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ShiviOctober 18, 202011min1460

The word Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit, Nava meaning nine and Ratri meaning nights. It means nine nights of the feminine goddess that are worshipped in our culture since ages.

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Navratri is a nine-day festival that celebrates the nine forms of goddess Durga. On each day of Navratri, a special colour is worn that is dedicated to a goddess and holds special significance.

The tenth day is celebrated as Vijayadashami or Dussehra when the idols of Goddess Durga are immersed into the water body. This is what we know about Navratri. And this what we have been celebrating since ages. What I wish to convey form this video is my perception and my understanding of these nine days.

I’m a firm believer of Shiv and Shakti. Durga Ma is also a form of Shiv+Shakti. 

Navratri – 9 days of Feminine energy, nine days of the feminine divine goddess. Durga, Laxmi and Saraswati are three dimensions of feminine energies. They also represent tamas rajas and sattva these are basic qualities of human existence and its elements.

 

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  • Tamas is the nature of the earth and literally means inertia
  • Rajas mean passion
  • Satva means breaking boundaries melting and merging

 

Navratri falls twice a year. Sharada Navaratri: the most celebrated of the four Navaratri, named after Sharada which means autumn. It is observed in the lunar month of Ashvin (post-monsoon, September–October). In many regions, the festival falls after the autumn harvest, and in others during harvest.

Vasanta Navaratri: the second most celebrated, named after Vasantha which means spring. It is observed in the lunar month of Chaitra (post-winter, March–April). In many regions, the festival falls after spring harvest, and in others during harvest

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Let me tell you the nine forms of Goddess worshipped on all nine days.

Day 1 – Shailaputri

Known as Pratipada, this day is associated with Shailaputri (literally “Daughter of Mountain”), an incarnation of Parvati. Shailaputri is considered to be the direct incarnation of Mahakali. The colour of the day is red, which depicts action and vigour.

 

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Day 2 – Brahmacharini

Goddess Brahmacharini, another incarnation of Parvati, is worshipped. In this form, Parvati became Sati, her unmarried self. Brahmacharini is worshipped for emancipation or moksha and endowment of peace and prosperity. Depicted as walking bare feet and holding a japamala and kamandal in her hands, she symbolizes bliss and calm. Blue colour depicts tranquillity yet strong energy.

 

 

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Day 3 – Chandraghanta

Tritiya commemorates the worship of Chandraghanta – the name derived from the fact that after marrying Shiva, Parvati adorned her forehead with the ardhachandra (lit. half-moon). She is the embodiment of beauty and is also symbolic of bravery. Yellow is the colour of the third day, which is a vivacious colour and can pep up everyone’s mood.

 

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Day 4 – Kushmanda

Goddess Kushmanda is worshipped on Chaturthi. Believed to be the creative power of the universe, Kushmanda associated with the endowment of vegetation on earth and hence, the colour of the day is Green. She is depicted as having eight arms and sits on a Tiger.

 

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Day 5 – Skandamata

Skandamata, the goddess worshipped on Panchami, is the mother of Skanda (or Kartikeya). The colour of Grey is symbolic of the transforming strength of a mother when her child is confronted with danger. She is depicted riding a ferocious lion, having four arms and holding her baby.

 

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Day 6 – Katyayani

Born to sage Katyayana, she is an incarnation of Durga and is shown to exhibit courage which is symbolized by the colour Orange. Known as the warrior goddess, she is considered one of the most violent forms of Devi. In this avatar, Kātyāyanī rides a lion and has four hands. She is a form of Maha Lakshmi

 

Katyayani

 

Day 7 – Kalaratri

Considered the most ferocious form of Goddess Durga, Kalaratri is revered on Saptami. It is believed that Parvati removed her fair skin to kill the demons Sumbha and Nisumbha. The colour of the day is White. On Saptami, the Goddess appears in a white colour attire with lots of rage in her fiery eyes, her skin turns black. The white colour portrays prayer and peace and ensures the devotees that the Goddess will protect them from harm.

 

Kalaratri

 

Day 8 – Mahagauri

Mahagauri symbolizes intelligence and peace. The colour associated with this day is Pink which depicts optimism.

 

Mahagauri

 

Day 9 – Sidhidatri

On the last day of the festival also known as Navami, people pray to Siddhidhatri. Sitting on a lotus, she is believed to possess and bestows all types of Siddhis. Here she has four hands. Also known as SriLakshmi Devi. The light blue colour of the day portrays an admiration towards nature’s beauty.

 

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Read the next blog on how in different states of India Navratri is celebrated and it’s significance. 

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ShiviOctober 12, 20209min1150

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The theme for the 2020 WMHD has been announced which is not like previous themes which included: 2019 Suicide Prevention. 2018 Young people & mental health.

The 2020 World Mental Health Day theme took place in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic and was therefore launched as ‘Support Nurses and Midwives”

 

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Facts

  1. Around 1 in 5 of the world’s children and adolescents have a mental disorder. – WHO

2.     Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, affecting 264 million people. – WHO

3.     Almost 800 000 people die by suicide every year; 1 person dies from suicide every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in individuals aged 15-29 years.  -WHO

4.     Around 1 in 9 people in settings affected by conflict have a moderate or severe mental disorder. – WHO

5.     Less than half of the 139 countries that have mental health policies and plans report having these aligned with human rights conventions.  -WHO

 

5 signs of mental illness

Long-lasting sadness or irritability.

Extremely high and low moods.

Excessive fear, worry, or anxiety.

Social withdrawal.

Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits.

While a “traditional” mental health day generally includes taking a day off from work, it’s not necessary to call in sick to take a day to focus on stress relief. Everyone has to deal with varying levels of stress. This can be particularly difficult to manage if you also have symptoms of depression or anxiety. When you feel like your stress levels have reached their peak, it might be time to take a quick break to reset.

 Knowing what you can expect to get out of a mental health day is important. It’s important to remember that it isn’t a day to hide from your problems.

