Travel does not start and stop with a place. It is in fact a culmination of events and experiences that start long before the actual journey and continue long after the round trip is completed. All posts written about these general experiences will be published under this category.

Travel is possible while chained to a desk

I have read my share of stories where a person one day quits a desk job, picks up a backpack and gets on a plane.  It has become so cliché!

It’s come to a point where now people believe that if you want to be happy and free you need a backpack and you need to be  a nomad. Not true. You can have a desk job and still travel the world and be happy and free. In fact sometimes it works out a lot easier.

So, if you have a desk job which you don’t want/can’t afford to leave, read on. Here are some reasons why traveling while chained to a desk is feasible and advantageous.

1. You constant day job makes you realize the value of vacations.

2. You have a steady cash inflow so you need not be worried about landing odd jobs in different countries.

3. You can plan your vacation from the comfort your home instead of using the time to explore a new place to plan for another one.

4. You have a shelf in own home where you can display all your souvenirs. Imagine tugging all your souvenirs from place to place. Worse still imagine  NO Souvenirs at all.

5. It is so much easier to get over post trip depression since you have a routine to get back to.

6. You can plan your vacations with like-minded friends and relatives. Imagine the hours of fun pouring over guide books and blogs and trip planning.

7. You know the hard work that went into maintaining  the balance in your bank and hence you will be conscious of your budget.

8.  Sometimes the best part of traveling is coming back home. Back to the familiar comforts and familiar people.

So all you people at your desk reading this… Go, get out, travel!

It is the only thing that makes you richer the more you spend.

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Blessed are the travelers

Blessed are the travelers for they will have adventures!

My first solo trip of sorts was Hong Kong. I didn’t speak the language, didn’t have people to hang out with. I got lost, got food poisoned and had a time of my life. I have not stopped since. I have learnt more of this world on the road than I think I ever will otherwise.

On this the first day of 2014 make a vow to yourself that this year you will get out of your comfort zone and explore this beautiful world.  Exploring need not involve buying an expensive flight ticket . It can be as simple as venturing to the nearest town. All it takes is the first step from you.

In my favorite E.E. Cummings own words

Listen; there’s a hell of a good universe next door: let’s go.

May this year bring adventures of all sorts right to your door step. May new experiences and lovely people find in everywhere.  May this blog inspire to travel and travel some more.


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The Communist World Map




This is a picture of an  actual map taken from the textbook of a fourth grader during the time of Communist Hungary.

Every time I look at this photo it just cracks me up. Communist Russia sure had a way of handling its enemies : – convince the world that they do not exist.

Mother Russia is at the center of the world. She dominates the entire world. Poor Australia is squeezed into the right bottom corner almost as an after thought. Maybe the fact that our first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had a socialistic outlook helped in India’s size and position in the  map.

Europe I suppose had to be there owing to the proximity. I mean you could not simply ignore that large land mass next door. Or wait  maybe its because some of the Eastern European countries were communist. Yes that must have been their saving grace.

Poor Africa has been cut in the middle. At least she gets a place ( half) in the map.

Oh dear!  where is South America? I mean understand why North America is not part of this map, but what in the world did the unfortunate continent do other than perhaps have an ‘America’ to it’s name?



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[WAH] Up in the Air

The first ever edition of Lonely planet India magazine had for its cover hot air balloons over Cappadoccia. That was the first time I had heard of the place. There was an article on Cappadocia too.  I never read that article. That was way back in February 2010.

Fate has it that I have my very own pictures of hot air balloons over Cappadocia and what do you know, I have an article to go with it.

Our ride was not a smooth one. It came with a bundle of hiccups!

You can read it here.

Adventure is out there!

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The Gwalior fort , sprawling fortress in Madhya Pradesh is song in brown and blue.



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