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I am just an ordinary girl... with an inherited travel gene, thanks to my beautiful wanderlust parents, on the pilgrimage of life; learning different values, discovering new cultures, breathing life into experiences, talking to wonderful people, walking the roads and above all, trying to find the right direction for herself. You can read and know more about me by reading my blog: My Yatra Diary.
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A Souvenir in the Little Flower www.myyatradiary.com/2017/07/soulie-saturday-13-souvenir-in-little.html

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Stopping and appreaciting the beauty in a flower makes for a memorable moment in travel.

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Marine Drive on a Monsoon Day, Mumbai www.myyatradiary.com/2017/07/soulie-saturday-12-intimate-moments.html

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Thoughts from visiting Marine Drive on a Monsoon Day.

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Noor-e-Ilahi… Jama Masjid, #Hyderabad www.myyatradiary.com/2017/06/soulie-saturday-10-ramzan-special-noor.html

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A moment of peace at the Jama Masjid, Hyderabad.

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To Papa, With Love. www.myyatradiary.com/2017/06/soulie-saturday-9-to-papa-with-love.html

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Like a potter moulds a clumsy lumps of formless clay into a work of art, he has shaped my thoughts into structure and made me the person I am today.

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Is the Camera a Tool or a Barrier while Travelling? www.myyatradiary.com/2017/04/is-camera-tool-or-barrier-while.html

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Does clicking a picture while travelling come in the way of your engagement with the present moment?

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Wandering Through The Streets of Rameshwaram: A Photo Essay. www.myyatradiary.com/2017/01/wandering-through-streets-of.html

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A taste of the real village of Rameshwaram.

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Visiting A Home Ganesha! www.myyatradiary.com/2016/09/ganesh-chaturthi-festival-special-day-7.html

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Though Ganesha is Ganesha, no matter where He is seated, but personally, I find home Ganeshas even more amiable and pleasant in nature.

Here’s why!

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Eco friendly Ganesha made of Indian spices! www.myyatradiary.com/2016/09/ganesh-chaturthi-mumbai-pandal-hopping_9.html

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Celebrating our festive Ganesh Pandal Hopping with a unique Ganesha made up entirely of Indian spices. This one not only makes you appreciate the artistry but also inspires with an awe inspiring sense of love, the way Bappa would with his Maa Parvati.

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Ganesh Chaturthi Mumbai Pandal Hopping: Day 4 | Creative Paper Ganesha! www.myyatradiary.com/2016/09/ganesh-chaturthi-mumbai-pandal-hopping_8.html

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Our Ganesha for today comes in a beautiful artistic flavor: He is made from Paper Quilling! And I say He looks even more cute and friendly in this eco-avatar of His.

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Ganesh Chaturthi Mumbai Pandal Hopping: Day 3 | Ganesha on Shesha as Vighna Raja! www.myyatradiary.com/2016/09/ganesh-chaturthi-mumbai-pandal-hopping_7.html

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I have always seen Ganesha with the mouse as His vehicle and I thought that was His only vehicle.
 
But did you know…

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A Photo Story from the Streets of Mumbai: Ganesha Comes Home! www.myyatradiary.com/2016/09/a-photo-story-from-streets-of-mumbai.html

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It’s the first day of one of the most awaited festivals of India and one of the most popular in Mumbai, Ganesh Chaturthi.

The much loved elephant God, the cute and mischievous, and one of my favourites – Ganpati Bappa will be home soon, seated like a bosom friend, an intimate confidante, amid His favourite people – with you and me.

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In the Memory of a Great Writer: Happy Birthday, Munshi Premchand! www.myyatradiary.com/2016/07/in-memory-of-great-writer-happy.html

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It was just a matter of seconds that I retrieved this picture of ‘Munshi Premchand Ghat’ from my Varanasi pictures folder. And got working on this post.

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A Magnum Opus Called Sachin Tendulkar – A Fan Speaks… www.myyatradiary.com/2013/11/a-magnum-opus-called-sachin-tendulkar.html

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‘You have to watch India in India truly to appreciate the pressure that Sachin Tendulkar is under every time he bats. Outside grounds, people wait until he goes in before paying to enter. They seem to want a wicket to fall even though it is their own side that will suffer. This is cricket as Sachin has known it since the age of 16. He grew up under incredible weight of expectation and never buckled once – not under poor umpiring decisions or anything else. I place him very slightly ahead of Lara because I found him slightly tougher mentally.’

