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Sufism | Bridging religions

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This is something extremely relevant is the current ecosystem. It is a story that has various aspects. It involves the beautiful relation between a master and his disciple; it involves two friends belonging to two different faiths and people belonging to different strata of the society. How rare it is these days to find people who keep humanity above religion and don’t let their ego come in the way of interacting with people! The competition, envy is getting deep rooted in us and apparently we are forgetting the fact that after all we are all humans. It gets my goat when I read online, people killing people in the name of religion. I am not an erudite but I’m pretty sure no religion teaches us to kill. I usually come across balderdash that people post against each other on social media as if trying to prove that one religion is better than the other. When will this ‘my religion is better than yours’ thing end!

 

In this blog post trying to mention an example that demonstrates the communion across religions and status. Sufism has many such examples that can help us mitigate the existential tension among religions. Mian Mir a sufi saint and his life is a brilliant example that blazes a trail for all of us. Mian Mir a Muslim sufi was invited to lay the foundation of the Harmandir Sahib popularly known as ‘The Golden Temple’. Mian Mir, a quintessential Sufi loved simplicity and had a huge disdain for gloating and arrogance. The Mughal emperor Jahangir wanted to meet Mian Mir but Mian Mir never really entertained him. Mian Mir didn’t like his greed and insatiable desire for power.

 

Mian Mir liked Dara Shikoh, a Mughal emperor with Sufi inclination. Dara Shikoh was a learned man who believed in humanity and had not even an iota of arrogance in him. Dara Shikoh was a highly devoted disciple of the Saint Mian Mir and the saint liked him as well. Mian Mir was also friends with Guru Arjan Dev Ji the fifth Sikh guru. It was Guru Arjan Dev Ji who invited Mian Mir to lay the foundation stone of the golden temple. The shrine of the saint Mian Mir is visited and believed by Sikhs and people of other religions as well!

 

When our genesis is so eclectic in nature, what then instigates us to draw blood in the name of religion! This is a beautiful example and teaches us that religion and stature shouldn’t stop us from befriending people and loving them. We are all humans after all. Even if someone doesn’t treat you well, reciprocate with utmost generosity.

“What forgiveness is?

Sufi replied: It’s the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed.”

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It is the Indian values that make us win!

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We Indians are known for our values and culture. That is what makes us special! The love for the nation is a natural phenomenon, something that I’ve always believed you don’t need to teach. India has always had a rich heritage and culture that is eclectic in nature. We have our values and that is what differentiates us from others. We aren’t materialistic, we value people over things. We believe that God made people to be loved and things to be used but unfortunately nowadays people love things and they use people!

 

I’ll share a candid experience, a situation wherein I kept my patience and didn’t leave my Indian values and things took care of themselves then. I was introduced into a new project and the project lead was an American guy, nerd who hardly spoke. We were total seven people in the team and I was the last and the youngest to join. The other five people were Indians as well and were pretty pedantic in nature. As I was new in the team I didn’t have a lot of idea about the project and apparently most of the discussions were esoteric. Things became tough, I couldn’t perform as no one was ready to transfer the project knowledge or help me get started with things.

 

Months went by but I didn’t lose hope. I started working doubly hard. To be candid, there were times when I felt like leaving the job but I wanted to leave on a good note. We Indians respect people and no matter how arrogant a person is, if you continue showing good behavior he will eventually succumb to your good natured personality. That’s what I did as well; no matter how bad I was treated initially I kept respecting others. Good behavior, patience and hard work helped me carve a niche for myself in the team.

 

The project lead called me one day in his cabin. I was surprised to hear that I was given a promotion. He said to me: ‘Things weren’t easy for you in the beginning but I appreciate your hard work. I have seen guys quit jobs for reasons like these. What made you stay here? I’m just a tad curious to know!’ I smiled and thanked him for the promotion letter. I told him: ‘We Indians are known for our values. We respect people and we always maintain our honesty towards our work. That said we like winning people! Yes you are right, I could have left the job as well but I wanted to prove a point.’ Well he looked pretty impressed and we shook hands as if we both understood each other.

 

 

You shouldn’t compromise your values just because things get tough at times. After all that is what we Indians are known for! We are extremely glad that Lufthansa recognizes the global Indian influence and is celebrating the same which is extremely apparent in their latest TVC. This definitely makes Lufthansa #MoreIndianThanYouThink

The grand stay at the Crowne Plaza Greater Noida!

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I like travelling. I always believe that travelling helps you explore people and cultures. The more you travel the richer you become. It is all about travelling, keep moving in life. When you travel you not only cover distances, you also explore! You learn new cultures, land in un-chartered situations. It also helps you to explore yourself. You get a chance to know the real “you”! Everyone craves for a luxurious and comfortable stay while travelling. A nice place to stay can really take the travelling experience notches up! Although there are umpteen number of options available these days, finding a nice suave place to stay is still a tad difficult. India is a land of culture and heritage. People in India love art and culture. India gives you full freedom to demonstrate and exhibit your art. That is a wonderful thing about this great nation. As a tourist you have many places to explore in India. India has huge amount of history associated with it.

