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  • Pre World War Cars

    AUTOs: Pre World War II Hand built Cars – AWESOME!!!!

    These beautiful, rare cars built between the WW I & II…

    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 27.08.2011)

  • Religion in India

    India is the birth place of four of the world’s major religious traditions; namely Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Throughout its history, religion has been an important part of the country’s culture. Religious diversity and religious tolerance are both established in the country by law and custom. A vast majority of Indians associate themselves with a religion.

    According to the 2001 census, Hinduism accounted for 80.5% of the population of India. Islam (13.4%), Christianity (2.3%) and Sikhism (1.9%) are the other major religions followed by the people of India. This diversity of religious belief systems existing in India today is a result of, besides existence and birth of native religions, assimilation and social integration of religions brought to the region by traders, travelers, immigrants, and even invaders and conquerors.

    Religion 1


    Zoroastrianism and Judaism also have an ancient history in India and each has several thousand Indian adherents. India has the largest population of people adhering to Zoroastrianism and Faith anywhere in the world. Many other world religions also have a relationship with Indian spirituality, like the Baha’i faith which recognizes Lord Buddha and Lord Krishna as manifestations of God Almighty.

    Religion 2

    Indian diaspora in the West have popularized many aspects of Hindu philosophy like yoga (meditation), Ayurvedic medicine, divination, vegetarianism, karma and reincarnation to a great extent.The influence of Indians abroad in spiritual matters has been significant as several organizations such as the Hare Krishna movement, the Brahma Kumaris, the Ananda Marga and others spread by Indian spiritual figures.

    Religion 3

    The Muslim population in India is the third largest in the world. The shrines of some of the most famous saints of Sufism like Moinuddin Chishti and Nizamuddin Auliya are in India and attract visitors from all over the world. India is also home to some of the most famous monuments of Islamic architecture like the Taj Mahal and the Qutb Minar. Civil matters related to the community are dealt with by the Muslim Personal Law, and constitutional amendments in 1985 established its primacy in family matters.

    Religion 4

    The Constitution of India declares the nation to be a secular republic that must uphold the right of citizens to freely worship and propagate any religion or faith (with activities subject to reasonable restrictions for the sake of morality, law and order, etc.).  The Constitution of India also declares the right to freedom of religion as a fundamental right.

    Citizens of India are generally tolerant of each other’s religions and retain a secular outlook, although inter-religious marriage is not widely practiced. Inter-community clashes have found little support in the social mainstream, and it is generally perceived that the causes of religious conflicts are political rather than ideological in nature.





    (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_India)

  • Map of Bharat Varsha

    Map of India in the Age of the Mahabharata

    This undated 20th-century map, published in Pune (formerly Poona), India, shows place names in India associated with the Mahābhārāta, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India (the other being the Ramayana). The title of the map is in Marathi; the place names are in Sanskrit. Mahābhārata can be translated as “the great tale of the Bharata Dynasty.” Most likely composed between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D., this enormously long epic recounts the story of the dynastic struggle and civil war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas in the Kingdom of Kurukshetra that took place in about the ninth century B.C.

    Map of Bharat Varsha: Great India During the Mahabharata

    In my travels on the web, I found an excellent map of Greater Bharat(India) from the time of the Mahabharata. It shows, in detail, the name of the various cities/towns/settlements and mountain ranges and kingdoms from way, way back. The map itself claims that the period is around the 6th century BC, but the historical accuracy might be questionable. Suffice it to say that this map will help you understand where the different kingdoms and places mentioned in the Mahabharata were located.

    Map of Ancient India, Bharat - Mahabharata

    Map of India during Ramayana and Mahabharata

    Map of India in the age of Ramayana

    Map of India in the age of Ramayana

    Map of India in the age of MahabharataMap of India in the age of Mahabharata


    (contributed by: Chetan Bhatt  on 23.12.2012)

  • Ramayana American Style


    “So, there was a guy called “Ram”, this dude had a big cool kingdom and people liked him. But, his step-mom, or something, was kind of  a bitch, and she forced her husband to, like, send this cool-dude, to some national forest or something……… Since he was going, for something like more then 10 years or so… he decided to get his wife and hia bro along… you know…. so that they could all chill out together. But dude, the forest was reeeal scary shit… really man… they had monkeys and devils and all the shit like that. But this macho dude, Ram, kicked them with darts and bows and arrows… So its very cooool.

    But then some bad gangstar boys, some jerk called Ravan, picks up his babe (Sita) and lures  her away to his hood. And boy, our man, and also his bro, Laxman, were reeeealy pissed off… all the gods were with him… So anyways, we won’t miss with gods. So, Ram, and his bro got an army of monkeys…. Dude, don’t ask me how the trained the damn monkeys… just go along with me, Ok…

    So, Ram, Lax and their monkeys whipped this gangsta’s ass in his own hood…. Anyways, by this time, their time was up in the forest… and anyways… it gets kinda boring, you know… no T.V or malls or other stuffs. So they decided to hitch a ride back home… and  when the people realized that the macho dude, his bro and his babe are back home… they thought, well, you know, at least they deserve something nice.. and they didn’t have any bars or clubs in those days… So they could n’t take them out for a drink, so they, like, decided to smoke and stuff… and since they also had some lamps, they lit the lamps also… so it was pretty coool… you know with all those fireworks and puff….. Really, they even some local band play along with the fireworks…. And so, dude, that was how, like. this festival started.

    The Indian Mother Fainted…….!!


    (source : user A Mohan Rao  on 19.10.2011)


  • A good Laugh for any woman.

     A good Laugh for any woman

    My husband decided to wash his Sweatshirt.
    Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room,
    he shouted to me, ‘What setting do I use on the
    washing machine?’
    ‘It depends,’ I replied.
    ‘What does it say on your shirt?’
    He yelled back, ‘ OHIO STATE ! ‘
    And they say blondes are dumb….

