Monthly Archives: October 2010

A great philosophy explained with a ‘Pencil’!

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked: ” Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me ?”

His grandmother stopped writing her letter & said to her grandson:
“I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up”

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It did’nt seem very special.
” But it’s like any other pencil I’ve seen! ”

” That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on to them, will make you the person who is always at peace with himself & the world.

First quality : you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, & He always guides us according to His will.

Second quality : now & then, I have to stop writing & use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains & sorrows, because they will make you a better person.

Third quality : the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.

Fourth quality : what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.

Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. In just the same way, you should know that in everything you do in life will leave a mark, so be conscious of that  in every action of yours. ”

I want you to be like a Pencil :  Which–Knows he is Guided by GOD; Bears pain 2 b SHARPER; Ready 2 CORRECT mistakes; B attentive from INSIDE(SELF); CONSCIOUSLY leave a MARK in ur LIFE.


I got this as an email and felt I must share this piece of great advice with the world. Some small items in our life carry great meaning. Taking lessons from life is very important for a successful life. We have to understand that life is truly meaningful only if we use it for the sake of others. Talking about mistakes, a man who has not made mistakes has never become successful. It is by making mistakes that we learn lessons. If someone doesn’t learn from his mistakes, it is our duty to tell him this philosophy and correct his path. Be the saviour of someone’s life.  You’ll feel good about it. Believe me.





Some web resources for Applying to MS in USA

Aid resources:

Basically 3 types of Aid

TA/RA = work+study

Fellowship = no work /all study


For SOP help:

For Student Visa:

Advisory pearls

Gandhiji’s talisman: “Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to Swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?”

Consider yourself very lucky if you are able to use the computer, wear clothes, eat food twice a day, have a choice to spend money for ornaments and such decorative items.


Carl Jung said, “The healthy man does not torture others. Generally, it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

Remember this when you pester someone so much that they are frustrated with you. YOU ARE A TORTURED SOUL!!


Albert Pine said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

A life we live for others is a true and meaningful life. Savouring one’s own happiness when there’s so much suffering doesn’t make sense to me. For this don’t be morose, try helping others as much as you can.


Abraham Lincoln once said “In the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

Very true. Wish we all realise this early in lives and try to make our as well as others’ lives better.


Live and Let live. 🙂


Gandhiji’s talisman

“Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to Swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions?”

This attitude has to be incorporated in every Indian who strives for making other people’s lives better. An attitude  of social service is very much required in these trying times. If every human lends a hand for making some lives better, then there won’t be any more problems to worry about. We have the potential, we have the people, people have hearts, so why don’t those hearts feel the vibes of the pangs of suffering people? If we have  to prove to the world that we are human,   we must not forget the interests of others along with our interests. There are several ways in which you can lend a helping hand. As our beloved Former President of India A P J Abdul Kalam once said in his speech; every student who has finished his studies of under-graduation must spend time helping the poor children of India mostly in villages for one year by educating them. In these busy lives of students, we can at least take time in the four years of our engineering studies to educate or help poor children and make them see the light of life. Education for all has been made compulsary by the Indian government but how many children are really going to school? It is a very small percent. If we develop  interactive ways to inspire the parents of those children, we will definitely be able to make some difference. So why don’t we start working from today?


Hilari- us

1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don’t panic. Simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat and presto. The blockage will be almost instantly removed.

2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

3. Avoid arguments with your partner about lifting the toilet seat by simply using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer.

5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives. Then you will be afraid to cough.

7. Have a bad toothache? Smash your thumb with a hammer and you will forget about the toothache.

8. Sometimes, we just need to remember what the rules of life really are: You only need two tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.

9. Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

10. Never pass up an opportunity to go to the bathroom.

11. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You get another chance.

12. And finally, be really nice to your family and friends; you never know when you might need them to empty your bedpan.

13. The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends — if they’re okay, then it’s you.

Something I got in my mail. 🙂

T M A Pai and his dream which came true- Manipal

He is the creator of Manipal University, Manipal. He was of the opinion that a body would function if it has all the necessary organs; in the same way a University would function if it had a diverse stretch of institutions. I feel this is what makes Manipal a global learning village. Mann=mud and Palla=pond in Tulu; metamorphosis caused the name to become today’s Manipal.

Tonse Madhav Ananth Pai – 30/4/1898 to 29/5/1979

Some quotes of T M A Pai which inspire young minds like ours:

All well conceived ideas implemented with great dedication, devotion and dynamism get people’s support and co-operation


Drops of water make the mighty ocean. Things individually beyond the reach of accomplishment become miraculously easy with collective effort. Though you cannot float a needle on the back of a single drop, the heavy burdens of world trade are carried on by the ocean.


Any human activity has always a small beginning and as good work turned out each year gets multiplied, the promoters themselves feel surprised at the result.


A problem is something to be solved, an obstacle is something to be overcome.


A nation’s progress is measured in terms of those citizens who are honest and upright in character.


Educated and enlightened children are an asset not only to the family but to the whole nation.


A key in constant use is smooth and shining. Similarly if we keep ourselves constantly active, our body retains its poise and harmony.


Love is the greatest power of life. No evil can conquer love. Of you are able to win the love of the people you are on your way to become a leader.


If the interval between birth and death  can be well used to cultivate friendships and do good to one another, life acquires a purpose.


The T M A Pai museum, which was initially the residence of Dr. T M A Pai when he was alive, is a haven of inspiration for young students. The entry to the museum is free and it contains the belongings of Dr Pai and his memories that linger in the rooms he lived stay fresh. People wondered how a man with such futuristic vision lead such a simple life in a simple house like this. A must visit before any student leaves Manipal.