Sunday, April 16, 2017

This man stands and plays flutes all day long to make his living will make you cry

Standing business-as-usual 10 hours every day selling flutes
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A flute seller Story

This man nicknamed ‘Raju’, a native of Sultanpur, 136 km South East to Lucknow comes daily to sell Flutes near Sector 54 Chowk Rapid Metro Station, Gurugram.
He comes from Sector 9 old Gurugram to Sector 54, Gurugram every day through a city bus via Golf course road. He is routine to come near Sector 54 Chowk rapid metro station daily by 11 am and his business as usual starts standing in the sunny day till 9 pm without breaks.
The man keeps playing his flute all day long to woo visitors coming to Bikanervala, The Indian grill and people working at Business Towers.
I happen to saw him many times and finally, couldn’t resist going to him, just to ask him, how he able to stand so long hours every day, irrespective of so odd days (chilly winters to hot and humid summers). It was unbelievable to listen to him when he was speaking, the guy whose flute sound can be clearly audible in 200 meters circle from where he stand was unable to speak as loud so that a person standing 2 to 3 feet away could hear him properly, his voice goes so hoarse playing flutes day long.
What if I say, he don’t even bring food along but borrows some water from the security guards of the Business tower to satisfy his thirst and keep playing his flutes all day long every day from 11 am to 9 pm.
What if I say he hardly manage to attract 8 to 12 prospective customers, playing his flute and finally able to sell just 3 to 5 flutes, after standing 10 hours a day and playing his flute all along the course of his business as usual hours.


I urge everyone reading this story, please don't bargain with these guys just pay them the price they ask for their products, trust me they hardly make enough money to save, they just earn enough to have a meal a day and continue their business as usual.

I brought one home with the first price he asked me to sell his flute.
Flute from the flute seller
Flute from the flute seller

Flute from the flute seller
Flute from the flute seller

10 Not to Miss Weekend Escapades from New Delhi

Weekends are the golden days of the week as they are the much-awaited stress-free days. The whole week children and adults wait for the weekend to come so that they can enjoy and relax. The dreadfulness of the working days can be rejuvenated with a brush of excitement and adventure in the weekends. Fill your weekend with adventurous escapades which are not too far from New Delhi. These places will truly offer you the quality time you yearn to spend with your family and yourself.

Pack your bags and just get ready to embark on a journey which will be filled with enjoyment.

1. Neemrana

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Photo by Archit Ratan, CC BY 2.0

Neemrana is not just a fort palace but it also has the facility of zipping line tours which are a great adventure. This tour is of two hours and it allows you to see the beautiful view of Neemrana. This activity is a must for the thrill seekers when you visit Neemrana. This Neemrana Fort is only 3 hours away from Delhi and it offers camel rides, a multimedia tour which informs you about the history of the fort and a vintage car ride experience.

2. Siliserh Lake

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The most beautiful lake of Rajasthan is just four hours away from New Delhi and it brings to you the best water sports activities on your visit to Alwar. If you enjoy doing water sports or want to try them then you should definitely head to this location. Enjoy the adrenaline rush with your family and friends by doing various water sports such as banana boat ride, jet skiing, scuba diving and water zorbing.

3. Bharatpur

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The bird sanctuary in Bharatpur is the main attraction of the place but the rope castle adventure park is a must visit. This adventure park is four hours away from New Delhi and it is an incredible place to enjoy. Bharatpur national park is a bird’s paradise where you can go on a wildlife safari and explore the flora and fauna of the place.

4. Rishikesh

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Take your family and friends to the destination which is filled with thrill and excitement. Activities in Rishikesh like cliff jumping, river rafting, rappelling, camping, and bungee jumping will definitely fill your weekend with adventure. Come and explore the most thrilling place in India which is only five hours away from New Delhi.

5. Jim Corbett

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Go on an excitement spree in Jim Corbett which is five hours away from New Delhi. It has various activities which will take you away from the dullness of everyday life. As Corbett is famous for its safaris like elephant safaris, canter safaris and jeep safari which you should do while you are in Jim Corbett to make your stay complete.

6. Lansdowne

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This beautiful hill town which is six hours away from New Delhi is the ideal place for a weekend getaway. Activities to do on your visit to Lansdowne are nature walking, bird watching, and trekking. Take pleasure of the charm and beauty of this place with your family.

7. Kangojodi
This lesser known hill station near New Delhi takes 5 hours to reach. It has rare fauna and fauna which will totally mesmerize you. Camping is the main attraction of this place but its offbeat beauty will make you come here back again and again.

