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ShiviMay 25, 202015min3690

We as humans always get attracted to something which is unachievable or looks very difficult. I always keep on wondering how people in Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Northern Himalayas sustain in extreme conditions especially in winters. This thought always fascinates me and pulls me towards it that I want to experience something like this once in a lifetime. And here I am writing my blog after finishing my winter Spiti in the harsh weather that one can dream of. Travel to Spiti is a different experience all together especially when you have been to Spiti in Summers.

This blog will cover a lot of aspects as to what all one should carry to be safe in such weather, different ways and routes that one can take.

 

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If you are starting from Shimla

We took a flight from Mumbai to Delhi. You can also take a train as there are a lot of trains available for Delhi. Once we reach Delhi we took a train to Kalka, You can take a direct bus from Delhi to reach Shimla. If you want to give a different feel to your travel experience then don’t miss the Toy Train. Book tickets in advance for toy train from Kalka to Shimla as at the last moment you won’t get any tickets.

 

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Suggestion – Please book your bus tickets in advance and only take the Govt. buses if you are planning to reach Shimla directly. Please avoid taking private buses to reach Shimla, first of all, private bus operators takes a lot of time and secondly, it’s risky as well.

Shimla to Kalpa (9712 ft)

We started from Shimla early morning around 8 AM since the distance between Shimla and Kalpa is 230 km and it takes approx 7 hrs to reach a destination. If you are taking a couple of stops that the same journey extends to 10-11 hrs considering climate is all favourable. I will suggest people start early if you can and keep some buffer time with you. In midway, we took a couple of stops one for breakfast where we had yummy aloo ka paratha with achar and curd. I don’t know how these locals made food but it really taste distinct, I would say something is there in the air and water which makes simple things wondrous.

My travel buddy and I then took the route via Kufri, Narkanda, Rampur and then finally to Kapla. Enroute you will find snow, on both sides of the roads, sometimes view is so mesmerizing that you want to forget everything and just feel the beauty of these hills. Kalpa is the capital of the Kinnaur region, I am not sure how many of you know this. We reached Kalpa around 8 PM in the night, it was all dark as in hills around 5-5:30 you will see that sunlight starts fading. By 8 you will feel it’s like 12 o clock in any city. From here the whole fight starts or I would say you start feeling the chill of the Spiti Valley. We were lucky to get beds that have heaters in it embedded. Nights are so cold that you can’t even think of taking your hand out of your gloves and don’t ask the layers of clothing that you need to wear. And not to forget in rooms you won’t get water in the toilet since all the pipelines get blocked or frozen due to ICE.

 

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We took our dinner and headed to the room since it was a long journey and tiring as well, though the beauty through which we pass through was giving us a glimpse that what all we will be seeing ahead. The night view was also imposing as there was no pollution and an only beautiful sky filled with a bunch of stars, it looks as if someone has started a DJ light.

Kalpa to Tabo (10761 ft)

Post healthy and fresh breakfast and we both started a little late since the distance between Kalpa and Tabo is only 160 km which can be covered easily in 4hrs. We were planning to cover Giu monastery in between which we were unable to as due to some unforeseen circumstances we keep on getting late like there was a landslide in between, then due to on-going road work at a lot of places blasts were begun due to which we need to stop till the road gets cleared. Considering all these its a fun ride as you keep on seeing sometimes half-frozen, sometimes full frozen Spiti river. This view is only in winters and you keep on wondering how come suddenly river started flowing where half a km before it was all frozen. And these mountains keeps on changing colors after every 4-5 km which you can only experience. Tabo is famous for Tabo Monastery. We reach Tabo around 8 PM and had a good sleep. Since next morning our destination was Kaza.

 

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Tabo to Kaza (12467 ft)

Distance between Tabo to Kaza is hardly 50 km which can be covered easily in 2 hrs. However, we decided to cover Pin valley which is almost frozen and would take your heart away when you pass from those routes where on both the sides you will find huge Ice blocks, sometimes their height is more than 10 ft and when you pass those you get an adrenaline rush. Pin valley is an abode to flora and fauna of Himalayas (National Park) but in winter you can only find one thing and that is snow. We reached Kaza and did a night halt there.

 

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Kaza to Langza-Komic-Hikkim – Chichum Bridge – Kaza

These are some of the famous places nearby Kaza which cannot be missed if you are here. Langza is a village that is famous for Buddhist monasteries and fossils. We were unable to reach Komic due to heavy snow in the region and roads were blocked. Hikkim is famous for its worlds highest post office. You can postcards to your near and dear ones from here.

 

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Chichum Bridge is Asia’s highest suspension bridge. When we reached there it started snowing and what more you can ask for at such a beautiful place.  In midway, we have seen places where water is flowing from top but in middle, it has frozen, we were wondering how this can happen and we both was awe stuck witnessing that nature’s beauty which itself was surprising.

 

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After covering all these places which in itself is an experience we came back to our homestay. A lot of memories were captured in photographs, some were captured in heart and some were there in our eyes which was just to stay for a very very long time.  We have our dinner and stayed in our rooms, the temperature was -20 degrees celsius and we were feeling that we all died as it was so cold out but when we saw the mountains and the sky it felt as if how can the world be so beautiful and so calm. Trust me that was the feeling.

