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URL :http://manjujoglekar.wordpress.com/
Filed Under:Local Interest / India
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Archived Since:April 19, 2010

Blog Post Archive

New Year Musings

Today is Varsha Pratipada, the first day of the Hindu Lunar Year. It is also called  Yugadi ( first day of the era),  or Gudhi Padwa [here in Maharashtra]. Gudhis  are bamboo sticks with a coloured silk cloth and a garlanded metal vessel on top, symbolising victory. A very interesting year has come to an end and now we […]

Evolution [Part II]

... Around a million years ago [give or take a few hundred thousand], our ancestors, the first humans, walked this earth. They progressed from learning  to use fire, and making simple stone tools, to using metals to make

Evolution [Part I]

A robot committing suicide? Sounds like something out of a Science-fiction fantasy, doesn’t it? But according to local media at Hinterstoder in Kirchdorf,  Austria, that is exactly what a robot there did!. Firemen were called to a house fire, that

Surya Namaskar Chart

Today is Maagh shuddha saptami- Rath Saptami. It is celebrated as Surya Jayanti- birthday of the Sun God. Following is a chart of the ten positions in the Surya Namaskar and the Mantras- The pictures are of the Sun temple at Konark, Odisha. Filed under: miscellaneous

Knowledge Is That Which Liberates

Knowledge Is That Which Liberates “?? ?????? ?? ?????????|” – Most of us have heard this quote at some time or the other. This is the motto of quite a few educational institutions. The complete verse which is from the

Opening School Gates to Molesters

“A 9-year-old girl studying in a BMC school at Govandi was allegedly molested in the school’s toilet by an unknown man on Thursday. The 2nd standard student, who studies in the Urdu-medium section of Shivaji Nagar Mahapalika School, went to use the toilet at about 5.30 in the evening, half an hour before classes got over for the [...]

Names and Identities

This morning’s  newspaper brought the interesting news that “a 15-year-old Icelandic girl is suing the state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. Apparently, Iceland has specific rules regarding what names can be given to a baby. There are 1,853 female names and 1712 male names that parents [...]

Truth, Falsehood, and In Between

As a child, I loved the story of Pinocchio, the little wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy some day. He had an unusual trait- whenever he told a lie, his nose would begin to grow! After a series of thrilling adventures, with the help of the lovely Blue Fairy, Pinocchio succeeded in [...]

Shastra Poojan

Tomorrow is Vijayadashami, [also called Dasara/ Dussehra]. Of the many legends associated wih this festival, the one about the Pandavas hiding their weapons in a hollow in the Shami tree, is one of my favourites. In the Mahabharata, after Yudhishtira lost to Duryodhana in the game of Dice, the Pandavas had to spend twelve years in the forest [vanavas].  After that, [...]

Crime Against Women or Political Conspiracy?

Why are rapes taking place in Haryana with such alarming frequency?? According to the Haryana State Congress chief Phool Chand Mulana, the rape of 11 women in the last one month (is) a “conspiracy to malign the government.” “Such incidents happened earlier also, we condemn them …but no accused has been protected and all the culprits have been extended… [...]

How Much is Enough?

“You can never have enough ” seems to be what everyone thinks nowadays.  It is a legitimate ambition to covet the latest electronic gadgets, or buy the fastest bikes. It is the ‘in thing’ to wear clothes with international labels, and to … Continue reading ?

A Couple of Riddles and a Blogversary

Today, I’ve decided to bore my blogging friends with a couple of riddles in Sanskrit. No one really knows who composed these Subhaashit-riddles, they have been passed down by one generation to the next for many centuries. See if you can … Continue reading ?

To Speak or Not to Speak

They say that Speech is silver, but silence is golden. Silence, or perhaps we should say discretion, is better than speaking eloquently. When in doubt of what to say, in many cases, it’s better not to say anything at all. 

Removing the Thorns

  Sant Tukaram, a 17th century spiritual poet of the Varkari tradition in Maharashtra, declared  ”??? ???? ??? ??????? ????, ???? ???????? ?????????|” Compassion (???) means protecting all creatures, sustaining them (??????? ????).  Compassion is not just sympathising with someone who is suffering.

Everyday Things

Millionaires, Presidents, even Kings Can’t get along without everyday things…   ….so goes this poem that I learnt at school- perhaps in the 3rd or 4th standard. Millionaires, Presidents, even Kings Can’t get along without everyday things Were you president, king, or

Of This and That and Teaching Kids

When we lived in the City, some friends and I used to conduct a Sanskarvarga for children in an underprivileged area. I have written about it earlier in this post. One thing that we had to remind most of the children … Continue reading ?

Here We Stand

Here we stand here looking through the windows of your homes watching you live your commonplace lives reading, playing, arguing without fear navigating your mundane troubles relishing your ordinary joys.. Here we stand, mere shadows of what we could have been … Continue reading ?

The 24 Gurus of Dattatreya

I first heard the story of Dattatreya’s twenty-four Gurus many years ago. It is an interesting story and goes something like this- A great king was travelling through a forest along with his large retinue. He came across the young Dattatreya, an … Continue reading ?

Of Farmers’ Junkets and Free Tablets

Earlier this year, 172 farmers from Maharashtra were sent abroad ‘as part of the Maharashtra government’s initiative to “educate” them. While the state government funds half their expenses — upto Rs 1 lakh — the farmers are expected to pay … Continue reading ?

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