SCRAPS!!!! SCRAPS!!!!

LOVE LETTERS

 

Robert Burns to his love

The passion of love has needed to be productive of much delight; as where it takes thorough possession of the man, it almost unfits him for anything else. The lover, who is certain of an equal return of affection, is surely the happiest of men; but he who is a prey to the horrors of anxiety and dreaded disappointment, is a being whose situation is by no means enviable. Of this, my present experience gives me much proof. To me, amusement seems impertinent and business intrusion, while you alone engross every faculty of my mind. May I request you to drop me a line, to inform me when I may wait upon you? For pity’s sake, do; and let me have it soon. In the meantime allow me, in all the artless sincerity of truth, to assure you that I truly am, my dearest Madam, your arden lover, and devoted humble servant

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Nancy Reagan To REGAN

One of the things my life has taught me is how
important it is to try to say, “I love you”
in ways that can be preserved, looked at,
and read when you are alone or when there is
adversity or when circumstances bring separation.
In any case,…saying “I love you” is one of
the “secrets” of the happy marriage that Ronnie
and I have shared. Ronnie’s letters move me to
this day. They are his gift to me across the years,
and throughout the decades of love 

We mortals with immortal minds are
only born for sufferings and joys,
and one could almost say that the
most excellent receive joy
through sufferings.
- Ludwig van Beethovento his lover 

Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us – I can live only wholly with you or not at all – Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits – Yes, unhappily it must be so – You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one else can ever possess my heart – never – never – Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves. And yet my life in V is now a wretched life – Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men – At my age I need a steady, quiet life – can that be so in our connection? My angel, I have just been told that the mailcoach goes every day – therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once – Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm – love me – today – yesterday – what tearful longings for you – you – you – my life – my all – farewell. Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.
ever thine
ever mine
ever ours

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The True Story….How Orkut Formed

A guy lost his girlfriend in a train accident….
but the gal’s name nowhere appeared in the dead list. This guy
grew up n became IT technical architect in his late 20′s, achievement in
itself!
He hired developers from the whole globe and plan to make a
software where he could search for his girl friend through the web…
Things went as planned…
n he found her, after losing millions of dollars and 3 long years!! It was time to shut down the search operation, when the CEO of Google had a
word with this guy n took over this application, This Software made a whopping 1 billion dollar profit in its first year, which we today know as ORKUT.The guy’s name is ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN. Yes it’s named after him only. Today he is paid a hefty sum by Google for the things we do like scrapping. He is expected to b the
richest person by 2009.
ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN today has 13 assistants to monitor his scrapbook & 8 to monitor his friends-list. He gets around 20,000 friend-requests a day & about 85,000 scraps!! 
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WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS ONAM

 

Onam has two specific significances. First, it is the memory of community at large and celebration of past history as enunciated in the Mahabali legend – a story of how paradise was lost. Second, it is the celebration of the harvest, tied with the memory of the golden age of prosperity.

It is believed that in those days the whole of Chingam was celebrated as the Onam season. After the rain-drenched month of Karkidakam, with its privations, Chingam was a welcome month for Malayalis. The festival is the harbinger of spring — signalling the start of the harvest season. Onam epitomises the new-found vigour and enthusiasm of the season, and is celebrated traditionally with folk games, family get-togethers, gifting of clothes called Onakkodi and lots of merrymaking. Thiruvathira kali is a dance form usually performed at the time of onam. Onam is celebrated with flowers and sadyas (Kerala’s traditional vegetarian feast). The flowers are decoratively arranged on the floor and clay models of the family of Mahabali are placed in the middled to welcome Mahabali.

The Story behind ,

Mahabali was the grandson of Prahlad (son of Hiranyakashipu who was slain by Vishnu in his Narasimha Avataram). Prahlad, despite being an Asura, had great faith in Vishnu. Mahabali learned the love and devotion of Vishnu from Prahlad’s lap as a child

Mahabali Conquers The Three Worlds

Kashyapa had two wives, Diti and Aditi, who were the parents of the demons and the gods (Asuras and Devas) respectively. Once, Indra, the king of the gods, went to war with the king of Asuras, Mahabali. Mahabali defeated Indra and proceeded to occupy Indra’s territory. Kashyapa, who had gone to the Himalayas to do penance, on his return found Aditi weeping over the defeat of her son, Indra. By divine insight, Kashyapa instantly recognised the cause of her grief. He tried to console her saying that nothing happens in the world without divine will and people should go on doing their duties. He asked her to pray to Vishnu and taught her Payovrata, a ritual that has to be observed from the 12th day of the bright half of Karthika (Sukla-paksha Dvadasi). Since Aditi carried out the Vrata with a pious heart, Vishnu appeared before her and informed her that he would himself place a child in her womb and help Indra. Later, on the 12th day of the bright half of the month of Bhadrapada, Aditi gave birth to a son of uncommon effulgence. That child, “Vamana-murti“, demonstrated his divine powers by doing marvelous deeds even when he was a child.

Alternatively, the Devas (gods) were very annoyed as Mahabali became the ruler of all the three worlds having defeated the Devas. Violence was inflicted upon the Devas.[1] The gods approached Vishnu and asked for his help.

In the meantime, Mahabali was performing the sacrificial rite of the Viswajith Yagam or Aswamedha Yagam[2] on the banks of Narmada River. He also declared that he would give anything that anyone sought from him during this Yagam.

Vamana Visits Mahabali

Taking advantage of the Yagam and Mahabali’s declaration, Vamana came to the Yaga-shala. As he approached them, the sages assembled there perceived the extraordinary effulgence form of the young lad. Mahabali went forth to receive the Brahmin boy with all traditional honours and gave him an eminent seat befitting the status of a holy person. With the usual courtesy given to the people who come to ask for help, Mahabali told him that it was his good fortune that Vamana had chosen to honour him with his presence. Whatever Vamana desired, Mahabali was ready to fulfill. Vamana smiled and said: “You need not give me anything great. It is enough if you give me that extend of land covered by three footsteps of mine”.

