(Abridged version of SECRETS OF SUCCESS From the same author)


Yandamoori Veerendranath

As you tend to have lunch and dinner at predictable times. This is why psychologists advise ‘smile’ as the first step to come out of tension. Early morning (called ‘Brahmasamayam’) is the best time to study. Do you keep everything at right place? Do you fold your bed-sheets on waking up? Are you tensed up unable to manage your time? Plan your day in advance. To balance it. Ask your friend “Are you a bachelor or unmarried?” Instead of saying ‘both’.. The chemical ‘Serotonin’ released when you smile… fights against the effects of cortisol. study environment. DISCIPLINE 4. blood glucose level changes. Going out with friends is a thrill. 6. and more particularly the influence of your . he says. time management and space administration. brain releases ‘cortisol’ that fumbles you. Concentrate on hair while combing. why not the latter? Do you know that the best way to enhance your concentration is to stay home most of the time? Ask your friends not to ring up after six in the evening. Staying home and teaching your brother or sister is pleasurable. “Bachelor. STARTING THE DAY 1. Your intentions are good but it won’t stop there. go to the mirror and smile for 5 seconds.!” even though he is unmarried. On waking up. ‘Time controlled behaviour’ is fairly easy to start and adopt. Even if they chat in the next room. After completion of your night studies. when you do not understand the real meaning. it is a disturbance. don’t get tempted to call up your friends even for few minutes to know about their studies. When you feel that your concentration is deteriorating. If both are enjoyable. 7. 3.2 Perform your duty Whole-heartedly Thy not expect the result. or feeling lazier. The word meditation sounds big. Under tension. 2. Concentration depends on discipline. as the electro-magnetic waves are fresh at that time. Meditation means enjoying the current experience both mentally and physically. 8. Don’t get involved in pleasant gossip or heated arguments prior to your studies. This may launch you in daydreaming or disturb your mind. relish the taste of the food while eating and enjoy the lesson while reading. 9. sleeping and eating habits. keep you energetic. start your study every day exactly at the same time and according to a timetable. analyse your lifestyle. Be careful of what you do before your studies. active and enthusiastic throughout the day. Enjoy the work Just by doing it And the result is a bonus. Request your parents not to invite guests during your study hours. Appears funny but neurotransmitters like Dopamine (pleasure) and Serotonin (feel good) released when you smile. 5.

16. It is advised the other way round. 14. as the intestines drain more oxygen from the brain. Keep a timepiece far away from your bed and a glass of water near it. 11. perform some physical activity for ten minutes in the morning and walk ‘alone’ for ten minutes after dinner. . fast foods and Pani poori have a chemical called Capsocysin.friends on you. Mirchi bujji. Lunch. to avoid coming back to bed. physical laziness (fatigue). Break-fast. Add it to your chapattis. Soon after lunch you feel sleepy. LAZINESS AND FOOD 3 Laziness is of two types. unnecessary gossiping and late night-outs. Pav-bhazi. 15. 17. Achievers live in the company of achievers. 10. 21. Do you eat to live or live to eat? Eat to live for six days. The effect continues on Monday also. Chocolates. Converting these negative foods into glucose requires more oxygen leading to sleepiness. 480 and 300 calories respectively. If you are a non-vegetarian. how can you watch TV? No. Reduce your lunch. Chapattis keep you fit and light for the entire day and rice is heavy on stomach though easily digestible. Early to bed and late to wake up. 13. Soya bean is a highly recommended food for students. TIME MAPPING: Once you are accustomed to time mapping. When you go there in the morning to switch alarm off. ice-cream and coke have saccharine. one butter cookie and a chocolate bar gives you 450. 18. Divide your day into small compartments and plan your timetable at the beginning of the day. Idly is good with 50 calories but a tea spoon of coconut chutney adds up another 50 calories. Don’t confuse between them. You are bored. 12. 20. You feel tired. The main reasons for unsuccessful time management are: Incapability to arrange the tasks in preferential order. Dinner and bed time milk along with a fruit in the ratio of 20:25:20:25:10 keeps you full of beans throughout the day. The adrenaline that is released while the animal is slaughtered is harmful to your concentration and memory. dinner and have good breakfast and evening snacks. Normally you require 2500 calories per day. Saturday Night Fever: Never watch movies till late-nights on Saturdays and compensate it by sleeping on Sunday afternoons. getting attracted by more powerful unbeneficial deeds like excessive sleeping. Mix Soya powder in water. This is the best sutra for students who cannot wake up early in the morning. Keep one day per week for eating junk food. 19. Evening snacks. When you are tired. sweets. Never eat the above items one hour before or while studying. Note that hundred grams chips packet. and live to eat for a day. and mental laziness (boredom). How are you going to spend your lunch break and with whom? How much time are you going to watch TV in the evening? It is called ‘Time Management’. It should be meticulously planned even for a holiday. the word ‘busy’ withers away. disturbing the biological clock. eat fish instead of mutton. You are not tired. Normally people eat rice for lunch and chapattis for dinner. fruit juices or buttermilk and drink twice a day. and to fight it. sprinkle your face with cold water. would like to take rest and watch TV. excessive daytime sleep and napping at inappropriate times is called ‘hypersomnia’. Rogues stay with rogues and idiots like the company of stupid. ‘Sleeping and waking up at the same time’ is one of the best disciplinary habits that enhances your concentration and reduces laziness. reduce oily food. SLEEP Sleeping is the best enjoyment… after completing the job.

