2020 – What A Yr It Was! Glad 2021!
None of us can overlook, 2020. It was distinctive in so some ways. By no means ever has humanity seen a ‘Pause’ like this, collectively. Even with a sudden home arrest sort of scenario, most of us shortly adjusted. Because of international connectivity, we by no means actually felt remoted. We found our hidden abilities and we rediscovered the hidden treasures in our personal wardrobes. In a manner, a variety of what we at all times wished for, immediately fell in our laps. It simply took us a while to appreciate that it was at all times there, we simply by no means checked out it.
As a traveler, I gathered a variety of sympathy for not with the ability to journey. Folks felt sorry for me, a few of them even thought it will be a trauma for me. I, then again, found that I’m completely positive with not touring. There are numerous different methods to journey within the journey of life. The truth is, there have been numerous issues ready for that single block of time and psychological consideration, that the pandemic merely placed on the desk. I may tick off a variety of these issues on my bucket listing.
So right here is all that I did in 2020:
Travels in 2020
The one large journey I did was our Odisha journey in January. We spent 10 days exploring the favored vacationer circuit of Puri, Konark, Bhubaneshwar. Nevertheless, we did journey to Mangalajodi for birding and Bhitarkanika Nationwide Park for Saltwater Crocodiles. The spotlight of this journey was discovering Jajpur. I had visited Jajpur for Biraja Devi Shaktipeeth, however I found a stunning city on the banks of the Vaitarani river, stuffed with historic temples and their tales. I missed purchasing in Bhubaneshwar so most likely want to return for that.
In March I traveled to Ayodhya to talk on the ‘Lok Me Ram’ occasion at Awadh College. It was a privilege to satisfy personalities like Malini Awasthi ji, Narendra Kohli Ji, Mridula Sinha ji, and extra importantly a whole bunch of scholars. I spoke on the Ram Rajya standing in Ayodhya – this needs to be a divine blessing. I acquired to see Ram Lalla the third time, hopefully, subsequent time it will be within the new temple.
Chandigarh Go to
In March once more, my final journey earlier than the pandemic was to my house city and my college for a convention on tourism. I spoke in regards to the Innovation required within the tourism sector. Little did I do know that the tourism trade is about to get such a giant blow. It was a nostalgic go to to my very own college and the excessive level was having tea at our favourite tea joint with a batchmate who now teaches on the college. On the aspect, I found the traditional Bhima Devi Temple and at last visited the Chandi Devi temple.
Currently, I’ve simply began stepping out to find my very own neighborhood, by strolling round. Imagine me, there’s a lot historical past, heritage, and hidden gems round us, we simply miss them.
I’m itching to step out and journey. Although I proceed to keep away from touring so long as the virus doesn’t die its personal dying or retreat considerably. I’m positive issues shall be again to regular very quickly. I’d quickly meet the street – my finest pal.
2020 – The Yr of Books
Studying books is a pure alternative when you could have on a regular basis inside the 4 partitions of your private home. Nevertheless, for me, it was time to write down. So, I labored on a number of the books that I’ve within the lengthy listing of books that I wish to write. Three of those are revealed and obtainable so that you can learn. One other one needs to be out subsequent yr and if I hold the momentum, perhaps extra.
Uncommon Temples of India / Bharat Ke Anokhe Mandir
As IndiTales, that is the primary set of books we revealed this yr. We compiled tales of some exceptionally uncommon temples that we found throughout our travels throughout India for this e-book. The e-book was revealed in each English and Hindi. These can be found on Amazon worldwide. Based mostly on the response, we’d provide you with the paperback version sooner or later.
This e-book was an experiment and we hope we are going to proceed to publish at the least one e-book annually henceforth.
Lotus In The Stone – Sacred Journeys in Everlasting India
This e-book was my large venture of the yr. The manuscript was roughly prepared when the pandemic-induced lockdown began. Nevertheless, we labored on its numerous variations and manufacturing course of through the pandemic. It was lastly obtainable to the readers on Vijayadashmi day i.e. Oct 25th, 2020.
This e-book paperwork my private journey of discovering India as I walked round it. It’s a thread that binds all that I’ve been documenting all these years on IndiTales. It connects the pearls that I’ve been accumulating all this whereas. The suggestions to this point has been encouraging and I’m listening to readers say that they discovered new lenses or drishti to take a look at India.
I’m at the moment having fun with taking part in literature festivals and speak exhibits speaking about ‘Lotus In The Stone’
Do learn the e-book. I’m eager to listen to your suggestions.
Final yr on Navaratri I began studying Devi Bhagwad Puran. I needed to complete it by Navaratri of 2020, however because of lockdown, I may end it a lot earlier.
So, I made a decision to learn Ayodhya Mahatmaya from Skand Puran in unique. I’m at the moment translating this into English and hopefully, it needs to be revealed quickly so that you can learn.
This Navaratri I began studying Brahmand Puran, which is a big two-volume textual content. I hope to finish it by subsequent Navaratri once I hope to select up the subsequent Sanskrit textual content to learn.
That is changing into an annual characteristic for me. To this point, I’ve learn Ramcharitmanas, Devi Mahatamaya, Devi Bhagwat Puran, and bits of Skand Puran.
Foray into Podcasting
I’ve been desirous to experiment with Podcasting for a few years now. I strongly really feel that audio goes to be a giant medium of content material sooner or later. So, it was lockdown that noticed my foray into podcasting.
Detours with Anuradha Goyal – is what my English Podcast is named. We’ve got revealed 20 episodes to this point, protecting matters from temples to the Arctic circle to Diamonds to journey tourism. We hope to proceed to convey nice conversations to you thru podcasts.
Idhar Udhar – That is my Hindi Podcast, although I’ve managed to publish nearly two episodes on it. I’m nonetheless attempting to determine what the Hindi viewers is in search of in a podcast. Do share your ideas on it.
I additionally recorded a sequence on pilgrimage locations of India for knowledgeable podcast that needs to be quickly launched on a number one platform. Keep tuned for updates.
Lockdown Tales of 2020
Here’s a radio interview that I gave on ‘What I did through the lockdown?’
The yr passed by was a distinct yr. Every considered one of us will keep in mind it in another way. Hope you used this time to re-look on the priorities in your life.