|DR. DO-DIDDILY AND THE DEE-DOT'S|
As you all know, Diddilydeedot, Seligor and Dodie
all love to keep our Indian friends happy, whilst
they are living away from their country of their
ancestors. Today I visited the Dimdima Magazine on
line by going through my own link to have a look
and make sure the link was still working fine.
Which it is, but whilst there I collected a little of the
children's work and though you might like to see
the wonderful places you can go to through the
Maybe you could send some of your own stories,
paintings and poems to the editor at DIMDIMA.
First a story from
* * * Summer is Here * * *
by Samruddhi Pathak
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| DR. DO-DIDDILY AND THE DEE-DOT'S|
Holi with Bloodshed
The invitation said, 'Hope your thirst for battle has been quenched. Springtime has come.
Come with your courtiers to play Holi with the Rajputani'...
Perched on the bank of the river Chambal, Kota was once ruled by the rulers of Malwa, Kesar Khan and Dokar Khan. But it was rather their misfortune, which drew them to Kota, where they were buried near the big tank, with the beautiful Jag Mandir at its bank. The end of these rulers came in a sensational way on the occasion of Holi, when people play with colours. But it was not colour, in their case, it was blood.
As per tale about seven hundred years ago, Kota was seized by the two pathans Dokar Khan and Kesar Khan. Bhongasi, its ruler was incapacitated with the excessive use of wine and opium and was banished to Bundi. His wife, with his household vassals and sixty villagers retired to Kaithun. Bhongasi, while in exile, repented his excesses and returned to his wife and kins. The intrepid Rajputani, rejoiced at his return and laid a plan for the recovery of Kota.
To attempt it, by force, would have been an open invitation to destruction.
Dharma and Adharma were two friends. They had qualities befitting their names. Dharma was a pious and virtuous man. Adharma was a corrupt and dishonest person. As people judge others by themselves Dharma was under the impression that Adharma was an honest gentleman.
Adharma thinking about his future realized that he was a poor, uneducated and dull witted person and so did not have much scope of earning a decent livelihood at the place where he lived. He thought that if he could make enough money he will not have to bother about his future. For this he needed to go to a town closely, as opportunities were more there. He however did not have confidence of his own to do it alone and so told his friend Dharma about his idea. Dharma as usual, ready to help his friend, agreed.
The two friends went to aneighbouring town.
They lived there for a few years and made fortune.
When they thought that they had enough wealth they decided to return home.
On their way they passed through a forest. Adharma said, "Dharma, let us bury half our wealth in this forest. Whenever we need it we will come here and take it."
Dharma agreed and both friends buried half of their wealth under a baniyan tree in that forest.
They put a cross sign on the tree and proceeded on their homeward journey.
After a few weeks, Adharma came to Dharma's house and said, "Friend, I have a big family to support.
All my money is finished. Let us go to the forest and bring the money buried there."
So Dharma and Adharma went to the forest.
They dug deep at the earmarked spot but did not find their money.
Adharma annoyed and angry accused Dharma of stealing the money. Dharma tried to convince his friend of his innocence but Adharma refused to believe him.
He dragged Dharma to court to get justice. He narrated his story to the Kazi. Adharma said, "Your Honor, the Goddess of the baniyan tree is my witness."
The Kazi, a wise man, said all right let us all go to the baniyan tree under which you had buried you money.
I want to hear the Goddess of the tree testify for Adharma."
Adharma had a trick up his sleeve as he had earlier told his father to hide himself in the big hollow of the baniyan tree and testify that Dharma had stolen all the money buried there.
Like like son like father, he liked the idea of his son and agreed to do, as his son wanted him to do. He had gone there early and hidden himself in his designated place.
After some time Dharma, Adharma, the Kazi and his guards entered the forested and came near the tree.
The Kazi addressing the tree said,
"O goddess of the tree, please help us find out the culprit."
Adharma's father spoke up from the hollow of the tree,
" O Kazi! Dharma has stolen all the money. He is the thief."
