Food Served in Indian Trains #ShatabdiExpress

Food Served in Indian Trains #ShatabdiExpress

While entering Executive Class of Shatabdi Express, I was curious to know how the premium sitting section of the train was going to be different from the rest of the compartments. I’m not a frequent train traveller; not a frequent traveller to be honest. For short distances, AC chair car in trains is good and I get my seat booked in such compartments. “Executive class is higher fare, better comfort and better food” that I knew.

I occupied my seat, found it more comfortable than the other classes. Leg-space was more, seats were stylishly cushioned and covered. Satisfied with the ambience, all I wanted was to be served with good food.

Quickly and sharply, stewards brought water bottles, a cold beverage and hot tea with Marie biscuits. Sipping tea in the first class AC compartment, I went through the fresh newspaper that was placed on the chair before our arrival.

My newspaper coverage was interrupted midway by the service boy.

“Do you want cornflakes?”

Thinking “This seems to be the ‘Executive Class addition”, I replied, “Yes, please”.

A bowl and a packet of cornflakes were placed in a tray. The guy poured some milk in the bowl and I was ready to feast. Another surprise, a banana, also accompanied the pre-breakfast treat. The journey was five and a half hours long and two hours were already over. I began to look into my mailbox on my phone and scrolled through the social media posts while waiting for another round of breakfast;)

“Veg or non-veg?”, the service boy was asking me.
I, under the effect of early waking up and train-swinging, was sleeping like a baby.

“Thought it was mentioned in the ticket, I want veg. What are the options?”

“Veg-Cutlets, Parantha or Dahi-vada!”

“So many options!” I was surprised as we never get these options in other chair cars. Then remembered I was travelling in the Executive Class:D. I had paid more fare than others, it’s my privilege train ride. Ahem! Ahem!;)

Had never tried Paranthas in the train; they don’t serve in all the compartments.
“I want Parantha”, the elite passenger in me replied.

A tray with two paranthas, butter, curd, two pieces of bread, sachets of fruit jam, tomato sauce and pickles was placed before me in no time. I clicked and shared the food pictures on social media. This is what they all do, a small contribution from my side will simply add to the craze.

How I ate all that stuff in the next twenty minutes is another story;)

Travelling in the premium class comes with its own pros and cons. They charge you more for a clean, comfortable ride. Food is good, though there’s a possibility of improvement. Now I’m sure about one thing that travel by First Class AC in train is better than many domestic flights.

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Glimpse of India- Who Invented ZERO?

Who Invented ZERO?

Zero or the digit ‘0’ is present everywhere. We can’t imagine the evolution and development of technology without the humble ‘Zero’. Do you know that Zero was not known to European people until the twelfth century! What about the other countries including India? They say that Zero was known to Indians since prehistoric times. Let’s go through the great history of Zero.

🍁 Egyptians (1770 BC) used pictographs as numbers whose base was 10. They did have a symbol as zero that was used to indicate the base level of buildings.

🍁 Babylonians (2nd millennium BC) had sophisticated mathematics with number system having base 60. Zero was used as the space between numbers. Note that they didn’t represent zero as 0 but as two slanted wedges (//).

🍁 Ancient Greeks were confused about the existence of Zero. According to them how could nothing be equal to something?

🍁 Until then Zero was not considered to be a digit but a placeholder. It wasn’t even used at the end of a number.

🍁 Chinese used empty spaces to depict zero until the thirteenth century.

🍁 India’s connection with Zero

🌷 An ancient Indian mathematician Pingala (3rd century BC) represented Binary Numbers as long and short syllables as we use in Morse Codes. He gave the emptiness a Sanskrit name, ‘sunya’.

🌷An ancient Jain text dated back to 458AD contained ‘sunya’ as zero.

🌷 Ancient Indian mathematical texts showed the use of ‘sunya’, a large dot depicting hollowness. Three samples of radiocarbon dating done in 2017 on manuscripts showed the use of zero (sunya) in 224-383 AD, 680-779 AD, and 885-993 AD. It makes India the first country to use zero as a number.

🌷 Indian mathematician Aryabhata gave the concept of the powers of 10 that was later developed into decimal-based place value notation.

🌷 Another great Indian mathematician and astronomer Brahmagupta (7th century) used zero, negative numbers and simple rules of Algebra in his work.

🍁 This is the brief history of Zero/Sunya. There was a concept of nothingness in scholars’ minds across the world. Some used an empty place and some inverted wedges, but one thing is clear that they didn’t give Zero the status of a number. It was India who gave a hollow-round symbol to Zero and showed the world what can be achieved by counting this ’emptiness’ with the already existing numbers:)

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Glimpse of India- Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga has become an inseparable part of our lives. Either you are practising it or watching others doing the same. Health gurus recommend Yoga as one of the best alternatives to cure many ailments. Community parks today are the popular hubs for Yoga enthusiasts. What is Yoga and from where did it originate? Let’s go on the journey of the ancient philosophy for the healthy coordination of body, mind and soul.

Yoga Origin and History

🐞 Yoga was originated in India. Yes, put a full-stop to your curiosity and remember it once for allπŸ™‚

🐞 One of the six orthodox schools of Hindu tradition, Yoga means the physical, mental and spiritual practices to improve the overall health.

🐞 The signs of using Yoga were found in Indus Valley stone carvings.

🐞 Rigveda didn’t mention the practising of Yoga, though Brihadaranyaka Upanishad explains the use of Pranayama (Controlling breath with yoga).

