Monday, 30 November 2009


While I was visiting the Blog of Ms.Shobhaa De, I accidentally saw the request therein posted by Cocodle web admin to her. It was regarding their initiative to help Under privileged and differently abled children with the revenue generated through on-line search. They are not seeking any donation but only ask us to use their website for on-line search. The URL is . I have made it my Homepae and will always use it for my future searches and I sincerely appeal to all my readers to kindly do so. Let us contribute to a very good cause.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

My wife wanted to buy a Washing Machine, during the summer since our children were expected from the states, along with their kids for vacation. As usual, I was given the task of searching for the most economical, efficient and durable machine in the market. I set out looking for the machine in the Internet, carefully sifting the mass of information dumped on me, and shortlisted five items, which were very High Tech and Latest models with funny sounding names.”One Touch – Fuzzy Logic ……..Etc”
Feeling thrilled with my work, I proudly presented my product to my wife for her perusal. She looked at it for a minute and I was not very happy seeing the expression on her face. She looked at me and said,” there is lot of mumbo jumbo here than useful information for selecting a good washing machine”. I hastily assured her that the items were of latest technology and hence the high-tech words used to describe them. Half-heartedly she agreed to have a look at 3 of the items in the neighborhood Super Market.
On reaching the shop, the sales person came running to me and enquired what I would like to see. I was happy that I was the one chosen by him to explain the details about the Machines exhibited there. I asked him for the “One touch – Automatic with Fuzzy Logic” which I had selected from the Internet. He responded with, “Excellent selection, Sir you have chosen the best Model which has the latest Technology in-built.” “The entire process of your washing will be converted into a pleasurable experience without any need for supervision, while the machine performs perfectly producing the cleanest possible wash for the clothes.” I was very impressed and looked at my wife (Read, My selection and it is excellent!). She was intently looking at the Front Panel of the Washing Machine and something told me that whatever she was thinking wasn’t complimentary. She called the assistant and asked him, “If one touch was all that was required what these 4 buttons are doing on the Panel?”. The sales assistant jumped as if he was hit by a bolt of lightening. I knew instantly that she had pulled the right chord while I was swallowing all the mumbo jumbo dished out to me.After checking some pamphlets the assistant mumbled to her about the need for some basic input to the machine like type of clothes, cold or Hot wash etc and tried to convince her that they were necessary even for an “Automatic Washing Machine”
Not convinced, my wife turned away and started looking at other models. Needles to say, after an hour or so she had chosen the most durable, economical and sturdy looking “Manual Machine” for half the price of the Automatic Version shown earlier and obtained an additional 1 Percent cash discount by paying in Cash.
As we were walking out she asked me, “Ram, What you always say about Computers, GIGOLO or something like that…”. I hastily corrected her that it was not GIGOLO but just GIGO.

Monday, 23 November 2009


Driving skills are indeed a blessing, not only to the driver himself but also to others who use the Freeways / Highways. Apart from the poor maintenance of good roadways resulting in lack of proper sign boards to warn against hazards, unexpected potholes in the middle of the road the indiscipline of the drivers add to our woes. Yes, I am talking about those who seldom put their high beams into low beam and have scant respect for the signal. Fortunately the excellent construction methods in USA, like providing a raised divider between the two sides of traffic prevent the headlight beam from hurting the eyes of driver coming from the opposite direction. Also the number of flyovers in USA make driving a pleasure through the vast expanse of the country. The situation in other developing countries, like India is far from satisfactory. I actually detest driving on Highways after sunset. The commercial vehicle traffic begins late in the evening and last till morning making driving a very dangerous exercise. Whenever I planned a trip between the metros in India (Short journeys between 400 to 600 KMs) I used to start Early morning at 5AM so that by the time I hit the freeway it is daylight and complete my driving by 2PM. This way I could relax for the rest of the day after having my Lunch.


