Saturday, April 11, 2020

Precautions for Apartment Communities against COVID 19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

India now has 7400+ confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country as on 11.4.2020 with 239 death cases due to the virus attack.
The incubation period is anywhere from 1- 14 days from contact. However, symptoms may not show for up to six days with the unsuspecting person remaining contagious. Symptoms include shallow cough, aches, sore throat and fever. As the illness progresses the person may feel difficulty in breathing.
The virus spreads through droplet infection – if an infected person sneezes or coughs in your vicinity or you come into contact with contaminated surfaces.
People who are elderly or immunocompromised ( immunocompromise is astatein which the immune system's ability to fight infectious disease and cancer is compromised or entirely absent.)

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  • Temperature screening for all workers/visitors/guests/delivery personnel.
  • Hand wash at the entrance (or hand sanitizer) for all incoming people.
  • Additional wiping down of elevators, handrails & common surfaces with disinfectant.
  • Supply of soap/disinfectant to all workers & security for their home use.
  • Masks for security personnel at the gate. Reduced security personnel at the gate. Gloves for the housekeeping staff.
  • Educate housekeeping and security staff about these measures.
  • If your community is using a gate security app for visitor entry, ensure it is not touched by visitors. Wipe with cloth/disinfectant every 2 hours.
  • Reduced group activities for kids/parents inside the apartment complex.
  • Avoid both external visits & visitors as far as feasible.
Practice good hygiene.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizers in your purse or pockets and use them.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes – to prevent transmitting the virus.
  • Regularly clean surfaces like your keyboard, mouse, desk areas, door handles, counter tops, fridge handles.
  • Masks are to be worn only if you have a respiratory illness, to prevent spreading the infection. Otherwise, leave them for healthcare workers and avoid creating a shortage.
  • If a family member has a cold or cough, quarantine in a separate room. Use separate towels, etc. Be especially careful in case of the elderly or those who are immunocompromised (diabetes, etc)are at greater risk.
  • The known method that works to flatten the curve is social distancing.

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
They are to:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  • Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  • Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
  • Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:
  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

Currently, no antiviral medication is recommended o treat COVID-19. Treatment is directed at relieving symptoms and may include:

  • Pain relievers (ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Cough syrup or medication
  • Rest
  • Fluid intake
If you have mild symptoms, your doctor may recommend that you recover at home. He or she may give you special instructions to monitor your symptoms and to avoid spreading the illness to others. You may be asked to isolate yourself as much as possible from family and pets while you're sick and to use a separate bedroom and bathroom. Your doctor will likely recommend that you stay home for a period of time except to get medical care. Your doctor will likely follow up with you regularly.If you're very ill, you may need to be treated in the hospital. 

It's common to feel fearful and anxious during the COVID-19 pandemic. You're probably worried that you or those you love will get sick. You may be concerned about taking care of yourself or others who are ill.
During this time, remember to take care of yourself and manage your stress.

  • Eat healthy meals.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Get physical activity as you're able to, such as using exercise or yoga videos. If you're healthy, go outside for a walk.
  • Try relation exercises such as deep breathing, stretching and meditation.
  • Avoid watching or reading too much news or spending too much time on social media.
  • Connect with friends and family, such as with phone or video calls.
  • Do activities you enjoy, such as reading a book or watching a funny movie.
  • If you're ill with COVID-19, it's especially important to:
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink fluids.
  • Let your doctor know right away if your symptoms worsen.


Thursday, January 2, 2020

Darshan of Shirdi Saibaba on 30,31 December 19

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For my first post in the year 2020, I wish to narrate my experience of visiting Shirdi to have darshan of Shirdi Saibaba. This is my third visit to the holy place. Myself and my wife planned to visit the place  arranged by  Sainamam Tours Pvt Ltd as Shirdi Tour Packageon 30th and 31st December 19 so that I could be in Shirdi for my 70th Birthday. The Package Includes : Two Way Economy Class Air tickets - Chennai /Shirdi / Chennai,Transportation in Shirdi, Accommodation in Star Hotel at Shirdi, Buffet Dinner on first day ,  Buffet Breakfast and  Lunch on second day, Arrangement for darshan of Saibaba  and other places of worship in Shirdi by an experienced Guide. My experiences of the visit on 30/31 December 19 are given below:

First Day of visit 30.12.19
We reached Chennai International Airport to board Spicejet flight to Shirdi. Spicejet operates two direct flights to Shirdi daily to and fro Shirdi from Chennai. On reaching the place, we were provided with Lunch by the co-ordinator of the tour. The flight took off at 1.30 pm  with delay and reached Shirdi International AIrport around 3.30 pm. Coordinator/ Guide  of the tour at Shiridi, Mr.Rajesh received us and arranged for our travel  of the twenty members of the Group to ST Laurn The Spiritual Resort by different cars. 

