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बाल मिठाई – उत्तराखंड की शान

बाल मिठाई उत्तराखंड की प्रसिद्ध मिठाई है। बचपन में जब भी मेरा परिवार गांव से घर वापिस आता, बाल मिठाई का हमारे सामान के साथ होना तय था। ऐसा माना जाता है कि 7वी या 8वी सदी में ये मिठाई नेपाल से पहली बार यहाँ आई और 20वी सदी की शुरुआत में अल्मोड़ा के लाला जोगा राम शाह ने इस मिठाई को एक नए तरीके से बनाना शुरू किया। ये मूल रूप से खोये से बनती है और इसके उपर चीनी के दानें लगे होते हैं। लेकिन लाला जोगा राम के समय चीनी के दानो की जगह इस पर खसखस के बीज लगे होते थे। गढ़वाल और कुमाऊँ दोनों ही क्षेत्रोँ में ये बहुत लोकप्रिय है। बल्कि अब तो ये पूरे भारत में काफी मशहूर है।

दिल्ली दंगो का एक गुनहगार – ख़ालिद सैफ़ी

फरवरी 2020 में हुए दिल्ली दंगो के दौरान चाँद बाग़ इलाके में भड़की हिंसा के मामले में खालिद सैफी के तथाकथित रूप से मुख्य षड्यंत्रकारियों में से एक होने की बात सामने आई। जिसके बाद दिल्ली पुलिस की क्राइम ब्रांच ने उसे गिरफ्तार किया। 8 जनवरी को शाहीन बाग़ में हुए anti-CAA प्रोटेस्ट में भी इसने भाग लिया था। पुलिस Chargesheet के मुताबिक जाफ़राबाद और चाँद बाग में हुए दंगे दिल्ली में अराजकता फ़ैलाने की एक सोची समझी साज़िश थी। सैफ़ी वही इंसान है जिसने JNU के टुकड़े टुकड़े गैंग के उमर खालिद और आप के सस्पेंडेड councillor ताहिर हुसैन के बीच मुलाकात करवाई थी।

Courtesy: PGurus

सैफी दिल्ली दंगो की एक अहम कड़ी है जिसका कांटेक्ट anti-caa रुख रखने वाले सभी पत्रकारों, नेताओ और अन्य हस्तियों से रहा है । दिल्ली पुलिस ने जाफराबाद दंगो और अंकित शर्मा मर्डर केसों की FIRs में कहा है कि ताहिर हुसैन दिल्ली में हो रहे दंगो के दौरान उमर खालिद और खालिद सैफ़ी के सम्पर्क में था।

वही रेडियो मिर्ची की आरजे सायमा के साथ भी इसे देखा गया। इन मोहतरमा ने अपने रेडियो प्रोग्राम्स के दौरान कई बार भीड़ को प्रोटेस्ट साइट्स पर इकठ्ठा होने की अन्नोउंसमेंट्स की थी।

रविश कुमार, राजदीप सरदेसाई, सिद्धार्थ वरदराजन, अभिसार शर्मा, अरफ़ा खानुम, राणा अयूब, नेहा दीक्षित सरीखे पत्रकारों के साथ भी दिल्ली दंगो के इस मास्टरमाइंड के संबंध उजागर हुए। इनके अलावा, कई लेफ्ट, प्रो-जेहादी शिक्षाविदो, JNU और DU के स्टूडेंट लीडर्स भी सैफी के सम्पर्क में थे।