This Sunday I decided to visit the Laundromat, Princeton, NJ as I had a fortnight’s clothes to be washed. As the weather was so very bright with excellent sun shine, I set off at 8AM. The washing and drying took around an Hour and a half and I just sat there waiting. While I waited my mind started pondering on a curious thought. How it would be if we also can wash our sins periodically and come out clean. Why cant there be a method to erase all our hatred and avarice and become friendly and humble. Perhaps we may find one such device sooner or later and change the way we live and behave.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

How lovely were the times when you were so nice
Fresh as the morning mist and tingling as the Ice
The walks we went through the pine wood forest
Holding your hand , we seldom needed rest
I held you in my arms and looked into your eyes
River of desire I could never fathom in hundred tries
Ever a mystery you remained for me till date
When you left me I could blame no one but Fate

Childhood Bliss

It was so wonderful to just Laugh and play
Not a care in the world, its true I say
Hugs and kisses were all that I got
In return for all my smiles on the trot
With my chubby cheeks and dimple chin
There were none that I could not win
Wish I could always remain that way
As a little Baby and keep my worries away

Friday, 20 November 2009

Chocolate Tour

When I woke up today morning, I was pleasantly surprised by the weather in Plainsboro, NewJersey! Bright sunshine, just enough chill and excellent weather. My Grand daughter insisted that I take her to the Chocolate Factory at Hershey because she wanted "This-much-Chocolate"(Read it as Hands spread wide apart as a measure of quantity!). I was not particularly keen on going to a Chocolate Factory as the idea did not impress me. However the enthusiasm showed by my little friend was so infectious that I agreed and we rented a Toyota Sienna. We were four adults and 2 kids which forced us to rent a van because with 2 children seats in our Honda sedan , the four of us, adults, did try a lot of jigsaw but could not succeed in devising a seating arrangement for all of us. Mind you, out of this I, my daughter and son are 6 footers! though my wife did more than compensate with her demure physique.
The journey till Philadelphia was uneventful. Once we were nearing the city of Hershey the scenery began to change. I was very happy to see the panoramic view of green meadows on both sides of the road with scattered houses that looked like chocolates. Reaching Hershey we were so hungry that we rushed straight to the food court. With the input of calories we began our tour of the factory and other places. It was indeed an excellent place with very hygienic atmosphere and such a variety of chocolates. I indulged in helping myself to a good quantity ignoring the silent but lethal look on my wife’s face.
By the time we finished the tour and got ready for the return journey, which is a good 130 Mile, I and my grand daughter were so tired that we began to sleep. When my son woke us up on reaching the house it was 8PM and God did we have a good time! I think I enjoyed it more than the little one.


It was the end of February, 1964 in Madras (Now known as Chennai) and the weather was unusually pleasant! In Madras we had only one season, summer, throughout the year and onset of even slightest cool breeze was most welcome. My mother was not feeling well and went to consult our family physician. The doctor broke the news that my mom was pregnant and the baby could be expected around November. This being the fifth one after three sons and a daughter, my mom was a bit shaken. She had a history of Hypertension and Diabetes and was not eager for another child. Having detected, the monthly rituals of check-up and various tests ensued. Despite medications my mom’s Hypertension kept playing hide and seek and was causing worries to the physician. My father had to do the dual role.
Five months rolled by and during August 1964 the problems began to get worse. My mother’s hypertension steadily remained at 160/95 causing tremendous tension to both my Father and the Physician. Remember in 1964 there were hardly any specialty hospitals or any sophisticated diagnostic facilities like today and things were near primitive and we had to go the Government Maternity Hospital, for Delivering a baby. We had not made any arrangements for the hospital because it was still very early. On 31st August my mom got so delirious that she had convulsions and we were very scared. The Doctor who checked her up said it was eclamsia or something which is better avoided during pregnancy. This added more fear to our already sinking hearts. We rushed her to the Hospital and she was admitted in ICU. After 3 days of excellent dedicated efforts of those Angels (Yes that is how the Doctors appeared to us) could bring down her BP but decided that she cannot go through 3 more months for delivery in this condition. They suggested to my father that it was imperative to terminate pregnancy to save her life and anyway 30 odd weeks old fetus is not much of a baby! He agreed and the Doctors performed the Operation.
It was September 1964 when the Doctors called my Dad and informed him that the operation was successful and my mother was safe. We all cried with pleasure and rushed to see her. She was alright and had got back some colour in her cheeks and was on the path of recovery. We thanked GOD for his mercy in saving her from near disaster. It is then the Staff Nurse asked my dad, “Don’t you like to see the Baby!, Sir ?”. It almost shook my Dad. He said, “Baby? Which Baby? Is the Baby alive!?”. She smiled and said, “Well, you better wear the surgeon’s clothes and follow me”. We were given face masks, body gown sterilized, and led to a room which contained a small fish tank like contraption, called Incubator and showed us the tiny spec of life lying there in all its glory. It was so small in size that we could hardly make out its features. The nurse said, “You know your girl has broken the record for the earliest pre-born fully developed infant”. Our eyes were filled with tears and we were just looking at her.
It took 2 more months for the baby to come out of incubator and only for feeds the mother was allowed to hold her in her hands with Her own mouth covered in a mask, lest she infected the baby. This Early Gift of God is today settled in USA with her two kids who are in their teens and a happy family. Strange Indeed are the ways of GOD. Dedicated to the Pre-Born kids Month of November.

