Archive for April, 2012
“Kousalya supraja! Rama! Poorvaa sandhyaa pravartate Uttishtta nara saardoola! Kartavyam daivam aahnikam”
This is a slokam from Srimad Ramayanaam, which is familiar to most of us—so much so that in cinemas and TV serials, this couplet finds a place whenever daybreak is depicted. It is Visvaamitra Maharshi, who uttered this slokam, urging the young Sri Rama, who was sound asleep, to rise and shine, the time for performance of morning prayers being at hand. The point is that Visvaamitra attached so much importance to early rising, that he didn’t mind waking up the obviously tired Sri Rama, the Lord of the World, whom he (Visvaamitra) had taken by walk all the way from Ayodhya into the inhospitable forests, paying scant attention to the Prince’s tender years and the comforts to which He was accustomed. We are faced with a question—Why? Why should the Rishi urge the young Prince to rise early, knowing fully well that the latter must have been tired due to the long journey by foot?
As in everything else, here too, Srimad Ramayanam is a guide book for human conduct, telling us how we ought to live our lives. The Shastras are emphatic that barring invalids, all others More >
Plastic bags are found everywhere. Every shop keeper eagerly hands over the goods we purchase in plastic bags. They are manufactured in various sizes and thickness and very convenient to carry being light. We are generally not bothered to know the amount of the damage to the environment these bags cause. Plastic bags are made from non renewable natural source petroleum. These bags are also one of the major reasons for dwindling natural resources. They are called polyethylene or polythene bags. These Polythene bags are agents of air pollution, cancer, skin diseases etc. and have made the world’s clean environment as a pile of garbage on earth. Its use is like a slow poison in daily life and seems more dangerous than an atom bomb. They are not biodegradable. They last 1000 years on land and 450 years in water. The melting point for high density polythene is 120-130 degree centigrade and for low density polythene the melting point is 105-115 degree centigrade. These bags are not degradable unless exposed to ultra violet rays from the Sun.Black colour polythene shopping bags emit chemicals(carcinogens) when burnt.
The plastic bags are available in various sizes and thickness. About 80 million tons of plastic More >
Obtaining the doctorate in any subject is considered the ultimate or the pinnacle in the field of education. It gives immense satisfaction to the student, who gets a PhD. It’s compared with the climbing of Mount Everest. The million dollars question is whether the path though difficult, is that smooth. These students do Research under the guidance of a Professor for a very long time. The duration varies from 3 years to 6 years and sometimes goes beyond six years even. The students are generally under too much of a mental and physical stress most of the time and even working beyond the regular work hours. They can’t even express their feelings or revolt against their Professors for the fear of getting their future jeopardized.
There may be thousands and thousands of Universities across the Globe. But only few hundred Universities have some kind of a good reputation for providing high standard of education that includes top quality Lecturers and Professors and best infrastructure facilities in addition to sound financial stability. Getting a Bachelor’s degree, Masters degree or doing Research and obtaining a PhD has some value in such Universities only in the light of the future prospects of the students More >
We find thousands and thousands of medicines available in medical shops across the Country?. Medical awareness doesn’t necessarily mean learning about the anatomy of our bodies, though it surely helps. Are there really thousands of various diseases so that we need these medicines to protect us?. I certainly don’t think so. We require only few hundreds of medicines. Then why such huge variety of medicines is available in the market. I firmly believe, it’s only due to the commercial interest of the businessmen dealing with the manufacture, wholesale and retail of the medicines, doctors being the essential culprits in the whole vicious scheme of things.
A simple medicine for headache is available with the brand names ‘’ Aspro’’, ‘’ Anacin’’,’’ Analgin’’, ‘’ Novalgin’’, Disprin’’ etc. All these medicines are manufactured by different companies having different brand names and are sold in medical shops with different price tags. These medicines are not prescription drugs and are available freely over the counter in medical shops. Similarly there are many medicines available for a simple illness such as fever like ‘’ Crocin’’, ‘’ Coldarin’’, ‘’ Acetamol’’ etc. The main ingredient in the medicine that suppresses the fever is called ‘’Paracetamol’’. This medicine is also More >
Jasmine is the only one among flowers, Vishnu is the great one among Gods, Rambha is the choice among women, and Kancheepuram is the best among cities- Mahakavi Kalidasa
This verse is quoted often to describe the glory of Kancheepuram, especially the reign of the Pallava dynasty in the period 5th-9th centuries CE. Mahakavi Kalidasa has described, it to be the best among the cities (Nagareshu Kanchi) while Yuan Chwang, the great Chinese traveler, visited the city in the 7th century and said that its people were famous for bravery and piety as well as for their love of justice and veneration for learning. Kancheepuram is one of the seven sacred cities for Hindus. As regards learning, Kanchi stood second in glory only to Kashi ( Banaras). Like all ancient cities, Kancheepuram is also situated on the banks of a river, Vegavati. From the 3rd to the 9th century A.D. Kanchi was the capital city of the Pallavas who ruled over the territory extending from the river Krishna in the north to the river Kaveri in the south. The Pallavas fortified the city with ramparts, moats, etc., with wide and well laid out roads and fine temples. They were More >
Most of the viewers Bollywood films remember Tragedy Queen Meena Kumari. Her death anniversary falls on 31st March every year . Meena Kumari can be considered as the greatest actress of Bollywood during the golden age, who had portrayed images and characters showing complexity of the mind of the Indian woman and the social ostentations that they had faced during different periods of time. She had acted with all top actors of the bollywood in those days including Dileep Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Pradeep Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Prithvi Raj Kapoor, Raj Kumar, Bharat Bhsuhan and Balraj Sahni etc. She was very good in writing poetry as well.
