Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thoughts Uncovered- IV


Life never stops,

Continues to flow in its own rhythm.

The Days of Joy Slips In

Gloomy Days Grips Us

The difference lies

In our perception.


© Ila Varma 31/10/2015









This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the#Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Happy Halloween

                       (Mobile Clicks on the occasion of Halloween at Belmont, California - Mezee Street)
        



             "Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative.--Judy Gold”


Halloween is celebrated on 31st October every year. Halloween is the modern name of an ancient Celtic holiday, “Samhain”. Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It is believed to be a Christianized feast influenced by Celtic harvest festivals.
Halloween is the oldest holidays celebrated in a number of countries around the globe, it is famous in Christians. It is considered to be “The Day of the Dead, which honors deceased loved ones and ancestors.”  It is designed to honor the departed soul which is believed that they come down on this earth on the day of Halloween. It is a time of celebration and superstition and is considered to be the day when the deceased souls descend down on the earth and people decorate the altars to the dead in their homes decorating them with candy’s, flowers, photographs, samples of the deceased’s favorite foods & drinks and fresh water. Candles & incense are burned with a belief that the souls are able to find their way to home. It is said that on this day, the spirits of the dead come back to earth in search of living bodies to possess for the next year and try to return to the homes where they were living. So to appease these spirits, people offer those fruits and nuts. If the spirits are not pleased, it is feared that the spirits would kill the people or destroy their property.



There are many beliefs to it but all revolves around that the souls visits earth, ghosts, witches etc. and to ward them off people burn bonfires. Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as vampires, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. People especially children dress up in costumes of ghosts and witches and play pranks on each other. Black and Orange are the famous color for this day. The Jack-o-lantern is the festival light for Halloween. Pumpkin is a good substitute of the turnip, to be used as Jack-o-lantern.



Trick-or-treating is a traditional celebration for children on Halloween. Children in their costume go from house to house, asking for treats, with a question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" refers to a threat to trouble the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. People generally give candy to the children who come to their house.





            

Nowadays many schools and churches arrange Halloween parties for the kids. People usually have parties, wear Halloween costumes, do bonfires, tell and read scary stories about witches, skeletons, bats and ghosts and also watch horror movies.



                       (Mobile Clicks on the occasion of Halloween at Belmont, California - Mezee Street)

A traditional food eaten on Halloween is barnbrack, a kind of fruitcake that can be bought in stores or baked at home. A muslin-wrapped treat is baked inside the cake that, it is said, can foretell the eater’s future. If a ring is found, it means that the person will soon be wed; a piece of straw means that a prosperous year is on its way. Children are also known to play tricks on their neighbors, such as “knock-a-dolly,” a prank in which children knock on the doors of their neighbors, but run away before the door is opened.



Haunted attractions are entertainment venues designed to thrill and scare patrons. Most attractions are seasonal Halloween businesses.

The kids enjoy the most indulging in playing pranks, partying, singing and dancing around the bonfires and dressing in weird costumes creating scary scenes and now many business make grand some in helping the people in the celebration and partying of Halloween and even a sizable amount is spent on the scary costumes especially designed for this day. The world has shrunk due to connectivity so it is far spread in most of the Christian population.

“It's said that All Hallows' Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin - and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.” --Erin Morgenstern

WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY HALLOWEEN DAY. 

ENJOY THE DAY FULL OF PRANKS


(Inputs from online web)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Karwa Chauth

                                                           Image Source: Google

The festival of Karwa Chauth is celebrated nine days before Deepawali, the festival of lights. According to the Hindu calendar, it falls on the fourth day of the Karthik month (one of the months of Hindu calendar). This festival is mostly observed by married Hindu woman of the North India but due to globalization & it’s promotions on daily soaps on idiot box, it has gained populace and it is been observed by womenfolk of other places too. It’s no more confined to the homes of North Indian folks.

This fast is observed for the welfare, longevity & well-being of their husbands. It has cultural and social importance attached to it and it is observed with gaiety and show. The best part is the dressing up in colorful red, maroon or other bridal colors, heavy jewellery, adorning their hands & feet with beautiful intricate designs of mehendi, colorful bangles along with the tedious fast. The women have the weakness for heavy clothing and make up so it is one of the best occasion to pamper themselves and allure their husbands with their beauty and the male counterparts readily part with a good sum allowing their wives to indulge in shopping spree of their choice. The womenfolk are the best ones to indulge into it and they enjoy in the process. Nowadays, the role of beauty salons and spa is also there in this festival season & they come up with great offers and discounts and the ladies leaves no chance in over indulgence.

