Travel Diaries: Sojourn en Paris

Paris welcomed me with a very homely feeling! The bustle of a city full of life. My day began with a scrumptious breakfast of Pancakes, croissant, pudding, cakes, coffee and so much more, but all I really wanted was to see the eiffel tower. 

Couldn’t wait anymore, and so we left for the once a wonder of the world. This tower was built as a temporary structure for the world exhibition in the year 1888, and it was only made for 5 months. Later it was decided to be restored and this wasn’t appreciated by the locals initially. They disliked the structure because they viewed it as inappropriate with the old charm of the city. An antenna was installed on it during world war II and till date its height is 130 meters. It is made up of iron and steel. 

After reaching, we got a ticket and got into the que for an elevator which takes you to the different levels. We went upto second floor which gives you a beautiful view of Paris city. All the monuments can be seen in miniatures. It was a moment of “Clickathon”! 

We then went to a café, I saw a beautiful display of Macaroons. I was really tempted to pick up some, but to my shock one macaroon was for 1.90€. I held back myself, because I am not very fond of Macaroons, I have tasted it back home but I will definitely pick up some if I get it at a better price, maybe I just wasn’t tempted enough. 

PARIS city tour awaited us next. It was also time to know all about the Perfumes at the Fragonard perfumery. Here there was the distillery of olden days and bottles of different shapes and sizes. A whole museum was dedicated to perfume making and it smelled like flowerbeds! The variety of perfumes were made out of essential oils and each had its distinct concoctions. We were given a whiff of thier top 6 scents and I honestly got so confused that I ended up picking nothing but it was indeed a learning experience as I learnt about the kind of fragrances I identify myself with.

Our city tour guide joined us in, and we then scanned the streets of Paris. The grand brands at Champs de Elyss, to name a few Loius Vittoun, Channel, Cartier, Bvlgari, it had it all. We then passed under Arc de Triumph, which is at a height of 50 metres. 

The city seemed to be in its all glamorous avatar as the sun set and we got ready for our Cruise on river sienne. 

It was all glittering as we passed by the monuments on both sides of the bank. Eiffel tower is one structure which can be spotted from everywhere in the heart of the city. As the division is according to the river, eiffel is on Left bank. It was illuminated and on our way back we say the champagne lights. It is a treat to see the Eiffel at night because it is so much more in a city that is all about Love! Paris, I promise to the Eiffel that I will visit you again when Love finds me. Till then I will take inspiration from the energy that’s bustling around me, for I love the idea of Love!

The day ended on a high note as I saw the carousal,Rue de Paris that is a ferries wheel and the opera house. 

Travel Diaries: A Swiss Affair 

Ever since I have known about Snow I have always wanted to visit Switzerland! And as I say Swiss, Snow, Chocolates, Cheese and Swiss Knife pop on top of my wishlist. I knew I couldn’t take Snow back home but the rest and offcourse the Bell has kept me fascinated for years after watching DDLJ! 

As we crossed over the border of Italy and entered I would be lying if I don’t tell you that the writter just awakened from within. We touched swiss after a long Tunnel and what a contrast of weather, from winter chills we went to snowfall Hills. I have seen snow in my native country but catching glimpses of the first snowfall of winter in Switzerland was a moment which just fulfilled my trip. The snow flakes slowly and steadily settled on the coniferous trees along the montain slopes, the houses along the road’s rooftops got a coating, also the cars and pathways weren’t spared from turning into white beauties. It was a matter of worry before, as to how was I going to survive the winter but now it turned into a treat. My camera just couldn’t get enough of the snow scenes so did my eyes, and the eyes won over as I kept down the camera to fill my personal memory storage,aka brain! As we halted for lunchtime, the restaurant to my surprise had tables lined by the window panes overlooking the mountains. It was hot indian food and the icy cold view. The food was excellent, my favourite rajasthani sweet pickle which is hard to find even back home and an apple sheera for dessert, couldn’t ask for more. 

We then left for Mt.Titlis. Here after buying a ticket and you also get a sticker pass to be put on. Then you first have to get into the “Gondola”, which is a six seater cable car that takes you to the point where there is a station for “Rotair”, that is a big cable car with a capacity of 60 people and revolves on its axis as it carries to Mt.Titlis. Surrounded by snow it was completely white except for the colourful specks which were people climbing down the mountain. 

The Mt Titlis has 5 storey building, with open snow area on 5th floor, the place I was most looking forward to.

 It also has a restaurant and bar on 2nd floor but we chose to go to the Move n Pick Ice cream parlour on level 3. I had the swiss chocolate ice cream since I wanted to try things local, it was the most creamy chocolate I ever had. It cost us a little less than four euros but it was definitely all part of the frozen memories that I was going to carry back home. 

