Dogra Beach: Balasore’s Untouched beach !

It’s very difficult to find a beach without litter and over-population. An unfortunate reality of my home town Balasore. Located in the eastern coast of India (Bay of Bengal), in a state named Odisha.

We intend to find one.

I with my friend, a commercial pilot licensee (our perfect guide) and a young Canadian NGO guy on couch surfing to Balasore. In one bike with a pillion rider and a Scooty, we traced a distance of 65 KM (approx.) out of which 30 in NH-5 (giving us the real taste of India, salty & sandy) and rest inside and out of beautiful villages with fresh breeze peppered with farm-forest beauty. Though the Sun was upon us, the cold sweet flowing breeze was perfect for a short bike trip. It took us almost 2 hours to reach a beach named “Dogra Beach”.

Dogra Beach "0 Km"

Dogra Beach “0 Km”

So calm, quiet away from the city hustle bustle, a lonely planet untouched with worldly undigested materials. We walked along the beach, put our feet in the water, sssswww… ice cold which demotivated us for a swimming stint. We walked ahead inspecting small wooden boats kept for fishing, had a small chit-chat with humble fisherman preparing themselves for a night-out in sea. Walking along we were welcomed by our sweet little red crabs, huge in number but scared. As we get nearer, they sneak into their hole digged in the sand. Playing hide & seek with them was real fun. Run, shout, relish, absorb the environment, we finally settled near the shadow of a parked boat near the sea. Had a good friendly chat about the world and philosophy. Few moment of silence and you hear the roaring waves hitting the shore with a back drop of flowing wind, bringing with them the quelling of sea flying birds. Best natural musical composition you will ever hear. Then we packed our bags and left.

What we brought with us at the end, a shoe full of sand, little madness and a mind with more peace than ever.

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On our way back, we made a halt in a small tribal village named siligudi and had local rice-wine named “Handiaa” with them in their hut cum bar. Watched chicken fight and gambling. Left, another halt at a dhaba in NH-5 near basta, had a lively, awesome & tasty dinner. But out of cash, my CPL friend drove 15 km ahead, lost & found himself and an ATM.

Morale of the story, Always carry cash while traveling country side and yes, do visit Dogra beach, still untouched.

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LOS(ing)T : “Welcome to the City of Toys”

I could vividly remember that day, was my last day at bengaluru and was feeling pretty nostalgic. I just wanted to add another feather to my long charming memory of bengaluru, where I spend almost 5 years of my college and an entrepreneurship life. Enjoyment, Friendship, love and Frustration, each add some meaning to your life and in time, a past, which you always relish and laugh at.

When I was in my undergrad days (almost 4 years back), I read about a small sleepy town called Channapatna, 60 km south-west of Bengaluru, and the dying art of making wooden toys. How the ancient art of making toy out of wooden block, which is toxic free in all sense, is getting extinct. And How few artisans struggling hard to make this art stay alive and making living out of it. How a piece of art promoting healthy living (in children) is replaced by cheap, toxic Chinese toys, further depleting the life of master artisan to an edge of life for survival, it pains me sometimes on a mere thought of a truth which is so sensible yet ignored by the fast-rapid moving and advancing society. I just wanted to go……

Few note on the town Channapatna and its wood toys :-

Channapatna is also called as “goMbegaLa ooru” meaning toys town in English or Famously ” City of Toys”. The origin of these toys can be traced to the reign of Tipu Sultan who invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in the making of wooden toys. For nearly two centuries, ivory-wood was the main wood used in the making of these toys, though rosewood and sandalwood were also occasionally used.This traditional craft is protected as a geographical indication (GI) under the World Trade Organization, administered by the Government of Karnataka.

So, One day before I was about to leave bengaluru, On morning of 30th June, 2014, at around 5 am, I put on a wind-cheater, sneak my way through my friend’s room, stealing his bike key and the awesome helmet. With a beautiful drizzling, chill morning paving my way for an un-planned journey and the rising sun encouraging me, LET’s GO !!. No, It was not a 1000 cc or 500 cc super or sub-super bike, It was a 100 cc Bajaj platina, the best mileage bike, which I drove around 120 km/hr, the max. the bike can give. Beautiful country ride with mountains, farm and forest all round……and more….

Took few pics and videos which I wanted to show you, is the reason why I wrote this blog, not blah blah blah about the place and their life, enough written and lost in words, I just wanted to preserve my sweet memory in the pictures I took. Thank you !

WELCOME 

“CITY OF TOYS”

Channapatna

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And a small clip to showcase their hard working and skill :

Take some time and visit the tiny little world in our beautiful country, as said in the words of the great man –
A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people”
– Mahatma Gandhi

The Great Carvings in India’s World Heritage Monuments by Us !

Recently I visited Gol Gumbaz of Bijapur, Karnataka, It has been added in the World’s heritage by UNESCO. Remarkable, so it’s History.

Gol Gumbaz Bijapur

Gol  Gumbaz, the mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah (AD 1626 –56) located in Bijapur, District Bijapur, Karnataka State is an important monument of Indo-Islamic architecture aptly known for its amazing dimensions and unique acoustic features. The construction of this building was completed and the deceased king was interred in this building in 1034 AH (AD 1656) and contains the sepulcher containing the tombs of Muhammad Adil Shah, the 7th Sultan of the Adil Shahi dynasty, his wives and daughters.

The most amazing part of this monument is its huge dome. Constructed in the year 1656, the dome is 44 meters in diameter, which made it the second largest dome in the world when it was constructed. The largest being the Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence which is 45.5 meters in diameter.