You are not straining your eyes with the stereo-typed letters of printing. revision should be fast.T. KEY NOTING ‘Key noting’ means. half the job is already done.4 Un rI t gr et n to /a m p M a r c h T e n s i o n C o n f u s i o n D e c Uo rN gm ep nr tt t /In ot a L a z y U n c o n s c i o u s NIn o ot tno utr rN gm ep t t / a J u n e No oIn tn t U rm gr et t a / p P o s t p o n e J a n Look at the above table. called ‘keynoting’. READING HABITS If you develop good reading habits. In the beginning. Many give up at this stage. but considers it as not important. you find it impracticable. 35. work out on various ways and methods to reach the correct answer. 27. It is like a karate player going into the mood before entering into the arena. You have every right to politely say ‘no’ to any person who demands your time unnecessarily. If the answer is correct. go on deducting 17 from 146 till you get a single digit number.R. . A student postpones his studies feeling that there is ample time to start. Studying own script reduces the strain of your eye. It tests your patience. He puts off studying difficult subjects. Stand for a few moments at your study table (or mat). to conserve your energy for the next lecture session. creating tension and chaos. 25. try to find out which side the Himalayas are. Listeners sit with chatters. you would begin to enjoy the results. present a chocolate to yourself. Next when you talk to your friend on phone. ‘Time control’ depends on developing speed with which you read a lesson. Spot people. Instead of chatting while eating for one hour at lunch break avoid the former. everything becomes ‘important and urgent’. This is called cleaning the mind-slate. In stead of sitting idle in the barber shop or beauty parlour. Later as the final examination date advances. 29. close your eyes and try to think of nothing.E. avoiding the pulp matter that unnecessarily occupies the brain space. The whole syllabus thus can be condensed into a 100-page notebook for easy revision later. nobody can help it. While travelling in a train or bus. It is not important how fast you complete reading. ask somebody. Use diagrams and colour pens whenever necessary to reduce. 26. With the help of key-noting. As the half-yearly examinations approach. who are your time killers. Choosing your friend for lunch also matters. to record it without your prior knowledge. How many urgent and important points you might have discussed with your friend whom you are anyway going to meet the next day. Note down the key points like Ram–wife–kidnap–War and expand the entire Ramayana later in your own words with the help of key-noting. note down the points in your own simple language. There will be none. with the alphabets A. Brain is the only organ that does get tired by continuous exercises. visual exhaustion. Initial reading should be slow to understand the subject. 28. While studying (or listening to the lecture). he settles down to study. Try constructing as many words as you can. This would sharpen your mathematical. When you are working on maths. 23. Suddenly. and then verify it with a paper and pen. 22. Suppose you are studying (or lecturer is explaining) Ramayana. geographical intelligence and English vocabulary respectively. save time and take rest in library. he feels the urgency. (If you too like it. After practicing for three to four weeks. Sharpen it by engaging in a productive way. but how you retain it.) 24.

