Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

"Happy New Year!" That greeting will be said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a new year gets under way. But the day celebrated as New Year's Day in modern World was not always January 1..


The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible crescent) of spring. The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming of flowers. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance (but now many of us settled for it)...



The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun. In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the new year.


Traditions of the season include the making of New Year's resolutions. That tradition also dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian's most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck of up coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of new year in the company of family and friends.



People also give cards, flowers, home made cakes and cookies, gifts to each other.. it is a way of honoring the relationships they have!


Spending New Year's Eve with the family can be a fantastic opportunity to bond, have fun together and to see the sparkle in your loved ones eyes.. But even If you are alone due to any reason still can have some fun by cooking or ordering an amazing meal, Listening music, reading... there is a lot one can do, remember;

"Another fresh new year is here...
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!"

New Year’s Eve will soon be upon us, and as you bid farewell to 2012 and say hello to 2013.. I wish all the readers a very happy start of the year.. May the New Year, Bring these wishes to all of you...

Warmth of love,
Comfort of home

Joy for children,
Support of family,
Love of friends.. 


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kashmir: Heaven on earth!

Kashmir is heaven on earth! How else will you explain the gorgeous valleys, snow-capped mountains, rivers, alpine meadows and beautiful people.. The Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh add to the glitter of this breathtaking location.


God has bestowed this world by beauty. Every place in the world has some charm and Kashmir has a little more to pride of. And Kashmir is one of the places which has abundance of beauty and a great potential to attract the tourists from across the globe. It would be a heavenly experience if you could plan a trip to Kashmir has it can give you a thrilling experience with its adventurous sports like mountaineering, Trekking etc.



Kashmir is so precious, no outsider is allowed to own land here. The state has three regions - Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Each region is beautiful in its own way. Nature has blessed Kashmir with incredible beauty.. One can stay in luxury houseboats on the beautiful Dal Lake in Srinagar, go skiing in Gulmarg, view the majestic Himalayan peaks, see the Chinar trees turn russet in autumn. 

With lots of beauty Kashmir has a huge potential to attract tourists from within and outside the country. Even though there are various places coming up with beautiful scenic… It cannot match what Kashmir owes to us. Kashmir possess many pilgrimage destinations like the Amarnath, Charar-e-sharif, Hazratbal, Khanqah Mosque, Kheer Bhawani, Shankaracharya temple, Gompas in Ladhak and Vaisho Devi.




Apart from the pilgrim destinations, many Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks like Dachigam National park, Overa wildlife Sancturay, Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve, Ramnagar National Park, Jasrota National Park, Nandini wildlife sanctuary etc. help to conserve different mountain species.. wherein you can find snow leopard, Hangul, Chiru, Yak, Several Birds and other unique animals.


Kashmir receives heavy snow fall from December to March. Snow can always double the joy.The skiing slopes in Gulmarg are incomparable and enjoyable for sky riders. The best slopes are known as highland slope, 85 slope, monkey slope, and baby slope.




Jammu & Kashmir is full of widely varying people and rich culture. People of Kashmir are famous in the world for their traditions, customs and hospitality. The Kashmiri people usually practice Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism and speak Urdu, Kashmiri, Pahari, Hindi and Ladakhi languages. Pheran, the traditional dress of Jammu & Kashmir is a long loose shirt which hangs down below the knees along with a white turban tied on a skull cap, a close-fitting trousers and lace less shoes called Gurgabi.



The Pheran for Kashmiri women is more stunning and graceful with the heavy embroidery and has broad sleeves. Pheran is considered a combination of Indian and Iranian clothing. For the Kashmiri women, one thing is important i-e the charm for the ornaments. The traditional dress of Jammu & Kashmir also includes the delicate Cashmere wool products and Kashmiri Shawls.



These Shawls are popular in the world for the elegant material and exotic embroidery applied on them. The most precious of them are the Shawls prepared with Pashmina Wool. Kashmir handicrafts are unique in nature. Paper machine and wood carving are famous and distinct.  It is place wherein you must visit at least once in your life time. 



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas...

Christmas is known for its mirth and cheerful celebration. Aside from Christmas cards and season’s greetings, people also send out Christmas gifts in different forms – be it in Christmas hampers, Christmas flower arrangements and Christmas gift basket. Now, to be fully immersed with the spirit of Christmas celebration, one must know the story of Christmas and the true meaning of it.



King Herod and Christmas

At the time of Jesus’ birth, Judaea was under the rule of King Herod. The same night that Jesus was born, three wise men were travelling across the desert when they saw a star shining very brightly in the sky. They understood it as the sign that the King of the Jews has been born, and they went to King Herod to ask where the child could be found. King Herod was afraid of losing his power and was intent to kill the newborn child. He asked the three wise men to look for the child and to inform him as soon as the child is found.



