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From darkness to light

Good Afternoon, again something good I read and I am here to share with you all. Teach India volunteers did it again. Red the following news I found at times of india website. “Tamso ma jyotirgamaya…” means leading from darkness to light. It could not have been more true, when children at Shankar Bhavan in Shahpur sung this prayer on Wednesday afternoon. It was a churning for both the students, all from underprivileged homes, and Teach India volunteers who spent time with them.


At their second class with teachers, the kids seemed more enthusiastic about English. As they started with a quick revision of the previous lesson, Payal Thakur, a student of class VI from Shahpur school number 15, beamed: “At home, I spoke to my father in English and told him everything I learnt here. He was ecstatic and proud and insisted I continue learning.”


The overjoyed volunteers then began to teach them to spell their names in English. Otherwise shy, the kids soon started opening up and displayed a confident demeanour when the volunteers asked them about Christmas.


Anil Chauhan, a student of DBV High School

, told them about how he created the Nativity scene in paper mache. The fact that he narrated most of it in English was remarkable. “I learnt about paper mache at my grandfather’s farmhouse. I make a variety of animals out of paper mache, my favourite being the symbol of peace which is a dove,” he said as the volunteers helped him connect sentences.


The class then learnt to identify different colours and shapes in the form of an innovative activity. “I enjoy learning here because the class is extremely entertaining,” said 12-year-old Bharat Parmar a student of standard 7.


When asked about what they aspire to become, 12-year-old Alpesh Parmar said, in a patriotic note, “I wish to serve the nation and make my parents proud.” On other hand, his sister Gauri, 14, told the volunteer, “I want to do what you are doing. I want to teach.”

Diwali-Kali Choudas is Day II

Happy and Safe Kali Choudas to all friend. i find following description about Kali Choudas while i surf on net at  wikipedia.org

Kali Chaudas is a Hindu festival and is India’s Halloween falling right before Diwali. It is part of the several days of Diwali festival. Diwali is a common festival between Hindu and Jain religions. This day is also called as Narak Chadurdashi.  

Kali means Dark (evil) and Chaudas – Fourteenth. Thus, celebrated 14th day of Ashwin, Kali Chaudas is the day allotted to the worship of Maha-Kali or Shakti and is believed that on this day Kali killed the wicked Raktavija. Also referred to as Narak-Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas is day to abolish laziness and evil which create hell in our life and shine light on life. The strength to protect others is referred as Kali, and if its used for God’s work it is called Mahakali. 

Kali Chaudous is also attached to the legend of Lord Hanuman. Hanumanji as a baby was very hungry. Whilst lying down he saw the sun in the sky and thought it was a fruit and went to pick it. He flew into the sky and put the whole sun in his mouth causing darkness throughout the entire universe. Lord Indra requested that Hanumanji return the sun. When Hanumanji refused, Lord Indra unleashed his vajra and knocked Hanumanji down to earth releasing the Sun. 

On this day we offer poojan to Hanumanji as our Kuldev to protect us from Evil. The poojan is performed with oil, flowers, chandan and sindur. Coconuts are also offered to Hanumanji and prashad of Sesame seed, ladoos and rice with ghee and sugar. 

The rituals of Kali Choudas are strongly suggestive of the origin of Deepavaali as an harvest festival is performed. On this day delicacies are prepared from pounded semi-cooked rice (called Poha or Pova). This rice is taken from the fresh harvest available at that time. This custom is prevalent both in rural and urban areas especially in Western India. 

On this day, a head wash and application of kajal in the eyes is believed to keep away the kali nazar (evil eye). Some say that those who are into tantra, learn their ‘mantras’ on this day. Alternatively, people offer Nived (food) to the goddess that is local to where they are originally from. This goddess is called their ‘Kul Devi’, in order to cast off evil spirits. Some families also offer food to their forefathers on this day. The second day of Diwali is known as Kali Choudas in Gujarat, Rajasthan & few part of Maharashtra. This reverence is called “Kali Chaudas or Kal Chaturdasi”.