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The Universal Law of Karma – How the sacred science worked for the Legend Rajagopal – Owner of Saravana Bhavan

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However rich or big you are, when karma starts its work, no one can stand in front of it. That’s proven once again with Rajagopal, owner of the food chain Saravana Bhavan. The picture itself is an example for that.

The legacy started off with a minimum employee in the year 1981. He grew from the scratch. Within few years of the start of the hotel it saw great heights due his hard work and the quality of food served in his outlet. No doubt people started flooding in and he made remarkable foot print in food industry by opening many outlets all over Tamilnadu. It did not stop there, outlets were opened all around the globe which proved his efficient administration and the way he treated his employees.

He was a strong believer of astrology. He made frequent visits to the Tiruttani temple.  People from various Murugan temples made  beeline to his house in Ashok Nagar to get donations. He believed donating to temples would bring him good luck.

He breached all the Aagama vidhi of the hill temple and changed the entire structure and made it new, but the fate had other ideas .

As one has to undergo his past and present karma, the man behind this success story had his hands on Lord Muruga himself and altered the entire architecture of the famous hill temple Tiruttani.  There he showed his power and money which never helped him till his death today.

He wanted to marry a young lady, who was not interested in him and however got married to one of his employee which made him furious. He murdered him and grabbed the lady luck, but that turned to be his wrath. He was in public eyes for this reason, and was imprisoned.

Rajagopal was sentenced to 10 years rigorous jail term in 2004 by a local court for the culpable murder.  In 2009, the Madras High Court convicted him to life in prison after finding the case “a grave one done with a clear intention”.

The whole story of the legend is an great example of the verse “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”  

FinancialPost:18/07/2019:Lara

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Missile Man of India – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Journey of the Missile Man of India

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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the missile man has left us four years back on this day and he is still remembered not only by our Nation but all over the globe for his excellent contribution towards his work and his motivation.

His life was an inspiration to all the youth who wish you achieve something in their life. He never complained anything about his life.  The family was poverty-driven and to support his family he started selling newspapers at his young age.

In his school days, Kalam had average grades but was described as a bright and hardworking student who had a strong desire to learn. Mathematics was his main interest.

In 1955, he studied aerospace engineering in Madras Institute of Technology. He had completed his graduation in 1957 from the Madras Institute of Technology and in 1958 as a scientist, he had joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

He had started his career by designing a small hovercraft at DRDO. Under the leadership of Abdul Kalam, the missiles like the first missile in 1988 were successful and then the Agni missile in 1989, due to this he was popularly known as MISSILE MAN OF INDIA

One of his favorite lines is Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep. Which is commonly used by youngsters of India who are working towards their goal?

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 1998 proposed a countrywide plan called Technology Vision 2020 to make India a developed nation by the year 2020 and suggested nuclear empowerment, various technological innovations, improvement of agricultural productivity, etc.,

In 1992, he was appointed as the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister. With the rank of a cabinet minister, in 1999, he was appointed as the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

He was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Dr. Abdul Kalam was also known as People’s President.

Dr. Kalam was the recipient of honorary doctorates from 40 universities.

He was honored with several awards including India’s highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna in 1997.

On 27 July 2015, Dr. Abdul Kalam was delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong where he suffered a heart attack and breathed his last.

Following his death, he received several tributes like the Tamil Nadu State Government on 15 October that is on his birthday announced to observe across the state as “Youth Renaissance Day”. Further, the State Government instituted the Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Award constituting an 8 gm gold medal, a certificate, and Rs 500,000.

On an Independence Day, from 2015, the award was awarded annually to the residents of the state with the achievements in promoting scientific growth, the humanities or the welfare of students.

The CBSE on the anniversary of Dr. Kalam’s birth set some topics on his name in the CBSE syllabus or expression series.

On 15 October 2015 the 84th anniversary of Kalam’s birth, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India released postage stamps commemorating Kalam at DRDO Bhawan in New Delhi.

A new bacterium as the filters of the International Space Station (ISS) named it as Solibacilus Kalami to honor the late President Dr. Abdul Kalam was discovered by the Researchers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dr. Kalam’s 79th birthday was recognized as World Student’s Day by United Nations. He was also nominated for the MTV Youth Icon of the Year in 2003 and in 2006.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: Awards and Achievements

In 1981, Dr. Kalam received Padma Bhushan from the Government of India.

In 1990, Dr. Kalam received Padma Vibhushan from the Government of India.

In 1994 and 1995, Distinguished Fellow and Honorary Fellow by Institute of Directors India and National Academy of Medical Sciences.