Whispering Gallery – At a height of 33.22 m from the floor of the hall, projects a 3.25 m wide gallery, all round the inner periphery of the dome. This gallery is called the ‘Whispering Gallery’, because even the finest whisper or sound made in it is heard from side to side and even a single loud clap is distinctly echoed over ten times.

Looking at this Marvelous human endeavor, it reminds me of Char Minar, Hyderabad. A unique similarity between the artistic work of both the monuments gave me a feeling of how united we are. The beautiful carvings in the wall of our precious monuments – I was just unable to control by lurch of photography. Taken some beautiful images, Posted Below.

What’s your feeling?

It’s so touchy, I felt so emotional. The amount of patience and love is required to climb a 5 foot wall to engrave your love without being caught by the prying eyes of loveless guards, sleeping somewhere near the monument is…. Is…. Incredible.

See man (woman), the carvings is just so remarkable. It has been engraved recently into the wall of this colossal which dates back to 15-16th Century. (Who give a damn?). There are so many names engraved in 1 inch of the wall that it is very difficult to decode who loves whom. The ASI has proposed to form a team of experts to decode it but the proposal is still in-waiting as all the experts are busy digging for gold somewhere in no-where (its secret).

Incredible India’s New Adv.

“Come, visit, once again, again & again for the writing of our near previous generation that has been carved in more than 15 languages of our country, Shows how united we are. The lost story of real love, which no-where found in this current tech savvy wall of Fb & twitter. Come, Relish, Even search your and your ancestor name in it and fall in their eternal love.

Come visit Incredible India by Our Un-credible People”  

Last tribute to all the love-lust or Lost Love, whose love is alive Or dead.

1 Minute silent for them and RETHINK, RETHINK

Why the hell did Shahajahan Made a Taj Mahal to symbolize Love?

Or, is it just the Engravings-Carvings-Writings.

What matters – Human Psychology – Carved, Preserved!

 Note to our coming generation:

“People, who don’t learn from their history, Are bound to fail” We did the mistake of demeaning and damaging our heritage, Plz you save it

Or-Else the history will have to repeat itself to preserve it, which will be quite painful & disillusioned.

Thanks : ASI and our unique people !

Amazing Mela – The PalliShree

Welcome to the Show, Will take you to a picturesque ride – the MELA.

But what’s the MELA is all about ?

RIDE :-

An effort by a 18 year old boy to understand the rural culture and how it connects to our urban world. Though the pictures are taken from a 2 Mega Pixel mobile phone camera But it’s not about the picture’s quality, It was and always will be – “THE FEELING”, which always makes us feel connected to our ancestors, our heritage and to oneself. They say na “I traveled length and breadth of the world, to the five oceans, to the seven continents, but my heart still lies in the sand of my mother, where I feel the eternal love and I was and I will (always) come back for you, My Motherland. To all my fellows with heart – “Maa tujhe Salaam” !

Welcome to  “Pallishree Mela”

Its a national level Mela organized to popularize the ethnic & rural products of different states and districts & to create opportunities for artisans/producers to showcase their talent of heritage and ancestral spirit in-order to build up long term marketing tie up with prospective buyers ( WE ) across the country.

In emotional sense it bridges the gap we had with our fellow folk people residing in rural areas with their illiterate awesome talent which is a rare piece of art to be kept alive and praise for generations to come.

In economic sense :

This exhibition facilitates the future marketing prospects and wide contacts with the following outcomes.

  • Display, demonstrate and sale of products.
  • Provide a platform to the Swarojagaries to interact with the prospective buyers.
  • Facilitates the buyer-seller meet.
  • Provide a forum for technology transfer.
  • Producers get the feedback from the final consumers and are able to know the market tastes and preferences.
  • An experience of ethnic/rural India-through design forms, demonstration by the swarojagaries, folk dance, films, ethnic food etc.

    Organised by
    :-Panchayati Raj Dept., Govt. of State in association with Dist. Administration.

    Demonstration On :-

    Agarbatti, Handloom, Terra Cotta, Marble & Jute Products for dissemination of technology.


    Major Products :-

    Chanderi Saree & brass metal products from Madhya Pradesh. woolen items from Kashmir, Leather products from Rajasthan, Wooden items from Andhra Pradesh, Cane & Bamboo items from Tripura, Tangai silk, cotton & silk from West Bengal, Decorative items from North East, Incense items from Mysore,Kanjivaram sarees from Tamilnadu,chikan works from Lucknow ,Handloom & Handicrafts products from Odisha, Bamboo products from Meghalaya, Wollen garments from Punjab etc.


    Participating states :-

    Assam, WB, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerla, Karnataka, Maharastra, Gujurat, Rajsthan, Delhi, UP, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Sikkim & Uttarakhand.


Welcome to the Picturesque Ride !

Ever in your life got a chance to visit this mesmerizing Mela, don’t miss it – And yup – ENTRY is Absolutely FREE !

And to all my fellow people, how sour the division can be and how corrupt our leaders can be BUT Do-Not corrupt your soul, We are and always be the ONE ” BHARATIYA”

Happy INDEPENDENCE Day

this 67th Anniversary – ” Be Nationalist “

Indian-Independence-Day-2013

Just tried to connect few missing dots in our daily life, Rural-Urban-Connection, Heritage-Modern-Connection, Youth-Nationalism-Connection

Dedicated to our National Day of Freedom !

67th-Indian-Independence-Day-2013-

“Aryan Invasion Theory” – The Greatest flaw in our Indian History ?

