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7 POEMS THAT MADE OUR CHILDHOOD WHOLE!!

 

Shatakshi

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It is beautifully quoted by Robert Frost, “Poetry is when an emotion has found it’s thought and the thought has found words.

Poetry has always been the most extraordinary combination of words, conveying the deepest truths of life with immense simplicity. Poems hold a very special place in the hearts of every person who cherishes literature. It is not just about the rhyming scheme that makes a poem special but the essence of emotions that it holds. As children, all of us have been taught to recite poems but poetry is something beyond recitation. Poems have their own world of imagination and a different definition to reality. As children, poems have been something that gave us pleasure and took us to a world where there were no barriers to happiness and freedom. Even today there are certain poems that hold a special place in our hearts because somewhere each line of that poem had struck a chord and taught something that no other lesson could have. We have recited those poems with joy as children and that has become one of the most beautiful memories of childhood. Walking, playing or eating, poems were always the best thing that we felt like singing all day, telling everyone how much we adored doing it. Poems were never confined in the school textbooks but have come along with us for the rest of our lives, being an eternal memory.

Let’s have a look on those 10 wonderful poems which have been in the favorite list and are still remembered line by line, being a medium to cherish those old school days.

1.DAFFODILS:

William Wordsworth William Wordsworth

A beautiful piece of poetry by the well-known poet, William Wordsworth, has captivated the minds of its readers completely. A poem inspired from real life instances, it is a mesmerizing, imaginative description of the vast fields with beautiful flowers. It is also known as,” I wandered lonely as a cloud.” The poem has always topped the charts because of the touch of nature that it beholds. Children are always attracted to flowers and colors and this poem is perfect example for understanding the beauty of nature in the best possible combination of words. Expressing the essence of nature in words marks the reason this poem is eternal in the hearts of many.

2.MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB

Sarah Josepha Hale Sarah Josepha Hale

A nursery rhyme very innocently written by Sarah Josepha Hale is more of a fun filled song that everyone as a child may have recited. This has always been the first poem that was ever taught, and the innocence captivated our minds so efficiently that MARY AND HER LAMB became more than just imaginary character. The echoes of giggles and smiles that these lines have brought can be still heard and felt every moment.

3.TWINKLE TWINKLE

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How can we just talk about the most memorable poems and not mention the favorite, Twinkle Twinkle. Not just a poem but an entire life beautifully crafted in words by John Taylor, it has been the most loved poem of all generations. Infants or adults, all love the concept of how stars have been personified as diamonds placed safely at the distant skies. The poem has been a connection between the two worlds; the world of reality and the world that existed beyond the blue sky.

4.MY SHADOW

Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Louis Stevenson

Shadow and children have a completely different relation that makes childhood memorable. A poem describing the innocent perception that a child forms about his shadow, is framed by the well-known poet Robert Louis Stevenson. The poem has always been the most humorous and entertaining explanation of a shadow with the ideology of a child who thinks his shadow is something huge, unstable and naughty. The lines express the most soothing emotions of a young child who never realizes the scientific outlook to a shadow but gives it an extraordinary personification of a friend.

5.STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING

Robert Frost Robert Frost

One of the most wonderful combinations of nature, life and death, this poem is written by the well-known poet Robert Frost. The poem somewhere touches a chord inside us because of its depiction of nature and life. The poet has very efficiently described the silence of nature and the darkness that the world gets wrapped into on a snowy evening. It is an unstoppable journey of life describing both light and dark phases. The snow demonstrates emotions and silence and leave an unexpected impact in the hearts of readers. At the end, it teaches us how life must go on in the desired direction without any unnecessary hurdles or distractions.

6.TOPSY TURVEY LAND

H.E Wilkinson H.E Wilkinson

As the name suggests, this poem is a complete bliss and an escape from the real world to the world of dreams. A world where everything is opposite to the reality but still seem more peaceful and calm, this poem has been penned by H.E Wilkinson. As children, we have believed and lived in the world of fairy tales where things were always happy and joyous. This poem is a complete package of magic and imagination, bringing together the innocence of children and the pleasure of living at a place where there are no rules.

