Thursday, 21 November 2013

Chyawanprash - 'The Elixir of Life'!

Once upon a time, so long ago, at a period when 'good and devoted' Human beings could easily see and have a conversation with God, there was a mighty ruler called Prithiviraj the III, who ruled a vast kingdom stretching from the Arabian country, the Indian Subcontinent to the far east till China and Singapore. The kingdom and its people lived in prosperity. Prithiviraj was a just and intelligent king and a intrinsically generous man too. Culture and traditions were followed. He rewarded people who did anything out of the ordinary - even when courtiers gave ideas or sang songs of praise. The people loved him. A centralised administration was followed. It was truly a golden age where every field excelled exponentially.

Prithiviraj was a determined king who wanted to conquer the whole world. He could have crossed the Mediterranean sea and triumphed over the Europa country. But all of a sudden, the King fell seriously ill. He was bed-ridden. The whole kingdom was sad and prayed and conducted poojas and did everything they could so that their King would rise again. Doctors were called and treatments were given. But in vain. The King did not show any perceptible signs of recovery but he was still alive.

Meanwhile, there was a young villager in the kingdom, called Arnav, who was an ardent devotee of the Almighty. He lived a simple life and had ideal qualities that defined him. He always thought of the God and wrote songs about Him, drew pictures of Him. He too heard the news of the King's illness. Arnav was struck with grief because he adored the king. Who didn't??!! He prayed to the God, desperately to save the King and revive him back. That night, the God appeared in Arnav's dream. He told Arnav not to worry and just simply told that the King would be back on his feet soon in Arnav's expense. When Arnav woke up in the morning, he remembered the dream and smiled to himself and thanked the God. As he went inside the worship room to offer his morning prayers, after finishing the morning 'work and calls', he was startled.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Troops March To The Refrigerator!

Lisa stretched her hands and legs, rubbing her tiny eyes to freshen herself. Lying in the warm and sufficiently dark place beneath the fridge, she saw the time in the clock hanging on the wall. It was 10 minutes to 11 PM.  More 20 minutes for the house lady to go upstairs for sleep.

"Oh my God!", Lisa thought to herself. "It's almost time. She would leave any moment." She could not forget that day in which the housewife separated her troop using a broom after they tried to take food from the fridge. At that time they had resided in one of the cupboards in the kitchen. It took almost a month for Lisa to find all the 200 members of the troop. Only then Lisa thought of the idea to move under the fridge on the stand on the inner side. That is where the lady won't sweep at all. There were many troops int he house but none of them were as active as they were. Most of the other troops collected their food elsewhere, occasionally sneaking in the cupboard. For Lisa's troop, it was always the fridge. ALWAYS THE FRIDGE! You know why? Because in Lisa's opinion, the fridge is a paradise land of food. And the beauty in it was that, all were found in the same place- from milk to meat, from chocolates to biscuits, from vegetables, fruits to juices. The only difficulty was in entering and exiting the fridge. Also the task must be done subtly, lest anyone related to the owner might catch them. But over the years, Lisa had mastered the task of sneaking out food items with great deftness yet filled with subtlety. Except that day when her troop was caught red handed after the lady came down again to check if every electrical device had been switched off.

In the starting, her troop stole food which was enough for a week. But as her popularity rose and became known all over the ant world. She was asked to steal food from the fridge for other troops. In return Lisa would ask/ recruit two more ants to ever growing troop. She started with 20 ants, all of them, her original family. In a period of five months, she managed to have a troop of 200 members.which is still growing. Lisa, now an expert in theft, with the combined effort of her skilled troop, takes hardly 20 minutes to steal a fruit, one piece of dairy milk, three biscuits and five grains of boiled rice. This was the most popular 'order' given by other troops since all these items in the list were almost available everyday in the fridge. The bigger the order, the larger was the troop to carry out that task. The movie series Oceans' Twelve, which she saw one day while the family was watching it, inspired her very much. Her plans had no flaws.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Happy Deepavali!

Before I go on with the post, I would like to wish a happy, green, prosperous, safe Deepavali to all my blogger friends, real and virtual, and to all those who are reading this.

As we all know, this 'festival of lights' is all about Good triumphing over the Evil. There are many different theories surrounding this festival, which I am not clear about. Some say that this is the day when Lord Rama returns to Ayodhya and some others say that the Demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna. Nevertheless, whenever Diwali comes to my mind, I remember what we do on this day. We take an oil bath to cool our bodies, wear new clothes, burst crackers 'to ward off evil spirits', have unlimited sweets, watch television, visit relatives and friends and celebrate wonderfully.


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