YEAR 1835

British Parliament

Lord Macaulay*
(Statement)

“I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such calibre, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native self-culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.”

History was Re-written :-

Sometime around 1700 BC

The white-skinned Europeans, so called the Aryans, were a tribe of Indo-European-speaking, horse-riding nomads living in the arid steppes of Eurasia. These nomadic tribe still involved in primitive hunting and fishing (While Indians were building great cities and making steel out of iron). While wandering, they came to the Sapthsindhu (Indus) civilization and were so much amazed with the richness of culture and knowledge of Indians, that they invaded the ancient urban civilizations of the Indus Valley, and overthrew an earlier and more advanced dark-skinned Dravidian civilization from which they took most of what later became Hindu culture.

This so-called pre-Aryan civilization is said to be evidenced by the large urban ruins of what has been called the “Indus valley culture”. This Indus Valley civilization was far more civilized than any horse-back nomad, having had a written language, farming capabilities, and led a truly urban existence. Some 1,200 years after the supposed invasion, the descendants of the Aryans, so they say, wrote the classic Indian literature called the Vedic manuscripts. The war between the powers of light and darkness, a prevalent idea in ancient Aryan Vedic scriptures, was thus interpreted to refer to this war between light and dark- skinned peoples. Dravidians where pushed down to south and in course of history they adopted the much preached Hinduism forced by the upper caste Aryan people. They have their own culture and beliefs and are far more different then the Aryans and should remain suppressed and in low dignity. Thus this gave rise to century old divide between North and South (India).

Sounds Great ?

Let’s see how the above theory came into existence –

During the 19th century, many European missionaries and imperialists traveled the world seeking conquests and converts. One country which saw a great deal of this kind of exploration was India (including what is now Pakistan). Some of the missionaries were also antiquarians by avocation, and one such fellow was the French missionary Abbé Dubois(1770-1848). His manuscript on Indian culture makes some unusual reading today; the good Abbé tried to fit in what he understood of Noah and the Great Flood with what he was reading in the great literature of India. It was not a good fit, but he did describe Indian civilization at the time, and provided some pretty bad translations of the literature.

It was the Abbé’s work, translated into English by the British East India Company in 1897 and with a laudatory preface by German archaeologist Max Muller that formed the basis of the Aryan invasion story–not the Vedic manuscripts themselves.

The Sanskrit word ‘Aryan’ refers to one who is righteous and noble. It is also used in the context of addressing a gentleman (Arya-putraAryakanya etc). Nowhere in the Vedic literature is the word used to denote race or language. This was a concoction by Max Mueller who, in 1853, introduced the word ‘Arya’ into the English language as referring a particular race and language. He did this in order to give credibility to his Aryan race theory. However in 1888, when challenged by other eminent scholars and historians, Mueller could see that his reputation was in jeopardy and made the following statement, thus refuting his own theory –

“I have declared again and again that if I say Aryas, I mean neither blood nor bones, nor hair, nor skull; I mean simply those who speak an Aryan language…to me an ethnologist who speaks of Aryan race, Aryan blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a linguist who speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic grammar.”
(Max Mueller, Biographies of Words and the Home of the Aryas, 1888, pg 120)

But, Political and Nationalist groups in Germany and France (later, British in India) exploited this racial phenomenon to propagate the supremacy of an assumed Aryan race of white people. Later, Adolf Hitler used this ideology to the extreme for his political hegemony and his barbaric crusade to terrorize Jews, Slavs and other racial minorities, culminating in the holocaust of millions of innocent people.

Scholars had long noted the similarities between Sanskrit, the ancient language in which the classical Vedic texts are written, and other Latin-based languages such as French and Italian. And when the first excavations at the large Indus Valley site of Mohenjo Daro were completed early in the 20th century, and it was recognized as a truly advanced civilization, a civilization not mentioned in the Vedic manuscripts, among some circles this was considered ample evidence that an invasion of people related to the peoples of Europe had occurred, destroying the earlier civilization and creating the second great civilization of India.

According to Mueller’s etymological explanation of ‘Aryan’, the word is derived from ‘ar’ (to plough, to cultivate). Therefore Arya means ‘a cultivator, or farmer’. This is opposed to the idea that the Aryans were wandering nomads. V.S. Apte’s Sanskrit-English Dictionary relates the word Arya to the root ‘r-’ to which the prefix ‘a’ has been added in order to give a negating meaning. Therefore the meaning of Arya is given as ‘excellent, best’, followed by ‘respectable’ and as a noun, ‘master, lord, worthy, honorable, excellent,’ ‘upholder of Arya values, and further: teacher, employer, master, father-in-law, friend.’

Now,

Let’s take the ground reality and facts available today by all the eminent archeologist and historian of this world and put our common sense to test inorder to put forward few logicall questions, which are still unanswered and lead way into a great FLAW in our INDIAN history :-

