Friday, March 28, 2014

JYOTIRLINGA Temple , Faridabad

The JYOTIRLINGA temple is a n additional temple built inside the SHIV SHAKTI temple, Sector Faridabad.

Outside the Jyotirlinga temple, Shiva's vahan NANDI stands guarding the temple.

Right opposite the Jyotirlinga temple is the ADHYA SHAKTI, PARVATI temple.

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Bael tree inside the Shiv Shakti temple

This Temple is in my immediate neighborhood and it takes me just two minute to reach. I go whenever i ned the feel for prayers. when i am sad, when i an happy or just  on a sudden impulse to imbibe  the peaceful atmosphere.

Than God for this centre of Tranquility, Peace and Spirituality.

30 Things: An absolute MUST!


Came across this lovely article on Lifehack. Had to share it, to remind me to come back to this list.

30 Things You Must Do When You’re Still Young:

  1. Make yourself a priority. If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody else will. You have to be number one. All things in your life stem from your happiness. Be someone who makes you happy!
  2. Enjoy the small things. Take walks more often. Stop and look at a babbling brook. Sit in an oversized chair at Barnes & Noble and read a great book. Observe an elderly couple holding hands. Life is made up of these small and seemingly insignificant things. They aren’t insignificant. Be sure to take the time to appreciate them.
  3. Get outside. Being outdoors is good for you. Soak in the sunlight, get those endorphins kicking, and enjoy the beauty that nature offers.
  4. Be confident in who you are. Every person is unique and special in their own way. Understanding this early in life is critical. Be proud of who you are and don’t be afraid to let the world know it.
  5. Take calculated risks. Life is a series of risks and rewards. Be smart with your risks and understand the consequences.
  6. Focus on the present. Worrying to a certain degree about your future is normal, but don’t overlook the power of being in the present moment. You can’t change the past, but you can control what you do right now.
  7. Stop caring about what people think of you. Fear of criticism is one of the most destructive fears known to humanity. It can debilitate you to the point paralysis. Learn early in life that it doesn’t matter what people think of you. It really doesn’t. And besides, people are too worried about what you think about them to care about you!
  8. Remember that people are good at heart. Being a lifelong cynic can and will make your life an uphill climb. Recognize that people are inherently good and you will embrace relationships in a far greater capacity.
  9. Be a positive person. Make being positive a habit early in life. Your success in life will come from your thoughts and your thoughts can be either negative or positive. Only you can control which you choose.
  10. Let go of negative influences. Avoid bad situations, unhealthy relationships, and people who make your life worse. Letting go of a good friend who is going to drag you down is a difficult yet intelligent decision. Failure to do so can negatively affect where you end up in life.
  11. Surround yourself with positive people. Jim Rohn said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” And it’s completely true. If you want to be a success, hang around with successful people. If someone has what you want, you can do what they do, and get what they’ve got.
  12. Worry less. Worrying about that big test is normal, as is worrying about that possible job promotion, but when you begin to worry excessively, it can become a real problem. Worrying can lead to stress and anxiety, which can become disorders and negatively affect all areas of your life.
  13. Learn from your past but don’t dwell on it. Being caught up in your past can lead to stagnation and the inability to progress in your life. Understand that life is just a series of events and move on. You can change the future but you cannot alter your past decisions.
  14. Travel. Most of you want to travel the world, see new things, and meet new people. But statistics show that the average mother in the U.S. will start a family at age 25, meaning that your travel options will become quite limited for a number of years after you start having children. And even if you do tell yourself that you’re going to travel, most of you won’t. Don’t put it off. Get out there and see the places you desire most.
  15. Learn a new language. In this day and age, knowing a second (or third) language is no longer just a hobby, it can help you in your career. Being able to communicate with people from multiple cultures not only makes good business sense, but expands your personal growth.
  16. Overcome some of your biggest fearsYour fears will haunt you for your entire life if they aren’t dealt with. Do you really want to go through life being deathly afraid of flying? Do you want the fear of public speaking to control you? Of course not. Take these challenges head on and early on and overcome them.
  17. Experiment. Life is chock full of experiences. Try new things. Get out there and fail often. Learn from your mistakes. You only get one chance at this life. Get as much in as you can.
  18. Appreciate your parents. As children, we adore our parents. As teens, we ignore our parents. And in adulthood, we take them for granted. Knowing that they did the best possible job they could raising you will help you appreciate them. Make a phone call right now to tell them so.
  19. Stay close with the important people in your life. Most of you will lose contact with childhood friends, college buddies, and past coworkers. But chances are that you’ve made some great friends along the way. If you’ve found that you’ve lost touch with someone who was important to you, reach out to them and try to reconnect. People who you consider important are few and far between, so do your best to keep them in your life.
  20. Remember that you do not know it all. It’s a given that teenagers believe they know it all, but as an adult it’s important to recognize how little you know. Make learning something new part of your daily routine. Started at an early age, you will be amazed at how much you can learn in a lifetime.
  21. Listen to your parents. As crazy as it may seem, they have much more life experience than you and do know what they are talking about. Take the time to listen to their stories. They have more wisdom than you believe.
  22. Face the bully. Most of you have had a bully in one shape or another in your lifetime. Do not let your fear control you. The best way to handle any bully is to confront them. Most are cowards hiding behind their size and/or power. Confronting them will get their attention, and in many cases, their respect.
  23. Give unconditionally. Understanding the sheer power of giving unconditionally can shape the course of your life. Learn this early.
  24. Working too much. Working yourself half to death throughout your 20s and 30s may seem like a great idea for rising up the corporate ladder, but remember that those are your golden years. Make time for the things you are most passionate about while you are healthy enough to do so.
  25. Develop good habits. The outcome of your life will be based on the decisions you make. Making good decisions comes from having good habits. Educate yourself on how to start adopting positive ones and removing the negative ones.
  26. Find what you excel at and begin to master it. Spending years languishing in uncertainty is the fastest way to living an average life. Find where your strengths meet your passions and become great at them. Don’t be a jack of all trades. Be the master of a few.
  27. Spend as much time with your children as possible. If you lose your time with your children, you will never get it back. Embrace this time with all your heart. Being a parent is the single most important job on the planet. And do not mistake time for quality time, there is a hugedifference.
  28. Learn to be grateful. This is easier said than done, but being appreciative of what you have can make the difference between a life of wanting and a life of contentment.
  29. Start a business. Don’t spend your life only knowing what it’s like to be an employee. Start your own venture, whether it be mowing lawns or running Internet security, try your hand in business. Lessons in entrepreneurship cannot be learned in a classroom. Real world experience will prove invaluable.
  30. Be crazy. Well, not literally. Do something wild and adventurous. As you grow older, you will begin a career, and/or settle down and start a family and will be less inclined to let it all hang out. Be bold and daring. And have fun with it!
While it’s never too late to work on your personal growth, getting these things done early in your life can truly make the difference between a life lived on your terms or a life lived on someone else’s.
Make it yours!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I have got Mail

