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Wishing Everyone Happy and Beautiful Christmas…

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Sending thoughtful wishes your way in the hope you know the joy and treasures that come with the Christmas season.

“A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near,

A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year,
These make a Merry Christmas!

“Christmas is not a time nor season, but a state of mind,
To cherish peace and kindness, to be plenteous in mercy,
Is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

“Christmas is not an eternal event at all,
But a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart,
Merry Christmas!”

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Warm Wishes,
The Crazee Fever and Team.

 

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|| The Untold Story of Jesus’s Birth ||

Was Jesus born in December? If not, when was he born? And in what year? Any way, what difference does it make? These are questions often asked. It is time they were answered!

In late December of each year, thousands of tourists flock into the small town of Bethlehem in the Judean Hills south of Jerusalem to participate in annual Christmas celebrations there. Some make the 6-mile journey from Jerusalem on foot. Upon arrival, they crowd with silent awe into the paved expanse of Manger Square in front of the revered Church of the Nativity, built over the traditional site of Jesus’ birth.

Inevitably, some of these tourists arrive in Israel unprepared. They have not thoroughly studied their guidebooks. As they step off their plane, they receive a real shock!

November through early March is “winter” in Israel! The weather gets cold, especially at night. Often it rains–or even snows! Yet many arrive in Israel carrying luggage bulging with summer attire, reasoning that it is always hot and arid in the Middle East. So they hurriedly purchase coats and sweaters in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem so they can make their pilgrimage down to Bethlehem.

Nevertheless, most of those who stand in Manger Square on December 25 each year–prepared and unprepared alike– fail to perceive the message being proclaimed by the very weather around them!

Notice this plain testimony of your Bible: On the day of Jesus’ birth “there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8).

The shepherds were living out in the open fields, tending their flock through the night. The point?

Ask any biblical scholar, or any modern Israeli: This never could have occurred in Judea in the month of December – nor even in November, or late October as far as that is concerned!

In ancient times as today, shepherds brought their flocks in from the fields and penned them in shelters not later than the middle of October! This was necessary to protect them from the cold, rainy season that usually followed that date. (The Bible itself makes it clear that winter in Palestine is a rainy season; see Ezra 10:9,13; Song of Solomon 2:11.)

Yet Luke 2:8 tells us that at the time of Jesus’ birth, the shepherds were yet abiding in the fields–by night, at that! They had not yet brought their flocks home to the sheepfolds. Clearly the cold, rainy season had not yet commenced.

Thus, on the basis of Luke’s testimony alone, we see that Jesus could have been born no later than mid-October–when the weather is still pleasant at Bethlehem. A December 25 nativity is too late!

  • More Proof

Additional biblical evidence lends further support to the foregoing conclusion.

Luke 1:24-38 informs us that the virgin Mary miraculously became pregnant with Jesus when her cousin Elizabeth was six months pregnant with a child who would later be known as John the Baptist. Jesus, then, would have been born six months after John.

If we could know the time of John’s birth, we could then simply add six months and know the time of Jesus’ birth.

Does the Bible reveal the general time of John’s birth?

Notice: Elizabeth’s husband Zacharias was a priest at the Temple in Jerusalem. Luke 1:5 records that Zacharias was “of the course of Abia [in Hebrew, Abijah].” In the days of King David of ancient Israel (10th century B.C.), the number of priests had so increased that they had to be divided into 24 courses or shifts, which would take turns in performing the priestly duties (I Chron. 24). Each course served one week at a time, beginning and ending on a weekly Sabbath day (II Chron. 23:8). The course of Abijah was the eighth course or shift in the rotation (I Chron. 24:10).

The Talmud (collection of Jewish civil and religious laws and commentaries) records that the first course performed its duties in the first week of the first month of the Hebrew calendar. This month (called Abib or Nisan) begins about the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

The second course worked the second week. The third week–being the annual festival season of Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread–found all 24 courses serving together, sharing the heavy duties of that special time. The third shift then took its turn during the fourth week of the year.

Projecting forward, the eighth course–the course of Abijah, in which Zacharias served–worked the ninth week of the year. But Zacharias’ course then stayed on at the Temple to serve the 10th week also–the week of the annual Pentecost festival–along with all the other courses.

