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Sleep disorder bothering you? Vastu can help you to eliminate your sleep disorders.
Follow these simple vastu tips and say bye bye to sleep related problems.
But before we begin learning the best directions to sleep as per vastu shastra, it’s important to understand the need for cozy sleep.

Sounds good? Read on!

Why Sleep is Important?

Sound, comfortable and timely sleep, apart from food, water and shelter, is one of the most essential thing which we all need daily.

On an average, a human spends one-third of his life sleeping.

Yes! That’s true, we doze a third of our life.

Researches in medical science reveal that during sleep, the subconscious performs repair work on our body.

Now you know why doctors give medicines and advise to sleep properly whenever we are ill.

A sleep deprived person becomes unhealthy in short period of time; his brain looses understanding and analyzing power quickly.

With his analyzing power going downhill, the person takes wrong decisions.

Also, sleep insufficiency creates news headlines like “The Driver dozes off and drives head-on into oncoming traffic!!!”.

On the other hand a very good, sound and timely sleep provides us energy which enables us to manage our day to day work easily and proficiently.
By now you must have understood the importance of good, sound and timely sleep.

But there are certain questions, about sleep, which need special attention, and these questions are:

1- Can you sleep in any direction?
2- Can you sleep anywhere in a home?
3- How an ideal sleeping room or bedroom should be?

To address these questions we take help of vastu shastra.

As you already know that vastu shastra is an ancient science of happy and contented living.

Vastu provides guidelines and tips for everything related to human life.

You will love to read our article on what is vastu shastra and how it can help you; for better understanding of vastu.

As you might be aware that energies, either positive or negative are always around us, whether we want them or not.

Also, we constantly receive and radiate energy, hence it is crucial to sleep in a place with positive and harmonious energy to have sound and comfortable sleep.

Vastu sleeping directions are guidelines and tips to sleep in a way so that we receive favorable energies and reject unfavorable ones.

The most pleasing area that every human uses for sleeping is the bedroom.

Hence its utmost important that bedroom in a home is as per vastu shastra.

Wanna know vastu tips for bedroom?

Read our article describing how you can do vastu for your bedroom.

Let’s get back our discussion on recommended sleeping directions by vastu.

As per vastu, you are free to sleep with your head in any direction EXCEPT NORTH.

However, sleeping with head in different directions has different affects on sleep quality of people.

So without any delay, let’s see how different directions impact our sleep and lifestyle.

We’ll take help of below diagram to understand best vastu sleeping direction.

Best Directions to Sleep as per Vastu:-

Head in North: Sleeping with your head in North direction is not recommended by vastu shastra.

In fact, as per vastu, one must never keep his head in North while sleeping.

Only a dead-body’s head is kept towards North direction.

If one sleeps in this position then he/she faces major sickness and remains sleep deprived.

Head in South: As per sleeping direction vastu, this is the BEST DIRECTION to keep head.

Sleeping with head towards South direction increases wealth, happiness and prosperity.

Also the quality of sleep is best when sleeping in this position.

Head in East: Sleeping with head in East direction increases memory, concentration, good health and inclination towards spirituality.

Students, as per vastu shastra, must sleep with their head in East direction in order to increase memory, retention power of brain and concentration.

Aha! talking about students, we request students (and their parents) to read our article to know location and arrangement of study room for better concentration in studies.

Head in West: As per vastu, sleeping in west is also favorable direction.

Sleeping with head in West gives name, fame, reputation and prosperity.

We hope that you’ll follow these simple and very effective vastu tips for sleeping and get rid of any sleep disorders.

Sleep Tight!


source- vastushastraguru

Human Computer - Shakuntala Devi


Shakuntala Devi was an writer and mental calculator, popularly known as the "human computer". Her talent earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.

Shakuntala Devi wrote a number of books in her later years, including novels as well as texts about mathematics, puzzles, and astrology. She wrote the book The World of Homosexuals, which is considered the first study of homosexuality in India. She treated homosexuality in an understanding light and is considered a pioneer in the field.

