Once, Lord Buddha was born in the form of a buffalo in an old forest in ancient India. He was kind-hearted and never troubled anyone. Just above his tree where the buffalo stayed, lived a very wicked monkey. He always caused trouble to the kind buffalo. Whenever he saw the buffalo sleeping, he would jump over his back from the tree. Sometimes he would catch hold of the buffalo’s tail and swing it in the air or pull his horns. Even though this caused pain to the buffalo, he was so kind and silent that he would not say anything to the monkey & forgive his behavior.
Yaksha, the soul of the tree could not tolerate the cruel behavior of the monkey anymore. One day he said to the buffalo ,” Why don’t you punish the wicked monkey for his mischief ? you are so big and strong that you can teach him a good lesson. “ The buffalo replied .” Oh good spirit, I don’t want to give pain to anyone. But the day is not very far when he will be punished for his bad deeds ”.
One day when the kind buffalo was away, a wild buffalo came and stood under the very same tree where the monkey lived. The wicked monkey did not know that it is a wild buffalo. He jumped from the tree and landed over the buffalo’s back with a loud thud. The wild buffalo got mad with anger. He attacked the monkey and killed him. The wicked monkey met his end in a cruel way.
MORAL : Give love, happiness and respect to others ; because you get back what you give to others.
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Viswanathan Anand loses the Chess Title
CHENNAI: Magnus Carlsen lingered for a while over the board. A 65-move draw agreed upon, the modalities with the arbiters completed, hands shaken, Viswanathan Anand had swiftly exited the glass cage.
But Carlsen, like some passerby surveying the scene of a crash, stayed back peering over the remaining chessmen. Was his mind still ticking away, seeking chess perfection, or was he simply mapping the existing matrix for posterity?
Then he turned to leave, head bent and a shy smile escaping his lips. He was world champion, and the child in him was taking a private moment to tell himself that.
The 22-year-old Norwegian prodigy, crowned the king of chess in Chennai on Friday, had coasted to victory against Anand, the reigning world champion whose own dignity stayed superbly intact as his game crumbled.
Needing just a draw to win the 12-match duel, the World No. 1 surprised a watching world by pressing and trying to squeeze out a win at the expense of the Indian. It told them what a beast they were watching in the making.
The dethroned Anand perhaps summed it up best, when he later admitted, "My mistakes didn't happen just by themselves. Clearly, he managed to provoke them."
It wasn't the happiest of title defences by the Indian. This is the first time in eight world championship matches starting from 1995 that Anand has failed to win even a single game. Struggling all year from keeping errors creeping into his game, it all came crashed after a promising start which had raised hopes of a fascinating contest.
Indian Economy Likely to Recover by Next Year: IMF Official
The Indian economy is expected to recover significantly by next year on account of the series of policy decisions taken by the government, a top IMF official said last month.
"(India's) growth will recover significantly next year," International Monetary Fund Director for Asia Pacific Department Anoop Singh told reporters here on the sidelines of its annual plenary meeting.
He was responding to questions on the latest projection by the World Economic Outlook of the IMF, which has projected a steep fall in the Indian growth rate to about 3.8 percent for the current fiscal year.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said Oct. 4 he did not share the IMF's "pessimism."
"We expect these measures to show their impact from the second half of the current fiscal and believe that the Indian economy will grow at over 5.0 percent and perhaps closer to 5.5 percent in 2013-14.
"I know that the World Economic Outlook report (of the IMF) does not share my optimism, but I may tell you that we do not share their pessimism," Chidambaram told a Washington think-tank Oct. 10.
India's Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram has said the country still has the potential for achieving a growth rate of more than five percent this fiscal year, a day after the International Monetary Fund drastically scaled down India's growth rate to a mere 3.8 percent.
"India has generally surprised critics. I think at the end of the year you will see that we will surprise them again," Mayaram said.
"The fact is that one needs to look at hard numbers. We believe and we still believe that we have in the current fiscal, the potential of going beyond five percent," he said.
Mayaram is currently in Washington to attend the annual plenary meeting of the IMF and the World Bank.
Sachin Tendulkar: Yesterday, once more
Over the last few weeks, it must be feeling like yesterday, once more for Sachin Tendulkar.
