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The Power of Concentration
Sharpening the needle of concentration requires practice, as everything else in life. Do you go to the gym? If you do, how many times during the week and for how long? Do you study a foreign language? If you do, how much time do you devote to it? Developing concentration is not different; training is required. Even ten minutes a day of concentration exercises will do you good.

The mind does not like discipline and will resist your efforts to discipline it. It loves its freedom more than anything else, and will try to stand in your way to master it, in any way it can. It will cause you to forget to do the exercises, tempt you to postpone performing them or make you feel too lazy. It will find many tricks to stop and disturb you, but you can and must be stronger.

Advice for Practicing
Find a place where you can be alone and undisturbed. You can sit crossed legged on the floor if you can, or on a chair. Sit with your spine erect. Take a few calm deep breaths and then relax your body. Direct the attention to your body, and relax each muscle and part of it.

Sit down to practice for about 10 minutes, and after a few weeks of training, lengthen the time to 15 minutes.

Start with the first exercise, practicing it daily, until you are able to do it without any distractions or forgetfulness, and without thinking about anything else, for at least three minutes. Every time you get distracted, start again, until the 10 or 15 minutes pass away. You have to be honest with yourself, and proceed to the next one, only after you are convinced that you have practiced it correctly and with full concentration.

It does not matter if your concentration is weak now, it can be developed and strengthened like any other ability, through training and investing the necessary time, energy and earnestness.

Concentration exercises
Exercise 1
Take a book and count the words in any one paragraph. Count them again to be sure that you have counted them correctly. Start with one paragraph and when it becomes easier, count the words in a whole page. Perform the counting mentally and only with your eyes, without pointing you finger at each word.

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Something Useful For You To Know

Posted: December 2, 2011 in Useful
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I know that there are people who just hate forwarded mails, but believe me, they prove to be useful many times. And here is one such useful forwarded mail that I got recently, and I thought its worth sharing here. Feel free to add similar useful tips here.

Ants Problem:
Ants hate cucumbers. Keep the skin of cucumbers near the place or ant hole.

To get pure and clean ice:
Boil water first before freezing.

To make the mirror shine:
Clean with spirit.

To remove chewing gum from clothes:
Keep the cloth in the freezer for an hour.

To whiten white clothes:
Soak white clothes in hot water with a slice of lemon for 10 minutes.

To give a shine to hair:
Add one teaspoon of vinegar to hair, then wash hair.

To get maximum juice out of lemons:
Soak lemons in hot water for one hour, and then juice them.

To avoid smell of cabbage while cooking:
Keep a piece of bread on the cabbage in the vessel while cooking.

To avoid tears while cutting onions:
Chew gum.

To boil potatoes quickly:
Skin one potato from one side only before boiling.

To remove ink from clothes:
Put toothpaste on the ink spots generously and let it dry completely, then wash.

To skin sweet potatoes quickly:
Soak in cold water immediately after boiling.

To get rid of mice or rats:
Sprinkle black pepper in places where you find mice or rats. They will run away.

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There are seven disciplines you must develop if you want to achieve all that is possible for you. You can learn these disciplines through practice and repetition until they become automatic.

1. Goal Setting
Every morning, take three to five minutes to write out your top goals in the present tense. Get a spiral notebook for this purpose. By writing out your ten goals at the beginning of each day, you will program them deep into your subconscious mind.

This daily goal writing will activate your mental powers. It will stimulate your mind and make you more alert. Throughout the day, you will see opportunities and possibilities to move more rapidly toward your goals.

2. Planning and Organizing
Take a few minutes, preferably the night before, to plan out every activity of the coming day. Always work from a list. Always think on paper. This is one of the most powerful and important disciplines of all for high performance.

3. Priority Setting
The essence of all time management, personal management, and life management is contained in your ability to set the proper priorities on the use of your time. This is essential for high performance.

4. Concentration on your Highest-Value Activities
Your ability to work single-mindedly on your most important task will contribute as much to your success as any other discipline you can develop.

