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About

Namaste and Hello. My name is Shalu Sharma and I am the founder of this website. Many people would know me as the founder of YouBihar.com, the social networking site of Bihar. I was born and raised in Patna the capital of Bihar and hence I decided to create a social networking site for the people of Bihar and called it YouBihar.

I am very much passionate about my state of Bihar in North India. It was a while back in 2005 when I created my first website on Bihar purely out of interest. As that site grew in popularity, I decided to create a community site and called it YouBihar. YouBihar was created in early 2009 and today has become the biggest Bihar social networking site with over 12,000 members and still rising.

Me in Zurich, Switzerland

Me in Zurich, Switzerland

If you are wondering who I am; well I am an Indian housewife with children. I do a lot of outdoors activities, site seeing, travelling to places in India and around the world. Now when I have time, I write about India and travelling to India.

Walking along the river

Outdoor and travel enthusiast – walking along the river

I have visited lot of countries around the world and have realised that many are interested in visiting India as well. On my travels, many have asked me about places to visit in India, travel tips, culture of India, what we wear and many other things. I decided one day that I will write about India, travels and holidays in India. I am not a travel agent and I have nothing to sell, just a housewife from Bihar who loves to travel and see the world.

Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany

Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany

In addition, the inspiration of this website also comes from the visitors of YouBihar, of which many of them happens to be from Buddhist countries looking for information on Bihar and Buddha’s time in and around Bihar mainly Bodh Gaya where Buddha got enlightment (nirvana). Many of whom have emailed me asking information about travelling to India and then to Bihar. I therefore have decided to create this website on India and travel information to India.

At the Windsor Castle

At the Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Feel free to comment and share. Ask me a question here. Feel free to leave a message for me here or contact me. You can also contact me on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Google Plus. If you have any questions about India, you can ask me here or simply send me an email at info(at)shalusharma.com

Europe somewhere

On the beach in Europe somewhere..

This site is about India and travelling to India..

“India is a curious place that still preserves the past, religions, and its history. No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country.” – Anita Desai

"All about India"

Introduction to India..

Rich. No other adjectives can convincingly describe the plethora that is India.

It is an experience that will kill you, and leave you discovering life – discovering you.

Take your senses on a ride with its varied geographies that will raise you – with the tranquillity to numb your thoughts – above the highest Himalayas and send you dipping to the complex of seas – angry some and transparent the others – not before it coats a layer of earth with the never ending plains on your humility and etches the burns of beauty on its deserts delving into the east so green as though you have travelled through the womb of nature.

At the Taj Mahal

At the Taj Mahal

And all that changes the way your body smells, your senses perceive, your brain thinks. The sheer variety of a cocktail of experiences that is shoved towards you – from the dead stone caves of the Deccan to the fragrances of spice bazaars fighting among themselves, from the historical make-up of its traditions to the coexistence of its diversity layered with the shine of modernity all glued together by the religious cores of its life, from chaotic noises of it populated cities to places pure virgin, unexplored, from the finest of luxuries that the world has to offer to the free meals of a temple, from the complexity of languages to the simplicity of the hearts of its people – jostles your entire being.

Guess where

Guess where

You learn that taste of food is not by its ingredients but by the hand that cooks it, that vivacity of culture is not in the art but in the artist that practices it, that the law of the land in not by civilization but by the embedded civilization, that modernity is not evolved from the old but that new is just a function of time and that time has varying speeds & that it can even stand still or fly by – that relationships do not necessarily need people to know each other.

You may spend all your money but might not be able even cover India’s peripheries or you may travel all of India for almost no money. You may be astonished by the dynamics of families; be warned – strangers may seem too eager to help. You may follow the trails of most ancient of religions or you may stroll through shiny city culture.

Sometimes India will scare you. Sometimes India will confuse you. Sometimes it will demand patience and sometimes it will test your sense-of-humor. Other times, all of it would get so overwhelming that you would want it all to just stop. And yet there will be times when you will let the experience flow through you. Most people come to India in search of peace, some inner philosophy or finding religion. You will be escorted to the most tranquilizing places on this planet, to the most psychedelic aura that the nature has to offer and to the most comprehensive of eastern philosophies. But that will not quench you. And then, in the busiest of the moments, amongst the crowded of places, you may discover ‘it’.

Leaving India, it may not be certain that you will have your answers but it can be assured that you will be at peace – with yourself.

