Thursday, August 29, 2013

Do you recognize these Cars?

Do you recognize these Cars?
The only ones on our roads for years!
Proud possession of generations!
Here is our family amidst celebrations!
An outing of ‘Eighteen Members’!
In a Fiat and Ambassador, ‘Just Two Great Cars’!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Happy Krishnashtami / Janmashtami / Gokulashtami.

Festival Greetings from all of us,
To each and every one of you:
May Lord Krishna’s blessings be with you, always.

P.S. For significance and details of Krishnashtami Festival you may click on the following link:

Happy to be on the Great Seto Bridge! The world’s longest two tiered bridge system!

The Great Seto Bridge, or Seto-Ohashi Bridge, is a series of two-tier bridges connecting Honshu the mainland of Japan; with the fourth biggest island Shikoku of the archipelago, in the Seto Inland Sea. You may see this in the map and photographs below and you must certainly see the video at the bottom of this article to appreciate this engineering marvel:
The Great Seto Bridge is actually the collective name of the six bridges that link Honshu and Shikoku or to be more precise the prefectures of Okayama and Kagawa, using five small islands as stepping stones. The construction of the bridge took ten years and the bridge was opened to traffic on 10th April 1988. The bridge system is 13.1 Kms. that is 8.1 miles long. The upper deck is for cars and the lower deck is for trains as you can see in the video at the bottom of this post. And this is the longest double-decked or two tiered bridge system in the world. It takes 20 minutes to travel by Car or Train from one end to the other. Prior to the construction of the bridge, people travelled by ferry service which took little over an hour with lot of waiting time to catch a ferry and at very high cost.
As mentioned above the bridge system is made up of six continuous double-decked bridges, three suspension bridges, two cable-stayed bridges, and one truss bridge. Each of these bridges has a separate name and some of them also hold world records. These six bridges from Honshu in the North to Shikoku in the South are as follows: Shimotsui-Seto Bridge, Hitsuishijima Bridge, Iwakurojima Bridge, Yoshima Bridge, Kita Bisan-Seto Bridge and Minami Bisan-Seto Bridge. Of these, three bridges figure in the list of world’s longest suspension bridges. Minami Bisan-Seto Bridge with a centre span of 1,100 metres and a total length of 1,648 metres is the 13th longest suspension bridge span in the world. Kita Bisan-Seto Bridge with total length of 1,538 metres is the 19th largest suspension bridge in the world. And the Minami Bisan-Seto Bridge with a total length of 1,400 metres is the 22nd largest suspension bridge in the world.
travelled the entire length of the bridge from the mainland to Shikoku to and fro by Car with brief stops on the intermittent islands too and enjoyed the visit.  It is an engineering marvel with a spellbinding view of the huge and long bridge and the vast Sea all around.

Thanks to my friends, Mr. Mishima and Mr. Kouno, who took me all the way from Hiroshima, a distance of 200 kms. (400 kms. round trip), to see this wonderful place. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Someone please drive away these greedy creatures from our land.

Please click on the following link to see an animated view of the above picture and listen to Pied Piper’s magical flute music that drove away dangerous swarm of Rats from Hamelin!:

When and how will the plundering by these creatures end?
Will they never allow us to be free, at peace and happy?
Someone please save us from decades of this menace.
Please save us and our land.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Independence Day Celebration Feast for the Children!

Independence Day Celebration Feast for the Children!

As per the mouth-watering menu they have chosen!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Happy Raksha Bandhan / Rakhi Purnima.

Today is the festival of Raksha Bandhan. Warm Greetings and Good Wishes to all of you on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan / Rakhi Purnima.
Presenting memories of the past festivals for friends and relatives!
You may click on the attached two links to view details.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A tribute to the eighteen precious soldiers who have gone down with INS Sindhurakshak.

The loss of life of our eighteen precious soldiers and our Navy’s frontline submarine INS Sindhurakshak is very painful. The material loss can be overcome by the nation but not the loss of the lives of the dear ones of the family, friends, colleagues and the nation. 
Life in a submarine is very tough as we got a glimpse of it in INS Kursura Submarine (you may see above video). Submarine life isn't for everyone; it is only for the well trained, able and strong soldiers. Life is pretty cramped and the soldiers have to sustain such life on long missions which calls for strong physical, mental, psychological and emotional strength. It is a big tragedy that we lost such precious and great soldiers. May their souls rest in peace and may our Government extend all possible strength and support to the bereaved families.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Enjoying the rain!

Another evening rainfall,
And so very enjoyable!
It is time for some fun,
In the lovely rain!
As you can behold,
In the pictures below!
- Mrs. N. Lalitha Raghu.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Naga Panchami, Nag Panchami or Nagula Panchami - 2013.

Today is the festival of Naga Panchami, also known as Nag Panchami and more popularly as Nagula Panchami in Telangana.  It is an important Hindu festival celebrated in most parts of India and Nepal. The festival falls on the auspicious day of Shravana Shukla Panchami that is the fifth day of the first half, Moonlit fortnight of Shravana Masam (means the month of Shravana). Naga means Cobra and the festival is called as Naga Panchami as this festival is all about worship of Snakes on the fifth day of Shravana Masam... to read further you may click on the following link:

Incredible Coincidence!

784533 - This is a number known to our family since 1980. It is a number we all had to remember then and even today, with of cou...