8. Almora

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Adventure camps in Almora will definitely attract you. This place is eight hours away from New Delhi but it is worth going as it will help you to detox and enjoy the weekend. The Binsar eco-camp has activities such as jungle trekking, bird watching, camp fire, camping and mountain biking which will make your weekend memorable.

9. Auli

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Auli is seven hours away from New Delhi and it is the skiing paradise of India. You must visit Auli if you are a skiing lover and take your family to witness the spectacular view of the Himalayas.

10. Dhauj
It is weekend getaway from Delhi which is filled with adventures like rappelling, hikes, and rock climbing. This is the best remedy to all the stress of the week.

These ten-weekend escapades from New Delhi will surely make your weekend a memorable one and will give you exciting stories to share at your workplace.

Written By: Rohit Agarwal

Monday, April 10, 2017

Top 10 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Kerala

If you thought that Kerala is a hot and humid coastal state famous for mosquitoes even in winter, you’d be dead wrong. Kerala has more serene, cool hill stations and scenic backwaters that one gets to see anywhere. Kerala’s immensely blessed when it comes to natural splendor, a rich culture, fascinating traditions, and wildlife. Oh, and did we forget to mention the amazing beaches? Here are some of the best places to visit in Kerala this year.

Romantic Seaside Towns
Varkala
Varkala

1.    Varkala
If you’re looking for an amazing beach surrounded by high cliffs for that perfect photo opp, head to Varkala. People come here from all over the world to worship the sun, ride boats, surf and enjoy relaxing Ayurvedic massages. Varkala is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus, who believe that the sunset here can drive away one’s sins. Don’t forget to check out some of the top Kerala attractions such as the Janardhana Temple, Kappil Lake and Sivagiri Mutt.

Kovalam
Kovalam

2.    Kovalam
Kovalam is an exotic, beautiful beach that’s famous for sunbathing and Ayurvedic treatments. If you’re here during December and January, do join in the traditional New Year celebrations. Enjoy a fabulous view of the whole city from the top of the lighthouse on the crescent-shaped beach, Visit the historic Vizhinjam mosque and Kovalam’s Samudra Beach and Hawah Beach. An interesting sight is the strangely shaped rock formations along the coast. Be sure to include Kovalam into your Kerala packages.

Marari
Marari

3.    Marari
Marari is known for its beaches and for its fabulous backwaters. Blessed with a long stretch of white sand bordered by exotic palm trees and surrounded by sleepy fishing villages, Marari is the best cure for a restless soul. Take a boat ride on the backwaters overnight, and watch the fishermen line their boats along the coastline for dawn fishing. Stay at one of Marari’s beach resorts and enjoy the endless golden sands and warm sunshine.

Kerala’s Lovely Backwaters

Allepey
Alleppey

4.    Alleppey
Alleppey is so well known that Lord Curzon described this place as the ‘Venice of the East’. Rent a houseboat for the duration of your vacation and cruise the natural backwaters. Green paddy fields, fishermen with their nets, cute ducks, small chapels and water lilies will pass by. Enjoy a conventional Kerala meal served on plantain leaves. Don’t miss seeing the Arthunkal Church, Krishnapuram Palace, Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple, Pathiramanal, Marari Beach and Sri Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha.

Kumarakom
Kumarakom

5.    Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a sleepy little hamlet located near the picturesque Vembanad Lake, famed for its rare plants, wildlife and exotic scenery. You can go house boating, rafting, fishing, sightseeing, bird watching and kayaking on the lake and the waterways. A walk through cool coconut groves, green paddy fields and mangrove forests is a definite treat. Sail over the Vembanad Lake and watch wild duck, egrets, teal, herons, waterfowl, cuckoo, and darters along with a variety of migratory birds. Visit some of the small islands nearby for a more thorough wildlife study.

Ashtamudi
Ashtamudi

6.    Ashtamudi
The Ashtamudi Lake is the second longest lake in Kerala, stretching for 16 kilometers. Gift yourself a long backwater cruise from Ashtamudi to Alleppey. Explore the cluster of eight tiny islands named for Resident Colonel John Munro at the confluence of the Kallada River and Ashtamudi Lake. Enjoy the local crafts such as coconut husk netting, and the making of Chinese fishing nets.

