Meghalaya, abode of snow…

Meghalaya is an extremely beautiful place to visit. Capital Shillong is a hilly city, extremely congested, but very picturesque.

I will be uploading my trip to Meghalaya pics in a few installments.

In my last post I published a pic f Mawsynram. Today I am publishing a few pics of Umiam Lake and the road trip from Shillong to Mawlynnong & Dawki.

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Umiam Lake

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En route Mawlynong & Dawki

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A small hamlet (village) en route Dawki.

The pictures are breathtakingly beautiful. The place is mesmerizing and charming.

The cloud is extremely naughty and gets into the car if the window is kept open. What seems like fog or smog is actually cloud.

Meghalaya is a must visit for travel enthusiasts.

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Mawsynram

 

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Mawsynram in Meghalaya

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Two years of Blogging in WordPress.com

I started my tiny little steps of blogging more than 3 years ago in blogspot.in, but I was not a regular one there. Two years back I opened a wordpress.com blog and from that time I try to blog at-least 1-2 articles a month.

Today I completed 2 years in wordpress.com and wordpress has send me a congratulatory note. I hope to look forward with this association and continue blogging in future also.

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Thoughts of Bob Marley

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life

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The Fern and the Bamboo

The Fern and the Bamboo

One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…

I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

“God”, I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”

His answer surprised me. “Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”

“Yes”, I replied. “When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.

I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth.

Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.

But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.

And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.

But I would not quit. The same in year four.

Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.

Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.

It had spent the five years growing roots.

Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.

I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.

“Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots?

I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.

“Don’t compare yourself to others.” He said. “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern.

Yet they both make the forest beautiful. Your time will come”, God said to me.

“You will rise high.” “How high should I rise?” I asked.

“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.

“As high as it can?” I questioned. “Yes.”

He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”

I left the forest, realizing that God will never give up on me.

And He will never give up on you.

Never regret a day in your life.

Good days give you happiness; bad days give you experiences; both are essential to life.

Source: http://www.frtommylane.com/stories/God/heart/fern_bamboo.htm

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Nalanda

Ancient university of Nalanda.

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I visited this wonderful place in November 2016. A holy place for Buddhists, tourists, mostly from South East Asia flock to this place on a regular basis.

A must visit for history buffs.

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Why is West Bengal so Underdeveloped?

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Originally answered on quora by me.

If you travel to WB after visiting Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or Hyderabad, you will definitely believe that WB is extremely underdeveloped. But this scenario was not always there.

Based on what I have heard from my father and uncles, who visited today’s big metro cities in the 1960’s, WB, specially Kolkata was extremely developed. Even though, there was the refugee crisis, during the 1950’s & 1960’s, still the state managed to be in the top list.

The problem started with the rise of the political crisis in the late 1960’s. The Congress Govt of S S Ray and Left under the politburo, managed to wage a war against each other. Their extreme politics in all fields made things in bad conditions. Also, not to forget the over-excited Bengalis when it comes to ideology politics.

When India was in short of food and Indian cities like Mumbai and Delhi were trying industrialization, Bengalis of Kolkata were busy fighting for Venezuela and Vietnam. Some young people went ahead to clash with Kolkata police, the reason being why USA attacked Vietnam. How fool can one community be?

When the Left came to power, they stopped industrialization. They literally made 2 generations deprived of English knowledge. They made stringent anti-business law, people were being trained to become party volunteers rather than skilled man power. I have seen the young 25–26 year old in Kharagpur, my home town during 1996–97. Their only job was to eat at fathers money and sleep, and above all, adda at party office. They have spoiled their whole career. What can you expect them to impart to their kids?

People wanted quick money, but nobody had either skill or knowledge to do that. Today I have seen Bengalis abusing Marwari and Gujarati businessman for being money minded. Why not earn money? Is earning money bad or is doing business bad?

And then comes the cultural aggression during the Left rule and the legacy is aptly being carried forward. People worship Ma Durga, then abuse and criticism Hinduism. For Bengalis (specifically from Kolkata), anything bad is Hindu.

And lastly, the brain drain. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, huge number of educated and skilled Bengalis left WB and settled in Delhi NCR, Lucknow, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai and Bangalore.

The trend increased after the IT boom and people had mainly 2 destinations, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

So, to conclude, I would say, it was the Bengalis themselves who allowed (and still allowing) their state to be ruined. If anybody is responsible for the condition of WB and the Bengalis, it’s the Bengalis themselves.

P.S- I am a Bengali, and I am hurt to speak the truth. But the truth needed to be spoken.

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