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Indian Visa in Bangladesh

That’s it friends. I have recently described in detail how to complete the visa application correctly and what the Indian visa procedure requires. We did all the necessary activities. One of the applications we corrected twice, using the computer at the Visa Center for the second time thanks to the courtesy of the clerk who was selling the coffee. Submission of…

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Why is Krishna blue

Blue is the color of all-inclusiveness. You will see in the existence, anything that is vast and beyond your perception generally tends to be blue, whether it is the ocean or the sky. Anything which is larger than your perception tends to be blue because blue is the basis of all-inclusiveness. It is based on this that so many gods…

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Mahabharata: Kali yuga is comming

The Mahabharat is one of the two major epics in Sanskrit of ancient India. It contains over one lakh couplets and is thrice as long as the Bible. However, only a fraction of the narration actually deals with the main story with the rest containing additional myths and teachings. It clearly states: “what is found here may be found elsewhere…

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Mahabharata: A tale of true friendship

The Mahabharat is one of the two major epics in Sanskrit of ancient India. It contains over one lakh couplets and is thrice as long as the Bible. However, only a fraction of the narration actually deals with the main story with the rest containing additional myths and teachings. It clearly states: “what is found here may be found elsewhere…

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Mahabharata: Karna’s Last Test

The Mahabharat is one of the two major epics in Sanskrit of ancient India. It contains over one lakh couplets and is thrice as long as the Bible. However, only a fraction of the narration actually deals with the main story with the rest containing additional myths and teachings. It clearly states: “what is found here may be found elsewhere…

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Mahabharata: How Udupi fed the Kurukshetra warriors

The Mahabharat is one of the two major epics in Sanskrit of ancient India. It contains over one lakh couplets and is thrice as long as the Bible. However, only a fraction of the narration actually deals with the main story with the rest containing additional myths and teachings. It clearly states: “what is found here may be found elsewhere…

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Mahabharata: Story of body and matter

The Mahabharata  is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Here is one of the stories telling about the true view of human body. ‘There was once a extremly beautiful young woman, everybody fell in love with her, as soon they saw her. One king in particular wanted her very badly and he was hypnotized by her…

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From Khulna to Dhaka

When we got to know that at Khulna we can’t make Indian visa we headed to Dhaka. 18th in the morning we started packing. At 12 we left our bags in the office room and went to kill time. We had a bus ticket for 7 pm which meant that we had all day to spend. So we made a…

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Khulna and Indian Visa Center

While traveling from the borders of India to Bangladesh we went by bus to Khulna paying 150 Taka for one place. To Khulna We arrived 15th in the evening, and our aim was Jalico Hotel. We paid for a rickshaw 100 Taka but he didn’t know where the hotel is so we wondered a little bit and when we got…

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By train Puri – Kolkata

Journey 8th  in the morning we woke up and made all we could to organize and pack everything. Dad went to manager and ordered a rikshaw for 5 o’clock. At 8 o’clock we had the train. When we did everything we ate lunch, packed some food, and had cleaned a little bit. At the right time we took our bags,…

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Journey: Puri to Dhaka

22 September So finally after 2 weeks of travel, we are home again. Bangladesh with its culture and people welcomed us. The religion in Bangladesh is Islam which is an interesting new experience for us. People are different and surroundment is too. Kolkata So 8th of September we packed and went by train from Puri to Howrah, which is attached…

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India: my life in shortcut

This is the story of Ekananga and her reason for being here in India. I never wanted to go to India, I was always scared of India. I always said that I never go to India, that I want to go to America. When I was a teenager in the the Seventies, India was very fashionable for the Hippies. I…

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The awaiting journey to a new destination – Bangladesh

As the end of our Indian visa comes in bigs steps, we have to pack and pick up a new destination. We have been trice to Nepal, each time for 5 months. And in Sri Lanka too but it is far and the foundation does not allow us for the journey. We have chosen to visit Bangladesh. A new place…

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Maya’s 17th birthday

23rd July I had my 17th birthday. I actually kind of forgot about it, I mean to write about it. Now I understand, I woudn’t say adult but, grownups in not being so excited about a birthday. I was happy but not so excited as the previous years. Its just another year; cake, more food, playing with sisters, new things….