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This is one of the longest journey that we took in the whole trip and in midway since it was 200 km that need to be covered and in hills covering 200 km might take approx 9-10 hr which is just a journey time excluding the halts that you take and how much time you spend on each halt. With each passing hour, we were feeling that why we are going back as the Himalayas and the hills that we spend time were most beautiful. We thought that our journey has come to an end but God and nature have a different plan for us. After we reach Kalpa and checked in to our rooms, around 11ish in the night it started snowing, I have never seen real live snow falling on me. Trust me guys feeling was out of the world. It was like cotton coming on you and that’s it and it goes away. Wow-what a thing to watch out for. Till morning it was continuous snow and we came to know that this fresh snow is in whole region and routes have started closing down due to this.

 

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Kalpa to Shimla

We started for Shimla and expecting to cover the distance in 9 hrs approx but due to snow routes were closed and we were forced to take a longer route and it took us 2 hrs more to reach to Shimla. We all were tired, happy, sad and what not as whatever we have experienced was in itself a journey that neither of us thought about.

The trip came to an end but the memories and the experience that we all got in itself was mind-boggling.

 

Things to Carry

  1. Rucksack
  2. Jacket for -15 degree celsius
  3. Sports/Trekking Socks
  4. Woolen Socks
  5. Gloves
  6. Fleece
  7. Neck Warmer
  8. Woolen Cap
  9. Thermal Inner Wear
  10. Sun – Screen – SPF 50
  11. Water bottle
  12. Litter bags

Place to Stay

Depending on your budget you get ample places to stay, however, we suggest to do bookings beforehand as in winters it becomes tricky to roam around and look for good options.  You will get a lot of budget hotels and home-stays, luxurious hotels are doubtful in Spiti Valley as it is still a secluded land and for past few years have gradually started becoming a travel spot.

If you like this blog or want to read more such blogs leave comments or you can reach us and let us know your feedback.


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ShiviMay 4, 20206min3610

Is Work from Home a Good Idea in Long Run?

We all are thrown unprepared into unexpected situations. Covid has brought each of our lives to a standstill or if not stand still then to a point where we cannot predict what will happen in the near future. We all are confined to our homes and whoever can work from home is asked to do the same to support their work, family, economy, etc. Recently I was going through the newspaper and there was an article which was published by TCS saying that 75% of their workforce will be doing work from home in the next 2 years. Is this norm that is coming into reality and what will be the consequences of this. Let us look at this with three different aspects

 

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Employer Perspective – What is an advantage that a company gets by asking an employee to do work from home (WFH) and similarly are there any downsides to it, let’s see. Employers will be able to save some of the fixed expenses if they ask employees to do WFH. Fixed Expenses like huge rents, electricity bill, maintenance of electronic peripherals like computer, printer, edible items like tea/coffee, transport facilities, etc can be curtailed easily which will help an employer to increase its margins easily. Downside of it will be an employee might miss important meetings and there won’t be any fixed time for an employee to work which might in long run make them frustrated since you will always be working from home and working.

 

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Employee Perspective – From an employee perspective this can be a nice move is what each one of us thinks, though I don’t agree totally. Employees who stay far and especially in metros where commute eats up half of your time, this move is good as you can save approx. 3-4 hrs daily. The downside of this is since you are at home you will not be interacting much with the team which results in losing the touch between two employees which is not the case up till now. Also, when you are sitting and talking to someone face to face you tend to learn from another person which won’t be the case going forward. Health issues will be seen more often as there will be hardly anybody movement also most of us do not have a good setup to work from home the way we have in the office.

 

Economy Perspective – This perspective no one has thought about and hardly talked about as well. What will be effective in our economy in our environment if most of the people start working from home? The advantage will be since most of the people will be at home there will be less pollution, fewer vehicles on the road, easy access to transport. The downside of this will be fuel consumption will go down, companies which run cabs for employees will be affected as they won’t be needed, similarly, catering won’t be needed to that extent so hotels will be affected which will result in job cuts for cab drivers, hotel workers, etc. Overall, you will see it will create a negative impact on our economy

It is difficult to say that if we go ahead and see this norm in the future will it affect each one of us in a positive or negative manner. It totally depends on each one of us, how we take it? I leave it to you guys to decide and see the pros and cons of it.

 

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ShiviApril 20, 20208min3410

The circumstances which we are facing are unexpected, which neither of us has dreamt off. A few months back we were thinking about what are our plans for 2020, what we will do and what not? And suddenly something like this comes up and we, totally unprepared, are thrown into it. And it’s not only we but also kids are stuck in these situations. Below are some of the things and activities that I’m suggesting to keep kids engaged during the lockdown.

 

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Make Timetable – We should ask kids to make a time table for themselves. And when they are making the time table we have to emphasize that they have to keep some time for learning new things daily, be it anything but it should be of their interest. And ask them to keep everything in the time table even the smallest of things like eating food etc.

