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Ladakh Diaries Part 9: Lamayuru

Lamayuru is one of the most ancient monasteries in Ladakh, the oldest surviving structure dating to the 11 th century CE. What makes this monastery particularly fascinating, is its location, amidst what is today called the “moonscape”, for the spectacular natural rock formations, which truly are “out of the world”! As per legend , there once existed a huge lake in this area, populated only by the Nagas (serpents). It was prophesized that there would be a great monastery built here. This prophecy came true when the great acharya Naropa (756-1041 CE) arrived. He emptied the lake, meditated for many years inside a cave, and built the first monastery here. The present structure is a new one, built around the cave where Acharya Naropa is said to have meditated. This legend seems to fit well with the geological formations seen in the area, which suggest this was a paleo-lake, which disappeared around 1000 years ago. Lamayuru is about 130 km from Leh , and the Indus River flows along th

Look Who got his name (mis-spelled) in the paper!

Here is what we saw in the paper, the first thing this morning.....


To read the full article. click on the link below...
Wall of education attains greater heights

So, did you find the name? Hint: Its on the right side of the photo!

When we headed over to Phoenix Mills yesterday after a inter-school gymnastics tournament at Wadala, we had no idea it was going to be such a wonderful evening! We had taken along a few of our books to donate to the Aviva Great Wall of Education, which we had been reading about, and they turned the simple art of donating books to an event, taking photos of the people giving the books, making them feel wonderful! Here is Samhith placing his books on the wall...



The day was far from over, and we spent a wonderful hour at Hamleys, enjoying all the trains and cars, and coming back home with a Lego set we have been looking for, for the last one year!

But the best part of the evening was undoubtedly the storytelling session by Blue Fun  Umbrella, which Samhith joined shyly, but then go so engrossed that he forgot all about the candy he held in his hand!!! Then came the art session, where he coloured a paper with the figure 'One' on it.... the sheets with number one to ten were given to the kids who coloured and decorated them and returned them. The sheets are to be bound in sets, made into number books and given to young street children. Interesting idea, isnt it? 

Well, by the time we got back home, it was too late for anything but dinner and bed, but it was a memorable day indeed, and what better way to wake up in the morning than to see Samhith's name in the paper? Yes, his name is mis-spelled, but then that happens all the time! Even some of his school teachers still do that!!!

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  1. That is a noble cause. I am going there today. :)

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  2. nice cause..only thing that when we did it, it didn't got any name or any sessions :)

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  3. @Shrinidhi: Yes, it is a good cause... we anyway give away our books (mostly to make place for new ones) and this time, this just happened to come at the right time!

    @Nisha:have fun! there is a storytelling session today too!

    @Tarun: Absolutely true! we never had encouragement like this! and anyway, this is the first such public time for us.. otherwise we usually give our books to family/friends/ school libraries!

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  4. A lovely way to spend the day and I wish they got Samhith's name right.

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  5. Great..It is a nice idea to get children involved to inculcate our values.. Samhit looks cute... Isn't he...!

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  6. cool stuff... :)

    Damn.. i have been wondering for years why journos and correspondents dont spend an extra second in noting down name right...

    i had my name misspelt in toi on a caferati related post.. when i wrote to the girl who'd done the article, she simply laughed and said sorry!! bah...idiots!!

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  7. Thats a nice cause.. :)
    I was trying to find whose name was mis-spelled...finally got it .. :)

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