Friday, August 12, 2011


Dr. Satya Sidhartha Panda.
Bangalore -INDIA
This paper attempts for persuade to understand how the Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion , success and how you can overcome of your negative thoughts at your Bad Time .
Research indicates that on average, 60-80% of people, especially women, have low serotonin levels, which can lead into a downward spiral of hopelessness and despair. These negative feelings, thoughts and moods take us away from abundance and towards attracting more negative experiences. Believe me you can overcome from Thought Attack but Attitude and thoughts do not change overnight.
It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds. Not everyone accepts or believes in positive thinking. Some consider the subject as just nonsense, and others scoff at people who believe and accept it. Among the people who accept it, not many know how to use it effectively to get results. Yet, it seems that many are becoming attracted to this subject, as evidenced by the many books, lectures and courses about it. This is a subject that is gaining popularity. Negative thoughts, words and attitude bring up negative and unhappy moods and actions. When the mind is negative, poisons are released into the blood, which cause more unhappiness and negativity. This is the way to failure, frustration and disappointment. The power of thoughts is a mighty power that is always shaping our life. This shaping is usually done subconsciously, but it is possible to make the process a conscious one. Even if the idea seems strange give it a try, as you have nothing to lose, but only to gain. Ignore what others might say or think about you, if they discover that you are changing the way you think.
Key Words: mental attitude, mind thoughts, positive mind, frustration and disappointment
Truly, thoughts are things and powerful things .It is quite common to hear people say: "Think positive!” to someone who feels down and worried. Most people do not take these words seriously, as they do not know what they really mean, or do not consider them as useful and effective. How many people do you know, who stop to think what the power of positive thinking means?
Experts say that being a positive-minded person can help make your life easier, healthier, and longer. People who are optimistic are generally believed to be stronger than pessimists, both in psychological and physical terms. They are also known to be better equipped to cope during periods of stress. The Mayo Clinic says people with a negative outlook are more inclined to suffer from depression, more susceptible to catching colds and more likely to die of cardiovascular disease.
Psychologists estimate that we think between 60,000 - 80,000 thoughts per day and approximately 80% of those thoughts are generally negative. They also say that most of these negative thoughts are the same negative thoughts we had yesterday, last year, and 10 years ago. These negative thoughts have been developing in our subconscious for years, often stemming from childhood issues. As we age, we tend to repeat the negative thoughts we heard in our childhood and eventually replace our parents' voices with our own. Becoming more aware of your thoughts gives you the freedom needed to alter negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.
Don't blame yourself for having negative thoughts. We live in an anxiety-provoking world filled with stories of natural disasters, wars and illness. As a result, we are constantly being bombarded with negative and fear-inducing information. It is no wonder we tend to think negatively and are worrying so much of the time.
That being said, thinking these thoughts will not make us feel better, maybe more in the majority, but no happier. By being more conscious and vigilant of our thoughts, we can learn to catch ourselves earlier on and prevent going off on a rampage of indignation. This can be achieved by stopping and asking ourselves, 'how are these thoughts going to help me lead a happier life?'
The following story helped me to understand how this Thought (power) works:
I am Sidhartha; at the time When I finished my M.B.A. and planed for job Hunt, I applied for a new job @ IBM Bangalore and It was a dream company being an MBA Graduate, but as my self-esteem was low, and I considered myself as a failure and unworthy of success, I was sure that I was not going to get the job. I had a negative attitude towards myself, and believed that the other applicants were better and more qualified than me. I manifested this attitude, due to my negative past experiences with job interviews.
My mind was filled with negative thoughts and fears concerning the job for the whole week before the job interview. I was sure I would be rejected. On the day of the interview I got up late, and to my horror I discovered that the shirt I had planned to wear was dirty, and the other one needed ironing. As it was already too late, I went out wearing a shirt full of wrinkles.
During the interview I was tense, displayed a negative attitude, worried about my shirt, and felt hungry because I did not have enough time to eat breakfast. All this distracted my mind and made it difficult for me to focus on the interview. My overall behavior made a bad impression, and consequently I materialized my fear and did not get the job.
One of my best MBA Mate applied for the same job too, but approached the matter in a different way. She was sure that she was going to get the job. During the week preceding the interview she often visualized herself making a good impression and getting the job.
In the evening before the interview She prepared the clothes She was going to wear, and went to sleep a little earlier. On day of the interview She woke up earlier than usual, and had ample time to eat breakfast, and then to arrive to the interview before the scheduled time.
She got the job because she made a good impression. She had also of course, the proper qualifications for the job, but so had me.
What do we learn from these two stories? Is there any magic employed here? No, it is all natural. When the attitude is positive we entertain pleasant feelings and constructive images, and see in our mind's eye what we really want to happen. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy and happiness. The whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success. Even the health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall and the voice is more powerful. Our body language shows the way you feel inside.
Once a negative thought enters your mind, you have to be aware of it and endeavor to replace it with a constructive one. The negative thought will try again to enter your mind, and then you have to replace it again with a positive one. It is as if there are two pictures in front of you, and you choose to look at one of them and disregard the other. Persistence will eventually teach your mind to think positively and ignore negative thoughts.
In case you feel any inner resistance when replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, do not give up, but keep looking only at the beneficial, good and happy thoughts in your mind.
It does not matter what your circumstances are at the present moment. Think positively, expect only favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. It may take some time for the changes to take place, but eventually they do.
All of us get upset when we don't do a certain task very well. But it's no reason to be upset. If you haven't fared well in any particular subject, don't keep thinking about how bad your marks were. Instead, look forward to the next examination, and prepare well for it. Be determined to do well the next time. Be confident of doing well. If you study well, the results will show. So don't lose hope when you don't do well. Use it as an opportunity to improve yourself.
Change your negative self-talk: One way to do this is once you have identified a negative thought try to replace it with more realistic thinking rather than pessimistic thoughts. For example, instead of saying to yourself, "why does this always happen to me?" try to remember a time in your past when you had other challenges and then remember how you managed to overcome those challenges. You will feel much different if instead of saying, "Why does this always happen to me?" you replace the thought with, "Okay, it seems I have hit another bump in the road, but I know I have had worse and I am still here, so I know I can find a way to succeed with this as well." This method of focusing on the solution rather than the problem will lead you to feel empowered, rather than overwhelmed or victimized. This works for all situations, whether it is a health, financial or relationship issue.

