Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya .............the departed soul.............

As we mourn Maya Analogue, who dead yesterday at 86,  while roaming in the INTERNET reading this and that about her , i stumbled upon a poem on Michael  Jack son written by  HER,  I found no better tribute than this poem written by HER.............the link..... 




xoxo

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Coklat Kiloan

Prime Minister, Hinduism in Bali

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bali
Few words on Hinduism in Bali. Hinduism came to Indonesia from India in the 5th century and was then displaced by Islam from the 14th century. Bali became the only part of Indonesia to remain Hindu. You can still find some Hindu villages on other islands like Lombok, but Bali is the only island where Hinduism is the main religion. Balinese Hindu believe in good gods and bad demons, so they define their own role as finding the balance between those two by making offering and pleasing good spirits while asking bad spirits to go away. They also believe in Dharma (order in cosmos), good karma, reincarnation.  They are very close to nature, they respect it in their own way. So a life of a Balinese person is a lot about temples, ceremonies, offerings to gods. Balinese have their own language, their own calendar, their own religious festivals that don’t exist anywhere in the world.


hindu ceremony in bali

Thursday, May 15, 2014

my favorite foreign poet

There have been many poets throughout history. I have some poets that I am very fond of, and others not so much, but my favorite foreign poet is Dr. Maya Angelou.


Pics of my daughter’s book launching function conducted by Ashok (publisher dakhal prkaashan). Thanks to the entire team for made this event successful. A book on Dr.MAYA ANGLOU in Hindi our mother tongue.


Krishna Kant's photo.

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Maya Angelou was born April 4, 1928, as Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. She was raised in St. Louis Missouri and in Stamps, Arkansas by her grandmother. According MayaAngelou.com, at 14 Maya Angelou earned a dance scholarship to San Francisco's Labor School. She did not complete her high school education, however, but she worked as a waitress. She later went back to high school but became pregnant during her senior year. During the 1950s, Dr. Angelou toured Europe and appeared in the opera Porgy and Bess. In the late 1950s, Maya Angelou wrote and starred in Cabaret For Freedom.

Photo: with Prof. Kamal Nayan Kabra, Prof. S.N. Malakar and Ashok Kumar Pandey at GPF NEW DELHI

During the 1960s, Maya Angelou was an advocate for civil rights, joining the Harlem Writer's Guild as well as moving to Ghana to become an editor of the African Review. Dr. Angelou is most noted for her autobiographical works, especially Why The Caged Bird Sings. Within Angelou's autobiographies, she depicts her early childhood traumas (at the age of eight she was molested), failures, and successes (source:Biography.com). Angelou has also written many volumes of poetry, such as Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die and Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou.

Krishna Kant's photo.

For all the above  pics : SOURCEhttps://www.facebook.com/vipin.choudhary.507?fref=nf

Maya Angelou is one of my favorite poets and one of the many exceptional works that I enjoy the most is her poem Phenomenal Woman( उल्लेखनीय महिला ). My daughter translated it in Hindi and this is included in her book on Maya. This poem of   depicts a positive perception of how a woman feels and thinks of herself, detailing why it is great to be a woman and the reasons why she is appreciative of the woman has become.

There have been and will always be poets that have made a profound impact in the lives of their readers, however Dr. Maya Angelou, in my opinion, is one of the best inspirational Women   around today. This book of Maya in Hindi will made the Hindi readers able to peek into  the struggleful, successful and inspirational life of Dr. Maya Angelou..  

xoxo

Monday, May 12, 2014

Writers

I was feeling very exhausted after attending the book ( on Maya angle)
 launching function of my daughter at

Gandhi Shanti Pratisthan , the the bell rang I hurried toward the main gate of my house , iit was postman with yellow big envelop in his hand. I signed for the speed post and curiously opened it up. it was "pustak varta"
My daughter interviewed  rajendra_yadav   the “stalwart of Literature in India” about his writing moods before his heavenly abode  acquaint with him   here,, HERE
 
 
  xoxo

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's day for me

I lost my beloved mother four months ago. I cry every day I miss her too much.
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Monday, May 5, 2014

I found something very charming on the network.

Welcome!

 I found something on the web which made me very  excited and nostalgic. Nostalgic because when i was a kid the girls til the age of 16 or 17 used to wear Dewati/rejja (cloth made with home spun yarn i.e. woven by a village weaver ) short knickers (these days only fashionta wear these half-pants or knickers). It was in the year 1963-65 ( my  nostalgia time)   the  dress   of my village girls was half- pant shirt with collars and two pockets on the breasts, -two side pockets - like kurtas today and a veil cloth  on head.





On the topic above again.... this shorts looks like a "fairy tale wear' as compared to the shorts of Haryana girls back in the 60’s. This fairy tale shorts can be made by every person with the crocheting skills.

 I put a photo on my blog page here so that the design can be preserved not misplaced in my resources

 Normally I like an pultaceous things:

What about you?
xoxo

Saturday, May 3, 2014

windy, stormy, rainy and then cloudy

Saturday evening was one of those all too common evenings where I just sit and watch_Roadies_(season_11) and did some crocheting. Too much tea, too late for the evening walks was probably the culprit and you would think I would figure that out but I don't. It's really hard to go to walk when its windy outside because we watch_Roadies_(season_11)...for a good 2 hours.

