in Tamil literature after reading Appusamy stories by Bagyam Ramaswamy and ‘Tokyovil Thirumanam’ by Saavi in the local library at Pandukudi, his penchant for collecting old Tamil classics began when he visited Sri Lanka in 1982 while on a business trip. During his stay in Colombo, while his friends went to a movie, he visited an old book shop. “I asked for a book and the bookstore man gave me “Kalithogai”, a classical Tamil poetic work written by C.V. Thamodrampillai and published in 1887.

    That was a turning point for Lekshmanan. He developed a passion for collecting old Tamil classics after going through the preface in which the author pointed out that Tamil was more than 15,000 years old. On his return, he settled in Coimbatore to pursue his tobacco business, but started scouting for old Tamil books.

    During a visit to Sulur Sandai to procure tobacco, more than a quarter century ago, he stumbled upon ‘Sathurakarathi’, the first Tamil dictionary written by Veeramamunivar and published in 1824. This turned out to be the oldest of his collections.

    Since then, there has been no looking back as his collection swelled with rare literary works such as the Ramayana and Mahabaratha, Mukkudal Pallu, depicting the struggles between shaivites and vaishanavites, and Thiruvilaiyadal on palm leaf.

    Stacked in his library are Athisudi (the moral treatise in easy verse for children by poet Auvaiyar), put together by Saravanaperumal Aiyar in 1832, Tholkapiam, the earliest extant edition of Tamil literature, written by Mahalinga Aiyar and published in 1848. Lekshmanan also has a collection of more than 6500 text books, collection of English rhymes printed in London in 1810, more than 6000 century-old books, magazines and dailies. Research scholars from India and abroad visit his library, but are not allowed to borrow books. He has spent the bulk of his earnings on the collection. Indeed, it is safe to say he has devoted his life to collecting books and preserving history.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Madurai / by D.J. Walter Scott / Sivaganga – May 22nd, 2013

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    Farm ponds being built in Perambalur district of Tamil Nadu under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) programme is expected to prove to be a boon for farmers in this the perennially parched district.

    A total of 1000 farm ponds have been allotted to the district, which suffered an over 50 per cent loss in crops last year owing to water scarcity.

    Alarmingly low rainfalls in 2012 drove farmers to despair in this predominantly agrarian district that ranks at the bottom of the state’s GDP list. As against the norm of 908 mm, the district received only 608 mm of rainfall, ravaging all major crops, including cotton, maize and small onions.

    This year too rainfalls have been scanty—just 37 mm, so far.

    According to the District Collector Darez Ahmed almost 90 per cent of the cultivated areas have suffered a loss of more than 50 per cent. The State government has allocated Rs 62 crores as compensation for 1.8 lakh acres.

    “The farm ponds would fulfill not only drinking water needs but also recharge ground water. To strengthen the rainwater harvesting system, proper catchment areas are being identified and farm ponds created,” said Saraswathi Ganesan, project officer, District Rural Development Agency. Of the 1,000 farm ponds allotted, 618 have got administrative sanction.

    The 15 X 15 metre pit ponds, costing Rs 1.5 lakhs each, will spring up across the district, especially in areas dominated by SC/ST, marginal farmers and small farmers with holdings of less than five acres.

    The programme would enable small farmers to not only build new ponds but also stabilize minor irrigation tanks and deepen existing ponds, supply channels and other waterways all under MGNREGA. The Rs-7-crore programme is expected to create 4.78 lakh man-days of work for which, Ms. Ganesan said that more than 1.21 lakh households have been registered and about 1.18 lakh job cards issued.

    source: http://www.southasia.oneworld.net / Home / by OneWorld South Asia /May 20th, 2013

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    May 26th, 2013adminRecords, All, Science & Technologies
    P. Soundara Rajan of HAL shares a light moment with IIT-M director Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi.—DC

    P. Soundara Rajan of HAL shares a light moment with IIT-M director Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi. —DC

    Chennai:

    India will soon join the elite league of nations like the US and the United Kingdom in developing unmanned aerial vehicles (drone).

    “We have been developing unmanned aerial aircraft and helicopters for which we have signed pacts with several institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, to do research in rotary motor for helicopters and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for payload, besides sensors”, P. Soundara Rajan, managing director (helicopter complex), HAL, said after signing a  memorandum of understanding with IIT Madras to set up a centre for aerospace transmission system.

