Have a tendency (proclivity) to dwelve into the past :(

via Daily Prompt: Proclivity

What is the best way to not look into the past  ??? How does one move forward without any pain whatsoever. A couple of things have helped me –

Prayers

Meditation

Hobbies

And my work.

Unless I am completely busy the old thoughts come rolling back. They negate all my hard work and I fall back into a hopeless pit.. Embracing midlife can be a daunting task especially when you have a special needs child. And creating a work life balance makes it harder.The  tendency to work  harder when under stress due to several reasons narrows the focus and short-circuits the very habits that helps me cope……

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Tamil New Year -2017

Today is the tamizh new year.  Every new year has a new name to it and this year it is called “Hevilambi “. It is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu Solar Calendar(Chitirai maasam/month). Popularly known as Puthandu,  Tamil New Year which usually falls on April 14th is an occasion that calls for celebration for Tamils all over the world. This is supposedly the day when Lord Brahma (the Creator of the world, according to Hindu mythology) started creation. People exchange greetings of ‘Puthandu Vazthukal’ (Happy New Year) with great fervor on this day.

The highlight of Tamil New Year Festival  among the tamil speaking people is the food . No festival is ever complete without an assortment of dishes .’Maanga Pachadi’ (a dish made of raw mangoes, jaggery and neem flowers) is the special dish of the day, which tastes sweet, salty, spicy , sour and bitter at the same time. This favorite dish of mine symbolizes  – LIFE which is a mixed bag of these flavorsnew.

Ridgewood 365

I have been unable to post pictures of my hometown for the past one month. Partially due to the fact that I was travelling to India for 3 weeks and on return it has been very hectic at home and work.

In the meanwhile I did post some pictures of my trip to India.Plan to be back posting pictures of my hometown starting this coming Monday. Watch out. Until then enjoy some of these random

photos taken every now and then …

 

Darasuram – A UNESCO world heritage site

The Airavateswara temple at Darasuram with its heavily  ornamented pillars accurate in detail and richly sculpted walls,  is a classic example of Chola art and architecture. This is the second time I am visiting this temple. Dharasuram is a town located 3 kilometres from Kumbakonam in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, India. Each time I visit this temple I am amazed by the brilliant architecture and the serenity surrounding this small town.A must visit for anyone venturing to visit Tamil Nadu..

India Diary continued

India trips are always hectic and especially more so when it is just 2 weeks.This time I was in a different city almost every other day visiting temples and family with my mother and brothers and niece. It was tiring but very fulfilling.Best part being able to take my mom to visit her ancestral property in Tanjore. She is 82 and the house itself is 125 plus yrs old. I could see the joy in her face and remembering all her childhood days.She became animated explaining all her friends names living on the same street and how she used to play/spend time with them.

I am already missing all the hungama/entertainment.Life in USA without extended family is dull 😦 Here are a few pictures from my visit. Sit back and enjoy.

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL,CATHOLIC CHURCH OF RIDGEWOOD , NJ

My first visit to a church happened when I was eight and attending elementary school  in India. Our school took us on a trip to a sugar plant in Meerut , a small town about 100 miles away from New Delhi .There is also a very famous church in a nearby town called Sardhana. Our school being a Private Hindu School was very secular in character and we were taken to this church to learn more about all religions. It was called Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, also known as Churches among the Churches,  dedicated to virgin Mary. The Church was built by begum Samru , a  girl of 14 who married a European mercenary soldier Walter. Samru  converted to Roman Catholicism and adopted the name Joanna Nobilis. She ruled the Principality of Sardhana in 18th and 19th century. The Church is the largest in North India.

My fascination for visiting churches never stopped after that. I am a stoic Hindu yet ready to embrace all religions.There is so much to learn from every culture.My view on religion is to expand the personal and cultural lens through which we see the world to evolve a shared view of humanity.

Ken Folletts book ” The pillars of the earth ” was the final push I needed to visit many more churches . The novel is based on the building of a cathedrals in the fictional town of Kings bridge, England. The story backdrop is set in the middle of the 12th century ( a historical   book  that traces the development of Gothic architecture out of the preceding Romansque architecture, and the fortunes of the Kingsbridge priory .An amazing  and must read for history lovers.

Sometime in this 365 day journey I will post the interiors of the churches that exist in Ridgewood..

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