'Muslims' brothers cleaning the 'Hanuman' temple at Dhanera after the Gujarat Floods. This talks about the unity in Gujarat. Seculars please Keep away





Holi is one of festivals of India celebrated with various names and different traditions. Holi is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March. Entire country wears a festive look when it is time for Holi celebration. Great excitement can be seen in people on the day when it is time for the play of colors.Children take special delight in spraying colors on one another with their pichkaris and throwing water balloons on passers by. There is also a tradition of consuming the very intoxicating bhang on this day to further enhance the spirit of Holi. It is said the spirit of Holi encourages the feeling of brotherhood in society and even the enemies turn friend on this day.
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Holi the festival of colors is on the March 01st,2010. For this Holi, you have a major role and responsibility in conserving water. Time was when people could not imagine playing Holi without water but many were forced to do this year as water shortage forced this year to celebrate the festival with only dry colors.

Tips for Saving Water on this Holi

Today people are more conscious about environment and green living. Holi is a good reminder to curb water wastage during the festival of colors. Every year on Holi, people coloring each other and wasting lots of water to remove that. For this Holi, you have a major role and responsibility in conserving water. Here are a few ways to save water for this festival.
  • Limit the use of water: Ensure you do not waste water unnecessarily. Measure the quantity of water you want to use to play with and store it. Resist your temptations to use more water and stick to the limit or quantity of water you stored to play with. Play with dry and natural colors, they wash off easily. Bathing again and again is sure water wastage. Take bath only when you are done or finished playing in color.
  • Play in a separate area or the garden: Getting the whole house or apartment dirty will simply lead to more water usage. When you are done playing get in your home or apartment. After Holi celebration, clean your home or area with plain water and for colored areas use a bucket with soapy water that has stain free in it and wipe the colored areas with the help of a sponge.
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  • Use natural colors: Herbal colors are safe and are easily washable. Apply oil on your hair before stepping out to play. Even if you do end up getting color in your tresses, a single wash can be enough to make your hair color-free. In case you forget to apply a body lotion and you have color all over you then rub some coconut oil or cream and let the color start fading. Now a quick wash will make you clean without much scrubbing. You will save water too.
  • Say No to water balloons: Water balloons are thin, small rubber balloons, filled with water.They are usually used by children, who throw them at each other, trying to get each other wet.There has been some environmental concern as they don’t biodegrade or shred, they can cause harm to wildlife and the effect of litter on the environment. Do not encourage kids to play with  pichkaris and water balloons. You can tell them pros and cons of wasting water and what is their role in saving water.
This holi, celebrate with natural or herbal colors that are easily washable. While playing Holi, wear old dark colored clothes, so cleaning them does not need too much water and effort. Spread a tarpaulin on floor, if you are playing in indoor or on the terrace. Once you have finished playing, you can simply wash away the colors on the tarpaulin and save using detergents on the floor. Ensure you consume water in limited quantity for this Holi festival.Apartment owners association or Resident Welfare Associations can play vital role in spreading awareness among neighboring apartments to save water for this Holi festival and celebrate Holi with dry or natural colors. You can form a team for spreading awareness or conducting campaign for saving water on this Holi festival.
Just imagine the water wastage in both playing Holi and then in bathing to remove the colors. Whenever you waste water, just think about those millions of people who still struggle to save every drop of water for their survival.For this Holi opt for natural or skin friendly vegetable colors instead of synthetic or powdered dyes. For preventing your eyes, face and exposed part of your skin from the dyes and colors, apply a thick layer of moisturizer, oil or petroleum jelly. Make this Holi even more special by saving every drop you can and spreading awareness among people to save water. Wishing you A Happy Holi! Feel free to give suggestions and tips to save water for this Holi festival.



