UK Work Visas - Everything You Need To Know

Many people dream of traveling to the UK on the premise of seeking work. However, there are many requirements that need to be followed in order to get a legal work visa in the UK. Before you begin work in the UK, your potential employer is required to check your biometric residence permit in order to see if you have the right to work in the UK. If looking to get your BRP, you can start now online. You should be told whether or not you can work in the UK within 6 working days.

You can also apply for a visa to visit the UK with your employer if you are a domestic worker in a private household. You need to have worked for your employer for at least one year. You need to be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. And if you meet the other eligibility requirements. You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK and you should receive a decision within 3 weeks.

Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country. A visiting work visa costs £324 as a domestic worker in a private household. You can use this visa to visit the UK with your employer for up to 6 months. You must return home at the end of the 6 months or when your employer returns home, whichever comes first.



You may apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa if you want to set up or run a business in the UK. You have to be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, and if you meet the other eligibility requirements. Keep in mind that you must have access to at least £50,000 investment funds to apply. You will also be required to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application.

A Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa is applicable to anyone whose overseas employer has offered him or her a role in a UK branch of the organization. In order to qualify for an Intra-company Transfer, you must be sponsored. It requires having a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor before you can apply to come to the UK to work. Additionally, the work you do in the UK must relate to the work of your sponsor organization.

The Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - International Agreement) visa covers anyone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Or individuals contracted to do work covered by international law while in the UK like working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household. You must have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed employer before you can apply to come to the UK.

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK and should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. The cost of a Tier 5 visa depends on your situation, where you are and how you apply.

If you are a Croatian national, there are additional requirements for working in the UK. An application for a registration certificate may be needed to work legally in the UK. The specific type of registration certificate you may need will depend on whether you need permission to work in the UK. What you'll be doing while in the UK, if you are working, self-employed, studying or able to support yourself to stay in the UK longer than 3 months.

A purple registration certificate may be needed in order to be able to work. A licensed UK employer must also sponsor you first. You can apply for a blue registration certificate if you don’t need a purple certificate or any other documents to work in the UK. You may still need to show employers your passport or identity card to prove that you’re Croatian.

For more specific details on Visa types and the requirements for each, check out the official webpage that outlines all the information you’ll need before you start your work visa application for the UK.

Travel Adventures in Guwahati

Tea plantations, ancient ruins and colonial villages, Assam, in the north-eastern region of India is immersed in this timeless space, away from the bustle of the metropolis. Guwahati, often regarded as the gateway of the northeast is developed along the southern bank of the Brahmaputra, is the largest centre in the region and is still a lot unexplored from the customary tourist routes with unspoiled nature, temples, cultures that remained isolated from the rest of the world for centuries.

Guwahati is in the center of a region full of attractions such as natural parks full of wildlife and breathtaking scenery. The small population of Hajo and the temple of Hayagriva Madhava are two sacred places for both Buddhists and Hindus. The Hayagriva Madhava temple is a Vishnu temple for the Hindus and at the same time is an important sanctuary for Buddhist Tibetans. Buddhists believe that the Buddha reached nirvana in this place. The temple was destroyed by Kalapahar and was rebuilt by King Koch Raghudev in 1543.

The river Brahmaputra, one of the major Asian rivers crisscross the city amidst stunning scenery and an extremely diverse and pristine vegetation of orchids and the rich Indian fauna, including endemic species such as rhinoceros unicorn, snow leopards, tigers, bears and brady elephants, protected in beautiful little visited national parks nearby.

Since 1200, and until 1826 when the British took over, this territory was governed uninterruptedly by Ahom tribes of Burmese origin who kept it isolated from the rest of India and the world. Curious is the origin of the name of the capital of Assam. The two words that make it up, Guwa or betel nut and Haat or market, testify that the site, located between the hills and valleys, served as a centre for the collection and sale of this product and many others that the fertile land of the area offered.

The excavations of Ambari trace the origin of the city to the sixth century. It was known as Pragjyotishpur and Durjaya in various periods of the past. During the rule of the Varman and Pala dynasties, it was the capital of the kingdom of Kamarupa. The descriptions of Xuanzang (Hiuen Tsang) reveal that during the reign of Bhaskara Varma, seventh monarch, the city was enlarged.

