How Determination can win against all odds

Here is an amazing story of success that all of us can learn from.  It comes from one of the most amazing athlete that ran in the Olympics.1960 Summer Olympics Abebe Bikila was added to the Ethiopian Olympic team only at the last moment, as the plane to Rome was about to leave, as a replacement for Wami Biratu, who had broken his ankle in a soccer match. Major Onni Niskanen entered Bikila and Abebe Wakgira in the marathon.Adidas, the shoe sponsor at the 1960 Summer Olympics, had few shoes … [Read more...]

Mumbai home Tutor Sunmeet Kaur wins Rs. 5 cr in KBC-6

Sunmeet Kaur Sawhney, a Punjabi woman, has emerged as the winner of Rs. 5 crore on TV game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 6'. Sawhney, a home tutor and a resident of Mumbai, couldn't believe she had cracked the jackpot, until the show's host, Amitabh Bachchan hugged her.Link … [Read more...]

Tulsi Gabbard – a gritty and inspiring lady – the First Hindu American Congressional Leader in US takes oath on Bhagwad Gita

She is 32.  A woman.  A Hindu by choice.  A War Veteran already.  And yesterday, she became the first Hindu American Congressional Leader to be sworn in.  On her own copy of the Bhagwad Gita.Tulsi Gabbard.  That is whom I am talking about.A month and a half back, I had the privilege of meeting her and sitting next to her at the lunch table as we discussed her take on Hinduism and its relevance in the modern US society, but more importantly, in her own life.  She was in Houston to meet friend … [Read more...]

Woman Power, Business and Economy: Interesting Insights

Given the realization of the place of women in the world, here is something that I found interesting.  These are observations by Mark Palmer, the CEO of StreamBase Systems on his blog (link) Women, if viewed as an emerging market, are bigger than China and India combined. The economic power of women is rising rapidly. By 2013, the worldwide income of women will rise by $5.1 trillion, which is greater than China's expected growth of $3 trillion over the same time period. And their power is vast: w … [Read more...]

Ramanujan’s formula proved correct, may help explain Black Holes

Ramanujan had made a conjecture on his death bed in a letter to Hardy discussing mock modular forms. Ramanujan's letter described several new functions that behaved differently from known theta functions, or modular forms, and yet closely mimicked them.  Functions are equations that can be drawn as graphs on an axis, like a sine wave, and produce an output when computed for any chosen input or value.  Ramanujan conjectured that his mock modular forms corresponded to the ordinary modular forms e … [Read more...]

Important lesson for India from Sweden, the World’s Rape Capital (30 times more rapes a year than India)!

Sweden recorded 63 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants this year.  That was 30 times that of India (2 per 100,000 inhabitants).  Compared to India, Sweden must be the worst when it comes to safety of women.  Not just unsafe, but 30 times unsafe!  Right?  And what was that talk of having open attitudes of men towards nudity and women all about?  Scandinavian countries have the most liberated women in terms of their decision making and freedom of expression and life.  So what gives?Well, when one digs … [Read more...]

How generations of Indian Tribals build “Living Bridges” across rivers from live trees lasting centuries

Meghalaya is a state which has the highest amount of rainfall in the world.  Cherrapunji holds a world record of the highest recorded rainfall.  In such a place, rivers are aplenty.  And trees as well.  When the entire land is crisscrossed with rivers - how do you build so many strong and reliable bridges?The War-Khasi tribe of Meghalaya has come up with the most ingenious idea I have ever seen or heard!  They use a combination of Bamboo tree and Banyan trees on both ends of the banks to cons … [Read more...]

Income Tax Appellate decides “Hinduism is neither a Religion, nor a Community”!

It seems the Government Agencies in India seem to go in to some kind of philosophical high road when it comes to Hinduism - if it suits them, and then takes a whole turn around when it doesn't.We hear all about the devilish "Hindutva", a fanatic belief system, and how Hindus those who support a certain cause is no good.  Also, it is very popular to paint Hinduism black with caste systems etc.  But ask for a legal stand, and what you get is something totally different.Here a temple o … [Read more...]