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Drive away – 5 awesome drives near Pune

Most of us love driving, may be not in the traffic of the city, but on the highways. I am a hard core lover to driving. Most of day i spent on the roads – in my car. Being in love with the highways every now and then i tend to take small road trip away from the hustle bustle of the city crowd. It not only gives me my time but also works to keep me motivated, fresh and energized. The short drives has given more to me than just a small road trip.

I have been in Pune for 10+ years now. The best part of this city is that it is so well connected to all near by places by roads and also that there is enough for one to explore on the outskirts of the city . Driving around Pune could be one of the best thing one could do. Be it on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, or the Pune – Banglore highway or all the trek destinations near Pune – its just too much fun here. For who really want to enjoy small road trips near Pune, here is a list of places you could head to –

  1. Tamini Ghat – A 2 hours drive from Pune, this place is a must during the monsoon. The entire trip from Chandini Chowk – Pigrangut – Mulsi – Tamini to the ghat is filled with amazing scenic beauty and mesmerizing weather.
  2. NDA road – Just adjacent to the city (Kothrud) one could drive to the least crowded road within the city towards Garden Court restaurant.
  3. Lonavala – Drive through the old Pune-Mumbai highway to the famous lions point in lonavala and beyond. Its beauty and beauty all around.
  4. Saswad – Exactly opposite to the Lonavala highways, this place is on the hilly side of Pune. Drive to the top and see the entire city lighting .
  5. Lavasa – hit the roads to Lavasa for an amazing drive experience.
  6. Panshet – A right on the Pune – Blore highway towards the khadakwasla .
  7. Malshej – I call it the land of waterfalls. A drive to a paradise.
  8. Purandar – from kondva to saswad-bopdev pune road
  9. Khopoli – exit the expressway to get on the roads of Khopoli
  10. Dehu gaon – From pimpri drive towards Pune gate resto. A right through the army area to Dehu road towards Dehu gaon. Enjoy villages and farms on your drive way.

For all the drives mentioned above – there is no destination as such….one who loves driving could go as far as one wants to before making the u turn. Every km is worth exploring 🙂 🙂

SAFE DRIVING !!

 

The Land of Kings

Rajasthan etymology:- Raja: King; Sthan: Place

Last minute cancellation of plans by my friends to Bali prompted me to take up a solo trip to Rajasthan. Rajasthan, as we all know, has been the home to numerous emperors. Even now, when one visits this place, one can fell that aura around, the grandeur, the architecture can still be seen.

Mine was a 5-day trip to Rajasthan during which I had covered only 2 places: Udaipur and Jaipur as I wanted to cover 2 places thoroughly during my 5-day visit.

I was welcomed by a cool breeze the minute I stepped out of the airport. The owner of the home stay that I’d booked was kind enough to pick me up at the airport. I did not do anything that day as it was already a bit late to explore Udaipur. I crashed early so that I could gather all the energy and see the wonderful city of Udaipur in full swing.

Homestay: Chandra Niwas

Day 1:

I had booked an auto for 2 days that would take me around Udaipur. Trust me when I say that the best way to explore Udaipur is in an auto.

  • Lake Pichola

My first stop was Lake Pichola. It is one of the most famous lakes in Udaipur.

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  • Chetak Smarak

I then headed to the building adjacent to it which is a memorial built in honour of Maharana Pratap Singh and his horse called the Chetak Smarak.

 

  • City Palace

It is built on a hill and one can see a culmination of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It provides a panoramic view of the lake city that Udaipur is. The famous Lake Palace, the Jag Mandir and the Jagadish Temple are in the vicinity of the City Palace.

The beautiful mirror work and gem work that adorn the walls provide a standing proof of the skilled artisans that were present during that era.

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Jal Mahal, City Palace, Udaipur

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  • Sunset Point

The sunset point is THE place where one should go if one wants to summarise what Udaipur is all about: lakes, boats, forts, hills. It provides a panoramic view of the entire city.