Here it goes –

  • In the Rig Veda Indra is described as the ‘Destroyer of Cities,’ the same text mentions that the Aryan people themselves were urban dwellers with hundreds of cities of their own. They are mentioned as a complex metropolitan society with numerous professions and as a seafaring race. This begs the question, if the Aryans had indeed invaded the city of Harappa, why did they not inhabit it after? Archeological evidence shows that the city was left deserted after the ‘Invasion’.Kenneth Kennedy of Cornell University has recently proven that there was no significant influx of people into India during 4500 to 800BC. Furthermore it is impossible for sites stretching over one thousand miles to have all become simultaneously abandoned due to the Invasion of Nomadic Tribes.
  • Aryan invasion theory had no explanation for why the Vedic literature (that was assumed to go back into the second millennium BC) had no reference to any region outside of India and Nowhere in the Vedas, Puranas or Itihasas is there any mention of a Migration or Invasion of any kind. Important point is that none of the Vedic literatures refer to any Invasion from outside or an original homeland from which the Aryans came from. They only focus upon the region of the Seven Rivers (sapta-sindhu). The Puranas refer to migrations of people out of India, which explains the discoveries of treaties between kings with Aryan names in the Middle East, and references to Vedic gods in West Asian texts in the second millenium BC. However, the indologists try to explain these as traces of the migratory path of the Aryans into India.
  • Vedic and late Vedic texts also contain interesting astronomical lore. The Vedic calender was based upon astronomical sightings of the equinoxes and solstices. Such texts as ‘Vedanga Jyotish’ speak of a time when the vernal equinox was in the middle of the Nakshtra Aslesha (or about 23 degrees 20 minutes Cancer). This gives a date of 1300 BC. The ‘Yajur Veda’ and ‘Atharva Veda’ speak of the vernal equinox in the Krittikas (Pleiades; early Taurus) and the summer solstice (ayana) in Magha (early Leo). This gives a date about 2400 BC. Yet earlier eras are mentioned but these two have numerous references to substantiate them. They prove that the Vedic culture existed at these periods and already had a sophisticated system of astronomy. Such references were merely ignored or pronounced unintelligible by Western scholars because they yielded too early a date for the ‘Vedas’ than what they presumed, not because such references did not exist.
  • If the Harappan civilization had a Dravidian origin, who were allegedly pushed down to the south by Aryans, how come there is no Aryan – Dravidian divide in the respective literatures and historical traditions. There are various objections to the conclusions reached by the indologists concerning linguistics. Firstly they have never given a plausible excuse to explain how a Nomadic Invasion could have overwhelmed the original languages in one of the most densely populated regions of the ancient world.
    Secondly, there are more linguistic changes in Vedic Sanskrit than there are in classical Sanskrit since the time of Panini (aprox.500 BC). So although they have assigned an arbitrary figure of 200 year periods to each of the four Vedas, each of these periods could have existed for any number of centuries and the 200 year figure is totally subjective and probably too short a figure.
    Prior to the British, the North and South lived in peace and there was a continuous cultural exchange between the two. Sanskrit was the common language between the two regions for centuries. Great acaryas such as Sankara, Ramanuja, Madhva, Vallabha, and Nimbarka were all from South, yet they are all respected in North India. Prior to them, there were great sages from the South such as Bodhayana and Apastamba. Agastya Rsi is placed in high regard in South India as it is said that he brought the Tamil language from Mount Kailasa to the South.Yet he is from the North! Are we to understand that the South was uninhabited before the Aryan Invasion? If not, who were the original inhabitants of South India, who accepted these newcomers from the North without any struggle or hostility?
    There is no solid evidence that the Aryans belonged to a nomadic tribe. In fact, to suggest that a nomadic horde of barbarians wrote books of such profound wisdom as the Vedas and Upanisads is nothing more than an absurdity and defies imagination.
  • Nowhere either in the religious scriptures or by tradition the word Arya denotes a race or a language. The difference between the so-called Aryans of the north and the Dravidians of the south or other communities of Indian subcontinent is not a racial type. Biologically all are of the same type, only when closer to the equator the skin gets darker, and under the influence of constant heat the bodily frame tends to get a little smaller. And these differences cannot be the basis of two altogether different races.
  • If the Aryan Hindus were outsiders, why don’t they name places outside India as their most holy places? Why should they sing poems in the praise of India’s numerous rivers crisscrossing the entire peninsula, and mountains – repositories of life giving water and natural resources, many even bestow them a status of goddesses and gods. If Aryans were outsiders why should they consider this land as the ‘holy land’ and not their original land as the ‘holy land’ or motherland? For the Muslims, their holy place is Mecca. For the Catholics it is Rome or Jerusalem. For the Hindus, their pilgrim centers range from Kailash in the North, to Rameshwaram in the South; and from Hingalaj (Sindh) in the West to Parusuram Kund (Arunchala Pradesh) in the East. The seven holy cities of Hinduism include Kanchipurum in the south, Dwarka in the west and Ujjain in central India. The twelve jyotirlings include Ramashwaram in Tamil Nadu, Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Nashik in Maharashtra, Somnath in Gujarat and Kashi in Uttar Pradesh. All these are located in greater India only. No Hindu from any part of India has felt a stranger in any other part of India when on a pilgrimage. The seven holy rivers in Hinduism, indeed, seem to chart out the map of the holy land. The Sindhu and the Saraswati (now extinct) originating from the Himalayas and move westward and southwards into the western sea; the Ganga and the Yamuna also start in the Himalayas and move eastward into the north-eastern sea; the Narmada starts in central India and the Godavari starts in western India, while the Kaveri winds its way through the south to move into the southern sea.Based on literary analysis, many scholars including B.G. Tilak, Dayananda Saraswati and Aurobindo dismissed any idea of an Aryan Invasion. For example, if the Aryans were foreign invaders, why is it that they don’t name places outside of India as their religious sites? Why do the Vedas only glorify holy places within India?
