Delhi – A City With a Glorious Past and a Magnificent Present

Delhi is a city that bridges the past and the present. The old city that was once the capital of Islamic rulers, still presents a picture of those days with its narrow lanes, with collapsing old havelis and age old Mosques. The new city is also known as “Lutyen’s Delhi”, with respect to its architecture, tree lined government avenues and buildings, modern malls gardens and parks.

However the modern city itself dates back to over a century ago when the British shifted their capital to Delhi from Calcutta The city’s importance lies not just in its age old glory but also present day’s rich cultural diversity.The capital is known for its fascinating ancient monuments, museums and art galleries, fabulous eating places and busy and economical markets which gets the eye of overseas tourists.

Delhi has been the political hub of the country since time immemorial. The city was the capital of Pandavas and was known as “Indraprastha” at that time.In the present scenario, all the political activities of the country have their roots in this city. The capital houses the residents of many political dignitaries and also the embassies of various nations.

The mughal era monuments of Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb, Purana Quila are the major tourist attraction of the old city. Besides this India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, North and South Block are marvelous examples of British architecture. Various Museums, temples, parks and gardens provide an insight into day to day lives of the residents.

The Lakshmi Narayan Temple built by the Birlas, Lotus Temple which is in the shape of a blossoming lotus and Akshardham temple are some of the architectural marvels that have defied the conventional architectural standards. The Akshardham Temple is the world’s largest Hindu temple complex.

These temples not only hold religious significance but also attract a lot of tourists to Delhi. Iskon (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple has a vegetarian restaurant, library, animatronics center and an upcoming museum which attracts overseas tourists.

Delhi also has memorials of freedom fighters and National leaders. Amar Jawan Jyoti was built in the memory of soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. Raj Ghat, Shanti Van and Shakti Sthal are the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

The city buzzes with tourist activities round the year. Delhi offers vast accommodation options from luxury five star and business hotels to budget hotels and Guest houses. Staying in budget hotels is an inexpensive accommodation option for economy travelers who do not want to burn a hole in their pocket.

The budget hotels provide standard, deluxe and family accommodations. The rooms are aesthetically done with the best amenities at the most pocket friendly prices to suit the needs of mid range travelers.

Valentine’s Day Present

With the special holiday around the corner what will you be getting for a valentines day present.

Its so easy to buy your special loved one a box of candy and a card but does that really mean anything? Giving or getting the same old thing every year is okay but a little thought could go a long ways.

The only valentines present any of us really need is the love of that someone special.

Love is a very special thing that really cant be described in words but rather is displayed by actions. It really is easy to tell someone that you love them but it is another story to really mean it.

Two people together for many years in most cases do understand true love. By the time they have been together for many years they have been through everything together.

They have had good and bad times, they have watched kids grow up, they have traveled and now they get to share the rest of their lives together.

Some people stay together out of routine but true lovers never get bogged down in routine but rather keep their lives young and never stop loving.

In today’s society it is way too easy to walk away from a relationship when things get a little tough. So many people forget about the vows they take on their wedding day and they think everyday will be part of the honeymoon phase.

Unfortunately no one ever teaches them that the honeymoon phase does come to a screeching halt and real life kicks in. The time comes when there are bills to be paid, babies cry, jobs go into over time and hundreds of other things that can add stress to a perfect marriage.

That’s why a perfect Valentines day present is showing your love more than ever. Making sure two people who love each other stand beside each other no matter how bad things get.

There is no stronger bond then the bond two people who are truly in love can share.

A few keys are always telling each other they love each other. Another key is never going to bed mad no matter if you end up getting no sleep at all.

Just remember there are very few reasons to let or allow a marriage to end. Everything we do these days are hard work but none is more rewarding than the reward of love during a beautiful life together.

So this year instead of buying the chocolates tell your lover how much they mean and I bet that will be the best Valentines present ever.

Presentations – What Audiences Want And What They Definitely Do Not Want

In today’s business world of ‘quality circles’ and ‘managing for excellence’, the most successful individuals are often accomplished presenters. That’s because a successful presenter is more than just a fact dispenser – he or she really knows how to communicate with their audience, someone to whom people listen. The effective speaker in business, just as in the political arena, is the one who can make people hear the facts and believe the message.

Unfortunately, public speaking is not something that comes naturally to most of us. Without prior training in the basics of timing, body language, humour, organisation and all the other skills that go into the act of public speaking, even the smartest, liveliest and most articulate individual can wither in the glare of “the spotlight”.

What Do Audiences Want?

o To feel you ‘know your stuff’

o That you look the part

o That you respect them and acknowledge their situation and views

o To find what you say links with what they want from you

o To have sufficient information to make a considered judgement about what you say (they will ‘weigh it up’)

o To be clear about any action necessary – at the end

And above all to find it understandable, interesting and a good fit with the audience and the occasion.

And In Summary: What They Most Definitely Do Not Want?

o To be confused

o To be blinded with science / technicalities or jargon

o ‘Lost’ in the structure (or lack of it)

o To be talked down to

o To be made to struggle to understand inappropriate language

o To be made to make an enormous jump to relate what is said to their circumstances

And they do not want to listen to someone whose lack of preparation makes it clear they have no respect for the audience. As with most things in life, preparation and planning is everything.

It is important to remember that as the presenter or speaker, we are there for our audience, they are not there for us – we must earn the right by proving our credibility, to be standing in front of them.

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