A cup of Tea…..

This post is dedicated to all TEA – LOVERS.

A lovely morning is never complete without a cup of tea. A beautiful evening is all alone without a cup of tea. A movie break is a perfect time for a cup of tea. Need a break from studies? Have some tea. A rainy day cannot pass without a hot ginger tea. Sit at a place from where you can watch raindrops falling on a tree, with your favourite cuppa and you don’t need anything else. Winter is welcomed with Tulsi - Ginger tea. Sometimes, the best remedy for a headache is a Tea……

Once I read few lines about tea , I don’t remember where exactly but they were too good and I’m sharing….

“The first bowl soothes the throat, while the second banishes lonliness. At the third bowl, I search my soul and find 5,000 volumes of ancient poems. With the fourth bowl, a slight perspiration washer away all unhappy things. At fifth bowl, my bones and muscles are cleansed. With the sixth bowl, I am in communication with the immortal spirit. The seventh bowl? It is forbidden : already  a cool , ethereal breeze begins to soother my whole body.”

Well, its time for tea :-)  ….

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Winter Wonder…

Every season has its own charm. The Winter is most charming , I must say. Think of winter and what comes to my mind is foggy mornings, dew and mist, several cups of hot tea, geyser and of course woollens. Sun becomes the best friend. My grandmother used to put all woollen clothes in sunlight for 2-3 days before we started putting them on. Days become short but full of activity. You can roam in daylight without any problem. Everyone comes out for Sun. All outdoor games become pleasant.

Another reason why winter is good is that it brings Green Peas (Matar). I’m not that kind who loves to get everything round the year. I don’t like the concept of frozen peas. Get a bunch , open the pods and eat fresh or cook aaloo-matar (ghugnee) or choora-matar (matar poha) or make matar stuffed paranthas. Another typical curry of matar is Nimona which is my favourite.

The New Year arrives in winter, the dates start repeating with another year and there is much excitement about new calendars and new diary. Christmas decorations add more beauty to winter. Cakes and gifts for kids and friends and sending new year greeting cards to near and dear ones. I still send greeting cards to my loved ones. I feel internet is not able to create that magic of a card, with a message written with hand.

Then comes Makara Sankranti - A significant festival and a celestial phenomenon. The Sun ends its southward journey and start moving towards north i.e., towards tropic of cancer. Sesame seeds (til) and jaggery laddoos , gajak, khichadi with dahi – choora come into the picture. The more beauty is added by the colourful kites.

Few things like Amla,  sweet potato (shakarkand) are gift of winter. Nature is so beautiful and systematic that if a change in weather occurs, it also brings the suitable kind of vegetation for the season. So, lets stay warm and enjoy winter with your favourite cuppa……………

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Finally, there will be a Telangana it seems. Cheers to those who were supporting it and sorry to those who were against it. Personally, I don’t like divisions in India.

If formed, Telangana will be the 29th state of India. There will be 10 districts – Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak (near Maharastra), Khammam (near Chhattisgarh), Mahbubnagar (near Karnataka), Warangal, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Hyderabad and 5 of them qulify for backward region grant fund.

Why do we need divisions?? Why can’t we integrate?? Why can’t we merge into each other??

Anyway, I hope there will be love and peace among people of the united AP. Boundaries are not going to separate them. They all speak telugu and have common interests.

Jai Hind !!

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The Indian Idol Show

From past few weeks I was watching Indian Idol on sony and was awestruck by the preformances of the three finalists. Out of the three, the most knowledgeable was Devendra Pal Singh. Vipul Mehta had versatility which took him far. Amit was of course my third choice because he has a powerful voice but in soft songs he is not that good. Vipul Mehta won and he was awarded with so many things..Congrats to Him. He was superb in “ tu ramta jogi tu ramta jogi hai “.

Earlier, Amit was gifted a guitar and a Suzuki Hayate. Amit’s best performance was “marjaani marjaani,”

I’m feeling too sad for Devendra. He was too deserving. His best were - “Mujhe raat din, Jaane kya chahe man” and one more classical based song which i don’t remember right now, it was some Virah song. The Indian Idol show organisers should give some reward to the other two finalists also , apart from the winner. Hope Devendra Pal gets his share soon.

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Whats in a name?

Well, They say whats in a name? But I see few letters, A,A,I,N,S  creating wonders. I hope you have guessed by now. Yes I’m talking about SANIA and SAINA.