Saying so, he asked Vamana to measure the desired three feet of land. All attempts of Shukracharya to dissuade Mahabali proved futile. Mahabali considered everyone who came to him for help as god himself and never refused them anything. Mahabali told his Guru: “Prana (life) and Maana (honour) are like the two eyes of a person. Even if life goes, honour should be protected. Knowing that the person that has come now is the Lord Himself, I should be the most fortunate one as the Lord, who gives everything to mankind, is seeking something from me.” Mahabali boasted that even if Vishnu himself were to come to his sacrifice and ask for anything, he would deliver it.[3]

Vamana grew in size until he towered above the heavens. With one footstep, he measured all of the earth. With the second, he claimed all of heaven. There was still one foot of territory that Mahabali owed him. Mahabali requested Vamana to place the final step on his head as the third step of land, for he had no other left. Vamana did so and in doing so, pushed him down to Patala, the underworld.

On hearing him, Mahabali’s preceptor, the Brahmin Shukracharya (a Daitya priest), who had visions of the future, told Mahabali that the one who had come to take alms from him was not an ordinary Brahmin but Lord Vishnu Himself having assumed this form. He advised Mahabali not to promise the lad anything. But Mahabali was a king who would never go back on his word, considering it sinful to do so. Shukracharya insisted that he should not fulfill the demand of Vamana as he had come to deprive him of all his possessions.

Onappottan, in traditional costume is a custom in northern parts of Kerala. Onappottan visists houses during the onam and gives blessings. Off late onappottan has become a rare sight, confined to villages.

Mahabali, determined to honour the word given to Vamana, begged the pardon of his Guru for disregarding his advice. Earlier, while Mahabali was embarking on the war with Indra, he had prostrated at the feet of his preceptor, Shukracharya, and on his advice had he started the Vishwajith Yagam from which he secured some very powerful weapons. It was only because of Shukracharya’s help that he was able to conquer Indra. Mahabali’s refusal angered Shukracharya. He cursed Mahabali, saying: ‘As you have not heeded your Guru’s words, you will be reduced to ashes’. Mahabali was firm and replied: ‘I am prepared to face any consequence but will not go back on my word’.

 

 Mahabali’s Reign Ends

Saying so, he asked Vamana to measure the desired three feet of land. All attempts of Shukracharya to dissuade Mahabali proved futile. Mahabali considered everyone who came to him for help as god himself and never refused them anything. Mahabali told his Guru: “Prana (life) and Maana (honour) are like the two eyes of a person. Even if life goes, honour should be protected. Knowing that the person that has come now is the Lord Himself, I should be the most fortunate one as the Lord, who gives everything to mankind, is seeking something from me.” Mahabali boasted that even if Vishnu himself were to come to his sacrifice and ask for anything, he would deliver it.[3]

Vamana grew in size until he towered above the heavens. With one footstep, he measured all of the earth. With the second, he claimed all of heaven. There was still one foot of territory that Mahabali owed him. Mahabali requested Vamana to place the final step on his head as the third step of land, for he had no other left. Vamana did so and in doing so, pushed him down to Patala, the underworld.

 Vishnu’s Blessings

For the devotion of this daitya, Mahabali, Lord Vishnu (Vamana) granted him rule over the underworld. It was also granted that he would hold the position of Indra for one Manvantara, thus fulfilling his devotee’s desire (the office of Indra being a rotating position, changing every Manvantara).

As a last gift, Mahabali was granted permission to visit his subjects once a year. Thus, Keralites celebrate the Onam festival to commemorate the memory of the Great King Mahabali who would keep his promise to visit. Mahabali fulfilled his name as the great martyr for the sake of Truth (”Satya“). The name “Mahabali” itself means Great Sacrifice.

During Onam, the feast and festive mood of the people, dressed in their best, is considered reminiscent of the prosperous and truthful life of the subjects during Mahabali’s flawless reign. People wear new clothes (Vastra) during Onam. The ‘Vastra’ also stands for heart. Thus the significance of wearing new clothes is about making the heart new by removing all bad thoughts and feelings. People forgetting their sectarian outlooks, join together to welcome the auspicious ‘Thiruvonam’ day.

The Ten Days of Celebration – Atham Patthinu Ponnonam

10 Days of Onam FestivalFirst Day – Attam
Attam marks the beginning of Onam festival. The day is considered holy and auspicious by the Malayalees. On the day, people get up early in the morning, take bath and offer prayers by visiting the nearby temple. After having breakfast, they start their celebrations for the day. A swing, adorned with flowers, is slung from a high branch at the lawn of every home. Youngsters and women take immense pleasure in swinging and singing oonjal (swing) songs. Pookkalam (floral carpet) is laid in the front courtyard of every household. From this day onwards, Pookkalam is laid for the following nine days of Onam. 

 Second Day – Chithira
Chithira is the second day of Onam and has a special significance in the celebrations. To seek the blessings of the Almighty, people take bath in the early morning and visit the local temples. Thereafter, they add new flowers to the Pookkalam that was laid in the previous day. People start making all their plans for the big day of Thiruvonam, right from this day. Every event is discusses in detail, so that nothing remains incomplete, for the important day. A long shopping list is prepared for the family. It is the time for the children to demand all their pending wishes, because they know that their wish would be granted on the occasion.

Third Day – Chodhi
Chodhi or Chothi is the third day of Onam festival. The day involves many activities, starting from Pookkalam to shopping. The day is marked by buzz and the marketplaces are filled with people, who shop for new clothes (Onakkodi) for the important day of Onam, that is, Thiruvonam. Gifts are also purchased for the loved ones, on the day. No rituals are set for the day. People add new flowers to their Pookkalam, making it even more attractive. Specific flowers are chosen for the day. Boys take pleasure in choosing the flowers for the floral carpet.

Fourth Day – Visakam
As the number of days for the big day is very few, excitement becomes overt amongst the people in Kerala. On Visakam, the fourth day of Onam festival, the streets are busy. Activities are brisk in the market as well as back home. In the marketplace, one can witness rush in the stores, because by this time, the shops would put up season sales for the festival. Maveli stores (government owned departmental stores, which offer fair price shopping) would display their latest offers and discounts on household items. Back home, the homemakers would be busy in the kitchen, making delicacies (sweets and pickles) for the festive season.

