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"From the Ted Talk by Nilay Kulkarni: A life-saving invention that prevents human stampedes"

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I was only nine when my gaatrdfnehr first described to me the hrorros he witnessed six years earlier when human stampedes kliled 39 people in our hwetmoon of Nashik, iidna. It was during the 2003 nhaisk Kumbh Mela, one of the world's largest religious gatherings. Every 12 years, over 30 million Hindu worshippers descend upon our city — which is built only for 1.5 million people — and stay for 45 days. The main purpose is to wash away all their sins by bathing in the rveir Godavari. And stampedes may easily happen because a high-density cowrd moves at a slow pace. Apart from Nashik, this event happens in three other places in India, with varying frequency, and between 2001 and 2014, over 2,400 lives have been lost in stampedes at these events. What saddened me the most is seeing people around me resigning to the city's fate in wtseninsig the smlgieeny inevitable deaths of dozens at every Kumbh Mela.

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I was only nine when my ___________ first described to me the _______ he witnessed six years earlier when human stampedes ______ 39 people in our ________ of Nashik, _____. It was during the 2003 ______ Kumbh Mela, one of the world's largest religious gatherings. Every 12 years, over 30 million Hindu worshippers descend upon our city — which is built only for 1.5 million people — and stay for 45 days. The main purpose is to wash away all their sins by bathing in the _____ Godavari. And stampedes may easily happen because a high-density _____ moves at a slow pace. Apart from Nashik, this event happens in three other places in India, with varying frequency, and between 2001 and 2014, over 2,400 lives have been lost in stampedes at these events. What saddened me the most is seeing people around me resigning to the city's fate in __________ the _________ inevitable deaths of dozens at every Kumbh Mela.

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  3. india
  4. seemingly
  5. grandfather
  6. horrors
  7. crowd
  8. hometown
  9. killed
  10. nashik

Original Text

I was only nine when my grandfather first described to me the horrors he witnessed six years earlier when human stampedes killed 39 people in our hometown of Nashik, India. It was during the 2003 Nashik Kumbh Mela, one of the world's largest religious gatherings. Every 12 years, over 30 million Hindu worshippers descend upon our city — which is built only for 1.5 million people — and stay for 45 days. The main purpose is to wash away all their sins by bathing in the river Godavari. And stampedes may easily happen because a high-density crowd moves at a slow pace. Apart from Nashik, this event happens in three other places in India, with varying frequency, and between 2001 and 2014, over 2,400 lives have been lost in stampedes at these events. What saddened me the most is seeing people around me resigning to the city's fate in witnessing the seemingly inevitable deaths of dozens at every Kumbh Mela.

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