Rajasthan- Things to keep in mind before you travel.


My trip to Rajasthan this June was scheduled to be 4 nights and 5 days. I have planned to move on to Delhi on the fifth day 4pm by train.

First and foremost to say, a 4 nights stay in Rajasthan is too short unfortunately i had to move on.

So the  first point to keep in mind is if you would like to explore the entire of Rajasthan make sure you plan atleast a 7 nights stay.

The second point that to be taken care of is Rajasthan is a large state and the land area is typically vast compared to other states so travelling from one city to another is a concern so makes sure you hire a private taxi to move around the state unless your okay to travel in public transport which isn’nt much advanced.

Thirdly, i visited during the June which is definetly a big NO from me to travel. The best time to travel is from october to february when the climate is cool. Thank goodness it was raining scatterly during my visit otherwise i would i been cooked up in the 50+ degree scroching heat.


Fourth, please do carry a sun protection cream handy with you because you are going to need it very much along your journey. You will have no idea how much your gonna get tanned.

Fifth, compared to the southern states especially from where i come ie Kerala. The atmosphere in Rajasthan just don’t have much of a moisture in air that cause you to sweat but it can surely can make you dehydrate.So drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

Sixth, although you would wish to visit Jaipur,Jodhpur,Jaisalmer,Udaipur in a streatch but let me tell you it is nearly impossible each one of then lies atleast a 6 hrs apart.So plan accordingly.

Seventh, this is important i would recommend you not to travel around at night especially when your taking the highways/freeways because car/bus hijacking is very common on roads where you would be stopped by blocking the road with stones and you will be looted. The police do not have much authority or power in here even if you file a complain.So be cautioned and travel. The days are longer in Rajasthan with sun completly down only at 8pm!!

In overall its a beautiful state with exotic fortress and palaces to see and rich in history and culture.Locals are conservative but yet friendly.

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 My next blog on Udaipur- The city of Lakes.

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How Do I Manage To Get Cheap Air Tickets!!!!

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When it comes to travelling the safest and most convenient mode of transportation are air but there still remains a misconception that is it affordable to middle class? or is it just necessary to waste money on that luxury instead spend them for your other travel expenses?

In reality, only 10% of the Indian population only depend or rely on air travel which is very less compared to other countries as well. Well keeping this beliefs apart, when you do a little bit of research on air travel you will be shocked to know the truth.

Believe me I have traveled from Bangalore to Cochin for just Rs 699!! which is apparently lesser than catching a Volvo bus that takes you nearly 12 Hrs overnight.

What are the airlines you can travel on in India Domestically?

India’s aviation sector is growing up. Well, you have couples of airlines to choose from say Spice Jet,Indigo,Jet Airways,Air Pegasus,Indian Airlines,Vistara and Go Air.

My favorite ones are these three airlines, Air Asia comes first in the row because i find easy to book them online or through their app and easy and simple and then comes Spicejet and Jet Airways.

The another reason i would like to point out why i find Air Asia easy is because when i give a date to travel depending on my convinience they show the rates on the previous and on the next which eventually allows me to choose a flexible date with much lower rates if i want to.The airlines frequent flyers program as big shot which helps you to score more points and avail discount.

The spice jet on the other hand loves students they have a students discount offers which you can avail on the submission of your college identity cards at the time of check in.

If you like to exgravent your travel and would love to lift your experience a little above a budget airliner i would recommend Jet Airways.

They have a little more comfortable seats at an economy class and their premier seats are a luxury and the travel fee includes your food too.

Bon Appetite!!

So travel by air travel safe!

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A Walk Through the Reminiscence of Travancore Empire- Vattakottai.

