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Pages From My Travel Journal: Trip to Ganpatipule

I recently went on a trip to Ganpatipule with my family. I obviously took my travel diary with me and jotted down all my memories from the trip. So here they are: Pages from my travel journal: Trip to Ganpatipule.

Day 1:

I was so not ready to wake up at 4 in the morning. After I finished splashing cold water on my face to wake myself up, brushed my teeth, got my bag; we headed out the door and got a cab to Dadar railway station. Off to Ganpatipule! Our train arrived on the station and I was like ‘whoa!’ it was a really nice train; it was a chaircar train with big comfy seats and small screens with movies and songs to entertain the passengers. Papa watched Mughal-e-Azam in the on the screen, I watched the starting of the movie with him but then I got bored. I slept for most of the journey.

After we reached Ratnagiri railway station, we took an auto to our resort: Greenleaf; which is an associate of our beloved Club Mahindra. After checking in, we relaxed for some time and then went off to explore the resort. After that, we went to Ganpatipule beach for a brisk walk. We spent some time there and then had dinner. I could see loads of stars in the night sky and was so thrilled.

Day 2

We just chilled out at the resort today. I borrowed some books from the fun zone, we played carrom and foosball at the fun zone and mamma and I sang songs on the karaoke. I clicked some pictures of flowers. We splashed around in the pool and at night while mamma papa played with cards, I read the books I had borrowed. I also had a crazy tickle fight with bhaiya (my brother). I had a lot of fun.

Day 3

Today was one of those rare days when I kept my hair open. I kept it open the whole day long except when I was in the swimming pool. Can you believe it?  Anyway, today we went to the Malgund beach. There were only a few people there. The sea water was really clear and there were loads of shells on the beach, so of course, I collected them. I picked up a small shell and saw something moving inside it. It was a tiny crab! I quickly put the shell down and ran away, startled. After that I made sure to check each and every shell that I picked to make sure there weren’t any crabs in it.

Mamma spotted this jellyfish on the shore ☝

 

Seashells!

After spending some time on the beach, we headed off to find lunch. We stopped at this place called Mehendley’s and ordered thalis. I ate some aamras and amrakhand (mango shrikhand) it was amazing. After eating we went back to our room. While the others rested, I read the books that I had borrowed from the fun zone library. At four we all headed to the swimming pool to have some fun. We were the only ones at the swimming pool so it was really quiet. Bhaiya kept coming to pull my leg from behind, trying to drag me underwater 😒 and then we also played catch with a ball in the water. It was pretty fun.

 

Day 4

Today was our last day in Ganpatipule. We took a tour package to visit all the tourist places today. First, we headed off to Ganpatipule mandir and beach.

Saw this mermaid at the beach 🧜‍♀️

After that we went to the Prachin Konkan museum, it was all about the lives of people of konkan from medieval times. There were many life sized statues of the people. Here are a few:

Then we visited Aarey Waarey beach. It is a very beautiful beach, the water is a beautiful sea green color and there are pine trees besides the beach.

Look at that sand! ☝

We visited some more places:

The childhood home of Bal Gangadhar Tilak:

The temple build by Veer Savarkar:

Thibaw palace, home of king Thibaw:

After the tour ended, it was time for us to go catch our train. So we headed to Ratnagiri railway station to get on our train. The train was off schedule so we had to wait there for some time. The train arrived and we quickly boarded it. Off to Mumbai. Goodbye Ganpatipule!

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Poem: Stargazing

I gaze up at the sky,

And heave a soft sigh,

As I see the stars shining bright,

Flooding the sky with light,

Hundreds of them, up so high,

I can’t count them, even though I try,

These dazzling, shimmering lights,

Look so beautiful in the night,

As I lie on the grass, taking it all in,

Watching the stars twinkle and gleam.

-Adhya Bhatnagar

 

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Making art is a joy.

