MEGHALAYA – TREK TO BEWILDERING DOUBLE-DECKER LIVING ROOT BRIDGE & RAINBOW FALLS #4

Bucket List Ticked Off, Travel

The 1st trek I have ever done! It was a freakish 3500 stairs one way down to this village.

Yes, I have never trekked in my life. The only physical activity I have ever done in my life was Dance, but the level of difficulty that this trek posed was nothing near to the pain we go through while dancing.

Here’s my story of the first trek of my life and how I accomplished it. 🙂

So, we started in the early morning at 8:30 AM. reached the starting point by 9:00-9:15 PM. We met our guides James and Jeff, bought the bamboo trekking sticks worth 20 INR and started on the trail.

Let me give you a little brief about the living root bridges. These bridges are made from the roots of the Rubber Fig tree (Ficus elastica) which are pulled, tied and twisted and allowed to merge for around 15 years before they will be ready to use. These bridges are used to cross streams and rivers which becomes impossible during the rainy season when the rivers are full and the flow is high. The roots entangle within themselves and take years before they can bear the weight of a man, the villagers wait patiently for the time they can use the root bridges. The roots bridges are the best examples of bioengineering and provide a stable alternative to wood bridges that get decayed during the lengthy monsoon season. Isn’t that interesting!

Coming back to the trek, it takes one full day to complete. The trek till Double Decker Living Root Bridge is a total of 3500 stairs to a village called Nongriat that starts from the village Tyrna. Along with 3500 stairs, there’s a suspension bridge, one boulder trail, a few uphills, a few downhills and a few plains as well. Then you reach the double-decker living root bridge. From there, there’s a 2 hours trek to Rainbow Falls. The trail to Rainbow falls is really rough. And then the most difficult part starts where you have to climb all the way up till the Double Decker Living Root Bridges and then to the top through the 3500 stairs. I would not recommend doing the complete trek in a single day (which we did as we did not have time to stay) as the trek becomes VERY VERY TIRING when done in a single day. Many homestay options are also available if you are planning to stay down there.

We started our trek into the rainforest of huge trees, sky-high mountains and beautiful valleys. I was all smiles at the initial part of the trek, it was my first trek ever. We passed many small villages on the way. Small stalls were set up beside houses selling chips, biscuits, glucose and beverages. Our guides made us recognise the sacred grooves, plants and flowers on the way. We crossed multiple crystal clear natural ponds in the region. It was indeed a hidden paradise in the abode of clouds, Meghalaya! The descent was quite easy. We hoped our way toward the double-decker root bridge while clicking pictures and making reels on the way.

Then we reached the Double Decker Root Bridge. What a majestic art of nature it was. It was beautiful. Under the root bridges, there are a few pools where you can dip your swollen feet and enjoy a natural fish spa in the crystal clear waters! It feels weirdly satisfying and it’s just got to be done. Better yet, it’s natural and FREE. After chilling a few moments in the root bridge, we started for Rainbow Falls.

As we have heard from our guide, the rainbow is visible only for a few minutes from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. We had to reach there in time to catch the rainbow. I have not seen a rainbow since I was a kid. And the mere thought of seeing one kept me on my feet! We followed a few rough patches, boulders, vertical bamboo stairs and some normal stairs.

At around 12:10 PM, we reached the Rainbow Falls. And there it was. The Rainbow shining majestically with all 7 colours and view of the whole valley was just at another level. The water was super cold. And we had a sense of accomplishment in our hearts when we realised that we had not only completed one-way of one of the difficult treks but also caught the rainbow. Just in time. 😀

Sense of accomplishment of finishing the trek! (One-way, ofcourse)
Can you spot the rainbow?

While returning from the Rainbow Falls, we took a small diversion to a Blue Lagoon. The water as everywhere else in Meghalaya was soul-stirringly cold and clear. We sat for a few minutes along the lagoon and enjoyed the beautiful nature that we stay away from in the comfort of cities.

Only if I knew swimming..

Then, we were left with the painful task of climbing up the stairs! The trek up was Dreadful. We made a few friends along the way to whom we gave looks of despair and also encouraged each other while we had no idea how much more we had to climb up. The breaktimes became longer and more frequent. Our legs were ready to give up! Somehow we reached the top at around 05:00 PM.

Yeah, I was exhausted AF!