water etc in the night. and within few days. After completion of reading one subject. and are able to win over ‘your desire’. control your curiosity to stay and watch an accident. It is a normal tendency for every student to have an inclination to avoid studies on some pretext. In the examination hall. when your teacher is explaining it to you. for it may promote unnecessary gossiping. it is the way you carry it. 41. never hesitate to ask.5 30. Desire control is the best mantra to develop concentration. Paste the difficult chemistry formulas and physics principles to your wall. Coming out from magnetic fields like gossiping.. 40. They are called ‘Road blocks’. 32. Keep discussing your subject with your parents and friends. Unknowingly you would identity its growth with your growing wisdom. Difficult. Start with an interesting subject and proceed further with a dry subject. Same way. Or keep a plant in your reading room. After a while. If you lose concentration. 36. you may go to an open place like upstairs. Don’t waste your precious early morning time searching for the above. Imagine how pleasant it would be to sleep with a feeling that you had finished your day without any pending work. shift on to write or work on maths. Glance through the lesson that is to be taught the next day. Devote much time for the tough subjects. Lock the doors while studying. 44. like ‘I will go to a movie tomorrow if I complete this work today’. 38. study becomes part of your behaviour and whenever you sit down in that particular place. A student lacks concentration due to two reasons: Having no interest in subject or… more interest in other things. 43. Watching ‘maps’ is one of the best relaxation techniques. the first feeling would be. phone conversation. Maintain an aquarium. TV etc is the first step to develop concentration. Suppose your friends invited you to your most favourite hero’s movie. 45. 35. but never study in your bedroom while resting on the bed or in the kitchen. And that gives you confidence. Sandwich an uninteresting subject in between two interesting ones. 33. take a breath of fresh air and wander in side the room till you feel that… studying is better than roaming. you feel like going straight to the work. don’t jump to another. 39. but when you practice it. It makes ‘reading’ your hobby. Set aside a fixed place for study and nothing but study. Go away from books. balcony or garden. Read daily. 46.. when you feel for a change. don’t sit at your desk staring into a book and mumbling about your poor self-control. Give a gap of 5 minutes. Cultivate the habit of reading in libraries and reading alone. 34. At times. Even if you didn’t understand it fully. When you don’t understand a particular point. you have the feeling that it is already known to you. Present yourself with a gift when you complete your quota of study for the day. When you feel bored with reading. “Oh… the question paper is so simple. Thus you need not read for hours before exams. . Never change your place of study. Say ‘no’ to it or postpone it. Even if you are on a holiday. Change your attitude. Normally students devote much time reading their interesting subjects rather than the hard ones. It’s like starting with a non-detailed story and later going for a tough subject. or at your grand pa’s village… read at least for half an hour. 31. the confidence gives you more satisfaction than yielding to your sensory organs. Hang a map of country / state / world. It is called ‘Mind holiday’. Arrange near your reading table all necessary items like books. Combined study is normally not suggested.” DEVELOPING CONCENTRATION It is not the load that breaks you down. 37. 42. Place your favourite sweet on your reading table and read. put it back without tasting it. Get your doubts clarified immediately. A small doubt becomes a complication when you proceed with your subject at a higher level. After completing your studies. you would be surprised to know that you are able to remember them by heart unknowingly.