  • More than a thousand years ago, Adi Shankaracharya, who was born in Kerala, established several mathas (religious and spiritual centers) including at Badrinath in the north (Uttar Pradesh), Puri in the east (Orissa), Dwaraka in the west (Gujarat), and at Shringeri and Kanchi in the south.
  • There is no mention of Conflictsin Vedic literature, findings of skeletons at the excavated sites of Mohanjodro and Harappa.“What of these skeletal remains that have taken on such undeserved importance?
    Nine years of extensive excavations at Mohenjo-daro (1922-31) – a city of three miles in circuit – yielded the total of some 37 skeletons, or parts thereof that can be attributed with some certainty to the period of the Indus civilizations. Some of these were found in contorted positions and groupings that suggest anything but orderly burials. Many are either disarticulated or incomplete. They were all found in the area of the Lower Town – probably the residential district. Not a single body was found within the area of the fortified citadel where one could reasonably expect the final defense of this thriving capital city to have been made…Where are the burned fortresses, the arrow heads, weapons, pieces of armor, the smashed chariots and bodies of the invaders and defenders? Despite the extensive excavations at the largest Harappan sites, there is not a single bit of evidence that can be brought forth as unconditional proof of an armed conquest and the destruction on the supposed scale of the Aryan Invasion.
  • An important point in this regard is that nomadic tribes do not use chariots. They are used in areas of flat land such as the Gangetic plains of Northern India. An Invasion of India from Central Asia would require crossing mountains and deserts – a chariot would be useless for such an exercise People who give credence to an Aryan invasion of India cite archeological evidence as proof. Among the thousands of clay seals that have been found in the region of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro (the sites of the Indus Valley Civilization, supposedly the home originally of the Dravidian people), no seals depict the horse or the wheel. In contrast, Aryans were known to have the horse and the chariot. From this evidence it is concluded that the Aryans conquered the people of the Indus Valley through the use of the chariot and the horse. K. D. Sethna in his book cited above disputes this evidence. Some seals depicting the wheel have indeed been discovered at the Harappan archeological sites. The wheel was known to the people of the Indus Valley.
  • A references in the Rig Veda that point to India being a land of mixed races. The Rig Veda also states that “We pray to Indra to give glory by which the Dasyus (Demons) will become Aryans.” Such a statement confirms that to be an Aryan was not a matter of birth.
  • It was claimed that another reason why the Invading Aryans gained the upper hand was because their weapons were made of iron. This was based upon the word ‘ayas’ found in the Vedas, which was translated as iron. Another reason was that iron was not found in the Indus Valley region. However, in other Indo-European languages, ayas refers to bronze, copper or ore. It is dubious to say that ayas only referred to iron, especially when the Rig Veda does not mention other metals apart from gold, which is mentioned more frequently than ayas. Furthermore, the Yajur and Atharva Vedas refer to different colors of ayas. This seems to show that the word was a generic term for all types of metal. It is also mentioned in the Vedas that the dasyus (enemies of the Aryans) also used ayas to build their cities. Thus there is no hard evidence to prove that the ‘Aryans invaders’ were an iron-based culture and their enemies were not.
  • Yajna-Vedhis : Throughout the Vedas, there is mention of fire-sacrifices (yajnas) and the elaborate construction of vedhis (fire altars). Fire-sacrifices were probably the most important aspect of worshiping the Supreme for the Aryan people. However, the remains of yajna-vedhis (fire altars) were uncovered in Harrapa by B.B. Lal of the Archeological Survey of India, in his excavations at the third millenium site of Kalibangan. The geometry of these yajna-vedhis is explained in the Vedic texts such as the Satpatha-brahmana. The University of California at Berkley has compared this geometry to the early geometry of Ancient Greece and Mesopotamia and established that the geometry found in the Vedic scriptures should be dated before 1700BC. Such evidence proves that the Harrapans were part of the Vedic fold.
  • North-South divide: Saivism : The advocates of the Invasion theory argue that the inhabitants of Indus valley were Saivites (Siva worshippers) and since Saivism is more prevalent among the South Indians, the inhabitants of the Indus valley region must have been Dravidians. Siva worship, however, is not alien to Vedic culture, and is certainly not confined to South India. The words Siva and Sambhu are not Dravidian in origin as some indologists would have us believe (derived from the Tamil words ‘civa’ – to redden, to become angry, and ‘cembu’ – copper, the red metal). Both words have Sanskrit roots – ‘si’meaning auspicious, gracious, benevolent, helpful, kind, and ‘sam’meaning being or existing for happiness or welfare, granting or causing happiness, benevolent, helpful, kind. These words are used in this sense only, right from their very first occurrence. Moreover, some of the most important holy places for Saivites are located in North India: the traditional holy residence of Lord Siva is Mount Kailasa situated in the far north. Varanasi is the most revered and auspicious seat of Saivism. There are verses in the Rig Veda mentioning Siva and Rudra and consider him to be an important deity. Indra himself is called Siva several times in Rig Veda (2:20:3, 6:45:17, 8:93:3).
    So Siva is not a Dravidian divinity only, and by no means is he a non-Vedic divinity. Indologists have also presented terra-cotta lumps found in the fire-alters in Harappa and taken them to be Siva-lingas, implying that Saivism was prevalent among the Indus valley people. But these terra-cotta lumps have been proved to be the measures for weighing commodities by shopkeepers and merchants. Their weights have been found in perfect integral ratios, in the manner like 1 gm, 2 gms, 5 gms, 10 gms etc. They were not used as the Siva-lingas for worship, but as the weight measurements.
  • The Discovery Of The Sarasvati River: The famous River Ganga is mentioned only once in the Rig Veda whereas the River Sarasvati is mentioned at least sixty times. Sarasvati is now a dry river, but it once flowed all the way from the Himalayas to the ocean across the desert of Rajasthan. Research by Dr. Wakankar has verified that the River Sarasvati changed course at least four times before going completely dry around 1900BC.The latest satellite data combined with field archaeological studies have shown that the Rig Vedic Sarasvati had stopped being a perennial river long before 3000 BC.