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Incredible. Absolutely unforgettable..India

The world and me

The world and me

110 Responses to “About”

  1. Latha says:

    Shalu
    Thanks for stopping by my website. It is fun meeting with like minded people. I have 2 kids and am making a living online.
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  2. PrIyAnGsHu says:

    You are really doing a great job with this blog. It was nice to know about you :) !

  3. Hi Shalu,

    Your website is really very useful for me…

    Thanks for your informations….

    Keep on doing…

    If u can, view my blog and give me some ideas, if possible.

    Thank u…

  4. Wow, you are very Inspiring…

  5. Mahesh Mohan says:

    It’s a nice niche to be in… but you should have chosen a brandable domain name.

  6. ujjwal says:

    Great Personality, @Shalu Hope You Will Achieve Your Target Soon.

  7. Pramvir says:

    shalu mam,
    first of all my *salute*
    why are you not using adsense ?

  8. Yasir Imran says:

    Nice to know about your blog

  9. Minnie says:

    Hi SHalu,

    Thank you for visiting my site – thelady8home.com

    This a great site that you have here, very very useful. In fact I have been thinking of writing an e-book for a while now. Your article on that is very very useful.

    Love your site.Now I have it on my feed too :)

  10. Akash says:

    Great Personality

    Your website is really very useful for me…

    Thanks for your informations….

    Keep on doing…
    Thank u…

  11. Dennis says:

    Hey Shalu, I fully support your work in teaching newbies to becoming pros in making money online. I have gone through your social networking site youbihar.com and i absolutely like the design and concept.

    Keep up and best of wishes in your endeavors.

    Thanks,
    Dennis
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  12. Michael Belk says:

    Hi Shalu, I see you have decided the focus of your blog. I hope this works better for you as an American I am very interested in Indian culture. I love your stories and cultural events.
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  13. Vidya Sury says:

    :-) I am glad you visited my blog – I am eager to read all your posts here. I am about to search if there’s anything about the Northeast here. :-)

  14. Hello Shalu – You are doing a wonderful job with your blog and keep the nice articles coming.

  15. debu says:

    quite nice too :)

  16. Sammy says:

    nice blog..i like ur way of writing :)
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  17. nice blog..i like ur way of writing :)
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  18. Soulpower says:

    Hi Shalu, Impressive job you have done with your blog. :)

  19. Tanmayee says:

    Hi Shalu, Thanks for droping by my blog……You have taken a great initiative with ur blog…..liked it :)……

  20. ashishdeep says:

    thank you for the information… its really helpful, especially the step by step guide . It is really simple to use

  21. Chiranjeev says:

    Really nice work you are doing by blogging. It is nice to see you. Go ahead Best of luck!!!

  22. Michael Belk says:

    Shalu, this site has taken an 180 degree and I like the direction it is going. I changed my site many times to get it where I like it. I also listened to my readers. Good Luck.;
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  23. anuja says:

    You have a wonderful thing going on here! keep up the great work!
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  24. Rohith VR says:

    Hiii.. you are doing a wonderful job with your blog. Write about God’s Own Country :D . Keep Going..
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  25. Ehsan says:

    As India is the 2nd full population country of the world, I think hundreds or even thousands of peoples travels to India daily. This iss really helpful website for those travelers.

    I’m also planning to travel to India ones and meet my fellow Blogger friends. I have a lot of friends from India and all of them are blogger like me.

    BTW Shalu will you welcome me if I come to Bihar?
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  26. Medha says:

    I have started loving your blog Shalu. Suddenly India is getting more interesting for me than it was before.
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  27. Dr Samujjala says:

    Hey Shalu great website! thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.. I’ve replied to your query there, you can check it out. And if you have any other skin related queries let me know.
    take care :)

    The_Beauty_Doctor_Speaks

  28. Dr Samujjala says:

    Dear my comment disappered, think it went into moderation.. do check it out.