Affirmations: Are another way to use positive statements. You need to repeat them many times, either out loud or in your mind. An affirmation should be constructed in the present tense, and should be said often. Write your affirmations on index cards or post-it notes and stick them on your keyboard, computer monitor, refrigerator, mirrors, and/or car-anywhere and everywhere you can. The more you see them, the more you'll say them to yourself and the more they will become ingrained in your mind. You also may choose to think a positive thought about yourself and repeat it when negative thoughts enter you mind. You will find a list of affirmations in the handouts.
Certain examples include:
"Today is going to be a great Day for me "
"Circumstances are what they are, but I can choose my attitude toward them."
"I love and accept myself just the way I am"
"It's never too late to change. I am improving one step at a time."
"It's ok to make mistakes. I am willing to learn from them."

The Problem with Having a Negative Bias
Confirmation Bias: The major problem with negative thinking is that human beings tend to see and hear what they believe about another even if it isn't true. In other words, what you believe about another person (positive or negative), you will find evidence of that belief in everything he or she says or does.

Self-fulfilling Prophecy: The case whereby individuals (a) have an expectation about what their partner is like, which (b) influences how they act toward their partner, which (c) causes that partner to behave in a way consistent with the individual's original expectations. People tend to live up or down to our beliefs about them.

Learned Hopelessness: When negative thinking consistently invades the relationship, it produces an environment of hopelessness and demoralization. The negatively framed partner is robbed of motivation and action.

10 tips for Overcoming from Thought Attack (Negative Thoughts.)
Recognize negative thoughts as they take shape and bury them before they take root. If you feel your mood darkening again, put a stop to these dangerous musings before you succumb to them. Rule your emotions; don't let your emotions rule you.
Hang out with people who think positive as well. This condition can be quite infectious.
Just as contagious is a negative mindset. So avoid people who tend to think negatively on a constant basis. After all, who wants to hang around naysayers all the time?
Work out and eat right. If you look good on the outside, it'll be easier to feel good on the inside, too.
De-clutter. Surround yourself only with the things you love and that make you feel good--framed family photos, favorite books, potted plants, and works of art, or whatever else that's meaningful to you.
If people tell you you can't do something, take that as a challenge and prove them wrong. Chances are, they themselves can't do it or are too afraid to try and are simply bitter about it. If you show them it can be done after all, maybe they'll even be inspired by your success. You can be a living tip for positive thinking to them.
Just when you're about to blow your top for all the seeming misfortunes that befall you, remind yourself of all your blessings instead. This practice can be very sobering, indeed.
Be a volunteer or get involved in charity work. Not only will you realize the sheer number of people who have bigger problems than you do, but there is also such an emotional and even spiritual high to be experienced in helping others.
De-stress. You're more likely to be cranky if you're perpetually stressed out. So get away from it all and recharge.
Keep it up. Getting started is easy. It's the maintenance that's tricky. Make a habit out of thinking positively till it becomes an indelible part of who you are.
Follow these 10 tips for think positive, make your thoughts in to your positive strength and be successful in your search for a happier and healthy thinking and healthy acting.

All of us affect, in one way or another, the people we meet. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through thoughts and feelings transference, and through body language. People sense our aura and are affected by our thoughts, and vice versa. Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people and avoid negative ones? People are more disposed to help us if we are positive, and they dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity.
Negative thoughts, words and attitude bring up negative and unhappy moods and actions. When the mind is negative, poisons are released into the blood, which cause more unhappiness and negativity. This is the way to failure, frustration and disappointment. It’s only you who can overcome from Thought Attack (Negative Thinking.) Just think your are the Creation Of almighty. SUCCESS MANTRA - IT'S WITHIN YOU
Working your way to success? Here are a few tips that could aid you in the rise:
• Visualize your way to success
• Be positive that you will succeed
• Anticipate that success is not too far when faced with a task that seems daunting always picture yourself as having succeeded in finishing it well.
Positive picture in your mind will go a long way in building your confidence levels. Never visualize failure.
Banish all thoughts of failure and tune your thoughts towards a successful end. Your task may be anything - it could be cleaning your cupboard, your first solo drive, an interview…. . Positive visualization is bound to put you in the right direction.
A word of caution: While visualization is crucial, what is equally necessary is actually working towards your goal. Remember, fate supports those who work hard. Attitude and thoughts do not change overnight. Just think Positive in your mind, Heart & Soul and make a habit of think + Ve. Don`t ever try – I want to Do but always try for I love to Do.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Kalahandia Nuakhai @ Bangalore - 2008


Bada dhum dham re gala raebar dina (Sept. 21, 2008) ne ame Bangalore ne Kalahandia mane gote nuakhai bhetghat kalun. Gharun dure thai karu etki kalahandia ke dekh baake baraske gote thar na sujog aesi, ta hetir lagi bada khusi ne ee parab ke jagithisun. Jenta bhabhi thilun, pakha pakhi 100 kalahandia joth padhithilun ... Pher nuakari jen mane kalahandi nu asichhan Bangalore ke, semanke jaani hela boli bada khusi laguthe ...

