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The Joys of a Female Solo Travel

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In spite of being largely heard amongst female folks and incessantly seen on social media and the internet, solo female travel yet has been unexplored. It is imperative to realize that the purpose it serves is not only fun, games and pleasure. Solo female travel shouldn’t be taken up because it has become this ‘It’ thing everyone seems to be doing. It is not merely a term, but a profession, a way of life.

A girl/woman. Alone. On a lone trip. Yes, these utterances could raise a couple of doubts and questions and are more challenging than they sound. But, the immense joy and learning that one receives as the end result is worthwhile.

While some women ditch their mundane, corporate jobs and deliberately take up solo travelling, some claim that it happens purely by luck, by chance. Either way, the experience is as enriching as it could get.

The beauty of solo travel is the ample amount of freedom and independence that comes with it. In that charmingly new land, you are your own guide, you are by yourself. Compared to the general risks of the scenario, the unbelievably handsome opportunities are million.

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Elita Ameida (nomadicthunker.blogspot.in)

While in a conversation with Elita Almeida, travel writer at The Nomadic Thunker (http://nomadicthunker.blogspot.in) she enthusiastically shares one of her travel experiences with me, “My first solo trip in 2012 was to a relatively unknown beach – Trasi – along the Konkan coast in Karnataka. I had office leaves that would die a ‘lapsed-due-to-accumulation’ death and solo travel seemed like the only redeemer. That was also because planning out a trip with friends wasn’t as easy as I’d thought it would be. So the only option I seemed to have before me was to plan my own trip. That’s how I had my first solo travel experience. So it was me, a backpack with my paperbacks and a diary along with a resolve to make this happen. And honestly speaking, back then I didn’t know there existed this concept of solo travel.

Looking back at Trasi, it’s been my only experience of having an entire beach all to myself (with the bare exception of the fisher folk for company during walks in the mornings and evenings along the shoreline). I’d known of Trasi from having driven past it on road trips as a kid – but we’d never stopped by at it. Just that bit of familiarity I think somewhere helped reduce a bit of my anxiety.

During my walks on the beach, I’d run into kids who lived in the village close to the beach. We’d try to converse with me not being familiar with Kannada and them not being as familiar with Hindi or English. But at the end of those five days, I learnt that I had the appetite to be in my own company without driving myself up the wall. This in itself was the stepping stone towards making solo travel more than a one-time affair.”

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Deepika Gumaste (http://feetonthemap.com)

Solo travel provides one with a golden chance of meeting new people and in turn, developing meaningful relationships. And since you are on your own, you could happily plan your trip however you want (or not plan it at all.) Hence, in all its glory, traveling solo is something every woman should experience for at least once in her life as it has a lot to give (along with the generous amount of tan in most cases. But come to think of it, it is all worth it in the end!)

Deepika Gumaste, travel writer, and blogger at Feet on The Map (https://feetonthemap.com/) gets candid while talking about her travel experience: “I have travelled independently in Bhutan which was my first international trip. It was just after I quit my job. I was confused and yet had to make plans for my next steps. Bhutan was totally an eye-opener on lessons of happiness, sacrifice and life. I met monks, played badminton with nuns at the Zilukha monastery, hiked to the Tiger’s Nest alone, roamed the streets of Thimpu people watching and exploring the beautiful café scenes of Bhutan.”

Female travelers – professional, aspiring and amateurs, are largely being underestimated in this sphere. One of the many such statements being ‘India is an unsafe country for a lady to travel alone,’ to which Elita responds, “That India is unsafe is a mindset. And a rather generic one at it. If I were to believe every headline I read, I wouldn’t have been here to say that in my five weeks as a solo female traveller in Bihar, I did not experience being cat-called even once! What’s true for Bihar is true for many other parts of the country. Everywhere I’ve been I’ve found good samaritans in the guise of bus drivers, train co-passengers, homestay hosts and waiters at restaurants.”

