World Naked Bike Ride – #2013

“We are all born Naked, We all have the same skin and We are all same deep inside”

The main thought being nude is not a pervert thought that sparks and soars in everyone’s imagination. To be able to see beyond one’s wild thoughts there is a deeper meaning and a greater feeling in it. Now that all said, I have been part of something that not only makes me think, write and share what I feel but also see the world from the different side of it.
When you are spectator, you see things differently from the mainstream. You see what passes in front of you with either an awestruck wordless speech in your head or you simply rejoice in seeing what you have seen. Yes, that is true and exact explanation of what I noticed but not from being a fixed spectator but by being an active participant. It does not take time to get used to seeing the world from different eyes once you are part of it. To many of those this world has different perception when you are naked – most feel what the visual world of modern vision shows them – Not real – A fake – Distorted vision.

I was participating in the WNBR, LONDON 2013 – As it stands for “World Naked Bike Ride” – A ride that had a bigger meaning than just being naked – this is where the sensible meets the practical  – A protest of human that encourage the Protest against Oil dependency by celebrating the body freedom on the real leg power. Yes, it is true that cars don’t run on air but fuel that kills our natural resources. Now that said, I don’t have a car but I still have a motorcycle which does leave me with fuel users but if I have a reasonable choice – I am bicycle lover too. I do and have been a lover of nature since I have taken a control of my own senses. Everything apart from what we have known so far – the challenge lies in the beginning. Where does one go and gets started with it – It is no big deal but a deal within your own mind and soul. If you are ready for it – you know you are in it. It was not too hard for me to be ready rather I just felt the part of it – once you see people around you who are getting ready for it – it took me no time to join them.

We started this from the LONDON King’s Cross going through major tourist routes and finishing it at Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner. Not a huge challenge in this when the excitement starts to build up. Everything starts to go away from the thoughts once you start pedaling and become part of the group. For me, it was initial few minutes that I had to get adapted to being naked with nothing more than a camera hanging down on my neck and shoes to ride the bike. It is 19C, with still a little cool breeze but the excitement soon takes away all the other things that comes to one’s mind. Our organizers had it all planned so well that it was just a fun ride to be part of one. We had people in all age groups.

Being a participant, I was quite amazed by some of the people reaction from the spectators as if they have never seen naked human bodies or may be not so many at the same time. Hold on, you see yourself naked each time you take shower so don’t hold me to it – I love my body and it is something I am proud of. Clothes is just something a secondary which for me only serves two purposes – one, to cover up – second, to protect me with weather. Ha ha ha… Jokes apart – this world had logically such a shock and interestingly that some were just so shocked to see that they even went closing eyes of their partners. How interesting, the contrast – A guy closing the eyes of his female counterpart while he can look at other naked females. Now, this is something which was one that I came across but the most I noticed was that big wide open mouth with that expression of “AWWWWW!” Yes !!! I am sure you will find most of it on the full video coverage on my YouTube Channel.

But all in all, the facts stays that your body is something you cover up but the reality of it is true – it is just the same flesh, same meat but different structures. Being naked is not same as being in porn so to those who looked so shameful seeing naked bodies – I have one advice for you – Participate next time and see how you feel because this guilt feel is not what you want to live for. To all those who participated in this, thank you for making it such a relaxed, wonderful and amazing experience. The reason to “Celebrate the Body Freedom”.  So before you look at the pictures and think anything else – It should all be a mature content and no harm done to anyone who is anti-nudes protagonist.

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The rebound

Of all the emotions, things between here and there – The life never stops. Another new year, time flies, birthdays comes and goes, world around us keeps changing, seasons come and go but what really never changes is who we are. This morning sitting at my window looking at the sunshine take over the darkness it just ignited this feeling of being myself. The way I am and who I have always been – the box of cheerful happiness that is over shrouded with unwanted shadows of needless stress.

With tears in the eyes this morning, the real happy tears because of this little scene in the movie where this guy goes travelling with happy soul reminded me of me, to see – that was just a movie but a reflection of me that actually exists. I don’t like it the way world works with money but I know happiness exists in this money minded world. I got challenged by these shacks of existence where a man is to work his life off like a donkey so he can pay his bills, mortgage and kids. Yeah, the challenge around us is to balance these lives but do I really wanna do this ?? A question to myself. Not that these blogs are for the world but just my own reflection of thoughts that I would want to read again. Even the thoughts of blogs across the world seem so shit that people have no essence of what they share these days. I am not your stats collector shameless blogger of the year awards thing. I blogged longer than your existence of being online. For few who feel like challenging, go dig it out.

Going back in time, I would be celebrating my 5yrs promise this feb to a very special person that came in my life and has been there all these years. Just to myself, I am still able to be crazy enough to live my promises which I make on human bonds. Many people came, they enjoyed, they left, some moved on, some are still there – my friendship is not conditional, it is free & comes in life size package. I do love genuine people with open heart, open mind and smiling faces. Smile – that barely exists in this country – except the fake ones like the fake personality. To the endless chaotic mess of those people who crib a lot, I advice you to go travel, see the happiness with open eyes not your closed cold hearts that inspire you to shout that you have been travelling, even seen those people. Essence of real travel is not in your holiday packages. Essence of travelling is in real adventure when you know that you will go find the unexpected, may be good, may be brilliant and may be even worst.

