24th JANUARY – NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY

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COMPLIMENT is a magical word that has the potential to build up
Peace and harmony, joy and pleasure here and there everywhere
Compliment – remark neatly expressing praise -expression of courtesy!
Winning word leading to WIN -WIN situation among all not fantasy!
Twenty Fourth January today is National Compliment Day!
Sure let us make the day memorable in many lives -a happy day!
One  celebrates National Compliment Day by going all out with praise. The power of a compliment is pretty remarkable: either
Giving or receiving one can boost our happiness and confidence — Making the act a win-win. One never knows when someone could use Some good vibes and hence  spread the positivism by giving someone a reason to smile! Let us go all out to a reason to smile and be happy!
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22nd JANUARY -LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY

LIBRARY SHELFIE DAY – Fourth Wednesday in January

Library is my home or home library is my pet area
I believe in knowledge and knowledge provider is a good library
May be a home library or public library- all are great !
Twenty Second January is Library Shelfie Day nice!

The fourth Wednesday in January  unique opportunity
For book lovers on Library Shelfie Day.
Some collectors of books arrange their collections so their spines are
Admired pleasantly. Others have organization  results in alternative art Form.
Our books are organized on the shelf, to be photographed
And shared on social media. Look at mine below!
Library Shelfies offer book stores, libraries, schools,
And individuals an opportunity to express their reading
Preferences through a single photograph.  they frame
Their favorite authors, titles, genres or cover art,
Readers share  their library in creative ways.
With or without dust jackets, signed and unsigned,
Dogeared and in mint condition, bibliophiles love books of all kinds.

DECENT DHOTI DAZZLING!

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Mahatmaji in his dhoti referred to later.

Prompting for this week’s Sunday Story came from a casual talk on several themes in my evening walk in our colony (Jeevan Bima Nagar, Chennai) a coupe of days back when  an engineer of repute of my age known as TREE NATESAN- as he has distributed  saplings in lakhs  to  many villages, schools, colleges etc in his passion to develop GREEN INDIA! I am in the habit of wearing dhoti right from my college days during 1957 to 1961. I took to pants only when I joined a school of repute in Thiruvaiyaru, Thanjavur as a teacher in 1962.

Me in my dhoti at my office being honored by a towel by  a good friend of mine Mr.ARK

Our Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi , a Bar-at Law-beautifully writes about to his switching over to dhoti in his autobiography!

M K Gandhi as a Lawyer;

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Later Mahatma Gandhi: just before he breathed his last:

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He was travelling in his normal attire in pant and shirt in the course of his enlisting the support of our people from all parts of the country for freedom struggle. As he was walking in Tamilnadu’, one day he saw the farmers toiling on the earth, tilling the soil in an half naked dhoti or towel, Gandhi felt that while countrymen are in such attire, it is not fair to wear Pants, shirts, coats and ties and decided to give up and take to DHOTI!! That he maintained till his last breath on 30th January 1948! as is seen in the picture immediately above.

Dhoti is the traditional attire for men across India. It is often misinterpreted with Lungi or Loongi, but is a different attire. The styles and attitude bearing the dhoti changes depending on the state or province. It has marked its presence in various functions and proceedings. It has many regional names in different Indian states like Mundu in Kerala, Dhotar in Maharshtra, Laacha in Punjabi and Mardaani in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

It was a word that had originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Dhauta. It was also marked as the traditional wear by several leading Indian politicians across the Indian subcontinent.  It was and till this day is considered as part of the traditional attire for several countries like Srilanka, Bangladesh and Maldives. Initially it was worn only with a kurta. The dhoti was also considered to be an attire that commanded respect and dignity.

This garment is basically available in an off white or cream color. The material for this fabric can be either cotton or silk. In most regions of the south, it is mostly made using a gold border. This makes it appear richer and more sophisticated. In most cases 5 yard long strips of cloth are used to make this garment. Approximately five knots are used to wrap this garment in the southern lands. The style of wearing differs in every land. In other parts of India it is mostly worn in a pant style and not the skirt style of the south regions. A part of the dhoti is tucked behind which makes it look like a pant.

Over a period of time, people in India have been influenced by the western wear and traditions. A lot of western culture has been imbibed by the people of India. This has made it a wear that is followed mostly at home. People no longer wear it to the office or parties. It has become more like a traditional wear or home regular wear.

Contrasting Border Art Silk Dhoti in Orange

Contrasting Border Art Silk Dhoti in Orange

That being said, one cannot ignore the fact that it has evolved in its styling as well. Of course, people across India still believe that dhoti, when folded to knee length, shows disrespect. So, they do not fold it up to that length. Also, the various colors in which they are now available are also because of global influence.

Innovation

A lot of innovation has passed the world of dhoti. What was a traditional wear is still dominant in various circles of society, however, several improvisations and westernization has given the world dhoti pants’ that have the structure of dhoti combined with western pants. This is a beautiful innovation that is completely unisex in nature. One can see the brilliance of design and tasteful colors combined to bring out the essence of these pants. This innovation has become a solid hit with the people of India, and in particular the younger generation.

Here is one new innovation named VELCRO by a leading dhoti manufacturers of Tamilnadu with a packet for CELL PHONE on the one side and a purse in the other!!!Additional feature is that it has an elastic strip that will keep the dhoti attached firm on the waist!

My son from US who was here a fortnight  back was fascinated and got one!