The trek was tiring and painful. I fell sick the next day. BUT IT WAS ALL WORTH IT! The valley, the flowers, the blue lagoons, the rough patches, the huge boulders and above all The Rainbows we caught on the way made the complete trek worth it all. The stories we heard on the way, the friends we made on the trip, the people we meet when we travel to new places. It’s all worth the pain that we might have to go through. And that’s what makes us travel again and again!

The difference of most of the treks of Meghalaya is that to reach your destination, you have to descend first then climb up all the way! This makes the treks more difficult. Nongriat Trek is similar and thus, here are some tips to complete treks in Meghalaya without any hurdles:

  1. Drink LOTSSSSSS of water. You sweat a lot, even in the coldest weather. Thus, some glucose intake is also advisable!
  2. Have some snacks on the way. Maggie, Bananas, Chips, Drinks etc. are available on the way.
  3. Decent trekking shoes are a MUST!
  4. If you are planning to stay at Nongriat, don’t forget to have Insect repellants. Mosquitoes are gigantic and are expected, guests. Rainforest, DUH!
  5. Don’t litter here and there. Make sure you throw wastes and wrappers only in the dustbins. The locals take good care of nature and you might end up in a nasty situation for throwing wastes here and there.
  6. Keep your will strong!
  7. Treat local people with respect. Ask permission before taking photos of anyone in Nongriat. Listen to their stories, and respect their advice. They know the land better than you.
  8. Pack light, it is difficult to climb with a lot of weight.
  9. If you’re trekking during the monsoons, it is advisable that you carry an umbrella, poncho or raincoat.
  10. Try reaching back to Tyrna village back before 5 pm. It gets dark very soon.
  11. Last but not the least, eat properly after the trek and Rest.

ORGAN DONATION – SOME THINGS ARE BEST LEFT BEHIND!

Bucket List Ticked Off, Lifestyle

In April 2021, there was a sudden death of one of my close relative, it was a difficult time to go through. With the final reports, the doctor asked if we want to donate organs.
His eyes were donated, and that was a fascinating moment for me. I had never seen anyone donate organs around me and this experience itself was very interesting.

After we returned home, I decided I want to be able to help people posthumously. I started my research as to how can someone donate organs. Most of us do not know how to pledge our organs and tissues for donation, or despite pledging, fail to understand the process. Some countries like Spain and UK consider every citizen to be a donor unless they specify not to do so in their lifetime. However, in India, our opt-in system enables an immediate family member to have the opportunity to donate the organs of the deceased.

By being an organ donor, you can make a difference in up to 8 lives! There is a proverbial statement in southern India about how a coconut tree gives out when alive and is also useful when dead. Donating an organ after death is about celebrating your life! It allows you to be of use and to help people even after we are not around anymore.

With all these in mind, I pledged for Organ Donation under National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization online on their website. You can also do the same here. After 2-3 days, you will receive your Organ Donor Card in your mail with Government recognised registration number for pledging our organs and tissues. Although the donor card has no legal standing, it is also not mandatory for donation. But it does help the family in making a choice in difficult times. Thus, one must share the decision to donate with immediate family members.

A selfless act like this can easily change the life in favour of a needy. Your organs might benefit someone else after your death and your memory will live on for the grateful people who receive your organs. With this, I would like to call all the readers to sign up for donation as well. You never know, you might add a little sparkle to someone’s life. You can also let me know your experience of organ donations and how someone received help in your vicinity.

With Love,

Lax.


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BOOK REVIEW | THE SECRET OF NAGA BY AMISH TRIPATHI

Book Review

After finishing the first one in the Trilogy, how could I stay sane without completing the second?

It begins with these lines:

Unlucky are those who search the seven
seas for paradise
Fortunate are those who experience the only heaven
that truly exists, the heaven that lives in the company
of our loved ones
I am truly fortunate
.

This reminds me how loved and grateful I am for everything I have and Hoping my readers would have the same positivity in their life as well. With this sense of gratitude, I started the book.

This sequel turned out to be much better than the first one. Like the first one, the humane side of Shiva, its characterisation, emotion was well developed where he was portrayed to be more in acceptance of him being “The Neelkanth”. Hindu Philosophies like karma, righteousness, devotion, duty and loyalty were beautifully amalgamated with myth, history, tradition, and legends. The way in which Amish unfolded the scenes and the unimaginable revelations in the storyline keeps you on your toes. The number of characters increased and, so did the thrill of knowing what will happen next. The suspense sticks till the last word of the book and is loaded with loads of nail-biting moments.

