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We all know Durga Puja is one of the biggest festivals in Bengal and as well as in India. And not only in India but in all corners of the world. In long years the Puja has changed in many ways. But one thing remained unchanged. That is the pure bliss, the joy, the excitement that has never changed throughout the years. The style of Durga Puja in Calcutta during the British period was a little different. Even before the British rule, the Durga festival was celebrated in Calcutta even during the Muslim period. Earlier, Durga Puja was not so glamorous at that time, then Raja Krishnachandra of Nadia was the first to bring great splendor to this festival. And seeing his glorious Durga Puja festival, those who became rich during the time of the British government also started the same glorious worshiping of goddess Durga.

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Durga Puja Invitation

From the middle of the eighteenth century till the rule of the famous Act No. 10 of 1840, Durgoutsab was the best social festival in Calcutta irrespective of the class of the society. The joy of the natives in this festival is more than that of the company. From Esplanade to Enntali, from Latbahadur to normal clerk, no one could have dreamed of leaving Calcutta during Pujo. Most of the time they were almost ready to wait when Pujo’s invitations would come from different big houses.

Nemantanne ( Invitation) never made mistakes. During Durga Puja, Durga Puja tickets or invitation cards used to go to different houses. At that time generous advertisements were published for the common people on behalf of the big zamindars. Advertising was an invitation for everyone. Because Babura knew, even though the occasion was Durga, this festival was the festival of the company. In the beginning, just like the money given by the company, in the end, the only desire was to get the company’s favor.

Britishers Holiday During Durga Puja

In the late nineteenth century, British officers based in Calcutta started going out of Calcutta with their families during Durga Pujo. They went on vacations to various places in Shimla, Manali, Darjeeling. Following in the footsteps of the British, the Babu community in Calcutta at that time used to leave Calcutta. At that time, Durga Puja meant to them to travel outside Calcutta like the British. The Barwari Durga festival did not start in Calcutta at that time. Durga Puja used to perform only in the house of the big zamindar of Calcutta. Durga Puja was not performed in large numbers, as all the zamindars or big people in Calcutta used to travel outside Calcutta. At that time Pujo was not so glorious in Calcutta. But from that time onwards this touring tradition began. So far, the people of Kolkata have gone out of Kolkata for the Pujo holidays.

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Debt-Ridden Prisoners

Apart from various pleasures of dancing, singing, and drinking during the puja, the people of the Babu community in Kolkata used to free the prisoners who were in debt. In the old days, a class of prisoners could be released only if they repaid the loan. At that time some rich people used to repay their debts and release those prisoners. They used to release more English prisoners to please the British government. As a result, during the puja season or at the small causal court, a crowd of underage people would gather. They want to go to jail right now, before Pujo. Because there is the hope of liberation soon.

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50 Rupees Durga Puja

At that time British officials used to perform Durga Puja with their own money. One of the employees of the company used to do Durgotsab with his own money. He is John Chips, the famous manufacturer of Hunter’s Annals of Rural Bengal. The popular ‘Sree Chikbahadur’ of Birbhum. When Chips set foot in Calcutta as a writer for the company in 1782, he was only sixteen years old. Within a few years, it was heard that he had been appointed Auditor General of the company. In due course (1787) he was appointed the first commercial agent of the company in Birbhum. The company then traded in cotton, silk, lacquer, dyes, etc. Chips added to that, personal business. The company’s office was in Sonamukhi, and Chips’ home was in Surule, near Santiniketan. Shyamkishore, a descendant of Lord Singh of Raipur, was the dewan of chips.

He started Durga Puja in the words of his Dewan Shyamkishore to improve his business. Chips already knew about the company’s official mood about Durgotsab. He organized the Durgo festival of the people with pomp and circumstance. And he used to believe that this Durga Pujo was the reason why his business flourished and every year Chips continued to perform Durga Pujo in his place. Mr. Chips used to spend only fifty rupees a year on this. Pujo costs only seventeen rupees. With the rest of the money, the people of the village used to get new clothes, and a full feast on the day of Mahasthami.

