Share the Domain of Woman’s World #ShareTheLoad #Ariel

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Times have changed and the outlook of Men and senior
women too have undergone change.


I mentioned senior women because they have a major
role in reformation of males of a family and the women of olden times
discouraged menfolk to enter the arena of household which they looked upon as “
The Women’s World” and disliked the entry of males in their own spaces.

The mind-set needs to be unplugged, it is the demand
of the hour in the scenario where the lifestyle and the social strata of the
society have undergone tremendous change.  

Now woman has stepped out of the house and is
rubbing shoulders with the male counterpart in the domain outside home and
works in equal capacity, so her roles at home too need to change. The young
guys of now residing in cosmopolitan towns and cities have construed and admitted
this fact to some extent but still it is a long journey and we have to go miles
and miles to break the stereotype role of a woman in our society.

People need to understand that in previous times,
women were assigned household tasks not because of her gender but there was a
joint family concept, so many women resided under the same roof and they all
shared the responsibility of household work. It was a boon to stay jointly in
respect of work divisions, none were strained rather the job was enjoyable and
it was not a burden for any one of the house.

Joint family disintegrated…nuclear family emerged
and the entire burden of household fell on the shoulders of a woman and the
poor lady was trapped under the entire work, right from rearing the kids to
entertaining the guests. The men and the children of the house did not partake
in shouldering responsibilities of the house because since ages, they had seen the
women of the house working and they were not accustomed. Sharing household job,
men were not comfortable with it, be it husbands, sons or fathers of the house.

Men was men and they believed that the arena of
their duties was managing outside chores, it was ingrained in their minds
perfectly.

The girls got educated and believed in taking up a
job out of choice or out of sharing economic burden of the male responsibility.

She took the task of managing outside quite amicably
but the home task became tougher for her day by day but the men did not notice.
They were attune in watching their mothers and aunts working so they never
found anything out of the world or unreal that their lady of the house was
doing.
The years between 80’s to 2000 was very crucial for
the women. She managed inside and outside all by herself without a grumble. She
too was ignorant of the reality that the men need to share her burden and she
gave in her maximal with integrity but her health started suffering and she
lost her feminine charm.

Time changed and the world got connected globally
and awareness spread in in India that the male counterpart need to take up the
role of managing household job as females have taken up strides to be at par
with men.

It took time but gradually men started #sharingtheload pouring help
in taking care of the kids, helping them in dressing, helping in kitchen and in
small steps one at a time they entered into the entire household domain, this
eased the work burden of the lady of the house and this sharing attitude of
husbands brought sweet curves on their faces and she felt loved and
appreciated.

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Washing domain was forbidden for men in the start
because ladies are tidier in work in comparison to men and the clothes need to
be sorted out as per their fabric, colour properties and washing type required.

With the arrival of washing machine in each and
every household, it became easy for the men to share the load of washing and
the game is easy for them now with the programmed gadgets and the work load of
women reduced.

I would like to share a secret with you, how
efficiently the husbands handle the washing machines, woman don’t take risk of
giving her attires a try fearing they might mess. She works on safer side and she
wash her clothes on her own, I am one of the ready example. I let my guys (husband
& sons) try their hands in kitchen or other chores but I keep my clothes
away from them. Just can’t dream of giving them a try.

The image of a stereotype type women have modified
in the urban areas and the young guys of today eagerly take part in household
work comforting the ladies of the house, be it mothers, sisters or wife.
In the beginning, when male members moved forward to
help females of the house, onlookers looked at with scorn but now males are encouraged.

Now if a son serves tea to the guests or man of the
house lays table for the guests, cooks food in the kitchen, it’s taken as
normal.They are #sharingtheload.

Though in small towns and rural areas, woman don’t
have much choice.

From early childhood, boys should be encouraged to help
his mother or sister at home and the values of equality should be instilled in
them right from their childhood.

The fair ethics instilled at right time plays a
vital role in all round development of a child, rear a child with right values.

