Life’s like that — Clever Prof :)))

I have posted this joke before, but find it so funny that I thought I should repost it for all the new readers who’ve joined since then :)! In any case, good jokes are meant to be repeated, periodically :)!


At Pennsylvania State University, there were four sophomores taking Chemistry, and all of them were ‘A’ level students. These four friends were so confident that on the weekend before finals they decided to visit some friends and have a big party. They had a great time, but after all the partying, they slept all day Sunday and were only back at school early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final on Monday, without studying, they decided to wait until the exam was over, and then they’d explain to their professor why they’d missed it. They said they’d visited friends, but on the way back they had a flat tire. As a result, they missed the final.

The professor agreed they could make up for the final exam the next day. The guys were excited and relieved. They studied that night for exam.

The next day, the professor placed them in separate rooms and gave them a test booklet. They quickly answered the first problem worth 5 points. Cool, they thought! Each one, in separate rooms thought this was going to be easy — and then they turned the page. On the second page was written………

For 95 points:     Which tire? _________


On children, and grandchildren

This past weekend, I had the good fortune of spending four whole days with my children and grandchildren! We live in three different cities, but luckily all in North America, so meetings don’t require visas and special permission of any sort. Like most grandparents, I take a huge delight in enjoying the company of my grandchildren… those fresh, smart, keen 21st century beings :), whose brains are so completely wired differently than ours, and no matter how much we like to believe they belong to us, or that at some level we own them, for the sake of our own, and their happiness, it is imperative to realize and accept that this thought is fallacious! Why? To begin with, we cannot own another human being, and secondly, the world we grew up in is so, so different from the one they’re growing up in, that one of us could be from another planet! To this end, I’d love to share Kahlil Gibran poem, which I so endorse! Here it is, for your reading pleasure:

On Children ~ by Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.


Just love them, then leave them to grow, thrive, flourish… and yet, be there for them, whenever they need you!


An amazing, easy drinking wine

4-01_passoDobleLast evening, got home, nice and exhausted, after five days away during the Easter weekend. Since it was already 7:00 p.m., wine time in this neck of the woods, what was I going to do as I checked my emails etc. but open a bottle of wine first and then settle down to the business of getting life back to normal!

The bottle I opened was MASI, Passo Doble, but not produced in Italy — this one is a product of Argentina…apparently the company has wine interests there too. I hadn’t opened it yet because I wasn’t absolutely sure of the recommendation I’d received, but yesterday changed all that. It turned out to be one of the most delicious wines I’ve had, and I’m definitely stocking up on more :)! This is what I found online about it:

Red wine with unusual aromatic richness, striking for its fruity intensity and light spiciness.


This is a modern wine made in an unconventional style from grapes produced on the Masi Tupungato La Arboleda estate at Mendoza in Argentina. It gets its generous, strong and exuberant nature from the local Malbec grape, while Corvina Veronese, given a short Appassimento, gives it the typical attractiveness, elegance and friendliness of wine from the Veneto. Grape Varieties are  Malbec, Corvina

My recommendation: Run, don’t walk — get a bottle to try today!


I love myself enough to (3)…

[This is third in the series of this topic…. to understand what’s being said here, please read the last two blog posts. Thank you.]

A topic of this nature, how to understand and potentially handle regrets, in a blog post of about 500 words, would be considered foolhardy, even by myself ;)… but, nevertheless, I’m going to try and do it :)! Instead of preaching, I’m going to share how I handle this matter in my own life.

Here’s what I do: I divide all desires, small and big, partly frivolous (getting a tattoo/body piercing, taking a dance course) and/or materialistic (buying a high-ticket item when money is scarce), personal yearnings (traveling somewhere, doing something special for someone I love), and other wants and needs, into two sections.

One contains the superficial, slightly worldly and materialistic desires, and the other contains the ‘higher’ soul-needs… which cannot be compromised, which I don’t want to fail at, at any cost, which I know will nourish my soul and deepen my connection with the Universe — these may involve money spent on intellectual and/or spiritual activities, spending money and effort on making calm/peace-inducing and other similar changes in my immediate environment, permitting myself the luxury of paying for what is meaningful in my life, vis a vis people, places, things.

