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Famous Indologist Jaroslav Vacek airlifted to Prague

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Kozhikode: World famous Czech Indologist Professor Jaroslav Vacek who had suffered a head injury and was in the hospital for over a month was airlifted to Prague today.

72-year-old Indologist had come to Calicut to give a lecture on 2nd January but suffered a head injury when he collapsed and since then he was in the hospital. The lecture was organised by the Calicut Universty to inaugurate the International Sanskrit Conference.

The winner of Presidential Medal for his love of classical Indian languages Sanskrit and Tamil is a renowned Indologist.

He is the director of the Institute for South and Central Asia at Charles University in Prague. He is credited to be the first person to translate the Bhagavad Gita to the Czech language.

Since the fall, he has not spoken and been in critical condition. Students and scholars all around the world have been praying for his improvement.

“He is a great scholar in the field of Indological studies. Vacek is fluent in Sanskrit and Tamil and is a mentor to several Indologists in Europe. He loved Kozhikode and we are glad that we could save his life though complete recovery would take time,” said Sanskrit scholar C Rajendran who had been overseeing the professor’s treatment in Kozhikode.

Vacek had gone to the city hospital to consult about fever and there he collapsed.”Internal bleeding in his head necessitated an emergency brain surgery. While recuperating he developed pneumonia and was put on the ventilator,” Rajendran said.

Vacek is known for the success he achieved with his translation of Gita from Sanskrit to Czech with the selling of more than 25,000 copies within a week of its release.
He has worked for the Sanskrit language for more than fifty years of his life. (Inputs from agencies)(Image-worldpeacecouncil.net)

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Christmas in Czech Republic!

Christmas in Prague means plenty of concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events

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Christmas is a festival of India, which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ.
Christmas is a festival which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. Pixabay

If you’re in Europe for Christmas, be sure to make a beeline to Czech Republic and Prague.

The Christmas mood gets underway at the beginning of Advent, the four-week period before Christmas Day on December 25, during which the city is beautifully adorned with holiday decorations.

In many places around the city, Christmas trees are lit – a typical symbol of the holiday season, with the most famous and largest being on Old Town Square, where you can also find the largest Christmas market in the city.

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Christmas Decoration. Pixabay

What you can expect is big tanks with live carp swimming in them to appear on the city streets around December 20; and the sweet baking smell as Czech households bake many different kinds of Christmas cookies, braided buttery Christmas vanocka (a kind of sweet bread), and fragrant apple strudel.

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On Christmas Eve, December 24, the whole family eats a special holiday meal together. The menu traditionally includes fish or pea soup, fried carp with potato salad, and Christmas cookies for dessert. After dinner, a bell rings to announce that Baby Jesus has brought the presents, and the family gathers around the festively lit Christmas tree to sing carols and open gifts.

Christmas in Prague means plenty of concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events. (IANS)