Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day

Celebrating earth day or wetland day, wildlife week or forest month is a way to respect mother nature. An opportunity to appreciate and generate awareness about the natural environment. Its not just about planting trees or using less energy on this particular day but it is about taking a pledge to Go Green for forever. HOW? Here's some ideas

Recycling: How about using 100% recycled paper or clothes or furniture. There is lot more in this category. Remember when we left some roties or vegetable in dinner, mom cooked delicious dishes out of it, RECYCLING.. whether small or big but take this step and feel green :)




Head outside: Whatever the weather, go for a walk outside to be amongst nature. Feel the sand or grass beneath your feet, the rain on your face or just take a moment to breathe the fresh air! Connect with Nature and feel the wonder :)



Start a tradition: Grab some friends or family and spend a few hours to conserve your near by nature.. if it is tough try to just clean the ambience of your neighbourhood and enjoy special Earth Day dinner (VEG) together. Take a step further and set example for others.


Friends of the Urban Forest: If you want your city to be green you have to start the process, plant some trees on the open area, put some pots in your own balcony, try to maintain a lawn or do a team work in your colony garden. The idea is you have to make some room for plants in your living zone, that will help you in future.. 




Eco-friendly fashions: Never heard of it? Well it's the easiest one, don't buy leather or fun or any kind of skin/feathers. If you stop buying they'll stop poaching. Fashion is what you wear or decorate it should not be set up on some poor dead animals. RETHINK



If you have any sense of wonder or faith in humanity, you would have to agree that Earth Day is an extraordinary event. This small step can help your planet, and further more it can help you in future. IF YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR FUTURE START ACTING NOW..



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Vrindavan Widows

"Only those who go to such places unannounced and without any official clout can see and realise the pathetic conditions in which the destitute women known as Vrindavan widows live there and the way in which they are exploited."


Mathura is the city of God, City of Sri Krishna, City of temples but there is a part of Mathura called Vrindavan which is the city of widows. The ancient name of the city, “Brindaban,” had been named after its ancient groves of “Brinda,” Ocimum tenuiflorum, or Tulsi, with ban meaning a grove or a forest. Two small groves still exist, Nidhivan and  Seva Kunj. It lies in the Braj region. It is about 15km away from Mathura city, the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

Vrindavan is a place where custom seems frozen in time despite its proximity to such symbols of resurgent India. ‘This’ is home for widows with broken rooms and shattered hopes, where white-shrouded widows sleep in courtyard or sometimes on road, open on all sides. ‘This’ is where life is reduced to a hope for death because only death brings salvation. But the truth is Dignity denied even in death for Vrindavan widows.

“In many conservative Indian Hindu families, widows are shunned because they’re seen as bringing bad luck. Superstitious relatives even blame them for their husband’s death. The widow can become a liability with no social standing, an unwanted mouth to feed. Often they’re cast out of the family home. “According to the Dharmashastra, the sacred Hindu legal text, covering moral, ethical and social laws, widows are expected to devote the remainder of their lives to the memory of their husbands. 

For many women in this culture, the loss of a husband can be an upheaval beyond belief. It can be a one-way ticket to isolation, poverty and despair. In Vrindavan, India, widows of all ages are waiting for the moment they, too, will follow their husbands to the fields of death. The widows in Vrindavan today can be found on the streets, in ashrams and other centers in Vrindavan. Vrindavan has over 4,000 temples today and many ashrams. The approximate number of widows living in the holy city today numbers over 20,000.


Conditions in some of the ashrams of Vrindavan go from terrible, human trafficking of younger widows occurs. Their daily work is to go to bhajan ashram and sing for about 3-4 hours per day. These bhajan ashrams are run by rich religious people. They give Rs. 5 and a little bit of rice and a little bit of lentils (Daal-Chawal) to each widow chanting for three hours. Not just any widow can enter in any bhajan ashram and start chanting and then get some money. They have to get registered with the ashram first and then their timing is decided and only then they can work. A part from this this is sad to see that most of the widows living in Vrindavan are involved in begging for surviving.


