A to Z Challenge 2016

A2Z-BADGE [2016]Today while I was checking my phone, I got message in Facebook from Darcy (Not Fitz William Darcy; I m telling about Mr. Darshith Badiyani). It was from him on the banners and badges for A to Z Challenge. It is then I realized I have to write continuously for the next 26 days from April 1 and that April 1 is just a day away. I was busy on the theme reveal day and I still don’t know whether I can complete the Challenge.. But I will try my best..

So here I am! A get ready post for the A to Z Challenge 2016. It is the first time I am taking up this. All the best to everyone who is taking part in A to Z Challenge.. Waiting for the non- stop writing month!! 🙂

6 least explored must visit destinations in Kerala

Kerala as known as God’s own Country have so much to explore. It have a huge galore of art, culture and beauty in its shack. Every district in Kerala owns a special destination which is worth an encounter. Still there are a lot of unexplored destinations in Kerala. Here are six of such least explored must visit destinations in Kerala.

Anchuruli tunnel
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Anjuruli tunnel is a 4.75km tunnel connecting Erattayar and Anjuruli. It locates in Kanchiyar village in Idukki district. Anjuruli is located 3kms away from Kanchiyar and 5kms away from Labbakkandom settlement of Periyar Lake. It is a catchment area of Idukki Arch Dam.We can reach to the tunnel with the help of local people. It is a perfect destination for fishing. Best season to visit Anjuruli tunnel is after rainy season. We can reach with prior permission from Divisional Forest Office at Kanchiyar. You can make a walk through the tunnel in summer season if you are brave enough.

Nearest Town : Kattapana (9 kms away; direct buses to the spot available)
Nearest Railway station : Kottayam (110 kms away)
Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport (121 kms away)

Chembra Peak
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Chembra peak is the highest peak in Wayanad district located 2050m above sea level. The main attraction is the heart shaped lake on the hill. We can encounter the lake in half way to the top of the peak. This is where the Wayanad hill range in Western Ghats connects with the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu and Vellarimala of Calicut. We can reach the hill by foot from the nearest town Meppady. District Tourism Promotion council provides guides, trekking equipemts and charges for it. We have to acquire permission from Forest Office at Meppady for trekking.

Nearest Town : Meppady (3 kms away)
Nearest Railway Station : Calicut Railway Station (92 kms away)
Nearest Airport : Calicut International Airport (97 kms away)

Chimmini Dam & Wild Life Sanctuary
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Chimnini Dam & Wild Life Sanctuary diverse for its flora and fauna is located near Echippara in thrissur District. The sanctuary is established in 1984 and the earthern dam is completed in 1996. Dam is an irrigation Dam connected to the Kurichiyar river and which plays the main water source for the nearby areas. River rafting and trekking is possible in the dam reservoir. The main attraction is rafting on the full moon nights. The whole area displays a picturesque beauty of nature.

Nearest Town : Chalakkudy ( 39 kms away)
Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur Railway Station (38 kms away)
Nearest Airport : Cochin International Airport (58 kms away)

Ilaveezha Poonchira
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Ilaveezha Poonchira (Pond of flowers where leaves do not fall) is a hill station around 3200ft above MSL. Located in the Melukavu Village of Kottayam district, it is an enchanting hillock surrounded by three hills Kodayathoor Mala, Mankunnu and Thonippara. Least with trees (that is why no leaves to fall) and serene with grasslands; Ilaveezha poonjira is a perfect destination to feel the fresh air. The road guiding up the hill is a bit dangerous and there are local jeep service available to reach the top. If the climate is clear we can watch Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Aleppy, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts from the top of hill.

Nearest Town : Thodupuzha (20 kms away)
Nearest railway station : Kottayam (50 kms away)
Nearest airport : Cochin International airport (65 kms away)

Paniyeli Poru
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Paniyeli Poru is an amazing destination where Periyar River flows through rocks and boulders. The name ‘Poru’ in Malayalam means fight. It is located in Ernakulam district near to Perumbavur. It is a rain forest with serene beauty of trees and the flowing river. Poru is a reserved forest under the Kerala State Forest Department and thus we have to take entry pass to enter. A walk of around 20 minutes is necessary to reach the river. The best season to visit the spot is Mid November to the end of May. The entry is allowed till 5pm.

Nearest Town : Perumbavur (15 kms away; direct buses to the spot available)
Nearest Railway Station : Aluva (35 kms away)
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (30 kms away)

Thottada Beach
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Thottada Beach locates near Kannur – Thalassery Highway. Thottada is a place with a clutter of educational institutions. The Beach is 800m long and have Thottada River flowing on the one end of the beach which adds more beauty to the whole nature around. The Beach is ideal for Sun bathing. There are beach houses and guest houses for stay.

