10 Ways to Drive On The Road

On an Indian road, every emotion from anger to happiness and everything in between is on display.

1. The Crazy Honker

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2. The Overtaker

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3. The Beep-Beep Words Driver

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4. The Road Rage-er

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5. The Noob on the Wheel

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6. The Kings

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7. The Spitter

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8. The Song Lovers

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9. The Workaholic

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10. The Loving Family

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If My country was a person, what would that person be like?

INDIA !!!

With a population of over 1.2 Billion, we have people with absolutely wide range of physical features and characteristics. Now let me describe ”that person”.

Name is Bharathi ( yes, it’s a she! ). 25 yrs old, moderately built, five feet tall, brown skinned, very beautiful, literate, and extremely hard working..

She is this shy, soft-spoken woman who almost always puts her family first, be it her parents,husband, kids. She is complacent, highly tolerant and resilient.

She is caring, nurturing,welcoming,self disciplined and trust worthy. She excels in multi-tasking. For her, dignity is more important than anything else.She Comes out victorious, in almost all the  battles she encounters everyday, with a smile on her face.

She is fun. Dances a lot, loves cricket, celebrates almost all the festivals joyously,and she is extremely excited about her partner taking charge from her. She loves to be peaceful and spiritual.And day by day she is getting stronger. Strong enough to tackle her hostile siblings, although cautious about her neighbors.

She is not without flaws.She is sometimes so nice that she can be taken for granted. She can be corrupt, lazy, needy,cowardly, insecure, biased, over-bearing sometimes.

It is unfortunate that while her hands are adorned with jewels, her stomach still is empty many days. She sleeps hungry, often, But wakes up to fight another day, always. She is loved by one and all.

She sure is the source of inspiration and happiness for many.She is an epitome of hope, and the pinnacle of god’s creation !!

In short, ” Aval Indri Or Anuvum Asaiyadhu ” (A Tamil saying), which means, IF NOT FOR HER, NOT AN ATOM MOVES !!!

Indian Railways

What are some mind blowing facts about Indian Railways?

When it comes to connectivity, very few modes of transport can compare to the Indian Railways. No other form of travelling makes you feel part of this large diverse nation the way an Indian train journey does. Sure there might be a few inconveniences along the way but the positives outweigh the negatives. Here are 12 joys of travelling by an Indian Train.

1. Travelling with friends by train is an experience that’s tough to beat.

 
2. The Railway Station kulhad is like some magical potion that tastes different from any other chai you have ever tasted.

 
3. There might not be a TV inside the train but you will see sights that define the real India up close when you’re gazing through the windows.

 
4. Ordering train food and eating it on the little collapsible tray next to the window.

 
5. Reading a book or playing cards while slowly drifting off to sleep in the snuggly sleeper class.

 
6. Witnessing the flora and fauna of your country whizzing past you.

 
7. Interacting with genuinely diverse and interesting characters from different walks of life.

 
8. Witnessing the hustle and bustle at an Indian railway station is an experience like no other.

 
9. Getting off at in between stations and taking in the ambience before continuing on your journey.

 
10. You don’t need any decorum inside the train, want to laugh out loud? Go ahead, laugh out loud.

11. Watching real life Bollywood unfurl before you through tearful goodbyes and new beginnings.

 
12. The most beautiful bit, the Indian Railways has something to offer to every person, irrespective of which section of the society he or she belongs to.

source: ScoopWhoop

‘Festival of Colors’

Colors ruled the streets as people of all ages with faces and clothes smeared in myriad of hues celebrated #Holi , a harvest festival which marks the onset of spring season in India.

The ‘Festival of Colors’ saw revelers pour onto streets across the country, smearing and splashing powder, known as ‘gulal’ and water on others to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.

Water-filled balloons were hurtled down from rooftops and balconies as cries of ‘Holi hai’ reverberated the streets.

From youngsters and the elderly to the widows of Vrindavan, the ‘gulal’ spared none as revellers danced to the accompaniment of drums.

A relatively warm day paved way for a perfect Holi, as colored water drenched people inside and outside homes, bidding adieu to winter.

#‎PrayForMH370

Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik with his artwork on a beach in Puri, in the eastern Indian state of Odisha.

The BBC has posted this picture in its news on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 without giving the artist a credit.

India has some very fine sand artists. Sudarshan Patnaik has also set up the Golden Institute of Sand Art.

I’m afraid: the latest news is that some wreckage has been spotted .Two days ago, a Malaysian passenger jet with more than 200 people on board vanished in the skies over Southeast Asia.

The rats of Karni mata Temple

Incredible! That’s how I felt when I saw all of them dinning and crawling together. Before you think I happened to visit the set where Stuart Little was filmed, let me walk you through Mata Karni Temple in Deshnok in Rajasthan. Standing tall is the main shrine of Mata Karni accompanied by what the natives and many ardent devotees worship – rats! Almost 20,000 of them!

 During my stay in Bikaner, I’d heard so much about this temple that the very next morning, I had to see it to believe it. After a half hour drive, from the moment I reached Deshnok till the time I stepped inside the temple, I was more curious than scared. On entering, I saw rats teeming everywhere. Huddled in corners and flitting around, they are completely oblivious of devotees gawking at them. The sight was absolutely bizarre!

Fearlessly feeding them were devotees who come here to receive therats’ blessings. Once these rats nibble food, it is considered auspicious to be served as prasad. Creepy? Yes it is, especially if you’re rat phobic. At first, you might want to just run…and fast. But hang on…Soon, you realise these rats are harmless They’re too busy nibbling away on food and slurping milk.

At the temple, it’s believed that if you sight a white rat amongst the thousands of black rats, you’re considered fortunate. Legend has it that white rats are manifestations of Mata Karni who was an incarnation of Goddess Durga and her four sons. When the child of one of her clansmen died, she insisted Lord Yama (god of death) bring him back to life. He did so and reincarnated the child as a rat.

Thereafter, Karni Mata dictated that if any of her clansmen died, they would be reborn as rats.

Since then, thousands of rats move this story forward. In fact, the authorities take special care to safeguard these treasured beings. The temple is bordered by wires and grills over the courtyard to prevent birds and other animals from coming in. People are requested to walk carefully inside so that they do not step on them. If one is accidently killed, you’d be forced to shell out a 24 carat gold rat. Now, that is a huge penalty! A stranger fact is that not a single case of plague has been reported here ever since this temple was constructed. Professors, researchers and I still wonder…

Photo Credit: Wikimedia

 

HAppy Holi

Holi, also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad, the UK, Fiji and Nepal. In West Bengal of India and Bangladesh, it is known as Dolyatra (Doljatra) or Boshonto Utsav (“spring festival”).

Wishing all bloggers a Happy and colorful HOLI 🙂