Enjoy Tax Day Today – With Insightful Thoughts on Taxes!

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Today, April 15, 2014 is 101st Tax Day, since the Federal Income Tax had turned 101 in February 2014. 

Taxes is one of the two most certain things in this world. Benjamin Franklin, in his letter (dated November 13, 1789) to fellow scientist friend Jean-Baptiste Leroy, wrote in French: “….dans ce monde, il n’y a rien d’assure que la mort et les impôts.” This is translated as “….in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” 

And that’s exactly why Tax Day is one of the most important days in America, and anywhere in the world.

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Federal income tax was introduced with the Revenue Act of 1861 to help fund the Civil War, and later repealed, re-adopted, and held unconstitutional. The early taxes were based on assessments, not voluntary tax returns. Also, tax payment dates varied by act. The 16th Amendment was ratified on Feb. 3, 1913, which can…

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Boston Remembers: Boston Marathon A Year Ago!

Today, April 15, 2014, marks first anniversary of Boston Marathon explosions, the disaster that could not break the spirit and strength of Boston.

Boston came out Stronger than ever before!

Boston Strong!

Boston Strong

As Boston and America pauses today to honor the innocent victims and the great heroes of that Boston Marathon nightmare a year ago, we pay our emotional and respectful salute to Bostonians, and all families affected by the Boston Marathon explosions.

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Our Prayers and Thoughts are with those affected at Boston Marathon a year ago….

Lord. Please Take Us Away From the Darkness of Ignorance - To the Light of Knowledge and Humanity.

Lord. Please Take Us Away From the Darkness of Ignorance – To the Light of Knowledge and Humanity.

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Quote by Donnie Wahlberg

May God Bless You All!

-Deo

Massachusetts, Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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माझी आवडती कविता : “बर्फाचे तट पेटुनि उठले” – कुसुमाग्रज

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Kusumagraj (1912 - 1999). The Best and Greatest Poet and Writer in Marathi Literature.

Kusumagraj (1912 – 1999). The Best and Greatest Poet and Writer in Marathi Literature.

“बर्फाचे तट पेटुनि उठले”
-कुसुमाग्रज
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बर्फाचे तट पेटुनि उठले सदन शिवाचे कोसळते
रक्‍त आपुल्या प्रिय आईचे शुभ्र हिमावर ओघळते

असुरांचे पद भ्रष्ट लागुनी आज सतीचे पुण्य मळे
अशा घडीला कोण करंटा तटस्थतेने दूर पळे ?
कृतांत ज्वाला त्वेषाची ना कोणाच्या हृदयात जळे ?
साममंत्र तो सरे, रणाची नौबत आता धडधडते

रक्‍त आपुल्या प्रिय आईचे शुभ्र हिमावर ओघळते

सह्यगिरीतिल वनराजांनो या कुहरातुन आज पुढे
रक्‍त हवे जर स्वतंत्रतेला, रक्‍ताचे पडतील सडे
एक हिमाचल राखायास्तव करा हिमालय लक्ष खडे
समरपुराचे वारकरी हो समरदेवता बोलविते

रक्‍त आपुल्या प्रिय आईचे शुभ्र हिमावर ओघळते

खडक काजळी घोटुनि तुमचे मनगट-बाहू घडलेले
कडेकपारीमधील वणवे उरात तुमच्या दडलेले
काबुल-कंदाहार पथावर डंके तुमचे झडलेले
शिवतेजाची दीपमाळ पाठीशी अपुल्या पाजळते

रक्‍त आपुल्या प्रिय आईचे शुभ्र हिमावर ओघळते

कोटि कोटि असतील शरीरे मनगट अमुचे एक असे
कोटि कोटि देहांत आज या एक मनीषा जागतसे
पिवळे…

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ASPCA Founded 148 Years Ago; April 10, 1866.

