Dressing badi of Daringbadi

Daringbadi, a tourist destination in the Kandhamal district of Odisha.Situated at a height of 900 mts from MSL and surrounded by dense forest with hills and water falls,Daringbadi is also called Kashmir of Odisha.The temperature falls to subzero level in winter.Summer is equally comfortable.Daringbadi name came from Mr Daring , a English man who wasContinue reading “Dressing badi of Daringbadi”

Dhokra artifacts of Barakhama, Kandhamal.

Dhokra artefacts are metal castings by Dhokra tribes of Odisha , WestBengal and Chattisgarh.The metal castings dates back to Mahenjodaro period and the famous among them was the dancing girl statue excavated from Mahenjodaro. Honeybee wax or resins from trees are collected by the tribes and moulded into different shapes followed by clay covering theContinue reading “Dhokra artifacts of Barakhama, Kandhamal.”

Bachelor life and then married.Sudden change.But it takes time to change your habits.During bachelor life, no one to inform before you go somewhere, when you are away from parents.But suddenly it changes when one is married.But man is always man.Just writing my experience.For fun, not to be taken seriously………year 1999.Was posted in Leh.Was 28 years bachelor.My parents decided my marriage date on 6th Jul.After somedays the Kargil war brokeout and all leave were cancelled.Leh was in high alert.Aircrafts and helicopters were flying with full swing I was in a helicopter flight and getting leave was not possible.So I told my parents not to distribute the invitation cards till I reach, if at all I get a leave.Days passed…the war was at it’s fag end but tension was there.I told about the issue to my CO.Got leave for 10 days.Got married and came back to unit.Then again went in September to bring my wife to Leh.By then everything was normal.In those days married accommodation was not allowed in Leh.If any one wish to, he had to arrange on his own.Now the original bachelor’s story begins.I was in so hurry that before going on leave I could not arrange a house.There were no concrete houses but mud houses were available those days.Thus I told one of my bachelor friend to keep one ready before I reach.And I landed at Leh on the scheduled date.Those days there was no mobile phones and in Leh,one can imagine those days.My friend SK Ismile received me at airfield and gave the good news that there was no house available.It will be available after 4 days.But another friend Satya Kundoo is going on leave ,so his house can be used.Sweetness of defence servise is that we mange but my wife was yet to be moulded to that environment.Anyway my friend saved me from a disastrous situation by at least arranging Kundu’s house.I stayed there for 4days and then shifted to my new rented house.My wife is from Sambalpur.Born and brought up with typical odia family.Totally dependant on father and brother on everything.It was normal those days.Cameout of Sambalpur few occasions to Delhi for RD parade.But one can understand what a newly married lady expect from her husband.A lot of care and love.Telling everybit of his whereabouts.But as I said, man are man.One morning, I went to unit. Supposed to come for lunch.But one aircraft had some requirement and I went to base camp.Got delayed and came back in the evening.My fault was not telling her, where I was going.As I told there were no mobiles then. And in forces one himself never knows where he has to go and when to return.I am being newly married, freshly converted from bachelorhood had not learnt the requirement to tell anyone where I am going.When I reached the thing was very different.Found her sobbing uncontrolled since afternoon.Her big eyes had swollen and red, about to come out.I innocently asked what happenned….As she kept on telling, I was realising the change I had to.I thought , something I had to do.Next morning I took her to nearby Sindhu river to enjoy the beauty of nature.Weather was sunny and warm.But the swaollen eyes were yet to be normal warning me repeatedly to inform her before going somewhere….But man are always man….I have changed upto some extent.But she has changed a lot.A totaly independent, with lot of self confidence.Excuses everytime I forget to tell her before going.

Dubai travel, Photoshoot with Thus Holiday.

A group of 21 travel enthusiast including children started from Bhubaneswar airport for Dubai on the evening of 22 nd April 2022.Sushree Bhakti from Thus Holidays was our travel guide.Bhakti joined us at Bhubaneswar with all travel documents including passport, visa, accomodation papers and air tickets.Our journey started with AirIndia flight to Dubai with aContinue reading “Dubai travel, Photoshoot with Thus Holiday.”

Nirmalajhara temple, Khalikot

Situated at the foothills of eastern ghat the temple was made by the King of Khlikhot Sri Balukeswar of mardaraj dynasty in the year 1676.A Lord Bishnu temple has diffrent ponds that is fed by unadultered perennialwater streams from the eastern ghat hills. A beautiful temple with excellent carvings is surrounded by greenary that offersContinue reading “Nirmalajhara temple, Khalikot”

Ruddy Shelduck, the Love bird Chakwa-Chakwi.

Ruddy Shelduck is a migratory bird to our place in India which breeds at Mangolia, Tibet region beyond Himalayas.In winter it migrates to warmer places in the planes of South Asia.While migrating it flies over Himalayas and this one is the highest flyer after Bar headed goose another migratory bird from this area to India.Continue reading “Ruddy Shelduck, the Love bird Chakwa-Chakwi.”

Bar Headed goose and Hindu mythology.

Bar Headed goose,Anser Indicus.Locally named as Hans , Raj Hans…A winter migratory bird grey in colour with two prominent black bars accross its head. In Hindu mythology and Kalidas story of Nala-Damayanti… Damayanti was the beautiful princess of Bidarbha and Nala was king of Nishada.Nala was an able king but unmarried. He came accross theContinue reading “Bar Headed goose and Hindu mythology.”

Blackbuck and the Sorodo Village:A story of co-existence

Blackbuck, also known as Indian Antelope is one of the endangered species, are found in Indian subcontinent and Nepal.Once #blackbuck was found all over the subcontinent, was reported to be 80000 during 1947 had depleted to 8000 in 1964.The beautiful animal has a distinct colour that differ among sexes.The male are dark black and femaleContinue reading “Blackbuck and the Sorodo Village:A story of co-existence”

Professionalism-Not someone’s whim.

The Professional, an International best seller by Subroto Bagchi, published by Penguin, Rakesh was reading when he came across an interesting episode. Received a call from one of his colleagues. …..and then the clash of ego which could add another chapter to the best seller. The colleague was Mt.Sanjota and was senior in Rank butContinue reading “Professionalism-Not someone’s whim.”

Buddhakhol: Buddha & Buddheswar:A tourist destination from Odisha Tourism

Buddhism had influenced the civilization all along the areas covering Silk route in Central Asia.In the Odisha state of India,there are many such places where Buddhism had flourished. One such place is Buddhakhol where signs of Buddhism has still exist but inside the Shiva temple. About 70 km away from Berhampur,on the top of aContinue reading “Buddhakhol: Buddha & Buddheswar:A tourist destination from Odisha Tourism”