Hindu Mommy

January 20, 2007

Abused child fights back with books

Filed under: India,Kids — hindumommy @ 1:08 am

We’ve read many tragic stories of girls being abused by their parents especially by the father

This is a story of a girl who was physically abused by her mother. Even after two years, the scars of violence that she has suffered at her mother’s hands are yet to heal.

I won’t go into the details of the kind of abuse that she had to live with daily.

Two years ago, however, the violence crossed all limits.

Soon after her mother left for the day, Bharti ran off to play with some friends that she had made on the sly. On her return, she was battered for the last time.

Bharti was attacked with kitchen scissors and was on the verge of being strangulated when she retaliated with all her might. “I pushed my mother back, locked her from outside and ran away,” she says.

Accompanied by social worker Suman Gupta, a profusely bleeding Bharti reached the local police station of the slum colony. Gupta also called up the toll-free Childline phone service 1098 for assistance. The service, initiated under an Indian government scheme, helps children in distress.

This story has a positive end.

12 year old Bharti lives in Bal Niketan, a state-aided shelter home in Chandigarh. Though still on medication and counselling, she is coping well.

Bharti’s class teacher Malik Kaur said: “She is a bright girl. She has the zeal to live and learns her lessons well.”

Bharti is now nose-deep in her textbooks and loving it.

All my prayers and best wishes are with Bharti. I hope she gets to enjoy atleast some of her childhood, complete her studies successfully and gets to do what she wants to when she grows up

January 16, 2007

India to use solar power for billboards

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 11:04 pm

001200409062090.jpgThe Delhi government decided to pass an order on the lines of the one passed by the Andhra Pradesh goverment and take a big step towards helping combat global warming and environmental degradation issues. 

As per the Andhra government order, all municipal commissioners and vice-chairmen of Urban Development Bodies shall take immediate action for installation of solar water system on existing municipal and urban development bodies’ buildings and any new building being built by them. They have also been directed to use energy efficient lamps.

The order also says that lights of advertisement hoardings shall be powered by solar photo voltaic systems at the cost of the franchisee and conventional street lights shall be replaced by solar photovoltaic powered ones.

This is a great move by the Government to combat global warming and environmental degradation issues.

A move the US government could do well to emulate, especially in capital cities.

For full story read The Hindu

January 15, 2007

Hindu temple in Pakistan to get a make-over

Filed under: Hinduism — hindumommy @ 4:11 pm

According to this IBN News report, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain has said that

kataswar_temple_248.jpgA temple complex dating back to the time of Pandavas (called Katasraj) lying almost in debris in Pakistan will now be revived by a team of archaeologists

The sprawling Katasraj shrine is believed having been constructed by the Pandavas during their 14-year exile. According to Hindu mythology they spent 12 years there

Apart from the 600 BC temples, which are in a dilapidated condition, there is a sacred pool with mythical association with Lord Shiva

The pond is believed to have come into being with the tears of Lord Shiva on the death of his wife Sati.

This is a great gesture across the border that should help towards building a more friendlier relationship and reduce the anti-Hindu and anti-Muslim rhetoric spewed by politicians in Pakistan and India.

The Pakistan government has set aside Rs 2 crore for this project. However it estimates that at least $10 million dollars will be required to carry out immediate work.

I’ll try to find out how we as Hindus can contribute to the project. I hope the project doesn’t get stopped half way but gets completed thru the generosity of all the people worldwide.

Youngest web designer of the world

Filed under: India,Kids — hindumommy @ 4:51 am

sreelakshmi.gifWhen children of her age are glued to the TV, eight-year-old Sreelakshmi Suresh is busy exploring web designing.

The fourth standard student of Presentation High Secondary School in Kozhikode, Kerala, has proved her mettle by designing her school website, to be launched on January 15, 2007. 

The Association of American Webmasters has honoured her with its official membership, a rare honour for a girl so young.

