Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bizarre Indian News...

Marriages on hold for the want of a Dowry Snake

The snake charmers' community in Chhattisgarh's Korba District observes an ancient bizarre ritual of making the bride carry nine different species of snakes as dowry.

Refusal to do so ends up in a marriage not being solemnized.

It is often the case in the remote tribal hamlets of the state that parents of a girl are desperate to collect nine different snakes to ensure that this dowry ritual takes place without a hitch.

The 25, 000 snake charmers in the state are very particular about carrying out this age-old custom.

Eligible bachelors and betrothed youngsters have to wait for a long time, and even sometimes indefinitely, till their parents are able collect the nine snakes. Some marriages are cancelled in despair.

"In our community, we cannot get married till the time we get the nine snakes of different species," claimed Durjan Sapera, a member of the snake charmers community.



Boy marries dog in India to ward off tiger attacks


An infant boy was married off to his neighbors' dog in eastern India by villagers who said it will stop the groom from being killed by wild animals, officials and witnesses said.

Around 150 tribes people performed the ritual recently in a hamlet in the state of Orissa's Jajpur district after the boy, who is under two years old, grew a tooth on his upper gum.

The Munda tribe see such a growth in young children as a bad omen and believe it makes them prone to attacks by tigers and another animals. The tribal god will bless the child and ward off evil spirits after the marriage.

"We performed the marriage because it will overcome any curse that might fall on the child as well on us," the boy's father, Sanarumala Munda, was quoted as saying by a local newspaper.

The groom, Sagula, was carried by his family in procession to the village temple, where a priest solemnized the marriage between Sagula and his bride Jyoti by chanting Sanskrit hymns, a witness said.

The villagers then ate a feast with rich food and alcohol to celebrate.

The dog belongs to the groom's neighbors and was set free to roam around the area after the ceremony. No dowry was exchanged, the witness said, and the boy will still be able to marry a human bride in the future without filing for divorce.

Indian law does not recognise weddings between people and animals, but the ritual survives in rural and tribal areas of the country where millions are illiterate.

Girl forced to marry dog in bizarre ritual
Villagers in Jharkhand have married off a young girl to a stray dog...











girl forced to marry dogVillagers in Jharkhand have "married" off a young girl to a stray dog to ward off an evil spirit which they believed was threatening the family.

The locals at Munda Dhanda village in Jharkhand state, performed the ceremony as they believe it will overcome any curse that might fall on the family.

Interestingly, the girl is free to get married later in life to a man without even seeking a divorce.

Superstitions are widespread in India, especially in rural areas where literacy is scarce.



This is all real and very recent.......

Monday, June 29, 2009

Solar Eclipse....... This will be so cool


Printed from India to view longest solar eclipse till 2132 on July 22

NEW DELHI: India will view 21st century's longest solar eclipse July 22 which will provide a life time opportunity to
scientists and sky gazers to study this grand spectacle of nature.
The total eclipse is expected to last 6 minutes and 44 seconds, making it the longest eclipse till 2132.
"The eclipse begins at 5.28 a.m. (IST) when the shadow of the moon touches the earth at local sunrise point in the
Arabian Sea, close to the western coast of India. The eclipse ends at 10.42 a.m. (IST) when the moon's shadow
finally leaves the earth at local sunset point in the South Pacific Ocean," said an official at the Ministry of Science
and Technology here Tuesday.
N. Rathnasree, director, Nehru Planetarium said: "This eclipse is of special interest for the scientists and general
public of India as its path of totality passes through thickly populated regions of west, central, east and north-east
India."
People in parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and northeastern state will be able to watch the
total eclipse while other parts of the country will witness a partial eclipse.
The next solar eclipse will occur Jan 15, 2010.


Ben and I will be up and watching.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ahmedabad Expats Saturday Night!!!!

"Reasa is the BEST!!!" That is what I heard him say.

BBQ chicken wings and potato salad. Are we really in Ahmedabad?

Bob and Ben

A picture is worth a thousand words..

No...this is not really troll's feet. It is a good thing he is smart and has a pretty face.


