Finally at madamsabiblog.com

Finally, friends..we have moved. We tried to export all our luggage and furnitures ( laughing) but it was an herculean task .So we thought of providing a link from this wordpress account to our http://www.madamsabiblog.com. The decision, I love it because am about to still read all the lovely blog posts on wordpress as I will no longer be deleting this blog! The idea came over the night and I was excited.

Yes, to everyone am following, I will still be looking over your shoulders reading and mingling! ( really excited).

We have created a link here and also all around this blog so you can move around at will..

Plenty love. Thanks for being there.

India’s Menstruation Man :The Sanitary Pad Genius

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Arunachalam Muruganantham with one of his machines for making sanitary pads: Aljazeera

Arunachalam Muruganantham was obsessed with making the perfect sanitary pad for his wife. After years of work, his invention has changed the lives of millions of women in India. Arunachalam Muruganantham’s invention came at a great personal cost – he nearly lost his family, his money and his place in society. But he kept his sense of humour.

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It all began in 1998, when Arunachalam Muruganantham, the son of poor handloom weavers in South India, realised that his wife was using old rags to deal with menstruation because she couldn’t afford sanitary pads. Muruga was shocked. But he also saw a chance to impress her. He decided to produce her sanitary pads himself. At first it seemed a simple task: he bought a roll of cotton wool and cut it into pieces, the same size as the pads sold in the shops, and then wrapped a thin layer of cotton around it. He presented this homemade prototype pad to his wife and asked her to test it. The feedback she gave him was devastating: his pad was useless and she would rather continue using old rags.

Where did he go wrong? What was the difference between his sanitary pads and those available at the shop? Muruga started experimenting with different materials, but was faced with another problem: he always had to wait a month before his wife could test each new prototype.

Muruganantham says that he was shocked to learn that women in rural areas don’t just use old rags, but other unhygienic substances such as sand, sawdust, leaves and even ash.

Women who do use cloths are often too embarrassed to dry them in the sun, which means they don’t get disinfected. Approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene – it can also affect maternal mortality.

Muruga needed volunteers and had an idea where he might find them. He asked medical students at a university close to his village. Some of them actually tested his pads but they were too shy to give him detailed feedback.

Left with no alternative, he decided to test the sanitary pads himself. He built a uterus using a rubber bladder, filled it with animal blood and fixed it to his hip. A tube led from the artificial uterus to the sanitary pad in his underpants. By pressing the bladder he simulated the menstrual flow.

Unfortunately he began to smell foul and his clothes were often stained with blood. His neighbours soon noticed this. It was clear to them that Muruga was either ill or perverted. After a while his wife couldn’t stand the constant gossip. She left him and went to live with her mother.

But Muruga didn’t give up. He knew why he was going through all this. During his research he had learned that only ten to twenty percent of all girls and women in India have access to proper menstrual hygiene products. This was no longer just about helping his wife. Muruga was on mission: to produce low-cost sanitary pads for all the girls and women in his country.

It was two years before he finally found the right material and another four years before he developed a way to process it. The result was an easy-to-use machine for producing low-cost sanitary pads. Imported machines cost over US$500,000. Muruga’s machine, by contrast, is priced at US$950.

Now women’s groups or schools can buy his machine, produce their own sanitary pads and sell the surplus. In this way, Muruga’s machine has created jobs for women in rural India. He has started a revolution in his own country, selling 1,300 machines to 27 states, and has recently begun exporting them to developing countries all over the world.

Today he is one of India’s most well-known social entrepreneurs and TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014.

Several corporations have offered to buy his machine, but he has refused, instead preferring to sell to women’s self help groups.

Some Facts:
* 300 million: The number of women in India without access to safe menstrual hygiene products.

* 1 in 5: The number of girls in India who drop out of school due to menstruation.

Source: Al Jazeera

Amazing! Penguin travels 5000 miles to see man who saved his life

Sounds like a fable but,it real. There is a loyal penguin who travels 5,000 miles every year to visit the man who saved him from the brink of death.

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Retired bricklayer and part-time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, found the animal back in 2011 when he washed up on a beach, starving and covered in oil.

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Joao, who named the penguin Dindim after discovering him in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, decided to take the creature home and nurse it back to health. Once Dindim was well again, Joao released him back into the wild – and didn’t expect to see the penguin ever again.
But just a few months later, the South American Magellanic penguin returned to the beach and followed Joao home.

According to Globo TV, Dindim spends eight months with Joao and the rest of the year breeding off the coast of Argentina and Chile – 5,000 miles away.

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Joao told the Brazilian news channel: “I love the penguin like he’s my own child and I believe the penguin loves me.”No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up.”He arrives in June and leaves to go home in February, and every year he becomes more affectionate as he appears even happier to see me.”

My thoughts are how times do we remember a good deed someone did for us. We easily remember the bad deeds. Perhaps if we remember the good deeds and overlook the not so good ones, we will have a richer and more meaningful existence.

Culled from the UK Mirror

Soichiro Honda : How He Started Honda

Soichiro Honda was a mechanic at a garage. His job was to tune cars to prepare them for races. Honda founded Tōkai Seiki, a piston rings manufacturing company in 1937.

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This company won a contract to supply piston rings to an established automobile company – Toyota. But soon after, he lost the contract due to the poor quality of the products. He took time out to better understand Toyota’s quality control processes, and by 1941, Honda was able to mass produce piston rings acceptable to Toyota.