7.THE OWL AND THE PUSSY CAT

Edward Lear Edward Lear

An ultimate crafting of words expressing the purest of emotions, love in the most simple and mesmerizing form, this poem has been written by Edward Lear. As children, marriage and love generally confines to dolls, princes and princesses. We have always thought of marriage where a prince charming arrives on a white horse to take his princess away but this poem breaks the barriers to defining love and make us all love the cute story of an owl and pussy cat. It is an amazing way to explain that love knows no boundries or conditions. In an exceptionally different way with two animals as the main characters, this poem perfectly defines love as the most wonderful feeling in the world.

Childhood is the most beautiful part of a person’s life and with poems like these it became even more wonderful. Poems that were not just lines but emotions that became a part of our lives forever. No matter how much we move ahead in life, when we think of childhood and school textbooks, the personification of stars and the journey to the dream land are always the best part. Poems are an eternal part of our lives and are somewhere a reason why we tend to respect literature and life at the same time. These poems have been a beautiful portrayal of art as well as the most important teachings of life: love, happiness and dreams.

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THESE 5 ‘WONDERS’ OF THE NORTHERN INDIA WILL DEFINITELY MAKE YOUR SUMMER ADVENTUROUS

Yashdeep Bajpai

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“Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb. And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed and pulsing.”

―Truman Capote

That’s raw, right? Stripping us right down to our arteries and sizzling them, well let’s beat the hot BBQ and beat the heat this summer with some cool, really ice-cold adventure hotspots.

 

Rewalsar

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This quaint little town in Himachal gets a bit pressed down under the two heavy weights of a hill stations, Manali and Shimla. But, let it amaze you with simplicity and coolness of the Gaia’s amazing breeze brushing gently past the tall trees, stroll down the lanes,visit the scenic lake, hike up and enjoy the sights and cool weather.

 

Tawang

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Let’s “reclaim” Arunachal this Summer from China.Not being easily accessible, it remains an offbeat destination where the temperatures are low during the summer. Getting there itself is quite an adventure.You get to explore a new world, see the Great Himalayas from the Northeastern perspective,breathe the brisk unpolluted refreshing air that reminds us how the Giants look after us.

 

Kurseong

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Kurseong is a small spooky hill station 30 km away from Darjeeling and you can reach here by road or via a toy train. The ghostbusters mobile might not make it up the hills. Some legends suggest that it is “The Haunted” Dow Hill. Grab your salt and iron this beat the heat and hunt some ghosts.

 

Chakrata

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You can easily ditch Mussoorie for a trip to this place. Once a summer retreat for the British Raj, this serene hill station offers a stunning panoramic view of some of nature’s delights.It offers many trekking trails and a huge forest cover makes it a nature lover and a bird watcher’s delight as well.

 

Tirthan Valley

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Located at a distance of just over 500km from the National Capital, this place is hidden within the depths of Kullu’s towering mountains.A much needed respite from the maddening crowds, you’ll find here in, peace, in the lush green mountains and the snow-capped peaks and the babbling Tirthan River.You can either pitch your tents and camp or stay in one of the homestays at the banks of the river and fish for some trout.

 

Douse the fire within, let it be covered with cool waves of bliss by visiting these places and be the adventure man you dreamt of and heave a cool breath and “Let the Summer begin.”

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FROM “JUST PAAN” TO “THE PAAN” !

Harsh Chaturvedi

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Paan, a simple yet effective mouthfreshner-ish kind of snack is probably the most famous munching recipe ever invented in the first place. NOTE:- NO HISTORICAL REFERENCE OR GEOGRAPHICAL INFLUENCE OF THIS FLAVOR GRENADE WILL BE DISCLOSED BECAUSE……YOU KNOW!

