OMAN- A LOVE STORY UNTOLD

Oman- a traveler’s delight ,nature’s paradise .Why on earth would one want to go to Oman for one single thing, don’t go to Oman for sight seeing ,visit it for living the experience.
DESERTS- Deserts the mysterious creation of nature from extremes of temperature to the vastness of beauty. Bawshar Sands- Go there for sand biking amid the hills if you are an adventure freak and if you are just a nature buff visit the place to see the sun kissing goodbye at the evening to the orange tinted mountains. The empty quarter signifies the emptiness, vast unexplored lands of Oman , you never know you may find some hidden paradise there 😉 .Ramlat Tawq ,is an area of beautiful sand dunes the landforms that distinct Oman.
BEACHES- Beaches make me swoon and they hold the first place in my post retirement plans. when in oman I would love to visit the private,serene Al bustan beach ,the images of one of my friend’s honeymoon made me burn with jealousy. Reading about the “Ras al had” beach and its historical underpinnings at http://www.omantourism.gov.om/ website makes me wonder how many stories this beach has to narrate .Mutrah cornice ,the famous beach at Muscat overlooking mountains that can give you the perfect facebook and instagram pics .
STRAIT OF HORMUZ –Do you remember all that we read about the strait of hormuz in our geography textbooks . Who would not want to pass through the “Gate of lion jaws” which is not only picturesque but also boasts itself of the busiest waterways in the world.
LAGOONS- My curiosity and desire to see lagoons ,the foggy beautiful mix of water bodies goes to the time when I read all the novels with an Arabian story at the backdrop, lagoons played a very important role in story creating that perfect romantic backdrop to let the love blossom .Visit http://www.omantourism.gov.om/ for a peek into the jaw dropping beauty lagoons has to offer from Khwar albatah ,Khwar al maghsayi to the world famous Bandar Khyran reserve.
AL DIMAYAT ISLAND- Ok !you may accuse me of going greedy but have you seen the beautiful pictures of this heaven’s little abode ,I know my own story ,may be a novel I have longed to write may come out of this island as the sprawling seas and the nature at its best reminds us we can’t compete ever with nature in creating that perfect painting.
Thank you sultanate of Oman for giving us a peak into your beautiful world with http://www.omantourism.gov.om/

“Walking thru these streets
meeting crossroads of hope and some of loss
will i take the right road
will i venture into the curves and bumps carved into the foundation formed from years of repetitive travel
I am not the only one who travels these roads
passing by with tears in their eyes are ones who travel with hope in their hearts to find that glimpse of happiness and sanity in for which they look 
I must indure my sentance of weary travel 
my friend we shall not travel this road alone
take my hand for we shall walk this road together till we reach the end. “………Amanda Testino

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Lagoons
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The fragrance that meant peace

Amid the majestic snow capped Dhauladhar mountains ,lies the beautiful old city,a little Tibet in itself called Mcleodganj. The fresh breeze, mountains view , monks in their orange robes there is something magical in the small sleepy town of Dharmshala that the experience always stays with you.
My first morning at Mcleodganj ,I wanted to experience the hilly morning ,so I woke up before sunrise and went for the morning walk in those narrow lanes with flowers on both sides. But Mcleodganj has already woken up ,budhist chants could be heard ,I saw monks meditating and people smiling at me.
The fresh dew filled morning breeze took along with itself the flowers of the hills ,their lovely fragrance which makes you feel alive away from the hustle of city ,what stood apart in that fresh morning fragrance as I sat on the bench watching the sun go up higher in the sky behind the mountain peaks was the breeze was having a peculiar scent ,which leaves you mesmerized .In my 5 days stay there experienced that fragrant breeze everyday as if it was something unique ,something that characterizes Mcleodganj .Later I realized that the scented candles that budhist temples lit up in morning mingled with the frosty air to give that peculiar divine aroma. No it was not loud, neither very strong ,it was just there with the breeze in a way you can’t demarcate the two,a fragrance that was divine ,peaceful and light too.
I wish that I could steal a little of that fragrance and keep it in my city home. I always keep Godrej aer’s fresh fragrance in my car ,they have some amazing fragrances which you can check out at http://www.godrejaer.com/ ,I wish they could create a fragrance that reminds me of morning breeze, temple bells and smiling monks.
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CAR CONNECT -because you love your car

Indiblogger and its new contest took us to a site exclusively designed for cars called http://www.carconnect.in/ .The car experiences even has a catchy category called “greatescape” and the long drive one has “friends” .Well you can create your profile (Dear Car connect: please include registration other than through facebook) .
so you can meet friends here ,compare cars if you are planning to buy a new one ,Share experiences ,get a peek into the new launches and all the car related news at one place that you keep searching for on google
Go get your badges form http://www.carconnect.in/ , read about some amazing travel and drive experiences ,share stories , make friends and if you happen to plan a trip with friends over here ,don’t forget to tag “Car Connect” in your cool drive pics for “Zindagi na milegi dobara ”