 

An effective mental health day can help you:

  • Destress
  • Get a handle on your emotions
  • Relax
  • Reset your perspective
  • Rest
  • Take a step back to evaluate

 

Things NOT to Do

  • Avoid friends and family
  • Smoke, drink, or use other substances
  • Overeat unhealthy foods
  • Ruminate or wallow in negative emotions
  • Spend all day reading posts on social media

 

While one day off may not by itself cure burnout, a mental health day can definitely provide you with a much-needed (and well-deserved) break. A mental health day can be useful on occasion, but you should also strive to make your mental health a priority every day.

 

Words from my journal – Poem

My kind of mental health

Uplift yourself

Don’t be shy to say that I’m not ok

Don’t push yourself too much into other’s shoes

Don’t quit

Quitting is not an option at all

The healing begins only when you accept that

You are hurt

You would not called weak

If you cry

Even sky cries

And it is brave enough

Lit your light within you

Which is in you

Believe that it is okay

And everything will be okay

 

 Get in touch with me for anything you like to share

 

Get help here – https://www.mentalhealth.gov/

1-800-273-8255 (TALK FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION)

Any other information mail me at – shivimuskan@gmail.com

 


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ShiviApril 25, 20203min2690

A Stolen Heart An Immortal Science Fiction Romance in the Antonello Brothers Series – Book Review

It is a science fiction written by Kayelle Allen. She writes Sci-Fi with thrill and mythic heroes and fantasy which takes you to another level all-together. A stolen heart is one such which is mythical and romantic science fiction.

This book drives you to the Tarthian Empire and transports science into the far future land. Here, the world is far away from the real galaxy and the present world. Who exists here are, the immortal bodies, aliens, robots, secret bodies, and genetically enhanced humans and animals.

 

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The character Luc Saint-Cyr gets involved in a conspiracy and other complicating matters due to the power Thieves’ Guild. The other characters like Pietas, Tiklaus, Cyken and others turned out to be quite interesting while the story continues on the planet Kelthia. With the story moving ahead we see that there can be chances of Luc’s immortal ex-girlfriend might be involved in complicating life and things on the planet.

The whole story revolves on what happens after rescuing half-alien/half-human child who was on the planet Kelthia and was running for his life. Overall an interesting read, lot of thrill and incidences with many small and big characters involved in the Sci-Fi arena. When you would read, you would understand, how a little boy stole the heart while his survival on the planet Kelthia.

Author – Kayelle Allen

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ShiviApril 19, 202011min3890

The Day for Heritage Monuments and Sites in the World-World Heritage Day. 2020 Theme – Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility is the theme of 2020. 

 

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It is the day when we humans preserve the human-made heritage monuments and more. Worldwide the societies and communities celebrate World Heritage Day on 18th of April to preserve and conserve our heritage monuments, our history, our cultural diversity for the monuments that seem to be vulnerable. Our Human race when celebrates every moment then why not Heritage Day for all the heritage sites in the world that are standing beautiful like a crown and pillar for every destination. 

As our society proceeds at a break-neck pace, we grapple to hold onto our past. Significant cultural monuments and heritage sites around the world lay in the wreck. When I travel, even I see those monuments in ruins (not all, but in India yes there are many like these). My heart sinks when I visit those places, but thanks to ASI and programs like World Heritage Day and UNESCO which call for attention to these monuments and place value on them. As a traveller, I know that when I visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site it carries some weight on my shoulders as well, as a tourist. Not only on me but the local population as well to conserve and preserve them. 

 

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It also aims to acknowledge the efforts of all related organizations in this field. These comprise engineers, architects, civil engineers, geographers, artists and archaeologists. My blog is highlighting this importance and will straight away take you to some of the best UNESCO heritage sites that you should tick off your bucket list right away. 

 

Machu Picchu

A trip to Peru is not complete without a trek to Machu Picchu. At almost 8,000 ft, this castle is a sight to behold. Located where the Andes and the Amazon Basin meet, the natural beauty of the edifice is exceptional. 

 

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As you walk amongst the clouds, you’ll find distinct panoramas and diverse flora and fauna. Make sure you have a camera handy to seize a picture of the stunning ancient buildings, mind-blowing views, and local llamas. 

 

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Angkor Wat

The most liberal and largest religious temple in the World, Angkor Wat In Siem Reap is a pantheon complex devoted originally to the Hindu deity Vishnu which was then modified into a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century. Built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II of the Khmer Empire, the temple personifies the classical Khmer style of architecture and also emphasises on the Cambodian flag.

 

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Read: Also read about World Tourism Day 

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built between 1632 and 1653 in the city of Agra. It sits on the banks of the Yamuna river and was appointed by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal dynasty. The majestic set of buildings was built in honour of his favourite wife, who died delivering her fourteenth child. It is expected that its construction needed the effort of 20,000 workers. This is one of my favourites.

 

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Sigiriya

The Sigiriya Lion Rock is a glittering fortress and temple compound atop a high volcanic plateau. Provincially also called the eighth wonder of the world, this marvellous site features high on the list of places to visit in Dambulla and Sigiriya. The main entry is shaped like a huge stone lion, whose feet survived the ravages of time. 

 

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If you are visiting Srilanka, then this Sigiriya’s western wall, which is adorned with beautiful frescoes, is a must-visit. 

 

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Cinque Terre

‘Cinque Terre’ in Italian means ‘Five Lands’. It is a sturdy piece of the coast on the Riviera of Italy. Five popular Cinque Terre villages include Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. 

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Due to the picturesque beauty, tracks, and immaculate architecture, all these villages have been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will fall in love again, do pay a visit. 

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Jurassic Coast 

Another in my list for this blog is Jurassic Coast in Great Britain. The UNESCO world heritage site stretches 95 miles from Devon to Dorset. The Jurassic Coast is one of the most popular destinations in Britain. It is on the English Channel coast of Southern England. It is the only place on Earth where 185 million years of the Earth’s history are sequentially exhibited in climactic cliffs, isolated coves, coastal smokestacks and barrier beaches.

 

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The ‘tilt’ of the rocks creates a bizarre ‘walk through time’ from 250 million to 65 million years ago, through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods as you walk towards east this site. 

 

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These heritage sites have achieved global significance because they integrate art, culture, and civilization. They are of excellent value to humanity. On World Heritage Day, it is prudent to plan events that would help people fuse to the past like heritage walks, museum and library tours, and heritage property open days. 