A Walk Through the Reminiscence of Travancore Empire- Vattakottai.
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A bright sunny Saturday morning. Beautiful day for an outing. Strangled in the four corners of the hostel room, we decided to venture out to breathe some fresh and unwind our self’s from frisky academics.
Well I said ‘we’ this time. I am perfectly not alone as usual. So by that I mean this is not my solo travelling. My besties and college mates are accompanying me on this trip. Let me name them Mathew,Joel,Gokul (not me! It’s Gokul S),Joshbin,Thomas,Antto,Akhil,Akshay,Sidhan and Jasper. Ok! These 10! We begin to figure the possible ways to find a good spot in Kanyakumari other than the beach itself.
We finally came to a conclusion. Yes, the trip advisor tells about this place called “Vattakottai”.
Why don’t we head towards that? A question popped from our Minds.
Immediately after the lunch we set out to explore the unexpected destination.
The Trip advisor gave a ranking of 11 on there site among Kanyakumari district which eventually gave a ray of hope to me.
By noon around 1:30 pm we begin our trip from our college campus at Chukankadai. We boarded the first bus to Vadessery bus stand.
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We arrived the bus stand after a 20 minutes ride. The road works and traffic caused delay to a certain level.
We actually had to wait for a certain amount of time to catch the bus the to Vattakottai as the schedules are very limited. Thank God! For us a bus was already their at the station ready for its departure.
By 2:30 pm we begin to continue our journey to Vattakotai Fort. The drive by was eventually beautiful with greenery and a well maintained road was a blessing.
45 minutes ride! And we finally got down at a small junction with a couple of shops on to welcome the tourists.
You will avail the bus service only till here, their you will see a board written Vattakotai.
The fort is 1 Km walk from the junction. The fort represents the glorious past of the Travancore dynasty. The fort build for the seaside defence and surveillance of the kingdom in the 18th century. Built strong by the granite rocks and a part of the fort extends to the sea which is now well maintained by the Indian archaeological department.
You are supposed to pay Rs 40 if you are arriving by a four wheeler and a Rs 20 for two wheeler at the check post.
We walked the 1 Km distance which was exhilarating, reached the entrance. “VATTAKOTTAI” welcomed the entrance.
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A groupie awaits here 😀
Then when entered the fort. Initially, I was mesmerised because I never expected the place to be well maintained like this. The lawns was perfectly cut short and neat with water sprinkles rotating watering the grass. You will find a water reserve in the centre of the ground which looks like a massive stone pool.
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You can feel the coolness in the wind desperately from the outside atmosphere.
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Gave a stroll through the lawns and there welcomes you a steep of stairs to a higher level, which I think would be a bit difficult to elders, perhaps it wouldn’t be a problem if you climb them slowly.
This will take you to the extended part of the fort into the sea.
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The view! Amazing or I am actually running out of words to describe. You can see the endless see as the wind gives a wooosh to your hair.
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The lawn here too is perfectly maintained. Which I actually appreciate. Far In distance you can see the wind mills lined and rotating adding beauty to the scene.
People from all over the world who visits Kanyakumari visits this place and is turning into each and everyone’s bucket list.
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The other interesting part is if your done with your photography sessions and if you wanted to have a dip in the sea. Then the perfect for you.The walk along the shore was so rejuvenating as our feet dug into the sand.
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We just had a couple of dips in the sea. You can feel the stones beneath the water so precautions needed.
There is a speciality for this beach too, It’s called the black sand beach.
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It’s clean and less populous. Precautions should always be taken since you won’t find any coast guards here. Do not venture deep into see, if you stick on to the shore you can have a wonderful time with your loved ones .Left the site by 5:30 to catch the bus at 6:15pm from the junction to Vadaserry stand. Note that the public buses are limited. Well, I had a great time in overall with my friends and one more thing apply a lot of sun screen because the sun can hit you straight after all you are in Kanyakumari, The southern most tip of India!!!

Things to note:
1) The timings from 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
2) Bring Sun screen
3) Safety first- no venture deep into the sea.
4) Keep the place clean
5) The best part- No entry fee!!!
Happy Travelling!!

