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“DREAM, EXPLORE, TRAVEL” | Delhi to Kanyakumari : The Journey of a Lifetime

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A journey on wheels from Delhi to Kanyakumari… A 7000 km drive, from Delhi- Pushkar- Ajmer- Ahmedabad- Mumbai- Hubli- Bangalore- Madurai- Kanyakumari- Rameshwaram and then back again from Rameshwaram- Bangalore- Pune- Mumbai- Ahmedabad- Udaipur- Chittorgarh-Ajmer- Delhi. And we couldn’t have done it without our good old FORD FIGO.

“Well, a journey has always been symbolised for me as the one which travels within you and starts from a point, till you reach a destination.”

Anchal Karan

Source: Aanchal Shah | NewsAurChai Media

But yes we live in the world which has geographical boundaries. So, it all started on 29th Nov 2015 when this super thrilling and maverick thought popped out from my husband’s (Karan Jaura) mind or should I say, heart because these thoughts generally come out from one’s heart. It was like a day- dream for me and a big YES.

Convincing our parents was a mammoth task. Both of us took an informed decision to drive in Ford FIGO which already had done 76000kms. The car was serviced properly to take us on a roller coaster ride. Roadmaps, stopovers, distance to be covered each day, everything was chalked out. We decided not to drive after dusk and not more than 6-7 hours a day.

Day 01: Delhi- Pushkar- Ajmer

According to our plan, we commenced our journey from Delhi to Ajmer. We were ready to leave at the crack of dawn on 3rd Dec, with the blessings and good wishes of all our family and friends. Our excitement increased with every mile we covered. Leaving Delhi we landed towards Haryana and finally to Rajasthan- the land of vibrant colours, of traditions and a land of rich cultural heritage.

We decided to visit the only temple of Brahma in Pushkar. The place was full of colours and quirky things. Then it was time to visit Durgah. The very notion of Durgah gives you an idea of a place that is calm and serene, but the place mushroomed with all sorts of people. Day one of our trip ended with a lovely dinner and a sound sleep.

Day 02: Ajmer – Ahmadabad

We left our hotel around 6:30 in the morning. It was a lovely morning and both of us were looking forward to eating theplas and dhoklas. Yes! The MODILAND_GAJARAT. The best part of travelling for us was to see the diversity in language, attire, weather, food and of course people. Ahmadabad was almost 9 hours from Ajmer. What a swift highway it was! NH8 is a wonderful highway with mirage view roads.

Our car was gliding at the speed of 100/120. We reached the Gandhi City around 2:30 and were literally super hungry, so landed up at Taj for lunch. Thanks to the hospitable Taj Restaurants team. Then we visited Gandhi Ashram. One can feel the serenity, the sublimity of the barely clad Bapu in the Ashram. in the evening we have had a hearty pure Gujarati food and all thanks to Abhishek (Karan’s friend) for the good food and stay.

Karan Delhi

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Day 03: Ahmadabad to Mumbai

My joy knew no bounds on the very thought of our next destination- Mumbai- the city of dreams. The city of my dreams where I had spent the best time of my life. Life is a celebration for me. Each day of it should be spent thanking the Almighty. We left Ahmadabad at 7:00 am we were witnessing the climatic change, the rising temperatures moving towards the west.

Crossing the major cities of Gujarat – Anand, Vadodara, Surat and then Daman and Diu, we were moving ahead towards the broad highway. And finally, we were to hit Mumbai, where we had to go to Hiranandani- the beautiful part of Mumbai. We reached Powai, my Powai around 5:00 pm after driving for almost

8 hours. For Karan it was a Hercules task, being the loved person at the driving wheel. We stayed there with my friends. Our stay was for a day in Mumbai reason being we wanted to give our all supportive and faithful – FORD FIGO some rest. Reminiscing the time I had spent in Mumbai we took long walks on the streets of Powai.

Next morning Day 04 we woke up late in the morning and went out for lunch and found out there was some problem in our car. We rushed to the nearby Ford Service Centre, but it being a Sunday it was closed. All our planning for the next day was delayed. Day 05 we went to Bhavna Ford Service Centre in Kurla. Some minor parts of the car were to be changed, as it took few hours for the repair we decided to stay in Mumbai for that day.

Day 06: Mumbai – Goa – Hubli

We happily left Mumbai around 7:00 am for our next destination Goa. It is said-“you love nature and it will love you back”. It seemed air, clouds, trees, in fact, every element of nature was singing with us. Karan and I were enjoying every moment of our journey with our little chit chat and sometimes silently.

