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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

And the trip begins....


First destination - Amritsar



Flew to Delhi from Mumbai a night before and boarded a early morning train - Shatabdi to Amritsar. It starts at 7.30 am and reaches Amritsar by 1.30 pm.



Few clicks from the train-













I was so looking forward to this 2 day trip to Amritsar...one of the many reasons was to meet @pbkulkarni . He was to join us for the trip up till Rishikesh. But a bad luck he missed the train by just 15 minutes and there I could see a lot of plans being canceled and hoping the trip moves on as planned. We even had a awesome lunch which @realin  got for us at Ludhiana station :) Yummy it was - Amritsari parathas :p  Oh and it was such a pleasure meeting him and his wife after knowing him for so long :)


Not that we had great plans..as the train was to reach in noon so we planned to visit the famous Wagha border that evening and later in the night visit Golden Temple.


The hotel we choose was a walking distance from the Temple. We stayed in Hotel City Heart Amritsar - www.hotelcityheartamritsar.com  and an hour and a half drive to border.


A very decent, simple, clean and non expensive stay it was. We checked in and freshened up and were ready to leave for Wagha border.


What can I say about this place... less said the better...maybe I would just let the pictures do the talking:


Monday, December 19, 2011

Escape Aspired ............ !


Been long that I had been planning for a holiday and finally made it.

The most difficult thing to plan is where to go...not so easy to pick a place. Being a Club Mahindra member I know I need to plan much in advance. Last minute trips are kinda difficult with them. So there I started to plan a little differently this time.

Since a while I had the urge to visit Golden Temple and thats when it struck me why not plan going there. Weather would be awesome and a beautiful place to visit and feel blessed.

While I was planning up for that a thought came to my mind, now that I am going up so far already why not add a few more places to the trip..so eventually a trip for just 3 days landed up being for 9 days :-)

It was so much fun planning for this trip, as I saw to it that I do have a few train travels, as its been like years I would have traveled long distance in train. A few things I kept in mind while I picked the places to visit were :

Spiritual
Train travel
Adventure Sport
Camping
Scenic
No mobile connectivity (at least for a day)

And believe me..I got it all :) 

Spiritual - Golden Temple and Haridwar
Train Travel - Did 3 long distance train journey
Adventure Sport - Managed to do River Rafting
Camping - Jawarna Near Dhanulti
Scenic - All the places
No mobile connectivity - Yes managed in Jawarna while camping ( no connectivity for 24 hours)

Not getting much in to detail here is my trip itinerary -

Started my trip on Dec 2 - Flew in to Delhi
Dec 3  - Took a morning Shatabdi train to Amritsar (arrived at 2 pm)- Spent the day in Amritsar
Dec 4 - Late night train to Haridwar ( arrived at 8 am ) - Spent the day in Amritsar
Dec 5 & 6 - Haridwar & Rishikesh
Dec 6 - Evening left for a small hill station called Chamba in a car we hired (2 hours drive from Rishikesh)
Dec 7 -  Left in noon for Jawarna which is near Dhanulti (2 hours drive from Chamba)
Dec 8 - Left in noon for Mussoorie. (1 hour drive from Jawarna)
Dec 9 - Left in noon for Dehradhun (  1 hour drive from Mussoorie) & boarded a late night train to Delhi
Dec 10  - Arrived Delhi at morning 6 am. Day well spent in Delhi and trip ends with a late night flight back home

And the trip ends :(

Well next few posts am gonna write about each place I have been and all the things I did :-)

Stay glued :D


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Coorg - Through My Eyes...


Quite a lot can be said about this beautiful, quite and a calm place. We took off from Mumbai to Bangalore via an early morning flight. As we were going to stay in the Club Mahindra Kodagu Valley, Coorg property, we had our taxi pre booked from them. It was a nice and beautiful drive all the way to Coorg. It would have been an approx of 280 odd kms. But the entire 4 hours of drive was fabulous and the rains made it more fantastic.

The Mahindra resort was so welcoming. Located amongst luscious greens. We were gonna be there for about 4 days. We reached around noon...had a fantastic lunch in one of their open air restaurants.
We then checked in to our room...had taken their 1bhk room. It was just great..especially the back view from the room was wonderful.

The pic above is what we had right from our room there...the walk in these greens was wonderful. The day was well spent in the resort. A few glimpses of their resort...