Early life

Shakuntala Devi was born in Bengaluru, Karnataka to an orthodox Kannada Brahmin family. Her father rebelled against becoming a temple priest and instead joined a circus where he worked as a trapeze artist, lion tamer, tightrope walker, and magician. He discovered his daughter's ability to memorize numbers while teaching her a card trick when she was about three years old. Her father left the circus and took her on road shows that displayed her ability at calculation. She did this without any formal education. At the age of six, she demonstrated her arithmetic abilities at the University of Mysore.

In 1944, Shakuntala Devi moved to London with her father. She was the greatest female mathematician of India .

Mental calculation

Shakuntala Devi traveled the world demonstrating her arithmetic talents, including a tour of Europe in 1950 and a performance in New York City in 1976. In 1988, she traveled to US to have her abilities studied by Arthur Jensen, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Jensen tested her performance of several tasks, including the calculation of large numbers. Examples of the problems presented to Devi included calculating the cube root of 61,629,875 and the seventh root of 170,859,375. Jensen reported that Shakuntala Devi provided the solution to the above mentioned problems (395 and 15, respectively) before Jensen could copy them down in his notebook. Jensen published his findings in the academic journal Intelligence in 1990.

In 1977, at Southern Methodist University, she gave the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds. Her answer—546,372,891—was confirmed by calculations done at the US Bureau of Standards by the UNIVAC 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.

On 18 June 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers—7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779—picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds. This event was recorded in the 1982 Guinness Book of Records. Writer Steven Smith said, "the result is so far superior to anything previously reported that it can only be described as unbelievable."

Shakuntala Devi explained many of the methods she used to do mental calculations in her book Figuring: The Joy of Numbers, which is still in print.

Book on homosexuality

In 1977, she wrote The World of Homosexuals, the first study of homosexuality in India. In the documentary For Straights Only, she said that her interest in the topic was because of her marriage to a homosexual man and her desire to look at homosexuality more closely to understand it.

The book, considered "pioneering", features interviews with two young Indian homosexual men, a male couple in Canada seeking legal marriage, a temple priest who explains his views on homosexuality, and a review of the existing literature on homosexuality. It ends with a call for decriminalization of homosexuality, and "full and complete acceptance—not tolerance and sympathy". The book, however, went mostly unnoticed at that time.

Personal life

She returned to India in the mid-1960s and married Paritosh Banerji, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service from Kolkata. They were divorced in 1979. In 1980, she contested in the Lok Sabha elections as an independent, from Mumbai South and from Medak in part of Telangana (presently). In Medak she stood against Indira Gandhi, saying she wanted to "defend the people of Medak from being fooled by Mrs. Gandhi"; she stood ninth, with 6514 votes (1.47% of the votes). Shakuntala Devi returned to Bengaluru in the early 1980s.

In addition to her work as a mental calculator, Devi was an astrologer and an author of several books, including cookbooks and novels.

Death and legacy

In April 2013, Shakuntala Devi was admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru with respiratory problems. Over the following two weeks she suffered from complications of the heart and kidneys. She died in the hospital on 21 April 2013. She was 83 years old. She is survived by her daughter, Anupama Banerjee.

On 4 November 2013, Shakuntala Devi was honored with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 84th birthday.

Selected works

Astrology for You (New Delhi: Orient, 2005).
Book of Numbers (New Delhi: Orient, 2006).
Figuring: The Joy of Numbers (New York: Harper & Row, 1977).
In the Wonderland of Numbers (New Delhi: Orient, 2006).
Mathability: Awaken the Math Genius in Your Child (New Delhi: Orient, 2005).
More Puzzles to Puzzle You (New Delhi: Orient, 2006).
Perfect Murder (New Delhi: Orient, 1976).
Puzzles to Puzzle You (New Delhi: Orient, 2005).
Super Memory: It Can Be Yours (New Delhi: Orient, 2011 & Sydney: New Holland, 2012).
The World of Homosexuals (Vikas Publishing House, 1977)


Data source- wikipedia

Dhirubhai Ambani: A Real Rags-To-Riches Story

Who doesn't know the name Reliance today? Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani, better known as Dhirubhai Ambani, is not an unheard name to an Indian. As the founder of India’s largest private firm and second largest publicly traded company in the country, Reliance Industries, Dhirubhai has undoubtedly made enormous capital in his lifetime. But did you know that he started his journey with only INR 1 and while he has created wealth, it not just for him but equally for his thousands of shareholders. Dhirubhai once said, “We cannot change our rulers, but we can change the way they rule us.”  He could do all this just because he could dream, and dream big.

