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Taj Mahal Is Not Symbol Of True Love: It’s Manifestation Of Insensitivity And Cruelty!

Taj Mahal: Even if it's about true love, it's also equally about lack of conscious approach towards health of woman. It's about romance mired in bloodshed and acts of vandalism.

Taj Mahal: Even if it’s about true love, it’s also equally about lack of conscious approach towards health of woman. It’s about romance mired in bloodshed and acts of vandalism.



We always get carried away by false images, popular sentiments, more so when they are associated with well-known things. Worse, we dare not put in real perspective our own doubts. We keep on believing only because that’s been the known reality since time immemorial. This holds true about Taj Mahal. It’s popular, across the globe as symbol of true love. Whether it’s President of any nation or common man from a different part of the globe, they all love to get their selfies silhouetted against the backdrop of the Taj Mahal. It’s high time we become aware of infamous facets of Taj Mahal and shatter rhetoric strengthened by movies and sponsored literature!  

One of the flaws of education system in India is that it has made analytical abilities of Indian students inherently remain in awe of myths created by Western scholars. Anyway, the suppressed truth about Taj Mahal is that Empress Mumtaz had 14 children and she died due to postpartum hemorrhage after her last childbirth. This fact which appears in A Textbook of Postpartum Hemorrhage: A Comprehensive Guide to Evaluation”, edited by Christopher B-Lynch, got new lease of life when Dr. Anant Kumar,  Assistant Professor, Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, substantiated it with new findings in his research paper titled “Monument of Love or Symbol of Maternal Death: The Story Behind the Taj Mahal.

In fact in the eyes of Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul Taj Mahal is “only despot’s monument to a woman”. Naipaul, trashing the popular perceptions, dares to expose the misdeeds of Muslim rulers in India: “Mosque on temple: ruin on ruin. This is the North”. He was candid in confessing that magnificent buildings built during Mughal period were symbolic of “personal plunder”. Naipaul, shattering the romantic illusions pervading the Taj Mahal, hailed it as ‘wasteful’- “The Taj is so wasteful, so decadent and in the end so cruel that I found it painful to be there for very long. This is an extravagance that speaks about the blood of the people.” The sentiments of V S Naipaul might appear against the secular spirit of nation forcing writers like William Darymple to give way to a knee jerk reaction that historical knowledge of V S Naipaul was flawed.

How can you ignore the harsh truth stated by Naipaul even if you are able to show Muslim rulers in better light? What so wrong about it when Naipaul says that “when you see so many Hindu temples of the 10th century or earlier disfigured, defaced, you realise that something terrible happened. I feel that the civilisation of that closed world was mortally wounded by those invasions … The Old World is destroyed. That has to be understood. Ancient Hindu India was destroyed.”

Let’s come to standard historical findings unearthed by Dr. Anant Kumar in his research work. After delving deep into historical records he stated that “physiological causes of Arjumand’s death were postpartum haemorrhage, anaemia and repeated child bearing without birth spacing.” Arjumand Banu Begum got married to Shah Jahan at the age of 19 and she died at age of 39 on 17th June 1631. In between she had 13 children and she died while giving birth to 14th child. Dr. Anant Kumar suggest that ” 2 1/2 years to 3 years between births” was totally ignored largely because of “social-cultural and religious cause”. “Being a follower of Islam, it must have been difficult for a woman to think about contraception and pregnancy regulation.”  Interestingly, almost at the same time, in different part of the globe ‘a medical doctor Johan von Hoorn started midwifery school in Stockholm in 1708’.

In the light of above-mentioned facts are we still going to treat Taj Mahal as symbol of love? Even if it’s about true love, it’s also equally about lack of conscious approach towards health of woman. It’s about romance mired in bloodshed and acts of vandalism.

The Taj is so wasteful, so decadent and in the end so cruel that I found it painful to be there for very long. This is an extravagance that speaks about the blood of the people. (V S Naipaul)

The Taj is so wasteful, so decadent and in the end so cruel that I found it painful to be there for very long. This is an extravagance that speaks about the blood of the people. (V S Naipaul)

References:

Monument of Love or Symbol of Maternal Death: The Story Behind the Taj Mahal

A Textbook of Postpartum Hemorrhage: A Comprehensive Guide to Evaluation

V.S. Naipaul: Critical Essays

Trapped in the ruins

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Hindi Is Strengthening Indo-Israel Relations Even As Indians Flirt With English!

Aavartan Research Journal In Tandem With Gorakhpur University Organized A Seminar In Gorakhpur For The Promotion Of Hindi.  It Was Attended By Students Of Tel Aviv University, Israel, along with Dr. Genady Shlomper - Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University. Pic Source: Aavartan

Aavartan Research Journal In Tandem With Gorakhpur University Organized A Seminar In Gorakhpur For The Promotion Of Hindi. It Was Attended By Students Of Tel Aviv University, Israel, along with Dr. Genady Shlomper – Hindi Instructor at Tel Aviv University. Pic Source: Aavartan

( First published in Northern India Patrika, October 11, 2014)

Last month Aavratan, a reputed research journal,  organized a seminar in coordination with  Deen Dayal Upadhyay University situated in Gorakhpur. This Gorakhpur based research journal in the past has published excellent papers revealing lesser known facets of critical issues. The seminar was dedicated to promotion of Hindi- the official language of India. The star attraction of the event was the presidential speech by Dr. Genadi Shlomper, who happened to be Hindi Instructor at East Asia Department, Tel Aviv University, Israel. It was a pretty interesting experience to hear from Dr.Genadi about his involvement with Hindi during formative years of his career. It was evident from his speech that even if Hindi has failed to emerge as national language of India, it has emerged as an International language like its counterpart Spanish and English.  

