A Wedding Video and Sanctity of Marriage.


Myself By T.V. Antony Raj


Just ask yourself how many times you would have watched a wedding video of another person – once, twice, thrice?

More often, we do not relish watching the wedding videos of relatives and friends, more than once, and that too, by feigning interest and hiding our boredom, merely to keep them happy.

One and a half million views on YouTube
One and a half million views on YouTube

Of late, I watched two wedding video clips of a (Jaffna?) Tamil Hindu couple Dilip and Mohana,  posted on YouTube, with mixed apprehension.

This marriage took place on February 12, 2012 at Sree Maha Mariamman Temple in Singapore. A week later, on February 19, Mohana Rajan, the bride, uploaded two video clips to YouTube.  The first clip shows the groom, Dilip Kumar, entering the wedding hall and the second shows the bride, Mohana Rajan’s entrance.

So far, as of March 19, 2012, the video clip of the entrance made by the groom has had 563,631 views and the video clip of the  bride’s entrance has a record-breaking 1,536,902 views. Above all, a fan page created on Facebook under the name “Dilip Kumar Mohana Rajan” has scored hundreds of likes and many are talking about this wedding.

What is so unique about these clips? To answer this question you must see the clips. Click on the following images to view the videos:

Video #1: Unique Entrance made by the Groom

Dilip Kumar with friends (from the Facebook page "Dilip Kumar Mohana Rajan").
Dilip Kumar with friends (from the Facebook page “Dilip Kumar Mohana Rajan”). Click the image to view video: “Unique Entrance made by the Groom – Karuppu perazhaga”.


Video # 2: Unique Entrance made by the Bride

Bride Mohana with friends (from the Facebook page "Dilip Kumar Mohana Rajan")
Bride Mohana with friends (from the Facebook page “Dilip Kumar Mohana Rajan”) Click the image to view video: “Unique Entrance made by the Bride”

In an interview given to OLI 96.8FM, Singapore, Mohana Rajan says that she is a Bharatha Natyam dancer and wanted to make her wedding a memorable one, and Dilip Kumar relented to her wish.

These two video clips have produced mixed reactions from viewers. In fact, there are around 144 comments for groom’s entrance and 626 comments for the bride’s entrance on YouTube.

Some praise the clips while those who uphold the sanctity of marriage and wish to follow religious traditions censure them.

One Facebook commentator says,

You guys had a grand fun entrance to your wedding and definitely put on a smile on more than a million faces.. What a blessed way to start your journey of togetherness. Have a blessed married life! (sic) “

Another person comments in YouTube:

Jaffna low caste culture is not considered as Tamil culture. Indian cinema culture destroying pure Jaffna Tamil culture. These kinds of people should be outcasted from society. Ada thuuuuuu. (sic)”

Another comment in YouTube reads:

I really liked the dancing.. just feeling bad that my Tamil culture is extremely ruined. You could have danced in your reception instead. You just forgot that it has a meaning to wear saari and all those traditional stuffs while during the wedding. You didn’t give any meaning to yours instead made it funny. I respect your freedom but think on your own. There is no need to do a Tamil traditional wedding if you don’t believe on it or want to make fun of it. I respect my culture, so do many! (sic)”

You might be intending to ask me what I think about this incident.

Well, I am a Tamil and a Catholic and I believe in the sacrament and sanctity of marriage and wish to uphold the Tamil traditions.  Not only Christians, but all religions agree and preach what I firmly believe.

This couple follows Hinduism, which like Buddhism, is not a religion in the sense, Judaism, Christianity or Islam are. Hinduism like Buddhism is a way of life.

Thousands of years ago Samskaras or sacraments were instituted in Hinduism to bring sanctity and stability to the lives of the people and to integrate their personalities with the society they were born in. The ancient seers and sages, endowed with the sacred knowledge, made it their bounden duty to transform the crude animal that we were, into Homo sapiens, with the help of the Samskaras. In Hindu rituals, life is a cycle. From the birth to death a person undergoes 16 Samskaras; and marriage is one of the most important among them.

