Yes I am talking about the 26/11 tragedy at Hotel Taj Mahal.
It is almost a year from now.. the days are passing by so easily.
In AXN I recently started watching a program called “Magic secrets
revealed”. Even like others I too started thinking that magicians are
really really great and but after watching this program I realized that
I too was stupid like others. Mainly if you deeply look into the thing,
the code will be revealed. They just brainwash us and getting money
For more about the secrets you can check out here : http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=magici ans+secrets+revealed&search_type=&aq=0&oq=magician s .
Instead of magic the worth program is Circus, and much more. They
really take initiative in doing things. Watch the you tube and watch it
in AXN on Sundays night from 11pm – 1am. I never miss this program.
P.S. I have a very bad habit of changing channels from one to
another.. if it really bores will start from 1st to the last channel
and will know whats going on in another channel by that time I found
this stuff on AXN India.
Yes, though the rain has stopped pouring on us, the effect of rain is still upon us. I keep wondering why the Government is not taking proper action on the drainage system. And at the same time I cannot keep cursing Government on this. Even though they do it at the correct time, the corporation will dug it for some other purpose. This has become a vicious cycle like Gov put roads and corporation open it for some other purpose. At the same time I cannot blame both of them. When this is happening will there any relief on the roads. Now a days it has become cumbersome for many people who lives in the lower area like Velachery, Madipakkam, Chembarambakkam, RedHills, Tambaram etc. most of the times even for a 10 centimeter rain that area itself is getting flooded like anything. Recently visited OMR, was neat I suppose and even in Velachery the 100 feet road, most of the West Mambalam streets have a very good drainage system and they are perfectly drained within 12 hours this is really a great improvement in this area. Kudos!
I assure that my friends and I will do clean-up by giving the proper drainage not only to my area but also all over the place I visit.
Some useful info about our country.
• Chess was invented in India.
• India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world.
• India never invaded any country in last 100000 years of history.
• Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years
• Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.
• The ‘Place Value System’ and the ‘Decimal System’ were developed in India in 100 B.C.
• The largest employer in the world is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people.
• Until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world (Source : Gemological Institute of America).
• India is the largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest Country in the world, and one of the most ancient civilizations.
• Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
• The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.
• The four religions born in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population.
• There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
• Jainism and Buddhism were founded in India in 600 B.C. and 500 B.C. respectively.
• Islam is India’s and the world’s second largest religion.
• India exports software to 90 countries.
• Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
• Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C. and 52 A.D. respectively
The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a
Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century.
• Sikhism originated in the Holy city of Amritsar in Punjab. Famous for housing the Golden Temple, the city was founded in 1577.
The oldest European church and synagogue in India are in the city
of Cochin. They were built in 1503 and 1568 respectively.
• Varanasi, also known as Benaras, was called “the Ancient City”
when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C., and is the oldest,
continuously inhabited city in the world today.
India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees originally
from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped
to flee religious and political persecution.
• His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of
Tibetan Buddhists, runs his government in exile from Dharmashala in
When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000
years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus
• The name ‘India’ is derived from the River Indus, the valleys
around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers
referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name
`Hindustan’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of
• The World’s First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara Temple at
Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The shikhara of the temple is made from a single
80-tonne piece of granite. This magnificent temple was built in just
five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja
• The game of Snakes & Ladders was created by the 13th
century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called ‘Mokshapat’. The
ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices.
The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. In time, the game
underwent several modifications, but its meaning remained the same,
i.e. good deeds take people to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.
• The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700
BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than
60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one
of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
• India was one of the richest countries till the time of British
rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by
India’s wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he
discovered America by mistake.
• The Art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river
Sindh over 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the
Sanskrit word ‘NAVGATIH’. The word navy is also derived from the
Sanskrit word ‘Nou’.
• Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth
to orbit the Sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart.
According to his calculation, the time taken by the Earth to orbit the
Sun was 365.258756484 days.
• The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian
Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known
as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long
before the European mathematicians.
• Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus also originated in India.
Quadratic Equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century.
The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas
Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 (i.e. 10 to the power of 53) with
specific names as early as 5000 B.C. during the Vedic period. Even
today, the largest used number is Terra: 10*12(10 to the power of 12).
• The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is
located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the
Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.
Sushruta is regarded as the Father of Surgery. Over 2600 years
ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like
cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones,
plastic surgery and brain surgeries.
• Usage of anaesthesia was well known in ancient Indian medicine.
Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism,
physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many
ancient Indian texts.
• The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th
century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage destination.
Larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate
$6 million (US) to the temple everyday.
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human
speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great
grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most artistic
materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!” – Mark Twain (Writer, America)
“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of
living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began
the dream of existence, it is India!”
– Romaine Rolland (French scholar)
“She (India) has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human
race in the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right
to reclaim … her place amongst the great nations summarizing and
symbolizing the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea,
from the icy regions of Siberia to Islands of Java and Borneo, India
has propagated her beliefs, her tales, and her civilization!” – Sylvia Levi (French Scholar)
“Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient
and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one
race to another…But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the
blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had
to be soaked in a deluge of blood….. Each word of power had to be
followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the
tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for
thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when
even Greece did not exist… Even earlier, when history has no record,
and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even
from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every
word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. We,
of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and
that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live….!” – Swami Vivekanand (Indian Philosopher)
“If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully
developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the
greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to
India” – Max Mueller (German Scholar)
“India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries
without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.” – Hu Shih (Former Ambassador of China to USA)
are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and
won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was
stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic
architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure,
concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It
was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white
and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything
re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.” – Keith Bellows (Editor-in-chief, National Geographic Society)
Bharat (Hindi), Republic of India (English)
3.3 million square kilometers
Lies between latitudes 8 ° 4′ and 37 ° 6 ‘ north and longitudes 68 ° 7 ‘ and 97° 25’ east
Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism
Jan gana mana written by Rabindranath Tagore
Vande Mataram, composed in Sanskrit by Bankimchandra Chatterji
Replica of the Lion Capital of Sarnath
Tiger (Panthera tigris)
Rupee (One Rupee=100 paise)
This is just for jolly. NO OFFENCE!