Think you are irreplaceable? Not really!

Sounds kind of shrewd right?

Sadly, its a fact!

Every organisation, firm, work – place has one element which is the most important thing that it runs on – people!

But, people come and people go.

As such trends go, quite a few people have been walking out on the company I work in. Due to the role I play in the office, I have a lot of coordination that I need to do and maintain between teams and clients. At such times, when I go to them to talk about some work or the other, the conversation ends with them telling me – “The company and you will know what I am worth once I’m gone” or things like “You’ll see how helpless you are once I walk out and there is no one to help out” and such similar things.

I remember when a few years ago I too was on the other side of the table with a lot of anger gushing out of me for the company I was leaving while I spewed out similar things only to find out that I too was replaced just as fast as I was the one replacing the person whose seat I had earlier filled in for.

How do you mend this thought and the ego that follows? Now again, as such patterns go, the company usually does not lose time in hiring someone new to fill in those shoes and continues to function like nothing changed.

Now, siting on this side of the table, the most I can do is tell the person in front that he or she will be dearly missed for the work and the good times shared during hectic hours. Sadly, as far as the work process goes,  now I know the answer which will only stay in my head.

 

 

Reticence of the Bhaga Caves

These beautiful and strong standing 29 excavations still stand strong and are a powerful  marker of history and the art and architectural wonders that the era had to offer.

After a very long and overdue family get-together, we all decided to pay these caves a visit. Being a weekday as well as a sticky monsoon one, we were quite sure that there won’t be a lot of people wandering around helping us get a much needed companionless look of the design.

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Located in the Maval Taluka in district Pune, these caves echo the lives of the people that lived hundreds of years ago. With limited ways t build and rebuild, the caves are all carved out of one huge stone and  belonged to the Hinayana Buddhism sect.

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The so-called ‘rooms’ were quite small but had everything that a lone person would need. A bed, a place to set his lamp, a window for the view and ventilation, and, most important – silence!

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In some of the rooms, the design was quite advanced. There were shelves made either in the wall or below the resting places. There was a common toilet made and used by all staying there.

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Imagine waking up and retiring to this view every day. Only, that I’m sure that in them days, the lands must have been covered in thick forests with vibrant colours and life.

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One of the larger caves belonged to an enormous, ornate horseshoe arched  shrine, the chaitya. The Stupa in this chaityagriha is one of the unique wonders that I have seen and felt.

The moment you enter the cave and stand in nothing but stillness, you can hear your heartbeat echo and the aura simply starts filling you up in complete secrecy.

At one point, entrance to this cave was blocked but was soon opened for visitors. Quite a few pillars and the arch had carvings of human figures in them. Now a few are quite faded but if you see closely with proper light around, it makes you realise that people back then were quite artistic and true to their kind.

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The Bhaja caves have a total of 14 stupas – five inside and nine outside. Ancient scripts show that these stupas are relics of resident monks, who died at Bhaja.  An inscription with the names of three monks, Ampinika, Dhammagiri and Sanghdina can be interpreted.

The other group of Stupa’s were built behind the structure which was led by a narrow path.

There were quite a few of these built in between the pillars and deep inside smaller caves as well.

 

Being  protected as a National Monument, by the Archaeological Survey of India, it was nice to see the place plastic free and clean. All the pillars and stones were washed and made free from all the writings and love gala’s of today’s idiots.

 

At the entrance of the caves, a bit of history has been shared for those who are interested.