Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Durga Puja

"Festival of Durga" or Sharadotsav is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddessDurga. It refers to all the six days observed as MahalayaShashthiMaha SaptamiMaha AshtamiMaha Nabamiand Vijayadashami. The dates of Durga Puja celebrations are set according to the traditional Hindu calendar and the fortnight corresponding to the festival is called Devi Paksha, "Fortnight of the Goddess"). Devi Paksha is preceded by Mahalaya, the last day of the previous fortnight Pitri Paksha, "Fortnight of the Forefathers"), and is ended on Kojagori Lokkhi Puja ("Worship of Goddess Lakshmi on Kojagori Full Moon Night").
Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.
Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of AssamBiharJharkhandManipurOdishaTripura andWest Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday.[3] In West Bengal and Tripura, which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the biggest festival of the year. Not only is it the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the state, it is also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali Hindu society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in DelhiUttar PradeshMaharashtraGujaratPunjabKashmirAndhra PradeshKarnataka andKerala. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival in Nepal where 91% is Hindu. It is also celebrated inBangladesh where the 8% population is Hindu. Nowadays, many diaspora Bengali cultural organisations arrange for Durgotsab in countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others. In 2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the British Museum.[4]
The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj in Bengal.[5] After the Hindu reformists identified Durga with India, she became an icon for the Indian independence movement. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja was popularised due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world. It is also the largest open Air Art Exhibition in the World.
Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga's consort (Durga is an aspect of Goddess Parvati), in addition to LakshmiSaraswati with Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga's children.[6] Worship of mother nature is done, through nine types of plant (called "Kala Bou"), including a plantain (banana) tree, which represent nine divine forms of Goddess Durga.[7] Modern traditions have come to include the display of decoratedpandals and artistically depicted sculptures (murti) of Durga, exchange of Vijaya greetings and publication of Puja Annuals.

Long time readers know that there is close to nothing that I enjoy more than a good White House State Dinner - search around the k+b for some coverage of State Dinners past...

So, when is a State Dinner NOT a State Dinner ?

When its Durga Puja - and the President of India, who is an Orthodox Hindu is visiting during the holiday which requires its followers to fast for the nine days of the holiday.. ( is Orthodox Hindu even a phrase that is used ? )

While President Modi only had warm water, President Obama and guests had :

more later if I can find some pics



and yall have missed reports of a really fun weekend - will be back ASAP

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.
7:03 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. 
and never to early for mean old uncle Rupert to get started, check out the front page of the NY POST the day after the baby was born HERE. Just goes to show you how very afraid of little Charlotte's Grammie the Fox News nation is....

On a happier note, the baby went home today 

The White House Christmas Card for 2017 just got more cute!


This week going with USA TODAY, cause we are one up on the AP one......

  2. Florida State
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Oregon 
  6. Baylor
  7. TEXAS A&M
  8. Notre Dame
  9. UCLA
  10. Michigan State
  11. OLE MISS
  13. Stanford
  15. LSU
  16. Wisconsin
  17. Nebraska
  18. Ohio State
  19. BYU
  20. USC
Bye Bye South Carolina ( and Clempson ) Missouri is #24 in the other poll, with a flipping of all the top three - but like they said 100 times on the tv on Saturday, these polls are even more meaningless that usual. 

Alabama plays Ole Miss this weekend, so that should get us one step closer to being back in the top 10, unless The Rebels pull off a massive upset. ESPN Gameday is going to Oxford for the first time ever - the Grove on steroids . Auburn hosts LSU - another big game, and the one Ill be watching after we beat Vandy.

Texas A&M is playing the other Bulldogs, who have been pretty spry this year, so that will not be a cakewalk and it is in Starkville, so who knows there. Still a couple weeks off till the FSU / ND showdown that could shake up the whole scene.


35 - 32

It was not easy or clean, and at some points, just plain out hard to watch, but UGA pulled out a win in one of the messiest division I college games you will ever see. We would be up 11 plus only to have the Vols come back - in the end it was the clock that was on our side.

Not that there were not some highlights, the weather for one - perfect game day, and Todd Gurly's hopefully Heisman-esque leaping of a Tennessee player.

Somehow out beloved bulldawgs have just got to come out of the tunnel more prepared, ready to go... we have been SLOW to the uptake all season long.

GREAT! ( Barrington )


It was out good pals Jack and Linda's big 50th wedding anniversary, so we - on a gameday weekend!  - headed east to their other hometown of Sheffield Mass to the weekend long celebration.We stayed one town over ( five miles ) in Great Barrington, I took crazy bad photos  - none really, of what turned out to be a pretty fun party.
We had the game on the radio on the ride over , which was very much some throw back fun, cant tell you the last time I only listened to a game. I very much enjoyed it, but we were in our huge motel room by about the half, so we watched it there.
Saturday afternoon evening was a big sort of community wide cook out picnic for a lot of folks, very few of which did I know - and that is why the photos are just so bad - I am not at all comfortable taking pictures of total strangers, even in this setting. We were in the town park in a giant pavilion thing - kids running around playing all sorts of ball, people gave speeches, some sang songs, it really was fun. Some friends that they have had for over 50 years were there, but everyone made us feel very welcome
basic picnic fare - but good.

The next day, and this time with no photos was a brunch at their house for family and out of town guests, which was very enjoyable - but just not a setting to take photos. ( odd for me )
This is such a beautiful part of the planet, and really we were one or maybe two weekends off from peak fall leaf season, so just a spectacular ride.
 This whole area is very old, just one of the beautiful houses around.

 Crossing back over to go home.