The plot starts with where we left the first book. Shiva wanting to avenge Brahaspati’s murder sets on a voyage to Kashi and the Branga Kingdom to find out the way to the Nagas. Here he discovers about the Plague that was making the Brangas kill Peacocks and got to the root cause of the plague. On the other hand, Sati discovers her relationship with the Twin Sister and Naga Queen, Kali and his elder Naga son Ganesh while battling with a Liger. Shiva and Sati came in acceptance of the Nagas and their Kingdom along with others like Nandi, Veerbhadra, Parvateshwar, and prince Bhagirath. The book is filled with secrets, shocks and betrayal that have affected both lives of Sati and Shiva. The relation between Sati and Daksha came to strange terms after she confronted him for the truth of Kali and Ganesh. The fascinating narrative of the meeting of the Vasudev Bandit Parshuram who later turned a great ally of Shiva, while another Vasudev Gopal guided Shiva to understand The Evil. The most shocking revelation among the lot is the one where Shiva finds out that his friend and brother is alive. (See, I told you lots of twists and turn, even more than in a Gordian knot).

Although the initial chapters were a tad slow, the plot unfolded as it proceeded. The characterisations required some development, like Kartik who is growing up unusually fast and is unnecessarily motivated to learn the war skills to help his elder brother during the war. I felt his character was kind of exaggerated. However, my favourite character in the book is Anandmayi. She is truly a treat to read about! She is everything, that Sati couldn’t be. She tried hard to get the love of his life, even knowing that General Parvateshwar had taken a vow of celibacy. But it is love alone that possesses sufficient force to bend the unbendable old age vow. Though some more build-up could have been done on her story as well. (Maybe another book just for Anandmayi, Let me know if you would love that as well.)

Some of my favourite quotes from the book:

Nothing is more important than life. Nothing. You realise the simplicity of that point only when you confront death every day.

If anything appears random, it means that we haven’t discovered its purpose yet.

You don’t need anyone else. have faith in the one person that loves you the most: Yourself.

You don’t live with the consequences of other people’s karma. you live with the consequences of your own.

Definitely, I would give a 4/5 for the book. This book definitely meets the expectation and even gives out more to the readers. With this, I will sign off for the day. Happy Reading.

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With Love,

Lax.

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WITH ALL DUE RESPECT..

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Respect, for me, is acceptance.

Yes, when you think about it for a while, it does make sense. To respect somebody is to accept their way of life no matter how different they are, even when you don’t agree with them. Whenever you encounter someone different, there are two ways in which you can behave, either you respectfully accept their views, opinion, and perspectives or you become rude, arrogant and negligent. Being rude is a choice, just like being kind and respectful is.

Interestingly, there are 7.9 Billion People on earth and each one’s views, beliefs, perceptions and flaws are subjective. What is normal for someone, is not for others. That’s what makes us unique. You become disrespectful the moment you deny someone the right to be different.
Respect, again, consists of two aspects: Personal Identity and Interpersonal Relationships. How you deal with someone, irrespective of their personal characteristics, is the reflection of our character and behaviour and that’s how you make a healthy, trusted and long-term relationship.

How to know that you are respected and are being respectful to others?

Here are some points that will help you:
a. You feel safe being around the other.
b. You express openly without being conscious. Be Straightforward and not rude.
c. Keep your emotions in check. You don’t shout over the top of the other.
d. You disagree, but understand the other’s opinion. You don’t demean others values and feeling.
e. You give the other person the liberty to exercise their choices. Practice humility.
f. Most Importantly, you admit when you make a mistake and address the mistakes with kindness when done by others.

What to do when you are not being respected?

a. Understand their Point of view
b. Speak up!
c. Talk to somebody more experienced than you are
d. Give the person a chance to change.
e. It’s ok to end relationships with people who can’t be respectful to you

You see, you cannot change everyone. But you can create a difference, by being respectful to yourself and towards others. The corporate culture has taught me that the respect you give is the respect you get. It is a mutual process and the changes start from You. Being respectful toward others is one part of the puzzle. I cannot emphasize more the importance of having to respect yourself, but that is for another blog.
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With all due respect,

Lax.


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BOOK REVIEW | THE IMMORTALS OF MELUHA BY AMISH TRIPATHI

Book Review, Musings

It’s been a while I have been stocking books on my bookshelf to be read, and it was high time I should start reading those.

Being an ardent lover of mythological texts, I wanted to fresh-start my reading journey from a much-hyped book about the God I love the most – Shiva, and what better book could it be other than the Shiva Trilogy penned by Amish Tripathi.

