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Posted: 28 July 2014 at 4:29pm | IP Logged
there was a friend who used to say that he misplaces and loses his pen very often.
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He would use very cheap pens so that he need not have to worry about losing them but he was worried about carelessness habit.

I suggested him to buy the costliest pen he could afford and see what happens.

He did that and purchased a 22 carat Cross pen. After nearly six months I met him and asked him if he still continues to misplace his pen.

He said that he is very careful about his costly pen and he is surprised how he has changed!

I explained to him that the value of the pen made the difference and there was nothing wrong with him as a person!

This is what happens in our life.

We are careful with things which we value most.

* If we value our health, we will be careful about what and how we eat;

* if we value our friends, we will treat them with respect;

* if we value money, we will be careful while spending;

* if we value our time, we will not waste it.

*if we value relationship we will not break it.

Carefulness is a basic trait all of us have,we know when to be careful!

Carelessness only shows what we don't value...

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Why do we have so many Temples when "God is Everywhere"?
An intelligent man said"Air is everywhere,But we still need a Fan to Feel it...

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I ran short of money while visiting my brother, and borrowed $50 from him.
 
After my return home, I wrote him a short letter every few weeks, enclosing a $5 check in each one. He called me up and told me how much he enjoyed the letters, regardless of the money; I had never written regularly before.
 
Eventually I sent off a letter and the last five-dollar check.
 
In my mail box the next week I found an envelope from my brother. Inside was another $50.

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US Memory Champions Share Expert Techniques For Remembering Anything
 
At some point, we've all forgotten where we've left our car keys, the name of a new acquaintance, or that last, crucial item from the grocery store. Luckily, there's a way to solve that.

We spoke to USA Memory Championship Winners Nelson Dellis and Ron White to learn their best techniques for remembering anything.

First, here's their basic two-part memorization technique:

1. Turn the information into a mental picture. It's much easier to memorize visual images than abstract information such as names and numbers. Think of a picture that you can associate with the information you want to memorize, and incorporate movement and feeling into it. "Actions and emotions that are shocking will help your memory, because they remain more vivid in your brain," explains White.

The sillier the image, the more it sticks out in your memory. "You also want to make those images a little more colorful," says Dellis.

2. Attach your pictures to a location. "When you save a document in a computer, you have to save it to a folder so you can go back and find it," explains Dellis. "It's the same thing with the brain " you have to attach your picture to something so you know where to look for it later."

This ancient technique is called the memory palace. Think of a place that you know by heart, such as your house or your office. Set a specific starting point and create a path to walk through the location in your mind.

Mentally travel down the path, and place the pictures of what you want to remember in your surroundings as you walk. "When you're done, and you want to recall what you memorized, go back to the place, walk through it, and all those images are waiting for you," says Dellis.

Here's how to apply this technique to everyday situations:
How to remember numbers

Since numbers are symbols, you need to give them meaning by turning them into pictures. If you're a sports aficionado, you can picture Michael Jordan when you see the number 23. If you run for an hour and 45 minutes every day, you can visualize yourself running every time you see the number 145.

Regardless of what you associate your numbers with, make sure the images are vivid. For example, don't simply imagine a swan because it looks like the number 2. "Make your image a monster-sized swan with demon eyes wreaking havoc on all the people trying to throw bread crumbs on the side of the pond," says Dellis.

White held the record for memorizing a 167-digit number in five minutes. These are the pictures that he associated with each number:

1 is a pencil, 2 is a sink with two knobs, 3 is a three-ring circus, 4 is a car with four wheels, 5 is a star with five points, 6 is a bullet because there are six bullets in a gun, 7 is dice because opposite sides of dice always equal seven, 8 is a snowman, and 9 is a baseball because there are nine players and nine teams.
How to memorize a speech

"You don't want to know a speech word for word," says Dellis. Instead, memorize key topics or points that you want to say, and improvise around them as you deliver your speech.

To memorize the key points, use the memory palace. Let's say you want to use your house. Visualize the main ideas of your speech as the furniture of each room.

