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January 1st was not always the New year....

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Ahh!! . . . here we are. January 1st, 2012…... A brand new month……. A brand new year.


January, the month of new beginnings and is a time to cherish memories. It is the month in which winter weaves her magically festive spell about us with it's cool and crisp days.
 This is the month where the temperatures plummet and we gladly look forward to log bonfires and with thick wisps of fog descending around us. And then the  New Year descends on us.
Happy New Year! That is the greeting that we will often hear for the first few weeks of 2012. But do you know that January 1st was not always celebrated as New Year's Day?
In the earliest times, the celebration of the New Year was one of the oldest recorded holidays.
 It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago.
In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first 

New Moon …..That is the first visible crescent after the Vernal Equinox; this was the first day of spring. The beginning of spring is a logical …

A New Mile Stone....

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Thank You, Friends....each and every one of you.
21st December 2011  is a new milestone....


We Celebrate a 100,000 page views.
Thank you....such a simple phrase but one that holds so much meaning for me ...Well, today I just wanted to take the time to say 'thank you' to each and every online friend who has become part of my I am Daarji Blogspot. Your visit I valued ..... and your comments even more so.... about me and my blogs

Well ...what do I write about?  I write about this and that, whatever takes my fancy or triggers my imagination ...You could say it is kind of a mixed bag.....I have tried to share what I feel and in the process...I have learned so much. Perhaps we have learned, laughed, teased, progressed, provided comfort ......I hope...    :-). I have grown and become more 'me' on this Blog than I ever thought possible. ..... Freedom of expression...... maybe!!!


I have met .....and continue to meet some wonderful, amazing and truly beautiful people - who, though we…

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER...Every Child’s Fantasy.

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Who was Rudolph? We all know that Rudolph is the endearing little red-nosed reindeer, with nose shining so bright that he has been guiding Santa’s sleigh through snow and blizzard for many many decades. Rudolph is the Ninth Reindeer..... The most famous reindeer of all....he was ‘born’ many decades after his eight flying mates.

Legend goes that many years ago the Christmas that year would have become a void if Santa had not found a way to guide his sleigh through a fierce blizzard. Fortunately for him, there was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph becomes a hero when he guides Santa through the storm with help of his red glowing nose to deliver Christmas presents to children all over the world.


Who invented Rudolf?
All children like to believe that Rudolph was born at the North Pole.


























Well, I did as a little boy...And that was a long long time ago. I was born in British India, what we popularly call ‘The Raj’..... Christmas was colloquially called ...the Baraah Din. ... The Big day. Chr…