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A Student In The Mountains

Being in the mountains is enchanting. And then being there with 125 odd men who have willingly left their homes, kids, wives, and jobs behind, for a month, unpaid, to be in the lap of nature, untouched, unreachable, to porter a daily 35 kilos load, be beat by the sun, be shivered by the cold of the snow and ice, and be marred by the challenges of the rocky, icy, mountains is simply assuring. Assurance

A Secret Champion

If I were to go on a vacation, I’d pick to go on a trek 90 out of 100 times. Last week my beautiful woman, my wife-to-be, and I were to trek together for the first time, in Kashmir and it was to be special for various reasons. She’s been on a trek before and escaping with her this time had a different emotion attached. We’ve travelled together earlier and we both wanted to trek together


The Third : Crossing Chola Pass

There are days in our lives we don’t forget. I have two very important milestones like those. One when my father passed away and I sort of forgot how to live, and the other, when I met the beautiful woman I now call my wife, who brought back reasons to live, enjoy, and be a better man. Let’s add a third to that, the day I failed the two, only to make them proud, the


A Giving Like This

29 March, 2018 I’ve been on-the-go for a month now, and after traveling in Vietnam and Cambodia, today I completed my journey through Laos too. It’s the end of an enriching experience. I like traveling alone, for it’s then that the learnings it brings along have a deeper impact. It is the unhindered introspection and careless chats with short-span acquaintances that dot the journey with milestones for your mind. It gives one time and privacy

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An Altering Journey

Today, as I sit on the wooden table gobbling my scrambled eggs and toast breaky at my hostel’s reception area in the romantic and charming little town of Luang Prabang, Laos, there’s a crushing feeling making me extremely emotional. It is a mixed feeling of finishing my first month of the two month travels. I’ve just covered through my journey the fast-paced and humble Vietnam, moved across the brave and spiritual Cambodia, and then the

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O ri nadi, kaha tu chali Do pal toh rukja, oo meri sakhi Chal baith kinaarey pe kuch baatien kartien hai Samajhtey hai jasbaaton ko tere, alfaaz dene ki koshish si kartey hai . . Na mere dost, jana hai mujhey, theherna mera naam nahi Nanhey see gaon me raah taktey hongey kuch anjaaney log meri Patharo ko cheerke, kinaarey mod beh jaungi mai Baadalo se juda ho ke khud se hi kahi mil jaungi

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Love At First Sight

Bhutan is a constant state of meditation. From the first site from the left window of the flight, it captured us. The plane takes a steady path over kempt paddy fields, bracketed in low-rising mountains, with a soothing sight of snow-kissed peaks afar, and ample sunlight from the blue skies, promising a naturally alluring experience to come all through. And then it drifts to take a soft left U-turn through an opening at the end


Why Do I Trek?

A simple question on my last trek, to Roopkund Lake, gave me a deeper perspective on why I have gotten so attached to trekking. My first ever trek was last year, in 2016, to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Great Himalayan National Park. And Roopkund was only my fourth. But trekking has been much dearer and enriching a journey than any other travel I’ve had. The one at the Kanchenjunga National Park, another

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Travel Learnings

185 days of travelling in 2016 took me to various places and brought learnings that were well embraced. People, places, journeys, destinations, and conversations alike, all had an underlying message waiting to be conceived. At times they are to be found, but mostly they just effortlessly crawl in to your mind and sit in your marrow as a discipline forever. Excerpts of some of the long-lasting learnings are here, only for others to learn from


Why Travel Alone

‘If you ain’t found something to die for you never lived’ – Akala. (Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote’s rendition) I’m lucky to have found not only what I’d like to live for, also how I’d like to die. Travelling it is, the biggest virtue of life. And the best way to enjoy this journey is just the way nature decided our arrival into and departure from this world – alone. Some believe what’s normal is usually

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