Today, April 10, 2014, marks 148th anniversary of forming:

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

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ASPCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty towards animals. It is based in New York City since its start 148 years ago, on April 10, 1866. The mission of ASPCA is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

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Here is the historic background on how ASPCA was founded 148 years ago.

Following the creation of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the UK in 1824,  Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on April 10, 1866 in New York City.  Henry Bergh believed that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. ASPCA is the oldest animal welfare organization in the United States, and the very first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere, which strives to stop the injustices animals face across the United States.

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On February 8, 1866,  Henry Bergh pleaded for animals at a meeting at Clinton Hall in New York City. Some of the issues he discussed then were cockfighting and the horrors of slaughterhouses. After getting signatures for his “Declaration of the Rights of Animals,” Bergh was given an official charter to incorporate ASPCA on April 10, 1866. And thus ASPCA was founded 148 years ago.

In nine days, on April 19, 1866, the first anti-cruelty law was passed since the founding of ASPCA, and the organization was granted the right to enforce anti-cruelty laws.

Famous Quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

Famous Quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

On this special occasion of 148th Birthday of ASPCA, we should make every effort to spread awareness towards ending animal cruelty throughout the nation. We should encourage people to treat animals with care and compassion. We should make everyone in our social sphere aware that it’s only fair to treat animals with care, and that we all need to learn to live on this Earth in peace with our animal friends.

Famous Quote by Dalai Lama.

Famous Quote by Dalai Lama.

 We should strive to become the voice of voiceless innocent animals.

Cruelty to animals is not a cool fashion statement.

We can surely do without it.

Thanks!

-Deo,

Massachusetts, Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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 The philosophy and principles behind Animal Rights teach us that all nonhuman animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives, and that their most basic interests – such as an interest in not suffering – should be afforded the same consideration as the similar interests of human beings. Advocates of Animal Rights oppose the assignment of moral value and fundamental protections on the basis of species membership alone – an idea known since 1970 as speciesism, when the term was coined by Richard D. Ryder – arguing that it is a prejudice as irrational as any other. They agree for the most part that animals should no longer be viewed as property, or used as food, clothing, research subjects, entertainment, or beasts of burden.

Famous Quote by Natalie Portman.

Famous Quote by Natalie Portman.

On personal note, I do believe in Animal Rights, exactly as much as I believe in Human Rights. I also believe that we ought to treat all, people and animal alike, the way they wish themselves to be treated, with respect and dignity that they deserve.

Tonight, I am pleased to share these wonderful quotes by renowned celebrities, who sincerely and strongly believe in animal rights.

Lest we forget, Animals can have rights too!

-Deo,

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Our Most Beautiful Mother Earth – Where Humans & Animals can Live in Perfect Peace and Harmony!

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“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn’t done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit’s eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson’s eyes and ask him if it hurts.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

English: Ellen DeGeneres in 2009.

Ellen DeGeneres in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion in the only guarantee of morality.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer,

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

“Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?” ― Jonathan Safran Foer

Famous Quote by Audrey Kitching.

Famous Quote by Audrey Kitching.

“The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but “Can they suffer?” ― Jeremy Bentham

“Auschwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.” ― Theodor W. Adorno

“I made the choice to be vegan because I will not eat (or wear, or use) anything that could have an emotional response to its death or captivity. I can well imagine what that must feel like for our non-human friends – the fear, the terror, the pain – and I will not cause such suffering to a fellow living being.” ― Rai Aren

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“Dogs do not have many advantages over people, but one of them is extremely important: euthanasia is not forbidden by law in their case; animals have the right to a merciful death.” ― Milan Kundera

“I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.” ― César Chávez

“To be a vegetarian is to disagree – to disagree with the course of things today… starvation, cruelty – we must make a statement against these things. Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it’s a strong one.” ― Isaac Bashevis Singer

Famous Quote by Ellen DeGeneres.

Famous Quote by Ellen DeGeneres.

