Insight Into a Travel Vlogger’s Life: An Interview with Sujith Bhakthan – Blogwithgokul (GV’sTalk)

Hello! Ladies and Gentlemen, I happily welcome you all to GV’s Talk – a series of interview with inspiring people across the globe.

Gokul: Welcome to GV’s Talk Mr Sujith Bhakthan!

Let’s Kickstart the interview. Tell us about yourself.

Sujith: I’m Sujith Bhakthan. I grew up in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. I am a graduate in Engineering. I started blogging in 2008 and have been a full-time travel blogger for about 10 years. I own the channel  Tech Travel Eat on YouTube. It’s all about the latest trends in social media, technology, travel & food. Yes, a social media freak!

‘Kerala’s own travel vlogger’ What goes through your mind when someone addresses you in that way?

I would be extremely happy! Malayalees have always been a regular audience of prime travelogues namely like ‘Sancharam‘. I aimed out to bring something different from the conventional travelogues by introducing the concept of vlogging. Initially, people compare my videos with Sancharam and give a lot of criticism like ‘we really don’t want to see you talking on screen rather we would love to see the beauty of the place’. Now it has changed and people have accepted vlogging. Yes of course, who wouldn’t love being addressed that way! I’m honoured.

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Feeding the tiger in Thailand. Astonishing.

Vlogging as a whole hasn’t been that long since it bloomed among the Indian audience. How far has YouTube been popular among people?

I would say Youtube has become more popular after the launch of JIO services, It revolutionised the Indian market when the internet began to be available even to a common man for no cost. I assume that earlier people logged onto Youtube to watch movie trailers, gossip videos and so on. Now, they appreciate and spend the time to watch videos of content creators and are viewers of YouTube just like the national television. The massive number of viewers from a small community like the ‘Malayali’ itself is a great example of Youtube gaining popularity.

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Paragliding in Kullu Manali, India

Congratulations on crossing 2 lakh subscribers on YouTube. Looking back into your journey how do you feel?

Thank you, GV. It’s actually on Facebook that I crossed 2 lakh followers and on Youtube, I crossed 1.3 lakh subscribers. As far as a Youtuber is concerned achieving 1 lakh subscribers is a milestone in his career. The target was to acquire one million subscribers in a year but I had to spend almost 1.5 years. I’m still figuring out why people are reluctant to hit the subscribe button. Haha! Well, the fact is I gain a good amount of watch time on YouTube, in actuality the number of loyal subscribers matters. For instance, if you have ten thousand subscribers for your channel and around six thousand are your fans then you’re a winner!

What could be the hurdles that can come across to a person while vlogging? Any situation to remember as such?

 When I started vlogging sometimes as I walked along the streets talking to the camera people used to laugh, tease and I have even overheard people say that I am mad. It was quite embarrassing. Later, I found a solution to it. I realised that it could be overcome by boosting up one’s self-confidence. Other than that would be restrictions in certain places for videography. I haven’t faced anything else so far. Now, I am all set to vlog in any situation in the best possible way I can. 

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Snow sledging with his brother.

The one video which turned out to fuel up your success rate as a Youtuber?

A resort named Rainforest Ayurcounty that rain for 365 days in Kottayam district of Kerala was the first video that became popular. It was an experimental video that I vlogged. Then I think the video about Kochi metro and T3 international terminal in Cochin airport were the turning point in my career. These videos reached the viewers profoundly. 

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Roadtrip to Goa, India. 

What would be the proudest moment in your life that vlogging as brought you?

I had the golden opportunity to meet the French President Emmanuel Macron on an invite. The unbelievable thing is that I got the permission to capture a selfie video with him. I would always cherish that moment. Furthermore, I get extremely happy when I come to know that people had an amazing experience and express their words of gratitude for suggesting resorts and new destinations through my vlogs. I feel contented.

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French President meet in Bikaner, India.

How can a vlogger influence the society? How impactful can one be?

