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I met the little Goddess In Shantiniketan. I do believe in GOD. God for me is there as the air, sometimes breezy, sometimes still, sometimes stormy. God is like my heartbeat, which goes fast, faster, or faster like the graph of my emotions. Or like the tiny hand which suddenly holds my pinkie finger on a sunny day in Sonajhuri Haat, Shantiniketan on a random day on a winter morning. That sudden warm, unexpected touch make me see the Goddess Kali standing beside me. 

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My First Reaction in front of the Goddess

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The goddess surprises me not only with her unexpected occurrence but also with her 4 feet height and a purple sweater underneath her gorgeous blue dress. Goddess look at my poker face also. For a moment, doubt overpowers me, how can I see a God, that too, so small, a childlike. After a few moments of doubt, something inside me slams me, saying I am killing a lifetime opportunity to meet God. I together all my slept devotions, and think of asking a boon. But the surprise does not end for me yet. Before I Can, the Goddess asks, “Can you give me 5 rupees? I will have pickles”. A few moments ago, my mind used all its energy in thinking, clearing doubts, mounting my devotions, and smashing my central logic, so it decides to take a break after hearing this question. What else can I expect? God wants money! 5 rupees! for pickles! So, I can’t answer anything and keep staring.

And The Godly Start

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God is kind, as she thinks of giving me another chance. She must know well that people don’t see God every day like cattle, so they tend to confuse. She shrugs me and asks again but with now little command, “Give 5 rupees”. And my hand itself slips inside my pocket and comes out with a 10 rupees note. As I stretch it towards her, I experience the difference. We want more than we need, but the Goddess knows what exactly she wants. As, she takes the note and tells me, “oh, you don’t have a chance, wait here, from the pickle seller I will bring you the change”. I look at the pickle seller, who is doing fail attempts at protecting pickles from the flies.

After she buys some pickles, she comes to return my money. And the sight touches me. That’s the power of simplicity and purity. My heart suddenly feels lighter when I see her coming towards me with the change in one hand, and licking the pickles from the other. All thoughts release my mind and hurt from its clutch. And I kneel in front of her and ask: “can you please spend the day with me at the fair? We will roam around, and I will feed you on time”. After a moment’s thought, she says: “Okay, but my brother will join me in an hour. Can you feed both of us?”. Goddess Kali’s brother? I never heard or read about him. Should I dare to ask? What if my ignorance upsets the Goddess? But the God is Omniscient. She says, “My brother’s name is Rohit, you will see him”. Excuse me, what! Isn’t “Rohit” a modern name? She starts walking by my side while licking the pickle. GOD is the big prankster, I must say.

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The Goddess Brother – Rohit

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I feel like offering her some food. But the Goddess is a little reluctant to have anything else; she refuses ice cream, chocolate, more pickles, rice, and fish curry until Rohit comes and joins us. Rohit has no Godly elements, he is an 11 years old, cool dude, in the winter he has unbuttoned his upper chest. He sits calmly under a tree with a hesitant smile on his face.

Now we eat together and listen to the Baul songs. I am feeling enlightened, never felt that pure ever. End of the day Rohit’s hesitant smile changes.

The Godly Experience

At the fair, the Bauls (Bengal’s folk singers) are singing loud in colloquial phrases, but the rhythm and the music are so soothing that we could not resist going there. They welcome us, one of them waves his hand to the Goddess and says: “Pinky, is everything alright at home?”. And hearing this, my mind speaks again, “PINKY! The Goddess has a nickname too! Why do all the Bengalis have to keep a nickname, and that to the Goddess too. No wonder her brother’s name is Rohit”. Pinky smiles and tells them to sing a song.

Now the Goddess tells me her story that she stays very far, in an interior village. And she loves this Sonajhuri fair, so every week Saturday and Sunday she visits here, sometimes as Goddess Kali, sometimes as Lord Krishna, sometimes as Shiva. Not only that, she bunks her Saturday school every week to come here. She is an artist, a polymorphic

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And The End of the Travel

Our time ends like magic. Finally, Goddess tells me, “We will leave now”, it feels like a Dashami day, I again kneel in front of her, asking her, “can I give you something, whatever you want”. She nods a no, then she says, “if you come tomorrow, then we will meet again”. But I have to return, but one part of me wanted to ignore all the responsibilities and stay for one extra day, but that was just not possible. The Goddess understands me again without me uttering a single word. She gives a smile and is about to leave. Then suddenly she comes back, holds my pinkie finger again, and asks: “can you buy me a small size Saree?”

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A little village named Jumbur near Gir in the heart of Gujrat In India. Jambur is 24 km south of Sasan Gir. Actually, this village is called an African village in India. The people who live here, are of African descent but they speak the Gujarati and Hindi languages in daily life. We see many places on the planet whose traditions, culture, and language may not match that of the country. Even though Sierra Leone is a West African country, its official language is Bengali. Because in recognition of the contribution of Bangladeshi peacekeepers in the country’s civil war. Anyway, as soon as you enter this Jambur village in Gujrat it may seem as if you have entered an African city. But the demeanor of the people living here is Indian.

