Holi, The Indian Festival of Colors 2014, by Pranjal Borthakur


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I love writing about holidays, celebrations and live-affirming traditions from around the world. On this blog, I have written extensively about the Russian New Year celebration, March 8 – the International Women’s Day, as well as about various Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions. I have also written about the festivity that was the Sochi Olympics.

Two years ago, when this blog was just starting out, my friend from India, Pranjal Borthakur, and I did a post together. That post immediately became one of the popular posts on my blog. It was about Holi, the famous Hindu festival of colors, as well as about Pranjal’s school. Read the original post (with great pics + history and traditions of Holi): Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, with Guest Pranjal Borthakur.

Today, my guest Pranjal again is graciously sharing some wonderful photos of his home and the beautiful celebration of Holi in the capital of the Indian province of Assam, Guwahati. This time, in addition to Holi, Pranjal, his school and family have also been celebrating the birthday of my favorite Hindu goddess Saraswati, the patron of the arts, knowledge and wisdom.


Saraswati – goddess of the arts and knowledge

Pranjal is a teacher and school owner. His school is for the children of the poor in the area. He is a very kind soul, who believes in equal educational opportunity for everyone, including the underprivileged. However, in the past two years, he has encountered a lot of resistance from local authorities and a lack of funding. My prayers are with Pranjal and his school. I hope the hard times are over soon, Pranjal. May your school and educational method be a great success, and may all the children of India have equal access to good education. More about Pranjal’s school in my original post. Continue reading

Best of Sochi Olympics Revisited: Sochi Views and Closing Ceremony


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This is part 2 of my “Best of Sochi Olympics” mini-series. Read part 1 here.

russia sweeps podium in men's ski marathon Russia won most gold (13) and most silver (11) medals with the highest overall medal count (33). Norway was second and Canada third. USA, with the largest number of athletes in Sochi, was fourth, as judged by the gold medal count. USA was 2nd in overall medal count. Final medal count (source sochi2014.com):

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russian Fed. 13 11 9 33
2 Norway 11 5 10 26
3 Canada 10 10 5 25
4 United States 9 7 12 28
5 Netherlands 8 7 9 24
6 Germany 8 6 5 19
7 Switzerland 6 3 2 11
8 Belarus 5 0 1 6
9 Austria 4 8 5 17
10 France 4 4 7 15

In addition, Sochi Paralympic Games have just ended. Russia finished with an overwhelming win: 30 gold, 80 overall medals. Congratulations to all winners!

I thought the Sochi Olympics were very well organized and spectacularly presented. The observers noted the impeccable quality of skating, skiing and other facilities. And of course, the Opening Ceremony, but to me, especially the Closing Ceremony, were simply spectacular and mesmerizing. More about the Closing Ceremony below! Continue reading

Prediction: Crimea Independence Vote


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Reblogged from Futurist Trendcast

Prediction: Crimea Independence Vote

Tomorrow, March 16, 2014, the Crimean Autonomous Republic is voting for independence from Ukraine in a republic-wide referendum.

As I have said before, my prediction is: 75%, plus/minus 5%, will vote for independence from Ukraine and for re-joining Russia as a subject of the Russian Federation. The result could be as high as 80%.

In the run-up to the referendum, the Crimean government has done something very smart: they have afforded the Tatar language the status of the third official language, along with Russian and Ukrainian – something that Ukraine had repeatedly refused to do, therefore securing the Tatar minority’s pro-Russian vote. Compare that with how #Kiev unelected authorities are acting: they have banned Russian TV channels and #Russian language as a second state language, promising the continuous forceful ukrainization of the Russian population. As a reminder: up to 70% in Ukraine consider themselves Russian regardless of their ethnicity, and nearly 90% speak Russian on a daily basis. Meanwhile, in Crimea 97% of the population is Russian-speaking. Continue reading

FULL Lada Ray Interview About Ukraine and Russia With Plane Truth: The Road to Moscow Goes Through Kiev


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Lada Ray Interview About Ukraine and Russia With Plane Truth:

The Road to Moscow Goes Through Kiev

Listen to my exensive new interview with the Time Monk Radio‘s show, The Plane Truth. We talk in detail about current situation in Ukraine, the future of the Crimea and the rest of Ukraine, history and cultural background of different parts of Ukraine, Russia’s geopolitics, USA and EU’s role in Ukraine. We also touch upon my far-reaching predictions concerning Russia, Ukraine, EU, USA and the Middle East.



