The beauty of Dates

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I am always fascinated by Date Palm trees and Dates in them. The beauty of joy of watching them is to be experienced. If not yet done, next time when you go for a walk, please do. Watch the leaves and fruits swinging in the gentle breeze. You will feel as if they are talking to you.

Participate and celebrate 74th Independence Day of India

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Celebrating 74th Independence Day – 15 August 2020 join the celebration by uploading your painting/video through social media.

#IndependenceDayofIndia2020 #AatmanirbharBharat #JaiHind @IndianDiplomacy @cgidubai

Mind Speaks: To or Not To Wear a Mask for the kids?

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To or Not To Wear a Face Mask – Choice is yours

During the weekend, I was at a local shopping mall in Abu Dhabi. Eid Holidays, although not to the normal times, there was sufficient enough public to ensure safe distance protocol was in place by the local authorities.

As I walked, I noticed a dad with a young girl following him from one shop to another. I was happy to see the little one wearing the face mask and walk quietly behind her dad. Both of them had face masks and had kept it properly.

After sometimes, I noticed, whenever the dad received a phone call and he lowered down his face mask, the little girl too changed the position of her mask and kept as her father was doing!. As he finished his call, he brought it back to normal position and the child too did the same!.

I was smiling to myself when I observed this continue a few times.

It brought to my mind, the important point that all health and hygiene practices will work only if we as parents and elders follow in front of our children.

This Mind Speaks note is just a caution to all those who have small kids at home. Make it a habit to wear a face mask and they will follow suite.

A nice article “Tips on How to Get Kids to Wear Face Masks” from Stanford Children’s Health is linked for you to read.

#WorldEnvironmentDay 2020 by Children of #PRATEEKSHA

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#WorldEnvironmentDay 2020 by Children of #PRATEEKSHA presented by #TalentShare #ForNature

#WorldBicycleDay wishes #2020

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WorldBicycleDay wishes

#WorldBicycleDay wishes #2020 – a special year… Remember on this day, the #CycleToWork campaign did in 2016. I always love to promote #SafeCycling #InAbuDhabi

#StaySafe – Wash Your Hand Thoroughly

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#StaySafe – Wash Your Hand Thoroughly via @YouTube

A Safety video by Children of PRATEEKSHA – A Self Help Community for Children with Special Abilities. Video Part 1 of 3 – Wash Your Hands Thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Welcome to share and promote.

Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Evening at the Beach and Story of Sree Ramajayam

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Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Day 2 – Dt 30 May 2020 – Evening at the Beach and Story of Sree Ramajayam

An evening at the beach is a fantasy and joyous thing to do for many.
Let me share the quote of McLachlan and Erasmus (1983)

” What sight is more beautiful than a high energy beach facing lines of rolling white breakers? What battle ground is more ferocious than where waves and sand meet? What environment could be more exciting to study than this sandy interface below land and sea? And yet how much do we know about sandy beaches?”

Beaches in Kerala, particularly in our region are beautiful with rough seas and wild waves. Along with rain, dark cloud, wind, lighting and thunder, the beauty is beyond one can explain.

Today’s presentation is from a set of photos taken during one of my holidays in July 2007. My father was with us and was writing out Sree Ramajayam in Malayalam and enjoying the way, the waves washed them out, each time he wrote it!. (Unfortunately, 10 years later, it was at the same place we immersed his ashes as part of the rituals associated as per our custom).

For those who wish to know, the Story of writing Sree Ramajayam take us to the epic Ramayana and if interested, a weekend challenge for you to attempt.

Faced with the dilemma of how to cross the ocean to Lanka, where his kidnapped wife Sita is held captive by the demon king Ravana, Rama (an Avatar of Vishnu) performs a penance (tapasya) to Varuna, the Lord of Oceans, fasting and meditating in perfect dhyana for three days and three nights. Varuna does not respond, and Rama arises on the fourth morning, enraged by the God’s arrogance. With his bow and arrow, he angrily begins attacking the oceans with celestial weapons – burning up the waters and killing its life and creatures. The Vanaras (Monkeys) are dazzled and fearful at witnessing the enraged Rama demolish the oceans, and his brother, Lakshmana, prays to calm Rama’s mind. Just as Rama invokes the brahmastra, considered the most powerful weapon capable of destroying all creation, Varuna arises out of the oceans. He bows to Rama, explaining that he himself was at a loss to answer Rama’s question. Begging him not to destroy the oceans with the missile, he suggests that Rama re-direct the weapon at a demonic race that lives in the heart of the ocean. Rama’s arrows destroys the demons, and establishes a purer, liberated environment there. Varuna promises that he would keep the oceans still for all of Rama’s army to pass, and Nala constructs a bridge (Rama’s Bridge) across to Lanka. Rama justifies his angry assault on the oceans as he followed the correct process of petitioning and worshipping Varuna, but obtaining the result by force for the greater good.

