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 of Vintage Cars from across the world, spread over a long time period. The cars appear too be well maintained, and I was told that all the vehicles are in running condition. I have never seen such a large collection of vintage cars anywhere.

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 bolts of the foreigners and on the other, thunderbolts of mother nature.”

Gandhiji had driven all the major activities of independence as well as upliftment of the society from this Ashram. He stayed in the ashram for many years before he finally proceeded for a march to Dandi to break the salt law on 12 March 1930. Before starting the march to Dandi, Gandhiji declared that he will not return to the ashram before the independence of the country.

There are books, manuscripts and photocopies of his correspondence, photographs of Gandhiji with his wife Kasturba and other ashram associates, life size oil paintings and actual relics like his writing desk and spinning wheel.

After seeing Gahdhiji’s room we wondered how such a great leader led a very simple life and also inspired others to do the same.


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 chance to visit Vaishnodevi Temple and felt the same feeling as if we visited the temple at Katra.
Vaishnodevi Temple of Ahmedabad is a true replica of the original Vaishno Devi temple of Jammu Kashmir and satiates the quest of devotees seeking a pilgrimage to the sacred Hindu temple. To give a real feel of the environment of the sacred temple, it has been set above a artificial hill.

A man made stone hill made out of yellow sandstone is in a circular shape that houses several beautiful carvings and sculptures of gods and goddess. Pilgrims have to go through the man made hill to reach the main shrine located at the top of the hill.

The only thing missing here is the monkeys !

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 knowledge of immortality and eternal happiness.

The show is a breathtaking 45-minute presentation. It instantly captivates you with huge high water screen, multi‐color lasers, video and light projections, fireballs and underwater flames, water jets, and surround sound symphony. Come join the live actors as they take you through a journey aimed to inspire and enlighten. Experience first-hand an unparalleled multimedia interpretive performance. I have never seen such a amazing water show anywhere in the country. It was simply awesome to watch.

You meet the Nachiketa – a fearless and determined 9-year-old boy whose curiosity angers his father.

As a punishment, his father sends him away to Yamraj – the God of Death. Nachiketa arrives at the abode of Yamraj to learn that the God of Death is away on business. When mighty Yamaraj returns he is alarmed to see the young Nachiketa at his door and attempts to scare him away with earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, fire and thunderstorms.

Nachiketa remains unfazed through it all. Impressed by Nachiketa’s courage, Yamaraj offers him three boons. Selflessly, Nachiketa first asks for the restoration of his father’s peace of mind. He then asks for the knowledge of the yagna, a ceremony through which people attain divine wisdom. Lastly but most importantly, Nachiketa asks Yamraj to reveal the truth about life after death and the path to eternal happiness.

When earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, fire thunderstorms happens, the we the audience get the feeling that we are also standing in front of Yamraj.

Delhi’s Weekly Market

Life is so hectic for every one in this world. Nobody finds time even to say hello to neighbours. Morning to evening life has become so mechanical and in this situation human feelings are the causality.

I find visiting weekly market (very common in northern part of India) every week refresh my mind and soul and breaks the monotony, which started on Monday. You can buy anything from pin to pillar from this roof less super market.

I always feel that my week never comes to an end without visiting this market. I really love to meet my neighbour and say hello to him as I failed to wish him in the colony for the past one week!.

It was really pleasing both to the mind and to the eyes to see the plenty of green vegetables in a row at both the sides of the road. I am amazed to see the vendors, who always enthusiastic and vibrant and shouting at full pitch. I never noted a change in their mood, and they always at their best. This quality always inspires me whenever I am in low profile.

In Friday market people love to wander here and there, though they get all the vegetables at their arms length. It is just like a mini festival as you can find people from all ages making merry in the market.

Every week I used to get a new experience in the market. Once I was seriously picking up the vegetables, somebody at the side also started picking up the vegetables with unusual speed, when I turned my head, I was shocked to see an Ox, which was picking up the vegetables and swallowing it at its own ease. Out of panic, I just left my picked up vegetables and starting running to the other vendor.

Child labours are banned in India but not the child entrepreneurs. You can see plenty of them here freely roaming in the entire market by selling Podhina (Mint) and coriander leaves in a wooden plate hanging in their neck.

I used to feel that it is the vendor next to one from whom I pick up the vegetables keeps fresh and green vegetables. Though I used to change the vendors very often still I get the same feeling.

I really wonder the amazing talents of the scooter riders who wade through the market without hitting anybody. Few car owners also use it as a ‘drive in’ as they purchase the vegetable without getting down from their cars.


My favourite music player

After Thomas Alva Edison invented Gramophone, the music instruments evolved so fast in the form of record player, tape recorder, walk man, memory sticks and now smartphones.

We have plenty of ways to listen music even on the go. Yeah it is really a music revolution that happened to the music world so fast.