The rich, noble heritage of Hindu ethos proclaims that the sacrament of marriage impresses upon a person that earthly life should not be despised; rather it should consciously be accepted and raised to the level of a spiritual existence.

Hindu families live all over the world.  Though some live outside India, they all have strong ties with the Hindu culture and way of life as practiced in India, and feel that they should, on such important occasions in life, such as marriage, perform the Samskara in the traditional Hindu way by availing the rich, noble heritage of Hindu thought, ritual and tradition.

Gatherings of near and dear ones, and reception parties – large or small, most certainly enhance the pleasures of the occasion and the joy of a wedding. However, the Hindu marriage ceremony like the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic, is an ennobling sacrament, and in my humble opinion, it is advisable to perform the marriage rites irrespective of religion in a serene atmosphere without much banal pomp and pageantry.




Sachin Tendulkar’s Maiden International TEST Century



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 By T.V. Antony Raj

I have played with him long enough to understand his approach, but I am amazed at the man’s zeal. He wants to be perfect always. His humility is amazing. I have seen Sachin carry drinks for the junior most, much to the embarrassment of the youngster. His discipline is infectious. For Mumbai nets, he comes in the Mumbai training gear. He would never don an India cap or T-shirt for a Mumbai match. He will also not allow anyone to carry his cricket coffin.”  Pravin Amre (Sachin Tendulkar’s coach at Mumbai)



Raj Singh Dungarpur a former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India introduced 16-year-old Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar to the world of cricket. The BCCI selection committee under the chairmanship of Dungarpur chose Sachin Tendulkar for the 1989 Indian tour of Pakistan

International Test debut

On his international Test debut in November 1989, Sachin Tendulkar was 16 years 205 days of age, the third youngest cricketer to make his first appearance in international cricket. Mushtaq Mohammad of Pakistan has the honour of being the first youngest person to play Test cricket at 15 years and 124 days; however, there exists some doubt about his exact age at his debut. The second youngest Test Player Aaqib Javed debuted at 16 years 189 days. Since then there have been two players who were younger than Sachin on the day of their cricket Test debut: Mohammad Sharif of Bangladesh (15 years 128 days), and Hasan Raza of Pakistan (14 years 227 days).

Sachin Tendulkar played his first Test match against Pakistan in Karachi. He made just 15 runs bowled out by Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in that match. Cricket critics commended Sachin for braving numerous blows to his body at the hands of the Pakistani pace attack in this series. In the final test in Sialkot, though hit on the nose by a bouncer, he declined medical assistance and continued to bat, with a bleeding nose. In that Test series, Sachin scored 215 runs in all at an average of 35.83.

In a 20 over exhibition game in Peshawar, Tendulkar scored 53 runs off 18 balls, including an over in which he scored 27 runs off Abdul Qadir. The then Indian captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth later recalled this match as “one of the best innings I have seen.”

Maiden International TEST Century

On August 14, 1990, in his 9th international test appearance Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden Test century vs. England at Old Trafford, Manchester. He was 119 not out in the second innings. This innings is particularly noteworthy as it helped India to clinch an honorable draw in the face of a certain defeat.

At that time, Kapil Dev held the record for the youngest Indian centurion.  On January 24, 1979 Kapil Dev scored 126* with four fours and one six in a drawn match against West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, New Delhi.

When Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century in international Test cricket.

Mushtaq Mohammad of Pakistan set the first record as the youngest to score a century in his 6th Test with 101 runs against India in Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, New Delhi when he was just 17 years and 78 days old.

Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh bettered Mushtaq’s record that stood for over 40 years. Ashraful made his Test debut on 6 September 2001 against Sri Lanka. He  top-scored in each innings. Although Bangladesh slumped to an innings defeat, Ashraful scored 114, and in the process became the youngest player to score a Test century, beating Mushtaq Mohammad’s record and the second Bangladesh player to score a Test century on debut, the first since Aminul Islam Bulbul in 2000 during Bangladesh’s first Test.

