Monday, August 22, 2016

Gaya: Temples, Monasteries & some Great Legends

With increased interest in travel and people becoming more conscious about their well-being, a new wing of travel has emerged and is gaining a lot of popularity with time i.e. Spiritual Travel.
Some people travel to exotic places and some to spiritual, the motive is to attain containment but Spiritual Travel is more about out of body experience taken voluntarily to cleanse their heart, mind and thoughts.

I am more into exploring new places whether exotic or spiritual and they both give me a sense of happiness. Spiritual mainly for covering the architecture. But when I visited Gaya in March 2014 with my family it was for pind daan of my grand parents. In Hinduism, Pind Daan is a mandatory ritual which is to be performed post death. It is believed that Pind Daan gives an ultimate relief to the departed soul and paves way into the world of peace. 

Gaya is mentioned in great epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is in fact believed that Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana had visited Gaya for offering pind daan to their father Dashratha. 

Our trip was not just limited to Gaya but was a 3 nights, 4 days trip covering Gaya and some places around. Here is a comprehensive list of what you can cover in this duration.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shri Mata Vaishnodevi, in and around - all you need to know

The Journey

Map shows important points on the way to the Bhawan. If you take helicopter your walk starts from the Helipad (in right) to Bhawan. A healthy & fit person without many breaks can cover the journey from Katra base to the Bhawan in around 5hrs

We had been planning from past many years but as they say you visit Mata Vaishnodevi only when she calls you. A very famous line which people sing is: चलो बुलावा आया है, माता ने बुलाया है! और हमारा अन्ततः आ ही गया। 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Secretly Yours - Book Review

Secretly Yours: Book Review

Secretly Yours, is a story of Sahil and his complex life. Orphaned at birth, seventeen year old Sahil has always blamed himself for his parents' death. Has distorted relationship with his siblings and granny. His bad grades and distorted school and studies. 
But when he meets Anya, his life changes for better but again with lot of twists and turns. He loves Anya but she does not reciprocate but then an accident leaves him in a coma and when he wakes up he makes a startling discovery that he can read minds!

Sahil is a sad soul who has a knack for writing and music which actually keeps him going. And when Anya comes in his life, he turns head over heels on Anya. 

But does Anya actually love him or is she really playing with his heart? What dos she really think about him? Will he be able to make Anya fall in love with him?