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New Year 2014 in Singapore

New Year 2014 Singapore

Singapore is regarded as one of the most dynamic cities on the planet. It is at the crossroads between Asia and Europe. Despite its small size, Singapore has for long been a strong business and tourist hub. And so when I got a chance to experience the feeling of ringing in the New Year 2014 in Singapore with a lot of fireworks and celebrations, I was quite excited.

New Year 2014 Singapore: Louis Vuitton Showroom

While there are dance parties throughout Singapore, the area around Marina Bay Sands is where Singapore showcases it’s splendid fireworks.

New Year 2014 Singapore

The crowds had started pouring in from around 9pm itself. When the clock struck 12, the fireworks began in right earnest.

New Year 2014 Singapore: Fireworks

New Year 2014 Singapore: Fireworks

Skywatch Friday – Nightfall at Kite Beach

Skywatch Friday - Nightfall at Kite Beach

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”

William O. Douglas

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CWW Challenge – Wordless Wednesday

CWW Challenge - Wordless Wednesday: Oman Air planes on the tarmac

“When everything seems to be going against you,
remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

– Henry Ford

Linking to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Ayodhya Day Trip

Ayodhya Day Trip: On National Highway 28

On National Highway 28 from Lucknow to Ayodhya

Ayodhya is regarded one of the holiest towns for Hindus. It is the birthplace of Lord Rama and the epic Ramayana was also based here. Though I had visited the town more than 20 years back, I didn’t really remember much And so, when another chance for a day trip to Ayodhya came along, I was quite excited.

Ayodhya is about 134km from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh (one of India’s largest states) and can be reached in around 2.5 hours by the National Highway 28. Though its a highway, the roads have a lot of patchwork in many places and that’s quite a disappointment to be honest. While potholes in cities are the norm, I wasn’t expecting a bit of a rough ride on the National Highway of all the places.

Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi
Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya: Hanuman Garhi

Our first stop was the Hanuman Garhi which is a temple of Lord Hanuman. You need to climb about 70 steps to reach the top and so I am sure this may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The temple’s architecture and the different colours used are wonderful.

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The darkest day of her life…

Sexual Assault: Darkest day of her life

That had to be the darkest day of her life.

That was the day when she was told that she needed to dress in a certain way to protect herself.

That was the day when she felt naked despite being fully clothed.

That was the day when she saw a mob of hungry men on the prowl for their prey.

That was the day when she saw people recording videos of assaults rather than helping the victims.

That was the day when she wished every mother had taught her son to respect women.

That was the day when she realized that we have regressed as a society.

Linking to Blogchatter Prompt: That day

Book Review – Facing Up by Bear Grylls

Facing Up by Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls is regarded as one of the youngest Britons to climb Everest at the age of 23. Over the years since then, he has gone on to cross the North Atlantic in an open inflatable boat, led an expedition to one of the remotest unclimbed peaks in Antarctica and gone para-motoring over the Himalayas.

Facing Up: A remarkable journey to the summit of Mount Everest is his first book. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this:

At the age of twenty – three, Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Having suffered a broken back only two years before in a freefall parachuting accident, he overcame incredible odds, not to mention great hardship and danger, to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain.

Facing Up is the story of his adventure, his courage and humour, his friendship and faith. 

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100 word fiction: The keys..

The keys to your home door

“Please don’t do this. I beg you. I am sick and tired of this torture.” She could only murmur as he locked her and took the keys away.

The man whom she called ‘father’ had sexually tortured her and her sister for years. He had kept them in an underground cellar hidden from the world including their mother. They always wondered whether their mother had even tried searching for them.

At first, they tried to fight their way out of his clutches. But slowly they resigned themselves to this fate hoping that they rather face death than be his toy.

Linking to Friday Foto Fiction

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Thankful to be in the blogging world

Thankful for being a part of the blogging world

Bloggers have so much to be thankful for. From having the platform to express themselves on any and every topic under the sun to attaining celebrity status for their writing exploits, there’s a lot happening in the blogging world these days.

Power of the written word

Bloggers can freely express their thoughts into words on any topic of their choice. Their blog is their personal space where they can easily voice their opinions without having to worry about word limits or being politically and diplomatically correct (sadly this is changing a lot these days).

Social causes

With an increasingly volatile world, bloggers have slowly but surely become the voice of various social campaigns like the social prejudices and abuse against women, the myths about AIDS, the effects of global warming and more. A lot many people have started to take bloggers quite seriously.

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Skywatch Friday: Off the coast of Palm Jumeirah

Skywatch Friday: Off the coast of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai

The autumn sky off the coast of Palm Jumeirah in Dubai was as clear as ever. A light breeze amidst the afternoon sun had made it a really pleasant day. And I was just reminded of the quote below.

“The blue sky is infinitely high, crystal clear…that’s what the world should be…a world of infinite possibilities, laid before us, crystal clear”

– Kenshin

Linking to Skywatch Friday

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CWW Challenge – Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: Snow covered street in Moscow

“Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it.”

– J.D. Stroube

Linking to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

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