Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
(Snap taken on our way back from Sangam)
Again I am writing about the 15th August trip after a week. Wish I could have captured my thoughts a lil bit earlier.
On thursday we were deliberating about our Independence Day trip. The destinations which cropped up were Mullaingiri(Thurs afternoon), Nagarhole (Thurs night), Bheemeshwari, Antargange (Friday morning).
As usual I was the first person to be ready for the trip at 6:30 a.m. We got delayed a lot and had to set out for the trip at almost 9 a.m. after our breakfast.
The culprit is on the right hand side of the below snap.
Earlier during our mail discussions, Divya seemed to be the most eager to go on trip and escape the usual kitpit. And sampath, the rotlu in "our" team had his own rona dhona...."I have to stay back.. Have work :( and also lots of pending personal >> work.. RC book.. Passport.. Car repair :(" - Pasted from Sampy's mail.
Eventually we did manage to go out on this trip but not quite escape the kitpit... Suzie, Arvind's car, gave us intermittent doses of her kitpitkitpitkitpitkitpit reverse horn..
We started deciding our trip destination after we set out towards Kanakpura Road. Madhavi's friend suggested this place called as Sangam which is a meeting point for Kaveri and Arkavathi rivers. He also suggested that we take a right turn at Sangama to find really good picnic spots.
Incidentally, Vara mahalakshmi which is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Karnataka was on 15th Aug.
Vara Mahalakshmi (Source: http://www.karnataka.com/festivals/vara-mahalakshmi.html)
Mahalakshmi is the goddess of wealth, auspiciousness and prosperity. She is worshipped for healthy progeny, as well as the health and long life of the husband. Vratha is observed on a Friday that falls before the full Moon day of the month of Shravanamasa (August - September).
The Vratha is as follows. Early in the morning women after taking bath, make a rangoli on the place where the kalasha is placed. They draw a lotus with 8 petals. The sacred Kalasha (brass/copper/silver) filled with rice and topped with fresh mango leaves, a coconut and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked. Goddess is invoked by decorating the Kalasa with flowers, jewellery, vastra (new clothes – saree) fruits, dry fruits, fresh grains, sweets and savouries. Some place coins, or rupee notes or make a garland of notes. The Vratha is performed with the beginning of Puja to Lord Ganesha. Then the main worship of Varalakshmi begins. The raksha is worshipped for a second time and tied to the right hand of the woman. Articles are given as charity to sumangalis (married woman).In South India, savouries like obattu, kosumbari, puliyogare, huli anna, hesaru bele payasa are made on this festival. In the evening women visit other houses and exchange sweets and offerings.
Lord Narayana/Vishnu/Hari husband of Lakshmi, an embodiment of Shuddha Sattwa, is the preserver of the world. He is also called the Ashta Lakshmi Padhi. Lakshmi has 8 avthars (incarnation):
- Adi (Protector) Lakshmi,
- Dhana (Wealth)Lakshmi ,
- Dhanya ( Food and Grains) Lakshmi,
- Vijaya (Victory) Lakshmi,
- Vidhya (Knowledge) Lakshmi,
- Santana (Offsprings) Lakshmi,
- Dhairya (Bravery and Strength) Lakshmi,
- Soubhagya (Sumangali- Long life of husband) Lakshmi.
All becomes the embodiment of a ideal woman.
The importance or significance of the Varalakshmi Vrata was narrated by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvathi in Skanda purana. Those who perform this Vratam will be blessed wtih Dhana(food), Dhanya(food), Aayu(Long life), Aarogya(health), Aishwarya(wealth), Santanana(progeny) and Soubhagya(long life of husband).
According to the legend, once a lady named Charumath lived in the Maratha kingdom. Pious lady, she indulged in whole hearthed worship of the Goddess and took good care of her family- respectful to her in-laws, loving and caring her husband and children. One day she dreamt about Goddess Lakshmi telling her to perform the puja . She, with the consent of her family performed this Vratam and informs other ladies too. With the blessings of the Goddess she, her family and friends will be bestowed with success and wealth. Hence forth they shared their luck many more people.
With the blessing of both Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi one can find peace and prosperity in ones life.
We picked up some south indian stuff on the way for lunch.
The below map greets us at Sangam.
At Sangam we took a coracle ride and crossed the river. On the other side buses were exclusively waiting to fill up passengers and go to Mekedatu.
Mekedatu (Source: http://www.nirvanaholidays.org/River%20retreat.html)
Mekedatu is a beautiful picnic spot where the rivers Cauvery and Arkavathi after their confluence at the Sangam, squeeze though a narrow gorge. Gushing waters, imposing landscapes, and untouched picnic spots is what Mekedatu is all about.
