Reflections: The Beauty of Ratnagiri: Ratnagiri… a land of almost unparalleled beauty just waiting to be discovered. A beautiful town with a nice serene atmosphere, it is a tow…
But first, getting there…. I recommended the Rail link- Konkan Railway. This is because of the superlative scenes of stunning visual appeal that greet you along the way. If you are a photo-enthusiast, I suggest you travel by Sleeper class to get some awesome shots, which are so plentiful that you will be spoiled for choice as to what to capture on camera. No joke, there. Some snaps are given below, taken only with a Sony Ericsson Mobile Phone with 2 MP camera. I did not even have a camera in my hand luggage, since as it was not a sight-seeing tour
Ratnagiri lies on the Konkan Railway line, and is one of the most important stations on that line. The station itself is a distance of 6 km from the mail town, and you will require an auto (@100 – 120) to get to the town. It has decent rail connectivity with several major trains having a halt.
Please note that some lovely scenes were missed – including a couple of other waterfalls as I was not prepared and properly equipped. But these will give you some idea of the beauty of the line
The Konkan Railway is a real treat – I counted 32 tunnels myself, with one being more than 10 minutes in terms of time spent in the tunnel… awesome. Treat yourself – take a trip with konkan railways! At Ratnagiri itself, hotelling is not a problem. Details are easily available on the internet, with contact numbers which you can use to book in advance.
A word about the food: Pure Vegetarians watch out! If you want a pure-veg restaurant, there is only one, but that is very good indeed – Hotel Mithila. The rates are reasonable, the quality is superb and the taste generally is what you would expect.
The Sea Beaches at Ratnagiri are awesome in their virgin beauty and unspoiled calm – no crowds, polythene or general littering, untouched and pristine – a sight for sore eyes tired of seeing crowded beaches. These are beaches you can truly enjoy, in whose beauty you can truly revel.
There are a multitude of locations to visit as per your taste- Theeba Palace, Theeba point, Pawas, Ratnadurg Fort, Ganaptipule, Parashuram Temple, Bhatye Beach, Mandvi Beach to name but a few. For most locations, autos are easily available and indeed recommended – even Ganpatipule and Pawas. In fact, you can even catch a bus to Ganapatipule – it takes 45 minutes by bus, 35 by auto. There are also several pilgrimage spots – Ganapatipule, Parshuram Temple and Pawas, for example
Ganapatipule is famous for the Swayambhu Ganeshji Temple, and is one the most famous pilgrimmage locations in this part of India. What is not too well known is that Ganapatipule is also home to one of the most spectacular, pristine, clean sea beaches you can even clap your eyes upon.
Pawas – a village with visual imagery you will by now have become acquainted to – is 15 km from Ratnagiri town, and is home to the Samadhi of Swami Swaroopanand, now a lovely and awesome temple. It is also home to a Parshuram Temple, and is decidedly worth the visit.
Thiba Point in main Ratnagiri town is home to a lovely stepped garden ( Daytime snaps below is from an online site; we were there at sunset as can be seen from our snap)
Some snaps from my and my wife’s mobile camera are given below that will give an idea as to what awaits the tourist…. Plan a trip to Ratnagiri… not for the mangoes, but for the beauty. I have purposely steered clear from mango and its derivative products that are available, and the Mango orchards, since all too many people are aware of that! There is far more to Ratnagiri than mangoes…
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Reflections: Inflation… a household perspective; a case for C…: Inflation: The Hot Topic of discussion in all financial newspapers as well as dailies; stating 9 – 10% figures; food inflation in the range …
Inflation: The Hot Topic of discussion in all financial newspapers as well as dailies; stating 9 – 10% figures; food inflation in the range of 15% or thereabouts… They further state that this has been a problem for the past 2 years only
The only objection I can think of is that this would cover only consumer products, and the other categories are left out in the cold. To that extent, that is accepted as a shortcoming. But, if you think about it, the data for such categories would be far simpler to collate once the major voluminous consumer data is collated. Secondly, the impact of technology must also have been felt in that sector as well, and can be harnessed. One thing is sure, though: if we want representative and accurate data for our economy we will firstly have to harness technology, and secondly we will have to do it fast
The only question that now remains regards the efficacy of such efforts. One such example can be quoted from our Media- the almost incessant focus on Black Money, which is just showing signs of bringing in some results. The moot question is how did this happen – black money was always a serious issue. Why has it taken centre-stage now? In my opinion, the people started getting more vocal, bringing this issue centre-stage. The Media, to be fair, also helped in this by continously highlighting cases of corruption.
From this we can conclude that the Media, thus, has another important role in a free society, over and above the 3 primary roles of Reportage, Information & Analysis and Entertainment: leading change – social as well as economic – maybe even political change. In that, our Media has been sightly slow and reactive rather than proactive. (Even so, there have been notable exceptions which are unfortunately very few and far between). However, recent developments have altered the scenario a lot: there is increasing evidence of proactivism. For this to continue, we need to keep leading issues centrestage in our minds and be supportive in terms of our attention. This passive support from us will suffice…
There is a hindi proverb: taali do haaton se bajti hai, which is quite apt here. For this to continue, we citizens too have to do our part. All that is required is passive support in the form of our interest and awareness (awareness that problems exists AND that they are serious enough to impact our families).
The author is not pro-Media; nor pro-citizen. This is just an objective statement based on personal observations. There has been increasing evidence of some superb work by both the Media and the general populace in recent years… let us keep this up and even extend this. From our side, as I stated earlier- all that is needed is passive support and awareness…