Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Cycle Rickshaw to The Red Fort

We took a cycle rickshaw from Chandni Chowk to The Red Fort. We had no idea of what the trip would involve and the time required for a visit to Lal Qila in Old Delhi.

At the entrance

We took a number of photos from the outside, having no clue that there was a lot to see within. It was already 4 pm. I waited outside while Vinitha went down a few steps to buy the entry tickets. She called me after 10 minutes to ask me to come down too.

In front of the Lal Qila

Vinitha was standing in a queue. We had to deposit our bags there, I believe. It looked like it would take us at least half-an-hour just to get into the fort and maybe a couple of hours to look around. That’s when we decided to forget the whole thing. Vini got out of the queue and we came out. We took a few more pictures and left the place to go to Jama Masjid.

Pigeons on the grounds at the front of The Red Fort
A bit of history, thanks to wikipedia.org 

The Red Fort or Lal Qila was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and the construction took ten years to complete, beginning in 1638 and finishing in 1648. The Red Fort has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The fort lies along the Yamuna River, which fed the moats that surround most of the wall.

The entrance to The Red Fort. You can see the dried up moat
For those interested:

1. The Red Fort is open for visitors from Tuesday to Sunday. Monday is a holiday.
2. Tickets cost Rs. 10 for Indians and Rs. 150 for foreigners.
3. Timing: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm for entry
4. There is a Sound & Light show that is considered quite popular here. This is conducted in Hindi and English. Click here for details of tickets and timings. My advice is to call the number mentioned in the link before visiting as the ticket rates and timings may change.
5. Bags need to be deposited at the ticket counter.
6. You can take your camera inside The Red Fort and need not pay extra for the same.

Click here to see more pictures of Red Fort

That's Vini wearing the nylon moushtache & beard that was sold at the gates

Monday, January 30, 2012


Paranthe Galli @ Chandni Chowk
If you are a hygiene freak, then this place is definitely not for you. But what the hell, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience

I have heard of Chandni Chowk in Bollywood films. The one that I recall instantly is Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham – Kajol’s character lives at Chandni Chowk.

A variety of curries, chutneys & salad

Being quite fascinated with the idea of visiting Chandni Chowk, I went along with Vinitha as she took me to Paranthe Galli at Chandni Chowk that is quite famous for the parathas served.

What I saw of Chandni Chowk were narrow streets teeming with pedestrians, cycle rickshaws, hand-carts loaded with goods and some motor-bikes vying with the lot. I have been to similar areas at Kalbadevi in Mumbai and Kothavalchavadi in Chennai. The streets at Chandni Chowk are the narrowest of the lot.

Mattar filling
We managed to walk through a few of them before we reached Paranthe Galli. We crossed many wholesale shops selling wedding refinery, dress materials, saris and a whole lot of other things on our way.

The weather was extremely cold and we were glad to reach the small eateries that had stoves at their entrances where the parathas were being fried – yeah, you read right. They deep-fry the parathas here. There are a number of these paratha outlets next to each other. All are busy with a roaring business.

The parathas being made
We had to wait for a few minutes before a table got free. Tables and chairs were crammed into a tiny area and they were all continuously running full. I saw a number of office-goers and students eating at the outlet that we went to.

The deal here is that you are given a plate with three curries and two chutneys – theeka, meetha – along with salad. These are unlimited. It is compulsory that you order 2 parathas per plate. They don’t mind if two people share a plate.

There was a wide variety of parathas – mattar, mooli, hari-mirch, cauli-flower, cheese (this was actually cottage cheese aka paneer), mixed vegetable and many more options. The parathas ranged from Rs. 40 to Rs. 60 depending on the filling. There is no separate charge for the curries and chutneys that are served on the plate. The combo was unbeatable.

Delicious & Cool Sweet Lassi
Moreover, they are ready to serve a mudka full of cool sweet lassi from across the street. This was simply delicious.

The parathas came fast – yummy and hot in the cold weather. Vinitha and I managed to gobble five parathas between us as we were very hungry after walking around a lot.

We moved out fast as there were a few more people waiting to get inside.

On your next trip to Delhi, don’t miss a chance to taste the parathas at Paranthe Galli at Chandni Chowk.

A word of caution: The area is not considered very safe after sunset.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Pic courtesy: http://www.akshardham.com

I was very keen to visit Akshardham as I had been totally floored by the pictures I had seen of the temple and it surroundings that have been going around the internet.

