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I reached Amritsar yesterday morning by bus from Patiala and this was the first time I ever traveled in bus, to top it up all by myself. It was a different and an amazing experience. Met my grandmother, my aunt and everyone. The main purpose of mine coming here was visiting the Golden Temple known as Dardar Sahib and Harmandir Sahib. It was built by the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjun, in the 16th Century. The Harmandir Sahib literally means The Temple of God. The fourth guru of Sikhism, Guru Ram Das, excavated a tank in 1577 CE which subsequently became known as Amritsar meaning “Pool of the Nectar of Immortality”, giving its name to the city that grew around it.  

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My another reason of coming to this beautiful city of God was to do seva which refers to “selfless service” work or service performed without any thought of reward or personal benefit. And I did, cleaning the water drinking glasses and wiping the floor. It was an overwhelming feeling. After which I went and ate the langar which is served 24 hours a day. 
Today I went again and took a bath in holy water in the Sarovar which is the large lake surrounding the Gurdwara. Another amazing experience and a wonderful feeling. 
This trip has been a nice trip after all and I realized that I do enjoy my company. Tomorrow morning will leave for Patiala again and will stay there for couple of more days before my journey comes to an end.

Namaste!  

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I am at my grand mom’s place and being pampered at Patiala, Punjab, north of India. To be honest I was skeptic about this trip till the last minute thinking about the summers here, but thankfully was welcomed to an awesome weather. It gets a bit cold in the evenings and mornings and afternoon its sunny but the climate is pleasant. I reached Chandigarh on Sunday morning, Patiala is an hour and a half drive from there, since the domestic airport is in Chandigarh. My aunt, uncle and my cousin sister came to receive me from the airport and my outing started after that. I wanted to see the famous Rock Garden in Chandigarh. It is the sculpture garden and is also known as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden after its founder Nek Chand. It is completely built of industrial & home waste and thrown-away items and consists of man-made interlinked waterfalls and many other sculptures that have been made of scrap & other kinds of wastes (bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots,sinks, electrical waste, etc.) which are placed in walled paths. Clicked a few pictures there.

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This is made from the pieces of broken bangles.

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Man Made waterfall at the Rock Garden.

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This garden is so huge and the landscaping is just out of the world. Once inside the garden, it will make you wonder that how did he think of such a thing. One really needs to visit this place to believe it, simply amazing. I was just stunned. Glad I visited this place. It should be on everyone’s must visit places once in Chandigarh.

Tomorrow I leave for Amritsar, to meet my dad’s mom and will be visiting the Golden Temple. Will be back with my next post soon. :)

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Life has been pretty good lately and to add onto it I will be traveling for 8 days. No, not on a business trip for now, but just taking a small holiday. Will be going to the north of India, Punjab and Amritsar visiting both my grandmothers, mom’s mother in Punjab and dad’s mother in Amritsar. Actually tomorrow is my granddad’s first death anniversary and so I wanted to go and see my grandma in Amritsar. I will be leaving on the 30 March, backpacking alone for the first time ever. Have few things and places to visit planned in my mind. I will be taking my laptop along with me, so going to be in touch with you all throughout my journey. 

Finally today, after all my friends asking my why I am not there on Instagram got myself an account on Instagram. I must say it’s very addictive. Today the entire day has gone on it, not getting a chance to work at all. I guess at times that’s fine. 
Well, will be back with my next post soon. 

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Yesterday, 17th March we celebrated the festival of colors and love called Holi. The celebrations starts with a Holika Bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colors, where everyone plays, chases and colors each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. The frolic and fight with colors occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People move and visit family, friends and foes, first play with colors on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up, visit friends and family. 
It’s a fun festival and I was more excited because was playing after 4-5 years.ImageAnd this is how I looked by the end of it. I really had an awesome time after a long time. Woke up early and was out to play with friends. By the time I reached home it was late afternoon and was so tired. 
Wishing everyone Happy Holi! :)

Need Help!

Hi friends, since you all know that currently I am working on an independent project and I needed little help from all of you regarding the same. I am starting up my online travel portal which will display packages of all around the world, having the itinerary, pricing along with the option of customizing the holiday as per requirement. So it’s going to be more of a customizing holiday agency which later on plans to add a lot of different options relating with travel. Since it is at the beginning stage I wanted some help with the suggestions regarding with the name of the agency. I want the name to be little unique. I have couple to names in mind like: 
wanderants
ketchupster
travelerboutique, and so on.
It would be great if you all could suggest some name for the agency as well. It would mean a lot to me. Hoping to see some great names. 

Thank You! :)

