Weekly Photo Challenge : Abandoned

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These are the pictures of “KULDHARA” , Rajasthan (India). The entire town was abandoned by the residents and they vanished overnight from the town in mysterious circumstances around 18th century.

The local folk-lore is that the village occupied by the Paliwal Brahmins was being harassed by king or the regional chieftain for excess taxes. The king also set his eyes on the village chief’s daughter. However the king’s reputation of being a womanizer did not make him an ideal candidate for the lovely damsel. The villagers abandoned the village in the darkest hour of the night and cursed the king. The king sent his men to find them but to no avail….they had vanished into thin air leaving all their belongings, cattle, utensils etc.

The ruins of Kuldhara suggest that it was a well planned prosperous village with wide roads running in cardinal directions and dividing the town into domestic and commercial sections with a temple(which also has been renovated to give a glimpse of the villagers’ lifestyle) in the center of town. There were step-wells and separate parking spaces for the carts. Kuldhara consisted of 84 villages and all of them just disappeared one night. The stories of the ruins being haunted also prevail. The site now under Architectural Survey of India is being developed as tourist attraction.

Kuldhara lies some 15km west of Jaisalmer, another fort city of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is well-connected by road and rail to bigger towns like Jodhpur and Jaipur.

Also read:

http://undiscoveredindiantreasures.blogspot.in/2012/04/kuldhara-story-is-one-of-weirdest-and.html

http://www.lakshmisharath.com/2013/10/31/halloween-special-kuldhara-haunted-village-near-jaisalmer/

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

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Poem : Tum Kab Aaoge(when will you come?)

अधर्म  हो चला है अब सहन से परे,
दुर्योधन, दुशासन हैं अब हर ओर खड़े,
कहीं कोई चीर करे हरण,
कहीं चरित्र करे कोई हनन,
अग्नि परीक्षा देकर भी,
नारी के ही भर आयें नयन
कर हर आयु की मर्यादा का उल्लंघन,
आज का रावण लगा रहा हर जीवन पर ग्रहण,
अरे कृष्ण , तुमने कहा था ….
करने रक्षा और स्थापित करने धर्म ,
हर युग में आओगे लेकर जन्म,
किन्तु है, तुम्हे अभी भी प्रतीक्षा,
कि मानव का हो और पतन…
हे कृष्णा, चेतो, नारी का हो रहा है भक्षण,
जगत जननी को और कितना रुलाओगे?
इस युग के असुरों का संहार करने,
ओ देवा, कृष्णा तुम कब आओगे?

These days the news papers are full of news about rapes and sexual harassment of all age groups of women. It seems no woman or child is safe in any city of our country.

The poem says that like “Prince Duryodhan” and “Prince Dushasan”, the villains of “Mahabharat” who harassed the queen Draupadi, wife of Pandav princes, while all courtiers stood as helpless witness, the men these days, have been ill treating women everywhere. According to  the scripture “Bhagvad Geeta ” in the epic “Mahabharat” of Hindu Mythology, whenever sins would increase on earth Lord Krishna will be back on earth to slay the demons and bring peace and happiness to the mankind. This poem  asks Lord Krishna when would he fulfill his promise.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

The Taj MahalThis monument of love is a unique piece of art and architecture with nothing else to beat its beauty in the world. This truly is a masterpiece.

Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built for the queen Mumtaz Mahal( and hence the name “Taz Mahal” – Palace[mahal] for Mumtaz,) by the Emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal dynasty. The construction began year 1632 and it took almost 22 yrs to build with material sourced from not only India but also China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Persia and SriLanka. The queen died during the birth of her 14th child. The king was devastated and ordered the best of engineers and designers of Persian origin to design an out of the world resting place for his beloved wife. So great was his sorrow that he took to drinking and spent days lamenting for his love. His son Aurangzeb took advantage of his sorry state and rebelled. He killed his brother Dara, the chief contender of throne and a favorite of their father. He imprisoned the mourning emperor in fort of Agra to crown himself and shifted the capital to the Red Fort, Delhi. Shah Jahan spent his remaining days in captivity gazing at the Taj Mahal which was in direct sight of line from the bedroom window.

There is no greater love story and no man-made structure to compete with this masterpiece. Couples from all over the world make a beeline to get their picture clicked with this symbol of eternal love in hope that their love will be as everlasting.

 

 

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Kaash..(If only..)

काश……
कुछ पलों के लिये,
तुम और मैं कहीं खॊ जाते,
न कल की चिंता से घिरे हॊते,
न किसी कर्त्तव्य से  बंधे होते,
बस तारों के साए में ,
यूँ ही पड़े पड़े ,
बस अपनी ही धड़कन सुनते,
हवाओं के संग गुनगुनाते,
और कुछ रंग बिरंगे सपने सजाते,
न टूटते सपनों से घबराते,
न सपनों के पूरे होने की बाट तकते,
बस यूँ ही कुछ ख्वाब बुनते,
कुछ पलों के लिए,
काश तुम और मैं कहीं खो जाते ….
काश….

After a long time another poem has taken form today. This one is a wish and goes..

If only, for some moments, you and me could get lost somewhere,
where there would be no worries  and no duties,
Under the stars we could have laid listening to only our heartbeats.
We could have shared dreams, without being afraid of the broken ones or waiting for the new ones to take shape..
If only, you and me could have stolen such moments..
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The little humming-bird

humming bird
The morning is bright and sunny..
Yet I laze, gazing at the little balcony,
Blaming the world for the melancholy.
I fail to see the blooming primroses..
the delicate pinks and bright yellows..
dazzling white and flaming red.
But comes there a humming-bird..
in search of nectar, buzzing away happily.
I gaze at the little bird in my balcony..
It flits away with an infectious energy..
Suddenly, coaxing away my lethargy.
Humming a new beat with its flutter..
Wakes me from my stupor.
I gaze again at the little balcony,
And now I see the morning bright and sunny..
 
 
 
 
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Sunshine Award

This post has been long overdue…should have posted this last year! But better late than never. This year I have been nominated for this award by http://genesmusings.wordpress.com. Thanks a million ewdupler for this generosity.

The rules for the Sunshine Award are as follows:

    1. Post the Sunshine Award logo.
    2. Accept the nomination and link back to the nominator.
    3. Answer the questions.
    4. Nominate ten other blogs and inform them of the nomination.

The Questions and Answers:

  • My favorite colors: Black, white, blue
  • My favorite animal:Dog
  • My favorite numbers:5, 8,19 (birth dates of my husband daughter and me)
  • My favorite non-alcoholic beverage: Apple juice
  • My favorite alcoholic beverage: Vodka with apple juice
  • Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
  • My passions: Writing, painting, cooking and not to forget sleeping!
  • Giving or receiving gifts: both!!
  • Favorite city: Not seen enough world yet to decide this..
  • Favorite TV shows: Missing, White Collar

The Nominees:

 

 

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