TO ENJOY MONSOON COME TO MUMBAI

In Mumbai, monsoon is of epic quality, unless you drown yourself in it, you do’t know what it is.


 

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Today is a day in the second week of July, monsoon is in full swing in Mumbai. I am enjoying. In fact, for the whole year I wait for this season, and that is on us now. I am now in form for enjoying the great gift of the nature –the rain of Mumbai.

It rains for four months from june to September, and in july, it is most active. It rains continuously often for several days without any respite. Without water no human being can live, it is true everywhere but for Mumbai the story is a little bit different. True, all around there is water but it is salty and undrinkable, underground water is also salty. Here comes the heavy rain as the saviour, without it Present life in Mumbai would not have been sustainable.  Rain water is  collected in a number of lakes in and around  Mumbai city, and this water is supplied to households throughout the year. Fortunately, there is abundance of rain, enough for the requirement of people for Mumbai. This rain water is soft , cleans clothes and produce excess leather with soap, helps maintain whiteness of white clothes.

In real sense rain is abundant here. From June to September, we get heavy shower. Rainy season is a festival  time. asarasya prathama divashe –on the first day of rain, many willfully get wet to celebrate and welcome  rainy season. All enjoys rain, sometime it rains incessantly for days together without any stop. Although there is wide storm water drain everywhere which is cleaned before the onset of rain, by BMC readying for monsoon rain , yet within hours of heavy downpour make the roads waterlogged. Sky is often dark with black clouds, sea swells with high tide; beaches of Juhu, Marina, sea front at Worli  are  great sights to be seen and enjoyed. Thousands of people rush there amid heavy rains and high tides in sea, completely drenched, dancing and shouting. Some cannot control themselves in their enthusiasm to enjoy the waves of sea defying police restriction, and at times costing their life unfortunately.

Mumbai is a business city and commercial capital of the country, here many people from all over the country, come to earn their livelihood. Most of them  are hardworking ones, enrich the city, and themselves become successful. Local Marathi people are warm, friendly and cooperative. People do not miss a chance to enjoy every bit of rain. In the midst of incessant, torrential rain, people do not have any complaints—its common sight that people, wet and drenched to the skin, go about doing their regular work with a smiling face, having no complaints against rain.

It is in sharp contrast with my native Kolkata. During scorching summer they beg for rains but as soon as it comes, they start complaining against stagnant water, clogged drain and eager to say  good bye to it. Actually, I have observed there people are intolerant, impatient and mostly of complaining nature. A complaining man/ woman can never get success of highest order.

Coming back to rain, I like to say  whole of Maharashtra is enjoyable in rains. Tourists from the city visit hills and waterfalls of Lonavela, Khandala, Mahabaleswar, Ganapatipule and many other places—those are simply superb. Those have not enjoyed the beauty of it till now, may come to enjoy. It is unforgettable.

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Prime minister Modi, his tea-stall and true India


