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22 Reasons To Believe Hinduism Is Based On Science

            वृक्ष
People are advised to worship Neem and Banyan tree in the morning. Inhaling the air near these trees, is good for health.

           योग
If you are trying to look ways for stress management, there can’t be anything other than Hindu Yoga aasan Pranayama (inhaling and exhaling air slowly using one of the nostrils).

          प्रतिष्ठान
Hindu temples are built scientifically. The place where an idol is placed in the temple is called ‘Moolasthanam’. This ‘Moolasthanam’ is where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum, thus benefitting the worshipper.

           तुलसी
Every Hindu household has a Tulsi plant. Tulsi or Basil leaves when consumed, keeps our immune system strong to help prevent the H1N1 disease.

              मन्त्र
The rhythm of Vedic mantras, an ancient Hindu practice, when pronounced and heard are believed to cure so many disorders of the body like blood pressure.

           तिलक
Hindus keep the holy ash in their forehead after taking a bath, this removes excess water from your head.

          कुंकुम
Women keep kumkum bindi on their forehead that protects from being hypnotised.

           हस्त ग्रास
Eating with hands might be looked down upon in the west but it connects the body, mind and soul, when it comes to food.

           पत्तल
Hindu customs requires one to eat on a leaf plate. This is the most eco-friendly way as it does not require any chemical soap to clean it and it can be discarded without harming the environment.banana; palash leaves

           कर्णछेदन
Piercing of baby’s ears is actually part of acupuncture treatment. The point where the ear is pierced helps in curing Asthma.

           हल्दी
Sprinkling turmeric mixed water around the house before prayers and after. Its known that turmeric has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

             गोबर
The old practice of pasting cow dung on walls and outside their house prevents various diseases/viruses as this cow dung is anti-biotic and rich in minerals.

                गोमूत्र
Hindus consider drinking cow urine to cure various illnesses. Apparently, it does balance bile, mucous and airs and a remover of heart diseases and effect of poison.

               शिक्षा
The age-old punishment of doing sit-ups while holding the ears actually makes the mind sharper and is helpful for those with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning difficulties and behavioural problems.

             दिया 
Lighting ‘diyas’ or oil or ghee lamps in temples and house fills the surroundings with positivity and recharges your senses.

              जनेऊ
Janeu, or the string on a Brahmin’s body, is also a part of Acupressure ‘Janeu’ and keeps the wearer safe from several diseases.

              तोरण
Decorating the main door with ‘Toran’- a string of mangoes leaves;neem leaves;ashoka leaves actually purifies the atmosphere.

            चरणस्पर्श
Touching your elder’s feet keeps your backbone in good shape.

             चिताग्नि
Cremation or burning the dead, is one of the cleanest form of disposing off the dead body.

                ॐ
Chanting the mantra ‘Om’ leads to significant reduction in heart rate which leads to a deep form of relaxation with increased alertness.

       हनुमान चालीसा
Hanuman Chalisa, according to NASA, has the exact calculation of the distance between Sun and the Earth.

              शंख
The ‘Shankh Dhwani’ creates the sound waves by which many harmful germs, insects are destroyed. The mosquito breeding is also affected by Shankh blowing and decreases the spread of malaria.

UPSC exam : What seniors say

As it is said, and I firmly believe, ‘Life is too short to learn everything from your own mistakes’, I find myself frequently ask the candidates who have succeeded , and those who have failed, about their views on what makes a difference between a success and a failure. Some are graceful enough to candidly share their experiences, and others are not-so-kind.

I have a complete faith in my abilities and the hard work that I can put into preparations. Still, in order to look at the picture from others eyes, I often make it a point to interview different aspirants, and post-holders. Some of the experiences are as follows:

  • One aspirant who I was sure would clear the exam was a classmate of mine, in my class of graduation. He started his preparations an year and half in advance than I did. When I first talked to him about the preparations, he was preparing for his mains. Apart from the book-list, he gave me a few handy tips regarding the preparations. I almost followed them. In him, I saw confidence, dedication, ability to do smart-work and the ambition. When asked about the key to success, ‘hardwork and dedication make it possible’ was his reply.
  • (to be continued)

The experience at the Vajiram and Ravi (so far)

The very reason why most of the students get admission in Vajiram and Ravi is because they go by the very strong image that the institute had build up over the years. To add to this, the digital space also seems to favour the much-talked-of institute. When one types ‘va’ in Google, the first things that pops up is ‘Vajiram and Ravi’. This, plus the word-of-the-mouth makes one feel that the first step in becoming an IAS is securing admission at Vaji.Well, that is what happened with me, at least.