Even in markets, heavy sarees, cosmetics and jewellery in great designs in vogue are in display to allure the customers. The restaurants are gaining popularity in this festival as people throng with their families for the occasion, so they too gear up with special offers with specialties of dishes in high demand at exorbitant rates, so there is a commercialization of the festival too.
This festival is an expression of love. There is a tradition of gift in this festival by the husbands, mother-in-laws and the elders of the family. It is a golden chance to receive expensive gifts and items of indulgence, so married woman welcomes this festival with great fervor and enthusiasm and look forward for the gifts. The markets come up with special gifts catering the demands of each set of customers.



Sargi is one of the important ritual of this fast in which the ladies prepare food before sunrise and eat before sunrise. During the day, the ladies are in fast and in the evening when the moon rises, it is worshipped and the enticing part is that the observers break their fast with water their husbands offer after moon worship, this emotional touch adds wonderful hues to it.



In daytime, after getting decked up in colorful and bridal wears (newly wedded), the woman gather up in temples, garden or at someone’s place with puja thali decorated with pious items. An elderly lady narrates the story of the Karwa Chauth legend and the thali is rotated in the group. It is more of fun and frolic associated with Karwa Chauth.

In evening, the woman gather on their roofs, balconies or ground and wait for the moon to rise in the sky and they see the reflection of it in the water of the thali or through sieve or through their dupattas and they offer water to the moon and seek blessings praying for the well-being of their life partners and the husbands offer water to their wives to break their fast.

In evenings, special vegetarian dishes, sweets etc are made to relish with family and friends with great pomp and show. Singing and dancing on the occasion are also one of the best thing of this festival.

There are many legends or tales associated with  its origin & significance of Karwa Chauth.

  1.      The Story of Satyavan & Savitri.
When Lord Yama came to fetch Satyavan’s soul, savitri pleaded him to grant life. When he refused, she stopped eating & drinking and followed Yama who carried her dead husband. Yama asked her to ask some other boon except for the life of her husband. Savitri asked to be blessed with and Yama agreed. Being a devoted wife, she wouldn’t allow anyone except for her husband to touch her and Yama had to bow down and restore the life of Satyavan.

   2.      The Legend of Karwa
A woman named Karva was deeply devoted to her husband. Her intense love and dedication towards him gave her shakti (spiritual power). While bathing at a river, her husband was caught by a crocodile. Karva bound the crocodile with a cotton yarn and asked Yama (the god of death) to send the crocodile to hell. Yama refused. Karva threatened to curse Yama and destroy him. Yama, afraid of being cursed by Pati-vrat (devoted) wife, sent the crocodile to hell and blessed Karva's husband with long life. Karva and her husband enjoyed many years of wedded bliss. To this day, Karva Chauth is celebrated with great faith and belief.

It is a joyous occasion and the over indulgence adds beauty to it and the silver screens has added more significance to this great festival.
Wish all the ladies, “A very happy, colorful and enjoyable Karwa Chauth, pamper yourself in the best possible and enjoy the day to its fullest amidst family and friends and a special day for the couples to strengthen their bond in a circle of emotions with the strands of love”


( Information's shared by my experiences and the facts have been validated by the online data on the web. The image source are the Google.)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thoughts Uncovered - III

Her Silence
Killed Him

More Than Her Words.

© Ila Varma 29/10/2015 

 

 

Image Source: Google  

When My Heart Kissed Your Soul!




She is the Angel
A special girl
Gifted by the Almighty
Heart winning smiles
Expressive eyes
Which conveys all
Without a touch of a word
A Lovely soul
Attracting all the passersby.

Emerged out of the womb
Idle & quiet
Without a feel or reaction
Of change
From darkness
To light
Lacking the power
Of recognition & feel.

The parents
The extended family
Concerns rose high
Finding her different
From the others
It raised suspicion
Spilling out
Numerous queries & reactions.

In distress & dismay
They searched for the savior
A Messiah to
Help her out
To be normal like all.

