2+1 Reasons on Why to explore the Wild Side of India?

A big shout out to all those lovely adventure loving people! We often lead a life of discontentment.  Most of us sssshhhh our inner calling to surrender to those half a dozen excuses that keeps us in the rut. Ah! Those deadlines, meetings and of course those hundreds of e-mails make us feel that the world shall stop to cease without us. Such a waste? As it is widely put- “Balance between work, love and play are the wheels to mankind”. I would like to point out that we Bharat vasis (Indian Citizens) are privileged to have the best of the best flora and fauna served to us on a platter. And because abundant natural wealth is available at our disposal we often take it for granted.

Wildlife lovers from all over the world travel to India to experience the taste of the rich Indian treasures. The Kohinoor here is the majestic Indian Tiger. The enigma of this stripped mammal is enough to stop our breath. Though our Tiger boasts of being the most photographed mammal on the planet, India is also home to the Asian Elephants, One-horned Rhinos, Asiatic Lions, Snow Leopards, Gharials and over 170 endangered species.

Here are 2+1 reasons to enjoy the rewards of being an Indian. Explore the best side of India… because yeh nahi dekha toh kya dekh? (If you haven’t seen this then what have you seen?)

  1.  Our Birding Sanctuaries are fab! 

India has as many as sixty bird sanctuaries. The smallest one being in Porbandar, Gujarat. It is as small as 1 square kilometer only! Within this area there is a fresh water lake that attracts over 150 species of birds. Some of these are the Spoonbill, Cranes, Flamingos, and Pelicans. The other famous sanctuaries are Chilka Lake Sanctuary in Odisha, Bharatpur Sanctuary in Rajasthan and Thattekad in Kerela.

 

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Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Kerela

The Asian-Paradise fly catcher birds…..Aren’t they beautiful? The violet hues around their cornea’s are not to be missed.

2. We have the BIGGEST mangrove forests in the world- The Sundarbans !

This is the rawest wildlife experience one can ever have. Sundarbans literary means ‘Beautiful Forests’. It is not only a home to over 400 Bengal tigers, but it also accommodates about 10 roaring rivers and the beautiful estuaries (where the streams meet the tides). Watching out for the River Dolphins is another experience all together.

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3. We are super proud of our ever friendly Elephant and Rhino Parks!

Imagine herds and herds of these gigantic mammals! The Kaziranga National Park, Assam is located on the banks of Brahmaputra River. It has been a home to the endangered one-horned Rhinos and Indian elephants for over a 100 years now. The then extinct one-horned Rhino (only 12 were left in the world) has now grown to 2000.

Apart from wildlife, there are coffee and rubber plantations worth exploring.

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The Kabini National Park, Karnataka is another beckon call for us to heed!

The list of other wildlife sanctuaries is just a Google away. None of these wanderlust heavens can be substituted by Facebook or What’s App… or any other software on this planet. What say? This blog is just a teeny tiny peep into the lushness, the fullness that nature has to bless us with.

You may visit:

http://www.rathikaramasamy.com/

https://500px.com/shaazjung

Both Rathika’s and Shaaz’s work will assist to get a deeper insight of what we have and what most of us have yet to explore. Both these acclaimed photographers have brought justice to the magnificence of nature through candid images. Their work definitely speaks more than my words. Enjoy guys!

Much love- Nidhi

 

 

 

 

The Lopsided Affair

Affair, huh?….hmm… aha….! This must be steamy? Unfortunately NO! This isn’t about a romantic episode. Disappointed? Don’t worry I got news for you. This isn’t about the fiery passionate love But YES! It definitely is all about love. The love definition may not be as per the modern standards but it is the basics. It matches up to the Universal language of love. So please proceed to read this blog only if you believe in it and can help add your share of love.

This so called “Affair” started last afternoon near a Sandwich cart. Something banged into my car. I got off to see if anyone was hurt (was worried about the impact of the bang on my new car as well). A lump of mess stood there with her hands crossed so as to cover her face completely. She sobbed without waiting to catch a breath. I didn’t realise what had happened, until another Sandwich customer yelled at the teenage helper boy there. “Kyun mara be? (Why did you hit her?)”

“Pagal hain, customero ko tung karti hain (She is crazy, she troubles the customers).”

The customer threatened the boy that he would cancel his order for the way he had treated the girl. I took this a step further. I went and cancelled my order of ten sandwiches (already ready to be parcelled). I felt that the owner was equally at fault for not stopping his helper from the act of violence. He lost a business of Rupees Seven Hundred. The other customers sitting around also cancelled their orders, another loss of about Rupees Three Hundred (guessing the amount). Money isn’t important here, but it is a language people better comprehend too. A lecture given will not impact them as much as a monetary loss.

“Insaniyat kaha hain? (Where’s humanity?)” I asked the boy.

“Areee Madam, yeh pagal hain ( Madam, she is crazy)”

“Mujko tum pagal lagte ho, toh maru kya? (I feel that you are crazy, now shall I hit you?)”