Involve them in House Chores – Make sure that you involve kids in one of the house chore activity. In this way, they will be able to understand how mom-dad does these activities and also will understand the importance of small things. Also, you need to appreciate them when they are doing it so that they will feel proud of it and in the future, they give importance to each and every work without thinking or looking at any work as downgraded.

Make Reading and Writing a Habit– Force your kids to read and write daily for even a few minutes. Once this habit is inculcated in them they will automatically understand the importance of learning. In this way, they are developing very important habit which will help them in the long run.

Play with them – As a parent, it has become very tough for each of us to give time to our kids. I know everyone must be thinking that it should be easy but all those who have started working from home and can easily relate to this where, when you go to the office you can spare more time which has started becoming more and more difficult due to work pressures, especially being at a home lot more work is expected then what it used to be. Having said all this, I would still suggest please take some time out and just be with them. Do what they want to do without asking questions, become like them. This might give a break to you which you also need and they will be happy too.

 

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Create a To-Do list – Ask your kid to make a to-do list and tell them that be creative as much as you can. Once they create a list stick it in their room and ask them out of these what all you can do being at home. Help them in doing whatever is possible at home and when they are doing all these please don’t scold or shout at them when they are making house dirty as even they are facing same as you are and somehow trying to cope with this, though they are small to understand a lot of what is happening and why?

 

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Reading Newspaper – If you are getting e-paper to ask them to read the newspaper daily. This will help them in understanding what is going around the world and ask them to keep a dictionary with them so whenever they are stuck they can check the meaning of it. In this way, their vocabulary will also improve.

Look for Broken Things in Home – Ask them to check which all things are broken in the house be it their toy or anything. Then ask them if you need to repair it, how will you go about it. Tell them to try repairing these things. If some of the things are repaired then your task is done, if not then also at-least they tried to do something which was constructive and you should be happy about it.

 

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These are some of the things that I think can be done which not only will keep kids busy but also elated and engaged. People are hardly talking about these times when it is taking a toll on mental health as well on an individual. And this can happen with kids as well so we have to be double careful since if it is easy to take care of stuff when it is physical then mentally. I know these are tough times for all of us including our kids but trust me these times will pass and then we will think that why we have not utilised it to the fullest.

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ShiviApril 14, 202011min2861

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, 20208min4764

Long-distance relationships in difficult times like these are what each of us is facing, is hard to sustain. These are such times when we are hearing a lot of things as to how to not get affected by what is going around. Most heard word these days is COVID and Be Positive. Trust me the most negative word these days is “Be Positive”. I am not going to say anything like that. Below are some of the things that can be done to keep the spark alive in your relationship.

1. Video calls – This is the best way in these times to get connected. Fix up a time and get on the call with each other. Talk about old things which bring a smile on both of your faces. May be while being on video call one person can make food and another person can suggest what all things to be put in it. Be experimental and try different things which you guys have never thought can try. This is your time guys.

 

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2. Intimate Chats – This is one of the most important things which should not be missed. You should do sex or intimate chats and talk openly when we did last time what you like and what you don’t. Next time we will be doing it this way or these are the things that we should try out. Be open and try to take it to the next level when you are talking to each other by seducing the other person and whatever best you guys can do. But do talk about these things as well since this is very important in a relationship and especially in long-distance one.

 

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3. Plan for Future when you meet what will you do – This something that you both can do i.e. to talk about what all things we will do when we met. May plan a future date or plan a vacation together. If date then what all things each of you would like to have. And if planning a vacation then make a bucket list and which all places you want to visit together and what all things to be done. You can get your homework done for multiple places and then when this lockdown is over you will be ready with everything and without wasting any time you can go on vacation. Sound Interesting huh!!!

4. Talk about things which are missed most – You both can create a list of things that you guys miss, it may be shopping together or going on a stroll with each other hand. Then share this list and see how many things come in common, in this way you both will come to know about each other more and can improve your relationship in the long run.

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5. Clarify differences – This is the best time to clarify your differences if due to some reason you guys fought with each other then get it clarified. Put your point and another person should listen to it calmly and quietly without reacting and then let other people speak in this way both will come to know that what and why that particular thing happened. If neither of you agrees with another person then come to a common point and take it a vow that we will try to avoid such things which can create differences and lead to fights.

 

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6. Talk about things which you always want to say to each other – There were always times when you want to say something to your partner but was unable to, maybe due to time constraint or due to hitch. I would suggest open your heart and speak it out. It is always good to be open in relationships as that will improve trust on each other and couples can sustain uncertainty easily

7. Laugh Out Loud thinking and teasing each other that we are not together 24 hrs – This is just for fun but yes some people are stuck with each and don’t want to. Even if you guys don’t fall in that category still you can tease each other and make fun by saying this. Whether we say it or not but it is true that we all need our space and when we don’t get that space relationship started getting heavy or become a load.

 

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Guys these are some of the tips that I think if used can keep us alive and our love for our partner intact. If you have any suggestions or comments please let us know. To read more relationship blogs please click here!!!