It was during that two-week period of work–near the end of spring–that the announcement by the archangel Gabriel came to Zacharias regarding his wife’s imminent conception (Luke 1:8-20). When his two weeks’ service was completed, Zacharias and Elizabeth went back to their home and Elizabeth conceived (verses 23-24)–sometime late in June or early July.

The rest is a matter of biology and arithmetic. Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy would have been in December. She would have given birth three months later–in late March or early April of the following year. Six months after that, Jesus would have been born, in late September or early October–before the sheep were brought in from the fields, as we have seen! Clearly, Jesus was not born in December.

Late September or early October was also the time of year that taxes were customarily paid–in the fall, at the end of the harvest. Joseph and Mary, it will be remembered, had journeyed to Bethlehem to be taxed (Luke 2:3-5).

The fact that there was “no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7) also suggests the time of the autumn harvest, because the annual fall festivals occurring at that time attracted multitudes of Jews to Jerusalem and nearby towns, filling all available accommodations.

  • Conlusion

Each December, articles inevitably appear in newspapers and magazines pointing out the ancient origins of today’s Christmas customs. All authorities agree that the customs surrounding Christmas–the Christmas tree, mistletoe, holly wreaths, yule logs, stockings on the hearth, exchanging gifts and so on–were practiced in connection with pagan religious celebrations centuries before the birth of Jesus. None are of Christian origin! Anciently, December 25 was the date of the pagan Roman Brumalia, the final day of the popular week-long Saturnalia celebration, celebrated in honor of the god Saturn. It was the day of the “invincible sun”–a winter solstice festival.

“Christmas” was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. It was not until the mid-fourth century that Pope Julius I decreed December 25 to be Christmas (“Christ-Mass”) Day. He sought to overshadow the popular Brumalia by imparting “Christian” connotations to the day.

But again, some will ask: What is so wrong with borrowing some of those early customs and using them to honor Jesus? May we not continue to celebrate December 25, as long as we do it in Jesus’ name?

Can pagan practices be “Christianized” in this way?

More than 34 centuries ago, the rebellious children of Israel fashioned a pagan idol–a golden calf–in the wilderness (Ex. 32). It was the god Apis, the sacred Egyptian bull deity worshiped at Memphis on the Nile. Aaron declared that the pagan, Egyptian rites by which the Israelites worshiped the calf were “a feast to the Lord” (verse 5).

Did God feel honored? Did he approve of their using pagan customs to worship him?

Absolutely not! It was a great sin (verse 21), and 3,000 paid with their lives (verse 28)! They had deceived themselves that what they were doing was right.

We are commanded not to seek to worship God with customs borrowed from other religions (Deut. 12:29-32). “Learn not the way of the heathen,” God declares (Jer. 10:2).

True Christians never meet paganism half way. Pagan worship–whether “in Jesus’ name” or not–remains pagan worship! Christianity mixed with paganism is not Christianity at all. Righteousness has no fellowship with unrighteousness (II Cor. 6:14). God simply will not accept that type of false “worship.”

If God had wanted us to observe Christ’s birthday, he would have given us the exact date and specific instructions on how to observe it. But he has not! Christmas is an invention of man, issuing from pagan worship.


  • The following information is from The History of The Reformation of Religion in Scotland by John Knox.

“The establishment by St Columba of a seminary in Iona was highly favourable to the cause of literature both in Scotland and England. How far it tended to promote evangelical religion, does not clearly appear. The form of sound words, and the image of Christian worship, are often long retained after the living spirit of the gospel is gone; and nothing proves more clearly the fact of its departure than an overweening attachment to superstitious practices, and an observance of rites and seasons which God has not ordained. When the apostle Paul found the churches in Galatia observing days, and months, and times, and years, he expressed his fear that he had laboured among them in vain. These things were an evidence of their declining in their spiritual state, and departing from the faith. Long before this period of our history, we find our Christian ancestors stickling about the proper time of keeping Easter, when they ought to have rejected it altogether as an observance which God had not required. In the time of St Columba, the controversy was revived, and after a keen contest the eloquence of those who favoured the church of Rome prevailed. St Columba yielded, whether from conviction, or from some other cause, we are not told; “and the Pope found in the Abbot of Iona himself, a sedulous and devoted convert to the new lunar cycle.” Russel’s Prelim. Diss. to Keith’s Scottish Bishops, p. lxxv.“About the same time the feast of Christmas was introduced to our ancestors. “The vulgar persuasion is,” says Buchanan, “that these festivities celebrated the birth of Christ, when, in truth, they refer, as is sufficiently evident, to the lascivious rites of the Bacchanalia, and not to the memory of our Saviour’s nativity.” It is probable that this was originally the Gothic pagan feast of Yule, or Zul, so called in Scotland to this day; see Dr Jamieson’s Scottish Dictionary on the word, Yule. We know the Popes instructed their missionaries not to abolish, but rather adopt the heathen rites of the people among whom they introduced Christianity, and adapt them to Christian worship. This was the source of innumerable corruptions; and with regard to this festival, it not only opened a door for all manner of licentiousness, but also bound the churches to the acknowledgment of a thing as true which never has been proved,—that Christ was born on the 25th of December, which rests on no credible authority. Our neighbours in the south condemn our reformers for rejecting this holiday. With much more reason we wonder at their retaining it.” (The History of The Reformation of Religion in Scotland, John Knox, 1841, Introduction pp. 13, 14) (see also Acts of The General Assembly of The Church of Scotland, 1638-1842, p. 19)

