There should always be something bigger than your fears: Bernard D’sa

Warrior of Change” is an initiative to inspire positive change in the minds of people and empower them to start their own journey through powerful stories of real people striving hard to make a difference.

Our next Warrior of Change is Bernard D’sa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Raindrops Inc. (the parent company of Raindrops Publishers). He is deeply passionate about poetry, which reflects, in his work. He studied English literature along with philosophy and spirituality. He started as a writer and observed that it is very difficult to be published at Indian publishing scenario.Raindrops Inc. (Raindrops Company) came into being in 2012 and has been growing ever since. Continue reading

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One Man Started a Forest and Another Moved The Mountains: Real Life Superheroes

“Warrior of Change” is an initiative to inspire positive change in the minds of people and empower them to start their own journey through powerful stories of real people striving hard to make a difference.

Our next Warrior of Change is Jadav Payeng and Dashrath Manjhi. Jadav is an  environmental activist and forest worker from Jorhat, India.  He is the man who single-handedly planted a 1,360-acre forest. He transformed a barren land into a lush new forest. Who says, a man alone can do nothing.

Jadav Payeng is the man who single-handedly started a forest.Watch the documentary here

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Dashrath Manjhi is the man who carved a mountain using hammer and chisel over a period of 22 years. Watch him here

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Here are two brave souls who devoted their entire lives for mother nature. One was determined to start a forest and another wanted to break a mountain and carve a path for his villagers.

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He single-handedly created 1,360 acres of the jungle when he was just a teenager worried about his homeland. “The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. I sat down and wept over their lifeless forms. It was carnage. I alerted the forest department and asked them if they could grow trees there. They said nothing would grow there. Instead, they asked me to try growing bamboo. It was painful, but I did it. There was nobody to help me. Nobody was interested,” says Payeng. He even transplanted ants to his burgeoning ecosystem to bolster its natural harmony.

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Dashrath, on the other hand, was ridiculed for having an ambition of moving the mountains. He tirelessly worked for 22 years and carved the mountain. His inspiration was the death of his beloved due to lack of medical attention. The villagers had to travel 70 kilometers to see a doctor, the distance was reduced to one kilometer after efforts of Dashrath. He was denied help or assistance from the Indian government.He was called the poor man’s Shah Jahan by filmmaker Ketan Mehta who has also made a documentary on his life.

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Sarafa Bazaar of Indore: Food Paradise of India

Indore is a city situated right in the centre of India. It’s love affair with food is long and legendary. It is common for Indoris to have serious dicussions and passionate debates about street food. Continue reading

10 Things You Do Not Know About Yoga

1. Yoga was first mentioned in Rig Veda

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But the exact history of Yoga is obscure due to its oral transmission. Modern scientists belive it to be as old as 10,000 years! Continue reading

Pictures of India that will shock the World

1- Mumbai

 

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Dwarka : 12,000 year old submerged city in the Arabian Sea

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it. Ayn Rand

Some truths can alter our reality, shuffle everything we know about human civilization and ancient technology.
I grew up listening to stories of majestic gods and wars. One of the fascinating was the story of Dwarka- one of the world’s oldest kingdoms built by Lord Krishna. As per Mahabharatha, the city of Dwarka was devoured by the sea after a brutal war where millions were killed.
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Mahabharat says that Dwarka had 900,000 royal palaces, all constructed with crystal and silver and decorated with emeralds.

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India has much more than Taj Mahal!

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
Bangalore Palace, Bengaluru

Laxmi Vilas Palace – Baroda, Gujarat
Thirumalai Nayak Palace – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Ujjayanta Palace – Agartala, Tripura
Lake Palace – Udaipur, Rajasthan
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
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 Jag Mandir
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The New Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India

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Jaisalmer Fort Palace, Rajasthan, India

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Mohabbat Maqabara Palace in Junagadh, Gujarat, India

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Akshardham Temple, India

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The Golden Temple, Amritsar

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

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Mysore Palace

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Meenakshi Temple

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Samode Palace, Jaipur

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Junagad Palace-fort of Gujarat

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Qutab Minar

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Kumbhalgarh Fort

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Neemrana Fort Palace

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Source – Travel Blog

Lessons from Bhagvad Gita

Once the four Pandavas asked Krishna:

Q: “What is Kaliyuga and what will happen during Kaliyuga?”

A: Krishna smiled and said, “Let me demonstrate to you, the situation of Kaliyuga.” He took a bow and four arrows and shot them in four directions and ordered the four Pandavas to go and bring them back.

