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Different kind of a day..

 I decided to extend my stay in Kalimpong  by a day. The day being a festival ,getting a cab was difficult but providence works in ways we fail to undersgtand  often. The gentleman who was driving me happened to be from my church denomination but now worshipping in the local church so he was quick to offer help for the next day although he was already booked for the airport the next day.The hotel guys were finding it difficult to find a cab for the day but they offered to try so we left the hotel early morning on foot .We wanted to walk around a bit.At eight in the morning this particular sight tugged at my heart-strings and brought to memory a scene from more than a decade earlier when as a young doctor I had seen a similar scene which had moved me to the roots. These are young and middle aged men offering themselves for manual work.Anyone who needs them needs to come here and pick them up .There surely must be a more dignified way of doing this. Just today I was attending a beautiful
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The Queen of Hills indeed.

 We started for Darjeeling at eight sharp after a leisurely English breakfast at the Elgin, The gentleman who was to drive us to and back to Kalimpong for the day happened to be from my mother church. The drive up was slow but the view and the places like Peshok, Lopchu, Jorebungalow all had a box in my head but I did not know where to place it . As you approach town a bold sign greets you. The Queen sure seems to be a self-assured dowager. While one can see a scuffle to project tourism in more amateur places,one has a tough time keeping up with who Darjeeling is. Two things strike you as you climb up the hill as one leaves Sikkim and enters Bengal. 1.The roads are picture perfect  and almost surreal and with it are signs which read 'Roads are mantained by PWD,West Bengal'. 2,Traffic jams are crazy.The government has to find a way to meander this problem in the hills. I had a list of things I wanted to see,I ended up sauntering about in the moody Darjeeling weather,just enjoyed

Fighting my demons.

  I have been fighting my demons in Kalimpong .Elgin Silver Oaks was originally built by a famous British Jute Magnate in the year 1930’s and was later sold to Freiderich Deshraj who is said to have built the Teesta bridge.Freidreich Deshraj later sold it to Diamond Oberio. who added an extra floor and converted it to a boutique hotel.The traffic jam to Kalimpong   was back breaking and having reached the hotel a wee earlier than the check in time we found the housekeeping in a state of panic.While we waited for the rooms to be ready an old soul lead us to the flamboyant lounge,gave us the traditional scarves and a glass of juice. Another fifteen minutes and the room was partially ready so we parked our stuff and decided to saunter to the market.Kalimpong seems to be in a state of disarray.Tight fit town looked like the Gangtok of the eighties.People also seemed to be stuck somewhere in the time zone.Went looking for food in town and predictably ended up in Gompus.The place seemed st

The Lion of Judah(learning from Sprout)

LION OF JUDAH - (Learning from Sprout). In Revelation, we learn about John’s vision on the island of Patmos where he is exiled. John was the disciple who was said to be closest to Jesus. He lay with his head on Jesus’ chest during the Lord’s ministry on earth. Yet when he sees Him in Revelation , he was so in awe of His majesty that he is said to have fallen at the feet of Jesus as if he were dead. In Revelation 5 ,John sees a book on the right-hand side of God sealed seven times.An angel is proclaiming in a loud voice- ‘Who is worthy to open the book and loose the seals thereof?’ They found no man worthy on earth,nor in heaven ,nor under the earth worthy to let alone open the seal but also to look upon it,so John says he wept much because there was no one found worthy. V5 5 says ‘And one of the elders saith unto me ,weep not :behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah ,the root of David ,hath prevailed to open the book ,and loose the seven seals thereof.’ When John beholds , pe

Documenting 2.

 In my early morning prayer between 3.30 and 4AM between lull of sleep and wakefulness I was suddenly up and alert looking at a vision of a ram caught in a  thicket.What struck me about the Ram was the golden horn which just really caught my attention.I finished my prayer and as I went back to sleep I was wondering what I had seen.I told my mother casually when she woke up and I sent a whattsaap message to my sister.I knew I had to go back to my bible to find the context.I had my session of bible reading ,my morning quiet time ,and I got ready for work.I found the pastor's wife standing outside my gate.She wanted some time in the afternoon to speak to me about a young man who needed some help with further studies in biblical mandate. He was someone known to the pastor's wife from the neighbouring state and was looking for sponsor for the last bit of push towards doing doctrate studies . He came in the afternoon.By God's grace I could help him. I was still trying to unroll t

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Last sunday while the worship was on  the worship leader started praising the Lord on high,Even as I was worshipping suddenly a huge image of Christ loomed up before me and He had His foot on a footstool and he had a warrier's dress on with leather sandals.I was taken aback and the first bible verse that came to me was  ' Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool...,'.The preacher was preaching that day about Eliza and the widow.He made special emphasis on how the Lord looked around all the earth and the Lord's eyes fell on the widow who was down to her last portion of flour and oil. I went back to see how Isaiah 66 read and it goes thus- ' This is what the   Lord   says: “Heaven is my throne,      and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me?      Where will my resting place be? 2  Has not my hand made all these things,      and so they came into being?” declares the  Lord . “These are the ones I look on with favor:      those who

Shoolie and other things..

 My sister has had interesting set of helpers staying with her.One such lady was Shoolie.She was of bengali origin ,a widow without an issue ,middle aged and a slow person who was frankly confused about her role in the team.Her daily routine would consist of getting up a little late in the morning ,having a relaxing bath,oiling herself and dresssing up for the day.When my sister left for the college she would follow her and generally hover around the whole day and come back home to the same routine.Ocassionally she would cook the dal which she apparently did well.She also kept my sister amused by giving a peek into their lives  One day in one such social gathering one elderly gentleman, a beaurocrat  ,a man of few words,out of curiosity ,asked Shoolie what her work responsibility was. and she promptly answered, 'I carry madam's laptop.'. He was stunned and mentioned it to one of our aunts. My sister was wildly amused but as was expected she had to be sent back to her folks