    As Paul-Henri Francfort of CNRS, Paris recently observed –
    “…We now know, thanks to the field work of the Indo-French expedition that when the proto-historic people settled in this area, no large river had flowed there for a long time.”

    The proto-historic people he refers to are the early Harappans of 3000 BC. But satellite photos show that a great prehistoric river that was over 7 kilometers wide did indeed flow through the area at one time. This was the Sarasvati described in the Rig Veda. Numerous archaeological sites have also been located along the course of this great prehistoric river thereby confirming Vedic accounts. The great Sarasvati that flowed “from the mountain to the sea” is now seen to belong to a date long anterior to 3000 BC. This means that the Rig Veda describes the geography of North India long before 3000 BC. All this shows that the Rig Veda must have been in existence no later than 3500 BC. With so many eulogies composed to the River Sarasvati, we can gather that it must have been well known to the Aryans, who therefore could not have been foreign invaders. This also indicates that the Vedas are much older than Mahabharata, which mentions the Sarasvati as a dying river.

  • Discoveries Of New Sites : Since the initial discoveries of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa on the Ravi and Sindhu rivers in 1922, over 2500 other settlements have been found stretching from Baluchistan to the Ganga and beyond and down to the Tapti Valley. This covers almost a million and a half square kilometers. More than 75% of these sites are concentrated not along the Sindhu, as was believed 70 years ago, but on the banks of the dried up river Sarasvati. The drying up of this great river was a catastrophe, which led to a massive exodus of people in around 2000-1900BC. Some of these people moved southeast, some northwest, and some to Middle-eastern countries such as Iran and Mesopotamia. Dynasties and rulers with Indian names appear and disappear all over west Asia confirming the migration of people from East to West.
  • Some people misread Ramayana as describing an invasion of the South by a Northern prince. The Indian epic Ramayana narrates Rama’s tale, who invaded the island of Lanka to rescue his wife Sita. Sita had been forcibly abducted by Ravana to the island of Lanka. Nowhere does Ramayana characterize Ravana as belonging to an alien or an inferior race. Ravana was a scholar of the Vedas and was called a Chaturvedi, a knower of the four Vedas. Ravana belonged to the same stock as the victorious Rama.
  • Francois Gautier cites recent research which indicates that the script on the Indus seals is of Sanskrit lineage. This suggests that the people of Harappa belonged to a much older Vedic age.

The most recent claim which genetically studied the origin of Indian people, is given by the article published by Times of India (newspaper, in 2009 )

Aryan-Dravidian divide a myth: Study
25 September 2009
THE TIMES OF INDIA

HYDERABAD: The great Indian divide along north-south lines now stands blurred. A pathbreaking study by Harvard and indigenous researchers on ancestral Indian populations says there is a genetic relationship between all Indians and more importantly, the hitherto believed “fact” that Aryans and Dravidians signify the ancestry of north and south Indians might after all, be a myth.

“This paper rewrites history… there is no north-south divide,” Lalji Singh, former director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and a co-author of the study, said at a press conference.

Senior CCMB scientist Kumarasamy Thangarajan said there was no truth to the Aryan-Dravidian theory as they came hundreds or thousands of years after the ancestral north and south Indians had settled in India.

The study analysed 500,000 genetic markers across the genomes of 132 individuals from 25 diverse groups from 13 states. All the individuals were from six-language families and traditionally “upper” and “lower” castes and tribal groups. “The genetics proves that castes grew directly out of tribe-like organizations during the formation of the Indian society,” the study said. Thangarajan noted that it was impossible to distinguish between castes and tribes since their genetics proved they were not systematically different.

The study was conducted by CCMB scientists in collaboration with researchers at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. It reveals that the present-day Indian population is a mix of ancient north and south bearing the genomic contributions from two distinct ancestral populations – the Ancestral North Indian (ANI) and the Ancestral South Indian (ASI).

“The initial settlement took place 65,000 years ago in the Andamans and in ancient south India around the same time, which led to population growth in this part,” said Thangarajan. He added, “At a later stage,40,000 years ago, the ancient north Indians emerged which in turn led to rise in numbers here. But at some point of time, the ancient north and the ancient south mixed, giving birth to a different set of population. And that is the population which exists now and there is a genetic relationship between the populations within India.”

The study also helps understand why the incidence of genetic diseases among Indians is different from the rest of the world. Singh said that 70% of Indians were burdened with genetic disorders and the study could help answer why certain conditions restricted themselves to one population. For instance, breast cancer among Parsi women, motor neuron diseases among residents of Tirupati and Chittoor, or sickle cell anaemia among certain tribes in central India and the North-East can now be understood better, said researchers.

The researchers, who are now keen on exploring whether Eurasians descended from ANI, find in their study that ANIs are related to western Eurasians, while the ASIs do not share any similarity with any other population across the world. However, researchers said there was no scientific proof of whether Indians went to Europe first or the other way round.

Migratory route of Africans

Between 135,000 and 75,000 years ago, the East-African droughts shrunk the water volume of the lake Malawi by at least 95%, causing migration out of Africa. Which route did they take? Researchers say their study of the tribes of Andaman and Nicobar islands using complete mitochondrial DNA sequences and its comparison those of world populations has led to the theory of a “southern coastal route” of migration from East Africa through India.