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My next travel trip after the final vaccination is to Himachal Pradesh. What is happiness If no problem rises planning the travel? I have been studying where to travel next for a long time. Even a few years ago, planning this trip was easy. But in this time of the pandemic, when it comes to traveling somewhere, safety issues become very important. After my final vaccination, I wanted a place where people travel less. And that place will be quite far from Kolkata. Because it’s always fascinating to me to struggle for reaching my travel destination. After doing a lot of research, I decided to go to Himachal Pradesh. But I am not going to Shimla, Manali, Spiti valley the famous tourist spots. I am planning to go to two small villages called Bir & Billing in west Joginder Nagar Valley. Surrounded by Tibetan culture, these two Himachal villages are now becoming popular among travelers.

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Planning

I always plan to visit all the places in India in one trip. Many places in India have come to my mind while thinking about where to go next. Kedarnath & Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, Sandakphu, Tribeni & Kalimpong in North Bengal, Le Ladakh trip, Varanasi & Agra in Uttar Pradesh. After recharging all the places I finally decided I would go to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Then I will reach Agra by road from Varanasi. But you know what happened next? While looking for hotels and hostels to stay in Varanasi and Agra on various websites, I came across a small Himachal village hostel. And once I see it, I like the atmosphere and vibe of that hostel. So now the journey in front of me is not Varanasi Agra, it is Himachal Pradesh Bir, and Billing Village.

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Unplaning

I want to know, whose travel planning is perfect. My travel plan is never perfect. A new place, new people, new environment and new life every morning, that’s what makes me feel good in my travel days. I have booked my hostel in Himachal first and booked my flight back flight from Delhi to Kolkata ten days later (Because on that day that flight was available at the lowest price). The remaining 10 days of travel are still unknown to me.

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Safety First

Hey, have you completed your final vaccinations? It is very important to complete the vaccination if you want to travel anywhere in India and outside India. But once the vaccination is done, it’s not all over. Some simple safety rules should be followed all the time.

  • Use your Mask. (Your masks help protect those around you)
  • Maintain Social Distancing..(The most important travel precautions is maintain at least a 3-metre distance from any others)
  • A little difficult but we have to be careful not to touch the eyes, face and nose as much as possible.
  • Cigarette smoking is bad for your health, but if someone still smokes, it’s important to keep in mind. Smoking as far away from others as possible and taking care not to pass the same cigarette to others.
  • We have to take care to keep ourselves as clean as possible.

India is famous all over the world for its ancient culture and civilization. The Indus Valley Civilization, an early civilization of the ancient world, was contemporary with ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. People from different countries have different opinions about which is the oldest city in the world. But if I talk about India, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is one of the oldest cities in the world. In addition to Varanasi, there are several ancient cities in India that have been living uninterruptedly for thousands of years. Several dynasties and kingdoms ruled these cities throughout their history. Here are some of the oldest cities and states.

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

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Mark Twain famously said: ‘Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in India. Situated on the bank of the holiest river of India “Ganges”. The Rik Veda (1700- 1100 BC) also mentions this oldest city in India. According to many historians, Varanasi was prosperous in Europe more than 1600 years before the fall of the Roman Empire. Varanasi is also a significant city for Jainism and Hinduism. In 528 BC Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon to Varanasi Sarnath.

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Madurai (Tamil Nadu)

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Madurai is the second-largest city in Tamil Nadu and one of the most ancient and important cities in India. Another Ancient name in Madurai is Kudal, which means ‘a congregation of wise people, and Madurai was actually the center of scholars and religious teachers in southern India for hundreds of years. For 2500 years, Madurai was one of the major cities of South Indian culture and trade. Mentioned great traveler Megasthenes writing this oldest city ruled by various empires ranging from Pandya and Chola to Karnata and finally by the British. The entire Madurai City is centered around the Meenakshi Amman Temple. According to history this temple was built around 600 BC and rebuilt in its present form in the 17th century. The Meenakshi Amman Temple is the Marvel of Madurai and one of the ancient temples in India.