The three wise men set out in their search for the King of the Jews. Following the direction of the star, they arrived at the manger in Bethlehem where they knelt down before the Son of God. They brought with them gold, frankincense and myrrh to offer to the Holy Child. Mary thanked them for their gifts and they left to look for a place to stay.

When they slept that night, an angel appeared to them in a dream and warned them of the King’s evil plot against the child Jesus. They went back to their country but they did not tell King Herod where Jesus was. The same dream occurred to Joseph where the angel told him to flee to Egypt because King Herod was out to destroy the child.

Santa Claus

The origin of Santa Claus begins in the 4th century with Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, an area in present day Turkey. By all accounts St. Nicholas was a generous man, particularly devoted to children. His kindness and reputation for generosity gave rise to claims he that he could perform miracles and devotion to him increased. St. Nicholas became the patron saint of Russia, where he was known by his red cape and flowing white beard.



Christmas Trees

In 16th-century Germany fir trees were decorated, both indoors and out, with apples, roses, gilded candies, and colored paper. A fir tree hung with apples was used to symbolize the Garden of Eden — the Paradise Tree.





Christmas Stockings, Mistletoe, Holly, Ivy and Poinsettias are few other trends which mingled with the Season and used as decoration.

Christmas Carols

Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round. The word Carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy!



Thursday, December 20, 2012

Scream of an angel...



The familiar battle I had heard and read many times... A battle between human and demon.. A scream of an angel and laugh of culprit..

"SHE" is just like us, a daughter, a friend, a dreamer and a child of God.. SHE is lived in moments and carries herself with wind... SHE is light and deep, SHE is funny in a serious way and one day SHE lost it. SHE walked into house and tried calling the police but couldn't even dial the phone. SHE just stood there shaking, so full of rage.. Overwhelmed with flashbacks...

People talk.. SHE don't dress well, SHE is so modern... SHE eat out, SHE has male friend SHE is.. SHE was.. SHE should.. SHE...

SHE THINKS: I m the bad one .. there HAS to be something wrong with me, or I've done something to deserve this.. I should..

Culprits varies from educated, well to do or some morons on road, they don't fear for anything, they even kill but skipped... There are chances that police not even able to catch these society black sheep!

Even if police catch them, they got freedom after few years..

I heard these news within 6 month;

Man raped a toddler
Another rape case in Mumbai
A 64 years old raped and robber
Delhi Rape Case
A doctor survived after rape
A tourist from France molested
AND MANY MORE....

Where our society leaning towards? People read and write about it and forget.. Number of victims are increasing everyday.. No rules nothing! Girls are not safe that means something is seriously wrong. WE need strict laws, more security and need tough punishment.. we also need to support those who have been through this hell.. a little care can bloom the dying flower..

On top people should count female equally, people should give respect to all the women and teach their boys the same... healthy educations, proper mind set can reduce the number of culprits...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

MY FIVE FAVORITES

Hmmm 12/12/12 is gone, nothing really happen, world is still running smoothly.. I m pretty sure nothing going to happen on 21/12/12.. this date is not that magical!!

So I've started doing a retrospection and getting buckle up for another year.. 

Now this post is something special.. I m going to write about hobbies and things I like to do..


1) Photography; always comes first:



I don't own an super hot expensive camera, and most of my shots are taken by my NOKIA, but still I want to introduce my Nikon D-90. Its not huge, its doesn't have any ridiculous amount of pixels but every photo I took become special automatically. These pictures are normally spur of the moment type photos, never planned trips; but it gives what i need... I never click a picture, I CAPTURE MOMENTS...





2) Travelling:

It is my life... I want to travel the whole world.. I like everything about travelling from the basic idea of packing to facing challenges to pen down the whole experience.. Hitting road is like a dream comes true.. I don't like destinations... I like being a roadie.. scenes change with a turn, colors change with time...




3) Movies:

I Love watching films... but my taste is different I like certain kinds of movie not all.. I also hate going to the multiplex because the sound wasn't quite right, its either too high or too low aggrrrhh... And the projectors were always slightly out of alignment and yes I notice these things and it bug me big time...


But yeah I love watching movies on my laptop, with right amount of voice and I can stop and take a break when ever I want..

4)Blogging:

Everyone have their own moments of joy or sorrow. I have my fair share of both. I always wanted to share my feelings with someone who don't throw any piece of advise on me... 