Reached all
Doctors
Saints
Bowing their heads
To each Durbar
Temples
Churches
Mosques
With a belief
She is cured.

It isn't a disease
That medicines can cure
It's an impairment
Congenital issue
The thing she has to carry
All her life.

All were dumb
To hear the declaration
The conclusion, the doctors drew
Asking Almighty
Why we were blessed
With a curse to a life.

Time passed
Years rolled by
All got attuned
To her lifestyle.

She is lucky
To have caring siblings
Never is she ignored
Even for a single second.

Her heart winning smiles
Her friendly winks
Befriends all.

She is cursed
To live a life 
of shortcomings
Parents
Siblings
Family & Well Wishers
Showers all the affections
She is the lucky charm of all.

 Indeed
A special child of God
We all are Blessed
To have Her around
Has Strewn All 
In One Single Thread.

© Ila Varma 29/10/2015  

This post is in honor of my special sister, who is a special child of God.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Night Of Amrit Varsha: Sharad Purnima


Sharad Purnima has its special importance in Hindu traditions. It is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of Ashwin (month in the Hindu calendar), marking the end of Indian monsoon and the advent of the winter season. It is one of the best weather of the year for the Indians, hot days and cool nights. There are many rituals and traditions attached with this Purnima, A full moon night. It is regarded as one of the auspicious days of Ashwin. On this day, the earth and moon are very close to each other and it’s believed that the rays of the moon have certain healing properties of nourishing the body & the soul. The moon sprinkles its elixir (Amrit) over the earth healing it in and out.
There are different names for this special full moon night, Sharad Purnima, Kojaagari Purnima, Kaumudi celebration. There are certain beliefs and customs associated with this beautiful night of full moon and it’s celebrated in different ways in different parts of India.

There is a folk tale, Once  the king was in great  financial crunch. The queen kept the fast on this day and did not sleep the whole night and worshipped Goddess Lakshmi, God of wealth and thereafter, they were blessed by the Goddess and they regained their prosperity. In many parts of India, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day.This night is spent in festivity playing different games,singing songs sitting under the moonlight or keep themselves busy in groups enjoying the night believing that Goddess Lakshmi visits at night and will bless the people.

Even there is a practice to make “Kheer” on this day garnished with dry fruits and is kept under the moonlight and then consumed thereafter. Even Ayurveda confirms this with a belief that the “Kheer“ bathed under the moon rays has healing properties, hence many people consume Kheer after this Sharad Purnima night, the rays are termed as “Amrit Barkha”(rain of nectar)
In Maharashtra, it is celebrated as a harvest festival and milk and rice flakes are drunk on this day.
The people of Gujarat celebrate this day by indulging in Garba & Dandiya Raas. It is believed that the Lord Krishna danced with his Gopi on the night of Sharad Purnima.

In Bengal, it is “Lakkhi Puja” and several bhogs are prepared to appease Mother Goddess Lakshmi after Durga Puja. The Bengalis Durga Puja concludes with this page.

In Orissa, it is observed as Kumar Purnima, a belief follows that Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva was born on this day.

In the Mithila region, the puja is known by the name of Kojagaraha. All the household goods are cleaned and put out in the courtyard, prior to which, the courtyard is cleaned and decorated with Alpana. The idols are used for worship and an offering of paan, makhana, batasha and kheer is made. They are kept out there overnight so that they are bathed in the pious "Sharad Purnima" moonlight also known as "Amrit Barkha" (rain of nectar).

In Vrindavan, the popular deity Lord Bihariji is decked with decorative on this day, it’s also known as Raas Purnima. Millions of devotees from all over North India throng to this place to have radiant Darshan of Bihariji, which is only possible once a year.

Meditation lovers gather on the shores of Ganges under the full moon to seek peace and tranquility.The moon, which looks bigger, golden & ethereal on the night of Sharad Purnima is a beauty to watch, the sight of which soothes our eyes. It’s a glory to watch the beautiful moon gleaming behind the clouds, playing hide and seek.




Enjoy the few clicks of the moon on the night of Sharad Purnima. It’s a romantic night for the people in love and the lovers would enjoy the showers of moon elixir under the sky.








Clicks by Mobile camera on the eve of Sharad Purnima.