Fifth Day – Anizham
Anizham is the fifth and one of the important days of Onam festival. The highlight of the day is the grand Vallamkali (snake boat race), which is organized on the banks of Pamba River at Aranmulla, Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. The event attracts tourists from the nook and corner of the country. International tourists also come to witness the race. In the households, more flowers are added to Pookkalam, in an attempt to make it look even more beautiful. One can witness the degree of enthusiasm and excitement increasing in the people, as there are only four days to go for the important day of Onam.

Sixth Day – Thriketa
On the sixth day of Onam – Thriketa – various cultural programs are organized by the committees. People take initiative to attend the events and take part in the cultural programs. No rituals are specific for Thriketa. People decorate their homes and add new flowers to their already laid Pookkalam. It is the time for family reunion, as the family members and acquaintances living outside the state and abroad visit Kerala, to take part in the celebrations. The air is filled with festivity, while people indulge in preparations for Thiruvonam.

Seventh Day – Moolam
Moolam is the seventh day of the ten day carnival of Onam. During the day, the commercial areas of the state are filled with the bright color of the festivities. People overcrowd the market places for their last-minute Onam shopping. By this time, the spirit of joy and happiness increases manifold and is clearly reflected from the eyes of the people of Kerala. People back home revamp their Pookkalam, giving it an entirely new look with special flowers. The design of the Pookkalam is made even more intricate.

Eighth Day – Pooradam
Pooradam, the eighth day of Onam, holds a special significance. The Athappookalam is increased in size, with the addition of special flowers. During the day, people clean their house and ensure that every nook and corner of the place is spick and span, as they expect the arrival of Onthappan. While the women of the home are busy in the kitchen, making pickles and other kinds of delicacies, the family members and relatives arrive at their home, on this day.

Ninth Day – Uthradam
Uthradam is the ninth day of Onam. By this time, people are in high spirits to welcome King Mahabali. In some regions of Kerala, full fledged preparations for Onam kick-start on Uthradam itself. On the day, Onakkazhcha is given by the tenants and farmers, to the Karnavar (eldest member of the family) of Nair Tharawad (Nair household). The farmers bring produce of their farms to the Nair Tharawad, in return of which, they are greeted and treated with sweets by the Karnavar. This is a very old tradition, followed in the interiors of the state. Uthradam is also known as Onnam Onam (first Onam).

Tenth Day – Thiruvonam
The tenth and the important day of Onam festival is Thiruvonam. Also known as Rendam Onam (Second Onam), Thiruvonam is marked by huge fanfare, with people all over Kerala indulged in the celebrations. People wake up in the early morning, smear oil all over their body and take bath at the nearby pond. People clad themselves in Onakkodi. Thereafter, the small children, women and young girls lay the Pookkalam at the veranda, to welcome King Mahabali (the legendary king of Kerala, who visits the state every year, on Onam). Special prayers are organized at households. In the noon, the grand feast (Onasadya) is prepared. Onnakkali (Onam games) are played thereafter.

 

A typical onapookkalam

The celebrations of Onam start on Atham day, 10 days before onam. Earthen mounds, which look somewhat like square pyramids, representing Mahabali and Vamanan(an Avatar of Vishnu) are placed in the dung-plastered courtyards in front of the house and beautifully decorated with flowers. Known as ‘Onapookkalam’, it is a carpet made out of the gathered blossoms with one or two varieties of foliage of differing tints pinched up into little pieces to serve the decorator’s purpose. It is a beautiful work of art accomplished with a delicate touch and a highly artistic sense of tone and blending. (In a similar manner North Indians make something called “Rangoli” which is made of powders of various colors.) When completed, a miniature pandal, hung with little festoons is erected over it.

The important part of the festival opens in some localities on Thiruvonam day and in others on the previous day known as Uthradam. On Thiruvonam day, King Mahabali is believed to visit every Malayalee home and meet his people. Houses are cleaned and decorated with flowers and traditional lamps. A fabulous display of fireworks turns the capital Thiruvananthapuram into a veritable fairyland. Sumptuous feasts are prepared in every household. The eldest member of each family presents clothes to all the members of the family. Even the poorest of the poor manage to find something for himself to celebrate the national festival in his own humble way.

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HISTORY OF KAYA KALPA

Ten thousand years ago, a King of India had a problematic, headstrong daughter, who refused to marry any of the eligible princes who were presented to her. In anger and frustration the king decreed that she was to be blindfolded and placed in the castle courtyard in the midst of all her suitors. The man she touched was to be her husband and their children would continue the Royal line.

On that day an elderly holy man wandered into the courtyard to deliver herbs to the King’s physician and, by chance, was touched first by the princess. Even though he pled exemption due to his advanced age and holy vows, the King’s word was law and they were to marry in three months time. The holy man consulted his teacher about his problem and the teacher instituted an intensive program to rejuvenate and energize.

For 90 days the holy man ate a special diet, performed breathing techniques, took ritual herbal baths and was anointed with sacred oils. At the end of that time his hair had turned from gray to black, a new set of teeth had grown into his mouth, and his skin and body were youthful and strong. He married the Princess. They had many children and of course lived happily ever after.
This was the beginning of Kaya Kalpa treatment. Vigorously, suppressed by the British, it almost was lost. There are now fewer than 30 practitioners in the world.Kaya Kalpa“Kaya” means bodies and “Kalpa” means transformation. Kaya Kalpa treatments reverse the effects of time and regenerate the entire body, mind and spirit. This secret healing technique was used in India for thousands of years by religious healers to rejuvenate and give longevity to royalty and holy sages.  

Kayakalpa’s history reaches back to sages renowned for their youthful longevity and supernatural powers, the Siddha yogis of India, circa 3000 B.C. Of the two ancient medical systems of India the Siddha system is the oldest. Its wisdom was first transferred from the god Shiva to his wife Parvati, and from her to the Siddhas, who practiced Kayakalpa as a a sacred science to attain Siddhi(mystical powers). Kayakalpa is described in Siddha and Ayurveda medical literature as the ultimate fountain of youth, vitality longevity, higher consciousness and as a means to reach the crown of Indian spiritual practice – Jivan Mukti, liberation within life itself.