In 1997, he had received Bharat Ratna from Government of India and Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration from Indian National Congress.

In 1998, Veer Savarkar Award from Government of India.

In 2000, Ramanujan Award from Alwars Research Centre, Chennai.

In 2007, he was honored with the King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society, U.K. and Doctorate of Science from University of Wolverhampton, UK.

In 2008, he won the Hoover Medal given by ASME Foundation, USA and received Doctor of Engineering by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

In 2009, The California Institute of Technology, U.S.A, presented Kalam with the International von Karman Wings Award, Hoover Medal by ASME Foundation, USA and Honorary Doctorate by Oakland University.

In 2010, Doctor of Engineering by University of Waterloo.

 In 2011, The IEEE honored Kalam with IEEE Honorary Membership.

In 2012, Doctor of Laws by Simon Fraser University.

In 2013, Von Braun Award by the National Space Society.

In 2014, Doctor of Science by the Edinburgh University, UK.

What else we need to know about this man who stole the heart of everyone by his good nature.

FinancialPost:27/07/2019: Lara

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This young couple never stopped serving homemade food even at their 70’s

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With over 35 years of experience as an executive chef in star hotels, Venugopal retired from the Industry in the year 2000. When he decided to enjoy his retired life, he met some IT Employees who were desperately looking for homemade food and requested him to provide food for them which made this man think about opening up his own mess to serve homemade delicacies. He has been providing healthy and homemade food for two decades now.

His signature dish is Paratha for which customers throng to his shop regularly which is in Velachery. Most of the dishes are oil-free and he uses very less masala. People prefer homemade food than to dine at fancy restaurants for reasons of health. Which is why the shop is a hit among senior citizens and kids,” says Venugopal.

Till date, Venugopal cooks all the dishes and his wife Kalpana, helps him in this routine. She takes care of the parcels and helps with cooking.  He has employed over 10 women from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds. Very recently, Venugopal revamped his menu with attractive dishes. His glass pudding — made of leftover coconut milk — is easily the best of the lot. The menu ranges from Appalam Samosa, cream caramel to palakottai vadai — all under ₹100.

He says that it was very limited business earlier and he made it very simple by having only mini buffet lunch which consisted Chappati with a side dish, Sambar rice, curd rice, kootu, poriyal and a dessert which he priced at Rs.20/- at that time. Most of his customers are repeat customers who visit his mess for many years now.

He constantly receives good feedback from his regulars. But one that he dearly remembers is this: “One of the customers said, ‘I came to your shop when I was a student; then as a married man and now, as a granddad.’ That really made my day.”

Venugopal isn’t aware of Google reviews, although he frequently gets orders on Zomato and Swiggy. “Everyone’s ordering online these days and yes, we too need to catch up with the trend. He adds to this “But if there’s one shop that survives primarily on word of mouth, it has to be mine.” He says with a smile.

FinancialPost/19/07/2019: Lara

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Parenting – Teach your children gratitude

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One of the biggest disappointments I see in parents eyes is when the child shows no signs of gratitude for everything that the parents are doing for them. I wake up early in the morning to cook lunch for school. Forget saying thank you he doesn’t even eat it.

I don’t have nice suits to wear in functions. I saved money so she can go to her singing /dancing classes. Now she tells me I don’t care for her?”I work all day for these children. I cook for them, clean their room, drop them to school, pick them up and if I ask them to do one thing for me and they just say no, just like that. Why should I have to fight every time I need to get something done.

Every time they need something they become sweet, and after the need is fulfilled they don’t even bother. Am I just a money machine for them. These are some reactions I get from parents when they come to me and worry about their behavior. I seem to be very common nowadays. Then what is the solution for this?

The simple way is to teach them gratitude. You teach them everything right from using bathrooms, how to count, how to eat, how to walk etc., you should also teach them how to be grateful to people as well. It’s that important in life.

Now people ask me how to teach gratitude, first learn to be grateful yourself, if you cant be grateful don’t even try teaching them. Children are very good at catching hypocrisy. Show it through your actions how grateful you are to your own parents for all those they did for you.

Talk not just about what you are doing for them, but also about what you’re going through inside. You need to educate them the personal cost what you are paying for their sake. but keep in mind that you should not say it in the attitude that you are doing everything for them as a favor.

If you want them to notice your effort, sit with them every day or an alternative day or at least on Sunday ask them in the past one week what are the things that you are thankful for towards you and their dad. They need to sit back and think. Make them write the things they are grateful for towards you on a paper. Make it concrete. It will become routine and sink in well. Make gratitude a religion. Practice yourself and teach your children consistently

FinancialPost:18/07/2019: Lara

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