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Why in India most men wear rings?



I got surprised first when I saw men wearing rings. Lots of rings. I still don’t like it but at least I understand it: they wear them out of superstition.


Spirituality and superstition, the line is very thin. I think belief in stone belongs to the second category but this is only my opinion…  Here some people are ready to pay a fortune to have a certain number on their car plate. Some women change their first name after marriage to have a more auspicious one. Some marry trees or cut the throat of a goat if the marriage is announced inauspicious by the stars – and we are talking high class society here.


So why not wear gems?

“In Vedic astrology, gemstones are recommended based on your horoscope. It is believed that by wearing these prescribed gemstones you can overcome the obstacles in your chart. The cause of unhappy relationships or lack of success can be astrological. Wearing a certain gemstone may turn your love life and career around so you can have a fulfilling relationship.      

Gems affect the subtle energy field, which emanates from every living thing, where our energetic and emotional habits, thought patterns, belief systems, and so on reside. The energy pattern of a gem directly affects one's emotional and mental energies, and over a period of time this promotes long-lasting changes.    

But the correct use of Gems is quite necessary. Gems are classified in to two types: Hot and Cold. Ruby, Red coral, Diamond and Cat's eye are Hot gems whereas Pearl, Topaz, Blue Sapphire and Gomed are Cold in nature.        


Ruby (Manimya)
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyRuby is said to give name, fame, virtue, vigor, warmth and commanding power to its user. It also enhances the status of a person. It helps to cure peptic ulcer, fever, rheumatism, gout. Ladies should avoid the use of Ruby as it can destroy the body luster. Ruby should be used in Gold.



Pearl (Moti)         
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyPearl is used to remove the evil effects of moon and it strengthens the mind and increases the good sleep and cures insomnia. It also gives good memory, cures uterine disorders, heart trouble and eye diseases, hysteria and pleurisy etc. It also increases sexual strength and makes the conjugal life happy, removes melancholy and increases fortune.



Red Coral (Moonga)        
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyIt is said that Red Coral instills courage in its user. It also helps in curing blood related diseases. Coral ensures material happiness, recovery from diseases indicated by Mars such as fever, cough etc.



Emerald (Panna)              
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyIt increases intelligence and brain power. It improves faculties related to brain such as memory, communication, intuition, the intellect and the ability to learn. It is advised that newly wed couples should not wear this because it impairs conjugal happiness due to reduction in sexual desires.


india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyTopaz is one of the most widely used gems to help achieve better financial status. It is also believed that if there are obstructions in finding a suitable match for a girl, she gets married by wearing Topaz. It improves vision, gives life security, protects one from poverty, removes adversity, misfortune and melancholy.



Diamond (Heera)              
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyIt is said that the one who wears a diamond has a luxurious life. Diamond is also supposed to enhance the name, fame and artistic quality of a person. It also enhances sexual power, cures diabetes, diseases of urine and venereal diseases, skin and uterine diseases.



Yellow Sapphire (Pukhraj)            
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyYellow sapphire gemstones are very useful in astrology and vedic properties. It has many healing powers and is very important in star signs. It is said that this gem increase financial status. It will give wealth, good health, fame, name, honour and success too.



Blue Sapphire (Neelam) 
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyBlue Sapphire removes evil effects of Saturn. It is said that blue sapphire has the magical power to elevate its user to a higher status from all sides. However there is a caution. Sometimes this stone may react adversely. It is suggested that Blue Sapphire should be tested for one week before final wearing. It could give you everything you could desire such as health, wealth, longevity, happiness. It also restores lost wealth and property. Can improve fertility in a barren women.


Gomed (Gomode)             
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyThis Gem is for Shadow planet Rahu. The Shadow planet Rahu is supposed to be responsible for all sorts of delays or very late fulfillment of ambitions. Gomed can help in achieving speedy success in less time than expected. It cures diseases caused by affliction of Rahu and Saturn. It also increase appetite, vitality, confers good health, wealth, happiness and all sound prosperity.


Cat's Eye (Lahasunya)    
india,stones,rings,jewels,gems,superstition,numerology,astrology,astronomyCat's eye is useful for eradicating evil influences of Ketu and diseases given by Mars. This protects its wearer from hidden enemies, mysterious dangers and diseases. This is normally milky in color. For businessmen, it is a miraculous result giving stone. Bestows wealth by secret means like horse racing, gambling, stock exchange market and speculations.”



