Lost Hopes

Background:

There is no background as such, it was just a thought process.

Hope you enjoy it


Lost Hopes

I lie like the dead sea, still, lifeless.

The night sky, full of stars, full of hope.

Lingers above me.

But I lie still, just like, the dead sea.

The sun rises, it shines,

Here comes tomorrow,

Here comes endless new possibilities

Here comes the summer

But I lie still, still, just like yesterday.

I sit at the window

Looking at the seasons pass,

The rains, washing away the dust,

The autumn stripping the trees naked

The spring, blooming the flowers

But I lie still, just like the trunk, watching the days go by.

Is there no hope?

No hope for a better tomorrow?

Because,

Hope for me,

Is like the rain in a drought

Like a silver lining on the darkest cloud.

Like a light at the end of tunnel

Hope is what I need, it’s the sun that I need.

My faith in good is lost

My faith in a better tomorrow is lost

There is no strength

To carry on, to see thing through to go on.

How to rise above this?

How to go on without faith?

How to go on without hope?

Because I still lie like the dead sea, lifeless, don’t know how to go on…..

– Shaheen.


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Mindset Of a Traveller!

Time to Travel people!

The season of travelling has arrived and I am here to give you tips on how to travel.

We travel for two purposes:  a.) Luxury.     b.) Because we love travelling.

Personally in my lifetime (whatever lifetime I have had) I have travelled with family, without family, international school trips and also spontaneous alone drives (not far off though :P). I have experienced luxury travelling, but not luxury as in staying ONLY in the hotel room, with luxury travelling I have experienced actual travelling, like sightseeing and stuff. Contrary to this I have also slept nights in a temple floor, with freezing temperature outside and also on the surface of the Earth (literally) with nothing but a small sheet separating us from the ground and all the mud (but legs still being in mud).

So I can safely say that I have had my share of experiences with travelling. 😛

In this post I will be covering the LUXURY mindset of a traveller. And hopefully the next will follow soon.

Now lets see how to start of when you are aiming for Luxury travelling:

1.)  Have a nice Hotel room to go to.

When you are planning your luxury travelling, always remember that while you are booking a hotel room, to where ever your destination maybe, always book a room with a nice view and jaw dropping facilities.

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Having a nice view from the Hotel room and awesome facilities, you can experience the actual luxury that you have come to experience. The view from the room keeps you entertained while the facilities make you lazy. A beautiful view of snow-caped mountains or a river gushing at its full pace or a sunny beach whose waves can be heard constantly, will be all the adventure you will need. This is a small getaway from the reality, where you can meditate and shop till you drop.

2.) Shopping Therapy.

Believe it or not, shopping is a therapy. It is indeed a stress buster. You are free to ask any psychologist in the world, or even refer to books about it.

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When it comes to destination shopping, there is a sudden rush. We want to take as much as possible, because we feel if we leave out things, we are not coming back for them. This is a one time thing. Buy as much as you want if you don’t have space buy another suitcase, enjoy shopping. Be creatively greedy and shop your minds out. Have a smile on our face when you have paid for something. I know it is a wrong advice, but do it, feel that rush. Once in a while, it’s okay!

3.) What to carry.

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Don’t let your closet leave you in dilemma. Take control! If your goal is to solely enjoy on this vacation then why carry the weight of sports shoes. Your motto should be “dress to impress”. You maybe with your family, your friends or with anybody, dress like everyday is a red carpet day. Carry heels or simple pair of footwear which goes with any dress. Also one pair of comfortable footwear, just in-case you are feeling adventurous! 

4.) Planning of events.

Plan events according to your time and convenience. If you want to then do it, otherwise you can leave the adventure. You don’t have to rush into everything, get up late and plan the day ahead with a calm mind. If you want to laze around during the day, you re free to do that, don’t feel guilty about it. Planning is not an issue. You can either go on a one day safari ride, or just take a cable car and sit on the snow caped mountains or even explore all the trendy restaurants. You are there to relax, do not go on an adventure spree, unless that’s what you are there for. 😛

5.) Mode of Travelling

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Mode of travelling- according to your convenience! 😛 

These are few tips to travel when you are on a luxury travel. Even when you are on a luxury travel, you can still explore the city and country side. Trust me sitting in a hotel room is very boring. The basic aim for luxury travelling is to not rush it means to have a quiet get away, be it for a week, a day, 10 days or 7 days. You are there to enjoy, so do that. This does not necessarily has to be in an exotic foreign location, when you are travelling luxury, go where you have been (that is just my tip). But don’t ever forget to ENJOY!