The city continued to be the capital of Assam until XI century, under the Pala dynasty. Ambari excavations, as well as the brick walls and houses excavated during the auditorium construction of the Cotton College of Guwahati, suggest that it was then a large city with economic and strategic importance. After the fall and destruction of the Kamata kingdom in the 15th century, the city lost its former glory and became only a strategic outpost between the Koch Hajo and Ahom kingdoms of western and eastern Assam.

The western part of Koch's kingdom later fell under the rule of the Mughal Empire and the eastern half became a protectorate of Ahom. Meanwhile, the border between the two powers (Ahoms and Mongols) kept fluctuating between the Karatoya River, now in North Bengal and the rivers Manas and Barnadi, as Guwahati become a war front as the most important outpost.

The city was the seat of the Borphukan, the civil and military authority designated by the kings of Ahom, for the lower region of Assam. The residence of the Borphukan was in the current area of ​​Fansi Bazaar and its council room, called Dopdar, was located 270 m west of the river Bharalu. Mojinder Baruah, the personal secretary of Borphukan, resided in the present house of the Deputy Commissioner.

The Mughals attacked Assam 17 times and on several occasions Guwahati fell under its control temporarily. In the battle of Saraighat, which took place near Guwahati in 1671, the Mughals suffered a severe defeat against the troops of Assam, commanded by Lachit Borphukan. There are several historical places in Guwahati. The Dighali Pukhuri is a rectangular lake that was connected with the Brahmaputra. It was an old boat parking lot, which was probably used by the Ahom in medieval times.

On the other hand, there are many temples, tanks, embankments, squares and courtyards in the city. The most important archaeological site is the excavation of Ambari, near Dighali Pukhuri.

It was an ancient centre of Tantric cult with regard to the demon king Narakasura who is sometimes referred to as the founder of the city. In fact this part of Assam is one that has welcomed and amalgamated, from very distant times, different races. Here are the defendants from Eastern Mongolian people who have met the Indo-Aryans of the West, people who in turn have mingled with the Dravidians. From an anthropological, view then, the faces that you see in the region is the mix of these deep ethnic cocktail.

Here you can feel the pre-colonial Indian history, combined with traces of sacred places of hinduism. The best known is the Kamakhya Temple, on Nilachal hilltop, which attracts crowds of pilgrims especially true during Ambubachi, religious festival that coincides with the peak of the monsoon season in June.

One of the temples, the Umananda Mandir, is dedicated to the god Shiva, located on an island in the middle of the river Brahmaputra, which bisects the city which is also an opportunity for pleasant boat trips on the big river. An intense experience can also be got at the temple of Nabagraha, which in the past was an important astronomical centre, so much so that the building was dedicated to the nine planets, as well as the epicentre of the tantric cult. Other Temple is the Bhuvaneshwari, also in an elevated position with respect to the river.

By means of a ferry or through the Saraighat Bridge, you can get to North Guwahati to visit temples, but above all, in the proximity of the Ashwakranta, you can find the footprint of Krishna, carved on a rock in the river edge and object of deep veneration. In the historic centre of Guwahati, in Ambari, is the Museum of State of Assam and interesting are the Botanical Gardens and the Herbarium.

In Guwahati and its suburbs the variety of craft production is virtually endless with the speciality being the golden Muga, white Pat and warm Eri silk crafted in the region of Sualkuchi that is famous across India since ancient times and have been praised for the quality of the fabric, the beauty and strength of the colours, the originality of the designs. Even today are renowned silk saris in bright colours, embroidered or woven with threads of gold or silver, brocades of Sualkuchi. The place is also famous for varied and rich ethnic handicrafts ranging from the notch of the bamboo spread a little everywhere.

The namaste with folded hands is the traditional Indian greeting and its use will be greatly appreciated. Especially in the cities, the men will be happy to shake hands with tourists. In fact, this gesture is considered particularly friendly. Most Indian women is rather reluctant to shake hands with a man, both Indian and foreign and a refusal should not be considered an offence and generally proves surprise informality of the relationship between the sexes in use in Western countries.