The gender needs to be recognized but not at a cost
of differentiating between genders. Except for giving birth to a child
undergoing bone wracking pain, no job is gender specific.

Men are wrestlers so are women; Men are boxers so
are women; Men earn to run the house so are woman.

Woman are rubbing shoulders with men then why to
bring in discrimination in rendering the duties.
Wake up, share even responsibilities and bring in
smiles to your family and society.

Mothers too need to take the charge of instilling
values in their sons to see their son’s future and family thriving in peace and
the daughter-in-law will be happy and she will follow into your steps
formatting the coming generations.

This survey shows what people think and collective
opinion shows doing any household chore specially laundry is a women’s job.





Most households are of the collective opinion that doing any household chore, especially laundry, is a woman’s job. Ariel and BlogAdda fought the imbalance within the household by asking#IsLaundryOnlyAWomansJob and asking men to #ShareTheLoad a while back. And now it’s time to think of a long term solution to this problem by nipping the prejudice at the bud.

“I am joining the Ariel #ShareTheLoad campaign at BlogAdda and blogging about the prejudice related to household chores being passed on to the next generation.”

The Ribbon Trap – Impact of Powers #Book Review


Title: The Ribbon Trap

Author: Shine Syamaladevi

Genre: Romance Fiction

Publisher: LiFi Publications Pvt. Ltd. (2016)

ISBN-10:
9382536906

ISBN-13:
978-9382536901

Format: Paperback

Pages: 271

Source: Author Copy

Cover Design: 4/5

My Ratings: 4/5.

Synopsis: Smita asks the
question a thousand times, when an unexpected incident devastates her life.
Then, she was not ‘any other’ girl. Smita soars from the ashes of her past, to
reclaim her life. The more she went ahead, darker the world become. And there
was no light at the end of the tunnel. Smita had to fight the battle, alone…
Alone. For her. For her love. For her life.
Review: The Ribbon Trap
by debutant author Shine Syamaladevi is an interesting work of an author and
kudos to the author who started with this type of work, a different type of
genre wherein, in the first part, you will find romance but as the story
progresses, thriller, crime and mystery sets in giving a story an unexpected
twists and turn. The idea of storytelling of the author is fantastico and he has managed to advance the story with the
flashback of gruesome incidents that the protagonist Smita had to navigate amidst administrative and
political powers.

The two peppy protagonists of this plot is
Krishnaprem & Smita, in love with each other since childhood and their love
reigns supreme riding on roller-coaster and their relationship matures with
age. Krishnaprem follows peppy Smita like a shadow and is along with her through the
upheavals of life that Smita faces at her workplace, the impact of hurdles on
her mental health and the trauma of gory incidences that follows leads her to
depression. Smita’s journey at work front is very traumatic and she is caught
between socio-political battle of society.

The author Shine Syamaladevi has portrayed
the character of Smita of a bold and a strong-willed woman, who is a fighter
and triumphs braving the odds of life. In the beginning, the story navigates
slowly but later on, it catches fire and keeps you on toes, surprising you with
each turn of pages and keeps you glued, igniting a lurk within what holds next.
The character of Smita is very promising. To know more how she navigates against all odds of life and
manages to overcome with a conviction and how she rebels, do grab a copy of
yours and read it for yourself. The character of Smita is very inspiring.
The
language is simple English easy for the masses to understand.
My Take: I enjoyed reading The Ribbon
Trap of the debutant author Shine Syamaladevi and it kept me hooked till the
end. The author knows to stir the emotions of the reader and his story has done
its work. The turbulence that the protagonists suffer in the hands of the
Police is quite realistic and I felt as if I am watching a movie, so well-illustrated.
The cover page is quite impressive.

A debutant author generally picks up a
romantic number to start with but Shine Syamaladevi took a new route of
thriller, crime, romance and mystery and has justified his work in his writings.
I appreciate his work and wish him good luck for his future endeavours.

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Reviewer: Ila Varma.
This is my 8th book that I have read in 2016.



Every day is A Valentine Day!

