Welcome to the Shoelympics


Welcome to the Indian Shoelympics

The Iraqis have been a great inspiration for us Indians who love to find new ways to express their emotions. Such passionate people we are. Passionate about everything from Politics to Movies and Sports. So sitting in my balcony watching a puppy play with an old shoe I thought
“What a wonderful event it would be to hold ‘SHOELYMPICS

Targets : from politicians to film stars and all those whom we would love to show we care for the country.

Types of missiles : Stilettos, Kolhapuris dipped in oil, high heel boots, pumps, hiking boots, rubber slippers, sneakers, sports shoes, studs 😀 anything will do. It just has to hit the right spot.

Participants : All those who have aim, precision, past experiences of throwing shoes at important people etc. One can hire any such person also. We need no resume for that just the drive and passion for shoe throwing.

It would be a great boost for shoe companies who can design special shoes with added benefits and they need not be in pairs. They can be given special names and could be made to order also. Tax Free for aam junta and designer ones for those who love to do things in style even if it is shoe throwing. They can cash on the advertising by making their shows rank number one at shoe throw events.

We can have talent shows on TV for best shoe thrower from all regions and then the mega finale with some well known public figure as chief guest who will be paid handsomely for being on the receiving end.

A publicity for one and all. There will be special editions of magazines and CD’S DVD’S to teach ” how to throw a shoe perfectly

Bollywood music directors, lyricists and singers will come out with the ‘shoelympic theme song

The winner will be awarded a golden shoe depending on the category he participated in. There will be separate categories for Industrialists, politicians, actors and actresses, socialites, sports persons etc and a common man choice category where they can decide on whom they would like to throw a shoe.

There will be heavy betting on who will get the most number of shoes thrown at him/her and bookies will make more money than they make with cricket or even general elections.

Apart from the shoelympics, shoe throwing will open many new possibilities. All page3 people will hold a shoe throwing party at least twice an year and the media will have something new and exciting to write about with great pictures of smartly dressed socialist
in their ‘oh so damn expensive shoes’ throwing shoes either at each other or on hired netas, stars sports persons etc. these people will charge hefty sums for gracing the party.

Offices can have a staff shoe throw contest at the year end where the bosses can be hit with max number of shoe throws. Employees can take out all their grudges at this event.

I found that the shoe throwing thing actually has a lot of potential and can be immensely entertaining.

Any more ideas are welcome from readers.

Do put in your views in the comment section about how we can make this a huge success.

Shoefully Yours

tiku

A Bridge Too Far .. Had To Share This One


Sometimes we get such awesome mails that it is worth sharing them with friends and why not in the blog. So I decided to have some round of laughter session by sharing this one .. ENJOY!!!!

A BRIDGE TOO FAR

The Lord Rama surveyed the Ram Setu and said “Hanuman, how diligently and strenuously you and your vanara sena had built this bridge several centuries back.
It is remarkable that it has withstood the ravages of the climatic and geographical changes over centuries.

It is indeed an amazing feat especially considering the fact that a bridge at Hyderabad built by Gammon using latest technology collapsed the other day even before they could stick the posters on its pillars.”

Hanuman with all humility spoke “Jai Sri Ram, it is all because of your grace. We just scribbled your name on the bricks and threw them in the sea and they held. No steel from TISCO or cement from Ambuja or ACC was ever used. But Lord, why rake up the old issue now.”

Ram spoke “Well, Hanuman some people down there want to demolish the bridge and construct a canal.
The contract involves lot of money and lot of money will be made. They will make money on demolition and make more money on construction. ”

Hanuman humbly bowed down and said “Why not we go down and present our case”

Ram said “Times have changed since we were down there. They will ask us to submit age proof and we don’t have either a birth certificate or school leaving certificate.
We traveled mainly on foot and some times in bullock carts and so we don’t have a driving license either.
As far as the address proof is concerned the fact that I was born at Ayodhya is itself under litigation for over half a century.
If I go in traditional attire with bow and arrow, the ordinary folks may recognize me but Arjun Singh may take me to be some tribal and, at the most, offer a seat at IIT under the reserved category.
Also, a God cannot walk in dressed in a three piece suit and announce his arrival. It would make even the devotees suspicious. So it is dilemma so to say.”

“I can vouch for you by saying that I personally built the bridge.”

Ram said “My dear, Anjani putra, it will not work. They will ask you to produce the lay-out plan, the project details, including financial outlay and how the project cost was met and the completion certificate.
Nothing is accepted without documentary evidence in India .
You may cough but unless a doctor certifies it, you have no cough.
A pensioner may present himself personally but the authorities do not take it as proof.
He has to produce a life-certificate to prove that he is alive. It is that complicated.”