In private homes you will be welcomed as honoured guests with the customary pan and tambul (betel leaf with areca nut) followed by the pitha and ladoo and at times the rice beer and your unfamiliarity with the habits and customs will be understood and accepted.

In food the clever use of spices which are used not only to flavour food but also to aid digestion there makes great use of bhut jolokia (hot pepper), with the staple food being rice, with fairly widespread meat courses. The curries may accompany various vegetables, chicken or lamb, or fish. Among the sattriya community devoted mainly to a spiritual guru Sri Shankardev prevail vegetarian diets, and the cuisine revolves around the rice consumed in an infinite variety of ways.

The dishes perhaps more widespread across Guwahati, however, is the simple daal, essentially a lentil soup, and the thali, the vegetarian dish, usually served on a tray with bowls full of vegetables accompanied by large amounts of rice. Among the desserts is widespread the local kulfi, the typical pistachio ice cream, made with abundant tropical fruits. Red Tea is the most popular drink made form the local produce. And a frequent habit that conclude the meal is chewing the pan with a mixture of spices, betel nuts and other powders, all wrapped in a edible leaf.

The geographic isolation and cultural pluralism here has indeed been preserved intact by hundreds of ethnic origins, always living in harmony with nature where traditional religions give way to animism, where music, dance and crafts are very creative and original, especially for the beautiful colourful fabrics, masks and wooden statues.

Each tea garden of Assam has its own story, made of hard work and legendary characters, such as Maniram Dutta Barua, a nobleman of Assam who along with British began the large-scale cultivation of tea, in the early nineteenth century. Among the many bungalows and precious buildings built in the plantations, as a centre of organization and collection of tea, stands the Thengal Mansion of Jorhat surrounded by a paradise of plants and flowers, and has long been one of the most exclusive hotels in the area of Jorhat.

The Assam Company, founded in 1839, is now the first company in the world for the production and marketing of tea.

The visit to Guwahati is really a step back in time. Who will enter on tiptoe and with great humility will come out with immense spiritual wealth.

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The recommended period for travel is from October to May. The winter period, from December to February, is characterized by dry and cold weather while the autumn and spring periods are more pleasant from mid-March to May which is the months of flowering in the valleys.

In the summer months the weather is hot in the lower valleys and mild as high but the view of the hills is generally disturbed by the clouds. Rainfall varies depending on the year and areas. Heavy rains occur during the months of July and August.

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Itinerary

DAY 01: Guwahati

Visit the famous Kamakhya Temple in the morning. The temple is a natural cave with a source. If you can reach the temple towards the middle/end of June you can see the Ambubachi festival held in honor of the deity Kamakhya. Continue to the Umananda Mandir, dedicated to the god Shiva, located on an island in the middle of the Brahmaputra River, which bisects the city. An intense experience can also be at the temple of Nabagraha, which in the past was an important astronomical center, as well as the epicenter of the Tantric cult.

Make a visit to Shankardev Srimanta Kalakshetra, a multi-arts complex that illustrates all of the complex culture of life in Assam as a whole of the North East region. It will take around 3 to 4 hours to complete the entire complex. Light And sound shows are held in the evening.

Day 02: Guwahati - Sualkuchi - Guwahati

The village of sualkuchi is around 35 Km and an hour ride. Also called the Manchester of East it is famous for its textile industry and silk in particular. Continue to Hajo, an important Hindu pilgrimage center for Hindus, Muslims and the Buddhists. Visit the Hayagriva Madhab Temple, which is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists. Visit also the Powa Mecca mosque (1/4 of Mecca) built by Pir Giasuddin Aulia with soil that was supposed to have been brought from Mecca. Visit the ruins of Madan Kamdev temple and come back to Guwahati.

In the evening take a cruise on the river Brahmaputra.

Day 03: Guwahati - Pobitora - Guwahati

The wildlife sanctuary of Pobitora is around 55 Km and an hour and half ride, which is famous for its one horned rhinos and other animals and birds. You can skip this place, if you are planning to visit Kaziranga National Park. You can substitute the same with a visit to the Basistha Temple.

