Bad health and no show in my blog…
Hope to recover ASAP and be back….
Bad health and no show in my blog…
Hope to recover ASAP and be back….
Few hours back, I was in a local train compartment, on my way back home. I was to cover a journey of nearly three and half hours, and as usual I got engaged with my smartphone, the best way out to kill time and boredom, checking mails and listening to music, playing games….bla bla bla…
Co-passengers, especially those who were travelling in groups, I presume they might be regular commuters, were busy too, with lots of discussions, covering almost each and every available topics under the sun ( that’s also a way to kill time, man). Let me remind you, my beloved readers, some were delivering lectures (tax free with no obligations), some were the good listeners (best way to not loose your energy) and the rest was engaged in panel discussions ( as they were in front of the camera and telecast is live ).
Entered a new guest, trust me the perfume drew the first attraction towards them ( plural terms, buddy, he was accompanied by his wife ). Everything was going normal, till, the panel discussion switched, towards the couple, and I hope by this time, you might have guessed why? Confused? Let me clarify….the lady was charming, beautiful in her mid thirtess (wild guess ), a natural reason to be in lime light… Huh?
To my utter surprise, the guy, who even fought with an elderly, earlier, over comfort, offered her, his own seat to the lady. Good gesture!! Two, or three stations passed away, the other guy (from the same group, a good Samaritan, may be??) offered the gentleman his seat…. Please note I was so closely standing, in front of them, and even as Kaku (uncle), as they called me (natural,as per my age is concerned), was not given the privilege ( my age was not a determining factor, to be noted) .
Still then, some where, I was overhearing their discussions as I told earlier, as time pass….yeah, it was a mean to kill time and save the battery too, I repeat. Now I made up my mind, and got myself prepared for the fight…
Wait, wait dear, it’s not physical, mental. Realizing and observing the facts, I prepared myself to take the pain of standing the rest of the journey and devoted myself more in my smartphone. At this point, news came, something about Nirav Modi, in the internet….. and after going in depth of the news (if sources were to be believed), I was upset (reasons not be disclosed in public), and switched off the phone (obviously in an attempt to save power).
Reluctantly, my ears got busy overhearing again….. hahaha, don’t mind please (no options left out), and the ongoing topic was : “Behind every successful man, there is a woman”…. and the arrow was pointed towards the favor granted, to that gentleman (recall please, don’t say I haven’t mentioned). I was enjoying the discussions, although my mind was thinking about the fraud case, the news I had been through, few minutes back (PNB Scam: Nirav Modi).
After an hour, when I got down from the train, at my destination, and was about to take a public transport, eagerly to meet my family, a slogan, that might contradict with the proverb: “Behind every successful man, there is a woman”, popped up in my mind, and that is the reason, why I am awake in this midnight, just to pen it down, for you, my beloved readers, is as follows:
“Behind every successful man, there is a Bank (in India)”
Mr. Modi, are you still awake???
My open letter to you, Sir…..
Dear Mr. Nirav Modi
You are a busy man, but I hope, you, by this time had managed to see the movie “Ek Tha Tiger“, the blockbuster starring Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif, especially the end part. Huh…it says that Tiger and Joya (respectively the names of the character played by the actors) have been seen in different parts of the world, yet not sure, and intelligence agencies could not trace them. It goes well with you too, Sir. Rumors are there that you are in New York, USA, till today morning there was a fresh assumption that you are in Hong Kong, though all these are not confirmed yet. Wherever you are, stay blessed, yea, I mean it and you too know that very well, I mean the blind lanes of our country’s rules. You got a temporary relief owing to the US court’s verdict, but don’t worry we Indians are patriots and our history has proved that time and now.
Just chill Bro, forget about the loan amount you took from PNB, or any other institutions. Under the guise of ATM charges, maintenance charges, Minimum account balance deductions, the banks will collect the fund from us in a small denominations of Rs.50, Rs.100 etc., or our Government will collect from us as Swatch Bharat Abhiyan cess, Krishi kalyan cess, education cess, etc.
Now a days we are busy repaying the loans of Vijay Malya sir, and once it’s done we will pay your loans along with interest too…it’s just a matter of time, and we are used to this. After all, then only we can call our self Patriots, isn’t it? It makes a sense, because that’s why, we the common man are struggling and working hard to repay the debts taken by great people like you.
You don’t worry Nirav sir, we are here to take the burden. Wherever you are be happy and be more wealthy.
May God bless you!