This video show Sachin Tendulkar scoring his first century in International Test.

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Congrats, Sachin Hundredulkar…

Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

Yesterday, Friday March 16, 2012, playing in the 4th One Day International match of the Asia Cup 2012 against the hosts Bangladesh, Sachin Tendulkar scored a century thus becoming the only man in the history of the sport to score 100 centuries in international cricket. He took the single off Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh and finally achieved the elusive milestone.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated the Master Blaster saying, “I join the nation in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar on his making history – a hundred centuries… He has made India proud. Tendulkar’s long career has been a triumph of class, character and courage. Wish him many more innings and feats to continue inspiring the youth.”

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat also congratulated the iconic batsman achieving the feat.

“On behalf of every cricket fan around the globe, I congratulate Sachin on becoming the first person to score 100 centuries for his country. This is indeed a magnificent feat and not likely to be easily emulated,” said Lorgat.

“Fans have admired Sachin for more than 20 years and have recently waited with great expectation for his 100th international century. The number 100 is special for a batsman and to record 100 centuries for your country is a massive statement.”

Lorgat also said that Tendulkar was a marvel to cricket lovers around the world and a true role model.

“Like millions of others, I have personally followed his career ever since he first played for India as a gifted 16-year-old and now, more than two decades later, his passion and personal records, which include more than 33,000 runs at international level, is a modern-day wonder.

“He is a marvel to cricket lovers around the world and with an array of batting records, Sachin is a true role model who will undoubtedly hold a special place in cricket’s history,” he said. (PTI)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan heaped praises on Sachin Tendulkar for becoming the first cricketer in the world to score 100 international centuries and said that 16th March 2012 would never be forgotten.

“Ever since he made his international début in November 1989, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has strode cricketing arenas the world over, like a colossus. He has broken old records and set new benchmarks. He has been an inspiration to billions, and an ornament to the sport,” said Srinivasan.

“16 March 2012 will never be forgotten by cricket-lovers. On behalf of the BCCI, I would like to congratulate Sachin Tendulkar for completing a century of international centuries,” he added. (PTI)

And bollywood? Of course it went crazy and started twitting.

“God’s special creation …Sachin Tendulkar!! India breathes normally..!! Sachin completes an incredible feat!! A hundered 100’s…Never done before, perhaps never after!!!” said Amithab Bachchan.  “A lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep,” the megastar tweeted hinting at Sachin’s critics.

And his son Abhishek Bachan tweeted, “How good is Sachin? he’s the best. period! stop analyzing him. stop being cynical. just celebrated him!”

The 82-year old Queen of Melody, Lata Mangeshkar, twitted: “A big congratulations to Sachin. He has once again created history with his superb innings.”

Actress Bipasha Basu tweeted:  “Saluting The Great Tendulkar for his 100th 100! We stropped our shoot to see it happen! Jubilant and Ecstatic.”

Action hero Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Salute to the man who never gave up in spite of all the criticisms. Finally he did it, Sachin creates history in world cricket! Congrats to Sachin Hundredkar.”

“Truly Superman!! Sachin Tendulkar India salutes you for your 100th 100,” tweeted Tollywood actor Rana Daggubati.

38-year-old cricket star, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 49 centuries in One Day International matches and 51 in international Tests.

Tendulkar scored his 99th international hundred more than a year ago on home soil. It took him more than one year to reach the milestone of scoring 100 centuries in international cricket.

His 49th ODI hundred in Dhaka brought up a unique century of centuries that no other player is close to achieving. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is next best with 71 international centuries, and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis trails behind him with 59.

220px-Adidas_Sachin_100_Centuries_LogoIn the 1990s, Adidas signed world’s iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar of India and made shoes for him. Tendulkar still wears Adidas shoes while playing matches. Since 2008, Adidas has sponsored the cricket bat used by Sachin Tendulkar. It created a new bat, ‘Adidas MasterBlaster Elite’, personalized for him.

