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The monsoon is also a hair bringer of the colorful and vibrant Indian festive season… giving everyone a reason to celebrate…. with happiness all around, its time to feast as Iftaar parties all through Ramadan… then comes a trail of festivals - Ganesh Chaturthi & Eid in September , Durga Puja & Diwali in October & November followed by Christmas and New Year…. Pure indulgence I say! Guess…few inches on my waistline are on there way….
But of course the flavour and fervor of each festival is unique to a region just like how I believe the inheritance flavour of a travel sojourn is in wandering into quaint alleys and taking in the landscape’s natural beauty…
On my recent visit to Chennai it was fascinating to see a tapestry of languages in this city steeped in history, its ravishing colors of life, timelessness, the kaleidoscope of culture only reaffirmed my belief that in India a thousand lifestyles breathe as one nation … So varied is the experience that it may take a lifetime to imbibe its true essence!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Travelling is something that has always given me a new high!
As a child it was always fun to travel to new places, meet new people, taste unique delicacies and new languages were exciting too. I think I can call myself an avid traveler … my passion takes me all over the world. I relish in finding new things, more so in places I think, I know like the back of my hand. Being a Sagittarian I guess it’s in my nature to travel than to just arrive!
For me a great part of traveling is about sights that strike as unusual, experiential, or just straight up bizarre. Travel experiences no matter how good or bad, remind me that the world around us is a magical place to explore.
My travels are a perfect vehicle to quench my thirst to see great works of art. I feel transformed and mesmerized in the presence of a great work. I almost jumped out of my skin when I saw the amazing red piece of art with Gandhiji on a recliner and with headphones during one of my journeys. I didn't do much research beforehand and the surprise of art was pure joy.
Travel carries the excitement of the unknown. The unknown carries a certain amount of built-in stress, but richly rewards you when you overcome it and make it familiar. I like to plan my trips loosely. I like to leave some air in the itinerary because I may want to change my mind or circumstances may change my mind for me. Would I have enjoyed finding those Gandhis as much if I had anticipated them? On the other hand, I like to make sure I don't miss anything major. Yet I've learned to never get attached to any particular item on the itinerary because deep disappointment can alter the tone of a trip. Flexibility is friend when you travel.
I see travel as a string of serendipitous moments. One minute I may taste a brand new ice cream flavor, like the black sesame seed and Guinness gelatos I had in New York, and the next minute I may stumble upon the perfect artwork to hang in my dining room, like the prints of an artist’s inspirational travels I bought recently. I gather many opportunities to take in the beauty all around, witness people's way of life. If I'm lucky, I'll see things from their point of view, even for just a glimpse; it may be the key to a deeper understanding of their culture.
Travel sharpens the senses and has a way of crystallizing moments, I'll never forget how I wandered on a beach of Goa with my wife after dinner on one of our trips there, hearing only the sound of the waves and voices, when suddenly a romantic violin music filled our ears and we grabbed each other’s hand to dance a few twirls. When I recalled this moment with my wife recently, she remembered it just as vividly as I did.
I know I can't plan my special memories, but if I keep my eyes, ears, and heart open, I’ll collect many. In my next post I will introduce our Incredible India, through my eyes… till then have fun and travel as much as you can.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Welcome to my Blog!
It’s the space between you and me to share the magic of travel …. be it indelible experiences or those awkward moments that spring surprises like none other!
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