Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover – Mark Twain
Growing up, travel meant visiting our grandparents or relatives and spending time with them. Sight-seeing was only an afterthought and was always done in a by-the-way manner in the cities they were based in.
By the time I started working, both sets of grandparents had passed away, relatives had been scattered all over the globe, and my older siblings were married with their own families. My parents and I still travelled, but now it was with the intention to explore, experience and enjoy new places. Travel began taking an entirely new meaning.
The first non-family trip I undertook was to Vellore, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry and Chennai in May 1996 with a friend and a Kodak point-and-click film camera.
The next trip was travelling down India’s West Coast from Honnavar (Karnataka) to Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). It was a trip that saw the itinerary evolving as we travelled. Then, it was a trip to Santiniketan and Kolkata… and so on.
Over the years, travel has become a fun break from routine, a stress-buster, a history lesson, an opportunity to meet new people, a university of learning, a spiritual experience, and much more than can be put in simple words. Travel has been a re-affirmation of life itself as each trip, and photograph taken during my travels have revealed.
Travel has been life itself and this blog is part recording and memories and part sharing my experiences with a larger audience like you. For your convenience, I have created sub-categories of all my travel posts. You can find all my travel posts in any one of these pages: India, International, Museum Treasure, Photostory, Travel Shot. You can access these pages by clicking them here or from the tab given just below the header image.
PS: I write because I travel. I do not travel to write. Just saying. :-)