Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Cold was the ultimate Sunshine !!

The day came in what we waited for,
Cold Was The Ultimate Sunshine to write our little folklore..
The morning seized us through bus, yellow taxi 
and a boat ride over the calm and serene water place
without any if else or switch case,
followed by
millions of talks, gossips, fun and crazy stupid games ...
that lined up together and chained the glasses of Red Wine
yes , Cold Was The Ultimate Sunshine...
The evening struck us in the middle of the silent old Church,
horse ride over the colorful streets 
and I found myself watching you over time to time,
smiling at you 
and feeling your warmth .. 

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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Movies ... January, 2016

24th Jan, 2016

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Monday, 4 January 2016

The positive vibes !!

Well Happy New Year friends.  While writing for the topic Start 2016 on a Positive Note and #SpreadTheVibe! I should be thankful again to the year 2015 because the amount of positivity I have experienced in last year is inexpressible. As you quoted in mail - 

" We hope you had a great beginning to the new year! With 2016 now upon us, you've probably made your plans and resolutions for this year.
But what about 2015? Let's not forget about it so soon. People, places, stories - many a things can inspire us to feel good about this world. What is one such story that has inspired you in 2015?
These stories can be anyone's - from your local tea stall owner, your neighbour, an innovator or entrepreneur, or government officials.
This 2016, #SpreadTheVibe and share the stories of good that have inspired you. "

I agree with you. I already wrote a long article named as Thank you note - 2015  on 30th December, 2015 because I am that much grateful to the last year. The whole year was very much exciting and very fresh from its separate angles. I don't have any particular story or anyone who inspired me alone. I have bunch of stories related to many things which I would love to share again. Ya in different tune. Don't worry folks !! Few of you  have already read my thank you note right ?

I planned nothing in the beginning of 2015. Usually I don't do. I love to float with the flow of life mostly. Please don't interpret that I am very much uncertain about everything in my life. Not really, but the essence of life which I feel is to accept it the way it is. I kept myself very much flexible throughout the year 2015 and thus I know it had been the best among my past 5 years from every direction and measurement. 

1. I always follow my heart and I did so. I danced, danced and danced throughout the year. I attended dance workshop to enhance & boost up my happiness level to topmost, I rehearsed most of the year to attain something which was very much tough for me a year ago and I satisfied myself with the result. 

2. I learned to swim. I was scared of deep water and swimming before but after several months of training, I am confident enough to enjoy the swimming. And I should be happy that I bagged not only one style of swimming but few different styles which was like dream come true moment for me. I overcame with the fear of diving in. Ugh !! I was so scared of Swimming before. I just vanished my fear for water.

3. Somehow in past years I forgot to travel alone. During college I remember, I said yes to most of the unplanned trips and enjoyed all of them. 2015 was great for me as I made all of my trips with my friends and yes most of them were like "Let's Go" type. I experienced many things while traveling. I met different people. Few I liked, loved and few I disliked. It's too good to know people and their stories. Somehow and somewhere they inspire me always. So traveling helped me to find new people and of course the memories I have made are priceless.

4. I started posting letters again in this year. I love writing letters. I have been doing since childhood. But for past few years it came under wraps. I only used to write to my parents or sisters whenever wanted to tell something so important but wasn't able to get that in mouth. This year I wrote letters and posted. And that made me super happy. 

5. I found a person in Facebook, I should say she is an artist and a mirror reflection of my own picture. Her statuses, posts, and shares are so relevant to me that it always strengthens me up. I find whatever I do or I wish to is on the right track. I am personally a peace seeking person. I hate mental chaos and thus I too love the people who are like this. Thanks to Facebook, it connects millions of distances, be it other countries or other cultures and I wish in 2016 we both can communicate through pen, paper, inks and letters. 

6. Some emotions which were so irrelevant before few months too, started becoming relevant to me. Some inevitable expressions, some unsaid parts or words were spoken through silence. Some dependencies seemed beautiful all of a sudden. Some uncertainty, some unpredictable loyalty were great to find. 

7. I revived some old friendships and I found I had no second thoughts on becoming friends again. I found my mind was wide enough to forget all the bad memories I had once with them. That's one good thing right ?

