Istanbul – where continents meet

First few glimpses of Istanbul from Turkish Airlines TK-717 reminded me the quote of Lamartine “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul”. The feeling of French poet Alphonse de Lamartine expressed long back in 18th century did not change even today and I thanked my team for giving their best to achieve this wonderful trip to Istanbul – the only city on earth to spread over two continents separated by the natural strait Bosphorus. 

We boarded TK-717 on 25th Nov at 6.45 am. Flying over Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and enjoying the beauty of Hindukush range with snow-capped peaks, blue Caspian Sea through the clouds was really exciting and an experience in itself. After long 6 hours 30 minutes flight, we finally landed at 10.40 am local time. The first thing that amazed me Continue reading “Istanbul – where continents meet”

Chitrakoot – far from the madding crowd

On 4th Sept’15 morning sitting in my office and browsing internet to find a place to hang out on 5th and 6th was becoming a tedious job as I was unable to find a place where from I can come back without much of a hassle by 6th night so as to attend a meeting on 7th morning. Suddenly one of my dealer Mr. Anurag Misra came to our office and turned out to be a real savior for me. He suggested Chitrakoot and I immediately jumped at the idea since this place was in my radar for quite sometime, however could not manage time to visit. The name in itself is so profound that anyone will give a thought once the word “Chitrakoot” is pronounced and I was no exception. Immediately I asked Jayasmita to pack bags. With parents also here in Lucknow and always ready to go out, it’s always easy for me to convince my family members and all of them including Priyam are now used to long journeys without any complaint.

From Lucknow, there are multiple routes to reach Chitrakoot and we decided to take a circular route covering Chitrakoot and Allahabad and thus finalized the route through Mohanlalgunj, Raebareili, Unchahar, Sirathu, Dhata, Rajapur and return through Rajapur, Bharwari, Allahabad.

Chitrakoot means the ‘Hill of many wonders’. Chitrakoot falls in the northern Vindhya range of mountains spread over the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It’s spiritual legacy stretches back to legendary ages – it is believed that Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana spent eleven and half years of their fourteen years of exile in this area. The great sage Atri, Sati Anusuya, Dattatreya, Continue reading “Chitrakoot – far from the madding crowd”

Journey to the Cave City of Aurangabad

Standing inside the Kailash Cave on 6th Dec 2014, I remembered the words of French novelist Marcel Proust who once quoted “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”  So true are the words. Standing on the largest monolithic structure on Earth was an experience in itself. The carving on the rocks, the architecture, the thought process went behind constructing such a mega structure 1500 yrs ago truly depicts the extraordinary talents in those days and I thanked myself for choosing Aurangabad to spend these three days that came to me as a surprise during our meeting in Mumbai Office. 

1st Dec evening I landed in Mumbai for a three day meeting that was ending on 4th and then was another workshop to attend from 8th Dec and I thought of exploring a new place I never been to in these and thus came the thought of Aurangabad. Aurangabad is named after the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb. The city is a tourism hub, surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Ajanta and Ellora Caves which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as Bibika Makbara, Daulatabad Fort, Panchakki and the lesser known Aurangabad Caves which has been shadowed by the glory and popularity of Ajanta and Ellora. Continue reading “Journey to the Cave City of Aurangabad”