Ben doing a taste test. Relax...it is is Appy fizz versus grappo fizz.



Wow! Another great Saturday night! I cooked BBQ chicken wings and potato salad (Bob said it was the best he ever tasted!!). We also played Taboo. We had a great time. Check out the pictures to see how much fun we had.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What's up....

Well, so much for Ben returning to school. As per Indian tradition there is a holiday every 6 days so, Ben started back to school on Monday and has a day off in Wed.

Grandpa went into surgery this morning. We are praying for you.

I am learning that I love hosting parties and being very social. Life is good.

Last but not least....We are going to Thailand on July 9, 2009 for 5 days. We are so excited. Please check back to see the pictures!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Update..




WOOOOHOOOO!!!! Ben started back to school!!!!

My grandparents--

Tomorrow is my grandma's birthday. I love her so much. She is one woman that has been beside me through it all. Though she fusses a lot-- she is still a wonderful woman. We are so lucky to have her!! We love and miss you grandma!!

My grandpa is having surgery tomorrow this is in addition to his chemo and radiation therapy. Grandpa, we love and miss and most of all you are in our prayers!!

Grandma and grandpa please watch the short video below it is from Ben.


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Ahmedabad Expat Birthday Party!!!

Two peas in a pod.
This is Bob's silly friend.
The birthday boy after Devesh was finished with him....


Devesh giving the cake to Bob!!
He just acts like he does not want it. He does.

Brotherly love...
Reasa and Devesh....

Bob with the band with his fancy shorts on-- make no mistake those are his fancy shorts.
The delightful band.....
This is Devesh having a guy jump up over the balcony to get the door open to Bob's place...All Devesh's idea...I said take the hinges off the door..

video This the video of the Indian wedding band that we go to play for Bob. We could only stand it for about 10 mins. Listen and you will understand why.


On Saturday night we had a birthday and welcome back party for an expat, Bob. It was a lot of fun and plenty of expats showed. It was a surprise to Bob until I got there to decorate and his door was locked and he was asleep inside. So, we had to make our way in.

Devesh (aka the motivator) got me to toast Bob...and Bob sent me a wonderful thank you for that but what Bob doesn't know it that I could only get a few lines out as I was about to cry. Bob just means so much to me. It is like we have known each other in a prior life.

I want to say thank you for all the help that was given in preparation of the party. Thank you.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day from Ben...




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Happy Father's Day to everyone

Love,

Robert, Reasa and Ben Selph

Friday, June 19, 2009

It finally rained!!!

City gets first spell of pre-monsoon shower

AHMEDABAD MIRROR BUREAU



Pre-monsoon showers hit the city on Thursday evening accompanied by lightening and thunderstorms.
“We had forecast on Wednesday the development of thunder-storm activity towards evening or night. But thunder storms and showers will not occur every day as these are pre-monsoon rains.
Pre-monsoon showers were reported from Dahod, Palanpur and some places in Panchmahals district on Wednesday. These showers will not last for more than 30 minutes or an hour,” said Kamaljit Ray, director of Indian Mete-orological
Department (IMD).
Ray added that it is a locally formed system with different levels of moisture and humidity at different locations.

Dark clouds glower over a building

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Funny...


That is why Robert got rid of his Encyclopedia's.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nothing really.........

Well, this has been a ......not bad but not great week. The doctor has increased my B12 injections to every other day. My butt is a bit sore. As some of you know my leg as been giving me trouble and I have been seeing a ortho for that. I started physical therapy today and it is rough. We are doing therapy trying to get around surgery. I am fearful of that with all the articles in the local paper about swabs being left behind. That is scary!!! But, I have good doctors and we trust them.

Ben is doing really well and behaving like a gentleman. But, he has an addiction-- that is Robert's fault-- the computer. Computer games.. But he does like books too. So, I am happy about that.

