UNIQUE VILLAGES IN INDIA:* ‍♀

*01. SHANI SHIGNAPUR, Maharashtra.*

*In the entire Village all Houses are without Doors. Even No Police Station. No Thefts.* 

*02. SHETPHAL, Maharashtra.*

*Villagers have SNAKES in every family as their members.* 

*03. HIWARE BAZAR, Maharashtra.*

*Richest Village in India. 60 Millionaires. No one is poor and highest GDP.* 

*04. PUNSARI, Gujrat.*

*Most modern Village. All Houses with CCTV & WI-FI. All street lights are Solar Powered.* 

*05. JAMBUR, Gujarat.*

*All villagers look like Africans but are Indians. Nicknamed as African Village.* 

*06. KULDHARA, Rajasthan.*

*Haunted village. No one lives there. All Houses are abandoned.* 

*07. KODINHI, Kerela.*

*Village of TWINS. More than 400 Twins*. 

*08. MATTUR, Karnataka.*

*Village with 100% SANSKRIT speaking people in their normal day to day conversation.* 

*09. BARWAAN KALA, Bihar.*

*Village of Bachelors. No marriage since last 50 years.* 

*10. MAWLYNNONG, Meghalaya.*

*Cleanest village of Asia. Also with an amazing Balancing huge Rock on a tiny rock.* 

*11. RONGDOI, Assam.*

*As per Villagers beliefs, Frogs are married to get RAINS.*

*Many of us don’t know these unique things of these places ..so keep sharing*.

*Mera Bharath mahan.*

 

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JYOTI

*A girl, who had been picked up from a garbage pile, gave a return gift 25 years later*
A real life story that happened in *Tinsukia District, Assam*…One fine day, a vegetable seller, *Soberan*, was coming home, pushing his vegetable thela.  *He heard a baby crying from the bushes*.   Soberan went near the bush and saw an innocent child lying on the heap of garbage, crying.   Soberane looked around, waited a while and when no one appeared, lifted her in the lap.   It was an infant girl. Soberan brought her home.
Soberan was 30 years old at that time and was not even married. Soberan was very happy after finding that girl. He decided to raise her and not marry!!!Soberan  *named that girl Jyoti*.!!   Soberan thought he should work hard day and night and did not let her feel the lack of anything. He sent her to school and did everything he could to fulfill her needs.Even if he had to remain hungry, he never let his daughter fall short of anything. 
Years passed by….., And    *Jyoti* graduated in Computer Science in 2013. She started preparing for competitive exams.  *In 2014, Jyoti performed brilliantly in the examination conducted by the Assam Public Service Commission and was appointed the Assistant Income Tax Commissioner*!!!
Soberan got wet with tears after seeing his daughter  fulfilling all her dreams.!!!
At present, Jyoti is taking good care of her father and is fulfilling all his wishes.
Even though she insists on his relaxing at least now, her father still runs the vegetable vendor trade.      Soberan says,  ” *I did not pick a girl from a garbage, instead, I got a diamond from a coal mine, which filled my life with divine light*.”
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Kali Yuga & Chanting the Names of God*

 

“Once the *four Pandavas* (except Yudhishthira who was not present) asked Krishna:  *”What is Kaliyuga and what will happen during Kaliyuga?”* *Krishna* smiled and said “Let me demonstrate to you, the situation of Kaliyuga.” He took a bow and four arrows and shot them in four directions and ordered the four Pandavas to go and bring them back. Each of the *four Pandavas* went in the four different directions to search for the arrows. 

When *Arjuna* picked an arrow, he heard a very sweet voice. He turned around and saw a cuckoo singing in a spellbinding voice but was also eating flesh of a live rabbit which was in great pain. Arjuna was very surprised to see such a gory act by such a divine bird he left the place immediately.

*Bhima* picked arrow from a place, where five wells were situated. The four wells were surrounding a single well. The four wells were overflowing with very sweet water as if they were not able to hold water and surprisingly the well in the middle of these four overflowing wells was completely empty. Bhima was also puzzled at this sight.

*Nakula* was returning to the place after picking up the arrow. He stopped at a place where a cow was about to give birth. After giving birth the cow started licking the calf but continued to lick it even after the calf was clean. With great difficulty people were able to separate them and by that time the calf was injured badly. Nakula was puzzled by the behaviour of such a calm animal.

*Sahadeva* picked arrow which fell near a mountain and saw a big boulder falling. The boulder was crushing the rocks and big trees on its way down, but the same boulder was stopped by a small plant. Sahadeva was also amazed at this sight.

All the *Pandavas* asked the meaning of these incidents. *Krishna* smiled and started explaining…”In *Kaliyuga, the priests* will have very sweet voice and will also have great knowledge but they will exploit devotees the same way cuckoo was doing with rabbit.

