Friday, July 17, 2015

Eid Mubarak to all

Muslims around the world gets ready to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Friday (July 17) or Saturday (July 18), depends up on the moon! I am remembering some of the blessed and fun moments of Eid which I celebrated with my friends and extended family members. 


I remember my last year's Eid vividly, when I got my Eidi from my best-friend's mom and the feast prepared by them especially for the festival of Eid. My personal favorite was Sheer Khurma: Vermicelli Pudding, along with so many Mevas - nuts and dry fruits...


Growing up in India gives us lots of opportunities to celebrate a vast range of holidays. These celebrations made my childhood very rich and fulfilling. I feel extremely fortunate to have friends from different cultures and faiths. Festivals are wonderful traditions; they remind us to take time out from our day to day hectic life and focus on lighter issues, which makes everyone happy.

With Eid al Fitr people observed the end of Ramadan: the holy month of dawn to sunset fasting (SAWM/Roza). Ramadan celebrated with night long prayers and spiritual awakening. Charity is must during Ramadan and on/before Eid. Muslim families donate food items/equal amount to the poor so everyone can enjoy the holiday meal. This donation is known as SADAQAH AL FITR/ZAKAT AL FITR: (charity of fast breaking).


The wonderful tradition of charity is universal in every faith and during every major festival, be it Diwali, Baisakhi, Hanukkah, Christmas or Eid. My parents taught my brother and I that if you are blessed with abundance it's your obligation; rather it's your privilege to share your abundance with those less fortunate. 

Now something about Eid: - Eid is the first day of SHAWWAL, next month after RAMADAN. It is based on the observation of new Moon on the last day of holy month of Ramadan. The day of Eid begins with people gathering early in the morning in the mosques to perform Eid prayers. Gift and sweets are exchanged on the occasion to mark the festival. Homes, buildings and streets are decorated with lights and flowers. Children enjoy Eidi-gifts, money and new clothes given by elder. And the delicious Eid Pakwan... A variety of food is made just for the Eid celebration and people eat together with their family and friends!


The best part of Eid is not the food but how people hug each other and wish each other. Also how it is mandatory for fortunate to donate, so everyone can celebrate the festival together... Eid Mubarak everyone! Stay blessed and remember to keep me in your prayers...


Mugdha 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Entered in 4th year (Blog Anniversary)

Happy 4th year to me and to all my readers :) 


The moment when a child took his/her first step is marvelous for the parents but when the same child began to run around then the happiness not only doubled but parents started feeling proud about it.


The same thing happened to me when someone reminded me, wow your blog is four years old (and it's running around :) quite nicely).. It was a great journey for me! I picked up few questions/comments from random posts and tried my best to reply.. Here it is guys, have fun...

1) Define your blogging experience...

"Time flies when you take your blogging seriously. Sharing stuff—and getting advices—The relationship between a writer and a reader, is awesome... It's been inspirational for me and always gave me a kick start in otherwise monotonous life events..."

2) What you like the most, blogging or news writing

"News writing is what I do for earning, blogging is what my heart admire the most.."


3) No more tourism posts?

"Taking a time out from my studies was rather easy than from the job. Will write more whenever I'll visit any exciting place..."

4) Impact of social media on Blogging

"It is true that people don't really have time for blogging and on top of that they don't have time for reading... but these questions show that people read my blog, they leave lovely comments and that's enough for me..."


5) Blog Success 

"People asked me frequently if my venture is successful! What is success really? many visitors? Popularity? getting rich? As soon as I think that I'm getting 'there', there always something happened to remind me that I still need to write more..., so I m not sure about success-but- I'm not 'ful' yet!"


My enthusiasm for this medium is increasing day by day, cause I can write more than 140 words here, not everyone looking forward for a picture gallery here... it is a way to connect and learn from strangers. Thanks to all of you for visiting—I am grateful every single day for your company.


Thanks you again for reading Mugdha Says... and a small request: If you've never before commented, I'd love for you to say hi... :)

Mugdha 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

SAVE KEETHAM FOREST

This post belongs to a cause. A cause to support 'SAVE KEETHAM FOREST'! The post may resemble as a news article! I urge my readers to share their thoughts on this issue, in the comment box below!

Environmental activists in Agra are protesting against administration’s proposal of reducing the eco-sensitive zone up to the 250 meters near Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary (Keetham). Activists claimed that it will disturb the environment and can create problems for the wild animals. Activists said that woods cutting is also harmful for Taj Mahal.



In words of the activists: Is Agra going to bid goodbye to the only remaining green patch within the city limits? Don’t we have a moral ground towards animal kingdom? Plants and animals have equal right to live and Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is their only home.

Activists raised their voice to show the importance of greenery for healthy environment. An activist Brij Khandelwal said, "Agra need this one and only green patch which is self sustainable and hosts a good number of migratory birds every year. The area is also known for its animal and reptilian species. If we’ll not oppose the proposal now, soon it will turn into a decision and then it would be hard to save the ‘Paradise of Birds’.”


District administration of Agra recently proposed a plan to reduce the area of eco-sensitive zone near Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. Once use to be 10 kilometers now the sensitive zone to be marked only 250 meter from the core wildlife zone. Which could be life threatening for the wildlife. According to the Supreme Court norms the eco-sensitive zone around any sanctuary should be at least 5 kilometers and if the area would be reduced by 250 meter, it will not only disturb the habitat but degrade completely.

Concrete buildings are engulfing greenery within the city limit and now the buildings are shifting towards outskirts of Agra. There is nothing wrong to expend the city limits but it should be well planned and expansion should be eco-friendly. Since 1960 Keetham is suffering due to encroachment, wood cutting, animal grazing and illegal trespassers. These problems are not as harmful but reducing eco-sensitive could leave a long term negative impact. 


Environmentalists also stressed that the green patch of Keetham is important for maintaining the pollution level at Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ - it is a defined area of 10,400 sq km around the Taj Mahal to protect the monument from pollution). Air pollution near Taj Mahal is a big issue. Supreme Court already passed so many orders to maintain the greenery, to reduce the wood cutting and to balance the pollution level TTZ.


The reduction of eco-sensitive zone near Keetham will not only harmful for the sanctuary and wildlife but also for the health of the Taj city. The green patch of Keetham, works as a shield between Mathura refinery and Agra city. The pollution from the refinery is diminishes in amount due to the dense cover of tree, as trees turns most of the carbon dioxide into oxygen.

In such crucial timings when existing green patches would be neglected like this then, soon Agra would turned into a desert. Agra doesn’t need a leather park, business park or education park but the city desperately needed more trees (a real natural park) so that the environmental health of the city would remain good.

Google Satellite Image depicting the current forest cover around Keetham lake and Keetham Lake image

From the current pictures we can see that Keetham is the only green patch available near the overgrown city and villages. If the eco-sensitive would reduced more as per the proposal of the administration then we would not able to survive in near future.

Thank you for reading...

Mugdha