Nothing much was said after that. Do you think that the boy was at fault? ..hmm.. No, he wasn’t, he was doing his job. The victim girl here, was actually bothering his customers to buy colouring books from her. His intention was right. All he wanted was his customers to be able to eat in peace. But his approach was wrong.

The boy did realise his mistake and offered a plate filled with sandwich and wafers. He also made an effort to nudge her to eat from it, before he returned back to his job. Her angelic face, which I could now see, was covered in grim and dirt (maybe she hadn’t washed it since months). Was she bathed and in a good pair of clothes, anyone would have thought she was one of the better privileged human beings trotting on Earth. This is the lopsidedness of our society. It would probably take another round of human evolution to stop this nonsense. And I would like to leave that for another day. Coming back to the little girl, she wasn’t giving up. She was all about self respect. She left the plate on the seat of one of the many parked scooters there. I couldn’t help but observe the girl. Every few seconds she would glance towards her plate and then turn her face around.

This little play of her’s with her plate of goodies could bring a smile to even the hard hearted ones. I called her and asked her in Gujarati, “Kem nathi khati? tane kharab lagyu ?(Why aren’t you eating? Did you feel bad?)” She was silent. She slowly raised herself on the tips of her toes, over the car’s side, to make sure that her plate was still there. She slowly nodded in affirmation. After she was convinced that the boy had realised his mistake and it was a cool thing to forgive, did she go back to her plate and began eating her crumb.

I felt powerful with the flow of positive energy that was now within me. I am no Mother Teresa, nor was the gentleman (who stood against violence) Saint Paul. But yet, something in the Universe had changed for that moment. The boy had learnt from his mistake, the girl’s belly was fed (temporarily), and I got my sandwiches. At least for a few minutes, all was well with the world.

I hope this “lopsided affair” at the Sandwich stall can inspire many. We wait for kindness and courage to come from others, the truth is that we, ourselves are well capable to be kind. If the motive of the human heart is true love, the courage to find and cherish it, will be there. The Universe is here to help us. Believe in the Divine.

Much Love to the believers of kindness and courage,

Nidhi

 

That Thing About My Marriage

There won’t be a better day than today to pen down memoirs from my marriage, as my husband and myself turn nine years old as a legal couple. For the starters by sharing this post I in no way claim that ours is the happiest or the perfect most, but I do claim that I am darn proud of it. We have had our share of struggles, and still have a long way to go, but I can’t help feel the euphoria of this journey so far!

My Dad left no stone unturned to give his daughter( yep, that’s me) a fairytale like wedding. He had loved the word “Saptapadi”, meaning seven steps which is the essence of an everlasting love and respect in a marriage. So, he had the word printed in the wedding invites. Only for me to discover its depth in the moments to come.

The wedding was over, but my marriage had just begun. During my Bidai, my mom was crying buckets. Everyone on my side of the family was sad and cried, but mom was inconsolable. I just stood there, numb, feeling horrible that I had to leave my mom in this state. So I kept standing next to her, juggling to find words that would make her feel a bit better.

All this while my husband and I were tied to each other with the wedding knot. He stood for a while and soon realised that if he didn’t act fast then mom might collapse. So, he quickly got into the car. Now, no matter how hard I tried to go near my mom, I was pulled back towards him. I had no choice, but to get into the car too.

Inside the car, a typically quiet person that my husband is, started talking a lot. I guessed he was just as nervous as I was. He shared that he had read somewhere that some couple separated because they had some issues about the way the husband kept the toilet seat. He blabbered on and on about it. It was hilarious, I laughed through my tears. He said that he didn’t want such issues, so the first question he asked me as a man and woman was how would I want him to keep the toilet seat?

I was so caught up at his weird, yet funny side that I completely forgot about the horrible feeling I had a minute ago. He later called my dad out of concern and inquired about my mom.

There it was! The first step of Saptapadi, live in action: finding ways to bring a smile on your spouse’s face( even if it means being silly or talking like a crazy maniac).

As individuals we are poles apart. I am a saving type, keep a tab on our pennies while he is the spender; I give out distress calls frequently while he is calmer than still water; he notices every little thing about me while I admire him irrespective of his clothes or hairstyle.

Today divorce rates  have increased phenomenally; there are a lot many marriages that are dragged on and on each day, continued to exist due to fear of social pressures. Failed marriages aren’t because of the people involved in it. They are simply not happy because they revolve around other aspects: bank balances, infidelity, secrets and manipulations. Focus shifts when a couple stops let going. When they can’t forgive. When they refuse to budge from where they stand. They see each other as a pain instead of being painkillers for the other.

There is a constant seek for something or someone that isn’t yours. Is it so difficult to love what is yours? Why does somebody’s life, life partner, marriage and to a great extent others kids and jewelry look finer than yours?

This is the thing about our marriage. We both love what is ours. There are no terms and conditions. Love is unconditional. It’s cumulative of sweet words, hope, satisfaction and 24×7 support.

Yeah, that’s the thing about my marriage!