#RealBrides Tell Us How They Knew ‘He Is The One’

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Rituparna Madhukalya – “We are from Assam and we both work in Delhi. I am a PR Professional and Moodit is a Software Engineer. They say, ‘Some things that start in High school, last for a lifetime,’ and who knew? On 4th September 2004, at St. Mary’s High School, we made a promise, and after fifteen long years on 20th November 2019, we finally fulfilled that promise. I proudly tell the whole world that our love won and our happily ever after began. Fifteen years of endless love which included eleven years in a long distance relationship. (He claims it’s nineteen years, including four years of relentless chasing and pursuing me in school until I said yes).There was never a single moment or incident that made me feel that Moodit wasn’t the one for me. We both knew it throughout. We have been together since school. We GREW in love together. We were destined to be together.

We both knew that we wanted our wedding invitation to be something that our friends and family would cherish and hold on to post the wedding. We wanted the invitation to deliver the essence of our love story, where and when it all started, and what we stand for as a couple. Hence, we decided to create a wedding passport invitation with a boarding pass, personalised stamps and our pictures!”

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A Woman Must Make Up Her Own Mind

You might think it’s strange, but I chose having an arranged marriage in the midst of an era with dating apps like Tinder. And I love my husband. Generally people find it hard to reconcile these two things. When I turned 24, my parents decided that it was time they made ‘arranging a daughter’s marriage’ […]

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José Andrés: We Have a Food Crisis Unfolding Out of Sight

merlin_129088982_28e7fbae-beac-4dd0-b896-61d9a4bdad32-jumboIn Puerto Rico we used three clear approaches to feed our fellow Americans that can be a guide to heading off an economic and food crisis today:

— Support the private sector as quickly as possible when the economy crashes, as it did after Maria: activate kitchens with federal dollars to serve the people.

— Repurpose and deploy community facilities, while expanding their mission: use the kitchens in schools and arenas to feed more people, more quickly.

— Solve the informational and logistical challenge: Matching demand and supply — by getting food to the people who need it most — is even more challenging than cooking in a crisis. Distribution is the Achilles’ heel of any disaster response.

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#AI could help with the next #pandemic—but not with this one

hbrBut how much has AI really helped in tackling the current outbreak? That’s a hard question to answer. Companies like BlueDot are typically tight-lipped about exactly who they provide information to and how it is used. And human teams say they spotted the outbreak the same day as the AIs. Other projects in which AI is being explored as a diagnostic tool or used to help find a vaccine are still in their very early stages. Even if they are successful, it will take time—possibly months—to get those innovations into the hands of the health-care workers who need them.

The hype outstrips the reality. In fact, the narrative that has appeared in many news reports and breathless press releases—that AI is a powerful new weapon against diseases—is only partly true and risks becoming counterproductive. For example, too much confidence in AI’s capabilities could lead to ill-informed decisions that funnel public money to unproven AI companies at the expense of proven interventions such as drug programs. It’s also bad for the field itself: overblown but disappointed expectations have led to a crash of interest in AI, and consequent loss of funding, more than once in the past.

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The tale of the Bombay Wada pao — Tasting Tales

Toss, and turn. There is a virus lurking around you. Can you see it? No, you can’t of course. But you can feel it. It’s in your mind, eating into your grey cells. You block your mind to this panic. But as you glide into your sleep, you see it there, in your dreams, waiting […]

via The tale of the Bombay Wada pao — Tasting Tales

(Now more than ever) “A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste”​

Gawande-HealthCareWorkersSafetyObviously it is nothing to downplay – hundreds of thousands infected, thousands of deaths, and an enormous impact to global economy is nothing to scoff at. The social distancing, cancellation of sporting events, bans on group gatherings, and lock-downs are bringing industries like travel and entertainment to their knees. If we thought social media was making us lonely, guess what social distancing and Self Isolation are going to do…

Yes, there are some silver linings – reduced pollution, increased family time, a lasting change in the way you work, etc. But there are a few professions which are not ideally suited to work-from-home, social-distancing, including mine – Sales!

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#Jews are required to gather together to worship. #Coronavirus is pushing my #synagogue to get creative

252tm3rm2u4b45rzmenr6urybmJudaism understands that community is defined as 10 people — a minyan — the minimum number of people required for certain religious obligations, including worship. Jews are obligated to be in physical proximity to each other for prayer, including the worship leader. So in the age of COVID-19, if you are required not to be near people, how do communities do communal worship?

The simple answer is you lean heavily on technology and the ability to stream worship online or record worship and post it online later. At Temple Shalom we livestream our worship every week, adding online viewers to our onsite community. For the next few weeks, our worship team will be leading services, albeit to an empty sanctuary, as we livestream only.

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What is #herd_immunity and can it stop the #coronavirus?

version-2Wide, unstoppable spread of the coronavirus is exactly an outcome experts are modeling in their worst-case scenarios. They say that given what they know about the virus, it could end up infecting about 60% of the world’s population, even within the year.

Those figures aren’t a random guess. They are informed by the point at which epidemiologists say herd immunity should kick in for this particular virus.

Last week the herd immunity idea blew up in the headlines after UK prime minister Boris Johnson indicated that country’s official strategy might be to put on a stiff upper lip and let the disease run its course. The chief science adviser to the UK government, Patrick Vallance, said the country needed to “build up some kind of herd immunity so more people are immune to this disease and we reduce the transmission.”

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being —

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Do you favour lightness or weight in your life? Reading this book will help you find out. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera rekindled my love of reading for pleasure. I had the pleasure of being leant this book by the intelligent, (slightly off kilter), yet respectable mother of one of my best […]

via The Unbearable Lightness of Being —