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A father passing by his teenage daughter’s bedroom
was  astonished to see the bed was nicely made and

Everything was neat and tidy. Then he saw an envelope

propped up prominently on the centre of the pillow. It

was addressed “Dad”.

With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope and

read the letter with trembling hands:-

Dear Dad,

It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing

you, but I’m leaving home. I had to elope with my new

boyfriend  Saim because I wanted to avoid a scene with

Mom and you.

I’ve been finding real passion with Saim and he is so

nice to me. I know when you meet him you’ll like him

too – even with all his piercing, tattoos, and

motorcycle clothes.

But it’s not only the passion Dad, I’m pregnant and

Saim said that he wants me to have the kid and that we

can be very happy together. Even though Saim is much

older than me (anyway, 42 isn’t so old these days is

it?), and has no money, really these things shouldn’t

stand in the way of our relationship, don’t you agree?

Saim has a great CD collection; he already owns a

trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for

the whole winter.
It’s true he has other girlfriends as well but I know

he’ll be faithful to me in his own way. He wants to

have many more children with me and that’s now one of

my dreams too.

Saim taught me that marijuana doesn’t really hurt

anyone and he’ll be growing it for us and we’ll trade

it with our friends for all the cocaine and ecstasy we

want. In the meantime, we’ll pray that science will

find a cure for AIDS so Saim can get better; he sure

deserves it!!
Don’t worry Dad, I’m 15 years old now and I know how

to take care of myself. Someday I’m sure we’ll be back

to visit so you can get to know your grandchildren.

Your loving daughter,

Rosie.

At the bottom of the page were the letters “PTO”.

Hands still trembling, her father turned the sheet,

and read:

PS: Dad, none of the above is true. I’m over at the

neighbour’s house. I just wanted to remind you that   there are worse things in life than my report card

that’s in my desk centre drawer.

Please sign it and call when it is safe for me to come

home.

I love you!

IPL 2010 Schedule
Date                                 Teams                                                                                Venue                              Time

March – 2010
12th March     Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 1st Match     Navi Mumbai     08:00 p.m IST
13th March     Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals- 2nd Match     Mumbai     03:00 p.m IST
13th March     Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab – 3rd Match     Mohali     08:00 p.m IST
14th March     Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 4th Match     Kolkata     04:00 p.m IST
14th March     Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers – 5th Match     Chennai     08:00 p.m IST
15th March     Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals – 06th Match     Ahmedabad     08:00 p.m IST
16th March     Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kings XI Punjab – 07th Match     Bangalore     04:00 p.m IST
16th March     Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 08th Match    Kolkata     08:00 p.m IST
17th March     Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians – 09th Match     Delhi     08:00 p.m IST
18th March     Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Rajasthan Royals – 10th Match     Bangalore     08:00 p.m IST
19th March     Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils – 11th Match     Delhi     04:00 p.m IST
19th March     Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab – 12th Match    Cuttack     08:00 p.m IST
20th March     Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals – 13th Match     Ahmedabad     04:00 p.m IST
20th March     Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Mumbai Indians – 14th Match     Mumbai     08:00 p.m IST
21st March     Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils – 15th Match     Cuttack     04:00 p.m IST
21st March     Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab – 16th Match     Chennai     08:00 p.m IST
22nd March     Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians – 17th Match     Mumbai     08:00 p.m IST
23rd March     Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Chennai Super Kings – 18th Match     Bangalore     08:00 p.m IST
24th March     Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals – 19th Match     Mohali     08:00 p.m IST
25th March     Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Delhi Daredevils – 20th Match     Bangalore     04:00 p.m IST
25th March     Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians – 21st Match     Mumbai     08:00 p.m IST
26th March     Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals – 22nd Match     Ahmedabad     08:00 p.m IST
27th March     Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 23rd Match     Mohali     08:00 p.m IST
28th March     Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals – 24th Match     Ahmedabad     04:00 p.m IST
28th March     Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians – 25th Match     Navi Mumbai     08:00 p.m IST
29th March     Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 26th Match     Delhi     08:00 p.m IST
30th March     Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians – 27th Match    Mumbai     08:00 p.m IST
31st March     Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Chennai Super Kings – 28th Match     Chennai     04:00 p.m IST
31st March     Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils – 29th Match     Delhi     08:00 p.m IST

