Ugadi Festival

Ugadi Festival

Ugadi or Yugadi word is derived from sanskrit words Yuga means age and adi means starting the beginning of New Year. Ugadi is New Year of Telugu and Kannada communities in India. This festival falls in the month of Chaitra, as per Hindu calendar it comes in the month of March or in the month of April. This date moon signifies a change in the seasons and essentially means ugadi is a spring festival. Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana observe a public holiday on this day. In the other part of India, in the state of Maharashtra it is celebrated a Gudi Padwa as New Year.
It is believed that Lord Brahma created the universe on this day of full moon, and it is celebrated as New Year.
Other belief is nine days festival Chaitra Navratri begins on this day and ends with the birth of Lord Rama (Ram Navami). The creator of the Hindu Pantheon Lord Brahma started creation on this day the Ugadi day is also called Chaitra Suddha Padhyami.
According to Hindu religion, a cycle of 60 years is known as samvatsara and this day marks the beginning of a new samvatsara.
A week in advance people clean their house, and colourful patterrns rangoli is drawn on the floor is called Kolamulus (kannada: Rangoli), fresh mango leaves go up around front doors for good luck and it is called toranalu (Konnada: toranagalu). People buy new cloths and gifts for each other. On the day of festival, people wake up early morning they take special oil bath. A special food called bevu Bella is prepared. People also visit Hindu temples. This festival is celebrated to welcome spring season, it is joyful festival, signifying growth and prosperity. This tells us to put all the shadows of the past behind, let’s look forward to a new start, Realize new dreams, new hopes, new achievements, new courage.
On this day of Ugadi people prepare the Ugadi Pachadi or Bevu bella is a pest (chutney), prepared from Jaggery or sugar, Neem leaves, tamarind juice and raw mango. The paste combines sweet and sour tastes. This reminds the life is mixture of happy and sad events. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the special dish is prepared for the occasion is called Bobbattu (Polelu, Puran poli) are prepared on this occasion. This special dish is called Bhakshalu. Boorelu in which is eaten with fresh ghee in Andhra pradesh and Telangana state. In Karnataka too, similar preparations are made but called abbattu or holige, consists of a filling gram and jaggery/sugar boiled and made into a paste stuffed in a roti.
Happy Ugadi 2018 is on 18th of March. We wish you successful, prosperous, Cheerful New Year.

Cheti Chand

Cheti Chand

Cheti Chand is celebrated as a New Year of Sindhi community. According to Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the first day of Sindhi month called Chet (Chaitra), the full moon day. It falls either in the month of March or in the month of April.
“Sai Jhulelal”

