ભારત એક જમીન ધરાવતો પ્રદેશ છે - તે આપણને ખબર છે. પણ ભારત એ એક દેશ છે, જેમાં જીવંત-વિચારશીલ અને દેશપ્રેમ ધરાવતા લોકો સમુહમાં રહે છે, જેઓ ભારતીય તરીકે પોતાને ઓળખાવે છે અને ભારત દેશ માટે દેશપ્રેમ અને દેશભક્તિ ધરાવે છે. તે બરાબર જાણવાની જરૂરિયાત છે.
If someone dared to ask you a simple question - "Do you follow Indian customs and traditions?" Most of the time the response would be negative. Because of being impressed by (and obsessed with) the Western styles and traditions seen during the British rule and afterwards, we follow them blindly and ultimately start ignoring our rich traditions. Many of us even feel shy to observe them. We have not bothered to understand our Indian culture at all. Our traditions have a scientific, logical, historical, social, and spiritual significance.
While attending my niece Khushbu’s wedding (Dr Hirak Desai’s daughter) at a party plot in Valsad, my other niece Guddi (Mrunmayi Janak Desai) suddenly coined the phrase 'destination wedding'. My vocabulary evolved with a new phrase, with a special meaning. It is a special type of wedding hosted at a location, usually far away from home. Here, the guests reach the venue and stay for a couple of days with all the people involved in the wedding celebration. The hosts plan the wedding and send the invitation with the details of stay, events, dress code and explaining the rituals planned to be followed. Yes, this is the same conventional wedding we’ve always seen, but with creative ideas of enjoying, dancing, playing games and simultaneously conducting the wedding in an authentic manner. It is a bit costly affair for the hosts, but I’m sure they are prepared for it.
આપણે સમાચાર તરીકે જમ્મુ-કાશ્મીરની વાતો રોજ સાંભળીએ છીએ, પણ વિગતવાર ઊંડાણપૂર્વકની માહિતીના અભાવે વાત ખાસ સમજાતી નથી. ચાલો, પહેલાં મૂળ વાતો બરાબર સમજીયે. જમ્મુ-કાશ્મીરનો ઈતિહાસ ૧૮૨૨: મહારાજા ગુલાબસિંહ જમ્મુની ગાદીએ બેઠા. ૧૮૪૬: જમ્મુ અને કાશ્મીર બન્ને એક રાજ્ય બન્યા. ઈસ્ટ ઈન્ડિયા કંપની અને મહારાજા ગુલાબસિંહ વચ્ચે અમૃતસર સંધિ થઈ. ૧૮૫૭: સ્વતંત્રતાની પહેલી લડાઈ… મહારાજા ગુલાબસિંહનું મરણ. ૧૯૪૭: ભારત વિભાજન સાથે ભારત અને પાકિસ્તાન એમ બે ભાગમાં સ્વતંત્ર થયું. રર-૧૦-૪૭: જમ્મુ-કાશ્મીર પર પાકિસ્તાને કબાલીયો વડે આક્રમણ કર્યું અને ૧/૩ ભાગ કબજે કર્યો. ૨૬-૧૦-૪૭: મહારાજા હરિસિંહ ભારત જોડાણ પત્ર પર સહી કરી… જમ્મુ-કાશ્મીરનું ભારતમાં જોડાણ. ૩9-૧૦-૪૭: શેખ અબ્દુલ્લા આપાત પશાસક નીમાયા. ૧૭-૧૧-૪૭: પ્રજા પરિષદ પક્ષની સ્થાપના.
ભારત-પાકિસ્તાનના સંબંધો એટલી જટિલ સમસ્યા છે, તે વિષયક ૧૮૦ પાનાના પુસ્તકનો સાર કહેવા ખૂબ હોશિયારી માંગે છે. હું પ્રયત્ન કરીશ. આ વાત ત્રણ મુદામાં વહેંચીને સારી રીતે સમજાવી શકીશ. ભારત-પાકિસ્તાન વચ્ચેના યુદ્ધો, ભારત-પાકિસ્તાન અને વિશ્વના નેતા અને બીજાઓના મંતવ્યો કહીશ, છેલ્લે, આખી વાર્તાનો સાર-ઉપસંહાર કહીશ.
Should I at all visit 'the Taj ' the Taj Mahal? Yes, it is a must, because we have the world’s best wonder (The best of seven wonders of the world) and nothing should stop you from visiting it. Let me tell what others say about Taj. What do visitors say? French traveller Bernier said, “Of all the seven wonders of the world (1) Great Wall of China 7Th BC. China, (2) Petra 100 BC. Jordan, (3) Machu Picchu 1450AD. Peru, (4) Chinchan Itza 600 AD. Mexico, (5) Colossian 80AD. Italy, (6) Taj Mahal 1648AD. India, (7) Great Pyramid of Geisha 2560 BC. Egypt., Taj is the best. How can I praise unshaped pyramids of Gaza or irregular long wall of China and any of the other fort after seeing Taj Mahal- a poem in marble?”
India-Pakistan relation’s issue is a very complex subject and to summarise it in a 180-page book needs great skill. This interesting book ‘India Vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends?’ written by Husain Haqqani caught all my attention. I also got an opportunity to present its review to my fellow members of the Senior Citizenship Club. Following their enthusiastic response to my talk, I now have this great urge to share the review with my blog readers as well. I shall try by introducing the author, telling about different wars, what leaders of India, Pakistan and other nations tell and finally the conclusion. The Author: Hussain Haqqani Hussain Haqqani is a Pakistani, who is a former Pakistani Ambassador to the US. Not only that, but he was also an advisor to four Pakistani Prime Ministers including Late Benazir Bhutto. The author is currently the Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. The authenticity of his writing increases because
One of the recent off-bit topics I’ve read, this one book about ‘Mumbai Mafia’ has been the most interesting, well-researched and well-written. Here is an excerpt from Dawood Ibrahim's journey from “Dongri to Dubai”, and the six decades of Mumbai mafia.
