Happy Mother’s Day

Walking through the front door, happy that I got a promotion. The first thing I did is searched throughout the house to find her, kept calling her and was waiting for her reply, I came across her picture and reality came crashing in. She made me be used to her, provided me the luxury of home, now it’s just an empty house ; without her warmth. The mornings are lazy because she is not the one providing me with bed tea. I keep my room still a mess hoping that she walks through the door and comes yelling at me and yet be the one cleaning the chaos. She used to read me like an open book and kept all of my secrets like her own. She became my shield from my father’s wrath and saved extra cookies from my brother’s ward just because I liked them the most. Took me to long drives during my low moments and always thought me how to fly. People say I m just like her but trust me I am not even close to the foot nail of her. Now my nights are cold because she is not around to tuck me in. Now there is good news without happiness and bad news without her long drives. She took that away with her leaving me with my broken self. Now I realized all the things I could have done for her and in all the ways I could have made it easy for her, now it haunts me that I was not able to treat her the way she deserved. I took her for granted, I should have been more caring towards her. Now I cry and cry until my tears are dried, but she is not around to take me for long drives.
Never take your Mother for granted because she gives her all for our happiness.
This MOTHER’s Day and every other day treat her like the way she deserves to be served.
Love your Mother because without her your no one.
HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY.

 

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Blend your Fashion Trends

Today, I am writing something about fashion and trends because that’s what we did. Fashion is not what you wear, it’s all about how you carry it. We had a theme photoshoot organised and it was too good of an experience. The best thing about theme photoshoot is, you get to explore and extend your limitations. The theme was a blend of tradition wore with and new pattern. In short INDO – WESTERN. We believe in keeping it as original as it can be, you can explore in your. Let me tell you’ll it wasn’t easy but it was definitely worth it. We first settled with selecting the sarees and than pairing it with jeans and top. It’s very important when you choose your outfit colours, the colours should go with your skin tone. The jewelleries are liking icing on the cake, it justs enhance your look 1000 times better. We tried out various different drappings than the regular one’s. The whole idea of trying something new is always keeping it simple, elegant and if required sensual rather than vulgar. If the ugliest attire is worn with attitude and carried with class trust me it becomes the new fashion trend without even trying it. So stay classy and be fashionable.

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Jaago Voters Jaago!!

I am a common man surrounded by many creatures, creatures that promise me with stuffs I am most vulnerable at. This creatures are so smart to target us at our weak points and get benefits out of it. But this time we are prepared, we have worked on our insecurities and weak points and definitely have become more smarter and wiser to select the creature who is more suitable not only for us but for the nation. Now we are not blinded with the fake promises. Since the elections have already started, the efforts and slurping from the political parties are on higher ranges. The advertisements, the slogans, the rallies and everything is going on full force. But the point is, in all this fuss, what I really wonder is, are they really concerned about the people of our country. All the deals of promising people for the betterment and letting the other party members down is what we have been hearing for ages. We common people become the apple of their eye. We suddenly are the most important thing in their life and certainly their first priority. We get surrounded by signs of political parties, asked about our worries and if by natural circumstances we lose somebody we are offered minimum money as compensation. We are never gonna run out of debate about whom, why, who to vote. But is this the reason not to vote, is this the way our generation is going to help build our nation? Rather than sitting home and debating on the political issues, why not go out and vote as a responsible citizen. It’s lot easy to judge and blame but lot harder to put a step forward for the betterment. Enough with the silence and ignorance because vote is not just our right but it is also our power. If you don’t vote, someone else’s vote will count. Don’t choose because of the appearance or because you know the person, make yourself aware of the situations and choose someone wisely because your vote counts.

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The last of Kumbh a memorable experience!!

After Shahi Sanaan, we decided to know the stories of Naga Baba’s and visit some tourist places in Allahabad. We visited places like Allahabad Fort, Ulta killa, Akshayavat, Alopidevi mandir, Bade Hanuman Ji temple, Gangoli Shivala and many more.

While walking on the streets of Mela, we encountered a bunch of children who were offering tea and biscuits as free service for the people visiting the Kumbh. It’s rare we find children nowadays doing something out of the smart phone world. We visited and talked to many Baba’s like barfani baba, who had beautiful rudraksha hat on his head and was making tea 24 hours for all the people visiting.

There was rabadi ( sweet ) baba who used to make rabadi for the people visiting. But my personal favourite Baba was Rajenra Bharati, well because we got connected to him so well. It was his 4 Kumbh in Allahabad, and he was Naga from the year 1998. He was such a sweet and caring person. He made us stay at his tent for two days and literally made sure that we were comfortable and warm. Where we should serve him, he served us, it was such a heart touching moment for us.

We met Ganga, a russian female who was very fond of the rituals, visited every kumbh and was in saffron attire all the time.

There was also a small Naga Baba whose age was 13 years old, who was learning from his guru all the things of being a Baba. When we asked him questions he didn’t knew what to say. He was so innocent giving blessings to everyone.  We were done roaming and having good time in kumbh, it was time for us to leave the place, our heart was heavy and eyes were watery walking out of the gate. It was time for us to be back and our sweet bubble was burst. But like it is said, every good things come to an end.