Meena Kumari was born on 1st August 1932, known as Mahjabeen Bano and started to act at the age of 7 as child actress as baby Meena. She stormed into the Indian silver screen in the year 1952, with the sublime performance in Vijay Bhatt’s master piece Baiju Bawra(1952). Although the film had been renowned for everlasting composition of Hindustani ragas by Naushad and supreme performance by Mohammad Rafi, with songs like “Man tarpat”, “Woh duniya ke rakhwale”, etc., Meena Kumari’s performance opposite Bharat Bhushan showed the film lovers that she had come to conquer Bollywood More >
There were numerous actors, actresses and technicians who had joined the film field since its inception. Very few remained as pioneers and very few have added their own art to the cinema and gave a new beginning to another art. One such pioneer was Vempati Satyam, who is regarded as the first choreographer of Southern cinema. He was the one, who had coached stalwarts like NTR, ANR and all others who danced under his supervision. He had popularized the cinema dance and has taken it to a new level by bringing appropriate changes to the classical dance forms to suit the cinema themes. He is the one, who many have adored and took inspiration from to take up cinema dance as a profession.
Vempati Satyam was born in the Kuchipudi village in Andhra Pradesh. Vempati Satyam family members were the practitioners of Kuchipudi dance form. Satyam’s father had different plans for his son and let him to concentrate in studies instead of learning dance. Satyam could not pursue higher education after his schooling. He was attracted to dance and learnt Kuchipudi with dedication.Satyam joined the ‘Kuchipudi Dance Troupe’ in which Vedantham Raghavaiah was also a member. The troupe used to perform More >
Electricity has become part and parcel of our life. It’s very difficult to survive without it in this modern era. Many of us have no idea or have some idea about the electrical consumption and its billing by the Electricity Utility Companies. It helps us immensely if we can save some money legitimately by reducing the monthly electrical energy consumption to the extent possible. The energy bill is not calculated only on the basis of electrical consumption. It also includes other statutory duties etc that vary from state to state and country to country. Further the charges may vary as the electrical consumption of the consumer increases by certain units per month. This article is meant only to provide the basic information for household usage of electricity.
One unit of electrical energy equals 1000 watt hours. Using a 100 W bulb for 10 hours equals 1000 watt hours or 1 kilo watt hour (1kwh). The Electricity Utility Company charges approximately Rs 3/- per unit in Andhra Pradesh, India for domestic consumers. A 40 W fluorescent tube light provides better light emission than a 100 W regular filament lamp, which is an eye sore for reading. Further the ambience of the room More >
Vaijayanthimala can be considered as one of the greatest dancers of bollywood,Tamil and Telugu films who had glorified the films she has acted with her serene performance and notable creative art of choreography. Among all the South Indian actresses, she was probably the path-breaker, who blended her acting capabilities with the South Indian style of Bharatanatyam and other forms of eastern classical dances and inspired the bollywood directors to make films based on those subjects. Vaijayanthimala acted with all the leading stars of that age including Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Dev Anand, Dharmendra, Uttam Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar,Sunil Dutt, Shammi Kapoor, N.T Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao Shivaji Ganeshan, MGR and Gemini Ganeshan etc. She had ruled bollywood and Tamil films during the 50s and 60s, during an age when Muslim actresses like Nargis, Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Nimmi rocked the silver screen in Bollywood. She was the first South Indian actress to create a sensation in bollywood films and paved the way for other South Indian actresses to follow like Hema Malini, Rekha, Sridevi , Jaya Prada, Meenakshi Sheshadri, and others.
Vaijayanthimala was born on August 13, 1936 in an orthodox Tamil Brahmin family. Her father was M.D Raman More >