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!

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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BHOGI FESTIVAL TODAY-14th January

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Resplendent with festivals and rituals promoting peace and harmony
Love and happiness, Hinduism is great indeed. Fourteenth January
Today is BHOGI Festival.the first day of the four-day Makarsankranti
Festival. celebrated widely in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh Telangana

On Bhogi, we discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things
Causing change or transformation. At dawn, we light a bonfire with logs of wood,
Other solid-fuels and wooden furniture at home that are no longer useful.disposal of derelict things is where all old habits, vices, attachment to relations and material things are sacrificed in the sacrificial fire of the knowledge of “Rudra”
Known as the “Rudra Gita Jnana Yajna”. representing realization, transformation and purification of the soul by imbibing and inculcating various divine virtues.
Bhogi celebrated the day preceding and “Makar Sankranti”

Buddha died in Bhogi Pongal at the time when Buddhism was being practiced all over India.

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10th JANUARY-NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY.

Raising cost of living is a phenomenon unfortunate on earth
Affecting all on earth in one way or the other all over!
Rich or poor-most affected are the low income and middle income
People! Food, shelter, clothing, power nothing excluded!None left out!

Winter or summer- winter for heaters and summer for fans and air conditioners
Electric Energy is a must! It costs enormous-thermal, solar, wind all cost!
Today Tenth January is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!
A long cold winter, and we are still living under the weight of heating bills.

We wonder if there’s a way to break away from such high bills while not having
To live in our house like we are out in the cold? This Day is an opportunity
To take a look at our life and our home, and find ways of reducing how much energy
We are using. this is our chance to address the year ahead for reducing Energy Cost..

“KINDLY SWITCH OFF THE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES WHEN NOT IN USE”

“Conservation of Electrical energy is in the interest of the Nation”

Oh! METRO!

 

Living in a metropolitan city like Chennai, METRO means many things! Metro water tankers plying to cover nook and corner to provide drinking water, pedestrians and vehiclers(?!) trying to cross with least regard for safety and getting into collision, blaming metro tankers for all the ills something unfortunate!
This week’s Sunday story (1800th post) in ENVIUS THOUGHTS  deals with the pride of the city METRO RAIL and my recent ride just for its sake from Thirumangalam to Airport and back was indeed a nice and pleasant experience -for me who has not even seen since it started three years ago!

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There are two corridors as of now and the details:

Corridor Length
Washermenpet to Airport 23.1 kms
Chennai Central to St.Thomas Mount 22.0 kms
Total 45.1 kms.

The details of the two corridors are given below:

Corridor-1:
Washermenpet–Broadway (Prakasam Road)–Chennai Central Station–Rippon Building–along Cooum River–Government Estate–Tarapore Towers–Spencers–Gemini–Anna Salai–Saidapet–Guindy–Chennai Airport

Corridor-2:
Chennai Central–along EVR Periyar Salai–Vepery–Kilpauk Medical College–Aminjikarai–Shenoy Nagar–Annanagar East-Anna Nagar 2nd avenue–Tirumangalam–Koyambedu-CMBT–along Inner Ring Road–Vadapalani–Ashok Nagar–SIDCO–Alandur–St. Thomas Mount.

The portions of Corridor-1 with a length of 14.3 kms. from Washermanpet to Saidapet, and Corridor-2 with a length of 9.7 kms. from Chennai Central to Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue will be underground and the remainder elevated.

My jolly ride with my two boys, daughters in law and grandson was just for a little more than a couple of hours last week. We enjoyed it thoroughly as there was no rush worth mentioning.

My boys who have seen several Metro rails in the country and abroad opined that Chennai Metro Rail can be rated as the best! Frequency, maintenance of the coaches and the stations, over all cleanliness every aspect was spic and span!

Here are some of the snaps we had:

 

This way I enjoyed my maiden METRO VOYAGE on 28th December.
We end this Sunday Story with this and we shall meet tomorrow as usual and till then BYE!
May GOD be with YOU!

 

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Thirumangalam Metro Station.

Jaimal Singh (Radha Soami Sant Satguru) 29 December 1903)

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Yet another Indian saint gifted to us by Mother India that is Bharat
Is Jaimal Singh (Radha Soami Sant Satguru) who entered his heavenly abode
On Twenty Ninth of December one hundred nineteen years ago
A sacred day to pay our homage with all respect and reverence!

Jaimal Singh popularly called ‘Baba Ji’ by disciples and devotees.
The son of a Punjabi farmer who as a young teenager set out on a spiritual quest. He became A spiritual successor of Shiv Dayal Singh, the Sant of Āgrā.
Jaimal Singh served in the British Indian Army as a sepoy from age of seventeen
And attained the rank of havildar (sergeant). After retirement, settled
In a desolate and isolated spot outside the town of Beas now East Punjab)
Spread the teaching of his guru Shiv Dayal Singh. place developed
Into a colony called the “Dera Baba Jaimal Singh” and today
Is the world centre of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas organization.
Jaimal Singh was the first spiritual master and head of
Radha Soami Satsang Beas his death in nineteen hundred and three.
Before his death he appointed Baba Sawan Singh as his spiritual successor.

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