but never eat there. 62. For ‘every’ one-hour have a glass of buttermilk. Simple to tell but you can keep away from it. try to recollect what you have studied during the previous two hours. keep some fruits or other eatables near your study table. Drink as much water as you can while studying. noise. go to sleep. During this period. This exercise eliminates the residual carbon (dioxide) from your lungs and you feel fresh and energetic. Before preparing for your study. 51. The spicy smell increases your attentiveness. 53. an incense stick before you sit to study. 55. Associate your studies with the smell of an incense stick. carrot or orange juice or water with Soya powder. close your eyes and feel the fresh air. Between second and third hours of study intervals. Soon in about three weeks. For better results. Arrange the light in such a way that the rays don’t fall directly on your eyes. You have a psychological feeling that you are reading. Skin: Cultivate the habit of taking a bath or washing your face before starting your studies in the 63. Control them in the following manner. refreshes and keeps you young. In case you cannot hold your hunger for two to three hours. 56.. steam your face with turmeric water. Place ‘yellow’ coloured cloth on your reading table or mat. Aragatha and Athar are available in any grocery market. and later release it slowly from your left nostril. Light Sit in a cool and fairly fragrant room to study and you will find the difference in concentration levels. visuals.. It revitalises. Goroochanai. 57. you notice the freshness and newly generated energy. 48. Slowly you identify the cap with your studies. Keep a wet cloth near study table. Mouth: Keep a clove in your cheek to avoid the urge to eat junk food in between studies. Whenever your concentration lapses… bite the clove. Keep a cap or tie a scarf while you study. place cucumber (keera) or wet cotton. don’t go to the kitchen. Punugu. Hunger. close your left nostril and breathe through your right. is a big hurdle for concentration. Apply any one of them near your neck depending on your taste.! When you are bored in between study intervals. Sinus 61. Cover your eyes with the wet cloth. to avoid visual disturbance.. 52. After reading for an hour. You can not often go out of your study room. Nose: 60. CONCENTRATING WITH THE 5 SENSORY ORGANS Developing concentration means avoiding disturbances. 49. Never sit facing an ‘open’ window. A student’s attention deteriorates after an hour’s study. Others make out that you are studying and don’t disturb you. stand near your window. Falling in love is the first enemy to concentration. Eyes: Let your chair face the wall to avoid distraction. sit erect and raise your head slightly upwards. 50. It constantly keeps you fresh. evening. Use tube light to avoid the unnoticeable flicker of a normal bulb. Eyes are more comfortable when you read with a pleasant yellow backdrop. Kasturi. If you feel eyes getting strained. Falling in love while studying is like paying for a car which you want to purchase after ten years. The form a smell circle to stop other odours (from kitchen etc) that disturb your concentration.6 47. Read under a table light preferably in a semi dark room. During this ten minutes interval. sound and odour are the five disturbances to our five sensory organs respectively. . If you feel sleepy and tired on a particular day. 58. It is embarrassing initially but has distinct advantages. Treat reading place as a holy temple. 59. Maintain a fixed time for ‘eating’. It will make you feel fresh and new. Don’t force yourself to stick to the schedule. Take ten minutes rest after one hour study. Even in daytime it is advisable to close the curtains and read under table light. Continue the exercise in reverse for another five minutes. smell ‘mint’ (Pudhina) or camphor for a few seconds. Javvadhi. 54.

Keep recollecting what you studied earlier. who help you in need and criticise when you are bad. take a bath. 75. MEMORY: Lack of memory and Forgetting are different. chatting or watching TV before you begin your studies. Never read till late nights. In the same fashion. Never is stored in neurons and you remember about 5. When space is provided for unnecessary neurons. While talking. When an issue is discussed. Go to bed immediately. Tape while you read.7 64.000 concepts during life time. you cannot say that you have insufficient memory. lighting an incense stick. holidays. applying ‘Gandham’ and the two minutes pray. 73. During heated arguments they are up by fifty times. close the doors. before your evening studies. with the support of already released adrenaline. Never use tea or drugs to stay awake. by taking bath. Never gossip either in person or on phone at bedtime. Crooks. Don’t 70.00. / taught during the day. who steal. thus asking the brain to provide much ‘garbage space’. applying sandalwood paste influences and enhances our concentration while worshiping. Try to get out of that habit or go for mono instrumental music but not songs with lyrics. try to recall what your read. After an exciting discussion or heated argument. Classical music is supposed to aid in some cases. Exploiters. you have created a temple atmosphere in your study room. It enables you to be in the meditation mood. you are spending most of your time gossiping. Before sleeping. The best. Concentration is high during early mornings. This disturbs the study. It is called ‘Memory overload’. while brushing your teeth. Sleep for half an hour in the afternoon. more valuable neurons pertaining to education go to the passive part and that is called ‘Mind Decay’. Spiders. 67. the over-riding 74. try to minimise your talking till you take your bath. This would enable your neuron bonds strengthen and what you studied the previous night becomes permanent. Never be silent when it is required. If THE PRE-EXAM REVISION 76. disputed and argued. Keep the tape recorder by your bed-side and go to sleep while listening to it.. but avoid being exploited. watching movies and without any productive work. In the other sense. Better to wake up early to study rather than studying at late nights. 65. Bandits. whether a particular movie is good or bad) you recall some points to strengthen your argument and stimulate the unnecessary neuron bonds.magnetic pathways are calm and passive during sleep and this would help the memory bonds grow stronger. Be good. Ears: To avoid external disturbances consider using earplugs or cotton. Some students read while the music is on. lighting camphor. 69. Intelligent who are selfish 2. have break-fast (!). Memory 68. leading to loss of memory. The electro . the electro magnetic pathways vibrate ten times more than when you are in ‘silent mode’. Good. Talking or watching TV in between or after night studies unsettles your neuron bonds. Hence create an artificial dawn during the preparatory .. talk when it is not necessary. before or in between your studies. This is called ‘recalling’. 66. after completion of your studies. dominate the reminiscences of the argument or discussion. Watch the above tips. if you plan to go to a movie or see a favourite programme on TV ‘after’ your studies. Immediately on waking up from the bed. Friends neurons. 5. Ringing the temple bells. 77. consider that you are among spiders. who exploit the good 4. discuss next day’s interesting programs like going for a movie or picnic. Complete 71. Stupid. Close your eyes and recollect what you read 72. taking bath etc. (say. fall into seven categories: 1. put on Suprabhata (or Bhoopala Raaga) and proceed with your daily chores. who work for the intelligent 3. who talk more and 8. you can never concentrate on your study. who spread rumours about you 7. Unless you are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. That lingers in your mind while studying. You are the best friend to you. In the same fashion. who instigate their bad habits 6. unconsciously looking forward to the event.

