Saturday, April 29, 2006

Responsibility is the price of greatness.

* The price of greatness is responsibility -- Winston Churchill

* Do not look at small advantages - shoot high and achieve greatness.

* The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself.

* It only takes a single thought to move the world.

* It is not strength, but ambition that drives us.

* It is in the ability to open our eyes and mind where limitless wonders are discovered.

* Take pride in your achievements.

* Winners must have two things: definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.

* Power gravitates to the man who has courage.

* Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

* There is in this world no greater force than the force of a man determined to rise.

* Cherish the gifts of freedom everyday.

* It is the ability to work together which determines success.

* The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

* Have the vision to see beyond the ordinary.

* Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition - in having put forth the best within you.

* Give every challenge your best shot.

* Success is the sweetest when the effort is the hardest.

With Best Wishes, AmmaNana

Success is found in our daily agenda!

The secret of our success is found in our daily agenda!. There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It's up to we to decide what to do with them. LET US make each day our masterpiece.

Excellence is not an act, but a habit. People who feel good about themselves produce great results. The world of tomorrow belongs to the person who has the vision today.

With Love, AmmaNana

Friday, April 21, 2006


Thank you, Dear all, for your exchange of loving mails. Yes! Let us Keep it up!

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.

With Love, Amma-Naana

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Positive Quotes

1] Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice.

2] The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.

3] There’s good in everybody. Boost. Don’t knock.

4] Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.

5] No one needs a smile as much as a person who fails to give one.

6] Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.

7] Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

8] Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

9] Think about your destination, but don’t worry if you wander, because the most important thing is what you’ve learned along the way

10] If it will tarnish someone's reputation, keep it to yourself.

With Love, Amma-Nana

Friday, April 14, 2006

Trans Fats

"What are Trans Fats ?

Trans fats are doubly harmful because they lower HDL (good) cholesterol and raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. In fact, trans fatty acids have an even worse impact on cholesterol levels than diets high in butter, which contain saturated fat. A 2002 report by the Institute of Medicine (a branch of the National Academy of Sciences) concluded that trans fats are not safe to consume in any amount.

Are Trans Fats Bad for Kids?

Trans fats increase the risk for heart disease. Therefore, children who start at age 3 or 4 eating a steady diet of fast food, pop tarts, commercially prepared fish sticks, stick margarine, cake, candy, cookies and microwave popcorn can be expected to get heart disease earlier than kids who are eating foods without trans fats.

While a person may not get heart disease until they are in their 40s, some of our research here at the University of Maryland has shown that kids as young as 8, 9 and 10 already have the high cholesterol and blood fats that clog arteries. By starting healthy eating habits early, parents can help their children avoid heart attacks and stroke.

What Steps can Parents Take?

Model healthy eating behaviors, make healthy choices available.
Try new fruits, vegetables, bean, chicken and other foods and recipes. Cook or prepare food more often as a family. Guard against fatigue because a tired parent can rely too heavily on fast foods or highly processed foods.

Learn how to identify high fat and trans fat foods.

When foods have a label, review the ingredient listing. Avoid foods labeled "hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated canola, soybean or cottonseed oil." The listing order for hydrogenated fats is important; if it is listed first, second, or third, there is a lot of it in the food.
Foods that come from nature won't have trans or hydrogenated fats. Naturally low fat foods are generally the best: fruits of all types, vegetables, chicken, turkey, fish, beans, whole grains, breads and some cereals. These foods can be fixed in fun ways that your children will enjoy.

Learn the categories of foods that are likely to have trans fats:

• Fast foods - fried chicken, biscuits, fried fish sandwiches, French fries, fried apple or other pie desserts
• Donuts, muffins
• Crackers
• Most cookies
• Cake, cake icing, & pie
• Pop tarts
• Microwave popped corn
• Canned biscuits
• International and instant latte coffee beverages parents are more likely to use

Be a smart shopper

• Don't shop when you're hungry because you're more likely to make poor choices and buy on impulse when you shop on an empty stomach. If you take the children with you, give them a satisfying snack before you go. Stand firm in your plans about what you will and will not purchase.
• Shop the perimeter of the store. Most of the processed foods, which contain a lot of trans fats, are on the inner isles of the supermarket.
• Have a plan for quick meals, snacks and lunch items you plan to purchase. Buy foods that you can fix quickly at home such as stir-fry packages, rice or couscous, chicken and salmon you can grill.
• When you do purchase processed foods, choose the lower fat versions of crackers, cereals and desserts.
• Finally, remember that you are responsible for the quality of the foods you bring into the house for your children. Children eat the foods that are available to them."

- Chinna

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Positive Quote of The Day

Virtue means doing the right thing, in relation to the right person, at the right time, to the right extent, in the right manner, and for the right purpose.

Man is made great or small by his own will.