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Day 2:

  • Srinathji Temple

Day 2 started at 10 a.m with my first stop at Srinathji Temple. It is dedicated to lord Krishna. It is situated in Nathdwara which is around 50 mins drive from Udaipur. It opens at 11 in the morning. There is a separate enclosure for men and women where they wait for the temple doors to open. Once the visiting hours began, there was a huge rush which at one point of time did remind me of the Mumbai local train.

  • Nagda Temple

The Nagda Temple is better known as the Saas-Bahu temple. It is basically a Vishnu Temple which is made in 2 structures: one by Saas (Mother-in Law) and the other by Bahu (Daughter-in-Law).

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  • Eklingji Temple

As the name suggests it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Being a Tuesday, there was no rush and my darshan ended in no time.

  • Shilpgram

It is basically a Govt. run establishment that promotes the local artistes from all over Rajasthan—be it handicrafts, folk singers, folk dancers. I was lucky enough to catch a performance as well.

  • Sajjan Garh Fort

It is also known as the Monsoon Palace which overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh atop the Banswara Hill. From the base of the mountain, there are small buses that take you up to the palace. The journey to the top has some breathtaking views to offer.

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Day 3: Travel from Udaipur to Jaipur

I did not do anything that day in Jaipur as by the time I had reached my hotel I was famished and by the time I could satisfy my hunger, I realised that the visiting hours for most of the sightseeing places was over.

Day 4:

I was warned by everyone not to take an auto around Jaipur as they charge a bomb if they get to know that you are a tourist. Hence, Ola to the rescue!

  • Hawa Mahal

Built in red and pink sandstone, it is basically just a high wall from which the women used to observed the street festivals. The main purpose of the wall was to keep the women veiled.

  • City Palace

It is the royal enclosure which houses the famous Diwan-I-Aam and the Diwan-E-Khas and other structures as well.

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  • Jantar Mantar

It is located within the same vicinity of the City Palace. It has the world’s largest sundial and is quite aptly named as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Jal Mahal

Situated at the centre of the lake, it has been a hub of many celeb weddings. But I found it a bit disappointing. Unlike the Jal Mahal at Udaipur, there are no boats that take you close to the Jal Mahal. You have to appreciate the structure from a really far-off distance with probably a pile of garbage and the stench coming from it next to you.

  • Choki Dhaani

I had been to Choki Dhani in the evening which is nothing more than a village resort.

 

Day 5:

  • Amer Fort

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  • Nahargarh Fort

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If you are a foodie then you must definitely try out these places in Jaipur

  1. Tapri (tea house): It is a roof top cafe which serves amazing chai.
  2. Copper Chimney: One of the oldest restaurants in Jaipur, it is famous for its Laal maans (mutton) preparation. It is just “finger-lickin-good”.

 

 

Panshet Dam, Pune – a days trip

Around 45 to 50 kms from Pune, Panshet is a small nice place and perfect destination for a small one day trip. You are suppose to take Pune – Bangalore highway towards Singhad Fort. The roads are good and narrow. Just an hour and half drive one could plan early morning trip and return the same day. There are few resorts near the dam. A small resto for food is just at the edge of the hill surrounding the dam and gives amazing scenic view of the dam and surrounding hills. One could spend time with nature watching the clam water and the soothing mountains around. Far off from the city crowd, its a perfect place to relax in the silence of the nature and do some photography .

 

10 characteristics the middle class should give away for a better life

I am from a middle class family and so have grown and i have seen lot of middle class people -friends, relatives and many many many more. Middle class in India makes the most of the super population here. And when i say middle class, its all – low middle class, high middle class, high high middle class, super high middle class – we middle class people are very good at making the differentiation- because we really want to prove that we actually don’t completely belong to the middle class – hmm whatever !

So observing the middle class since almost three decades now, i couldn’t hold back more to get down and write something. This doesn’t come as a mocking – like most will think – but this comes from a heart and mind that know that middle class has been a victim since years now. And if at all we need to change things around – we need to change how we behave and react to our surrounding .I am just trying to touch on some pointers here that i have observed. ** When i talk about rich, i really don’t mean the people from glamour world and people who have money and power – may be the world thinks they are the only rich people – for me rich are people who are living a life they had always wanted to – rich are all who have an extra ordinary experience of life – rich are all those who might not have made lot of money but are making a lot of difference –  rich are all those wonderful people who spread love and harmony.

