Vipssana (विपश्यना)

Although I had heard the term Vipassana (विपश्यना) a long time before, I came to know about this practice from Ashish, my university batchmate, who had attended a Vipassana course in 2008. From his description I came to know that Vipassana was a meditation technique to look passively, with closed eyes, towards the body while being completely silent for the entire period of meditation. But I was not much enthusiast for this meditation practice until my another close friend had participated inRead more

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The Kolleru Lake

Kolleru lake is described as a large freshwater lake between Krishna and Godavari delta near the coastal part of Andhra Pradesh. Due to the rich biodiversity, especially of both the local and migratory birds, the lake has been declared as a wildlife sanctuary. The lake has also been indexed in the list of Ramsar wetlands of international importance. On my maiden visit to that region, contrary to the gained assumption, Kolleru did not appear as any continuous lake but asRead more

The Flying Cobra

In one of the afternoons of my month long time in Pushkar of Rajasthan, we three people, 2 visitors and the owner (named Pradhan alias Ramu) of the Ramues cafe and Shankar Palace where I was staying in, were having the discussion on some random subjects. In that bright and hot sunny day of the summers, we all were restfully seated on the chairs placed under the shadow of the trees which were planted in the roofless central ground of theRead more

Prakash Didgeridoo

While moving up on the stairs from Ganga Beach cafe to the main market street of Rishikesh, a very conspicuous sound, coming from the window of a room, attracted my attention. The sound was characterised by strong unmelodious vibrations but yet mysterious, soulful and attractive. Those vibrations also sounded a little bit familiar to me. From outside, that room appeared as if installed later in an old building. My eyes started to scan the walls of the building for anyRead more

Indrahar pass

One of the most mysterious things of my childhood was a lush green mountain in front of my native home. For a long time, the peak of the mountain was the highest ever point on the earth and I always wondered to imagine the view from the top. I had believed that if my home was up there, I would have been living in the paradise. But the day when I observed the same mountain from a distant point, I was surprisedRead more

Around the Kulams

Kulam (குளம்) is a word of Tamil language which stands for the pool or the pond. I had noticed the use of this word as a suffix with some places of the south India like Koondakulam, Kunthakulam etc., but had never known its meaning until I landed in the state of Tamil Nadu. Although I had seen many ponds, lakes and wetlands before, the chance to visualise the life around any place with suffix Kulam was received at Kanyakumari, theRead more

Coexistence and Expressions

We all might have heard of some examples of coexistence of the wild animal species with human societies. Such examples from ancient times, when the primitive societies were supposed to be in close proximity to nature, are quite imaginable. But with any such examples from contemporary times, besides coexistence, we also expect some degree of compromise. During my time in South India, I came across a few villages where the wild waterbirds coexisted with the human societies; Kokkre Bellur being oneRead more

Earth: An alien land

Sometimes, the answers appear before the questions. I comprehended this aspect when a question, which never existed in my mind, got instantly fabricated after seeing the bright lights of innumerable electrical lamps, the answer, of the Kangra valley and of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj from Triund, a location which is approximately 2800 meters above the sea level on the Dhauladhar range of outer Himalayas. The question was, “How could the life on earth be discovered by the aliens, now?”     VariousRead more

Dance of Contentment

Life is not only about to seek pleasure in the awaited expected outcomes but also about to wonder the surprising elements. Experiences of unexpected events could be counted as good or bad or neutral ones, but they do not leave without showing those colours which otherwise remain invisible. For me, travelling is meant to increase the probability to feel this dimension, of surprising elements, of life. I had one of such random experiences when I unintentionally reached around Foy Sagar,Read more

Dispersing Sand

Suratgarh is one of the nine tehsils of the district Sri Ganganagar of Rajasthan. At the northern end, this district shares border with the Indian state of Punjab and the western limit is an international border with the Punjab of Pakistan. This proximity with the Punjab region explains the presence of significant Punjabi population and culture in Sri Ganganagar, especially in northern areas, and so popularly makes it known as ‘Punjab of Rajasthan’. In fact some notable people of PunjabiRead more

Saach-pass

Whenever I see any of the mountains for the very first time, my mind starts to imagine about the view of the world from the top, the places on the peak and about the view on the other side of the mountain. This degree of fascination is proportional to the altitude and the difficulty level to hike over the mountain. Harder the mountain, the more mesmerized I feel to imagine all this. That’s why the feelings to view the partsRead more

Abundance

Perhaps the most common desires among most of the people around the globe are the desires of everlasting happiness, neverending love and to witness novelty from time to time. If these ‘everlasting’ and ‘neverending’ labels sound too subjective, proper alternative terms could be ‘abundant’ or ‘overflowing’. In an ideal boundless life, which is usually considered an imaginary one, everything we desire is plausible indeed and there are myriad ways to achieve what we want. But certain fears regarding life andRead more

Nekhbet at Himalayas

For me, the term ‘Egyptian’ stands for mysterious. But having said that, I do not mean that Egyptians look like aliens. The very first images which come to my mind with the word ‘Egypt’ are Nile river civilization, the huge pyramids and many unsolved mysteries. So over the course of time, I have developed an enigmatic image for Egypt and things associated with it. That’s why when I heard about the Egyptian Vulture for the very first time, I imaginedRead more

Life, Music & Travel

Life, music and travel I wish to blend them all. Djembe, Flute or Viol I want to play all. Folks, Ballads or Gospel I dream to sing all. Yes, that’s me I want to paint murals on the wall. Be it a desert, hill or waterfall I desire to spot them all. Maasai, Zulu or Aborginal I wish to meet you all yes, thats me, I want to blend them all. Hey you amazing world, I want to love youRead more

Secluded Faith

The Indian subcontinent is known as a region of polytheistic faith, always ready to accommodate any of the alternative views; one of the reasons that multiple faith systems originated and peacefully coexisted at this place from thousands of years. The Indian society has been known for its diversity at multiple levels, including the faith. That’s why we see unlimited number deities in this region of the globe. Mythologically, Mount Abu has always been seen as a holy place which, accordingRead more