By the time I boarded the bus next evening out of Ghent, I had already collected stories and memories worth a lifetime for this part of Belgium. More than that, I am even more interested in understanding the subtle layers of interesting Belgian demographics – and I am sure I’m going to go back there to explore the southern provinces pretty soon.Read more "Of history, culture and a complex national identity – a kaleidoscope of Belgian lifestyle in Ghent"
“The kind of things I have seen in my service years I wish nobody ever has to”, he resumed. “I do not judge you on your political stand or expect you to completely agree with me, but I will share my experiences nonetheless. …”Read more "Tête-à-Tête By The Lake"
The subtleties of these colors, the vibrant hues and its inherent capacity to capture our imagination is one of the most important aspects of our memorable travel experiences – and then we have our brethren travelers who manage to look beyond it and seek travel experiences in ways we can never fathom.Read more "Travel Insights From The Streets of Florence"
Whenever called upon to draw a landscape in my art classes in school, I had always drawn some version of a paradise I had always had at the back of my mind – a solitary house at the base of rolling meadows, a clear mountain stream flowing down from towering peaks in the background while some ducks paddle their way across the stream to the vast expanse of untouched meadows at the other side. To be able to see an even closer version of your idea of a perfect landscape was such a surreal moment that, truth be told, I could not help but feel goosebumps!!Read more "MY FIRST TRYST WITH BAVARIAN ALPS – MEMOIRS FROM BERCHTESGADEN NATIONAL PARK [Chapter 2]"
With the city slowly embracing the darkness, it brought to an end one of the most memorable, thought provoking and life-changing experiences of my lifetime!! No amount of reading, writing or oral recounts now can give deserved justice to the 3 days I spent in the lap of probably the most naked and uninhibited form of nature I had ever experienced……nature that taught me lessons worth a thousand years, opening my eyes to an entirely new portal of self realization and self-satiation.Read more "A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ALLURING EMPTINESS – JOURNALS FROM SPITI [CHAPTER 4]"
”I Don’t have a plan either. Will probably walk around and see if I can hitch a ride. If you are OK with it then I can join you and we can both hike or hitchhike our way to Kye and Kibber!!”
It’s rare to find like-minded budget travelers in unknown landscapes, so his offer was hard to ignore. Who doesn’t want a travel companion who shares your vision of a perfect travel experience?
Through all my journeys, my interaction with people remained largely anonymous. Now that I think of it, it was probably one of the best things that happened – the mutual trust between two strangers when all we knew about each other were interesting stories from other’s life.Read more "Nihon Diaries – Chapter 1 (Part II)"
As expected of me, I had not planned anything for the day, no maps, no places-to-visit list – not even a “customary” water bottle. I need to learn how to act like a traveler!!Read more "Nihon Diaries – Chapter 1 (Part I)"
For a lazy soul as I am, waking up before 9:00 features on the top of my Things-Not-To-Do-Before-I-Turn-40 list. But that was just the beginning of a transformative journey, getting used to witness the dawn much before the rest of the world does.Read more "Nihon Diaries – Prologue"
It was in one of such pursuits of perfect happiness that we discovered the joys of imperfection around us. Important lessons were learnt, interesting choices were made and what emerged on the canvas were memories to be cherished for a long time – and it all started with a simple mistake on our part.Read more "A Perfect Imperfection – Discovering Coorg"