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This post is about the first book i.e. “The Immortals of Meluha“. Whoa! What a read it was! In short, just wonderful. I almost fell in love with the third-person narration of the story which gives a bird’s eye view about the events going on without hurting the religious sentiments of people associated with the characters (Lord Shiva, Ram, Sati Nandi, etc). It is a perfect amalgamation of philosophy, history, folklore, science, and mythology.

The perfectness of Meluha, the romantic love story of Shiva and Sati, the unexceptionable devotion of Nandi to his Master, brilliantly written scenes and battle tactics, and overall the Greatness of Shiva who treats every human with love, respect, and dignity. On one hand, it does not diminish the Divine image that Hinduism holds about Shiva, but on the other hand, successfully depicts Him in a human form with insecurities and inner conflicts when a huge number of people rest their faith in Him. It truly adds to the story and thus becomes a real page-turner for me. I enjoyed this one and recommend it to whoever is interested in mythological fiction from a different perspective. It is refreshing indeed!

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The plot starts in 1900 BC where Shiva, as we know him as a God, but here depicted as a normal Tibetan tribesman, later declared as Neelkanth (the one with the blue throat) visits a strange near-perfect land of Meluha. Here he meets the love of his life – Sati ( the beautiful and independent Suryavanshi princess). He comes to know that he is supposed to fulfill a prophesy, to destroy the evil. The story engages the readers on multiple layers. Multiple scenes explained adds up to the fascination of the reader like the battle scene where Shiva declared Har Har Mahadev(everyone, who fights the evil, is Mahadev!, how cool is that) or the Scene where Sati was poisoned with Agniban and professed her love for Shiva or the Leaf scene where the Brahmin described Shiva as someone who emits positivity. What I found the most interesting among all these enthralling narrations is the philosophy of evil. I related to this at a different level. It says that evil is a subjective concept. One might perceive something as evil while the same can be considered sacred as others. Isn’t that so deep!

However, I felt that some more build-up of the character could have been done to the characters to enhance the details. Over glorification of Meluha and Suryavanshi’s way of life somehow slows down the pace of the book to some extent, but the latter half adds up to the story much more. The character of Shiva is portrayed in a way that one can relate him to movie actors who fall in love at the first sight of the lead actress, Sati in this case, and gets the love his while fighting all odds. Probably the cheesy romance adds up more to the story.

I would give this book a 4/5. You can call me little biased based on the fact that I am an fervent devotee of Mahadev, but the beauty of this story can only be felt when read!! Happy Reading.

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MY VALENTINE’S DAY | SELF-LOVE AND MORE

Lifestyle

“Today I want you to think about all that you are instead of all that you are not. Allow yourself to be proud of yourself and all the progress you’ve made. Especially the progress no one else can see.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Yeah, the ‘most overrated holiday’, when our social media feeds are loaded up by posts of chocolates, roses, teddy bears and of course, some EXTRA love! No matter how bad it gets, we never really fall out of it, and thus celebrating the day is not something to be missed out on. I celebrated this day by spoiling myself with some self-love and pampering in the most cliched way possible.

The morning started with hugs and wishes from the family and relatives, and some cute texts from friends. Soon, I kick-started the day by dripping some sweat that might save me from the guilt of gluttony all day. A few minutes of meditation and sun salutations charged me up and I was ready to indulge in some self-pampering for the day.

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For the past few days, I have been craving for some sweets and this opportunity of treating myself with some delicacies was not something I was willing to let go of! So, I got dressed up after my morning routine and went out for a treat with my little sister who reluctantly let go of her diet for the day.

While indulging in delightful scoops of the dessert, we took some time to reflect on our experiences, past relationships, mistakes, joys, and what we learnt from them. True, we all need love in our life. But it’s not always that we have the experiences that we want. My experience with love has not been very good so far, and I have come to terms with myself that self-love is the best therapy that I can gift myself with. I have realized that I’m very special to myself, and I’m not willing to sacrifice my well-being to please others. It’s not being self-centred or selfish, rather it’s about getting in touch with ourselves, our happiness, and wellbeing with all our quirks, perceived flaws, and doubts.

“Self-love, self-respect, self-worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.”

~Unknown

On my way back, I decided to buy a plant as a gift to myself. I recently discovered my love for plants and was keen on growing some by myself.

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For now, I only have a money plant in my garden for the past 2-3 months, and by some fortunate grace of God, it is not dead yet! After much brainstorming, we settled for a Garden Snapdragon that would be the best companion for my money plant, and I cannot wait to see them grow together.