Well I never found any good listener so I start writing... to share my feelings and point of view with all... Now I have the simplest of all reasons to continue.... the REASON is, I love writing.. I love Blogging.. I've discovered, it is my hobby. I can do this forever, whenever, and however I like. Five times a day, or once a month. It doesn't matter. It’s my hobby... :)

5) Reading:

My other hobby is reading and I like reading books, any kinda book will do... although this is a recent hobby and not since childhood. I hardly even read the usual children's or teenagers' books back then. It was only during my first year in college, where I use to visit the our good old library. Although they never allowed us to take books for longer period and the truth is they don't have much global stuff, but yeah I like the feeling of holding book in my hand... turning over the thin pages which is like a treasure of knowledge...



Reading has helped me in several ways. Through books, the reader is open to his or her imagination and the understanding of the story, the plot makes you go deeper into it, and that's how one can be creative... READING MAKES ME CREATIVE and that's how I start writing!!

Well I have whole lot pack of my knowledge but I want to conclude that whatever happen in 2013 or 2014 or 2015... I m never going to loose these few hobbies :)


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Repeating the same Mistakes


I gathered my stray thoughts, plucked them all,
from the cloud above my soul..

Cloud that is dark and brooding all over me,
Threatening rain,
Again and Again...

I talk to my mind, wanting to know,
why do you burden me so?

I decided it was time to pull out the ghost of my past,
haunting my today, with scary cast,
Making me suspicious and slow,
frightened of all I don't know...

Past looked at me with sad eyes,
flinching at the anger in my voice,
Waiting for me to understand..

I belonged to someone,
Now that is all gone..
but past is still there,
where I use to stand...

I can see, A never ending circle,
bringing us back,
to where we began,
given the chance to change...

Instead of scolding, I gave myself a hug,
A voice deep down
screaming the same,
For the life sake,
let’s not repeat the same mistake...


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Free Speech vs Wise Speech


You better think twice before “Liking” your friends’ comments on Facebook.  It may land you in jail.

I Love Purple..
Best Pizza served at...
I m going to Purchase a...

The first thing you do in the morning is to check; whatzzz in your "friend's mind" or "whatzzzz happening" in your distant cousin's life... you like it, you share it, you Re-tweet it! That's social networking site.. flooded with thoughts.

You are commenting and sharing and one fine day you are behind the bars... We are living in democratic nation, and we should have some fundamental rights and FREE SPEECH is one of them.

I m not supporting abrupt hurtful speakers too. I think everyone has a right to say thing. BUT.... A piece of advice: REACTION is law of Nature. Every Action has an Equal and (many times) Opposite Reaction... If you are saying something be prepared for answers/allegations. People may/can criticize your thoughts and opinions too. 

What can Aam Janta (common man) do~ 1. Don't ever write anything on riotous topics like linguistic/religion unevenness.
2. Never support trends, if you follow or shares others view point, make sure you are agreed with all the words in the particular sentence.
3. Do not write about provoking topics until unless you know the history behind it. Half cooked knowledge is worst.

I m not intended to start any social issue, its just I follow elder's saying 'think before you speak'


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Days of Diwali 2...

A short intro of traditions and custom of Diwali; a Festival of Light...

The First day of Diwali : Dhanteras
The First day is called Dhanteras or Dhantryaodashi, which falls on the thirteenth day of the month of Ashwin.. Puja begins from Dhanteras and people worship their working areas to please goddess of wealth.

People also do shopping for upcoming events. Bazaar filled with decorative items, sweets and gift. Gold shopping and kitchen ware shopping is kind of must this time of the year.



The Second day of Diwali : Narak Chaturdasi
It is the fourteenth lunar day (thithi) of the dark forthnight of the month of Kartik and the eve of Diwali. On this day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear. Many do fast on this day, people also donate goods and prepare many sweets as prasad for next day.



The third day : Diwali
On the dark new moon night, the entrances to all homes are lit up and decorated with rangoli patterns to welcome Lakshmi, the radiant consort of Vishnu and the goddess of wealth. Lakshmi Ganesh Puja performed on this day for good fortune all year all. Diwali is the festival when the new business year begins it is said that Diwali is the "Time to shop or start new ventures".




The fourth day : Padwa 
On this day, Goverdhan Pooja is performed, people celebrates the incident of Lord Krishna lifting mount Govardhan. It is customary to prepare a small mount of mud and decorate it with flowers and other accessories.. Prayers are offered in the temples. People thank their deities for past year and pray for next.


The Fifth day of Diwali : Bhai Dhooj
The final day of Diwali celebration is called the “Bhai Dooj”. On this day, sisters apply Tilak on the forehead of their brothers and the brothers in return bless their sisters and promise to protect them throughout life.