His insights proved to be an eye-opener for huge crowd which had gathered there to listen a foreign visitor throwing light on worth of dealing in Hindi! After all, despite constitutional obligations Hindi has failed to get status of national language. Even in routine life of an average Indian enjoying upper middle class stature Hindi enjoys position of illegitimate wife!  Indians have beaten Englishmen in exhibiting their love for Victorian ideals and, of course, for English. Besides Dr. Genady, listeners also had a wonderful opportunity to hear Israeli students pursuing Hindi language course at Tel Aviv University. Offir Mizrahi, Tal Gorsky, Matan Massika, Yakir Dahari, Alexandra Fer and Adi Fischer who were visiting various parts of India to understand the essence of Hindi in more refined manner had so many interesting tales to narrate regarding their experiences which they gathered during their current visit.

Dr Genady Shlomper, who is credited with introducing Hindi in Israeli Universities, loves to visit India so as to enable his students have first-hand-experience of Indian culture. That in his eyes would make his students grasp the intricacies associated with Hindi language in a better way. Informing about the curriculum associated with Hindi he said that at initial stages more stress is laid on making students familiar with script and grammar rules. The students who wish to pursue Hindi more seriously can get enrolled in third year of three-year graduation course. At this stage it needs to be informed that a student has to learn at least one Asian language as one of the subjects in first two years. However, he made it clear that government does not get involved in framing the curriculum. Above all, the students who wish to learn languages are primarily guided by career concerns instead of being charmed by the intrinsic beauty of ay language. Interestingly, Hindi is easy to grasp but once Israeli students become face-to-face with grammar the enthusiasm gets a big jolt!

 

Writer With Professor Dr. Genady Shlomper And Hindi Students Of Israel.  Pic Source:  Genady Shlomper

Writer With Professor Dr. Genady Shlomper And Hindi Students Of Israel At Gorakhpur University. Pic Source: Genady Shlomper

 

Dr. Genady, who got fascinated with Hindi since Tashkent days, said Universities in Russia in those days had no course specifically meant for Hindi learning. However, Urdu was being taught as one of the languages. He had no other option left other than to select Urdu. In those days there were also no books for learning these languages and students had to rely on lectures delivered by Professors in class. Finally, during one of his visits to India he managed to get hold of books related with Hindi. One of the reason he selected Hindi was that in eyes of his mentors it provided greater opportunity for career growth. Even in our times as India is on the verge of emerging economic superpower, learning Hindi  widens the scope of landing your dream job. More and more foreign companies are entering in Indian markets to promote their brands. That means increased role of translators in the grand scheme of things primarily controlled by Capitalism!

Dr Genady finally moved to Israel from Russia to ensure a better future for himself. Ironically, students accompanying Dr. Genady had some bitter truths to share pertaining to materialistic world in the process of unfolding their love for Hindi. Yakir Dahari, a die-hard fan of Hindi movies, hit hard at the prevalent corruption in Israel. Citing India’s war against corruption, led by Anna Hazare, Yakir informed that youths in Israel have also waged a war against corrupt institutions, which had resulted in ouster of influential people from public domain. Adi Fisher, a married Israeli student, says that living a decent life has become a herculean task. She has delayed the birth of child so as to ensure better days! In fact, costly living standards have forced the youths to share the home built by their parents since owning a separate house in limited income is virtually impossible. In lighter vein, Alexandara’s sweet gestures on Bollywood numbers along with other Israeli students gave clue about the rocking presence of Indian movies in distant lands! It was an unique experience to see them singing a gem from classic era: Babuji Dheere Chalna Pyar Mein Zara Sambhalana!

 

The Students Had The Opportunity To Visit Various Places In India Rich In Cultural Terms.  Right Now They Are At Sangam, Allahabad! Pic Source: Genady Shlomper

The Students Had The Opportunity To Visit Various Places In India Rich In Cultural Terms. Right Now They Are At Sangam, Allahabad! Pic Source: Genady Shlomper

 

Israel continues to inspire Indians in one more way. Its aggressive stance against countries trying to sabotage its sovereignty appeals a lot to sentiments of Indian people who wish India to adopt similar line of action. Dr. Genady had to face barrage of questions in this regard much against his desire to be above controversial issues. He was interested in being seen as a professor involved in promotion of Hindi instead of being seen as a political analyst. He cleverly avoided all such disturbing questions but not without mentioning that not all Israelis agree with tough stand of Israel government against enemy nations. There are serious differences making it clear that opinion of people differ from the ones who rule the government. Whatever be the truth, Indian students who had gathered to interact with Dr. Genady were keen to know from him the elements that have gone into the making of an average Israeli committed to defend Israel at any cost! The questions from students give a clue about it. One student asked: Are students trained that way from the beginning? Another asked: Is the curriculum framed that way which ensures the rise of ferocious nationalists?