I will keep you posted. I would write more but it is almost midnight and girl has to get her beauty sleep. Be back tomorrow!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Good Deed...Plant a Tree

They do ‘green’ social networking

Two youngsters have launched a social networking website, ‘Pledge a Tree, where one can post resolutions or promises. For every pledge posted on the website a tree will be planted

Vasundhara Vyas Mehta | TNN


Ahmedabad: Sajith N, 27, the first graduate of Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad (MICA) who, straight out of college opted for a career as an entrepreneur, wants to take the social networking to a different level where it is done for a cause.Sajith runs a communication consultancy — Plink Solutions.
Sajith, with his friend and owner of Cybersurf India,Sameer Sanghvi,has launched a social networking website, ‘Pledge a Tree’ which is open for people to post their pledges, resolutions or any promise, which will have an impact on the society. For every pledge that is posted on the website, Sajith and his team will plant a tree in their name.
“This will be a forum where like-minded people can come together and share small efforts taken in order to make a difference in the society. These efforts can be anything from funding the education for their maid’s child,separating degradable and non-degrad
able waste, making visits to orphanages or old-age homes or any such task beneficial to society,” said Sajith.
“For each of these pledges, a tree will be planted. We launched this initiative on June
5 — the World Environment Day. Our first plantation activity was carried out on Sunday on a piece of land given to us in Bandhani village in Anand district. It was a grazing land and lying vacant. The villagers agreed to give it to us for a green cause. The villagers and sarpanch Natu Solanki were also of great help,” added Sajith.
Saplings of gulmohar, neem, mango, rose apple and eucalyptus were planted at Anand. “The saplings that we have chosen to plant have been selected after consultation from experts of NV Patel College of Environmental Science, organic farmers and members of the nature club around Valabh Vidyanagar. The research for the same has been on since February,” said Sajith.
As members of the networking site continue to increase, the duo is hoping that they will get volunteers to help them plant trees. “The volunteers will need to dedicate time once a week where they can come along and help us plant trees and maintain them,” added Sajith.



I found this in The Times of India and thought I should pass it around.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Books, Books and More Books....

Ben and I saw an ad for "India's Largest Book Fair". So, today we went. It is located on CG Rd (email me for exact address) and it was pretty nice. They had a lot of books, on a lot of subjects. And of coarse Ben made out like a bandit. He got 5 books and was very happy. Anyway, about the fair-- it was in a clean building with circulating air. We expats know how important that is. Most of the books were in English and well organized according to subject. We found everything from John Grisham to "Doing business in India for dummies" (that one I almost got). The best part was the prices. Go check it, out it is worth it.

On line Library-

I got my first set of books and well I must say that I am quite pleased. The gentleman showed up, dressed nice and his shirt was labeled with the company logo. He spoke English and did not smell. A major plus. The books were gift wrapped and they also, are brand new books. This is my first experience with the on line library and I am pleased. So, I encourage you to check it out as well. Let me know what you think. The link is located on the right side of my blog under favorite websites.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Some Cool Ahmedabad Finds....

When I find something that is cool in Ahmedabad I like to share it with my fellow readers and expats. It is always helpful to everyone. If you find anything cool please let me know so that we can all benefit. That is the wonderful thing about networking.

This is a site I found today. It is an online library. I enrolled and they are delivering my first books today. The best part is it is 149-/ (about $3) a month and the books seem to be all English and there is a nice selection. So, I ordered the Obama book and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R Covey. Both I think wil be great books. I get 2 books at a time with a limit of 3 per month. I beleive that you can upgrade your account as well to get more. So, after I get the books and check out the full service library a few times I will let you know how it is.

A money saver-- At Hind Supermarket, above the Chocolate Room at Vijay Chasta Rasta, you can get 10 rolls of toliet paper for 260-/. And as you expats know toliet paper is an expensive thing here because we are one of the few that use it. The tp is not Quilted Northern but it is not too bad compared to the other brands that you get at the stores here. They also have No Bake Jello Cheesecakes!!! Yes, that is what I said!!

I am trying to reduce the amount of stuff I have so I decided to give ebay india a try. It has not taken off here the way it is in the US but they do allow you to use your US ebay name and credits. Best part is you can post an auction for as little as 10-/. So, I am hoping that my stuff sells but I am sure Robert hopes it sells more (he says I have too much crap).

