Friday, February 25, 2011

SPEED READING -- CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL


Couple of years ago, my stainless steel tanker was chartered by the world's No 1 oil major ( no names ).

The ship used to discharge Gasoline , Jet fuel and Diesel at several ports of an Island country.

I was due to hand over command, and I felt that 2 of the minor ports ( where I had discharged twice ) were unsafe for my ship -- so i made a iron clad risk assessment using my own format and declared the ports as unsafe , as the ship was too large --an absolute NO GO--NYET !!

As soon as I sent this,  the charterers were forced to act,  and one of these ports was skipped.

There was immediate hue and cry as the whole area was starved of fuel.  There were huge write ups in the local newspapers, and I was the bad guy.

At the next port, I was told to go ashore and meet the owner of the Charterer's agency--an European. As I stepped into his office , I could see from his body language that he was pretending to read something. I sat on a chair and patiently waited , sensing the hostility.

Pretty soon, he asked me to take a chair at his desk, no shake hands, no usual protocol courtesies.

He gave me a newspaper and told that my ship and I , occupied the front page, with almost all the big shots and ministers commenting on the crisis, caused by the Captain of the ship, not playing ball--and how the unsafe port was indeed very safe etc.

I read the article and gave it back to him.

He said " WHAAA-- captain, you have not even read what i told you to !. Reading this entire thing will take at least 10 times more time than you took.  Probably they are right in saying, that you have an attitude problem? "

I said " Well, I have read it, and if you feel I have not read it , you can ask me questions based on the article!"

He immediately ask me a few questions.

And he was amazed that I could answer all of it. After he had finished I said " Now you can ask me about the other headlines on the same page-- choose your pick!"

This man suddenly turned from foe to friend. He jumped up and wanted to shake my hand and hug me .

He said that he has never seen anything like this before--and then he insisted that he wants to have a drink with me and dinner too.

We became good friends over dinner, and he had several intelligent questions to ask me about speed reading , as well as some advise on some personal matters.

Now I have to digress. 


Once i told my second engineer , (who wanted to know how my memory is so sharp ), that I see words as pictures. 


He immediately cried " I have named my new born son, Tamil Selvan. What picture do you see?".


I said " Imagine a deer is taking a crap-- when the last ounce of s#it is poppin' out of its a$$hole-- imagine you smear this gooey mass with your thumb, all over the orifice. Well that is word Tamil Selvan in my minds eye !"


Needless to say, though I told him the truth, I lost one of my ardent fans, on the spot.

Once at a Chemical course, the lecturer made the students read the IBC code paras , one by one. And then the stupid man would ask " Understood?"


I jumped up and said " Well all have understood except the reader, for he was more concerned about his verbal pronunciation.  If you don't believe me ask any reader , about what he read!"



Well back to business--

SPEED READERS DRINK INFORMATION THROUGH THE EYES--PERIOD!

It is a mysterious right brain lobe ( for right handers ) powered , eye and mind method.--where the eye is the gate to the mind.

Mouth and ears are out castes.

It is important to be comfortable with the font . The letter size should NOT be in capitals ( upper case ).

You yourself can try to read a page on small case, and then convert it to large size upper case, and see how your brain rejects the information.

In speed reading the eyes directed by the mind, does not give importance to 60% of the words. The mind directs the eyes to the key words and then later the mind fills up the blanks itself.

A little bit of peripheral vision is also involved. Like when you drive a car in a busy street , the subconscious mind registers what the eye does not-- and you are safe. You don't knock down the motorcycles in total chaos around you.

While speed reading, your eyes move steadily, like a train on a track, never going in reverse.

The mind does not care for the words. It gulps in passages. The mind set is such, that you are NOT afraid of missing out anything.

There is a holographic Gamma wave synthesis inside the brain. You are in a new dimension of consciousness--where you mind is totally in the present. EEG will register >40 Hertz.

In this quantum act, there is hardly any trade off between speed and comprehension like the classical quality / quantity lever on a fulcrum.

The mind sees the multitude of words as ore, it just sucks in the gold.

Try it!

Surprised?


CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
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31 comments:

  1. I have been using speed reading softwares for some time now....but my reading speed is still around 450-500 WPM and with medical text the comprehension decreases.
    Can you please suggest me some exercises ??

    Thanks

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  2. hi desi doctor,

    there are softwares which read out a text for you, for your ears to hear.