                                                                   Source: here
I was pursuing Plus two from one of the reputed convent
school. There was a get together at my friend’s place on her parents’ silver
jubilee celebration and I was an active participant on the occasion.

I found the eyes of one guy intercepting my movements during
the party and I felt uneasy about it. It is the incident of late 80’s, some twenty-five
years back. In those days interactions between the opposite sexes was not so
common, though it is rightly said, “Unlike poles attract” and this has been the
reason since time immemorial of the craziness among boys and girls.

I did not pay much heed to it and was back to my place after
the party and I forgot the figure chasing me in the party. It was wiped out
from my memory.
After a fortnight, I received a call from my friend and she
invited me to her place on some flimsy pretext.

When I reached her house, I found the same guy in her living
room and my anxiety rose in. My friend asked me to take a seat and went inside
the house.
The guy introduced himself and phone numbers were exchanged,
it was the era of fixed landline phones.

Gradually with each peppy conversation, we got closer and nurtured
dreams of togetherness. He was in final years of Post-graduation and was
pursuing flying classes of aircraft.
I got a chance to fly in the small plane used for flying and
in a very romantic way, he proposed me in air. I was in my late teens and was
flattered by his request and I gave in my acceptance.

He waited for my graduation to complete and with the
blessings of both the families, we were hitched to share the togetherness
forever.

He loves me a lot and is ever ready to fulfil my desires
and wishes, he pampers me a lot. I am spoiled in his pampers but he never
ever gives me a chance to complain.
He is much matured in managing the relationships in
cordiality.

We navigated to Delhi and he started a side business of Data
management with a mission to utilize my time and energy in the right way in a
very small dingy place.

His guidance and my devotion worked well and the business
expanded with each passing year and we moved to a bigger accommodation and my
hubby resigned from the job to give full time to our expanding business and it
flourished.

In a journey of 15 years of togetherness, our business
expanded to the height of glory as well as our relationships.

I need to mention here that we belong to Muslim faith and in
our community the men don’t give much importance to females but my hubby is unique in varied ways.
He treats me on equal terms and I walk with him hand in
hand. He never objects my dressing sense, I am free to wear any outfits of my
choice, no bindings. We indulge in lots of travelling in India as well as
abroad.

He is fond of driving and I enjoy the adventurous long
drives with him and the loud peppy music steals the show and our love roars
with streaks of laughter painting canvas of our life with our craziness.

He is very cool, never loses his temper and is always there
when I need him in my emotional outbursts. I am amazed by his temperament and
the coolness that sails on his face kills me.

We celebrated Silver jubilee of our wedding anniversary last
year, i.e.  Oct 2015 and each day is a
new day with him and I am inspired by his ways.

We have expanded in our business reaching each corners of
India and abroad and we have been felicitated by the Government of India as one
of the best Small Scale Enterprises of our country.

Our love roars with our passion and our business rocks with
our togetherness. Not a single day passes without our smooches and exchange of
the three magical words, “I LOVE YOU” and I wait for more surprises in life.

Every day is a valentine day for us.




(It is a real story conveyed to Ila Varma, names withheld on account of maintaining privacy)

“This post is a part of #LoveAndLaughter activity at BlogAdda in association with Caratlane.”

रंगबिरंगा अचार

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रंगबिरंगा अचार

सामग्री:
1.एक किलो कच्चा आम, छोटे टुकङों में कटे हुए।
2.एक किलो अदरक, बारिक टुकङों में कटे हुए।
3.एक किलो नींबू, छोटे टुकङों में कटे हुए।
4.एक किलो हरी मिर्च,दो टुकङों में कटे हुए।
5.एक किलो अमङा,दो टुकङों में कटे हुए।
6.एक किलो करौंदा, साबुत।

सभी सामग्री को भली-भांति धो कर, साफ मलमल की धोती या दुपट्टे से पोंछ कर सुखा कर धूप में सुखा लें।