Vini and I took the Metro Blue Line that passes through Karol Bagh and takes us directly to Akshardham. One needs to take the Metro line that is going towards Noida City Centre. This is the metro line that goes from Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre.

We got out of Akshardham Metro Station after checking out huge posters of the temple around the station complex. Taking a cycle rickshaw, we reached the temple complex in ten minutes.

The posters that greet you at Akshardham Metro Station
This was on a Thursday and despite being a week day, there were a number of Indians and foreigners visiting the place. There were also many school students who had come there for a day’s visit.

While the whole area is squeaky clean, there are some strictures that need to be followed.

This scene greets you when you enter the compound. The small building on the left is where you deposit your bags.
On the right is the queue that takes you inside. You can notice the temple tower in the far background.

What IS ALLOWED inside the complex:

1. Water bottle
2. Wallet
3. Shoes

What IS NOT ALLOWED inside the complex:

1. Camera
2. Mobile
3. Any kind of bag – handbag, back-pack, etc
4. Laptop
5. Any kind of electronic equipment

There is a counter where one can deposit these items and take a numbered token. The service is free of cost. I have to mention here that the system is amazingly orchestrated without long queues. I can only say that the people working there are super-efficient.

Inside the main temple. Pic courtesy: http://www.akshardham.com

You are asked to fill a form with complete name and address. They take it along with your bag and click your picture with all electronics removed from the bag and placed on display. That is, the picture will have you, your bag and your electronic equipment. It serves the purpose of security as well as keeping your stuff safe and ensuring that you get it correctly without having to wait. Good show!

I was extremely disappointed that I could not take my camera in, but then that’s how it was. We also did not bother with our wallets as the entry was free. We got to know later that there was a Rs. 170 charge for seeing the exhibition. At the end of our visit, we were quite glad that we did not make the mistake of purchasing this ticket.

They have very clean and neat washroom facilities with running water, again free of cost. Impressive!

This structure shaped like a lotus is simply gorgeous. Pic courtesy: http://www.delhispider.com
We entered the complex and walked a good length to reach the actual temple premises. The walk was beautiful, the weather cold with a weak sun shining on us. We passed through an area with lots of greenery and fountains that were soothing to the eye.

Then we entered the Akshardham office where we got to know of exactly what all things are on offer here. That’s when I realized that one needs at least 5-6 hours to see the whole place and check out all its attractions.

My advice is that one can break it up into 2-3 trips if one has the time as taking it all in at one go might be quite overwhelming.

The main sanctorum with a gold idol of Swaminarayan. Pic courtesy: http://www.akshardham.com
Sandstone and marble have been used throughout. There was the peacock gate that had so many peacocks in different shapes, sizes and poses. It was truly commendable. Vini and I walked quite slowly trying to absorb everything.

Then there was this small square pond with giant-sized sacred feet of Swaminarayan. People were throwing coins into this pond. We walked a bit further to reach the actual temple. Here, they had provision for leaving our shoes behind. Again, this service was free of cost and well-orchestrated.

Elephant idols around the first prahar - this one is of Irawat, the celestial elephant belonging to Lord Indra. Pic courtesy: http://www.akshardham.com

We had to climb about 40 steps to the sanctorum. The carvings were simply gorgeous. But as you keep looking around, soon you kind of feel blinded by the grandeur. Usually, what have a soothing effect on one at a temple are the many pillars that depict a synchronization that calms the mind. Here, there were more than hundred pillars holding together many arched ceilings, forming mandaps. Every one of them had a different set of carvings that kind of had a jarring effect on my nerves. The main sanctorum itself was built in the lines of a Buddha Vihar and was extremely flamboyant – with marble, gold embellishment and even semi-precious stones in the carvings. I would go so far as to say that it was ‘overkill’.

I believe that a visit to a temple should bring about peace into one’s being. A treat of art and culture, most definitely yes!

Gaumukh spouting water around the third prahar - there are 108 of them. Pic courtesy: http://www.akshardham.com
Here, there was just toooooooo much. The immediate prahar outside has elephant carvings. Vini refused to walk with me as she was already overflowing with too much. I walked around quite fast as I could understand most of the elephant scenes that were depicted from tales that I have heard from my grandparents. But for a novice, it is bound to be mind-blowing, literally.

There were a couple of more prahars that we did not go around as we were already tired and overwhelmed. That’s when we both felt happy that we had not bought tickets for the spiritual exhibition. We were also quite hungry by then as we had been there for over three hours. We left after collecting our bags, left rather unsatisfied with the experience.