Nearest Town: Kannur (8kms away)
Nearest Railway Station : Kannur Railway Station (8kms away)
Nearest Airport : Calicut International Airport (112kms away)

So get ready for the trip to Kerala. Pack your back pack and get ready to pack your heart with best memories!

Image Source : Google & Own Photographs

Originally posted in Bolte Raho on 21 March,2016

SHE – EK LA CHOLO RE! A peep into LGBT community in India

India is one among the very few countries who gave electoral right to a third gender. Yes! We gave right to vote for the Hijra community. But India is a country where people think homosexuality is immoral. It is still a Taboo to our Government and society. As per the Indian Penal code section 377, making sex with the person of same gender is punishable by law. Now, the Parliament again voted down Shashi Tharoor’s private member’s bill to decriminalize homosexuality I would like to introduce a book to you all about the transgender community in India. We have already seen so many novels & biographies by the transgender community, this one is a joint effort by Dr. Shayan Haq and Santhosh Avvannavar.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00004]Titled as SHE-Ek La Cholo Re; inspired by Rabinthranath Tagore’s verses from the title ‘Eka’ in his song anthologyBaul, published in Bhandar magazine in 1905. The story itself set on the backdrop of Calcutta in 1990. SHE is a well written story packed in 50 pages. A story weaved from a single journey between two unknowns. Story on life of Kusum, whose identity fells in between he and she. It revolves around the life of a transgender; which shows the struggle of a person to be themselves and more. It gives the perfect picture of how oddly our society treats them and how worse the other people makes them feel about themselves. A story of brave heart whose identity is blurred cause of the social conditions around. And it is all about finding one’s own identity among all odds.

SHE starts when Raj meets Kusum in the road as a strange woman waiting for a lift and it ends on how Kusum’s life story touches Raj by hearing her on their drive to the destination. The novel ends giving a wonderful climax and it makes us think more on the sacrifices a person have to do to be her own or his own. As gender is a fact that we gain by the time we start our life in a womb; often it makes a difference cause of the hormonal imbalance or the matter of mind. It is a person’s wish to be on which gender he/she should belong; and society is the major fact that kills people’s own self and slashes their identity from the whole world. We know there is a very big LGBT community around us; even we support them. But no one is ready to raise their voice for them all because we think what others will think when we support them.

23F709AC00000578-2852834-image-a-13_1419097701138That is the main factor why I dragged SHE into my post to make everyone realize that they all are people too and they all have a heart. No one wish for a life in a closed chamber where everyone shoots them with blaming eyes. Let everyone be their own & let everyone get the privileges equally!

Everyone have their own freedom in their life; to choose and to live!

‘Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu NA Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re’
‘If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone!’

Image courtesy : http://www.dailymail.co.uk & Santhosh Avvannavar

Originally posted in Bolte Raho

Memories rolling on!

I opened the bundle of my memories and it slipped. Scattered on the floor making me smile. I drowned in those memories. I have a load of happy moments with my loved ones to recall. I always wish to relive that time again and again. And my greatest memories…

I have written a zillion times everywhere about the birth of my niece. Here and there I always mention her. She is the sunshine of my life. The most wonderful part happened to me till now. And if I think about her; I can’t pick one single memoir. I have many. Almost four years rolled down with her and I don’t know where I will store the upcoming memories with her in my mind. Obviously the born day is the best memory I have about her.

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She born on a time when I was pursuing my studies and going through so many personal strains and issues. I felt those time as the worst part of my life. Being in a mental crisis I managed to spend most of my time with the baby. My mental stress carved my physical health too. I was slumber all the time and every day I was losing hope in myself. It was on the 25th day after her birth I went and laid beside her. She was sleeping and I was weeping. Till then I had a pastime of making her clutch my fingers with her tiny hands. She never did that her own. I made myself much closer to her not disturbing her sleep and I was thinking about what should I do to regain myself. I closed my eyes and prayed for an answer from Almighty. All of a sudden her tiny fingers moved and clutched my fingers in her sleep and she held it tightly. She gave a bare smile, still with closed eyes and continued her sleep. That moment! It is one of the turning point in my life. That moment I started to find my life and happiness through her. I smiled at her. I talked to her even if she is asleep. I discussed my worries with her hoping she is understanding me. She often gave me smiles or little voices when I ask her something and I started from there. I decided my next step with her. Everyone will feel funny while reading this. What can a one month baby do to you? But for me, I bounced back from there. I resurrected from that little second and here I am; strong enough. While writing this I am having the same chill on my bones I had at that time & a little welled up eyes.

