Happy Photography Day: History of Photography 

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. Thank you WordPress for being the best medium to share our creativity. And Thank you photography for helping me in getting hundreds of friends across the world without any barriers..

Thats my first love & my first camera ..can’t share any better than this click!!

Happy Doctors Day: An Inspirational Story

National Doctors day is celebrated on July 1 all across India to honour the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy as per the info. He was born on July 1, 1882 and died on the same date in 1962, aged 80 years. Dr Roy was honoured with the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961. Happy Doctors day to all the Doctors out there..

A Small Inspirational Story:

A doctor quickly entered the hospital after being called in for an urgent surgery. He changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery block. He saw the boy’s father walking back and forth in the hall waiting for the doctor.
Once seeing the doctor, the dad yelled: “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have the sense of responsibility?”
The doctor smiled and said: “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital and I came the fastest I could… now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work.”
“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do?” said the father angrily.
The doctor smiled again and replied: “I will say what is said in the Holy Bible ‘From dust we came and to dust we return, blessed be the name of God.’ Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go and intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace.”
“Giving advice when we’re not concerned is so easy” murmured the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy, “Thank God! Your son is saved!”
And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any question, ask the nurse.”
“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state?” commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was in the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery.”
-Author Unknown

Moral: Stay calm in all situations so you can make decisions the best you can, be it in life or business… and thank you all my dear doctors for the excellent work you do.

To Pappa with Love: Happy Fathers Day

My dad is my life. He literally sustains me as if he is a part of my soul. He is there when I slip and carries me when I fall and refuse to get up. I am ordinary and he is extraordinary. He has been the source of my inspiration. The light when all seems dark and lost. He taught us to dream and to believe that everything in life is possible, if you work hard. He sacrificed so much so that I can have the best and be the best. I remember the look of joy in his eyes when i was happy. He is a simple man. When i am happy, he is overjoyed. He is a man of uncommon strength. Pappa, you have sacrificed so much for me. You have listened to all my whinings and continue to do so. You have made this common boy special. You believed in me when no one else did. You saw me as a gift. You did not compare. You did not regret. All you did was drown me with your love and care. I was all that mattered to you.  

Today is a special day, Pappa. The day where I learn to appreciate the greatest blessing in my life. And its the day I tell you how much you mean to me. You are within me. Thoughts of you keeps me strong. Your prayers keep me going. Your love keeps me alive. I know that you are proud of me. I swear that I will never let you down. What I was yesterday is devoted to you. What i am today is because of you. What i will become tomorrow is a reflection of you. We made it, Pappa. We made it together. Happy Fathers day to you Pappa & all the Dad’s out there..!

Fathers day

With the best Dad..

Few Quotes on Father:

 “My Father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me.”—Jim Valvano

 “I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life, because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him.”—Halle Berry

“I’ve said it before but it’s absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my gather gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.”- Liza Minnelli

“My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend.”—Tiger Woods

My Father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘you never know what you can accomplish until you try.’”—Michael Jordan

Dad's love.. Father always makes their children feel like they are on of the world..

Dad’s love.. Father always makes their children feel like they are on of the world..

Inspirational Story:

You Might have seen this  Before… But Nothing Can Prepare You For The Truth Behind It… No matter what part of the world you examine, there will be parents and children there sharing bonds of love and respect. This photo in particular surfaced from rural Asia, warming the hearts of thousands online. Although there isn’t much information online about this picture, you won’t need to know the full story to really feel the emotions behind it. According to Reddit and a Thai forum, this is a picture of a son with his poor farmer father after finally graduating from college. The juxtaposition of the son and father is shocking, but also touching. The young man graduated from Ratchpatr University in Chiang Rai (far northern Thailand). Now, with the help of his education, he can support the father that literally gave his life to help his boy. The love shared between these two men is truly touching.

Courtesy of this story: hmongnarak. com (เว็บม้งน่ารักๆ) Once Again I wish all the Dad’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!!!

