England on the Road: The CountrySide Must visit Attractions.

Up, up on the feet again we were off to explore the attractions which the countryside of England had to offer! The family of seven was now extended to the family of eleven as five more amazing and fun humans joined us on the trip hosted by the lovely organisers of Golden Tours.

We left early in the morning with the enthusiastic travel guides of the Golden Tours. Our first travel guides view out of the window was the 22B, Baker Street the house of the famous and beloved detective Sherlock Holmes. Heading out the city our very first stop was the Warwick Castle. It is a defence castle built in 1608.

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The castle is located in a beautiful location and the preservation department has done an absolutely wonderful job in keeping the castle intact with the rugged walls telling the history of the castle. The rooms of the castle are filled with furniture demonstrating the life inside the different rooms in this castle. The wax statues everywhere showed us the different kinds of people who lived and worked in the castle.

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The ambience of the castle kept things interesting for the kids, a very lovely day could be spent in the gardens by just relaxing or watching the show which the staff of the castle put up everyday! A show of canon shooting is displayed by five people working constantly to make the canon work, its old so…. Another interesting show is the Eagle show. All these shows are free to watch and take place on particular timings so make sure you attend them if you are a curious soul.

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After spending ample amount of time in the beautiful Warwick castle, we all moved on to our next destination, which was the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon! The main attraction other than reminiscing in this beautiful town was the small house of our very own William Shakespeare.

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He was one of the eight siblings and lived and died there. He spent a very dramatic life of which you can read all about on Wikipedia! 😛  The unknown fact about the compound of the Shakespeare house is the statute of Rabindranath Tagore, commonly known as the Indian Shakespeare in England.

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After enjoying the house of this writer we headed out to our last destination of the trip, which was the city of Oxford! We were fortunate enough to visit some of the campuses of the most renowned Oxford University.  Tired as we all were we still had some bit of energy left here and there to explore and shop! Souvenirs from the prestigious university of Oxford were not only a must buy, but a necessity!

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We headed back to London, and had the most delicious cuisine on Edqware Street in the restaurant called Al-Mubarika!

The next day came again with driving outside London city, and up in the morning we headed out to visit the wonderful Windsor Castle! Oh what a lovely castle!

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The castle is not a museum but some halls which are open for public are also being used by the Queen and the rest of the family. One particular area was quarden off where no visitor was allowed was the residential area for the Royals.

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The compound of Windsor castle had the Doll house which was sadly under renovation so was closed for visitors. The State Apartments were up for display. These rooms flaunted the royalty of the Royals! The beautiful crockery displayed the luxury they enjoyed and the weapon display showed off their power! They were all operational rooms. The compound also included St. George’s Chapel where the lovely Royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married.

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Tip time:

The entrance of the Windsor castle has more security check than on an international airport, so make sure you either book a fast track ticket or reach super early if you have a normal ticket.

On entering the premises, bang opposite the gate is where you can pick up your audio books, make sure before heading inside that it’s working and proper, because there are no other exchange stations once you are inside the castle.

Have a fun day at castle because people who work there are super friendly and nice!

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After we finished our visit of the castle, we headed out into the Windsor city, which was as lovely as the castle itself! Our hunger pans found us an Italian restaurant called “Clarence” and oh my what food! Our stomachs were full but our tastes buds weren’t a least bit satisfied!

Fortunately, as we were sitting for lunch we we’re lucky enough to witness the “Catapult” which is a display of English Airforce. The main function was held in London and Donald Trump was also there. But we did catch a glimpse of it! It was a hundred years display, and the aircrafts formed the shape of 100 and flew over our heads and also they diplayed the colors of England when they flew! It was absolutely amazing!

You ask, but you were sitting inside the restaurant how did you know they are coming? The secret to know is, if the restaurant is playing songs on radio or wifi, it will stop when the plains are passing because they put signal jammers.

After spending a lovely day in Windsor, we headed back to London and started packing our bags!


 

Thank you all for taking the time and reading!

I hope you all like it and find useful at some point!

THANK YOU and have a lovely day!

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Darkness: The Divine Path

Light and dark, a simple concept of good and evil, happiness and sadness, knowledge and ignorance and so on. It is human nature that we always associate light with the good and darkness with the evil. We always use the statement “Let there be light.” Have you ever wondered why?

“Let there be Light” was the first statement in the Bible. In fact Mesopotamian population believed in the concept, that the world was created because of the victory of God over the forces of chaos and darkness. We always associate God with the forces of light. So when we say that the world was created because of the victory of God over chaos we indirectly say that the world emerged because of victory of light over darkness. This is a very orthodox belief. We all quite well understand it.