I will keep you posted so stay tuned!!

Cheers,

Reasa

Thought you might enjoy.....


In the shower, yes, he showers with his shorts on...I do not know what to say about that.

After a long night of drinking juice boxes after mom and dad go to bed. Do you think they will know?

Is that a wild monkey on the loose?

No, I think it is just WILD BEN!!

Kicking my mom's butt at air hockey.

At the arcade...But my mom never takes me anywhere.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

When It's Time to Go on a Diet...

The Message is Clear

I have not been able to work out like I like to because of my B12 issue. With that said I feel like I am gaining weight so, this picture just hit home for me.... ha ha ha ha

Saturday, June 6, 2009

This ran in todays Times of India.. Thought you visitors and Expats might like to read

Psst... Drink now, get a high after 7 yrs!

Gujarat’s New Tourism Policy Will Focus On Relaxing The Dry Laws By Giving A Free Hand To Premium Hotels For Issuing Permits. The Catch Is It Will Be Effected After 7 Yrs, Finds Himanshu Kaushik


Ahmedabad: State government has decided to revamp tourism with a fresh perspective on drinking laws. To begin with, the new tourism policy — now under construction — has decided to give a free hand to three and five star hotels to issue liquor permits.
This, said officials was coming as a major hindrance in promoting tourism. Officials said that new tourism policy will promote three and five star hotels in the state by giving them advantage of issuing permits to visitors.
During Vibrant Gujarat, several projects for three and five star hotels and that too even at relatively small destinations came forth. However, liquor was one area where state fell far behind while promoting tourism as compared to other states. State had already relaxed the prohibition laws allowing outsiders to get a permit from a licenced liquor shop.
However, in Ahmedabad liquor permits were issued only at four places. This new policy will ensure that the handicap is removed. A top government functionary told TOI that this relaxed policy was not known to many and hence not many were able to take the benefit.
“State should also give permission for a bar where liquor can be served. However, this bar should be accessible only to those who have permits,” said the functionary. Officials said that government has recently also given relaxation to prohibition law in special economic zones (SEZ). Apart from this, one should also have aggressive marketing as other states.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Answered Questions.......

I had several people email me questions about the B12 treatment I am receiving. So, let me see if this answers any questions.

I am going every 3 days to receive B12 injection given by the doctor and it cost me about $1 each visit. Yes, it is a new needle and real medicine. ha ha I am already starting to feel better. I will be doing every three days for about 6 weeks then it goes to once a week for many weeks. Then, I will go every fortnight and so on for several, several months. Please, if you have anymore questions feel free to ask.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

How is life..........


Well, I saw the doctor and had my lab work done. The problem I am having is my B12 count is 59.12 and it should be around 300. So, I am taking B12 shots for the few months in hopes that is comes up. The doctor says it should be fine, that it will just take some time. If you know me then you know that I am deathly afraid of needles. But, I am so proud that I took it without any issues. The doctor has a good trick that the American doctors never did. He puts an ice pack on the area first and that really helps. I really like my doctor.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!!!






This is a video from Ben to Memaw.....


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Happy Birthday from Robert, Reasa and Ben Selph!!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Might be a Redneck.....



You might be a redneck if...

More than one living relative is named after a Southern Civil War general.

You think the stock market has a fence around it.

You think the O.J. trial was the big Sunkist and Minutemaid taste test.

You've ever lost a loved one to kudzu.

Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.

Your front porch collapses and kills more than three dogs.

Your coffee table used to be a telephone cable spool.

You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.

You've ever used a toilet seat as a picture frame.

Your home has more miles on it than your car.


I just ran across this and found it funny because I know a few people that fit this category. Enjoy.

Just more pictues.....






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I just cannot get enough of this boy, as I am sure you can tell.

These were all taken at the park clean up and the video speaks for itself.

As for me----

The doctor is on his way to the house because for the past, almost, week I have been having swollen ankles (it looks like I have cankles ha ha) blurred vision, to the point that I cannot see and regular headaches. I seems to be my blood pressure, maybe. We will find out soon. I will keep you posted.