1. Being Busy – we are taught to be busy. Yes no matter what, we gotta be busy. A middle class person cannot enjoy leisures of life, or if at all they do, they need to compensate it someday.Or they are believed to understand that leisure is only at weekends or some holidays that we might get out of work. You cannot own leisure if you are a middle class person. Apart from this middle class people are really, really busy – they are busy watching sas bahu serial, they are busy watching filthy all nonsense news, they are busy working, they are busy with the weekend booze parties, they are busy standing in queues, they are busy looking for jobs, they are busy calculating bills, they are busy understanding emi schemes, they are busy discussing politics, they are busy showing that they are busy(coz they think people who are rich are busy…) Point is here that the middle class family is so busy that they give their life in others hand.To decide what they need to do next, to decide what they should like, what they should wear, how they should speak, where they should work, how they should work, how much they should work, where they should live and many more. They have compromised their freedom – and they are so busy – they don’t have time to even think of this.

2. Being Worried – this one shit has been passed by middle class ancestors so professionally that the middle class person has this shit in the blood – worry. They worry – worry about money, worry about work, worry about no work, worry about yesterday, worry about tomorrow, worry about boss, worry about wife, worry about husband, worry about money-problem-263x300children, worry about neighbors, worry about celebrities, worry about assets, worry about no assets,worry about God, worry about no God, worry about being single, worry about being double, worry about what others think of you…being worried about almost everything. Worry is their best friend..its everywhere with them.

3. No Commitment – middle class doesn’t care about this word – commitment. Who fucking made this word.They think the only commitment they have to make is to their boyfriend or girlfriend about dying and living together. Else fuck commitment. “Yes i told i will call back – that doesn’t really mean i will”. You ask them why and then there comes the super answer i was busy. When a middle class person says – “don’t worry i am with you”, be aware. “I will come”, really doesn’t mean they will come – it means i might come – but they have already assumed that their words mean the same and who really cares to inform even if they don’t – that’s also should be pre assumed, according to them.They don’t have any commitment towards society and environment. Those are not their stuffs to be worried of. They are not committed to their jobs, wife,husband,parents – give a chance to switch they are first ones to do so – their conditions should be fulfilled – that’s it ! Forget anyone or anything – they are not committed to themselves.

4. Least Unity – Think of people you know above and below. Luckily i am with both the rich and the poor. I see a strong bonding in both the classes. Talk about richly and the poor, no matter what they will stand by each other – when required. More over they have their time of togetherness – both rich and the poor. They dance like mads, party, eat, talk in union. I have seen the poorest of the poorest dancing the whole night with their family and neighbors – enjoying the togetherness. This aspect is missing with the middle class. They don’t unite, they don’t dare to do so. They are already in a race with each other, how can they be united. Kick a middle class in middle of the road and no body bothers. Try doing the same with the rich or the poor – you better hide your ass. Middle class becomes a speechless, handicapped spectator. They are afraid to help, they are afraid to raise a voice for their own – at the end they are busy, how can they stop to help someone. Yes they do meet, in silos, 4 here, 5 there, all scattered, even at the time when their brothers and
sisters need them.

5. Gossip – They gossip and mind when i say gossip. Gossip is gossip, its not socializing. They gossip about almost everything – office, work, boss, girls, sex, neighbors, boys, movies, serials etc. They don’t talk or discuss, the gossip.

6. Deluded – they are the major chunk of population that is deluded. They are easily manipulated, easily, very very easily. They are the major reason behind brands like fair and lovely in India – “A 1000 Cr brand”. They drive the markets and in the most manipulated way and still never realize the power they carry as a mass. This is because together the middle class only forms a crowd and nothing more. A crowd who could be cheated, a crowd who could be manipulated, a crowd who could be bluffed, a crowd who could be robbed – without them even realizing that they are robbed.

7. Fear/Afraid – they are the ones who are afraid of hell lot of things. They are afraid of society, they are afraid of law, they are afraid of losses, they are afraid of people. They fear the goons, they fear the God, they fear security. They cannot break their cocoon the entire life because of the fear.

