People often ask me these days: Why do you always go to India? Why don’t you go abroad?
Well, if I were as rich as former Crown Prince Paras Shah, I’d certainly love to spend time with a Thai girlfriend on some beach in Bangkok. But until I make enough money to travel abroad, I want to reach all corners of India. After all, India itself is a continent. Moreover, even if you went broke in India, you can still find something to eat and a place to lie down !
Below are some old and some new pics from my India travel.
One of the reasons why I go to India is coz I enjoy train journeys! Trains are the largest cultural classrooms in India.
A file photo: Remember my travel companions, the Gujarati and the Rajasthani? Here too culture shapes personality: from their outfits to expressions. But remember, culture is just another social trap!
Ahmedabad: I’ve seen men cart-pullers in Nepal. But never saw an old woman pulling a cart on a busy street before! Sometimes I think if I took some course in photography, I can also survive as a professional photojournalist!
This is how I impressed Swami Ananda and he took me to his home.. 😆
Besides human animals, I’m also fascinated by other animals’ behavior!
People enjoying tea in Dwaraka. The Dwarakans have their own way of drinking tea. They pour it on a plate and do suruppa.
The Dwarkan brand of tea has really a great taste.
The Sun also rises in the Arabian Sea.
This is one of the most famous temples in India – the Dwarakadhis Temple. Note Amitabh Bachchan promoting Dwarka Tourism. But there was a long line like that in our Pashupatinath. So, I didn’t feel like going inside. I also didn’t go inside the main temple in Rameswaram last year. As I often used to tell my friends in my 20s: if there’s a god, he knows me very well, I don’t have to bribe him. I’ve found that most people bow to a ‘god’ not to surrender their ego, but out of insecurity and guilt.
Instead, I was interested in this man in another temple.
And I was interested in this goddess… don’t get me wrong guys, i was interested in her for purely aesthetic reasons! 😉
Remember the 92 year young freedom fighter? He prefers to be left alone, so i’ll not disclose his location. This man has eaten up all 18 Shastras several times. But his definition of Dharma is similar to mine: Follow your own nature!
And this is my true nature, to live life as naturally as possible. But, I’m only showing you a silhouette of my nakedness, to prevent you from any shock overdose!
This is another most famous temple, the Somanath. But, this time I went inside it. It’s really one of most aesthetic temples in India. I wish the people at the Pashupatinath Steering Committee visited Somanath to learn how you look after a World Heritage Site. But, what I don’t like about the Hindu temples everywhere is the high decibel noise they create during the Aarati prayers. A Hindu mind is so disturbed that only a high pitch cacophony seems to suppress it.
India is really a strange country. Gods and Satans live side by side. After all, they create each other. Stalin in Trivandrum, Kerala.
Hey assholes, I also met your one friend walking alone on the road! 😆
Also took a Tonga Ride in Gonda…
Btw, this is a horse’s hole! 😆
Been to Ayodhya as well. Again not for any religious reason, but for cultural reasons. I also wanted to visit the demolished site of Babri Mosque. I found Ayodhya more interesting culturally than I’d imagined. It’s really an ancient sleepy town.
I think the site at the former Babri Mosque is one of the most heavily guarded area in the world. After the demolition of the Mosque, the RamJanma Bhoomi Temple has been established. Interestingly, God there does not reside inside a temple, but inside a makeshift tent. The God is also waiting for the court’s final verdict.
The site is so heavily guarded than when i took the pic of this notice, i was scolded by a guide that i might be arrested. You walk through intricate barricade to reach the main site, and you’re thoroughly checked at several points. The site is guarded by devout Hindu security officials with surnames like Yadav, Chauhan, Rathore, etc. They also asked my name several times, and they were happy to know that I was from Nepal.
Also took a boat ride at the Saryu River. Although a little polluted, I found Saryu much bigger than I’d imagined. No wonder that every great civilization in the past prospered on the banks of a great river!
Ayodhyan Dogs – undernourished and unfriendly!
And this is not India. Buddha was born in Nepal, not in India. 🙂 This is the famous Mayadevi Temple in Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Nepal. It was not a planned visit, but it happened to be on the Visit Lumbini Year.
And this is site inside the Temple where Buddha was born. Taking photographs is not allowed. But, who can stop Divas the Sherlock Holmes? 😆
To be honest, I found this ancient pond and its surrounding more spiritual than the Temple itself!
My colleagues, friends, and relatives complain that I impose ‘silence’ upon them. But, see, i’m not alone to do so, guys!