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The People Of Jambur Village In India

The people living in this village called Siddi People are originally known as Habshis. The locals call this village Siddhi village. They are the direct descendants of the Bantu Tribe of the African Great Lake region. According to history, most of the Siddhi People were brought as slaves by the Portuguese from Southeast Africa to give the Nawab of Junagadh as Present. Over time they settled in India, mainly Gujarat, Karnataka, Hyderabad, and Goa. But most Siddi people started living in this Jambur village in Gujarat. Islam was the common religion for them, many of them embraced the new belief and adapted to the environment here. As per local lore, a long time ago a ship loaded with African slaves came to the port of Gujarat and when those Africans landed they saw the lion of Gir and they thought they reached Africa. But it became a shock for them.

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Culture And Tradition

The Siddhi Peoples still hold their African unique culture. The Siddi community strictly married themselves, so their genes did not mix with the local Indian people. That is why they are still able to retain their unique African look. They have been living here for so long and have taken Gujarati customs as their tradition. They have almost forgotten their ancestral traditions. But they are trying to keep their few Bantu traditions preserved. They have been practicing their traditional Goma Music and that dance form. And their dance style is still the same as the African dance style. The most interesting thing is that Siddhi People have maintained their African clothing fashion trend even from India. They wear colorful and bright clothes in their daily life. They maintain a unique balance of Indian culture and African culture in their simple life.

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One of the great things about travel is that it gives you the eye and time to find out good stories and good kind people all over. Do you remember the Vicks advertisement – Mother, daughter, hostel? No problem, if you don’t, I will help you to remember the heart-touching story. And this love story proves that love has saved humankind.

Today I am sharing with you Gauri’s story. Gauri Sawant adopted a little girl named Gayatri in 2008 when she was just 5 years old after Gayatri’s mother died of AIDS. She is a good human being and a courageous mother who also works as a social activist. Gauri Sawant born Ganesh Sawant adopted her daughter even though it is illegal for transgender people to adopt children. Yes, You read it right, she is transgender. She is beyond your rules, my rules, society’s rules, except love.

Gauri says “Motherhood is beyond gender. Motherhood is a behavior”

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The Story Of The Motherhood

Gauri Sawant is a transgender activist from Mumbai. She is the director of Sakshi Char Chowghi which helps transgender and HIV/AIDS patients. She has started an old age home for transgender people called Nani ka Ghar, meaning Grandmother’s Home, where old transgender people will take care of sex workers’ children.

Sawant, left her family at an early age to come to Bombay. While working at an NGO, Gauri came across her daughter, Gayatri. Gayatri had been orphaned in 2001 when her mother died.

The child’s grandmother was going to sell her into slavery when Gauri met her. She decided to adopt her, and since then the two have shared a very close mother-daughter bond. Gauri is the first transgender woman to have made her way into motherhood. According to her, “There’s no gender in being a mother”. Gayatri is now studying to be a doctor and lives in a hostel. Gauri’s inspiring story came to the forefront when Vicks portrayed her journey with Gayatri in an ad that has since its release been watched 1 crore times. She was featured in that Ad by Vicks too.

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With Gauri Sawant

Breaking Orthodox Tradition

Gauri breaks orthodox traditions and stereotypes prevented in her country. She is full of life, confident, and above all very loving human being. Her house is full of colleagues who adore her, and whom she has made feel safe. It is not easy to be a Gauri Sawant. I mean, having such a broad mind, modern thoughts, and a simplistic approach to life is tough. We can only talk about it and claim to have all these. But that’s what society needs more, that’s what Gayatris need more. She challenged the norm that parenting is only for married couples or male/ female genders. May she inspire her story and make more humans like her.

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A recent study has found that frequent humankind is happier in their lives than people who don’t travel at all.

Travelers are 7% happier and the poem for happy traveling.

“The day I am killed,

My killer riffling through my pockets,

Will find traveling tickets:

One to peace,

One to the fields and the rain,

And one to the conscience of humankind.

Dear killer of mine, I beg you:

Do not stay and waste them.

Take them, use them.

I beg you to travel”

In this poem, the poet beautifully compares traveling to that gaining conscience. This poem speaks my truth, it bares my authentic self to my readers. A recent study found out that the feeling of Wanderlust has increased during covid-19, and that people are happier when traveling or when thinking about it. Traveling smartly and effectively should be a tool that needs to be introduced to all humans. Traveling should not limit itself to a status quo but the benefits of traveling and garnering new experiences should be widely discussed. It can curb your therapy cost and add perspectives that can never be received in confined spaces.

