Nine colors of Navratri 2016

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Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit. This year, Navratri 2016 is starting on October 1.

Navratri is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by Indians across the world. Dandiya and Garba dances are organized at various places and people are dressed up in ethnic costumes.

During Navratri, nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped. The color to wear on that particular day depends upon the Goddess being worshipped.

Here is a list of colors to be worn on each day for Navratri 2016.

Day 1: This is the first day and Goddess Shailaputri is dressed in a Grey saree, a combination of colors Black and White. The color to be worn on this day is Grey.

Day 2: This is the second Day of Navratri , Goddess Kushmanda is dressed in an Orange Saree. The color to be worn on this day is Orange.

Day 3: This is the third day of Navratri and is the most peaceful day. The dress colour to be worn is White.

Day 4: Red colour is known as colour of vigour and warmth and Kushmanda Goddess is dressed in Red colour on fourth day of Navratri. Hence, the color to be worn on this day is Red.

Day 5: Skandamata is a face of Goddess Durga, always known for demolishing the demons. She is dressed in a Blue saree on 5th day of Navratri. Hence, the dress colour to be worn is Blue.

Day 6: This is the sixth day of Navratri. On this day Shailaputri Goddess is dressed in a yellow saree, Shailaputri Maa is first among the nine forms of Goddess Durga. Hence, the color to be worn on this day is Yellow.

Day 7: The colour of the 7th day of Navratri for devotees is Green. Bharmacharini Goddess is worshiped on this day.

Day 8: The eighth day of Navratri is enjoyed by everyone by playing Garba and Dandiya. The color to be worn on this day is Purple.

Day 9: This is the ninth and the last day of Navratri. The dress color to be worn is Pink.

Now that you have the colors of Navratri 2016 handy, are you going to dress up to office or play Dandiya in these colors?

 

 

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Another young Indian making a mark in US

barack-obama-praises-indian-american-student-for-her-science-projectIt comes as no surprise, yet another Indian-American student receiving praises for her work, this time around from none other than the US President Barack Obama himself.

Meghana Rao an Indian origin student from Portland, Oregon, exhibited her project based on ‘biochar’ (charcoal) to the US President at the fair in which around 30 student teams from across US participated.

American Natural History Museum Young Naturalist Award winner, Meghana, is a Jesuit High School student who-in addition to researching the ability of ‘biochar’ also directs a student-run non-profit organization, Portland Junior Scientists (PJS).

Her hard work helped her earn a 2013 Young Naturalist Award from the American Natural History Museum, and brought PJS a $5,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project and an $11,500 grant from the Case Foundation’s Finding Fearless program.

Another Indian, making her nation and fellow Indians proud.

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Indians account for highest immigration into the UK

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Next time you go to the United Kingdom, chances are you will see more Indians than any other ethnic group there. This is because, Indians accounted for the highest immigration into the UK of any ethnic group in the last decade.  Indians toppled the Irish who previously held the top spot among the immigrants.

The census also gives credence to London Mayor Boris Johnson’s claims of a truly cosmopolitan city. The report shows that London became the first region in UK where the White British ethnic population is in a minority. Around one in three London residents are born overseas, and 24% are non-UK nationals.

As for the UK, of the 7% rise in its population from the previous decade, 60% is attributed to immigration, with the biggest chunk from the Indian subcontinent.

In 2001, the most common countries of origin were Ireland, India, Pakistan and Germany. Ireland has now fallen to fourth place, with the influx of Poles jumping by 10. White ethnic Britons in the country as a whole dropped to the psychologically-sensitive 80% mark at the end of 2011, down from 87% in 2001.

Supporters of a multicultural society point out that the data shows up exactly how the face of Britain has changed in the past 10 years, and London – which is far ahead of the curve on being a truly international city – is an example of the new society that Britain has to come to terms with, and is no different from other EU countries.

The question that arises from this is; will UK continue to be immigrant friendly as the white ethnic population keeps sliding or will the government shut its doors to the immigrants.

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India

India a country known for tea lovers has witnessed yet another historic moment; Starbucks the coffee giant has opened its first store in India in association with Tata Global Beverages.

Like KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut, Starbucks too has menu items that reflect local as well as western tastes, featuring items such as Elaichi Mawa croissants – made with cardamom and milk solids – and tandoori paneer rolls.
With over 42 items on the menu, seating capacity of 120 people and free Wi-Fi it promises to appeal both youngsters as well as the office executives.

With the likes of Cafe Coffee Day, that has around 1,350 outlets (current market leader) along with a host of international players, like Gloria Jean’s, Costa Coffee, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf already scrambling to catch up. Dunkin Donuts which also debuted this year, it would be interesting to know how the coffee giant goes about its business in India.

Diesel price move – An act of cruelty or an act of positive reforms

After raising subsidized diesel prices despite heavy political opposition, the government has taken a positive step forward towards reforms. However this does not come without strong opposition protest along with nationwide unrest on the ever increasing cost of fuel.

Experts say ‘It is a bold move, and will send a strong signal to the Reserve Bank of India on the government’s efforts at fiscal consolidation’

However a leading partner in the ruling coalition has announced a protest march over the weekend and the main opposition party called the move “financial terror”.

It for one to see if the move indeed is a step forward towards reforms or adding further burden to the masses.

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