Maya Visits the World’s Most Eduring Symbol of Love in #Agra

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Maya Visits the World's Most Eduring Symbol of Love in #Agra

The Taj Mahal is one of those monuments that defeats the best writers. How do you properly eulogize the extraordinary love of one man for his wife? A love that led to the creation of a monument that is celebrated worldwide as the symbol of love. I don’t think I can, so will just stick to the facts.

The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The monument, the elaborate gardens and the whole complex are said to represent the palace of his wife in paradise. The tombs of both Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan lie within this structure.

It took a workforce in excess of 20,000 workers, sculptors, calligraphers, inlayers, stonecutters, specialists of all kinds–including an expert on turrets and another who only carved marble flowers to complete it. Craftsmen from all over the world came in to…

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Taye Diggs Reveals Why He Suddenly Started Following 45,000 Strangers on Twitter

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In April, actor Taye Diggs followed 24 people on Twitter—which was 23 more than Kanye West, but still pretty diminutive. Two months later, he was up to 45,500 followers, causing joy, confusion, and calls to investigate from strangers across the Twitterverse. Journalists especially.

After months of speculation, Diggs went on the TODAY ShowFriday to set the record straight regarding his follow spree. And it was an answer we all should have guessed: he hired a social media expert.

“I mean I’m embarrassed,” Diggs said. “Everybody was telling me I needed to have more of a presence on Twitter, so I met with this dude that deals in social network.” Diggs gave him a list of people he was interested in—from athletes to politicians—and the social media manager started following them so the actor’s…

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Annelies Soaks in the Hot Spring of #Vashist

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Annelies Soaks in the Hot Spring of #Vashist

Vashist is a small village about 3 kms from Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Located on the banks of the River Beas the place is a stop over for tourists on the Kulu Manali trail, looking for great views and for sulfur springs.

The Kulu Manali region is a popular summer destination for those looking to beat the heat of the plains. Located at an altitude above 2000 meters, Manali has emerged as adventure central for mountaineering activities.

In summer, the place sees an influx of trekkers, white water rafters, para gliders and rock climbers. Winters give way to skiers and skateboarders keen to try out the slopes around the village of Solang. There is a ski lift going up 300 meters. Heli-skiing from the upper Himalayan peaks is also possible for those skilled and capable of affording it.

For those with a slightly laid-back bent of mind, the hot springs…

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U.K. police try (and fail) to shut down largest torrent search engine on the Web

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New LinkedIn feature ranks your popularity — just what we all need

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces $10M ‘Tech Talent Pipeline’ to train thousands for tech jobs

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Why Tesla’s Elon Musk should give up on cars & stick to batteries

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