My Sweet & Bright Kids 7 seas away.
My Son : - How many fishes in there.?
My Daughter :- I Like Fish.
Me - One Snap, we go back,the other end is too far,and I am scared,since you don't know how to swim,if this apology for a boat should take a leak from outside. Out of fear I may take one from inside.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
In an era of international politics that is marked by territorial claims and expansion of power, it has been a long and hard battle for India to retain control over many of its territories, and Kashmir is in the eye of the storm. For many Indians, the problems of Kashmir are linked inevitably with Pakistan and POK is viewed as every reason for India to wage a war with Pakistan. However, many Indians overlook the fact that when it comes to Kashmir, Pakistan is not the only taker. More than 50,000 square kilometers of Kashmir's territory called Aksai-Chin lies with China. The media and the west have consistently downplayed the role China plays in the future of this once beautiful region.
This fact becomes crystal clear in the light of the recent 6-day visit paid by the Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji, to India, which assumed tangential and secondary importance, due to heightened Indo-Pak tensions. Amidst growing tensions between India and Pakistan and the rally by Tibetan demonstrators in New Delhi
, the visit itself was marked by talks of building strong business and economic
ties between the two nations. The long-standing 4,056 kilometers of border dispute between the two nations was put aside to discuss business strategies. But as long as the border dispute remains unresolved, Kashmir will remain a torn entity, to be shared between 3 nations.
CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
Did you even know that China occupies a vast area of Kashmir? If not, get fast facts about the history of Chinese involvement in the region.
ALLIES AND FOES
Indo-Pak tensions have reached new heights. With visits by high delegations, who is really on India's side? Who should India depend upon at this hour? Is China really the deciding factor or is West the best option?
Is there a way to build bridges and avoid animosity. Come join us, as we explore the areas of mutual co-operation and understanding that India and China can progress toward.
INTERVIEW with Claude Arpi
"The current Indo-China border problem is entirely the result of the foreign policy that Nehru followed towards China" -says Claude Arpi. An expert on Indo-China matters, he spoke to Dishaa Ganapathy on the Chinese involvement in Kashmir and prospects for peace.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
We were in Dwaraka the Kingdom of Lord Krishna in the month of April 2005,Our mission was 2 in 1 ,to pray to Lord Krishna to grant a baby TO OUR SON,we prayed standing in the River ' Gomathi ' joining the sea just behind the temple and to meet my friend and college mate Suresh Kumar Sejpal a Gujju.
Lord Krishna took 2 years to grant and bless the baby our sweet grand daughter,a baby girl because we prayed standing in the river 'Gomathi'.Since we stood in the river 'Gomathi' a name which is feminine perhaps he therefore granted a female child,every river in India has a feminine name.(except river Bramhaputra)We also prayed to Lord Krishna at his feet to bless our son with a son.He may take another 2 years for our prayers to be heard to bless our son with a son as the 'Q' for his blessing may be too long to be heard since he has other devotes who might have asked for his blessings much earlier than us as we delayed praying for his blessings,after hundreds of devotes who had his darshan before we went to him.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
OK here I go break the code.
You cant break the code it is my version of saying few things that I can't say
Here is some thing my daughter has left in her scrap book
A distance South - East situated 12 deg 14 min and 13 deg 31 min North Latitude 77 deg & 78 deg 4 min East Longitude.The greatest distance and at extreme points being 85 miles East - West - 60 miles.
Physical Features;- Main position of the district consists of the valley of Arkavathi,with the Kaveri flowing at at its s .Pennar & Western a small part of that of the Shimsha.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
She was a regular there very soon and it was a good anti depression medication with out any medical help.
They were in a open ground and soon due to local Member of the Legislative Assembly who helped them to get a decent place in the public park that it was a place quite independent and open that looked nice.
My wife was there for more period of time than that was needed firstly to be accepted and than to be invited to chats that was more interesting than the real daily executrices for which the group met.
This was also overcome after a period of time which was again more than the required period of time than that which was needed due to my wife's shy nature in social group activities for which my presence was more in person or in absence and behind the seance's in the activities.This being absent she took time to get in to the heart of the group.
However soon she started going to group Bhajan's and Bhojan's in various persons homes and it was a event mostly each month.
I was keeping quite away from this mob of lady's in any function even after being invited frequently.
My wife was soon going more often to such Bhajan's and Bhojan's and she felt that she must also welcome them to such event and thus after nearly four years she arranged the event with some help from my side in this event.