मसाले की सामग्री:
1.हल्दी पा. -100 ग्राम
2.लाल मिर्चा पा.-300 ग्राम
3.एक छोटी डिबिया हींग
4.उजला सिरका – आधा लि.
5.मंगरैल-अजवाइन- 50 ग्राम
6.नमक स्वादानुसार (एक पैकेट टाटा)
7.सरसों तेल-एक लीटर
8.काला नमक- 50 ग्राम

हल्दी,मंगरैल-अजवाइन और थोङा नमक अचार की साम्रगी में मिला दें और एक साफ सुखे मर्तबान में एक दिन के लिए रख दें।
दूसरे दिन उसको एक बङे बर्तन में निकाल कर सिरका छोङ सभी मसाले को भली-भांति मिला दें।अंतिम में सिरका मिलाएं।
मर्तबान में रख कर दो दिन धूप दिखा दें।
रंगबिरंगा अचार तैयार हो गया।
पंद्रह- बीस दिन में अचार तैयार हो जायेगा। पकौङी और खाना के साथ अचार के स्वाद का आनंद उठाएँ।

यह अचार बनाने का उपयुक्त समय बरसात है, अमङा और करौंदा इसी मौसम में उपलब्ध होता है।

मैं अचार खाने की शौकिन नहीं, बनाने और बांटने की शौकिन हूँ।

PS: I follow this method to prepare this colorful pickle, it’s shelf life is two years. You have to be careful in preserving, store in clean place and free from moisture and always take out pickles with a dry spoon and for daily use, keep it in a small jar. Pickles have enmity with water. If anyone wish to contact me for clarification of the process, drop a mail on [email protected]

By Ila Varma

Responsible Tourism

We all love to visit beautiful destinations during
vacations, planned or unplanned. Unplanned ones are generally during weekends,
when we just drive out with family and friends at nearby spot for a change or
for partying. Planned ones are better for long tour, we get time to spend with
our family and children and it’s after effect is wonderful, it breaks the
monotony of life and brings the members closer. In today’s fast forward life, people
don’t get enough time to spend with family, parents, kids or friends and so it
is a must to take time out for personal life and enjoy life. It rejuvenates our
mind and soul and it’s a great stress buster.

 It isn’t necessary that you go for an expensive trip, it
should be so organised that it is comfortable to one’s pocket else instead of a
stress buster, it will be the stress booster. A planned long distance travel
with family and friends is far better than unplanned ones, because when you are
moving out of the safe zone of your home, few things should be taken into
stride.


1. Know the place that you are planning to visit so that you
are well accustomed with the important spots to be visited, it’s routes,
possible conveyance availability, duration of journey, this is the most
important one especially if you are travelling with small kids or elderly
people and the spots where one can break the journey for rest and lunch. Thanks
to the advancement of technology, Google is the best & is of immense help in
this regard and you can enjoy the journey smiling.

2. Be conversant with local language & cuisine
especially if you are travelling to faraway places in own country or abroad.
English language is the most common spoken language but still there are places
where people aren’t conversant with this English tool, so read the details of
the places that is in your itinerary and keep yourself updated and if still you
find difficult, try to hire a local guide who can help you in this regard and
make your journey awesome. Similarly, research about the local cuisine and plan
your trip accordingly. If you are rigid in your diet habits, carry few things
of your choice so that you don’t starve.


3. Try to take local conveyance available in the place of
your itinerary, it will be easy on your pockets and even help you in tracing
the places or spots of visit, so it will save your time and energy.


4. Don’t litter the places and don’t throw garbage on roads
or parks. Park the garbage items in the provided dustbins. Take care not to
urinate at public places. No one likes littered or dirty places but people
throw the items used by them hither n thither. If each and every people local
or tourist takes care then the destinations or spots would be clean. Take care
not to carve names or initials on the public property or on trees.


5. One of the most important thing to be take care rigidly,
is never believe any strangers. They can pose problem to life and property.
However good the people are in their behaviour, don’t trust them and don’t show
that you are offended. Maintain a proper distance and be alert.

 If these few things are taken care of then you are bound to
enjoy the journey and in every vacation, you will look forward to visit new
places, meet new people and interact with the beauty of nature. An enjoyable
journey will add freshness in your mind and body and even the strings of
relationships marred in busy life will be smoothen in the vacations
with your loved ones.

