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  • 11 May 2017
    It’s correctly said that “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going”, I can bet on the fact that most of the students can relate to this saying. When the phrase “College Life” is discussed, there are two point of views, one from the non-students who think that college is a place where students have a gala time enjoying their freedom away from the clutches of discipline which was imposed by teachers in school and parents at home. Now the second point of view that is “us” -the students, we have high level of aspirations, for new learning, experiences, social life, opportunities etc.   Now let me tell you about the scenario at a B-school, does words like presentations, projects, and research ring a bell?No!Actually words like sleepless night, grades, over competitive crowd, placements etc. ring a freaking “ALARAM!!!”   Yes a B-school is a place that will test you on all the levels, mentally, physically and emotionally.   A student there has a lot on his/her plate from handling the cultural shocks, to struggling with academic and non-academic activities. To be honest, yes it takes a toll on you and the worst part is that you have no one to cry about your misery, no consoling parents, and no innocent school/college teachers who would fall for our silly excuses. Why so? Because in a B-school everybody is part of a rat race, they just need a chance for you to slip and in no time you will be the stepping stone for the other person. The truth is, in a B-school you are all alone to fight for your success and failure. You are the only one to accompany yourself in your good or bad days.   This description of a B-school must have created a very disturbing image of the place being a very brutal one. Yes it is a WAR!!! Out there. But the good part is that great warriors come out victorious out of that war. Yes you really are moulded in the best possible way when you go through all the hardships and come out as the best manager who can handle all sorts of problems for the business.   Believe me, you will get those days (and that too very frequently) when your body and mind with every ounce of strength they have, will emit the feeling to give up. That is the most crucial moment where you will remember about the low grades, late submissions, treatment from the professors, failures etc. But when you overcome that moment of weakness and decide to continue no matter what, then nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.   You know what is the best apart about a B-school, you discover something new about yourselves every day, knowing your limits, how long and how hard you can push yourself to complete the task and that too in a better manner than the others. Trust me, when you really know your true potential, about how worthy you are that gives you true sense of accomplishment and the feeling is way beyond happiness. Yes, it is a magical place where miracles happen daily and success can be in your pocket at the most unexpected times and in unexpected forms. The cherry on the cake is that you become an entirely different person both in terms of knowledge and emotional intelligent, the same concept of the best quality gold coming out of the most rigorous processing applies here.   I call it the “worst case scenario” management. As soon as you think that you have seen the worst and nothing can go wrong now, suddenly you find yourself in a new problem and yes you are tensed for a little while but your mind gets programmed to finding solutions for surviving in the situation. Yes you have the best of the resources, faculties, great friendships for life everything, but “YOU” have to put an extra effort in everything. This place teaches you to be humble, polite sensitive and kind irrespective of your position. There should always be a balance between professionalism and your traits as a human being.   All said and done the above facts can be vouched easily, when you visit the convocation of a B-school and see the smiles on the faces of the freshly graduated batch there is only one expression-“it was all worth it!”   Edited by Tanushree
    354 Posted by Riley Maxwell
  • It’s correctly said that “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going”, I can bet on the fact that most of the students can relate to this saying. When the phrase “College Life” is discussed, there are two point of views, one from the non-students who think that college is a place where students have a gala time enjoying their freedom away from the clutches of discipline which was imposed by teachers in school and parents at home. Now the second point of view that is “us” -the students, we have high level of aspirations, for new learning, experiences, social life, opportunities etc.   Now let me tell you about the scenario at a B-school, does words like presentations, projects, and research ring a bell?No!Actually words like sleepless night, grades, over competitive crowd, placements etc. ring a freaking “ALARAM!!!”   Yes a B-school is a place that will test you on all the levels, mentally, physically and emotionally.   