White gives an example: If your first point is about time management, visualize the clock hanging in your living room. If your next point is about teamwork, imagine your favorite team playing a game on your couch. Move through your house in your mind until you've covered all of your points.
How to memorize poetry

Break up each line into chunks, and then come up with an idea or picture for the main words. Obviously, there are a lot of filler words, such as and/or/if/the, but don't pay attention to them the first time through. Just memorize the concepts, and put them in the memory palace.

Once you get that down, go back and add the little flourishes and filler words to the bigger picture that you already created. "I have a lot of images preset for some words," says Dellis. For instance, he pictures "and" as a circle and "or" as a square, but says "that's all added afterwards." Do a couple of iterations through the poem, adding more detail each time.
How to remember where you parked your car

If you parked on the fifth floor of your building, stop and pay attention to your surroundings. Look for notable things around you. "I'll imagine something for the number 5. It looks like a snake standing up, curved," says Dellis.

The snake should interact with the location in order to keep the image vivid in your mind. "I'll imagine the car is just filled with snakes " that I open the door and they just come tumbling out, hissing or trying to bite me," says Dellis. "The next morning, I'll definitely remember the fifth floor."
How to remember where you left your car keys

The primary reason we forget where we put them is because we're not paying attention. "Imagine your keys are a bomb, and every time you set them down they explode," says White. "When you throw your keys on the couch, imagine you exploded your couch." This image will snap you right out of autopilot mode, and you'll never carelessly throw your keys down again.
How to remember names and faces

"If you want to remember a name you have to visualize a name," says White. If you meet a girl named Lisa, visualize the Mona Lisa. If you meet a guy named Matt, visualize a doormat. Every Steve should give you the picture of a stove.

You should have a predetermined picture of most people's names. "It takes you a couple months to build up this encyclopedia of pictures for your names, but once you've done the work, you use the same picture for the rest of your life," says White.

To make your memory better, look for distinctive features on their faces. "If Steve has a big nose, imagine his nose on a stove. If Lisa has pretty eyes, imagine the Mona Lisa with her eyes," says White.
How to remember vocabulary words and their meanings

Vocabulary words are all about visualization. Take the definition and the word, create pictures for both, and put them in the same story.

Let's say you want to memorize the word "neophyte," which means beginner. Create a picture for it. "Imagine amateur boxers fighting with their knees " two neophytes in a knee fight," says White.
 

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                        Internal Working of the NaMo govt

The Modi model of has banished power brokers and set in motion a new work culture. The inside story
 BY PR Ramesh and Ullekh NP
 
 The new Government has prepared a dossier on lobbyists. In India, they could be arms dealers, middlemen, fixers and other shadowy figures who hang out in the lounges of five-star hotels and exclusive clubs of New Delhi waiting for the kill. Their presence at these privileged zones seems to have diminished. Nor are these men in their Armanis seen swaggering past Delhi's corridors of power with sleek briefcases, or darting back to their luxury cars after dropping by at the ministerial offices of friends. For the time being, they seem to have crawled back to inactivity.

 In a big departure, a top-bracket industrialist couldn't meet a young minister recently for a private chat because the instructions of Prime Minister Modi forbade him from doing so. By Modi's diktat, ministers must treat corporate leaders with respect and meet them in their offices, not at residences or hotels. The billionaire tycoon finally met a senior Cabinet minister, but in his office, and in the presence of bureaucrats. "No, we are not anti-corporate. On the other hand, we are pro-business but not pliable to machinations by top industrial houses, like the UPA Government used to be," says a minister who adds that the NDA Government isn't merely posturing here "to prove any point" but "is genuinely committed towards" creating an investor-friendly environment without interference and rule-flouting by big industrialists.

 In the run-up to the Lok Sabha election earlier this year, the BJP had come under attack for being soft on some corporate houses, implying that once it came to power, the party would dole out sweet deals to these companies. "It is that perception that the Prime Minister wants to get rid of. No malice to anyone, but no undue favours either' is his policy," says a senior BJP leader.

So far, so good.

 In a government where the Prime Minister is the only boss, the message has been sent out time and again that the wishes of business houses won't be the regime's commands. "We mean business," says the minister, refuting charges that the Government is indulging in a mere public relations exercise. If so, he asks, why slap penalties on companies perceived to be close to the BJP-led coalition, like the Adani Group and Reliance Industries Ltd?