We also visited Lucerne, which was again a very scenic place by the Coblebruck. It had a row of cafés by the lake which had beautiful Christmas decor already. It was a day well spent. 

Seeking “Lord Dhanvantari”

National Ayurveda Day! What a splendid occasion, especially for me who is a fresher Graduate of Ayurvedic Medicine, it gives me immense pride to be a part of this announcement. A moment which celebrates Ayurveda is an achievement not in terms of Creditability but Recognition and a tool to spread Awareness.

I am super excited to do my first Dhanvantari Pujan! It’s a memorabilia from Kerala, the framed picture of Lord Dhanvantari, purchased at the exhibition of International Ayurveda Conference that I attended earlier this year. Dhanteras from this year on wouldnt only mean Diwali but so much more.

 

#TREK#KALSUBAI the tale with a twist!

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The trek was a bit steep and quite slippery at times but the real adrenaline rush was getting a grip through it all. It was a long one but that feeling when we finally made it to the top after crossing over scary ladders and streams was mind blowing, to the extent that the winds were blowing so fast that we thought we could fly! I felt so full of life at that moment, it was as if I was stepping in heaven and was floating on the clouds,Yes! It was so insane! It was peaceful and just so beautiful that I’m falling short of words. We were literally on top of the mountain if not the world, at 5400 Ft above sea level!

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As we began to head down, we saw a stall selling hot bhajjiyas and chai. We celebrated our victory over the most amazing plate of bhajjiyas which we polished off in minutes. I could have eaten some more but the way down was a challenging one, so I resisted the craving and we continued down. As I was marking my way down and putting each foot in a planned manner so as to not slip, there were many instances when I thought would stumble maybe but I kept going. I think this holds true even in life, we can take precautions, plan and then act but sometimes the fall is the place where the rise begins.

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After hours of the steep way down, as we reached base site I was at my hungriest best! I have never had such a huge appetite, maybe it was the simplicity and freshness of the hot food served or the hard work that we put in, but I haven’t eaten so much even at the grandest of buffets! The typical Maharashtrian fare with Matki ussal, a subji, hot chapatti, varan bhaat the comfort food of all maharashtrains and the yummy Shrikhand, which took away all my fatigue. I was at my messiest best self, in my most rugged avatar and now it was time to get ready for heading back home! With zero network, and nil social media, it was a delight to see people interact face to face. I made some new friends and the journey was one to remember!

No that isn’t the end of it all! There is more awaiting you as we head back. Had we gone home comfortably by the private bus, we wouldn’t have remembered this day much. It was a rainy day and the bus got stuck in the mud. All tactics like raising the engine, giving it a push and also getting a tractor to pull out the bus was employed but to no avail. It was getting chilly as the sun dropped down. I was getting worried for I had to head to work the next morning. But there was clearly no sign of a way home. Fortunately my friend’s service provider came to our aid, for she found coverage to make a round of calls home. Everyone was anxious, worried and upset about the mishap. To top it all it was raining heavily and continuously back home. At one point I really thought we would have to stay back in the village. And then a ray of hope shone! A taxi was arranged to head to Kasara station from where we were to catch the local train. Now we had a challenge ahead of us, for we had to get into the last local to Kasara or we would be stuck up and it was already late evening. My friend who had got injured was given priority and we quickly got into the packed vehicle for station. I really don’t know how we reached there, because the roads were very scary, it was dark, raining and all foggy. There was literally zero visibility to my vision. I was petrified but I had to show a strong front to my friend who was already in pain as she had an injury. I’m sure our driver had some super powers that he took us safely. We thanked our stars for we reached in time for the train. Although we had never travelled on that route all we knew that we had to head back home anyhow. This was the time when I befriended the crushes friend. Soon we realized that we were heading home to the same suburb! There was major bonding that helped to ease the nerves. Now for a matter of fact we knew we were safe and then we finally managed to reach home!

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Yes, I went straight to work the next day! I do take my job very seriously but breaks like this fuel the person I am! Cant wait for another shot of madness!

P.s. Thank You AJ for making this happen! This couldnt have been a better break and especially to embark our Friendship of 13 years,& still counting…

#TREK#KALSUBAI

It’s been long, since I was dreaming about this day, it was harder to believe when I was finally living it away. It had been planned long in advance and I was typically excited a lot, for it was a day with my chosen one with whom I grew up all along. My school bestie was accompanying me! The girl I share all my wild madness with, my moments of pain and equal joy! With whom I have experienced my first streak of solid adventure as a Kid when we did River Rafting and now we were all grown up, so have our endeavors!  Taking out time from our busy schedules when we meet, our greets and farewell are no less then long lost lovers. Time and the distance have only strengthened our bond because in days of Skype and whatsapp we never seemed to have lost our track.

