Monday, June 23, 2014

I  used to read Bronte  sister's since  last few months and can't resist to post this video about the Bronte family.

Pensionnat Heger
At the Pensionnat Heger they studied French, German, music, singing, writing, arithmetic, and drawing. Charlotte wrote of Emily that she “works like a horse” (letter to EN May 1842) and “is making rapid progress in French, German, Music and Drawing — Monsieur & Madame Heger [who ran the school] begin to recognize the valuable points of her character under her singularities.” (letter to EN July 1842).

Poem: No coward soul is mine

No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the worlds storm-troubled sphere:
I see Heavens glories shine,
And faith shines equal, arming me from fear.

O God within my breast.
Almighty, ever-present Deity!
Life -- that in me has rest,
As I -- Undying Life -- have power in Thee!

Vain are the thousand creeds
That move mens hearts: unutterably vain;
Worthless as withered weeds,
Or idlest froth amid the boundless main,
To waken doubt in one
Holding so fast by Thine infinity;
So surely anchored on
The steadfast Rock of immortality.
With wide-embracing love
Thy Spirit animates eternal years,
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.
Though earth and man were gone,
And suns and universes ceased to be,
And Thou wert left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee.
There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou -- Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.

Emily Bronte
My D-in-law is due in couple of weeks


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Belated father’s day, Summer solstice

 Remembering Dad on father’s day
My computer crashed and it took several days to make it  up that’s why i am posting my Father’s day post today..

My Dad

This photo reminds me the monsoon season at Chandigarh it was raining cats and dog and we were shifting our house from sector 31 to sector 35. The house of sector was air force accommodation and my father was transferred to Bombay so we had to vacate that house. The shifting in this Jeep took several trips from sector 31 to father came with his uniform and didn’t even had time to change his civil dress.

                                             My dad in 1955
 We all love this photo of my Dad taken on that very day of shifting it was taken in 1978 by the way at 31 sector near AIR residential area. Dad towed our little caravan to the  Sukhna lake
every year ( when we were at Chandigarh) and all of us-Dad, Mum, me and my two sisters and two brothers, my daughter and my little son, hoped for good weather.

My dad with    Dilip Kumar   the star legend of Indian cinema

At Delhi on cricket show in 81-82 India vs Pakistanclick   Here for details of the match
England 1981–82     cricketer Sandeep_Patil  is standing in the pic  left to my dad

And that very day of shifting didn’t’ came in the way of that tradition of our family that day. I remember lots of rain that day but the photographs prove there was lots of sunshine too.
I didn’t stop myself the poem by Ella_Wheeler_Wilcox
As it sums up my Dad very nicely-though    he didn't have his regular prayer (on the stool) after the death of my younger son. He was really a  super human being    He was often a comedian too and then we would exclaim "Oh Father!"
He never made a fortune, or a noise
In the world where men are seeking after fame;
But he had a healthy brood of girls and boys
Who loved the very ground on which he trod.
They thought him just little short of God;
Oh you should have heard the way they said his name –

There seemed to be a loving little prayer
In their voices, even when they called him ‘Dad.’
Though the man was never heard of anywhere,
As a hero, yet somehow understood
He was doing well his part and making good;
And you knew it, by the way his children had
Of saying ‘Father.’

He gave them neither eminence nor wealth,
But he gave them blood untainted with a vice,
And opulence of undiluted health.
He was honest, and unpurchable and kind;
He was clean in heart, and body, and in mind.
So he made them heirs to riches without price –
This father.

He never preached or scolded; and the rod –
Well, he used it as a turning pole in play.
But he showed the tender sympathy of God.
To his children in their troubles, and their joys.
He was always chum and comrade with his boys,
And his daughters – oh, you ought to hear them say

Now I think of all achievements ‘tis the least
To perpetuate the species; it is done
By the insect and the serpent, and the beast.
But the man who keeps his body, and his thought,
Worth bestowing on an offspring love-begot,
Then the highest earthly glory he was won,
When in pride a grown-up daughter or a son
Says ‘That’s Father.’

Summer solstice
Summer Solstices occur on 20th or 21st June.
During summer the day of the solstice is the longest day of the year. The Solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice, once in summer and once in winter, each year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole. During Solstices the tilt of the axil of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is the maximum at 23° 26'.
During June it is Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere and Winter Solstice in the Southern hemisphere. In other words during June Solstice it is summer time in the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, India and China and it is the longest day of the year while it is winter time in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa and it is the shortest day of the year.

Similarly during December it is Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere and Summer Solstice in the Southern hemisphere. In other words during December Solstice it is winter time in the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, India and China and it is the shortest day of the year while it is summer time in Australia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa and it is the longest day of the year.

To avoid any confusion Solstices are preferably referred as June Solstice (Northern Solstice) and December Solstice (Southern Solstice). Summer Solstice is also known as Aestival Solstice.

In Hindu astrology Summer Solstice is known as Tropical Dakshinayana. However Sidereal Dakshinayana starts from
Karka Sankranti - from this day onwards Asurakal starts which is not good to start auspicious work.