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Dear Subscriber,

A Billion Stories will be under maintenance from 27th July 2011 till 31st.
In this time you may receive Test Emails since you have subscribed to A Billion Stories.

Since we ourselves will have no way to stop email notification to our subscribers, we request you to kindly delete/ignore any email that has "TEST" in its heading (subject).

We will try to keep such test emails to a minimum.
Any inconvenience though is deeply regretted.

Apart from this aspect A Billion Stories would still be fully operational – an advantage we gain by being hosted on the cloud.
So you can continue to submit your work or enjoy reading.

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I am happy to swim you through my pool of dreams – the dream of every man; the dream of realizing the eternity in the whips of being a Man. A man, who assumes a divine in his soul and a devil in action, swims to get to a place where nobody has gone. A place that everything happens right the first time is the dream that I wanted to share with you. So, I welcome you all on-board – The Indian Dream Cruise, the journey on the pool of dreams.

I have heard that when Lord Krishna was born in the world, the entire world celebrated. So did happen to me, I peeked to see the world when Kapil Dev carried home the first world cup – crackers, sweets and chocolates entered a new benchmark sales figure. It looked as if Bharath celebrates my birth. People say that too many good things happen in quick succession. I believed that happened to India.

I was 5 when my mom used to say that I am Lord Krishna. ”Ek! Me & Krishna,” said me thinking that she was crazy. Anyways after all I am her tiny little boy. “Yes, my boy, You share the same star with Lord Krishna. You share the birth day as that of Him and you are dark as he is”, said my Mom. I felt she is crazy but I loved the way she portrayed me.

I was 10 when I first realized that I am Lord Krishna. I wasn’t sophisticated, smart, good looking and I didn’t have a mobile phone, But, girls were always around me. I had no reasons to attract girls except that I had the star of Lord Krishna. I started to believe that I was Lord Krishna. I even tried lifting the hill near my house with my little finger but ended up lifting only a small stone.

I was 15 and I dreamt a lot. I wanted to be a driver. I wanted to be a scientist. I wanted to be an astronaut. I wanted to be a strict police man. I wanted to be a pilot. But I realized that I won’t be able to realize all. So I decided to realize my mom’s dream. She wanted me to be a first ranker in my class. So I decided to work to get the first rank. But it was not easy as it looks. The girl next door buries her head inside the book all the time. The bi-focal spectacle of power 10 that she wears could tell how much a geek she is. This was a mammoth task and I was determined to get there.

I had planned to join French to get an edge in language, to get a quick lead. So I joined the French class couple of bus-stops away. My teacher was as old as the oldest tortoise on earth but still she had a beautiful teenage maid to assist her. I know I forgot to learn French because I wasn’t learning it in the class. So my scores were in single digits. Since, I knew I am Lord Krishna, I was entrusted with the power to change. So I manipulated the French scores to get the lead and got the First First Rank. My mom was happy. My friends were happy. Even the girl next door was happy for me. But I wasn’t.

Finally exams neared, I had never studied French. Since, I had a streak of all first rank the whole year, my mom expected me to top the exams. Five days before the exams when all my friends were reading – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics – while I was loudly saying “Comment allez-vous?”. Seeing this, my mom who had brought a cup of coffee said, “Here is my boy, He has finished all subjects and now reading language”. I felt like telling all my mischief to my mom. But I know I am lord Krishna and wanted to show that I can still do whatever I like.

Final exams came. Though I slipped her expectation in the total scores, I managed to score 197/200. I know I am Lord Krishna.

Few years passed, the college days were dramatic and never did I feel that I was lord Krishna until the campus interviews were scheduled. I had a fabulous one hour session of answering questions. When I opened the doors of the room where the interview was held, I realized that I am lord Krishna. Tens and hundreds of my class mates surrounded me for postmortem of the interview. I boosted the morale of my classmates with one of my good old speeches on “motivation” and many turned out to be my colleagues in a few days.

In this whimsical materialistic world, many a times we put ourselves in a situation where with sheer determination we do a miraculous job. Each of us is Lord Krishna. But the selfish deterministic buoyant actions rarely end in happiness. As I had realized that to get to the real happiness, the soul and the action should be divine. If we were to be this Lord Krishna, the World would be heaven over night. I leave you here in ‘The Indian Dream Cruise’. I am going to jump into the pool of dreams. I have decided to change the World with a divine soul and action. I hope I will meet you in this pool of dreams sometime. Determination Triumphs. -JiJi

Submitted on: Thu Jul 14 2011 09:45:53 GMT-0700 (PDT)
Category: Original
Language: English
Copyright: A Billion Stories (http://www.abillionstories.com)


काकः कृष्णः, पिकः कृष्णः,
को भेदः पिक काक योः |
वसंत समये प्राप्ते,
काकः काकः, पिकः पिकः ||

सुभाषितानी

Translation:
Both a crow and cuckoo are black.
There is no telling between the two.
But when spring arrives,
a crow is a crow and a cuckoo is a cuckoo. -देवसुत

Submitted on: Thu Jul 07 2011 22:48:21 GMT+0530 (IST)
Category: Ancient Wisdom
Language: Sanskrit
Copyright: Copy Free


Well…
This is my story…
When I got married (almost 8 years back) and built a new house (almost 6 years back), we lived in peace for a year. I will come to what destroyed our peace later. But first a piece of fact.

My wife was a zoologist and by practice used to catch insects like the grasshopper or the beetle by hand without damaging the insects body. She was good at it since she had to do this to collect samples for her zoology projects in college.

However, she was afraid of reptiles and especially the wall-lizard.

Well, I did not care much of the wall-lizard. I did not mind it – till it fell over me. But my wife would ensure that all lizards would be out of the house. Every time she used to find one, she used to take a broom and do the needful of putting the lizard out of the house. Sometimes, I would be forced to do the needful. You know, anything for a wife!!

So, now coming back to the second year after our house was built, we lost our peace. There would be a 100 cockroaches in the kitchen, in the bedroom and all over the house. And we spent 2 cans of big HIT (Insecticide) every month killing these. For 4 years this continued. HIT would come with our monthly supplies like dal and atta. At about 400/- per month for 4 years means approximately 18,000/- – spent just on insecticide (poison!).

But 2 years back peace returned.

When my wife had gone to her native place, I did not do anything to the lizards. A couple found permanent residence in my house. On my wife’s return, when she detected these – she tried and failed to put them out of the house. Well.. long story short, the lizards stayed.

And then we realized we are not buying that much HIT anymore. My wife developed a soft corner for the lizards after she saw them eating cockroaches!

Well, today we are happy. We do not buy HIT anymore. And yes, we have a dozen lizards at home who mind their own business and we are happy with that. In fact, we are really happy with that.
-देवसुत

Submitted on: Tue Jul 05 2011 05:12:47 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Category: Original
Language: English
Copyright: A Billion Stories (http://www.abillionstories.com)


ಹಳೆ ಅಕ್ಕಿ
ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಅನ್ನ
ಹೊಸ ಅಕ್ಕಿ
ಸುಳ್ಳೆ ಅನ್ನ
ಅಜ್ಜಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದು
ನಾನು ಕೇಳಿದ್ದು
ಹನ್ನೆರಡರಲ್ಲಿ,
ಸರಿ ಎನಿಸಿದ್ದು
ಅರವತ್ತರಲ್ಲಿ !
– ದೇವಪ್ರಿಯ -Devapriya

Submitted on: Sat Jul 02 2011 20:07:20 GMT-0700 (PDT)

Category: Original
Language: Kannada
Copyright: A Billion Stories (http://www.abillionstories.com)

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