‘Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for a place to go…’ – Abba (Dancing Queen)
I was in school when I first sang this song as part of music competition and it has stuck with me ever since. This song was our first encounter with the Friday feeling. Friday nights are meant to go out & party. Within the first week of job itself we were eagerly waiting for the weekend. And after so many years I am still as excited as before.
And since it’s Friday night, I am in mood for some dance & music, little hip hop or Bhangra. I may even watch a movie tonight or read some novel. But today is break time from writing ! Happy Weekend everyone 🙂
Amritsar – the city is one of the major tourist destinations in India. City attracts Indians and foreigners alike. I have been fascinated with the city for as long as I remember & got an opportunity to visit it last year. It is the spiritual center for Sikhism.
How to reach Amritsar:
The city is well-connected by rail, road and airways to major cities in India. I had travelled by train from Delhi to Amritsar and took return journey by bus. You can also drive yourself from Delhi to Amritsar.
Places to visit in Amritsar:
Apart from finding your spiritual self, be assured that you will be eating lots of delicious food.
Golden Temple (Sri Harmandir Sahib) –
It is captivating place. The experience of visiting Golden Temple cannot be expressed in words. It is open for one & all to visit.
Before entering the premises, you need to wash your feet in the pool of water at entrance. As a mark of respect, head is to be kept covered at all the times. The head scarves are also provided at the entry if you do not have one.
Gurudwara is surrounded by a large lake which is filled with fishes. It is a treat for eyes to sit on the edge of lake and look at the calm water.
The exquisite gold and marble work is an architectural marvel.
I had stayed there for long hours on my two day journey to Amritsar. Watching Gurudwara as the sun sets & when the sun rises was the best part of the whole journey.
And how can I forget the joy of enjoying food at the largest kitchen in the world. The food at Langar was delicious and the whole place is managed by the Sevaks.
It also has three Holy Trees sacred to Sikhs and houses the Akal Takht.
Jalianwala Bagh –
It is a memorial place for Jalianwala bagh tragedy. It was established to commemorate the massacre of unarmed civilians by British forces on April 13,1919.
It serves as a gruesome reminder of the cruelties suffered by innocent people. British official Dyer went on a fire frenzy to shoot one and all as they had gathered to celebrate the festival of Baisakhi.
The place makes you take a step back into history and ponder about India’s struggle for Independence.
Radha Swami Satsang Beas –
Radha Soami is a Hindi expression meaning ‘Lord of the Soul’ in English. The main seat of the organisation ‘Dera Baba Jaimal Singh’ is located on the banks of the Beas River in Punjab.
The visitors need to submit all electronic items including mobiles and camera at the entrance. So, could not click any photographs of the place.
We had wanted to perform meditation under the guidance of a guru. But unfortunately could not do it.
It is spread across large area and has distinctive residential & administrative blocks. The place is amazingly clean and green. Staying here is like a breath of fresh air. Here also the food at canteen was yummy!
Wagah Border –
It is famous for the “beating retreat” border ceremony which the Indian & Pakistan forces jointly follow. We had visited Amritsar when border tensions were at highest peak and the ceremony was cancelled for days.
Famous food joints In AMRITSAR
Kesar da Dhaba is famous for its parathas, dal and lassi combination.
Kulcha Land known for it’s Kulchas.
That was all that I could explore in Amritsar on my short visit. Will surely add up more when I visit it again. Do let me know what other places/activities you liked on your visit to Amritsar.
Direction is one of the most controversial words from the English vocabulary. Whole life we are bombarded with questions like – what direction is your life going? What direction is the career going? After all, why do we even need so many questions. Irony of my life is that my name also means direction! People joke about my name, that I would have all the directions sorted out for myself. Alas, if only I can tell them that not the case. Exactly like this blog post which might sound directionless to you. But for me I am writing out my heart.
Our lives direction was predetermined even when we were kids. Get admitted in kindergarten, move up the classes, give board exams, get into a good college, have a career…Phew, see the whole life has to have a direction. I want to break free from this routine. Sometime out of my own life where I can flow in any direction I want. Is this too much to ask?
There comes a time in everyone’s life which is full of uncertainties. Things do not move as you plan. Introspect and find the purpose of your life. You may be headed in the wrong direction. But it’s never too late to change it!
Do share your thoughts and let me know if you believe in having a fixed direction in life or like to go with the flow…
Cancer is a life-threatening disease which results from abnormal growth of cells. It affects different people in different ways. Whatever be the case, the person suffers – both physically and mentally. Family and friends around the person also feel the same pain. Seeing your loved ones go through the treatment is hard.
Just today morning I had read the story of a kid who underwent the cancer treatment on Humans of New York page on Facebook. Each story that I read or hear has a common connection – the fear of unknown & the faith to get better.
I understand your pain. Every needle that pierced you equally pierced my heart. You were the one going through treatment & I was as anxious as you. Awaiting the scan results was miserable. Each day had new anxiety levels. Your eyes conveyed the feelings which the words could not. A visit to doctor was never so scary. Let’s just say I also never want to visit hospitals ever again for a lifetime.
Only you can determine the extent of your pain. You have been through it & no one can ever fully comprehend how you feel. But, never forget that you have your family & friends to support you whenever you need us. It’s not your battle alone to fight. We are all in this together & will sail through it. God’s grace has helped us throughout these tough times. And the worst is over!
The future holds all good things for you. Please do not let go of who you were. The zest for life that you have should stay till eternity. Think of it as a cloud with silver lining. Remember your dreams & aspirations and live for them with a new passion. Afterall, there are so many things left to try!
– Love you loads ! 🙂
P.S. – This post is dedicated to all those who are going through Cancer & their families. It may be tough right now, but this too shall pass.
It’s time to party! Let’s break into dance & continue all night. After all you have found love of your life. It’s your engagement and no one can be happier than me. Just few days more to go! You don’t have an idea of how much I am missing being with you right now. Just to tease you. When I got engaged you had pestered me so much. Oh dear, just wait till I meet you next. Then it will be revenge time 🙂
Time is flying away & you are overwhelmed with emotions. Brother irritating you more than usual & parents pampering you. I know you want to capture every moment. The new relations might sound confusing now, but they will add joy to your life. Cherish these moments coz they last for a lifetime.
Let’s talk about your Mr. Perfect – welcome to the family. He is charming and understands you. You are the storm brewing & he is the calm sea. He will add direction to your chaos. You both are alike yet so different.Alas, he is unaware of what he has gotten into. My wish for him is that he gets all strength to endure you! Mr. Perfect, take good care of my friend.
I have said enough already, now get married soon. Have a joyful life ahead! Love you both 🙂