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"I want to make bhajans as popular as pop songs."

Indian pop singerAlisha Chinai,on her recent transition from racy songs, like "Kama Sutra" to religious--her latest is "Om""


Sherlock Holmes and Watson were on a camping trip. They were lying in bed, looking up at the sky. Holmes said, "Watson, what do you see?" "Well, I see thousands of stars." "And what does that mean to you?" "I suppose, Holmes, it means that of all the planets and suns and moons in the universe, that we are truly the one most blessed with the reason to deduce theorems to make our way in this world of criminal enterprises and blind greed. It means that we are truly small in the eyes of God but struggle each day to be worthy of the senses and spirit we have been blessed with. And, I suppose, at the very least, in the meteorological sense, it means that it is most likely that we will have another nice day tomorrow. What does it mean to you, Holmes?" "To me, Watson, it means someone has stolen our tent."

An article in a New York magazine recently described the dress of an Indian maharani as a sarong instead of a sari. The editor wrote an apology saying, "All I can say is I'm sari I was sarong."

I know great earth changes have been predicted for the future, so if you're looking to avoid earthquakes, my advice is simple. When you find a fault, just don't dwell on it. Swami Beyondananda

Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it.

In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climes and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. American philosopher Henry David Thoreau (1817?1862)

Jarod: "If you get too stressed you can become quite aggressive." Ms. Parker: "Well, then Hitler should have taken up yoga!" Heard on The Pretender TV series.

A teacher wrote, "Woman without her man is nothing" on the blackboard and told students to punctuate it. Men wrote: "Woman, without her man, is nothing." Women wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is nothing."

DID YOU KNOW?

All those Variables!

The formula known today as the Pythagorean Theorem was first postulated by Indian mathematician Baudhayana in the 6th century ce, long before Europe's math whizzes. In 497 ce Aryabhatta calculated the value of "pi" as 3.1416. Algebra, trigonometry and the concepts of algorithm, square root and cube root originated in India. Quadratic equations were propounded by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest number used by Greeks and Romans was 106, whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 1053 (10 to the power of 53) as early as 5000 bce. Even geometry, called Rekha-Ganita in ancient India, was applied to draft mandalas for architectural purposes and for creating temple motifs.


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