Friday, July 22, 2016

THE BEAUTIFUL" LAVASA VALLEY" IN WESTERN GHAATS (MAHARASHTRA )



                                                             










                                                                         





















                                                                             



A VISIT TO LAVASA  VALLEY  NEAR PUNE

“ Sir , It was a planned as a smart city  amidst Hills of western Ghaats  by Seth Ajit Gulabchand Of Hindustan Construction Company. The   covered area of the city is about 100 Sq Kms . Seth Ajit Gulabchand had copied the layout and architecture of an Italian town for this  pollution free Smart city .  The city  plan includes  small townships, Educational Institutes , Hospitals, Country clubs , Convention centre , Cafes , Restaurants , Boulevard around the lake, Stylish  Housing for , Water sports , Art Galleries,  Golf club and Fun square Miniplex etc. Though many things have come up but the planners have landed in some controversy for acquisition  of land ,violation of  environmental laws   and political interference. “

This is what the  Manager of a Restaurant  located on Boulevard told me.

“ Isn’t the smart city LAVASA  coming up now? “

“ Yes , But you see those incomplete  structures near the international convention centre . Construction has come to Halt due to some stay orders or litigation. Some more structures on that side have also not come up . And then many shops on this Boulevard rmaain unoccupied . many residential apartments need buyers . In LAVASA City , Only DASVE Township has been developed . More needs to be done.”

 “ What about Tourists ?”

“ Not Many foreigners  come to this side though some groups keep trickling . We have a great inflow of Locals from  Mumbai or Pune . They come round the year due to ideal climatic conditions over here . Almost all Hotel Rooms are sold out on weekends. They come in cars , Taxis and Motorbikes. Those coming from Mumbai also visit  Lonawala or Khandala . Students in large numbers come from Pune.”

“ What about these shops on the Boulevard ? “

“  Sir we  have Restaurants and cafes mostly . Many shops are in the process of opening and getting started . there are some vacant shops as well .”

“ Any Shop selling Handicrafts ?”

“ Yes one shop KASHMIR CRAFTS  on the Boulevard on that side of the lake . He is probably a man from Kashmir . Look  there at that corner . He sells some handicrafts but earns from sale of plastic wares , sandals , Umbrellas and decorative and gift
 items that he buys from Mumbai. “



I am in Lavasa  valley for a family vacation planned and arranged by Sandeep Mota .It is   about 215 kms from Mumbai via Panvel- Lonavala and roughly 65kms from Pune. It is built on the principle of New Urbanism which implies that everything has to be located within walking distance .Nestled amongst green Hills of western Ghaats , it is just three hours car Drive from Mumbai though Pune -Mumbai express Highway .
I am informed that it is planned to hold a population of 3 lakhs . Planned like a European city,   LAVASA has  a city Manager. All   services are unified with a clear focus on quality customer service and CMS ( City Management services ).

 DASVE ,  the first small township developed in Lavasa valley remains full of    attractions. So many Waterfalls joining  to form a rattling brook that passes through the heart of the township.  And the Brook finally ends up in a lake .A Boulevard around the lake with tiled pathways and green trees .An array of cross culture food Malls and restaurants  all along the Boulevard .Water sports , Cafes and Boutiques  , A country club. Apollo Hospital , Christ University ,Green Bazaar selling Fresh Fruits and vegetables , 1-2-3 room apartments with special attractions for senior citizens .And  all this located in majestic hills of  Western Ghaat  with cool shades ,  ample  Flora and fauna and  Pollution free air  .

Walk on the Boulevard carrying your umbrella.    Clouds and Rains come anytime and every time. Enter any Restaurant and you find a space for your umbrella. Open the window of your room and you listen the rattle of the brook that joins the lake . An experience  Quite closer to   Lidder stream of  Pahalghaam  in Kashmir valley .

