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Happy Birthday to Swami Vivekananda- The Man who has reached immortality!

     Swami Vivekananda:–

12 Jan 1863 — 4 July 1902

Swami Vivekananda was born on this day, January 12th, in 1863 in Kolkata. Here is a quote from the wiki entry on him.
Swami Vivekananda was born in an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta in 1863. Swami’s parents influenced his thinking—the father by his rational mind and the mother by her religious temperament. From his childhood, he showed inclination towards spirituality and God realization. While searching for a man who could directly demonstrate the reality of God, he came to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and became his disciple. As a guru, Ramakrishna taught him Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism) and that all religions are true, and service to man was the most effective worship of God. After the death of his Guru, Vivekananda became a wandering monk, touring the Indian subcontinent and getting first-hand knowledge of India’s condition. He later sailed to Chicago and represented India as a delegate in the 1893 Parliament of World Religions. An eloquent speaker, Vivekananda was invited to several forums in the United States and spoke at universities and clubs. He conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating Vedanta and Yoga in America, England and a few other countries in Europe. He also established the Vedanta societies in America and England. Later he sailed back to India and in 1897 founded the Ramakrishna Math andRamakrishna Mission, a philanthropic and spiritual organization.

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Happy Uttarayan 2013

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Uttarayan Celebration

Uttarayan(known as Makar Sakranti in other parts of India) is the day when the sun starts to travel northwards marking the decline of winter. The days become longer, the skies clearer and the breeze cooler. Gujarat celebrates 2,000 festivals every year! Among these, the festival of Uttarayan is one of the grandest and stands tall. In Gujarat, Uttarayan is a holiday when every family can be met outdoors. People of all ages fly kites from dawn to dusk. Crowded rooftops, fun-loving rivalry to outdo each other in kite flying skills and delicious traditional Gujarati feast are the hallmarks of the day.

History & Significance:-The fascination and the revelry associated with the kite flying cuts across age groups, class and communities. Although, Uttarayan is predominantly a Hindu festival marking the awakening of the gods from their deep slumber, history has it that India developed a rich tradition of kite flying due to the patronage of the Kings and Nawabs who found the sport both entertaining and a way of displaying their prowess. Trained fliers were employed to fly kites for kings. Slowly, the art started becoming popular amongst the masses. Today, manufacturing of kites is a serious business. It attracts big names of the corporate world as kites provide for the most cost-effective opportunity for branding. The stakes are high and prizes for the competition grand.

Months before the festival of Uttarayan, homes in the localities of various cities in Gujarat turn into kite producing factories with all family members doing their bit in the seasonal cottage business. The paper and sticks are cut, the glue is stirred and thousands of kites are prepared in the market. The string is coated with a special glass powder and rice paste, all set to cut each other’s strings and knock down the kites. The size of the kite ranges from nine inches to three feet.
Members of various communities irrespective of cast and creed are engaged in the business of kites. Rich or poor, people enjoy this festival in their own ways. The aerodynamic skill, devotion and ingenuity that goes into the kite making and flying is almost a religion in itself, honed to the level of an art form, though it looks deceptively simple.

Uttarayan is the time to indulge in ceaseless amazement – in the most pulse racing kite competitions. There are kites and more kites, in all shapes and designs, but some stand out for their sheer size and novelty.
And the excitement continues even after dark. The nights see the arrival of the illuminated box kites, often in a series strung on one line, to be launched into the sky. Known as tukkals, these kites add a touch of splendor to the dark sky. What’s more, the day is marked with the traditional food/delicacy festival of Gujarat like the undhiyu (a delicacy of vegetables), jalebi (sweets), til ladoo (sweets made of sesame seeds) and chikki for the guests from different parts of world.

The International Kite Festival

Every year, the extraordinary fanfare associated with the paper works of art called kite brings people together from far and wide – be it from Japan, Australia, Malaysia, USA, Brazil, Canada and European Countries – to participate in the International Kite Festival.

–>Happy UTtarayaN to all my FrIeNd………………… enjoy with safety 🙂 make it memorable

Sachin Tendulkar retired from ODI–Good Bye God

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When I retire is something I will decide because when I started it was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me into the team. I get my strength from my coaches and family.

Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to retire from ODIs was taken over the “last 72 hours,” though he formally informed the BCCI only last night.

