Hair there everywhere


Do you know…

Hindus donate their hair in temples as a spiritual offering, especially those that can’t afford to donate money or jewelry. 40,000 pilgrims are believed to donate their hair every day.

Source: The Economic Times

Once upon a time


Did you know In 1920, India was so good at Hockey that the British withdrew from Olympics to avoid a possible embarrassing defeat by its own colony?

The Indian Hockey Team of 1928

In the Olympics of 1928, 1932 and 1936, India scored 102 goals, but conceded only 3. 

What country exports What?


Did you know Afghanistan exports opium legally? Or that India is full of precious stones? No? Neither did I. A lot of countries are famous for some of the products they make and export. The Aussies are known for coal, the French for fine wine and cheese and Colombians have their coffee. While it might be what they are famous for, it’s not what they produce the most. This detailed map will show you what are the real most exported products of each country.
 
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Who wants to be Millionaire


Did you know the first-ever person to win this show used none of his lifeline until the last question was popped, where he asked for ‘Phone A Friend’ and called up his father. On this phone call, he said, “Hi Dad! I don’t really need your help. I just want to let you know that I’m going to win a million dollars.”

His name is John Carpenter and I am speechless to describe his act of confidence.

 

Capacity of Digital Music


 

Did you know a 160GB Apple iPod Classic holds 40,000 songs and weighs a third of a pound?

iPod Classic 160GB

That’s roughly the same as a large adult hamster.

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If you bought all those songs on vinyl, your music collection would look like this… ^

That is 3,180 albums!

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And when stacked together, they’d weigh 1,400 pounds – that’s as much as two male grizzly bears.

 

The Mourning


Did you know about the unique job of professional weeping in the land of snake charmers?

According to a custom, in certain areas of Rajasthan, women are hired as professional mourners after the death of a male relative. These women are referred to as a ‘rudaali’ (roo-dah-lee), literally translated as a female weeper. They in turn publicly express the grief of family members who are not permitted to display emotion due to social status. The ‘rudaalis’ make a scene crying out loud.The impact of their mourning also compels other people at the funeral to cry.

Always dressed in black, they have to sit and cry, crying out loud, beating the ground beating their own chest, screaming and crying loudly. They are professional tearjerkers. They get the details of the dead person, his or her near and dear ones.

Make a killing


Do you know only realty developers and banks make a gain when we take a loan to invest in a property?

An acquaintance recently told me that his colleague had bought a flat for Rs 40 lakh and is selling it at Rs 80 lakh. He had made a down payment of only Rs 8 lakh at the time of buying the flat. According to him, real estate was the best investment option. This is something we hear almost every second day as financial planners. The person also believed that among various asset classes, money was being made only in real estate. Why was it so, he asked. To clear the cobwebs regarding real estate investment by taking a loan and to open up a myopic view on this subject, we made some calculations after agreeing on some basic assumptions (shown above). 

Unusual school… Unusual place.. Unusual teacher.


Do you know there is an unusual school in an unusual place run by an unusual teacher?

Rajesh Kumar is a shopkeeper by profession but spends hours every  morning teaching around 80 children from the poorest of the poor in India’s capital, New Delhi. The 43-year-old visited the construction of the Delhi transit station a few years ago and was disturbed by the sight of  many children playing at the site instead of attending school. When he questioned the parents working at the sites they all said there were no schools in the vicinity and no one cared.

Consequently, his open-air classroom was born – between pillars and  beneath the tracks of the Delhi transit system, known as the Metro. Every few minutes a train passes above, the children unperturbed by its sound. There are no chairs or tables and the children sit on rolls of polystyrene foam placed on the rubble. Three rectangular patches of wall are painted black and used as a blackboard. Anonymous donors have contributed cardigans, books, shoes and stationery for the children, as their parents cannot afford them. One unnamed person sends a bag full of biscuits and fruit juice  for the pupils every day – another incentive for the children to turn up for their studies.

If you would like to contribute on weekends, then you can call Mr. Rajesh Kumar at +919873445513. He runs the school under the Yamuna bank metro bridge near the Depot building.