Category Archives: india

Ganpati Bappa Morya

Ganesha, Ganpati, lambodar, ekdanta, etc, etc
or Lalbaghcha raja … dagdubhai seth…. (d richest Ganpati in mumbai…or maybe of India)

Dagdubhai Seth Ganpati
Oh! the cutest n adorable Elephant God is known by sooo many names all over India, & esp in Maharashtra n other konkani parts of over India on the fourth day of bhadrapad (or bhadon).

Ganesh Chaturthi – [thats tomorrow – Sep3, 2008] is celebrated as Ganpati ji’s birthday.

Seeing the moon is strictly prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Here’s the story

Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees on this day. The festival lasts 10 days, and ends with Lord Ganpati ji’s visarjan on Anant Chaturdashi.
The awesome elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

I wish I knew a bit of marathi and could actually understand whats sung in these fav-since childhood artis of Ganpatiji 🙂

Jai dev jai dev – This video has awesome pics of Ganesha, and visarjan…and even has spiderman-looking Ganesha towards the end 😀

Then here’s ganesh arti in Lata di’s voice cutiepie dagdubhai seth I guess…. richest ganesha 🙂

Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai’s Prabhadevi area if I remember correctly[umm… Mahalaxmi temple was near Mahalaxmi, or Haji Ali… so it must be Prabhadevi….]…..[no camera’s allowed there… but I managed to take a pic / two outside the temple :D]
Umm… there’s Sukhkarta Dukharta Arti by Ravindra Sathe but couldn’t find that….. plz do lemme know if you find more 🙂

An interesting site about the story, about modaks, etc : Indiasite_Ganesh_Chaturthi

Some videos of visarjan (commentary in Marathi)
Recipe to make the cute little sweet rice dumplings (Modaks)

10 auspicious days of celebration!

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi….:)
Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pucha Varshi Laukar ya!
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Tere bin – Incredible India

I simply love this song by Rabbi 🙂
and found a really fantastic video: Incredible India

it kinda suits it so well… and fills me with pride to be an Indian 🙂

The lyrics go by (borrowed), but my interpretation is:
the culture which is inculcated in Indians enables them to be immensely patient (love Gautam Budha’s teachings), unconditionally loving, compassionate, perseverant, humble, forgiving, and so on…… the list is endless….. and conquering the world in almost all fields….. be it Science, Maths, Medicine, Space, Economics… anything…..

tere bin / besides you
sanu sohnia / my love

koi hor nahio labhna / i shan’t find another
jo dave / who’ll give
ruh nu sakun / peace to my soul

chukke jo nakhra mera / and indulge me
ve main sare ghumm ke vekhia / i have gone and seen it all
amrika , roos, malaysia / america, russia, malaysiana
kittey vi koi fark si / there wasn’t any difference
har kise di koi shart si / they all had some condition
koi mangda mera si sama / some asked for my time
koi hunda surat te fida / some were fascinated with my face
koi mangda meri si vafa / some demanded my fidelity
na koi mangda merian bala / none wanted my demons

tere bin / besides you
hor na kise / no one else
mangni merian bala / wanted my demons
tere bin / besides you
hor na kise / no one else
karni dhup vich chhan / shall shade me in the sun

jiven rukia / (the) way you paused
si tun zara / slightly
nahion bhulna / i shan’t forget
main sari umar / all my life

jiven akhia si akhan chura / you said, looking away
“rovenga sanu yad kar” / “you shall weep in my memory”
hasia si main hasa ajeeb / i laughed a strange laugh
(par) tu nahi si hasia / but you didn’t

dil vich tera jo raaz si / you had a secret in your heart
mainu tu kyon ni dasia / why didn’t you tell me
tere bin / besides you
sanu eh raz / none shall tell this

kise hor nahion dasna / secret to me

tere bin / besides you
peerh da ilaaj / what druid
kis vaid kolon labhna / has the cure to my ills
milia si ajj mainu / i found today
tera ik patra / a note of yours

likhia si jis ‘te / on which you had scribbeled

tun shayr varey shah da / a varis shah couplet

park ke si osnu / upon reading which

hanjnu ik duliya / a teardrop fell
akhan ‘ch band si / what was locked in the eye

seh raaz ajj khulia / was revealed today
ki tere bin / that other than you
eh mere hanjnu / these tears of mine
kise hor / won’t be kissed by

nahio chumna / none else
ki tere bin / that other than you
eh mere hanjhu / these tears of mine
mitti vich rulnha / will wither in the dust

Also, check out this fabulous video from another favourite movie Namaste London
One more reason to love India – the most fabulous country in the world – and one more reason for being proud of being an Indian 🙂

Happy Republic Day!

Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂
Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂
Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂

The Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26.
It was the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight of December 31, 1929 – January 1, 1930, that the Tricolour was unfurled by nationalists and a pledge taken that every year on January 26 “Independence Day” would be celebrated and that the people would unceasingly strive for the establishment of a Sovereign Democratic Republic of India. We present India’s first Prime Minister’s reminisces about the Lahore Session.
President Rajendra Prasad’s reply to the speech of the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps at the Banquet in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, on January 26, 1950, after India was formally declared a Republic, strikes a formal note.
Some of the Best Patriotic Songs:
  1. ae mere vatan ke logo, jara aankh me bhar lo pani
  2. Film roja ka gana hai ’ bharat humko jaan se pyara hai, subse pyara gulsata humara hai’
  3. ’Ae mere pyare vatan, ae mere bichare chaman, tujh pe dil kurbaan’
  4. * ’Panchi nadiya pawan ke jhoke, koi sarhad na inhe roke’
  5. * ’jan gan man adhinakyak jai he, bharat bhagya vidhata ’
  6. * Vande maataram, sujalaam sufalaam, malayaj sheetalaam’
How I remember praticing and singing on each of the National day celebrations @school / college 😀
Jai Hind!
गणतंत्र दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें
Use hindi more 🙂

Happy Republic Day!

Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂
Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂
Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂

The Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26.
It was the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight of December 31, 1929 – January 1, 1930, that the Tricolour was unfurled by nationalists and a pledge taken that every year on January 26 “Independence Day” would be celebrated and that the people would unceasingly strive for the establishment of a Sovereign Democratic Republic of India. We present India’s first Prime Minister’s reminisces about the Lahore Session.
President Rajendra Prasad’s reply to the speech of the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps at the Banquet in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, on January 26, 1950, after India was formally declared a Republic, strikes a formal note.
Some of the Best Patriotic Songs:
  1. ae mere vatan ke logo, jara aankh me bhar lo pani
  2. Film roja ka gana hai ’ bharat humko jaan se pyara hai, subse pyara gulsata humara hai’
  3. ’Ae mere pyare vatan, ae mere bichare chaman, tujh pe dil kurbaan’
  4. * ’Panchi nadiya pawan ke jhoke, koi sarhad na inhe roke’
  5. * ’jan gan man adhinakyak jai he, bharat bhagya vidhata ’
  6. * Vande maataram, sujalaam sufalaam, malayaj sheetalaam’
How I remember praticing and singing on each of the National day celebrations @school / college 😀
Jai Hind!
गणतंत्र दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें
Use hindi more 🙂

Happy New Year 2008

Have a blessed and prosperous New Year 2008!

Okies… dats a fav graphic (Diwali)… but has d meaning of the Gaytri Mantra 🙂

You may listen to the awesome Maha Mantra here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIkEFYdXcWs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wozyuBsgCn8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx0Qzs1xqUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=espTd2S-V8I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty2XLidTzfc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5t8kzbJVf4

and this Awesome poem by Rabindra da:

the great poem of Tagore which shall ever remind the Indians what kind of India the poet dreamed of :

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,

Where knowledge is free,

Where the world has not broken up into fragments by narrow dogmatic walls,

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into lever widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake!


Happy New Year 2008

Have a blessed and prosperous New Year 2008!

Okies… dats a fav graphic (Diwali)… but has d meaning of the Gaytri Mantra 🙂

You may listen to the awesome Maha Mantra here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIkEFYdXcWs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wozyuBsgCn8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx0Qzs1xqUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=espTd2S-V8I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty2XLidTzfc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5t8kzbJVf4

and this Awesome poem by Rabindra da:

the great poem of Tagore which shall ever remind the Indians what kind of India the poet dreamed of :

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,

Where knowledge is free,

Where the world has not broken up into fragments by narrow dogmatic walls,

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into lever widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake!


Happy New Year 2008

Have a blessed and prosperous New Year 2008!

Okies… dats a fav graphic (Diwali)… but has d meaning of the Gaytri Mantra 🙂

You may listen to the awesome Maha Mantra here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIkEFYdXcWs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wozyuBsgCn8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx0Qzs1xqUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=espTd2S-V8I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty2XLidTzfc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5t8kzbJVf4

and this Awesome poem by Rabindra da:

the great poem of Tagore which shall ever remind the Indians what kind of India the poet dreamed of :

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,

Where knowledge is free,

Where the world has not broken up into fragments by narrow dogmatic walls,

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into lever widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake!


Happy Diwali

Oh! dats mah fav one….. 🙂 d Gayarti Mantra….. d wordings hv been thr in mah profile.. m glad I found a beautiful graphic 2:)

Lovely! aint it:) looks like lovely people with “enlightened heads/souls”.. all forgiving n caring standing 2gether to enlighten d world 🙂
May God bless us with wisdom – and light our intellects n souls -just like d cute li’l diyas remove d darkness 🙂 pyare timtimate deep 🙂 lovely candles n d cute candlelights 🙂

Happy Diwali

Oh! dats mah fav one….. 🙂 d Gayarti Mantra….. d wordings hv been thr in mah profile.. m glad I found a beautiful graphic 2:)

Lovely! aint it:) looks like lovely people with “enlightened heads/souls”.. all forgiving n caring standing 2gether to enlighten d world 🙂
May God bless us with wisdom – and light our intellects n souls -just like d cute li’l diyas remove d darkness 🙂 pyare timtimate deep 🙂 lovely candles n d cute candlelights 🙂

Happy Diwali

Oh! dats mah fav one….. 🙂 d Gayarti Mantra….. d wordings hv been thr in mah profile.. m glad I found a beautiful graphic 2:)

Lovely! aint it:) looks like lovely people with “enlightened heads/souls”.. all forgiving n caring standing 2gether to enlighten d world 🙂
May God bless us with wisdom – and light our intellects n souls -just like d cute li’l diyas remove d darkness 🙂 pyare timtimate deep 🙂 lovely candles n d cute candlelights 🙂