सैफी United Against Hate नाम की संस्था का संस्थापक है। हालाँकि इसकी संस्था का काम उसके नाम से ठीक उल्टा है। ये वही संस्था है जिसने anti-CAA प्रोटेस्ट को पूरे देश भर में चलाया था। दिल्ली दंगो पर पार्लियामेंट की एक डिबेट में गृह मंत्री अमित शाह ने भी इस संस्था का उल्लेख किया था। इससे पहले भी सैफी को दिल्ली पुलिस ने 26 फरवरी को anti-CAA प्रोटेस्ट के चलते खजूरी ख़ास से गिरफ्तार किया था। एजेंसियों का मानना है कि सैफ़ी की संस्था का इस्तेमाल इस्लामिक देशों से फंड्स लेकर भारत में विरोध प्रदर्शन करवाने के लिए किया जाता था। केरला और तमिलनाडु के प्रो-जिहादी संस्थाओं से इसका नाता रहा है। पत्रकारों, शिक्षाविदों और advocates के साथ सैफ़ी के मनी रूटिंग लिंक्स की भी पड़ताल की जा रही है। एजेंसियों के अनुसार, सैफ़ी Popular Front of India (PFI) जैसी देश विरोधी गतिविधियों में संलिप्त संगठन का भी हिस्सा रहा है। PFI का अक्सर प्रतिबंधित संगठन SIMI और आतंकवादी संगठन ISIS के साथ लिंक्स होने की बात भी सामने आती रही है। लव जिहाद, पोलिटिकल किलिंग्स में PFI का हाथ रहा है। जनवरी में उत्तर प्रदेश में हुए anti-caa विरोध प्रदर्शन में भी PFI का रोल रहा है, जिसके चलते उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री योगी आदित्यनाथ ने गृह मंत्रालय से इस पर प्रतिबन्ध लगाने की मांग भी की थी।

आदित्य ठाकरे और बेबी पेंग्विन का क़िस्सा

जुलाई के महीने में ट्विटर पर #BabyPenguin बहुत ट्रेंड हुआ।

चित्र: गूगल

समित ठक्कर नाम के एक व्यक्ति ने महाराष्ट्र के मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव ठाकरे, उनके बेटे आदित्य ठाकरे और ऊर्जा मंत्री नितिन राउत को लेकर एक ट्वीट किया जिसके चलते समित के खिलाफ़ FIR दर्ज की गई।

चित्र: गूगल

FIR के बाद भी समित का वही स्टैंड रहा और लोगों ने भी समित को सपोर्ट करते हुए इसे खूब ट्रेंड किया।

आलम ये है कि आज तक समित का आदित्य ठाकरे को बेबी पेंग्विन कहना जारी हैं। लोगों में भी अब आदित्य ठाकरे बेबी पेंग्विन के नाम से ही ज़्यादा पॉपुलर हैं।

आदित्य ठाकरे को बेबी पेंग्विन कहने के पीछे कहानी ये है कि शिव सेना द्वारा संचालित बृहन्मुम्बई म्युनिसिपल कारपोरेशन (BMC) ने 2012 में लोकल टूरिज्म को बढ़ावा देने के लिए मुंबई के Byculla ज़ू के लिए Humboldt पेंगुइन्स को मंगवाने का फैसला किया। ऐसी खबरें हैं कि इसके लिए शिव सेना ने BMC पर दबाव बनाया था। उद्धव ठाकरे और आदित्य ठाकरे का ये महत्वकांक्षी प्रोजेक्ट जल्द ही एक बड़ी कंट्रोवर्सी की वजह बन गया। तमाम विरोधों के बावजूद आखिरकार जुलाई 2016 में साउथ कोरिया से 8 Humoldt पेंग्विन Byculla ज़ू पहुंचे। इस पूरे प्रोजेक्ट की लागत थी कोई 10 करोड़ रुपये जिसके तहत उन पेंग्विन्स के लिए ज़ू में एक आर्टिफिशियल एनवायरनमेंट बनाया जाना था। लेकिन यहां आने के कुछ दिनों के अंदर ही उन 8 पेंग्विन्स में से एक की बैक्टीरियल इंफेक्शन के चलते मौत हो गई। इस बात पर भी बहुत कॉन्ट्रोवर्सी हुई। एक्सपर्ट्स के मुताबिक वातावरण में हुए अचानक बदलाव और ज़ू प्रशासन के पास ऐसे एगज़ोटिक पक्षियों की देखरेख को लेकर कोई ट्रेनिंग, संसाधन और जानकारी न होने के कारण उस पेंग्विन की मौत हुई। कई विशेषज्ञों ने भारत जैसे गरम देश मे उन पेंग्विन्स को लाना ही एक ग़लत निर्णय बताया। बाद में उन पेंग्विन्स से पैदा हुए एक और पेंग्विन की मौत हो गई। कुल मिलाकर यह एक अपरिपक्व कदम था जिससे नुकसान ही ज़्यादा हुआ – फ़िर चाहे वो नुकसान आर्थिक हो, पेंग्विन्स की जान का हो या आदित्य ठाकरे की इमेज का।

River Rafting in Rishikesh

In Arpil 2018, my friend, her husband and I decided to go for river rafting in Rishikesh. We decided to first go to Har Ki Pauri as the couple wanted to conduct their daughter’s mundan (tonsure) there. My mother, friend’s mother-in-law, my another friend and her mother also joined us in this trip.