In the evening you can visit the Nehru Park and Balaji Temple. If you are there in the middle of the month of April, you can catch the Bihu dance shows, held at various corners of the city, which are attended by hundreds of people.

Food for Thought

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Appetizer of grasshoppers, and seaweed soup, and as the main course, a man-made burgers on the grill. Been twisting the nose? Yet we should get used to similar menus. According to UN estimates, to feed 2 billion and a half people, according to some forecasts, that will populate the Earth in 2050, we will need to double world food production, reduce waste and experiment food alternatives.

Malibu Beach Beauty Tea Review

One of the criteria for a beautiful and healthy skin is definitely the brightness. If your complexion is dull and opaque perhaps you are not taking enough care of yourself and in fact, the watchword for a more beautiful skin is health. Of course, the beauty of your face does not necessarily need expensive creams and luxury of pharmacy.

Constant cleaning and a healthy diet can make a real difference and ensure an increasingly young and fresh skin. But another important factor is the hydration that we provide to our body through liquids we drink. The skin is normally acidic. But when the predetermined limit is exceeded, the acids are released too, causing rashes and inflammations.

Not only water but also other strictly natural vitamin cocktails, can help us to counteract the effects of stress, pollution, and exhaustion. It as well as can make us look always in great shape. Eating and drinking green is the necessary remedy to counter the natural acidity of the body.

Following even for a month our advice you will see your skin reborn. To achieve the desired result, there are more ways. The beauty of the skin is very dependent on its hydration and by the contribution of vitamins and minerals that it receives. So we suggest you to drink Malibu Beach Beauty Tea to have an increasingly young and fresh glowing skin.

There is no shortage of tea on supermarket shelves these days. It's everywhere you go but these types of tea are less able, less powerful. We can say for sure with them you will hardly get the beauty and the glowing skin that you really want.



Instead the Malibu Beach Beauty Tea by Newport Skinny Tea is a powerful tea. It contains two of the most powerful teas available for eliminating toxins and nourishing your skin. Its formulation is better than any other tea of its kind. It has a unique blend of Young Hyson green tea, Black Tea, Calendula Flowers, Lavender Flowers, Red Clover Blossom, Rose Hips, Elder flowers, Peppermint Leaves, Chamomile Flowers, Lemon peel, Linden Leaf & Flowers, blackberry leaves, Privet Fruit.

These teas are traditionally used for their skin benefits and their incredible healing properties. And when they are combined together as in this case, they become a powerful resource for skin care that help the skin surface to get rid of dead cells that create the annoying gray color.

Malibu Beach Beauty Tea is rich in antioxidants which helps protect the skin while reducing the possibility of burns and inflammation. It helps to naturally increase the feel-good hormones, serotonin and dopamine. This not only improves the general mood. It also helps to calm the mind and body. It has a blend of herbs that can help clean the skin system, to increase the glow and thus to facilitate the nourishment of skin cells.

The thing that is most surprising for this tea is definitely the flavour. In fact you can drink safely and without added sugar. You will notice that your attractiveness has increased a lot and a skin that is envy for friends.

Bollywood, Burgers and Bombay

Thinking about a travel to western India? Maharashtra, Mumbai, and Bollywood bring to mind the chaos, spices, music, and sounds. Everything is true! Mumbai is a bustling concrete jungle. It will not disappoint those who know India from documentaries or Bollywood musicals.

Mumbai, situated by the Arabian Sea in Western India is also the largest and most populated city of India. The capital of the state of Maharashtra is a natural film set that is alive 24 hours a day. Lacing my now destroyed sneakers, I left the suitcase at the hotel and started my first venture in Mumbai.

I hoped to see the city fast to make the most of the limited time available. I relied on my iPhone and created a route that covered art, shopping, food, nightlife and outdoors.

I must be honest, as I was not sure if I wanted to go to Mumbai. On the one hand, it is not the former Bombay, as we were not going to walk its streets full of historic buildings. It is the same one where the film studios of Bollywood stands. But on the other hand, it is the largest city in India, millions of people crowd nearby. I did not want to repeat the chaos of Delhi, nor the noise, nor the dirt of Calcutta. Large cities often hide the worst of societies.

