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Merrier Christmas!

Posted: December 26, 2009 in Festival

Its that time of the year when I’m at home.. here in Kerala for Christmas! Every year, on this day, I look back and see how the year has gone by. And this time it was the year 2009, where there have been many changes in my life, many achievements, thankfully very few losses and as always great moments. Where ever I go, different places with different people around, still I come back to this awesome church to celebrate Christmas.

In this last year I earned my Bachelors Degree and got myself admitted into a reputed university for my Masters. I shifted from Hyderabad to Manipal. Lot of free time in between which I never had for the last three years. Made new friends and had great moments with them. Its rather easy to put the whole year in three to four lines but looks like every time when I celebrate Christmas, instead of having a Merry Christmas, I’m having a Merrier Christmas than the previous year. Hope I have a Merrier Christmas next year too!

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HOLY HOLI !!!

Posted: March 3, 2007 in Festival
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I love the whole concept of the festival itself. But if there’s one thing I don’t quite like about Holi, it’s the hard-to-remove colours! It annoys me no end that one has to walk around with red heads, blue hair and yellow nails, looking like something out of a horror movie, even a week after Holi !!! Well, here’s some good news for those of you who feel the same way. Say goodbye to the artificial colours and go natural !!!

Holi is India’s festival of colors. It is a Hindu festival but is widely celebrated all across India by people of all faiths. The festival marks the beginning of spring time and usually takes place at the end of March or early April, on the full moon of Purnima, according to the Hindu calendar. On the first day of Holi, bonfires are lit at night. On the second day of Holi, revelers spend the day throwing colored powders, buckets of colored water, and water balloons at each other. This ritual is where Holi gets its name “the festival of colors”. And the riot of colors is the inspiration for this design.

Well, I personally don’t play any holi now, but used to play when I was in school. As of now I’m glad that I got a break from my college !!!

Its like a very HOLY HOLI for me today…lol !!!

Will u be my Valentine?

Posted: February 10, 2007 in Festival
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Time for all guys and gals to take love seriously when it comes to the valentines day. Well if they have taken love for time pass…this will be THE JUDGMENT DAY !!!
Valentine’s Day is coming up on February 14. It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other like sending Valentine’s cards often anonymously. Mostly, it is in the form of flowers and candy as presents that are given on Valentine’s Day. The day is named after two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages in Europe, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
And for those who really fear to propose to their dear one’s…here is something for u to cheer about !!!

“I love you” in German is “Ich liebe dich.”

Valentine’s Day in India…

Though this day has taken birth in the western countries yet adding lot of fun to the young Indian youth…but how did the old Indians digest this new day in their lives??? Well todays youth have only one answer to all these people…and that is “These people will never change ” … and hmmm … rightly said so!!! Shiv Sena, a nationalist political party in India, has spoken out against Valentine’s day, calling it “nothing but a Western onslaught on India’s culture to attract youth for commercial purposes.”

hmmm…I stop writing about what everyone thinks about this lovely day. Now its my views to follow.

My Valentine???

Well, I personally don’t believe in all these love and stuff and so obviously got no valentine !!! I always wondered ( looking at my friends who were caught in this love fever ) what these guys keep talking on the phone all night long …and the best part is when u ask them what they were talking…Its absolute ZERO!!! Anyways…I have only one thing to say in favor of them and that is

“LOVE IS BLIND” !!! (No Comments from me)

The 12 days of Christmas are the 12 days that separate Christmas day on December 25 from Epiphany, which is celebrated on January 6. Depending on the church, January 6 may mark Christ’s baptism (the Catholic tradition), or it may mark the day that the wise men visited the baby Jesus with their gifts.

In the past, there was a tradition of giving gifts throughout the 12 days, rather than stacking them all up on the morning of December 25.

Is December 25 really the day Jesus was born?

No one really knows. What is known is that Christian leaders in 336 C.E. set the date to December 25 in an attempt to eclipse a popular pagan holiday in Rome that celebrated Natalis Solis Invincti, or “Birthday of the Invincible Sun God,” on the winter solstice. One mid-fourth century church theologian later wrote “We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of him who made it” .

Originally, the celebration of Christmas involved a simple mass, but over time Christmas has replaced a number of other holidays in many other countries, and a large number of traditions have been absorbed into the celebration in the process

Well ever wondered why is Christmas sometimes spelled Xmas?

According to the book Did you ever Wonder… by Jeff Rovin, the word for Christ in Greek is Xristos. The use of the shortened form “Xmas” became popular in Europe in the 1500s.

The word Xmas is so common in advertising most likely because “Xmas” and “sale” have the same number of letters, and “Xmas” is significantly shorter than Christmas.


“We must become the change we want to see in the world.”
                                                            -Mahatma Gandhi
                                            October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948

{Can any one of us could spend a lifetime mastering the discipline of living just one of Gandhi’s sentences ???}

Today is the 137th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
This day should remind us of the path of truth and non-violence shown by this great man. I have resolved to constantly strive to incorporate his teachings in everyday life.

DURGA MATA KI….JAI !!!

Posted: October 2, 2006 in Festival
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Dussehra (also called Durga Puja) is marked by the worship of Goddess Durga. The common theme in all the celebrations is the triumph of good over evil.
Today, the whole sequence of good vs. evil is played out culminating in burning the effigy of Ravana.

Durga Puja celebrations begins with the traditional beating of drums, chanting of hymns and a surge of humanity flocking to thousands of eye-catching marquees to savour and pray before the bedecked images that showcase the best of craftsmanship. Bijoya Dasami, called Dussehra in other parts of India, is also known as “Dasa-Hara”, which means the cutting of the 10 heads of Ravana, now observed with the burning of giant effigies of the demon king.

On the day of Dussehra, Ram killed the great demon who had abducted the Hindu lord’s wife Sita to his kingdom of Lanka. Dussehra marks the end of the nine days of Navaratri.


HAPPY TEACHERz DAY !!!

Posted: September 4, 2006 in Festival
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Gurur brahma gurur vishnuh gurur devo maheshvarah
Gurur saakshaat parabrahma tasmai shree gurave namah

Know the Guru to be Brahma himself. He is Vishnu. He is also Shiva. Know Him to be the Supreme Brahman, and offer thy adorations unto that peerless Guru.

A teacher is an architect for a child’s future. Teacher’s day is celebrated on the occasion of the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (September 5, 1888 – April 17, 1975) best known as the man who introduced the thinking of western idealist philosophers into Indian thought. He was an Oxford don who became the first Vice President and the second President of India. Saluting this great man means not only remembering him but paying respects to our teachers.

When he became the President of India in 1962, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday on 5th September 5th. He replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teacher’s Day.” Since then, Teacher’s Day is celebrated in India on September 5th. Radhakrishnan’s life is a great message to mankind, particularly to the teachers and the students. In fact, one is a learner always.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, President to give away ‘National Award to Teachers-2005’. National Award to Teachers was instituted in 1958, which is celebrated in our country as the Teacher’s Day in honour of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India and a great teacher.