This article should trigger the bug of wanderlust within you and give you a better incentive to travel. Because humankind is happier in their lives than people who don’t travel at all.

The New Travel Study

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Chun-Chu is an assistant professor at Washington State University’s School of Hospitality Business Management. He conducted a study to learn why some people travel more often than others and whether travel experiences have a long-term impact on satisfaction and well-being. Individuals who pay more attention to tourism-related details and regularly discuss their traveling plans with friends are more likely to take daily vacations than those who are not planning their next holiday, according to the findings of his study. Participants in the survey who said they travel at least 75 miles away from home daily were also about 7% happier than those who said they travel very rarely or not at all.

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The Survey

The study asked participants about the importance of travel in their lives, how much time they spent researching and preparing for future vacations, and how many trips they took in a year. They were also polled on how satisfied they were with their lives. A little more than half of the 500 survey respondents said they take more than four pleasure trips per year. Only 7 percent of respondents did not take any vacations.

Experience New Things

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“While things like work, family life, and friends play a bigger role in overall reports of well-being. Chen said. Travelling can be considered as reading but with a more physical format attached to it. If we go beyond the status quo of being a traveler, we will find that meeting new people and experiencing new cultures will not only broaden your mind but also cure you of age-old xenophobic tendencies. To all those people who complain that they have not met many people of quality, have not traveled. Travelling pushes you out of the comfortable crowds to spaces and perspectives which challenge your conditioning and help you grow as a person. Deciding to travel was a life-altering experience for me. It helped me better my understanding of the world, made my relationships better, and gave me a kind of happiness that no materialistic thing could.

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Start Planning Your Next Vacation

As travel restrictions due to Covid-19 begin to relax in the future. This is a signal for humankind to start packing their bags again. Do not wait for the hills to call you or for the sea to tempt you, get up and start making plans immediately. Keep in my mind all safety protocols and jump on the bandwagon of traveling. Those who are new to this, take your first step. Always know that traveling is an addiction that can free you from a mental burden. Do not wait for the right time anymore. Put on your shoes, pack your bags, play your travel playlist and take on over the world.

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Nowadays, our digital life is involved with our personal life. And the camera connects both as a bridge. Nowadays we shoot a lot through our phone cameras and publish for our digital life. But we need good cameras to give our digital life a professional look. And at this time people all over the world are looking for good action cameras to portray the best moments of their lives for a lifetime. Today, the content of this blog is about the best action camera for travel. Or you can also find out through this blog about the best action camera for vacation.

Now travel has become an essential part of human life. And for this travel, people are now choosing small portable but good resolution cameras. I’m sharing in this blog some portable easy-to-carry travel action camera links that you can easily buy from the Amazon shopping app.

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GoPro HERO10 Black

The GoPro Hero 10 Black is the latest updated action camera from the GoPro brand. This is the most powerful and polished version of the GoPro Hero brand. Thanks to the new GP2 processor. The Hero 10 Black is a waterproof (up to 10 meters) action camera with front LCD and touch rear screens, 5.3K60 Ultra HD Video, 23MP Photos, 1080p Live Streaming, Webcam, and Stabilization. Click here to shop GoPro Hero10, Black

GoPro HERO9 Black

One of the best budget GoPro action cameras. More clarity. More stability. The groundbreaking HERO9 Black sports a beastly 23.6MP sensor for ridiculous 5K video and stunning 20MP photos. A dazzling new front display delivers a live preview for easy framing, while a large rear touch screen with touch zoom provides fast, intuitive control. This camera link came with an extra rechargeable battery. Click here to shop GoPro Hero9 Black With Extra Battery

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DJI OSMO Action Camera (Silver, Grey)

This action camera with 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor, 12MP, wide-angle 145° that allows you to shoot 4K HDR videos. Lens : FOV: 145° f/2.8, Type LiPo, Capacity 1300 mAh, Voltage 3.85 V, a fully charged battery can support video recording at 1080P/30fps for up to 135 minutes (with RockSteady turned off and screen sleep enabled after 1 min) and 4K/60fps for up to 63 minutes (with RockSteady turned on and screen sleep enabled after 1 min)Charging Time 90 mins. Click the link

Insta360 ONE RS Twin Edition

4K Boost Lens & 5.7K 360 Lens: Get two cameras in one with Insta360 ONE RS. Swap between the new 4K Boost Lens for stunningly detailed wide-angle videos and the 360 Lens for endless creative possibilities. Waterproof 4K 60fps Action Camera & 5.7K 360 Camera with Interchangeable Lenses, Stabilization, 48MP Photo, Active HDR, AI Editing.

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I have noted all the technical specifications from Amazon. If you decide to buy one, please read all the details carefully. In case you find it difficult to understand or want to know more about a specific quality, I must suggest please google and do your necessary research before making a purchase. As I mentioned above, this going to preserve your best memories for a lifetime.

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