Delhi may have political power, but Mumbai has glamor. The capital of finance, fashion, and entertainment in India is fast-paced and frenetic, always bold, often shameless, but never forgettable. An amazing 12.5 million people call this city home, from the Dhobi-Wallahs (laundrymen) who clean the city's sheets to the millionaire financiers and Bollywood superstars.

I read somewhere that the big Indian cities are like giant monsters that end up devouring you little by little if you stay a lot in them. I attest to that. Bombay is one of those megalopolises that you have to know, but from which it is better to leave quickly. Bombay has its origins in the 2nd century BC when the great Emperor Ashoka ruled the Indian subcontinent at that time.

24 Hours in Mumbai

Despite all these doubts, I went. After getting up, having breakfast and paying our respective accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner bills, I went to get a auto rickshaw to take us to the airport. After an hour journey, I arrived at the airport and it was like entering another world. There was no cows or garbage is thrown on the ground. It was cool and in a restaurant, they offered hamburgers and chips. That noon I had the chicken burger with curry flavor, potatoes, and ice cream.

The flight was going to take four and a half hours to travel 1,700 kilometers and had no logic until I learned that we would first go to New Delhi. I arrived at the international airport of Bombay, rather, untimely (at dawn), but the city was already beginning to wake up, and it became bustling. A very uncomfortable hour. Just as there was a sunrise in Delhi, there was also a sunrise in Mumbai. Our hosts had told us that there was no problem with the time, but, being Sunday and not to disturb them, I decided to go to a slightly more decent schedule.

With the fatigue of a long flight behind us, and with my sleepy senses, Bombay welcomed me on a gray morning in late June with a warm, sticky breeze typical of the monsoon. I knew it was not the best time to travel. Like those sailors who in ancient times came from the Arabian Sea to this coastal city of India and envisioned its silhouette, the representative monument of the so-called Gateway of India was the first thing I wanted to visit in the city.

I took a taxi and started to explore the city. The taxi ride from the airport to the center of the city of Bombay was (to find a soft adjective to define it) "intense". My first impression of the city was that Bombay is half urban, half forest (urban) and a city, as we say in the city from which I come, very sweet. The smell immediately invaded me. A smell that is hard to define. It is something sweet mixed with the aroma of spices, cow dung, incense, and moist earth. I see that the monsoon had emptied heavily and the caverns of the road had become large lagoons in the middle of the city. Crows also roared and squawked freely.

At my pace, I find immense luminous towers, signs of opulence and wealth that is not seen in the rest of the country and a much more familiar image. But the most surprising thing was the loud noise, the traffic chaos, and the sounds of the horns everywhere. Everyone played the horns at once, short but fast sounds. There were hundreds of sounds per second that invaded our senses.

I liked a road sign that said something like "respect the lanes". What lanes? All the vehicles flooded the only existing lane. There were striking taxis and trucks, polluting motorcycles, bicycles that disarmed along the way. There were clueless cows, scrawny dogs, fierce pedestrians, and colorful three-wheeled wagons. Here it is called autorickshaws.

Everyone wanted to be preferential and pass first. There are hardly any traffic lights. Only traffic guards who from a pedestal try the impossible mission to bring order to the chaos based on whistles. Our taxi driver, a skillful driver, weighed amazingly and masterfully all the obstacles that stood in our way. This was the first impression of Bombay. A compendium of stimuli in the form of bizarre sounds, exotic smells, and strange sensations that assaulted us in an uncontrolled way. They are a thousand stimuli per second that saturate the senses, and you have to learn to digest in small sips.

Immediately I realized that despite the gray day, Bombay shone with a special light and full of color. And for the first time and after the long journey, I felt awake and very alive. In the watercolor of black and white that expanded before my eyes, I discovered the multitude of color palettes that the city offered us. I was already entering the rich part of the city, and in that area, I no longer travel in vehicles. Its access is prohibited. It was then that I caught a glimpse of the silhouette I was looking for.