April – 2010
01st April     Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers – 30th Match     Kolkata     08:00 p.m IST
02nd April     Kings XI Punjab vs Bangalore Royal Challengers – 31st Match     Mohali     08:00 p.m IST
03rd April     Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings – 32nd Match    Chennai     04:00 p.m IST
03rd April     Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers – 33rd Match     Mumbai     08:00 p.m IST
04th April     Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab – 34th Match     Kolkata     04:00 p.m IST
04th April     Delhi Daredevils vs Bangalore Royal Challengers – 35th Match    Delhi     08:00 p.m IST
05th April     Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers – 36th Match     Nagpur     08:00 p.m IST
06th April     Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings – 37th Match    Chennai     08:00 p.m IST
07th April     Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab – 38th Match     Jaipur     04:00 p.m IST
07th April     Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils – 39th Match     Kolkata     08:00 p.m IST
08th April     Deccan Chargers vs Bangalore Royal Challengers – 40th Match     Bangalore     08:00 p.m IST
09th April     Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab – 41st Match     Mohali     08:00 p.m IST
10th April     Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings – 42nd Match    Nagpur     04:00 p.m IST
10th April     Kolkata Knight Riders vs Bangalore Royal Challengers – 43rd Match    Bangalore     08:00 p.m IST
11th April     Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils – 44th Match    Delhi     04:00 p.m IST
11th April     Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians – 45th Match     Jaipur     08:00 p.m IST
12th April     Deccan Chargers vs Bangalore Royal Challengers – 46th Match     Nagpur     08:00 p.m IST
13th April     Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils – 47th Match     Mumbai     04:00 p.m IST
13th April     Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings – 48th Match     Chennai     08:00 p.m IST
14th April     Rajasthan Royals vs Bangalore Royal Challengers – 49th Match    Jaipur     08:00 p.m IST
15th April     Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings – 50th Match     Chennai     08:00 p.m IST
16th April     Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers – 51st Match     Dharamshala     08:00 p.m IST
17th April     Mumbai Indians vs Bangalore Royal Challengers – 52nd Match     Bangalore     04:00 p.m IST
17th April     Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 53rd Match    Kolkata     08:00 p.m IST
18th April     Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings – 54th Match     Dharamshala     04:00 p.m IST
18th April     Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers- 55th Match    Delhi     08:00 p.m IST
19th April     Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 56th Match     Kolkata     08:00 p.m IST

Semi Finals

21st April     1st Semi Final Match – Team 1 vs Team 2 – 57th Match     Bangalore     08:00 p.m IST
22nd April     2nd Semi Final Match – Team 3 vs Team 4 – 58th Match     Bangalore     08:00 p.m IST
24th April     Play-off for 3rd Place – Team A vs Team B – 59th Match     Navi Mumbai     08:00 p.m IST

Final
25th April     IPL 2010 Final Match – Team 1 vs Team 2 – 60th Match     Navi Mumbai     08:00 p.m IST

We use Google many times a day, a big part of
answering work questions, doing research, or otherwise finding
information online. This search engine became a mainstream tool partly
because of its simple, powerful results. But hidden, advanced
techniques can get you better information with less hunting.

And searches: If you’re familiar with Boolean search
operators, Google uses “and” to include every listed term. Google also
weights the first terms more than the last, so type them in the order
of importance. If you include a common word, such as “the,” or “1,”
it’ll ignore that term. Be sure to manually add that item by adding “+”
directly in front, without a space. (Additionally, you can put
quotation marks around a full phrase to specific that exact string.)

And not searches: Google’s advanced search page can omit
results containing certain words, but you can do the same thing in a
standard search. Just type “-[your word]” to toss undesired results, such as the full search term “bass fishing –music”.

Search specific sites: Google often gives better results than a
site’s built-in search function. Or avoid hunting for that little box
on an unknown site. Just type your search term and then add “site:[domain name]”, such as “Google Searching Tips site:santabanta.com“.

Make conversions: Convert all sorts of units, including weight,
currency, and distance. Type the known item, “in”, and the unknown
unit, such as “10 km in miles” or “100 degree celsius in fahrenheit”.