Do send me your pictures or your travel story to get in my list of guest blogs. PS: before booking your trip these international destinations and heritage sites, find out what steps are needed to protect it and respect them during your visit. Don’t let an important site disappear from the world, do your part on this day to raise awareness and preserve it for future generations. 


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ShiviApril 14, 202011min4511

We all know that due to COVID19 pandemic spreading across the world, almost all the countries have suggested to keep social distancing and implemented a lockdown as well. India is one of those which has implemented lockdown to curb the spread of this virus. I am no one to say this is right or wrong? I am just going to keep some basic pointers as per my resources and as per my knowledge and then let the audience decide if this is right or wrong and is it implemented correctly?

Disclaimer: I’m being unbiased and true to myself without any intention to hurt any community or political reforms.

When the whole world has started noticing the impact of COVID19 in January we were sitting and waiting till march second week for action. All International travels were as usual and no testing was going on. In fact after lockdown also I didn’t hear a single Bollywood Celebrity name being tested though we all know most of the Bollywood stars keeps on travelling abroad and they must have been for sure.

 

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Govt immediately announced that from 12 o clock in the night there will be a lockdown. Did they even give a thought about those daily workers, be it rickshaw-wall, chai wall, sabzi wala who live in cities like Mumbai, Delhi to earn their livings? How and from there they will get money to survive for 21 days. People started walking in haste for 200-300kms and the result we heard that some of them died, how many like that lost their lives, none of us knows.

Essentials will be available is what the Government announced. I don’t know to be honest since these bureaucrats get everything easily on their plate they don’t understand the pain which a middle and lower middle class goes through. Hardly anything is available on the name of essentials, even if you are getting it but not sufficient. The Government was saying that don’t hoard anything I was one of them who didn’t keep anything extra and now I am thinking that people did it right because our Government just knows to give orders but when it comes to implementation they are really bad we have seen this at the time of demonetisation also. If you are trying to use some app for home delivery their slots are all full. God only knows where these essentials are available.

Everyone is praising about police personnel that they are doing a great job. They are out of their houses. Can someone tell me do they have a choice, it’s their work, I would say, Sorry people may find me a stupid human, but that’s what I think, as even I’m the one who is facing. No one is talking about the trouble and the hitting and the bribe that these people are taking these days. Understood that they are frustrated, but don’t you think people who are at home are similarly frustrated as well. Someone might be facing some medical problem or someone doesn’t have enough money, or food is not there to feed their family, or person is alone and doesn’t have a vehicle to go 3-4kms to bring stuff. The list is huge and I can keep on going as on-ground this is what is happening. As expected that people need to be at home and considerate about these people don’t you think the same thing applied to policemen as well. They are taking bribes from local sabziwala and what he is doing, increasing prices of fruits and vegetables which need to be paid by a common man. (I really can’t name them or show pictures as they are scared even to share with me, thinking that if I put something the police will come and thrash them).

 

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Alcohol shops, why they can’t start? You might be thinking I love drinking. Let me tell you I hardly drink. But think about those people who need it and they are still getting it at a premium rate and whose earnings are in between middle-men bracket. Had they would have opened the shops may-be for 2-3hrs, imagine the amount of revenue the Government would get in these times. This extra revenue would be helpful in recurring funds for the daily wagers and etc.

Govt. has announced a package for the workers, I appreciate that at least they are thinking, though I have my doubts as to how much will reach to the needy. That’s a separate point of discussion. What about an auto-driver, or an ola driver or an uber driver, or a person who cooks something daily idli, poha and sell on-road or a free-lancer who works by providing his/her skills be it digital/marketing, etc. What about them? They don’t come in any sector and that is the biggest sector, how and from where they will feed themselves and their family? God knows!!!

Sex Workers/Bartenders/waiters and lots of such people no one is talking about them. Are they not humans? Whatever someone does that is his/her choice, we are no one to debate about them. Don’t they need money to survive i.e. pay their rent bills, for monthly essentials from where they will get money to survive?

 

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Truck Associations/Drivers – Approx. 35k trucks are stranded on road be it different check nakas or toll posts. As driver and cleaner were forced to leave them due to sudden lockdown. Approx 35crore worth (or much more I don’t have exact numbers) of goods are out there in open available for loot by local goons. Those drivers were forced to leave trucks as it is as govt has not communicated the plan to local bodies who ultimately implement them. Despite essentials being allowed still a lot of trucks were not allowed to pass through by local authorities. (the points mentioned are based on the media reports from authentic sources).

I can keep on writing about people’s agony which every one of us is facing. Government is not only made to pass the order but also to make sure that they check at ground level if things are implemented in the fashion that they want. I can understand that in a country like India it is easy to say than do, however, I still feel that this can be implemented in a much better way than what it is right now.

I am afraid to say that we are least affected from COVID19 but will be most affected sooner not because people will die due to COVID but they will die due to administration has not taken things in hands at the right time making sure that normal life is not disrupted and all essential commodities and services were available. I heard someone saying we will die either due to COVID or due to hunger which one shall we choose?

 

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Read more on Corona Virus and the precautions you shall take to prevent it. Please leave your comments about your views. It is not a political article, it is purely based on personal experiences and unbiased approach which I have toward the society. Wishing that someone would raise the voice. If you have any questions click here..

 


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ShiviApril 11, 202012min4110

 

The hunger to travel never ends. This endless lust for travel is relatable with all the wanderlust out there. Yeah, well, even I’m not able to travel, thus what to do? 

There is a way to break this, read books, by reading books on travel we can satisfy our wanderlust in the tough corona times. Keep reading…

When you enter a search into Google on why we travel, it takes you to detailed articles of ‘Can travel make you more creative?’, ‘Can travel make you fall in love?’ and much more. While some of these may be completely clickjacking, I can’t help but admire the emphasis we all have on the act called travelling. 

Now as we all are chained to chair at work for a long time which does not seem to end soon, I pay my, condolences to my friends who are in dire need of a holiday and aren’t able to. When you have this kind of heartbreak, only a quick trip can fix it. But sadly not right now, in the times of Corona Pandemic. 