Hello Zeenat! I received your loving gift today as part of the Kindness Chain campaign started by Indiblogeshwari.

It was a sheer pleasure and honor to receive this gift. Thank you for choosing me as your kindness beneficiary. The carefully selected gifst are truly touching.

It is indeed very kind of your to call me the' Shiny girl. 'Thanks again for appreciating my Smile and Innocence. I just turned 50 and i hope i can keep part of my heart for innocence,  for ever. Maybe till i turn 100...lol.!

For a long time i have known you virtually. Your unique bent towards spirituality finds an echo in me. I too turned  spiritual a few years back due to some life changing incidents.

It has been a pleasure knowing you and reading your Facebook updates. But NOW  with this gift and the beautifully decorated hand written letter you have brought us so much closer.

The earrings and the hair clip i shall suerly use. The orange colored shiny nail paint will be used in my next pedicure. It is sweet of you to enquire about my favorite color and send me the same. The adorable Golden Shiny bag will carry all my favorite cosmetics in my travels.















I hope i can meet you in person next time i travel to Mumbai.

Gifts are always  happy occasions but this one is special as it comes with the gift of Friendship.

Thank you once again! Stay Blessed. :)


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Adventure Trail in Malaysia


My ten year old niece resides in Canada. In her last visit to India, she made me give her a promise . A promise that i would take her on an adventure holiday to Malaysia, Truly Asia ever since she learnt that i had been to SE Asia for holidays.

We decided on Malaysia as i had told her that it would offer a gamut of adventures in just a few days.

I decided to pick 5 destinations which i would like to initiate her about Malaysia. And these are:


1. Petrona Towers



Kick start the adventure by riding in the lifts which take a mere few seconds to reach the observation deck on the 41st floor. gulp in the cool fresh air even as you feel dizzy looking down to the ground!

The world's highest double-decked bridge symbolises a gateway to the future and provides a stunning vantage point of Kuala Lumpur. Linking the towers at levels 41 and 42, it facilitates movement, and functions as an escape route in case of emergencies.