This post is written for a contest by http://www.indiblogger.in/ after submitting an experience on http://www.carconnect.in/

A PINK ROSE

Shared it from “Army Wife – Loving a soldier ” facebook page
Can’t help sharing

“Her hair was up in a pony tail,
her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy’s Day at school,
and she couldn’t wait to go.
But her Mommy tried to tell her,
that she probably should stay home
Why the kids might not understand,
if she went to school alone.
But she was not afraid;
she knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
of why he wasn’t there today.
But still her mother worried,
for her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
she tried to keep her daughter
home.
But the little girl went to school
eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees a dad
who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in
back, for everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
anxious in their seats
One by one the teacher called
a student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
as seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name,
every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
a man who wasn’t there.
“Where’s her daddy at?”
She heard a boy call out.
“She probably doesn’t have one,”
another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back,
she heard a daddy say,
“Looks like another deadbeat dad,
too busy to waste his day.”
The words did not offend her,
as she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back,
slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
came words incredibly unique.
“My Daddy couldn’t be here,
because he lives so far away.
But I know he wishes he could be,
since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
and how much he loves me so..
He loved to tell me stories
he taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
and taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes,
and ice cream in a cone..
And though you cannot see him.
I’m not standing here alone.
“Cause my daddy’s always with me,
even though we are apart
I know because he told me,
he’ll forever be in my heart”
With that, her little hand reached up,
and lay across her chest..
Feeling her own heartbeat,
beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere there in the
crowd
of dads, her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love
of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
doing what was a right.
And when she dropped her hand
back
down, staring straight into the
crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
but its message clear and loud.
“I love my daddy very much,
he’s my shining star.
And if he could, he’d be here,
but heaven’s just too far.
You see he is an American Soldier
and died just this past year
When a roadside bomb
hit his convoy and taught Americans
to fear.
But sometimes when I close my
eyes,
it’s like he never went away.”
And then she closed her eyes,
and saw him there that day.
And to her mother’s amazement,
she witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
all starting to close their eyes.
Who knows what they saw before
them,
who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
they saw him at her side.
“I know you’re with me Daddy,”
to the silence she called out.
And what happened next made
believers,
of those once filled with doubt..
Not one in that room could explain
it,
for each of their eyes had been
closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
was a fragrant long-stemmed pink
rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for
a moment, by the love of her shining
star.
And given the gift of believing,
that heaven is never too far.
They say it takes a minute to find a
special person,
an hour to appreciate them, a day to
love them,ImageLOVE
but then an entire life to forget them”
Author -Terry

Caring For Our Heroes: Learn About PTSD This Veterans Day

Hi

This post is dedicated to veterans of United States Millitary and thanks to Dr Mario Trucillo,Medical Editor,American Recall Centre  for sending this post

Veterans Day, observed on November 11, is an official United States federal holiday honoring men and women who have served in the armed services.

A short history lesson1 —Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Hence, Armistice Day was created. Then in 1954, Armistice Day became Veterans Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Don’t confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates all military veterans who served; Memorial Day remembers veterans who died while serving.

Many vets return from their service just fine, and get on with their lives. Some return with physical injuries, both major and minor. And some return with mental health issues. One of the most common after a traumatic event is PTSD—Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The symptoms of PTSD can be terrifying, disrupting your life and making it hard to continue with your daily activities. Symptoms of PTSD can vary from person to person, but there are certain hallmarks of PTSD that are common. There are four types of PTSD symptoms2 :

  • Reliving the event (called a flashback)
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling keyed up

Counseling and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) appear to be the most effective treatments for PTSD. Counseling means talking with a therapist about the traumatic event. The therapist listens to your concerns and helps you make changes in your life. Cognitive-behavioral therapy seems to be the most effective.

SSRIs are a type of antidepressant medicine that can help you feel less worried or sad. SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft). How do SSRIs work? Chemicals in your brain affect the way you feel. When you have PTSD, you may not have enough serotonin (a chemical that contributes to general happiness). SSRIs raise the level of serotonin in your brain. Studies show that SSRIs improve symptoms of non-combat-related PTSD; however, studies are mixed about whether SSRIs work as well for combat-related PTSD.3

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory4 on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide in children and adults. The FDA has not recommended that children and young adults stop using antidepressants. However, a person taking antidepressants should be watched for warning signs of suicide (especially at the beginning of treatment or when doses are changed).