Kerala’s Cool Hill Stations

Munnar
Munnar

7.    Munnar
Munnar is covered with green mountain slopes full of tea farms, where low-flying clouds scud along the misty valleys. Munnar was favored by the English colonials for tea farming and for its climate. Hike around the mountains and discover streams and waterfalls. Be sure to check out the Blossom Park, Pothamedu ViewPoint, TATA Tea Museum, Attukal Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam National Park, Marayoor Dolmens, Anamudi and the Indo Swiss Diary Farm,

Wayanad
Wayanad

8.    Wayanad
Wayanad is a calm, serene little place where over fifty different tribes live in harmony. Places to see will be the Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Lakkidi, Tusharagiri Waterfalls, Sentinel Rockfalls and Kalpetta. Be sure to take long treks on the hills and enjoy this blissful little hillside town. Not to miss is the heart-shaped lake you’ll find on the way to the top of the Chembara peak.

Thekkady
Thekkady

9.    Thekkady
Thekkady is famous for the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary in the thick evergreen Periyar Forest. Here you’ll find elephants, bison, leopards, boars, sambars, tigers, gaurs and lion-tailed macaques. Sail a boat on the Periyar Lake, and ride an elephant in the jungle. Trek through the jungles from Moozhiyar to Thekkady, and spot an elephant or two.

Vagamon
Vagamon

10.  Vagamon
Vagamon is a quaint little hill station located across the Idukki-Kottayam border. This place is blessed by nature; you’ll see endless green meadows, dales, tea plantations, gardens and perfect green valleys, Explore the mystic hills - Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala and experience what true bliss is like.


Other not to miss place is Bekal, a beautiful hill station known for its famous giant keyhole- shaped fort and a pristine blue sea. There’s also Nelliampathy, one of India’s best hill stations, known for its amazing peacocks and natural beauty. Kozhikode is known for its historical, cultural, culinary and educational aspects. Malampuzha offers natural beauty and enthralling cultural experiences. Last but not the least; Thrissur is a cultural feast you don’t want to miss. 

The author of Post: Neha

Monday, January 30, 2017

5 Interesting Things to Do in Chennai

Chennai is one of the 4 metropolitan cities of India. It had a rich heritage and culture. Every year lots of tourists visit Chennai to enjoy the cheerful environment. Many interesting things can be done here, some of which are:

1.   Go on A Beach
Marina Beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Chennai is famous worldwide for its beaches like marina beach which is one of the largest beaches in India and other smaller beaches like a Besant Nagar beach. These beaches are perfect for romantic walks with your hubby and friends. You will feel relaxed and it is a perfect place for the people who prefer to avoid the rush and want to stay away from the crowd. Lots of people come here for morning and evening walks which makes it a perfect place for family vacations also. You can also go for some water sports such as boating and surfing. Also, there are some beautiful lakes like Pulicat lake which attracts a large amount of tourist every year. It is a biggest saline water lake which is known as ‘Pulicat lake wildlife century’ worldwide. You can experience and explore a large amount of flora and fauna here. The lake experiences a large amount of migration of birds that make it a beautiful and perfect place for birds watching.

2.   Enjoy A Great Variety of Food
Cuisine of Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Chennai is famous for delicious and spicy food that is famous worldwide for its quality. You can get many affordable and best restaurants like Savana Bhavan, Ente Keralam, and Kumarakom. The quality of food is best even if you buy it from the street vendors. They serve hot and spicy food that will make your mouth watery. Some of the food that you can enjoy are Dhosa, idli, sambhar, Biriyani and the list is endless. You can also find the high quality of sweets and snacks which are very famous in the region.

3.   Enjoy Folk Dance and Music
Folk Dance in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Chennai is also famous worldwide for its rich culture and heritage such as folk dance like Bharatanatyam and different folk songs. You can find lots of Bharatanatyam dramatics shows and classical music concert going on, so you can book a ticket and enjoy the rhythmic beauty of the dance and music theater. There are thousands of auditoriums in Chennai, which hosts a lot of programs like that. Music festivals like margazhi music festivals are organized in Chennai in the duration of November to January which is considered to be the biggest musical festival in south India. You can also learn more about the Indian culture and heritage at the famous Anna centenary library by reading one of the thousands of books available there.

4.   Visit Temples
Temples in Chennai
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Chennai is mostly famous for its temple. You can find temples like Kapileshwar temple which is thousands of years old. If you want to experience the ancient architecture, then the temples of Mahabalipuram are the perfect place to visit in Chennai. It is the historical temple made by the Pallavas dynasty. These temples are mainly associated with gods like Krishna and Shiva. Mahabalipuram is declared as a UNESCO world heritage site by the UN. During special festivals, these temples are decorated beautifully with colorful images and light which makes it more beautiful. There are dozens of other great temples. You can also visit monuments like flavor Kottam, Nungambakkam which is famous for their beauty worldwide. You can also experience the huge ‘arati’ or evening prayers in temples which are very beautiful

5.   Shopping
Shopping Malls in Chennai
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You can find latest shopping complexes as well as weekly bazaars such as T. Nagar Sunday evening bazaar. So, you can buy different things from there such as jewelry, latest as well as traditional clothes and many hand-crafted things such as bangles and special sarees which are famous in south India. The malls like Express avenue, Phoenix mall, Forum mall are located in different parts of the city. They are the center for the shipping as well as entertainment. Spencer plaza is one of the biggest malls in whole Asia.