We were supposed to leave Delhi by 12:30 a.m. to avoid heavy traffic. Thinking of having a thrilling rafting experience in Rishikesh, we were so excited but for us the adventure started right from Delhi.

On the night of departure, the driver came so late at around 3:30 a.m. with excuses of traffic. By 4 a.m., he picked all of us and finally we set off for Rishikesh. It was not even 2 hours since we started our journey, my friend saw the driver dozing off many times. When asked, the driver told us that he had not taken proper rest so my friend’s husband took the wheel while the driver was sleeping on the middle row of the seat. He was in such a deep sleep that many times, he fell towards my friend’s shoulder.

At Har Ki Pauri with friends

My friend’s husband drove till we reach Har Ki Pauri around 10 a.m. By that time, the driver had a good sleep and was ready to drive us. My friend’s daughter was tonsured there. After that, we all took a holy dip in the holy River Ganges followed by breakfast and then left for our hotel in Rishikesh.We reached there around 11. Our mothers stayed back in the hotel with kids and soon rest of us left for rafting. We stuck in heavy traffic jam there for almost 30 minutes but somehow reached the rafting spot.                                             

Ready for a thrilling experience

Waiting for our turn

Like our driver, our raft guide also contributed in making the entire adventure memorable. Before going, he gave us few instructions on how to raft throughout the trip. But only my friend and I did it properly.

Rafting on calm waters

Entering the rapid

Thrill unleashed

Many times our instructor lost his cool. It was really very hilarious. His frustration with us was clearly visible throughout the rafting expedition. 😆

Once it was over, we had light meal and came back to our hotel.

The next morning, we checked out of the hotel. Then, we visited Ram Jhoola as much as we could because of time limit and finally set off for Delhi.

Mothers

Throughout the entire journey, the driver showed us tantrums. Therefore while we were still in Rishikesh, he received a strong rebuke from my friend for his misbehaviour. Her strong dosage of rebuke worked and after that he drove us to Delhi without any drama. But no, there was still some adventure left in that journey.

We were supposed to reach Delhi maximum by 11 a.m. But due to severe traffic at many places in Uttar Pradesh, we were late by many hours. During the journey, I fell asleep only to wake up with the scaring views of huge fields at night. It was all dark around and nowhere we could find any roads or houses. There were only fields everywhere. To avoid heavy traffic, they took the route suggested by google map and ended up nowhere. This thing again happened to us during our Dehradun trip in 2019. So, I advise never to take any shortcut route suggested by Google Maps until and unless you are sure about it. Except kids, we all were awake and bit scared. But finally, we crossed that entire area and found the main road to Ghaziabad. We all breathed a sigh of relief!

From there it took us around 1 hour to reach Delhi and finally, we all reached our homes safely by 3 a.m.

Ajit Doval – The James Bond of India

“India has a mindset that, where it hits, it punches below its weight. We have to increase our weight and punch proportionately.”

Meet India’s fifth National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his usual blunt and fearless style.

Courtesy: Google

Doval – The James Bond of India

In his more than 50 years of career, Ajit Doval successfully carried out many dangerous missions. This is why, he is often called the “James Bond of India.”

Apart from Doval’s illustrious career, what is interesting about him is that there is no information related to his life on any government website. It was only during a lecture in Mumbai in August 2015, brief information about his life was given. According to it, Doval was born in 1945 in Ghiri Banelsyun village in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district and he graduated in master’s degree in Economics from Agra University in 1967. 

Career as an IAS Officer

Doval joined the Indian Police Services in Kerala Cadre in 1968. Within six years of his role as an IPS officer, he was awarded with prestigious Police Medal for his outstanding services. To earn this medal, an officer must have at least an experience of 17 years. But, Doval became an exception by receiving this honour as the youngest police officer ever. Then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi herself honoured him with this medal.

Intelligence Officer With IB

Doval entered the world of espionage with joining Intelligence Bureau (IB) in 1972. He spent 30 years of his career as an active Field Intelligence Officer. During this period, he undertook many secret missions, including stints in the restive regions of northeast, Jammu and Kashmir and the UK.

