Happy Sankranthi

Makara Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated widely in India and is dedicated to the Sun God. the festival denotes the entry of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara as it travels on its celestial path. This marks the end of winters and the onset of spring.
Celebrated today on January 15 this year. Hope this auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti,
Connect you to some brightest moments,
Just as the kites dot the sky,
May you reach new heights of happiness,
Adding charm to your celebration.
Happy Makar Sankranti!

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Happy New Year 2019: Few Inspirational Words of Wisom

A new year offers you 365 blank pages, write the most beautiful chapter of your life. Wish you all a very very happy new year!!

Here’s are few inspirational new year quotes for all of you, I hope these quotes will motivate you..

  1. “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”― Neil Gaiman

  2. The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” ― Melody Beattie

  3. “The beginning of every New Year is always the best time to give another chance to your neglected talents!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

  4. “There is nothing magical about the flip of the calendar, but it represents a clean break, a new hope, and a blank canvas.” ― Jason Soroski

  5. “Well, we have a whole new year ahead of us. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, a little more loving, and have a little more empathy, and maybe, next year at this time we’d like each other a little more.”― Judy Garland

World COPD Day 2018: Never too early, never too late

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is currently the 3rd leading cause of death globally & 250 MILLION people around the world are suffering from COPD.

COPD is not curable, but treatment can relief symptoms, improve quality of life & reduce risk of death. Finding cases early on is very important to prevent disease progression, and this approach may reduce the burden of disease and mortality rates in future.

The main causes of COPD are:

  • Tobacco smoking
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Outdoor air pollution
  • Occupational dusts & chemicals

Some of the Common symptoms of COPD are:

• Shortness of breath.
• A repetitive cough.
• Increased phlegm or mucus production.
• Feeling tired.
• More frequent chest infections.
• Taking longer to recover from a cold or chest infection.

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (#COPD) Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world. Its aim is to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and improve COPD care throughout the world

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Happy Diwali: Festival of lights


Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali  and a year filled with happines,success and prosperity. On this occassion I would like to introduce you all about the history, significance, origin of Diwali, Lakshmi pooja and how it is celebrated in AP.

Deepavali or Diwali, popularly known as the “festival of lights,” is a five-day Hindu festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaiduj, celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla paksha of the Hindu calendar month Kartik. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.diyas

Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome.Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

Another custom involves decorating homes with paper figures & lanterns

Another custom involves decorating homes with paper figures & lanterns

The festival starts with Dhanteras on which most Indian business communities begin their financial year. The second day of the festival is called the Naraka Chaturdasi. Amavasya, the third day of Diwali, marks the worship ofLakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The fourth day of Diwali is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami. The fifth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya, and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

Several significant events associated with Diwali:

The return of Rama after 14 years of Vanvas (exile). To welcome his return, diyas (ghee lamps) are lit in total of 14.images

•  The killing of Narakasura: Celebrated as Naraka Chaturdashi, one day before Diwali, it commemorates the killing of the evil demon Narakasura, who wreaked havoc. In different versions, either Krishna or Krishna’s wife Satyabhama killed Narakasura during the Dwapara yuga.satyabhama

Other events associated with Diwali include:

Return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of agyatavas .exile-n-return

Diwali celebrations are spread over five days, from Dhanteras to Bhaiduj. All the days except Diwali are named according to their designation in the Hindu calendar. The days are:

1. Govatsa Dwadashi : Go means cow andvatsa means calf. Dwadashi  means the 12th day. On this day the cow and calf are worshiped. The story associated with this day is that of King Prithu, son of the tyrant King Vena. Due to the ill rule of Vena, there was a terrible famine and earth stopped being fruitful. Prithu chased the earth, who is usually represented as cow, and ‘milked’ her, meaning that he brought prosperity to the land.

