Sunday, December 29, 2019

BYE BYE 2019 / Welcome 2020!

BYE BYE 2019
Before I finally say goodbye to 2019
I would like to say
to each and everyone of you.
For the impact you had in my life
Specially for those who sent me email,
You have enriched my year!!
I wish you all a magical
Festive Season filled with
Loving Wishes and beautiful thoughts.
May your coming year mark the beginning
of Love,
Happiness and Bright Future.
To those who need someone special,
may you find that true love.
To those who need money,
may your finances overflow.
To those who need caring,
May you find a good heart to care for you.
To those who need friends,
May you meet someone who will also
enrich your life.
To those who need life,
May you find God.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Greatest Love Story

A sneak into the realms of  ancient Arabia
There lived the noblest woman of that area
A successful and flourishing entrepreneur
A symbol of  elegance and ethical demeanor

Her tradings were in a situation too critical
It was difficult for her in a society so patriarchal
She looked for a man to handle her affairs
A reliable person with no false graces and airs

She entrusted her business to a trustworthy caretaker
A man known for his truthfulness, 15 years younger
 A trip abroad, he made her business grow manifold
His sincerity and dedication appealed her to behold

This woman of 40, who was the most sought after
Had turned down every prominent marriage offer
She had ceased to tread that road after being widowed
She had no desire to love again or to be loved

Friday, October 11, 2019

Last Muslim King in Spain: 'These are the Keys of this Paradise'

It was the moment which set Spain on a course to become the greatest power in early modern Europe. On January 2, 1492 Abdallah Muhammad bin Ali, or Muhammad XII, known as Boabdil, the last Moorish sultan of Granada and head of the Nasrid dynasty, surrendered his city and handed over the keys of the Alhambra to the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. The Christian rulers had approached Granada accompanied by the cardinal of Spain, Francisco Cisneros, and a brilliant retinue of courtiers and noblemen, among whom was Christopher Colombus.

All the Christian royalty and knighthood wore Moorish dress, brocade and silk tunics and the waist sash or marlota, in a gesture of apparent respect, a visual statement to placate, reassure and suggest commonality. In reality, it was more an act of insolent appropriation and absorption of what was Moorish by the enemy. It was a gesture that epitomized the aggressively hostile ethos of the Reconquest, which manifested itself in a latent desire to usurp and eliminate that culture and religion. That desire finally became a reality in 1609, when all Moriscos or converted Muslims were expelled from Spain.
Boabdil rode out to meet them, departing from the Gate of Seven Floors at the Alhambra, down steep slopes offering magnificent views of the city he was about to leave forever. At this official, public surrender of Granada to the Christian enemy, Boabdil handed the keys of his city to Ferdinand, and was  recorded as saying in Arabic: “God loves you greatly. Sir, these are the keys of this paradise. I and those inside it are yours.”


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