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Virat Kohli meets Miss World Manushi Chhillar in an Award Show

Virat Kohli meets Miss World Manushi Chhillar in an Award Show

 

Manushi was awarded the Special Achievement honor by Kohli, while Kohli himself won the Popular Choice for Indian of the Year award.

Miss World Manushi Chhillar asked:

“You are one of the best batsman in the world today and you’ve been such an inspiration. You’ve really given back to the society. But there are a lot of young people who draw inspiration from you. How would you like to give back for children, especially in the world of cricket?”

Virat Kohli  replied:

“Well, what’s very important to understand is when you do what you do and you express yourself on the field, it has to be genuine and it has to be from the heart. Otherwise if people find out that you’re trying to pretend, then they can never connect to you. I’ve never tried to be anyone else. I’ve always been myself; I always mention that people had a lot of issues with how I was, how I conducted myself, but I had never had any problems with that.”

"We must believe that everyone has a plan and that plan has been executed for them at the time they are in, and all they can do is work hard, no one can change the plan, what we can do is work hard and be honest with ourselves.”

He also said:

"For me the joy of life is just watching that ball and hitting it from the middle of the bat".

 

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Mumbai is Recovering - A Day After Heavy Rain

The India Meteorological Department and the Union Water Ministry have also issued an advisory on "very heavy rainfall" over the next three days in parts of 12 states, including Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The rain on Tuesday, 30 times the average, had brought Mumbai to standstill on Tuesday with water flooding low lying areas. Thousands waded through waist-deep water, abandoning cars to walk.

Mumbai is  returning slowly back to normal a day after heavy rain battered the city. The rainfall recorded in Mumbai yesterday is said to be the heaviest in 12 years, recording almost 300 millimeters in some locations.

Today, several roads have been cleared for traffic and water has receded from some public areas. Local trains are also running, though most of them are behind schedule.

Mumbai's famous dabbawalas, who deliver lunch to offices, won't operate today. The weather office has, however, forecast more rain in Mumbai today.

 

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Trees and the Enlightenment of Gautama Buddha


How did Gautama Buddha reach Enlightenment? What was the obstacles? These are the eternal questions for every person on earth. The story of the Buddha's enlightenment is fascinating subject for modern research.

Buddha got his enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, located about 115 km south of Patna, in the modern Indian state of Bihar. By finding the path to Enlightenment, Siddhartha was led from the pain of suffering and rebirth towards the path of Enlightenment and became known as the Buddha or 'awakened one'.

Siddhartha, was his earlier name, which means "the one who brings all good."

Siddhartha practised meditation but concluded that in themselves, the highest meditative states were not enough. He the life of extreme asceticism for six years, but this did not satisfy him either; he still had not escaped from the world of suffering.

He abandoned the strict lifestyle of self-denial and ascetism, but did not return to the pampered luxury of his early life. Instead, he pursued the Middle Way, which is just what it sounds like; neither luxury nor poverty.

One day,  Siddhartha Gautama sat beneath a sacred fig (Ficus religiosa) and began to meditate. He sat down and vowed, come what may, he would not move until he found an end to sorrow.

Siddhartha became deeply absorbed in meditation, and reflected on his experience of life, determined to penetrate its truth.

When his mind was purified by concentration, he acquired the Three Knowledge. The first knowledge was that of his past lives and the past lives of all beings. The second knowledge was of the laws of karma. The third knowledge was that he was free of all obstacles and released from attachments.

Buddhist legends say that Mara wished to stop Siddhartha's quest for enlightenment, so he brought his most beautiful daughters to Bodh Gaya to seduce him. But Siddhartha did not move. Then Mara sent armies of demons to attack him. Siddhartha sat still, and untouched.

Then, Mara claimed that the seat of enlightenment rightfully belonged to him and not to a mortal. Mara's demon soldiers cried out together, "I am his witness!" Mara challenged Siddhartha---These soldiers speak for me. Who will speak for you?

Then Siddhartha reached out his right hand to touch the earth, and the earth itself spoke: "I bear you witness!" Mara disappeared. To this day, the Buddha often is portrayed in this "earth witness" posture, with his left hand, palm upright, in his lap, and his right hand touching the earth.