“I am blogging for #ResponsibleTourism activity by Outlook Traveller in association with BlogAdda

Soft, Supple & Cuddly- Woogly – WOW Pampers

Motherhood is indeed a blessing
and the most rewarding job and it comes with the responsibility &
challenges to nurture a new life in the best possible ways and the Mothers
leave no stone unturned.
Nowadays, it is the shared responsibility of parents in nuclear family, and
both the partners share and care in rearing babies. 
When I was blessed with two kids,
my happiness knew no bounds and I followed the methods religiously to keep
their skin glowing and free from skin rashes.

                     “ 5 things that can be done to keep a baby’s soft skin safe.”

1.Oil Massage : Massaging the baby with baby oil,
free from chemicals and fragrances. Gentle stroking and massaging babies
relaxes them and induce them to better sleep. A sweet lullaby, baby talk and
eye contact with the baby is a wonderful way to interact with the baby.

2. Laundry tips: A gentle detergent should be used
for washing the clothes of baby, bedding’s, towels and all baby accessories.
Even new clothes should be washed before using to keep the baby safe from
infections. The skin of baby is very soft and to avoid skin rashes & keep
baby smiling, we need to adhere to this method.

3. Baby Bath:Regular bathing is not required
in case of new born, two- three days in a week and only mild soaps prescribed
for babies are used to retain their skin moisture and keep rash free & free
from skin allergies. Babies should be sponged till the umbilical cord is there.
The skin folds should be cleaned and dried properly.

4. Cotton Essentials:Cotton fabric is the best
fabric, good absorbent and suitable for all seasons and quite comfortable to
the baby skin. Sweaters should be worn over cotton clothes to keep the baby
skin free from rashes & irritation.

5. Do’s & Don’ts: The toys and all the
accessories used for the baby should be cleaned daily.

Nails should be cleaned
and cut properly at intervals.
Direct rays of the sun should be avoided and sunscreen lotion
prescribed for babies should be used on the exposed parts to avoid sun burns.

If baby has
red skin around the diaper area,it is diaper rash, which occurs because of skin irritation, the reason can be tight,wet diapers and not too absorbent. Change at right time, clean & moisten the area and apply zinc oxide cream, it helps in skin rashes. The Pampers Premium Care Pants are the best for the babies to keep their skin soft,supple and rash free….and Cuddly-Woogly Wow with Pampers.
Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its
cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and
allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby
happy. 


This post is for Blogadda.com

The Dance Bible- Connecting Body With The Soul


Dance is an ancient practice, explored by different cultures throughout the ages. Dance is a rhythmic movement of the body in alliance with the mind and soul. It is a unique human activity connecting with the musical rhythms of life and the varied movements of our body relaxes the muscles of our body, rejuvenating our body and mind. I believe dancing is also a form of exercise, which keeps our body firm and supple and energizes our mind and adds joy to our life. It’s a great stress buster and gives an artistic & spiritual bend to our mind; it acts as refreshment to our soul. It keeps one alive and perky. In recent years, it has exploded in a new way of practice but definitely it has drawn its roots from ancient times, when dancers performed in temples, in festivals and social gatherings. Dancing makes us more “Alive” and raises our consciousness bar connecting with spiritualism and substantial increase in body stamina. I feel more alive and rejuvenated & relieved after my dance sessions and I feel the same feeling would be of other people who love dancing.  In dance, you know the feeling when you feel it, and therein lies the connection” among body, mind, and spirit. In my view, the people who follow artistic skills in life, they are more disciplined and in a way, it curbs the mind from going astray. I may sound philosophical but I believe that it’s true to a great extent.