Track packages: Just enter a shipper’s tracking number to get tracking results and links for major delivery companies.

Dictionary and spellcheck: Often handier than reaching for
another reference–or searching for one–Google can look up definitions
and spellings. Define words by typing “define:[word or phrase]” such as
“define:maverick”. Spellcheck just by typing your guess as the search
term, and see if Google asks if you meant something else

I had three friends. Eric, Cathlyn, Carol.
Eric was chased by all the girls in our high school.
Cathlyn was one of those popular girls.
Cheerleader, sexy, and stylish.
Carol was just one of those plain and average girls .
Cathlyn and Carol were both totally crazy and wacko over Eric.
Cathlyn didn’t have to do anything to attract Eric.
For she was already attractive enough.
Carol on the other hand, showered Eric which love and care.
Carol wasn’t ugly at all.
In fact, she looked sweet and pleasant.
But she wasn’t a cheerleader, she didn’t were spaghetti-straps or tubes.
So like everyone expected, Eric chose Cathlyn.
For Carol was just one ordinary and plain girl.
While Cathlyn was labele d as the cool and attractive type.
Eric always insulted Carol.
Telling her what a ‘Plain Jane’ she was.
And how dumb she looked.
Which obviously made Carol feel so hurt and useless.
That’s life. Carol never gave up though.
She wanted to prove something to Eric.
She wanted to prove that looks aren’t everything.
She studied hard, really hard.
She became the top girl, and all the guys who once ignored her, chased her.
But she never forgot Eric.
Everyday, she put a red rose in Eric’s locker.
Always with the same words.
‘I care for you, and I always will’
Because she knew that Eric was facing a hard time.
Eric began to realise.
How dumb he had been.
His beloved girlfriend, Cathlyn.
Was flirting with other guys.
He regretted for choosing the wrong girl.
Cathlyn broke up with Eric later.
For she had found a wealthier guy.
Eric felt so cheated, stupid and dumb.
He went to look for Carol.
He knelt on his knees, and said.
“Carol, please forgive me. Do you want to be my girlfriend?”
Carol rejected him, much to everyone’s surprise.
She only uttered these words.
“You’ve suffered a great loss, so I don’t want you to face
another one”
Eric felt disappointed.
He didn’t understand a word that she said to him.
But they became good friends.
Did everything together.
Eric began to change into someone better.
Because Carol showered him with the love he never experienced before.
His ex-girlfriends had never treated him that way.
They just accepted him for his looks.
But Carol accepted him for himself .
She changed him.
Carol continued putting a red rose into his locker everyday.
With the same words. She never forgot.
One day, Carol didn’t turn up in school.
She didn’t come for a week.
At first, Eric thought that she was on a vacation with her family.
Because she told him that she would be going Hawaii with them.
But one day. He received a call from the General Hospital.
Saying that Carol was about to die.
She had been suffering from cancer.
But Carol forbade them from telling him.
Because she didn’t want Eric to worry about her.
But now that she was about to die.
She wanted to see Eric for the last time.
Eric rushed to the hospital.
When he saw how weak Carol was.
Tears began rushing down his cheeks.
He whispered.
“Why didn’t you tell me earlier? Why did you hide this from me?”
She looked at him . And smiled weakly at him.
“When I said that I didn’t want you to suffer from facing another loss, I meant this. I didn’t want to tell you because I didn’t want you to worry. I wanted to spend my last days with you cheerfully.” Eric looked at her.
“You can’t leave me!” he said.
“What will I be without you?”
“You’ll be who you are now. I will always be there by your side. Never forget that. Cherish those times. Live life happily. And one more thing.”
“Yes?” “I love you” And she died. Eric screamed.
He still couldn’t accept Carol’s death.
He had only spent a month with Carol.
A month. But Carol changed his life in a way.
A way that no one could ever explain. He regretted.
But he knew that Carol would always be keeping an eye on him from Heaven.

Sometimes We just don’t appreciate those people who really care for us.
Until they leave us. Until we lose them. Then we regret.
Outer beauty doesn’t matter; it’s the inner one that counts.
It’s better to tell someone how much you love them.
Rather than to not tell them and lose them without telling them.
You’ll regret Love is. When we fight till the very last minute.
Just to show and tell someone how much we love them.

