Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kamadhenu – the sacred cow which grants all wishes and desires!

Universally it is a well known fact that Hindus venerate and worship cows.  Cows are considered as eternal sustainers of humanity because of their nourishing feature, in so many different ways…lovingly in one way to its calf but in many ways to humanity.    
Since the beginning of Hindu civilization cows have been very sacred to us. The Vedas and the epics depict this importance in detail.  They are venerated like a mother. Until recent past most Hindu households had at least one cow, well looked after and worshipped.
This article is about Kamadhenu, the mother of all cows. It is known by many names and one such popular name is Surabhi.  Kamadhenu cow is believed to fulfill all desires as per many scriptures and personal experiences of many. Idols and pictures of Kamadhenu, the mother cow with its calf, at home or at work place, are believed to be very auspicious, as they symbolize prosperity, good health and wealth and grant wishes. You can see some images of Kamadhenu in the attached pictures.
And to know in detail about Kamadhenu you may click on the link below:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy 71st Independence Day!

Today we are celebrating our 71st Independence Day! I wish all fellow Indians a very Happy Independence Day!
This Independence Day marks the completion of 70 years of our Country being a free nation. It is a day to remember those who fought for and gave up their lives to free India from British rule. India's freedom struggle was a hard-fought one and Independence Day is the day to pledge to protect the unity and integrity of our country.
Independence Day is also a day to reflect on our Nation's achievements over the past 70 years.
Have A Nice Day!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Freedom of speech and expression is not absolute.

Ansari (ANSARI), Aadarsh, Arnold or Amit Singh and for that matter every Indian should know that freedom of speech and expression is not absolute. Freedom of speech does not mean careless and dangerous talk; it might be very harmful to society and the Country. One should be aware of the serious consequences of irresponsible and controversial statements and speeches.
This article is to throw some light on Freedom of Speech, due to many recent misuses of freedom of speech for political gains and to foment trouble.
As of now, there are eight restrictions on freedom of speech; related to security of the State; friendly relations with foreign States; public order; decency or morality; contempt of Court; defamation; incitement to offence and sovereignty and integrity of our Country. However I am told that the Constitution does not make any special or specific reference to the freedom of press or any other media, it is perhaps because of this we hear lot of trouble e making discussions and news especially on television.
To understand ‘freedom’ in the context of individuals, I present here some excerpts from an article written by Scott Hughes:
“Freedom starts with a principle of self-control, also known as self-ownership. In a free society, each and every person has legal control (or "ownership") of their own body and mind. As such, the concept of freedom refers to a certain type of political empowerment. It refers specifically to equal empowerment. In other words, a free society is one with an equal distribution of legal rights and in which each and every person has as much legal rights as possible.
Because freedom entails political equality, freedom can only logically entail as much legal rights as compatible with the same legal rights in others. In a free society, any one person cannot have so many legal rights that all other people could not logically have the same amount of legal rights.
For example, freedom does not include the legal right to enslave someone else because freedom includes the legal right to not be enslaved. In another example, freedom does not include the legal right to non-defensively punch other people in the face against their will because freedom includes the legal right to not be offensively punched.
Basically, a free person has the legal allowance to do whatever he or she wants insofar as he or she does not offensively harm or coerce other people against those other people's wills. Remember, the limitation is a logical requirement. Freedom obviously cannot include the legal right to limit other people's freedom because that would be illogical. Freedom does include the legal right to defend oneself from others who attempt to offensively harm or coerce the free person.
Thus, there is an important reason to remember that freedom starts with a principle of self-control.”

Monday, August 7, 2017

Raksha Bandhan Festival –2017.

Today is the festival of Raksha Bandhan. Warm Greetings and Good Wishes to all of you on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan / Rakhi Purnima. This festival is observed in the month of Sravan/Sravana masam on the Full Moon day/Purnima/Pournami. This photo blog post is to happily convey to you how we celebrated the festival today.
Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means "The tie or knot of protection".  The word Raksha means protection, while Bandhan is the verb to tie. It is an ancient Hindu festival that ritually celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. The sister performs a Rakhi ceremony, and then prays to express her love and her wish for the well being of her brother; in return, the brother ritually pledges to protect and take care of his sister under all circumstances. It is one of the several occasions in which family ties are affirmed not just among Hindu families but in countless other Indian families, like among Sikhs and Jains. Rakhi festival is not just among sisters and brothers it is an occasion to celebrate brother-sister like family ties between cousins and distant family members and friends. 

You may click on the attached four links to view our happy and colorful memories of a few of our past Raksha Bandhan festivals:

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A fortnight’s stay at the Falcon Hotel, Telford, housed in the heritage 1767 building!

When you travel out of town alone on work or on a vacation with family, you choose to stay at a very comfortable hotel with good food and service. Certainly a better and luxurious hotel when on a vacation with family. I had to travel a lot on official work and have stayed at a number of hotels. In most cities I had some preferred hotels where I always stayed, the most important reason being comfort and its proximity to my work place. I do remember such hotels, some vaguely and some prominently and others are totally forgotten. And when on vacation we mostly stayed at very popular hotels known for their scenic locations, their luxury and hospitality and we remember them, and in minute detail with happy family photographs.
This article is about one such memorable hotel where I stayed for two weeks. It is the Falcon Hotel in Telford, the largest town in Shropshire County. I remember this hotel for its interesting long history, comfort and magnanimous hospitality by the owner Mr. Gavin Pearson, his lovely family and the staff. You can see them in some of the attached photographs.
Part of this hotel building dates back to 1680 and the entire structure as we see it today is in existence since 1767. It is a Red brick building with hipped plain tile roof and brick end chimney stacks. This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act as amended for its special architectural and historic interest. These details you can see towards the end of this article. This building was a Coaching Inn for over a century when royalty and the wealthy halted here for drinks and food and change of horses for their coaches. It changed hands a few times in its long history and the Falcon Hotel commenced in 1979.
The hotel is a 3 storey charming retreat with 10 boutique style bedrooms, each unique in its design and character. The ground floor has three dining rooms which combine to create a stylish Brasserie Bar with modern interiors throughout. A comprehensive selection of carefully prepared vegetarian, fish and meat dishes are served using fresh, quality, local produce.
Nearest Airport to Telford is Birmingham, 30 miles away, and the nearest Railway Station is Wolverhampton, 15 miles away. Telford is an interesting place. The most important places to see are the Iron Bridge and the Toll House and a number of Museums. The Iron Bridge was unveiled in the year 1779; it is the world’s first cast iron bridge.  Iron Bridge is known throughout the world as the symbol of the Industrial Revolution. The Iron Bridge Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic bridge is just 7.5 miles from the Falcon Hotel. Apart from many other interesting places around Telford one which is easily accessible and not to miss is Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is just 66 miles away.
I was there for two weeks during severe winter and I had absolutely no inconvenience and enjoyed my stay. The hotel has a new owner now and is named as the Old Orleton Inn, and as in the past it is still a popular 5 Star Heritage Hotel in Telford.

Kamadhenu – the sacred cow which grants all wishes and desires!

Universally it is a well known fact that Hindus venerate and worship cows.  Cows are considered as eternal sustainer...