Leap for Mankind

43 years ago, We first walked on the moon

On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon and as soon as he took his first step, he famously said:

‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.

This moment was watched by half a billion people and was one of the most significant space missions. The astronauts spent over 21 hours on the moon before embarking on their journey back home. Launched by a Saturn V rocket, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program. It’s been almost 40 years since another human stepped on the moon again. Here are some awesome photos from man’s first journey to the moon:

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King of Gods – The Mahadev

There is festive look all-around today. Today is the second last Monday of the Shravan month. The Shiva temple near my vicinity is being thronged by countless men and women wearing all qued up in a line waiting for their turn to come when they will be able to offer the Ardhya of water and milk to propitiate the lord Shiva.

To this day, devotees pour water and milk on Shiva linga to neutrlise the effects of intense heat when the Lord tried to swallow the poison that had emerged from the churning of the ocean.

All the sacred men of the ancient times such as Lalleshwari in Kashmir to Karaikal Amariyar and the Nayanars of Taminadu, from Viveka Nanda who was reported to have a vision of Lord Shiva at Amarnath to Ramanand Rishi who found him in the mountains of Arunachal,Tiruvannamalai, Abhaltas and Adwaitists have all been magnetically drawn to the appeal of Lord Shiva.


    The great father Bhole Baba blessing all human beings without prejudice. Shiva’s blue stained neck with three eyes are symbolic of his power to remove poison(evil) from the universe. He is considered to be Master yogi and a repository of knowledge. He is the king of Gods-The Mahadev. Om Namah Shivaye is eternal chant of the name of Shiva.

Shiva is beyond the Gunas, as His trident represents all the three, Tamas,Rajas and Sattva. The attire of the elephant skin is symbolic of his beyond pride. The tiger skin represents his going beyond lust. And the snake around his neck represents wisdom and eternity. His Tandav Nritya is perceived as an allegory of the movement of sub atomic particles, drawing parallels between Indian mysticism and nuclear physics.

So Shiva is Anant.

 Shiv Rudraashtak Stotram


Sounding Girlish !




We girls: Take a walk in the house with a toothbrush.

Read the text on the shampoo bottle in the shower.

Laugh at our jokes when we haven’t even shared it with

Push the door when it clearly says” PULL”.

We ask “what” when we clearly understand everything.

Hate it when the wind messes our hair up..

Look in the fridge 10 times without eating anything 

Have to call our own phones to find it.

Check the time on our phones when we are wearing a watch.

Turning over pillow around so we sleep on the cold side 😛

When we stay up late we count how many hours of sleep we will get.

Smiling while reading this 🙂 Well enjoy being a girl.


Children of WAR

Children are the biggest victims of the war in Afghanistan. A nation ravaged by 30 years of war and it is in these extreme conditions that children’s basic right to life and development is seriously compromised. The children there are at risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. More than 1.6 million children are left orphaned in Afghanistan mainly due to conflict, depriving these children of family life. In the war, not only do children die, they can also be recruited and used to fight in armed forces and groups.

Afghan children watch Afghan National Security Force soldiers.

An Afghan boy holds another young boy as he watches paratroopers

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An Afghan girl consoles another young girl who started crying after seeing paratroopers.


Afghan National Security Force soldiers and paratroopers from Chosen Company of the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry walk past them while on a mission to improve the biological database of men living in Afghanistan’s Paktiya Province July 12, 2012.

Picture taken July 16. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)



The Outside view *

Amazing Space Photos

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  • NASA handout image dated February 2011 shows a swirling landscape of stars known as the North America Nebula. In visible light, the region resembles North America, but in this image infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the continent disappears.
  • The reason you don’t see it in Spitzer’s view has to do, in part, with the fact that infrared light can penetrate dust whereas visible light cannot. Dusty, dark clouds in the visible image become transparent in Spitzer’s view.
  • In addition, Spitzer’s infrared detectors pick up the glow of dusty cocoons enveloping baby stars. Clusters of young stars (about one million years old) can be found throughout the image. Some areas of this nebula are still very thick with dust and appear dark even in Spitzer’s view. The Spitzer image contains data from both its infrared array camera and multi-band imaging photometer. Light with a wavelength of 3.6 microns has been color-coded blue; 4.5-micron light is blue-green; 5.8-micron and 8.0-micron light are green; and 24-micron light is red.
Amazing Space Photos

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  • This infrared image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) showcases the Tadpole Nebula, a star-forming hub in the Auriga constellation about 12,000 light-years from Earth.
  • As WISE scanned the sky, capturing this mosaic of stitched-together frames, it caught an asteroid in our solar system passing by. The asteroid, called 1719 Jens, left tracks across the image. A second asteroid was also observed cruising by.