    THIS IS NOT SPEED READING. RATHER THIS IS "SLOW" READING.

    speed reasing is direct from eyes to brain.

    your eyes will not travel along each line from left to right.

    eyes go from top to bottom, FAAAAST.

    just scan quickly like a electronic scanner--

    your eyes will automatically slow down and read important lines from left to right-- only when your brain decides it is needed.

    in any text 5% is the essense --rest if filler prose bull.

    speed readers always like small letter size in LOWER CASE. they get hampered by UPPER CASE and large letters.

    you can practise and make perfect--by reading newspapers.

    there ars no short cuts.

    CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL
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  3. Ok thanks for the info.....I shall apply this to my reading now.

    I feel like reading lottsa stuff but now-a-days don't get that kinda time. I hope my reading speed increases.

    Thanks for the great advice.

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  4. Hi Captain, just curious..are you right handed or left handed?

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  5. hi hrr,

    right handed for writing.

    left legged for sport.

    blood group rH B negative.

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  6. Swami Vivekananda used read two pages at a time. He told that by reading just few lines at the begining and end was enough about the matter of the page. He viewed the info on page as idea, image. So, He did not need to go through line by line reading.

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    1. hi das,

      regret i do NOT agree with this type of reading.

      you miss the elephant and take in the mice.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  7. how to increase memory? as you mention that you see words as image, but how to apply incase of legal document or for reading rules, regulation, legislation, notification etc.

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    1. hi das,

      only an idiot will speed read LEGAL documents--as even a comma can make a difference.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  8. I was asking about increase in memory power, not about speedreading. Please also write something about this issue.

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  9. Hi Ajit,

    I tried speed reading many times and I was able to achieve good progress only for NON-TECHNICAL documents. While reading newspapers, some non-technical magazine articles, novels, or something that I already know, etc, I can read fast and still understand it..
    But when I read any technical document, I cant connect the dots and spend more time reading multiple times... do you think we can increase reading speed(with properly understanding the subject) for technical reading also?

    Thanks,
    Sri

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    1. hi sri,

      i will NOT recommend reading LEGAL DOCUMENTS where you can be done in by a comma .

      for everything else the human brain co-operates.

      practise-- it is a matter of reading stuff you have already read, first.

      capt ajit vadakayil
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  10. Captain sir,

    Please write your thoughts about how boys of 8 to 10 years gen boys and girls should grow up ideally in today's environment. Apart from school education, what else should they orient towards? In short, what is your vision for the youth ten years from now? Can you write an article that I can take a print out of and share with my boy of 9yrs age pls?

    I trust that you can unleash a new spirit to the new consciousness if your writing is meant for strengthening healthy cells of the society. If you are inclined to remove the tumours alone, you are going the other way round. Please change your writing style (alone) to appeal to the masses. Pls pass my regards to your wife!!

    P.S would you like me to write in my ideas and you validate, correct and add in? Is that convenient for you?
    P.P.S I had once written to you as advaitha, I misplaced the login credentials. I have made a note of the current one, never to lose again.

    Thanks.

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  11. was there speed reading in vedic times ?
    or a way to study effectively ? Please write an article on studying effectively

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  12. Sir,
    Can this technique be used while reading the Bhagavad Gita (Hindi Version)?

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  14. I want to learn documentation from you. I won't ask how you organize your information and save it.
    But if you can give me some tips.

    I can contribute a lot if i can get organised better.

    Do i do more documenting on paper or computer ? Can't keep it in mind as i keep forgetting.

    Do i use mind mapping ? How to link different data ? Any tools ?

    I read lot of books and view videos then later realize i should have noted things down.
    So do you note down information all the time ?

    Any way in which i can use both halfs of my brain ?

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  15. Sir, I request you to please explain in detail what do I need to do exactly? How do I develop this skill of speed reading? What kind of drills to begin with? Thanks for the wonderful post.

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  16. Speed reading seminars don't really teach to finish off a book quickly. These seminars are for people who have difficulties reading quick enough. American Speed Reading

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  17. Shruti Khajuria
    October 7, 2015 at 4:53 PM
    Hello captain.
    Today i asked my teacher about the role/power of president to avoid parliament sessions being washed out- like this monsoon session.

    He said that president cant do anything n it is in the hands of speaker(inshort pm) who can do something.

    Could u plz she'd some light on it.

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    Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
    October 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM
    hi sk,

    WHY WAS CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL THE MOST POWERFUL SHIP CAPTAIN AT SEA?

    WHY WERE HIS BOSSES MORTALLY SCARED OF HIM?

    WHY WAS THIS SHIP CAPTAIN LIKE THE "SLAVE MORE POWERFUL THAN CAESAR "?

    OK-- THE EASY WAY OUT IS TO SAY THAT THIS CAPTAIN KNEW MORE THAN OTHERS .

