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Travel guide-Arunachal Pradesh

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Arunachal Pradesh is a state perched in the north eastern frontier of the India sub continent., It is a tourism hotspot in the country and is visited by many local and international tourists through out the year. In the year 2014, this state was the second most visited state after Kerala in India. The Indian government is trying to promote the state’s cultural heritage and tourism prospect for the better. the state suffered heavy losses during the 1960 Sino-Indian conflict.Also this state has received several setbacks in its pathway of development due to the tensions occurring across the Indo-China border.The capital city is Itanagar and is the main center of the state’s commercial and industrial activities.72% of the state’s GSDP comes from tourism.Renowned actor Arjun Rampal is the brand-ambassador of the state.

There are several places of interests in Arunachal Pradesh. Especially,Dirang,Tawang,Bomdilla etc are to name a few.
Dirang:This place is located in the northeastern part of the state.This place is famous for both its natural scenic beauty and historic importance.The Dirang Zhong or the Dirang Fort located at the heart of the town was constructed to protect the people of Dirang from any war or natural calamity in the year 1859.It was declared as a

UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1978.Also the Dirang monastery is a popular tourist attraction where the His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama visited earlier this month.

Tawang: Tawang is the most important tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh.it is said that people visit Arunachal Pradesh to visit Tawang. Tawang is known for its historic importance because it is the storehouse of the Monpa culture. Also Tawang is referred as Monyul by the native people of Tawang. From Tawang a 14km drive through the
mountainous road it will take you to the “Y junction”.From this junction one road goes to the Bumla pass which contains the Indo-China border and the other road goes to the two lakes namely the Ptso lake and the Shingatsher lake popularly known as the Madhuri lake.

In the Shungatsher lake the shooting of a scene for the film “Koyla” took place.In that scene renowned Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit had danced.The lake was formed due to earthquakes.When one will visit the place one would be stunned to see gazing at the place’s scenic beauty all around.Another important place is Tawang is the Tawang monastery.Built across a land area of 70 acres it is the largest monastery in Asia.It has several quarters within itself ie one is meant for the museum, other is the center for laying the butter lamps,another center is the information centre for the lamas. On the road between Dirang to Tawang the Sela Pass is situated at an altitude of 13700ft it is the world’s second highest motorable road. This is an important place of interest for the tourist and chiefly maintained by the India army. Also people visit teh Sela lake which is located 2-3 kms from the Sela pass. From Tawang Bomdilla is not very far off. It is a market town and coparatively more urbanised than the other cities of Arunachal Pradesh. Bomdilla is divided into 3 prts upper, middle and lower Bomdiall. Each of the theree parts houses a monastery which is built in its own unique style. In uper Bomdilla, his holiness Dalai Lama the 14th had planted a sapling. Arunachal Pradesh is connected well with teh Tejpur airport in Assam. Also Bhalukpong junction located at a distance of 190 km from Itanagar is last railway station in the North eastern frontier of India.

Environmental changes in 21 century

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environmental_changes_1We might have heard from our parents and grandparents that the world is not as it was 20 years ago. This very sentence seemed to have been cliché in the present. But what we can do. There has been so many environmental changes occurring in the recent past. Global warming, soil erosion, land degradation, shortage of rains, drought etc. earthquakes, landslide, tsunami seem to have become an annual event. But all of these so called natural disasters are all not occurring naturally, they have been aggravated by man itself.

For example in India, due to extreme deforestation, the forest cover has gone down a 19.07%, but as per as the international average it is 33%. As the country’s forest cover has declined gradually and it way behind the required percentage. This is why in India, in recent times, Maharashtra has suffered due to drought and acute water scarcity. Just due to lack of concern for maintaining the ecological balance. Also the Kedarnath floods that had brought on end to the line of so many people is one of the notable disaster to have occurred in the recent past.