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 The daredevil
CHINTAN GAMBHIR (24) BBA, LJ INSTITUTE
Once an adventurer, always an adventurer. This is true in case of Chintan Gambhir. A passionate biker, Chintan has developed a passion for track racing. He recently completed a 3.5 km race in Chennai in January this year. So what is so unusual, you may ask? Chintan has undergone a kidney transplant at the age of 16. He says, "I am passionate about biking. But I am also careful about my health. Before participating in track racing, I took my doctor's advice. They asked me to take some precautions and I fully adhered by them." In 2012, Chintan went on a solo bike trip to Leh, covering 6,500 kms in 22 days. He says, "I preferred to travel alone because those who wanted to come with me would have fussed about my health. While I know my health constraints, I don't want it to define me. The trip was one of the best adventures of my life. I even got lost in a dense jungle once and rode on the roads of Manali that were so narrow that there was just enough space to accommodate a bike. While one side was mountain, the other side had deep valley." For Chintan, it was a journey to remember.
Into the woods
RAHUL SHARMA (25) A SESHA DEEPTHI (23) ABHISHEK TRIVEDI (22) GFSU
Study session at night with friends is always fun. But what happens when, after hours of cramming up the lessons, you decide to go out in search of sustenance and find yourself lost in the woods behind your dorm? Abhishek says, "It happened to us. All of us were hungry and the market is around 8 km away from the campus. We managed to reach the market alright, but while returning, we got lost in the woods behind the campus." It took the three of them four hours to reach the campus. Rahul says, "There was dense fog and we were afraid there would be snakes or other small rodents. But we soldiered on till one of us realised that we were walking in circles. Luckily, we found a man in the woods who pointed us to the right direction."
Star catcher
ABHISHEK GUPTA (26) PGDM-C, MICA
Students of MICA are not just brilliant communicators, but some of them have an artistic bent and a taste for adventure. Abhishek, a PGDM communication student is one of them. The 26-year-old applied his knowledge of physics to take the perfect picture of stars in the night sky and then set out on an adventure to get some stunning photos of the milky way. Abhishek says, "I wanted to take the perfect pictures of the stars and their movements at midnight to avoid any form of natural or artificial light. So, once I had perfected the method, I went to a small village called Jagat Manjha. I mounted my DSLR on the tripod, facing the north direction with pole star in one corner. I start taking pictures to capture the small displacement of the stars. I took around 50-70 pictures with 30 seconds exposure. By superimposing these images, a star trail can be seen." It took him more than 4 hours to get the perfect picture as he hunted for the perfect vantage in torch light. He says, "The village is really remote and I had chosen a remote spot. I could hear the animals rustling in the nearby bushes. It was exciting and thrilling. And the best thing was the pictures I got were stunning."
Conquering fear
DHARMIK BAROT (22) LLB, NIRMA UNIVERSITY
The phrase 'darr ke aage jeet hai' suits Dharmik perfectly. Not particularly an adventure enthusiast, Dharmik had a phobia of heights. He was so scared that he wouldn't dare to look down when he was on top of a building. But all that changed a year ago. He says, "I was looking at a picture of skydiving and had this urge to try it. I was not ignorant of my fears but something goaded me to give it a try. I was in Michigan in the US at the time. So, I went for the training session where they explained how the dive will be executed. At the end of the sessions as we boarded the plane, my fears had returned. I started imagining all sorts of scenarios like what if my parachute did not open?" But once committed to a task, Dharmik believes in completing it. He says, "Once we were at 15,000 feet, the instructor opened the plane door and asked me to step on the stand and then he pushed me! He didn't give me a chance to tell him that I didn't want to do the jump despite having spent $450. But I am thankful he did what he did. I was scared but survival instincts and training kicked in. It was truly an experience of a lifetime.
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Yes it’s that time of the year again. Valentine’s Day is here in all it’s glory.
Things will be expected of you. Confused about where to take your SO? Worry not, the CD Blog makes it easy for you.

1. @ Nine – The Fern

One of the best restaurants in Ahemdabad with a splendid view and even better Italian food to make your Valentine’s Day the best ever.

2. Spirit O Soul

Grooving with your date to your favourite track at a discotheque sounds like a good idea for Valentine’s Day. Head out to this disco themed restaurant and plan out a double date to make it more fun.

 3. Bridge Water

Lavish menus and attractive presentations is what this place is known for. Specialised in Italian and North Indian cuisine, this place is a must-visit for Valentine’s Day. Make sure you use any availablerestaurant discount coupons.

 4. TBBQ – Terrace Barbeque

A meating joint offering the most juiciest and succulent dishes to satisfy your cravings this Valentine’s in a rooftop setting.

