February is here. So is the spring, desert festival at Jaiselmer and also the Valentines Day. The month is so short that we don’t even come to know when does it start and end. Especially after January, this seems really long with its 31 days!

Last month also brought a lot of attention to the USA. This time though, not for the economic climate but the political change that has taken place in the super power. President Obama was sworn in and the whole world was full of hopes that something good (read- economic boom) will take place in the world. He somehow brings in us a hope for a better tomorrow. There has been a song sung by an Indian singer, “Obama Obama, tu ney kar diya hungama (Obama Obama, you have rocked the world).Wishing all the best to Mr. Obama for his term at the Oval office.

Till next time,

Vinod Meena
Project Coordinator

Jaiselmer Desert Festival

The Desert Festival of Jaisalmer is one of its kind in India. There is a lot to see and do while you are here for the festival every year in February. There are cultural events by the top artistes of Rajasthan folk art, heart thumping camel races, moustache competition, and turban tying events.

The place looks so exotic, golden and grand in this festival. The Sam sand dunes look ravishing at this time. The finale is on a moonlit night and one can watch the musical performance by folk singers. Most tourists love the colourful turban tying and moustache competition.

This festival is the shortest way into getting an insight into the life of Rajasthan. There is shopping, fun, songs, cultural events, competition, desert Safari (if you have the time). The cultural extravaganza has things like the fire dance and an also a Mr, Desert competition. In these three days of February the Sam sand dunes come to life! The city of Jaisalmer is loaded with history. It has a legend associated to it. Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill.

His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 A.D. when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva and founded a new capital - Jaisalmer, perched on the Trikuta Hill. Bhatti Rajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived off the forced levy on the caravans laden with precious silks and spices that crossed the territory enroot Delhi-or-Sind. These caravans earned the town great wealth.
There are more attractions for you to see around the city area. The Fort, Patwon ki Haveli, the Desert Museum, the Tazia tower and so on.
So come February Jaiselmer is going to be alive with activity.


Barrack Obama and Joe Biden- Change we need, said the website of the Presidential campaign.

Today Mr. Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold this office. He was the junior United States Senator from Illinois from 2005 until he resigned following his 2008 election to the presidency.

As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, ha has geared to create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds.

In India we call this Right to information Act or RTI. He also made very important trips to the Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. During the next term at the Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for U.S. military personnel returning from combat assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

His campaign and the speeches to go along with it have been exceptional. He has made promises and brought hope to all over the world.

We wish him all the best to him and to the world.

Economy watch

What is this Economic recession after all? Wikipedia describes it as such-
In economics, the term recession generally describes the reduction of a country's gross domestic product (GDP) for at least two quarters. The usual dictionary definition is "a period of reduced economic activity", a business cycle contraction.

It also ensures falling commodity prices, rising unemployment, increasing personal and corporate bankruptcies, falling stock prices, decreased consumer and business spending, and declining public confidence and low investments. Basically at this time, if you have CASH save it and don’t spend at least this year.

Save the dreams of buying that SUV for next year. Concentrate on saving your job for a change.

Till next time

Vinod Meena



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