I was getting into an artsy mood which is the best kind of mood to be in, as it gets my creative juices flowing, I sat down on the table and just started making something abstract. I took the colours green and purple and a little bit of blue and made lines and free flowing brush strokes going the opposite way and mixing all those colours, turning them into kind of grey. I broke from my artsy mood and asked myself, now look what you have gone and done, the painting is ruined! Now what to do? I shook my head a few times and took a deep breath and told myself it isn’t ruined just think of something creative and it will turn this into a masterpiece. I remind myself time to time of what mako said in her video of mandala; Makoccino is a YouTube channel that has painting and Diy tutorials.
This is what she said: We often stress ourselves over the end result of our painting or any work, not enjoying the process of the painting and ruining it in that process. We should not stress on the end result but the process of making it. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece it is a work of mind and creativity. And the most important thing is you enjoy what you are doing. (I changed her words when I tell myself but the thought is the same). Anyway, I let my painting dry and then took a marker and started drawing a half mandala. I didn’t made it to be exact and it was a little crooked on one side. But I didn’t care and then went ahead and created some spirals and doodled in them and created this painting. I loved it and told myself: didn’t I tell you? Don’t, I repeat don’t care about anything and let your creative juices flow.
Ps: In case you are wondering, this is exactly what mako said:
‘That we shouldn’t focus too much on the end result, but instead, we should focus on the process. Similar to life, we should just enjoy it and live to the fullest instead of worrying and overthinking every time. Instead of worrying it will mess up or the end result will look ugly, that people won’t like it, why don’t we just focus on the process of creating.’
You should check out her channel on YouTube if you love art like me.

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Happy Birthday Google!!!

Today, on 27 September, 2016, Google has turned 18. Yes, you heard it right, today is Google’s birthdayyyy! Before we start singing the happy birthday song, here are some interesting facts about Google!

  •    The company actually wanted to name it googol, but because of a spelling mistake, it spelled Google.
  •     The number one continued by hundred zeros is called googol.
  •     Google calls its new employees nooglers.

The answer to all things is Google. We can search anything that we like. i don’t know how it would be without Google.

Thank you Google and a happy birthday once again!!!

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Poem: Save Environment, It Saves us!

It is our duty to protect,
The environment at our best.
Be it a poor dolphin,
Or a little bird’s nest.

We need to protect them,
With all our might.
Those animals and trees,
Think of their plight.

If we help them,
They will help us,
Everyone will be,
Happy and bright.

So why not help the nature around?
Let’s plant lots of trees,
And help the animals
Save the land and mother nature,
The ocean and every creature.

It is our duty to protect,
The environment at our best.
That’s the best way to say
A HAPPY ENVIRONMENT DAY!

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A Happy Women’s Day!

A Happy Women’s Day

A woman is a jewel of beauty, grace and happiness. She is hardworking, helpful and polite. Each woman has a specialty of her own.

All the women in the world are equal in god’s eyes. But for each of us, there’s a special woman in our life. It can be anyone, your mother, daughter, friend, sister or wife, but there’s a thing that’s common, important and special, and that is, she is a woman!

They may be tender and delicate, but have the strength of ten males. They work from day to night, dawn to dusk, with all their might. And for all they have done, we should thank them at least, so let us all say it together, A HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY!

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Book Review: Your Turn Now 2

Book Review: YOUR TURN NOW 2

Your Turn Now 2 was recently launched on 27th Feb 2016.

As you see, the book is as interesting as its name. ‘Your Turn Now 2’ has heartwarming stories of random acts of kindness that are really true, inspired by the little blue card.

Just as a stone causes the whole puddle to ripple, this concept of the little blue card has touched thousands of hearts. I love the book from deep down my heart.

Some of my favorite stories are ‘Ssmall Actions-Huge Consequences’ ‘Little People, Big Hearts’ & ‘I Felt Great’. With the blue cards in their hands anyone can do anything for kindness. You can be a kindness patron too; you just need a kind heart.

This book is a must read book for all ages, specially kids because we, kids, have to take forward the kindness for better future.

The concept is by Rushabh Turakhia and is published by ‘FunOkPlease’.  It has beautiful illustrations by ‘Happy Fish’ and is written by Lubaina Bandukwala. Its price is Rs. 250.

So just grab the book now and let the blue magic reveal itself.

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It’s Spring!

The trees are swaying,

Their dew drops sparkling in the sun,

The bugs are hopping to & fro,

Every one is having lots of fun

The ground smells like roasted beans,

The sun sends a ray of hope,

A butterfly flutters across.

Sheep go down the hill slope

The grass looks fresh and new,

The flowers look happy too

Every one looks so cheerful,

But what is their reason?

Oh, I nearly forgot,

It’s spring season!…..

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