THE HEM ANNUAL REPORT: Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

On the very last day of 2015, it has been my pleasure to have provided you all with quality news, views and features, and to have consistently remained true to our core objectives of impartiality, information and telling the facts as they are. As we look down into the beginnings of a new year, I have been very proud of this blog and everything it has achieved.   In 2015, I made news and writing a bigger focus of the Half-Eaten Mind than ever before, and our proprietary GIF Moments were spun off into a second blog named Gifville, which … Continue reading THE HEM ANNUAL REPORT: Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

PHOTO MOMENT: Happy Hindu New Year 2072

This Saturday marks the Hindu New Year V.S. 2072. This new year’s day is most keenly celebrated in north India and Nepal, although some peoples such as the Gujaratis, Tamils and Bengalis mark their new year’s on a different date. This new year also marks the beginning of spring and the agricultural season in the northern parts of the Asian subcontinent. It also marks the beginning of the nine-day festival of Navratri, in honour of Goddess Durga. “The Hindu New Year 2072 or Vikram Nav Varsh Samvant,is celebrated on Chaitra Shukala Pratipada (March – April). In 2015, the Nav Samvat … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Happy Hindu New Year 2072

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015: Vijay’s best new year images

2015….new year…new beginnings….new opportunities. I just can’t believe it that within three days, we’ll be approaching the middle of the decade, and that it has been fifteen years since the dawn of the Millennium (Year 2000). Those of you reading who were alive then might remember how everyone was harping on about the Y2K Bug and how all our electronics and computers would fail and airplanes would plummet out of the sky. Well, we survived that. Let’s hope we don’t get slain by too much cola/champagne and giant New Year’s meals. In 2015, I’ll be in my fourth decade of … Continue reading HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015: Vijay’s best new year images

PHOTO MOMENT: New HEM wallpapers for 2014 by Alex

with Alex Smithson (image designer & contributor) To celebrate the New Year and as part of a massive redesigning of his blog, my good friend Alex has produced the latest in a series of wallpapers especially developed for the Half-Eaten Mind. Alex recently has rejigged and renamed his blog to start a new blogging experience afresh in 2014. Formerly known as “Photography-Nature”, the blog has now be unveiled under the new title “Mother Nature” as Alex places greater emphasis on his notable skills as a nature/wildlife and city-scene photographer, as well as developing his proficiency and interests in technology. The … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: New HEM wallpapers for 2014 by Alex

PHOTO MOMENT: Anjali’s New Year’s Greetings

with Anjali Shah (image designer & contributor) Hey heeeeyy!! This is not only the Half-Eaten Mind’s first Photo Moment of 2014, it is also our first article full-stop, and today it comes courtesy of piZap whizzkid, little sister and loyal contributor Anjali. I was expecting New Year‘s Eve to be a quiet one for me. The weather was atrocious, with the streets sodden with rain and a horrible wind blowing all over. Just as I had finished dinner, I got a text from one of my brothers asking me to come down his place. As I had already eaten and … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Anjali’s New Year’s Greetings

PHOTO MOMENT: Australia begins New Year Celebrations – DD News

On the very last day of 2013, the Half-Eaten Mind brings a special Photo Moment from India’s state-owned Doordashan News channel (DD News) of New Year’s celebrations already underway in Sydney, Australia. Australia is one of the first large nations to welcome in the new year due to its relative proximity to the International Date Line, where one day ends and another day begins. Meanwhile in London, there are still several hours to go. It is 1.20 pm as of the publishing time of this article. Sydney has for many years played host to world-famous spectacular fireworks displays and celebrations … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Australia begins New Year Celebrations – DD News

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014: Vijay’s best new year images

We are only a few days shy of the New Year. It’s now time to chuck out your 2013 calendars into the recycling bin and shred your 2013 diaries because the fourteenth year of the 21st century is soon to make its presence felt. This past year has seen many big changes at the Half-Eaten Mind. We’ve adopted a new look, created a Twitter account, self-published a book, moved home and increased our turnover of articles. We’ve collaborated with contributors big and small, and been nominated for heaps of blogging awards. In 2013, we have really picked our brains to … Continue reading HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014: Vijay’s best new year images

PHOTO MOMENT: Islamic New Year – Hijri 1435

Vijay Shah After setting up yesterday’s Photo Moment for the Hindu New Year, it was brought to my attention that it was also the beginning of the Muslim New Year as well. Firstly, a member of the HEM blogging community, Kaligrafi Nusantara (Archipelago Calligraphy), who is from Indonesia and runs a Islamic calligraphy blog, wished me prosperity for the new Hijri year, then a good friend and work colleague named Dewan later pointed the closeness of our new years while commenting on my status on Facebook. It is not a surprise that both the Hindu and Islamic new years are … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Islamic New Year – Hijri 1435

PHOTO MOMENT: Saal Mubarak (Happy New Year!!)

Vijay Shah Straight after Diwali in some parts of the Hindu world it is the beginning of the New Year at least in Gujarat and among some Mauritians. For those using the Vikram Samvat calendar, the New Year began in April this year (The current year is 2070 VS). Some ethnic groups in India, such as the Bengalis and Tamils have use of their own regional calendars. Regardless of what calendar you prefer to use (and many Hindus also make use of the European Gregorian calendar in secular life), the New Year is a time of new beginnings and ventures, … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Saal Mubarak (Happy New Year!!)