Sunday, 8 February 2015

"Forget it !"

     It happens quite often, that we forget something, and then face huge embarrassment.   Spectacles, keys, umbrella, are very common objects being forgotten.  Some forgets cell phones, purses, and other valuables also. The height was, when one of my friend routinely visited another place in his new car, and while coming  back, came by bus. He was so used to travelling by bus than by car, that after reaching home he realized that he forgot his Car !. I know of another person who was excitedly travelling on Motor cycle from Pune to Mumbai, with a friend.  They stopped at one place to take nature’s call.  When he reached  Mumbai he realized that his pillion rider was ‘forgotton’ on the way, about 80 km behind !. You will laugh at it saying, “This is too much”. However, these are real incidences, and you will agree, that everyone comes across such incidences of forgetfulness. For example, forgetting where car is parked in big parking lots,  or  not able to locate the correct lane or address, or something or the other. The consequences are same.  The wrath of family members, the bitter comments and unsolicited   ‘advises’, and   the conclusion that how aging is taking its toll on you !
     Now, you need not worry about such things at all!  
    I came across a very interesting  article  about ‘absent mindedness’ in today’s  Times of India. The startling conclusion of the article was that, there is nothing wrong being absent minded. Far from being negative, it is a desirable state that everyone can or should, aspire to!

   Isn’t it interesting? I was also impressed by the article in ‘O-Zone’ in today’s  Times of India, and would like to share some thoughts from it.
   “Creative people are most notorious for their absent-mindedness. Several anecdotes revolve around Albert Einstein and Sir Issac Newton.  Einstein once called the University he worked at to ask for his own address! Newton would forgetfully keep visitors waiting for hours, and had to be reminded to eat!   
     Children are reprimanded for day dreaming and taught the virtues of staying focussed.  But, wait a minute. Who says that to be absent-minded is to lack in focus? The absence of mind just means the mind is meandering through fascinating labyrinths that are invisible to the open eye. Or, that it is focussed on something else that is not of this world – an elusive element that we seek to chase, understand, grasp and perhaps bring into this world as poetry, writing, a sketch, a unique thought, or a great discovery! It points to a mindlessness that allows us to soak up experiences and knowledge that too much mindfulness of the present reality cannot give us.”
     So now be assured and feel proud to possess those traits of great people !

    The word “naman” in Sanskrit, means ‘to pray or bow down before (God)’.  ‘‘Na-man’’ means ‘no mind’.  The purpose ‘‘naman’’ is to jettison the baggage of thoughts and become ‘mind less’.  That is the state of Samadhi.  When an artist (say, a dancer) is so engrossed that she, and her performance becomes one and the same. When the creator and creation becomes one, the state of meditation or a divine state is achieved. The  above articles  says, “When you become mindless, you unite with the Universal flow, allowing right brain to take over”.

   If this is all becoming too much, just forget it!  Enjoy those moments of forgetfulness, as well.  Instead of pressing panic button, laugh out saying ‘It happens’, and relax.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

My USA Tour of 2014 :

           On May 30th 2014, I set out for USA-visit,  for  next 40 days.  It was a very eventful trip and so there are  many things which I wish  to share with you,  in the series of blogs that will  follow.   This is pictorial description of my USA tour, with particular thrust on the various modes of transport and allied places,  such as  the Airports, the Aircrafts, the Metros,  the train, the stations,  the Bus, the trolly, the trams, the Catamaran,  and of course the  Cars,  which made possible for me,  to travel a huge distance of  more than 45,000 Kms, which is more than the Earth's circumference ! (By the way, the Earth’s  circumference is 40,075 Kms only).        

The CST or Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, was  my starting point for the USA journey.  The T-2 (the New Terminal) is indeed very impressive and something of which we should be  proud of. Mumbai to Frankfurt (6,600 kms), was the first journey by Boing-747-400 of Luftansa. 

The next journey was from Frankfurt to San Francisco (10,300 kms). The equipment was Airbus A-380. The speed was 1,018 kms per hour at an altitude of about 40,000 ft.

The next major journey was by hired SUV  GRY KIA Sorento 4WD.  The total distance travelled by this car was 1,283 kms. It was from  San Jose to Beverly Hills in  Los Angeles, and back to San Jose.

Within this LA  journey, one Catamaran Journey to   Catalina Islands about 22 nautical miles south of San Pedero Bay .                              

The next big journey was from San Francisco to New York (JFK)  of 6,560 kms by JetBlue Airlines Airbus 320. It took about 5 hours to reach New York.   It's like travelling from Mumbai to Kolkata, but of course , the distance is far more

On 86 th Floor of the Empire State Building.

Next journey was from New York to Washington DC, about 390  kms. by Bus.

The White House

Washington to Niagara was another big road journey 397 miles (635 km).


From Niagara we took a small aircraft, 37 seater Flight Dash-8-100, from Buffalo Airport back to Philladephia. The distance was 650 km. The Aircraft was like a small bus.

Inside the Dash-8 Aircraft

From Philadelphia, there was another small Aircraft, Bombardier for going to Reagan Airport, in Washington DC.   It was just 35 minutes flight (204 km).

At Washington I  traveled  by Metro train (Yellow line)

A Take Off at Reagan Airport,

Washington to Trenton (New Jersey) about 288 km, was by train called Amtrak.

Inside the Amtrak Train

                                                                          Amtrak Journey

                                          This is Trention Station View

Next journey was from Newark to Houston, a distance of 2,542 kms, by Southwest Airlines Boing 737.

A River walk at San Antonio

A short trip from Dallas to Austin, and San Antonio of 1,276 kms in two day, next attraction.

At Henry Cowell Redwoods  Park

                              This is a Giant Redwood Tree !                                                                 video

At Santa Cruz, CA

 Trip to  Napa vally, visit to Stirling Wineries, was  347 km drive.

A Cable Trolley to reach Stirling Wineries, at Napa.


                                                        Dallas to  San Francisco, 2,750 km was by American Airlines.

Last big journey was San Francisco to Chicago (3,430 km),  Then Chicago to Frankfurt (6,920 km) and lastly from Frankfurt to Mumbai  (6,600 km.) .