Saturday, March 18, 2017

Perfect weekend getaways - Manali

Reporting live from the snaky mountainous roads, somewhere in Himachal Pradesh, here I am again, taking​ another tour to enjoy the natural beauty of the Himalayas!
This time, it's Manali, the beautiful valley sitting in the lap of the myatic Himalayan mountains!
As I write this, it's 3:30 am IST, it's dark everywhere outside, with the distant mountainous landscape dotted with dimly lit white and yellow lights, indicating the ever-present human encroachment. While we pass through the snaky roads taking innumerable left and right turns, no-one but me and my camera, which is currently in the stand-by mode, know what we are missing. The green covered mountains, the numerous rivers and ravines that have worked upon these mountains over millennia to make what these are today, and possibly, still working on these, to further modify the landscape tor the coming generations. Though, I know most, if not all of these rivers and ravines, are on the verge of extinction. Why I am talking about these rivers and ravines? These, for me, are some of the most beautiful places, I for one, would like spending most of my time, while I do a road travel through these roads. Sometimes, as I fantasize about the stoppages I would've made, had I come doing a self drive through these roads, I think, I would need a lifetime in covering a small distance through these roads.
Anyways, getting back on the topic, the year of the outings, as I stated in one of the previous posts, while i was on another outing, is turning out to be a great year, with, the second outing of the year, already in progress, and another one already planned in the next month, this is turning  of information out to be a dream come true for me - me, my camera, and beautiful escapades where I could spend some quality time away from the daily hub-bub of our daily lives, hitting the office chair at ungodly hours of the day, often wanting you to wake up at odd hours, while the rest of your neighbours are sleeping, away from the worries of the world.
Today is day one of this outing,and I am already getting a good feeling about this trip, the only disappointment being the beauty enroute will be missed,, as both the times I 'll be traveling through these during night hours. The rivers flowing below in the valleys, the very dimly lit rivers just remind of how beautiful these could've been had I got a chance to watch these through during day time.
Anyways, I see some exciting stuff coming up here in this space in the next two days, so please keep an eye here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A great year went by, another great one ahead!

Last year, i.e. 2016 was a great year in terms of travel for me. I've already been going to some nearby places of interest in the beginning, however by the mid of the year, I got a chance to give a visit to one of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage sites of the country, that too during a time it's in its full glory. A couple of months later, did another outing with some colleagues, this time to a nearby POI. And again, at year end, I went on an outing, as I have already shared in the three previous posts.
Let me just give you a heads-up to what's coming up next, from ruins of Delhi Sultanate!

While the post comes up, you can give a try and identify the location.
See you soon with some more pictures from this marvelous monument.

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Outing - Day One

So, this is day one of the outing. After months of hard work together, our team here, decided to have a rocking year end, together, away from the daily hubbub of office and home and work and travels to and fro in Delhi's traffic.
Where to go was the question. McLeodganj, Shimla, Dharamsala, Manali and Nainital were among the list of probables, ones which were less than 500kms from Delhi. Dozens of other things were to be considered, including travel, lodging, travel time, as we had limited time at our hands to have a really enjoyable year end, and had to come back to work as the new year starts.
Nainital it was, as it's nearer, there are number of tourist destinations we could explore, most important of all, we could get accommodation at a place like this, especially when there's a huge demand of accomodations at this time of year, with hill stations being a perfect destination in winters for people to experience snowfall.
A group of twenty initially formed, with people going on and off with their plans, with the final count settling at seventeen which froze towards the end, more importantly because the travel arrangements didn't allow adding any more people or the tally could have grown more.
With all the arrangements done, accommodation booked for the next three days, transport arrangements done, Nainital was just eight to ten hour drive away. The entire team was excited, while for some people it was a mixed feeling as this was their first time around, alone without their family, for some this was an exciting feeling as it was probably the first time they would see snowfall, with the news that nearby hill stations like Shimla recently had received snowfall particularly made most of us elated.
Finally after days of planning and follow-ups with the accomodation and transportation providers, it's the day we are leaving Delhi with hopes that this new year eve would be one of the best of all our lives, as we all will be celebrating together far away from homes, in the lap of the Himalayas.
Let's see how the trip turns out to be. I'll be unraveling this in the upcoming posts. Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Catch up growth

