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Djokovic Donates Rome Prize Money To Help Flood Relief Efforts....

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Novak Djokovic has donated his entire Rome prize money in support of the Balkans flooding....

Novak Djokovic has donated his entire prize money for winning the Internazionali BNL d'Italia title in Rome to his foundation to help the flood relief efforts in Serbia.

Heavy rainfall in Bosnia and Serbia from 14-16 May has affected more than 1.6 million people, with at least 48 people dying as a result of the flooding.

Source:- ATP Tennis

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Festival Vishu : What Is Vishukkanni...?

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Vishukkani is what you see first thing in the morning on Vishu day.  Mothers usually arrange it the previous night and it consists of a variety of items like fruits, vegetables, gold, mirror, kani konna flowers etc.  Early morning, mums wake you up and you don't open your eyes before you reach in front of the kani. You want to see the auspicious kani, first thing in the morning because that determines the fortunes for the year!

By : Dr. Sudhir Kumar

Aishwarya Rai Moved To Tears At The UN Programme on HIV/AIDS....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on March 13, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was moved to tears at the press conference for The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), country mission on HIV at the Bhabha Municipal Hospital in Mumbai.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in the year 2013 and since then she has been spotted regularly attending events of UNAIDS.  Aishwarya was moved into tears on hearing the plight of the women. She stated that it’s very important for all pregnant women to go for an HIV test and to know their status. Accessing HIV services on time will contribute to stopping new HIV infections among children and keeping the mothers healthy.

“I commit to work towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children not only in India, but globally,” she said.

Since last year, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has helped to raise awareness on issues related to stopping new HIV infections in children and advocated for increased access to anti-retroviral treatment.

Aishwarya said, “It is an honour and privilege to be working with the UN and focusing on the work that needs to be done in the area of AIDS/HIV”.

She said she is exchanging ideas with The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on what steps need to be taken and how to work with women in educating them and helping them break social barriers and stigmas that are attached with the disease.

“This is a turning point in my life. I wanted to be associated with the UN at a time when I could actually contribute to the work and the causes,” Aishwarya said during her media interaction.

Source:- Business of Cinema

The Origin Of EASTER....

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Causes To Support : Laugh To Cure MND Reaches $100,000....

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MELBOURNE, Australia - During the Australian Open the Laugh To Cure MND campaign was launched, with the goal of raising awareness and funds in a positive, uplifting way to help find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease. Melbourne locals Pat and Angie Cunningham spearheaded the campaign - Angie Cunningham, the former Vice President of Player Relations & On Site Operations at the WTA, was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2012 and is currently trying to fight through it.

The goal was to raise $100,000 for a new research study - that goal was reached in just two weeks.

"We are so thrilled to have exceeded our goal of raising $100,000 for motor neurone disease research," Angie said. "We have been blown away by the incredible support and efforts of all of our friends at the WTA and in the tennis community. Not only did we hit our funding goal but we exceeded our hopes for an increase in awareness and this has been so very rewarding not only to me but also to others living with or affected by the disease. The public attention the stars of tennis have brought to the MND/ALS community has been amazing and so greatly received by people who dearly need some hope and support. Thank you to all our friends for an incredibly rewarding and successful few weeks."

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Federer, Tsonga Raise More Than $1 Million For The Roger Federer Foundation....

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Pat Rafter, Tony Roche, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lleyton Hewitt starred in the exhibition.

More than $1 million was raised as Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and a host of Australian tennis stars put on a captivating performance on Wednesday evening in Melbourne in aid of the Roger Federer Foundation.

On a packed Rod Laver Arena, four-time Australian Open champion Federer defeated 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5 in an exhibition match lasting just over two hours. The Swiss had started the evening with a hit against Rod Laver, before the Australian took his seat courtside.

Last week’s Brisbane International champion, Lleyton Hewitt, Davis Cup captain Patrick Rafter and Federer’s former coach, Tony Roche, all contributed to the evening at Melbourne Park.

