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Little Musings

15 October 2018 at 02:47

” Don’t let your music fade away by the noise around you.”

Just a random thought I got while I was shaking it off listening to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift today. Fighting the Monday Blues and staying on top as always LOL.

Cheers everyone and keep slaying.

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Growing up!= gaining maturity

25 November 2017 at 09:01

Hello peeps, hope everyone’s doing great.

Today’s 25th November, my parent’s 21st wedding anniversary. I am really happy for them but it got me thinking. Why is everything happening so fast? It seems like yesterday when my 12-year-old self used to watch Cartoon Network all day long and my mother had to force me to stop. Now I don’t watch TV at all, even when I have the time. I know that change is the law of nature but still, why? Well, getting back to the topic, those who didn’t get the title of the post, != means not equal. Growing up is ageing, but age is just a number. It does not guarantee maturity.

Growing up is not equivalent to attaining maturity, it is a choice.

A few easy pointers would be:

  • Maturity is when you realise that Tom was an innocent victim all along and it was Jerry who troubled poor Tom and made his life miserable. Sorry Tom, I used to think that you were the villain, my sympathies are with you.
  • Maturity is when you realise that the real heroes are not the actors you see in movies. They are the people guarding our national borders, the people who are willing to sacrifice their life for the good of their country and their countrymen.
  • Maturity is when you start prioritising things, work or play, studying or WordPress, Facebook or Udemy. The choice is ours and so is the consequence.
  • Maturity is when you realise knowledge cannot be judged merely by one’s report card.
  • Maturity is when you start downplaying your problems and worries instead of exaggerating them.
  • Maturity is when you start learning new things not to broadcast, but for self-improvement.
  • Maturity is not when you start speaking big things, it is when you start understanding the importance of small ones. It truly is a wonder what a smile and a thank you can do to uplift a person’s spirit.
  • Maturity is when your life stops revolving around social media.
  • And lastly, maturity is when you follow someone if you genuinely like their blog, not just in the hopes of getting a follow back xD

I can add more points but I think they might be mentioned elsewhere by people much more experienced and mature than me.

P.S: Maturity is when you know exactly when you can behave immaturely 😀

Goodbye and happy weekend to all. Cheers.

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Long time no see

14 October 2017 at 01:30

Hello everyone. I would cry and beg for forgiveness literally if I could but obviously, that’s not possible on WordPress yet so I guess a written apology would have to do.

I apologise for my prolonged absence, I really do.

Ever since my 3rd year of college has started, life has been busy.

The focus has shifted from working on hobbies to polishing career-oriented skills.

Since the beginning, coding has not interested me at all. I feel absolutely no joy while doing it. But a couple of months ago I started learning about Cloud Computing.

This is something which I am really excited to learn more about and that’s exactly what I have been doing. Over the summer I started working with Amazon Web Services and Salesforce CRM.

( I hosted a WordPress site using Amazon EC2 and God, I was so happy seeing that I did that xD).

I would make time for writing whenever I can because it is not something which I can just stop doing but I won’t be available as frequently as I used to.

Just wanted to put it out there.

Anyway, I am really interested to learn more about Salesforce CRM and have already joined a couple of online courses as I intend to clear the Administrator exam before my 4th year starts.

So if anyone can provide some tips that would be really helpful. And wish me luck that I clear the certification exams 😀

Also, I am really happy and excited that finally, I’ve found something to which I look forward to learning. No more coding phobia.

Once again I thank everyone, for bearing with me and my inability to plan and maintain a schedule. You guys are love.

Wishing all good health,

Cheers.

 

 

 

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One Lovely Blog Award

28 September 2017 at 12:31

Thank you Akansha for the nomination. It really is a big push of encouragement when people read and appreciate what you write. Do give her blog a try, “Do more than just exist”.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Post about the award.
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.

