Symbolic Statues

You can go from one end of the world to the other among middle class group of people, the average person, and you ask them if they believe that these statues are actually divine or have spiritual power in themselves. Nearly everyone will answer no.

  448px-Lord_Muruga_Batu_Caves Statue – Lord Murugan [Malaysia]

Even in the midst of a vast array of this imagery, nearly everyone accepts the fact that it is symbolical and that it represents something that cannot be directly seen. It represents a power in nature which is in itself invisible.

The idea of this type of symbolism apparently arose from man’s study of his own environment.

It gradually dawned upon him that pure life, in its own essence, is invisible. We know it is present because of what it does but we do not know what it is. Therefore, when we begin to study life, we have to do it by examining living things. We are not able to understand the substance of energy or vitality or force but we are able to estimate its consequences.

Therefore, as we look around these in nature, we see an infinite diversity of living things, all of these living things supported by one essential, basic life principle.

Under such conditions, it must become obvious that this life principle has many appearances. It has as many forms and appearances as forms and appearances exist in nature. It is not only represented by picture, it is represented by sound or color.


Statue – Giant Buddha statue in Seoraksan (Mt.Seorak), Gangwon-do, South Korea

It is represented by mathematical formulas and astronomical observations and it is represented by now a very complex group of chemical and electronic symbols. And yet underneath all of this vast array of symbolism, it is obvious that there is one invisible life principle.

This principle separated from all living things is almost impossible to define. The only way we can define it is to reveal it through its own works.

Our ancient forebears were certain that all creation was a revelation of one principle. Therefore, in order to make a diagram or a picture of this principle, something had to be found that could be equated with everything that exists.

This symbol had to be inclusive enough to reveal the utter diversity of the divine power and yet at the same time sufficiently integrate it to realize or to represent the fact that this divine power was in the ultimate one, an indivisible principle manifesting constantly through utter diversity.


Statue – Jesus Christ [Rio de Janeiro – Brazil ]

It therefore seemed quite proper to select various symbols to represent this one indivisible but invisible unity at the source of existence. The Greeks have their pantheons of gods, so did the Egyptians and the Latins, the Hindus and the vast mass.

India ‘ready to let China keep Aksai Chin’ if neighbour country drops claim to Arunachal Pradesh

The bhai-bhai days may soon be reborn in bye-bye avatar along the India-China border.


Foreign ministry documents on border negotiations accessed by Mail Today reveal that India has signalled its readiness to let its Aksai Chin region remain in Chinese hands in exchange for recognition of Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory.
In other words, India is willing to give up its claims to Aksai Chin if China does the same for Arunachal.
China continues to push for territorial concessions in Arunachal Pradesh, which it has been eyeing for a long time, before moving forward on the long-standing border issue between the two countries.
Publicly, India has been holding to its stated position that there can’t be any territorial concessions. But behind the closed doors of the negotiating room, India has told China that it “may not be averse to status quo position”.
Simply put, it means that for China to give up its claim on the 90,000 sq km inside Arunachal, including Tawang, India could agree to give up 38,000 km sq of Jammu and Kashmir. That piece of land, called Aksai Chin in the Ladakh sector, has been in dispute since Pakistan annexed it and then illegally handed 5,180 sq km over to China in 1963.
Bargaining point
This contentious formula is not the stated position of New Delhi, but it is being considered a bargaining point, officials privy to the discussions have told Mail Today.
Any such proposal can only be implemented if a new government in New Delhi has enormous political will, because there is an unanimous resolution of the Indian Parliament of 1962 that India will ensure that it gets back all territory illegally occupied by China.
Several documents based on the notes made by Indian officials suggest that even after 16 rounds of boundary negotiations, the talks are effectively deadlocked. China insists it needs substantial concessions on Arunachal Pradesh and the entire disputed Eastern sector before a framework or a formula to resolve disputes in all sectors can be agreed to.
The boundary talks are currently in the second leg of a three-stage process. Both sides signed an agreement on political parameters in 2005, and are now negotiating a framework to resolve disputes in all sectors.
First stage
The first stage was to establish guiding principles, the second included evolving a consensus on a framework for the boundary, and the last step comprised carrying out its delineation and demarcation. This final stage involves delineating the border in maps and on the ground.
The 16th round of boundary negotiations earlier this year between National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and Chinese Special Interlocutor Yang Jeichi, a former Chinese foreign minister, also ended on a disappointing note, with India contesting the Chinese assertion that the boundary was never demarcated.
Menon has been a tough negotiator, responding strongly to Chinese suggestions of concessions and rejecting its maximalist approach.
The Indian side also says that both sides should, in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual understanding, make meaningful and mutually acceptable adjustments to their respective positions on the boundary question so as to arrive at a package settlement.
The Big Deal
A consensus is building where India and China may agree to territorial concessions. It means that for China to give up its claim on the 90,000 sq km inside Arunachal Pradesh, including Tawang, India could agree to give up 38,000 sq km of Jammu and Kashmir.
That piece of land, called Aksai Chin in the Ladakh sector, has been in dispute since Pakistan annexed it and then illegally handed 5,180 sqkm over to China in 1963.


