Magh Mela – the Mahasangam of holiness @Allahabad 107

Allahabad, a city that has made itself shine globally because of its holiness. For those who are still now aware of the history of the city, word lets me sum it up in a word, Sangam. The city of Allahabad is known for its policial affluence as it has given most number of Prime Ministers to the nation but here I am not discussing the political history of this city, rather I will be taking you through the mythological importance of Allahabad.

Often in Hindi movies, you would have heard a lot about Kumbh ka Mela where thousands of people come from across the globe come here to dip in the Holy Ganges. The city of Allahabad hosts Kumbh Mela and Magh Mela. This year, Magh Mela was held in Allahabad, religious it’s a religious affair which continues for more than a month.

As per Hindu Mythology, Magh Mela is considered to be the beginning of the Universe. During this event, people take a dip in the Triveni Sangam which is the confluence of three rivers, The Ganga, the Yamuna and The Saraswati. Whereas you can easily see the meeting point of the two rivers the Ganga and Yamuna but you can’t see the water of river Saraswati because it is believed that it flows beneath the two rivers. At the Triveni Sangam, you can see the two-coloured water ie the muddy water of river Ganga and green water of river Yamuna.

This year, Magh Mela was held in Allahabad, religious it’s a religious affair which continues for more than a month. As per Hindu Mythology, Magh Mela is considered to be the beginning of the Universe. During this event, people take a dip in the Triveni Sangam which is the confluence of three rivers, The Ganga, the Yamuna and The Saraswati. Whereas you can easily see the meeting point of the two rivers the Ganga and Yamuna but you can’t see the water of river Saraswati because it is believed that it flows beneath the two rivers. At the Triveni Sangam, you can see the two-coloured water ie the muddy water of river Ganga and green water of river Yamuna.

The Magh Mela is a smaller version of Kumbh; during this tenure of 45 days people from across the globe and observer Kalpvas. Apart from this you can also see various Rishis here enchanting mantras and can also enjoy handcraft work from different states.

If you have still not visited this city, you still have time; the last bathing of Magh Mela will be on 24th February ie the Mahashivrathri. Do come and enjoy the festivity and holiness of Ganga.

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Click Your Photos the Right Way! 86

A couple of months back, when it was the time of exams for my daughter, she and her friends kept calling each other asking and sending photos of notes through what’s app. Some of the pictures were so blur that my daughter had to call and ask them to send again. Agreed! Children may not know many things in the mobile but I have seen older people also are very careless when they click a photo. We might have observed some of the pictures that are shared in our regular gossiping book that is Facebook which is in dark lighting though it was shot in daylight, some are shaken, some or blur, while some might even have cut faces…Oops!!

Not everyone is a great photographer to go around with a great camera in hands always. Truth is even great photographers do not do that. They just know the knack as when to click the perfect shot from any device. But can you take good pictures from your mobile phones? Yes! Our mobile phones are called as smartphones for a reason, isn’t it?

So, how to take good clicks from our smartphones? Here are few pointers.

  • Make sure whatever you are trying to click should not be under shadows of things that are behind you are a shadow of yourself.

  • Use the one-third rule. That is, use the grid lines while taking a picture. Focus and adjust as where you want the item corners to be seen in the photo based on positioning properly with the help of grid lines.

  • Avoid zooming to take a closer shot of a picture. When you zoom in the image becomes blur or pixelated. Instead of either, you should try to go closer or take the photo and then crop it with only the item you needed to be photographed.

  • Try to use the natural light as much as possible, because the flash sometimes reflects the natural light and other bright items in the background dulling the subject.

  • Do not pose for every photo or do not ask people to look into the lens. Just take candid photos as people shot unexpected shows many different emotions and that makes it more interesting.

  • Wait till the lens adjusts and the image is clear before clicking on the image button.

  • Use photo editing apps. One of the best advantages is, there are various photo editing apps. I regularly use these apps to make all my photo to look good. No makeup does not make me worried anymore to share among friends and family because I simply use the youcammakeup app. You will be surprised with so many free apps that let you do various things to your photos and also add animations.

  • Use external lens add-ons to make your pictures shot with better clarity, and distance.

  • Find some support if you can before clicking as a slight movement can blur the pictures.

  • Use various filters that are available in your phone camera settings.

  • Use the highest resolution available on your phone.

  • Most of all if you want good pictures, you need to have a lot of patience.

    Hope these tips helps. If you got any more ideas for a better photography from mobile phones share them in comments.

Jago Aur Jagaao, Bharatvasi!! 1380

Last two weeks back we were all set to travel and excited to go to Singapore for our summer vacation. I even planned to come back and write all about my travel experience and the place. We boarded the flight and were eager to visit the place which is a famous spot for Indians to visit. We did go through travels and our schedule was planned for all the days we were staying in Singapore and Malaysia. We visited all the various entertainments and buildings that we could see and came back home to India after 8 days. Usually, I like to write immediately when I have an idea, or in this case when I am back from a trip. But, after I was back from Singapore, I could not write anything about the place.

No! Do not mistake me. Not that the place had nothing to write. Singapore is a lovely place which is worth visiting and definitely worth writing about. But I could not! The day I landed in Singapore, I began to observe and feel the difference like all other Indians. The very moment we realize is the scarcity of water. I felt ashamed of the way we take advantage of all the resources we have in India. India is no less.

I know some of you may disagree, but I beg to differ because for me India is a beautiful country. We too have those tall buildings, malls, water parks, amusement parks and IT parks. What’s more, is our interesting culture, talented people. Yet there is a world of difference between us and Singapore.

Despite the similarities, we lack so many things. The major difference is the negligence of order and discipline within us, disrespect to one another, carelessness, impatience and disrespect to law and rules.

It is easier to blame an authority and skip away from our misdoings but it takes a lot of courage to stand up to our mistakes and correct them. Every person I met was polite, friendly and respectful in Singapore. Be it the rules that make them be nicer to one another or it’s just the way they are! One should admire and develop such an attitude. Attitude is what matters.

The day I landed back in my home city and was waiting for a Taxi to take us home, we stood in the queue waiting. A man from nowhere just ignored all the people standing in the line and went front to catch a taxi. I observed him to be well established, educated man returning from the United States. I am sure this man followed every rule while he stayed in the US, but the moment he is back in India, he did not care for anyone or any rules. A big scuffle began and finally, he had to go back in the line. Yes, we do not have strict rules, law and many lawmakers are under the influence of crime. If education is one of our social problems, the educated make no effort in acting like one.

However, our country is in our own hands. India is one of the most free country than any other. We have better facilities which we are either blind to see or ignore while we misuse our resources to a great extent. The change should happen within ourselves. Show respect and be respected. Follow rules for your personal safety and well-being. Do not depend on someone else to come and make the changes, because if everyone thinks that, the change can never happen. The day may not be far when we are thrown with hefty fines for simple mistakes and it may be too late to make changes.

I request everyone to think and begin today. Do not neglect thinking what one person can change. Because if everyone starts any one single thing, it is a million effort. Kindly do not laugh and ignore.

Yes, I started some of the little changes I could do myself and I hope that some day, people come here and tell me “Wow! India and Indians are so awesome, and I would give anything to live here” Of course many already say it, but we are still a long way to go and make our country the best.

PS: We have many social problems such as the poverty, education, high population and so on. It is every citizen responsibility to help in eradicating these issues and not just blame the situation.