    Elaborating on HAL’s projects, Soundara Rajan said  the public sector undertaking (PSU) with Russians had embarked on a mission to produce 10-12 tonne category helicopters for VIPs like the President, Prime Minister and top government officials as these helicopters need to fly at an altitude of 23,000 feet at areas like Leh and Ladak.

    The helicopter complex chief lamented that most of the components used today in aircraft and helicopters in India come from foreign countries. “We need to work more to develop indigenous components for our military needs”, Soundara Rajan pointed out.

    Providing details about the tie-up between the institute and HAL, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT Madras, said the strategic cooperation would help undertake joint research in the field of transmission system for helicopter and engine programmes for HAL. “This partnership will evolve required software and design solutions for different types of gears, bearings, lubrication system, vibration monitoring systems and production technologies”, he added.

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> News> Current Affairs / DC / May 21st, 2013

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    RamanujamCF25may2013The recent interest in mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan has just grown deeper, with many Hollywood studios interested in chronicling his life on the big screen. Many actors are keen to play the world-renowned mathematician, who was born in Erode and grew up in Kumbakonam and, what was then, Madras. TOI lists a few actors who are in race to play the genius…

    WHO: Madhavan
    WHAT: Titled The Man Who Knew Infinity, the film was announced in late 2011. It was to be based on Robert Kanigel’s book of the same name and directed by Matt Brown. Oscarwinner Colin Firth was apparently approached to play Ramanujan’s mentor-friend Thomas Hardy.
    STATUS: Madhavan has now been replaced by Dev Patel

    WHO: Siddharth
    WHAT: James Bond director Roger Spottiswoode announced that he will make A First Class Man, a The King’s Speech-like film, based on the friendship between Ramanujan and Hardy. The script had been completed in 2011 and shooting was supposed to begin in 2012.
    STATUS: On hold at the moment.

    WHO: Dev Patel
    WHAT: The actor, who rose to fame with Slumdog Millionaire, is the latest to be approached to play the mathematical genius. The film is being produced by Prashita Chaudhary, who is one of the producers of Danis Tanovic’s film that stars Emraan Hashmi. Chaudhary will produce the film that’s based on the book The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life Of The Genius Ramanujan, with H’wood producer Edward R Pressman.
    STATUS: The shooting for the film is expected to start in September, and it’ll be shot in parts of India and London.

    WHO: Abhinay
    WHAT: This young actor, who is the grandson of Kadhal Mannan Gemini Ganesan, is playing Ramanujan in a Tamil-English bilingual. The movie is being directed by National Award winning director Gnana Rajasekaran, who earlier worked on Bharathi, which chronicled the life of the famous poet Bharatiyar, and Periyar, which told the story of the social reformer.
    STATUS: Currently being shot in Kumbakonam, where the mathematician studied and grew up in. Suhasini Mani Ratnam has been roped in to play Ramanujan’s mom in this project.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Entertainment> Regional / by Srinivas Ramanujam & M Suganth, TNN / May 21st, 2013 

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    Coimbatore :

    The annual summer festival to promote tourism at Valparai is all set to begin from May 31. This time it will be more colourful with the festival being converted into a three-day event from a two-day programme as demanded by the local residents.

    Tourist potential of this hill station, located about 100 km from Coimbatore, has not been tapped fully and the government is taking sustained efforts to place Valparai on the same platform with other hill stations like Ooty, Coonoor and Kodaikanal. The Valparai residents want better infrastructure to attract more and more tourists.

    “Not just infrastructure facilities, government should also consider creation of recreational features like parks, boat houses and rope cars,” J Manoj Kumar, a Valparai native and an entrepreneur in Coimbatore said.

    According to him, Valparai is unique because it is one of the least explored hill stations. Far from pollution it is a prefect tourist destination. Local people had demanded that the summer festival should be held on a bigger scale on a par with Ooty Summer Fest. “Tourism development in Valparai would bring great change in the lives of the local people, their livelihood will improve to a great extent,” Manoj Kumar  said.

    District collector M Karunagaran recently convened a preparatory meeting over the summer festival at Valparai and directed officials of various government departments to ensure proper arrangements. “A committee has been formed to supervise the arrangements and to make the three-day event a grand success,” he said. Flower show, dog show, food festival, exhibitions, sports competitions and cultural events will be held as part of the summer festival between May 31 and June 2.

