Wednesday, 20 October 2021

The Real Artist

It was a normal date.

This was their third meeting.

He had invited her home for a meal.

They had met at a café earlier. 

This time was special. 

He showed her his art- both paintings and cooking! 

The man could paint and cook!

She liked him.

 

Photo Prompt- Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

She was yet to discover that he was a real artist...

It did not take long.

Textiles Committee Bhubaneswar Regional Office

Odisha has been famous for exquisite handicrafts, handlooms and textiles. These popular and rich treasures of Odisha have been a part of Odisha's glorious culture, heritage, history, and maritime trade and commerce for long and have immensely contributed to the employment and livelihood of the artisans and weavers of the state. 


Out of the registered seventeen Geographical Indication (GI) products of Odisha, there are twelve handicrafts including nine handlooms. There are many more potential GI products. 

Odisha has an impressive handloom map. 


Note- All handlooms of Odisha have not been shown in the above map.

In addition, Odisha has 50 crafts recognized by the state Govt. 

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

The Healing Prescription

*Gentle voice* Feel comfortable and be relaxed.

We are taking a shuttle to your past.

What can you see? 

I am visiting a fair with my parents. 

I can see a merry-go-round.  

I request my parents- Please allow me to take a ride.

Photo Prompt- Brenda Cox

Then?

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Maa Biraja, Jajpur, Odisha - Shakti Peetha

Devi puja i.e. Goddess worship is being done for many centuries in India. 

During Navaratri, Durga Puja, and Dussehra festivals, many Goddesses are worshipped, especially Devi Durga. 

There are Shakti Peethas, where it is believed that the different parts of Devi Sati had fallen. According to the Tantra Chudamani, Sati's navel fell in the Utkala Kingdom. 

Maa Biraja Peetha is the Shakti Peetha where the naabhi i.e. the navel portion had fallen. Some Shakti Peethas are present in Odisha.

In his Ashtadasha Shakti Peetha Stuti, AdiShankara describes the goddess as "Girija". 

In Tantra literature, the Oddiyana Peetha is located near the Baitarani river. Oddiyana is an ornament worn by a woman around her navel.

Devi Durga is worshipped as Maa Biraja in this Peetha. 

Image Courtesy- Jajpur District Administration

Maa Biraja Temple is an ancient temple with a unique Mahishasuramardini i.e. the killer of Mahishasura-  idol. The Durga idol has two hands, spearing the chest of Mahishasura with one hand and pulling his tail with the other. One of Her feet is on a lion, and the other is on Mahishasura's chest.

The Mahishasura is depicted as a Buffalo, and not as regular human demon. The crown of Maa Biraja has the symbols of Shree Ganesha, crescent moon, and a Shivalinga.

The Biraja Temple is located in Jajpur that is known as the "ancient capital of Orissa" (Odisha). It is about 125 kilometers north of Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha.

Courtesy: Wikipedia

River Baitarani flows beside the Biraja temple. The temple covers a large area and has several shrines dedicated to Shiva and other deities. According to the Utkala Khanda of the Skanda Purana, as this area cleanses pilgrims, it is called the Biraja Kshetra.

The mention of Maa Biraja is also in Brahma Purana, Kapila Samhita and the Mahabharata.

It is said that when cursed Lord Brahma was worshipping, then pleased with his prayers, Maa Biraja appeared. The original temple was built by King Yayati Keshari. However, it was destroyed by invaders. Thereafter, the present temple was built.

Entrance- Image Courtesy- Jajpur District Administration

Maa Biraja is the only Goddess in the world who has Her own Ratha Jatra (Rath Yatra i.e. Chariot Festival) It lasts for 9 days during Durga Puja celebration.

Yes, there is a Ratha Jatra, just like in the ShreeMandira i.e. the Shree Jagannatha Temple, Puri. 

The Shree Jagannatha Ratha Jatra is well-known, but many are yet to know of the Ratha Jatra of Maa Biraja.

 

As per the tradition, the chalanti pratima (idol to represent Maa Biraja) is taken for the Ratha Jatra. Lord Brahma is the sarathi (charioteer) of Her Ratha. 

During Ratha Jatra, Maa Biraja is offered Rasagola (Rasgulla) as bhog.

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

That Charming Photograph

"Who is that charming lady in the photograph?" Mini asked her grandmother.

"That is my grandmother!" Mini's grandmother answered pointing to the lady who was seated.

Photo Prompt- Rochelle Wisoff Fields

"I was referring to the tall and fair lady, who is standing... I look a lot like her!" Mini winked.