8. Lazy – Middle class is not because they are just middle class. Most are here because they are lazy asses. They love being lazy. They feel being lazy is their birth right. They go back home and lie on their sofa, beds like they have run a 1000 miles before reaching home. Their life style has made them lazy and they just enjoy it.

9. Complaining – The middle class people will have problem with everything around them – the system,the leaders,the education,the people,the roads,work and many more. They will complain about everything – walk in a middle class gathering and you gotta understand. Worst part there is only complaining – there are no doing, there is no action. They might swear on top of their voice to change the system- if at all – but that is like a
thunder with no show.

10. Lastly – they think that their whole world is within the 4 walls of their house. No matter what happens to the world their house should be intact. They are the ones who brooms the dust out of their house and into the neighbors – it only matters that their house is clean.

The behavior of the middle class person is easily anticipated by the smarter ones. And this is the reason the middle class people are made to dance on tunes of others. They are the ones who are easily exploited. The worst part is, the conditioning is so strong and deep that people, book, movies, situations fail to make them realize what they have been doing and how their behavior is driving so many unhealthy issues in the system. And yes, exceptions are there, yes there are people who have made a difference, but by large middle class has been the victim of the system. They are the ones who are most affected by the changes in the system. They are like the rats that are used by scientists to do tests. They are robbed of their own rights. They are robbed of freedom. They are robbed and raped by the system, and this middle class people stand – helpless, without much say, waiting for the government/leaders to show some mercy to them. To make their life better.To bring a change in their lives.

Its high time they should realize that they are the ones who can make a huge difference in the system. They are the ones who has the capacity to drive the changes that they need and want. They are the mass and the mass is the power. Open your eyes and wake up !!

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Mahim, Kelva Beach near Mumbai – one day trip

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Green, clean, fresh roadways
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Mahim Beach, peaceful and quiet

A 120 km drive away from Mumbai, Mahim is a nice secluded beach, unlike its near cousin, Kelva beach, which is much populated. A 3 hrs drive from Mumbai, Mahim could be a small one day trip away from the hustle & bustle of the big city. Towards Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, one needs to take a left from Varai-Safale road to reach these beaches.

There are some resorts @Kelva but most of them are fully occupied by private parties and they might even not allow outsiders, even for food.

Shantashil resort is the place for food and drinks @palghar. This is on the way to Mahim  beach from Kelva and probably the only best place to dine.

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Know Your Mind – For Success & Happiness

Everybody wants to be successful, everybody wants to be happy, everybody wants almost everything in life. Ok so i say all this is possible, Yes a 110% possible.

Question is how ? The society has its own definition of success & happiness and gives an age old framework to all to work onto and to find a fit in it. They say – study and work hard and you would be successful, they say get good marks and come 1st in the race and success cannot be far. Our education system and society gives us a creepy understanding of success and ways that it could be achieved. No weightage is given to mind or even spoken of. And without the understanding of our mind and its capabilities or even how it functions we stray everywhere trying to be successful and happy. Result – 98% of people fail and a large chunk fail miserably. This 98% also includes people who have made money and many times fame too but they are the ones who also think they are yet not successful or happy.

Where have the things went wrong then ? May be the understanding of success and happiness is wrong at the first place OR may be one really couldn’t understand the mind – the way it functions and its importance in achieving success and happiness. Every successful person has a clear, calm mind and they are the same people who are happy too. A person who claims success and still has a disturbed mind, is really not successful. Success is something that brings a completeness to a person –  in heart, in mind and all.Success need not be an end point, it could be the journey it could be the path itself. So how you define success is very very important. A deluded mind fails to define and understand what success is. So before you start your journey to success and happiness, you need to understand your mind – the most powerful tool you carry within you.

Mind- is the psychic organ. Your everyday behavior, choices that you make, reasoning, awareness – all this and more is a result of your mind. So its important for you to keep your mind healthy and prosperous. The mind, like any other organ gets fed, needs exercise and needs rest.