9 lessons in Balance, Love, and Leadership

from a guy who’s even busier than you are..

Name: Barack Obama

Occupation: Next president of the United States

The
President-Elect reveals what he belives, where he comes from and what
he can teach us. Use his advice to advance ur career, health &
fitness no matter who u vited for…

Lesson 1: Learn from your father, even if he wasn’t a good one

Barack Obama’s life story, starting with his father’s departure when he
was 2 years old, is the equivalent of a doctoral program in
abandonment, dislocation, and healing. And the last of these can come
about only when you truly come to terms with the first two. As Obama’s
memoir, Dreams from My Father, makes abundantly clear, he was one
twentysomething who took the time to understand exactly what it meant
that his father left the family.

“I would like to think that most of the issues related to my
father have been resolved,” he says, pointedly. “That’s part of what
writing Dreams from My Father was about:
understanding him, his own personal tragedy. He wasn’t a presence in my
life, he was an idea that I had to wrestle with for a long time.

Somebody once said that every man is either trying to live up to his dad’s expectations or make up for his dad’s mistakes.
And I’m sure I was doing a little bit of both. But I feel that
somewhere in my late 20s or early 30s I sort of figured out what his
absence had meant. It is part of what I think has made me a pretty good
dad. I don’t think it would have too much of an impact on my
decision-making as president. There’s no doubt that it has contributed
to my drive. I might not be here had it not been for that absent father
prodding me early in life.”

Lesson 2: Be there for your family, even if you’re not around

We wondered if his wife, Michelle, and their two children, Malia and
Sasha, might join him on the day’s trip, to participate in the
blow-out-the-candles moment. But Obama had boarded the plane with
Secret Service and campaign staffers, not family members. So he himself
is something of an absentee father on his big day.

“Yesterday was the birthday celebration,” he tells. “We get everything
in, just not always on schedule when it’s supposed to happen. Yesterday
I sat on a lounge chair in a friend’s backyard, watching my girls and
Michelle dance. It was as nice a moment as I’ve had in a long time.

I don’t miss the important things. I haven’t missed a dance
recital. I haven’t missed a parent-teacher conference. But there are
some things I do miss, and those are some of the tradeoffs you make
.

“But, look, there’s no question there are sacrifices involved here. I’d like to say that quality time replaces quantity, but sometimes it doesn’t.
You know, a lot of the best moments of family life happen
spontaneously. If you have less time to devote to them, there are fewer
of those moments. What I’ve been able to do is create a zone of
normalcy for my kids. Michelle’s been wonderful about that. I have been
able to transmit to them my absolute interest in them and my absolute
love for them.”

Lesson 3: Make the future your focus

Another loss in the Obama family: the way a child’s life changes in the
glare of campaign lights. The senator notes that his daughters were
young — 5 and 8 — when he had to explain the upheaval that was about
to shake their family. He may as well have been talking about his plans
to file income taxes. The kids cut to the really important stuff:
“Their main concern was, ‘When are we going to get a dog?’ They did ask
about what they called ‘secret people,’ which were the Secret Service
folks. ‘Are we going to have to have these people with sunglasses and
earpieces following us around all the time?’ And I told them, well, not
right away. They’ve adjusted wonderfully. And I’ve tried to make sure
that they haven’t had to participate too much in the political process.

“The pledge is” — he can’t help making campaign promises, even to his kids — “they’ll get their dog, win or lose.”

Lesson 4: Turn early lessons into big successes

Sarah Palin might not be too impressed with Obama’s days as a
community organizer, but he built that modest beginning — putting
together coalitions of voters across Chicago — into the current
grass-roots organization that’s unlike anything our electoral process
has ever seen
. It’s a classic example of applying a lesson learned on a small scale to the biggest challenge of a lifetime.

Clearly, he knows how to manage groups. By the time your outfit has its own plane, it’d better have a solid pilot.

“I’m part of an organization,” he says, “and one of the things I really
try to push in the organization is to make sure that everybody is
focused on the two or three things that are really going to be game
changers. I ask them to design my schedule in a way that focuses not
just on what’s coming at us, but on being active instead of reactive. I
think we’ve been pretty successful. I don’t spend a lot of time
returning phone calls or e-mails. If somebody needs something, most of
the time there’s somebody else who can handle it. Eliminating TV has
been helpful.” Wait, a confession: “I’m still a ****er for
SportsCenter,” he notes.

