Road to Leh – Kargil War Memorial, Dras

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The then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared Operation Vijay (Kargil War) a success and by July 26, 1999 Kargil War officially came to an end as the Indian Army announced complete eviction of Pakistani intruders.

Every year, special functions are organised at Kargil and Drass in Jammu and Kashmir to pay tribute and homage to the 527 slain Indian soldiers, the Kargil War’s heroes.

The special thing about the War memorial is that it has been built on the theme of the India Gate.

The briefing at the Kargil War Memorial. Listening to the stories about operation Vijay and the brave Army men one wants to be a solider right away. A must stop when traveling from Srinagar to Leh. Do stop and pay your respects. …

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With : Harish Bhargava, Letsleh

Road to Leh – Lamayuru

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Lamayuru, the first view as you approach from Kargil on NH1 towards Leh.

While Manali Leh highway is adventurous. The Srinagar to Leh road is scenic, has a better support system, great stay options and is easier in terms of acclimatize.

With : Harish Bhargava & LetsLeh

Finalists announced for The Man Booker International Prize 2015

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The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.  Worth £60,000 to the winner, the prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.
The ten authors under consideration for this 2015 prize are:

  • César Aira (Argentina)
  • Hoda Barakat (Lebanon)
  • Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)
  • Mia Couto (Mozambique)
  • Amitav Ghosh (India)
  • Fanny Howe (United States of America)
  • Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya)
  • László Krasznahorkai (Hungary)
  • Alain Mabanckou (Republic of Congo)
  • Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa)

The finalists were announced at the University of Cape Town in South Africa by the chair of judges, Professor Marina Warner, who commented:
‘The judges have had an exhilarating experience reading for this prize; we have ranged across the world and entered the vision of writers who offer an extraordinary variety of experiences. Fiction can enlarge the world for us all and stretch our understanding and our sympathy. The novel today is in fine form: as a field of inquiry, a tribunal of history, a map of the heart, a probe of the psyche, a stimulus to thought, a well of pleasure and a laboratory of language. Truly, we feel closer to the tree of knowledge.’
Previous winners have been Lydia Davis (2013), Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare (2005).

The 2015 winner will be announced in London on 19 May.

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Restaurant Review: Tesoro Mio, Preet Vihar, New Delhi – 4.5/5 Star

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Hidden Gem.. really .. if you disagree.. read more than 200 positive reviews and more than 400 votes.
After long time I have seen such a peaceful place to eat. ( because there is no Bar ) Each nick and corner is decorated with passion and tastefully. Seating is comfortable and staff is humble and attentive.
They serve not only Italian but also serve Chinese, Mexican and Indian. I ordered several veg dishes and surprised with the authenticity of the taste.

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Credit goes to the management who are so passionate about food business.  Thumps Up !!

Writing a good review is not my cup of tea , but my photos speaks better than words 🙂 because I only shoot Tasty Food ….

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Reply from Management of Tesoro Mio

Thru ur lens .. One can capture ur intense study of each dish n drink *Red never seemed so redder when seen in a berry cool drink *Salsa looked tangier in that dip dish *Never seen people thru caribbean sunrise glass even *the straws were twisting and turning at the click of your camera *all shades of bell pepper in the salad and paprika on hummus seemed to come alive you even did justice to our dressings the best is you evn captured our diya kept in a corner.. Thnxzs sir ..it was a pleasure sitting with you n seeing you click random pics ..they have come out real well.. Hats off sir

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Location : G 13, Top Floor, Opposite Metro Pillar 106, Preet Vihar, Vikas Marg, New Delhi

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Najaf Khan’s Tomb

nzWhile coming back from work I usually take back lanes of South Delhi to avoid the heavy traffics of Ring road etc.  On one such detour I suddenly spotted this tomb, stopped my car to find out more. And to my utter surprise, in the middle of busy Lodhi Colony and Aurbindo Marg, this lush green and well maintained tomb is a shock to me as I proudly call my self a pure Delhi wala Sad smile 

The tomb is built in the centre of the Mughal Charbagh styled garden However, what makes the tomb a strange piece of architecture is the fact that it has been constructed as a structure without a dome, from a distance it looks no more than a plinth with 2 cenotaphs on top of it. That is actually how it is also. But the plinth or the base is arched and has chambers on it. The cenotaphs can be reached from a double sided staircase on the eastern side.

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As its famous दिल्ली शहरों का शहर है, ( Delhi is city of many cities ), this tomb unveiled a new story to me. Came back home and searched more info about it and found out this :

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Mirza Najaf Khan (1723– April 26, 1782) was a Persian adventurer in the court of Mughal emperor Shah Alam II. He had royal lineage, having been a Safavi prince, when that dynasty was deposed by Nader Shah in 1736. He came to India around 1740 and may even have come a year earlier with the Afsharids. His sister married into the family of the Nawab of Awadh. He also held the title of Deputy Wazir of Awadh. He served during the Battle of Buxar and his main contribution in history was as the highest commander of the Mughal army from 1772 till his death in April 1782.

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Najafgarh which is located at the outskirts of the south western part of Delhi, was named after the same Kiledar (Fort Administrator) Nazaf Khan of the Mughal Dynasty during the 16th century

How to get there :

To get to the tomb, the closest metro station is “Jor Bagh”, from where the tomb is a 10-minutes walk toward BK Dutt Colony.

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