Kashmir - Ideal Holiday from my Diary

Kashmir has never been an easy terrain for a traveler, especially after the up-rise in militancy during the early 1990s. Kashmir has always posed a challenge for people who love to discover new places. In this entry, I'll be telling you about my personal experience of Kashmir.
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It was the summer of 2015, me and my friend - Adib, from West Bengal, were all set to travel to Kashmir on our own and since we are quite young – 18 at that time, it was a big deal for us. Adib has come all the way just to see the valley, and since we both are good friends, it was more of a get away from our busy life and spending some time alone. Boards had just ended and the time couldn't get any better, so we decided to go for it & Checked flight schedule. We didn't have a lot of cash, but it was just enough to keep us afloat. At least, that’s what we thought.
The Road Trip
As I have already mentioned, we were short of money, so we didn't have the option to go via Airlines or on a bike. So we decided to go like all the Kashmiris do hop on to a booked SUMO. We left home early and were hitting the roads by 9 AM. It was a pleasant day. It takes around 8 hours to travel from Jammu to Srinagar if everything stays normal. In our case, it took around 12 hours. We were stopped by police at a lot of places, and then we saw the actual protest - pelting of stones, in Anantnag. Our cab took a bit of damage and thankfully our driver was smart enough to change the route well on time. He took another road that goes from Khanabal. It was not as wide as the National Highway and the diverted traffic had made it all look more chaotic. After so much of drama we had seen, we were in Srinagar - at around 8 PM or so. And since we both were totally tired from the journey, we decided to take rest at a pre-booked place near Zeshtha Devi Temple.
The never ending rain
When we woke up the next morning, it was raining, and one could feel the clouds at such a height. We thought the rain would stop soon, but it didn't. We decided to go out in the rain and got ourselves a raincoat each. Both of us had heard a lot about the Kashmiri Wazwan, and since we were in Kashmir - there couldn't be a better place to taste it. So we hit the most famous restaurant in Kashmir - The Mughal Darbar and ordered Kashmiri Wazwan for two. When it arrived, we realized it's not just one dish! It had various kinds of cooked meat. It was tasty, and worth all the money and time. Then we decided to take the Shikara ride in the rain. One just cannot imagine how vast and beautiful nature can be if he has not been on a Shikara during sunset - overlooking the Zabarwan ranges.
Walk, Walk and Walk
Since a big chunk of our money had already been spent on dining out, putting up at different places, shikara rides, Adib buying mementos for his family - we had to shift to our economical mode. We decided to eat out at small shops more and not buying unnecessary things. We started the day by walking on the Boulevard road, and we travelled all of it on foot. It's a long stretch starting from Dal Gate. We travelled for 6KMs on the Boulevard road. We walked all day. From one place to another. We must have covered over 15KMs on foot that day. We also did manage to convince a local boy to help him catch the fishes. So there we were, looking the Dal and catching fishes. Then, we decided to hit the Mughal Gardens of course and how can one forget to go to the Botanical Garden. The botanical garden is so just so mesmerizing.
Getting Back Home

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We had to cut short our trip since flood warning was issued by the government of Jammu and Kashmir and so there we were - almost cashless, trying to get back home - bargaining the fares of SUMO drivers. And since the outgoing traffic had soared, the SUMO rates had almost doubled. We spent all we had on the SUMO booking and thought, we'll safely reach home. The home was not that close yet. We got stuck in the jam for 16hours; the Jhelum river had ripped off the national highway. We had started early at 6 AM and were home at around 12 PM. That was one hell of a ride. But finally, we were home - with so many memories and close encounters with life.
This is the story of one of my ideal yatra; there's a lot more to come.

Is Airtel’s 4G network as fast as it is believed to be?

We spent the last year hovering over 3G networks and about how fast and reliable they were. 3G networks were able to engulf us for a pretty lengthy period of time and now it is the turn of 4G network to enjoy its share of fame and limelight. Over the last couple of months, we have heard a lot about 4G networks and how it will be changing as well as enhancing our internet browsing experience at a whole new level. There is no doubt in the fact that internet connectivity in our mobile devices is a lot about luxury than a necessity.

Lately, we have also heard as well as seen a lot about the Airtel 4G network. With the ability to stream high definition videos with absolutely no buffering as well as with the ability to download the full movie in just 30 minutes is something that comes across as unbelievable but is also something worth experiencing. Coming from none other than Bharti Airtel, this 4G network is believed to change our way of using the internet to a very large extent.