Author – Saurabh Shukla

Surya Namaskara #Yoga #Meditation

India is known for its unity and diversity in culture, language, traditions and all else. But one thing that has remained constant throughout the centuries is yoga. The age old practice of yoga has been passed on from generation to generation and is still going as strong as it was a thousand years ago.

Yoga is known for its holistic healing properties. Be it physical fitness or mental wellness, yoga heals you all over.

One of the most iconic exercise series of the yoga is the Surya Namaskara set of exercises. This particular set of twelve exercises is said to be the only workout required to keep you fit and healthy.

There are two ways a set of Surya Namaskaras can be performed. One is by focusing on breathing and doing the set slowly and gracefully, and the other is by performing the set fast, one breath one exercise. The slower version relaxes your limbs and calms your mind down. The slower stretches tone your muscles making your body trimmer. The faster version is an excellent way to burn all those calories. The faster version acts as good as a cardio workout and helps you lose that flab.

The recommended number of repetitions for the Surya Namaskaras is Twelve. This means that you should do the set of twelve exercises for twelve times in order for it to show its full potential.

In this article, I will take you through the set of twelve exercises together known as the Surya Namaskaras.

1. The Namaskara Mudra


The Surya Namaskaras are started with a little prayer to the Sun for being our energy. Each set of repetitions has its own little mantra.

  1. Om Mitraya Namah.
  2. Om Ravaye Namah.
  3. Om Suryaya Namah.
  4. Om Bhanave Namah.
  5. Om Khagaya Namah.
  6. Om Poosne Namah.
  7. Om Hiranyagarbhaya Namah.
  8. Om Marichaya Namah.
  9. Om Adityaya Namah.
  10. Om Savitre Namah.
  11. Om Arkaya Namah.
  12. Om Bhaskaraya Namah.

Chanting the little mantra before each set will energise our body for the twelve exercises that we are about to do.

2. The Ardha Chakra Asana


As the name states, this asana is a half-moon shaped asana. We bend backwards with our hands stretched overhead. Breathe in slowly while reaching this position. Do not over exert yourself. Bend only so much that you are comfortable with.

Breathing is very important. Take a slow deep breath IN for this asana.

3. Paada Hastha Asana


Paada means foot. Hastha means hand. In this asana, we bend forwards touching our feet with our hands. Breathe out while bending forwards. Again, do not over bend yourself down. If you cannot touch your feet in the beginning, do not worry. Slowly, with regular practice, you will start bending more.

Breathing out is very important here. Release your breath as you bend forward.

4. Ashwa Sanchalana Asana


Ashwa means horse. In this posture, we take up the form of a reigned horse. This posture requires us to breathe in. From the Paada Hastha asana, move your right leg backwards, keeping the left leg as it is. Place your hands on either side of your left leg and look up while breathing in.

Breathing in while doing this posture is important.

5. Parvata Asana


Parvata means mountain. In this asana, we take up the posture of a mountain. From the Ashwa Sanchalana asana. Bring your left leg backwards to join your right leg and lift up the central part of your body to come to a mountain pose. Breathe out for this posture.

Make sure that both your feet are firmly on the ground. The heels of your feet should not lift up. If you find that your heels are lifting up, shift your hands closer to your feet. With regular practice, you will find that your heels will no longer lift up. Breathe OUT during this posture.

