World Tuberculosis day 2019

Testimony of a person who won a war against MDR TB…

Today I am officially a mdr tb survivor.
I am a tb warrior.
I beat TB.
I’m TB free.
Glory be to God.
Glory be to the most high.
I am a living testimony.
But my journey with TB doesnt end here.
I will continue to fight with and for those infected and affected by this deadly bacteria.
We need better and less toxic treatment!!
We need shorter regimens!!
We need better preventive methods against TB!
We need to find all the missing TB cases that are out there spreading this deadly disease.
We have a long way to go but could be easily be fast tracked if more leading figures in the world come together to fight this war against Tuberculosis.


Courtesy: instagram @stop_tuberculosis

Culture Bridge: A way of Life

A Small interaction with a 67 year old Zhang: A migrant worker in Beijing who migrated from a small village near Chengde, Hebei province.Beijing

Q1.When did you first come to Beijing? Why did you decide to become a beggar?

A.Many men from my village moved to bigger cities for better jobs and pay. They moved all over the country. The men went to the cities as laborers, while the women went to work in factories. I decided to pursue the trend, though I was too old & frail to continue doing manual labor. I decided to go to Beijing and become a beggar. That was 5 years ago. I feel this is the only job I can do at this point in my life.

Q2.Tell me about your early life?

A.I am a farmer & I’ve a son & 2 grand children.We have a three room own house now. Due to ill health my wife passed away few years ago.

Q3. Did you attend school?

A. I attended 1 year of elementary school, but then dropped out to work on the farm. I can’t read & write.

Q4. Can you describe a regular day in your life? Where do you “live”?

A. I sleep on the ground under the bridge near Liangmaqiao. I wake up at 5 or 6 am and then begin wandering throughout the city. I make it back in the late evening and sleep.

Q5. How much money do you usually make per day?

A. On average, I make 1,500 RMB ($220) per month in total.

Q6. What do you do with your money?

A. I spend very little, no more than 5 to 10 RMB per day on meals. I actually go home each month to visit my family.

Q7. How do you go back home?

A. I sneak onto a train and sleep between the railway cars. It’s a 7 hour train ride.

Q8. Have you ever been caught?

A.Yes, I’ve been caught several times, but the train staff pitied me. Only once have I been required to pay for a ticket, after being caught.

Q9. Do you ever dream at night?

A. My best dream is that a blowing wind carrying tons of money towards me.

Q10. If you won 100,000RMB what will you do with that money?

A. I will go back to my village & start a small business & also solve my health problems.

Q11. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would u go?

A. I would go to America. Heard that It is beautiful.

Q12. Do you have any plans for the future?

A. I will work here for 2 or 3 more years, then will retire for good.

Happy Photography Day: History of Photography 

The World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “Free to the World”. Photography has the ability to tell stories and inspire people. It has changed the way we see the world and gave us the ability to share our perception on the world around us. Thank you WordPress for being the best medium to share our creativity. And Thank you photography for helping me in getting hundreds of friends across the world without any barriers..

Thats my first love & my first camera ..can’t share any better than this click!!

Changchun’s First Frozen Restaurant

长春现冰餐厅 cháng chūn xiàn “ bīng cān tīng ”

Have you ever imagined yourself sitting in a freezer and having lunch????

Yes, in a freezer…

If it is so, then you could make it a reality by just visiting Changchun, Jilin Province, China.

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Entrance to the Restaurant..

This restaurant is now a coolest place to hangout to enjoy some spicy hot pot. Customers can have hotpot and drinks in the ice rooms and enjoy “extreme ‘chill’ax sleep” on ice beds.

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Customers having Hotpot ..

Frozen bar

Customers having drinks in the ice bar..

This newly-opened ice restaurant and bar is decorated with colorful lights which add warmth and brightness to the icy rooms, reported China News Service. The dining establishment also features a small “guestroom” where visitors can hop on an ice bed and pose for photos. Covering an area of 80 square meters, the ice restaurant was built by 20 workers in half a month.

Frozen bar

Frozen bar

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A girl posing on an ice bed for photos..

Well, I would have had my taste buds taste a real ‘cool’ thing if they would have built it couple of years ago… 😛

Source: Chinanew.com

My First Snowfall: Winter Is “Snow” Much Fun

During my childhood, I was always excited in the winter not just because of climatic change, I used to pass the time by watching cartoons in cartoon network which is filled with snow all around. As I hail from a tropical climate where Snowfall is limited just to the dreams, that day when I first saw snowfall I forgot How, where and what I am? Just jumping with joy all around the place like a kid whose dream is fulfilled…

The first fall of snow is not only an event; it is a mere magical one.
You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up with a different persona and if this is not delight then where it could be?

