Not for the Indie Reader [via Nina Reznick]

The Liyuan Library, Jiaojiehe, China

Camouflaged into its surroundings, the library at Liyuan, two hours north of Beijing, has a facade of flexed twigs wedged between rusty steel rails. Inside, bookshelves are used as floor, stairs, seats and tables.Add caption

The Glasgow School of Art Library, Scotland

Every element in the library of the Glasgow School of Art (1909) was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who had taken evening classes in architecture at the university in 1883.

Mafra Palace Library, Mafra, Portugal

Since its opening in 1771, the Mafra Palace Library has been home to a colony of tiny bats; they roost behind the cases in winter, and in the orchard outside in the summer, swooping in during the night to eat insects which would otherwise damage the books.

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, France

Constructed in the mid-19th century, the Sainte-Geneviève library's iron roof has echoes of the railway buildings of the time.

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal

Portugal’s João the Magnanimous astonished the rector of the University of Coimbra by telling him that his request for help towards library facilities was too modest; the lavish result was financed with gold reserves that had been recently discovered in Brazil.

The man who lives in 1946 [via Nina Reznick]

Ben Sansum is 35. But he lives in 1946. His clothes, his house, the music he listens to - all come from an era before he was even born. He has always been interested the 1940s, but it is an interest that has grown over the years. He's gone from buying reproduction furniture for his house to tracking down the real thing. His 70-year-old carpet is his latest pride and joy. BBC News went to meet Ben at home in Cambridgeshire.

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

Weird Al's latest video, "Word Crimes," offers viewers a humorous schooling in the correct usage of often misused words, and it's set to the unmistakable tune of Robin Thicke's much-maligned "Blurred Lines."

Gandhi and the Professor [via Mary Calhoun]

When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, a white professor whose last name was Peters disliked him intensely and always displayed prejudice and animosity towards him.  Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him, as he expected.... there were always "arguments" and confrontations.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch in the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor.  The professor said, "Mr. Gandhi, you do not understand.  A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat."

Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied, "You do not worry professor.  I'll fly away," and he went and sat at another table.

Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions.  Mr. Peters, unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question: "Mr. Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?"

Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, "The one with the money, of course."

Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said, "I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom, don't you think?"

Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded, "Each one takes what he doesn't have."

Mr. Peters, by this time, was fit to be tied.  So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi's exam sheet the word "idiot" and gave it to Gandhi.  Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.

A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone, "Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade."

Yoga Gives Back August News Letter

Yoga Gives Back
For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life.


The Impact of your Donation!!
With your support, YGB is funding more than 500 mothers and children in India this year. Read how your donation has made a real impact on the lives of mothers and children who first received "Sister Aid" direct funding program in 2011. The list of positive changes in many mothers' lives is truly exciting; "building a toilet," "opening a bank account," "adding a tutor for her daughter,' "supporting widowed mother," etc. Read their success stories and Impact Analysis here.


YGBs's new program SHE (Scholarship for Higher Education) is also making a great progress in West Bengal and Karnataka states. 64 high school students are provided with a five-year scholarship to finish high school and advance to college level education. Read stories of the young students who are funded by Pure International here.

Donate at #Operation Girl before August 17th

We are at the 8th place now. Your donation will give YGB a chance to win bonus funding!!
With just $15 a month, a mother can start her own income-earning business in rural villages OR a young daughter can stay in school avoiding child labor and child marriage. Any amount of donation will make a real impact on many lives in India.

Exciting News: 

"Thank You Mother India" Global Campaign Launched
Let's unite to express our gratitude to Mother India for the gift of YOGA. Host just ONE class or event between September 1st and January 31st, 2015. This annual global campaign raises the majority of YGB's funding to India each year! Pick a day and register today here. Your event will be listed and promoted at YGB's website and social media. 

YouTubeWatch this year's 1 minute PR video, you might be in it!! Music by DJ Drez (featuring Sheela Bringi), Edited by Robert Nakano

"Malibu Fundraiser"

Sat, September 20th, 6-9pm at Residence of Dr Amarjit Marwah

The Malibu Fundraiser is the annual flagship event of the global campaign "Thank You Mother India." A very special evening with peaceful chanting, cello ensemble music performance, raffle, live and silent auctions, YGB Films presentation, appetizers, a sit-down dinner, wine and more!!! Mingle with special guests. For more information click here. Early Bird Tickets $80 per person, $100 after August 15th. Gift Bag for everyone (worth $200)! 


Welcome New Ambassadors and Team Members
YGB is delighted and honored to have these new and powerful members to our growing global family!!!


Anri Shiga,
Hong Kong and Japan
Pure Yoga

Wendy Chan,
Yoga Seeds


 Denise DuBarry

Palm Springs, California


Youth Ambassador 

 Elizabeth Stais
San Francisco, California 



Meric Akay,
Milan, Italy 

Yoga Meric Akay


"Pilgrimage to the Heart of Yoga" Feb 22-March 1st, 2015 Bangalore, India
An exclusive Yoga Gives Back Retreat will be at the one of the finest yoga retreat Shreyas in Bangalore with authentic Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, Classical Indian Music, Rejuvenation Spa, as well as overnight trip to YGB partner Deenabandhu Trust Home where we are funding 21 orphaned children. This special retreat is designed by YGB Ambassador Mariko Hirakawa and packaged by Gateway to India Travel. Any questions, write to

Thank you for all these past events and sponsors!
July 27: Chama & Anri Charity Class@TokyoYoga, Japan
July 26: Rooftop Yoga by Wendy Chan@Serangoon Gardens in Singapore
July 13: Project Marshmallow with Ariel Tang in Hong Kong
July 11: Kino MacGregor Workshop@Pure Yoga New York
July 5: Kino MacGrerog Workshop@Breathe Los Gatos, California
June 27-29: Kino MacGregor Workshop@Moksha Yoga, Chicago
June 21: Fundraiser@RaYoga Studio, Costa Mesa, California
June 8: Monthly Donation Class@ Loose Yoga, Crowley, UK

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Thank you for all the past and future events,
which make a real difference one class at a time!!

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Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Their Surroundings

The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World Via Tom DeCoursey

Expansion by Paige Bradley, New York, USA

The Monument Of An Anonymous Passerby, Wroclaw, Poland

People Of The River By Chong Fah Cheong, Singapore

Mustangs By Robert Glen, Las Colinas, Texas, USA

The Knotted Gun, Turtle Bay, New York, USA