23rd JANUARY – NATIONAL HANDWRITING DAY

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It is rightly and widely said that hand writing reflects the individual
It is said in a lighter vein that handwriting reflects one’s head writing-DESTINY!
Twenty Third January today is National Handwriting Day observed in
USA and other parts of the world! to emphasize the need to improve handwriting!

Here is an appeal by my pet and favorite neighborhood Newspaper ANNA NAGAR TIMES in Chennai:
READABILITY PLEASE!!!
Dear Readers,
As letters from readers increase, we are receiving more and more handwritten letters,
many of them in a hand so small and illegible or large and scrawled as to be unreadable. Often this leads to our discarding a letter, particularly if some part is unreadable.
If you wish us to consider your letter for publication, please please type it with enough space between lines or or write it using a medium hand, clearly dotting the ‘i-s’ and crossing the ‘t-s’.
Many readers also try to fill every squire centimeter of a post card space, making reading or editing impossible.
Please help us to consider your letters more favorably by making them more legible for us.
This holds good for any writing any where for any purpose sure
Let us learn and improve our handwriting right from young age pure!

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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!

18th JANUARY -NATIONAL THESAURUS DAY!

NATIONAL THESAURUS DAY – January 18

Knowledge is power, knowledge of language is greater, more languages
More power! Power comes through word power; word power comes  through more words
Word power is obtained from dictionary, and hence I used to advice
All not to refer to dictionary but read the dictionary!
An hour a day spent on reading this wonderful device increases
One’s vocabulary that gives a command over the language!

More than a dictionary is a thesaurus! A great friend and teacher!
January Eighteenth today is National Thesaurus Day,
To honor Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget’s Thesaurus,
Born on this day in Seventeen Seventy Nine! In Eighteen Forty
Roget retired from a successful career in medicine and spent
Rest of his life working on “Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.”
Result of decades of collecting lists of words and categorizing
Them, much like a scientist would collect specimens.  he collected words.
First published his thesaurus in Eighteen Fifty Two- more than a book of synonyms – it was a complete categorization and organization of each word by meaning.

Poets and writers use thesaurus to help make their writing come to life.
Whether you are looking for a more accurate word or trying to improve
Our writing,  thesaurus in fact is our best friend. Expanding our vocabulary
Increases both written and spoken communication skills, creative writing
Abilities, and can be helpful in advancing our career.Let us read the THESAURUS

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59 AS A TEETOTALER!

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To resolve and to execute something others do not venture
Needs   deep thinking, will power and God’s grace indeed in good measure!!
Not taking coffee, tea is something of this genre and that too at
Twenty one after accustomed for more than a decade sure great!

After listening to an illuminating obiter dicta
Like observation by a great spiritual head KANCHI ACHARYA
On December twenty second of Nineteen Sixty as a final
Year college student of Alagappa College, Karaikudi
Decided to give up my much cherished coffee tea from the following
Sankaranthi day on Fourteenth January Ninety Sixty One!
And today I am FIFTY NINE as a  teetotaler absolute
Though several years spent in cold climate like OOTY and Bikaner!

Managing with milk or butter milk depending on availability
It all depends on one’s will power for a marketing man especially
I was for a major slot of service in Life Insurance Corporation
Much to the delight of colleagues leading to their appreciation!

teetotaller cartoon

 

 

 

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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NO SHAVE NOVEMBER!

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Funny days and functions are there all over the world to enjoy
They too have a meaning and significance which we have to unfold!
To keep us trim and have a decent look by shaving regularly
Every one has his own method! one follows meticulously !

He shaves once in three days-days multiples of three- three, six, nine….
Hair cut only on penultimate Sundays of all odd months-one, three, five….
Unless the day  happens to be an auspicious day like New Moon Day .,
I know him for the past seventy nine years and he is ‘this blogger’!
In service and out of service= retired life now- the same practice .

No-Shave November is this month to bring in awareness by embracing
Our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild
And free. Donate the money we spend on shaving and grooming to educate
About cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle!

No shaving gives a majestic look of its own-cherished by youngsters
And several hair styles developed these days giving a look peculiar
Hair stylists probably make a research to satisfy their clients
Any how that is an indication of the society’s progress!

PINS AND NEEDLES DAY-November 27th.

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Pins and needles though small in size essential in life
Right from our school days in nineteen forties and fifties
Till this day pins and needles in physical form play a role!
November twenty seventh today is PINS AND NEEDLES Day!

Pins and Needles Day has nothing to do with sewing kits
But refers to a play at the New York Labor Stage Theatre
Written by Harold Rome and produced by the International
Ladies Garment Workers’ Union focussing on workers.

Play was focused on the situation of workers during the labor
Movement in America.the play was replayed in London later.
It is all right to do some needlework on Pins and Needles Day
But may be kept in mind how lucky we are to to do that as hobby!

National Pins And Needles Day – November 27, 2018