“Prabhu I can’t understand these historians. Over the years you have given darshan once every hundred years to saints like Surdas, Tulsidas, Saint Thyagaraja, Jayadeva, Bhadrachala Ramdas and even Sant Tukaram and still they disbelieve your existence and say Ramayana is a myth. The only option, I see, is to re-enact Ramayana on earth and set the government records straight once for all.”

Lord smiled “It isn’t that easy today. Ravan is apprehensive that he may look like a saint in front of Karunanidhi. I also spoke to his mama Mareecha, who appeared as a golden deer to tempt Sita maiyya when I was in the forest and he said that he won’t take a chance of stepping on earth as long as Salman Khan is around.”

🙂 🙂 😀 😀

The Heat is On.. Protect Birds and Stray Animals


Delhi and most of the country is sizzling with rising temperatures. Yesterday was the hottest day in Delhi in last fifty years. The temperature rising to 43.5 degree Celsius.

Not only humans but birds and animals too are reeling under the heat wave. With heat and humidity increasing to unbearable proportions, hundreds of birds are either getting grounded temporarily or falling prey to the persistent heat wave in the northern region daily. The summer has just began and it will be worse in the coming days.

Summer is one of the worst time for birds and animals. Every day I watch hundreds of birds, some of them migratory, perched high on the neem, gulmohar, poplar and cotton silk trees outside my terrace. The bird calls start in the wee hours of the morning and by the time it is around 9oclock, a silence descends on the lush green trees. occasionally some crows can be heard hidden somewhere. Even the dogs and the squirrels take the refuge of big shady trees to avoid the scorching heat and strong hot south westerly wind called “loo” by the locals.

The sudden change in the climate has adversely affected birds. They cannot fly for long as the scorching sun sucks all their energy. With deforestation birds do not find shade easily and have to take long flights in search of a cool spot. luckily in my area there is a green belt, or what ever is remaining of the original green belt of Delhi and the whole place is dotted with old huge shady trees.

Birds flying high get easily exhausted and, hence, descend searching for water. However, during their downward flight they lose their energy and easily fall prey to predators. we have seen many eagles, kites in past few days searching for water and shade.

Most of the time the bird bath on the terrace is frequented by squirrels who dip their furry tails in the earthen pot to cool themselves.
Urbanization has made these winged creatures vulnerable to heat strokes, and many ailments related to heat of summer. If you see them nesting in staircases or window ledges please do not destroy the nests, that’s the only few places they have.

A bird affected by sunstroke takes three days to recover before it can be released. Always keep water on terraces, balconies to help these parched birds.

We even keep water for stray dogs in our locality. It is a community effort at times to stop bird deaths and help the stray animals in these endless summer days. Sometimes a little cold milk is added to it.

It is sometimes a good idea to mix glucose with water to reduce the dehydration cases in birds. If anyone finds a sick bird please take it to the nearest vet.

Maximum danger for birds getting a heat stroke can be between 12 at noon to 6 pm. If they venture out during this period they have very high chances of getting a heat stroke.

What you can do

Keep a Bird Bath on your terrace or balcony

change the water regularly and mix some glucose if you can

If you find a fainted bird gently pick it up and keep it in shade, feed drops of water regularly

In extreme cases take the bird to the nearest vet.

Do not destroy any nests made on staircases or window ledges.

Always put some millet seeds or any other seeds along with water for the birds

PLEASE DO YOUR BIT TO PROTECT OUR WINGED DELIGHTS FROM THE HEAT OF SUMMER

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Monumental Heritage of India


India is an ancient country rich in monumental heritage. There are ancient caves, tombs, forts and temples that are known for their breathtaking beauty and exquisite architecture.

Here we will take a tour of three very distinct and well-known monuments which are a must watch for all the tourists visiting India, A magnificent tomb of Mughal period, a cluster of ancient caves and a Hindu temple whose beauty surpasses everything around.

Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb is the landmark of Delhi and my favorite monument of Mughal times.

The first distinct example of Mughal architecture in India, it was built by the emperor Humayun’s widow, Hamida Begum, in 1565 AD. Designed by the Persian architect, Mirza Ghyas, Humayun’s Tomb is one of the finest mausoleums built in red sandstone & colored tiles for ornamentation. It is the first garden tomb made in India.

The complex is a World Heritage Site and it is not only an excellent example of early Mughal architecture, but also the predecessor of the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra.

The mausoleum merges the Persian architecture and Indian traditions to give a beautiful effect – the arched alcoves, corridors and the high double dome are the significant aspect of the Persian touch and the kiosks, which give it a pyramidal outline from distance, denote the Indian tradition.