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Toyota took a 40% stake in his company, but Honda was demoted from president to senior managing director. Tōkai Seiki’s manufacturing plants were destroyed in US bomb attacks in 1944. Honda sold the salvageable remains of the company to Toyota and used the proceeds to found the Honda Technical Research Institute in October 1946.

He worked with a staff of 12 men in a 172-square-foot shack. They built and sold improvised motorized bicycles by building their own copy of Tohatsu engines, and supplying these to customers to attach to their bicycles. Honda Motor Company grew in a short time to become the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles by 1964.

Honda thereafter entered into mini pick-up trucks & finally into the car segment and today is a serious competitor to Toyota.

Dr. Mark & A Mother’s Strong Faith

Dr. Mark, a well-known cancer specialist, was once on his way to an important conference in another city, where he was going to be honoured by an award in the field of medical research.

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He was very excited to attend the conference and was desperate to reach as soon as possible.

He had worked long and hard on his research and felt his efforts deserved the award he was about to obtain.

However, two hours after the plane took off, the plane made an emergency landing at the nearest airport due to some technical snag.

Afraid, that he wouldn’t make it in time for the conference, Dr. Mark, immediately went to the reception counter and found that the next flight to the destination was after ten hours.

The receptionist suggested him, to rent a car and drive down to the conference city which was only four hours drive.

Having no other choice, he agreed to the idea, despite his hatred for driving long distances.

Dr. Mark rented a car and started the journey.

However, Soon after he started, the weather suddenly changed and a heavy storm began. The pouring rain made it very difficult to see the road and missed a turn he was supposed to take.

After two hours of driving, he was convinced, he was lost.

Driving in the heavy rain on a deserted road, feeling hungry and tired, he frantically began to look for any sign of civilization.

After some time, he finally came across a small tattered house. Desperate, he got out of the car and knocked on the door.

A beautiful young lady opened the door.

He explained the situation and asked her if he could use her telephone.

However, the lady told him that she doesn’t have a phone or any electronic gadget but told him to come inside and wait till the weather improved.

Hungry, wet and  exhausted, the doctor accepted her kind offer and walked in.

The lady gave him hot tea and something to eat. He was feeling relaxed.

The lady requested him to join her for prayer.

But, Dr. Mark smiled and said that he believed in hard work only and told her to continue with her prayers.

Sitting on the chair, the doctor watched the woman sitting in the dim light of candles as she prayed next to what appeared to be a small baby crib.

Every time she finished a prayer, she would start another one.

Dr. felt that, the woman is in need of some help, and spoke to her as soon as she finished her prayers.

The doctor asked her, what exactly she wanted from the God, and enquired if she thought God will ever listen to her prayers.He further asked about the small child in the crib for whom she was apparently praying.

The lady gave a sad smile and said that the child in the crib is her
son who is suffering from a rare type of cancer and there is only one doctor Mark, who can cure him but she doesn’t have money to afford his fees and moreover, Dr Mark lives in another far off town.

She said that God will certainly answer her prayer one day and will create some way out one day and added that she will not allow her fears to overcome her faith.

Stunned and speechless Dr Mark was in tears, which were rolling down his cheeks.

He whispered, God is great ! and recollected the sequence of events.

there was malfunction in the plane, a thunderstorm hit,he lost his way;
and all this happened, because, God not only just answer her prayers, but also gave him a chance to come out of materialistic world and spare some time to help the poor hapless people, who have nothing but rich prayers !!!

“There are no accidental things in Life”  Everything happens for a reason…

A Heart Touching Message By A Woman

Someone asked her, Are u a working woman or a housewife?
She replied: Yes, I am a full-time working housewife.

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I work 24 hours a day.
I’m a Mum.
I’m a Wife.
I’m a Daughter.
I’m a Daughter-in-law.
I’m an Alarm clock.
I’m a Cook.
I’m a Maid.
I’m a Teacher.
I’m a Waiter.
I’m a Nanny.
I’m a Nurse.
I’m a Handyman.
I’m a Security officer.
I’m a Counsellor.
I’m a Comforter.
I don’t get holidays.
I don’t get sick leave.
I don’t get day off.
I work through day and night.
I’m on call all hours and get paid with a sentence. ***What Do u Do All Day??

Millennium Dream   by: Steve Goodier (Source Unknown)

The daughter of comedian Groucho Marx was once denied admittance to an exclusive country club swimming pool with her friends because she and her family were not members. Realizing what had happened, embarrassed officials sent the Marx family an apology and an application to join. Groucho declined the invitation with the comment, “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.”

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Someone still tried to smooth over the incident by persuading the comedian to allow an application to be submitted for membership. The country club was embarrassed further when the application was denied. The reason? The Marx family was Jewish and the club was “restricted.”

True to form, Groucho wrote back: “My wife is not Jewish. Can she go swimming and let our daughter wade up to her waist?”

I love his use of humor, but Groucho effectively shines a spotlight on the prevalence and absurdity of prejudice. He must have felt, as did Sir Isaac Newton so many years earlier, that we build too many walls and not enough bridges.

I yearn for a time when we courageously break down those walls that divide and build wide bridges between one another. I long for a super-highway of compassion and acceptance spanning our differences to unite all humanity as one. I dream of a new millennium where people will be finally connected heart to heart and mind to mind.

And I will do my small part to make that future come true.