Let’s salute and remember our brave warriors always on duty for us in the service of the nation.

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this is not a camera

it’s the eye I see the world thru

recording nature and events

focusing on beauty and intrigue

a reservoir of moments

waiting for my words to

accompany each capture

share for others to enjoy

but press the button for me

a treasure chest of all that I see

d’Verse, object poem, Mish – my photo of sunrise

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Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan or Maghi or simply Sankranti, is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the deity Surya (sun). It is observed each year in the lunar month of Magha which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar and is a day the people of India and Nepal celebrate their harvest. It marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara rashi (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.

Makar Sankranti is one of the few ancient Indian and Nepali festivals that has been observed according to solar cycles, while most festivals are set by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar. Being a festival that celebrates the solar cycle, it almost always falls on the same Gregorian date every year (January 14/15), except in some years when the date shifts by a day for that year.

The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti are known by various names, such as Magha Sankranti in Nepal, Magh Bihu in Assam, Maghi (preceded by Lohri) in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, popular amongst both the Hindus and Sikhs, Sukarat in central India, Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, Ghughuti in Uttarakhand, Makara Sankranti in Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal (also called Poush Sankranti), Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh (also called Khichidi Sankranti) or as Sankranthi in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Makar Sankranti is observed with social festivities such as colorful decorations, rural children going house to house, singing and asking for treats in some areas , melas (fairs), dances, kite flying, bonfires and feasts. The Magha Mela, according to Diana L. Eck (professor at Harvard University specializing in Indology), is mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharat. Many observers go to sacred rivers or lakes and bathe in a ceremony of thanks to the sun. Every twelve years(marking one complete revolution of Jupiter around the Sun) the Hindu’s observe Makar Sankranti with one of the world’s largest mass pilgrimages, with an estimated to 100 million people attending the event. At this event, then they say a prayer to the sun and bathe at the Prayaga confluence of the River Ganga and River Yamuna at the Kumbha Mela, a tradition attributed to Adi Shankaracharya.

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Body language has a core importance in communication. The Body language is misleading. A person can say one thing and think something completely different, or consciously deceive the interlocutor with lies. It is considerably more difficult to fool someone with body language since much of body language expressions happen unconsciously. In many people, the facial […]



Lohri is a popular Punjabi winter folk festival celebrated primarily in the Punjab region. The significance and legends about the Lohri festival are many and these link the festival to the Punjab region. It is believed by many that the festival commemorates the passing of the winter solstice. Lohri marks the end of winter, and is a traditional welcome of longer days and the sun’s journey to the northern hemisphere by Sikhs and Hindus in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent.

It is observed the night before Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi, and according to the solar part of the lunisolar Bikrami calendar and typically falls about the same date every year (January 13).

Lohri is an official holiday in the state of Punjab, India, Haryana and NCT of Delhi where the festival is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Christians but it is not a holiday in Punjab, Pakistan. It is, however, observed by Hindus, Sikhs and some Muslims in Punjab, Pakistan.

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National Youth Day is celebrated on 12 January being the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared this day as National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year. Swami Vivekananda the One of the Most Famous Philosopher or Monk in the World.

Swami Vivekananda was the Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Swami Vivekananda’s birthday (12 January 1863), according to the Indian Almanac (Vishuddha Siddhanta Almanac) is on Pausha Krishna Saptami tithi, which falls on different dates in the English Calendar every year (generally in the month of January). This is observed in various centres of Ramakrishna Math and Mission in a traditional Hindu manner which includes mangalarati (a kind of worship practised in India, specially by Hindu people), special worship, homa (fire-ritual), meditation, devotional songs, religious discourses and sandhya-arati (vesper service at evenings).

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Develop. Inspire. Transform.

Photo by Oliver Roos on Unsplash

I’m always wondering,
Should I go left, or

And, though I know
Either way is alright,

It’s still a consideration,
Made without pause,
Or, rather, with

A minute gaze
Upon the thaw
Of the decision maze

Without any notice,
Or applause

As we consider
A simple decision, and know
It’s ours to create

In times when they
Are rough, and in times
When they are just

We can consider
For a millenia
What I’ve

Found, is that
You’ll end up in the
Same place roundabout

No matter the
Selection made
About the gain

We’d like to make

Left or right, then
Remember, friend,
It’s alright,

And all is tight, yes,
With anticipation,
However, your

Is preset, so let go,
And take the path,

Which feels best

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Transcript of the speech and original audio at: https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

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Road Safety Month (India): 18 January – 17 February

Road Safety Week is observed from 11 January to 17th January every year and aims at making the roads and streets in India safer. During the one-week observance, the government spreads awareness about how to avoid accidents and injuries while on the road.

According to an official notification by the Government of India, Ministry of Transport and Highways, the ministry has decided to observe Road Safety Month from 18 January to 17 February 2021 instead of National Road Safety Week. Accordingly, during this period, various nation-wide activities have been planned to be conducted throughout the country in association with the state governments/ UT administrations, OEMs and other stakeholders.

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The Power of Emotions in black and white photography. This first photo below I created in photoshop. I see so much in this photo, not just black and white but so many different shades of gray. Which intern shows depth and soft lines to me. If you stare at it long enough, it almost looks […]

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