The Grain’s Call

In India, there is a famous saying ‘daane daane pe likha he khane wale ka naam’, which in English would probably mean that each and every food grain comes with the fate of being eaten by someone specific’.

And yeah sometimes, it just fits so perfectly that you are automatically forced to believe the wisdom of ancestors.๐Ÿ˜ฎ

One day, I got attracted to a picture on the street, thinking this place looks interesting, but carelessly heard the whereabouts of which I got a faint idea, and soon, I forgot the thing. 

Then one day we were going somewhere else and just near that place I enquired my mate, “isn’t it the same place I told you about”???
Supposed to be!”

Let’s go and check it out then.”

 and we turned the wheel to end up in a perfect weekend destination!!!!

Wow! This seems to be a happening place considering the masses having fun,” I said.

Then we headed to the main attraction the inviting gateway, a very old bridge leading to Shiva’s hidden abode.
Awkward thing-I was not dressed to the occasion.

Interesting thing-the brief conversation with the priest.

Actually there was a separate stairway leading to a platform, just in front of the temple, probably to have glimpse of God. The priests directed Mr CoolHead, “You go to the temple through main gate,” and then he pointed towards us, “and they will go up the stairs.

It was something new. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”
 Priests either allow women in some temples or they just don’t! 

What is this new system??? Or may be I misunderstood, so, to double check, I moved my index finger and asked him again, “May I?

He was  blunt,”Go if you wish to!

Difficult to keep mum to such directions, “I definitely wish to, that’s the reason I am standing here,” the words came automatically, and I climbed the stairs, bowed my head and came down.

He again called out to me,”Take the blessings.

I spread my hands and received the prasad, immediately mother came forward,and she too extended her arms.

Use your dupatta when you have one! Can’t say anything to those who don’t wear one!” He appeared like commenting to me!

I was like excuse me Panditji! This is all ‘mohmaya’. No one came with a dupatta during birth. God sent us without one. Then why do we need it now to seek his blessings???

He didn’t expect this, I guess! He became politer,”No… no, there is something good in it. You don’t know!”

May be but…

What’s going on? Why do you always have to argue with everyone?” Mr CoolHead interrupted to close the topic, and we left the premises…only to receive an exciting offer to have food along with those who were aptly dressed (I assume, God is happy. He doesn’t mind my not wearing dupatta!). This invitation was unexpected but pleasant. And moreover, who are we to say ‘No’  when God himself is taking care of everything?? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The food was delicious especially because it was lunch-time or May be because it was absolutely free or probably because it was made with Grain’s having our names on !! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“ Whatever it is, it was perfect!!!!

However in the arguing engagement, I could not ask about the history of the place which needs to be known…possibly next time! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Flames Put Out

Side effects of watching daily soaps especially the one like ‘Dil se dil tak’…

I have dreams where the most eligible bachelors of the ‘world’ approach me (I know you are smiling ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†…go on!)…yeah the most desired handsome hunks on Earth come to me with their honest love proposals…and they really look miserable…as if their world would crumble the moment I say No!!!!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
And look at the height…instead of jumping with joy…I tell them to rethink ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ฏ…and forget about this love shove๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ. 

What a FOOL!!!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

It’s Not Fair Square ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ค

If we talk about shapes, which ‘shape’ most people like????
You would say, ’36-24-36’๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰. Caught you humming...I am in love with the shape of you….๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Hello, Take a break! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

Firstly,  it’s practically impossible for all to have it ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ, as simple as that! and secondly, even those of you already having it, are you comfortable carrying the loads????

What a task! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Oh I am sorry, I kind of deviated from my point. Coming back to today’s rant…My Glowingal got a homework today. She was to paste pictures of triangular shapes in her notebook. Sounds easy no! 

And to be on safer side I have kept many of her pre and nursery picture books handy for such emergent situations. I flipped through all of them only to end up with shrunk eyebrows and heavy breath. 

These publishers totally forgot to put triangles in there!!!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

What a pity! I never thought triangle is so rare!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

I mean look at our bollywood movies; noone can do without it; there’s always a triangle…the love triangle! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Anyways, I found it one of the most tedious job to finish the homework of a kindergarten kid!!!