The next morning we were welcomed with nice rains and temperature was down to just 14 Degc. We then had planned to visit the very famous Talacauvery which is around 50 kms from the resort. It is the original source of Cauvery river and is located in the Bhramhagiri hill at 1200m aprx above the sea level. It is believed that taking bath in Talacauvery is very sacred and can relieve the man from all the sufferings.   

There is a small hill which once walked up had amazing view..actually breathtaking..






We had a wonderful day out there...got back to the resort and let the day end. The next day we had something very exciting for us to look forward to. It was a trip to Dubarey Elephant camp. A place where we can give bath, scrub and feed elephants. An amazing experience with the elephants which I have never had as yet. 


 


I had a wonderful experience out there and thanks to the team of Club Mahindra to make it more memorable. The next day was another different kind of experience which again I had for the 1st time. We were headed to a Tibetan Monastery - Golden Temple. It houses over 250 monks as on date.

Stepping inside the temple feels like walking in to another world altogether. There are three beautiful golden Buddha statues each of 40 feet namely Padmasambhava, Buddha and Amityaus look down at visitors above the altar. 
                  







An absolutely stunning place. A place where I would feel like going back again and again. With a visit to this place our trip was almost at end. The next day we had a flight back home from Bangalore...The trip was wonderful and more over the Club Mahindra has a fantastic resort out there..

A must must visit for all...




Thursday, September 30, 2010

Isn’t It Strange ....

 


* Isn’t it strange how a $100 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to the temple, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

* Isn’t it strange how endless an hour seems when we are serving God, but how short it is when we watch a Football game or Cricket for 60 minutes?

* Isn’t it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you’re at the temple and how short they seem when you’re watching a good movie?

* Isn’t it strange that you can’t find things to say when you’re praying, but you have no trouble in thinking what to talk about with a friend?

* Isn’t it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of Bhagwad Gita, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?

* Isn’t it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games, but they do whatever is possible to sit in the last row in the temple?

* Isn’t it strange how we need to know about an event for the temple 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events at the last minute?

* Isn’t it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others, but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

* Isn’t it strange how we believe everything that Magazines and Newspapers say but we question the words in the holy books like Ramayan?

* Isn’t it strange how everyone wants a place in heaven, but they don’t want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?

* Isn’t it strange how we send jokes in e-mails and they are Fowarded right away, but when we are going to send messages about God, we think about twice before we share them with others?




Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ten Secrets For Better Relationship!!!

Another beautiful email worth sharing...

The first secret - the power of thought.
 
Love begins with our thoughts. We become what we think about. Loving thoughts create loving experiences and loving relationships. Affirmations can change our beliefs and thoughts about others and ourselves. If we want to love someone, we need to consider his or her needs and desires. Thinking about your ideal partner will help you recognize her when you meet her/him.
 
The second secret - the power of respect.
 
The first person you need to respect is yourself. To begin to gain self-respect ask yourself, "What do I respect about myself?" To gain respect for others, even those you may dislike, ask yourself "What do I respect about them?"
 
The third secret - the power of giving.
 
The more love you give, the more you will receive. To love is to give of yourself, freely and unconditionally. Practice random acts of kindness. Before committing to a relationship ask not what the other person will be able to give to you, but rather what will you be able to give them. The secret formula of a happy, lifelong, loving relationship is to always focus on what you can give instead of what you can take.
 
The fourth secret - the power of friendship.
 
Not consist of gazing into each other's eyes, but rather looking outward together in the same direction. To love someone completely you must love him or her for who they are, not what they look like. Friendship is the soil through which love's seeds grow. If you want to bring love into a relationship, you must first bring friendship.
 
The fifth secret - the power of touch.
 
Down barriers and bonding relationships. Touch changes our physical and emotional states and makes us more receptive to love.
 
The sixth secret - the power of letting go.
 
Yours, if it doesn't it never was. Even in a loving relationship, people need their own space. If we want to learn to love, we must first learn to forgive and let go of past hurts and grievances. Love means letting go of our fears, prejudices, egos and conditions. "Today I let go of all my fears, the past has no power over me - today is the beginning of a new life. "
 
The seventh secret - the power of communication.
 
