Going back to basics Part I

Since the outbreak at China started enhulfing other parts of the world (hardly any place untouched now), I keep going back in time and appreciate the logic of our Ancestors for doing things a certain way.

People , in so called modern society,  who ridiculed the old ways and now seeking the older wisdom.
A few thoughts to make my point :

– Trafitional Namstay, considered old fashioned by todays modern  society,  is now  safest way to greet 🙏🏻

– May be 2 generations ago and still in the remote/rural India, people observe the practice of leaving their footwears outside near the main gates. And washing their hands, feet and face thoroughly before entering the house.  The logic was to wash off the dirt and grit of the day .

– Would drink water without touching the glass or container


Would not hold baby or small children immediately after coming from outside, avoiding passing on any germs to them

– Would eat in a thali (plate) served individually to avoid contamination of food for other, as food was eaten using hands

– Hands were washed thoroughly after finishing food. Today napkins have taken our live

–  Performing havans and poojas were a norm. The purpose was to purify the atmosphere in and around the house. The pure ghee, camphor and other ingredients used are  believed to be natural purifiers.

The list is extensive……

In this testing time if we are mindful and aware of our routine and habits it may go a long way to keep us and others safe.

We can not go back but always adapt some good old practices to sustain in a better way


To be continued…..

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Random – The tradition of quality continues

It is amazing to visit the favorite place of one’s growing-up years. Some places have 2-3 generation of proud continuity with the quality and taste still the same. And most important the humality of the young owners who represent their grandfathers and fathers makes them more special

Experience of 50 + years of making samosas

Continuing the tradition of quality and good customer relationships

The old ways of making tea on clay chulas ( burners), a small shop on Jammu-Srinagar highway known for tea-mathi ( snack), a most stop for travelers

Shop of barfi (sweets) on Jammu-pathankot highway, the most authentic taste, continues to pull the travelers and locals alike

No one can beat the taste of Rajma-rice with pure ghee of this shop of 3 generations on Jammu-Srinagar highway

They still do the grinding of spices and chuteny in old ways with stone grinders

Continuing his father’s buisness this young man is proud of his father’s name. Most of us Jammuities who have known Girdhari have fond Memories. Despite having such a hugh customer base he would remember the individual tastes and used to address everyone “uncleji”

Maniram made Jana falls in Manali famous and must visit with his authentic and traditional Himachli food thali complete with brown local rice pudding.

RANDOM – The Traditions A Visual treat

The old traditional houses blending into the surrounding, treasure for Artist ‘s imagination.

The trees
The mud
The wood
Together a shelter
Withering the weather
The rains
The snow
The storms
Protecting the mortals
From nature’s fury

Dear friends,
Most of the shoots have been captured while moving. From Jammu &Kashmir to Himachal Pradesh the magnificent and ever changing beauty is a treat for eyes.

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