Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Talk about India, from India with you

Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends, wherever you are! It is 11:00am. 18th April, 2018, Wednesday Here in India.  How are you friends? After a looong ‘HOT’ summer, it’s raining here and I feel so happy! Here is one more cause to be happy today! It is a holly occasion - Akshaya Tritiya, celebrated by almost all the Indian today! Allow me to say something about this……

Akshaya Tritiya also referred as Akha Teej, is considered as the most auspicious days of all by Hindus in India. The pious day of Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day (Tithi) of bright phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. The name Akshaya Tritiya describes the special planetary positions of Moon, Sun and Jupiter, as on this day all three unanimously come under Mrigshira Nakshatra. Moon and Sun both glow at their brightest level, indicating the auspiciousness of the day.

The day of Akshaya Tritiya is considered highly auspicious by Hindus as the day is thought to bring good fortune and prosperity for every one. The literal meaning of Akshaya in Sanskrit means imperishable or “never diminishing” and thus the day is believed to be the best time for beginning new ventures or investing money in precious metals and land. On this day, many of Indians buy gold or silver ornaments.
Gold Ornaments, specially made for Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is also referred as a golden day of eternal success because the Golden Age or the first of the four Yugas, Satya yug is believed to have begun on this day. Akha Teej also marks the birthday of Sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu - Lord Parshuram. The auspicious day also holds a special importance as the holy river Ganga also descended down to earth from heaven on this very same day. Vedavyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great Hindu scriptures, Mahabharatha on the eve of Akshaya Tritiya. The first Tirthankar in Jainism- Bhagwan Rishabdev also broke his fasting spell of one year by taking juice on the day of Akha Teej.

Time to go now…………Take care of your family and yourself! Have a good day/ afternoon/evening/night! Namaskar.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

#CuttingPani - Conserve Water To Get Closer To Life

"Water Water Everywhere Nor Any Drop To Drink"

The other name for water is ‘Life’. Without fresh water we shall die in just a few days. But, how much we know about our life? Do you know that 70 percent of the world is covered by water; but, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh? The rest is salt or ocean-based water or is permanently frozen and we can't drink it or use it. As our population grows, more and more people are using up this limited resource. Therefore, it is important that we use our water wisely and not waste it. Let’s discuss it in detail –

Why do we need to conserve water:

In one sentence, saving water helps protect our Nation's, as well as the World’s water supplies. It is clear that water is one of our most precious resources.  Considering that every single person on the planet needs water to survive. Conserving water can diverts less water from our rivers, bays, and estuaries, that helps keep the earth safe. It can also reduce water and wastewater treatment costs and the amount of energy used to treat, pump, and heat water. This lowers energy demand, which helps prevent air pollution.

Before marriage I lived in Railway Housing; and now I live in Govt. Housing. In both places, 24 hrs. Water facility is available. I find almost every family use water meaninglessly! They always wash their clothes in running water; no one use bucket for bath; they water there plants in their Garden as like they give shower them and many more! They behave like - “if we get water enough, why should we not use?” It's not just the dry western areas of our country or those villages that need to be concerned with water efficiency. As our population continues to grow, demands on precious water resources increase. There are many opportunities to use household water more efficiently without reducing services.

Ways to Save Water:

  1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or saving or scrubbing your hands your hands before washing. Don’t let all that water goes down the drain while you brush! Turn off the faucet after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it’s time to rinse.
  2. Check all faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks; fixing leaky faucets can mean big water savings.
  3. Re-use your pasta or noodles cooking liquid by watering plants instead of dumping that water down the drain.
  4. Use bucket for bath or cut your showers short for some serious water savings. If you have a habit of taking shower multiple times a day or even daily; skip the shower from time to time.
  5. Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of waste water
  6. When you hand-washing a lot of dishes, fill up your sink with water, instead of letting it run the whole time that you’re scrubbing.


