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Kainchi Ashram in Nainital Uttarakhand, inspired Steve Jobs to Found Apple :-
Shri Kainchi Hanuman Mandir & Ashram
P. O. Kainchi Dham
Nainital District
Uttarakhand (UK) India

Steve Jobs, the charismatic Apple Founder and CEO. Steve Job’s success with Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad are buzzing in tech world.

But just as Jobs is known for his addresses at Apple product launches, his historic Stanford speech and his passion for innovation and curve jumping thinking, something which turned Apple from bankruptcy to the world’s biggest tech company; he’s also known for his views and comments about another revolutionary, the Microsoft Founder Bill gates.

From time to time, Steve Jobs - once a Hare Rama Hare Rama (ISKCon) Sunday meal hungry college dropout; has reflected upon his thoughts about Microsoft founder Bill Gates; something which many think shed a great deal of light on Jobs’ past and pre-Apple days.

In one such occasion, reports WSJ, Jobs told New York Times in a 1997 interview referring to Gates:

"I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger,"

According to people who have followed Jobs’ life closely, he didn’t say the above, just for the sake of saying. Jobs’ actually recommended Gates the mantra, which he did when he was young and continued trying till now.

Deeply influenced by the Indian spiritualism in 70s; Steve Jobs born February 24, 1955, visited India in 1974 as a hippie (the same hippie connection which makes many connect Steve with untidiness even now) for what he calls “spiritual retreat” and a philosophical quest. The move many psychologists, link to Jobs being adopted by foster parents right after birth; but later his biological parents(Steve jobs born as Steven Paul Jobs to an American mother and a Syrian father in San Francisco, California) happened to tie the knot and gave birth to and raised a child, Jobs’ biological sister. how he funded his India journey, by taking a job at Atari.

While at Cupertino Junior High School and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, Steve, who always had inclination towards computers, used to attend after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company. After his graduation from high school in 1972, Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but dropped out after first semester (first three months). Instead he enrolled himself in non degree Calligraphy (beautiful handwriting) classes; and stayed with friends in their hostel room. Monet skint, as he had ditched college degree, jobs used to audit classes at Reed, returned Coke bottles for food money, and didn’t refrain from getting weekly free meals at the local “Hare Krishna” temple (this is the Sunday free meal connection at Hare Rama Temple).

Jobs returned to California in 1974; and took a technician job at popular video games manufacturer Atari, primarily to save money for visiting India in search of spiritual enlightenment. Spending time there as a hippie in quest of eternal knowledge (experimented with psychedelics, calling his “acid” or Lysergic acid diethylamide experiences "), Jobs returned from India in the same year as a “Buddhist”; if not in practice but at least in appearance.

In 1976, Jobs founded Apple along with his college friend Steve Woznaik; with whom he used to attend after school Hewlett-Packard Company classes as well. According to Steve, he got the inspiration to found Apple, during his stay in India. In India, Steve visited Kainchi Ashram, in Nainital, in the state of Uttarakhand (the Ashram of Baba Neem Karoli or Baba Neeb Karori, considered a reincarnation of Lord Hanuman, a monkey God in Hinduism); and it’s where he is believed to have got the vision to create Apple.

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Herbal medicine becoming source of livelihood for Nainital women

10 April 2011 16:53:40 by ANI

Nainital, Apr.10 (ANI): A self-help group in Uttarakhand has held a workshop to train women in preparing herbal medicines in Nainital to make them self-reliant.

Around 65 women from across the state participated in the workshop where they were given training in the preparation of basic herbal medicines.

Workshop instructor Supriya Negi, said that the training would be beneficial for women for both commercial and domestic purposes and will prove valuable in the absence of adequate health centers.

” After being trained in how to make herbal medicines, these women can prepare them at home with ingredients that are easily available in the kitchen.” ”

For minor ailments they can prepare medicines at home itself instead of going to the market or to the chemist for small things, since health centres are not abundant in the area,” she added.

The women at the workshop learnt to prepare ‘Neem’ oil and pills to cure gastric problem among other medicines.

The women said that they intend to sell the medicines prepared by them and to further impart their knowledge to other women in their villages. The herbal medicines industry has a huge potential for growth and such projects can benefit the economies of rural India, which accounts for around 70 percent of country’s population. (ANI)

Nainital Tourism to Greet Summer Vacationers

24 March 2011 16:51:07 by ANI Nainital.

As the summer begins, people in the tourism business in Nainital are busy making preparations to greet vacationers coming to the hill station.