Source: Angelfire

 

A Trainee Copywriter Turned Airtel 4G Girl | Sasha Chettri

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You might not have heard of Sasha Chettri, but you’ve most probably seen her and chances are that you’d even recognise her in a crowd: she’s the Airtel 4G girl. The youngster has grabbed eyeballs of 1.2 billion Indians as the telecom major is relentlessly streaming its 4G campaign into Indian homes and cities, giving this next-door girl more air time than most celebrities.

According to Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC), between September 19 and November 20, 2015, the Airtel 4G ads featuring Chettri were aired 54,406 times, together accounting for 1,708,586 seconds. That is, in those two months she was on TV screen for almost 475 hours, or some 20 days. “Chettri is the ‘Lalitaji’ of 2015,” said Jagdish Acharya, founder-director of creative agency Cut The Crap.

“Chettri is doing what Kavita Chaudhary did to Surf in mid-80s. Irrespective of the Airtel hardselling 4G, the stickiness of the campaign is because of her,” he said, giving all credits for the campaign to its protagonist. “You cannot break down what worked for the campaign — her face, her haircut, her voice, or her communication — but she has caught the fancy of everyone.”

An upcoming music artiste in Mumbai who once worked as a trainee copywriter with not much experience in acting and modelling, Chettri was clearly not an obvious choice for a big national campaign like that of Airtel 4G, though her current campaign is taking her places. The girl from Dehradun in Uttarakhand studied advertising from Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

She told ET: “I love music. It’s who I am and I am working on my ep (a mini album) right now.” Agnello Dias, chairman and cofounder of Taproot that created the Airtel 4G campaign, insisted that casting Chettri was not unusual. It was done in “the normal way we cast, choose from a group, narrow it down and then make one choice”.


Source : AdageIndia

9 Tricks For Waking Up Earlier | Worth trying

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Not only does the early bird get the worm, but he’s generally happier and has a higher overall satisfaction with his life.

“We don’t know why this is, but there are a few potential explanations,” writes researcher Renee Biss in a study conducted by the University of Toronto. “Evening people may be more prone to social jet lag; this means that their biological clock is out of sync with the social clock.”

While there’s a strong argument that this bias is a holdover from when we were a farming society – research shows that people have naturally varying sleep profiles, also known as “chronotypes– the fact remains that modern society is shaped around the early-bird ideal.

For those of us who aren’t naturally early risers, we’ve assembled a few tips for waking up earlier.

1. Decide that you’re going to wake up early.

In one German study, researchers found that people who were warned that they were going to be woken up at 6 a.m. already had alertness-driving stress hormones building in their bodies at 4:30 a.m. Folks who weren’t warned didn’t have any of those hormones – and were groggier upon waking.

“Our bodies, in other words, note the time we hope to begin our day and gradually prepare us for consciousness,” says Psychology Today writer Jeff Howe.

2. Clear out your morning.

Psychologists talk about “cognitive loads” like most people talk about the weather. To say that something has a high cognitive load means that you have to put a lot of mental effort into it, like memorizing a poem or figuring out what to do with an Excel spreadsheet. You don’t want high cognitive loads in the morning, since it’s a waste of the scarce amount of willpower we have in a day, and it’s annoying to have to think about things when you just woke up.

Routine is an ally in the war against cognitive load. Wear the same clothes, eat the same breakfast, do the same workout every day, and it’ll free up mental space.

