Today, on this auspicious day of the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, let us all meditate upon Lord Buddha and pray for peace and harmony. Let us determine to follow the values taught by him and lead a life of truthfulness, honesty and compassion.
The day, today is a highly auspicious day, as it marks the day of Lord Buddha’s appearance, disappearance and also enlightenment. Buddhists all over the World immerse in deep meditation on the teachings of Lord Buddha on this day. This day also reminds humanity the important message that was imparted by Lord Buddha. His teachings have always been highly relevant and it is even more relevant in the corrupt society of today.
Lord Buddha was born as a Prince and was named as Siddhartha. When he realised that people undergo severe pain during their lifetime, he was immensely disturbed. Later on, he gave up his Kingdom and all its comforts, in order to seek answers for all the questions that were troubling his mind.
He realized that the main reason behind sufferings of human beings is ‘desire’. ‘Desires’ bring dissatisfaction and sufferings. He advocated the path of detachment. He taught the principles of Karma. His main teachings included the basic values of life and way of conduct. He wanted human beings to follow the path of right thought, action and deed.
Lord Buddha appeared on the full moon day of the month of April-May according to Hindu calender. The followers of Lord Buddha and his teachings are Buddhists and the faith is famous as Buddhism. The teachings of Lord Buddha forms the basis of Buddhism.
Today as the whole World celebrates Mother’s Day, I received the best gift of my life. My little daughter, who has just started going to School, gifted me a cute little card which says “LOVE YOU MOM”.
She is just 3 and a half years old and I was amazed to see that she, of course with the help of her Teacher has made this wonderful little card, just for me. My sincere gratitude towards my daughter’s Teacher, who has conceptualized this and made it happen. Many many thanks dear Teacher.
Today, as my little angel returned from School, she warned me not to open her bag as she knows that I will open her bag as I do everyday. This is my usual habit to check her bag, as soon as she returns home, so as to ensure that she has eaten her food that I had packed for her and also to check her School diary as her Teacher writes about the tasks completed in School and the portion to be completed as homework. I also check her books and it gives me immense pleasure to find a few stars or a well done comment with cute stickers given by her Teacher.
Today, probably this was instructed by her Teacher, she didn’t allow me to open her bag. She opened her bag and took out a cute little card and handed over to me saying “Love you Mummy”. I was thrilled to bits. I hugged her and said “Love you too darling”.
My daughter made my day today as she does everyday. Today, is very special, as I received the best gift of my life.
Card made by my daughter.
‘Satyamev Jayate’ is back and this time with the same appeal, focus and enlightenment. I remember, watching all the episodes when it was first shown in 2012. The show is the brainchild of Aamir Khan. All credits to him for innovating such an inspiring show. It is a Television Show which showcases the evil practices prevalent in our society. The show aims at creating social awareness and generate strong positive response from the Indian public. The series was earlier shown on Star Plus Channel in the year 2012 and now it is again going to be shown on Star Plus from 2nd of march, 2014.
I remember, the first show of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ received an over-whelming response. The show was about ‘female infanticide’ and was like an eye-opening experience for many Indians. The show had created large-scale awareness and had also generated tremendous positive response. Many Government Institutions took many steps towards putting a full stop to this evil practice. It was reported in the media that after the first episode was shown, the website of the show crashed as a result of huge traffic. People rushed to visit the website and post their comments, experiences and appreciation. I remember, I too had logged in for writing a few words of appreciation int he comments section.
Theshow and the website had listed out many genuine and authentic charitable organisations and many of them have received donations in huge numbers from Indians scattered all over the World. We too have contributed our humble donations to quite a few such organisations.
I wish people continue watching the show with equal enthusiasm and donate to the charitable organisations show in the show with a compassionate heart.
I was so touched such each and every show, that I had penned down my views on all the episodes and had published those articles on Expertcolomn.com.
Here are the links of all my published articles on Expertscolumn.com: http://krishnad.expertscolumn.com/
I look forward to watching all the episodes of the seconf innings of ‘Satyamev Jayate’.