I’ll try not to repeat the facts which I have already mentioned. So here goes:

  1. My mother teaches English in high school. I guess that is where my love for books originates from. She says that when she was due with me, she read a lot of novels which is the reason my English is good or whatever. How I wish she had practiced Mathematics. Would have saved me a lot of stress.
  2. Now that I mentioned Maths I would like to point out that it is something I’ve always been afraid of. My one point of weakness. But last semester, the fourth and last sem in which I had Maths as a subject, I scored a freaking 100/100. A perfect score. It is a wonder that I survived that initial shock. That feeling is indescribable, my heart could have exploded that day and my eyes might have dropped out from the sockets after seeing the results.
  3. I don’t know how to braid my hair or use eye-liner. My sister who is six years younger than me is the one who does it for me.
  4. Love eating. Hate working out. I did 30 sit-ups and squats day before yesterday. I still cannot walk, sit or bend my leg without agonizing pain. Sorry, but I would rather be fat than go through such torture.
  5. I am a Virgo-Libro cusp. For those who don’t know, it means that I get to choose from two horoscopes (smug smile in place). Beat that.
  6. I turned 20 this week. I know age is supposed to be just a number but the twenties scare me.
  7. I deliberately did not mention the rule to tag 15 or so people. Really sorry but it’s been a busy week.

It is fun to introspect and get to know oneself once in a while. Trying to write these facts seems a trivial task but is not believe me. Especially when repetition is to be prevented.

Anyway, thank you for reading facts which are of no use to you.

And a big thank you to all my readers and followers, all of you are the best. A notification from WordPress never fails to bring a smile on my face.

Do share your thoughts in the comment section and press that star button if you liked this post.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you like your own post?

14 September 2017 at 17:00

Well, the title is self-explanatory I guess as to what this post will be about.

A question continues to rattle my brain and trouble my thoughts especially when it comes to my notice that someone has liked their own post.

Be it Facebook, Instagram or even WordPress I have seen many following this practice. And by many, I mean MANY.

There is even a statement on FB feed which goes like this, “XYZ has liked their own photo”. Seriously?

I mean why do you do it? Obviously, if you are posting a photo on your site that infers that you like it. That is why you are posting it, right? The same can be said for WordPress. If you are publishing a post, obviously you are satisfied with it and like it.

So why do you have to press that star button?

What would a +1 like do? Is it for self-assurance or just to improve the tally.

Am I being too judgemental? Is it me that my little brain is unable to comprehend the mystery behind this bizarre phenomenon.

Well if you are one of those who does it then, please help me shed some light on this grave matter so that my mind can be put at ease. And also I’ll stop judging. Sorry but I have to be honest.

And for others who share my feelings, do share your thoughts and comment. Let’s discuss. Maybe together we’ll be able to unearth the reason behind this.

Wishing all good health. Cheers!

 

 

 

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Just Indian Things

11 August 2017 at 16:05

Greetings to all. After the start of yet another semester and constantly having to wait a week to watch a single episode of Game of Thrones I feel drained. Not just emotionally, but physically as well. No, I don’t exaggerate you’ll understand if you had to shuffle between college and summer training classes when humidity is at an all time high. Delhi folks would get me. I miss winters and I am tired of hearing “Winter is coming”.

Anyway coming back to what I intended to write about, we Indians have so much diversity amongst ourselves that it never fails to amaze even us.

We are a country with a population of over 1.2 billion with 27 states and 7 union territories.

We are the world’s second largest English-speaking country but that is not all, 22 languages are spoken in our country itself. Maybe that is because we are not a country of only Hindus. We have people of different faiths namely Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism among others living peacefully since centuries.

Now there are a few things which only we Indians do and a few things that we take pride in (and some which we wish that one day would no longer exist).

  • We can drink from bottles and glasses without touching our lips to it. It is common practice here. This image would help explain what I’m trying to say.

