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Pilgrimage to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine #2: Adhkwari to Bhawan

Trek to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine is an arduous pilgrimage and often tests the endurance of the devotees to its limit. Yet tear after year millions of devotees undertake the trek with  unflinching devotion for the divine mother. 1,125 more words

Travel

Monorails are back

Relegated to the backlots of Disney World and mocked by the Simpsons, a long maligned form of transportation is mounting a one-rail comeback.

In the next three years, monorail manufacturers report they’re likely to double or triple of the word’s current track miles, most of it in Asia and Latin America. 445 more words

Thomas Piketty says the US is setting a bad example on inequality for the world

Three and a half years ago, the English publication of Thomas Piketty’s surprise bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, sparked an international debate about the roots of rising inequality. 1,167 more words

Minutes I Counted Waiting

It rained almost every night,
the darkness settled in arrays
of brisk coldness,
dissolved in the winds
which howled and shattered
glasses of silence
that followed… 107 more words

Poems

Microsoft is adding a cricket oval to its US campus in a nod to its south Asian workers

Cricket balls, cricket rules, cricket players—all feature prominently in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s recent book Hit Refresh. The CEO had once dreamed of becoming a professional player, and concedes that he was good enough to play for his public school in cricket-crazy Hyderabad in his native India. 493 more words