THE ARAB REVOLUTION

Popular protests seldom succeed in bringing about a revolution. Economics is the base. When social relationships retard the economic growth, revolutions, either bloody or smooth, as happened in England during the period of Cromwell, wresting power from the King, become the harbinger of a new society.
In the present turmoil in the Arab world no economic issues are involved. Without a leader, it moves in circles, without any direction. The US is interested in oil only. This explains the lack of protests in Saudi Arabia, as the regime is US-friendly. Libya was liberated for its oil. Now the war clouds are gathering in Syria. These wars cannot be called revolution.
In Egypt, things are getting murkier, with the military regime refusing democratic reforms.
The US hegemony has to be ended. The economic collapse will end the capitalist monopoly and then the US too will become a friendly power, as at he time of Roosewelt.

OBAMA’S HAND IS BLOODY

Now it is clear that Gaddafi was killed deliberately. tHE un has decided to investigate it.
The US is behaving like a bully. The scene is reminiscent of Saddam Husain’s end, when his statue was pulled down. Having ignited the fire of protest against Dictators in Arab world, now they do not know how to proceed further. America’s aim is to install a puppet regime, so that they can get oil.
What a fall from the country of Washington, Jefferson, Abraham Lincolon,Roosewelt etc.

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Long ago, during the age of sailing ships, the Europeans used to extract concessions from the Chinese Government, by threatening and bombarding the coastal towns.
Now, we are reading about the American ships coming close to Libya, to intervene if necessary, because they have interest in oil.
They want to repeat what they did to Saddam Hussain.
Let Libyans kill Libyans. In the end, a regime friendly to the United States, will be installed. That is their aim.
Will they succeed?

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These days koorka (Malayalam) is available in plenty. I like it very much. It can be cooked easily, by boiling in a cooker and then mixed with oil and kept in pan over a low flame.
It lowers cholesterol and can be taken by diabetic patients, as starch value is less than 20%.

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Semi nude girls, exposing most of their wares, attract men. So they appear in any adverisement, in TV channels, newspapers and magazines.
I was surprised to learn that millions of Dollars are earned by film stars and sportsmen, probably without income tax.
All the money goes to increase the cost of the product, which we pay when we buy anything.
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KADUMANGA (MANGO) ACHAR RECIPE

It is really simple. One KG very tender mangoes, 250 gm. chilli powder and 125 gm. mustard powder, with salt to taste. Quantity of chilli may be increased to give a kick, like strong tea! Children will not be able to take it!

Choosing the tree is most important. Nowadays, because of great demand, all sorts of mangoes are used. It becomes a fraud, even to call it kadumanga.

Some namboodiri families have the suitable trees. The tender mango will give plenty of pungent, sticky juice, when you remove the stalk. The mango will taste very sour. These are the two indications. As the mangoes are collected at a very tender stage, the weight will be much less. So it is very costly.

METHOD OF PREPARATION

The mangoes should be mixed with salt (only experience will teach how much) and kept for a week. Never add even a drop of water. The juice will ooze out from the fruits and must be segregated and strained The chilli and mustard powder may be added and mixed thoroughly to give a thick liquid to which the mangoes, which will change colour slightly and shrink during this period, must be added.

Keep the pickles in a bharani (glazed earthen jar), cover with a cloth piece dipped in oil and close the vessel air tight. Every time the jar is opened, the oily cloth must be replaced with a fresh one. All this can be avoided if small jars are used, which may be kept in the fridge.

It is desirable to  fill the container to the full, so that no air remains inside. A few cashew nuts, with the hard shell intact, may be added as a preservative.

Keep it, at least for three months, to mature.

Ambalapilly namboodiri family at Cherpu-Chenam sells good quality kadumanga.

GODS AND GODDESSES ARE ENJOYING DAILY BATH IN THE OPEN PONDS

I am now observing the pattern of ten aarattu (dip in ponds and rivers) of various Devis and Gods, during the pooram festival season.

In order to understand it, you should know their routine life.

Every morning, the poojary bathes the idol in water and then in milk. This is known as abhishek. In Tamilnadu, abhishek in various other media like a mixture of honey, plantain, etc. are also common. Shiva is fond of abhishek with tender coconut water. He is always hot and abhishek is the best way to please Him.

After the morning bath, they are fed. This is pooja. In Keralam, red rice (unpolished) is common. Milk pudding, appam, ada etc. are also offered. The pooja is done at noon and  in the evening also.

When free, gods give darshan (audience) to the devotees.

During ten days of festival season, the deity is taken out by the poojary, and paraded outside the temple on the back of the elephant, in surrounding villages. Any family can offer a large measure of paddy, filled in a para (a measuring vessel made of wood, cylindrical in shape, which was in use during feudal days), in the court yard or on the road itself, purified by smearing cow dung and in front of the lighted oil lamp. This is a good source of income and is now carried in a small truck or cart.

Normally the image is fixed to a semicircular wooden plank, decorated with brass pieces, plated with gold and the poojary has to hold it during the sojourn, sometimes for hours together (even six to ten hours, as the deity cannot be placed anywhere except in a temple). He can drink water, but how does he piss? I put this question to a tantry who said they have to hold it all the while.

At some point during the journey, the villagers arrange pooram. During pooram, the elephant carrying the deity, will be in the centre, with equal number of elephants on either side, so that the total number will remain odd. There will be drum beating for about three hours and fire works in the end.

After that, the deity will be bathed by the poojary in the open, either in a pond or in a river, when all devotees, irrespective of caste, are allowed to dip in the water, at the same time as the poojary dips himself, along with the deity. For this purpose, a small one is used, as the original image is permanently installed in the sanctum of the temple. This mass bathing is called aarattu.

When a pooja is done outside the temple, it is called irakipooja. Only a few families are allowed to do this. During irakipooja, the poojary can refresh himself.

Ammathiruvady (Mahalakshmi of Oorakam ) has only one irakipooja, at my ancestral home, the day before Arattupuzha pooram, this time on 28-3-1o