Story : Love @ Reaching Distance

FlowerA man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away.

As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing.

He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother and I don’t have enough money.”

The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.”

He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers.

As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.”

She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.

The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house.

Author : Unknown (via Facebook)

Documentary : My Brilliant Brain – Born Genius

Can one be born a genius or is it nurtured? Is there any side effect if we overdo it? We present Marc Yu, age 2, who possess amazing music abilities. Know about Genie a kid, who was kept in isolation for 12.5 years by her father. 

 


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Wow! Elephant Painting an Elephant Art :)

Wow! Only humans can paint or what, there comes our Jumbo champ 🙂

A 4 year old elephant named Suda painting a picture of herself at the Maetaeng Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Remember? : “Amul Surabhi” – a popular TV Show

That was not an era of the Internet, even mobile phones were high-tech machines that time. Doordarshan channel and the classic Antenna were the main entertainment in India. I am talking about the 90’s.

One show in particular invaded the hearts of millions that time. Do you remember the TV show “Amul Surabhi”? People who used to watch Doordarshan in the 90’s must recollect the vivid memories of this wonderful programme

I was a school kid that time look eagerly for the Tamil version of the show, I think Wednesday night 10pm guess I am not wrong. There were no discovery channel or travel & living channel to take us places. This show was like an explorer for many kids and elders that time. Sometimes we curse DD if they miss out the dubbed version and telecast the Hindi one. Sad that time I am not familiar with ABCs of Hindi 🙂 I have vivid memoir of those days. Wanted to know is there anyone who still remembers this wonderful Surabhi? Please comment with your experience.

surabhiSurabhi (English: Fragrance) was a popular Indian cultural magazine show hosted by Renuka Shahane and Siddharth Kak, which ran from 1993 to 2001. It was telecast on Doordarshan, the Indian state-run television channel, and later moved to Star Plus on Sunday mornings. Surabhi was produced by Kak’s Mumbai based production house Cinema Vision India and had Indian culture as its central theme. The show holds the distinction of being India’s longest-running cultural series and features in the Limca Book of Records for receiving the largest measured audience response ever in the history of Indian television.

The title music of Surabhi was composed by acclaimed Indian composer and classical violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam. Indian cooperative dairy giant Amul sponsored it for a long time, and the show was titled Amul Surabhi. The show had a rating of 51 percent in its initial run in 1993.

One of the reasons of its popularity was the weekly quiz open for viewer participation. At that time mobile phones and Internet were not prevalent in India and viewers would post their responses using the 15 paise postcard of India post. According to the Limca Book of Records the show once received the highest ever documented response in the history of Indian television – over 1.4 million letters in a single week. The Indian postal department was forced to issue a different category of postcards called “Competition Postcards” priced at 2 Rupees each for participating in such contests. Surabhi was dubbed in Indian regional languages like Tamil and got a great response from Indian states where Hindi is not an official language.

During the 1990s, Surabhi had become a benchmark show and is known as “one of the best television shows ever made that reflected the length and breath of the Indian culture“. Subsequently, Kak established the Surabhi Foundation with the assistance of Ford Foundation and started a project on preserving cultural artifacts.

AR Rahman’s rare interview on Surabhi

View more episodes here  on Amul TV

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Know: Top 100 Inspiring Women

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Franny Armstrong Filmmaker behind The Age of Stupid, environmental activist and founder of the 10:10 campaign
Helen Bamber  Helen Bamber Founder of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, the Helen Bamber Foundation and campaigner for human rights.
Camila Batmanghelidjh  Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh The founder of Kid’s Company, which offers practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children
Shami Chakrabarti  Shami Chakrabarti of Liberty Director of Liberty, barrister and former lawyer for the Home Office
Margaret Chan  Margaret Chan the World Health Organisation Director of the World Health Organisation, battling international viruses, and championing improvements in all of our most pressing diseases
Sampat Pal Devi  Gulabi gang Leader of the Gulabi Gang in northern India, an all-women vigilante force
   
