Sunday, December 14, 2014

The People Who Made A Difference

Dear friends

Its not necessary to be rich or beautiful or a great personality to do something good. I would like to introduce you to a personality, who in her small way has made a lot of difference. She lives in a very remote village of Andhra Pradesh

Name :- K. Vijayalaxmi
Age :- 33 yrs
Profession :- Social Mobilizer

The day for Vijaya starts very early, whether its a weekday or a weekend, it doesn’t make any difference.  She takes the 6 o’clock bus to reach her destination - Budharam before the day begins for the farmers and the labourers of the land, to meet her wards. As one parent put it “ A fear passes within my heart when I see Vijaya. She is one force to reckon with, there is not an obstacle that can hinder a child to be in class. She really tackles any problem head on even it is a big officer. She ensures that each and every child are present in school before the school bell goes off. Its not very easy.” When we ask her, how she manages her day, shuttling so early, “She smiles and says, they are children, they do not know the importance of education and the parents also doesn't know the importance of educating their girl child. But I know and that is what matters. I am glad, I have the time for them, I do not want any drop outs, especially girls.”

Vijaya is an Intermediate student, an orphaned handicap. She is living with her married brother. Her disability hinders her to eat any solid food properly. It blocks her throat and so she has only liquid food and that too takes an hour for a glass of water to pass her throat. She is always in pain. So she has to have a regular medication through intravenous to get her essential nutrients into her body, which is a bit costly. But seeing her vigour and single-mindedness, we would surely doubt, whether we are talking about the same person. There are days, when she totally foregoes food and be with the kids.

She is a role model for the children. These children are testimony to her dedication and energy she invests in them on a daily basis. The children, whom she helps are in the literal sense poor, there are orphans in them, sick and generally malnourished students are the key words of their existence. With singlehanded persistence and motivation, Vijaya was able to bring them all under the umbrella of Girl Child Education of Room to Read. But the key factor to succeed in any venture, whatever the project and  no matter how hard you work, there should be  continuity and that is where, Vijaya proved her mettle. Her resilience is one thing, which should be commended.

One of such instance that really made a difference in many a lives is when a student fell unconscious in school. Vijaya informed her Social Manager regarding her predicament and with her help, the girl was taken to the closest Government Municipal Hospital and was given a thorough check up and there the girl was diagnosed, as an anaemic cardiac patient, who should be treated immediately or else she would die. Since the Social Manager was there, the decision was made immediately - help the child get proper treatment and necessary medication.  A small stipend was allotted by the implementing agency to cope with her medical expense. Along with that, Vijaya ensured that (the student) gets nutritive foods (to reduce anaemia)  on a regular basis, for that she paid from her own pocket. It was not an easy path, but her persistence paid. The girl recuperated and returned to school, hale and hearty and regular too. A child was saved from her own circumstance only by persistence. This incident, is just a single hay out of a haystack in her life.

This shows that life can be unpredictable, circumstances can be unfavourable, resources can be non existent, but if there is a will, then there is a way, that is what Vijaya’s life proves and that is what many a heart learnt and they salute her and all the hearts that she has crossed thank her for her unconditional care and selfless dedication, which passes by once in a lifetime.

As the sun sets, Vijaya  is in the bus back home. If we ask her, “How do you feel after a hectic day?”
She would shrug and say, “I have not done anything more than the other people do.” And walks off hurriedly to her humble abode.

Words are not sufficient to explain Vijaya. But still we can conclude, Vijayalaxmi is simply Vijaya at the end of the day.

So guys!! just spare some time or with whatever you have more, for someone in need, then your life would be worthwhile.

See You.

Take care.

Meena



Friday, November 7, 2014

11 Nights 12 Days Tour Package


Tailor Made Package for a Group

11 Nights  12 Days

Trivandrum – Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Varkala – Kumarakom - Thekkady – Munnar – Cochin

Day :- 1   Trivandrum – Kanyakumari (86 Kms / 2hrs)  On arrival at the Trivandrum airport, you would be welcomed by our chauffeur for the onward journey to Kanyakumari. which is one of the few places in the world where one can witness both the sunset and sunrise at the same beach due to the geography. The confluence of the three seas, The Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean can be witnessed in Kanyakumari. Check in to the Sea Shore Hotel for one night stay.  Check out the famous sights according to the availability of time.
  1. Vivekananda Memorial
  2. Kumari Amman Temple
  3. Gandhi Memorial
  4. Government Museum