I feel sad to hear the stories of lockdown, with no pleasure of travel at all. And then I hear lockdown on the borders and travel ban imposed across the world. I can’t help but feel a sting of worry. Some of us have lovers self-isolating 8,000 miles away and that seems like an unreasonable situation to be in. But if I thought mine was a sad story too, but it’s hard not to think the world without travel writers, travel influencers, content writers, reporters, whose duties are connected with free movement and travel all over and now almost verbose in a worldwide lockdown.

Now that we are in isolation because of the pandemic-inflicted world, free movement is like a distant dream. The month of April is usually when people move out for travel as the exams get over, then Good Friday and other long weekends. Regrettably, for most of us, COVID-19 has assured the derailment of our travel plans. Nevertheless, when one inspiration runs dry, there are many others to keep yourself immerse into positive things. 

So whatever your reasons for travel may be, post-Corona you guys will have to wait for a longer time as the travel industry will be the worst hit. Small hotels, homestays, will have a hard time to recover. I would recommend you to get yourself your favourite cup of tea of a cup or coffee, then, find your much-loved corner or a place on the couch and let the travel stories take you to an exile, many miles away. 

 

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Pico Iyer’s Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells (2019)

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”

 

In his most recent publication, Iyer snaps down his view on travel on answering to his longtime home in Japan. As a nation whose calendar is characterised by occasions to honour the dead, come autumn, he represents Japan from a new prospect and directs on the mundane routines that unite people’s lives. 

 

Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land (1992)

“But now, travelling down that road after so many years I felt no excitement at all, only an old, familiar sensation, one that had always accompanied me on my way back from Damanhour, no matter whether I’d been away an hour or a week: the lassitude of homecoming mixed with a quiet sense of dread.”

 

Known as one of his best works, Ghosh takes the reader on a journey from England to Egypt by this book. He goes in quest of a despicable slave from the 12th century, but during his travels, he meets the interaction of varied faiths, holy men, retailers and alchemists. His story is one that genres and ages and envelops the reader in a well-travelled past.

 

Shivya Nath’s The Shooting Star (2018)

“I remember the years I had been too afraid to dream of sitting on the ledge of a humble yellow house, chatting with a family that wasn’t my own, chatting in a language that wasn’t my own, in a part of the world so far away from the one I grew up in and yet not that different.”

 

Shivya Nath’s debut bestows her story from when she quit her 9-to-5 corporate job and travelled the world for seven years, the last two without a permanent address. Her goal to convert from an average girl to a free-movement soul is apparent throughout the book and she endeavours to create a new life and reinvent herself through this journey from the foothills of the Himalayas to the tropics of Ecuador. 

 

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love (2006)

“Traveling is the great true love of my life… I am loyal and constant in my love of travel. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby—I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.”

 

One of the bestsellers of 2006 and later a blockbuster on the big screen in 2010, Eat, Pray, Love is a must-read for readers viewing to hit the reset switch on their lives. Following her divorce, Gilbert travels to Italy, India and Indonesia, learns a new language, submerges herself in a new culture and along the way takes an inward journey into what it means to truly be happy with oneself.

 

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These are some of the travel books which I loved and thought that can satisfy other people wanderlust as well. If you have any comments about this blog please leave on the comment section. In case you are interested in reading any specific blogs please let us know by clicking here and we will try to publish it soon.

 


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ShiviMarch 11, 20203min5190

Book Review on If We last – Sailing Through Dark Beyond The Light-Years⠀
Author – @ishita__banik

This book revolves around 2 characters, Avipsa and Reyansh. Avipsa is a college student and has got a couple of good job offers and waiting to join one of the big notches and Reyansh is a working professional who has lost interest in life as he has broken up with his girlfriend (Mahika). He keeps on missing her. The story revolves around how these two people, on how they met and how Avipsa helped Reyansh come out of his sort of depression. There is a twist that is being added to the story where it is mentioned that someone stalks Avipsa and in the end, she recognizes who that person is, though you have to read the second part of the novel to know about that. It is an interesting one though. I loved the plot and the thrill which we read between the lines. ⠀
My rating 3 Star. ⠀

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Critic Review –

Personally, I feel there is a huge scope of improvement in terms of writing and grammar. At a couple of places, you will find spelling mistakes as well. I found out a lot of loopholes in this. I’m not criticising the writer here, but the editing and proofreading need improvement. The writer’s story is nice and engaging. The author has tried to use the best of vocabulary though, which was needed, at some places it is overstuffed. I’m not being harsh to the writer and the team but it could have much better for the readers to get hooked. Looking forward to reading a good one next time. ⠀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ShiviFebruary 4, 20209min8280

Countrywide CAA & NRC Protests – Right or Wrong?

 

A lot is going in India in the last few days in the name of CAA or NRC or JNU violence. Let me make my point clear in this blog neither I am supporting nor I am against this. It is just my thought which I want to put in front of people who are so-called literates and are supporting or talking against this policy without knowing about it is i.e. what it is, which government has introduced and passed as a bill.

 

CAA stands for Citizen Amendment act where the government has allowed people who are Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist, Jains, and Parsis who are living in India from long but has entered in our country before Dec 31, 2014, can apply for Indian citizenship and no more have to be in India as refugees. They will be given citizenship in India as per this new bill.

 

It is being said that when there was partition which happened in 1947 and at that time some of the Hindus decided to stay back in so-called Pakistan never got their right and came to India and are staying here from long but since there was no law and order in India where they can gain citizenship of the country. So this law is just an amendment to that and I feel it is right in a way for all those who are being stranded and away from their native land. On the other hand, why is the provision only to people of six religions, and not Muslims, and why does it refer only to people coming from these three countries? The Union government insists that people of these six faiths have faced persecution in these three Islamic countries, Muslims haven’t. It is, therefore, India’s moral responsibility to shelter them.

 

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Is it right or wrong?

Well, to be honest, we are listening to a lot about it that it is going to take the fundamental right of one community and then people have to leave from here since they belong to other religions and what not – the saga continues. Whatever I have read and understood there is no mention that people who are a citizen of this country have to leave. The only thing which is mentioned in this act is that more people can come and stay in our country. Well, they were already staying in our country and maybe part of us in some or the other way which we might not be knowing.