According to sources close to the cricketer, BCCI president N Srinivasan was informed only last night.

“Once he was back in Mumbai after the Nagpur Test, he switched off his phone and became incommunicado for at least three days. The only possible way to contact him was through Anjali’s (wife) number as he wanted some time to himself,” a very close friend of Tendulkar said.

“By Friday night, he had intimated his family and close friends that he wants to quit ODIs. Accordingly, he informed BCCI president N Srinivasan last night about his decision, making it clear that he doesn’t want to play against Pakistan,” the source added.

There are strong indications that Tendulkar would start his preparations for the four-match Test series against Australia by playing in Mumbai’s final Ranji Trophy league game against Gujarat, in Mumbai from December 29-January 1.

Asked about retirement from Tests, the source added, “Any decision on that will only be taken after his performance against Australia. The four-Test series will make it 198 Tests for Sachin and if he does well, he might just think of going to South Africa to complete 200 Tests.”

Earlier, BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said, “It was not sudden. He informed us before the selection about his decision. He spoke to me and the president about his decision.”

BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty added, “What he has expressed is his concern that India has to prepare for the next World Cup. From that point of view, he felt that it was time that he retired.”

India win T20 World Cup for Blind

India against Pakistan, in the final of the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup. No, we’re not talking Johannesburg 2007, but Bangalore 2012. This time, it was the inaugural T20 World Cup for the Blind, which India took by 29 runs.

The 12-day tournament, comprising nine teams, signed-off with much fanfare. There was India’s national broadcaster, Doordarshan, on hand to telecast the match. There were cheerleaders and the customary T20 bugle call being blasted over the PA. There were radio jockeys with boundary-side updates, and there were local actors to add a dash of glamour and get the crowd going. And, most vitally, there was a crowd to get going. A crowd that numbered around 4000.

“I don’t think I’ll ever experience anything like this in my life again,” South Africa’s visually-impaired cricket team captain, Desigan Pillay, said, as the spectators launched into a chant. His team-mate, Hendrik Christiaan, backed him up: “Back home, your wife thinks you’re great. And, probably, your mum. But to see so many people here, creating such an atmosphere, it’s very encouraging.”

Batting first on a Central College ground with a patchy outfield, India got to 258 for 8 – not a very intimidating total by blind cricket standards. At one point though, it looked like they might get much less. Enter Ketanbhai Patel, one of the four fully blind or B1 players in the XI (among the partially-sighted players, four are B2s – players who can see up to three metres – and the remaining three are B3s or those who can see up to six metres). As per the rules, B1 players have their scores doubled and so, when they click, they can make a huge difference for their team. Today, Ketanbhai clicked. He scored 98 off 43 balls, caught and bowled two short of a rare B1 century.

Pakistan came into the final unbeaten, and are the only team to make it to the finals of all four global blind cricket tournaments to date – this one, and the three 40-overs World Cups before this. They won two of those titles, the most recent being a victory over India in Islamabad in 2006. This time round, though, the very vocal home crowd wasn’t behind them and the pressure seemed to get to Pakistan. They lost wickets in a hurry and the run outs in the innings showed that they were nervous.

By the time the final over began, the game was over and the Indian fans knew it. Most left the shade of theshamiyanas (tents) surrounding the field, and crowded the boundary boards. The moment the final ball was bowled, and the 29-run win official, they spilled on to the field despite the best efforts of the volunteers and the police. Photographers with cameras flashing, schoolchildren draped with flags, physically challenged in wheelchairs … they were all out there. Some sprayed bottled coke on others, while the crackers went off in the background.

Over the next hour, the Indian visually-impaired team was hugged and hoisted on shoulders and raucously celebrated. After the speeches – several of them – mementos were handed out to all the teams by former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga and former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani, among others. The star player of the tournament, India batsman Prakash Jairamaiah, was garlanded and India captain Shekhar Naik was handed the trophy. Of course, there were a few well-deserved cheques handed out too.

Goa Tour Packages launches New Year packages For A Romantic Holiday Spot

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Goa is one of the most happening tourist spot in India. Goa has become famous of its beaches and lots of hotel surrounded by the beach side itself. The best time to visit Goa beach vacations is from November to March and also people in Goa say that even in rainy season lots of people tours to Goa India. There are lots of beaches situated in and around Goa, you can do so many activities in beach like playing some games with your family or going for a para-sailing or to jet sailing etc. You can also just lie down the beach bed and enjoy the atmosphere. Such time passes in Goa beach vacations is really too good and it will boost you and it is a total change from your routine life.

