Prashar Lake- A hidden grace

If a journey is painful, make sure the destination is worth all the pain you suffered. Prashar Lake is certainly one of those places which will heal your body & mind. Situated at 2700 mtrs above sea level surrounded by mountain peaks, a temple built in 13th century from a tree; view of Kinnaur, Pir Pinjar Mountains & a floating island in between lake makes this place an eye soothing tonic.

Place is about 50kms from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. After driving 30kms, you reach Baggi Village & then have two option- 9Kms Moderate Trek to Prashar Lake or 19Kms driving on worst roads of hills. We decided to drive 19Kms & after a good rain, it was not a good decision. There are two guest houses with 4-5 rooms each. You get very basic facilities at these places with limited options to eat but again location of these guest houses is another bonus of this place. Taking your own tent here is a good option, if weather is not bad. Mountain looks more beautiful in rain & we were lucky that we saw rain & sun showers changing their shift every hour. The floating island of lake makes this place more graceful. Temple of Prashar Rishi is just next to this lake & looks like a Tibetan temple architecture, though it’s not. Reach at the top of surrounded mountain & view from the top is more mesmerizing & beautiful. Winter look of this place must have been more amazing but we didn’t see less in April also for sure. A road trip from Delhi to this place is about 520 Kms & after continue 12 to 14kms drive, sleeping in this peaceful place hidden in forests, surrounded by mountains; was like blessings of nature.

Himalaya really has so many such hidden places which are worth all the pain you suffer to reach there.

Second day we moved to Manikaran in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, which is around 80-90kms from this place. After spending an hour here we decided to spend the night at Kasol which was on the way to Manikaran & just 3kms drive back. 2-3 good small treks are here but we decided to save our energy for next day’s 500kms drive to Delhi. I would say Kasol is Amsterdam of India in many ways. Spending a night here & having dinner in Joe Morrison café, situated deep in forest will give a feeling of Bob Marley Kingdom. Rest is history & secrets………… Himalayas never ends….. 🙂

The Ass-trology!

If you live in India you would totally relate to this. Right from the time a child is born he is caught in an unseen web. Even before he gets an identity in form of some name, his life’s summary and report card is prepared, commonly called the horror-scope…oops! I mean the horoscope. Ever since then his whole life, even his name, depends upon his so-called planets & stars.

Life is about ups & downs and probably the ups wouldn’t be valued and celebrated if there were no downs. As simple as that! But no!!!! How can we simplify things so much, let’s complicate it a bit. Be it studies, career, marriage, house or health for everything we get eager to unleash our future and run to the astrologers or how I like to call them “the ass-trolgers” They claim to decode our horoscope & foresee all the hurdles that may come up in our life. Then there is always some stone you can wear or some pooja you can do or some other deed that’s going to assure your life is smooth.

The debate is not about astrology and its existence/accuracy the point is what is the need of knowing all the good or bad in advance????

If you ask me, I don’t need to know if my shukra (Venus) is flirting with my guru (Jupiter) and that’s going give me backache in life! or my shani (Saturn) is hand-to-mouth and that will hamper my promotion or that my mangal (Mars) is partying and that is sinful for getting married.

These superstitions are all around us, affecting lives. It is not wrong to believe in it, but it is wrong to depend on it. It is ok to wear a stone if it makes you feel confident but it is wrong to wear it in fear that if you don’t wear it only bad lies ahead for you.
The universe works on a simple secret “You invite what you think”. Like how your day is doomed if your daily newspaper horoscope said that it will be a bad day! Thats because you had made up your mind that it is sooo going to happen. So why not to make up the mind for the good things only? Not just astrology, keep yourself at bay from anything that makes you negative or otherwise deal with it in the face, punch it and defeat it!

If life could be unleashed so easily we won’t wait for tomorrow as we would already know it in advance. Nothing is above the faith that everything is fine and will always be fine. Conceive your faith from anything, sometimes a movie or a TV show or a book or a person or your own self helps you feel that life’s good and it will always be good. If you believe in the philosophy that all our stories are pre-written then at least have that confidence that whatever is my story it is the best or else have the balls to believe that you have to write your own story & your mind writes it for you each day. It is up to you that you write a thriller, action or rom-com for yourself!

Think Good. Speak Good. Be Good 🙂

Can’t be with…

How do you live your life with all those “can’t be with” people???… Life just happens. So many people come in just one life, most of them leave & some get stuck with you.  When you try to leave the stuck ones, something happens, something unexpected happens.  It takes a hell lot of efforts to leave a habit & takes a life time to leave the living. Do not get into a habit if you really want to leave. People around you do not exist really if you don’t want them around you. They are just like another thing finding you passing by. I tried to be a little crazy & refused to see anyone around, it pays me well & soothing (at times). Life is more tranquil when you don’t have to care about someone/something, but yes isolated too.

I don’t know the idea of refusing someone’s existence but yes pretending their non-existence is effortless. I guess life is much easier this way. Having lots of good people in life is another problem. You never know which one you should be with, when needed? Though, we are so thankful to have all good people around. Blessings come every time we do great things & …….no need to say what comes when you do wrong.  So keep doing the right (knowingly) & wrong (by mistake only) both, you should have the tastes of all kinds. In the end, you should not regret thinking- this could have been the right way…

Stop Designing Life

Money is a need to live & identity is a myth, stop living for changing priorities. Humanity is a virtue & if you are trying to develop means you are not human. Who are you for people standing right next to you, that’s what matters not the world. Being a witness of something great doesn’t make you great, but being part of a little substantial deed will make you a better human.

I remember a quote of Bob Marley- “Some people feel the rain & others just get wet”. It suits all. Many feel the rain & very few get wet. You decide what you want- sulking for the stupid reasons or smiling at the awesome flashes of life. Don’t waste much time in designing an unpredictable life, start astonishing it by unpredictable & stylish performances of yours. Not everyone can be Gandhi or Hitler or Teresa for people, but everyone can be worth for self. Let’s start with the poignant surroundings & resurrect the lives of not known & lost souls. All the best for breaking the black glass…….!!!