Trip to Buddhist Temple

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The epic adventure begins after I purchase the ticket to enlightenment (in this case a coin).

I arrived at the temple with a feeling of accomplishment. I had used nothing but google maps to get there. As I walked towards the temple I heard the sound of bells ringing. There was a “templish” smell in the air. In my mind, I am thinking about making friends with the good old monks and maybe even do some quiet and peaceful meditation with them. When I get there I see these huge magnificent doors. Only problem- they were closed. It was past the temples opening hours. I requested the security guard to give me a peak into the temple but he was quite stern. So I was banned from entering the temple. Tis the season of bans after all.

Sorry if you came here expecting to see pictures of a Buddhist temple. Life’s not fair. Yeah that’s right. Not to get too philosophical but “The light at the end of the tunnel” gets switched off sometimes for maintenance. But there still is a light and I will visit it some other time. Have an enlightening week. That’s too much usage of the word “light”. Damn the Illuminati. Here are some pictures I took on my way back.

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This last picture was not easy to take. It is the one and only picture that was taken during the creation of the universe. Wonder why the creator is wearing a helmet.

Realizations

I attended a literary festival today in good old Kolkata. The theme of the event was “Women in writing”. So just as you would expect, there were a loooot of feminists there. Soooo boooring(just kidding!). Very good looking feminists though. “Interesting people” is what I am trying to say(I did not speak to a single person there). Three great women spoke on the issues faced by women all over the world. Man! It was an eye opener! It is a known fact that girls are being trafficked all over India but this event gave me a better insight into what goes on in their family and what leads to them being sold off to pimps. I learned a lot about the struggles women face in their careers. Instead of concluding the event just by talking about the issues, the speakers tried to make suggestions on how to solve the problem. They explained the importance of good parenting and treating people with respect. It got me thinking…I should be knowing a lot about the struggles faced by women because I have a mother and a sister. Most importantly, I have been to school!  Yet I know more about these issues from YouTube videos! There’s something terribly wrong here. Anyway I am glad I attended this event. Makes me feel I did something worthwhile on Republic day.

While the event was going on, I got hungry. You know.. with all the information overload. So I got this:

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Its called Papri chaat

This thing changed my life! That’s two life changing events in one day.

Channeling anger

I have a lot of suppressed anger. Gigantic explosions compressed and locked away in the bottom of my mind. Lately I noticed that this anger has started to escape in the form of rare, mild eruptions. Sadly, it is the people who I genuinely care about who have to deal with these eruptions of mine. So I decided to channel all this excess anger into a more productive routine. In other words, I decided to let it flow! Boxing of course did the trick. Kick-boxing to be precise. And boy does it feel good!

I know this is only a temporary fix or maybe not even a fix at all but it sure feels damn good! According to my trainer, I am good at it too! Here are a few things that I found useful for training:

This is going to get a little dark so this is probably where you should stop reading and head on over to the other “travel” blogs(I will do the same right after I finish writing this crap).

a) Don’t stop training

b) This one’s typical. Imagine that your punching bag is the person you hate the most. It helps if you have a list of people at hand because the same person everyday gets boring real fast! PS: Keep a check on the amount of hate. Too much will lead to bleeding knuckles, broken nails, a lot of bad stuff.

c) See to it that your trainer is always with you to keep you motivated. (I got a crazy ex-army maniac).

d) Do not fear people. You are the king….okay now its going off topic.

Having said all of this, I would like to reassure the reader that everything is okay with me and everything is gonna be okay with you. Trust me. Here’s a song as proof:

A little science wont hurt:

Art

Went to an Indie art festival yesterday. I have to say I met some very interesting and nice people there. There was singing, dancing and chanting. There were people playing the most unusual instruments. There were the most bizarre outfits, food, nudity and most importantly a lot of hugging! It was amazing to see these artists with absolutely no kind of financial help do art on the streets. Most importantly, they were making people happy! For free! How cool is that? Oh and did I mention nudity? There was a lot of that too! 2017 is definitely strange but I am glad I got to witness it!

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The kickass bus ticket

I attended a concert yesterday. It was a fusion of Scandinavian folk and Bengali folk. Never knew they would blend together so well! Anyway, I took a bus home. It was a local bus in a very poor condition(the kind that guaranteed adventure). The tickets were made of re-used paper. The incomplete sentences on the back of my ticket made my day.

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No more Bayhem

I’ve been fascinated by all of Michael Bay’s work. However, like all good things that too must come to an end. Michael Bay’s traditional action packed movies are not awesome anymore. I think he should try something new. He won’t have any problem coming up with ideas!

Just my opinion!

Sometimes I wish this dude could direct my life!