3. Get sun as soon as possible.

Like every other (non-nocturnal) living thing on Earth, humans get turned on by sunlight.

A University of Liege study found that people who got a bit of bright light early in the morning were more alert than a sun-starved control group. They also showed more activity in cognition-heavy parts of their brains.

Plus, as the Huffington Post notes, it makes it easier to get to sleep at night. It also helps fight off Seasonal Affective Disorder during the short days of the winter months.

4. No matter what happens, don’t hit snooze.

You wake up with a wave of stress hormones; it’s your body’s way of getting you ready for the day. But if you hit the snooze button, then you’re telling your body to do the opposite, so you’ll end up feeling even more clumsy than if you’d just stayed upright.

5. Give yourself a pinch.

A University of Michigan study found that participants who massaged their pressure points got a boost of alertness. The way to do it, care of HuffPo:

The study had volunteers stimulate five pressure points on the body for three minutes each: the top of the head, the point between your thumb and index finger, right below the center of the knee cap, below the ball of the foot, and the base of your neck.

6. Get up at the same time every day.

Our bodies function most effectively when they’ve got a consistent rhythm, which sleeping in on the weekends can interrupt. If you wake up at the same time every day, you can train yourself to wake up without an alarm clock.

7. Wake up with a more gentle alarm clock.

The more jarring the sound that you wake up to, the more “sleep inertia” you’ll feel when you open your eyes.

“Sleep inertia can feel worse when you’re awakened abruptly,” says Hans Van Dongen, an assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Sleep and Chronobiology. “A clock that allows you to wake up gradually may ease those first few moments of sleep inertia, which are the worst.”

8. Get moving.

Your blood gets a little stagnant when you’ve been sleeping all night. Get your circulation going by exercising. It doesn’t have to be a marathon; three minutes of basic yoga poses can wake your body up.

9. Get hydrated.

This one’s easy. You lose water by sweating and exhaling through the night – it’s part of the reason you lose a pound or two by the time morning comes- so you naturally need to replenish liquids when you wake. One full glass of water should do the trick


Source : Business Insider

 

Justice has become a joke in democracy | ‘No law’ to stop Delhi rapist release.

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All those who have been demanding the continued incarceration of the juvenile offender in the gangrape and murder of Jyoti Singh are within their rights to seek justice for the victim and her family. Their apprehension that the juvenile once set free might be a threat to society is justified too. Yet there are times when public emotion and the law fail to find a point of convergence. In such cases the latter must prevail. Sometimes, a flawed narrative gains precedence and goes on dictating the public sentiment.

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India’s Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal against the release of the youngest convict in the notorious 2012 Delhi gang rape case.

The rapist, who cannot be named as he was a minor at the time of the crime, was sentenced to a maximum three years in a reform facility in August 2013.

He was released from detention recently and is currently housed with a charity because of fears over his safety.

Under the current law, his detention cannot be extended, the court said.

Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, died after being brutally raped by six men on a moving bus in 2012, causing global outrage.

Four adult convicts in the case are appealing against death sentences. A fifth died in prison.

The release of the youngest convict has been opposed by many people, including the parents of Ms Singh.

‘Hands tied’

In a last-ditch attempt to prevent his release, the Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal filed a petition in the Supreme Court late on Saturday night.

On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition, saying it “shared” the concern of most citizens but its hands were “tied” by the law.

“We share your concern but our hands are tied by the existing law. There has to be clear legislative sanction to extend the detention period beyond three years. Under the present law, detention cannot be extended beyond three years,” the top court said.

Last week, a legal challenge by politician Subramanian Swamy to stop the release had also failed.

The Delhi high court ruled on the case on Friday, saying: “We agree it is a serious issue. But after 20 December, the juvenile cannot be kept at a special home per law.”

Although the convict is now an adult, he has been handed over to a charity, where he will remain for at least two years.


Source : BBC News

How said it is to hear such justice in a democratic country like India, where polictics are given much importance than people.

Let us know your opinion on the above case by commenting down below in the comment section. #Itshightimenow

Indian Student develops a shoe that charges phones while walking.

Indian Student develops a shoe that charges phones while walking

Rajesh Adhikari, a 12th class student from Nainital has created a shoe that can charge a mobile phone.

Adhikari stated that he got the idea of making the water proof charger due to heavy snowfalls in Nainital that usually led to power shutdown in the city for long hours. This inspired him to make a powerhouse out of a shoe that utilizes the energy generated out of the footwear when a person walks.

