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Generally, we confine our minds within‚Äč a boundary in several things. At certain circumstances, we reluct to emerge out from that boundary we have built around ourselves. We all are conscious that Bhagavad Gita is a text which focuses on self-realization (atma-gyana), we have made up our mind that it is a text that only suits hermits who isolate themselves from the society.

This is not surprising because all the commentators and retellers of Bhagavad Gita has framed our minds that it is only for hermits and not for householders. Here we refuse to rephrase that is also for householders because we have strongly constructed ourselves with the early sayings. Mahabharata spoke about the household, the relationships, and other things. Bhagavad Gita was a part of Mahabharata which also deals with the households.

An essential part of Mahabharata is about Property dispute, which resulted in war between dharma (Pandavas) and adharma (Kauravas) on the battlefield Kuru-kshetra. Mahabharatha is also deeply rooted in relationships. It shows the relationship between a father and a son, husband and wife, brothers and family etc. Arjuna’s conundrum begins when he discerns that enemy is his own family and he fears the impact of killing his own family on the society as a whole.

Although Krishna’s discourse to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita perpetually speaks of yagna, a Vedic ritual that binds the individual with the community. In Buddhism, Buddha spoke about nirvana, which means stupefaction of individual identity, but in Bhagavad Gita Krishna speaks of brahma – nirvana as an enlargement of the mind that gives way to liberation, ironically symbolising the union.

The reason behind why in Hindu temples God is always envisioned with the Goddess as a householder, one-half of a pair, is because of this aspect. In the temple, the devotee looks at the deity and the deity, with large unblinking eyes, looks back. Here, there is a ‘two – way’ relationship between the devotee and the deity, not ‘one – way’.

In Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 5, Verse 13, Krishna recounts the human body as a city with nine gates (nava – dvara-pura): two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, one mouth, one anus, and one genital. Predominantly, a relationship involves two bodies, two people, the self and the other, you and me, two cities – eighteen gates in all. That is why Bhagavad Gita is comprised of eighteen sections which seek to make eighteen books of Mahabharata.

Mahabharata narrates the story of a war between two families arising out of property dispute between two families fought over eighteen days with an involvement of eighteen armies. this divulges that the core teachings of Gita have much to do with the relationships that give way to the household. Bhagavad Gita serves the need of the householder than that of the hermits.

There is a strong similarity between Indian mythology and Harry Potter series. Harry potter is a fictive work, close to the myth having the modern background. These two different genres have some similitude, both the stories give the message that truth always wins over the darkness. Similarities can be found in the events, themes and characters of Harry Potter with myth from different civilizations. Mahabharata is an inordinate epic, in Hindu mythology is an account of a great war between the Good and the Not-So-Good.

  • In Harry Potter, the war is between Harry and Voldemort whereas in Mahabharata it is between Pandavas and Kauravas.
  • Magic is taught in Hogwarts, whereas Vedic culture was taught in Mahabharata. Dark arts in Harry potter can be compared to mantrikas.
  • The spells and curses in Harry Potter are similar to the boons, curses in Mahabharata.
  • Magic Wands in Harry Potter was equal to that of the weapons used in Mahabharata.
  • Some matches are Sectum Sempra, Bheema used this kind of powerful spell on Jarasandha.
  • Characters in Harry Potter can be compared to the characters in Mahabaratha.
  • Harry Potter can be compared to Lord Krishna or Arjuna, Dumbledore can be compared to Bhishma, Professor Snape can be compared to Karna.
  • Both Snape and Karna has projected to be on the evil side for some cause, their true character was revealed only at the end.
  • Rubeus Hagrid, the half-giant son of Fridwulfa and a wizard was compared to Ghatokacha, son of Bheema and Hadimba.

Though they both have certain similarities. They both are unique in their own way. Harry Potter is a fictitious work, but it has the essence of Indianess in it.

India has the world’s second-largest mobile phone user base with over 929.37 million users as of May 2012. In the year 2008 mobile phone changed the way it was. Mobile Phones became smartphones. It was not only for calling but useful for other purposes too. Before some years, mobiles were there just to call and converse with people if needed. But later on it became the approach for anything and everything. And I don’t think that anybody will deny the contribution of Android in this outcome. But very few know the story behind it.

Most of us think that Android was founded by Google, but it is not the reality. It was built by four not so known software engineers in the year 2003. ‘Andy Rubin’ was one of them. The intention behind it was to make a smart phone with an advanced operating system for digital cameras. But because of the poor response from market, they diverted their effort to make a operating system which can compete with Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile.

This whole process went very secretly, No body was aware of this project. Google then went with this innovation to enter the mobile market. HTC Dream was the first commercially available smartphone having Android as it’s operating system, released on October 22, 2008 under the supervision of Andy Rubin and group. Sundar Pichai, succeeded Andy Rubin as the next head of Android and Chrome OS before becoming CEO of Google.

People were a lot skeptical about Android in the starting but became fan of it later. Android also came into smart watches. But Sony was the first company to launch a smartwatch with Android OS in 2010. Android also developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Android Wear for wrist watches,each with a specialized user interface. Variants of Android are also used on notebooks, game consoles,digital cameras, and other electronics. Today after a decade of it’s invention Android has acquired 85% of the smartphone OS market share. Later this became the reason behind the stress in the relationship between Google and Android. Otherwise before some years iphone was configured with a number of Google application. We are surrounded by Android just like air.

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