Now big Palm trees could be seen everywhere. The beauty of nature was mesmerising, it was simply enchanting. Here, we changed our plan of taking a halt in Goa because for it we have had to divert our way and travel 160kms more. We stopped at Hubli. It is the second largest city in Karnataka after Bangalore. We checked into hotel President at 5:00 pm. The day ended with a lovely dinner and a relaxed sleep.

Delhi Car Image

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Day 07: Hubli- Bangalore

Our next destination was Bangalore which was a just 4-hour drive from Hubli. We visited a small beautiful Shiva Temple on the banks of Unkal Lake. After a luxurious breakfast, we bid adieu to the city. The weather was lovely. It was drizzling when we reached to Bangalore around 2:00 pm.

I had to meet my soul friend there, we had planned to stay at her place there. So we planned to stay there for a day to get ourselves energised all again. For the rest of the journey, my friend accompanied for Kanyakumari and Rameshwaram.

Day 09: Bangalore – Madurai

We left for Madurai from Bangalore at 6:30 am in the morning. Madurai is at 7 hours drive from Bangalore. What an amazingly beautiful drive it was! Tall coconut trees, lovely weather and mountain range along. We reached Madurai around 2:00 pm, there we checked into a beautiful resort –“Madurai Heritage”.

The same evening we visited the famous “Meenakshi Temple”. It is lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi’s temple situated in an area of 17 acres, famous for its architectural beauty. Thousand of devotees were standing in the quos to get a glimpse of the Lord. The power of Hope, Faith and Devotion could be seen. The day ended with the darshan of Lord Shiva and Goddess Meenakshi.

Day 11: 12th December 2015 , 0800 hours – Madurai – Kanyakumari

The day 11, our milestone Kanyakumari. If there is heaven on earth it is there. The weather was extremely lovely, the sky was overcast with black clouds, long roads, windmills along on both sides of roads. Lush green mountains, wildflowers, there was an element of mystery. We could talk to nature.

We wanted to be one with it. Covering the best part of our country we reached Kanyakumari. Transcending the language barrier we managed to find a hotel near the beach. The plan was to see Vivekanand Rock memorial. We took the ferry with life jackets on and surrounded with water from all the sides. I was reminded of the famous lines of Samuel Taylor “Water Water everywhere and not a drop to drink”.

We could see the beautiful hues of green and blue in the ocean. Reaching the southmost tip of India our hearts were filled with the sense of awe. Karan and I hoisted the Tricolour- the pride of every Indian. Our hearts were filled with gratitude for our motherland.

Day 12: Kanyakumari to Rameshwaram

Our next destination was Rameshwaram which was 4 hours from Kanyakumari. We crossed the famous Pamban Bridge. Sea looked calm and serene. Rameshwaram is one of the Dhams, we went to

Rameshwaram

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a famous Shiva Temple famous for its 22 wells. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Rama himself build the Shiv Linga before going to Lanka. The best and proudest moment of being in Rameshwaram was visiting Dr. Abdul Kalam’s house.

And now it was the time to head back home. There were mixed emotions in our hearts. On the one hand, we were elated on completing the mission, on the other hand, we were sad that we were going back. But life itself is a journey which never stops. We had the plan to move from Rameshwaram- Bangalore-Pune-Mumbai-Ahmadabad- Udaipur-Chittorgarh- Ajmer-Delhi

Day 13-14: Rameshwaram- Bangalore- Pune

It was 11-hour drive for the complete journey from Rameshwaram to Bangalore. There we planned to take a halt for a day to again reenergize ourselves for the rest of the journey.

Kanyakumari India

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Day 15-16: Bangalore – Pune – Mumbai

That was the longest stretch of the whole journey. Karan drove for 13 hours in a single day. We reached Pune at 7:00 pm. The main reason for taking the halt in Pune was to visit NDA (Khadagvasla). We reached NDA around 9:00 am next morning. It was a dream moment for Karan as he always wanted to join armed forces.

It was again a proud moment for us, seeing the discipline and the dedication of our defence services. The very same day we reached Mumbai, thanks to beautifully architected Pune –Mumbai highway. All tired and impatient to reach back home we ended our day in Mumbai.

Day 17: Mumbai- Ahmedabad

Early morning from Mumbai we headed towards Ahmadabad, now the roads and the place seemed to be recognisable to us. Taking a halt in Gandhi city, we were ready for our next destination and were excited as well.

