SOCIETY SANS CELLS!

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CELLS are inevitable in the present day society all over
CELLS seem to be dangerous species- of course not human cells ever
Society sans Cells-small rooms in Jails confining convicts for life
Atrocities and criminal activities will grow, world becomes a HELL

Different days were there when great leaders like Mahatma and others
Were confined to cells for years by the cruel British- freedom struggle
It was- Andaman cells classic! Cells of today with criminals galore-
Unfortunately true and inevitable for the society’s security.

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Andaman  cellular jail

CELL-LESS hands hardly one comes across today- a technical device for
Effective communication has taken its monstrous proportion

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Mobile phone use while driving  cause distracted Driving and crashes.
Due to the number of crashes  related to Calls on a phone and texting While driving Thousands of death take place all over the world.
Society sans cell phones-a safe heaven!

26th January-Indian Republic Day!

 

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Indian Republic Seventy One
Democratic fruits enjoyed fine
Democratic rights availed in full
Democratic values laid in lull!

Rights yielded place to a free license
License to indulge in deeds nonsense
Nonsense leading to atrocities
Beyond all due sensitivities!

Achievements galore, pride on one hand
Atrocities galore, ashamed we stand!

Corrupted mind, stained thoughts, evil deeds
Here and there, everywhere, pity indeed!

Our success and failure, good and bad
Who is responsible- sure I am!
R-day resolve- to all should be same!
“Let me mend my mind, tame my thought
With power of will, evils to be fought
Sure allow not my Motherland rot!

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SALUTE THE INA LEADER.

Subhas Chandra Bose an Indian nationalist whose defiant
Patriotism made him a hero in our holy Motherland India.
His attempt during World War Two to rid India of British rule
With the help of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan had its own critics.

Today twenty third January is his birth day-born in Eighteen
Ninety Seven in Cuttack and died in Nineteen Forty Five in TaipeiTaiwan.
Nick named as Netaji was born to Janakinath Bose Prabhabati Bose,
Educated in Scottish Church College and Presidency University.

A great leader of unparalleled boldness and valor rare to come across
Holy Bharathmatha’s gift to our Nation.Let us salute him on this day!
Indian National Army founded by him contributed to our freedom
Old guards of INA  happily recollect their connections and are proud!
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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!

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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TIRUVALLUVAR DAY-16TH JANUARY

OF THE THREE of my mentors from their heavenly abode one is
The great Tamil Saint Poet born nearly three thousand years
Ago in Chennai,Tamillnadu! THIRUVALLUVAR, a versatile Tamil poet
And philosopher. author of the magnum opus Thirukkuṛaḷ,
A collection of couplets one thousand three hundred and thirty
On ethics, political and economical matters, and love.
An exceptional and widely cherished work in Tamil literature ]

Little is known for sure about his family background, religious
Affiliation, or birthplace. He is believed to have lived at least in the town of Mylapore and Maraimalai Adigal gives thirty one BCE as the birth year of Valluvar,
Valluvar has influenced a wide range of scholars down the ages since his time
Across the ethical, social, political, economical, religious, philosophical, and Spiritual spheres. long been venerated as a great sage, and his Thirukkural a classic.

The other two mentors are Mahatma Gandhi and Bharathiyar
Who guide me and take me by their hands as I step out
And bring me back home safe and sound. They constantly
Sit on my study table in the form of their writings!

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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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