Take pictures, make memories, make good memories, share your stories and just do it for sake of re-living it when you will be old one day. Memory is a good thing but we humans tend to forget so preserve them before you lose them. Your camera does not matter – this is a true advice – I had a very cheap 2MP camera and those pictures had the best of stories. Remember, when you get expensive camera and big lenses you may not take it where you would have taken your handy pocket camera unless you are mental like me. Camera is your connection to your past so is your siblings – love them before they move away or your hard drive crashes. That said – I am not sold by my camera but by the worth of that picture. Even now once been arrested with this craziness that beware how wild you love what you love and where it can take you. I say it again – do what you love and do it like you won’t get a second chance. Life is unpredictable and we are all perishable entities of this world just that our date of expiry is unknown.

To put on hold these thoughts and emotions would be like killing myself right now, as I am equally annoyed with liars who in the face of being famous – lie to an extent with their happy faces. Fuck off to those people – I am not your another customer of providing you with LIKE on wherever. I know it helps you give more visibility but you would never bother understanding what it feels like walking over others happiness so again think when you tell the world that you xxxxxx LIKES – your fake presumption is as good as your selling skills. People have tendency to be sheep these days – the real seems fake – the fake seems real. All I am going to say is – Like it when you like not like because you were following your hidden headless herd of mates.

To wind it all up again, don’t be here if you can’t stand it, don’t be here you can’t be real, don’t be here if you thought you are collecting your numbers, don’t be here if you can’t be friends, don’t be here if you can’t share a real smile. These blogs are my words and my feelings that will either make u go away or come back again. If you come back again then just remember we live for once so make it memorable one with your footprints.

Will be heading to SE Asia soon – need a change away from modern expensive lifestyles.
02.02.13

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Himalayan Classics

Travel in the heights of Himalayas brings that freshness what other places never could and never would. Being an Indian there was always an advantage to go places where others would preferably not be willing to go. Sometimes it all feels there was a meaning behind these places and journeys in life.

More so, life was not all about being worries or hassles of reaching success but just a simple moment to enjoy wherever and whenever.

You

What in the world is your worth!! Have you ever thought of yourself as a person who lived all your life the circles of this usual vicious life but have lost that touch to your own inner-self.

Today that I see everyone giving ideas, thoughts and selling themselves to be the one who they actually either were or want to be. But in all this, what the basic moral of life they tend to skip – is to be one with you. We all want the modern gadgetry of this apple world and the modern tablets but does that really makes you live your real life. The virtual phenomenon of existence has brought us down many steps from what the real life .. The REAL YOU used to be.

Emotions of life, from the time you are born till the time you die. Someone who never gets to see the life and cease his existence before even reaching this life and the ones who make it to life bring joys to the life of their parents and till the moment they leave they leave the emptiness of their warmth if they ever maintained it. Somewhere in all this belongs all our emotions, fears, love, lust, desires, longingness and above all the need to be one with self standing along with someone who can make you feel that – “You” are the real milestone of your own life.
Without no logical reasoning, we all make our bonds with our parents as we are born to them. We live to leave them behind for a logical reasoning of exploring ourselves and find partner. Have Children to keep the logic of our existence going and then decide to live hoping with the logic one day our children might want to come and be with us. For all the above logics, do we really give ourself some time to think from our real self? How much do we belong to ourselves? Are we doing this justice of being ourself but not being with your own self in real sense? Our dependencies break us but that seems the only way for existence when the world has shrunk into the virtual hole of iPads and iPods and iTouches and FaceBook status updates.

Do you really exist for the moment of life !! Then when was the last time you really wondered about this life and said – I am going to connect to myself. Today I see we all are machines, robots and humanoids in the hands of technology which is needed but do we see ourselves as really social beings “A BIG QUESTION” stands right in front of you. I feel the need to be myself and I decide of bringing that peace in my life away from these hassles of worries, love, lust, relationships, and unwanted creed of being in surrounded company of people who would not recognize you if you were to be away for a week from their lives.

The connection of you to your own self is within you. If you find this to be more than boring, think again or just leave now. I only express what I learned, saw and collected travelling the bounds of cities and the most remote places on earth. If you are not on the plane of self stability, the life will shrink like air out of balloon with a small leak in it. Yes, we fall sick and most of the times its only our emotions that make us fall sick. We are not in tandem with our own emotions, we can connect but lose our focus as soon we see the next person in our life.
My solo experience of being and learning who I am – I contribute it to Myself, when I can see within myself, identify my real purpose of life. I am here and I am never here – what really belongs here is only inside you. The feelings, the emotions, the words of tarnished experience that I collected – I feel we all have these things within us. Do we ever try to sit in peace and see outside our busy scheduled modern lives. If not, its almost time for you to connect within yourself. If you can’t and want to know how you can do it .. drop me a line(Babbar.mani@gmail.com). I am not going to change your life but share the simple facts of life that connect you to yourself. The thoughts are from the within, we all have them but to find the focus out of them to be who we are – is where the life and the tricks of life challenge us. If someone who has the reason to get you connected, it is not because the money is the only thing in life. The other part of you inside you – does not live on money but lives on rent inside your heart for which you never even want to acknowledge its presence. Make this little fella your real friend and see how the bounds of life around you want to make you feel the energy surrounding your existence.