No doubt, these music instruments are so convenient to handle and easy to operate and also lot of storage facility. Its really boon to the music lover.

Though I am also using the latest gadgets to listen songs, yet I feel that listening a song in gramophone is certainly different.

If you have a beauty contest among the music players, certainly gramophone would win the title easily ! It has a aesthetic look.

When you open the gramophone box, you immediately get a smell that will certainly transport to some other world. The beauty of vinyl record while running on the disk is still etched in my memory.

The sound is recorded on a very fine line or groove which goes around and around in a spiral from the outside edge of the disk to the center. The phonograph plays the sound with a needle that touches the groove. A record usually has different music on each side. When made of vinyl they were also known as vinyl records.

The sound box kept on the vinyl record add more beauty and also give an impression that it also enjoying the song by shaking its head according to the rhythm of the song !



Digital Vs Print news

This is the age of information explosion. News just poring through 24 hours news channels, desktop PCs, laptops, I Pads, I phones and smart phones.

The younger generation mostly see the news by just flipping their smartphones. News has become just like a instant coffee !

Yeah life being so busy, nobody has time to wait for the news paper and they get updated themselves through electronic devices on the go.

I am a avid reader of news paper. In fact so obsessed with using news papers though I too some times go through news through electronic devices.

I find there is lot of difference between reading news through electronic devices and through news papers. I agree reading news through electronic devices are comfortable, convenient and also instant. But do you really relish the news? That is the big question.

Early morning waiting for the news paper boy and the sound of rolled up paper hitting your door is a pleasant experience.

After picking up, I go through main headlines. Then politics, sports and entertainment. Each page dedicated to particular topic and it gives the reader quickly go to the topic whichever they prefer most.

For in depth analysis I always look for editorials and articles of eminent experts. Due to some reasons if you want to read a particular news later, you can easily find it quickly in printed news paper than search it online.

Printed news paper has lot of local content which certainly won’t find in digital form. I also find plenty of useful advertisements, which I find missing in online.

To read a print news, you don’t need electricity, internet connection and you can comfortably read your news without any hitch.

In lighter vein, printed news has lot of other advantages too. If you go to the park you can spread it on the lawn to sit on it. While going out if it is suddenly drizzling or snowing you can cover your head with the news paper. In case if you want to avoid a person, you can cover your face with news paper pretending that you read the paper seriously !



Eleven Questions

Thank you to Nanu Gelda from Aksharbet for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! As promised, here are my answers to the eleven nominee questions:

Sunshine Blogger Award


Why did you start your blog?

I just started my blog as a hobby and also to ventilate my feelings on various issues and to share with other bloggers. I am a frequent traveler and always like to share my experiences. That is how I started my blog.

Has it achieved what you hoped?
Yes! Very much. I could able to share my experiences with other bloggers and I got a reasonably good response.

What role does faith play in your life?
I do believe that some super natural forces guiding our life. Though I have not experienced anything in real, still I have a strong believe that faith will help us in dealing with the life’s problems we face everyday.

Would you rather be an important person or a respected one?

Certainly I like to be a respected, as I think if you are respected that means you are important !

What things are the most important in a friendship?

Honesty, Openness and concern

What one thing would you change about yourself?
I wish to be little bit taller as I have a perception that tall persons always get attention than the shorter persons.

What is your favorite film?

Without any doubt Titanic. Still I could not forget the climax of the film. It was awesome.

And what is your favorite book?


Light From Many Lamps is a book written by Lillian Watson. This book is considered a classic under the inspirational books genre. It contains a few of the world’s most enthusiastic stories and the ideas behind them; how these stories were formed, and the impact they have had on the lives of other people. Light From Many Lamps contains inspirational stories for aspiring readers. The book showcases quotes and brief chapters about happiness, faith, valour, love, the importance of family, and how to be content. Each page present in the book has a moral and lesson to it, which helps the readers to learn from their mistakes and become better people

If you had to give up the book or the movie, which would it be?
The movie! Books are indispensable in my life.

What recipe brings back childhood memories?

  Idly is a type of savoury rice cake, originating from the South India popular as breakfast food. The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermentedblack lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body. 

What would be willing to risk for one you love?
Anything within my capability.

Here are my nominees for the Sunshine Blogger award:

neelstoria@neelstoria

http://kevinreinholz.com/

Todd@toddtyrtle2

moorezart@moorezart

ortensia@ortensia72

Rajdeep Das@iamrajdeep

Tashneem Ali@tashneem

Abhijith Padmakumar@authorabhijith

mahipaldeepika@mahipaldeepika

Nicole Joan@nicolejoanblog

Dave Gardner@gardner1015

Here are the questions:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. How has your blog/writing style evolved over time?
  3. Describe some of the things that are on (or in) your desk right now. Anything special?
  4. What are three things in your fridge right now?
  5. Describe a fond memory from your childhood.
  6. Describe your hometown.
  7. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend?
  8. Who are your role models?
  9. What are your pet peeves?
  10. What advice would you give o your younger self?
  11. If you could write the name for a new Crayola crayon, what would it be?