 

Occasion

Normally, they are worn during a festival or to acknowledge the marriage ceremony. In most south Indian weddings, dhoti is an important part of men’s wear. Most politicians wear this as it has become their formal wear.  As a mark of simplicity great leaders like KAMARAJ, Kakkan and others were  wearing dhoties-made of kaadhi.   Today;s Tamilnadu politicians wear dhothies!

Pandits and those adorning the temples wear dhotis as their regular wear. In most rural and urban regions, males enjoy the relaxation that one gets with the dhoti in the comforts of their home.

Suitability

This clothing is suited for almost all seasons. The reason being that they are available in both silk and cotton. The silk varieties are basically embraced in the traditional customs and marriages, while the cotton ones are worn as daily wear.

Pancha Dhoti

Dhoti wearing one style -normal in Tamilnadu

Dupion Silk Dhoti in Light Beige

Another style panchakachcham

Global Influence

It has influenced the global culture in many ways. People across the globe are wearing the traditional dhoti in the pant style and have made it a modern day style statement.

Accessorizing

With dhoti, men wear a kurta or shirt when at home. During ceremonies, they carry a cloth called angavasthram to cover their upper body. In case of farmers, a towel acts as an accessory. For dhoti pants, women can pair pearl necklaces or beads adding to the inherent charm of the outfit.

Interesting Facts and Comparisons

  • They have become colorful in the northern regions of India but have maintained its traditional white color with a colorful border in the Southern regions.
  • They have turned into dhoti pants with the innovations made on it.

I am confident that our esteemed viewers would have found this post interesting. We end this story and we shall meet tomorrow as usual and till then GOOD BYE!

FARMER’S DAY – 17th January

None can give greater tributes to the farmers and Farming other than Tamil Saint  Poet Thiruvalluvar whose day was celebrated  on 16th including  a post in this Blog! The following ten couplets -chapter 104 of the Magnum Opus:

Farming though hard is foremost trade
Men ply at will but ploughmen lead                 kural 1031

Tillers are linch-pin of mankind
Bearing the rest who cannot tend.                 kural 1032

They live who live to plough and eat
The rest behind them  bow and eat.                 kural 1033

Who have the shade of cornful crest
Under their umbra umbrellas rest.                  kural 1034

Who till and eat, beg not; nought hide
But give to those  who are in need.                kural 1035

Should ploughmen sit  folding their hands
Desire free monks  too suffer wants.               kural 1036

Moulds dried to quarter-dust ensure
Rich crops without  handful manure.                kural 1037

Better manure than plough; then weed
Than irrigating , better guard.                    kural 1038

If landsmen  sit sans moving about
The field like wife will sulk and pout.            kural 1039

Fair good earth will laugh to see
Idlers pleading poverty.                            kural 1040

 

(English translation by Kaviyogi Sudhdhananda Bharathi)

 

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15th January-MAKARA SANKARANTHI.

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A major Hindu festival with a lot of fervour in our country.
Is today the Fifteenth Of January “MAKARA SANKARANTHI”
Majorly observed in our holy Motherland and also by Indians
And Hindus around the world. Festival is a religious  as well as
A seasonal observance and marks the winter solstice,
And the shift of the sun leads to ever-lengthening, longer days.
Also known as Maghi,  a major harvest festival and dedicated
To the sun god Surya,  marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara (Capricorn) .
Happy Makar Sankranti   kite flying is an important aspect
Also known as Uttarayan as from the day of Makar Sankranti, the sun begins it’s northward journey.The harvest festival Is observed throughout India
Under different names and traditions. The festivities related to
Makar Sankranti have many names depending on the region  observed.
North Indian Hindus and Sikhs,  call Maghi Called Makara Sankranti
As Poush sôngkrānti in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal,
Karnataka and Telangana,Sukarat in central India,Magh Bihu by Assamese,Thai Pongal  by Tamils.In Gujarat, kite flying is organised
As part of Makar Sankranti festivities. Happy Makara Sankaranthi!

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NATIONAL YOUTH DAY-12th January

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There was a great Swami born on Twelfth January Eighteen Sixty Three
Who loved the youth of India, hoped for a strong India on their shoulders!
He was a true luminary,  enlightened the western world about Hinduism.
Ardent disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and a major force

In the revival of Hinduism in India. He pushed for national integration in
Colonial India, and his famous Chicago speech in Eighteen Ninety Three Remains
As the greatest: “Brothers and Sisters of America”! His main objective was to promote rational thinking among the youth, the future of the country.

It expected of the youth to rise to the occasion, fight for the right and
Channel their inner energies, just like Swami Vivekananda would have
Functions are organised in schools and colleges, where the young minds are. Speeches, music, Recitation and essay-writing competitions, yogasanas, are held on this day.Students are encouraged to tap into their spirituality.
Let us pay our homage to that great soul on this holy day!

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11th JANUARY-NATIONAL MILK DAY

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Milk indeed is the food for all irrespective of age and sex
God in HIS own wisdom gifted humanity the nectar from HIS
Yet another creation-animals- cows and all others feeding
Their young ones with milk nectar from the heaven ideal food for all!

National Milk day is today recalling its value,
No adulteration, no extra hydration, thank you
Producers for your sacred service to the Society
On this holy day the people salute you with piety!

When Mahatma refused to take cow’s milk on his own point
Doctors cornered him by asking him to take goat’s milk!

 

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