Day 18: Ahmadabad – Udaipur – Chittorgarh

The next destination was Udaipur – The city of lakes, where our parents joined us. The main reason to visit Udaipur was, of course, the beautiful and serene lakes but the main attraction was to visit the palace and museum of Maharana Pratap. After spending complete 1 day in Udaipur we went to Chittorgarh and Haldi Ghatti, the two main places where wars were held.

Day 19 and: Chittorgarh – Ajmer – Pushkar
We took a night Halt in Ajmer and planned to visit the Brahma temple on the 20th day

Day 20: Pushkar- Delhi

The last day of our super thrilled and dream adventurous journey. We again visited the Brahma Temple and thanked the creator of the universe.

The best possible thing that happened with us throughout the journey was that we reached all our destinations before time. All thanks to the nicely constructed roads and of course Ford Figo.

As I said, in the beginning, I would end my travelogue saying “It’s funny how, in the journey of life, even though we begin at different times and places, our paths cross each other’s so that we may share our love, compassion, observations and hope. This is a design of God which I appreciate and cherish.”

As we finally reached our sweet home and I lay down on my bed I could only remember a beautiful quote by Mark Twain “ No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old familiar pillow”.

Totally a black or white person , no grey for me . A philanthropist who is has found a place in this world but serving the only purpose we have . Fulfilling my dreams . A smile is always welcomed :)

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Ram Mandir Opening For “Darshan” In 2023

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The Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is expected to allow visitors by December 2023, with the completion of construction only in 2025.

Sources in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra have revealed that the colossal project of building the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, will be opening for devotees towards the end of 2023. In contrast, the project’s entire construction completion is expected towards the end of 2025. The sanctum sanctorum (Garbha Griha), along with the mandir’s first floor, will be ready by December 2023. Devotees will be allowed to visit the long-awaited mandir soon after the construction is completed.

An ANI report said, “The grand Ram Mandir being constructed in Ayodhya will be opened for devotees from December 2023. Sources told ANI that Garbhagriha, all five mandaps and the first floor will be ready by December 2023 and the mandir will be opened for devotees”.

The sanctum sanctorum will be as high as 161 feet and built using Rajasthani marble and stones. Engineers and architects are taking all measures to ensure the longevity of this enormous project. The second stage of construction is expected to begin in December this year. Currently, the structure is at a standstill as a result of monsoons. Another reason for the delay is the coronavirus pandemic that depleted the force with which the mandir’s construction was expected to go on.

The announcement of the mandir being opened to visitors in 2023 has brought up questions about the political agenda. It is believed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) aims to use the mandir to catapult themselves into a position of advantage during the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Opening the mandir to devotees in December 2023 will give the BJP an easy 6-month gap to the general elections in 2024.

The opening of the long-awaited Ram Mandir in Ayodhya could be the factor that diverts the public, at least the Hindu’s in favour of BJP. Thus, securing them a vote bank based on religious sentiments upheld by the party in their previous tenure as the ruling party.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir will be 360 feet long, 235 feet wide, and 20 feet high mandir will be completely ready by the end of 2025. The project will include amenities and structures like museums, archives, research centre, Sant Niwas, gau and Yagya shala, Etc. The main attraction is the Ram Mandir.

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How SEBI’s New Margin Rule Is Affecting Retail Traders?

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Securities and Exchange Board of India has introduced new margin rules for traders. Traders and Brokers are not happy with the new regulations because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trade.

SEBI had introduced the new margin rule in the year 2020 for intraday traders. It is being implemented in a phased manner. Traders were supposed to maintain 25 per cent of the peak margin in the first phase; the margin was raised by 50 per cent in the second phase. In the third phase, as per the new margin rule, intraday traders will have to pay a 100 per cent upfront margin. According to new norms, the margin requirements will be calculated four times during every trading session because the money margin must be greater than the need.

As per the new rule, brokers must collect margin from investors for any purchase or sale, and if they fail to do so, they will have to pay the penalty. Thus, brokers will not receive power of attorney. Brokers cannot use power of attorney for pledging anymore.

Those investors who want to make use of margin will have to create margin pledges separately. As per the new rule, investors will have to pay at least a 30 per cent margin upfront to avail a margin loan. Shares brought today cannot be sold tomorrow. Funds from shares sold today cannot be used for new trades on the same day.

