Banaras – the holy ghats

Ganga Aarti

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Banaras,where at every hundred metre you will find a confusing narrow lanes,at every 500 mtrs you will come across a temple,at every ghats you will acknowledge the differnet shades of Ganga.
Some say Lord Shiva still the city which is believed to be situated on verge of his trishul.
The city of kabir and tulsidas is always vibrant.

Every ghats and temples have their own story with mythological importance,you belive it or not but every human being want to connect to this place at least once in a life time,to get tuned with the peace in the daily crowd,to be pured in so called polluted water of holy river.
Even I have witnessed some of the foreigners being lost in varanasi culture.
From Assi ghat to rajghat,every ghat will unravel a different paradigm ,a differnt shade to ganga.
If u ‘ll find yourself lost in folk music at assi ghat,you will be really compelled to think about virtue of human life at last at manikarnika ghat where king Harishchandra collected the cremation,at dasashwamegha you will feel the echo of continuous ringing bells with the famous ganga aarti.
By luck,I was near ravidas park during sunrise,and belive me,that moment can not be described,the golden aura of the Sun covers the holy river as it is seeking permission to radiate the whole world.on the other side of ganga,you will realize that fort of ramnagar is coming out of nowhere,this is same fort where once kashi naresh used to live. serene peacefull magic of sunrise will bind your mind,heart and breath to that moment only.

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After having a perfect morning if you dont go for local mishrambu lassi in godaulia chauraha,and kachori sabji at visheshwar ganj then you have not been to varanasi.

Apart from ghats ,I had been to kashi vishwa nath temple ,which was as usual very crowded for its importance to be one of the jyotirling and was looted at the time of invasion prior to mughal empire.
The famous sankat mochan mandir,where doot of lord Hanuman (monkeys) come close to you to get prasad and you can give it to their hand without any fear.this is the same temple where famous poet Tulsidas has written hanuman chalisa.IMG_50514131733532

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The Tea quest

Ever been to place in India,where you landed in night,without knowing you were at the right place or not,but you get amazing feelings and in the morning you open your eyes and witness a ever lasting beauty of mother nature.

Just with the first yawn you believe this is the best morning you ever had,and u wish time stays there forever and suddenly you get that urge of having your favorite hot ginger tea and getting it, is nearly impossible.

Believe me, this just happened when I was on my journey to Katau above 6000 feet north of Gangtok.The place which gets isolated from Indian territory for almost 6 months in winter season.

A cab on the rough terrain at night,where you cant even see the road ,just moving forward creating the echo of heavy rock metal in the silence of scary mountains.On reaching the destination,I was not even sure, I am at the right place,but was so tired that I only needed a chilled beer.

When I woke up in the morning,it was near dawn and with the first yawn what i witnessed00001 through the cracks of curtains was heavenly, I just rushed to slide the curtain and was amazed to see the magic of nature,a mountain wrapped in hazy darkness of dawn, It felt like the cliff is slowly emerging from the golden bowl, I found myself stuck with the view for almost an hour just getting inspired from the successive change of mother nature,while cherishing the intense beauty I realized that under the golden blanket the cliff is changing color from yellow to smoking white as i started sliding my eyelids to bottom,got to see a valley with the sound of soft water flow,so lively and so beautiful

I could not wait to sea the mesmerizing beauty form outside,I was so lost that even I did not realize that I was only in my night shorts.i rushed inside to get some warm clothes and enjoyed the serene beauty.When I had the enough of the view I got the urge to have my favorite ginger tea to make the morning perfect.

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I scanned the area and did not see any place where I can get my morning tea which can touch my taste buds. I thought to search the area to get what I wanted and also to see some different shades and beauty.After wandering for one- two hours I did not see any CHAI WAALA shop, i was just amazed the India’s most Famous liquor is a good cup up of tea,and this place does not have a single Chai shop, I just knocked one door to ask where I can get tea or stuffs to make a tea.To my amazement there was not a single shop or place which can provide me the indian liquor.

