1ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS
We are delighted to inform all our readers that 'A TO Z INDIA' magazine celebrates its 1st anniversary this month. We thank all our readers, sponsors, well-wishers, etc. for enabling us to achieve this great feat.
The highlights of this issue include the culture of Kerala, which is the tropical symphony of India. For many travellers, Kerala is South India's most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats. Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of elsewhere, as if India had passed through the Looking Glass and become an altogether more laid-back place.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi - Many people wonder how a little girl from a simple South Indian Kerala village came to be known throughout the world as “Amma, the Mother of All.” Motherhood, in its ultimate sense, has nothing to do with bearing a child, but with love, compassion and selflessness. It lies in totally giving one’s self to others.
If we look at Amma’s life, this is what we see— someone who has offered her every thought, word and deed for the benefit of others. Giving is the essence. It’s just that when the homeless come crying for shelter and Amma gives them a house, we call her a “humanitarian.” And when the sorrowful come crying for emotional solace and she gives them love, we call her a “mother.” And when those thirsty for spiritual knowledge come earnestly seeking and she gives them wisdom, we call her a “guru.” This attitude of selflessly serving all creation, knowing others to be extensions of one’s own self, Amma refers to as vishwa matrutvam—universal motherhood. And it is to this pinnacle of human existence that Amma is trying to awaken the world through her life, teachings and darshan.
Onam - Kerala's Biggest Festival, Onam is a traditional ten day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. It’s a festival rich in culture and heritage. Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kollavarsham). In 2018, the most important day of Onam (known as Thiruonam) is on August 25. Rituals commence approximately 10 days before Thiruonam, on Atham (August 15).
Kalaripayattu - The vibrant traditional martial art of Kerala, Kalaripayattu has been a part of the history and culture of Kerala from time immemorial. It is in Kerala that even today this art form retains all its intrinsic qualities unaltered. Kalaripayattu is considered as the 'Mother of all Martial Arts', its offshoots being martial art forms like Karate, Kun-Fu, Silambam, etc. Kalaripayattu thus forms a holistic base for the many of today’s performing artists.
Ayurveda Shirodhara - Kerala's Shirodhara massage is a classic Ayurvedic therapy, which includes pouring of warm herbal oil on the forehead in a continuous stream. Ayurvedic Shirodhara therapy is very effective in promoting sound sleep and reducing stress. Shirodhara treatment is one among the Bahiparimarjana chikitsa, or external treatments told in Ayurveda. The term Shirodhara comes from two words “Shira” meaning head and “Dhara” meaning stream.
Unniyappam - Unniyappam (literally means small ricecake) is a popular snack in Kerala and is usually made using rice flour, jaggery and banana.
We wish 'Happy Independence Day' and 'Happy Raksha Bandhan' to our readers. Happy reading!