IMPORT OF BEEF FROM TAMILNADU AFFECTED

IMPORT OF BEEF FROM TAMILNADU AFFECTED
Some animal activists in Tamilnadu found out that cattle are being transported to Keralam under ‘inhuman’ conditions. They are so packed in trucks , that they are even unable to move . No one cares to give them water.
Now the Tamilnadu Government has cracked the whip and the arrival of cattle to Keralam has stopped.
Here even Hindus are beef eaters and prices have gone up.
Similar objections have caused vegetables movement too , in this case , pesticides are the villain. Onam (an eating festival)is very near and people will have to give more.
Andhra rice is often stopped by traders in that state.
People of Keralam are not so rich as they were , because of visa restrictions by Gulf countries.
Has God forgotten his own country?

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FLOWERS AND MUSIC

FLOWERS AND MUSIC
In Keralam, people are not crazy about flowers . Here flowers are almost reserved for gods. Laksharchana needs a lot of flowers. Even otherwise, ladies carry flowers to be offered to Him.
In the neighbouring Tamilnadu, you cannot see a woman, without a huge boutique of flowers on her head. Jasmine is common. People must be growing the plant at home.
There is no mention of flowers in Ramayana and Mahabharath.
Similar is the case with music. There, every family will have a harmonium .In Keralam it is very rare. In Christian Churches, organ playing is common. (Allah does not like music it seems. Both flowers and music are not allowed in Mosques)
The oldest musical instrument is the flute. Even at the time of Mahabharath, Krishn used the flute. It is very easy to make with a piece of bamboo. Saraswathy’s veena is too complicated.

CONTROVERSY ABOUT DAM 999

It is only a film. Any tendency to censor films or the print media, is highly reprehensible. Authors must enjoy full freedom.
DAM 999 reminds of Mullaperiyar dam, which lies in an earthquake prone zone. A number of small tremors have been observed and the Kerala government wants to rebuild it. I do not know why Tamilnadu government s objecting it
Such matters must be de-politicalised and matters left to experts.

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These days, good and juicy lemon fruits are coming fromTamilnadu, actually like flood in the rainy season. The cost is very low, being Rs. 20/ KG. I have already bought ten KG and intend to buy more.

Some quantity was cut into pieces, mixed with salt and chilli powder and made instant achar.The rest is cleaned with water, wiped dry and mixed with salt. This way we can preserve it for one year even.

A diligent house wife can squeeze the fruits and add sugar till it saturates the juice. Leave the container in the sun, till it becomes dry.
You can give it to children or mix it with water and make a cool drink!
Do not throw away the skin. Mix it with salt and chilli and leave it to mature. I like the taste!

STOP ATOMIC POWER – CONCENTRATE ON SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY

With the commissioning of the solar power plant, capable of producing 3MW electricity, at Yelesandra village in Kolar district of Karnataka, India can stop producing costly electricity in poisonous Atomic Power Stations.

We should concentrate on wind power which is already a big success in Tamilnadu. Rajasthan offers a good chance for both solar and wind power.

Funds can be transferred from CHANDRAYAN which is a waste of money.

LOW COST FLYING

Every day, the congestion on the roads is increasing. Express high ways cause controversies, especially in Keralam.

Low cost flights may be the answer, at least for passenger traffic.

In the nineteen fifties, people used to travel from Kathmandu valley to Pokhran valley in Nepal, in aeroplanes without air hostess, seat belts or food. Even ordinary workers and peasants used the aircraft, because it was the only way to travel in the country criss crossed with mountain ranges. They used to travel along with pick axes, spades and baskets.

A single pilot used to manage things. There were o accidents.

Such mode of conveyance may be tried from the Kerala towns, from Kasargod to Kanyakumari in Tamilnadu.

If low altitude flights are undertaken over the sea, the accidents caused by mountains can be avoided.

The cargo portion also may be used for passengers, thus avoiding delays and accommodating double the number of passengers, who may be seated on benches. Air conditioning may not be necessary.

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