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Fasting for LOVE

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                                                                                   That’s “US”

How lucky can one be to find one’s soul-mate, such is the case with me, Yes, I consider myself lucky (touchwood). I am not the superstitious kind, but still, fasting for Mr. Husband one day a year brings joy to my life. Its like a kind of a challenge and this day definitely tests my “faith” in our love and brings a smile to my face at the end of the fast. Its like I can shout out loud, “YES!!! I DID IT!!!”

This year, the day started with joy and vigor. I had several activities lined up like applying mehendi, prepare for the evening puja, choose something traditional to wear etc.

Mr. Husband was (as always) sweet enough to support me throughout the day, maybe by trying to not eat the entire day, or at least not eat my favorites in my front, keeping the water bottles out of sight (and out of mind), taking me out somewhere to kill time etc. So small things, and yet so strongly felt. Since my growing years, I firmly believed that there’s one person out there who can enrich their life in a way that no one else can…my Soul mate. Mr. Husband has always been the one. The one thing that draws me closer to Mr. Husband every time is the fact that he encourages me to express my individuality. He  understands me extremely well, be it my sensitivity or my femininity. This post is dedicated to him and I wish him good health and good “everything”.

It was my 4th consecutive Karwa Chauth fast this year and touch wood, I was easily able to sail through the day. Also, as fasting allows for cleansing and detoxification of the body, the activity is good for me too. It soothes the restless mind and promotes inner stillness. So it’s a win-win for both health and religion. The fast ended at around 8.30 PM IST and we went out for dinner (treat from Mr Husband). Mine was overall a fantastic one. How was yours?

 Below are some pictures from the day (10.11.2014)

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                                                                                  The Karwa and the Channi

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                                                                   Time for Prayers (the Moon is almost there)

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                                                                                  Love can guide you in the dark


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                                                                                                    Here I am :D

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                                                                             The color next day (its dark, isn’t it??)

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                                                                                                   Another shot!!!

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                                                                                       While I was fasting :)

 Thank you for checking the post, hope you liked the pictures.

Love,

Shanta


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Love and Sufism – Fatehpur Sikri

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it—George Santayana

There are days when we simply think of “where” we came from, our culture…the rich history and what made us who we are today. I revere the history of this land, especially the architecture during the Mughal rule. The Mughal Emperors gave a new direction to architecture. These buildings tell stories of the dead while they were alive; they once were alive with the walls listening to the rhythm of love and the glory of the warriors. Walking through the huge monuments, I could feel the chills and I couldn’t stop soaking the beauty of the monument we recently visited…Fatehpur Sikri.

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Welcome :)

“For history loving people, Fatehpur Sikri is a city and a municipal board in Agra district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The city was founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585. After his military victories over Chittor and Ranthambore, Akbar decided to shift his capital from Agra to a new location 23 miles (37 km) W.S.W on the Sikri ridge, to honor the Sufi saint Salim Chishti. Here he commenced the construction of a planned walled city which took the next fifteen years in planning and construction of a series of royal palaces, harem, courts, a mosque, private quarters and other utility buildings. He named the city, Fatehabad, with Fateh, a word of Arabic origin in Persian, meaning “victorious.” it was later called Fatehpur Sikri.[3] It is at Fatehpur Sikri that the legends of Akbar and his famed courtiers, the nine jewels or Navaratnas, were born.“ (Courtesy: Wiki)

Indeed, Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved collections of Indian Mughal architecture in India. Though the place was overflowing with tourists from different parts of the world, it was calm enough for me to indulge in photography and bargain for my “shopping”. Did I tell you that I love collecting specialties from every other place I visit?

Alright, so talking about our part, this was another road trip. Fatehpur Sikri is almost 260 KMs from where we stay, via the Yamuna Express way. This was my first time on the Express Way and the road “rocked”. We had one of our best drives ever. The best part was, the drive was carefree where you didn’t have to keep an eye on anyone surprising you by jumping from the divider to cross the road (he he). It was a day trip.

Fatehpur Sikri is beautiful and is very well maintained. It was clean; except for the few names of the lovebirds scribbled on the walls (what do they have in their mind while doing this?). We hired a private guide and Mr. Husband was busy grasping the history of the place. I am not the “be guided” types and I prefer wandering on my own, clicking whatever I want to and read the details on the “Information” plate.

Dress Code: Modest clothing is recommended for places of worship, with knees and shoulders covered for both men and women. My skirt was slightly above the knee length and hence, the sarong!

Warning: Beware of the scammers. They can easily be found in the way leading to the monument as well as the parking area. They would offer you everything from free parking to what not. When asked who they are, they would say “licensed guides.” When you turn them down, they would ask you to pay for XYZ reason. My advice? Just drive away. Also, the second you get near this place many people come up to you to try to sell you things. The prices would be way toooo high. If you really like something, bargain well. Else, do not buy anything.

I personally found it a wonderful place to practice shooting the monuments. I am still learning and this place turned out to be a wonderful teacher to help me with the lighting and shutter speed. Below are some of the pictures taken during the trip. The pictures staring me were taken by Mr. Husband and my other family members who were also part of the trip. Hope you like them :) . Please do share your feedback if any.

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The Yamuna Express Way

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                                 The breath taking monument

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I want this :P

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Mixing with the dust

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Tomb of Salim Chisti

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Buland Darwaza

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A glimpse of Jodha Bai’s Palace

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Life dances in-front of the eyes as I watch the sunset

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<3 <3 <3

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The sarong :D

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Where to next????? :P :P

Keep travelling and growing :)

Shanta

(Happy Festive Season by the way)

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