    SORRY-- THE COOKIE DOES NOT CRUMBLE THAT WAY.

    I KNEW MY POWERS VESTED IN ME BY THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA BY A DOCUMENT--THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT.

    http://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/unorganised-sector-1/the-merchant-shipping-act1958

    I ONCE HAD A BOOS WHO SAILED ON MY SHIP FOR 2 DAYS .

    FROM HOUR ONE HE WAS AFTER MY ASS -TRYING TO TEAR IT APART.

    I ASKED MY PURSER TO SIGN HIM ON ON THE SHIPS" ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT"

    LEGALLY AT SEA THERE CAN BE NO PASSENGERS ON A MERCHANT SHIP WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTS.

    HE REFUSED TO SIGN IT- SAYING THAT HE HAD NEVER DONE IT BEFORE.

    IMMEDIATELY I TOLD THE PURSER AND CHIEF OFFICER -- YOU ARE WITNESS , CARRY ON.

    THIS MANGY BOSS WENT RUNNING AFTER THE PURSER AND SIGNED IT-- AND NOW HE WAS PART OF MY CREW.

    SO I TOLD HIM--

    AT NEXT PORT I WILL SIGN OFF MY CHIEF ENGINEER AND I WILL ASK THAT YOU BE MADE MY CHIEF ENGINEER TILL I GET A SUITABLE REPLACEMENT.

    ( THOSE DAYS I WAS THE BLUE EYED BOY )

    YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN HIS FACE --HE LITERALLY SHAT AS WE COULD SMELL SHIT.

    ALWAYS KNOW YOUR POWERS.

    THE INDIAN PRESIDENT MUST KNOW HIS POWERS.

    DID NOT TN SESHAN ( ELECTION COMMISSIONER ) POONGI BHAJAO ALL THE HIGH AND MIGHTY POLITICIANS ? SAB KA GAAAN EKKATTA PHAAD DIYA . .

    THEY WERE ALL CRYING MUMMMMYYYYY !

    HE KNEW HIS POWERS.

    IF TN SESHAN WAS PRESIDENT -- THE FUTURE PRESIDENTS WOULD HAVE BEEN ON A BETTER WICKET.

    when i wanted to interpret the merchant shipping act--i would call my wife and ask her to think like a landlubber ( like a lawyer in a court of law ) .

    see, i would be tied down by PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS.

    at sea i tool officers and crew who had NIL chemical experience and I moulded them like RAW CLAY.

    dog's tail cant be straightened !

    capt ajit vadakayil
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  18. Shruti Khajuria
    October 7, 2015 at 4:53 PM
    Hello captain.
    Today i asked my teacher about the role/power of president to avoid parliament sessions being washed out- like this monsoon session.

    He said that president cant do anything n it is in the hands of speaker(inshort pm) who can do something.

    Could u plz she'd some light on it.

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    Capt. Ajit Vadakayil
    October 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM
    hi sk,

    WHY WAS CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL THE MOST POWERFUL SHIP CAPTAIN AT SEA?

    WHY WERE HIS BOSSES MORTALLY SCARED OF HIM?

    WHY WAS THIS SHIP CAPTAIN LIKE THE "SLAVE MORE POWERFUL THAN CAESAR "?

    OK-- THE EASY WAY OUT IS TO SAY THAT THIS CAPTAIN KNEW MORE THAN OTHERS .

    SORRY-- THE COOKIE DOES NOT CRUMBLE THAT WAY.

    I KNEW MY POWERS VESTED IN ME BY THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA BY A DOCUMENT--THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT.

    http://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/unorganised-sector-1/the-merchant-shipping-act1958

    I ONCE HAD A BOOS WHO SAILED ON MY SHIP FOR 2 DAYS .

    FROM HOUR ONE HE WAS AFTER MY ASS -TRYING TO TEAR IT APART.

    I ASKED MY PURSER TO SIGN HIM ON ON THE SHIPS" ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT"

    LEGALLY AT SEA THERE CAN BE NO PASSENGERS ON A MERCHANT SHIP WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTS.

    HE REFUSED TO SIGN IT- SAYING THAT HE HAD NEVER DONE IT BEFORE.

    IMMEDIATELY I TOLD THE PURSER AND CHIEF OFFICER -- YOU ARE WITNESS , CARRY ON.

    THIS MANGY BOSS WENT RUNNING AFTER THE PURSER AND SIGNED IT-- AND NOW HE WAS PART OF MY CREW.

    SO I TOLD HIM--

    AT NEXT PORT I WILL SIGN OFF MY CHIEF ENGINEER AND I WILL ASK THAT YOU BE MADE MY CHIEF ENGINEER TILL I GET A SUITABLE REPLACEMENT.

