By: Keyur Seta
All over the world, human population is divided on the basis of religion. There are a large number of religions practiced universally and people from each one consider someone from another religion as different from him or her. But if we look at it closely, we realize that we all fall under the category of human beings; that we all have the same flesh and bones; that we all feel happy and sad at the same things. This universal truth was presented at the event Interfaith Dialogue for Modern Era in Mumbai by Ramakrishna Mission and Math, Mumbai. The Interfaith Dialogue was a part of the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, whose message was also spread widely at the event.
There was dialogue and interaction by religious heads of various religions -
- Christianity by Father Joshua
- Zoroastrianism by Lion Yazdi Panthaki
- Baha'ism by Dr Mangesh Teli
- Buddhism by Prof. Sudhakar Arjun Pawar
- Jainism Dr. Bipin Doshi
- Islam by Maulana Syed Athar Ali
- Sikhism by Mr. Harpal Singh
- Judaism by Mr. Ralphy Jhira
- Sufism by Mr. Sami Bubere
- Hinduism by Swami Atmapriyanandji Maharaj
After listening to each one of them, it wasn't hard to realize that all religions preach the same message of humanity, oneness, equality and love for all fellow beings.
Some pictures from the event:
With global warming creating havoc and natural resources getting depleted, going eco-friendly through sustainable development seems to be the only option for us. Such eco friendly measures are encouraged and helped by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The main aim of IGBC is to promote the use of Green Buildings in order to build homes, offices and other such building through eco-friendly measures.
A green building is the one which uses less water, optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building. Through Green Buildings, they are trying to revisit traditional Indian architecture based on five basic elements of nature - Agni, Jal, Vayu, Prithvi and Aakash – known as Pancha Butaas.
Some examples of traditional Green Buildings:-
- Hawa Mahal in Jaipur: Its articulated windows provide cool breeze in a desert area.
- Golconda Fort in Hyderabad: Ventilation is designed to let in fresh cool breeze, in spite of summer.
IGBC was formed in 2001 to try and achieve the goal of sustainable environment for all by 2015 through its ratings & events. Green Building Congress is one such event that they have organized to spread the message of going eco-friendly. It will be held from October 30, 2012 to November 1, 2012 in Hyderabad. Complete Address: - Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), Novotel & HICC Complex, Near Hitec City, PO Bag 1101, Cyberabad Post Office, Hyderabad - 5000081, India. Phone No: 91-40-6616 3000, 91-40-6682 4422.
If you are in Hyderabad, you should grab this opportunity as the event will help you easily understand on how to save water, power, have healthy spaces and use renewable energy. And if you are not in Hyderabad, you can at least spread the message. After all, the type of environment our future generation will get to live in depends on our present actions!
A filmmaker wants the sequel or the second part of his movie to be a notch higher than the first part in terms of overall satisfaction. It seems the Indiblogger think-tank follows the same mantra. If the 2011 Mumbai meet (at R K Studios) was very good, the 2012 meet yesterday at Taj Lands End was even better! Being a filmi keeda, I couldn’t find another way of describing it.
Although I was truly happy to attend my second IndiBlogger meet, I was quite sure I would be the odd man out when I got to know that the event is called Nokia Apptasting. This means there would be discussions and demonstrations of different types of mobile applications or apps as they call it.
I used the term odd man out as I have never used any app in my life since I am using the very simple Nokia 3110 since four years. I want mobile phones only for calling and SMS-ing as I don’t want any more tech addictions (I already have quite a few including SMSes, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc). What will be further surprising for you is the fact that I have never used internet from mobile and don’t wish to do so, at least in the near future. But since it was an IndiBlogger meet, my excitement levels were high! I was also glad my friend Celin will be attending her first IndiBlogger meet (I am partnering her in our food blog - mumbaigluttons.blogspot.in).
At my arrival, I was taken aback by the luxury oozing out from every little corner of Taj Lands End. It quickly reminded me of those huge budgeted Yash Chopra or Karan Johar films, minus people with expensive and heavy wedding attires (thankfully). When I reached the ballroom in the basement, I realized the place is too luxurious for a common man like me, although I was super-impressed by the peaceful ambience. But my eagerness was focused on only one thing – IndiBlogger meet!
