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In exhibitions of books, we notice children with extra-ordinary interests. Though adults pull the hands of the young angels, disallowing them to peep in each and every stall; invariably little boys and girls insist on seeing every article on display. Adults do not have interest to know the features of products but from the discussion among the young ones, we gauge how extra-ordinarily they have understood the nitty-gritty of technology. We were ashamed when we attended a class in modern programming languages of computer because the young brains were quicker in understanding the core concept of a problem and develop a program, just to solve it within no time.
What fascinates the children of India? –
It is a study that we began, delving into the depths of those innocent eyes. For a long period, we had the notion that children were only preoccupied either with the fantasies of comic books or money making. It was indeed awful to think that children of this sub-continent might be hooked to the idea of migrating to some foreign lands in search of livelihood and get settled there, as their parents have invariably done.
The youth of India today are more anxious about the right job search and in no case spare an opportunity to work in a wealthy foreign land, remaining devoted to the idea of permanent citizenships there. After a stint of some years, they begin referring to that distant place as their home-land and praise it with adjectives of being a place of liberty and opportunities.
We heaved a sigh of relief when we learned about the paean of love from the children for their motherland. Pat came the reply from one child, whom we asked that who his real idol was.
“He is APJ Abdul Kalam-the great scientist and the ex-president of our nation”- He replied without stopping in his single line expression. We were held in a thrall to know that philanthropists, dedicated scientists, spiritual heads, cricketers and sports persons, who have brought glory to India, still inspire our children.
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We passionately scribbled down few of the things, which motivate the future makers of our nation. Those are;
Cricket and Cricketers– Children have a very quick grasp on cricket. In India, Cricket has assumed the importance of the national religion. Children share the fervor of this game with unusual interest. You can know this if you watch a group of children playing this game. It becomes evident from their arguments that how much they are aware about the techniques of this game. They are very keen on knowing the profiles of their national and international cricketers. They are found to be the dedicated fans of cricketers. Most of the renowned cricketers of today used to be die-hard fans of their favorite cricketers during their childhood. In a nation with second largest population in the world, Cricket is the most preferred game because it is a challenging sport. It inspires the young minds to follow life with the zeal from Cricket.
Books– Books are second favorite of children. The magical charm of Huckleberry Finn, Alice in the wonderland and Harry potter helps them build up their own world of imagination. Despite the emerging trends from television and computer, books have so far remained an important medium for self-development. Indian epics like Mahabharat and Ramayana have retained their hold on the children for they love to learn from such readings.
Computer, internet and video-games- Computer education appeared in India only in the year 1989.With the passage of twenty two years, virtually it has taken the entire nation in its fold. Children have demonstrated amazing skills in computer languages. Internet has already become part of education of every kid in his school. Video-games are another attraction for the young children. In the exhibitions held in the schools, children show video-games prepared by them with skills from animation.
Science and technology– The old pattern of education is gone. Now there is a new awakening for education in Science. Children right from a very early age dream about a career in Science. Institutions, catering to related scientific studies are mush-rooming. Indian society is under transformation. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is the idol for all the future generations. In quiz competitions, we just marvel at the level of knowledge that children have acquired. Children talk about space, time and other achievements in technology.
Sports-When we talk about sports, it comes under two categories i.e. indoor and outdoor. Chess is a game and to our nation’s credit, we have many little champions. Teenagers have gone on to become world champions of their age-group. Sports like skating, badminton, tennis and martial arts have many world class winners among the children. It is true that due to poverty, many children are unable to take to sports but in most cases, children from average middle class families have become world-class players.
Music, dance, song and talent contents– A.R. Rahman is a world renowned musician. His Oscar winning feat in “Slum dog millionaire” has inspired children across every part of India. In the metros, children compete strongly for their chances in commercial ads and television has come up with a number of opportunities for children. Laughter shows, song competitions, dance competitions and other related talent competitions for children have won appreciation of viewers of Indian television across the world.
Spirituality– Western influence has not been able to break away children from their traditional spiritual roots. At every spiritual centre, we notice children taking important leads. Yoga, meditation and other related spiritual activities arouse the interest of children to a great extent. Indian kids have come to realize from the precepts of spirituality that the entire world is one family.
The Indian sages said the same in Sanskrit- “Vasudevam kutumbakam”.
