October 26, 2011

We Believe

A Hindu marriage symbolizes not just coming together of two individuals, but also the bonding of understanding, commitment, mutual love, oneness and spiritual growth. It demands sacrifice, companionship, dedication, and devotion from both the partners. Each and every rituals and customs associated with marriage portrays the real essence of wedding. 

Traditionally, there are five signs of marital status of women, according to Hindu culture- Mangalsutra, Toe rings, Kumkum, Bangles and a Nose ring


Talking about Mangalsutra, the word denotes a significant meaning. While mangal means aupiscious, sutra can be deciphered as a thread.

|| Mangalyam tantunanena mama jeevana hetuna 

Kanthe badhnami subhage twam jeeva sarada satam ||

Tying the thali or the mangalsutra around the bride's neck by the groom is one of the most important rituals of a Hindu wedding.
While the groom ties three knots, the pundit chants this sloka which means; 
“This is a sacred thread. This is essential for my long life. I tie this around your neck O maiden having many auspicious attributes. May you live happily for a hundred years (with me).” 

Thaali is known in various names in India, ThiruMangalyam in Tamil; Mangalyam, Mangalya Sutram in Malayalam and Mangal Sutr in Hindi. Thaali is treated as a very sacred and it symbolizes life and strong family bonding. Towards south India, the thaali is more sentimentally preserved, divinely respected and cherished by all married women through out their life. 

Entering into a marriage relationship and sacredly preserving that bond till the end of life is one of the unique specialties of Indian family system. This thaali worn by Indian women is discarded only at the demise of their husband according to various caste rules. 

At the time of south Indian wedding, there is an important ritual called mangalya dharanam (wearing the mangalsutra), wherein the mangalsutra is tied around the bride’s neck with three knots. In some traditions the groom ties the first knot and the rest two are tied by the groom’s sister. The significance of joining of the beads in one string in the mangalsutra is that, ‘just like each and every bead makes a contribution in the aesthetic necklace, the woman has to blend and integrate into the new family’. Considered auspicious for married women, mangalsutra is believed to have divine powers. Each of the black beads in the Mangalsutra, signify protection from evil power and are believed to protect the marriage of a couple, essentially the life of the husband.

It is the prerogative of the married woman. A red dot on the forehead is an auspicious sign of marriage and guarantees the social status and sanctity of the institution of marriage. The Indian bride steps over the threshold of her husband's home, bedecked in glittering apparels and ornaments, dazzling the red bindi on her forehead that is believed to usher in prosperity, and grants her a place as the guardian of the family's welfare and progeny.
The area between the eyebrows, the sixth chakra known as the 'agna' meaning 'command', is the seat of concealed wisdom. It is the centre point wherein all experience is gathered in total concentration.The red 'kumkum' between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. It is also the central point of the base of the creation itself — symbolizing auspiciousness and good fortune. 


Bangles or Churi (Tamil: Valayal, MalayalamVala, Nepali: Chura) are traditional ornaments worn mostly by South Asian women, especially Hindus. They are worn after marriage to signify matrimony. 

Sindoor is traditionally applied at the beginning or completely along the arting-line of a woman’s hair (also called mang) or as a dot on the forehead. Sindoor is the mark of a married woman in Hinduism.

Is a traditional red or orange-red colored cosmetic powder from the Indian subcontinent, usually worn by married women along the parting of their hair. Usage of sindoor denotes that a woman is married in many Hindu communities, and ceasing to wear it usually implies widowhood. The main component of traditional sindoor is usually vermilion.

A version used in Hindu rituals or puja is known as Kumkum. This also lends itself to the name of a wedding ritual in some Hindu communities, known as 'Haldi-Kumkum'. The sindoor is first applied to the woman by her husband on the day of her wedding. After this time she must apply this every day herself in the parting of her hairline.

The red sindoor is significant for the married woman as she full of colour, when she becomes a widow she adopts the white dress and removes all colour from her face including the bright red sindoor. 

