Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hi everyone,
This is the blog’s first  entry of the year so first of all, before I forget, I would like to thank you for all who visit this blog, and of course, I wish you a happy 2015!
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Enjoy the New Year and may all your wishes come true! And the most important thing, good health for everyone!
Happy 2015! Hugs!

Monday, December 22, 2014

“I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.”

Yesterday  being Holyday it  was my son’s sports day, when I
 Came out in our front yard in afternoon I actually saw the mist  spread all over sides . Now for most people this is sooooo. It's winter lady, it's supposed to be mist. ‘Well not around Delhi it's not’ answered my daughter, when I asked her yesterday. Hisar city of Haryana got extremes of the weather every year. 

Being an IAF expat, I grew up strolling in every part of India   experiencing different weather of the   country. We used to spent every vacation at my home town here, so it was no

 biggie.   I did have to take pictures to prove I wasn't hallucinating. I am worried   about my little granddaughter Rehana who is so small and enjoying bearable winter weather at her nana’s house, will accompany us here in one or two days.

So I am thinking to make her booties, mittens and cap. That’s why today and yesterday have been my major project day. Still not done anything of the three, but the end is in sight. Will have it done before the end of the weekend. Good thing as I want to make them till Tuesday or Thursday.
 My list of projects I want to be playing with is growing and growing. Seems like for every project done, my idea list grows by at least 2. I can't seem to catch up with my ideas.
I do keep telling myself over and over that I will never lack for something to keep me busy.
This morning we saw more mist/haze on the Superstition than we have ever seen. True we have only lived here  many. many.. winters now. But still.
This is looking out my front gate  this morning at 7:00AM when I went out to take News paper for my son   and look at all the snow on his car.
This is the lowest I have seen the mist in our village.
 My Dadi used to say actual winter days run from 23rd of December till Feb 5, temperature now is nearing 0 degree..
Ha! Ha! Ha! What a GemSaying!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well with all the crazy weather I thing I need a bright spot in start of my day.

Few and far between but oh so delicate and lovely. Not to mention the corner of my front yard with jasmine flower bush..rather without any flower.

Click the following links formy older jasmine posts


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Our Hibiscus

 When we entered this hous as the sole owners and trying to collect plants for our front and back yard  I was told( by the plant doctor…yes the gardener in our front park of the locality)  that having a red hibiscus plant growing on your property is considered a sign of   luck in parts of North India and in the Bengal region.  So imagine my disappointment when, these days due to extreme cold near about 3 degree here , our very own red hibiscus plant suffered from a severe attack of this cold and produce very small flowers .

I was   on the hunt for a beautiful bowl, and transformed an olden terracotta bowel embellish it with stones an filled it with water to float the single flower on the plant in it .  Wouldn’t this be fabulous in an entry in our front yard?  

 We people even spent an entire Sunday afternoon painstakingly wiping off each leaf with spraying water   to wash the accumulated dust of the road.  After a month of suspense, our china rose  sprouted its first flower last week – Hooray!

Here is our bathed flower, along with my daughter’s and niece’s favourite dresses – also featuring our beloved flower – a keepsake photo for both of them :

This flower is termed as MANDARA , as is the mythic Mountain Mandara-that was used to to churn the ocean of milk in the Puranic account of Lord Vishnu’s Kurma Avatar.  It is unclear if there is any link between these 2 terms. 

 For my earlier posts on my hibiscus click  ,here  , here    here  ,  and  here             

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

आज  भयंकर जुकाम से पीड़ित थी अनायास ही ऋग्वेद में रोग संबंधित यानी कि औषध ऋचाएं देखने को ऋग्वेद देखा तो यह प्रार्थनाएं मिली'''''''''

ऋग्वेद में औषधीय वनस्पतियों की रार्थना

मुञ्चन्तु मा शपथ्यादथो वरुण्यादुत
          अथो यमस्य षड्बीशात् सर्वस्माद्देवकिल्बिषात् 16
           (यथा उपर्युक्त)
           (मा शपथ्यात् मुञ्चन्तु अथो वरुण्यात् उत अथो यमस्य षड्बीशात् सर्वस्मात् देवकिल्बिषात् )

अर्थ - औषधियां मुझे शापजनित रोग से मुक्त करें, बल्कि वरुण देवता के शाप से भी दूर रखें, यम देवता की बेड़ियों से मुक्त रखें, इतना ही नहीं समस्त दैवप्रदत्त पापों को मुझसे दूर रखें

मनुष्य के कष्ट तीन प्रकार के गिनाए गए हैं: आधिभौतिक, आधिदैविक, एवं आघ्यात्मिक दूसरे मनुष्यों अथवा संसार के अन्य प्राणियों के कारण जो भौतिक कष्ट भोगना पड़ता है उसे आधिभौतिक कहा जाता है देवताओं के रोष से जो कष्ट भोगना पड़ता है उसे आधिदैविक की संज्ञा दी गई है अधिकांश कष्टों की अनुभूति इंद्रियों के माध्यम से अनुभव में आती है इनके अतिरिक्त कभी-कभी विशुद्ध मानसिक कष्ट भी भोगने पड़ते हैं; इन्हीं को आघ्यात्मिक कहा जाता है ये कष्ट वस्तुतः मन के विकारों के कारण पैदा होते हैं, और उनका कोई स्पष्ट बाह्य कारण नहीं रहता है उक्त मंत्र में इन सभी प्रकार के कष्टों से मुक्ति की प्रार्थना की गई है शापजनित कष्ट उसे समझा जा सकता है जो दूसरों के द्वारा कर्मणा अथवा वाचा किसी को पहुंचाया जाता है दूसरे के अहित की भावना भी कदाचित कष्ट का कारण बन सकता है इन सभी को शापमूलक मान सकते हैं वरुण को हाथ में बंधन (फंदा) लिए हुए पश्चिम दिशा का (समुद्र का भी) अधिष्ठाता देवता माना गया है वरुण देवता के शाप का ठीक-ठीक अर्थ क्या है मैं समझ नहीं पाया कदाचित जलजनित रोगों से तात्पर्य हो यम देवता का शाप का अर्थ यही होगा कि उनके रूप में मुत्यु हर क्षण मनुष्य का पीछा करती है औषधियां कष्टों अथवा मृत्यु के निमित्त बने रोगों से हमें दूर रखती हैं मनुष्य के अनुचित कर्मों के फल को देवताओं द्वारा दंड-स्वरूप प्रदत्त पाप कहा गया होगा ऐसा मेरा सोचना है

