Sukhna Lake, the Pride of Chandigarh

 

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The wildlife sanctuary at the dam end of Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh.

 

Sukhna Lake is the attraction that visitors seek in Chandigarh. It is as famous in the region as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Residents love to walk to the lake everyday. The whos who of Chandigarh love to be seen walking or joggin on the promenade.

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The Lake is a man made creation or rather an existing small natural feature has been expanded to its current well manicured status. It is definitely an important part of life in Chandigarh. A day cannot be complete without a walk here in the morning or evening.

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The lake plays host to Siberian cranes from the freezing north. It is also the home of well stocked fish which makes the place an angler’s delight. Fishing can only be done during specific periods of the year with a permit from the authorities.

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Many features have been added including a Nature Interpretation Centre at the dam end of the lake.

Chandigarh owes its design and character to the creative genius of Le Corbusier famous architect and designer of buildings and cities.

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If you enter through the dam side then you have to climb quite a number of steps to reach the promenade.

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As a Chandigarhian I am very proud of Sukhna Lake and it has certainly been a big part of my life.

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Selfie at Delphi–Gnothi Seauton–Know Thyself! In a Try Room!

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Know Thyself is one of the mottos at Delphi in The Temple of Apollo. Delphi is supposed to be located at the navel of the Earth.

Self realization can come at any moment. Navel watching of the Delphi kind too can be helpful but i recommend using the try room of a Mall.

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My moment came in the try room or fitting room of a Mall. My wife had presented me with a cotton T-shirt for the searing days of summer when temperatures rise to 40 and above Celsius.  Unfortunately the large size was not enough to cover my extra large body.

When I took off my T to try on a larger size the three mirrors on three walls reflected my bodily reality.

I heard someone say, ‘What an ugly creature.’ Moments later I realized that those words were uttered by me involuntarily. My image of myself as Tarzan fell tinkling to the floor unable to stand the glare of the truth telling mirrors.

I go for long walks; I do yoga; I do calisthenics and I lift some weights. This exercising leads me on to believe that I have become a muscular Schwarzenegger. Alas the truth lay on the floor of the try room. I had miles to go before a large T would ever fit me. I took the XL and thanked God it was not an XXL.

A mirror can be very cruel. I think we need that jolt of truth every couple of months. Please do try out a T in a Mall Try Room. Gnothi Seauton or Know Thyself will never be more possible. If only Socrates could have visited a three mirrored try room his search for the truth might have ended pretty sooner than later

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