What’s the Significance of Celebrating Festivals?

Durga Puja Pandal, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

India is known for celebrating many festivals, all with the same enthusiasm.

One might ask— So many festivals throughout the year?

Yes, it’s true— Besides the big festivals, such as Holi, Diwali, Dussehra and others, each day has some significance, and the fact remains that Indians love to celebrate.

The reason is very simple— To be joyful, to spread happiness, and to celebrate life.

Besides all this, festivals are the best ways to maintain our culture, traditions and rich heritage.

Festivals are an amazing way to have social harmony and brotherhood among the citizens of a country.

It’s perhaps the best way to spread positivity, where people forget all their differences, their personal struggles.

Life is not always easy. There are challenges almost everyday. But, we have to carry on, and win our battles— big or small.

Where do we get the inner strength for all this??

Festivals fills us up with hope and belief, to be strong, to start afresh.

The above picture is from a Durga Puja pandal, as the festival of Navratri and Dussehra is being celebrated throughout the length and breath of India.

The whole community works in coordination with each other, to make the festivals enjoyable for everyone.

It’s all a very pleasant sight to watch people together— and Happy!

Happy Navratri and Happy Dussehra!

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Durga Puja ©Chitrangadasharan

About Watching the Sunrise: My Thoughts

Sunrise today seen from my terrace, picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
Sunrise from my terrace, picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

The Sun rises every morning, and I must have watched it for countless number of times.

So, what’s so special today?

Just a reminder once again that —-

“The secret to being hopeful, peaceful, positive and happy, for the rest of the day, please get up early, and watch the ‘Sunrise.’

“If you want to appreciate the beauty and miracles of Nature, please get up early, and watch the “Sunrise.”

“The “Sunrise” makes us believe that each day brings with it, new opportunities, new hopes, and the promise of a new beginning.

“Rest, but never quit. Even the Sun has a sinking spell each evening. But,it always rises the next morning. At Sunrise, every soul is born again.”

—Muhammad Ali.

Motivation Everyday

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Life is a journey with many ups and downs, pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, success and failures.

On Some days we feel blessed, while on other days, we are struggling to achieve our goals.

At those moments of uncertainties, we need some kind of encouragement and support, some reassuring words, a hand on our shoulder, so that we are able to get through that moment, that situation.

Motivation— We need it everyday!

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

First Raindrops of the Season: Poem

Raindrops,Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

The first raindrops of the season,

Do something magical to my senses,

Makes me smile, for no evident reason,

Greens, with the unmistakable fragrances.

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The Dawn—My Thoughts

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“Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a person, healthy, wealthy and wise.”

I am sure, we all have heard about this quote, innumerable number of times, through our parents, grandparents, teachers and others.

And, we have also followed it, especially when we were children or students.

But, as people grow up, they don’t usually follow this any longer.

The reasons can be so many, late nights at work, or outings, or television watching, or Internet surfing etc. etc.

But, the fact remains that the early morning persons, seem more cheerful, healthy, with positive thoughts.

Some may argue otherwise, but I have often observed it that mornings are the best time to spend with Nature, which in turn is therapeutic for us.

Just looking at the early morning blossoms, the birds chirping, the quietness around is good for the human senses.

You just have to make up your mind, to wake up early, and look out of your window.

You will be drawn towards the happy birds, happy flowers, and serenity in the Nature.

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Family—My Thoughts

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Family is like Music,

Some high notes,

Some low notes,

But always, a beautiful song.

Love binds together,

Understanding keeps it going,

Mutual respect and care,

Makes it work, each time.

Communication is the key,

Talking to each other,

Rather than, holding on the grudges,

Makes it easier to find solutions.

Family is precious,

It will always support you,

Through thick and thin,

Cherish it, love it, enjoy it.

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Nature Doesn’t Judge

©Chitrangadasharan Sunset picture

Nature doesn’t judge. It is not judgemental.

All your make up, hair style, fashionable clothes, perfumes, exotic belongings or latest electronics—have no significance, once you are amidst Mother Nature.

Nature treats everyone equally, without discrimination.

Nature is the ‘giver’ and we are always at the ‘receiving end.’

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Thinking—Reflecting

There is so much to learn from the flowers.

Life is Short—Life is Vulnerable,

Bloom and Blossom—

Spread Smiles and Happiness—

Before You Fade Away!!

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