Culture Bridge: Chinese La-ba Festival

The Laba Festival 臘八節/腊八节) is celebrated on the eighth (ba 八) day of the 12th month (la yue 腊月) and is one of the most important traditional festivals in Chinese culture. It is also a prelude to the Chinese Lunar New Year. This year the La Ba Festival falls on Jan 27.
The festival was originally a day of thanks for a good harvest and sacrifice to ancestors. The festival was used as commemoration of Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment at the age of 35. Therefore, many customs of the Laba Festival are related to Buddhism.  In the Qing dynasty, ceremonies for the Laba festival would have been held in the Yonghe Temple in Beijing.
Elderly having their laba porridge on the laba festival

Elderly women eating laba rice porridge on Laba festival

Customs:

Ancestor worship (祭祖jì zǔ):

The reason lunar December is called La Yue has a lot to do with the custom of sacrifice. First, the worship of ancestors and the sacrifice for the gods both frequently took place in the twelfth month, which led to the traditional name of the month: La Yue(腊月). Second, winter is the slack season for farmers so they have time to find things to burn in the sacrifice.
Ancestor worship

Ancestor worship

Laba Rice Porridge (腊八粥 là bā zhōu): There are several legends about the origin of porridge eating on Laba:

Siddhārtha Gautama (the Buddha) once attempted to find the right path to awakening by starving himself. One day, when he was starved and weakened, he met a village girl who gave him milk and rice pudding (congee) after mistaking him for a spirit who granted her a wish. He attained enlightenment not long after that incident. Some say the porridge, made of red beans, has the power to exorcise evil from little kids.
Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of the Ming Dynasty, used to live in poverty before he rose to power. He ate congee during those hard times. After becoming the emperor, he asked the people to eat congee as well. The custom of porridge eating has been well-known throughout history, from the royal court to common people. Almost every region in China has its own local recipe for Laba porridge. Eating hot porridge is great in cold winter, and the grain and nuts are considered healthy winter fare.
Laba porridge is mostly made of rice and sticky rice, but can also include sugar, red dates, lotus seeds, walnuts, chestnuts, almonds, longans, hazelnuts, raisins, red beans, peanuts, water caltrops, roseleaf and other “treasures” (hence its other name, “eight treasure porridge”).

Laba porridge is mostly made of rice and sticky rice, but can also include sugar, red dates, lotus seeds, walnuts, chestnuts, almonds, longans, hazelnuts, raisins, red beans, peanuts, water caltrops, roseleaf and other “treasures” (hence its other name, “eight treasure porridge”).

Laba garlic (腊八蒜 là bā suàn): It is an old Beijing custom to soak purple-peel garlic with vinegar and a little sugar for twenty days starting from the Laba festival. When the whole family gets together for the dumpling feast on Spring Festival Eve, they take out the Laba garlic which will be crisp, with a vinegary flavor and a green color.

Vinegar with the aroma of garlic is the best seasoning for dumplings.

Vinegar with the aroma of garlic is the best seasoning for dumplings.

Beating Spring Ox:

On the first day of spring the government would hold a ceremony called “Beating Spring Ox” with the purpose of encouraging farming.  After the ritual of “Beating Spring”, people would compete in grabbing the scattered pieces of the earthen ox, which would dispel pests or ants, and bring them good harvest in farming and abundant production of silk and livestock.

Officials  using a colorful club to beat an earthen ox after worshiping the God of Grain; this was the so-called “Scourging Spring”.

Officials using a colorful club to beat an earthen ox after worshiping the God of Grain; this was the so-called “Scourging Spring”. Even today, people in some places name Spring Begins as Beating Spring.

Info-bits:

1. The most authentic porridge is made in Northern China, especially Beiping (北平).

2. Customs of having La-ba porridge is preserved in Northeast China, Northwest China and Jiangnan but it has become rarer in Southern parts of China.

3. During the rule of Qing dynasty, ceremonies for the Laba festival would have been held in the Yonghe Temple in Beijing.

Source: Wikipedia & hujiang;    Pic source: hujiang and google search.