“What a pleasure to play any match here, in particular a match for a good cause,” said Federer. “I played some of the biggest matches of my career right here. It’s very special being back. It was a dream come true to play some balls with Rod Laver, spend some time with him, speak with him.

“The most important thing tonight was to enjoy it, have fun with Jo and get into the mood of the Australian Open. It's a pleasure playing the Australian Open. I’ve been coming for nearly 15 years. This was perfect preparation, but so much more tonight.”

“I’m really pleased to be here tonight,” said Tsonga, speaking to Hewitt. “To help Roger is always an honour. I played well. It was a good match tonight. It’s always tough to play against Roger. It’s great to be here tonight for a great cause.”

The Roger Federer Foundation was set up in 2003, fulfilling one of Federer's long-held dreams of becoming social aware. The Foundation has helped over 50,000 children annually living in poverty to access high quality early learning and education. 

“It's something very close to my heart, I’m very emotionally attached,” said Federer. “To reach 10 years is a great deal. I’m happy I started so early. I learnt a lot at the beginning of my career, I met influential people who taught me great things. I really feel we’re still at the beginning. We can achieve great things. We hope to reach one million kids by 2018 and an event like this is going to help in a big way.”

Source:- ATP Tennis

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Nelson Mandela : A Revolutionary's Life...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on December 6, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Springbok captain Francois Pienaar receives the Rugby World Cup from South African President Nelson Mandela at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on June 24, 1995.

Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.

"He is now resting," said South African President Jacob Zuma. "He is now at peace."

"Our nation has lost his greatest son," he continued. "Our people have lost their father."

A state funeral will be held, and Zuma called for mourners to conduct themselves with "the dignity and respect" that Mandela personified.

"Wherever we are in the country, wherever we are in the world, let us reaffirm his vision of a society… in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another," he said as tributes began pouring in from across the world.

Though he was in power for only five years, Mandela was a figure of enormous moral influence the world over – a symbol of revolution, resistance and triumph over racial segregation.

He inspired a generation of activists, left celebrities and world leaders star-struck, won the Nobel Peace Prize and raised millions for humanitarian causes.

South Africa is still bedeviled by challenges, from class inequality to political corruption to AIDS. And with Mandela’s death, it has lost a beacon of optimism.

In his jailhouse memoirs, Mandela wrote that even after spending so many years in a Spartan cell on Robben Island – with one visitor a year and one letter every six months – he still had faith in human nature.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion,” he wrote in “Long Walk to Freedom.”

“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Mandela retired from public life in 2004 with the half-joking directive, “Don’t call me, I’ll call you,” and had largely stepped out of the spotlight, spending much of his time with family in his childhood village.

His health had been fragile in recent years. He had spent almost three months in a hospital in Pretoria after being admitted in June for a recurring lung infection. He was released on Sept. 1.

In his later years, Mandela was known to his countrymen simply as Madiba, the name of his tribe and a mark of great honor. But when he was born on July 18, 1918, he was named Rolihlahla, which translated roughly – and prophetically – to “troublemaker.”

Mandela was nine when his father died, and he was sent from his rural village to the provincial capital to be raised by a fellow chief. The first member of his family to get a formal education, he went to boarding school and then enrolled in South Africa’s elite Fort Hare University, where his activism unfurled with a student boycott.

As a young law scholar, he joined the resurgent African National Congress just a few years before the National Party – controlled by the Afrikaners, the descendants of Dutch and French settlers – came to power on a platform of apartheid, in which the government enforced racial segregation and stripped non-whites of economic and political power.

As an ANC leader, Mandela advocated peaceful resistance against government discrimination and oppression – until 1961, when he launched a military wing called Spear of the Nation and a campaign of sabotage.

The next year, he was arrested and soon hit with treason charges. At the opening of his trial in 1964, he said his adoption of armed struggle was a last resort born of bloody crackdowns by the government.