Shirin Ebadi  Shirin Ebadi at a media forum in Germany this month Iran’s first female judge, founder of the Human Rights Defenders Centre and the first Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
   
Aparajita Gogoi   arpajita Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in India
   
Lubna Hussein  Lubna Hussein at the cafe in Khartoum where she was arrested for wearing trousers. Sudanese writer and women’s rights campaigner, who asked to go to trial after being arrested for wearing trousers
   
Malalai Joya  Afghan Member of Parliament Malalai Joya Afghan politician and human rights campaigner who has shown phenomenal courage
   
Wangari Maathai  Wangari Maathai The Kenyan environmental and political activist who won a Nobel Peace prize for her work with the Green Belt Movement
   
Graca Machel  Graca Machel Former Mozambican education minister and advocate for the rights of southern African women and children
   
Somaly Mam   somlay mam Cambodian anti-sex trafficking campaigner and founder of AFESIP, rescuing women from brothels and supporting their recovery
   
Fatema Mernissi  Moroccan writer Fatema Mernissi Professor of sociology at Mohammed V University in Rabat
   
Pragna Patel  Pragna Patel, Chair of Southall Black Sisters Founding member of Southall Black Sisters, a landmark organisation in the history of black and Asian feminism
   
Lisa Robinson   Lisa Civil servant who made a stand and stopped a train carriage of sexist men
   
Nawal El Saadawi  Nawal El Saadawi Egyptian doctor, psychiatrist, feminist, university lecturer and writer
   
Zainab Salbi  zak Iraqi American CEO and founder of Women for Women International
   
Jasvinder Sanghera  Jasvinder Sanghera Director of Karma Nirvana, a charity helping victims of forced marriages and ‘honour‘ violence
   
Vandana Shiva  Vandana Shiva Environmentalist and founder of Diverse Women for Diversity
   
Art, film, music and fashion
Marina Abramovic Marina Abramovic with white lamb Yugoslavian Performance artist famed for her gruelling, intimate works that are legendary feats of endurance, self-exposure and risk
   
Marin Alsop Marin Alsop One of only a few female conductors and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
   
Kathryn Bigelow Kathryn Bigelow First woman to win the Oscar for best director in the 82 years of the Academy award’s history
   
Tacita Dean Tacita-Dean Turner nominated artist who is set to fill the Tate’s Turbine Hall
   
Zaha Hadid Architect Zaha Hadid at her Guangzhou Opera House Iraqi architect who has designed buildings all over the world and last year won the Stirling prize
   
Angelique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo Africa’s Grammy award-winning “premier diva”, who is politically outspoken and runs an education foundation
   
Lady Gaga Lady Gaga egg grammys Outlandish dresser, performer and politicised pop icon for the Twitter generation
   
Madonna Madonna The musical queen of reinvention – and still in the spotlight in her 50s on her own terms
   
Stella McCartney Stella McCartney The designer who has carved out her own successful career on her own merit, not just her connections
   
Mira Nair Mira-Nair--004 Film-maker behind The Namesake, Amelia and Monsoon Wedding, for which she became the first woman to win the Golden Lion at Cannes
   
Paula Rego paula rego Slade School of Art Turner prize nominated artist
   
Robyn Robyn Swedish electro-pop sensation who has topped the charts while keeping her clothes on
   
Cindy Sherman Cindy Sherman American artist and photographer, famed for her self-portraits in disguise, subverting notions of identity and gender
   
Patti Smith Patti Smith: Dream of Life The pioneering punk musician, poet and political activist broke through the male punk movement without chasing fame or money
   
Emma Thompson Emma Thompson Oscar-winning actor and human rights campaigner, recently working to raise awareness of sex trafficking
   
Rachel Whiteread Rachel Whiteread British artist who filled the Tate Turbine hall with boxes and took on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth
Xinran Xinran, author China’s first agony aunt broadcaster, and author of the Good Women of China
   
Business & trade unions
Carol Bartz Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz speaks during conference in San Francisco The first female CEO of a major software company, Yahoo
   
Andrea Jung Avon CEO Andrea Jung 11 years as chief executive of Avon make Jung the longest serving female head of a Fortune 500 company
   
Indra Nooyi Indra Nooyi PepsiCo’s boss is keen to help women – and other minorities – up the business ladder
   
Law
Louise Arbour louise arbour Human rights lawyer taking to task leaders from Kyrgyzstan to Sudan over abuses of power
   
Brenda Hale Brenda Hale, supreme court judge The first woman and youngest judge to become a law lord, Hale is currently the only female justice of the UK supreme court
   
Helena Kennedy  Helena Kennedy, human rights lawyer Human rights lawyer who originally worked on sex-discrimination cases before setting up Doughty Street chambers
   
Gareth Peirce Lawyer Gareth Pierce Lawyer whose battles against miscarriages of justice have changed legal history
   
Jayshree Satpute Jayshree Satpute Human rights advocate working to help poor women in India at risk of dying in childbirth
   
Sonia Sotomayor Judge Sonia Sotomayor Supreme court judge has used her experience of the real world in her rulings
   
Politics
Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon, Burma, November 2010 The Burmese pro-democracy leader who has inspired the world with her non-violent resistance to a brutal dictatorship
   
Michelle Bachelet The president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet Former president and defence minister of Chile who is now head of UN Women
   
Gro Harlem Brundtland Gro Harlem Brundtland A woman with a remarkable CV: former doctor, prime minister of Norway and director of the World Health Organisation
   
Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton addresses the Munich security conference The US Secretary of State has outlasted her critics to become more popular than ever
   
Harriet Harman Harriet Harman. The woman who is deputy leader of the Labour party, shadow deputy prime minister and the first female solicitor general
   
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President of Liberia, responsible for significant debt relief and instigating the investigation of civil war crimes
   
Christine Lagarde Christine Lagarde French finance minister – the first woman appointed to that role in a G8 country
   
Angela Merkel Angela Merkel The Chancellor of Germany who is arguably the most influential female politician in the world
   
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, managing director of the World Bank The former finance director of Nigeria who is now a managing director of the World Bank
   
Dilma Rousseff Dilma Rousseff The teenage socialist guerilla withstood imprisonment and torture and went on to become the first female president of Brazil
   
Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher in 1983 Like her or loathe her, Britain’s first female prime minister made her way in a man’s world and changed the way we think of women politicians
   
Science & medicine
Hawa Abdi Dr. Hawa Abdi One of Somalia’s first female gynaecologists, Hawa Abdi now uses her own money to run a small hospital
   
Jocelyn Bell Burnell bell burnell Astrophysicist who discovered the first pulsar and was the first female president of the Institute of Physics
   
Athene Donald Athene Donald An expert in the structure of “soft” matter, Donald researches unconventional areas for a physicist – such as revolutionary treatments for Alzheimer’s
   
Fabiola Gianotti Fabiola Gianotti, particle physicist Physicist leading the team working on the Large Hadron Collider at Cern
   
Jane Goodall KISSING TESS Primatologist and environmental campaigner, who has conducted groundbreaking work on chimpanzees and shortened the gap between our species
   
Molly Stevens Molly Stevens Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine, Imperial College London
   
Susan Wicklund Susan Wicklund Abortion provider Susan Wicklund has been forced to carry a gun and wear a bullet-proof vest to protect herself from protesters at her clinic in Montana
   
Sport & adventure
Rebecca Adlington rebecca adlington 100 top women Double Olympic gold swimmer aiming to increase her tally in 2012
   
Arlene Blum arlene blum Mountaineer Arlene Blum was the first American woman to attempt Mount Everest
   
Karren Brady Karren Brady The vice-chairman of West Ham United football club who became a champion of working women on The Apprentice
   
Eileen Collins Eileen Collins US astronaut who was the first female pilot of a space shuttle and the first female shuttle commander
   
