Exploring Madness In The Silence Of Spiti

When I woke up in the morning, I was in two minds. Should I go? Should I wait for a ride? Should I just stay on in Batal instead? Save both money and effort? The choice was simple. All I had to do was say yes or no. So, I stopped thinking. I tuned out…

Talking to the wind in Batal

I refuse to budge from this chair I have found. My butt deserves stability. I would have also liked some peace of mind but this damned crazy wind won’t let me have any of it. The best way to enjoy your time in Batal is to sit here on this platform to the left of…

Manali To Batal – One Bump At A Time

My bones will never be the same again… Was one of the many thoughts that crashed into my mind today. It was a treacherous day. Woke up at 4.30 a.m. to leave for the New Manali bus stand. The auto to Manali at 5 in the morning is a rip off. Hukum Chand ji said…

Day 2 – The plan ahead

  Sometimes, I’m immensely lazy. So lazy that I fail to be proactive. Even when it really matters. I’m so lazy that I choose not to go to office on random whim. I wake up on time. Get ready, have some tea and then message my boss – I’m not coming today. I’m so lazy that I’ve…

What’s In The Name of a Nation?

Colonialism is far from over. Only on paper maybe but not so much in practice. The white man along with the white woman continues to enjoy and exert supremacy on those from developing and third world countries. I’ve heard a lot about religious preaching and conversion tactics that the Europeans had implemented in India. Missionary…

5 Tips For How To Find Really Cheap Accommodation

If you are backpacking on a shoe string budget, you might be interested in these five tricks to save money on accommodation by getting the cheapest deals (even in peak season). Never book in advance: You’ll never get the best deal online or from an agent. And you’ll have no way of comparing what the…

Highways of India

More often than not, the concept of going away doesn’t quite sink in until the engine has started roaring. And it’s only when Delhi has zapped away making way for scatterings of civilization each a few more minutes of darkness away than the previous, that it really sinks in. This time however, I have managed…

Cold Feet

This was the day I almost left. The ticket had been booked. An RC sleeper class berth had been promised by IRCTC for Rs. 620. I had rolled a bare minimum number of clothes into my rucksack the previous night. Downloaded travel music into my phone, printed out the ticket and neatly folded it into…

A Train Journey On The Cards

Sikkim. It’s been alluring me for the longest time now. Particularly North Sikkim. I had planned to head to the state 2 years back when there was a beautiful long weekend where everything starting from Gandhi Jayanti to Dussehra had lined up delightfully like a ripe glistening gift to all frustrated office goers around India. But…

Too many options!

When one decides to leave for a long weekend, with friends to that not so far away destination, a certain kind of pragmatic thrill is involved. It’s the joy of a short break mixed with the angst of an unavoidable, impending return. The mega full stop to everything you wish life would rather be about. But…