An article by Bhanu chakraborti

Modi is on a state tour to Israel. Back home, the tea stall of his childhood where he would sale tea, at Vadnagar, has been announced by Govt. of India as a place of tourist interest. A tea seller becoming a PM has given self-respect to the people of lowest class that they are not out of reckoning anyway, their becoming big is still a possibility, Modi has proved.
True, to some, he is a prime minister in a new mould, according to them he is carrying out a basic change in the administration of the country, including removing corruption. His policy is praised by both domestic and international economists. His move of demonetization has not produced expected good results, also has not caused the damages as feared by many either. But there is no doubt that his intention was good. All good intention does not meet good result, most does.
There is enough controversies about him, but I think, at the moment he must be enjoying support of more than 50% of his people, including that of minorities.One thing certainly bad about him is that he has some attathment for RSS. There is no compromise about this, he has to shelve this connection, otherwise his prime minister ship can not survive .
No true Hindu can hate other religion, caste, culture or food habits. For a person with proper high school education knows people from all hues , cultures, food habits mingled for thousand of years to make the hindu/Indian civilization. In our national anthem, poet has said that the run of Indian or hindu civilization is not yet complete, more and more people from diverse background should continue to come and mingle to make India richer and richer. As a Hindu, Modi must be understanding this more than me.
Further, he is influenced by the messages of Swami Vivekananda, who advised not to hate any human being, despise any food or community. From the events of past few months, it is not understandable how Modi has inclined to certain class of people who calls them true hindus—these hindus have severe hatred to minority communities. Keeping his RSS connection aside, the make of Modi otherwise, should not have been supporting any sort of communal hatred.
One bad thing about democracy is that to remain in power even the best have to garner support from the majority of people even if they come from dubious background. Here it will be convenient to recall the case of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Jinnah craved for power, to become he powerful he had to become a Prime minister. Precondition for him was to give birth to a country, a muslim country was the nearest possibility. Then he canvassed for a pure country for true muslims , himself not being a true muslim going by the tenets of Islam—he would drink wine, eat pork, not pray, all these disqualify to become a pure Muslim. But he posed to be a pure Muslim and cried for creation of a country for Muslims. Ultimately , got a country for muslim of which he became the head, the seat of power. I think lure of power alone was responsible for Jinnah being communal, Modi also perhaps inclines to hardcore hindutwa for in a similar way.
At the moment he enjoys support of upper class Muslims for efficiencies otherwise, if he persists in this present mould he will lose the support of all Muslims and other minorities as well, even majority Hindus will not support him on this issue and soon they will be vocal and active against his rule. Except this angle he is my favourite, pray that inside and outside he become a true secular PM without hatred for any religion, caste, then India will prosper for in terms of efficiencies, he is far superior to any other PM of India.
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Travel light, disciplined, purposefully.


Travel has its own pleasure, but not without associated trouble. If you can shed your ego, and a little bit of comforts you that are used to, you can add much pleasure to your travel. In this respect, I find travelling has hassles built into it. It starts with planning meticulously after collecting information of the proposed journey, booking tickets and hotels, lastly keeping oneself constantly ready to cope with unpredictability of place of visit. Conversely, when join a professional group, a lot of anxiety will be immediately off. Expenses may be little bit more, but you need not worry much, they will book your journey tickets, hotels, properly plan your small visits and foods of your choice at tourist destination. Without any extra effort they do it because they have proven and time tested infrastructure in place for doing all these. There are many travelling agencies doing these jobs quite professionally. Just to name one is KUNDU SPECIAL of Kolkata, they are running this business from 1933. Most of the people who avail the service of Kundu special, are bengalees. Their 300 people- team work hard to keep their customer happy by providing home comfort by making food and lodging available to personal choice—and that’s a tough task considering bengalees long list of choices. Often there are tourists who are inflexible in their choice, want 200% home comfort even in adverse circumstances. They fret and fume over small aberrations, spoiling everybody’s expectations. Kundu special are hugely experienced through experience to handle this thing also. This is why they are so special.

Of course, I am a kind of man who do not think when you are on a tour you need to be finicky/touchy about such mundane necessities like food and lodging which you daily otherwise have at home. Such doing the wrong thing at the right time makes you lose the pleasure of enjoying a new place, new people, new sight. Rather, my opinion is that while on a tour you may sacrifice some of our habitual comforts and concentrate on enjoying only the tour. Any unusual thing that confront you, stays in your memory for a long time. The ‘bitter’ experience of today becomes a sweet memory when in future you travel down the memory line. Other thing that confounds me that people puts more weight on looking through lense taking pictures, rather than enjoying the sights of nature with bare eyes. Classically seen, it is a mere wastage of labour and love invested in the tour.
To make the best of the tour one has to be a disciplined one. As Discipline does not come from within, it has to be imposed from without, and that from a person who has to lead the team. Behaviour and choices of all the members should be alike, uniform, so that there comes cohesion in the team. Shri Rudra Mondal, an experienced and knowledgeable tourist, head a group of tour-enthusiast—Malancha by name, says that members of the team have to be prepared for the tour to make the tour fully successful. He and his team has been successful. I am also of the same opinion.

Why one should travel at all?


Yes, there is enough reason for travelling, and that for quite a many reason. I would say Travelling should be included more seriously in the school curriculum itself, so that a student may be aware of diverse cultures of this unique civilization at the beginning of their life . This will form the total wholesome personality that would make a responsible citizen of the future. A responsible citizen is a real building block for the strong nation—a need of the hour.