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Each of the four Pandavas went in the four different directions to search for the arrows.

When Arjuna picked an arrow, he heard a very sweet voice. He turned around and saw a cuckoo singing in a spellbinding voice but was also eating the flesh of a live rabbit which was in great pain. Arjuna was very surprised to see such a gory act by such a divine bird he left the place immediately.

Bhima picked arrow from a place, where five wells were situated. The four wells were surrounding a single well. The four wells were overflowing with very sweet water as if they were not able to hold water and surprisingly the well in the middle of these four overflowing wells was completely empty. Bhima was also puzzled at this sight.

Nakula was returning to the place after picking up the arrow. He stopped at a place where a cow was about to give birth. After giving birth the cow started licking the calf but continued to lick it even after the calf was clean. With great difficulty people were able to separate them and by that time the calf was injured badly. Nakula was puzzled by the behavior of such a calm animal.

Sahadeva picked arrow which fell near a mountain and saw a big boulder falling. The boulder was crushing the rocks and big trees on its way down, but the same boulder was stopped by a small plant. Sahadeva was also amazed at this sight.
All the Pandavas asked the meaning of these incidents. Krishna smiled and started explaining.

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“In Kaliyuga, the priests will have a very sweet voice and will also have great knowledge but they will exploit devotees the same way cuckoo was doing with rabbit.

In Kaliyuga poor will live among rich, those rich will have the enormous amount of wealth which will actually overflow but they will not offer a single penny to the poor same as the four wells didn’t have a single drop of water for the empty well.

In Kaliyuga parents will love their children so much that their love will actually spoil them and will destroy their lives similar to the love shown by the cow to her newborn calf.

In Kaliyuga people will fall in terms of character like the boulder from the mountain and they will not be stopped by anyone at the end only the name of God will be able to hold them from doom like the little plant held the boulder from further fall.”

~ Uddhava Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam

Shocking Facts About INDIA- The Golden Bird

1-  India was the world’s largest economy during the years 1 AD and 1000 AD. In 1500 AD India’s economy had a 24.5% share of world income, the second largest in the world after China, which had a 25% share.

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2-During the period when the Mughals ruled India, the country’s income was 17.5 million Pounds, which was greater than the entire treasury of Great Britain.

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3- World’s Richest Man in 1937 was an Indian named- Osama Ali Khan, who bought 50 Rolls Royce and used them to dump his garbage just to show off the wealth Indians possessed when a British official who made fun of his capacity to buy one Royce! He also brought the largest diamond in the world, the Jacob Diamond, which was worth $200 million and used it as a paperweight. In 2008, Forbes magazine listed the Nizam as the “fifth all-time wealthiest” person with a net worth of $210.8 billion

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4-  The Peacock Throne: This magnificent piece of ancient India’s artifact was made up of 1150kg of gold and 230kg of precious stones including 185 carats Kohinoor. In 1999 it was estimated that this throne would have cost $804million dollars or roughly Rs 4.5 billion.

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5-Kohinoor is 106 carats diamond and was once the largest diamond in the world. It is said that the diamond is 5000 years, called Syamantaka jewel. It got transferred to the hands of many Indian and Persian rulers. It was mounted on the Peacock Throne on the commands of Shah Jahan and was taken away by British during 1851, to be placed on the Queen’s Crown.

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6- The pearls which Julius Caesar presented to Brutus’ mother and the famous earring of Queen Cleopatra were traded from India.There are several references of gold trade from India to other parts of the world.

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7- Maharani Indira Devi, a mother of Gayatri Devi, was a fashion connoisseur. The Queen of Cooch Behar ordered 100 pairs of shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo (one of the most famous designers of the 20th century). Some of those shoes were studded with diamonds.

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8- Nadir Shah’s Treasures

The Persian invader Nadir Shah invaded India in 1739.It is said, that the loot was so massive that his treasure caravan was said to be 150 miles long. People in Persia did not pay taxes for 3 years after the massive loot from India.

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9-India’s Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple,Chamber B

The Treasure found inside the  Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Chamber A under court orders of 2011 was estimated to be $ 22 Billion.The Supreme Court of India later ordered that Vault B be opened only after proper documentation of articles found in the Vault A. The Priests of the Temple claim that Vault B has a bigger treasure than Vault A.

