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Thursday, April 28, 2011


Lions are the only cats that live in groups, which are called prides. Prides are family units that may include up to three males, a dozen or so females, and their young.
Only male lions boast manes, the impressive fringe of long hair that encircles their heads.
Lions will hunt alone if the opportunity presents itself, and they also steal kills from hyenas or wild dogs.
Lions have been celebrated throughout history for their courage and strength.

African Lion - Male

Only 200 or so Asian lions exist in the wild. A former royal reserve, India's Gir Forest, is the last home of this lion subspecies.

This powerful predator roams the Americas, where it is also known as a puma, cougar, and catamount.
Mountain Lions like to prey on deer, though they also eat smaller animals such as coyotes, porcupines, and raccoons. They usually hunt at night or during the gloaming hours of dawn and dusk.

Asian Lion, Gir Forest naps in the shade, away from the afternoon heat

 Lions often sleep for most or all of the day, especially in extreme heat

Lionesses are in charge of hunting for the pride and work together to bring down fast-running herd animals like wildebeest, zebra, and antelope.
African Lioness


Lionesses and Cubs








Female Lion Snarling








African Lion Cub









Herd of Buffalo Being Chased by Lions




Lions Surround a Buffalo


Most lions avoid water; their body temperature drops drastically when wet and oils in their fur that help keep insects away can be washed off.


Lions Crossing Water


Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Good Friday also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday or  Easter Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
The Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a fast day

Calculating the date

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, the full moon on or after 21 March, taken to be the date of the vernal equinox

 In many countries with a strong Christian tradition,the day is observed as a public or federal holiday
In USA,Good Friday is not a government holiday at the federal level; however individual states and municipalities may observe the holiday.
Ireland a predominantly Catholic country, prohibits all alcohol from being sold on Good Friday.

 Seven last Words from the Cross
1. Forgiveness, 2. Salvation, 3. Relationship, 4. Abandonment, 5. Distress, 6. Triumph and 7. Reunion

Stations of the Cross
refers to the depiction of the final hours of Jesus and the devotion commemorating the Passion.Out of the 14 traditional Stations of the Cross, only 8 have clear scriptural foundation.

The 12th Station of the Cross - Jesus dies on the Cross

10th Station of the Cross - Jesus is stripped of His garments

Thursday, April 21, 2011

For a healthy & young life

Sleep helps regulate your body's metabolism and helps you stay fresh. Take 6-8 hours sleep daily for a healthy and younger looking skin


Bee Humming Bird is the smallest Bird in the World which weighs no more than 0.06 ounces (approximately 1.6 grams)
Hummingbirds are the only birds with the ability to fly backward and upside down
The taller the bamboo grows,the lower it bends.Wind breaks the stiffest tree but the bamboo survives by bending
Africa, particularly central eastern Africa, is widely regarded within the scientific community to be the origin of humans and the Hominidae clade (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors
The difference between a man and a cat or a dog is that
only a man can write the names of the cat and the dog
Sivaji Ganesan was the first Indian actor to get an award for Best Actor abroad.
His role in the film Veerapaandiya Kattabomman won him the Best Actor Award at the Afro-Asian Film Festival held in March 1960 at Cairo(Egypt)
Sivaji Ganesan well known for his versatile acting skills has neither won an National Award nor Filmfare Award
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin(Russian) was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961 and today April 12 , 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of  man in space.

  • Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space (Infographic)
  • History
  • Family Man
  • Looking Up
  • Vostok Up Close
  • Dressing in Layers
  • Walking to the Launch Pad
  • Almost to the Pad
  • Before His Last Take-off
  • Gone but Not Forgotten

Secular India

Two Great Days

World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7 April,under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).(WHO established on 07.04.1948 with headquarters in Geneva,Switzerland)
World Health Day is celebrated to mark the founding of WHO.

Everyone and everything that shows up in our life is a reflection of something that is happening inside of us

Earth Day—April 22 is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's Natural Environment

The more you know, the more you know you don't know
Money can't buy everything, but everything needs money

The national bird of the Caribbean island of Grenada, the pink-breasted Grenada dove numbers fewer than 150
Viv Richards(West Indies) has scored the fastest test century (56Balls)against England in 1985-86 test series in Antigua
Viv richards has scored the most number of runs in a test series 829 Runs in 7 Innings against Englan in 1976
 Lionel Messi became the first player in Spain to score 50 goals in a club season. With 177 goals for Barcelona in all competitions, Messi is one behind Josep Samitier for third place on the Barcelona career scoring list, trailing Cesar Rodriguez (235) and Laszlo Kubala (196).


Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay is a country in the Southeastern part of South America.In 2009, Uruguay became the 1st Nation in the world to provide every school child with a free laptop and internet
 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir who served as the 4th President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996 was Iceland's and Europe's 1st Female President and was the 1st Democratically Elected Female Head of State in the World

Guyana,officially the Co-operative Republic of Guyana previously the colony of British Guyana,is a sovereign state on the northern coast of South America, is one of the few Caribbean countries that is not an island and at 215,000 km2, Guyana is the 3rd smallest independent state on the mainland of South America.Also Guyana is the only state of the Commonwealth of Nations on mainland South America, and the only one on that continent where English is the official language.
Greenland "Land of the Kalaallit'' (indigenous people of Greenland)is an autonomous Country within the Kingdom of Denmark located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans,East of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in North America and is the World's Largest Island(by area -21,66,086 Sq Km or 8,36,109 Sq Miles)and with a population of 56000 ( 2011 Estimate) is the least densely Populated Dependency or Country in the World
Rafael Nadal(Spain) has won French Open Titles 7 Times(2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012)
Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, becomes the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate on Jan 12, 1932.
Ophelia WyattCaraway was preceded in the Senate by Rebecca Latimer Felton, who was appointed in 1922 to fill a vacancy but never ran for election.
 27 European Union(EU) Memeber States
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are European Union(EU) Memeber States and the official currency of EU is EURO which celebrated its 10th anniversary on 01.01.2012
At 9,984,670 Square kms, Canada is World's 2nd Largest Country by Total Area and its common border with USA is the longest land border in the world(8,891 kilometres (5,525 miles)

Also Canada has the longest coastline in the world, with a total length of 202,080 kilometres (125,570 miles)