“Fifty years of non-violence had brought the African people nothing but more and more repressive legislation and fewer and few rights,” he said from the dock.

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

He was sentenced to life in prison and sent to Robben Island. As inmate No. 466/64, he slept on the floor of a six-foot-wide cell, did hard labor in a quarry, organized fellow prisoners – and earned a law degree by correspondence.

As the years passed, his incarceration drew ever more attention, with intensifying cries for his release as a global anti-apartheid movement gained traction. Songs were dedicated to him and 600 million people watched the Free Mandela concert at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1988.

In 1985, he turned down the government’s offer to free him if he renounced armed struggle against apartheid. It wasn’t until South African President P.W. Botha had a stroke and was replaced by F.W. de Klerk in 1989 that the stage was set for his release.

After a ban on the ANC was repealed, a whiter-haired Mandela walked out prison before a jubilant crowd and told a rally in Cape Town that the fight was far from over.

“Our struggle has reached a decisive moment,” he said. “We have waited too long for our freedom. We can no longer wait.”

Over the next two years, Mandela proved himself a formidable negotiator as he pushed South Africa toward its first multiracial elections amid tension and violence. He and de Klerk were honored with the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts.

When the elections were held in April 1994, the ex-prisoner became the next president and embarked on a mission of racial reconciliation, government rebuilding and economic rehabilitation.

A year into his tenure, with racial tensions threatening to explode into civil war, Mandela orchestrated an iconic, unifying moment: He donned the green jersey of the Springboks rugby team – beloved by whites, despised by blacks – to present the World Cup trophy to the team captain while the stunned crowd erupted in cheers of “Nelson! Nelson!”

He chose to serve only one five-year term – during which he divorced his second wife, Winnie, a controversial activist, and married his third, Graca, the widow of the late president of Mozambique.

After leaving politics, he concentrated on his philanthropic foundation. He began speaking out on AIDS, which had ravaged his country and which some critics said he had not made a priority as president.

When he officially announced he was leaving public life in 2004, it signaled he was slowing down, but he still made his presence known. For his 89th birthday, he launched a “council of elders,” statesmen and women from around the world who would promote peace. For his 90th, he celebrated at a star-studded concert in London’s Hyde Park.

As he noted in 2003, “If there is anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.”

In April, de Klerk was asked on the BBC if he feared that Mandela’s eventual death would expose fissures in South Africa that his grandfatherly presence had kept knitted together.

De Klerk said that Madiba would be just as unifying a force in death.

“When Mandela goes, it will be a moment when all South Africans put away their political differences, take hands, and will together honor maybe the biggest South African that has ever lived,” he said.

By: Tracy Connor


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'Motherese' Important For Children's Language Development...!!!

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on September 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

(Medical Xpress) -- Talking to children has always been fundamental to language development, but new research reveals that the way we talk to children is key to building their ability to understand and create sentences of their own. The exaggerated speech we naturally use with young children is special register – often called ‘motherese’.

“We use changes in pitch and rhythm when we talk to children, and we emphasize important words. This is what children usually learn and produce first.”says Professor Katherine Demuth, Director of the Child Language Laboratory at the Centre for Language Sciences, Linguistics Department.

But it’s not just mothers: fathers, older siblings and virtually anyone who talks to a young child naturally adopts child-directed speech, or ‘motherese.’ Studies suggest that this helps children identify where words begin and end, and provides them with the clues needed to help them develop their own language skills.

“A child learning their first language is like an adult learning a second one: you have no idea what’s going on and it’s just one long speech stream. Child-directed speech helps unpack this for children and gives them the tools to help them identify sounds, syllables and finally words and sentences,” says Demuth.

Demuth recommends a simple method for developing language skills: talking and reading to children. “You aren’t teaching them language, you are just interacting with them, using words that help them develop their vocabulary sooner.”