Students hold a huge poster of Sachin Tendulkar after the master blaster scored 100 centuries in international cricket. (Source : dailymail.co.uk)
Students hold a huge poster of Sachin Tendulkar after the master blaster scored 100 centuries in international cricket. (Source : dailymail.co.uk)


List of 51 Test cricket centuries
(Source: List of international cricket centuries by Sachin Tendulkar)

1 119* dagger  England 2 2 Old TraffordManchester Away 14 August 1990 Draw
2 148*  Australia 1 3 Sydney Cricket GroundSydney Away 6 January 1992 Draw
3 114  Australia 1 5 WACA GroundPerth Away 3 February 1992 Lost
4 111  South Africa 1 2 Wanderers StadiumJohannesburg Away 28 November 1992 Draw
5 165 dagger  England 1 2 M. A. Chidambaram StadiumChennai Home 12 February 1993 Won
6 104*  Sri Lanka 2 2 Sinhalese Sports Club GroundColombo Away 31 July 1993 Won
7 142  Sri Lanka 1 1 K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow Home 19 January 1994 Won
8 179  West Indies 1 2 Vidarbha Cricket Association GroundNagpur Home 2 December 1994 Draw
9 122  England 2 1 EdgbastonBirmingham Away 8 June 1996 Lost
10 177  England 1 3 Trent BridgeNottingham Away 5 July 1996 Draw
11 169dagger  South Africa 1 2 Newlands Cricket GroundCape Town Away 4 January 1997 Lost
12 143dagger  Sri Lanka 1 1 R. Premadasa StadiumColombo Away 3 August 1997 Draw
13 139dagger  Sri Lanka 1 2 Sinhalese Sports Club GroundColombo Away 11 August 1997 Draw
14 148dagger  Sri Lanka 1 3 Wankhede StadiumMumbai Home 4 December 1997 Draw
15 155* dagger  Australia 2 1 M. A. Chidambaram StadiumChennai Home 9 March 1998 Won
16 177  Australia 1 3 M. Chinnaswamy StadiumBangalore Home 26 March 1998 Lost
17 113  New Zealand 2 2 Basin ReserveWellington Away 29 December 1998 Lost
18 136 dagger  Pakistan 2 1 M. A. Chidambaram StadiumChennai Home 31 January 1999 Lost
19 124*  Sri Lanka 2 2 Sinhalese Sports Club GroundColombo Away 28 February 1999 Draw
20 126*dagger  New Zealand 2 1 Punjab Cricket Association StadiumMohali Home 13 October 1999 Draw
21 217 dagger  New Zealand 1 3 Sardar Patel StadiumAhmedabad Home 30 October 1999 Draw
22 116 dagger  Australia 1 2 Melbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne Away 28 December 1999 Lost
23 122  Zimbabwe 1 1 Feroz Shah Kotla GroundNew Delhi Home 21 November 2000 Won
24 201*  Zimbabwe 1 2 Vidarbha Cricket Association GroundNagpur Home 26 November 2000 Draw
25 126  Australia 1 3 M. A. Chidambaram StadiumChennai Home 20 March 2001 Won
26 155  South Africa 1 1 Goodyear ParkBloemfontein Away 3 November 2001 Lost
27 103  England 1 2 Sardar Patel StadiumAhmedabad Home 13 December 2001 Draw
28 176  Zimbabwe 1 1 Vidarbha Cricket Association GroundNagpur Home 24 February 2002 Won
29 117  West Indies 1 2 Queen’s Park OvalPort of Spain Away 20 April 2002 Won
30 193  England 1 3 HeadingleyLeeds Away 23 August 2002 Won
31 176 dagger  West Indies 2 3 Eden GardensKolkata Home 3 November 2002 Draw
32 241* dagger  Australia 1 4 Sydney Cricket GroundSydney Away 4 January 2004 Draw
33 194*  Pakistan 1 1 Multan Cricket StadiumMultan Away 29 March 2004 Won
34 248*  Bangladesh 1 1 Bangabandhu National StadiumDhaka Away 12 December 2004 Won
35 109  Sri Lanka 1 2 Feroz Shah Kotla GroundNew Delhi Home 22 December 2005 Won
36 101  Bangladesh 1 1 Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin StadiumChittagong Away 19 May 2007 Draw
37 122*  Bangladesh 1 2 Sher-e-Bangla National StadiumMirpur Away 26 May 2007 Won
38 154*  Australia 1 2 Sydney Cricket GroundSydney Away 4 January 2008 Lost
39 153 dagger  Australia 1 4 Adelaide OvalAdelaide Away 25 January 2008 Draw
40 109  Australia 1 4 Vidarbha Cricket Association StadiumNagpur Home 6 November 2008 Won
41 103*  England 2 1 M. A. Chidambaram StadiumChennai Home 15 December 2008 Won
42 160 dagger  New Zealand 1 1 Seddon ParkHamilton Away 20 March 2009 Won
43 100*  Sri Lanka 2 1 Sardar Patel StadiumAhmedabad Home 20 November 2009 Draw
44 105* dagger  Bangladesh 1 1 Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury StadiumChittagong Away 18 January 2010 Won
45 143  Bangladesh 1 2 Sher-e-Bangla National StadiumMirpur Away 25 January 2010 Won
46 100  South Africa 2 1 Vidarbha Cricket Association StadiumNagpur Home 9 February 2010 Lost
47 106  South Africa 1 2 Eden GardensKolkata Home 15 February 2010 Won
48 203  Sri Lanka 1 2 Sinhalese Sports Club GroundColombo Away 28 July 2010 Draw
49 214 dagger  Australia 1 2 M. Chinnaswamy StadiumBangalore Home 11 October 2010 Won
50 111*  South Africa 2 1 SuperSport ParkCenturion Away 19 December 2010 Lost
51 146  South Africa 1 3 Newlands Cricket GroundCape Town Away 4 January 2011 Draw