The Dance Bible is a boon for the dance lovers, a platform which will help millions in shaping and sharpening their potentials and skills, which is lying dormant in many, in lack of proper guidance and care. The Dance Bible is a one stop online gateway for the dance lovers to get connected with the world, where the talented minds can showcase their talents to the people around the globe. Dancing industry is a shy industry and has not been much promoted on social platforms as it deserves to be. So, The Dance Bible has emerged into social networking channel to bring all the talented minds together under one roof to share the different aspects of dance. It is an online platform developed for dancers, choreographers, dance educators, dance parents and all dance enthusiasts worldwide.


                                              http://www.thedancebible.com/       



The Students, The Dancers, The Mentors, The Dance Institutes all can extend their reach around the world on this website “The Dance Bible.com” and can find unexposed talents & promote their skills. It is an open platform for all, no restrictions, no bar, anyone from any corner of the world can connect them, share in their experiences. The professionals can put up their activity on board.

The website has been developed keeping in mind the need of the people and are segregated into different important interfaces dealing in detail.
The styles of dance from contemporary  to modern styles, the anatomy of dance ; how to maintain the body supple and fit, following the proper diet and exercise regime .

The website interface has been developed keeping in mind the essentials and necessity of showcasing dance talents. The experienced and talented minds can share in their experiences in writing, upload snaps of their talent and skills. The audios of dance songs are available which can help the learners to dance to the tune. The choreographers can create their portfolios  and promote their schools of dance and can reach the corners of the world which remains untouched and many talented minds haven’t got an opportunity to show off their potential.

                                   http://www.thedancebible.com/


In today’s fast moving life, people don’t have time to chase physically, the institutes for them or for their children and now with a click, they can view the institutes and the mentors that are running the different dance schools and can even discriminate their potentialities with the details available online and the visitors review, which will help them to make proper choice.

The users of social platforms are increasing manifold and the platforms are scaling to new heights with each passing day and in this scenario, a website on the shy subject Dance will sure bring in tremendous change and outlook for this industry. The numbers has increased after live promotions on media but still it has to go a long way and I am sure that this website is going to help millions of people around the globe and it will be a huge success for all the people who are associated with the dance industry. Wishing Good Luck to the developers of “The Dance Bible.com” for Huge Success in future endeavors.
                                         http://www.thedancebible.com/
Visit the website and face book page to get updated about it and get connected. It will satiate your queries in a beautiful manner and add color to your life with its different hues of dancing.

Website Link: http://www.thedancebible.com/
Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/dancebible
 

Happy Chitragupta Puja!!

According to Hindu beliefs, Brahma is the creator of
this Universe. It is believed that the humans evolved from the different parts
of Brahma, from the ‘mouth’ portion of Brahma were Brahmins, those from arms
were ‘Kshatriyas’, those from the thighs were ‘Vaishyas’ and those from the
feet were ‘Shudras’.  Lord Brahma gave
the task of keeping the records of people born and dead to the god Yama, also
known as Dharamraj or Yamraj. Yama declared that he could not reasonably be
expected to keep track of the many people born of the eighty-four different
life forms in the three worlds.




After thousand years of penance, when Brahma
opened his eyes, he saw a man sitting with pen and paper. The divine man asked
Brahmaji – Oh Lord who am I? – What is the purpose of my creation? – give me
orders. Brahmaji said – child, I got you after a great mortification. You were
inside me, inside my body, inside my mind in the form of godly element. Your
name will be Chitragupta and you will be called “Kayastha.” You are
my “Manasputra”, the son according to the Puranas, by wish and not by
condition – you will perform the religious rites by “Devyadnya” (a
fire sacrifice), “rishiyadnya” (in respect of Rishis),
“rutiuyodnay (reception and acceptance of all seasons) and
“atithiyadnya” (reception of the guests) and show the humans the
obedience of the religion. You will be established in the form thirteenth Yama
(penance) and you will stay in human minds in the form of soul. You will keep a
register of their good and bad deeds, keeping in mind and paying attention to
their thoughts on death and their good and bad works. It will be your decisionto
give them heavenly peace and happiness or grief and sorrow in hell depending
upon their deeds. You will be known as “Yamrajay Dharmarajay” and you
will be worshipped by gods, demons, demi-gods, etc., with gratification by the
creatures on the earth. Chitragupta is the first one in universe to use
letters, as explained in Garuda Purana and this class was intellectual and
educated class and it maintained records of accounts in life and after life.