Dr. Genady is convinced that Hindi is going to strengthen its impact in coming days. It’s going to make its presence felt in a big way in International arena. What he does not realize that in India it’s losing its charm. Newer distortions like  “Hinglish” and mindless aping of global values have made Hindi attain an object of ridicule in fast-growing middle class. It’s really unfortunate that Indians feel more pride in speaking wrong English than speaking flawless standard Hindi. That’s the reason why speaking courses in English are hot favourite among Indian students. It’s amazing that even after so many years of India’s independence the Central government is clueless about true status of Hindi in India. It continues to create ambiguity between “national language” and “official language”! The southern states continue to see introduction of Hindi not as something inspired by love for country but something arising of politics of language! That makes it obvious that foreign scholars like Dr Genady Shlomper might be a source of inspiration to embrace Hindi in a substantive way, the will to respect Hindi has to come from Indians alone. Indians alone need to develop an atmosphere conductive for growth of Hindi in significant way both in Indian landscape and in foreign lands.

 

This write-up first appeared in Northern India Patrika, a news daily published from Allahabad, on October 11, 2014.

This write-up first appeared in Northern India Patrika, a news daily published from Allahabad, on October 11, 2014.

 

Reference:

A Brief Meeting With Dr. Genady Shlomper- Hindi Instructor In Israel!

हिंदी सिर्फ हमारी ही नहीं है: इजराइल के हिंदी प्रेमियों के संग गुज़ारे कुछ यादगार लम्हे!

Gorakhpur: A City That Showed Israeli Students Ideal Merger Of Cultural And Literary Values (Photo Feature)

The Compositions Of Lesser Heard Indian Music Directors

Indian Film Industry Gave Recognition To Many  Talented Souls But There Were Many Great Souls Who Failed To Get Due Credit!

Indian Film Industry Gave Recognition To Many Talented Souls But There Were Many Great Souls Who Failed To Get Due Credit!

Indian movies are incomplete without music. Music in Indian movies provide them a distinguished appeal making them stand apart from Western movies relying heavily on storyline. In fact, movie named Indrasabha which was released in 1932 had more than 70 songs! It holds the world record for maximum number of songs in any musical. Let’s not forget that it was the second year after Alam Ara -the first movie to have sound in 1931.  And in the very second year of introduction of sound we created record number of songs in one feature film! That substantiates our craze for songs! Anyway, we are now living in ultra-modern age wherein Indian film music differs hugely from days when it first came into existence in 30’s. The musical journey which began in first half of 1930  witnessed  until now host of talented music directors who provided listeners haunting tunes set upon Indian classical music. Some of them gained huge popularity but there were unfortunate ones as well who despite providing real good music failed to shine brightly. However, the few songs which they came to compose remain evergreen in memories. They are priceless gems for any music lover who has got refined taste for music.

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This song is from movie “Aag” (1948).  Raj Kapoor made his directorial debut with this movie. It was made on complex theme that true beauty is more than skin deep! Raj Kapoor was pretty young when he directed this movie but his mature treatment of this complex subject proved beyond doubt that India was about to see rise of great film maker. Ram Ganguly gave memorable music in this movie. The song sung by Mukesh” Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De” and “Dekh Chand Ki Aur” sung by Sailesh Mukherji and Meena Kapoor left listeners spellbound. Mukesh virtually imitated K L Saigal while rendering “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De” but he went on to develop his own style of singing in later years. Ram Ganguly gave fabulous music in this movie but he failed to strike rapport with Raj Kapoor. That ensured arrival of Shankar- Jaikshan in Raj Kapoor’s life. This song sung by Shamshad Begum is picturized on Nargis.


This song from movie Saranga (1961) composed by Sardar Malik and penned by Bharat Vyas. It’s based on Raga Yaman Kalyan- a raga sung in night hours. Saradar Malik was a very talented music director  but unfortunately he belonged to era wherein great composers ruled the roost. The period between 1950 and 1960 set high standards in field of Indian music with likes of Shankar Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Naushad, Ravi and Madan Mohan, to name a few,  delivered their best work. It was a Herculean task  for a new composer to make itself known in that period since not much space existed. However, some of the songs composed by Sardar Malik have managed to retain their charm even after so many decades. They are “Aye Gham-E-Dil Kya Karu” (Talat Mahmood in Thokar), “Ha Diwana Hoon Main” (Mukesh in Saranga) and “Mai Gareebo Ka Dil Hoon Watan Ki Zubaan” (Hemant Kumar in Ab-E-Hyaat). He died in 2006 after battling with long disease. And yes, he was  father of Anu Malik- the talented musician of current era.