This was how the function Bhajan and Bhojan was arranged in our home.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Letter is dated 6th Nov 90.
After all, whose son I am.Since British Visa had more formalities,we ( I & Guru ) decided to go to Switzerland. I & Guru ( from now on it will be 'we' ) got Visa International Credit Cards. So Swiss Visa over in 1/2 an hour,we made reservations ( Compulsory for TGV ) and were on our way. Sundar,his wife Mamta were also travelling to Switzerland but our routes parted at Geneva station.
Geneva is beautiful.There is a lake ( Lake Geneva ) which actually looks like a sea ( even Ships ply on it ) and is pretly huge.On Geneva harbor there is a fountain that sprays water 40 stories high.Unfortunately,it was off for this season.So we could only see pictures of it.Also,UN has a lot of agencies here.We visited UN place of Nations and generally cycles can be rented at the railway station & left at another railway station ay the other end of the country at no extra cost.
At each station ( large or small ), there is a list of hotels,tariff and whether it is full or not.There is a telephone with a panel of hotel names on them.You just a hotel of your choice you are connected to the hotel & you can make reservations.All this at no cost.There is a Tourist & information office which helps you enroll at a ballet class at the other end of the country,again with no cost for all the telephone calls.These people really encourage tourists & in style!.Kashmir,I'm sure is as beautiful,but look at the state it is in.I sometimes weep for my country!.
We decided not to visit any metropolitan cities ( like Zurich ) as we wanted to see something unique to Switzerland.So we focussed our trip on 3 places - interlaken,Zermatt & Schaffhausen.Interlaken lies between 2 huge lakes and in front of 3 of the highest mountains in the Alps,the most dangerous Eiger,the tallest of the 3 jungfrau & a lesser known Monch.
The Swiss have built a train track connecting interlaken & jungfranjoch,the highest railway station in Europe.It is just a few hundred feet from the top of the mountain jungfran.The station is at a height of 11533 ft.The last lap of the journey is thro' a tunnel 7 km long drilld into the mountain.We had to change trains 4 times.Zermatt,is a world famous resort right in front of the Matterhorn,the most impressive & the most dangerous mountain in the Alps.Every year 60 climbers attempt to climb it & every year a dozen die in the process.There is a cable car from Zermatt to little Matterhorn ( 12533 ft ) the highest inhabitable place in Europe.There is also a world famous ' Glacier Express ' from Zermatt to st.Moritz which goes thro' 291 bridges & 90 tunnels and some supposedly hair rising hair pin bends.A few kms from Schaffhausen is the Rhine falls,the highest falls in Europe.
These were the places we wanted to visit.We also wanted to visit Berne as it was the capital.
We had joined the youth hostel at Paris as this would permit us to stay in youth hostels around the world.These places provide decent and cheap accommodation.Living costs are high in Swiss & so we knew we could not afford to stay in hotels.
Our itinerary was Paris - Geneva - Berne - Interlaken - Schaffhansen - Geneva - Zermatt - Basle - Paris.
We arrived at Berne at around 7 in the evening.After some hunting,we located the youth hostel & found to our dismay that it was closed for renovations ( It was off season ) so we settled for the cheapest hotel we could find.It cost 72 Sfr including B.fast ( compare it to 12 Sfr for youth hostel.) The hotel was clean & decent,not at all cheap looking.This was a mirror blow to our plans
But we arrived at Interlaken in high sprits the next day after a good breakfast.The second blow,-this was a bad one - was when we found that Eurail pass was not valid for the ride to Jungfraujoch & that the ride cost 116Sfr ( some Rs.1500 ).Since we didn't have that much money,we used our credit cards having decided to take the train.It was worth it.The journey took 7 hours.The view was breath taking.When we arrived at Jungfraujoch,it was 1 pm.We had lunch & went looking around.The whole place is covered & has 3 hotels,an ice palace & an exit to the outside marked ' Danger ' Don't go outside for fear of avalanches & crevasses.' it was snowing and so we along with other tourists ventured outside.We could not stay outside as it was very cold.Don't worry! we got back inside safely.Then we went to the Ice Palace.It was beautiful.We then started back.I took a lot of pictures.Let's see how they come.
With our money reserves running low & finding that our pass was not valid for most cable car rides,we returned to Geneva & spent the night at the youth hostel there.It was pretty good next day,we decided to return back to Paris.But we made up our minds to come back again & visit the other places we couldn't go to.But we enjoyed ourselves and are going back next year.
