May 6th, 2006

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Tracking has been done...

Remember the video footage of the clouded leopard that I referred to earlier?

amoghavarsha tracked this down, it was grabbed off a BBC programme, called Mountains, aired on 18th April...this was the last section of the programme. So maybe we will get to see it with better picture quality, soon on Animal Planet or Discovery or something...Amogh has been dowloading it and has promised to show it to me, he says the quality is much much better but it would take quite a long time to download. Will post when I see it!
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From the post of...

From the LJ of sandykins where I went through deep_musings

"Aankhein Neechi Huwi To Haya Bun Gayi
Aankhein Unchi Howi To Dua Bun Gayi
Aankhein Uth Ker Jhuki To Ada Bun Gayi
Aankhein Jhuk Ker Uthi To Qaza Bun Gayi
Aankhein Jin Mein Qaid Aasman O Zameen
Nargisi Nargisi, Surmayi Surmayi
Aafreen Aafreen, Aafreen Aafreen "


I *DO* love poetry...my heart melts, sometimes my eyes mist up...
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Rituals

I went and watched a "homam" (religious rite that used to involve sacrifice, and is a form of fire-worship)done today.

I was musing on the origin of rituals, helped by an email from nearfar...how do rites originate? Collapse )

Too often, the spirit and the original relevance of a ritual gets left behind and only the empty form remains.

But yet...if this form gives solace or happiness to people who follow it; if they do it with faith and belief, as I witnessed today...what right do I have to judge these rituals as irrelevant? They are obviously vested with meaning for those who follow them, and I cannot question faith as it is beyond rationality.

When I was doing research into the TamBram wedding rituals, I realized that many of them dated back, not to Vedic times, but to the times of child marriage, and hence I was none to keen to have them for my daughter's wedding. But she, culturephile that she is, wanted (quite literally, because TamBram brides wear 9 yard sarees for their wedding) the whole 9 yards, so I went along with her wishes. I wrote a series of emails to the Americans who were coming to attend the wedding, explaining the rites and their significance... and most amazingly, I found that I, as much as anyone else, enjoyed the whole kit and caboodle very much indeed, and the fact that our American "sambandhis" were so respectful of our culture added to my respect for them! My daughter has lovely memories to look back on...and so do I.

....so...are rituals meaningless vestiges of a hoary past, or are they the cultural underpinnings of our society, without which we cannot lay claim to our culture and heritage?
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How old do you act?

amoghavarsha thinks this is accurate...that shows HIS age!!

You Are 27 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.