 

On the contrary….

 

The other aspect of this is our country is already overburdened with the population and due to the bursting population, there is an impact on jobs, growth, literacy and everywhere. Now once these people if given a citizen to our country things are going to worsen as they will get all the fundamental rights which citizen of a country gets, which is not correct for the citizens who are already enjoying their rights as Indian citizens. Another thing which I think will happen is creating bogus documents proving that you are staying in India and part of this country before Dec 31, 2014, which is the cut off date to gain citizenship. One can imagine the level of corruption and forgery increasing in India, which already is at its high levels.

 

NRC – NRC stands for the National Register of Citizens and it identifies illegal immigrants in Assam which is done on the order of the Supreme court. After CAA was passed and made as a bill there is demand from a lot of people to make it implemented across India, though nothing has been confirmed about this.

 

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If it is implemented across India I think it will be good for our country, why and how?

When we go to any country be it the US or London or even a small place like Singapore. We need to get proper documents and prove our identity to that country and then we are allowed to keep the foot on their land. If someone is living in our country and if asked to prove his identity which in the case of a legitimate person can easily do. In case you as an individual are a migrant and living illegally in any country I don’t think so any country will allow you to stay over since you not only use resources of the country but also take jobs and will be ready to work at any cost as you just need money for survival.

 

If the proper job is not available, then these people might do wrong things which can affect countries’ image and can affect a country’s economy in a lot of different ways. So my take would be we should at least give a thought as to why we should oppose proving our identity in our own country. Just because it is our country we should not prove but if we are going to another country and ready to do that then it is wrong.

 

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Whatever happened in 1947 was that right? I don’t think so. This should not happen with anyone at any point of time in life. But to make something right we should not do something wrong as two wrongs cannot make right either. I would suggest people make an informed decision. Be aware of what it is and how it is going to impact. Even if you want to protest against it or in favour of the bill I please request don’t let other people suffer who are not taking part in it, not because they don’t want to, but maybe they are not able to due to their other responsibilities.

 

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ShiviJanuary 29, 202011min6450

Chinese New Year – Know Everything, Interesting Facts & Traditions

Fireworks, parades, red envelopes, lights, and everything wonderful connection with the Chinese New Year make it a captivating event worth witnessing. The glitz and allurement affecting the gorgeous decorations with the traditional & modern actions would undoubtedly set celebration goals for you.

 

Chinese New Year Rat Art

 

Questioning how? Scroll through and I bet you would agree with this blog!

 

The Chinese New year is commemorated on the first day of the First Moon of the lunar calendar. The analogous date in the solar calendar modifies from as early as January 21st to as late as February 19th. Chinese New Year, as the Western New Year, implied turning over a new leaf. Culturally, it is a time for family reunions, and for visiting friends and relatives. This holiday, more than any other Chinese holiday, is emphasised on the influence of family ties. The Chinese New year’s Eve dinner meeting is among the most significant family occasions of the year.

 

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Sweeping of the Grounds

Arrangements for the Chinese New Year in old China starts well in advance of the New Year’s Day. The 20th of the Twelfth Moon is all set aside for the annual housecleaning or the “sweeping of the grounds“. Every corner of the house must be swept and cleaned in preparation for the new year like it is in India during Diwali Festival. SpringCouplets, written in black ink on large upright scrolls of red paper, are put on the walls or on the sides of the gate-ways. These couplets, short poems, and other inscriptions are written in Classical Chinese and are expressed of good wishes for the family in the coming year. In addition, symbolic flowers and fruits are also used to illuminate the house, and colourful new year pictures (NIAN HUA) are placed on the walls.

Interesting huh! read 10 facts about Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year Is Also Known As The Spring Festival

In China, the new year is called chunjie (春节), which means ‘Spring Festival’. Although it is still wintertime in China, it is termed the ‘Spring Festival’ as it signifies the end of the coldest days of winter, which is a symbol of the coming spring season.

Chinese New Year Does Not Have A Set Date

The Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is based on the Lunar Calendar during the full moon phase between 1st January and 15th January. Nevertheless, when it is measured using the Gregorian (solar) calendar, the Chinese New Year may fall anywhere from 21st January to 20th February. For example, in the year 2020, the Chinese New Year will fall on the 25th of January.

 

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It Is A Day For Praying To Gods And Fighting Off Monsters

The Spring Festival in China started as a day to pray to Gods for a good reaping season and to ward-off any mishap. As much of the country was profoundly dependent on agriculture, the harvest was everything and God had to be gratified by way of advancing the best foods in a religious tradition.

As per an old-fashioned myth, however, the festival began after one brave little boy fought-off a monster named Nian (年) using firecrackers. The next day, people celebrated their endurance by setting off even more firecrackers. And that system became a significant part of the Spring Festival.

 

The Most Fireworks Are Set Off In The World That Night

As per the ancient myth (see above point), firecrackers are deemed to scare-off monsters and bad luck. So on the eve of the Chinese New Year, people set off firecrackers at night and follow it up with more firecrackers in the morning to welcome the new year and good luck. However, the officials have started to crack down on this system by banning fireworks, due to elevated levels of air pollution and growing concerns about global warming and the health and safety of residents in as many and 500 cities of China. Beijing had banned fireworks for 13 years. The ban was lifted in 2006 to please the angry public – this also happens.

 

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It Is The Longest Chinese Holiday

The Spring Festival continues for 16 days including New Year’s Eve. However, as the celebration is based on the Lunar calendar, the holiday season can begin as early as in December with the Laba Festival (腊八节—là bā jié) which would give it around 40 days of celebrations! So in the arrangement, people will buy nian huo (年货), (New Year’s products) and stalk up on cooking supplies, gifts, new clothes, etc. before the New Year festival commences.

 

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The Spring Festival Causes The Largest Human Migration In The World

As described earlier, it is tradition to spend the Chinese New Year with your family and everyone goes back to their parents and loved ones for a family gathering.

No Showering, Sweeping Or Throwing Out Of Garbage Allowed!

