From Kamithipura To New York

Here is a story of overcoming incredible odds. Shweta Katti had all the odds stacked against her. Being a female, growing up in a third world country, and coming from a poor family can be enough of an insurmountable challenge to condemn you to a life of poverty and insignificance. But Shweta had even more going against her. She was sexually abused by her step-father when young and she grew up in the red-light area of Mumbai. This is one of the many “hell hole” spots of the world where human behavior is at its most depraved, and where hope and light are the most distant. But Shweta has managed to overcome all this and has been accepted in Bard College in the US and has been given full tuition scholarship! Shweta dreams of becoming a psychologist so that she can work with the girls from the area she grew up in, to help them overcome the odds as she did.

Related:
Global Giving’s page on Shweta Katti where you can donate funds for her living expenses.
Kranti’s Web Site. This is one of the organization that helped Shweta break the odds.

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Are Fruits A Healthy Choice?

Is Eating Fruits Healthy?

Fruits have been a casualty of our obsession with Carbs. Now we are being told that Sugar is the real culprit, and this puts a big question on the wisdom of eating fruits. This article seeks to answer this question. Here are five things you may want to consider:

1. Eating whole fruits is healthy

Fruits contain antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. Increased fruit consumption has been tied to lower body weight and a lower risk of metabolic diseases. Most experts recommend eating multiple fruits of different colors. The portion size should be no more than a medium size bowl of fruit per person. As a second choice if eating whole fruits is not possible then dried fruits may be consumed instead (But the portion size should be no more than a small bowl).

2. Eating fruits in their season is a good idea

Like everything else fruits are best consumed fresh. While some fruits grow year round most are seasonal. Eating fruits in season will help you avoid high cost and will allow you to avoid artificially seasoned fruits. (Here is a chart of fruit seasonality: Fruit Seasonality Chart)

3. Fruits may help with sugar craving
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The Atheist And The Saint

Atheist And Saint

Oil and water do not mix. This is why if we add a drop of oil on a wide surface of water, it spreads all over, coating it with a very thin film. The volume of the tiny drop of oil may be millions of times less that the volume of water, but it still manages to covers its entire surface.

Most saints tell us that this vast universe is but like a thin film of oil covering the entire body of reality. Saints who have experienced deeper aspects of reality say that most of it is beyond both space and time, and the reality that we directly experience is but a vanishingly small fraction of the sum total of all that is. But our obsession with what we can see and experience prevents us from directly experiencing the deeper and much more substantial aspects of reality.

Since everything around us participates in the play of space and time, everything we see around us is temporary and subject to constant change. That is why most saints tell us that the reality we directly experience through our senses is “unreal” and illusory. While the deeper reality that is experienced through mystical states of consciousness is considered to be “real” as it is beyond space and time and is permanent.

One day an atheist happened to see a saint meditating under a tree. On a whim he decided to pay his respects. He approached the saint and bowed before him. The saint opened his eyes and asked why he was bowing.
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Cancer Recovery And Yoga

Yuko was practicing yoga before she got an aggressive form of cancer that grew in her mouth. She now says that she did not know how valuable the yoga practice would be to help her heal. Yuko has used art, yoga, and meditation as supplements to her regular cancer treatment. She believes that these have made a big difference on how her recovery from this aggressive form of cancer has proceeded. Her story is very inspiring and is worth watching and sharing.

Related: Eddie Stern’s Yoga Studio in New York

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Fine Print Revenge

Fine Print Revenge

Dmitry Argarkov of Russia, received a credit card offer from Tinkoff Credit Systems. He didn’t like the terms spelled out in the contract, so he scanned it into his computer, altered the terms and sent it back. Like most people confronted with a lot of small print, the bank didn’t bother to read the contract and accepted it.

Mr Argarkov’s version of the contract contained a 0% interest rate, no fees and no credit limit. Every time the bank failed to comply with the rules, he would fine them 3m rubles (£58,716). If Tinkoff tried to cancel the contract, it would have to pay him 6m rubles.

When Argarkov went deep into debt and the bank tried to call in its usual fees, they ended up in court because Argarkov did not consider himself liable for fees not specified in the contract. And a judge agreed – “Arkarov is only liable for the outstanding balance ($578), not the banks fees ($1,369). They signed the documents without looking. They said what usually their borrowers say in court: ‘We have not read it’.”

Argarkov is now suing Tinkoff for 24m rubles for not honouring the contract.

Did David finally get the better of Goliath?

Related: Man who created own credit card sues bank for not sticking to terms.

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