Terracotta warriors – ‘Platoons of clay soldiers protecting the emperor during his eternal rest’

One of the main highlights of our trip to Xi’an was Terracotta warriors. One may hear of the Terra-Cotta Warriors, but seeing them is another thing. This is a place that is like a hidden treasure, even though it is written everywhere how great and stunning it is, when you are there in person the experience is overwhelming. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century.

Platoons of clay soldiers were buried with the emperor Qinshihuang to  accompany him in his after life..

Platoons of clay soldiers were buried with the emperor Qinshihuang to accompany him in his after life..

The Terracotta Army or the “Terracotta Warriors and Horses(兵马俑 binmayong)” is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.  This army is located in Lintong district, Xian, Shaanxi province, China.

This is how China's first unifier has been buried..

China’s first unifier has been buried along with Terracotta warriors..

Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had begun to work for his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life. The Terracotta Army was built on the emperor’s orders to guard the underground palace where he was buried, to protect him in the afterlife. Just as the palace mirrored the imperial capital, the warriors replicated the imperial guard. 

These intricately detailed statues were posed as if ready for a fight.

These intricately detailed statues were posed as if ready for a fight.

These Life size terracotta warriors and horses are exhibited in a museum which is huge and is divided into three sections: No. 1 Pit, No. 2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit respectively. They were tagged in the order of their discoveries. No. 1 Pit is the largest and is the awesome one. There are columns of soldiers at the front, followed by war chariots at the back. No. 2 Pit It contained over a thousand warriors and 90 chariots of wood. It looked like to be the command center of the armed forces. It went on display in 1989, with 68 warriors, a war chariot and four horses.There are several covered “pits” where the warriors and horses are on display in their original placements. Beyond the actual artifacts, there is great shopping as part of the complex. 

They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like in those days of pomp and vigor. 

They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like in those days of pomp and vigor.

Discovery of Terracotta warriors:

A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. It caught the attention of archeologists immediately. They came to Xian in droves to study and to extend the digs. They had established beyond doubt that these artifacts were associated with the Qin Dynasty.

One of the farmer who discovered the terracotta warriors is still alive at 83(maybe); Our driver took us to the bookstore  and introduced us to that man. We were lucky enough to meet the man behind this amazing discovery. You can buy the books which are autographed by him and you need to pay him a small fee if you want to take a picture with him. I still remember how our driver praised my linguistic skills while introducing me to this man. He was curious to know about my life that how I learned the language,culture  and many things. He was quite impressed with us(may be) and didn’t charge anything for the picture.

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Swetha,Piyush,Teena, Me and Goutham with the man behind this amazing discovery.

This is an archeological treasure that is not to be missed. It is one of the most important discoveries of the twentieth century in China and, seeing it live is truly amazing.Don’t miss this if you plan a trip to China.

Diwali -Festival of Lights

With gleam of Diyas
And the Echo of the Chants
May Happiness and Contentment Fill Your life
Wishing you a very happy and prosperous Diwali!!

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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…

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Too cute for words or too ‘CUTE’-4 words – Child’s Photography

Children always inspires me and gives me joy. In them, I see innocence and the precious possibilities of each life unfolding. In this post, I want to convey a measure of the beauty that exists in children..

1. Vedh- An uncut diamond

My Nephew is the most adorable, lovable and well mannered cute little boy. His parents(Dr.Vineel & Dr. Priyanka) gave him their tenderness, their patience & all their love.. He gave them in return his amazement, his cute smile, his joy & his absolute confidence..He is definitely an uncut diamond..

A smile from a child is a packed sunshine and rainbows.. That's Vedh

A smile from a child is a packed sunshine and rainbows.. That’s Vedh..

2. Li min – God’s most beautiful thoughts bloomed into this girl:

While travelling in Singapore, I found this cute little angel in Buddha tooth relic temple.  I was awestruck with her innocence and cuteness.  I still can’t forget the way she offered prayers to the god so adorable it was.

A child has a special way of adding joy to everyday!!

A child has a special way of adding joy to everyday!!

3. A little boy with a contagious smile:

Found this boy in Siloso beach, Singapore. The emotions in his expressions worth a million while his father dipping him into the water. His smile is contagious like flu, the moment I saw him smiling I started smiling too..

The beauty of child’s innocence is expressed only through their smiles..

