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Journey to the mystical lake

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Three-storey-high Buddha statues, stupas and monasteries that look like they have been cut out from fairytale books and yaks with floor-sweeping hair are some of the unusual sights you see when you visit Ladakh, says Swetha Amit http://www.domain-b.com/industry/Tourism/20120125_journey.html



We woke to cloudy weather and a slight drizzle. Sincere prayers were rendered in silence to not let the weather play spoilsport on our drive to Pangong Lake. The clouds soon cleared. Snow-covered mountains all around made it feel like Christmas season in the month of August.

Great heights: We soon reached the Changla Pass, one of the highest mountain passes in India. This is usually a stopover for many on the way to Pangong Lake. Similar to the Khardungla Pass, the signboard here too was adorned with colourful Buddhist flags. The hot cups of tea served were more than welcome in the freezing temperatures.

Going yak yak yak: One of the wonders of the Himalayan region is its exotic fauna. Excitement soare…

The valley of illusion

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Three-storey-high Buddha statues, stupas and monasteries that look like they have been cut out from fairytale books and yaks with floor-sweeping hair are some of the unusual sights you see when you visit Ladakh, says Swetha Amit


We had an early start as we had a long drive up the mountains ahead of us. It was a sunny day. We noticed something unusual; the mountains seemed to change colour as we drove along. As we climbed the steep passes, we realised how difficult it would be for bikers who were passionate about exploring these steep mountain paths. Approximately four hours later, we reached the Khardungla Pass.

On top of the world: A cold gust of wind greeted us as we got out of our vehicles. It was about 18,380 feet above sea level. We were on the highest motorable road in the world. The signboard was decorated by little flags which symbolised the Buddhist culture. We were awed by the magnificent view. All around us were snow-capped mountains, which looked even more beautiful in the b…

Ladakh: Spiritual awakening in the land of the gompas

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Three-storey-high Buddha statues, stupas and monasteries that look like they have been cut out from fairytale books and yaks with floor-sweeping hair are some of the unusual sights you see when you visit Ladakh, says Swetha Amit



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Some places offer exciting wildlife, while others are known for their bountiful beaches and tropical weather. A few boast magnificent sand dunes and others leave you gaping in awe at their mighty mountains. Serenity and awe battled for dominance as we drove past barren terrains, mountain passes at an altitude of 18,000 feet above sea level and lonely monasteries in a wonderful land called Ladakh.


A vast wall of mountains greeted us as we drove down from the airport to our hotel. We were allowed a few hours of rest after our long journey to the Himalayan destination. We were told that we would require some time to acclimatise ourselves to low oxygen levels in Leh. We set off in the evening to explore Shanti …

A Baby girl fighting for her life

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A battered baby girl was brutally bashed against her head and is currently battling for her life. Reading the appalling news above makes one go through a whirlwind of emotions. Fury at the culprits who were sadistic enough to vent out their incorrigible rage on a poor little innocent being. Sadness that a young soul who has hardly opened her eyes to the world undergoes through so much suffering.

This is inhumane and barbaric. How could anyone in their right mind even have the heart to bash a baby's head against a wall? Its turning out to be a cruel world. Hope the culprits get stringent punishment meted out to them. Meanwhile prayers are with you dear Baby Falak. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Journey to the Marathon

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I had always been a spectator of the Mumbai Marathon every year until yesterday. I had read and heard a lot about the spirit that prevails throughout the race from my husband who had been running for the last 3 consecutive years. This inspired me enough to enrol for the 2011 edition. However fate didn’t favour me as I took ill enough to be hospitalized for 10 days which left me with no other choice but to skip the marathon. 2011 embarked a new journey ahead as I fiercely resolved to get my fitness back on track. I had lost a lot of blood and my physique had succumbed to weakness.

The first quarter of the year was a slow and steady one with a lot of emphasis to get my strength back. The month of May took a positive turn as my intensity in my cardiovascular exercises began to show a marked improvement. My confidence began to grow as I hit the treadmill with a vengeance in July. Meanwhile I had also started to take coaching in Tennis which helped me improve my stamina. In August I was sig…

'And Thereby Hangs a Tale’: Short and sweet

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Fans don't need a second push to pick up Jeffery Archer books. Stories drawn from the author's own life make his short story collection ‘And Thereby Hangs a Tale' an added bonanza for fans, says Swetha Amit
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Author: Jeffery Archer
Published by: Pan Macmillan
Price: Rs260
Classification: Fiction

Life’s lessons are sometimes learnt through encounters with other people. The uniqueness of this book lies in Jeffery Archer penning down such experiences to share them with millions across the world. Jeffery Archer’s book ‘And Thereby Hangs a Tale’ is a compilation of 15 short stories derived from the author’s real-life experiences and imagination, of which 10 are from life. The stories undoubtedly leave a long-lasting impact on the minds of the readers with their unexpected twists and turns.


This collection portrays an interesting mix of stories gleaned and experienced by Archer during his travels around the wor…