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Have a Little Faith: 5 things to Achieve by the Year end.

I am writing. I have been writing. And even though I was away from Road to Nara, I kept writing on paper. I kept remembering everyone here. And it is now after thirty days of thirst, i finally opened this dying computer.

How have you been? How is everyone doing? Please do tell me. Say it out loud. I will be very happy to read from each one of my co-traveller here.

It is true that once the rhythm breaks, whoever you might be and whatever you do, life presides over. Life consumes even that time which once was someone’s. Like mine was for the Road to Nara.

I tried to write on the 16th of this month and then on 26th but it took my might to break this monotony. Truth be told that there is no going far away from here. I missed writing here. I missed sharing here. Because words are as important as the ones reading them. Because these days, these months, this year is very important. And i would like each one to come along on this journey.

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Start of the year was a transitory time for me. I had to put my energy to a place which i had been evading for the longest time. I was committed to a project and i was running away from it. As i wanted to be ready for this process which has overwhelmed me already, so much so that it has taken all my time to balance my priorities. So much so that i almost left my smile in the year that left.

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Days have passed fast, as passes breath. Man made time, but forgot to free it from will.

In my life, i have lived like a man with wings. And committing to long term projects has been the most difficult learning time as it pushes beyond comfortable norms. And I know unless i give it my soul and body nothing ever will work for me.

Here today, as January ends. I come here to share my resolutions.
What would i want see by the end of this year. What is it where i must reach. To skill up my love and belief in myself. And this as first post, i wanted to say it out loud.

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So that once this year ends and we all come together to greet, to ask and to evaluate it in your presence.

1. To get my mornings deeper and disciplined.

For every cell of my body, morning is a blessing and this year i am making a conscious effort to make this work the deepest i have ever gone within me. Be it Yoga, Breathing or Writing. This has to go through every morning for life.

2. To write out of my skin.

I somewhere feel writing is for me to how roots are for plants and trees. If i am going to make anything worthwhile of my life. It has to come through writing.

I will try writing and compiling a book of Magic stories from the last remaining Forests of India by the year end. There are some stories already written but there are many to be written and a few more to be lived.

A project that has been flying around for sometime. It should be caught and wired till it becomes a book if not this year exactly, but it should start.

3. To finish the film that has taken most of my Covid life.

Making films is not funny. Cinema is a very difficult and serious art. It requires sacrificing of yourself. And one should belong to it, it should not belong to you. As Tarkovsky once stated, Cinema uses your life, not vice versa.

Thirty days in January went in getting the sequencing and scripting right. We have started to take interviews already. And are going to shoot it in Late February-March time. Edit in May.

It can be a life transitioning achievement for me personally and the team as there is nothing more valuable a project right now than getting this film done.

I have also decided to write daily progress of shooting and the days that go while doing it here. As you may remember one post Yogmaya: The Secret of the Earth. It was the start of this ongoing process.

4. To deepen my resolve of serving and teaching.

Things have been hard at home and otherwise, with everyone all around the world. And which only makes my resolve stronger to incorporate a life around nature and well-being.

I must slowly put steps towards building and making a place for the old, children and animals. To slowly move towards nature building, nature incorporating life. To make a centre for evolution and practice ancient skills, to provide education and to learn myself from nature.

5. Travel will still be less this year but i will try to make it diverse.

To reach some forests, those i must. To visit newer waters. To meet some important tribes and communities. There are few places and i shall write about them in a separate post soon. As who doesn’t like to dream about the places one wants to go to!

Even though i will be pushing myself to keep writing on the Road to Nara as much as i can, it is not going to be very disciplined. It can sometimes be a lot and sometimes for some period not at all. I will apologise for this. But i hope i keep serving here with my words. To keep all my co-travellers travelling, this beautiful, magical part of the world that is Bharat.

Please hope and pray things go as planned. And please share what you think, any link of your to-dos for this year. Its always fun to be in things together.

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Also Read : The Origin – Last Post of 2021

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If today is the first time you have arrived on The Road to Nara, you are heartily welcome ~ Namaste

And Let me introduce you to About me and importantly;

As a Traveller, my lessons from ten years on the Road , even though its been many morebefore you coarse on youown Road.

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Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.


  1. Truly bro! i am so humbled in myself in awe of your beauty of mind, discipline and work ethic. Your love and reciprocity with nature. See how your words are able to carry so much weight, a gift you give freely. i will try hard to be a good sis! but i still need to think of four more things.
    this will require some thought.
    peace and love Narayan, you were never gone.
    XO gary j


  2. You are like a true Yogi, connecting the dots and spreading your light through your travels and work.
    Looking forward to reading your books.
    God bless you in all your endeavours.


  3. Don’t worry if things don’t go as planned. Think about the small steps because plans can change. I’ve been procrastinating about fixing a novel that I had professionally edited six months ago. I seem to have stalled at chapter 7 so I remind myself, that while I put the difficult exercise aside, I’ll get back to it—eventually and enjoy each day regardless.


  4. You never need to apologize. It’s nice to see your posts when they pop up but you are not forgotten! I think of you often, on your journey and working on your project. I wish you all good fortune and fulfillment.


  5. I like your points or resolutions for the time ahead! I am happy to see you back but don’t ever feel you are chained to writing for the blog. It is a blog not a ball and chain! 😀


  6. It’s good to hear from you, Narayan 🙂 While I have achieved my major goal for 2021, it did not come without challenges. The New Year started with Omicron, but I am much better now. I look forward to accompanying you on your projects this year.


  7. Michael Graeme says

    A busy year ahead for you, Narayan. I think the thing with writing is never to feel guilty when it won’t come, or frustrated with yourself. Leave off for a bit, and find yourself in something else, in photography, art, crafts, travel, friends, anything. The writing always comes back in its own time. I think it’s the creative spirit that gives us our roots in life, and in soul, and it finds its expression in many ways. Good to hear from you as always. Best wishes.


  8. KK says

    Welcome back, Narayan ji. We missed you, but you are a creative person, who cannot be out of sight or mind. For me, last year was so so, except that I got good friends like you on this forum. This year I expect something better, and yes, the routine has to be streamlined. I loved your resolutions related to yoga, writing, film making, teaching, travelling etc. You are a multi talented personality. Looking forward to your book of magic stories. My good wishes to you!


  9. I wish you a happy film. 🙂 I’m glad you liked my post with truths about living and dying. It says plenty if nothing can cheer you up like a Buddhist thinker can. 😉


  10. Seldom did one come across a post as fascinating as this one. The onus is on the sentence – the man with wings as only such a man can combine all the talents and skills. There is no doubt that writing is your destiny and we all are looking forward to your book of Magic stories from your beloved country. As filming is also your passion, Narayan, the film you are working on, will be a great success. The aim to learn from nature is something we should all aspire to.
    Please, keep us updated on your progress, and good luck.



  11. It’s lovely to hear from you again, but if in future there are only occasional posts that’s okay too! Don’t push yourself too hard. Make sure there is time to just be. Quiet time. And also time for your big creative projects. Both are Life fuel. Good luck with the filming!


    • Happy to hear from you Alison. And in faith, yes. I will try to balance and move within my routine to achieve this. And also i will try not be an Occasional Writer. I will try my best. Thank you so much.

      Narayan x

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