It is thus believed that when someone writes Sree Ramajayam on the sand at the seashore, the sea (i.e. Varuna) get intimidated and tries to clean it as soon as possible.

Try it wherever you are – write Sree Rama Jayam in any language, a little further than where you expect the waves normally come, and watch the fun of it being cleansed by the waves.

See the video of it:

Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts – Presentation 1 – Dt 29 May 2020 – Al Wathba Wetland Reserve

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Established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is the first area in the Emirate designated for protection by law and was declared a Ramsar site in 2013. Once a coastal salt flat (sabkha), it has now flourished into natural and man-made lakes that enable many of Abu Dhabi’s species to thrive. In 2018, the reserve was placed on the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas making it the first site in the region to receive this recognition.

The reserve is particularly known for its large population of Greater Flamingos – with as many as 4,000 living there during autumn and spring – but also hosts more than 250 species of birds, 37 plant species and a wide range of aquatic life. There are two self-guided walking trails (1.5 kms or 3 kms) for visitors to explore and a bird-watching hide to observe the flamingos.

Due to the current situation, our Al Watha Wetland Reserve will be closed to visitors until further notice

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Photo by: Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
(Daily Passionate Photography Thougths – Every Day is New. Make It blissful. You never know tomorrow exist)

#MindSpeaks :Highway Mechanic

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cbe0c-15052010-gulftoday-highwaymechanicLife at times is strange. I share here below an article from a column I write in Gulf Today newspaper every week. Mostly, it focus on life experiences topping with a positive note or caution. Strangely, the subject of this article titled “Highway Mechanic” published exactly 10 years ago, seems to be very relevant even now. Due to the #covid19 lock down and increase in interaction between several of us with like minded thoughts and interests met together by chance here or at some other places in the virtual world, which would have never happened. With Back to Office now slowly progressing, not sure whether we get the same intensity or interest. Anyhow, the words in my article remain, will remain valid forever.

Highway Mechanic

During my childhood days, it was a routine that every year we go to some distant place away from our small town. Mostly it is a picnic cum pilgrimage mixing major temple/towns in South India.


Being the only available mode of comfortable transportation during those times, we gave lot of trust and confidence to our old Ambassador Car. Whether it is Thirupathi, or Kanyakumari (almost 600 or 800 kms away from home), he is there and we know we will reach back safely. Another convenience is its capacity to carry volume as these trips are a joint family affair and at least we have 5 adults and 4 children in the party. Regularly kept in good condition our car seldom gave us any major trouble during those journeys. However, occasionally, we used to get a fan belt problem, or puncture or dynamo problem, and we used to rely the service of way-side or highway workshops. With full party, we reach somehow there and then mostly we get to see an ustad (expert) coming down or a chotta (student) mechanic running down and repairing the faults within the shortest possible time.

These stoppage times are also an opportunity for the members to explore the place and shop for the locally made specialties. In a few hours, the car is again ready for the journey and we continue towards our next destination.

Almost 100 out of 100 times, these garages and mechanics are never seen again as we never come back that way or stop there.

However, the service they render has been always excellent in quality to keep our (i.e unknown travelers) safety in mind. I am bringing back these old memories today just to reiterate the fact that my journey through these Short Take columns has been a similar one all through out.

I see the role of the passengers and the mechanics many times and some times I am lucky when I get to play the part of the mechanic to serve some unknown travelers and assist them to get going when stuck.

The journey is to be carried out by the person and the driving safety and well being and progress all depends up on how he/she look at it and carry out his / her role. If there is an opportunity to be of service to any one who genuinely requires it, I will be there. It’s an assurance.

Sai Bhajan – Jaya Devi Deena Dayamayi by Jayanth Bhat

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Sai Bhajan – Jaya Devi Deena Dayamayi


Jaya Devi Deena Dayamayi

Jagat Janani Durga Bhavani [ Jaya Devi … ]

Jai Jai Sai Sangeeta Vinodini

Janani (San)Geeta Vinodini [ Jai Jai Sai Sangeeta ]

Jaya Partheeshwari Jaya Bhuvaneshwari

Om Sri Sairam – Daily Sai Bhajans

I always believe, when we do things with Bhagavan’s Nama Smarana, Only and only good things – more good things will happen. To me, to you and to all of us.

Here is a Playlist created on SoundCloud adding Sai Bhajans by devotees from across the world:


Welcome to send me your diving bhajan singing sessions each day by whatsapp (00971552453151) and I will continue to add them to this link.

Please send bhajans as individual recording – song by song – for convenient upload.

There are thousands and thousand of devotees, who derive bliss from listening to these bhajans and they look forward to it each time we upload.

Om Sri Sairam