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The spirit of Shahi Sanaan

We were very excited to witness the craziness and fondness of Naga Baba’s towards first Shahi Sanaan. So we slept early before the day of Shahi Sanaan so we could stay awake whole night. We woke up in the afternoon, did our daily routine and wore warm clothes pack with hoddies and sweaters because we didn’t wanted to die in the cold and was all set to go. We reached around 7 in the Kumbh Mela and directly went to the Triveni Sangam ( where three Rivers meet, Ganga, Yamuna and mythical river Saraswati ).

The devotees were already crowded and were taking a dip in the water. It was great to see the enthusiasm among the people. Later we went to see the preparation done for Peshwai. Basically Peshwai is a form of rally where every akhara has something unique to go with. So there were horses, camel, trucks decorated with Dhols and Banjos. It’s something you just don’t want to miss out.

After that when we were again walking towards Triveni Sangam, we took a hault to drink tea because as the time was passing by it was getting cold and cold and specially near the river side, it’s just terrible. While we were having tea, there was a puppy who was trying to get into the blankets of people who were sleeping on sand and unconscious were kicking him. He was very small and we just couldn’t leave him like that, so my friend picked him up and the poor soul was shivering like hell. Literally shivering. Even if I am worried and concerned about the puppy I am shit scared of animals, it’s kinda phobia. Now what to do we didn’t had anything to fit and cover him with, lastly we took out camera cloth and wrapped him. We walked around for awhile sat near bonfires so that he would get some heat. I built up the courage to hold him because after a point the hands were getting numb due to being out and we needed to shot too and I just can’t let my friend suffer, it was difficult but once I got settle with the puppy it was different and beautiful feeling. So we walked and walked didn’t knew where to drop him because we can’t even take him and shot the Shahi sanaan. After hours we found a safe place for him which was way away from Triveni Sangam, there were akhara people and police officers near a born fire who assure us that they will take care of him. It was very sad feeling to leave him, specially for me because I had never touched a dog hell never been with him in a close proximity and this soul just had me. Anyway, we said our goodbyes to the puppy and Left for Shahi Sanaan till than it was already 4 we rushed but the pipa pull got closed for Naga Baba’s because they don’t like interruption during their time for which they wait for years to witness and they just want to be in their own enjoyment so they don’t like interruptions. We were disappointed that we couldn’t actually be their to shot but happy that we helped a soul.

We waited for them to return and that was definitely something great to watch. All the Naga sadhus were so happy after the dip in Ganga. They just enjoyed their heart out with flowers decorated all over them, dancing like their no tomorrow, it was the most joyful moment for them as well as us to be able to watch it live.

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An experience to share!!

Standing on the bridge of Jhusi, I could literally see the whole ground of Kumbh illuminated and beautiful it literally took my breath away, I am not saying this for the sake of saying it but indeed the scenario was mesmerizing.

Later as we walked the path of Kumbh, we got into our work mode and started clicking pictures, taking visuals, talking to people and the first person we encountered was a Baba named, ‘Baapu Singh’. He was 75+, walking with his sitar and chipali ( pearcussion instrument ) along with a flag of his Maharaj. While talking to him we got to know he sings Kabir ke dohe as his way of expressing his beliefs and portraying his devotion and the cool thing was he has never missed a single Kumbh from the time he was born. He also sang for us which was really heart touching.

We encountered many people, got to know their stories and their perspective. We didn’t really went into the Akharas the first and second day, from third day we started visiting akharas to talk to Naga sadhus. We talked to one Baba from Juna Akhara, we wanted to approach him and convince him to talk to us because he was not letting anybody to take his pictures and was shouting at them. So we started off as we are just here to take blessings, made little conversation here and there warmed him up and then he even allowed us to click pictures and shot him. It was great to know his love as Naga for lord Shiva. Infact he was 16 when he became Naga Baba and now he is around 60’s.

Ahead of him, there was a Baba in rudraksha from top to bottom. He was pretty famous too because of his attire and white rats, rats because on his hat made of rudraksha, were 5 white rats who don’t leave the space of his hat. It amazing to see and talk with such personalities, it good to know that side of the story without any judgements.

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Tiredness turned into blissful vibe.

As I left my house on the journey of excitement, learning and self discovery, I was anxious, nervous and most importantly ready to experience something new. The journey began with empty compartments and free space in the express. It allowed me my space to admire the distance covered from Mumbai to Allahabad.

The changing in the environment and the decreasing temperature. It started to freeze in the train once we entered the border of Madhaya Pradesh and blankets weren’t enough to keep us warm. As a mumbaikar we are used to heat and fans ON in winter’s too. We reached on the second day of our train journey. Finding our destination was a rollercoaster ride for us with luggage’s all over us and cold all over the handkerchiefs. Finally when we managed to reach our temporarily home for the next 16 days, we just collapsed and when we woke up we were all set to explore the city and most importantly The Mela. The morning in Allahabad starts with stalls opening after 3 in the noon and street filled with Pani Puri stalls every 10 steps of walk. We discovered the third name for Pani Puri in India which is ‘Phulke’. So pani puri, gol gappe and phulke are one and the same.

As we reached the entrance of Kumbh Mela, standing there was a bliss feeling, the entrance gate was decorated beautiful with conch shells on either side and one big in the centre with orange color highlighted (featured image). The streets were filled with beautiful wall paintings, protection of police on every corner, infact there are booths of police officers on every signal for the convenience of the people.

The best part of the entrance was the huge pot ( kalash ) in the left corner of the entrance. It was standing big and huge welcoming the devotees to the largest religious gathering.

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