This song composed by Snehal Bhatkar was written by Kidar Nath Sharma. Kidar Nath Sharma was a genius in a sense that he introduced giants in Indian movie landscape like Raj Kapoor, Madhubala and Geeta Bali! He was also a lyricist besides being a legendary movie maker. Anyway, this song sung by Mubarak Begum received a lukewarm response at initial stages. However, it’s mesmeric haunting tune and brilliant picturization ensured that it became a huge hit. It’s one of the few songs which did not let Snehal Bhatkar and Mubarak Begum fade into oblivion. This song is picturized on gorgeous Tanuja who was then struggling hard to ensure her place in film industry. This movie finally let her had desired stardom. Snehal Bhatkar mainly worked for the production of Kidar Nath Sharma. Besides this song, this number “Lehron Pe Lahar Ulfat Hai Jawan” (Chhabili released in year 1960)  in voice of Heman Kumar made Snehal Bhatkar a household name in his era.


Hansraj Behl
started giving music in late 40’s and  managed to carve indelible impressions on minds of music lovers. Although he stayed in world of music for nearly three decades, he did not get much chance to explore his talent. His music appeared in movies which failed to do good business. As a result of that not much opportunity came his way, leading to manifestation of just few good songs on his part. However, songs like “Bheega Bheega Pyar Ka Sama” ( Sawan released in 1959), “Zindagi Bhar Gham Judaai Ka” ( Miss Bombay released in 1957) and “Jahan Daal-2 Par Sone Ki Chidiya” (Sikandar-E-Azam released in 1965). This song is from movie Changez Khan released in 1957 and is  written by Qamar Jalalabadi. It has such a soulful prelude that it makes the song immortal. The unusual depth exhibited by Rafi in this song makes this song very special at least in my eyes!



Iqbal Qureshi
did not get much opportunity to exhibit his talent in Indian movies but he still managed to carve a niche for himself by composing beautiful songs which refuse to part ways from memories of listeners. Love In Shimla, Panchayat, Yeh Dil Kisko Doon, Cha Cha Cha, Umar Qaid and Banarasi Thug, to name a few, were some of the prominent movies which featured his music. “Do Badan Pyar Ki Aag Me Jal Gaye Ek Chameli Ke Mandave Tale” is technically a Nazm which is different than a Ghazal. Famous Urdu poet Shahryar speaking about Nazm says that in Nazm poet deals specifically with the theme while Ghazal is more a generalized take on a certain theme. In movies we so often find Ghazals but Nazms are a rarity. This “Nazm” which appeared in movie Cha Cha Cha (1964) was penned by famous Urdu poet Makhdoom Mohiuddin. Chandrashekhar and Helen played the lead roles in this movie.

6. S. Mohinder: Guzra Hua Zamana Aata Nahi Doobara


To understand the depth of his music one needs to listen songs from movie Shirin Farhad released in 1956. S. Mohinder who became associated with Filmistan Studio learnt the basics of Indian classical music in Varanasi. He was born in Pakistan but later migrated to India. The movies in which he gave music were commercially not successful  which prevented this talented musician from attaining desired fame. However, he got National Award in 1970 for movie Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai (1969). This sad number  sung by Lata Mangeshkar has been written by Tanveer Naqvi.

Ramlal Choudhry, Ganesh, Dan Singh,  Lachhiram Tamar and G.S. Kohli:

The common link among all these talented music directors is that despite exhibiting their talent in exceptional way, they just could not withstand the dirty politics played by vested interests in film industry. Ramlal Chaudhary who gave  memorable songs in Sehra (1963) and Geet Gaya Pattharon Ne (1964) was unhappy the way well-known music directors of his age campaigned against him in vicious manner. That forced him to start his own production but this did not augur well for him.

Dan Singh also became victim of negative publicity done by powerful music directors who felt threatened by his talent. In his later years, he could not hide his pain and brought in light the dirty tricks employed by reputed music directors to crush the emerging talents in film industry. He accused few well-known music directors of stealing his compositions. Anyway, Dan Singh’s melodious numbers in My Love (1970) made his presence immortal. “Zikra Hota Hai Jab Qayamat Ka” sung by Mukesh makes any good listener go into trance!

G.S Kohli assisted music director O P Nayyar in many of his hit movies before giving music independently. His career as independent music director did not last for long. After giving music in movies like Shikari, Faulad, Mr. India (1961) and Bhai-Bahen, to name a few, he faded into oblivion. However,  anybody who comes to listen this Shikari song “Tumko Piya Dil Diya Kitne Naaz Se” is bound to become curious about maker of this evergreen song!

Ganesh gave beautiful songs in movies like Kundan, Anjam, Thakur Jarnail Singh, Husn Aur Ishq , Badnaam and Chalak, to name a few. However, this song picturized on Helen made his name eternal in Hindi film music: Hum Tere Bin Jee Na Sakenge (Thakur Jarnail Singh). Interestingly, Shikari’s (music by G.S. Kohli) famous song also features Helen!

Lachhiram Tamar made his presence quite early in Indian film industry. Champa which was made in (1945) was followed by  Badnami, Kahan Gaye, Shalimar, Mohini, Ameer, Razia Sultana and Mai Suhagan Hun (1964) He gave music in as many as twenty movies. His fame rests upon songs he composed for  Mai Suhagan Hun (1964). The songs like “Aye dil machal machal ke yun rota hai zar zar kya” (Lata) and “Dhalti Jayen Raat Kahle Dil Ki Baat” ( Asha/Rafi in Razia Sultana {1961} ) enchant the listeners even in this age marred by loud music!