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Vaishali (Bihar)

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The Lichiby Republic is an ancient state of India and probably the first republic in the world. Vaishali was the capital of this ancient kingdom and one of the important cities of India in that era. Vaishali is a great Buddhist shrine and the birthplace of Lord Mahavira. As well as Load Goutam Buddha came to this place three times and spent a long time here. Buddha also gave his last sermon at Vaishali and announced his Nirvana here. His relics interred at the Stupa in Vaisali in 483 BC (currently in the Patna museum). The ancient capital was located in present-day Bihar

Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu)

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One of the most important cities in South India is the city of Thanjavur. Formerly known as Tanjore, the beautiful city of Tanjavur is home to several important south Indian cultural, art, and religious sites. Thanjavur was the important capital during the Chola dynasty. This old city an ancient temple town in Tamil Nadu has been a cultural center for more than a millennium. Brihadeshwara temple this eleventh-century structure is one of the leading examples of Chola architecture and was built using some of the most advanced architectural techniques of the time. It is also home to some of the finest examples of Tamil architecture, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Great Temple.

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Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh)

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Ujjain is one of the most prominent ancient cities in middle India besides the Kshipra River. The city has long witnessed the rise and fall of the Maurya, Avanti, Nanda, and the Gupta Empire. Ujjain’s name has appeared in the writings of famous Indian writers like Kalidasa and in the literature of many other writers of that era. The century-old famous Mahakaleswar temple is located in the center of the city. Ujjain also hosts one of the officially recognized Kumbh Mela held there every 12 years.

Please Note- Apart from these 5 Ancient Cities, there are many other old cities in Indian history. Like Rajgir, Patna, Hampi, Gour (Gadua), Pushkar, Ayodhya. The role of these cities was very important in ancient Indian history.

Six Indian States Opened For Travel – cover picture source by Google Image

Many Indian states opened for tourism in compliance with the Covid-19 rule. At the moment, as well as there are various protocols for travel in Indian states. Safety is the most important thing when travelling somewhere during this pandemic. In addition to complying with the Covid-19 Rules for travelling to different States, you should also maintain your own safety. Wearing Mask, social distancing and sanitisation is the most important part of travelling during this pandemic. From mountains to beaches, here is a list of destinations that you can visit if you follow these protocols.

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Goa

Goa is a name in India where most tourists want to travel. Before the Pandemic, the number of domestic tourists visiting Goa was 7.81 million and foreign tourists arrived at around 0.9 million. But since the Pandemic, this tourist amount has been declining. Last year, in 2020, only around 9.1 lakh tourists went to Goa. Travellers who are planning to go to Goa at this time have to abide by the Goa Covid-19 Rules. Chief Minister Promod Sawant said that visitors to coastal states would have to show the results of a negative RT-PCR test or a certificate of vaccination of both levels.

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Himachal Pradesh

COVID-19 Negative Certificate or vaccine certificate (signal or both doses) is mandatory while travelling to Himachal Pradesh last update 5th august 2020. Rt-PCR test reports are not required if a tourist has taken the first or second vaccination dose. The Himachal government has made it mandatory to wear a mask. Those who are not wearing a mask could face a fine of up to Rs 5,000 Rs or 8 days in jail. And they are warning people to maintain social distance. Although many hotels or guesthouses are open in Himachal, many homestays in Himachal are yet to entertain outside tourists to stay at their homes.

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Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand opens for Indian travellers. But if you go to Uttarakhand, you have to follow the strict Covid-19 rules of Uttarakhand. Double doses Covid vaccinations (minimum 15 days ago) report will be required to enter the Vally Of Flowers. If someone has not been vaccinated with double doses then it is mandatory to bring RT-PCR negative report, must be within 72 hours to enter Uttarakhand. These rules apply to visit Chardham and Corbett National Parks as well.

Meghalaya

If you enter Meghalaya then it is mandatory to all travellers must register on the State portal to generate a unique registration ID: http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/travel.html or http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm before their arrival. As well as all travellers are undergone RT-PCR tests at the entry points. Although proof of a valid final certificate of vaccination will exempt you from the test.

Sikkim

The Sikkim government had for a long time baned the arrival of tourists from other states. From 5th July Sikkim State Government lifted the ban on the entry of travellers from others states of India. Now they allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter the Himalayan state through Melli (South Sikkim) and Rongpo ( East Sikkim) check post without RT-PCR test.

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Ladakh

As per the latest report travellers from other parts of India are allowed to travel in Ladakh. It is strictly mandatory that all travellers have an RT-PCR negative report that is not older than 96hrs. You need this negative report to go by air to go by road. If any travellers are unable to deliver a negative report, they will have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing upon arrival. And all travellers want to have an Aragya Setu app on their smartphones.

