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In recent years we have witnessed that dating between people increasingly transitioned to the Internet. According to surveys, more than half of Internet users consider this a positive transition. First of all, it’s convenient. Secondly, it’s safe. And thirdly, it erases any geographical boundaries.
The modern person has many ways to meet online. But we want to concentrate on the two most convenient ones. These are dating websites and video chats. In order to better understand their features and functionality, we will consider several popular services in greater detail.
Dating websites worthy of your attention
We shall say right away that there are many resources, the popularity of which is limited to its region. However, we want to speak about platforms that are well-known in most developed countries and cities, even though, a different website or application may be a leader in your region. So, let’s get started!
- Match. com. This is one of the most popular dating websites with a leading position in 23 countries. It has been operating since 1995 and is highly trusted by hundreds of thousands of people. More than 35 million registered users visit Match. com every month. The service has well-developed algorithms for selecting partners that suit you. And this is the feature that many users cite in their reviews as the main reason to use Match.
- Tinder. This is a website and dating app for young people that has been operating since 2012. Recently, Tinder has become very popular – the number of users exceeds 50 million people. In the reviews, many people talk about the usability of the website/application. Photos of other users appear in front of you, and you choose whether you like the person or not. And if your sympathies coincide, you can start communicating.
- OkCupid. In many ways, this is a unique project developed by Harvard students. It is based on matching algorithms based on a number of criteria including the answers to questions from other people’s questionnaires and drawing up their own. Based on the questions/answers, OkCupid finds the best match for you and invites you to chat.
- Badoo. Functionally, this website and application resemble Tinder, but they appeared much earlier – in 2006. Here you can fill out your own profile and upload photos, view other people’s profiles, like pictures and chat. Badoo is a kind of social network with an emphasis on dating. According to the developers, the number of registered users here exceeds 250 million.
With such a variety, it is not so easy to choose the dating service that will be optimal for you. And in order not to waste time experimenting, we recommend reading reviews of popular websites. For example, on sitejabber.com you can find many reviews from real users about the listed resources.
Video chats for dating and communication
Not everyone wants to spend time on registration, filling out a profile, answering questions and such. For such users, anonymous web chats are an excellent choice. Most of them do not need to register, and communication can be started literally in one click. And the selection of webcam chats is really great.
- Omegle. This is the ancestor of all random video chats starting back in 2009. At that moment, the service simply had no analogues. The website has been one of the leaders in the segment for more than 10 years and is used by hundreds of thousands of people a month. Many people note the high speed of work, the simplicity of the interface and the general convenience. But at the same time, they talk about an outdated design and a lack of a number of useful functions. For example, you cannot search for interlocutors by gender or geolocation.
- Chatroulette. This is the closest analogue of Omegle from Andrey Ternovsky, the developer from Russia. Some time after the launch, the website was very popular, and the daily number of users in 2010 reached one and a half million people. But later, due to the lack of any moderation and limited functions, the audience quickly moved to other websites. As many users now say in their reviews, the website still has no adequate moderation, and the audience here is not the best – there are very few girls and a lot of questionable users.
- CooMeet. This website can rightfully be called an improved chat roulette. And its key advantage is the ability to choose the gender of the interlocutor. That is, if you are a man, you will only communicate with girls. It is very convenient and simply gives a lot of prospects for dating. Open any CooMeet review and you will surely see that users are praising the gender filter.
- Chatrandom. This is one of the leaders in terms of the number of additional features among web chats. There are thematic chat rooms by interests, and private chats, and a filter by gender and geolocation. Some functions are available for free, while for additional ones you will have to pay a fee. But in most cases, it’s worth it. Satisfied users say this in their reviews.
In general, the basic functionality of random chats is quite similar. And it can be difficult for a beginner to figure out which service to choose. Therefore, we remind you that you should definitely read the reviews about a particular website before using. So, you will learn everything you need to know: how to use the chat roulette, what the audience is, what functions are available for free, and which ones are available upon subscription.
You can read reviews about CooMeet at https://coomeet.reviews/. They are constantly updated with the new ones, so the information is 100% up-to-date. You can also leave your own reviews, tell us what you like about this or that service, and what would be worth improving or changing. This not only helps other users, but also allows developers to see their flaws and fix them. Enjoy your communication on dating websites and chat roulettes. Find the best platforms and meet new interesting people every day!
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Light, airy, and silky, Chanderi silk is to the standards of Indian royals. Some believe it resembles muslin because of its texture, but recently, it has been incorporated with silk threads which adds an additional sheen.
Madhya Pradesh's Chanderi town is where the silk fabric was born. Handwoven sarees were famous here, as it was the primary textile centre in between the 7th and 2nd century BC. Because of its transparency, lightness, and rich look, royals began to patronize this fabric. From the 11th century AD, Chanderi silk became well-known across the country.
The Chanderi weave is a heritage. Long lines of weavers passed this skill to their children, and it is not disclosed to anyone else. It is too delicate to be woven on power looms as the threads are spun until they are as fine as a 300 count. A special root named Kolikanda is used to extract the cotton wool for the silk. These days, gold and silver are embroidered into it. Motifs were created with metal dust.
A weaver working on a Chanderi loom Image credit: Wikimedia commons
Unlike other fabrics, Chanderi silk fibres do not go through a degumming process. They are not crafted to evade breakage and tear easily under high pressure. This is one of the reasons they are so light. It is often called 'woven air' for its breezy, soft texture.These days, the use of cost-effective raw materials spoils the natural beauty of the weave. One of the ways to identify a pure Chanderi saree is from its soft hues. This silk is usually dyed in pastel colours. The motifs are always handwoven and covered in copper dust. The machine weave tends to unwind with time and is not preferred. Original Chanderi can be differentiated from the fake by its glossy shine.