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ShiviApril 5, 20207min2240

 

MagicAuthor.com

 

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MagicAuthor.com was founded in the year 2012 by Mr. Saptharishi Suresh, with a humble mission to help aspiring writers to establish themselves. Mr. Saptharishi Suresh is an avid reader and a published author. His challenges with publishing his first book compelled him to think of something else, a platform where writers can publish their work without the hassle. His journey to create MagicAuthor.com was a long road. It took him nearly 5 years to create MagicAuthor.com and make a recognized platform by authors, readers, and publishers.

Along the way, he noticed it was very difficult to publish books in regional languages, where there are many options for books in English. So, he wanted to create an online space for the literature that includes English as well as regional languages.

MagicAuthor.com, a writing platform for all age groups, they have started an initiative where kids can upload and showcase their works online. It can be an artwork, or stories or a video/photo of craftwork.

He wants MagicAuthor.com foray into podcasts and audio-books; he aspires to make MagicAuthor.com LinkedIn for the author’s community.

About MagicAuthor.com:

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MagicAuthor.com is one of a kind platform, in which, using their book wizard authors can create eBooks from scratch and also design a cover image and publish them online. If you’ve already created an eBook in PDF or ePubformat then you can simply upload it to their e-commerce platform. It is a unique initiative dedicated to authors, designers, and publishers, etc. to create eBooks in formats like ePUB, PDF, and MOBI.

MagicAuthor.com is a publishing services provider. They provide authors with tools and services that enable them to publish and sell their own books.

MagicAuthor.com also distributes eBooks to Google play store.

Unique Features of Magicauthor.com:

  • One of the best things is that MagicAuthor.com is free to use; No upfront costs involved.
  • MagicAuthor.com encourages eBooks to be on any topic or genre.
  • MagicAuthor.com supports most of the Indian languages. So far, they have released eBooks in Assamese, Konkani (Romi&Devanagiri scripts), Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, and English.
  • The platform also supports promoting books published elsewhere.
  • Other features include creating blogs, discussing literature, asking/answering questions related to writing and publishing on our community site.
  • You can follow your favorite authors. So, if you are looking to develop a fan base and stay connected with your readers, then create a writer profile at their site.
  • If you are a publisher or a business, then you can leverage their community to nurture, engage and retain your followers.

Please check out some of the free tools available for authorsdesigners, and publishers.

 

Saptharishi Suresh (Founder of MagicAuthor.com):

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Saptharishi Suresh is a published author and an art enthusiast. He wrote his first story at the age of ten and done many paintings during his childhood. Later, as an adult, he reproduced the same online at Saptharishi – Thinketh Undefined.

Though his interests were in arts and literature, he couldn’t pursue it as a profession, thanks to the lack of guidance and peer pressure. He decided to pursue engineering and became a software engineer in the year 2005.  After a couple of years into the profession, he realized the need to revive his childhood interests as something in him was feeling lonely. He set up a blogging website called Saptharishi – Thinketh Undefined in 2008 and started writing on a wide variety of topics like short stories, painting, spiritual, tourism, and even technology. With the website getting popular, he decided to take the plunge of publishing his first novel “The Wake-up Call” in the year 2010.

Getting his first book published was not easy at all and he learned a lot about the challenges involved in the process.  Being a software engineer he thought of leveraging his software skills to aid in the publishing process. He wanted to make life easy for other authors. Hence he set up the platform called “Magic Author” (https://www.magicauthor.com) in the year 2012. Since then he has helped authors and creative artists build their reputation online. He spends most of his time exploring how authors can leverage the internet benefiting both themselves and the communities around them.

 

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ShiviJanuary 25, 202010min990

Each one of us, be, it an elderly person or a kid, everyone loves to get gifts. And if we get gifts in the form of surprises then its icing on the cake. Chinese New Year is there and what could be a better time than this to give some gifts to your loved ones, friends, family members, office colleagues, etc.  At this time of the year lot of e-commerce websites will come with different offers, so are we at Banggood have come with some of the best offers that won’t let you control your desire to buy something for your loved ones. Celebrate Chinese New Year with Banggood by buying and giving different gifts to your near and dear ones.

Baoding Balls – We all get stressed due to some of the other reasons in our lives and if we can find something that can help in releasing the stress at any time of the day, what more we want? These Baoding balls are a Chinese stress relaxation therapy massage Baoding Balls that you can carry with you anywhere and everywhere. These balls are trendy and easy to use.

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Comedone Extractor – Adolescence is where we all have got pimples and acne. Comedone Extractor is a blackhead pimple extractor that not only helps you in taking out your pimple but you can also extract your acne with them. Easy to carry and also comes with a mirror with it. It is easy to use and can give you a look which you want pretty quickly.

0.01 lucky Draw – You must be wondering what is 0.01 lucky Draw?  This is a snatch card which works like a scratch card and is available at a throwaway price. There will be a lucky draw that will be held if you buy this product. If you get lucky and win in this contest then guess what? You can get something that you have always dreamt of having but unable to buy due to being it very expensive. This is your chance to get it.

