Indian New Year and Chaitra Navratri The next day(following sunrise) after Amavasya( No Moon) of Chaitra month marks the beginning of Hindu Vedic New Year also known as Chaitra Pratipada and Indian New Year. This is significant in places around India that follow the Lunar calendar. Today is Chaitra Pratipada which marks the beginning of... Continue Reading →

Today marks the day of Panchami(5th day) of Magha Shukla Paksha. This day is celebrated as Vasant Panchami/Basant Panchami/Sri Panchami. Here Vasant and Basant can be closely translated as spring which is considered as queen of seasons in India. This day marks the beginning of spring and end of harsh winters in India and subsequent... Continue Reading →

Ah! A very special day of my three-day trip. Milford Sound was the main reason I wanted to go to Queenstown for the second time. If you are short of time, you can also directly go to Te Anau for visiting Milford Sound. If you know a little about New Zealand, you would know that... Continue Reading →

December 14'21 I woke up to the sound of heavy rain and wind constantly knocking at my window. Well, this is usual Wellington weather. But you still expect some kindness from the weather on the day when your holiday plans are just meant to begin. It was the day when I had planned a solo... Continue Reading →

Source: Hinduamerican.org Recently, I came across an advertisement that portrayed the meaning of Kanyadāna as giving away the bride thus showcasing the girl as an 'object'. My concern isn’t the advertisement because I understand how poorly researched such advertisements are including the people who work for them. I am also well aware of the fact... Continue Reading →

The photo from Ayodhya's Deepotsav 2021 which has set a World Record of over 9,00,000 earthen lamps (diyas) lit along the banks of the river Saryu. The Guinness Book of World Records team has already handed over the certificate to Uttar Pradesh's chief minister Yogi Adityanath Ji. Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/.../deepotsav-in-ayodhya... समय की दूरीलगभग 7000 वर्ष की... Continue Reading →

Janam is birth and Ashtami is the 8th day of the Hindu Vedic calendar. Janamashtami marks the manifestation of Shri Krishna, the 9th incarnation of Bhagwan Vishnu on Ashtami tithi during Krishna Paksha (darker phase of Moon cycle/waning Moon). Panchang tells us that Shri Krishna was born on Ashtami in Rohini Nakshatra. The system of... Continue Reading →

No matter how many times I have visited Auckland, there's always something new to explore every time. Be it a beach, park, bush walk or a waterfall, this city of sails never fails to fascinate me with its enchanting beauty. With a 2-day trip to Auckland(one of which was spent in traveling in the Northern... Continue Reading →

Good Morning from Wellington Station, Platform 9 Although I have traveled between Wellington and Auckland quite a few times by road and airplanes, the train journey had been on my to-do list for a very long time. Well, I have finally ticked it off. I took the Friday morning Northern Explorer train from Wellington traveling... Continue Reading →

Borders closed, unrealistic immigration rules, dwindling job market is what life in the post-COVID era looks like. While life is meant to be unpredictable, heightened restrictions on traveling and working has made uncertainty an inevitable part of our routine lives. These are the time times when passionate career goals have melted down to survival goals... Continue Reading →

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