Apparently, the charger can also be used to light a bulb at home when there is no electricity by installing a battery in the shoe. Adhikari is now working on further modifications on the design that will make this shoe a wireless phone charger.

Adhikari explained, “When we raise our feet, the spring gets released and the dynamo starts revolving, which generates current. We can charge our mobile phones while we are walking.”

Recently, three Bangalore based engineering students launched a free voice calling service called FreeKall, for those who don’t have internet access. Registered users can make domestic and international calls for 12 minutes in 24 hours while un-registered users can make 3 minute calls. The service makes money by making people listen to 10 second advertisements every 2 minutes during calls. Freekall has tied up with a media agency called Streetsmart Media Solutions for the advertisements. Once the service goes live, registered users will be able to make unlimited calls. The company is aiming for nearly $30 million in revenue by the end of the next fiscal year.

Source: DNA

Should India spend millions on Narendra Modi’s aircraft when the poor are getting poorer?

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This is an edited excerpt from a speech given by Saugata Roy, a member of the parliament, in the Lok Sabha on Dec. 15. India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley on Dec. 11 had submitted a demand for supplementary grants worth Rs56,256 crore in the parliament. A supplementary grant is the additional grant of funds needed by the government to meet its expenditure.

Before I go into the supplementary demands for grants, let me say one or two things about the economy over which Shri Jaitley is presiding. As was said by Shakespeare, “All is not right in the State of Denmark,” all is not right in the economy of India. Today, I saw in The Economic Times this morning that the value of rupee has fallen to Rs67.10, which is the lowest in 20 years. Now, what does the fall in value of the rupee mean? It means that the rupee is not strong vis- à-vis the dollar. They say that it has to do with the US Federal rate cut. I am not going into the economic theories, but I say that this is a bad sign that our economy is not doing as well as it should.

Sir, I want to repeat the other thing, which he was mentioning, that inflation has been in check. They say so, but what is the position with regard to retail inflation? The inflationary trend in the wholesale price index has been negative, but pulses and onion among the food item category turned costlier with inflation at 52.98% and 85.66% during October.  Though they may claim that inflation is in check, the price rise is not in check. As you know, Sir, the price of arhar dal crossed Rs200 in some parts of the country. Though they may claim that inflation is in check, the price rise is not in check. We will have a discussion on price rise, and I shall discuss those matters at that time.

Lastly, I want to say that the government has not been able to bring black money from abroad as was promised before the 2014 elections. It has not been able to bring in investment to the extent possible. Shri Narendra Modi had raised hopes among the people of this country, especially the youth, that there will be investment, and hence, employment. That has not seen the light of the day. The common man has also not got Rs15 lakh in their bank accounts which they thought would come when they opened accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. These are the points which I want to place on record.

Now, the finance minister has brought this supplementary budget under article 115 of the Constitution with the recommendation of the president and under article 113 read with clauses 1(a) and 2 of article 115. What is the total amount? The total amount of supplementary budget is Rs56,256 crore.

It is not a very big amount. If you take the total budget, it was Rs17 lakh crore. So, this is only 3.2%. It is not a big supplementary budget. Mr. Jaitley has further done some good “housekeeping” by reducing the cost to the extent of Rs38,000 crore as a result of which the net outgo, extra income, extra expenditure is only to the tune of Rs18,000 crore. So, I would praise him for his good financial “housekeeping” or book-keeping.

But let me, at this stage, point out that when we spoke on Mr. Jaitley’s budget, what were the things that we had raised here from the opposition side. We had said that: “Yes, the Centre has devolved more money to the states as per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission and from 32% it has been raised to 42%”. Now, the treasury benches were gloating over the matter. But, as we pointed out, this bigger transfer actually meant curtailing of the anti-poverty programmes meant for relieving the poor.

Which were the projects on which there was no increase? MGNREGA was not given any increase. There were drastic cuts in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), in ICDS, in the National Rural Health Mission—all meant for nutrition, education and health of the common people of the country. (Interruptions) We had hope that whatever experience Mr. Jaitley and the ruling party had of the Bihar elections, they will turn away from their political thinking and start doing things for the poor. I was expecting a supplementary budget in which these shortfalls would be made up. But on the day the government/ruling arty—which had invested so much time and money into the Bihar elections—got one of the worst rubbings in recent times from the people of Bihar, what did Mr. Jaitley do? Mr. Jaitley, as finance minister, announced a series of areas in which FDI would be allowed. In short, he opened his arms wide to say: “Well, we are not being able to revive the economy. Come one, come all, invest in India.”

