Doomed

He was staring blankly to his phone
which never rang. 😦

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And then,

Chocolates and Cigarettes
became her new friends. 😐

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India @68

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.”      –    Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister

India

 

August 15, India completes 67 years of Independence.

A claimant to the permanent membership of United Nations Security Council, India has remained steadfast to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Once perceived as a land of snake charmers and jewel encrusted maharajas, it is now the software capital of the world, the top Asian destination for investment and as OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) put it recently “India has probably recently surpassed Japan to be the third largest global economy.”

Its not about the number of years but its about how much we are developing each day.

Viva La India 🙂

A delicate thread of love – Raksha Bandhan

India is known to the world for its spirituality. Nature is revered and worshiped in all forms—trees, rivers, animals, grain even tools are all worshiped.

So, why the bond between us humans be left behind. Raksha Bandhan is one such a festival where the bond between a brother and sister is celebrated.

Sisters apply tilak on the foreheads of their brothers as they vow to take care and protect their sisters. A sacred thread is tied on the wrist. A time immemorial ritual and bond is re-ignited.

The festival is celebrated every year on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan (August).

Deepak

On the day of rakhi, the pooja ki thali is decorated with a deepak, the sacred rice grains mixed with turmeric and kum kum. With the brother seated in front, the sister both blesses and worships him by circling the holy fir, sprinkling the sacred grains, applying the tilak and then tying the rakhi.

Fire is central to Hindu value system. It symbolizes energy and ever-lasting vigour. The tilak is always applied on the temple, between the eyebrow where the spiritual third eye, the eye of wisdom and knowledge is supposed to be located.

Rakhi

In modern times, rakhi is often tied around the arms of people who actually protect the public today. It is common sight to see women tying rakhi’s on the arms of soldiers.

In recent times the festival is being celebrated by followers of other faith too. Beyond everything, it celebrates the affection between siblings.

There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother..