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  • If like me you spend a sizeable portion of your day 'online', then your catching up with friends is probably restricted to commenting on their on Facebook status updates or an occasional chat on Gtalk or Y! Messenger. The result may be a feeling that your life on screen has left you with plenty of acquaintances but no real friends.

    If the thought has crossed your mind, then you are not alone. A pastor in Houston, Texas who confesses to being a technology addict, has been encouraging people to take a 24-hour break from Facebook, Twitter, Email and texting to focus on relationships that matter most.

    Read: Facebook Fast in US to connect with real friends

    The movement has caught on and today (26th August) has been branded as the 'National Facebook Fast' in the US.

    Do you think you would benefit from an occasional 'technology fast'? Would it spur you on to go out and personally reconnect with family and friends?

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  • India’s Signature Dish? Masala Dosa!

    What is made with ground rice and white split lentils batter, circular or oval in shape, golden brown on the outside, fluffy white on the inside, roasted to perfection on a griddle, with its inner white walls coated with a liberal dollop of garlic-red chilli chutney before a cup of boiled potatoes fried with sliced onions and slit green chillies is ladled onto the middle, then folded over into a perfect arc, a small tor on a plate or a nonchalant shape and served with a spoonful of butter on top and a cup of fragrant coconut chutney tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves?

    Potato-filled South Indian crepes, as Epicurious labels it in its "Around the world in 80 dishes".

    We'll stick to the time-tested, easily rolled-off-the-tongue, pentasyllabic 'Masala Dosa' that doesn't need accentuation in the form of  carets or tildes, what say?

    This could be seen as a proud moment for South Indians who've long had to deal with well-meaning countrymen from north of the Hebbal

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  • How to Quit A Job With Style

    Have you heard of the HPOA girl?

    A day after Steven Slater, a disgruntled flight attendant with Jet Blue airlines in the US, abused an uncooperative passenger with some choice slurs and slid down the emergency chute, and managed to bid his job goodbye, came the story of the girl with her resignation in big letters on a dry board. Jenny, the girl, supposedly sent out an email to all her colleagues with 33 pictures attached, each showing her holding up a whiteboard with a message on it. In the 33 pics, the young lady "called out" her boss on harassment and sexist remarks and quit her job.

    Take a look at the pictures.

    It's now been revealed that this was a hoax and the girl in question is an actress from LA whose name isn't, in fact, Jenny.

    Details about the Slater incident — what prompted him to act the way he did.

    Do you think Slater and Jenny will inspire a new flamboyant trend in resignations?

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  • Does the name Nek Chand ring a bell? Well if you've been to India's own 'The City Beautiful' — Chandigarh, chances are you've had a glimpse of Nek Chand Saini's legacy.  The once upon a time road inspector for the Public Works Department decided at some point in the 1960′s to build a garden on a patch of forest land near the famous Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.

    Nekchand began by using rocks and stones to build his garden on the clearing of forest land. He then expanded by using materials from demolition sites around the city. His job as a road inspector aided his endeavour. The only problem was that what Nek Chand was doing was illegal — the area he was using was a land conservancy which nothing was allowed to be built on . The garden soon became Nek Chand's passion and he spent his nights working on it in secrecy for fear of being discovered by authorities.

    By the time authorities uncovered the garden in 1975, it was a 12-acre complex of interlinked courtyards with hundreds

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  • In the wake of a soaring competition in the small car segment and a nose-diving market share, India's largest carmaker Maruti has launched a more powerful version of its largest selling model Alto. The new Alto K-10 is powered by a bigger 1-litre (998 CC) K series engine that also powers the Estilo, A-Star and Wagon R.

    Maruti's move will bring cheer to those customers who thought the largest selling five-seater car was underpowered. Currently, the Alto's top-end Lxi model contributes to 70 per cent of sales and competes with the Rs 2.7-lakh Hyundai Santro standard and the Chevy Spark that costs Rs 3.23 lakh. The new Alto is claimed to return 20.2 kmpl and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 13.3 seconds.

    Maruti has refurbished the suspension and braking system to cope with the enhanced motor. Moreover, it's is longer by 125mm to accommodate the bigger K-series engine. It has a new aggressive front, with a differently styled combination of dynamic hood, bold eagle-eye headlamps

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  • Remembering Kevin Carter

    He ventured into the dark alleys of life capturing images which no one ever had seen before. Or who would have wanted to face those sickening truths which were least appealing to human eyes? His pictures pierced our  heart, splitting it wide open letting out our anguish, pain, disgust or whatever emotions that you've never known before… emotions that were not familiar to the comfort zone where you, I and millions of others have been lingering for long. 16 years have passed since Kevin Carter — the lensman behind the famous Starving Child with Vulture photograph left this world. The disheartening picture questioned the ethics of photo journalism, which is debated even today.

    As you look at the picture, what comes to your mind? Shock, disbelief, pain, anguish…and eventually you will be left behind with a disturbed mind stifled by numerous thoughts. I'm not denying that some of us will be left with a disdain for the man who captured this image on frame. I don't remember when

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