Thursday, August 30, 2007

New Words

One reason for Wednesday's triple-digit rebound -- with some 100 points gained in the
final hour of trading alone, is that volume again is light -- which tends to skew the
market's movements. Advancing issues led decliners by about 5 to 1 on the New York Stock
Exchange, where consolidated volume came to 2.77 billion compared to 2.35 billion on Tuesday.

"He hasn't spoken on the economy in about a month and a half, and it's clearly incumbent
upon him to make some kind of statement,"

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Mohandas Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi

  • Born: 2 October 1869
  • Birthplace: Porbandar, India
  • Died: 30 January 1948 (assassination)
  • Best Known As: Non-violent leader of Indian independence

Mohandas K. Gandhi studied law in England, then spent 20 years defending the rights of immigrants in South Africa. In 1914 he returned to India and became the leader of the Indian National Congress. Gandhi urged non-violence and civil disobedience as a means to independence from Great Britain, with public acts of defiance that landed him in jail several times. In 1947 he participated in the postwar negotiations that led to Indian independence. He was shot to death by a Hindu fanatic in 1948.

Gandhi is sometimes compared with fellow humanitarians Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


by: Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

I AM restless. I am athirst for far-away things.
My soul goes out in a longing to touch the skirt of the dim distance.
O Great Beyond, O the keen call of thy flute!
I forget, I ever forget, that I have no wings to fly, that I am bound in this spot evermore.

I am eager and wakeful, I am a stranger in a strange land.
Thy breath comes to me whispering an impossible hope.
Thy tongue is known to my heart as its very own.
O Far-to-seek, O the keen call of thy flute!
I forget, I ever forget, that I know not the way, that I have not the winged horse.

I am listless, I am a wanderer in my heart.
In the sunny haze of the languid hours, what vast vision of thine takes shape in the blue of the sky!
O Farthest end, O the keen call of thy flute!
I forget, I ever forget, that the gates are shut everywhere in the house where I dwell alone!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Rabindranath Tagore

(born May 7, 1861, Calcutta, India — died Aug. 7, 1941, Calcutta) Bengali poet, writer, composer, and painter. The son of Debendranath Tagore, he published several books of poetry, including Manasi, in his 20s. His later religious poetry was introduced to the West in Gitanjali (1912). Through international travel and lecturing, he introduced aspects of Indian culture to the West and vice versa. He spoke ardently in favour of Indian independence; as a protest against the Massacre of Amritsar, he repudiated the knighthood he had received in 1915. He founded an experimental school in Bengal where he sought to blend Eastern and Western philosophies; it became Vishva-Bharati University (1921). He was awarded the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Monday, June 11, 2007


Confronting such a profusion, one risks taking short-term variations or insignificant fluctuations for long-term tendencies and losing any sense of pattern.

...because of their purely quantitative territorial element, various national liberations did engender decolonization...