Source:- Macquarie University

Interracial Couples Increasingly Common...But Many Aren't Marrying; U.S. Census Data Show....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on September 2, 2013 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Interracial couples are increasingly common in America, but many are opting not to get married.

That's according to a new analysis of U.S. Census data published by the Los Angeles Times, which found racially and ethnically mixed couples were more than twice as common in 2012 as they were in 2000.

But there were also more than twice of the amount of unmarried interracial couples living together than married ones. In 2012, nine percent of unmarried couples living together came from different races, compared with about four percent of married couples, according to Census Bureau data.

"The same gap exists for Latinos — who are not counted as a race by the Census Bureau — living with or marrying people who aren't Latino," the newspaper added.

Some researchers say the reason for interracial couples not marrying is disapproving family members.

"You don't need to get a blessing from either side of the family [to live together]," Zhenchao Qian, a sociology professor at Ohio State University, told the Times. "Moving to the next stage is sometimes more difficult."

That's because "many older Americans, especially whites, are still uneasy about interracial marriage."

Or there were three ago. According to a 2009 study by the Pew Research Center, just half of white respondents aged 50 to 64 said they would be fine with one of their relatives marrying someone of any other race or ethnicity.

Another reason for the parental uneasiness cited by researchers: fear of a loss of culture.

"That seemed to be the more common concern," Damon Brown, an African American man married to an Indian American woman, told the paper. Their families thought "you can be black, or you can be Hindi," he said.

Whatever the case, it's clear some Americans still are uncomfortable with seeing racially mixed couples.

Earlier this year, a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family drew so many prejudiced comments online, General Mills decided to disable commenting on its YouTube account.

By: Dylan Stableford

Isolated Mashco-Piro Indians Appear In Peru....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Members of an Indian tribe that has long lived in voluntary isolation in Peru's southeastern Amazon attempted to make contact with outsiders for a second time since 2011, leading to a tense standoff at a river hamlet.

Authorities are unsure what provoked the three-day encounter but say the Mashco-Piro may be upset by illegal logging in their territory as well as drug smugglers who pass through. Oil and gas exploration also affects the region.

The more than 100 members of Mashco-Piro clan appeared across the Las Piedras river from the remote community of Monte Salvado in the Tambopata region of Madre de Dios state from June 24-26, said Klaus Quicque, president of the regional FENAMAD indigenous federation.

They asked for bananas, rope and machetes from the local Yine people but were dissuaded from crossing the river by FENAMAD rangers posted at the settlement, said Quicque, who directed them to a banana patch on their side of the river.

The incident on the Las Piedras is chronicled in video shot by one of the rangers and obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

"You can see in the images there was a lot of threatening — the intention of crossing. They practically reached mid-river," Quicque said by phone from Puerto Maldonado, the regional capital.

The video shows Mashco-Piro of all ages and sexes, including men with lances, bows and arrows. In one image shot during a moment of tension, a man flexes his bow, ready to shoot.

Quicque said the estimated 110-150 people living in Monte Salvado "feared for their lives." He credited the ranger, Rommel Ponciano, for keeping a cool head.

He said 23 Mashco-Piro appeared on the first day, 110 on the second and 25 on the third. The clan left and hasn't returned.

"They spoke a variant of Yine," Quicque said, but Ponciano understood only about two-thirds of the words.

The Mashco-Piro live by their own social code, which includes kidnapping other tribes' women and children, according to Carlos Soria, a Lima professor and former head of Peru's park protection agency.

Peruvian law prohibits physical contact with the estimated 15 "uncontacted" tribes in Peru that together are estimated to number between 12,000 and 15,000 people living in jungles east of the Andes. The main reason is their safety: Their immune systems are highly vulnerable to germs other humans carry.

Anthropologist Beatriz Huertas, who works with Peru's agency for indigenous affairs, says the Mashco-Piro are becoming increasingly less isolated. The tribe is believed to number in the hundreds in several different clans.

It is not unusual for them to appear where they did during a season of sparse rainfall when rivers are low, and they tend to be itinerant, she said.