"Granddaughters do resemble their grandmothers; it’s in the genes!" Mini’s grandma laughed.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

The Miracle

Seven-year old Gia's mother was very sick.

Gia was heart-broken to see her industrious mother bed-ridden.

She could not afford to lose her only parent.

"Only a miracle can save her," the doctor answered after checkup. 

Gia knew where miracles were available.

She did remember the real-story her mother had told her.

Gia lost no time to visit that place- the local church.

Photo Prompt- Dale Rogerson

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

That Lady In Red

She looked bewitching in the red off-shoulder dress.

He just couldn't wait to lay his hands on her.

He put his right arm around her lissome waist and holding her right hand in his left, entered the hotel's elevator.

He continued his conversation by saying sweet-nothings to his ladylove. 

He was aware that all his activities were being watched.

Photo Prompt- Liz Young

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

The Treasure Hunt

A multi-billionaire died.

His fortune was to be equally divided amongst his grandsons.

As per his will, a secret treasure would belong to the grandson, who cracked the clue-

"Sandwiched by water and greenery- no access by road even if you try; 

After reaching, you'll find it guarded by the one with the keen eye..."

 

Entire estate could be accessed by road.

Where was the treasure?

Thursday, 9 September 2021

You, Me, And You #UMeUBlogHop

You once professed your deep love for me- 

Believing you, "You & Me" merged as one! 

I accepted your "Team WE" proposal & identity;

Complied with your ideas of intimacy & fun. 


Fought with my upset family; it was you I chose.

Just you in my heart & eyes, I severed all my ties. 

"Till death do us apart", we took our holy vows. 

Our inter-religion marriage would sure win & rise. 


They warned- "All this is a lie, eye-wash, smart plan"-

I was yet another virgin prey for you & your group. 

Promising you my all, I offered myself as your top fan. 

Consumed by your love, I was the flavour in your soup.


I dreamt my life would be an eternal honeymoon-

With you by my side as king, I'd feel like a queen.

My high castles in the air collapsed pretty soon.

You metamorphosed into a beast, unheard & unseen.


I tried to keep my faith, persevere, & to keep pace, 

You & your family forced me into the conversion.

I was simply a prize-trophy, forgotten after the race.

I bore you heirs; you exploited fruits of our relation.

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Make Hay While The Sun Shines

"It's you, again!" the border security-officer encountered Raunaq.

It was Raunaq's fifth cross-border trip via his truck that month.

 

Photo Prompt- Sandra Crook

"Am sure you are smuggling something inside this stack of hay”.

"Please check, officer. I’ll wait." Raunaq confidently said just like he had said before. 

The border-force checked.

They even used metal-detectors.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

The Bluebirds

The bluebirds were nowhere to be found.

She was trying to spot them like crazy. 

She had always wanted to research and write a book about the bluebirds. 

Many could be spotted in that eco-zone where she had grown up. 

Wasn’t the spot near the river their favorite place?

Photo Prompt- Penny Gadd

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

My Maiden Tanka

Tanka is a form of Japanese poetry. There are five lines in this type of poem.

Though I had heard of the term before, I did not have the chance to explore this form previously. 

Did so thanks to the Tanka contest opportunity by Blogchatter.

It was great to read the Tankas of Kamala Ramesh.

I tried reading up more about Tanka. Here are some of my lines as my maiden creation.

Hope you like my five Tankas presented below:

--o--

that sea beckoned me
my pitcher was not enough
needy and greedy 
more pitchers to gather stuff 
from the deep vast knowledge sea

--o--

felt I am ugly
they said continuously
I saw the mirror
myself for the first time
saw the goddess of beauty

--o--

stop being a bull 
they taunt me everyday 
I make my choice
sensible bull with voice
am bullish about life 

--o--

filled with ecstasy
feast my eyes on my love 
the dead cannot touch 
I want to spell and express... 
unspoken words weigh so much

--o--

the target was hit
my enemy danced with glee
saw blood on my hand 
I fell flat struck suddenly 
after killing enemy

--o--

Which Tanka did you like best?
Please do share your comments.

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The Key House

"That's really not fair!"

"All my husband gets is this old country house, while grandfather leaves his posh city apartment for hubby's younger brother!" 

Liz was upset.


"I have many memories attached with this home. Grandpa knew," Mike said fondly caressing his grandfather's framed photograph. 


"I always knew I would inherit this ever since he had handed me this box a decade ago." 

