Posted in Europe Diaries, Life's Like That, Travel and Places

European Diaries: Visit to Beautiful Finnish Town Poorvo

 

The first day I landed in Finland, I got chance to visit this place and I did’nt miss the chance of visiting this beautiful town. By the way, Porvoo is a scenic small town 50 kilometers east of Helsinki, Finland. One of the most popular day trips from Helsinki, its picturesque city center of wooden houses is a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I went to this place by bus and must say, the entire route was so scenic. The places near the river side are awesome. Luckily it was one of the weekends, where there was some restaurant day kind of events happening there, so I got chance to eat some yummy Indonesian food and got to listen to authentic, traditional syrian music. It was a different and amazing feeling seeing people from different parts of the world.

After the food episode, I did visit the old town of Poorvo, the riverside old wooden houses are something beyond my words, i felt as I jumped into some painting or I was in some good old classic English movie. I was just wondering, if it was really real.

After spending decent time at the riverside, did visit the old station and then the good old cathedral in old town. It was totally an awesome trip. It is really amazing in summer and they say it is equally amazing in winters…would’nt miss chance going to this beautiful town again:)

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

Posted in Life's Like That, Travel and Places

Visit to Shaniwar Wada Fort In Monsoon Last year

 

It is very rare that I sit at home and do nothing when the weather outside is awesome. Me coming to Pune is a boon for me, and the monsoons in Pune are just awesome.

Shaniwar Wada is pride of Pune and on one fine monsoon day, I went to this place and though it is not a big fort, it has its own charm. Had nice time visiting this place.

There are several stories about this place, yeah, sometimes, too much of google research is bad, it was drizzling when i reached the place, my phone got wet in the rain. Phone started behaving in a weird manner and i was like “Oh!! My God, my phone got haunted”…yeah..it was just a stupid thought.

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Do visit this place and it is good:)

Some historical info about this place (content courtesy: google search)

Shaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs. 16,120. Several additions were made to the palace like fortification walls with bastions, gates and court halls by his successors.

What was once a seven storied structure was gutted by a fire in the palace. Only the remains can be seen now like the fortification walls with five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the entire palace. The principal gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates are called Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.

 

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

Posted in Life, Travel and Places

Monsoon Trek to Vetal Tekdi (Vetal Hill)

 

Have been planning to go to Vetal Tekdi from more than an year and finally could go there today.

Didn’t want to waste Eid holiday on a pleasant monsoon day, so finally got my travel arrangements done and reached this place today afternoon with a proper and full attitude of an explorer…

As I reached this place, I realized the trek ain’t that simple, it was more adventurous when it started drizzling.

The fog, drizzle amidst greenery of the hill made me wonder suddenly if I am really in Pune or not, it just gave me feel of a hill station. Must say, this lovely trek made me feel really amazing. Enjoying Solitude in these kind of places is a bliss.

I did spendsome decent time on the hill. However, I feel I need to visit some more times to explore this beautiful hill further.

Do visit this place when you get chance to visit Pune :)

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Posted in Complex Human Mind, Inspirational Stuff, Personal Development, Things to Ponder

Some of the inspiring TED Talks I happen to watch in recent times:)

I  am always a fan of being authentic, I like being real , because thats what I am. I do face somany kickbacks for being me and saying what I mean and feel..yeah but you know, I am used to all these and I don’t like changing these traits of mine. This week, I was randomly browsing some TED talks and  found these two talks immensely inspiring and thought of sharing them with you. Do check them:)..they are lovely and straight from the heart of these kickass authentic ladies:)

  • The beauty of being misfit: It’s called the misfit’s myth. And it goes like this: even at the moment of your failure, right then, you are beautiful. You don’t know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That’s your beauty.
    You can be a drunk, you can be a survivor of abuse, you can be an ex-con, you can be a homeless person, you can lose all your money or your job or your husband or your wife, or the worst thing of all, a child. You can even lose your marbles. You can be standing dead center in the middle of your failure and still, I’m only here to tell you, you are so beautiful. Your story deserves to be heard, because you, you rare and phenomenal misfit, you new species, are the only one in the room who can tell the story the way only you would. And I’d be listening.

         

  • Listening to Shame: There’s two things that I’ve learned in the last year. The first is: vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous. Let me ask you honestly — and I’ll give you this warning, I’m trained as a therapist, so I can out-wait you uncomfortably — so if you could just raise your hand that would be awesome — how many of you honestly, when you’re thinking about doing or saying something vulnerablethink, “God, vulnerability is weakness.” How many of you think of vulnerability and weakness synonymously? The majority of people. Now let me ask you this question: This past week at TED, how many of you, when you saw vulnerability up here, thought it was pure courage? Vulnerability is not weakness. I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives. And I’ve come to the belief — this is my 12th year doing this research — that vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage — to be vulnerable, to let ourselves be seen, to be honest.

 

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

 

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Experience Matters :)

A giant ship engine failed.  The ship’s owners tried one expert
after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the
engine.  Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing
ships since he was a young [boy].  He carried a large bag of tools
with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work.  He
inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.  Two of the
ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would
know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached
into his bag and pulled out a small hammer.  He gently tapped
something.  Instantly, the engine lurched into life.  He carefully
put his hammer away.  The engine was fixed!  A week later, the
owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand
dollars.  “What?!” the owners exclaimed.  “He hardly did
anything!”  So they wrote the old man a note saying, “Please
send us an itemized bill.”

The man sent a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer………………….. $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap…………………….. $ 9,998.00

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Effort is important, however Knowing where to tap is experience. If you think, hiring experienced resources is expensive, try hiring an amateur, it might “cost” a lot hiring the one who doesn’t know where to tap😉

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