A Sweet and Salty Love Story

He met her on a party. She was so outstanding, many guys chasing after her, while he was so normal, nobody paid attention to him. At the end of the party, he invited her to have coffee with him, she was surprised, but due to being polite, she promised.

They sat in a nice coffee shop, he was too nervous to say anything, she felt uncomfortable, she thought, please, let me go home. Suddenly he asked the waiter: “would you please give me some salt? I’d like to put it in my coffee.”

Everybody stared at him, so strange! His face turned red, but, still, he put the salt in his coffee and drank it. She asked him curiously : why you have this hobby? He replied: “when I was a little boy, I was living near the sea, I liked playing in the sea, I could feel the taste of the sea ,just like the taste of the salty coffee. Now every time I have the salty coffee, I always think of my childhood, think of my home town, I miss my home town so much, I miss my parents who are still living there”. While saying that tears filled his eyes. She was deeply touched.

That’s his true feeling, from the bottom of his heart. A man who can tell out his homesickness, he must be a man who loves home, cares about home, has responsibility of home. Then she also started to speak, spoke about her far away hometown, her childhood, her family. That was a really nice talk, also a beautiful beginning of their story.

They continued to date. She found that actually he was a man who meets all her demands; he had tolerance, was kind hearted, warm, careful. He was such a good person but she almost missed him!Thanks to his salty coffee!

Then the story was just like every beautiful love story, the princess married to the prince, then they were living the happy life…

And, every time she made coffee for him, she put some salt in the coffee, as she knew that’s the way he liked it. After 40 years, he passed away, left her a letter which said:” My dearest, please forgive me, forgive my whole life lie. This was the only lie I said to you—the salty coffee. Remember the first time we dated? I was so nervous at that time, actually I wanted some sugar, but I said salt it was hard for me to change so I just went ahead. I never thought that could be the start of our communication!

I tried to tell you the truth many times in my life, but I was too afraid to do that, as I have promised not to lie to you for anything.. Now I’m dying, I afraid of nothing so I tell you the truth: I don’t like the salty coffee, what a strange bad taste..But I have had the salty coffee for my whole life! Since I knew you, I never feel sorry for anything I do for you. Having you with me is my biggest happiness for my whole life. If I can live for the second time, still want to know you and have you for my whole life, even though I have to drink the salty coffee again”. Her tears made the letter totally wet.

Someday, someone asked her: what’s the taste of salty coffee? It’s sweet. She replied.

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear.

Chengdu People’s Park -Spreading Joy & Happiness everywhere..

Parks play an important role in China. People go to the parks to reduce the stress from their hustle bustle city life. Chengdu really takes hanging out in a park to a whole new level.People’s park(Renmin gongyuan) is the most popular park in Chengdu and is host to a colorful mix of chengdu residents who are always out enjoying themselves in the open air. The park is not only an enjoyable place to relax and mingle.

Historical Significance:

It also has great historical significance. It was the site of the 1911 protests against the Qing government’s policy of handling over railway construction to foreigners. These Chengdu protests and strikes set off a chain reaction that helped topple the Qing dynasty._MG_3056

Today, People’s park provides a great public outlet for grand parents with their grandchildren, joggers and tai qi enthusiasts, gamers and  musicians and even tea drinkers in need relaxation. The crowds tends to gather in a few parts of the park; the chess players are in the southeast corner,

The chess players are in the southeast corner

Chess players are in the southeast corner

The musicians hold court in the middle,the East side is the domain of Candy and Souvenir Hawkers,and the West end is where the Heming tea house sits peacefully in the middle of the Park lake.

This tea was a twist for my taste buds..Anyways I am gonna write a separate post on this. Stay tuned..

This tea was a twist for my taste buds..  I will be writing a separate post on the taste of the tea.. stay tuned guys!!

Smiling faces dance and sing. And when I say dance and sing, I don’t mean singing to themselves all alone in a quiet corner.

They have serenity in their face filled with pure happiness while dancing

They have serenity in their face filled with pure happiness while dancing

Calligraphy in People’s Park:
Elderly people practice calligraphy with wet brushes while they write ancient poems on the sidewalk only to have their works of art evaporate into thin air._MG_3065Children learn to draw as they sit quietly re-creating the parks monument and women even leave notes on trees with their stats and phone numbers in search of a husband.:P Every section of the park was alive with energy. Everyone was dancing to different music but with as much enthusiasm as the next. One place was filled with older people line dancing to traditional music.Loud house music played as people gyrated their hips and shook their booty’s to the music with no embarrassment or fear of being judged.

Busy all Week
This is where Chengdu residents come to let loose. With lot of curiosity I asked, if this only happens on a Saturday, but no was the answer.. It happens everyday itseems. The retired people spend all their time in the park and a dance can happen any day of the week._MG_3045

Chengdu is one of the happiest City I’ve seen. There were joy and happiness everywhere. Hope we take Chengdu as an inspiration and put efforts to make our parks like this…

Sasivekalu and Kadalekalu Ganesa, Hampi

On the slope of Hemakuta hill, there are 2 huge stone images of Ganesa.The one called Sasivekalu Ganesa which is about 2.4m high, and is known as Sasivekalu or Mustard seed Ganesa.Sasivekalu Ganesa , Hampi Karnataka

Tale of Sasivekalu Ganesa’s Origin:

 In Hindu mythology, Lord Ganesa is notorious for his food habit. One day he ate so much of food that his tummy almost bursted. He just caught a snake and tied it around his tummy as a belt to save his tummy from bursting.Sasivekalu Ganesa , Hampi Karnataka

An open pavilion is build around the statue. According to inscriptions found nearby this pavilion was built by a trader from Chandragiri (in present day Andhra Pradesh)in 1506 AD, in memory of one of the Vijayanagara king – Narasimha II (1491-1505 AD)

Sasivekalu Ganesa , Hampi Karnataka

You can see the snake carved around his tummy. Also he holds the goad, pasha , and his broken tusk. The hand which holds modak

A bit north of Sasivekalu Ganesha is another giant statue of Ganesha, called the Kadalekalu Ganesha. Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi Karnataka

The belly of this statue resembles a Bengal gram (Kadalekalu, in Kannada) and hence the name.This is around 4.5m high and enshrined in a large temple with an open pillared mandapa in front.A sanctum is built around the statue.

Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi Karnataka

Gk& Deepak at Kadalekalu Ganesa

The pillared hall in front of this sanctum is as charming as this giant statue itself.The open hall constructed by unusually slender,tall and graceful pillars are of the cubical Vijayanagara type.

Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi Karnataka Each of the pillar is highly ornate with mythical themes and Gods.

Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple, Hampi Karnataka

Lord Hanuman was beautifully carved on one of the pillars

All these are walkable from one to another and can be covered in 30-45 minutes.