Pondicherry

If you want to go to Pondicherry then it is mandatory-you need an RT-PCR negative test. And this report will also be useful for all hotel bookings there. Those arriving Pondicherry by road need an e-pass.

NOTE- Covid-19 related travel rules are changing every time in Indian states. Before going to any destination, you should check the latest rules or protocol of that destination.

Many places around the world are famous over the globe for their unique story. In India, the variety of colourful cultures and traditions also surprise people all over the world. And all these stories and traditions are found mainly in Indian villages. The village is the soul of India. The economic system of India depends maximum on the villages. Each has a different story that makes that village unique in India. 

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Mattur, karnataka (The Sanskrit Village)

The Mattur is famous in India as Sanskrit Village.  Karnataka’s, Mattur is a quaint village located 300 km from Bangalore. It’s a rare village in India because Sanskrit spoke a regional language considered Sanskrit as Dev Bhasha (The language of the gods by ancient India). And it said that many regional languages ​​are born from this Sanskrit language. At this modern time, Sanskrit is becoming a dead language in India. But about 5000 inhabitants of this Mattur village still speak Sanskrit for generations. The village inhabited by people from the Brahmin community for the past 600 years. The villagers know Kannada, Tamil, but they prefer the ancient Sanskrit language in their lives.

Shetphal, Maharashtra ( The Village Of Snakes)

The people of this village worship snakes. Shetphal is a remort village in Maharashtra located 200 km from Pune, in the Sholapur district. Uniqueness in this village is where the snakes, mainly Cobra, roam around freely. These poisonous snakes can see in every household of this village. There is a separate place for this snake in every villager’s house. The inhabitants of this village believe that worshipping these snakes make them happy and prosperous in life. So no one from the children to the elders of this village is afraid of these poisonous snakes. They respect this cobra snake. Snakes have also merged with these people. And this snake never bites any resident of this village.

Barwan Kala, Bihar ( The Village Of Bachelors)

The Village of Bachelor earned the title for this Barwan Kala village in Bihar. No one has been married in this village for the last 50 years. The reason is mainly the lack of infrastructure and amenities that no father wants to marry his daughter to anyone in this remort village. In 2017, the first marriage took place in this village after a decade. That became possible only when the groom, with the help of the villagers, built about a 6 km stretch of road, cutting through the hills and forest.

Shani Shingnagpur, Maharastthra ( The Doorless Village)

Shani Nagpur is a small village in Maharashtra. People in this village live the same life as other villages in Maharashtra. But the unique story is that there is no door in the house of the residents of this village. Shani Shingnagpur is famous in India as a Doorless Village. Here villagers avoid their security because of their undying faith in Lord Shani, the god of Saturn, this God considered the Guardian of the village. Needless to say that villagers are never feeling unsafe. Anyone can walk into your home or shop in this village, as there are no doors and no locks. But no one will steal. If someone does, they will suffer from Sade-Sati, a period of seven years of bad luck as they believed.

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Mawlynnong, Meghalaya ( The Cleanest Village In Asia)

Mawlynnong, 78 km from Shillong, is the cleanest village in Asia. Cleanliness is the lifestyle of this village. Mawlynnang is called God’s Garden. In 2003, Discover India named it The cleanest village in Asia. Also, this village shows a highly progressive scenario for women, ranging from a 100 per cent literacy rate. They never use plastic bags and stay away from smoking.

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Jambur, Gujarat ( The African Village In India)

Jambur is a tiny village near Gir, in the heart of Gujarat. It is 24 km south of Sasan Gir. This village is famous as an African village in India. The people who live here are of African descent, but they speak Gujarati and Hindi languages regularly. The local’s also call this village Siddhi village. These People, known as Habshis too. 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. Now they maintain a free unique balance of Indian culture and African culture in their simple life.

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Hiware Bazar, Maharashtra (The Village Of Millionaires)

Hiware Bazar, a village of Maharastra, create a unique story. This village is registered as one of the rich villages in India. There are no poor farmers in this Maharashtrian village. Out of 235 families, 60 families are millionaires. The credit for the success of this wealth goes to the Popatrao Baguji Power (village head), who has forever changed the socio-economic structure of the village.