Enduring the True Modern Middle Eastern Essence!

Getting up in the morning after a tiring schedule ( of Day 1 in Dubai) was way too difficult than we ever could have imagined. But we had to get up, because we had to get started with Day 2 in DUBAI! We had our breakfast and then went to the room to get ready as we were too lazy to get ready before we had something to eat. 

As soon we got ready we went down to the lobby, where we would get free wifi! Sitting there checking all the messages and updates from last night we waited for Shaan Bhai. Today was a day out were we will see all the major attraction which Dubai had to offer. It was a bad start to the day because our first destination was the Dubai Museum which sadly was closed for maintenance. We could not see it from inside. But we did manage to take pictures from outside. 

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On the Entrance of Dubai Museum. 
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In front of ship, a part of the museum but from the outside.

After taking a glimpse of Dubai Museum [from outside :(] we headed off to an area called Gold Souk. It was famous for cheap gold. Shan Bhai warned us to avoid buying the gold today, as we were already out of time and we needed to see a lot in that single day. So he told us to just take a look, compare the prizes and to buy later.

One interesting disappointment which happened was, Shaan Bhai took us in a shop to buy chocolates and dates, we did not buy (thank god). Later we came to know that the most famous Lulu market had cheaper and better dates than this. One of the traveller was furious on us and himself. On us because we did not tell, which by the way he did not ask and attacked the shop as soon as we entered (I saw that and it was not a good sight) and secondly he should have known. So my advice to all the people travelling to Dubai, see the attractions and don’t be in hurry to buy, compare the prices ask around and keep a day only for shopping. Best thing about Dubai, no taxes you will get the stuff in the price written on it! So grab as much as you want but intelligently!

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In front of a shop, on Gold Souk.
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Modelling away on the road! (Not a good one though)

After giving half an hour extra, Shan Bhai was furious as he saw none of us at the meeting point. As soon as he would collect everyone and leave to call the bus driver, everyone would get scattered again. In this process the driver received a fine of 700 AED! Which was sad on his part and irresponsible on ours.

After all the commotion we moved on to our next destination which was a drive on the Jumeira beach. Wow what a view! But as good the view was the heat was harsher. Beating the fiery sun which shined upon us we quickly got down of the bus, because we don’t come to Dubai everyday, and we did not want to miss any part of it. We did sit for a while, but could not bear the heat for long so we hurried back to the air conditioned bus.

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My Brother in front of Burj-al-Arab.
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In front of Jumeira Beach.

After the beautiful drive we headed off to the Dubai mall. Which was huge! We saw the aquarium and water fountain which were inside the mall. Without wasting anymore time we headed of the see BURJ KHALIFA! The tallest man made wonder! We were given the tickets and we were all instructed more so given an option to stay as long as we wanted AT THE TOP! 

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In front of the visible half of the aquarium
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The water fountain inside the Dubai Mall

The lift which took us to the top was super fast. It reached 125th floor in just 60 seconds! Incredible! The lift was dark and there were disco lights all in arrow shaped, marking our movement upwards. Reaching at the top and looking down in the world was breathtaking, but it did give my brother and my mother a bit of nausea. I was not affected by the height at all and stood there taking in what the sight had to offer.

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Sign On the Entrance.
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View from the Top

After having  waited there for quite some time, we made our way down again in 60 seconds inside the mall. We were hungry so we ate a little and then headed outside to see the water fountain show. I would have shown it to you, but I am not premium yet! 😉

We sat there and enjoyed the two shows, that’s sitting in 53 degrees for one hour! Too much, but we did it any way and also managed to convince Shaan Bhai to take a sneak peak of one additional show. It was too enchanting to leave!

 

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Where The Fountain show took place.
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View of the tallest wander from where we were sitting.

