Stories of Independence, Chandni Chowk and Haveli Dharampura


It was Aug 16, 1947 (not Aug 15th) the atmosphere at the Red Fort was very festive. Apart from loud speakers and flags attached to every pole, Thandi Sarak in Chandni Chowk was fenced on both sides, as was the Red Fort – fenced with chairs for dignitaries. People were in a festive mood and the khomche wallahs (street food vendors) did roaring business.

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Hit by Long COVID? You Might Want to Read this Article


Mahesh Natarajan – COO Ananda in the Himalayans tells us how the new program at Ananda might be the answer to Brain Fog and reduced Immunity

Sama dosha Sama agnischa Sama Dhatu Mala Kriyaahal
Prasanna atma indriya manaha swastha iti abhideyate ||
An individual who maintains a balanced state of the body, blissful condition of soul, satisfied senses and a happy state of mind is Swastha or a healthy person
 Sushruta Samhita, Chapter 15, verse 41

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Teej Festival (one month Celebration)

Teej Festival (one month Celebration) July 31 (Sunday), 2022 to August 30 (Tuesday), 2022

Teej Festival – Teej is one of the most sacred Hindu festivals observed in India & Nepal. It is observed in different parts of the country by the womenfolk to seek blessings for their husband’s long life.

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A Binsar Spring Escape

By our Tammie, Anjali Tolani

The sleepy town of Binsar is one of the scenic places of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. Perched at an elevation of 2420 metres, Binsar is not easy to get to, hence does not attract the comfort seeking tourist but is a great destination for travellers who are looking for an active holiday involving trekking, jungle walks, bird watching and even a try at leopard spotting.

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Jawai Bera – Where Leopards roam the Land

Personal Note by Karan Bakshi – The General Manager of WelcomHeritage Cheetahgarh Resort & Spa

I get into this open Safari Jeep with padded seats & beams and set out to track the elusive Leopard. No sooner than I exited the resort, I looked out for any forest gate or marked route in our search for the Leopard and to my surprise I didn’t find any. Suddenly, in a few minutes, our driver gets a call which sends him hitting 3000 on the dirt road ….the call is from a local Rabari who is part of their leopard information tracking chain and has passed on the news of a sighting, at Jagtala, of the well-known leopard “Neelam and her cubs”. We cover a distance of 5 km in less than 10 minutes (that explains the padded seats and beams) and get there in time to see Neelam lounging on the granite outcropping. She sits there calmly gazing at us, having seen many before us, and goes about playing with her cubs before slipping into the rock crevasses. What amazes me is that all of this is being played out a mere kilometer away from the Rabari settlement, shepherds roaming with their cattle, with no demarcation between core and buffer zones, no barrier between man and beast ….just the wildlife and the shepherds and their overlapping universes.

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Beachy Vibes or Mountain Drives? An Interesting Snippet on Niraamaya Residences

By Poonam Tipnis – VP Sales, Niraamaya Hotels

When we think of the basic necessities of life – Roti, Kapda Aur Makaan is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind. The 1970s movie by the same name made this a household phrase that has been passed through generations, through our grandparents, parents, uncles and friends. I see how patriarchal this sounds as I write this out… but well, that was how it was then. Times may have changed now… but the human need (& greed) remains the same.

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A Himalayan Family Retreat – Shimla & Manali

By our Tammie, Amal Senan

After sitting home patiently for almost 2 years, we elected to resume our post pandemic travel on the 73rd Republic day of India, 26 Jan 2022. And the destination we had selected 2 years back and was cancelled due to lockdown, was the one we chose again – the mighty Himalayas!

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