Sakale praya 10:30 pakha pakhi lok mankar asbar ta arambh hela ... 12 baje tak praya sabe asi jaithile na ... Sabu thanu bhal katha ita ae je gudae lokar mankar gharun - Amit Mund, Biswapati Thakur - Bapa, Ma, Dada aru Ai mane asithile bhetghat ke ... ta mota moti bhabe, pura paribaric event te thila ...

Bhagban ke sor pakei kari, samay pray 12:21 ne ame sabu nua khaelun ... nua chuda khas kari kalahandi nu Sri Shailendra Behera ani thile ... Setake amar eenar Manas Behera and Priya Joshi misi kari bhog banei thile ... Nua khaela belke lagla jenta ki kalahandi ne thai kari nua khauchhun boli ...

Tar pare asla dinar sabse khas program ... "Bangloria Megh" ... ee kalahandia nat prastut karithile Brahma Panda (Bijmara), Satya Panda (Chora gaon), Biswadev Mund (Jhankar pada), Asutosh Mund (Bhejiguda), Manoj (Bhawanipatna) aru Pikul Kar (Bargarh). Nat ra story lekha nu nei kari direction deba ta prayata Brahma karithile, Satya aru Biswadev bi khob gudae dialogue jodithile aru praya 3-4 saptah rati rati cheti kari abhyas bi kari thile ... Baaki, nat ra special attraction bele Biswadev ra role ae na ... Jen sundar kari Biswadev tukel role gote karithile je lok mane sarla tak jaani nei paruthai je eeta kie ae boli ... Pikul bhai amar background music enta dauthile je theek kalahandia nat ra mahol asi gala ...

Nat sarla ke Satya aru gote dance performance bi dele ... Abhinash Negi(Dharamgarh) aru Dipak Patra (Gholijuba) mast gana mane gaele ... Vidyasagar - Diku (Khariar) chutkula sunala ...

Hei bhitre, gote "Hajla Saman Khojbar ta" khel gote khela hela ...

Ta pare asla dui pahar ra next majedar program ... eetar lagi Amit Mund ke dhanyabad debake padba, sundar creativity lagi ... Khel thila "Bar Kania" ... Bar Kania jodi manke alga alga kari aath aath ta question dia heithila, nijar pasand jinish mane lekhbaake ... sei question mane pher dusra khapke (bar mankar pasand kania manke aru olta) pachra gala ... mast time pass hela aru lok mane bi enjoy kala para lagla ... at the end, Bharat Padhi aru Ekta Padhi (Bhawanipatna) ee event jiti gale ... dui number hele Badri Mund aru Sanmita Mund (Totraguda) ... teen number re duita jodi rahele, Ameet Mund aru Sanghamitra Mund (Bhawanipatna) , tenke Hemanta Patra aru Namrata Patra (Gholijuba) ... kalahandi nu jen bada lok mane asithile, semane ee winner manke gift aru ashirvad dele ... [Jodi baele sabe khali bar agyan r naa dharsan, ta hetir lagi jadi nani/bhaen mankar naa lekhbar ti bhul heichhe bele moke kshyama karbe aru theek ta moke janabe]

Tenke khaebar paali ... mast khana te bani thili ... sakalar jalkhia babad re kahebar ta pasri jaithili ken je ... sakale puri, guguni aru rasila malpua hei thila ... din bele pulao, dael, ambil, potal rasa, ghanta, bhaji sag, bhaja, HANUA chatpata (kalahandi nu Amit Mund anei thile) aru khiri ... etki item hei thila je gote duita pasri hei gala para laguchhe ... sabuthar ta subu jaga ne thia hei kari khaebar ta hesi, je eethara ame basi kari table-chouki ne ghare khaela para khaelun ... amar volunteer mane jen tode laagi thile je khaeba lok khai khai kari thaki gale matar deba lok mane nei thaku thai ... ee jen sundar khana hei thila, sethir lagi Sri Lalit Padhi (eethara khaebar sabu dayitwa se uthei thile, enta ki sabu kharcha bi se kale na), Amit Pattjoshi, Subodh Padhi, Susant Behera, Biswapati Thakur, Dibya Panda (Chandan), Joney, Rahil, Diku, Roop, Biswadev bahut parishrama kari thile.

Khai sarla pare gote chhotia sabha basla ... eenar kalahandia parivar ra murabi hisab re Sri Lalit Padhi nke sammanit kara gala ... sabse bada katha, Bangalore ne nuakhai ke misei kari gote "Pushpuni Bhetghat" bi karbar lagi prastab se dele aru sabe sweekar kale ... January ne se bhetghat heba ...

Sabu katha sari gala je, ee bhitre jankar bisayare kahebar pasri jaichhen ... Partha Panda - Isha (Bijmara), jieki ebe Chennai ne achhe, se asithila Bangalore ke aru pura event ra photo mane uthala ... Bada sundar camera rakhichhe aru setki sundar photo mane bi utheichhe ... photo mane ne upload heichhe ... hetar saange Hemanta, Priyaranjan Joshi aru Amit Panda kari video recording bi karichhan ... subidha dekhi kari video manke upload karbar vyavastha karmun ...
Amar event re Arabinda Behera aru Shashank Tiwari misi kari registration kaam ta surukhuru re kale ... bishesh dhanyavad eetir lagi je semanke pura samay registration counter ne basbaake padla ...

Ee event ke bhal kari karbar ti jen sabu kalahandia mane sahajog karichhan, sabke dhanyavad. Lekhbar ti kichhi bhulbhal heichhe ki naa mane chhadi heijaichhe bele kshyama karbe.

Jai Ma Manikeswari.

