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It has been quite a while since I have written something in my blog, and this post isn’t about any of my happy memories!

My relationship with AON Hewitt has been quite sour. They have been pathetic, their service pathetic, to sum it up, everything of theirs has been pathetic till date. I don’t think they are gonna mend their ways in the near future.

When I read their brochure regarding their student insurance policies, I was quite fascinated with the amount of cover they provide for a reasonably good premium. It was more than a month or so after coming to Netherlands, and I had a problem with my ceramic teeth. It was coming out quite often, and my teeth under it was paining quite a lot, since the enamel has been taken away. I called up the dentist at the university, and instead of fixing an appointment, I was turned down saying that since I was not registered with them yet, I cannot be treated by the dentist. Besides, they didn’t have a slot to fit me in. Couldn’t argue with them anyway, they are not gonna listen in the first place. Next I called up the number for emergency medical assistance. They gave me a contact to a dentist, and I got the appointment with them the very same day, and got treated.

 

As per AON’s brochure, I am eligible to apply for dental treatments as long as they are not for cosmetic purpose. I filled up the application for claim, sent them the original bill. It was more than two weeks since I had heard from them. I called them up to ask them for the reason why there has been no response from them yet regarding my claim. To my surprise, they said that they haven’t received anything. Anyway, they asked me to send the scanned copy of the claim form and the bill to their email address. As if this problem wasn’t enough, they sent me a letter two weeks later, saying that they cannot reimburse my claim, since it was not emergency! I asked myself, “Are these guys crazy?”! Then I emailed them stating the fact why it was an emergency. I got the reply that they considered the fact and that the amount would be reimbursed.

 

Three weeks were over, and nothing happened. After calling them, they said that I haven’t payed my first month’s premium, and that’s the reason why I haven’t been reimbursed yet. And the policy is that a person should be reimbursed within three weeks in case of medical expenses, regardless of the pending premium. I wasn’t even told earlier, and now this was the reason. Then they said that they would do the transaction as soon as possible. I paid their premium the very day, and after a week or so later, they paid me. Something which should be done in two weeks took more than two months!

 

Now, out of no reason, I was charged extra during the month of Jan, for which after repeated questioning and pestering, they paid me back the extra amount taken till then. Again in the month of February, I was charged extra, and I paid them, fearing the same trouble they would cause me when it comes to medical reimbursement. This month, I get a bill from them for an earlier policy which expired last month, again overcharged!

I have written various letters to them, made quite a lot of phone calls, but no avail. Hope things turn out good in the end. All these remind me of the problems which the common man faces quite often in India.

Dear friends,

I found this on line and thought I could share this among you. This is the original text of what Swami Vivekananda had read during the parliament of religions. It also contains a rare photo. 🙂

Please circulate it among your friends!

Vivekananda.pdf

Jayatu Bharatam!

A panda walked into a bar. He went up to the bar and said “I’d like a steak and kidney pie and a Coke please” so the barman took his order and the panda went to sit down. Soon a waiter brought over his meal. The panda ate it up, thanked and tipped the waiter and paid the bill.

All this seemed pretty normal until the panda pulled out a gun from the depths of his fur, pulled the trigger and BANG! shot at the waiter, but missed.

The barman came over and said “Wha.. wh.. You just tried shooting my friend!!!”

The panda calmly replied “Do you know what I am?”

“Why yes,” the barman answered. “You’re a panda.”

“Good,” the panda nodded “Now go home and look up ‘panda’ in the dictionary.” And with that, the panda walked out of the bar.

The barman was a little unsure, however he was very eager to be enlighted, so he went home to find his dictionary.

After a while, he found ‘panda’ and quickly read the definition:

PANDA:1. A black and white bear native to China. Eats shoots and leaves.

Letter to God

A little boy wanted Rs.50 very badly and prayed for weeks, but nothing happened.

Finally he decided to write God a letter requesting the Rs.50.

When the postal authorities received the letter addressed to God, INDIA, they decided to forward
it to the President of the India as a joke.

The President was so amused, that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy Rs.20.

The President thought this would appear to be a lot of money (Rs.50) to a little boy,
and he did not want to spoil the kid.

The little boy was delighted with Rs…20, and decided to write a thank you note to God,
which read:

“Dear God: Thank you very much for sending the money.
However, I noticed that you sent it through the Rashtrapati Bhavan(President House) in New Delhi , and those donkeys deducted Rs.30 as tax ……. “

Take note…don’t always sleep late!!!!!!!