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  • Yes, we do eat with our hands sometimes. Depends on the type of food we are having. You don’t eat a burger or pizza with fork and knife, similarly for some Indian dishes use of hands is the most convenient way possible to consume it.
  • Yes, we don’t use toilet paper but neither do we use our hands as depicted in most of the Hollywood movies. Grow up people, that was a thing of the past. We have water jets now, no need to get your hands all dirty. And I would like to point out that the first ever toilet was invented by the Harrapan civilization in 2800 B.C in Mohenjodaro. It was India who gave you your washrooms people and it was us who gave you shampoo. The word shampoo is derived from the Sanskrit word “champi” which means massage. So duh, we are more concerned about our well-being and hygiene than most. 
  • Water on the moon was discovered by India. In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
  • Bargain. We can bargain, bargain and bargain some more. The fight between the vendor and the buyer can become really intense. It’s just a matter of wits. I don’t possess this talent and I regret it. Sigh.
  • We have the largest families in the world and courtesy to this Indian weddings are nothing like any other wedding in the world.
  • Two wheelers in India only imply two wheels, not necessarily two riders. Zebra crossings are used by vehicles to stand as ahead as possible, waiting for the signal to turn green. 

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  • Who won the battle?

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This is a popular folk dance form called Bhavai in the state of Rajasthan in western India. Women dance with a number of earthen pots on their heads, balancing them on their heads while performing so elegantly and beautifully. My head starts to hurt after watching them, I don’t know how they manage to do it. It’s a mystery worth unraveling.

  • We have the largest number of vegetarians in the world. And yes, cows are sacred to Hindus and we don’t eat beef. You are free to eat it but please don’t tell me the benefits of eating beef and why I should eat it and what not if you don’t want your face to get dirty with my puke.
  • India is the first country to make and consume sugar. We discovered how to crystallize sugar during the Gupta dynasty around 350 AD.
  • We respect our elders and don’t call them by their names. We consider it disrespectful unless the person themselves want to be called by their name. Don’t be surprised if people use aunty or uncle to call out to you. 
  • Most of the people are our brothers be it a shopkeeper, auto-rickshaw driver, a guard on duty or a conductor in a bus. We refer to all of them as “bhaiya” which simply means brother.
  • Most of us live with our parents. People in most other countries move out of their homes the minute they are old enough. In fact, living with parents is generally looked down upon. However, in India, it is generally the other way around. The longer you live with your parents, the more cultured you are. And this is not something which is forced, it is by choice (yes we do move out if our jobs or studies demands it or if it becomes necessary that we have to).

 

I can go on and on because this does not cover even an inch of the essence of India but I don’t want to overwhelm anyone. The rest is for some other post so this is it for now folks. Until next time, stay happy and stay blessed.

P.S: I would love to clear all doubts and answer all your questions if any. Also if there’s anything you would like to know about India I’ll be more than happy to answer them all.

Cheers.

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Versatile Blogger Award

Gigantic thanks to soiba for nominating me for this award. I feel so honoured and grateful. I can’t thank you enough. This is a great encouragement to keep writing, especially for a newbie like me.

The Versatile Blogger Award was created to feature and recognize blogs that have unique content, high quality of writing, and fantastic photos. As the web page about the Versatile Blogger Award says: Honour those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.

Rules for the nominations:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award and inform them.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Put the logo of Versatile Blogger in your post and display the rules also.

 

7 FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1.  I am an engineering student who loves writing and reading fiction more than she loves coding. Sigh.
  2. I am an ambivert. It takes time for me to mix up with people but when I do there’s no room for any formalities.
  3. I love dogs. A lot. An awful lot.
  4. I don’t expect compliments and praise but when I get one I get all mushy. No kidding. They really make my day.
  5. I love music barring rock, metal, rap or whatever falls close to them.
  6. I cannot survive a day without having at least a cup of coffee. It is a necessity for my body to keep functioning.
  7. I am very lazy when it comes to any kind of physical activity. Please don’t tell me to get the door or water the plants or anything which involves me moving from my position. ( I have to get up after a teeny-weeny shout from my mother xD)

 

I Nominate:

The Time Quintet

Shekhar

Akansha Sharma

Super wife and mummy

A mindful traveller blog

The Tantrums of Silence

Rohini

Sorry but I don’t know a lot of people here.