Located in the midst of a geometrically arranged garden crisscrossed by numerous water channels and screened by high walls, the tomb is surmounted by a magnificent marble dome that stands 140 feet from the base of the terrace and is topped with a copper pinnacle. The entrance is a massive double-storey gateway that shows the majesty of the building. The architectural design, known as ‘Hasht Bahisht’ (Eight circles of Paradise), used in Humayun’s Tomb was the first in the sub-continent.

It is homage to The Royal Dynasty and several rulers of the Mughal Sultanate lie buried in the mausoleum, although impossible to identify their graves.

Around the complex, there are several other beautiful monuments like Nila-Gumbad or the Blue Dome. It is an impressive tomb of plastered stone covered with a dome of blue tiles. Octagonal externally but square within, the ceiling of this tomb is intricately decorated with painted and incised plaster. It has a high neck the usual double dome is absent, which makes it a unique construction for this period.

Nai Ka Gumbad, the tomb of Humayun’s barber, is another impressive square tomb with a double-dome built in the same complex.

Humayun’s Tomb is an impressive monument and a masterpiece of Indo- Islamic culture.


Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta caves are situated at the Elephanta islands in India, at a distance of 11-km from Mumbai and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The island of Elephanta was a commercial, military and religious center for centuries and has traces of early Buddhist culture. The Elephanta caves date back to the period between 9th – 12th centuries.

The entire cave temple complex covers an area of about 60, 000 square feet. It is known as The World of Lord Shiva. It is at this place where the main events in the mythology of Lord Shiva are powerfully depicted. The temples in the Elephanta caves and the carvings on the walls show Shiva in different moods and poses.

It is an exquisite example of rock-cut artistry. There are seven cave excavations in the Elephanta group of caves. The entire cave temple complex covers an area of about 60000 square feet and consists of a main chamber and two lateral ones. It also has courtyards and several subsidiary shrines. A mass of natural rock lies above the temple.

The most magnificent aspect of the caves is the enigmatic image of Trimurthi Sadasiva carved in relief at the end of the north south axis of the temple. This colossal 20 feet high image of the three-headed Shiva, Trimurthi is breathtaking and is considered a masterpiece of Indian art. The caves are filled with intricate and detailed carvings. Some of them depict the fabled legends and mythical stories.

The Mahesh Murti cave has special importance because it has the magnificent Trimurthi Sadasiva that stand at a height of about 20 ft and also known as Panchmukhi Shiva. Three faces Panchamukha Shiva are carved into the wall of the northern entrance. Here Shiva is portrayed in the Shiva lingam or phallus form.

To the east of the main temple, there is a courtyard, and the secondary shrine. This temple contains six pillars at its entrance, four of which are free standing. The entrance leads to a hall decorated with sculptured panels depicting legends from the Shiva Purana. Nothing has disturbed the sublime beauty of this place for centuries although many of the sculptures were destroyed by the Protégées rulers who vandalized the place.

Elephanta caves are the ultimate place to get an insight of religious and cultural aspects of India. Here the Indian art has found an expression in stones and is a great visual treat.
It leaves one wondering about the creative and artistic energy of those unknown artisans who brought life into the rocks around here.


Konark Sun Temple

The magnificent Konark Sun Temple is located in the state of Orissa near the sacred city of Puri. It is dedicated to the sun God or Surya and is a masterpiece of Orissa’s medieval architecture.

This temple was built in the thirteenth century by the King Narasimha Deva. It is considered as one of the grandest temples of India and is often referred to as the Black Pagoda. The ruins of this temple were excavated only in late 19th century.

Konark derives its name from Konark, the presiding deity of the Sun Temple. It is actually a combination of two words, Kona (corner) and Arka (sun), which, when combined, means the sun of the corner.

The massive structure of the temple, now in ruins, sits in solitary splendor of drifting sands. The entire temple was designed in the shape of a chariot with 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter, with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings carrying the Sun God across the heavens. Seven horses drag the temple. Two lions guard the entrance, crushing elephants.

The huge intricate wheels of the chariot carved around the base of the temple are the major attractions of the temple. Shadows formed by these can give the precise time of the day. There are carved erotic human figures on the temples walls. The pyramidal roof of the temple is made of sandstone and soars over 30 m in height.

The sun temple is a world heritage site as and is no doubt world’s most beautiful temple buildings.

Learning about King Ravana


I was never very fond of depiction of Rama in Ramayana. Not being a very religious person, I always looked at these characters as mythical and subject to criticism.