Day :- 2  Kanyakumari – Kovalam (84 Kms / 2 hrs) :- Wake up early, before 6 am, and watch through your window to experience this natural wonder - the sunrise . Have breakfast. After breakfast, if there are sights unfinished complete it before 12 pm. Check out from the hotel at 12 and proceed to Kovalam. Enroute visit Padmanabhapuram Palace (Palace of Marthanda Varma). Padmanabhapuram Palace got its present name when it was rebuilt in the 18th Century, using granite in most of the parts of the outer fort, by Marthanda Varma, King of Travancore during this period, who named the palace Padmanabhapuram after the name of the prime deity of Travancore, Lord Padmanabhaswamy, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The buildings are constructed from wood and stone and the complex is unlike any other in India, built in Kerala’s indigenous style of architecture. The palace was built upon an earlier one, constructed in the 14th Century, as a mud palace in the Nalukettu style of architecture that prevailed in Kerala at that time. Contained within the complex is a collection of 14 palaces and 127 beautiful royal rooms, many of which feature ornate wood carvings. The carved ceilings of the palace depict 90 varieties of flowers. Paintings, hundreds of years old, and stone statues, some over 1000 years old, are on display on the palace grounds. After the visit, proceed to Kovalam the land of crescent beaches which stretches along the azure blue waters which is lined with  coconut trees, makes it a naturally desirable tourist destination. It is today a favourite haunt of domestic as well as foreign tourists who throng the sandy palm-fringed beaches and the nearby attractions throughout the year. Check in to the hotel and leisure yourself on the beach., check in to the Sagara Beach Resort for two nights stay and laze around the beach. Overnight at the hotel.
Day :- 3  Trivandrum :- After breakfast proceed for Trivandrum sightseeing starting with SRI PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE - which is believed to be around 260 years old. The deity of the temple, Padmanabha (an incarnation of Vishnu) reclines on the sacred serpent in the inner sanctum.  NAPIER MUSEUM - The building is a combination of the Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. The building has a unique natural air-conditioning system. A visit to this museum gives you glimpses of Kerala’s rich cultural heritage. SRI CHITRA ART GALLERY - The Gallery houses paintings from the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools of art and has a rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetoslav and Nicholas Roerich. An Oriental collection consisting of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali are a visual treat to the visitor. OBSERVATORY , SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM, CHACHA NEHRU CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. By evening return back to the hotel and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day :- 4  Kovalam  - Varkala  (60 kms / 1.30 hr) After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to and proceed to Varkala the only place in Kerala where the hills come close to the sea. The uniqueness here is the merging of cliffs with the Arabian Sea. Varkala has many springs which make it one of the sought-after tourist spot. One of the important beaches of this place is the Papanasam Beach, and close to this beach rests the famous Janardhana Swamy Temple which is more than 2000 years old. The Janardhanaswamy Temple is another hotspot of the place. Check in to the Hindustan Beach Resort for 1 night and laze yourself in the beach. In the evening visit the temple. Return for overnight stay in the hotel.
Day :- 5   Varkala – Kumarakom (140 kms / 4.30 hrs) Check out from the hotel after breakfast for the onward journey to Kumarakom, a cluster of islands in Vembanad Lake, one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes, and home to an important bird sanctuary. Paddy fields, coconut groves, mangrove forest and its waters, are the main landscapes, of the area. Check in to the Lakesong Resort for two night stay and the rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure near the backwaters. You can also choose to take a canoe out on to the lake (extra cost) or enjoy a cooling swim.
Day :- 6  Kumarakom :- Wake up early for a visit to the bird sanctuary which opens at 6 am, spread across 14 acres, has an interesting variety of birdlife. Between the months of November and May, the bushes and woods of the sanctuary play host to some rare migratory birds. The Vembanad lake body attracts waterfowl like pin-tailed duck, garganey teal, spot-billed duck, birds of prey like osprey, marsh harrier, steppe eagle, etc. Return to the hotel, have breakfast and rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure near the backwaters. Overnight in the hotel.
Day :- 7  Kumarakom - Thekkady (107 kms / 4 hrs) After breakfast check out from the hotel. for the onward journey to Thekkady. Thekkady  is one of Indias most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch wildlife at close range. Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar. It is one of the worlds most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, at an altitude of 700-900 metres above sea level. It was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Check in to  Hotel Tiger’s Roare, after rest go for the boat trip in the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river. After, the guest is free to move around Kumily, the spice town, where you can experience the fragrance of Pepper and Cardamom. Kumily is the nearest town to Thekkady just 4 KMs from the boat landing.
Day :- 8  Thekkady - Munnar (110 kms / 4 hrs) Check out of the hotel after breakfast for the onward journey to Munnar. Munnar, the land of misty tea with the serenity of a newly wed Indian bride with all her paraphernalias regally adorned. Drive leisurely stopping at beautiful sights, birds, small waterfalls, etc... Enroute, visit the spice plantation, tea museum and DARE school, DARE (Developmental Activities in Rehabilitative Education), this centre has worked on rehabilitating mentally and physically challenged children of plantation workers in Munnar. Right now, there are children between 3 and 18 years of age with various disabilities at the Centre. As part of our rehabilitation program, over the years, many of our children have successfully joined main stream schools. Others have been rehabilitated at Srishti itself (Aranya, Athulya, Strawberry Preserve Making Unit and the Garden). Check in to Misty Mountain for two nights stay. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day :- 9   Munnar :- After breakfast proceed to visit Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam and Eco Point and return to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Day :- 10   Munnar – Cochin (140 kms / 4 hrs) :- After breakfast, check out from the hotel to proceed to Cochin. Cochin is a vibrant city. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide. Check in to the Hotel Fort House for two nights stay. Freshen up and stretch your legs for a leisurely walk around Fort Kochi. After tea at 5 pm proceed to the cultural show.
Day :- 11  Cochin :- After breakfast, set off for a city tour covering, Dutch Palace (Friday Holiday), Synagogue (Friday Saturday Holiday), St. Francis Church (Sunday Holiday), Chinese Fishing Nets, Maritime Museum (Monday Holiday), Dutch Cemetery and Santa Cruz Basilica. After lunch half day sightseeing in a houseboat in the Vembanad lake in a punting boat. Overnight stay in Cochin.

 Day :- 12  Cochin Airport :- After breakfast check-out from the hotel/resort and directly transfer to Cochin Airport  on time to board your flight/train for your onward journey.


Have a safe Journey.

Take care

Meena