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Gorakhpur: A City That Showed Israeli Students Ideal Merger Of Cultural And Literary Values (Photo Feature)

Journeys, whether long or short, always teach you something. For writers like us they are the best means to rise above writer’s block. Last month I happened to visit Gorakhpur, situated in underdeveloped eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, to attend a seminar organized by Aavartan Magazine devoted to  quality research pertaining to social and environmental concerns. This research journal in the past has published excellent papers which have revealed lesser known facets of critical issues. This time Aavratan organized a seminar in coordination with  Deen Dayal Upadhyay University situated in Gorakhpur. The seminar was dedicated to promotion of Hindi- the official language of India. The star attraction of the event was the presidential speech by Dr. Genadi Shlomper, who happened to be Hindi Instructor at East Asia Department, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

It was a pretty interesting experience to hear from Dr.Genadi about his involvement with Hindi during formative years of his  career. His insights proved to be an eye-opener for huge crowd which had gathered there to listen a foreign visitor throwing light on worth of dealing in Hindi! After all, despite constitutional obligations Hindi has failed to get status of national language. Even in routine life of an average Indian enjoying upper middle class stature Hindi enjoys position of illegitimate wife!  Indians have beaten Englishmen in exhibiting their love for Victorian ideals and, of course, for English. Besides Dr. Genady,  listeners also had a wonderful opportunity to hear Israeli students pursuing Hindi language course at Tel Aviv University. Offir Mizrahi, Tal Gorsky, Matan Massika, Yakir Dahari, Alexandra Fer and Adi Fischer who were visiting various parts of India to understand the essence of Hindi in more refined manner had so many interesting tales to narrate regarding their experiences which they gathered during their current visit.

The photo feature specifically deals with places which I came to visit along with Israeli delegation comprising of students. We were mainly interested in seeing places around Gorakhpur rich in cultural terms. That included Gorakhnath Temple, Kushinagar associated with cremation of Gautam Buddha and Maghar which marks the spot of Kabir’s cremation. Gorakhpur has literary significance as well since great literary personalities like Firaq Gorakhpuri and Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan ‘Agyeya’ were associated with this city. Ageyeya was born in Kushinagar district.

Overall, it was a rewarding trip since it enlightened both head and heart. It’s time to let pictures tell the whole story about the various episodes of this beautiful journey. Interestingly, Dr. Genady was reluctant to tour this city since the place lacked desired cultural value. However, at the end of visit, he appeared to be overwhelmed after witnessing glorious facets of Indian history at such isolated places in this region especially temple and tomb of Kabeer standing adjacent to each other! 

 

It's always a good thing for a human soul to have glimpse of the world outside from a train's window :-)

It’s always a good thing for a human soul to have glimpse of the world outside from a train’s window 🙂

An important place! The  Non-cooperation movement started by Mahatma Gandhi ended abruptly due to violent clash between the freedom fighters and Britishers at this place! That led to death of many policemen posted at police station when it was set ablaze on fire by the protestors.

An important place! The Non-cooperation movement started by Mahatma Gandhi ended abruptly due to violent clash between the freedom fighters and Britishers at this place! That led to death of many policemen posted at police station when it was set ablaze on fire by the protestors.

Beaty of small Indian railway stations always fascinate me :-) Such a cute name: Kusumhi :P :P

Small Indian railway stations always fascinate me 🙂 Such a cute name: Gauri Bazaar 😛 😛

 

Gorakhpur Station.  Felt Happy On Being Land Of Great Yogi Gorakhnath Ji :-)

Gorakhpur Station. Felt Happy On Being Land Of Great Yogi Gorakhnath Ji 🙂

Another View Of Gorakhpur Station :-)

Another View Of Gorakhpur Station 🙂

A View Of The Gorakhpur City :-)

A View Of  Gorakhpur City 🙂

Deen Dayal Upadhyay University,

Deen Dayal Upadhyay University, Gorakhpur.

That's U.G.C. Guest House Where We All Stayed During Aavrtan's Program Organised In Tandem With DDU University, Gorakhpur.

That’s U.G.C. Guest House Where We All Stayed During Aavartan’s Program Organised In Tandem With DDU University, Gorakhpur.

That's how the day began for all of us each day during three day stay in Gorakhpur :-) All Of Us Enjoying Breakfast :-)

That’s how the day began for all of us each day during three day stay in Gorakhpur 🙂 All Of Us Enjoying Breakfast 🙂

Dr. Genady Making Alexandra Rehearse Her Lesson Before The Start Of Program At University :-)

Dr. Genady Making Alexandra Rehearse Her Lesson Before The Start Of Program At University 🙂

Offir whose Hindi was better than others in discussion with Mr. Genady :-)

Ofir whose Hindi was better than others in discussion with Mr. Genady 🙂

Seminar Organized By Aavartan And DDU University In Progress At University's Hindi Department :-)

Seminar Organized By Aavartan And DDU University In Progress At University’s Hindi Department 🙂

The Event Also Witnessed Release Of New Edition Of Research Journal Named Aavartan :-) Along With Professsors From Gorakhpur Univesrity One Could Also Notice Dr. Genady Shlomper, Vaibhav Mani Tripathi And Editor-In-Chief Of This Journal Dr. Shafique Ahmed!