           अवपतन्तीरवदन् दिव ओषधयस्परि
           यं जीवमश्नवामहै रिष्याति पूरुषः 17
           (यथा उपर्युक्त)
           (दिव अवपतन्तीः ओषधयः परि अवदन् यं जीवम् अश्नवामहै पूरुषः रिष्याति )

अर्थद्युलोक से धरती पर उतरती औषधियां वचन बोलती हैं कि जिस जीव को हम व्याप्त या आच्छादित कर लें उस पुरुष का विनाश नहीं होता

व्याप्त (वि+आप्त) का अर्थ यहां प्राप्त होना लिया जा सकता है मेरा सोचना है कि प्राचीन मनीषी वनस्पतियों के औषधीय गुण स्वर्ग की देन मानते होंगे धरती पर होने वाली घटनाएं देवताओं के नियंत्रण में होती हैं, अतः ये औषधियां भी देवों की प्राणियों पर अनुकंपा के परिणाम प्राणियों को प्राप्त होती हैं स्वर्ग से धरती पर उतरने वाली औषधियां जो कहती हैं उसे वस्तुतः उनके अधिष्ठाता देवता का कथन माना जाना चाहिए इस कथन में ये उद्गार प्रतिबिंबित होते हैं कि मनुष्य के नाश का कारण अंततः रोग हैं जिन्हें औषधियां दूर कर देती हैं नीरोग व्यक्ति ही दीर्घजीवी हो सकता है और वही अपने एवं समाज के लिए फलदायी कार्य संपन्न करने में 
समर्थ होता है
शब्बा खैर!

Monday, December 15, 2014


Wassily Kandinsky 'S COLOUR THEORIESIt's unfortunate that most of the color theorists since Chevreul have been abstract painters rather than representational ones. I like to thumb through my Itten, Albers and Kandinsky color books once in a while but I have to admit that they're not very usefull. They are a lot of fun, though. Here just for the heck of it, are a couple of Wassily Kandinsky  
According to Kandinsky certain colors (above) have an affinity for certain forms. A dull shape like a circle deserves a dull color like blue. A shape with intermediate interest like a square deserves an intermediate color like red. A dynamic, interesting shape like a triangle deserves an enegetic, luminous, psychotic color like yellow.

A hexagon is midway in interest between a square and a triangle so it gets the midway color it deserves, orange. Toilet cover seats get green.

Lines also have an affinity for certain colors. Bold, dynamic lines like diagonals get a bold color like yellow. Less drastic diagonals get a less drastic color, red. Dead lines that are nearly horizontal get a dead color like black. Slightly active lines like verticals get a dull color like blue.Wassily Kandinsky   even has a theory about coloring lines according to their centrality in the composition. Lines in the middle get yellow. Sad, unloved lines that hug the edge of the frame should get dull colors.

The same goes for angles. Drastic accute angles get drastic colors, more sedate obtuse angles get bland colors like blue.

Ditto curves. Of course a line usually has both drastic and sedate curves and angles and the color of the line changes accordingly.

Here's all these theories in a single painting. Interesting, huh?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

मेरे देश की धरती

कैलाश सत्यार्थी (जन्म: 11 जनवरी 1954) भारत के एक बाल अधिकार कार्यकर्ता हैं जिन्हें २०१४ में शाँति हेतु नोबेल पुरस्कारसे सम्मानित किया गया। वे बाल श्रमके विरुद्ध भारतीय अभियान में १९९० के दशक से ही सक्रिय रहे हैं। उनके द्वारा संचालित संगठन का नाम है- बचपन बचाओ आन्दोलन इस संगठन ने लगभग ८० हजार बाल श्रमिकों को मुक्त कराया है और उनके पुनर्वास एवं शिक्षा की व्यवस्था में सहायता की है।
मलाला युसुफ़ज़ईके  साथ सम्मिलित रूप से उन्हें २०१४ का शांति का नोबेल पुरस्कार प्रदान किया गया। यह पुरस्कार उन्हें बच्चों और युवाओं के दमन के ख़िलाफ़ कार्य करने तथा सभी को शिक्षा के अधिकार के लिए संघर्ष करने के लिए दिया गया है।

भारत   के मध्य प्रदेशके विदिशा में जन्मे कैलाश सत्यार्थी 'बचपन बचाओ आंदोलन' चलाते हैं। वे पेशे से इलेक्ट्रॉनिक इंजीनियर हैं किन्तु उन्होने 26 वर्ष की उम्र में ही करियर छोड़कर बच्चों के लिए काम करना शुरू कर दिया था। इस समय वे 'ग्लोबल मार्च अगेंस्ट चाइल्ड लेबर' (बाल श्रम के ख़िलाफ़ वैश्विक अभियान) के अध्यक्ष भी हैं।

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