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The Cremation of dead bodies in Varanashi

Varanasi, Monday, 25/06/2018 My name is Deliv, I will tell about the cremation ritual in Hindu tradition, just as we keep it here in Benares. We are currently at Harish Chandra Ghat. Here, all bodies are cremated, with no distinction between castes and religions. Cremation here also includes electrical combustion. Besides, there is another ghat in Varanasi, where only Hindu…

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Gauhar Jaan – legendary dancer and singer

Today is the 145th birth anniversary of legendary dancer and singer Gauhar Jaan. Gauhar Jan was a very noteworthy artist of Calcutta at the turn of the 20th century.  It seems strange that today she is largely unknown, but at the time, she was one of the most famous vocalist in India.  She was one of India’s first recording stars. She was…

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Our backpacks routine

We are traveling and what we carry with us is our house and equipment. For me all that we pack is usual but I am curious; do other travelers have similar or different equipments. Here the time comes, in few days, we will leave Nepal so the packing comes, with it also a big cleaning, segregating, choosing etc. So here…

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Kids entertainment while traveling

While traveling in a train for 3 days or staying in a rented house for 5 months, we, and specially children need some entertainment. Besides books, mobile games and videos, we make games. It, of course, depends if you are currently traveling or staying. In the first case there is a smaller diapason. The easiest are word games like ‘make a…

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Nepal: Tomato consumption and funny facts

Today I would like to say few words about funny fact we have here. Our attitude towards tomato For us it’s normal to eat raw tomato. We make salad of it. And some of us, (like my father) like it so much that we eat it plainly. I mean that when my dad is hungry we can just take a bowl of…

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Nepal: Limbu caste, History

Castes Rai and Limbu are known to be called Kiranti. But once, it is possible those two castes were one tribe. As their physical characteristics is quiet Mongolian it is clearly seen that they are from north. North Tibetans call Limbus Monpa meaning those who live in South of the Himalayas. Rullers Sources reveal that the Kathmandu Valley was under…

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Kathmandu: A teryfing story of a Nepali girl

Here is a story of our dear friend from Kathmandu, Nepal. She told us a story from her childhood. A teryfing story of mistaces and hardship of life. Now she lives in Baudha region with her family; husband and 3 sons. “I have written a short story about an incident that I cannot forget. It’s a story from around 1997 AD when I…

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Parshuram Jayanti – Shiva and Parvati wedding anniversary

A few days after the Nepalese New Year, the Hindu festival Parshuram Jayanti was on… celebrated by the Bikram Sambat traditions as Parshurama’s birthday. This year – 2018 – the holiday fell on April 18 according to the Gregorian calendar. According to the ancient book of Ramayana, Parashurama arrives at the engagement ceremony of Sita and Rama on that day….

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A story of Brahmin family.

Kathmandu: The story of one Brahmin family

Here is the story of a Nepali family… “Namaste. My name is Durga Devi Dulal. I was born in 1977 March 20, Sunday. In the village called Madhumalla of Morang district (East Nepal). My family had 7 members. Father, Mother and 5 children, among them 4 were daughters and one son. I am the 2nd daughter of my family. I was very discipline…

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A recipe for bolognese in Nepal

Spagetti bolonese

Mom and the cooking Everyday my mom cooks. Mostly she makes dall bhat which is rice with legume sos. Sometimes, also aloo dum, potato curry. She is a busy woman. Beside housework and cooking she writes and makes movies for our Polish website. And its her favorite occupation. Sometimes she wants some more time for her artistic expressions, so she…

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The story of the Shehnai instrument

History: Shehnai, traditional wind instrument

Quick Introduction Emperor Aurangzeb was considered as the last great Mughal Emperor who extended the Empire over nearly all the Indian subcontinent. He was born in 1618 and ruled for 49 years. He brought to his rule a strict Islamic law called Fatawa-e-Alamgiri. It was said that he imposed a ban on music but it seems that not completely. The story Long ago…

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A festival in Kathmandu

Kathmandu: Sapta Jatra meaning seven day long festival

On Saturday morning I heard a great noise on the street informing about another party. I caught my camera, ran and saw crowds of women dressed in red, fast-paced with jugs on their heads. What’s going on Nepalese asked what this party is about, are saying that this is not a special occasion and not a festival at all. Pressed…

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Buddha Jayanti: Kathmandu, Baudha

Buddha Purnima is the most important festival of all Buddhist groups. This day celebrates not only as the birthday of the great Shakyamuni, but also the anniversary of his enlightenment and the anniversary of entering the parinirvana, meaning the leaving of body. Before the Happening Anniversary of the death Buddha’s birthday festival in Kathmandu lasted two days from 29 to…

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Tibetan wedding

Wandering around Bauddha on the day of Buddha Purnima – 30 may – we came across partying Tibetans. Organization The wedding party took place in a regional clinic of Tibetan medicine. The area of ​​the wedding celebration consisted of a small square with a tent, where tables and chairs were set up, and the waitresses were carrying dishes and drinks….