The stones should be recommended by an astrologer. 

However there is also a stone depending on the month of birth: 


Aquarian (Jan. 21-Feb. 19): Garnet            
CONSTANCY. From the Latin Granatum. According to the legend Noah used a garnet to light his ark. The gem resembles the pomegranate. 


Pisces (Feb. 20-Mar. 20): Amethyst            
SINCERITY. From the Greek Amethystos, meaning without drunkenness. Amethysts have been used to signify Christian humility. Believed to protect a wearer from extremes of passion. 


Aries (Mar. 21-April 20): Diamond
INNOCENCE. Used in an ancient ritual in India, where wealthy parents would sprinkle tiny diamonds over the heads of infants to keep them pure and virtuous.


Taurus (Apr. 21-May 20): Sapphire              
CLEAR THINKING. Praised for both its beauty and coolness to the touch, some believed the sapphire could put out fires. It was worn by the Greeks speaking wisdom from the Oracle.


Gemini (May 21-June 21): Pearls 
HEALTH & LONGEVITY. Its round shape and luminosity help explain why it was long considered the sacred gem of the moon.


Cancer (Jun 22-July 22): Emerald               
LOVE & SUCCESS. The rich green of the emerald gemstones make them an appropriate symbol for new life. Said to be helpful to women, bringing love and safety in childbirth.


Leo (July 23-Aug.22): 5 stones: Onyx, Carnelian, Sardonyx, Tourmaline & Golden Topaz          
FIDELITY. Named for the island of Topazios, the ancient Greeks believed the yellow topaz guarded against calamity.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Carnelian             
SUCCESS, STRENGTH. Believed to guarantee success in anything tried. The most favorable pieces are a deep red to red-orange hue. Carnelian was once considered strictly the property of nobility. People holding a high social status were often buried with this fleshy, pinkish-red gemstone.


Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Chrysolite or Peridot          
MARITAL HAPPINESS. Called the "gem of the sun," its black and white alternate sardonyx symbolizes both the sun and moon.


Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Topaz  
FIDELITY. It should be worn by every Scorpio to guarantee protection from "tears of sad repentance." 


Sagittarius (Nov.23-Dec. 21): Lapis Lazuli 
TRUTH AND FRIENDSHIP. Sagittarius also responds to the energies of topaz, chlorite, turquoise and red tourmaline. 


Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20): Ruby              
CONTENTMENT. Named from the Latin for red, it is said a ruby's luster will be revealed even if the stone is hidden beneath thick clothing.”




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Why in India people burp when eating (or at any other point of time)

  • Me: Hello, how are you today? 
  • My colleague: I’m not too good, I’ve got gas.

 Oh Lord, gaaas??? How graceful! So for one thing my question was rhetorical and for another thing, gas??? Oh, this is gonna be a long, long day… 

I wrote in August 2008 that while I "was peacefully walking in the street, a tiny old woman, passing by my side, let go of such a powerful burp that I would have been less shocked if she had called me a dirty bitch...".  


Five years later, this topic is still big for me; for instance I recently had to inform one of my managers that if he wanted to promote one of his sales guys one day, he would have to start by asking him to stop burping all the time. This PIG makes me lose my appetite every time we eat together. He burps a good ten times during the meal. And not the small burps eh, no he goes all out, gives everything he has...  

It is perhaps socially accepted (even appreciated) in India but when you work for an international company, you have to know the customs of your colleagues to avoid shocking your CEO visiting your country for a couple of days (and also losing all credit – yes I know, it’s sad but it is like this, we judge based on appearances...) 


I am no one to give moral lessons to an Indian who would let out a huge fart in a train. But when my colleague blew my right ear with his burp, at a moment I was least expecting it (I was sitting in the car and on the phone), I forbade him very strongly to ever repeat this with me, ever again... So that we could share a good professional understanding. I do my best to adapt but I must admit, it is really hard when it comes to all these body noises...


It is actually probably the right thing to do and let the nature do, mind you but I just can't! Indians farts and burps a lot because 1. They don't restrain themselves, 2. They eat a lot of spicy food (which increases gases). Simple! 


Here is what I had found on the burping theme at the time: 


I asked myself “why am I such a prude?”, “why, even after 2 years, I still lose myRot.jpg appetite when an Indian guy burps loudly in the middle of a meal or why hearing someone clearing his throat in the restaurant sink gives me nausea? Why do I feel like slapping my Indian boss when he farts during a meeting? 

