Loving nature, traveling, reading and little bit of painting in my leisure. My love for nature & travel has lately developed a passion for photography which is reflected in my Blogs, especially showcased at my Blog "Nature & Travel Photos" (http: exxtracts.wordpress.com).
During lockdown I just took out the paint & brushes to brush up my old hobby. using mixed media just painted a landscape portraying Switzerland’s star village “Gstaad” which is famous for winter sports and celebrities vacation homes. This village has got various types of accommodations including a 5 star hotel.
One of the snow capped peak of the Glacier 3000 is seen at far. This is the one of the tourist destinations of switzerland. There is a ropeway service from ground level to the peak.
On 24 March, Prime Minister ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, limiting movement of the entire 1.30 billion population of India as a preventive measure against the 2020 corona virus Pandemic in India. The lockdown was ordered when the number of confirmed positive cases of corona Virus in India was approximately 500.
Observers state that the lockdown has slowed the growth rate of the pandemic by 6 April to a rate of doubling every six days, from a rate of doubling every three days earlier.
As the end of the lockdown period approached, state governments and other advisory committees recommended extending the lockdown.
On 14 April, Prime minister Mr. Modi extended the nationwide lockdown till 3 May, with a conditional relaxation after 20 April for the regions where the spread has been contained.
As on 20 April 2020, death toll due to Covid 19 rose to over 500 and number of cases crossed 17,000 in the country (source : Times of India).
Prime Minister of India, Mr. Modi urged, Indian Citizens to observe self-imposed Curfew (Janata Curfew) on 22nd. March 2020, Sunday from 07am to 09pm in order to slowdown spreading of Corona Virus (Covid19) among citizens. The curfew was for 14 hours only and therefore viruses will remain active even after 14 hours. Therefore, this step was not adequate to combat the spreading but, I think, it was an initiative to read the pulse of the people and take harder steps. In fact, people wanted complete lockdown India for 3 days at least. Anyway, Janata Carfew on 22nd March was successful all over India and gave a clear indication for the Lockdown. School Colleges already closed, exams stopped midway. On the evening of 22nd. March CM of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee announced complete Lockdown of Kolkata and all District towns in the state from 23rd. 5pm to 27th Mid night with some exceptions like Grocery, medicine shop etc. All offices in the state will remain closed and transports, long distance trains, inter-state bus services, domestic and international flights stopped for this period so that people should forcefully stay home.
This state was free from Corona virus till a student of Oxford returned home and being a son of a bureaucrat mother and Doctor father he did not bother to get himself admitted in the state run ID Hospital. He stayed at home and even visited a mall and mom’s Office (Secretariat called “Nabanna”). His mom is holding a high ranking post – Special Secretary to the State Home Deptt. She must have chaired several meetings on the Corona Virus too. Being such a responsible post how she could be so much ignorant and take her son to “Nabanna” the state Secretariat, CM’s Office. it is reported that she attended a meeting that day with her Boss, Home Secy. She knew that her son’s girl friend got infected in UK through an email from Oxford. College emailed two days back stating that his friend tested positive and advised to keep him isolated and get tested. But reluctantly they visited an hospital after two days and that hospital too advised them to go to ID Hospital Beleghata (Infectious diseases Hospital). But they avoided that day too. She attended a meeting in her office and her boy was accompanied by her in the same car. Next day they visited ID hospital and got tested positive. Mean time, in these 2/3 days, his father, a Doctor attended his office as well as his Chambers. Being a Child specialist, he treated many children during this period. After the boy tested positive, both parents along with their maids, drivers are in a Isolation Centre. This is an example of irresponsibility, negligence of a highly educated family.
Second case also is UK returned student who stayed in his home with his family till he came to know that two of his friends tested positive. Then he visited a doctor and finally landed at ID Hospital. His entire family members are kept in a isolation Centre.
The third case too came from abroad. A girl student from scotland came to city and she went strait to ID Hospital where she tested positive. She did not spread much except her father who went to receive her at airport and the driver only. they are in isolation for 14 days.
While writing this post, a sad news came that the 4th. case, one of our co-citizen aged about 57 years a Railway employee expired today. He attended a marriage in Bilaspur travelled back by train to Kolkata in February. Then he attended his office for 5 days. His wife so long was suspecting this train journey. His son studying in Philadelphia USA and visited India in Feb last. Doctors doubted that they are hiding some thing. Then his wife was thoroughly counselled by the treating Doctor and finally she revealed that his son and his Italian girl friend visited them (Came from Italy) in the month of February last. So this case has a strong Italy connection. But it is not clear about his son’s and his girl friend’s health. That is still to be known and may be published later. At present all of his family members and office collegues are in hospitals. Very sad that today, 23rd. Mar 2020 he expired while in Ventilation. This is the First Corona death in the city as well as in the state of west Bengal. Total death in India goes to 8 till now. What will be tomorrow’s figure we don’t know because people are not serious and irresponsible.
From the above it is clear that all the cases came from UK and Italy. Except one case, they roamed freely in the city, relatives, friends, office and we do not know how many have been infected by them. It takes about 4-5 days, to show the symptoms. And during this time, infected people thinking themselves as healthy, they lead normal life, in turn infecting numerous people. If this goes on this way, then India will enter to third stage soon which no sensible citizens, no Govt. want. This necessitated Lockdown the states. CM announced the Lockdown of Kolkata and all District towns in the state from today, 23rd. 5pm to 27th Mid night . Many states already declared or will follow and hopefully India going to be completely Lockdown soon.