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Lumbini: forgoten places of Buddha’s life

Lumbini is a city situated in south Nepal. It is a place of buddhist cult believed to be a birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama. Lumbini was made a World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1997. Gautama was a son of Queen Mayadevi, born in 563 BCE. When he achieved Enlightenment some time around 528 BCE, became the Buddha and founded Buddhism. In Lumbini there are many temples, monasteries and monuments….

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How we extend visa in Nepal and how much it costs.

The extension of Nepali visa in Kathmandu

Our visa was about to end so we went to the Department of Immigration to extend it. In Nepal we can be maximum 5 months in time of 1 year. The visa we took was 3 months long so we could have take 2 more. It costs 2$ a day. The preparation We have got ready all the papers, the…

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Anna’s birthday and Easter in Kathmandu

On 1st April was Annas 5th birthday. It happened to be that her birthday is the same day as Easter. Already month earlier Katia had a wish to paint eggs, anyway, eggs were forgotten and gifts were more important. However, after the birthday celebration we painted eggs. Gifts and cake In accordance with the birthday mode, which we invented recently…

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Timal Jatra: great buddhist festival

Tamangs believe that the tradition of celebrating Temal Jatra was initiated 300 years ago by King Rhinjen Dorje Bal. According to historical data, it is believed that in the late Middle Ages, when Nepal was divided into many small states like Baisi (a group of 22 states) and Chaubisi (a group of 24 states) in the present province 3 –…

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Ghode Jatra: Horse Racing Day, Kathmandu

Ghode Jatra, or the Horse Racing Day According to the tradition, on this day is celebrated the defeat of Tundi, a demon who once lived in a meadow known today as Tundikhel. After his death he was trampled under the hooves of dancing horses. It is said that the Ghode Jatra festival was initiated to make sure that his spirit is…

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Adi Shankaracharya united the country with the help of philosophy, poetry and faith

In the picture above – the Temple in Kaladi, the birthplace of Saint Adi Shankaracharya  „Jagat mithya, brahma satyam” जगत मिथ्या, ब्रह्मा सत्यम Means that the world we experience, including tangible scientific conclusions, are essentially illusory. The only original truth that is independent of the mind is brahma – translated as soul, consciousness, language or infinite, eternal, unconditioned mind. Those…

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A wedding in the Hindu tradition – Goa

Here is the story of the wedding ceremony of the parents of our friend, interspersed with comments and additions regarding the Hindu wedding tradition. My dads name is Padurag Shankar Gookar. He has three brothers and four sisters, they lived in a large house in Kolam. Both our families – dads and moms – come from the Chhetree caste, in…

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Kathmandu, Stupa Bauddhanath: history and legend

The Boudhanath stupa is located about 7 km northeast of Thamel – Kathmandu city center, near the ancient trade route leading from Tibet. The stupa is 44 meters high, the stupa dome is about 7 meters in diameter. The area of the stupa is approximately 6,756 square meters. Bauddhanath is one of the largest and most significant Buddhist objects in…

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Katia has her 8th birthday

Today is Katia’s birthday, her 8th birthday. She is so big, I still can’t believe. It’s like I have one part that remembers my age of 8th and that I felt so big – and that she feels the same. And the other part still looks at her and sees her as a small girl and that she can’t be…

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Sky lantern – the third try to make it fly

Today we have a lot to do. I had thought of a gift for my sister, that I have to make today, and, with dad, we are making another sky lantern. Tomorrow is Katia’s birthday so I have to make it in time. About my gift, I will write in tomorrow’s post about Katia’s birthday. And today I am writing…

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Lampion – the second try to make it fly

Today for the second time, we are trying to make the flying lampion. 9:05 pm The first didn’t come out well. The fuel was used up and the balloon did not go up. It was made of bamboo sticks, thin metal wire, paper and a plastic bag. To stick together we used tape, treads, and super glue. As a fuel,…

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To Kopan Monastery and Lhosar – Tibetan New Year

