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On the Hotels in Bangalore

Any idea which was Bangalore’s first boarding and lodging hotel? Or Which hotel first served idlis and rava upma in the City?If interested in the History of Bangalore hotels then the book to be released on coming Sunday should be the right pick for you.
Roja Kandath writes in Deccan heraldHistorian Vemagal Somashekhar, who has intensely studied the growth of the hotel industry in Bangalore over the last 15 years, will come out with a 60-page book on Sunday.InterestinglyThe West End Hotel established by I&M Bronson in 1887 is the first hotel to be set up in Bangalore. But being in the High Grounds area, it was considered to be a part of Cantonment, which had a strict demarcation with the then BangaloreCity.

Says Vemagal: “Food was sold first in the Cantonment area where Europeans resided in large numbers. In BangaloreCity, the customs did not allow the sale of food, which, the Hindus believed, could only be given on charity.” The distinction of opening the first hotel in a Hindu area…

Indo-Americans in US Polls

1) Republican Bobby Jindal won in the 1st District of Louisiana with 88 percent of the vote.2) Democrat Jay Goyal defeated Phillip Holloway in the 73rd District in Ohio, with 63.29 per cent, as against 36.71 per cent votes.3) Democrat Raj Goyle defeated Bonnie Huy in the 87th district in Kansas, with 56.36 per cent, as against 43.64 per cent votes.4) Satveer Choudhary won in Minnesota.5) Swati Dandekar defeated Republican Nick Wagner to the Iowa State Assembly.6) Kumar Barve won from 17th District of Maryland to the State Assembly.Losers1) Dilip Paliath lost in 42nd District of Maryland.2) Peter Raj Bhakta lost in the 13th district of Pennsylvania.3) Neeraj Nigam lost in the 10th Dirstict of Virginia.4) Rano Singh-Sidhu lost in Arizona.Congratulations to the winners. To the losers, there is always a second chance.

Openly Hindu Gay Man Finds Space in New Religion

Openly Gay Hindu Man becomes minister (priest) in UnitarianUniversalistChurch.

Firstly, about Unitarian UniversalismIt is a liberal religion -- They believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion. They are a "non-creedal" religion: They do not ask anyone to subscribe to a creed.Now the Hindu Gay Man is Manish Kumar Mishra, aged 35, from Tampa, Florida. He is Harvard-educated, openly gay and former diplomat. He also has a Bachelor degree in Foreign Service from GeorgetownUniversity and speaks seven languages. The reason to choose the new religion is - Hinduism renounces homosexuality. St. Petersburg Times reports:Mishra, who identifies his religion as Hindu, which renounces homosexuality, said the church gave him a religious home.It is high time Hindu communities discussed about sexual minorities. I feel Hinduism should accommodate sexual minorities. Such people should be given the freedom in sexual matters and the freedom …

Let us Bury the Hindu Holocaust and Move Forward

Sandeep’s blog on Hindu Holocaust is true. No community has been slaughtered like this in history. But let us not rub salt in old wounds. The number of Hindus wiped out by Muslim invaders is equivalent to the population of several smaller countries in Europe. But didn’t Hinduism survive in spite of that? Why did it survive?Gandhiji says:If I were asked to define the Hindu creed, I should simply say: search the Truth through non-violent means. A man many not believe in God and still call himself a Hindu. Hinduism is a relentless pursuit after truth. (Hindu Dharma, Orient Paperbacks, Published 1991, page 18 and 19.) We cannot go back into history and correct all the wrong deeds. Similarly, we cannot blame the present day Muslim brothers for the wrong doing of their forefathers. It must also be noted here that after independence Muslims have never attacked Hinduism and its beliefs and teachings. (I am not talking about riots created for political and personal needs.) But Christian missio…

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