"If you’re born poor it’s not your fault but if you die poor it’s your fault." - Dhirubhai Ambani

Ambani had a humble beginning and he was not from an affluent background. He moved to Yemen at 16 years of age where he worked as a simple clerk with A. Besse & Co. . However, he knew he had to follow his calling and risking everything, after working in Dubai for sometime he later returned to India where he founded the Reliance Commercial Corporation with a meager capital of Rs. 15000. He set up the business in partnership with Champaklal Damani,  though Champaklal Damani differed from Ambani in his views and decided to split  in 1965, Ambani did not give up hope and continued his trade, deciding to even enter the stock market. His stock market dealings and success have often been questioned but the man rose to power through sheer grit and determination. Dhirubhai Ambani is a role model for all youngster's real life inspirations.

He won many awards and accolades during his lifetime. In 2000, he was conferred the 'Man of the Century' award by Chemtech Foundation and Chemical Engineering World for his contribution to the growth and development of the chemical industry in India. In 1998, he was awarded the Dean's Medal by The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, for setting an outstanding example of leadership. Dhirubhai Ambani was also named the "Man of 20th Century" by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

A visionary by birth, his life has been an inspiration for many and will serve as a beacon light for the generations to come.

"Challenge negative forces with hope, self-confidence and conviction. I believe that ambition and initiative will ultimately triumph." - Dhirubhai Ambani

The Inspiring Story Of India's First Female Doctor

Anandi Gopal Joshi is the first woman of Indian origin to graduate with a degree in medicine in the US. She became an inspiration to generations of women to pursue their further education.

Anandi Gopal Joshi, who also goes by the names 'Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi' and 'Anandibai Joshi',was born in Kalyan in present day Maharashtra's Thane district on March 31, 1865. Anandi Joshi was originally named 'Yamuna', and kept that name till her marriage, after which, her husband - Gopalrao Joshi - gave her the name 'Anandi'.

As was custom during the mid-nineteenth century, Yamuna (Anandi) was pressured to marry at a very young age - nine. She married Gopalrao Joshi, a widower who was nearly 30 years old at the time. He was a postal clerk in the same town where Yamuna (Anandi) used to live.Though he had married a child, a criminal offence in today's day and age but not considered so in the mid-nineteenth century, Gopalrao Joshi was a strong supporter of women's education. Since this was considered unusual for the time, he was considered a progressive thinker.

Anandi was fourteen when she first became a mother, but her baby died in ten days due to lack of medical care and facilities. Facing such immense trauma and sadness at fourteen, she decided to do something about health care in India. She told her husband that she was determined to become a doctor - a physician. He supported her decision and backed her entirely to study medicine.

Anandi's husband wrote a letter to an American missionary requesting if Anandi Joshi could pursue her education in the United States. He even inquired about a suitable job for himself so that he could accompany her. But in 1883, when Gopalrao Joshi was transferred to Serampore in present day West Bengal, he decided and convinced Anandi to go to the United States by herself. He told her to set an example for all other women in India to pursue their higher education.

Anandi Gopal Joshi applied to the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania and was granted admission. She traveled to from Calcutta (present day Kolkata) to New York by ship. She began her medical training at the age of nineteen. While in America, her health, which was already not a hundred per cent from her days in India, further deteriorated due to the cold weather and unfamiliar diet. She even went on to suffer TB. Despite all that, she stayed motivated to complete her MD in medicine. Her journey had been so inspiring that she got much publicity in the Indian press, and on her graduation, then the Queen of England, Empress of India, Queen Victoria sent her a congratulatory message. She had become the first woman of Indian origin to study and graduate with a degree in medicine in the United States. Anandi Gopal Joshi went on to inspire generations of women to pursue their higher education.

When she returned to India in 1886, she received a grand welcome, and was appointed as the physician-in-charge at the Albert Edward Hospital in the then princely state of Kohlapur.

