New Year Questions

 New Year Questions
As we approach New Year, let's look back and see did the year go as we expected.
Hope you will take some time from your busy schedule and reply. (or else keep the answers with you). Hope that these questions will make you think for a while.
What was the best part of last year?

What was the worst part of last year?

What was the biggest surprise of last year?

What are you most looking forward to next year?

Is there anything you are not looking forward to next year?

Which new year's resolutions did you keep last year?

Which new year's resolutions did you break last year?

What will be your new year's resolutions next year?

Which resolution are you most likely to break?

Which resolution are you most likely to keep?

What will you be doing on new year's eve?

Who will you be with at new years eve?

What was the best song of last year?

What was the best TV show of last year?

What was the best book you read last year?

What was the best film of last year?

What change would you like to make to your life next year?

What change would you like to see in the world next year?

Keep Smiling

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing ~ Mother Teresa

Keep Smiling.

Amazing Glass Houses

This house is a conceptual design by Milano-based designer and architect Carlo Santambrogio. These are actually pictures of a very well done artist's rendering and not a real house. Not yet anyway. The house above is part of his glass house series, and this one in particular is designed to be a "snow house." The grid structure of the house is made to be modular and can be designed into almost any configuration. In his "cliff house" design, the house is elevated over a thin sheet of water, making its occupants feel like they are floating above the cliff.

Leonardo Glass Cube is a glass-fronted brand pavilion in Bad Driburg, Germany designed by 3Deluxe . Designed for the Glaskoch Corporation and completed in May 2007, the pavilion is used for informal meetings and corporate hospitality.
The pavilion features six metre high frame-less glass panels, which are fitted with disc springs to reduce stress from wind pressure.

dRMM Architecture did something we've never seen before in another house by creating a very amazing and unique sliding house design. At first sight, you may think it's an ordinary wooden barn. The form doesn't look like anything special. It's only later when you realize that the entire outer skin (the wooden part) is capable of sliding back and forth.

Lakeside real estate tends to come at a premium largely due to the impressive view. The Watervilla Kortenhoef, located in the Netherlands, offers residents a panoramic view of the lakefront, as nearly every square foot of the exterior walls are glass. This ceiling-to-floor glass wall design, paired with the fact that the floor is mere inches from the surface of the water, gives inhabitants an impressive view of the water from anywhere in the house. The modern design features stairs to a rooftop terrace where the view is undoubtedly even more impressive.
Perhaps the best feature of the structure is that the basement level rests beneath the surface of the water. This submarine level holds the bathrooms and bedrooms. After all, in a house made of glass, hiding the bedrooms underwater is the only sure way to get any privacy. The submarine rooms have glass panels on the floors to offer more up-close-and-personal view of the water.

A glass house with sustainable features? The architecture of this amazing glass house is the answer. "House R 128" by Werner Sobek Architects brings the best of both worlds to the table. The structure of 4 apartments in Stuttgart, Germany is a modern building of glass that has nothing to hide. The front windows of the house have triple-glazed windows through which natural light floods through a filter into all the rooms. The house has solar panels that power the house when the sun goes down. The house is also incredible for its sustainable properties, featuring geothermal energy and cooling. Modern modular construction – including its wooden floor and facade – allows for easy assembly and deconstruction. This is not only intended for the house innovators outside the network, but also to make it completely reusable and recyclable! A bridge over the kitchen and dining room is available, offering the 2706 sq. foot home a warm welcome with a modern twist. Minimalist styling in the "House of R 128," including no interior walls and some modern works, create open areas for the characterization of the concept of life.

The Case Study House Program, a landmark American architectural experiment, was announced in 1945 by publisher John Entenza in his magazine Arts and Architecture. The impetus of the program was to build homes which would serve as model environments for post-war living using pre-fabricated and industrial materials developed during World War II. The Case Study Homes were mostly built in Southern California during an optimistic, challenging and creative era in American architecture.
The house pictured is Stahl House, Case House 22 - 1635 Woods Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA, and has been featured in many films and TV productions. Notably "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" (1998), "Corrina, Corrina" (1994), and "Crazy, Stupid, Love" (2011). (Thanks, William G.)

