Rishikesh – The Holy Land for Adventure Enthusiastic

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RIshikesh is a wonderful city of Uttarakhand situated on the banks of River Ganga just 230 kms away from Delhi (approx. 6 hours drive) and an hour drive from famous Haridwar. It is primarily a favourite spot for all adrenaline rush lovers as it have a lot to offer.

Delhi as we all know is the capital city of India and a residence of more than a Crore population. A densely populated city, life is always at lightening fast speed, where everyone feels to be at war footing, offers bare minimum to freshen up. Hence, a place like Rishikesh which offers calmness, close to nature and away from all the hustle backed by all the famous adventure sports makes it a must visit.

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Just an over-night drive away from delhi, surrounded by green hills at top and flowing blue River Ganga making mellifluous sounds accompanied by many small and medium tributaries at bottom makes It a heaven on earth. Rishikesh off late has seen a tremendous upward shift for adventure lovers and tourists, Thanks to its affordable and warm hospitality, an explored but not exploited place, offering all types of staying experiences from camping to cottages to 5 star resorts all along the melodiously gliding River.

One prefers the place over others for few reasons, its serene surrounding which is pleasing to both eyes and ears, along with a culture of dance and bon-fire offered by resorts and camp sites, tasty food and of course the all famous adventure activities cliff jumping, rock climbing and rappelling for sudden adrenaline rush. Not to forget, just a few km away, one will find waterfall which adds another charm to this wonderful place and you can also opt for a small trek to the top to enjoy the sunrise and sunset view.

Packages

For all the adventure sports lover, who want to check their limits, rishikesh offers White Water River rafting which you can choose from 12km, 16km, or 24km, bungee jumping from the height of 83mts, Giant Swing from 83mtrs above river level, Flying fox which starts from a height of 120 mtrs and reaches a maximum speed of 160kmph.

Rishikesh is arguably the only place which offers so much to choose from, be it its serenity, delicious food, river side dining, adventure sports, close to city and of course the Famous uttrakhand hospitality. Surely makes it lovable place to many…

The grey shades of Holi

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I was just sipping my tea and surfing twitter after a modest celebration of Holi with my near ones , I came across a Trending HASHTAG (#BLOCKSCHOOPWHOOP) apparently for an article written against HOLI festival and subsequently  hurting sentiments of many Holi Loving Hindus. HOLI is blissfully celebrated in Northern part of India, Majorly comes from Mathura & Vrindavan (the holy cities of Uttar Pradesh) also known as festival of Colors.

Undoubtedly, this festival is one of the most fun loving and vibrant one will ever find across cultures, but one has to accept, it is also disliked by the counter disciples citing personal reasons.

SCOOPWHOOP published an article on HOLI on March 13,2017 yes a year back “Holi Is The Worst Festival That Exists & I Can’t Pretend To Play Along Anymore”.     Now this is a headline that is definitely going to pinch to many and of course hurt many sentiments. To be sure, of the content, I visited the all famous blog, read the article and on the contrary to my belief, was completely disappointed by the content.

Completely one sided, with a focus to tarnish the image of festivals and mincing no words before writing. Felt like, it was written by a person, who just got immensely hurt by many throw-downs of color filled Balloons.

Holi is definitely a joyous festival in nature, people visits friends and relatives, apply Color(known as Gulal and Rang in Hindi) to both youngsters and elders, children likes to play with balloons throwing them on passerby’s, families celebrating the festivals with a combination of Dance on the floor and Gujiyaa(an Indian sweet dish specially prepared on the eve of Holi) in the plate.

But on the contrary, there is a set of people who are just not comfortable with the use of Color on skin(which is most of the time itchy on skin), prefers to stay inside the room(or within their comfort zone).

But there is another section of society which is forceful and aggressive in exercising the phrase “BURA NA MANO HOLI HAI” with some unwanted force looking to pull others out of their comfort zones.

In a recent incident, where Delhi University students were allegated with  throwing Sperm Baloons (yes you read it right) can never be endorsed in the name of “BURA NA MAANO HOLI HAI”, this is a doing of the lowest conduct deserving to be dealt with the toughest of the penalties possible.

We don’t argue that, what Schoopwhoop has written is right or not, but if trending hastags (#BANSCHOOPWHOOP) are right, then all the misconducts that we do by groping girls and women also deserve to be punished. We are also doing no right in seeing all good in the festival with one eye only and ignoring everything else.

A festival irrespective of religion and occasion, always advocate Love and affection to bring love and harmony in the society. Holi is not an exception and any kind of force and unwanted pleasure in the name of festival should always be dealt with all seriousness.

 

 

Breastfeeeding: Sexism-Taboo-Hypocrisy

 

“45.1% Children under age of 6 months are not breastfed exculsively in India”

Feb 28,2018, a Malyalam magazine “Grihalakshmi’s March edition cover page features an Image of a Women(South Indian Model – Gilu Joseph) feeding a child with uncovered breasts and staring into the camera. The undersigned quote on the page boldly says – “Mother Tells Kerala – Please stop staring, we need to breast feed”. Now this post has come across both harsh criticism and sane acceptance.

38,4% of India’s children under the age of five years are stunted, whereas 21% are wasted. Major reason behind high undernutrition among children is improper breastfeeding practices in the first year of birth.

Under such circumstances, if a magazine attempted a bold communication message to promote breastfeeding, that too in one of the states with high literacy such resistance coming from all over India reflects the problem.

The entire chaos has reflected that still a lot of work towards behavior change communication is to be undertaken which can result in acceptance of safe and public breastfeeding.

The hypocrisy around public display of breastfeeding is also evident from the fact that we are willing to observe breastfeeding in Country’s biggest blockbuster movie “Bahubali”. If the women is breastfeeding covering her breast then it is perceived as a symbol of motherhood that all of us are willing to embrace.

But as soon as the breast uncovers, the entire psychology takes a paradigm shift and it is seen from the eyes of sexist as a national tragedy.

We just refuse to accept that we are stalkers? Just ask a women you know, does she feels comfortable feeding while travelling, when many eyes stalk her as if she is inviting them for something, those eyes who have made india 3rd largest viewer of Pornography in india, those eyes who instantly make an mms famous, without being concerned about the life of that girl and what she might have to face.

The entire incident has indicated the level of Behavior Change Communication still required even in urban centres of the country without which we can not acheive the goal of ending malnutrition in the country.