The goal of his organization, he says, is to clear time for job number
1: “The most difficult thing is to carve out time to think, which is
probably the most important time for somebody who’s trying to shift an
organization, or in this case, the country, as opposed to doing the
same things that have been done before. And I find that time slips
away.”

Lesson 5: The government isn’t your nursemaid

The organization theme comes up again when I raise a pet peeve of this
magazine: That the U.S. government maintains at least seven offices
devoted to women’s health, but no office of men’s health. This despite
the fact that men die earlier than women do of heart disease, stroke,
and cancer. I’m hoping to enlist him in the battle.

Nothing doing.

“I’m not sure we need an office,” he says. “We need to have an
awareness built in throughout various agencies charged with improving
health. I’ll give you a specific example. My grandfather died of
prostate cancer. As
men age, regular checkups are critical. But it’s hard to get them to go
in for that mildly unpleasant checkup. Increasing awareness of the
difference it could make shouldn’t just be the activity of the
Department of Health and Human Services.”

And then he launches into a story involving a friend of his. It’s a
theme he returns to again and again as we talk: a world peopled with
friends who taught him lessons, reminded him of what was important,
reproached him in a useful way.

“A good friend of mine who was the head of the Illinois department of
public health designed this wonderful program targeting black men,
where health information was provided through barbershops. The idea was
that a lot of black men underutilize doctors and don’t talk about
health much. But they go to the barbershop, and that’s where they kind
of let loose. The department designed programs where clinics at
different barbershops would provide various health screenings, talk
about prevention. Those kinds of strategies have to be developed and
targeted, perhaps, because a
lot of the time we’re more resistant to going to doctors. That kind of
thinking should be embedded in a lot of the work we’re doing.”

Lesson 6: Quit smoking (as often as you need to)

For all of Obama’s physical credentials, he’s carried around the
ultimate health taboo — smoking — for most of his adult life. And he
inhaled, all right. Then word came that he’d quit smoking.

“There wasn’t some dramatic moment,” he says. “Michelle had been
putting pressure on me for a while. I was never really a heavy smoker.
Probably at my peak I was smoking seven or eight a day. More typical
was three. So it wasn’t a huge challenge with huge withdrawal symptoms.
There have been a couple of times during the campaign when I fell off
the wagon and bummed one, and I had to kick it again. But I figure,
seeing as I’m running for president, I need to cut myself a little
slack.”

He does have advice for people, like him, who are wrestling with the dependency. “Eliminate
certain key connections — that first cigarette in the morning, or
after a meal, or with a drink. If you can eliminate those triggers,
that should help.”

Lesson 7: Show others the way to common ground

When you’re a Kenya-Kansas hybrid, you either drive yourself nuts
trying to sort out your identity or you find common ground among
opposites. By all accounts, that nose for synthesis is why Obama’s
classmates selected him to be president of the Harvard Law Review.
Neither the liberals nor the conservatives had the votes to elect their
chosen candidate. But in Obama, both groups saw a guy who would give
their side a fair shake. And he did.

Years later, Robert Putnam, a social scientist and political theorist,
hosted seminars at Harvard’s Kennedy School on how to rebuild the
country’s broken sense of community. He recruited an obscure Illinois
state senator named Barack Obama to participate, along with bank
presidents, entrepreneurs, and such better-known figures as
religious-right strategist Ralph Reed and former Clintonista George
Stephanopoulos.

“Barack Obama was one of the youngest in the group,” Putnam told me. “At
the beginning of our sessions, he stood back a little bit, listening to
the others. But often around noon, you’d hear him say, ‘Well I hear
Jane saying this, and Joe saying that, but both Jane and Joe would
probably agree on this more fundamental point.’ Now, these were big-ego
people he was dealing with, but he made his mark. It’s a skill the
country needs now: An emphasis on synthesis, not divisiveness.”

