Enjoy the rural countryside of India in this video.
The fields of grain and a village fair.
Saturday, 31 July 2010
Enjoy the rural countryside of India in this video.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Earlier it was Nano the world 's cheapest car, now its the world 's cheapest laptop
Looking as stylish as a large i-phone, this $35 “low-cost computing-cum-access device” is a 5/7/9 inch touchscreen gadget.Nokia 5800
Finally realising his dream project, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday launched a $35 computing device that will be made available to ‘learners’ right from primary schools to universities. Aiming at bringing down the price to $10, the Ministry has also begun discussions with global manufacturers to start mass production of arguably the world’s cheapest laptop.
“This is part of the national initiative to take forward inclusive education. The solutions for tomorrow will emerge from India,” said Sibal.
Looking as stylish as a large i-phone, this $35 “low-cost computing-cum-access device” is a 5/7/9 inch touchscreen gadget packed with Internet browsers, PDF reader, video conferencing facilities, open office, sci-lab, media player, remote device management capability, multimedia input-output interface option, and multiple content viewer.
The Linux based device will also have provisions for running on solar power besides the usual battery- operated systems. The Indian Express had first reported that the ministry was set to launch the product.
While the device developed by the HRD Ministry’s teams will come with a smaller memory and no hard disk, the ministry said it would be sufficient for a student’s needs. The Rs 1,500/$35 computing device is expected to first hit higher education institutions — colleges and varsities starting 2011 — but the government could subsidise 50 per cent of this cost, bringing down the price.
( Story taken from Indian Express)
Sure sounds very affordable and accessible to all. But certain questions as raised by my computer expert friend, should be asked about this device.
He shared this comment on my FaceBook link
How big is the hard drive? What type of screen ? What type of Processor? What type of graphics card? and the Type of RAM, including the type of operating system will determine its value. For example; Adobe Premiere Pro (movie editing software) requires 4 GB RAM & Core DUO processor with lots of hard drive space to load up movies to edit.If it were possible to give a laptop same as Dell Inspiron (or something like that) with the configurations that it is now in the market for $20, then Dell will be out of business in a month.The value of a laptop or desk top is determined by what it can do for you.But still very interesting news; and it may bring some prices down...hopefully!"
This is very exciting news. Looks like every child in India will own a computer, it will definitely make a difference. Lets see what its performance is like.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
I indulge in a cup of hot and sweet milky coffee
a few mornings a week
(otherwise I begin my day with
This is when I need a morning kickstart.
In the humidity my coffee powder solidifies and forms chunks.
Even in airtight plastic or
Please can someone advise me how to store coffee
in humid conditions.
Will storing it in the freezer help?
Our lights go off very often
so condensation will take place.
These days our power supply is very uncertain.
Its just so stressful.
Our inverter battery is weak.
So when my mother watches TV
during a shut down we have to switch off
the lights. I keep one fan on
to keep cool.
I don 't know what happened
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Don't expect wisdom to come into your life like great chunks of rock on a conveyor
It isn't like that. It is not dispensed like a prescription across a counter. Wisdom
comes privately from God as a by-product of right decisions, Godly reactions, and
the application of spiritual principles to daily circumstances. -- Charles Swindoll
Watch Ravi Zacharias on Atheism, Suffering and Absolutes.
The following has been taken from Joni E. Tada 's devotional
DO YOU BELIEVE?
Abram believed the Lord and it was credited to him as righteousness.
The panel of disability ministry specialists sat on the platform of the small auditorium.
Two hundred students of Russia's first college for training social workers were
gathered there to hear the specialists talk about disability policies in the United
States. The specialists, as agreed, spent the hour talking about various issues
such as housing, independent living, and employment. They were careful to respect
the wishes of the school by not speaking of their faith but rather focusing on the
issues at hand.
At the end of the presentation, the moderator asked for questions. Several hands
went up but one was most enthusiastic. He stood up and asked a question that shocked
"Do you believe in God?"
The room was silent. Some students looked at the teacher, others nodded encouragement,
eager to hear the answer. The atmosphere became electric as the panelists leaned
forward in their chairs and shared their testimony. The students had come to learn
about human solutions to suffering, but what was on their mind was the most fundamental
of all questions: God.
