My Visit to Karad, Maharashtra


 

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I was invited to the Perunnal of St. Mary’s Orthodox Parish, Karad, Maharashtra. I arrived Pune airport in the afternoon of 9th Sept. 2016 and the Vicar Rev. Fr. Siby (Fr. Skariah Thomas) and Dr. Arun (from Koothattukulam, doing MD in Community Health) received me to take up a three hour drive to Karad. It was a pleasant drive through the curves and uphill of the road. On the way we stopped at a tea shop and had cucumber slice and tea. I expressed my wish to visit one of the villages in that remote region of Maharastra. So the next day Mr.  P. D. John (Finance Officer of the University and trustee of the parish) offered to take us to a village called Susere. Very Rev. Younan Mulamoottil Cor-episcopo (founder vicar of the parish) and Dr. Arun joined us. John had talked to one of the district panchayat members Mr. Dhondiram Jado about our tour and he offered to go with us. The road was bumpy and it had its effect on my Spondylitis to go on Steroid. But it was worth a trip. We were given hearty welcome in the village. It indeed was a rare experience. A Maharashtra lady surprised us with her fluent and clear Malayalam at her house. Later we also visited the son of the founder of Krishna Institute of Medical Science which has the status of Deemed University, Dr. Suresh Bhosale in his office. He is truly a humanist just like his father was. We had the perunnal on that evening and the following day. I flew back to Kochi on Sunday late in the evening spending most of the early hours of 12th as I had to conduct re-dedication classes for the tenth grade Sunday School graduates which ended with Holy Qurbana on 13th. I boarded a train the same evening to Nagpur to fulfil my annual teaching assignment. That will bring you another story.

My Days at St. James’ Sunland, CA


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I spent few days with the vicar and parishioners of St. James Syriac Orthodox Church, Sunland CA. Mr. George Grer took me and Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Joseph Tarzi to have a lunch with him in the Chelsea Restaurant of the former ship turned museum The Queen Mary. We also had a Picnic Day. The Board of Elders and the Board of Trustees together hosted a Dinner in my honour too.

 

 

 

Once Again At Niagara Falls


I made it to Nayagara waterfall one more time from the Candian side last month. Mr. Abraham Thomas (Rajan) took me there. Previous that time I visited the falls was in winter. So this was another experience. Thanks to Rajan and Sajini in Hamilton who were my host. A video is uploaded to my Youtube channel

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ഞാനല്ല പൊതു സമുഹമാണ് പറയുന്നത്


I did not say this (don’t blame it on me), it is the general public that made this comment. Watch this video and judge for yourself:

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Yosemite Park Visit


I am on a visit to US and went to conduct Holy Qurbana at St. George Orthodox Church, San Francisco. I was taken by Mr. Joy to visit Yosemite Park near San Francisco. A brief discription of the park is given below.

Yosemite National Park (jˈsɛmɨt/ yoh-SEM-it-ee) is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of California, United States. The park covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km2)and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend their time in the seven square miles (18 km2) of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness.

Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. The park has an elevation range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet (648 to 3,997 m) and contains five major vegetation zones: chaparral/oak woodland, lower montane forest, upper montane forest, subalpine zone, and alpine. Of California’s 7,000 plant species, about 50% occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20% within Yosemite. There is suitable habitat or documentation for more than 160 rare plants in the park, with rare local geologic formations and unique soils characterizing the restricted ranges many of these plants occupy.

The geology of the Yosemite area is characterized by granitic rocks and remnants of older rock. About 10 million years ago, the Sierra Nevada was uplifted and then tilted to form its relatively gentle western slopes and the more dramatic eastern slopes. The uplift increased the steepness of stream and river beds, resulting in formation of deep, narrow canyons. About 1 million years ago, snow and ice accumulated, forming glaciers at the higher alpine meadows that moved down the river valleys. Ice thickness in Yosemite Valley may have reached 4,000 feet (1,200 m) during the early glacial episode. The downslope movement of the ice masses cut and sculpted the U-shaped valley.

The 1,189 sq mi (3,080 km2) park is roughly the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island and contains thousands of lakes and ponds, 1,600 miles (2,600 km) of streams, 800 miles (1,300 km) of hiking trails, and 350 miles (560 km) of roads.[8] Two federally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Merced and the Tuolumne, begin within Yosemite’s borders and flow westward through the Sierra foothills, into the Central Valley of California. Annual park visitation exceeds 3.5 million, with most visitor use concentrated in the seven-square mile (18 km2) area of Yosemite Valley (information courtesy Wikipedia).

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My Visit to Burj Khalifa, Dubai


I visited Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world which is in Dubai with my mother, brother and his family. Few videos and pictures:

Visit to the New Church Sts. Baselius Gregorios Orthodox Church of Central Jersey is Buying


The 12 year old parish of Sts. Baselius, Gregorios Orthodox Church of Central Jersey is buying a Church of their own. I paid a visit to the Church with Rev. Fr. C.C. Mathew (vicar), Mrs. Ruthamma Chacko (wife of vicar) and Mr. Saji George (PR team leader). I have been a friend of this parish from the very beginning and still they honor the relationship. Photo courtsey: Mr. Saji George.This has been St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

I conducted H. Qurbana at their rented Church on 20th Nov. 2011.

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