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Free – As the name suggests free, it is actually free of cost, you just need to invite your family and friends who can bargain for you and the price will be slashed, isn’t it amazing?

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Vsco Necklaces – The moment word necklace comes the next moment we think about a women wearing it, isn’t it. But honestly, now it is no more like that, in fact, I would like to say that gone are those days when only women use to wear necklaces. Nowadays even men love to wear not exactly necklaces but patterns close to necklaces that suit their personality, style, and quotient. We have Vsco Necklaces that fit both men and women.

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Bansey Shoes – Shoes are always associated with the class. These Bansey Shoes not only shows your style quotient but also shows how much classy you are and make you look different in the crowd. We all want to be different from what other people are wearing and want to get the attention and these shoes can get you that without you doing anything out of the box.

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Chest Bag – We are having cool and trendy Chest Bag that can enhance your personality and looks. This can be used for multi-purpose like to carry your books in your college or for a day outing or even in the gym. As the name suggests these are cool chest bags that can be worn on your back or chest. We have lot of designs and patterns and it will be a task for you to choose among so many happening bags.

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Comfy Sandals – There are a lot and different type of sandals which are available in the market, though seldom you get hand made stitched sandals. Yes, you read it right hand made stitched sandals are what we have in our collection and they are not very expensive which can create a hole in your pocket if you are intending to buy it. They are available in different colors, sizes, and patterns.

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Digital Clock – We have different types of digital clocks that have an LED display in it with multiple options like Alarm, time snooze feature, backlit and what not. There are different options to choose from and this can put glitter on your table as they look so cool. We have a digital clock in the form of a pyramid or a large 3D digital wall clock as well, doesn’t it sound interesting?

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Canvas Ust – Caps or shoes or anything that you can think of and we have them available with us that is made of canvas. It is easy to wash them and gives a different look and style. They can go with anything that you plan to wear and are suited for almost all occasions and look pretty cool. They are available both for men and women and in different sizes.ustcanvas

 

Well, these are some of the items that I have mentioned but the list is huge and it is very difficult to cover each and every item here. You can explore our website for more trendy and cool stuff that is there on Banggood.

Visit it now and enjoy shopping and Happy Chinese New Year !!!

If you are interested in reading more blogs about what all other stuff is available in Banggood then please click here. If there is something that you are intending to read or know more then share your comments in the comment section and we will be happy to write about it.

 


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ShiviJanuary 24, 20206min1170

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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ShiviNovember 14, 20199min64418

Is Leh-Ladakh only for bikers? Most of us have this question in mind whenever we think of travelling to this terrain. Can Laid Back travellers or those people who are not fond of biking can travel to Leh-Ladakh? Just to answer these quick and genuine questions, here is the Tour Itinerary For Leh-Ladakh. In this blog, I am going to talk about that and also going to cover what all places can be covered in short period since travellers usually want to cover a lot of places in a short period, who are on a leisure trip. 

 

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4 Nights 5 Days Trip To Leh-Ladakh

I know most of the people think that cramming a lot of places in a short period is not ideal. It can be the most tiring travel as well. I agree with most of you all and even I have experienced this during my travel journeys when I have a time crunch. Nevermind this Tour Itinerary For Leh-Ladakh will help you to plan an adventurous yet appealing trip to this beautiful destination in India, Leh-Ladakh. 

 

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Day 1 of Tour Itinerary For Leh-Ladakh – Take a direct flight from Mumbai or Delhi to Leh. In this way, you can save a minimum of two days since taking a bus from Delhi to Manali and then Manali to Leh takes 2 days. Once you reach Leh take full day rest, sleep as much as you can and drink a lot of water since water will keep you hydrated and rest will help you in getting acclimatized. In the evening you can visit the local market and the Hall of Fame. There’s a light & sound show that happens in Hall of Fame which is must watch. It will give you a feeling of how our soldiers fight in one of the most difficult situations which are out of our imagination.

 

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Day 2 – Leh to Pangong Tso Lake

You can hire a cab from Leh for which rates may vary from cab to cab. You can even opt for Self drive car, though I won’t suggest that as routes are not that easy for someone to drive in these terrains. While going to Pangong Tso Lake you can cover Hemis, Thicksey and Shey monasteries en route.

 

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Its 5-6 hour journey which is tiresome but once you reach the lake, the beauty of that place mesmerises you and you feel cherished. You can stay over in the camps which ranges from 1500-2000 inclusive of meals per person depending on the season when you are going. Stay overnight in Pangong and then head back to Leh. Stay Overnight at Leh.

 

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Day 3 – Leh – Khardung La – Diskit – Hunder

Start early and feed your stomach with a little food since you will be passing from the highest motorable road in the world – Khardung La, you might feel dizzy. Keep yourself hydrated and keep on having candies as oxygen can be an issue here. If you feel a headache or breathing problem there are army camps and Dr is available to help you out. Have some tea/coffee and get yourself clicked at the world’s highest motorable road.