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In this new world, people always try to stay healthy. As being healthy means long life, people all over the world believe this mantra. The life expectancy of an Indian is 69.27, and Americans are 78.54. There are five places in the world where people live extraordinary longevity. They lead their simple busy life as well as with a healthful diet. And they believe lived naturally means they don’t have mechanical conveniences.

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World Blue Zone

According to World Scientists, they have searched five Blue Zones in the world. Blue Zones are regions of the world where more people live longer than the average. The key to increasing life expectancy in all these Blue Zones is diet, regular exercise, strong social ties and finding a purpose in life.
The five Blue Zones in the world are- Okinawa Island In japan, Ikaria in Greece, Sardinia in Italy, Loma Linda in California, and the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.

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Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa is the largest of the Ryukyu island located at the coast of Japan. This island in Okinawa is famous in Japan for the extraordinary longevity of the people. There are 24.55 people over the age of 100 for every 100,000 inhabitants. It is higher than the global average. A unique traditional diet and also a simple lifestyle are giving these people some lifespans. The Okinawans eat a diet rich in vegetables and tofu served on a small plate.

As per their tradition, their diet contains 30 per cent green and yellow vegetables. Although the Japanese diet includes a large quantity of rice, Okinawa people consume less rice. But like other Japanese, they like the purple-fleshed Okinawan sweet potato. But unlike Japanese tradition, their diet has only 30 per cent of sugar and 15 per cent of grains. Their philosophy of joy meaning is the bonding between them. To live happily together with everyone plays an integral part in their longevity.

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Ikaria, Greece

Ikaria, this island in Greece, earned it the nickname- The Island Of Long Life. One in three people living on the island lives to be over 90 years old. According to the health experts, a healthy diet and an active lifestyle is the key to a long life on this beautiful island. There is another reason for their longevity, people here do what they love to do every day as a passion, and they avoid unnecessary anxiety.

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Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia in Italy is the place for the world longest living men. The inhabitants of this region are culturally isolated from other cities in Italy. They maintained a very traditional, healthy lifestyle. Sardinian people consume plenty of vegetables and also fresh catches fish. They are always close with family and friends and drink one or two glasses of wine almost every day. The unitary nature of such communities in Okinawa, Japan, is another reason directly related to longevity.

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Loma Linda, California

The people of Loma Linda, California, are the longest-living people in the United States. The group of about 9000 Seventh-day Adventists in Lomba Linda live about ten times longer than Americans. The average life expectancy here is 89 for men and 91 for women. Here the average lifespan is much higher than in other American cities. They believed health is the centre of faith, and they have strict rules about their diet, exercise and rest. The people here typically avoid eating meat and dairy products. Seventh-day Adventists are pure vegetarian and follow the ‘Biblical Diet“. ( Bible Diet is a health plan given by God that delivers all necessary nutrients we need to live the most abundant life possible).

There are seven agricultural products listed in the Bible. These are called the Seven Species: wheat, barley, figs, grapes, olives, pomegranates, and dates (Deut 8:8). The Bible often describes the land of Israel as a land “flowing with milk and honey”.

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Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is the happiest place in Central America. Most Costa Ricans are very healthy here. The number of men over the age of 100 is much higher. The reason for their longevity and happiness is a high level of life satisfaction. The main reason for the longevity of the people of Nicoya Peninsula is that they are very active in their daily life. They maintain a healthy lifestyle and also eat very little throughout the day. And they do not eat any processed food at all. They like to hang out with their family and friends all the time. And being happy with everyone increases their life expectancy.

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One of my favourite parts about travelling is stranger meetup. I prefer to mingle with people than visiting historic monuments. No matter how much we travel alone, we get connected with some people somewhere during that journey. Meeting someone for the first time is very exciting for me. And my personal travel experiences taught me that strangers are much more helpful and polite. As we travel, we see changes in the environment, culture, and people in different places. And we will never know about their culture unless we mix with them.

I have made great connections with different people at different times in different places, including Nagaland, Pondicherry, Sikkim, Assam, on my nearly one and a half year journey. Later I may not have any direct contact with them, but I still feel that emotion when we met first. I can meet you on my next travel?