It is said when Sindh province (It is in Pakistan) came under the rule of tyrant named Mirkhshah, was threatening Sindhi Hindu’s to either convert to Islam or else they all will be killed. Sindhi’s Prayed to the River named Sindhu (now the river indus in Pakistan) for protection from the force of sultan, and they prayed for forty days. And Lord Varuna devta (God of Water) heard their prayed and promised them for their protection, and God came in the form of Sai Jhulelal in Nasirpur. When Mirkhshah came to know the birth of Sai Jhulelal, he ordered his minister Ahirio to kill the child with a poisoned rose petal. When minister saw the infant, smiled and the petal blew out of his hand. When he caught sight of Sai Jhulelal again, he was surprised to see that, the infant had grown into an elderly man. And, the elderly man again turned into a young man, a warrior on horseback. Ahirio returned to palace recount the story to Mirkhshah. Sultan asked his minister to call Sai Jhulelal on the banks of the river. On invitation Sai Jhulelal appeared out of the river on horse, accompanying with his army. Terrified, Ahirio begged Sai Jhulelal to restrain his army, and army disappeared back into the river. He returned to palace and recount the story to Sultan. Mirkhshah called Sai jhulelal to his court with intent to forcefully convert him. Jhulelal is then said to have vanished, leaving mirkhshah enraged. Then cruel king got mad and ordered to convert immediately all Sindhi Hindu’s to Islam. Then all people rushed to Nasirpur where Sai Jhulelal was born. The infant consoled the distraught Hindu’s and commanded them to assemble at the temple near the river. On assembling a firestorm broke out and engulfed the king’s palace. The king escaped to the banks of the river, where he found Sai Jhulelal on horseback again a warrior, and he protected the Sindhi devotees from the firestorm. The king fell at Sai Jhulelal’s feet, and Sai Jhulelal dismissed the storm with the movement of his hand. The day Lord Jhulelal was born is celebrated as New Year. God Jhulelal is worshiped by Sindhi Hindu’s and also worshiped by Sufi Muslim Saints. Sufi Muslims call Lord Jhulelal as Khwaja Khizir or Sheikh Tahit. Sindhi’s greet each other with the word “Jhulelal Bera-Hee-Paar”.
Festival
Lord Jhulelal is also called Uderolal and he is potrated as a bearded figure, holding a book and a mala, sitting on a fish (string of beads). On this day many Sindhi’s get together and celebrate the festival with procession, they take Baharana Sahib to nearby river or lake. Baharana Sahib consist of a statue or picture of Sai Jhulela and Jyot (Diya or oil lamp is made of wheat flour) ,Crystal Sugar(mishri), Cardamom, clove, supari (Areca Nut), fruits and a hand full of rice and sugar (Akho). A coconut covered with red cloth and some mango leaves are also kept on the metal pot (kalash). A vessel of unseen cocked sweet rice (Ghuji Degh). In procession people go singing until they reach to the river, to perform some rituals and puja. They pray holy water of river, as Jhulelal for their prosperity and happy, peaceful life. After completing the puja, Baharana Sahib is put (immersion) in the holy water of river. After puja, prasad of sweet rice (tahiri), boiled Chana (chickpeas) along and Thandai Sharbat is distributed in all devotees. Special food is made on this day of festival is sweet rice (Tahiri) and Green leafy vegetable (sahi Bhaji). Fair (melas) is held near the temples of Jhulelal and rivers.

Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa

Gudi padwa is celebrated on the first day of Chaitra month as per Hindu calendar, it falls in the month of March or April. Padwa word comes from the Sanskrit word, which stands for the first day of the bright phase of the moon. Gudi padwa marks the beginning of the new year to the Maharashtrians and it is celebrated with a lot of joy and happiness in Maharashtra. New year brings new dreams and hopes of prosperity. It is also celebrated in the other parts of the India, with different names like Konkanis celebrate Samvatsar Padva. In Karnataka it is Ugadi. Sindhi community celebrates this day as Cheti Chand. It is also celebrated in the North East state of Manipur as Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba.
Significances of Gudi Padwa
It is believed that it was the day when, God Brahma Created universe.
Gudi flag is symbol of victory it is associated with the victory of Rama over evil Ravana. It is believed that this festival is celebrated to commemorate the coronation of Rama post his return to Ayodhya.
It symbolizes the victory of king Shalivahana over sakas and was hoisted by his people when he returned to paithan.
Gudi padwa signifies to welcome the season spring. On this day, the position of the sun is above the point of intersection of the equator, which according to the Hindu calendar marks the commencement of Spring season.
It is also believed that on this day Lord Rama killed Kishkinda king Bali.

The Gudhi
A bright colorful cloth with zari or brocade bordered is tied at the top of the long bamboo stick, some neem tree leaves and mango leaves, sugar crystals and a garland of red flower are attached along with it. This arrangement is capped with a metal pot, it is hoisted outside each household on window, facing right side of the entry, and it is seen by everybody. This is symbol of achievement. This gudi is worshipped by devotees and then the prasad is distributed amongst all the members. In Maharashtra on this occasion of Gudi Padwa prasad is made of Neem leaves, tamarind, ajwain, gram-pulse and jaggery. There is a belief, that this prasad strengthens your immunity system and one can fight against diseases better. It also reminds us that life is sweet and some -time better also.