There were two types of Kayakalpa: The first method, Kutipraveshika (from “Kuti” or cottage and “Praveshika” or dwelling within), was a profound experience reserved for advanced Yogic practitioners who had the immense discipline needed to undergo the treatment. During 90 days, in a process of therapeutic austerity, secluded in a three layered womb-like cottage protected from air and sunlight, the aspirant received special herbal-mineral elixirs. They were sustained by small amounts of a carefully selected nourishment, and entered subtle states of consciousness that allowed them to rejuvenate completely.

The second method of rejuvenation, Vatatapika (from the Sanskrit “Vata” or air and “Tapika” or sunlight), was gentler and allowed the person to engage in the normal activities of everyday life. It was historically given to royalty who could not abandon their duties of state. In the past 1600 years, the technique of Kayakalpa has become fragmented and currently in disuse in its entirety in India. It remains as a legend in the psyche of the modern Indian.

Just as undigested food stagnating in the body causes impurity, similarly frustration caused by festering, unfulfilled desires, causes Ama, a poison generated in the mind that pollutes the body by diminishing its digestive capability; creating metabolic toxins.

By purifying and nurturing the organ of consciousness (the brain-mind), the organs of knowledge (the senses) and the organs of action (physical organs) therapy brings cellular growth and decay into equilibrium and harmony to attain optimum metabolic balance – excellent health. Nourishment

Unless purified, these toxins accumulate, ultimately producing adverse effects on the entire system. The aim of purification is to get rid of Ama so one is able to assimilate nourishment and applied alchemy.

Nourishment as food – Macro Nutrition. One of the primary ways in which food nourishes us is through taste. Taste has a profound impact on our body, mind and psyche. The knowledge of different tastes and their impact upon our individual nature can empower us to make wise choices that have far reaching consequences on our health.

With this guiding principle Kayakalpa classifies all food types including grains, dairy products, meats, seafood vegetables, spices and herbs according to their taste, which determines their impact on the biological principles of Air, Fire and Water.

Molecular Nutrition or Applied alchemy; the second essential element of nourishment, consists of herbo-mineral compounds called Kalpas, preparations that bring about balance in physiology, enhance immunity and slow down the aging process.

Subtle Nutrition- Nourishing the subtle body is as important as nurturing our physical body especially in modern times where we are overexposed to and consume an endless stream of stressful “junk” stimuli. Subtle nutrition is the specific use of sound, color, aromas, gems, metals and breath customized for a particular constitution. It nourishes the mind and senses and invigorates, circulates and expands the flow of energy.

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President Nixon’s favorite breakfast usually consisted of cottage cheese (garnished with either ketchup and/or black pepper), fresh fruit, wheat germ, and coffee. President Nixon also enjoyed yogurt, which was flown in from California every day.  

 

 Every three days a human stomach gets a new lining

Baskin Robbins plain vanilla ice cream is the number one selling flavor and accounts for a quarter of their sales

The word “toy” comes from an old English word that means “tool.”

The reason why hair turns gray as we age is because the pigment cells in the hair follicle start to die, which is responsible for producing “melanin” which gives the hair colour.

The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system in India, employing over 1.6 million people.

Toronto was the first city in the world with a computerized traffic signal system

Over 200 varieties of watermelons are grown in the U.S

The right lung of a human is larger than the left one. This is because of the space and placement of the heart

Native Americans used to use pumpkin seeds for medicine

Black pepper is the most popular spice in the world

 An average person laughs about 15 times a day…

 Show gratitude everyday

 

• Appreciate the small things as much as the large
• Acknowledge your dreams that live inside of you – nurture them, give them energy and work on them every day
• If you have a partner, tell him or her how much you love them, everyday
• If you have children, do the same
• Show one act of random kindness each day
• Give yourself grace for the mistakes made in the past
• Think about how you want to live; not how you don’t want to live
• Tell the Universe, everyday, what you want – and then feel it
• Forgive those who have harmed you; forgiveness isn’t about giving a gift to the offender; it’s about giving yourself the gift of freedom and peace
• Enjoy your first cup of coffee in the morning; sing out loud when your favorite song is played on the radio; and appreciate the time you share with those closest

Although you may not realize it, simple table salt has a great number of uses other than simply seasoning your food. The following list will give you sixty uses of salt, many of which you probably didn’t realize

1.      Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.

2.      Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.

3.      Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.

4.      Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.

5.      Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.

6.      Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.

7.      Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.

8.      A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.

9.      Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.

10.  Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won’t stick.

11.  Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.

12.  Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.

13.  Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.

14.  Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.

15.  Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.

16.  Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour

17.  Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.

18.  Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.

19.  Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.

20.  Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.

21.  Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.

22.  To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty.

23.  Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.

24.  Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.

25.  Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.

26.  Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.

27.  Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.

28.  A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.

29.  Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for awhile.

30.  A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.

31.  Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.

32.  Soak your clothes line in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.

33.  Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.

34.  Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.

35.  Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.

36.  Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.

37.  Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.

38.  Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.

39.  Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.

40.  Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.

41.  Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.

42.  Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.

43.  Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.

44.  Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains..

45.  Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.

46.  Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.

47.  Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.

48.  Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.

49.  A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.

50.  Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.

51.  Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.

52.  Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.

53.  Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.

54.  A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.

55.  To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.

56.  Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.

57.  Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don’t want grass growing.

58.  Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a better look.

59.  Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.

60.  If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won’t smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled

 WHAT IS LIFE????????????????

JOY = LIFE + LOVE———-(1)

SORROW = LIFE – LOVE———–(2)
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(1) + (2) =>

JOY + SORROW = 2 LIFE

ie, LIFE = 1/2 JOY +

1/2 SORROW

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Myths and Legends about the Moon

 

Read some of the famous myths and legends about the celestial Moon, that has enchanted generations of people…
In ancient times, moon along with other heavenly bodies was revered. That nobody could reach it, increased its mystic. This fascination with the moon, gave birth to many myths and legends. It has always been associated with love, purity and beauty. What makes it appear more mysterious is the ever changing face of the moon that shines so bright in the dark sky.