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Courtesy Google Photos

St Laurn - The Spiritual Resort, the best luxury hotel in Shirdi, a resort where peace of mind is restored. Spread across five-acres, the upcoming property will be a luxury five-star hotel with 138 keys. St Laurn is one of the best 5 star hotels in Shirdi offering top-end Meditation & Spa facilities. A warm welcome awaits you! To know more about the Hotel and to book rooms visit the site at

After getting refreshed we went to Saibaba Samadhi Mandhir by the Cars arranged by the Hotel. Our Guide Mr.Rajesh took us to important places in the Mandhir complex like Gurusthan (Holy Neem Tree), Dixit Wada Museum and explained in details about the importance and details of each place. Then he took us to the entrance of queue for Paid darshan which was arranged by the Travel and we joined the queue and had nice darshan of Saibaba. 

Mobiles/Cameras/ Electronic Devices and wearing cheppals inside the temple are prohibited and we had to leave them outside.

Mr.Rajesh informed us that the present idol of Saibaba in the Mandhir was installed in the year 1954 and until then a portrait of Sai baba was worshipped in that place. At present the portrait is kept in the Dixit Wada Museum.

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After having  nice darshan of Shirdi Saibaba ,  we reached the Hotel and had our dinner.

About St Laurn The Spritual Resort
As explained earlier the Hotel has five star facilities like Swimming pool,Gym,Spa,Children's Play area etc. There are also Idols of Shidi Saibaba in an ambiance of Temple with Priests doing Pujas regularly. 

                                Sai Baba's idol in St Laurn Resort

                                 Sai Baba's idol in St Laurn Resort
Sai Baba's idol in St Laurn Resort

Big Portraits of Shirdi Saibaba with his Messages adorn the walls of the Hotel everywhere. On the whole the Hotel has a Divine atmosphere and the Rooms and Room Services are very Good. It is a nice place to stay in Shirdi with a Spiritual feeling.

Second Day of visit 31.12.19
On the second day after taking our breakfast in the Hotel, there was a get      together of the Group members arranged by the Coordinator to celebrate my 70th Birthday with cutting of Birthday cake by me.He also presented 'Sri Sai Satcharita' book on behalf of Sainamam Travels. It was an unforgettable Birthday celebration for me since it happened in Shirdi.

Hanuman Mandhir:
Next we went from the Hotel to Hanuman Mandhir which is near the Samadhi Mandhir. The Anjaneya inside the temple is reported to the exisitng in the same place when Saibaba was alive and he used to worship the Anjaneya Idol which is in the temple.
Hanuman Mandhir

After worshipping Lord Anjaneya we went to Dwarakamai, a place where Saibaba used to dwell. Dwarkamai is one of the treasures of Shirdi for the devotees. They say that Dwarkamai is the heart of Shirdi, the place where the great Sai Baba spent a significant part of his life including his last moments. Though we had to stand in a Queue , it was fast moving and we could spend considerable time inside the Dwarakamai.

Entrance of Dwarakamai

This two-levelled structure is home to many possessions of the great Sai Baba. The first level has a portrait of Baba and a huge stone on which he used to sit. This level has two rooms- one with a chariot and the other that contains a palkhi (palanquin). A small temple with a saffron flag rests in front of these rooms.

On the second level is a square stool made entirely of stone- this stool is the one that Baba used to sit on while taking a bath. There is also a big grinding stone here and a wooden vessel called 'Kolamba'.  This vessel is the same one in which Baba used to keep the bhiksha that he brought from the village.

Another memento of Baba that attracts thousands of devotees to Dwarkamai every year is an oil painting of Shri Sai Baba sitting in the carved wooden shrine. The painting conveys several emotions and sides to Shri Sai Baba- kindness, patience, self-belief, generosity and unflinching faith in the Almighty in a beautiful and artistic manner.
Then we went to Chavadi which is also nearby Hanuman Mandhir and Dwarakamai. 

Chavadi means village meeting place, office, or court and was the place where taxes were collected, village records kept, disputes settled by the village heads, and visiting officials put up. After Baba's mahasamadhi the Sansthan acquired the Chavadi, and until the late 1930s, used it for storing books and accommodating pilgrims. The village offices have long been relocated and the Chavadi is kept as a shrine to Baba and is open to all.

The Chavadi is very significant to Sai devotees not only because Baba stayed here but also because it played a major role in the inception of formal worship of Baba. Once Baba started sleeping at the Chavadi, the custom arose of offering regular arati to him on his arrival from the mosque. This was Sej (night) Arati. Later, Kakad (morning) Arati was offered when he woke up there. Inside the Chavadi is a large portrait of Baba which was painted by Ambaram from Nausari in Gujarat, after Baba had given him darshan in a dream in 1953. The right portion of the building contains the framed photo of the cross-legged Baba kept in grand attire.

There were separate queues for Men and Women to enter inside Chavadi but the queues were not long like the queue to enter Dwarakamai. So we could easily enter the Chavadi and worship Saibaba.

After visiting Chavadi we went for shopping in the shops located in the area where they are selling Idols and Pictures of Shirdi Saibaba and other mementos.

Return to Chennai:
After taking our lunch in the Hotel we vacated the Hotel and reached the Airport by the Taxis arranged by the Coordinator of the tour. The flight was on time and we could reach Chennai by 4.45 pm.