The beauty of child’s innocence is expressed only through their smiles..

4. Abhinav- The little Rowdy

Is a 3 year old naughty little neighbor boy. We call him as Chota-Rowdy because this boy always wants to fight, that too with the elder ones, He provokes people who walks on our street and runs towards them and tries to punch them.lol  I’ve never seen an aggressive kid like this ..

So many expressions one amazing face.. Looking innocent isn't it? trust me he will punch you if you

So many expressions one amazing face..
Looking innocent isn’t it? Get ready for the punch before you set a foot in our street.. 😛

A ‘life’ ly snack – Crispy Sugar coated haws

Bing-tang hulu or Sugar-coated Haws is a popular traditional snack and also most authentic snack of Beijing. This candied fruit symbolizes happiness and reunion for most of the Chinese people. The traditional method of making candied haws is to string wild fruits on bamboo sticks and then dip them in malt syrup. The malt syrup turns hard as soon as it is exposed to the air, creating the crispy and sweet sugar-coated haws

Sugar coated haws-Bingtang hulu

Bing tang hulu.. looks yummy isn’t it?

The bright, lovely haws on the prod look like a string of small red lanterns, with a sweet and sour taste. The outer layer of sugar is crisp, but the haws are soft. When I was making a conversation with an old man he told me that previously there were only haws. Just a fews years back this candied fruit has took a turn with a touch of innovation starting sugar-coating strawberries, bananas, oranges, honey dates, cashews, bean pastes, chestnuts and chocolate. I like Sugarcoated haws and strawberries alot. I never even dared to taste other sugar coats because by the time I see these haws I get tempted to get it. So frankly speaking I never created an opportunity to taste them 😛

Health benefits: These sugar coated haws also helps in digestion, also rich in Vitamin C & E, carotene and other nutrients. These are also rich in dietary fibers. And is a good antioxidant rich food that can improves immunity. This lowers bad cholesterol and blood pressure also.

 

You can find a stall here displaying many Sugar-coated Haws stuck in a log, looking like a small tree. A stick of Sugar-coated Haws only costs RMB 2-3, and popular with locals and tourists alike.

A stall on the road displaying many Sugar-coated Haws. A stick of Sugar-coated Haws costs RMB 2-3, You can even get it at 1rmb also but with seed and low quality taste.

Ups & downs of life:

Once upon a time I went to Gongzhuling to celebrate Mid autumn festival with my friend Mike’s family. On the eve we all went to a public park to see celebrations. While we were in the park aunty bought bingtang hulu for all of us. While eating, Houlin’s dad told us that he always remembers his childhood days whenever he eats this fruit. That sour and sweet taste represents the ups and downs of life. Sweet is compared to the ups and sour is compared to the down of life.

Now, when I was writing about this fruit, it reminded me of my college life which left both memorable and learning experiences, indeed both have their own footprint on me. My true friends lifted me up and helped me through all the bad/learning time. I’m missing them a lot as we don’t get a chance to interact with them as often as we used to during our college days. I should specially thank those who doubted me and hated me because they eventually made me grow strong.

Imperative thing is that many people around me have their own set of opinions on me, few accepted me what I am, few took me as a competitor and few intimidate me. All these people helped in molding me into a stronger person with a positive attitude. No matter where I will go I am going to miss the whole beautiful journey filled with jubilation and a tad crestfallen. This snack has definitely added life to my college days.

Dussehra

Everyday sun rise to give us a message that darkness will always be beaten by light. Let us follow the same natural rule and enjoy the festival of good defeats evil. Happy Dussehra to you all..

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Vijayadashami also known as  Dussehra or navaratri  is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in various forms across the world.The name Dussehra is derived from sanskrit Dasha-hara literally means removal of ten referring to Lord Rama victory over the ten-headed demon king Ravana. The day also marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the demons Mahishasur.

As the name suggests Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, which corresponds to September or October of the Gregorian calender. The first nine days are celebrated as Maha Navratri or Sharada Navratri (the most important Navaratri) and culminates on the tenth day as Dasara. In India, the harvest season begins at this time and so the Mother Goddess is invoked to start the new harvest season and reactivate the vigor and fertility of the soil. This is done through religious performances and rituals which are thought to invoke cosmic forces that rejuvenate…

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