So people don’t ask questions like what I do in the evenings or why don’t I call? You see, I am busy like hell, poking my head in to myriad such tiny but stupifying businesses.

And know for always… that out of various shapes, square and ractangle are actaully the darlings of masses; the most sought after shapes. 

See anywhere for yourself, incase you doubt me!

Shimla; The Countryside

Summer’s at its worst at places. Every time I think about the heat…I bow my head and close my eyes to thank God for making this time of the year, bearable actually…pleasant, by calling me back to my place. Life seems normal now. I haven’t kept water in the fridge yet, you can well imagine…it’s heaven!!!

Mr Coolhead though is losing his cool; he has still some business left with heat ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜Œ.

Recently, we the wanderers, managed to steal a deal and had some best of the moments with each other in the lap of Nature. 
Here are some glimpses of excursion in to the emrald green upper Shimla Hills of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Pabbar Valley

Apple Orchards in full foliage

A bunch of old traditional houses

And the stairs to heaven ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

An obscured water body; a delight to one’s eyes and heart

The green cover

Touch the clouds

A royal abode of once upon a time Hill’s Princely States

Mr Coolhead catching a breath

Horses in the mid of nowhere…awesome!!!!

Connecting To The Roots

No matter where you go in your life, your roots always keep calling you, and it is there where you actually have the complete sense of belonging.

 Recently, My Glowingal too had a chance to visit her paternal roots; it was an occasion of paying homage to the local deity who had returned from a two months voyage of inner Himalayas. 

The man made abode of the deity standing tall.

Well,  for those who don’t understand, ‘Deities travel by means of real people’ who walk on feet for this duration, in the sun or in rain, in the rocks or in drain, with a smile or in pain; they eat and sleep under the open sky till they reach the destinations, the abode of lord Vishnu Badrinath and Lord Shiva Kedarnath, in Uttrakhand, North India, and after spending some time there, and performing some religious chores, they again come back on feet. 
Such devotion,for this long period of time, in this age, is commendable indeed!! 

Mind you, they are not the priests or something like that; they are normal people like you and me! And don’t think of comparing it to some treking adventure sort of thing; there are some rules, and you have to abide by them, and there are aged people with wisdom along in this group to make sure, things go in accordance with the rules. And moreover, they have to reach those revered Pilgrim points dot on time, so no scope for wandering mindlessly. 

According to me, it needs a lot of courage and determination to even nod for such a tedious journey, forget actually taking it! So, hats off to the voyagers and their faith!!!!

No wonder, the deity as well its ‘carriers’ deserve and get a fabulous welcome from the eagerly waiting people of the area. They are hardcore believers and nothing can dwindle this faith…no arguments, no logic!

I have seen the devotion with my eyes. People come from far far places to bow their head just once, and supposedly they enjoy the blessing hand of the deity. 

So yes, Glowingal too received holy blessings and we came delighted and light hearted. 

Religious attempts fill you with positivity that lasts, I have realized…

Young Blood Boiling; Time To Add Some Water!!!!

Interesting!!!

Was witnessing a chat between few youngsters…silently…no interference…trying to understand their point of view.
All I could make out is, the younger people think too much…more than needed…they move unidirectionally…like a horse with blinders.

In a way it is good for them as they don’t lose focus easily. This can help in achieving goals in short time span, provided the energy is channelised in a positive direction.

But flip side is that they don’t see beyond what they believe…however crude the belief is!!!! Their vision is limited…they are stuck…sometimes this leads to dirty politics as well…

and guess what…I am going to lead such monoculars!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

God have mercy on me!!!!!

Aamod (Paradise Unplugged)

Most of the people know Shimla partly because of its British Connection, and partly because of being a popular Hill station since many years. A lot of credit for promoting Shimla also goes to Bollywood. If you have watched old hindi movies you’ll understand.

But this article is not about Shimla; it is actually to talk about one of the places which is gaining popularity among tourists, and people especially from the plains, prefer to come here, enjoy Nature, and have some memorable moments with family or friends. Plus point, it subtracts the congestion and hours long traffic jams in the city. Moreover you can go to the city and come back if you want as this is just 13 km from Shimla towards Chandigarh. 

