As we entered the dome I saw the main gold shrine for the first time with our heads covered with cloth. For many seconds my eyes didn’t move from that great temple monument just staring at it continuously. I had never seen such a beautiful monument in my life.Read More
धनौल्टी देवदार के पेड़ों के बीच बसा हुआ है | इस छोटे से हिल स्टेशन के हर ओर के विहंगम दृश्य आपके मन को निश्चय ही मोह लेंगे है | पूरा पार्क देवदार के पेड़ों से आच्छादित है जिसके बीच से चलने के लिए लकड़ी से रास्ते बनाये गये हैं | हम लोग उन टेढ़े मेढ़े रास्तों से होते हुए आगे बढ़ने लगे और साथ ही साथ आने वाले हर एक मनमोहक दृश्यों का आनंद उठाते रहे |Read More
There were no local photographer, no hawker, nobody else. Only some fishermen were pulling their boat from the sea into the beach, after completing their fishing trip. Once they departed, we became absolutely alone. So we decided not to wait for tourists, but to start taking bath. It was a repeat show of yesterday with childish enjoyment.Read More
The all-India favourite dish called “पानीपूरी” (a flatbread filled with water) was also prevalent in Shekhawati. It has retained its charm over the masses because of its tangy taste and mouth-watering recipe. Many a times, this street food had to face the wrath of the puritansRead More
यहाँ पहुँचने के लिए गूगल मैप्स के भरोसे ना रहें क्यूंकि मैप में शुक्रताल को लोकेट नहीं किया जा सकता. वैसे रास्ता बहुत सरल है और मुज़फ्फरनगर बाई पास से मात्र ३५ मिनट में सुगमतापूर्वक आप शुक्रताल पहुँच सकते हैं.Read More
The pilot announced “Crew, Ready for takeoff!” The flight from Chennai took off sharp at 0500 hours. It is advisable to opt for a windows seat as on the approach towards the beautiful Islands, one gets a visual treat offered by Andamans.
Ranthambore tiger reserve was organizing its annual animal census in the nation park and was looking for volunteers. Initially we thought that it would be just like a jeep safari in Jim Corbett National Park and would be fun to count the wild animals for a national level census.
Day two started off with a bright sunny morning and the Tavera waiting all set to begin the local sightseeing….
We did see the gangetic Dolphin- our national Aquatic Animal, also called tiger of Chambal, Mugger Croc, Sno-u-ty Gharial, two freshwater Turtles, Indian Hare, Civet cat, Golden Jackal but highlight of the trip was mating of Indian Skimmer and mating of Little tern.
You might be knowing that birds have diferent mating behaviour- change in Plumage, preening, Singing, dancing. One of the most interesting mating behaviour is feeding. Male brings some special food for the female and if female agrees then she accepts the food and eats it. So here we were in the boat and looking at the Skimmer do skimming. Suddenly the guide pointed to the male Skimmer, which was not more than fifteen feet away, bringing a fish in his mouth and approach the female. He, the bird, offered it to the female, she accepted it, and the male sang loud, in triaumph. Then the mating was to happen and there, just two feets away, a male little tern also brought fish for the female. Now, there was over excitement in the boat. We were looking at one and then at another. The Skimmer did mate, it is called ‘coacal kiss’ for birds which lasts for a few seconds. By then the female little tern has also accepted the food and male was circling around it. Then another male intruded, a fight ensued and the female flew away.
After all Vasanth is an accomplished Royal Enfield rider, a young father and a busy executive. From my end, I tried to look busy just to make the interaction more balanced and we missed a couple of dates initially. Finally, it was to be a Friday evening for the chat and I can only say that we overly compensated for the lost time. Amid patchy network connections, the journey continued without much hassle. Vasanth came out as a cool customer, effortlessly taking me through his life, on how ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ had a life long impact on him, how he met Sumathy on a ride and what he plans to do when he would hang his boots and live a quite life in a tiny Himalayan hamlet. Without further ado, presenting the dreamy and aspiring Vasanth in a candid conversation with Ghumakkar.
Ghumakkar : Good evening Vasanth, this is Nandan from Ghumakkar.
Vas : A very Good evening Nandan. So finally, we are able to connect.
Ghum : Yeah, I guess it was destined to be on a Friday evening, kind of starting the weekend with a travel engagement.
Vas : HeHe. Yeah, very well said.
Ghum : So, Congratulations Vasanth for being our ‘Featured Author’.
Vas : Thank you, thank you. I am loving all the spot light and have been thinking about the interview for last few days.
This is a fast-changing world, and this month’s featured author proved it for me beyond any doubts. I was away from Ghumakkar for one year, and within this one year (give or take a few months), this dynamic individual joined Ghumakkar and wrote enough stories to lead the Ghumakkar jury to crown him the Featured Author for the month of May 2014. It is hard to believe that Avtar Singh joined Ghumakkar in July 2013, and that it has only been 10 months since he wrote his first story here. And now 12 stories later, it feels as if he has always been a part of the Ghumakkar family. His large-heartedness and generosity has made him popular with our writers and his poetic prose has won many-a-hearts, earning him a long list of loyal readers at Ghumakkar.