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Spread The Smile Flu!!

Last week I drove into the petrol pump and there were 3 cars waiting to be refueled in lane One and 3 cars waiting to be refueled in lane two…Now I had half a mind of driving off and hoping that the fuel lasts me the day (if required I will go without air con..no that is crazy in the heat) when the attendant at the Pump goes…. “Mam chalo aapko phle bhar dete hai last lane mein laga lo”. The last lane is normally used as a service lane an not normally for vehicles to fuel up. I drove into the last lane, re-fuelled.and drove off!!

Now what did I do deserve special treatment at the petrol pump….???

Nothing except that…I normally smile….and said Thank you every week when I came to this petrol pump to fuel!
(The boys say you get away with it cause you are a girl but I vehemently disagree that it is a gender bias)

Simple is’nt it? Smile and say thank you!

But how many of us actually do that?? How many of us smile at people who are supposedly in a lower socio economic background??Our Bai’s …the waiters….the watchmen…..do we ever even smile at them? Saying thank you would be a far fetched thing!
Forget people in the lower socio-economic background, how many of us make it a point to Smile genuinely at our classmates, colleges and our bosses when we pass by them? How many of us smile at strangers??
Believe me, I do that quite often and it is really not stupid almost every-time I have an eye contact with anyone, in the lift, people I don’t know in office, people in the canteen, I smile and trust me no one has ever frowned back at me and almost everyone smiles back!

There are studies which have found that when you smile, you release hormones called serotonin and endorphins, which are “happiness hormones” these can improve your energy, make you feel good, improve your immune system, and reduce any stress or pain you may be feeling!

When you smile at someone it tells them you like them and you are happy to see them. They smile back at you and the happiness hormones are released in their body, they feel good, you feel good, the positivity in the air increases and is so damn simple!!

If any of you think I am exaggerating, I guess there is no substitute for experience so just try it for a day. You have absolutely nothing to loose. Infact in the Smile Currency the more you give the more you get!
Smile at everyone you come across, the watchman, the lift man, your college, your boss, the guy you bump into the gym, the people you share the lift with. Trust me people WILL NOT think you have gone mad and they will DEFINITLY smile back at you because you see you can never give a smile away…it always comes back to you. The more you give the more you get!!

I am responsible for spreading the Smile Flu! I have experienced the ‘Power of Smiling’! And I want your help to spread Smile Flu by propagating “World Smile Day”!
Did you know that the first Friday of October is Celebrated as “World Smile Day”.
To Celebrate this day is extremely cost effective…All you have to do is Smile at everyone you See that day and wish them “Happy World Smile Day!!”
Lets all propagate “ World Smile Day” and be brand ambassadors to spread happiness in the world!
What Say……Will you be pioneers of the Smile Revolution!!????
It is said

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.

So people lets curb Swine Flu and Spread Smile Flu!!
And you know what the world always looks brighter from behind a smile…Try it!

PS: Sorry…the content is almost the same as my earlier post…(and two ealier posts) this is just a cleaner version…I want to use it as a article for my rotaract bulletin

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The Power Of..