5. Exercise and Proper Nutrition
Your health is more important than anything else. By disciplining yourself to exercise regularly and to eat carefully, you will promote the highest possible levels of health and fitness throughout your life.

6. Learning and Growth
Your mind is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.

7. Time for Important People in your Life
Relationships are everything. Be sure that in climbing the ladder of success, you do not find it leaning against the wrong building. Build time for your relationships into every day, no matter how busy you get.

Action Exercise
These seven disciplines will ensure that you perform at the highest level and get the greatest satisfaction and results from everything you do. Study these seven disciplines and then make a plan for how you can incorporate each of them into your daily life.

Note: If you feel that some more disciplines can be added to this list, then please free to discuss here.

Well, I know I have been very lazy with my blog these days but I have some valid reasons for that [ Now don’t ask me for more explanation 😉 ] . Anyway, here I am, again, with some useful information which may add up to your GK on our India:

First and Last Indian Governor General of Free India C. Rajgopalachari
First British Governor of India Lord William Bentinck
First British Viceroy of India Lord Canning
First Chairman of Prasar Bharti Nikhil Chakravorty
First Chairman of Rajyasabha S.V. Krishnamurthy
First Chief Election Commissioner of India Sukumar Sen
First Dalit President of India K. R Narayanan
First Deputy Prime Minister Vallabh Bhai Patel
First Doctor to receive Nobel Prize in Medicine Dr.Hargovind Khurana
First Education Minister Abul Kalam Azad
First Ethnic Indian Prime Minister of Fiji Mahendra Chaudhury
First Field Marshal of India General S.P.F.J. Manekshaw
First Foreigner to receive Bharat Ratna Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan
First Governor General of free India Lord Mountbatten
First Home Minister of India Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
First Indian Air chief Marshal S. Mukherjee
First Indian Chess Grandmaster S Vishwnathan
First Indian Chief Justice Justice Hiralal J Kania
First Indian Commander-in- chief General K. M. Kariappa
First Indian Cricketer to score three centuries in three successive matches on debut Mohammed Azaharuddin
First Indian Cricketer to score Triple Century in Test Virendra Sehwag
First Indian Judge of International Court of Justice Dr. Nagendra Singh
First Indian Member of the viceroy’s executive council S.P.Sinha
First Indian Naval Chief Vice Admiral R. D. Katari
First Indian Pilot JRD Tata
First Indian to Cross English Channel Mihir Sen
First Indian to get an Oscar Bhanu Athaiya
First Indian to get Anderson Award Ruskin Bond
First Indian to go in space Squadron Ldr. Rakesh Sharma
First Indian to Join the ICS Satyendra Nath Banerjee
First Indian to reach Antarctica Lt. Ran Charan
First Indian to reach in British Parliament Dada Bhai Naoroji
First Indian to reach the deep sea floor in the Mid Atlantic P.S. Rao
First Indian to reach the south pole Col. I K Bajaj
First Indian to Receive Bharat Ratna Dr. Radha Krishnan
First Indian to receive Jyan Peeth award Sri Shankar Kurup
First Indian to receive Magsaysay Award Vinoba Bhave
First Indian to receive Nobel Prize in Economics Dr. Amartya Sen
First Indian to receive Stalin Prize Saifuddin Kichlu
First Indian to win Nobel Prize Rabindra Nath Tagore
First Judge to face Impeachment proceedings in Loksabha Justice V. Ramaswami
First Muslim President of India Dr. Zakir Hussein
First Muslim President of Indian National congress Badruddin Tayyabji
First person to reach Mount Everest without Oxygen Sherpa Arga Dorji
First person to receive Paramvir Chakra Major Somnath Sharma
First Person to resign from Central Cabinet Shyama Prasad Mukharjee
First President of Indian National Congress W.C. Banerjee
First President of Indian Republic Dr. Rajendra Prasad
First president to die in Office Dr.Zakhir Hussain
First Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru
First Prime Minister to resign without full term Morar Ji Desai
First Speaker of Loksabha Ganesh Vasudeva Mavalankar
First Vice President of India Dr. S. Radhakrishnan

Feel free to add/update any entry if found not correct.