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The Lady And Her Tea stall In Guwahati

One afternoon I was waiting at the bus stand in Guwahati to catch a bus to Jorhat at night. Due to travel, I was exhausted, and I fell asleep. The shop where I came to have tea was owned by an Assamese woman. She offered me a cup of tea with some warm concern “did not you sleep last night? Please have it, we will feel better”. More than the tea, her kind words charged me up. Then I told her my travel details, she kept quiet and said “do you want to sleep? There is a room next to my shop where you sleep and rest”. Before I would say yes or no, she told me “don’t worry, it is a clean bed”. I wanted to sleep so I took the offer. When I woke up after two or three hours, she smiled and made me a very good evening snack. She asked me to wait there until my bus arrives. I thanked her, paid for my meal, and headed towards my bus. But she stopped me. She handed me a small packet. The kind woman said “it is your dinner with bread and vegetables.

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The kind Woman In Guwahati
The Kind Woman In Guwahati

Facebook Friend In Jorhat

In Jorhat, I met my social media’s friend. When I was in Nagaland through my Facebook profile I got connected with some locals from Jorhat. I had a conversation with a gentleman named Deepak. He lived with his family in Jorhat. Deepak assured me that he would arrange an auto for me from Jorhat bus stand to Majuli ferry ghat. Early morning I reached the Jorhat bus stand, Deepak’s called at the same time as the bus arrived. And I saw him waiting for me in an auto-rickshaw. He came to pick me because his auto driver was late for the day. By profession, he was the staff of a government school there. Deepak gave me a lot of information about Jorhat. We had breakfast together and he dropped me off at the ferry ghat to go to Majuli. I have very little time with Deepak but unforgettable.

 Social media friend Dipak at Jorhat
Social media friend Dipak at Jorhat

Belive In Strangers

It’s a simple incident. When I reached Majuli Island in the morning, I needed to go to the toilet badly. I asked some people about the location of the washroom. They showed me a place, but I could not go with my heavy backpack. They were strangers to me, but still, I had no option but to believe them at that moment. In there, I was worried about my backpack, as it had all my important documents and money. I was regretting my decision, but when I came out, I found them guarding my belongings. I was so relaxed. They ordered tea for me. It seemed that believing in people might be a little difficult, but sometimes we have no choice but to trust strangers, who might give a lifetime memory to cherish.

Sometimes I believe in stranger
Sometimes I believe in stranger

When Unknown People Become Good friends In Nagaland

Meet Unknown Friends In Nagaland
Meet Unknown Friends In Nagaland
My Extended Naga family
My Extended Naga family

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The world is full of good people. And in Nagaland, the fact was no different. Before travelling to Nagaland, many people warned me about Nagaland. Their culture, eating and drinking habit does not match with people like us. But the experience that I had is completely different. In Nagaland, I spent time with a beautiful Naga family. And their whole family helped me tremendously to get around Nagaland and took care of my other things.

As I was touring the Hornbill Festival, I met some young Naga people. And in a short time, they became very close friends. We went out together, sang songs and ate different foods. For the remaining four days I stayed with those new friends at their home in Kohima. They gave me tours in their car to different places in Nagaland. In my last 4 days in Nagaland, they never let me feel that I am not in my own house. And the warmest thing was that they cooked various famous dishes of Nagaland in their home and fed me.

A little village named Jumbur near Gir in the heart of Gujarat. Jambur is 24 km south of Sasan Gir. Actually, this village 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 culture and language may not match that of the country. Even though Sierra Leone is a West African country, but its official language 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 Gujarat it may seem as if you have entered an African city. But the demeanour of the people living here is Indian.

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The People Of Jambur Village

The people living in this village called Siddi People are originally known as Habshis. The local’s 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 Heritage

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 practising 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 colourful 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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When people all over the world go to the bars when they have a little time, for their favourite booze. Then the Rwandan People of Africa do the same thing, they also go to the bar but to drink milk. Rwanda is famous for the milk bars cultures all around the country. The capital of Rwanda, Kigali, completely crowded at every bar since early morning. Lots of motorcycles and cycles parked in front of every bar. And inside the bar, people have a glass of milk of their choice. And it’s the daily morning ritual of those people. Whenever a customer enters the bar, the milk bar owner smiled and said Mwaramutse – good morning in Kinyarwanda (The Offical language in Rwanda).

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Milk Bar Help Socialise People

All kinds of people can be seen in these bars, from kids to young people and old people. Some are eating beans with bread here, some are sitting with doughnuts or cakes. The interesting thing is that everyone is drinking the same thing here and that milk. Almost the same scene in all the milk bars throughout the city in Rwanda.