 

A couple of years back we planned a trip to watch Greater Noida to watch car racing events happening at the Buddha International Circuit. I am still glad that we chose the grand Crowne Plaza Greater Noida as the place to stay. The experience and the hospitality was awesome, an experience that we still relish! The Crowne Plaza Greater Noida is located at the Surajpur Chowk in Greater Noida. The location is just apt for a comforting experience. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Greater Noida for a couple of days and we enjoyed a lot.

 

The Crowne Plaza Greater Noida offers umpteen number of top notch facilities. It has a brilliant and well equipped gym with facilities like sauna, steam rooms. You can work out and then relax and detoxify yourself! It has an awesome restaurant ‘Mosaic’ that serves awesome mouth watering dishes. They also have a special children menu and that’s really an asset for families with kids. The Crowne Plaza Greater Noida also has the ‘Belgian Beer Cafe’. This place offers a variety of beers and has a typical Belgian ambience! These are just some of the facilities that the place offers. The place also offers WiFi services with the stay. The Crowne Plaza Greater Noida offers all the facilities that you desire in a suave, luxury stay! The stay at the Crowne Plaza Greater Noida was really a special one. The ambience and the brilliant roads of Greater Noida make things even better!

 

I am blogging about my luxury stay experience for an activity at BlogAdda in association with MakeMyTrip

 

 

Fun with the Datsun redi-GO

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The fad for cars among the Indian youth is increasing day by day. This fad is even more in the metro cities and urban youth. This fad has created a lot of scope for automobiles companies to come up with new and innovative models. Datsun has already made a decent impact in the Indian automobiles market and has been liked by all and sundry. Datsun’s innovation coupled with style has helped it impress the public. The needs of the urban drivers are dynamic and they want the automobiles companies to keep coming up with new and innovative launches. Indian urban life is busy and a tad hectic as well, people want a vehicle that befits their lifestyle and schedule.

 

The Datsun redi-GO has some brilliant and appealing features that are sure to impress all and sundry. Three features of the Datsun redi-GO that appeal the most to me are- Speed, Comfort /Space and the Funky/Stylish looks!

 

Speed: The Datsun redi-GO is sure going to be fun for those who like speedy rides. The vehicle is expected to have a 5-speed manual gearbox. So apparently when you’re in the fifth gear (top gear) you can get going at a rapid pace! Speed as we all know is a cardinal need of the urban youth. This feature really makes the Datsun redi-GO a brilliant and must have vehicle!

 

Comfort/Space: We know that for everyone in the urban cities, the comfort is a huge and prime factor. We want our vehicles to be spacious and comfortable. The Redi-GO is expected to be very spacious with a large boot thus making it a comfortable vehicle. The interiors of the vehicle are also supposed to be nice and comfortable, befitting the urban need. With the busy and hectic schedules that we have in urban life, comfort is always of cardinal importance and Redi-GO provides the riders exactly that!

 

Funky/Stylish looks: This is sure to grab attention of all. Yes, the funky and the stylish looks of the Redi-GO will for sure suffice to grab the attention of all! Looks matter a lot to the urban youth and there is not even an iota of doubt about this fact. The new Redi-GO is supposed to have a muscular bonnet and the rear hatch is also supposed to get a good muscular and stylish design. Looks appeal a lot to the urban youth and this is exactly where the Redi-GO scores!

 

India is a fabulous nation and the place is just apt for the people with fad for travelling and driving. Truly you can explore a lot in this fantastic nation. I would really like to take the Redi-GO for a drive to Jaipur to test it. I would like to test the Redi-GO for speed, control and mileage. I think these are major factors that need to be tested in a vehicle. The control is of prime importance and so is that speed. I would like to test how swift the shifting of gears is. I would also like to test and observe the mileage of the vehicle and this also is an important financial factor.

 

Fun. Freedom. Confidence. The ultimate Urban Cross – Datsun redi-GO – the capability of a crossover with the convenience of a hatchback.

 

 

That peppy boy in the stadium!

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Life is all about enjoying the moments. It is all about moving ahead and not getting stuck at a place. You should ensure that you live life to the fullest, enjoying all the joyful moments of life. Please make sure that you don’t let your life become boring and monotonous. You should try to stay happy and peppy most of the times! Please stay optimistic and peppy about life, don’t be pessimistic in your approach. Keep enjoying life to the fullest and keep making people happy. You should always strive to bring smile on other people’s face and be the reason of their happiness! Everyone should try to stay peppy and reduce their stress level.

 

Just like happiness, peppiness is also something that is contagious. If you are happy and peppy, people around you get and feel the energy as well! So, try to stay happy and peppy most of the times. I have experienced it many times that if there is a peppy person in the room then the entire room feels the peppiness! That is one great thing about being happy and peppy! We should always try to find company of the people that remain happy and peppy in their lives. People who are pessimistic and always complaining about life make a negative impact on others as well!