Basant Panchami has a specific meaning, Basant means Spring, whereas Panchami means the fifth day of the spring. It falls on Panchami – on the Waxing Moon. The festival lies in the month of January-February.
The young girls dressed in the diverse shades of yellow magnify the splendor of nature. Kite flying, a popular sport in India, is associated with the Basant Panchami day. It is a day for young crowd – no routine work, no studies, only merry making.
¤ The Celebrations
The festival is celebrated with full vivacity and festivity to mark the end of the winters. It is one of the first festivals of the Year and is celebrated all over India. The yellow color has great significance, people wear yellow clothes, offer yellow flowers in worship and put a yellow, turmeric tilak on their forehead. They visit temples and offer prayers to various gods. At home, kesar halva, also yellow in color, is prepared. The yellow flowers of mustard crop covers the entire field in such a way that it seems as if gold is spread over the land glittering with the rays of the sun.
¤ Worship Goddess-Sarasvati
The day of Basant Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Sarasvati. Sarasvati is the goddess of learning who bequeaths the greatest wealth to humanity, the wealth of knowledge. Hindu mythology depicts Sarasvati as a pristine lady bedecked with white attire, white flowers and white pearls, sitting on a white lotus, which blooms in a wide stretch of water. The Goddess also holds Veena, a string-instrument, like Sitar, for playing music. The prayer of Sarasvati finally concludes as, “Oh Mother Sarasvati remove the darkness (ignorance) of my mind and bless me with the eternal knowledge.”
The “Prasadam” for the Goddess at the time of Basant Panchami celebrations varies from community to community. Some offers “Ber”/- a fruit, that is found in abundance in Northern and Eastern India, or “Sangari”- a kind of bean that grows on the roots of the radish plant.
¤ The Rituals Performed
The mythological history of Sarasvati associates her with the holy rituals performed on the banks of the river Sarasvati. She is worshipped as a goddess of speech, attributed to the formation of (words), invention of Sanskrit language and composition of hymns.
¤ Sarasvati –A Water Deity
The Vedas also describes Sarasvati as a water deity. The River Goddess –Sarasvat, according to popular belief originated from the Himalayas, Goddess in the form of river meander towards southeast of India, finally rendezvous with the River Ganges at Prayag and River Yamuna. Hence the place is called Triveni. In due time this course of water petered away.
(source:http://www.indiasite.com/festivals/basantpanchami.html)Basant Panchami has a specific meaning, Basant means Spring, whereas Panchami means the fifth day of the spring. It falls on Panchami – on the Waxing Moon. The festival lies in the month of January-February. The young girls dressed in the diverse shades of yellow magnify the splendor of nature. Kite flying, a popular sport in ...
Talk about spin meisters with a sense of humour! Wonderful stuff!
No matter what side of the political fence you’re on, THIS is FUNNY and VERY telling! It just all depends on how you look at the same things.
Judy Rudd an amateur genealogy researcher in south east Queensland , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that ex-Prime Minister Kevin Ruddآ’s great-great uncle, Remus Rudd, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Melbourne in 1889. Both Judy and Kevin Rudd share this common ancestor.
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows at the Melbourne Gaol.
‘Remus Rudd horse thief, sent to Melbourne Gaol 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Melbourne-Geelong train six times. Caught by Victoria Police Force, convicted and hanged in 1889.’
So Judy recently e-mailed former Prime Minister Rudd for information about their great-great uncle, Remus Rudd.
Believe it or not, Kevin Rudd’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:
“Remus Rudd was famous in Victoria during the mid to late 1800s. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Melbourne-Geelong Railway.
Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the Railway.
In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the Victoria Police Force. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed..”
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Are You As Happy As Your (My) Dog?
A fellow at one of my workshops confessed, “For years I was so miserable that I prayed to God daily to let me wake up as happy as my dog!”
I went home and thought about it. Am I as happy as my dog?
Hmmmm. I began to observe my dog Munchie, who is happy all the time. This seven-pound furball is the most joyful creature I have ever seen, living constantly in a state of continuous delight and discovery. It became clear to me that this tiny fuzzy creature knew something I didn’t know (or at least didn’t remember). I decided to study Munchie’s attitude to see what he was doing that I was missing.
Here are the keys to happiness that I discovered from my pet:
1. Be here now.
Munchie is fully present with whatever is happening. He has no sense of the past or future. You will not find Munchie at the local bar nursing a beer over lost love. He has no lost love. He loves whatever is in front of him.