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The day arrived and we finally got set with our rucksack for the super adventure! We were equipped with every small necessity and a bumper pack of energy. As we assembled at the meeting point we saw so many new faces that were a part of our trekking group. I could feel the vibes as they were an equally excited lot. And guess what?!  I had already found myself a crush after a bit of scanning and I could obviously not hide the hint of blush.  After school days I had probably not got that silly feeling but I guess now I had gone back to being the same girl I was in secondary. It felt just like school when she used to tell me what to do and what not to. It was certainly a walk down the memory lane. We got into the bus and headed for the overnight journey to the base camp. It was continuous giggles and chatter, for we had to catch up on life and off course the Gossip! We fell asleep when the energy zonked over and a sigh of relief was probably given by trespassers. It was drizzling as we reached the base site. We got ready for the intensive trek to the highest peak of Maharashtra.

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There is something so addictive about the rains, that I never really get enough of this season. Especially when in nature the effect is all the more drawing. I was mesmerized by the view of the mountains engulfed by clouds. It was foggy, chilly and lush green. I had to start clicking! So I did, and caught up on the before dawn glory. It was so peaceful and unlike the daily grind of life that I couldn’t help but feel the gush of the Mother Nature. That’s when I exactly remembered that,”We travel because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same but something inside our minds has changed and that makes all the difference”.

there’s more coming… next part on its way! Wait for it… Until then let me know if you have a similar story, please comment and share it if you like it.Truly grateful and keep that soul alive!

‘As I dwell in my shell ‘

I am extremely sorry for not being as regular! I guess I had my own short comings and I m sure you will be willing to forgive me for the same! I am just as caught up as everyone is, but now I have made a promise to myself to make it a point to blog once a month and catch up as often as possible.

Last month was all about “the Yoga International day” and so much about it that I am sure you all must be still hungover! But you know what, the real essence of Yog lies in the people who hardly need an introduction because its engraved so deep within that one look at them and you can’t help but get inspired.

In a world where we are suffering because of our wrong lifestyle choices, ailments are a definite outcome but “Yoga has the answers for its prevention and cure”. So when I got an opportunity to attend a seminar where Doctors and Yoga experts from around the country had gathered to put forward thier line of yogic treatment I just couldn’t miss it. These are the people who practice yog to cure ailments, the amount of research and experience they have is only believable after you encounter them. 

As these experts spoke for themselves and thier school of thoughts, they also supported one anothers views for there was one thread that connected them all, and that was “Yog”. It helped in looking at yoga from not only a perspective of health and fitness but “a shift in the way of living”. Its not just the body but a practise of “Complete awareness” of the mind and soul as I put it in their own words. 

The location of the venue was so serene that a field of positivity was around. The food that was given was also “sattvik” and therefore a feeling of calm had set in. 

As we came towards the end of the event, we knew we were going to return with a happy but a heavy heart as the place was soo inviting. It’s hard to not fall an impact after meeting so many yogis in person and to sum it all up they all said “Make Yoga a way of Life!”.

For more glimpses :

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‘Breathe -n- keep peace ‘

There are days when you feel so stuck up that all you need is a moment of liberation! Yah, I am talking of those days which seem unending, and you literally drag yourself through them. We all go through these tough times but what really keeps us going is the piece of cake on the other side of the bridge. Yes I am looking forward to this and that! Have you ever noticed how fast time goes when you actually have something going on at the back of your head and you literally can’t wait until you get there. That could mean just about anything from meeting an old friend to attending that concert you always dreamed of, no matter how the meeting with that friend goes or how fabulous or not the concert was, the feeling of fulfilment is far big and starts to fill up on all the empty spaces of waiting for that moment.

Happiness is a very subjective word and varies from an individual to another. The day you begin to embrace it in the smallest of things, it lifts you and keeps you floating. The dreamy state remains for as long as you want, and it is knocked out very often by the daily grind but don’t you think it did be really wonderful if we could get in touch with ourselves at the end of each day. Our much needed “peace of mind” is the best remedy to all our problems. If we are at peace with ourselves we are better guarded to deal with the world.

Chanting is a practise that I have taken up after much research and discussion. I believe that every new practice that you start has a timing and a reason to take up, when you find yours you will voluntarily start. No amount of hammering really works, “inspiration and faith” are the biggest rolemodels in shaping our life. “Wisdom cannot be taught, it is ensued”.

TIP: Pick up those beads and make the most of them today. Chanting is not religious, it is a means of liberation.

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