Yes, Uhhmm… This is how it works. People are keen observers. Even if I have a scare or bruise on my face or body they notice it very quickly and you can see many commenting them on my video. This is certainly the case with the outfit I wear for vlogging, the types of equipment I use, the accessories and even the objects on the screen is been scrutinized and observed closely by the viewers. These are the reasons why companies consider us as influencers and approach for various marketing strategies. A Youtuber can certainly influence a society in many ways be it political or so on and it’s certainly up to the person. Yes, they are quite impactful.

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Dabbling with some scorpions in East Asia.

What made your transition from a blogger to a vlogger? Is it because people are more keen towards watching rather than reading these days?

Yes, the number of readers have dwindled in the recent years. It’s a fact. People are more towards videos these days. We need to catch up with the trends right? I think It’s already late when I started to vlog. I should have started off earlier but nevertheless, I believe it’s Ok. Furthermore, I am too lazy to write blogs now. Haha! I feel that I am able to establish an intimate connection with my viewers through visuals and express much more than words. This is absolutely an added advantage than blogging. 

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Time for some adventure.

‘Tech Travel Eat’ What are your dreams and expectations?

I wanted to travel to many places and explore different cultures, traditions, document visuals and reach them out for my viewers. Apart from that, I need to work on to have a consistent revenue model than now. ‘Travel with Sujith Bhakthan’ is on its way. It’s a long-term dream I have and I’m working hard for it. 

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Travel with Sujith Bhakthan

A large portion of your followers is from Kerala. What do you have to tell them before we wind up the conversation?

Wherever you go around the world you would definitely stumble upon a Malayali. Haha! Malayalees are passionate about travelling to places. It is always wise to travel around when you’re younger and healthy. There is no point in saving a lot of money when younger and keeping your savings aside to see the world at an older age. That is the time when you realise that your health doesn’t catch up with your passion. So, travel when your healthy and explore this amazing world as much as you can!

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At a press meet for promoting positive and informative content on the internet.

“Travel the world when your healthy and explore as much as you can” – Sujith Bhakthan

That’s a pretty good advice! Sujith.

Thank you so much for having your time. Wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

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The Tale Of Tipri- Lesser Known Places.

Have you ever been taken into a different world when someone narrates you about his life? If not, let me try telling you the tale of Tipri, A village in the Northern Himachel Pradesh.

By Gokul Vijayan

The engine of the boat started with a thump. His face seems to be filled with happiness. I was captivated by the beauty of the nature surrounding me across the Chamera Dam reservoir.The dam is situated in the northern Himachel Pradesh with a close proximity to the Jammu Kashmir. The Ravi river flows towards Pakistan through the reservoir. Visitors gets an opportunity to have a motor boat ride during the tourist season.

As the motor boat kept moving more deeper into the reservoir Mr Muneesh Kumar began his narration.

“There you see that mountain!” said he. Yes I replied.  That is the village Tipri.

As the boat seem to approach nearer to the village he said. The people of Tipri live a different life. This gave me a curiosity to know more. I asked upon excitement why do you say so?

People over there are so isolated from the mainland because they do  not have access to the town via road. The only way of transportation for them is through the boat in which you and I are travelling now.

Adults and school children travel to their workplaces and schools through this boat every morning and evening. The reservoir is approximately 70mtrs depth. Travelling daily across the reservoir puts up risk.

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70 Meters deep Chamera reservoir

The children sometimes have to walk upto 5Kms a day to reach school.

Don’t they have schools in Tipri? Yes there is an elementary school for classes till 5th grade but most of the time it remains closed due to absence of teachers.

Have you ever imagined how fortunate we are to have our school bus to pick us from the door step of our house?

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Can you see the steps which leads to the boat dock? Villagers board the boat from here to the mainland.

The most interesting fact that got my attention was the wedding ceremony of the villagers. Have you ever wondered how wedding would like to be in a boat?

Yes, the villagers in Tipri hire boats during the wedding ceremony to bring the Bride or Bridegroom to the village when we on the other hand opt for a BMW or Mercedes-Benz to show luxury, class and pride.