A colourful  Promenade at DASVE  brings a picture   of the Mediterranean elegance. It runs alongside the Lake sporting Cafes,  Restaurants , Green Trees  , Tiled Pathways  and a street side Buzz that evokes the spirit of Italian Riviera .

And you have  the   Living apartments around the lake with   majestic view of  SAHYADRI hills . I am told that the apartments are meant to cater to the practical requirement of  the owners . You have special apartments for Artists . These apartments have Studios as well .You have Villas and Plots as well. A Town hall at DASVE  gives you all information you may need. LAVASA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE ( 020-64731020/1024 and 020-66759000 ) at  Portofino Street  DASVE  is ever ready to help you



 Enjoy a boat Cruise in the lake .Go for Segaway Rides on the Dasve  Promenade . Go for Rock climbing or rent a bike .Enjoy Lebanese Non Vegetarian Food at TABAKH restaurant on the Boulevard .

We had a Hot water bath inside  Hotel MERCURE  in july this year . Yes we felt we needed it to feel comfortable .

I found an International Convention centre ready at DASVE- LASVASA. You have Christ University and Apollo Hospital over here . Banks and ATMs and  Hassle free WiFi connectivity is an added attraction.

So Long so much for LAVASA ..

( Autar Mota )


PS
(1) In J&K State , HCC has also executed some Major works of Banihaal- Qazigund Railway line  Under a subcontract from IRCON .
(2)All Photographs clicked by Autar Mota at Dasve Township LAVASA . You can see the Boulevard , lake , The Brook , Shops , Walkways , Hills , Residential buildings and Hotels.






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MY DOHAA ( TWO LINE POEM ) THE INVISIBLE HAND


                                               


THE INVISIBLE HAND !!!!!!!!!!!

Can there be only one hand behind our troubles ? I have my doubts now.
May be Sometimes this hand befriends me while quite often you believe in it as your sole protector ..


I wrote a DOHAA on this subject....

Teray Meray Jhagday Ke Peechhay Ekk Hi Haathh
Kabhi Mujhe Apnaa Woh kahay Kabhi woh Teray Saathh

( Autar Mota )
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MY DOHAA OR TWO LINE POEM ON OUR TONGUE


                                                                           

THE SECRET OF THE TONGUE….
( Photo Autar Mota )
This tongue is a train… Should it move at its right time , you are at your desired destination .
Withhold its movement , everything that includes material goods and divinity tend to move away from you .

I add a Dohaa written by me on this thought ……..
Jeeba Chalay to Rail hai Pahunchaaye har Dhaam
Jeeba jab tak Na Chalay Maaya Milay Na Ram..
( Autar Mota )
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MY DOHAA ( TWO LINE POEM ) WRITTEN BY ME ...DON'T KEEP CURSING THE SUN OR DARKNESS . YOU NEED TO OPEN THE WINDOW OF YOUR DARK ROOM AS WELL

                                                                     
                                                                             

 ( Photo ..Autar Mota  ..) ..
THE MAGIC OF LIGHT CAN  BE EXPERIENCED ONLY  AFTER OPENING THE WINDOWS OF YOUR ROOM  ....

YOU MAY KEEP CURSING THE BRIGHT SUN IN THE SKY . YOU MAY KEEP CURSING NIGHT'S DARKNESS AS WELL? BUT FOR YOUR OWN SAKE , TRY OPENING THE WINDOWS OF YOUR DARK ROOM AS WELL .
TO THIS PHOTO I ADD A DOHAA WRITTEN BY ME...

Phir Suraj Ko Gaali Dhe Raat ko Taane bo'l
Pehlay Apnay kamray ki Khidki ko to Kho'l
( Autar Mota )
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MY " DOHAA ' OR TWO LINER POEM THAT I WROTE TODAY.


                                                                                 
        
                           ( Photo source .. Patrika ePaper /News Magazine ..Hindi .. With due Thanks )

EXTEND ONE HAND , YOU MAY GET ALMS .... USE BOTH, YOU MAY CREATE WONDERS .... THE STRUGGLE OF THIS EXISTENCE , HIDES AND RESIDES IN THE SKILLFUL USE OF THESE HANDS ALONE.....
I have written a dohaa today for this thought and photograph..