Soaring to a height of 451.9 meters, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur's crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the PETRONAS Twin Towers is inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad's vision for Malaysia to be a global player. 

It would be such great fun to stand with her at the deck and get a vie of the majestic skyline of Kuala Lumpur. I would buy her a perfume from the many world renowned  brand shops as she loves perfumes. We would end the tour of the Towers by dining at a nearby restaurant to enliven the experience of the Towers.

2.  Genting Highlands


The next place i would take her is to the' FUN  CITY ABOVE THE CLOUDS', the Genting Highlands.

I would become a child too as i would take her on the many rides at the resort.

Genting Highlands  is a hill resort  in Malaysia .
The hill resort  is at an average elevation of 1,740 metres . It is accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur  in one hour, or also accessible by a cable car called Genting Skyway which at its opening used to be the world's fastest and south East Asia's's longest gondola lift.

 Genting Highlands is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country . And not to be missed is trying our luck at the Casino!


Although The Genting Theme Park is closed from 1 September 2013 to make way for the world’s first Twentieth Century Fox Theme Park, Other rides and attractions located in First World Indoor Theme Park, SnowWorld, Sky Venture, Genting Bowl, Vision City and Funtasy World Video Games Park are opened as usual.









3. Sipadan   island, Sabah

The third adventure i have planned for her in Malaysia is the Sipadan island. She is a great swimmer and very keen to try her hand at snorkeling. We would explore the possibility of going under water to  see the amazing marine life, albeit with a trained scuba diver. It would be exhilarating experience for sure.


Sipadan is the only oceanic island  in Malaysia , rising 600 metres  from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes  Sea off the east coast of Sabah,  East Malaysia (which is on the island of Borneo). 

 Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan has been rated by many dive journals as one of the top destinations for diving in the world.

Frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan: green  and hawksbill  turtle which mate and nest there, enormous schools of barracuda in tornado-like formations as well as large schools of  bumphead  parrotfish. . More  species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead  sharks  and whale sharks also visit Sipadan.










4. Kabili Sepilok Nature Resort, Sabah

The fourth adventure i have picked for her is the Kabili Sepilok Nature Resort as  it is her life time wish to cuddle an Orang Utan. and what better place in the world than the Rehabilitation centre. 
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is located  in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia.
The centre  is the first official orangutan rehabilitation project for rescued orphaned baby orangutans from logging sites, plantations, illegal hunting or kept as pets. The orphaned orangutans are trained to survive again in the wild and are released as soon as they are ready. 

The sanctuary is located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which covers an area of 4,294 ha , much of which is virgin rainforest..Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve. It has become one of Sabah's tourist attractions.


Today the Sepilok Centre attracts about 90,000+ people a year. Some 260 people a day come to the centre just to see the orangutans in their natural habitat. Most of the time, visitors only get to see the young orangutans during feeding time at the observation platform a mere 10minutes walk into a forested area.

 The clinic, nursery and other areas where young orphaned orangutans are kept - are out of bounds. The orangutans are susceptible to infections and virus that humans carry and can die easily from contagions. 

For the wellbeing of the older ones, the rangers encourage as little interaction with humans as possible in hope that when they are released back into the jungles, they will learn to live independently of humans.


















5. River safari – Kinabatangan River, Sabah

The fifth adventure i have picked for her is a River Safari on the Kinabatangan River.





Proboscis monkey







We would cross our fingers to get a glimpse of the endangered Proboscis monkey which is also the mascot for Tourism Malaysia 2014.

Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah. It is home to one of the world's most diverse ecosystems, especially around its lower basin. 

The Lower Kinabatangan forest-covered floodplain – one of the largest in the country – is a renowned wildlife sanctuary where exotic species such as Proboscis monkeys, Sumatran rhinos and Asian elephants can be found.

 A river safari is the best way to discover Kinabatangan's rich ecosystem and abundant wildlife.


Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia, with a length of 560 kilometers it runs across the state of Sabah  on the island of  Borneo.  

The beautiful river offers great opportunities to see amazing wildlife. 

Water takes in a central position, people travel by boat in search of wildlife. During a visit you may encounter an enormous variety of animals.

There is so much more than just five destinations in Malaysia. The Batu Caves, The Gulu National park, The Living Museum, The Lego World , Petaling Street in KLand more.If time would be on our side i would explore these too and many more.