— The mind feeds on processed information or raw information from the outside world – as the first step, understand whats getting fed in, screen whats not helpful or necessary and take the one that is important. Thoughts may pop from nowhere – be conscious enough to know which thought to follow – is this thought really worth rite now ? will this thought bring me closer to my dream ? is this thought worth spending my time on ? Ask these whenever a thought arise, check what your mind is getting engaged into. — All organs require exercise and rest to work to its best potential and so does your mind. Take out time for mind exercises – these could be from hearing music, creative work, puzzle etc. Rest is required as much for your mind as it is for other organs – good sleep and mediation helps immensely.

Once you get an understanding of mind as a psychic organ learn to control this amazingly powerful tool to get success and happiness in your life. Do not let mind play around with you – a simple play is worry – what is worry ? is it real ?  – Worry again is thought that gets popped up, so refrain from these thoughts.

Mind-Energy-Free-Thinking-Brain-Waves-ConsciousnessAll thoughts manifest – TRUE and this is the reason i emphasize the importance of mind in the journey of success and happiness . Good or Bad – thoughts manifest, so its very very important for all to know what thoughts they are engaging with. Thoughts that get focused on, that take majority of your attention are more likely to happen.

It is as much important for you to get educated about your mind as much it is to know your body, your environment – rather it is far more important to understand the mind. If not understood properly, it can bring enough sadness, enough worry, enough destruction in ones life. The road to success becomes a road to disaster for many, the road to happiness becomes a road to sadness for many. On other hand – know your mind and touch the bliss that every moment carries for you, know your mind and capture dreams that you thought were impossible, know your mind and touch true happiness that lies within.

CONQUER YOUR MIND AND YOU HAVE CONQUERED A LOT !!Creating-a-clear-path-compressed

 

I am on this journey to know more and understand more and learn more. Mail me if you have queries, questions, suggestions or something to share @ rameshlall01@gmail.com.

Will love to hear from you !!

 

 

 

 

 

Kutch & The White Desert – Rann

Mumbai to Bhuj (865 km) {Kutch} on train (13 hrs), 2 day trip and back !

Expense per head : INR 5000 (aprox), includes commute, a night halt at Shaam-e-Sarhad Village Resort and food.

February 10th afternoon we packed our back and boarded the train to Bhuj city, Gujarat. We were on our journey to see the most talked and advertised Rann of Kutch – The White Desert in Gujarat. Three of my friends from Mumbai and me. We reached Bhuj early morning on 11th, a cab had been already booked for our 2 day trip.

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Sham-e-Sarhad – A village resort, Hodka

From Bhuj we drove towards Sham-e-Sarhad Village Stay at the Hodka village – 60 km from Bhuj. As we move out of Bhuj city we were able to see wide stretch of
land with little bushes till far. The road was narrow and very less traffic. Sham-e-Sarhad is an amazing place to stay. Its a authentic village stay. Mud floors and mud houses with amazing food. The place was at peace with nature with calmness and silence surrounding it.

After getting freshen up and lunch we drove to Kalo Dungar or Black Hill. Its the highest peak of Kutch district and 50 km from Sham-e-Sarhad.

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From Kalo Dungar we drove straight to Rann of Kutch, the destination .Its about 45 km from Kalo Dungar and as we moved down from the hilly ranges, we saw plain land, plain land as far as the eye could see. The road was straight and both side we had raw earth land, stretched wide into the horizon. It was like the raw playground that had no structure built on it neither it knew it boundaries.

DSC_1188Finally we were at the renowned Rann of Kutch. Permits had been taken earlier.There were 2 check points before we landed on the white desert. Rann is an astonishing and stunning place. An ocean of salted marshy land. Never had i seen such a view or place on this earth.

DSC_1281White sand of salt all around, like a ocean had got dried up. We walked on the marshy land and started walking towards the endless horizon on the other side. It was late evening and every step i took into the marshy land i saw a new color of setting suns ray in the sky. One of the best sunset that i was noticing .The skyline became beautiful with the setting sun. It was like i could run to the end and peep the sun even if it went down. A long distance was covered and i thought to take a small halt and sit. There were small insects that fly during the sunset and they could be troublesome. It was my bandana and full covered clothes that gave a relieve there.