On February 26, 1887, just over a month before her 22nd birthday, Anandi died of  TB. Her dream of opening her own medical college for women was left unfulfilled. Her death made headlines across India and the entire nation mourned her passing. As a mark of respect, her ashes were placed in a cemetery in Poughkeepsie in New York.

"In her honour, the Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences or IRDS, an NGO from Lucknow, still awards the 'Anandibai Joshi Award for Medicine' in honor of her early contributions to the cause of advancing medical science in India. Even the Government of Maharashtra established a fellowship in Anandi Gopal Joshi's name."

Super 30 - The Dream Of A Man To Support Poor Students Education

Super 30 is a prestigious Indian educational program started in Patna, India under the banner of Ramanujan School of Mathematics. It was co-founded by Abhayanand, a 1977 batch IPS officer and, Anand Kumar, a maths teacher in the year 2002.

The program claims to select 30 meritorious and talented candidates each year from economically backward sections of society and trains them for the JEE.

History

In 2002, Abhayanand and Anand Kumar started Super 30 - the idea was to select 30 talented students from economically impoverished sections who could not afford IIT coaching. These 30 students were then prepared to crack IIT-JEE examinations. Anand Kumar's Mother - Jayanti Devi - volunteered to cook for the students while Anand, Abhayanand and other teachers tutored them. The students were also provided study materials and lodging for a year free of cost.

In the first year of the coaching, 18 out of 30 students made it to IIT. The following year application numbers soared due to the popularity of the program and written examination was conducted to select 30 students. In the year 2004 - 22 out of 30 students qualified for IIT-JEE increasing the popularity of the program which attracted even more applications.

In the 2005 batch, 26 out of 30 students made it to IIT while 28 cleared the examinations in 2006 - this despite the fact that IIT changed the examination pattern. In appreciation of their efforts, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar felicitated the students with a cash prize of Rupees 50,000 each.

The following year 28 more students achieved the IIT dream and finally in 2008, for the first time all of the Super 30 cleared the IIT JEE. Having achieved perfect result in 2008, Abhayanand quit Super 30 saying "the experiment is over".

Anand's former students also joined as teachers for the Super 30 and in the year 2009, all 30 students again managed to clear the IIT JEE. In 2017, all the candidates again cracked the IIT-JEE Advanced 2017, results of which were announced on June 2017. 26 students of 'Super 30' have achieved success in IIT-JEE Advanced 2018.

Awards and recognition

Super 30 has been selected in 2010 by Time Magazine in its list - The Best of Asia 2010.
The organization also received praise from United States former President Barack Obama's special envoy Rashad Hussain - who termed it the "best" institute in the country. Newsweek Magazine included Super 30 in its list of four most innovative schools in the world. Anand Kumar has also been awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Shiksha Puraskar - the highest award in field of education given by Bihar government - in November 2010.

Popular Culture


Bollywood Director Vikas Bahl will be casting Hrithik Roshan in his upcoming film titled "Super 30". The film is based on the life and works of Anand Kumar. Media reports have indicated that following the controversy over unsubstantiated results, the makers of the film may change the film from a biopic to fiction, dropping any reference to Anand Kumar or Super 30.






source: wikipedia

The Perfect Example That Success Can Come To Anyone Anytime!

Rowling is the perfect example that success can come to anyone at any time. She is now doing the backstroke through a pool of Harry Potter money, but that was not always the case. Before Harry Potter became a success she was a divorced mother, living on welfare, going to school and trying to write a novel in her spare time.

Rowling herself said she was the “biggest failure I knew” and credits a lot of her success to her failure.
At a Harvard commencement speech Rowling had this to say, “Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”


Source:developgoodhabits

Inventions & Discoveries Which Will Make Every Indian Proud - Made In India !


India owes a lot to the world when it comes to number of inventions which took place over the time and centuries ago. India, has always been a step ahead then the western world; be it Science, Mathematics, Medical Science or Archaeological mastery. As India celebrated its 71st Independence Day on 15-Sep-2018, we look back at things which were ‘Made in India’ and those inventions and discoveries which will make every Indian proud.

1. Yoga




Yoga, yes you hear it right! Swami Ramdev on Aastha channel in morning may sound a cliché for Indians, but the truth is that Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.