It happened all of a sudden, if my memory doesn’t betray, in the mid of the year 1992, and honestly the incident, which I am to pen down, had far reaching consequences, and led me being human, changing my views and feelings towards life.
As a struggling young man, desperately in search of a high paid stable job, I used to go miles, wherever there seems a small ray of light: opportunity. This deliberate act landed me in Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya (India), also known as “Scotland of India”, to attend the final selection as Manager (Customer Relation) in “Polo Towers”, the reputed star category hotel in the heart of this picturesque hill station. What was the outcome is not the topic here, so let’s jump cut this episode.
Police Bazaar, in Shillong, is a heaven for any and every idler worth his salt and as usual, it was my favourite place to hang out too. I was quite distracted by the variety of this place in contrast to memories of my own city and I often used to roam through the up and down hilly roads during my training break. The unique part of this place is the ambiance and gesture of the crowd, be the local or the tourist. However, despite hunger and lack of pennies, one evening I was looking for a cheap place to cope up. One of the many XYZ restaurants displayed a board offering Tawa roti and mashed potatoes for 10 bucks, and I walked in. The waitress took my order and, when I was served, I attacked the dish without a thought. Only then did I realised the waitress has given me two rotis, which meant that I was liable to pay 20 bucks. All I had was 10 bucks ! I kept seated well over half an hour, wondering how to meet up the bill. I couldn’t imagine myself washing dishes, so reluctantly approached the counter where an elderly Khasi (local tribe) lady was seated. In halting sentences, I described my predicament to her, and nervously enquired if it would be all right for me to call later and pay the balance of 10 bucks. Trust me, a cold chill ran down my spine assuming the outcome.
“But, off course,” was her reply. “Yes you need not come back for it. Pay when you pass this way again, Sir, and welcome!”
I have never forgotten the intense relief and overpowering surprise I felt at such astonishing courtesy in the cheapest of eating houses. I shudder to think of facing a similar situation in an establishment catering to the needy and impoverished in my own city.
Incidents like these, experienced throughout my journey to different places, have invariably gone to show how improper it is to be swayed into judging people, merely guided by passions and prejudices. Hate the sin and not the sinner is a wiser and ancient adage in Indian tradition. And it was far away from home, in Shillong, that I was to learn the value of this wise and simple dictim of Indian wisdom.
Happy Holi… the festival of colours to all of you, stay blessed.
Love! 💕💕 Being a singular word with a powerful meaning, it consists of plural actions and many experiences. Desired by almost everyone still, it is one of the most demanding things in the world, yet. Right, isn’t it?
We often talk about love like it is one simple thing, but you are guaranteed to encounter these types of love at least once in this lifetime. Let’s have a look at the actual scenario about which love are you experiencing right now and check how much it’s affecting your love life. ❤️❤️
One of the harder ones for people to escape, yet so easy to fall into, may be called as Empty Love. You feel like you are on cloud 9 one moment, then spiraling the next. These empty relationships are as empty as the person creating it and usually involves a chaotic teeter-totter effect. Sadly, you don’t know how long you can stay attached to this person. At the end of the day, you do not really love them, you just love what they can do for you. Quit while you’re ahead. 💔💔
Are you becoming addicted to trying new things, meeting new people, and exploring for a while and you feel that your actions are more sporadic and are effective as long as you meet someone going through the same phase? Be sure you are in the clutch of Pulse Love that lives off adrenaline. Stay assured once you hit the bump known as commitment in the road, the rush can come to an end. 💓💓
Come let me tell about Unbalanced Love, that can be tricky to escape unscathed because this usually ends in a devastating way, if not resolved. In this case you often feel more like a parental figure instead of a lover due to the give and take system. When you feel like you’re giving more, you should immediately express this. Hiding your feelings leads to petty actions & a constant search for their behavior in order to validate the imbalanced relationship. In the end, you will simply explode the time bomb of every moment you felt used and abused. 💛💛
When you love for them, care and want to be everything, but simply can’t, that can be frustrating. When your feelings are one sided that can be definitely one of the most painful love experiences, as we call it Lonely Love. Maintain the relationship but love yourself first before showering them with care again. Better to have loved than lost, huh? 😻😻
We all have that one person we love more than our own family. Of course, the love doesn’t involve anything s**ual (unless you are FWBs), but the love is stronger than any other. Platonic Love is one of the most rewarding because you genuinely love a person for their entire being. ❤️❤️
I am excluding True Love, as it’s a feeling that everybody has experienced and doesn’t needs to describe or explain. 💕💕💕
Indian Army is in action.