Now, we have been hearing these slogans for a long time like Make in India, Bake in India and Cake in India. So, this is a continuation of the same, and he opened the door to the FDI. In a poor country, we are spending Rs144 crore extra because the PM has to fly all over the world to bring in Make in India. 

 Having spoken in general, now I shall only deal with a few specific grants. As I said, out of the Rs56,000 crore, not all are big allotments. Somewhere he has spent Rs1 crore extra and somewhere Rs2 crore extra. (Interruptions) For the cabinet, there is the supplementary budget of Rs196 crore. And one of the important items of expenditure is for meeting the expenditure towards clearing pending claims for maintenance of PM’s aircraft of Rs144 crore. In a poor country, we are spending Rs144 crore extra because the PM has to fly all over the world to bring in Make in India. So, Rs144 crore extra is given in the supplementary demands. Good! Now, he will explain how this helped the poor people in the country.
 Sir, he has given extra money for reviving the Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Limited and for relieving the Indian Telephone Industries Limited. I support these demands. He has got the One Rank One Pension (OROP) on his head. The immediate outgo for pensions to the military personnel will go up and he has given an extra Rs5,700 crore for the military though they are not very happy. Already the chiefs of staff are complaining about unfair treatment in the Seventh Pay Commission and veterans are again demanding that they will start an agitation. It is a problem which I thought would be solved. So, even with Rs5,700 crore, I am not sure if the problem will be solved.

By : Saugata Roy ( Saugata Roy is a member of parliament in the Lok Sabha. He belongs to the Trinamool Congress. )
 
Source : Qz.com

Don’t mess with intelligent people | Swami Vivekanand

Funny side of Swami Vivekananda.

When Swami Vivekanand was studying law at the University College, London, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room when vivekananda came along with his tray and sat next to the professor.

The professor said, “Mr Vivekanand , you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.”

Vivekanandji looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, “You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters,  reddened with rage, decided to take revenge.

The next day in Class he posed the following question: “Mr.Vivekanand , if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with money, which one would you take ?”

Without hesitating, Vivekanandji responded, “The one with the money, of course.”

Mr. Peters , smiling sarcastically said, “I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom.”

Swami Vivekanand shrugged and responded, “Each one takes what he doesn’t have.”

Mr. Peters, by this time was fit to be tied. So great was his anger that he wrote on Swami Vivekanand’s exam sheet the word “idiot” and gave it to Swami Vivekanand.

Vivekanandji took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A  few  minutes later, Swami Vivekanand got up, went to the professor and told him in a dignified polite tone, “Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade.”

😅😃. Don’t mess with intelligent people..

One of the best stories ever read!.

” Son of coolie , builds 100 Crores Empire. “

There are some people in the world whose life stories are really inspiring; that has the ability to leave you awe-struck because of their relentless efforts and never dying spirit. The world is replete with such examples. And it becomes really praiseworthy when such people don’t let their low economic conditions define their destiny.

And one such man is PC Mustafa. A coolie’s son, he never let the social and economic conditions define his destiny and went on to become a successful entrepreneur.

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Mustafa’s story will inspire you. He chose the path of entrepreneurship as he wanted to employ rural Indians. His company makes fresh batter for idlis and dosas. and as of today, his batter reaches Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mangalore and also Dubai.

Here’s his inspiring story:

His childhood was spent in Wayanad, Kerala. This area had no access to electricity, roads, and even education.

The village had only one primary school and that too was 4 kilometers away. His father is a coolie and his mother never went to school. The lack of financial funds made him drop out after class 4, but thanks to a teacher in his school, he resumed his studies again.

 

He wanted to pursue engineering and thus gave the engineering entrance exams. His 63th state ranking got him admission in Regional Engineering College.

Now, that college is known as National Institute of Technology, Calicut.

This is what he has to say:

I was very lucky to have secured such a good rank. I got the opportunity to study what I really liked — computer science. There was no one to guide me in those days except God Almighty. Unlike other students, I had to be very careful about spending money, but that was okay.

 
After getting a placement after engineering, he got a well-paid job. But decided to leave that after some years as he wanted to pursue further education.

