Monday, August 25, 2014

Trek to Gorakhgad

We wanted to do full night trek but where to? Someone said - Gorakhgad, as he had already done night trek over there. Gorakhgad is located near Murbad taluk in Thane district. From Pune, one can go there via Karjat.

It was full moon night, and we were off to Gorakhgad. We started from Pune at 8PM and reach Dehri village by 11:30PM where we parked the vehicles and started our trek towards Gorakhgad.


Destination




Romantic Posture



Rappelling


Gang



Monday, August 11, 2014

No Karma and No human body

Punjabi:
  • mwie n hoqI bwpu n hoqw krmu n hoqI kwieAw ] 
  • hm nhI hoqy qum nhI hoqy kvnu khW qy AwieAw ]1] 
  • rwm koie n iks hI kyrw ] jYsy qrvir pMiK bsyrw ]1]
  • cMdu n hoqw sUru n hoqw pwnI pvnu imlwieAw ] 
  • swsqu n hoqw bydu n hoqw krmu khW qy AwieAw ]2]

Hindi

  • माइ न होती बाप न होता करम न होती काइआ ॥
  • हम नही होते तुम नही होते कवन कहां ते आइआ ॥१॥
  • राम कोइ न किस ही केरा ॥ जैसे तरवरि पंखि बसेरा ॥१॥
  • चंद न होता सूरु न होता पानी पवन मिलाइआ ॥
  • सासत न होता बेद न होता करम कहां ते आइआ ॥२॥


English Translation:
  • When there was no mother and no father, no karma and no human body,
  • when I was not and you were not, then who came from where?
  • O Lord, no one belongs to anyone else. We are like birds perched on a tree.
  • When there was no moon and no sun, then water and air were blended together.
  • When there were no Shaastras and no Vedas, then where did karma come from?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Where did the first writing system emerge?

The earliest known examples of writing were discovered in the Sumerian city of Uruk in Mesopotamia. They are thought to have been produced in about 3000 BC - very early in the history of this advanced civilisation. The famous king Hammurabi - under whose rule the code of Hammurabi was drawn up - did not live until some 1500 years later.

The first writing systems seem to have been pictographic. The symbol for eat, for example, clearly depicts a head next to a bowl, but this literal linking of things and symbols vanished over the course of the centuries. As the use of a blunt reed called a stylus to scratch symbols into clay became widespread, writing became wedge-shaped which gave rise to the name cuneiform script (which means wedge shaped).

Cuneiform script makes up what is known as logographic writing system, a system in which a single word is represented by one symbol. Over time, the stock of symbols in logographic writing systems tends to become rather large. Chinese, for example, which also has a logographic writing system, uses about 50000 symbols of which 4000 to 7000 are in common use. Faced with this sort of complexity, it is clear why the development of alphabetic writing systems is regarded as being of equal importance to the invention of the wheel.

Note: The code of Hammurabi was written in cuneiform script and created in about 1700 BC. It is the world's oldest recorded complete code of laws. The ancient Egyptian texts were written in hieroglyphs, a highly developed and complicated pictographic language that was in use for 3000 years

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weird marriage rituals

1) Indian men and women born as Mangliks are believed to be cursed. It is believed that Mangalik Dosha negatively impacts married life, causing tension and sometimes the untimely death of one of the partners. To cancel these effects, a Kumbh Vivah can be performed before the wedding. This is a wedding between a Mangalik and either a statue of Vishnu or an earthen pot or peepal or banana tree. 

2) In parts of Germany, a ritual called Polterabend is practiced. It typically starts with profligate feasts and finishes with the entire guest making as much noise as possible. Dishes are damaged, pots are clashed and cookeries are smashed. It is believed that the cacophonous sounds caused by all this represent the inevitable future trouble that the couple will face in their married lives. By breaking the dishes in advance, the community is preparing the pair for the obstacles ahead and at the same time wishing them luck.


3) In South Korea after the wedding ceremony, the groom has to endure a beating from his friends before he can retire with his bride. Friends of the groom take off his socks, knot a rope around the ankles, and begin beating the soles of his feet with dried fish. A particular type of fish is used i.e. Yellow corvine. Sometimes a stick or cane is also used. The intention behind this tradition is to check the groom’s strength and knowledge. He is often asked questions and quizzed during the test.

4) For tribes of the Tidong community in Northern Borneo newly married couples are required to be confined to their house while not emptying their bowels or urinating for three days and nights.


5) In Fiji not only are men expected to ask their father in law for his daughters hand in marriage, they are also expected to bring him a whale tooth. Let’s think about this, excluding the black market the only place in the world to get a whale tooth is in the mouth of the largest mammal on earth, which also happens to spend most of its time underwater. That’s true love.


6) In Sweden, whenever either the bride or groom leaves their table to use the bathroom the other gets kissed…a lot. If the groom has to go then every male in the reception will get a chance to kiss the bride and vice versa.


7) In Congo, if you want to ruin someone’s wedding just hire a comedian. In order for the marriage to be taken seriously the bride and groom are not allowed to smile throughout the entire ceremony.


8) The wooden duck carving is a tradition in Korea. You would wonder what the bride and groom have to do with wooden carved ducks. The deal is that the ducks are placed by the bride and groom in their new home without each other knowing where and how the others duck is placed. The idea behind this is that, if the ducks when brought together are nose to nose that means the couple would have a happy married life, if they are tail to tail then they would have a number of fights.



Friday, March 21, 2014

Trip to Amritsar

Couple of weeks back, i went to Punjab. It's been quite some time that i have been there, and more important reason was, went to see my ailing father. Though he is still on medication but is making good improvement.

Coming back to trip, below are things i still remember:
  • Mandatory gurudwara visit


  • There are more Gurudwaras in Punjab than schools
  • Kite flying sessions


  • After diabetes & heart related diseases, latest is Hemorrhoids
  • Marriages in Punjab evolved so much that now in snacks, you will get only Pastries & other bakery products. No Indian sweets.
  • Orchestra in marriages now have female dancing troupe.


  • Throwing money over Orchestra dancers is still in fashion or a priority
  • In any function, if there are 6 dishes, 4 are bound to be of Paneer
  • Indian Railways have funny announcements 
    • Dont buy things from strangers
    • Dont show your ticket to strangers

as if we know all the catering & ticket checking staff

  • Shatabdi trains should have announcement of next arriving station. That's a wishful thinking :)

Do share your exp of travelling to Punjab

Friday, January 31, 2014

World of skeptics

We all say/believe that world is full of mean / skeptic people but the fact of the matter is, we only make people mean and skeptical about everyone / everything. If someone is nice, we keep on telling that person, don't be that nice, people will take undue advantage of you. And people generally succumb to peer pressure.

No matter what people say on the surface, but when you ask them in private, you will be amazed by their thinking as they will give totally different answer.

When i come across such incidents, i often wonder, why people want others to be skeptic? Wouldn't it be nice, if someone approaches you & says, they recognize you from Twitter / FB / Blog / Newspaper, you say thank you with a smile. Wouldn't that make other person happy? Ofcourse, it will.

We all agree to this saying - Be the change you want to see in the world.

So, if we become and be nice (instead of skeptic), eventually this world will become a better & trustworthy place.