We now have plan to visit Belgium,Netherlands,Germany & may be Spain in the next holidays in December.So I don't think I will be in Paris for the next year.By then,I think our Eurorail pass will have been used up.
Also next weekend ( i.e Nov 10th & 11th ),the Bull employees involved in IDBS are taking us to English channel.Should be good.We still have a lot to see in Paris,the place is too huge.
My studies have yet to pick up.But now,Sundar has moved out & other family has moved in this wife said that she'll cook on all days & so I should have more time to study.They are also pretty nice.I think now I'll be able to have Dosa for breakfast as she is a good cook.
The coat you had purchased was pretty useful in Switzerland.I also bought a shawl & gloves.Paris is not yet very cold & I can manage with a sweater.The apartment ( Including my room ) is heated & so it is not at all cold inside I can stay without a sweater in fact.I get up at around 7.30/7.45 and am in office by 9.00 am - people are at work very early here - and am back by 7.00 pm.Work's fine.I have dinner by about 9.00 and am in bed by about 11.30 - 12.00.I study some books before I go to sleep ( Textbooks and other subject matters ) it's just that I haven't started studying with an exam in view in earnest.All this was in answer to your question,Dad.
I am in good health. Hope all are too.Please take good care of yourselves.Don't worry about me.I haven't thinned at all.The food in Bull Canteen is better now as we have got adjusted.It is very nutritious,if not anything else.The cooks know what I like & so keep aside some things if they are available.
Dishaa,I will write to you about the fossils & other interesting exhibits in my next letter.I have to study the place in detail.I can tell you however that they have the fossil of an entire Mammoth,fossils of many dinosaurs,coelocanth ( the oldest living animal today) and the skulls & jaws of Neanderthal man & Australopithecus.man.
Mom & Dad,, I must be able to get some good perfumes for you as the company chosen as the pilot site of of our project is Paco-Rabanne,makers of the world famous Nina Ricci perfume.Let's see.
With all this,you might be wondering if it makes any difference to me that you are not here.
Well,if you had been here,I would have been alive.Miss you all more than words can say.
( G.Dinesh Dutt )
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Today is " Vijayadhasami " a day I considered most auspicious to start any new venture,of all the ventures I remember the mill that I supervised and built with a bunch of young Maharastrian engineers and started production on the day of the holy day of Vijayadhasami still running when others have closed.
I remember the day my father took me along with my sisters and brother to see the Mysore Dasara held at the palace and the big procession of the Mysore Maharajah on top of the over 750 KG Pure Gold Howdah and another with his Son now in the palace of the same Maharajah I had seen.This son of the Maharajah I had seen is no match to his father who we still respect.
We were going to this function several times as my father's elder brother known to most of the people of Mysore of the period up to 70's as " States Engineering Co " Rama Rao,who would go to the Durbar of the Maharajah in the Durbar Dress which consisted of white Pant Long Coat with closed collar and Mysore Turban.
Those were the days that are still a happy memory to me.
More for Tourists.
This place is located around 60 KMs east of Mysore City and is on the banks of river "KAVERI" . This place is part of T. Narasipur taluk. This place was once the capital city of "Ganga Dynasty" . Here "Lord Keerthi Narayana Swamy" is famous. Many of the temples were submerged in the sands of river kaveri and now they have been unearthed by archeological survey of India. The meeting place of two rivers Kapila and Kaveri at this place makes it a beautiful place. Since the transportation is not good to this place, visitors are advised to make their own transportation to reach this place. Also taking the food for lunch or breakfast along is advised.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
The former State of Mysore ruled by the Wodayar Family was called as The State of Mysore.This included our Bangalore city.This Navaratri Festival is one of the Major happy occasions and is celebrated in every household mainly by the Bramhin community and the tradition is to keep the Pair of Dolls the male doll in the Head Gear and the other being his newly wedded wife.These Dolls are a part of the package during wedding presented by the parents of the girl who was doing the pooja during the Navaratri festival at her parents home.These dolls are to be worshiped in her parents home only,But since the girl after her marriage has to leave elsewhere the parents give her a new set of dolls to worship in her place whereever it be.The same being the case with the mother of the girl.The doll worshiped by my mother will be in our family after passing away of my mother and this doll will go from our family to my son's family till such time we are alive.The doll to the left of the P.C is my daughter's which she has left with us as she is not in India and the doll to the right is the doll given by my Wife's parents which she has to worship as long as she is alive.
The significance being that the girl after marriage is forever by her husband's side all her life and so her husband too all his life.
