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An Oxford college has become one of the first to introduce gender-neutral lavatories marked with a symbol that students ho
An Indian teenager who lost an eye and whose face was brutally disfigured in an acid attack walked the New York catwalk to
Two Indian-American women have been selected for the prestigious White House Fellow programme that offers first hand exper
Indo-Canadian Sikh MP Bardish Chagger has been named as the new Leader of the government in Canada's House of Commons, bec
A 62-year-old Indian, who was on board the Emirates plane that crash-landed here, might be the luckiest man alive as he ha
Rohit Khandelwal has become the first Indian to win the coveted Mr World title at the grand finale of the 2016 competition
In a show of bonhomie, locals defied curfew to help perform the last rites of a Kashmiri Pandit woman in old city today.
Answering nature's call was once a nightmare for Rashida Begum, who had to creep around the jungle for a suitably private
The irony is complete, India has no reported cases of the dreaded Zika virus infection, but is the first country in the wo
Delhi Police today entered the Limca Book of Records for solving the biggest cash heist case of the the country in Novembe
All right, so this apparently is old now, as it went viral in December, but it came to my attention only last week since when I had been wanting to put it up here.
The five-year-old from Japan, dubbed “Ukulele Boy,” has close to 14.25 million hits on one page on YouTube. And this of course is not counting other posts and embeds all over. His version of Jason Mraz’s hit song, “I’m Yours” is clearly better than the original:
And there's some Beatles too:
As for what can be competition at close to 162 million and counting?
Photo Courtesy BBC
As part of its Hunger to Learn series, BBC has this amazing story of a teenager, Babar Ali, whose remarkable education project is transforming the lives of hundreds of poor children. He tresk to school in the morning and then teaches what he has learnt in school to others in the afternoon. He is 16, and since the age of 9 has been running his own, unofficial school giving lessons just the way he has heard them from his teachers in the morning:
Now his afternoon school has 800 students, all from poor families, all taught for free. Most of the girls come here after working, like Chumki, as domestic helps in the village, and the boys after they have finished their day's work labouring in the fields.
"In the beginning I was just play-acting, teaching my friends," Babar Ali says, "but then I realised these children will never learn to read and write if they don't have proper lessons. It's my duty to educate them, to help our country build a better future."
Including Babar Ali there are now 10 teachers at the school, all, like him are students at school or college, who give their time voluntarily. Babar Ali doesn't charge for anything, even books and food are given free, funded by donations. It means even the poorest can come here.
Read the full story at BBC
John Freeman, the acting editor of Granta magazine in WSJ:
We will die, that much is certain; and everyone we have ever loved and cared about will die, too, sometimes—heartbreakingly—before us. Being someone else, traveling the world, making new friends gives us a temporary reprieve from this knowledge, which is spared most of the animal kingdom. Busyness—or the simulated busyness of email addiction—numbs the pain of this awareness, but it can never totally submerge it. Given that our days are limited, our hours precious, we have to decide what we want to do, what we want to say, what and who we care about, and how we want to allocate our time to these things within the limits that do not and cannot change. In short, we need to slow down.
Read the full piece: Not So Fast
Via Manoj Kapur, on, er, e-mail, of course
The latest Newsweek takes it upon itself to tell us 22 unexpected truths that it says we need to know. One of which is this, as Lisa Miller puts it:
America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that's the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu—or Muslim, or Jewish, or Wiccan—nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth. But recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity.
Read more on this and other 22 counter-intuitive, interesting and fascinating findings here
“I had never met an American before,” said Mr. Makhdoom, now 24. “My first impression was: They just want to kill Muslims; it’s an invasion, and they’ll never go back home. But now we want to keep this American here.”
HT: N. Ram via Jonathan Landman
A man goes back to return a photo to the daughter of a man he killed, and from whom he had removed the photo, during the war in Vietnam.