    ( THOSE DAYS I WAS THE BLUE EYED BOY )

    YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN HIS FACE --HE LITERALLY SHAT AS WE COULD SMELL SHIT.

    ALWAYS KNOW YOUR POWERS.

    THE INDIAN PRESIDENT MUST KNOW HIS POWERS.

    DID NOT TN SESHAN ( ELECTION COMMISSIONER ) POONGI BHAJAO ALL THE HIGH AND MIGHTY POLITICIANS ? SAB KA GAAAN EKKATTA PHAAD DIYA . .

    THEY WERE ALL CRYING MUMMMMYYYYY !

    HE KNEW HIS POWERS.

    IF TN SESHAN WAS PRESIDENT -- THE FUTURE PRESIDENTS WOULD HAVE BEEN ON A BETTER WICKET.

    when i wanted to interpret the merchant shipping act--i would call my wife and ask her to think like a landlubber ( like a lawyer in a court of law ) .

    see, i would be tied down by PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS.

    at sea i tool officers and crew who had NIL chemical experience and I moulded them like RAW CLAY.

    dog's tail cant be straightened !

    capt ajit vadakayil
    ..

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  20. Dear Captain,

    So you belongs to the rarest group!! Is there any mystery regarding this group? If we all belong to the same Shiva Linga Seed, why there is always mystery around Rh B negative peoples.

    Regards

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  21. Hello Capt.
    Sadar Pranam.
    I would be most grateful to you for sharing your views on "anti-D is given to RH Negative mother with RH positive child to prevent complications with next child".
    Regards,
    OM

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    1. hi om,

      an rH negative woman must marry a rH negative man.

      if she msrries a rH positive man , the first child willbe OK

      but the second child will have complications and will die.

      There are four blood types — A, B, AB, and O.

      Each of the four blood types is further classified based on the presence of another protein on the surface of RBCs that indicates the Rh factor. If you carry this protein, you are Rh positive. If you don't carry the protein, you are Rh negative.

      if a woman who is Rh negative and a man who is Rh positive conceive a baby, there is the potential for a baby to have a health problem. The baby growing inside the Rh-negative mother may have Rh-positive blood, inherited from the father. Approximately half of the children born to an Rh-negative mother and Rh-positive father will be Rh positive.

      Rh incompatibility usually isn't a problem if it's the mother's first pregnancy because, unless there's some sort of abnormality, the fetus's blood does not normally enter the mother's circulatory system during the course of the pregnancy.

      However, during delivery, the mother's and baby's blood can intermingle. If this happens, the mother's body recognizes the Rh protein as a foreign substance and might begin making antibodies (protein molecules in the immune system that recognize, and later work to destroy, foreign substances) against the Rh proteins.

      Other ways Rh-negative pregnant women can be exposed to the Rh protein that might cause antibody production include blood transfusions with Rh-positive blood, miscarriage, and ectopic pregnancy.

      Rh antibodies are harmless until the mother's second or later pregnancies. If she is ever carrying another Rh-positive child, her Rh antibodies will recognize the Rh proteins on the surface of the baby's blood cells as foreign, and pass into the baby's bloodstream and attack those cells. This can lead to swelling and rupture of the baby's RBCs. A baby's blood count can get dangerously low when this condition, known as hemolytic or Rh disease of the newborn, happens.

      Today, when a woman with the potential to develop Rh incompatibility is pregnant, doctors give her a series of two Rh immune-globulin shots during her first pregnancy. The first shot is given around the 28th week of pregnancy and the second within 72 hours after giving birth. Rh immune-globulin acts like a vaccine, preventing the mother's body from producing any potentially dangerous Rh antibodies that can cause serious complications in the newborn or complicate any future pregnancies.

      A dose of Rh immune-globulin also might be given if a woman has a miscarriage, an amniocentesis, or any bleeding during pregnancy.

      If a doctor finds that a woman has already developed Rh antibodies, her pregnancy will be closely monitored to make sure that those levels are not too high.

      In rare cases, if the incompatibility is severe and the baby is in danger, a series of special blood transfusions called exchange transfusions can be done either before the baby is born (intrauterine fetal transfusions) or after delivery.


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      Exchange transfusions replace the baby's blood with blood with Rh-negative blood cells. This stabilizes the baby's level of red blood cells and minimizes further damage caused by Rh antibodies already circulating in the baby's bloodstream.

