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Winners Never Quit.
From an old email posted to all Team 1 Members in Oct 2006

Dear friends,

The other day somebody sent me a mail which carried this story. Usually in most cases we always see people cribbing about all the hurdles that they have and not making a sincere effort to come out of it. However, the ones who make earnest efforts to overcome them, don’t have time to cry. If we can learn from this story and make a difference to our lives, believe me the world would be a better place to live in. Let us try to inspire others by practicing that what we want others to emulate in their lives.

Winners Never Quit (Author and source of the story is not known)

A little girl – the 20th of 22 children, was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contracted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralysed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had developed a rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day she actually won a race, and then another. From then on she won every race she entered. Eventually this little girl – Wilma Rudolph, went on to win three Olympic gold medals. Winners never quit !

Best regards,

Ramesh Menon

Get a green colleague

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An excerpt from a nice article from Mid-Day Mumbai. Happy reading.

Get a green Colleague

A plant on your desktop can reduce fatigue symptoms by 30%, absenteeism by 14% and increase productivity by 12%, new studies reveal. Life@work’s shows you how the colour of envy is also the colour of therapy

Keeping a Feng Shui Bamboo plant on your desk for luck is passé. Pot a plant for good health, instead. Several studies point towards the health benefits of a green desktop.

Bonsai benefit: Saumil Patel with his instant rejuvenators”
Saumil Patel, MD, Inega Modeling Management vouches for it

Bharat Soni

“I keep two Bonsai plants on a shelf, directly above my computer. When my eyes feel tired, I just glance at them; they rejuvenate me almost instantly, relieve me of stress and keep me calm,” says Saumil, who has made foliage part of his office and reception interior.

Recognising the demand for office plants, Bharat Soni, director of Go Green nursery near Panvel, has developed tabletop landscape trees that require minimum maintenance. Companies like ICICI and Reliance have picked up his tabletop landscapes.

Colour therapy

Colour therapist Dr Daisy Sha tells you how a plant on your desk helps

“The benefits are many, and the effort involved isn’t too much,” she says. Dr Sha tells you how hues and shapes of plants influence your life, according to Sankhya philosophy.
* Invest in a plant with smooth-edged leaves; this improves workplace relationships. Also recommended for those with a history of heart disease. Pointed/ jagged leaves represent intrusion.

* Since green is also the colour of the heart chakra, being surrounded by foliage attracts love and happiness.

* Plants with flowers indicate fertility. Keep one on your tabletop if you suffer from sexual problems caused by work stress, or your busy lifestyle does not allow you time for intimate relationships.

* The colour green keeps you calm, and soothes tension between colleagues.

* The colour also helps you resolve inner conflict.

Top 9 benefits of green thumbs at work

Dr Bajan

Dr Kushrav Bajan, consultant physician at Hinduja Hospital , Mahim, says plants have physical and psychological benefits. Here’s why your tabletop should go green:
1. Purifies the air: Plants purify the air by exchanging the carbon dioxide we exhale for oxygen; recent studies also suggest that plants can filter volatile compounds such as benzene from the atmosphere.

2. Negates side effects of modern equipment: Office plants are an inexpensive method of cleansing the air of toxic gases emitted from modern office equipment, for example fax machines, computers and photocopiers. Build-up of these gases can cause headaches and irritation to the eyes.

3. Humidity control: Washington State University research showed that plant transpiration in an office environment creates a humidity level exactly matching the recommended human comfort range of 30% to 60%.

4. Reduces fatigue: A study conducted among workers of the Norwegian State Oil Company revealed that plants reduced health problems, with symptoms of fatigue falling by 30%, and headaches by 20%.

5. Reduces absenteeism: Agricultural University in Oslo , Norway , found that when plants were included in office buildings, the sum of 12 symptoms was 23% lower. This translated into a 14% decrease in absenteeism.

6. Keeps you on your toes: A study conducted by the University of Washington found that in workers in a windowless office, plants brought about a 12% quicker reaction time in computer tasks, and lowered blood pressure levels.

7. Reduce noise levels: Interior plants absorb background noise in buildings, making the environment more comfortable for occupants.

8. Increases energy levels: Plants are a sight for sore eyes, especially for those who spend hours in front of the computer. “This rejuvenates you and improves energy levels,” says Dr Bajan.

9. Boosts productivity: Studies reveal that productivity increases by 12% in the presence of plants. A feeling of being more attentive was also reported.

Cut’n’keep guide to desktop plants

Ramchandra Patil

Ramchandra Patil, senior horticulturist at Go Green Nursery, helps you choose
Chlorophytum or Ribbon Grass: This tiny plant releases oxygen better, when compared to other plants. Replace every 3 months.
Table Palm: It’s attractive, low-maintenance and sturdy. The slightly-larger Areca Palm is perfect for a cabin. Palm plants reduce office pollution, symptoms of headaches, nausea and eye problems.
Philodendron or Dumb Cane: Since it is planted as a moss stick plant, the moss keeps the temperature down. Always keep it moist.
Dracaena: Different varieties of this plant grow pink, beige and yellow leaves. It’s pleasing to the eye, and will add colour to your desk.
Syngonium: The leaves of this plant are heart shaped, and are available in colours such as pale green and pink.
Noise reducing plants include Spathiphyllum Wallisii (Peace Lily), Philodendron Scandens (Sweetheart Plant), Ficus Benjamina (Weeping Fig) and Dracaena Marginata (Madagascan Dragon Tree).

Maintenance guide for indoor plants

Water: Indoor plants do not require too much water, but they need to be kept moist at all times. If the soil feels moist, do not water it.

Substitute for sunlight: You can grow almost anything if there is enough artificial light. Make sure the lighting is not too dim. There are a variety of lights that work well on plants, such as incandescent (regular light bulbs) and fluorescent lighting.

Fertilizers: Organic manure should be given twice a year.

Plant container: Clay containers allow roots to breathe and are heavy enough to stabilise large plants, but they are also fragile. Plastic is inexpensive

You are Unique and One of a Kind

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Each one of you are precious in this world, with your own talents, merits, experience and expertise. Share it with others today itself, because you never know whether tomorrow exists, may be tomorrow never comes. Pass on your tales to the generations to come. Enjoy being in this world, each moment, whatever you do, wherever you are. You are Unique and One of a Kind. Use every opportunity. Do not hold on to them, and wait for tomorrow. Spread your creativity and imagination around. Create your own world with positive minded and Quality people.

Welcome to e-world of Ramesh Menon

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to the infinite world of thoughts and ideas. A small spark, some time give rise to large & wild fires. Let your imagination, creativity, writing skills, intelligence freak out. Come on in, and share your views favoring and against, what you see around. Let you and me and every one who surrounds us deal each task with a quality perspective. The touch of you should mean Quality and Positivity, that would bring fear in your critics. Let that be your attitude.

Sincere thanks to Mr. Mohan Ayyar for bringing the suggestion to creat a blog.

Let God’s Grace Prevail,

Ramesh Menon