You know that old adage of how multiple demands on your time all happen at the same time, leaving you a tad tired at the end of it? The last two months have been one such phase with extra demands at work, home, physical goals for the year and voila, even ideas and passions. For… Continue reading Of Travel And Identities
Should I fly or take the train? Should I hire a rickshaw or just walk around by myself, rain or shine? Should I strike up a conversation with my driver or should I watch the scenes go by in silence? Should I hire a guide to know more about this place or should I wander… Continue reading Of Travel Styles, Environment And Economics
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. - Excerpt from the English translation of the poem Praan from the Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore I first heard of Luang Prabang from Matt Harding. For an era that didn't really need any… Continue reading The Lure of Luang Prabang, Laos
Disclaimer: Generalizations and cynicism alert! (This is more a note to myself than anything else, because I'm usually not cynical when I travel. This time I couldn't help it, and I didn't want to edit myself here.) It's been a while, eh? It's probably the longest I've gone without wandering anywhere or scribbling about something… Continue reading Roadtrip, Malaysian Hill Stations
Bintan, Indonesia A little travel, a little reflection Age, the great leveler. Why do two-month holidays feel like they last forever when we're children, but fly by in a flash when we're adults?! I've always wondered. Amongst the many theories for this in academia, here's one. The mind measures time by the number of new… Continue reading Bintan, And A Birthday
Jasmine Apartments, 3rd Small Hill Av, Park Sri Nibong, Neighbourhood of the last parakeet, Island of the areca nut. (This is the most musical address I've ever lived at all my life (translated from Malay)!) My nomadic heart's little jig five months ago when I moved to this little island is now back for an… Continue reading Goodbye Penang
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust While I've captured travel thoughts in these pages for the last three years, I've always wondered how to capture home as a travel destination. The thoughts, the experiences, the learning, they all have a different pattern… Continue reading Home And Travel?