The entire boats would be decorated with beautiful flowers and garlands picked fresh to welcome the Bride/Bridegroom.

Opposite to the village Tipri across the reservoir is another mountain with dense forest in which wild animals like the bears, leopards, deers etc reside.

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Overlooking the Chamera Dam

I was lucky enough to spot a deer that came down to drink water from the reservoir. The scene was beautiful but unfortunately couldn’t click a picture.

They do not have access to proper medical facilities in the village, if at all they need to go to a good hospital they must reach the nearby town in Dalhousie or Chamba approx 15 Kms after waiting for quite a long time for the boat and then a hilly ride on a private rickety bus. Note a 15km ride is much longer since it  is  a high range.

Every time he kept saying his miseries I kept thinking again and again how fortunate we are? And still not happy! I found some villagers waving there hands at me with a smile on their face. Tourists means income, more income means more food to the family. I could read that on their faces from a far distance. Villages dependent daily on Roti and Dhal Chawal.

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Mr Muneesh Kumar- Has he kept narrating. 

I waved them back.As the winter falls by the first week of December. It starts snowing bringing the temperature down to minus degrees. Hey! take a moment and imagine the pictures above filled with snow?! How beautiful it could be. I took a moment to imagine as he kept saying.  Tipri and the surroundings of Chamera dam has a different face in winters he said. But poverty strikes then. The boating would not be allowed and hence the income through them stops. Sad.

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The landslide that happened for the first time two days ago in the nearby mountain. On right Tipri.

If a landslide like that happens to Tipri then the entire village would get vanished said he. They could be homeless too. They pray that it would not happen to them. It was huge.

He kept saying the life in Tipri so passionately. He kept asking me ‘Did you like the place? Sir’ a hundred times after every sentence. How on earth could I say I don’t! I loved it so much keeping the miseries apart.It was at the end that he told me that he belonged to Tipri too. He grew up, lived his entire life in Tipri. The government has given him the job as the boat driver.

My half an hour ride came to an end. But I really did not want it to get over. I have no clue where my imaginations went through in this half an hour of time. I imagined a whole different way of life. I thanked him for telling me about Tipri. I said bye with a hope that I will come back once again not just for a transit visit but to stay and experience Tipri for a couple of days.

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The Beauty!

I made sure that I would write a blog post so that more people would know about Tipri. To let people know that some live in a very different way in a very different parts of our country. Isn’t it true that each travel is an experience?. Yes, it is. As I walked away he kept staring over to the mountains for someone else to come and have a ride.

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Boat ride!
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Tipri, Google Image.

Thank You so much for reading. Share.

Love,

Gokul Vijayan

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Note: The boating would cost you around Rs 3000 for 10 members but its worth it!

A Stay At The Best 3-Star Luxury Hotel At Dalhousie – Hotel Mongas.

Dalhousie, A Hill-Station situated above the 5 hills in the district of Chamba, Himachel Pradesh. Often referred to as the Mini-Switzerland of India. The mild cold afternoons with rays of sun falling on to your skin, the chilly mornings and the opportunity to stroll out into to the Tibetan markets for shopping during evenings makes Dalhousie a perfect holiday destination for Families and Honeymooners.

Every vacation turns out to be a memorable one if you find a perfect place to stay especially when you are planning a trip with your family. Let me share my experience with this hotel that I found out in Dalhousie.

Hotel Mongas, Creatively furnished and maintained 3-Star hotel was truly a perfect choice.

The hotel resides on a beautiful location overlooking the hill station giving a magnificent view of Dalhousie once you step out into your balcony from your room.

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Way To Reception

The room is so cozy and comfortable with all the basic amenities including toiletries, blankets, coffee makers and hot water which are the facilities most travelers look for on trips to hill stations.

They have wide range of room categories starting from Deluxe rooms to Maharaja Family rooms & Honeymoon special rooms.

