Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Our trip to Sasan gir forest

Our memorable trip to Sasan gir forest.

Its 6.00 clock in the morning, wake up you all, the driver Santoshbhai has arrived at our door step and ringing the bell from half an hour. I still remember my mom’s words, it was our planned trip to Sasan Gir Forest to see lion and to roam in jungle, and then to visit wonderful beaches of Diu.

After a long time it was a get together of our family, everyone was happy to share their different types of experiences and our talking was continued till 2.00 clocks in the morning, so it was very difficult to wake when our driver reached in the morning. All our family members were ready within an hour to start our first family road trip to Sasan Gir. Ours was a hired Matador, to travel in forest areas and nearby places.

We started our journey at 7.00 in the morning and our first destination was a Swaminarayan temple at Gondal. This temple is called Akshar Deri, it’s one of the major sites for the followers of Lord Swaminarayn, and it’s the cremation site of Gunatitanand Swami. We all bow our head their and taken some light breakfast near by the temple to reach our next place that was TulsiShyam Temple.

TusliShyam is located in the forest area of Gir, and it is very famous temple of Lord Krishna, the idol is made from Black stone and it is said to be more than 3000 years old. Also there are 8 sulphur springs, each 4 for women and men. It is said that who every takes bath on this hot ponds will be cured from many ailments. This place is very mesmerizing especially if you reach after monsoon than you will bless to see good greenery. At TulsiShyam we have taken our lunch and followed in deep forest to Kankai temple.

Kankai is very famous for Kankeshwari Mataji, this temple is principal goddess for many castes of Hindus. Kankai was our night stay, so we have to reach at that place before 6.00 pm as there are rules for entry and exit from forest area. We reach the temple and it was day light, we all played cricket for sometime. The entire premise is surrounded with dense forest and there were no electricity, we were forced to take dinner at 7.30 pm. The electric power was generated through diesel engines, so there were no tube lights only yellow bulbs were hanging. We came to know from the volunteers that there will be no lights after 9.00 pm, so instructed us to make beds early, then also we all talked for 11.oo pm. When we were just going to sleep we heard a big roar of lion, many were shivering and rushed to one of the volunteer, he told us not to panic as this place is situated in deep forest, this is the route of Lion, also he told that the sound came from a distance of more than 2 kms. Don’t panic nothing will happen and go to sleep. Many slept and while other wake till the morning, one of my sisters was so panicked that she cried a lot to move our next destination. So we moved to nearby area Diu.

We reached the Diu after 2 hours journey and played a lot at Nagoa beach and visited old fort and Portuguese church. Diu was our night stay at Resort, which was booked by my elder brother. At last from Diu we visited the famous temple of Somnath and completed our journey to reach our destination home. Because of the Lion roar and our fun at different places and while travelling, this is one of the best memorable trip of my life.

P.S: Recently I contacted Kankai temple for night stay but they rejected, saying it is banned by the authority for a night stay at Kankai and near by place called Banej.

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Book Review: Raaksha by Piyus Jha

Book Review: Raakshas India’s no.1 serial killer by Piyush Jha

*Publisher: Westland *ISBN: 978-93-85124-20-6 *No of pages: 233 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Price: 295 *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

Raakshas is a fast paced, page turner crime novel, which describes the mental and emotional mindset of a brutal serial killer. This novel teaches us how a disturbed childhood turns an innocent child to a serial killer.

The book revolves between a protagonist and an antagonist i.e. ACP Maithili Prasad and a serial killer. Why the serial killer called Raakshas: the daughter dies after giving a birth to his son and the grandmother gives a name as Raakshas to the child. Also stubborn father’s attitude towards the child and his behavior towards him affected the mindset of a child. The main reason behind his brutality while killing is the society and the devil behavior of his father.

The plot is totally different from the general crime novels; and after reading this I must say it is very well researched novel. The bonus section and the chapter called afterward in the novel which shows the mentality of Indian family, if anyone is being diagnosed as mentally ill in his family, they doesn’t confess to the society for the fear of rejection.

What I liked the most is the bonus section, which shows the real incidents of lesser known serial killers of India. We are lucky that Indian authors are trying their luck in totally new areas. Now I am desperately waiting for the movie, especially for the character of Raakshas and the most important who will be the ACP Miaithili Prasad.

 I highly recommend to the crime/thriller lovers and to those who are studying human psychology. Enjoy the book.


What made him a serial killer?

Was he born with homicidal tendencies?

Did a harrowing childhood render him criminally insane?