In *Kaliyuga poor* will live among rich, those rich will have enormous amount of wealth which will actually overflow but they will not offer a single penny to the poor same as the four wells didn’t have a single drop of water for the empty well.

In *Kaliyuga parents* will love their children so much that their love will actually spoil them and will destroy their lives similar to the love shown by cow to her new-born calf.

In *Kaliyuga people* will fall in terms of character like the boulder from the mountain and they will not be stopped by anyone at the end only the *name of God* will be able to hold them from doom like the little plant held the boulder from further fall.”

courtesy

*Uddhava Gita,*

*Srimad Bhaagawatam.*

 

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The cockroach theory for self development

At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady.     She started screaming out of fear. With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach. Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky.  The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but …it landed on another lady in the group.

Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.The waiter rushed forward to their rescue.In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter.The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?    He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos. It is not the cockroach, but the inability of those people to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach, that disturbed the ladies.

I realised that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me. It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.

Lessons learnt from the story:

i  understood, I should not *react* in life.I should always *respond.*

The women *reacted,* whereas the waiter *responded.**Reactions*  are always instinctive whereas *Responses*  are always well thought of. A beautiful way to understand…………LIFE.   Person who is HAPPY is not because Everything is RIGHT in his Life.. He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards Everything in his Life is Right.

 

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DANDI MARCH CARVED IN A NEEDLE’S EYE

Warangal: An artist from Warangal, Mattewada Ajay Kumar, has carved out of wax a depiction of the Dandi March led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1930 during the Satyagraha.

However, the replication of the famous statue in New Delhi is not visible to the eye. One needs a microscope to view it. That is because the Mahatma and the seven people following him are between 0.18mm and 1.09mm in length and 0.21mm to 0.18mm in width. They fit into the eye of a sewing needle!

The 45-year-old micro artist has made this carving on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

The details are precise the walking stick Gandhiji carried, his spectacles, the folds of the people’s clothes, their ornaments, are all done excellently. 

“It took me 30 hours through 11 days to carve this piece. I used special instruments to carve the wax and paint the figures. It is not an easy job to look through the microscope for hours together while carving. I could work from two to five hours each day as it a strain on the eyes. I dedicate this work to my father late M. Venkata Chary who was also a freedom fighter,” the artist said.

A goldsmith by profession, Ajay Kumar has been interested in micro art since he was quite young.

He used to write and draw on rice seeds and matchsticks. Later he discovered a way to carve figures using wax. He prepares his own instruments. His micro works include animals, deities, freedom-fighters made of wax and a miniature scissors and violin made of gold.

He found a place in the Limca Book of Records for making the smallest seven-levered lock in the world using gold, in 2004. He is the third micro artist in the world after 61-year-old Willard Wigan and 46-year-old Yury Deulin.

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CHOCOLATES WITH A TOUCH OF INDIA

Whoever thought mango, lassi, palm sugar and dark chocolate would bring in medals, but they did for Arun Viswanathan at the International Chocolate Awards

It was in 2014 that a young Arun Viswanathan SK came to the office in Coimbatore to tell us about his chocolate venture, Ganache for Da Chocoholics. It has been four years, and now Arun is 29 years old, and the winner of two bronze medals at the International Chocolate Awards (Asia Pacific) that was held in Taiwan last month. This is an annual affair that happens across the world and the top three contestants from each category and region move to the world finals (to be held in Italy).

His creations that took the honours were Mango Lassi Milk Chocolate (in the category ‘Milk chocolate with Infusions’) and the 70% Palm Sugar Dark Chocolate (‘Dark chocolate made with alternative natural sugar’ category).

“Yoghurt and chocolate combinations have been popular for a few years. I picked mango and lassi as they are instantly identifiable as Indian flavours and have not been tried before,” he explains.

The tartness of the mango and yoghurt comes through and so does the subtle sweetness of the palm sugar.

 

“There are no artificial stabilisers, preservatives or flavourings in the chocolates. Neither do they have vegetable fat. It is all cocoa butter,” assures Arun.

The two chocolates are from his Chitra’m range (named after his mother who passed away). “I came up with the name and concept in November 2017 and it was only in May 2018 that they were launched. Each set of chocolates took three days of trial,” says Arun. The beans are sourced from Kerala. An Indian couple making chocolate grinders in Atlanta provide him with technological support.

Arun still sounds surprised at his chocolates winning the international award. “I am one of the smallest players in the chocolate industry in India. I didn’t expect to be taken seriously, more so when they know that I come from a tier-two city in South India.”

Even now, he works with a small team of six. Arun has done a dual Masters in Food Science and Technology from Cornell and then was an intern in Belgium with the famous Dominique Persoone of The Chocolate Line, where he was certified a chocolatier. He is now on to a PhD in Agri Business Management, specialising in Cocoa and Marketing.