The Kazi surprised at the talking of the tree, called his guards and asked them to collect some firewood and light a small fire near the trunk of the tree.
When the fire was lit the smoke entered the hollow where Adharma's father was hiding, forcing him to come out with red eyes coughing and sneezing.
He fell at the feet of the Kazi and started apologizing for trying to cheat the court.
He then narrated the truth to the Kazi.
Adharma and his accomplice father were arrested on the orders of the Kazi and led away to prison
Dr. DooDiddily and her Dee Dot's
The History Of The Taj Mahal
In the 17th century, most of the country we now know as India was ruled by the Mughals, an Islamic people who were extremely powerful in the area for over 300 years.
The Taj Mahal was built because of a love story! In 1607, Prince Khurrum of the Mughals, at the age of 14, fell in love with a 15 year girl and became engaged. The couple had to wait 5 years for their wedding day, but then had a long and very happy marriage. Prince Khurrum became Emperor in 1628 and was then known as Shah Jahan ("King of the World"), and his wife was known as Mumtaz Mahal ("Beloved Ornament of the Palace").
In 1631, Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to their 14th child. The grief-stricken Emperor ordered that a beautiful memorial to his wife should be built.
The Emperor Shah Jahan
and his beloved wife,
Shah Jahan, although devoted to his wife, is known as a cruel leader, who killed his brothers to make sure that he became Emperor! Eventually, in 1657, he was overthrown by one of his sons, and he spent the last 9 years of life locked up in a tower overlooking the Taj Mahal.
| Two ideas for Bengal Chutney|
this one from Sharwood
Pan Fried Cod withBengal Spice Mango Chutney
Succulent pieces of cod served on a bed of baby spinach leaves,
drizzled with warmed
Bengal Spice Mango Chutney
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Pan fry the fish in the oil for 2-3 minutes each side
or until the fish is just cooked.
the microwave gives perfect results, arrange on a warmed serving dish.
heat through and drizzle over the fish, serve immediately.
Chutney is a term for a variety of sweet and spicy condiments,
About 20 years before India gained its freedom, Christian missionaries from Yugoslavia came to India to render humanitarian services. They were extremely affected by the conditions of poverty rampant in India and so invited people from their country to serve here. Amongst these was a special girl called Agnes Goxa Bojaxiu, who is today known as Mother Teresa.
Arrival In India
Agnes was born on August 27, 1910 and was just 19 years when she came to Calcutta on January 6, 1929. And she never left this country. Her aim in life was to serve the sick and the poor and she dedicated her full life towards this purpose. She would roam the dangerous dark and dirty streets of Calcutta at night, covering the cold and offering food and shelter to the poor. When she first arrived in Calcutta, she had just Rs. 5.00, and was helped by a priest. She lived in a small room for 9 years, where she nursed the ill back to health. Compassion, dignity and sympathy marked her every action.
Mission Of Charity
Through her efforts she managed to open several institutions to help the downtrodden e.g. 'Missionaries of Charity', ' Nirmal Hriday', and 'Shishu Bhavan' whish houses the mentally and physically challenged children. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and the Bharat Ratna in 1980. Besides these she also received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Peace (1972), Ramon Magsaysay Award (1962) and the Templeton Foundation Award (1973). As the Mother- General of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa has a thousand Missionary institutions working under her.Despite all the public acclaim, national and international honours, mother Teresa remained humble, kind and generous till the end. The Florence Nightingale of India passed away in September 1997.
I am sure there could be nobody in the world who has been admired as much as the Angel of India, she gave so much of herself in helping the people who had so very little. But I have put a few pictures below with words that were spoken by another great man of India. Though sad I am sure they must both be, as they gaze down from the heavens and see the beauty that could have been, is still not within the boundaries of this beautiful country.
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12 years old - India
"Mother is ready to do anything for the happiness of mankind"
"Mother Teresa was the true Mother of the world. She was an angel sent by God to serve the poor, who believed in the policy of love and care. I feel that nobody can exceed her qualities. For that I admire her more than anyone else. If she can care for the poor she can even skate for happiness of mankind!"