Now it has become easier to get the blood we need, thanks to the initiative taken as part of Airtel’s Corporate Social Responsibility. Airtel has tied up with Jeevan Blood Bank to enable this service.

All you have to do is just type “BLOOD <Needed Blood Group>” and send SMS to 96000 97000

Ex: “BLOOD B+

You will get to know the availability of the blood in Jeevan Blood Bank.

Service available for customers on all networks and toll free for Airtel mobile customers.

Refer Jeevan Blood Bank for more details.

Don’t have access to internet all the time, still dependent on Google search? Don’t worry guys, jus chill..

Here is a way to get Google search results thru mails.. Give it a try..

Just send an e-mail to google@capeclear.com and put the query string in the Subject line.
You will receive the search results as reply to your mail.

Hmmm, now you might be thinking that Google always gives links to other sites and how to get that information, rite? See, I can read your mind.. 😉

Anyways, here is a way to get the contents of an URL. Send another email to web@pagegetter.com and subject should contain the URL whose content has to be fetched..

Kool no.. 8)

Have you ever come across any bad experience with any of the banks in India?? Do the bank officials always behave as if they are the Masters of the planet and don’t reply properly?? Have you lost any money due to ATM faults?? Has money been deducted from your account without information?? Here comes the solution.

Log on to www.bankingombudsman.rbi.org.in

and register your complaint. This is an RBI’s initiative to protect customers’ rights in today’s bank dominated environment. You will get your problem solved soon. Hope you find it useful.

To Access….
Run Command
Accessibility Controls access.cpl
Accessibility Wizard accwiz
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control admintools
Adobe Acrobat (if installed) acrobat
Adobe Designer (if installed) acrodist
Adobe Distiller (if installed) acrodist
Adobe ImageReady (if installed) imageready
Adobe Photoshop (if installed) photoshop
Automatic Updates wuaucpl.cpl
Bluetooth Transfer Wizard fsquirt
Calculator calc
Certificate Manager certmgr.msc
Character Map charmap
Check Disk Utility chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer clipbrd
Command Prompt cmd
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Control Panel control
Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
DDE Shares ddeshare
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)* directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility cleanmgr
Disk Defragment dfrg.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager diskpart

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For Bangaluru people…

Airlines
Domestic Airlines
Air Deccan: 98457-77008
Air Sahara: 25584417
Indian Airlines: 140 / 142 / 25226233
Jet Airways: 25226576 / 25226577 / 25220688 / 25229873
Kingfisher Airlines: 4197 9797
SpiceJet: 1800 180 3333 (BSNL)
GoAir: 1800 222 111 (BSNL)

International Airlines
Air India: 22277747
Air France: 2558 9397
Air New Zealand: 2224 4625
British Airways: 2227 1205
Cathay Pacific: 2226 9745
Delta Airlines: 2227 3439
Gulf Air: 2559 4242
KLM Northwest Airlines: 2226 9854
Kuwait Airways: 2558 6533
Malaysian Airlines: 2212 2991
Quantas Airlines: 2225 8594
Saudi Arabian Airlines: 2227 6614
Singapore Airlines: 2286 7868
South African Airways: 2224 4623
Srilankan Airlines: 2207 5020
Swiss Air: 2286 7873
Thai Airways: 4112 4333
United Airlines: 2224 4620

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Government of India has an online Grievance forum at http://darpg-grievance.nic.in

The government wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like Passport Office, Electricity board, BSNL/MTNL, Railways etc.

I know many people will say that these things don’t work in India , but there is no harm in giving a try in case you have a problem, right?

So use this grievance forum and educate others who don’t know about this facility.

This way we can at least raise our concerns instead of just talking about the ‘System’ in India . Invite your friends to contribute for many such happenings.