There are 3 main causes:

•Accumulation of resources in the hands of a limited number of people which has widened the gap between the rich and the poor.
•Depletion of resources at a great extent.
•Over utilization of resources by human beings at a rapid rate.
So we cannot let this continue to happen. For the development of country, one definitely needs to construct building the forest canvas and other open areas. This is necessary. However as the population increases the used for settlement building also increases. Hence our must practice sustainable development.environmental_changes_2 The development shall not compromise the needs of the future generation to come. Also the rate of utilization should not be greater than the rate of generation. However there should be development of eco-friendly technology and utilization of non-conventional source of energy. Moreover there should be practise of controlled afforestation i.e. making up for the open green patches that have been deforested through construction.
If we as a part of the responsible citizen of the country abide by the statement and stop the indiscriminate destruction of open areas and green-patches then only we can progress towards being a developed nation.

Intolerant India, Intolerant We

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It was like one of those Friday evening during which Sundar was returning to Keutia, his native village. It was already 6 o’clock in the evening last it seemed to be quite late at night as it was already late November. Sundar was an employee in a private IT firm in Salt Late, Sector V, the IT hub of Kolkata. But during every ..day might be returned to his native village Keutia. It was one of those backdated areas that was situated in of the most remote areas located in the outskirts of the city region.
It was that particular time of the day which was mainly seen as the “hours of the defeated”. Sundar had taken this job only in the last month, but during this short span of time only he had developed a bad taste for home coming. It was quite obvious that a person who had shifted to the city would have quite mesmerized by the facilities that he could get in the city. In this IT firm work is done in moments with scientific precisions. But he was trying to escape from his weekly 9-5 schedule.
Sundar returned home. He asked his 67 years old father “Hi! Baba, how are you ?”. His father replied “I am fine, your mother has gone to Siraj’s house next door”. To his utter astonishment, Sundar remarked “why Baba?”. His father quite irritatedly remarked that “Arrey! Siraj’s brother Sajid is very ill today, so he will be taken to the ojha and the Tantrik who will perform their required rituals and the Yagaya and also will give a list of necessary do’sand don’t’s for the family. “Do you believe all these Tantriks? I don’t know.”.
Sundar felt extremely disturbed when he heard of this backdated practices that prevail in this area even today. It is merrily due to the fact that still poverty, literacy, unemployment have been the curse of the society even today. Despite the country has advanced so much in the fields of science, technology, astronomy, defense but still we have not been able to eradicate this backwardness from the country. He felt that as long this practice will prevail India will not progress.

According to Sundar he should develop a feeling of scientific temper and tolerance towards all in accordance with the fundamental duties stated by the constitution. As a responsible citizen of the country Sundar felt that it is a duty to be tolerant towards all and think rationally before taking our action. Being absorbed in this thought Sundar went for a sleep to have a super Saturday next day.

How will you spend your holidays? Let’s hear from you

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Compiled by Soumalya

Purbayan Dey : Like an avarage Kolkatan he likes to spend his time by pandal hopping. Puja is a time when an avarage Kolkatan tries to enjoy his heart out. Specially after his half-yearly examination is over he is also going to have an nice time this year. He is a very hearty eater an likes to eat phuchkas.

Arka Dasgupta-

arka holiday spendHe is also a student of class 9. This year he wants to enjoy the vacation speacially after his tests are over. He competes with himself every year about the number of pandals he has hopped. His count is 122 as he has watched all the four days of the puja. This year he hopes for something more.

somak Holiday spendSomak Datta –

like the above two energetic fellows he had discussed,he is in perfect contrast to them. He is a lazy fellow. After his examinations are over he said to Kidsunfold that I will spend the entire puja sleeping and eating. He fears that after this vacation he will be easily putting up 10 kilos.

Swarat Roy Chowdhury-

swarat holiday spend
He is not a firm believer of this pujas and gods. And is a self centered human being (According to the inference made by the Kidsunfold team). He is a song lover and his favorite popstar is EMINEM.But despite of this he has decided to spent some time with his friends and enjoy his vacations.

Souradeep Mukherjee-

Souradeep holiday spendHe is a typical facebook-er who changes his profile picture at a duration at a duration of a few hours.But also he is a foody and likes to hop in the restaurants like Dominos KFC etc.But this puja he is also going to be the volunteer of his local puja pandal. So despite of his limited time he is going to enjoy his puja.