So here are a few positives of Airtel’s 4G network. Let us take a look at these and figure out if Airtel’s 4G network is really as fast as it is believed to be!

Positives of 4G network

·         Amazing speed: Undeniably, one of the crucial benefits of having access to 4G network is its high speed. 4G networks come with increased bandwidth which is known for delivering faster data transfer speed across all our smartphones.
·         Uninterrupted internet connection:Needless to say, all users of Airtel’s 4G network get access to uninterrupted as well as superior connectivity which is especially useful while engaging in advanced tasks such as conferences, video calls, video chats and so on.
·         Streaming of videos and movies: We all like to be entertained while we are on the go and with the power of such a fast network connection in your hand, you can stream videos, full movies, as well as music without the need of buffering it. It also enables faster sharing of videos, pictures and other media over the internet.
·         Better coverage: As compared to other systems, 4G networks are believed to offer more coverage to users. Airtel’s 4G network promises a coverage of more than 30 miles and even when in network ranges that are overlapping, users can be assured that they will receive good network connection.
·         Online security: One of the problems faced in faster networks is the breach of online security but with Airtel’s 4G network, you will be offered with complete privacy on the internet.
·         Affordability: Airtel is providing its 4G network at very affordable prices.

We can surely say that 4G networks will change our internet experience for the better. 

Asus ET2040IUK Is A Great Offering

Spacing is hitting us even inside our dwellings, there is hardly any room left for any device presently in a room in many homes. Since that’s turning the case, should you just take your desktop PC out and be pleased with a notebook computer for normal use in its place? But you need not worry at all when you can make use of Asus’s novel offering; named Asus ET2040IUK AIO PC.

Best fit for an AIO PC

In the majority of real life situations, a sleek computer requires fitting as compared to a regular sized large desktop. The new offering from the well known Taiwanese maker is a full-fledged desktop with all essential characteristics, and it would just fit into a small room. The 19.5” display is a really impressive along with other elegant features. You don’t even require a UPS for emergency power backup as the new gadget has an integrated battery having 60 minutes backup.


When we talk about the performance, Asus ET2040 is good enough for daily usage at job or home for personal use.


If you take a browse from each and every area, the new offering would emerge to be a vast 19.5” tablet initially. This is also called a big brother to the tiny tablet computers obtainable at the present time, but it’s a larger source of power. The PC’s display stands at 1366×768 pixels.

Aside from the display, the keys and ports are positioned all around the rims of this PC. The display supports touch and there’s even a web camera on the front side.

The Habits of Happiness

Happiness is one thing which one wants for his life. Everyone wants to pursue happiness in life by all me he can. Either by doing some good deeds or getting lucky for the day or moment hoping to keep this moment forever in memory or want there this moment to stop here forever. But yes that isn’t true. But there are ways to achieve happiness in life by following basic some simple habits in life which are not at all difficult to follow and will help you achieve happiness at a better level. But the first thing first, you have to be optimistic in life. Note all the joyous moment and be positive of the upcoming. Also in situations it is you who can change the present for happier future. Try to put yourself in a situation of happiness. So Let us now discuss further the Habits of happiness.

The first thing first is to support others in the way you can help them to bring a smile on their face. Yes, this is very much the best habit to have. Be compassionate to others. Help them by basic either by giving some gifts to needy ones or by giving small loans to them. This will bring happiness to them bringing relief from their current sufferings. This is one of the basic habits that will guarantee you with habits.

The second thing is tutoring someone who needs someone to teach also comes in good manners. Countless people are there who need so and this deed will definitely bring a huge change in your positive side of your life as well as bringing happiness to life in a huge amount. Your great work can lead you to act as a role model which everyone wants but never knows this basic act that can work wonders.

Another Thing is forgiving others. Yes, that is very hard part for those who cannot hold their anger but yes now you will have to and forgive the one who has caused you so. Cause that will only bring positivity in your life and also make you happy. If someone is in hurry and hits you by mistake or stamp on your shoes and runs in hurry, just understand the situation and quietly dust off your shoes and forgive him instead of creating a huge fight. That will make things go fine and you will be happy to forgive and continuing with your daily work.

Other basic ones are to be connected with your family and loved ones that will definitely make you happy or contacting your old friends. Even can get over his anxiety if you just call u your friends or your family members and get up with some group discussions especially with your problems cause they are considered to more supporting helping you to gain confidence and happiness is thereby achieved. You can also find other ways of happiness by using your own ideas with positivity and gratitude towards others.