Avoid sweets. Divide paragraphs correctly. A week prior to the exams. Improve on your grammar and spellings. It is as simple as that. Apply point No. Effect (by the problem) and the Solution (to the problem). you may surprisingly find some of the subject matter missed your attention completely. Maintain 93. Three months prior to the actual exams certain 86. Don’t use more commas. loosing self-confidence are the indicators at this stage. The answers should be brief but should cover all the points. Be careful with construction of sentences and particularly with pronouns. Spend the first 2 minutes previewing the question paper. it would be like: Disease. Not to electrify.. During 81. Cause (for the problem). Write to communicate. The day before the exam you are almost panicky. Slowly you cease to grin and smile. Determine the length. oily foods and cool drinks a month before exams. revision. Stay 89. 82. Have 90. sane. Can we fight fear? Certainly yes if you know the Four Noble Truths sermonised by Buddha philosophy. As you receive the question paper. calm down. the Treatment (Prognosis) and the relief (solution). Allocate time in proportion to the marks. Never write with a new pen. Rapid heartbeats. smiling and ready to enjoy the summer. close your eyes for 30 seconds.Close the curtains and read before a table light though it is the evening time. it gradually turns into anxiety. Stick on to your healthy habit of sleeping before midnight and ensure that you are fit physically and mentally. 3. Never try to revise one subject for too long at a time. Think in English while writing in English. standing outside the exam room. lonely feeling and insecurity catch you up. 85. One hour is just enough. you will be there. Don’t panic. Don’t be depressed. You might have some-how missed it. This is called ‘one day-two dawn theory’. depression. silence one hour before exam. 8 78. 91. Focus on how to start an answer. tighten your right fist. 87. It may work out to them. 83. on the field chew bubble-gum to release their tension exhaustion. Say ‘Ram killed Ravana’. Don’t discuss about it after coming out from the examination hall. sense of unease. take a deep breath that gives you more oxygen and start answering with a pleasant smile. a lot to study. the examiner confuses to understand who kidnapped whose wife. 84. don’t write beyond the requirement. 94.. Don’t get tensed up. the Reality (of the problem). Cheer up. Uneasiness continues for sometime even after exam. reach a climax and end it. the Cause of disease (Diagnosis). ‘Rama killed Ravana as his wife was kidnapped by him’. time to be spent answering depending on the marks allotted to it. 92. Glance through it and decide whether it is necessary to read it at the eleventh hour. your ‘tension’ peaks. you start spending twelve hours on reviewing and still feel that there is 79. Just because you know the answer in detail. . Write your exam with a pen that you are used to write. Know exactly when to use a simple or a compound sentence. Don’t do last minute cramming. There are various stages of tension before exams. Suddenly from nowhere the worry erupts. Some of your friends may be telling that they stay awake till the crack of dawn during exams. elaborate. the entire picture of the answer. Panic includes sweaty palms. Don’t write ‘Rama Ravana killed’ which may be correct in your colloquial language. 80. But note that revision means not just reading a chapter and vaguely remembering a few sentences. Chew condominium (elachi) while writing exam for the same reason. WRITING THE EXAM Exams come and the exams go. relaxed and confident before answering. Avoid repeating the same words in a sentence or paragraph. No person in the world feels totally prepared for his exams. In physician’s terms. Anxiety causes troubled sleep. As examinations approach. Your memory fails you. If you write. Before starting. Last but not the least. Cricketers 88. shivering fingers.