List of 49 ODI centuries

1 110 dagger  Australia 2 1 84.61 R. Premadasa StadiumColombo Neutral 9 September 1994 Won
2 115 dagger  New Zealand 2 2 84.55 IPCL Sports Complex GroundVadodara Home 28 October 1994 Won
3 105  West Indies 2 1 78.35 Sawai Mansingh StadiumJaipur Home 11 November 1994 Won
4 112* dagger  Sri Lanka 2 2 104.67 Sharjah Cricket Association StadiumSharjah Neutral 9 April 1995 Won
5 127* dagger  Kenya 2 2 92.02 Barabati StadiumCuttack Home 18 February 1996 Won
6 137  Sri Lanka 2 1 100.00 Feroz Shah Kotla GroundNew Delhi Home 2 March 1996 Lost
7 100  Pakistan 2 1 90.09 Padang, Singapore Neutral 5 April 1996 Lost
8 118 dagger  Pakistan 2 1 84.28 Sharjah Cricket Association StadiumSharjah Neutral 15 April 1996 Won
9 110 dagger  Sri Lanka 2 1 79.71 R. Premadasa StadiumColombo Away 28 August 1996 Lost
10 114 dagger  South Africa 1 1 90.47 Wankhede StadiumMumbai Home 14 December 1996 Won
11 104 dagger  Zimbabwe 1 1 107.21 Willowmoore ParkBenoni Neutral 9 February 1997 Won
12 117 dagger  New Zealand 2 2 85.40 M. Chinnaswamy StadiumBangalore Home 14 May 1997 Won
13 100 dagger  Australia 2 2 112.35 Green Park StadiumKanpur Home 7 April 1998 Won
14 143 dagger  Australia 2 2 109.16 Sharjah Cricket Association StadiumSharjah Neutral 22 April 1998 Lost
15 134 dagger  Australia 2 2 102.29 Sharjah Cricket Association StadiumSharjah Neutral 24 April 1998 Won
16 100* dagger  Kenya 2 2 97.08 Eden GardensKolkata Home 31 May 1998 Won
17 128 dagger  Sri Lanka 2 1 97.70 R. Premadasa StadiumColombo Away 7 July 1998 Won
18 127* dagger  Zimbabwe 2 2 97.69 Queens Sports ClubBulawayo Away 26 September 1998 Won
19 141 dagger  Australia 2 1 110.15 Bangabandhu StadiumDhaka Neutral 28 October 1998 Won
20 118* dagger  Zimbabwe 2 2 105.35 Sharjah Cricket Association StadiumSharjah Neutral 8 November 1998 Won
21 124* dagger  Zimbabwe 2 2 134.78 Sharjah Cricket Association StadiumSharjah Neutral 13 November 1998 Won
22 140* dagger  Kenya 4 1 138.61 County GroundBristol Neutral 23 May 1999 Won
23 120 dagger  Sri Lanka 1 1 85.10 Sinhalese Sports Club GroundColombo Away 29 August 1999 Won
24 186* dagger  New Zealand 2 1 124.00 Lal Bahadur Shastri StadiumHyderabad Home 8 November 1999 Won
