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Meeta Bhar, formerly a PR Director with Ernst & Young is now a freelance PR consultant who relishes travelling during her free time.

Waking up to the sounds of early morning stirrings in a village in Punjab was something that was totally unfamiliar to my ears which are so used to the sounds of city life. The subtle sounds of prayer from the neighbourhood gurdwara (a place of worship for Sikhs), cows mooing, and cockerels crowing were just a few of the many sounds I could hear. The smell in the air was so unusual too. That was my first morning in Khumber, Haryana, a tiny village on the border of Punjab, where many of my relatives, mostly farmers with acres of agricultural land, reside.

Having visited this same village some 17 years ago, it was great to note that modernisation had come into this village, with tractors and other machinery making life easier for this lot of people who toiled in the fields, Fields planted with wheat and mustard are a common sight in the winter months. A sight to behold are the fields of yellow mustard flowers dotting the landscape. Besides these cash crops, vegetables are planted for the daily consumption of the farming community who are mostly vegetarians. The fresh produce from the fields cooked with homemade butter is simply out of the world!

An old Ancient well specially designed for women bathers in the grounds of a Hindu temple.

After a couple of days in the village, we ventured to Amritsar, to pay homage to one of the world’s wonders, Sri Harmandir Sahib or popularly known as Golden Temple. Travelling there took us further north through the countryside passing through farmland as far as the eye can see. Another common sight is rivers and dams used extensively for irrigation purposes. Now I could understand how the state of Punjab got its name. Punjab, which means five rivers, has five rivers flowing through it.

Amritsar was buzzing with life, with loads of tourists from all over the world. It has been acknowledged that the Golden Temple attracts the most number of visitors compared to the other wonders of the world. The temple building was initiated by the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan, and completed in 1601. Gold leafed copper sheets were laid on the central dome of the temple and upper half of the walls by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1830. Prayers are continuously recited and hymns are sung throughout the day by the various priests appointed as well as volunteers.

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