To love someone is to communicate with them. Let the people you love know that you love them and appreciate them. Never be afraid to say those three magic words: "I Love You." Never let an opportunity pass to praise someone. Always leave someone you love with a loving word - it could be the last time you see them. If you were about to die but could make telephone calls to the people you loved, who would you call, what would you say and ... why are you waiting?
 
The eighth secret - the power of commitment.
 
And that commitment will be reflected in your thoughts and actions. Commitment is the true test of love. If you want to have loving relationships, you must be committed to loving relationships. When you are committed to someone or something, quitting is never an option. Commitment distinguishes a fragile relationship from a strong one.
 
The ninth secret - the power of passion.
 
Come Through physical attraction alone, it comes from deep commitment, enthusiasm, Interest and excitement. Passion can be recreated by recreating past experiences When you felt passionate. Spontaneity and surprises produce passion. The Essence of love and happiness are the same; all we need to do is to live each day with passion.
 
The tenth secret - the power of trust.
 
Person Becomes suspicious, anxious and fearful and the other person feel trapped and emotionally suffocated. You cannot love someone completely unless you trust him or her completely. Act as if your relationship with the person you love will never end. One of the ways you can tell whether a person is right for you is to ask yourself, "Do I trust them completely and unreservedly?" If the answer is "no", think carefully before making a commitment.
 
We are born with two eyes in front because we must not always look behind, but see what lies ahead, beyond ourselves. We are born to have two ears one left, one right so we can hear both sides, collect both the compliments and criticisms, to see which are right. We are born with a brain concealed in a skull, then no matter how poor we are still rich, for no one can steal what our brain contains, packing in More jewels and rings than you can think. We are born with two eyes, two ears, but one mouth for the mouth is a sharp weapon, it can hurt, flirt, kill; remember our motto: talk less, listen and see more. We are born with only one heart, deep in our ribs, it reminds us to appreciate and give love from deep within.
 
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat..

Unused Track...



Just received this in an email and thought to share it with all...

A nice thought and worth reading....


A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the  rest on the operational track. 

The train is coming, and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids. However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way?     

Let's take a pause to think what kind of decision we could make........




Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. You might think the same way, I guess. Exactly, to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally. But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place? 

Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was.. This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In the office, community, in politics and especially in a democratic society, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are. The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed, no one would shed a tear for him. 

The great critic Leo Velski Julian who told the story said he would not try to change the course of the train because he believed that the kids playing on the operational track should have known very well that track was still in use, and that they should have run away if they heard the train's sirens.. If the train was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never thought the train could come over to that track! Moreover, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe. If the train was diverted to the track, we could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in your attempt to save a few kids by sacrificing one child, you might end up sacrificing hundreds of people to save these few kids.


While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be   made, we may not realize that hasty decisions may not always be the right one.  

'Remember that what's right isn't always popular... and what's popular isn't always right.'  

Everybody makes mistakes; that's why they put erasers on pencils.



Saturday, August 28, 2010

I've Learned...



There are a lot of quotes etc over the internet...but the ones mentioned below are a few ones which teaches us a lot...and so thought would be great sharing it with all...I know these are just another copy paste stuff...but it at times its worth learning from that...



I've Learned... 




I've learned...
that you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I've learned...
that you should always leave loved
ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned...
that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

I've learned...
that either you control your
attitude or it controls you.

I've learned...
that heroes are the people who do what has
to be done when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.

I've learned...
that my best friend and I can do anything
or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned...
that sometimes the people you expect to
kick you when you're down will be the
ones to help you get back up.

I've learned...
that true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.

I've learned...
that just because someone doesn't love you
the way you want them to doesn't mean they
don't love you with all they have.

I've learned...
that maturity has more to do with what types
of experiences you've had and what you've
learned from them and less to do with how
many birthdays you've celebrated.

I've learned...
that no matter how good a friend is, they're
going to hurt you every once in a while and
you must forgive them for that.

I've learned...
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by
others, Sometimes you have to learn to forgive
yourself.

I've learned...
that our background and circumstances may
have influenced who we are, but we are
responsible for who we become.

I've learned...
that just because two people argue, it doesn't
mean they don't love each other. And just
because they don't argue, it doesn't mean
they do.

I've learned...
that we don't have to change friends
if we understand that friends change.

I've learned...
that two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.

I've learned...
that even when you think you have no more
to give, when a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.