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” ― Albert Schweitzer

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

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“We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.” ― César Chávez

“If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people. ” ― César Chávez

Cesar Chavez at the Delano UFW rally.

Cesar Chavez at the Delano UFW rally. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“We know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them — exploiting animals in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food.” ― César Chávez

“Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others.” ― César Chávez

Famous Quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

Famous Quote by Mahatma Gandhi.

“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.” ― Dmitry Merezhkovsky

“Know that the same spark of life that is within you, is within all of our animal friends, the desire to live is the same within all of us…” ― Rai Aren

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“If possessing a higher degree of intelligence does not entitle one human to use another for his or her own ends, how can it entitle humans to exploit non-humans?” ― Peter Singer

“If we are not given the option to live without violence, we are given the choice to center our meals around harvest or slaughter, husbandry or war. We have chosen slaughter. We have chosen war. That’s the truest version of our story of eating animals.
Can we tell a new story?” ― Jonathan Safran Foer

Famous Quote by Natalie Portman.

Famous Quote by Natalie Portman.

“Human beings are a part of the animal kingdom, not apart from it. The separation of “us” and “them” creates a false picture and is responsible for much suffering. It is part of the in-group/out-group mentality that leads to human oppression of the weak by the strong as in ethic, religious, political, and social conflicts.” ― Marc Bekoff

“Whenever and wherever men have engaged in the mindless slaughter of animals (including other men), they have often attempted to justify their acts by attributing the most vicious or revolting qualities to those they would destroy; and the less reason there is for the slaughter, the greater the campaign for vilification. ” ― Farley Mowat

Lest we forget, Animals can have rights too!

Lest we forget, Animals can have rights too!

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Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation, published in 1975, became pivotal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Happy 45th Birthday, Internet! April 7, 2014.

Today, April 7, 2014, commemorates 45th anniversary of the birth of Internet, symbolically. So today, we are pleased to wish a Happy 45th Birthday to the Internet.

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Although the origins of the Internet date back to research commissioned by the United States government in the 1960′s, the date April 7th in 1969 is declared as the date of birth of the Internet.  The United States government had started first research efforts in the 1960′s to build “robust and fault-tolerant communication via computer networks“. And as a result, first Request For Comment (RFC) documents were published on April 7, 1969. Hence this specific date April 7, 1969, is regarded as the date of birth of the Internet.

Thus, April 7, 1969 marks the day that changed the history and the future of our world.

And the world was never the same again afterwards!

Happy 45th Birthday Internet!

Cheers!

-Deo,

Massachusetts, Monday, April 7, 2014. 

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Here are a few interesting jokes (for kids) on Internt and Computers etc…..

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Enjoy the 45th Birthday of the Internet!

 - How do trees get on the Internet?
      They log in.

 - What do computers like to eat?
      Chips.

 - What do you call a space magician?
     A flying saucerer.

 - What is a computer’s first sign of old age?
      Loss of memory.

 - What does a baby computer call his father?
      Instead of Da-da it says “Da-ta.” 

- What is an astronaut’s favorite key on the computer keyboard?
     The space bar. 

- What happened when the computer fell on the floor?
      It slipped a disk.

 - How does a boy cell phone propose to his girlfriend?
      He gives her a ring, of course. 

- Why was there a bug in the computer?
     It was looking for a byte to eat. 

- What is a computer virus?
      A terminal illness.

 - How did the mouse get out of the Roman Cathedral?
      He clicked on an icon and opened a window.

 - What kind of doctor fixes broken websites?
      A URLologist. 

- Have you heard about the Disney virus?
     It makes everything on your computer go Goofy.

 - What happened when a dragon breathed on several Macintosh computers?
      He wound up with baked Apples! 

- Why did the chicken cross the Web?
      To get to the other site. 

- Why did the computer go to a doctor?
     It thought it had a terminal illness

- Knock-knock!
     
Who’s there?
     I-M.
     I-M, who?
     I-M on the computer, and I can’t answer the door.
  

