Support Sewabharati efforts in relief and rehab of #Cyclonephailin victims


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Support Sewabharathi efforts in relief and rehab of #Cyclonephailin victims

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1,000 villagers evacuated in East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand

Over 5 lakh hectares of standing crops have been destroyed by the gushing waters causing an estimated loss of Rs 2,400 crore, he said

Preliminary estimates suggest the cyclone affected 80 lakh people in Odisha, the state that bore the brunt of its fury, hitting 14,500 villages and 39 civic bodies.

In Odisha, 7,500 telephone towers have been damaged while in Andhra Pradesh the figure stood at 205.

“As per preliminary assessments about 40,000 trees were uprooted in the vicinity and operations to clear the area have started. Cooked food has been arranged for about 2,000 people sheltered in port area including employees of the port trust,”

2.4 lakh kaccha houses had been destroyed in Ganjam Dist alone

237 villages in 11 mandals of Srikakulam district, six gram panchayats and 22 hamlets in Vizianagaram district and 67 villages in 10 mandals of Visakhapatnam district were affected by the cyclone.

While nearly 45,000 electricity poles were uprooted in Srikakulam district, east coast railway (ECoR) was forced to regulate more than 40 trains passing through the mainline connecting the cyclone affected areas due to partial damage to tracks. Railway sources said the tracks on the Chennai-Howrah line were partially damaged at Naupada and Sompeta

Cyclone Phailin moves inland, flood threat in Chhattisgarh, Bihar NDTV

Bihar on alert post Cyclone Phailin Economic Times

Cyclone Phailin results in floods, two districts badly hit in Odisha (Times Of India)

 

Uttarakhand flood relief


 
Kilometres of roads had been washed away. Many bridges, houses, water lines, canals, check dams, electricity lines, power houses and other public and private property had been severely damaged. Kedarnath which is the worst affected has 60 villages washed away in the flood fury is awaiting relief and rescue. An expected 72,000 pilgrims and over a million local people have been affected by the floods.
SewaBharati Appeals for support to the flood victims and the pilgrims stranded there without food and water.
Appeal to support the Flood affected :
·         Online transfer can be done to Seva Bharati A/C.
·         You can also write a cheque/draft and drop it in any ICICI branch.
·         All contributions to Seva Bharathi are tax-exempt under 80G.
ICICI Bank number 630501065297
IFSC Code ICIC0006305
Himayatnagar Branch, Hyderabad
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Video of the devastation caused :  youtube (Click here)
More than 60 villages had been flattened in the vicinity and 90 dharamshalas that shelter pilgrims during the May-June peak season completely destroyed. (Times Of India)
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has described the flood fury as a “Himalayan tsunami
Uttarkahnad Principal Secretary Rakesh Sharma said casualty figures can be “shockingly high“.
The “worst tragedy of the millennium“-Agriculture Minister Harak Singh Rawat

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Contributions can be sent to ‘Uttaranchal Daivee Aapada Peedith Sahayata Samiti’
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http://aidcalamitiesuttarakhand.org/For other forms of aid and Support, Contact:Bhavoorao Deoras Kunj
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Telugu Film that reached the world


A landmark in Indian cinema LAVAKUSHA celebrates, 50 years after its release it still makes news. Based on the Indian Epic ramayan, the movie has a distinct style of story telling with no commercial elements. The film a treat by itself and a must in all spiritual functions its music. The best part is the film is a 3 hour 50 min experience while the music and songs traditional opera like PADYALU are 1 hour 45 minutes speaks in it volumes of the movie. And the best part is people adore Lord Rama and even today when the protaganist appears on screen he is showered with flowers.

The most amazing part is it is the only film to have been screened for 500 days

The other notable and amazing thing is in 1963 march (29) when the film was released the population of Andhra Pradesh was 3 crores and the film earned 1 crore INR and this when the cost of the ticket was from 25 paise to 1 INR.

 

Wangmayi Aekka in Hans India : Green Ganesha


 

Wangmayi Aekka featured in thehansindia.com for the green ganesha…

 

Hyderabad Bonalu


Bonalu "Jhoola"

Bonalu “Jhoola” (Photo credit: Rajesh_India)