The Love Bond #9

Chapter-10

The Love Bond
Growing up

Over the years Sofia recognition grew in her town. Her name was something every people wished for in any event that took place. Her performances created happiness in people. They loved watching the little girl dance.
” Do little Sofia perform today? ” asks one in front of the Slovay theatre.
“I heard she won’t, she is sick probably” said another.
“Oh then let me leave” said the former person.
People wanted to enjoy her performance the most.
The theatre companies in Bratislava begin booking her for any events possible and little Sofia have already started to experience the stardom in her town.
The girl was smart and talkative and much loved than her brothers by the entire family. Mr Peter over the couple of years have expanded his business into almost the entire part of Czechoslovakia and the nearby European states. Money came pouring into his accounts and made him filthy rich.
Sofia got everything she wanted by her side from her dad be it cloths, chocolates from swiss or let it be a playing instrument.
Her popularity in her town have made her one of the most notable student in her school as well. She had two other girls with her all the time. They were Eva and Gladice. She loved them more than anything. They meant everything to her. Eva’s dad owned the Slovay theatre at the town. Most of Sofia dances was performed at the Slovay theatre as well. Peter felt more comfortable being in Slovay.
Whereas, Gladice wasn’t financial sound her father sacrificed his life to the Germans during the German invasion in Slovakia. Her mother who recovered from her illness due to spinal disorder does knitting for living and helps in a grocery store to feed her family. Sofia had hugely convinced Peter to help Galdice’s mom in her treatment that if she was able to make a single step without any pain then Sofia is the person and the reason for her wellness. She loved her like her own mom Sylvia.

Probably her birth was something that happened with the kindness of many she was eventually blessed with a kind heart as well. She never hurted any animals and she loved rabbits a lot.
Jadi her white furry rabbit tickled her arms and hands and they played a lot after her schools hours. Three of them maintained a close friendly relationship to each other.
There school days went as memorable one and years past by.
The winter arrived at Bratislava this year earlier as ever before. Cold wind blew through the streets causing the dry leaves to fly away. The Hornik family was in a mood of celebration as Sofia is turning twenty one.
Peter and Sylvia has arranged a grand birthday celebration inviting their neighbours, employs and relatives to grandeur of birthday celebration. The wind kept blewing outside as the clock striked seven in the evening causing the guest a little inconvenient to the reach the Hornik household. Simon and Samo got suited up for the event in twin colours and they looked smart. The living hall was decorated with balloons, multi coloured crepe papers from one corner of the big room to another and party streamers.
The Casa Nova Bakers famous in the town baked the three multi layered cake out from the box. It looked sumptuous with cherry toppings and chocolates. Sylvia invited the guests as they arrived. Made them comfortable from the blistering cold outside and Peter tossed a glass of wine with his fellow mates.
” Where is the pretty lady ?” asked one of the guest to Sylvia.
“She is upstairs getting ready, I should probably check her out” said Sylvia.
Sylvia walked upstairs to check out Sofia.
Eva and Gladice have already been in her bedroom helping her to get dressed for the party.
” you must probably go for some dark shades on your lips, what do you say Gladice? ” asked Eva.
“Yup, you are right Eva” said Gladice.
Eva tied her brown locks of hair in style.
“What you think will he come over tonight? ” asked Eva.
“Eva, may I know whom your referring to my dear ” asked Sofia.
” Gladice did you notice those face? Come on Sofia, the handsome tall guy whom appears to be the house captain of our college” said Eva.
Giggled them.
“I have invited, but I do not know or probably their is nothing like that like what you thing beautiful girls” said Sofia.
” Let’s see it to ourself, but I tell you what he is very much interested in you, I am pretty sure about it sweetheart” said Eva”.
” Evaa! ” yelled Sofia.
Knock knock! They heard the door knocking.
Gladice went to the door and opened it.
“Girls! What is going on? Please make it fast the guests have already arrived, they are asking for the birthday girl.” said Sylvia.
“Ok mom, almost over, will be their in a second” said Sofia.
She looked dazzling in her sleek red long gown and a beautiful diamond necklace. Pretty and gorgeous she looked.
By the time they got downstairs, the calling bell rang.
Peter opened up the door to meet the guest. A man stood tall and hansome in his long jackets in the cold. Peter welcomed him in.

To Be Continued..
Thanks for reading.