However, we had crossed the river just for the Coracle ride and therefore returned back soon.
Snap taken from Coracle.
We were pretty hungry and our "ideal picnic" spot was not found as of yet. As starters we had omlette and tea at the local shop. Sampath and I also gobbled 3 fish in no time.
Wait your turn?
At Sangama we took a right turn and travelled for 2 kms to Anandadhama.
Road to Anandadhama
Entrance of Anandadhama
Tents at Anandadhama
Independence Day Parade
Ahead of Anandadhama, we found Vanaprastashram.
The four stages recommended in Hindu philosophy for a man’s life(Source :http://www.43things.com/comments/thread/2429215?show_cheers=1)
Brahmacharyam, is the first stage in which the man abstains from luxury and carnal pleasure to pursue education.
Grihastashram, is the second stage in which the man marries, raises a family and fulfills his responsibilities as bread winner and care-giver
Vanaprastashram, is the third stage in which the man and wife embark on a religious pilgrimage, leaving responsibilities to his grown children
Sanyasashram or sanyas, is the fourth stage in which the man renounces worldliness and seeks salvation.
Our "Ideal"Picnic Spot
A Walk in the nature
Celebrating Independence With Suzie
This insect looks like a helicopter when it flies.
Picture of Kingfisher sitting peacefully on a branch
On our way back we stopped by a typical indian farm land. Notice how the small sheep in the below picture is following the farmer. It reminds you of the dog in Hutch advertisement.
Wonder why they tie the mouth of these animals.
A serene surrounding and a pleasing atmosphere away from the din and bustle of the city
Zanda Ooncha Rahe Hamara
Monday, August 4, 2008
Love Letters, a play staged yesterday at Ranga shankara, revolved round letters written to each other by the protagonists, Andy Ladd III and Melissa Gardener. The letters, written over 50 years, starting at the age of six, covered every phase of their lives from childhood to old age. Both of them enact the whole life span only by reading letters that they receive from each other. They communicate with each other only through audio response, since they are supposed to be reading letters, they do not have any visual contact or response. They depend on the response of the audience. It is from the audience that they get their cue. I did not see people weeping and crying at the end of the play but surely they were touched by this beauty. Some remember their lost love, some remember their first love letter. I could spot some well known personalities like Girish Karnad in the audience.
Directed by Rahul Da Cunha, Love Letters first opened in 1993. With over 250 performances since then, it is one of the longest running plays in Indian theatre. Based on A R Gurney's internationally acclaimed play, Love Letters is a heart-warming and poignant tale about two people who write letters to each other over a period of 50 years. Andy is a serious, down-to-earth attorney and Melissa, a lively, free-spirited artist. But these two opposites — childhood friends with a definite attraction— share experiences through letters and notes written from the age of six to 60. Touching, romantic and frequently funny, their correspondence follows a bittersweet path of boarding schools, marriage, children, divorce and missed opportunities to reveal the life journey of two soul mates who share the greatest gift: love.
Totally messed up in her life, it's very touching when Melissa tells Andy that he is all that is left in her life.
After looking at the play you just wish that these two could have been together.
There was one thing which I noticed, towards the end of the play when both Rajit and Shernaz came out to bow towards the audience. Rajit was still crying. Seems that he could not stop his tears which were rolling down from his last scene.
(Part of the above information sought from Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/CONTENT/Jul242008/metrothurs2008072380497.asp)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Friendship Day celebrations take place on the first Sunday of August every year. The tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends began in US in 1935. Gradually the festival gained popularity and today Friendship Day is celebrated in large number of countries including India. On this day people spend time with their friends and express love for them. Exchange of Friendship Day Gifts like flowers, cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.
Friendship Day Quote:
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. "
- C. S. Lewis
The only thing I hate about Friendship Day is those SMS's. I simply cannot reply to the sms's.
Happy Friendship Day to all of you!!!
Friday, August 1, 2008
A glimpse into Bull Ring:
Moving a ball from one spot to another using a ring and some rope is the object of Bull Ring. Although it looks quite easy initially soon we learn that it is not. Especially how to pick the ball up and then again land it in the same place. Instructions too are altered (like a few team mates need to close their eyes, or only one person can co-ordinate or no member can speak and only gestures allowed) so that the difficulty can be increased on a whim.
Typically, the group works with increasing difficulty and continually changing rules during the course of the game, simulating the effect of the constant changing business environment and the need to continually adapt to change.
We also played two more games. One of the game was to find the technique to balance 18 nails on one nail standing on the ground. Other was a rope game where the motive was to free yourself from the entanglement.
(We did it!!! Yippee)
(A special mention to these three birds who remained in the same position for more than 3 hours as we watched them while playing the games)