25 122 dagger  South Africa 2 2 88.40 IPCL Sports Complex GroundVadodara Home 17 March 2000 Won
26 101 dagger  Sri Lanka 2 1 72.14 Sharjah Cricket Association StadiumSharjah Neutral 20 October 2000 Lost
27 146  Zimbabwe 2 1 95.42 Barkatullah Khan StadiumJodhpur Home 8 December 2000 Lost
28 139 dagger  Australia 2 1 111.20 Nehru StadiumIndore Home 31 March 2001 Won
29 122* dagger  West Indies 2 2 93.12 Harare Sports ClubHarare Neutral 4 July 2001 Won
30 101  South Africa 2 1 78.29 New Wanderers StadiumJohannesburg Away 5 October 2001 Lost
31 146 dagger  Kenya 2 1 110.60 Boland ParkPaarl Neutral 24 October 2001 Won
32 105*  England 4 1 97.22 Riverside GroundChester-le-Street Away 4 July 2002 N/R
33 113 dagger  Sri Lanka 4 1 110.78 County GroundBristol Neutral 11 July 2002 Won
34 152 dagger  Namibia 2 1 100.66 City OvalPietermaritzburg Neutral 23 February 2003 Won
35 100 dagger  Australia 2 1 84.03 Roop Singh StadiumGwalior Home 26 October 2003 Won
36 102  New Zealand 2 1 112.08 Lal Bahadur Shastri StadiumHyderabad Home 15 November 2003 Won
37 141 dagger  Pakistan 2 2 104.44 Rawalpindi Cricket StadiumRawalpindi Away 16 March 2004 Lost
38 123  Pakistan 2 1 94.61 Sardar Patel StadiumAhmedabad Home 12 April 2005 Lost
39 100  Pakistan 2 1 88.49 Arbab Niaz StadiumPeshawar Away 6 February 2006 Lost
40 141* dagger  West Indies 2 1 95.27 Kinrara Academy OvalKuala Lumpur Neutral 14 September 2006 Lost
41 100* dagger  West Indies 4 1 131.57 IPCL Sports Complex GroundVadodara Home 31 January 2007 Won
42 117* dagger  Australia 1 2 97.5 Sydney Cricket GroundSydney Away 2 March 2008 Won
43 163* dagger  New Zealand 2 1 122.55 AMI StadiumChristchurch Away 8 March 2009 Won
44 138 dagger  Sri Lanka 1 1 103.76 R. Premadasa StadiumColombo Away 14 September 2009 Won
45 175 dagger  Australia 2 2 124.11 Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium,Hyderabad Home 5 November 2009 Lost
46 200* dagger  South Africa 2 1 136.05 Roop Singh StadiumGwalior Home 24 February 2010 Won
47 120  England 2 1 104.35 M. Chinnaswamy StadiumBangalore Home 27 February 2011 Tied
48 111  South Africa 2 1 109.90 VCA StadiumNagpur Home 12 March 2011 Lost
49 114  Bangladesh 2 1 77.55 Sher-e-Bangla National StadiumMirpur Away 16 March 2012 Lost


