Meditation – Vipassana


Meditation – the art of thinking or rather art of thinking objectively.  This is what I know of meditation – to think deeply, to the bottom most layer without emotions, without being an affected or vested party.

If you are in SE Asia and trying to understand Buddhism, you would hear about meditation and its importance to and according to the monks.  There are various techniques of meditation, and Vipassana is one of them, especially in Burma / Myanmar.  If you wish to learn this technique then Myanmar is an excellent place or any one of the centers of www.dhamma.org  (more…)

CONTINUE READING

Selecting your Travel Bag


Bags / Rucksacks / Backpacks – The very important but not best understood and easily ignored.  My house is full of examples of mediocre / value for money (read low cost) bags which we don’t use any more as they give up from one corner or other when packed full in middle of journey.

However, my two bags, semi backpack and carry-on / laptop bag, which I am using since 2008 have not. (more…)

CONTINUE READING

Trekking and Walking Trails in Mumbai


For Mumbai, one of the most loved and cosmopolitan city of India, is also a cosmopolitan wrt to nature and its infrastructure.  When you hear of a metro city, you typically associate skyscrapers, traffic jams, congestion, and at times river / sea front.  What about trekking?  No?  Staying back for the night in the jungle? No again?  But according to me – Yes!! (more…)

CONTINUE READING

Dudhsagar – The Jharna Trip


What do you do when a friend’s message pops up – Dudhsagar falls tomorrow?  If you are in Mumbai you will probably say yes.  What if you are in 1700km away?

So this is how it went.  It was around 10:30AM on Saturday morning that this message comes.  I wonder what and where is Dudhsagar Waterfall? I google and find that it is the fifth biggest waterfall in India.  I talk to him.  Unsure how exactly it will be, I ask him again.  His answer – come, it will great, worth it. (more…)

CONTINUE READING

Views of Taj Mahal


Visiting Taj Mahal is at the top of the list for anyone who is coming to India for the first time or visiting the region.  Taj Mahal carries lot of reputation of being a beautiful structure and visitors getting awestruck and rightly so.  However, just seeing it plainly on a clear morning might not be the best way to appreciate and enjoy the beauty.  There are atleast seven different views of Taj Mahal and each provides its own uniqueness.  I will list them in increasing order I feel will be the best to see the Taj.  Best view is the last view. (more…)

CONTINUE READING

Taj Mahal – When the World Stopped


Everyone has heard of Taj Mahal – as a wonder of the world, or as monument of Love.  If not this then as a building with exquisite marble work.  I too started hearing about it when I was a kid, through books, TV or general interaction with elders.  There was a curiosity to see it but it being close to our place it always got put off – next time we will see for sure.  Decades past and next time never came.

By the time I grew up Taj Mahal faded into my memory due to excessive exposure of pictures and general chit chat here and there making me believe that something I have not seen but have fully seen.  After all it is a building only at the end of the day.  Having seen pictures from different angles, and zooms, I had not been able to establish a sense of its size.  I assumed just like another size which should be.  (more…)

CONTINUE READING

Sanghol – Quick Trip to 4000yrs ago era and back


Site No. 11, Sanghol

Site. No. 11, Sanghol

I have passed the Harrapan age rather civilization (4000 years old) sites and museum in Sanghol unnoticed so many times that I was surprised to discover them while goggling for something.  They are on the highway.  I could not believe that they were so close, and on my route to village.  A route which I take twice a year as if it is a pilgrimage.  Once while going to my village on bike last year, I saw a yellow 4×3 feet board right next to road – Ancient Buddhist monastery 1st – 2nd Century AD.  Since I was driving fast and there was rush on the road, I could not and did not stop.  I had just seen the board, not the name of the place or road sign – Sanghol. (more…)

CONTINUE READING

Rock Garden – A Visit



Rock Garden Waterfall Statues of Rock Garden

 

Rock Garden has always been a prime attraction of and for Chandigarh.  And why not? Where will you find statues, sculptures, art, and creativity spread over 40 acres made purely from discarded and waste materials such as bone china crockery, ceramics, floor tiles, broken glass bangles, earthen pots, electrical sockets, waste gravel, and more.  Nowhere else in the world this type of work exists at this scale.  (more…)

CONTINUE READING

Tourist in Chandigarh – The Home Town



Fountain, Tourist in Chandigarh Rock Garden, Tourist in Chandigarh

 

Every thought how much do you know about your city? Are you well aware of your city as its resident?  Or you actually know the city well? Been a tourist in Chandigarh?  Before moving out of my hometown for studies and work, I spent first 21 years of my life in Chandigarh.  Then I thought I knew everything about it.  What was there to know? Handful of cinema halls which were running since decades.  One posh market place, one less posh, and two bargain markets.  Plus few standard eating places which would close down by 11PM.  (more…)

CONTINUE READING

How my travels started


The Road, Travels Started

The Road

I have been travelling for some time, initially, within my province of Punjab, India, then road trip in the northern plains, and then South East Asia.  But this is not how / when I started travelling.  Prior to this, ignoring my business travel, my travel as a kid was negligible limited to my village, and couple of other towns.  This actually became sort of a ritual every year.  Summer vacations one trip and winter vacations another to another place.  Travels started for me when I was told to spend 15 – 20 days on road in a month.  25 if required.

(more…)

CONTINUE READING