Festival
On this day of new year, after waking up early in the morning, people clean their houses, and take oil bath first. Then they decorate the floor with beautiful rangoli, in the front of the main door. Some people even prefer to keep, in front of the main gate, a pot with coconut, flowers and mango leaves on top of it All members of family dress up with new cloths and get together to perform several rituals and customs that are associated with the celebration of this festival. To celebrate this traditional day people make special dish of bitter leaves of neem tree and sweet jaggery. They also mix sour tamarind and astringent dhane seeds. This is like the pacchadi recipe used in ugadi festival. Sindhi community people make sweet rice (Tehri) and Green leafy vegetable Palak (Saai Bhaaji). In Maharashtra, people make sweet puran poli, Aamti and shrikhand on this day.

It is said that the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj the Great Warrior, of Maharashtra, was the person who started the Gudi Padwa celebrations after his victory. The raising of the Gudi was initiated by Shivaji Maharaj and from that day onwards this has been followed by all Marathi people to welcome the new year. This year of 2018 it falls on 18th of March, 2018. Wish you all happy Gudi padwa in advance.

Best places to Visit in India

 

Travel while you’re still young or even when you’re young at heart. Lose yourself to find your own self.

  1. Goa – The Official Party Hub – Goa has to be the amongst the first few places to visit in India in your twenties and teenagers. Most of the people in India celebrate their bachelor party there. Best time to visit here in November to February. Amazing Nightlife, the variety of booze, beach shacks and dirt cheap prices. Goa is one of the best holiday destinations in India that makes your trip memorable. How to reach there is very easy. It is possible through all 3 modes of transport which are roadways, airways, and railways.
  2. Srinagar – The gem of Kashmir – If you’re in your twenties and at any age then it’s a time to add Kashmir to your list of best places to visit in India. If there is heaven on earth, this is it! The best place to visit here is from April to October. Amazing attractions that are Dal lake ( boating in shikaras and night stays in houseboats), Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque and Shankaracharya Hill. How to reach is again easy here as Srinagar has its own airport and by railways and roadways.
  3. Leh Ladakh – The Biker’s Paradise – Undoubtedly, Leh- Ladakh is on every travel enthusiasts list of places to visit in India before they turn 30. Ride on the crazy winding roads, get stuck in the middle of the nowhere, sleep with the locals and learn to be independent on the desert mountain as you undertake the adventurous journey. Best time to visit here is April to mid-May and Mid-September to Mid-October. How to reach here is little difficult but all the 3 modes of transport are available.
  4. Kerala – The Magical God’s own Country – From the hills to the waterways, let this backwater paradise charm you – The people who love nature they are most welcome in this place. A trip to God’s own country is a must in your any age for its enchanting wilderness, luscious green trees, pristine water, crazy wildlife experience. Bes time to reach here is November to January and June to August and the best way to reach here is my airport and by the railways.
  5. Udaipur – The romantic City of lakes – Udaipur is called the Venice of the east, but the different Rajasthani hues of the city surely make it stand out. The city of lakes has to be surely listed in your list to visit. All it takes is one sight to fall in love with this charming floating city. The Film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has shown the beautiful views of Udaipur and after watching the movie everyone dreams to have their destination wedding in Udaipur. Boating, Trekking, sightseeing are just a few activities which are done there. Best time to visit here is from September to March. All the modes of transport can make you reach here.

Does God Exist ?

An answer to this fundamental question is a prerequisite to answering the other big question of life. These days all of you are engaged in running your mouse, doing your business, multiplying your money, buying houses, clothes, cars, and gold. Whatever you are doing and when you are told about God, religion, life, and morality, you say you never get time for that. Now how shall we know that there is a God or a creator? God is all the cause of all the beings. An atheist should believe that the universe came from nothing and by nothing but surely that doesn’t make sense! Out of Nothing, Nothing comes so where did the universe come from? why this universe exits instead of just nothing? There must have been a cause which brought the universe into being. We can summarize our argument as far as follows –

  1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
  2. The universe began to exit.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.Image result for god exists

