Covid 19-Coronaviruses

Covid- 19 Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS – CoV) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS – CoV). It is called Corona as it has crown like spikes on its cell membrane. The Latin for crown is “Corona”. The latest of these viruses is the now named Covid – 19 which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in Hubei province in December 2019.

Common signs of disease caused by this group of viruses are respiratory symptoms fever, cough, breathing difficulties and shortness of breath.

In severe cases it can cause pneumonia and affect other systems such as kidneys and lead to kidney failure as well. It may even lead to death.
Many preventive precautions are recommended which includes regular hand washing covering mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing, through cooking of meat and eggs, avoiding contact with any person showing the symptoms.

Avoid unnecessary contact with live animals and make sure that after contact proper handwashing is done.

So, basically practice hygiene particularly maintain respiratory hygiene. Also take freshly prepared hot food and avoid cold items.
Where did this disease come from?
Most Coronaviruses are present in specific animals. In some cases, these viruses get transmitted to humans. The exact mechanism of tis remains uncertain. This is called a spillover event.

How does it spread?

It commonly spreads through tiny droplets which have been coughed or sneezed by the patient. When these droplets are inhaled by another person, the virus is introduced in the body of the other person. Alternatively, when these droplets settle on surfaces like tables, door knobs or other articles and another person touches them and then again touches his nose, eyes or mouth the virus spreads. Therefore, it is important to cover your mouth while coughing of sneezing, maintaining distance from others and frequent handwashing. Also avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth and nose.

How is it different from Flu?

Usually Flu is a mild infection of the respiratory tract leading to fever, cough, cold and running nose. It rarely causes breathing difficulties or affects any other symptoms. Covid 19 in its milder form is almost like flu. In fact, majority of people are getting only mild flu like symptoms. However, in some people, such as elderly (over 65 years of age), and severely ill people, there are severe symptoms of Covid 19. These are high grade fever, breathlessness and respiratory failure. In addition, other body systems such as kidneys may also get affected.

Is there any treatment?

There is no specific treatment for coronavirus disease. However, symptoms can be treated. If situation worsens then life support measures are instituted. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a “Pandemic”, which means that now this illness affects the entire world and is a major health concern for all the countries. To prevent its spread several drastic measures are required and are being taken. Quarantine is the major step. It involves isolation of the people suspected to have the illness or who have come in direct contact with them. This is taken to prevent further spread to other individuals.

The Central Government of India has taken several steps to control the situation which has engulfed globally. Several quarantine facilities have been set up across the country to isolate the suspected cases so that they do not mingle with the rest of the population. Some of these are being run by Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Indian Army. The Army is running a large facility at Manesar where about 60 personnel are deployed including medical staff. It is being run at the cost of Rs 3.5 lakhs every day. The Govt has brought stranded Indians from the affected countries of China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. But unfortunately, many people who have been evacuated and are facing quarantine are demanding special facilities like boiled food and single independent rooms. This is creating hinderance in the smooth functioning of the medical and administrative staff of the centres.
A problem of this scale requires the people to cooperate and follow the rules set by the Govt, rather than create chaos at the quarantine facilities. The public should understand the gravity of the situation. In severely affected countries the number of the cases are doubling every day. To prevent such a situation arising out in our country it is important to follow the rules and if there are any minor inconveniences then take it in the stride for the greater good of the humanity.
The way the government and healthcare department are handling the situation deserves big appreciation. It is dealing with tenacity and major efforts are being put in place all over the country. The Indian Air Force has evacuated the maximum number of Indians as well as nationals of other friendly countries from Wuhan (China) which is the epicenter of this pandemic. IAF has also evacuated Indians from Iran, Japan, Italy and the cruise ship Diamond Princess.

At this time of extreme crisis, India has not forgotten its friends and is offering all sorts of help, medicines, masks and medical equipment to other South Asian countries. Many virus research diagnostic labs have been set up in India to quickly undertake the testing for Covid 19. As well as India has sent its medical personnel to set up testing in Iran which refused to test Indians due to the high load.