I wrote this for Self Love Project

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Politician: We will eradicate Corruption totally.
Meaning: You will never get what you want anyway!
Boss: You have improved quite a Bit John!
Meaning: Earlier your work was S**T
Lover: I love you from the bottom of my Heart
Meaning: There are quite a Few in the slots above, before you
Husband: Darling you look so beautiful Today!
Meaning: I am working from Home today and want my Peace.
Wife: I really do not know what I would have done without you, my Dear
Meaning: Get ready to pay another Credit Card Bill.
Child: Daddy my teacher said your Papa and Mama are the best Parents!
Meaning: She wants your permission to join the school excursion.
Blogging Colleague: Wow!,You are posting like a Marathon.
Meaning: Dude, Its time you stopped. Enough is Enough.
Written in Lighter Vein. Even I fall for flattery!

Brenda waited for Robert at the Airport with pulsating heart.

Earlier in the day they had decided to run away from their home to Sanfrancisco

To begin their lovely life together

Robert had gone to bring the cash by selling the jewels Brenda had brought.

After every minute Brenda kept looking at her wristwatch

Yet, it is the time that passed and she had a Flight to catch.

After 5 or 6 hours it dawned on her, the extent of betrayal

Love has cast on her.
For Acrostic Only

Laugh, A Limerick

Light on Humour
And to share
Useful outlet
Good impact
Heart taken care
For Acrostic Only

Not caring
To protect

End Tragic

Try see
How safe
It is
Never act
Kinda Haste


Illicit Act
Taboo Beware

For Acrostic Only


When I was a tiny spec of life
You held me in your arms with tender care
Pains you suffered to get me here
I just cannot tell or try to fathom
For every single move I made
You had an answer ready at hand
In Hunger or Pain I would never be
You were always there to tend and See
I have not seen the God Almighty
But in you I will always see my Deity

My Maiden Love

Love is such a wonderful thing
You cant tell it is fun or pain
Makes a man lose his senses
No matter , it breaks a few fences
It makes you mad and sad at times
God!, you think even her chatter Rhymes!
When she flaunts her looks at you
Zoom goes your heart its true
Little you know what she thinks at Heart
You fell in Love Blind to start
It felt so good to be with her
Forgot Even the gift of costly Fur
No matter what the world may feel
I’ve fallen in Love too deep to keel
I Blog@ My Musings

Tuesday, 17 November 2009


For Acrostic Only

My Posts

My dear visitor, I was bitten by the "Acrostic Bug" and was participating in a contest which required the contributions to be first placed in my Blog then linked to their site. Hence the flood of Posts on Acrostic. I shall now carry on my writing for the "Blog de Prime". I am sure you also like this unique style of poetry and they are all labled as "Acrostic Poetry", happy viewing.

Happy Birthday! AMIAS

For Acrostic Only

Monday, 16 November 2009

Arrangement in order
Chosen words with care
Random perhaps but beware
Overall Meaning is the snare
Strict about the text
Try not to fight
Impressive but don’t hurry
Come and Feel Free
For Acrostic Only


For Acrostic Only

Dashing Man

Dominating look as ever
Right choice of wear
Easy on the eye
Soft on the tie
Strong sense of attire
Every inch a debonair
Do it always right

Try and act straight
On feet Black Shoes

Kiwi, polish, you choose
It's kinda strange world
Lesser dressed better made
Love all please smile
For Acrostic Only