Hey People…..This is a speech I plan to give on my Toastmasters Meeting this Friday morning…..it still required major fine tuning…..so any feedback would be very valuable….Plz Plz….quick feedback to improve the speach!
The Power Of…
Good Morning!!
How many of you’ll want to be happy?
How many of you’ll want to make the world better place?
How many of you’ll think that you’ll don’t have the time and the money and ability to make the world a better place?
In the next few minutes…I am going to help you re-discover the POWER you have to become happier yourself and make the world a better place…
I am going to share my experience with the ‘Power of Smiling’….explain my concept of “World Smile Day” and…and request your help and idea’s to Propagate World Smile Day!
Last week I drove into the petrol pump and there were 3 cars waiting to be refueled in lane One and 3 cars waiting to be refueled in lane two…
Now I had half a mind of driving off and hoping that the fuel lasts me the day (if required I will go without air con..no that is crazy in the heat) when the attendant at the Pump goes….”mam…..chalo aapko phle bhar dete hai” last lane mein laga lo”. The last lane is normally used as a service lane an not normally for vehicles to fuel up….
I drove into the last lane…re-fuelled….and drove off…..!
Now what did I do deserve special treatment at the petrol pump….???
Nothing except that…I normally smile….and said Thank you every week when I came to this petrol pump to fuel!
Simple is’nt it….? Smile …say thank you…but how many of us actually do that?? How many of us smile at people who are supposedly in a lower socio economic background??
Our Bai’s…the waiters….the watchmen…..do we ever even smile at them…saying thank you is a far fetched thing!
Forget people in the lower socio-economic background….how many of us make it a point to Smile genuinely at our colleges and our bosses when we pass by them?
How many of us smile at strangers?? Believe me…I do that quite often….and it is really not stupid…almost every-time I have an eye contact with anyone….in the lift…people I don’t know in office….people in the canteen…..I smile….and trust me….no one has ever frowned back at me…. And almost everyone smiles back!
There are studies which have found that when you smile, you release hormones called serotonin and endorphins, which are “happiness hormones” these can improve your energy, make you feel good…improve your immune system, and reduce any stress or pain you may be feeling!
When you smile at someone …it tells them you like them….you are happy to see them…they smile back at you…..and the happiness hormones are released in their body…..they feel good…you feel good…the positivity in the air increases….and is so damn simple…..
If any of you think I am exaggerating…..I guess there is no substitute for experience….so just try it for a day….you have absolutely nothing to loose….infact in the Smile currency….the more you give the more you get…..Smile at everyone you come across….the watchman…the lift man….your college…your boss….the guy you bump into the gym….the people you share the lift with…..trust me…people WILL NOT think you have gone mad…and they will DEFINITLY smile back at you…..because you see you can never give a smile away…it always comes back to you and the more you give the more you get!!
Now how many of you’ll will walk out of this room try this for a day???
Remember Smile is the most inexpensive way to improve your looks….. and there are 100’s of languages in the world…..but everyone Smiles in the same language…..
Now I have experienced the ‘Power of Smiling’ … I have felt good….I have made friends….I have gotten out of tight spots…..and I wanted it to share it with eveyone….and so I decided to write about it…and then speak about it….and while I was writing….it suddenly occurred to me….that we should maybe celebrate a “World Smile Day”!” and I though I would be the poioneer for this brilliant idea of “World Smile Day”…I was about to file for a patent for my brilliant concept when something prompted me to check google for “World Smile Day” and Lo behold….. to my utter disappointment…….World Smile Day already exists!
Did you know…“World Smile Day” is celebrated on the 1st Friday of October…??? Well now you know….!! The concept of World Smile day is to “Do an act of kindness and make a Person Smile”
I would suggest let us make it simpler…. “ Smile at everyone you see and wish them Happy World Smile Day!!”
Will You help me to propagate “ World Smile Day” and be my brand ambassadors to spread happiness in the world???
If yes….what do you need to do?
1. ‘Smile’ : Actions speak louder than words….and experience is the best teacher!
2. Share the Concept : Write/Blog/ Talk about ‘World Smile Day’ and spread awareness and make the 1st Friday of October….as famous as Friendship day or Valentines day!
3. Celebrate ‘World Smile Day in various groups you are part of like your team at work, Toastmasters Club, Maitree, Music Club, Rotaract etc!
4. Help to reach out to stake holders like media, greeting card companies who have vested interests in us celebrating anything new!
What Say……Will you be pioneers of the Smile Revolution!!????

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.

So people…lets curb Swine Flu and Spread Smile Flu!! And you know what the world always looks brighter from behind a smile… Try it!

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Rosie Meadows Regrets by Cathrine Alliot

This was one of the books I had picked from the goa beaches…. in my last to last trip we picked up 5 books from the beach…obviously left back by the firangs and sold by the local Thelewala’s for pittance of just something like 50 bucks per book….and there were good quality original books!
Anyways I finally got around to reading this one and it was quite a cute chick lit..
Incidentally this book is also a girl whose husband dies….just like the earlier book I read…PS I love you…..but their reaction is diametrically different!
Rosie hated her husband….and she is super gald that he is dead!!
The book is extremely filmy or actually soap operaish……there is love…marriage ..divorce…..extramarial affairs… murder of the husband…..there is confusion on who killed the husband….ther sister- in Law…the father-in- law…the wife!??
Basically Rosie gets married to the wrong guy…..has a baby boy in the marriage…she is all set to divorce him….she wishes he was dead cause he would cause a grief for the custody of the child and….poof he dies!
The book is about Rosie’s topsy-turvey life….and how she overcomes the twists….and falls in love again!! This is attraction on first sight….then something happens to her eveytime she talks to him…basically she finds her soulmate…! The guy she falls head over heels in love with…..is married for the second time with 3 kids…….so there are twists and turns…..but all works out well in the end…
The concept of getting married…getting divorced…my kids…your kids and our kids kind of stuff is not very relatable in our context and maybe that is why it does not seem very realistic…
Overall too many twists for it to be seems relatable… …but a nice filmy entertaining book with a Happy Ending!!