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10-  India still holds the position of World’s Biggest Consumer of Gold ( 700 tonnes per year)

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India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history despite being looted for centuries by Mughals, Portuguese, Persians, French and British. India was rightly named Golden Bird as few texts claim that India during Mughal Empire had around 11,000 Golden Temples.

Finding True Love In An Arranged Marriage?

This Article was originally published under my weekly column – Relationship Rationale at Different Truths
Arranged marriage is a kind of marital union where families select the bride and groom. Most people think of arranged marriage as something the parents have arbitrarily decided on, with no consideration as to what the child actually desires.

Ironically, Indians during the Vedic Period were one of the few exceptional people to engage in a marriage of free choice (Swayamvara) and live-in relationships (Gandharva Vivah) back in time when arranged marriages were quite common throughout the world until the 18th century.

Gandharva Vivah is a marriage where the girl selects her own husband. They meet each other of their own accord and consensually agree to live together. This form of marriage did not require a consent of parents and anyone else. According to Vedic records, this was one of earliest and common form of marriages, over time, which became controversial, disputed, and debated. In one of the most sacred religious texts of Hindus, the Mahabharata, it is said, “No man any longer asks for the daughter, nor does a father give away his daughter, they (girls) find the man for themselves.”

The world might associate arranged marriages solely with India today but their history reveals a different story. There must be something terribly wrong with arranged marriages, as its opposite is a love marriage. Does that mean there is no love in an arranged marriage?

I would like to share a tale of Rohan and Ankita, who found true love in an arranged marriage. Rohan is a fun loving; carefree and ambitious globetrotter, who has traveled to 14 countries and 49/50 states by road in the USA, covering more than 40 National Parks, whereas Ankita is a family-oriented, professional lady with no desire to leave behind her hometown, Mumbai. Their likes and dislikes perfectly contradict; they live in two separate continents, brought up just the exact opposite way. Who would have believed they would be head over heels in love one day?

 

Rohan visited his future in-laws all by himself after much thought, anxious and worried about the first meeting. He landed up at her place. He was not hoping for anything from the meeting. He was already making excuses in his head about why this would not be a good alliance.

They finally met over a coffee date when forced by their parents; both half-heartedly arrived at CCD and ended up talking for six hours, almost missing the very reason Rohan landed in India, Cricket World Cup Finals. As everyone assumed, a boy and a girl in an arranged marriages set up talked if a girl could cook or the boy smoked and drank, their conversation started with Chase debit cards.

Girls do not anymore enter the room with tea and samosa, covered head to toe; stealing glimpses at the proposed spouse, they drive around the city and shoot questions like those that Ankita did, “Why you even want to get married? You surely do not dream of settling down being a world traveler, honestly, you do not even need a partner.”

Their relationship faced everything a couple faces during a courtship except parents’ objections. They had awful arguments, moments of uncertainty, disagreement-ups, and what not, but they held on to each other seven oceans apart. The virtual long distance relationship had started growing. Everything was sailing right until Rohan lost his job. “My full-time job was to apply for a job and talk to Ankita as much as I can,” he told. Ankita became his pillar rather than walking out of the relationship and beautifully handled everything.

Rohan did not want to move back to India and start from the beginning, he had in mind it would be unfair to Ankita who was already doing great professionally. Hard times left, and he found a job, after discussing immigration status with lawyers, he decided to fly back to India. His girl overwhelmed with flowers as she turned up to pick up him.

Being an enthusiastic explorer, he was certain that the greatest way to figure out someone is to travel with him or her. They somehow convinced their parents to approve of them a week’s road trip together in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. Their parents hoped for a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ now.

They remained hesitant, took some more time to get to know each other, and eventually consented. Rohan had planned a romantic dinner for Ankita’s birthday, in Paris. Ankita traveled from India and Rohan boarded a flight from the USA to Paris, where he officially proposed his beloved in front of the Eiffel Tower.

This was not the end. Rohan was robbed. His passports, wallet and the ring were stolen before he could propose Ankita. He says, “I knew she is the one when she did not panic at all despite losing our passports in an overseas land.” They somehow managed to get new passports and headed for the pre-wedding photo shoot, which appeared as a movie with costumes, design, makeup, locations, transportation, and accommodations.

They compelled us to question the very concept of an arranged marriages, where love happened after tying knots. This was proved wrong in Rohan and Ankita’s situation. They are getting married on February 13, this year, on the eve of the Valentine’s Day, in Mumbai, India.

We wish them the best for their storybook romance and wish them conjugal bliss!