As the Spring Festival is all about carrying good luck and warding off sinister and bad luck, showering isn’t allowed on New Year’s Day and sweeping and thrusting out the garbage isn’t allowed before the 5th day. This is to make sure you don’t wash away the good luck! On the other hand, there’s a day before the Spring Festival devoted to cleaning. This day is to sweep the bad luck away and make room for the good. Most hair salons are closed throughout the whole of the Chinese New Year because cutting har is taboo during that time.

 

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Children Receive Lucky Money In Red Envelopes

It wouldn’t be much of a festival without gifts being reciprocated. Gifts are exchanged during the Spring Festival, though, children also receive money in red envelopes as a representation of transferring good fortune from the seniors to the children. These red envelopes or pockets are also exchanged between bosses and employees, co-workers, and friends.

 

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Chinese New Year Ends With The Lantern Festival

The first full moon of the (lunar) year is the Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节—yuán xiāo jié) or Lantern Festival (灯节—dēng jié). Though the family is still relevant, it’s still a night of partying and leisure. In ancient times, girls weren’t allowed to move outside by themselves. But on this night, they are free to take strolls, moon-gaze and look at the gorgeous lanterns. Because of this, it’s also known as Valentine’s Day in China.

 

The New Year Greeting In Chinese Is “Xin Nian Kuai Le”

The expression literally means “Happy New Year.” But in Hong Kong and other Cantonese-speaking countries, it’s more common to say “gong hei fat choy.” In Mandarin Chinese, it’s “gong xi fa cai” (恭喜发财). It implies “congratulations on the fortune.”

 

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ShiviJanuary 24, 20206min1660

As the year slithers in with all its grandeur and the scent of fresh beginnings, it welcomes you to start the year taking a trip to the unmissable, evident and the unparalleled Jaipur Literature Festival. JLF is a five-day-long festival, wherein renowned writers and authors come together under one roof. It is held at the Diggi Palace every year and works as a platform where people come together to share their experiences, work, and other topics of interest.

 

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Today was the second day and it started with a piece of beautiful morning music and a saga of eminent writers and authors from all across the world. Before I start to take you through a journey of today’s event and what all was not to be missed, have a look at the basic details about the Jaipur Literature Festival. 

The venue of Jaipur Literature Festival: Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, Sawai Ram Singh Rd, C Scheme, Jaipur

Date of JLF: 23-27 Jan 2020

Timings of Jaipur Literature Festival: 6 AM – 9 PM (approx)

Entry fee of JLF: Nil except for the delegates, and media personals

Duration of JLF: 3-4 days

 

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Gift yourself an inimitable experience with the Jaipur Literature Festival. The highlights for today’s festival under JaipurBookMark are mentioned below:

THE ANATOMY OF A LITERARY PRIZE

Keynote Address: India at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Claudia Kaiser

Aanchal Malhotra, Elaine Canning, Hemali Sodhi, Mita Kapur and Sunny Singh, moderated by Arunava Sinha

WHY PUBLISHING POETRY IS IMPORTANT

Ashok Vajpeyi, Chris Agee, Madhav Kaushik, Mindy Gill and Ranjit Hoskote, moderated by Naveen Kishore

TRANSLATION AS INTIMACY

Arunava Sinha and Sunandini Banerjee in conversation with Anjum Katyal

A TEXTBOOK CASE FOR DIVERSITY

Atiya Zaidi, Niko Pfund, Sunny Singh and Urvashi Butalia, moderated by Manisha Chaudhry

COVERING CREATIVITY

 Aanchal Malhotra, Arsen Kashkashian, Devangana Dash and Kunal Basu, moderated by Shobhaa De

The Literature Festival sessions that were the best today: 

JAIPUR JOURNALS: THE WRITING LIFE

Namita Gokhale and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Shunali Khullar Shroff

CELESTIAL BODIES

Jokha Alharthi and Zikrur Rahman in conversation with Mohamed Zarrouk

WOMEN AND WORK

Anuradha Bhagwati, Asma Khan, Amita Nigam Sahaya and Namita Waikar in conversation with Namita Bhandare

SHASHI ON SHASHI

Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Michael Dwyer

WORD, IMAGE, SOUND

Shobhaa De and Amit Khanna in conversation with Kaveree Bamzai

SHANI: THE POWER OF SATURN

Robert Svoboda and Abhishek Singh in conversation with Anubhav Nath

IKIGAI: THE JAPANESE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

Francesc Miralles in conversation with Nilanjana S. Roy

JLF aims to bring writers, thinkers, literary experts, humanists, politicians, entrepreneurs, sportsmen, and the greatest animators in the world on a single platform. The platform permits them to interchange ideas and brainstorms over them, learn from masters and participate in sober debates and dialogues. Additionally, it is an opportunity for budding writers to learn and take back wisdom. 

 

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ShiviJanuary 23, 20204min1710

The Jaipur Literature Festival, or JLF, is an annual literary festival which takes place in the Indian city of Jaipur each January. The Diggi Palace Hotel serves as the main venue of the festival, with sessions held in the Hall of Audience and throughout the gardens of the Diggi Palace in the month of January every year in Jaipur. 

 

Jaipur Literature Fest 2020

 

With its 13th edition this year – 2020 the expectations are scoring high with the bunch of renowned authors and literates joining in as speakers. We’re already halfway through January and with all the amazing new year resolutions kicked off this year, now it’s time to unravel the most awaited Jaipur Literature Festival. Good News is now Jaipur Literature festival is global with a fantastic chance for the art frenzies and literature lovers. Through it all, the Indian litfest season marches on, reaching its frenzied peak, as always, in the last week of the month with the Jaipur Literature Festival.

The next five days will be significantly awesome as you will see over 300 speakers and thousands of literary aficionados converging at the Diggi Palace Hotel. 

 

Jaipur Literature Festival 2020

 

Neil Gaiman remains to elude the festival—contrary to its reputation, this year’s edition has several literary heavyweights than normal—but there’s plenty to catch between 300 speakers and nearly 200 sessions. Here are my picks of the sessions that seem the most promising.

