Rakshabandhan: A Beautiful Indian Festival to Celebrate the Brother-Sister Relationship

Rakhi ki Thali ©Chitrangadasharan

One of the most beautiful Indian festivals is Rakshabandhan.

This festival is about the special and pious bond, to celebrate the brother-sister relationship.

When the siblings are growing up together at their parents home, it is always about fun, sweets, gifts etc.

But, as we grow older, it’s unlikely the brother-sister will remain in the same city, or may be in the same country.

Yes, life takes the siblings to different directions, due to education, work, career, even marriage.

It’s then that the festival of Rakshabandhan becomes an emotional festival.

The sacred thread, which the sisters tie on the wrist of their brothers, to wish them happiness, prosperity, good health and all good wishes, can’t be done in the same way, as it was done in their childhood days.

So, there is a practice to send the colourful and auspicious Rakhis in envelopes, via post, or couriers, or even online.

That little small sacred thread, called Rakhi is symbolic of the pure and true love and the special bond, which the brother and sister share with each other.

If the brother is married, a special and beautiful Rakhi is also included for the sister-in-law.

Perhaps, it’s only in Indian culture and traditions, that the brother-sister relationship is celebrated in this beautiful manner.

Because, this is a relationship, Forever. 🌹🌹

Indian Dessert Chena Murki: Weekend Treats

Indian Dessert, Chena Murki, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

There is no end to the dessert options in Indian Cuisine.

Popularly called Mithai, you can have the mouth watering Rasogulla, Gulab Jamun, Burfi, Kalakand, Rajbhog, Peda, Laddoo and the list is endless.

But, there are many festivals in India, in which those who observe vrat or fast, can have phalahaar (comprising of Satvik food).

Milk and milk products are considered to be Satvik food.

Chena Murki (displayed in the picture) is made of Chena (paneer/ cottage cheese), and it can be consumed by those who are observing fast or vrat.

Paneer or Chena can be easily prepared at home.

Just add sugar, grated coconut (fresh or dried), and green cardamom powder.

Combine all ingredients and cook for 5 minutes and it’s ready.

For the detailed recipe, please refer to the link below.

Easy Indian Dessert : Chena Murki for Vrat and Festivals

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Sunday Thoughts

Via Google

People love secrets;

But, don’t expect them to keep them( Secrets)

😍😇😂😎🥰

Happy Emojis day.

Guru Purnima 2022–The Guru- Shishya Parampara of Ancient India

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The Guru-Shishya Parampara of ancient India denotes a spiritual relationship between the teacher and the students.

In ancient India, the relationship between the Guru and Shishya was emotional and personal, and not just related to books and classrooms.

In those days, the Shishya or the student had to live at the teacher’s home, or the Gurukul.

The Gyana or the knowledge was imparted by the guru, not by the books, but by day- today activities, and by examples set by the teachers or the gurus.

The relationship between the Guru and Shishya was pure, selfless, with a feeling of commitment and submission for each other.

The Shishya, while observing his Guru closely, used to master all the skills and knowledge given by his teacher.

This required commitment from both the Guru and the Shishya.

The Shishya had a sense of gratitude and lifelong respect for the Gurus.

Guru Purnima is celebrated all over India, to honour the Gurus, to express gratitude to the Gurus.

Anyone who teaches you anything or even something, is your Guru, your parents of course, being your first Gurus.

गुरू-गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े, काके लागुं पाय,

बलिहारी गुरु आपने, गोविन्द दियो बताय।

—-संत कबीर

Happy Guru Purnima 🙏🙏

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Halwa, Kheer as Prasad: Weekend Treats

Suji Halwa as Prasad, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
Rice Kheer as Prasad, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
Picture via Google
Picture via Google

Anyone familiar with the Indian traditions, must be familiar with the significance of Prasad (offerings) in Puja (worshipping.)

Though there can be many food items, fruits, dry fruits etc. which we can offer in pujas, the most common Prasad is Halwa, Kheer and seasonal fruits.

