Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has been named UNICEF’s ambassador for the South Asia region.
“Thanks for allowing me to start this wonderful second innings of my life”, the cricket icon said.
The recently retired legend was horrified by the high number of children dying due to lack of proper hygiene.
“I was surprised to know that 36 per cent of the world population don’t have access to safe and clean toilets. In today’s day and age to think about this basic facility not being available to a common man, it is really difficult to digest,” he said.
See the announcement by UNICEF on Twitter, here:
November 28, 2013 No Comments
A wonderful story: Some of the poorest children in New Delhi are given free schooling under a bridge, using makeshift blackboards painted on walls.
For more read a full article in The Huffington Post:
November 27, 2013 No Comments
Because of work I was away and reached home two days before Diwali began. We get lots of interesting offers from brands: I love to do my shopping as get great deals. I bought my new phone, purchased chocolates and presents for my younger cousins. On Diwali evening, I invited my close friends for dinner to celebrate this festival together at my home, as we recently shifted to new house. So it was a get together. Mutual celebration: food & sweets then firecrackers (fireworks) till late in chilly weather with friends & neighbours. I wore ethnic clothes as I love to wear traditional on such occasions.
Diwali is the major and final festival of the year for Hindus. It comes in November and is celebrated in every part of India for four days. Two days before Diwali is “Dhanteras”. On this day, people go to buy expensive things like gold & silver. One day before Diwali is when we visit our friends and relatives to offer gifts and sweets. Diwali day is for worship, food and firecrackers. After Diwali there is a day called “Bhai Dooj” when sisters invite their brothers to their homes. The sister prays for the brother, and the brother gives a present to the sister.
As it is a festival of lights so we decorate our homes with colorful lights. We clean our house and business men start new accounts from this day. People who work away from their home and families come back to celebrate this festival. Employees receive a reward or a cash bonus from their work organization.
On Diwali day, we decorate and light our homes by wax candles and oil filled clay diyas (lamps lit to signify the triumph of good over evil) and natural colours design called ‘RangolI’ (decorative art created using coloured rice, sand or petals). We believe that Rangoli shows special respect and invitation to our gods. We pray to our lord in the evening, especially Goddess Laxmi (god of wealth & prosperity) and Lord Ganesha (who comes first in any religious ceremony and has an elephant’s head). We offer sweets and fragrances with incense sticks. Then we eat traditional Indian food and sweets. After all this is done the children enjoy firecrackers with neighbours, friends and families.
Prince Charles visited India in early November, but arrived just after Diwali. So my friends and I had stopped celebrating and so he missed out on our get together. If he arrives earlier he can join us next year. Prince Charles described Camilla as his mehbooba (beloved). She is most welcome also.
Children love this festival a lot as it gives them a chance to enjoy a lot. Varieties of sweets, gifts & lots of crackers keep them busy and there is no school for these days! They start to celebrate many days before, by firing colourful firecrackers and giving cards to their friends.
The Markets (shops):
On this festival, markets here are the main attraction with lots of decoration and new things. People start their shopping many days beforehand. Lights, gifts, sweets, handicrafts, clay diyas, fresh flower garlands (usually marigolds) and designer wax candles you can easily find everywhere. Clay made things are much in demand for this festival.
November 20, 2013 No Comments