🐞 Bhagwad Geeta and Mahabharata (Religious books of Hindus) also have relevant texts on Yoga.

🐞 Swami Vivekananda introduced Yoga to the western countries in the nineteenth century. After that many yoga gurus started their practice in other countries.

🐞 Buddhism, Jainism and Ajivika schools of thought also followed the yoga directives.

🐞 Yoga means union. Any path that unites/connects you to the superior power is yoga. It can be physical stretching, controlling the breath or meditation.

🐞Mediation is focusing on the ultimate power (God/ Brahmana) to achieve self-realization. It is a form of Yoga where we calm the wandering mind by concentrating on a single object, real or virtual.

🐞 Modern Yoga came into existence in the 1980s and it was quite different from the ancient Yoga philosophy. While ancient Yoga was more physical exercises and a spiritual connection, Modern yoga blends western gymnastics with ancient ‘Hath Yoga’. Modern Yoga has been used for physical health and fitness only; the spiritual aspect is ignored.

🐞 The number of Yoga- Asanas grew rapidly in the twentieth century.


🐞 People differed in coming to the conclusion that Yoga is only a physical exercise. Many countries banned Yoga because it was linked with Hinduism. But with time everybody is understanding the benefits of Yoga.

Yoga is a blessing for humans. In a stressful life like ours, practising yoga can bring visible results. These scientifically proven health concepts should be adopted for healthy living. What do you think? Please share your views in the comment box:)

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Glimpse of India- eXplore India in this Lifetime

eXplore India in this Lifetime

Don’t get confused by the title of my post (*wink;)
You would need more than a lifetime to explore every corner of vibrant India. There’s so much to see in this single country. Snow-clad mountains, pristine rivers, tea gardens, beaches, a great many historical sculptures, monuments and what not! You say and India displays it. A vivid area of 3.3 million km square with 1.3 crore diverse people following a variety of cultures and religions defines the country called India.

To justify my title, I will say that the whole of India cannot be covered in a lifetime but with proper planning and execution, YOU CAN eXplore India in a lifetime, rather in 2-3 months.

🌷 Get a map of India and contact a good travel agent.
🌷Mark India as North, South, East, West and start planning.
🌷 Shortlist the important places to visit in each quadrant. Plan your travel in a way such that you can spend 10-15 days in each quadrant.
🌷 Follow the rules of comfortable travelling. Embrace Minimalist travel and pack less.

🌷 Book your rail/air/bus tickets in advance to save time and money.
🌷 Don’t forget to take a good camera with you to save beautiful memories.
🌷 You can do it, stay motivated with good health and immunity.

I know what’s running in your mind! Coming to that point now.

Which places should be visited in India?
There are tens of thousands of places to visit in India. You want to get the flavour of each and every culture/landform/history. I found this interesting blog that will help you plan to travel India in just 50 daysπŸ™‚

There’s another post on Top 100 places to visit in India that’s quite useful.

A few days back, our blogger friends completed #XploreBharat blog series where each blogger gave 2-3 India travel posts. I submitted three posts; providing below the links for you to explore.

1) Things to do in Tripura

2) Freeze Your Moments in Solang Valley- Manali Calling

3) Chandigarh- City Beautiful With a Heart

My personal favorite places to visit in India are:

New Delhi
Leh, Ladakh
Gir National Park
Andaman and Nicobar

There’s so much to eXplore and so little time:)
I hope my post will act as a catalyst to speed up your planning to travel to India. Take my word, ‘eXploring India’ is going to be the experience of a lifetime. So, are you ready with the India map?

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Glimpse of India – Vedas and Upanishads

Vedas and Upanishads

Vedas are considered to be the most ancient written texts on the earth. Upanishad is a part of Veda. They are primary texts in Hinduism and have a large impact on Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. Let me take you on a brushing-up journey to the ancient texts:)


🌷 The word ‘Veda’ is derived from ‘Vid’ means to know. Hence, ‘Veda’ is knowledge. Each Veda explains the knowledge/secret of life’s various aspects.

🌷 Vedas have been orally transmitted through generations. We would never know the original authors of the scriptures because the first copy was never written down. The storehouse of knowledge was passed from one generation to the other vocally. It was only after a few thousand years that somebody thought of writing down the sacred texts though the many first copies of Vedas didn’t survive. The first known written copies of Vedas are copies of the Rig Veda and Atharva Veda that are held in the Bhandarkar Oriental Institute in Pune, Maharashtra, India.

🌷There are four Vedas- Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. Each Veda is again divided into four parts- Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad. It means Upanishad is the last part of a given Veda, hence also called Vedanta.

🌷 The first three parts of Vedas Samhita, Brahmana and the Aranyaka are together known as Karma Kanda. It is clear that these three deal with the ritualistic part of life. The last part, Upanishad speaks about Atman and other philosophical aspects of life.
Thus Vedas teach us both physical and spiritual aspects of life.

🌷Vedas were written thousands of years ago. These texts not only included metaphysics of the truths of existence but also the cosmological events describing time- its beginning and beyond.

🌷 Rigveda is the collection of ancient Vedic hymns and commentaries on rituals and mystical ideologies.

🌷 Yajurveda is the compilation of ritual offering formulas when an individual performs rituals before ‘Yajna’ fire.

🌷 Samaveda is the Veda of melodies and chants that are found in scriptures of Hinduism.

🌷 Atharvaveda contains the procedures of everyday life. It is different from the other three Vedas as it has spells for healing various illnesses, removal of demons or love spells.

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