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Ancient wisdom of Garbh Sanskar

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Some of us believe that we will receive what we are destined to and do not make much effort beyond that to attract the same in our direction. Nothing comes without effort and devotion. To desire an ideal partner, we must first visualize one, and to desire a superior baby as well, we must visualize it.

Parents are responsible for the shaping of their children’s character and if they are disappointed with the outcome, they need to reflect on what went wrong when they conceived their baby. If your child is always bitter and angry, there is a possibility that you were disappointed and hostile during pregnancy and unwittingly transmitted the same sentiment to your child.

If we are responsible for the quality of children we bring into this world, it is to our advantage that we are enlightened to the secrets of the foetus because the fact is that good crops blossom in fertile land and great children blossom out of aware parents.

 

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Countdown begins

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All the mothers who bring a new life into the universe and all the fathers who make this possible…

The book is a result of innumerable conversations with doctors, surgeons, psychologists, parents, and children in India and abroad. The names have been changed to preserve the It is believed that the journey of an individual begins inside his/her mother’s womb. The child is a result of its genes and its environment and parents, if they are evolved, have the power to affect, alter and influence the moral, emotional and intellectual fiber of the child right from the time of conception.

Creation of human life is a magical experience. While our ancestors described it as a blessing from the Almighty, our Vedas and Upanishads dictate that everything that happens in the universe is predetermined from the moment the foetus takes root in the uterus.

Revealing the title and the cover of my new book tomorrow, so watch this space….

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I am Katambu (Day 1348)

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I am Karam.

I am mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana.

While every tree associated with Lord Krishna is precious and documented as some art form, I am fortunate that poets like Jaydeva’s Geet Govinda have dedicated verses to me. I am fortunate that many performing artistess have paid tributes in immortal images to me.

In North India, I am synonymous with Lord Krishna, some address me as my Lord’s sakha, while others describe me as his avatar.

Down South I am referred to as the Parvati’s tree and in some regions as Rohini’s tree. While the Radha-Krishna romance beneath Kadamba is legendary, it is believed that in the Sangam period of Tamil NaduMurugan of Tirupparankundram Hill of Madurai was referred to as a centre of nature worship because Murugan in the form of a spear is placed under me, a Kadamba tree.

So many stories, so many interpretations…

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To be continued

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I am tall and luscious (Day 1347)

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The orchard and the forest blossomed every time they walked the path hand in hand and when they dispersed, my leaves wilted and withered away.

I grow fast and transform colour according to seasons.

Sometimes I feel I am symbolic of Radha Rani’s volatile moods. I reflect her fire and her passion. She blushes pink when Kaanha is beside her, when he touches her and turns green with envy when he shifts attention to the gopikas.  She is red-eyed when furious and ash-faced when it came to parting with her beloved…

They spend long, silent hours seated beneath my foliage resembling a canopy. I have guarded them from atop and my long branches coiled together have gently rocked them to sleep.

Moments of utter bliss…

Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession is now listed on Amazon. To order click here: https://amzn.to/2vogOtk

To be continued

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I am Kadamba (Day 1346)

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I grow in many continents but in India I am predominantly associated with Vrindavan, the land of Radha Rani and Lord Krishna, who was then just Kaanha of Gokul.

I am Lord Krishna and Radha Rani’s confidante…

It was beneath my shade and the veil of my orange leaves that love blossomed between the two and turned legendary.

The world knows about their undying love but I know so much more which I will never share.

Not surprising then that I am described as precious and ornamental. My beautiful ochre leaves and my scented flowers have manifold stories to tell. Stories of romance, stories of intrigue…

The seers say that Lord Krishna chose me as his rendezvous because of my purity and aesthetics. I believe that it was the presence of Radha Rani and my Lord around me that spreads fragrance. My bark shone and my leaves spread each time they touched me.

Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession is now listed on Amazon. To order click here: https://amzn.to/2vogOtk

To be continued

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I am Annamayi, I am Arju (Day 1335)

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The Congo peacocks display their tails during courtship. Their feathers are comparatively shorter and their colours don’t sparkle in the way I shine when I dance in the sun.

I am attractive and I know it, I am aware that my beauty casts a spell around me and I enjoy flaunting my long tail quill feathers whenever I have an audience because I love being watched.

My counterpart, the peahen, is not as boastful as me and it is also because her plumage is not as radiant as mine and her colours, a mixture of dull grey, brown, and green can never have the effect I have on my surrounding. She accepts my superiority and shies away from attention. She hides when she is being watched and the only time she displays her plumage is to ward off female competition or to signal danger to her young ones.

