Going back to basics Part I

Since the outbreak at China started enhulfing other parts of the world (hardly any place untouched now), I keep going back in time and appreciate the logic of our Ancestors for doing things a certain way.

People , in so called modern society,  who ridiculed the old ways and now seeking the older wisdom.
A few thoughts to make my point :

– Trafitional Namstay, considered old fashioned by todays modern  society,  is now  safest way to greet 🙏🏻

– May be 2 generations ago and still in the remote/rural India, people observe the practice of leaving their footwears outside near the main gates. And washing their hands, feet and face thoroughly before entering the house.  The logic was to wash off the dirt and grit of the day .

– Would drink water without touching the glass or container


Would not hold baby or small children immediately after coming from outside, avoiding passing on any germs to them

– Would eat in a thali (plate) served individually to avoid contamination of food for other, as food was eaten using hands

– Hands were washed thoroughly after finishing food. Today napkins have taken our live

–  Performing havans and poojas were a norm. The purpose was to purify the atmosphere in and around the house. The pure ghee, camphor and other ingredients used are  believed to be natural purifiers.

The list is extensive……

In this testing time if we are mindful and aware of our routine and habits it may go a long way to keep us and others safe.

We can not go back but always adapt some good old practices to sustain in a better way


To be continued…..

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GRATITUDE MOMENTS-MOTHER’S DAY

Smt. Shanti Devi

Smt Pushpa Vaid

When I look back at my formative years two women come to my mind. Both my grandmothers . One my mothers mother (Shanti Devi) & other my mothers *Massi (Pushpa Vaid)
*Mother’s sister.

Today I pay tribute to them for being exceptional human beings. Humble, kind , gentle yet strong and well-read. None of them had much formal education. But their knowledge of Hindu scriptures and Vedas amazes me even today.

They taught me the value of time. Reading RAMAYANA, GITA and other books during their free time instead of gossip. Telling us stories of our rich cultural and religious heritage in the form of stories and bhajans (devotional songs) and teaching by their own example the simple and honest ways of life. They may not have their names mentioned in History but would definitely be part of my storytelling to my grandchildren as I owe them my value system.

My deepest Gratitude and respect for these two amazing women on ‘MOTHER’S DAY” ❤❤💙

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HAIKU # 21

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  Manali Himachal Pradesh  India

 
Ancient mountain house

             Symbol of bygone era

                        Rusted Elegance


Very rare to see the mountain architecture these days. Attracted towards the concrete, perhaps people are forgetting  the practical utilities of these houses in the snow and harsh winter weathers. The way things are going, in near future they may only be  adoring some  museum walls. 

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