I read, write and travel. Sometimes i come across words which i note down in my diary, scribble on a paper or memorise it word by word. These times break or make my mood.
And sometimes i come across places which melt my heart and i try to fill my eyes with what i must be seeing.
And then there are stories i live, thoughts which deny to leave my mind and thus, sometimes i try to write.
So here i am, sharing those words, those pictures and stories, so that you scribble them down on a piece of paper and tuck it in the pocket of your shirt, or take a screenshot knowing that there is a beautiful memory someone has lived in that picture, setting a good mood for the day…
I want to extend a warm heartfelt thanks to all of you for visiting my page and liking my efforts. I made this website only a few days ago when of my friends insisted me to do so. Since then i have been so worried and skeptic about my work, my writing and whether it would reach out to anybody.
But in such a short span of time, i have got almost 250+ views which feels like a big achievement to me as of now.
I am very thankful that i was able to create something you guys would appreciate. Thank you again for going through my writings and liking the same. I hope i can keep up and continue getting better at what i have started.
Also i hope you guys will continue to support me and allow me to try and touch your heart through my blog. Thank you again💗💗💗💗
This picture was clicked by me while i was visiting the Fort of Chittaurgarh (Rajasthan), which is a UNESCO world Heritage Site. It is spread across 2.8 km on a hill which is 180 meters high.
It has many different small palaces, monuments, temples and other places having significance of their own. The palace of Padmavati is one such monument.
This palace is so special because of the story of Padmavati associated with it. According to some books, Rani Padmavati was so beautiful that the mughal emperor of that time Alauddin Khilji heard rumours of the same. He then came to Chittaurgarh and under threats of attack, compelled King Ratan Singh to let him see the face of Rani Padmavati, which was then allowed but not directly, rather through a reflection in a mirror (if you visit the fort, you can still see the parts of wall where the mirror was attached and how the reflection of rani padmavati could be seen in it, if she stood at a particluar point in her palace, the one in picture above).
When Allaudin Khilji saw her reflection, he claimed to had fallen in love with her and decided to wage a war against the kingdom of Mewar to get Rani Padmavati.
The Rajput rulers have been the epitome of bravery in Indian History. They would stand bloodied but unbowed.
Even though King Ratan Singh didnot have the advance weaponary, that Khilji had, he denied Khilji to take away his wife ans agreed to a war instead.
When the war began, many soldiers died including the two courageous and loyal men Gora and Badal (who were like right and left hands od the King). Almost all men of the kingdom were on the battlefield. And Ratan Singh had started to lose. Soon it was certain that Khilji was going to win the war.
When this news reached Queen Padmavati, she decided that even though they were going to lose on battlefield, she will not let Khilji win in Real Life. She was not ready to lose her honor and the honor of all women of Mewar.
She decided to commit Jauhar (mass self-immolation) with all the other women. They lit a huge pit, did the rituals, prayers and subsequently jumped in the same, bringing their life to an end.
Rani Padmavati ended her life but didn’t bowed to Khilji. When Khilji reached the Fort after winning the battle, there was nothing left. It was all desolated. He had lost the real battle, even though he won the one on the ground.
From then on, Rani Padmavati has been worshiped by the Rajput Community as a symbol of bravery and courage. Many folk tales, songs, sing the tale of bravery.
This event was an example that Bravery and Courage doesn’t come in particular form but rather is very subjective. Anybody can be very brave in their own way, in own situation.
What King Ratan Singh did was very brave but what Rani Padmavati did was equally brave. She didnot let Khilji win, in her own way.
This picture is so special because of this story of courage it holds within. Because freedom is more important than anything in the world. And because this picture sings the classic tale of Rani Padmavati in the background of “Let your head be bloodied, but unbowed”.
This picture is close to my heart because, i had always wanted to go to diu. Though i am a mountain person, i am no less fond of beaches (only before sunset; in dark the sound of waves hitting the shore, make me very anxious and restless). While we were there, we spent an eventful day full of deep conversations, drunk confessions, seeing beautiful places and ending up at a cremation point (where someone was being cremated) and a temple accidently in a span of one hour.
By the time, the sun had lowered itself in the sky, we were so tired that we just went to this beach, bought coconuts (emptied them and filled them with vodka) and just sat at the shore with waves washing our feet every now and then, sipping on our coconut.
I played some music on my speaker and we just sat there (or lay there) till it got dark, lost in our own thoughts. Then one of us got up and said “want some dinner”. And i got up saying “yeah, lets go to that shrimp place”.
It was such a wonderful day that i doubt the memory will ever fade.
Today i started my morning with this beautiful book and a beautiful idea i took from it. I am sharing it here so that you too have something very interesting to think about at the beginning of your beautiful day.
This an excerpt from the international best seller “The Art of Happiness” by Howard C. Cutler, in which are mentioned the lengthy interviews of His Holiness, Dalai Lama by the author.
In this His Holiness Dalai Lama talks about the peace of mind, the calm on inside. And if one reads the chapter at length, one can understand that his idea of peace of mind is not what we generally construe. But infact, it is very different and opposite of the same.
He says that, the inner calm doesnt imply emptiness on inside or getting rid of all thoughts and feelings. Rather it might include feeling a lot more, more deeply and understanding the happenings and giving a thought to it. But the key here would be compassion and affection. To feel but in a positive manner, with a kind approach. In a manner which cannot in any way disturb the inner discipline we would have created.
This means in simple terms, to have an unshaken calm in the mind, which can be stay put with inclusion of kindness, affection, compassion and empathy in our lives. At the same time letting ourselves feel and be sensitive to fullest but not letting that touch the inner positiveness we have created.
This in true sense would be inner peace, calm.
And from my personal experience, i can say it really works. May be, from years, our approach to attain calm mind has been very different; generally it’s all about getting rid of thoughts and having an emotional mind. But surprisingly its the very opposite. If we let ourselves free to feel and only control the way that feeling affects us, it will bring you more inner calm and happiness that you would have thought it can.
Give it a thought. Try it for a few days. I am sure, you will feel differently and definitely for better.
This is a wonderful book for those who are seeking self help, for those who are interested in Buddhist Philosophy and teachings of Dalai Lama. A wonderful book to start your day with.
I suggest you to give it a shot and i hope you like it. 😊😊
Mat puch tujhse door hone ka anjaam, Har raat, teri yaadon me ulajh kar, Khud ko suljhaane ki koshish krti hu mai. kagaz pr teri meri tasveer bana kar, khud ko mitaane ki koshish krti hu mai. Aankh to lag jaati hai, Magar rat me kai bar uth kr vo sapne bhulaane ki koshish krti hu mai. Jab raat se din ho jata hai, or din se sham, To aankh meech kr samay wahi ruk jaane ki guzarish krti hu mai. Mat puch tujhse door hone ka anjaan, Har raat teri yaadon me ulajh kr,