Here in Lucknow, this all time iconic snack is regaining its lost luster. All thanks to Mr. Shrikant Modi or better known as Modi Ji and his creative ideas about paan. To shed some light on the “set of special skills” with pan, Modi Ji disclosed his experiments:-
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Brought fire paan to the city –


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Talking about the exploits of pan and it’s properties, one interesting version of this simple recipe is the “fire-paan“. What was the talk of Delhi only is now being enjoyed among the Lucknow folks as well. “I made a different version of this already famous recipe.” So I fathomed hard and brought the Fire Paan here, made a few changes as well” quotes Modi Ji.

Read Also: What makes delhi’s food culture diverse and unique!!

Made a plethora of variants –

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Possibly the most interesting thing about paan is its flexibility towards the creative artist. Modi Ji being one, gives  unique and exclusive variants such as ‘Tsunami Paan‘, ‘Paan Bhelpuri‘, ‘Laddoo Paan‘. Not to mention that all these variants have positive reception beyond all measures. Also, these variants have capacity to mint over a month so you can enjoy them all for a longer duration.

Brought the taste to celebrities –

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It’s just like adding another feather to the cap of this awesome package of taste. Modi Ji’s paan has been on the taste buds of actors like Amitabh Bachhan, Sunil Shetty and all the way to famous politicians like Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav and many more. So that gives him an edge I guess!!

Brought it to the youth –

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Paan has now an increased usage after the surge.The only reason that brought it down in the first place was its content. So now, one can enjoy the delicious snack as Modi Ji’s ‘Lakhnavi Meetha Paan‘. Much as his own invention, this is a favourite of children as well as adults. “I wanted to create a paan that could be eaten by both kids and adults alike“, and guess what he did it!

So next time when you think about paan, don’t just think about munching it down like a regular chewing gum. Feel the taste as it blends with your taste buds. And don’t forget to ring the brass bell hanging on Modi Ji’s shop. You’ll remember it forever!

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What makes delhi’s food culture diverse and unique!!

Anvesha

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DELHI

Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with people from many cultures and religion. The red sandstone Mughal capital has diverse food cultures of different cultures such as the Mughals, Kayasthas , Baniyas and Kshatris. Delhi’s cuisine has thrived due to intermingling of cultures in the city.

The uniqueness of delhi’s palate is that different families have old cultural recipes that they won’t mind sharing and staying true to the true amazing flavours.

PARANTHEWALI GALI IN CHANDNI CHOWK

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Be it a meal for hungry college students or even a late night-snack, the paranthas of this street food capital are always on the top of the list.The choices of stuffing are galore potatoes, cauliflower, radish, keema and eggs. That is why the Maharaja of Kashmir and the Nehru family were penchant for this place.

INDIA GATE’S CHAAT

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What fun is a trip without trying out the local street food? So here are the chaat stalls near India Gate.It has a variety that is beyond any match while a taste that leaves you licking your fingers!

KEBABS IN DELHI

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The Mughal culture gives Delhi one of its authentic flavours-its kebab. These grilled chunks of meat or fish marinated in Indian spices are loved by both locals and tourists.Kebabs can be found in many restaurants, most famous being the Ghalib Kebab corner and RK Puram kebabs.

Also Read: FROM “JUST PAAN” TO “THE PAAN” !

CHOLE BHATURE OF PAHARGANJ

CHOLE BHATURE OF PAHARGANJ | Delhi
This lip-smacking Punjabi dish is usually accompanied by Lassi. The Sita Ram Diwan Chand shop in Paharganj is famous for serving its chole bhature since 1984. (34 years! That’s pretty amazing!)

If you visit Delhi, you can’t help but fall in love with its food! The food is quite unique  because Delhiites use ancient recipes and will freely share them with you. Because, eternal love resides in food!

Visit. Witness. Cherish.

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