A student there has a lot on his/her plate from handling the cultural shocks, to struggling with academic and non-academic activities. To be honest, yes it takes a toll on you and the worst part is that you have no one to cry about your misery, no consoling parents, and no innocent school/college teachers who would fall for our silly excuses. Why so? Because in a B-school everybody is part of a rat race, they just need a chance for you to slip and in no time you will be the stepping stone for the other person. The truth is, in a B-school you are all alone to fight for your success and failure. You are the only one to accompany yourself in your good or bad days.   This description of a B-school must have created a very disturbing image of the place being a very brutal one. Yes it is a WAR!!! Out there. But the good part is that great warriors come out victorious out of that war. Yes you really are moulded in the best possible way when you go through all the hardships and come out as the best manager who can handle all sorts of problems for the business.   Believe me, you will get those days (and that too very frequently) when your body and mind with every ounce of strength they have, will emit the feeling to give up. That is the most crucial moment where you will remember about the low grades, late submissions, treatment from the professors, failures etc. But when you overcome that moment of weakness and decide to continue no matter what, then nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.   You know what is the best apart about a B-school, you discover something new about yourselves every day, knowing your limits, how long and how hard you can push yourself to complete the task and that too in a better manner than the others. Trust me, when you really know your true potential, about how worthy you are that gives you true sense of accomplishment and the feeling is way beyond happiness. Yes, it is a magical place where miracles happen daily and success can be in your pocket at the most unexpected times and in unexpected forms. The cherry on the cake is that you become an entirely different person both in terms of knowledge and emotional intelligent, the same concept of the best quality gold coming out of the most rigorous processing applies here.   I call it the “worst case scenario” management. As soon as you think that you have seen the worst and nothing can go wrong now, suddenly you find yourself in a new problem and yes you are tensed for a little while but your mind gets programmed to finding solutions for surviving in the situation. Yes you have the best of the resources, faculties, great friendships for life everything, but “YOU” have to put an extra effort in everything. This place teaches you to be humble, polite sensitive and kind irrespective of your position. There should always be a balance between professionalism and your traits as a human being.   All said and done the above facts can be vouched easily, when you visit the convocation of a B-school and see the smiles on the faces of the freshly graduated batch there is only one expression-“it was all worth it!”   Edited by Tanushree
    May 11, 2017 354
  • 07 Sep 2016
    How does the stock market work? When a trader buys a stock, it implies that he/she is buying a piece of a company. The money is raised by companies by issuing stocks. The stock prices are determined by the company’s relative worth and   the amount of shares that are issued. Investors interested in making money buy stocks of companies they believe will grow successfully. Dividends are paid to stockholders when companies make a considerable profit. Changes in a stock’s value are segregated from dividends. What is a Bullish and a Bearish network? Investors who stand firm on their belief that stock prices will grow over time are bullish. Investors who believe that a stock price will decline are said to be bearish. A number of shares traded is high in a bullish market. The number of companies entering the stock market is also high, showing that the market is confident. If somebullish days are on a continuous run, then the market is termed a bull market. Technically a bull market sees a rise in the value of market of at least 20%. For example, the huge rise of the NASDAQ and Dow during the tech boom. A bear market is the opposite of a bull market. If the markets fall by more than 20%, we have entered a bear market then. A bear market shows a lack of confidence. Prices either hover at a stable price or simply go down. Other stock parameters go down too or become stagnant. A bear market waits for the Bulls to start driving the values up again. A bearish market is often like a dormant or a sleeping bull. Most investors tend to become emotional while investing. They end up sellingtheir stocks in a bear market because they are scared to lose the money that they currently have,and they buy stocks and shares in the bull market because they wouldn’t want to miss out on the big gains. Therefore, due to inaccurate market timing, investors lose end up a lot of money. The safest way to help yourself from keeping away from these mistakes is to buy stocks and invest in the market by making regular fixed size investments, and holding on to your investments for a longperiod.                                                   There also exist neutral markets. Market prices do not always trend up or down. When this happens, the stock pricesjust move sideways, meaning that the stock values will oscillate around a given range, but the stock never really goes outside of that range.    