Then I heard the women saying “agar aap chahe to mai apko chai pila sakti hun” I felt like i was dreaming.she asked me to come inside.When I enquired about the shops,she said. For 6 months this place is isloated from India.we collect everything,our daily usable items for next 6 months. So we don’t need anything through out the year ” to ab koi kharidega hi nhi to bechega kaun”

To my curiosity, i asked how they preserve their food stuffs and how you people keep yourself warm in this cold and isolated place. That women smiled and said said , we eat a wheat named “SUJA” which keep them warm through out the coldnight , and they dont need to preserve their food as temp goes up to -10 ,so our hut works as a cold storage.

I was being more qurious to know how come tourists get their stuff here if they want something ,her answer was “they get everything like you got your tea.”Then she said you can get everything you  want but not at the shops but at local homes, just you have to pay the price.

I was amused with the gesture of that place. it was a different kind of experience altogether to have something which you love, at a local resident’s place whom you dont know.

Finally I quenched my thirst of famous Indian liquor,over little chit chat with a local women,got to know some interesting things about that mystic place.I stayed there for 2 days and one night.got to feel the different shades of nature, witnessed the flower garden which consist some rare fluora midst the tista river,had some local beer which you do not need to cool ,just put into that gorgeous mountain cliffs wrapped with snow.

After two days came down to Gangtok,  keeping the glorious views and experience of last two days,On reaching Gangtok I encountered one of the local custom in which neighbor unmarried girls usually go to their neighbors and ask for gifts during Diwali season.As Diwali was coming we also celebrated Diwali with local people and children.

Really that was my best Diwali ever,and that unforgettable tea quest was once in a life time experience.

With Love and lots of adventure.

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The girl in subway

Whole world is taking their heart out for women safety and security,even I am also a firm believer that this species,who make our world so beautiful as well as complicated should be treated like angels,n queens but what if some one tells you,he had encountered some situtation where he was concern about a women’s safety,in return what he received was abusive words,no point discussing about that ethical word”thank you”.

Like every other morning I was going through same routine,at 0430 hrs left the call centre,got in my respective cab which used to take me to mohammad pur near Hayat hotel in new delhi.
Around 5: 30,I reached the Hayat,as usual lit my ciggerete and started walking to the subway which was daily course to my place,as usual, like any metro city at that hour every subway used to be in solitude.
Some time I got to see someone walking to or coming out from that subway.
As usual earphone was stuffed in my ears,I was tuned to FM,while njoying the smoke I just entered ,after 2 or 3 steps I realized some one was lying near pump room,he was wearing black shirt,I thought some one might have had a lot of booze,now he is just paying off,I was moving farword without any surprize, when I reached closer,I had a full view of the body and I realized it was a girl,not in her senses.
I don’t know for how long she was lying there,her black skirt was bit lowered but not in a obscene manner,by the dress she wore,I guessed she was from a well to do family.I was puzzled as she might be dead or someone did something to her and ran away,because there is remotest possibility that she would have chosen that place to sleep in night.
I tried to wake her up,bt of no use,I started walking faster and came out from the subway and found the gatekeeper of Hayat hotel,I told him about the girl.generally five star hotel security personal are connected through the local police station,he just informed them on walkie talkie and rushed with me to subway,when we reached the place,girl was still lying in same condition as if she was sleeping in her cozy bed,that gatekeeper tried to wake her up,she opened her eyes looked around with puzzled sleepy eyes,and when she finally realized where she was.she got up, started cleaning the dust on her butt and other body parts.and finally she spoke that unbelievable sentence which I can never forget ” behenchod,log sone bhi nhi dete”(fuckers,they don’t let’s us sleep).
I just couldn’t believe what I just heard.I stared at her,meanwhile she started moving like she would be going to some place where no one could disturb her,I also came out of that subway along with the gatekeeper.
My mind was busy analysing those words,I could not believe when whole world is being mad abt women safety and security,
they are creating awareness to young guys and girls,here in indian capital a girl hardly aged 18 or 19 was so irresponsible.either she was unaware of all that news or she was least bothered and njoyong her adulthood but whatever could be the reason, I was just thinking what if some pervert would have reached before me and took advantage of her senseless position,or in the morning news paper I would have got that reckless news,when whole world would start stating that Indian capital is not safe for women.
Dont u think it’s the women’s responsibility also to take proper care of their whereabouts,their dressing,their friends.
Whatever happened that morning,I started believing if something goes wrong with a girl that doesn’t mean the guys could be held responsible,I know there is possibility,bt there always exists other side of coin.