November 16, 2011

Karthika pournami

Karthika month is the most auspicious month in Telugu calender. In this month we offer prayers to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. In this month we offer prayers to god by following shower with cold water, light lamps, charities and fasting. We do fasting on Mondays, ekadashi and on the most auspicious day of this month Karthika pournami. There are two significant festivals in this month,  one is ksheerabdhi dwadashi and the second one is Karthika pournami. Ksheerabdhi dwadashi is 12th lunar day, we offer prayers to Tulasi plant.

Karthika pournami is a full moon day , this is most auspicious, sacred and extremely powerful day (this year it was on Thursday, 10th Nov). On this day in the evening timings we lit lamps in Shiva and Vishnu temples. We make the small lamps with rice flour or wheat flour and pour cow ghee or sesame oil in that we place a wick  and light the lamps. After pooja we do donations to Brahmins or scholars. In this month it is good to donate clothes to poor people. This practice is considered as good one irrespective of day or month, but ancestors have told us to do in this month because this falls in November, it is when the winter season starts. So offering clothes to poor people will help them to have better clothing in winter season.

Karthika pournami is my fav day in the whole year. This year I celebrated this festival in Bangalore. My day started at 3:50 am, I cleaned home and took shower by 4:15 am. I meditated for more than an hour, later I went to Shiva temple. In temple priests performed rudrabhishekam to Lord shiva, Rudrabhishekam is nothing but a regular abhishekam where priests chant the sacred veda mantras (rudra namakam - Chamakam) while doing abhishekam. I returned home once the pooja in temple was over. I have beautiful idols of Shiva and Balaji (a form of god Vishnu). I performed abhishekam to those idols at my home.

In the evening I lit lamps, did pooja, read karthika puranam and offered mangala harathi to lord shiva and vishnu at home. Then I cooked coconut rice and Gulab-jamun, offered it to Lord Shiva in temple and later distributed to the devotees. In the mean I lit lamps in temple as well. I made those lamps using wheat flour, rice flour and rangoli color. To make them soft and easily mouldable, I added some oil to the flour. This way I made some 70 colored lamps and some 50 flour lamps.

Before I lit the Lamps

After I lit the lamps
In the temple Satyanarayan Swami vratham was going on, later we attended Shirdi Baba Shej Aarathi. Later we performed all the rituals and cam back home. Night after coming to home we had dinner. On karthika pournami there is ritual of floating lamps on pond. There were no ponds or lakes near my place so couldn't fulfill that custom.

Hope you guyz had a wonderful karthika pournami as well. I close this post with a small mantra

Shivaya Vishnu Roopaya
Shiva Roopaya Vishnave
Shivasya Hrudayam Vishnoh
Vishnoscha Hrudayam Shivaha

Om namah shivaya!

November 6, 2011

My all time favorite Ads

Camilin ad:
This is my all time Fav ad, I always wonder who would be the one who has got this amazing thought. WOW! This is not only my fav Ad... I guess it is Indian's fav ad. The beauty of this commercial is, it keeps the cultural sentiments along with the humor.

This 'Change' Ad is another wonderful one, simply out-of-the-box.

Polo add:
Polo is my fav mint, I always carry one in my bag. When I have it, sometimes I remember this ad. This is very funny.

Happy dent ad
This is amazing one, a chewing gum commercial. I've seen many ads which has a similar story where a girl gets attracted to boy who has a fresh breath. This one is completely different, the outstanding shot in this ad is the chandelier one.

Center shock
In this ad, I like the expression of the old man, he is so kool. This one was awarded as best ad of the year ( I don't remember the exact year though).
S is for Shameless, wow I wish I could say something like that to my employer :D

Vodafone zoo zoo
This was my Grandmother's fav commercial, it used to bring smile on her face. Very creative, I take this opportunity to thank Ogilvy & Mather agency for providing such an entertaining ads for us. The producer Rajiv Rao and Directer Prakash Verma, hats off to you guyz.

This is very popular ad in India, the beauty of this ad is its simplicity.The dog name is 'cheeka' and the boy name is 'Jayram'. This is again shot by the Nirvana Films of Bangalore. The caption 'Wherever you go, our network follows' and the song 'You and I' have become very popular among youth. After this ad the sale of pugs doubled in India.

Non smoking Ad
Indian Cancer Association's campaign against smoking is a must-watch. The tag line is kool.... check it out.

'Har ek fren Zaroori hota hai' it is the ringtone of almost half of my frenz, and this song is dedicated to me by few. This is very kool and I have added it becoz it is my personal fav.

Mint o gol
You should see the girl's fren smile at the end, it is worth watching. And you will meet the boy 'Rocky' who is handsome, romantic, smart and intelligent.

Aamir khan Tata Sky ad
The ad is simply brilliant....the monologue played by dual characters portrayed by a Aamir khan  is simply outstanding. 'Tata Aur Sky ek saath' is tagline and this ad.

Maruthi suzuki
Maruthi has stormed the televisions yet again, this ad is not just for the particular car it is about the company. The advertisement lasts for some 30 seconds, even after watching the final tagline 'kitna deta hai' you will not realize it is a car Ad. It has changed my husband's view towards the cars,that's fuel consumption is more important than style of the car.

Imperial Blue
This is my husband's fav ad.....check it out. It's true Men will be Men!!

If you have any personal favorite please feel free to share, I will update to the list.