2. Dhanatrayodashi or Dhan teras  : Dhana means wealth and Trayodashi means 13th day. This day falls on the 13th day of the second half of the lunar month. It is considered an auspicious day for buying utensils and gold, hence the name ‘Dhana’. This day is regarded as the God Dhanvantari Jayanti (Birth Anniversary) , the Physician of Gods, who came out during Samudra manthan, the churning of the great ocean by the gods and the demons.IMG 1243

3. Naraka Chaturdashi: Chaturdashi is the 14th day This was the day on which the demon Narakasura was killed by Krishna – an incarnation of Vishnu. It signifies the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.We wake up before dawn, have a fragrant oil bath and dress in new clothes. Light small lamps all around the house and draw elaborate kolams /rangolis outside of homes. We perform a special puja with offerings to Krishna or Vishnu, as he liberated the world from the demon Narakasura on this day. It is believed that taking a bath before sunrise, when the stars are still visible in the sky is equivalent to taking a bath in the holy Ganges. After the puja, children burst firecrackers heralding the defeat of the demon. As this is a day of rejoicing, many will have very elaborate breakfasts and lunches and meet family and friends.

4. Lakshmi Puja : Lakshmi Puja marks the most important day of Diwali celebrations, We worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the God of auspicious beginnings also known as the remover of obastacles, and then light deeyas (little clay pots) in the streets and homes to welcome prosperity and well-being.

5. Bali Pratipada and Govardhan Puja : Lord Krishna defeated Indra and by the lifting of Govardhana hill to save his kinsmen and cattle from rain and floods. The day commemorates the victory of Vishnu in his dwarf form Vamana over the demon-king Bali, who was pushed into the patala. download

6. Yama Dwitiya or Bhaiduj: on this day, brothers and sisters meet to express love and affection for each other. It is based on a story when Yama, lord of Death, visited his sister Yami(the river Yamuna). Yami welcomed Yama with an Aarti and they had a feast together. Yama gave a gift to Yami while leaving as a token of his appreciation. So, the day is also called ‘YAMA DWITIYA’. Brothers visit their sisters’ place on this day and usually have a meal there, and also give gifts to their sistersbhaiya-dooj-2012

Goddess Lakshmi Puja

Diwali marks the end of the harvest season in most of India. Farmers give thanks for the bounty of the year gone by, and pray for a good harvest for the year to come. Traditionally this marked the closing of accounts for businesses dependent on the agrarian cycle, and is the last major celebration before winter. Lakshmisymbolises wealth and prosperity, and her blessings are invoked for a good year ahead.Those who worship Lakshmi receive the benefit of her benevolent mood, and are blessed with mental, physical and material well-being.

As per spiritual references, on this day “Lakshmi-panchayatan” enters the Universe. Vishnu, Indra, Kubera, Gajendra and Lakshmi are elements of this “panchayatan” (a group of five). The tasks of these elements are:

  • Lakshmi: Divine Energy (Shakti) which provides energy to all the above activities.
  • Vishnu: Happiness (happiness and satisfaction)
  • Kubera: Wealth (generosity; one who shares wealth)
  • Indra: Opulence (satisfaction due to wealth)
  • Gajendra: Carries the wealth
  • Saraswati: Knowledge

Celebrations in Andhra Pradesh:

Diwali is one of the seven most important festivals of Andhra Pradesh. It is very popular with children who celebrate Diwali because of the excitement of bursting firecrackers.

The evening sky of Diwali is a colourful sight to watch.

The evening sky of Diwali is a colourful sight to watch.

There are some traditional customs followed such as buying new clothes for this festival. Buying new home or vehicles is considered auspicious. Special sweets are made too.  Meat and alcohol are generally not consumed.  Some areas host local stage story telling called Hari Katha.

Performing Harikatha

Performing Harikatha

Some areas may put a huge Narakasura dummy made with fireworks. This will be burst by a person dressed as Lord Krishna or, more accurately, a costume of Satyabhama, the consort of Lord Krishna, who actually killed the demon Narakasura; an event that is celebrated as Diwali for generations. maxresdefault

People clean/white-wash or paint/decorate their homes as it is a very auspicious day; to welcome the goddess of wealth and prosperity i.e. Lakshmi devi to their homes.Homes are lit up with hundreds of diyas and colourful Diwali Rangolis (link) adorn the doorways. After all this preparation all the members of the family perform the Lakshmi pooja.

