Time Management

Being a full time journalist I am constantly roaming around the city for some exciting news. Initially, I was in love with my job now it has become just a routine. One day I was sitting on a bench near a beach watching some people meditating and practicing yog-asanas there I met 10 year old Raghu, who was sketching them. Curiousity made me ask him that, “Is this what he does for living?”. He replied with the most pleasant smile on his face, “sir, I am a labourer. I have a very hectic work schedules. Still, I have kept two hours free to do what I love the most” I handed over my notepad and pen to him and silently left the place.

Story by~ Sejal Waghmare.

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How To Love You Less..

How to love you less..

Being around you is completeness in itself.

Ravage me again..
Make your presence felt.

I clung to your presence like an addiction.

The wait.. Its like an urge that needs satiation.

You’ve left so many uncertainties behind,
I’m still searching following those breadcrums.

I’m nothing but a storm..
That can consume you, devour you
Without your consent..
But, I chose not to.

All I ask is,
A talk when you feel low.
A walk with your blues.
Or maybe just an embrace of your unwritten words would do.

I have loved you more.. each passing day.
Ahh, I tasted forever..
Around you!!

Age No Bar

Abhay and Ashok were sitting at a bus stop.
“Hey Abhay why are you so disquieted today, you are always so full of life and in a jolly mood. You handsome old fellow, you have a satisfactory past and well settled future. Kids are abroad. Sorry to say but ‘Nagger wife died last year’. Then why sad face?”
Abhay sighed “You remember our yesterday’s talk you were irritated, as I was shouting over your ears about my favourite colour?”
A beautiful lady wearing a dark maroon dress in her mid 50, passes these two friends.
“Yippee!!” shouts Abhay “She loves me”

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I was waiting for my bus. Being 8 month pregnant, I am unable to control my mood swings lately.

I noticed a man sitting nearby. He was smoking, and staring at me. Which was enough for me to be judgmental towards him and I started passing comments.

He realized my agitation instantly, and tried to make a conversation which irritated me more.

‘Relax, let me explain’ he cleared his throat, and threw away the cigarette apologizing. ‘My wife and I were expecting our baby next month. But, just an hour ago I got to know that we lost him’.

I misjudged him.

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Long Weekend Short Trip

A Trek to Kheerganga from New Delhi

Planning a trek to Kheerganga from New Delhi? Then the best time to visit Kheerganga is May – June and Sept – Nov. Kheerganga in the Parvati Valley is a meadow at 2960m where Lord Shiva is said to have meditated for 3000 years. It is also said to be the ‘cheap and safer staircase to Heaven’ for the people who are looking for the perfect hideout from the city hustle and bustle. Starting from Delhi, you can reach Manali by private Volvo buses which would cost around 600-800₹ per head. After reaching Manali take a local bus to either Kasol or Manikaran. If you’re planning to stay in Kasol, there are various options available around like budget hotels, homestays and luxury hotels. Or else you can directly go to Manikaran, which would cost you approximately 120-150₹ from Manali.

Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib

About Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib, it is the centre for pilgrimage for Sikhs. The place is also famous for hot boiling Sulphur Springs. You can enjoy the hot bath and relish ‘Langar’ before starting your journey ahead. From Manikaran, you can take a local bus till Barshaini which would cost you around 70-80₹. The real trek starts from Barshini. The total trek is about 12km distance and it takes approximately 6 hours to reach the top of the hill. The last village before Kheerganga is Nathan. If you have started the trek around late afternoon and reached Nathan in the evening, it is recommended to spend the night at Nathan. As the trail is serene but it’s also quite dangerous for night trekking. The town has decent places to eat and also good hotels to spend the night, which costs around 100₹ per head.

Food on the way

After the night halt at Nathan, the trek next day will be more refreshing and charismatic. You will come across the tall, gigantic shades of Pine trees which when one walks through the trail, provides shade and cool breeze. So the trek becomes easier. On the way to Kheerganga, there are so many tea-stalls if you feel like stopping by for a quick bite. Even in Kheerganga you will find good affordable places to stay that cost around 80-100₹ for the bed on the sharing basis and approximately 200₹ for private rooms. You can save that by carrying your own tents and sleeping bags as there are beautiful meadows where you can pitch in you tents. And encounter the serene beauty of sleeping under the sky and star gazing experience.

Sulphur Spring

There are two pools with 24/7 flowing water of Sulphur spring in Kheerganga. One for men and a bit covered one for the women to take the bath. At first it scares you to death to even dip your toe but later, even the biting cold is forgotten once your body is in that sulphur heated water. It is also believed that the water has sacred healing properties.

There is one small temple of Lord Shiv and if you climb up a little more, there are caves where it is said that Lord Shiv and his son Kartik performed meditation. Next day plan your return journey to New Delhi accordingly so that you reach Barshini before the last bus leaves, that is around 5:00 pm else you have to spend the night at Barshini till you catch the next bus.

Things to keep in mind while trekking to Kheergana

Respect Nature

Watch your steps at the hot water spring as its very slippery

Carry a pair of slippers, water bottle, good pair of trekking shoes, sun block, sun glasses, torch and basic medicines


Delhi to Kasol: 520 Kms

Kasol to Barsaini: 40 Kms

Barsaini to Kheerganga: 12 Kms trek.

Coastal Diaries Day – 14

Day 14.


Jaganath Puri, Orissa
We hired a car for visiting places around Puri and had planned to go to Chilika Lake near Satpada. We hired a boat from there and started out boat trip around 10:00 which lasted till 4.p.m. The boat charges are pretty high there, call it monopoly or goongiri but that’s how it is. It was really an amazing experience. When we started out boar ride we saw some Dolphins . They were too far & too fast for my camera to capture or maybe they were not in the mood to come near us and pose they were maintaining the low profile and we as a good tourists behaved ourselves too.

