Archive | October 2013

Deepavali in Little India

No Foreign Lands

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With Deepavali/ Diwali fast approaching, Little India has been transformed into a daily bazaar selling all kinds of trinkets and clothes.
I took some time on Saturday to take a short stroll so here is a glimpse of the streets…

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Happy early Deepavali everyone!
Bonus picture:

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Some Extinct Tamil Proverbs in connection with Dance

Bharathanatyam and the worldwide web

Disclaimer: Before you jump to any conclusion, read till the end of this post. My intentions are to give a glimpse of the past.

Recently, I came across a book titled “A classified collection of Tamizh proverbs” by Reverend Herman Jensen [1, 2]. This book was published in 1897. Yes, that’s long time back! In total there are 3644 proverbs cataloged, classified on various subjects numbering to about 300.

Reverend Herman Jensen was part of the Danish Missionary in Madras presidency. He arrived in 1887 and worked in Arcot, Ranipet, and Sallasapet (?) [3].  He left back to Denmark by 1899 [4]. In the preface, he identifies what Indians do in a regular conversation.

I had already perceived that the Indians could hardly tell a story without introducing some proverbs into it.

Hmmm….I am going to observe that in others from now on. 🙂

Proverbs give an insight into the…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon’s Verge

Between the two worlds

life hovers like a star,

twixt night and morn,

upon the horizon’s verge.

-Lord Byron-

Horizon's Verge

Horizon’s Verge – off the coast of Western Australia (photo: alfiet March 2013)

We have always held

to the hope, the belief, the conviction

that there is a better life, a better world

beyond the horizon.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt-

 

Quote credits: Brainy Quotes

The above post is an entry for the: Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon.

What Do You Have ?

Friday Funnies #IV  (What do you have?)

What Do You Have ?  (Friday Funnies # IV)

What do You Have?

PS: The above cartoon came on an e-mail joke –  Author Unknown – would love to give credits to the owner

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness (posted on National Geographic Explorer’s Journal)

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Explorers Journal on October 18, 2013
Cheetah cubs at play by guide Nicky Silberbauer. Photographed at Phinda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (nickysilberbauer.com/ andbeyond.com)
Please follow the link below to see the other top 24 photos.

 

A Cute Buzzfeed Tweet : Boop!

New-found Friends

New-Found Friends

Thou Shalt Not Blog Everything…..Including Nothing!

Thou Shalt Not Blog Everything…..Including Nothing!.

Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist!! (Friday Funnies #III)

From the e-mail rounds – Believed to be taken from the ROLLS-ROYCE STAFF MAGAZINE

Scientists at Rolls Royce built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners and military jets  travelling at maximum velocity.

The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

American engineers heard about the gun and were eager to try the gun on the Windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the American engineers.

When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken shot out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer’s back-rest in two and embedded itself in the back of the cabin wall.

The horrified Americans sent Rolls Royce the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the British scientists for suggestions.

You’re going to love this……

Rolls Royce responded with a one-line memo:

“Defrost the chicken.”

“U Have To Struggle More”: A Poem for International Day of the Girl

Re-blogged from “The Human Rights warrior”

Last year on the International Day of the Girl, I wrote about a girl named Kanchi and her determination to overcome all obstacles and obtain an education in rural Nepal.  The first in her family to go to school, Kanchi is now studying horticulture in university. She also writes poetry in her spare time and asked me to share the following poem that she wrote about her life.

It is a poem that seems particularly fitting on this,  the second  International Day of the Girl.

When I was born in small hut,

i’d be a heavy load,

i’d be a heavy load,

Anyhow i have to accept all the things

which were asked by father & mother

because i’m a daughter,

because i’m a daughter.

Father& Mother always used to say

that i don’t have any right to read & write

because 1 day i have to leave birth place

& i have to be someone’s wife,

i have to be someone’s wife.

They says that i cannot do anything in my life because

my life is like an egg which can

Creak at anytime if it falls,

Which never be join back,

which never be join back.

They say that to do household work,

that’s my big property &

during the time of my marriage

when i get more dowry,

during the time of my marriage

when i get more dowry.

These heart pinches words

collided in my ear,

my heart nearly go to burst,

,my heart nearly go to burst.

At that time my 1 heart says

that u have to leave this selfish world.

But another heart says that don’t get tired

to achieve goal u have to struggle more,

u have to struggle more.

TO READ MORE ON KANCHI,  CLICK  :“U Have To Struggle More”: A Poem for International Day of the Girl.

WPC: Infinite Sun,Sky and Sea

There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed

in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.  

Henry David Thoreau

 

Infinite Sky, Sun & Sea

Infinite Sky, Sun and Sea (Sun set at Galle Face, Colombo, Sri Lanka -Photo: alfiet dec2011)

Only two things are infinite,

the universe and human stupidity,

and I am not sure about the former.

Albert Einstein

Other interesting infinite entries for   Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite.

1. And when we gaze at nature very deeply, we can sense the seed of the infinite

2. Infinite sweet items

3. Turn of a zoom lens 

4. Extending beyond….

5. Tuscan Sunflowers

6. Antoni’s Gaudi’s Column, Barcelona