September I love to forget

I can't even imagine of a bad September like this. So many things happen during last one month which shouldn't have happened and pray will never happen again. It started with assassination of Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, the 80-year-old monk . This is a sad and shocking incidence and it should be condemned at all level. But it doesn't stop here the aftermath riot,violence and the so called Bandh shocked me to my core. Killing of poor innocent people in the name of religion can't be justified at any level. Naveen Patnaik govt. has to take some strong step so that such incident shouldn't happen in future. All those who are involved in the brutal killing of Swamiji and those who involved in aftermath riot should be punished. The so called secular and foreign media in the mean time work overtime to tarnish the image of Hinduism which is not at all acceptable. We didn't gain anything but lost so many things because of all these misshappening. Staying so far away from your country you feel so helpless when all these things happen.

Still people are unable to come out from the shock of Kandhamal riot to worse the thing flood hits Orissa. It's the worst flood to hit Orissa in past 50 years affecting about 38 lakhs. Govt. needs to have well defined mechanism to handle such natural calamities. Every year we are hit by something or other like flood, drought cyclone. Govt.can't alone handle this it needs help from all quqarter. The Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti (UBSS) is a good initiative in this regards.We should come forward and help them to the best we can do as this is the high time they need us.

First riot then Flood is there anything left to worse the things. Iwas thinking no this is the limit of miss happening but I was wrong.On Sept 13 Delhi bomb blast has shaken the country. Terrorism is no crime; it is an act of war. India has been a victim of terrorism for the last more than two decades and has suffered more than any other country in terms of loss of precious human lives and property. We are not the only country who has suffered at the hands of international terrorism, but we surely are the only country who has shown this stoic passivity in the face of such great provocation. Is it because we are inheritors of a great tradition called gambhirta (indifference to painand pleasure) and therefore we should not get provoked easily, or is it because we are insensitive to the loss of ordinary people who become targets of such terror attacks? If not, then surely we have underestimated or ignored the gravity of the threat to an extent sufficient to have made the task of its perpetrators far easier. Wedon't have strict law to handle terrorism; we don't even dare to hang a terrorist even after the apex court giving him death sentence. Why we are so soft towards terrorist. Enough is enough; we must make it clear that we shall not suffer any more spilling of blood on ourstreets and shall put nothing to chance in matters of national security.

Riot, Flood, Bomb Blast anything left to happen...Unfortunately yes.US witnesses it biggest banking failure ever. Washington Mutual,popularly known as Wamu, became the latest casualty of the ongoing financial crisis which saw the collapse of the fourth largest investment bank in US Lehman Brothers and prompted the government to bailout other entities including Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Insurancegiant AIG. These financial crises have a large impact on Indian economy. Let's hope that things will settle down here and we have minimum impact back home...

When you will be far form your dear one then only u realize what it means to be far from ur friends, family ,country. For last few days, I am trying to pen down my experience, things those are going through my mind. September month was terrible for us. Lets hope next time I will write something on the positive side. I am missing our own Kalahandi Nua Kahi Bhet Ghat at B'lore. Thanks Tushar for posting all devlopmentabout Kalahndi. Jai Maa Manikeswari.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

friendship is arespective word

“Friends forever,” you promised.“Together till the end.”
We did everything with each other.You were my best friend.

When I was sad, you were by my side.
When I was scared, you felt my fear.
You were my best support -If I needed you, you were there.

You were the greatest friend,
You always knew what to say:
You made everything seem better.
As long as we had each other,
Everything would be okay.

But somewhere along the line,
We slowly came apart.I was here, you were there,
It tore a hole in my heart.
Things were changing,
Our cheerful music reversed its tune.
It was like having salt without pepper,
A sun without its moon.

Suddenly we were miles apart,
Two different people, with nothing the same.
It was as if we hadn’t been friends; Although we knew deep in our hearts
Neither one of us was to blame
You had made many new friends And luckily, so had I
But that didn’t change the hurt -The loss of our friendship made me cry.

As we grow older, things must change.
But they don’t always have to end.
Even though it is different, now,
You will always be my friend.

Satya Sidhartha Panda

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tourist places in Kalahandi


Another one from Biswapati. This time the tourist places in Kalahandi.

Please read on.

Amathaguda: Amathguda is a fort, situated on the right bank of the river Telto, the place where the road leading towards Balangir crosses the river. It is now in complete ruins. Nothing is definitely known about this fort, as its remains have not yet been investigated. The fort, presumably, was of considerable strategic importance in view of the fact that it stood close to the point where the river was crossed since ancient time. The road that spanned the river by a low bridge ran almost on the old route. Another bridge was constructed about a few meters away from the old ruined bridge. The high floods in river Tel that occurred in 1977 have washed portions of this new bridge away.

Asurgarh: Asurgarh is a small village situated in Narla Police Station area and is known for the remains of old fort. It is 5 km from Narla and 3 km from Rupra Road Railway station. Not far from the village is an oval shaped tank nearly 200 acres (80.9374 Hects.) in area. Between the tank and the river Sandul lie the ruins of the fort ‘Asurgarh’. The fort in its original shape was rectangular covering a wide extent of land encircled by a boat. It has four entrances; one each on the east, west, south and north where the deities Ganga Devi, Kala Pahad, Vaishnavi and Budharaja are respectively being worshipped. Goddess Dokari (Literally means "Old Lady") is the presiding deity of the fort. The central part of the fort is elevated, which is supposed to be the ruins of a palace. Local people believe that the fort was the seal of a demon kind called Gosingha daitya.

Belkhandi: Situated on the confluence of the river Tel and Uttei, two tributaries of the river Mahanadi, Belkhandi has gained prominence as a centre of religious activities and archaeological importance with a picturesque site. Ruins of 12th Century monuments have been excavated from there in the recent past. Among the sculptures, unearthed images of Sapta Matruka (Seven Mother Goddesses) and Uma Maheswar are note-worthy. The ruins of Belkhandi are preserved in a small museum adjacent to the temple premises. It is also an ideal site for an outing. This place is 67 km from Bhawanipatna.

Ampani: 77 km from Bhawanipatna on the road towards Nawarangpur, the picturesque Ampani hills present a panoramic view of nature. A frolicking valley called "Haladigundi" in Thishill range exhibits some peculiar features due to the reflected rays on the sun. In the morning and evening, the objects of vision appear yellow. The whole area abounds in spotted deer, Sambar and Black Panthers who can be seen at the Behera reservoir. Gudahandi, famous for pre-historic cave paintings, is also close-by.

Gudahandi: The Gudahandi hills are situated in the vicinity of Khaligarh, a tiny village close to the Koraput district border, about 17 km north-east of Ampani. In the Gudahandi hills are some ancient caves bearing pictographic paintings of remote antiquity. Khaligarh is a very out of the way place, the 17 km from Ampani being cart track, parts of which pass through dense forest. Three small hills, all of curved length, are together known as the Gudahandi hills. The north and the south hills join each other in the east leaving a courtyard like valley in between which opens towards the west. A huge block of stone slopping down to the east paves this valley. Just at the foot of these hills facing the valley are rows of caves. Except the one in north, all the caves are small in size. Although at places hewed to shape by human hand, they are mostly natural caves in red slate stone. Pictographic paintings in red and black colors appear at the entrances of some of caves in the southern row. These have not yet been thoroughly studied but it is generally surmised that they bear resemblance to the picture scripts of the Indus valley civilization. Besides Gudahandi in Kalahandi district, Bikramkhol and Ulapgarh in Sambalpur district and Naraj in Cuttack district also possess some writings resembling pictographic paintings - a fact indicative of pre-historic man's habitation in Orissa. The third hill extending north to south stands like a way to the immediate west of the valley. But as this hill does not join with the other two, the valley is approachable from the north as well as from the south by a narrow pass. All the three hills, taken together, have the appearance of a pot with a lid on. The name Gudahandi, meaning a pot for molasses, may have its origin in the impression its shape apparently conveys. A rivulet named Behera flows past the village. There are remains of a very old dam across this rivulet; local people call it the work of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas.

Junagarh: It is ancient capital of Kalahandi. Junagarh was a well-built fort; the fortified area has a number of temples with Oriya inscriptions. ‘Sati pillars’, sculptural evidence of the "Sati-Rite" which was prevalent in medieval India, is also found here. Junagarh is 26 km. from Bhawanipatna.

Karlapat: Karlapat is a small village in Thuamul Rampur Police Station area. Nearby, there is a waterfall called “Khandual” fall at the foot of a hill. The hilltop is the abode of a female deity, “Khandua”. The fall was formerly utilized, in some indigenous manner, to operate a crushing mill. At Karlapat, there is a temple dedicated to "Ma Manikeswari".

Lanjigarh: Lanjigarh is a village situated to the south-east of Bhawanipatna, near the Kalahandi-Koraput border. It is 64 km. from Bhawanipatna by road. The 428 ft. high summit of the Nimgiri hills, situated just on the district border, overlooks a narrow valley to its north of which Lanjigarh forms the apex. Lanjigarh was the headquarters of Lanjigarh Zamindari under Kalahandi ex-state. The village has some fortifications with a large moat around. The deity "Dokari" is greatly revered in the area. The local Jhami Yatra or Jhamu Yatra in the month of Chaitra (March - April) is an occasion when thousands of people gather and witness the walking on burning charcoal by a number of devotees. Lanjigarh exports Black-gram(Biri), Ragi(Mandia), Sesamum(Til), mustard seeds and pulses (Kandul). Guava, Orange and Sugar cane are grown in plenty near Lanjigarh. River Bandhara originates from this hilly area.

Mohangiri: Mohangiri is a village in Madanpur-Rampur Police Station, close to the border with Boudh-Kandhamals in the north-east corner of the district. It is 35 km. from Madanpur Rampur. The village is near a stream called Kali Ganga. A dilapidated Siva temple stands on the bank of the stream. There are a few short epigraphs on its walls and pillars.

Phurlijharan: Fifteen kilometers from Bhawanipatna, Phurlijharan is a perennial waterfall about 30 ft in height and has a special charm of its own. The multicolored rainbow created by the sunrays falling on the scattered water particles of the fall is an amusing sight to be seen. The evergreen forests around the fall provide ample opportunities for picnics.

Rabandarh: Rabandarh is a place of great scenic beauty lying about 13 km. from Bhawanipatna and approachable by a dusty road. It is named after a small waterfall inside a mountain gorge. The panorama around provides some delightful contrasts of scenery, in mountains and over looking dales, in bore rocks and thick forests and in the eternal calmness of the surroundings broken by the music of the fall. The stream, which creates the fall, almost dries up during the hot season. Down stream, a minor irrigation project utilizes its water for agriculture purposes.

Kalahandi - Fact File

This article may be construed as a fact-file for Kalahandi. The data was collected from the official site of Kalahandi, which is maintained by the National Informatics Center. Mr Biswapati Thakur did an excellent job in collecting the data and then compiled it to a presentable form. Our hearty thanks to him.

A special request to all of you. If you find any factual or typo error in the article, please send a mail to, informing the same. We may have to contact the NIC to rectify it on the parent web-site. And also, if you find any article about Kalahandi in the web, please feel free to send it across, so that we can send it across to 'Kalahandias@Bangalore'.

Please read on.

Origin and Historical Background
The present district of Kalahandi was in ancient times a princely state, part of south Kosals. After independence of the country, merger of princely state with India took place on 1st January 1948. Kalahandi was merged in Orissa along with other princely states on November 1, 1949. Subsequently, in 1962, Kashipur Police Station was taken out from this district and merged with Koraput.