Chitragupta assumed charge of Yamapuri. Chitragupta
had eight sons from his wife, Irawati, daughter of Dharma Shrama Brahmashri
& four sons from his second wife Nandini, daughter of Shraddhadev Manu
& became the progenitors of the twelve subdivisions of the Chitraguptavansi
Kayasthas, namely Saxena, Mathur, Gaur, Nigam, Ashthana, Kulshrestha,
Suryadwaja, Bhatnagar, Ambastha, Shrivastava, Karana and Vaalmik.




Beginning of the Vedic Script:
Brahmi script was created by
Brahma. The authority measure for this was Chitragupta. The script to the
writing system was given by Chitragupta. Chitragupta was the creator to bring
the language of Gods, “Sanskrit” to script and to make it easy for
all creatures. In the beginning, people used to follow
“Shruti-smriti” in which the people used to convey knowledge in the
form of stories and these stories used to be memorized and remembered. Making
the script for Sanskrit, Chitragupta brought it to the visionary medium.
It is said that he used a pen
to bring administration and discipline and a minimum of a sword of exhibit
power.

Chitragupta
Puja is observed on the fifth day of Diwali and on this day, pen, stationary
items and paper are worshipped and the observers submit their incomes and
expenses on paper and offer to the Lord Chitragupta. On this day, the Kayastha
Samaaj put their pen to rest on this day.


Chitragupta Puja is performed by Kayastha Parivar that
believes in world peace, justice, knowledge and literacy, the four primary
virtues depicted by the form of Shree Chitraguptajee. The puja is also known as
Dawat (Inkpot) Puja, in which the books and pen are worshipped, symbolizing the
importance of study in the life of a Kayastha. During the Chitragupta Puja,
earning members of the also give account of their earning, writing to Chitragupta
Maharaj the additional amount of money that is required to run the household,
next year.


Happy Chitragupta Puja!!

Pen Is Mightier Than Sword!!!

Festival Of Lights, Deepawali

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Deepawali, the festival of lights is one of the
Hindu festivals, which is celebrated on new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar
month Kartik. On this festival, it is a colorful display of lights and Goddess
Lakshmi, the creator & protector of wealth, prosperity and fame are
worshiped with great fervor. The celebration of Diwali as the “victory of
good over evil”
It is the darkest night of this season and is
illuminated with lights, houses and offices decorated with rangoli and flowers
and crackers are lit, so it is the celebration of light and sound and family
get together. Gifts and sweets are exchanged and in few parts of India, it’s
celebrated as New Year celebration.
There are different legends and Myths associated
with this festival of Deepawali.
Return of Shri Ram To Ayodhya:
The most famous legend behind the celebrations of
Diwali is about the prince of Ayodhya Nagri – Lord Shri Ram. The king of Lanka,
Ravana, kidnapped Ram’s wife – Sita from the jungle, where they were staying as
per the instructions of King Dashratha, father of Lord Ram. In order to freed
Sita from Ravana’s custody, Ram attacked him. This was followed by a war, in
which, Ram defeated Ravan and released Sita from his custody. On the arrival of
Lord Ram along with his wife Sita, people of Ayodhya decorated their homes as
well as the city of Ayodhya by lighting tiny diyas all over, in order to
welcome their beloved prince Shri Ram and Devi Sita.
Incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi:
 On the
auspicious new moon day, which is ‘Amavasyaa’ of the Hindi month of Kartik, the
Goddess of wealth and prosperity – Lakshmi was incarnated. She appeared during
the churning of the ocean, which is known as ‘Samudra Manthan’, by the demons
on one side and Gods on the other side. Therefore, the worship of Goddess
Lakshmi, the Lakshmi Puja, on the day of Diwali, became a tradition.
Coronation of King Vikramaditya:
Another legend or story about Diwali celebrations
relates to one of the greatest Hindu King – Vikramaditya. It was the day when
he was crowned and the people celebrated this event by lighting tiny earthen
‘diyas’
It is the celebration of joy and the people
rejoice by decorating their houses with lights, bursting of crackers (though it
is quite minimal these days to curb noise & air pollution), visiting people with
gifts and sweets, spreading happiness among all.