This finding is against the prevailing view of a northern route of migration via Middle East, Europe, south-east Asia, Australia and then to India.

So know, BBC Accepts that the Aryan Invasion theory is flawed ( 2009 ).

This is a very important article which calls the cloak off the most damaging theory concocted by the British and served to Indians. Most of the apparent differences that are seen in Indian society like the North-South Divide, Upper caste – Lower caste divides, language problems, can be related to the Aryan-Dravidian theory. I believe that this theory to be the most successful chapter of the British ‘Divide and Rule” policy. They employed Muller as part of Macaulay’s grand scheme to devalue Indian history. So much so, that today we have large sections of “educated Indians” who undermine their own heritage and consider that the British rule as a great chapter in India’s history.The theory was not just wrong, some says, but included unacceptably racist ideas.

It is important to examine the social and political implications of the Aryan invasion idea:

  • First, it served to divide India into a northern Aryan and southern Dravidian culture which were made hostile to each other. This kept the Hindus divided and is still a source of social tension.
  • Second, it gave the British an excuse in their conquest of India. They could claim to be doing only what the Aryan ancestors of the Hindus had previously done millennia ago.
  • Third, it served to make Vedic culture later than and possibly derived from Middle Eastern cultures. With the proximity and relationship of the latter with the Bible and Christianity, this kept the Hindu religion as a sidelight to the development of religion and civilization to the West.
  • Fourth, it allowed the sciences of India to be given a Greek basis, as any Vedic basis was largely disqualified by the primitive nature of the Vedic culture.

When Macaulay came to India, he realized that the only way the Britishers can rule over India is to break their religion and culture or else it’s impossible to rule upon such a wealthy and united Bharat, that’s when he gave the statement stated in the beginning of this blog. So he gathered his eminent scholar to rewrite India’s history and root it so deep, into our daily curriculum, giving it scientific significance that we Indian till today look down to our own history & culture and feel ashamed of it. We are far more concerned in teaching PT in our school rather than acknowledging the fact that YOGA is in the soul of our culture and should be preached in the same way as any language.

So Is There Something that need to be changed, Our history book, Our language Or the mindset of our people, Its left to you to think?

I will close my blog with the words of Lalji Singh (former director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB))

“This paper rewrites history… there is no north-south divide”

YEAR 2012

Indian History

History was Re-written

(STILL COUNTING…………………)

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*Who was Lord Macaulay?

Macaulay was Secretary to the Board of Control under Lord Grey from 1832 until 1833. After the passing of the Government of India Act 1833, he was appointed as the first Law Member of the Governor-General’s Council. He went to India in 1834. He served on the Supreme Council of India between 1834 and 1838. He introduced English education in India through his famous minute of February 1835. He called an educational system that would create a class of anglicised Indians who would serve as cultural intermediaries between the British and the Indians. Macaulay succeeded in implementing ideas previously put forward by Lord William Bentinck, the governor general since 1829. Bentinck favored the replacement of Persian by English as the official language, the use of English as the medium of instruction, and the training of English-speaking Indians as teachers. He was inspired by utilitarian ideas and called for “useful learning.”  Macaulay convinced the Governor-General to adopt English as the medium of instruction in higher education, from the sixth year of schooling onwards, rather than Sanskrit or Persian then used in the institutions supported by the East India Company. By doing so, Macaulay wanted to “educate a people who cannot at present be educated by means of their mother tongue” and thus, by incorporating English, he sought to “enrich” the Indian languages so “that they could become vehicles for European scientific, historical, and literary expression”. Macaualay’s preference for the English language was based on his view of the local languages as “poor and rude” and on his belief that the body of writing available in Sanskrit and Arabic was no match for the scholarship available in English. He famously stated in his “Minute on Indian Education” (1835): “all the historical information which has been collected from all the books written in Sanskrit language is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry abridgments used at preparatory schools in England”. His final years in India were devoted to the creation of a Penal Code, as the leading member of the Law Commission.

Source : wikkipedia

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Broken Star – Trying to Express !


Background :- It’s about a girl, who has found out that she had lost everything, even the reason to live.


Your still standing on this verge of divided world,
lamenting upon your grief of being so incompetent,
Your still confused with the word’s of spoken yesterday,
lamenting upon your need to be much wanted, much trusted,


Your still standing with the broken star in your hand,
hoping that one day, it will shine, shine with all those beautiful one, up above you,
lamenting upon the faith of your undisclosed destiny,
Your still standing with the broken star, in your arms,


Your eyes are red like a beautiful rose,
Your hands are cold like a delicious desert,
Your heart is slow like the morning breeze,
Your mind is stagnant, like those mesmerizing droplets on the morning leaf,
Your life is enclosed within the fog of people’s choices,
by those selfish guardian,


Yet you look so beautiful, when you lament for that broken star,
It’s your heart which is full of precious gold, not your youthfulness which is as dull as hell’s path,
Your hope to see that star shining, is your path to spiritualism,
Your way back to those innocent days, when you jump on the barren land, in a hope to catch this shining star,
And, then you can meditate yourself to attain moksha, the eternal truth of being immortal,
And, perish one day, to become one of those beautiful, shinning star,


But,


Now, Your still standing, lamenting, crying harder, for this broken star, that lies inside your heart.


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 Don’t mind, if you didn’t like it, but let me know WHY ?