 

From Eat, Pray, Love to City of Girls (Front Lawn)

There’s Gunpowder in the Air 

On Memoir – Mughal Tent 

Celestial Bodies Charbagh

How To Judge A Book? – Baithak 

Being Various: On Literary Diversity Mughal Tent

Where Does Fiction Come From? – Front Lawn

Poetry Durbar – Durbar hall 

Uninhabitable Earth – Baithak 

Bolna Hai: What Must Be Said – Charbagh

Kashmir: Of Barbed Wires and Almond Blossoms – Mughal Tent

Climate Emergency – Powered by United Nations – Front lawn

Mediafile: Fact, Fiction, and the spaces in between – Baithak

Forgotten Masters – Charbagh

 

For the timings and the complete schedule of the Jaipur Literature Festival check the programme calendar here…

See you all at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Keep reading and watching my space on Instagram @shivimuskan @spoiledink707 

 

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ShiviDecember 12, 20196min1870

Just a quick background on Mountain Day directly from the United Nations – International Mountain Day 

International Mountain Day has its roots in the document “Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development” (called Chapter 13), adopted in 1992 as part of the action plan Agenda 21 of the Conference on Environment and Development. The growing awareness of the importance of mountains led the UN to declare to 2002 the UN International Year of Mountains. The first international day was celebrated for the first time the following year, 2003.

 

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2019 Theme: Mountains Matter for Youth

International Mountain Day is a chance to significantly highlight that for rural youth, dwelling in the mountains can be hard. Immigration from the mountains begins to waived agriculture, land degradation and a loss of ancient cultural traditions. Education and training, market access, several employment possibilities and good public services can secure a brighter future for young people in the mountains. This year, youth will take the lead and demand that mountains and mountain communities become central in the national and international development programs; undergo more attention, investments and tailored research. 

 

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The mountains are under a menace due to climate change and are exploited more than their capacity worldwide. The rise in temperatures also leads to the melting of glaciers which influences the freshwater supply which in turn drives to disruption in the lives of common people.

 

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Top 5 Mountain You Must See Before You Die – International Mountain Day!

Last year the blog which I have written was on the Indian mountains. It focused on the best 10 ns which no one shall miss out. This year, here’s the list of top five mountain ranges around the world that you must see before you die! These mountains are popular tourist destinations and get visitors from across the world.

  • The Himalayas
  • The Great Dividing Range
  • Atlas Mountain
  • Alps and Rocky Mountains

 

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What can you do?

 

  • Raise awareness of mountains on 11 December by organizing youth forums, hands-on activities, presentations, student debates, photo and art competitions, hikes and events targeted to specific age groups.

 

  • Write about the International Mountain Day event you are planning at info-IMD @fao.org so they can publish it on the International Mountain Day website or you can send me will send it across.

 

  • Join the conversation on social media using the #MountainsMatter hashtag and on my Instagram @shivimuskan Facebook @spiritedblogger. Share your stories about the reality of living in the mountains as a young person, or post a photo of your favourite mountain moment and share it with us and your friends.

 

  • Access my social media tool kit to help share this story.

 

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ShiviOctober 3, 20195min3802

Before you begin I would like to quote, that Love is immortal and there is something very special about love and relationships. This blog is not about any specific love or relationships tips and tricks but it will certainly give an insight into the eternal feeling of love and its essence. Keep reading Is love like weed or vice-versa…

As the title suggests is Love like weed or is Weed Like Love or Vice-versa. I would like to mention few points wherein we can relate our love feelings with weed (PS: this does not impose anyone to consume weed or any other kind of a drug, this is just a writer’s poetic compilation)

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Holistic love

– Love is deep and connects every emotion of our lives. If I try to connect with weed here, many of us would agree that love has its forms of weed. What weed does is what love is. The approach is to understand that humans who consider love to equal to weed are not ruled always. Delving into literal terms will not make any sense here. The secret lies in acknowledging and holistically expressing love.

Immortal love

– with every stash of weed or a joint, we tend to get stoned into some other world only. Why this happens, it is because of the essence of the substance which makes you feel this way. Now, when we say love is immortal we consider this notion to be out of the world. When someone is in love the feeling is strong and overwhelming. We, tend to forget that it will not last forever and may end someday like a joint’s smoke. Considering this phenomenon acknowledging love for one-self gets lost and we tend to drag our lives into vain and no-where. Instead, try being you, and real, get in love with yourself so that eventually you get the path of immortal love.

The comparison and verdict of is love like weed

The idea of depicting just the two above is not the end of the explanation. Rather, numerous people take the wrong path in the name of weed, calling it love. The message what I wanted to portray is, not to consume weed, rather just be mindful of your relationships. Pay some respect to the person you love, be faithful to you first, then you can be loyal to others. Weed may get you to the wrong path, let love not do this to you. Be compassionate and kind. In my opinion, love can’t be like weed always as the strong point of weed are directly proportional to the bad points of love.

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Keep loving and discovering yourself, this is the key for Kalyug. 

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ShiviSeptember 28, 201910min12047

Navratri Festival with Gujarat Tourism

Among the most distinguished of festivals rejoiced in Gujarat is Navratri. This nine-day long festival is celebrated to glorify and worship Goddess Durga or Shakti. It is recognised by various pandals or enormous tents that form the energetic and mesmerizing dance of Garba or dandiya with traditional Gujarati music. It lasts with special fasting food and various other manners in which people commence and complete it. Come and celebrate the Navratri festival with Gujarat Tourism.

Classification of Gujarat festivals is inadequate without the mention of Navratri. Observed for nine long days with huge grandeur and show, Navratri is devoted to all the nine forms of Goddess Durga. All the communities come unitedly to dance in unison during Garba, an apparently simple dance, where the crowd moves collectively in a synchronised circular movement.

 

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History and Ceremonies of Navratri Festival

The inscription has it, that there was a very stalwart demon king, known as the Mahishasura. By worshipping Lord Shiva, he obtained mighty powers and began to perform wickedness on the people who took the name of the Lord other than him. He was so exultant of his powers that he began to treat himself as a God. To protect the world from the immoral practices of the demon, the holy trinity of God (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) came together and by coupling their powers, created Goddess Durga. When Mahishasura saw the Goddess, he got attracted to her beauty.

