Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wish You All A Very Happy Deepavali / Diwali.

Dear All,
Wish you all a very Happy Deepavali. May the year ahead and times ahead bring you immense happiness & prosperity. Please be careful with Crackers and have a very safe Deepavali.
You may see my earlier exhaustive photo-blog posts and videos on our celebration of Deepavali festival over the years; covering traditions like ‘Harathulu’, ‘Bommala Koluvu’, ‘Crackers/Fireworks’ and ‘Festive Foods’, by clicking on the links below. I hope you will find them interesting and informative:
Deepavali Harathulu:
Deepavali Bommala Koluvu:
The Joy of Crackers & Sparklers:
Telangana’s quintessential sweets of Deepavali are Garijalu and Pheni:
Our Deepavali Celebration Pictures – 2014:
Deepavali Bommala Koluvu at Srilekha; over the years!
Deepavali Bommala Koluvu and Fireworks! - 2013.
Deepavali Harathulu - 2013.
Our Deepavali Festival Pictures - 2014.
A glimpse of our Diwali celebration! - 2012.
Deepavali Greetings:
Deepavali commentary and songs by our granddaughter, Sudhiksha:
You may click on the following link / URL to see a Greeting Card come to life with heavy animation of diyas, sparklers, crackers and the melodious commentary and songs by our granddaughter, Sudhiksha:
You may click on the ‘Pink Play/Pause Button’ available on the Greeting Card to listen to Sudhiksha once again.

N. Raghu.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Incessant rains in Hyderabad! Bring happiness and distress!

On all days,
Since 15 days!
Some are enjoying!
Some are suffering,
Due to inundations,
And traffic complications.
But Rains intent is magnanimous,
To keep our world productive and prosperous,
And ever.
Blame yourself for the suffering,
And thank God; as it is still raining.
And blame the civic administration,
And strive for permanent correction.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

It is Pumpkin season here, around the year!

It is Pumpkin season here,
Around the year!
Speaks of our fertile lands,
And our love for pumpkins,
Grown on large scale,
In fields,
And in kitchen gardens!
And relished!
In every possible way,
By preparing curries,
Sweet or spicy,
And in everyday Sambar,
And as fried;
Crunchy Vadiyalu!
And occasionally,
In trying out exotic preparations,
Like pumpkin soups,
And pumpkin pies!
As you see in these pictures,
And they are popularly used,
By one and all in India,
Especially in South India,
At religious ceremonies,
For the Gods,
The living,
And the departed!
And used,
To ward off evil,
By displaying at entrances,
Or breaking them down,
In front of our dear possessions!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Attention World! Great News! From New Delhi!

Starting from Diwali Festival Day this year, Delhi – National Capital Region is going to have the highest Oxygen level among cities in our Country (20.95%) and perhaps in the World! Now nobody will be sick here because of air pollution.
I thought firecrackers with minimum air and noise polluting content and weighing approximately 125 to 250 grams would be made available at cost to all Aadhaar Card holders or alternatively Community Fireworks at few places in the City would be encouraged. But surprisingly a much wiser decision has been taken to ban sale of crackers in NCR area.  
For those disappointed with this ban I have a suggestion, please seek permission from local authorities and enjoy Diwali by lighting a matchstick in front of your house and with it a tiny Agarbatti.
HAPPY DIWALI! To You! A pollution-free one! Happily celebrate with your family and friends, with lots of sweets, dry fruits and nuts, but no crackers.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cell phone related deaths are on the rise: Be cautious and alert to risks and dangers linked to Cell phones.

In the past few years I have written articles cautioning people about the dangers linked to careless use of Cell phones. I wrote about the rules and laws prohibiting use of Cell phones while driving and related dangers. Cell phone User Manuals caution people from using the instruments not only while driving but even while walking on roads and at risky places, but unfortunately many people do not follow these instructions.
Not just me but many others write to caution people, especially after Cell phone related accidents and deaths.  In spite of the laws and regular news of tragedies, many people continue to ignore safety and cause harm to themselves, their families and others.
Nowadays Cell phones have become more dangerous with the ‘Selfie’ feature and are adding to the death toll. The latest news is that India suffered the highest number of Selfie-related deaths.  According to these reports, 60 percent of all Selfie-deaths, where a person dies while trying to take a picture of self, occurred in our country.
Something which started with fun objective to derive pleasure of sorts and create a lasting memory of amusing moments of self, with people and places, is now taking away precious lives. People are dying taking Selfies in front of approaching trains, in front of wild animals, on top of high and dangerous places like cliffs and roof tops, on boats, at riverfronts and at various dangerous places and under risky situations. This Selfie obsession is spreading like an epidemic. This fad, this madness has to end. Life is precious for the individual, his family, his friends and all his loved ones; one should not risk it for a Selfie.
Please be very cautious and alert to risks and dangers linked to Cell phones. You may read my articles on misuse and dangers of Cell phones and watch some informative videos by clicking on the links below:
Beware of Cell Phone - Part I
Beware of Cell Phone - Part II
Regarding Cell Phone addiction:
Regarding Cell Phone Elbow / Cubital Tunnel Syndrome:
Regarding Cell Phone Radiation dangers:

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Short Story in Five Sentences!


Two teenagers, the sister of the bride and the brother of the bridegroom were introduced at the pre-wedding ceremonies of their older siblings and after the wedding providence brought these two teenagers closer and as days, weeks and months passed their courtship continued unknown to the elders and the society around them, for four years!
After four years, soon after the young man completed his graduation and got employed and as the girl’s parents were seeking a marriage alliance for her, the youngsters expressed their intent to get married.
Surprised and shocked initially, the elders discussed and happily agreed to their marriage but within days they went back on their decision as some persons influenced them stating that two sisters cannot be married into the same family as it would bring bad luck to their families.
After almost two years of turmoil between these two families and anguish of the youngsters, providence prevailed and brought happiness to all of them and united the young couple in marriage.
Thereafter, touch wood…the couple is leading a blissful life spreading happiness around them with their two sons and is today going to be grandparents! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Thank God for the cats, dogs and sardines!

For the past few days,
It has rained cats and dogs,
In our twin cities,
Inundating some areas.
That flooding apart,
And associated tribulations,
There is good news,
All tanks and lakes are full,
So no more water shortage!
And these water bodies,
Will have plenty of fish,
Especially Sardines!
And sardines are so good,
In whichever way prepared,
Very tasty,
And very healthy.
The health benefits;
Are enormous!
Richest in Omega-3 fats,
And other nutrients!
They prevent heart diseases,
Certain types of cancers,
Age-related degeneration,
Help in bone strengthening,
Immune system building,
Rejuvenation of the skin,
And more health benefits.
Yesterday we turned,
Some sardines into a delicacy,
Which you can see in attached pictures,
Sardines in spicy gravy!
We thank the Gods for the rains,
And the sardines,
And pray for more sardines,
For you; and us :-)

Wish You All A Very Happy Deepavali / Diwali.

Dear All, Wish you all a very Happy Deepavali. May the year ahead and times ahead bring you immense happiness & prosperity....