Winter theories

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When does the winter season end? There are two theories. One, it is said it concludes with Rathasaptami, the seventh day of the month of Magha when the wheels of the Sun's chariot rotate fast generating enough heat to provide warmth during winter. This is followed by the Maha Sivaratri day three weeks later when the winter is said to vanish chanting ‘Siva Siva'.

One is also reminded of the fable involving the thrifty ant, the prodigal cricket. A starving cricket which didn't believe in saving for the future needs, goes to the ant for food during winter. The ant asks the cricket what the latter did during summer. When the cricket replied that it enjoyed the summer singing, pat comes the reply from the ant: ‘Dance the winter away'. And talking of cricket, the game of cricket in India generates enough heat to drive away any cold winter.

Connecting niche

Signal has always been associated with the Railways. That is, until cell phones came onto the scene. After that whether signal is available or not has become a very important aspect.

In the agency area of the district, only BSNL has a wide spread. Aragadapalli is a small village, about 15 km away from the interior G. Madugula in the Agency area of the district.

However, at Aragadapalli also one finds it difficult even to connect via BSNL cell phone. But villagers have found a way out. After trekking a few metres at a thatched house on the front beam of the slanting roof a small niche in the form of small cell-phone holder was fixed. One has to place the phone in the niche and dial the number.

The phone does not connect even if the number is dialled and kept in the niche. The same holds good for even sending SMS.

A tribal says his brother found that the place had access to signal and since then everyone comes to call from there. So eavesdropping can't be frowned upon here.

Ticket war

The rivalry between Rajya Sabha member T. Subbarami Reddy and Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari over contesting from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat seems to have reached the flashpoint. Both seem to be nursing the hope of convincing the high command to get the ticket for polls slated in 2014.

Mr. Reddy, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Forest, very often claims that he has ‘adopted' Visakhapatnam after migrating from Nellore.

At a press conference the other day, he said he was certain to get the ticket. “I am confident of winning as I have done a lot of service to the area from my own funds for more than three decades. Ms. Purundeswari and former Chief Minister N. Janardhan Reddy, who represented the Lok Sabha constituency before her, were guests to this area,'' he remarked.

(Prabhakkar Sharma, G.V. Prasada Sarma, and Santosh Patnaik)



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