Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Remembering my Father

Time flies so fast that I was hardly prepared for t- the same day when my father left us for his eternal home (31st March, 2001).

Lots has been going into my mind these days and I find it hard to make the right decision - what will be best for me. This is the time when I really really need my father to talk to - pouring my heart out and listening to his thoughts and make me understand what is right for me. Pa, I really need you these days - it's been so tough.

There are many times when I envy those who still have their parents alive and well. I'd looked at them and questioned them in my thought "Do you know how fortunate you are to have both your parents with you?" "Have you thanked God for blessing you with parents?" - endless questions.

I know how much tougher it will be for my Mom, looking after the family without my father. Each day, I said a silent "Thank you for my Mom" prayer and I do not want God to take her away too. This might sound selfish but I want her to live for a very very long time.

I will never say goodbye to you my Father
cause I know this is not the end for us to see each other.
You will only be going to a place where there’s no pain nor suffering.

I am happy for you, for you will be with God.
For now we need to go in separate ways.


Today, Jesus, as You are listening
in your home above;
Would you go and find my dad
and give him all my love.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A visit to Agra

I meant to share this long time back but, as usual, my laziness got the better of me. I kept telling my self to do it ASAP and here it is, finally..whew!!

There's a saying - If you stay in New York for a week, you will see everything. If you stay for a month, you will see some thing (place), and if you stay for a year, you will not see anything.

The same thing goes for me as well, I guess. After staying in Delhi for 5 yrs, I finally managed to see the great Taj Mahal and oh, it is so so sooo beautiful.

We went in a tour bus that came to pick us up. The journey was somehow tiring as it took 5 hrs or more to reach Agra.

Once we reached there, the first stop was at Agra Fort.

Whenever I see an ancient building/fort, the one thing that always comes to my mind is "How safe these/this place will be if there is an earthquake (touch wood)"....

I've always admired the laborers and the architects during those days when looked at the magnificent forts. How hard these people have to work to built it as those days they do not have the modern technology. Not to forget, the emperor or the king who could build wealth they would be during those days.

The interior decoration is just so wonderful, and beautiful. I don't know what to say much but I can tell that they were really really advanced in architecture.

This place gave such a nice angle. This idea was given by the photographers swarming around - offering you to take your pictures for a price and give you the developed photos.

After this, our next stop was finally to the Taj Mahal.

I have seen and read about The Taj Mahal several times and always tell myself that it is a "must see". As we entered the gate, we were full of excitement and the moment I saw it, I was lost for words. It was so beautiful and enchanting. I stood still for sometime admiring the beauty and kept on saying "it's soooo beautiful,,it's wonderful..." on and on .

Then, back to the world, the first picture I captured of the Taj Mahal..not the best in the world but it's ..quite beautiful..not bad

This is where the late Princess Di sat when she the Taj Mahal. This seat was a Hot Seat and you have to fight to be able to take a snap..lolzz..and you don't even have the time to focus on the angel..the most important thing is that you sit there and took a photo..

After this, we moved the two other temples - where Lord Krishna was born and the other where he played as a child.

There was a Hindu march (that's how I call it) near the temple where Lord Krishna used to play as a child. I captured a few pictures of that march and here is one.

Though how we go is quite convenient, I would suggest people not to take the tour bus as it takes too much and and most important - if you want to see only the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. After visiting all the places and went home, we reached back home at 2:00 AM.

No next time or if you want to see the two mentioned place only, here is the best option:

1. Take train from Del to Agra (3hrs and even AC Chair costs around Rs. 300)

2. Hire a taxi to take you to Agra Fort and The Taj Mahal (if you are in group, you can contribute) or a bus (my guess is there will be bus)

3. Take a train back to Del (3 hrs)

This way, time is less consuming as you will used up only 6hrs Vs 10 hrs journey (to and fro).

And I simply must add the snap of our guide who couldn't stop smiling after I clicked this: