Monday, 31 May 2010

Kitty Party

In India a group of rich girl friends
get together and put money in a kitty
to have a lavish treat in a restaurant
which is caled a kitty party.
Women also host them in their homes , and provide the food.
Sometimes they play card games for money.
Social butterflies try to out do each other
in their hospitality , decor and clothes.
Its an occasion to show off
and show case your wealth.
A leisure activity of the rich!
I feel like a baked potato
when I step out in the sun.

The height of a joke.
Logic defied
A know a woman who suffers from
PMS 20 days a month (it seems) LOL

I loved the "Hilbilles" but
they don 't show them anymore.
The price of fruit and vegetables
have shot up so much
that one can only pray
and ask God for mercy while buying them. LOL
How are you doing friends?
We 've had dust and thunderstorms in our state.
About 20 people have lost their lives
in the storms.
We get temporary relief after the
storm but it gets hot
and humid afterwards.
Humidity sets off my joint pain.
Its nice to have Abner and Sonia for company.
Although Abner has a discipline
problem which is not pleasant
to deal with.
"What the young one
begs for, the grown up
throws away".-
Russian Proverb

Friday, 28 May 2010

Free book by Thomas Nelson Publishers

JESUS MANIFESTO: Restoring the Supremacy and Sovereignty of Jesus Christ by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola (Thomas Nelson, Hardcover, 205 pages) releases June 1st. It will be on major discount on on that day. 27 endorsements from renowned Christian leaders are listed below from Reformed, Baptist, Anglican, Pentecostal, Methodist, Charismatic, Missional, NewMonastic, etc. traditions. Thomas Nelson is giving away 200 copies of the soft cover/advanced reader copy (ARC) galleys. So it's first come, first serve. Email Jodi Hughes at with your full shipping address and ask for the ARC of JESUS MANIFESTO. These copies will go fast.
We would appreciate it if you would mention the book on your blog, website, or to friends the evening of MAY 31st or the morning of JUNE 1st so that others will be aware of the Amazon discount on Tuesday, June 1st. You can read sample chapters here
Here is the Amazon link to order - feel free to post it on your blog May 31 or June 1: The official site for the book goes live tomorrow May 26th - it will have an iPhone app, videos, and two songs written for the book from contemporary Christian artists:
Endorsements from 27 Renowned Christian Leaders
I wrote for this book and got a favorable reply. My copy is on the way.

Here is another short video by Dr Zacharais. What is your Perception of Beauty? What is your concept of beauty? Should beauty and art have a hedge of morality and ethics around it?

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Anand Bhavan-Home of 3 Prime Ministers

Allahabad has played a prominent role in
the freedom struggle and politics of India.
It has nurtured several outstanding
leaders and states men,
the Nehru/ Gandhi family being the most
distinguished and eminent among them.
Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi
and her son Rajiv Gandhi
were our Prime Ministers.
This January, when Namrita (my sister) was visiting with her
sons we went to
visit Anand Bhavan -
House of Joy.
Anand Bhavan is a large mansion located in Allahabad, India. Established by Indian political leader Motilal Nehru in the 19th century, it has served as the ancestral home of the Nehru-Gandhi Family — future Prime Ministers of India Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were born there.
It was donated to the Indian government in 1970 by Indira Gandhi. Today it has been converted into a memorial and museum. Here one is offered a glimpse of the lifestyle of the family that retained for a long time and even today the status of the most important political dynasty in India. It is a two storied building which has rooms including the one where Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits.
Jawahar Planetarium is also located inside the Anand Bhawan.

Anand Bhavan is the ancestral home of Jawaharlal Nehru, the freedom fighter and the first Prime-Minister of India. The place is also home to Indira Gandhi, the "Iron Lady of India". The place has today been turned into a fine museum. The importance of this place also increases because of the fact that several momentous decisions and events, related to the freedom struggle took place here. The main building houses a museum that displays the memorabilia of the Nehru family.Indira Gandhi donated Anand Bhawan to the Indian government in the year 1970 that was later converted into a museum on her behest. This museum is very well kept and worth visiting. This shrine to the Nehru family indicates the high regard in which this famous dynasty is held in India. The exhibits in the house highlight the events that compelled a well-off and prestigious family to get involved in Indian independence. The family has the honor of producing five generations of astute politicians - Moti Lal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. The most interesting part of the museum is Nehru's bedroom and study. There is a room specially dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, father of the Indian Nation, where he used to stay during his visits. There is a room dedicated to Indira Gandhi as well that houses many of her belongings. The drawing room also houses some of the belongings of Moti Lal and Jawaharlal Nehru. The study is another interesting section where you can glance through numerous bookshelves that are full of titles dedicated to Marx and Lenin. Out in the lush green garden is an outhouse that houses a picture gallery dedicated to the life and times of Jawaharlal Nehru. Next-door is Swaraj Bhawan, where Moti Lal Nehru lived until 1930 and where Indira Gandhi was born. It houses a museum featuring dimly lit rooms and an audio-visual presentation 'The Story of Independence'