    341 Posted by Snehal Sonkamble
  • How does the stock market work? When a trader buys a stock, it implies that he/she is buying a piece of a company. The money is raised by companies by issuing stocks. The stock prices are determined by the company’s relative worth and   the amount of shares that are issued. Investors interested in making money buy stocks of companies they believe will grow successfully. Dividends are paid to stockholders when companies make a considerable profit. Changes in a stock’s value are segregated from dividends. What is a Bullish and a Bearish network? Investors who stand firm on their belief that stock prices will grow over time are bullish. Investors who believe that a stock price will decline are said to be bearish. A number of shares traded is high in a bullish market. The number of companies entering the stock market is also high, showing that the market is confident. If somebullish days are on a continuous run, then the market is termed a bull market. Technically a bull market sees a rise in the value of market of at least 20%. For example, the huge rise of the NASDAQ and Dow during the tech boom. A bear market is the opposite of a bull market. If the markets fall by more than 20%, we have entered a bear market then. A bear market shows a lack of confidence. Prices either hover at a stable price or simply go down. Other stock parameters go down too or become stagnant. A bear market waits for the Bulls to start driving the values up again. A bearish market is often like a dormant or a sleeping bull. Most investors tend to become emotional while investing. They end up sellingtheir stocks in a bear market because they are scared to lose the money that they currently have,and they buy stocks and shares in the bull market because they wouldn’t want to miss out on the big gains. Therefore, due to inaccurate market timing, investors lose end up a lot of money. The safest way to help yourself from keeping away from these mistakes is to buy stocks and invest in the market by making regular fixed size investments, and holding on to your investments for a longperiod.                                                   There also exist neutral markets. Market prices do not always trend up or down. When this happens, the stock pricesjust move sideways, meaning that the stock values will oscillate around a given range, but the stock never really goes outside of that range.    
    Sep 07, 2016 341
  • 27 May 2016
    If you want to know how Bangalore has gone from being Garden City to Garbage City, God-forsaken city, and so on, ask a long-time resident who has seen over seventy summers and has a first-hand experience of the changing seasons of the city. According to G.N. Kalyana Sundaram, air-conditioners were virtually unheard of, till the turn of the Millennium. In fact, even ceiling fans were a luxury till the 90s. Such was the salubrious climate in the Garden City of yore.   Now? We just saw the mercury level inching towards 40 degrees this summer, with the “feels-like” temperature about 3-4 degrees above it.   In a recent incident dripping with irony, a couple who was sleeping on the road on a Sunday to escape the humidity inside their home lost their lives in a tragic accident when a tanker ran over them. People sleeping on the road to escape the heat inside the house in Bengaluru? Unimaginable if you had last visited the city a decade back.   Everything seems to be wrong with this ill-fated city, now famed only for being India’s IT capital. Which begs the question: Is the infamy the price of development?  There are no straight answers notwithstanding that the truth is blowing in the wind.   But there’s enough data to show that Bengaluru is fast becoming, if not already hazardous for healthy living. In fact many old-timers like Kalyana Sundaram are ready to leave the city for good but for their livelihood concerns.   Here’s why Bengaluru now comes with a statutory warning: Beware, Living in Bengaluru is dangerous to your health.   According to the Environment Support Group (ESG), lakhs of trees have been cut down in Bengaluru in the last decade, and in the peri-urban area which is the green belt, green cover has been completely eroded due to collusion between the tree mafia and forest department. The canopy that trees provide, helps bring down the temperature by two to three degrees. With no mitigation from radiation, the heat-island effect has only maximized, says ESG.   CO2 emissions in peripheral areas of Bengaluru where concentration of IT companies is heavy, is very high, which could be due to heavy density of traffic on account of large presence of company driven vehicles, and reducing green cover that does not compensate with enough oxygen.   According to research done on air quality in Bengaluru, by Delhi-based Center for Science and Environment in December 2015, an average Bangalorean breathes an alarming dose of particulate matter on a daily basis, which leads to increase in respiratory problems in people of all age groups especially children.   Less than one percent of Bengaluru is covered by water bodies, and research shows that 54% of lakes have encroached for buildings already. Many lakes have gone missing since 2011 either due to builder encroachment or uncontrolled influx of sewage.   The quality (and supply) of drinking water too leaves a lot to be desired. With most lakes contaminated by sewage, even the ground water has been noticed to have large heavy metal and carcinogen content.   There has been a 925% increase in concretisation in the past 4 decades. According to environment experts, by 2020, over 70% of Bengaluru would e concretized and the city would have less than 17% vegetation. Concurrently, urbanisation has increased by 125% in the city.   There’s a lot more that’s making Bengaluru “unliveable”. You can add to this list of infamy! Be that as it may, let it also be said that rumours of Bengaluru’s death are vastly exaggerated. At least till is thrust on its city fathers who can no more deny it when its own people start deserting it...
