Monthly archives: February 2016

Pilgrims flock to Indian temple said to grant U.S. visas

Donald Trump, look away now — devotees are flocking to a temple in southern India where a Hindu god is said to help grant U.S. and other visas. About 500 years old, the Chilkur Balaji temple near Hyderabad was built as a shrine to Lord Balaji, a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Typically, worshippers perform a wish-making ceremony that includes making 11 laps around the inner temple. Sometimes they […]

How a Boy From a Mumbai Slum Became a Successful Dentist

What does it take to raise yourself out of a life of poverty and deprivation and become a successful professional? It takes grit, perseverance and a little help from friends. The rags to riches (not just in terms of money) tale of Dr Suwas Darvekar, featured on the Humans of Bombay Facebook page, is an inspiring lesson in how to live life. “My father met with an accident while we […]

Can Frankincense Help Relieve Depression?

Frankincense is an aromatic resin that has been used for thousands of years for medicinal, spiritual and ceremonial purposes. Frankincense resin is made from the sap of trees in the Boswellia genus and can come in the form of an oil, liquid resin and crystallized resin. The aroma of frankincense is uniquely warm, deep, rich, and incense-like. Essential oils like Frankincense are volatile oils that contain aromatic molecules that can […]

Australia and UK battle for 'burping Ashes'

An Australian and an Englishman are literally shaking the walls as they vie to produce the world’s loudest burp. Australian Neville Sharp unofficially broke Essex-based Paul Hunn’s record on Tuesday with a 110.6 decibel belch. But unwilling to surrender his crown, Mr Hunn returned fire with a 117.9 decibel burp just one day later. Neither record has been verified by Guinness World Records, which still lists Mr Hunn’s previous champion […]

Highlights of Railway Budget

India’s first rail auto hub, boost to e-catering, connectivity to North-East and no hike in passenger fares. Here’s a quick recap of all major announcements made by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. This is Mr. Prabhu’s second rail budget.  No hike in passenger fares. Action has been initiated on 139 budget announcements made last year. Eliminate all unmanned level crossings by 2020. Swacch Bharat: 17000 biotoilets and additional toilets in 475 […]


Watch: Doing this may save your life one day!

Life is very uncertain. You never know what might happen and when. In those times it is always helpful to know what to do, without pressing the panic button. Most people are aware of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to saving a person from choking. Press the person’s chest hard from behind, enough that the thing they’re choking on shoots out. But how many of you know what […]


My Name Is Smriti Irani', Says Minister in Emotional Speech in Parliament

In an emotional speech in Parliament today, Union Minister Smriti Irani hit out at the opposition for targeting her on the suicide of Hyderabad research student Rohith Vemula last month.   “My name is Smriti Irani. I challenge you to ask me my caste,” the Education Minister said, rubbishing allegations that Rohith was persecuted because he was a Dalit.   “No one can raise a finger against me on this […]

Budget 2016: Five factors that will define what FM Jaitley offers

As the countdown begins for Budget 2016, expectations soar from Modi government. Will the government dole out tax sops to cap its waning popularity or will it set the foundation for a progressive tax structure and stable growth? While it may be hard to tell which path the government will take, here are five factors that will influence its budget plan.   1. Falling crude prices – Falling crude oil […]


London Has Fallen' to release in India on March 4

Actor Gerard Butler’s American action thriller film ‘London Has Fallen’ will hit Indian screens on March 4. The movie, a sequel to the 2013-release ‘Olympus Has Fallen,’ centres on an attack on London during the funeral of the British prime minister, who had died under mysterious circumstances. Butler will reprise his role as an ultra-resourceful US Secret Service agent. The film is distributed pan India by Panorama Studios and Niche […]


WATCH: Sunny Leone, Alok Nath will make you quit smoking in 11 Minutes

Smokers, you just got another reason to quit. A short film starring Sunny Leone, Alok Nath and Deepak Dobriyal present the ‘no smoking’ message in a completely innovative way. Deepak Dobriyal, best remembered as Tanu Weds Manu’s Pappiji, is dying. Alok Nath is starring as Babuji, only he is more Haryana than Sooraj Barjatya in this one. The short film, directed by Hawaizaada maker Vibhu Puri, has Sunny Leone as […]