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2023 - The Year That Was

Places impact you for a variety of reasons. And the same place impacts different people in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual experiences, where every single person’s experience is unique. And personally, every spiritual experience is unique, the same person can have different deeply spiritual experiences at different places, at different times. This thought has emerged because of my own experiences over the years, but especially so this year, with different and unique experiences at various places I have visited recently. I began this year with a visit to Baroda (Vadodara) with friends. It was meant to be a relaxed trip, a touristy trip, with our sons. We enjoyed ourselves to the hilt, but the highlight of that trip was a visit to the Lakulisha temple at Pavagadh. It was the iconography of the temple that I connected with, and I spent a few hours simply lost in the details of the figures carved around the temple. There was an indefinable connect with

A small mention.... in print

It is always a pleasure to see one's name in print.... even if it is just a quote! Well, yours truly has been quoted in an article in the Times of India, Pune edition, on the 25th of September. I was contacted a while ago by a journalist from the paper, asking for a quote about Morachi Chincholi, and I was happy to oblige.Unfortunately, I heard nothing afterwards, and had no idea it was published. I suddenly remembered about it today and checked... and there it was.... along with one of my pics... Check it out here.


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  1. :) Anu, most people don't believe in keeping one updated anymore. My friend who quoted me in his article about my poetry teacher is old-fashioned to have sent the link to me on chat.

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  2. congrats ! now you are a true travel expert

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  3. That's lovely, and glad for you Anu. Congrats.
    It's a great shot of the Peacock you got there. I saw quite a few graceful ones on my way to the Jaigarh fort a few days back.

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  4. @Mridula: thanks a lot!

    @Usha: journalists seem to be notorious in that way! remember the deccan herald article which i wasnt even aware was published? even this one, she was supposed to mention my blog as well the photo credit :(

    @Lakshmi: thanks.... feels great to be considered :)

    @Aarti: thanks a lot!

    @Celine: thanks so much! i did wonder if u saw peacocks there... this village is full of them...

    @Joy: thanks....

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  5. Congratulations!! It must be a great feeling, I am sure!
    Sad to know that a leading newspaper not keeping their word:(
    Still, many kudos to you:)
    Keep going!!!

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  6. oh Anu.. well done!! Well done!! You truly deserve to be on a lot more print by the way!!

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  7. This is awesome news! Congratulations! It is always pleasing when the media recognition comes your way.

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  8. Congrats, Anu. Thanks for sharing one more weekend destination. :)

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