India’s airports and seaports are under strict scrutiny. The Govt has suspended all visas from all countries including those from visa free nations and for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI). All land borders are also closed except for few designated ones with Nepal and Bhutan. All incoming travelers including Indian nationals arriving from or transiting through the affected countries have to compulsorily undergo quarantine for 14 days at the designated centers.
India is helping other countries set up testing facilities and providing medicines.

While all these are done by Indian Government, it is the duty of every Indian citizen to support each other and the government to smoothen the functioning.

Community awareness are being given by the print, electronic and social media. Phone messages, radio announcements and TV broadcasts are informing the general public on preventive measures. Doctors are conducting training programmers and awareness campaigns. The govt has shut down schools, malls and cinema halls. It has advised general public against converging in large numbers. The public transport and aircrafts are being sanitised on a large scale.
In all this chaos and confusion, several people are spreading rumours and other fake news on social media. It is very important to realise that factual knowledge about this new disease is limited and even scientists are learning about it firsthand. One should not fall victim to any such rumours. Also, on should refrain from forwarding social media posts that are unverified. There are verified sources of information such as the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website and the WHO website. The fake news is creating unnecessary panic. In case of symptoms one should freely self-quarantine or admit to the medical facility as required. One should not visit crowded places. There have been cases of people trying to run away from quarantine facilities. This is very dangerous as it can rapidly spread the disease to other people.

It is time to show responsible behavior. Come, let us join our hands as Indians and Humans and defeat this deadly virus!


Woman —- is a word that hold up a lot of images in our minds and brings out varied emotions as selfless love, epitome of love, sacrifice, caring attitude and ability of nurturing . Who is a woman?

A daughter,A wife A mom,A sister various roles she plays. We women are the beautiful creation of the God! The angels we are on the earth we make life wonderful all together. Imagining life without a woman is quite difficult isn’t it?. This angel shakes the cradle with one hand and the earth with the other hand. The fact that all the great people of the world are born from the womb of a woman and it is a woman who has taught the basics of life to these great peoples. And that is the reasom why we should respect a woman.

And that is why women’s day is celebrated with so much of zeal and it has spread throughout the world.
It all started in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better payment or equal payment to that of their male companions and the right to vote. It was the Socialist Party of America who declared the first National Woman’s Day, a year later.

Women from various cultural and ethnic groups come together to struggle for peace, justice, equality and development. An equal world is an enabled world.People should work together to create a gender equal world.
Women fought with all odds to emerge as a winners. Courageous women like Lakshmibai, Indira Gandhi, Hellen Keller etc are few examples who fought for equality and dignity.
March 8th is observed as international woman’s day every year around the world to celebrate the velour of women.Around the world the day is used to recognize women who’ve made various significant contributions to the advancement of their gender.Gradually , society is changing and paving the way for the growth and development of women. Women have made strides in the field for example in education, healthcare, equality, and job opportunity,right for voting etc.
The past two decades the world has made incredible progress and innovation.but no country has achieved gender equality.
Last year

#me too campaign was started globally where women used to come up with their stories being molested by men.So,can we say that women are secured? Although they have progressed ,still to go more.Long is our journey to earn a secured place in our society.
On this international women’s day ,women from all different backgrounds and cultures join together to fight for gender parity and women’s rights.

Celebration of International Women’s Day 2020

This year, International Women’s Day will be celebrated with the special 2020 theme, #EachforEqual. “Collectively, we women join can eachother and help to create a gender equal world.
The Generation Equality campaign this year has a motto to unite people of every gender,race, age, ethnicity, religion and country to take actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve.
Together, we want to mobilize to end gender-based violence; economic justice and rights for all; bodily autonomy, sexual and reproductive health and rights; and feminist action for climate justice. We want technology and innovation for gender equality; and feminist leadership.

Small actions can have big impacts in making our vision true. On International Women’s Day, join #GenerationEquality and become part of the movement.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual.”Be unite and strengthen eachother to achieve success in our path.
On this women’s day let’s join the campaign wearing purple dress which significe justice and dignity, the color purple has become an international symbol for women since the origination of purple, green, and white as a symbol of women’s equality from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK in 1908.Let’s share our pledges and messages on social media using the hashtag #IWD2020.