My book Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession is now listed on Amazon. To order click here: https://amzn.to/2vogOtk

To be continued

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Many avtaars of Keshava (Day 1331)

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We are all projections of other people’s perceptions. I am no exception.

Some perceive me as a child avatar. For them I am Balagopala…Balakrishna.

Some view me as an eternal traveller. For them I am Banke Bihari.

I was always there and will continue to be there.

When I renounce my body the surviving part of me will prevail amongst the five ingredients of nature.

 

The sixth will be the heart of human beings.

 

I will be drawn to anyone who pulls me in in his direction and provides me space in his heart.

I have narrated in the Bhagavad Gita that among the elephants I am Airavata, among trees I am Peepala, among the rivers I am Ganga and among the cows I am Kamadhenu.

 

To be continued

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Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession (Day 1329)

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My new book Keshava : A Magnificent Obsession are folklores associated with the legend of Lord Krishna, in fact it is about all those who Krishna loved and imbibed life into, the eight wonders of nature.

In the coming weeks, I will be introducing you to all those eight characters and why they feel their relationship is most precious with the deity but first I have to tell you what Lord Krishna thinks about all of them.

Krishna says:

I am the knowledge…I am the awareness…I am the conflict in times of despair.

I am the shape in the alphabet spread out in the scriptures.

In grammar, I am the adjective, the proposition, the noun, and the adverb.

In tense, I am the past, the present, as well as the future.

In the cycle of Karma, I am the provider and also the receiver.

In times of injustice, I am the oppressor so that those without values learn righteousness.

I am greed, I am ambition, and I am also success.

I am silence that preserves secrets and also knowledge that spreads awareness.

To be continued

My book Keshava: A Magnificent Obsession is now listed on Amazon. To order click here: https://amzn.to/2vogOtk

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Movie Review: Raazi (Day 1328)

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A must watch for every Indian

Film: Raazi

Date: 11 May 2018

Director: Meghna Gulzar

Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, Jaideep Ahlawat

Ratings: 4 stars

 

She studies at Delhi University but her heart belongs to the valley where her parents live. She is 20 years-old but is old fashioned to submit to the dream of her father.

She is scared at the sight of blood, fears injections but ready to inconvenience self to save the life of a squirrel.

Sehmat Khan/ Alia Bhatt is summoned home urgently by her ailing father/ Rajit Kapoor and involved in a plan that changes her destiny forever but before that she has to go through rigorous training.

In her new abode she keeps dark secrets and courts peril, at times she is victorious and at times vulnerable.

In my opinion there are four reasons for watching Raazi:

 

  1. Plot – adapted from Commander Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat the film is set in the backdrop of 1971 Indo Pak war and tells the story of a young Indian spy married to a Pakistani military Officer Iqbal Syed/ Vicky Kaushal so that she can uncover vital information to Indian Intelligence. Understandably it is a marriage of convenience, rather a marriage of dangerous and daunting responsibility.
  1. Treatment- unlike other films within spy thriller genre that focus on operation and explosions and where background music becomes overpowering to instill artificial fear Meghana Gulzar presents her thriller as an emotional story  traveling many intricate relationships.
  1. Detailing – from Delhi to Kashmir and then crossing border to Pakistan, the cultures and dialects of characters fall into place with adequate locations, production design, realistic sets and costumes combined with fitting music from Shankar Ehsaan Loy adding drama to lyrics from Gulzar.
  1. Message – director Meghana Gulzar made her debut with a domestic subject/ Filhaal then moved to a social issue/Talvar and this time addresses a national concern where the take home line is Watan kea aage kuch bhi nahi – the classic all’s fair in war even though war disregards life, sacrifice and relationships.
  1. Performances – the casting director does a splendid job because every actor breathes into the character be it Rajit Kapoor/ Hidayat Khan, Arif Zakaria as the Syed housekeeper or Shishir Sharma as army officer. As Iqbal Syed/ Vicky Kaushal and Sehmat’s mentor/ Jaideep Ahlawat deliver sincere, heartfelt performances.

Alia Bhatt as Sehmat Khan is pitch perfect be it her multiple activities, body language, expressions or dialogue delivery. In her10 year-old career she has embraced varied characters with clarity and conviction and internalizes the rather complex Sehmat with innocence and courage that goes beyond logic and love. When Sehmat falters, you fear for her, when she crumbles, you weep for her.

I offer unconditional support to Raazi and so must every self-respecting Indian. I rate Raazi with 4 stars.

 

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