This place is entitled, ‘Aamod‘ which also means ‘Pleasure’. 



However we weren’t there to stay; it was just a temp halt. The parking is at the level of NH, and you have to walk some 150 mts or so.The guys at the gate were too kind to offer us a drop at the restaurant. Mind you, it was free!!!!
The restaurant is open to all, you don’t necessarily need to stay overnight.The outlook is catchy and pleasant.


Tried Veg platter which was good and heavy too, so, my little tummy refused anything else. The hospitality is worth appreciating though.


The platter costs Rs 600. True, I have had better than this but no problem, it was fine. And yes later they do offer you complementary dish and bread of your choice. That was surprisingly good!!!

Just for the information, they do provide some local Himachali dishes here. Do try some.

Move out of the restaurant, and start climbing uphill to explore the surroundings. (You need a walk to digest all the cheese you just ate.)


The Reception


Nature friendly Cottages

Activity Area

Way to Nature walk on your on

View of NH 22 from the top

All in all, it is a good place to hang out. The ambience is peaceful (except for those Cicada songs), air is fresh, food is good, and best thing it is very approachable.

PS. Just before this we went to Barog camping site, it was quite hidden in the jungle and we kind of lost interest after reaching almost there, we returned and ended up at Aamod.For more information about the place you can click on the link.

From Zoom to Zumba

You know how do I boost myself to do things hanging in the mid for a long time due to utter laziness or procrastination…I admire my own efforts in the very direction!!!๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ

Once I do that… I immediately realize that what I am doing now is not enough…I need to widen my horizon and explore.
This time I wrote an article ‘my heart goes zoom…mmm…mm’, a few days back, praising my abilities to manage time and stay fit at the same time…well you joined in too ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰. 

Then I thought… and thought, and came to a conclusion…this title needs amendment!!!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

How about ‘My heart goes zummm…mmm…ba!

Yupsie! I am into Zumba now. Today was the first day…and what a day it was…I can still feel the blood flowing up my head….Awesome!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ

So Now I can say…this is what you call taking good care of your all time busy for your wellbeing heart…I can do atleast this much.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Lo and Behold

He said, “You are family too and I’ll tend to your happiness just like the other members of the family.”

And he puts her happiness on his priority list…last!!!!!

And My Heart Goes Zoom…mmm…mmm๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“

Exercise is good for health, we all know that but how many of us actually do it unless or untill it is the only option to come out some physical situation. Most of us work out to get a slimmer body and very few people actually workout for health purpose. 
Well I am no one to comment on that. So accept my  apologies. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

I am really health concious; I try to eat organic wherever possible, treat myself with a green cuppa ๐Ÿตevery morning , do light yoga at times, and like but I am absolutely not the one starving myself by limiting my food choices. So there is no ban on Chocolates ๐Ÿซ, pizzas ๐Ÿ•, burgers๐Ÿ”, samosas, paranthas etc. I totally enjoy eating them. So do I get fat? Hell yes! And especially around the belly…And that’s my kind of alarm to set a workout routine and you know what, I do it honestly, and once back to near normal, I just play it cool! I go easy. (Thankfully I don’t have a big sweet tooth, and my bod accepts and consumes everything religiously.)

So how am I dealing with this lazy yet all time hungry me?

 Well, it depends. This time, I chose to stay little far from the main road (benefits of living in rented apartments; you pick what you like). 

And I use public transport. So everytime when I  catch a conveyance, I have to walk for some 10 minutes, and I need to get off at a place which requires me to walk another 5 minutes to my work. So a walk of 15 minutes and obligatory total 30 minutes walk…not bad haan! No special time invested. I am killing two birds with single stone! Gosh, I have become Intelligent! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“

And I am happy as I am doing some good to my heart. Now, Are you happy my sweet-heart (I am actually referring to my heart)! I am taking good care of you no! So what if I don’t do strenuous exercise.I suppose you are getting good blood.

I hope you and me will be working happily together for long sometime slowly at times picking pace. You just do me a favour. Keep beating at least 70 times a minute… ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ ofcourse until death do us apart….