This festival of lights is not only restricted to
our country, India, but it is celebrated in other parts of the world with great
fervor and the places are illuminated with lights.
असतो मा सद्गमय
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः
शान्तिः
WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY DEEPAWALI.

MAY THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS ILLUMINATE YOUR SOUL
WITH LOVE, JOY & PROSPERITY.

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Happy Halloween

                       (Mobile Clicks on the occasion of Halloween at Belmont, California – Mezee Street)

        


             “Halloween
is an opportunity to be really creative.–Judy Gold”
Halloween
is celebrated on 31st October every year. Halloween is the modern
name of an ancient Celtic holiday, “Samhain”. Halloween has always been a
holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It is believed to be a
Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals.
Halloween is the oldest holidays celebrated in a number of countries around the
globe, it is famous in Christians. It is considered to be “The Day of the Dead,
which honors deceased loved ones and ancestors.”  It is designed to honor the departed soul
which is believed that they come down on this earth on the day of Halloween. It
is a time of celebration and superstition and is considered to be the day when
the deceased souls descend down on the earth and people decorate the altars to
the dead in their homes decorating them with candy’s, flowers, photographs,
samples of the deceased’s favorite foods & drinks and fresh water. Candles
& incense are burned with a belief that the souls are able to find their
way to home. It is said that on this day, the spirits of the dead come back to
earth in search of living bodies to possess for the next year and try to return
to the homes where they were living. So to appease these spirits, people offer
those fruits and nuts. If the spirits are not pleased, it is feared that the
spirits would kill the people or destroy their property.


There are many beliefs to it but all revolves around that the souls visits earth,
ghosts, witches etc. and to ward them off people burn bonfires. Halloween
costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires,
monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. People especially children
dress up in costumes of ghosts and witches and play pranks on each other. Black
and Orange are the famous color for this day. The Jack-o-lantern is the
festival light for Halloween. Pumpkin is a good substitute of the turnip, to be
used as Jack-o-lantern.

Trick-or-treating
is a traditional celebration for children on Halloween. Children in their
costume go from house to house, asking for treats, with a question, “Trick
or treat?” The word “trick” refers to a threat to trouble the
homeowners or their property if no treat is given. People generally give candy
to the children who come to their house.







            

Nowadays
many schools and churches arrange Halloween parties for the kids. People
usually have parties, wear Halloween costumes, do bonfires, tell and read scary
stories about witches, skeletons, bats and ghosts and also watch horror movies.

                       (Mobile Clicks on the occasion of Halloween at Belmont, California – Mezee Street)

A
traditional food eaten on Halloween is barnbrack, a kind of fruitcake that can
be bought in stores or baked at home. A muslin-wrapped treat is baked inside
the cake that, it is said, can foretell the eater’s future. If a ring is found,
it means that the person will soon be wed; a piece of straw means that a
prosperous year is on its way. Children are also known to play tricks on their
neighbors, such as “knock-a-dolly,” a prank in which children knock on the
doors of their neighbors, but run away before the door is opened.

Haunted attractions are entertainment venues designed to thrill and scare
patrons. Most attractions are seasonal Halloween businesses.

The
kids enjoy the most indulging in playing pranks, partying, singing and dancing around
the bonfires and dressing in weird costumes creating scary scenes and now many
business make grand some in helping the people in the celebration and partying
of Halloween and even a sizable amount is spent on the scary costumes
especially designed for this day. The world has shrunk due to connectivity so
it is far spread in most of the Christian population.
“It’s
said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the
worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming
spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence,
considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on
Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.” –Erin Morgenstern


WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY HALLOWEEN DAY. 

ENJOY THE DAY FULL OF PRANKS

(Inputs from online web)

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