 

I used to go the stadium on weekends to play some cricket and football. I am a tad health conscious as well! I have always had a fad for both cricket and football since time immemorial! I am an ardent lover of sports. One day I met a young peppy teenager guy in the stadium during my visit. The guy was a fair guy with silky hair and a really winsome smile on his face. He requested me to play cricket with him and I couldn’t say no! The guy was so peppy and jolly nature that it was pure fun playing with him. I really enjoyed the time spent with him. He used to crack jokes and had so much of energy and peppiness in him.

 

I started going to the stadium on a regular basis. To be candid, that peppy guy was the main reason for me going to the stadium on a regular basis. I really loved his company. We used to play cricket and football together. He would tell me his inspirations in life and likewise I would share my life experiences with him as well! It was amazing sharing my experiences with him and it was also nice to hear his thoughts about life! It is amazing that worries reduce if you get in touch with a happy natured and peppy person!

I still remember and miss that peppy boy in the stadium and I wish him all the luck as well!

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

The importance of navigation apps!

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In the recent times we have seen great advancement in the field of information technology. We have different mobile applications these days to perform various sorts of activities. Thus these mobile applications are of tremendous use. These days we heavily hinge upon the mobile applications to even perform our day to day activities. Thus, these mobile applications have become a part and parcel of our lives. The different sort of mobile applications are available on both the iOS as well as on the android platform. Thus, these mobile applications have great significance.

 

In this era of mobile apps we have a lot of navigation apps as well! These apps have huge importance and significance for people who travel frequently and for people who like to explore places. There are many navigation apps available on both the android as well as on the iOS platform as well! These mobile applications help the users to get the location of the different places. Thus, you can never get lost if you use the latest navigation apps! Even if you are driving a car or any vehicle for that matter, these navigation apps will help you reach the destination.

 

The mobile apps for the navigation purpose mainly use the GPS functionality of the mobile. The GPS is the global positioning system and helps the Users to locate the places. The GPS feature these days is a part and parcel of all the smart phones. The global positioning system feature helps the users to get the location and the position of various places accurately. Thus, the GPS feature is of great importance and if you are planning to get a new smart phone please ensure that it has the GPS feature as well! The GPS is a great feature for the modern day users and travelers. This feature becomes more useful when you are travelling to a new place. Not only this feature helps you trace places but also helps you to explore the locations.

 

There are various navigation apps available for the smart phone users these days. This competition in the mobile application field ensures that the Users have enough choices for the apps. There are fantastic mobile applications with superb User Interface that leads to decent User experience as well! If you want to install a navigation app, I would recommend reading its reviews first before you moved ahead with the installation thing. You should go ahead with a simple, smooth navigation app that will help you to locate places and positions.

 

A lot of modern day automobiles are also implementing that navigation systems and the GPS feature in the vehicles. This helps Users to locate things while driving and thus it facilitates driving for the Users. Thus, these navigation apps are of tremendous use for the Users.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Fantastico experience at Lucknow!

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India has many states and each state offers something unique. Every state has a lot of history associated with it and thus exploring these is always a fantastico experience! You should keep travelling and exploring places, it gives you a chance to interact with a lot of people in the process. Travelling is always a fantastico thing to do. So, keep travelling and keep exploring places. I have explored a few of the Indian states and it is always a fantastico experience. Each state has its own language, culture and its own traditions. This is the most beautiful and fantastico thing about the various Indian states. That is the reason that tourists keep visiting our nation in large numbers.

 

If you haven’t visited Uttar Pradesh yet then you must for sure plan a trip to this state of India. Uttar Pradesh has various cities of historical and cultural importance. So, you can visit and explore many places in the state. The state is extremely rich in culture and heritage. The state has some great spots for people who have fad about wildlife as well! Thus you also get a chance to explore a few forest areas in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Also, the state has various places of religious importance as well. The state has some extremely holy cities like Ayodhya, Varanasi and others. These cities have huge cultural values. Thus, visiting the state is always a fantastico experience for anyone who loves travelling.

 

I visited Lucknow and indeed it was a fantastico experience! The city also happens to be the state capital. The city has many monuments and buildings of historical importance. Also, the city has some building with modern architecture as well! There are various amusement parks in the city as well. Also, the city has a zoo that you can visit for fun and entertainment. The city has many monuments of Mughal style architecture and there is huge heritage associated with these monuments. The city offers a lot for those who like to shop as well! You can wear ‘kurtas’ of different sorts. Lucknow is famous for ‘chicken kurta’ in particular. Thus, the city offers a fantastico shopping experience as well!

 

If you are a foodie then for sure you will love the city Lucknow! The city is a fantastico place for food lovers as well! The city offers a variety of cuisines. The non-vegetarians can surely try biryani and kababs here and it will for sure satisfy their taste buds! The food in this ‘nawabi’ city is really awesome! The place is filled with awesome food joints and offers a lot in terms of taste. You can try desserts of different sorts as well! The place is extremely famous for ‘kulfi’, an ice-cream dessert!

It was really a fantastico experience visiting the place!

 

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.