Gateway of India

The Gateway of India is located on the waterfront of the port of Bombay opposite the Arabian Sea. It is a triumphal arch of basalt measuring 26 meters high, built in an Indo-Saracenic style, and designed by the Scottish architect George Wittet. The monument was erected to celebrate the visit of the British King George V, and his wife Queen Mary in 1911. Since then, it was used as a ceremonial symbol of entry to India by viceroys and governors.

Paradoxically (and although this does not tell much about the story), it was also the exit door for the British when India finally reached its independence. On February 28, 1948, the Light Infantry's troops paraded for the last time in front of it. The place, very busy, is also full of souvenir shops, taxi drivers, horse carriages, trinkets vendors, tour guides, and others who claim to be, as in all tourist places in India. The image is beautiful and the amount of people that invades the area at every moment gives a particular touch.

Once I entered the Gateway of India and explored its confines, I decided to finally go to rest at our hotel. I needed to assimilate the emotions and recover strength to continue exploring the city. In just a few minutes of contact, Bombay had shaken our senses intensely.

I finish our tour in a strange hotel-lodging of young people at Colaba. It is also the starting point for the excursion to the famous Caves of Elephanta Island. It is the area that I had been advised to stay since it is full of guest houses and is where the backpackers usually stay. The area is very close to the Yacht Club and the luxurious Hotel Taj Mahal Palace. The Taj Mahal Hotel was built in 1903 by Jamshedji Tata, who is said to have decided to build this majestic hotel when he was not allowed to enter the Watsons Hotel, meant only for whites.

I went down the stairs of the guest house and in the street was stopped by a boy offering a lodge. I followed him and he took me to another Guest House. They only had one room left. The room was not bad at all, neither was good. I left everything on the floor and went to sleep because I was tired. At 1:00 pm I got up and went outside to inspect the city. I relied on my iPhone and created a route that covered art, shopping, food, nightlife and outdoors.

I started my walk then by the Victoria train terminal that was a few blocks from the hostel. This train terminal (nowadays called Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) is one of the most elegant architectural works of the Indian Victorian Gothic architecture. It was designed by Frederick William Stevens and completed in 1888.

From there my walk, by the way, quite disoriented, continues towards the University of Mumbai. A truly imposing building, in Victorian style in which stands a huge tower with a clock of 78 meters high, adorned with figures representing the different Indian communities.

In front of the University is a huge estate called Oval Maidan where young people play cricket. With a very strong sun just at the zenith, crossing the open field is hard. I continue walking towards the other train station in Mumbai, Churchgate Station. It literally looks like a church and from there I go towards the Marine Drive where dozens of people relax watching the sea.

My next stop was the Crawford Market, the colorful indoor market. Some guides call it Phule Market. It was within walking distance from Victoria Terminus. It was not what I see in other Indian markets. But it was interesting for its colonial architecture. The Chor Bazaar, a crowded flea market was more fascinating. It is a paradise for those looking for second-hand items. Here you can find everything from old gramophones and records to electronic goods.

Time was running out and the traffic and the crowds seemed to slow the race against time. But in Mumbai, you cannot leave without tasting the pav bhaji. I took advantage also to rest a bit. Then from the slopes of the Malabar Hill, I enjoyed the magnificent views of the waterfront.

The return to the hostel becomes long afterward. They are many blocks to retrace. I stop at the cafe and then I go back to the Gateway of India to see it illuminated at night. I sleep early and sleep because there is a lot of fatigue. It was a long but very interesting day. Nothing better than good music and to rest.

Travel Through Mumbai and Bollywood

48 Hours in Mumbai

Today's morning passed quickly. In the hostel, I shared my room with a Canadian traveler. We went walking to the side of Victoria Station, and the park that lies behind it. I did not understand very well why we came to this area since it was not of much tourist interest once we crossed the train station. We walked back to the Colaba neighborhood and had breakfast at a restaurant in one of the Indian version of Starbucks, which is usually a meeting point for tourists.