17th February we went on a walk to Kopan Monastery. From our house, it looks like on the other side of a city. We asked the owner of our flat, how many kilometers were between us and the Monastery. He told us that only 2 kilometers, we were quite surprised, as you can imagine. It so happened that the day we…

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Unexpected surprises – Pashupatinath Temple (Part 2)

While we wandered around, on the hill, our father called us to see something great. We went to see what he was looking at and on the edge of a hill was a barrier, behind which we could see something magnificent. We didn’t know what it was but it was very, taking the breath. There was a river and small stupas…

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Unexpected surprises – Pashupatinath Temple (Part 1)

11th February 2018 Today while walking through the city we sow stairs leading up to the hill and we didn’t expect what we were going to see. Today started as usual. I woke up, made exercises, ate breakfast while talking with mom in between. When sisters woke up we served them breakfast and took care of morning washing teeth. In…

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Our mother’s birthday

Today, 15th February 2018, is my mothers birthday. Our planning and gifts We (me and Katia (my biggest sister)), planned to make some surprises for her, like gifts and morning taking care. While we reminded ourselves of her birthday only 10th February when I talked with Katia and then said something about Katia’s birthday and in that moment I remembered that our…

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Nepali spirit: culture of Shivalinga

According to the Hindu cult, the puja for Shiva is made every morning and evening. The offerings are made of what brings a good impression in the cold region of the Himalayan foothills – light, clean water, the smell of incense, flowers, fire, and delicacies. The lingam – Shiva’s symbol – is commonly worshiped as a source of power and…

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Nepal – The winter is coming to an end or was it just my sister

Today sitting with a computer, as usual, I heard something that made me froze (even more than I was already). Winter in Nepal and first cold night Now Nepal is covered in the cold wind with cold air and snow on the peaks. We were so lucky not to, meet snow, my sisters wouldn’t appreciate my thought. But we still are in a…

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Culture of Bauls

The culture of Western Bengal in its natural meaning is first of all the creation of Bauls, mystics so old that one can find their connection with not only religions but also the sciences that are commonly called esoteric. It seems that the whole ancient Asiatic culture originates or is interconnected with this culture of ancient travelers. And the most interesting…

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Donbass — Rozy and life in Nepal

I think, that you, dear reader, naturally raised the question of what the photo has in common with the title. I am going to explain. This photo was taken in the center of Kathmandu in the Tamel region at one of the many temples. I sat down at the temple sadhu (holy man) and we took a picture together. He is so…

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From Tamil Nadu – by train – to Nepal (Kathmandu)

The time started to rush and in no time it was time to leave as our Indian visa was about to end. 20th we started packing and deciding what to take. In the evening we made a feast to which came Amsa, an Indian woman, our friend and the owner of our flat. I also called our old friend Swetlana, and…

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Fast – 21 days

Fast is an excellent cure. It can cure most of the body illnesses. Therefore afterward you will feel light and healthy. On another hand, it is the best way to lose a lot of weight. I have seen so many ads about a miracle, thanks to which you will lose 20kg in a week. Or any diet and exercise plans…

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Always says “Yes”

Here is one funy fact about Indians, the ones that live in the smaller cities or villages, is that they almost always answer “Yes”. I’m talking about Indians that have seen a white person only few times in life and know little English or at all. You ask a man “Can you show me the way to this hotel?” You…

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Spicy or not

When you are in India for the first time you certainly search for not spicy food. And maybe you already know, India is full of spices. So, when you want to eat something, no matter is it street food or restaurant, you should ask for not spicy food but even then your expectations can be disappointed. Long time ago when…

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Ernakulam – Kerala

Our target station in Kerala – Ernakulam After three days of sitting we were packed and ready for our destination point. We asked Hindu travelers if it is Ernakulam, wanting to finally see our promised land. Ernakulam Town station mysteriously came up so we decided to get out… The new land welcomed us with a clean platform on the clean station…

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To the Sarankot

1 July I woke up in the morning, not sure which hour. And parents told me that we are going to Sarankot. My mom was telling me that we are going immidetiely. So I had not much time. I took shower and got ready. We went taking with us small bag for raining coats and some food. We started walking,…

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All day out

May 2017 One day in may when the day was like any other my father said that we all are going for a walk down the hill to the Lakeside. We got dressed and by 1pm we were ready. We closed house put shoues on. And went in new direction. One side of the hill takes to the city – I…

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