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Favorite Insightful Song “Homeward Bound” by Paul Simon.

“Homeward bound,
I wish I was
Homeward bound.”

One of my most favorite songs “Homeward Bound” by Paul Simon, is a very famous American folk song, expressing one’s longing to return home. It was first performed by Simon and Garfunkel, and was recorded on December 14, 1965, almost 50 years ago. I like this song, mainly for the amazingly deep and meaningful lyric that describes one’s strongest longing to return home, where one’s thoughts escape freely, and where one’s love lies waiting silently for him/her. There are countless songs written about “Home” and “Homesickness”. Yet, Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound” is a very special one, and stands out as numero uno in my view. 

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Paul Simon allegedly wrote this song, while touring in England, expressing his want to return home to his then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty, who was staying in London.

I often think that it’s more than likely that Paul Simon was, most probably, longing to return to his real home in America.

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Paul Simon.

 Interestingly, it is claimed that the song was written by Paul Simon in a railway station, which is around Manchester and located on Manchester to Liverpool railway line. In an interview with Playboy Magazine, Paul Simon had confirmed that the railway station was near Liverpool. It is speculated that the song was written at Widnes railway station during Paul Simon’s long wait for a train. At Widnes railway station , a commemorative plaque is displayed on the wall of the Liverpool-bound waiting room.

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On a personal note, during my first job at Liverpool University, after completing my Ph.D. from Manchester University in 1983, I often commuted by train from Manchester to Liverpool. It was a special treat for me then to come out at Widnes railway station, and visit the birthplace of this great song, that special waiting room on Widnes station.

I sometimes think that this song most appropriately expresses the feelings of every human being, with an amazing similarity to a traveller on the road who must perform for living. It also depicts the inherent tension and Catch-22 of the life of all performers – namely, to make their living, they must travel… but the reason they make their living is to support their loved ones… whom they never see, because they are travelling. And during this travel, the traveller begins to realize the harsh monotony of life on the road, the monotony of life that is aptly allegorized by Paul Simon using the analogy of “one night stands” for routine gigs of a performer. The verses below literally speak volumes.:

Everyday’s an endless stream,
Of cigarettes and magazines,
And each town looks the same to me,
The movies and the factories.”

What’s more touching, if one can read between the lines, is the loss of sincerity and authenticity that can happen while being on the road for too long, while repeating the same performance over and over. While one is out on the road, performing the role of happy performer, one can feel his/her lack of sincerity affecting the songs themselves, as he/she is writing songs he/she can’t believe. Paul Simon states it so nicely:

Tonight I’ll sing my songs again,
I’ll play the game and pretend,
But all my words come back to me,
In shades of mediocrity,
Like emptiness in harmony,
I need someone to comfort me.”


In my view, Harmony does signify fullness…..and yet here the performer begins to realize that his/her Harmony does not. Paradoxically as it may be, his/her Harmony is showing emptiness, a deviation and a drift from authenticity and reality. This is where one’s longing for returning home begins to get stronger – to reach home that is a place of authenticity and sincerity, devoid of fake and unreal pretending. 

The traveller’s story is not very different from all normal folks among us, e.g. like those in business, and attorneys who work long hours at their offices; doctors and fire-fighters on 24/7 call; teachers who must prepare at midnight for their classes next morning; sales persons and artists who are away for months at a time… many folks can relate to the feelings to disconnectedness that Paul Simon has expressed in “Homeward Bound.” They all perform the same tasks (which they perhaps did enjoy once at the beginning) again and again to support their loved ones they rarely see. There are moments when they all experience these “Homeward Bound” feelings, i.e. they’d rather just be home.

We all go through these feelings of Homesickness.

Don’t we all, at least once in a lifetime?

In my view, this is exactly why “Homeward Bound” is one of Paul Simon’s most popular creations. The most common feelings of weariness and homesickness expressed in this song are easily understood and truly appreciated by many. The message hits home right away. Hence this song has remained ageless and has become absolutely timeless, still remaining popular despite almost five decades.