 
I was flipping channels between the weather channel watching how the wind gusts were coming along and amusing myself with watching the time zones change to Standard time. The wind fallowed with storm, then growling the clouds, blinking of lights, power cut and then it showered with rain and it was cool night for sound sleep! Mare   the anticipation of coming a cool night kept me from going to sleep, and crochet.........crochet and crochet!


Then Sunday morning it was cloudy and sort of hazing and my daughter  called to tell me it was raining where she was. The sun would peek out in between the clouds and it was just so weatherish. I loved it.
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Friday, May 2, 2014

1st anniversary,I say a little prayer for you

Happy 1st  anniversary vikki and puji. thank you both of you for  being such a wonderful couple. I had such a fun time looking for a perfect picture. Then I pick up some and made this mosaic. Have a wonderful anniversary celebration. I love you both.
 
My son and my d-in-law
 
 
 
Prayer
Prayer is a type of alternative Medicine.


This here is the song being sung by Rupert Everett in the movie "My best friend's
wedding" you can sense the difference a little prayer can make.





Go  forth and try these tools for starting the day and you will see a difference, I
leave you with a quote


by Robert Brault "Enjoy the little things, for one day you
may look back and realize they were the big things".


xoxo

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Summer table


Yesterday while walking on jogging track in our front park during my morning walk a Pipal branch touched my head  I looked upon my head the beautiful new leaves of lash green attracted me so much that I stopped and stared a beautiful round umbrella that was created by the papal in the park .very beautiful and soothing for eyes. I just pluck a branch with several leaves and proceeded back home shower the branch with water under tap filled a whisky bottle (empty) with water .laid a cotton brocade border cotton  Dupatta on dining table as runner and place the bottle with Pipal  branch in it…….




 Laying this Mangalagiri superfine cotton with zari border Dupatta as   table runner is an easy way to update you summer dining area.  I was really pleased with this ticking border.  I bought it  from Lajpat nagar , DELHI.



The  fabric is cotton made with a tropical zari border and stripes on the narrow ends along the fringes that wakes my dining room with fresh colors for an updated look.  This  is 60 inches wide and 100 inches long including fringes.  It was so generous in size I that it can be layed on the whole table, but here it is folded in both ways I will use my another  Dupatta in blue colour some other summer day.

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That is all there is to it.  Here is the table runner on my dining table and center table arrangement.  The color and border with natural branch  on the table give a modern tropical look to my  non-conventional house dining room.

 xoxo


May day recycling

The first May Day celebration in India was organised in Madras (now Chennai) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on 1 May 1923. This was also the first time the red flag was used in India. The party leader Singaravelu Chettiar made arrangements to celebrate May Day in two places in 1923. One meeting was held at the beach opposite to the Madras High Court; the other meeting was held at the Triplicane beach. The Hindu newspaper, published from Madras reported,
The Labour Kisan party has introduced May Day celebrations in Madras. Comrade Singaravelar presided over the meeting. A resolution was passed stating that the government should declare May Day as a holiday. The president of the party explained the non-violent principles of the party. There was a request for financial ………..wiki

 
I battle with recycling and going green all the time. Then Why not on May DAY. I can do the simple of using the recycling bins and stuff like that. But using less and trying to really not be wasteful is hard. I'm doing better though. We only use napkins, paper plates and stuff like that for big gatherings. I use cloths to clean with and stuff like that. I am currently saving all the TINS (evaporated milk, Ghee, protein mix, etc) and I'm going tocut them from bottom, attach them one upon another with cello tape , only the base tin is having its base attached then I covered it with weaved cane selvedge from the chairs ( ripped canes of chairs), using glue. These are my two planters .the bigger one is created by 5 containers and the smaller with 3 containers.
That's not a start! I am recyclers since a kid all these activities inculcated in me by my father’s guidance and observing him in his day to day life   ! I'm also saving all my small-small   containers..of ayurveda herbal things ,.not sure for what yet, but I bet they will come in handy eventually.
 
We all should be the care takers of the earth by making it trash free-the Lord did create this Earth and honored us to be it's keepers. We aren't caring for the Earth as God would have us when we trash it and continue to obviously put things towards landfills. Someone in our front park during evening walk  told me there is a   "recycling unit" in the city I am in for the fused electricity bulbs you have to call upon them and they will approach you to collect four fused bulbs , the rule is they must be four bulbs or more , not less then four. OK !
So on a nutshell I have been a fanatical recycler for years but  still use paper towels during chilly days. I am planning to make hundreds of  10 inches square  pieces of cotton napkins using my abandoned cotton dresses . I just piled them spritely in my wardrobe , I will materialize my idea very soon.  I agree that we should take care of God's creation as an act of worship and to foster a cleaner planet for our children and grandchildren!
Puuja is due in first week of August

XOXO