India’s maiden mission to Mars — Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), the Mangalyaan (it literally means Mars-craft), creates history by successfully entering the orbit of the red planet after a 300-day marathon covering over 670 million km this morning (7:17 am IST). India now joins the elite Martian club that comprises the US, Russia and the […]
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HMT Watches, the iconic brand that evokes nostalgia in most Indians, will be shutting shop soon. It was set up in 1961 in collaboration with Japan’s Citizen Watch. The first batch of HMT watches was released by India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. HMT used to dominate India’s watch market during the 1970s. Such […]
This year again we are having a nine-day long Eid holiday in Iraq including the weekends. Last time we had such a long Eid holiday was in 2012. I went to India then. I am staying here this year. As it’s a long holiday, the compound is near empty. I am practically spending the time in […]
For Brazil, the World Cup is over. They were demolished, destroyed by Germans, just not defeated. They were ripped to shreds, picked up and dumped in the trash can right in front of everyone who loved them. Then, as a final measure, the can was set on fire. Brazil’s footballing legacy is lost now. The […]
Traditionally, trade finance is driven by letters of credit (LC), which act as both a financing mechanism and bank payment guarantee underpinned by a globally recognised set of rules and supply chain documentation. With over 80 years of precedent and usage, the LC constitutes a bulletproof guarantee for everyone in the supply chain from buyers […]
Yesterday, I read these words of Ratan Tata, the world-famous Indian industrialist. I liked them so much that I am putting them on my blog. These are so nice and true.
“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together.”
How strange it is:
We wish to wear high brands, but we feel comfortable in our pyjamas. We wish to sit in Taj or Marriott with elite people, but we enjoy roadside tea with friends and with people we love. We wish to own big cars and go on long drives, yet we talk our heart out while walking down a long road. We have 64GB iPods filled with songs but sometimes a song on the radio brings a smile that can’t be compared.
When one’s mind is at peace and fully contented with the Gyan (Knowledge or wisdom) it has acquired, one whose mind is constantly stable, who has controlled his senses well and considers dirt, stone and gold as one, is said to have achieved unity with God. He is the perfect Yogi. ~ Shrimad Bhagvad Gita – Chapter 6 – Shloka 08
Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. Click here to see the complete report.
“The Indian rupee was used as currency in Iraq from 1917 until Iraq’s formal independence from Britain in 1932, when it was replaced by the Iraqi dinar.
But our connections predate the British occupation, and there were very strong centuries-old religious and economic ties between our two nations. The gold that covers the domes and minarets of the shrines of the Imams in Iraq were donated by Indian Rajas. Our trading and merchant families sent their sons to settle in India, as well as many Indian families that came on pilgrimage chose to settle in Iraq. They brought with them Indian culture and cuisine.
In the Basra area in the south of Iraq, people still use many varieties of biryani and other spicy dishes, which other Iraqis find difficult to handle.”
Dr Hussain Ibrahim Saleh al-Shahristani
Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Iraq
Rooftop, Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Beating all odds, a bunch of 18 under-14 tribal girls from Ranchi district of Jharkhand went to Spain for two football tournaments – the Donosti Cup and the Gasteiz Cup. They haven’t ever heard of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas or Fernando Torres but these girls with dreams in their eyes have made their […]