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* Painting is a copyright work of S.J. , and I am highly thank-full to her for letting me use it.
* Thanks AK for inspiring me to write this.
* Thank You Shyam Sir for correcting my grammatical errors, I hope I have none !




The Americans – An observation – Just FIVE point someone !

Recently I got a chance to visit The United States and a lively exposure of their lifestyle. It’s an observation through mine eyes worth to be share. They (American’s) live there life at the edge of technological innovation and the power to use it. Though my trip consisted mainly of four cities namely Baltimore to Washington DC to Jersey City to New York City. I have observed enough to compare with the ongoing fast-track life of Indian Society with that of American and came out with some salient point, which we Indians, If re-think our life considering these points can create some change. Change is Universe. Considering New York City as my epic of observation because I spend most of time out there and It’s also consider or named as “The capital of the world”. I found variety of ethnic group there mostly Europeans and Chinese but My observation is only in considering “The Americans”.


Here we go………..


  1. Behaviour Instinct – I would preferably classified this into four different subcategories.
  • S-M-I-L-E :- They do it. It was weird or I would say amazing touch of life. If you see an american stranger walking by your side then he/she will definitely smile back to you and wishes “hello”. It happened to me most of the time. It make be feel good as if they are so familiar with us. The real action of ‘Atithi Deva Vao”.

  • First You – It’s the most common site of their nature to be observed. Two example I can state forward to justify my stand.

“While crossing the road out there, even if the light is red, the vehicle passing by will abruptly stop his car, just to let you first cross the road.It’s a sign of civilized behaviour and equality. They give a good amount of respect to pedestrian, which can be the reason for least amount of accident in road considering the huge amount of traffic flow”.

Empire State Building !

New York Street


“Labor cost in US is too high, So you won’t find (generally) any guard standing in front of the main entrance of hotel or apartment. It was amazing to observe that the first person who opens the gate, let it opened till the last person get in, even if you don’t know anyone of them . Such a friendly gesture. You can observe this kind of behaviour all over the public places that can be mall, hotel, metro, restaurant etc.I tried it, it made me feel good”

  • Patience –

It’s mostly for the Car riders/ Drivers. In US I observed that as the light in the signal goes orange the rider instantly stop at the signal and wait for the signal to get red and green. Whereas in my country, As the signal goes orange the rider instantly increases his accelerator so that he can get over before the signal goes RED. Consequence – Breaking NEWS. Guys have patience, if you don’t love your life its okay at least show some respect to your luxury sedan.

New York City - Crossing


  • Speak Loud ! – 

It actually refer to the pitch/volume of their voice when they speak ( normally ). They look very confident and reasonable by having loudness in there voice. They actually follow “LOL” – Laugh out loud – in their life. You will love to be with them. Hope speaking out loud won’t be misunderstood as shouting in our community.


While sharing this view with my friend, he was constantly arguing that they are so well-behaved (in compare with us) because they are highly educated. But I don’t agree with this, Just another reason to escape.


2.   RUNAre Americans most stressed out or Love to do it ?

It seems that most american do it. I was amazed to observe that they run whenever they want to, no fixed timing. I have seen them running in morning 6 o’Clock, in afternoon 12, at 2 PM, at 3 PM, evening, night 9, any suitable place. It actually keeps them healthy and the reason why they look so young. There passion for running can be concluded by listening to this CNN hero nominee Anne Mahlum (2009), Founder and President, ” Back on My Feet”.

If your watching this Video ( you should ), Please watch it till it ends.


3.   This is LAW“They Actually follow the Law”

As walking through an empty lane I observed a board put up on the street light stating ” DON’T LITTER or else you will be fine 100 $ AND This is LAW “. Everywhere in the street there are this kind of sign board which prompt people to follow rules, strictly. I once heard my friend’s brother stating that the most friendly people out in the street of New York are its police officials (NYPD), untill you break the law. So follow law, be safe, enjoy.They do have a large number of help line numbers for different issue which are put up everywhere in the public places and can be dialed instantly, if not then one number that means HELP in US is “911”.

Public Awareness - Port Authority of NY and NJ


4.  Nationalism– My Country Flag – 

I have seen it in many houses ( almost every houses in country side), flats, mall, hotels, stores. It gives a sensation of nationalism, how much they are attached to their country and love it. I rarely found it in my country or else I am a bad observer, if I couldn’t spot one. It makes me feel so good to look at the swiftly flowing American flag with a cute child playing by it side. I am gonna have one.

A View from Statue of Liberty ferry !


5.   Don’t Care ATTITUDE

They don’t care much about people looking or I would say staring at them. They just go where they destined to. Ladies And Gentleman – share the same platform and they equally respect each other for it. You can just see gender equality and safety. There is a place in New York city named as ” Fifth Avenue”, it is popularly known as Fashion street. Looking at the attire of the people out there I realise that the weird designed clothes seen on F-Tv is reality here. Live your life at fullest, do what your heart wants, don’t observe the thing that people observe. I often say to myself that If I do so it will look AWK, I need some change in Attitude, cause Attitude Matters.


Beside this there are few other thing that I observed.

* Less Population and even lesser youth population.

* Mark of Racism ( Still exist to some extent).

* Family Crisis, they have a reason for it.

* They Love wearing suit – mostly black.


But this Five point can be life changing. I know I haven’t put up all this point with much full shot cause I am not that kind of person as ” The Magic of Thinking Big”, But Just a common Indian observer.

Tell me if you can relate anything out of it from your life.


Walking by Washington DC streets


** Hats off to CNN Hero – Real Hero –

** Hola – I have taken the pics.