    A couple is lying in bed. The man says,
    ‘I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world…’
    The woman replies, ‘I’ll miss you……..
    ‘It’s just too hot to wear clothes today,’ Jack says, as he stepped out of the shower, ‘honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?’
    ‘Probably that I married you for your money,’ she replied.
    Q: What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensitive man?
    A: A rumor
    Dear Lord,
    I pray for Wisdom to understand my man;
    Love to forgive him; and Patience for his moods.
    Because, Lord, if I pray for Strength, I’ll beat him to death.
    Q: Why do little boys whine?
    A: They are practicing to be men.
    Q: What do you call a handcuffed man?
    A: Trustworthy..
    Q: What does it mean when a man is in your bed gasping for breath and calling your name?
    A: You did not hold the pillow down long enough.
    Q: Why do men whistle when they are sitting on the toilet?
    A: It helps them remember which end to wipe.
    Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?
    A: Rename the email folder ‘Instruction Manuals’

    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 19.03.20120)


  • Some elderly men can still think fast.

    An elderly man in Louisiana had owned a large farm for several years.He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple, and peach trees.

    One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn’t been there for a while, and look it over.

    He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit.

    As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.

    As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond.

    He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.

    One of the women shouted to him, ‘we’re not coming out until you leave!’

    The old man frowned, ‘I didn’t come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.’

    Holding the bucket up he said,
    ‘I’m here to feed the alligator…’

    Some old men can still think fast.

    (contributed by:Mohan Rao on 31.07.2011)
  • How yoga keeps you fit and healthy

    How yoga keeps you fit and healthy
    Everything we do calls for stress and constant running around. In the middle of all this chaos, yoga is a great way to connect with your inner self and stay healthy at the same time. Through its deep breathing, stretching, mindful exercise, yoga is also an effective method to keep most stress-related diseases at bay. In fact, no matter what your lifestyle, you could learn a thing or two from this ancient exercise form that benefits your mind and body, both. Here’s looking at why yoga is meant for people of all shapes and sizes…yes, even you!Yoga helps combat stress. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that yoga has a positive impact on various kinds of neurological disorders. Their findings suggest that yoga might help patients in fighting with the symptoms of neurological disorders such as acute headache, psychological depression and so on. Published in the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, this study revealed that women, even beginners, who practice hatha yoga may boost happy hormones by diminishing stress levels.

    Yoga helps asthma patients. According to a research study presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in Seattle, adults who suffered from asthma experienced “increased quality of life and reduced asthma symptoms after 10 weeks of yoga practice”.

    Yoga helps in battling weight loss in middle age. While on the one hand yoga helps increase strenght and flexibility, it also helps with weight loss when you reach middle age, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle. Researchers studied that people who are overweight in their middle age and who practised yoga daily for over a decade lost considerable amount of weight.

    Yoga even helps cancer patients fight fatigue. Cancer survivors who practice yoga are able to sleep better and fight fatigue more efficiently, according to a recent study. Yoga helps reduce stress levels and boosts the immune system. Thus yoga forms like hath yoga are increasingly recommended to all cancer survivors, combined with restorative breathing exercises to help improve their sleep patterns.

    Tips for Starting Yoga. We recommend a few things to keep in mind: Go for a style that suits your body type: Yoga classes and asanas may differ for people with different body types. Some may only focus on meditation and deep breathing, whereas others might focus on rigorous and strenuous yoga moves.

    You and your body type are unique: Understand this: Yoga is not only about flexibility. Don’t try and idealise images and postures as presented in glossy health magazines. Those are people who have attained this kind of flexibility after years of practice and fitness routine. Go at your own pace.

    Maintain your own pace: There is no need to rush into any kind of asana or yoga pose too soon. Use straps, blocks or other tools to suit your needs and requirements. Ask your yoga instructor for help and make sure you take adequate rest and proper precautions. Listen to your body: Don’t force yourself into any of the asana. Try and read your body signals and stop when you think you can’t take it anymore.

    The right way of incorporating yoga in your daily workout routine. Depending on what your needs are, you can choose a yoga routine that works for you or you could participate in a host of workout activities at a time. The best way to go about overall fitness will be to do weight training for strength, circuits/rope jumping/sprinting/kickboxing for cardio fitness and Yoga for flexibility.

    Now, let’s take a quick look at three yoga postures that would benefit every one in general.

    Sitali Pranayama. Sit in a comfortable erect position and make sure your head, neck and spine are in line. Take deep breaths for a few minutes and close your eyes. Open your mouth simultaneously by enchanting ‘OM’ loudly. Now curl the tongue and hang it outside your mouth. Now inhale deeply as if you are sipping through a straw. Focus on your breathing. This exercise will have a direct impact on your abdomen and lower ribs. In the end, complete the asana by closing the mouth and breathing normally through your nostrils. You can perform 10 reps of this asana, for 2 minutes each.

    Bhastrika. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight. Close your eyes and start exhaling and inhaling via nose by focusing on the abdominal muscles. As soon as you release your abdominal muscles you’ll realize that your diaphragm contracts before you start to inhale. Hear the sound of your breath and perform this asana for 5 times at a stretch. Give it a pause. Breathe normally. And start again. Complete one to two rounds on a daily basis and increase the number of your breaths by 5, each week. Keep in mind that bhastrika should not be performed by people who suffer from heart diseases, chronic constipation or ulcers without taking due consent from your doctor.

    Ujjayi Breathing. Sit in a comfortable position. Make sure that your shoulders are not hunched. Take deep breaths and expand your abdomen fully while you inhale and contract your abdomen fully while you exhale. This asana works on the lower rib cage.

    (source : The Times of India on 17.08.2012)



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