Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Moon Day - Abort Any Travel.

New Moon Day! Then its better to avoid any journey.This is the very common thing which we can expect from a common man in India.A new moon is the result of the sun's light being concentrated on the FAR side of the moon, thus making the moon more or less invisible to us. A full moon is the result of the light of the sun being concentrated on the near side of the moon, thus making its near side completely illuminated and visible to us.

Now lets see why Indians believe of not travelling on a New Moon day,"We know that the moon light on a new moon day is almost nill,and it appears dark.this is the key point where indians believe,the thing is in olden days where there is no electricity and people are only known about moonlight and sunlight,in those days they insisted not to travel on a new moon day as it is not safe to travel in the dark and to avoid any accidents".but the days has changed and today we are with everything available and we must change accordingly so there is nothing not to travel on a New Moon Day.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Indian Marriages.

Indian Marriages are very bright events,filled with ritual and celebration, that continue for 15days.they are not a small affair minimum of 500 people will be participating in the event and in most of the times the number goes to 2000 also.indian wedding is not about two persons i.e bride and groom, it is about two families getting wedded socially with much less emphasis on the individuals involved.

As i said marriage in india is considered a marriage of families rather than the individuals.Once you understand the concept,one can even appreciate the beauty of indian simple we can say a typical indian marriage is like a combination of "customs,traditions,and locallization including some rituals".

Every event that happens in an indian wedding has some significance based on the type of  the religion and community etc.i am trying to post all the possible events that happen in an indian marriage and their significance in an typical indian marriage.keep checking my blog for further updates on indian marriages.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tulsi - worshiped as a goddess...

In India Tulsi is worshiped as a goddess,due to its medicinal value and there is nothing to argue on this issue as the medicinal values of  Tulsi are scientifically proved which gives a boost to the indian you can find some facts about Tulsi.

Botanical Name: Ocimum sanctum, O. tenuiflorum

Family: Lamiaceae

Common Names: Tulsi (Hindi), Tulasi (Hindi), surasa (Sanskrit), sacred basil

Part Used: Herb

Properties: Adaptogen, antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant, antiviral, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, galactagogue (promotes the flow of mother’s milk), and immunomodulator

Constituents: Essential oils such as eugenol, carvacol, linalool, caryophylline, and methyleugenol as well as triterpenes such as ursolic acid and flavonoids.


Tulsi is sacred to the Hindu god Vishnu and is used in morning prayers to insure personal health, spiritual purity, and family well-being. Strings of beads made from the plant’s stems are used in meditation to give clarity and protection.Tulsi is classified as a rasayana, an herb that nourishes a person’s growth to perfect health and promotes long life. For perhaps 3000 years, Tulsi has been considered one of India’s most powerful herbs. The daily use of this herb is believed to help maintain the balance of the chakras, (energy centers) of the body. It is acclaimed as possessing sattva (energy of purity) and as being capable of bringing on goodness, virtue, and joy in humans. In the Puranas (a sacred Hindu text), everything associated with the plant is holy, including water given to it and the soil in which it grows as well as all its parts, among them leaves, flowers, seed, and roots.

In Indian medicine, the leaves of the Tulsi plant are brewed in a tea that is used as an expectorant to treat people with excessive bronchial mucus and bronchitis. The tea also is used for people with upset stomach, biliouness, and vomiting. The powdered/dried leaves have been used as a snuff for nasal congestion, and the juice of the fresh leaf is put in the ear for earaches. A decoction made from the root is used to lower malarial fevers, and a poultice made from the fresh roots and leaves is applied to bites and stings from wasps, bees, mosquitoes, ants, and other insects as well as leeches.

Modern Uses:

There has been a significant amount of both animal studies and human clinical research on the benefits of Tulsi. Today, we know this versatile plant is an adaptogen with antioxidant, neuroprotective, stress reducing, and radioprotective effects.animal studies provided preliminary evidence that holy basil lowers blood sugar levels, helps prevent gastric ulcers, and enhances antibody production while inhibiting the symptoms of allergies.There have been a few human studies. In one, Tulsi was found to help reduce asthma symptoms, and in another, patients with type 2 diabetes had significant reductions in blood sugar levels while fasting and smaller decreases in blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels after eating.Tulsi is used to treat people with allergic rhinitis and allergies to animal dander and mold. Combined with reishi and a solid extract from blueberries, it can reduce the symptoms of hay fever and allergic asthma.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Superstitions in India......

India has made immense progress in the medical and technological field in the recent years but people are still superstitious in nature. Even the silliest of misconceptions continue till date. While in most of the cases these thoughts and beliefs are hardly harmful and in-turn are quite hilarious, sometimes they do have serious effects on the society.
Few of the common superstitions are:If a black cat cuts your way then you are supposed to wait till somebody else has passed that path. What if I miss my exam?Having sweet things before going out for some important activities brings success.Sneezing once while leaving house is bad while sneezing twice is lucky!
If your comb falls accidentally while combing your hair or a crow caws then it hints at the arrival of the guests.
Many such beliefs ans superstitions continues till date and now have an organised form through methods like numerology and others. Even the producers decides the spelling of their movies names and the actors changes the names spelling on advice from the numerologists.These things are five and are not harmful. But in villages and rural backward areas if somebody have a hysteria attack then a group of people is called in place of medical help.Often the person goes without any medical treatment. In some severe cases of hysteria people have been locked up in a hut far away from the village with food and water being delivered by some brave person once a day.

There are some Indian beliefs which are proved to be scientifically helpful to us,and Some of them are considered as Superstitions till today  so be cautious while adopting any of the customs.

India at a glance.

Country : India

Area: 3.28 million sq km

Population: 1 billion

Capital : New Delhi

People : 72% Indo-Aryan, 25% Dravidian, 3% other

Language: Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Kashmiri, English, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam

Head of State: President Prathiba Patil

Head of Government: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

GDP: USD 2.2 trillion

GDP per Capita: USD 2200

Annual Growth: 9%

Inflation: 4%

Major Industries: Textiles, chemicals, food processing, steel, transportation equipment, cement, mining, petroleum, machinery, rice, wheat, oilseed, cotton, jute, tea, sugracane, potatoes, cattle, poultry, fish