The Event Also Witnessed Release Of New Edition Of Research Journal Named Aavartan 🙂 Along With Professsors From Gorakhpur Univesrity One Could Also Notice Dr. Genady Shlomper, Vaibhav Mani Tripathi And Editor-In-Chief Of This Journal Dr. Shafique Ahmed!

Mainstream Hindi Newspapers Gave Proper Coverage To This Event :-)

Mainstream Hindi Newspapers Gave Proper Coverage To This Event 🙂

In My Eyes This Poster Explains Why Hindi Never Gets Proper Place In India! This Poster Was Displayed Not Very Far From Gorakhpur University :P

In My Eyes This Billboard Explains Why Hindi Never Gets Proper Place In India! This Poster Was Displayed Not Very Far From Gorakhpur University 😛

But I hope these beautiful souls from Israel will keep loving Hindi :-) From Left: Matan Massika,  Adi Fischer, Yakir Dahari, Tal Gorsky and Ofir Mizrahi.

But I hope these beautiful souls from Israel will keep loving Hindi 🙂 From Left: Matan Massika, Adi Fischer, Yakir Dahari, Tal Gorsky and Ofir Mizrahi.

Inside Principal's Office At Government School At Bhathat, Gorakhpur For Right Reasons :P Myself Right Behind Adi, Alexandra and Vaibhav Mani Tripathi Ji. Vaibhav Ji Played An Instumental Role In Organising Most Of The Programmes  During This Tour.

Inside Principal’s Office At Government School At Bhathat, Gorakhpur For Right Reasons 😛 Myself Right Behind Adi, Alexandra and Vaibhav Mani Tripathi Ji. Vaibhav Ji Played An Instrumental Role In Organising Most Of The Programmes During This Tour.

Highly Disciplined Students Of Patel Smarak Inter College Garlanding Israeli Hindi Students :-)

Highly Disciplined Students Of Patel Smarak Inter College Garlanding Israeli Hindi Students 🙂

Students Were Really Very Excited To Meet Foreign Students :-)

Our Students Were Really Very Excited To Meet Foreign Students 🙂

Students Listening Very Consciously Speech Of Dr. Genady :-)

Students Listening Very Consciously Speech Of Dr. Genady 🙂

This Inter College Has Lots Of Trees Inside Its Premises :-) A Good Job On Part Of College Administration!!

This Inter College Has Lots Of Trees On Its Campus 🙂 A Good Job On Part Of College Administration!!

Greenery Prevailed On Road Leading To Bhathat From Gorakhpur!

Greenery Prevailed On Road Leading To Bhathat From Gorakhpur!

Places Close To Bhathat Are Famous For Making Images Of Terracotta!

Places Close To Bhathat Are Famous For Making Images Of Terracotta!

Beautiful Terracota Images :-)

Beautiful Terracotta Images 🙂

Great Art :-)

Great Art 🙂

Terracotta's Lord Krishna :P

Terracotta’s Lord Krishna 😛

Shiva Carved With Help Of  Terracotta :-)

Shiva Carved With Help Of Terracotta 🙂

This Cute Ganesha Looked Very Charming :-)

This Cute Ganesha Looked Very Charming 🙂

They are the makers of these beautiful images from terracotta! Hope Lord keeps these blessed souls  truly happy :-)

They are the makers of these beautiful images from terracotta! Hope Lord keeps these blessed souls truly happy 🙂

Outside Gorakhnath Temple :-)

Outside Gorakhnath Temple 🙂

This Magnificent Temple Belongs To Nath Sampradaya Started By Yogi Matsyendranath :-)

This Magnificent Temple Belongs To Nath Sampradaya Started By Yogi Matsyendranath 🙂

Beautiful Statues Of Various Yogis Inside The Temple :-)

Beautiful Statues Of Various Yogis Inside The Temple 🙂

Impressive Statue Of Lord Shiva Placed Inside The Temple :-) Om Namah Shivay :-)

Impressive Statue Of Lord Shiva Placed Inside The Temple 🙂 Om Namah Shivay 🙂

That's Bheem Ji In Sleeping Mudra Inside This Temple :-)

That’s Bheem Ji In Sleeping Mudra Inside This Temple 🙂

That's Lord Gorakhnath Maharaj :-) Jai Gorakhnath Baba Ki :-) Hope His Blessings Always Shows Yogis The Right Way :-)

That’s Lord Gorakhnath Maharaj 🙂 Jai Gorakhnath Baba Ki 🙂 Hope His Blessings Always Shows Yogis The Right Way 🙂

Beautiful Night Scene Inside Gorakhnath Temple :-)

Beautiful Night Scene Inside Gorakhnath Temple 🙂

Gorakhpur Lies In Underdeveloped Part Of Uttar Pradesh But It Can Still Boast Of Good Hotels Offering Delicious Food :-)