For visitors:

1. Metro Blue Line to Akshardham Station is the closest metro point to the temple.
2. Bags, camera, mobile or any electronic equipment a strict No-No.
3. Entry to the temple is free of cost.
4. Rs. 170 is charged for the exhibition inside – this consists of a film on the Neelkanth, musical fountain, a boat-ride and more. This will be a duration of 2½ hours.
5. Food is available for purchase inside the complex along with bottled water.
6. Drinking water taps are there and so also clean washroom facilities.
7. Late evening will probably be a great time to visit as the lighting is supposedly amazing.
8. The temple opens at 9.30 am while the last entry into the complex is at 6.30 pm. You will need 2-3 hours to see just the complex without the exhibition.
9. It probably will make sense to get the whole experience in 2 to 3 trips as there is just too much to absorb.
10. If you want to catch the maximum at one go, then probably its best that you land up there between 2 and 3 pm. That way, you see everything and don’t miss out on the lighting experience in the late evening.
11. They are closed on Mondays.


Thursday, January 26, 2012


India Gate


I was alone at the time of my visit to India Gate. Vini had been very keen on accompanying me as she is extremely attached to this monument. But she had been working the whole day while I had completed my visit to Baha’i Temple and came to Rajiv Chowk Metro at 3 pm.

I had lunch at 4 pm at McDonald’s in Central Park. I had originally planned to visit Jantar Mantar but I found that I had no energy for three more hours of sightseeing. That’s when I decided to take a rickshaw to India Gate. The Sardar who was driving the rickshaw was very nice and told me that I cannot get too close to India Gate due to tight security.

In front of India Gate
I realized yet again that whatever happens, happens for the best. The security was too tight there in preparation of Republic Day Celebrations (I visited India Gate on January 20, 2012). Rajpath was closed for minor repairs and I could not take the historical walk down that path. In fact, I could see India Gate from a distance of about 200 metres as the area was cordoned off due to security reasons. Vini was finally glad that she had not bothered to come amidst her busy schedule.

It was terrifically cold and I could feel the bite through my sweater and jacket. I hung around there for about half-an-hour as there was a chance that Vini might join me. In fact, an old security guard sounded worried when he asked me whether I was waiting for someone. He also kindly advised me that I should go home as it was so cold. I had a cup of hot tea, clicked some pictures, requested someone to take a picture of me in front of the monument and left. I took another rickshaw back to the hotel as I was too cold to bother looking for a metro station.

A bit of history on India Gate thanks to Wikipedia.org:

Amar Jawan Jyoti &
the Canopy behind it
The India Gate is situated in the heart of Delhi and had been built in 1931 during the British Raj. It had been designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The structure is made of red and pale sandstone along with granite. The India Gate used to be called the All India War Memorial in those days and it had been built to commemorate the 90,000 plus soldiers belonging to the Indian Army who had lost their lives fighting during the World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.

After Independence, the India Gate came to be symbolized as Amar Jawan Jyoti (the flame of the immortal soldier).

Amar Jawan Jyoti

Burning in a shrine under the arch of India Gate since 1971 is the Amar Jawan Jyoti that marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The shrine itself is a black marble cenotaph surmounted by a rifle standing on its barrel and crested by a soldier's helmet. This cenotaph is placed on a pedestal with four continuously burning torches on its corners.

On every Republic Day, January 26, the Prime Minister pays homage to the country's fallen soldiers along with Heads of Armed Forces, before joining the annual parade at the Rajpath. The flags represent the 3 branches of the Indian armed forces - Army, Navy and Air Force.

Standing behind the gate is an empty canopy made out of sandstone, inspired by an 18th century Mahabalipuram pavilion.

India Gate. Doesn't it look gorgeous?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


The hotel front

While at Delhi, my daughter and I stayed at Hotel Jewel Palace at Karol Bagh. Luckily for me, it is not very far from New Delhi station. While the cab-driver was keen on charging me a bomb, I persuaded him to accept just half the fare.

Hotel Jewel Palace is a neat and comfortable hotel in the heart of the city and quite affordable. You can find details of tariff on their website mentioned below. The package includes bed and breakfast. What I really appreciated was the heater in the bedroom and piping hot water in the bathroom. I don’t think I would have survived this trip without those.

The sofas with a coffee table and the corner table with a lamp

The service is excellent with the waiters doing their best to please without hovering around to the point of irritation.

We enter a medium-sized lobby where they insist on seeing our identity proof. I believe an address proof is a must. I got away with using my Pan Card, but one might need to get used to travelling with their passport even within India, it looks like.