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My Attic with private sit-out Room

Once you wake up in the morning the view  room offers is astonishing, the mist coming down the mountain peaks is so magical to see.

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A View From My Balcony!

The walkaways of the hotel are crafted with flower hangings and are clean and well maintained adding to the aesthetic beauty.

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Walk ways

The hotel also arranges a musical evening which is amazing to listen while your sipping a hot chocolate or having a beer. Which no other hotels provide.

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Musical Night

The restaurant posses a multi continental cuisines ranging from South-Indian to Chinese on a buffet system so you can eat your heart out!

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The Restaurant

The hotel as got great accessibility to the Gandhi Chowk  Market and the Tibetan Market in a walk-able distance. Hence making the stay more convenient .

My overall ratings would be:

  • Comfort: 8.5/10
  • Value For Money: 8:5/10
  • Cleanliness: 9/10
  • Services: 9/10
  • Dinning: 9.5/10
  • Location: 10/10
  • WiFi: 8/10

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Ratings
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Great Ambiance
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Coffee, Mist and Cold a perfect combination.
For Contact: 

MONGAS
THE MALL
Gandhi Chowk, Dalhousie,
Himachal Pradesh,
Pin Code -176304
India

Contact Numbers:

+91-9418180000,+91-9418180101,+91-9418010927 ,+91-01899-240581

Reservations At:

info@hotelmongas.com
hotelmongas@gmail.com
reservations@hotelmongas.com

PS: The ratings are based on my personal experience.

Thanks,

Gokul Vijayan

(Travel Blogger)

 

Always Wanted To Be A Cabin Crew? Spice Jet Welcomes You!

 

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A Walk Through the Reminiscence of Travancore Empire- Vattakottai.

A Walk Through the Reminiscence of Travancore Empire- Vattakottai.
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A bright sunny Saturday morning. Beautiful day for an outing. Strangled in the four corners of the hostel room, we decided to venture out to breathe some fresh and unwind our self’s from frisky academics.
Well I said ‘we’ this time. I am perfectly not alone as usual. So by that I mean this is not my solo travelling. My besties and college mates are accompanying me on this trip. Let me name them Mathew,Joel,Gokul (not me! It’s Gokul S),Joshbin,Thomas,Antto,Akhil,Akshay,Sidhan and Jasper. Ok! These 10! We begin to figure the possible ways to find a good spot in Kanyakumari other than the beach itself.
We finally came to a conclusion. Yes, the trip advisor tells about this place called “Vattakottai”.
Why don’t we head towards that? A question popped from our Minds.
Immediately after the lunch we set out to explore the unexpected destination.
The Trip advisor gave a ranking of 11 on there site among Kanyakumari district which eventually gave a ray of hope to me.
By noon around 1:30 pm we begin our trip from our college campus at Chukankadai. We boarded the first bus to Vadessery bus stand.
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We arrived the bus stand after a 20 minutes ride. The road works and traffic caused delay to a certain level.
We actually had to wait for a certain amount of time to catch the bus the to Vattakottai as the schedules are very limited. Thank God! For us a bus was already their at the station ready for its departure.
By 2:30 pm we begin to continue our journey to Vattakotai Fort. The drive by was eventually beautiful with greenery and a well maintained road was a blessing.
45 minutes ride! And we finally got down at a small junction with a couple of shops on to welcome the tourists.
You will avail the bus service only till here, their you will see a board written Vattakotai.
The fort is 1 Km walk from the junction. The fort represents the glorious past of the Travancore dynasty. The fort build for the seaside defence and surveillance of the kingdom in the 18th century. Built strong by the granite rocks and a part of the fort extends to the sea which is now well maintained by the Indian archaeological department.
You are supposed to pay Rs 40 if you are arriving by a four wheeler and a Rs 20 for two wheeler at the check post.
We walked the 1 Km distance which was exhilarating, reached the entrance. “VATTAKOTTAI” welcomed the entrance.
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A groupie awaits here 😀
Then when entered the fort. Initially, I was mesmerised because I never expected the place to be well maintained like this. The lawns was perfectly cut short and neat with water sprinkles rotating watering the grass. You will find a water reserve in the centre of the ground which looks like a massive stone pool.
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You can feel the coolness in the wind desperately from the outside atmosphere.
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Gave a stroll through the lawns and there welcomes you a steep of stairs to a higher level, which I think would be a bit difficult to elders, perhaps it wouldn’t be a problem if you climb them slowly.
This will take you to the extended part of the fort into the sea.
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The view! Amazing or I am actually running out of words to describe. You can see the endless see as the wind gives a wooosh to your hair.
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The lawn here too is perfectly maintained. Which I actually appreciate. Far In distance you can see the wind mills lined and rotating adding beauty to the scene.
People from all over the world who visits Kanyakumari visits this place and is turning into each and everyone’s bucket list.
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The other interesting part is if your done with your photography sessions and if you wanted to have a dip in the sea. Then the perfect for you.The walk along the shore was so rejuvenating as our feet dug into the sand.
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We just had a couple of dips in the sea. You can feel the stones beneath the water so precautions needed.
There is a speciality for this beach too, It’s called the black sand beach.
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It’s clean and less populous. Precautions should always be taken since you won’t find any coast guards here. Do not venture deep into see, if you stick on to the shore you can have a wonderful time with your loved ones .Left the site by 5:30 to catch the bus at 6:15pm from the junction to Vadaserry stand. Note that the public buses are limited. Well, I had a great time in overall with my friends and one more thing apply a lot of sun screen because the sun can hit you straight after all you are in Kanyakumari, The southern most tip of India!!!

