Thursday, October 24, 2013

Trip to remember: Karva Chauth Special

Finally today our hectic journey of 5 days came to an end today and it seems like 1 week.
We (Me and CA) planned to visit our hometown to celebrate 1 day festival of Karva Chauth in which married women fast (do not eat/drink anything) for the entire day for the longevity of their husbands. Since it was our first Karva chauth after marriage, we decided to celebrate it at our hometown as there are large no. of rituals and ceremonies on this day unknown to my wife.

Ours was a very busy schedule. We started our journey on Saturday, 19th Oct. Below is my itinerary:

Saharanpur (hometown)

The best part was that we have met all our relatives and also attended the marriage of one of my close friend. 

On 22nd, day of Karvaahuth, my wife dressed like a bride like she did during our marriage, put her favourite Lahenga,and then went to beautician. She applied heena on her hands and legs and other cosmetics and also a lot of jewelly. She was looking very beautiful exactly like she did in our Marriage.

 Although, Gents have little role in this festival, they only helps their wives in breaking the fast at moonrise by feeding her yet I also dressed traditionally wearing Dhoti and Shirt. Karva chauth is always a symbol of love and romance. 

We all were waiting for moon to rise from 7:45 pm and finally, it was visible at 8:15. We all went to terrace. My wife performed some pooja for 5 minutes, I took some pictures and then finally, I feed her with sweet puri and open her fast. 

L to R. My wife and Chachi doing Pooja

On this day, women consume the very first thing from their husband’s hand to open their fast. I don’t know how this festival I celebrated at places where due to cloudy weather, moon is not visible. May be these days, technology is advanced so much that people asked their relatives/friends to send the pictures of Moon and that is how the women open their fast in these places. 
After the main ceremony, we took a heavy dinner comprising of large no. of dishes. Then we went to studio to get ourselves clicked as we rarely dressed like this but due to bug queue in every studio, we returned empty handed as we have a train to catch. So, we clicked the pic ourselves.

Finally, this beatuful day ended and we start looking forward to it next year. We promised to each other that we will dress in the same manned next time also and get ourselves clicked by some professional.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Wonderful Message by George Carlin

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. 

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. 

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. 

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. 

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete. 

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. 

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. 

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

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