Bah… I think that's CUL-TU-RAL... In Asia and the Middle East, a good eructation means that one has enjoyed the meal. In the Western world it is downright "yucky" (quote from the net which I fully support). 


And yet, yet... These burping things have long been accepted in the West too. 


For example, in the Roman empire: 

"Burping at the table was a politeness justified by philosophers who thought that following the nature was the wisest thing to do." Pushing further this doctrine, the Emperor Claudius had taken an edict authorizing emitting other gaseous sounds. In his epigrams, Martial shows off to his hosts by calling with a snap of fingers the slave who brings them the urinal and helps them to use it. Finally, it was common to see, at the end of the cena, vomit soiling the precious mosaics of the floor. “ (1)  


Then in the Middle-Age (2) (and you'll see that we are not far from the India of today!):  

At the time, we ate very spicy food (and this causes gases (and Indians eat very spicy)); this was the era of spicy stews. (3)  

Food is caught with the hands (which are regularly dipped in bowls of herbs to disinfect and perfume – fingerballs!). (4) 

And people spat: "In the Middle Age, spitting was not only a custom, but also a natural need. The only restrictions that apply the courteous knights were to not spit on the table or across the table, but only under the table. » (5)  


And finally at the Renaissance (I think this is the time burping started to become gross in Europe): 

“Table manners appear in the nobility around 1530 following the publication of a book entitled Civilitas morum puerilium by Erasmus.” (6) Mundane meals became a sort of show where everyone shows off to be recognised for his rank. Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) brought the fork (with two teeth), fine earthenware and glassware, but we continued to eat with the fingers. At the table, the banks of the Middle-Age were replaced by individual seats, the towel became routine: it was very big to protect the flanges. On the tables, spices were easy to grab and they started serving meals with some order: it began with fruits, then gruels, the roasts or the grills, to finish by desserts. » (7)  



india,table manner,farting,burping,eructationI did a small research and this is not an Indian who holds the record for the world loudest burp - they could, mind you, they already hold the record of longest hairs in the ears! (see post) - but a British, Hunnwhose burp reached 118.1 decibels (the equivalent of a chain saw in operation). 



·         "Why don't you burp or fart? Has this meal displeased you? “ Martin Luther. 

·         "Snobbery is a Champagne bubble that hesitates between fart and burp.” Serge Gainsbourg 

·         "Who does not burp nor fart is doomed to explode.": Erasmus.

 (1) Source: emperors - Roman .net 

(2) Article_Guidecasa.com_Le middle ages to table.pdf 

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(6) Source : Des bonnes manières.pdf

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(8) Source : Wikipedia




Why in India we can see the Nazi cross everywhere?

The immediate answer here (with a bit of pride because many Indians greatly admire the leadership skills of the dictator see here): Hitler copied the Hindu swastika and changed the sense of the branches... 

In fact, it is a little more complicated than that! 


india,swastika,sauvastika,hitler,racism,anti-semitism,wandervogel,mein kampf,flag,germany,napoleon,first world war,second world war,free india government,chandra bose,german federal empire,hakenkreuze,indo-european,aryan,jews,symbolThis cross (swastika), is a symbol of good fortune and well-being that has been used for over 3,000 years, in many cultures (it is the wan in China, the fylfot in England, the tetraskelion in Greece, the swastika in India and it is also present in the Amerindian, Japanese cultures etc). It was even sewn on the crests of the 45th American division during the first world war! 


And in Germany, Hitler was not even the first one to claim ownership of the symbol... 

In the 1870s, a German archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, found pieces of craftsmanship with swastikas on the alleged site of the ancient Troy in North Turkey. And since he had found similar pieces in Germany, he declared the swastika an ancient German symbol. The art of appropriation... 

It was matching well the theories at the time according to which the Aryan people would be originating from Northern Europe and would have colonized almost everywhere, carrying their cross with them... 


Let us draw the (unstable) context of the time where there was no real German identity. Indeed, it was only in 1871, after 70 years of conquest and formation of empires of the countries surrounding Germany, with Napoleon at the head of the procession, that the German Federal Empire was formed. In response to these disturbances, the German nationalist sentiment grew, with at its core a common hatred directed against Napoleon, his system and France.  


