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Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Brave Heart of a Brave Women happy Mother's Day

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You may know Kareena, Katrina, Madhuri and Sridevi, but I can confidently say that 95% of Indians would not know this brave lady. 

Neerja Bhanot was the senior flight purser on the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73, hijacked by four heavily armed terrorists after it landed at Karachi at 5 am from Mumbai. PA 73 was en route to Frankfurt and onward to New York City. Neerja alerted the cockpit crew about the hijack and, as the plane was on the tarmac, the three-member cockpit crew of pilot, co-pilot and the flight engineer were able to flee from the aircraft. Neerja, being the most senior cabin crew member on board, took charge.

The hijackers were part of the Palestinian Abu Nidal terrorist organization and were backed by Libya. They immediately shot dead a passenger who identified himself to the terrorists as being an American. The terrorists then instructed Neerja to get the passports collected of all the passengers, so that they could identify the Americans. Neerja, and the other attendants under her charge, hid the passports of the 40 Americans on board.

After 17 hours, the hijackers opened fire and set off explosives. Neerja opened the emergency door and helped a number of passengers escape. She did not herself escape, and became a martyr while shielding 3 children from a hail of bullets. Neerja was recognised internationally as "the heroine of the hijack" and is the youngest recipient of the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest civilian award for bravery.

A square called Neerja Bhanot Chowk is named after her in Mumbai's Ghatkopar (East) suburb by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, which was inaugurated by Amitabh Bachchan in the early 90's.

Flight Safety Foundation Heroism Award, U.S.A.
Ashoka Chakra Award, India
Tamgha-e-Insaaniyat (Awarded for showing incredibly human kindness), Pakistan
Justice for Crimes Award, United States Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia
Special Courage award, US Govt.[9]
Indian Civil Aviation Ministry's Award

Sunday, May 5, 2013

You can always Do it

Make a new Start

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Formula for happiness

Inner Happiness

The blossom of love

Living beyond the reach of i and mind, and of pain and pleasure, full of mercy, contented, self-controlled, with all his heart and all his mind given to Me — with such a one I am in love. 

Bhagwad Gita, 12.13

The blossom of love will make the air fragrant; the river of love will murmur along the valleys; and every bird, beast and child will sing the song of love. 

Atharva Veda

A life without love is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring. 

Oscar Wilde 


Love is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation. 

Rabindranath Tagore

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Battle Of Life

The one who is well armed for the battle of life - that is, possesses good qualities, becomes successful and prosperous - such a person experiences the real happiness.
Sama Veda *

Of all gains, good health is the greatest. Of all wealth, contentment is the greatest. Among kinsmen, the trusty is the greatest. Freedom is ultimate happiness.
Dhammapada 203-05 *

Life finds its purpose and fulfillment in the expansion of happiness.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi *

I believe that the very purpose of life is to seek happiness.
The XIV Dalai Lama *

There is pleasure when a sore is scratched, but to be without sores is more pleasurable still. Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires, but to be without desires is more pleasurable still.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Duty And Dediaction

If one does not perform duty to one whom the duty is due, one becomes a thief of the duty.

Avesta, Videvidad 4.1 
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. That's the mark of a true professional.

Gautama Buddha * Doing is very good, but that comes from thinking...fill the brain, therefore, with high thoughts, highest, ideals; place them day and night before you; and out of that will come great work.

Swami Vivekananda
Hard work is painful when life is devoid of purpose. But when you live for something greater than yourself and the gratification of your own ego, then hard work becomes a labour of love.

Steve Pavlina

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