"What's strange is that they came so close to the population of Monte Salvado. It could be they are upset by problems of others taking advantage of resources in their territories and for that reason were demanding objects and food of the population," Huertas said.

Naturalists in the area and national park officials say the tribe's traditional hunting grounds have been affected by a rise in low-flying air traffic related to natural gas and oil exploration in the region.

Quicque said the Mashco-Piro were victimized by "genocide" in the mid-1980s from the incursion of loggers, and subsequently engaged in battles with mahogany-seekers.

Members of the group reappeared in May 2011 on the banks of a different river after more than two decades in voluntary isolation.

After those sightings, and after tourists left clothing for the Mashco-Piro, authorities barred all boats from going ashore in the area.

Mashco-Piro were blamed later in 2011 for the wounding of one forest ranger and the killing of a Matsiguenka Indian who had long maintained a relationship with them and provided them with machetes and cooking pots.

By: Frank Bajak


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Catherine Zeta-Jones Talks About The 'Triggers' For Her Bipolar Disorder....

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A-list stars typically don't get very candid in interviews, but Catherine Zeta-Jones isn't afraid to have an open discussion about her life … particularly when it comes to her ongoing battle with bipolar disorder.

Ever since the "Red 2" actress announced in 2011 that she had been diagnosed with the mental illness, we've been impressed with how straightforward she's been about her situation and her commitment to continued treatment. In April, she checked herself into an in-patient center for the second time and has said that she'll continue checking herself into facilities periodically for the rest of her life.

In a new interview with the U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper that took place at her home in New York, Zeta-Jones, 43, explains that the stress of her husband Michael Douglas's battle with throat cancer two years ago was a trigger for the disease.

"[Bipolar] is something I have been dealing with for a long time," she tells the paper. "When you get sideswiped like that [with Douglas's illness] it's an obvious trigger for your balance to be a little bit off – not sleeping, worry, stress. It's a classic trigger."

Zeta-Jones has said many times before that the reason she talks openly about her bipolar disorder is because she hopes that bringing greater awareness to it may help others. "I know I'm not the only person who suffers with it or has to deal with it on a day-to-day basis," she adds. "So if I’ve helped anybody by discussing bipolar or depression, that’s great."

In the interview, she also talks about the nerves she faces before big events, such as her recent turn revisiting her Velma Kelly character from the movie version of "Chicago" at the 2013 Academy Awards. "I get terrified the first day I'm on a film set," she explains. "I get nervous walking down a red carpet. I find making speeches the most terrifying thing in the world."

So how does she deal with it? "I have this system. I torture my husband and everyone around me with my nerves and anxiety. Then, when I get on stage, the fear is gone. I've exhausted myself. It just dissipates."

Of course, it may be hard for many to understand how a woman this busy, raising two children ages 10 and 12, maintains her stunning looks. "I have a ballet barre in my gym," she reveals. "I turn the music up so loud that the walls are pulsating, and I go for it for an hour."

And if working out, motherhood, and acting isn't enough to keep her busy, she has more she still wants to tackle. "I’ve always wanted to do a one-woman show in Vegas," she shares. "I want to be able to paint – I am trying, but so far I am not very good at all, although it gives me such solace and peace of mind."

Apparently, so does fancy footwear. When the writer points out the untouched pairs of Louboutins lining her bookshelf, Zeta-Jones responds, "I buy shoes sometimes and use them as bookends. They’re too beautiful to wear."

By: Jeremy Blacklow

Banning Cats (ok, khat) Is A Pointless Backwards Step....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on July 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Enjoyed a thought-provoking session with the Global Commission on Drug Policy in Geneva. While we were discussing how the world can treat drugs as a health problem not a criminal problem, the UK government was doing the opposite. The Home Secretary is banning the herbal stimulant khat – completing ignoring the evidence of its own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).

