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A letter from the Future 

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Dear 16 year old me!,

After 18 years of travelling ahead, I have no intentions of breaking the surprises that the future world holds for you.I am writing this letter to you because, I think there are a few things you should know, or at least that I wish I had known when I was right in your stage.

You are now in the crucial stage of class XII having nightmares about the competitive world out there judging about your final scores and your future career options. cool!, the world now I face has umpteen numbers of opportunities other than engineering and medical science. Don’t run behind marks, choose your passion- go ahead and do as your heart desires. There is much more in life other than studies.

That said, I would like yourself to get prepared to face disappointments, failures,embarrassments, rejections on instances of love, friendship and practical life as such as you grow up. This may sound ridiculous, but lets face it!

Stop worrying about everything : like where you are going to study, how much will your friends like you, being too thin or being an introvert. Honestly someday everything is going to be cool!. You are definitely going to get into one of the best colleges in town, make amazing friends and memories

Do what’s right for you : have the courage to tell people what you think, no matter what others say.Be flexible on instances when you need/have to  and be bold and courageous to face tough times.  You’ll definitely be a part of best friends gang you always wanted to be in.

You’ll experience a lot of love and obviously you’ll experience lot of sadness too- but mind you my dear girl, you’ll also witness moments of overwhelming happiness coming along randomly taking you to cloud nine!.You’ll get the love of  your life and live the fairy tale ending. You’ll also remain the same in lot of ways, over the years no matter how old you get.

On a final note, You are going to experience not only some amazing memories of education, class, books, friends and family : you will also get to see so much more of what really the world out there is!  and who really  care for you.

You have a lot in store my dear girl – so be prepared

yours,

slightly matured and wiser self!

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’

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Yugadi – The New Beginning

Yugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in moon’s orbit.. ‘Yugadi’ stands for ‘yuga’ meaning ‘era’ and ‘adi’ meaning ‘ the beginning or start’. Yugadi specifically refers to the start of the age we are living in i.e ‘Kali yuga’. According to the Hindu Scripture, Lord Brahma started a series of wonderful creations, including earth and all the life forms which live in it on this very day. It also marks the start of new astronomical cycle in motion.

Yugadi falls on ‘chaitra sudhha paadyami’ meaning the first day after the new moon day of the lunar month chaitra. It starts on the first new moon after the sun crosses the equator from South to North on spring equinox. The day also marks the beginning of spring season in South India. The onset of the season triggers with plants, shoots and leaves springing with fresh new life and hence it is believed that Yugadi sets life rolling for a new and fresh beginning.

The Tradition, Celebration and the Significance:
Yugadi is a a day when predictions are made for the new year. Traditionally, the ‘Panchanga sravanam’ – hearing of the Panchanga* is done at the temples.
[ *panchanga  – ‘ pancha’ – five  ‘ anga ‘ – attributes. Are the five attributes of the Hindu calender day namely
1. ‘Thithi or the lunar phase
2. Vaara or the day of the week it belongs
3. Nakshatra or the star constellation in which the moon is placed
4. Yoga – auspicious/ inauspicious period prevalent
5. Karana – half phase of thithi.
These five attributes are checked to know the good or bad periods in a day to perform any important task.]

Other than temples, Panchanga sravanam is also done as an important social function where an elderly and respected person refers to the new almanac and makes general prayers and blessings to all those who are present. It is believed that the benefits reaped by the reader and the listeners are equivalent to having a dip in the holy river Ganges.

As for the common people, entrances of households are decorated with fresh mango leaves. People start the day with compulsory oil bath followed by wearing new clothes and offering prayers to God. Prayers for health, wealth, prosperity and success in business are a part of this festival. Yugadi is considered the most auspicious time to start new ventures.
Well, as all Indian festivals go hand in hand with nature so does Yudagi. Yugadi is celebrated where it’s a season of raw mangoes spreading it’s aroma in the air and fully blossomed neem tree that gives a healthy air to breathe. All these add a renewed flavour to the typical dishes of
yugadi.

Yugadi is not complete without the traditional Yudagi Pachhadi-a unique dish which gives six different tastes . Yugadi Pachhadi is made with neem buds, jaggery, raw mango ,tamarind juice and salt. It signifies that life is a mixture of experiences from bitterness to sweetness, sadness to happiness, surprise, anger, fear and disgust. Life should be taken as it is , experiencing everything equally to have a smooth walk in our day today journey in this world.

Indeed Yugadi is a festival of many shades. It ushers in the New Year, brings a rich bounce of flora and fills the heart of people with joy and contentment.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous Yugadi.

Sources: As told by family elders, Religious magazines and of course by the tradition we follow at home and a little from web resources