Lesson 8: If you want to avoid disappointing others, don’t disappoint yourself

No surprise here. It’s something he’s thought about a lot: “I always try to make sure that my expectations are higher than those of the people around me,”
he says. “A lot of people have a lot at stake in this election. The
American people are having a tough time. And I never want people to
feel as if I’ve overpromised to them. I try to explain in a real honest
way how difficult some of the changes I’m talking about will be. But I
never want the effect to be that I’m not working as hard as I can on
their behalf . . . that I’m not continually trying to improve. I’m
actually glad for the high expectations. One of the interesting things
about a campaign like this is that it really does push you to the limit
and then some. And it turns out that you have more in your reservoir
than you expected.”

And at the beginning of August, he has plenty more testing to go through.

“I do,” he replies. “I’ve got 3 more months, and then it gets harder.”

Lesson 9: Don’t let ’em see you sweat

One of the sillier controversies in the campaign broke in the middle of a heat wave last summer: Did Barack Obama sweat? Ever?

An AP wire story went out, accompanied by head scratching from members
of the press, about people being unable to recall a single instance of
campaign-trail perspiration. One
day, his dry demeanor was even cited as evidence that he was using the
cover of a workout to interview veep candidates in a Chicago gym.
Nobody seemed to consider that he sweats less because he’s in such good
shape. It’s obvious he’s an athlete from his physical grace alone.

The way a guy carries himself can tell you a lot about him. For
instance, Ronald Reagan brought about morning in America by having a
demeanor sunny enough to dispel the early-’80s gloom all by himself. As
for Obama, he does move like a silky small forward, which is part of
his appeal. I witnessed a showcase of his physical skills upon our
arrival in Lansing, as he executed the perfect plane dismount while
waving at the Secret Service guys.

Robert Putnam wrote a book called Bowling Alone in which he built a
case that Americans have become isolated and American society
fractured. For me, the book title conjures an image of the weird,
haunted, solitary Richard Nixon repairing to the White House bowling
alley at midnight to chase his demons and roll a few lonely frames. But
bowling, alone or otherwise, isn’t Obama’s game.

When I first met the candidate, I observed to him that the White House
grounds are equipped for basketball, but it’s only a half-court setup,
too cramped for the full-court game he possesses, and in any case,
unavailable in rough weather.

Story for sore eyes

“Sam, it seems Jay is interested in me. Please help me out. How do I tell jay to get off my back and leave me alone?” My friend, Neha, on the other end of the phone was pleading with me for help. I told my friend sincerely “just tell Jay that you are already seeing someone. That should keep Jay away from you. By the way why don’t you go out with Jay. I like the name. The person cannot be that bad. Anyways you were cribbing to me some days back that you don’t have a love life. Give him a chance.”

Me and Neha; we went to the same college. We became good friends real quick. Since she was from a girls’ school, she had lots of gal pals and we became good friends. I am not saying that was reason for me to become her friend but that was one of the reasons. Nevertheless, we got our engineering degree and now Neha is in Bangalore, of course a software engineer. And me, a mechanical engineer located in Chennai. Me, like lots of you, preach and advice very well but find it impossible to practice. I can write a book on handling relationships, but I’ve never had a serious relationship till now. Have gone with couple of girls now and then but never had a “long term relationship”. Same with Neha, the only difference was Neha never preached and didn’t have a chance to practice. Neha was an average person in all sense of the word. Very consistent in academics, always getting the average score, Average looking. She had good taste and so dressed well but somehow guys in college didn’t notice her much. “They weren’t fortunate enough” Neha would say.