January 14th or 15th every year is celebrated as Makar Sankranti in India. ‘Makar’ means Capricorn and ‘Sankranti’ means transition. The day is a highly auspicious day as it is on this day, the transition takes place in the form of Solar Energy on Earth which brings with it joy, warmth and hope. It is about the transition to auspiciousness. It is believed that on this day, the Sun moves towards the Tropic of Cancer from the Tropic of Capricorn, which is said to be a Journey towards the North and hence this day is also known as ‘Uttarayan’ in India. Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over India on 14th or 15th of January every year with great enthusiasm. People usually wake up early in the morning and take bath. Many pious and devoted people believe in taking a dip in the holy ganges river. The day is dedicated in the worship of Sun God. The Day is to Worship Sun, the only visible God on Earth. The day has special significance in India as it is considered to be a harvest festival. People celebrate Nature’s bounty. It can also be called as the Indian Thanks-giving day. The day to thank Almighty God in the form of Sun for all the blessings in the form of light, energy and warmth. People pray for a better and brighter future. It is a major festival in Indian states of Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal and Assam. In Punjab, the previous day of Makar Sankranti is known as Lohri. On the evening of Lohri, a huge bonfire is arranged and people make various offerings to ignite the fire. It is believed that the fire will burn all that is evil. People gather, sing and dance around the bonfire with enthusiasm, zeal and happiness. In Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, it is 3 days festival. In Tamil Nadu, a special dish is prepared which is known as ‘Pongal’ and is offered to Sun. Makar Sankranti is also known as ‘Pongal’ in Tamil Nadu. The dish which is made with freshly harvested rice, signifies nature’s bounty, prosperity and abundance. In Andhra Pradesh, the courtyards of every house is decorated with beautiful designs and patterns known as ‘Muggu’. People prepare several special dishes made with freshly harvested rice. In West Bengal, the day is known as ‘Paush Sankranti’. Every month, there is one Sankranti when the transit of the Sun takes place from one zodiac to another. Hindus of some states of India follow a Solar Calender where as some follow a Lunar Calender. ‘Paush’ is the month from mid-December to mid-January and is considered to be highly inauspicious for starting any new work. It is on ‘Paush Sankranti’ that the inauspicious phase comes to an end and a phase of auspicious, prosperity and enlightenment begins. On this day, the month of ‘Magh’ begins which is looked forward to for starting any kind of new venture. The two months of ‘Magh’ and ‘Phalgun’ are considered to be highly auspicious for wedding ceremonies. On this day, many kind of sweet dishes are made with jaggery, coconut, rice/wheat flour, milk and ghee. The date-palm jaggery is mostly preferred. There is a tradition of kite-flying in many places, specially in Gujarat. Many Kite-flying competitions are held on this day. It is good to embrace the warm sunlight on this day for good health and overall well-being.
People enjoy the warmth of Sunlight and welcome the transition from Winter Season to Spring Season. People celebrate this day with special home-made sweets with Jaggery, sesame, rice flour,coconut, milk and many other ingredients. Sesame seeds have special significance on this day. People share sweets with friends and neighbours and spread the message of positive thoughts, love and cooperation. Image: By Saloni Desai [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0
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Today is Vaikuntha Ekadashi.
Ekadashi means the eleventh day. In Hindu Calender, the eleventh day from the either the full moon or the no moon night, is known as Ekadashi. This eleventh day is considered to be an auspicious day in Hinduism.
The day has special significance for the Vaishnavas or the devotees of Lord Vishnu. It is believed to be very auspicious to observe fast on an Ekadashi day. Many devotees eat fruits and drink milk and spend the entire day in worshiping Lord Vishnu.
Of all the Ekadashi days, some has special significance.
Vaikuntha Ekadashi is one such special day. ‘Vaikuntha’ is a sanskrit word which means’ the abode of Lord Vishnu’ or where the Lord dwells. It is believed that on this day, the gates of ‘Vaikuntha’ opens for the pious devotees.