There is nothing that can diminish the spirit of these travelers especially with the number of initiatives and projects taken up by women across countries.

Deepika has undertaken various projects and collaborations in the field of travel. She is currently involved in two travel projects- The Happy Traveling Girl and The Mountain People. Happy Traveling Girl is an initiative with a group of friends to create a platform to encourage women to travel solo or independent and share their experiences, while highlighting India as a safe ‘tourist destination for women.’ Within a considerable seen future, the team hopes to work with tourism boards and local women across India to build sustainable and viable solutions that will allow women travellers to travel safely within India and at the same time empower local women with employment by creating opportunities that will allow them to host travelers in home-stays, build women-friendly hostels, etc. Besides that, Deepika also actively works at The Mountain People, where their primary purpose is to create sustainable communities in the mountains & to protect the indigenous tribes and their wisdom.

As is the case with any profession and endeavor, nothing is handed to you on a golden platter when it comes to solo travel or any undertakings in the field. One has to hustle day in and day out, burn the midnight oil to make it work wonders.

Amrita Das (http://www.travellingidesofmarch.com/)

Amrita Das (http://www.travellingidesofmarch.com)

Amrita Das, a professional travel blogger and freelance writer at Travelling Ideas of March (http://www.travellingidesofmarch.com/) talks about a few challenges that she had to face while taking up travelling as a full-time career. She says, “Travelling for me, has always been a way of life and not something that I discovered lately. The major challenge that I faced in this field was money as freelance writing does not pay enough. The second was, getting used to being a freelancer. No matter how much you struggle, most people tend to not pay heed to it because you are ‘working from home’ ”. Amrita plans her trip a month prior if it is national and six months prior for international ones. When asked about her bucket list of travels, she said she doesn’t have one, she wants to travel everywhere.

Nupur Kedia (https://www.facebook.com/nupur.kedia.3?fref=ts)

Nupur Kedia (https://www.instagram.com/nupurkedia)

Nupur Kedia is yet another passionate traveler, who is a lover of nature and manages to steal a huge chunk from her year to spend it amidst the mountains. Nupur talks a bit about her style of travelling and some of her best experiences – “I personally am a fan of slow traveling, which is, you stay at a place for a longer period of time and explore it at your own pace. That way you get to know about the people and their culture better and form meaningful bonds. My most recent and best trip so far has been to Gurez, an isolated valley along the LoC in Kashmir. The place beats every other place, both in terms of beauty as well as the people. They are always open to welcoming outsiders into their homes and are the epitome of hospitality. Like one of the locals said, “You can stay at anyone’s house here, even without their permission. One such place was Spiti valley, which was again full of stunning landscapes and helpful people. The monasteries, prayer flags and prayer wheels exude an endearing sense of calm.”

Along with turning to major destinations, Nupur also likes experiencing a lower tourist flow by visiting places which are less commercially developed. She finds that traveling by local transport exposes her to a lot more people and experiences, instead of booking private transport. The same being with creating her own itinerary, as opposed to going for a tour package.

Ruchika Vyas (www.travellerstories.com)

Ruchika Vyas (www.travellerstories.com)

Ruchika Vyas, blogger, and writer at TravellerStories (http://www.travellerstories.com ) says, “There are no specific problems en route a solo trip. Just that one needs to be aware of the destination they are travelling to and ensure that basic logistics are in place, like travel plans. With technological advances today, anyone can travel alone with ease using just their phone for navigation and information. The only challenge here is if you’re ready to travel by yourself.” She adds, “Just go for it. Don’t wait till you have enough money or enough leave, make time for travel now. It’ll teach you the most valuable lessons in life.”

The roads, the beaches, the tapered lanes, the puckered huts, the dainty animals in their hideaways, skylines of a city glistening handsomely at night, beautiful plantations, exploring the woods or a land filled with green, modern cafes and art galleries and simply the fact that you are waking up in a city where loads of adventures and life lessons await you. – One experiences this and much more first hand on a solo travel spree with the journey being his/her only teacher.