and nobody can stop you from getting a rank… I promise…I challenge. It is to reduce the psychological trauma of the students while tackling the challenges imposed by their parents and the educational institutions. personal hygiene and more particularly to eliminate tension before exams. fight it out. over ten million children of your age in this country are already on their work. fishing enhances concentration reduces hyperactivity. your language or hand writing fail to communicate. Think how fortunate you are. Feel that your mind is transforming into calmness. microanalysis gives further accurate picture. it’s a pleasure. Imagine how people look at you once you top your university ranks. FIVE TECHNIQUES 96. The blood circulation to the brain converts the short time memory into semantic memory. you are being engulfed into a stage of quietness. The early morning proceedings: As you wake up. health and above all. Does it pertain to one subject or entire course? Does the problem arise now or in existence from the beginning? Is it due to your interest in other fields or complexity of the said course? After locating the reason. 100. Hence one need not feel depressed for having born to uneducated parents. and ugly with pimples…” are a few examples reflecting one’s inferiority complex. It’s not a pressure. The day starts with a three hours coaching to develop concentration. If you have no neck problem. Let those thoughts not enter your brain while studying. loosing somewhere the childhood pleasures they deserve. Boating and other sport activities unwind them. It is called positive thinking. This is called ‘recall’. Never did you realise that life would not have been so cheerful for some people in this world including your parents. Then in the evening. Saraswati Vidya Peetam is established to combine recreation and education. your memory is poor. Now adjust your pillow and settle in your habituated comfortable position. TV etc. short. from any school (particularly Municipal and Tribal schools) is taught various ways and techniques to make study easy. 99. By closing your two important sensory organs. bend ten times touching your toes with your fingertips. Once having known the correct reason. they meditate before Goddess Saraswati and take oath to alter some of their hazardous habits like junk food. spend a minute staying topsy-turvy (Seershasana) by the side of wall for another two minutes. A Batch of 40 students. God has given you wealth. students are encouraged to narrate small stories. had you not been there and ‘you’ made that difference? Who knows? You may be the person who would change the world history. Instead of brooding over the matter. hypersomnia. It is free training session for one-day. The feel gives you a feeling of compassion and positive thinking towards life. Compare and consume: As you are resting with a blanket. Then the students are exposed to new world of experience to shrink their phobias and develop attentiveness. evaluate the reason for failure. 98. Genes are nothing to do with intelligence and memory. stay on bed for another few minutes to continue the following exercises: Think of the mistakes that you have done during last twenty-four hours! Have you quarrelled with your brother or sister over a particular TV channel of your choice? Have you thrown the food plate accusing your mother that it is not up to your liking? This daily evaluation and self-criticism helps you to develop your personality for betterment. ‘parents’. Exercise: After brushing the teeth. Positive thinking: “I am black. 97. Just watch your breath for a minute. Slip into sleep while recollecting what you studied that day.9 95. and a twelve-year boy is climbing the up-hill on his cycle to give you the morning newspaper. a small girl of tender age is sweeping your house. A ten-year-old boy is serving tea to lorry drivers on the roadside dhabas. under the shades of falling sun. to develop the spirit of public speaking and . Implement at least 50 percent of the above. Suppose you did not fare well in your exam. may be you do not understand the lessons properly. After the class. Tranquillity: After completing your studies go to bed and turn a side and close your ears and eyes with a pillow. sitting by the side of the lake near the temple.

“We do not have a play ground at our school. 10 i. One of my classmate said… he ate a Cadbury’s chocolate for the first time in his life here” – a tenth class girl student’s interview to TV 9 on Saraswati Vidya peetam. The fun-filled memorable day ends. I was never allowed to step into water till now. Finally they are awarded suitable gifts ranging from gold medal to a chocolate.communication. We never dreamt education would be so relaxing like this. . This is the first time I had a wonderful experience. We don’t feel like leaving this place.

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