These milk bars constantly help to socialize different people and different communities. They like to meet for breakfast or lunch, to socialize with people from different backgrounds. They all enjoy having a good time and cheers together but the most common thing is the glass of milk in everyone’s hands.

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Kuruhimbi Milk Bar

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Kuruhimbi is one of the most famous milk bar chains in Kigali’s. This bar doesn’t serve a drop of liquor. Instead, milk is on tap. With the popularity of the Kuruhimbi milk bar, many similar milk bars are made all over the country. At the same time, there is a growing demand for milk businesses and milk products across Rwanda.

The bar menu is simple. Poured from a vast metal drum in the corner of the shop, frothy cups of milk are served hot or cold, with snacks such as cake, bread and boiled eggs. Ikivuguto, the thick fermented milk, is one of Kuruhimbi’s specialities.

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The Rwandan Wish

In Rwanda, you will say if you want to wish someone well you say ‘Gira Nika’ means may you have a cow or “amashyo” (have thousands of cows), and you’ll hear the response, “amashongore” (have thousands of female cows). When you want to express profound gratitude, you say, “nguhaye inka” which means I give you a cow.

Milk bar is unique to Rwanda. Cows are intrinsic to Rwandan culture and heritage. About 70 per cent of the population in this country is engaged in the agriculture sector.

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Yoga is the union of body, mind and spirit. And thus, it connects the individual to the universal. It’s about realizing the connection between the finite and the infinite, manifest and the unmanifest. This practice is bringing harmony in Thought, Word and Deed. Rigveda is one among the foremost sacred, and therefore, the oldest books of human history. It’s about eight to ten thousand years old, and it may be a part of this sacred writing. Maharishi Patanjali considered being the authority on yoga propounded, nearly 5000 years ago in ancient India. Lord Krishna and plenty of saints of India have also spoken about yoga. In the middle ages, the practice was confined only to the Royal family. And therefore, the scholarly class taught to students in gurukuls after passing a rigorous test. Bhagavad-Gita says ” Yogaha Karmasukaushalam” meaning yoga is skill in action and expression.

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How Yoga Gains Empires Around The World

The beginnings of yoga date back to the Indus Saraswati Valley civilization 5000 years ago. And it was first discovered

mentioned in the Vedas. More coded and organized. When Patanjali established his knowledge of this technic when he composed the Yoga Sutras around 400 AD, it was forgotten until the recovery of Swami Vivekananda in the late 1860s. Although Patanjali’s practice was aimed at attaining samadhi or knowledge, the rituals that came many centuries after his writings were meant to engage physically and mentally and enhance the living experience.

In 1893, when Swami Vivekananda travelled to Chicago to address the Parliament of the World Religions, he became interested in yoga by drawing attention to the practice. After that, this practice has gained a different dimension around the world. While the practice was accepted with arms wide open throughout the world.

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The Rise Of Ancient Yoga

The rise started with the two Indian celebrated yogis, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and Sivananda. They established Hatha Yoga, the modern form of the practice that we know today. Krishnamacharya’s Mysore School of Hatha Yoga gave the world three leading yogis-B.K.S. Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar and K. Pattabhi Jois, men who have been responsible for the global ubiquity of yoga.

The virtues of yoga practice are slowly spreading all over the world. The fascination began in the 1940s, thanks to the efforts of Indra Devi or Eugenie Peterson. Peterson was an actor before she came in contact with Krishnamacharya and became one of his disciples-the first woman and foreigner to get the opportunity. After training for several years as his disciple, Devi travelled with the gospel of yoga to China and then to Hollywood. Indra Devi Often called the ‘First Lady of Yoga. Devi went where many others didn’t and attracted the West to this ancient practice by restructuring it to appeal to Western sensibilities.

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The Significance Of June 21-International Yoga Day

June 21st, the day of uninterrupted summer, transforms the passage of the sun into the sky from north to south. The yogi and mystic, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, explains: “In yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva. And the Adiyogi, to his seven disciples, the Saptarishis, said to initiated on the first full moon after the summer solstice, which celebrated as Guru Purnima. This period, known as Dakshinayana, hailed as the phase when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.

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