Keeping a joint journal has been a way of introducing some of the
younger persons of our family to the art of diary -journal writing.
So I went through the birthday of Jim Corbett with my nephew
Mayank – (See blogs Stuart Jasola,Writing workshops with Mayank)
and told him how the birthday of his father shares his birthday
with the legendary Corbett- (July 25)
Went to Vasai region where there is a Portuguese fort
Portuguese mariners exploring the north Konkan Coast, discovered the Arab Sultanate
of Khambat or Cambay, building or renovating or expanding the fort in the early 1400s
and attacked it in a failed effort to seize it.
Later, after more systematic efforts, the Sultanate of Cambay ceded the fort to Portugal
by the Treaty of Saint Matthew signed on the Portuguese brig Sao Matteus anchored in the
Bhayander Creek or Vasai Harbor.
We once went for an interesting walk on the ramparts of the fort. Sunset from the western
wall is beautiful though one has to be careful-
1. There are lot of plants, some with thorns
2. When you get on the wall, there are stairs but if you keep walking towards the
creek region the wall has no steps to go down. And if it is getting dark and you
cannot retrace your path back to the staircase..you will have to jump down from
the wall. (I did that and later helped two others who could not jump down ..catching
them in mid-air..helping to break their fall..every journey has its surprises)
Exploring spiritual traditions of Western India
In college days, I was introduced to Father Agnel Ashram-Bandra by a
Gujarati Hindu. The work here has a spiritual influence beyond the
confines of a particular religion or sect.
Building raw material for our joint journal, I took my sons to the Ashram
The monsoon breeze is unique in many ways. Saw two children carrying
cups to the seafront and collecting water from the waves.
I smiled at them.They waved back. Friends of nature.