April 17th -YOUTH SERVICE DAY!

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Youth is the stage right to learn service and extend service from and to all!
Time right to be fearless and be kind to all at all times and to all!
Seventeenth April today a great day- -YOUTH SERVICE DAY welcome to all!
May the youth love all and serve all! help ever and hurt never in life!

Service a noble trait to be developed right from the childhood
Nurtured and put to use imbibed from the elders to last for adulthood
Service to all the living  beings sans any consideration
Not for receiving words of praise from others in admiration!

In the creation of the Omniscient and Omnipresent
Lord Almighty- service is a part of all as if a hand or head
That is the noble design of the All knowing Omnipresent
May the youth serve all imbibing from the elders to go ahead!

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April 4th Qingming Festival

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Omnipotent , Omniscient and Omnipresent Lord Almighty
Created mankind to be ever grateful to the humans of
The present and past! We are here now thanks to our forefathers!
We invoke their grace and blessings though they are i their tombs.
Every country has its own culture, traditions and practices
Here is one by our neighboring country-corona will disappear soon!

Today fourth day of the fourth month -QUINGMING FESTIVAL DAY!
Qingming festival- Chinese families visit the tombs of their ancestors
To clean the grave sites, pray to their ancestors, and make ritual offerings.
Traditional food dishes, and the burning of joss sticks and joss paper.
The holy day  the traditional reverence of one’s ancestors in Chinese culture.
Being  observed by the Chinese for over two thousand five hundred years.

Celebrating Qingming Jie in China | Holidays in china, Chinese ...

This post is at the instance and suggestion of S.NIVETHA – topic and Photos selection by her.

27th March- World Theater Day

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Man with his routine  hard and sustained work needs leisure very sure
Leisure time can be spent constructively if only there is  mind pure
May be readings, writings, listening to U TUBE prayers and manthras
Inevitable small screens today at times causing havoc in the young and old!

Days were there when theaters were the only refuge for all!
Today twenty seventh March WORLD THEATER DAY initiated
In nineteen sixty one by the International Theater Institute .
Celebrated  by ITI Centers and the international theater community.
Various national and international theater events  organized
Most important  is circulation of the World Theater Day International
Message. on the theme of Theater and a Culture of Peace in the world!
Noble purpose and let us also join and enjoy in a clean and neat theater
Not today sure CORONA threat all over the world! Let us Confine to home.

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LEARN TO LIVE!

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Learn to live with realities of life
Lest we fall on the thorns of life
Blessed we sure under the pains of strife
Need to know the ways of life!

Rise and fall are part of life
Rich and poor are part of the world
Sick and healthy are part of the mould
Success and failure part of the file!

Hot and cold, sweet and sour gift of God
All are one, all are same keep in mind
All the world my hearth and home
All the creations my kith and kin!

Be at peace with trees and plants
Be at home with rats and ants
Be at joy with sun and moon
Be at love with high and low!

None can deny what HE provides
None can provide what HE denies
Be at peace with what we get
Lest weu fall on the thorns of wants!

Reconcile to the inevitable
Lest we become miserable
Has to be lived, the life available
Sail with the wind and play it cool!

War and peace way of the world
Love and hate part of the globe
Learn to live with the realities of life
Lest we fall on the thorns of life!

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ASH WEDNESDAY 26th February

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A cross marked from ash or dust on a worshiper’s forehead

Every religion has its own philosophy and principles,
Practices and festivals and Christianity has its own!
Twenty Sixth February today is a day of fasting and prayer.
Ash Wednesday  holy day  preceded by Shrove Tuesday
And falls on the first day of Lent the six weeks of penitence
Before Easter. Ash Wednesday  traditionally observed by
Western Christians.Observed by Anglicans, Catholics in the Roman Rite, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravian, Nazarene,
Independent Catholics,  many from the Reformed faith.

Ash Wednesday gets its name from the placing of repentance
Ashes on the foreheads of participants to either the words
“Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or the dictum “Remember that you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.”The ashes are prepared by burning
Palm leaves from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebrations.

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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!