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Arvind Gupta - An Unsung Hero of India

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Heroes are an inspiration for everyone. Here, I will introduce you to unsung hero of India. An IIT Kanpur Engineer who quit his job at Telco and began teaching science to the children of India. When Arvind Gupta quit his job, his mother came to his defence stating ‘good, now he will do something noble with his life’. He has been inspiring generations of students to learn science with their own hands on ‘Tarang’, the DD show, since the 1980s. Gupta, who started toy-making a decade before he appeared on the science show, has made 6,200 short films on toy-making in 18 languages in the last 35 years that are available on his website and YouTube, all to prove a point that science cannot be learnt by rote, mugging up definitions and formulae. He is still working to make education more accessible. He has so far uploaded around 4,000 books and articles on his website. Even with his failing health, at present he is busy translating books in Hindi. He has already translated over 175 b

The Leicester City of India

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Everyone loves a good underdog story. Last year in May 2016, Leicester City scripted history by becoming the EPL champions and it was talked about for months. We can now say that history has been made in India too. Aizwal FC have become the first team from the North-East to win the I-League and they've really made India proud. Aizawl FC won their maiden I-League title following a dramatic season finale, which saw them going toe-to-toe with Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan. On the final day of the season, Aizawl, who had 36 points from 17 matches, needed only a draw to be crowned champions ahead of Bagan, who trailed them by three points. Their 1-1 draw against another club from the Northeast, Shillong Lajong, confirmed the stunning achievement for Aizawl FC, who, in the process, became the first team from the Northeast to win the national championship. What was the journey of Aizawl FC like? It’s an incredible tale at many levels, not because Aizawl were relegated to the

What if Indian states were kids at school?

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Andhra Pradesh  : The hardworking boy who does all the work assigned to him sincerely.  He is taking engineering after school. Arunachal Pradesh :  The girl who sits quietly, lost in her own world, in a corner of the class. Assam :  The jovial guy who is always cheerful. And yes, he prefers tea to coffee. Bihar  : The boy who always makes the loudest noise in the absence of the teacher, but has a kind heart. Chhattisgarh :  The introverted guy who always listens to the crowd and seldom speaks. Goa :  One of the most popular guys. He parties all day and night. Gujarat :  The guy who lends his pen to others, and never forgets to take it back. He has visited the bank more than the school canteen. Haryana :  The guy who has the ability to scare juniors by his accent. People try to imitate him to get some quick popularity points. Himachal Pradesh :  That fair girl in the class who is approached by everyone - be it for homework, or for club events. Jammu And Kashmir :  The gir

BHIM APP - Can it suppress PayTM and Freecharge?

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About BHIM App The neat, clean and simple interface of the app is a welcome departure from other apps from the government. This is in tune with its stated purpose of simplified payments. How to Use the BHIM app To make use of BHIM app you will need to have an account with any of the 32 banks that have joined UPi (list of banks at the end of the post). The app is currently available only in English and Hindi. Given the wide diversity of languages in India, more languages are expected to be added soon. Also the phone number you use for the app needs to be associated with your bank account. At the moment it allows only one phone number and bank account to be linked with the app at a time. However, there exists an option to change accounts. Unlike many other apps BHIM doesn't need a plethora of permissions from the user. It asks for access to SMS (to verify mobile number) and to make and manage phone calls (they say they need it to verify your phone with UPI). And in case you want t

What happened to Ash Ketchum's original Pokemon in Indigo League?

I am a huge fan of Pokemon (mainly the Kanto Chapter- the Indigo League) . It was an integral part of my children just like many of my friends.  Ash Ketchum’s original 6 Pokemon team consisted of Pikachu, Charizard, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Pidgeotto, Butterfree, and an honorable mention, Muk. He caught them and their fates are as follows: Pikachu  - Given to him by Professor Oak, the bond between the two grew and grew, and Pikachu remains with Ash over 700 episodes later. Charizard  - Charmander was found abandoned by its trainer, but Ash rescued it and nursed it back to health. It would eventually evolve into Charmeleon and Charizard very quickly, but as a result lost its respect for Ash. After being frozen in an ice beam attack on the Orange Islands, Charizard would regain its obedience to Ash’s orders. Eventually it would be left at a special camp for Charizards in order to strengthen its skills. Squirtle  - Originally a member of the Squirtle Squad, a bespectacled quartet of de

Quora - 2016 Year in Review

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2016 was an exciting year for Quora. In March, they announced that over  100 million people come to Quora every month  to ask and answer questions, contributing to the dialogue on almost every topic imaginable. We also introduced  new answer pages , started an  ads beta , launched  Spanish Quora , and  more . This year hundreds of experts hosted  Quora Sessions  to answer questions and share their knowledge directly with the world. Some of our 2016 Sessions hosts included  Hillary Clinton ,  Tim Kaine ,  Arianna Huffington ,  Thomas Friedman ,  Chris Anderson ,  Bill Gurley ,  Gloria Steinem ,  Glenn Beck ,  Lawrence Lessig ,  John Urschel ,  Eva Longoria ,  Bob Myers , and  Elizabeth Warren . So, naturally, 2016 comes to wrap here is a Year in Review. One hallmark of the Quora experience is questions that matter to you personally—there’s a different Quora for every user, based on their unique interests and actions. Lets start looking forward to 2017 for a more exciting experi

Inspiring story of the MAN in Man vs Wild

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Everybody, at some point in their lives, has experienced failure. It could be something as simple as not getting the job you wanted, or getting fewer marks even after working your ass off. But what defines you is not your failure, but how you get back up after being hit. Here is the story of a wildlife presenter on the Discovery Channel After leaving school, he briefly considered joining the Indian Army and hiked in the Himalayan mountains of Sikkim and West Bengal. Eventually, he joined the Territorial Army and, after passing selection, served as a reservist with the SAS in 21 SAS Regiment (Artists) (Reserve), for three years until 1997.