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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ma Shakti - the complete one




The season of faith has come. Every day the sun rises, defeating the befallen darkness to deliver us from evil with the light of goodness! It is that time of the year again when the good steps in to eradicate all the evil. Yes, it is time for Ma Durga to make her presence felt.

Ma Durga or ma Shakti as she is commonly known as, represents morality, power, strength, protection and much more to us mere mortals. She is the ultimate divine mother who protects us from the evil forces. She is the one to deliver us from jealousy, hatred, selfishness, and ego and of course, anger. Her very name ‘Durga’ simply means the one is inaccessible yet present for the ones she loves, someone who is invincible and the one who can redeem or free us from mires of the world.

Powerful and beautiful, Ma Durga is portrayed as the Devi with ten arms, sitting astride a lion, carrying weapons and a lotus flower. She is the embodiment of Shakti and energy. Mother to Kartikeya, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Ganesha, she is never seen without her children. But there is more to Ma Durga.
Durga – the warrior goddess is just one form of our divine mother. Borne from Vishnu, shiva and other powerful gods, she has many many roops. However, the festival of navratri pays tribute to her nine incantations – one for each of the nine days.

Day 1 – Shailputri
Day 2 – Brahmacharini
Day 3 – Chandraghanta
Day 4 – Kushmanda
Day 5 – Skanda Mata
Day 6 – Katyayani
Day 7 – Kalratri
Day 8 – Maha Gauri
Day 9 – Siddhidatri

Ma Durga is at once a powerful warrior, a loyal wife, epitome of perseverance, extremely brave, bringer of happiness and peace, but dangerous if messed with!

As a fellow Bengali, Durga pujo was and is, a much-sought-after festival. The very mention of this festival brings the idea of ‘new’ to my mind – a new beginning, a new approach to life, renewed vigor and of course, a stronger sense to stay away from the tempting evil. But Ma Durga is a lot more to me than just a festival.


I do not see her as a part of a religion. She is not Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Parsi. She is, as I have mentioned above, a source of strength to all – man, woman and child. A light of energy to help us do good things. Through the nine days and celebration of her nine avatars, she teaches us that there are many facets to life. The good, bad and the ugly are bundled up together. It is up to us to see, to choose the good over the evil. There is always a choice and we must make it. 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Don't be no Judge Judy!


I am totally tripping on the 'Judge Judy' bit right now, thanks to a particular Facebook update regarding GOT's Khaleesi and the late Prince Oberyn of Dorne. Yes, the poor schmuck died due to bad judgement. 

Anyways, back to 'not being' Judge Judy. We all need a little bit of faith, don't we? We are quick to make judgements and categorize people. This includes me too most of the times. But the man I live with shuts me up with a simple answer - "What you gotta do with it? You be. And let them be!"

Wise. Lol. So, here is an interesting video I discovered on Youtube while searching for videos showcasing amazing Salsa. I was looking for a particular video that featured two fantastic kids grooving to the beats. But then I chanced upon this video and my eyes welled up. It is a wonderful that the 'still-young-at-heart' Paddy, 80 years old, displayed a talent for Salsa that beat the shit out of everyone at Britain's Got Talent. Moreso, because Simon the jerk happened to yawn and pressed the buzzer to present this disappointment even before the magic unraveled. He had to apologize (read - eat his bitter words) as Paddy won everyone's heart and Amanda pressed the golden buzzer, sending the dainty dancer and her partner directly into the finals.

Must watch this video to reinstill faith and of course for the fab dance routine!  

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Three notions about a woman's body that blew my mind!

I have discussed this with women I am close too. They, at different points of time, have been first bewildered, slightly stunned and have finally, burst out laughing. Yup, it is funny but absurdly stupid too.  You will see how:

1. No menstruation pain after marriage: This had me stumped for a couple of years until a kind female relative explained the logic. Many women suffer from severe stomach ache at least on the first two days of their menstruation cycle each month. However, I was told this pain disappears once you get married. How? It just does... I was told. Fine.

I got this answer all the time and felt that the women in my sasuraal thought I was lying to skip daily drudgeries. Anyways, one day I muster up courage and ask why is there no pain after marriage.

 "Sab Khul jata hai..."
  "Kya Khul jata hai?"
  "Arre, after your first night, it all opens up!"

Big revelation. Takes me five seconds to recover and I walk away. This is understood as blushing but it is actually partly pity for their life-long stupidity and general annoyance. Menstruation pain, according to me, is due to muscle cramps and not any opening... narrow or big.

2. One has to opt for Caesarian because the baby pooped inside: yeah, I have heard this too. So basically, women (some that I know) look down upon Caesarian. Why? Because child-birth was not to be so easy! But a Caesarian procedure happens only when the baby poops inside the mothers tummy and hence, could get choked on while normal delivery... hence, the procedure.

3. For normal delivery, eat bananas and stuff yourself with ghee: so the baby can slip out easily! Yup, you read that right. So apparently, women are advised to eat bananas and ghee or butter so that the baby can slip out of them easily during labor.


This definitely takes the cake! What say?

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