Things to note:
1) The timings from 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
2) Bring Sun screen
3) Safety first- no venture deep into the sea.
4) Keep the place clean
5) The best part- No entry fee!!!
Happy Travelling!!

The Love Bond #6

Chapter- 7

    The Love Bond
Henchman

Lara kept walking and then running for a while consciously without getting into the sights of the German troops.

Her skirts where held high with one hand and the other holds the black umbrella, she did not wanted to get tripped. In a blurred vision on the opposite side of the road she saw the lights of a vehicle approaching her. She immediately sheltered herself in high bushes and waited impatiently for the vehicle to pass by. She threw her umbrella not to get noticed. The vehicle came closer and closer. At a point it passed by and moved forward. She pulled her skirt up again and started to move and then she realised that the vehicle had stopped at a distance. She stood still and looked back. The reverse light of the vehicle glowed as shivers of fear ran down through her body. It was an army vehicle and it came closer to her and stopped. A tough young man in his boots with thick mustache got down the car and looked at her fiercely with his eyebrows raised.

He said ” Get into the car now!, you are going nowhere! ” in his masculine tone.
Lara shook with fear and pleaded ” Please! Don’t take me away! I am not Jewish and I am no harm to your nation. Please let me go. Please I beg you” tears came through her eyes as she said.

” Lady! We shall discuss that at the camp. Now I say, get in the car or else……” said the young German soldier with a higher tone.

” Please listen to me, I swear to god I am not lying to you. My mistress she is about to give birth and I am on my way to call the Mid wife who lives downhill. Please let me go…. ” Begged Lara.
All of a sudden his heart began to melt in her words. He felt sympathetic, there is a very peculiar reason for this. A year back he lost his beloved on her delivery due to complications, leaving behind a a smart young boy with him, she left to eternity.

He felt for her ” Stop crying and listen to me. I shall take you to the midwife, sacrificing my life I understand your situation because I have lost my wife in a similar situation” he said.
” No Sir, just let me go that would be the kindest thing you could do” she said.
” Are you scared of me ? Don’t you trust me? ” said he.
” Sir please, what if I am guiding you to a Jewish house? You shall take them to the concentration camps? That would be the cruellest thing that I am doing to that family, I can’t do that for gods sake” she said in shattered voice.

