Month: May 2016

Why Mountains Attract The Traveler In Us

The air condition of the car felt like a whiff of cool air emerging right from a timeworn refrigerator, trying to choke my throat with every inhalation. And then, in just a matter of few long minutes, it gave a quick but restless comfort – something I was not much accustomed to. I found myself struggling with these boundless thoughts as I grabbed myself riding my sister’s car, on my way to pick up my mother to home. In just 5-kilometer drive, I remember bothering about half a dozen drivers. And their indignation was quite visible through those irritated, disdained looks they willingly offered me everytime someone overtook me. They seemed to be following some sort of cultural hurried routine, while I was still controlled by the periodic episodes of peaceful blackouts – something you get addicted to, after experiencing the stillness in the Himalayas for some time. It’s crazy how man has developed technologies for a speedy comfort, yet at the same time, he knows they’re making his life harder than ever, and perhaps a little more confusing too. But …

9 Best Experiences I Had In South India

No matter how little or how deeply travelling interests you, the southern part of India is one of those places that can’t be missed. From carefully watching the locals getting hold of their lungis to discovering a culturally intriguing way of life, the southern part of India is where you will never disappoint you in finding the stereotyped Indian experiences. But to tell you the truth, I was a bit unsure about my survival there the first time I visited, given all the distinctions between India I was familiar with, living in New Delhi. But when an invitation from a friend in Kerala landed in my inbox, I knew I had to go there and test its waters. Though I was only staying at his place for a couple of nights, it still came out as a security that I would, at least, survive my arrival, and it seemed enough for the moment. Thanks to that friend and to many others I met on the way, here are some incredible moments I had in south …

Why We Travel

We travel to learn new ideas, new philosophies, far distinct and much alien to our contemporary beliefs. We travel to learn, to find inspiration, and to change for a better self. We travel to seek places that are so pure, so dirty and raw…  And we travel, for much more! It was 4 in the morning as my alarm clock pulled me incessantly, and a little unexpectedly, from the sleep. My eyes were swollen, bloodshot, as I looked out of the window for some light, but found nothing but a temporary gloom. For a moment, I was almost convinced that it is a ruthless dream, but then I rolled over and saw my rucksack – zippered, and waiting to be lifted up. In exactly one hour from now, I realized, I am supposed to catch a train. And this train, I realised, was not taking me to someplace special. I wasn’t going home, but just away from where I was right now. Why We Travel Often, we find ourselves waiting for trains and taxis, in …

Years of Uninterrupted Travelling, And Here Is What I Have learned

People often ask me a question, which otherwise may sound so simple and direct, but when attempted an answer, becomes no less than a tiring puzzle. I find myself struggling to give a clear, calculated reply, not because I get confused but because of the fact that its answer lies somewhere in the whirlpool of possibilities… Years of continuous travel, feeling unsatisfied and more curious than ever, and what did I get in return? I mean I’ve been travelling full-time since 2015, swooping down different places, learning new ideas, adopting new philosophies. But what is it that I’ve learned in particular? So attempting the answer once again, here I go with a bit more explanation this time. Years of uninterrupted travelling, and here is what I’ve learned: Travelling Taught Me How lucky I am Since I’ve started travelling I’ve been to many places, both inside and outside of India, and I’ve come across the most abject poverty imaginable. I am not rich, not even by the Indian standards, but I’ve never found myself struggling for my …