This is a 9 day funtion and a Joy for boys and girls in Bangalore.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
There is also a belief about " Kotithirtha " that,it is a place where even the Devathas and other Sages from heaven take their bath on the aspicious day of " Tula Sankrathi day in the month of Karthika
The entrance to the town of Gokarna adores the temple of " Badrakali " gaurding the town of Gokarna as per the wishes of Lord Shiva.You can read it in the Guide Book on Gokarna about " Badrakali ".
There is also a temple of Lord Vishnu and Lord Venketesha a 6 feet tall idol standing in front of Mahabaleswar temple.
The temple of " Patavinayaka " also known as " Chinta Haran Ganapathi ",the temple of " Sri Krishna "," Sri Shankaranarayana "." Sri Sharadamba",Sri Kala Bhirava "," Sri Narasimha ",this is also the original place of " Sri Samsthana Gokarna Ramachandra Matt " now in Shivmoga.
Other Temples of high Significance are:
1 ] Sri Nageswara
2 ] Tamraparni.
3 ] Pitrusthaleswara.
4 ] Sri Rudrapada.
5 ] Sri Hithala Ganapathi.
6 ] Sri Kethaki Vinayaka.
7 ] Sri Surya Devalaya.
Great Historical places to visit are:
1 ] Sri Rama Mandira.
2 ] Sri Manibhadra.
3 ] Gobhadra.
4 ] Ekabindu... Sahasrabindu.
5 ] Jatayu Thirtha.
6 ] Maninaga.
7 ] Pandava Ashrama.
8 ] Sri Uma Maheswara.
9 ] Asokavana.
10] Vytharani Devi.
The Beaches that are around Gokarna:
1 ] Main Beach ( Near Temple Mahabaleswar ).
2 ] Kudle Beach.
3 ] Om Beach.
4 ] Half Moon Beach.
These are the Beaches that attract foreign visitors.
Sri Mahabhaleswara Astabanha is held once in 12 years when the shaligram that covers the Atmalinga is removed and pooja havan program mes are held for eight days.
It is said that many people from all over the world had come to see the real shape of Atmalinga at it's bottom could find only that the base of the Atmalinga was deep inside the earth and the Atmalinga was not a STONE.
The other most important festival is " Maha Shivaratri ".
Every where day and night for 24 hours you hear only,Har Har Mahadev,this festival is held in the month of Feb or Mar each year.
The Important Hindu Calender months Poojas and Traditional functions.
Highly Important months
Shravana & Kartika.
Important Utsavas and Car processions.
1) Kamadahanotsava - On Palguna Shudha Trayodashi
2) Dhadhirostava - On Shravana Bahula Navami.
3) Gangastami - On Aswina Bahula Astami.
4) Gowri Vivaha - On Aswina Bahula Chaturthi.
Other than the above during the begining of Karthika Shudha Prathipada till Wyshaka Bhahula Amavasya all Mondays Palaki Utsav is held and on Amavasya Rathotsava ( Car Procession ) is a special function.
Other Tirthas and Temples in Gokarna are:
31] Madhuparkeswara and many more ......
The Thirthas are:
1] Vinayaka Thirta.
2] Samvartakawyapi Tirtha.
3] Agni Tirtha.
4] Aranya Tirtha.
5] Chakra Thirta.
6] Saraswathi Thirta.
7] Bramha Thirta.
8] Guha Thirta.
9] Viswamitra Thirta.
10] Gayitri Thirta.
11] Gokarna Thirta.
12] Aditya Thirta.
13] Markandeya Thirta.
14] Durga Kunda Thirta.
15] Unmagna Thirta.
16] Ytharani Thirta.
17] Asoka Panchaka Thirta.
18] Gangadhara Thirta.
19] Agastya Thirta.
20] Yshista Thirta.
21] Garuda Thirta.
22] Shankumara Thirta....... and more.
Songs and slokahs form the last part of the Guide book.
GUIDE PUBLISHED IN KANNADA BY:
Gokarna .( U K ) - 581326
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
The Atmalinga,the Thirthas,besides the Rishis,Munis and their Ashrams the entire place was also under water but now what we see in the valley of Shrthasrunga mountain middle is the sea and the land Gokarna is just above five meters and any natural calamity on this earth means the land which is Gokarna will be flooded with water from the sea.However by the power of Atmalinga this calamity has not happened since many centuries.
It is said that Gokarna was lifted above the waters by the great Sage Parasurama and even today there is a temple of Parasurama and Gokarna is also known as " Parasurama Khestra "