Wednesday, March 21, 2007

About Me




Name- Arvind Katoch
Age- 30 
Presently in Ludhiana, Punjab
Belongs to- Village Kanarag, Tehshil Baijnath, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
Cities lived- Pathankot, Udhampur, Hoshiarpur, Moradabad, Ludhiana
School/College-Saint Andrews School, Hoshiarpur (1st to 8th)
Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Hoshiarpur (9th to 10th)
Govt. College, Hoshiarpur (10+1 to B.Sc)
Symbiosis DIstance Learning Institute, Pune (MBA)

Highest Degree- MBA, Diploma in E-commerce
Worked- in Hoshiarpur, Moradabad and Ludhiana with companies like USV Ltd and Ranbaxy Ltd.
Writing Experience- Writing from last Four years with more than 5000 published articles. 
Presently Working:- as IT Consultant/writer.
Other website-
www.thoughtsofanordinaryman.com
E-mail- arvindkatoch@arvindkatoch.com
Mobile website- www.arvindkatoch.param.mobi

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Who are Katoch?

Kuldevi, Katoch, Katoch Kuldevi, Kangra, Kangra Fort,
Katoch Kuldevi 
Picture Katoch Kuldevi Kangra Fort (Jai Ho Maa)

Katoch clan is a name of one of the ruling caste from India. Katoch is a prominent Rajput (Kshatriyas) caste of India and they basically belong to Chandravanshi Rajput clan. Katochs have the main predominance in the states of the Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, and Jammu. Katoch means a good skillful swordsman and earlier, Katochs were known for their sword skills. Katoch Royal family is the oldest surviving Royal family in the world and they still live in 'Clouds End Villa', Dharamsala.

Front View, Kangra, Kangra Fort,
Famous Kangra Fort

Few of great and famous kings of this clan were king Porus who fought against King Alexander, King of Kangra Sansar Chand Katoch under whom Katoch kingdom flourished and saw his golden period and Rajanaka Bhumi Chand who founded Katoch dynasty. The main link between the Katoch clan and Kangra (HP, India) can be established by the long period of rule by the Katoch kings over Kangra and adjoining areas up to Jalandhar and Multan (Pakistan). More information can be found at this link-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangra-Lambagraon.


Katoch clan is believed to have come into existence in 4300 BC when Rajanaka Bhumi Chand founded Katoch dynasty and he also made Famous Jawalaji Temple. People can find a mention about Rajanaka Bhumi Chand in Brahmand Purana, an ancient Hindu religious literature. As per Purana, he originated from the Sweet of Maa AMBIKA (Maa Parvati) to fight with cruel Rakshasha (devil). After killing Rakshasha, Maa Parvati blessed him with Kingdom of Trigarta situated between three rivers of Satluj, Beas, and Ravi.

Walls, Gate, Kangra Fort,
Entry Gate Kangra Fort

Katoch Kings are believed to have fought in Mahabharata and against Lord Rama, Ashoka and many famous invaders like Alexander, Mahmud of Ghazni, Katochs are known for their courage, bravery and hard work. At the time of the British rule, only Katoch surname was enough to join the army. Initially Katochs were mainly evolved in agriculture and army; however, now Katochs have migrated to the different places and are engaged in different kind of the jobs.

Reviews of Indian/International Movies/Books

Below are links to some of the reviews Movies

1)Review- Movie “300”
2)Review- Namastey London-A definite Hit
3)Review- “Just Married”
4) Review movie- Black Friday
5) Review-Dhoom-2
6) Review Movie-Apocalypto
7) Review-The DA VINCI CODE
8) Vivah- A Good movie to watch
9) Review Indian Movie-KHOSLA KA GHOSLA
10) Don is finally here to stay in Indian Cinema
11) In side review of Kabhi Alvida na kehna
12) Movie Review- Fanna (Hindi Movie)
13)Movie Review- Mission Impossible-111
14)Great Expectations- An extraordinary Movie

Books
1) Review Book- "Women & Men in my Life" by Khushwant Singh
2)Review-“The Best of Speaking Tree”
3) Rview- Digit (India)
4) Book review- "The Monk who sold his Ferrari"
5) Book review- "Wings of Fire"

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My Village



My village is situated in Tehshil Baijnath in District Kangra in Himachal Pradesh (India). Its name is Kanarag. It is 8 km from Baijnath. Baijnath is a small town, situated on Pathankot-Manali national highway. It is famous for its ancient lord Shiva temple. About my village, though it is not associated with any historical event; however it is unique in many ways. It is important for me because my lots of memories are associated with my village.

This is a small village with 30-35 houses, which includes the 10 houses of Katoch’s (Rajputs) and 10 houses of Gaddis and 15 houses from the lower castes. Though it is small village, but it is unique in its structure. Here everybody is dependable on each other. Most of the lands are owned by the Katoch’s, approximately about 70%. It is difficult for them to manage all the lands. Therefore they take the help of people from lower caste.

This is the main resource of earning for the people of lower caste. Gaddis are wondering caste of Himachal Pradesh. They mainly own goats and cattle. In summer, they go up hills with their cattle. In summer as snow melts and new grass is available in abundance on these hills then they reach there to utilize this opportunity. They live there on hills for up to six months and come back before winter starts. With them they also take cattle of other villagers.

In this unique way all castes are totally dependable on each other. Nobody can survive without the help of others. Gaddis exchange their cattle and goats for food with the Katochs and others. Gaddis even provide lot of medicines and rare vegetable which grow only up hills. These medicines sometimes cost around $200 to $500 dollar per kg, however, because of unawareness and non ability of buyers, they sell them for very less cost or sometime for free.

Second unique thing about my village is its water system. This area is prone for water shortage. But the elders of village have very wisely constructed a small canal from a place 3 km away from village to the village. This canal was made by villagers with great contribution by my late grandfather Sh Uttam Chand Katoch. This canal includes six small bridges made to avoid the contamination of water.

Due to this canal our village has not seen any water shortage in past. Third is the calm environment of my village. This calmness is like a meditation. One can hear the voice of following river water from two km away. People talks from kilometres away can be easily heard here. In cities, we will never get this opportunity. In every part of village, one can hear nature talking to him and enjoy lots of miracles of nature. I invite people to explore the beauty of my village and Himachal Pradesh. You will really remember this for your life.
Photos
1) My Village home
2) Water system of my village
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