After having enjoyed thoroughly the magical fountain show we headed off to eat in a cruise! It was known as Dhao Cruise. Ate a bit, danced a bit, drank a bit (only soft drinks) and again danced a bit! That’s how we spent our night until it was time to go back to sleep!

So this was the end of DAY 2 in Dubai. Hungry for more, follow to get updated first and know what happened to us in DAY 3! I promise its way too interesting! Stay tuned!

Experiencing Jim Corbett! The Misfit of Adventures!  Are you ready for a spin?

Date: 18th May, 2016 to 30th May, 2016.
Place: Delhi- Jim Corbett – Nainital – Ranikhet — Kausauni- Almora- Delhi.

Day 2 and 3 : Jim Corbett

The sound of the horn is what woke me up from my exhausted sleep from yesterday’s Delhi Darshan. The horn signified to move on for better adventures, which was Jim Corbett. The road to Jim Corbett was just exceptional. We passed Noida, Ghaziabad and Hapur all three being scenically very beautiful.

On road the silent sound of heritage songs are what kept me entertained other than watching outside the window. Where everyone in the tempo traveller slept soundly except for the driver, I gave my eyes a wonderful treat of enlightening visions which passed by. After around 5 hours of tedious travelling we reached a small town named Ramnagar, where the wildlife sanctuary of Jim Corbett was located.

Our stay was at Kumaon regimental farm around 45 minutes before the actual city of Ramnagar. Among the beautiful tree gardens were located small cottages, looked after and maintained by the army regiments. After half an hour of rest we headed for an evening trip of Jim Corbett. Excited, we rented two gypsies which took us inside the jungle. Little did we know that it was a landscape of Jim Corbett sanctuary called Sitavani and we felt horrible that we were fooled by the gypsy drivers. Though it was the wrong forest it was pretty and the way the roads went through the river managed to give us a thrill. We also did see a giant and very beautiful hornbill, which is rarely spotted, even in the core area of Jim Corbett.

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Kumaon Regiment Farms (view from or porch)

The first day being a little disappointed we tried our level best to see the core area of Jim Corbett. After talking to another man, this time confirming his authenticity we were able to acquire passes for a next morning trip. The next day, Day 3, we entered the core area of Jim Corbett through Durgadevi gate.

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The Durgadevi Gate. (Legit one!)

The roads twisted and turned and made us jump off our seats. The forest surprised us by its awestrucking beauty. After a roller coaster ride we stopped at a tower in front of which flowed a river. Inside the river we could see fishes, to our surprise not a single fish was moving, we thought they were all dead. To confirm our suspicion we threw a rock and were relieved that the fish reacted by making a move thinking the rock was something to eat. After spending about five to ten minutes we spotted two dears eating their breakfast. After one was finished he slowly found his was to the river to drink water.

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River Which Fed The Deer
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Beautiful View of Jim Corbett

After which we headed back for the entrance. On the way we saw a huge Tusker. They are usually alone because they are isolated by the group on accusations of being extremely mischievous. After having spent around 5 minutes we headed back to the gate from. After which we went to have breakfast to quiten the Tuskers jumping in our stomach.

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The Mischievous Tusker on The Loose! Beware!

From our experience of being cheated, there is an advice for all, if you decide to go to Jim Corbett anytime, please do internet booking months before you actually leave for the trip. Otherwise you have to suffer the consequences.

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A Photo With Jim Corbett

After trying very hard to acquire more visitations to the core area, we decided that nothing could be done to see Jim Corbett. So we left Jim Corbett a day early because we couldn’t bear the heat. On our way to Nainital we stopped at the house of Jim Corbett who was a hunter mainly killing man-eating tigers, for the safety of the villagers. An English man born in Nainital, helped the mankind and so in honour of him the forest was named after. He had built a beautiful European style house where he lived with his sister all his life. The tiger-killer never got married and died in Kenya, Africa.

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House of Jim Corbett and His Sister Margret Corbett!

After admiring his story and achievements we moved on to a cooler destination, Nainital. No sooner did we settled in our respective rooms, than the thunderstorms started followed by a heavy rain. And we ate a stomach full dinner and slept soundly in our doublecoated blankets.