” Don’t be so judgemental mistress ! All Germans are not nazist, we have hearts too. I am working for them to feed my family. I have to obey them, I have no other go but I will give you my word, I shall not harm you or your Mid-wife’s family. I would take you safe downhill anyhow you have no guarantee that you will reach their by foot” He said.

Lara trusted his loyalty and accepted his offer to take her to the Mid-wife’s house. She got into the jeep and hid herself under the seat.
They drove towards the midwives house in a hurry. They got down the jeep. Lara rushed to ring the doorbell. She rang the bell continuously but no one came out.

They kept hidden them self in the basement f the house fearing the German invaders. The doorbell made them feel terrible and their hearts kept pounding as they heart the voice of the door banging.
Lara shouted ” Madeline! It’s me Lara please come out no ones here, I need your help!”
Please come out!!

The knob of the door tilted and then came out Madeline.Her face reflected her inner fear.
” Don’t worry Madeline, This men helped me to come over here. Mistress Sylvia is in need of you, the pain has started, please do come with us to the mansion.” said Lara.

She immediately went inside and asked her husband to take care of her kids and told him that she will be back very soon.

They got into the jeep and the army men drove them uphill. They reached home.
As they walked into the house,Sylvia’s voice was clearly heard outside. She cried in pain. Madeline immediately rushed and asked Lara to bring a basin of warm water and pieces of cloths along with some candle sticks.

Lara bought all the things that she told and got into the bedroom and then closed the door.
Peter waited outside with so much of anxiety. Simon and Samo woke up from their sleep hearing the cry of Sylvia.

Simon and Samo are twins.They turned five last month.
Simon asked ” Dada… why is mom crying? ”
” You are going to have a little baby brother or sister very soon” said Peter.
All of a sudden they heard the voice of the baby crying. After a while Madeline came out of the room with the baby wrapped in a soft towel.
She said “Both are fine, It’s a girl”
Tears of joy ran from Peter’s eyes.

He took the baby from Madeline and showed it to the happy little twin brothers
“It’s a little sister for both of you! ” he said with joy.

“Sweet she is, I will call her dolly.She is like a doll” said the big brother Samo with excitement.
Simon, the calm one among the twins kept looking at his little sister.

“Well my boys we will call her Sofia, Sofia Reznik Hornik” said Peter.
“Sofia, the princess woooaow” the boys agreed to the name.
She was red like a strawberry, soft and beautiful. Born with a smile on her face.

Meantime Peter handed over the baby back to Madeline and went downstairs to thank the German soldier.

“I really don’t know how to thank you. You reached them here on time, please let me know what help I can do to you? ” Said Peter.
“Absolutely nothing, I understand the situation you went through because I had gone through the same a year ago….but..but god loved her so much that he did not give her back” tears fell from his eyes as he said.

” Brother, why is all these things happening around us. Why are these people fighting for ? When will all this come to an end ? Your are such a good soul, a messenger from god who came in boots. Please don’t feel sad about your past. I am sure you and your boy will do great in your life” said Peter from his heart.

“I am assigned duties, I must leave. Take care and don’t leave home unless everything calms down” warned the Army men.
” What is your Name? I forgot to ask you” said Peter.
“Sergeant Carl Benedict” he said.

“Carl please feel free to come over anytime here, You are always welcome. Please visit us once these calamities are over.”

He smiled and got onto his jeep and drove away. Peter thanked god for sending him to help him with this situation. He realised that not all men are bad nor everybody have the same intentions it’s there circumstances which leads them to do the job that they don’t like. Good souls did lived under their skin.

He kept staring at the Vehicle unless it vanished from his eye sight.

