Destination Punjab Chandigarh

#1 Dec 19th, 2004, 14:07
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There seems to be a heavy southern influence here at IM, don't see much about the north, so here is my token gesture.

As I have murmered a few times that I am desperately trying to sell my house to get to India, destination the Punjab centred in Chandigarh and have an apartment empty waiting for us in Mohali, the rent is overdue but thankfully the landlord is on a ship up by Dubai so I still have a little time.

If anyone wants to see the house that needs a new owner go to view and in the Look Up put 1825, there is a great Virtual Tour.

So why am I going there and why am I dragging my wife with me, this is what her mother and daughter say anyway. A few years back 2002 we had a quick trip to Jaipur and Agra before heading to my usual haunt an ashram at Beas in the Punjab, it was as usual a very ernriching experience both spiritually and physically, especially as it was the first time both my wife and I have been able to go to India together. We met as always some excellent people from many parts of the globe and it was great, before our departure a few of us had the priveledge of staying at a centre at Delhi that normal was available for over night but for some reason 10 of us were told to stay there for as long as we needed. The group as often happens bonded and we have been close since.

Upon returning to Australia and becoming most disallusioned with it and life and work and you know the story we decided that taking a year or so off to travel round India was the answer. So I did heaps of planning but found that visa's were going to be a problem for the length of our travel so I thought that business visa's would be better. What to do for business I thought, well I write and take photos so a travel journal or feature for magazines, ah the dreams we have. Anyway too many writers out there doing that it seems, so I thought well Network Marketing is very popular in India, I could travel round, talk a blue streak and sign up thousands of Indians and in a year or so I would be okay.

Later talking to one of the people that I was with for the extended stay in Delhi about this idea, he suggested that if that is what I wanted to do, why not set up his business and do that. So after recovering form the generous offer and a little negotiating I obtained the Master Franchise for India for House of Health. So it seems that I am to be establishing a Nutritional and Dietary Supplement business which is a Network Marketing operation. That shall keep many busy for quite some time. What I like about this is that it will enable me to establish a charity so that a percentage of all product that is sold by the business goes to healthcare charities in those areas where the business operates. Hopefully this will make a difference and is my personal signature on the business for India.

Why set up in the Punjab and Chandigarh in particular, I am a little familiar with the area, it is close to spiritual sanctuary for me and Chandigarh is a very fast growing seemingly affluent city, which is always helpful in starting a new business. I also have a lot of friends up that way and as my wife is not as tropo as I am, a modern styled city is a suitable place to acclimatise. In regard to the climate, it is also close to what we are used to between New Zealand and Australia. The country side is also great, close to the hills for escaping the summer but for the hicking and hanging out it is just so easy. One particular aspect that is very pleasing is the closeness of Sufism, the Punjab was Sufi territory and I love Sufi music, poetry and bhajans all round. I shall learn to play the Darabuka and keep my fingers active dreaming of playing with the masters, Nusarat Fateh Ali Khans nephew has been extending the family tradition in the area and so musically the Punjab is full of travellers from so many cultures that every sort of music is available.

So it should be quite a nice journey that my wife and I shall move through and the blend of Persian and North Indian foods is well ambrosia, amrit.
#2 Dec 20th, 2004, 16:27
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It is great that you found the way for long term visa.
I am also looking for way to get a long term mulpty-entry visa.
I like South India a lot, but at the moment I also more interested in the North, since my Guru lives in Uttar Pradesh.
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I have not been to the south, east or west for that matter but once the business is established I shall be everywhere, more on the move than I have ever been, so much for retiring.

We need more IMers up north as I am afraid that the weight of numbers down south will cause a geological rift and India will become an island.
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Chandigarh is the best place. It is my dream to work in Chandigarh and get out to the hills every weekend. I am also looking to shift there.
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Originally Posted by kaushiks Chandigarh is the best place. It is my dream to work in Chandigarh and get out to the hills every weekend. I am also looking to shift there.
DITTO !!!

I envy mira4bai4 !
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Shimla, do not envy me, it is for the moment a dream as the house has still not sold and once it does and I arrive it may just become a night mare. still I will be pleased just to get there and see what happens and if it becomes a reality then it will be announced on the forum.

I had an apartment rented until a month agao, obviously not being there is expensive and so the landlord has happily rented it out. He said that he waits for the sale of "our house", I didn't think the rent was that high. Now in all my conversations with him he has been shown to be a gem and I would very much like to spend some time knowing him and his family more.
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I'm sure it'll turn out fine !
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Hello I would like to echo your comments about the lack of mention of the Punjab area on IM.Our family[2 adultsand our 5 children ]are heading to Mumbai on the 10th June,we will head straight to the Punjab and spend some time in Chandigarh,then onto Jalandhar,we hope to look at farming as we are farmers in southern QLD.From there we hope to head to Srinigar but will decide that from Amritsar probably.Anyway I look forward to hearing more tales from the area and once we have been there will share our trip with IM,kindest cheers,Carol.

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