Friday, 27 January 2012

26th Janauary!





This date rings a bell. On the 26th of January 63 years ago the Constitution of India was formed. This day is a national holiday and is celebrated nationwide. A big parade takes place in the capital (New Delhi), bravery awards are given and there are floats exhibiting the culture and diversity of different states of India. The atmosphere is festive, happy and very electric. The whole of the celebration is broad casted live on television. I remember as a child my grandfather used to make sure that every body is present to see the parade and no one misses it. We would go to school in the morning to sing the National Anthem, which was the highlight for me and then gather sweets and go home. As I child that was something to look forward. Today it brings smile to the face and respect for so many people. To read more about it go here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_Day_(India)


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Today another special day for another special country. Australia also celebrates National day of Australia or rather called as "Australia day" on the 26th of January, to read more : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day


A very good friend of mine has her birthday and so I sing for her: Zum Geburstag viel Glück ! Happy birthday to M...........and  I told her what special day she chose to be born!

So all in all a very remarkable day to be remembered with much respect, love and pride.








Sunday, 22 January 2012

Oprah in my Pink City !

What a remarkable Woman! We all grew up watching her show on TV. But she is so much more than a TV host. She is visiting India and now she is in my city "Jaipur" also called as the "Pink city of India" attending the
Jaipur Literature festival. Here is what she says:

                                            
http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/ndtv-special-ndtv-24x7/in-conversation-with-oprah-winfrey-at-jaipur-litfest/221764?pfrom=home-lateststories

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Makar Sankranti!

"Makar Sankranti" This is the first festival which starts a chain of festivlas in the new year in India. I may not be wrong if I say that "India is the land of Festivals". Sankranti as it is also called  as  is one of the very few festivals which is celebrated always on the 14th of Janauary and which is based on the movement of "SURYA" The Sun God"! Unlike most of the Indian festivlas which are calculated by the Hindu calender, which is based on the movement of the moon and therefore it is called as a "Lunar Calender", this festival is based on the solar movement and therefore is based on the English calender. This festival signals the end of the winter season and the beginning of the spring. There are also different legends and myths assosiated with this festival, nights starts to get shorten and the days start to get longer. Spring starts !!!  You can read more here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makar_Sankranti

 In the States of Rajasthan (Jaipur, where yours truly is from) and Gujart mainly colorful kites are flown throughout the day and delicasies are prepared. Actually if I remember correctly as a child we used to start fly kites soon after Diwali was over and the days started to cool. After that Christmas and new years holidays were mostly spent on the terraces to fly kites.The closer Sankrant came the madness multiplied with loud music on the terraceds, OH! how I loved it!

So now back to Sankranti. In the whole country this festival  is assosicated with Harvest but still every State celebrate it in a different way and a different name. In the south of India this festival is called as "Pongal" (meaning "Kitchdi" a dish made with Rice and Lentils) the people celebrate and worship crops and "Surya the Sun God". Cows are bathed, dressed up and worshipped too. People also take baths in the holy rivers in India. Rangolis are made. On this day people pray for a good crop. New clothes are worn by the whole family, delicasies are prepared and also exchanged. In Punjab it is called as "Lohri" and is celebrated with a huge festive appetie with good food and the world famours Punjabi dance" Bhangra". In the central part of India, the State of Maharashtra sweets are prepared with "Sesame and Jaggery" and women do some charity or rather distrubut gifts. Charity can be given to poor people in the form of food, rice, jaggery, clothes, money etc. and in between family and friends little things are exchanged. I remember my Mom also started doing this and mostly the number of gifts are 14!!! I never knew why? Will ask her soon.

These are kites made from very fine paper and very fine thread is used to fly them up. In the city of Jodhpur special kite festvial takes place, have a look.  http://www.rajasthantoursoperatorindia.com/Attraction/Fair_Festival/kite_festival.html  

           

Rangoli, is a decoration made either with colors or with flowers in the above case.


Happy Sankranti !!!


Thursday, 12 January 2012

it`s about little things in life!

I hope you all started the new year well, YES! so did I, thanks for thinking about me. Its been a bit crazy as our wireless box got broken, I guess over utilized (just kidding) and said chaö to us and R being travelling it was not easy for M to fix it by herself. But she still started it somehow. Kids are great now-a-days, its like they are born with a chip or something. Anyways I wish you a speedy great start in the year 2012 and I hear great things happening in this year especially for women. So "Frauen Power" here we come. Have a look at this book, "Serpent of Light", a friend has recommended it to me. I am in the middle of reading, sounds very promising.

 The door bell rang twice......now read that carefully "TWICE", it could be by mistake, by chance or someone just playing a joke. But its not that. Here in the m00-m00 land when you get a registered post or a parcel, the postman will ring the bell twice, then you just run out and get to the door. I found it so SIMPLE yet so effective. I still get a kick out of this. As I always say and R makes fun of me......"Its a very little thing, but yet very big" and it works. I think its a good thinking, and a good system. I have not seen such a system in any of the different countries I have lived. Other systems are not bad either, because they will give you an opportunity to speak to the postman discuss the weather and he might also ask hesitatingly with a smirk on his face (which can never happen here), so what are you expecting in the parcel and have a little chit-chat. But this one we all know so I figured its worth mentioning some "little things in life.............after all every now and then I have to justify my titel.

Off I go to put check marks on my list of : Things to do and trust me the list is very big.

See you around, do write a line or two, makes me :) :) :)