Tonight it is my great pleasure to share the lyric of my most favorite song, “Homeward Bound”, along with the video of Paul Simon playing this song on BBC in 1975, with our Readers & Followers.

Enjoy!

-Deo,

Massachusetts, Saturday Night / Sunday Morning, April 6, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Homeward Bound

“I’m sittin’ in the railway station
Got a ticket for my destination
On a tour of one night stands
My suitcase and guitar in hand
And every stop is neatly planned
For a poet and a one man band

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought’s escaping
Home, where my music’s playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me

Everyday’s an endless stream
Of cigarettes and magazines
And each town looks the same to me
The movies and the factories
And every stranger’s face I see
Reminds me that I long to be

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought’s escaping
Home, where my music’s playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me

Tonight I’ll sing my songs again
I’ll play the game and pretend
But all my words come back to me
In shades of mediocrity
Like emptiness in harmony
I need someone to comfort me

Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought’s escaping
Home, where my music’s playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
Silently for me
Silently for me”

- Paul Simon.

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Milestone of Quarter Million Views in Sixteen Months! Céad míle fáilte!

Today, on Sunday, March 30, 2014, I am pleased to discover that this blog “Deo Volente” has attained the Quarter Million Views Milestone, after completing about 16 months in the blogosphere. As you may recall, this blog was created on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, i.e. November 22, 2012.

What a wonderful way to celebrate Sweet Sixteen!

Cheers!

This 250,000 milestone includes about 96,000 views from the past three months; i.e. January through March 2014.

So this afternoon, I am writing this short note to express my sincere thanks to our Readers & Followers worldwide – from 200+ Countries.

Thank You!

Céad míle fáilte!

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

cead mile faliteTo me, the blogging and interacting with Readers & Followers has always been a remarkable experience. And the credit definitely goes to the great support and positive responses that I have received from YOU, the wonderful Readers & Followers of this blog.

Absolutely Fabulous!

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Looking back 16 months ago to Thanksgiving Day 2012, when I launched this blog, my main motivation for blogging was mainly relaxation and recreation, a mechanism for stress relief from routine technical matters that I am engaged in constantly. I also viewed blogging as an activity to unwind at the end of the hard-working day. Almost all of my posts were created at late nights or over the weekends during my free time, after completing personal and professional commitments. To add more purpose to the blogging, above and beyond a mere relaxation tool, I decided to couple it with my earnest intention of giving back some goodwill to the society, in a small way and selflessly, and yet as much as possible, something that we often receive, such as words of comfort, encouragement, moral support, inspiration, motivation, positivity and optimism in general.

My feelings are best expressed in the following short poem by Emily Dickinson:

“If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking.”

“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”

- Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886)

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I thank you all, Readers and Followers, for your awesome support that truly made this happen. Words cannot simply express my strong feelings of gratitude and thankfulness for what I have received from you. Going forward, I do look forward to the same great support, positive feedbacks, encouragement and love from you.

A hundred Thousand Welcomes!

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On this special occasion, I am pleased to share my five favorite quotes about Life in general.: taylor2

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Thank You!

-Deo,

Massachusetts, Sunday Afternoon, March 30, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Thank you

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Thank You!!!

Thank You for Your Love & Great Support – On Reaching Quarter Million Views Milestone and 16-Month Anniversary!

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"I must be an Emerald, and I must keep my color."; Said Marcus Aurelius.

“I must be an Emerald, and I must keep my color.”; Said Marcus Aurelius.

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Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Lord Krishna's Teachings from Bhagavad Gita Always Lead to the Positive Path of Light and Truth, Even and Especially in the Darkest Nights of Our Lives.

Lord Krishna’s Teachings from Bhagavad Gita Always Lead to the Positive Path of Light and Truth, Even and Especially in the Darkest Nights of Our Lives.

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