A Day to Remember

As a kid, I used to love Sundays. Not because Sundays are holidays, but because Sundays were family days. I remember how mom and dad used to be busy all week long and I had to stay with my maid who took care of everything I needed of. It was only on Sundays that my parents used to be at home and as a holiday ritual we all used to go to grandpa`s place. His place was not very far even though it used to take us almost one hour to reach there, thanks to the traffic. Of course I didn`t mind waiting for traffic to get cleared because I was never so excited about meeting my grandpa and grandma.

Every time I used to visit their place both of them used to shower me with all their love; several hugs and kisses were my greetings to them, and theirs to me. I remember hopping into grandpa`s lap and going to the nearby market to get groceries only because he used to secretly buy me an ice-cream.

I loved how Grandma used to prepare my favourite curry-rice each time I visited her. She used to sit beside me and read endless stories to me. She would tell me about distant lands filled with fairies and magical things.

As I grew up, I started to visit them often. Whenever I didn`t want to go to school, I would call grandma and ask her to convince mom to let me go to their place. And my ever so charming grandma always did as I wanted her to. She was the sweetest woman I have ever known.

Once I called her at night, around 10pm. I was crying over the phone, badly. I got her all scared and tensed but she still managed to console me. I told her about the fight that dad and I had, just then. I told her how much I wanted to become a photographer and learn the art; and how dad wanted me to become a lawyer, just like him. I was fed up of the regular fights regarding my career. I always wondered why I wasn`t allowed to do anything about my life? Why was I always treated as a kid?

Because of the constant fights at home I had mentally prepared myself to take up law and become like my father. I was disheartened but I considered this as my fate. But one fine day, grandma along with grandpa landed up at my place and had a deep meaningful talk with me and dad. She tried her best to convince me to follow my dreams and not give in to what others say. She argued with dad to let me join whatever profession I want. Finally, dad decided to let me take my own decisions.

A month later I joined the best photography school in Mumbai and alongside started to intern at various studios to earn my living.

I don`t know how to thank grandma for coming to motivate me that day and making me confident enough to fight for myself. She not only taught me how to live my dreams but also to achieve them, no matter what. 

Reaching Out to your Dreams!

Dream. Dream high. For only after you dream of success, you achieve it.

All of us are living in a sheltered place where reaching out to dreams seems like itself like a distant dream. It might be due to family issues, peer pressure or something as vital as lack of financial aid. But as they say, whatever the circumstances may be, don't ever stop dreaming and don't ever give up on your dreams.

Life is weird. It has ups and downs. It dwells in various alterations from time to time. And the only thing that I could possibly understand about life is that, change is the only constant thing about it.
And likewise a drastic change occurred to me, twice.

Once when I was in class 8th and was introduced to Enid Blyton. Oh, how much I loved her works. I still remember falling asleep snuggling to her books. That first hobby of childhood brought about a great change in a small town girl. Where people dreaded girls reading and even talking in English or simply to become educated, I took my first baby steps into the unknown world of literature.

Ever since then, there was no looking back. Thanks to my grandfather who was a great lover of storytelling himself and who used to secretly buy me books so that we could discuss and tell each other more stories. Unable to read himself, he never failed to surprise me by a new book every sunday morning. We would sit on porch and tell tales of distant lands to one another.

Days, months and even years passed. My father who was still kept away from my reading classes had no idea how much this language had engulfed me into it`s eccentricities. It was only after my class 10th that we had a discussion about my future. He was shocked to see that I wanted to take up arts instead of medicine. He forced me, and I gave in.

My inner desires were left unquenched. I longed for more books and discussions with grandpa but was however sent to a hostel for my further studies. When I had finished my 12th, I ran to my grandfather and told him about my choice, that I didn't want to do medical studies. I had made up my mind, I would go for English Literature. My dad, still reluctant, tried his everything to coax me into becoming a doctor, a reputed profession with a easy six figure salary. But nothing could change my mind, I wanted to be a writer, even if that guarantee any amount of money.

And then came another drastic change.
The change of cities.

It was when Delhi University cut-offs were out that I fled from my hometown with my grandfather. Luckily I got into the best college due to my excellent performance in board exams. The first time I saw my college, I knew what living a dream feels like.

After six years of dedicated studies and several internships, I landed up a job offer in California University, as a professor.

Today, I am earning more than my father had ever imagined I would. I am also working on a novel, that I longed to write. And my granddad, yes, he`s still with me, constantly being my pillar of support and a pool of ideas for my upcoming novel.

So, live to live your dreams. It isn't that hard, believe me. You just need to take one step, just one bold step.