Thursday, October 15, 2009

Visit to Greensboro, N.C.

A relative of ours lives in Greensboro in the state of North Carolina. They celebrate Navarathri Pooja in a grand style each year. Every year they would invite us to visit them. We never found time so far. This year we decided to accept their invitation and go there.


Golu in Greensboro

We stayed in Greensboro for 5 days. It was raining cats and dogs for 2 days. We were able to go sight seeing only for a few days. We visited the following 3 tourist attractions:

Natural Science Center

It is very much a family oriented place. We spent the day with lots of fun and exploring the science museum and planetarium. They feature dinosaurs, insects, and aquatic life. We also visited the Animal Discovery Zoological Park. We were able to see at close range tigers, wallabies, alligators, and African wild dogs.

Blandwood Mansion

This is a National Historic Landmark. Originally constructed in 1795 Blandwood Mansion served as NC Governor John Motley Morehead's home. In 1844, AJ Davis designed an addition, transforming the farmhouse into an Italianate wonder. We were able to see original architecture and family furnishings.


Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

It was an interesting and emotional experience to visit this place. Battle of Guilford Courthouse was fought here on March 15, 1781. The largest, most hotly-contested battle of the Revolutionary War's Southern Campaign was fought here between the Americans and the British. The Americans kicked the British’s a** royally.


The British General said: “I never saw such fighting since God made me. The Americans fought like demons.”

Who was this British General? General Cornwallis. Yes, the same guy who became the Governor General of India from 1786 to 1793. We should have kicked the British out of India just like the Americans did.

A page from the history. The British Army surrendered to the Americans in Yorktown, Virginia. The surrender ceremony took place on October 19, 1781. The commander of the British Army, General Cornwallis did not attend the surrender ceremony saying he was not feeling well. He sent his deputy, General O’Hara, to officially surrender.

Another scene from history. Lt. General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi of Pakistan, in spite of all the terrible things done by him, personally surrendered to the Indian Army’s Lt. General Jagjit Singh Aurora in Dacca on December 16, 1971.

Niazi fought for his country. He was man enough to come forward and surrender personally. He was not a coward like Gen. Cornwallis.

Finally, I have landed in San Francisco International Airport hundreds of times. Every landing is a pleasant and exciting experience. Until the last second before the plane’s touch down, it will look as though the plane is going to land on water. This picture was taken a few seconds before landing.


Happy Deepavali to you and your family.

43 comments:

  1. happy diwali to you and your family, SG.

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  2. SG,HAPPY DIWALI TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY...WISH YOU GOOD HEALTH AND GREAT DAYS AHEAD.the post looks very interesting,to do full justice to it i will come back again.Thank you.

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  3. U must hav enjoyed a lot...those were really interesting !!
    I loved the pics they were amazing !!

    Happy Diwali to u too!!!

    take care!!

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  4. Thanks Titaxy. Happy diwali to you and your family too.

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  5. Thanks Kavita. Happy diwali to you and your family too. Please come back and read at your convenient.

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  6. Thanks for your comments Nazish. Happy diwali to you and your family too.

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  7. Let me get this straight.
    You went to North Carolina for 5 days and you saw the Natural Science Center, Blandwood Mansion, and Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (and celebrated Navarathri)??
    That is not what North Carolina is known for.
    Next time come to Chapel Hill.
    Greensboring (and Durham) sucks!.

    Regards,
    Dean Smith

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  8. Thanks for your comments Coach Dean Smith. I will sure visit Chapel Hill the next time I visit North Carolina.

    You were the winningest basketball coach in history (until 2007). I stand in awe of you for discovering Michael Jordan as a college kid.

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  9. the americans had their way.. we had ours.. the revolution totally was dependent on the way of the respective leaders.. but totally accept cornwallis was a coward..

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  10. Thanks for your comments Vishnu. General Cornwallis was certainly a coward. He did not want to surrender himself. He sent his deputy, General O'Hara. Suppose if the British were victorius and the American troops surrendered, would ha have sent General O'Hara to accept the surrender?

    Prime Minister William Pitt was an idiot to send Corwallis to India. Pitt was only 27 at that time. Pitt showed immaturity and lack of experience.

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  11. I am glad you had a good time in Greensboro. I agree with you and Vishnu. Cornwallis was not only coward but also a despot. After his arrival in India, he dismissed all the high ranking Indian officials in the East India Company and declared all jobs that pay more than 500 pounds a year will be reserved for Europeans. This Europeanization of Civil Service lasted until the beginning of 20th Century. He established himself as an absolute ruler. He knew Indians have no fighting capability, at that time, like the Americans.

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  12. Thanks for your comments Vivek. And, welcome back. Long time no comments. Cornwallis came back to India and died in 1805 in Ghazipur on the banks of river Ganges. Even today, his tomb in Ghazipur is still maintained by Government of India. Is this our magnanimity? Or, do Indians are a “wuss”?

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  13. Nice to see the Golu! its heartening to see that people follow their traditions wherever they are.

