All the places I have been

Its been asked a few times from me and its important to have a record for it so let me do it statewise : –

States Answer
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh No
Assam No
Bihar Yes
Chhattisgarh No
Goa Yes
Gujarat Yes
Haryana Yes
Himachal Pradesh Yes
J&K Yes
Jharkhand Yes
Karnataka Yes
Kerala Yes
Madhya Pradesh Yes
Maharashtra Yes
Manipur No
Meghalaya No
Mizoram No
Nagaland No
Odisha Yes
Punjab Yes
Rajasthan Yes
Sikkim No
Tamil Nadu Yes
Tripura No
Uttar Pradesh Yes
Uttarakhand Yes
West Bengal Yes

In total, 18 states visited and 10 not – majorly 8 NE sisters and it would be great to visit them someday. But I think having been to 18 states and Bali, Capetown, Nepal is a not bad record so far. Would have liked it to be 10 countries though but hope God will make up for it soon coz he knows that I live for that only 🙂


A fan of History – Always!

As far as I can remember, even before being introduced to the subject of History in sixth standard in school  – I have been an ardent follower of History with great amount of admiration of my country, freedom fighters, conquerors n their conquests, Mughals, different culture, etc.

It began I think thanks to Sunday television shows including Ramayan and Mahabharat and some kids oriented shows shown by our cable – Vikram – Betaal, Dada-Dadi ki kahani, etc. Also comics used to always talk about them especially Akbar-Babar-Humayun and being in Allahabad we always used to hear about Gandhiji, Nehruji, Lal Bahadur Shastri, etc. But I think this was all due to my family’s strong orientation and respect towards our culture and homeland. My Dadi’s dad was a freedom fighter and she was a strong influence in my life making sure I sit with her and watch Ramayan, Mahabharat and also clarify all the doubts about them.

Even in class rooms, I was the one who was extremely up to date with mythology, freedom struggle, famous incidents, leaders and would feel very proud about being the selective few to know this. I remember in class third, we were asked to tell that how does Mahabharat and Ramayan begin and I was the only one to know about them. The only problem was that I wanted to tell the story from Bharat-Ganga stage while Mam or rather Miss wanted it to be a jist about Pandavs and Kauravs. 😀

After school, i college I don’t recall one could use much of history in engineering however we had a group that used to discuss the relevance of mythology in today’s times. It didn’t have much work to show but the intent was there 🙂 During that period, I remember reading all the wikipedia as well as other pages I could lay my hands upon reading about all kinds of history and its prominent leaders.

However, the major comeback of history in my life was the course of IPLE (Indian Philosphy Leadership Excellence) during second year of XLRI. That course revised me and took me back to Ramayan and Mahabharat days making sure that all my learning, knowledge and interest was of all the importance in the field that I was in.

Today, I truely honestly feel every thing I read, heard, talked about, felt about had a big role play in the way I am and what I am going to be and going to do.

I thank you Baua and all the important historical figures for making my life so interesting to read. Kabhi ho to bulana zaroor ek baar sair karenge saath 🙂

Happiness always lies in those small things..

There is no doubt about this fact..

When in school – you would get that rare nod of appreciation from your most loved/respected teachers, you would cherish that more than any other results throughout the year..

When at home – those small things like making your fav meal, a sweet card from your best friend, a sweet smile from your mommy the dearest, your grandparents saving you from your daddy’s howl would be all that made you filled with joy and happiness..

When at College – a good genuine word of appreciation from a guy you like, getting some freedom to go out for panipuri on your own, getting some money to buy your first watch was all that was required to make you feel worthwhile..

When in XL – someone giving you some food of thought – simple ones like Social Entrepreneurship, Indian mythology’s relevance in today’s times, etc. were all that told you that brilliance doesn’t lie in text books…

@Work – A cup of good tea, a good article – that’s it can help you rejoice 🙂 🙂 + possibility of going home and seeing your loved ones..

@life beside work – holding your camera and pointing at people, things of reference + having a good conversation with people you wish around + possibility of working on your dream + a good song + a smile from a kid (stranger even) + a good meal + stranger turning friends + exploring unknown territories…+ simple meal with your loved ones..

Allah Hu Aqbar..


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