    387 Posted by Expert Advisor
  • If you want to know how Bangalore has gone from being Garden City to Garbage City, God-forsaken city, and so on, ask a long-time resident who has seen over seventy summers and has a first-hand experience of the changing seasons of the city. According to G.N. Kalyana Sundaram, air-conditioners were virtually unheard of, till the turn of the Millennium. In fact, even ceiling fans were a luxury till the 90s. Such was the salubrious climate in the Garden City of yore.   Now? We just saw the mercury level inching towards 40 degrees this summer, with the “feels-like” temperature about 3-4 degrees above it.   In a recent incident dripping with irony, a couple who was sleeping on the road on a Sunday to escape the humidity inside their home lost their lives in a tragic accident when a tanker ran over them. People sleeping on the road to escape the heat inside the house in Bengaluru? Unimaginable if you had last visited the city a decade back.   Everything seems to be wrong with this ill-fated city, now famed only for being India’s IT capital. Which begs the question: Is the infamy the price of development?  There are no straight answers notwithstanding that the truth is blowing in the wind.   But there’s enough data to show that Bengaluru is fast becoming, if not already hazardous for healthy living. In fact many old-timers like Kalyana Sundaram are ready to leave the city for good but for their livelihood concerns.   Here’s why Bengaluru now comes with a statutory warning: Beware, Living in Bengaluru is dangerous to your health.   According to the Environment Support Group (ESG), lakhs of trees have been cut down in Bengaluru in the last decade, and in the peri-urban area which is the green belt, green cover has been completely eroded due to collusion between the tree mafia and forest department. The canopy that trees provide, helps bring down the temperature by two to three degrees. With no mitigation from radiation, the heat-island effect has only maximized, says ESG.   CO2 emissions in peripheral areas of Bengaluru where concentration of IT companies is heavy, is very high, which could be due to heavy density of traffic on account of large presence of company driven vehicles, and reducing green cover that does not compensate with enough oxygen.   According to research done on air quality in Bengaluru, by Delhi-based Center for Science and Environment in December 2015, an average Bangalorean breathes an alarming dose of particulate matter on a daily basis, which leads to increase in respiratory problems in people of all age groups especially children.   Less than one percent of Bengaluru is covered by water bodies, and research shows that 54% of lakes have encroached for buildings already. Many lakes have gone missing since 2011 either due to builder encroachment or uncontrolled influx of sewage.   The quality (and supply) of drinking water too leaves a lot to be desired. With most lakes contaminated by sewage, even the ground water has been noticed to have large heavy metal and carcinogen content.   There has been a 925% increase in concretisation in the past 4 decades. According to environment experts, by 2020, over 70% of Bengaluru would e concretized and the city would have less than 17% vegetation. Concurrently, urbanisation has increased by 125% in the city.   There’s a lot more that’s making Bengaluru “unliveable”. You can add to this list of infamy! Be that as it may, let it also be said that rumours of Bengaluru’s death are vastly exaggerated. At least till is thrust on its city fathers who can no more deny it when its own people start deserting it...