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Beautiful and Cool Nainital. (Place of relief from burning hot)

The Roller Coaster of a Lifetime!

Off we went for another experience of our lifetime!  An international trip! Yayy! Numerous butterflies were in my stomach, when the plane hit the runway from Hyderabad airport. Falling into a deep sleep, we did not realise when the Sharjah Airport arrived. Once off on the Sharjah airport there was no stopping. It was hot, burning hot. But the heat could not stop us from enjoying the view we had. We got on the bus and went to the airport. Immigration took ages to complete, or that’s what it seemed like. After finishing all the tedious process we finally reached the exit gate and to the alluring city of Sharjah. In the parking the bus waited to take us to DUBAI where our stay was arranged. On the way we were briefly made aware of our itinerary of 3 days that we were there.

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Our tour was planned by The North Tours and our head operator was named Sayed Zeeshan Haider a.k.a Shaan Bhai. He let us know that we would be residing in a hotel named Fortune Holidays in Karama.

We had the first half of our day off. Nothing was planned. We had our breakfast and mummy, Aafreen and I planned to explore a bit of cheap market of Dubai. Walking out in the burning heat we caught a train and headed towards the Nasser Square. The bullet speed train was a great experience!

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Itching to look around we ignored the 53 degrees celsius outside and started our shopping. Without any particular aim we just bought what we liked and the products did turn out to be excellent! Indulging ourselves in illegal purchases too we found a lot of cheap bags and watches, BRANDED! They call it the first copy. Copied with excellence you wouldn’t even recognize the difference between the fake one and the real one (you could confirm with my brother :P).

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When the clock struck 12:50 we hurried back to the hotel to have our lunch and rest for a while before we headed off to the great adventure planned for us!

Reaching a certain point we saw that our driver, named Zahid Bhai, got down and started puncturing the tires. We all wondered why. Then ahead of us we saw the Land Cruisers going and we knew!

The sand dune awaited us! Our excitement was at  epitome! With us in the car were two other men, as strong as they seemed the motion of cars ahead of us, scared the hell out of them. As the car started we all prepared ourselves for THE ROLLER COASTER we were about to experience. 

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My brother, sitting beside me was the most excited one! The car grooved on the beats of the song being played in the car. Every hill the car went down from, made us shout on top of our voice, followed by a cordial of laughter, claps and some occasional moves thrown in by me brother. The cheerful music made us forget the way Zahid Bhai was driving, instead we concentrated on the songs and enjoyed the ups- and mostly steep – downs.

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The “roller coaster” was followed by an exciting and beautiful program put up by the belly dancers and mouth- watering food served by the tour managers!

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The Enlightening Experience!

Date: 30th March – 4th May, 2016

Place: Tarkarli, 10 hrs from Pune.

It was a relatively cloudy day on 2nd May, the day I experienced a life changing event.

Along with Awesome sports and travels, I went to Tarkarli for camp with around 24 kids. We went for a 3 day trip,during which we saw Karli river and it’s the point where the river meets the sea. Close to it was a tsunami island, so named, because of a massive tsunami in 2004, which led to formation of a heap of sand in the middle of nowhere, forming an island. On that particular island, the local entrepreneurs have developed their business of jet ski, banana ride, bumper ride etc. The place is easy to reach and beautiful rides are safe and worth taking a spin and available at a very affordable price.

We stayed in a resort called Vasant Vihar, which was more like a house stay. It came with good rooms, tasty food and an awesome view. It is located 1km away from the beach. You can go for a walk on the beach anytime you want.

On May 2nd, we went to the shores of the beach where a boat was waiting for us, to take us to the beautiful deep waters where we would be experiencing scuba diving. After a long wait when we reached the location, the instructors explained to us the procedure of diving. The instructor tied some weights on my stomach to help enable sinking easily and then another instructor in the water gave lessons and taught signs necessary under the water. The instructor and me went underwater to witness the most magnificent world which resided beyond our reach. It was most amazing and breathtaking. The silence underwater dominated my ears and my eyes beheld the visions which indented my memory with a wonder.

On surfacing I realised that silence can be so touching,among all the loud noises in the world. A huge smile on my face dawned that a life changing event has etched in my autobiography.