* Remained not out
dagger Player of the match
double-dagger Captained the Indian cricket team
Test The number of the Test match played in that series
Pos. Position in the batting order
Inn. The innings of the match
S.R. Strike rate during the innings
H/A/N Venue was at home (India), away or neutral
Lost The match was lost by India
Won The match was won by India
Drawn The match was drawn


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The year is 2012. The ancient Mayans famously predicted that the world would end. I’ll never know what I was going to be when I got older. They said that on the 21st of December, we would all die. It’s sad, but it’s true. Everyone, this is the last year we have to live our lives.

It makes me feel so bad for all the children who’ll never walk and talk, but this is the total truth. The world is ending, and I think it’s bullshit that all these scientists and whatever, think they know better than these super intelligent ancient people.

You are all going to die, and I feel like an idiot for not making the most of my life.If you want to believe the stupid, condescending scientists; then fine, but this is the end, and I feel utter sorrow for the people who can’t accept that…

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A lap around Whites Level, Afan, Wales.


Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

The majority of mountain biking falls into the recreational Cross Country (XC), and Trail Riding.  As I mentioned before in an earlier post “Can you ride off ramps?”  dated March 11, 2012, a mountain bike rider requires bike handling skills, core strength and balance, endurance, and self-reliance.

Recently I saw a 11 minutes 43 seconds video uploaded by TheTaith on Oct 3, 2011 on to YouTube. This video contains highlights from a lap around Whites Level, Afan, Wales, on a sunny September evening, riding a 2011 Lapierre Zesty. The rider had filmed the ride using a HD Hero (720p @ 50fps) on a chest mount.

I am 71 years young now. After 7 minutes of watching the rider riding off-road, over rough terrain, down hill, dirt roads, I felt vomiting due to the jerks the rider had endured doing his lap. I am not telling you not to watch the video; what I am trying to tell you is, if you are not young physically like me, be warned.


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God Wants To Fix Your Transmurner Before You Ask Him

I found this article by Bryan Daniels very interesting and humorous, so with his permission I have reblogged it.


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Your Father knows what you need before you ask him…(Matthew 6:8)

I struggle with prayer.

Conceptually and practically.

Most of those struggles are probably because I put unwarranted credence on my feelings at any given prayer moment. If I don’t feel a tangible groaning, or a burning in my chest, or goosebumps on my neck, then my prayers must have been rendered ineffective. Right? If I voice my prayer simply and without a series of major spiritual manifestations then certainly my appeals never made it past the bedroom ceiling. Right?


I am submitting to the awful doctrine that unless my prayer experience “feels” right to me, then God is impotent to answer them. In a twisted way, that is putting emotional subjectivism on the throne and kicking a Sovereign King off of it.

On top of this, Matthew 6:8 raises a different objection in the conscientious Christian:

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I took a sad goodbye today


You have written an eloquent eulogy for your grandfather. I too am a grandfather – 70 years old now. So, I pray to God that my grandchildren too should write about me like you have written about yours.

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I had to take a sad goodbye today. I woke up to the message that my grandad was dead. It wasn’t coming like a big suprise, he was 90 years old, had not eat, just been sleeping the last days. But still, it’s impossible to prepare for a loss of a person who means a lot to you.  He was soo funny, nice, caring and wise. He had always a comment ready, and he kept his humor until the last days. But he was tired, and the body was not with him anymore. He spent his last year or two at a nursinghome, were he was very good taken care of.

It’s very sad and empty now, but in a natural way. There are a few things everyone have to go through, to be born, and to die. It is the circle of life. I read this a few months ago…

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Spring Forward to DST


Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

Yesterday at 1:30 pm I received a phone call from my elder daughter Sujatha who lives in Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli, India. I asked her “Is it an emergency call? Isn’t it midnight over there? Shouldn’t you be sleeping?”

