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This is Prabhat Nath from Odisha. Currently I live in Hyderabad (India) and work as a Software Developer.
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Friday, January 26, 2007
Republic Day of India

26th January is one of the most important days in Indian history as on 26th January 1950 the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. In this day India became a totally republican unit. The country finally realized the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and the numerous freedom fighters who, fought for and sacrificed their lives for the Independence of their country. So, the 26th of January was decreed a national holiday and has been recognized and celebrated as the Republic Day of India, ever since.

Today, the Republic Day is celebrated with much enthusiasm all over the country and especially in the capital, New Delhi where the celebrations start with the Presidential to the nation. The beginning of the occasion is always a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the freedom movement and the succeeding wars for the defense of sovereignty of their country. Then, the President comes forward to award the medals of bravery to the people from the armed forces for their exceptional courage in the field and also the civilians, who have distinguished themselves by their different acts of valour in different situations.

To mark the importance of this occasion, every year a grand parade is held in the capital, from the Rajghat, along the Vijaypath. The different regiments of the army, the Navy and the Air force march past in all their finery and official decorations even the horses of the cavalry are attractively caparisoned to suit the occasion. The creme of N.C.C cadets, selected from all over the country consider it an honour to participate in this event, as do the school children from various schools in the capital. They spend many days preparing for the event and no expense is spared to see that every detail is taken care of, from their practice for the drills, the essential props and their uniforms.

The parade is followed by a pageant of spectacular displays from the different states of the country. These moving exhibits depict scenes of activities of people in those states and the music and songs of that particular state accompany each display. Each display brings out the diversity and richness of the culture of India and the whole show lends a festive air to the occasion. The parade and the ensuing pageantry is telecast by the National Television and is watched by millions of viewers in every corner of the country.

The patriotic fervor of the people on this day brings the whole country together even in her essential diversity. Every part of the country is represented in occasion, which makes the Republic Day the most popular of all the national holidays of India.

Wish you all a HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY – Prabhat.


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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Basanta Panchami / Saraswati Puja
Basanta Panchami or Saraswati Puja is celebrated Throughout Orissa on Magha Shukla Panchami (January - February). People and specially students worship Goddess Saraswati and celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm.

The Deity of Saraswati
Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, art and music. The worship of Saraswati is prevalent since the age of the “Vedas”. During the Puranic age her form was conceived and accordingly images were built. Clad in white, She rides a white swan while playing a 'veena'. White is the sign of her purity.

In Her four hands She holds a stylus, a book and plays a veena (flute) with two. The stylus and the book signify learning and the veena, music. She is seated on a lotus, which signifies beauty and heavenly origin. The swan is the vehicle as of Her father Brahma.

Time For The Festivity
This festival, held on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Magha is mostly celebrated in the educational institutions. Students observe fasting since morning, wear new garments and propitiate the Goddess to bestow them with learning and eloquence. They offer 'Puspanjali' (handful of flowers) to the deity and then break their fast.

Images of the deity are built by traditional clay-modelers, who are famous in the country for their artistic skill. They make hundreds of such images small and big, for sale. In the evening cultural programmes and feasts are arranged as a part of the celebration. The next day, the images are taken in procession to nearby tanks or rivers for immersion.


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Thursday, January 04, 2007
Boost your Brain Health

There is a lot we can do to keep our brains healthy and potentially prevent or lessen the cognitive decline that often comes with aging. We must encourage our self to take steps to improve our brain health as part of overall fitness regimen.

The Alliance for Aging Research recommends these 10 steps for improving brain health.

  • Eat a Brain-Healthy Diet. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids (commonly found in fish), protein, antioxidants, fruits and vegetables and vitamin B; low in trans fats; and with an appropriate level of carbohydrates will help keep your brain healthy.

  • Stay Mentally Active. Activities such as learning a new skill or language, working on crossword puzzles, taking classes, and learning how to dance can help challenge and maintain your mental functioning.

    • Exercise Regularly. Exercising often can increase circulation, improve coordination, and help prevent conditions that increase the risk of dementia such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
    • Stay Social. Spending time with friends, volunteering, and traveling can keep your mind active and healthy.
    • Get Plenty of Sleep. Not getting enough sleep can have a negative impact on brain health.
    • Manage Stress. Participating in yoga, spending time with friends, or doing other stress-relieving activities can help preserve your ability to remember and learn.
    • Prevent Brain Injury. Wearing protective helmet and seat belts can help you avoid head injury, which has been associated with an increased risk of dementia.
    • Control Other Health Conditions. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet, and controlling stress can help reduce your risk of diseases that affect your brain, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and hypertension.
    • Avoid Unhealthy Habits. Smoking, heavy drinking and use of recreational drugs can increase the risk of dementia and cognitive decline.
    • Consider Your Genes. If your family history puts you at risk for developing dementia, work with your doctor to find ways to maintain your brain health to help avoid or slow the progression of cognitive decline.

    Source: Internet.

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    Monday, January 01, 2007
    The New Year
    Every New Year event is special for it brings loads of fun and excitement and 2007 New Year events would no exception. 2007 New Year kicks off with splendid events and worth watching phenomena's at every nook and corner world. So, what are you waiting for, just get loose and enjoy the marvelous 2007 New Year with your family and friends.

    “Another fresh new year is here . . .
    Another year to live!
    To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
    To love and laugh and give!”

    Indian New Year

    The Indian New Year is popularly known as the festival of Deepawali or Diwali. This festival is celebrated for five days as it marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is one of the most widely celebrated festivals all over India. Deepawali signifies the end of the previous year and the start of a New Year. Deepawali is one of the most cheerful festivals of India that is enjoyed by people to the fullest. This festival of Deepawali, that makes a start for New Year symbolizes victory of good over evil.

    Read more about the Deepawali or Diwali in my previous article “Diwali - The festival of India” in section “My Orissa”.

    People following Indian custom all over the world celebrate Diwali as the Indian New Year, welcoming the spirit of "Happy Diwali" and "Indian New Year".


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