I've learned...
that credentials on the wall do not
make you a decent human being.

I've learned...
that the people you care about most
in life are taken from you too soon.

I've learned...
that family and friends are what make
us who we are today, and without them
we would never be complete.


I've learned...
that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.

I've learned...
that it is not what you wear; it is how you take it off.

Hope these quotes did leave you with a good feeling :-)



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

P.S. I Love You


Just was watching this movie P.S.  I Love You last night... must have seen this movie a hundred times... There are two songs in the movie which I really love the most and so very close to my heart.....so thought to share it with all...

Floggin Molly - If I Ever Leave This World Alive


If I ever leave this world alive
I`ll thank ya for the things you did in my life
If I ever leave this world alive
I`ll come back down and sit beside your feet tonight
Where ever I am you`ll always be
More than just a memory
If I ever leave this world alive

If I ever leave this world alive
I`ll take on all the sadness
That I left behind
If I ever leave this world alive
The madness that you feel will soon subside
So in a word don`t shed a tear
I`ll be here when it all gets weird
If I ever leave this world alive

So when in doubt just call my name
Just before you go insane
If I ever leave this world
Hey I may never leave this world
But if I ever leave this world alive

She says I`m okay; I`m all right,
Though you have gone from my life
You said that it would
Now everything should be alright

She says I`m okay; I`m all right,
Though you have gone from my life
You said that it would
Now everything should be alright
Yeah should be alright



And another one which I really love is....


The Pogues - Love You 'Till The End


I just want to see you
When youre all alone
I just want to catch you if I can
I just want to be there
When the morning light explodes
On your face it radiates
I cant escape
I love you till the end

I just want to tell you nothing
You dont want to hear
All I want is for you to say
Why dont you just take me
Where Ive never been before
I know you want to hear me
Catch my breath
I love you till the end

I just want to be there
When were caught in the rain
I just want to see you laugh not cry
I just want to feel you
When the night puts on its cloak
Im lost for words dont tell me
All I can say
I love you till the end





Hope you enjoyed reading the lyrics... :-)





Friday, August 20, 2010

Journey of the Heart....



It was just about a few days they both had met...but this day, the moments spent in Khandala had got them close. Rudra and Abha reached their place in anticipation that either of them would call and so they could talk for some more time till they could call the day off. 

Just then her phone rang.... and it was him...she had so much to talk about the day to him... but when they started talking...silence took over...they both wanted to say so much about the day, but just couldn't. As both had to be at work early next morning, they decided to call it a day and both hung up the call to a restless night. 

Up early morning, both of them did hardly sleep that night.. and were now just waiting to speak to each other. Abha who was impatiently waiting for his call..decide to make a call her self. Beautiful conversations took place..they both wanted to say a few things to each other but just couldn't. In the end they planned to meet in the evening. Rudra asked her out for dinner...for which he had made plans when they were returning from Khandala. He knew he would not be able to tell his feelings to her so easily...all he knew was the feeling were mutual, which gave him enough courage to plan a surprise for her. Abah with the thought of meeting him was super excited. Hardly could work all day, eager for the evening plans.. 

On the other side Rudra also could not work all day and kept on planning a few things for the evening. He wanted to surprise Abha and gift her a very special evening...And the clock struck 5.30 pm ...he called her and told her that he would come and pick her up from her work place by 7 pm. She inisted on knowing where they were heading for the evening..but he just dint wana disclose. Time was just killing Abha with the suspense.. 

Rudra as punctual reached her office by 7 pm and he saw her waiting at the gate..looking radiant then ever... he saw her from far and knew she was the girl he wanted and waited all his life... he drove down close to her and got down to hug her...To Abha`s surprise he had got her most favorite flowers i.e. Lilies... she recollected that she had shared with him once how much she loved them. It was beautifully wrapped in an elegant purple floral paper... 


She freaked out with that bouquet..and kept wondering whats next. He then made her sit in the car...and started to drive out... He played in a cd which had all her favorite songs. She was so touched and kept on realizing what all she had shared with him in all these days and he did remember almost every minute things. She had no clue on how to express her feelings back to him...all she did was held his hand and said thank you for this beautiful evening..  In turn he said there is so much more to come honey..  And he could see her blush...

