Saturday, 18 April 2015

World Heritage Day 2015 At Bhubaneswar

Last night I was delighted to see a tweet @Odisha_Tourism :#WorldHeritageDay will be celebrated by the Department tomorrow. Programme will start at 7:30 am (18 April).

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Bhubaneswar is an ancient and modern city that is referred to as the Temple City as it has many temples.

The starting venue for the heritage walk was the Raja Rani Temple.                                                       

In The Waiting Room

The Little Mermaid, Ariel had fallen in love with the Prince at first glance.

She badly wanted legs and had contacted Ursula, the Sea Witch.

Ursula's condition was that she would grant Ariel legs in exchange of her voice.
Ursula asked Ariel to wait while she went to fetch the required magic-herbs and potions.
Painting by Daria Petrilli ; PhotoPrompt- Magpie Tales

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Silver City Cuttack

Cuttack is the former capital of the state of Odisha, India.
It is the twin city of Bhubaneswar, the present capital of Odisha.

Cuttack is an ancient city of immense historical significance. Owing to its rich history, Cuttack is also called the Millennium City and the City of 1000 Years.
It is called Silver City due to its amazing and exquisite silver jewellery works that are available.
Cuttack is also famous for its Silver Filigree Durga Puja statues and wonderful Pandals, lighting and celebration. Idols are worth crores of rupees.
Durga Puja - Khan Nagar, Cuttack

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Utkala Dibasa

Odisha, a state in India, has a rich cultural heritage and ancient history. 

1st April is celebrated as Utkala Dibasa. It is also called Odisha Dibasa or Odisha Day.
In Odia language, Dibasa means a day of celebration.

On this day in 1936, Odisha was created as a separate state. It was the first state created on linguistic basis.
Odisha was previously called Utkala. Utkala finds a mention in our National Anthem too.
On the occasion of Utkala Dibasa, buildings are lit and there are celebrations.

Here is the video of the song 'Bande Utkala Janani' (Hail Utkala Motherland)

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Banajaga Yatra And Nabakalebara in Puri, Odisha

Lord Ram's birth is celebrated as Ram Navami. It was celebrated yesterday.

During the birth month of Lord Ram i.e. in Chaitra, in Puri, Odisha, India, there are processions with the idols of Lord Ram, Sita & Laxman. There are grand celebrations for 15 days. This is called 'Sahi Jata'. In Odia language, 'Sahi' means locality/street. There is a 'Jatra' /'Yatra'- procession where people wear masks and costumes and there is theatre sort of Odia RamLeela. Residents of different localities of Puri have been taking part in this since 1230 AD:
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Sahi Jata at Puri, Odisha ; Source

Ram Navami And Ashokastami In Odisha

Odisha, a state of India, boasts of centuries old art, architecture, culture and festivals.

Sitabinji, a village in Odisha, has a link to the Ramayana and houses an ancient 1500 years old painting as shown below:
Sitabinji Caves
1500 years old Fresco art in Sitabinji, a village in Odisha ; Source

Many places of Odisha have historical significance.
Many festivals are still celebrated with great pomp and grandeur.

Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, is called the Temple City as at one time it had more than 10,000 temples, out of which many still exist.

Need For Dignity

“But you don’t need to worry about that now; just try and see for yourself.”

He tried to convince his petite fiance when she expressed her big concern that his room and home didn’t have an attached bathroom.

She felt like a fool having decided to marry him and having to go to the fields to answer nature’s call as there was no toilet!

He appeared chilly to suggest open defecation.

She shared info about Puffins.

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When two Puffins become mates for life, they build homes on cliff sides with toilets for their future offspring to use; Source

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Earth Hour

She had spent many years planting saplings that had grown into a lush forest.

When they set fire and burnt the forest, that too during Earth Hour, she felt that not only the forest, but human values and intelligence had also been engulfed in flames...

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Team India's Loss in Cricket World Cup 2015

Team India has lost the important semi-final match against Team Australia, and thus missed a chance to play in the Finals of Cricket World Cup 2015 (#CWC2015). 

Such Wins & Losses happen in games. 
May the spirit of Sports win. May the better team win.

Millions of Indian cricket-fans are heart-broken.
While it is celebration time for some of our neighbours across the borders...

Team India had played brilliantly in all the matches so far, having won every single one. 
We all have proudly celebrated the journey with our Team.

But, now some media channels and people are blaming the Team.

It is sad when the girl-friend of a cricketer is blamed for his poor form! It may be remembered that the same cricketer has played magnificently in the past matches when she was around to cheer for him! 
Imagine if she couldn't have made it to this semi-final match, and Team India would still have lost, then the same people would have claimed that her absence proved to be the reason why Team India lost! 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Kaleidoscopic Indian Culture

As per the Wikipedia:
Culture is a word for people's 'way of life', meaning the way groups do things. Different groups of people may have different cultures. Culture is seen in people's writing, religion, music, clothes, cooking, and in what they do.
The concept of culture is very complicated, and the word has many meanings. 
The word 'culture' is most commonly used in three ways.
  • Excellence of taste in the fine arts and humanities, also known as high culture.
  • An integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior.
  • The outlook, attitudes, values, morals, goals, and customs shared by a society.
Indian culture is Kaleidoscopic.

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