Changchun’s First Frozen Restaurant

长春现冰餐厅 cháng chūn xiàn “ bīng cān tīng ”

Have you ever imagined yourself sitting in a freezer and having lunch????

Yes, in a freezer…

If it is so, then you could make it a reality by just visiting Changchun, Jilin Province, China.

ICe restaurant Changchun (4)

Entrance to the Restaurant..

This restaurant is now a coolest place to hangout to enjoy some spicy hot pot. Customers can have hotpot and drinks in the ice rooms and enjoy “extreme ‘chill’ax sleep” on ice beds.

People

Customers having Hotpot ..

Frozen bar

Customers having drinks in the ice bar..

This newly-opened ice restaurant and bar is decorated with colorful lights which add warmth and brightness to the icy rooms, reported China News Service. The dining establishment also features a small “guestroom” where visitors can hop on an ice bed and pose for photos. Covering an area of 80 square meters, the ice restaurant was built by 20 workers in half a month.

Frozen bar

Frozen bar

Ice restaurant Changchun (5)

A girl posing on an ice bed for photos..

Well, I would have had my taste buds taste a real ‘cool’ thing if they would have built it couple of years ago… 😛

Source: Chinanew.com

My articles are published in Chinese National media

I am absolutely thrilled seeing my articles going all over through other vibrant social mediums.

CITS ,A National website of China’s foreign affairs reception unit and  a prestigious trademark of high value in China and is the only tourism company among the country’s Top 500 Enterprises, with its real asset being RMB 10 billion has published six of my articles on their website for promoting local tourism..

Below are the glimpses of my published articles for your perusal..

1. Mt.Emeishan

2.Giant Panda and its Breeding base

3.Siberian Tiger park

4.Changbaishan, Jilin Province

5.Mt.Aershan

6.Kubuqi Desert

 Thank you friends,Followers and well wishers for motivating me to explore new horizons and sharing my experiences through this blog..

Crocodile Barbeque

Have you ever imagined eating Crocodiles? If your answer is ‘No’ then you should probably check this out.
Crocodiles are barbecued at a food festival held in Nanning, in the Guangxi Province.The meat is really tough, sinewy and hard to chew it seems.

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Sellers claimed they were nutritious, and sold them at 50 yuan (500 Rs) per piece.
Source:Englishsina.com

All that glitters is not Gold…

“Never judge a book by its cover.” You might’ve heard of this. Most of us tend to look at one’s external appearance and draw a short conclusion on their character when we first observe them..Some people judge a person by his or her looks, while others dont. In my opinion,people should never judge a person by his or her external appearance and there are many reasons to support it.A person’s external appearance may sometimes be misleading.This is  how our inner Ego sometimes misjudges a Person..A small touching story…

A lady in a faded grey dress and her husband, dressed in a home-spun suit walked in timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn’t even deserve to be in Harvard.
“We want to see the President “the man said softly.
“He’ll be busy all day “the secretary snapped.
“We’ll wait” the lady replied.
For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn’t and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president..
“Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they’ll leave” she said to him. The President, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.
The lady told him “We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus.”
The president wasn’t touched….He was shocked. “Madam “he said, gruffly, ” we can’t put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery.”
“Oh, no,” the lady explained quickly, We don’t want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard.”
The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, and then exclaimed, “A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over five million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard.”
For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, “Is that all it costs to start a university ? Why don’t we just start our own?”
Her husband nodded. The president’s face wilted in confusion and bewilderment. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the University that bears their name: Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

 Leland Stanford's Family

Leland Stanford’s Family


Most of the time we judge people by their outer appearance, which can be misleading. And in this impression, we tend to treat people badly by thinking they can do nothing for us. Thus we tend to lose our potential good friends, employees or customers.
Remember: In our Life, we seldom get people with whom we want to share & grow our thought process. But because of our inner EGO we miss them forever. It is you who have to decide with whom you are getting associated in day to day life…

Small people talk about others,
Average people talk about things,
Great people talk about ideas.!!