Additionally, the FDA has asked drug companies to include a “black box” warning in their package inserts (PIs); this is the government’s strongest medication warning. The warning is in bold letters inside a black box and recommends that anyone considering the use of the antidepressant in a child or young adult carefully balance the risk of taking the drug with the need to use it.

Paxil is a popular choice for treating PTSD. Additional information is available about Paxil, its side effects, and its black boxwarning.

If you’re a vet, thank you for your service! If you need more information, visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs and specifically the Veterans Health Administration. Click on “PTSD COACH” to find online help for PTSD.


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day 

  2. http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/tc/post-traumatic-stress-disorder–symptoms 

  3. Benedek DM, et al. (2009). Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. American Psychiatric Association. Available online: http://www.psychiatryonline.com/pracguide/PracticePDFs/AcuteStressDisorder-PTSD_GuidelineWatch.pdf 

  4. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/fda-advisories-for-antidepressants-topic-overview 

 
From http://www.recallcenter.com/

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Strength,Courage,Hope ,Defiance and Victory…..against Cancer

images (2)Sharing this article from a fellow blogger Emily Walsh , the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Mesothelioma Awareness Day is coming soon (Sept. 26) and since US veterans and military members are the most at risk for developing mesothelioma cancer its necessary that world being a global village should be made aware of such a cancer which makes many soldiers prone to risk………….keep sharing

“Mesothelioma — a long word you may have heard on a commercial or two, but do you know what it means? This rare and deadly cancer is sadly lacking awareness. In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day this September 26, read on for the top 8 things you don’t know about this cancer, but should. Then share them. The key to saving lives starts with education.

1. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is invisible to the naked eye. Once inhaled, these fibers may infect the protective lining of the lungs, abdominal cavity, or cardiac cavity.

2. No amount of exposure is safe. Just exposing yourself once could put you at risk for developing the disease later on in life. If you were exposed today, you may not be aware until 2043, as the average latency period is about 30 – 40 years.

3. Asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 consumer products. These include household items, some of which may still be in use. Some of these even include hair dryers, crock pots, and cigarette filters.

4. It can be found in many older homes, schools, factories, and commercial buildings. Homes built prior to the 1970’s, along with a myriad of public buildings still could potentially contain asbestos because of the materials used in the original construction.

5. Asbestos exposure is still the LEADING CAUSE of occupational cancer in the US. Even after 30 years since the United States government issued stern warnings about the continued use of asbestos, many workers who were once exposed are now at risk of developing the disease.

6. United States Veterans are at the greatest risk. For many years, asbestos was used across all branches of the military. Many veterans and shipyard workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos from several different applications. US Navy veterans who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict unfortunately have the highest incidences of asbestos related disease, including mesothelioma.

7. Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Federal law requires the newly manufactured products contain no more than 1% asbestos. Although its use is regulated, roughly 30 million pounds are still being used each year.

8. Mesothelioma can be caused by secondary exposure. Family members of those who were directly affected by on-the-job asbestos exposure may also at risk of developing mesothelioma.

Want to do something to help this Mesothelioma Awareness Day? Our friend and 7 year survivor, Heather Von St. James, needs your help. Check out her campaign and share her message to help educate and save lives. Be a voice for the victims.

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Read more: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/emily/8-things-you-should-know-about-mesothelioma.htm#ixzz2eYJhYX1n

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Who ‘s gonna pay for these young officers lives???

Again ,a MIG 21 crashes and an enquiry was set up . Let’s start the blame game -weather,pilot ,technical fault and what not but the fact is Indian Air force still flies age old MIG 21 but hey a day or two of cries and our politicians will be busy doing what they are good at -Digging gold out of Coal,spectrum , appointments etc For Country’s sake stop the corruption at the defense deals
We have one of the brightest minds,the best soldiers who don’t even wink in the name of the duty only to loose life not in a war ,not in an operation but as DRDO can’t prepare LCA Tejas on time already completed 3 decades in the making
The first project was sanctioned in 1983 to replace age old MIG 21s IAF placed drder for 20 tejas in IOC 2 configuration with American GE 404 engines and 6 Tejas Mark 3 squadron with powerful GE F-414 engines
Tejas is nowhere near completion ,indigenous R&D is in shackles ,No advanced defense deals and these young men laid to
rest
Diyar Sarkar – for you it may be one more accident but for a family they lost their son, at an early age a son who wanted to serve this country, our country at any cost
RIP Flight lieutenant Shikhar Kulshreshtha #Respect

Happy Father’s Day………………..Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it … Dad

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OPEN THE ENVELOPE OF “Life “WITH A SMILE

This was worth reading..

Phillosophy…of life…

“7%” Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Friends are the family that you choose.