He had planned to take her for a drive and all but he now couldnt hold back his feelings much and so he drove down to the restaurant where he was gonna tell her all that he felt for her. The dinner was planned at a restaurant called Sidewok at Nariman point. They had this beautiful candle lit dinner table well reserved for them, which Rudra had booked well in advance. The restura is quite popular for their food, ambiance and karaoke... She was feeling at the top of the world.  As they sat down...all Rudra did was kept looking at her..and had a beautiful feeling every time he saw her blush and smile. He now knew whatever he has planned for the evening wont go waste...he knew she was the one..he could see a friend and a companion for life in her..

They in the meanwhile just ordered a few drinks and starters...and suddenly Rudra asked her to excuse him as he wanted to just head to the wash room... Rudra just wanted to be alone for a minute and re think what he was going to do...he just pulled up himself and knew that it was just perfect...he then walked out...and straight headed to the karaoke area.. Abha just kept wondering whats happening as she had no clue on whats next and wondering whats taking him so long in the washroom. 

Just then she heard a harsh voice asking for attention...and to that instant she knew it was him ...she looked around and saw him with a mic...she knew nothing of whats coming up next.. He then said... I know I don`t have a good voice to sing...but then this would be the best way to tell my Abha what I feel for her...so here it goes Abha just for you... 

Mujhe Teri aankhon ki gehrai mein doobne de
Mujhe teri baahon ki jannat mein khone de
Tere bina yeh jeewan
Jaise suna Sapna
Tere bina tujhko har pal
Dhundhee yeh dil mera

Mujhe Teri aankhon ki gehrai mein doobne de

Na Na nahi jana pyaar kya
Nahi jana hota hai yeh intezaar kya
Teri aankhon ne sab kuch kaha
Kyun na kahe teri zubaan

Mana mana mene pyaar hai
Kaisa chaya dekho mujhpe khumaar hai
Mere sang zameen aur aasmaan
Phir kyun hai khoyi meri har dishaa

Mujhe Teri aankhon ki gehrai mein doobne de

Abha had never imagined a guy would sing for her like this...but she knew this was the same she did feel for him... and so she got up and went near him...took the mic...and sang...


Woh Pehli Baar Jab Hum Mile
Haathon Mein Haath Jab Hum Chale
Ho Gaya Ye Dil Deewana 
Hota Hai Pyaar Kya Isne Jaana


He was so touched...he dint just let her complete the song..and hugged her..they were in a world of their own..and suddenly they could her claps...and realized the other guests and the waiters etc were clapping for them.. Rudra..just bent on his knees and said... Be mine forever.. And she just replied...And forever...

They then got back to the table...holding hands... looking at each other...They knew this was the evening they could never forget in their life...dinner got thru...and the beautiful evening was coming to an end...he dropped her home...and just when she got down the car...he hugged her again...and whispered ... I love you .... she did the same.. They bid goodbye and as good things come to an end...so did the day....


(To be continued.....)




Friday, July 16, 2010

Journey of the Heart....



Rains had stopped, but non of them had realized....as they were so engrossed looking deep in to each others eyes... Rudra now knew how beautiful Abha was...he kept staring at those hazel eyes which kept blushing and looking back at his... He felt she was the one who he kept on looking for all his life..and was hoping she would feel the same...but he dint wana tell her so soon. The same time Abha had million thoughts running thru her mind, but at first she was hoping he would hold her hand as that would so confront her indirectly that he really liked her..as much as she did.. She too dint wana say anything about her likeness to him.

Both kept quite for long...looking at each other on and off.. stealing those side glances. Suddenly a thunder broke the silence...and he said to her... shall we walk down to have some hot tea and grab something to eat?   She dint wanna say yes...as she still wanted to be by him sitting like that on bench for some more time...So she let her mind say yes. They got off the bench and started walking down the small hill.. suddenly Abha started feeling cold coz of the strong winds. The moment Rudra saw that...he took no time in holding her hand again..and this time more firmly. Abha just looked at him for a few seconds as she dint knew how to react..just then he smiled and said lets walk down together...




They walked down to a nearby restaurant...ordered for some tea and snacks... they sat opposite to each other..silently looking into each others eyes. Just then the snacks arrived..and conversations started... they shared their likes..dislikes..all about their family..their past relationships..there was just so much to share for them.... They now knew so much about each other which was enough to keep them together..

