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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


A Sommelier Flies

On my 50 Before 50 list sits an ambitious task of completing the coveted P3/APPI Certification course in Paragliding. Recently, I finished my initial seven days course and graduated the P2 Open Sky Pilot program with Temple Pilots. And what an experience it was. Efficient, experienced, and uber-cool instructors, carrying inevitable passion towards the joy of flying and seeing others fly, an awesome gathering of people from different walks of lives with amazing tales to



All this while, I’ve been vocal about my relationship with my father and how he was my pillar of strength. His passing away has affected me deeply and it shows, be it in Irony Meets Reality, Principles, or Obituary. However, my last trek to Kanchenjunga National Park in Sikkim brought a new line of thought. It evoked a realisation strong enough to be worded and voiced. My family is, and has been, the most important part



If there is one attribute in us Indians that I passionately disregard and condemn is that of not apologising. It’s not something that has been injected into us. An inherent part of our daily lives is to make mistakes, but to accept having made them doesn’t come naturally. This failure thereby justifies ourselves denying the most logical next move of humbly apologising. There’s a much deeper impact it causes than mere voicing the precious five


The Year of Chasing UNESCO Sites

At the start of this year, I took upon myself a task, a list, a plan. India is blessed with 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which individually adds up to a big 50, dotting over various states in all directions. It was an impressive list to try and travel my way through. Not just educating and thought-provoking at times, it has made me see and learn about my nation, its culture, heritage, and history in


Humanity Instilled

Sometimes certain things happen that put you in the thinking chair for long. One such incident happened this Diwali in Ooty. In October-end, as a part of my backpack trip to Orissa and Tamil Nadu, I was on a train from Bhubaneswar to Chennai. Not only was it already running late when I boarded, but by the end of its run, it was at a seven hours delay. Aboard, comfy on my 3AC side-upper berth,


A Learning From Jodhpur

I’m unsure if this qualifies as a travel tale or as introspection while on-the-go. Nonetheless, it’s valuable enough to be recorded. I return to Jodhpur this November after nearly a decade after completing my Hotel Management graduation in 2007. Excitement was obvious not only to see the city in a new light, but also to see my cousin brother, Major Ashish Dwivedi, and his newly married wife. Just a day prior I learnt that he


I’m Gone

I’ve travelled well, been well fed, have slept well. Mind seems to be in the right spot, emotions are well placed, introspected, retrospected. All this takes me away from the hollow, aimless, short-sighted, daily life, fuels the imagination to figure the reasons and virtues of life. Human values, emotions, efforts, struggles, they all make sense but lack purpose. Family grows dearer, messages to the lost ones flow naturally. Love and compassion captures all scenes, fills


Away I Go

The 9th Indian Sommelier Championship, my baby, is done and dusted and I’m still reeling off of the fatigue and post-show stress. 2016 has been interesting for a different reason, travels have taken over but of a different kinds. I’m chasing the list of 50 UNESCO Heritage Sites in India and determined to conclude visiting them within the calendar year. If only it wasn’t tough already, India added three more sites this year, taking the

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50 Before 50

Alright, lets accept it, we like lists. The tallest, highest, longest, first, last, best, richest, poorest, and on and on and on it goes. It fascinates us. I like lists too, it puts things in order, provides an aim to work towards, and directs efforts in the right direction. Even currently I’m working on one – visiting all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India under a calendar year, there are 50!! Oh yes!! I’m