Thus our visit to Shirdi though hectic , it was very pleasant and we could cover all the important places within a short span of time.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

14 Sites of Natural Beauty in India

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India is a land of surprises that evokes thoughts of fantastic food, colorful people, bustling cities and ancient heritage. As the 7th largest country (by land mass) in the world, you can also be sure that it offers a wealth of varying landscapes and places of natural beauty that are sure to appeal to people who want to get away from it all. From the skyscraping mountains of the north to the beautiful beaches of the coast, India really does offer breathtaking views for any nature lover. Here are 14 of the most spectacular sights you can find in this wonderful country.

 1. The Nubra Valley, Ladakh

The Nubra Valley is a high altitude desert that is found on the Tibetan Plateau in the far north of India. Little precipitation falls there and vegetation is only found along river beds. The vast valley is famous for its sand dunes and unique, otherworldly landscape.
2. Nohkalikai Falls, Cherrapunji

The Nohkalikai Falls are the tallest waterfalls in India, plunging some 1115 feet (350 meters) over a well vegetated cliff side near the town of Cherrapunji in Eastern India. The falls take their name from the Khasi for "Jump of Ka Likai" and makes reference to a local legend about a girl called Ka Likai who jumped from the cliff next to the falls after her Mother was killed by her Stepfather.
3. Mizoram State, Eastern India

The state of Mizoram in the far east of India is a land of lush hills, hidden valleys rushing rivers and pristine lakes. It boasts a pleasant climate with warm summers and comparatively mild winters, while heavy rainfalls feed local crops and maintain the attractive greenery that characterize this beautiful region.
4. Jog Falls, Sagara Tuluk

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The Jog Falls - also known as the Gerosoppa Falls or the Jogada Gundi - are a major tourist attraction found in the western state of Karnataka. The attractive cascade plunges 830 feet (230m) and is a feature of the Sharavathi River, while the amount of water flowing changes dramatically between the seasons.
5. Matheran, Maharashtra

Matheran is a tiny hill station located just 90km from Mumbai, and it's renowned for its incredible sunsets. It sits at an elevation of around 2,625 feet (800m) and offers dramatic, panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. The town itself features beautifully preserved, British-style architecture.
6. Lonar Lake, Maharashta 

The Lonar lake is a stunning. saline-soda lake formed by a meteor impact, and is the only hypervelocity impact crater found in ballistic rock anywhere on the planet. There are numerous temples surrounding the lake - suggesting it was once considered an important spiritual place - although most of them sit in ruins today.
7. The Andaman Islands

The Andamans are a series of 325 islands found in the Andaman sea to the east of mainland India, towards the coast of Myanmar. The islands are a true slice of paradise, featuring world class diving and numerous pristine, tropical beaches.
8. Chitkul, Kinnaur District

Chitkul is a small village found in the Kinnaur District of the state of Himachal Pradesh. It is famous for being the last inhabited settlement before travelers reach the Chinese border and for its spectacular mountain scenery. Potatoes grown at Chitkul are also considered to be among the best in the world!
9. Tea Estates, Tamil Nadu Hills

Tamil Nadu is the southernmost state in India and home to a number of diverse sights including 8 UNESCO world heritage sites, a wide range of classic art, impressive Hindu temples, high hill stations and coastal beach resorts. It is also one of India's best known tea growing regions, and the rolling green tea fields prove a picturesque view for keen photographers.
10. Tso Moriri, Ladakh

Tso Moriri is a striking lake set in a stunning part of the Ladakhi region of Jammu and Kashmir. The lake sits at an altitude of 14,836 feet (4522m) and is fed by springs and melting snow from surrounding mountains. People can only access the lake during the summer, as conditions are typically too extreme during winter.
11. Kerala State, South West India

Kerala is a state found in the far south-west of India on the Malabar Coast. It is an important tourist destination thanks to its easy way of life and incredible scenery, which includes a tropical forest, hidden sea inlets and archetypal beaches. Visitors to the town of Kovalam can take a romantic boat trip through the lush fauna of the Keralan backwaters, a magical experience that's popular with honeymooners.
12. Gandikota Gorge, Andhra Pradesh

Visitors to India who want to look beyond beaches, backwaters and hills would do well to take a trip to the small village of Gandikota in Andhra Pradesh. Nestled on the banks of the River Pennar, not only does it boast a magnificent ancient fort, but its nearby gorge is a spectacular sight situated amidst beautiful hills and wild forest.
13. Beaches in West Bengal

West Bengal offers a number of attractive beaches that bring numerous visitors to the area. Tajpur Beach is busy on the weekends but can be surprisingly peaceful during the week, while Digha (pictured) is a magnificent shallow sand beach in the East Midnapore district of the state.
14. Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand

Nanda Devi is the 2nd tallest mountain in India and the 23rd highest in the world. Rising to a height of 25,643 ft (7816m), it sits in a national park that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. The peak's name means 'Bliss-Giving Goddess' and the mountain is regarded as the patron deity of the Uttarakhand Himalaya.