Before you get to know what an Olai Chuvadi is, you need to know about Naadi Jothidam. I went to see Naadi Jothidam, in India , Vaitheeswaran kovil, when I was 13 years old. Apparently every human being’s life story is written in leaf or wooden parchments. These were written by an ancient sage (Agathiyar) who lived in India many centuries ago. He had enough wisdom to foresee how many people were to be born into this world and he wrote all of their life stories. It is unbelievable and unimaginable thing to do. Out of interest my family and I went to see the Naadi jothidar.
Naadi’ means, ‘In search Continue reading
I remember the apartment I lived in India, I used to stand in the balcony and watch this man sit under the tree and invite crowds of tourists and people who are interested in his Parrots. They were 2 parrots caged in a dark brown box. The box had sticker of Gods and Goddesses. The 1 parrot was green with yellow beak and other 1 was red with a bit of blue on the wings. They were such beautiful birds. I have to say, these birds were well behaved. They would listen to every word he would say. They were well tamed birds. Those birds’ names were Laxmi and Rani. He would stack a pack of cards, similar to tarots. He would say “Rani, vaama vanthu nalla seatah eduma – Rani, come out and take a good card”. The parrot will come out and pick a card out of the stack. He would give something small into its mouth and the parrots will go inside its cage.
That man made huge business with his fellow parrots. The same man would be seen on the beach during weekends. He knew his niche market. You will find them almost everywhere during tourist seasons, in the train, near huge wholesale shops and so on. I am not too fond of horoscopes, fortune cookies etc. but some people have unshakable faith in these birds and tarots. Some people like me, just like to see fortune telling for the fun of it. Which reminds me of the Octopus Paul during 2010 SA Soccer world cup.
Parrot astrology or Parrot fortune-telling Tamil கிளி ஜோசியம் is a type of astrology popular among the Tamils of Tamil Nadu. India and Singapore. It involves using green parakeets which are trained to pick up Tarot like fortune cards.
The parakeets are trained specifically for this. A parrot astrologer/fortune teller typically sits beneath a tree or by the side of the road where people congregate in numbers. He has a cage which contains one or two trained parrots. The tarot like cards are either spread out or stacked in front of him. They are 27 in number representing the Indian cosmic system. Each card contains the image of a Hindu deity and some cards contain images of Buddha or Virgin Mary with Infant Jesus. When a patron sits before the fortune teller, the later opens the cage and lets the parrot out. He instructs the parrot to pick a card for the patron. The parrot walks over to the cards picks one from the stack or the spread with its beak and gives it to the astrologer. It then walks back inside its cage. The astrologer opens the card and based on the image tells the fortune of the patron. – Wikipedia
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When secrets are passed around you eagerly want to be part of it. I personally don’t like Continue reading
Many have asked where I do my shopping, well this post has an answer.
I would like to compare this area to an area that I am comfy with. Downtown Toronto. It is one of those posh areas. When you are in this area, you wouldn’t think you are in Africa. It builds up a sophisticated atmosphere with walk-free paths. Those who have been there will understand my words on this page.
I love window shopping Continue reading
My experience on the sewing machine goes back to when I was studying the subject Home Economics in the eighth grade. Continue reading
Sky lanterns, also known as Kongming Lantern or Chinese lanterns are airborne paper lanterns that are best known as a tradition found in some Asian cultures. They are traditionally constructed from oiled riced paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density causing the lantern to rise into the air. The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern sinks back to the ground.
Sky lanterns are also referred to as sky candles or fire balloons, however the latter term is also used to refer to balloon munitions used during World War II.
Lanterns have proved extremely unpopular with farmers in many countries due to the potential for causing crop fires and the chance of death of livestock on consuming the lantern remains upon landing.
The Kongming Lantern (Chinese: 孔明燈) was the first hot air balloon, said to be invented by the Chinese sage and military strategist Zhuge Liang, whose reverent term of address was Kongming. They were first deployed at the turn of the 3rd century as a type of signaling balloon or, as it’s said, as a type of spy blimp in warfare. Alternatively the name may come from the lantern’s resemblance to the hat Kongming is traditionally shown to be wearing. – Wikiepedia
Yesterday evening I had a fun time lighting the sky lantern and watching it float away in the horizon. Here are some photos Continue reading
When I was living in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu in the early 1990’s, I used to see lots of bullock carts all over the show. As they were used for transportation. Now they are very few used for public transportation. They are mostly used for rural farming purposes.
Sadly, I was not the one who did the jump. My hubby did a 100 meters jump located in Soweto, South Africa. He says it was an experience of a life time. For a few seconds he couldn’t feel anything in his body on the way down, at the beginning. He swung for a couple of minutes airborn.
I have two neices who are one year apart and a new born niece (women power!!). When I think about babies, I think they are cute and so on but when I have to think of having one of my own, it’s kinda scary the whole thought about the labour and the process. I am sure I’ll be fine when it takes place. Anyways all babies hold a special place in my heart <3
The stories I hear from the mothers around me:
- some are drastic and melodramatic
- some sounds manageable
- some are way more protective over their cute ones…Give them some FREEDOM and SPACE ladies!!
Anyways, babies are such fun and amazing beings. It’s so crazy Continue reading
I have published my top spinning post (http://pradeepamohan.net/top-spinning/) and a viewer suggested I blog about kites. I wouldn’t say no to that 🙂
I remember standing on warm beach sand and looking up Continue reading