With Love, Amma-Nana

Saturday, April 08, 2006

A Loving Sister`s Letter to her Loving Brother on the Occasion of his trip to US...

Dear Aunty, Uncle & Dear All

Uncle, thank you very much for sharing the letter that I worte to dearest brother Raku. It reminded me the sweet memories with dear Raku and the day he was gettitng ready to start a new journey to USA. Uncle, thank you for preserving the letter and your effort in taking out time and typing the letter. We will preserve this copy in our family collection.

Akkayya & Anupam, thank you for your continous email communication, felt happy to note the details at your end. Akkayya, we saw your pictures they are very nice. We felt happy to know Vikram & Vinod's activities.

Today we came to the office to get some office work done. We are almost done for now and we will go home shortly.

Dear all, have a nice weekend.

With Love,

April 8, 2006

Dearest brother Raku,

We are very proud of you and your achievements. This is a milestone of your life, we wish the entire success dear, in every phase of your life. And we hope you achieve many such milestones in your future ahead.

We all know that you are capable, intelligent, and wise since your childhood. You are responsible and hardworking - brother. Please keep it up. Though I am your elder sister, Raku I learnt many things from you. Your ideas, thoughts and your suggestions proved great help to me, dear brother. Thanks much for all. I look forward for your suggestions in future too.

Raku, I want to say a few words here- as you are staying away from our home, our loving caring parents, please take good care of your health and don’t ever skip the meals. Try to take fruit juices – one hundred percent orange juice with lots of pulp, dry fruits. Please avoid Pepsi and Cokes totally. Be helpful to people around you and be polite which makes all the difference – that helps you to win the heart of the people. Good will of the people is like blessings, so strive to be good to good people and take good care and handle wisely with the bad, O K.

Dear Raku never hesitate to take the help from your near and dear people. Raku remember we are one for all and all for one. Never ever get worried about the difficult things. Be cool. And we are confident about your capabilities and you will always take wise decisions in your walk of life, making your loving parents, loving sister, brother-in-law, and all your near and dear proud of you.

Dear Brother never hesitate to say “ NO” to the things which are not good for the health. Bad habits just start with “ company". My dear Raku, don’t ever give company to bad things. We are pretty confident and we believe that you are strong and courageous enough to say “ NO” to such bad company.

Brother! You have bright future with your exciting academics, colorful career and many many happy things a head.

We are always there for you in all circumstances. Please take care dear,

Mummy and Daddy; Akkaiah and Bava
And all near and dear people.

With Best Wishes...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Pfizer's Recognition of Performance of Dr.AparnaKamalesh

Dear Amma, Nana and Dear All:

Here we are all fine. Felt happy to get emails from you all.
Some of our Pfizer colleagues are visiting us now. We had productive meetings yesterday and today. Our division got an award of excellence for the productivity for year 2005. Kamalesh, I and our division colleagues got a certificate (enclosed) for outstanding performance.

Vikram and Vinod are fine. Vikram and his class mates are preparing for a play for their school spring concert scheduled to happen in May.

Have a nice day all of you!

With love, Yours Aparna

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

How I Work: Bill Gates

"Not much of a paper chase for Microsoft's chairman, who uses a range of digital tools to do business.

Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect, Microsoft, U.S.A.

April 4, 2006: 8:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - It's pretty incredible to look back 30 years to when Microsoft (Research) was starting and realize how work has been transformed. We're finally getting close to what I call the digital workstyle.

If you look at this office, there isn't much paper in it. On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you'll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.

The screen on the left has my list of e-mails. On the center screen is usually the specific e-mail I'm reading and responding to. And my browser is on the right-hand screen. This setup gives me the ability to glance and see what new has come in while I'm working on something, and to bring up a link that's related to an e-mail and look at it while the e-mail is still in front of me.

At Microsoft, e-mail is the medium of choice, more than phone calls, documents, blogs, bulletin boards, or even meetings (voicemails and faxes are actually integrated into our e-mail in-boxes).

I get about 100 e-mails a day. We apply filtering to keep it to that level—e-mail comes straight to me from anyone I've ever corresponded with, anyone from Microsoft, Intel, HP, and all the other partner companies, and anyone I know. And I always see a write-up from my assistant of any other e-mail, from companies that aren't on my permission list or individuals I don't know. That way I know what people are praising us for, what they are complaining about, and what they are asking.

We're at the point now where the challenge isn't how to communicate effectively with e-mail, it's ensuring that you spend your time on the e-mail that matters most. I use tools like "in-box rules" and search folders to mark and group messages based on their content and importance.

I'm not big on to-do lists. Instead, I use e-mail and desktop folders and my online calendar. So when I walk up to my desk, I can focus on the e-mails I've flagged and check the folders that are monitoring particular projects and particular blogs.

Outlook also has a little notification box that comes up in the lower right whenever a new e-mail comes in. We call it the toast. I'm very disciplined about ignoring that unless I see that it's a high-priority topic.