After widow the wife becomes vidvah and removes the sindoor. In Hindu culture, the tradition of wearing Sindoor or vermillion is thought to have been prevalent for more than 5,000 years. According to the Legends, Radha the consort of Lord Krishna turned the kumkum into a flame- like design on her forehead. In the famous epic Mahabharata, Draupadi the wife of the Pandavas wipes off her sindoor in disgust and despair at the happenings in Hastinapur. Use of Sindoor is very widely mentioned in The Puranas, Lalitha Sahasranama and Soundarya Lahari.
Sindoor expresses a woman's desire for a long life for her husband. A woman's initial experience with the sindoor is during her marriage ceremonies. The display of the sindoor is also considered very important to indicate the married statues of the bride
Adi Sankaracharya writes in Soundarya Lahari

"Tanothu kshemam nas tava vadhana-saundarya lahari. 
Parivaha-sthrotah-saraniriva seemantha-saranih. 
Vahanti sinduram prabala-kabari-bhara-thimira-. 
Dvisham brindair bandi-krtham iva navin'arka kiranam"

(Oh mother, let the line parting thine hairs, Which looks like a canal, Through which the rushing waves of your beauty ebbs, And which on both sides imprisons, Your Vermillion , which is like a rising sun, By using your hair which is dark like, The platoon of soldiers of the enemy, Protect us and give us peace)

"Toe Rings"

In India, toe rings are considered of great social significance and are regarded as an essential accessory for the married women. Wearing of toe rings is practiced in India. It is worn as a symbol of the married state by Hindu women and is called bichiya in Hindi, Mettelu in Telugu, Metti in Tamil. They are usually made of silver and worn in pairs on the second toe of both feet. 

There is a special ceremony performed for wearing toe rings at the time of marriage. Along with other symbols of marriage toe rings are also a traditional symbol of marriage. As toe rings are a symbol of married status, according to the Hindu culture and religious beliefs the unmarried girls are prohibited to wear toe rings. 
"Nose rings"
In certain Hindu sects, a nose ring is referred as ‘Nath’ is worn during marriage and is a symbol of married woman. Nose stud is widely worn in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu and in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, by both married and unmarried young women. It is known as ‘mookkutthi.’ In some instances, women wear nose stud on both the wings of their nose. In some Hindu communities, the nose stud is not removed and it is a symbol of married women like sindoor and mangal sutra and is an essential part of Shodash Shringar or Solah sringar - the sixteen beautification processes of a bride. Piercing left side is preferable in North India and the right side is pierced in South India.The left nostril is the preferred position for the piercing as Ayurvedic medicine associates this location with the female reproductive organs. It is supposed to make childbirth easier. Nath or the nose ring completes the look of the bride, making her look traditional and ethnic. Made of gold, it is generally worn on the left nostril and is supported by a gold chain, which extends just behind left ear.

Ancient Sanskrit texts talk about the concept of Sola ShringhaarFor an Indian bride, the wedding day is the most important day of her life. Most of the girls in our country have lots of dreams for this day, since it marks the beginning of their journey into womanhood. 
Sola singhaar is sixteen items with which every woman should adorn herself as it is deemed to be important that she always looks at her best. The sixteen items adorn all parts of her body and are the bindi, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, flowers in the hair, rings, bangles, armlets, wristbands, ankle-bells, kohl, toe rings, henna, perfume, sandalwood paste, the upper garment and the lower garment.

Kajal or kohl is one of the most popular solah shringar. It is basically applied on the edges of the upper and lower eyelids, enhancing the bride's eyes and making it attractive and appealing.

After the face, next comes the neck of the bride. It is adored with beautiful haar or necklace, which is usually made of gold and embellished with diamonds, pearls or stones.

Karn Phool
Ear rings or karn phool adorn the ear of the bride. Mostly, the ear ring flaunted by the bride is made out of gold and is extremely beautiful and heavy.


Mehndi signifies the essence of love in wedlock and is essentially applied on the hands and feet of the bride, to strengthen that bond of love. It is one of the most special pre-wedding rituals in India.

Bridal Dress
Made in bright bridal colors, such as red, maroon, gold or green, bridal dress comprises of saree, lehenga and salwar kurta. It truly brings out the eternal beauty of the bride.

"The Current Scenario- Introspection & Conclusion"
The concept of wearing a mangalsutra has changed considerably. It is more of a fashion statement than a symbol of marriage, thanks to modernization. With the progressive times, the wearing of mangalsutra in working women has considerably reduced. There is also a marked change in the style and making of mangalsutra over the years. 

Bindis are not as fashionable to the younger generation and are often worn only on formal and traditional occasions now. 

Methods and styles of applying the sindoor vary from personal choice to regional customs. Recently a triangle shape on the forehead pointing to the nose has beome popular added with a diamond bindi for fashion is being worn by younger women.

In todays times, toe rings are no more used as a traditional ornaments. They are found even in the western countries and have become a great fashion accessory of the modern era. In the western culture toe rings are mainly a fashion statement to decorate the feet.

None of the five signs of a married woman are seen these days, unfortunately. Not even sindoor, mangalsootra nor bindi. The main maangalyik marks. :-|

I believe in feeling the essence of all the rituals and beliefs, unfortunately it is less seen in this generation, thanks to modernization and the changing trends. 

