The ubiquitous Candle

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Merriam-Webster defines Ubiquitous as "existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread ".. If you are wondering why I would use this word in relating to something seemingly mundane like "Candle", then think again.. Whether it is made of whale fat, beeswax, tallow or paraffin, the candle is a versatile item that is present in almost every household.. White, red, black, yellow, green.....................................you name the color and there is a candle in that color.. Candles play a big role in our lives, whether young or old......... Here's how.. 1st or 100th birthday party..?? Bring them candles, stick them in the cake, blow them out, eat and be merry.. Power Failure..?? Bring out the candles and bring light back into your life.. Fancy some romance..?? Why…
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Value – untaught lessons from my parents

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Age has some advantages and one such advantage is that it brings wisdom alongwith it (albeit not to everyone).. I would like to think that I am one of the lucky few.. Growing up in a low to middle class family in Chennai, India (when India wasn't an economic powerhouse as it is now) living with my dad, mom and 3 sisters,  I was exposed to several things that goes on in a middle class household.. But I didn't realise, understand, grasp or learn about the value of these things much much later in my older years.. Looking back at the many untaught lessons from my parents, I realised that there is one important thing that I have learned and that is Value.. Whether it related to the value of…
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Graceful – the way I see it..

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Graceful - one of the few words that immediately sets your mind racing in search of people to match to it.. This word instantly evokes images of an artistic, smooth, neat, clean and apparently seamless and effortless execution whether it relates to sports or movies.. Not getting the picture..?? Ok, with this word in mind, imagine the performances of A Ronaldinho or a Messi in Soccer A Florence Griffith Joyner in Athletics A Ernie Els or Michelle Wie in Golf A Julia Roberts or Gene Kelly in the Movies A Rudolf Nureyev in the Ballet Now you get the picture.. :) But this word can also apply to inanimate objects like An Aston Martin Vanquish or a Rolls Royce Wraith :) As we say in India, "Ahaaaaa, what a feeling"..…
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Test

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Test - a word that has many connotations and could be a noun or a verb.. But for me, there is one thing that will always stand out most when I hear the word TEST.. It started on bus trip with some people from Germany who were visiting our company in South Africa.. This was a business delegation who were visiting a game reserve on their week-end break.. On the trip we discussed many things and eventually the topic turned to sports and Cricket.. As you may have realised, Cricket as a sport was practiced and played in all Commonwealth nations (all former British colonies).. Since my guests were from Germany, none of them had any idea whatsoever about cricket and how it is played and the rules of the…
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In honor of the man who could not cry – Bono’s tribute to Nelson Mandela

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I have reproduced a moving tribute article from Bono about Nelson Mandela published in Time World.. The best tribute about Mandela I have read thus far..Thought i should share.. Bono Honors The Man Who Could Not Cry Humor, humility and the ability to compromise were the marks of the man As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort. And he’s been a big part of the Irish consciousness even longer than that. Irish people related all too easily to the subjugation of ethnic majorities. From our point of view, the question as to how bloody South Africa would have…
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