Solo traveling is not only about exploring new places but also about finding one’s self in the process. Instinct, courage, and passion being the core pillars of solo travel, it gives way to a plethora of encounters and possibilities.

Hence, if at all you want to push yourself to that extra mile, communicate with strangers only to invest faith in them, be wilder and free spirited and experiment like never before, then step out of your comfort zone and take to solo travelling. Experience the traveler’s life for yourself and it’s very many wonders that unfold before you.

A little suburban woman aspiring to provide the world with strong journalistic and anthropological content. Forever looking for that tenuous grind and delving deeper into the beautiful complexities of life, I strive. I go on. And on.

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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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Keanu Reeves Returns with “The Matrix Resurrection”

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The expectation of the unexpected fourth instalment of The Matrix Resurrections in the sci-fi establishment has started with another banner prodding the arrival of its first trailer.

The film Matrix 4 comes out 18-years after The Matrix Revolutions. It is planning to be the last film in a trilogy reporting the transformation of Computer programmer Thomas Anderson into cybercriminal Neo. As he finds the conventional world, he occupies a recreated reality.

Loosening up the expectation, with a special promotional. It highlights red and blue pills sit next to each other underneath the clear message: ‘The Choice is yours.’ Fans of the famous establishment will perceive the pills as a definitive choice given to Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, as he picks between life in the conflict assaulted real world or the ‘beautiful prison’ of a substitute reality. Penetrating static fills in as the scenery, as small strings of Matrix code has seen falling inside the pills before the whole scene liquefies.

Fans can proceed with their adventure on WhatIsTheMatrix.com, an intelligent pick your-own-experience style site. Given a similar decision there, red brings you down a rabbit hole where you’re told: ‘This is the moment for you to show us what’s real.’ Then scenes from the film teaser, showing the slight hindrance between the natural world and the fake world known as The Matrix. One of the Best Scenes is Reeves’ Neo gulping a blue pill while a lot more seasoned, a balder man shows up in his appearance.

The scenes reviewed rely upon which pill selection and each emphasis on the decision made. The Red Pill requests that the watcher go further into the reality behind the Matrix. While the Blue Pill cautions them to avoid it again so as not to agitate the norm and welcome undesirable risk.

Still, the viewer’s decision makes, in any case, every secret seems to end with a brief look at Keanu Reeves as Neo, with different eyes. He either collaborates with characters who could be his partners in the film or plans to fight against its expected scalawags, be they Agents, pernicious projects, or even people.

The person who clicks on the blue pill will hear Harris’s voiceover saying: “You’ve lost your capacity to discern reality from fiction.” Before encouraging the viewer to embrace that their situation is genuine. At the current time, streaks on the screen, and Harris peruses it, saying, “anything else is your mind playing tricks on you.” By contrast, ones’ who click on the red pill hear Abdul-Mateen’s voice revealing to them that while they trust it’s the current time — once more. With Abdul-Mateen perusing the time out loud — “that couldn’t be further from the truth.” Regardless, a progression of quick-cut shots from “Revivals” streaks on the screen during the two situations. As each time a viewer taps on a pill, the recording changes.

‘This could be this is the first day of the rest of your life, but if you want it, you gotta fight for it.’ The portrayal wraps while showing star Keanu Reeves prepared to battle. Then, at that point, finishing on a vile note, they show somebody contacting the PC port at the rear of their head and inquire: ‘We don’t want anyone to get hurt, do we?’

From visionary movie producer Lana Wachowski. The new film reunites unique stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity, the infamous roles they made well known.’ The first Matrix film in 1999 met with much essential acclaim upon its introduction. The element is following up by two other movies, which were both delivered in 2003. Warner Bros. uncovered the title for the fourth Matrix film during its CinemaCon board. The Matrix Resurrections will release on December 22, 2021.

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