Do leave the links to your post if you decide to do this. I would love to know more about my fellow bloggers. See you all soon and stay blessed.

 

 

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The art of dealing with disagreements

Hello, everyone! I would like to share something today.

I had a fight with one of my best friends and I actually feel good about it. I know it sounds weird but frankly, it was liberating. Actually, it made me realize there are a few things which we all are collectively doing wrong. I called up my friend with the intention of clearing things out with her (starting the argument actually) because I feel if you are close to a person you should be able to talk to them about the things they do, knowingly or unknowingly, which hurt you in some way.

It is always better to point out that thing then and there rather than bottling it up within you. It is not fair to you and neither that person.  That just creates more problems, negativity would come eventually and that is the not the kind of person you want to become.

I think it is a natural human tendency to dodge problems rather than tackling them. We tend to avoid the topic until it becomes unavoidable. We don’t talk to someone about what we are feeling until that is all that we are able to feel.

Don’t wait for the other person to call. Do it yourself.

Take initiative. Even though you might be thinking that you don’t want to hurt the feelings of that person but trust me, if you really care about them, you should tell them the things which they do wrong. They might not know that they are doing it and you pointing that out would only help them. And if not this then, do it for yourself. Be selfish. If something is troubling you then get it off your chest. Why trouble yourself and those around you by spoiling your mood and ruining your peace.

So as I said, I called up my friend and told her my side of the story, about the things which I felt she did wrong. Then after conveying my feelings to her about the situation, I calmed down and asked her to explain things from her side then. After listening to her, I realized I was at fault too.

She too became aware where she went wrong and so did I. So we talked and in the end, we both felt better.

We both realized that if we did point out the things like, hey Anabhra! Now you’re being rude or hey Srishti! Now what you said is demeaning, then things wouldn’t have gotten as far as they did.

We both would not have lost our sleep over trivial matters which if dealt with at the right time would not have turned into arguments and fights.

There are differences between everyone but such is life. That is how we all are. Different. Unique. This is the essence which makes life interesting and worth living but sometimes this tends to cause disagreements.

Disagreements are unavoidable but there are different ways to handle it, a right way and a wrong way.

What we did was the incorrect one, keeping our thoughts to ourselves. My friend didn’t say that I am too taunting at times and I continued doing it unintentionally.

I didn’t say that she is being rude when she was being rude. And she continued saying inappropriate comments at odd times without realizing it. I called only when it got too much for me to handle. Why wait that long.

So I guess all I’m trying to say is,

  • Take initiative. Try to call or meet even if the other person did not ( I personally don’t like texting when it comes to serious discussions)
  • Don’t just talk. Listen as well. Maybe it is something that you did that triggered something. Whatever be the reason but we should always be ready to listen to others side of the story as well.
  • Don’t shy away from speaking out. I know it is in our blood to let things be the way they are and keep on dilly dallying. But don’t let yourself fall prey to this habit.

 

P.S- Things are better between us both now and we made a promise to work on our respective faults and continue irritating each other xD

Do tell me what you all think in the comment section, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Bye for now and stay blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Liebster Award

A big thank you to The Time Quintet for nominating me for this award.

The Liebster award is a fun way of getting to know fellow new bloggers out there and help each other ease our way into the blogging world.

There are a few rules to follow:

  1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you.
  2. Nominate 11 other bloggers (with under 200 followers).
  3. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
  4. Let them know you nominated them.

 

QUESTIONS BY THE TIME QUINTET:

1.  Why do you blog?

Well, I consider this as my safe place. A place where I can write from my heart without the fear of being judged. Neither my family nor my friends know that I blog and for some reason, I want to keep it that way. Plus, practice makes a person perfect. So I hope to improve my command over English by writing as well as reading the work of fellow bloggers.