Cuck Cuckoo….
What beautiful start of a morning, the birds chirping. Fresh crisp air blowing against the skin.
Ahh …

This is what heaven must feel like. Only until a sound banged from the kitchen.

“Dipti ! Come, have your food.” Aarti shouted from the kitchen, this is the fourth time Aarti came out of the kitchen. She saw Dipti standing quietly. But her face had many things to say. As if it was her last day. When she saw Aarti, she cried aloud, “Mumma! I am going to die!”
“What!?” Aarti came and hugged her.
“What happened Dipti? Tell me! What happened. And don’t cry.”
She wiped the tears and consoled her.
“Mumma .. Mumma …”
I am in pain. Something has happened. I have seen blood. Something has burst inside my body.”
“Ma …” She cried aloud and squeezed her eyes. My pants are wet again. Oh, Ma! What has happened? Am I going to die?”
Aarti held her. “Dipti! First, stop crying! Nothing has happened. Don’t panic. It is normal. We all bleed. You have become a woman now. We all women, has been blessed by God. We are nurturers. We give birth to a new child. We are blessed with the power to bring a new life. We all came in this world enveloped in blood. Bleeding – it is part of every woman’s life. There is no harm, no shame. Be strong. Accept it Dipti. As we all are part of it. It is a blissful feeling – an inexpressible feeling.”
Dipti was listening patiently. She had never seen Aarti like this. Aarti hugged her. Her heart was pounding aloud. “My girl, don’t worry! I am with you.”

Aarti took out a sanitary pad. She explained to Dipti – how to use it. “Mumma! I will not wear this one.” I will manage these four to five days” Dipti ran to another room and sobbed under her pillow.
“Aah! Dipti, you can have profuse bleeding. Listen to me. This is new for you and you are not getting my point. Gradually things will be out of control. You will have to use the pads, Darling.”
“But Mumma, for how many days?”
“Five. Maybe.” Aarti said slowly.
“It is natural.” Aarti pulled out the pad and gave instructions to Dipti on using it.
“Maintain hygiene and yes, these are biodegradable pads, which are sustainable and hygienic. You can manage your periods very well and after 28 days it will recur.” Aarti took out a book, titled, “Now you are a woman!”

“Read this. You will be able to handle everything effortlessly.”
“I have to wear pads! Oh, Mumma, I am not going to wear them. You are making it so awkward for me.”

For Dipti, the day had not been good. She was uncomfortable. “Oh God! Give me a boon that only it is for this month. From next month I will not be having this. Why this?” In school, she sat silently watching her friends. She imagined, “did they all have periods? Why they never uttered a single word about it?”
“Hey, Dips! What happened? Why are you so sad today?” Smriti cam and patted on her back.
“Nothing” Dipti put her hand on Smriti.
“Come on Dips! Tell me!” Smriti insisted.
“I got my first periods” Dipti was in tears. “But why?” Smriti held her.

“Oh yaar! We all bleed. My mom told me. I had to learn to deal with it, and I have. Don’t panic, Dipti. You know, my Mom explained – It is a bridge from adolescence to womanhood. It is vital to all girls growing up. Earlier I used pads until I felt comfortable to use tampons or else you can use menstrual cups.”

“Tampons? Cups?What is that? It sounds as if its some mafia gang!” Both started giggling.

Once I had a dance rehearsal and couldn’t wear underwear. I had to try tampons. I tried many times and then finally got it in. But something was not right. I felt like asking my elder sister. I asked her if I was supposed to keep the entire tampon inside. She told me to keep only the cotton part. The other part was the applicator – used for insertion. She helped me out. I tried again. Now I have got the hang of it. We are matured now, babe. I am sure you too can handle this.”

Napkins, menstrual cup, tampons

Dipti was listening patiently. After Smriti’s talk, she felt more confident. She was running away from her Mom. But she now felt that her Mom was right. She opened the book her Mom had given her. It was all there. “Thanks, Mom!” She closed her eyes and opened herself into a new world with a new vision.
A vision of womanhood. She can know the growth of body parts now. She was initially mortified but then she realized that she had to accept this phase of growing up. Embrace womanhood gracefully as her Mom had told her.
When she came back home, her Mom handed her a kit that she could take it wherever she went.