By now if it isn’t clear to you that I AM a Vaji student, you should get a lesson or two in common sense.. 😛

Well, okay. Let me come to the point – the experience at Vajiram. In the 49 days so far that I have been a student here, I can reasonably tell how it proves itself on the cost-to-benefit ratio (I know 49-days are not enough to judge someone.. #AAPtardism.. :P) .

The faculty 

Oh Poor English!

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There is nothing more potently destructive than a stupidity whose time has come. The Americans saw it in Vietnam when their stupidity backfired and the Soviets saw it in Afghanistan when it almost destroyed them. Biggest of empires have been brought to dust at the hands of foolest of notions. Even in India we are no strangers to stupidities at the highest level – be it 1948 Nehru’s handling of the Kashmir issue or 1950s handling of Chinese.

But perhaps in what he (if he is still interested and can read this small font article from above) can still console in is the fact that he was not alone in being a victim of stupidity in contemporary India. Even the mighty British Raj owed its downfall to one of the same kinds – The Drain of Wealth. This doctrine propounded by the early nationalists after ‘careful research’ pointed fingers at…

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UPSC Essay: Credit Based Higher Education System – Status, Opportunities and Challenges.

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Education in India has always assumed a larger than life role in the society. Whether it be the “Guru Gobind Dono Khadey, Kaakey Laagun Paaye…” of Rahim or the twice born doctrine in the Vedas, education has always had that spiritual connection and the business of imparting education was never considered a business at all. Perhaps out of this conceptualization only, education has always received the patronage of the taste and the wealthy through our history and was never a financial burden on the students. Whether it be the Kumaragupta founded Nalanda, or the Gangai Konda Chola Mandap mentioned in the Anaiyyavaram inscription of Rajendra Chola, or the madarassas founded by Sher Shah, the students and the teachers were always comfortably maintained out of the donations and India maintained its distinction of being one of the most sought after destinations of higher learning.

Things changed for the first time under…

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UPSC Essay: Is the criticism that PPP model of development is more of a bane than a boon in the Indian context justified?

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Public Private Partnerships (PPP) model of development is no alien concept to India. In the age of the Chola kings as well the state used to give tax concessions and land grants to those who got tanks and canals built. Closer to our times, the construction of Indian railways is a classic example of PPP in operation. Post Independence, given our explicit preference for the state led development, the PPP took a back seat for some time. However, after liberalization PPP is back with a new vigor. Thus in the 10th Five Year Plan nearly 21% of the expenditure on infrastructure came from the private sector, this climbed to 33% in the 11th Five Year Plan and in the 12th Plan it is expected to be about 50%.

Clearly our planners think that PPP is the way forward, so we must pause here and examine…

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UPSC Essay: Science and Technology is a panacea for the growth and security of the nation

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Disclaimer: The below points have been reproduced from memory only and may not be exactly what I wrote in the exam.

Introduction

India was one of the richest nations in the world in the medieval ages i.e. 16th and 17th centuries. Then Akbar rejected the Guttenberg press. Jahangir rejected the water lift. Indian mariners took little interest in adopting the compass and other marine discoveries of the world from the Europeans. The result – within less than a century and a half – India became a slave to those very Europeans!

India’s recent Mars mission – Mangalyaan – was criticised by some. Questions were raised – can a country as poor as India afford to indulge in such scientific ‘extravaganza’? Wouldn’t this money be better spent on reducing poverty, providing drinking water, sanitation etc.? But if history is any lesson, Mangalyaan was every inch worth it at this cost (Rs…

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Coachings – The Good and The Bad

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Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are purely personal and may be wrong from someone else’s perspective.

Hi, I am writing this post so that no one gets misguided in my name by the various advertisements being put by the coaching institutes. My aim is just to prevent students from wasting their money n time and tell wot I found good n bad even though some of these coachings may become unhappy with me.

1. Vajiram classroom coaching: I joined their classroom coaching in 2012 but found it to be an utter waste of my time. So left it within a couple of weeks and never went again. What they taught could be studies by self in less than half the time.

2. Baliyan’s Insight classroom coaching: This was the only classroom coaching I found good and upto standards. I also liked his approach. I joined history optional coaching there.

3. Lalwani’s…

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UPSC / IAS Preparation: Improving Essay Writing

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Improving Essay Writing
I thought I had written a very good essay last year. Yet, when the marks came, I found out I had got only 80 / 200. Essay, together with GS, had pulled my rank down. So I sat down with my father, spoke to a couple of friends, took everybody’s feedback and concluded that there were 3-4 things I needed to work upon. I tried to improve upon them this year, and thankfully it worked and I got 135 / 250 this time. So in this article, I would just try to list those lessons learnt so that others may take some cues.

Click here for my last year’s essay.

Click here for this year’s essay.

Lesson #1: An essay should be for a general person and not a subject expert
Last year I wrote on the PPP topic which was from my subject area (Economics). So…

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