Our room was on the first floor and it was quite big by city standards. I was thoroughly pleased with the huge single beds and wardrobe facilities. There were also a number of big mirrors in the room. There were a number of lights to make the room quite bright and welcoming.

Totally comfy
One corner was taken by a twin-seater and triple-seater sofas placed adjacent to each other with a large coffee table in front of them. There was also a corner table.

Breakfast is usually served in the restaurant but can also be ordered in the room.

All in all, it was perfect for my short holiday in the capital and made for a great temporary home.

Food Review of the hotel will follow…

Details of the hotel for those interested:

Hotel Jewel Palace,
2622-24, Bank street,
Karol Bagh,
New Delhi - 110005
(Behind Karol Bagh Police Station)
Phone: 91-11-45950000
Email: info@hoteljewelpalace.com / naranggmhjp@yahoo.co.in
Website: http://www.hoteljewelpalace.com

Monday, January 23, 2012


Evening Snack

I have been around in Maharashtra on short trips to Lonavla, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani, Matheran, Shirdi, Deolali, Nasik, Pune, Lavasa, Khopoli and a couple of other places that I am unable to recall. Otherwise, I tend to take off to Chennai most of the time as my parents and sisters live there. Apart from a few trips to temples in the south, and trips to Hyderabad and Bangalore as a kid, I have not travelled much.

Pic courtesy: Indian Railways
I forgot to mention the trip to Singapore that was a class apart.

I got this wonderful chance to go to Delhi this week, and that too by Mumbai Rajdhani Express. I got to know from my sister Sujatha that this is the best of all the Rajdhani trains that connect to Delhi from various parts of the country. Yippee!

I left on January 17, 2012 on the B-4 compartment. The train looked beautiful and I was very impressed with the 3-tire A/C compartment. The toilets were very clean and the service commendable.

More than anything, they fed us almost non-stop. The train left at 4.40pm – perfect time of departure – and they gave us newspapers to read. Soon after, we were served with evening snack. There was a cheese sandwich triangle – it was huge – along with ketchup; hot kachori; vanilla-chocolate mawa cake and a tetra pack of fruit juice – all served stylishly on a tray. I have to commend Ghasitaram’s for the yummy food throughout the journey.

Hot tomato soup with breadsticks
Then there was coffee or tea, as you please. I would like to mention here that I prefer the old method of serving beverages – readymade coffee or tea in flasks, perfectly made.

In this instance, they gave us a paper cup along with a packet that contained sachets of coffee, sugar, milk powder and a plastic stirrer along with a flask of hot water. Well, it was not my cup of coffee.

About an hour later, we were served hot tomato soup along with beautifully packed breadsticks that were oh-so-fresh. And there were packets of Amul Butter, salt & pepper too.

Before we could fully digest this, along came dinner. This consisted of rotis (2, I think. I passed these on to another passenger as there was no space in my tummy); saladpaneer mattar; yellow dal; vegetable rice; a container of dahi and pickle. The food was hot and tasty. The dahi from Mahanand Dairy was simply delicious. The food was a feather in Indian Railways’ cap! It was a big wonder for one who has travelled the most by train in the Mumbai-Chennai route where the food served is pathetic. Believe me, I have experienced it over the past more than four decades. The food served only gets worse with time.


We finished the dinner when the waiter smilingly brought forth Strawberry Ice-cream. If their plan was to kill us with food, they were on their way to success.

The morning began with breakfast – mine was hot upma and 2 slices of bread with packets of butter and jam along with another tetra pack of fruit juice. Believe me, this was a 7 am as the train was due to arrive at New Delhi station at 8.40 am.

The coffee came after that. I was happy to give my stomach a break after that as the train was a couple of hours late and we had a food-free time over that period.

Good journey to the Capital of India! I really looked forward to my trip.


I have to mention here that while the train was the same, the food was not as good on the return trip. The food was provided by Bikanervala. The service was not the best as the staff did not bother to heat most of the items. I refused to pay him a tip this time while I had tipped the waiter liberally on my onward journey.

I was also disappointed that the menu was identical to the one before. Can’t they have a variation?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Recipe: SAKKARAI PONGAL (சக்கரை பொங்கல்)

Wish all my readers a VERY HAPPY PONGAL!

Sakkarai Pongal or Sweet Pongal is the main prasadham that is made on Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival that is celebrated to thank the Sun God for the bounty one has received in the form of food grains.