The market experts said that there must be proper adjustments for implementing new rules, or it may create chaos, trouble and disturbance to the market participants. The CEO and founder of Zerodha broking firm, Nithin Kamath tweeted that, “the day when the new rules came into effect was the dreaded day for brokers, exchanges, intraday traders”.

Traders Are Not Happy:

Changes in rules have evoked strong reactions from traders because they will have to invest a large amount of cash in fulfilling margin requirements for trades as per new margin rules. Even the trading in futures and options will become more expensive. Traders are disappointed because they will have to pay up more money to bet in stock markets. As per new margin rules, Traders are also liable for the penalty if the rules are not followed during the trading session. If a trader wants to buy Nifty worth Rs 10 lakh, he will have to pay a 20 per cent margin of around 2 lakh. If the margin of the trader does not meet the need, he will be penalized. Traders will have to pay the minimum amount for opening the Multilateral Trading facility account, and they have to maintain a minor balance at all times.

Why Gas SEBI Introduced A New Margin Rule?

SEBI has introduced new rules to protect retail investors from purchasing difficulty. The intended goal of SEBI behind new margin rules is to bring down the difficult market situation and avoid huge fluctuation in stock markets during extreme stress. The new margin rules are likely to bring transparency to the market; it is expected to strengthen the market’s safety.

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Escalation Of COVID-19 Cases Across The Globe

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The United States, India, and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, followed by France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. There are very few locations that have remained undisturbed.

Since the middle of last year, confirmed cases have been increasing. Although the actual scope of the first outbreaks in 2020 is unknown because testing was not generally available at the time. The 100 million COVID-19 cases were discovered at the end of January, over a year after it was first diagnosed. As of 6:30 p.m. CEST on July 30, 2021, WHO has received reports of 196,553,009 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,200,412 fatalities. A total of 3,839,816,037 vaccination doses has been delivered as of July 28, 2021.

After reaching a record high of over 0.9 million cases on April 28, 2021, new daily instances of the coronavirus continued to decline, reaching a low point on June 21, when over 0.3 million cases were reported. Since then yet, there has been a global increase in cases. On July 15, 0.53 million daily cases were reported, and over three million new cases were reported in the second week of the month. As of July 15, 188.9 million patients have been recorded worldwide. The transmissive Delta form accounting for most infections in 111 countries. Most instances were recorded in Brazil, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and Colombia in the last week. With the steepest increases in Zimbabwe (72%), Indonesia (44%), the United States (38%), Bangladesh (35%), and the United Kingdom (30%). Many Asian nations, including Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, have reported many daily cases. However, the spread was under control.

The number of new cases in Indonesia has been on the rise, with each day seeing a significant increase over the previous day. Indonesia is now the new Asian epicentre, with 56,757 cases recorded on July 15; India reported 39,000 patients on the same day. COVID-19 fatalities are high, according to WHO. After decreasing for nine weeks, with the highest increases in Africa and Southeast Asia. COVID-19 fatalities worldwide surpassed four million on July 7. The last million deaths occurred in under 90 days, the lowest time interval for every one million deaths ever recorded.

High vaccination coverage has been shown in the United States and much of Europe to lower fatalities and even hospitalizations. For example, United Kingdom rises in incidence. There has been fewer hospitalizations and deaths over 87% of the adult population, as they are vaccinated with one dose and over 67% with two doses. In the United States, the increase in cases is concentrated in states with low vaccination coverage, with unvaccinated people accounting for most deaths. Over 55% of Americans have received one dosage, and 48% are completely immunized. It shifts the focus back to improving vaccination coverage and achieving global vaccine equality to avoid fatalities and the spread of dangerous strains. Some nations debate a booster dosage. Even though many African countries’ healthcare professionals have not been completely vaccinated, booster injections have begun to be given to patients with weakened immune systems in Israel.

In comparison, booster shots have been ruled out in the United States for the time being. With vaccine shortages reported in many Indian states. Even among the vaccinated, rigorous adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour is the only option to postpone and mitigate the consequences of a third wave.

This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. But the global numbers continue to grow. The Delta variety leads them to well-vaccinated regions such as Western Europe and the United States, low but rising infections. This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. Vaccine doses have been given to over 4 billion individuals globally (52 for every 100 people), yet the discrepancy is striking. More than 80% of the population had at least one shot in some wealthy nations. In contrast, the proportion is as low as 1% in many of the poorest.

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