Monday, August 29, 2011

My lagos diary in pictures

.........FINALLYYYYYY i went to lagos in July. Whatever said about it, i found it a nice place with even nicer people :).

How the one and half month passed, i do not know. On second thoughts i know !!! Partying and eating a lot. Now let the pictures do all the talking.........

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Corbett, "Tals" and Binsar

.................This month (April) we went for a one week holiday to Corbett National park, Naukuchiatal and finally Binsar. In our Canter Safari in Corbett we saw many animals but not the tiger, then we went uphill to the "Tals", Nainital, Bhimtal, Sattal and far this was a regular holiday but the ascent upto Binsar - the temperature, ambience, the cottage and the Sanctuary at Binsar really won me next holiday will be binsar and onwards....What really impressed me was the forest and the enchanting Jageshwar temples - i dont know why but these reminded me of the temples in Bali........

Friday, April 8, 2011

My 7 Days Detox at Kottakal Vaidyashala

.............Well i thought, since i will be fasting for 9 days from 5th of April why not use this opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate myself. So i went and met this Doctor and she suggested that i should do this Panchakarma treatment - which is like servicing of the car, it takes care of the deterioration process of the body and keep us healthy and balanced. So my treatment started on 5th - with Oil massage, Pudikidi ( Potali with Herbal powders heated and rubbed over the body) and then Shirodhara. The first day, i felt very tired and body was aching all over. Now today is the 4th day, i feel as if all the pain has been sucked out of my body and i feel quite light and nice.....i am not eating much, only the fast food and i sleep at night, i get good sleep. The hair is oil, i will wash it tomorrow as on Sunday we have to go for the Puja. The therapist told me that madam, after this treatment you will be fresh for 6 months.......

Tuljhapur, Pandharpur & Hyderabad

.........Wherever i think of visiting, the presiding deities promptly fulfill my our much delayed Hyderabad Trip finally materialised and we left on Friday and on the way stopped at Tuljhapur, offered our prayers , sari, Oti and prayed, then reached Hyderabad the next day. After staying there for 3 days we returned again on Wednesday and this time stopped at Pandharpur and spent the night there. Here also we saw the deity from very close and offered our prayers. It was a very fulfilling experience and more so as i travelled with both Mom and Mom-in-law.

Hyderabad was nice, we stayed with Priti and saw the light and sound show at Golkonda again, visited the Ramoji Rao city again and had Biriyani at Paradise....It was a nice trip and since this was done by car, it was more fun.

Friday, February 18, 2011

SHIRDI again

...........we went to Shirdi this week on Tueday (15th ) and came back on the next day. This was my second trip after so many years. Everything seemed different, we spent a lot of time in the temple. The next day we went to Shani Singnapore and then to Yeola, where the karigars weave orginal paithani and i ended up buying a Paithani from Soni sarees- the most expensive saree of my life till date............

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Last 6 months overivew

..............I have made all these posts today for the last 6-8 months today for the simple reason, that i forget what i did and this is a kind of diary that will remind me what i did and when but to sum up......last year - My 1st year of Sabbatical was very fruitful and good and i completed a lot of things i had wanted to do all my life. Jan started with Calligraphy, Feb my mom's treatment and then the trips started......then i did my gemmology ( June - July 10) and September was a big disppointment when my much hyped, planned trip to Kailash Mansarovar went phusss........well thats a long story.....but again like everything else, i believe it happened for the very best and god chose that as an opportunity to free me from the shackles which bind me.....and i know i will go again....when i don't know..............maybe this year, maybe next lets see.............after this i completed my yoga course successfully............that was the highlight of the year.
2011 has begun - By the time i realised its already Feb now.....lets see what many places to go to, my list is ready.......i am ready, steady, goooooooooo..............

Kolhapur again

............Dec, 10 After coming back from Yoga in December me mom and Mil we went to Ganpatiphule again and this time we i donated for Annadana for the 10th of March, our D day.......The day trip to Kolhapur was nice as this was the second time i was going there and i bought three pairs of Kolhapuris........

My Valentine Gift !!!!

.............finally my new car arrived on 7th of Feb 11 , a very very auspicious day, the day of my Ganpati.......I brought home the car in the evening and got a Panditji to to the Pooja......Dhiren said its my Valentine gift and i was so happy and overwhlemed that i told everybody....rupali in the showroom told everyone too......this is my best valentine ever :) though valentines day has not yet come !!! and my car has this lucky number charm :)

Isha Yoga

............when i saw an ad for the 6 day inner engineering workshop( 2-8 Feb,11) being organised in Thane, i thought i must take mummy also so that she too can learn something and practice it we went to learn the Shambhavi Mahamudra..........what we have learnt is - learn to take responsibility, Present is everything - there is no future or past without present, accept the present , accept everything when there is no resistance there is no misery, be happy......

Hampi on Golden Chariot

..........This was my very first trip aboard a luxury train and it was great.......It was the Hampi festival organised for 4 days from 26 Jan - 31 Jan,11.The ruins of Hampi reminded me of Ankor wat and at times i feel there is so much to see and explore in our country and we have not even seen a fraction of it. The Vittala temple was awesome, too beautiful to be described in words.......The temples of Pattadakal, Aihole and the Cave temples of Badami.......i definitely need to go again....and the topping on the cake was the coracle ride.

Panchgani Trip

................We mom-in-law, mom and praveen went for a short break to Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar in Jan and returned on 14th Jan(2011). We stayed in the Blue County Resort - a club Mahindara associate resort. It was nice and then we visited Mahabaleshwar, Wai, Pratapgarh fort, Panchgani and finally on our way back the Tirpati Balaji near was a wonderful getaway.............

Yoga course

 yoga course which was left halfway in 2009 Nov was compelted in Nov 2010. I chose the same dates, the same bed and the same ashram and it was a real deja vu. After i completed it was a cathartic moment and I felt i have come a full circle and in hindsight it seems that whatever happened was for the best only. I got initiated into my mantra and got a spiritual name in keeping with my nature and gods grace. I also went to Rameshwaram and finally to Kodai and then to Hyderabad.It was a fruitful month. The details are posted in my Yoga diary......

Gemmology Diploma

................My long cherished wish of doing Gemmology finally materialised in the month of July(2010). Now Level 2 i have already enrolled, the exam will be in Dec 2011 and after this i will do FGA, London. One more bucket kicked :)