Incidentally, while Sakkarai means sugar in Tamil, the word is used her to describe the sweetness of the dish. It is actually Jaggery that is used and not sugar.

I bring to you this recipe that is a favourite with all my family members. I make this in my own style after learning from both my mother and mother-in-law.


அரிசி - Rice - 1 cup
பயத்தம் பருப்பு - Moong Dal - 1 cup
வெல்லம் - Jaggery - 2 1/2 cups
ஏலக்காய் பொடி - Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp
நெய் - Ghee - 1/2 cup
பால் - Milk - 1/2 cup
முந்திரி பருப்பு - Cashewnuts - 10 (cut into pieces)
கிஸ்மிஸ் - Raisins - 20


1. Pressure cook the rice and dal till the cooker gives off three whistles.
2. Melt the jaggery in half a cup of water and filter it and keep aside.
3. Take a saucepan and heat a spoon of ghee in it. Add the cashewnuts and shallow fry till golden brown. Add the kismis at this point, turn a couple of times and keep the mixture aside.
4. Heat the rest of the ghee in the saucepan and add the melted jaggery to it and allow it to come to a boil. Reduce the gas flame.
5. Gently mix the rice and dal before adding them to the boiling ghee-jaggery mixture on the gas.
6. While the above mixture is cooking, add the milk to it. Ensure that the milk is pre-boiled so that it does not get spoilt when coming in touch with the jaggery. (That can happen at times).
7. Cook well, stirring on and off till the mixture gets to the consistency of halwa.
8. Switch off the gas, add the cardamom powder and remove it to a serving vessel.
9. Garnish with the roasted cashewnuts and raisins.

Enjoy the yummy Sakkarai Pongal after offering prasadham to Sun God.

Wish you all a HAPPY PONGAL once again!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Recipe: KATHARIKKAAI PULI GOTHSU (கத்தரிக்காய் புளி கொத்சு)

Katharikkaai Puli Gothsu
I learned this in my mother’s kitchen. She used to make many variants of the big brinjal that is usually used in North India to make Baingan Bartha.

In Chennai, the large brinjal comes in many forms and shapes – both purple and green in colour. Each one has a subtle flavour of its own. Here, in Mumbai, I am used to making these dishes with the large purple brinjal that you see in the picture.

This recipe is one of my favourites…


பெரிய கத்தரிக்காய் - Purple Brinjal – 2 (weighs about ½ kg)
புளி - Tamarind – 1 small ball (about the size of a lemon)
கடுகு - Mustard (राइ) – ½ tsp
பச்சை மிளகாய் - Green Chillies – 2 (cut into pieces)
வெத்த மிளகாய் - Red Chillies – 2 (cut into pieces)
கருவேப்பிலை - Curry Leaves – a few
வெந்தயப்பொடி - Methi Powder – ¼ tsp
மஞ்சப்பொடி - Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
பெருங்காயப்பொடி - Asafoetida (हिंग) – ¼ tsp
மிளகாய் பொடி - Chilli Powder – ¼ tsp
நல்லெண்ணை - Til Oil – 2 tbsp
உப்பு - Salt to taste


1. Smear the brinjals with a thin coating of oil and roast over slow flame, turning it from time to time. You can hold it by the thick stem and turn the brinjal. Cook till it turns black on the outside and soft within. Keep aside to cool.
2. Peel the brinjals, touching water from time to time so that the blackened skin does not stick. Once done, cut of the stem, slit the cooked brinjal in half to check for worms. Using a masher, mash the brinjals into pulp.
3. Extract two cups of tamarind juice by squeezing the tamarind in water.
4. Take a saucepan and heat the oil in it. Once hot, add the mustard and let it crackle. Then add both the red and green chillies and curry leaves and mix.
5. Add the four powders and mix well on a slow flame.
6. Then add the tamarind juice and salt. Allow this to boil for about 4-5 minutes.
7. Then add the mashed brinjal to the saucepan and mix well. Let the mixture cook on a slow flame for another 4-5 minutes. The mixture will thicken. Then switch off the stove.

The Katharikkaai Puli Gothsu is ready to eat with Rice/Idli/Dosa as you prefer. It tastes simply yummy!

Friday, January 6, 2012


The entrance to Kapali Koil. That's my sister Jayashree 

Writing about temples, especially those in Tamil Nadu, is my sister Lakshmi’s forte. Check here for her Temple Trails of Tamil Nadu.

One of the Gopurams. This type is special to Tamil Nadu Temples. Isn't it gorgeous?