On the way towards Sea Mouth we saw so many beautiful migrated birds enjoying their afternoon after-meal time sitting by the bamboo sticks placed everywhere within the lake.

Then we stopped by an Island parked our boat there (These parking the boat is really a very fascinating concept) we also saw so many sea creatures waiting to be cooked. And a guy with a basket full of shells with a real pearl in it I doubt how much real though. 

My co-travellers had live sea food. As in fresh Tiger Prawns and crabs recently caught from the water & specially cooked for them. I loved the sea on the other side of the island this was really an unique experience when you have a lake on one end and beautiful waves of Bay of Bengal on other.

After food we all were so drowsy but then still visited the ‘Chilika Visitor’s centre’ near the booking office, after coming back from boat ride. We reached back around 5:30-6:00 to Puri. Then all we did was enjoyed the sunset & just chilled out at the beach.

I’ve noticed that drivers here in Puri are really very arrogant and they have this irritating habit of honking after every few minutes despite the car is within the traffic or on the empty road. And also they give money to anyone and everyone who stops them. That can be some random bhaktjans who has arranged some pooja and collecting money from car drivers or a place that don’t seem like a toll booth nor they provide any receipt. Which is so weird.

Late that evening, We got our Mahindra Scorpio back from service station. Which was such a relief in so many aspects specially from wasting money on any such drivers.

As next day we had planned to goto Konark and Raghurajpur.

An Undeniable Claim

An undeniable claim.

At some point of life, you’re standing in a crowd-


Waiting for someone to come and say, ‘You belong to me’

Which you know you do.
It might seem..
You’re living a dream.


He being yours or being around is just an illusion.

And still you want to live that dream.
You wait for him to claim again.

To make you believe in his presence before you express your gratitude for this preciousness.

Your belief has been shattered countless times.

Your faith has been questioned always.

And now here he is, his presence makes you forget everything.

You walk few steps towards the ray of hope that claims to brighten your world.
Leaving every thought behind.

You embrace happiness over pain.

You embrace eternity over solitude.

You embrace love over everything unclaimed. 
~ Sejal Waghmare.

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Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja is a festival that is dedicated to the worship of Sun god, Surya and Chhathi Maiya or Usha (The consort of Sun). Chhath Puja is performed to show gratitude towards the prime for sustaining life on earth Surya.

The term basically Chhath is named in reference to the sixth day of lunar fortnight of Kartik month.  Puja is celebrated six days after Diwali.

Lord Surya is considered the lord of energy and life force and is worship during the Chhath festival and to endorse prosperity, well being and progress. Worshipping of sun is a very old ritual in Hinduism as according to them Sun worship is related to the cure of range of diseases and is also believed that Sun worship help devotees to improve the immunity of body and provides the Solar Energy and empowers to control the secretion of hormones 

Thus, it is also said that the ritual of Chhath Puja provides mental calmness by helping in detoxification of body as well as mind. Even in the process of ageing to leprosy Chhath puja is considered as beneficial factor.

Chhath puja and its Rituals:
Chhath puja is is considered one of the most difficult festival. As Chhath Puja is celebrated over the period of four days that includes, Holy bathing, fasting, and abstaining from the drinking water, to preparing and offering prayer and commodity offerings too.

The first day is called ‘Nahai Khai’ that means bath and eat.

The worshippers of Chhath Puja mostly women wake up early in the morning take a dip in holy river Ganga or other similar sacred water bodies and carry some holy water to purify the house and surrounding. They use the water to cook Prasad (prayer offerings) and devotees consume the same later

On the second day of Chhath puja, the devotees fasts whole day and eats only in the evenings soon after sunset. Kheer (rice and milk pudding) is offered as Prasad to the devotees and worshippers.

On the third day of Chhath puja, the ritual continues of offering the food and consuming it later. The family members accompany the worshippers to the river bank, pond or common water body nearby. During the Chhath puja the traditional songs are sung by the women which reflects the culture, mythology and history of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Also on the third day of Chhath Puja in some houses where shortly marriage or childbirth has taken place ‘Kosi‘ is celebrated by lightening the earthen lamps under a canopy of five sugarcane sticks.

The last day that is the Fourth day of Chhath  puja, is consider the most auspicious day. The worshippers of go to the river bank before sunrise in order to make the offering(Aragh) to the rising Sun and then the fast breaks with the offering of Prasad to Parvaitins and other friends and relatives visiting the houses of the devotees.

It all ends with a massive feast with the belief that Sun god will take care of their worries and will provide in good health, prosperity and Wellness.

Bolo Chhatthi Maiyya ki Jai

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Wah Taj

Wah Taj!!


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Rest of the menu too was extremely delicious. Especially the scrumptious Blue-Berry-Cheese-Cake. ??


p dir=”ltr”>Later the Chef specially visited us to check whether we liked the food or not. Isn’t it spectacular!!


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Forbidden Fruit

Original sin was not the apple that Eve ate.

It was her belief that.. 

Adam needed to share precisely the thing she had tasted.
Similarly, we all need someone, we  share the same frequency with.

Someone with whom everything seems right.
Some people are really lucky to meet the one who is as weird as they are.

The one who might be different & still very compatible with you.
And some aren’t lucky enough.
Nonetheless, Love one another.

And try not to possess one another.
Cause, when obsession is involved,

It kills the essence of sacredness.
Let the love prevail.
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