Geographical Location
Kalahandi district occupies the south-western portion of Orissa and is situated between 19 degree 3' N and 21 degree 5' N latitude and 82 degree 30 E and 83 Degree 74' E longitude. It is bounded in the north by the district of Balangir and Nawapara, on the south by the district of Rayagada, on the west by the district of Nawarangpur and Raipur (Chhatisgarh) and on the east by the district of Rayagada and Boudh. It extends over an area of 8,364.89 sq. km. The district headquarters is at Bhawanipatna town, which stands almost to the eastern border.

Rainfall and Climate
The average annual rainfall of the district is 1378.20 mm. The variation in the rainfall from year to year is not large. The monsoon starts late in June and generally lasts unto September. 90% of the rainfall is received from June to September. August is the month with more number of rainy days.

May is the hottest month when the maximum temperature is about 45 C (82 degree F). December is the coldest month, as the mean daily minimum temperature is recorded at 11 degree C. Relative humidity is generally higher from June to December. It is lower (27%) in the non-monsoon months. During August, it is in the higher side of 70% and during March, it is the lowest, at around 27%.

Tel, Indravati, which are tributaries of large rivers like Mahanadi and Godavari, may be mentioned amongst the principal rivers of Kalahandi. However, Tel is by far the longest and most important river of the district. Other important rivers are Hati, Sagada, Ret, Uttei, Raul, Sundary, Undanti, Nagavali. Most of the rivers go dry during summer. Indravati and Nagavali have originated from Thuamul Rampur of this district.

Nearly half of the total Geographical area of Kalahandi district, 4,962 sq. km. was covered with forest. In the recent times this has been a considerable shrinkage in forest areas due to denudation.

Rail: The total length of the Railway in the district is only 44 km. The Raipur-Vizianagaram broad-gauge link of the S.E. Railway passes through this district and connects 5 stations (Kesinga, Kandel, Rupra Road, Narla, Lanjigarh Road) in the district. It links the district with important places like Raipur, Vizianagaram, Rourkela, Bolangir, Sambalpur, Khariar Road.

Air: The only air-strip in the district is at Utkela, 25 km. from Bhawanipatna.

Administrative Division

Sub-divisions: 2 (Bhawanipatna and Dharamgarh)

Police Station: 12 (Bhawanipatna, Junagarh, Dharamgarh, Narla, Lanjigarh, Thuamul-Rampur, Mandanpur-Rampur, Koksara, Jaipatna, Ampani, Kesinga, …)

Tehsil: 13

Block: 13

Municipality: 1

N.A.C.: 2

Treasury: 1

Sub-Treasury: 5

Gram Panchayat: 195

Villages: 2185

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Systematic Investment Plan - Save Tax

- An article by Satyajit Pattjoshi

Investments ... particularly when made periodically, known as Systematic Investment.

Systematic Investment Plan ... Particularly when made with a view to attain the better returns and to have at required time.

Do you like the idea of a bank balance of Rs.1 crore before you decide to retire from work? The crore figure is sure to tempt you but your worry could be how to build that balance. All it requires is a monthly savings of Rs.3405/-. Sounds too simple? That is if you stick to Systematic Savings and Investment habit at an early stage.

If you can save Rs.1500/- every month for 25 years, you can be a crorepati. Here we assume that the investment you choose gives you a return of 20%. Now you must be wondering how to get a return of 20% when bank deposits offer an interest rate of only 5-6%. If you want a hefty bank balance, you have to do some mix and match. You can't achieve your targets simply by putting money in a safe bank deposit. That also doesn't mean you have to risk all your savings by dabbling in the stock market for a high return.

If you are looking for 20% return, try and put 75% of your savings in an equity fund and stick to a fixed product for the balance 25% savings. For instance, even post office product gives an assured return of 8% at current levels. So generating the balance required returns from a direct equity investment or through an equity fund shouldn't be a problem. Equity fund in the last few years have generated returns of over 20%.

If you don't have the patience to save for 25 years, you can settle for a shorter period. But you should be willing to save more money on a monthly basis. It takes only 20 years if you save Rs.3750/- every month and it takes only 15 years if you save Rs.9750/- every month for a maturity amount of Rs.1 crore (at 20% compounded interest).

Now there are many who can put aside much more than these amounts every month. For them, the Systematic Investment Insurance Plans can only get even bigger. A monthly savings of Rs.2000/- can actually bloat up to Rs.1.36 crore and Rs.3000/- can actually bloat up to Rs.2.04 crore at the end of 25 years. Isn't the target tempting to think of Systematic Investment strategy?

Monday, November 27, 2006

From Dangriguda to Detroit


"As I was sitting in my cubicle, I was thinking how I can make use of this notice period which I am going through. Because technically I am having no work these days. So I thought why not pen down something for we kalahandias.

The below story is a pure imagination and does not resemble anybody's real life story. It is not even my story. It is a pure fiction. None of the facts and figures are correct. But as you will read through, I swear each one of us will fit into the character somewhere or the other. As you will go deep you will find that each one of us have been through this phase of life. May be some of us have come half the way, few the complete journey and for few yet to come. This is just an attempt to bring back our old memories and recall how we have come all this way long. I know it is a bit lengthy but somewhere you will be able to relate yourself to it.

Hope this keeps you stuck."

-- Chandan Panda.

"May I have your kind attention please? Flight number AI3207 from Bangalore to Detroit is ready for takeoff. All the passengers are requested to fasten their seat belts”. I became more cautious and checked my seat belt as I heard this from a beautiful lady dressed in red and white saree. I was traveling to Detroit, a beautiful city located in the eastern part of US of A for the so called "Requirement Gathering" for a US based software firm called "FCG services". Oops! I forgot to tell you that I have been working for FCG Services for the last 14 months as a Tech Lead.

I had managed to get a window seat and as I looked at the Bangalore airport, the flight took off with a boisterous noise. I was much more nervous than anybody else in the flight because this was my first trip outside India and believe me it was my first ever air travel. Apart from all these I was quite excited and also had a proud feeling that finally I did make it.

