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Celebrate Diwali with all your 5 senses ;)

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Yes, we all have five senses, the senses of Sight, Smell, Touch, Taste and Hearing. Let us take you through the art of gifting experiences in the five-fold pathway to spread a light this Diwali onto the lives all your family members, friends and all those who you hold dear. Look at our five delightful Diwali Gift ideas to find out what you can present to whom: Sight:Send your near and dear ones to some beautiful vacation spots up in the profound mountains or deep down forest resorts so that they can behold the magnificent sights of the snow capped … Read Full Post

Karva Chauth: Of Crocodiles, Tigresses and Khomenibad!

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The origins of Karva Chauth are many, so let us just take a sneak peek at the more popular ones. One legend speaks of a wife called Karva, whose husband was prey to a crocodile while bathing in a river. She quickly tied the crocodile’s mouth with cotton yarn and prayed to lord Yama (the God of death) to send the crocodile to hell. It was only when Karva threatened to curse lord Yama when he realized the extent of her devotion to her husband. He relented and blessed the couple with long life, and sent the crocodile to hell. … Read Full Post

The Magic of Diwali with our explosive Gift Experiences!

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The festival of lights is just a few days away. Five days of fun, frolic, fireworks and feasting are awaiting us all. It is time not just to light up our lives, but the light the lives of everyone around us too. Various states celebrate Diwali according to their main Gods and Goddess. Up in northern parts of India, people celebrate Lord Rama’s return from 14 years of exile and his coronation as king. Legend has it that Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati on this day played a game of dice called Pachikalu, in which Parvati won. Thereafter, their … Read Full Post

Durga Puja: Rise of the Mother Goddess

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The Dholaks (drums) have already ushered in Durga Puja. Although the festivities have different names and connotations in different states, the Bengali community celebrates it with most enthusiasm. An Assocham report indicates that current size of the four-day festival in West Bengal with its over10, 000 major pandals, is worth Rs 25,000 crore and is estimated to rise to Rs 40,000 crore by 2015. This year Ma Durga has already arrived on a ‘dola’ (Palanquin), symbolic of droughts and floods and will depart on an elephant (during Visarjan or immersion ceremony) indicating abundance of greenery next year. Conflicting stories arise … Read Full Post

My Durga Puja memories….

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Here is a guest post from our very dear friend Debjani in USA. Goes to show that experiences always last longer in a person’s memory… Here’s wishing you a very Happy Durga Puja! “For me Durga Puja is symbolic of the most well spent and a wonderful family time! As a child it would be something I would look forward to the whole year around when we would all visit my grandmother’s house! Some 30 people in that big house in Kolkata and it seemed we could accommodate many more! The visuals of the ‘padar’ thakur (every neighborhood has its … Read Full Post

Revealed: The Secrets of Eid Gifting

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The countdown to Id-ul-Azha or Bakr-id has begun.  The Haji Saabs have returned, you have said your prayers to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s (Peace be upon him) great sacrifice, and now it is time to go shopping for gifts for Eid. Have you ever thought of gifting experiences, secretly?  ‘Secret Eidi’ or ‘Secret Imam’ is the latest trend nowadays, and has become a major hit worldwide. Here is how it works! Ask all your family members, friends and whoever wants to participate to write their names along with their own gift wish list on a paper slip, fold it and place … Read Full Post

Onam: India’s True Secular Festival

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Onam is primarily a harvest festival of Kerala and falls during the month Malayalam month of Chingam and marks the return of King Mahabali (who the people of Kerala consider as their reigning monarch) from patal( the netherworld). Legend has it that the once King Mahabali conquered all earth, heavens and the netherworld, making all the Gods envious. Being a great and noble King who considered all people as equal, much to the chagrin of  the Gods  who soon sent lord Vishnu in disguise as Brahmin (Vamana) to deceive the King, while he was performing the while Aswamedha Yagna, on … Read Full Post

Bollywood & Ganesh Chaturthi!

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Remember last years’ redux of Agneepath starring Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Dutt?  There was a dramatic choreographed scene with a large idol of lord Ganesha amidst chants of ‘Deva Shree Ganesha’, which renewed faith in the supreme deity to people watching the movie. Songs devoted to lord Ganesha in Bollywood are numerous, but one the most memorable ones is a track from Humse Badkar Kuan, wherein Mohammad Rafi and Sailendra Singh added that traditionalist touch to it, completely in sync with the film. Another memorable hit song devoted lord Ganesha was Deva Ho Deva in 1989 in the film Ilaaka, … Read Full Post

Ganesh Chaturthi – Celebrating the Elephant God

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Lord Ganesh, the elephant headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, has lots of legends behind him. Most holy books agree that lord Ganesh was created by Goddess Parvati using the sandalwood paste she used for bathing. She then asked lord Ganesh to guard the door while she was bathing. In the meantime, Lord Shiva returned home and was stopped by lord Ganesh. As lord Shiva did not know him, he asked his army of ghosts (Ghanas) to teach lord Ganesh a lesson in etiquette. The Ghanas were easily defeated by lord Ganesh. The sage of heaven, lord Narada … Read Full Post

Teachers… God took his time in making them..

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A teacher is the most important influence a person will have in his life – they are the most selfless and under appreciated people in the world. Not only do they provide an education, they inspire young minds, they create curiosities, they encourage talent and most of all bring out the absolutely best in the person. A special note of appreciation to all the teachers who work with children with special needs. I had the good fortune of volunteering at a special needs school some years back and I understood then what it takes for a teacher to work with … Read Full Post