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Oh! the Snow, the beautiful Snow,

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Over the housetops, over the street,large_7zkf_3c1b00004617125d

Over the heads of the people you meet.

Follow your instincts and live the moments:

This experience will always have a special place in my heart forever as it is first experience all together. Friends whenever you get to see the snow for the first time don’t think of What, Where and how you are just go with your instincts live the moments. and have the divine memories

Thursday Throwback: With Confucius Quotes

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.(我们最大的光荣不在于永不跌倒,而是每次跌倒)

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
(我们最大的光荣不在于永不跌倒,而是每次跌倒)

Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. (知之者不如好之者,好之者不如乐之者。)

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
(知之者不如好之者,好之者不如乐之者。)

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. (如果你想在一年任期,植物种子;如果在十年来,种树;如果在100年,教人)

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
(如果你想在一年任期,植物种子;如果在十年来,种树;如果在100年,教人)

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge.(知之为知之,不知为不知,是知也).

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it–this is knowledge.(知之为知之,不知为不知,是知也).

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. (它是不如点燃一根小蜡烛诅咒黑暗)

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
(它是不如点燃一根小蜡烛诅咒黑暗)

Life is really simple,  but we insist on making it complicated. (生活一直都很简单,但是我们也一直都忍不住要把它变得很复杂)

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. (生活一直都很简单,但是我们也一直都忍不住要把它变得很复杂)

Beijing Diaries: Life in Monochrome-II

Incense sticks also called agarbattis dispels bad odor and keeps the environment in and around the temple pure and unblemished. A person feels happy entering the premises because of the smell of camphor and incense. On a human plane it means that we should sacrifice ourselves to serve society, in the process spread the perfume of love and happiness to all.

Incense sticks also called agarbattis dispels bad odor and keeps the environment in and around the temple pure and unblemished. A person feels happy entering the premises because of the smell of camphor and incense. On a human plane it means that we should sacrifice ourselves to serve society, in the process spread the perfume of love and happiness to all.

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”  ― Mother Teresa

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”― Mother Teresa
People Praying at Yongheguan temple

Beijing is referred to as an ancient capital of 5 dynasties五朝古都 (The Yuan, Ming, Qing, Liao and Jin). It had an extensive fortification system, consisting of the Forbidden City, the Imperial city, the Inner city, and the Outer city. Fortifications included gate towers, gates, archways, watchtowers, barbicans etc., It had the most extensive defense system in Imperial China.

Beijing is referred to as an ancient capital of 5 dynasties五朝古都 (The Yuan, Ming, Qing, Liao and Jin). It had an extensive fortification system, consisting of the Forbidden City, the Imperial city, the Inner city, and the Outer city. Fortifications included gate towers, gates, archways, watchtowers, barbicans etc., It had the most extensive defense system in Imperial China.

Women feeding the street: Spotted at Liang ma qiao Bei street

Women feeding the street: Spotted at Liang ma qiao Bei street

Man making street food: I try street foods for a number of reasons, One is that they are reasonably priced and delicious than the foods which are sold in restaurants and other is to experience ethnic cuisines and also for nostalgia.

Man making street food: I try street foods for a number of reasons, One is that they are reasonably priced and delicious than the foods which are sold in restaurants and other is to experience ethnic cuisines and also for nostalgia.

“It is a beggar's pride that he is not a thief” -Japanese proverb

“It is a beggar’s pride that he is not a thief” -Japanese proverb

An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it’s where even the rich use public transportation -Enrique Penalosa

An advanced city is not a place where the poor move about in cars, rather it’s where even the rich use public transportation -Enrique Penalosa

Beijing Diaries: Life in Monochrome- I

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Qianmen Avenue: Time runs too fast at this place.. One of the most happening places in Beijing..

Paifang is a traditional Chinese architectural gating style as an arch. This have been derived from the torana temple-gate in ancient India, though it has taken on traditional Chinese architectural characteristics such as multi-tiered roofs, various supporting posts, and archway-shapes of traditional gates and towers. Source: Wikipedia

Paifang is a traditional Chinese architectural gating style as an arch.
This have been derived from the torana temple-gate in ancient India, though it has taken on traditional Chinese architectural characteristics such as multi-tiered roofs, various supporting posts, and archway-shapes of traditional gates and towers. Source: Wikipedia

Beijing local Motor Vehicle transport: Very accessible, cost effective and illegal transport..

Beijing local Motor Vehicle transport: Very accessible,quick &  cost effective for small distance travels..

Korean local foods on Beijing streets.. fish cakes  may be?

Korean local Foods on Beijing Streets.. Fish cakes ?

