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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hot tea at a cool place

There is something 'special '  in 'rains' that makes everyone smile .For different reasons though . 

During one my recent travel trips , we took a detour , stopped our  vehicle at a small -kind a cute , well lit and neat tea stall . Normally or abnormally I like being spontaneous - it helps in more than ways . Breaks free from the otherwise stressed and strained life and also helps you do things you want to , for sure. 

As we entered the tea stall , a middle aged server smiled at us , greeted us in the local dialect and made sit in the ' best area ' that was available . This spot was overlooking a beautiful white water fall coming from lush green mountain ranges with white snow capped peaks . 

People in this part of the world ,love 'putting in a lot of sugar ' , dil kholke . The tea was amazing and he served fresh home made momo's  steamed .   Possibly the best tea snack I ever had . 

It was pouring cats and dogs but thats how life is in the mountains . Sudden , spontaneous , beautiful and relaxing.  As we chatted up with the owner we realized that we was not an Indian but an Italian who had settled in here since a decade .He teaches yoga at his small home to the locals , grows fresh farm produce in his little garden and every year treks to unknown territories . What's more - he sings and plays guitar .

Meeting people like him make you feel ' live' again . Being modest ,being happy with whatever you have and most importantly being content in life -  are somethings you need to reiterate to yourself. 

May be we may not meet him again but the 1 hour we spent together chatting away with him will be a memory way more special .

So you must be wondering where is Karan - Far from the madding crowd, Triund in , Kangra valley. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Negative ; Relationships

Have you ever seen a small child holding onto her father tightly while he drives a two wheeler? While the father battles the streets and ensures he drives safe, he however has no one to hold onto but his steering handles.  The child however is unaware of what all the roads bring. 

For her it’s her father’s shirt that she’s holding so tightly without realizing that it’s not the best bet but still she believes so much in that person that she knows no matter what he will take good care of her and ensure she doesn’t fall.

This is a belief which is based on trust and love which is unbiased and ever so pure.  It only grows with time and becomes further stronger.  

Relationships like these are at a different level of build up. They are free from any expectations any preconceived notions and most importantly any hatred or animosity.

The little girl knows that she is safe with this person. She has so much belief and trust that no one can shake this. This also reciprocates in a way that the father knows that this girl holding her tight is her responsibility and he will do everything that it takes to deliver on this commitment.

I am just imagining how easy life would be if we all of us have these qualities no matter what role are we playing.  

Relationships would be so strong that it would be impossible for any element of negativity to ever creep in.  Sadly, the world we live in today or the social world we are all a part of takes less than 30 seconds to spoil a beautiful relationship. 

It can be a single tweet or FaceBook post or a Whatsapp DP and it’s all gone with the wind.That’s how vulnerable we are and also how less trusting we have become.  

There could multiple factors to this but the bottom-line remains we have become so prone to external factors that everyone of us carry a list of wish list of a person or thing and even if one pointer is missed out we go all out against them . Sad !

Wish people could understand that instead of making ours and others life so complex , we should try to make life easier for everyone around us and not just us .


PS : This blogpost featured as the 'most read post' on IndiBlogger for May-June. 

Little one and her journeys

Time surely moves on . At times during my travels I often wonder we as human beings take breaks or vacations to stop from our daily routines . In a way trying to give time a break . 

Yet , time itself never takes a break . Its always on , always moving irrespective of what one is thinking or doing . It silently keeps on ticking .  Suddenly , you are excited for your long planned vacation making 'plans' on what all to do and then next on a working morning you are actually discussing 'how' the vacation was. 

So many people all across the world , so many life's moving in parallel and in between time just skips heart beats all around us.

I met a small girl ,around 7 in of my 'flight' tours . She was a little cranky but when we started discussing Jungle book her face lit up ; bright and shiny.  You re-look at your childhood and imagine that you were a really nice and 'chup-chap'  kid and yet here she is - all talking , all talking cute filled with innocence and sheer positivity .   We became friends if I can say so and I always have a soft corner for cute and sweet little girls . Its a delight to see them speak , share and above all - get that trust going. 

The flight went superb and even after landing I was already missing her.  That happens when you connect with someone w/t any expectations .  Wow!

I asked her what does she like doing on weekends and the answers which she gave made me like , really am I talking to a kid .  So on Fridays'she learns salsa  , Saturdays she goes for swimming and piano classes and on Sunday ( this one is cool ) she likes to go to her nearby NGO to spend time their with the kids . 

Wonderful ,isn't she and if I am saying so , there has to be merit. 

Journeys , I tell you - they at times just make you see the mirror or switch-off from the life that you are living. 

Time just went by reading it till here , right ..... See, gotcha  !!