6. Ashta Anga Namaskara


Ashta means eight. Anga means limbs. In this posture, we are saluting the sun god with eight limbs.

From the Parvata asana, go down onto the floor such that your feet, knees, stomach, chest, palms, chin, nose and forehead touch the ground. These form the eight limbs that we salute the sun god with. Make sure your bottom does not touch the floor. Keep your mid-section raised.

Breathe in while you are entering this posture.

7. Bhujanga Asana


Bhujanga in Sanskrit means snake. This posture resembles the snake when it is ready to strike.

From the Ashta Anga Namaskara, relax your legs onto the ground, lower your mid-section and raise your torso off the ground keeping your hands flat on the ground.

Breathe IN while entering the cobra pose.

8. Parvata Asana


Again, we go back to the Parvata asana from the Bhujanga asana. Lift up your mid-section while keeping your feet and palms where they are and breathe out to enter into the Parvata asana.

9. Ashwa Sanchalana asana


We go back to the horse posture  from the Parvata asana. This time bring your right foot forward leaving the left foot behind. In the first Ashwa Sanchalana asana, we had the left foot forward. Now we do the Ashwa Sanchalana asana with the opposite foot.

Breathe IN while entering this pose.

10. Paada Hastha asana


Bring your left foot to join your right foot forward. Leave your hands where they are and lift up to enter into the Paada Hastha asana

Make sure to breathe OUT for this asana.

11. Ardha Chakra Asana


Lift your hands upwards and bend backwards to enter into Ardha chakra asana. Breathe IN while entering this posture.

12. Namaskara Mudra


Release your breath, relax your breath and come back to the Namaskara mudra.

This completes one repetition of the Surya Namaskaras. It is advised to perform twelve repetitions of the above set of  exercises for maximum benefit.

It is said that we do not require any other kind of exercises if we do the Surya Namaskaras every day. Celebrities swear by this wondrous exercise to stay fit and healthy. It is rumoured that Kareena Kapoor repeats the Surya Namaskaras 120 times every day. No wonder she is so fit.

We can speed up the exercise according to our breathing style. Based upon personal experience, I suggest doing six cycles with a slow breathe-in breathe-out technique and the rest six cycles doing one asana per breath.

The Surya Namaskaras are a holistic cycle of exercises keeping us healthy wealthy and wise.          

Traditional Homemade Anti-Aging Medicines That Work aging #Fashion #Beauty #Ayurveda


Here are the top natural anti-aging medicines:


1. Honeyhoney1

Honey is nature’s best moisturizer and we all know that to keep wrinkles at bay, our skin needs to be properly moisturized at all times. Apply honey on your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes to hydrate your skin and get rid of fine lines.

2. Almond, rosewood and sandalwood oilsalmond-oil

A mixture of these three oils can do wonders for your skin! Apply the mixture onto your skin and gently massage and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Regular use will get rid of wrinkles, fine lines as well as crow’s feet!


3. Almond and milkalmond-milk

You can make a face pack by soaking almonds overnight, grinding it and mixing it with milk. Apply the pack on your face and leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. You will see a visible difference in your skin.


4. Lemon juicelemon-juice

This is a great natural remedy if you want to lighten your skin and get rid of age spots and other blemishes. 

5. Mashed strawberries

Strawberries are yummy and full of anti-oxidants which are useful to keep aging at bay! Now you can apply mashed strawberries on your face and see age spots and fine lines disappear when you rinse the pack off.


6. ShilajitShilajit

This is a magical Ayurvedic medicine that is used for curing different ailments. It is also known for its wondrous anti-aging properties. It is a sticky substance that is blackish-brown in color found in rock formations in the Himalayas. It is sold in capsule form and regular use will definitely keep you younger-looking.


7. Rasayana

This is another wonderful Ayurvedic medicine that is used to rejuvenate not only our skin but also the mind and body. It is a mixture of as many as 40 different herbs and minerals that takes weeks to prepare and complete.


8. Chyawanprash

Chyawanprash is a part of the Ayurvedic Rasayanas. It is a mixture of herbs, minerals and fruits that help keep the body and mind rejuvenated. If you are looking for a potent anti-aging medicine that has added health benefits, this is the one for you!