 His logic is that friendly business houses were never touched' during Congress rule. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani himself had jokingly referred to the UPA as "our own government", as heard quoted by an aide. It wasn't any secret that many UPA ministers were close to Reliance, which had also managed to have favourable' ministers in charge of petroleum and natural gas, its core business sector. Both Mani Shankar Aiyar and S Jaipal Reddy have been vocal about their opposition to tweaking rules to suit the company's needs. And they paid a price for it.

 Last week, India's fair-trade watchdog Competition Com- mission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of more than Rs 25 crore on Adani Gas for violating competition norms by abusing its dominant market position. The CCI ruling was on a case related to the supply and distribution of natural gas in Faridabad by Adani Gas Ltd"a unit of Adani Enterprises, which is part of the diversified Adani Group headed by its founder and chairman Gautam Adani, who is known to be a friend of Modi. "No such considerations are accorded by the current Government. Since coming to power, it has allayed the [fear] that it would allow itself to be run by corporates," says a government official.

 Similarly, Reliance Industries, which has been trying to warm up to the Government and earn the goodwill' it enjoyed of the previous regime, was slapped a fourth penalty this week for failing to meet gas-production targets at its Andhra offshore field. With this additional Rs 3,500 crore fine, the total sum of fines imposed on the company stands at Rs 14,200 crore over four financial years starting 1 April 2010. Explaining the Government's move, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in the Lok Sabha last Monday that the Centre's profit share would increase by $195 million with these actions. A production- sharing contract allows RIL and its partners, BP Plc and Niko Resources, to deduct all expenses incurred on the project before sharing its profits on the sale of gas with the Government. The accounts have been controversial. During the UPA rule, the Oil Ministry under Jaipal Reddy's watch had served violation notices to the company for a total fine of $1.79 billion ($457 million for 2010- 11, $548 million for 2011-12 and $792 million for 2012-13), but he was soon shifted out of the Ministry. RIL, for its part, has maintained that the government's latest move contradicts the contract.

"Lobbying has never been this tough for businesses. It is frustrating for big business houses used to the luxury of walking into ministerial offices or homes of ministers and getting their work done. So far, the new Government has managed to keep them at bay. You never know how long they can resist corporate pressure and wooing. But as =of now, everybody within the Government is scared of being seen talking to corporates. There is fear of Modi," says a Mumbai-based CEO of an IT firm.

 While the Government refused to bow to demands by oil-marketing companies to raise gas prices, it has created consultation panels to ease cumbersome procedures for doing business in several key sectors such as power, transport and water. This means, argues the BJP minister, that Modi will not buckle under pressure or yield to lures, but will, at the same time, work towards ushering in a greater level-playing field for entrepreneurs.
 The Government has deferred a gas price hike, saying the whole issue as well as the guidelines for gas pricing require a comprehensive discussion to take care of public interest. It is well known that demand for gas in the country far outstrips output, but prices have been kept low for crucial segments such as fertilisers and power.

 INSIDE THE GOVERNMENT

 Nripendra Misra, principal secretary to the Prime Minister, is hands-on and powerful, unlike principal secretaries during the UPA rule who were seen as inefficient. According to people close to the regime, he executes Modi's insistence on the "vertical movement" of files and speed with which they are processed. "To and fro hurling of files is not there now. It is a big change from the days of the UPA, when files got stuck between bureaucrats and ministries over ego issues or lack of clarity on policy," says a Government official. Misra also ensures seamless' communication between ministries over decisions. "He speaks to most ministers in chaste Hindi and leaves no chance for confusion about certain measures," the official adds, emphasising that the former TRAI chairman also vets each Cabinet note and brings it to Modi's attention before it goes to the Cabinet secretary. The new benchmark being set for effective governance is a maximum of four signatures to every file as it goes from a director- level officer to the minister.


Ministries have also been told not to seek legal opinions, often a ruse for delaying files in the past; such advice can be sought only if a clear case is made for it. Besides, if there are conflicts of interest between ministries, the officer concerned has been advised to walk over to the other one and try resolving the issue in person rather than have long letters being shot back and forth. Modi has adopted a zero-tolerance approach' to any unwanted delays in clearing files. This forces many ministers to spend close to 20 hours a day in office.


