April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
By William Shakespeare
We are in the month of April. A new financial year has started. It begins with the April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origin is uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar. The history behind it goes like this: Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated on Jan 1.
That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout the World.
In our country, April is the month of celebrating New Year. Culturally rich India has its own way to celebrate New Year’s Day around 14-15th April at different regions. Generally New Year is celebrated in different states of India at the time of harvesting of crops. The same day is celebrated at different regions of India with different names such as Ugadi (in Karnataka, Andhra pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Konkan) Gudi Padwa (in Madhya Pradesh), Baisakhi, Cheiraoba (in Manipur), Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu (in Assam), Puthandu (in Tamil Nadu), Poila Boishak (in West Bengal), Navreh (in Kashmir), Baisakhi (in Punjab, Haryana) and Thapna (Marwari New Year).
Adding to the colors of Holi in March, this year we had Cricket T-20 World cup, the final being held at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 3rd April. So cricket fans had a great entertaining month (though, with not so happy ending, India not winning in the Semis).
Moving on to the month’s edition, we have in store for you some great reviews, travelogues, articles, art works by our friends and family, and many more.
To begin with, in the writer’s corner, keeping in mind the hot pick of the season, we have lined up two articles for cricket fans: one describing the latest and most useful technologies used in the game, ‘Tech In Cricket’ and the other one describing the art of playing it, ‘Shouldered Arms’. Adding to it, we have an article on Immortality– an article yet again on Science and spirituality, trying to find an answer to “Who are we? Where do we come from? What should we do? Where are we going? Why are we here? What is reality? Are we just a result of random genetic selection by nature as proposed by Darwin or something more? Are we simply chemical, biological machines-this body?” – A must read! Next we provide you tour-guide of two different places: Goa & Kurukshetra. Well described beauty of both the places might make you think of applying for a leave!!
Next in Review section we have a book review on Khuswant Singh’s Train to Pakistan, a story about a village during partition in 1947.One more review mentions about Kingdom of dreams, a dreamland in NCR.
The Face-off section this time asks you about the best TV series watched by you!! Whether its Friends or Game of Thrones or Jungle Book!! Or is it Kyu ki Saas…. Choice is yours! Lets see, who gets the maximum votes!
Hope everyone have enjoyed Holi well. Glad to receive the photos for our @ Home section.
For our POM section, we have some nice clicks by our friends and colleagues.
A good news for all! We are glad to introduce a dedicated section named ‘Creations’ to showcase creative talents amongst us.
In our In focus section, this month we focus on a soul who lives for that adrenaline rush, a flying enthusiast who likes to sail through the skies, our very own Scott Ross from Howden.
This time we have tried something new in our Fun section – REBUS PUZZLE. Hope you will all enjoy guessing the answers. Whacky Web section has portrayed few tweets and comments on ‘Egypt Air Hijacking’ by a guy just to get back his wife!
Lastly, in our next section named as FBD Chronicles, this time highlight is on the events held in March which includes in-house cricket tournament, Holi celebration, Women’s day celebration by ladies club and many more activities in FBD campus.
So, here, I will sign off, welcoming you to this month’s edition and on behalf of the entire Enlightenment team, I would like to thank all our readers for their love and affection. We would love to receive your feedback and suggestions for the betterment of the magazine. Happy new year to all. Enjoy Summer! Enjoy reading!