9. Ashwaganda


In the Ayurvedic stream, Ashwaganda is one of the most powerful Rasayana remedies and is often used on its own for rejuvenation. It is often called the Indian ginseng due to its magical rejuvenating powers.


10. Amla oilamla-oil-benefits-for-hair

This is probably one of the most commonly used fruits in Ayurvedic and other natural remedies. It is used for hair care and when used for skin care, it can give you many benefits including wrinkle-free and supple skin.

To keep your skin, body and mind rejuvenated, there is no better way than going natural and using safe, chemical-free medicines to give you the youthful skin you desire!


International Linear Collider (ILC) — What new discoveries can bring to us?

The ILC is a proposed next high energy particle collider. If built, it will collide electrons and positron at the highest energy that we’ve collided these particles.  Electrons and positrons are elementary particles, which means that when you collide them, they don’t break apart into their constituents like the protons of the LHC do.  This means that energy that is quoted, is the actual energy of collisions.  At the LHC, the vast majority of collisions are at vastly lower energies.  For instance, at the LHC the past run had an energy of 8000 GeV, but there were very few collisions with energies more than 2000 GeV. 
The ILC is planned to run at several energies: 250 GeV, 500 GeV and 1000 GeV.  As such, it won’t be the highest energy collider in the world, but energy isn’t the only thing.

The ILC is a linear collider rather than a collider built upon a circular storage ring.  As such, it is more like a drag race rather a NASCAR race.  The longer you have to accelerator, the more energy you have.  Thus the increase in energy corresponds to actually extending the accelerator.  I believe the full length is slated to be 30km long!  Yes, a single room 3000 football fields long.  This is roughly  the size of the LHC, which is a circular tunnel 27km long.   So nothing that is beyond what current civil engineering projects can easily achieve.

The benefit of colliding electrons and positrons is that the events are immensely clean, meaning that there are very particles produced, a few dozen to a few hundred in a typical event.   In contrast, the LHC is produce thousands of particles.  You can really understand what every particle is doing. This means, that the ILC will be able to measure properties of particles very well.  It may also be able to discover particles that had been hidden in the messy environment of the LHC.  Essentially the background (or “noise” in engineering parlance) is much lower, so signal-to-background is much better.

One of the killer apps of the ILC is to be able to measure the properties of the Higgs boson to the several percent accuracy level.  This is will let us know really if the Higgs boson is the particle that we think it is.

Another aspect of the ILC is that it can potentially discover dark matter in a much more robust way than the LHC can. 

The current status is that the Technical Design Report (TDR) was just completed (about 5 days ago) after a decade of work.  This is the document that specifies all of the details that will go into the engineering and construction designs. 

Currently Japan has shown the most initiative at building the ILC. It is in the political party material of both major political parties.  Isn’t that shocking, a government and populace that really cares about science!  Contrast that with the US which is all about scaling back the future of science and it’s shocking.  Japan currently says that it needs some sizeable international contribution to make the project happen, it’s unclear whether this is a true necessity, or whether it is the government trying to gauge the international level of interest.  If Japan green-lights the project, it will take roughly a decade to build the site and to install the accelerator and construct the detectors, meaning that first collisions will take place at earliest in the mid-2020s. 

The US federal government is currently completely uninterested in the ILC, having essentially zeroed out the funding for detector and accelerator R&D several years ago.  It also seems skeptical to provide any material contribution towards the funding of the accelerator.   Essentially, the Department of Energy has been given guidance that congress will not fund anything not on US soil and simultaneously not support any major new initiative. 

Europe seems potentially receptive to contributing to a Japanese ILC, but given that it the LHC upgrades and the future of CERN to map out, it isn’t an guaranteed.  Additionally, CERN also has the possibility of building another linear collider called CLIC that would start in the mid-to-late 2030s and be 1500 – 3000 GeV in energy, so while not directly competing with the ILC, this has not led to CERN being more aggressive in supporting the ILC.