She laughed and said, “Appa, it’s only eleven o’clock in the night, not midnight.”

Then it dawned on me. I remembered my daughter-in-law, Ligia, telling my wife that morning something about daylight saving time coming into force in the Eastern Time Zone (EST) where Elkridge, MD is.

In India we don’t have this phenomenon called Daylight Saving Time (DST) since in most part of the country we have almost equal amount of daytime and night-time the whole year round.

Daylight-saving time, or DST, is the period of the year when clocks are moved one hour ahead. This has the effect of creating more sunlit hours in the evening during months when the weather is the warmest. The clocks are advanced ahead by one hour at the beginning of DST, and are moved  back one hour (“spring forward, fall back”) to return to standard time (ST).

The  transition from ST to DST has the effect of moving one hour of daylight from the morning to the evening; and the transition from DST to ST effectively moves one hour of daylight from the evening to the morning.

Yesterday, Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m., the Eastern Time Zone officially switched from standard time to DST, giving us a later sunrise and sunset. DST will now be in effect for 238 days, or about 65% of the year. DST will end at 2 a.m. on November 4, 2012.

So, from yesterday, the time difference between New Delhi, India and Washington DC, USA is -9:30 hours instead of -10:30 hours.

New Delhi is 9:30 hours ahead of Washington DC. That means when it is 8:00 a.m. in Elkridge, Maryland, USA, it is 5:30 pm in Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli, India.

Why does anyone bother with daylight saving time in the first place?

Benjamin Franklin, the 18th century icon, is widely credited with coming up with the concept of daylight saving time in one of his satiric essays. He suggested a later sunset to decrease the use of fuel for artificial lights.

In an effort to conserve fuel, war-torn Germany, during World War I, was the first country in the world to introduce Daylight Saving Time (DST). Germany began observing DST on May 1, 1916. As the war progressed, most countries in Europe followed suite.

United States introduced the Standard Time Act on March 19, 1918 that established standard time zones and set summer Daylight Saving Time  to begin on March 31, 1918. Though the idea of DST was beneficial to the country, it was unpopular on many fronts and US Congress abolished DST after the war. DST then became a local option and observed in some states.

When World War II began,on February 9, 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt implemented year-round DST, called “War Time”. It lasted till the last Sunday in September 1945. From the following year, many states and localities in US adopted summer DST.Today, most of the United States and its territories observe DST. However, DST is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the state of Arizona.

“There’s a Navajo saying about it,” said Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s State Historian, “That only the U.S. government could believe that when you chop the top off a blanket and sew it on the bottom, you have a longer blanket.”

Some tribes, including the Hopi and, locally, the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe, don’t spring forward in Arizona, but others like the Navajo Indian Reservation, does observe DST. This creates time zone pockets within time zone pockets, causing headaches for travelers in northeastern Arizona.

“Depending on where you’re coming from, you could change your watch, drive a few miles, change it again, drive a few miles and change it again,” said Trimble.

Can you ride off ramps?


Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

If your bicycle is specially adapted and has features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain it is not just another bike, but is a mountain bike. And if you ride off-road, over rough terrain, down hill, dirt roads, then you are mountain biking.

The vast majority of mountain biking falls into the recreational Cross Country (XC), and Trail Riding categories; and there are other categories as well: all mountain, downhill, freeride, dirt jumping and trials.

Mountain biking as a sport that requires bike handling skills, core strength and balance, endurance, and self-reliance.  Some advanced mountain biking riders pursue steep technical descents while others do freeriding, downhilling, dirt jumping, and show off their aerial maneuvering skills by jumping off high ground and specially constructed ramps.

A cross country mountain bike race.

Recently I saw this video of mountain biking by four young men – Dylan Dunkerton, Curtis Robinson, Kyle Norbraten, and  Kyle Jameson, constructing their own ramps for jumping. I am very much impressed by their undaunted maneuvering skill of their mountain bikes.

I hope you will enjoy viewing it. 🙂

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