In this write up I would like to bring out the unknown fact about the concept of light and darkness. 

Egyptians believed that the world emerged out of darkness and swirling chaos. They also believed that darkness had a form and a purpose for existing.

You must be thinking what could be the form and purpose of darkness?

In Egyptian Mythology we have a God named KeK and Goddess named Kauket,  which literally translates as darkness. These two were husband and wife and controlled or more so ruled over the night or darkness. This is the form of darkness. 

Now about the purpose of darkness.

You will not find it anywhere on the internet if you search in mythologies. (Trust me I have tried) The purpose of darkness is very spiritually related. We know that darkness is inevitable, when there is light there is darkness. That is, when there is good there is evil. Where there is god there are demons. What darkness really tells us is that darkness comes from absence of love. It is a constant reminder to us that we are not in alignment with our true nature.

When the sun sets, we feel the light is gone. But this is the most important time. Take darkness as divine path towards Light or happiness or Love. If the sun won’t set we will never experience the joy of a sunrise. If we wont face the darkness or sadness, we will never experience the joy of a sunrise or happiness or a new day, a new opportunity, a new possibility.

Darkness gives us the time to heal, to rejuvenate and get ready for a new day. This is the time when we really find our true selves. It becomes the Ultimate path to Divine Light. Embrace it, love it, make it your part, endure it and you will never feel blue again.

I have started loving sunsets, have you?

 

Jihad: The War Within

When we talk about Jihad, what usually comes to mind is the violent method used by the Muslims, to fight against the non-Muslims or “ghair mazhab”. The word “jihad” is so often misunderstood. So here is a small effort from my side to give you a little insight on the dictionary meaning of the word “jihad” and what in my personal opinion I think should be the real meaning of that word.

So, when you search the meaning of Jihad this is what comes up: 

jihad
dʒɪˈhɑːd/
noun
  1. (among Muslims) a war or struggle against unbelievers.
    “he declared a jihad against the infidels”
First of all this is misunderstood  (that’s my belief). Jihad is always looked at as an action word to scare or instigate people. it generally represents hatred and in turn violence and bloodshed.
The mention of jihad in the Holy Quran had a different perception.
The core message of kindness, love and humanity was supported by jihad which meant fighting the evil thoughts within oneself and emerging victorious toward humanity.
 
The real meaning of jihad should be:

“The spiritual struggle within oneself against sin.”

Every religion teaches us to be kind to one another, have compassion, empathy and humane behaviour towards all living beings, be it another human or animal. 
 
The teachings of Islam are no different !!
The real meaning of Jihad is the war within. It is the war between good and bad inside oneself.
We need to fight the wrong within ourselves everyday to be able to do the right.

All the religious scriptures and teachings help us to understand the right and wrong, also I personally feel, we all have to be more spiritually mature to understand and judge. Following any religion blindly might lead us to become superstitious and judgemental. 
To attain spiritual maturity, combating the 7 sins  is what is important. Fighting against the sins within will make us a much better person than fighting with others for the same.

 


Very well quoted by Rumi :
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

I am in search of that field…….Every day the lower thoughts and actions stray me, I fight………The war within continues, the Jihad continues!!!

Continue reading Jihad: The War Within

BookReview

So I have been reading a book which is in a total vintage state, a love story and I had to write a review about it though it is quite different than what I usually write that is about my travels but anyway.

I found my self reading Barbara Cartland’s “A Fugitive From Love”. Name of the book is very accurate to the story which goes with it. A love story between a fugitive from a harsh series of incidents and abuse and a handsome, wealthy prince who was moving away from a terrible heartbreak in his Aphrodite (you need to read the book to understand what is Aphrodite, it does not refer to Greek God of love.)

The book starts in a scenario where we are enlightened with the poor financial situation which the female protagonist with her father faced. The male protagonist was not seen in the picture till almost half of the book but it was worth the wait.After the introduction the book moves on to all the good parts. Emotions are well portrayed!

The book is a simple love story, fast pacing it doesn’t bore you in the middle. The writer keeps you entertained through out, because something or the other is happening. Sentences like “impersonal refuge against the terror that possessed her.” and “collapse into unconsciousness so that she won’t feel the agony of what was inevitable”, give a literal literature rush!

Handsome male: check

Beautiful girl: check

Abusive, conniving and evil characters: check

This book is a total package and according to me it is 3/5 stars!

P.S- this is my first attempt on writing a review do let me know, if it was okay and helpful. Please write what you feel in the comment section below! And don’t forget to give it a like. Because your likes and encouragement drives me to write more and more. Thank you!