Diyas

Diyas

Sales of expensive silk saris, jewellery, ornaments, and household goods increase. From the poor to the rich, everyone indulges in the largest shopping spree of the year. Sweets, which are an integral part of any festival in Andhra Pradesh, are prepared or purchased from shops.

Acting as a Brand ambassador of Diabetes..:P bought so many sweets to distribute to our near and dear friends & relatives

Acting as a Brand ambassador of Diabetes..:P .We have a tradition of gifting sweets  to our near and dear friends & relatives

The festival is full of messages depicting one or more aspects of human life, relationships, and ancient traditions

Temple Traveling: Kapaleeswarar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, is located in chennai, Tamil nadu. The form of Shiva’s consort Parvati worshipped at this temple is called Karpagambal is from Tamil, (“Goddess of the Wish-Yielding Tree”). The temple was built around the 7th century CE in Dravidian architecture.

According to the Puranas, Shakti worshipped Shiva in the form of a peacock, giving the vernacular name Mylai (Mayilāi) to the area that developed around the temple – mayil is Tamil for “peacock”. Shiva is worshiped as Kapaleeswarar, and is represented by the lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Karpagambal.

The present masonry structure was built during the Vijayanagar rulers of the Tuluva Dynasty (1491–1570 CE)

Infobits:

1. Temple opens at 5.00am and closes at 12.00 p.m. and again opens at 4.00pm closes at 9.00pm

2. Direct buses to Mylapore are available from all parts of the city.

3. Local trains are available for every 15mins.

4. It is around 6kms from chennai railway station.

Saturday Story: Inspiring words by Charlie Chaplin “Nothing permanent in this world, not even our troubles”

Charlie Chaplin told the audience a wonderful joke and all the people started laughing.

Chaplin repeated the same joke and only few people laughed.

He again repeated the same joke but this time no one laughed.

Then he told these beautiful lines : ”When you cannot laugh on the same joke again and again then why do you cry again and again on the same worry”

So enjoy your every moment of life..!!

Some other lovely Quotes from Charlie Chaplin:

  1. Nothing permanent in this world, not even our troubles.

  2. I like walking in the rain, because nobody can see my tears.

  3. The most wasted day in life is the day in which we have not laughed.

  4. Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.

  5. Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.

Keep smiling!! Have a nice weekend!!

Happy World Photography Day: With Inspiring Quotes

The World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”.

Photography has the ability to tell stories and inspire people. It has changed the way we see the world and gave us the ability to share our perception on the world around us. The moment might be fleeting, but once photographed it gets frozen for a lifetime. Photographs have the potential to evoke memories and take us back to the past.The day also serves as an inspiration for many to take up photography as a profession or to pursue it as a zealous hobby.

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“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” — Destin Sparks

Some of my Favourite & Inspirational Quotes for Photographers:

  1. “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”— Aaron Siskind

  2. “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley

  3. “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” — Don McCullin

  4. “The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” – Andy Warhol

  5. “The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo

  6. “I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.” — Gilles Peress

  7. “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” — Ansel Adams

  8. “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” — Elliott Erwitt

  9. “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”— Karl Lagerfeld

  10. “When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.” — Anonymous

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    “A photograph is a moment – when you press the button, it will never come back,” -René Burri.

  11. “Today everything exists to end in a photograph.”— Susan Sontag

  12. “Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.” — Tony Benn

  13. “When I photograph, what I’m really doing is seeking answers to things.” — Wynn Bullock

  14. “Once photography enters your bloodstream, it is like a disease.” — Anonymous

  15. “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” — Imogen Cunningham

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Happy Friendship day: A journey through my travels I keep recollecting fond memories with friends..

Friendship is a little more trust,
A little less try,
A little more laugh,
And a little less cry,
A little more WE and a little less I.
Happy Friendship Day!

My Life

The United States Congress, in 1935, proclaimed first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event. Every year the first Sunday of August is celebrated as a friendship day. Today I am thankful to have such wonderful friends who made my life more meaningful and continued to do so.. Thanks so much for all the readers who’ve been reading my blogs everyday and appreciating my posts by your valuable feedbacks. Once again I wish all my friends a happy friendship day..

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