An IndiSpire Post


The letters ‘R-I-C-H’, I am sure is going to send down trails of thoughts down your brain stem. To some it would mean money, to some it would mean unhappiness. To some it may mean yachts and cars while to some it would mean three full meals a day. To him, being rich would mean being like his dad, but to her it may mean luxury at the cost of her parents’ love. To that lady, it may mean flaunting diamonds while to that Aged Mother, it would mean having all her family around, unlike now! Well everyone has their own definition, their own presumptions, assumptions, dreams and hopes.

I hope here to not sound too goody-good, but Riches I feel are not Monetary Riches. A RICH heart is better any day than richer pockets. I could only more relate to an ad that I came across and that really had me wonder stuck. Kindly take time to view it here. It is quite a popular ad and I’m sure most of you would have seen it.

Be Rich in the sense,

Be Righteous – For your ethics and morals are the base over which all other Value additions are made. Being principled and morally upright is hard. You would be made fun of; you would be a non-conformist amidst regular non-conformists (you would seem an Idiot only to the real Idiots). You demand the kind of Respect that no money can buy when you are Righteous.

Be Intellectual – Correct me if I am wrong if I say, being intellectual needn’t necessarily mean being a bookworm or being aware of the biological name for everything that you come across or being able to calculate the hardest of mathematical problems in a jiffy. Intelligence and Intellect are often confused. Being open, having wide interests, being imaginative and insightful is being intellectual. Making the best use of all your limited resources, specifically time and duly distinguishing between what is good and bad is being intellectual. ‘People who shine from within do not need the Spotlight!’

be rich

Be Caring– Enough said. Be affectionate, caring and love the dear souls around you. A rich man is one whose absence would really be felt for. A rich man is one who wins more hearts than dollars.

(and above all,)

Be Human– Be compassionate. Love everyone around you, learn to forgive and enjoy life’s essences. There are too many people, but very few Human Beings. 🙂 Be Rich, stay happy.  😀



An Indispire Topic

Well Firstly, I’d like to thank Ms. HAIMANTI DUTTA RAY for the topic. This is one topic where I have some hard views and one topic that I am very firm about. Endless debates, endless news updates, there doesn’t seem a ray of hope to this darkness that has loomed over our country in particular. Well, statistics do say that one girl gets raped every 22nd minute. This is probably the most disheartening statistics that a free nation can project. However, much to the wrong assumptions of India being termed ‘the rape capital’ today, there is a positive side to this. The fact that, with an increase in education, with widespread awareness and the boldness that has crept into the systems of the women in the country, there are more number of instances that get REPORTED than hidden. The conviction rate is around 24%  of the reported cases which is seemingly better as compared to a 7% or 10% of the reported cases in UK and France respectively.

Having said that there are fundamental differences to our society as compared to a western society.

Firstly, we belong to the land that worships women. It is depressing to see the respect lost for women over time. For they are more idolised these days are sex symbols than fellow human beings, thanks to Indian Cinema. If only you depict women in powerful characters than in item numbers and clubs/discotheques, shall the respect for women improve. I would also blame heroines who are ready to get exploited for money. If they were good citizens, and do have concerns over the nation, they would not give their consent to do roles that have no roles but exposure, literally. The result of this, do not affect the silver screen sweeties, but drive the desires and attention of males towards common women.

The male brain functions in an entirely different manner. A woman’s dressing definitely does catch the attention of males. We belong to a society that is not totally used to short skirts and tight blouses. Our code has traditionally been good enough to cover a woman up (mostly) like a saree or a salwar. I am not  trying to tell that a woman in a free society shouldn’t sport such dresses. But yes, in the interest of her own safety, it is better a woman first prioritizes her security over fashion. At least try wearing such dresses to ‘elite’ places and not just walk on the roads sporting them. Not in the night, definitely. It is upto you to first safeguard yourself than walking in rallies later seeking protection. I do not want to here support the motion that says ‘Don’t get raped instead of Don’t rape’. I only request women to take care of themselves.


Other reasons, of course lie with the rapists themselves. There are a number of reasons for a person to rape a woman, either individually or in a group. These range from reasons as lame as chauvinism – the inability to accept women in a modern day atmosphere. The inability to see a modern woman, holding a senior position and the drive to dominate her, only to prove the male supremacy. This especially in a group is going to make things far more worse because of the reassurance of different hands laid in the crime. With changes in the society, there definitely do pop up extremists and characters that fail to adhere to the regular behavior. Such cases turn out to be involved in horrendous crimes as this.

The Law: I personally feel a five year imprisonment as given currently, does not do much or act as a deterrent. A capital punishment is definitely necessary to bring down increased rates of rape. Spare the rod, you spoil the man, a woman’s life and the society.