Keywords: Chanderi silk, Royals Silk sarees, Chanderi weave is a heritage.
Each year Diwali is celebrated on Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi, the 14th lunar day of the dark fortnight in the Tamil month of Aippasi. Ancient scriptures of India advise people to worship Yama, the deity of death on the days of Dhantrayodashi, Narak Chaturdashi and Yamadwitiya. People light an oil Diya or 13 oil diyas made of wet wheat flour in the evening. They are kept facing southwards just outside people's residences. These lamps which are traditionally dedicated to Lord Yama are known as Yama Deepam.
It is believed that placing a Yama Deep in the evening of Trayodashi of the dark fortnight of Kartik month prevents any untimely death in the family. The legend of Skanda Purana says that the lighting of Yama Deepams with faith and devotion by the devotees can get the lord to bless them with grace and long and healthy life. Yamadev, the lord of death himself gave assurance to his attendants that even though death is inevitable and cannot be avoided those who perform this Deepdan on Dhantrayodashi will not suffer an early death.
The ritual Yama tarpanam can also be performed early in the morning on Diwali day as a form of worshipping Yama.
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Story of Origin of Yamadeepadana
A 16-year-old son of King Hima was destined to die on the fourth day of his married life due to a snake bride. A girl agreed to marry the unlucky prince despite knowing his ill fate.
She wanted to save her husband; on the fourth day of their marriage, the young bride didn't allow her husband to sleep. She lit the palace with innumerable Deepas, and gathered all her ornaments, jewellery and coins, and placed them in a heap at the entrance. When Lord Yama, guise as a snake reached the palace, his eyes were blinded by the dazzle of deepas, preventing him from entering the room. He waited near the ornament and coins for the prince to approach them. He sat there all night listening to the songs and tales narrated by the young bride. Soon, the sun rose and Lord Yama had to return empty-handed. The wife had saved her husband from the mouth of the death. Since the day of Dhanteras was named Yamadeepdaan and this tradition was celebrated by burning lamps through the night dedicated to Lord Yama.
When Lord Yama, guise as a snake reached the palace, his eyes were blinded by the dazzle of deepas.Unsplash
Elements of Yamadeepadana
To perform the ritual of Yamadeepadan one requires sandalwood paste, turmeric, vermilion, flowers to offer to the god, consecrated rice in the ritualistic pattern. For achaman (purification ritual) a cooper platter, tumbler, and a spoon are required. The lamp is placed in a copper platter to be taken out of the house. Most importantly, you need to prepare 13 lamps made of kneaded wheat flour mixed with turmeric powder.
Significance of wheat flour lamps
On the day of Dhanteras, the Tama-dominant (negative) energy frequencies are active in a higher proportion which causes untimely death. The lamps made of wheat flowers neutralize these energies and protect you from any unfortunate death.
Why "13" lamps?
- 13 lamps are offered to the lord as the frequencies coming from Lord Yama stay only 13 moments of Hell. Hence, 13 Deepas are lit to appeal to the lord this is known as Yama-Tarpan.
- The number '13' has the power to impress Yama; therefore, on the day of Trayodashi, prayer is made to Yama by offering 13 lamps to escape from death.
- The period of death of an embodied soul is 13 days long, during this period a black covering of death occurs around the soul and slowly it succumbs, in the next 13 days the souls penetrate through subtle boundaries of time to go to other 'loka' from earth aka bhoo-Loka. Untimely death occurs by crossing over these 13 wheels of time. To avoid such untimely death in the subtle 13 wheels of time, 13 'Deep-Daan is performed.
Diwali is one of the most auspicious festivals celebrated in India with utmost dedication, happiness, enthusiasm, and passion by the people. By performing Yamatarpan, the sins of the entire year are cleansed.
Keywords: Diwali, Dhanteras, Lord Yama, prevent untimely death, Yamadeepadan, diyas ritual, wheat flour lamps
South India is renowned for many things that elicit culture and tradition. One of the things normally associated with this intricate and impenetrably tradition-bound group of people is their immense love for gold. Their temples, sarees, utensils, and sometimes even food are coated in gold. Their jewellery, while stunning, often bears social implications within their own family hierarchies. One of these traditions is upheld even during Deepavali.
A practice followed usually in wealthy households, Thalai Deepavali is the first Deepavali celebrated after the daughter of the house is married off. During her wedding, the father of the bride would have put up a spectacle, no doubt, but on this occasion as well, he has to host his son-in-law with all the splendour he can afford.
A gold ring studded with diamonds Image credit: Wikimedia commons
The newlyweds come to the bride's house to celebrate an elaborate week of festivities. During their stay, no work is required of them. They are pampered and fed with the best food, choice delicacies, and clothed in beautiful adornments. The son-in-law is taken very good care of and is looked up to as the one who takes up responsibility for the welfare of his bride.
Thalai Deepavali is an intimate celebration while it lasts, but its success reflects only when the groom goes back home. As tradition requires, the bride's father is supposed to present the groom with a ring made of gold. Ideally, it is supposed to represent his worth in the family. Based on the prosperity of the bride's family, and the social standing of the groom's family, the ring is also set with precious stones. It is believed that the pure and unchanging nature of gold will rub off on the wearer. It is every father's wish that his daughter is well-placed in the in-laws' house. When the groom returns home, if the ring does not meet the expectations of his family, it is likely that the relations between both families are soured for a long time.
Deepavali celebrations in Chennai, Tamil Nadu Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
As enduring as gold is in the southern states, it is a symbol of their culture more than anything else. On the occasion of Deepavali as well, gold is the light that shines on a girl's marital life and the blessing to her husband's family.
Keywords: Thalai Deepavali, Family Celebration, elicit culture and tradition.