The BURNING Ghats of Varanasi(link)

 Death has an important meaning in Varanasi.The ghats of Varanasi are important for bathing and burning!!

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Rain and Hail in Aligarh


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10 Common Tech Myths

Originally posted on Free Thoughts by Ranjit Singh:

Much of information available on the internet is not exactly true. Putting information on the Internet is easy. Some information is deliberately spread by the vested interests to sell their products.

In case of smart gadgets like mobile phones, tablets and personal computers which are common and most popular and owned by most people also many myths about viruses, battery and chargers and data security are commonplace. Here are some myths.

  1. Mac computers are immune from viruses: This claim by Apple was debunked when a Trojan virus affected thousands MacBooks in 2012.
  2. Private/incognito browsing keeps you anonymous:this kind of browsing can keep your browsing secret from the users on same machine. Your IP address is completely known to the sites you visit as well as your Internet Service Providet (ISP).
  3. Leaving your phone plugged destroys its battery: Batteries used in modern smartphones are lithium based and as soon…

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ARTICLE: Darwin and palaeontology: a re-evaluation of his interpretation of the fossil record

Originally posted on The Dispersal of Darwin:

In the journal Historical Biology (online first):

Darwin and palaeontology: a re-evaluation of his interpretation of the fossil record

Warren D. Allmon

Abstract Charles Darwin’s empirical research in palaeontology, especially on fossil invertebrates, has been relatively neglected as a source of insight into his thinking, other than to note that he viewed the fossil record as very incomplete. During the Beagle voyage, Darwin gained extensive experience with a wide diversity of fossil taxa, and he thought deeply about the nature of the fossil record. That record was, for him, a major source of evidence for large-scale transmutation, but much less so for natural selection or single lineages. Darwin’s interpretation of the fossil record has been criticised for its focus on incompleteness, but the record as he knew it was extremely incomplete. He was compelled to address this in arguing for descent with modification, which was likely his primary goal. Darwin’s…

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A real Reflection on Reality : Facts and Figures on East Jerusalem 2015

Originally posted on nadiaharhash:

This is what makes a real reflection on Reality : A new report by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) provides a concerning overview of the human rights situation for Palestinians in Jerusalem. The report – East Jerusalem: Facts and Figures 2015 – paints a picture of persistent neglect and increasing violence.

Facts and Figures: East Jerusalem 2015

• Number of residents: There are 300,200 Palestinian residents in Jerusalem, who constitute 36.8% of the city’s population.

• Separation Barrier: More than ¼ of residents reside in Jerusalem neighborhoods that are disconnected from the rest of the city due to the construction of a separation barrier. These residents suffer from a severe lack of basic services and infrastructure.

• Residency status: Palestinians in Jerusalem are not citizens, but rather permanent residents; in 2014, the residency status of 107 Palestinian residents of Jerusalem was revoked.

• Living below the poverty…

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Paan, Paandaan and Lucknow (link)

Qais Mujeeb gives an interesting account on Paan and Lucknow.

Qais Mujeeb is an infopreneur based at Lucknow. He is passionate about creating content that informs, appeals and entertains the readers. Qais is the founder, director at Ascezen Consulting Pvt Ltd.

I love his site. It takes me on a nostalgic journey of my childhood.

Here is a glimpse:

Paan is not only a delicacy but has been a part of the Awadhi culture since the time it was included in the luxurious lifestyles of the Mughals and the Nawabs. Paan chewing is more than an activity. It is an important aspect of the lavish lifestyles of the kings of Awadh that continues to be an integral part of the social life of the city even today.

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More about Paan in general and its historic connection:

So steeped was the Paan in Indian culture that allowance given to women would be called Paan Kharch. French traveller Niccolao Manucci referred to Mughal emperor Shah Jahan allocating the revenue of Surat for meeting the Paan expenses of his daughter -this meant allowance not as expenses for eating Paan!

In the middle east paan is banned because people from the sub continent spit all over.  in Muscat I heard if the police catch someone chewing paan they tape his/her mouth and take them to the police station!

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