Archive for October, 2010


One of the most comic and interesting characters of the series is Jiraiya. He first appeared in the first series and played a major role in the Shippuden one. He is one of the Three Legendary Sannin of the Hidden Leaf Village teamed with Orochimaru(the bastard) and Tsunade(the Fifth Hokage) who trained under the Third Hokage, Sarutobai. He mastered the Sage mode in an effort to become stronger to impress Tsunade on whom he had a crush. He is capable of summoning toads using the Summoning Jutsu.

He is very similar to Naruto and plays a GodFather for him. He was also the master of the Fourth Hokage, Minito, who was Naruto’s father. He trained Naruto and taught him techniques like the Rasengan. He also did some espionage for the Leaf village concerning the Akatsuki. He later discovers that Akatsuki is led by his former students Nagato and konan(Madara comes later), who kill him as Jiraiya discovered the secret of the six Pains. Pain is how Nagato refers to himself after the events like death of his parents and his dear friend Yahiko.

Jiraiya’s death surely came as a surprise and I am sure every other viewer feels the same. We would have loved to see more of the Ero-Sennin !!

Are we really evolving ?

Evolution as we may define it is the growth of our species in terms of intellect and understanding of the universe surrounding us. As we advanced from Primates to Neanderthals to Homo Sapiens our intellect grew and we started devising ways to communicate and devise theories about the universe around us. Even our creations, the machines evolved from being a dumb combination of metal components to an intelligent type with its own limited, protocoled mind capable to think and learn.

We created machines to simplify and expedite work of the manual labor, but gradually we are creating machines to replace manual labor. We are advancing in our understanding of ourselves and trying to replicate the Work of God. But what we forget is that even God fears of what it created. We are building robotic machines far more stronger and far more durable that humans, is that not going to reduce value of a human life ?? Same is the case for internet, we sync the term “research” with googling some terms and not with sitting in a library going through books to find what we need. The core idea of research ie finding what we want out of a plethora of information (aka library) is handed to google. We reduce the amount of info that should have been taken in that process by almost one-third. We are becoming more and more dependent on machines and I fear we might just become sort of parasites dependent on the host. So the primary question is are we really evolving or its just a short term illusion ??

10 tips for healthy heart.

Having a healthy heart is key to a healthy life. Our expert, Dr. D.S Gambhir shares tips for a healthy heart

1. Consuming mixed nuts, about 25 gms of walnuts and peanuts as they help in bringing down cholesterol levels and are rich in proteins.

2. Consuming food rich in protein, like fish as Fatty acids found in fish prevents clot formation.

3. Taking a tablet of 10 mg of statin everyday at night (if over the age of 40 and particularly diabetic).It helps to decrease cholesterol and reduce risk of heart attack.

4. General health check-ups after the age of 25 years in case of family history of heart disease.

5. Avoiding extreme weather. In the cold weather blood pressure soars harming blood vessels thereby inducing heart attacks.

6. Meditation: It has a direct impact on one’s blood pressure; there is a significant reduction in the blood pressure levels and is key to a healthy heart.

7. Starting the day with a spoon full of honey- It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and prevents heart attack

8. Walking on dew bare feet: Walking restores a sense of balance and brings an inner calm hence it good for the heart.

9. Maintain good oral hygiene: Studies suggest gingivitis may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke because of the high levels of bacteria found in infected areas of the mouth.

10. Brisk walking for atleast 30 minutes early in the morning since it reduces the affects of pollution on the heart, which are more likely during the evening hours.

11. Listening to soft music, gurbani, sholkas etc, as these have beneficial effects on lowering the blood pressure and thus keeping the heart healthy.

(Times of India)

Philosophy

Historic utopia needs faces to embody it.
(The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevera)

Wide Acceptance of an idea is not the proof of its validity.
(Lost Symbol by Dan Brown)

You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.
(Warren Beatty)

Money is not yours, until you spend it.
(Anonymous)

So, brave knights, if you do doubt your courage, or your strength, come no further…
(Tim the Enchanter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

Do or do not, there is no try.
(Star Wars)

I walk slowly, like one who comes from so far away he doesn’t expect to arrive.
(The Inheritance of Loss)

Anonymity breeds courage.
(Anonymous)