Then as I was looking at the clouds (we were miles above see level now), something struck my mind. All of a sudden I started thinking why am I going to Detroit? Why am I working for FCG? Why do I write java codes? What have I done in life that I have achieved this dream moment? What is that I have done that has brought me so far? So far away from my family? So far away from my home? So far away from Dangriguda? Yes, Dangriguda is my native place. I was born there. All of a sudden I started thinking about my childhood days. It was a complete flashback for me.

I was going 23 years down the lane. Every thing was very clear in my mind as if it happened to me just before I got into the Bangalore airport.

Well! Well! Let me take you through what all was going in my mind as I looked off the window from my seat numbered A-23. Let me take you through my journey from Dangriguda to Detroit.

I was born in Dangriguda, a village in Koksara block in Kalahandi district. “Kalahandi”, Well! We get very nostalgic when we hear of this name. My father was a farmer. A typical kalahandia farmer which people there are very proud of. I have two elder sisters and was the only son. Was brought up in a pretty middle class way. Did study till class 4 in Kusumkhunti School.

Wow! Those were the days which can be cherished for ever. Our "halia" (servant) used to take me and my sister to the school with me sitting in the front seat of the bicycle. I can still remember those days when I along with my friends used to play "chu chuani","bis amruth","nadi ki pahad" etc. All the dust, sand and mud, everything used be so much pure for us. Even more purified than todays Air Condition and mineral water. After playing for hours in the sun and taking a bath in the "chuan" (Well) used be like heaven. It can never match up with todays "showers" and "Steam bath". And after that my "Aai" (Grandmother) used to shout aloud "kahi ana re, kete khara ne khelibulsu ta". And my! my! Those Pakhal with "ambul" and "lia badi".

As I was thinking of Pakhal and lia badi, there was this beautifull princess serving my meals with a smile. As I opened the packed food, I found a burger with cheese, there was bread stuffed with Chicken (Hope so it was chicken) and few potato fries. I had no choice than to eat it but with the flavor of lia badi in my mind. I some how managed to finish it, though i had to take the cheese out of the burger. After that I thought of taking a nap and so I put on my iPod to the beats of Bryan Adams. Remember I was traveling to United States.

But how could I sleep with such good memories streaming through my mind. I put off Bryan Adams and started to murmur "Ekda Ekda". I again went back to my school days. After completing my 4th class in kusumkhunti my father decided to send me to Bhawanipatna. I was admitted to Vimala Convent School and was staying in Hostel. Those were my most notorious and memorable days.

There was a sudden change in my life. After all i was shifted to a more developed place. I started learning English. This was my first step towards Detroit.

Initially it was very difficult for me to cope up with. But then i had friends. Friends who are still with me. And believe me school friends are those who are to be cherished throughout your life. Suddenly my life style changed. I started playing cricket, watched TV and went for movies. Even bunked classes and watched cricket match. But the next day, a doctor's prescription would be ready for the class teacher. Those New Year picnics, those inter school competitions etc. There's nothing that can match those days. That time i never ever thought what I would do to after 10th.I passed 10th with 1st division (luckily).

Then came the devil's period. My +2 in Government College Bhawanipatna. I took science as I had decent marks in 10th. But never knew what it was all about. That time I remember my father saying "Dekh se SBI bank ra manager ra pila science padhi thila, aru ebe engineer ache". That excited me to take science. But the word "engineer" for me gave an idea of building dams and roads.

I took science. This was my second step towards Detroit. Though i went to college but hardly attended any classes. Yes, i used to attend only Physics classes because the theory of “force” and “Buoyancy” caught my interest. I hated math. But, yes we were very regular with practicals, because there used to be few good looking girls in our group. Yes even more prettier than this air hostess. The best part would be, while bunking classes and sitting near the college main gate. Someone would suddenly shout aloud "ae ae side diya..kiye kichi nayi kaiba..morta asuche.." . Each day would pass with loads of fun.

That time i used to think "+2 gote sari gale tension jeita". Those were the days full of fun. Going to tutions were the best part. That time i never knew what a burger was, never thought one day i will fastening my seat belt and never thought one day i will be jotting down the requirements in an excel sheet.

Slowly but steadily i was stepping into this new new world. I completed my +2 with a second division. But when i went to my village, my "badma" asked me

"pass kalu kein re.." and in reply i just smiled. Then i realized that as i was moving into this new world and people back in my village are still the same, still so very unaware of all these and still so very satisfied and happy.

After preparing for 1 long year in bhubaneswar finally i did not crack engineering. Moving to Bhubaneswar was my next step to Detroit.

I then took some computer courses and managed to get into MCA.This was again suggested by my father.Not only suggestions but few

examples like..see he got this much marks,he is doing this and that.There was no other option than to listen.

Again I felt that i was moving into different world. Those were the days when we first saw girls in jeans and mini skirts apart from the bollywood movies. The Forum Mart had become a regular hangout place. I stayed in Sahid Nagar (in front of RD women's college). First few semesters were quite interesting. The ragging, then the girls, the canteen and movies during college hours. We were enjoying every bit of it. There used be serious study only 15 days prior to the exam. That time again i used to think.."MCA gote sari gale tension jeita".

But I never knew there was never an end to it. My life style was changing slowly. For the first time i brought a pair of LEE jeans. I got the so called "branded" tag. From "arsa pitha" to "egg chicken roll", everything was changing for me.

I was in my last semester,when we heard of the concept called “campus recruitment”. Companies from Bangalore came to our college campus to recruit students. Then we came to know what an MNC is. Even then i was not serious about what i would do next. We were seeing people getting thru companies and heard about the most juicy part i.e. salary package. I never thought that it would mean so much to we student who would get round 2000 to 2500 from their parents at the start of the month. Only few "good" students got into MNCs.