And The Goddamn Activists who spoil things for the nation. There are these Mother Teressas of our nation who are against any capital punishment and who feature in TV debates and talk high. Maybe they would realise the pain and the depth of such instances in a woman’s life if they/their loved ones experience it. When a juvenile can commit as big a crime as rape, why protect him under juvenility? Why protect a man who had behaved like an animal against capital punishment? Why can’t a person be hanged for the crime committed? Politicians have their own role in supporting, encouraging rapes or discouraging capital punishment – both of which aren’t going to do any good to the nation.

The society’s perceptions on women have to change. They should be respected as individuals than sex symbols. I can go one step further and say dowries are also a reason for such objectionable behaviour. If You trade a woman for money and riches, how would you respect her?

Let us join hands, create awareness and educate our children to be better citizens and nice human beings.

 Real Men Do not Rape!



5 DrEAm DeSTinaTionS!!

5 DrEAm DeSTinaTionS!!

Travelling always turns on the wild little girl in me. Me + My camera + Travel to exotic places. What more do I need in life? 😉 I have always wanted to visit places that are least visited.

My trip with my family to Ladakh was primarily because of the picturesque sites that it had to offer. I should say the Pangong Lake, the Magnetic hill as well as the White sands of Hunder were the one of the best places I have ever been to. I wouldn’t mind repeating that entire tour all over again. But, there are other places that have to be visited too.

You could say I’m an adventure tourist, but I would say it is the scenery and the landscape, the comfort it offers to my tired eyes and the freshness it gives my mind are the reasons behind such choices.

The top 5 destinations I want to visit within my own homeland are:

1. The Roopkund Lake:

I am sure this would send chills down my spine. Yet, I have always wanted to visit this lake. It is more known as the ‘skeleton lake’ as it houses too many skeleton remains. It was apparently discovered by a british forest guard in 1942. The cause for so many skeletons is yet unknown. A few locals believe it must have been landslides, a few have a belief that The Goddess of the region punished outsiders who defiled her mountain’s sanctuary by raining hailstones on them and killing them. The most recent expedition (2004) identified that all of them were killed in the very same way and wounded in exactly the same manner. The area as such is also very inhospitable and terrain. A trek across the region would be very one of a kind and memorable. The very fact that it is a hostile region makes it very adventurous and interesting. 😀


2. Great Rann of Kutch:

The great Rann of Kutch is located in the Thar Desert. It is very famous for its Salt Marshes. There are two sides to this visit.

One, The Rann Utsav, which is an annual festive season where the tourists get a taste of the lifestyle of the locals. The festival, known for its bright colors and vibrance, offers various aspects of the Kutch culture – one gets to see the local folk dance, stay in live-in tents, take up camel safaris, shop for handicrafts, watch artisans work and have a complete time.

I would love to cover this space all by myself!
I would love to cover this space all by myself!

Two, The white salt desert is just tooo open. It is nothingness filled with white. Maybe that is why this place has always caught my awe. Its is a mysterious, wide, open and limitless region or wasteland between India and Pakistan.

3. The Gravity Defying Palace, Lucknow –Bara Imambara:

The place is almost always known for its mystery. The name by itself has always had me puzzled. It is said that one might get lost easily in this grand monument. Its architecture is mesmerizing and is a perfect blend mix of european and arab architecture where the central hall which is over 15mts tall does not have any beams or pillars supporting it. And the structure stands firm. It has strange entry and exit points or dead ends cropping up out of the blue.

I have visited the gravity-defying magnetic hill at ladakh. This is on my cards now! 😀


The Gravity Defying Palace
The Gravity Defying Palace

4. Canyoneering at Vihigaon Waterfalls, Maharashtra!

The Western Ghats are always known for the number of rivers and streams that pass through them. The Vihigaon Falls offer canyoneering against the water amidst deeply set thick forests! How more could we bond with nature? This would turn out to be an experience of a lifetime. Water repelling gives the thrill of suspension with the waters lashing against you.  I would definitely want to visit here before I have a white hair on my head!


5. Majuli – Assam:

This place doesn’t offer anything too adventurous. All the same it is a very calm and beautiful place and the largest riverine area in the world fuelled by the Brahmaputra. A must visit for those who follow vaishnavism  because today this place is the principal seat of Vaishnavite Faith. The Satras follow Ekasarana Dharma – Recite the name of the Lord and eliminate vedic and other esoteric rites of worship.  There are 22 satras that exist today. A walk down the villages of the areas show the simplicity with which people live- something we have forgotten in this predominantly technological and dynamic world of ours. Majuli also offers an exotic spread of biodiversity such as the pelicans and whistling teal. Maybe this would keep me close to nature and away from all the hustle and bustle. Peace Guaranteed.


This could keep me and my Camera busy for days! *dreamy eyes*

I hope to visit these places soon and then have the next 5 destinations on my list for India has no dearth for Exotic Places!