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Video: Meera Loves Boxes

When we go for a walk and Meera sees a cardboard box in someone’s trash, she wants it. One time she made me carry a big water-heater box back home. With some box cutters, duck tape, paint, binder clips and a big dose of Meera’s creativity, we made a Rocket Ship!

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Scott Galloway on Apple, Amazon, Facebook & Google

Scott Galloway on how these four companies are going to rule the world and destroy jobs everywhere.

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Creativity at Caine’s Arcade

Watch this amazing kid’s creativity and gumption in building his cardboard arcade. Had me in tears. Make kids (and adults) watch this. In the daily grind we tend to forget what life is all about.

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A Patient Guide to Total Shoulder Replacement

cross-posted from Aches & Joints.org Patients with severe shoulder arthritis are unable to move their arms through the full range of motion and thus are unable to perform many activities of daily living. For these patients, total shoulder replacement is a proven surgical procedure relieving their pain, recovering their range of motion and allowing them […]

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You are Not Special ~ David McCullough Jr.

A fabulous graduation speech from last week by David McCullough Jr, English teacher at Wellesley High School. Very inspiring! See complete text of speech from (The Swellesley Report) below; I draw your attention to my highlights in red.

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Hair Twister

This was the winning entry in the Innovation Tournament. “Hair Twister” team from India proposed a mat filled with human hair to clean up oil spills. Hair mats can trap the oil without degrading or contaminating it. The oil could then be harvested and the mat re-used. Chemical mats and dispersants unfortunately, degrade the oil […]

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Video: Meera Mimics Angry Face

This girl is smart! Within a few days she knew when i was angry and mimicked my angry look. She had it down to the glaring eyes and furrowed forehead. Every time I gave her the angry look, she’d mimic me. After this, how could I ever get angry with her? (Video shot last summer […]

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Video: Making Mysore Masala Dosa

[move your mouse out of the video frame, to lose the black border] Following up on the Video: Making of Rava Dosa and Masala Dosa, here is the next installment of making Mysore Masala. I was surprised they spread a red chilli paste over the dosa, I had thought they sprinkle a spice blended podi […]

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Video: Premchand Yadav, taxi driver in Mumbai

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Meera Turns Three

Meera loves chocolates. At M’s home in Mumbai, she finds a small pot of chocolates and promptly finishes them off. Pictures were patiently captured by M. Happy Birthday Meera! Time for Meerathon: Meera in the Park … in Boston Don Meera Meera with Amma Meera in Green Meera as Shakuntala Short Video: Meera Enjoying Limbu […]

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Video: Chance Favors the Connected Mind

Steven Johnson provides a visually engaging answer to the age old question, Where do Good Ideas come from? He posits that it is not the eureka moments, but the interconnections of hunches and mingling of ideas that lead to fascinating inventions. I had to watch this short, fast-paced video several times to appreciate the nuances […]

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Video: Embrace Life

As you get ready for the Holidays, here is a British public service announcement encouraging riders to wear seat belts. WoW! What a beautifully executed video! Not boring and no scare tactics here; just beautiful acting and the full play of emotions. A tear was ready to well up in my eyes. Stunning! Video produced […]

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Video: Making Rava Dosa and Masala Dosas

(move your mouse out of the video frame, to lose the black border) Growing up in Mumbai, dosas were a staple in our home. We never tired of them. Could munch dosas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the expert hands of my mother, dosas were easy; its the parathas and North Indian fare she […]

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Video: Best of Mumbai Ganapati Street Dancing

Ganapati is a fabulous time for our extended family. At the end of five days of festivities, Ganapati Bappa is taken in a procession to Chowpatty for consigning to the waters. Behind the truck bearing the Ganapati, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, meera, friends and family, all walk or dance along. Enjoy the unique ishtyle of […]

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Video: Jana Gana Mana, List of Performers

With democracy comes a serious responsibility. What are you doing with your democracy? Happy Independence Day!

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Video: How to do a Pec Fly & Chest Press

I don’t do weights! But my trainer friends urge me to build muscle tone. “It will help your running,” they argue. I do anything which helps my running.

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Video: Approaching Kumta on the Konkan Railway

Move your mouse out of the video frame to lose the black border. Music: Mere Desh Ka Salaam, Shobha Gurtu. Those who have ridden the Konkan Railway can attest, the rural countryside with emerald green fields is mesmerizing. I think of an early retirement in a village, a small house and running a school. To […]

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Video: Weaving Jaaii Flowers

During recent travels, I was visiting relatives in Honavar, Karnataka – a sleepy coastal town south of Kumta (see google map below). I had stopped by a family store to add money to my pre-paid cell phone. There, this older gentleman was weaving these delicate pink buds called jaaii-che kaLo. These buds only sprout after […]

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Video: Meera Enjoying Limbu Soda

Meera enjoys going to restaurants. She sits on the table and holds court; surveys other patrons and call out to them: Aye! At our favorite joint: the Kamats Restaurant in Colaba, the wait staff will entertain Meera while we eat. 🙂 Meera loves their idlis, poLo (dosas) and anything we drink. One of our favorite […]

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Amazing Pranav Mistry: Thrilling Potential of SixthSense technology

From TEDIndia: Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.”

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Video: Making Ganna Ras – Sugarcane Juice

Each evening when we take Meera for a walk, we stop by the Poornima Juice Center on Colaba Causeway, for their freshly squeezed ganna ras (sugarcane juice). At 8 rupees (16 cents, US) a glass, it’s a steal. Meera greedily gulps it too. As a baby, this was the first juice we gave her. This […]