Khat is a mild stimulant traditionally used by members of the Somali, Ethiopian and Yemeni communities. The ACMD completed a comprehensive review and found no evidence khat was linked with serious or organised crime and concluded that there was no case for prohibiting it.

Despite this, Home Secretary Theresa May has decided to ban it, making it a class C drug. This is the first time that a Home Secretary has gone directly against the advice of the ACMD to ban a substance. At a time when most of the world is moving towards more progressive drug policies, the UK is taking a big step backwards.

What is the point in having expert scientific advisers produce a comprehensive review, if you are going to ignore the conclusions they find if you don’t like them? The Global Commission has asked governments to follow science and evidence based drug policy and this is exactly the opposite.

The ban will not reduce use; it will simply criminalise lots of people who are minding their own business using khat in their own homes. Tensions between communities and the police will increase, attacking an ethnic minority and making their lives in the UK more difficult and dangerous. Plus, instead of a market worth £14 million per year being properly taxed, it will fall into the hands of criminal smuggling groups. 

Professor David Nutt’s hilarious article about him mistakenly thinking the government is banning cats rather than khat sums up the absurdity of the situation well.  You won’t be surprised to find the arguments for banning kittens are no more ridiculous than those used to ban the stimulant.

By: Richard Branson

(Founder of Virgin Group)

Five Steps To Happiness....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on July 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My good friend Ray Chambers has just taken over the challenge of meeting the United Nations’ health goals as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria.

If anyone can pull off beating this terrible disease it will be him. Ray is the Founder of Malaria No More and has dedicated most of his life to helping at-risk youth through groups such as the Alliance for Youth, the National Mentoring Partnership and the Millennium Promise Alliance. He also did sterling work with Virgin Unite, helping us incubate The Elders, who tackle conflict resolution around the world.

The high school scholarships that Ray gave at-risk youth continue to have an impact today. One inner city Newark child to receive such a scholarship had been raised by a single mother until she was brutally murdered – but with Ray’s help, Shavar Jeffries earned a top law degree. He chose to make a difference in other people's lives by moving back to Newark and helping to reduce the state's prison recidivism rate. He also improved the quality of Newark schools (by introducing KIPP schools) and is now running for Newark mayor. I met Shavar, and he’s a remarkable person. So not only is Ray a remarkable person, he breeds them too!

Friends who know Ray call him The Capitalist Buddha. He lives by his own five steps to happiness:

  1. *Living in the moment.
  2. *Being a spectator to your own thoughts especially when you become emotional.
  3. *Better to be loving than right.
  4. *Grateful for at least one thing every day.
  5. *To help others every chance you get.

What steps to happiness do you live by?

By Richard Branson

(Founder of Virgin Group)

World's Biggest Albino Family in India....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on June 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Rosetauri(right) and Mani (left) wed in an arranged marriage in 1983, but Mani now describes her family's albinism as a 'Gift from God.'

  A white-skinned Indian couple are set to enter the record books along with their offspring, after becoming the world's biggest albino family.  The ten members of the Pullan family, headed by Rosetauri, 50, and his wife Mani, 45, all have the extremely pale skin and near-white hair of albinos.  But despite years of prejudice and suffering the poor vision which is a side effect of the condition, the Pullans and their eight other family members are set to land a Guinness World Record.

The Pullan children Shankar, 24, Ramkishan, 19, and Vijay, 25 (back row), along with daughters Deepa, 21 (left) and Pooja, 18 (right) all inherited albinismn from their father Rosetauri and mother Mani (centre).

Hardship: Mani Pullan, pictured in purple, says her family which includes daughters Deepa (left) and Pooja (right) have had to battle prejudice in India as albinos.

The Pullans, who are all albino, live in a small one-bedroom flat in Delhi.

The Pullans say they have endured a lot of prejudice as people find it hard to understand they are 'born and bred in India.'

The Pullan family say that despite their condition, they are looking forward to global recognition as the world's biggest albino family.


Happy Mothers Day....

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