    And Indians are never magnanimous, only slave to Goras..even after bearing so much torture and insults at their hands, we still honour them and look up to them and anytime anywhere if one Indian and onbe bristisher is standing...no points to guess who will get a preferential treatment..here in India.

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  14. The pics were nice. But sadly, they wouldn't zoom!!

    Greensboro, N.C reminds me of Frank Lucas :-)

    I know its an awkward name to be remembered, but that was the first name which came on my mind when I read Greensboro, N.C

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  15. Thanks for your comments Renu. I agree with you 100%.

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  16. hii
    happy diali to u and ur family :D

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  17. Thanks for your comments Insignia. You have immediately mentioned Frank Lucas, the drug lord, when I wrote Greensboro. Should I say you are "very knowledgeable" or you are "very much connected with the ring". ha ha ha

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  18. Thanks AS. Happy Diwali to you and your family too.

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  19. Beautiful pictures the last one is amazing!!
    Happy diwali to you also!!

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  20. RED, WHITE, AND BLUEOctober 16, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    The Colonies were not really united back in the days before the Revolutionary War. However, they did have one common message for the British.

    Hey, British - you have two choices - 1) Get out, or 2) get the hell out of our country.

    Otherwise you'll be leaving feet first in a bodybag.

    The British got their asses kicked because Americans don't take shiznit from anybody.

    And now look.
    Gordon Brown is our bitch.
    Tony Blair is our bitch.

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  21. Wow! Golu again! :) Happy diwali

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  22. amazing clicks...

    and thank u for sharing the history...me n my poor knowledge about it, or rather lack of interest in the subject...so this one was very informative...though It was a shameful thing that we tolerated slavery for such a long time, but things ain't changed much today...first it was brits, and now, its corruption...

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  23. One very impressive thing about USA is their very well kept Science centers,recreational parks,planetarium ,botanical-gardens....exploring these places as a family is sure great fun.
    This mansion is quite ancient...i wonder if the furnishings are that old too.

    The information about Battle of Guildford courthouse was very new to me...i enjoyed reading about it both in the post as well as in the comment section.

    One thing i want to know is what is GOLU?Its nice to see you all celebrate the festival in a traditional way.

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  24. Insignia, I think you are very knowledgeable.

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  25. Thanks for your comments Siddharth. Yes, I always enjoy the water when landing in SFO. Happy Diwali to you and your family.

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  26. Thanks for your comments Red, White, and Blue. I like your attitude.

    (For the readers: "Bitch" is a slang for something exceptionally good. For example: The last big party he threw was a reat bitch.)

    Since President Obama celebrated diwali in the White House, I would like to wish you a happy diwali to you and your family.

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  27. Thanks for your comments Neha. In my opinion, we should have kicked the British out of India by force. They were not our next door neighbors to come very quickly with reinforcements. They have to travel thousands of miles by ship to reach India.

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  28. Thanks Shruti. Happy diwali to you and your family.

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  29. Thanks for your comments Kavita. I am glad you enjoyed reading the post and the comments. In that mansion, the furnishings are that old also.

    During Navarathri celebrations, it is tradition in South Indian homes to display Golu (Kolu). It is an exhibition of various dolls and figures placed on temporarily built steps. The number of steps should be in odd numbers like 5, 7, 9. The dolls usually represent gods and goddesses depicting mythology.

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  30. Beautiful Golu, SG! They must have taken a lot of effort to ship so many dolls from India. It is not easy to pack them after the Golu, open up again for the Golu, next year...tedious job. Making sundal and one sweet everyday and poojas too...they are great for following our tradition there.

    When we came there, we saw all new structures. So I was fascinated by London than the US. This mansion looks interesting. I will bookmark this and visit this place, when we come there.

    Happy Deepavali to you and your family, SG!

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  31. Thanks for the complements Sandhya. I will pass it along to our hosts in Greensboro.

    Yes, USA is newer than England. USA is only 500 years old. What is known as England today is in existence for 1500 years. The Germanic tribes settled there during the 5th century. So, they have older buildings. In my opinion, they are no match for our old Indian buildings, palaces, and temple architecture. When these Germanic tribes were roaming as nomads, India was well advanced in civilization.

    Happy Deepavali to you and your family.

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  32. Kolu looks beautiful... I saw one in my offc too and that was the first time i hv ever seen a kolu :P
    happy diwali to you too
    enjoy :)

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  33. Thanks for your comments Rajlakshmi. Happy Diwali to you and your family.

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  34. South Indian temple architecture, esp. is unbelievable, SG! Whenever I go to Trichy, I am never tired of watching them.

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  35. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. I have been to Trichy. Yes, those temple architecture is marvellous.

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  36. Wishing you and family a very happy Diwali too:)
    Nice post! The last photo is too good:)
    Loved the description of the place and the history related to the place.
    Poor British soldiers!!

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  37. Belated Diwali wishes.. Loved the first & last pic :)

    Golu always fascinated me. Have some memories of designing zoos and parks with my grandmom !

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