A unique house with two balconies designed by Bassam El-Okeily from Egypt. In addition to looking cool during the day, every night soft lights transform the townhouse into a beautiful art installation.

The Dune House lies just south of the picturesque village of Thorpeness, in Suffolk, on an idyllic spot at the very edge of the sea, nestled among rolling dunes. You can walk out from the living room directly onto the beach and enjoy extraordinary panoramic views over the sea from the terraces, bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floor.
Living Architecture invited one of Norway's most renowned practitioners, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects, to create a house on this archetypal English seaside site. JVA, as they are known, made their name building a series of accomplished houses in Oslo and its outskirts and intimately understood the need to balance the advantages of modernity with the traditional virtues of warmth and comfort.

This hill-perched transparent home plays peek-a-boo through the trees, but, for the most part, rocks and foliage nestle it in complete privacy. Located near the ocean in Pittwater, about 30 miles north of Sydney, the Church Point Home was designed by Sydney architectural firm Utz Sanby. The firm describes the home as a tree house that offers "seclusion and sanctuary" to its residents. Concrete pillars made to look like trees support the house on its hillside seat, much like limbs act as a tree house's supports, and though the home can seem muted with a majority of grey and white color schemes, small bursts of red strategically assert themselves inside and out. Hardwood floors and a wooden kitchen table set help harmonize the home with its forest location.

A house in Minami-Boso, Chiba, Japan by Kiyonobu Nakagame & Associates.

One of the nicest places to stroll around in Seoul is the Changgyeonggung Palace, one of Korea's five major palaces. The glasshouse of the Changgyeonggung Botanical Garden was built in 1907 as Korea's first wood, iron and glass glasshouse. The building was designed by Hayato Fukuba, who was in charge of the Shinjuku Imperial Garden in Tokyo, and constructed by a French company. The glasshouse still contains rare flora, including tropical plants.
The glasshouse was a symbol of the Victorian Age, the Industrial Revolution and the technological, economic and cultural might of the British Empire. The father of the glasshouse was Joseph Paxton, the 19th century gardener and architect whose masterpiece was the Crystal Palace of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

A rarity in India - A Poor Chief Minister !!!!

I don't know if this is true. A rarity in India - A Poor Chief Minister!!!!

Among so many scams unfolding everyday it is nice to know that we have still got honest people in India- that too a Chief Minister.
But media does not have time for them. Please read on.........
India's Poorest Chief MInister: Mr Manik Sarkar - Chief Minister, Tripura.
He has been elected consecutively for fourth terms as Chief Minister.
First some facts about this great person.
1. He is the poorest but Purest Chief Minister of India.
2. He has been elected as chief minister consecutively for fourth term
3. He does not own a home.
4. His bank balance is Rs. 6500/-
5. He donates all his salary to CPI (M), and party gives him sustenance allowance of Rs 5000/- month.
6. His wife never uses official vehicle and can very easily be seen on Rickshaw in Agartala.
7. Even his worst opponents admit that Manik Sarkar is an impeccably honest man, certainly a rare variety among politicians today.
Now, compare these with other chief ministers or politicians, who have assets worth crores of rupees!
Apart from honesty, Mr Manik Sarkar has been impetuous for the development of the state which includes better connectivity and development of IT sector in state. He was also responsible for bringing the concept of public-private partnership and invigorated private intervention, particularly in the IT sector. I think he demands nothing from us but some respect and a little bit recognition.


Wrong Tone of VOICE

So, Be careful with your Tone.

Silence & Smiling

That is Mother

The Irreplaceable Mother

Walk in my Shoes

Mind-blowing Food Facts

Dear friends,

    You might have received this sort of mails many a times. May be it is just a repetition. Just to have some good info, sending this. 
1 Pineapple is a natural painkiller
The fruit contains anti-inflammatory enzymes that bring pain relief from conditions such as arthritis, according to a study at Reading University .

2 Pomegranate juice could prevent a heart attack
This wonder juice is believed to improve blood flow to the heart and lower blood pressure.