Monday, October 26, 2015

वादा अब्बू

"अब्बा-अब्बा" चीखती चिल्लाती अमीना मनसूर के कमरे में दाखिल हुई ।
"क्या बात है अमीना,सुबह सुबह इतना शोर शराबा क्यों?"
"मुझे आपसे एक बात पूछनी है, वादा करो, जो कहोगे,सच कहोगे।"
" अरी बात क्या है, सुबह-सुबह मुझे कटघरे में कयुँ पेश कर रही है। मैंने ऐसा क्या
किया है?"
"बोल दूँ, सोच लो बाद में मुझे कुछ न कहियो।"
"पहेलियाँ न बुझा, सीधे सीधे बोल।"
"बक्से में जो डायरी है,वह किसकी है?"
मनसुर के चेहरे का रंग अचानक से फीका पङ गया । अमीना कोने में ठिठक गयी।
"कैसी डायरी की बात कर रही है।" फूफी ने पूछी।
"मनसूर लङकी पर ध्यान दे, बङी हो रही है। कहीं ऊँच नीच न हो जाये।" फूफी बोल पङी। उनका ध्यान हर वक्त अमीना पर ही रहता ।
"बाजी, कोई बात नहीं, इसे तो मुझे परेशान करना अच्छा लगता है।" मनसूर ने बात को टाल दी।
अमीना को समझते देर न लगी कि कुछ बात तो है, उसके अब्बा फूफी की बहुत कद्र करते, आज उनकी बात को टाल गए।उसकी उत्सुकता और बढ गयी।
"क्या बात है, अब्बू।" अमीना ने मनसूर को टोका।
मनसूर ने उसे चुप रहने का इशारा किया।
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"चल खेत की तरफ, मैं वही आता हूँ।"
अमीना दपट्टा सर पर रख कर, कमरे से बाहर हुई ही थी , तभी फूफी की पूकार उसकी कानों में पङी।
"अमीना अमीना, कहाँ मर गयी?"
"आई फूफी।" कहते हुए अमीना फूफी के पास रसोई घर में पहुँची।
"अंगीठी पर चाय की पानी उबल रही है। जरा चाय बनाकर सबको दे आ।" अमीना के दिलो दिमाग में तो अंतरद्दंत चल रहा था, पर वह फूफी की बात टाल नहीं सकती। चाय बनाकर सबों को बाँट दिया।
"फूफी, मैं अब्बा के संग खेत पर जा रही हूँ। उनकी तबियत ठीक नहीं लग रही है। साथ के लिए जा रही हूँ।"
"ठीक है जा, पर देर न करियो।" फूफी की हिदायत की आदत से मेरी रग-रग वाकिफ थी। दौङती हुई मैं खेत पर पहूँची। अब्बू पगडंडी पर बैठे, सोच विचार में खोये हुए।
"अब्बू, क्या बात हुई। डायरी के नाम सुनते आप इतना उदास क्युँ हो गए।"
"अमीना, बात ही कुछ ऐसी है। यह दर्द सालों से मेरे अंदर दफन है। आज तुमने उस जख्म को कुरेद दिया।" मैं एकटक देखती रह गयी।
" यह बात बहुत पुरानी है। भारत-पाकिस्तान के बंटवारे की समय की बात है। करांची के पास के कस्बे में हम सब रहते थे। वही पर एक हिंदू परिवार भी रहता था। हमारी परिवार से काफी आना जाना था। वृंदा उनकी बेटी हमारी हमउम्र थी। हम दोनों साथ खेले बङे हुए। हमारे बीच में प्यार कब पनप गया, पता ही नहीं चला। भारत-पाकिस्तान के बंटवारे की घोषणा हुई और तय हुआ कि हिंदू परिवार को पाकिस्तान छोङना पङेगा। वृंदा का परिवार भारत जाने की तैयारी करने लगे। वे लोग भी खुश नहीं थे, पर मजबूरी थी। हम दोनों दिल लगा बैठे थे। इस अलगाव की बात से हम दोनों बेचैन थे। हमारा प्यार परवान चढ चुका था। अंदर ही अंदर हम सुलग रहे थे और एक दिन एकांत में हमारे कदम डगमगा गये और हम दोनों ने मर्यादा की सीमा लांघ ली। हमारी बेचैनी दिन प्रतिदिन बढती जा रही थी। वृंदा के परिवार वाले सीमा के उस पार चले गए। कुछ दिनों बाद वृंदा को पता चला कि वो माँ बनने वाली है। हम दोनों की गलती की सजा कहो या प्यार की निशानी। शुरू में तो उसने यह बात किसी को नहीं बतायी पर ज्यादा दिन छिप न सकी। घर परिवार को जब पता चला तो उसे बहुत मारा- दुतकारा गया और गर्भ गिरवाने की तैयारी की गयी। डाक्टरनी ने परिवार को समझाया कि वृंदा की जान का खतरा है। उसके परिवाले को वृंदा की परवाह नहीं थी। डाक्टरनी को वृंदा पर तरस आ गया, उसने उसको अपने घर पर पनाह दे दिया और वहीं पर वृंदा ने एक लङकी को जन्म दिया। वृंदा के कहने पर डाक्टरनी ने मुझे अपने घर पर बुलाया और बच्ची को मुझे सौंप दिया। वृंदा अपने घर चली गयी। उसके घर वाले उसकी भूल को माफ नही कर सके और उसे जलाकर मार डाला। मैं भी वृंदा के पास जाना चाहता था परन्तु हमारी निशानी हमारे पैर की बेङियाँ बन गयी।" अब्बू की सिसकियाँ तेज हो गयीं। लगा जैसै वर्षों से थमा सैलाब अपनी सीमा तोङ गया।