The way Rama has acquired a poster boy image is amazing. In spite of his weakness, faults and imperfections, he binds the whole Hindu community together and is a God Icon, unlike Krishana, who with all his flaws is more humane n easy to identify with. An ideal son, devoted loving brother, a perfect king, all these attributes hide his weaknesses.
I feel that there is a scope for the debating the morality of the actions of our Gods…especially the ideal Lord Rama.

Rejection of Sita and her agni pareeksha by Rama always is my favorite topic of debate. A cruel treatment of an ideal wife is the way I see it.

Why did a woman have to prove her fidelity?

A logical mind would ask why a man, who considered devotion towards his wife as Dharma, did all this injustice to her.

Sita on the other hand comes out to be a strong woman .Not a slaved wife to be pitied but a woman with tremendous emotional strength. With this supreme act of defiance, of walking into the fire, she puts the Maryada Purushotamma Rama to shame.

Rama comes out to be emotionally unreliable, unjust, mistrustful and jealous husband.

The rejection of Sita because some dumb ass of a subject raised finger on her character, put a permanent stigma on Rama’s name. I for one would never want my husband to be “Ram like.”

I feel Ravana on the other hand, though he lusted for women and all that, had great respect for them. He never violated Sita during her captivity days.

Bali’s killing was definitely a crime for a warrior hero; it was a cowardly and selfish act. It was clever politics too .Rama wanted Sugriv’s help for rescuing Sita and by helping him in killing Bali, he gains his confidence n respect. Sugriv decides to help Rama by providing his army. A crime which was thoroughly unprovoked, for Vali had no quarrel with Rama and he was unarmed. There are unconvincing series of justifications for his acts but he remains a stained Hero.

In my opinion Rama was no warrior either, the entire war with Ravana was a glorious attempt of the vanar sena (the monkey army), the intelligence of Hanuman. The actual warriors on the front were Lakshman, Sugriv and others.

Perhaps Rama was more of a villain than the actual villain himself, the demon Ravana.

This is my personal viewpoint and I do not intend to hurt any religious sentiments.

A day in the life of a cyber mom


🙂 Karam kiyeja phal ki ichcha
mat kar aaye insan
jaisa karam karega waisa phal dega bhagwan
ye hai Geeta ka gyan

( do not worry about the rewards just keep doing your work)

Well, What a day it has been. The maid crises seems to be spreading like infectious disease. I fortunately knew about the dusky beauty leaving for the big fat wedding and was geared up for the drudgery.

The whole day went in multitasking. Cooking, cleaning, washing, dusting, blogging, managing promotions, answering calls. OK collecting votes is not an easy task. One has to do a lot of floating around in the cyberspace.

the lunch comprising of noodles in tomato garlic sauce and chilled bear did help a bit, though it turned cold sitting on my computer table. The chilled beer warmed up a bit and I had to adulterate it with ice cubes. Sad na?

Anyways, between all the house work and other stuff I did manage to rejoice at my new found glory. For a struggling blogger even a little recognition is like being a star. BlodAdda did that to me. I opened one more beer can to celebrate and digest the food and fact both.

After blogging for almost two years now I feel really in. Things are working well, little money is coming in and I am doing what I love most create magic with my dreams and hopes. Write poetry and all that is close to my heart.

Now the evening has come and another routine of cooking cleaning and what not starts. One can stay without the partner for sometime but without maid, life sucks.

I believe in one thing if Godji (as Ritu calls HIM) takes away one thing He gives another to enjoy.

Thank you Godji for finally taking a look at my work and appreciating it.

Tomorrow is the big day of Voting
for the IndusLadies mother’s day blog contest and it’s a gamble. I hope my friends will stand by me and vote for me.

There is lots to do and so little time. I wish the day had some more hours. Guess I will have to stop rambling and attend to the hungry wolves in my house. I sometimes wonder how big is the tummy of my boys. It never gets filled and they are perpetually hungry as if they have never seen food in recent times.

I love to cook but come on give me a break guys. Wonder what’s gonna happen in summer holidays. Two teenage hungry restless boys

.. shudders….

BTW They are both great chefs but one has to do a compete clean up act once they are through. Great chefs don’t clean. 😦

Hoping that there will be more sunshine and joys tomorrow, I bid adieu

for the time being.

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April PAD Challenge Day 24 travel


I am really running against time I think. Missed the day 23 late on day 24. So much to do so little time.
Anyways here is the prompt.

For today’s prompt, I want you to write a travel-related poem. It can be human travel, the migration of swallows, the trafficking of drugs, etc. Some sort of movement from point A to point B.

My Haiku

Travel

Four old adventurous friends
Fun, laughter, old guitar in the car
destination unknown