Gorakhpur Lies In Underdeveloped Part Of Uttar Pradesh But It Can Still Boast Of Good Hotels Offering Delicious Food 🙂

It would take a long time to erase memories of this togetherness with Mr. Genady And His Students :-)

It would take a long time to erase memories of this togetherness with Mr. Genady And His Students 🙂

River Rapti :-)

River Rapti 🙂

At Maghar :-) That's Cremation Site Of Saint Kabir :-)

At Maghar 🙂 That’s Cremation Site Of Saint Kabir 🙂

We reached there during evening hours.  Deep silence greeted us :-) -)

We reached there during evening hours. Deep silence greeted us 🙂 -)

That's Samadhi Site Of  Saint Kabir!

That’s Samadhi Site Of Saint Kabir!

Inside The Kabir Temple Built By The Hindus!

Inside The Kabir Temple Built By The Hindus!

That's Placed Inside This Temple :-)

That’s Placed Inside This Temple 🙂

All Of Us In The Company Of Saint Kabir Ji :-)

All Of Us In The Company Of Saint Kabir Ji 🙂

That's Description About This Temple's Origin :-)

That’s Description About This Temple’s Origin 🙂

That's The Structure Built By The Muslims Adjacent To This Temple Which Bears The Tomb Of Kabir!

That’s The Structure Built By The Muslims Adjacent To This Temple Which Bears The Tomb Of Kabir!

Tomb Of Kabir Ji  Placed Inside This Structure! It was relatively more peaceful site than temple where one could trace many visitors!

Tomb Of Kabir Ji Placed Inside This Structure! It was relatively more peaceful site than temple where one could trace many visitors!

Before We Move To Kushinagar Let's Taste This Shuddha Chane Ka Sattu :P :P :P

Before We Move To Kushinagar Let’s Taste This Shuddha Chane Ka Sattu 😛 😛 😛

Dr. Genady Dealing With Queries Of Students Of Buddha PG College Situated In Kushinagar! The  Students Did Ask Thought- Provoking Questions!!

Dr. Genady Dealing With Queries Of Students Of Buddha PG College Situated In Kushinagar! The Students Did Ask Thought- Provoking Questions!!For Instance What’s The Future Of Hindi In This Age? Dr. Genady Citing Increased Role Of Foreign Companies In India Expected Better Growth Of Hindi In Coming Days.

For Queries Posed By Alexandra In Hebrew All I Had To Say : I Did  Know What You Say :P

For Queries Posed By Alexandra In Hebrew All I Came To Say : I Don’t  Know What You Say 😛 😛 😛

Found No Opportunity To Have Conversation With Fischer! However, I realized After Listening Her Speech At University That She Was Pretty Sensitive! And Yet As We Parted Ways At Railway Station On The Last Day She Made It Known: "Aapse Milkar Bahut Khushi Hui". Me Too Felt The Same For Her :-) But With Realization That Modern World Is Not Made For Sensitive Souls!

Found No Opportunity To Have Conversation With Fischer! However, I realized After Listening Her Speech At University That She Was Pretty Sensitive! And Yet As We Parted Ways At Railway Station On The Last Day She Made It Known: “Aapse Milkar Bahut Khushi Hui”. Me Too Felt The Same For Her 🙂 But With Realization That Modern World Is Not Made For Sensitive Souls!

At "Pathik Niwas" in Kushinagar :-) Shuddha Hindi is sometimes tongue twister :-) Anyway, this restaurant did not give the impression that it was run by government :P It was clean and service quite good :P :P :P

At “Pathik Niwas” in Kushinagar 🙂 Shuddha Hindi is sometimes tongue twister 🙂 Anyway, this restaurant did not give the impression that it was run by government 😛 It was clean and service quite good 😛 😛 😛

All Of Us At Hotel Pathik Niwas In Kushinagar :P

All Of Us At Hotel Pathik Niwas In Kushinagar 😛

Hotel Pathik Niwas Exhibited Good Images Of Lord Buddha :-)

Hotel Pathik Niwas Exhibited Good Images Of Lord Buddha 🙂

Another Image Of Buddha At This Restaurant :-)

Another Image Of Buddha At This Restaurant 🙂

However, I Noticed This Beautiful Krishna Painting At Anand's House Who Is Teacher In Gorakhpur!

However, I Noticed This Beautiful Krishna Painting At Anand’s House Who Is Teacher In Gorakhpur!

Standing Before Ramabhar Stupa In Kushinagar. Kushinagar is associated with  Parinirvana of Gautam Buddha!

Standing Before Ramabhar Stupa In Kushinagar. It’s  The Place Where Guatam Buddha Was Cremated Kushinagar is associated with Parinirvana of Gautam Buddha!

Inside Ramabhar Stupa :-)

Inside Ramabhar Stupa 🙂

Ruins Of Stupa Inside Ramabhar Temple!

Ruins Of Stupa Inside Ramabhar Temple!

Tol Gorsky And Monk Under The Same Umbrella :P

Tol Gorsky And Monk Under The Same Umbrella 😛

A Huge Peepal Tree Inside Japan-Shri Lankan Temple In Kushinagar!