Cathy Freeman Oly W 400m The first Aboriginal athlete to win an Olympic medal
   
Tanni Grey-Thompson Athletics - Dame Tanni Grey Thompson Press Conference - Sportcity Britain’s greatest Paralympian, changed the perception of Paralympic sport for ever
   
Kelly Holmes Sprinter Kelly Holmes The first British Olympian to win a double gold
   
Ellen MacArthur ellen macarthur top 100 women Sailor who completed solo circumnavigation race, the Vendée Globe, then broke the non-stop solo world record
   
Martina Navratilova martina navratilova 100 women One of the all-time greats of women’s tennis and gay-rights campaigner
   
Hope Powell hope powell top 100 women England women’s football manager who, this year, takes the team to the World Cup for the second time
   
Caster Semenya  caster semenya top 100 women Young athlete who overcame global gender taunts to win world championship
   
Venus Williams venus williams top 100 women First black woman tennis player to be world number one in the modern era
   
Technology
Martha Lane Fox martha lane fox 100 women Entrepreneur who founded lastminute.com and is leading the government’s campaign to get people online
   
Juliana Rotich Juliana Rotich A prolific blogger who founded Ushahidi.com as a means to uncover violence and crisis areas around the world
   
Television
Cerrie Burnell Cerrie Burnell TV presenter tackling prejudices of disability head on
   
   
Rachel Maddow rachel maddow top 100 women The only openly gay American to host a primetime news show
   
Miriam O’Reilly Miriam O'Reilly Television presenter who was the first to win a claim of age discrimation against the BBC after being dropped from Countryfile
   
Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey The talkshow host, actress and philanthropist is not satisfied with having conquered the US and is now taking on the whole world
   
Victoria Wood Victoria Wood Bafta-winning comedian and writer, finding humour in everyday women’s lives
   
Writing & Academia
Maya Angelou Maya Angelou Writer, academic and activist, who chronicled the African American experience in literature
   
Margaret Atwood  Margaret Atwood Novelist behind The Handmaid’s Tale, a cautionary story of a world without feminism
   
Judith Butler Judith Butler Superstar academic whose influential work Gender Trouble changed the way we conceptualise gender
   
Carol Ann Duffy  Carol Anne Duffy First tipped for the job 10 years earlier, she finally became the first female poet laureate in 2009
   
Eve Ensler Eve Ensler Playwright and activist, most famed for her taboo-busting play, The Vagina Monologues
   
Susan Faludi Susan Faludi Social historian, political analyst, and fact checker extraordinaire, who has challenged the mainstream consensus about women’s status
   
Germaine Greer Author Germaine Greer poses for photographers during a media launch in Melbourne Academic and feminist commentator who bulldozed her way into women’s minds
   
Shere Hite Shere Hite, feminist writer Feminist sex researcher who debunked the myth that most women were able to have orgasms through intercourse alone
   
Lynda La Plante Lynda La Plante top 100 women Screenwriter responsible for Prime Suspect, a brilliant vision of a woman in a man’s workplace
   
Doris Lessing Doris Lessing novelist top 100 women Novelist celebrated as writing a pioneering work of female emancipation, then spent half a century trying to shake off the status of ‘feminist icon’
   
Onora O’Neill Onora O'Neill Cambridge philosopher and crossbench peer who addresses issues including freedom of speech and stem-cell research
   
JK Rowling JK Rowling Author of the Harry Potter series, inspiring young readers and improving literacy levels in the process
   
Arundhati Roy Arundhati Roy Booker prize-winning author and one of India’s most important polemicists
   
Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi Graphic novelist behind Persepolis, an autobiographical account of an Iranian youth
   
Jessica Valenti Jessica Valenti at home Pioneering blogger whose online activism dragged feminism into the 21st century
   
Alice Walker Alice Walker Lifelong political and social activist whose novel The Color Purple won the Pulitzer prize
   
Mary Warnock Baroness Mary Warnock Philosopher and writer, who has shaped government policies and is an outspoken supporter of legalised euthanasia
   

Courtesy : theguardian.com