Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gamarjoba(Hello) Georgia (Part-1)

Typed "Yoga Jobs" in search bar in FB. Responded to one of the posts and got a response in a day asking to fix an appointment for an interview. And that lead me to land in a new country called Georgia (Not the American state called Georgia). It's neither in Europe nor in Asia. Found a new term called Eurasia. It all happened in a week time. It was too quick to believe. I was little suspicious as it was a FB post and I was getting ready to go to the cold country. Spent a lot of money in buying warm clothes and this venture has became the most expensive as I had to fly to Delhi from Bangalore on top of shopping as my flight tickets are from Delhi to Georgia via Sharjah.

Went to see family (Many would understand that family means wife and children, in my case, no, I have neither of them ;-)) Everytime, I think what if my Grandma doesn't exist when I return? That thought makes me look into her face with devotion.

There was another would-be colleague who was also flying by the same flight from Delhi to Georgia. He forced me to believe that the domestic flight from Bangalore arrives in domestic Airport saying that he has flown from that airport many times. So I believed him and after arriving in Delhi's Airport (International Airport), I got into a Cab (#Ola) and I told him to take me to Delhi International Airport ;-)
It was hilarious!!!

Welcome to Delhi. The driver said that he would take U turn which is some KMs away and you need to pay extra money. I told him I would pay only what ever the #OlaApp says. Then he was trying to explain there were these charges and those charges. I requested him not to repeat same thing again and again as all the charges are included in the final bill. Then, I asked the gentle man to take me to a restaurant, he took me to a bar and restaurant. I asked him to take me to a nice place where they serve nice vegetarian food. Then kept going on and on. I did enjoy the ride in Delhi streets where I once wandered for nearly 3 years. Finally got a call from my would-be colleague and he told me that his place is nearby and asked me to join him as there is around 5 hours time to catch the evening flight to Georgia. We started with lunch that day...

Reached Georgia after strict scrutiny of travel documents at Delhi and then at Sharjah airports. We
were standing in the queue at the Immigrations and not sure whether we would be walking out through the exit door or had to fly back to India as their last attempt to bring an India Yogi to Georgia was a disaster. However, we made it to the exit gate. There was boss waiting for us with her two friends at 2 AM. shows that how much efforts are involved in bringing us here . Gamarjoba Georgia!!!

And there was a question in the car, would you like to eat something? The question itself was an invalid until that day. Anyway, ended up sitting in a restaurant at around 3AM as everybody else wanted to eat. I thought, I would starve if I skip now as the next meal would be very late. It appeared to be common to eat late night as there were other people too at that time. In no time, the place was filled with smoke. Thought myself that there are going to be more surprises/difficulties I should be prepared to face.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Himalayan Trip (Part-1)

It's not the first attempt to go to Himalayas. However, this time I really  could go there. It was a 38 days journey into an unknown world within India. Still there is a lot to be revealed. However, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Uttara Kasi, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Varanasi are not any more unknown places to me. It took so many years to make it happen.

You really don't need much money to go to Himalayas if you are a bachelor. There are places which offer free stay and free food. However, I paid to the every place I've stayed as I've some money with me.

There are many people roaming in orange robes. Most of them are more psychos than Swamijis. There is no discipline. Speak filthy language, get angry easily, smoke etc. I never want to be one of them. I never want to waste my time in the name of renunciation and sadhana. These all are lies. It seems that it is more of escapism than sadhana. I know many other places and options to do sadhana. This is not my cup of tea. As far as the Himalayan journey is concerned, climbed many mountains, walked many miles, made friends, it was an amazing experience.

There is so much talked about #IndianRailways. However, the reality is something which didn't change mauch.
1. Viajayawada Railway Station Platform #
     Rs. 5/- Lttle Hearts packet was being sold for Rs.10/-. I tweeted the same to +Rail Ministry 
  and I got the reply in just 2 minutes to my surprise saying that the matter is notified to the concerned officials.  Don't know if there is any change in ground reality yet.

2.@sureshpprabhu these unreserved ppl have started smoking in the coach S1/12687. Plz take necsry action. Thank you https://t.co/ezSUKoUEEK

    Police have indeed have come and they didn't have guts to take out all ticket-less people from the coach as they all were wearing Orange colored dress. Whey they are treated specially? Indian Railways isn't running with Hindus money, is it? It is tax payers money which supports the functioning. If you have any sentiments, you should practice at home, not at your work place. And on top of it, it is mentioned on the train tickets that "IR recovers only 57% of cost of travel on an average". It is a shame there are thousands of people travelling without paying sinlge penny. Will printing on the tickets help you fetch money? The journey from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Haridwar was a nightmare as most of the people have started smoking and fighting with the people who have proper reservation. There is a lot to write just from one journey, why don't the officials take necessary steps to stop leakages. At #AyodhyaRailwayStation shameless Railway Police was helping general public to board sleeper class.

   
 Boarded a bus from Haridwar to Joshimat as there weren't direct buses to Badrinath. It was very refreshing to breath the mountain air and those sceneries. Welcome to Uttarakhand, there was a road block around 15 Kms before my destination. There was no way that the block was cleared same day. Many people decided to went back to stay in hotels for that night. I just didn't want to go anywere, there was a tap next to the road I took bath and found some place next to the road. I spread my yoga mat and went to sleep without worrying much about dinner. Later on found dogs also sleeping at the entrance and felt more secure. Woke up in the morning and found everything okay and already started feeling as if I'm a monk ;-)
Didn't wait for the road to get functional, just climbed mountains and reached other side and reached Joshimat and then Badrinath same day.