The legend of ‘Holi’

There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of earth. He was so egoistic that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana and refused to worship his father.

Hiranyakashyap tried several ways to kill his son Prahlad but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Finally, he asked his sister, Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap. For, Hiranyakashyap knew that Holika had a boon, whereby, she could enter the fire unscathed.

Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to sit in her lap and she herself took her seat in a blazing fire. The legend has it that Holika had to pay the price of her sinister desire by her life. Holika was not aware that the boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.
Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Naarayana all this while, came out unharmed, as the lord blessed him for his extreme devotion.
Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika. And, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.

Taken from: http://www.holifestival.org/legend-holika-prahlad.html

In modern day, Holi is also known as the ‘festival of colors’ and is played with everyone coloring each other with powdered colored. Its pretty close to the Tomatina festival of Spain, the only difference being that tomatoes are substituted for colors in Holi. All over the world, people have taken up Holi as a joyous event and here in Canada, its sure a big thing. Further down are a few photos from last year’s Holi celebration in my town of Kamloops.

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My love for Gatsby

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I’ve never understood my undying fascination with The Great Gatsby. Gatsby is almost a villain, but a hero while Daisy is almost a heroine, but a villain. If somebody were to ask me what is my favorite movie and novel- I’d without a doubt say The Great Gatsby.

I think the most striking thing about the story is its validity. How true the story feels to be. Every character is twisted in their own way, just like people in real world. Unlike romantic perfect heroes, Gatsby is not all about roses and pearls, but more stuck to reality, which incidentally means money, deceit and lust . I can’t decide if I pity Daisy or love her or dislike her. I’m still trying to figure out why I love my favourite story so much, watching the movie a millionth time again tonight!

Anymore lovers out there, drop your comments about your favourite story! 😀

It’s spring!

WHAT? ALREADY!

Still the first week of March, and honestly (no lying) I AM IN CANADA!  This is a my beloved Kamloops which is not very harsh when it comes to snow. but this year, it seriously lacked the white. Unbelievable as it is, its been green all February which looked something like this last year:

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Its been warm (almost positive temperatures) lately on the West coast while Niagara freezes over in the West. These are some pictures that I took yesterday when it was 5 degrees, and sun was warm <3

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New event in TRU

The otherwise dull Rotunda of Campus Activity Center was filled with suited-booted people. More than 50 employers, from all fields of professions attended the fair and the student turnout was fairly good.

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Undoubtedly, the stalls were dominated by banks, accounting firms and hospitality, since those businesses are the major contributors to the economy of Kamloops, apart from TRU who serves as one of the largest employers in the Kamloops region. A lot of employers had returned to TRU this year again because they see immense talent in TRU-ians. The representative from KPMG recalled for me, that 98% staff of their Kamloops branch are TRU graduates, and that this branch is the highest grossing in Canada. For all those who think that Kamloops lacks job opportunities and white collar jobs, the job fair was an eye opener.

The education department, every year, works hard to set up a job fair of this magnitude. I was lucky to get a hold of Marion, who helps the department set this up and also happens to be my co-op coordinator. Marion has a little suggestion for everyone who thinks that Kamloops has not many job opportunities, which is that people must be flexible. She sees a lot of scope in Kamloops and yesterday’s job fair was a testimony to that. I being a Communication student went around the stalls assessing my future prospects. I’d say that I got a pretty positive response and a few companies asked me to keep a watch on their online site for co-ops too! So all in all I’d say that even if you don’t need a job at the moment, going over to a fair is always fun. You not only make networks, but also get a better sense of where as a candidate do you stand in the professional world.

 

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