Monthly Archives: July 2014

‘A homage to Kargil heroes’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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26th July every year is remembered as the kargil Vijay Diwas. Recently I took a road journey from Srinagar to Kargil. Our Group went to the Kargil War Memorial to pay our homage to those who laid down their lives defending the country.

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Shahid Kalash

Ladakh June 2014 195 300 25It is said that some of the most ferocious fighting was done by the Nagas, sending chills down the enemy.

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I was privileged to get photographed with a smart officer of the Indian Army, who was conducting the visitors.

Saheedon ki chitaon par jodangay har baras melay,

Watan par marnay walon ka yahee baki nishan hoga.

शहीदों की चिताओं पर ( Shaheedon Ki Chitaon Par) – जगदंबा प्रसाद मिश्र ‘हितैषी’ ( Jagdamba Prasad Mishra ‘Hitaishi’)

उरूजे कामयाबी पर कभी हिन्दोस्ताँ होगा
रिहा सैयाद के हाथों से अपना आशियाँ होगा

चखाएँगे मज़ा बर्बादिए गुलशन का गुलचीं को
बहार आ जाएगी उस दम जब अपना बाग़बाँ होगा

ये आए दिन की छेड़ अच्छी नहीं ऐ ख़ंजरे क़ातिल
पता कब फ़ैसला उनके हमारे दरमियाँ होगा

जुदा मत हो मेरे पहलू से ऐ दर्दे वतन हरगिज़
न जाने बाद मुर्दन मैं कहाँ औ तू कहाँ होगा

वतन की आबरू का पास देखें कौन करता है
सुना है आज मक़तल में हमारा इम्तिहाँ होगा

शहीदों की चिताओं पर जुड़ेंगे हर बरस मेले
वतन पर मरनेवालों का यही बाक़ी निशाँ होगा

कभी वह दिन भी आएगा जब अपना राज देखेंगे
जब अपनी ही ज़मीं होगी और अपना आसमाँ होगा

शहीदों की चिताओं पर जुड़ेंगे हर बरस मेले
वतन पर मरनेवालों का यही बाक़ी निशाँ होगा

Photos, text & copyright K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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A light, colourful and tasty meal in Cambodia’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

cambodia 079 580 40Boiled rice & vegetable soup.

cambodia 082 580 40Cottage cheese, sliced tomatoes and a dash of gravy topped up with just a few pieces of sliced onion..

Bon apetit!

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‘Faking it in Iran’ by K.J.S,.Chatrath

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Photo, text & copyright K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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‘Glass & Ceramics Museum of Iran’ Teheran, Iran’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Photos, text & copyright K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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The new Seven Wonders of the World

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‘At Khardungla Top, 18,380 feet’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Ladakh June 2014 630 480 20That’s me  striking a WWE pose at Khardungla Top, Ladakh on 25th June, 2014.

Of course I did not climb up but reached there in a jeep from Srinagar.

Please forgive me for showing off….

Photos, text & copyright K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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‘The stunning Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath at Puri’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

It was 29th June, 2014.

It was a hot and sultry day in Puri in Odisha. But more than 8,00,000 who gathered on the ‘Badadanda’  were oblivious of the heat and the humidity. It was the faith and opportunity of having a darshan of Lord Jagannath which had brought them there. And this is a yearly event which the faithful really look forward to.

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I have had the privilege of witnessing the ‘Ratha Yatra’ a few years back. There is nothing quite like it in the whole world.

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Lord Jagannath is on the move for his annual vacation to his countryside home along with his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra on the day of Asadh Sud 2. As in the past, the deities are travelling from their coastal home in Puri in their royal chariots. The “yatra” or journey, will take nine days to cover the distance, after the “Ratha Pratishtha” invoking ceremony in the morning and almost a million pilgrims are expected to throng the route to escort the Lord.

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Artisans, craftsmen and weavers have already created a fresh new wooden chariot for the Lord. The 3 chariots for each of the deities, resemble a temple structure reaching almost 45 feet, and are pulled by a rope which is considered lucky amongst pilgrims. . The “darshan” of Lord Jagannatha on the chariot is considered to be very auspicious, and worshippers believe that touching the Lord’s vehicle brings prosperity.

The rath yatra festival is also referred to as Gundicha Jatra, Ghosa Jatra, Navadina Jatra or Dasavatara Jatra

The old deity is buried in the temple premises in ‘Koili Baikunth’ after the new deity is installed.