In the antique silver-box were the most exquisite keys Liz had ever seen.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Niladri Bije - Ratha Jatra

Ratha Jatra or Ratha Yatra or Rath Yatra, also called the ‘Chariot Festival' of Puri Shree Jagannatha is a centuries-old festival of Odisha, India. It finds mention in many ancient texts like the Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, Skanda Purana, Kapila Samhita, Bamadeva Samhita, Niladri Mahodaya etc. 

Ratha Jatra is celebrated all over the world now.

This annual festival is celebrated on Asadha Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (second day in bright fortnight of Asadha month, the third month of the Odia calendar).

The rituals have been held systematically as per the tithi for hundreds of years. The preparations start early. The first lot of wood for constructing the Rathas reaches by Basanta Panchami, and Puja (Ratha Katha Anukula) is done. 

The construction of the chariots starts on the day of Akshaya Trutiya (the third day of the bright fortnight of the month of Baisakha). Skilled artisans and craftsmen construct the Rathas following centuries-old traditions. The size and specifications of the Rathas are fixed.

Ratha Jatra is the journey of Lord Jagannath, along with brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra from their abode, Shreemandira, to their birthplace, Shree Gundicha Temple. Thus, this is also called Gundicha Jatra.


Friday, 16 July 2021

Hera Panchami - When Maa Lakshmi Is Angry

Puri Dham is one of the most important places of visit for Hindus.
A rich cultural history and many festivals including the world-famous Ratha Jatra are associated with this holy place. 

Puri Dham is called the Shree Kshetra and the Shree Jagannatha Temple is called the Shreemandira.
Shree means Goddess Lakshmi. 
This shows Her importance.
She is the wife of Shree Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe.

Many wrongly think that Ratha Jatra is a one-day festival and the festivities end that day. 
The journey starts on the second day of the bright fortnight of Asadha (month in Hindu/Odia calendar) that is celebrated as Ratha Jatra. 
The Ratha Jatra is also called Nabadina Jatra (nine-day journey). 

On the ninth day, Bahuda Jatra is held.
However, that is not the end of the Ratha Jatra.

Actually, the Ratha Jatra festivities come to an end on the twelfth day of the commencement of the journey. 
Niladri Bije ritual marks the completion of their journey with the deities entering the Shreemandira.

There are many traditions and significant centuries-old rituals are done.

On the fifth day of the Ratha Jatra, there is the Hera Panchami tradition.
Today is Hera Panchami.
"Hera" means "to see".
This evening, Maa Lakshmi will visit Shree Gundicha Temple to see Shree Jagannatha.
What does She do there?


Wednesday, 30 June 2021

All Are Safe

She loved the outings with her grandfather. 

They cycled taking the roads less travelled.

One day, they found a shortcut to the woods.

An abandoned van made Grandpa say- "So here you are!"

Photo Prompt- Russell Gayer
He fondled the van like an old friend! 

They struggled to open the jammed door.

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Justice Delayed

When I saw that cheat enjoying himself in the resort, I was livid.

Such unethical people mustn’t do what they do.

He had to be taught a lesson. 

Photo Prompt- Brenda Cox

He had copied all my work and gained undue credit and awards.

He maligned my name and reputation, and appropriated my creations, claiming them to be his own ideas! 

Saturday, 19 June 2021

Happy Father's Day

"Speak the truth - support honesty,

Without being deterred by the noise.

Empathy & character are your richness.

Integrity, hard-work, discipline...are choice."


He reposes tremendous faith & confidence,

Celebrating enthusiasm & trust, we rejoice.

This practical teacher practices what he preaches. 

He values his girls- no way inferior to boys.

Sand art on Puri beach by Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik

Remembering Padma Shri Prof. Radhamohan

A week ago, on June 11 2021, we lost Padma Shri Prof Radhamohan. He was an environmentalist and social scientist. He was the former information commissioner of Odisha. 

A student of Samanta Chandrashekhar College, he studied Applied Economics and taught the same. 

He was conferred the Padma Shri along with his daughter, Ms. Sabarmatee. Father and daughter duo are founders of a non-profit organization named "Sambhav" (it means- possible). 

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Heritage Hut

She had photographed and documented all the statues found on the river-bank.

They demanded attention, protection and preservation.

All her pleas fell on deaf ears.

There was no action.

Some months later, she was shocked to find the priceless heritage missing.

Photo Prompt - Alicia Jamtaas

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

The Beauty of Sanskrit Language and Texts

What is the meaning of mangalacharanam?

In which place was the Mahabharata composed?