So this cause should be beyond space and time, eternal self – exiting necessary being. God is also known for signs. In the creation of the heaven and earth and the alternation of the night and the day and even the ships which sail the seas to people’s benefit and the water which God sends down from the sky. By which he brings the earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every kind and the varying direction of the winds. The clouds subservient between the earth and heaven. There are signs for people who use their Intellect. There are uniform laws in Nature which indicate that nothing comes by coincidence. Everything in this world is created Precisely and beside the perfect creation,  there is a perfect sustaining system for each and everything. They remain in a beautiful order rather collapsing. There are many miracles happening in everyone’s life. Science has no explanation of where does life come from or what causes the living body to die, They have no reason for dying of the people. If someone’s heart has stopped working replace it, bring him back to life, You cannot control the people’s lives? You even don’t know the reason for life or death. The reason according to me of life and death is only God. When there is no God, there would be no purpose in life. The sun is there to produce energy and light. The trees are there to produce oxygen and Fruits. The animals are there to produce foods and clothes. The question here is that who set these purposes? Who told them to do this and that? For a rational kind, everything has a purpose and there is the creator who set this purpose. The only one who would really be able to answer that question would be the creator himself.

 

4 Easy Tips for Healthy Living

Life is beautiful and amazing! You don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs (kidney, heart, lungs, gallbladder, liver, stomach, intestines, etc.) may be working well, but who knows they may not be able to work tomorrow. Don’t take your good health for granted. Everyone in the world hopes to live healthier, feel best and make this life a better one. Let us Take care of our body in simple 5 ways.

  1. Drink lots of Water – Water is one of the essential substance on earth. That is in the liquid form at the temperatures commonly found on the surface of our planet.  Plants, Animals, and Human Beings need water to carry out cell activity, the body loses the water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, which is why it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating food which contains water. It also keeps your skin looking healthier and gives you more energy. I know, you’ve heard this before …but the question now is why have n’t you started doing it?  We shall act like we live in a desert and then start drinking lots of water.Image result for water
  2. Exercise – It not only lowers the risks of some diseases and helps Image result for exercisepeople to lose weight.Most effective way to improve your mental health and also gives a positive impact on depression, anxiety and moreover that it acts like stressbuster sometimes.Movement is life and it makes you feel good. Start moving that awesome body of your ’s there are many ways these days like yoga, running or kickboxing. A gym would be the best which does both cardio and weight training. Regular Activity also improves the quality of the life. Increase the level of the activity in your life its not only about being healthy but also to have fun at the same time. Don’t just do cardio activities . Give your body a proper workout.
  3. Eat Healthy food – Like fruits and vegetables are important for good health, with many vitamins and minerals.Do you know that oranges offer more health benefits than vitamin C pills? Try having fruits in the morning as a first meal and even in the mid-meal, you can at least have one fruit. Avoid excess fiber intake as it is detrimental to constipation and smooth digestionImage result for healthy food. Too much of fiber can even cause gas and abdominal bloating. Pick different colored vegetables and fruits while shopping. As they are bright colors which are usually high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are good for health because they remove free radicals that can damage our cells. Macro-nutrients are nutrients needed in bulk amounts to ensure normal growth, metabolism, and well-being of our bodies. Cut down on processed foods and go for healthy fats.
  4. Don’t skimp on sleep – Studies have shown that those who sleep less tend to weigh more.

How to remain Happy ?

