Archive | December 2013

The WAVE- Ninth Anniversary of the Asian Tsunami 2004

2004 Indian ocean tsunami map

Today is the ninth anniversary of the Boxing Day Tsunami catastrophe which took away the lives of nearly 2.3 million.

A tremor of magnitude  9  was occurred 30 kilo meters below the seafloor when the Indian plate was thrust on to the Burma plate. This in turn  raised the sea floor by several meters. The energy released by this tremor  was estimated to the equivalent of 23000 Hiroshima sized bombs!

Most affected countries by the tsunami  were around the Indian Ocean basin including Indonesian Islands, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Maldives and Malaysia. East coast of African continent, Somalia  was also affected by this disaster.

Many of the affected countries have remembered their loved ones on the coasts of Indian Ocean today. Tsunami has left many of the survivors to pick up the pieces of their lives without their loved ones.


Related articles:

1. Facts & Figures of tsunami

2. Tsunami Anniversary



After You! (Nelson Mandela & Princess Diana)




A Senior Moment!

A Senior Moment!

A Senior Moment!


The Hare and the Tortoise (Friday Funnies #X)

The Hare and  the Tortoise  (Friday Funnies #X)

He has done it again!

Nelson Mandela – life in Pictures

English: Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robbe...

English: Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The prison cell where Nelson Mandela ...

The statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Squ...

The statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square, London. Sculptor: Ian Walters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: A USSR stamp, 70th Birth Anniversary ...

English: A USSR stamp, 70th Birth Anniversary of Nelson Mandela. Date of issue: 18th July 1988. Designer: B. Ilyukhin. Michel catalogue number: 5853. 10 K. multicoloured. Portrait of Nelson Mandela (fighter for freedom of Africa). Русский: Марка СССР Н. Мандела (1988, ЦФА №5971). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



English: Young Nelson Mandela. This photo date...



President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, Ju...

President Bill Clinton with Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993.

Nelson Mandela, July 4 1993. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Nelson Mandela, former President of S...

English: Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
 has  published 16 photos of the Prince to prisoner and then to  the President of modern South Africa. Click the link below to view  the photos.

Nelson Mandela the Madiba is no more (1918 – 2013)

“I hate race discrimination most intensely

and all its manifestations. I have faught it

all during my life: I fight it now, and will do

so until the end of my days”

Nelson Mandela

July 18, 1918 – Dec 05, 2013


Modern South Africa has lost his father. The international symbol of the world, admired by young & old, blacks & white has left this earth for a better place.


Rest in Peace Madiba!

Nelson  Rolihlahla Mandela born as a tribal prince, who lost his freedom to fight for the freedom of others. Faught for the  freedom of the black South Africans against the  anti apartheid government of that time and jailed  for treason for 27 1/2 years (1964 – 1990) in the notorious  prison Robben Island.

Won a Nobel Peace prize in 1993 (shared with de Klerk) and became the first democratically elected black President of  the modern South Africa in 1994.  He had the great ability to bridge the gap between the blacks and whites of the Modern South Africa. He also  became an advocate  for fighting against Aids .

Nelson Mandela  was also known as Madiba  by his tribal name retired from  public life in 2004

I have re-blogged the  article which I  wrote on this blog in June 2013 while he was admitted at the hospital.

Finally Heaven has got ready to accept the great leader of earth.

Quotes of Nelson Mandela

There are only a handful of  men & women on this earth who became the Masters of the situation and sacrificed their whole lives for the good will of fellow human beings.

Martin Luther King (Jr) from The United states of America, Mahatma Gandhi of India, 14th  Dalai Lama in Exile , Mother Theresa of India , Aung San Suu kyi  of  Burma ,  Pakistani  school girl Malala  Yousafzai  and  Nelson Mandela (Madeba) are few of them.

While I type, the nonagenarian  Nelson Mandela of South Africa  is fighting  for  his life in a hospital.

I would like to share some of Nelson Mandela’s quotes below.


“Education is the most powerful weapon 

which you can use to change the World”


“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that

there are many more hills to climb.”


“If you want to make peace with your enemy,

you have to work with your enemy. Then he

becomes your partner.”


“A good head and a good heart are

always a formidable combination”

Quotes of Nelson Mandela.


This is a quiz.  These are not trick questions.  Have a go….

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.


2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3.  What fruit has its seeds on the outside?


4.  Pear brandy is sold with a real pear inside the bottle.  The pear is whole and ripe, and  it hasn’t been cut in any way.  How did the pear get inside the bottle?

photo credit: Google images

5. Only three words in standard English language begin with the letters ‘ dw’ and they are all common words. Name two of them.


6. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar.

Can you name at least half of them?


7. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

8. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter ‘S.’





 Answers To Quiz:

1.  Boxing

2.  Niagara Falls :The rim is worn down 2 1/2 feet each year due to million gallons of water that rush over it every minute.

3. Strawberry.

4.  The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

5.  Dwarf, dwell and dwindle

6. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar: Period, comma , colon, semicolon , dash , hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation mark, quotation mark (inverted commas), brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

7.  Lettuce.

8. Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

Watering the flowers (Friday Funnies #IX)

A little old lady was walking down the street dragging two large plastic garbage bags behind her. One of the bags was ripped and every once in a while a $20 fell out onto the sidewalk.

Noticing this, a policeman stopped her, and said, “Ma’am, there are $20 bills falling out of that bag.”

“Oh, really? Darn it!” said the little old lady. “I’d better go back and see if I can find them. Thanks for telling me officer.”

“Well, now, not so fast,” said the cop. “Where did you get all that money? You didn’t steal it, did you?”
“Oh, no, no”, said the old lady. “You see, my back yard is right next to a Golf course.” 
“A lot of Golfers come and pee through a knot hole in my fence, right into my flower garden. It used to really tick me off. Kills the flowers, you know.”

“Then I thought, why not make the best of it?” 

“So, now, I stand behind the fence by the knot hole, real quiet, with my hedge clippers. Every time some guy sticks his thing through my fence, I surprise him, grab hold of it and say, O.K., buddy! Give me $20, or off it comes.” 

“Well, that seems only fair,” said the cop, laughing. 

“OK. Good luck!” 

“Oh, by the way, what’s in the other bag?” 

“Not everybody pays.”

(Source : Unknown)



Remember the Ross Sisters?

I wasn’t born then to remember the Ross sisters. The clip below was taken in 1944 for the movie ” Broadway Rhythm”. They were  acrobatics and contortionists  were  also able to sing.   Ross sisters from Texas were popular in the nineteen forties.  They definitely had gifts to show  the public not like the   current so-called celebrities who are raking money  for not having anything to rave about.

If they would have lived in this century Ross sisters  would have been household names.