~ Shane Warne, one of the greatest spinners of all time

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This Festival of Holi… Birth A New YOU! www.myyatradiary.com/2016/03/this-festival-of-holi-birth-new-you.html

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“I survived because the fire inside burned brighter than the fire around me.”

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Of Contests, Creativity, and Fulfilling Dreams! www.myyatradiary.com/2016/03/of-contests-creativity-and-fulfilling.html

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YES, with heartfelt determination and hard work, honesty, and good wishes and blessings from friends and family – your dreams can and do come true.

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6 Insights from My 6 years of Travel Blogging! www.myyatradiary.com/2015/12/6-insights-from-my-6-years-of-travel.html

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21st NOVEMBER 2009: 6 years ago… on this date, I had filled up the first page of My Yatra Diary… I vividly remember how excited I was. Picking the article from my offline diary and typing it to an online one. I genuinely hoped that this travelogue would help someone…

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Meet the real pioneers of Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ www.myyatradiary.com/2015/11/the-sweeping-healers-of-agni-theertham.html

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Meet the real pioneers of Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’

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Celebrating Shakti: Nine Ancient Devi Mata Temples In India www.myyatradiary.com/2015/10/celebrating-shakti-nine-ancient-devi.html

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All the nine forms of Shakti come alive as divine qualities in the many Goddesses (Devi orMata in Hindi) through stories and local legends worshipped all across the lengths and breadths of India which in turn inspire us on our journey to become One with the Master again.

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A Real Joy: Celebrating The Divine Feminine Mother in Nature www.myyatradiary.com/2015/10/a-real-joy-celebrating-divine-feminine.html

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Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. ― Gary Snyder

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In Honour of Bapu, The Father of The Nation – Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi www.myyatradiary.com/2011/10/in-honour-of-bapu-father-of-nation.html

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Many years ago, a solitary figure clothed in a loin cloth, firmly holding on to his stick of principles and ideologies, set out on an expedition…

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The Voice of the Mahatma: A Tribute to Bapu www.myyatradiary.com/2013/10/the-voice-of-mahatma-tribute-to-bapu.html

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A tribute — a little piece in the remembrance of the “Father of the Nation”, so that the true significance of a date is never lost in the fog of time

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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations: Day 6 | Ganpati Pandal Darshan | My Benevolent Ganesha www.myyatradiary.com/2015/09/ganesh-chaturthi-celebrations-day-6.html

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Today, I am asking you out to for a special Ganpati darshan… 
Special, because He is none other than the Guest Ganesha of my housing society!

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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations: Day 7 | Ganpati Pandal Darshan | Rich Ganesha www.myyatradiary.com/2015/09/ganesh-chaturthi-celebrations-day-7.html

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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations: Day 7 | Ganpati Pandal Darshan | Sethji or The Rich Ganesha

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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations: Day 8 | Ganpati Pandal Darshan | Blessings Ganesha www.myyatradiary.com/2015/09/ganesh-chaturthi-celebrations-day-8.html

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Standing beneath His majestic-al figure, hands folded and head lowered – the force that hits, that aura, the blessedness of that rare transcendental moment is simply stunning. It’s a feeling, delicate but powerful

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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations: Day 9 | Common Man’s Superhero Ganesha. www.myyatradiary.com/2015/09/ganesh-chaturthi-celebrations-day-9.html

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Our Superhero Ganesha today draws inspiration from a very significant, mythical and famous pilgrimage site in Maharashtra, located 40 kms from Pune, on the Saswad route

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Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations: Day 5 | Ganpati Pandal Darshan | Great Ganesha. www.myyatradiary.com/2015/09/ganesh-chaturthi-celebrations-day-5.html

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Ganpati Pandal Hopping from Mumbai!

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Decoding Yoga || International Yoga Day www.myyatradiary.com/2015/06/decoding-yoga-international-yoga-day.html

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A Photo + Quote story on the different aspects of Yoga in our everyday life and living.

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Happy Travels in an App-y World? www.myyatradiary.com/2015/05/happy-travels-in-app-y-world.html

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So, what would the future of travel look like in an ‘App-only’ world?

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Mountains, Mist, Mother Ganga and Love… www.myyatradiary.com/2015/03/international-yoga-festival-2015-at.html

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An insider’s scoop on the international Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh.