You can read my geopolitical analysis and predictions at futuristrendcast.wordpress.com. Presently, I am writing an ongoing series of articles addressing the situation, developments and prospects of Ukraine, as well as Russia’s, US/EU roles in this crisis.

Best of Sochi Olympics Revisited: Opening Ceremony and Memorable Victories


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First, allow me to wish a VERY HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY to all the lovely women of the world! Read my post:  March 8, Happy International Women’s Day!


Also, an important announcement: Yesterday, March 7th, I was on the Time Monk Radio’s show The PLANE TRUTH. We have discussed in detail the situation in Ukraine, Russia’s role, USA/EU, geopolitics and some of my predictions. I will post the video of the interview on Lada Ray Blog, as well as YT Channel as soon as it becomes available.



13 Gold medals, 33 overall – 1st place! Bravo! Well done!

Let’s belatedly revisit the Sochi Olympics spectacular opening and closing ceremonies, as well as some of the best Olympic moments – in stunning images!

Sochi Olympics were the most expensive Olympics in history at $50-51 bln. In seven years, the old, quaint Soviet resort of Sochi was transformed into a huge modern athletic and tourist center. 11 international athletic venues were built from scratch, most of these so cutting-edge architecturally that they can be disassembled and taken to another city for a different event. So, I won’t be too surprised if one day I see the Sochi Faberge egg Olympic stadium in St Petersburg. ;)

Also, 40,000 new hotel rooms were built, and to top it off, the new port, new rail road station, many new roads and other infrastructure was added, plus a new high-speed railroad connecting Sochi seaside with Krasnaya Polyana, Adler and the mountains where all the mountain-based events took place during the Olympics.

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What is Really Happening in Ukraine? And Why Should We Care?


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On Friday, March 7, 2014 I will be on the Time Monk Radio’s show PLANE TRUTH. We will be talking in detail about the situation in Ukraine, Russia’s role, USA/EU, geopolitics, my predictions, as well as my books. I will post the video of the interview as soon as it becomes available. 

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The #Sochi2014 Olympics are over and what an amazing show it was! I enjoyed it tremendously and I hope you did as well! I was preparing a 3 part series on the #SochiOlympics, however, the ugly and sad events in Ukraine stole the spotlight and attention from the beautiful and exciting event that was the Olympics. 

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Lada Ray:

Love this new post by the spiritual blogger Maddie Walsh at @1_Earth_United. The deeper meaning of Aloha!

Originally posted on 1EarthUnited:

Aloha  in the  Hawaiian language  means  affectionpeacecompassion  and  mercy . Since the middle of the 19th century, it also has come to be used as an  English  greeting to say  goodbye  and  hello .

by Curby Rule

For those who follow the path of Huna, or are fortunate enough to live in Hawai’i, it is common for us to use the word Aloha. We use it in greetings and farewells and in expressing love. But the word means even more, it is a way of life.

Besides these common meanings, the word Aloha holds within itself all one needs to know to interact rightfully in the natural world. These insights describe an attitude or way of life sometimes called “The Aloha Spirit” or “The Way of Aloha”.

The spirit of Aloha was an important lesson taught to the children of the…

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Chinese New Year of the Horse Predictions by Feng Shui Master Lada Ray


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Chinese New Year of the Horse Predictions

by the Internationally Certified Feng Shui Master, Lada Ray


The Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse starts on January 31, 2014. The celebrations, as always will last for 15 days. The coming year is a very special year in the Chinese calendar. Why? Read on to find out.

But first, let me explain why this year is called the Year of the Wood Horse.

Chinese elements and colors of the Wood Horse

Just like in Western astrology, there are 12 zodiac signs in the Chinese horoscope. However, since the Chinese system is based on EARTH WISDOM, each sign is denoted not by a celestial body, as in Western astrology, but by an earthly animal totem. 