 Unlike in the days of the NDA Government led by AB Vajpayee, who had to negotiate big egos and diverse views within his cabinet, Modi has a well-coordinated team at work, making Misra's job much less abrasive than Brajesh Mishra's (who held the twin positions of principal secretary and national security advisor). Back in those days, Vajpayee and Mishra had to strategise their moves in order to win majority backing of the Cabinet and Council of Ministers over key issues. For instance, to push forward with the disinvestment of some public-sector units, the duo had to first call a meeting of ministers such as Jaswant Singh, Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, who favoured the action, to gain an edge over its opponents in the Cabinet such as LK Advani. Vajpayee and his team once even managed to secure the support of MM Joshi, typically a votary of Swadeshi politics, to take on the likes of Advani and Ram Naik. Ministers used to take part in debates in the alphabetical order of their names. Then Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission KC Pant used to be the final member to make a statement. "There were very powerful ministers and party leaders in the Cabinet then. Now, Modi has a smoother run," says a former bureaucrat who has worked closely with Vajpayee.

 Under the previous dispensation, Cabinet ministers could walk in half-way through meetings or leave before they ended. But not anymore. Modi is the last one to enter a Cabinet meeting and the first to leave. Ministers such as Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Nirmala Sitharaman are the most talkative' ones in the current regime. Modi hears out each minister in a Cabinet session. When it comes to political issues, Home Minister Rajnath Singh is the one whose opinion is often sought by the Prime Minister; Arun Jaitley is given the floor when it comes to economic issues. Modi is intolerant of ministers who come up with frivolous suggestions. Nor are ministers allowed to flout etiquette or procedural propriety. According to people in the know, a request by HRD Minister Smriti Irani to raise an issue over the mid- day scheme for school children was declined because she had not gone through the process of taking suggestions from the PMO on a Cabinet note on the issue.

                             THE PMO

 Modi has put in place a Prime Minister's Office that is similar to the Chief Minister's Office in Gujarat, where it served as the main centre of power, offering quick decisions on crucial matters, including big-ticket project clearances. However, unlike officials at his CMO, officers in the PMO neither remain low-key nor stay away from the media glare. They are, like the CMO staff, hardworking and available on call 24X7.

 While Misra, a retired IAS officer of the 1967 batch from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, plays the pivotal role, one of Modi's favourite officers, PK Mishra was brought in to assist him as additional principal secretary. A former agriculture secretary, Mishra is a 1972-batch retired IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre. He had served between 2001 and 2004 as principal secretary to Modi when he was the CM of Gujarat. He was chairman of the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission after his retirement in 2008 for a five-year term. Mishra has a long association with the Prime Minister and has known him since his days as an RSS pracharak.

 Others who work very closely with Modi include NSA Ajit Doval; Joint Secretary AK Sharma, a 1988 batch IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre who has deftly managed Modi's showpiece Vibrant Gujarat summits; Public Relations Officer Jagdish Thakker; and IT expert Hiren Joshi, who handles the social media for Modi. Other junior officers include his favourites such as Sanjay Bhavsar, who is Modi's point person on appointments.

Thanks to such a closely knit and cohesive team, Modi often ends up impressing rival politicians with his grasp of subjects under review. He will shortly name an IAS officer at the PMO to oversee media affairs.

                                                                                 POWER CENTRES

 With his ascension as BJP President, Amit Shah is clearly the second- most powerful person in the NDA regime. He also takes a keen interest in running the Government, according to people close to the party's affairs. "That he enjoys Modi's blessings in no secret. Modi also expects him to come up with out-of-the-box ways to improve governance," says one of them

 Shah, it is learnt, has made crucial suggestions to officials and ministers to envision projects and come up with ways to ease India's myriad infrastructural bottlenecks. The Government is currently toying with the idea of Israel-style' implementation of infrastructure projects, by which it ropes in various arms of the State for civilian undertakings.

 With the Modi Government laying a lot of emphasis on water, power and transport, many such projects are likely to take shape in the near future, say officials. The internal target of the Modi Government is to cover 75 per cent of India's homes with round-the-clock power over the next five years. Suresh Prabhu, a former minister and power-sector expert, has been roped in to advise various ministerial panels and stakeholders in refurbishing the country's power sector. While the Centre isn't pleased with one of the BJP- led state governments for not cooperating well enough in aiding the generation of a higher quantum of electricity in the short term, it has put in place mechanisms to iron out differences between various states over generating and distributing extra power.

