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Independence Day Celebrations

August 16th, 2012

Independence Day Celebrations
Happy Independence day to all my brothers and sisters…. Check out the 66th Independence day Photos celebrated all over the india

‘Vande Mataram’: a brief on India’s national song

August 14th, 2012

‘Vande Mataram’: a brief on India’s national song

Ahead of the Independence Day, Ahead of the Independence Day, Lets us know something about Vande Mataram and the history of the song..

The  novel written by Bengali litterateur Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and published in 1882. Written in Bengali and Sanskrit, the first two verses of this poem were accorded the status of India’s national song (distinct from national anthem) in 1950. The tune is set to Desh raga.

The novel was set in the backdrop of the Sannyasi Rebellion of late 18th century. The poem is a hymn to Goddess Durga, symbolising India. It played a vital role in the Indian Independence movement, first sung in a political context by Rabindranath Tagore at the 1896 session of the Indian National Congress.

Subsequently, it became the war chant for freedom fighters in various corners of the country. In 1905, when Bengal, the hotbed of nationalism, was sought to be partitioned by Lord Curzon, singing of the song and raising similar slogans were completely banned in Calcutta. The song continued to inspire militant nationalists in Bengal, Maharashtra and Punjab. It was repeatedly sung in various programmes of the Indian National Congress.

Aurobindo Ghosh translated the poem into English. The first two verses of the same is considered by many including the Government of India as the official translation of the first two verses.

It reads:

I show gratitude to thee, Mother,

richly-watered, richly-fruited,

cool with the winds of the south,

dark with the crops of the harvests,

The Mother!

Her nights rejoicing in the glory of the moonlight,

her lands clothed beautifully with her trees in flowering bloom,

sweet of laughter, sweet of speech,

The Mother, giver of boons, giver of bliss.

The song has had its fair share of controversies with sections of Muslims and Sikhs opposing it on the ground that it talks about worshipping one’s mother which is prohibited by the respective religions. However, the All India Sunni Ulema Board on Sept 6, 2006, issued a fatwa that Muslims can sing the first two verses of the song. The Board president Moulana Mufti Syed Shah Badruddin Qadri Aljeelani said that “If you bow at the feet of your mother with respect, it is not shirk but only respect.”

In 2002, BBC World Service conducted an international poll to choose ten most famous songs of all time. Around 7000 songs were selected from all over the world. Vande Mataram, from the movie “Anand Math”, was ranked second.

Lets proud to be Indian… HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

LIVE! TRANSIT 2012 Venus

June 6th, 2012

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2012 Transit of Venus

June 5th, 2012

On June 5th, 2012, Venus will pass across the face of the sun, producing a silhouette that no one alive today will likely see again.

Transits of Venus are very rare, coming in pairs separated by more than a hundred years. This June’s transit, the bookend of a 2004-2012 pair, won’t be repeated until the year 2117. Fortunately, the event is widely visible. Observers on seven continents, even a sliver of Antarctica, will be in position to see it.

The nearly 7-hour transit begins at 3:09 pm Pacific Daylight Time (22:09 UT) on June 5th. The timing favors observers in the mid-Pacific where the sun is high overhead during the crossing. In the USA, the transit will be at its best around sunset. That’s good, too. Creative photographers will have a field day imaging the swollen red sun “punctured” by the circular disk of Venus.

Transits of Venus first gained worldwide attention in the 18th century. In those days, the size of the solar system was one of the biggest mysteries of science. The relative spacing of planets was known, but not their absolute distances. How many miles would you have to travel to reach another world? The answer was as mysterious then as the nature of dark energy is now.

Venus was the key, according to astronomer Edmund Halley. He realized that by observing transits from widely-spaced locations on Earth it should be possible to triangulate the distance to Venus using the principles of parallax.

The idea galvanized scientists who set off on expeditions around the world to view a pair of transits in the 1760s. The great explorer James Cook himself was dispatched to observe one from Tahiti, a place as alien to 18th-century Europeans as the Moon or Mars might seem to us now. Some historians have called the international effort the “the Apollo program of the 18th century.”

This year’s transit is the second of an 8-year pair. Anticipation was high in June 2004 as Venus approached the sun. No one alive at the time had seen a Transit of Venus with their own eyes, and the hand-drawn sketches and grainy photos of previous centuries scarcely prepared them for what was about to happen. Modern solar telescopes captured unprecedented view of Venus’s atmosphere backlit by solar fire. They saw Venus transiting the sun’s ghostly corona, and gliding past magnetic filaments big enough to swallow the planet whole.

2012 should be even better as cameras and solar telescopes have improved. Moreover, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is going to be watching too. SDO will produce Hubble-quality images of this rare event.

Source : NASA

World Chess Championship – 2012 – Anand Makes History

June 1st, 2012


Viswanathan Anand, the Grand Master makes another History. As all Indians will be so proud to watch this moments.

Newly-crowned world chess champion Viswanathan Anand received a gold medal, prize money of $1.4 million (around Rs 7.9 crore), a memento and a piece of contemporary art displaying him and challenger Boris Gelfand, for his achievement at a ceremony in Moscow on Thursday.

Stating that his connection with Russia has been very deep, Anand said, “I benefited a lot from playing chess in Russian Cultural center in Chennai and my second Grandmaster norm was also made at the Cultural center in New Delhi. The connection with Russia is quite deep, as I also played a lot of tournaments here while growing up.”
Anand, who won in a nail-biting finish in rapid tiebreak games, wished Gelfand good luck during the prize giving and mentioned that Gelfand always warmly greeted him before each game, ensuring that the match was played in right spirit.

Anand also thanked the sponsors and FIDE for organising the world championship and also acknowledge the support of his wife (Aruna) and his team here at the State Tretyakov Gallery.
The speculation about Anand’s team also ended as it remained the same as it was four years back with Peter Hiene Nielsen, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Radek Wojtajsek and Surya Shekhar Ganguly as his seconds for this match too.
Speaking about the importance of computers in today’s world of chess, Anand noted that it was not complete in itself.

“Definitely computers have levelled a lot of ground but we still see that those with a structured frame of knowledge in chess make better use of computers than the others, the human interaction is also important, computer itself is not complete,” he said.

Before the final ceremony the world champion also met Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had invited him for tea at his residence.

Anand mentioned to Putin about learning chess in a Russian cultural center in his home town to which the President replied, “So we brought this on ourselves”!

“I really enjoyed it, the President was fully aware about the match, was very warm and friendly. For me it was an honour,” Anand said on his meeting with Putin.

When asked about the eventual tiebreaker that happened or whether they wanted another rule Anand was clear that tiebreak was the perfect solution, “I actually think it’s a good idea given that we had 12-games to separate us, also it mirrors other sports as we have tiebreak in many other games as well, I think it’s just fine instead of giving the title to defending champion in case of a tie which was an old practice, it means a half point lead to the defending champion.”

Anand also mentioned he thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere during the match and said he was not sure where the next match will be.

“This time also there was a bid from India for this match that did not materialise, it’s a complicated process,” said the world champion.

source : ibnlive