The ultimate formula
This is a feeble translation of "Guru mantra", a story by Munshi Premchand. The objective merely is to exhort readers to read the original, or better translations. This is a hilarious story of two friends who are always on the lookout for free meals. However, Chintamani decides to become a mendicant disgusted by domestic troubles, and because invitations to free meals have become rare. Moteram encourages him to take up the life of a mendicant and even has some good advice to offer. Does the advice work? Please read the story to find out.
After a hard day's work I was returning home on my motorcycle. I had purchased the vehicle only recently on EMI; like any new possession, I loved the motorcycle dearly, and my heart bled if it suffered any scratch or dent. And, my heart bled quite often because it wasn't easy to protect the bike from unruly riders who believed they owned the roads. But, fortunately, till now the motorcycle had escaped with minor scratches that were visible only to my eyes alone. So, there I was riding home on my new motorcycle. The bike accelerated smoothly and I felt as though I were flying. From a distance I saw the traffic signal turn red and, accordingly, slowed down and brought the vehicle to a stop. But to my surprise the vehicle did stop but gave a sudden lurch and lunged forward. The vehicle seemed to have a mind of its own!
A long way to go
This is all about walking and running. I have to return home from a shop as early as possible. Being a frail fellow I can't run the whole distance; so I choose to walk a certain distance and run the rest of the distance. I walked twice the time I ran and reached home in 21 minutes. Notwithstanding all the troubles I had undertaken to reach home early, mother wasn't happy. She had wanted me to fly home! I was wondering how long it would have taken me to reach home from the shop had I run twice as long as I had walked instead of walking twice as long as I had run. Will you please help me work this out?
Record warm temperatures in 2015
Earth's 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much.
(Image credit: Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center)