Educate Children about Conserving Water:


It is very important to teach our children about the importance of water, as well as saving water. We need to grow our children with a good habit of water conserving
Be aware your children about these initial steps:

  1. Learn your kids to turn of the faucets properly after using.  Ask your kids to double-check the faucets after they are done washing their hands or brushing their teeth.

  2. Tell your children to fill their glasses as they need; or drink the full glass.

  3. By telling your kids to use the half-flush every time they need to use the loo, you can save a lot of tank water. Similarly, a inculcating a habit of quick showers will result in saving thousands of liters of water in every household.
  4. Childhood is the best time to learn anything new. People remember things all their life, what they have learnt in their infant age. So, tell your child about the importance of water and how they can use it wisely Encourage kids to reuse leftover water from glasses for gardening or fill the bowl of your pet.

Take a pledge to make a habit of #CuttingPaani

The #CuttingPaani is an initiative of Livepure, they has developed based on the ‘cutting chai’ culture of Mumbai. They says – ‘The #CuttingPaani campaign implements the Mumbaiya concept for saving drinking water’.
When we serve water in dinner table or to gusts, every time we leave a half-empty glass. We do not drink the full glass of water. The #CuttingPaani concept is create to restore those drops of water, which are dump to sink after every sip. By asking for #CuttingPaani, meaning the only the amount of water you can comfortably drink, you can save a lot of water.
Here is some way; you can use to support #CuttingPaani:

1. When you serve water to your gusts, don’t fill the glasses first. Serve a jug, full of water with empty glasses. Request them to fill their own glass as much as they need.

2. Use water container or purifier with tap in your home; so that you can fill your glass as much as you need.
3. Put a container in a corner of kitchen and store leftover waters in it. Use all the water for gardening and watering indoor plants.
4. Use leftover water for cleaning and mopping.
You can use it to fill your pet's water bowl, too..

Finally, I request to all my readers, please conserve water for your nation, as well as the World and its people; and also for your future generation. I urge each of you to Sign The #CuttingPaani Petition, and to save water by adopting #CuttingPaani.

See this video to know more about #CuttingPaani:

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Famous Four Places in India to Enjoy Holi

Holi is an ancient and popular Hindu religious festival celebrated throughout India. The colourful Holi festival is not only an obsession for the Hindus; it has attracted many people from various nations of the world. It is a spring festival, celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which occurs around the month of March. It is the second most widely celebrated festival of India after Diwali.

This festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the victory of good over bad. There are several mythological stories behind the origin of the festival. According to one belief, the festival celebrates the killing Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyapu. Holi festival is also widely associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The festival also holds significance with respect to end of winter season and the onset of summer season.
Here are four most famous places in India to watch or play the Holi festival.

Mathura & Vrindavan


The Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan is extremely famous throughout the country. It attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world.


Mathura is the birth-place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. Drenched in traditions and in the love of Lord Krishna, Mathura is definitely one of the top places to celebrate Holi in India. According to legend, the tradition of playing colors on Holi originated from the leela of Radha and Krishna. Mathura holds a renowned show in the week before Holi. A colourful and musical procession takes place from the temples to river then to the Holi Gate, where the festival is marked. The best place in Holi to catch the throwing of colors in Mathura is Dwarkadheesh Temple.
Dwarkadheesh Temple

The Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is hosts a week long Holi celebrations. The event here takes place just a day before the main Holi festival. The temple opens up its doors to all visitors to come and play Holi. The town echoes with tales of Radha-Krishna and celebrates the festival with traditions, devotion and serenity. 
Banke-Bihari Temple
The Holi customs in the temple are unique, as there is not play of conventional dry or wet colors, but flowers, and hence the name Phoolon wali holi (Flowers’ Holi). The temple priests’ shower the pilgrims with flowers in a way showering the blessings of the Lord. Arrive quite before the gate opens to get a close up position.



Barsana in Uttar Pradesh is famous for ‘Lath mar’ Holi. Barsana was the home of Radha where Krishna went to tease her and her friends. On the first day of Holi, men from Krishna’s village Nandgaon, travel to Barsana to tease the women there. The women chase men and hitting them with sticks, hence the name Lathmar Holi. The main celebrations at Barsana, take place at the Ladliji temple, dedicated to Sri Radha Rani. Sweets, Thandai, spiritual songs related to Radha and Krishna and play of color make it a fun place to enjoy the festival.