Be a responsible citizen, Break the chain of spreading deadly virus. Stay Home, stay safe.
Maha Shivratri 2020: Maha Shivaratri is a major festival in Hinduism annually observed in honour of Lord Shiva which is also known as the ‘PadmaRajaRatri’ and ‘The Great Night of Shiva’. On this day devotees worship Lord Shiva, observe a strict fast and do various religious activities to please Lord Shiva. Devotees further believe that by pleasing Lord Shiva on the auspicious Shivaratri day, a person is absolved of his/ her past sins and is blessed with Moksha or salvation.
The day marks a remembrance of overcoming darkness and ignorance in life and the world. It is said that Maha Shivaratri marks the anniversary of the cosmic dance performed by Lord Shiva.
Shivratri is celebrated on the 14th day of every month, one day before the new moon. Among the 12 Shivratri’s celebrated in a year, Mahashivratri is the most important one generally celebrated in February or March depending upon the planetary position. Accordingly this year’s Maha Shivaratri falls on Friday, February 21, 2020.
Married women pray to observe fast on Maha Shivratri for the well being of their husbands and sons, whereas unmarried girls pray for a husband like Shiva, who is considered to be the ideal husband.
১৯৫২ সালের ২১ ফেব্রুয়ারি।পৃথিবীর ইতিহাসে এই দিনটি বলিদানের দিন,নিজের মাতৃভাষাকে প্রতিষ্ঠিত করার দিনও বটে।পাকিস্তানি সরকারি বাহিনীর গুলিতে প্রাণদান করে বাংলা মায়ের দামাল ছেলেরা। সালাম-বরকত-রফিক-শফিক-জব্বার আরও কত নাম না-জানা সেসব শহীদের আত্মত্যাগে আমরা ফিরে পাই আমাদের প্রাণের ভাষা বাংলা। জাতিসংঘের স্বীকৃতির ফলে একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি আজ আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস হিসেবে পালিত হচ্ছে সারা বিশ্বে।দিনটি ১৯৯৯ সালের ১৭ নভেম্বর। ফ্রান্সের রাজধানী প্যারিসে ইউনেসকোর ৩০তম অধিবেশন বসে। ইউনেসকোর সেই সভায় একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারিকে আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস হিসেবে ঘোষণার প্রস্তাব পাস হয়। ফলে পৃথিবীর সব ভাষাভাষীর কাছে একটি উল্লেখযোগ্য দিন হিসেবে একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারি স্বীকৃতি পায়। বিশ্বের দরবারে বাংলা ভাষা লাভ করে বিশেষ মর্যাদা। ঠিক পরের বছর ২০০০ সালের ২১ ফেব্রুয়ারি থেকে পৃথিবীর ১৮৮টি দেশে এ দিনটি আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবস হিসেবে পালন শুরু হয়।
১৯৯৯ সালের ২১ ফেব্রুয়ারির আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবসের মর্যাদা লাভ শুধু বাংলা ভাষার বিশ্ববিজয় নয়; পৃথিবীর সব মাতৃভাষার বিজয়। আজ আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবসে ভাষা শহীদদের জানাই সশ্রদ্ধ প্রণাম। (সংগৃহীত)
I never knew that Lucky Bamboo plant blooms so heavily, beautifully and with so much sweet fragrance. Observed that the flowers bloom in the evening and starts spreading the fragrance through out the night and the flowers collapses before dawn. The flowers stay for long. 3-4 days.
After many years, the plant bloomed for the first time. Years back I bought it as a indoor plant from a local fair and later I planted it in the soil in front of my building. It grew well and became bushy. Week back I found something like buds but I ignored since no flower was noticed as it was blooming in the night, I missed the flowers for 2-3 day but later one evening the strong fragrance took me near to the flowers and it was discovered with great surprise. It’s a wonderful gift of nature.
A swan in the lake Lucerne, switzerland which was shot by me when I visited the Lake. This picture of mine was a casual entry to a photo contest of twenty20 website but surprisingly secured a place in that.
The Lake is located in central Switzerland and the fourth largest in the country. Steamers and other passenger boats ply on the lake. It is a popular tourist destination, both for native Swiss and foreigners. There many swans are seen in the lake and in dark blue background the swans are favourite subject for the photographers.
Main attraction on the lake is the Chapel Bridge, a covered wooden footbridge spanning the river Reuss diagonally in the city of Lucerne. This topic will be covered in a separate post. Till then stay tuned.
Freiburg was visited by me in the year 2011. From Switzerland (Basel) it took one hour by train. Freiburg was incorporated in the early 12th century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical centre of the upper Rhine region. The city is known for its ancient university and its medieval minster, as well as for its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices. The city is situated in the heart of a major wine-growing region and serves as the primary tourist entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. According to meteorological statistics, the city is the sunniest and warmest in Germany. Because of its scenic beauty, relatively warm and sunny climate and easy access to the Black Forest, Freiburg is a hub for regional tourism.
The city Freigurg of Germany has an unusual system of gutters (called Bächle) that run throughout its centre. These Bächle, once used to supply water to fight fires and feed livestock. Water in the Bachle constantly flowing day night, with water from the river Dreisam. This river water is fed to the Bachle and runs continuously. These Bächle were never used for sewage, as such usage could lead to harsh penalties, even in the Middle Ages. During the summer, the running water provides natural cooling of the air, and offers a pleasant, gurgling water flow sound. It is said that if you fall or step accidentally into a Bächle, you will marry a Freiburger.