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Is it true that marriages are made in heaven? I just got back from attending one of my school friend’s engagement, total traditional one according to their customs. Can’t deny didn’t have fun because these are the only kind of occasions when the entire school gets a chance to meet. It doesn’t matter to us even if we meet like just once a year, we all still never forget to have fun. Some of us keep in touch and meet often, but some meet only occasionally. The engagement just made me think about the question, are marriages really made in heaven especially in this world. We don’t have time for ourselves and now there’s a new trend going on, couples prefer being independent and always ask for space from each other. How does one keeps the relationship going when one feels that he/she wants doesn’t want to talk to the other and doesn’t want to meet the other. How does one keep the spark going when there is no communication?
We tend to downplay the importance of everyday sharing and companionship while giving undue importance to the need for space and independence. Space is good, but you should even try to see that one doesn’t go so much into that space that the gap between the two becomes huge and it gets difficult to get back with each other again. The space shouldn’t be so much that when they meet, they don’t know what to talk about because you have not been talking at all. Why don’t some people understand that? Same way, being independent is good, but you need to understand that at some point of time you are at least emotionally dependent on the other. Then why pretend that you are independent and though. It just gets difficult for the other partner to communicate with you.
Nowadays relationships have become emotionally taxing, that’s what I have heard, but how is it taxing? No one forces someone to get into a relationship in the first place, you know each other and only after that you decide to get into a relationship. Then why blame it on the other all the time ?
So my question remains the same, are marriages still made in heaven, because if they did then you wouldn’t want the need to take sometime off, there wouldn’t be any space for that some space, you wouldn’t feel the need to be emotionally independent. There would have been more room for the need of sharing, companionship, caring, loving, supporting each other, being dependent on each other on the emotional end, you would feel the need to spend as much time as possible together.

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23rd February will mostly be my last Zadankai (stands for monthly meetings for members practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism) in my current district and will be transferred after the March 16 campaign. Since I was introduced to this practice by my BFF, so I was in the same district as her’s, but now it’s time for me to move on. In my 14 months of practice I never cribbed or begrudged anything, relating to the practice, taking part in activities and so on except for being transferred. All the senior leaders kept telling my BFF to prepare me mentally that I am going to be transferred and whenever she would tell me that I would give her a grief. I had become so comfortable with all the members, they have become like my extended practicing family in faith. Sharing any problems with them was so easy. I am surely going to miss all of them.
Just couple of days back I met one of the senior leader and she explained me why the transfer is good for me. She explained that my mission in this district is over and it’s time for me to take on another mission in my own district (= means an entire area or a street or locality where one resides). She explained that there’s where my real mission resides and that they have nurtured me a lot into becoming a true member. In my own district there are chances of me to grow more and maybe become a leader one day. And that this is how I will propagate the law. This law is meant for everyone and not just for selected people. She also explained that since we are practicing, we are the Bodhisattvas of the Earth, so with that spirit and with an open heart I should welcome everyone in my new district. This one line made me think a lot. It made me think that I cannot be selfish, and need to move on to my real mission in life, that is kosen-rufu in my own district. Letting go off something has always been a problem for me, but I guess after this it won’t be an issue at all. By end of the activity, I told her I am ready to be transferred so which will be after the March 16 campaign. 

The concept of the study in which I am a part of is 3 Obstacles and 4 Devils, in short it means good and evil. During the planning meeting we were deciding on the concept and a conversation started about negativity and positivity, good and evil. We all came to a conclusion that this will be the best concept and since I am fighting the negativity out from my life, I immediately gave my name to be a part of the study group once again. Coincidentally this will be my last study in my present district, the best study till now. 
The 3 Obstacles and 4 Devils are various obstacles and hindrances to the practice of Buddhism. They are listed in the Nirvana Sutra and The Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom. The three obstacles are: (1) the obstacle of earthly desires, or obstacles arising from the three poisons of greed, anger, and foolishness; (2) the obstacle of karma, obstacles due to bad karma created by committing any of the five cardinal sins or ten evil acts; and (3) the obstacle of retribution, obstacles caused by the negative karmic effects of actions in the three evil paths. The obstacle of earthly desires is the impediments to one’s practice that arise from greed, anger, foolishness, and the like; the obstacle of karma is the hindrances presented by one’s wife or children; and the obstacle of retribution is the hindrances caused by one’s sovereign or parents. 
The four devils are: (1) the hindrance of the five components, obstructions caused by one’s physical and mental functions; (2) the hindrance of earthly desires, obstructions arising from the three poisons; (3) the hindrance of death, meaning one’s own untimely death obstructing one’s practice of Buddhism, or the premature death of another practitioner causing one to doubt; and (4) the hindrance of the devil king, who is said to assume various forms or take possession of others in order to cause one to discard one’s Buddhist practice.
In short, anything that comes in the way of one’s practice in any form is regarded as obstacles. We call them the devil attacks, because where there’s good, evil is also present. All the members chant and practice for happiness, not just for themselves but for everyone around the world. We all have the wisdom to understand such devil attacks, some win over them and some give into the evil, like I did a month back. These attacks could come from anywhere, it could be a tiff in a relationship, or work place, or too much compassion from parents and so on. Few give into situation and stop practicing at all. And this happens when you are getting enlighten, then to start all over again becomes a struggle. My chanting has not been up to the mark lately. I have the wisdom and I know I am facing such attacks since over a month now, but I gave into the evil and let it win over me to such an extent that my relationship with whom I love has got affected in a very bad way. I have been struggling really hard to let this negativity go and it doesn’t seem to be happening so easily. 
The solution to all this is chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo and pouring a lot of daimoku’s. Chanting not only enlightens you but it also takes you to a high life condition and once you are in high life condition you never let these attacks affect you at all. You get the courage to face such challenging situations with more ease and react in a different way. I am going to do the same, chant and chant a lot. 
From the entire study I understood that good and evil are two sides of the same coin, they exist in all of us. It’s upto us which side we pick. Picking evil is always going to be an easy choice and picking good will be a tough journey but an amazing and a worthwhile journey. I am picking good from today, not hoping for any miracle but a good learning experience. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Namaste!

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