Copyright@Gokul Vijayan.

The Love Bond #8


Chapter-9

The Love Bond
Little Sofia

PS: let me begin with an apologising note. Got pretty sick and wasn’t able to write.I heartily request your forgiveness.Thanks to all my readers for enquiring about the further chapters.So, shall we begin? Here it goes…. where did I stop? Aah ok… 🙂

Peter was getting his accounts in his drawing room.SylvIa was knitting cloth beside him on the rocking chair near to the fire place.

Dhum….dhum… heard the voices from the room upstairs.

“What is that noise? ” asked peter.

“I have no idea Peter, maybe they might be running around.” said Sylvia.

Sylvia stood up from the chair,peeped through the curtain saw Samo and Simon busy in the garden.

“Peter, Simon and Samo are in the garden. Where is this sound coming from then? Sofi! Shouted Sylvia but came no reply.

“It’s ok, I will go check out.” said Peter. He walked upstairs. As he moved closer the sound seemed increasing probably like heavy foot steps.

The room upstairs was closed and mild music from the radio kept coming out of the room.
“Sofi ! Where are you? Said Peter.

He got the knob of the door and opened gently without making a noise. He peeped into room and he saw little princes. He kept quite rushed down stairs and called Sylvia to come over with him upstairs.

“What is it Peter? Where is Sofi ?!” Sylvia asked.
“Ssshhh!! Just be quite, I will show you something” said him.

They both looked into the room. They were astonished to see the five year old Sofi dancing to the beats of the Slovakian music from the radio. She moved to the beats in so much co ordinance. She danced with lot passion with what a five year can dance. They kept staring at her dance with so much of happiness.

“Sofi! ” said Sylvia.
She stopped quickly and ran towards the curtain with shy.

“Sofi, come out you danced so well.Good girl” said Peter.

Sylvia pulled her out of the curtain and kissed her.
“Do you want to learn dance? ” asked Peter.

Nodded the little girl with her head for the big yes.
“From where did you learn those steps?, it was beautiful” asked Peter.

“Dada, I saw the beautiful ladies dancing at the ball day before yesterday. I wanted to dance like them” smiled Sofia.

“Sure, I shall make you join a dance academy, now it’s time for some food, you must really hungry little princess” said Peter and they walked downstairs.

That evening Peter took Sofia to nearby dance academy to make her to begin her first dance training with a professional trainer.

She was the youngest among all the students in the academy.

Mrs Penelope, the dance trainer was very much interested in Sofia as a young child she was very keen in grasping the steps one by one. She showed a lot of passion and her each steps was nearing perfection day by day. She finally stole her trainers heart, Penelope started to have a lot of expectations for her.

Three years passed by, Sofia was one of the best performers in her dance academy.

In 1945, Czech and Slovakia was reunited under the Russian soviet union.

She started to become in her school, she bagged lot of prizes for competitions. The neighbourhood had gatherings in the weekends at the town hall.
Sofia performed in all the possible opportunities she got.
She turned on her radio danced to it all alone in her room when she got bored. Dance begin to be her life after all. She danced while walking, bathing, studying and even in her dreams. Her feet kept tapping to a rhythm at all times. Dance meant everything to her.

Thanks for reading.
Copyright @ Gokul Vijayan

The Love Bond #7

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Majdanek Camp (Right Gas chamber)

Chapter-8

 

The Love Bond

Insight

Peter gave Madeline a pouch of gold coins as rewards for coming over to help. She thanked him and with joy she left home. But she or her family wasn’t lucky enough. As the World War II was in its heights of battle to depress the German power on Europe and abolish Nazism for ever. Jews were searched and found out from hooks and nooks of the city and were send to camps. Madeline and family became the victims of this as well .One week after, They were caught red-handed by the Germans and was deported to camps. They were split to three Madeline was send to one, children to another and her husband to another one. In huge coaches of train without even a proper ventilation the were loaded like goods and were taken to the concentration camps that where build for them. Madeline and her family where taken to Majdanek, a death camp which was constructed in the city of Lublin, Poland.

