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Once In A Lifetime HD – It’s Back!

By on Aug 20, 2012 in Wisdom | 0 comments

I’m happy to see the next edition of ‘Once In A Lifetime’ commencing very very soon! It’s called ‘Once In A Lifetime HD‘ and this time, world’s leading Instragramers will visit Israel on a 9 day, life-changing, once in a lifetime journey. I’m already high on nostalgia and can’t stop thinking about the magical trip I was a part of last year. This time, the ‘Stand With Us’ folks are inviting world’s most followed Instagramers to explore Israel through their lenses. The participants will get a chance to explore Israel in a unique way, accompanied by very talented folks from Israel. Last year, we had a chance to meet Israel’s top folks – including Nobel Prize Winners, Musicians, Politicians, Startup CEOs, Social Entrepreneurs and also explore super cool places – from Dead Sea to the Western Wall. I...

The Big K @ The Dead Sea: Lowest Point On Earth!

By on Nov 13, 2011 in Wisdom | 8 comments

People! I’ve Been There! Done That! Yep! I’ve been to the ‘The Dead Sea’ and floated on saltiest water at the lowest point on the Earth! Sounds incredible? Well ‘incredible’ is a small word. The best way to describe the experience of visiting the Dead Sea is not to try to describe it and go there physically to experience it. Trust me, you have to visit the Dead Sea at least ‘Once In A Lifetime‘. After having a great time at Masada heights, our next stop was at the Dead Sea. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the Dead Sea shore from Masada and all you’ve to do is control your enthusiasm en-route. For those of you who bunked their geography classes – Dead Sea is the lowest point on entire Earth! That is, Dead Sea’s surface and shore is at the lowest elevation point on Earth; approximately 423 meters below the sea level. I...

Once In A Lifetime @ Kibbutz In Israel

By on Oct 20, 2011 in Wisdom | 2 comments

Boy! After having a great time in Tel-Aviv, our day #7 began with a visit to a Kibbutz. Imagine a colony of people who live together with a sense of equality – to the extent that they share cars, have exactly same houses and even share all of their income with the community. That is, if you make 20,000 shekels a month and live in a Kibbutz, you’ll have to share all of it to the Kibbutz. Every member family of Kibbutz shares their income and then all the purchases are distributed equally amongst all members. The Kibbutz will own 8-10 cars and these cars will be shared by each of the family. We visited Kibbutz named “Tsuba” where we were welcomed by the head of Kibbutz. He took us around and explained the concept in detail. We also visited his own house for a brief period of time. We were informed that while there were quite a big number of successful Kibbutz in...

Driving Electric Car @ Better Place In Israel

By on Oct 13, 2011 in Wisdom | 3 comments

Ever since the organizers of the Once In A Lifetime 2.0 trip to Israel informed me that we’re going to get a chance to drive the electric cars developed by an Israeli company called “Better Place” – I was waiting for the opportunity. After visiting the Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, we headed to the Better Place. We were welcomed by the company representatives who escorted us to a tiny movie theater inside the campus. We saw a short movie about the pollution problems of the world and how Electric Cars can offer a solution. It was quite an interesting presentation by the CEO of Better Place (all video). Our licenses were picked up by the officials for registrations and in about 5 minutes, we were ready to zoom the cars! We split into groups of 3 and headed to our cars. The cars are left-hand drive and it was my first time to drive a left hand drive cars. Unlike...

The Rogozin School In Israel – Strangers No More

By on Oct 2, 2011 in Wisdom | 0 comments

The day #6 of our 11 day, Once In A Lifetime 2.0 trip to Israel began with checking out of the ‘Crowne Plaza’ hotel and clicking photos with the manager of the hotel. Remember the movie I briefly talked about in my earlier post? Yep, the movie titled ‘Strangers No More’. The movie is about a special school called “Rogozin School” in Israel. The film’s already won and Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject. Here’s a trailer of the movie – Our Visit To The Rogozin School The Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, Israel is a special school with students from over 48 countries. Most of the kids who study in this school aren’t Israelis. Vast majority of the students aren’t Jewish, either. Yet, lot of parents send their kids to this school because of its uniqueness. What’s more interesting is that some of the kids who study at...