Bachpan ka zamaana (childhood days)

hey readers,

one of my friends mailed me this very wonderful poem describing the period of childhood in a person’s life.. I felt like sharing it with you all.. for those who doesn’t understand hindi, i have written the translations in english…

Ek BACHPAN ka Zamana tha,

(There was once a period of childhood)

jisme Khushiyo ka khazana tha..

(which had a treasure of happiness)

Chahat Chaand ko pane ki thi,

(the desire to reach the moon)

par DIL titli ka Diwana tha..

(and butterflies fascinated the heart)

Khabar na thi kuch Subah ki,

(there wasn’t a concern for morning)

Na Shaam ka thikana tha..

(neither for evenings)

Thak-har ke aana school se,

(coming back from school all worked up)

Par khelne bhi jana tha..

(but going to play was mandatory)

Maa ki kahani thi,

(mumma’s stories)

Pariyo ka fasana tha..

(fairy tales)

Barish me kagaz ki naav thi,

(paper boats in rainy season)

Har Mausam suhana tha..

(every season was so dear)

Har khel me Sathi the,

(had so many friends)

Har Rishta nibhana tha..

(and every relationship was important)

Gam ki zuban na hoti thi,

(sadness wasnt described in words)

Na zakhmo ka paimana tha..

(neither were bruises shown)

Rone ki wajah na thi,

(there wasnt a reason to cry)

Na hasne ka bahana tha..

(neither there was any to smile)

Kyon Ho gaye hum itne bade,

(why have we grown up?)

isse achha to…..

“Wo Bachpan ka Zamana tha”

(childhood was much better than this stage)

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Holi… with a difference

Indians are fond of festivals, each and every festival is celebrated in India with full enthusiasm. But, does the way of celebrating requires any change?

The answer to this question is “Yes!”. The way we celebrate our festivals has a negative impact on our environment and resources and thus slighty modifying the method of celebration doesn’t mean that we are going against our cultural values.

And yes, there are people who care for thier environment and are aware of thier related responsibilities.

Mr. Dharmesh Brahmbhatt, an insurance official residing on S G Highway,Ahemdabad, has decided he will not buy firewood to light the Holi fires. “My mother has decided that the fire will be lighted using cow-dung discs. The fire may not be as big as that lighted using wood but it will be enough for the ritual. I cannot wastev wood as I teach my children that environment needs protection”, says Brahmbhatt.

Times Of India,22  Mar 2008

A team from Indian Development Foundation and a few students from DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering went to celebrate holi at St.Catherine’s Primary School at Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai, with a differece. “No colours, No water, Only colourful petals” was thier idealogy.Children from St. Catherine’s Primary School felt extremely happy to play holi with colorful petals instead of water and chemicals. They thanked the organisers as they received sweets and eats on the festive occasion. The Principal of the school congratulated IDF and DJSCE team for such a novel celebration.

-Indian Development Foundation

The senior citizens of the township celebrated holi in a different manner at Nigdi-Pradhikaran, Pune by using colours for painting. Kalamaharshi Walchand Kothadiya Art Gallery had organised a painting competition only for senior citizens. The contest received an
overwhelming response.Nearly 100 senior citizens from Pimpri, Chinchwad, Wakad, Nigdi, Kalewadi, Sangvi and Talegaon took part in the competition.

– DNA India, 20 mar 2011

In 1998, the innovative idea of “Moon Camp” was put forth by youth iniatives’ members. “Moon Camp” is a camping activity organised by YI members on the day of Holi that promotes the idea of celbratin the festival peacefully. Many people have been celebrating holi with a difference since then, by either organizing a camp for themselves or joining the one organized by YI.

-www.youthinitiative.org.np

An employee of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL),Manuguru, J. V.G. Chandrasekhar took up a fortnight long campaign promoting the use of simple and safe natural colours.He contacted almost 2000 families with an appeal for not using the hazardous chemicals in the Holi celebrations. He circulated pamphlets in the schools and colleges with the same appeal.A majority of the youths seemed to have obliged. They used colours made of vegetables and materials that cause no harm.

-The Hindu, 03 Feb 2010

With a view to create awareness on asthma among children, Breathefree, a public service initiative from Cipla organized a Drawing competition exclusively for asthmatics in the Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.”Rangon Ki Duniya Khuli Saason Ke Saath” was the theme given to the children in the drawing competition. Around 40 children with asthma attended the event and children were awarded with certificates after the Drawing Competition by the doctor.