Sunday, 15 November 2009


Soft and adoring Lips
Ensuring smooth tender Kiss
Demuring glint of eyes
Uttering alluring cries
Craving for love afire
Tormenting heart with desire
Improvise she can perfect
Over a thousand act
No one can comprehend

For Acrostic Only

Dab Hand

Assortment of
Hand skills
Applied with
For Acrostic Only

Internet Caution


This device fits at the end of the keyboard cable connecting to the PC specialized to save all typed keystrokes in it? Mostly could be used in net cafes, exhibitions, hotels and airports. Therefore be careful,especially, people who use the internet in these places to check their bank accounts online or any other important sites. After you see the bank account and leave the PC it will be easy to open your account again as all that you had typed have been saved in the Black device. Therefore, you should check the PC for any suspicious piece behind it before using the net in public places for confidential data.

Courtest:SL Narayan

Su Do Ku

Spread across a square
Unfilled spaces galore
Designed to fool anyone
Over the faulty nine
Know your numbers well
Untrained, you always fail
For AcrosticOnly


Cool as the cucumber
Rigid as a Floor
Inspired by a dream
Call it any theme
Knowing all the nuances
Eager for his glances
Tendulkar is the King

Lords or in Eden
England or the Kiwis
Got them all together
Each on their own
Never did he falter
Did it always smarter
For Acrostic Only

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Immaculate in his Attire, he is clean like a whistle
Always smiling and his eyes got a twinkle
Ram, Rahim or Robert, we were all the same
He often said, what's there in a name
Be it Rain or shine, He was always there
You just come and learn to your heart's desire
He taught me English, Maths and Poetry
I met Keats, Shelly and Frost amidst Geometry
He would enact many a scenes from Shakespeare
Stunned and awed would be the atmosphere
Under his tutelege many of us grew to great heights
With him always standing there, school in his sight
When I heard about his sad demise this Fall
I thought, it was the "most unkindest cut of all".
I wrote this for writer's Lounge

Girl Child

A girl child, so tiny
Is often a mother's Agony
Giving birth though not a crime
But to a Girl, is a shame
When will it Dawn
A girl's shiny Morn, when
One would feel proud
To have her around

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Child Prodigy

Of late we have been seeing some fantastic performances by child artistes in various realty shows and music shows, which makes us wonder whether there is some link to previous birth’s talent to produce such outstanding quality and skill at an young age. In a recent Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs 2009 contest I saw a very young kid perform and it really stunned me! Yes, I am talking about Hemant Brijwasi who sang the usual R D Burman cabaret number first (Better than RD himself as Asha Ji confessed) produced an out of the world Folk number, which he prepared especially for singing before Asha Ji. Watch the period 3.20 to 4.20 in the time scale and I assure you that you will have the most exhilarating experience of your life! Also dont miss to see the video "sanware" where Hemant sings as well as the Original Singer.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Dear Friend, Internet is a Weird Place! Beware of the sites you visit and ensure that they are safe domains. Because you leave your foot prints, unknowingly though, wherever you tread and the details can be captured without your knowledge.

While there are ways and means to disable this kind of probing, an Innocent surfer may not be able to avoid this. Never store important informations like: Passwords, Bank Accounts, User ID's etc in your computer / Laptop which is connected to Internet. These can be easily seen by any hacker prowling on the Internet. Also never communicate Passwords, User ID or sensitive information through E-mail because they are openly visible to surfers in the Internet.

Blog to Heal

Apart from being a  platform for airing  one's views and reactions on various issues and topics and share them with others,Blogging has opened the way to Heal the sufferings of not-so-fortunate people who are suffering from Advanced Stages of ailments like Cancer etc. The Blog provides an opportunity to let them voice their feelings, share them with like minded persons who could interact with the author and provide the much needed compassion,  succour if only to reduce  the extent of pain. I have found one such Blog at this URL cited in the HomePage of Link Please pay a visit and also have a look at the reviews received by this member.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Pic courtesy Niyantha's Blog
Men may come, men may go, this one is for ever
who else but the little one we call Tendulkar
He blossomed in the scene when things were dull
My God did he start weaving his Magic Spell
With the willow he spoke many a tales
Be it Roberts, Warne, Hadlee or Gayle
Records he broke with such gay abandon
With tons that came from his bat at random
He seemed to age younger by the turn of time
For every year he set a target that none could mime
As Long as the game gets played in this world
The Legend's name shall remain in letters of GOLD
In Tendulkar we see a Player, Gentleman, Achiever of sorts
Which I am sure, the youth of our Land would try to be a part

