The day when India’s dream was shattered

Cricket is a passion for Indians. So undoubtedly I am a passionate cricket fan. When the World Cup schedule announced I got excited. I strongly believed that the present Indian team has the potential to win this edition of World Cup. When the tournament started I delighted over Indian team’s performance as it matched with my belief. They went on to beat three top teams and they finished at the top of the points table. Out of 8 matches they won 7 matches was really an incredible performance in the World Cup. Battle lines were drawn for the Semi Final … Continue reading The day when India’s dream was shattered

National Museum exhibits Hyderabad Nizam’s jewels

Though we visited many times the National Museum in New Delhi, this week we made a special visit only to see Nizam’s Jewels. Priceless royal jewels which once adorned some of the most powerful Hyderabad Nizams, bear testimony to the sheer grandeur of the Asaf Jahi dynasty rulers. Open in Delhi third time now, a public exhibition has displayed 173 dazzling pieces of jewellery, including one of the world’s biggest diamonds — the Jacob Dimond. “Jewels of India: The Nizam’s Jewellery Collection”, a temporary exhibition at the National Museum, has the Jacob (or Imperial) Diamond as its centerpiece, amid panels … Continue reading National Museum exhibits Hyderabad Nizam’s jewels

My Role Model

It is the era of nuclear families. The concept of joint family is fast disintegrating in India. I fear that the present generation may not know what is called ‘Joint Family’. Most of them treat their grand father either as a guest or an outsider. I am one among the privileged who have been born and brought up in joint family system and had an opportunity to interact with my grand father. My grand father was living in a small house just opposite our home, which we fondly call it as ‘Thatha Veedu” (Grand Father’s house). From my parents I … Continue reading My Role Model

Gujarat Diary – A Missing Passenger

On the day of our return from Veraval to Ahmedabad, we boarded the train at 9 pm. When we entered our coach no body was there. We kept our luggage and indulged in chatting. After few minutes one middle aged man entered in our coach. I said hello to him. He smiled at me and started to keep his things below the seat. We forget about his presence as we resumed our chatting . After few minutes a lot of passengers started coming to occupy the coach. As per schedule time train started. After half an hour or so we … Continue reading Gujarat Diary – A Missing Passenger

Gujarat Diary – Somnath Temple

The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval coast of Gujarat, is believed to be the first among the twelve jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.   It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot of Gujarat. Reconstructed several times in the past after repeated destruction by several Muslim invaders and rulers and Portuguese. Standing on the coast of Arabian see , the temple look awesome. The moment we enter the temple a serene atmosphere enveloped us. We had a nice darshan of lord Shiva. I appreciate the temple administration for the facilities extended to the devotees and ensured that the … Continue reading Gujarat Diary – Somnath Temple

Visit to Kankaria lake, Mahatma Mandir and Indrdo natural park

We visited Kankaria lake at Ahmedabad.  It is the second largest lake in Ahmedabad. A lakefront is developed around it, which has many public attractions such as a zoo, toy train, kids city, tethered balloon ride, water rides, water park, food stalls, and entertainment facilities. You can either stroll round or enjoy the beauty of the lake just sitting on the banks. It is a well maintained and very neat and clean and very good place for enjoying your evening hours. Mahatma Mandir Mahatma Mandir is a convention and exhibition centre as well as a memorial. It is inspired from … Continue reading Visit to Kankaria lake, Mahatma Mandir and Indrdo natural park

Visit to Adlaj step well, Trinity Mandir and Vintage Car Museum at Ahmedabad

During our visit to Ahmedabad we went to see Adlaj Step Well which was built by a queen Rudabai in memory of her King Rana Veer Singh. It is an architectural beauty and worth a visit. After that we also visited Trinity Mandir. The Trimandir is a magnificent two storey structure with a discourse hall on the ground floor and temple on the first floor. The entire structure, with a centre shikhar height of 108 feet, is set with intricate carvings on pink sandstone. At Ahmedabad we visited one of the rare World Vintage Car Museum. It has got a great Collection … Continue reading Visit to Adlaj step well, Trinity Mandir and Vintage Car Museum at Ahmedabad

Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad

While in school, I read lot about Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram and at that time I never imagined that one day I will visit there. Our main aim to visit Ahmedabad was only to see Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram. When we entered the Ashram we got goose pumps as the very feeling of our standing on the spot where Gandhiji stood once. Gandhiji selected a place on the bank of the river Sabarmati. Gandhi used to remark, “This is the right place for our activities to carry on the search for Truth and develop Fearlessness for on one side are the iron … Continue reading Sabarmati Ashram at Ahmedabad

Gujarat Diary – Vaishnodevi Temple

Vaishnodevi Temple at Katra in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most significant Hindu temples in India. Devotees throng the temple with the faith that the goddess fulfills their wish and is considered to be one of the most sacred temples in India. People take the tough trek of 12 km to Vaishnodevi in order to pay their obeisance to the goddess who is believed to fulfill all the wishes of their devotees. We wish to visit Vaishnodevi Temple at Katra long time, but our wish has not been fulfilled yet. Fortunately when we visited Ahmedabad, we had a … Continue reading Gujarat Diary – Vaishnodevi Temple

Gujarat Diary – Water show at Akshardham temple in Gandhi Nagar

After landed at Gandhi Nagar, we went to see the Akshardam temple in the evening. Though the temple is beautiful, yet we were not impressed much as we have seen the Akshardam temple at Delhi which is far better than the one at Gandhi Nagar. But the light and sound show is incomparable and really outstanding. As the sun sets, take your seat in the outdoor amphitheater and experience the enlightenment that is the Sat-Chit-Anand Water Show. Transport yourself to the land of death and watch fearless Nachiketa confront Yama, the God of Death, and ultimately receive from him the … Continue reading Gujarat Diary – Water show at Akshardham temple in Gandhi Nagar