Thursday, June 26, 2008

Rotary Vocational Service Opportunities

I was invited by the just born Rotary Club of Greater Hyderabad, India, to address its Members on Vocational Service Opportunities on 25th June, 2008 for about one hour. The meeting also coincided with brief celebration of receiving the news that Club has been Chartered on 18th June, 2008. I have briefed the audience about How a person becomes a Rotarian by classification of his/her vocation, Importance of Rotary Vocational Service as the second avenue of service, Areas in which the Vocational Service could be performed such as (1) High ethical Standards (2) Four way test followed by Rotarians (3) Vocational Awarness (4) Vocational Awards (5) Career Guidance & development (6) Employer -employee relations (7) Vocation at Work (8) Rotary International Volunteers.

I enjoyed the interaction with the Rotarians during this meeting. I thank Club President Rtn. Venu Babu, the Rotary District Secretary Rtn. Rammohan Rao who invited me and all the Members present who were enthusiastic to listen & learn on my favourite subject of Rotary Vocation Service.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Our 25th Wedding Anniversary

We have celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary at our residence in Hyderabad, India on 18th June, 2008 Pournami -the Full moon day. The function started at 3-00pm wtih Rudrabhishekam [Shiva pooja] followed by Satyanarayana Vratam at 5-00pm. The cake-cutting at 8-00pm by us has marked the Silver Anniversary celebration followed by Dinner. We have forwarded our web-album link to those who attended this function. We thank our relatives, friends and well-wishers who had graced the occassion / sent GREETINGS or sweets.
-S V Suryanarayana & S S Lakshmi

Friday, June 13, 2008

Frequently Used Foreign Words & Abbreviations

We all use the following abbreviations. Here is the description to know exactly what they stand for:

ad hoc— meaning "for a particular use"
CV— curriculum vitae, meaning "course of one's life," a resume
e.g.— exempli gratia, meaning "for example"
et al.— et alii, meaning "and other people"
etc.— et cetera, meaning "and other things," and "and so forth"
i.e.— id est, meaning "that is"
re— meaning "in the matter of," "concerning"
R.S.V.P.— repondez s'il vous plait, meaning "please reply"

Please view my collection of "Frequently Used Foreign Words In English" at the this link:

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fuel For Thought

I have received from my friend Rtn. hari krishna ch" Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India the following tips:
Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below
ground. The colder the ground, the denser the fuel, when it gets warmer
petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening.... your litre
is not exactly a litre. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the
petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products play an
important role. A 1degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this
business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at
the pumps.
If you look, you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low,
middle, and high. In slow mode, you should be pumping on low speed, thereby
minimizing the vapours that are created, while you are pumping. All hoses at
the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of
the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour. Those vapours are being
sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less
worth for your money.

The reason for this is, the more fuel you have in your tank, the less air
occupying its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine.
Petroleum storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as
zero clearance between the petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the
WHEN YOU STOP TO BUY, DO NOT FILL UP - most likely the petrol/diesel is
being stirred up as the fuel is being delivered, and you might pick up some
of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Quote on Public Speaking

Public speaking is the art of diluting a two-minute idea with a two-hour vocabulary. -Evan Esar American Humorist (1899 - 1995)

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

With High Regard

Today, I have received a delightful eMail from one of my very best loyal students of Hyderabad Chapter of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, where I have been a guest Faculty. Here is the excerpt:

Dear Suryanarayana garu,

Sir, I had visited your site for the first time and found it too good. If you could recollect, I was your student in 1997 at Hyderabad Chapter for my CS Foundation Course. I used to send greeting card for your birthday every year, but could not continue to do so after getting married and taking up more responsibility. I was actually trying to search your contact details with the help of member's directory. Finally I was trying to search for the same with the help of google website and finally got your website reference. I was overwhelmed with joy that I could trace your contact details. Sir I had got lot of inspiration from you during my days of coaching at Hyd. chapter. I would be immensely pleasured to hear from you through your website.
I now recollect a quote "In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years."

Monday, June 2, 2008

Rotary District 3150 Assembly at Guntur - My impressions

As a Rotarian and Director of Rotary Club of Secunderabad West and District Chairman for Career Guidance 2008-09 of Rotary District 3150 [comprising 64 Clubs] in Andhra Pradesh State, India, I attended the one day conference entitled Rotary District Assembly on 1st June, 2008 [Sunday] at Guntur hosted by Rotary Clubs of Guntur.

(1) All the topics and the speakers in the plenary session were very interesting and worth listening to know more about Rotary from past and present District Governors. I felt the presenter Rtn. Sam [Immediate Past District Governor] who made a well prepared ppt presentation on Pulse Polio could have been alloted more time to cover his subject. A good beginning has been made by Rtn.Dr.Ravi [Past District Governor] to communicate very effectively as to how to get visibility in the Media on Rotary projects. The current Governor Rtn.Vijendra Rao has dealt in very effectively on "Sharing Rotary to Make Dreams Real. Rtn Sam Muvva [Past District Governor of neighboring District 3020-Vijayawada] on "Leadership ininformal organisations" was par excellent. I met him during Lunch break to revive my introduction. I appreciate his memory of recalling his attending and experiencing a Career Guidance event addressed by me to 300 students in Maristella Womens' College, Vijayawada few years back.
(2)I have participated in the group discussion on "Rotary Public Relations". The resource person Rtn Suresh Kemani, District Director, Vocational Services provided initial inputs to the 20+ group members to make them understand as to what Rotary Public Relations mean. After eliciting the views of Members, I have summedup the discussion in Telugu. The Members expressed the Rotary Clubs / District to: (a) Induct a media person as honorary Member, (b) Request RI to get free resource material like posters or CDs by ordering on Rotary Store on (c) Inform Media office about Club events to include in Engagement columns or depute their rep to cover the event. (d) Hold press conference before and during the event. Prepare press note and Send Press releases to Media offices frequently (e) Send timely reports to Rotary District, Rotary News-Chennai, Rotary International with action photos and supporting material to get appropriate coverage of Rotary events (f) One of the best PR generating project is to organise Career events [For students, Lecturers, Parents etc.,] for which one page handout brought out by me has been distributed [The pdf file can be downloaded from:
I thank Rtn Dr. Sarat Babu, District Governor 2008-09 to whom I have handedover few printed copies were distributed to Club Presidents and advised them to implement this project in their respective clubs.
(3) On the administrative front, the organisers would have thought over to arrange lunch with an option of Buffet or Table meals. Though the Quiz questions were good to enhance our knowledge, the quiz could have been conducted in a perfect manner to commensurate with the preparations and expectations of the participants. A feed-back sheet in the kit to be filled in by the participants could have helped the organisers to get more ideas for future events.
(4) In all the organisers, particularly the all ladies Rotary Club of Guntur Adarsh and the team headed by Rtn Rajya Lakshmi [District Governor Nominee] deserve appreciation for their best efforts to make this Assembly quite informative.