A Huge Peepal Tree Inside Japan-Sri Lankan Temple In Kushinagar!

Standing Before Japan- Sri Lankan Temple :-)

Standing Before Japan- Sri Lankan Temple 🙂

Inside View Of  Sri Lankan- Japan Temple! This is used as place for meditation. I saw many people meditating at this place.

Inside View Of Sri Lankan- Japan Temple! This is used as place for meditation. I saw many people meditating at this place.

Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple which hosts Reclining Buddha!

Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple which hosts Reclining Buddha!

Standing Outside Mahaparinirvana Temple In Kushinagar :-)

Standing Outside Mahaparinirvana Temple In Kushinagar 🙂

That's Recelining Buddha! At This Place He Breathed His Last With Words "Behold now, brethren, I exhort you, saying , decay is inherent in all component things ! Work out your salvation with diligence"

That’s Reclining Buddha! At This Place He Breathed His Last With Words “Behold now, brethren, I exhort you, saying , decay is inherent in all component things ! Work out your salvation with diligence”

This Reclining Statue Built Of Chunar Sandstone Was Discovered By Carlleyl in 1876.

This Reclining Statue Built Of Chunar Sandstone Was Discovered By Carlleyl in 1876.

This Huge Bell Placed Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple Always Manages To Capture The Attention Of Visitors :-)

This Huge Bell Placed Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple Always Manages To Capture The Attention Of Visitors 🙂

The Structures Unearthed During Excavation At This Mahaparinirvana Temple.

The Structures Unearthed During Excavation At This Mahaparinirvana Temple.

Mahaparinirvana Temple :-)

Mahaparinirvana Temple 🙂

Dr. Genady Capturing The Best Moments :-)

Dr. Genady Capturing The Best Moments 🙂

 I Came To Witness This Monk Lost In Meditation :-)

I Came To Witness This Monk Lost In Meditation 🙂

Vaibhav Ji Leading From The Front :P Hope We Remain On Right Track :P :P :P

Vaibhav Ji Leading From The Front 😛 Hope They All Remain On Right Track 😛 😛 😛

This Huge Tree Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple Caught My Attention :-) :P

This Huge Tree Inside Mahaparinirvana Temple Caught My Attention 🙂 😛

That's The Temple Built By Myanmar. It's Called Burmese Pagoda!

That’s The Temple Built By Myanmar. It’s Called Burmese Pagoda!

Standinf Before Burmese Pagoda In Kushinagar :-)

Standing Before Burmese Pagoda In Kushinagar 🙂

Beautiful  Entrance Of This Temple :-)

Beautiful Entrance Of This Temple 🙂

Must Thank To Lord That I Found Myself In Land Of Buddha :-) Luckily, I have also been to Sarnath!

Must Thank To Lord That I Found Myself In Land Of Buddha 🙂 Luckily, I have Also Been To Sarnath!

Glad To Be In Company Of Such Lovely Ancient Structures!

Glad To Be In Company Of Such Lovely Ancient Structures!

It's Time To Bid Adieu :-) Glad That Our Togetherness Ended On A Happy Note :-)

It’s Time To Bid Adieu 🙂 Glad That Our Togetherness Ended On A Happy Note 🙂

Hope We All Remain Together :-) India Has Always Been Close Ally Of Nations Like Russia And Israel! They Came And Sang For Us Some Popular Bollywood Songs To Mark Their Respect For Hindi. And So It Would Not Be Out Of Tune To  Attribute This Song To All Of Them " Chalte-2 Mere Ye Geet Yaad Rakhna Kabhi Alvida Na Kahna :-)" :-) :-) :-)

Hope We All Remain Together 🙂 India Has Always Been Close Ally Of Nations Like Russia And Israel! They Came And Sang For Us Some Popular Bollywood Songs To Mark Their Respect For Hindi. And So It Would Not Be Out Of Tune To Attribute This Song To All Of Them ” Jaaiyein Aap Kaha Jaayenge Ye Nazar Laut Ke Phir Aaayegi :-)” 🙂 🙂 🙂

Departure Makes One Sad! But We Seem To Be Smiling :-)

Departure Makes One Sad! But We Seem To Be Smiling 🙂

Noticed These Children Of Lesser Gods Inside My Train's Compartment! Beautiful Faces Mired In Pain!!

Noticed These Children Of Lesser Gods Inside My Train’s Compartment! Beautiful Faces Mired In Pain!!

Reached In My Own Land! Journeys Always Make Me Feel We Depart To Meet Again :-) Hope To Find Beautiful Faces Once Again In Some Different Land In Some Different Time Period :-) :-)

Reached In My Own Land! Journeys Always Make Me Feel We Depart To Meet Again 🙂 Hope To Find Beautiful Faces Once Again In Some Different Land In Some Different Time Period 🙂 🙂

Must Not Miss This Article In Hindi To Know More About This Indo-Israel Connection 😛

हिंदी सिर्फ हमारी ही नहीं है: इजराइल के हिंदी प्रेमियों के संग गुज़ारे कुछ यादगार लम्हे!

 

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