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A fraud called Manish Singh Chauhan bulk sms

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I got an email from smsbulk940@gmail.com saying that they’ll send useful data from Just Dial, India Mart etc. Thus is the email WE WILL SEND YOU DATA THROUGH COURIER YOUR ADDRESS AND FTP LINK YOUR MAIL BOTH WHATEVER YOU WANT.  PAY TM NO: 9517077532  BANK NAME AXIS BANK ACCOUNT HOLDER NAME MANISH SINGH CHAUHAN ACCOUNT NO: 917010036356872 IFSC CODE: UTIB0001550…

Visit to Srinagar & Leh – 2

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Our next destination was Leh.  Leh is connected to Srinagar both by Air and Road. In fact we were not aware that there is a flight connectivity to Leh from Srinagar. Even though the distance to Leh from Srinagar is less than 500KMs, it takes more than a day to reach Leh by Bus. Private Cab operators will take you…

A Visit to Srinagar & Leh – 1

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This is one trip that I never planned. Leh was beautiful and enchanting but never tempted me to go there.  Initially Rajshekhar sent me a message asking me if I would like to join for Valley of Flowers trek or Leh Cycle Trip with Youth Hostel.  Valley of Flowers can be covered anytime when we go to Uttarakhand. So I…

Reflections on a brief political career

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Though it was in 2013 that I formally made my entry into politics, the thought of politics was there in my mind since 1998. Even when I wrote the objectives for the IRM group that we created during our Engineering, I found myself visualising that it will be a third political front in Indian politics. I started to consciously learn…

Chardham Yatra

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It was 5 years back that I first went to the Chardham Yatra. It was a very very memorable experience. I can still feel that chill and whiteness of the Himalayan mountains that I was seeing for the first time.  After the Yatra, I thought I should visit these places every year. But it took 5 years for me to…

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A misleading program called JetPrivilige

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Jet Airways runs a program called JetPrivilege with lot of promises. But I find it to be outright misleading. Suppose I want to book a flight to Varanasi from Bengaluru on 7th July 2017, if I use Cash Payment, then the fare is 4317 Suppose I need to use JP Miles to buy the same ticket, I need 18000 miles…

Is Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa an Avatar?

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Tomorrow is Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s 182nd birth anniversary and somehow I accidentally found myself entering into a discussion with a youngster of almost my age on the question whether Sri Ramakrishna is an Avatar? The first thing about the argument is what his contemporaries and later spiritual leaders have felt about him. Bhairavi Brahmani, his own Guru who taught him…

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The difficulties of a political startup

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It has been quite tough for me to get going with the new political party that I thought of launching after I quit Loksatta.  Sometimes I feel guilty that I played into the hands of some people who had no serious interest in building a political party. Whatever they may have thought, I had to make my own decision. It…

A memorable visit to Gomukh

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Visiting Gomukh was one of my long cherished dreams.  The last time that we visited Gangotri in 2011, we couldn’t visit Gomukh. I always wanted to go here. I heard that the place is terrific, dangerous, beautiful, holy and what not!.. So I wanted to visit this place. Primarily, this is the birthplace of mother Ganga. A visit to this…

Yoga Vedanta Course in Sivananda Ashrama, Rishikesh

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I came to know about the 2 months Yoga Vedanta Course when I visited Sivananda Ashrama last year. First of all, I liked the ambience at the Ashrama. It is located right next to the Ganges. When I checked the details about the course, I found it to be very interesting. Moreover, from the little that I read about His…