So, then, I take these two sections, and one at a time, I address the items on the two lists and give it the ‘death-bed test’! A ‘death-bed test???… what’s that, you’re probably wondering :)! Well, all it means is that when I’m ready to pass on, how will I feel about this particular thing? Will it be alright with me that I didn’t do it, or will I feel remorse and regret that I let the time or moment pass, and didn’t do, or say, something I should have 🙁 ? And, at that point, if it’s absolutely clear to me, at a deep, and soul level, that I’ll have regrets, while dying, I go ahead and just do it, and/or say it 🙂 !!!

And how did I hit upon this ‘test’? It happened when after 25 years of deliberating whether or not I should get a tattoo — seeing a beautiful rosebud on a woman’s ankle on Oxford Street in London in 1980, immediately wanting it, but having been raised in India, very conventionally, with strict ideas of ‘wrong’ and ‘right’, was very unsure about getting it — for reasons of ‘What will people think?’ ‘I’m the principal and owner of a school — if people find out, will it hurt my business?’ ‘Will people who judge people with tattoos, find me too wild?’ — all these, and a host of related questions kept me deliberating forever! Then I moved to Montreal in 1993, at a time when tattooing had evolved, it was all the rage, and I knew in my heart I still wanted one…. a-n-n-n-d, s-o-o-o, I  decided to give myself the ‘death-bed test’ 🙂… and immediately I knew… if I didn’t get my tattoo, I would be very regretful on my dying day, that for the sake of what others would think, I didn’t get it in this lifetime 🙁  🙁 🙁 !!! This discovery was SO FREEING, brought such a sense of liberation, that I decided I just had to be true to myself, and I went ahead and got my tattoo!!! This experience led to the wonderful innovation of the ‘death-bed test’! Since then, whenever I’m faced with a situation that I start deliberating too long over, I give myself this ‘test’!!!

Your turn, now… give yourself a death-bed test, and think about what you would do differently, what would you DO instead of not doing, and in the final analysis, what would see you smile, on YOUR death-bed? Choose that, and DO IT 🙂


“I love myself enough to (2)…

…take the time and trouble to get all the information I need to understand what makes me thrive, and what hurts me.” How wonderful it would be if we all had the clarity to be able to understand and declare this to ourselves!

This information would obviously cover the physical, the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual realms of being. Many, in fact a great majority, is aware only of the physical and mental aspects of life… a few more will entertain the workings of the emotional mind, but the more we learn, the more we understand that if we truly love and respect ourselves, we cannot ignore the interplay of these ALL four aspects of our true and complete reality. And more importantly, a lack of balance in the first three will truly hurt the spiritual aspect, which is the most important aspect of them all.

So, if I truly loved and respected myself, I would do everything in my power to live a fulfilled life — with no regrets! <3 On this Easter Sunday, my wish for you all is, may you fulfill each life-enhancing dream, experiencing every happiness, and when it's time for the final goodbye, 'leave' peacefully, with no regrets! <3

I love myself enough to…

I wrote the title of the post and instead of continuing to write my own ideas, I decided to first throw it as a question to you all, the readers of this blog :)! So, if you truly loved and respected yourself, who would you be? What would you do? More importantly, what are the things you wouldn’t be, or do?

I have found that sometimes, to be able to answer questions of this nature, and for more clarity, it is essential to have a clear understanding of what it is that we would NOT want. Now go ahead, take some time to think about these questions :)… In tomorrow’s blog I’ll return with more.

Have a great day/evening 🙂

And some may prefer these hotels :)

1. Giraffe Manor, Kenya


The Giraffe Manor was built by Sir David Duncan in 1932 as a private home surrounded by over 140 acres of its own park and forest. In 1974, Jock Leslie-Melville bought the manor and founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. The Melvilles set about making the Manor a refuge for a number of endangered species like the Rothschild giraffe.


Now travelers from all over the world visitthe Manor to dine with the giraffes and enjoy the Manor’s welcoming and warm accommodations. If I ever traveled to Africa, this would definitely figure on my sightseeing and staying at list!

2. Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge, Kenya

sarova-salt-lick-exteriorYet another of Kenya’s beautiful and exciting hotels, the Sarova Saltlick Game Lodge is any wildlife enthusiast’s’ fantasy. The hotel was built ecologically, to fit into the habitat of the wild animals that roam through its premises.