And here are the rules for nominees:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo on your post or site.

Mobile Mania

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Technology development has revolutionized India, particularly in the field of communication. Internet, e-mail & mobile phones are making peoples life easier. Among this, mobile phones have become a mania in India. Here are the few actions of mobile users to support this statement.

If you had keenly watched mobile users, you would have noticed that whether they receive any call or not, yet they used to take out the mobile from their pocket and stare at the screen for a while and  put it back in their pocket again. I am really amazed to see the frequency of the action almost every fifteen minutes. Yes, Indian mobile users love to flaunt their mobile in the public.

No mater how important you are. No matter what important matter you are discussing with the mobile user, his/her attention always drawn towards the call received in their mobile. The moment they receive the call, they never hesitate to abandon you in the middle to attend their call. Once the call is over, you have to begin your discussion from the beginning, as she/he would be in a state of trance after attending the call. Here is a lesson, if you want to be listened properly, try to talk in mobile phone next time.

Employers are the happiest lot to have mobile phones as it helps them to track their employees all the time. On the other day when I was traveling in the bus, one passenger sitting next to me, a mobile in his hand, giving almost a running commentary about his journey by giving exact details of each stop, where he is now and when he would reach a particular point. I presumed that probably he might be speaking to his boss (!).

Mobile users also don’t have any etiquette. Once I was attending a condolence meeting. Large people gathered at a big hall. The whole atmosphere was very calm and serene. From the crowd a middle aged man who was sitting silently for a long, suddenly stood up as if he was bitten by some insect and looked around the hall in a hurry. After few seconds, he was started running to the corner of the hall. I was totally stunned to see his action. Since the meeting was on, I controlled my curiosity. Once the meeting was over I asked the person about his erratic behaviour. Without any embarrassment in his face, he told me casually that he just attended the call on his mobile (!)

While walking on the road, if you happened to see motorcycle riders with their head bent towards their shoulders; don’t think that they are handicapped. Probably they may be attending their mobile call by holding the mobile set between their head and shoulders (!)

 

Delhi’s Metro

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This is a nostalgic memory of Delhi’s metro and how it changed the life of a common man in Delhi.

If you say metro it will certainly bring a pleasant smile on Delhi’s commuters. It is quite natural considering Delhi’s commuters woes before the arrival of Metro. You can easily identify Delhi’s commuters’ ‘mode of travel’ by their appearance. If they are dirty, tired with disheveled hair, looking pale and their dress is full of wrinkles certainly they might have travelled by Delhi Transport Corporation buses (DTC); if they appear pleasant, neat and clean and talk coolly, I am sure they must have travelled by Delhi metro !

Earlier Delhi commuters did not have any alternative than to travel only on DTC buses. Over the years it has got the dubious distinction of Dilapidated Transport Corporation owing to its poor maintenance. By boarding a bus does not guarantee you that you will reach your destination in time. It depends up on the mercy of its conductors and drivers.

Delhi roads are outlived its capacity as the number of personal vehicles are increasing in alarming rate, but the width of the roads are same as it was twenty years back. During peak hours it is very difficult to breathe inside the bus. If you wish to travel in a bus, you must be a multi-tasking personality as you may have to do so many things at the same time. You should be extraordinarily alert to keep your wallet intact. Having a personal vehicle does not mean that you will reach your destination in time as you may have to face traffic jams everywhere.

All these ordeals are over now. Thanks to Delhi metro. Even a poor casual labour enjoying his commuting with air-conditioned comfort. After entering into a metro station I felt as if I just landed into a foreign country. First time it has been proved that even in India public places like a metro station can be maintained spic and span if the authorities really wish to. No spitting, no littering, no begging, no vendors. It is absolutely amazing.

If you miss a train you need not worry. The next one will be coming to you in few seconds. If you are an outsider but want to visit so many places in Delhi, metro is the best bet as you don’t require any guidance. Each and every stop is being flashed on the screen. By mistake if you fail to notice it, you will get the announcement. The one thing I enjoyed about Delhi’s metro is the way it is disciplining the Delhi’s commuters. Yes if any commuter stands on the foot board the train would not move unless he/she clears the spot. While traveling, when I just peeped outside the train, I felt as if I am sitting in a low flying aircraft. No sound, no jerk. Certainly it is a best thing that could happen to Delhi. It is really a technological marvel.

Despite plenty of good things, there is only one disadvantage. Office goers in Delhi may not have any excuse for coming late to their office as they can no longer say that they are late due to traffic jams, road blocks, and diversions. Delhi is known for its monuments and memorials, which attracts large number of tourists. Now, Delhi’s Metro is certainly one more landmark for the visitors. Delhi can now boast of having a metro rail with latest cutting edge technology.