The event also helped me meet my two of my friends Anuradha and Rahul after a long time. This was similar to the films of the 70s and 80s where estranged friends reunite in a mela (in this case, the Indiblogger meet).
The start of the event took all of us by surprise. It was very impressive to create an atmosphere of friendship by giving high fives, shaking hands and hugging each other. The hosts Vikas Khanna and Rajiv Makhni were up to the task. Their unusual chemistry with some witty humour gave way for some refreshing entertainment. They were very much like Amar and Prem of Andaz Apna Apna. The joke on Simran (who came on behalf of Nokia) is something that will tickle my funny bone whenever I recall it, especially his pose with Rajiv as Raj-Simran!
After a lot of fun and laughter during the initial period the Apptasting started. In my words – after a very impressive first part, the post-interval portion started. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel out of place during this period. I was impressed with some of the apps, especially the one which helped Rajiv make a short film on Vikas along with two girls from the audience. Their silent fashion show with Charlie Chaplin music is worth watching again and again. The contest where the audience was asked to describe their dream app was also an interesting idea. I, along with others, was spellbound by the imagination of some.
The cutting of the huge cake celebrating five years of IndiBlogger, followed by a group picture and dinner proved to be a perfect ending to a memorable evening.
Now here’s the twist in the climax – The Apptasting ensured that I might use some app in the future. Of course, it has to be the one which is useful for the common man. Hence, we can say IndiBlogger and Nokia have something more to be proud of. They managed to do something which a whole lot of my friends couldn’t – to convince me in using apps! Oh wow! This was similar to the happy ending of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge where Amrish Puri’s character finally says, “Ja Simran Ja.” No, I am not hinting at the one who represented Nokia.
More pictures from the event:
Ever since our school days, we are told that on Independence and Republic days, we should remember all those who sacrificed their lives or a part of their lives to free our country from the clutches of the British. But what I strongly feel is, we should also remember them on the days they were born and the day they left after serving the country. Sadly, many of us remember birth dates of filmstars and cricketers but go blank when asked about the birth and death anniversaries of India's freedom fighters and revolutionaries. Remembering them is the least we can do for their super-great service to the nation.
So here is the list of the birth and death/ martyrdom anniversaries of these great souls. I have tried to include as many names as possible. Excuse me if I have left out some one. Would be grateful if you can add more names in the comments section.
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Name Birth and Death/ Martyrdom Anniversary
Shaheed Bhagat Singh September 28, 1907 – March 23, 1931
Chandrashekhar Azad July 23, 1906 – February 27, 1931
Sukhdev Thapar May 15, 1907 – March 23, 1931
Shivaram Rajguru August 24, 1908 – March 23, 1931
Batukeshwar Dutt November 18, 1910 – July 20, 1965
Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj February 19, 1630 – April 3, 1680
Mahatma Gandhi October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948
Ashfaqulla Khan October 22, 1900 – December 19, 1927
Ram Prasad Bismil June 11, 1897 – December 19, 1927
Dayanand Saraswati February 12, 1824 – October 30, 1883
Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel October 13, 1875 - December 15, 1950
Tatya Tope 1814 - April 18, 1859
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar May 28, 1883 – February 26, 1966
Madan Lal Dhingra February 18, 1883 – August 17, 1909
Jawaharlal Nehru November 14, 1889 - May 27, 1964
Swami Shraddhanand February 6, 1856 – December 23, 1976
Vinobha Bhave September 11, 1895 - November 15, 1982
Lala Lajpat Rai January 28, 1865 – November 17, 1928
Mahatma Jyotirao Phule April 11, 1827 – November 28, 1890
Savitribai Phule January 3, 1831 – March 10, 1897
Lala Hansraj April 19, 1864 – November 15, 1938
Shyamji Krishna Varma October 4, 1957 – March 30, 1930