A man checking the map whether he is lost or not.. :P One of the best part of this city is that every bus stop and subway has a city map.. Very useful for travellers..

A man checking the map whether he is lost or not…
One of the best part of this city is that every bus stop and subway has a city map.. which is useful for travellers & Beijingers..

Panjiayuan Antique Market: Best place to explore in Beijing to know the Chinese history and arts.

Panjiayuan Antique Market: Best place to explore to know the Chinese history and arts.

Beijing Diaries: Memories Through the Years

When I was a kid, I heard that “One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.” I totally echo with this statement. After Changchun, Beijing is my 2nd home in China. Whenever I get Vacations, I used to go to Beijing to spend my vacations to hang out with my friends. With the love and affection of my friends Emily jiang, Zhiqin zhou and Haijun yang families, I never thought I was in a different place. I am more familiar with the roads and streets of Beijing than any other city(not even my home town :p ). In this particular post I wanna recollect all those nostalgic memories.

Night is to see the dreams and day is to make them true. So its good to sleep now and see the dreams.

Night is to see the dreams and day is to make them true. So its good to sleep now and see the dreams.

Great Wall of china- Changcheng长城 one of the world wonder... I'm lucky that I visited this wonder in all the seasons.. 2008winter, 2010summer & 2012spring.. Every time I visit this a new memory pops-up This mighty wall is seen from space: Based on the photograph taken by leroy chiao an American-Chinese astronaut, the China Daily later reported that the Great Wall can be seen from 'space' with the naked eye, under favorable viewing conditions, if one knows exactly where to look.

Great Wall of china- Changcheng长城 one of the world wonder… I’m lucky that I visited this wonder in all the 3 seasons.. 2008 Winter, 2010 Summer & 2012 Spring.. Every time I visit this a new memory pops-up.  This mighty wall is seen from space: Based on the photograph taken by leroy chiao an American-Chinese astronaut, the China Daily later reported that the Great Wall can be seen from ‘space’ with the naked eye, under favorable viewing conditions, if one knows exactly where to look.

Near Mao’s Mausoleum, I saw this imposing gate which was quite impressive. So, I walked closer and then read about this on my travel across china book then I got to know that how important this gate is to the city. So I decided to go in and have a closer look.  Apparently this gate is considered the Front Gate to Beijing in those olden days. Officially, this is called Zhengyangmen but it is more known as Qianmen which mean the Front Gate. When Beijing was established as the capital of China, they build a wall around the city for protection. The Inner City was totally surrounded by a wall and access into the city is through 9 gates. The wall stood for almost 600 years. The saddest part is that about 50 years ago, they … tore down the city walls! It is such a crazy thing to destroy something of such historic significance. But it was in those days of the Communist rule that was bent on destroying the past so that they can look to the future, something called the Cultural Revolution. In place of the walls are now wide ring roads and subway.

Near Mao’s Mausoleum, I saw this imposing gate which was quite impressive. So, I walked closer and then read about this on my travel across china book then I got to know that how important this gate is to the city. So I decided to go in and have a closer look. Apparently this gate is considered the Front Gate to Beijing in those olden days. Officially, this is called Zhengyangmen but it is more known as Qianmen which mean the Front Gate.  When Beijing was established as the capital of China, they build a wall around the city for protection. The Inner City was totally surrounded by a wall and access into the city is through 9 gates. The wall stood for almost 600 years. The saddest part is that about 50 years ago, they … tore down the city walls! It is such a crazy thing to destroy something of such historic significance. But it was in those days of the Communist rule that was bent on destroying the past so that they can look to the future, something called the Cultural Revolution. In place of these walls, there are now wide ring roads and subways .

The Beijing Railway Station(北京火车站):Is the first-rate important railway in China running mainly long-haul journeys, it is honored to be the greeting gate of the nation. Built in 1901, it covers an area of nearly 72 acres. It is opened in 1959 and was the largest train station in China at the time. Though superseded by the larger Beijing West and Beijing South Stations, this station remains the only one.

The Beijing Railway Station(北京火车站):Is the first-rate important railway in China running mainly long-haul journeys, it is honored to be the greeting gate of the nation. Built in 1901, it covers an area of nearly 72 acres. It is opened in 1959 and was the largest train station in China at the time. Though superseded by the larger Beijing West and Beijing South Stations, this station remains the only one.

Zhengyangmen gate was first built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty and once consisted of the gatehouse proper and an archery tower, which were connected by side walls and together with side gates, formed a large barbican. The gate guarded the direct entry into the imperial city. The city's first railway station, known as the Qianmen Station, was built just outside the gate. During the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, the gate sustained considerable damage when the Eight-Nation Alliance invaded the city. The gate complex was extensively reconstructed in 1914. The Barbican side gates were torn down in 1915.

