I had plans for Harshu’s first Tonsure in the month of January or Thai ,the first tamizh month and on 19th January noticed that Harshu’s Nakshathram – Poosam falls tomorrow .Immediately booked the local auto rickshaw guy to take us to the temple by 6.00 A.M tomorrow as it was Thai Poosam a very auspicious day; I expected the temple to be really crowded On 20th January Amutha got up by 4.30 and got ready then me and ashu woke up by 5.00 and harshu woke up with a smiling face at 5.30 around whom the entire event evolves . We left the house by 6.05 reached the temple by 6.30 got the tickets for Special Darshan - Rs.20/- per head then a special ticket of Rs.10/-for tonsure and Rs.10/- for archanai; Harshu was quiet and very cooperative while his head was shaved . There is a charge for everything inside the temple.Since it was Harshu’s first tonsure the barber demanded 50 bucks and I had to pay ;harshu had to be given a bath ;I expected the temple to provide a bathroom and a powder room ,though there was a bathroom which also had a water heater the water from the tap was quiet chill I had to bathe him in cold water , harshu was very happy immediately started to play with the mug and the water ,the helper in the bathroom demanded 10 bucks which I straight away refused,there were no changing rooms and I had to dry harshu in a corner and wear him new clothes he was all fresh and clean ; its a custom to apply sandalwood paste after tonsure as it has antiseptic and cooling properties ,there was an old lady who was doing this service for which she demanded 10 bucks considering her age I paid her that amount. Then we got the archanai basket and went inside the temple finished the entire process by 7.30 A.M by which time the crowd started pouring in and we were out searching for our auto guy, found him atlast .We were home by 8.Ashu was very happy he had to bunk school and I took off for the day. The entire day Harshu kept scratching his tonsured head probably he was missing his curly locks.Harshu received his first gift from me as I received the first receipt from my insurer for investing in LIC’s child career plan for Harshu which I had made a couple of weeks back ,what a coincidence? Wish and pray that Harshu gets only the best of the besttest in life.
I was on hiatus from work to complete my business management program so didn’t blog for a while.
I guess you guys must have heard on the phenomenal success of “Slumdog Millionaire”. It was awesome to see our countrymen A.R.Rehaman and Resul Pookutty receive their Oscars at the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
Here’s why they deserve the Oscars :
A.R.Rahman‘s humbleness and determination is immense which has made him a household name in India. I was Exhilarated to hear “ELLA PUGAZHUM ERAIVANNUKE” ( All fame and glory to god) pronounced by ARR. He said “All my life , I’ve had a choice of hate and love. I chose love ,and I’m here” .
Resul Pookutty a man from a remote village from Kerala has not only brought laurels to Kerala but to the entire Nation. He dedicated the award to India saying “ I come from a country and civilization that gave the world the word that precedes silence and is followed by more silence. The word is “OM” .So I dedicate this ward to my country”. Fantabulous speech.
Danny Boyle – Director : I read an article on him where he said he became a clergyman to impress his mother but later chose to follow his heart to become a movie director and he’s done it now.
Jai Ho India !!!
People around the globe know about the greatness of our Nation than most of our natives. Its we who put down our Nation trying to ape the west, trying to falsely imbibe their culture and lifestyle into ours. For all those who donot know the value of our country.I would like you to read the following popular quotes by world renowned personalities:
Albert Einstein : We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.
Mark Twain : India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.
French scholar Romain Rolland : If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.
Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA: India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.
Discover Incredible India :( I know most of us must have read this earlier but lets refresh out thots again)
India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.
India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
The World's first university was established in Takshila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
Sanskrit is the mother of all the European languages. Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software, reported in Forbes magazine, July 1987.
Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans. Charaka, the father of medicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. Today Ayurveda is fast regaining its rightful place in our civilization.
Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century.
The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit 'Nou'.
Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart.; Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (5th century)365.258756484 days.
The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.
Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India; Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11th Century;The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 10^6(10 to the power of 6) whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10^53(10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 BCE during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera 10^12(10 to the power of 12).
According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.
USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion in the world scientific community that the pioneer of Wireless communication was Prof. Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.
The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.
According to Saka King Rudradaman I of 150 CE a beautiful lake called 'Sudarshana' was constructed on the hills of Raivataka during Chandragupta Maurya's time.
Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and brain surgery. Usage of anesthesia was well known in ancient India. Over 125 surgical equipment were used. Deep knowledge of anatomy, physiology, etiology, embryology,digestion, metabolism, genetics and immunity is also found in many texts.
When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)
The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.
These are only a few details I collected but there are countless achievements and greatness of our motherland. Never ever let anyone badmouth our country and also enlighten those poor souls who still are ignorant about the greatness of India and lets work on our potentials to again be an ever shining and inspiring country setting a bright path for the rest of the world to follow just as our ancestors had done to the country.
I was surfing through the net and found this article indeed a very interesting one on Dharma. A must read article for all.
Time and again it has been proved that our ancestors were well-read and more civilized.
Read this article it will certainly help you understand our Dharma : http://www.blissinmotion.blogspot.com/
This weekend was quiet hectic for me & the family, I had to prepare for my Fourth Semester exams as well as shunting between Ashu’s school and home. He was preparing for his School’s annual Sports day ( which he would be blogging about today since our broadband at home is having some problems in connectivity) , Don was busy lighting Thiruvannamalai.
Me and Ashu had a great time at school watching the kids perform Gymnastics,Yoga,a groups of students even danced to a Salsa number .It was great to watch and the Dean of the school Mrs. YGP encouraging every student and also the teachers were individually appreciated. The institution imbibes extra curricular activities in their curriculum as apart of education whereby children enjoy their childhood other than just being a bookworm .
I as a parent would like to ponder a few things , I donot wish to raise just another intelligent child but I would want him to enjoy his childhood which is a every important part of growing up ; here I’ve got to mention my visit to my Dad’s place this weekend where I bumped into my Dad's nephew who lives away from our country ; While I was chilling out ashu picked up a Ben10 shoot ( u release the trigger and it flies like a Frisbee) immediately my cousin , a protective father of his 4&1/2 yrs son said he doesnot wish his son to know anything about Guns or voilence which was agreeable then started of with his son being a regular surfer on google (which kid doesn't these days? Ashu was the youngest blogger in the country),something about knowing 180 countries etc . Kids these days are very curious and explorative ofcourse with the help of Technology and communication . As part of parenting he only teaches him stuff where he uses only his head and that in his country the word or even the action of a gun is a taboo but the part which triggered my Ego was when he said that his place has civilized people and that no civilized individual will want violence and gory stuff and this was the reason he did not wish to stay in a country like India . I get pissed when people bad mouth about our country. Indians have launched Chandrayan ,we are head of Technology , we have tested our missile, we had a rocket scientist as our President , we have 1652 languages in a country whose total area is 32,87,590 sq km, our per capita income is Rs.33,131/- but a few people still put us in all possible ways.
Coming to raising childrens , I would like to know one thing if every single parent thinks that their children should improve their intelligence only; then where would the world get the likes of David Bechkam, Vishwanthan Anand, Sania Mirza, Leander Peas,Martina Navaratilova, William sister , Steffi Graf, Chris Evert, Mohammed Ali ,Joshna Chinappa ,Maradonna …….? then why do we have Olympics, The Grand Slams , the Grande prix ?
Every parent should watch this movie of Aamir Khan “Taare Zamine Par” the storyline of the movie is very simple yet powerful ,its exactly what the parents are doing to the kids these days. They raise their kids to win the race for tomorrow ,the question is if they only want their kids to win the race then they should be breeding horses not kids.
As a child I remember climbing trees ,compound walls of neighbors, shouting , running ,screaming on the roads,playing in the rain with friends, playing cricket in the streets , bursting crackers , moonlight dinners, cycling with friends. Gosh am so lucky that I lived my childhood carefree and my memory comes back alive when I see Ashu do exactly what I did.
The least we can do for the future generation is by not maiming their childhood and teach them to respect our Nation. Jai Hind !!!
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I am fairly idealistic, and enjoy communicating and transmitting my ideas and personal insights. Likewise, I'm a good organizer and coordinator, and would be an asset to any team. My ambition is strong and my will to achieve success is fairly constant and continual.I'm always on the lookout for opportunities; I enjoy novelty, and devote myself entirely when I take action. Courage, audacity, and a taste for risk are probably my essential personal resources and qualities from the standpoint of career possibilities.