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Why India holds so much of significance for Mark Zuckerberg and how it became major factor for Facebook’s early developments

Steve Jobs in early 70s, visited the Indian Temple, Kainchi Dham Ashram, in Nainital at Uttarakhand

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August 30, 2016: We all know- that more than religion, Hinduism is a ‘belief’. The spiritual significance attached to the faith makes it more popular among Indians and people worldwide. This also the world’s third largest religion and probably the most modern as well and this is the reason from Julia Robert (Oscar Winning Hollywood Actress) to Steve Jobs (late Apple CEO) to Mark Zuckerburg (CEO Facebook).

Mark Zuckerberg shared this story when he had a meeting with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, at the headquarters of Facebook, in the United States, last year, in 2015 September. It was there when Zuckerberg revealed, why India was an important part of Facebook’s early development.

Zuckerberg uttered that, several years back, when Facebook, “wasn’t doing so well”, Steve Jobs, suggested  him to have a spiritual tour to India, and visit the temple there. According to reports, the Apple Co-founder had already experienced a life-changing spiritual reflection there.

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Steve Jobs in early 70s, visited the Indian Temple, Kainchi Dham Ashram, in Nainital at Uttarakhand. It is known that, after visiting this temple, Steve believed that this place had helped him to get the vision  to create Apple.

Kainchi Dham Ashram, also known as  the Ashram of Baba Neem Karoli or Baba Neeb Karori, considered as a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman. The followers of Baba Neeb Karirori is known as Maharajji. It is a beautiful secluded mountain ashram with beautiful gardens, located in the Kumaon Hills in Uttarakhand, which is approximately 38kms from Nainital. Its first temple was built on June 15, 1964.

Apart from Apple CEO, Steve Jobs; Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, this temple also attracted Hollywood actress, Julia Roberts. It is known  so influenced by this temple, that she was drawn to Hinduism.

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The Hollywood actress, who is deeply spiritual, secretly converted when she was shooting in India last September for her film Eat, Pray and Love. Roberts is very vocal about her new found faith “Hinduism” and  said to TOI, “I’m definitely a practising Hindu. I’ve been so spoiled with my friends and family in this life. Next time (since Hinduism believes in rebirth) I want to be just something quiet and supporting after the stresses of my celebrity lifestyle.”

– by Riashe Chakraborty from NewsGram. Twitter: @itzriashe

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‘Doodle 4 Google’ Opens Public Voting

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)