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DSC_1290First time in my life was i witnessing this. The moon was just above the earth, touching it rite at the curve. Huge in size, red in colour, i had never seen a moon so beautiful. This was a stunning sight. The light of the moon was shining on the white desert. I started moving towards the moon, as if i could run and reach very very close to it. There were flash light all around, photographers best time was this. I missed a nice camera here, but the experience was enthralling. We left from the beautiful Rann by 9 . Had amazing food at the village resort and one of the best sleep at the mud house, on the mud beds. Though the night was chill, the mud house was much much cozier.

WhatsApp Image 2017-02-22 at 23.08.42Next morning was just too beautiful.I spent sometime on the charpai in front of our resort. Clean and fresh air and just sound of lil chirping birds.After our breakfast we checked out and  we went to a nearby village – hodka and met the locals. We spent nice time talking to children and the locals there. Rather we even played – goli with the smallies at the village. Their main source if income is handicraft .The village had 3-4 small houses. DSC_0103 (1)WhatsApp Image 2017-02-22 at 23.08.13These houses had just one main room, small entrance and some tribal art done on the walls. The ladies are still not seen much outside the village and take care of the house and kidos. From the village we went seeing some palace in Bhuj. Prag Mahal and Aina Mahal is a must watch. They are magnificent piece of art and architecture of the 19th century.

Later part of the day was spent at the Mandvi beach. This was one of the dirtiest of beaches i had ever been. Thats the truth and i cannot lie. Though we had some amazing food at the Osho hotel in Mandvi, the beach is not much of hang around place.

Late evening we were back to Bhuj and boarded our train and off to Mumbai.

Dreams are Reality….

DREAMS are REALITY – live a dream life !!

We all dream of living a happy, content & fulfilling life.  The issue is, for most, the dream and reality seems far apart. More than often, people think that their dream is something that cannot be a reality and they push their dreams farther from their reality. Truth is the Dreams can be Reality. Most disbelieve this as they falter. And they falter for various reasons.

  1. They tend to forget: In a system that we live in, exhaustive and distractive, it’s easy for anyone to forget what their hearts really want. They get satisfied with the temporary feeling of satisfaction, just like a child who suddenly stops crying when a new toy is handed over to him. He keeps playing until he bores or realizes this was not that he was looking for and he starts crying again.
  2. Dreams cannot be reality: Most feel and are made to believe that their dreams cannot be reality. People who have not lived their dream life or even tried are the ones who always ensure to tell this – Dreams are dreams.
  3. The system is ruthless: They system does not want you to live your dream life – yes and it’s a harsh truth that we should realize and understand.
  4. Money is everything: We are too burdened with the idea of earning a lot. In this race many got dissolved and had never been able to get out of it. Most of the people in the race are the ones who at their core think – money is everything and they easily give up their dream for this money. Until one day they realize the truth and they realize that time has flown away with speed.
  5. Distractions: People are too distracted. Thanks to worthless media, politics, controversies etc. Distracted enough to think everything else is important….but their life.
  6. People are lazy: Everybody wants the change, but few could work to see that change happen. The lazy people wants things to just happen – without them doing or even putting an effort to get the change – which doesn’t really work.
  7. People are afraid: This a big, big reason for the mass that thinks they could never achieve a dream life. People fear a hell lot of things – most of which doesn’t even exists.
  8. Lack of believe in oneself: People who have not risked things and have not really played the beautiful game called Life, are also the ones who have minimal believe in what they think they can do. Because they have never tried to really push things around, they have never come across incidents that help boost their self confidence.
  9. Become too comfortable: People become too comfortable with their daily routine of life. They get so habituated to the daily routine and same things around, that any thought of any change makes them uncomfortable. Living a life the same way for years to come makes them so comfortable that slightest of change hampers their happiness and life. And believe it buddy – change is coming, you like it or not.
  10. What to ask from life: People do not know what they want from life. – I have asked this to too many people, most who don’t have a dream, are people who don’t know what they want from life. Even life seems to push them 100 times to understand what they want in life – but people become too blinded.
  11. A beautiful life exists: People don’t know how beautiful a life could really be. They are grown hearing a stupid quote like – Life is full of struggles – A quote from people who could never understand and realize the magical side of life.
  12. Money again: Money would solve all the problems. If this was really the case, then no rich would have ever committed suicide and no rich would have ever been in pain. Truth is not unknown here.
  13. How to start: One last reasons in the list is a big question which every time holds the dreamer back and back into the race – Where do I start from? People who have realized their dream, get stuck at one point – how to start, they get stuck for so long, that at one moment they forget what their dream was.

