Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
Thank you for for prayers and good wishes friends. I was up and about today and able to go out on business.
Yesterday we watched the grand opening of the Queen 's Baton Relay in preparation for the New Delhi Commonwealth Games Oct 2010. It was a gorgeous and colorful ceremony broadcast live from Buckingham Palace . Indian sparkle and glitter against the backdrop of British pomp and pageantry. Fun to watch.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
This is a popular hotel.
Monday, 26 October 2009
I am reading this book in which the author deals with
a Biblical approach towards poverty.
On the back cover it says;
Serving the poor is a Christian virtue but there are a host of ways
in which we can act.Such an agenda needs a wide biblical vision
in the light of the massive problem of poverty.
For the author Dewi Hughes says that the kingdom of God with
Jesus Christ as king is fundamental to this vision.
The book argues that the church as the visible community of God is given the task of blessing the poor. Asserting that what people do
flows from what they believe.
Hughes explores the place of religion in perpetuating poverty.
From this foundation kingdom principles are applied to the worlds of
economics, politics, ethnic identity and gender.
Finally the author considers two issues
that threaten wide scale poverty in the future
namely, population growth and
degradation of environment.
THe Hindustan Times newspaper says ; in India the poverty line
is set to rise and the number of the poor is going to swell .
38% of India 's population will dip below the poverty line instead of the present
On the other hand Indian economy is burgeoning
and the number of millionaires is increasing everyday.
The gap between the rich and the poor is widening.
The task before us as a nation and as individuals is phenomenal.
Beauty for brokenness,hope for despair
Lord, in your suffering world, this is our prayer.
Bread for the children, justice,joy, peace,
Sunrise to sunset your kingdom increase.
God of the poor, friend of the weak.
Give us compassion we pray,
Melt our cold hearts, let tears fall like rain,
Come change our love from a spark to a flame.
Friday, 23 October 2009
so I got her chicken burgers.
Today is my niece Mahima 's 17th birthday.
Happy birthday Mahima.
Her name means Glory or God 's Praise.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Watch this video
Two Prayer Requests
Tried to fix an appointment with an eye
surgeon to examine my mother for her cataract surgery. He gave me an appointment for 1 pm tomorrow (Oct 22nd)
Please pray for my mother, she is a little anxious.
In a few days time we are going to start repairing another section of our church wall which fell during the monsoon. Please pray for this phase of our Nehemiah Project. Specially for God 's provision in the midst of skyrocket ting costs.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Here your lovely oil free omelet.
These are dahi vadas.
Lentil dumplings soaked in
a yogurt sauce.
Matta Paneer which is a curry
peas and cottage cheese in a tomato based gravy.
Fresh green peas are too expensive
so I used the dried ones which are
And this is my very first pumpkin pie.
All my life I had been reading about this pie and
looking at its pictures and never tried baking it.
My bloggie friend PENNI sent me the spice mixture and the lovely autumn decorations you can see here and candy.
So I just had to bake my very first pumpkin pie from the scratch.
I cooked and pureed the pumpkin and baked
the pie shell.
It was fun and an anti depressant
as I was feeling low last weekend.
Thank you Penni for being my inspiration.
In the first photo you can see a B/W
photo of my parents
taken a day after their wedding.
This video I could entitle
Sheeba and the firecrackers.
Its not much of a video, just Sheeba barking at the crackers.
I took this video from YouTube it will give you an idea
of Diwali fireworks in an
Friday, 16 October 2009
to watch the eager shoppers
and take photographs.
These are street stalls selling
decorations and religious items for puja.
Everyone was in a hurry to get their bag full.
Down this post I have provided excerpts from Wikipedia
which will give you more information
A stall selling puffed rice or lie-lava
and sugar animals which are offered to deities and eaten
during this festival.
Clay idols of gods and goddesses
These are baskets of raffia grass
you can buy them for your house or as gifts.
They are very pretty
This is an attractive wall piece.
The word Dhanteras, Dhan stands for wealth. On Dhanteras, the "Owl" form of the Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Dhanteras holds special significance for the business community due to customary purchases of precious metals on this day
To mark the auspicious day, houses and business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights.
On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. "Laxmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny Diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. "Bhajans"-devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are also sung.
"Naivedya" of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.
In villages, cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income. In south India, cows are offered particularly special veneration because they are thought of as incarnations of the Goddess Lakshmi.