Brain Drain – A common problem in India

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The main cause of brain drain is un-inspiring education and high competition in India. The number of educational institutions (primary, secondary and high) is limited compared to the number of students, who are therefore enrollment. Hundreds and thousands of our qualified young stars take off from international airports in order to acquire higher education and lucrative jobs in USA, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Australia etc. Most of these Indians often settle there attracted by the facilities and the higher quality of life provided in these countries. During the decade long debate over brain drain it has been decided that excellence is neither recognized nor rewarded in India. It has been estimated that the country loses approximately 2.4 billion dollars due to brain drain. Critics are of view that the developed countries provide higher facilities, pay packages and perks, the country cannot dissuade youngsters from going abroad. What has been India’s loss has been the gain of other countries where the youths have migrated.

brain drain - common problem in India

Bridge the gap

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Bridge the gapGeneration gap has become a common problem these days. Often we find that the children are not being able to match the expectations of their parents. The children in turn are quite dissatisfied with their grown-ups. The parents and the grandparents are not being able to adopt with the changing times and this has lead to the wide spread of the problems.That is why we find the parents and the children are complaining about generation gap, that leads to mal-adjustments in social life.
We know that every problem has its own solutions. So the generation gap can also be bridged. The only thing that is the co-operation of the Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z or the grandparents, parents and the children is needed. Then only the problem can be resolved.
So let us start with how the children can react in order to curb this problem. We have often noticed that the feeling of love, respect and honour for the elders are gradually becoming absent in the minds of the children. So the children need to develop a feeling of love, compassion and respect for the elders. They also need to be caring and helpful and should try to act as an extra helping hand for their parents and grandparents. Sometimes the children specially the teenagers think that they are more independent and do according to their mind. But that should not be the case. They should made to understand that the elders have seen the world for a long period of time and they need to honour their experience. They also think that their parents expect a lot of things from them but the parents in reality only expect an effort in their studies.
It is not only the children who should be made responsible in order to bridge this gap. The parents and the grandparents should also took the initiative. They should provide them their wards with a bit of space. No two individuals in this earth are equal to each other. This should also be under thier knowledge. Times have changed and their is no scope for the parents to compare them with their children. They should realise and not expect much from their children. The world is not easy for them. Higher expectations can make life stressful for the students and can lead to moodswings.
So the role of the elders indispensible in the lives of their juniors. They need to guide them in the life and groom them without any indulgence. They should get prepared for the challenges that they face in their life.
“LETS BRIDGE THE GAP” should be the order of the day.
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TOUGH TIMES IN THE OCEAN

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Tough Times in the Ocean

It was a period of time when I found myself in a ship named “Piccadilly Daisy” sailing in the heart of the Atlantic. But that day there was a covering of fog and mist that settled in the atmosphere. Nothing could be seen correctly as the visibility was blurred. Even the navigator did not work that day for it did not receive any signal.
I tried my best to capture the nearby objects but the visibility did not permit me. Not being able to observe anything, I told my crew member John “Hey! I am going to the deck in order to have a clear view of the things. Can you manage here? “. He replied, “Yes, you go ahead”.
Even on reaching the deck, I could not make out anything. Where ever my eye sight went, it was only fog and mist. I then stooped down with half part of my body inclined outside the ship. To my astonishment I could experience some external force acting on me and I fell on the vast ocean.
Outside, the water was freezing due to excessive cold. My body temperature dropped to zero. I felt that my entire blood circulation has stopped.

Help Help

Many a times I cried out “Help! Help! Help!”
But nobody was there to rescue. I could see the ship to sail by without even noticing my absence and it left me alone combating in such condition.
I faced several challenges to keep afloat in the ocean. The freezing cold water was the biggest challenge. Also I was simply oblivious of the direction because of the unclear visibility. It was extremely difficult to plan my next course of action.
Then suddenly I felt a loud thud and it was like something that hit my head. What I saw was unbelievable, I had fallen from my bed and my mother was shouting “You are getting late for school, wake up.” I thanked god that this was not real. Even if it was something of that sort, wouldn’t it be exciting?

Effect of political agitations an turmoil on the Government’s Incredible India plan

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Dal-LakeIndia is a place that has a bounty of natural beauty as its possession since time immemorial. It has been a hot bed of tourism. It has been visited many a times by the global tourist all over the world. India is special destination and has occupied a central position in the minds of every visitor who back visit India.