How many seasons have been described by Kalidasa in his epic Ritusamhara?

What are the four vedas and the four upavedas?

What does Mrichhakatikam mean?

Are spirituality and religion the same thing?

Who compiled the Bhagavata Mahapurana?

If these questions teased your brain-cells, and you are unable to retrieve the answers, it is time to pick up this informative book about Sanskrit language and texts-

The Beauty of Sanskrit Language and Texts is written by Durga Prasad Dash.

It is one of the eBooks launched by the Blogchatter EBook Carnival this year.

Sanskrit is one of the most ancient languages of the world. It was the language of the intellectuals of India, prior to the Mughal invasion and reign. India has one of the most manuscripts in the world. Sanskrit texts are treasure-houses of India’s ancient wisdom. However, many of us are unaware. Many Indians have never studied Sanskrit in school. Had the British not interfered with our education system, we would perhaps have devoted more time and interest in studying this.


Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Strange Construction

The spherical orange building shone.

She was surprised to see it in their backyard.

She was sure it was not there the day before. 

She had not seen or heard people working.

Photo Prompt - Dale Rogerson

Every morning, she crossed that way.

Was the religious morning-walker so lost in her thoughts that she had never noticed it? 

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

One Of Her Crazy Fans

She looked like a radiant new bride. 

Basking in the full moon night, she sparkled.

He sighed. 

He dreamt to get his hands on her! 

His dream could come true.

The time was right.

Everyone was asleep. 

There was no one in sight.

Monday, 31 May 2021

Rasagola Dibasa - Odisha Celebrates A Day For Rasagola (Rasgulla)

It is great to share that about the publication of my second eBook- ‘Rasagola Dibasa - Odisha Celebrates A Day for Rasagola (Rasgulla)’. It was launched in this year's Blogchatter EBook Carnival.

The publication shares about Rasagola, a day for Rasagola celebration i.e. "Rasagola Dibasa", & Odisha’s centuries-old continuing tradition of Niladri Bije of Ratha Yatra.

In 2015, when this writer first proposed & initiated #RasagolaDibasa celebration online:
1. Many were ignorant about Niladri Bije, which is a continuing tradition that marks the entry of the deities back to the Puri Shree Jagannatha Temple after they return from the Ratha Yatra.
2. There was no research or historical references about our Rasagola.
3. There were hardly any books or articles about Rasagola.

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Random Thoughts On Random Words

Random Thoughts On Random Words by Rajeev Moothedath is an interesting eBook suitable for readers of all ages. 

It is one of the eBooks launched by the Blogchatter EBook Carnival this year.


Book Title and Cover

The author has chosen an apt title. 

The book cover looks bright, colourful, and attractive, with many images corresponding to the topics covered in the book. The cover design is by Tarun.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Experts Of Odisha Handlooms and Handicrafts

I am deeply saddened to share that Odisha has lost key officials, who were treasure-houses and walking encyclopedias about Odisha handlooms and handicrafts-

Shri Devaraja Sahu and Shri Basanta Kumar Dash (B.K.Dash).

Both these late personalities were valuable experts, who had a wealth of knowledge about our Odisha handlooms and handicrafts.

Despite their position, expertise, and experience, they were so simple, humble, and approachable. They were a phone-call away. They listened and patiently answered. 

Sunday, 23 May 2021

My Favourite Corner

My home is my favorite place with corners favourite.

Picking just one corner, for me is not just right.

I must share about the specialty & what they mean-

Each corner is special where I 'm happily seen!

Thursday, 13 May 2021

World Travel In Low Budget

How often have you looked for a practical guide to plan international trips in low cost?

The explorer in us yearns to travel, especially during this pandemic when we are under lockdown. While we wait for Covid19 to go, the waiting seems productive when we plan for the golden trip days ahead.

To make such experience even more worthwhile, it makes sense to consult an expert who will guide us and smoothen the process. If you have often wondered “How to plan international trips on our own in low cost” and other aspects of planning travel-trips, do read the book- “World Travel in low budget” written by by a travel lover who has visited 40 countries so far.

World Travel In Low Budget by Shrinidhi Hande is a practical travel guide book. 

This book is suitable for all readers around the world.


The Red T-shirt

The salesman had worn a T-shirt that read- "Just Do It!"

Seeing that I approached his T-shirt shop in the foreign land where few spoke English.

I confidently began to converse in English. 

His blank face expressed his inability to understand.


I picked an attractive red T-shirt with graffiti in the local language.