He didn’t want to study technology further, and so he decided to plunge into the MBA field. He got into IIM Bangalore after clearing the exams.

 The entrepreneurship journey commenced with his four cousins as the co-founders.

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1. During his studies at IIM, he was keen to start a company. His cousin, Shamsuddin, told him that he had seen batter being sold in little plastic bags. And from there, they got the idea of making the batter for idlis and dosas.

2. This seemed like a good idea and they found a small place of around 550 square feet and started with two grinders, a mixer, and a sealing machine.

3. The company was named ID Fresh.

4. They were making profits from day one. Their targets kept getting bigger month after month.

5. In 2007, Mustafa completed his MBA and joined the company as the CEO. He was in charge of marketing and finance.

6. With the growing demand, the business also got expanded which led them to get an industrial plant.

7. And it soon became a 100 crore company. And till today, Mustafa makes sure he recruits only smart and honest individuals from rural areas.

 

And lastly, he has an advice for everyone. He shares his own experience.

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If you have the passion to start something, do it immediately. Don’t wait for tomorrow. I had the passion to be an entrepreneur, but it took me a few years make that decision. I still regret the delay. I wish I had started five years earlier. The biggest challenge any start-up faces is getting the right people, the right team. I was lucky to have my cousins with me.

But balancing work and personal life is by far the toughest challenge.

This is really inspiring. Kudos to you, Mr. Mustafa for never letting that passion die.

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The Blind Man Who Taught Himself to See…

By: Michael Finkel

The Blind Man Who Taught Himself to See

The first thing Daniel Kish does, when I pull up to his tidy gray bungalow in Long Beach, California, is make fun of my driving. “You’re going to leave it that far from the curb?” he asks. He’s standing on his stoop, a good 10 paces from my car. I glance behind me as I walk up to him. I am, indeed, parked about a foot and a half from the curb.

The second thing Kish does, in his living room a few minutes later, is remove his prosthetic eyeballs. He does this casually, like a person taking off a smudged pair of glasses. The prosthetics are thin convex shells, made of acrylic plastic, with light brown irises. A couple of times a day they need to be cleaned. “They get gummy,” he explains. Behind them is mostly scar tissue. He wipes them gently with a white cloth and places them back in.

Kish was born with an aggressive form of cancer called retinoblastoma, which attacks the retinas. To save his life, both of his eyes were removed by the time he was 13 months old. Since his infancy – Kish is now 44 – he has been adapting to his blindness in such remarkable ways that some people have wondered if he’s playing a grand practical joke. But Kish, I can confirm, is completely blind.

He knew my car was poorly parked because he produced a brief, sharp click with his tongue. The sound waves he created traveled at a speed of more than 1,000 feet per second, bounced off every object around him, and returned to his ears at the same rate, though vastly decreased in volume.

But not silent. Kish has trained himself to hear these slight echoes and to interpret their meaning. Standing on his front stoop, he could visualize, with an extraordinary degree of precision, the two pine trees on his front lawn, the curb at the edge of his street, and finally, a bit too far from that curb, my rental car. Kish has given a name to what he does – he calls it “FlashSonar” – but it’s more commonly known by its scientific term, echolocation.

Bats, of course, use echolocation. Beluga whales too. Dolphins. And Daniel Kish. He is so accomplished at echolocation that he’s able to pedal his mountain bike through streets heavy with traffic and on precipitous dirt trails. He climbs trees. He camps out, by himself, deep in the wilderness. He’s lived for weeks at a time in a tiny cabin a two-mile hike from the nearest road. He travels around the globe. He’s a skilled cook, an avid swimmer, a fluid dance partner. Essentially, though in a way that is unfamiliar to nearly any other human being, Kish can see.

This is not enough for him. Kish is seeking – despite a lack of support from every mainstream blind organization in America – nothing less than a profound reordering of the way the world views blind people, and the way blind people view the world. He’s tired of being told that the blind are best served by staying close to home, sticking only to memorized routes, and depending on the unreliable benevolence of the sighted to do anything beyond the most routine of tasks.

Kish preaches complete and unfettered independence, even if the result produces the occasional bloody gash or broken bone. (He once fractured the heel of his left foot after leaping from a rock and has broken a couple of teeth.) He’s regarded by some in the blind community with deep veneration. Others, like a commenter on the National Federation of the Blind’s listserv, consider him “disgraceful” for promoting behavior such as tongue clicking that could be seen as off-putting and abnormal.

