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ORCHHA’s Stories

I was roaming from one mountain to another, getting lost in the world of stories, walking past to Betwa river to see the massive Chattris or Cenotaphs. It was 6am and was dawn in Orchha, An ancient city, which founded by Bundela kings in the 16th century. The medieval town houses palaces, temples and tombs. Here every monument tells a story – sometime it’s love or sometimes one of betrayal. Lot of mysteries and mysticism are hidden in almost every brick. One which I found very interesting about 236 chambers built over three storeys with an underground passage, a massive courtyard in centre, and decorated with ornate doors and domes, emotions literally run high in each part of it as Bundelas constructed that palace for just one night stayed of their friend and dedicated to that friendship. I am talking about Jehangir Mahal that stands for friendship between a Bundelkhand ruler, Raja Veer Singh Deo and Mughal Emperor, Jahangir. It is believed that Jahangir stayed here for just one night but it was all about for a title of “Maharaja”.

Orcha is also a centre of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Ram. Saffron-clad saints and singers give a touch of mysticism while local folklore narrates the story of deities’ entering in the queen’s palace. The Chaturbhuj temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple was meant to the original temple of deity. Laxmi Narayan Temple is hardly looks like a temple, which painted walls tell stories of wars, friendship and trade, from Laxmi Bai, Rani of Jhansi with her soldiers all set for war to entry of Europeans in Indian political scenario by socializing with king in high sprit. Roaming whole day and losing in the world of stories it was 6pm and Orcha was shrouded in coat of crimson and I was ready to return to my place for the night.


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Almost two year ago when I start thinking about travel I had a shortsighted view of what I should attempt to do. I was an entrepreneur, just passed through a critical phase of life, and a level of dissatisfaction with the nearly perfect life. To achieve my objects I had worked so hard, although it gave me happy movements, but never blessed me with an impressive personality or a full frontal lobotomy. I didn’t get happy; As a young professional I was missing all the thing or about love, balance, meaning, but I had no idea what they were called or where to look for them. I was searching something else, a way? An idea about what was important. I decided to blow it all up and do the things which I really wanted to do. For one, changing carrier can be a karmic kick in the butt. So, in February 2011, I started looking. I moved from one city to another, and that was all it took. “Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.” This was the little thing that was holding me back all that time. My life will not apart if I do things differently. Anyway, it took me a stupidly long time to realize that but then it unlocked several doors. I started my carrier in writing. I gave myself permission to try and fail at every step that result me something positive. For me, healthiest thing which I have ever done was broken up with my past memories, habits, some friends and others. Now I am writing crappy pitches to glossy magazines, surprisingly writing some awful short travel stories, scraping by making a living, just starting a blog, taking picture and roaming many destin



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