Ekk se jag mein Bheekh Milay do do se le kaam 
Inn Haathon mein chhupa Basaa jeevan ka sangraam...

( Autar Mota )                                                        
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MY Poem " Aey Andheron ke Shahar " ( O My City of Darkness )



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 (Photo Sandeep Mota )

O PEACE AND  LIGHT ! WHERE ARE YOU?  VISIT  THIS  TOWNSHIP OF PAIN..

To the above thought and photo , I add my Poem  ……Aey Andheron Ke shahar …( O My City of Darkness )

( Aey Andheron  Ke Shahar   )

Hum    Jo Bhikhre Thhay Taptay sehraa mein
 Loo ke mausam mein thhay sharaaron par
So gaye Baarha   Thakkay Haare
Sard Raaton mein Raahguzaaron par
 Ab  Rahe  Teen Mein Na Teraah Mein
In  Andheron ka Ab to Khauff   Nahin  
Ab Safar hi  hai  Ghar - Makaan Apnaa  
Koyee Kaandhaa Mila jo Rone Ko   
 Bhool Jaatein hain  Hum pe jo Guzri
Khul Ke Kyaa Bolna Hai Yaad Nahin    
 Baat  Lekin yeh Tujh se Khul ke  kahein
Dard mein Teray Beqaraari hai
Har Garri dil Yehi  Dua hai Karay

“ Aey Meray Shahar Tu Abaad Rahey
Mausamon Ki Mehar Rahay Har Saal
Teray Baagon Mein Parindein Ho Sadaa
Bastiyon mein Teri Ujaala Rahey
Meetha Amrit sada Machaltaa Rahey
Teri Jheelon Mein Aabshaaron mein
Ghonslay  Pyaar Ke Aabaad rahein
Inn safedon Mein In Chinaaron mein
Har Choraahe mein Basti kooche Mein
Zindagi laut ke har Pal yeh Kahay

 “Pyaar Ka jashn Manaana Hai Ab
 Har Andhere Ko Mitaana Hai Ab”


( Autar Mota )



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Thursday, July 7, 2016

A PHOTO OF PANDAVA BEACH BALI INDONESIA AND WHY WE SHOULD SPEAK AND SAVE THE INNOCENT CHILD WITHIN



                                                                                            
   PANDAVA BEACH BALI 
 ( Photo Autar Mota )

To this photo i add a thought............... 
                                                                          

 Those who keep silent may not be ignorant . Ignorance has nothing to do with silence . This world is unfortunately being  full of people who know everything but keep silent . silent since the issues around do not touch them specifically . May be generally they  are feebly concerned  but they do not speak up.

looking towards other side and turning willfully  ignorant( when you need to speak and be firm  and fair in your  reaction ) , may prove  grave  for the truthful and innocent child that resides inside all of us.
This child keeps watching our conduct , reflexes and actions. Afraid of him, Urdu poet Akhtar Ul Iman had said. " Yeh Ladkaa poochha rehtaa hai Akhtar Ul Iman tum hi ho? This child keeps asking me .. “Are you the great akhtar Ul Imaan ? " ”
Do we call that child as the mirror within ?
And then Poet Sahir  Ludhianavi  also felt :
"Jag se chaahe Bhaag le koyee
Mun se bhaag na paaye"

“ A man may run  away from this world
But where shall he go from  the self within “

Yes very rarely , circumstances prevail upon you to be helplessly silent. Those situations are very very rare as  poet  Mirza Ghalib also clarifies..

Hai kuchh Aissi hi baat Jo chupp huun
Varna kya baat kar nahin Aati..
Aage aati thhi haale dil pe hansi
Ab Kissi baat par nahin Aati..


(Autar Mota )



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