Naga Sadhus aren’t meant to be just Naked and “High on Pot” Ascetics; Real Ones Embody the Grace of Shiva beneath the Veneer of societal disdain

Who are Naga Sadhus?To understand the Naga Sadhus, it is important to know who Shiva is.  Because these ascetics - those who are really on Spiritual path and seriously with a Guru who knows what he doing, as opposed to just a naked Sadhu taking intoxicants - are on the path as closely aligned to the life of Shiva, the original Yogi, as it can possibly get!For the Yogis, Shiva is not a "God".  He is the origin of all Spirituality.  When he walked the earth, he did so with complete disdain for … [Read more...]

How Pakistani Kids Are Turned Into Suicide Bombers

The industry of Suicide Bombing in Pakistan is pretty institutionalized.  It is an art that has been perfected.  It is used for outside of Pakistan and inside.  Basically anyone that Taliban or the other Jehadi forces - LeT, JuM and ISI - don't like, suicide bombers are unleashed on them.In this TED talk, this lady - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Pakistan's only Academy-Award winning documentary filmmaker - discusses how Suicide Bombers are prepared.She calls them "Innocent" - which they are, when t … [Read more...]

Extent and Impact of Weight Bias and Stigmatizing in the society

We all know that obese people face bias and the obese kids face ridicule and bullying.  What is the nature of the whole process of stigmatizing of obesity.  As the Obesity increases in America, the bias seems to be increasing and not decreasing.This behavior by others to the obese people, creates a depression and lot of mental problems in those people, which can have a very damaging and often devastating impact on their whole life.Yale Rudd Center has done a lot of work in this area and we c … [Read more...]

Hockey India League starts off on a promising note

Hockey India League is a professional league for field hockey competition in India. It is organised by Hockey India.Each HIL franchise has 24 players which include 10 foreign and 14 Indian players.   The players were acquired in an auction which was held on 16 December.A total of 246 players were available for the auction out of which 93 were foreign player and 153 local.   Teun de Nooijer is the highest paid player of the league who was bought by Uttar Pradesh Wizards whereas Sardar Singh is … [Read more...]

Stunning Video of a “Nomad’s travels” through South Asia and North America

Watched this beautiful video of a person's travels in India, Nepal, Indonesia, China, and North America (US and Canada).  The visuals and the narration is absolutely stunning! The video has these intriguing words penned by Lord Byron.So, we'll go no more a roving So late into the night, Though the heart be still as loving, And the moon be still as bright.For the sword outwears its sheath, And the soul wears out the breast, And the heart must pause to breathe, And love itself have … [Read more...]

Internet Population – amidst heavy State censorship – in China surges to 564 mn; to reach 800 mn in 2015

China is surging ahead in the internet connectivity.  Interestingly, it is not the Wi-Fi connectivity that is fueling the people coming up on the internet, but the success and the proliferation of the Mobile technology. According a governmental report released by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), an estimated 51 million new Chinese users accessed the Internet in 2012, bringing the number of online users to 564 million, an increase of ten percent. This, in turn, has boosted … [Read more...]

75% of IIT-B students focusing on hobbies and not academics; don’t know why they came there really

As per Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM), India, coaching for IIT's JEE examination is a Rs. 10,000 crores (roughly $2 billion) industry. Coaching for admission to the IITs and other engineering colleges has acquired the status of a big industry in India. According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the size of the industry is Rs 10,000 crore.ASSOCHAM's conclusion is based on the assumption that six lakh students attend these classes every year and the … [Read more...]

Shilpa Shetty visits Mahakumbh and takes a Dip at Triveni

Shilpa Shetty, the Indian Actress, took the dip at Maha Kumbh yesterday.  She was tweeting her way to the kumbh.  Her dip and the process was handled by Swami Chidananada of Parmartha Niketan.  En route 2 the KUMBH MELA,Allahabad.With my parents,thanks 2 dearest Gopi(Hinduja) uncle,who made my moms dream possible.— SHILPA SHETTY (@TheShilpaShetty) January 14, 2013   Took 3 (Very cold) dips,brrrrrrr!!Officially now I will attain moksh:) Now back in Mumbai,can't wait to hug my son … [Read more...]