Cheiraoba 2005

Today is the Manipuri New Year (Cheiraoba). In Manipur, there are two Cheiraobas.
The first one is Sajibu Cheiraoba or Meitei Cheiraoba which is held on the first day of the month of Sajibu. This year, it was on April 9th which also matched the other Indian new years of Ugadi (Telugu) and Gudi Padava (Gujrati).
The second one is today (April 14th) and it matches Baisakhi (North India). Cheiraoba is actually the last day of the year. Technically, tomorrow (April 15th) is the start of the new year. Tomorrow is Poila Baisakh (Bengali), Rongali Bihu (Assamese) and Vishu (Malayali).
Called up Baba and Mama, Tamo, Iteima Remika, Dada, Iteima Mona, Cheche Bheman, Cheche Naobi, Sne.
Yesterday, it rained heavily. But today, the sun shined bright and the day was really beautiful. Spring is finally here! Here are some photos taken today at UT:

Circle Park McClung Tower Hodges Library

The Motorcycle Diaries

I first read about the movie in TIME magazine (Aug 2004) (view article: online | cached). The movie was released on Sep 24, 2004 and the DVD was released on Feb 15, 2005. But there were only four copies in the local Blockbuster store here and they always seemed to be out. Finally, I was able to get hold on one of them.
The movie is entirely in Spanish with English subtitles. The Spanish (and original) title of the movie is “Diarios de motocicleta”. The movie talks about the journey of 23-year old medical student Ernesto “Che” Guevera and Alberto Granada on a 1959 Norton 500cc motorcycle across South America in the early 1950s. They start from Argentina and travel to Chile, Peru, Columbia and Venuezela, a distance of over 12,000 miles. Their destination: a leper colony in San Pablo (Peru) where they had volunteered to work. It is a true story and based upon an actual journal written by Che Guevera.
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