Archive | November 2015

260. My writings – 6

We bought computer when it was a rare thing to buy. As myself and my husband had joined MCA course  in IGNOU, we thought that it would be useful to have a computer at home. Attending office from Monday to Saturday & attending contact classes for MCA on sundays were really tough tasks for me. In addition to these, I had to do all household works & attend social functions etc. I would sit for preparing MCA assignments during night hours daily. So, I had little time to learn and practise in computer. Frankly telling, I could use it for minimum time only. My son was studying in school at that time and he had a passion to learn and explore in computer. This poem written by him speaks about his real feelings and it was published in our office magazine.

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259. Uthana dwadasi

Thulasi devi  married  Lord Krishna on the shukla paksha dwadasi thithi of Karthika masa before full moon. Uthana means waking up from sleep. Lord Vishnu was taking rest(sleeping) during chaturmasa and gets up on the uthana dwadasi day evening.

We all know that basil ie thulasi with all its medical properties is considered very sacred. All the ladies start their daily puja after  worshipping thulasi devi. In madhwa community uthana dwadasi is an important puja which is performed in the evening.

Amla(nelli) branch is kept in the thulasi brindavana and puja is done in the evening with possible madi. Lord Vishna comes in the name of Damodhara in the amla plant on this day.  We have to take 5 big amlas and scrap inside. We have to pour ghee inside it and  keep hoo-bathi for taking aarathi. We have to tell archana, slokas and  songs on damodara and thulasi. Kosambari and laddu are prepared as neivedhya & given to sumangalis along with thamboola.

258. Rain rain go away

Chennai people are crying as the whole city is surrounded with water. Heavy rain for the past ten days lashed brought the city to a virtual standstill. All the roads are waterlogged  and people cannot use any vehicle on the road. Even walking on the road is risky. The rail traffic is hit.

There was no current supply in many areas. The schools and colleges remain shut and the students are watching the TV news very seriously. The Army, Air Force, The Coast Guard and the public have joined hands in rescue operations.

Arrangement has been made to air-drop drinking water and food in worst-hit areas. Boats and helicopters carried people to safe places. IT companies have given employees the option of flexible work shift  and work from home.

We have to learn the lesson to safeguard the city in future from such natural calamities, as there will be heavy rain and storm in every November.

 

 

 

257. Household remedy for cold and cough

When rainy reason approaches, we should be get prepared to fight against cold and cough. Every time we need not run to a doctor to get treatment. There is a saying,”If we take treatment for cold and cough from a doctor, we will get relief within 7 days and if we didn’t take any treatment, the cold & cough will go within a week”.

If we get cold and cough, we should take warm liquids like water, juice or congee to avoid dehydration.  Normally I used to boil water with green tea, jeera, ginger powder, omam, kasakasa, thulasi, vetrilai,  dhania and barley daily. I filter the water when it becomes cool and drink 6 cups.

Putting vicks in hot water and inhaling the steam through nose will also help respiratory organs to breathe freely.  Taking warm milk with turmeric powder and  kalamirch powder at night will help us to get a clear throat.

Taking lemon juice with honey with hot water will also give relief from cold and cough. Putting pudhina leaves in bathing water will give freshness to the body. Gargling with salt water will help to clear sputum.