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My Personal Brush with Mahatma Gandhi

When I was taping in India, I saw the wooden sandals in which Gandhi walked for hundreds of miles in the house in which he stayed in Mumbai. No doubt, they hurt to wear them. I asked my guide,”why would he do that? Wasn’t walking hundreds of miles not enough?” Her reply, “Mahatma was always trying to master his mind.” I couldn’t really say he was nuts because at times I chose to wear the most uncomfortable high heels and my motive is self centered rather than for the purpose of gaining freedom for all from an oppressive government through nonviolence, which, btw, he achieved.  The only thing I achieved …

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Sri Sri & The Art of Living

While in Bangalore, Linda stopped at the Art of Living Ashram to meet a man that is bringing together millions for the purpose of peace. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian, spiritual leader and ambassador of peace has been practicing a life a peace since the age of 4. Among his numerous honors he is also the Chancellor of Sri Sri University and the Chairman of the Quality Control of India Yoga Certification Committee. With Ashrams in India and in the United States in North Carolina and speaking engagements all over the world, Sri Sri is taking his message of peace all around the world. As a spiritual teacher, he developed …

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Dara Amer

Dera Amer is situated behind the hills of the famous Amer Fort teaming with wild-life, the thickly forested Aravali Hills of Salwara-Kukas were for long a part of a much favored Royal Hunting Preserve around the historic Amer Fort of Jaipur. Along with getting you up close and personal with some amazing wildlife, the camp also provides meals, or just high tea. The majority of the ingredients are fresh and grown organically on the farm, while the elaborate bar serves the most exotic cocktails in a rustic yet luxurious atmosphere. The elephants, camels and cows at the camp are closest to their natural habitat and tread on soft ground, the …

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PRS “Bikki” Oberoi

Bikki Oberoi is the leader in luxury as the CEO and chairman of Oberoi Hotels and Resorts. After growing up in the hotel business with his father leading the way with several hotels,he went out into the world after he finished his studies, and visited almost every major country in the world and stayed in their best hotels where he had the firsthand experience of sampling their best, from great food to awesome services. He took back the experience with him to his fathers business and strived to boost it to another level and the results speak for themselves. ” My father said to me, Why don’t you build and …

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Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is a monument located in Jaipur, Rajasthan and is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh, and completed in 1738 CE. It features the world’s largest stone sundial in the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The instruments allow the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. “As soon as a child is born, first thing they do is get the horoscope out and the horoscope tells us from which letter the name of the child will start. When we grow up and get married, the horoscope of a boy and girl, if their stars are favorable, …

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Mallakhamb

What is Mallakhamb? Well, it’s the 5,000 year old Indian sport that is still being taught daily for the last 50 years in Mumbai by the one and only, Uday. Mallakhamb derives from the terms “malla” which denotes a wrestler and “khamba” which means pole. Mallakhamb is where gymnasts perform feats and poses in concert with a vertical wooden pole and rope. “You have to pull, exert yourself overtime when you climb on the rope, climb on the pole…and different yogic posture. Give exercise not only for dexterity muscles like biceps and triceps, but the internal systems like respiratory, circulatory, diet are best toned up on this apparatus.” It’s the …

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Gem Palace

The Gem Palace was established in 1852 by the erstwhile Kasliwal family of Jaipur. Jewelers for over eight generations, the Kasliwals even have the distinction of being court jewelers to Mogul emperors. Linda stopped by to meet with Samir, sixth generation of the company and of course to see some of the magnificent work. “Originally, my family was working for different royal families in Rajistan. And what happen is, as we pass our job from father to son, the same thing happened to our artisans, because we tried to keep the skill inside the store, shop, inside the workshop. And everything is done locally. Totally handmade. Elephants, statue figure, necklaces, …

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