    Officials said special buses from Coimbatore and Pollachi to Valparai will be operated during the summer festival. This apart special buses will ply from Valparai to other tourist locations. Police and fire, rescue service personnel and special medical teams have been asked to be on full alert during the festive days.

    The journey to Valparai through the ghat section which has more than 40 hairpin bends with tea plantations on either side provides a breathtaking experience for the travellers.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Coimbatore / TNN / May 19th, 2013

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    Srikanth, story teller, visually-challenged person  /. Photo: M. Srinath / The Hindu

    Srikanth, story teller, visually-challenged person /. Photo: M. Srinath / The Hindu

    The 47-year-old visually-impaired Srikanth works at Food Corporation of India and has found an avocation in story-telling

    K. Srikanth was in class VII when his right eye went blurry and he had to discontinue formal schooling – retinal detachment had already blinded his left eye. But he was not the one to give up easily. Completing class VIII and class X through home schooling, he showed himself to be a great fighter.

    Since he suffered complete loss of vision, shortwave radio has been his constant companion, especially the BBC. “As I wanted to achieve something, I felt miserable,” recalls Srikanth. The 47-year-old who works at Food Corporation of India (FCI), has found an avocation in story-telling. He is focused on developing the skill of narrating crime thriller and science fiction stories.

    Listening to Pete Myers of Radio Netherland sometime in early 1990s helped him discover the story-teller in him. In 1994, he had a short stint with the All India Radio as compeer. For three years, he presented a show for the London Radio Station, up-linking from a centre in Abhiramapuram. Following the success of the show, he was roped in as RJ for the women’s radio station run by MOP College for Women. Here again, he played to his strength, narrating stories.

    “I have a dream and that is to be the greatest storyteller,” he says.

    Waiting for the big break in the media, Srikanth is, however, content at present to be narrating stories to co-passengers on his way to work. “There are 15 of us travelling in the van. The majority of them work at the Income Tax department. I enjoy sharing anecdotes and stories with them,” he says. After the van drops Srikanth’s friends at their office on Nungambakkam High Road, he heads towards FCI’s Chetpet branch, where the raconteur works as a receptionist.

    A flair for English motivated him to purse first a bachelor’s, and then a master’s degree in literature through correspondence. Srikanth has not mastered Braille and much of his learning came from listening to lecturers at contact classes and getting help from student scribes who read aloud the lessons for him. “Professors such as Anand Kumar Raju (Madras University), Donald James and Brian Pepin who taught at The New College made English extremely interesting,” says Srikanth. He was inspired by noble thoughts contained in the works of Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling and other literary giants. During our conversation, he mentions ideas that served as an impetus to personal growth. Despite his inner strength, he could not ignore certain facts about him. “Learning was difficult. Things would not register easily and I had to concentrate more than others,” he says.

    His failed in his attempt to get an M. Phil degree, but setbacks such as these have not quelled the desire to learn more. Srikanth is now trying to master the Brahma Sutras.

    Srikanth can be contacted at 9952080063.

    (A COLUMN ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEAT THE ODDS AND WON)

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai> Downtown / by Liffy Thomas / May 18th, 2013

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    The Tamil Nadu Paarambariya Siddha Maha Sangam here came up with healthcare tips to prevent and cure hypertension using simple food products.

    Vaidyar Arjunan, state president of the sangam said, “High blood pressure (BP) is a major health problem in India and was rapidly increasing among urban and rural populations.” he said.

    He said tender banana stem, tender brinjal, tender drumstick, tender fig, big gooseberries, radish, yellow pumpkin and bottle gourd could help in setting right problems related to blood circulation. Seemai aththipzham (a variety of fig), badam, dry grapes, dates and fruit of the ‘nuna’ tree also help in controlling blood pressure.

    A concoction of leaves of the Asoka, Vilvam, Vengai, Arjuna and Nettilingam trees also help in lowering BP. Sirukeerai, murungaikeerai, vallaraikeerai, manathakkalikeerai, thuthuvalaikeerai and kothumallikeerai should be consumed regularly. Ragi, green gram, wheat, toor dhal, cumin seeds, pepper and Hibiscus flowers could  effectively prevent BP.

    Arjunan said Hibiscus flower not only cured BP anomalies but also problems related to the heart.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Tamil Nadu / by V. NarayanaMurthi – Vellore / May 18th, 2013

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