GIF MOMENT: Easter 2015

The season of new beginnings, spring flowers and chocolate eggs returns upon us again. As the days get longer, the temperature picks up (sort of) and the Cadbury’s Creme Eggs come out of hibernation, Easter is now here. OK, well the weather hasn’t been that great. Some sunshine yes, but also rain, combined with mad and roaring winds like you wouldn’t believe. In Northolt, north west London, wind speeds there on the last day of April reached 60 mph. It’s calmed down a lot though now. The streets around my neighbourhood have practically been blasted clean. This Easter, the Half-Eaten Mind … Continue reading GIF MOMENT: Easter 2015

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

PHOTO MOMENT: Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Sheep/Goat

This year, the Chinese New Year will fall on Thursday, February 19, and according to the hallowed annals of the ancient zodiac from which originated the animals and their associated years, we will see the dawn of the Year of the Sheep. The sheep in question is said to be specifically the female Wood Sheep, although some will say it is the Green Sheep. Whichever material or colour the sheep of 2015 will arrive as, the New Year will be a time of new beginnings, family reunions and much excitement. Embed from Getty Images The sheep is considered a lucky animal, … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Sheep/Goat

RAKSHA BANDHAN 2014: HEM rakhi greetings to my sisters…and for all

This Sunday is the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan, which celebrates the special bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, siblings get together. The sister ties a length of specially designed string around the brother’s right wrist and prays for his wellbeing and long life, while the brother gives her gifts and sweets and re-affirms his protection and care for her. It can also be celebrated between male and female cousins and even nowadays with friends. It is observed by Hindu, Sikhs and Jains in countries such as India, Mauritius, Nepal and in expatriate communities across the globe. In … Continue reading RAKSHA BANDHAN 2014: HEM rakhi greetings to my sisters…and for all

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

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