Having spent  a few days with her , we both would come back with a cartload of memories  and a desire to  go back again and explore more of this magnificent country,



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Friday, March 21, 2014

Longing







You are my Body and my soul
My ocean and my thirst
My dream and my reality
My ominous cloud and my rain
My sunlight and my rainbow
My anguish and my ecstasy
My mortal and my immortal one
It is for you that i breathe
Only for you that i laugh
The tears and the joy
The journey and the destination
You are within me and outside of me
My constant companion
As time ticks by
Day and night
Yet the ignorant one
Can never comprehend
It is a priceless jewel
This thing called Longing
This thing called Love

Thursday, March 20, 2014

MALAYSIA, Truly AMAZING

Many moons ago, in 2008 i went on an all women's holiday to Singapore. The holiday had a two night Cruise stay and we touched Kaula Lumpur briefly. We had barely half a day to roam a round Kuala Lumpur and just about managed to visit the Petrona Towers and Menar Kuala Lumpur.

The catchy tag line of the Tourism department, 'Malaysia, Truly Asia ' was a blank for me. But then we  did not get to spend even one whole day in the capital city. As i wrapped up the holiday, the desire to explore Malaysia lingered  at the back of my mind.

And then i came across this contest of Malaysiajao  Blogathon by Blogadda and everything changed. As i decided to write a post and participate  in the contest, i surfed the net and was totally amazed by the diverse  richness of this country
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"Malaysia Truly Asia" is more than just a slogan. It reflects precisely who Malaysians are.  Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-lingual nation where people of diverse races and religions live in harmony. You will meet a Malay, Chinese, Indian and a Eurasian dining on the same table in a restaurant

 Home to prehistoric rain forests and a melting pot of culture, Malaysia is an amazing country to discover.

One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts .Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just meters away from ancient reefs. 

Lofty  mountains rise  dramatically to the sky while their rain forest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. 


Malaysia is one of th 12 mega bio-diversity countries in the world. it has an amzing 14500 flowering plnt species, 300 species of trees, 300 species of palms, 60 species of bamboo, 210 species of mammals, 600 species of bird an incredible large number of insects and marine life. Spectacular , to say the least.


 In Malaysia Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves. 

Malaysia, truly Asia

Given an opportunity to explore Malaysia i would like to visit the following five places.

1. Visit Batu Caves and witness the Thaipusam festival

Batu Caves is a an iconic and popular tourist attraction in Selangor. 

Site of a Hindu temple and shrine, Batu Caves attracts thousands of worshipers and tourists, especially during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam.  



The Batu Caves are situated thirteen kilometers  north of the capital city Kuala Lumpur. They are the sacred place for the Hindu's in Malaysia. 

They consist of three main caves and a number of smaller ones. The caves are made of limestone.  
The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old.


At your arrival you will be greeted by lots of monkeys.



'Lord Murugan Statue'  is the tallest statue of Hindu deity in Malaysia and second tallest statue of Hindu deity in world. It also the tallest statue in Malaysia at 140 feet in height. It is  located  at the foot of Batu Caves. It took 3 years of construction and unveiled in January 2006 during Thaipusam festival.
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in theTamil month of Thai (January/February). It is mainly   celebrated by the  Tamil community.



The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel "spear" so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

Monkeys frolic around the caves, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Paintings and scenes of Hindu Gods can also be seen in the Ramayana Cave


It would be a challenging climb of 272 steps but i would love to visit the Hindu shris inthe ancine t caves.

Getting there:


Jalan Batu Caves, 68100 Jalan Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
+60 3-6189 6284

2.  Discover unique Flora and Fauna at  Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National parrk is a UNESCO World Heritage site







Situated in the Malaysian State of Sarawak on the island of Borneo,it  is outstanding both for its high biodiversity and for its karst features. The park is dominated by Gunung Mulu, a 2,376 m-high sandstone pinnacle . The caves are  more than 1.5 million years old.
 The 52,865 ha park contains seventeen vegetation zones, exhibiting some 3,500 species of vascular plants. Its palm species are exceptionally rich,  making it one of the worlds richest sites for palm spec ies. The large cave passages and chambers provide a major wildlife spectacle in terms of millions of cave Swiftlets and bats.
Swiftlets are a breed of birds who live in caves and catch insects in flight.  The nests of some species are built entirely from threads of their saliva, and are collected for the famous Chinese delicacy bird's nest soup.

DEER CAVE


Deer cave is the  World’s largest cave passage.

That squeaking noise you’ll hear in the cave is the 3 million strong colony of Wrinkle Lipped bats stirring themselves as they sense that dusk is not far away and they begin to prepare to leave the cave to feed on flying insects.