And as the morning star rose in the sky, Siddhartha Gautama realized enlightenment and became a Buddha.

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Role of Trees in the Path of Enlightenment – A Psychological Review

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Vijender Singh Dedicates his Victory to Peace between India and China

Vijender Singh Dedicates his Victory to Peace between India and China. For weeks, India and China have been involved in a stand-off along part of their shared border.

The Doklam plateau in Sikkim has been witnessing disturbances between India and China. India supports Bhutan’s claim over the region. Vijender Singh defeated China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali recently. I want to dedicate this victory towards peace and harmony between India and China.
Vijender Singh

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Ranbir Kapoor is my BEST FRIEND says Katrina Kaif

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Ramdas Athawale - Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh Match against Pakistan

Pakistan scored 338 runs after put in to bat first by Virat Kohli. Athawale alleged that Team India fixed the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale made a rather outrageous comment on Saturday.

Athawale questioned on Saturday. "In the match against Pakistan, someone like Virat Kohli who scores a century so often and other accomplished players like Yuvraj Singh who have scored so many runs in the past, looked like they were playing to lose,"

"Was there any match fixing involved? There should be an inquiry into this. Anil Kumble was the coach there. Kohli, who has scored so many runs in the past, what happened to him that day? That's the reason why I have a doubt that was it a case of match-fixing? The players betrayed us. They kneeled in front of a rival like Pakistan. The same Pakistan that has kneeled in front of us many times, to kneel in front of them in such a way is major act of disrespect to your nation," rambled Athawale.

Mohammed Amir (6-2-16-3)  tormented the Indian batsmen with a devastating first spell and eventually the 2013 champions were bundled out for 158 in only 30.3 overs.

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Shahrukh Khan With Daughter Suhana At Gauri Khan's Restaurant Launch

On Sunday, Shah Rukh Khan's wife Gauri Khan hosted a lavish launch party for Mumbai's restaurant ARTH, which has been designed by her. Bollywood celebrities like Anil Kapoor,Karan Johar, Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, Farah Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Malaika Arora Arjun Kapoor attended the event.

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International Yoga Day 2017 for Peace, Compassion and Health

We are very happy to present top ten yoga teachings of Sri Amit Ray on the eve of International yoga Day. ​Sri Amit Ray is one of the most respected world teacher of scientific yoga and meditation.  Dr. Amit Ray has a vision to make this International Yoga Day as the day of unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action for peace, compassion and health - globally and at a local levels.

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice Having its origin in India, Which Aims to transform both body and mind. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Here, we explore yoga from ten different perspectives from the teachings of Sri Amit Ray.

#1.  Theme of the International Yoga Day 2017: Yoga for Health

On 11 December 2014, United Nations General Assembly has declared 21st of June as an International Yoga DayThe theme for the 2017 celebration, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, is 'Yoga for Health.' The theme highlights the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body.

Yoga is the art work of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul. -- Amit Ray

Yoga quotes

#2.  International Yoga Day Attitude of Love:

The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in society's thoughts about health, human dignity, equality, peace and emancipation.  The day is marked around the world with yoga arts performances, talks, rallies, networking events, conferences and marches. Yet progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed to accelerate happy and healthy and peaceful lifestyle through yoga.

"Yoga exercises are the best tools for unity, human dignity, health, equality, global peace and compassion." -- Amit Ray

#3.  International Yoga Day Attitude of Karma Yoga - Serving others with Love and Dignity:

Karma Yoga is mindful service to the humanity with love and respect.  Yoga says; the effects of your past actions can  be washed away by the fresh, virtuous actions  by serving others. One of the easiest ways to help others is to simply share your knowledge. As we lovingly give of ourselves to our family, and serve them with hearts full of love, our acts will be karma yoga.

Karma-yoga is  the art of strengthening the heart muscles by removing the sufferings of others. -- Amit Ray

karmayoga Serving the poor

#4. International Yoga Day Attitude of Kindness and Compassion:

You may be a successful writer, genius scientist, powerful world leader, teacher, doctor, philosopher, professional or an intellectual but in spite of your accomplishments you may not be closer to the deep inner peace, happiness and fulfillment. With a kind heart you become more beautiful. When our mind is full of agitation and aggression we become overly sensitive to everything that happens to us. Irritation arises at the slightest provocation. Yoga teaches us to be more kind and compassionate. One of the simplest and easiest ways to karma yoga is by befriending one another.

"Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness." -- Amit Ray

Compassion Yoga

#5. International Yoga Day Attitude of Tolerance

Yoga practices honor and appreciate the wisdom and the differences between religious practices. Human rights violations are due to religious intolerance and such violations aggravate misunderstanding between people. This will arise several threats to the security globally and regionally. Solutions for religious intolerance can be found in the teachings of all religions and in all spiritual teachings all around the world.

"Kindness has no religion. Religions are like narrow tracks but kindness is like an open sky. It encompasses all." -- Amit Ray

Yoga for Kindness

 

#6. International Yoga Day for  International Understanding 

International yoga day is the day for promoting exposure to different cultures and traditions. It is day to become truly a global citizen and looking beyond gender, class, race, nationality and culture to understand human nature. The spirit  of the yoga day is to discover and embrace the similarities and differences between cultures and nationalities in ways that promote meaningful and lasting understanding, tolerance and respect. Yoga day is the opportunity to sought to connect with those from different countries and cultures, exchanging points of view and ideas across borders and developing international understanding.

Symphony starts when you walk together, feel the heart beats and understand the unspoken words. -- Amit Ray

Yoga for International Understanding

#7. International Yoga Day Discovering of the Subtle Energies of life

Prana, the universal life force energy present within every living thing.  Connection with the cosmic energy flow requires yoga exercises, inner focus, some quiet time of reflection and solitude in a safe environment. All meditation and yoga systems seek to balance out the bio-energies, hormones,  and neurotransmitters by purifying the lower energies and guiding them upwards peaceful energies.

Yoga is not just repetition of few postures - it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life. -- Amit Ray

Yoga posture Inspirations

#8. International Yoga Day- Yoga as a Scientific Discipline

As an alternative and supportive medicine, yoga can help us for back pain, blood pressure, or anxiety and depression. Yoga increases flexibility of the body and mind. Yoga extensively used for body fitness and weight-loss.

Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul. -- Amit Ray

Yoga Science

#9. International Yoga Day- Creating the Space for Blossoming flowers

Building a beautiful flower garden needs preparations and a lot of energy. Our body and mind are like cosmic garden Flowering  needs a full-sun site, water and nutrition. Similarly to beautify our inner inner world and outer world we need efforts and preparations. Real Beauty, comes from within. Yoga is the way to make your inner garden beautiful.

Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful. -- Amit Ray

 

#10. International Yoga Day Enhancing your Inner Beauty

Yoga gives us both physical and mental strength. When we believe in ourselves, we shine with the confidence and positive vibe.

Yoga means addition - addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul. -- Amit Ray

More than exercises yoga is an art. On International yoga Day, we explore yoga from ten different perspectives from the teachings of Sri Amit Ray. Keep these tips in mind. They are easy ways to show your connections and harmony to your inner world and outer world that they truly matter to you.

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Happy Mother's Day 2017: Top Ten Inspirational Quotes

On this Mother's Day, a day meant to celebrate and cherish motherhood by all means. It is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Here is Top Ten Mother's Day Inspirational Quotes.

Mother’s ways are higher than others, even when everyone rejects, mother accepts with her arms open and wide. -- Amit Ray

A mother’s love liberates. -- Maya Angelou

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. -- Abraham Lincoln

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. -- Oprah Winfrey

Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. -- Rachel Wolchin

Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don’t mean a thing. -- Toni Morrison

The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms. -- Jodi Picoult

 

There is no teacher equal to mother and there's nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father. -- Amit Ray

 

 

There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.  Lin Yutang

 

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Top Ten Reasons for Virat Kohli's Success

What are the secrets of Virat Kohli's success? If you're like most people, you probably think  Virat Kohli's success is the result of hard work and discipline. Does that mean Virat Kohli is not talented? Not a genius? Virat Kohli know exactly where the ball is. He knows where the ball will go. He knows the right time and the right angle to bat it. No doubt that kind of knowledge only comes after years of experience and thousands of hours of practice. But more than hard work, he  has something else. Let us analyze what is that?

