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A Green Dargah

The holy and world-famous Ajmer Sharif dargah in Ajmer, Rajasthan, is finally getting an eco-friendly makeover. From switching to solar power electrification to recycling the mazaar flowers to make itr (perfume), it is perhaps the first shrine in the world to go green.

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When the Aga Khan wanted to become a Maharaja

By K R N Swamy
His Highness Sir Sultan Mahommed Shah Aga Khan III (1875-1958) was one of the elite historical figures of the 19-20 century. As a child of five, he became the religious head of the affluent Ismaili Shia community, centred around Mumbai.

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Anger to Compassion

By Sadhguru
It doesn’t matter how much people preach ‘don’t get angry’, when certain situations arise you get angry. I want you to understand this. It does not matter what kind of human being you become, even if you become a super human being, you will never have absolute control over the external world.

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Goodbye Aches and Pains

By Dr Kasturi Desai
The trend of modern times is that most of us are engaged in sedentary jobs and therefore only a few of our organs are functional at a time. This lack of movement leads to stiffness in the shoulders, backaches, joint pains, and slip disc problems.

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Abolish Burqahs

By Khushwant Singh
Of the scores of Muslims I befriended in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, there was not one whose women folk even wore a burqa to cover her face.

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The Capsule Hotels of Japan

By Stephen Zoukis
In Japan, where land is limited and every inch of space is a fortune to own, a hotel room can cost a bomb to stay overnight - a minimum of 10000 yen (110 US dollars).

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The Dance Academy

What was the motivation behind you taking up dancing?
Well, until I completed my graduation in Computer Engineering, I had no clue that I would be a dancer cum choreographer one day. Feeling relaxed after my exams I decided to enrol in dance classes. It was then that I developed a craze for dancing and I made up my mind to go to Bangalore to learn the art of dancing further.

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How Natural Radioactivity Harms Goans

By Dr Nandkumar M Kamat
Our government is afraid to tell us how much natural radiation which we, including the cabinet ministers and MLAs receive and what radionuclides we get from our diet. Even the granite tiles and tabletops generate radioactivity. But there are no standards for such materials in India.

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