Shouldn’t Mendicants Work to Earn Livelihood?
Mendicants clad in shades of saffron, white and sometimes other colors flock almost all the Indian holy cities to eke out a living by leveraging religious and spiritual psyche of devotees. And Manikaran, a popular pilgrimage center located about 4 kilometres from Kasol in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh (HP), is not an exception. When our Bhunter-bound bus starting from Barshani, HP stopped at Manikaran for a brief break and picking up more passengers, two mendicants in late 40s or early 50s, expecting a free ride until Kasol, boarded the bus. True to form, when bus conductor asked for their destination, one of them told him with a wide teeth-baring smile that they were “baba”, to avoid spending meager money they had on the bus ticket.
However, the bus conductor, unfazed by the reply, insisted on their buying tickets, which resulted in a verbal spat initiating an exchange of caustic remarks about secret indulgences of the two parties involved. The mendicants ultimately succumbed to the dominance of conductor, realizing the bus is not their cave or makeshift “office” where they command.
By the way, is expectation of free access to cloth, food, shelter and everything else by mendicants, who always remind their followers and / or devotees about their duties, justified?
What is High Altitude?
Mountains are about attitude and altitude, especially high altitude. Right attitude is necessary for survival in the lofty abodes of rock and snow. With altitude, “attitude” will change if you do not acclimatize well and if you are not fit enough.
But, what is high altitude? High altitude starts from 2,438 meters on the altitude scale comprising three categories:
High altitude: 2,438 -3,658 meters (8,000 -12,000 feet)
Very high altitude: 3,658 -5,487 meters (12,000 -18,000 feet)
Extremely high altitude: 5,500+ meters (18,000+ feet)
Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA http://mmtamanipur.com/index.html), located in Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal, is a deemed state institute of adventure and affiliated to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF),New Delhi. Manipur Mountaineering Institute (MMI) is a part of MMTA that organizes various adventure programs focusing on hot ballooning, parasailing, rafting, rock climbing and other sports. The course fee starts from INR 200.00 per person. The association also offers eco-tourism and trekking packages. The MMTA, featuring Kangla Rock & Sports Climbing Wall, hosts climbing competitions regularly. MMI manages Adventure and Leadership Complex in Lamdan, Churachandpur, which is an hour’s drive from Imphal. The park features Natural Rock, Spider Net,BurmaBridge and other obstacles.
Holiday Report 2010: “Holidays Change Your Life”
Kuoni Holiday Report 2010 concludes, “holidays change your life”. Its major findings follow:
- Work/life balance and getting fitter/healthier are hot topics for holiday conversation.
- Holidaymakers actually implement the plans made during holidays. For instance, 34% of married couples who planned to save money while they were holidaying started saving after returning from the break.
- About 75% respondents said holidaying is very important even during global economic downturn for recharging batteries, cheering themselves up, relaxing after working harder. Read complete Holiday Report 2010.
Enthralled by magnificence of the Himalayas a mid-aged plump lady determined to cross Sar Pass(Himachal Pradesh,India) at any cost. She looked for someone who shall always hold her hand and make her ascend and descend the narrow muddy trails winding through the forest and / or fresh white slopes from…
I have come across bee nests in a number of monuments. And on one Sunday, I had to return fromSukhnaLakewithout enjoying morning walk as some body had stirred a bee nest and bees attacked a morning walker. In such situation, what to do?
Try to protect ears, eyes, mouth and nose with a handkerchief, coat and what ever you have.
Try to get away from the place as quickly as possible.
Do not fight with bees.
Run away from bees.
Get inside a vehicle or building if possible.
Visit a doctor to treat swelling and pain that bees may cause.