As I was recalling all these i was literally sweating, even in the midst of clouds. Then again comes the lady. Sorry the beautifull lady with a smile and asks "sir tea or coffe".I opted for tea. The tea reminded me of the famous tea shop in sahid nagar.Yup! not the taste though.

I went back to my post MCA days. I passed MCA but again with a 2nd division. There was tension all around. People did not know what to do and what not to do. I went to my village after that. There people were saying different things..."Padha saralu ken ga...ebe kana.."."Se tar pila ene chakri karuche ken ga..". It was real frustration. One of my father's friends suggested me to go to Bangalore and look for job there. He said "amar gaanr kete pila henke jai kina chakri pelena.."

Finally I decided to come to Bangalore. Probably this as my most important step towards Detroit. Here again I was entering a new world. I stayed at ejipura, near Kormangala. I started giving interviews and not to my surprise i was not clearing even one round. That time i used to think "chaakri gote mili gale life ra tension jeita..". There were lot of people in this field already from our place. All of them were kind enough to guide me. After giving tons of interviews, finally i cracked one. The company name was "IvySoft". It was news in our village. Few others from our village went to Bhubaneswar to study MCA.

Again I was entering a new world. It was complete transformation. From satyam cinema hall to Kesari to PVR. From “mach bhaja” to “roll” to “Mc Donalds”.

I went home after few months. I was literally into tears when handed over 2000 rupees to my mother. After coming back, i got offer from FCG Services and joined as a senior s/w engineer. It was a so called US MNC. Then i used to think "Tech Lead ki Project manager gote hi gale chinta jiba."

After 1 year i was promoted as Tech Lead .Life was changing with the speed of a rocket. Right from reading "bournaboudh" to writing java code. From "dhekisal" to "cubicles", from "kan phus phus" to "client calls" and from “nuakhai to Christmas”.

I had already entered the endangered world of "technocrats”. One fine day my manager told me that i will have to fly to Detroit for requirement gathering for a new project. I could not make out what he was telling and then I went to Google and searched for Detroit and found that it is a place in USA.

There is no description to my excitement at that time. First thing I did was call up home and tell. It was nearly a Diwali for them. Then i got a email that i have to fly in next 4 days. This was my first trip so i had to take a lot of suggestions from lot many people. Then finally i got a chance to enter the HAL Airport, which we used to see from the local buses.

Thinking of all these I went off to sleep. Then all of a sudden I heard a beautiful voice saying "May I have your kind attention please. Flight number AI3207 from Bangalore to Detroit is ready for landing. All the passengers are requested to fasten their seat belts".

Finally I stepped into the land of dreams. The United States of America. As I walked out off the airport wearing a denim jeans and white shirt along with my luggage, there was this executive from FCG waiting for me with a luxurious Toyota.

As i sat inside the car, i was again having a proud feeling. But this time not because i have stepped into my dream land but because during those 7-8 hours in the flight i had traveled a much longer journey i.e. journey from Dangriguda to Detroit. I was feeling proud because I realized that I have not forgotten my basics. I have not forgotten those days of playing "chun chuani" and "nadi ki pahad". Playing in the sun, taking bath in the "chuan", eating pakhal and badi, those high profile lectures from parents and relatives, all were afresh in my mind. I had not forgotten bunking classes and watching cricket world cup, those sitting in government college main gate. I had not forgotten sahid nagar and RD college. I was feeling proud because I had not forgotten my journey from "Dangriguda to Detroit". I was feeling proud because I had not forgotten Kalahandi.

As I enterd the FCG, Detroit office next morning, one thing that struck my mind was "jaldi e requirement gathering gote sari jeita bele tension jeita..".

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Seva @ Bangalore

A couple of months back a group of Oriyas, working in Bangalore, had been to Nandi hills for an outing. For an outsider, it may seem as just another picnic where a bunch of guys go out and have fun, but it was much more than that. It was about the belongingness that we have for our motherland; it was about the love we have for our fellow-beings. During the picnic, we had a nice discussion on the issues related to Orissa and the possible solutions. Many of us were quite excited at the prospect of being able to help Orissa in someway or the other. The picnic had a definite conclusion: we, at Bangalore, need to do something for the betterment of Orissa. In that regard, the picnic was a huge success in bringing a lot of like minded people together. On our way back, a strange feeling was doing rounds. “Was it the beginning or the end?” It happens in a lot of endeavors that after the initial success, the enthusiasm level drops and the mission dies. It was unacceptable to us. Within one week, we had a concrete plan. A lot of young Oriyas, after completing B.E./B.Tech./MCA come to Bangalore to seek for jobs. With growing number of graduates turning to Bangalore, these people are subjected to fierce competition. We thought, we could help them with the years of experience we have in IT field. The concept was to start a discussion forum, where they can discuss about the technical challenges they are facing and we can share our experience with them. The idea was to sharpen their technical abilities as well as boosting up their confidence. The support from Global Oriya community gave enormous momentum to the movement. The response to this project was overwhelming, both from freshers as well as the would-be-mentors. We planned to meet on a weekly basis and had the inauguration ceremony on October 1, Sunday at Visweswaraiya College on the Airport road. After a couple of weeks, we moved to a nearby primary school. Since the day of the start, where we had only one forum to discuss about C/C++, we have grown to 3 forums with additions for Java and Testing. The topics for discussion are decided beforehand and the mentors come prepared with a range of tricky concepts. The sessions are so refreshing that you would definitely learn something at the end of it, no matter what you are - a fresher or a seasoned pro. The joy of being there can’t be put in words; it feels like a job accomplished, like you did something for the society. A sense of satisfaction that comes when you see them smile cannot be described, it can only be experienced. Visit the place once and you would experience the same feeling which prompted me to write this article. See you there someday.