SANIA Mirza is a leading Tennis player from India. I don’t remember any other female tennis player before her from our country who had played so well. Let us not expect her to become top seeded in singles as we lack such infrastructure in our country. If it happens, it would be a miracle !! (Amen).

SAINA Nehwal has taken Indian Badminton to new heights. She was amazing at Indonesian open, recently. I wish her good luck for 2012 Olympics.

I wonder if any other permutation / combination of A A I N S is going to create wonders !!

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Corruption – why and how ??

Last month, a very important incident took place in history of FREE INDIA. A man named Anna Hazare, united the citizens of India for a cause. People, irrespective of caste and creed, supported him. We saw almost every state doing its bit to show concern for Anna ji and in Delhi more than thousands gathered to give him support for almost 10 days and nights !! Even the heavy rain could not deter their will power. In Mumbai, the famous DabbaWaalas went on 1 – day strike, first time  in 120 years, to show their support for Anna ji. Many schools and colleges remain closed for one day for the cause. This storm was not limited to India; people in USA, UK, China, UAE and many other countries heard and felt this and showed their concern.

What surprised me was the fact that how can a man become a puller of such a huge crowd and that’s too a disciplined, non-violent crowd ?? There must be something in HIM !! Hats Off to Anna Hazare ji !!

Many are trying to compare him with Mahatma Gandhi. Well, Gandhi ji fought with Britishers, he spent a lot of time in foreign understanding how english men behave and live (source : his biography – My experiments with truth), he never thought that his own countrymen would be highly corrupt one day. He died before seeing a well established India of todays.

Anna ji has different story. He worked for Army, did not marry in order to sacrifice his life for welfare of society. The best thing he did was changing his village, Ralegan Siddhi, into a model village where water harvesting is done very well in order to face challenging times. Rather than fleeing from his village he stayed there and did the needful for the fellow people. Rest contributions follow this.

What Gandhi ji did was the first step, what Anna ji is doing is the need of Today. I don’t think typical Gandhi ways can survive today – some parts need modification of course, due to change of times. The thing which surprise me most was that our beloved Gandhi ji was killed by our own countryman !!

So, lets not compare these two people – in fact no two persons in the world can be same. But of course, Anna ji is doing what has really become indispensable in todays India.

Look at simple things in life and you will have an idea of how corruption is deeply situated within India - You go to a passport office and pay to middle man in order to get a position in queue. Then comes enquiry part – again you pay to those people. If you are lucky and get it within 1 month for Tatkal (Immediate / emergency) service, be happy but don’t forget to pay your postman who delivered it :-)

Any sudden day sudden time, traffic police will start stopping people who are not wearing helmets – that’s good but if you are smart enough to offer him money and he is not honest and accepts your offer, your work is done. Next day when you go out you will be surprised – there is no checking at all and everyone is passing without any trouble – same route, same people, same traffic police but changed conditions.

Once you park in a no parking area, your car is towed but others are standing, smiling. Why ?? because your car has a number plate of other state. You paid the tax to RTA, the paper is with you, the number sending is delayed by RTA and you still have the old number – This is your fault. Even if you show all papers, you have to PAY.

You apply for a driving licence – Go, fill the form, wait for the call and keep on waiting…….get the call, go on RTA grounds, pass the test, if the officer is honest – you are lucky and get a clean pass. The other story – if your luck is bad, keep on waiting for your call, give some money to middle man, get a call, clear the test, give some money to officer then only you PASS the test and expect your licence to come to you. Another option – Get a person from some driving school, pay him whatever is he asking – give the test – that’s the only requirement – rest all hustle and bustle is taken care of by the driving school person – he has enough contacts and regularly pays the officers so his students are taken care of.

Appointment of Lecturers in Prestigious colleges and universities need influence of ministers or influential people in academics.  Another pathetic situation – A new officer joins indian government post. He tries to be honest on his level, not taking bribes for work done; his seniors start asking him to follow the system. His juniors say – “if you will not take those gifts we will also not get them, why are you doing bad to us”. Even if the new officer fights, he is either transferred or intentionally made a part of scam, so, he chose the other way – slowly becomes part of “that SYSTEM”. There are tremendous examples in everyday life which shows how deeply we are affected by this social evil of corruption.

I don’t say that 100% things take place by the way described by me but of course 90% cases are like that. So, in such scenario what Anna ji is doing is really really indispensable. One most important thing btw – we, the citizens of INDIA, need to be honest ourselves – honesty begins at home.

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