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My Wish List of Features for Twitter!

I am one of those recent fans for twitter….well I am about 209 tweets old as of now….and for someone who is tweeting only form the web its not a very bad number…..what I love about twitter is that it is so easy and quick…micro blogging is a nice concept…I wonder how does one blog from the phone in India….the sms twitter service is not yet activated here right?
Here are some things that I think Twitter should consider
1. Have a spell check….I have always been lousy at spelling and using word…Lotus notes etc which automatically give me an alert telling me I have spelled something wrong has made me worse! Having a spell check atleast for people tweeting on the web should not be too difficult to incorporate..what say?
2. Have the facility to password protect tweets-Well ya it may seem to be against the concept of publishing a tweet….but there are chances I want to publish a tweet with my feelings deep inside which I want only me or my selected few friends to read…..what say….wont it be a good feature to have?
3. Have an option to classify/tag tweets- Like we do while blogging…it would be nice to be able to classify tweets under categories like books…feelings….movies……traffic etc…..look back and see relevant tweeps…It would be nice to see what people around the world are reading and tweeting about! What say?
Well that is it from me for now….let me know what you think of these potential add on features….also since I am quite a new bee on Twitter…let me know if some of this can already be done and I don’t know about!
And hey..I don’t know how features on twitter get built…..but I hope someone out there who can do something about it reads this!!
Till then…happy Twittering!!

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IDBI Bank…Hoax Mail

IDBI Bank customers beware….there is a the mail floating….I think it is a hoax mail because
Although the sending mail was: IDBI Bank Ltd <security@idbibank.com it was sent by seixo.ieschandomonte.edu.es.
On clicking on the link…luckily there was a warning flashed telling me it is phishing site..do you want to continue…and ofcourse i did not!

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Here is the mail for eveyone to read…..

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The Fountain Head…By Ayn Rand

EVERYONE I know said they like this book…..but NO ONE could tell me what they liked about the book…!
Well just for the record I HATED the book….I though it did not make much sense….it is 680 pages of convoluted nonsense…..now everyone who I cribbed about the book to while reading it told me why don’t you just drop it…..why take the trouble to read it if you are hating it so much…..well my answer to them was that let me just see how bad it gets….and since everyone who have supposedly completed reading the book has liked it there must be something about it….and and went on to read the entire 680 pages…!
The book has 4 characters and each of them is weirder that the others…its like a competition…who can be more arbid senseless and weird and at the end of 680 pages….the competition is tough….one is worse than the other…
1.Peter Keating- this guy is plain stupid…..god knows why he does not marry Cathreine the girl who is loves….
2.Howard Roark – This guy is kind of interesting…but very extreme….there is nothing in the 680 pages about his background..and why is is what he is…
3.Dominique– She is the weirdest of them all……no sorry…there is stiff competition among the four for the title of the weirdest…..but this chick is the pits….she is supposedly in love with Howard Roark….sleeps with him…but also does everything possible to destroy him! WTH!!??
4.Ellsworth Tooley– This guy was the pits…he has some stupid trip in life which says he can control the world….he writes….and he believes that he has the capability to generate public opinion…and the lousiest plays/ books/buildings are given rave review and people who don’t like it are made to feel stupid…

Well overall…..stupid senseless book….with maybe very few concepts somewhere in between made sense…..but since everyone says it is a wonderful book..people who don’t like it a afraid to say don’t like it for the fear or sounding stupid and out of the crowd……but I am not going to do that…I am going to say exactly what I think about the book….lets see if there are other who agree with me…but were just scared to say anything bad about the legendary Fountain Head by Ayn Rand!
Ps: The book is also about individual against collective….so following those principle…I am that individual who says I HATE THE BOOK….when everyone around me talk about how much they loved it!

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