Anti-Insurgency Operations in Northeast 

Doval played an important role in anti-insurgency operations in Mizoram and Punjab as a field agent. He was successful in penetrating the underground Mizo National Front. After winning the confidence of six rebel Mizo leaders, he was able to bring the seventh leader Laldenga for talks, which eventually led to Mizoram Peace Accord. Not only this, in order to break the dominance of 20 years old Mizo insurgent group, he secretly entered Myanmar and China. For this, Doval was awarded with Kirti Chakra – India’s second highest peacetime award – in 1988. He is also the first police officer to receive this award. In addition to this he, along with ex-Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag, conducted successful military operation against rebel group Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland in Myanmar.

Sikkim’s Merger With India

For another assignment in northeast, Doval worked as an undercover agent. It was a highly confidential mission details of which are not available till date. It was his tireless efforts which made the merging of Sikkim with India possible.

Courtesy: Google

Winning the Confidence of Kashmiri Separatists and Militants

Not only an extraordinary spy but Doval is also a great strategist. He is an expert in psychological warfare. This quality of his has been the reason behind the success of his every dangerous mission. He was also instrumental in bringing separatists like Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah, Syed Ali Shah Gilani on the talks table. By winning the confidence of Kashmiri Militant Kuka Parray (later the founder of Jammu and Kashmir League) and many of his associates, Doval convinced them to cooperate with the Indian Army in counter-insurgency operations. It was a major step as it paved the way for 1996 general and assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Surrender of Khalistani Militants

When Punjab was reeling under militancy, Doval, under Operation Black Thunder in 1988, disguised as a rickshaw puller and established contact with Khalistani terrorists hiding in Golden Temple. He convinced them of him being a Pakistani agent and gathered all strategic information from them, which he shared with security agencies. Earlier police estimated of 40 Khalistani militants hiding in the temple but Doval revealed the number of militants to be at least 200. The Indian Government had already paid a huge price by launching Operation Blue Star in 1984, so it dropped the idea of raid on Doval’s advice. A different strategy was followed in which the supply of water and electricity was stopped in the temple during peak summers. The plan worked and all Khalistani militants finally surrendered before security forces on ninth day.

Resolving the Highjacking Case of Plane IC-814

Doval also had direct role in the resolution of highjacking case of Indian Airlines’ plane IC-814 in 1999 where he held negotiations with Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan’s Kandahar. From 1971 to 1999, Doval efficiently dealt with 15 incidents of highjacking.

Doval with Taliban terrorists Courtesy: Google

Safe Return of 46 Indian Nurses from Iraq

Doval is also credited with the safe return of 46 Indian nurses who were held hostages in a hospital in Iraq’s Tikrit by ISIS terrorists in June 2014. For this, Doval himself went to Iraq to assess ground realities there. He established high-level contacts in the Iraqi Government, which finally paid off. On 5th July, 2014, all nurses were safely brought back to India.

Living in Pakistan as an Undercover Agent

His stint of living in Pakistan as an undercover agent was extremely dangerous. Posing as a Muslim for seven years, that too in a hostile country, frequenting mosques and befriending people there was not at all child’s play. Even a negligible mistake could have cost him his life. But Doval, not caring about such high risks involved with the mission, successfully provided the Indian agencies with vital information on Pakistan’s nuclear programme. In one incident, he was recognised by a man, who himself was a Hindu. Rest details related to his assignment in Pakistan remained classified. Later, Doval was stationed for some time in the Indian embassy in Pakistan.

Role in Abrogation of section 370 and 35A in J&K

The role of Doval was much talked about when section 370 and 35A were repealed in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. The next month in September 2019, he visited Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the situation after the withdrawal of its special status.

Courtesy: ANI

Similarly, when Delhi witnessed one of its worst communal riots in February 2020, he visited the riots-hit places. However, a big intelligence failure cannot be denied in this matter.

Setting Up of Vivekanand International Foundation

Doval headed IB’s operation wing for 10 years and remained its director from 2004-2005. After his retirement from IB, he set up Vivekanand International Foundation, a think tank which had former spies and diplomats as its members.

PM Modi’s Most Trusted Man

It is said that Prime Minister Modi trusts Doval the most when it comes to national security and foreign policy. This was the reason that once again in 2019 Doval was given the responsibility of national security advisor but this time also with a cabinet rank.  