Aarti sat with her and spoke to her “Dipti when I was young periods were a torture. The beginning three days we were not allowed to enter the kitchen or the puja room, sleeping on a straw mat and not allowed to do many things. My grandma gave me my special cup and plate to eat and I was served last from a distance, as the same food was served to male members of our family. No, it was something quite different, much worse. A kind of shame that engulfed me.Later , my mother fought a lot with the prevailing situation and gradually because of my mom we got freedom from such baseless superstitions.
When I got my period all the realtives and friends were invited and an occasion was celebrated although it was very awful,but I couldn’t utter a single word.No one was there to listen .Dipti gave a strange look…as she was surprised after listening her mother’s journey when compared to her …
Now my girl with time we have accepted good things, it’s a beginning .. first step into womanhood. A girl inside you should understand everything to accept this change for goodness.Sweetheart as parents we both are with you whenever you need us”.

Dipti listened patiently and went to her room her inner voice was speaking now…

So finally, “I am a woman”. Now I can bear menstrual cramps. I can deal with periods. I know my body. It is not an embarrassing thing anymore. It is the miracle of being a woman. I now proudly embrace this. The journey of womanhood in the womb of the universe.

2010 – 2019: A decade of change in Education

As a decade comes to an end and a new one begins, it’s usual to look ahead to the future innovations and developments. Day by day we are progressing in every field. In the coming decade, a question sticks to my mind, will robots take over manual jobs? Will some medicine be discovered, that will finally cure cancer, whose incidence is increasing alarmingly? What will be the workplace of the future generation?

As an educationist of fifteen years of experience, I have seen technology transform the education sector. Digital education has risen. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are available now. Through these students from each corner of the world are getting benefited. They are coping up and meeting one to one with trainers and other students around the world.

Over this last decade, technologies have replaced the traditional teaching methods. Thereby radically altering the learning experience for the student as well as the teaching experience of the teacher. In fact, these days the teacher is no longer called so. The term is the facilitator. The value of this term is explained later on in the blog.

Every child is unique in their way. To nourish their inner self and to bring out the best in them is the biggest challenge for a facilitator. Over the years this has become possible with the latest modulations.

Let me describe a few things which can give a better understanding of the recent advanced teaching practices.

Holographic Teaching

In Holographic teaching, the image of the facilitator or of a teaching tool can appear at any classroom anywhere at any time. From musical instruments to medical professionals, holographic technology has made possible whereby live lectures a person can avail effective interactive sessions. Students can watch, listen to and interact with guests from Los Angeles, London or Lucknow, through their computers at home. This realistic experience enhances learning.

Over the last decade, a big change has been seen in our whole school system. Now the schools have moved toward personalised competency education. Each students’ progress is a challenge for the facilitator. The facilitator no longer moves through a book delivering lectures on chapters. Rather they now train students to take charge of their training to excel in the various areas. A facilitator is a role model for the student. So, schools are enriching them with pieces of training and seminars to enhance their standards. These will help create future leaders. Now facilitators are expected to learn, plan and collaborate with other faculties. So that they support their students to do the same with their peers.

Learning by doing.

Montessori method of teaching has been applied relentlessly in the past decade. Kids are learning or gaining knowledge through play way. Learning by doing is the most exciting technique. It also helps schools with new technologies that play a vital role for the student. They learn quickly and in a better way. Who knew that with years these advanced technologies make studying so much fun and exciting? For example, in Business School, Lego is used to help MBA students to recreate things by combining video games and digital programs.

On a broad look at the last 10 years, such developments show the pendulum has swung back and forth. Now teachers feel as if their jobs have gotten harder. They grapple with constantly changing education system. They have to be well conversant with computers. As. this mini-tool has made a way into their classrooms and their personal lives.

Over a decade ago, teaching as a profession has become very demanding. The facilitator needs to on their toes. She is required to be equipped with the latest knowledge to provide or facilitate students.

This progressive learning environment is now more demanding over the last decade. It has gone upwards creating dramatic changes in the field of education.

Over a decade, education has created a mark with unique nuances. Now students and facilitators work in tandem. They scrutinise assessment data to fine-tune content to curiosity, research and critical thinking.