Just then Abha saw Rudra feeling a bit low..and she asked him if everything was fine...his face had gone quite pale..and in a harsh voice he said...babe its time to leave..the train to home is in the next hour... Abha just never wanted this day to end ever..but she knew it had too. They started walking down to the station...and this time..Abha went ahead and held his hand firmly. They knew by now that the feeling was mutual of being with each other not just for the day but for many days ahead....They reached the station..and still had half an hour for the train to arrive.. they just sat down  on one of the planks there...still holding hands. Both of them knew...some feelings are better left unsaid...Rudra then suddenly asked her..did you have a nice time with me? Abha knew this was her best day ever spent...she just smiled and answered his question by just resting her head on his shoulders..he was feeling on top of the world... he then kept his hand over her shoulder...Time just flew...the train just entered the station..both of them moved towards it and entered their compartment.. The compartment they got their seats in was already occupied with a family of 4 kids..They did manage to get a place to sit by each other..but were not so comfortable as it was way to noisy for them. The journey was just of 2 hours so Rudra asked her...how about standing near the door and talking? Oh she just jumped to that idea...she just wanted to run away from everyone just to be with him.. 

They stood opposite to each other...and kept talking...never realized that they have reached dadar.. As V.T was coming close their faces were turning sad. The compartment got empty at dadar...and still half an hour to reach V.T.... so Rudra said...lets sit now as its all empty.. They sat by each other very close and just took her hands in his...and same moment she asked him..how did your day go by? She knew the answer but still wanted to know from him. All he did was took his hands near her face..got a bit closer and kissed her forehead...and said..It was one of the most beautiful day I had ever spent and would love to spend many such  moments with you... Abha nodded her head agreeing to what he said...and rested her head on his shoulders.. It was a very long day for them and even bit tiring...they dint realize when they slept of in each others arms... and suddenly they woke up to a sudden jerk.. realizing that they have reached V.T. and was time to bid goodbye...

Both were sad...dint leave their hands even while getting off the train..they just dint want to leave each other....but they knew they had too... Abha had to take a cab to home..and Rudra would have to take a train back home.. So Rudra thought to drop her off till the cab... They came out of the station..he hunted a cab for her...still holding hands...very firmly..he then made her sit in the cab...but just before she sat..he hugged her and bid good bye.... this was the most painful moment for them...The cab took off...their hands parted ways...but Rudra stood there staring at her and so did she from the cab... till the cab disappeared in the crowd....They knew as all good things come to an end ... so did the day....



(To be continued.....)



Thursday, July 8, 2010

Journey of the Heart....



It was 5 in the morning.. Abha just couldn't sleep all night as she feared not being up on time for the most beautiful day she could have ever thought off. It was a day when she was to spend the whole day with her new found friend Rudra...who in just a very short span became very special to her. All the time as she waited for the alarm to buzz at 5.30..memories kept crossing her mind about how they happened to know each other ...which was just 7-8 days back.

They happened to interact over the internet and with that first interaction they had this spark flying within them. Things went beyond just chats to phone calls..and in just 4-5 days they planned to meet for dinner. As they met for the first time...sparks were getting bit low as to what it was over the  calls and chats..she found him quite amazing..tall, dark and handsome..she couldn't have asked for more. Abha was more prettier from her heart and soul then appearance but still that never let her down. Her amazing persona and electrifying smile kept her going all along. Rudra found her more amazing over calls and chat...then seeing her face to face..or maybe it was the first time they were meeting and hence bit of hesitation had taken over Abha. Yet the evening went amazing and before they departed they did land up making a movie plan. Abha somehow was getting attracted to this very intellectual and handsome guy. She couldn't keep her eyes off him and even after getting home she could feel his scent and aura around her which kept her dreaming all while. She wasn't sure if he ever felt that for her. Calls and chats went on till they met up for the movie. Things started changing here. Seems Rudra really enjoyed her company, her smile, her style kinda everything. In just a few conversations that day he asked her to spend a day with him. As it was month of August and in Mumbai  the weather is beautiful as it rains :) She went in for a surprise...as she felt Rudra dint like her as much. But within herself she couldn't think of saying no to him. As this would be the best way to spend and know him more. She promptly said yes. And then they planned a day in Khandala the coming saturday.

