Month: April 2022

How to identify an unknown Plant?

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How to identify an unknown Plant? A good question for those who are interested in gardening, agriculture and nature?

I found Pl@ntNet search very accurate.

I have an exotic Plant with beautiful orange red flowers and conical half cut fruits. It has 10 mm long thorns.

I took a Photo and searched through Google lens and Pl@ntNet. The latter gave me accurate result. It is WAX ROSE.!

Try and let me know. Keen to get your feedbacks.

Fast and furious – Beware – New AI radars to fine Abu Dhabi drivers Dh500 for failing to wait at pedestrian crossings

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New AI radars to fine Abu Dhabi drivers Dh500 for failing to wait at pedestrian crossings

Drivers who do not give way to pedestrians at zebra crossings face Dh500 ($136) in fines and six black points, Abu Dhabi Police said on Monday.

The force confirmed that advanced radars powered by artificial intelligence have been activated at many crossings in the capital.

Read more at The National

Also watch this video received by Whatsapp

BAPS Hindu Mandir – First Hindu Temple coming up in Abu Dhabi

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BAPS Hindu Mandir is the first hindu mandir (temple) that is coming up in #AbuDhabi, #UAE.

it is an amazing structure!

108 ft high, 40,000 cft marble, 180,000 sandstone (cft), 201893 man-hours till date and 1,800,000 bricks!!

The site is located at Abu Mureikhah, which is near Al Rahba off the Dubai–Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Highway. 

Welcome to watch an interesting video on the BAPS Hindu Mandir by Doordarshan and listen to what the volunteers and sadhus have to say.

Abu Dhabi Mall set to welcome Ramadan guests and Ramadan Etiquettes to follow

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Continuing its tradition, Abu Dhabi Mall in Abu Dhabi is all decked up with Ramadan tents and decorations to greet its customers.

Ramadan
U.AE page provides information about how Ramadan is observed in the UAE, charitable activities conducted and common changes one experiences during Ramadan in the UAE.

Ramadan etiquette for non-Muslims
Non-Muslims do not have to fast in Ramadan. However, they are prohibited from eating, drinking and smoking in public during the fasting hours. This includes chewing gum. Additionally, ensure that you do not:

  • engage in any aggressive behaviour
  • dance or play music in public although you may listen to music quietly with headphones
  • wear inappropriate clothing in public
  • swear as blasphemy is considered extra offensive during Ramadan
  • refuse a gift, or an invitation to join someone at Iftar.

Rangoli art work of Pramukh Swami Maharaj

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Pramukh Swami Maharaj was Bhagwan Swaminarayan’s fifth spiritual successor of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. He led by example; his humility, faith in Bhagwan Swaminarayan, and compassion inspired millions of devotees and over 1000 sadhus to maintain moral and spiritual lifestyles. Pramukh Swami Maharaj steered the reins of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha for many decades, effectively administering its spiritual, cultural, personal development and humanitarian activities. 

Know more about Pramukh Swami Maharaj

During a recent festive occasion held at the BAPS Hindu Mandir site, a rangoli art work was created by Narayanan Nampoothiri from Kerala. It was timely offering from the community members to be part of the Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Centenary Celebrations.


Narayanan Nampoothiri (Ramesh Nampoothiri) Attoor, Shornur, Trichur District, Kerala, a traditional Keralite nampoothiri (priest), who is an exponent in creating traditional Kolam (Rangolis) using oraganic colors. He uses rice powder, turmeric power, rice husk powder, leaf powder and a mix of turmeric and lime to create the natural color variations. Each of the colors signifies the Panchaboothas, ie, the five great elements, also five physical elements, which, according to Hinduism, is the basis of all cosmic creation. · Rice powder – white – depicting Akasha – Sky – signifies simplicity, purity, cleanliness and humility · Turmeric powder – yellow – depicting prithvi – earth – signifies, Optimism · Burnt rice husk powder – black – depicting vayu – air – signifies Power and Control · Leaf powder – green – depicting jala – water – signifies growth and health · Turmeric+lime mixed – red color – depicting Agnic – Fire – signifies Passion. Mr. Nampoothiri, started practicing the art of drawing these kolams at a late age, but since then, he has never looked back. He now creates exceptional art work of deities, gurus and leaders with divine precision and presence that glorifies each time he finishes. Normally, it takes 3-4 hours to complete an art work, which requires lot of sradha (focus and concentration), patience and skill.

In the above art work of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Ramesh ji used turmeric powder (for yellow), rice powder (for white), burnt rice hust powder (for black) and most importantly a mix of turmeric and lime mixed (to create red). The beauty and the divine essence of this prepartation was that, the red color mix was prepared a week before the event and then on the day of the presentation, it dried and mixed well and formed an orange brown color that gave the exact look and feel of human skin.

During the ceremony, Bramviharidas Swami, In charge of BAPS Hindu Mandir project felicitated Ramesh ji.

Pranams to the artist and bow on Pramukh Swami Maharaj guru for his blessings for all of us to materialize this presentation as real as possible.

To know more about BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Visit BAPS Hindu Mandir

BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi

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Are you visiting Abu Dhabi and the UAE? Welcome to visit the BAPS Hindu Mandir site and become part of creating history and harmony in the UAE.


Let’s Give Harmony A Hand! Help build the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi – A Spiritual Oasis for Global Harmony by sponsoring one of the million handmade bricks to be used in its creation.

During your visit you are welcome to sponsor a brick.

Click here to know more

Post pandemic thoughts!

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It has been a very long time I have penned my thoughts or shared any useful information here. Like everyone, Covid-19 created a disruption to work, life balance and as they say it was a determined effort to focus on General Well Being!. A new normal for all of us.


Focus was on staying fit, concentrating on work and family. All thoughts came in were diligently noted in a book – back to the old system using pen and pencil and will come out here one by one. It was determined effort to stay away from computer and electronic media as we all increased our online time substantially in the pandemic period.

Passionate clicks continued and as well as playing and practice music on a daily basis.

Hope to see you all regularly.