Today I am going to share a really simple thing made by a very simple person. It was early morning when I had gone to meet one of my relative’s at Sahakar nagar in Pune. Sahakar Nagar is of one the area of Pune which is still close to nature with loads of trees around and one can find people doing simple stuffs. So that particular day as soon we stepped out of the car I saw an old guys sitting on the floor and doing something with coconut coverings. I went close to him to see what the old guy was actually doing – he was making Jhadu (Broom) out of the leaves. I tried to talk to him but he was in no mood to talk with me. The way he was making the broom was so simple to do.
That moment I felt that we have made everything around us so difficult and complicated that we don’t even know how to make a broom and it becomes a skill where as it never was difficult to begin with.
Have a look at the video and you will surely agree with me.
Today I want to share one of my most favorite areas of Pune City which is CAMP. For most of the people, Pune Camp is for Shopping and Eating outlets but for me it is more than that. This place has always been very fascinating and very attractive for me because of the beautiful houses of this area, if I am not wrong this was the most developed area during the British rule. Now we can only see some signs of that in the remaining elements of Camp. Since it been developed by Britishers you can see lots of British elements in exterior of house which is very much original and intact.
Right now, people who are living here have done some changes as per their choice and somewhere as per their religious beliefs, some of them for renting out their place while new shop owners are changing the building as per current Interior decoration trends ( He/She has forgotten that they already have a beautiful place). The building’s identity is vanishing but people are forgetting that they are also losing their own identity with it. If they keep the same elevation and do refinishing of the building will maintain corrector of building. It is very simple, you keep the building’s identity safe and the building in turn will keep the identity of the area intact and the area is what defines you and your status . I wouldn’t say don’t rent out the place, definitely rent out your place but make sure you lay down the terms right like the exterior should not be changed, the changes should be within the interior part only that also should be in accordance to the building. Importantly don’t start any work without consulting an Architect. There will be many Architects who would love this kind of beautiful old buildings and they might give you advice for free or you could always walk to an Architecture college where the final year students can guide you very easily and I am sure they’ll not charge more than few cups of tea 😊. Most of all if house owner themselves start taking care of the buildings then Camp will become more beautiful and a touristy area of Pune. The entire world might just come & visit Camp or may be learn about it in history books. 😊 We need to preserve our Heritage.
Next time when you visit Camp while walking on MG Road just look up and observe the beautiful balconies, I am sure you’ll also fall in love with Camp just like me.
Lonar Crater – Big Beautiful Carved Lake by Nature.
Lonar Crater is located near Jalna, Maharashtra. What all I knew about the place before I went there was that a huge stone come from sky and fell on earth causing a huge big giant hole on the earth’s surface – this is what my wife had told me 😛 But the visit changed my perception about it and opened a new interest zone for me.
I along with my family had to gone to attend a wedding function at Jalna. Jalna is around 63km from Aurangabad (city of potholes K). Jalna is small city so one cannot expect much but yes you’ll get the basic standard quality stuff everywhere. Jalna has one (only) famous chowk called Shivaji Statue Chowk. It’s the heart of Jalna. We stayed at Hotel Madhuban, it’s clean, economic and very well managed Hotel. Food of Madhuban is also good – better than what is available at others restaurants in Jalna. We also came across a place called Jain Pav bhaji – the food was really good over. Since we had initially gone for the wedding as part of the wedding Baraat we stayed at Shivneri Hotel and our overall experience was not good especially with the service and hospitality part. We gladly moved into Madhuban post the wedding.
From Jalna, Lonar is about 96 – 100 kms and from Jalna’s Shivaji Chowak to get on the Lonar’s highway it was another 5 – 6 km from there we got a Sign Board indicator for Lonar and at some places we had to take help of Google Maps (a word of caution: do not rely completely on Google Maps). The initial stretch of roads had lots of potholes as big as a crater fall would have caused we were even joking about why go till Lonar we can see it here only but after the initial phase of 15-20 kms the rest part of the roads till Lonar are good and it a 4 lane road. Earlier there were no Petrol Pumps till Jalna but now on we could see lots of Petrol Pumps on both side & couple of Restaurants too but we had to be a little more patient till we could spot a good restaurant. We also had hard time with cold drinks – couldn’t get it anywhere but luckily we (apart from me J) are have not so much fond of cold drinks. We were traveling during the day and there wasn’t much traffic along the route but the strangest part was that we couldn’t spot a single sign board indication towards Lonar Crater, not sure what could be the reason behind it. Not all people are aware about such interesting places, if enough marketing and support is not given to reach these places lots of them would miss out on such beautiful findings. Since we couldn’t get to see these sign boards we were in a dilemma throughout whether we were on the right course of not., just because of my wife Mithila’s research we were little confident of reaching our destination.
