Everything does pass, and we can endure and we can survive!! – Rahul Dravid
I have reached 6 years of blogging! When I mentioned this to one of my friends, she was very appreciative. She said that people usually celebrated 5 and its multiples, like decade, silver, golden and platinum jubilees and century! She added that 6 is an unusual number for celebration.
Actually though, 6 is a good number for celebration. 6 is the highest score possible in outdoor cricket, without the batsmen having to run. A sixer causes quite a celebration in my country!! An extra sensory perception is called the “sixth-sense”. The hexadecimal number system is still used in computers. The measure of angles and the entire length of our lives is measured using a 60 second to a minute clock (sexagesimal system). A sextant measures one-sixth of a circle. There are 6 dots in a braille cell, giving reading ability to the blind.
A group of 6 musicians is called a sextet, not to mention, a standard guitar has 6 strings!! A sixth finger on one hand is considered extremely lucky. There are 6 sides to a cube and 6 is the highest number on a die! There are six cardinal directions (left, right, straight, back, up and down). 6 feet is considered good height for a handsome man and 6 pack abs is something that all actors have taken to these days to woo audiences.
The Tamils celebrate six seasons and specify six tastes. “Inba chuvaigalukkul aaraanavan”, says Avvai. 6 AM is considered the normal time for sunrise and 6 PM is considered the normal time for sunset, marking the beginning and end of a day respectively.
All religions respect 6. The Hindu God Murugan has 6 faces and Sashti, a 6 day festival is celebrated for Him. The powerful Saravana Bhava Yantra is a 6 pointed star. Murugan also has “aru padai veedu” – 6 houses from which he blesses his devotees. Hindus celebrate the 60th birthday as “sashti-abdha-poorthi” like a marriage! There are six forms of worship – Shanmargas in Hindu philosophy. There are 6 points on the Star of David and Yahweh took 6 days to create the world. Islam says that to fast for 6 days in the month of Shawwal along with the month of Ramadan is like having fasted the whole year.
Chemistry celebrates 6. Six is the atomic number of Carbon – which forms almost all materials and living beings on earth. A separate branch of study called Organic Chemistry exists to delve into carbon and its molecules alone. Hexagonal (six sided) molecules – benzene and toluene are a few examples – help form the clothes that we wear – rayon, nylon, polyester. These are also bases used as main ingredients in detergents, drugs, explosives, lubricants, pesticides and many other substances!
Add to all this, I was born on the sixth day of the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar. 6th of June along with my birth year even adds up to 6! No, I don’t believe in numerology in the slightest. But, it does add up to 6! The sixth of June is also called The D-Day and is one of the most important dates in world history. 6th June, 1944 (during World War II) is the day the allied forces invaded and captured the coast of Normandy. It is on that day that Operation Overlord and Operation Neptune were successfully executed and General Eisenhower and his men knew that Hitler would fall and victory would be theirs.
Yes, 6 is to be celebrated and I am sure I have given atleast half a dozen reasons for the same! 🙂 🙂
I am celebrating now because I didn’t give much importance to my blog or think about celebrations for it in the last 5 years; not because it is 6 years. Summa thaan six pathi ivlo ezhudhinen!! 🙂 🙂
I thank those who have helped me reach here. I thank my maternal grandfather, Sri.R.Narayanan, BA, BT, for writing a guest blog for me at the age of 90. I thank my uncle, Sri.Ramanathan Aiyakutty also for taking time from his busy schedule to write a guest blog for me.
Here’s to my six years of blogging!
Here’s to Facebook that takes socializing to a different level (remember Tahrir Square and the Tunisian Revolution)!
Here’s to me that writes! 🙂 🙂
3 cheers to me and my blog! Hip, Hip, Hurray!! Hip, Hip, Hurray!! Hip, Hip, Hurray!!
Site Stats – 150 Posts in 16 categories, 41 Pages, 166 Comments, 2 guest posts, near 12000 views from 85 countries, 13 followers and near 14000 views from 96 countries on my youtube channel (with more than 10000 minutes of viewing time for the videos that I created and 4 subscribers), I am doing pretty well, I think!! 🙂 🙂
Next Target – 200 posts, a few more guest blogs and a book!!