Courtesy: PTI

The Doval Doctrine

During his lectures in 2014 and 2015, Doval expressed his views on defense and foreign policy. These views were called “Doval Doctrine.” This doctrine is believed to be the catalyst behind Modi government’s strong stance towards terrorism and hostile nations. As per Doval, the opponent can be engaged at three levels – defensive, defensive-offensive and offensive. Though he favours the defensive-offensive approach. This is evident from surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in recent years in the wake of Uri and Pulwama terror attacks. During a lecture he famously warned Pakistan, “You May Do One Mumbai; You May Lose Balochistan.”

Showing India’s Tough Stand to China

China, too, is well aware of Doval’s tough attitude. The 2017 India-China Doklam standoff was resolved after Doval made it clear to his Chinese counterpart that India would not hesitate a bit in fighting a war for protecting Bhutan’s interest.

Doval – an Asset for India

Doval holds firm grip on national and international security matters. Time and again, he has stressed the need of strengthening Indian security structure and robust relations with international security agencies. Doval, a veteran in the field of internal and external security matters, is undoubtedly an asset for India.

Krishna Bhakti – Chapter Shishupal

   Lord Krishna Courtesy: Google

Who was Shishupal?

Shishupal was the son of King Damaghosha of Chedi kingdom. His mother Shrutashrava was Lord Krishna’s paternal aunt, thus they were cousins.

The story of his three incarnation goes like this. According to Bhagavata Purana, once Jaya and Vijaya, Lord Vishnu’s attendants at Vaikuntha (Vishnu ji’s abode), refused the entry of four Kumaras. These four Kumaras were Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanatkumara – the manasputras (sons born from the thought power) of Brahma. As a result, they cursed Jaya and Vijaya that they would be born on earth three times, each time as an enemy of Lord Vishnu and would be killed by one of His incarnations. In their first life, they were Hiranyakashyapa and Hirnaksha, Ravana and Kumbhakarna in second and Kansa and Shishupal in the third.

             Vaikuntha – the abode of Lord Vishnu Courtesy: a108.net

His birth, deformity and cure

During his birth, Shishupal was born with three eyes and four arms. There was a prophecy which said that his deformity would be cured when a certain person would put him on his lap but he would also be killed by the same person. His parents took him to many sages and kings to get him rid of his deformity, but all in vain.

Once Lord Krishna visited his aunt Shrutshrava and put baby Shishupal on his lap. His deformity get cured instantly. Then Shrutshrava requested Lord Krishna to forgive Shishupal hundred times before killing him to which Lord Krishna agreed.

Disliking for Lord Krishna

Shishupal was a friend of Kansa and Jarasandha. Lord Krishna killed Kansa and also helped Bhima in killing Jarasandha. These incidents resulted in his dislike for Lord Krishna. Shishupal was also the friend of Rukma. Rukma’s sister Rukmani wanted to marry Lord Krishna but Rukma fixed her marriage with Shishupal. So on her wedding day, she eloped with Lord Krishna and married him. This particular incident increased Shishupal’s hatred for Lord Krishna.

Lord Krishna and Rukmani Courtesy: Google

Lord Krishna Killing Shishupal at Rajasuya Yagna

During Rajasuya Yagna organised by Yudhishthara, it was decided to worship Lord Krishna on Nakul’s suggestion. Bhishm Pitamah also supported this. Shishupal objected to this and started insulting and abusing Lord Krishna. Pandavas, Matasya, Kekaya and Srichayvarsha kings got up from their seats to kill Shishupal but were deterred by Lord Krishna. Shishupal kept on calling him names and Lord Krishna listened everything silently. Even when he crossed the limit of 100, Lord Krishna warned him to either keep quiet or leave the place immediately. Shishupal did not budge and continued humiliating Lord Krishna. Finally, Lord Krishna chopped off Shishupal’s head with his Sudarshan Chakra. A light emerged from his corpse and absorbed into Lord Krishna.

      End of Shishupal by Lord Krishna Courtesy: Google

A Bright Star Gone Too Soon

“I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.” – Jonas Salk

Having big dreams is not wrong, nor their shattering is. What actually unfortunate is the shattering of a person when s/he is no more able to dream big, when s/he is totally hopeless with life, when s/he is unable to search the rainbow behind those dark clouds.

The suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput has come as a big shock to all of us. Sushant – a handsome, intelligent, vibrant, multi-talented man – had aspirations to reach for the skies.