The essence of humanity, both in society and the individual, is found in how we
answer that question. If we believe in God, it will make a difference in how we
live and learn. It should be asked on a daily basis as we ponder a decision, face
a crisis, undergo a temptation. Our affirmative answer forces us to trust God and
to yield to his way of life. And best of all, God affirms our hearts that he is,
indeed, in control.
Do you believe in God?
Saturday, 24 July 2010
During the cold season a rickshaw wala sought shelter in our church porch. He is a street dweller and usually camps beside his rickshaw with his few possessions .His means of livelihood is ferrying passengers and earning a few rupees everyday. He eats at cheap roadside food stalls and uses public places to wash.
One night someone stole his clothes and blanket an elderly couple in our neighbourhood had given him. We gave him refuge in our compound till he found a safe place to rest.
For us, the surest evidence that the Lord's hand of blessing is upon us comes when others are blessed through us. When we encourage friends and family in the midst of our trials, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God's hand of favor is onus. The best part is that those who are being blessed are at the same time being drawn closer to the Lord.To be blessed by God means being drawn deeper, higher, and further into his heart.Being blessed means feeling his favor, his pleasure, and his delight. It means understanding him in his ways. What a gift to pass on to others!
Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out patients at the clinic.One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. "Why, he's hardly taller than my 8-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw.Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning."He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success; no one seemed to have a room. "I guess it's my face. I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments..."For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: "I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning."I told him we would find him a bed but to rest on the porch. I went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us. "No, thank you. I have plenty." And he held up a brown paper bag.When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes. It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her five children, and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury.He didn't tell it by way of complaint. In fact, every other sentence was prefaced with thanks to God for a blessing. He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer. He thanked God for giving him the strength to keep going.At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for him. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded, and the little man was out on the porch.He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, "Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a chair." He paused a moment and then added, "Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind."I told him he was welcome to come again. And, on his next trip, he arrived a little after 7 in the morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen! He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh. I knew his bus left at 4:00 a.m. and I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.In the years he came to stay overnight with us, there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden. Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk three miles to mail these and knowing how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious.When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning. "Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!"Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice. But, oh!, if only they could have known him, perhaps their illnesses would have been easier to bear. Our family always will be grateful to have known him. From him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.Recently I was visiting a friend, who has a greenhouse, as she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. I thought to myself, "If this were my plant, I'd put it in the loveliest container I had!"My friend changed my mind. "I ran short of pots," she explained, "and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail. It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden."She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven. "Here's an especially beautiful one," God might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman. "He won't mind starting in this small body."All this happened long ago. Now, in God's garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand! "The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7b)
Friday, 23 July 2010
Had a peaceful day today. No major upheavals LOL. Its not raining as much as we want it too. Electricity has been playing truant since the past 2 days. But since this morning my Internet connection has improved.
Do watch this darling video. You will love it
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
This morning I went out on important business and could have been mugged and robbed on the way back. But my Shield and Defender God provided maximum security for me and I reached home safely. He is my Body Guard literally
I was taking a breather after this when an unexpected visitors showed up. Five huge men against two weak women ( mama and me). The meeting could have taken a very ugly and nasty turn had not the Holy Spirit given me the right words to say and wisdom to deal with them. I silently kept praying , at times I felt they were not going to leave. We kept talking for nearly 2 hours and they left.
One of them is going to come to see me tomorrow morning to talk about a certain matter.
I promised to help him as best I can.
Please pray for me. We need God' s protection and wisdom and the right words to say. Pray for these men too . That God may wash away the enmity which has taken root in their hearts for each other (they are cousins and brothers) and us too, even my Pastor.
As Goliath reared his monstrous head, I picked up God' s 5 stones to confront him.
PS The the evening we had a cool refreshing shower. Praise God!
Monday, 19 July 2010
At about noon time loud party music wafted through our neighbourhood making me wonder who was getting married in broad daylight. Most weddings take place in the evening. Jags came and told us that a new store was being inaugurated by film actress Juhi Chawla (photo above) and thence all the commotion. He (from a rural background) could not understand the logic of inviting a famous celebrity to cut the ribbon and spending such a lot on her travel, hospitality, security and traffic restrictions. He wondered why could they not ask a local fella or HER Mom and Dad (age is revered in India) to do it instead. I could not explain fashion icons and celebrities to him. They are not a poor semi literate man' s dreams. He looks upon millionaires with great disdain.
