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Its festival time and we all are in a happy mood. I love this time of festivities for the good will and good food it brings. October 28 is Diwali and before that the auspicious nine days of fasting and religious hymns will be sung on loud speakers. Ramazaan and Id fall in this month. So basically if you plan to come to India at this time you get a good weather, good food and good bargains for your shopping.

This time around Indians won Olympic medals. Air Rifle shooting and Wrestling. Thank you to sports persons like Abhinav Bindra to raise the Indian Flag for GOLD. I can hardly contain my enthusiasm.

On the other hand we had floods in Bihar. Natural calamities like these in this state have become so common news that we think that there is no way out. Let’s hear out for those people who year after year loose their homes and beloveds.

Aarti Yamsanwar tells us about Ganesh Utsav. Teacher’s day and World Tourism Day!

Toast to the happy times and the sad times…

Vinod Meena

Happy times


Diwali is the festival of lights. Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. It is also the start of the Hindu New Year. We wish everybody a great prosperous New Year when it is Diwali.
At the night of Diwali it is no moon day or Amavasya. We light our homes with oil lamps, candles or more contemporary lights. The idea is to bring prosperity into the home.
The crackers are very important part of Diwali. We love noise; we love pollution for just one day. So Happy Diwali to you all.


Ganesh Utsav is one of the important festivals celebrated all over India. The elephant God i.e Lord Ganesha the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is worshipped as the supreme God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Initially, this festival was just a family affair celebrated in a small way but later, Lokmanya Tilak understood the importance of this festival and made it the national festival to be celebrated all over India which brought the people together.

Before Ganesh Chaturthi, life like clay models of Lord Ganesha are made and sold by especially skilled artisans. This Ganesh Idol is brought home and decorated with flowers and lightings around. The festival goes on for 10 days. Sweets are prepared at home and eaten as Prasad especially Modak which is the favorite sweet dish of Lord Ganesh. Various puja's are performed by the Priest and by the family members for 10 days. On the eleventh day, the Ganesh Idol is taken out on a procession accompanied with singing, dancing and immersed in a river or a sea giving a farewell to The Lord while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees. People chant this holy song "Ganapati Bappa Morya, Purchya Varshi Lukar Ya" (O Lord Ganesh, Come again early next year).


September 5th is India's National Teacher's Day. The day 5th of September was selected as it is the birthday of a great teacher and the former President of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. It was in 1962, when some of his students and friends approached to him and requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday; he said ‚ÄúInstead of celebrating my birthday separately it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teacher's Day‚ÄĚ. It showed his love for the teaching profession. From the onwards, Teachers Day is celebrated on 5th September.

By Celebrating Teacher's Day, we thank our teachers for providing us their valuable guidance. Sharing knowledge is the most beautiful gift we can ever give to someone. So share your knowledge and celebrate Teacher's Day with grace.

27th September


Every year on Sep 27th, "World Tourism Day" is celebrated which was established in 1976. The purpose of this day is to display awareness that tourism is vital to the international community and also that it affects the social, economic, cultural and political values worldwide. This year's theme is '"Tourism responding to the challenge of climate change" and the host is 'Peru'.

Written by Aarti Yamsanwar

Olympian Indians

Abhinav Bindra created History for our country to win an individual GOLD in 10m Air Rifle. To see the Indian Flag being raised for the first time in my life at the Olympics was an emotion I can not write.
Thank you Mr. Bindra.

Sad times…

Floods in Bihar
Thirty-four people have lost their lives in floods, which have affected over five million people in Bihar. They have damaged several dams and affected nearly 2,000 villages in the northern parts of the State. Most of the deaths were reported from Sitamarhi, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Muzaffarpur and Seohar districts. Flood waters have destroyed crops in thousands of acres and inundated roads in several places. An alert has been sounded and the army has been called in for relief and rescue operations. What a tragedy!
One of the volunteers has added a Bachpan Bachao Andolan group on Facebook where people can upload and share their photo's of their experiences at any of the Ashrams. Please feel free to join next time you are on Facebook and check it out.

Till next time, hopefully will end on a happier note…
You have a great Diwali, Ramazan or just have a good time.

Vinod Meena



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