It is located in the middle of the Taita Hills Sanctuary, a private wildlife conservatory located about a 6 hour drive away from the capital of Nairobi, and is made up of rooms on stilts located right above the animal watering holes. The rooms are connected by walkways that allow the guests to enjoy front row view of the wildlife below.

3.  King Pacific Lodge, Canada

photoNow for a hotel that is actually in the water. The King Pacific Lodge is considered the only hotel in the world where guests float on the water as they rest. Unlike a cruise ship, the hotel is comfortable and feels much homier.

The hotel travels through one of the largest nature reserves in the world, Princess Royal Island, which is full of magnificent flora and fauna.


It is the ultimate vacation for luxury adventure travelers as it is located at the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on the western coast of British Columbia. However, the hotel is only open from May to October.

The resort is only accessible by float plane as the Great Bear Rainforest protects some of the world’s most endangered animals, like the Spirit Bear, Orca Whales, bald eagles and wolves.

Oh dear… decisions, decisions — go to Marques de Riscal, Spain, first, or to British Columbia?… hmmmmmm!!! Perhaps toss a coin 😉


3 extraordinary hotels

Searching the internet for something, I came upon these absolutely spectacular hotels. Making a mental note to put them on my bucket list, I decided to write about them here as well!

1. Marques de Riscal, Spain

lux1539ex_109637_xxLocated in the Vinos de los Herederos del Marques de Riscal vineyard near the medieval village of Elciego, this beautiful hotel is a wine connoisseur’s dream. The wine cellars at the bottom of the hotel were designed in 1858 by the architect Ricardo Bellsola.

The hotel has 43 luxury rooms, each unique and different in their shapes due to the outlandish structure of the building. Thus, each room offers a different view out into the spectacular vineyards.


I am quite frankly, stunned by the architecture, which is at once absolutely gorgeous, and yet surreal! I thought I had already seen the best of Frank Gehry’s architectural feats but for me, this beats them all! I can not find enough adjectives to describe it!

2. Desert Lotus Hotel, Mongolia

untitledIn the isolated Xiangshawan Desert in Mongolia lies a magnificent hotel surrounded by a circle of white tents. The tents were rotated at 45 degrees and connected together to look like a lotus flower.

The resort was built without tiles and bricks due to the rugged climate, and instead with ‘greener’ materials that take advantage of the solar, water and wind energy in the desert. The tents were erected to protect the hotel against the elements.

Due to its difficult geographic condition, a new structural system was developed by the builders of the hotel to keep it in place. Instead of using concrete or water, the building is fixed with steel panels with sand at its base.

3.  Lake Palace, India

JamesBondLocations04_CNT_24Aug12_istock_b_646x430A hotel floating on water, the Lake Palace has 83 rooms and suites all decked with marble floors. The hotel is located on a large rock called Jag Niwas Island, in Lake Pichola.

The hotel has a speed boat that transports guests to and fro. It has many times been voted the most romantic hotel in India, and in the world, and the James Bond movie Octopussy, made it famous all over the world. It was built between 1743-1746 under the direction of Maharana Jagat Singh II, the 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar. It was meant to be a royal summer palace and was originally called Jag Niwas after its founder.

lw1891_28050970_720x450And lastly, never forget to keep dreaming of experiences you’d like to have… write them down on a piece of paper… allow yourself to feel the energy of what it would be like to have this dream come true, and then relax and allow it to manifest… It may take a while but it will show up… just believe and trust :)!

If any reader has been to an extraordinary place they would like me to write about, please let me know… thank you! 🙂


C’est la vie :)

Saw these great jokes (even if they’re old, good jokes always need a repeat), and wanted them on the blog! They were under the heading ‘British Humor’, and we do know that their humor is a world apart :)!


8 years old, Hateful little bugger. Bites!!

1/2  Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor’s dog.

Mother is a Kennel Club registered German  Shepherd.  Father is a Super
Dog,  able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

Also 1 gay bull for  sale.

Must sell washer and dryer;  £100.*

Worn once by  mistake. Call Stephanie.

And the WINNER is…
Complete set of Encyclopaedia  Britannica, 45 volumes. Excellent
condition, £200 or best offer. No longer needed Got married. Wife knows


Here are some more to tickle your funny bone 🙂

TEACHER: Why are you late?
STUDENT: Class started before I  got here.

TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell  ‘crocodile?’
TEACHER: No, that’s wrong
GLENN: But you  asked me how I spell it.  (I Love  this

TEACHER: Winnie, name one  important thing we have today that  we didn’t
have ten years ago.
WINNIE: Me! (Love this child too)

TEACHER: Glen, why do you always  get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I’m a  lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me  frankly, do you say prayers before  eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don’t  have to, my Mum is a good cook.

TEACHER: __Clyde__ , your composition on ‘My Dog’  is exactly the same as
your  brother’s… Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It’s the same  dog.
(I want to adopt this  kid!!!)

And last but not least 🙂

Due to current economic conditions,  the light at the end of the tunnel  has
been turned off!!!


Food as medicine (4) — managing blood sugar levels

High Blood Sugar is one of the most common health menaces today. Here are some natural ways to keep it in balance, and prevent and manage diabetes. Eating the right foods can certainly go a long way to stabilize blood sugar levels, protect our heart, and even save our vision from the harmful effects of diabetes.

The following nine foods can be very effective in helping us balance our blood sugar levels, and avoiding, or managing, diabetes:

1. Apples

At a long-term research in Finland, researchers found that men who ate the
largest amount of apples had 20% less diabetes or heart associated death.
Their research indicated that the active ingredient responsible for this was
quercetin. If you can’t find apples or don’t like them, other lesser but still good sources of quercetin are onions, tomatos, green vegtables and forest berries.

2. Cinnamon

A research at the Human Nutrition Institute, Maryland, found that if you add just half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day to your diet, your cells will gradually become more sensitive to insulin, metabolizing sugar into energy more efficiently, and controlling blood sugar levels better.

Diabetes patients who received an extract of cinnamon every day for forty days
straight, experienced a noticeable reduction of blood sugar levels after a meal, as well as marked improvement in their cardiovascular health.

Cinnamon can be added to almost anything, so keep it handy and add just a bit every day to cooked or uncooked food — it may prolong your life!

3. Citrus Fruits

People suffering from diabetes often have a shortage of vitamin C in their bodies. Citrus fruits are chock full of vitamin C and antioxidants — making them a wonderful addition to your daily diet!

4. Cold Water Fish

Diabetics in general have a higher incidence of heart disease — as such, a diet rich in  Omega-3 amino acids, also known as ‘the good fat’ and found in cold water fish, can reduce the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol while raising the levels of ‘good’ cholesterol.

5. Fiber rich foods

Not only does it help reduce those frequent trips to the bathroom, but research at the university of Texas found that people who raised their daily fiber intake from 24 grams to 50, experienced dramatic improvements in their blood sugar levels. In fact, the fiber rich diet is considered no less effective than certain diabetes medicines.

6. Legumes

Legumes are a great addition to soups, salads and a variety of other foods. This low fat, low calorie ingredient is also rich in fiber and proteins, helping to reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Fibers slow the release of glucose in the blood, which prevents the rise in blood sugar levels.

8. Dark Chocolate

Researchers at Tufts university found that dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can improve a cell’s sensitivity to insulin (much like cinnamon does) and may reduce the risk of diabetes.

7. Green Tea

Research shows that chronic inflammation caused by fat-rich foods, little to no exercise and a diet lacking in proper amounts of fruits, vegetables, and ‘good fats’
can increase your chances of getting hit with cardiovascular disease and sabotage the body’s attempts to absorb the sugar in your blood.

A simple solution to this problem is to drink green tea and orange juice. They are replete with substances that prevent and fight inflammation. Green tea is also a wonderful source of antioxidants.

9. Apple-cider vinegar

Two spoons of apple-cider vinegar taken before a meal can help reduce blood sugar levels, according to a research done at university of Arizona. The study tested three groups of people: healthy,  those showing early diabetes, and full on diabetes.

The results: An hour after taking the apple-cider vinegar, the patients with diabetes had a 25% reduction in their blood sugar levels; the healthy and those with early signs of diabetes showed a 50% reduction in their blood sugar levels.

Make a list of these nine foods and add them to your grocery shopping regularly, whether or not you have the blood sugar problem. They are also preventives!