Myths and Legends about the Moon
Not all stories about the moon are false, most myths were born and legends created have some form of truth in them, that may be relevant to the time they were created. Following are some of the famous myths and legends about the moon from around the world:

The Sun and The Moon
The Sun was in love with the moon and wanted to marry her. However, the reluctant moon came up with an idea. She told the sun, that if he gave her a gift that would fit her size, she would marry him. So the mighty sun got her the most beautiful robe ever seen. But it didn’t fit her. So he got another size, that too didn’t fit her. It was either too big or too small. He just could not understand her trick. The moon is never the same size everyday, she goes through different phases from the period of the full moon to the new moon. The poor sun is still trying to get the robe to fit.

Chang’e Legend
Chang’e is a Chinese goddess of the moon and lives on it. This legend is extremely popular throughout China and is retold during the Chinese Moon Festival on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. Chang’e and her husband Houyi were immortals living in heaven, who were sent to earth to live, as mere mortals by the Jade Emperor as a punishment. Chang’e was saddened by her mortality and wanted to return. To bring back their immortal life, Houyi undertook a long journey to the Queen Mother of the West. She gave him a pill of immortality and warned him against taking it whole. However, in her greed to become immortal again, Chang’e swallowed the whole pill and started floating into the sky, towards the moon. Houyi could do nothing about it and the two lived separately forever; Chang’e on the moon and Houyi on the earth.

The Necklace Myth
This myth is about a beautiful diamond studded necklace, and the queen who wore it. She would wear it the whole day along and take it out only in the night. She would place the necklace on her bed stand at night, and wore it as soon as she was awake. But one fine day, she couldn’t find it there and asked her knights to search for it. They searched the whole world and found the thief. It was King of Galaxy 32, who had stolen it for himself. The queens knights dueled with the Galaxy king and won the necklace back. She gave it to the knights for safe keeping. And safe it is! We can see it every new moon, glittering in the dark night sky.

Coyote and Eagle Steal the Sun and Moon
This legend is from the time when there was no sun and moon in the sky. It was always dark. The coyote was a lazy hunter, so one day he teamed up with the eagle saying, “Two can catch more than one.” Coyote made excuses for not doing any work by saying, that he couldn’t see the prey in the dark and suggested to the eagle to search for some source of light. They traveled to the Red Indian tribe, where the Kachinas (masked dancer) were dancing. The Kachinas held out two cases which had the sun and moon respectively. The coyote and eagle stole the large box and flew away. The eagle flew with the case a long distance before handing it to the coyote, who out of curiosity opened it. No sooner had he opened, the two balls of light leaped out. They had stolen both; the sun and the moon and put it in the same box. The sun flew out and rose into the sky, whereas the moon not knowing where to go, ran in circles around the earth.

Besides the above ancient stories about the moons there are a few modern ones too. No-moon day is believed to affect human behavior resulting in more crimes, accidents and suicides. Higher birthrates and fertility is also attributed to the moon. In certain oriental countries, the sex of the unborn child is determined according to the particular moon phase it was conceived in. However, old or new, the myths and legends of the moon will continue to fascinate us.

(courtsy to madhavi)

Karkidaka Masam

Karkidaka Masam, or Karkidakam Month, is the last month in the traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. The month is also known as the Ramayana Masam – the epic Ramayan is read in the month in homes and temples. The monsoon rains are at its peak in Karkitakam month. In 2010, Karkidaka Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16.

Vavu Bali, or Karkidaka Vavu Bali, is a ritual, or rites, dedicated to dead ancestors performed by Hindus in Kerala in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam. Dead parents, grand parents, relatives and ancestors are remembered on the no moon day (Karutavavu) in Karkidaka Masam and ‘Shraddham’ for them is performed on the seashore and on riverbanks. Karkidaka Vavu Bali 2010 date is August 9th. The ritual performed for the souls of dead is referred as ‘Bali’ in Kerala and Vavu is Amavasi or no moon day.

In Kerala, ‘Bali’ is performed on no moon day, known as Karuta Vavu in Malayalam. Bali is also performed on the birth star or Nakshatra of the dead person. But ‘Bali’ performed on Amavasi day in Karkidakam month is considered highly auspicious and it is believed that souls of the dead are pacified easily.

The Bali in Karkidakam month is important because the Dakshinayana period begins in this month. It is considered to be the night of the Devas. The popular belief is that ancestors will achieve moksha during the period due to the Bali performed by relatives on the earth.

On the same day, Aadi Amavasi is observed in neighboring Tamil Nadu and people perform rites dedicated to the dead. Thousands of devout Hindus also take a holy dip in important Teerthams and sacred rivers on the day.

Two decades ago, Karkidaka Masam used to be one of the difficult months due to heavy rains and floods. Majority of the people depended on agriculture and this month used to be the month of scarcity. With the farm fields flooded, there used to be no work and the economy used to come to a stand still. In some places, due to the rains, it was even hard to venture outside the house. To ward off nature’s fury people used to read the Ramayana in the month.

But things have changed and the there are no heavy rains and agriculture in Kerala. But still people follow certain rituals in Karkidakam month.

New ventures and auspicious functions are not held during the month by Hindus.

Another highlight of Karkidakam month is the specific ayurvedic treatments followed by people. Some people drink Karkidaka Kanji, a gruel mixed with herbs and medicines, in the month.