Thursday, 5 November 2009

ராமநாத ஐயருக்கு ஒரே பிள்ளை சங்கரன். அவருக்கு திருமணம் ஆகி பல வருடங்கள் கழித்து பிறந்த குழந்தை என்பதால் அவரும் அவருடைய மனைவீ மீனாக்ஷியும் சங்கரன் மேல் கொள்ளை பாசம் கொண்டிருந்ததில் வியப்பில்லை.வசதியான வேளையில் இருந்து ரிடையர் ஆன ராமநாதனுக்கு வசதிக்கு ஒரு குறையும் இல்லாததால் சங்கரன் ஒரு இளவரசன் போல், ஆள் படையுடன், வளர்க்கப்பட்டான். பள்ளிப் படிப்பை முடித்தவுடன் காலேஜுக்கு கும்பகோணமோ அல்லது தஞ்சாவூரோ சென்றுதான் படிக்கவேண்டும் என்றவுடன் ராமநாதனும் அவர் மனைவியும் பிள்ளையை விட்டுப் பிரிந்து இருப்பதை நினைத்து மிக வருந்தினர்.நல்ல  வசதியாக வளர்க்கப்பட்டாலும் சங்கரன் படிப்பில் மிக நன்றாக விளங்கியதால் எல்லாவற்றிலும் முதல வகுப்பில் தேறினான். P.U.C முடித்து CA படிக்க நுழைவு தேர்வில் வெற்றியும் கிடைத்ததும் ஒரு பெரிய ஆடிட்டரிடம் ஆர்டிகள் க்லார்காக சேர்ந்து தஞ்சாவூரிலேயே ஒரு விடுதியில் தங்கி வந்தான். நன்றாக படிக்கும் சங்கரன் CAவில் ஐந்தாவது ராங்கில் பிரமாதமாக தேறியதில் வியப்பொன்றும் இல்லை.  நல்ல மதிப்பெண்களுடன் தேறியதால் சங்கரனுக்கு சிடி பாங்க் ந்யுயார்க்கில் இருந்து வேலைக்கு அழைப்பு வந்தது.வசதிக்கு ஒரு குறையும் இல்லாத போது நாடு விட்டு வெளி நாடு சென்று வேலை பார்க்கவேண்டிய அவசியம் இல்லை, இந்தியாவிலேயே ஒரு நல்ல வேலைக்கு செல்லும்படி சங்கரனிடம் ராமநாதன் மன்றாடினார். பெரிய பாங்கில் கிடைத்த வாய்ப்பை நழுவ விட மனம் இல்லாமல்,ரெண்டு வருடங்களில் கண்டிப்பாக திரும்பி விடுவதாக சொல்லி அமெரிக்க பயணம் ஆனான் சங்கரன்.

ஒரு வருடத்தில் அங்கேயே பிறந்து வளர்ந்த சித்ரா எனும் பெண்ணுடன் ஆபீஸில் சிநேகமாகி அவளையே திருமணமும் செய்ய முடிவு செய்தபின் ராமனாதனால் ஒன்றும் மறுப்பு கூற இயலவில்லை. விளையாட்டாக ஐந்து வருடங்கள் கழிந்தது. சங்கரனுக்கு ஒரு மகன் பிறந்து அவனுக்கு நான்கு வயது ஆகியிருந்தது. இதற்கிடையில் பல முறை அமெரிக்காவுக்கு வருமாறு சங்கரன் விடுத்த அழைப்பை ராமநாதனும் அவர் மனைவியும் ஏற்க மறுத்துவிட்டனர். ஆசாரமும் ஆன்மிகமுமே வாழ்க்கையாக கொண்டிருந்த ராமனாதனால் அமெரிக்க வாழ்கையை ஏனோ ஏற்க இயலவில்லை. சங்கரன் மகன் கணேஷுக்கு ஒன்பது வயதானதும் அவனுக்கு பூணல் போட ஏற்பாடு செய்து,அவர்கள் பேரனை  பார்க்க கண்டிப்பாக வரவேண்டும் என்று டிக்கட்டும் அனுப்பிவைத்தான். மறுக்க முடியாமல் ராமநாதனும் அவர் மனைவியும் ந்யுயார்க் பயணம் ஆனார்கள்.

