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Friday, January 26, 2007
Republic Day1
On 26th January 1950 we became a Republic. It is the day we proclaimed to the world that we are a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic and our constitution came into force. Republic Day, in a lay man’s term is a day when our constitution got working. This is the day when we got our "rights" and "duties". They were given to us as a part of the democratic and republic setup.

As a kid Republic day was always special to me, yes! there was the holiday thing and also the Republic Day parade which I used to sit back and enjoy. A republic day parade is much more than showcasing your weapons, army and people to the world!! It marks the independence of our nation in terms of defence, technology and other strategic areas. The various presentations depicting the endless art forms and the people of various states reminds us that "India is still a nation with many colors".

And let me not forget the patriotic songs that were the order of the day on Radio and Television. The songs promote communal harmony and bring a sense of pride for the country in the heart of its citizens.

There are many gems out there but here is one song which always make me feel proud as an Indian..
Jahan daal-daal par sone ki chidiyaa karti hai baseraa
woh bhaarat desh hai meraa
jahan satya, ahinsaa aur dharm ka pag-pag lagataa Deraa
woh bhaarat desh hai meraa
This song from Sikander-E-Azam, beautifully sung by Mohammed Rafi aptly describes the Rich India. A beautifully worded song which gives ample satisfaction to an Indian to be proud of its rich heritage, tradition and prosperity... truly a Masterpiece..

Happy Republic Day to all my fellow Indians..

Jai Hind!!


posted by All Smiles!! @ 9:30 AM   5 comments
Wah Wah Ramji!!! Jodi Kya Banayi???
Monday, January 22, 2007
Finally!! the cat is out of the bag...

Ending months of media speculation, the most talked about couple in Bollywood, Bachchan Junior and Ms.Giggles have made it official that they are tying the knot sometime later this year.

All I can think of saying is, Arre yaar, aap bhi na...ja jaake gire bhi tho kahan? ASH-tray mein?? (sniffs, sniffs)...What have you got to say??


posted by All Smiles!! @ 2:44 PM   6 comments
What the eye does not admire the heart does not desire…
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Aankhen neechi hui tho hayaa ban gayi,
Aankhen oonchi hui to dua ban gayi,
Aankhen jhuk kar uthi to khata ban gayi,
Aankhen uth kar jhuki to adaa ban gayi...
posted by All Smiles!! @ 2:22 PM   12 comments
Sankranti Subhakaankshalu!!
Friday, January 12, 2007
Wishing you all a memorable festive season of good luck and prosperity. Have a wonderful Bhogi & Pongal.

Sankranti is one of the most colorful and popular festivals of A.P celebrated with a lot of fervour and enthusiasm. It is a harvest festival celebrated in most parts of India under different names .. Sankranti(A.P, Karnataka), Pongal(Tamil Nadu), Makar Sankranti (Maharastra and Gujarat) and Lohri (Punjab and Haryana).

Sankranti is the most important festival for Telugus, considering it to be an omen of more light and sunshine in life. Sankranti is celebrated over three days, the first day (13th Jan) is called 'Bhogi', the second day (14th) is 'Sankranti' and the third day (15th) is 'Kanuma'.

Inspite of the fast changing times, the spirit behind the way we celebrate this festival has not quite changed. I vividly remember Bhogimantalu (a bonfire) lit in early morning on the Bhogi Day symbolizing ringing out the old to ring in the new. All the old stuff is thrown into the fire signifying the cleansing of the house and a fresh start to the New Year. Also during this entire festive season women decorate their ‘vaakili’ (the entrance to the house) with 'muggu/rangoli' and place Gobbemmalu (small balls made from cow dung and decorated with marigold flowers)in the centre.
Another great sight in villages during Sankranti is a decorated bull with multi-coloured attire moving from one house to another led by its master who plays the nadaswaram. The 'gangireddu' is trained to perform a variety of feats and old clothes, raw rice and money are given away to them in charity on the occasion.
and also we get to eat the traditional sankranti sweets and savouries like Ariselu and Bobattulu, Semiya payasam, Paramannam, Pulihora.. yummmm…
Enjoy the festive season and have fun with your friends and family...


posted by All Smiles!! @ 2:03 PM   8 comments
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