Chennai is the hub of ancient culture, history, architecture, good and spicy food, dance and music lakes and beaches, temples and monuments, bazaars and malls which make it a perfect place for the tourist. In Chennai, you can do a combination of many things at one place so it’s a must place to visit.

Author Bio:
Born to travel, Rohit is an adventurer cum blogger who post his experience to the whole world. You can find his stories at TransIndiaTravels.com.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Additional 15% tax to be borne by Credit Card and Loan EMI payers wef November 2016

Are you using credit card or has taken any loan from banks, if yes then get ready to see some additional charges being levied on your credit card EMI or loan EMI w.e.f November 2016.

w.e.f November 2016 Govt. Of India has asked the banks to charge extra or additional 15% tax for the interest the bank charges on EMIs.

Now, let me explain you this in better way. Suppose you bought a product using your credit card and converted the same purchase into multiple EMIs, earlier before 1st November 2016, credit card issuing bank used to levy some interest rate on your EMIs and you used to pay the same only along with the actual value of product price divided by the tenure for which you had taken the EMI.

Now, WEF 1st November 2016, all the credit card issuing banks or loan lender banks has to levy another additional tax of 15% (ST 14% + SBC 0.5% + KKC 0.5%) on the interest charged on the EMI.

That is another 15% tax burden on consumer.
Additional 15% tax on credit card or loan EMI
Additional 15% tax on credit card or loan EMIs

No prior notice or circular shared with anyone and Govt. implemented this additional burden on its citizen who voted them to power.

Waiting for your comments and also if anyone needs further clarification do comment below, will update accordingly. ⤋😞

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A world champion in Kick Boxing Tajamul Islam from Kashmir,India

Amid the shutdown and restrictions for more than 3 months in a row in Kashmir, this eight-year-old girl Tajamul Islam from a remote area in the Valley’s north has won the gold at the World Kickboxing Championship in Italy.
Tajamul won the World KickBoxing Championship
Tajamul won the World KickBoxing Championship

Tajamul, hailing from Tarkpora village of Bandipora, bagged medal after defeating her rival from United States in the final. The world championship was held in Italy from November 5 to 11. Tajamul represented Kick Boxing Federation of India in the world event. In the event the talented kid took part in six bouts and remained unbeaten. According to her mentor and coach Fasil Ali, the feat makes Tajamul the world’s youngest kickboxer to win an international gold. “The sub-junior level closes at 14 years of age. Tajamul was the youngest in the category.

The stand-up combat sport, which involves kicking and punching, originated half a century ago in Japan — and, within a decade, became popular in the West as well. Ali has been coaching Tajamul in the native of Tarkpora village, for two years in the backyard of his house.
Tajamul won the World KickBoxing Championship held in Italy
Tajamul Islam

Tajamul’s talent got highlighted last year when she bagged the gold medal in the sub-junior category at the 2015 National Kickboxing Championship in Delhi. That enabled her to gain entry into the Andria world championships, which began early this month. The finals was on November 9. Overall, Tajamul won six games.

Already, Tajamul is a celebrity in her Tarkpora village, 65 kms from Srinagar. A student of Army Goodwill School in Bandipora, her father is a driver.

Tajamul's journey started in 2014 when she joined a local academy that trains young boys and girls in martial arts. She was walking near the stadium when she saw many young boys and girls training. She asked her father to let her join them and her father agrees to it. Soon, she won the state championship, and later the national.

Later When Tajamul wanted to take up kickboxing, her father tried to dissuade her telling her it’s a rough sport and she might get hurt. She persisted promising him that she’ll be better than all the boys. At 7 Tajamul fulfilled that promise by becoming the youngest sub-junior national kickboxing champion. She defeated her 13-year-old opponent to win the title in the 2015 national finals.

Tajamul’s father is not only proud of her daughter but hopes that her daughter will help change people’s attitudes towards girls and sports in her native Kashmir.

Tajamul has broken every stereotype pertaining to young girls and sports. She excels at a contact sport which requires skill, hard training and a lot of physical strength. She trains five hours every day besides studying and pursuing her other love–dancing. Tajamul's brother and two sisters also practice kickboxing.

Tajamul Islam participated in World Kick Boxing Championship which witnessed participation of ninety countries.

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