From fighting back racism to breaking stereotypes, let’s see what this week had to offer in terms of happiness.
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AI at your Service
Of all the places you can expect an android to serve you, a bar is probably the last one. Not anymore. Meet Tipsy. The new AI bartender deployed at several places in Las Vegas. The slightly futuristic drinking experience has become a unique selling point. And tourists seem to be loving it. “Robots and automation are definitely a quicker and an easier way. The drinks are always the same. You can add a little extra if you want to for the machines, so it makes it really cool,” says John Woodall, a tourist from Tennessee. I wonder though if you behave badly, will you be expelled or “terminated”! (source)
Oh, I had to include this. This is probably the most controversial ad campaign in recent memory. But the true genius of it is effectively displaying how petty and immaterial our fights over religion are by showing all the gods of all beliefs sitting at the same table enjoying lamb. Enough said. Watch for yourself and subject yourself to some well-deserved smile.
Partners in Cleaning
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) September 6, 2017
If you don’t participate, you are just a preacher. And we have a fair share of them. People often end their responsibilities in just saying that needs to be done. We don’t often see the sayers actually get their hands dirty in doing the deed. That’s exactly why it is so satisfying and inspiring to see famous actor Randeep Hooda joining the clean-up operation of Versova beach in Mumbai. The actor was seen with members of NGO Afraz cleaning up the Juhu beach here on Wednesday morning – a day after Ganeshotsav immersions. Talk about leading by example. (source)
A “Piledriver” to Stereotypes
Kavita Devi, the first Indian woman wrestler to step foot in a WWE ring, has brought home thousands of smiles when she competed in a match wearing an Indian traditional wear, Salwar-kameez. The match was a part of an event called Mae Young Classic and Kavita was fighting against Dakota Tai. Although she lost the match, she definitely won million hearts by breaking stereotypes on several fronts. 1-2-3, ring the bell!
Weathering Storms Together, since 2017
Last week, we saw how volunteers saved and helped the victims of Hurricane Harvey. While that example of fundamentally compassionate nature of human beings was being set, another magical thing happened. Texas couple Shelly and Chris had to almost cancel their wedding in the aftermath of Harvey. “My husband and I completely lost every plan we made over the last 6 months surrounding our upcoming wedding on September 2nd due to Hurricane Harvey.” However, with the help some helping hands, they went ahead with the ceremony. A heart-warming picture from the event has since become viral over the internet. “They were a great reminder today of who cares what life throws at us, the important thing is to love one another, and these two did exactly that,” said the photography company in their Facebook post. (source)
In Response to Racism
Racial or communal stereotyping is intolerable to most of us. People who are subjected to it often feel at loss at how to respond. You cannot fire with fire. The only response to hate is love. That’s why Jagmeet Singh’s response has impressed many. This Sikh lawmaker was subjected to the racist rants of a woman, identified as Jennifer. He responded by saying: “We welcome you. We love you. We support you.” His supporters chanted “Love and Courage,” Mr. Singh’s campaign slogan, as the woman repeatedly yelled at Mr. Singh. The video of this exchange went viral. (source)
Nazar na lagey – 02/09/17 pic.twitter.com/F2Inu07kwH
— Resh (@ReshKhan_) September 2, 2017
21 YO Resham shared these pictures on the eve of Eid. She looks beautiful and gorgeous. Now, what is so special about it?
Resham was out celebrating her 21st birthday when a stranger threw acid on her. Her injuries and burns could have scarred her for life, but she did not let that happen. At the beginning, she was terrified. “My life on pause, frozen with fear.” Slowly but surely she overcame her fears and recovered gracefully.
Victims of any kind of harassment or attack are in a different kind of struggle. Along with the trauma, the attached social stigma compels them to lose themselves in the darkness of anonymity and loneliness. That’s why people like Reshma are so important. Go on girl! You are an inspiration to all of us. (source)
That’s a wrap for this week. Do you have any news of this kind of your own? Feel free to share in the comments. Also, do not forget to like, share and subscribe. Spread the love.
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