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The religious dove for peace!

It is a lovely depiction of peace  if and if all the religions come together. the image is poached from a facebook page author- unknown.

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Many faiths with one future

The Squirrels

There were five houses of religion in a small town:

The Presbyterian Church,

The Baptist Church,

The Methodist Church,

The Catholic Church

and The Jewish Synagogue.

Each church and house of prayer was overrun with pesky squirrels.
The Presbyterians called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels.After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.

In The BAPTIST CHURCH the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery which is a tank for administering baptism by immersion. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many the next week.

The Methodist Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creation.  So, they humanely trapped the Squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town.

Three days later…,   the squirrels were back.

The Catholic Church came up with the best and most effective solution.

They baptised the squirrels and registered them as members of the church.
Now they only see them on their weddings, children’s baptism, Christmas and Easter.

The Jewish Synagogue reverted back to old tradition. They caught one squirrel and had a short service with him called circumcision and they haven’t seen a squirrel on the property since.

 

PS:

The above joke is via an e-mail

I was impressed…..

I called an old school friend and asked what was he doing.

He replied that he is working on,

“Aqua-thermal  treatment of ceramics, Aluminum and steel under a constrained environment”.

I was impressed……

On further inquiring I  have learnt that he was washing dishes with hot water…..under his wife’s supervision.

I was astounded by his creativity  and the command of language!!!

Bravo

(from one of the e-mail rounds)

Ceiling fans ( A Tuesday funny)

I just couldn’t resist sharing this  joke during  US polling day :

A man died and went to Heaven.

As he stood in front of the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks
behind him.
He asked, “What are all those clocks for?”

St. Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone who has ever been
on earth has a Lie-Clock.
Every time you lie, the hands on your clock move.”

“Oh”, said the man. “Whose clock is that?”

“That’s Mother Teresa’s”, replied St. Peter. “The hands have never
moved, indicating that she never told a lie.”

“Incredible”, said the man.

“And whose clock is that one?”

St. Peter responded, “That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have
moved twice, telling us that Abraham told only two lies in his entire
life.”

“Where’s Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s clocks?” asked the man.

St. Peter replied, “We’re using them as ceiling fans.”

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Indian women in pictures through the ages

Just came across some images on  BBC News Asia published in 2014. These are  black and white images of women  taken  in the era of 1850 to 1950

 

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Group of Marathi women in 1875 (Credits: BBC News- Asia)

Follow the  BBC News images  for more pictures

நாதஸ்வரத்தில் திரைப்பாடல்

Tamil cinema-song played on a  South Indian classical wind instrument. This instrument referred as “Naatha swaram” made out of wood.

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வரியந்தோரும் நடக்கும் யாழ்ப்பாணக் கோவில் திருவிழாக்களில் தவில் நாதசுர கச்சேரிகள் சகஜம். கோயில்களுக்கேற்ப 10, 15,25 நாட்களென திருவிழாக்கள் தொடரும். திருவிழாக் கடைசி நாட்களில் முக்கியமாக சப்பறம், தேர், தீர்த்தம் , பூங்காவனம் போன் ற  திருநாட்களில் பல தவில் நாதஸ்வர வித்துவான்கள் கச்சேரிக்கு வருவார்கள்.  இவர்கள் கச்சேரி, கடைசியில் மேளச் சமாவுடன் முடிவு பெறும்.

பிரசித்தி பெற்ற யாழ்  நல்லூர் கந்தசுவாமி கோவில் திருவிழாக்களில் 23ம் நாள் தேர் உற்சவம் நடைபெறும். காலையில் தேர் இழுத்த பிற்பாடு,  பிற்பகலில் சாமி இறக்குவதற்கு முன் தவில் /நாதஸ்வரக் கச்சேரி  மிகவும் ஆவலுடன் எதிர்பார்க்கப்படும்.  இது இலங்கை வானொலியில் அநேகமாக ஒலிபரப்பப்பட்ட காலமும் உண்டு. (தற்போதய நிலை தெரியாது).