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I reproduce below an extract (translated in English) of one of the letters which was published in the compilation “Annales de la Propogation De La.Foi-  Recueil Periodique,2” published from Lyon in France. It was written on February 27th February 1877 by one of the French priests Father G. de Clercx, of The Company of Jesus to his Mission in Paris. This letter was written from Balasore in Orissa, where the French had a ‘Loge’ (trading post) and French Jesuit Missionaries used to be stationed there. It gives the following account of the adoration of people of Orissa for Lord Jagannath:

“ It is at Jaggenauth, towards the south of Orissa, that one finds the place of piligrimage the most visited in the whole of India. People come here from hundreds of miles away and even from the districts located on the foothills of the Himalayas. Balasore, which is situated on the route of the pilgrims coming from the north-east of the peninsula, is continuously crossed by a crowd of pagansof all ages; of both the sexes and of all social levels, who visit or return to this place. The largest number come on foot; some come on horsebacks, on the backs of camels or of elephants, or in carts of all types. When, in January last, I was on the route from Midnapore to Balasore, the number of pilgrims was so -large that it looked like a procession as far as the eye could see. Most of them were full of tiredness; they moved forward painfully; quite a few had blood on their feet.

On seeing us approach, a number of them started singing, out of which the only thing that I could understand was the name of Jaggernauth.  In the crowd of the pilgrims, I noticed a Hindu penitent, almost naked; his long hair covering his shoulders; his entire body was covered with ash. His companions on the route looked at him with admiration and regarded him as a saint. During the month of February about 3,000 pilgrims stay at Balasore each day. In the eyes of the pagans, even the route going to Jaggernauth is sacred; often the indigenous people taking this route, touch the earth with hands, kiss it with respect before putting their feet on that route….” ( See my article “Orissa (Odisha) through French eyes: An account written by a French priest in 1877″ on my website http://www.fiftyplustravels.com/?p=2646).

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Jai Jagannath!

(Text sources: Internet, Orissa Tourism and my article)

Photos, text & copyright K.J.S.Chatrath 2014.

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‘That Eatery on the Curb: Urali Kaanchan’ by Suman Rawat

 “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
-G.B.Shaw

Food has been different things to different people. While it is a matter of effort for some it is a concern of satiety for the others. But one can’t deny that food is a rocking kick starter of anyone’s life.
With the love and lust of the gourmet satiety a variety has evolved over time. Hotels mushroomed, roadside dhabas started doing brisk business and the food trucks began to become a huge hit. The concept being, ‘Tasty Food Is My Birthright and I must have it’!!

The roadside eateries in India have a zest of their own. They cater to a curious mix of the multiplicity for their mottled customers.

In Maharashtra the Dhabas are often referred to as Gardens. For a north Indian it is a kind of hilarity to have the Gardens catering to their dhabha taste buds. But don’t go by the name, the flowers therein is the diversity of local and customized cuisines. Few of these overtime have become their trademark specialties.

When after a long drive on a highway you sight an overpoweringly busy roadside garden “maharashtra’s dhabha”, know that you are propitious fish bait for the day!!

IMG_20140701_104415(1) 480 40Urali Kaanchan is a charming eatery on the curb about some 45 kms and about a 30 minutes drive away from Pune on a Pune-Sholapur Highway. It is a huge hit amongst the routine commuters and the newbies who can’t resist being drawn to it, owing to the ambiance of fantastic food that it emits.

IMG_20140630_091844(2) 480 40Enter Urali Kanchan and the aroma of rich Maharashtrian spices will engulf you in appetite.
It serves a variety of cuisines being a Highway refectory. You can get food from the routine famed Chinese to the folk cult food gods. But it’s pro is in it’s Maharashtrian flavors. Right from the heavenly Misal Pao to Sabudana Vada it caters to all your quick bite cravings.

IMG_20140630_094829 480 40Misal Pao is the best adornment on your platter and food for your soul from the Urali’s Kitchen.
It is basically a pair of buns served with a curious and spicy mix of various namkeens dipped in a hot curry, sprinkled liberally with grated onion, coriander and a lemon squeeze. Maharashtrian’s swear by it and others can’t stop licking their fingers once on it. You can’t stop coming back to Urali once you have tasted the Misal here.

Finish your meal in style and order a coffee. And man, you have a hot coffee arrive in an earthen clay cup and you can’t help indulge in the aesthetics of it. Of course it tastes just the coffee you wish it to be, but the experience of coffee, not tea, in a Khullhar as the clay cup is called, is out of the world experience.
So, what are you waiting for ?
Go Urali !!

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How to arrive: keeping looking on your left side for a pair of white cow statues en route Pune from Sholapur … there you are at Urali Kanchan- the citadel of Marathi cuisines

Happy Indulgence!

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Photos, text and copyright: Suman Rawat- 2014.

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