Anyway, Juhi Chawla came and did the honors. She could be the brand ambassador of this company. I like her a lot so I decided to visit the store in the evening.
Giant TV and cameras of all sorts.
I love this story from Max Lucado
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Sunday morning dawned warm and sultry and had visitors at church from the neighbouring city of Varanasi. They drove two and half hours at dawn to get here. We welcomed them with breakfast, which Pastor and his wife served them.
Just I wa s getting ready for church a group of our relatives showed up. They visit occasionally and were here to attend church . Mama chatted with them as I got ready. I called her in to change my (boil) dressing.
Church was very nice. The seminary students have returned from the holidays so we had good attendance. (my mobile photo showing the visitors, I forgot to carry my digital camera)
A husband and wife shared their testimony. Nirja (wife) belongs to a Hindu family. She accepted Christ as a student. Her family forcibly got her married to a Hindu man. She took Jesus ' promise :I will leave you nor forsake you even to the ends of the earth. She said,"Lord you are with me even as I am going into this non-Christian milieu".
Her husband and in-laws opposed her Christian beliefs. But they were impressed by her life and prayers. Later on her husband and entire family became Christians.
Her husband told us that for 16 years he worked in BHU (-it is Asia 's largest university) as a non-permanent employee, but he received God' s blessing and now his job is permanent, which means a lot in India. He is a musician and used to sing in pop bands, but now he uses his talents for the Lord. They sang a lovely song too.
After church we got to know our visitors better and discussed ministry possibilities with them. Our Pastor 's wife had prepared a nice chicken curry for lunch. While she was cooking the rice and fresh green peas pilaf, Nirja and I helped with the salad as all three of us chatted in the kitchen.
After lunch we bid farewell to our guests.
P.S. Other news
Today the pain (boil) is much less. Otherwise I was thinking would not be able to attend church.
Tonight I am going to watch the movie"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" on HBO
Another prayer request.
Late Aunt Virginia 's creditors are knocking at my door. I have stalled till Wednesday. I also have to pay a big electricity bill.We live by faith and mama's small pension.
GOD WILL PROVIDE.HE IS OUR JEHOVAH JIREH.
Friday, 16 July 2010
Thursday, 15 July 2010
A stray dog was found wandering behind the house and Sheeba did a 'charge of the Light Brigade" unisol (Universal Soldier) type of thing. The feral dog was no Miss Tootsie, he charged back . Sheeba was taken aback as she is a very gentle peaceful animal. The wild dog got a mouthful of her fur before she rushed indoors encouraged by my frantic screaming.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
We had from light to moderate rain throughout the day.
Temperature came down and the humidity too.
At 3 in the afternoon the sky was black with clouds
and with a cool breeze blowing
Sheeba and I sat out on the porch
enjoying the moment.
It good to see nature washed and clean.
So glad there won' t be any shortage
Monday, 12 July 2010
There is a cool breeze blowing tonight. Anticipaing precipitation
Y Viva Espana. Song of the day. We loved it as schoolkids.
Sunday, 11 July 2010
When the Israelites defeated the Philistines, the prophet Samuel raised a memorial to commemorate the victory. He named it Ebenezer, which means "stone of help." It was to remind everyone, including Samuel, that God was their help.
From the beginning, God has sealed special events with some kind of physical memorial.He gave Noah a rainbow.
Look for the memorials, the stones of remembrances in your life. Whatever they are- perhaps a ring, a family Bible, a pair of crutches, a pebble you picked up during a journey - they can be anchors to your soul. When pain becomes severe or sorrow crushing, you can remind yourself of that memorial set in place in a time of greater strength, and you can pray, "Oh, God, keep me faithful to that." Then rest your heart on the faithfulness of the One who has given you help in the past, that One who helped you raise the stone of remembrance in the first place.
God, your understanding of us is so great. You know that we need visible reminders of your faithfulness. Show me what reminders I can establish in my life that will stand in the face of all the future might bring.