It is in this context of the emergence of a national consciousness that Friedrich Schlegel, a india,swastika,sauvastika,hitler,racism,anti-semitism,wandervogel,mein kampf,flag,germany,napoleon,first world war,second world war,free india government,chandra bose,german federal empire,hakenkreuze,indo-european,aryan,jews,symbolGerman scholar precursor and specialist of Indo-Europeanism, turned to the past and developed an interest in the origins of the Germans. He found links between indo-Iranians and German words: between “arya” (which refers to the Indo-Iranian people in their language) and “Ehre” (which means honor in German). He advanced the theory that in their language, the Indo-Europeans called themselves the “honorable people” (in Sanskrit Arya qualifies a noble man), and “Aryan” became synonymous with “Indo-European”. Through languages (and not ethnicity) were established ancestral links between Indians and Europeans. Schlegel placed the Aryan birthplace in India but gradually, scientists suggested different origins of the Aryan people (Central Asia, the Caspian Sea, then Southwest Europe). Finally it was decided that the Aryans had the physiotype of Northern Europeans. Quite far from history that places the ancient Indo-Iranian, Indo-European peoples in what is today Iran, Afghanistan and India. The Aryan had become the original man, of superior race. And he looked like the Germans! * 


To get back to the hakenkreuze, at the beginning of the 20th century it symbolized German nationalism: for example the Wandervogel, a German youth movement around 1895 used it. Then finally Hitler described the new Nazi flag in Mein Kampf: “In red we see the social idea of the movement, in white the nationalistic idea, in the swastika the mission of the struggle for the victory of the Aryan man, and, by the same token, the victory of the idea of creative work, which as such always has been and always will be anti-Semitic.” 


About the orientation of the branches, the two crosses have existed for thousands of years. The one that rotates clockwise (swastika) is a symbol that imitates the daily path of the sun. And the one that rotates the other way (sauvastika) generally represents night and black magic.


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On top of this, maybe it is only me who has a vision problem but it looks that both the Hindu swastika and the Nazi swastika rotate in the same direction (the difference being a rotation of 45 degrees)... 

 india,swastika,sauvastika,hitler,racism,anti-semitism,wandervogel,mein kampf,flag,germany,napoleon,first world war,second world war,free india government,chandra bose,german federal empire,hakenkreuze,indo-european,aryan,jews,symbol


In conclusion, Hitler has never set foot in India. I don’t think he really cared about it either. 

Even if he has supported the “Free India Government” (or Azad Hind) formed by Indian nationalists in exile, with the help of Japan, whose aim was to kick the British out of India. In my opinion Hitler’s only interest here was to piss off his British enemies. He thus allowed Chandra Bose to recruit an army in his camps where at the time tens of thousands of Indians arrested by Rommel in North Africa were kept – 3,000 soldiers lent allegiance in 1942. But Bose had lost faith in the help of the Germany and left to the Japan (alone) and his soldiers ended up in the regular German army before being sent back to India at the end of the war. 


* NB: The ideal of Hitler was not a Jew-free world but a world dominated by superior races. Which would naturally happen if he could eliminate inferior races and make the superior races reproduce (this is the theory of eugenics). He got people sterilized or simply got rid of them: the mentally challenged, the disabled, the blinds, and those suffering from genetic diseases. Then various races and peoples were included in the group: the old and sick, the deaf and the dumb, the “monkeys” (non-European breeds), the gypsies, the blacks. While the SS would spread their blessed seeds in special breeding farms where beautiful young blond girls were waiting for them. 


Hitler also used the theory of evolution as a weapon against religion which he hated. The moral virtues of religions (compassion, mercy, humility, love) didn’t really sticked well with his idea of a "merciless Aryan warrior."  


In this context, it didn't take much to get the Jews under his radar, which he seemed to have a grudge against since his childhood. He also blamed them for the defeat of the First World War and the economic crisis which followed the stock market crash of 1929. He saw socialism, that he abhorred, as a Jewish conspiracy, since many socialist leaders in Germany and elsewhere were Jewish (Rosa Luxemburg, Leon Trotsky, Karl Marx etc.). And it wouldn’t arm his government to get funds to finance his delirium from the wealth of the Jews (see the fortunes of the Rothschild, or Bamberger who co-founded the Deutsche Bank, etc.). 


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