    May 27, 2016 387
  • 23 May 2016
    In India, the first UNESCO certified cultural hub you set your sights on – say, Belur and Halebid in the south – will take your breath away. Which leaves hundreds and thousands more for the think-tank to catch. One of the world’s largest, richest, oldest and varied collections of songs, music, dance, theatre, folk traditions, performing arts, rites and rituals, paintings and writings, cultural heritage, ancient monuments, literary arts, visual arts, fairs and festivals and handicrafts of India beckon the art buff and the connoisseur of culture.   India’s internationally renowned and headline making showcases of art and culture can always be Googled, but here’s a quick peek at some of the not much known but finer traditions that stand testimony to India’s rich cultural tapestry.   In faraway Jandiala Guru of Punjab, a tribe called the Thatheras (literal meaning: metal copper), are famed for their art of making traditional brass and copper utensils, scrupulously following a tradition handed down to them that goes back perhaps to time immemorial. The USP of these utensils is that whatever is cooked in them is healthy and tasty too, as per Ayurveda. You can savour it as a taste of ancient culture, with the promise of good health, as an extra incentive!   A trip to the city of palaces, Jaipur is never complete without an experience of the Rajasthani folk songs and dance. The old description of India as a land of snake charmers gets a different perspective and spin when you witness the Kalbelia folk songs and dance. Here the long-standing belief is that the so-called outcastes living in the outside periphery of villages perform what is loosely described as a snake dance imitating the movements of a snake. It would not be an exaggeration to say that even a cobra maybe charmed by their dance, as they carry the very things in their musical instrument locally called Poongi.   India’s art and culture is truly multi-dimensional. It can also lead to enlightenment and a spiritual upheaval. A session of Buddhist chanting in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, guided by Lamas who could be as old (!) as ten summers, can be a liberating experience.   For the more traditional art forms like the timeless and boundless Bharatanatyam, and Kuchipudi dance, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru are teeming with art clubs that offer a glimpse into the performances that once equally regaled kings and the coolies.   Ironically, despite little patronage and funding, the Indian market for art and culture has evolved on its own to an extent where it would not be wrong to say that even auctioning in an art-house has become an art! Major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Bengaluru etc are the hub of art auctions for both contemporary and ancient art works, antiques and cultural artefacts.   Eying the increasing and newfound appetite of the Indian buyer, top international art auction houses have added a cutting edge to the market, with both forward and backward integration, viz. collection of centuries’ old antiques supplemented by new artworks by little known creative minds inspired by the Masters of the ancient.   With a country so vast and diverse as India where a billion people follow a thousand cultures in a hundred tongues backed by centuries old history drawn from one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, India’s art and culture quite simply needs no adjectives to amplify its status in the world. Experience it and be inspired.