So we finally reached Lonar it is a small village with a rustic look. We still couldn’t really find any indication of where we could spot the big Crater Lake. So we asked for information to the locals of the village but since we dint know what the translation of Crater is in local language we did fumble a little bit and become a humourous situation for us since we know the local language 😛
After finally decoding the word we were directed to a place by the locals. The place had an outer wall and a beautiful garden we weren’t sure this was the correct place yet we decided to explore it since there was a board outside the premises although the board had completely eroded and we couldn’t read anything yet we decided to give it a shot.
So after entering inside from a small metal gate we have to climb down quite a few steps and then climb up some stairs.
After that we had to climb a couple of many stairs and we could see huge greenish coloured water at a long distance. As we kept walking closer the greenish land became bigger and beautiful we could see the Greenish water with a white boundary and it was breathtakingly stunning and this was the Crater that we had come for. There was a platform from which we could see the clearly see the Crater and its edge.
After that we also saw some cluster of beautifully carved temples, a beautiful Kund and a wide view of the nature surrounding it. There was a small well where people were taking bath – couldn’t really understand where the water to the well came from.
We had to climb down a series of stairs to reach another temple down near the forest edge from where we could walk to the Crater base. We met quite a few people on our way towards the Crater who told us not to go towards the Crater form this route has there was a sighting of Tiger on this route and there were News of sightings from couple of days and hence was risky. I and Mithila were okay to still go ahead but my parents in law were against the idea so we dropped it. We were told that this was a longer route and there was another route from the MTDC hotel as well which was shorter and safer. So we decided to give that a try. Also we were really very hungry as it was almost the lunch time
As per Nikhilbhai’s ( my brother in law) instructions we decided to have our lunch at MTDC Hotel (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation)- the place was really good with helpful and friendly staff and great food. The best one could have found there.
We decided to hire a Guide from the MTDC – he agreed to show us all in Lonar, his name was Shailesh Sardar and I can vouch that he made it all more enjoyable with all the intricate details he gave. Shailesh took us to the Crater , all upfront and close. We could see the green water and its various shades. We touched the water and it was all alkaline. He showed us quite a few amazing details about the place like magnetic sand, how the water is used for healing skin diseases and we even carried some water in a bottle to see how the greenish substance floated up and clear water beneath it when the bottle was placed in a steady position for a day. There were no living organisms in the water since its pH level was very high. There is strong smell of acid as one keeps on going near the water. Shailesh also explained how the crater was created the various evolution stages it has went through to reach were it is now.
The entire trek down from the MTDC hotel was among and filled with many more astonishing discoveries for us. On the way Shailesh took us to a very beautiful but broken temple. The temple was of Shri Ram but the fascinating part about it was that there was only one statue (usually a Ram temple has 3 deity statues that is Ram, Sita and Lakshman) The only statue there was that of Shri Ram the architecture marvel that the temple was as soon as one stand right in front of the Shri Ram Murti – 2 more shadows appear on the either side of the main deity statue. These shadows are representing Lakshman and Sita. These shadows were not based on sun’s position they appear all the time ( is what we were told we couldn’t stay there longer to verify). The philosophical thought behind this is that the God is within us. We stand as Lakshman and Sita with the Lord. It was totally worth the visit. On the way we could see lots of Peacocks, our guide told us that there were around 150 peacocks in the jungle which one has to cross to reach the Crater base. The jungle is dense and even has wild animals but they usually do not come to this side and are mainly in the denser parts of the jungle. The entire periphery of the Crater is lined with Temples and each has its own story to tell.
Each journey has its own story, just like ours had too.
one cute moment happen with me.I was traveling locally in Pune and I have to stop one of the signal of Yarwada. As usual some kids come to near and started asking for beggary. My car’s volume was bit loud and windows are close. One little cute girl come to me as per her job start begging for money then she realize something different she touch car and suddenly she bend put her ears on car door and start enjoying music vibration. Then she start walking ahead. But her mood was changed she was kind of doing dancing steps.
No matter what you tech childhood, it will remain as a childhood.