Sushant with his infectious smile Courtesy: Twitter/@itsSSR

Sushant was not my favourite actor nor have I watched all of his films. But don’t know why I feel this pain of him leaving the world. And like me, people all over the country are experiencing this pain.

My friends and I are often talking about his smiling face. At times, I feel horrible imagining his mental condition, the loneliness he had been going through, the pain of rejection he was bearing since last few years. The more I try to divert my attention from him, the more I chance upon getting his videos or news on social media platforms. Even while writing this blog also, I got this video of him, which completely shows how full of life and down-to-earth he was. He was undoubtedly a self-made actor.

The sudden demise of this super talented, young man, who had a long list of things to be achieved, is absolutely an unbelievable thing.

The long list of his dreams Courtesy: Google

There are reports all over the media about him dealing with depression, which is being seen as the main reason behind his extreme step. As per some reports, he was boycotted by almost all big banners and was ousted from many projects. This might be the main cause of him going into depression and eventually taking his life. Failed relationships can also be a factor. He was in so much of pain and pressure yet he did not let people know what he was going through because of his introvert nature. He must have shared his problems with his loved ones but seems like that too could not help him get out of it.

The prevalent nepotism in Bollywood is being blamed for his suicide. This nepotism is everywhere, in every field. There is nothing surprising or new about it. People having big links are given preferences, irrespective of not having considerable talent; whereas deserving people continue to struggle. Few are lucky who make it in the industry, rest either switch to other professions or leave this world in frustration born out of constant rejections.

But the way these Bollywood mafias were hell-bent on destroying Sushant’s career speaks volumes about their arrogant, egoistic and sadistic behaviour. A bright person like him, who had made a mark on small as well as big screen only on the basis of his extraordinary talent and hard work, would have never imagined such kind of ruthlessness on these Bollywood sharks’ part. He was not at all a threat to anyone not even to those privileged star kids who are still here without any talent or acting skills, all thanks to their strong family/political backgrounds. As it is always said, behind this glittering, glamorous world of Bollywood lies a dark, gloomy reality where the dreams and hopes of many people like Sushant get crushed every day.

These are few meaningful dialogues from his last movie, Chhichhore.

हम हार जीत, सक्सेस फेलियर में इतना उलझ गए हैं…
कि ज़िन्दगी जीना भूल गए हैं।
ज़िन्दगी में अगर कुछ सबसे ज़्यादा इम्पोर्टेन्ट है…
तो वो है ख़ुद ज़िन्दगी।

सक्सेस के बाद का प्लान सबके पास है…
लेकिन अगर गलती से फ़ैल हो गए…
तो फेलियर से कैसे डील करना है…
इसकी कोई बात ही नहीं करना चाहता।

दूसरों से हार के लूज़र कहलाने से
कहीं ज्यादा बुरा है…
खुद से हार के लूज़र कहलाना।
तुम्हारा रिज़ल्ट डिसाइड नहीं करता है…
कि तुम लूज़र हो कि नहीं…
तुम्हारी कोशिश तय करती है।

This blog is my humble tribute to Sushant who in his very short lifetime left an indelible mark of his outstanding work, intelligence and generous nature.

I still cannot get over with his untimely, unjustified worldly departure; I never will. These following lines absolutely define you, Sushant.

“They laugh at me because I’m different; I laugh at them because they’re all the same.” – Kurt Cobain

Stay happy wherever you are.

Om Shanti!!

Edit: Now-a-days, so many theories are cropping up on Sushant’s death from suicide to planned murder. Whatever it is, truth must come out so that he and his family get justice.

The Story Behind Becoming a Blogger

Blogging was never in my list. I am the kind of person who never ever thought of PLAN B in her life. After completing my studies, I started working and this kept on until 2017. I learned, earned and gained many experiences – some good and some bad as well – from my different jobs but somewhere I was not happy the way it was going. I realised that I was heading towards a mediocre life, which was getting mechanical with each passing day.

Impacts on health

On health front also, I started having serious issues. My cervical spondylitis issue, which I got during my second job, aggravated so badly. The inability of getting up on my own from bed every morning still sends chill down my spine. Turning from one side to another was absolutely impossible for me. There were times when I lied on a same position the whole night as I was unable to move my body. The pain on my neck, shoulders and entire back area was excruciating. That was the time, I understood the gravity of my health condition. I decided to take a break from my professional life and shifted my complete focus on improving my health. From homeopathic treatment to acupressure, acupuncture, yoga and regular exercises; I did all and managed to get rid of it to a great extent. This whole period of sickness was very difficult but I survived it and again gained valuable experience from those difficult times.