2. What, do you suppose, is your ultimate goal in life?

I am not sure if this would count as an ultimate goal but what I hope is that, when I’m lying there seconds away from taking my last breath, I hope that I’ll be happy and satisfied with what I achieved in life. I want that even in my last moments, I’ll be in the company of those who love me. The scariest thought for me is being alone. Nobody to talk to, nobody to help and guide you, I can’t imagine a life like that.

3. Who or what inspires you?

This is easy. It would be my mother and father. Our parents do everything in their power so that we can live a better life. Their love is unconditional and everlasting. Keeping all their ambitions aside, they work tirelessly so that one day we may live a life that is better than theirs. So everything I do, it is to make them proud. They inspire me each day to become a better version of myself.

4. What would you do if you could drop all of your responsibilities and problems?

I will buy a sea-facing house with maybe 4-5 dogs and stay home all day reading books, eating, listening to music, Netflix and at times, doing absolutely nothing. I will go out only to play and walk with my dogs.

5.  Do you have a message you want to tell the world? If yes, what is it?

Tough question. There is one thing which most of us do- Fall prey to stereotypes. Please don’t. As the saying goes, “Never judge a book by its cover”. Well, the same can be extended to people. Never judge anyone and form an opinion about them on the basis of what you heard from third party people. This is what most of us do, including me but I make a conscious choice not to let that affect my judgement.

Observe yourself first, gain a first-hand experience and then you’re free to judge for yourselves.

6. Any book/music recommendations?

Music: I believe music in itself is a language and you don’t need to understand the words to enjoy a song. Do listen to Olsen Olsen by Sigur Ros. And I love most of the of the band Secondhand Serenade.

Books: All the books written by Dan Brown. A Tale of Two Cities, The Count of Monte Cristo, Pride and Prejudice and The Alchemist. I can go on forever writing the names of good books but I’ll restrain myself to this for now.

7. What couldn’t you live your life without? ( excluding the basic necessities like oxygen etc)

I think that would be my phone and my laptop. And pizza, coke and coffee.

8. What is your favourite memory?

There are so many that I can’t get myself to pinpoint one. I guess I’m blessed and consider myself lucky that I had such a great childhood with a plethora of lovely memories.

9. What are your 3 favourite quotes?

  1. Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the lights. (Dumbledore)
  2. People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right. (Dumbledore)
  3. She is not magic but she is the reason people believe in magic.

10. What do you despise?

The caste based reservation system in the education department in our country. I despise it with all my heart. I do believe that reservations should be made for those in need, but that should be based on the economic conditions of people and not their caste.

How can a country progress and reach its full potential when a candidate getting 60% in an examination is chosen over a person who scores 90+% in the exact same examination.  I feel very strongly about this and have a lot to say. Maybe I will publish a post regarding this topic in future.

11. What are your favourite smells?

I don’t know if it’s just me, but whenever I get home after some time, say maybe a few days, the moment I enter my room I feel complete bliss. So I guess the smell (or should I say fragrance because smell sounds bad) is my favourite. It’s the smell of coming home.

In addition, I do love the smell of wet mud that you get after you water your plants or when it rains. It feels so fresh and rejuvenating.

NOW I TAG THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:

  1. A mindful traveller
  2. The Loyal Brit
  3. Thomas Petty
  4. The emerging yogi
  5. Vidisha Pandey
  6. Heart meets soul
  7. Strawberry travels
  8. Ochonia
  9. Soiba
  10. Uncovering stories
  11. The mysterious prodigy

So here are my 11 questions:

  1. What is the one place you want to visit more than anything?
  2.  With whom are you closest to in your family?
  3.  What do you do on a day when you have no work or any prior engagements?
  4.  What is your favourite dessert?
  5.  Are you more of a party person or stay home watch Netflix kind of person?
  6. Which would you choose: Harry Potter or Twilight?
  7.  Any book and music recommendations?
  8. What do you plan on achieving in this life?
  9. Are you a cat person or a dog person?
  10. If you could go back in time and change something, what will you change and why?
  11. Do you have a message for the world? If yes then what is it?