I visited Kapali Koil in Mylapore during my recent visit to Chennai. I was going there after more than a decade and felt quite nostalgic. I am sharing here a few pictures that I had clicked there.

The cows and a bull that are kept on the temple premises
While the temple’s main deity – Kapaleeswarar – is a Shivalingam, the temple is more renowned for the Ambal presiding there – Karpagambal.

The huge prakaram where we did the pradakshinam
Jayashree and I entered the Karpagambal Sannidhi and saw the beautiful Ambal. Paying Rs. 20 per person, we managed to get quite close to the sanctum sanctorum and had a good darshan.

Another Gopuram
Next in line was Kapaleeswarar and then came Subrahmanyar with his consorts. We did a pradakshinam around the huge prakaram - compound - and saw the many other sannidhis.

The peacock performing the puja. I could not get a clearer shot as the Sannidhi was locked
There was one small one of a Peacock offering flowers to a Shivalingam. I believe this was the reason why the area is called Mylapore – where a myil (peacock) offers its prayers to the Lord.

The third Gopuram
The temple has four huge gopurams - towers - that look simply gorgeous. These are usually built over the entrances that are placed in four different directions - the north, south, east and west. I managed to click a few pictures of those.

Finally, we reached the dwajasthambam - flagstaff - where we did a namaskaram and stepped out with a feeling of satisfaction.

The sculpture decorating one of the Gopurams - you can see the peacock praying and the second half is of
Shiva and Parvathi
This sacred tank is outside the temple. It was full due to recent rains. Watch the sunlight dance on the water
The flower-vendor at the temple entrance was quite thrilled to have her photo taken

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Pic courtesy: http://www.paradoxian.org/eu3wiki/The_Golden_Age
It has finally arrived – the year when we will move into the New Age of Peace, Happiness, Prosperity, Oneness, Abundance and more; the age where we will be able to walk and talk with God! All the waiting is finally coming to an end.


Click here to read more about what the advent of 2012 entails...

I am sure most of you are aware of the changing energies on the earth that we are living on. The earthquakes, the volcanoes, the tsunamis, the cyclones, the changing weather patterns, the changing attitudes in people – well, all of these should move forward to the Venus Transit.

Sri AMMA BHAGAVAN! Pic courtesy: www.indyarocks.com
This will bring about a great change in the consciousness levels of humankind, says Sri Bhagavan of Oneness University. He is the avatar for enlightenment along with his consort Amma. Sri Bhagavan is the tenth avatar of Lord Vishnu and is walking the earth today to bring about the end of the Kaliyuga and to ring in Sathyuga aka The Golden Age aka The Aquarian Age.

Kalki Avatar is depicted to be Lord Vishnu on earth, riding a white horse and wielding a sword. The sword is used to remove the ‘kali’ within man. Read that as the ‘ego’ that rules man today. Once the ego is removed, man returns to his divine state and realizes the God within him.

KALKI AVATAR! Pic courtesy: www.mylot.com
Click here to read more on Kaliyuga and Sathyuga.

The final date for the transition is December 21, 2012. While the media has been predicting ‘doom and gloom’ and the ‘end of the ages’, all that is just NOT TRUE. How do I know? Well, I connect deep within myself and hence I KNOW.

Fear is the predominant factor that assails the human being today with the change in energies. Things are moving too fast at all levels – to the point where many believe that their lives are crashing down about them; that the carpet has been pulled from under their feet.

That is true, that is what is happening. This is an end of a 26000-year-old cycle and it also ends with a balancing of accounts – our karmic accounts. We have led many lives through the past years and have been accumulating karma. To move into the Golden Age, we will need to go with a clean slate and hence a major clean up in happening in our lives. It is akin to passing through the eye of the needle. It is also happening to The Earth itself and hence the earthquakes, tsunamis, et al.

We are almost at the end of all these upheavals at the start of Year 2012. It is time to celebrate, enjoy the fruits of our labour (that through the very many lives that we have lived on earth) and just experience the joy that is ours to come. It is kind of difficult to visualize at this juncture, but then we create our futures as we see it. So, fear is a No-No.

This year promises to fly by with miracles galore. Consider it a fun-ride on a roller-coaster and be prepared to get off directly into the GOLDEN AGE.

Click here to catch up on all the latest happenings in the Western World regarding the 2012 effect.


Most importantly, one for the road. Click here for the Coca Cola ad. Please understand that I am promoting the ad rather than the product. Gives a lot of hope in life, just the need of the hour!