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The visits to US were now more to understand, feel, adapt and enjoy as home and learn from people what it means to be USAnian. And we – my wife Shetal and I had some splendid teachers – many veterans with decades of being there and some novices with days which seemed like decades. There [...]
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I would not be required to visit them again, after today. Accounts in Banks and Post Office opened decades ago were now being closed. Obviously people who opened these accounts were no longer available at the time of closing. But the younger ones in authority were equally helpful. After the formalities, as a final homage, [...]
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Prologue 5 am. The rattle of shop shutter opening, the switching on of front light and Aabid's humming were signals for Sulekha to decent herself in the public washroom after the usual night on the pavement. The waning winter made her family cuddle up, waiting for the warmth of early dawn. Part 1 "Good Morning, [...]
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For Dipan every moment, every encounter had an element of thrill. The living emotion full of insights, deserving a relook, a revisit. The brief glimpses were the best as they could be seen by many in so many different ways. Like profiling a fellow rail-traveller. Much overweight, making the helper pull his bag, a conductor [...]
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Recap : Gayatri, Satori and Jamshid had embarked upon  a journey driven by their inner callings. Where all failed, the three reached their destination to the valley of Shangri-La and the “other” Mansarovar Lake where a devastating secret waited for them. The undernourished trio, for want of food, liquid and breath, failed to grasp the [...]
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Recap : Gayatri, Satori and Jamshid are guided by the Chief Monk to follow their dreams and look for the valley of Shangri-La and “other” Mansarovar Lake. The gate to the valley would not open by normal attempts;  the three were specially chosen. An inner search brought them closer to their answers.   Their hearts [...]
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Recap : Gayatri and Jamshid met Satori at the Monastery where the Chief Monk revealed the possible location of the valley of Shangri-La. The three formed an alliance and decided to pursue this new expedition. The road to Mansarovar Lake was well travelled by the three on many previous occasions. In this journey their togetherness, [...]
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Recap : Gayatri, Satori and Jamshid are guided by their childhood memories and dreams over the years, to look for pearl-eating Swans and the lost valley of Shangri-La   With the registrations complete, the mountaineering participants exchanged notes. Social media had taken care of earlier familiarisations and now it was time for the real meeting. [...]
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Meet Satori and Jamshid. Another person was also driven by childhood memories of a hidden place, only through his fantasies. A young man stood on the terrace of the oldest monastery, scanning the horizon to catch the first glimpse of pre-dawn sun rays. Satori was the Arousing Monk; the disciple who let the elders sleep [...]
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