  29. alka narula says:

    this is a lovely site u have here shalu,,,will visit again:)
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  30. Just dropped by to say “HI”. It thrills me to come across women bloggers from India.
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  31. Shalu Sharma says:

    Thank you Alka. Please do visit again.
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  32. Michael Belk says:

    What a nice video, he was very informative. You site is making great improvements.
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  33. Navneet says:

    Nice work Shalu and i really liked your idea of having about me topic on the front page as all blogs are having seperate page for that.
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  34. Ankit says:

    very nice website good coverage about india! :)

  35. Rahul says:

    Good start at least there is one person who ready to write about indian tradition, thanks.
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  36. aman khan says:

    Hey shalu ji this website is really awesome and very well maintained. I will suggest my friends to visit this site if they want to know about tourist guides

  37. Jeevan Verma says:

    Dear Salu ji a received your link by my blog,wordpress.com.rosekanda
    My name is Mr Jeevan Verma and we run an Rural Community based Home
    stay Eco- Community Based Rural Tourism and Volunteer programme in
    the village- Sunargaon of Kanda, Distt- Bageshwar, Uttarakhand,
    India. We run projects all year round, for people who want to
    experience life in rural India and the foothills of the Himalayas.
    These activities involve teaching at a local school, faming and
    construction. Volunteers are able to live with the family and learn
    about our culture with enjoying the nature.

    I would be very grateful if your business is able to promote our
    volunteer organisation among your partners, clients and friends.

    Our information on this volunteer
    programme is as follows:

    Email- jlverma.rosekanda@gmail.com Moile- + 91-9412167186,
    with the best wishes.
    Jeevan

  38. SAS says:

    it is nice job. it is very usse full architecture.

  39. avishek kumar says:

    hi…
    I want 2 talk with u somthihg about of business ,so pls. contact me .my gmail i.d is avishek.mech714@gmail.com

  40. I read this blog and I want to say with much praise of Hu’s this very nice.This blog is India and traveling about very nice & useful in this blog information.
    Thanks for stopping by my website. It is fun meeting with like minded people. I have 2 kids and am making a living online.

  41. I read this blog and I want to say with much praise of Hu’s this very nice.This blog is India and traveling about very nice & useful in this blog information.
    Thanks for stopping by my website. It is fun meeting with like minded people. I have 2 kids and am making a living online.

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  42. Zen says:

    Hy Shalusharma

    Nice blogs, and nice to know about you and about India. thanks for sharing :D

  43. Congrats for your success for youBihar.com. I just found you from a blog through indiblogger .
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  44. Arun Naik says:

    I just visited youBihar.com. It seems it is a successfully running social community of people in Bihar. Shalu Sharma is doing w great work online.

  45. abhishek says:

    gr8 too see an Indian Travel Guide blog and that too by a women :) Makes a lot of sense :)
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  46. Jena Isle says:

    This is amazing Shalu, I’m glad I found it. Your post the boring blog is hilarious..lol…you do have a sense of humor. I like also your videos…I hope you can feature movies too or English subtitles of Satmayev Jayate.
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  47. thiru says:

    Hi, Your website is very useful to know about many places.. looking forward for many posts and videos..

  48. Sravya says:

    Hi, good information. I think it is useful for my upcoming vacation tour to north.

  49. Ashish says:

    well, its a proud feeling to see a women blogger from India actually taking a initiative. I appreciate you courage and all the best for you future work.

  50. kamal says:

    I really like your site, you covered most of the places like nalanda university, Mysore etc. You can also differentiate our poverty(70%) and millionaires.I Suggest you can write some of the tourist places in tamilnadu also( Ooty, kodaikanal, Meenakshi temple ,Tanjore brihadeerwara temple etc.)Thank you for your great effort.

  51. Vimeet says:

    Nice blog. Travel is something that I also enjoy.

  52. mahesh says:

    nice You are a good and intelligent lady i think there is few lady who are working here even not too young.

  53. saad hashmi says:

    i like the way you write your posts and i wish u to become a successful blogger which will represent bihar

  54. Amit says:

    this blog inspire me to create something about my country too. thank dear XD

  55. Arjun says:

    Really proud of you Medam and i like very much this blog. Keep it up.
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  56. abhimanyu Singh says:

    Dear ma’am,

    My name is Abhimanyu Singh and i am from Jaipur Rajasthan. Presently i am working for HSBC bank (french process) in Bangalore since 16 months.
    Earlier, i worked as a freelancer Tour Escort(French & English) in Delhi for 1 year. Now i am preparing for my DELF B1 level of french.One of my friends
    told me about your company. As client’s expectation i am friendly and knowledgeable, to be able to organize themselves and others,
    to be responsible, honest and reliable, excellent communication skills, I am really willing to work with your organization which progress
    dynamically and give me a chance to improve myself and enhance my skills in the state of art and management to be a part of the team. I wants as a Tour Escort
    in north or south India. I can do all types of tours like Adventure tours, Safari and wildlife tours, spiritual tours, and Rural and agricultural tours. I did a certificate course
    from “The Indian Institute of Tourism & Travel Management, Gwalior, M.P.