 The birds aren seen swooping through the darkness are the swiftlets returning to roost in the cave. The path continues to wind deeper into the blackness of the cave and suddenly the Garden of Eden appears in the distance, a green oasis shining in the sunlight. 


Deer Cave is awesome, large and bold but only 100 metres away is Langs Cave.Small and intimate, with walls beautifully decorated with spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.
 





The BAT EXODUS


There is a  Bat Observatory for the nightly flight of bats .to begin . Each evening the bats gather at the cave entrance in large ring-shaped formations, circling higher and higher up the cliff face before moving out across the rainforest in spiraling ribbons.

It has been estimated that nightly each bat consumes between five and ten grams of flying insects. This means that 3 million bats will return in the morning to deposit a huge amount of guano in the cave and provide a unique ecosystem, home to millions of insects and their predators.

The bats leave the cave on most evenings between 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm but on rare occasions do not leave at all.

The return trip to Park HQ is a wonderful time to move through the forest, listening to the calls of the frogs and insects, often seeing fireflies and stick insects.


Besides exploring the flora in h Park i want to witness the Bat exodus in the evening. It would be worth going all the way to the Mulu parkk

Getting there



Visiting Mulu World Heritage Area is a journey into the interior of Borneo
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There are no buses, no highways and certainly no taxis to Mulu. So it's the easy way by air
 or the scenic and slow, winding cruise by river.

    Address: Nansha Islands, Hainan, Malaysia

    Phone:+60 82-246 575

3.  Go Sunbathing and explore the  Langkawi Islands

Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.







The Plantation









Langkawi  offers the best of many worlds: beautiful beaches, world-class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra-cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.





Head up the thrilling  cable car





 to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest mountain for an unrivalled view of the entire main island.
For a more intimate time with nature, go trekking through the pristine rainforest that covers most of Langkawi, hop on a boat tour of the mangroves. Go for a dive, or play a round of golf










 at one of the many 5-star resorts. Langkawi's Underwater World is also a must-visit


Lounging around on the beaches i would also want to explore its marine life, both in the Underater world and in the ocean.

4.   Visit  Petaling Street, a.k.a. China town for foodie delights

Ask anyone who’s been to Malaysia about Petaling Street and they will cite it as a shopper’s haven, albeit in a different league compared to its counterpart  at KLCC. A well-known shopping district, the whole area transforms into a lively and vibrant night market after dark, with hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of stuff at dirt-cheap prices, making it the most happening night market in the city.














I feel in order to truly discover a city o a country, one must go on an gastronomical journey. To begin with one must sample the street food. what better place to do this than at Petaling Street.

I am a  vegetarian and it is very difficult to find vegetarian food in Asia besides India. However i discovered a few hugely popular Malaysian dishes which i would love to try at an elite restaurant serving both vegetarian and Non vegetarian. The dishes are:

Nasi goreng



Nasi Goreng ia sn Indoneesian dish which means 'fried rice' and is hugely popular in malaysia.




Nasi lemak



Nasi lemak is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf widely found in Malaysia.

Roti Canai



Roti Canai is an Indian influenced flatbread found in Malaysia eaten with veg or non veg curries.


Rojak



Rojak is a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish. 'Rojak' in Malay means 'mixture'


5.  Get Up close and personal with birds at K L Bird Park

 The KL Bird Park  is only 10 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur city centre. There are over 3000 birds in the park.






A wonder world of birds and a tropical paradise not to be missed by all. It is one of the many family - oriented attractions.

it is a  serene and scenic  park   also well known as "World's Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary", offering a 20.9 acres of verdant valley terrain to be explored.









Pelicans










The main feature that distinguishes KL Bird Park from any other bird parks is the concept of free-flight. Entering the door of KL Bird Park is as if you are stepping into an enormous bird cage, where visitors will have a chance to witness at close proximity various bird species living together.

The park aims to create awareness on the importance of conserving birds and wildlife species and maintaining a clean and safe environment.


children can chase peacocks and hornbills, pose with owls and parrots on one's shoulder, feed parakeets, watch ostriches lay eggs and be awed by soaring storks and flamingos in surroundings that hardly feel caged-in.



It would  be an extremely close encounter with the exotic birds. an experience to remember and capture through pictures of the immense  variety of colorful birds.


AddressKL Bird Park, 920 Jalan Cenderawasih, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Phone+60 3-2272 1010


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Lastly, a prayer for MH370................







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