To be continued…
Thanks for reading,

Copyright by Gokul Vijayan

The Love Bond #5

Chapter- 6

The Love Bond
Mystical Past

The prolonged era of the Austro – Hungarian Empire led to the formation of an central European country named the Czechoslovakia in October 1918. The levels of peace and prosperity of this sovereign state was witnessing a gradual decline by the invasion of its neighbours into its economic and political affairs. Years past by and towards the end of 1930’s after the World War I the Hungarians and the wild merciless Nazi rule started to spread it’s wings of power across the European states. By the blink of an eye, the peace was destroyed in the households of the Czechoslovakia.
The clouds went dark, the air was filled with poisonous gas. Exploding sounds came unexpectedly breaking the silence.Could it be thunder or the bombarding of the nearby buildings? Puzzled the people of the country in perfect dilemma At least for a minute, The citizens of Czechoslovakia was in despair. As Nazism grew in power Jews were hunted down from any possible ways they could and was send to the death camps. Some of them were assigned to do construction works. Hungarians on the other side added more complexity to the game of live or conquer. Czechoslovakia was witnessing it’s downpour.
1944- March, Bratislava. 9:00 PM
The Hornik family was having their supper listening to the radio on the latest political forms. Fresh plates of Brindzove Halusky which is a dish which generally the Czechoslovaks considered to be of national importance made from sheep cheese and potato dumplings was served on the tables by the maid Lara who is been with the Hornik household for 15 years now.
The Hornik family is well known across for their power and influence in the town which they have made through their family business. They have the biggest mansion in their neighbourhood and number of staffs apart from Lara to take good care of the household. Peter Hornik the head men of the family continued his traditional business of Exporting wool to the nearby European states.
Sylvia, peter’s wife was pregnant with their third child the eldest two being boys Simon and Samo.
The pregnancy period for her this time was a tough one, the country was facing a great political instability due to the World War II with no proper medical facilities and fierce circumstances. Smoke and dust filled the atmosphere at all times.
The World War II was in a way bringing some hope to the Czechoslovaks that the German and Hungarian power would loose it’s grip on the country and would bring peace back.
Peter and Sylvia along with their son’s were having dinner. Suddenly the alarm from the military base started to sound sending out alertness for the entire citizens to remain indoors. The city is again under attack.
Peter rushed  outside to shut the gates. They kept their doors and windows closed.
Sylvia said “I could feel the vibrations on the floor, are they bombing the city again? “.
Terror ran across Peter’s face ” No dear, they can’t do anything because god is in our side” replied peter in a shattered voice.
Sylvia was nine and half months pregnant. She was waiting for the delivery anytime soon. The sound of the bombshells created fear in her.
The electricity went off and it was dark. Lara took a match box and a candle stick and lit them. Five of them sat in the living room silently in the light of the candle stick till the sound of the explosions stopped.
All of a sudden Sylvia started to have uneasiness in her stomach. She started to feel the pain. She kept quite and tried to ignore it. When it started to get intensive she said ” The pain, I can feel the pain” in a low voice and kept holding to her stomach.
Peter got shocked initially thinking that their is no possibility of getting outside to take her to the medical dispensary.
Lara kept her hands to her mouth and kept staring at Sylvia. The boys had already fallen asleep in their wait for the bombing to get over.
“Mistress! Please lay down on the bed” said Lara.
“We need to call the mid wife immediately Sir” said Lara to Peter.
” But we are not supposed to leave the house, we would be captured and killed by the Germans” said Peter.
“Sir, if you could take care of her for a little time, I can rush downhill and inform the mid wife and ask her to come over quickly” said Lara.
“I think is absolutely risky, you have no guarantee for your life! ” said Peter loudly.
“I know very well sir, I am confident enough that I can do this” replied Lara.
The rain started drizzling in the mean time. Lara took her raincoats and umbrella and set out downhill to inform the midwife.
By the time she reached half the way the rain started pouring heavily. She could barely see the road. She trembled over the pebbles and rocks and managed to move forward.
At a long distance she could see the smoke and huge fire from the cathedral. Indicating one more church is down by the Germans. She kept walking quickly without getting the sight of any troops. In each foot step she made Sylvia’s face kept coming into her mind and she could hear her crying in pain. She must bring the mid wife for her mistress that was all that she could hear from her inner self.

To be Continued….
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Copyright by Gokul Vijayan.