But times have changed, political agitations, turmoil and natural calamities catastrophic have been common in every corner of India. It is not a dream land for tourist as it was before. Starting from Kashmir, it had witnessed horrifying flood last year. It is one of the favoured hunting grounds of the tourists because of the disputes that lie near this territory between the nations India and Pakistan. As the Paradise in Earth , as it is fondly called is no longer such and many even fear to go there.

Also another place that has witnessed the natural catastrophies in chardhamthe recent past is the Uttarakhand. The Kedarnath flood still haunts the pilgrims of the Char Dham Yatra. This particular disaster took the lines of the several pilgrims and many of them were missing. No body knows what had happened to them. Another place is the Arunachal Pradesh, that is the victim of the Boru Movement As it borders India and China the region is also prone to several disputes between the nations.

Forests, lakes, rivers and mountains run across the India mainland. They are our natural beauties that is inheritant and we need to protect them. The central part of India – Madhyapradesh, Jharkhand with its rich forest and other biosphere reserves are a place  infested by the terrorists. Andhra Pradesh because of the Telengana  movement Arunachal is also a dreaded pl ace to visit .

That is how the present day condition in India is no longer a dream land of visitors. The Government in order to fulfill its plan of “Incredible India” needs to crush this disturba nces. If only this is then India can be made a better place but us walk hand in hand in order to make India a better place to live.

The Haunted Journey

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It was a rainy evening and i was returning from my tution classes. Unlike all the other normal days i was not accompanied by my father as he went for a tour at Delhi. The rain seemed to be increasing with every moment. It seemed that the Rain God was not in a good mood that day because of the heavy downpour. Also it was not possible to get any bus or a taxi at that time because the streets were to much deserted.
At that moment i found a car just stopped in front of me. The driver of the car was none other than Mr. A. Bannerjee, our next door neighbour. He opened the window of the car and asked me “Hey you, just hop in!” I thought that I could finally reach home. As I sat in the car, he drove me to my home. Inside the car the air was very chilling. I thought that i was feeling cold as i was all wet. Very unlikely of him, he did not speak a word on the way. To break the uneasy silence, i asked him, “How was your visit to Darjeeling, uncle?” To my astonishment, he did not reply. On reaching my home i told him “Thanks for the lift”. He said nothing and drove speedily away. I saw the car vanished round the corner.
I was all soaked when i reached home. My mother gave me some food to eat for dinner. She then said something, which i was not at all ready to hear. She told that Mr. Banerjee, our neighbour passed away on the way back home from Darjeeling. He suffered a massive heart attack. The food in my mouth froze and i was seized with horror.
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Travel Guide – Havelock Island

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This island has an area of about 113.93 km. it is the largest of the islands that comprises Richie Archphalages –a chain of islands that lies to  the east of the great Andaman in the Andaman Islands. It is situated 57 km north  from the city Port Blair.  This group of island is named after a British General Henry Havelock, who served in India.

The access to Havelock is via the following ways:

  • Government ferry
  • Makruzz
  • Coastal cruise
  • Express Bhagya

The several activities (water sports) that one can experience are

  • Sea walk
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Banana ride
  • Fishing and trips to abandoned islands is also very popular.

Famous beaches in Havelock

  • Radhanagar Beach
  • Kalapatthar Beach
  • Elephanta Beach
  • Vijaynagar Beach

Important facts for the visitors:

One can easily spot some dolphins in the Kalapatthar Beach (a famous tourist attraction)

The average temperature in Havelock is 38 degree Centigrade and real feel is 49 degree centigrade

One should carry his/her sun screen lotion to protect himself/herself against possible tan.

The population mainly consists of Bengalis and Bangladeshis who settled there after 1971.

The five villages in Havelock, which are Gobindanagar, Shyamnagar, Radhanagar, Krishnanagar and Vijaynagar have there similar to the villages in West Bengal.  The Radhanagar Beach (beach no.7) has awarded as the best beach  in Asia in 2014 by ‘time’.

Important hotels

  • The Symphony Palm beach at Gobindnagar village
  • The Bare footResort.
  • Sea Shell Resort

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Soumalya, 14 years