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Having lived a reasonably contented life, I was musing over what a person should strive for to achieve happiness. I drew up a list of a few essentials which I put forward for the readers’ appraisal.

First and foremost is good health. If you do not enjoy good health you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct from your happiness.

Second, a healthy bank balance. It need not run into crores but should be enough to provide for creature comforts and something to spare for recreation, like eating out, going to the pictures, travelling or going on holidays on the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be only demoralizing. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one’s own eyes.

Third, a home of your own. Rented premises can never give you the snug feeling of a nest which is yours for keeps that a home provides: if it has a garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and blossom, cultivate a sense of kinship with them.

Fourth, an understanding companion, be it your spouse or a friend. If there are too many misunderstandings, they will rob you of your peace of mind. It is better to be divorced than to bicker all the time.

Fifth, lack of envy towards those who have done better than you in life — risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy can be very corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.

Sixth, do not allow other people to descend on you for gup-shup. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.

Seventh, cultivate some hobbies which can bring you a sense of fulfilment, such as gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks or to meet celebrities is criminal waste of time.

Eighth, every morning and evening, devote 15 minutes to introspection. In the morning, 10 minutes should be spent on stilling the mind and then five in listing things you have to do that day. In the evening, five minutes to still the mind again, and ten to go over what you had undertaken to do.

Nathaniel Cotton (1721-1788) summed up my views on the subject in one verse: If solid happiness we prize,/ Within our breast this jewel lies;/ And they are fools who roam:/ The world has nothing to bestow;/ From our own selves our joys must flow/ And that dear hut, — our home.


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ઓગસ્ટ 27, 2010 at 5:44 પી એમ(pm) Leave a comment

Buddha’s Advice (via विलास कडून.. / વિલાસ તરફથી..)

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Buddha's Advice to Calm a Disturbed Mind Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers.. This was in the initial days. While they were traveling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, "I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there."   The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that right at that moment, a bullock cart started cro … Read More

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ઓગસ્ટ 25, 2010 at 5:50 પી એમ(pm) Leave a comment

કાયમી મુકામ [ ગઝલ – કાવ્ય ] (via પ્રહલાદ પ્રજાપતિ)

કાયમી મુકામ [ ગઝલ – કાવ્ય ] ===================== હારેલા ઉમેદવાર જેમ નહી, કોડીલા વરરાજા ની જેમ સ્વાસો કરો તૈયારી વાજતે ગાજતે જાન માંડવે એમ ખાલીપો આવી રહ્યો, મરશિયાં ગવાય ફટાણાં જેમ શેહેરમાં જગાની જરુર છે,ખાલી કરો ભાડુઆત એમ સ્વજનોની સગાઈ ની સિમાઓ કુદવાની કરો તૈયારી સમેટો પથારી,ગાદી તકીયા સહીત મીલકત ાઅમારી ાઅહી તુફાન ૂઉઠવા પહેલાંના ાઅણસાર રહ્યા ધસી ને ાઅવસર મ્હાલવનાં ઘરેણાં પહેરવાની કરો તૈયારી ાઅહી કાયમી ઘર બાંધવાના પ્રોજેક્ટ માં પરોવાયા છો ને એની … Read More

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ઓગસ્ટ 20, 2010 at 3:06 એ એમ (am) Leave a comment



WILL is a legal declaration of the intention of the Testator (Writer of Will) with respect to his own property (NOT ANCESTRAL) which he desires to be carried into effect after one’s death. It is revocable by Testator at any time during his lifetime. However, a registered WILL can be revoked by subsequent registered WILL only. A person writing WILL does a great service to his family and loved ones. There is no stamp duty for immovable property transferred through WILL. It is the prerogative of the person having property to distribute and disinherit anyone from his assets in the manner he considers appropriate and just. There is definite advantage at preparing WILL in comparison with not preparing a WILL.
When head of family is alive, one always says that my children are very good, obedient etc. and would never fight for property. In today’s materialistic world, all such values have disappeared. Everyone is for own family and interest and don’t underestimate the power of spouse of your son and daughter who often make brothers and sisters to fight for paternal property in courts. Hence, decide now the division of your property by writing and registering same before area SDM.


ઓગસ્ટ 19, 2010 at 2:30 પી એમ(pm) Leave a comment

We all have to go one day

We all have to go one day. Why not make it easier for those we leave behind to deal with the procedures to be followed after us a little easier?
Whilst dealing with some of the ESM cases and others that I have seen I thought I should bring up a check list of what one should do well in time whilst we are in our full senses and mentally stable, before our Date of Expiry which we don’t really know.
All are welcome to pass on suggestions to make the list more comprehensive.



ઓગસ્ટ 19, 2010 at 2:30 પી એમ(pm) Leave a comment


Endorsement of Family Pension and Age of Spouse in Pension in Payment Order (PPO).
1. Please check if your PPO contains an endorsement giving the name and age of the
spouse and details of ordinary family pension. If it does not, at the earliest make out an application in triplicate as per specimen at Appx A and send it to the agency that had issued the PPO -CDA (Pensions) Allahabad/ CDA AF , Subroto Park, New Delhi 110010- through Dte of PP&R, Air HQ for officers/AFRO-NERW for other ranks. Make sure to attach all supporting documents and duly attested joint photograph as indicated in the specimen. Keep a copy the application in the master folder that you will be making for the spouse for follow up action if necessary in case the endorsement is not received during your life time. (વધુ…)

ઓગસ્ટ 19, 2010 at 2:29 પી એમ(pm) Leave a comment

Don’t waste your money on calcium supplements.- ALsears,MD

If you’re taking them hoping to build strong bones and avoid osteoporosis you’ll be let down on both fronts.
Doctors and drug companies push the idea that the best way to treat and prevent osteoporosis is by taking lots of calcium. This simply isn’t true.
Osteoporosis isn’t caused by a lack of calcium.
Studies come to the same conclusion: calcium intake does not prevent fractures due to bone loss.
The Harvard Nurses’ Study is one of the most complete and well-conducted studies in science. The study followed 77,761 nurses. For 12 years, researchers examined the association between dietary calcium and bone fractures.
Results showed there was no protection from fractures with any dose of calcium intake. Nurses who had the highest calcium intakes actually had an increased risk of bone fracture. (વધુ…)

ઓગસ્ટ 10, 2010 at 2:06 પી એમ(pm) 2 comments

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