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Books: From Buddha to Bollywood

A similar book about America—“The United States in 50 Lives,” as it were—would be awash with entrepreneurial names. But in India, capitalists have been like moneyed underlings.<p>By<p>TUNKU VARADARAJAN<p>“India’s history is a curiously unpeopled place,” writes Sunil Khilnani. You might think this a strange …

India

Teju Cole is one of our greatest thinkers. This passage from his new book shows why.

<i>Known and Strange Things</i>, a new collection of essays by Teju Cole, is a testament to its author’s voracious consumption of culture. Cole is a novelist, art historian, and photographer, and his essays run the gamut of his obsessions. Over the course of the book, he describes havingdinner with the …

Literature

How to Diet and Exercise Like the Genius Inventor Nikola Tesla

The inventor Nikola Tesla had one of the most creative and prolific brains humanity has ever produced. He kept working on ingenious projects well …

Filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus documents the inner journey in “On Meditation”

What does the inner journey of meditation really look like? In her documentary <i>On Meditation</i>, award-winning filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus documents the …

Meditation

My 10 Favorite Books: Laurie Anderson

<i>For his bookshop and website One Grand Books, the editor Aaron Hicklin asked people to name the 10 books they’d take with them if they were marooned on a desert island. The next in the series is the musician and artist Laurie Anderson, who shares her list exclusively with T.</i><p><b>“Within the Context of</b> …

Books

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading-- a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Literature

The Only Love Quotes Collection Everyone Needs

Love is the most powerful emotion a human being can experience. It’s also hard to put into words, but these love quotes make saying what you’re …

Relationships

How Zen Buddhism Helped Olympian Anthony Ervin Turn His Life Around

There’s nothing more satisfying to watch than a good sports comeback story. For fans who tuned in to the Olympics Friday night, witnessing American …

Meditation

What Makes Learning A Language The Best Exercise To Make You Smarter?

One of the most fundamental aspects of human beings is our ability to communicate in complex languages. While many people around the world are …

8 simple hacks for learning a language faster

"How has this gone so badly?" I thought.<p>I was taking the official listening exam in Chinese proficiency, and I could not understand a single word of the recording.<p>The test was "elementary" level, and I was there, handing the paper to the teacher at the entrance to the classroom, confused. I had …

Language Learning

6 Mental Tricks to Get You Through The Last Mile of a Run

The last mile of a run is tough. You’re exhausted, at the end of your playlist, and probably have other things on your mind (like the post-run …

Marathons

Couple Married 63 Years Die Minutes Apart -- And Clock Curiously Stops

After 63 years together, it was as though Henry and Jeanette De Lange’s hearts beat as one.<p>The South Dakota couple’s family is busy celebrating their lives and remarkable love story after they died, side-by-side, just 20 minutes apart in late July.<p>“My brother Keith said to my dad: ‘Mom’s gone to …

50 Powerful Mini Habits That Will Help You Lead Your Best Life

Hard work and perseverance always beat genius and talent in the end.<p><i>What are 50 things that everyone can do to make life easier? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Yuri Kruman, Master Career</b> …

Self-improvement

Mind Blowing Reasons Why Aloe Vera Is A Miracle Medicine Plant. You Will Never Buy Expensive Products Again!

Aloe Vera is not only extremely healthy for your organism, it is also easily found in grocery stores and you can grow it at your own home, as well.<p>If …

6 Things Christians Should Stop Saying To People Who Doubt

I couldn’t tell you exactly when I started losing my faith. I can only describe it like this: It’s something like standing near the ocean and watching the sun glistening on the water, only to realize much later that the tide has gone out.<p>That’s exactly where my conservative, evangelical faith left …

Pew Research Center

Green Living: An introduction to kombucha and home-brewing

Consider this a crash-course in the fermented beverage that's taking Vancouver by storm.

Green Living

I’m a Christian With Stage IV Cancer. I Want Death With Dignity.

I’ve had cancer now for four years. I was diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer in 2012. It was a surprise to my family and to myself. I don’t …

Cancer

24 books to read this summer that will change your life forever, according to my coworkers

Books can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think.<p>They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever.<p>I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share …

Books

The Multifaceted Benefits of Keeping a Mindfulness Journal

We’ve been hearing more and more about the importance of mindfulness from mental health experts and spiritual guides around the world. From Western …

5 Steps for Using a Time Log to Become More Productive

The workflow of a freelancer has a fluid nature. Some days are banner days of productivity and innovation, while other days may be dry and slow. While this is somewhat inherent to the lifestyle, it helps to even out our weekly output.<p>A time log can help us to significantly harness our creativity …

Time Management

Is StrongLifts 5x5 The Right Training Program For You?

StrongLifts 5x5 is one of the most popular strength programs on the web, but is it right for your goals? A strength expert reviews the pros and cons …

Exercise

The Great Grammar Debate: 5 Books on How to Write ‘Right’

If, as Oliver Kamm writes in his new book <i>Accidence Will Happen</i>, “learning rules of language is part of what it is to be human,” then arguing over what those rules are, and if they matter, is most certainly another part. Can you start a sentence with ‘hopefully?’ Is confusing ‘it’s’ and ‘its’ an …

What CEOs are reading

Leaders of some of the world’s biggest organizations reveal which books will keep them occupied in the coming months.<p><b>The slightly lazier days</b> of …

9 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Ever since he was a child in South Africa, Elon Musk has been a big reader, of everything from science-fiction novels to historical biographies.<p>The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has said that reading books taught him how to build rockets.<p>We combed through years of interviews with Musk to find out which …

Elon Musk

The Scientific Argument For Mastering One Thing At A Time

Many people, myself included, have multiple areas of life they would like to improve. For example, I would like to reach more people with my writing, to lift heavier weights at the gym, and to start practicing mindfulness more consistently. Those are just a few of the goals I find desirable and you …

Psychology

What You Should Know About Muscle Building And Weight Training Diet

Crank up some music. Research has shown that listening to music you love while you are lifting can help you do more reps than not listening to any …

5 things you need to know about Kazuki Yazawa, the Olympian turned Zen Buddhist priest

While it is certainly not unusual for Olympic athletes to start their days well before the crack of dawn, canoeist Kazuki Yazawa isn’t hitting the …

Olympics

The Spirituality Of Running

<i>The author and teammate Mike Riebs, Santa Monica Mountains, 1961</i><p><i>Even the youthful may faint and grow weary, even the fittest may stumble and fall, but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk</i> …

Spirituality

B.C.-led study of Tibetan monks suggests meditation can improve long-term brain activity

Researchers from UVic and UBC Okanagan trekked to Tibet to study the effects of meditation on monks<p>British Columbian scientists who recently trekked …

Schopenhauer on the Essential Difference Between How Art and Science Reveal the World

“[Science] is like the innumerable showering drops of the waterfall, which, constantly changing, never rest for an instant; [art] is like the rainbow, quietly resting on this raging torrent.”<p><i>“We reach forth and strain every nerve, but we seize only a bit of the curtain that hides the infinite from</i> …