Don’t Walk Like a Coolie, Carry only the Essentials

Don’t Walk Like a Coolie, Carry only the Essentials

In all my big and small adventure expeditions to remote areas, organizers ensured that participants should carry only the essentials contrary to desire of participants, especially teenagers and rookies who pack a dress a day, a sweater a day, make up and shaving kits and other fancy items to look their best in no man’s land. Organizers advise do not walk like a coolie (porter), travel light, enjoy beautiful surroundings and reach the destination in time, happy and relaxed.

There is nothing wrong in looking good. However, beyond snowline, in deep recesses of forests, deserts or other similar environs where public conveniences are non-existent bathing and cleaning are itself an adventure. Then, what is the use of make-up kits? In fact, growing beard in extreme climates protect the skin from harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. Traveling light saves energy and keeps fatigue related problems at bay. Some travelers may argue that mules and porters can be hired but both require money and at many places, these luxuries may not be available.

Visits to Wilderness Can Revive Self-Esteem of Teens with Terrifying Past

Visits to Wilderness Can Revive Self-Esteem of Teens with Terrifying Past

Nature in raw state or wilderness is enthralling despite challenges it throws to people wishing to enjoy its beauty. Many people have dared and learned to survive it and health benefits of spending time within a wilderness area are well known. However, the U.K.-based Wilderness Foundation organizes trips to natural environments and wilderness areas for reviving self-esteem of teens with disturbing and frustrating past. Jo Roberts, chief executive of the foundation, has rightly pointed out (“Wilderness treks helping troubled teens in U.K” by Louise Tickle) that nature cannot be changed so we have to learn how to endure it. We can neither negotiate nor be angry with nature.

The Sport and Exercise Science Department of Essex University is testing the theory that taking disturbed teens to natural environments could act as a catalyst for a complete personality change.

7 Hours in Surajkund Crafts Mela 2010

I spent about 7 hours in annual Surajkund Crafts Mela, hosted by Haryana Tourism at Surajkund in Faridabad, Haryana, India, on Feb 6-7 and loved every bit of it though I could visit only a few stalls and attend just five dance performances. If you want to see everything, stay…

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Why Should You not Wear New Clothes on Holi?

Why Should You not Wear New Clothes on Holi?

Generally, festivals are the best time to flaunt the best clothes and accessories. However, on Holi, the festival of colors, you should wear ragged and old clothes. On Holi day, Indians apply colors to their friends, family members and guests for fun and joy. Some mischievous people even throw balloons filled with plain water / colored-water and / or spray colored water on passersby. If you intend to play Holi or go out on the day (March 1, 2010), be prepared to get balloons filled with plain water / colored-water, colored water sprays and / or smears of dry powder colors. It will be difficult to get stubborn stains of colors out of clothes so wear old clothes.

Taj Mahotsav: 18-27 February 2010

Taj Mahotsav: 18-27 February 2010

Taj Mahotsav, an annual 10-day craft mela, was inaugurated on February 18, 2010 at Shilpgram near  Eastern Gate of Taj Mahal, Agra, India. Theme of the mela is Ek Utsav Prem Ka (A Festival of Love).  Hundreds of artisans from various parts ofIndia are displaying their crafts at the mela. However, it is not just about shopping. Every day cultural programs, including Gujarati, Punjabi and Rajasthani folk dances, Indian classical dances (Odissi, Bharatnatyam), instrumental music and ghazals, will complement the shopping experience.