Thursday , August 19, 1999
FOR Sneh Tuli, a doctor from Himachal Pradesh and now settled in Mumbai, it was a proud moment. Her book of poems "Zindagi-Zindagi" was released by none other than Ali Sardar Jafri, a noted Urdu poet and Gyanpith award winner.
A painter, a doctor, a poet and a social worker, Sneh is all combined in one.
Ali Sardar Jafri has incidentally written the foreword for the book. Since he was hospitalised and was unable to move, special arrangements were made for release of book at his residence though the official function was scheduled to be held at Mumbai's prestigious Cricket Club of India.
Among those present at the residence of Sardar Jafri were poet Nida Fazli and singer Anup Jalota. He praised this medico-turned-poetess for the simplicity and depth of her verses.
Later, the usual function was held at Cricket Club of India where Nida Fazli, Anup Jalota were joined by elite of Mumbai, including journalists, writers, intellectuals, writers and critics.
Thatched house for storing onions
A thatched house for onion storage has been constructed at the farmhouse of Mr Harjinder Singh Bhutto in Padhri Kalan village of Amritsar district with the guidance of the Horticulture Department.
Onions can be kept for a long time in this hut without it being spoilt, if stored properly.
Dr Pargat Singh, Deputy Director (Horticulture), stated that the cost of construction of this thatched house ranged between Rs 2500 and Rs 3000 and it could store 40 to 50 quintals of onions for four to five months.
The length, breadth and height of the thatched house is 15 ft, 4 ft, and 5 ft respectively. It is lined with bamboo sticks with a roof of cane. As a result, Punjab farmers can make profit during the off-season as onion is harvested in June.
The thatched house can cope with the scarcity of onions in October and provide a remunerative price to farmers. Such thatched houses deserve to be developed in Punjab.
Rare operation on infant
A rare and complicated brain operation has been performed successfully on a two-month-old child at Aggarwal Hospital in Yamunanagar.
The operation was performed on Kaka, son of Mr Ram Singh of Pabni village in the district, when he brought to the hospital in a critical condition. His head was larger in proportion to his body. After investigation, Dr Anil Aggarwal, diagnosed it to be a case of hydrocephalus (a disease in which excessive water keeps collecting inside the brain cavity). Due to excessive pressure inside the brain, the tissue and nerves in it got compressed and the child was unable to see. Besides, his eyes were rolling upwards and he was gasping for breath.
Recognising the grave condition of the child and deciding that he would not be able to reach the PGI, Chandigarh in time, Dr Aggarwal ventured to perform the operation himself. Struggling for hours together, he was able to perform the surgery successfully.
The child is recovering satisfactorily and his eyesight has been restored.
Rare temple architecture
Called the Birla temple of Himachal Pradesh, the Baba Baroh Temple devoted to Radha Krishna and Nav Durga is an impressive specimen of architectural beauty at its best. The all-while structure appears like a mini Taj.
The architectural design of the Baroh temple is deceptive. From outside it appears to be a three-piece structure, but inside the temple is one piece with one ground floor and another first floor connected by a staircase. It has three dug-in roof tops. Six giant columns support the structure from side. Two vast columns outside the temple have a flat structure with two small recesses and a heavy wooden gate tastefully lend beauty to the main building.
All round the temple 17 small carvings have been made. The temple has three balconies each opening towards the three directions of north, east and west. Along with architecture the rare beauty of the temple is in its artistic design. The attractive designs include fish girdles, duck patterns, leaf carvings, lotus representations, sunflower laces and lion-faced images.
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