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The Banteay Srei Temple in Cambodia

January 31st, 2010

banteay-srei-temple.jpgThe Hindu temple at Banteay Srei, in the Angkor area of Cambodia, is one of the great masterpieces of Khmer sacred art. The temple is unique in being constructed entirely from red sandstone, and features some of the most intricate and beautiful carvings of Hindu mythological scenes in the world.

The name Banteay Srei means “Temple of Women”, which may be a reference to the small scale of the temple and the delicacy of its carvings. Due to the softness and fine grain of the stone, it was possible for the ancient artisans to carve scenes of great detail in three dimensions. They wasted no space in the temple, for every available surface is covered with the elaborate carvings. Scenes from the Mahabarata and the Ramayana are depicted in narrative sequence, telling incidents from the early history of the Hindu faith. At Banteay Srei, one can see a moment of history frozen in stone: the period when the ancient Khmer empire adopted the faiths and culture of India, and created works of sacred art whose sophistication and technical mastery rival those of India itself.

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Will Applying for Debt Consolidation Damage Your Credit Rating?

January 30th, 2010

debt-consolidation-credit-card.jpgThere are people all across the world who are looking for ways to get out of the debt that they have gotten themselves into. More often than not, these people make the worst mistake of hesitating to opt for a method. They do not seem to know exactly what to do, and so they will often procrastinate when it comes time to deal with the outstanding balances on their credit cards and loan debts.

The reason for this behavior is that people tend to be unsure of what is going to happen to their credit rating. Usually, people fear that by signing up with an agency they would run into the danger of ruining their credit. Needless to say (or perhaps we do need to say it, considering the large number of debt-ridden consumers out there) that these people are terribly wrong. If you opt for a debt consolidation loan, it will not have any negative effects your credit.

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Can You Save Money with Skype?

January 29th, 2010

skype-save-money-online.jpgIn tough economic times, many of us are looking for every possible way to cut costs or, even better, find free alternatives. Skype allows free phone calls to be made via the Internet, with the possibility of substantial savings.

What is Skype?

Technically, Skype is VoIP (Voiceover Internet Protocol) software that allows users to call other phones over the Internet. That means communication not only with Skype-enabled computers or phones but also landlines and cellphones on other networks. It boasts many features associated with traditional telephony, including voicemail, call waiting, and even limited videoconferencing. You can send text messages, have 3 and 4 way calls, customize your ringtones, and do many other things that we’ve become accustomed to. You can send files by Skype – even while chatting – and with additional services, you can send faxes too.

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Travel to Leh Ladakh in India

January 28th, 2010

leh-ladakh.jpgTravel in Ladakh is one of the most fascinating experiences. Situated between the Himalayas and the Kunlun range, it is a popular destination for a solitary, leisurely, relaxed holiday. Ladakh is also one of the major trekking regions in India. Leh is the most important town in the area with an airport. The first thing that strikes you there is the immovable silence in these untouched pristine mountains. You feel small and inconsequential traveling in the lap of such high and great mountains; it is one of most sparsely populated regions in the world. The expansiveness and starkness of nature here are things that hold you in awe. There is the deepest blue in the sky, with a sun that burns you, and shade that makes you feel cold. It is extremely dry with no moisture whatsoever in the wind. So do not forget to carry sunscreen lotions and moisturizers when you travel!

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Finding the Best Value on Certification Exam Vouchers

January 27th, 2010

certification-exam-voucher.jpgProfessional certification is a key to success in the information technology profession. If you want to continue advancing in your IT career, you’ll want to work on developing an impressive list of certifications to prove your skills to employers. Of course, keeping up with the latest IT certifications requires continual professional development activities and preparation for taking certification exams.

When you’re ready to take your next certification exam, make sure that you don’t pay more than you have to for your test voucher. While the prices for certification tend to be fairly constant, because they are set by each vendor, it is sometimes possible to find discounts on certification exam vouchers. For example, sometimes vendors offer test voucher discounts, free exam retake specials, and even free beta exam vouchers.