Modern technology has enabled to process a vast amount of data in a short period. This has led to a rise in teaching and learning levels.

Hands-on learning allows students to learn in a better way and to relate the concepts learnt to real life. It will spark a passion for the future career of the student.

Over a decade, new technology has proved to be very capable as auxiliary support to classroom learning. It gives a glimpse of the ultra-modern education system of the future.

DIWALI- Give love n blessings!!

During Deepawali, along with our homes, the mind also needs cleaning. Along with using new items at home, good values also need to be instilled in our hearts and minds. We should together prepare for Diwali with love and pure feelings. Diwali is a time when we give each other sweets and gifts.

Prior to Diwali we make plans how to celebrate, what to buy, what gifts to give, what sweets or dishes to be made.
But sometimes this act of gifting becomes a burden and creates stress.Why do we give gifts?

How this tradition has started?
A few years ago, I saw this practice in our society where we resided. I realized in Diwali, a few friends give gifts although the very next day they exchange a weird smile with a strange gesture. One thought that pinches me always is why should we live in such fake and artificial relationships? Why people are giving gifts? And after giving, comparing gifts or exchanging those gifts with others which they think are not useful. What is the need for such superficial packets of love which are sugar-coated with blessings.
Why do we give gifts? This one sentence drives me crazy. If you do something, do it whole -heartedly, and not take it as burden.

Actually when we gift each other, it means we give our love and blessings. Nothing is better than this gift. To endow with opulence and happiness.
But gradually people thought that “How can we give blessings alone? We need to give something else too.” So we began to prepare sweets, planning and making sweets with love and positive feelings became a tradition. People all over, started exchanging sweets with love and blessings. While making sweets, the energy of power, blessings and feelings are mixed into the sweets. Then the sweets are energized by the pure feelings and vibrations . We began to distribute among our near and dear ones.

However over a period of time, people became busy and due to lack of time, they started buying sweets. Now a days many people like dry fruits. It has become an option mainly for diabetic people. Various eye catching gifts are available.

Gradually, our focus shifted. Our feelings, our vibrations, intentions shifted too. Now valued at its cost, size and intention behind it.
This becomes a stress. I need to give so many people. After office hours I have to travel so much to give the gifts inspire of traffic jams. But it has became a routine to give gifts. Sometimes you may be able to visit that person only once in an year. But due to Deepawali gifts people dig out frozen relations.It’s good to give love and blessings not to value our relationships with the amount of gifts.

Sometimes people don’t know what to do with the gifts they receive. Those gifts are transferred to other people.
While doing all these we don’t check what is the vibrations of the gift that we are giving to people.

If that gift has vibrations of helplessness or influencing someone there are no pure vibrations or this is not what the gift is meant for. Sometimes people think they gave an expensive gift so we need to give them a similar gift. Money is a crucial thing some may not avail costly gifts .
Every thought, every emotion, every vibration, if it is impure, it carries some negative energy. This is a energy of helplessness, tiredness and fatigue. To return expensive gifts accordingly also creates stress.
It becomes more like a business or transactions.

So while gifting, one may follow these Dos and Don’ts:-

1) Let us gift to a person to whom we really want to gift. It should not be a quid pro quo. There should not be any expectations attached with gifting.

2) Always say a small prayer whenever you are gifting. While saying the prayer imagine the well being of the person whom you are gifting. Make it a true thought.

3) Don’t gift expensive things. Typically a gift should never exceed the buying capacity of the recipient.

4) While selecting the gift spare a thought about its utility and functionality by the recipient. Purely glittery show pieces should be avoided. Try to gift environment friendly stuff.

5) By buying earthen diyas celebrating eco friendly Diwali spread happiness. It supports the poor people who spend long hours to make these diyas. Gift such things by which we can support and lighten their houses.

6) Try to gift things which are locally made or crafted by traditional artisans. One can also gift things made by oneself like a small painting or show piece. This adds a personal touch which makes the gift invaluable to the recipient.

7) Its the thought which matters. So always gift with a magnanamous heart and prayer for the wellbeing of the recipient.

