Archive for July, 2009

A tribute to Gayatri devi

Maharani of Jodhpur,Gayatri Devi 23May1919 - 29July2009

Maharani of Jodhpur,Gayatri Devi 23May1919 - 29July2009

I came to know about Rajmata Gayatri Devi in my teenage as one of the beautiful Indian ladies who were internationally recognized.

I was watching the Miss Universe contest in 1994 and happily enjoying the victory of Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai as the winner and first runner-up, respectively. Soon after the event some of my close friends arrived at my place and one of them told me about Gayatri Devi, calling her more beautiful than any of the beauty pageant winners.  This was the first introduction of Maharani Gayatri Devi in my life.

Gradually, I learned that Gayatri devi was born as a princess in state of Cooch Behar(now in W.B.) and got married to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II of Jodhpur (Rajsthan). She won the Jodhpur seat in 1962 Lok Sabha elections and was also sent to jail during emergency. The royal titles and the accompanying privy purses were technically abolished through a constitutional amendment in 1971. She established the Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School emphasising on the education of the girl child. The prestigious fashion magazine Vogue had named Gayatri Devi as one of the 10 most beautiful women in the world.

Anyone who has come in this world, has to go one day. But what remains is his/her memories, contribution to society, the way his/her life affected near and dear ones. At 90, Gayatri Devi was far more graceful and satisfied with her life. An epitome of beauty and elan has passed away…May the divine soul rest in peace.

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Brisbane City

BNEThis post is dedicated to the Brisbane city and its people.
After spending one month in Brisbane (BNE), I feel that its really a good city to be in. People are warm here and often give a pretty smile. Almost everyday some kind of fund raising event is organized for disables like blinds, old aged people, physically challenged people, disabled youth and poor children. The good thing about these events are that no politicians or self proclaimed leaders are involved; its arranged by common people and there is huge participation and appreciation. Looks like each and every citizen wants to contribute something for the welfare of his country. Right now, people are happily promoting cervical cancer vaccine and preventive measures for swine flu (which is really spreading fast in Oz), without getting paid for it.
Another remarkable feature is the multicultural society of Oz – You will find People from all across the globe, living happily together in the same habitat – that’s really wonderful. Common language is of course English.
Sports (and beer) seem to be integral part of life in Oz and percentage of obese people is low (as much as I’ve come across). Weekends are celebrated like anything – camping, fishing, barbecues, rafting, water skiing … (and the list goes on and on).
Till date I have not come across any rally organized by any political party or something like that. People don’t give much ado to politics and politicians, I predict. And contrary to my belief I find almost all the vegetables(even the bottle-gourd) and fruits at the local market.
Few most happening places in the city are – South Bank of BNE river, The city council library, Roma street parklands, City Museum and The Queen Street. The Wednesday market at Brisbane square is a big attraction.
Most important, I have not come across any racial discrimination till date.

 

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