Most people have no control over their emotional well-being. It is said that life is a matter of choices. Being happy is a choice. Decide, “Whatever the circumstances I want to be happy and I will be happy always.” There are no terms and conditions for happiness. Most people are as happy as they decide to be. Happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have. It depends on what you think. Our basic psychological needs include feeling loved, secure, and good at what we do. You also want to have a sense of control. Money doesn’t automatically fill these requirements, but it sure can help. I’ve learned to look for ways to spend money to stay in closer contact with my family and friends; to promote my health; to work more efficiently; to eliminate sources of irritation and marital conflict; to support important causes, and to have enlarging experiences. For example, when my sister got married, I splurged on a better SMARTPHONE. It was expensive, but it gave me a lot of happiness. We expect others to treat us better than we treat them. We work out a few times and stress because we don’t instantly look like models. We want to live like rock stars, ignoring the fact that only a few people reach that level of success.In short, we tend to have unreasonable expectations. The difference between what we feel entitled to and what we actually get is the source of much misery.Accept life in its entirety; stop thinking in terms of what should be and accept what is. When you live without entitlement, every good thing becomes a wonderful surprise. Even better, expecting nothing means never being disappointed. The expectation is also the root cause of all the sorrows. “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, then there will be the comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” Anne Frank

Here are few ways that I follow. Hope they help you too.

  1. Hang around with positive people who make you smile. Avoid those who are perpetually complaining and criticising.
  2. Always remind yourself that nothing is more important than your peace and happiness. You are born to be happy!
  3. Always keep a goal in life, something to look forward to. That will keep you motivated.Image result for remain happy
  4. Try to make the best of every situation. Spend time reading, watching movies, exploring your hobbies and most importantly travel. Travel as much as you can. Focus on collecting memories that last a lifetime.     Conclusion  – At the end of the day, bad things will happen to you. You will have highs, lows and lots of mediums in your life. You’re only human, just like everybody else.So Just change the attitude and thinking towards it. IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY – MAKE OTHERS HAPPY – Dada

International Business

International business means carrying on business activities beyond national boundaries. These activities normally include the transaction of economic resources such as goods, services (comprising technology, skilled labor, and transportation, etc.), and international production. Production may either involve the production of physical goods or provision of services like banking, finance, insurance, construction, trading, and so on. Thus, international business includes not only international trade of goods and services but also foreign investment, especially foreign direct investment.Image result for international business

International business is defined as transactions devised and carries out across international borders to satisfy corporations and individuals .’International business= Business transactions crossing national borders at any stage of the transaction.The international business comprises all commercial transactions private and governmental between two or more countries. Private companies undertake such transactions for profit; governments may or may not do the same in their transactions. These transactions include sales, investments and transportation.At one end international business is defined as, the organization that buys and or sells goods and services across two or more national boundaries, even if Management is located in a single country. At the other end, international business is defined as it is equated only with those big enterprises which have operating units outside their own country. In the middle, there are institutional arrangements that provide for some managerial direction of economic activity taking place abroad but stop short of controlling ownership of the business carrying on the activity, e.g, Joint ventures with locally owned business or with foreign governments. In foreign trade, visible physical goods or commodities move between countries as exports and imports. Exports consist of merchandise that leaves a country. Exporting and importing comprise the most fundamental, and usually the largest, international business activity in most countries. Foreign trade is the exchange of capital, goods, and services across international borders and territories. In Most countries, it represents a significant share of gross domestic product (GDP). Generally, no country is self – sufficient. It has to depend upon other countries for importing goods which are either non-available with it or are available in sufficient quantities. Similarly, It can export goods, which are in excess quantity with it and are in high demand outside. Foreign trades means trading of goods or services between two or more countries. For Example – trading between India and United States of America ( USA ) is called international trade. The goods or services sent by India to the USA shall be export of goods and services From India to the USA and for the USA , these goods or services shall be the import . Therefore, what is coming into the country is an ‘import’ and what is going out of the country is an ‘export’. The international business is a very comprehensive term, which includes many activities that are pursued by different organizations in order to capture a share of the foreign market, but which often goes unnoticed as a common man is unable to make out that they form a part of international business. There are a number of ways, normally called modes of international business, which could be adopted by the enterprises that want to enter an international business.

Why do we need God in our lives ?

