Vidwan Dr BalaMuraliKrishna

 

Vidwan Dr BalaMuraliKrishna is no more. I am not capable enough to say if he is one of the greatest musicians who lived on this earth. Though his ever smiling face while effortlessly rendering vocal music ( I didn’t see him play Mridangam or Violin yet, which knowledgeable people say he had same mastery over), his establishment of definition of classical music – in terms of the music that passes the test of time, his voice full of emotion as if the God indeed is surrounding us and encouragement to find him within us through the sound, and above all a symbolic of beautiful river that flows between tradition to innovation, south to north, smile to bliss, composer to singer, performer to discoverer, and sound to spirituality with ease, will always keep inspiring us. Being a percussionist myself, Dr BalaMurali  has been the factor in my life to start searching for sound in my throat and motivating me enough to allow this sound to happen and follow the same. Incidentally this has taken me to be born again few days back, this time as a classical singer myself. Bowing down.

 

Trekking to HarishandraGarh

Trek—-Harischandragad
Type—-Hill Fort
District—-Ahmednagar
Height above mean sea level—-4671 feet
Base Village—-Khireshwar (Kothala & Pachnai are also base village from other sides)
Region—-Malshej
Sights to visit—-Number of Caves, About 100 years old temple of Lord Shiva, Kokan Kada , a big Shivling
Difficulty Rating —-Above Average

The Team—-
Asawari Dinesh Teredesai, Nisha Dholakia, Harshad Prabhu ,
Jiby Mathew, Zeenat Sikilkar, Brajesh Dave , Chandrashekhar Divekar ,
Dayalan Nataraj , Gaurav Hada , Kshama Upadhyay, Mandar Ravindra Salvi , Rajendra Patade , Ramprasad Raghavan , Rohan Jadhav ,Santosh Sarma ,Sasank Kuntimaddi , Shruti Rao , Swapnil Sapre , Sumit Mahajan ,Atul Arvind

Date-27th Oct..

The Season-The best ever on earth

(Hey ,What is the best season on the earth??)

“ When spring comes, and in the soft air the buds are breaking on the trees, and they are covered with blossoms, we feel, How beautiful is Spring!

And when the summer comes, and covers the trees with its heavy foliage, and singing birds are among the branches,we feel, How beautiful is Summer!

When autumn loads them with golden fruit, and their leaves bear the gorgeous tint of frost, we feel, How beautiful is Autumn!

And when it is sere winter, and there is neither foliage nor fruit, then I look up through the leafless branches as we never could until now, and see the stars shine.”

The joy of being exhausted by reaching on the top of the great mountain,the joy of feeling refreshed drenched besides some river side/sea shore,the joy of having soothing feeling surrounded by the greenary ..

One just cannot compare them with each other..

What say if you can experience all in one go?Yes friends it was the place we visited..

The major attraction of Harishchandragad is Kokan Kada . Its beyond description, one should actually see it to experience the nature’s architecture. Konkan kada should be visited in the evening as well as morning. In evening one is enchanted by the sunset where as in the morning one can experience the divine feeling of being in the heavens. Taramati and Rohidas , the two peaks atop Harishchandragad, are also worth visiting as they offer beautiful views of the sahyadri ranges. The ancient temple of Lord Shiva atop Harishchandragad is also good sight for observing. An ancient temple and the caves present at the base village Khireshwar are also worth seeing.

Diary

If you imagine you are looking at it from above, you immediately notice the thin blue lines that highlight the great abundance of mountains and peaks, the most important of which is the Taramati Peak, for centuries both an affliction and a delight for the area.The height is such that one can have unobstructed view of Konkan(the westmost area in Maharashtra) from one of the points-Konkan Kada..

In the undulating areas towards outlined by the deep valleys, we find hills that are rich in history.

Ancient historical periods are intertwined here, leaving their indelible marks, starting from the tapasya of Vishvamitra for the throne of Devarshi ,his test for the truthfulness of King Harishandra,then Maratha’a win of Harishandragarh over mugals under the able guidance of Shivaji .

We left Pune at 5AM in the morning ,reached the base at 12noon.Started trekking and reached the Gad by 5PM. We also went to Konkan Kada the same day.Certain villagers prepared the dinner for us .

Woke up at 6AM the next morning ,reached at the top Taramati Peak.Also had darshan of Lord Shiva in a mesmerizing temple.

Started getting down at around 11 AM and reached Pune by 6PM.

What the member’s say?

Atul Arvind-
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart. – Helen Keller

Swapnil Sapre-
“Dard Kaafi hai bekhudi Ke liye,Maut Zaruri hai Zindagi Ke liye,Kaun marta hai Kisi Ke Liye,Hum to Zinda hai sirf Ghumne-Ghumaaane Ke liye…”

Harshad Prabhu-
“Life is like having a cup of tea.
You sit by the side of the window, lift the cup and take a careless sip, Only to realize, somebody forgot to put the sugar. Too lazy to go for it you somehow struggle through the sugarless cup.

Until you discover undissolved sugar crystal sitting
at the bottom…”

At Last
“Manzilien unhi ko milti hai,jinke sapno mein jaan hoti hai…
Pankh se kuch nahi hota,sirf hoslon ki udaan hoti hai….”

Up North My Vehicle Moves

We  completed our journey from Bangalore-Tumkur-Shivamogga-Gokarna-Murudeshwar-Karwar-Ponda-Konkan and returning to Murudeshwar.

RNS -Maruti workshop at Murudeshwar (Maruti -K series engine and Castrol engine oils) are backing us to go till Delhi(Pune-Ahmedabad-Jaipur-Delhi-U.P.-M.P. and Karnataka) and agreed to  replace the half engine from K series to advanced K series :-).

 

Steve will be traveling with his family from Murudeshwar to Delhi (back to Murudeshwar) with his drums- on my car.

Plan to close this by 1st Nov at Murudeshwar.

Journey is sponsored by Maruti Suzuki-Castrol initiative at Murudeshwar- RNS motors and shown at Suvarna TV (Kannada)-our media partner.

 

 

 

 

Interview of backpacker

The interview was taken when our team conquered Harischandra Garh – the second highest mountain peak in Maharashtra after Kalsubaai :-).

As the coordinator of the team,the interviewer from Channel-W approached me and here are the excerpts of the interview–

Interviewer:
What was the difficultly faced during your journey?

Me:
See there are three things –Ration,Fashion and Passion.
When one does certain thing for a ration(money)-there is difficulty.
When one does something for Fashion- there is difficulty.
But when one does something for the sake of passion-there is no difficulty but celebration all the way.

Interviewer:
What was the most exciting stage ?

Me:
Excitement(agitation)is a weakness,which makes one away from the god.Any journey is a real simulation of being one with the highness.There is path ,one has to cover and there is no room for cheer,sorrow etc.Once you achieve the target ,there is another journey waiting for you.Where is the scope of excitement in all these scheme of things?Or putting in a different way ,everyone’s life is a “Prasad”,just take it and go on.What joy and where is sadness?

In fact when the vision is for 1 year,you cultivate flowers and get excited by seeing it on every morning.When your vision is for 10 years ,you cultivate trees and get excited after seeing it growing,but when one’s vision is for infinity-these things doesn’t matter much to him/her,he starts cultivating himself and others .This is a journey –my way of journey.Alone- in search of the truth ,in search of myself ,no targets away from the clutter/mob near to the infinite galaxies.

Interviewer:
Would you like to give some advice for the travelers?

Me:
Everyone should travel ,go for long journeys –they teach one a lot .Being with oneself ,one starts understanding inner self better,one learns about how difficult the life is,and how simple can it be made.
Just keep your paraphernalia minimum and flexible.And the best part is when in the Rome -be like Romans,do what Romans do and eat what Romans eat.

Story of Propoganda and Hype

i am opposing vaccinations.My objections are that it does not work; it is unnatural, that the human race has survived healthily for countless generations without them and that homeopathy provides a better alternative that is both safe and effective.

Interestingly there have been sure shot and reliable medicines which heal very quick – for cough,cold,catarrah,cholera,sciatica,malaria,headache,backpain,exhaustion(nervous,mental,physical)- and other multitude of chronic and acute cases in homeopathy.For this allopaths and physicians keeps charging and confusing patients and themselves for days and months.

What a pity it is-that pharma companies having huge money- drive the false campaigns and buy the ad/media channels to sell their medicines.I have seen many who too oppose vaccinations-yet, I am not typical because many of those who oppose vaccination know nothing about homeopathy, and unfortunately they object for political or religious reasons, that lie beyond the scope of medical practice..

Please oppose these allopaths and doctors -and all those practitioners who essentially believe in the pro-vaccine propaganda and just keep repeating it like a mantra without looking at the facts. It is like a form of voluntary brainwashing.

Mohabbat pare hai khushiyon se ..mohaabaat pare hai har tarah ke gamon se..

Pip bahati hai galate hue naasuron se..

Chaand dharati per aata hai pichwade ki khidkiyo se..

Kartab kartab karwati hai..yeh mohabbat apne jamuron se.

Mohabbat pare hai khushiyon se ..mohaabaat pare hai har tarah ke gamon se..