The questions haunt, Additional Commissioner of Police, Maithili Prasad as she spearheads the greatest manhunt in Mumbai’s history. She’s determined to contain the reign of terror unleashed by a ruthless serial killer, but before that she must grapple with her personal demons htat surface to plague her with self-doubt.
Just as it seems that Maithili has begun to understand the deep-rooted resentment that drives the serial killer, he turns around and makes her the object of his revenge. Will she emerge unscathed from this ordeal?
The thrilling narrative of a serial killer’s life and the unusual and challenging investigation to catch him, uncovers a chilling trail of unspeakable torment and cruelty – the tale of Raakshas.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Men's duty at home.

Men’s duty at home.

Why is it so, that men has to go for earning and women have to work at house. It is our age old tradition and being followed today also. I don’t know when and how this tradition was started but when I used to talk with many villagers, how’s the situation in your life. They say that today also man and women work together in field for cultivation (for betterment of society). Then why is situation worse in metros and tier two cities.

While writing this article I searched on net the program of Satyamev Jayate where men handle’s the entire house, from making food to entire activities of home and women works for the earning. The show was fathers stay in house, in India this tradition is new but it’s quite common in foreign land where I think there is good gender equality. I am not saying that this type of things should be followed in India but at least men should be the helping hand to his wife, sister or mother. In USA male is more than 16% caretaker of home while in India I didn’t think it will be more than 6%. After watching the episode of Satyamev Jayate, women are now happy that first step for the gender equality is set up in India.

In India we think more about others than over selves, men will think “what our society will say if I am helping my wife at home”, how will I face the society if they have seen me as a cooking food for my family members? Endless questions will arise in his mind. I am not blaming the men’s mentality but our age old system is such where men have to work and female have to cook.

From the childhood we are taught that some activities should be done by the female only, like whenever any guest visits our home only girl child is ordered to serve a glass of water to the guest, why is it so, now the change is needed, even boy should be taught to bring the glass of water to serve the guests. But I have seen in many families that if boy help for any household work, mother or sister will stop him by saying that these types work is reserved for female, rather you should go out and just earn the money, it will be more beneficial for the family.   

I suggest that domestic skills should be taught from the school itself. If students are taught to wash their cloths, to clean the house, to serve the guest, cooking or any other skill helpful at home than male dependency on women will be lower in near future. There should be one lecture in school where each and every work done by female should be taught to the male than only gender equality will be maintained in the society. 

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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Book Review: Life Mantras by Subrata Roy Sahara

Book Review: Life Mantras by Subrata Roy Sahara

*Publisher: Rupa Publication *ISBN: 978-81-291-3985-6 *No of Pages: 274 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Non-fiction *Price: 200 *Rating: 3/5

My View:

First of all I came to know about Sahara when I was teen, at that time there was a very inspirational song where the journey of Sahara being depicted, how from a small room Sahara became a giant business empire in India. 

Now Life mantras is all about lesson for lifetime, the entire book written in anecdotal format, it’s a thought provoking book from one of the India’s top Corporate honcho. The book is a keen observation of Subrata Roy. The book will guide you to solve day-to-day issues faced by different peoples, not only in corporate world but in social life also.  According to Roy God has gifted every human being with a sixth sense to take any situation by emotional and psychological way.

Subrata Roy has many times repeated and also elaborated the message, that each and every relations are based on some profit, no one does any work for free, whether it is for monetary gain, for emotional, mental or to be praised by the society.

Life mantras is inspirational book, will help you to find solutions in different situations. I highly recommend to those who are studying psychology, also very helpful for Human Resource managers.

Some of the heart touching material in the book and which I liked the most are

* Planetary Influences, destiny, misfortune and a strong knowledge base. 
* Knowledge of work subject (a must read for today’s youth)
* Emotional sphere of great men had a wide expanse to absorb the society and the entire humanity.


“Nobody does anything for anyone. Ass do for themselves – either for more and more material gains or to save and escape from any kind of material losses or from mental-emotional dissatisfaction or for getting more and more mental – emotional satisfaction. Therefore, no one sacrifices for anyone. When no one does anything for anyone, there is no justification in expecting any returns.”

The author goes on to explain that to make life truly beautiful, one also needs to understand the basic truths with which we are born or the basic instincts inherent in us all. So for a positive outcome one has to learn the psychological or the emotional aspects of life, in other words, the realities of life or the entire philosophy of life. As you get immersed in the potent energy of these ‘Life Mantras’, you will slowly find a change, a sense of fulfillment, a self-motivating coming in you. You will thus be led to the ultimate realization that the journey of life is indeed a truly blissful and an enlightening experience.