At the moment,  whole of India is full of strife, and torn between caste differences, religious beliefs, food-cultures and host of other differences. All these are blocking the natural development of our country. I am sure that at the beginning of their life, through travelling, if they could be made aware of the diverse cultures of the country first-hand, this would create an innate love for the country and all what India stands for, this would insulate the country from the violence that is ripping apart the country today.

Yet, people travel. It works as cathartic and full of fun. There is a lot of struggle in our day to day life, which is natural and cannot be avoided. This make life unhappy and takes away pleasures from living. Here comes travelling to heal the woes. Travelling lightens the burden of life. When in a distant land away from permanent address, put up against common odds of the new place, all members of the touring group develop strong bond between them, and learn socialization. One of the key element of human happiness is your capacity for socialization and identifying yourself with surroundings, and it is the travelling and travelling alone that develops and test that trait. For many of us , still fresh in memory , that when Australia was on a winning spree non-stop against all the cricketing nations of the world under — , the planned test team would be sent to forest beforehand to live together for a week as a team. This probably was for making a truly homogenous team with strong bond which went a strong team. ultimately, true to plan, and won the tests decisively.

Like other things here also European people is  ahead of us, as a rule they make travel an essential part of their life, and the natural result is that they are happier and more developed, and live a better quality life .

Of course, with the improvement of economic condition, awareness, social infrastructure, Governmental welfare for the masses and care, more and more people taking up travelling as entertainment. This will benefit the nation.travel.jpg

 

Given proper attention, tourism  can earn foreign exchange as much as IT does, or even more.


 

India has a tremendous potential for tourism, both in terms of geography and history. It is an important destination for the domestic and foreign tourists. There are desert, seas, hills and mountains—inhabited by people from diverse cultures, religions, languages, food habits wearing colourful costumes. Not this alone , look at our history from before Indus valley civilization through various reigns and kingdoms, their relics, monuments etc. What India projects as a single country to foreign tourist, a continent–say Europe, in its whole can not.  Even when our illiterate/ half-literate people colorfully attired goes to vote on foot or on the back of a camels is a sight  enjoyed by a foreigner.

Tourism is just not an event in isolation, it means a lot to our economy. In 2016, India Govt earned Rs 1,55,650 crores in foreign exchange from tourism. It contributes approx7%-directly and indirectly, as compared to 2% from mining and 7% from much touted IT outsourcing, to our GDP, and in direct and indirect way provides employment to approx 11% of our people. Tourisn brings business to cottage industries, agriculture, hotels etc.

But tourism potential has not been fully exploited. In spite of its size, India is 38th most visited nation in the world—8.89 million visitors received by continent-sized India in 2016 while 16.4 million received by city-sized Singapore. There is infrastructural problem, there are shortage of quality  hotels—above all there are acute security problem. Women tourists are not safe; often there are reports of rape. Judicial delays does not allow justice to be met in a reasonable time. All these damages the image of India, ultimately coming in the way of fully realizing the tourist potential. There is another sector which needs Govt attention. This is medical tourism. India has a huge no of efficient doctors and paramedic staff  as also some well equipped hospitals where patients from rich countries come and take medical treatment or undergo surgeries at much lesser cost than their own countries. This group of doctors and paramedical staff have worked in those developed countries, worked with sophisticated medical equipments for treating the patients. Those experiences will help them to treat the patients from developed countries at a much cheaper cost. Our Govt may create necessary infrastructure and improve law and order situation to attract foreign tourists. Thus, tourism as a whole can create a lot of wealth for the nation.

 

 

Darjeeling, the Qeen of Hills.


Darjeeling is a tourist place, it is known throughout the world for Darjeeling tea mainly. Darjeeing town is located in West Bengal. It is located in lower Himalayas at an elevation of 6700 feet. It is noted for its tea industry, the spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO world heritage site. Darjeeling town is the Headquarters of Darjeeling district, a popular tourist destination in India. The place was discovered originally by the British as a hill station, later with the progress of time and increase of economic activity, more and more people started settling there. It has several public schools, the students coming from all over India, and also neighbouring countries.

It’s scenic beauty is remarkable, to enjoy the beauty tourists form India and abroad regularly visit this place. Pictures of life in Darjeeling is posted along for your enjoyment.


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