Special arrangements are made in famous temples like Balaji Temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, India and in ISKCON Temple located in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. People queue up in huge numbers to have a glimpse of the Lord during the mid-night and wait until the main door of sanctum sanatorium is opened during dawn which can be anywhere between 3.30 am to 4.30 am.
Pious devotees fast on this day and chant the holy name of God. It is considered to be highly beneficial to read or chant sacred texts like the Bhagwad Gita and the Vishnu Sahasranama.
A sincere prayer and remembrance of the holy name of God is all that the Lord wants from us, Human Beings.
Glory to Lord Venkateshwara. Glory to Lord Vishnu.
Pages of Life to The Pages of Written Expressions
Pages of life show us a new picture every day.
Pictures which are bright, beautiful and colourful,
Yet others are in black and white with hues of grey.
Each page conveys a message.
Many a lessons we learn and so many we are forced to unlearn.
As we turn the pages of life, we come across varied experiences.
Each experience, good or bad, forces the mind to think and ponder over each occurrence.
Thoughts bring with them their own voice and opinion,
which sometimes remain suppressed deep within the closed doors of the mind.
These thoughts get a breeze of fresh air in the form of written pages.
Writing enables the free flow of thoughts and expressions,
giving ventilation to the hidden and suppressed thoughts.
This gives birth to a writer, and the writer’s journey from
The Pages of Life to The Pages of Written expressions.
(A poem written by me)
Indian Television Industry is dominated by Serials which are mostly based on complex human relations and by reality shows based on either the talent of singing and dancing.
Over the last 3 years, there has been the arrival of another reality show which is based on the talent of cooking named as MasterChef India. MasterChef India Season 1 appeared on Star Plus in the year 2010-11, Season 2 in 2011-12 and Season 3 is currently being aired on Star Plus.
MasterChef India is a reality show which tests the culinary skills of the contestants. The sub title of Season 3 is ‘Kitchen Ke Super Stars’ which means the ‘Super Stars of Kitchen. Every home has a kitchen and the kitchen has its own Super Star within the premises of that very family. This programme gives an opportunity to millions of Indian women to showcase their talent of cooking infront on the whole world through the window of the TV screen. There’s another quotation which the judges on the show often repeat and it is that ‘who says that dreams/desires/wishes do not get cultivated in limitations of the kitchen.’
The concept of MasterChef is originally based on the British TV Show ‘MasterChef’. MasterChef India is the Indianised version of the British MasterChef. Amul is the main producer of the show.
Season 1 saw actor Akshay Kumar as the presenter of the show. Akshay Kumar has worked as a chef in Bangkok before embarking on a successful career as an actor in Mumbai. The judges were Chef Kunal Kapoor who works as an Executive Chef in Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon and Chef Ajay Chopra who is an Executive Chef in Goa Marriot in Goa. The winner of Season 1 was Pankaj Bhadouria of lucknow.
Season 2 saw Chef Vikas Khanna as another judge. Chef Vikas Khanna is a highly successful Chef from New York. Chef Ajay Chopra and Chef Kunal Kapoor were also the judges of Season 2, the winner of which was Shipra Khanna of Shimla.
Season 3 has some changes in the timings of the show. It is currently being aired on Star Plus on week days and not like only on week-ends as it was in Season 1 and 2. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has made entry as one of the 3 judges. Sanjeev Kapoor is the one who has popularized cooking shows in India. His programme ‘Khana Khazana’ was one of the earliest cooking shows in India and has been viewed by millions since a very long time. He is a very popular face on TV among the Indian audience. Chef Kunal Kapoor and Chef Vikas Khanna are the other two Judges.
The participants of the season 3 are:
- IshratFive contestants have already got themselves eliminated from the show. They are Ishrat, Jenan, Sachin, Khoku and Happy.Competition is very stiff. All the present contestants are all equally talented. We have to now wait and watch who wins the title of ‘MasterChef India Season 3’.