Once the farmers of Vijayanagar came to Krishnadeva Raya and said, "Sir, there are many mice in our farms and they are destroying the grain. Please show us a way to get rid of the mice."
Krishnadeva Raya discussed with his courtiers and came to a decision. He ordered many cats from Persia. He also bought many cows. He declared, "Every house in Vijayanagaram will have to grow a cat. A cow will be given to every house so that the cat is properly fed with its milk. All the cats will be checked for their health at the end of the month."
Everyone fed the cat well except Tenali Rama. At the end of the month the king was told that all the cat were hail and healthy except Tenali Rama’s. The king grew angry and went to see Tenali Rama.
Tenali Rama seeing the king said, "Sir, it is my duty to feed the cat, but how can I force it to drink milk?’ The King was surprised. "Bring the cat and offer some milk let me see how it does not drink milk", said the king.
Milk was brought in a bowl and placed near the cat. It ran away. Everyone was surprised. The king said to Tenali Rama, "I know what you have done. You have fed the cat with hot milk, hence its mouth is badly burnt. Due to the fear of burning it again, it is not taking its food."
Tenali Rama spoke, "Your Majesty, I think it is better if people have the milk rather than feeding the cat, as only healthy people can build a strong nation. Moreover how will a well fed fat cat catch mice?"
Krishnadeva Raya realized his mistake. He praised Tenali Rama.
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USF Prof.’s Online Course Offers Free Math Instruction
Spurred by his desire to ensure that all students have access to learning materials for math and engineering courses, Autar Kaw, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of South Florida, has created a free, open courseware resource called Holistic Numerical Methods.
The highly popular site ranked second on all major search engines—Google, Yahoo and Bing—in 2011 and racked up a million page views.
Available to students across the globe, the site offers video lectures, simulations, textbook chapters, PowerPoint presentations, multiple choice tests and worksheets to learn concepts in numerical methods.
In the late 1980s, Kaw recognized that computer technology offered a gateway to sharing quality information freely. However, after several unsuccessful attempts to obtain funding for his vision, the Indian American professor put his idea on hold, until 2001.
As the new decade dawned, several events occurred that encouraged Kaw to try again: the Internet was maturing and fast becoming the new medium for information dissemination; engineering curricula were embracing computational packages such as Mathcad; Microsoft was improving its word processing and presentation software; and Adobe was offering its Acrobat Reader for free.
In addition, a major research institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had announced its own open courseware initiative in which course materials such as syllabi, lecture notes, televised lectures and exams would be available online.
Kaw applied for NSF funding and received the first of four grants. Over the next decade, his NSF funding would total just more than $1 million. The support has enabled him to build the numerical methods site, expand its offerings and to delve more deeply into the impact open courseware has on learning.
Over the years the site has benefited from partnerships with colleagues at Arizona State University, Old Dominion University, Florida A&M University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Mississippi Valley State University.
Kaw supplements the Holistic Numerical Methods site with YouTube videos on numerical methods concepts and a host of social media components including his "Numerical Methods Guy" blog, a YouTube Numericalmethodsguys channel, and tweets on his Twitter.
Last year, viewers of the YouTube channel topped 800,000, and Kaw's blog received 120,000 visits. Kaw said he began making video lectures to help students who had to miss class because of work, sickness or other commitments.
Kaw supplements his technology-oriented teaching style with more conventional assignments such as writing poetry and essays and composing rap songs.
Kaw developed a multi-pronged approach to teaching because he believes the best way to learn a subject is to experience it in multiple contexts.
"This [approach] will help students understand the concepts better, and place them into their long-term memory," he says. "I want to make it easy for the students, but I don't want to compromise my high expectations."
To assess whether students understand the material, Kaw uses clicker quizzes in class and problem sets that involve real-life applications of the course concepts. He likes throwing in real-world problems because the students then see that multiple solutions are possible for the same problem.
Kaw's creativity and dedication were recently recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education when they named Kaw 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year.
Kaw is now expanding his research to study what works best in hybrid inverted classroom environments—those that combine video lectures and online discussions with in-class problem solving.
Indian Americans Join in Condemning Boston Bomb Blasts
BOSTON, Mass., United States
Indian Americans and the Muslim community in the U.S. joined their shocked countrymen in condemning the April 15 Boston bomb blasts that killed three persons and injured over 130.
“We hope that the perpetrators will be caught promptly, unlike after the Atlanta Olympics bombing, and punished to the fullest extent of the law,” said Dr. Shaik Ubaid, co-chair of the New York chapter of the Muslim Peace Coalition.
“The Indian American community strongly condemned the bomb blast in Boston today. Terrorism has no religion, race, or nationality. Standing against terror should unite us all. Whoever the culprit, no religion justifies this act of violence. We must remain united against extremism,” the North American Punjabi Association said in a statement.
The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, leaders of the Hindu American Foundation expressed profound sadness at the deadly two bomb attack.