 

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Once you pass Khardung La you can see monasteries in Dikshit. These monasteries are very very old monasteries and worth watching. After spending some time here you can continue your journey towards Hunder which are dunes. In Hunder you can find camels of 2 humps which is only available in Dubai. You will be surprised and keep on wondering where this white sand has come to such a place. Stay over in Hunder as you can find a lot of beautiful camps and price is negotiable.

 

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Day 4 – Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Leh

After having breakfast you can go to Sumur which has a famous monastery. From Sumur you can head towards Panamik which is famous for hot springs. Start your journey from Panamik to Leh. By evening you will be back in Leh. Do some local shopping in Leh as Leh is famous for dry fruits and some other local hand made stuff. This ends your journey here, but Day 5 can be a buffer for local Leh market, amazing food to relish, roam and shop in Tibetian refugee market. There’s a lot to do in Leh and around as well. Thus Day 5 can be utilised like this way. If not you can take a return flight the same day. 

 

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Head back to your destination the next day with beautiful memories.

Final wrap on Tour Itinerary For Leh-Ladakh

Though Leh-Ladakh is considered as Mecca for bikers and you will find a lot of bikers en-route, but this place is also something which can be visited by those who don’t love bike riding. This very simple itinerary can help you in planning and executing your vacation plan and you can enjoy it to the core keeping small things in mind.

 

Happy Travelling!


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ShiviOctober 10, 20194min940

War Movie Review – Tale Of Two Greek Gods

Cast:  Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff

Vaani Kapoor, Soni Razdan and Anupriya Goenka

Director: Siddharth Anand

Critic Review

War has features and traits of a few resembling music numbers and movies, which Bollywood has been doing it for years. Where we could see “Top Gun”-levels of homoeroticism, designed or otherwise; way too much who-is-the-mole scheme; a needless romantic sub-plot that drove tales around glittery and random Christmas scenes. This involves heroine, a cute widdle kid and glamour round the corner. What all we see in this war movie review, that, it the entertainment of the two Greek gods of Bollywood industry. You can be happy witnessing a long and rushing bike rides between the two. The computer graphics, body double and the chase of these two duelling stars are like a spin around the plot. Of course, it is Aditya Chopra, (Adi I’m not criticising you, but it is truly like Dhoom 4 or an Abbas Mustan film). To the plot, you will see a thundering show of one of the world’s best sports cars racing and twirling all over the snow of Artic.

To your surprise, it is a frozen river by the way. The twists and turns test your patience but lack in the storyline. Overall, just a stardom movie to watch, for the love Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan. Certainly not a 3 star for me – the war movie review rating will be 2.5. 

 

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Music

On the contrary, the music of Vishal Dadlani is killing in the two musical numbers, which are also dancing numbers. The songs will be ruling the charts in the coming months as well. Ghungroo stands out in contrast to Jai Jai Shiv Shankar. That’s just about 50 per cent for Vishal Dadlani. Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan make the excellent pair and audience are liking their chemistry. To my knowledge audience were wishing to see both of them paired since long. Their paring is almost like Batman and Robin, like, where Shroff’s diligence and respect is a good foil to Roshan’s more perceptive ways.

Certainly a crowd puller, but not a box office hit for Aditya Chopra. War, got released on October 2nd, with all the reviews and critics it started-off fantastic on the box office and has gathered massive collection on Day 1. 

 Watch War trailer here: 

For more movie reviews click here… 


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ShiviOctober 3, 20195min2972

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.

Know more about relationships and their elements here…

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

On this note, to learn more,  download my ebook which is available on Amazon. Click on the link. 

 


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ShiviSeptember 16, 201911min3412

Well, we are talking about Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip Guide

Mecca for Bikers and Adventure Seekers – Leh-Ladakh.

Now it is a Union Territory post defunct of Article 370 by Indian Government. Having said this, the rule for bikers and the zeal to drive the adrenalin rush on these roads of Leh-Ladakh doesn’t end. Leh-Ladakh is the land of high passes, and here I bring you a fresh guide for bikers who would love to ride these stunning roads of Leh-Ladakh amidst mountains and beautiful meadows. Check this Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip Guide, and know everything about the expedition.

 

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The Journey

Of course, the journey is not the one which is pampering enough to soothe your senses. Rather it will test your fortitude, grit, would make you feel dizzy, would suffer altitude sickness, hurt your body and mind, take care of your bumps while sitting for long hours on a bumpy ride on the bike – nevertheless, this journey will change the way you see the world. As you make the journey of a lifetime, you grab the experience of infinity. From the punctures to the bike’s battery fallen on the ground, from the drastic weather changes to the never-ending hurdles – man, these variables are frequent and countless that could go wrong, yet the exaltation it gives is unmatchable.

 

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To make your expedition work well and a memorable one forever, here I bring you the best tips and tricks and collating all the information which you would like to know from scratch. I’m sure this quick guide will help you conquer the highest motorable roads in the world which you find in the land of stupas – Leh-Ladakh.