To every point mentioned above, there is a hidden answer in the point itself. People with a little sense shall find it. People who still fail to get the solution or the hidden answers are more than welcomed to write to me @ rameshlall01@gmail.com, I would love to hear from you.

Stay Healthy! Stay Happy!

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Jamshedpur-Telco Colony – a photo blog

This is a small photo blog of one of the most beautiful and clean city in India – Jamshedpur, also known as Tatanagar and steel city. I personally would like to call it – Greencity 🙂 .

The photos i took was in Jan 2017 when i was there. One early morning i went around Telco colony clicking photos of some close and known places. I could only cover Telco and the photos are produce of a normal phone camera. This album would speak more than the photos itself and it would be fun if my friends point out and name the places below that they could figure out. Lets take a walk down the memory lane.

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Visapur – a one day trek

Visapur fort –  long trek (2 hours up) near Mumbai/Pune. This trekking destination is midway to old Pune-Mumbai highway, some 100 km from Mumbai by drive. It is at an elevation of 3,556 feet (1,084 m). It is built on the same plateau as Lohagad. Visapur Fort is larger and at a higher elevation than its twin fort- Lohagad. If you are traveling from Mumbai you need to take the right exactly opposite the road that goes to Kamshet . The drive is good till the trek base and one could drive till the base.We reached the base pretty late – 3 pm due to a road jam near Mumbai. The drive from the Pune-Mumbai highway till the base is smooth and nice. dsc_0190

We also reached late as we stopped frequently to take photos on the way. We drove through some small villages on the way before could reach the base.

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Scene on the drive way to Visapur base

The weather was pretty cool and cloudy. Air was fresh and the breeze soothing. It was end of September, 24th to be precise. As we walked the terrain we enjoyed some very beautiful scene around. Cloudy mountains, light cool breeze and beautiful nature. The trek is easy, the only issue at this moment of time, it was only my friend and me all along. As soon as we covered 45 minutes, light drizzle started. We had our wind cheater with us and the light drizzle did make the trek more beautiful. We just hopped that it didn’t rain. As we moved ahead we started hearing sound of water rushing downward from some were in the hills.dsc_0189 It was just amazing – the breeze, the drizzle, the clouds and now the sound of waterfall. There was also a singing peacock that we heard on our walk upwards. My friend was walking some 20 steps ahead of me. At one moment she stopped to look around . She was looking towards the downhill and i too just stopped to take a small watch break. To my utmost surprise and bewilderment i saw a peacock right behind my friend crossing the trek route and into the green on the other side. I was still, like a statue and asked my friend to be the same. Slowly i moved near her and i told her the reason of my surprise and excitement. We both started looking for her into the bushes for a moment. No sign though. I cannot forget the sight till date and the experience was just too beautiful .

After an hour or more, we reached at one of a small village in the hills. It was almost 4:30 pm now and we had walked a good distance. After inquiring regarding Visapur fort, the villagers told it would another hour from there. Also as it was late, they didn’t advise us to go further. It was becoming dark and we just sat near a small 2 room school there, just watching and sitting in silence. After 30 minutes we realized it was becoming dark and we should start for the down trip. We rolled down the hills soon. Till the time we reached our car it was already dark. We started asap, as we had to drive through small roadways crossing the villages. It was complete dark on the way, the only light on the road was of the car. We even lost our way twice and went straight into the jungle. Luckily met a old man on the way who helped us with the direction to drive out.

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@ the base village

We were on the main street in 20 mins time. The small time of being in the dark, among the hills & woods with a female friend was a bit scary. Though we came out good from the adventure, it is advised to escape the dark, when traveling alone to such places .