Monday, 4 Apr 2016

MIT OpenCourseWare- 15 years of sharing it all FREE!!!

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the current 168-acre (68.0 ha) campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mile (1.6 km) along the northern bank of the Charles River basin.

Will it not be a dream for every passionate student to be part of MIT? But only the lucky few get into the Great walls of the MIT campus. However in the year 2001, something great happened - MIT decided to share the courses and it's content online and to free for all. This 4th April 2001 article of Newyork times has announced the starting of a new era of free sharing - the emergnce of MIT OpenCourseWare.

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Date: 4 Apr 2016 , Author: / Category: Open Courseware, Education Info / Views: 1415/Rating:0

Sunday, 14 Feb 2016

Peasant turned King - Devi Sigh of Raya Mathura- Unsung Hero of 1857 Revolt

When one speaks of 1857 revolt, the first names that strikes us are Jhansi Laxmi Bhai, Nanasaheb and at max Tantia Tope. But there  there were many opportunists as well as established local leaders, and numerous individuals took up arms on their own initiative without waiting for the Emperor's appeal, or for feudal aristocrats to tell them what to do. Devi Singh was perhaps the quitessential subaltern insurgent, acting entirely on his own without any contact with outsiders. He came from a Jat dominated region centred around the small rural town of Raya in Mathura district.

When zamindars and villagers in the locality heard of the King of Delhi's proclamation, they rose up against the moneylenders and attacked the town.

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Date: 14 Feb 2016 , Author: / Category: 1857 Revolt / Views: 2972/Rating:4

Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016

Kasi Vishwanthar of Varanasi at Aynavaram Chennai

Chennai – my current home being the third biggest metropolitan city of India with temples, beaches and centers of historical and cultural significance, including the UNESCO Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, is one of the most visited cities in India. The city serves as the gateway to the southern part of India with tourists landing in the city and starting their trip to the rest of the region. Chennai was the most visited Indian city by foreign tourists in 2009 and issued the third highest number of visas on arrival in 2014.

When you are roaming on the roads of Chennai you are frequented by Green Name Boards pointing the temple streets. There is a temple in every corner of Chennai almost all being atleast a century old. As I love visiting temples – here I am sharing about Kasi Vishwanathar Temple of Ayanavaram – a residential locality of chennai.

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Date: 26 Jan 2016 , Author: / Category: Temples of Chennai / Views: 1356/Rating:5

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Layman’s Deduction: Finding the Creator – The God?

I a layman believe in existence of a Creator – The God. Since the existence and evaluation of human intelligence (or absence of it) the basic fundamental question was always asked – Is there God? Many say God exists, believes in him, and prays him in various forms and ways. But some say (strongly) there is no God, the universe is not created by someone but came into existence somehow and is bound by fundamental laws of nature. Whenever this question came to my mind, I used to silent it and used to feel guilty of getting doubt about existence of God. Books, Scriptures, religious debates and discourses profound the existence of an almighty and give various information about God, his teachings and his leelas etc. Then sitting today on Sunday before my computer I want to discover who is god and where he exists. Whatever I am going to write is out of my thinking with the little understanding I have of the sciences, the religious books and my minimum rather low levels of enlightment. So this will definitely sound absurd to the people of high thinking and better understanding and so I request them to forgive before I start.

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Date: 10 May 2015 , Author: / Category: Pilgrim, My Life / Views: 1685/Rating:5

Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015

A Healing Discovery on Youtube: Medicine Buddha Mantra

 When one had a bike accident resulting in a fractured knee, Youtube videos on Android Phone are soothing for spending long hours lying on the bed. I had one such accident, which resulted in Avulsion Fraction of Tibia where PCL joins (I will further elaborate it on another post). Doctors advised for complete bed rest for three weeks. So during this unexpected time break, I started searching Youtube for videos on Aliens, UFOs, Inspirational videos and Mantras/Magical Words on listening to which healing may improve (Some songs and movies in between as fillers). Ofcourse it is just my belief and I have no idea whether some Mantras do help in healing? However they do calm the mind and help generate the peaceful environment which can further help in healing.

 
Some of the Mantras which I came across on youtube and found Venerating –
·         Maha Mritinjaya Mantra
·         Medicine Buddha Mantra
·         Green Tara and White Tara Mantras..

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Date: 14 Apr 2015 , Author: / Category: Videos, My Life, Health / Views: 1687/Rating:0

Sunday, 29 Mar 2015

Gooty Fort: Neglected Historical Monument at the brink of Extinction

Being born and brought up in (undivided) Andhra Pradesh, I haven't heard that a place called Gooty existed in Andhra Pradesh. It was not until 2008, when my first posting (Indian Railways) was in Gooty - I came to know the correct pronounciation as 'Gutti' rather than what looks like rhyming with tourist Parasdise OOTY. My assosciation continued with Gooty and Guntakal Diesel Loco Sheds for four years from 2008 to 2012 - both in the Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh. Gooty and Guntakal both railway towns are separated by 30Kms and connected by one of the nice roads of Andhra (rather India).  When I used to ply on the Gooty - Guntakal Highway my attention was always drawn by a rocky structure high up the hill in Gooty. That is the Gooty Fort at around 300m above the sea level. Cupious with the absence of any multistoreyed buildings, except a few duplex houses - the Fort could be seen from quiet long distances in and around Gooty.

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Date: 29 Mar 2015 , Author: / Category: Travel / Views: 1896/Rating:3

Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015

Six months of exploring Mars - ISRO's MOM has enough fuel for six more months

After the tremendous success of ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission launch, ISRO maintained surprisingly near silenece baring release of one or two pictures by the Mars Color Camera. The USD $71 million mission, launched on November 5, 2013, had a planned six-month life span once in orbit. The probe entered the Martian atmosphere on September 24, 2014 and was due to complete its mission yesterday (March 24).Now when the planned six months of mission life came to an end, ISRO has released breathtaking views of the RED PLANET.

And one more good news is that the orbiter has enough fuel for extended mission of six more months..

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Date: 25 Mar 2015 , Author: / Category: India Space / Views: 1272/Rating:1.5

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