Photographs: http://www.hindustantimes.com

 An artist draws a tattoo on his body before a performance during a procession of Bonalu, a Hindu folk festival of the Telangana region in Hyderabad. AP/Mahesh Kumar A
An artist draws a tattoo on his body before a performance during a procession of Bonalu, a Hindu folk festival of the Telangana region in Hyderabad. AP/Mahesh Kumar A Telangana
A woman dressed as Goddess Mahakali performs a procession of Bonalu festival in Hyderabad. AP/Mahesh Kumar A
A woman dressed as Goddess Mahakali performs a procession of Bonalu festival in Hyderabad. AP/Mahesh Kumar A Telangana
A woman dressed as Goddess Mahakali performs a procession of Bonalu festival in Hyderabad. AP/Mahesh Kumar A
A woman dressed as Goddess Mahakali performs a procession of Bonalu festival in Hyderabad. AP/Mahesh Kumar A Telangana
A performer gets his make-up done during the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu. Reuters/Krishnendu Halder
A performer gets his make-up done during the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu. Reuters/Krishnendu Halder Telangana
A performer blows fire from his mouth as he performs during the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu in Hyderabad. Reuters/Krishnendu Halder
A performer blows fire from his mouth as he performs during the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu in Hyderabad. Reuters/Krishnendu Halder Telangana
Performers dressed up as different forms of Goddess Mahakali take part in the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu. Reuters/Krishnendu Halder
Performers dressed up as different forms of Goddess Mahakali take part in the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu. Reuters/Krishnendu Halder Telangana

Kolaveri Di from Saketh


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I knew kolaveri di song was famous enough but not that much that this little fella would sing on camera. What is amusing is he and his little sister also are in to the classical Indian Music, Look at her as she sings Indian Classical.

10 K Run and Bagicha Singh


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The man (here actually restraining from calling him the old man here) is Bagicha singh from assam. This 77 year elderly is a crusader with a cause, he is campaigning against Tobacco, and all those harmful things including smoking, Gutka, Pan parag etc. Thats not such a great thing, but what iam about tp say now is …. He has been on foot crisscrossing India 18 times and this is his 19th journey. Doesnt Complain, doesnt ask for any help. He just walks .. wait  R u remided of Tom Hanks in what was that movie… Forest gump.. can say that except that he is no celebrity for the press.

Was on in the 10 K run and there was this small group that was onlookers at a man as if he was a strange object in the museum.. joined them and after a while got involved with his cause and thought of Clicking him and posting on my blog. So isn’t it a consolation that we at least run once a year making it a cause unlike this man who by the way has a back pack of 92 kgs. He challenges if any in the group can lift it while he lifted it with ease. So Are we to walk for health or are we to shed off the smoking and all that he is campaigning against?! Confused….

A hero that made organic farming lifestyle


It was a kool ride if you can call it that way, a road trip and not more than 300 km just away from the maddening metro crowds. The target meet Mr murahari Rao objective piss him off and time half a day. Well equipped with a camera and an ipad2 yeah I know an organic and earth friendly man would definitely be pissed off; and a bag full of you know the useless stuff I along with three other amazing guys set out to achieve our target in a argh forgot the make of the car if it is ok. And before I forget to mention I have already pissed off Sesha aditya, the poor guy has been asking for the trip since time immemorial so equipped with that experience and more here i am achieve one more; by the way Mr Murahari Rao is an engineer that worked in Africa with his expertise in construction, dams and civil engineering he has made a good name. It was then that he set out to explore the Indian ethos.
Santosh, seshaditya, Pradeep along with me landed at Ramayampet the plan was to spend some time with the meritorious but affected by poverty kids of rural AP and in the morning land at Mr Murahari rao’s place machavaram.

That’s my side of the story and now from another member of the team santosh courtesy YouthForSeva.org

Here is a video that our volunteers recorded of interaction with Murahari Rao.

An environmental activist speaks on YouTube (account name popuriv)

Santosh, one of the volunteers has put down in words the wonderful time they all had with this amazing personality.