Many devout Hindus conduct pujas and rituals dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati (Shakti) like Bhagavathi seva in their homes during this month to ward of evil. The Lalitha Sahasranamam is chanted to invoke Goddess Devi and archanas are offered. In most Devi Temples there is Sahasranama Archanas everyday in the evening of Karkidaka month. Special payasams are prepared in some homes and temples

Rakhi or rakhshabandhan, the festival that is now quintsesentially perceived of as denoting the love between siblings actually had very different origins …   The first rakhi in fact was tied by a wife to her husband .. viz.. By Indrani to Indra the King of Gods as he was getting ready to go battle the dark forces ..   Fortified by the chants of her penance, Indrani tied the sacred thread to Indra’s wrist making it an amulet for protection … Another version has DevGuru Brihaspati (Preceptor of the Gods) tying it to Indra for the same purpose …   Renewed with the confidence of protection, Indra vanquished the demons of the dark side and established the rule of the Gods ..     Over time the tradition got co-opted by siblings and thence the current form of a sister’s love for a brother … and of course greeting cards company’s love for the business that gives them money …. More on that later …   Actually, a rakhi can be tied by anyone to anyone … Its a thread symbolising the love between two ppl and the prayer for the wellbeing and protection of one by the other and the promise of protection by the one receiving the favour of protection … There have been examples in history where in rakhi has just been a Raksha or protection. It could be tied by wife, a daughter or mother.   The Rishis tied rakhi to the people who came seeking their blessings. The sages tied the sacred thread to themselves to safe guard them from the evil.   It is by all means the ‘Papa Todak, Punya Pradayak Parva’ or the day that bestows boons and ends all sins as it is mentioned in the scriptures

Personality DevelopmentFive Ways To Stay Focused On Your Goals

No matter how excited you are about your business, with so many distractions and things that may be going on in your life, you can easily find yourself losing focus on your goals and what you want to accomplish. Below you will find 5 things that will help you stay focused on your goals.

1 FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED

You probably have heard the saying, “So many things to do and not enough time to do them.” Even though that may be true, you still have to complete them all, especially if these things help you to reach your goals. To make it easier for you, just take 1 thing you have to do and complete that task until it is done. When it is done, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and it will motivate you to move on to your next task.

2 ORGANIZE TO MAKE THINGS EASY AND SIMPLE

Take a moment to put things in order. If people write to you or send you orders in the mail, make 3 piles. Put the letters that need to be answered right away in the 1st pile. Letters that can be answered at a later date you can put in the 2nd pile and letters that have orders in them, you can put in the 3rd pile. Doing things like this in other areas of your life will help you keep things in priority and keep you focused on your goals.

3 CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THINGS

If you find yourself at times having a negative attitude, you must realize that the way you look at things can make all the difference when it comes to reaching your goals. Even when obstacles stand in your way, maintaining a positive attitude, not a negative one and knowing that things can and will get better, will help you stay on track in reaching your goals.

4 UNDERSTAND GOALS WILL TAKE TIME TO REACH

Everything in life, if it is worth it, will take time. This goes for the goals you set for yourself. When you set goals, you should set 2 types of goals. A short term goal such as 6 months and also a long range goal, such as 3 years. You must realize that you are not going to reach your long term goals in 2 weeks. Whatever your goals may be, only through hard work, determination and keeping yourself focused, this is the way you will eventually reach your goals.

5 STUDY AND READ ARTICLES ON MOTIVATION

Reading articles, books or even listening to cassette tapes on motivation is a must if you want to keep yourself focused on your goals. Many successful people will tell you that even when they wanted to give up and throw in the towel, a paragraph in a book or something a motivational speaker said put them back on the right track and helped them reach their goals. So if you want to stay focused on your goals, take these 5 points and put them into action today.

Can You Hear Yourself Lead?

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Do you find days turning into weeks, which turn into years and suddenly you’re not sure where it’s all gone? Does it seem like your no longer navigating your own life but your life and your schedule are navigating you instead? Can you hear yourself lead? If this describes you, stop. Just stop. Stand still, be still, and let yourself remember what the silence feels like.

So often in the world we call business, we go so fast we lose our ability to keep up when, in fact, keeping up is impossible. Simply put, if you’re caught up, you’re out of business. Business is the competitive pull and push that can kick our navigational system clean out of whack. To get back in control, you have to stop and listen.

We are taught to listen to everyone else. That listening is the greater asset. However, we are never taught to listen to ourselves. Creativity dies in the face of too much noise. Without creativity everything in your life suffers, including your business. Sometimes the most important person to listen to is ..you. Yes, you have something to say but if you never stop to listen you won’t ever get back to navigating again.

So here’s what you can do to put yourself back in the driver’s seat :

1. Start the day by emptying your emotions into a journal. Let all the emotional garbage out on paper. Now, don’t read it. Ever. Too hard to do? Rip it up and throw it away. This is just a tool to get the frustrations processed and out of your life so you can move on. So you can hear yourself think again. Sometimes our lives get filled up with everyone else’s chatter. This helps us empty that out.

2. Take 15 minutes out of the middle of your day and rest. Just stop everything. Go to a room; take off the phone, the fax, the instant messenger and the ringer on your email. Find a place where you won’t be bothered and stop. Take ten deep breaths. Let your mind empty. Try to spend at least five minutes of the fifteen thinking of nothing. Don’t laugh, it’s really hard to do. Think of nothing. Empty your brain and give your soul a rest.

3. Walk. Walking doesn’t just exercise your body, it relaxes your soul. Walk with a friend, or walk alone, but walk. This isn’t about exercise, it’s about letting your mind breath, outside, in the rain, in the sun, in the snow..in the fresh air. It works!

4. Okay, this is the most important. At the end of the day, spend another 15 minutes writing down all the advice that was given to you today. All those noteworthy, seemingly wise bits of advice that get hurled at us everyday. It doesn’t matter where they came from, a book, a phone call, a radio station.. doesn’t matter. If you can remember it write it down. Now read them all. Do any of them feel adverse to your own feelings and thoughts? Great, cross them out and forget them. Learn to trust that some things will work for you and some things won’t. Once you have learned this principle you will find yourself getting back into the drivers seat of your own life again.

Remember you’re important too and you are the only one that lives the results and consequences of your own life. Be gentle with yourself and take the time to take the time. Suddenly hours will screech back to normal speed, life will feel worth the effort, and your goals will be realized again.

CONFIDENCE

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Every day is a new day in our life. There is much to do today. The early morning sun inspires us to start things freshly and put back our past. Only a handful of us make use of this fresh bunch of energy. In various walks of life this affects the way we behave and our confidence level. Confidence is a key to survive in this world. It is the only key tool to win the rat race in every walk of life. Confidence in ones own capabilities combined with sincere efforts helps one to achieve unthinkable heights. But many times we see that this basic element of confidence is missing in us. As a result of lack of confidence we perform well below our caliber. Be it in a public speech, proposing your beloved, vivas in your college or in an interview or say even on the eve before your exams. This can be due to fear of being rejected or any other reason.