Do people think about God in their lives? Some would be yes all the time, or in the time of the need, and rest of people would say No, that they don’t believe in him, or too busy to think about it. God is our creator, We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hands. If God made us .. he knows what ’s best for us! God gives us wisdom, If God is for us, who can be against us?  It all depends on our Karma. Have you ever really wanted something? Yes everyone replies, But when then when you got it again they started wanting something else? Life is like this, It’s like we all have an empty spot in us, so we try to fill it with things like family and friends. But nothing seems to fit quite Right, even after friends, family, job, and vacation we still feel empty because there is no love for God.  Coming from a religious background, I Strongly believe in God. Whether or not God exists is up to each person. Some do not believe in a higher power, Some firmly believe and there is nothing wrong with not believing. Believing in God is entirely up to you. But if you believe, you know he is on your side even at your lowest times. When you are feeling hopeless, you pray and when you pray, you stand up again. You are ready to take your hardest challenges and look forward to brighter days. God gives us the capacity to help others in the time of need. You have done it before. But have you helped others while you needed help yourself? In other words, you are battling something strong in your life. You put your needs and wants on hold to give that person a sense of love and hopeRelated image. Even strength is given by God to us, For example – You lose your job. You realize there is not enough money to support your family and you have no one to depend on. Finding a job is not as easy as it sounds. It takes too long . You know things will get better. Through the help of the God, you will find a solution because you have a family to support and in god all good things are possible. Mental – health experts tell us that people need spiritual values in order to be truly happy. God did not design humans to live independently of him, they have a need to communicate with their Maker. God is your environmental. GOD IS TIME AND YOU LIVE WITHIN HIM. God lives inside you and in contact with the living force is possibly known as ‘Karma’ dictates what happens to you. God is already in your life whether you need him or not.

Are Dairy foods good for you ?

Yes, obviously they are good. Dairy is a controversial and confusing food Group these days.  How much should dairy products be consumed?  Aim for 3 dairy servings (about 3 cups) of low-fat milk products each day. Some good choices are listed below. Low-fat dairy products: 1 cup of 2%, 1%, or skim (fat-free) milk.

  • Butter and butter blends.
  • Natural and processed cheese products.
  • Cultured Dairy. Yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, dips and other cultured dairy foods.
  • Frozen Desserts. Ice cream cakes other frozen desserts made with dairy ingredients.
  • Ice Cream/Novelties. …
  • Non-Dairy Beverages. …
  • Whey, Milk Powder and many more.Image result for dairy products

The most important thing about dairy food is the quantity and the timings of when you are having it. They help to meet our calcium requirements and many other things. To meet dietary calcium requirements, women need 1,000 milligrams per day between ages 19 and 50 and 1,200 milligrams after age 51, according to the federal Office of Dietary Supplements. Drinking three to four glasses of milk would be very much helpful.So you all know that dairy foods are number one for bones and teeth plus calcium as I have mentioned above.  But did you know having enough milk, yogurt and cheese can be good for your heart, blood pressure and losing fat also?  Gaining muscle too?

Milk, cheese, and yogurt are naturally full of important nutrients such as calcium and protein but excess should be avoided.The unique package of vitamins and minerals they provide means these dairy foods have some pretty important health benefits!  Not only me but also The Australian Dietary Guidelines say that consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and colorectal cancer – some of the main causes of death in Australia. Because of these great health benefits the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend we include milk, yogurt, cheese and/or alternatives (mostly reduced fat) every day as part of a balanced diet. Flavored yogurts should be avoided. but if no option left then you should read the flavored yogurt content and avoid if it contains alternative sugars like fructose, glucose, sucrose as they are not healthy. Also, avoid flavored sugar with the high amount of sugar. You can add natural sweeteners like honey etc. If you were to remove milk from your diet, it is important to substitute it with the following foods: Bean, Kale, Two servings of oatmeal, Egg yolks, Fatty fish and Fortified orange juice. Each coin has two sides it is our choice to choose whether dairy foods are good or not even  Whether you’re a serious athlete or you’re exercising for your general health and fitness, nutrition is fundamental to your performance as Milk is one of the best drinks for re-hydration and refueling after exercise. One of the most common reasons why people still drink milk as adults is to strengthen their bones. Milk is one of the richest sources of calcium and vitamin D.