Although there are only 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac wheel, in actuality each year configuration can repeat only every 60 years, and here is the reason why. In addition to animal signs, the Chinese system also goes by the five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal. Therefore, there are 5 types of each animal, depending on which element cycle we are in. Consequently, there are five types of the Horse Year.

We have now switched from the WATER to the WOOD 5-year cycle. Therefore, The New Year 2014 is the YEAR OF THE WOOD HORSE. The color of wood is green (and also brown as in the trunk of a tree), so the Year of the Wood Horse is sometimes referred to as the Year of the Green Horse.

Meanwhile, the horse itself rules the SOUTH of the Chinese zodiac wheel. The color of the south is RED – denoting fire – therefore the self-color of the HORSE is red and its self-element is fire.

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Save Our Dolphins! Help Stop Mass Dolphin Slaughter in Japan!


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1/23/14 Important Breaking News! 1. Worldwide #WAZA #Tweetstorm to save #taiji #dolphins is tomorrow, 1/24/14! Scroll down for links, hours, how to join! 2. I posted new info on what we can do to ensure the Taiji dolphin slaughter never happens again – scroll down for the list! 3. Help save the rare albino baby dolphin “Angel,” torn away from her mother and sentenced to a life of captivity because of human greed and cruelty! 4. Last but not least, kudos and #gratitude to #Greece for upholding its ban on captive dolphin performances! More below! Read on!

And now, to my post:

My next post was supposed to be about the Chinese New Year of the Horse and my predictions for the year 2014. But then I learned about what is happening in Japan right this moment! 500 dolphins have been trapped in the infamous Taiji Cove where the bleeding, stressed, petrified animals await their gruesome deaths! I am shocked and shaken to the core by this despicable mass slaughter of the gentlest, most beautiful and evolved creatures our planet has ever produced! And all this – for greed and profit!

Japan defends their barbaric annual dolphin slaughter ritual as a Japanese tradition. Slavery was also a tradition; does that mean we should have kept it too?

Bottlenose dolphins

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Please help Save the Dolphins


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Lada Ray:

The outrageous practice of annual dolphin and whale hunt and cruel mass murder of innocent #dolphins and #whales in #Japan is shameful and reprehensible! #Dolphinslaughter in #Taiji #Japan must stop! #HelpCoveDolphins #tweet4taiji. Please help stop this heartbreaking genocide! Please sign petitions! Please tweet and write to govt and Prime Minister of Japan to express your protest and indignation! Retweet, reblog, FB, share! Raise awareness!
Thank you, Maddie, for the post. My own post with more information and links is coming soon!

Originally posted on 1EarthUnited:



Please take action and sign the petition above, help stop the mindless slaughter of our fellow mammals. They are intelligent, conscious beings and have a right to live like any sentient being on Earth.  Mass slaughter of these magnificent creatures are a travesty and should not be condoned.

“Although the hunting of dolphins is widely condemned in the West, many in Japan defend the practice as a local custom — and say it is no different to the slaughter of other animals for meat”, this is the viewpoint held by Japanese fishermen. While it may not be “illegal” to hunt, how could anyone in good conscience kill these good natured, friendly, harmless animals? Even without bringing human morality into this debate, where is the empathy and compassion? It simply makes no sense to me why humans commit atrocities…

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Sochi Olympics Countdown: Following The Olympic Torch Across Russia


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Starting in #Greece, we follow the unique Firebird (based on Russian fairytales) #Sochi2014 Olympic Torch across #Russia and into Space via a behind the scene look, courtesy #RussiaToday (RT). With the Sochi Winter Olympic games beginning in less than a month, RT revisits the record Olympic torch relay, the longest in Olympic history. The flame has passed through every one of Russia’s 83 regions and by the end will have been carried by 14,000 torch bearers.
Among many other places, the iconic torch visited Red Square, went deep underground into the diamond mines of the Northern #Siberia’s #Yakutia region, took a ride on a reindeer sleigh, went to the majestic Far Eastern peninsula of #Kamchatka and burned underwater in the depths of Lake #Baikal; it even was delivered to the North Pole and took a space walk outside the #ISS in Outer Space! Get the inside story from James Brown, RT’s very own torch bearer.
Watch this cool, entertaining and educational RT documentary:
See my previous Sochi Olympics posts:

Radiant Health. Only in Russia: Plunging in Icy River On Epiphany


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Remember the picture from my viral Russian New Year’s post with a group of people floating a New Year’s tree in a chilly river? See my New Year’s post here. These people are members of the Russian winter swimmers club, “Morzhi.” Morzhi are known for their regular swims during the dead of winter in temperatures far below freezing. Why do they do it, you ask? The short answer is for health and vitality. Much like yogis in India, by doing extreme exercise, they master their body and its response to outside conditions that are beyond their control.