ஏர்போர்ட் சென்று அழைத்து வந்த சங்கரன், கூட தன் மகன் கணேஷையும் அழைத்து சென்றான். கணேஷை பார்த்த ராமநாதனும் அவர் மனைவியும், அவன் அப்படியே சங்கரனை வார்ப்பு எடுத்தாற்போல் இருப்பது கண்டு ஆச்சரியம் அடைந்தனர். பூணல் மிக நன்றாக நடந்தேறியது. தாத்தா பாட்டி என்று அவர்களிடம் ஒட்டிக்கொண்ட கணேஷுக்கு ராமநாதனின் கம்பீரமான தோற்றமும் அவரது உண்மையான பாசமும் அவரிடம் ஒரு பிணைப்பை ஏற்படுத்தியதில் வியப்பில்லை, இத்தனை வருடங்கள் ஏன் வரவில்லை என்று அவரை கேட்டதற்கு, ராமநாதன் தங்களுக்கு இந்திய வாழ்கை முறை மிகவும் பிடித்து விட்டதால் அமேரிக்கா வர இயலவில்லை என்று கூறினார். மிக புத்திசாலியான கணேஷுக்கு அவர் முகத்தில் எப்போதும் இருக்கும் ஒரு சோகத்தின் காரணம் அறிய ஆவலாக இருந்தான். ஒரு நாள் தனியாக இருந்த ராமனாதனை பார்த்து, " Thaatha, I see that you always look like longing for something that you have lost! What is troubling you? Can you please share it with me." என்றான். மனதில் பொங்கி எழுந்த எண்ணங்களை மறைக்க இயலாமல், கண்ணில் வழியும் நீருடன் அவனை நோக்கி "சொல்லறேன் கணேஷ்." என்று பேச ஆரம்பித்தார் ராமநாதன்.

ஒரே பிள்ளையான சங்கரனை தஞ்சாவூரில் படிக்க அனுப்புவதையே மனம் விரும்பாததையும், அவன் அவர்களை பிரிந்து அமேரிக்கா சென்றதும் தன் மனைவி அதிர்ச்சியில் ஒரு வருடம் பேசாமல் பிரமை பிடித்தாற்போல் இருந்ததையும் சொல்லிவிட்டு, சங்கரன் இல்லாமல் தனியாக வாழ்வதில் அவர்களுக்கு பிரியம் இல்லை என்றும் சொன்னார். கண் இமைக்காமல் கேட்டுக்கொண்டிருந்த கணேஷ் அவரை கட்டி அணைத்து ஒரு முத்தம் கொடுத்து விட்டு, " Thaatha this is a simple matter. You should have told me earlier," என்று கூறியவாறே வெளியில் சென்றான்.

அன்று இரவு சங்கரனிடம் தங்களுக்கு இந்தியா செல்ல ஏற்பாடு செய்யுமாறு கேட்ட ராமநாதனிடம் இன்னும் ஓரிரு மாதம் இருங்களேன் அப்பா என்றான் சங்கரன். பக்கத்தில் இருந்த கணேஷ் "Yes Thaatha, my exams will be over by this month, so that I can also plan to leave with you to India" என்றதும் அதிர்ந்து போனான் சங்கரன். என்னடா சொல்லறே நீ யும் போறயா? என்று கேட்டான். கணேஷ் அமைதியாக, "Dad, you know I do not dig this place. I am so excited about doing my IIT and then my MBA in Ahmedabad. So let me do atleast the remaining 9 years of my studies in India and be with Thaatha and Paatti..I want to give them their lost happiness, Dad.".என்றான். என்ன சொல்வது என்று அறியாமல் நின்றனர் சங்கரனும் அவனது மனைவியும். சிறு பிள்ளையென நினைத்த கணேஷின் அற்புதமான சிந்தனையும், தங்கள் மனதில் இருந்த ஆசையை தீர்க்க அவன் செய்த காரியத்தின் சிறப்பையும் கண்டு மனம் உருகி மெய் மறந்தார் ராமநாதன்.

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