An Adivasi girl Sangita at Nahari Hotel , Pangarbari (near Wilson Hills, Gujarat) teaches us the Indian culture and way of welcoming guests! On 15-Jun-2016, my friend Sanjay Mahant and I visited a scenic hill-station in South Gujarat – Wilson Hills (near Dharampur). We wandered during the noon enjoying the view of the hill-station and chitchatting. We just did not think of the time while experiencing the pleasing wind and nature.
After getting married, the wife changes her name and adds husband's name. Similarly, the husband should also add wife's name to his. And both can drop their fathers' names. After the wedding, the wife wears "Mangal Sutra" and applies "Bindi" on her forehead. The married man - the husband - too should find out similar symbolic marks on neck and forehead. And till then, he should copy wearing Mangal Sutra and Bindi.
Think this over. The ratio of the male-female population today is 1000:920, meaning 100:92, or to be simplest 10:9. Meaning thereby if every 9 women marry one man each... one out of 10 men will remain unmarried. Now think... What is the remedy if all the men wanted to get married? The only ethical remedy would be, that one of every nine women should marry two men.
Whatever smartness or intelligence one has, to anticipate the probable attitude of the future partner is difficult. So for the continuation of the marriage, adjustment and compromises are must, compulsory. One has to marry because the law does not allow man-woman physical relations at random and society has laid certain norms of man-woman staying together. Though liberate present-day scenario allows live-in relations and physical relationship without much fuss, marriages are unavoidable. Once decided to marry, the second question arising is the method – the technique of the wedding. How many persons to be invited, the place of the wedding, the menu and its preparation and the details of the function is the subject of this article.
ICU (Intensive Care Unit). It is the most alert and up-to-date department in a hospital. Minimum expectations of the patient admitted here are would be: There is a doctor present all the time (round-o-clock) to treat the patient and attend to any emergencies. The present doctor must be having technical skills and know-how in the management of critical care. He/she may be a Physician/Anaesthetist/Critical care treatment specialist. Necessary gadgets like a cardiac monitor, ventilator, pacemaker, cardiac defibrillator and such others are present in working condition. Emergency Medicines, Oxygen, continuous electric power and assisting staff on duty.
Our recent tour of Kutch landed an interesting coincidence. I (Dr Bharat Desai), my wife Dr Bhavana, and our friends Dr Vijay Desai, his wife Meena Desai, Bepsi-ben and Villoo-ben made three nights and four days plan for Kutch - Bhuj.
For those who do not learn from history, history teaches them a lesson at a great cost. We - the Indians - neither create history nor read history, and so writing the history is far from even dreaming of. Therefore, more often than not, we became silent spectators and slaves praising the people who made marks in history. History is repeated every often because we never read it and so never learn anything whatsoever. We do not have a record of history beyond 2000 years because we never found it worth writing and keeping a record of. No wonder, books of history give us their viewpoint – biased – written by either Mughals as Babarnama, British or Chinese student Hu-En-Sang. It was not before 1000 years that Indian scholar Acharya Hemchandra wrote Siddh-Hem telling a total history of the said period of Kind Siddhraj Jaisinh rule. Again, a blackout occurred.
A student of History has to understand Geography, Economics and Anthropology simultaneously. A person curious to know about world history has to proceed step by step, learning his own state first, then country and then only one can understand world history. Well, appreciating above facts, I am starting my study with History Of My State Of Gujarat . I have put it in order of time and later described important states and rulers.
I am introducing here world spread religion having 5.5 million followers, mainly in India and abroad like USA, UK, Canada, East Africa and many other countries in one of the six greatest religions. Word "Jain" is derived from "Jina" meaning conqueror. "Arihant" is one who has destroyed his inner enemies like anger, greed, passion and ego.
One of the most important chapters in the Indian history (and equally so for Pakistan) is the partition of the nation in 1947. This article is a review of the book “The Tragic Story Of Partition” by H V Sheshadri. और देश बट गया (Hindi) વિભાજનની કરુણાંતિકા (Gujarati) Translated in Gujarati by Nalin Pandya, Kishor Makwana and Bhagirath Desai. Pages: 294, Price: Rs. 90. Published by Sadhana Pustaka Prakashan, Ram Nivas, Baliyakaka Marg, Near Juna Dhorbajar, Kankaria, Ahmedabad - 380028
Let’s first understand the word “history”. History is a social science with storytelling. History is discovery, collection and presentation of information about past events with its cause and effect. History is a record of past. Greek word ‘Historia’ means inquiry, judging and knowledge acquired by investigation. For learning history, it is compulsory to understand/know geography, economics and anthropology simultaneously. Now coming to India, ‘pre-independence’ Indian history had: 1. Stone age: 30,000 BC to 3300 BC 2. Bronze age: 3300 BC to 1500 BC 3. Iron age: 1500 BC onwards. So here’s the History of India post-1500 BC, within my knowledge and research. The following sections are quite detailed and may appeal more to readers with academic interests. If you belong to the other side, I’d suggest you jump straight to Summary section . 1400 BC to 1300 BC Raja Bharat was ruling India with Hastinapur as capi