And the alarm buzzed...her heart was beating like never before. She knew this was the day. She had never ever spent a day like this with anyone. She kept thinking whether what is happening is right or wrong...but she went with her heart which wanted to spend the day with him. She got up..got dressed and was ready to leave for V.T station where he was to meet her and then they would take a train to khandala. God had hand picked that day!!! He showered all his blessings in the form of rains and beautiful romantic weather. As she reached the station...she kept thinking what if he doesnt come...it would be very heartbreaking..and just then a tap on her back..as she turned around she saw him dressed in a causal tee and torn denims and a jacket to add on. She kept on drooling. And he smiled and so did she..and for once she now knew the day is all theirs. Abha did feel now that Rudra definitely liked her company else why would he even think of spending a day with her. They got their tickets and the journey of 2 hours started.

They got the window seat..and sat facing each other. Amazing conversations were taking place...2 hours of knowing each other.. she couldn't have asked for anything more. The rains were also helping their bit to keep them going. By now she knew the liking for him was just increasing with every second they were together. Train halted at one of the stations where amazing vada pavs are available. Both of them jumped with the thought of having one and realized both of them love it a lot. They got 2 for each of them..and loved it..and the conversations continued.. 

Finally Khandala came.. it was time to get down and explore the place with a new found friend. It kept raining nonstop since morning. They planned to walk down to a point there. It was a 20 minutes walk..but the best Abha could have imagined. They were completely wet inspite of the jackets they were wearing. But non were complaining as they were so engrossed in each other...they kept walking and suddenly...their hands brushed each others...a lighting sort of a feel gushed thru her and she just moved a little far. She could see Rudra feeling the same but he dint move far instead he in a surprise just held her hand. She just dint know how to react but yes she knew one thing that she dint wana leave his hands. He clasped his fingers with hers. For her this was a moment she would never forget. He looked at her as if he wanted to say a few things...but kept quite...for the next ten minutes they kept walking quite...just one thing they could hear was the rain drops. 

Alas they reached the point. It was a breathtaking view from there. Beautiful mountains and valleys is all you can see. All looking so fresh coz of the rains. It was a moment so meant for them. They were still holding hands and stood at the edge of the cliff enjoying the weather, the company, the rains. Silent conversations went on for quite a while..all which spoke were their eyes and their smiles. Just then they saw a bench nearby. They sat there quite close to each other but still it was as if they were miles apart. This was the best way they could have known each other. She somehow wanted to hold hands again...and just in that moment he just turned bit towards her and kept his arms over the bench..almost very close to her shoulders..as if he just wanted to rest it on her arms. 

Moments passed by..close to 2 hours...and none of them realized..sharing life..sharing everything about eachother in their conversations. Guess he had started liking her a lot...she could see it in his eyes..which hardly took away from her. Those sideway glances were wow for her.  It was a moment they never wanted to end especially Abha...but as all good things come to an end...so did the rains....

(To be continued.....)


Thursday, July 1, 2010

THE END OF COLD WAR...



Lately been noticing people ranting and cribbing about the happenings in life..

I sometimes wonder why do they really need to crib about each and everything in life. Starting from themselves / their family / their work / colleagues / friends and sort of the list can go on...

I too came across someone with these habits very closely. I can never understand how can people crib about their family on public / social platforms. You might not get along with your Wife / Husband / Mom / Dad or say anyone in family..but that doesn't mean u rant about it in public. It clear states that persons attitude towards family / life.... Why would you do it..unless you would want public attention!!! Things kinda don't end here..it even moves on to office..right from the bosses to fellow colleagues.. all are being cribbed..and then move on to friends..As I said list wont end..

When I try to explain that the mode of venting out anger is not upright... I get the burnt of reaction...and in turn I am explained that " Oh... you don't know what friends and friendship is" And am like wow... look who is talking...I knew things would get worse at any point from there on.. If one has a habit of being short temp and venting out frustrations then the person should also know when and where to vent it out. Being angry on someone and throwing it on someone else it kinda not right here, no matter how close the friend is. Cribbing about petty issues like why you dint sms / tweet good morning or etc... but when the same is asked to him, the reasons are ready like  - bad mood coz of work / home etc..as again it is endless... We have to very well understand his reasons..but when it comes to understanding mine..all I get an answer is that I got an EGO.  I am not saying am perfect..could have been wrong a hell lot of times.. but if someone who is a cribber about almost everything in life..how did I assure myself that I wont be cribbed about..Slowly a healthy friendship faded away..at times now I am glad that am off such friends list..as I do not want to wish someone Good Morning just in a fear that if I won't wish I would be taunted big time on and off. Once / twice..is ok...but it became a daily story..I cant be in any fear for being friends with someone. Tolerance also has its own limit..which was nicely mistaken as my EGO. And I can only feel hurt..if I want to feel hurt. At once I knew its enough. Maybe he has many good friends..but not that I am less off.. and glad am no more in the list..its the end of the cold war...