You can see few churches that are very famous in Goa. While you are planning to come with your family to Goa for a holiday trip then the best way is to opt for Goa tour package. This will be cheap also while compared with normal rate for Goa trip. You can approach the local travel agencies while opting for Goa tour package. While going on such packages you can save lot of your money from your pockets.

Folk dance of Goa is very famous in tourists. You can feel the presence of past civilization of Goa in their folk dances. No other region in India holds such diversified folk arts, culture and customs. The traditional folk dance and music of Goa has very much influence of the Portuguese culture and music. So if you want to feel the different type of Goan’s culture, Art and Tradition then plan for your Goa tour. Now it’s very simple. You can easily find many cheap Goa tour Packages from tour operators.

While people Goa Tourists Attractions, you can also visit few famous museums which are very famous. Few museums like Goa state museum, Goa science center etc. Also you can go for parties held at night in Goa which are very famous and also too see the beach in night times will also be very different. Also if you want to purchase items for your families then go to Wednesday and Saturday night shopping. A person who want to enjoy the beach and also wants to enjoy the night life with lots of fun, then Goa will be the best place in India. Few famous Goa beaches are Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Colva, Bambolim & Vagator. Hence Goa is the best place to visit for a vacation with family only if you are interested in night parties and beaches.

Happy Birthday Rajni Sir & King of Sixer Yuvraj Singh

Happy Birthday : Superstar Rajinikanth [ 12-12-2012 ]

Superstar Rajinikanth celebrates his 62nd birthday on Wednesday (12-12-12). This birthday will be a very special one for the actor as it falls on the magical date. Rajini-mania is on an all-time high as the actor’s fans line up a few welfare activities.

Rajinikanth made his debut through the 1975 Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal, directed by K. Balachander, and alter essayed a slew of antagonistic characters in Tamil films. He gradually rose to become an established film actor and after a few years, Rajinikanth was acclaimed as the superstar of Tamil cinema and continues to hold a matinee idol status in India.

Rajini worked in over 150 films across various film industries is one of the most influential actors in the film industry. His mannerisms and stylised dialogue delivery contributed to his mass popularity and appeal.

The 3D version of Rajinikanth’s political thriller Sivaji will be released on his 62d birthday. Also, recently, at a function, Latha Rajnikanth unveiled the album of a special birthday song, which was directed by Raghava Lawrence. The music is composed by Vijay Anthony, and sung by the music director and Malaysian singer Emcee Jazz. Lawrence came up with the idea as he himself is a big fan of the superstar.

Happy Birthday : Yuvraj Singh [ 12-12-2012 ]

Yuvraj Singh was born 12 December 1981. He  is an Indian cricketer, and the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie star Yograj Singh. Yuvraj is a left-hand middle-order batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He has been a member of the Indian cricket team in ODIs since 2000 and played his first Test match in 2003. He was the vice-captain of the ODI team from late-2007 to late-2008. At the 2007 World Twenty20, he famously hit six sixes in an over against England’s Stuart Broad — a feat performed only three times previously in any form of senior cricket, and previously never in an international match between two Test cricket nations. He was named the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and was one of the top performers at the 2007 World Twenty20, both of which India won.

He was conferred with Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award in the year 2012 by the President Pranab Mukherjee.  He made his international comeback in a Twenty20 match in September against New Zealand shortly before the 2012 World Twenty20.Yuvraj Singh belongs to a Sikh Jat Family.Yuvraj Singh’s parents are Yograj Singh and Shabnam Singh.

Ajmal Kasab hanged at Pune’s Yerawada Jail at 7.30 am

NEW DELHI: Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Ajmal Kasab, accused for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, was today hanged at the Yerwada Jail in Pune at 7:30 am after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition.

According to an TV reports, the petition was rejected on November 5 after which the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative was shifted from Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail to Pune’s Yerawada Jail.

The entire process was excuted very secretly, the report added.

The President’s rejection came two months after the Home ministry rejected Kasab’s mercy petition.

Kasab and nine other Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had sailed into Mumbai on November 26, 2008 from Karachi and killed 166 people.