Thursday, December 27, 2012

A blog award

I got a completely unexpected nomination for the Liebster Blog Award - I guess this will serve as a wake up call to write more often!

Award details:

 Liebster is a German word meaning dearest. However, in the context of blog writing, it can also mean favorite. The award is given is given by the blogging community to bloggers who have less than 200 followers in acknowledgement of the good articles and posts they have written. In presenting a fellow blogger with the reward, the nominee is encouraging him/her to continue creating interesting and inspiring posts.

I thank Surabhi Bafna, author of the blog ‘Vivacious puerile’ for nominating my blog for this Award. I am glad she found my blog suitable enough to grant me this nomination.

Rules for receiving and passing on this nomination further.
  1. Kindly thank the person who nominated you and acknowledge him/her by mentioning their blog link for the same.
  2. Each person must post 11 things about themselves
  3. Answer the Questions that the nominator sets for you + create 11 Questions for the people you have nominated
  4. Choose 11 deserving bloggers and link them in your post
  5. Go to their blog and Inform them about this by commenting on one of their posts.
  6. Don't tag back the person who mentioned you.
11 things about me:

  1. I can live in the library. I am so glad that I am finally in a country where I can borrow as many books as I want to for free!
  2. I am very possessive. About everything and everyone.
  3. I collect little bits of information about everything. Which makes me a good conversationalist. Up to a point.
  4. I cant refuse the dessert. The most I can do is say no to the second helping :)
  5. I have a penchant for reading long dead books. I have read the entire Animorphs series - 57 books - and the entire Doctor Who Series - both of which have been long dead in public memory. How many have even heard of  'Anne of Green Gables'? Another of my favorite series.
  6. My dream home is minimalist - lots of space, lots of books and the heavenly aroma of  food.
  7. I respect all life - I am totally against specism and carnism - 2 belief systems - so deeply entrenched in humanity that they have only recently been named. Google to know more.
  8. I love flowers. I just need an excuse to buy them.
  9. I have the most insane dreams at night.
  10. I love sudoku, kakuro, origami, ikebana, bonsai - m fairly good at all this Japanese stuff :)
  11. I found it ridiculously hard to make this list. 
 Answering my questions:
  1. Describe you in one line? - A Hare Krishna - an ISKCON member and an aspiring servant of Lord Krishna.
  2. Why do you Blog? - to share
  3. What is your Aim? - to live a God centered life.
  4. If you have a Super Power what will you do? - invisibility - to spy on ppl secretly ;)
  5. One person whom, you want to be with you all your life, why? (not parents, lover, children) - sorry but this has to be my husband.
  6. The person whom you miss desperately, why? - My brother cos he's my best friend and my soul twin.
  7. Most memorable moment in your life? - 18/3/2010
  8. Social Networking in your view? Satisfies my gossip instincts.
  9. Do you believe in Love at first sight? if no why? No because I am a head person.
  10. One thing you like to change about yourself? - my restlessness
  11. Your views on my Blog? - Wonderful! Deep thoughts....
My questionnaire:
  1. One thing you would want to change in the world today?
  2. Your best childhood memory?
  3. Your dream holiday destination?
  4. If your room was on fire what would be the one thing you would try to rescue?
  5. One quality your dream guy/girl must have.
  6. You look in the mirror and see....
  7. Which do you prefer more and why - books or music?
  8. Who knows you the best?
  9. Careerwise, are you doing what you love to do?
  10. One thing that completely turns you off?
  11. If you could choose, you would like to be reborn as -
 And my Liebster Award goes to:
  1. Pankhuri
  2. Something Fresh
  3. The Sound of thought
  4. Life is 'Nuts'
  5. Neer
  6. Chanting! Dancing! Feasting
  7. Bolo Krishna, Bhajo Krishna
  8. A thinker muses
  9. Sandy's Blog
  10. Pin drop nonsense
  11. KishoreLive
For writing blogs that are interesting, insightful and fun! Keep blogging!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Vivaha Samskar - the sacred vow of marriage

samanjantu visve devah
samapo hrdayani nau
sammatarisva sandhata
samudestri dadhatu nau

"May the divine powers know that we two are getting married with great pleasure in our soul and conscience. Our hearts are in harmony, as one as the waters. May the Prince of Love, the god of relationships and the god of secrets protect our marriage"
(Rig  Veda - 10.8.47)

"In Vedic tradition, a marriage is a sacred act, a religious commitment and never a simple agreement. Union between a man and a woman is not merely a physical one, but also a moral and spiritual one. It marks the beginning of a life of responsibility. Couple relationships should be ruled with mutual feelings of faithfulness and devotion which should also be turned towards God.
      Marriage ties are normally indissoluble. One must therefore adjust his or her character, likes, ideals and interests with that of the other instead of breaking up as soon as differences appear. Marriage is a sacrifice, an austerity which helps us to develop patience and tolerance."
 - The Book of Samskaras - Ch 4.

Rahul and me accepted this sacred vow of marriage on 9th March 2012. May the Gods help us to fulfil it. Humbly seeking your blessings as we begin the most important phase of our life.