 In addition, reforestation, Ganga cleaning and railway modernisation are also top priorities of the Government. Others include running trains to pilgrimage centres considered holy by Hindus, such as Badrinath, Kedarnath and so on. "Many officers are working in silence towards meeting many internal goals set by the Prime Minister," says an official.

Shah, like Modi, will also be closely monitoring various government projects. At least one junior minister has disclosed that the BJP President doesn't take kindly to sloppy work. Says a government official: "That Shah is watching every minister and how they work puts them on their toes. Besides Modi's instructions, Shah's capacity to monitor each and every person in the Government and his or her movement puts fear in the minds even of bureaucrats who could be approached by corporates."

 The BJP heavyweight, whose stature in the party has risen rapidly over the past year thanks to his proximity to Modi and his own skills at poll campaigning, and Finance Minister Jaitley have been closely watching the country's coal sector"as part of efforts to reduce the shortage of this fossil fuel. The country's coal production was 566 million tonnes last fiscal year, but its demand was in the range of 715-720 million. The Power Ministry recently launched its first major new project in at least five years at the Amrapali open cast pit in Jharkhand. The country has so far failed to raise output despite sitting on the fifth- biggest reserves in the world, making it the third-largest coal importer. The opening of this mine highlights the Modi Government's priorities in the sector, Power Minister Piyush Goyal had said.

 The Cabinet often has senior ministers chipping in with advice for junior colleagues. While External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj remains largely low-profile, since Modi steers foreign policy, it is Jaitley who often plays the mentor's role for many colleagues such as Pradhan, Goyal and Sitharaman, as also Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, among others, besides handling finance-related issues.
 It helps that Jaitley was senior to most others in the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the BJP's students wing, as well as in the party. As Defence Minister, Jaitley knows only too well that he faces insurmountable odds to modernise the Soviet- era weaponry of a country that has in the recent past seen a lot of scams related to deals for the purchase of helicopters and other defence equipment. After a lull following an election year, defence manufacturers from across the globe have now arrived in the country, the world's largest defence importer, peddling their products. "One has to take extreme care in the process of purchase. The Government's tenacity will be tested as it goes ahead with replacing obsolete weaponry and buying new [equipment]," says a Defence Ministry official.
 Meanwhile, the Government has earned negative publicity over the its refusal to name Gopal Subramaniam as a Supreme Court judge"the apex court expressed its displeasure over the controversy that ended with Subramaniam pulling out of the race. Similarly, the appointment of Y Sudershan Rao as chairperson of the Indian Council of Historical Research raised many eyebrows over his qualifications.
 With Modi's great expectations from his colleagues to work hard and preserve integrity, business houses accustomed to buying their way through to secure major gains are feeling the pinch. For them, a curtain has descended over Raisina Hill"and power has shifted from The Chambers and Belvederes to Shastri Bhavan and South Block."It is a time of dread for them. The idea should be to get them used to it," forewarns a senior bureaucrat.
 The Modi model of governance abhors the secret hand.
 

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                           TOP TEACHINGS

Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow. In fact, just piss off and leave me alone.

Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree.

No one is listening until you pass wind.
 
Sex is like air. It's not that important unless you aren't getting any.
 
Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day

Good judgment comes from bad experience ... And most of that comes from bad judgment.
 
A closed mouth gathers no foot.

Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

We are born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our arse - then things just keep getting worse.