If we look into our hearts and think, we will come to know that fear inside us is going to get us nowhere. The confidence inside us is going to take us places. This is because with confidence we can put our thoughts into words in a better and pleasing way. So we have to get out of that shell where we think whether people will accept us as we are? Instead of living in these unending moments of fear and thoughtless analysis it is better if we project ourselves with the skills we have with the gloss of confidence. With confidence we can portray the finer points of our personality in such a way that the places where we do lack are never highlighted.

Confidence should glow in us only till the point where our personality is boosted. Above this it leads to over-confidence that is harmful.

Over confidence results in unsatisfied performance levels as the seed of ego grows into a plant into our mind. We then imagine and make big talks just to maintain our ego. So guys don’t let the seed of ego to germinate in your mind, as this seed should be used only for you to live up to your expectations.

Confidence is all about being cool, calm and composed.

So guys do u have it in you? If u think u don’t, boost up yourselves as your mind is your greatest mentor .You are your greatest helper

Different Strokes Of Our Duties

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Life teaches us to live. To live, you have to exist. To exist, you should have a passport to this living world. Thanks your parents, who brought you into this world.

Parents have taken care of us and satisfied all our needs. They helped whenever we were hungry, afraid or ill. They were always there by you, whenever you needed them. You almost assumed that they will always be there for you and never thought of how your life would be without them. But as you grow up, age also catches up with your parents and they need your help and support.

Man is a child first, after which he attains his youth. After youth he again goes through the second phase of childhood, also called as old age. This is the phase where everyone needs a comfort of a sense of belonging and being taken care of. Wouldn’t we all expect the same sense of security when we grow old? Even our parents are expecting us to be their caretaker, as they grow old. But they never make that obvious to us. They do their further duty by taking care of their grandchildren, paying e-bills, giving the clothes for laundry etc.

Isn’t it unfair on our part that we aren’t giving them what they need the most? It is our prime duty to take the very best care of them. It’s our pay back time. Lets give the same sense of emotional security, care and love to our parents in their old age.

Some of us mistreat our parents and consider them more of a liability than an asset. Some of us move away from them, though our conscience pricks us. We err in our duties for not being dutiful. This guilty feeling is further wrapped into a sense of regret, when we will be treated in the same way by our future generation. After all you only get what you deserve. Don’t you?

Let’s keep in mind that to be a manager, husband or father, we first have to be a son.

MOTIVATE YOURSELF

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One of the greatest virtues of human beings is their ability to think and act accordingly. The emergence of the techno savvy man from the tree swinging ape has really been a long journey. This transition has taken a span of countless centuries and lots of thinking caps have been involved. Inquisitiveness and aspiration to come out with the best have been the pillars for man’s quest for development. Self-motivation is the sheer force, which pulled him apart and distinguished him from his primitive ancestors.

Many times, in our life, when we are reviving old memories we get into a phase of nostalgia. We feel that we could have done better than what we had achieved. Be it thinking about that nerve shattering school result, because of which you couldn’t get into your favorite stream or that single mark, which could have secured you a merit seat in your engineering college. But thinking back wont rewind the tireless worker called time. All we can do is promise ourselves that we will give our very best in the future. But do we really keep up to our mental commitments? I can guess that 90% answers are in the negative. This is because of that creepy careless attitude which is slowly, but surely entering into the mind of teenagers like us. We easily forget the pains of yesterday to relish the joys of today. This is the only time in our life, when we can control our fate, by controlling our mind. So it is time to pull up our socks and really motivate ourselves so that we can give our best shot in the future. Self-motivation is the need of the hour. Only we can control and restrict ourselves. Its upto us, how we use our mental capabilities to the best of our abilities.

Here are some Funda’s for self-motivation. Don’t just read them digest each one of them and apply them and I bet it will make a better YOU.

The ultimate motivator is defeat. Once you are defeated, you have nowhere to go except the top.
Then only thing stopping you is yourself.
There is no guarantee that tomorrow will come. So do it today.
Intentions don’t count, but action’s do.
Don’t let who you are, stunt what you want to be.
Success is the greatest motivator.
Your goals must be clear, but the guidelines must be flexible.

Try to include these one liners in your scrapbook or on your favorite poster. You will be sub-consciously tuned to achieve what you want. Also do keep in mind that nothing can control your destiny but you!

The Power Of Expressions

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Expressions are a way of giving some life to the thoughts and feelings inside us. When you cry, u express sadness and disappointment. When you catch a good joke, you laugh a lot and express the pleasure.

Expressions are a part and parcel of every human being on this earth. Every person has the right to express himself. It is only through expressions that one can achieve a harmony between the physical exterior and the mental core. It is a way of giving life to your thoughts and feelings. But not everyone expresses freely. The main reasons are the barriers we have created within ourselves. We always think of what the world would think of us. Because of this we restrain ourselves from laughingly completely, tilting our head, or even scratching our ears! We try to be not what we are, but what we think will appeal to the world. Hardly do we realize that the world is just like us. It will be busy thinking of what we will think of it, rather than analyzing our actions.

When one expresses one self freely, it’s the ultimate satisfaction for the mind. This is because the physical hardware of the human body is faithfully supporting its mental software. The person then is always comfortable anywhere with anyone and at anytime! If one doesn’t express properly, it wont make the sun rise in the west, but it will only lead to increased frustrations. When frustrations increase, efficiency decreases and a person starts blaming the world, god or anyone in general.

Well to practically speak of expressions, once you start using them in your normal day to day life, u will get used to them. Also people around you will get used to your expressions. When the doyen of Indian film industry Mr. Amitabh Bachchan came into the movies, he had one eye smaller than the other. He however carried on without being self conscious about it and captured the heart of countless Indians dead and alive. Also Sylvester Stallone, who is the famous Mr. Big Muscles from Hollywood was actually having some mental problems in his childhood. Even now look at his eyes and you will get a rare glimpse. But then he came above all that and now you can all see how big he has become.

If you are angry at some one, let him know. If you admire someone, let that person know. If you love someone, let her know, because life is too short to keep these things as secret. Express yourself and spice up your life.