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Incredibly Yummy Street Food of Jaipur! www.myyatradiary.com/2015/03/pyaaz-kachori-dal-bati-jalebi-and-more.html

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Pyaaz Kachori, Daal-baati, Jalebi, Kanji Vada and more! Come along, dig in the yummy delicacies from the streets of Jaipur!

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The Temple of Confluences: Sangameshwar Shiva Temple, Saswad, Pune www.myyatradiary.com/2015/03/the-temple-of-confluences-sangameshwar.html

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The Temple of Confluences: Sangameshwar Shiva Temple, Saswad, Pune www.myyatradiary.com/2015/03/the-temple-of-confluences-sangameshwar.html

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The temple is a stony affair, built entirely in massive and serene stones adding to its rustic charisma. In contrast to the boulder-ed temple, it’s surroundings are exquisite, scenic and full of greenery. Huge trees provide shady canopies overlooking the enormous confluence (sangam) stream of Karha and Chameli Rivers flowing through the seismic town.

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The Sacred Fire of Holika Dahan: Choti Holi www.myyatradiary.com/2012/03/sacred-fire-of-holika-dahan-choti-holi.html

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A Photo Essay on the Ritual of Holika Dahan on the Choti Holi day (one day prior to Dhuleti/Dhulendi/Color Day/Dhuli Vandana)

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Happy Holi… The Colors of the Holy fire, Holika Dahan www.myyatradiary.com/2011/03/happy-holi-colors-of-holy-fire-holika.html

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In a bid to bridge the complexion gap, 
a very innocent but naughty Krishna (dark-hued), 
acting on his mother Yashoda’s advice, 
had drenched His beloved Radha (fair-hued) in color and water!
This slowly evolved into the festival of Holi and 
continues to mask all boundaries of class, caste, age and gender till date!

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16th Annual Yoga Festival: My Call To Rishikesh www.myyatradiary.com/2015/02/16th-annual-yoga-festival-my-call-to.html

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Rishikesh is calling.
Mother Ganga is calling.

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Dive Ghat to Saswad: A Weekend Getaway From Pune! www.myyatradiary.com/2015/02/dive-ghat-to-saswad-weekend-getaway.html

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A photographic journey along the Pune-Saswad Highway!!

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Kal Bhairava in the Bhairavnath Temple: Saswad, Pune www.myyatradiary.com/2015/02/kal-bhairava-in-bhairavnath-temple.html

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Let us visit this ancient Temple in Saswad!!

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Time Travel in Tulsibaug: Ancient Shree Ram Temple, Pune www.myyatradiary.com/2015/01/time-travel-in-tulsibaug-ancient-shree.html

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If we were to literally go by the name, Tulsibaug is no ‘Tulsibaug’ anymore – the basil plants are nowhere to be seen and there is no garden. On the face of it – it’s hard, stony but it’s just a matter of time and you realize the something that is deep and buried within it…

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Misal Pav and Vada Pav in Pune – Awesome Street Food not to be missed! www.myyatradiary.com/2015/02/vada-pav-misal-pav-and-south-indian.html

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Vada Pav, Misal Pav and South Indian: A Travel Blogger’s Food Guide For Pune!

 

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‘My College Diary’ Contest: Cash Prizes Worth RS. 10,000 to be Won! www.myyatradiary.com/2014/11/my-college-diary-contest-cash-prizes.html

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Are you fond of your college memories and love rekindling them once in a while? Do you love speaking about the memorable times you spent there and wish you could go back and relive them again?

Well, then this giveaway cum contest is for no one else but YOU!

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Tuning into God’s frequency: Sunset in Kannur, Kerala www.myyatradiary.com/2013/05/tuning-into-gods-frequency-sunset-in.html

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The golden persona of the sun tells me that there is still time for the sun to set. Water shimmers and part of green leafy tree tops glisten as the soft evening yellow kisses them with its glittery glow.

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Things to do in Melbourne: See the MCG! www.myyatradiary.com/2014/06/things-to-do-in-melbourne-see-mcg.html

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I had to check this place. Coming from a cricket mad nation like India, where people literally sleep, breathe and live the sport, you can very well imagine why. Cricket is not just a game here but a passion, an obsession dominating the nation’s sports scene since centuries. On the same lines, Melbourne draws similarities in that way.