An Evening

This was a hot but lovely evening and I happened to be at India Gate, New Delhi. India Gate happens to be surrounded by lawns and people come there and look at the majestic figure of war, struggle, freedom,  sacrifice which India of course is.

On this evening, I did the same and instagramed about it as well earlier

Running hawkers

I saw some hawkers running with their material while looking behind occasionally as if somebody was following them. Some of them even entered into the water body and hid their wares in water. Looking at them, it certainly became a matter of amusement and I could not help it but ask.

It turned out local municipal corporation people were confiscating their stuff so that they could not sell it there as they were not allowed to use the site for the purpose. These were the people who made their living by doing these odd jobs and selling food, snacks & knick knack at this kind of busy places.

Indeed they were doing it illegally but authorities were not giving a solution but mere a scare. One of hawker shared,”looks like their salaries are delayed and they want some money, as usual”

Life just took a deep sigh and moved on.

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Bestie?

I hear this word more often then not. Bestie or BFF as they like to call sometimes in texting language. People like to do things with their bestie like sleep over or binge drinking, binge watching, a day out with bestie or just sit with each other and have conversation on lengths about everything and anything under and over the sky.

These are wishful thinking which are shown in movies and one wants to do them and sometimes make plan to do them but these happen less often then one wish for especially with growing age and things associated with it, it all dies down. You make plans but they don’t happen and eventually you stop making any plan at all.

This is normal life. Of course but how is it for travellers? Do they have bestie? if yes, how do they keep it touch?

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I felt like making a bestie out of them, or may be all of them but they were too shy!

I happen to meet some of people, those I can say, are travelling for many years and I found out they don’t have anything scheduled however a common trend is to meet one’s close people at an interval of a year or so and spend say a fortnight or month with them at a beach location. However a traveller may have their own styles of doing things but most of them have one thing in common which is they have too many of them. Bestie(s). Yes.

People tend to find more like minded people and especial thing about it that these people match at different wave length then earlier ones, hence there is nothing called comparing or finding out the “best” because each one of them connects on different spectrum of mind which feels beautifully complimenting in so many way.

Its like finding so many way to fulfil your grey matter requirement. After all human beings are greedy, so what if for bestie(s). Keep Travelling, Keep finding your besties.

#Me & #Manali – Inception

This post started as “#ME & #Laddakh” but developed itself rather like “#ME & #Manali” and I had to change the title as well

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It can never have a perfect start or end or enough of words when I write of #Laddakh because everything fall short for the #Laddakh. I run out of all tangible thing as I am flooded with………..this post would continue later…for now please keep on reading about #Manali

It started long back when I visited first ever time to Manali and when you are in #Manali you see every day some of groups leaving for Leh and some of them coming back. People talking about which mountain pass is open or not. There are road signs indicating just that. Whole atmosphere is like a transit camp, which is full of life and anticipation. Like any other transit camps, there are  unofficially defined zones for everything. Everything one might want to do to have fun and enjoyment, cafes, hostels, smoke zones, #hash-zones , grass/weed zones, some might like to argue that whole Manali is that only however it is largely divided in terms of type of people populating and hanging about that place e.g. Old Manali is den of foreign nationals and famously second home to Israeli people who come after their military service.

But I did not see any of it.

When I first visited #Manali, it was through the eyes of a cycling expedition and my exposure to real #Manali was as limited as it could be, however, I felt I needed to come back. As Soon As Possible.

First time ever, I was cycling in #Manali and visited all the places one supposed to be visited like #Hidimba Temple, #Manu Temple, #Vashishth #HotSpring, #Naggar Castle etc. and the highlight of whole time was not these place but the routes to go there which we covered by cycling.

Every day was marked with scenic beauty of #pine and air filled with fragrance of mountain flora and fauna. Body filled with strain of #cycling and #heart filled with #joy. It was a different experience and I did not know about it. I did not know I was not looking at Manali with a tourist point of view but a cyclist view.

In later years, I went Manali for different purposes and got chance explore the place from different angles and god it was fun every way I tried but most of all it was a relief from summer heat of northern Indian plains in lap of #Himalayas. While one can feel the transit every day. Transit because #Leh felt like home later and by road Manali to Leh highway is the one of three way to reach Leh.

Manali became and hopefully be my favourite transit camp. More about Manali some other day!

Why every one should try and travel at regular intervals?

Looking at some places in real is different then looking at them in pictures apart from making you nostalgic, these activities tend to fire a train of thoughts which later have a chain effect in your mind.

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Traveling is therapeutic. It is meditation when one can loose all the monkeys on one’s shoulder and changing landscapes & surroundings help as to assimilate newer information for day to day life mind tend to get busy in processing new information rather then being in auto-pilot mode with all known surroundings.

Some says it is an escape, I disagree. It is similar when I disagree if one say yoga is escape. An exercise to keep to mental and/or physically fit is merely an effort to live life in a more healthy and enthusiastic manner should not be called escape, whether it is travel or Yoga. With changing life, times, life style has taken very weird and contradictory situation as to destroying our mind, body and soul. Contradictory in a sense, things those claim to give us strength in any sense, food items in health, media in entertainment and so on, are actually performing opposite effect and sad state of affair is people are not realising it, being busy in watching the drama & being part of it.

Wandering one gathers honey

                                                                 ~YHAI

This quote has inspired many and continues to do so. However how many are really able to do it real time and real life. Every body is busy attending to Grihasthashram or Family Duties Wandering is clearly not a feasible options for everybody.

Decluttering of mind and soul is one of essentials for living a healthy life and travel help in that immensely. There are many type of travellers around and you can find your own style as well. There is this video which showcase normally lethargy for travelling and leaving the comfort zone objectively.

World would so much more fun to live in when everybody understand themselves, about their passions, desires and things they really want to do. Travel will help you do that.

Flags!!

Flags!

Flags!

This kind of flags are common sight in Bhutan! This sight caught my eyes when checking in the hotel room, could see it from aisle! These buildings were not specifically marked like religious or anything similar.