Longest Traffic Jam In The World

The China National Highway 110 traffic jam was a massive traffic jam that began to form on August 14, 2010, mostly on China National Highway 110 and Beijing–Tibet expressway , in Beijing, Hebei and Inner Mongolia.

The traffic jam slowed down thousands of vehicles for more than 100 kilometres (60 mi) and lasted for more than ten days.Many drivers were able to move their vehicles only 1 km (0.6 mi) per day, and some drivers reported being stuck in the traffic jam for five days.

The cause of this traffic jam was not only the huge number of cars in china but also because most of the highway was occupied by heavy trucks. The hassle gave birth the the mini economy with local merchants who started selling water,instant noodles &cigarettes  to the drivers. A bottle of water normally cost 1yuan, but on the highway it was sold for 10 yuan. 

Drivers also complained that the price of instant noodles had more than tripled. Some vendors created mobile stores on bicycles.Some drivers passed their time by playing cards while other were the victims of theft and extortion.

Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_National_Highway_110_traffic_jam

Water Allergy (Aquagenic Urticaria)

Aquagenic urticaria, also known as ‘water allergy’, is a rarely diagnosed form of Physical Urticaria. It is sometimes described as an allergy, although it is not a true Histamine -releasing allergic reaction like other forms of urticaria. The defining symptom is a painful skin reaction resulting from contact with water. This may also be the effect of different temperatures of water, such as cold or hot, and can flare with chemicals such as fluorine and chlorine.

Symptoms:

Aquagenic urticaria causes the skin to itch extremely and occasionally burn after being exposed to water. The skin may develop hives or spots. Showers may result in severely dry eyes and soreness. Higher water temperature tend to expedite the formation of hives. Shortness of breath or swelling in the throat can occur when drinking water. The pain usually persists for between 10–120 minutes.  Tear  on one’s face from crying can also cause pain.  Aquagenic urticaria, although rare, is more common in young teens (14-16 years old) and is almost unheard in adult and older years.

A case of Aquagenic Urticaria has been recorded in Autralia in 2008.

Teenager Ashleigh Morris is allergic to water. She can’t go swimming, soak in a hot bath or enjoy a shower after a stressful day’s work – Even sweating brings her out in a painful rash. Ashleigh, from Melbourne, Australia, is allergic to water of any temperature, a condition she’s lived with since she was 14. 

 Most doctors and dermatologists have never seen a case of it. “Many people don’t even believe me when I tell them,” said Ashleigh, who hardly believed it herself at first. She developed the condition five years ago after an acute case of tonsillitis. She was prescribed a heavy dose of penicillin that rid her of the tonsillitis but left her with another problem. “I suddenly started getting a rash after I showered or swam,” says Ashleigh who used to swim regularly and spend a lot of time at the beach. “I tried to ignore it but it got progressively worse so I went to see a dermatologist.”

Ashleigh’s dermatologist, Professor Rodney Sinclair, told her the penicillin had altered the histamine levels in her body and caused the Aquagenic Urticaria to occur.There is no cure and no successful treatment for the condition.So she found ways to avoid water – she stopped doing sports and anything that made her sweat.She makes sure she stays in air-conditioned places and always has an umbrella in her car. Her family and boyfriend of three years, Adam, are very supportive but her condition makes intimate moments with her Adam a little difficult.  “We have to sleep with a sheet between us at night, and I can’t go near him if he’s sweaty,” said Ashleigh. 

Dermatologists agree there’s an association with elevated blood histamine levels, but there are other processes at work since antihistamine drugs often provide no relief at all. Aquagenic urticaria can be treated by applying capsaicin cream to the affected area. Capsaicin cream is also the same treatment that is used for shingles. Steroid cream is also used to treat the symptoms. There are also other remedies that seem to help ease aquagenic urticaria symptoms and help the person live a more comfortable life. Nina Goad of the British Association of Dermatologists says: “There isn’t a wealth of information about Aquagenic Urticaria because it’s extremely rare. “We’re not sure how many cases there are in the world and we do not yet fully understand the precise mechanisms that trigger the weals.”