“I am a small fish looking to grow,” says Arun, who also runs a chocolate café in Coimbatore. “I am looking for franchisees for my café and working with restaurateurs across the country.”

Brand Arun

Chitra’m Artisanal chocolates Top-of-the-line, ‘Bean-to-bar’ luxury chocolates in six varieties. They include Mango Lassi Milk Chocolate, 70% Dark Chocolate with Palm Sugar, Ragi and Coconut Milk, Turmeric and Black Pepper, Raw Mango and Green Chilli Dark Chocolate, Moringa and Lemon White Chocolate. (Approximately ₹250 for a bar of 45 gms). There are the ‘Beans to Bonbons’ that come in packs of ₹300, ₹600 and ₹1,200.

Ganache For the Corporate Gifting Segment, priced between ₹300 and ₹800. These are available in festive Diwali packaging, and while they are readily available, a notice of three to four days would be ideal. There is a 10%discount on Corporate Orders till October 1.

Infusions Café The café and chocolate shop. Besides the chocolates, the café serves pizzas, sandwiches, pickled dips, etc. It wants to be known for its cocoa cuisine as well, where cocoa is used in savoury dishes. The café offers as many as 25 variants of hot chocolate (Mexican, with spices, caramel, Vegan, hot chocolate with edible gold, frozen hot chocolate…

Signature desserts at the café include Sinful Indulgence (a combo of hot chocolate, floating brownie, ice cream, chocolate sauce, nuts and cocoa nib cookie served in a copper mug); High on Anandamide (the word has its origins in Sanskrit), hot chocolate sphere with mud cake and ice cream, with hot chocolate poured on… Desserts are available from ₹70 to ₹450 (the high-end one being a dessert that is a combination of several decadent desserts).

Filter coffee that comes in small, medium and large priced at ₹29, ₹49 and ₹79 respectively.

Cafe Infusions is at No 7, Sathyamoorthy Road, Ramnagar. Call 9994126708/9843806006. Email foods.dnd@gmail.com or visit chitramcraftchocolates.com

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ELOQUENT FINGERS

Young Charulatha’s music belies her age

As we bend to hear young vainika Charulatha Chandrasekar speak, the strains of the veena come wafting from Infosys Hall, where Mudhra’s Veenotsav is underway. The melodious strains envelop you with a calmness and take you away from the chaos of Chennai’s North Usman Road.

Just minutes ago, Charulatha, dressed in a green silk skirt and blouse, was on stage presenting a 90-minute concert. That was the stage where she had left her mark with pieces such as ‘Alaipayude,’ ‘Vazhimaraithirukkude,’ ‘Ethavunara’ and a ragamalika tanam besides alapana and swaraprasthara.

Her music is not just about making the frets ‘sing’ or about plucking the strings to the beat. It has all the flavours of what she has heard at home from childhood and a quiet artistic determination. Trained by musician-teacher-musicologist R.S. Jayalakshmi, whose granddaughter she is, Charulatha seems to have absorbed the music of the best of contemporary artistes as well.

Deft handling

This 12-year-old, who deftly handles the instrument, which looks bigger than her, found it quite tiresome, as it is with all children, as a beginner at six. What then has brought her this far?

Charulatha speaks of that catalystic moment when she was seven. “I performed with a group in front of the Chief Minister at an event,” she reveals, her eyes sparkling at the thought of the day in the presence of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, the late J. Jayalalithaa. Veena Gayathri, the main performer, amongst many at that event, gave a space next to her on the stage for the little girl, who was inspired when the Chief Minister noticed her.

Another inspiring moment was playing with a group in a Vijay TV tribute show ‘Kattrinile Varum Geetham,’ to M.S. Subbulakshmi.

Once the child’s interest grew, besides perfecting her technique, Jayalakshmi would tell her to listen to the great masters.

“My practice is for one hour daily in the late evenings,” says Charulatha. That is when her grandmother guides her.

“She tells me to be aware of sruti and tala perfection. My grandmother vocalises the songs as she teaches. I think she wants me to think of the songs keeping the words in mind,” says Charulatha, who also learns vocal music at Narada Gana Sabha.

Charulatha loves to listen to Sanjay Subrahmanyan, T.M. Krishna, and Ranjani-Gayatri. Speaking of current veena players, “I like Jayanthi Kumaresh,” she says.

The ease with which she brings nadam and a tone-filled feel into her instrument belies her age, but gestures like the half smile directed toward her much-older mridangam and ganjira accompanists, remind us that she is a gutsy youngster.

She was eight when she first presented a brief solo; now she is a regular performer and has a long way to go. “While my studies will always remain important, veena playing will be equally important to me,” says Charulatha, a seventh standard student in a leading Chennai school.

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