The estate has several buildings and a magnifient garden.
A Planetarium also has been
built on one side
as a memorial to PM Nehru.
I photographed a liily pond
with tiny fish in it.

The central lawn with a majestic fountain

Prime Minister Nehru was very fond of roses
and wore one everyday in the lapel of his coat.

The gardeners maintain a beautiful rose garden here.

Nehru 's ashes were kept here

The architecture speaks of Mogul, Hindu
and British influence.
This is Swaraj Bhawan (Self Rule House),
the oldest part of the property.
It houses a museum and orphanage.
Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was born
in a building on the left
of the photo.

This is the library where many meetings
of the Indian National Congress party
were held during the freedom struggle
and afterwards.
Adapting a simple /traditional lifestyle people sat on the floor and comfortable cushions.

A view of the Planetarium
This is a room where
Mahatma Gandhi used to stay.
You can see his spinning wheel .
Its not very clear because of the shining glass.

The Nehrus were very wealthy, affluent people.
Educated in Europe and
and their life style was influenced by that..
It is said that they sent their suits to
be dry cleaned in Paris.

Their furniture was commissioned from Europe.
I like this Egyptian style bed

Another sitting room. The table looks like
a carved Kashmiri one.
The Nehrus were Kashmiri Brahmins.
(high caste Hindus)

The dining room

Part of the kitchen.
All in English style.
Although I think they were vegetarians.

My mother once had tea in this dining room
with the very young Indira Gandhi.
As a young school teacher ,
Mama was assigned to work
for Nehru 's Congress party during
a Election Campaign in the late 50s.
Mam a and her group spent a day in
a rural area.
Nehru 's jeep was supposed
to bring them back in the evening.
The driver forgot and when Indira
took the roll call of their workers, she
found these young teachers missing.
The driver was summoned and questioned and scolded
for his carelessness.
He was dispatched speedily to fetch the ladies
who were feeling quite lost
in this remote rural area.
When they arrived at Anand Bhawan
Indira Gandhi expressed her apologies and
served them tea and refreshments in the dining room.,
before sending them home.
Later on when Nehru won the elections and
was sworn as Prime Minister
Mama was invited to a grand
victory banquet at Anand Bhawan.
I have the invitation card somewhere. We have preserved it carefully

In one of the rooms we saw this
carry chair which was used to
lift Motilal Nehru
(Jawarlal 's father) when he was
unable to walk , due to old age.

Another elegant bedroom .
There is a walking stick
at the side.
A stately sitting room.

The overhead lamp and fan
very vintage.

A beautiful writing desk.

Namrita took my photo.
I was wearing my Dad 's jacket.
It was so cold .I needed
this fur lined coat.
With Rayguel and Namrita

Mishael, Rayguel and Namrita

A garden sculpture

This little chipmunk waqs enjoying the
winter sunshine.

A memorial plaque near
the entrance.

Some more rose beds

I hope you enjoyed this
visit to Anand Bhavan.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Sunshine from Sita and Dr Ravi Zacharias

Thank you SITA for your gift award.
Your godly posts, videos and
devotionals shower my day
with sunshine and encouragement.
Below is wit and wisdom from
Dr Ravi Zacharias.
(The videos are very short)

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sunday Blessings : VBS

Sonia' s son, 8 year old Abner had
been going to Vacation Bible School
for the past one week.
Every morning they had activities
between 7 and 10.30 am.
On Friday evening a picnic was arranged for all
the participants on the Seminary lawns.
The kids took their own snacks and food.
Today in the Sunday service
there was a special VBS presentation.
Here is Abner displaying his workbook and

I found these nice photos
of Indian Children
on the web

Here is a gem.
A missionary got this letter
from a kid in her church-
We are learning about who obeys God and who does not. Steven obeyed God and he got killed for it. I hope you obey God?
Happy Pentecost Sunday to everyone