How the idea of blogging surfaced?

During this health break, some of my friends suggested me to write blogs. Though I liked it, I never gave it a serious thought. So one fine day, one of my friends once again talked to me regarding writing blogs. This time, I gave my clear consent to this idea. And the next moment, my friend started searching for my website’s domain name. It was available so without wasting any time, I bought it. That’s how it all started during a casual chat with my friend.

Choosing a topic for blogging

Now, the issue was what topics should I pick for blogging? Of course, travel blogging was the first and foremost one as I love exploring new places. But as it was already lockdown going on all across India, I started writing with my last trip in September 2019. I kept coming across various topics for my blogs and so far tried to cover some here on this blogging website. As we are still not over from this current pandemic situation, all my travel blogs would be from my past trips, whereas rest ones would be covering different aspects of life.

What I achieved here

Writing for my own blogging website has given me the liberty to express my views. Unlike a job, there is no pressure to write stuffs to impress boss or clients, there is no target to achieve, there is no compulsion to prove myself. I have always believed in speaking my mind, conveying my own thoughts sans anyone’s influence. Such liberty I enjoy here. I write here to fulfil my love for writing. 🙂

How I Became a Music Lover

Music has always been a relaxing therapy for me. This profound love for music goes back to the time when I must be hardly 9 or 10. That was the time when I started realising my irresistible inclination towards music. As times passed, I also noticed my natural tendency of easily memorising any song.

This love for music was tend to increase manifold when you had a music buff as your neighbour. We all knew Sengupta uncle’s ardent love for music. Almost every evening, he used to play evergreen songs from 50 to 80s era, and I must admit that he had one of the greatest music collections with him. His all time favourite singers are Mohd. Rafi and Asha Bhonsle. Many times, he used to play Bengali music and sometimes latest hits of those years. I always enjoyed his super collections of melodious songs.

On weekends, he used to play songs in daytime and I used to sing along with those songs. Eventually when he learnt about my music love, he started discussing it with me. Those small discussion sessions were so enjoyable and full of good info. We both used to share our thoughts and sometimes have a healthy argument on the topic. There were many instances when he came to my house only to know about particular details of a song. It was the time of 90s and google was not even there. In that situation, the only source of information on music was movies, newspapers and television.

All this continued even when I went to college and started working. Whenever Sengupta uncle had a confusion regarding any song or he had to share some knowledge with me, he used to come to my house. All knew that music was the strongest reason for our bonding.

As times changed, technology advanced to many levels and it became quite easy to store your favourite music. In my case, I started carrying all my songs in my mobile phone as it is quite easy and you do not need any extra stuff to listen to your favourite songs instantly. So whenever I feel like listening to any particular favourite song of mine, I just go to my phone’s music library and enjoy it.

Few years back, my family shifted to our own house and Sengupta uncle and his family, too, permanently shifted their base to Kolkata. I am still in touch with him and his wife and still remember those old days of our music discussion sessions.

When You Have an Artistic Sibling

We all are born with some inherent qualities. This is absolutely true in my elder sister Swaran’s case. Apart from being an awesome cook, she is flawless in making sketches. Swaran has a God-gifted talent to whom drawing something or making sketches is like a child’s play.

After completing her formal education, Swaran worked for some time and eventually got married. As it happens always, she got so much busy in her family responsibilities and raising kids that we all forgot how talented she was. Few years back, I happened to see my niece’s one of school assignments prepared by my sister. Her artistic bent of mind was clearly visible and impressed me extremely. I encouraged my sister to focus on her exceptional talent for art. But like all busy full time moms, she listened to me yet forgot about it.

Still, I did not lose hope. I kept on persuading and reminding her about her love for art. It took her some time to once again start drawing. But when she started it, she proved how brilliant she was in it.                          

Not only my sister but my nephew has also shown his love for art. Seems like this budding artist will soon give a tough competition to his mother.     

Some pieces of art by friends

I believe that there will be people in our family, relatives or friend circle who have such innate but dormant qualities. Let’s encourage such people to discover their hidden talent.                                            

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