We, Indians, are celebrating the Pongal festival these four days. It started on Sunday (13 January) evening and continues till 17 January. We celebrated the bonfire in the morning today and worshiped the Vishnu Bhagwan and celebrated His marriage with a great devotee of him known as Andal. The bonfire is a kind of discarding old things by burning them and welcoming the new season. The harvesting is done by this time and the fresh stock of food grains and vegetables arrive in houses by this day. So, people celebrate that occasion.
Tomorrow is Makar Sankranti which is more popular as it is celebrated by the whole of India with that name. People take bath in holy rivers and visit temples and express gratitude to Lord for the bounty granted to them. They prepare the Pongal and offer it to God and then enjoy it with family and relatives. They celebrate the festival by flying colorful kites all over in the sky from the roof of their buildings.
The next day is celebrated as Kanum Pongal, mostly in Southern India. It is the festival of cattle. Cattle are bathed and decorated with colorful clothes. Their horns are also decorated with flowers and even colors. Then they get worshiped. People cook a food item known as Vada with the batter of black gram lentil which is fried in oil. It is considered as a must food on this day. It is made round with a big hole in the center.
The fourth-day people enjoy watching cockfights and bullfights. But, this practice is dwindling gradually as it involves violence towards living beings. Nowadays, they simply enjoy some outings or picnics with friends and family or in watching movies, etc.
Sorry for the absence again for a full month.
My computer went off developing some hardware problems. I had to get it fixed through some close acquaintance of mine. And, it got delayed for many days. I had some more personal problems also that hindered my work even after getting back my computer. So, it all resulted in this long gap of one full month at my blog.
But, I kept in touch with WordPress reading some of your posts whenever I was able to do so through other means. Now, I will be regular here even though I have to work on a book also at the same time. I do not like to lose your company at any cost. Because there are so many wonderful writers and bloggers here.
Thanks to all of you who do a great service by sharing your beautiful and insightful thoughts for the good of people.
I admit there are problems in our daily lives in some form or another.
Each one faces his own problems in his own way. It depends on the nature of the problem and the limitations one has.
Just now I am stuck with my computer going out of order. Since past one week, I am unable to do any work on my computer. It opens for a while and shuts down splashing one message or other. And finally it rested with hard-disk problem. I have to take it to the workshop for repair.
So, it may take some days to get it fixed. I am posting this post with my phone which I am not familiar with.
But, I am not discouraged as I am and will be spending the time reading and commenting and doing some fruitful work. So, I will always remain busy in my life.
I believe all of you are also equally positive-minded and enjoy your life whatever the situations are.
Today is Rama Navami festive occasion in India. It is the celebration of the birth of Lord Rama who incarnated into this earthly world on this auspicious day for the protection of Good and the punishment of the Evil.
Sri Rama took his birth in the Treta Yuga as a son of King Dasharatha and his first consort Kausalya in the present pilgrim place of Ayodhya, U.P., India.
Sri Rama was married to Sita, daughter of King Janaka after he bent the mighty bow of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Rama married Sita on this auspicious occasion which happens to be his birthday also.
So, Rama Navami celebrates both these occasions of Rama’s birth as well as his marriage with Sita.
People worship Lord Rama and Sita along with their lovely devotee Hanuman on this day and obtain their blessings.
Special pujas are held in temples and the Sita-Rama marriage ceremony is also celebrated on this day each year in all the Rama Temples. Temples will be overcrowded with devotees on this occasion.
Many cultural programs are also held during the day-time and the evening like music concerts, dance programs, short stage-dramas depicting the story of Rama. It is a very pleasant occasion to witness and enjoy.
A good review picturizing the horrible mentality of one of the Greatest Leaders of History- Churchill- (most people think so as they are unaware of his atrocities towards humanity) via Darkest Hour at the Oscars
I decided to come back after a very, very, long absence. I have been busy with work, and without work also all this time. But, I want to keep engaged here with you all and made up my mind to blog at least once in a week.
I may not be writing any long posts. But, I would like to keep in touch with even some tiny rants about my daily chores and perceptions of life.
I have been reading some of your blogs all along this gap period, from time to time and enjoyed reading them and liking them often. But, now, I will keep scribbling something or other frequently here and keep in touch with you all.
So, I hope you will keep company with me.
Recently, I have been getting treatment for my ulcers under my both feet. I have been suffering from these ulcers since long. But, I didn’t experience so much trouble with them all through this long period as of recently. So, I had to get them treated by surgery and through medicines.
Operated foot on 5th day
In the first week of April, I got the surgery for one foot and it took 2 weeks to get fully cured. They removed the ulcers by minor surgery and prescribed some antibiotic medicines and pain relief tablets. Further, I have been advised to wear some special shoes that put lesser pressure to the operating portion of the foot while curing. They are soft sandals with holes (actually they cut and remove a portion of the layers from the shoe according to the size of the ulcer) to accommodate the sensitive part of the foot for curing without inflicting pain or pressing the sensitive portion. You can wear it very easily with full comfort even over the bandaged foot.
I got the second foot surgery on 5th of this month and I am still wearing the bandage as it is not fully healed. But, I am feeling very much relieved from the pain, stress, and inconvenience that I had been experiencing all through those years. I am able to perform all my work including cooking by standing in the kitchen for long durations (presently I am living with my son who is still unmarried and we are only two here at present as my wife passed already 4 years back) by wearing those sandals.
Now, within next week, I hope I will be fit again with my feet. I am sharing this experience as it may help others undergoing such problems.