Tata Teleservices To Offer Free Voice Minutes For Viewing Mobile Ads

In a bid tap into the growing mobile advertisement market, Tata Teleservices will soon start offering subscribers free voice minutes for viewing ads on their handsets before making calls.
It has tied-up with a few companies to show their ads, a move that will add to Tata Tele revenues. The company will launch the service in partnership with mAdcall, a sister concern of Astute systems.
‘GET’, a mobile advertising application will be available on the GSM as well as CDMA networks (Docomo and Indicom brands) and is compatible with Android, Java, Symbian and Blackberry. The application can also be accessed over Wi-Fi and Tata Docomo Internet.

Tata Tele has over 63 million subscribers across India.
The application enables video advertising on mobile and users can choose when or where they want to view a video commercial on their phone.

A company official said: “Users will be offered free voice minute, per advertisement viewed on their Docomo data enabled handset, for both pre-and post-pay customers.”
He added mobile users opting for the service will not be charged for data while using Tata Docomo Internet.
The advertisement will play on the handset without buffering on 2G, 3G or CDMA network.
“Users will be instantly rewarded with one minute of local or national talk-time for each advertisement viewed,” the official said.

It is the first operator to launch this application on GSM and CDMA technology in India, he added.
According to a recent report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International on digital advertising, 105 crore were spent on mobile ads in 2011-12.
The report said the number of active mobile Internet users had reached 48 million by March 2012 and as a result, advertisements placed on mobile phones and tablets are increasingly becoming commonplace.

The company is of the view that the application will benefit advertisers as they will get accuracy in data, as to who watched the video and when.
“The mobile users are not offered any ads if they are trying to make emergency calls, given the nature of the call being made. Also no ads are offered while making calls to toll free numbers, international calls or while in roaming in off-network locations,” the official said.

Bangalore Tops The List Of India’s Most Corrupt Cities: Study

The IT capital of India, Bangalore, tops the list of the most corrupt cities in the country, followed by another southern state, Chennai, according to an anti corruption website This anti-corruption site has been set up by Bangalore-based NGO Janaagraha, reports Christin Mathew Philip of TOI.


The website reveals that more than 22,000 people “confessed” of having paid bribe in some way or the other. Bangaloreans have paid 16 crore as bribe followed by Chennaiites with 7 crore, Mumbai- 6.97 crore, Delhi 4.4 crore, Hyderabad 2.9 crore, Kolkata 1.6 crore and Kochi 56, 101.

As stated by Joylita Saldanha, product manager of Janaagraha, Bangalore tops the corruption index mainly due to better knowledge about the organization and the website. He further exclaimed “There is also a good response from Chennai for the website. Most people are using the website to vent their anger at the system,” reports TOI.

“We get an average of 12,000 visits a day from across 544 cities in India. More than 20 ‘bribe experiences’ are reported on a daily basis from all parts of India. The amount varies from 4 lakh (for a seat in a medical college) to 20 (to be let off for a traffic offence),” Saldanha added.

The campaign is an initiative by Janaagraha with an aim to uncover the “market price of corruption” and help people to express their views about a leap in the current system, give them a platform to share their experiences related to bribe and people even ‘confess’ to have bribed someone.

Five Countries Which Do Not Have An Airport

In the era of manifold development where nations, cities or states are well equipped with advanced infrastructure, especially in terms of transportation and accessibility, there are still some countries that are yet to enjoy the benefit of having an airport.

Here are the names of such nations.    

1. Vatican City

vatVatican City is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. With an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of around 840, it makes Vatican City the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population. So, in a micro city-state like this, it would be physically impossible to fit a whole airport into the 0.44 km2 land area of the Holy city.  But, there is a heliport in the western corner, which is used for visiting heads and officials of the city-state. So, the nearest airport to the Vatican City is Rome Ciampino Airport.

2. Andorra


Andorra, a landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe, is the sixth smallest nation in Europe with an area of 468 km per square and an estimated population of 85,000. It is located in the eastern Pyrenees Mountains and bordered by Spain and France. Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 metres above sea level. Although, the country is by far large enough for an airport, but the surrounding mountains that are located would make landing conditions rather challenging if one were to be built. As such, this nation does not have airport till date. But, there are three heliports operating in this country. The nearest airports are in Lerida, Barcelona, Toulouse and Gerona. Considering its both population and land area, Andorra is the largest country with no airport.