माँ की जुबानी

मेरे घर आई एक नन्ही परी – रानी । तुम बहुत जल्दी हो गयी बड़ी “रानी” मेरे महलों की रानी । ऐसे हमने सोचा था इसलिए नाम दिया तुम्हारा रानी! बेटी होगी हमको लगा था पापा की दुलारी, आपकी मुस्कान शुरू से ही थी इतनी प्यारी। सूरज की किरण जैसे एक मुस्कान लिए तुम आई और हम तुमको पाकर फुले नहीं समाए थे। नानी और नानू तो क्या, मामू के चेहरे पर भी खूब बड़ी मुस्कान आई थी। नानी ने शहर में डंका बजवाया था। कोई बात नहीं बेटी हुई हमारे घर नानी घूमती और कहती ख़ुशी से “मेरी बेटी की बेटी हुई है! ऐसे पूरे शहर में लड्डुओं का थाल बंटवाया था। तुम्हारी सबसे अच्छी सहेली होगी, ये मुझको बतलाया था।
दादा दादी तुमसे मिलने दिल्ली से आए थे। चाचू तुम्हारे लिए खूब खिलोने ले थे। कौशल्या आंटी को तुमने रात भर खूब जगवाया था। कौशल्या आंटी को पहले मैंने अपने जन्म के बाद में रानी ने अपने जन्म में खूब जगवाया था। दादू के inputs ने तुमको स्कूल की प्रतियोगिता में कितने ही मैडल जितवाए थे। नानी के साथ पार्क में तुम जाया करती थी। खूब उनको अपने साथ दौड़ाती थी। सहेलियों के साथ खूब kitchen – kitchen खेलती थी।
मेरा kitchen तेरे किचन से अच्छा है। ऐसा तुम बतलाती थी। मामी और मामू से भी खूब लाड करवाया तुमने। मामी से खूब खिलोने खरीदवाया। कितने सालों तक मामू ने तुमको अपने कन्धों पर घुमाया। तुम्हारा पहला पालना भी मामू ही लाए थे।
दादी की पछायी, पीछे – पीछे उनकी घूमती। दादी फुल्का सेकती तो तुम दौड़ दौड़ कर सबको खिलाती। दादी वृन्दावन से आती तो सीधे तुम्हारे kitchen में आती। दादू को चाय तुम्हीं पिलाती। क्या खाओगे दादू बोल कर पूरा menu तुम सुनाती। अपने kitchen में फूल और पत्तियों की सब्ज़ी बनाती। अब जब दादू दादी तुम्हारे घर आएंगे एक पूरा नया kitchen पाएंगे। अब फुल्के भी तुम बनाना, खाना भी तुम पकाना, प्यार से अपने दादू – दादी को खिलाना। My kitchen is the best इस बात को साबित कर देना। चाची मिलने आती थी। खूब बातें सुनती गौर से और सुनाती थी।

तुम्हारी सबसे पहली सहेली “नित्या” की तो बात ही निराली। दोनों खेलते हुए झगड़ते थे। तुम दोनों को उठा कर मनानां होता था। टेबल के नीचे घर बनाते सारा सामान मेरा वहीँ ले जाते। पकडे जाने पर ढेरों माफ़ी मांगते और एक दूसरे पर इलज़ाम लगाते। राजन! रानी के best kept secrets इनसे तुम्हें मिल जायेंगे। अगर तुम्हें पता चला …क्या तुम मुझे बताओगे? मेरे पीछे – पीछे भागती थी, दिन भर कभी रंगोली कभी डांडिया कभी अपनी फरमाइश पूरी करवाती थी kitchen में। अब तो instagram से update मिल जाता है। i will call you back करके एक मैसेज आता है। लेकिन तुम्हारे घर चेन्नई की चाय बड़ी अनोखी है। अब हाथ पकड़कर तुम road cross करवाती हो तो बड़ा मज़ा आता है। मेरी रानी अब सयानी हो गयी। यही बार -बार लगता है। राजन को तुम जब कहती हो “i dont know how she manages to travel alone . यह सुन कर आँखें भर आती हैं।
पर रानी, i am never alone , you are always in my soul zone and now pluto is also right . हमारे पास तो अब प्यारा प्लूटो भी है ( हमारा कुत्ता) . जब बेटियां होती हैं बड़ा संजो के रखना चाहिए। बड़ी जल्दी बड़ी हो जाती हैं। तुमने हर चीज़ अपना जल्दी किया. २० दिन में अपना सर उठाया ।१० महीनों में चल कर दिखाया। अपने पहले जन्मदिन में सबको खूब बहलाया। एक्सपेरिमेंट तो करना ही होता है। सब सीधे तो तुम उल्टा करती थी। आज भी आगे खाई है तो तुम ज़रूर देखोगी। फिर पापा को उस पार पाओगी। एक रस्सी के साथ और प्यार से उस रस्सी पर चढ़ जाओगी। अब यही तकनीक राजन को सिखाएंगे और रस्सी का एक छोर पकड़ कर इसको अपने साथ बिठाएंगे। जब खाई है, खाई है बोलोगे बेटा वह तो जायगी ही रस्सी पकड़ना सीख लो।

