monuments

Mark of Independence, Dataran Merdeka

From the Little India Night Market I could see the well lit Dataran Merdeka or the Independence Square, on the other side of Jalan Tun Perak.

It was late and I wanted to visit the place during the day time. Next morning I made a beeline for the Independence Square. The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur.

It was here, the Union Jack was lowered and the Malayan Flag was hoisted on August 31, 1957. (It was still called Malaya those days). A plaque on the ground marks the very place of this event.
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At Merdeka Square I find

Moments of calmness

Covering my head, bare feet I crossed the Threshold after dipping my unshod feet in flowing water meant for washing feet before entering the temple premises. The moment I was inside, I felt I had entered a different world. The chanting of hymns, the calming atmosphere and the sheer presence of spirituality took me into a trance.

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It was afternoon; the sun was in the mood of flaunting its capability of burning everybody before it can call it a day in three hours time.
I was at the

Big Buddha

Big Buddha in Thailand
Sitting on top of the Nakkerd Hills, a 45 meter gigantic statue of Buddha invites people from far away places. Phuket’s Big Buddha, as it is fondly known, is one of the island’s most important and revered landmarks. The views from the top of the hill which lies between Chalong and Kata bay are breathtaking.

There is an interesting story behind choosing this spot for making this statue which I will tell you some other time. 🙂

Known among Thais as the Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha in full, the base itself is 25 meters. The whole body is layered with beautiful white Burmese marble that shines in the sun, gives a tranquil white glow making it a natural symbol of hope and peace. The complex is still under construction for some parts of it.

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The glow of white marbled Buddha.

The locale is very

Thrilling finish to a memorable trip

Contd from here ….. A trip to Sikkim

Plan for next day was local sight seeing which was to start at around 10 since we were quite late to hit the bed on first night.
I took advantage of this extra time in the morning and ventured out to a nearby village with my camera.

Whether it was a school or a house, the morning chores took importance over anything else.
I met a young girl in her school uniform rushing towards her house after borrowing two eggs from neighbours. I saw a young toddler refusing to put on his crocs. I met a boy running to his hostel with homemade hot breakfast in his hand. Apparently his house was next street and he could somehow sneak out of boys hostel. 🙂 I met many other such people.
In short, I saw life. I found people untainted, polite and somewhat reserved.

Sneak peek into Tamil Nadu

About my recent solo backpacking trip. As I always maintain, my idea of travelling is not counting no. of places but the memories attached to them. Carrying a backpack, wandering, observing, uncertain about next destination (well, mostly) is my way of travel.

This time also it was not a temple trip. But since I was wandering mostly in temple cities of Tamil Nadu, plenty of them happened in between. I also went to craftsmen’s villages to see their art… some of them in dying stages. I chatted with the artists sitting in their mud huts, had coffee with them, saw the tough & harsh side of their lives. I also learnt various intricacies, ingredients and the proper way to do things…. their things.

Below is a glimpse of that trip. Not telling you the names of places. I have uploaded some more photos in Facebook and they’ll