मैं भी गमगीन हो गयी।
"जानना चाहोगी वह लङकी कौन है, जिसे वृंदा ने जन्म दिया। अमीना, तुम हमारे प्यार की निशानी हो। वृंदा तुम्हारी माँ है। मैंने अपनी पूरी जिंदगी वृंदा के नाम और तुम्हारे लिए अकेले ही काटी। यह बात किसी को नहीं बताना नहीं तो तुम्हारा जीना दूभर हो जाएगा। घर परिवार में लोग जानते हैं कि तुम हमारे करीबी दोस्त की बेटी हो जो एक्सिडेंट में मारे गये। डायरी में जो तस्वीर है वो वृंदा की हैं। उन यादों और तुम्हारे साथ मेरी जिंदगी की डोर बँधी हुई है।" मैं ठगी सी अब्बू के दर्द को भाँपने की कोशिश कर रही थी।
" अमीना, इसकी जिक्र किसी से न करना ना ही कभी यह भूल दोहराना। वादा करो" अब्बू ने मुझसे कहा, आँखों में अनेक उम्मीद संजोए हुए।
" वादा अब्बू " मैंने कहा।
सूरज की किरणाें का तापमान बढ चुका था,हम दोनों घर की ओर चल पङे।
© Ila Varma 26/10/2015  

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thank You Teacher!!!

I was the first one in my family to be admitted to one of the prestigious missionary schools, Notre Dame Academy, Patna. In seventy's, there were very few schools and it was a matter of pride (for the parents) to get admitted in one of them, though the admissions were very easy at that time compared to today's scenario. Nowadays, parents are losing their sleep and peace of life in errand of getting their wards admitted to a proper school.

I was admitted in KG and a school uniform was there for the kids of kindergarten, white half shirt, red skirt, red tie and black shoes & white socks. On the first day, my uncle dropped me to school on his cycle. The school building withstood in a very big campus sprawled into acres and the campus and the building was immaculately clean and a beautiful garden adorned with beautiful roses in full  bloom in the peak season of winters. ( In our time, we had a school session- Jan. to Dec.)

On the first day, introduction was carried of all the students and class teacher. I don’t remember the name of my first teacher, but the first teachings of her imprint in my mind & it’s as fresh as it is a matter of yesterday.
There would have many lessons imparted by the teacher, but I adhered to two of her requests or commands, whatever it can be termed as throughout.
1.      Never pluck flowers from the school gardens, It looks good in the garden. It will die when you will pluck out.  Do you wish to see them dying?
2.      Keep your mouth closed while eating. We are human, not animals.