Santiniketan has the distinct identity of culture and heritage, which gives the place a unique soft touch. Santineketan was previously called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit). Tagore family came to be owned this place. Rabindranath Tagore's father Maharshi Debendranath Tagore attracted by the beauty of this place and established Saantiniketan in 1863.

The Holi festival in Shantiniketan has a unique flavor. The Holi is celebrated as Basanta Utsav or Spring Festival here. Rabindranath Tagore started Dol utsav or Basanta Utsav in his institution with colorful cultural programs. The students of Visva-Bharoti celebrate Basanta utsav in very special way. They make the festival more colorful and attractive with their magnificent live performance. 

Students dress up in yellow color and present some wonderful folk dances and cultural programs followed by the throwing of colours. The celebrations start a day earlier than Holi and are now considered an important part of the Bengali heritage. A huge number of tourists arrive every year at Shantiniketan to witness and participate in these celebrations.



Holi is one of the major festivals celebrated in Rajasthan and Jaipur celebrates the festival in royal style with great patron from royal families of Rajasthan. The celebrations stretch for two days. The first day of Holika Dahan is observed at the City Palace in Udaipur. The customs of lighting the Holika Dahan is traditionally performed by the current custodian of the Mewar dynasty. The following morning, the celebrations of Holi are all out on the streets.

The Pink City, Jaipur used to celebrate the festival of colors extravagantly with the elephant festival. Every year the Holi festival begins with a massive parade including elaborately decorated elephants, camels, horses, and folk dancing through the streets. There are also elephant polo, elephant races and tug-of-war between elephants.

😀 Happy Holi 😀


Thursday, 25 January 2018

Talk About India, From India, With You - Republic Day


*Janaganamana Adhinayaka, Jaya He, Bharatabhagyavidhata!

Republic Day, celebrated on January 26th every year, is one of India’s most important national events. It was on January 26th, 1950 that the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state.
India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru signing the constitution on 24th Jan,1950.

A draft constitution was prepared by the committee and submitted to the Assembly on 4 November 1947. The Assembly met, in sessions open to public, for 166 days, spread over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 18 days before adopting the Constitution. After many deliberations and some modifications, the 308 members of the Assembly signed two hand-written copies of the document (one each in Hindi and English) on 24 January 1950. Two days later, it came into effect throughout the nation.

On this day, India finally enjoyed the freedom of spirit, rule of law and fundamental principle of governance. The patriotic fervor of the Indian people on this day brings the whole country together even in her embedded diversity. When regional identity takes a backseat and what matters most is the universal appeal of unity and brotherhood projected by all Indians.

PM Modi arrives at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, to mark his respects

Jammu & Kashmir tableaux at Rajpath
Meghalaya tableaux at Rajpath

Republic Day is celebrated most majestically in the capital, New Delhi. The grand parade on Rajpath in New Delhi on the 26th of January is the main event of the celebration of India's Republic Day which is a three-day celebration, culminating in the beating retreat ceremony on the evening of the 29th January.

India celebrates Republic Day
The dare devil stunts of motorbike riders of BSF
The symbols of the great nation's military might and cultural wealth are displayed in what is the world's most impressive parade. All Government buildings are illuminated lending the city the atmosphere of a fairyland. This day is celebrated with much zeal and pride all across the nation.

Since 1950, India has been hosting head of state or government of another country as the state guest of honour for Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. The chief guest at India's first Republic Day on January 26, 1950 was the President of Indonesia. This year, leaders from the 10 ASEAN nations - Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei - will be the chief guests at Republic Day. For the first time in Indian Republic Day history, the Republic Day parade in 2018 will be attended by 10 heads of state from ASEAN or Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a regional grouping of 10 Southeast Asian countries.


* "Janaganamana....." is the National Song of India.

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