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Places of Interest in New York City

January 26th, 2010

new-york-city.jpgNew York City is one of the largest and most famous cities in the world. Because there is so much to see and do here, you may not know what to do first. If you are planning to go to New York City then here are a few tips for where to see some of the most popular attractions.

Central Park: This is definitely one on the list to see. This is a famous park as it has been introduced in many films and the TV series Friends. The park itself is 4 miles long and about 2 miles wide. Once you enter Central Park, it feels like you are not in a big city anymore as it peaceful and quiet. You will see spectacular scenes of the city’s buildings surrounding the area along with massive lakes near the park’s center. If you are planning to visit Central Park, I would recommend taking half a day if you want to see all of the major sections.

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Rajasthan: Forts and Temples Amid the Desert

January 25th, 2010

jaisalmer-rajasthan.jpgThis article by Nidhi Varma is largely a continuation of the previous India travel guide on jewels, palaces, and tigers in Rajasthan. Although the original file was labeled as “Eastern Rajasthan”, according to the district map at MapsOfIndia.com, most of the regions referred to in the article are actually located in the western part of the state.

Eastern Rajasthan is more about the desert than anything else. The Thar Desert is the seventh largest in the world, lying mainly in the state of Rajasthan. When you travel in this region, you mostly come across nothing but vast stretches of barren land, maybe a few thorn scrub forests with a slight green on the horizon, which is the Indira Gandhi Canal beginning in Punjab and ending near Jaisalmer, running mainly through Rajasthan to provide water to the state for irrigation. Both sides of the canal are green because of the water.

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How to Easily Make New Friends on Facebook

January 24th, 2010

facebook-friends-logo.jpgHave you ever seen people with hundreds of friends on Facebook and wondered what it would be like? If your social circle is looking a little small there’s a fun and easy way to make friends on Facebook and meet new people from all over the world.

One of the funnest things to do on Facebook is play games. Some games like Farmville have gone viral and have tens of millions of players. Chances are, many of your current friends on Facebook are already playing. However, there are thousands of fun games available to play and many of these games don’t have nearly as many players. This is the basis of our friend-adding strategy!

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Rajasthan: Jewels, Palaces, and Tigers

January 23rd, 2010

rajasthan-tours-palaces.jpgRajasthan is the land of jewels, forts, palaces, and stretches of barren land graduating into the Thar Desert with Aravali hills lending green to the eye. Rajasthan means ‘land of kings’, and has a history of Rajput warrior kings, stories of whom don’t cease to fall from the lips of locals. Every nook and corner in Rajasthan probably has a story attached to it, most of which are stories of valiance, honor, and bravery. Most Indian handicrafts, silver and gemstone fitted jewelry, and block printed or dyed textiles find their birthplace in Rajasthan. Some of the best shopping you can do is here. Folk culture is rich with Ghoomar dances and folk ballads.

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Introduction to Selling on eBay

January 22nd, 2010

ebay-sell-stuff.jpgSelling on eBay is a fast and easy way to make money. Whether you’re simply trying to get rid of some old possessions lying around the house, supplement your existing income, or make a lucrative full-time business out of selling things online, eBay gives you all the tools that you need to work and sell at your own pace and on your own terms.

Whenever selling items on eBay, there are a few important rules that everyone should remember in order to be successful.

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Kerala: Green Hills and the Blue Sea

January 21st, 2010

kerala-places-interest.jpgThis article by Nidhi Varma is a description of various places of interest in Kerala, a state in south India that was formed in 1956 by merging the areas of Malabar, Cochin, Travancore, and the South Kanara district. Overall, it is a relatively well-developed region and now features a rapidly growing tourism industry. The natural beauty and availability of exotic spices has made Kerala an increasingly popular holiday destination.

Kerala is a land of mystical mountains, rolling hills with plantations, beaches with deep blue sea, and wild forests. It is known in India as ‘God’s own country’. And it truly is. On a recent trip there, I was amazed to find how so much beauty can exist within this small a region. The places that I talk about here are ones where natural beauty abounds, since that is my preference. However, Kerala is also famous for many temples in South Indian architectural styles not mentioned here, and they are no less beautiful than the nature around them.

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