Today is the auspicious day of Shri Jagannath Yatra, and therefore I thought of sharing the Prasad, which I have offered to Lord Jagannath.

Halwa, can be prepared with wheat flour, suji (semolina), Besan (black gram flour), dry fruits Halwa and many more.

Halwa is prepared with pure desi ghee and sugar or jaggery, dry nuts, and other ingredients, with devotion and purity.

Rice Kheer is prepared with rice, milk, dry nuts, cardamom, sugar or jaggery, again with devotion and purity.

After offering to the Lord, the Prasad has a unique divine taste.

My best wishes to everyone for a Blessed Rath Yatra day.

Jai Jagannath 🙏🙏

Father’s Day: My Thoughts

“What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they are not trying to teach us.”— Umberto Eco.

Happy Father’s Day!

The love of a father is often unexpressed.

Fathers usually don’t show their tears or their fears.

But, the invisible protection, which his presence provides us, remains the pillar of strength throughout our lives.

Remembering my father not only on this Father’s Day, but everyday.

Yes, I miss him every moment, and feel his presence and blessings always upon me.

My Father— A Memoir

Some quotes to express my feelings on ‘Father’s day.’


1. There is no teacher equal to mother and there’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father. — Amit Ray

2. Confident women are raised by loving dads. —-Nitya Prakash

3. Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song.—-Pam Brown

4. I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. —Sigmund Freud.

5. To the world, you are a dad. But to our family, you are the world. —Unknown

6. It is a wise father that knows his own child.—William Shakespeare

7. The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. —Antoine Francois Prevost.

8. A girl’s first true love is her father. —Marisol Santiago

9. The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children, when no one is looking. —Dan Pearce.

10. To be the father of a nation is a great honour, but to be the father of a family is a greater joy. — Nelson Mandela.

11. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me. —- Jim Valvano

Birthdays Make You Feel Special

Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

Birthdays are special days, and we make sure that the birthday person feels happy and special. Spending time with family and friends, with good food, gifts, birthday wishes, music, dance and what not!

Then there are various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp and others, which are flooded with birthday wishes.

Then there are phone calls, video calls and other advanced technologies to make you feel special and happy for your special day.

All this sounds so good, and the birthdays are really special nowadays.

However, when I was younger, and there was no social media, birthdays were celebrated by visiting the temples, receiving blessings from the elders of the family, new clothes, having sweets or some delicious homemade food and all that.

Those were days of joint family system and there were so many people within the family, that there was no need to go outside or invite others.

It was always a celebration time.

After my marriage, my father, mother, grandfather always sent me letters (handwritten, of course) on the occasion of my birthdays.

Those letters are my precious possessions, even now.

Rice kheer and sweets were a must for prasad on birthdays, but cakes were optional.

Well, now I prepare all the delicacies— the auspicious and traditional kheer, Laddoos, and of course cakes, because it’s always good to carry on and combine the traditions with modernity.

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The elders

Clean and Green Environment

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Let’s do our bit,

Let’s nurture the nature,

For our future generations,

Let’s plant more trees,

Let’s preserve and protect,

Let’s conserve and respect,

Today and always,

Happy Environment Day.

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Shubh Buddha Purnima— My Thoughts

Buddha, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

ख़ुशी और आनंद दो अलग-अलग तरह की अनुभूति होती है ।

जब हम बुद्ध की प्रतिमा को देखते हैं,

तो ये नहीं कहते, कि वह कितने खुश प्रतीत होते हैं,

किन्तु ये कहते हैं, कि वह कितने आनन्दमय प्रतीत होते हैं,

ख़ुशी तो भौतिक चीजों से प्राप्त की जा सकती है,

लेकिन आनन्द तो आत्मा के सुख से ही प्राप्त होता है,

हमें ये प्रयत्न करना चाहिए, कि अपने तथा दूसरों के जीवन में,

आनन्द ही आनन्द हो।

शुभ बुद्ध पूर्णिमा 🙏🙏

A Visit to Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India

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