तुम्हे सीने से लगाकर, कितने साल पापा ने सुलाया, खुद रातों को जागकर, तुम्हे हँसता हुआ सुबह पाया। तुम पापा के सारे दोस्तों से अपनी सेवा करवाती थी जो तुमको मिलने आता तुम इतनी चंचल मोहिनी की सब घायल हो जाते थे। “बेटा जैसी बेटी है मेरी ” पापा ने यह कभी नहीं कहा था। मेरी बेटी मेरा गुरूर है उन्हें हर वक़्त यही लगा था। फौजी पापा की ब्रेव बेटी बन्दूक तानकर खड़ी हो जाती अपने पापा के साथ गाड़ी में बैठकर सीमा के पास चली जाती थी। कभी केक बनाना ,कभी गोल्फ खेलना ,कभी दौड़ लगाना ,तो कभी रस्सी फाँदना। पापा की गुडिया की बहुत लम्बी है कहानी । अब पापा ने अपनी गुडिया की परियों के जैसी शादी है करानी।
शादी के चादर से लेकर चुनरी तक सबने हमारा साथ दिया। हमारे ख़्वाबों को सबने पूरा किया है। सब आये हैं हमारा मान बढ़ाया है। मेहँदी तुमको तुम्हारी सहेलियों और बहनों ने लगाई। कभी जाती नहीं हैं, न दिल से, न घर से, न दिमाग से। बेटियां तो होती हैं अपनी। कौन कहता है परायी होती हैं। सालियाँ तो रेडी हैं भाई, राजन! तुम तैयार रहना बेटा । कल तो तुम्हारी खैर नहीं। सब की सब खड़ी हो के टोल टैक्स मांगेंगी! तुम्हें रास्ते में रोक के खड़ी मिलेंगीं। तुम्हारे जूते छुपकर तुमसे पैसे मांगेंगी। तो ज़रा रेडी रहियेगा आप।

लेकिन किस्मतवाले होते हैं जिनकी होती हैं इतनी सलियाँ।कुछ आशीर्वाद मौसी औ मौसाजी भी लाये हैं। कुछ लोग हैं घर के जो हमारे ज़िन्दगी में नहीं है मगर रानी के जीवन में मायने रकते हैं उनकी याद किये बिना आज का दिन अधूरा होगा! रानी ! ध्यान से देखना सितारों में वो मुस्कुराते नज़र आएंगे!
मासियों और बुआएँ कल तुम्हें हल्दी लगाएंगी, अपने अपने रंगों में तुमको सजाएंगी! सुबह जब चूड़ा होगा, मां और मामियोंकी होगी एक बड़ी सी टोली। ऐसे ही एक दिन बरसों पहले उठी थी मेरी डोली।

