Engaging Cities – City as a living curriculum

Happy to have participated in this unique workshop called #EngagingCities . Got deep insights about #sustainability and how we can engage with our city as a living curriculum! Thanks to all the mentors and volunteers for this novel noble initiative πŸ™‚ #EducationForChange

Certificate for Engaging Cities workshop

Meditation .. In the News :)

Among other talented artists Amar Ujala (a Hindi Daily) featured our meditation experiments today appreciating all efforts spreading art and positivity esp. during #COVID19 #Corona related #Lockdown πŸŒΌπŸ™β™₯οΈβœ”οΈ



My message .. in the times of a Pandemic!

Be HEALTHY. Be JOYFUL. CREATE. Stay Safe.. in that order! πŸ™‚

Friends – I am sharing this by experience and also by guidance from my #Life mentors! Mother nature has presently chosen to bring a lot of our man-made systems to slow down. With schools, offices and entertainment spaces shut, we are “home” …and suddenly we have a lot of “time” and several other worries postponed for some time.

We are all taking precautions and maintaining hygiene ..but we are also realizing that many of us are feeling “bored” because we are not used to being home and having time! I just want to share something w.r.t this matter.. something that has helped me during past few decades that I have lived.
In addition to the precautions and hygiene that we are maintaining externally, I feel that we must build up our IMMUNITY from within. And since we are now spending time in “unfamiliar” situations (ironic though, that ‘home’ feels unfamiliar!), this also causes change in emotions and behavior patterns. Hence, EMOTIONAL IMMUNITY must also be built.

Am sharing certain practices that have helped me, and some more folks around me, to build both physical and emotional WELL BEING below:

Note: involve children in all of these.. and the benefits grow multi fold πŸ™‚

1) BREATHING EXERCISES and simple BENDING and STRETCHING – simple practices like the popular anulom-vilom (breathing fully from alternate nostrils .. Google/Youtube it) and on-the-spot jogging or dancing and stretches help big time in both physical and emotional well being. For those who get better convinced with a regional/religious context, think of it as doing your yoga, dhyaan, pranaayama, sajdaa, sufi practices, soorya-namaskaar etc. mindfully and joyfully, and you’ll reap the same benefits!. BE GENTLE but REGULAR with these.

2) HAVING FUN and CREATING – create a piece of art, create a new dish, a fruit salad, sing songs, dance, paint, create an experience ..play a new game, try out all the gadgets that you bought and seldome used..take out your camera, try editing a video, play with these Karaoke apps, put TikTok to good use, talk to people around you about their idea of having fun, listen to music, enjoy watching unplugged performances – e.g. singing and dancing auditions on Youtube, set your wardrobe, try DIY stuff, start a blog, do poetry, mimic a celeb .. HAVE FUN .. CREATE! It brings an instant “FEEL GOOD” and that in turn boosts up the immunity .. and you end up being more Creative and might realize a new Talent as well.

3) REDUCING intake of “Exaggerated” multimedia content – these mostly include experiences like TV NEWS, most Reality Shows, Crime shows, Political and Religious Rallies of any faith, Videos/Web-series based on soft porn, etc. Remember – REAL is always better and mother nature automatically balances it all and keeps a check – be it involving in real politics and affairs of the state, playing real games, participating in mutually joyful sexual experiences, involving in religious practices and rituals of faith ..as along as these are REAL, it helps. But, simply watching these happen on TV/Social Media is addictive, never ending and doesn’t yield us any real fun!

I don’t have proper scientific explanations for these and I am just sharing these by sheer experience. I do like having logical explanations myself, but then a real mindful “experience” takes a precedence over any kind of ‘explanation’ for me personally. And I LOVE you.. so felt like sharing, as also guided by my spiritual mentors πŸ™‚
Be HEALTHY. Be JOYFUL. Be SAFE.. in that order! πŸ™‚
– Aditya Pathak

It is only a question of how to use everything, whatever it is, use it rightly. The disaster is great, the danger is great, but great is the opportunity too. – Osho


Jagatgram Ashvamedha Yagya ancient site and Old Bridge on Yamuna

In this final episode from our Nov 2019 Dehradun Exploration trip we bring to you the ancient site of Ashvamedha Yagya (Horse Sacrifice) of 3rd-4th Century AD … located in Jagatgram, an ancient village in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. We also stop by the bank of Yamuna to explore an old bridge and to reflect upon this awesome tour πŸ™‚ Thanks for watching! Stay tuned to the channel for more such experiences! Cheers and blessings for all πŸ™‚

Asokan Edict of Kalsi and the amazing story of “Discovery of Asoka the Great”

In this episode – Ashokan Rock Edict of Kalsi, Stories of Asoka, the ‘Discovery’ of Asoka by James Prinsep and George Turnour .. and more πŸ™‚

Forest Research Institute – FRI | Dehradun Heritage Tour

The story of Indian forests and the Forest Research Institute!

Khalanga War Memorial | Battle of Nalapani | Stories from Anglo Nepalese War | British Gorkha War

Sitting right in the heart of this battleground, we witnessed some amazing stories of the British-Gorkha war of 1814 AD where an army of 400 Gorkhas gave a tough time to a decorated army of 5000 soldiers of the Company!

The Story of Shri Guru Ram Rai Darbar Sahib | Jhanda Sahib Doon | Naming of Dehradun

Built in 1707, almost half a century after Taj Mahal, this lesser known shrine, situated in the heart of Dehradun, is the reason why the town is named so! The construction was patronised by Aurangzeb who dedicated this place to his friend and guide, Sri Guru Ram Rai. This complex is one of the finest examples of artworks of Mughal times ..with marvellous Frescoes, Marble-inlay work (pachchikari) done by the descendants of artists who worked on Taj Mahal.. this place is an oasis of tranquility in Dehradun.

Mindrolling Monastery | Buddha Temple Dehradun | The return of Buddhism to the valley

In this episode – the story of Buddhism in Dehradun, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Buddhist connections of Benaras, Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Haryana!

Jaane Kya Baat Hai – Acoustic Cover by Arunima & Aditya

Another favorite cover performed with sis πŸ™‚


Original song credits:

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Music: R.D. Burman

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Film: Sunny (1984)