      Because of the success rate of the Rh immune-globulin shots, exchange transfusions are needed in fewer than 1% of Rh-incompatible pregnancies

      Rh incompatibility rarely causes complications in a first pregnancy and does not affect the health of the mother. But if Rh antibodies develop, they could be dangerous to a fetus during later pregnancies. Rh disease can cause severe anemia, jaundice, brain damage, and heart failure in a newborn. In extreme cases, it can cause the death of the fetus because too many RBCs have been destroyed.

      If you're not sure what your Rh factor is and think you're pregnant, it's important to start regular prenatal care as soon as possible — including blood-type testing. With early detection and treatment of Rh incompatibility, you can focus on more important things — like welcoming a new, healthy baby.

      IT IS A WONDER THAN WHEN HOROSCOPES MATCH rH INCOMPATIBILITIES DO NOT ARISE.

      AFTER ALL WE ARE MADE OF STARDUST

      capt ajit ajit vadakayil
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    3. please direct to a website where they teach Gotra/Horoscope stuff.
      you said somewhere that names and DoBs are not needed for it

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  22. Thank you ever so much Capt.
    This is extremely useful. I appreciate your time and remarks.
    Regards
    OM

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  23. After I left a shipping company, all my shore bosses got drunk in a party –
    BACHCH GAYA SAALA PARTY.

    All of them took turns to run down Capt Ajit Vadakayil .

    Later on when my biggest detractor got totally drunk, he says ( told to me by one fan junior level boss )-

    ONE THING WE GOT TO ADMIT, THOUGH — IF VEERAPPAN AND GANG SUDDDENLY ATTACKED US , WE ALL WOULD BE HIDING UNDER OUR DESKS – ONLY VADAKAYIL WOULD FIGHT BACK , AND FUCK VEERAPPAN.

    Indeed –what the sober man has in his heart , the drunken man has on his lips !

    TEE HEEEEEEE !

    Capt ajit vadakayil
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  24. After I left a shipping company, all my shore bosses got drunk in a party –
    BACHCH GAYA SAALA PARTY.

    All of them took turns to run down Capt Ajit Vadakayil .

    Later on when my biggest detractor got totally drunk, he says ( told to me by one fan junior level boss )-

    ONE THING WE GOT TO ADMIT, THOUGH — IF VEERAPPAN AND GANG SUDDDENLY ATTACKED US , WE ALL WOULD BE HIDING UNDER OUR DESKS – ONLY VADAKAYIL WOULD FIGHT BACK , AND FUCK VEERAPPAN.

    Indeed –what the sober man has in his heart , the drunken man has on his lips !

    TEE HEEEEEEE !

    Capt ajit vadakayil
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  25. SOMEBODY ASKED ME --

    WHY WERE YOU SUCH A SUCCESSFUL SHIP CAPTAIN-- YOU HAVE WRITTEN SEVERAL POSTS ON MANAGEMENT , BUT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE KEPT CERTAIN SECRETS AWAY

    INDEED !

    OK--LET ME GIVE A TEASER

    THE "FULCRUM" WAS ALWAYS IN MY POCKET.

    I ADJUSTED THE FULCRUM OF THE LEVER MYSELF-- NEVER DELEGATED OR ABDICATED THE FULCRUM ADJUSTMENT JOB--

    FULCRUM is a thing that plays a central or essential role in an activity, event, or situation.

    A simple lever pivots on a fulcrum. If you understand how this works you already know 50%

    Fulcrum (pivot / axis ) decides on QUANTITY VERSUS QUALITY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlYEi0PgG1g

    I even decided on JOY and PAIN or FRUSTRATION and REWARD. People knew this and nobody fucked around with me.

    There are paradoxes

    For example in speed reading -- this is a quantum act, there is hardly any trade off between speed and comprehension like the classical quality / quantity lever on a fulcrum.

    http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2011/02/speed-reading-capt-ajit-vadakayil.html

    BELOW IS FOR NARENDRA MODI

    WE KNOW YOUR PATHETIC “NEED FOR QUANTITY”

    REMEMBER QUALITY INCREASES WHEN QUANTITY REDUCES

    THIS APPLIES TO VEDIC A2 MILK, VEDIC SEEDS ETC

    A HUMPLESS WESTERN JERSEY COW WHO GIVES A 200 LITRE DRUM OF MILK A DAY IS NOT SUPERIOR TO A HUMPED VEDIC COW WHICH GIVES ONLY ONE 10 LITRE BUCKET OF MILK.

    APCO MODI— NEXT TIME YOU DEAL WITH GM COMPANIES / GENETIC ENGINEERING COMPANIES REMEMBER THE LINE ABOVE.

    capt ajit vadakayil
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