The Elephanta Island

I continue to the esplanade of the Gateway of India to get the tickets and visit the Elephanta Island. As everything here was chaos, the rows for tickets, was disorderly. Anyway, we got the tickets and we had to find our boat in the dock. But it was such a clueless situation that we had that the people themselves were guiding us to our boat that was already leaving. We did not have to wait for anything. We went up and left. We were already facing the Gateway of India as the ship moved away amidst the haze of the Arabian Sea.

The ship had two floors and capacity for 50 people. We thought they would be full of people, but no. Everyone had their place to go sitting. We were located above (traveling there had an extra cost of 10 rupees). We took the opportunity to take good pictures of Mumbai while it was lost in the horizon and the pollution.

Because what surrounded us I am sure that it was not only sea mist but also pollution of this city that nobody stops polluting! The trip lasted about an hour. I enjoyed the scenery and a large number of boats moored on the outskirts of Mumbai. Ours was making its way between large fishing boats and cargo ships of all sizes.

Elephanta Island is an island off the coast of Mumbai, with caves carved with temples and images of Shiva from the sixth century. The island formerly called Gharapuri (fortified city) was renamed Elephanta by the Portuguese for a huge image of an elephant that was there but is no longer there. The temples of Shiva declared World Heritage by Unesco, date from the rebirth period of Brahmanism, which followed the decline of Buddhism.

To get to the temples, we have to walk along a long rock pier (or make the way in a very funny miniature train). We then go up along the endless stairs, crowded with souvenir stalls and people. The main temple has an entrance of 40 meters long, which is supported by two huge columns. There we can see a huge face of Shiva with three heads, or Maheshmurti. Each face gives an account of a manifestation of Siva, with serpents that adorn his hair.

On both sides, there are other representations of Shiva as Ardhanarishvara, his representation as a man and a woman while symbolizing the divine unity in which the opposites are found. Another representation is Shiva as Gangadhara. We travel the rest of the caves, all with huge sculptures. Then we entertain ourselves for a while watching a dozen monkeys that walk around the place with their babies. We had lunch there of a veg thali (pancakes to eat with different types of vegetables).

When we look at the map we see that in addition to these caves there were other called the group of the canyon. We suppose that this is a natural formation that there is on the island and after eating we cross the zone. When we arrived we found two huge guns of the world war I and families raising their children to the canyons. It was a bizarre image but managed to steal a smile!

Because of the time and weather, the clock allowed me to travel to Borivali National Park. This largest park in the world located within a city is one of the main attractions in North Mumbai. We complete the tour in a safari with lions and tigers. We continue to Kamla Nehru Park, Chowpatty Beach, the Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan and Dhobi Ghat.

New Years Eve in Mumbai

At eight o'clock at night, we go for dinner at the cafe and start our New Year celebrations. We had a few beers and then had dinner. I ordered a Thai plate and Chicken Manchurian with a rather spicy black sauce. Being eleven o'clock at night, we went by taxi to the Gateway of India where the local people of the city come together to celebrate. If Mumbai is commonly a chaos in this area, now this chaos is particularly multiplied. Dozens of police order (or mess up) with constant shouting at the people.

There are people everywhere, and taxi drivers who do not drive. In short, we arrived at Gateway of India and a police control separated the large esplanade in front of the Gateway of India in two groups into "women and families" and "men". The area was divided with fences and fabrics that did not allow to see from one side to another. On our side, all the families gathered, sitting on the floor, sharing food or drinks. On the other side, young people scream and jump. The police spoke through the speakers repeating tediously some phrases that we never understood.

At twelve o'clock, an ovation was heard and the fireworks started to leave the terrace of the Taj Mahal Hotel. The people became euphoric and greeted each other. The families started to sit down and slowly retreated. Within five minutes after twelve, no local family remained in that place. We did not understand anything. We and other travelers watch the fireworks, shouting happy new year. Also after a while, we left to continue our celebration in a bar.

Spending the new year outside the home is an experience of much learning because it looks like it is celebrated elsewhere. But at the same time, one would like to have his family close by to embrace them and remind them how much they loves them. I went to sleep after the arrival of the new year and greeting some friends. I accepted a challenge against time and also against my principles. As I do not like doing things on the run, I decided to make the most of the week available to explore this region.