Munchie greets me enthusiastically whenever I come home. As soon as he hears my car pull up to the garage, he drops whatever he is doing and runs to meet me. He is so delighted to see me that he barks and cries simultaneously, wags his tail so hard that he wipes up the garage floor with his fuzzy butt, and he pees. (Munchie taught me the meaning of the phrase, “I could hardly contain myself!”) This dog lives the attitude of gratitude!
Munchie offers me the same whole-hearted greeting no matter how long I have been away. Whether I have been on the road for an afternoon or a month, he gives me the full red carpet welcome. When I come home after a long time he doesn’t sit on his haunches with his arms folded and soberly announce, “I think it’s time we discussed your commitment to our relationship.” No, he is just happy to see me, and he lets me know it.
2. Think possibility.
Every few months Munchie disappears for a few days. I once went searching for him and found him trying to mount one of the German Shepherds next door. The little guy reached no higher than the big lady’s knee, but that didn’t stop him. He thought big!
3. Seize the Day.
Munchie regularly shows up at my front door asking to come in and play with me. Depending on what I am doing and how muddy his feet are, sometimes I let him in. The moment I open the door, he charges in. He doesn’t give me a moment to change my mind. He knows what he wants, asks for it, and seizes the opportunity the moment it is offered. Munchie is a master of Carpe Diem
4. Take care of yourself.
Once Munchie had his tail run over by a car he was chasing. To facilitate his healing process, he found himself a quiet spot under a bush, and simply rested. Whenever I passed his little nook, there was the Munchster, quietly resting with his chin on his paws, just allowing nature to take care of him. After a few days he was back in action, barking, peeing upon my arrival, and hoping the German Shepherd would kneel just a little more.
I thought about what some of us humans might do if we were injured. We might just keep chasing cars; work harder; or blame someone and spend time complaining. But Munchie let all of that go in favor of his natural wisdom. He loved himself enough to rest when he needed it.
5. Entertain yourself.
When I am not home Munchie finds plenty of other amusements. He chases cats, sniffs dead critters, naps, and visits neighbors. He is not codependent. The world, through his eyes, is a big playground. There is always someone or something to entertain him.
6. Be unlimited.
Munchie has no self-concept that he is small, and so acts big. When I take him on walks through the country, he slips under fences and chases cows and horses. I think they are more surprised than intimidated to be corralled by a barking tumbleweed. But it works. Munch usually gets the critters to move at least a little bit, and he comes back with a triumphant smile.
7. Protect your space.
My dog has no questions about his function: he is here to protect me and my grounds from anything that moves. He is like a living announcement machine. The moment any foreign object with wheels or legs comes near the house, his hair-trigger bark alarm goes off. Night or day, he’s there to announce potential intruders. (If they don’t run away when he approaches, he changes his tactic and starts kissing them — we’re working on that one.)
Munchie’s intention is so strong that he actually does intimidate other animals (not including humans). There was a Doberman that used to come around, and she always yielded to the Munchie Sentinel Service.
8. Let yourself be loved.
When Munchie looks tired during long walks with me, sometimes I pick him up and carry him for a while (probably more for myself than him.) The moment he’s in my arms, he rolls over and lets me carry him like the King of the Canines. Harboring no sense of guilt or unworthiness, he does not protest, “Oh, you really don’t need to do this.” or “I will carry you tomorrow.” He just lies there and soaks it in. He knows he is worth it, and he receives it with a full heart and body.
Munchie is not a slave to the Puritan Work Ethic. He is closer to the Pure Tan Play Ethic. He doesn’t have a job, doesn’t lay awake at night wondering if God exists, and doesn’t try to hide his little doggie erections when they spontaneously arise. He knows that he deserves love without having to earn it. Munchie is clear that his purpose in life is to enjoy every new day, and he is happy to have the Universe continually take care of him.
As far as I can tell, Munchie is an enlightened being. He doesn’t read a lot of books, has never gone to a seminar, and has no problem balancing his checkbook. Perhaps, if I play my cards right, one day I will indeed wake up as happy as him.
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 03.10.2011)Are You As Happy As Your (My) Dog? A fellow at one of my workshops confessed, “For years I was so miserable that I prayed to God daily to let me wake up as happy as my dog!” I went home and thought about it. Am I as happy as my dog? Hmmmm. I began to observe my dog ...