To be very honest all of these were so uncertain, but these few little things made me joyous and helped me to stay positive and strong throughout the year. No one can predict the future, no one can plan too. Life is uncertain and thus the destiny is. I wish my 2016 will go as good as 2015 was for me. I want to see everyone around me smiling and laughing with happiness. I wish whomever is reading my post will be slightly motivated with my post too. I just know one thing. Life is really short !! All I need is to fulfill my wishes and embrace the happiness, kindness and spread LOVE !! ♥♥♥♥♥ 

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Memoirs of North Sikkim - Visit to Gangtok

So here we knew that our journey was ending. After getting back from Zero point we started towards Gangtok. since childhood I had been listening much about Gangtok. So surely I was excited enough to visit the last chapter of our journey. "Gangtok - e - Gondogol " - that's how Ray imprinted the impression on our mind.  We had less time. Less than a day. We made sure that we would not waste time and utilize utmost. On the was, again we were mesmerized by the beauty of North sikkim, Several villages like Chungthang,Rang Rang, Sentam, Mangan, Phodong came across and we halted at Mangan for evening tea & snacks. Mangan is a small village, has only few cottages but the ATMs and all were properly maintained. In Sikkim around the hills and villages if you get A.C ATM  that serves properly, is matter of fortune. Sun was set. We were still moving on towards Gangtok. It's too beautiful to have journey in the dark over the hills. It seems adventurous. Suddenly we spotted some fairy lights in hills. No. Actually it seemed like millions of fairy lights blinking in middle of hills. It was Gangtok city and the view was breathtaking.   As soon as we reached near city, it seemed that the rural, rough taste had suddenly disappeared into the wind and touch of urbanization had arrived. After reaching hotel and putting up the luggage we were ready to explore the city at night. We had less time to explore the city. Less than a day in fact as already stated before. So we didn't waste any single moment and jumped out for shopping in Gangtok. But there we were. Poor people. Found that all shops close by 8 PM. So we could not buy in mass. So we concentrated on having our dinner. There we met nice people. The restaurant owner and his family was too warm to welcome us and we got to know that the hailed from Lachung, the place we just visited a day before. Check the pictures here. We had Thukpas and Chilly Chicken and they were yumm..

Next morning was splendid again for me and I am not sure that in my life the same moment will arrive or not. I clearly remember my alarm was set at 5:30 am at morning. But it was 5:00 am that I was awaken by the Temple bell which was ringing down the hills. It was Monday so Lord Shiva was being worshiped in the early morning. I woke up and thought to find the temple from my window. I opened the window and took my eyes down I found the temple. So I was looking at it. I don't know what made me to turn my head in left side a bit, I just saw golden white piece of structure shining in spark. I yelled. KANCHANJANGHA. I could not believe that I saw it. It was for the first time in my life. I kept on shouting with the name. I jumped from the bed and with my loud voice, Arpita di woke in rush. All out sleepy moods just vanished off within a second. We stood beside the window and opened all of its doors. We were stunned, silent and unable to move. Millions of expressions, thousands of words can not describe what I was feeling right then. check out pictures.

We then had plans to visit few spots of Gangtok specially Chorten Stupa and Rumtek Monastery. We started walking. Walking in some unknown place is pleasure. Isn't it? It feels like breathing and feeling each little portion of air in yourself. It's like you are getting into it with the city, with the people and with the air. We were walking and it was Kanchanjangha that was following us everywhere. We walked till Chorten Stupa. It was morning 7:30 am approx. All lamas were busy chanting their prayers. Om Mani Padme Ham !! was the line which I could understand. The tune was holy and highly spiritual. Peaceful very much. We prayed too, we were moved completely. Check out the pictures.

Chorten Stupa

Young lama's shoes and chappals were waiting
outside as they were busy studying their lessons

Gangtok City on the way to Rumtek 

After we headed towards Rumtek Monastery. the largest monastery in Sikkim. It is situated 24 kms away from Gangtok. The road was beautiful and the view was scenic. You will  find Gangtok city falling just opposite to the monastery. That short journey was pleasant. Our driver was a genuine person and he told us various things, like the meaning of  Om Mani Padme Haum, why Buddhists hang up the prayer flags etc etc and with the weather, the place those little talks seemed to fulfill our  urge to travel. We had momos again just outside the Rumtek Monastery. They were superb. We then bought many things outside the monastery. That day was very special for Buddhists. People from Japan, Tibet, China and many other countries assembled there because some auspicious occasion was going on that day. Every women and children were wearing Kimonos of various colors. Mostly red and children were having black dots on their faces (specially nose). Inside it was high crowd and our bad luck that the main door was closed and we could not see the Golden Buddha. Check out the pictures.

The tiniest and cutest devotee I found there.
And she was from Japan. Her kimono, bag and the hat .. ♥
Look the way she was walking.. just so cute

with her mother

I found Snowy there 

When they perched to see the abode of mountains,
they got their lives in new horizon
with new meaning of sacrifice and peace.

Gangtok city from Rumtek 

The monastery ... Remember Gangtok e Gondogol ?? 

Some occasion was going on there

These pretty dolls 

See ♥

 and there I finished my North Sikkim Trip and here I am putting the stop of North Sikkim travel diary. I hope you have enjoyed my posts and also I wish to visit these places again in my life sometimes in future.. Thank you for being a part of these posts. Will be back with my Dooars trip very soon.

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