Calcutta Diary

June 20, 2016

It was my dream to visit the famous city of West Bengal. The dream came true when I heard the news of my second cousin’s marriage in Calcutta.

I booked my tickets four months before the date of travel. It was also my first travel by air. The acceleration of the plane on the tarmac gave me an instant adrenaline rush. I thought I would be nervous, but I wasn’t.

The city looked beautiful and clean than I had imagined. I was always amazed by the city’s different modes of transportation; Tram excited me the most.

I took the AC low floor bus from the airport to the city, where I got the chance to hop on the tram. The trams were too slow to my liking. I climbed down immediately.

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My cousins picked me up and I reached our guest house, were I got the chance to spend time with them. They were totally fun

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Next day, I set out to visit the Victorian Memorial, a tribute to Queen Victoria. The building looked majestic. Built purely with marble, it is definitely a must visit site in Calcutta

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I also got the chance to walk the famous Howrah Bridge. The sheer size of the bridge baffled me.

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It was time to get back to my new home in Calcutta. I had promised my relatives to get back in time. I spoke to the guest house caretaker, Rajesh.

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His story amazed me. He hails from the north of India and started working at the age of 6, he was first working in Mumbai and his masters kept him in secret. He learned the art of cooking different cuisines and to do the odd jobs for anyone. He has been working here for the past 8 -10 years. He is very content with his life and always has a smile on his face.

It was time to offer prayers. People spoke about the importance of God in one’s life and how God protected them in circumstances which could have led to death.  I was happy to see the love and affection between everyone.

The marriage ceremony lasted an hour and a half and we reached the reception hall on time.  A few of us took the time in between to explore more of Calcutta.  I never knew Calcutta had dance bars.

It was time to pack and four days went in a jiffy. We thought of doing some shopping and headed to New Market. I bought a leather bag, belts and a shoe. I couldn’t get anything for my sister or Starlet (my pet).

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The rickshaw pullers still existed in the city. I was very curious to find the James Bond number in many other cycle rickshaws.

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Back again in flight, I was able to capture this video.

I knew I had made good memories.

#2015 What an year.

December 31, 2015

It’s been a while since I had a good year. Although the best year still remains to be 2009, 2015 came close to being the best.

Professionally, I was able to deliver a lot more than my responsibilities. Personally, I gained more friends than the last 5 years combined. Traveling is the only factor which goes against 2015 from being the best. I haven’t moved an inch. There’s also a good reason behind it. I was at my best saving and investing on a dream which I will drive home soon. I have to say this, I haven’t done much for my family, I can’t even remember the last time I took my parents or my sister for a dinner. This is going to cover it all.

Let me thank God and everyone who filled 2015 with wonderful memories. If you are reading this, thank you too. Always be hopeful, because only hope keeps you going.

Wishing you a Happy Happy Happy New year.

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The 10 KM Challenge

November 8, 2015

The Runners

Let me be honest, I never thought I could complete 10 km under 90 minutes. Half of the people in the picture have never walked 10 km in the nearest past. Except for a few who completed under 60 minutes, most of us took 75 to 85 minutes to complete the challenge .

Everyone had just one goal in their mind. To win that medal which required to complete the marathon under 90 minutes. It’s very strange when we have a destination/goal in our mind. Our mind and body pushes that extra inch to perform.  Something we lack in our day-to-day life.

 

Google before you Facebook

September 28, 2015

Trust me people; it will do more good than harm. There was times when I would post anything and everything I saw on Internet believing it to be true. Gradually I found out,  “All that glitters is not gold”, that old saying still holds true.

Social media can do more harm than a traditional media. You need to check the background/authenticity before you go ahead and apply those Facebook profile updates.  Traditional media can never collect your data unless you respond by person, email and phone. Social media can. A simple like or change in profile pic is data for them.

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Remember folks, nothing comes free, there’s always a catch.

Life must go on

September 22, 2015

It is strange when we look back about the life we expected and the life we have now. For some it would have improved dramatically and for some it may not have a moved an inch. We would have also thought about the life of our friends and closed ones and probably happy to know they are doing well.

Sometimes I feel it is important to look back at the dreams we had and to see if they are a reality.  Perhaps, the dreams are taking shape or we might have completely forgotten about it. Think about it for a second. End of the day, life must go on and it’s our dreams and hopes that keeps us moving forward.


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