3 Onions are natural antibiotics
They might make your breath pong but onions contain allicin, a powerful antibiotic that also protects the circulatory system.

4 Mushrooms can ward off colds They contain more of an immune-boosting antioxidant called ergothioneine than any other food, say researchers at Pennsylvania State University .

6 Blueberries can boost memory
A study at Tufts University in Boston showed eating half a cup of this fruit regularly could delay age-related deterioration in co-ordination and short-term memory.

8 Eat chocolate, live longer
Hurray! Harvard University scientists say that eating a couple of chocolate bars a week could extend your life by almost a year.

9 Grapefruit juice can stop medicine working
If you're taking medication, avoid washing it down with grapefruit juice as there is evidence that it prevents some drugs being broken down.

10 You should never drink tea or coffee with meals
Tannins in tea and coffee prevent absorption of certain nutrients. A cup of tea with a meal will halve the iron you get from it, whereas a glass of orange juice will double it.

11 Cherries can cure gout
Cherries contain compounds that significantly reduce the chemicals in the body which cause joint inflammation.

12 Eating curry could help prevent Alzheimer's
According to a report in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a yellow pigment used in curry, curcumin, can stop amyloid plaques in the brain that cause the condition.

13 Sniffing a lemon could help you beat asthma
The UK 's 5.1 million asthmatics could find lemons ease their symptoms. Studies in rats found that breathing improved after they inhaled limonene, the chemical that gives lemons their smell.

14 Kiwi fruit can improve your eyesight
This fuzzy fruit is a surprisingly good source of lutein, an antioxidant that protects your vision.

15 Garlic can cure mouth ulcers and verruca's
Here's an old wives' tale that works: halve a clove of garlic, squeeze, and apply a drop of the juice to the offending growth at bedtime.

16 It is important have a little salt in your meals
Too much salt isn't good for us but not getting enough can trigger low blood pressure in those susceptible. Consult your GP before making any major diet changes.

17 Figs can delay brittle bone disease
Good news for the three million osteoporosis sufferers in the UK - it is possible to slow its progress by eating calcium-packed figs.

18 Soya can mimic breast cancer drugs
A team of Cambridge researchers discovered that a diet high in soya can have a similar effect to anti-cancer drug Tamoxifen.

19 Barbecued-food can cause cancer
Eating meat that's char grilled or burnt could lead to stomach, pancreatic, colon and breast cancer because it creates high levels of carcinogenic compounds.

20 Cinnamon can help diabetics
Just half a teaspoon a day of this spice can significantly reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics, says US research.

21 Chilies can help you breath more easily
Capsaicin, which occurs in chilies, shrinks the mucous membranes which can ease blocked noses and sinuses.

22 Watermelon is good for the prostate
Men will be glad to know that the red flesh contains the antioxidant Lycopene, which helps keep the prostate gland healthy.

23 Coriander can lower your cholesterol levels
This aromatic herb can reduce cholesterol levels and prevent heart problems.

24 Nibbling nuts can prevent blood clots
Nuts boost nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes blood vessels and eases blood flow.

25 Banish bad breath with natural yoghurt
A few spoonful of natural yoghurt can neutralise halitosis, according to Japanese researchers. 

GOD, Save India

A gawala (cattle herder) named Budhi Ram was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Himachal when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. 
The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?"  
Budhi Ram  looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?" 
The yuppie parks his car, whips out his macBook Air computer, connects it to his iphone, and surfs to a NASApage on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. 

The young man then opens the digital photo in iPhoto and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany . 
Within seconds, he receives an email on his iPhone that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his iPhone and, after a few minutes, receives a response.    
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized LaserJet printer, turns to Budhi Ramy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."                         
"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Budhi- Ram. 

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car. 
Then Budhi Ram says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly who you are & what is your business , will you give me back my calf?"        

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?" 
You're Rahul Gxxxxi, says Budhi- Ram. 
"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie idiot, "but how did you guess that?" 

"No guessing required." answered Budhi Ram. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter you are than me; and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter.  This is not a herd of cows.... 

Now give me back my dog.

God, Please Save India !!!