Well am here not cribbing about him coz I wanted to...but its in return to his rant towards me via his so called BLOG. 

I can never see my self speaking ill about someone over public platform..be it family / friends / co -  workers.. I very well know where I need to stop and to whom I need to share. We may or may not get along with family...but at once that person before cribbing should think about the people who don't even have a family.. He should be grateful to God who has blessed him with a beautiful family. Its well said the value is known when its not there..And talking about friends and friendship... am sure the person very well knows who has better friends in life. When we are best friends with someone..I know one has to understand each other very well right from mood to could be anything..but that doesn't mean the anger of someone is vented out on our friends. 

Everyone has problems in life..life is never smooth for anyone..but one has to stop by and understand how to react to each problems. By just removing it in anger on one and all is going to complicate life more and more. All we would loose in turn is good friends..

I am what I am.. quite happy the way I am and the friends I have now...All I need to do is be more selective. Ego and attitude has got no space in my life...

Again I would repeat the same line which I did in a blog post earlier...

People come and people go...as long as I have left a good mark in everyone's life...I would never have any regrets!!!


In end would like to share one nice quote I came across - 

"You can forgive someone almost anything. But you cannot tolerate everything...We don't have to tolerate what people do just because we forgive them for doing it. Forgiving heals us personally. To tolerate everything only hurts us all in the long run."


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alluring Kumbhalgarh .....


I always wanted to experience Udaipur and its palaces. Finally sometime last October made a plan with my family to Kumbhalgarh...a very much untouched place. Its most famous for its Fort which streches across 36 kms of the Aravali Mountains and 1100m above sea level. The wall is 2nd biggest wall in the world after The Great Wall of China ( am sure most of us dint knew this ).

Well we started this journey by taking a flight to Udaipur..which is 2 hours drive from Kumbhalgarh. We had booked our stay in the Club Mahindra Kumbhalgarh resort.  As always I love taking snaps of sky while I fly. 


 Loved the drive from Udaipur airport to the resort. We drive by the so called Aravali Mountains. 




The resort was amazing one. Not as big as the Goa one..but still enough to keep me busy with my camera :)














We had booked up in tents. The only Club Mah resort which gives the tent experience. It was one of its kind. 

      

View from the resort is amazing. Surrounded by mountains..The day we reached..we just lazed around. Did nothing just explored the place to its best and enjoyed the amazing food in the resort. The next day we planned to visit the Fort. The best time to go to the fort is evening as they light up the fort walls. It was so beautiful..words are less to describe them...

 











The view when the fort was lighted up was amazing. Couldn't leave my camera for a minute. Daily at around 6.30pm they light up the fort. 



Finally it was time to head back to the resort, have dinner and sleep off as next day we had planned out a day trip to Ranakpur Jain Temple. 2 hours drive from the resort lies this beautiful Temple. Bhagawan Adinatha resides in the amazing marbel temple.




          










Spell bound carvings all around. A day well spent. Drove back to the resort and indulged in some resort fun activities. The next morning was one adventure morning. Early say by 5am we were ready for Kumbhalgarh WildLife Sanctuary. Drive down the gushing forest early morning was amazing especially in a open jeep and rocky roads.

 Though we couldn't spot any animals, but the trip was worth while. We were back to the resort in time for a good breakfast and then we headed for Shrinathji temple. A 2 hrs drive from the resort. We were blessed with nice darshan of Bhagwan and was time to head back to the resort and start packing up as next day was time to head to a day trip to Udaipur and a flight in evening back home.



Went around palace of Udaipur. Beautiful is also less said for it..

      



The trip did end as good things do come to an end, but the memories are still floating afresh in my mind. 

A place worth a second visit. Can't wait to plan another vacation there :)