The huge bogeys of goods train unloaded large number of people to the camps. From there woman’s, children and men where separated. They are send to three different blocks painted in green.

They formed long queues, in the beginning and they waited for their turn to enter the a barrack, which was concreted completely. They were greeted with so much of politeness by the Schutzstaffel or the popularly known SS men with words like “Ma’am could you move forward ?” but who knew what actually was waiting for them the next minute ?

Inside the barracks they saw benches that are long and cemented. They were asked to strip themselves before advancing to the next block.

They removed there dress and was said that they could have it back once the bathing or the purification was over. They moved forward in queues, a huge board written ” bad Un Disinfecktion” welcomed the naked fearful live bodies.

What they saw is a concrete room with no possible ventilation, twice the size of bath houses. Tiled walls which contained numerous holes which had pipes projecting outwards. Puzzled victims stood their rubbing and touching the naked bodies to others assuming the flow of water from the pipes any moment. They were filled up to the maximum that it was not even possible to properly tilt their body from side to side. The doors went closed leaving behind not even a ray of light except a small opening on the ceiling and a keyhole which is possibly 2 cm in diameter. It was absolute dark and hot with these people breathing on each other.

As soon as it went dark warm water leaked into the room for a while, and then pale blue crystals of zyklon B was released which immediately vapourized in the hot humid atmosphere. Who knew that it would cause them suffocation. Wondering it to be a cleansing agent they kept quiet but after a while they all were dead with suffocation.

Naked dead bodies piled one above the other. They went in turns woman’s, men and and even children.

In one of the Queue Madeline kept stood high in her spirits. A telegram arrived at her residence in Slovakia. It was lying on the floor in front of the door. Lara opened it. It said

INFORMATION NOTICE

 “The members – Madeline Aatami (28),Abdiel Aatami(35), Abel Aatami (14) and Aaron Aatami (11). Deported and vergasted (which eventually means ‘gassed out’ at Majdanek,Poland.Confirmation Death”.

SCR- 1000072385678, Germany.

 Lara read the telegram and tears started to roll down her cheeks. She kept the telegram closed to her heart and prayed to god in a murmur.

After a year of Sofia’s birth the Russian red power over threw the German power from Slovakia and thus the Czech republic and Slovakian republic was once more joined together to form the Czechoslovakia. In 1993, Dec 31st Czechoslovakia was reborn.

The communist rule of the Soviet power was in its heights all over the nation. Red flags waved in the streets of Bratislava.

The Hornik households finally began to witness some peace. There business started to grow higher and bringing them all the luxury and money once again.

Couple of years past by, Sofia turned eight. She was as adorning as a doll. Maids kept all the attention to her. She was perhaps naughty than her brothers. Peter loved her than anything. She was presented precious gifts which the cities other children would dream for. A gold bordered fabricated pink frock was her gift for her eighth birthday. She wore that for the entire day and walked around with so much of courage along the corridors of her mansion. Maids surrounded her all time pampering her. Sylvia asked the maids not to pamper her so much that she would be spoiled of excessive pampering.

The beautiful young girl was smart in her studies and was just as good in anything even helping out with her dad’s business at this age!

On a bright sunny day, Peter was sitting at his office solving his accounts, it was then Peter discovered this………..

Thanks for reading,

To be continued….

Copyright by Gokul Vijayan.

The Love Bond #6

The Love Bond

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Chapter- 7

    The Love Bond
Henchman

Lara kept walking and then running for a while consciously without getting into the sights of the German troops.

Her skirts where held high with one hand and the other holds the black umbrella, she did not wanted to get tripped. In a blurred vision on the opposite side of the road she saw the lights of a vehicle approaching her. She immediately sheltered herself in high bushes and waited impatiently for the vehicle to pass by. She threw her umbrella not to get noticed. The vehicle came closer and closer. At a point it passed by and moved forward. She pulled her skirt up again and started to move and then she realised that the vehicle had stopped at a distance. She stood still and looked back. The reverse light of the vehicle glowed as shivers of fear ran down through…

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