 

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Best Time To Visit Leh-Ladakh

The best time to go on a bike trip to Leh-Ladakh is from June to September or maximum October 15, post this snow starts assembling on the peaks and on the lower ranges as well, that makes driving tough. These months facilitate the bikers to enjoy the best of Ladakh, as much as they enjoy their bike trip to Lahaul & Spiti. Nonetheless, most of the riders love to initiate their crazy journey of bikes and rides with Leh-Ladakh, that offers magical landscapes and undying vistas all over the terrain.

 

 

Leh-Ladakh Mountains

What is the best time for the bike trip to Leh-Ladakh

Ideally, 10 to 12 days are enough if you are starting from Manali/Shimla or Srinagar. But if you are intending to ride from Chandigarh or Delhi then 15 days are the best fit. Now, this also depends on a lot of factors like weather conditions, bike selection, halts and stay overs, on what speed the rider can pull of km on this twisty and steep road. I would suggest plan the trip with maps in hand so that you get an estimate of travel time. Else you can contact reliable travel agents who will help you customise your trips appropriately.

The cost of the trip

This is again a tricky one, as every traveller is different in its own way. The cost depends on the accommodation you are choosing, type of bike you are taking on rent, food bills, permits, fuel, shopping, etc. But if I would have to give you an estimate for the whole bike trip for 15 days on the bike it would range somewhere from 33000 to 35000 per person. This includes everything with permits, fuel and miscellaneous expenses.

The selection of bikes for Leh-Ladakh

With bike lovers outta there and for the first-timers it is very important to choose or pick the bike in which you are comfortable with to ride the mountains. I would recommend you to pick the bike which is the best suitable for these roads rather than going for the popularity factor (for selfies and posing). Nothing is important than your safety, thus the five best bikes which you can ride are:

 

Royal Enfield – A bike with an engine of either 350 CC or 500 CC will be great.

Royal Enfield Himalayan – A 400 CC engine, this Royal Enfield Himalayan will surely make your ride finest and trouble-free on the rugged terrain. Just a suggestion for the pillions, take a trial of the back seat, if you are comfortable then go ahead, as for the rider it will be easy.

Bajaj Pulsar – It is the most liked after Bullets. Pulsar has variants of 150CC, 200CC, and 220CC, choose any, they can be a reliable partner on your journey.

KTM Duke – This bike is a lightweight bike, thus it can be worthwhile for the roads of Leh-Ladakh. Duke comes in variants like – Duke 390, and Duke 250. Go for it if you can ride them.

CBR 250 – This bike from Honda is certainly a cracker. just be careful of its Contigo tyres which can be a bit tough to handle, in case of change of weather. But if you can change the tyre you can put bike’s torque and fi technology to immense use and favourable.

There are some other bikes as well which the bike rental association in Leh-Ladakh give on rent and consider due to their lightweight engine are – Yamaha Fazer, Bajaj Vikrant, Yamaha FZ, and Hero Impulse.

 

Read Part 2 for bike rentals, best routes to take, accommodation, petrol pumps, things to do etc. and for more travel blogs on Incredible India read here…


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ShiviAugust 28, 20198min6000

A hidden gem…Grand Canyon Of India

 

Gandikota: The Grand Canyon of India Travel Blog

 

Well, you may be surprised by what the title is all about, but trust me you will be amazed to know that a grand canyon also exists in India. Gandikota is the place, (Grand Canyon Of India) a beautiful and stunning paradise in the heartland of Bangalore. It is a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Just right on the spot, it is a destination which you would be awe-struck to visit.

In India we do not witness gorge formations, thus it is also called as the Indian version of the grand canyon or desi grand canyon. As an avid traveller, I shall refrain myself of not comparing the two as it will not be a justice to these different destinations in the world.

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So, let us know more about Gandikota Gorge formations or Gandikota Canyon:

It is a quaint and very simple village in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. It is known for its panoramic gorge formed by river Pennar that pierces through the Erramala hills. This impressive piece of Nature’s design has come to be known as the Hidden Grand Canyon of India by the tourists and travellers who visit this place and get beguiled by its beauty. Thus they tend to compare the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

 

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What to do when in Gandikota

Sitting on the banks of Pennar river and enjoying breathtaking views you can’t even think how the river must have broken the cuts and formed this stunning gorge. It is believed that the river has cut the slabs over centuries now. This is beautiful to imagine how the flow of water got intruded by the river and has formed the gorge. The entire area is covered with deep dense valleys and huge granite boulders.

Going back to history – Geologists says that it has an important role to play in the history of Andhra Pradesh. Geologist P.D. Sabale studies and explains how it was formed. The River Pennar cuts the pink granite and makes abed rock here. Cutting the ingenious, acidic and hard compact mass of granite the natural decomposition of the rock took place.

 

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Adjoining the formations is the medieval fort which speaks history in itself. The fort Gandikota is named from a Telugu word Gandi which means gorge. This fort holds a fort and a temple. Once you visit you will get mesmerized with the ancient architecture. You may find the debris scattered of the ruins of temples and mosque dating back from the Qutub Shahi and Vijayanagara periods.

Other spots to visit in Gandikota are – Madhavaraya temple and Raghunathaswamy temple, Jamia Masjid of Gandikota fort, Rayalacheruvu Lake, enthralling interiors of Belum Caves, you can also do camping and other water activities.