A True Pioneer…
Murahari Rao is a civil engineer from Osmania University and has rendered services as consultant and project head*** for dam construction projects in few African countries during the initial stages of his career. After a brief international career, he returned to his native village and started organic agriculture.
He lives a simple life, but after talking to him and getting a peak into his thoughts, the actual truth is revealed.
He’s an ardent lover of Mother Nature, greatly appreciates India’s age old traditions, cultural essence and philosophy in which pivotal emphasis is given to nature and environment.
He practices traditional agricultural techniques, which existed in India for thousands of years and which are soil and farmer friendly.
He has practical and viable answers to all those arguments which denigrate organic agriculture and India’s cultural and philosophical hegemony in this regard.
He’s blessed with profound knowledge of plant crops, related diseases, natural techniques for enhancing nutrients and moisture content in soil and which are either found in obscured ancient samskrit texts or any other person who has sustained the knowledge from his ancestors.
He laments at present agricultural techniques, being encouraged by the established agricultural universities. The excessive use of chemical fertilizers that kill the natural life enduring nature of land/soil, that pollutes air, water and even the food produced in these fields.
He mentioned about the CANCER TRAIN of Punjab.
His Philosophy…
The work that inspired him most is ‘One Straw Revolution’ written by Masanobu Fukuoka, which probably influenced his interest in agriculture and also made an indelible impression on his thinking towards life.
He lives and encourages younger generation to live a life of joy and prosperity. He cautions us not to get engrossed in western belief system, which pursues profitability resulting in exploitation and egoistic joy.
He advises Indian way of life, which has elements of saintism and universal acceptance. He says our way of living evolved over thousands of years and was adopted under the aegis of seers and saints, who had dedicated their life for the welfare of the society.
He takes examples of collapsing economical and family institutions in west and on contrary speaks about existence of India and its cultural essence for thousands of years continuously.
He believes in cyclical nature of evolution and states that, irrespective of human initiated activities and conditions in opposition to Mother Nature, the nature will make sure that at some point the younger generation will always return to the roots or to ways of the nature.
Hence he says that natural way of farming or organic agriculture is the destiny and in search of self-reliance and sustenance, the younger generation will defy the trap of multinationals and enslaving governmental policies and realize the truth and take India towards the path of true development.
Interesting facts….
I would like to mention few details about his home, which are quite unique and interesting.
There is no fan at his home, because it is surrounded by beautiful plants and trees that keep it cool.
They have a small biogas plant, which is the sole source of their cooking needs for years now. They don’t rely on wood or LPG cylinders for cooking.
I’m thankful to my friends, who invited me to join them on this trip and meet such a great personality, because of my innate interest in the fields of social entrepreneurship and agriculture.

Coincidental ! Beautiful Side of 1893


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I have always wondered if there would be coincidences and that too most ironical co incidentals. While after Sep 11 the 2001  the date somehow 9/11 became synonymous of destruction, death, fight, war, clash and I was wondering if there is more to it than the mere cliches?!

It was  same day that Swamy Vivekananda the Hindu leader a century and 8 years earlier preached peace and love on the same day on the same soil that has experienced the greatest human inflicted, hate mongered disaster in which about 3,000 people innocently died.

“I am proud to belong to a religion, which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration but we accept all religions as true.”

Also he would say

“Sectarian bigotry and its horrible descendent fanaticism have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair.” (Source: Parliament of religions)

The gud Samaritan in daily life


This week and the one before had two major BREAKING NEWS .. Not in the TRP sense but real heartbreaking ones, like the ones when you hear real bad news. One of them being the IED blast hit train where dozens killed and the other the mumbai blasts. I am not worried about the financial markets and the financial nerve center being hit, but what really hit me was that the terrorists no matter who they are could so easily strike at will even after scores being killed.

In the midst of all this one thing reassured me, yeah of course the protagonist from the film Wednesday was there but apart from that there was this one silly man who went viral with hist single normal act of open spreadsheet in google docs, then became a movement to help the fellow beings suffering in the mindless violence.

I could hardly remember his name and no Matter how small and how irrelevant the effort, it reminds me of a friend of mine who used to say You are just a link in the chain of events. Do your part and the chain shall follow, spread and goes on. Doesn’t wait for you after all you are what nothing ! But then why do I need to do what I have to do?! It’s for your own good and satisfaction, spare us the logic of helping others.

Here is a sample of what idiot boxed freaks / online junkies (so called) could do…

Nitin Sagar's Follow-Up Tweet

The document, which appears to have been started by Nitin Sagar (who lists his location as New Delhi on Twitter), has been making the rounds on Twitter. A few hours after it was posted, the document was updated to say: “The document has been protected from public view due to privacy concerns. I am inclined to believe the spreadsheet served its purpose.” The updated spreadsheet does provide viewers with an email address to contact in case people are still seeking help or information posted to the document earlier in the day.

An interactive map of the blasts can be viewed at WSJ.com, while a map of #MumbaiBlasts tweets can now be viewed on Google Maps.

The three explosions took place at rush hour Wednesday in Mumbai, the financial capital of India, located in the state of Maharashtra. As The Times of India reports at the time of this post’s latest update, the attacks killed at least 21 people and injured 141. (Source: Mashable)

And not forget millions of others in everyday life who give a hand right from you running to catch a train to the one that shouts to caution you when you forget to take off your stand for your two wheeler, to … Lots more helping hands who normally go unnoticed …

so when a friend of mine or most of the generalists say the world has become material and there’s nothing good or positive about it… It gives me laughter a hearty laughter. It’s only that either they are having a bad day or somebody is having a blast at their cost. Either way it’s not funny or sane to say the world has gone materialistic or blah blah blah… There are people like your friendly neighbor who smiles to reassure you, an anonymous traveller who gives a hand with your shopping bags, or people like Nitin sagar who Sping up at times of crisis and do whatever they have to do and still stay anonymous after that…

So chill.. The world still is a better place to live so You decide if you wanna contribute, either way it’s gonna be rocking all that matters to YOU is if you wanna be part of the chain.