The price was mentioned.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Mothers Are Special

M

With maternal instinct that’s miraculous & magnificent, 

She’s mighty, magnanimous, marvellous & God-sent

O

Mother is God’s most outstanding creation. 

She deserves our love & standing ovation

T

Thoughtful, terrifictotally thoroughtough

She's teacher & taskmaster, treasure-trove of love! 

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

The Wedding Trousseau And Other Short Stories

The Wedding Trousseau and Other Short Stories by Ankita Sharma is a collection of eleven short stories with a kaleidoscope of various emotions- some inspired by real life, while others are a figment of imagination. 

In her debut book, the author brings some memorable and interesting characters to life. This book is suitable for readers of any age group.


Book Title, Cover, and Publication

The term 'wedding trousseau' is very rich and encompasses hopes and new beginnings. 'The Wedding Trousseau' is one of the stories of the collection. The author has chosen a great title for these eleven  stories about life. 
The title stands out on the soothing book cover. The back-cover has the image of a dog. The cover design is by - Abhinav Bhatt.
It was first published in 2015. This book is published and distributed in India by Humming Words Publishers, Faridabad, India.

Oversize Load

"I am telling you- This Covid is a way of the Universe to tell us that it cannot take more load." 

Ashok expressed his theory. 

His mother did not agree. 

She said, "This Universe is God's creation. Maintaining it is our responsibility."

 

"God has decided all this, anyway. He is overloaded too and doesn't want oversize load," Ashok reasoned.

His mother proposed- "How about sharing some oversize load of God?" 

Photo Prompt- Ted Strutz
 

Monday, 3 May 2021

My Valuable Home

Home is a secure place of my own,

It's where I'm comfortable in safe zone.

With loved ones to support & guide,

Though family is away, still is by my side.


Home is my place that's calm, still, & clear.

Home is that which has all that I hold dear.

Home is where I feel esteemed to stay,

Ready to return or to revisit any & everyday.

Friday, 30 April 2021

Zest for Rasagola And Zero Reference #RasagolaA2Z

All these years, it has been terrible to spot fake news and misinformation regarding Rasgulla i.e. Rasagola. The propaganda still continues. 

The choice is- either to simply watch or to do something to change the wrong perception.

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson"
Zest means- a feeling of enjoyment, excitement, and enthusiasm.
Zeal means- great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.

Our zeal and zest for Rasagola and belief in Shree Jagannatha has kept our hope alive that the truth- Odisha is the land of invention of the Rasagola & Rasagola has centuries-old association with the Shree Jagannatha Temple, Puri, Odisha- will triumph one day.

Zero Association

Despite being the birthplace of Rasagola, Odisha used to have zero association or top-of-mind-recall when it came to Rasgulla. 

Even today, what will most people answer when asked- "Which place is famous for Rasagola?"

Thursday, 29 April 2021

YouTube, Rasgulla Videos, And Comments #RasagolaA2Z

Rasgulla is a Hindi word that is used all over India and abroad to refer to the 'king of sweets' i.e. Rasagola and its multiple spellings.

A simple search for Rasagola on the popular video-sharing website, YouTube, gives many search-results most of which describe it as a "Bengali sweet".

After Odisha earned the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Odisha Rasagola, there were far fewer videos dedicated to it, than when Bengal had earned GI tag for Banglar Rasogolla.


Some of the videos have incorrect information that- Bengal had earned tag for Rasgulla, while Odisha has earned tag for Rasagola!

Note- Bengal has GI tag for Banglar Rasogolla, while Odisha has GI tag for Odisha Rasagola.


The problem is that once a video is posted, it cannot be updated, and it is hardly removed.

A fresh one with updated content ought to be posted.

But, even if a video with correct information is uploaded, the previous video with fake news has already reached many and created the (un)desired incorrect impression. Establishing truth is a challenge as it is extremely tough to change pre-set attitudes, perceptions, beliefs, and knowledge.

Viewers can post comments and share correct information. Luckily, the responsible and trusted media house has allowed this writer's comment to exist on their site till today-


In many cases, if a viewer points out the misinformation, the account-holders delete the comments! 

The above is not a solitary example.

This has happened many times with this author as many YouTube comments on Rasagola videos have been removed. Having become smarter over time, it makes sense to keep screenshots of comments after posting.

Truly appreciate Twitter where such non-offensive comments can get a life, while YouTube creators can delete and kill the truth.