    257 Posted by Expert Advisor
  • In India, the first UNESCO certified cultural hub you set your sights on – say, Belur and Halebid in the south – will take your breath away. Which leaves hundreds and thousands more for the think-tank to catch. One of the world’s largest, richest, oldest and varied collections of songs, music, dance, theatre, folk traditions, performing arts, rites and rituals, paintings and writings, cultural heritage, ancient monuments, literary arts, visual arts, fairs and festivals and handicrafts of India beckon the art buff and the connoisseur of culture.   India’s internationally renowned and headline making showcases of art and culture can always be Googled, but here’s a quick peek at some of the not much known but finer traditions that stand testimony to India’s rich cultural tapestry.   In faraway Jandiala Guru of Punjab, a tribe called the Thatheras (literal meaning: metal copper), are famed for their art of making traditional brass and copper utensils, scrupulously following a tradition handed down to them that goes back perhaps to time immemorial. The USP of these utensils is that whatever is cooked in them is healthy and tasty too, as per Ayurveda. You can savour it as a taste of ancient culture, with the promise of good health, as an extra incentive!   A trip to the city of palaces, Jaipur is never complete without an experience of the Rajasthani folk songs and dance. The old description of India as a land of snake charmers gets a different perspective and spin when you witness the Kalbelia folk songs and dance. Here the long-standing belief is that the so-called outcastes living in the outside periphery of villages perform what is loosely described as a snake dance imitating the movements of a snake. It would not be an exaggeration to say that even a cobra maybe charmed by their dance, as they carry the very things in their musical instrument locally called Poongi.   India’s art and culture is truly multi-dimensional. It can also lead to enlightenment and a spiritual upheaval. A session of Buddhist chanting in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, guided by Lamas who could be as old (!) as ten summers, can be a liberating experience.   For the more traditional art forms like the timeless and boundless Bharatanatyam, and Kuchipudi dance, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru are teeming with art clubs that offer a glimpse into the performances that once equally regaled kings and the coolies.   Ironically, despite little patronage and funding, the Indian market for art and culture has evolved on its own to an extent where it would not be wrong to say that even auctioning in an art-house has become an art! Major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Bengaluru etc are the hub of art auctions for both contemporary and ancient art works, antiques and cultural artefacts.   Eying the increasing and newfound appetite of the Indian buyer, top international art auction houses have added a cutting edge to the market, with both forward and backward integration, viz. collection of centuries’ old antiques supplemented by new artworks by little known creative minds inspired by the Masters of the ancient.   With a country so vast and diverse as India where a billion people follow a thousand cultures in a hundred tongues backed by centuries old history drawn from one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, India’s art and culture quite simply needs no adjectives to amplify its status in the world. Experience it and be inspired.
    May 23, 2016 257
  • 03 May 2016
    If you have not travelled to India, you have not lived. This applies not just to foreigners, but also to native Indians viz. a south Indian who has not been to the north or vice versa.   Consider: Your Indian holiday begins with a quiz where you are asked to rate the places you’re going to see as good, better and best. The right answer would be: You can’t! For the simple reasons that place is better than the other, each is a world apart, and each promises a never-before experience.   Straight off the highway, Goa is your gateway to sea, sand and sunburn, trendy and traditional, glitzy and rough ‘n ready, sylvan and splendid. The theatres, the watering holes, the street side cafes and ea-outs, the museums and architectural grandeur offer a regal king-size treat.   Down south, the stunning and undulating landscapes at hilly Malnad in Karnataka and the coffee estates in Mangaluru can challenge the shutterbug in you – including the feted and famous. The region’s allure lies in its backdrop of distant rugged peaks and vast skies, embracing everything between the earth and sky in one gigantic space.   Up north, the Mount Abu is jaw-dropping, pure, pristine and spiritually rejuvenating.  The name sounds monkish but it’s no accident. It offers you a unique educative experience in 3D, the imposing mountains silhouetted against the sky like an other-worldly gigantic sea dragon, and pockmarked with sheltered green spaces, pastures and quaint looking townsy villages.   There are many travel spots in India where you feel the sun shines only for you and every day feels divinely different, with its ever changing moods, fresh horizons, new discoveries, diverse experiences, varied cuisines, and a hundred cultures and customs.   For the spiritually inclined, a million temples, churches and mosques, make for a lavish spread of nirvana, from Madurai to Meerut, and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. With its gadzillion gods and gurus, India truly resembles a miniaturized heaven for those thirsting of salvation or spiritual gyan.   Listing out the must-see places in India is like Googling the word “the”. There are far too many to see, so take your pick from your travel preference – cultural, honeymoon, history on-the-go, a whistle stop tour of India’s best spots, spiritual, casual, gastronomic, educational, mystical, architectural, sporting, offbeat, medical, or whatever.   For those who are yet to discover India at any level, the must-see places are the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Udaipur Palace in the city of lakes and palaces, the holy city of Varanasi, the exotic Ajanta and Ellora caves near Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the abandoned city of Hampi, the last capital of the famed Vijayanagar Empire, the 4,000-year-old temple town of Madurai with its world famous Meenakshi Temple, the tranquil and palm-fringed backwaters in Kerala, and of course, Goa, the destination for the young and old, for the coolie as well as the CEO.   All these, it bears to be repeated again and again, is only a tip of the iceberg. There are many places which are off the map, and unsung, but equally fascinating. Like for example, a little known hill temple in a non-descript village called Sivaganga near Tumkur, where you can see flowing water inches below the ground with your own eyes and – no kidding – still not be able to touch it, or take it in your hands! Legend has it that only those who are blessed can do so.   Mystery, magic and memories lay waiting to be discovered by you in India. Welcome to India and take home a lifetime of timeless memories.
