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Showcasing India (Part 2) December 26, 2009

Filed under: india — Radiance @ 10:00 AM
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Showcasing India (Part 1) December 19, 2009

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Organ Donor Awareness Week 2009 August 12, 2009

Filed under: human interference,india,medicine,recycling — Radiance @ 10:11 PM
This is one of those occurrences where for no apparent reason I think about something and then bam!, there it is. I had no idea that this (8 – 14 Aug, 2009) is the Organ Donor Awareness Week 2009. I have decided to myself for a few months now that the next time I go for a visit home, I will be registering myself for organ donation. And today on a spur of the moment I happened to search the web for “organ donation India”. The above link and the knowledge that this is the awareness week is the result of this search. So I thought I’d quickly share this link and fact with my readers and encourage them to do their part in “recycling” of human organs. I usually post about “green” and “ecorecycling but today this is a call for different kind of recycling. I hope at least some of you will be inspired to register yourself for organ donation after reading the article.
 

Sunday Spotlight: Devavision Productions July 19, 2009

Filed under: ancient knowledge,india,science,sunday spotlight — Radiance @ 10:00 AM

Some time back I came across and watched the video Scientific Verification of Vedic Knowledge on Google videos. This video is made by a group of people who call themselves Devavision Productions. The website homepage spells out their moto to be “Revealing the hidden treasure of India’s ancient Vedic wisdom and culture”.

I was really impressed with the research these people have done and the efforts they are putting in to get the word out there. I believe that there is a lot of ancient knowledge (not just in India but in other cultures as well) which is still “hidden” from us because we infact haven’t reached the spiritual, scientific and cultural maturity that is needed to comprehend it. So I’m delighted to see someone put in some serious effort towards “uncovering” that knowledge. Hence I thought I would do my bit of “publicising” this commendable effort and write a blog entry about them. Check them out if you are interested in ancient Indian knowledge!

 

India votes! April 30, 2009

Filed under: future,india — Radiance @ 2:09 AM

The largest democracy in the world is currently holding its general elections to decide who will be the next set of politicians that will run the country. More than a month-long process hits its third phase today and my hometown, Mumbai, is voting today. While I sincerely wish that I could be in my beloved hometown to cast my vote and exercise the most fundamental right that democracy gives me, the truth is I’m not there. And I’m wasting my vote. However, there are quite a few younger generation NRIs like me who wish to vote and hope that soon India will have a provision for casting the vote online. Till then, all I can do as a true Indian is to encourage those who ARE in the right place at the right time to exercise their right and vote. And vote wisely!

 

Indian railway goes green March 11, 2009

Filed under: environment,india,nature,technology — Radiance @ 7:42 AM

Indian Railway, that began its journey in 1853 during the British rule, has come a long way, literally and figuratively, in 150 odd years. It is a multi-gauge, multi-traction system with total track length of 108,706 km. However, only 1/4th of it runs on electricity, rest still consuming humongous amounts of coal and therefore polluting the air as it chugs along. But it looks like the Railway Ministry has finally taken some initiative to reduce its carbon footprint and employ solar power to run the railways. According to this article in Energy Business Daily, “At present, 128 level crossings and four stations in West Central Railway have already been provided with solar panels for electrification purpose.”
 

Vedic mathematics ….. for dummies? March 10, 2009

Filed under: ancient knowledge,india,mathematics — Radiance @ 8:45 AM
Vedic Mathematics is a system of Mathematics demonstrated in the ancient Indian texts called the Ved (or more popularly known as their Anglicised plural form, the Vedas). According to the website of Vedic Mathematics Academy,
“ ... all of mathematics is based on sixteen Sutras, or word-formulae.
(Sanskrit word ‘sutra’ means formula.) The website also goes on to describe the ease which the Vedic mathematics affords in doing difficult calculations.
 “In the Vedic system ‘difficult’ problems or huge sums can often be solved immediately by the Vedic method. These striking and beautiful methods are just a part of a complete system of mathematics which is far more systematic than the modern ‘system’. Vedic Mathematics manifests the coherent and unified structure of mathematics and the methods are complementary, direct and easy. The simplicity of Vedic Mathematics means that calculations can be carried out mentally (though the methods can also be written down).
The tutorials on the website give examples of simple applications of the sutras, to give a feel for how the Vedic Maths system works. Some great examples of how the maths is made easy are also shown in few of the videos I found on YouTube. One video shows how one can use simple straight lines to multiply two big numbers without knowing the multiplication tables. Another one shows how to square big numbers in your head using simple observation of number patterns. This video sort of implies that Taoist maths is derived from Vedic. The same person also demonstrates how to divide a long number by a small one quickly. There are many such videos that come up but I just wanted to share a few to show you the easiness of Vedic maths. I would like to end this blog entry by once again sharing a few words from the Vedic Mathematics Academy website.
Interest in the Vedic system is growing in education where mathematics teachers are looking for something better and finding the Vedic system is the answer. Research is being carried out in many areas including the effects of learning Vedic Maths on children; developing new, powerful but easy applications of the Vedic Sutras in geometry, calculus, computing etc. But the real beauty and effectiveness of Vedic Mathematics cannot be fully appreciated without actually practising the system. One can then see that it is perhaps the most refined and efficient mathematical system possible.