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Jitaditya Narzary
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I slack, therefore I am.
I slack, therefore I am.

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"Most of the photographs at this stretch were clicked from the backseat of the motorcycle with one hand. So please forgive me for the quality issues (I did straighten some of them)."
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An unique shirne with no roofs in one of the less visited places of Himachal...
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Turtuk takes ages to reach through the vast rocky barrenness along the banks of the river Shyok. The never-ending ride through the sandy Nubra Valley (Or rather, Shyok Valley) makes you wonder if you are ever going to see a tree again. Nevertheless, the village itself appears as a patch of green, a delightful oasis covered with blooming apricots and walnuts, along with the usual poplars and willows. However, to call it an oasis in a cold desert will be a mistake caused by the current political map. In terms of actual geography, it is not the end of Ladakh but the beginning of Baltistan, which now remains detached from the rest of the region due to a quirk of subcontinental geopolitics.
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The main Shiva Temple in Baijnath, Uttarakhand, is surrounded by 17 smaller shrines dedicated to other deities and all of them are built in the usual Nagara style. The other important temples include Lakshmi Narayan, Kedareshwar, and Brahmani Devi etc.

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"Tayul is a Drukpa Monastery that dates back to at least 17th century or it may be even older although the present monastery building seemed newly renovated, with nice seasonal flowers adorning the courtyard with usual prayer flags and stupas. The information board mentions that it was founded by Lama Sezang Rinchen and the complete name of the monastery is “Urgyan Chhoskhor Ling”, Tayul (Ta-Yul= The Chosen Place) being its more popular local nickname."
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"Sach Pass can be reached through early morning HRTC buses or shared cars from Chamba, which is the nearest major town at a distance of 127 KMs. It is around 175 KMs from tourist hub of Dalhousie in case you need to start from there. If you are reaching from the plains, you will most probably have to spend a night at Chamba to catch the morning bus. You can take a bus, train, or flight to Pathankot and then catch a bus to Chamba for that."
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A perfect hailstorm followed by a perfect sunset
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The fact that this complex is dominated by Shiva becomes evident due to a large Nandi Bull just in front of the temple. The name Ghateshwar Mahadev comes from the ghata (pot) installed at the shikara (pinnacle), nested on a lotus. Wiki says that it is there because one of its the phalic manifestations of Shiva (linga) looks so when inverted. I could not exactly imagine the same.
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The reason why Devika Rani fascinates me is because of the elusiveness of her films. She represents the earliest era of Indian films that has not been fully preserved. I have never seen any of her films in entirety. But this adds to the sense of mystery surrounding her. She was also a path breaker of sorts. Back then, women from aristocratic Indian families did not consider acting to be a respectable profession, especially for women. Hailing from the illustrious Tagore family, she did break quite a few stereotypes. Simply by being in that room for 15 minutes, I was transported to the back to the era of Bombay Talkies although there was no mention of Himashu Rai.
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Delhi can surprise you always...
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