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I Don’t Want to Protect the Animals – I Want to Create the World in Which They Don’t Need Protecting!


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The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be measured by the way its animals are treated. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

When I see such grave injustice and #animalabuse, I can’t keep silent! I just signed two petitions at change.org to protect the animals: first one against outrageously barbaric practice of killing #rhinoceros in Africa for their highly prized horns, which threatens to annihilate the last survivors of this ancient and rare species; second – for creating a registry of all known domestic animal abusers in the USA. The innocent animals that are a subject of these two petitions are as different as they get, but the conclusion is, unfortunately, the same – the predator, the abuser, the murderer in all cases is A HUMAN! This makes me very sad to be a part of the human race. There is only one hope: those of us who are conscious, those who have compassion and those who care for life on our planet, must take action by signing petitions and spreading awareness, so that such horrible atrocities would stop now!

Please spread the word, comment, like, RT, FB, G+, re-post, and re-blog this post! Please sign these petitions! We need more signatures!

Petition 1. Rhinoceros in South Africa need your help before their extinction!

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New Youtube Channel and 2014 Predictions


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Eyes of the Universe, abstract environmental backgroundsI’ve been known to predict the future, quite accurately as a rule (you can get a taste of my past predictions at the bottom of this post). Some of my fans have been writing to me, asking why I have stopped doing my predictions and whether I’d be doing them again for this year and beyond. The answer is, I haven’t abandoned my predictions; in fact, I continue making them every day, as my close ones would attest, who complain that they know more about the future than they’ve ever wanted to, lol. ;)

The truth is, as my vision continued expanding, I began feeling a pressing need to significantly reshape the format in which I communicated my vision and ideas to the world at large. I am presently re-structuring many things in my life, including how I connect via social media with my fans and readers. One of the things I am working on, is my new Youtube channel, where I will be posting my predictions, among other things. I intend to cover a broad range of subjects, including spirituality, expansion of consciousness, geopolitical, societal & financial restructuring of the world, Earth changes and environment, Feng Shui, and more… Some of these topics and views were covered in my metaphysical fantasy/thriller, THE EARTH SHIFTER. But in all honesty, I can really only consider THE EARTH SHIFTER a primer, as my vision expands well beyond that!

My new Youtube channel has been in development since last year, and its working name is: EarthShiftTV. Dear friends, how do you like it? Please let me know in the comment section, should you feel inspired! And a million THANKS to you all! Continue reading

To All Who Care About Our Earth and Our Future: Say NO to #Fracking, YES to #Renewables!


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Thanks to citizens’ participation and awareness, New York State, where I live, has enjoyed a 5-year moratorium on the barbaric, and incredibly destructive to all life, practice of #fracking. However, it is now up for review in Albany!

“Don’t Frack with New York!” Tell Gov. Cuomo: Ban Fracking Now!

Campaign cash is flooding the halls of the Capitol. Since 2007, pro-fracking companies and organizations have donated more than $14 million to state and legislative candidates.

That cash isn’t going unnoticed at the Capitol, but neither is your voice. Last week’s 5th anniversary of New York’s moratorium on #hydrofracking proves that people-power can beat back the influence of campaign cash. Continue reading

Happy New Year 2014 and Happy 100,000 Visits to Lada Ray Blog!


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Lots to celebrate! New Year 2014’s knocking on the door + Lada Ray Blog is celebrating its 2nd anniversary, and to top it off, my blog has just hosted its one-hundred-thousand’s visitor! That’s over 100,000 people who enjoyed my thoughts, writing, photos and info! This makes me very happy indeed! GRIN! :D

Happy Anniversary, Lada Ray Blog!

