Kasol:The Mini Israel Of India

Kasol is a village in Himachal Pradesh ,India.It is a hub for backpackers because of its beautiful valleys,freshness,low population and good climate throughout the year.It is also a base of Himalayan trekking.This place hosts a large number of visitors from Israel and one can see the Hebrew language banners throughout the valley.Thats why this place is called “Mini Israel”.

img_6652 The best way to reach Kasol is by road from Delhi or Chandigarh.There is an airport in Kullu,which is located near Kasol,but its costly and also rarely available. Kasol is situated in Parvati Valley , on the banks of the Parvati River.Walking along the Parvati River can be one of the most amazing experience you can have.You can also get the taste of Israeli food here.The taste of coffee here can be one of the best you have ever tasted.Parvati_river

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Apart from scenic views,Kasol is also suitable for shopping.The shops in the village of Kasol have western food and clothes.You can also buy winter clothing like pullovers, caps and coats at very low prices.In the way,you will meet some beautiful and most welcoming people who are always ready for your help.There are people here, who come from different walks of life from around the world, to exist together temporarily in a haven.It is also a great place for rave parties.

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It is also called the backpacker’s heaven. The pleasant weather and cheap hash attract back packers and junkies who mostly hail from Israel and the European countries. Most of these are people who served in the armed forces in their native lands for a statutory period of time.The weather in Kasol though pleasant is a bag full of surprises. So much so that even natives find it hard to predict. What starts out as a chilly morning turns to a warm and sunny day to a windy and cold night.  If you are a trekking person then this place is an ideal stopover.

So,come and visit to this tiny heaven in India,and you will never regret it.

When Italy opened its arms to Indian sailors:Grand Welcome Of Indian Navy Ship By Italy in 1967

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The expression of regret by the Mayor of Taranto for the killing of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines from the Enrica Lexie, and his offer to take up the responsibility of educating the bereaved children gains significance from the city’s historical association with India.

I discovered that association quite by chance in 1967 when I was an officer on board INS Brahmaputra. My ship was diverted to Taranto owing to a coup against King Constantine in Greece, our original destination,

The ship berthed in Taranto in the early hours of a Sunday. There was no one there apart from the shore berthing party of a few men.

As time went by, a large number of Taranto’s residents, including several senior citizens, started congregating near the ship. They carried placards welcoming the Indians to Taranto. It was a mystery to us as to why such a crowd was building up. We were told that the news of the Indian ship’s arrival was announced on the local radio. By the evening, the crowd had swelled. Several residents held placards inviting us to dinners, lunches and picnics.

I was invited to dinner by the family of the late Ms. Ines Ghosh, the Italian wife of the late Surgeon Rear Admiral J.N. Ghosh of the Indian Navy. Ghosh met Ines in Taranto where he was a prisoner of war. There I heard heart-rending stories of World War II. They narrated how when the British 8th Army comprising British, Australian, Canadian, Indian and troops of other nationalities invaded southern Italy in July 1943. The soldiers from all armies except the Indian Army indulged in rape, molestation and plunder.

One of the elderly ladies present told us how she was being chased by two Allied soldiers when an Indian soldier intervened and protected her. He told them not to harm her because she was his sister!

In another instance a posse of Indian soldiers voluntarily guarded an apartment building and prevented soldiers of the other Allied armies from entering it. There were numerous stories of heroism like this. These marvellous episodes bore testimony to the ethical standards and professionalism of the Indian Army.

The following day there was a special reception in honour of the personnel of INS Brahmaputra in the town hall. Meanwhile, invitations from the citizenry continued to flow, so much so that the late Captain Erach Debu, Commanding Officer of the ship, volunteered to keep harbour watch in the ship himself and let all his officers go ashore to attend the functions.

Several shops refused to accept money for the merchandise purchased by the ship’s personnel.

When the ship left port finally after four days, virtually the entire town was on the jetty with several bands in attendance to bid adieu. It was a very moving and emotional experience.

The Italian marines issue has cast an ugly shadow over the two countries. It needs to be resolved in the true spirit of Taranto and in the mutual interests of India and Italy.

Source-The Hindu.

Do You Know About One Of The Most Spiritual Places On Earth?

Varanasi(also known as Benaras) is one of the most holiest places for Hindus in world.Its also one of the important places of Buddhism.It is where Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon.It is full of energy,people,chaos,cows,and holy men.Also,it is one of the oldest cities in world,scientifically atleast 3000 years old.At,every step you will see a temple.Also,one of largest residential universities in ASIA, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), is located here. Some Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation.This is what famous American author Mark Twain said about Varanasi, “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”.So,come and feel the spirituality of this place.

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Do You Know About Largest Religious Monument In World ?

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Do you know where the largest religious monument in the world located?.It is Angor Wat Temple.It was built in 11th century.It was first a Hindu temple and later a buddhist temple.Now,you may guess that is in India,because it was initially a Hindu temple.But,its not in India.Its hard to beleive but it is in Cambodia.Hinduism in old times was even spread to very far places from India like Combodia.This temple was dedicated to Vishnu.It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors. Angkor Wat, means “Temple City” or “City of Temples”.It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The man who dedicated his entire pension to fill potholes to save life of others

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Meet Gangadhara Tilak Katnam, a retired railway officer who has spent the last 15 years of his life filling potholes using his own pension money. He has filled over 1125 potholes in Hyderabad so far.

It started in 2010, on a day when he was trying his best to maneuver his Fiat car on a road near his home which ws with full of potholes. As careful and considerate he was to the pedestrians he could not help splashing muddy water from one of the potholes onto the neatly starched uniform of a little girl and hr mother on her way to school. He deeply regretted his mistake and immediately got off the car to express his apology.

He did not rest easy after this incident and immediately ordered 6 truckloads of “moram” paying Rs.4200 from his own pocket and mended the entire road starting from his home.

Soon after this incident on his way to work Tilak had to witness an unfortunate accident in which a very young man lost both his limbs. Another day a collision of an Auto with an RTC bus damaged the auto and severely injuring its occupants. The reason for these accidents were not carelessness or reckless driving. The primary reason was bad roads and driving conditions.

Embracing Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” he embarked on a journey who as comfortably and respectably settled as he was would even care to consider.

Starting on 19th January 2010 filling the potholes became a typical weekend ritual for Tilak. Every Saturday and Sunday morning as soon as he found a pothole he got to the task of repairing the pothole with a crowbar, spade and gravel/tar mix. Thus, he spent his weekends filling the potholes for close to two years. He spent hours speculating what he can do to alleviate the problem of potholes on roads and provide a more safe and secure travel road to every citizen. Once he realized what needs to be done, it was evident his weekend contribution was not adequate to solve the magnitude of the problem – where every busy and non busy road is filled with potholes.

On July 31st 2011, this pothole man quit his job and made filling the potholes his new job so that the roads WE ALL travel are safer. Instead of resentment, indifference, complaining and talking, he choose sympathy, concern, solution and action.

Real Story of Taj Mahal

Do you know the story of how Taj Mahal was built?.Its story of how deeply a man loved his wife, that even after she remained but a memory, he made sure that this memory would never fade away.This man was the Emperor Shah Jahan, who was deeply in love with Mumtaz Mahal, his dear wife.It took 22 years to completely build it.

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It made use of the services of 22,000 laborers and 1,000 elephants.But this love had bitter end.It was soon after the completion of Taj Mahal that Shah Jahan was deposed by his own son Aurangzeb and was put under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort.He use to watch Taj Mahal from the fort in which he was arrested and remembered his wife.Later,when he died,his tomb was also put in mausoleum along with his wife.