As the Nainital Lake is a hot spot for the vacationers, boat operators in the area are busy repairing and polishing their vessels.

Hotels and guesthouses next to the lake are also busy giving final touches to their rooms and buildings to attract tourists.

Nainital Hotel Association spokesperson, said: ” The tourist season is knocking on our doors and we are engrossed in preparations. Renovations are in progress in all sectors related to tourism in Nainital and the Kumaon region, like boating, restaurants and hotels.”

Restaurant owners are also busy improving their menus to attract the tourists. Nainital is a popular tourist spot set in the Kumaon Hills of the outer Himalayas.It is situated at an altitude of 1, 938 metres above sea level and has a scenic pear- shaped lake surrounded by mountains. (ANI)

Tourism picks up in Nainital

11 November 2010 18:32:11 by ANI By Vipul Goel Nainital (Uttarakhand)

Tourism has picked up in Nainital, as the hill station is experiencing a rush of tourists. Tourism was hit last month by a series of natural calamities like landslides, incessant rainfall and breaking of roads. “There was a lot of damage because of the calamities. The Bengalis were scared as roads broke down due to which they did not come. Also the elections in Bihar were stopping the Bengalis from coming here,” said Kamal Jagati, the Nainital Hotel Association spokesperson. “Now we are receiving a lot of tourists from Gujarat and Maharashtra and we have provided them with good packages, and have been successful in reaching out to them through the Internet, and the result is showing,” he added. Tourists visiting Nainital for the first time expressed satisfaction. “The public and view are very nice; the environment is also good, you won’t feel scared to go out at 12 o’ clock in the night, it is that good,” said Manisha Desai, a tourist from Gujarat. (ANI)

Uttarakhand forest department initiates tree transplantation drive on the Haldwani-Nainital National Highway

Sep.5 (ANI) : In a unique display of bionomical sensitivity, forest officials in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani district have decided to transplant old trees instead of felling them. The step is being undertaken as part of the ongoing road-widening project on the Haldwani-Nainital National Highway here. Trees, which are over 40 years old, are being transplanted under this initiative. These trees are first taken out of the surface along with their roots and then shifted to about 200 metres away with the help of large cranes. The forest department has plans to undertake 50 trees. It costs about Rs.5,000 to 7,000 for transplantation of a tree. It takes about five to six hours to transplant a tree.

The attempt, carried out under the supervision of environmental experts, was undertaken to make way for a new highway coming up in the region. Using coordinated efforts of technology, the meticulously planned transplantation exercise was aimed at creating ‘green’ avenues for similar development initiatives in the future. A team, headed by the district forest officer utilized all available resources to inflict minimum damage on the trees during the transplantation. “We are building a new road on the national highway from Haldwani to Nainital. To widen the roads, we had to cut some trees from the way. However, instead of cutting the trees, we have tried to undertake a massive transplantation experiment here,” said Parag Mathur, the forest officer. However, this was the first time when such a large-scale effort to save forests was carried out in Uttarakhand. According to experts, tree transplantation techniques usually have a 60 to 70 percent success rate. “Basically, a week before shifting the tree, its roots and branches are trimmed so that it can store food and nutrients from the soil beforehand. Then, we dig the tree out of the ground in a way so that minimum damage to the roots is inflicted and this depends on the diameter and the age of the tree that is being uprooted,” said Bhuvan Chand Joshi, an environmental expert.

Clarity, caution and precision are the keys to ensure that no damage is done to the transplanted tree, added Joshi. To minimize chances of infections, Indole Butyric Acid (IBC) is used to promote the formation of roots at their new location. (ANI)









Changing climate damages apple crop in Nainital District

13 July 2010 17:30:28 by ANI Nainital (Uttarakhand)

The apple crop has been damaged in Nainital District in Uttarakhand owing to poor climatic conditions. “The crop has been totally damaged. Though the crop yield was good but because of the hailstorm, the produce got damaged. And even because of the rising heat the crop yield was less as compared to previous years’,” said Prayag Bisht, an apple orchard owner. With the temperature rising up two to three degrees centigrade as compared to the normal one, the situation has taken a turn for the worse. As the fruiting was good, the farmers expected a good crop yield. But a hailstorm destroyed the apple crop, leaving them small in size and tasteless. “Because of the hailstorm the crops were damaged. The actual reason for the damaged crop yield is less rainfall and rising temperature, because of which the size of the apple has decreased and they have become tasteless.

The farmers are not getting enough returns for the crop,” said Kamal Joshi, a forest development officer in Nainital District. (ANI)

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