Her words had such an impact on me that throughout my school life, I never ever touched any flowers, plucking was a far fetched idea. There were students who plucked the flowers and kept them in their bags to conceal from the teachers. I was a shy and introvert student and preferred to remain calm & quiet. I never ever asked anyone to refrain from the idea, but I never did. The idea of her had such an impact in my life that I am in the habit of plucking flowers from my garden too. I love watching them bloom & I hate the idea of plucking them to offer to the Gods. Even God will love watching them in the garden, it’s my belief. I don’t impose my idea, but it’s my feeling of my inner conscience.
Since the day my teacher asked to keep the mouth closed while eating, it too became a habit inbuilt and even I advocated the approach to others citing the same example that's being human, we should keep our mouth closed while eating. Nowadays, it has come under the etiquette's to follow. In our time, that is more than four decades ago, mostly there were joint families in the house, and the elders were so busy with household chores that they didn’t have so much time to give to the kids and make them follow these little gestures. Even people had kids in half a dozen or so unlike today, even two are counted as more than enough and couples wish to have a single child, that too in a much planned way.
The first lessons of my teacher were etched in my memory and till today I adhere to the same principle and even I impart the same to all. It’s true that the minds of young children are like clay and it can be molded into a proper shape on time.
I am thankful to her.
Thank You Teacher!!!


 © Ila Varma 24/10/2015  





Untamed Thoughts

 


Flying High

I Am Charmed By

The Impact of

Beauty Of Clouds

Soft as Feather,

White as Snow

& Flossy.

My Heart Sings

The Peppy Songs

Possessing a Dream

To Glide Within

The Serenity &

The Purity Of Clouds.

The World Of Illusions

Allures My Soul.

© Ila Varma


 


Caress Of Our Love


 Our Hands Clasped
 Lips Locked

Our Bodies Melting 
Under The Fire
With Each Caress Of Our Love.

© Ila Varma 2015


The First Car


When I was in Class 3, my father bought an Ambassador car. We were very happy at the arrival of our car. My father didn't know riding or driving two wheeler or four wheeler, till he bought his own. A driver was hired for the classes and a Big L was written on the front & rear side of the car and his driving class picked up at a slow pace.I was fascinated by the passion of driving and I made sure to join my father on his driving class seated on the back seat of the car & I focused more on the tricks of driving. I was keen to take up driving later in life so I concentrated more. 

My father was keen in learning but before this he had never tried cycling or riding in life, so he dashed more frequently in comparison to other learners who knew riding a bike. He had an obsession to learn and he did learn though he took more time and even the face of  Ambassador received brutal blows one after the other from all corners and finally Papa was successful in completing his driving classes and steered well behind the wheels with confidence.

The car was sent to the garage for the makeover after the driving classes concluded and a hefty sum was paid to get back into proper shape.

After that, our errands started during school holidays or on occasions of the family get together. We four (my siblings) all used to get packed in our car and our adventurous journey started. He had developed passion for driving and he drove with full confidence and was adventurous on roads, (now when I recollect back those adventurous drives, I feel he took more risk ) 

We were the one who insisted him to race with the other cars on roads and he did chase them with full speed and left the others behind. We clapped & rejoiced on his overtures on road (now I get goosebumps recalling).

He was so adventurous on roads that he never mind to bounce on the speed breakers or on the open craters on road & finally when we reached the destination, the car was bound to visit garage to get the dismantled parts fixed. It was a routine affair and he never bothered. He thoroughly enjoyed driving and we naughty creatures never left an opportunity to give him an undaunted task on road and he complied with us heartily.

                                                  It was the Bliss Of Ignorance


Papa tried all the tricks on roads, but he maintained his car well and it was spotless clean inside and outside and he did all by himself without any support staff. 

On Sundays, I used to help him in washing and cleaning though he never asked to but my lurking interest made me do because I had an inner inkling for driving and the passion of the same drove me near.

My father is nearing 75 and is not keeping well due to health issues and has grown weak. Sometimes, I feel lost seeing him, Is he the same who used  drive ruthlessly on the roads without any fear.

How time changes and we change with time

© Ila Varma 24/10/2015   





Friday, October 23, 2015

I keep on trying


I keep on trying to mend the ways
&
The reverse force tries hard
To bog me down
In a bid
To test my patience.


