Category / February 14

  • ഡൗൺലോഡ്/പ്രിന്റ്/മെയിൽ വെള്ളമടിച്ചു കോണ്‍തിരിഞ്ഞു പാതിരാക്ക്‌ വീട്ടില്‍ വന്നു കേറുമ്പോള്‍ ചെരുപ്പൂരി കാല്‍ മടക്കി ചുമ്മാ തൊഴിക്കാനും, തുലാവര്‍ഷരാത്രികളില്‍ ഒരു പുതപ്പിനടിയില്‍ സ്നേഹിക്കാനും എന്‍റെ കുഞ്ഞുങ്ങളെ പെറ്റുപോറ്റാനും, ഒടുവില്‍ ഒരു നാള്‍ വടിയായി തെക്കേ പറമ്പിലെ പുളിയന്‍ മാവിന്‍റെ വിറകിന്നടിയില്‍ എരിഞ്ഞു തീരുമ്പോള്‍ നെഞ്ച് തല്ലി കരയാനും എനിക്കൊരു പെണ്ണിനെ “കൂടി” വേണം… പറ്റുമെങ്കില്‍ കയറിക്കോ 🙂

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  • February 9, 2009 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    This is hilarious!

    ഡൗൺലോഡ്/പ്രിന്റ്/മെയിൽIn spite of what you have been told by everyone, the truth is that Valentine’s Day originated hundreds of years ago, in India, and to top it all, in the state of Gujarat !!! It is a well known fact that Gujarati men, specially the Patels, continually mistreat and disrespect their wives (Patelianis) . One […]

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  • February 5, 2009 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    February 14

    ഡൗൺലോഡ്/പ്രിന്റ്/മെയിൽFebruary 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 320 days remaining until the end of the year (321 in leap years). February 14 is internationally known as Valentine’s Day, named after Saint Valentinus of Terni, in Italy, executed in 270. Births * 1404 – Leone Battista Alberti, Italian […]

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  • February 2, 2009 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    Valentine’s Day

    ഡൗൺലോഡ്/പ്രിന്റ്/മെയിൽValentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early […]

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April 25, 1983: Andropov writes to U.S. student

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017 - This Day in World History

On this day in 1983, the Soviet Union releases a letter that Russian leader Yuri Andropov wrote to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Manchester, Maine, inviting her to visit his country. Andropov’s letter came in response to a note Smith had sent him in December 1982, asking if the Soviets were planning to start a nuclear war. At the time, the United States and Soviet Union were Cold War enemies.

President Ronald Reagan, a passionate anti-communist, had dubbed the Soviet Union the “evil empire” and called for massive increases in U.S. defense spending to meet the perceived Soviet threat. In his public relations duel with Reagan, known as the “Great Communicator,” Andropov, who had succeeded longtime Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1982, assumed a folksy, almost grandfatherly approach that was incongruous with the negative image most Americans had of the Soviets.

Andropov’s letter said that Russian people wanted to “live in peace, to trade and cooperate with all our neighbors on the globe, no matter how close or far away they are, and, certainly, with such a great country as the United States of America.” In response to Smith’s question about whether the Soviet Union wished to prevent nuclear war, Andropov declared, “Yes, Samantha, we in the Soviet Union are endeavoring and doing everything so that there will be no war between our two countries, so that there will be no war at all on earth.” Andropov also complimented Smith, comparing her to the spunky character Becky Thatcher from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain.

Smith, born June 29, 1972, accepted Andropov’s invitation and flew to the Soviet Union with her parents for a visit. Afterward, she became an international celebrity and peace ambassador, making speeches, writing a book and even landing a role on an American television series. In February 1984, Yuri Andropov died from kidney failure and was succeeded by Konstantin Chernenko. The following year, in August 1985, Samantha Smith died tragically in a plane crash at age 13.