College years passed away as fast as all the good times in life do. It’s been two years since we finished college. I and Neha have been in touch. Courtesy: her Software firm. She has a phone at her desk and she calls me from the office no. She keeps complaining about the lack of love life. And she being a software engineer, didn’t even have a life. The day Jay bumped into Neha at health and glow, I got a call. She was bubbling with happiness as she told me “Sam, I met Jay today. Jay and I studied in the same school. We were thick friends and somehow lost in touch when I joined the college. It was a pure coincidence today. It was such a pleasant surprise. I am so happy. We guys are meeting up again this Thursday at the coffee pub. I obviously don’t have much free time as the project that my team is working on is nearing completions. Anyways Jay kept insisting that we meet up. I was in health and glow and that’s when……” She was very happy and was in a flow and I was thinking to myself “Why would any guy go to health and glow?” Then I figured everyone has a right to look good or atleast tried their hand at it. I remembered a friend of mine who wanted to try applying sandal wood paste on his face. What some people do to look good….and suddenly Neha’s voice jerked me off the trail of thoughts and I heard her sayings “are you even listening to me?” and the default answer from me “Of course I am listening, so what does this guy look like…” I hadn’t finished my sentence and Neha spoke “I don’t know what you were thinking but it’s obvious that you have not listened to a single word I said, before you spoil my happiness and corrupt my coding, let me hang up” before I could say anything, she said “bye Sam, I’ll call you on Thursday. Take care. Bubyee.” That week was hectic as usual. Monday came with the blues and the bit of blue got glued on to Tuesday. Then it was Wednesday, the countdown to Friday began. And came Thursday and so came the call. Neha was true to her word. I got a call from some landline no. from Bangalore and I knew it was from Neha’s office. I picked up the call and was expecting the bubbly tone in Neha’s voice but instead came a unhappy voice.

“Neha, what happened?”

“Day was a disaster; I’m still in a state of shock”

“But what happened, this got anything to do with you meeting Jay?”

“Yeah… Jay hit on me.

“Sam, it seems Jay is interested in me. Please help me out. How do I tell jay to get off my back and leave me alone?” My friend on the other end of the phone was pleading with me for help. I told my friend sincerely “just tell Jay that you are already seeing someone. That should keep Jay away from you. By the way why don’t you go out with Jay. I like the name. The person cannot be that bad. Anyways you were cribbing to me some days back that you don’t have a love life. Give him a chance.”

Suddenly she was shouting

“You idiot, you didn’t hear a single word I was telling you that day. You moron, sam, Jay is a friend from school days. We are from the same school.”

I was thinking what I missed; I knew they were school friends. Is there some unspoken rule that one is not allowed to date anyone from the same school. Then it hit me, but before I could say something Neha spoke first “I told you that I studied in a girls’ school and so did jay, her name’s jacqueline.”


Years ago , footage emerged from a remote village in India . The video shows a young girl receiving surgery to separate her fingers , which were badly burned and fused together. Why did this operation make headlines around the world? The surgery was performed by a 7-year-old boy named Akrit Jaswal.




Now 13 years old , Akrit has an IQ of 146 and is considered the smartest person his age in India -a country of more than a billion people. Before Akrit could even speak , his parents say they knew he was special.

“He learned very fast , ” says Raksha , Akrit’s mother. “After learning the alphabet , we started to teach him joining of words , and he started writing as well. He was two.”

At an age when most children are learning their ABCs , Akrit was reading Shakespeare and assembling a library of medical textbooks. When he was 5 years old , he enrolled in school. One year later , Akrit was teaching English and math classes.

Akrit developed a passion for science and anatomy at an early age. Doctors at local hospitals took notice and started allowing him to observe surgeries when he was 6 years old. Inspired by what he saw , Akrit read everything he could on the topic. When an impoverished family heard about his amazing abilities , they asked if he would operate on their daughter for free. Her surgery was a success.


After the surgery , Akrit was hailed as a medical genius in India . Neighbors and strangers flocked to him for advice and treatment. At age 11 , Akrit was admitted to Punjab University .. He’s the youngest student ever to attend an Indian university. That same year , he was also invited to London ‘s famed Imperial College to exchange ideas with scientists on the cutting edge of medical research.

Akrit says he has millions of medical ideas , but he’s currently focused on developing a cure for cancer. “I’ve developed a concept called oral gene therapy on the basis of my research and my theories , ” he says. “I’m quite dedicated towards working on this mechanism.”

Growing up , Akrit says he used to see cancer patients lying on the side of the road because they couldn’t afford treatment or hospitals had no space for them. Now , he wants to use his intellect to ease their suffering. “[I’ve been] going to hospitals since the age of 6 , so I have seen firsthand people suffering from pain , ” he says. “I get very sad , and so that’s the main motive of my passion about medicine , my passion about cancer.”

Currently , Akrit is working toward a bachelor’s degrees in zoology , botany and chemistry. Someday , he hopes to continue his studies at Harvard University ..


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