Everywhere he turned, he would only have felt the euphoria over his final Test match rising towards a crescendo; it is all so reminiscent of the days when he was the solitary king of Indian cricket, the biggest icon in the country.
Even he must be astonished, if not bewildered, by this outpouring of love and affection; just like the golden times, everybody wanted just one glimpse of him; the more adventurous ones, like earlier, sought autographs and even photographs.
Of course, Sachin has never enjoyed the privilege of solitude, or a few moments of space in his 24-year career; at the most, he has had to share them, with the newer heroes and the brasher young generation as they too blossomed into match-winners.
At the Wankhede, on Wednesday at high noon, though, he was the lone star once again.
As he practised one last time in national colours, he was the cynosure of all eyes; everybody else might as well have been part of the background, if not invisible. Sachin himself had two quick sessions, fine-tuning his footwork and driving as he was wont to many, many seasons ago.
There was no sign of anxiety or trace of eagerness that had become part of his body language in recent years; one could only see the same nervous energy of yore that was a telltale sign of a booming century on the anvil; the old twinkle in his eye, and the uneasy laugh, were also back in place and you knew that some bowler is going to pay on the morrow.
It was almost like he was starting all over again, the beginning of the Sachin era.
Surprisingly, or maybe it was just the mind playing tricks, the rasping sound of his shots overpowered all other noise; they went off his willow cleanly, as they used to, and everybody lined up to watch the spectacle of supreme batsmanship. One last time.
The odds are in favour of his scoring a century, or a duck just like the greatest other batsman.
Will Sachin have tears in his eyes as he walks up to the crease and takes guard? Will he miss the line, length or flight of the delivery and surrender to the moment, to the overriding emotion?
In Bradman's case, the last innings' duck has a sense of romance, accentuated by the grandest century that he missed; in the Sachin story, it will only be reduced to an irony, like an anti-climax. He has to go on a triumphant note, if not for anything but to give one last glimpse of his superlative talent.
So far, despite the injuries and the cautious approach to his art, he has only enjoyed a fair-tale; who else would have won the World Cup on his final attempt, that too in front of his home crowd? Who else could have overcome every hurdle, every challenge in a humble way to conquer one record after another?
It is ordained that he will fade away on a high; the finale has to be memorable, not just because for the first time his entire family, and all his friends and dear ones, will be out there, but because he is Sachin Tendulkar. A once in a lifetime player.
It has to be yesterday, once more.
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4 tomatoes round medium size
1/2 cup green peas, I am using frozen peas
1/4 cup green beans finely chopped
1/4 cup corn kernels, I am using frozen corn
1/4 cup paneer cut into very small cubes (available in Indian grocery store)
1 teaspoon ginger finely chopped
2 teaspoon oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed (jeera)
1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania)
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1-1/2 tablespoon all purpose flour (plain flour, maida)
1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania)
1 teaspoon ginger finely chopped
1 teaspoon green chili finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1.Slice tomatoes in half and scoop out pulp, pulp will be used for filling. Set aside.
2.For Filling: heat the oil in a saucepan over medium high, Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready.
3.Add cumin seeds, asafetida as cumin seeds crack, add, ginger, coriander; turmeric, red chili, and salt stir for few seconds and add tomatoes.
4.Cook the tomatoes for about 2-3 minutes; add corn, green beans, green peas and paneer. Cook till vegetables are tender and the liquid from gravy has evaporated, this should take about 4-5 minutes. Vegetables should be very moist.
5.Stuff the tomatoes with filling, don’t over fill them. Set aside.
6.For Gravy: heat the oil in flat saucepan over medium heat, pan should be large enough to hold all the tomatoes in single layer, can not overlap the tomatoes.
7.Add cumin seeds as seeds crack add all purpose flour and stir fry for about one minute.
8.Add the milk slowly and keep stirring making sure there are no lumps. Add coriander, green chili, ginger, half the cilantro and salt, stir for few seconds.
9.After gravy comes to boil stir and put the filled tomatoes slowly in single layer. Cover the pan and lower the heat low medium. Let it cook for about 4 minutes, check the tomatoes, gently stirring gravy. If needed let it cook as needed, tomatoes should not be very soft as they will loose the shape.
10.Garnish with remaining cilantro. Serve hot.
Contributed by Manju