Here are top ten reasons why he is successful and clicks as a best cricketer in the world.

#1. He learned from his mistakes. Every time all the problems that he faced he used them as lessons as a stepping stone for more success. He continuously improve his game day-by-day.

#2. Fitness: He is one of the most fit players in Cricket World.

#3. Perfect hand, eye, brain coordination: Hand-eye coordination is the ability to track the movements of the hands with the eyes, thus enabling the eyes to send important signals to the brain about hand movement.

#4. Passion: Virat Kohli is passionate about Cricket. He is more passionate than a lot of Cricketers. He wants to win and does not want to lose. He is not scared to show emotions on field. That makes Virat a better player.

#5. Strong mental attitude: Virat Kohli doesn't want people to see him weak. He wants him to be remembered as someone who is strong and unstoppable. A cricketer willing to die for winning. That makes Virat Kohli successful. He has a lot of belief in his own abilities and he is ready to take on whatever challenge that is thrown at him.

#6.  Dedication: His dedication to excel makes him successful. Virat Kohli takes his training sessions seriously to push his limits. He never shies away from hard work. He has his training sessions almost everyday. He knows that he has to do them to stay successful.

#7.  Workout & Physique: One of the major reasons for Virat’s success is his physique and fitness.

#8. Strict diet plan: He maintains a strict diet plan and sticks to it. He is committed to succeed and never goes off diet.

#9. Team spirit: He always, always puts the team’s needs above his own glory.

#10. Powerful Self-talk:  Virat Kohli always gives himself encouraging pep-talks. Self-talk can have a great impact on your confidence. It is a form of self-induced suggestion in which he guides his own thoughts, feelings, or behavior.

Virat Kohli is now a cricketing legend of the world. He is completely focused on his success.

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DIANA PENTY’S JAILHOUSE ROCK WITH FARHAN

In September 2016, rumours were rife that Kriti Sanon was the leading lady of Nikkhil Advani’s next production, Lucknow Central, which marks the directorial debut of Ranjit Tiwari, with Farhan Akhtar in the lead. The film is inspired by a true story of convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in the Lucknow Central Jail, who start a band and discover pride, self confidence and a reason to wake up every morning.

But within a month, Diana Penty was on board to play the NGO worker who puts the prisoners on the path of reform. Diana, who made her Bollywood debut in Homi Adajania’s Cocktail, shrugs off queries about how she came to replace Kriti saying it’s insignificant. “It all happened within three days of my meeting with Nikkhil and him briefly telling me about the film. His brief immediately piqued my interest and I agreed to meet Ranjit the next day for a complete narration. Once I heard it, I knew this was a story I wanted to be part of.

We did a reading the day after and before I knew it, I had landed the role and was shooting for the look test,” recalls the actress, who will be seen in salwar-kameez, long skirts and cotton trousers. During the look test, she met Farhan for the first time and admits they didn’t interact much during that meeting. But the second time, the whole cast came together for a reading and it was easier.

“I have always respected him as an actor, director, writer, musician and producer. I have so much to learn from him. He’s one of the reasons I said yes to the project,” she acknowledges. Apart from Farhan, the film also features Ronit Roy and Gippy Garewal. While Ranjit was keen to shoot inside the real Lucknow Central Jail, they did not get permission.

 

Source: Ahmedabad Mirror

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict New Hopes for Peace

Here are key terms and tidbits of information helpful in discussing the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel: On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognized the new nation on the same day.

Palestinian territories: The West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip.

Two-state solution: The idea that Israelis and Palestinians must work through direct negotiations to establish two states living side by side, with Palestinians to ultimately create their own independent state and the Israelis would keep Israel as a Jewish state.

One-state solution: The idea that Israel and the Palestinian territories would become a single, "binational" state that would include both Israeli and Palestinian populations. Opponents say such an arrangement would eventually force Israel either to lose its Jewish majority or rule over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians lacking full rights, a scenario the Palestinians wouldn't willingly accept.

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