    359 Posted by Expert Advisor
  • If you have not travelled to India, you have not lived. This applies not just to foreigners, but also to native Indians viz. a south Indian who has not been to the north or vice versa.   Consider: Your Indian holiday begins with a quiz where you are asked to rate the places you’re going to see as good, better and best. The right answer would be: You can’t! For the simple reasons that place is better than the other, each is a world apart, and each promises a never-before experience.   Straight off the highway, Goa is your gateway to sea, sand and sunburn, trendy and traditional, glitzy and rough ‘n ready, sylvan and splendid. The theatres, the watering holes, the street side cafes and ea-outs, the museums and architectural grandeur offer a regal king-size treat.   Down south, the stunning and undulating landscapes at hilly Malnad in Karnataka and the coffee estates in Mangaluru can challenge the shutterbug in you – including the feted and famous. The region’s allure lies in its backdrop of distant rugged peaks and vast skies, embracing everything between the earth and sky in one gigantic space.   Up north, the Mount Abu is jaw-dropping, pure, pristine and spiritually rejuvenating.  The name sounds monkish but it’s no accident. It offers you a unique educative experience in 3D, the imposing mountains silhouetted against the sky like an other-worldly gigantic sea dragon, and pockmarked with sheltered green spaces, pastures and quaint looking townsy villages.   There are many travel spots in India where you feel the sun shines only for you and every day feels divinely different, with its ever changing moods, fresh horizons, new discoveries, diverse experiences, varied cuisines, and a hundred cultures and customs.   For the spiritually inclined, a million temples, churches and mosques, make for a lavish spread of nirvana, from Madurai to Meerut, and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. With its gadzillion gods and gurus, India truly resembles a miniaturized heaven for those thirsting of salvation or spiritual gyan.   Listing out the must-see places in India is like Googling the word “the”. There are far too many to see, so take your pick from your travel preference – cultural, honeymoon, history on-the-go, a whistle stop tour of India’s best spots, spiritual, casual, gastronomic, educational, mystical, architectural, sporting, offbeat, medical, or whatever.   For those who are yet to discover India at any level, the must-see places are the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Udaipur Palace in the city of lakes and palaces, the holy city of Varanasi, the exotic Ajanta and Ellora caves near Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the abandoned city of Hampi, the last capital of the famed Vijayanagar Empire, the 4,000-year-old temple town of Madurai with its world famous Meenakshi Temple, the tranquil and palm-fringed backwaters in Kerala, and of course, Goa, the destination for the young and old, for the coolie as well as the CEO.   All these, it bears to be repeated again and again, is only a tip of the iceberg. There are many places which are off the map, and unsung, but equally fascinating. Like for example, a little known hill temple in a non-descript village called Sivaganga near Tumkur, where you can see flowing water inches below the ground with your own eyes and – no kidding – still not be able to touch it, or take it in your hands! Legend has it that only those who are blessed can do so.   Mystery, magic and memories lay waiting to be discovered by you in India. Welcome to India and take home a lifetime of timeless memories.
    May 03, 2016 359