 

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How to reach: Get a train from Gooty Junction. The nearest airport is at Kadapa 77 km. Nearest town by road is Jammalamadugu.

Lodging: APTDC Complex – it is spread at 12 acres, you can book a cottage and has an area for kids to play. For more hotels click here

Best Time: between September to February as the weather is suitable and enjoyable, else the summers are like 45-50 degrees.

Tip: there are not many food joints near the fort and temples, thus either take some munching with you or keep your stomach fill before you start your day. Carry some candies and lots of water.

 

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There are numerous other attractions in and near the village that charm visitors. The most special being the antiquated, radiant Gandikota fort that sits wonderfully on top of the gorge. Apart from the unmatched majesty of the gorge, the mystical appeal of this fort makes a visit to this village all the more compelling for history lovers and adventure seekers. For more such travel blogs and stories, head on here – Facebook, Instagram, or just scroll more…

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ShiviAugust 25, 20195min2100

These days online shopping is more pleasurable and fun than doing it by visiting shops and malls. Gone are those days when people need to visit every shop for the stuff that they needed. When it comes to online shopping there are different shopping destinations, though there are a couple of them which are more prevalent, yes you guessed it right, – your favorites, but pals, there are lot of other websites which provides best of the offers and at much better prices then what its competitors provide to their customers.

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We are talking about Banggood.in which is in eCommerce space from so many years and what can be a better occasion then of an anniversary. This is Banggood 13th Anniversary and they are giving the best of products at a throwaway price.

Look at some of the amazing products and know about them.

We always want that not only us but our near and dear ones to be secured. And the best way to make this happen is to install wifi trail camera in and out of the area where you live in, once done you can be rest assured there is always someone to keep an eye on an intruder. Safety is not only at home it can be anywhere and especially when you travel and keep your important things in KINGSONS you want them to be secured. KINGSONS are anti-theft travel bag that has a large capacity and has external USB as well fitted in it.

If you are one of that person who has the best hobbies or if you are searching for some amazing watch holders or TV Boxes and doesn’t know where you can buy your product. Or maybe you are confused to choose from because of the reliability factor but do not worry you have come at the right place. With so much to offer and that too at a price that can suit your pocket. We make sure you get what you are looking at with an array of options to suit your requirements.

A lot of times it so happens that females look for fascinating and specific things and end up not getting what they are looking for. Be it face whitening cream or a sponge brush or a baby bath ring. These products if you look for on the websites or in shopping malls they are not easy to find and are expensive. However, we not only have them available with us but we also have a lot of varieties to offer so that you can get options to choose from. If you are one of those who loves trying and especially in the kitchen then try our push pop ice cream. We are assured that it is not something you but even your kids will love once you use this to make ice-cream for all of them.

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Being in the 13th year and with every year passed by we have made sure that we keep on adding not only products but also our customer’s base by providing the most satisfying products online. Guys, please come on our website and celebrate our 13th year with grand offers and discounts. so what are you waiting for?


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ShiviJune 21, 20194min5130

International Yoga Day – the thoughts and saying from the thinkers and believers.

“If you seek enlightenment, go to the root cause. Nothing exists without a cause. The root cause of enlightenment is compassion.”
-H.H. XIV Dalai Lama

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Buddha’s Teachings – the connection between yoga and Buddhism

The core of the Buddha’s teachings exists in the Four Noble Truths, expounded in his very first sermon following his enlightenment, which is Nirvana.

The first noble truth explained by the Buddha is Dukka: This says, Life is suffering and suffering is a reality.

The second truth expands – Samudaya, it elucidates that the cause of this suffering originates in our own minds.

The third noble truth, Nirodha, offers hope: it says, liberation and freedom from suffering is possible.

The fourth noble truth, Magga, gives one the method to attain liberation, known to Buddhists as the path of the “Middle Way.”

Buddhism, as well as yoga, acknowledges that there is affliction and that liberation from pain is possible. This biblical pedagogy holds that empathy is a vehicle for liberation. Meditation is a yogic practice used by Buddhists and yogis similarly to go beyond the variations of the mind (the dualistic thought process), to realize the Oneness of Being. Buddhists may call it void. Yogis may call it the untarnished self. Shakespeare said, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

The compassionate Buddha was noted for saying –
“When we don’t have what we want, we are unhappy; when we do get what we don’t want, we are unhappy. Freedom comes when we are free from our wants, our preferences.”

The yogic text Astavakra Samhita states: One who thinks he is free is free, one who thinks he is bound is bound, as we think so we become. When one identifies with that which is eternal, one eventually becomes eternal.

Final thoughts

International Yoga Day is a reminder that we must keep our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health before anything else and take some time out to nourish and nurture it with yoga (it is a holistic approach). Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy International Yoga Day.

PS: The image had nothing to do with the prototypes and the existing phenomenon of Yoga and its benefits. It is for all the lovely people who demean themselves due to many reasons and hold back. go, let go, and fuck the world with the right attitude to make your future better.

 

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