Man by Day, Woman by Night



Sometimes I happen to be annoyed by the fact that the International Women's Day on March 8 has become one of the occasions that you add to the secular calendar of consumerism. But then I think that if even just for one-day women can spend a few carefree hours, free of the tensions of everyday life, including family, children, work, grandparents, various commitments, this would be a beautiful thing!

The persistence of gender stereotypes exerts a strong influence on the disparities that still exist between men and women in the workplace, in the family and, consequently, in society, creating profound imbalances between the sexes.

For women, it was always difficult to reconcile their identity as a mother with work. This is why many mothers after having a child decide to quit. In other cases, the employer decides that for the same skill it is more convenient to hire a man rather than a woman and the discrimination is very often linked to the fear of motherhood, for which women are considered less reliable than men and the choice for them is often obliged by kids or career.

Women must become more proactive themselves as every woman is a leader. In the business world, today proactivity is a key ingredient and the ability to self-manage their careers competence indispensable. Women often are less encouraged to proactivity. The stereotype of the male is much more oriented to individualism and proactivity to take charge than females marked by the taking care. Consequently, for women, proactive behavior is individualistic and is a bit less natural.

The importance of work in the lives of women is accompanied by the continuing difficulties in reconciling the internal and external roles in the family. The women present themselves as protagonists of change, the authors of their own lives; but cannot be the sun to press for the construction of the best balances. You do it, however, that all of the society note of the needs of humanity and reproduction of domestic life, and especially that the structure of current work does not meet the needs of any individual, whether man or woman.

Just like my mom’s routine was not routine as she left her well paced out government job in her mid-forties, upsetting a seemingly perfect life, which everyone was happy and proud, except herself and was tired of the routine but after that she woke up in beautiful resorts, and spent days at the beach or strolling through exotic cities.

As she often said after leaving her job, after making the most beautiful and most the difficult decision of her life and traveling places of her dreams, she has never felt more alive, happy and scared in her entire life. My dad and relatives call her a travel bug. An incurable disease and the beautiful she says with her decision to become a traveler indefinitely was not born overnight.

Nowadays, with the dismantling of the barriers that were used to hold different occupations, professional identities and social skills, with the ability for women to provide contributions in via formal response to the quality of work which can only come from their feelings, and yet with reality that drives us to critically rethink their role by accepting the challenge of competition imposed on women by the opposite sex.

In the world, 250 million children do not have access to free education. At just 16 years old, without meaning to, Malala has become their ambassador. After the publication of her autobiography, the young Pakistani has received new death threats from the Taliban. She is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize known for her commitment to the success of the civil rights and the right to education banned by an edict of the Taliban, in the Swat valley.

Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat, born in 1957, attempts to define the cauldron of multiculturalism in cultural institutions with her work poses a look at the complex social, religious and political duplicity that characterize her personal identity and the different identities of Muslim women around the world and got the Crystal Award given to talents who have used Art to improve the world by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Meanwhile, she is working on a new feature film, on the life and art of the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, a universal symbol for women, who overcame every barrier.

Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer and the winner of Nobel Prize for Peace 2003, is a brave and determined woman who always challenges the violent and oppressive regime of their country. She was one of the first female judges in Iran and the first to become President of the Tehran City Court has opened many new avenues and perspectives in the forefront of fighting for civil rights, for peace and for the recognition of women. Currently Shirin Ebadi lives a forced exile in London while waiting to return to her country.

There are women who work as commanders of air with the head in the air and down to earth, or who are engaged as creators of new forms of exploration of professionals and territories, while others, with intelligence, passion and up to date expertise, look beyond, aiming at ambitious targets without losing the identity.

This is neither an advantage nor a boast, but often boomerangs. In the cultural model still dominant woman too often sacrifices herself and, if it is a career, is seen as a traitor to the social mandate somehow not fulfilled or so respected.

The massive entry of women into the labor market, the introduction of new technologies and the growth of the service sector have changed the face of the work. The future of work means many more women to work, and this future has to bring gender equality.