 5. The Cooking Culture Classe

The dishes and servings gets full marks with house specialities like the crepe envelope and lasagna. The ambiance is perfect for Valentine’s as it is dimly lit. Do not miss out on any interestingrestaurant deals in Ahmedabad happening near Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine's DayIt’s time again to express your love for your beloved. As Valentine’s Day approaches, people all over the city scramble for ways and means to impress their partners. Teddies, candies, chocolates and flowers are the obvious answers to your prayers. But, how about making it truly special by offering your beloved an entire day to be cherished forever! Take some time off on 14th February and make loving thoughts your one and only priority.
Start off the day with a scrumptious breakfast at Good Morning or Taj Business Hotel. A hearty breakfast will ensure you have energy to last you for the activities which are to follow throughout the day. If you are feeling particularly lazy, turn up at brunch instead. Either way, there’s no better way to start a day than with good food.
 
Valentine’s Day calls for pampering, pampering and more pampering. So, head over to Karnavati Spa or Lambancy Chandan Sparsh for some essential couples time. Indulge in a massage. Let the expert hands of the masseur take away the stress, leaving you and your beloved relaxed and glowing.
 
In case a spa session is just not the thing for you, head to Jaldhara Waterworld orWater World instead. Discover new avenues of love as you and your other half bond over the simple joys of shared activities.
 
A movie on Valentine’s Day may be a cliché, but admittedly, it is one of the best things to do with your partner. Three hours of entertainment, it is the perfect recipe for romance. Head to Cinemax or Fun Cinemas for the best ambience, food and of course sound system. The movie industry is sure to cash in on this day with a romantic release, so make the best of it. Snack on your way out of the theatre with a few delectables from the food court. 
 
As the day draws to an end, make a grand gesture with a sumptuous dinner. To capture the perfect essence of the day, dine at Mainland ChinaUrban Spoon orBarbeque Nation. Order your favorite dishes, preferably involving oysters, strawberries, figs or honey. After all, these are time honored aphrodisiacs guaranteed to up the romance quotient and get your pulse racing just a little bit more. Round off the meal with some chocolaty dessert and be prepared to call it a day!
What you see - Barin Mehta’s home in Thaltej, Ahmedabad is a tranquil abode. It is neither a precise adaptation of anyashram nor is it a sanctum for the yogis. It’s peaceful nevertheless, perhaps reflecting the disposition of Barin Mehta, a Reiki healer and teacher. 

Barin Mehta, AhmedabadWhat you get - “Reiki in itself is wisdom and has a value of compassion. It is a form of universal energy that passes from the healer to the person receiving the cure,” says Mehta who had become a master of this therapy in the late 90s. Since then he has passed on his knowledge to hundreds of students. 

From him, you can learn all three stages of Reiki. The first level is Reiki-I where a person gets trained in touch healing. It all starts with filling up a form that describes basic information about the student and the real purpose of learning Reiki. The student is then told to avoid sweet delicacies and alcoholic drinks three days prior to the beginning of the training. Apart from an extensive introduction to the basics and the rich history of Reiki, the training (2 days) includes self awareness, attunement of the body, White light meditation etc. After two days of training the student is told to practise for 72 minutes each day for 21 days. The student may do this at home and requisite follow-ups are entertained. The fee for Reiki-I may vary from Rs. 1,000- Rs. 1,250. 

Reiki-II is the second level where the person becomes apt in distance healing. It is only after completing the first level and achieving some experience in touch healing that the person goes for the second level. Before starting the training, Mehta understands the expertise and healing experience of the student. Then for two days, there is in-depth teaching of distance healing procedure, stress release, Golden ball meditation method etc. The student then undergoes 21 days of practise - this time 36 minutes a day in distance healing. Once the student gets adequate knowledge and practise, he/she becomes well-versed in the distance healing procedure where a cure can be given without physical contact. 

Reiki IIIA is an amplified version of the second level wherein the healing power increases many folds. This requires a lot of practise after which one can move to Reiki IIIB for qualification as a master for the 1st and 2nd levels. The fee for the former level ranges from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12,000 whereas the latter may cost around Rs. 30,000.

Barin Mehta has travelled a lot to learn and share this healing energy. He has also been specially invited to Australia to deliver lectures on the subject. 

Our verdict - There’s an air of dedication and spirituality here. Barin Mehta may be humble about his knowledge and achievements but his way of teaching and healing has many takers. The fee is reasonable if not less compared to the market rates. 

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By Manu Nair
http://ahmedabad.metromela.com/Reiki+with+Barin+Mehta/article/4742
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