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My baby.. I don’t know whether you will remember how well bonded we both were when you are a kid and I was your aunt.. I don’t know whether you know how well connected we are now.. Time will pass and you may forget the games we played, the stories I made, the lullabies I sung and the walks we had.. I was happy when I saw your first teeth.. I was super excited when you started calling your Mumma.. I jumped in air when I saw you walking.. I felt proud when you always say You wanna grow up and wish to be like me.. I loved it when you copy my little traits and make me laugh.. After all, you made me smile.. smile and smile.. Nothing over ruled my love towards you from the moment you born.. Love you honey!!

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Why you should travel solo at least once

Travelling is a need to everyone. Every journey gives a new experience to live and grow. There is far a lot difference in travelling solo and travelling with a group. Every human being should travel solo at least once in his or her lifetime. Check out why!

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To know your best companion –Solitude
Travelling solo makes us realize that there is no other companion better than ourselves. We will find the best from our solitude. The inner peace, which happens when we are alone, brings more comfort and calmness to our mind. We will know more about strengths; our limits and ourselves.

To feel the easiness
Travelling alone makes the planning and execution of the trip easy. You will find it much easier to plan your own; only according to your wishes and life style. Make us realize how simple it is to schedule alone rather than waiting for someone’s holidays or perfect companionship. Moreover, it will help us to enjoy and to learn how to protect ourselves.

To feel beyond comfort zone
Travelling alone makes us leave our comfort zone and feel the freedom. In this moment or next we will be compelled to step out of our comfort area to explore the world alone and that will bring a very huge uplift to your soul. Real life starts when we step out of our comfort zone and this is the best way to feel that happening. Take risks and feel your strength. 

You won’t come back as the same person
Every moment of a journey will change you. You will come back with a bundle of life in your heart and you won’t be the same person when you come back. We will definitely see the positive impact of journey over us after the trip. It is the time to find a new perspectives and possibilities in our world around.

Experience boosts confidence
In a journey you acquire so much of experiences. It will scatter and exhibit so many life stories in front of you and every such story gives a lesson. A solo journey is add-ups of so many such experiences and definitely, it will boost your confidence and belief in yourselves. It empowers our body and soul and makes us brave enough to take risks and not to fear any more.

Meet new people; new languages
If you are ready to mingle, travelling solo is the best way to make friends around the globe. You will feel free and easy to get attached to unknown people. You will try the best to get along with different languages. It will be easier to travel by hitch kicking and find new friendship.

Get inspired and expand the soul
Solo travelling have more ways to inspire. It will expand the inner confidence in us and will make us braver in doing things. There will be so many possibilities to meet real life inspirations from places and people. Definitely, it will help you in gaining yourself and make you believe in your own intuitions.

So get ready! Make your bucket-list ready and do everything alone.
Take a breath and feel the freedom.
Learn from everything and enjoy the lone ride!

 

Originally posted in greenhunt

Image source : Myself 🙂

Never promise me!

To the love of my life, ❤

This is not the first one I am writing to you; we used to write notes like this. Precisely me. And you were always eager to read my musings and you made clarifications and corrections.. 😛 So, there is nothing special today honey! Today is as special as yesterday. 🙂

I know you hate promises. I know you don’t believe in Vows or Waadas.. Either me too. You trusts me is the best part in our relationship. You listens to every stupidities I blabber and shoots a killer smile at every stupid things I do. You left me independent in my own way & always made me fly. You dragged me into my favorite bookstores and made me smile even at my dull days. You made me sleep in your arms on the days I was off from hectic work days. You never promised me all these.. But you always kept on doing it! ❤

Those evenings in which your fingers entwined in mine.. Your eyes drowned in my eyes and those words from your lips which always makes me smile.. I love You! What else I need from you? 🙂

You never promised to surprise me; but you always! You never promised to care me; but you always! You never promised to make me smile; but you did that every moment. You never promised to walk with me; but you always! You never promised me anything; but you made me happier always making me feel that I am the luckiest girl in the world. You never promised me but I know you silently promised yourself on caring me & loving me! I know you will keep on loving me always. I know you will held me closer always. I know you will make me smile always! ❤

So on this normal special day, dear sweetheart, promise me that you won’t promise me ever. Promise me that you won’t try to flatter me with vows. Promise me that you will be like this forever. 🙂

And in return I promise you that I will keep on loving you. I promise I will be there for you till the last breath. Will care you till the end of the world. Will love you to the moon and back.. Always!! Always!! & Forever!! ❤

Lets walk together in the happiness and the sorrows.. In the worries and laughter.. Every Day & Night!! 🙂

With <3,
The girl you loves! 🙂

 

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