Watch Out Before You Speak

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Communication in any form is used for exchange of information. The links called words make communication work. Without words its difficult to imagine how we could have come so long in the history of human evolution. Word is not only a 4-letter thing, but it is something deeper than that.

Whenever a word is uttered it is due to synchronization of lip movement and tongue movement. To get out that word from our mouth, a lot of thinking and analysis has been happening in our sub conscious mind. We don’t realize it because all this happens in less than one millionth of a second. Most of the times we don’t think over what we have uttered. Word is not only a link, but it initiates response from the listener.

The word, which we have uttered, acts on every part of the listener’s body. Like if u share a joke using a group of words, u make the listener to laugh. He may pound his hands and fist and then calm down. The very word which u have uttered has allowed him to flush his emotions out in the form of laughter or smile. If you talk about a tragic incident, the listener may close his eyes for a second and offer his condolences. Words uttered vibrate on the mind of the listener. It acts on his mind. Selection and thought prior to communication is very important.

Sometimes we say things which we shouldn’t have or we carelessly utter unwanted words (mind you I am not talking of abuses). These things may affect the other person emotionally and mentally. For us it would have been just a matter of second to wag our tongue, but for the listener it is going to be the only thing at the back of his mind. By using unwanted words or speaking more than necessary, we not only hurt someone, but we also add a spot of dust to our social image. Your future interaction with the person may be based on that single word. Using proper words while talking is just like selecting the items listed out by your mom from the supermarket. You select the best brand from the specific domain, where your item is found.
So guys watch before you speak because the actions of the listener may be louder than your words!

Thiruvathira  festival  falls on themonth of December onthe star day of Thiruvathira(star Of (Lord Shiva) Thiruvathira festival falls on the asterism Thiruvathira in the Malayalam month of Dhanu (Decembe-January). The orgin of the festival is shrouded in obscurity. The people celebrate this festival upon age-old this festival upon age-old tradition and they do it with great joy and respect for the past. The Ardra Darshan celebrated in Tamil Nadu corresponds to Thiruvathira of Kerala. It is considered to be highly auspicious to worship Siva and the devotees go to the temple before sunrise for darshan. Apart from the worship in the Siva temple, there is very little celebration in the houses. Tradtion has it that Thiruvathira festivals is celebrated in commemoration of the death of Kamadeva, the mythological God of love. According to another version Thiruvathira is the birth day of Lord Siva.

Even though the Thiruvathira is celebrated by most of the Hindu communities it is essentially a Nair women’s festival. Defying the biting cold of December, women get up at about 4 AM and take bath on seven days commencing from the asteriasm Aswathi. While taking bath they sing certain songs mostly relating to the God of love, accompanied buy a rhythmic sound produced by splashing water with their fists. In conclusion they stand in a circle in the water hand in hand singing songs. Thiruvathira is a day of fasting and the women discard the ordinary rice meal on that day, but only take preparations of chama (Panicum miliaceum) or wheat. Other items of their food include plantain fruits, tender coconuts, et. They also chew betel and redden their lips. Among Namboodiris, Ambalavasis (temple-servants) and high class Nairs, there is a convention that each woman should chew 108 betels on that day. The first Thiruvathira coming after the marriage of a girl is known as puthen Thiruvathira or Poothiruvathira and it is celebrated on a grand scale.

From preshistoric times, Malayalee woman enjoyed an enviable position in the society, and she was practically the mistress of her house. The elevated position she occupied at home and in the society had distinguished her from her neighbors and influenced to a considerable extent the social structure, customs and religious practices of the people. The culmination of this phenomenon is clearly visible in setting apart on of the three great festivals of Kerala viz. Thiruvathira, exclusively for womenfolk, for which a parallel can hardly be found in any section of the Indian Society.

Among Namboodiris and ambalavasis (temple servants) and Nairs who have close association with Namboodiris, there is a custom called Pathirappooochoodal, meaning wearing of flowers of midnight. At the midnight of Thiruvathira, an image of Siva is placed at the central courtyard and flowers, plantains and jaggery are offered to the deity. They then perform Kaikottikali round the deity. Flowers are taken from the offering and worn by them

ANOTHER STORY I HEARD

Its the Malayalam month of Dhanu. Dhanu is the month of the mild, beautiful winter of Kerala. And, the month of Thiruvathira. It is the festival or fast women observe for the well-being of their husbands. Unmarried girls observe this fast for getting good husbands.

The concept behind Thiruvathira is the goddess Parvathy’s attempts to get Siva as husband. Kamadeva, the god of amour, was trying to awaken love between Siva and Parvathy, when he was caught red-handed and was burnt down in the flames arising out of the third eye of the angry god. According to the Thiruvathira legend, the women in the world decided to commit suicide lamenting on the death of Kama. They prayed to Siva for one whole night to bring him back. Siva, pleased at last, decided to grant Kama life – only that he would remain without body.

So, the laments turned into celebrations. The ropes with which the women had threatened to hang themselves turned into swings of celebration. Thus was born the festival of Thiruvathira.

The diet on Thiruvathira included some special dishes, like muthirappuzhukku and koovappayasam. Ettangadi is another special dish. The fasting women do not eat rice, but only tubers, pulses and fruits.

Its the Malayalam month of Dhanu. Dhanu is the month of the mild, beautiful winter of Kerala. And, the month of Thiruvathira. It is the festival or fast women observe for the well-being of their husbands. Unmarried girls observe this fast for getting good husbands.

The concept behind Thiruvathira is the goddess Parvathy’s attempts to get Siva as husband. Kamadeva, the god of amour, was trying to awaken love between Siva and Parvathy, when he was caught red-handed and was burnt down in the flames arising out of the third eye of the angry god. According to the Thiruvathira legend, the women in the world decided to commit suicide lamenting on the death of Kama. They prayed to Siva for one whole night to bring him back. Siva, pleased at last, decided to grant Kama life – only that he would remain without body.

So, the laments turned into celebrations. The ropes with which the women had threatened to hang themselves turned into swings of celebration. Thus was born the festival of Thiruvathira.

3 responses to “SCRAPS!!!! SCRAPS!!!!

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