Staying focused is one issue; that's the problem of information overload. The other problem is information underload. Being flooded with information doesn't mean we have the right information or that we're in touch with the right people.

I deal with this by using SharePoint, a tool that creates websites for collaboration on specific projects. These sites contain plans, schedules, discussion boards, and other information, and they can be created by just about anyone in the company with a couple of clicks.

Right now, I'm getting ready for Think Week. In May, I'll go off for a week and read 100 or more papers from Microsoft employees that examine issues related to the company and the future of technology. I've been doing this for over 12 years. It used to be an all-paper process in which I was the only one doing the reading and commenting. Today the whole process is digital and open to the entire company.

I'm now far more efficient in picking the right papers to read, and I can add electronic comments that everyone sees in real time.

Microsoft has more than 50,000 people, so when I'm thinking, "Hey, what's the future of the online payment system?" or "What's a great way to keep track of your memories of your kid?" or any neat new thing, I write it down. Then people can see it and say, "No, you're wrong" or "Did you know about this work being done at such-and-such a place?"

SharePoint puts me in touch with lots of people deep in the organization. It's like having a super-website that lets many people edit and discuss—far more than the standard practice of sending e-mails with enclosures. And it notifies you if anything comes up in an area you're interested in.

Another digital tool that has had a big effect on my productivity is desktop search. It has transformed the way I access information on my PC, on servers, and on the Internet. With larger hard drives and increasing bandwidth, I now have gigabytes of information on my PC and servers in the form of e-mails, documents, media files, contact databases, and so on.

Instead of having to navigate through folders to find that one document where I think a piece of information might be, I simply type search terms into a toolbar and all the e-mails and documents that contain that information are at my fingertips. The same goes for phone numbers and email addresses.

Paper is no longer a big part of my day. I get 90% of my news online, and when I go to a meeting and want to jot things down, I bring my Tablet PC. It's fully synchronized with my office machine so I have all the files I need. It also has a note-taking piece of software called OneNote, so all my notes are in digital form.

The one low-tech piece of equipment still in my office is my whiteboard. I always have nice color pens, and it's great for brainstorming when I'm with other people, and even sometimes by myself.

The whiteboards in some Microsoft offices have the ability to capture an image and send it up to the computer, almost like a huge Tablet PC. I don't have that right now, but probably I'll get a digital whiteboard in the next year. Today, if there's something up there that's brilliant, I just get out my pen and my Tablet PC and recreate it.

Days are often filled with meetings. It's a nice luxury to get some time to go write up my thoughts or follow up on meetings during the day. But sometimes that doesn't happen. So then it's great after the kids go to bed to be able to just sit at home and go through whatever e-mail I didn't get to. If the entire week is very busy, it's the weekend when I'll send the long, thoughtful pieces of e-mail. When people come in Monday morning, they'll see that I've been quite busy— they'll have a lot of e-mail. "

~A News Item shared by Annayya

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Jeevitham Voka Rasa Tharangam - Greetings from Surya Prakash Garu

Thinking "Outside-the-Box"

" Rumor has it that Charles H. Duell, the U.S. Commissioner of Patents, in 1899 once said "Everything that can be invented has been invented." and recommended that the U.S. patent office be closed down. If true, clearly Charles H. Duell had a problem thinking ‘outside-the-box’.

What does it mean to think ‘outside-the-box’? I am sure each one of you has multiple examples and explanations of what this phrase means. Here is one example that I encountered recently. A few days ago, an elementary school teacher gave her students a five-word list each day and asked them to create a sentence for each of those five words. One little girl found a creative approach to the assignment. She first thought of a theme and then created sentences for each of those words that fit within that theme. To me, this demonstrated thinking ‘outside-the-box’ – a thought that acted as an outlier to those offered by her classmates.

To me, thinking ‘outside-the-box’ means not getting bogged down within an existing framework but constantly looking to extend the boundaries and in some sense trying to create new boundaries that seemed impossible before. Any successful person in any industry – be it today or historically – has had the ability to think ‘outside-the-box’ in their field at some point in time.

The high-tech industry has an abundant set of ‘outside-the-box’ examples. One of my favorites is Michael Dell’s approach to the PC industry by focusing on the most efficient delivery mechanism as a way to win the business instead of high-priced research inside the machine.

Another of my favorite examples is Mahatma Gandhi’s approach to getting independence for India using Non-Violence as a core principle. "

~ From Annayya's email.

Monday, April 03, 2006

From Amma-Nana

Link: Seema Bhaashaku Saahitya Gauravam

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.

With Love, Amma-Nana
April 02, 2006

Saturday, April 01, 2006

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today

Don’t find fault; find a remedy!
The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.
Responsibility is the price of greatness.
Our privileges can be no greater than our obligations.
Character is doing, without expecting publicity.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -
they must be felt with the heart.

With Love, Amma-Nana