Daughter of Suresh Menon, an advocate and Viju Suresh, a schoolteacher, Sreelakshmi’s brush with the digital world began at the age of four.Initially, a little prodding was needed. But once she took off it was a flight to the glory. “After studies I used to spend hours before the terminal. Since my school did not have an official site, I took it as a challenge to design one,” explains Sreelakshmi. 

For students of her school, she is a role model.

“She is an inspiration for even grown up students… our school is blessed with such a talented girl,” school headmistress Sister Roselit praises her.

See the website she designed at www.presentationhss.com.

January 14, 2007

What a cruel twist of fate..

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 9:06 pm

praful chiplunkar savarkar.jpgPraful Madhav Chiplunkar, the grandson of veteran freedom fighter Veer Savarkar and an IIT graduate, was found begging for a living on the streets near Sarasbaug Gardens in Pune.

Praful is the son of Savarkar’s daughter. He is a IIT graduate in chemical engineering from Delhi. After working for an Indo-German Company in Thailand and even the Aditya Birla Group, Praful was burnt in an accident while handling some instruments. He was in hospital for six years at places including Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.

He met with an accident in 2002 in which he lost his wife and son. Praful, since worked as a watchman in a shop and later lost that job as well, which forced him the streets to beg for a living.

Apparently those who saw him begging saw him reading English newspapers around him and that’s how they came to know about him

Here’s sending him best wishes and hope he recovers completely from the physical trauma. I hope that some IIT-ians help him and come to his financial rescue

Read more about Veer Savarkar’s grandson found begging

Happy Sankranti

Filed under: Hinduism — hindumommy @ 8:09 pm

Today is Makar Sankranti. It is one of the most auspicious day of the Hindu calendar. Sankranti is one of the few Hindu festivals that is based on the solar calendar (It signifies the transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn or Makar) and is therefore always on the same day in the English calendar .

The month before Sankranti is Dhanurmasamu. During Dhanurmasam people wake up early to do puja. The day before Sankranti on Bhogi, kids get showered with “bhogi pallu” (fruits and coins) and a Bommala Koluvu (arrangement of toys, Gods) is arranged.

Sankranti is also famous for kite flying.

Read more about Sankranti on Wikipedia

So ” Tilgul ghyava goad goad bola” (Eat sesame seeds and speak good)  and Happy Sankranti, Pongal and Lohiri

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January 11, 2007

National De-lurking Week

Filed under: General Stuff — hindumommy @ 1:54 pm

It’s the week for National De-Lurking  . I may be a little late (OK – a lot late) but I am not bad (I promise) so will you delurk for me…(PRETTY PLEASE!)

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For me, it’s harder to write a comment than write a post but I’m going to go de-lurk on all the blogs I frequent and update my blogroll

 So go ahead – Do it, leave a comment and your URL so I can return the favor.

HAPPY DE-LURKING.

January 10, 2007

Parents are Precious

Filed under: Parenting — hindumommy @ 10:55 pm

I read this and immediately thought of my parents…This post is for my parents – I have argued with them and likeVenkatesh have answered back without patience.

Parents are Precious though we tend to understand that late but I guess it is better late than never

Thank you Amma and Nanna ! 

 This was narrated by an IAF pilot to IIT students during a Seminar on Human Relations

Venkatesh Balasubramaniam (who works for IIT) describes how his gesture of booking an air ticket for his father, his maiden flight, brought forth a rush of emotions and made him (Venkatesh) realize that how much we all take for granted when it comes to our parents.

My parents left for our native place on Thursday and we went to the airport to see them off. In fact, my father had never traveled by air before, so I just took this opportunity to make him experience the same.

In spite of being asked to book tickets by train, I got them tickets on Jet Airways. The moment I handed over the tickets to him, he was surprised to see that I had booked them by air. The excitement was very apparent on his face, waiting for the time of travel. Just like a school boy, he was preparing himself on that day and we all went to the airport, right from using the trolley for his luggage, the  baggage check-in and asking for a window seat and waiting restlessly for the security check-in to happen.