Kish and a handful of coworkers run a nonprofit organization called World Access for the Blind, headquartered in Kish’s home. World Access offers training on how to gracefully interact with one’s environment, using echolocation as a primary tool. So far, in the decade it has existed, the organization has introduced more than 500 students to echolocation. Kish is not the first blind person to use echolocation, but he’s the only one to meticulously document it, to break it down into its component parts, and to figure out how to teach it. His dream is to help all sight-impaired people see the world as clearly as he does.

It begins with the lid of a pot. “Stand up,” Kish instructs, then guides me to the center of his living room and ties a blindfold around my head, while mentioning, in a schoolteachery tone, that I should not for an instant think that wearing a blindfold represents the experience of being blind. A blindfold almost always causes someone who can see to feel frightened, confused, and disoriented. Kish is none of these things.

“Now wait here,” he says. Though he was born and raised in Southern California, Kish has an odd, almost foreign-sounding accent – a bouillabaisse of Canadian, British, and relaxed Los Angeleno. He says it’s a result of his many travels. “I’m a natural mimic,” he explains. Kish is 5-foot-7, thin and fit, with an impressive mane of dark brown hair and a meandering winestain birthmark on his left cheek.

I hear him walk into his kitchen, his bare feet padding faintly on the hardwood floor. “I’m very particular about feeling life and air around my feet,” he once wrote in the journal he braille-typed and shared with me. I’m barefoot as well. Kish asked me to remove my shoes, which is one of his many little rules you quickly learn to adopt. Like: He’s Daniel Kish, and anyone who calls him “Dan” more than once may be struck with withering disdain. And don’t disturb him during his sleep time – lately, he’s been sleeping just two hours twice a day, usually from 5 to 7 in the morning and again from 5 to 7 in the evening. He often stays up all night dealing with World Access logistics. He lives alone and does not have a significant other. He plays a lot of Celtic hymnal music.

I listen as Kish opens a cabinet and rummages amid his pots. He returns and stands behind me. “Make a click,” he says.

It’s a terrible click, a sloppy click; what Kish calls a “clucky click.” Kish’s click is a thing of beauty – he snaps the tip of his tongue briefly and firmly against the roof of his mouth, creating a momentary vacuum that pops upon release, a sound very much like pushing the igniter on a gas stove. A team of Spanish scientists recently studied Kish’s click and deemed it acoustically ideal for capturing echoes. A machine, they wrote, could do no better.

My click will work for now. Kish tells me that he’s holding a large glass lid, the top to a Crock-Pot, a few inches in front of me. “Click again,” he says. There’s a distinct echo, a smearing of sound as if I’m standing in my shower. “Now click,” he says. The echo’s gone. “I’ve lifted it up. Can you tell?”

I can, quite clearly. “Click again,” he instructs. “Where is it?” I click; there’s no echo.

“It’s still lifted,” I say.

“Try again,” says Kish. “But move your head, listen to your environment.”

I turn my head to the right and click. Nothing. Then I click to the left. Bingo. “It’s over here,” I say, tilting my head in the direction of the lid.

“Exactly,” says Kish. “Now let’s try it with a pillow.”

There are two reasons echolocation works. The first is that our ears, conveniently, are located on both sides of our head. When there’s a noise off to one side, the sound reaches the closer ear about a millisecond – a thousandth of a second – before it reaches the farther ear. That’s enough of a gap for the auditory cortex of our brain to process the information. It’s rare that we turn the wrong way when someone calls our name. In fact, we’re able to process, with phenomenal accuracy, sounds just a few degrees off-center. Having two ears, like having two eyes, also gives us the auditory equivalent of depth perception. We hear in stereo 3-D. This allows us, using only our ears, to build a detailed map of our surroundings.

The second reason echolocation works is that humans, on average, have excellent hearing. We hear better than we see. Much better. On the light spectrum, human eyes can perceive only a small sliver of all the varieties of light – no ultraviolet, no infrared. Converting this to sound terminology, we can see less than one octave of frequency. We hear a range of 10 octaves.

We can also hear behind us; we can hear around corners. Sight can’t do this. Human hearing is so good that if you have decent hearing, you will never once in your life experience true silence. Even if you sit completely still in a soundproof room, you will detect the beating of your own heart.

To be Continue……


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