Such actions are an evidence of their propaganda. Had their intentions been honest, they would have apologized and stated that they would take care in the future videos. Or else, not say a word, but update their video description. If not any of these, at least allow the informative comment to exist so that other viewers can also read and learn. 

Requesting all content-creators to please endeavour to share correct and unbiased information based on proper research.

Please do not be irresponsible to spread misinformation and propaganda in YouTube videos.

Remember that all this digital presence will last forever, and continue to misguide, misinform, and mislead, and strengthen fake news.

Why not make an attempt to discover and share the facts so that all are informed and aware?

This is not only about Rasgulla, but also about all other topics.

I’m participating in the April #A2ZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Y For- YouTube

I am writing A-Z posts about Rasagola26 #RasagolaA2Z posts this April :

A- A To Z of Rasagola - April 1- Utkala Dibasa

B- Blatant Lies And Biased Reports About Rasgulla Invention

C- Cottage-Cheese, Chhena And Comments About Rasgulla

D- Rasgulla Day - Rasagola Dibasa Celebration

E- Odisha Rasagola At Exhibitions And Events

F- Facts, Fake News, And False Information About Rasgulla

G- GI Tags of Odisha And Odisha Rasagola

H- Historical Evidence of Rasgulla And Research

I- Indigenous Knowledge, IPR, Rasgulla And Indian Sweets

J- Lord Jagannatha's Favourite Sweet & Food

K- Khirmohan And Rasagola

L- List of Lunar & Solar Indian New Year Days

M- Maha Bishuba Sankranti Or Pana Sankranti

NName Rasgulla, Niladri Bije And New Year Wishes

O- Odisha Art And Sweet- Pattachitra And Rasgulla 

P- Proposal to Odisha Government For Rasagola And GI Celebration

QQuiz About Rasgulla 

RRasabali And Rasagola

SRasgulla Songs- Odia Songs Dedicated To Rasagola 

TText-books, Torture, And Rasgulla GI Tag

UUniform Spelling And Authorised Users of Rasagola

VValuable Victorious Virtue - Valour

W- Wikipedia, Rasgulla War, Wife And Husband Fight

X- EXperts And Rasgulla And GI Tag

This sincere attempt is to share information about Rasagola/Rasgulla and #EndRasgullaDebate.
Rasagola is a part of Odisha's traditional knowledge, continuing tradition, cultural heritage and identity.  
More Rasagola posts here.
This is my fifth #A2Z Challenge, and my last four challenges have been about Odisha, India. 
Are you aware of Rasagola/Rasgulla? Did you know that Rasgulla originated in Odisha? 

Please do share any information about Rasgulla that you may have and which you feel must be documented and shared so that all are aware. 

Post-Cyclone Retreat

Lini had inherited the same plot of land where she and her grandfather had planted lot of trees.

It was now a mini dense forest that had many memories.

There was a freshwater lake in the premises.

"Implement your ideas, my star!" her grandfather often encouraged.

Photo Prompt- Miranda Kate
 

Lini wanted the area to be 'The Retreat Next Door'. 

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

EXperts And Rasgulla And GI Tag #RasagolaA2Z

This post is about "My Experience With some Experts" regarding Odisha Rasagola GI tag.


April 26th is World Intellectual Property (IP) Day.

Geographical Indication (GI) is a type of IP.

This writer has been attempting to share information and create awareness regarding GI. 

A few days ago, it was shocking to see an "expert" still (mis)using the word "Patent" instead of "GI".

Like GI, Patent too is a type of IP. 

Despite this writer having shared much information regarding GI over the past couple of years, and this particular expert also being a part of the group that has been constantly bombarded with GI info, the said expert still continued using the word "patent" while discussing Odisha Rasagola GI tag on an Odia news channel!


Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Wikipedia, Rasgulla War, Wife And Husband Fight #RasagolaA2Z

 Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a popular website that is consulted by many to refer to and check information.
But, misleading and wrong information published and available there, gets further impetus when quoted, shared and propagated.

This has happened in the case of the dessert Rasgulla i.e. Rasagola.
While the Wikipedia entry regarding this 'king of sweets' earlier (prior to 2015) showed Odisha as the place of origin as the sweet, the present Wiki article, after many edits and revisions over the years, now has incorrect information.

In the last couple of years, especially from 2015 when Odisha celebrated the Rasagola Dibasa i.e. Rasgulla Day, there has been propaganda and wrong information even in leading newspapers. Such sources have been cited as references for many articles published in Wikipedia.

Note- Rasagola has always been called Rasagola in the Shree Jagannatha Temple, Puri.
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