Do give it a try and keep the chain going, I really enjoyed doing it and I hope you will too. And I would love to read all the answers so please do inform me in the comment section.

Also, all your thoughts are welcome and I would love to hear what you people have to say about my post. See you all soon, Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

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Travel North India 2.0

Hola peeps! I apologise for my prolonged absence as I was not well for a few days. But I am back and ready to roll. So hers’s the post that was long due, “Travel North India part 2”. So in this post, I will be talking about two places, namely: Dharamshala and Dalhousie both in the beautiful city of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Destination 2:   DHARAMSHALA

Dharamshala is the second capital city of Himachal Pradesh. It also serves as the district headquarters and was formerly known as Bhagsu. Dharamshala is the center of the Tibetan exile world in India. 

THE PLACES TO VISIT IN DHARAMSHALA:

  • Dharamshala International Cricket Stadium (HPCA): The Dharamshala Cricket Stadium of international reputation serves as the home ground to the Himachal Pradesh state cricket team. I had never seen a cricket stadium until this trip and I was surprised after seeing the ground, it looks really big on T.V. More than it actually is.

 

  • Tea Garden: Well the name says it all, we visited a tea garden. There is not much to do there but it was so peaceful out there, so serene. There is also a tea factory which you can visit to see how different type of tea is manufactured there, the processing, the fermentation and the machinery used. Photography was not allowed inside the factory, so sadly no photos of the inside. I did not know there was so much variety in tea, it is mind boggling. You can buy them from the retail shop of the factory. We bought loads as my parents are a huge fan of chai. Black tea, black tea with rose, with sandalwood, green tea, 1st-grade green tea and what not!
  • War Memorial: War Memorial is located at the entry point of the Dharamshala town and it was built to commemorate the memory of those who fought valiantly for the honor of their motherland.The War Memorial is a tribute to those brave souls who sacrificed their lives for the country and this signifies that these soldiers will always be alive in our thoughts. During the operations of 1947-48, 1962, 1965, and 1971 and various peacekeeping missions, many soldiers lost their lives, and it was in their memory that the War Memorial was built with the names of those many heroes inscribed on the stone.

Destination 3:  DALHOUSIE

Dalhousie is a hill station in Chamba district, in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. It is built on and around five hills. This hill region is a repository of ancient Hindu culture, art, temples, and handicrafts preserved under the longest-running single dynasty since the mid-6th century. Dalhousie was established in 1854 by the British Empire’s government in India as a summer retreat for its troops and officials.

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THE PLACES TO VISIT IN DALHOUSIE:   

  • Khajjiar: Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie and personally this was the best place out of the lot that I had been too. The mesmerising beauty of this place makes it a must see location for all.  The picturesque landscape, the lush green, the beautiful lake leaves an ever-lasting impression on all those who visit.

 

  • Panchpula: Panchpula is the place which should be visited only in the monsoons. The reason being, this is the place where there was supposed to be “sat-dhara falls” which gets its name that flows in the Chamba valley.  What we expected was this-

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Looks beautiful, no? But when we went there, guess what, THERE WAS NO WATER ANYWHERE. No streams or river or falls to be seen anywhere for miles. There was this place they had built for boating but no boating is possible without water obviously so they built a few amusement rides for the kids and started adventure sports for others.We clicked a few photos and came back.

So please ask someone before going there. I did not know a thing such as seasonal waterfall exists but now I do. You learn something new each day I guess.

 

So that’s it for now folks. See you soon with another post. Do let me know if you found my post interesting and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section xD.

Here’s the link to my earlier post for those who missed it. It is about yet another beautiful place: Mcleodganj, the official residence of Dalai Lama. Hope you give it a read too. Travel- North India

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