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                                             musings                   


It was quiet for it was still night and not enough light
High among the branches the family of crows snoozed
mostly grey and a few ravens of black
the feeding has continued from our past
and the birds know to wait on our window sill
fattened with the cooked egg yellows and curd rice
a year and a half has passed since we migrated to this present state
and nothing has changed but for the caws and strange vocals of the raven
I walked away for my morning run or should i name it anew
run,jog,walk and crawl back home all mashed and not in that order
i came back to the hues and cries of all the crows in my compound and a few relations of their
who had come to have a caw about some pressing matter
familiar for me as it meant a dead crow or lying injured
multitude black flickering heads and eyes stared down at me
and i saw the reason for the wails of the crows
one crow couple hovered in a branch just above my head
and they knew me from my biscuits and hand outs of curd rice
in the neighbouring compound lay a small next generation crow
but having already preceded its parents to the next life
i looked up and pin drop silence extended for a few seconds
as if the birds thought i could perform some miracle
like raising lazarus from the dead
but i remembered the slokas from the gita
NA JAYATE MRIYATE VAA KADACHINNAYAM BHOOTVA BHAVITA VAA NO BHOOYAHA
AJO NITYAHA SASHVATOYAM PURANAM NA HANYATE HANYAMANE SHAREERE

i picked up the small broken baby crow and the flock flocked me
and they gathered around as i placed him near the garbage dump
far from my house and me far from the wails and cries
couple of hours later i heard a conch blow and drum beats
or better kuthu beats and noisy crackers fill the air with their din
i stood in mute as i saw a group of humans pass with their own dead kin
the son shaved carried a pot and he looked pretty uncomfortable
as if he didnt belong there or he was just cursing his dead for having to
go through all this shaving of nut and arm pits
i think he was more embarassed with the antics of the drunken folk
who went before the dead,dancing to beats of the dead
i wondered whether all the kuthu paastu songs are just a preparation
for the final journey and straining my eyes i saw the family of crows
now quiet,now crying hovering over their dead child
what a difference a passing makes and how differently we mourn
over our dead.
the crows continued all day until the garbage took away their young one
and the men dancing for the dead went ahead for more tasmac booze and feasting
the shaved head will sprout hair and one day will go the same way
the drunken men will keep dancing to the kutthu paatu
and will not spare a thought about who will dance
when they are being carried

    asocyan anvasocas tvam
    prajna-vadams ca bhasase
    gatasun agatasums ca
    nanusocanti panditah

The body is a lump of matter, so what is the value of lump of matter? Either while it is moving or while it is not moving, it is a lump of matter. Suppose we are now moving with this body with nice coat, pant, hat. That's all right. But what it is? It is a lump of matter. Either coat, pant, or these bones and the skin and the blood and the stool and urine, whatever this body is composed of, it is all material. And when the living entity goes away from this body, the same lump of matter... Does it change? So we are not lamenting at the present moment because it is moving. And as soon as the movement is stopped, I say, "Oh, my father has gone. My son has gone," and we lament. So actually the body is the same. The same body is lying here as dead body, whom we are lamenting, "my father," but you have never seen your father. You have seen only the coats and pants and the body. That is your education. 

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An ode to human skin...through its living years
 
At birth - untouched, pink, warm skin...as advertised in "Johnson & Johnson" baby ads
In infancy - pierced and poked in the ear lobes (sometimes, nose) by parents and relatives in a family temple
Toddler days - stinging in pain with the embarrassing, ugly "nappy rash"
Growing years - little scratch marks, bigger bruises while happily falling down and playing again with school friends and neighbours
Rebellious years - piercing and tattooing body parts, other than the ear lobes and the nose
Fashion teen ears - painting nails and lips to appear in the disguise of a young adult
Crazy love years - tattooing the name of your loved one permanently onto your skin
Loved and lost years - cutting of the wrist with a knife in despair of not being able to find happiness in love
Commitment years - gentle love bites from the human whom we chose to love and share life with
Childbearing years - stretch marks, birth marks, sometimes Caesarean section scars from the hard labour of giving birth
Brutal adult years - the harsh reality for an unfortunate few who silently suffer bruises, burn marks in the name of domestic violence
Spiritual seeking years - blisters and thorn pricks to the feet which no longer seek branded footwear, and instead choose to walk barefoot on endless flight of stairs to temples, hoping to seek peace and God
Old years - surgical scars, dentures, cataract removal as evidenced in health records
Death - cold, numb skin, chosen to be either buried or decomposed and gone forever...
BUT for the very few - who chose to donate their body organs to let another life live longer...
and for those who chose to dedicate their dead bodies as cadavers so that students may learn from their body parts and become doctors one day...
this is written as an ode to them and their lives...
as even death could not demolish them and their human scars of life.
 

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