He was thoroughly enjoying himself and I, too, was overcome with joy watching him experience all these things

As they were about to go in for the security check-in, he walked up to me with tears in his eyes and thanked me. He became very emotional and it was not as if I had done something great but the fact that this  meant a great deal to him.

When he said thanks, I told him there was no need to thank me. But later, thinking about the entire incident, I looked back at my life.

As a child, how many dreams our parents have made come true.

Without understanding the financial situation, we ask for cricket bats, dresses, toys, outings, etc

Irrespective of their affordability, they have catered to all our needs. Did we ever think about the sacrifices they had to make to accommodate many of our wishes? Did we ever say thanks for all that they have done for us?

Same way, today when it comes to our children, we always think that we should put them in a good school. Regardless of the amount of donation, we will ensure that we will have to give  the child the best, theme parks, toys, etc.

But we tend to forget that our parents have sacrificed a lot for our sake to see us happy, so it is our responsibility to ensure that their dreams are realized and what they failed to see when they were young.

It is our responsibility to ensure that they experience all those and their life is complete.

Many times, when my parents had asked me some questions, I have actually answered back without patience. When my daughter asks me something, I have been very polite in answering. Now I realize how  they would have felt at those moments.

Let us realize that old age is a second childhood and just as we take care of our children, the same attention and same care needs to be given to our parents and elders.

Rather than my dad saying thank you to me, I would want to say sorry for making him wait so long for this small dream.

 I do realize how much he has sacrificed for my sake and I will do my best to give the best possible attention to all their  wishes. Just because they are old does not mean that they will have to give up  everything and keep sacrificing for their grandchildren also. They have wishes, too !!

January 9, 2007

India Poised

Filed under: India — hindumommy @ 10:32 pm

The Times of India group has put together a very well designed site “India Poised” in honor of 60 years of free India

I love the words of the anthem …and especially love hearing Big B say it in his inimitable voice. 

There are two Indias in this country

One India is straining at the leash, eager to spring forth and live up to all the adjectives the world has been showering recently upon us

The other India is the leash

 One India says give me a chance and I’ll prove myself. The other India says prove yourself first and then maybe you’ll have a chance

One India lives in the optimism of our hearts. The other India lives in the skepticism of our minds

Watch Amitabh Bachchan recite
the ‘India Poised’ anthem (English) View clip Download clip

Please do visit  India Poised and check out their site.

Of note are People making a difference and A Day in the Life of India

January 5, 2007

New Drugs for Women

Filed under: Funny,Women — hindumommy @ 11:02 am

 I got this message about the new drugs that are being invented for women. They sound helpful 🙂

I’ve got to check with my insurance – I really need a prescription to DAMNITOL and ST. MOMMA’S WORT. 😀

Here is the list of new drugs:

Be careful….To be taken only under doctor’s prescription. Side effects are unknown at this point

DAMNITOL : Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to hell for up to 8 full hours.

EMPTYNESTROGEN: Suppository that eliminates melancholy and loneliness by reminding you of how awful they were as teenagers and how you couldn’t wait till they moved out.

ST. MOMMA’S WORT: Plant extract that treats mom’s depression by rendering preschoolers unconscious for up to two days.

PEPTOBIMBO: Liquid silicone drink for single women. Two full cups swallowed before an evening out increases breast size, decreases intelligence, and prevents conception.

DUMBEROL: When taken with Peptobimbo, can cause dangerously low IQ, resulting in enjoyment of country music and pickup trucks.

FLIPITOR: Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage and the urge to flip off other drivers.

MENICILLIN: Potent anti-boy-otic for older women. Increases resistance to such lethal lines as, “You make me want to be a better person. ”

BUYAGRA: Injectable stimulant taken prior to shopping. Increases potency, duration, and credit limit of spending spree.

JACKASSPIRIN: Relieves headache caused by a man who can’t remember your birthday, anniversary, phone number, or to lift the toilet seat.

ANTI-TALKSIDENT: A spray carried in a purse or wallet to be used on anyone too eager to share their life stories with total strangers in elevators.

NAGAMENT: When administered to a boyfriend or husband, provides the same irritation level as nagging him.

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