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Some friends from the nursery wanted to say Hi before we returned. So here they are:

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Hi!

We returned home to a V-Day special lunch cooked by my mom. My cousins gave us a surprise visit in the evening. This could not get any better.They are one of the reasons why I was a spoilt kid in my early childhood. They’ve always been with me through the thicks and thins of life. That is the most lovely thing about being a family. The love is so pure and unconditional, you tend to cherish it no matter what. They add value to your life and you add to theirs. After chit-chat of about an hour or so, we were hungry, AGAIN! This called for a evening outing and a small pizza party afterwards. After all, the day is about having the people you love and cherishing them for the rest of your life.

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My perfect self-pampered V-day came to an end with a movie night. I hope you had a great time reading it.

So some final words of Lax-wisdom before we wind up?? Here it goes:

Everything does end well in love. And as King Khan says, if it’s not happy, it’s not ‘the end’. Picture abhi baki hai mere dost!! You might find love from places you expected the least. So, let’s not lose hope in love and wait till it finds you. When it will find you, be ready to accept it in all your glory and shine. And yes, remember YOU ARE SPECIAL!!

With some EXTRA love,
Lax.

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RAJHANS ISLAND – MY FIRST TRIP IN 2021

Travel

With the pandemic and quarantine taking its toll on our lives, staying at home for almost a year for someone like me was starting to feel uncanny. The quarantining and the isolation was starting to drive me crazy.

Needing a vacation from the seemingly endless ‘stay at home’, my maternal uncle suggested Rajhans Nature Camp which was instantly finalized by my cousins and aunts. It seemed that everyone was equally distressed with the whole situation and desperately needed a vacation.

A one day trip it was to this small Island, located at a place surrounded by the serene Chilika lake on one side and the boundless sea on the other. Not very far – it was just 108 km away from our home, Bhubaneswar.
We reached the place around 11 am, from where we boarded a boat to the island. The beauty of the lake was enhanced by the sunlight. The migratory birds watched us with sheer interest as we steered into their dining area, so we fed some of the seagulls flying above our boat. The tourists on the other boats passing by waved at us cheerfully as we made our way, singing and dancing, to the nature camp.

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Rajhans Nature Camp

After a boat ride of around 2 hours, we finally reached our destination. They had tents ready for us as we had pre-booked our stay. After settling on the staying arrangements and a quick lunch, we decided to visit the nearby beach.
The sunset at the beach was divine. As it was located at a remote part of the island, it was devoid of any crowd or trash. I, with my cousins, went chasing after the small crabs who were poking their heads out of the sand as the waves rushed back. They quickly ran away to hiding beneath the sand on being chased, so we were unable to catch any. We also walked a small distance to check out the shipwreck of the Malaysian cargo ship JIN HWA32 that had crashed on the shore almost a year ago.

After witnessing the dazzling sunset to our tents, we came back , freshened up and got ready for the bonfire. The music and the delicious aroma of freshly cooked chicken pakoras set the mood for the party, complementing the dancing, games and the dinner afterwards. This brought our day to an amazing end!

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Bonfire. 🔥

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The next day, thanks to the hooting of jackals and chirping of birds, we woke up early for a brilliant sunrise. From a distant village on the opposite shore, religious verses could be heard and this is how we started our second day. This was followed by a quick photo session with everyone and a delicious breakfast. We checked out of our tents soon afterwards and travelled to the dolphin viewing point. We did spot 3-4 of them playing on the surface. My sister tried to attract them to our boat by playing dolphin whistles on the speaker, but they were too busy playing by themselves to pay any heed. In case you don’t know, these dolphins that we spotted are actually a breed called Irrawaddy Dolphins. One of the local fishermen said that when Irrawaddy dolphins try to leave the lake, they meet bottlenose dolphins in the outer channel of the chilika lake. The former gets frightened and are forced to return toward the lake and in this way, they stay in the lake for longer times.

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Irawaddy Dolphin

With the dolphin sightings, the trip had reached its climax. We visited some beautiful temples on our way back to home and this is how my first trip of 2021 went.
Though the trip was a short one it did refresh my mind and soul. Life has been very difficult in 2020 and even though we may not be expecting much from 2021, hope is what we must not lose. Thus, wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and hoping this year brings love, prosperity, happiness, craziness into your life and you get everything you missed in 2020.

With love,
Lax.


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