Zhengyangmen gate was first built in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty and once consisted of the gatehouse proper and a archery tower, which were connected by side walls and together with side gates, formed a large barbican. The gate guarded the direct entry into the imperial city. The city’s first railway station known as the Qianmen Station, was built just outside the gate. During the Boxer Rebellion of 1900, the gate sustained considerable damage when the Eight-Nation Alliance invaded the city. The gate complex was extensively reconstructed in 1914. The Barbican side gates were torn down in 1915.

Qianmen Dajie is a recently restored pedestrian street in the architectural style of old Peking with little shops & restaurants. Connected to Qianmen, the Dashilar area is a vibrant mix of historic shops and hutong streets.

Qianmen Dajie is a recently restored pedestrian street in the architectural style of old Peking with little shops & restaurants. Connected to Qianmen, the Dashilar area is a vibrant mix of historic shops and hutong streets.

Qianmen avenue is a 570 year old pedestrian market. Infact this has many craftsman workshops, warehouses and theatres in the Hutongs nearby. Without a visit to this place, your trip to Beijing will be incomplete..

Qianmen avenue is a 570 year old pedestrian market. Infact this has many craftsman workshops, warehouses and theatres in the Hutongs nearby. Without a visit to this place, your trip to Beijing would be incomplete..

China Architecture: Architecture and culture are closely related to each other. Many buildings contain cultural connotations. The cultural facts will help people better understand the architectural structure and the design.

Chinese Architecture: Architecture and culture are closely related to each other. Many buildings contain cultural connotations. The cultural facts will help people better understand the architectural structure and the design.

Tiananmen square is known as "the heart of China". Tiananmen Gate is brightly lit up in the evening.

Tiananmen square is known as “the heart of China”. Tiananmen Gate is brightly lit up in the evening.

Terracotta warriors – ‘Platoons of clay soldiers protecting the emperor during his eternal rest’

One of the main highlights of our trip to Xi’an was Terracotta warriors. One may hear of the Terra-Cotta Warriors, but seeing them is another thing. This is a place that is like a hidden treasure, even though it is written everywhere how great and stunning it is, when you are there in person the experience is overwhelming. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century.

Platoons of clay soldiers were buried with the emperor Qinshihuang to  accompany him in his after life..

Platoons of clay soldiers were buried with the emperor Qinshihuang to accompany him in his after life..

The Terracotta Army or the “Terracotta Warriors and Horses(兵马俑 binmayong)” is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.  This army is located in Lintong district, Xian, Shaanxi province, China.

This is how China's first unifier has been buried..

China’s first unifier has been buried along with Terracotta warriors..

Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, had begun to work for his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life. The Terracotta Army was built on the emperor’s orders to guard the underground palace where he was buried, to protect him in the afterlife. Just as the palace mirrored the imperial capital, the warriors replicated the imperial guard. 

These intricately detailed statues were posed as if ready for a fight.

These intricately detailed statues were posed as if ready for a fight.

These Life size terracotta warriors and horses are exhibited in a museum which is huge and is divided into three sections: No. 1 Pit, No. 2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit respectively. They were tagged in the order of their discoveries. No. 1 Pit is the largest and is the awesome one. There are columns of soldiers at the front, followed by war chariots at the back. No. 2 Pit It contained over a thousand warriors and 90 chariots of wood. It looked like to be the command center of the armed forces. It went on display in 1989, with 68 warriors, a war chariot and four horses.There are several covered “pits” where the warriors and horses are on display in their original placements. Beyond the actual artifacts, there is great shopping as part of the complex. 

They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like in those days of pomp and vigor. 

They are replicas of what the imperial guard should look like in those days of pomp and vigor.

Discovery of Terracotta warriors:

A group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. It caught the attention of archeologists immediately. They came to Xian in droves to study and to extend the digs. They had established beyond doubt that these artifacts were associated with the Qin Dynasty.

One of the farmer who discovered the terracotta warriors is still alive at 83(maybe); Our driver took us to the bookstore  and introduced us to that man. We were lucky enough to meet the man behind this amazing discovery. You can buy the books which are autographed by him and you need to pay him a small fee if you want to take a picture with him. I still remember how our driver praised my linguistic skills while introducing me to this man. He was curious to know about my life that how I learned the language,culture  and many things. He was quite impressed with us(may be) and didn’t charge anything for the picture.

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Swetha,Piyush,Teena, Me and Goutham with the man behind this amazing discovery.

This is an archeological treasure that is not to be missed. It is one of the most important discoveries of the twentieth century in China and, seeing it live is truly amazing.Don’t miss this if you plan a trip to China.