Be proud of being what you are and from where you belong and strive to keep up to what is being followed rather than catching up with new trends.

Born Indian? Then BE an Indian! :D

By a true Indian!

26th October 2011
Happy Diwali!:)

October 20, 2011

Heart vs Brain

We all have conflicts with our family, friends and strangers. But the worst kinda conflict is the one within us. Especially the conflict between our BRAIN and HEART, when it comes to taking decisions!

Sometimes don’t you feel that the heart holds answers the brain refuses to see?

Or sometimes the heart really messes up situations?

The brain has a logical step wise evaluation of the problem but the heart uses an empathetic way of handling things, which in turn, most of the time complicates the situation, especially when its about "love"! LOL!!

Heart- “I want, I want!”
Brain- “NO! Don't you remember? Last time you got hurt!”

Heart- “You never listen to me!!!” :(
Brain- “Sometimes you gotta listen to me to save yourself!”

Heart- “Awww! That's so cool! :O”
Brain- “Oh man, that’s crap!!! :-|”

Heart- “I lub u!” <3
Brain- "Lub?? What on earth is that?"
Heart- "That's the rhythm of my life...lubb dubb.. lubb dubb...she's a part of my life <3 "
Brain- “Argh!!! Gimme a break!!!!”

Heart- “I melt when I see her! Awww!!”
Brain- “She’s just okay! Ah! I have better stuff to do!!!”
Heart- "When I see her...I..."
Brain- "Close your eyes, heart, you'll come crying to me later on...Argh!"

Heart- "In my honest opinion....."
Brain- "Please! I don't need your opinion. Your only job is to pump blood. Get down to business!"
Heart- " :-/ "

Heart- "I feel like talking to her!"
Brain- "No!"
Heart- "I gotta!"
Brain- "NO!!!!"
Heart- "To hell with you, i'm calling her right now!"
Brain- "Oh boy! When will he learn!! :-/"

I feel that, within ourselves, we have a counselor and that’s the brain, to every decision our heart takes, we must consult our brain too! The brain gives the heart its sight. But the heart gives the brain its vision.

You might say, "If my heart could do my thinking, would my brain begin to feel?"

Always go with your brain. A lot of people get into trouble when their emotions over power their intellect. 

Your heart may show the roads in life you can take. 
Your brain, however, tells you the roads worth taking.

Falling in love is like falling from a really tall building. 
The brain tells you its not a good idea. Whereas the heart tells you, you can fly! LOL!! That's why you should never let emotions take decisions...!!! :-D 

(For your own good) ;-)

P.S- Wherever you go, follow your heart, don’t forget to take your brain too. :-) :-) 
P.P.S- Dil pe haath rakhke bol, "Aal izz well" :-P

Heart-Break-er-Brain-Storm-er :-P

October 2, 2011

Sweet Surrender

I wanna grow old with you
I wanna grow old with you...
I wish you’d know
I want to walk with you
Hand in hand
On the silvery sand
On the beach seeing the
Sun-rise and the sun-set!
Feeling our feet sink in the sand
While we walk
And feel the salty water 
Wash away the silt 
As we get into the water

I wanna grow old with you
I wanna grow old with you...
I wish you’d know
The way I feel for you
On those gloomy days
On those hazy evenings
And those starry nights

I wanna grow old with you
I wanna grow old with you...
Tip toeing through the sugarcane field
Living our passionate dream
Playing hide and seek
Beneath the sugary delight
And oh! Suddenly
You held me tight
I hope no one would have seen
All that would have followed that night... ;-)

I wanna grow old with you
I wanna grow old with you...
When we get drenched in the rain
Feeling every drop trickling down our face
The splashes of water I want to feel
As you take me along with you
And run your hands through my spine
O' beloved, forever be mine

I wanna grow old with you
I wanna grow old with you...
In the lush green fields
Where only the wind whispers to you and me
It’s a solemn secret that it shares with us
And it will always remain with the three of us
Lying on the grass
Feeling the breeze
Feeling the grass beneath us
In natures' cradle, we will be
All by ourselves
Baby, Just you and me

I wanna grow old with you
I wanna grow old with you...
As we dive into the sea
Amongst the star fishes and sea urchins
We swirl in the sea, dancing
Making patterns in the blue abode
We dive past by the coral reefs
A spectacular sight, we'd got to see
As we swim in the Persian Gulf
What we create is the whirlpool of love...

I wanna grow old with you
I wanna grow old with you...
I just want you to know
I wanna spend the rest of my life with you :-)

P.S.- Dedicated to "the chosen one" for me! ;-)