Tuesday, August 30, 2016
She said, “Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.“Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.
She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids…”“No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.“I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.
After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk non-stop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.
Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she revelled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up. At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium.
As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing.
There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success.You have to laugh and find humor every day.You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!
There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old.If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change.Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”She concluded her speech by courageously singing “The Rose.”
She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives.At the year’s end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago.One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be .
When you finish reading this, please send this peaceful word of advice to your friends and family, they’ll really enjoy it!REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP ISOPTIONAL.We make a Living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give.
Monday, August 29, 2016
With China nowhere in sight in this technology which has only been tried by US and Australia, China is already very much behind India in the space race. US and an "incompetent" Europe keenly watching all developments and with India's remarkable superlative achievements, the future belongs to India !
When US spent $195 billion on its failed space shuttle mission, at an effective cost of $1.35 billion for each of the 135 space shuttle flights, India is going to surprise the world with a scramjet powered shuttle in the coming days.
ISRO's mission to the sun is the next biggest thing to happen to humanity ..
There was an attempt to arm US' Tomahawk with SCRAMJET engines. But we do not know how many Tomahawk missiles are with these scramjet engines, as publicising the existence of SCRAM jet supersonic missiles is a threat to US itself.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
|Why it is called the 'flying bum'|
|Airlander in flight ..|
This technology is here to stay and air travel is going to be made cheap, safe and affordable with the successful effort of solar planes and air balloons (blimps) like Airlander 10.
More on HAV's Airlander from Wikipedia ..
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Madras Day is a festival organized to commemorate the founding of the city of Madras (now Chennai) in Tamil Nadu, India. It is celebrated on 22 August every year, 22 August 1639 being the widely agreed date for the purchase of the village of Madraspatnam or Chennapatnam by East India Company factors Andrew Cogan and Francis Day from Damerla Venkatapathy, the viceroy of the Vijayanagar Empire. (Source Wikipedia..)
Friday, August 19, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
|46,000 solar panels at Kochi international airport|
India has shown the world that India is here to stay in the solar energy field and would give top notch leadership to the world. Intense efforts are under way in india to insolate the Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi airports based on our indigenously developed design and patents. This will prevent other other advanced countries from misusing our IPR, technology.
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