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Happy New Year 2017

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Happy New Year 2017

A few minutes into 2017, did a Facebook Live:

Big crowds celebrating arrival of #New #Year #2017 at #Hiranandani Gardens, #Powai, #Mumbai. #HNY
Watch: Facebook Live: Happy New Year

Click below to see a few of the images:

 

Also watch a short video clip:
Short video on Instagram

To view the high resolution travel images please see: Photonic Yatra Destinations

 

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Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Festival, Published

 

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Amritsar, Punjab, India

The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, Punjabi pronunciation: [dəɾbɑɾ sɑhɪb])(The abode of God), and informally called the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, North India. The city was founded in 1574 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das and the Harmandir Sahib was designed by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan, who had the cornerstone laid by the Muslim Sufi saint Sai Hazrat Mian Mir on 28 December 1588. Guru Arjan completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, in 1604 and installed it in the gurdwara. The upper floors of the gurdwara are covered with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and its name – Golden Temple. The Harimandir Sahib is considered holy by Sikhs. The holiest text of Sikhism, the Guru Granth Sahib, is present inside the gurdwara during daytime and the holy book goes for Sukhasan during the night time and brought again in the next morning. The temple was mainly constructed to have a place of worship for men, women and children from all walks of life. There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolise the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. On an average day, over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine and also partake in the free community kitchen and meal (called Langar) that is a hallmark of all Sikh Gurudwaras. The gurdwara is surrounded by the Sarovar, a large lake or holy tank, which consists of Amrit (“holy water” or “immortal nectar”) and is fed by the Ravi River.

Next to the temple is The Jallianwala Bagh, wellknown for the Amritsar massacre which took place on 13 April 1919 when a crowd of unarmed, nonviolent protesters, along with Baishakhi pilgrims were fired upon by troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer. More than 1,500 people were killed.

Not far from Amritsar is the Attari/Wagah (Punjabi (Gurmukhi): ਵਾਹਗਾ, Hindi: वाघा, Urdu: واہگہ‎) border which lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

You can view the images of Amritsar, Punjab, India or as a Slide-Show.


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The Harmandir Sahib (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, )(The abode of God), and informally called the “Golden Temple”, is the holiest Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, North India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Destination

 

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Belur, Karnataka, India

Belur, Karnataka, India

The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka. Originally called Vijayanarayana Temple, it was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, Hassan district by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana. Channakesava is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Belur is famous for its marvelous temples and have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can see the rest of the pictures here: Belur Gallery or as a slide-show

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka. Originally called Vijayanarayana Temple, it was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, Hassan district by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana.

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka.

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka.

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Prayers being offered to Lord Vishnu at the Channakesava Temple.

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With lights projected onto the ceiling the beautiful ceiling gets visible at the Channakesava Temple.

Channakesava Temple

With lights projected onto the ceiling the beautiful ceiling gets visible at the Channakesava Temple.

You can see the rest of the pictures here: Belur Gallery or as a slide-show.

I welcome your comments and feedback.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2015 in Destination

 

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Two Books available in JPG & PDF online for free – Reaching the Unreached & Transformative Impact of ICT

In December 2009, I had shared the pictures of the book release function of two books – “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT” (which are posted at Book release function) and had informed that these two books would be available for download in full as JPG & PDF files online for free.

Many wrote back asking for this. Thank you. I’m happy to share the link below which has the JPG images and the link to the PDF files:

Both the MSSRF Books are available at http://www.photonicyatra.com/Features/

The first books is about how information and communication technology is impacting rural areas and the lessons learnt. The second is about human impact – listing change stories from rural India.

Reaching the Unreached
http://www.photonicyatra.com/Features/Reaching-the-Unreached/10999150_LjSEZ
Reaching the Unreached

and

Transformative Impact of ICT
http://www.photonicyatra.com/Features/Transformative-Impact-of-ICT/10999162_TaGUK
Transformative Impact of ICT - Change stories from rural India

Please do visit MSSRF Books and I welcome all feedback.

Kind regards,

~ Suchit

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Release of Reaching the Unreached and Transformative Impact of ICT

Pictures of book release function held on 4th December 2009. Two books published by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) authored by Arundhathi, Suchit, and Prof. Arunachalam were released by Dr. Bruce M. Alberts, Editor-in-Chief of Science (AAAS) (and former Distinguished President of the National Academy of Sciences) and Prof. M. S. Swaminathan (Chairman MSSRF & Member of Rajya Sabha). They released the two books “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT” at the 6th Convocation of Jamsetji Tata National Virtual Academy (NVA) Fellows, at CLRI, Chennai, TN.

Pictures of the book release and convocation are from the MSSRF Archives.

Arriving at the venue (CLRI, Chennai)

Book release and 6th Convocation funcation of NVA Fellows

Book "Reaching the Unreached" being released

First copy being handed out

Transformative Impact of ICT being released

Two book release function at Chennai

Suchit Nanda addressing the audience at the Book release of "Reaching the Unreached" and "Transformative Impact of ICT" and 6th Convocation of Jamsetji Tata National Virtual Academy (NVA) Fellows, 4th December, 2009 organized by M S Swaminathan Research Institute (Chennai) at CLRI, Chennai, TN.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Two books for MSSRF Launch tomorrow in Chennai

In Chennai right now and happy to share the cover page of the two books to be launched in a few hours –
“Reaching the Unreached”
and
“Transformative Impact of ICT”

Both books done for M S Swaminathan Research Foundation.

Will be posting the book in PDF online in two weeks.

Reaching the Unreached

"Reaching the Unreached" book for MSSRF

Transformative Impact of ICT

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Interview with Prof. M. S. Swaminathan

When working on the two books “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT”, Prof. Arunachalam, Arundhathi and I interviewed Prof. M. S. Swaminathan in MSSRF (M. S. Swaminathan Research Institute), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on 9th September, 2009.

The is split in four part interview and can be viewed below:

[Part 1 of 4]

Interview of Prof. M. S. Swaminathan by Prof. Arunachalam in MSSRF, Chennai when working on the two books “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT” on 9th September, 2009. Location: M S Swaminathan Research Institute (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. [Part 1 of 4]

[Part 2 of 4]

Interview of Prof. M. S. Swaminathan by Prof. Arunachalam in MSSRF, Chennai when working on the two books “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT” on 9th September, 2009. Location: M S Swaminathan Research Institute (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. [Part 2 of 4]

[Part 3 of 4]

Interview of Prof. M. S. Swaminathan by Prof. Arunachalam in MSSRF, Chennai when working on the two books “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT” on 9th September, 2009. Location: M S Swaminathan Research Institute (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. [Part 3 of 4]

[Part 4 of 4]

Interview of Prof. M. S. Swaminathan by Prof. Arunachalam in MSSRF, Chennai when working on the two books “Reaching the Unreached” and “Transformative Impact of ICT” on 9th September, 2009. Location: M S Swaminathan Research Institute (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. [Part 4 of 4]

 

Two books for MSSRF

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2009 in Published

 

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