Lala Har Dayal October 13, 1884 – March 4, 1939
Swami Vivekananda January 12, 1863 – July 4, 1902
Virendranath Chattopadhyay October 31, 1880 - September 2, 1937
Ramakrishna Paramhansa February 18, 1836 – August 16, 1886
Hari Kishan 1911 – June 9, 1931
Babasaheb Ambedkar April 14 1891 – December 6, 1956
Kartar Singh Sarabha May 24, 1896 – November 16, 1915
Subhash Chandra Bose January 23, 1897 – Unknown
Shaheed Udham Singh December 26, 1899 – July 31, 1940
Jatindra Nath Das October 27, 1904 – September 13, 1929
Bipin Chandra Pal November 7, 1858 – May 20, 1932
Sachindra Nath Sanyal 1893 – February 7, 1942
Bal Gangadhar Tilak July 23, 1856 – August 1, 1920
Abul Kalam Azad November 11, 1888 – February 22, 1958
Surjya Sen March 22, 1894 – January 12, 1934
Pingali Venkayya August 2, 1876 - July 4, 1963
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay June 26, 1838 – April 8, 1894
Khudiram Bose December 3, 1889 – August 11, 1908
Rash Bihari Bose May 25, 1886 – January 21, 1945
Sri Aurobindo August 15, 1872 – December 5, 1950
Rani Laxmibai November 19, 1835 – June 18, 1858
Mangal Pandey July 19, 1827 – April 8, 1857
Ram Manohar Lohia March 23, 1910 – October 12, 1967
Lal Bahadur Shastri October 2, 1904 – January 11, 1966
Rajendra Prasad December 3, 1884 – February 28, 1963
Jayaprakash Narayan October 11, 1902 – October 8, 1979
Gopal Ganesh Agarkar July 14, 1856 - June 17, 1895
Jawaharlal Nehru November 14, 1889 – May 27, 1964
Sarojini Naidu February 13, 1879 – March 2, 1949
Gopal Krishna Gokhale May 9, 1866 – February 19, 1915
Bhikaki Rustom Cama September 24, 1861 – August 13, 1936
Dadabhai Naoroji September 4, 1825 – June 30, 1917
Aruna Asaf Ali July 16, 1909 – July 29, 1996
Usha Mehta March 25, 1920 – August 11, 2000
Sucheta Kriplani June 25, 1908 – December 1, 1974
Vasudev Balwant Phadke November 4, 1845 – February 17, 1883
Narendra Mohan Sen 1887 – 1963
Bhagwati Charan Vohra July 1903 – May 28, 1930
Sindhutai Sakpal November 14, 1948
Jaidev Kapoor October 24, 1908 – September 19, 1994
Durga Bhagwati Charan Vohra October 8, 1907 – October 15, 1999
Important Historical Dates
Quit India Movement August 8, 1920
Kakori Kaand August 9, 1925
Martyrdom Day of Bhagat
Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru March 23, 1931
Like every year, even this year's Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a treat to your senses and the creative genius inside you. Have a look at the photos of the 2012 Kala Ghoda Festival.
Like every first week of February, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is back this year (2012) too. It will take place from February 4 to February 12.
For the whole festival schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/artfest.htm
For Film Screenings schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Film.pdf
For Plays/ Theatre schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Theater.pdf
For Children events schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Children.pdf
For Workshops schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Workshop.pdf
For Literature schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Literature.pdf
For Heritage Walk schedule, click here -http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Heritage.pdf
For Music Events schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Music.pdf
For Visual Arts schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Visual-Arts.pdf
For Street Fest schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Street.pdf
For Dance Events schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Dance.pdf
For Food Festival schedule, click here - http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/schedule-2012/Food.pdf
Have a great time!
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, a Hindi play will be staged in Mumbai based on him. The play is titled Yuganayak Swami Vivekanand and it will focus on the life and principles of the great disciple of Ramkrishna Paramhansa.
Title: Yuganayak Swami Vivekanand
Presented By: Adhyatma Vidya Mandir Ahmedabad and Vikram Academy of Performing Arts
Director: Dr Vikram Panchal
Date: Sunday January 8, 2012.
Venue: Bhaidas Auditorium, Juhu Scheme, Road No. 1, Vile Parle (West), Mumbai - 400056.
The play is free for all but one needs to collect passes from the office of Ramkrishna Math at Khar or call Jayesh Shroff on 9820293242.