    Please find the attached resume.

    thanks & regards

    Abhimanyu Singh

  57. SEO Melbourne says:

    HI

    You are a good and intelligent lady i think there is few lady who are working here even not too young.

  58. Great,like your blog and even a woman blogger more keep blogging and enjoying it.
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  59. Roshi says:

    sound interesting. Basically i am a Graphic Designer, i read your blog and explore India amazing.

  60. seo consultant says:

    Thanks Ma’m for writing such a great content, i am from ranchi and m very happy and appreciate your hard work..

  61. Samer says:

    Nice to see you running successful blogs, best of luck for you future endeavors.

  62. Michael Belk says:

    I like the new change. It looks more focused on travel and I think it is good showing you travel.

    I love the layout also.
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  63. Pradip says:

    You are doing an wonderful job. My best wishes and all the support.

  64. Irfan says:

    Congrats for your good work on India and Travel. Hope to see more info from your website.

  65. jainendra jain says:

    you are doing very nice job for India. it will to guide tourist…my best wish to you doing good social work

  66. Great Work Shalu! really a nice website and very inspiring….you mostly write about your country and your love for your country shows in your articles…

    Really appreciated…Keep the Good works going..:-)
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  67. abhilash says:

    great work shalu.. i find your blog on Indibloger, really a great work, keep it up
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  68. Generate MLM Leads says:

    Hello Shalu how are you? It was nice to know you and your site. You are an amazing person and very beautiful too. I will definitely follow your site.

  69. JamesW says:

    hi Shalu, it’s a very interesting short biography and story to read. Keep up the great work :)
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  70. Ramnath says:

    Hi Shalu,
    Just visited your site.
    Amazing..
    Would love to be in contact.
    Regards
    Ramnath

  71. ANANTH says:

    Hi madam this is ANANTH FROM ANDHRAPRADESH,
    Great Work Shalu Madam! Its really a nice website and very inspiring…. You are a good and intelligent lady .I see you have decided the focus of your blog.
    Really appreciated…Keep the Good works going..:-)
    09700290281

  72. Nazar says:

    Shalu Sharma please let me know some thing about a village Jhonkhi Pur (جھونکھی پور)of Bihar, Arrah, Shahabad, post office Gundi.
    please mail me.

  73. pietersen says:

    Seems you have not left any part of the world good to see your pic Shalu ..visitng inside your blog now hope i can find real India in this :)

  74. rohit says:

    Amazing! great blog and iam feeing proud to see a lady doing such a great job. Who say A lady is weaker than a Man. Madam you made a great inspirational icon among the girls and boys also.
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  75. dawnrichard says:

    Hi,
    If you are a housewife then from where you get money to travel in abroad ? Can i ask this question shalu ?

  76. Sagar Rai says:

    Shalu, this is a wonderful blog. Small scale but highly useful blog. You can take this blog to next level very easily. Try posting more articles on Trip making, cover the hot Tourist spots, include more reviews on Famous hotels, and definitely, your blog would be nothing less than a BRAND name. Wish you all best..
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  77. Aldrin Cruz says:

    Wasn’t aware you also founded a social networking site. You are truly amazing Shalu!

  78. Manish says:

    Your writing is very interesting and you have posted some beautiful pictures…. Thanks for sharing

  79. Luck says:

    Hey, Shalu your website is to informational & your have more experience in travel.wow u great !

  80. Gautams says:

    Nice blog having Good information about Travelling. Keep it up Shalu. Keep Writing.
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  81. APTET says:

    Hello Shalu,
    You are the one of the leading female in blogger. Whenever I was looking for a tourist place in India. Your blog always comes up.
    Nice blog.
    All the best for future. Keep it up.

  82. K. Syed says:

    Hi madam,

    your posts are very interesting. plz keep on writing such posts.

  83. Samantha says:

    Thanks so much for checking out our blog and interviewing us Shalu! When we visit India, we will definitely use your blog as a guide. Great information!!
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  84. You are a good and intelligent lady i think there is few lady who are working here even not too young.

  85. aatish says:

    Hi Shalu, Great work you are doing….in short time i really became fan of your website…..keep writting…..