Advice to a female student travelling to India

How to help the poor

I received a question from a concerned grandmother about her granddaughter, a university student visiting India for a month working with poor people.

Her question:

My granddaughter is going to be in India for 4 weeks with a group of other college students and a few professors. It is not going to be a tourist like visit, but a learning experience that will involve traveling to many parts of the country and working with mostly poor people. They will eat the local food and stay in non luxurious lodgings.

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Making phone calls in and from India

Making phone calls in India

Being away from home in a foreign country, its natural for one to connect to the loved ones every now and then. Making that phone call home would actually reinvigorate you for the rest of the journey in India. Since making a call comes under the very basic needs of a person, one should definitely be well- informed of the options.

So what are the options available while travelling in India for making phone calls? Let’s find out! 

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How Indian Yoga Protects You From Obesity And Heart Disease

Woman performing Yoga

Don’t be one of the 1 million people who will die from heart disease this year. Take action.

Heart disease is one of the biggest threats to your way of life. It can cost you your job, your money, your health, your mind, as well as your very life itself. Over 1 million people die every year from heart disease and those who don’t die face a severe drop in the quality of life as they are confined to a wheelchair and medications. Fortunately, advances in modern medicine have made the recovery from heart disease better than ever before, but is this enough? Is there an alternative to the modern pharmacotherapy and its undesired side effects?

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Try Pind Balluchi Punjabi restaurants in India

Malai tikka

If you are Delhi then you have to try out my all time favourite restaurant called the Pind Balluchi. I am regular at this place. If you happen to be a tourist to India, then you are in for a bargain – for about 20 American dollars, a family of 4 can easily have a good meal in a very Indian environment. Other than in and around Delhi; Pind Balluchi restaurants can be found in several places in Punjab (Chandigarh and Amritsar) and Mumbai.

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Andy Bailey has Multiple Sclerosis – Can Indian yoga help MS patients

Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis

I was very saddened to hear that Andy Bailey, the founder of CommentLuv was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). If you don’t know who Andy Bailey is then here’s a brief synopsis. He happens to be the brains behind CommentLuv, a premium WordPress plugin used by thousands of WordPress blogs in various niches including mine. The idea of CommentLuv is simple yet very powerful which is to reward your commentator with a back link. Comments as we all know increases engagement and hence increasing interaction between the readers.

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The Finest Dining in Chennai

Palki Chennai

Chennai was formerly known as Madras, India. The city is over 360 years old, and currently has a population well over 7 million people. Although fast growing, the city maintains a ranking in the top 20 cleanest cities worldwide. With a thriving and vibrant cultural climate and beautiful surroundings, visitors come for the wonderful beach resort accommodations and the stunning coast on the Bay of Bengal. Those visiting also enjoy the amazing diversity of quality cuisine options available within the city of Chennai.

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Swiss woman gang raped in central India

Capital punishment for rape

Crimes against women in India (large scale female infanticide/gender-bias/rape/dowry deaths/domestic violence) are very common but crimes against female tourists to India should not be overlooked by the tourism industry of India.

A Swiss woman has been gang-raped by a group of men in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is thought the woman was camping in a forest with her husband on cycling trip when about 8 men attacked the couple on the 15th of March 2013, robbed the pair and raped the woman in front of her husband. The woman (aged 40) was later admitted to a hospital in Gwalior city.

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Indian holy man smoking chillum

Indian holy man smoking chillum

The Hindu holy man called “sadhu” seen in this picture seems to be smoking a chillum. A chillum is a smoking device invented in India used to smoke cannabis, charas or hashish. Cannabis (often called the bhang or ganja) is illegal in India however the use of this drug is so ingrained in the culture of India that is difficult to ban it completely. You can read more about Bhang here

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Valley of Flowers National Park

The Valley of Flowers

At a height of nearly 13,000 feet in Garhwal hills of Western Himalayas lies the valley of flowers famous for its colourful pastures of alpine flowers and clear streams set against snowy mountain peaks. The smoothness and flowery calmness of the fairyland kind of valley makes a wonderful contrast against some of the other places to see in India. The Valley of Flowers National Park has been part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.

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11 reasons to visit India

Inside of Mahabodhi Temple

One of the most valuable assets of India is its people and diversity. You go from one Indian state to another and you will find a difference in culture, language, mannerisms, tradition and food and amazingly we coexist in a very peaceful way. Nowhere in the world will you find such diversity There are places to visit and then there is India. Here are some of the reasons why you should visit this great country.

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Visiting Golghar in Patna

Side view of Golghar

If you happen to visit Patna the capital of Bihar on your way to Bodh Gaya, I suggest you take a look at the building called the “Golghar” (that literally means “round house”). The Golghar situated near the Gandhi Maidan in Patna was built by Captain John Garstin, in 1786 as a granary. India faced a severe famine in 1770 that killed 10 million people in Bengal and Bihar. India at that time was a British colony. The then Governor General of India, Warren Hastings ordered the construction of this building to store grains for the British Army (not for the starving Indian people). Now the building serves as a picnic and site seeing spot.

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