© Ila Varma 23/10/2015


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Paradise On Earth – A Visit To Kerala (South India) #Travel

Image Source:Kerala Tourism

Kerala, a state in South India along the Malabar coast, which is also known as “God’s Own Country” is a beautiful place to step in amidst the nature beauty that your heart will admire. The same has been with me when I stepped into this majestic place, my heart skipped a beat and my head bows in reverence to the Almighty for one of his wonderful creations. Really, it’s a paradise on earth. The landscape is amazing, nature has bestowed its positive vibes  gifting the place with nature’s pride, the place been more famous for backwaters, beaches, lagoons, natural beauty, heavy vegetation, forests, Ayurveda spa & health resorts.

Greenery in abundance and the place has also its nickname, the Spice Garden Of India & The Land of Coconut Trees; the beaches are lined by dense groves of coconut trees.

The beauty of this place has charmed me so much that every year I descend on this heaven of earth along with my family to enjoy the nature in my holidays and true, it beats my stress and     the Ayurveda therapy rejuvenates my soul.

I request my readers to plan a holiday to this, “God’s Own Country” for once and enjoy the majestic creations in the lap of nature.

Modes Of Travel:
By Air: Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala & Cochin is well connected with International & national airports & Calicut has international services.  So you can fly to the destination.

By Roads & Railways:  All the major cities & towns are well connected with roads & railway services from all corners of India.


Peak Season For Tourists: 
If I am asked, I am ever ready to visit this place. The best time to visit Kerala is from September to March, after the Indian Monsoons and before the advent of Summers.



Venice Of The East: Alappuzha 
  
The backwaters of Alappuzha are the major attraction of this place & the houseboat cruise is awesome... These days many hotels & resorts  are the owner of houseboat cruises and comes up with varied offers for as little as a day time or you can stretch for days and weeks depending on one’s choice.   











Land Rich In Natural Habitats: Districts of  Idduki

This district is famous for mountains, valleys, streams, hill stations, lakes, sanctuaries, tracking trails and has a high ratio of the tribal populace, having their weird customs & beliefs.

Munnar: is a hill station and famous for tea plantations and you can enjoy the bliss of trekking and there are renowned wildlife sanctuaries, namely, Idduki Wildlife Sanctuary, The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, & Chinmar Wildlife Sanctuary and Nyayamakad renowned for breathtaking waterfalls.



Thiruvananthapuram 
It is the capital city of Kerala with a long shoreline, internationally renowned beaches, rich in cultural heritage and famous for historic monuments. The whole South India is famous for historical monuments with breathtaking architecture. The architecture is so exquisite which speaks volumes of the Indian craftsmanship, each structure is unique in its design.



Ayurveda Spa & Health Resorts:
The origination of Ayurveda goes back to this land of Kerala somewhere around 5,000 years ago, the oldest healthcare system in the world, the science of life and longevity and it thrives on the medicines procured by the natural vegetation. There are different types of spa’s and health resorts which practices on the traditional system and helps in warding off diseases and mental and spiritual health of an individual through its holistic approach. There are varied programs and packages as per the client’s requirements.

Even if you don’t suffer from any specific ailments, you can avail the natural cleansing of the body which is indeed a stress buster.

The rate of literacy is very high in Kerala, but the inhabitants of this land  follow the truly traditional way of Indian life. 

Weird Custom of the Land:

Garudan Thookam: Hanging By the Hooks

On seeing this ritual, you will get weird feelings.
This ritual art form is performed in Kali temples of Kerala, which is fascinating and hair-raising... Dancers dress up as Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu who quenched the goddess Kali's thirst with blood after slaying Darika the demon. After the dance performance, they  hang like eagles (Garudan Thookam) from a shaft, by hooking the flesh on the backs! These hanging 'Garudas' are taken around the city in a colorful procession. This ritual is carried out on Makara Bharani Day and Kumbha Bharani Day. (Inputs from online web)







Overall experience on this land is awesome, so whenever you need a break from hustle and bustle of city life, do book your tickets to visit this place and you are sure to be spellbound by the scenic beauty of nature copulated with Ayurveda health resorts which will add few more years to your life.

Do share your experiences with me. I am sure to hear from you all of this wonderland and you will thank me profusely.


Information Gathered n Reported By Ila Varma.

(Information validated by facts by online web data and image sources Google from Kerala Tourism)