The other day, I was having a usual chitchat with a colleague. While talking over trivial things, the discussion moved towards his three year old son. Just like other kids of this age, he too is a really energetic kid who likes playing a lot and is a really healthy kid. We talked over how he likes playing pranks with his parents. As the conversation went further, he started showing me pictures and videos of his son, playing with his parents. This kid, owing to the healthy and proper mix of good lifestyle and balanced diet, was a good example of how a kid of this age should be - chirpy and naughty, playful and prankish. This is how a kid should be. Then I recalled the kid of my maid. Once in a while she used to bring her kid while she came to my home for her daily work. Her son too was around 5 years old, but never looked like one. His growth was stunted, and most of the times he used to cry, or sit silently at one place while his mother completed her daily chores in my house. Most often I would not even notice that she has brought in her kid with herself. Sometimes when I noticed her bringing the kid to my home while she came to work, I used to ask her what she was doing with the kid at a time when most other kids of his age group would be in school, she used to tell me that he doesn't like going to the school. I used to reason with her telling her that he is afterall a kid, and would do as she told him to, to which she used to tell me that he often falls ill, and then he was amongst the weakest kids in his class. And these were just a few reasons he would not like going to school, and she let it be. Afterall, she was a working mother, and that his father, who too worked would not be able to get back to school if he fell ill in the school, as had happened a number of times, when the school authorities would give a call to the parents to ask them to take the kid back, and send him back to school only after he would recover completely. And since this had happened a number of times, she would often keep him home, and since there was no one else to take care of him at home, he would accompany his mother to work, where he would mostly sit back, lost in himself, never showing any of the usual qualities of kids of this age. No playfulness, nothing else that other kids of his age usually do.
I told my colleague about my maid. My colleague being a parent for quite some time, had his two cents to of suggestions to give me so that I could pass it on to my maid. He told me to ask the maid to visit a kid's doctor with her son and let the doctor examine him properly. He told me that the possible cause of such a situation with this kid could be his improper growth which was often a reason which would make kids irritable, have stunted growth, and one of the biggest reason for them falling sick often. Apart from this, he suggested me to ask my maid to give her kid drinks like Horlicks that were supposed to help growing kids fulfil their nutrient requirements. Seeing me so concerned about this kid, he also gave me a link to check out and tell my maid how important it was for kids to have a balanced diet to lead a healthy life, both - physically and mentally. He also gave me name and address of one of the good kids' doctors he would take his kid to.
As I reached home I checked out the link and read what was given there. Horlicks, that had been one of the leaders in this area had been there since a long time, and though I too had been given horlicks in my childhood days, I never realized how could it help my maid's kid. I read what was there to read and see, and the next morning, as my maid came up, I explained her everything, and told her to go and see a doctor with her kid and also to give her kid horlicks as  a supplement to the regular diet. She did, and was happy about my suggestion of taking her son to the doctor., after meeting the doctor. She thanked me a lot.
Months passed on, she had stopped bringing her son with her to work. I too had forgot about this incident, when one fine day, just a day before the festival of diwali, she again brought her son with her to work. This time around, there was a drastic change. The small kid who would stay silent often had grown considerably and was a much more cheerful kid now, thanks to my colleagues' suggestions. He was a much more playful kid now, and her mother was not a much prouder mother, since her son was doing well, in both, physical growth as well as in his studies too. This was when I realised that it is really important for growing kids to have a balanced lifestyle, balanced and proper diet to lead a healthy lifestyle - both physically and psychologically. This again was a reminder that it is really important for kids to catch up with their lost growth, well in time.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Picture of the day

Once in a while, since I like doing photography, I do capture things, that I really like when I see them, and when I have a device to capture them. One such time was some time back when I visited Hauz Khas Village, and came back with numerous pictures. I am sharing one of those pics here.

More on the visit soon in this very space.