Keeping an eye on terrorist activities and infiltration, Indian Army, in the last one week has destroyed six such Pakistani posts engaged in, or used by their personnel for launching Border Action Team actions and helping terrorist infiltration across the border giving them a tough time.
“The units and formations are keeping an eye on the activities of the Pakistan Army positions which are active in launching BAT actions or firing against our personnel and if required, we will take necessary steps to prevent any harm to us,” sources said.
The Army had launched a massive retaliation three days ago on a Pakistani post in Uri sector besides launching similar strikes against five more Pakistani positions in the Rampur, Haji Pir and Leepa Valley sectors and the rocket attacks had brought down the positions completely there, the sources added. 15 Corps commander Lt Gen Anil Bhatt, who was till recently the DGMO in the Army headquarters, has given operational freedom to the local commanders for carrying out actions against enemy posts.
Sources also said that the army has been given a free hand by the government, which is now taking action against terrorist launch pads and Pakistan Army posts supporting infiltration into India.
Republic of India: Brief Intro
India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world.
Indian cultural history spans more than 4,500 years. During the Vedic period (c. 1700 – 500 BCE), the foundations of Hindu philosophy, mythology, theology and literature were laid, and many beliefs and practices which still exist today, such as dhárma, kárma, yóga, and mokṣa, were established. India is notable for its religious diversity, with Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity, and Jainism among the nation’s major religions. The predominant religion, Hinduism, has been shaped by various historical schools of thought, including those of the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras, the Bhakti movement, and by Buddhist philosophy.
Tourism in India: Useful facts & Figures
Tourism is growing rapidly and economically important too. India received 23.3 million foreign and domestic tourists in 2016. The World Travel & Tourism Council calculated that tourism generated ₹14.02 lakh crore (US$220 billion) or 9.6% of the nation’s GDP in 2016. The sector is predicted to grow at an annual rate of 6.8% to ₹28.49 lakh crore (US$440 billion) by 2027 (10% of GDP). In October 2015, India’s medical tourism sector was estimated to be worth US$3 billion. It is projected to grow to $7–8 billion by 2020. About 10 million foreign tourists arrived in India in 2017 compared to 8.89 million in 2016, recording a growth of 12.49%.
The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 ranks India 40th out of 136 countries overall. The report ranks the price competitiveness of India’s tourism sector 10th out of 136 countries. It mentions that India has quite good air transport (ranked 32nd), particularly given the country’s stage of development, and reasonable ground transport infrastructure (ranked 29th). The country also scores high on natural and cultural resources (ranked 9th).
There are 36 World Heritage Sites in India ( a separate article will follow with description), that are recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of August 2017. These are places of importance of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.
India requires citizens of most countries to have a valid passport and apply for a visa at their local Indian embassy or consulate, before they travel. They can apply directly by mail or in person, or through their local travel services company. India has recently implemented an online method for citizens of 40 countries to apply and receive an e-Tourist Visa. Nationals of Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal do not require a visa. Citizens of Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, DPR Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, South Africa and Uruguay are not required to pay a fee when obtaining Indian visa.
A Protected Area Permit (PAP) is required to enter the states of Nagaland and Sikkim and some parts of the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal. A Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is required to enter the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and parts of Sikkim. Special permits are needed to enter Lakshadweep Islands.
e – Tourist Visa
In order to boost tourism, On 27 November 2014, the Indian Government implemented a new visa policy that allows visitors to obtain a visa on arrival at 16 designated international airports by acquiring an Electronic Travel Authorisation online before arrival without having to visit an Indian consulate or visa centre to citizens of following countries – Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu and Vietnam. The facility was extended to China, Macau and Hong Kong on 30 July 2015. The facility was further extended to citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Belgium, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, East Timor, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, Malaysia, Mongolia, Monaco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Turks and Caicos Islands, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela on 15 August 2015.
The visa on arrival requires a tourist to apply online on a secure Government of India website, at least 4 to 30 days before the date of travel. If approved, the passenger must print and carry the approved visa with the travel documents. The visa allows holders of Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to enter and stay anywhere in India for 30 days. The ETA can be obtained twice in a single calendar year. The visa on arrival facility is expected to be expanded to about 180 countries over time. In April 2015 the scheme was renamed to e-Tourist Visa in order to avoid confusion.
Sharing a gallery of photos, that will certainly, make you wish, if you were in India right now……