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Good rest and sound sleep is very important… if u don’t sleep well,
The toxins in your body will accumulate… Affecting your health and your mood…

The main causes of liver damage are:
1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are the main cause..
2. Not urinating in the morning.
3. Too much eating.
4. Skipping breakfast.
5. Consuming too much medication.
6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring, and artificial sweetener.
7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best
Cooking oils like olive oil. Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
8. Consuming overly done foods also add to the burden of liver. Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried
Veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits is very important for our body to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals.

Because….

Evening 9 – 11pm:
is the time for eliminating unnecessary/ toxic chemicals (de- toxification) from the antibody system (lymph nodes). This time duration should be spent by relaxing or listening to music. If during this time a housewife is still in a un relaxed state such as washing the dishes or monitoring children doing their homework, this will have a negative impact on her health. 

Night at 11pm – 1am: The de-toxification process in the liver, and ideally should be done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 1 – 3am
: de-toxification process in the gall, also ideally done in a deep sleep state. 

Early morning 3 – 5am: de-toxification in the lungs. Therefore there will sometimes be a severe cough for cough sufferers during this time. Since the de-toxification process had reached the respiratory tract, there is no need to take cough medicine so as not to interfere with toxin removal process. 

Morning 5 – 7am: de-toxification in the colon, you should empty your bowel. 

Morning 7 – 9am: Absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, you should be having breakfast at this time. Breakfast should be earlier, before 6:30am, for those who are sick. Breakfast before 7:30am is very beneficial to those wanting to stay fit. Those who always skip breakfast, they should change their habits, and it is still better to eat breakfast late until 9 -10am rather than no meal at all. Sleeping so late and waking up too late will disrupt the process of removing unnecessary chemicals.

Midnight to 4am
is the time when the bone marrow produces blood. 

Therefore, have a good sleep and don’t sleep late.

Feel free Mr Husain! Go, paint Qatari leaders!!

March 10th, 2010

By Cho Ramaswamy

Now that M.F. Husain has settled in Qatar where there is total freedom, he is free of the shackles imposed by the Indian system on freedom of expression. All those who appreciate his art would now eagerly await his imaginative paintings of the leaders of Qatari society, hopefully not artistically clothed.

His fans would not expect him to confine nudity to Hindu deities alone; it would extend to all the religions. Having already painted his mother, daughter and Muslim kings fully robed, Mr Husain, being the freed citizen that he is now in Qatar, should be prepared to remove those clothes. How can the artist in him be satisfied with seeing Saraswati and Parvati alone in the nude?

Fortunately for art in the nude, the courts here cannot do anything to Mr Husain now that he has run away from the Indian judicial system. All the cases could be now buried amidst the pictures drawn by him. Both would mercifully go to the dustbin.

I am very anxious not to get branded as communal in my thinking. I want to be hailed as a secularist and so I would say with all the force I can command that Mr Husain has the inalienable right to depict the Hindu deities in the most obscene manner while taking care to paint even non-religious Muslims fully clothed.

He can claim that because he hates Hitler he painted him in the nude so he could humiliate him and in the same breath justify his nude pictures of Hindu goddesses as depiction of purity.

And because I am secular, I would also assert that his not returning to India is only to gain freedom from the Indian fascism and not to avoid being apprehended by the law enforcers in this country. Being a liberal-minded artist, he naturally is not able to put up with the protests which do not harm him in any way.

Shunning the Indian system and preferring the Qatar environment is not an act of hypocrisy but one of liberal, secular and free thought. And now that Mr Husain has established himself as such a stout campaigner for free expression, I must believe firmly that he will forcefully plead with his new protectors in Qatar to roll out of a bit of that red carpet to Taslima Nasreen, another hounded victim from the literary world.

– Cho S. Ramaswamy is a well-known political
analyst, actor, dramatist and editor of
Tamil magazine Tughlak

 

Tagging Birds
According to the Knight-Ridder News Service, the inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated:
Wash. Biol. Surv.
Until the agency received the following letter from an Arkansas camper:
“Dear Sirs:
While camping last week I shot one of your birds. I think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag and I want to tell you it was horrible.”
The bands are now marked Fish and Wildlife Service.

P.S. If you didn’t get the joke, read Wash. Biol. Serv. as “Wash. By all, serve” 😀