Happy New Year 2014! 


May this new year be filled with much joy, peace, love and beauty for all!

I thought that to mark the holiday and my first 100,000 visitors, I’d post some cool images of the New Year’s celebration in Russia and around the world.

First, a few fun history bits. How does Russia celebrate the New Year? In Russia, as in many other countries, the New Year is the main holiday of the year. It is a secular holiday. Meanwhile Russian religious Christmas is celebrated 2 weeks after Western Christmas, and one week after New Year’s, according to Russia’s Orthodox calendar.

The New Year Tree is normally put up just after Western Christmas (which reminds me, I should really start decorating mine). The New Year is celebrated with Ded Moroz (Father Frost – the equivalent of Santa Claus) and his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden). There are usually festive and entertaining concerts during the New Year’s Eve, New Year’s night and on January 1, on TV, on Red Square, and in towns and cities around the country. There are many children’s “New Year Tree” parties, called in Russian “Yolochka.” And of course, a lavish New Year table and presents are a must! Continue reading

THE EARTH SHIFTER Killer Excerpt! Magic, Underworld and Drag Racing


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A quick announcement!

For those who’ve missed my mega-sale, THE EARTH SHIFTER and GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure) are still $1.49 (reg. $4.99 and $3.99) on #Kindle and #Sony! This won’t last, so check’em out while the price is low!

Also, we have new promo by #Amazon: purchase my paperbacks (THE EARTH SHIFTER, GOLD TRAIN, STEPFORD USA), and download corresponding ebook for only $.99! If you are interested, take a look here! (Scroll down to paperbacks).

I’m continuing with THE EARTH SHIFTER excerpts. Today’s entertaining episode is about the mysterious and beautiful brunette with clandestine plans, called simply “Red,” her Underworld castle, and Kei’s drag racing in his new magical car. While reading this, you’ll notice that I know my drag racing. If you think that I might have had this kind of experience in my life – neah, not really. Me, I’ve always been a proper little girl. However, I really do possess first-hand knowledge of how it’s done. How, you ask? Believe it or not, from my hubby, who was quite a daredevil in his previous life and who was known to climb steep mountains, cycle and drag race along the Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn, just as it is described in the book. So, the technical details here come straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. ;) Continue reading

My Books on Huge Pre-Holiday Sale + a Freebie!


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Christmas and New Year’s are quickly approaching, and I have great news for those who are ready to load up their new #Kindles, #Nooks and e-readers with some scrumptious holiday reads! If you like original, mind-bending fiction; if you enjoy expanding your horizons with exotic, spiritual, thought-provoking adventures; if you crave knowledge about foreign cultures and the hidden secrets of our world – my books are for you!

All 3 of my novels are on huge sale – both ebooks and paperbacks – for a whole week starting Monday, December 9, through December 16, 2013, on #Amazon, #BN and #Smashwords!

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Writing Bliss, Siberian Shaman and Legend of the Bear Drum


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“You must write for yourself, above all. That is your only hope of creating something beautiful.” ~ Gustave Flaubert

When several years back I first wrote the fantastic legend of the Bear Drum, it was meant as a short story depicting the young shaman Tengis’ adventure in the Siberian Taiga, near the shore of the Sacred Lake Baikal. It was a story I put on paper for myself because it just popped into my mind and because I thought it was, well…beautiful. Little did I know that this short story would eventually become the foundation for the epic novel, entitled The Earth Shifter.

Shaman on lake baikal

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Move Update, KDP Select and Where to Purchase My Books


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Hello, everyone!

I have received some questions about where I’d disappeared lately and whether my books are still a part of #KDPSelect program.

As some of you may know, very recently I have moved my residence, and I am presently settling down. I love the new house; it’s nice, yet substantially smaller than my old one. I am rather happy about that since I don’t have to waste as much time taking care of the property. Instead, I can let my creative juices flow more freely, while concentrating fully on things that matter – namely my various spiritual, creative and life projects that have been blossoming wonderfully.

Read more about that here:

Big Move and Big Plans

For a small part of my exciting plans (more coming!), check out my new page:

Feng Shui

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