3. Liechtenstein


An alpine country in Central Europe, Liechtenstein is the only double landlocked country in the world without an airport. The country is bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east and north. Its area is just over 160 square kilometres, and it has an estimated population of 35,000. It is the smallest yet the richest (in terms of GDP per capita) German-speaking country and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. The entire populations of Liechtenstein just have access to a heliport located in the southern town of Balzers. The nearest international airports are located at St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland and Friedrichshafen Airport in Germany, which have few scheduled flights. The nearest airport in Switzerland has rail services to Buchs and Sargans. From these towns, it is possible to catch a Postal Bus or a train to Liechtenstein.

4. Monaco


Monaco is a sovereign city-state, located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France and the Mediterranean Sea. With an area of just 2.02 square km and a population of 36,371, Monaco is the second smallest, and the most densely populated country in the world. Doe to its small and very compact geographical locations, theoretically there is no space for an airport in Monaco. It is one of the two airport free country that is not landlocked. The rich, famous, pretty, powerful and most of its masses usually fly to Cote d Azur Airport Nice in France and go by car, limo, bus, train or helicopter as that is the nearest airport. A heliport in the Monegasque district of Fontvieille, the Monte Carlo International Heliport, is the only aviation facility in the principality. It features shuttle service to and from the international airport at Nice, France.

5. San Marino


San Marino is a cooperative microstate surrounded by the country Italy. It is situated on the Italian Peninsula on the north-eastern side of the Apennine Mountains. San Marino has the smallest population of all the members of the Council of Europe. It is claimed to be the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world. There are no commercial airports in San Marino, but there is a small private airstrip located in Torraccia and an international heliport located in Borgo Maggiore. Most of the tourists who arrive by air, land at Federico Fellini International Airport, which is 9.9 miles away from San Marino itself and that is close to the city of Rimini, then travel by bus to reach to the main city.

India’s First Women’s-Only Bank #BharatiyaMahilaBank

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday inaugurated the “Bharatiya Mahila Bank” or Indian Women’s Bank, the country’s first women-oriented bank aimed at providing loans and financial services to women.


The bank, fully owned by the government, started with an initial funding of 10 billion rupees ($161 million) and an all-women board comprising eight members.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had announced setting up the bank in his budget speech in February, as part of government measures to generate employment opportunities and provide funding for women.

Many, including members of the opposition, welcomed the announcement at the time. But some commentators felt the move was populist and sought to attract female voters ahead of federal elections in May next year.

Sonia Gandhi, the president of India’s ruling Congress party, of which Mr. Chidambaram and Mr. Singh are members, has asserted that a dedicated women’s bank is aimed at improving the self-sufficiency of women.

“Only 26% women in the country today have bank accounts,” Mr. Chidambaram said at a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday, adding that a women’s-only bank will help increase this statistic.

Access to finance and banking not only helps empower women but also broadens the social base of development, thus fostering equitable growth. This is an area in which India lags far behind,” Prime Minister Mr. Singh said in his inaugural speech.

The bank, headquartered in New Delhi, will be headed by Usha Ananthasubramanian, a former executive director of Punjab National Bank, the country’s second largest state-run lender by assets. Tuesday was the launch of the inaugural branch in Mumbai.

Mr. Chidambaram said the bank is starting with seven branches and has a target to open 25 branches by March 2014. He expects the bank to open a branch in every state capital and eventually expand to smaller towns and villages, perhaps even overseas.

The bank’s priority will be women and it will design its products around them, he said.

Sachin Tendulkar Post Retirement Speech Full Text Video

Originally posted on Ramani's blog:

Sachin Tendulkar’s post retirement speech.

Humble,Emotional and Sensible.


Tendulkar retires.

Sachin Tendulkar retires.




* Friends please settle down, I’ll get more emotional! It’s hard to believe my wonderful journey is coming to an end.

* I have got a list of people to thank because sometimes I forget.

* I would like thank everyone who has made this possible.

* Its getting little difficult to talk but I’ll manage.

* I would like to thank my father. Without his guidance, I don’t think I would be standing here. He told me never to take shortcuts and never give up. And above all he told me to be a better human being.

* Every time I held my bat up, it was for my father.

* I thank my mother for taking care of me and praying for me. A big thank you to my mother for all the…

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