Perfection

Perfection is a myth for all earthly beings. Each of us have an abundance of distractions that are determined to come on our way. All those who have attained perfection had to give up their desire for earthly things and focused on just one thing PERFECTION. The worst case scenario today is to lose our calm in trying to attain perfection. 

An exam trip to Varanasi

Varanasi or Benaras, situauted on the bank of the Ganges is considered to be one of the oldest inhabited cities on Earth. The first time I had set foot on this holy land was in August 2017 when my train decided to change it's route on way to Delhi. I had to get down here and continue my journey to Allahabad on bus. However it was not long when I got my second opportunity to visit this famed city. CSIR NET December 2017. As I was staying in Allahabad, Varanasi was the closest exam centre. Though I was on tight schedule I managed to visit a few spots within the approx. 24 hours I was in the city. So this is my encounter with the holy city.

Walking Through the temples of Khajuraho

19th to 22nd October a long Diwali weekend. I was by then well settled in Allahabad and was eagerly waiting to make a trip to the 17th Indian state on my list - Madhya Pradesh. I planed this two day trip to Khajuraho.

Since no direct trains were available on 19th I got a current reservation ticket till Mahoba aboard the 11108 Bundelkhand Express. The train was scheduled to arrive at 10 pm but was an hour behind in Allahabad. I reached Mahoba at around 4 am next morning. From Mahoba I continued my journey on 22448 UP Sampark Kranti Express. The slip route from Mahoba to Khajuraho takes one across the beautiful Bundelkhand plateau. I reached Khajuraho station at around 7 am. I hopped onto a share auto that would drop me near the Western group of temples 10 km away(auto fare is usually rupees 10 per person for a share ride). 

Khajuraho is located in the Bundelkhand region of Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The town is situated within a picturesque back drop of the Vindhya Mountain Range and is surrounded by Khodar river in the south and Ken river in the northeast.

Durga Puja of Allahabad 2017

I moved to Allahabad to join as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) at the University of Allahabad just a week before the festival. Though I had holiday and tried to be home but festive hour ticket rush made me stay here. For the four days I went around (mostly on foot) the City of Sangam discovering it's streets and how it celebrates the festival. This post covers most of the major Durga Puja pandals of the city; some among them having crossed their centurion. A major attraction of Allahabad that I missed this time is Ramlila and the processions or as locally referred mela. Several groups during the nine days of Navaratri stage Ramlila - the dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Rama according to the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana. A procession is also taken out each night at different areas each day. I hope to see these next year; till then please enjoy the pictures of this year.