And when these poor women dies, their death become more horrible than life. The bodies of widows who die in shelter homes in Vrindavan are taken away by sweepers at night, cut into pieces, put into jute bags and disposed of as the institutions do not have any provision for a decent funeral. The supreme court noted the fact order for a "decent" last rites of the widows who pass away, the court directed the chief medical officer to make the arrangements. But condition is still the same.

The widows of Vrindavan who lead tragic, neglected lives have become a clichรฉ. In any modern country, they would be considered productive citizens, capable of contributing to society. But in India their conditions are worse than animals. It is not only the case of Vrindavan but whole India is still living in past. In India conditions are critical for widows, abandoned on the death of their husbands with no resources of their own, appear with no chance for education, no protection from possible rape and no chance for a better life. They face situations of hunger, starvation and negligence as they try to survive with only one small plate of food a day. 

This is a small request to all my fellow Indian "A widow wants society’s acceptance more than its charity" Please think about it!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

My 100th blog post


Well it is official... this is my 100th blog post... :) Since I started this blog I have gained so many new friends and acquaintances. It has been a wild ride and so much fun! Reaching a milestone in anything is exciting. Reaching 100 blog posts is powerful and I’m glad I started it on the first place..

What This Blog Means To Me

This blog is my life on the Internet. I always eager to share my good/bad moments with people and my blog gave me that liberty. I have discussed success, failures, moments of weakness, and even stories of my never ending journey. The original name of this blog was mugdhamaggiemuse.blogspot.com. I had originally decided to put some fun stuff on my blog but I quickly moved on to a personally branded site with my own name because I couldn't picture myself sticking with one topic for too long. This blog is an opportunity for me to discuss many areas of interest and to share all my life’s most amazing lessons learned.

A Big Thank You To My Readers

THANK YOU very much for being a part of this blog! I am so thankful you are here and I look forward to connecting with you beyond the blog in the months or years to come. Tell me in future what you want to read and make this relation more sweet..

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Writing Posts

As a writer, I always want every post to be the most popular. I always hope my readers (you) will care about everything. Realistically, that never happen. I write on a variety of topics and not every post will make a deep connection with every reader. The worst posts are a strong indication that I either wrote on a topic no one likes, or that the title was poorly written to attract clicks. It’s all a journey and I certainly appreciate every bit of reader feedback I can get. It’s your input that boost me.

Where To From Here?

I have no intention of shutting down this site – ever. I want it to grow, grow, and grow some more. Thank you once again for staying connected with me. Please leave a comment below and let me know which post on my site is your absolute favorite.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Udaipur

This post is dedicated to Nancy Blair (great follower and regular reader of Mugdha Says); on her very sweet demand I m posting about one of the romantic city of India... Udaipur


Udaipur is the most romantic of Rajasthan's four great towns (the others are Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer). Udaipur tour doesn't require transport unless someone wants to head for the hills for horse-riding or to visit the Monsoon Palace (5kms away in the hills) for pleasing sunset views.


Regular tourist simply wander the streets; that can be untidy but will never be as noisy or crowded as New Delhi. Or one can cruise the lake, which is a favorite pastime for Udaipur residents and most of the tourists. Even if you are on a low budget it's essential to visit one or both the palace hotels for a drink and a chance to see the magnificence of the place.



The appearance of Udaipur really does depend on how heavy the monsoon rains were, since these fill up its beautiful Lake Pichola. Around the very edge of Lake Pichola are a series of striking marble temples and other structures attract tourist.



Within the city of Udaipur, tourists will find a number of quality museums, offering information about everything from Rajasthani archaeology to tribal life and folk arts.



Within the City Palace itself are a number of worthwhile museums, such as the Government Museum, where you will find portraits showing some of Udaipur's larger-than-life maharajas, dressed in extravagant clothing and sporting huge moustaches. The City Palace Museum itself is on hand and contains some very impressive mosaic peacocks. Restrained walls and colorful decorum is simply amazing. Udaipur town is also famous for its colourful murals.



Jaisamand Lake is one to add to your list of places to visit and this man-made lake is located alongside the very family-friendly Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary. Also near to Udaipur are the spectacular perimeter walls of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. If you care to have more fun don't miss a day trip to Mount Abu, or to the giant temple complex within Ranakpur.