2. Martial Arts



Bruce Lee is what rings in your ears when you hear about Martial Arts. But you’ll be surprised to know that Martial Arts were first created/ practiced in India and then later spread to China and then to the world by Buddhist missionaries.



3. Anaesthesia


Well, the world came to know Anaethesia in the 13th century; it has its origins in India beyond that. Extensive knowledge of medical branches such as anatomy, physiology, etiology, embryology, digestion, metabolism, genetics and immunity were discovered in India; vedic texts have confirmed that.


4. Maharishi Shushrata - Founding Father of Surgery




Founding father of Surgery is Indian? Yes! Shushrata practiced and taught surgery on the banks of river Ganga. He authored a book which had various volumes, collectively known as ‘Susrutha Samhita’. Shushruta practiced complicated surgeries like cataract, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgeries.



5. Trigonometry
The term trigonometry was derived from Sanskrit. Trigonometry if broke up is derived from, Tri (Three) + Kona (Angle) + Miti (Parametre). ‘Sine and Cosine’ are also found from ‘jya and koti-jya’ of Sanskrit.

6. Quadratic Equations



Not many know that Quadratic Equations find it roots in India. The formula of Quadratic equations; ax^2 + bx + c =0, was first given by Sridharacharya in the 10 century.




7. Zero



India invented Zero. Well if only Zero had some value of its own, the Indians would have known that Zero was found by Indian scholars. The yesteryear song ‘Jab Zero Diya Mere Bharat Ne’ from Purab and Paschim starring Manoj Kumar, depicts the epicness of ‘Zero’ in a rightful way.


8. Place Value System and Decimal System




Ow Yes! The credit of inventing Place Value System and Decimal System also goes to us. It was a brainwork of Indian scholars as the systems were developed in India way back in 100 B.C.




9. Pi “π” and Pythagorean Theorem

Long before the European mathematicians, Indian mathematician Budhayana calculated the value of pi. Budhayana is also credited with the discovery of Pythagorean Theorem. Budhayana explained the concept in 6th century.

10. Time taken to orbit the Sun


Surprised? You got to be. It’s a rare known fact that the time to orbit the Sun was first and rightly calculated by Bhaskaracharya hundreds of years ago before the European scientists could find. According to Bhaskaracharya, the time taken to orbit the Sun was 365.258756484 days.


11. Navigation


The art of Navigation was born centuries ago, near the river Sindh. The word navigation is also derived from Sanskrit word ‘Navgatih’.




12. World’s First Granite Temple


Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu is the World’s first granite temple. The shikhara of the temple is made of a single piece of granite weighing 80-tonnes. The magnificent temple was built only in five years.


13. Snakes and Ladders
You have not enjoyed your childhood if you never played ‘Snakes and Ladders’. Snakes and Ladders was originally called Mokshapat. The game was created in the 13th century by poet-saint Gyandev. Ladders in the game depicted virtues, while snakes indicated vices.

14. Cricket Ground, Chail, Himachal Pradesh



Indians are also credited to build the world’s highest cricket ground. The ground at Chail in Himachal Pradesh was built in 1893 and the cricket pitch is reportedly 2,444 metres above sea level.




15. Chess




One would be delighted to know that the games of intellectuals Chess, was invented in India too. The earlier name of the much-loved game was ‘Ashtapada’.



16. Father of Medicine


The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated the studies of Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Charaka is credited to be the main contributor to the science of Ayurveda; which is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind.



17. Power Values



Indians used numbers as big as 10*53 (i.e. 10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5,000 B.C. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106. Even today, the largest used number is Tera: 10*12 (10 to the power of 12).

Ratan Tata - Greatest Comeback



When Tata Indica was showing no signs of progress, Ratan Tata decided to approach Ford to sell the car project. The Tatas went to Detroit, where they met Bill Ford who taunted Ratan Tata by saying, “Why did you enter in the passenger car business when you were not knowing of it? It will be favor if we buy this business from you”. This made Tata withdraw the offer. 

A couple of years later, when Ford was in losses, Tata group was offered the deal of buying Jaguar-Land Rover. At that time, Bill Ford said to Ratan Tata, "You are doing a big favour for us by buying Jaguar- Land Rover". Now that's a comeback!

source:indiatimes