 

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The demon king was so hypnotised by the beauty of the Goddess that he sent her a proposal for the marriage. The Goddess accepted to marry him but on one condition that the Mahishasura have to beat her in a battle. The king was so proud of his powers that he quickly accepted the challenge. The battle between the Goddess and Mahishasura lasted for nine nights and at the end of the ninth night, the demon king was abolished by the Goddess. From then on, the nine days came to be known as the Navratri.

When

Navratri is celebrated for nine nights, commencing on the first day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month Ashwin, approximately corresponding to dates in the Gregorian calendar in September/October. This also usually accords with the end of the rainy season. Dasara/Vijayadashami is the tenth day of Ashwin.

Where

Garba happens at night in communities and regions all around Gujarat, so just step out and follow the booming Garba music. Vadodara is deemed the cultural capital of Gujarat, and the most inquired after location for celebrating Navratri. Try to visit at least one village Garba too, for a spectrum of experience. After the puja starts the music; it is evident to those who are familiar with the style and alluring to many. People enjoy dancing and begin to play dandiya in a circle, swirling away till late into the night. It is not surprising to find dancers with swords or lit flames and other exhibitions.

Religious travel during this festival focuses mainly on the Shakti Peethas: Ambaji, Pavagadh and Bahuchraji near Mehsana. There are also major ceremonies in temples such as Ashapura Mata-no-Madh in Kutch, Khodiyar Mandir near Bhavnagar, and Chamunda Mata Mandir at Chotila on the Ahmedabad-Rajkot National Highway.

See below for the day-wise schedule:

Navratri Day  Day  Form of Goddess Tithi Pujan Colour
Day 1 Pratipada Shailaputri Maa Ghatasthapana Shailputri Pujan Red
Day 2 Dwitiya Bharmacharini Chandra Darshan Brahmacharini Pujan  Blue
Day 3 Tritiya Chandraghanta Sindoor Tritiya, Sowbhagya Teej Chandraghanta Pujan Yellow
Day 4 Chaturthi Kushmanda Varad Vinayaka Chauth  Bhouma Chaturthi  Green
Day 5 Panchami Skandamata Lalita Panchami Upang Lalita Vrat, Lalitha Gauri Vrat, Skandamata Pujan  Gray
Day 6 Shashthi Katyayani Maha Shashti Saraswati Awahan, Katyayani Pujan Orange
Day 7 Saptami Kaalratri Maha Saptami Saraswati Puja, Kalaratri Pujan, Utsava Puja White
Day 8 Ashtami Maha Gauri Durga Ashtami, Maha Ashtami Saraswati Mata Pujan, Mahagauri Pujan, Sandhi Puja  Pink
Day 9 Navami Siddhidatri Khande Navami, Durga Visarjan, Maha Navami Ayudha Puja, Kanya puja Sky Blue

 

 

Other than this, in various Indian states, the Navratri festival is been celebrated. For example – West Bengal, Jammu, Rajasthan. Travellers from all across the world come here and plan their holidays in this season. If you wish to know more about this festival keep reading or comment for specific information.

 

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ShiviSeptember 26, 20196min2750

About World Tourism Day

The World Tourism Day celebration was inaugurated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization in the year 1980 which is celebrated every year at 27th September. This special day was selected in order with all the laws of the UNWTO that came into power in the year 1970 which is acknowledged as the big landmark for the global tourism as it endeavours to aware people about the notable role of the tourism inside the international community as well as to exhibit how the social, economic, cultural, political values are affected by it globally.

This Year’s Theme

The theme of the day was “sustainable tourism”, in 2017. In 2018 the theme was “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”. This Year it is sustainable tourism worldwide.

This year world tourism day is celebrated with the theme of sustainable tourism worldwide. With the recent speech of Greta Thunberg at U.N. – it is quite visible that we all need to stop hoping and praying. It is time to act and make it happen. If we keep on hoping and praying for climate change, our nations, our environment, our tourism industry will extinct. The agencies and countries’ tourism boards with the involvement of government are focusing on sustainable tourism as a tool for development. They believe and suggest that to raise awareness the travellers shall make their purpose of travel towards climate change and environment safe tourism.

 

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What Change We Can Bring

Keeping in mind tourism big magnetism thanks to its social, political, financial and also cultural effect, meriting, and value, UNTWO aims to feature and appreciate the dedication the tourism industry indicates in fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals. Tourism has become the continuously evolving and emerging economic sectors worldwide because of the existence of various engaging and new destinations for tourists. So it has become the main root of income ‎for the developing countries.

This is, not the first time the theme is on sustainable change in tourism. It is seen for the past few years where issues on the environment, biodiversity, tourism and water, community development, cultural protection etc. have been raised and spread awareness about them. In fact, in the year 2017, the theme of world tourism day was “Sustainable Tourism – a tool for development”. This year the event will be officially organized in Budapest, Hungry, to spread awareness and promote people to take action. It will focus on raising consciousness on technologies and possibilities in the tourism industry among all operatives with the respective interest of helping the sector equip for future of work on tourism’s actual and inherent contribution to sustainable development.

Tourism For a Cause

I’m a traveller and have been to numerous destinations. I have started travelling 8 years back, initially, it was my passion and nomad heart that led me to new cultures, people, and diverse landscapes. Gradually with the years passing by when I saw nature’s aggressive moves in the forms of floods, witnessed snow avalanches, landslides etc. I used to wonder why nature is not happy and showing us it’s wrath. I used to think about the reasons for all incidences occurring. This gave a hunch to inculcate the awareness of climate change and cleanliness to the people who would I meet while travelling. Furthermore, would like to mention that I do not work for an NGO, neither an organization, I’m just a traveller and a writer. But I make sure I do my bit when I travel and keep my surroundings clean and organic. Will not stretch it much, but significantly wanting to emphasis on biodiversity, cultural changes, sustainable tourism to all the travellers out there.

 

The European Council on Tourism and Trade President Dr Anton Caragea says “Tourism is the best teacher on the planet.”

 

To end I leave you all with a quote:

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

 

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