கிராமப்புற கோவில் திருவிழாக்களில் தவில் கச்சேரிக்குப் பின்னால்  “சின்ன மேளம்” நடனக்குழு, பொப் இசை பாடல் குழு என இத்தியாதி இத்தியாதி. இதற்காக இரசிகர் கூட்டம் பல தூர இடங்களில் இருந்து படையெடுக்கும். இதைவிட இலங்கை இந்திய புகழ் பெற்ற யாழ் மகன்  தட்சனாமூர்த்தியின் கச்சேரிக்கு சொல்லவா வேண்டும். தவில் மேதையை பார்ப்பதற்கென்றே மக்கள் கூட்டம் வாரி வாரியாக வந்திறங்கும்.

சிறுவயதில் மீசாலையில்  வெறுங்கால்களுடன் மணல் வீதிகளை உலாத்தி  வெள்ளை மாவடி பிள்ளையார் கோவில் திருவிழாக்களை பார்த்த காட்சி இன்றும் பசுமையாக நினைவில் உள்ளது.  சாவகச்சேரி நாதஸ்வர  வித்துவான் ஸ்ரீ பஞ்சாபிகேசன், கோண்டாவில் பாலக்கிருஷ்ணன் நாதஸ்வர சகோதரர்கள், தவில் கணேசன், கானா மூர்த்தி –…

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Musically yours, from Jaffna

It is an  old article  about a youngster from Jaffna. Hope he reaches his endeavors in due course.

SRINIVASA RAMANUJAM The Hindu Chennai, January 27, 2016

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Meet Sri Lanka-based 21-year-old Thuvarakan, whose covers of Tamil songs are gaining popularity on social media.

In all his music videos, T. Thuvarakan is a picture of concentration. Playing two keyboards simultaneously, his fingers deftly search for the right note, not missing them even on one occasion. A big fan of Tamil film music, the 21-year-old’s most recent videos are that of hit Kollywood songs, including ‘Thalli Pogathey’ (Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada), ‘Thangamey’ (Naanum Rowdy Dhaan) and ‘Aaluma Doluma’ (Vedalam).

What’s so special, you might ask. Thuvarakan is doing all this in his nondescript room at Jaffna, Sri Lanka, where he was born and lived through three civil wars — in 1995, 2000 and 2006. And, he can play a dozen instruments, including the mridangam, tabla, morsing, violin and guitar. “Jaffna is famous for its culture. But due to the conflict, musicians here do not have access to technology like our counterparts in the Indian film industry. Of late though, the signs are encouraging; people are trying to produce their own albums and short films,” he says.

His passion for music started when he was just three. His father, a singer, was his inspiration at that time. “I started listening to Tamil film songs in my childhood. My father, who is also my first music guru, taught me the popular ‘Kanne Kalaimaane’ song,” he recalls in an e-mail interview. Soon, Thuvarakan was enrolled for mridangam classes, an instrument in which he showed promise.

In 2012, even as he struggled with his studies, he formed a music band called Vaanavil. Consisting of 18 members, the band plays Carnatic, English, Tamil and Sinhala songs. The reach of the band might be restricted, but Thuvarakan seems to be making use of social media to get noticed. “In Jaffna, we have very less media support; they do not give priority to Tamil musicians,” he writes. “We are dependent on social media to reach our talent to the world. It also helps us get exposed to different styles of music.”

After finishing his Ordinary Level Exam, Thuvarakan got a chance to use social media to his advantage. His first independent release was a song he composed for his school cricket match. Buoyed by the appreciation he received, Thuvarakan did a cover version of the ‘Yaendi’ song from Puli and uploaded it. “I got a lot of positive feedback for that,” he says. Soon, he was working on other covers of songs from hit Tamil films. The youngster, who considers Ilaiyaraaja and A.R. Rahman, as his role models, dreams of becoming a composer in the Indian music industry someday. “I will finish my university education in four years and then shift to Chennai to make my dreams come true,” he says.

Check out his work at facebook.com/T.Thuvarakan