बड़ों की छाया में मेरी बेटी की डोली आज जायगी। मेरी बेटी एक नए परिवार में जुड़ जायगी ।एक बहुत खूबसूरत परिवार के साथ ज़िन्दगी शुरू करेगी।
आज यहाँ हमारे प्रांगण में सारे पारिवारिक मित्र आये हैं। अगर मैं पूरी लिस्ट लगाऊं तो आप सब उसमे समाये हैं। दुनिया के हर छोर से आशीर्वाद देने। हमारी पूरी ज़िन्दगी की पूँजी आज यहाँ मेरे आँगन में बैठी है। धन्यवाद हर एक का हृदय से मेरे। मेरे एक मित्र ने कहा यहां आप डेकोरेशन कम कर रहे हैं? मैंने जवाब दिया – रुकिए! रुकिए! जब परिवार और दोस्त सब आएंगे डेकोरेशन शानदार सजावट वहीँ लेकर आएंगे! Decoration is about peoples love and affection ! राजन! रानी के साथ एक पैकेज डील है – हम सब भी आएगें।
एक के साथ बहुत फ्री, फ्री, फ्री ! सब से एक अनुरोध है – दोनों को आशीर्वाद देना!
राजन! रानी ये मेरी ज़िन्दगी की पूँजी है, इसको पिरोकर रखना, रिश्तों को संभालकर रखना। God bless you both . एक माँ का सन्देश बेटी की शादी में। एक आशा सबको है – मेरी बेटी रानी बनेगी – दुल्हन बनकर जायगी!

Why Do Indians Eat with Hands

Eating food with your hands. When one hear of this, the first thing which strikes one’s mind is , “Oh God! Why?” Some people take it as an unhygienic practice. Other’s think, “Oh! I can’t eat with my fingers!” I have heard such remarks many times. In India, particularly in Eastern and Southern India, people prefer to set aside the cutlery. They desire to use their hands to eat their meals. In several places, at important social and religious events, it is mandatory to eat with hands. In the customary communal meals in weddings and after cremations, called bhoj, the food is to be taken sitting on ground and to be eaten with hands. Indeed, it would be considered disrespectful, if cutlery is used. Similarly, in religious meals or Prasad at major temples, it is to be consumed sitting on the floor with hands. In several parts of the world, including India, eating with hands is an integral part of the culture. . Perhaps some food items taste delicious when eaten with hands. Some may take it as a sign of backwardness but it has got certain benefits too. It improves digestion and is effective for diabetes patients. Actually, every tradition followed in India has sound scientific reasoning.

Origin of Eating with Hands.

In Ayurvedic teachings, one can find the origins of eating with hands. People in the Vedic times believed that our body co-exists with the elements of nature. Our hand holds divine power. The Ayurvedic texts enumerate that fingers are and extension of one of the five elements. It is described under the topic of “mudras”.

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The thumb represents the space.

Index finger represents Air.

Middle finger represents the Fire.

Ring Finger represents water.

Little Finger represents the earth.

While eating with our hands we join all our fingers together. It is the amalgamation of the five elements forming connection with the cosmos. Therefore, energizing the food with cosmic energy! So, let us improve our consciousness of the taste of food. IT tastes more delicious as it not only serves our body but also our mind and spirit. It creates a physical and spiritual connection. While eating with hands we are conscious we eat, slowly. We care about the temperature of the food, digestion becomes better.

One doesn’t remember where all one has put their hands. So before eating food, a thorough handwash is necessary. Clean your hands before and after eating meals. Our body has a certain kind of bacteria. Some good bacteria are found in places like our hands, mouth, throat, intestine, gut and the rest of our digestive system. When we eat with our hands, the good bacteria enters our system and protects us against the harmful bacteria. So long as you get rid of these bad bacteria, you will be giving your body a dose of good bacteria. That it needs to stay healthy.

Some advantages of eating with your hands:-

1) When our fingers hold the food, millions of nerve endings relay the message that we are about to start eating. This prepares the stomach for digestion by releasing digestive juices and enzymes.

2) Eating fast leads to indigestion. Whereas when we eat slow, we chew our food properly and it gets digestive more efficiently. So, relax and eat with your hands and you will automatically slow down. Sometimes, stressful eating can lead to over eating and bad indigestion.

In India, usually right hand is used to eat food as left hand is considered to be unclean and is considered offensive. Now more and more people even in western societies, like in the United States, are embracing eating with hand. Malaysians are encouraging this habit too. A few restaurants and food joints have taken this up.

So, the next time someone says, “Don’t eat with your hands”, we can enlighten them!!!