"As a lifelong resident of Boston, I'm deeply troubled by yesterday's attack, but am filled with pride knowing the acts of heroism taken by the city's first-responders, volunteers, and marathoners alike," said Pawan Deshpande, HAF executive council member. "Bostonians will not be bullied by terror, and we're confident the perpetrators will be brought to justice."
Local, state, and federal authorities continued to investigate the attacks.
"It is absolutely senseless to target one of the most notable events of sportsmanship in the United States," said Sheetal Shah, HAF senior director. "Our prayers for healing and recovery go out to those injured and their families.”
The Muslim Public Affairs Council also issued a statement condemning the blast.
“This is a horrible crime, and we call on all of us as Americans to work together to bring those responsible to justice,” it said.
“This is a time for us to show resilience and calmness, as we come together to help the American public recover from this heinous act,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC president.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, also condemned the bomb attacks.
“American Muslims, like Americans of all backgrounds, condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s cowardly bomb attack on participants and spectators of the Boston Marathon,” said its national executive director Nihad Awad.
“We urge people of all faiths to pray for the victims and their loved ones and for the speedy recovery of those injured. We also call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators,” he said.
'Bollywood babe' Selena Gomez debuts song with Indian beats
Selena Gomez has been making a lot of headlines of late and it's not just because of her much-publicised split with Justin Bieber. The 20-year-old singer created quite a buzz as she debuted her latest song Come And Get It at the MTV Movie Awards 2013 in flashy red attire.
Sporting what looked like bindis on the forehead, Selena and her troupe performed on the song, which has Indian beats like the tabla and vocals as well. The actress was also seen wearing a golden payal (or a very Indian looking anklet) as she performed a sensuous act, complete with some Indian looking mudras at the end.
Before the ceremony began, the actress expressed her jitters. "I'm nervous, I really am," she said on the red carpet, adding, "We've worked on it for the past six days, and hopefully it'll pay off." Jason Evigan, who collaborated on Gomez's new material, had earlier told Billboard, "I think it's (the song) going to take her (Selena) to the next level… She's got some really cool like ethnic influence, kind of tribally dance drums and stuff like that. I kind of feel she's going to be like a new J.Lo kind of thing."
Indian-Americans, Muslims condemn Boston blasts
WASHINGTON: Indian-Americans and the Muslim community in the US joined their shocked countrymen in condemning the Boston bomb blasts that killed three persons and injured about 140.
"We hope that the perpetrators will be caught promptly, unlike after the Atlanta Olympics bombing, and punished to the fullest extent of the law," said Indian American Dr Shaik Ubaid, who is co-chair of the New York chapter of the Muslim Peace Coalition.
"Indian-American community strongly condemned the bomb blast in Boston today. Terrorism has no religion, race, or nationality. Standing against terror should unite us all. Whoever the culprit, no religion justifies this act of violence. We must remain united against extremism" the North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) said in a statement.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council also issued a statement condemning the blast.
"This is a horrible crime, and we call on all of us as Americans to work together to bring those responsible to justice," it said.
To attack people on what is supposed to be a day of jubilation is criminal and inexcusable, the council said.
"This is a time for us to show resilience and calmness, as we come together to help the American public recover from this heinous act," said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC president.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation, also condemned the bomb attacks.
"American Muslims, like Americans of all backgrounds, condemn in the strongest possible terms today's cowardly bomb attack on participants and spectators of the Boston Marathon," said its national executive director Nihad Awad.
"We urge people of all faiths to pray for the victims and their loved ones and for the speedy recovery of those injured. We also call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators," he said.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, called on to pray for people who lost their lives in the blasts.
"The deaths and injuries of people gathered for the celebration on Patriots Day in Boston calls on all of us to pray for the souls of those killed, the healing of those injured and the restoration of peace for all of us unsettled by the bombings at a world renowned sporting event," he said.
"The growing culture of violence in our world and even in our country calls for both security measures by government officials and an examination by all of us to see what we can personally do to enhance peace and respect for one another in our world," he said.
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Quinoa Vegetable Pulav
1 cup quinoa
1-1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of turmeric
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup carrot cut in small pieces
1 tablespoon thinly sliced ginger
1 green chili minced
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 bay leave
1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
1 1ablespoon lemon or lime juice
3/4 cup tomato chopped for garnishing
1.Wash quinoa gently changing water several times.
2.In a sauce pan combine quinoa, water, oil, salt and turmeric. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed. This should take about 15 minutes.
3.While quinoa is cooking heat the oil in other saucepan over medium heat, Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away oil is ready.
4.Add the cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and bay leave, as seeds crack add all the vegetables, carrot, corn, green peas, ginger, green pepper, and salt.
5.Let the vegetable cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender but firm.
6.Turn off the heat. Add quinoa to the mix of vegetable and gently fold it.
7.Finish off by adding lemon juice and tomatoes.
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