-India P R Wire, 22 Mar 2011

Hoping that we all will get inspiration from these people who have taken initiative to make a difference and adopt eco friendly methods of celebrating festivals.

Wishing you all a very happy and colourful Holi. 🙂

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.
An excerpt  from Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening”.
Very finely these lines deliver the message of procrastinating the habbit of procrastination and finishing off work in hand.

Holi-festival of colours!

” No one is gonna play with water this holi ” I ordered my sister. In return she said ” Why not? Even you played with water as a child”  To which I replied ” Yeah! That is right, but I did so because at that age I was not aware of how I was wasting water by playing holi. ” She quickly claimed to be ‘ not-so-grown-up’ to understand that now. And after that whenever i tried to convince her she had different counter arguments making me understand that no matter how hard i try they wont refrain from using water.

I have have been learning since childhood that “India is a land of festivals and Indians celebrate each and every festival together with unity.” And tomorrow Indians are proudly gonna celebrate ‘Holi’. Before I put forward my views I would like to talk about what is this festival all about..

HOLI– It is celebrated by Hindus on the last full moon day of the lunar month phalguna which usually falls in the later days of February or March.  The main day, known as dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other. Bonfires are lit the day before, also known as Holika Dahan or choti holi.

A bonfire lit at choti holi.

The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a resolute devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.

The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region, in locations connected to the Lord Krishna: Mathura,Vrindavan, Nandgaon, and Barsana. In Mathura and Vrindavan, the celebration lasts for 16 days in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna.

A scene depicting Radha and Krishna playing holi.

Traditionally, the coloured powder was extracted from ayurvedic sources like neem, kumkum, haldi, bilva and others of the kind. For coloured water, flowers of Palash were boiled and soaked in water over night to produced yellow coloured water which had medicinal properties.

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flowers of palash.

Unfortunately, the use of herbal Colours had been replaced by synthetic dyes being used now-a-days for playing holi. These colours are not only the cause of various diseases but also have a great impact on environment. “Synthetic colours pollute water.”

Holi, a day when people unnecessarily waste gallons of water ( by throwing at each other ) and then pollute the rest cleaning themselves. If for a while we keep aside all other aspects and consider only the water issue, we come to know that it is indeed a big threat in itself.

I, as a child, played holi with all my friends in my neighbourhood and today when I look down the memory lane I feel disappointed that at that time there was no one who taught me to adopt alternative methods of celebrating the festival of colours and to try not to harm the mother earth. But today, When I am mature enough to understand I feel sad for those who don’t. Leave aside them who don’t understand but what about those who know but are ignorant?

As I said in the beginning that I tried to persuade my sister to play holi with dry powder but I could not convince her appropriately. In fact, even my parents asked me to stop ‘interfering’ and its ok if children go out and enjoy themselves. Backed by support from my mother and because of obstinate attitude of my sister, today she and her friends wasted a whole lot of water. *sigh!*

I really wish people understand their responsibilities towards environment and start taking initiative. I wish people stop thinking that Why should i stop when others are doing the same?

Just like one light ray can turn out darkness one mild effort can make a difference.

How true is that???

The Top 15 Signs That Microsoft Owns Part of Apple

15 Apple’s stock fell only 25% last week.

14 Bill Gates’s birthday now a paid holiday for Apple employees.

13 Default Mac startup sound changed to “Taps.”

12 Wall Street brokers have stopped using Apple stock certificates as toilet paper.

11 Apple’s new slogan: “Almost as good as Windows!”

10 Apple has been bent over with its pants dropped for so long now, even a geek like Bill Gates was bound to get lucky.

9 Cute rainbow-colored apple now inhabited by cute rainbow-colored worm.

8 Microsoft comes out with an operating system incorporating Mac technology… uh, wait a minute…

7 Phone and utilities mysteriously start working again at Apple’s corporate HQ.

6 Steve Jobs seen tending bar at the Gates’ private lawn party.

5 Diners in Microsoft’s staff cafeteria can now enjoy their apple pie purely for its wholesome goodness and no longer as a symbolic act of global domination.

4 Unsold Newtons used as cobblestones in Gates’s driveway.

3 Apple Employee of the Month gets to hunt loose change at Bill’s house.

2 New Apple employee dress code includes large “Property of B. Gates” tattoo on ass. …and the Number

1 Sign That Microsoft Owns Part of Apple… 1 Bill Gates still burned in effigy, but upper management no longer attends.