How To Be An Ethical Co-Traveller

Solo travelers often make new friends on the road. And thanks to technology, sometimes they make friends even before they hit the road. If you have found a travel clout and are considering co-travelling, then here are 5 things you need to keep in mind to make the journey peaceful and positive. Pick your travel…

Sticky Feet At Thirvalluvar Statue

The board near the ferry counter says the ride to Thiruvalluvar is suspended due to low tides but on the way back from Vivekananda’s rock, I find our ferry bump to a stop near the statue. And again, before I can realize what’s come to pass, I’m being herded up a ramp, that opens out…

“Trust Me, Don’t Trust Anyone Else”- Said Everyone I Met In Tamil Nadu

Tamils take their rules seriously. They don’t understand different kind of travel, won’t rent to solo travelers, won’t encourage walking around in places you are ‘not supposed’ to be in because tourism can only be availed at select destinations. Every one here constantly reminds me that it’s not safe (especially for women) but everyone I meet…

Being Eventful At Kanyakumari

I’m proud to say that I have failed to wake up early enough to see the sunrise every single day and have only managed to catch sleepy eyed glimpses of it on the half ocean that’s visible from my room. That too because the jing-bang of the early mornings had started and I wanted to…

Unplanned Travel: What To Expect

A while back I was frantically reading everything I could find on the internet about solo unplanned travel and I constantly encountered the same kind of safety advice everywhere. Things you need to keep in mind as a solo traveler. How to be safe etc. Not that it wasn’t  useful – here’s one that really…

Mastering Sign Language In Kanyakumari

The mornings are busy in Kanyakumari. There are artis and wedding processions. There’s constant inflow of music and I’m almost glad that the window is soundproof. But later it quiets down. This is a city of early risers and the sunrise is an important event. The dried up hero of a butler at Balaji Lodge…

Kanyakumari Is A Celebration

The south couldn’t care less whether you feel comfortable or not, whether they fit your standards of travel or not – here you fit in. You adjust.

Thirukkural Express: Train To Kanyakumari (Part 2)

(Read Part 1) Somewhere around 11.58 p.m. Vodafone informed me that I’m in Maharashtra and then somewhere at 5.15 in the morning, when I was fast asleep it did its duty by welcoming me into Adhra Pradesh and Telangana. Now that’s where I am. I have crossed Vijayawada and can now feel the ocean on…

Thirukkural Express: Train to Kanyakumari

It’s 10 a.m. The journey started at 5 in the morning when I woke up with a realization that I would soon have to vacate this familiar bed with its soft pillow. And then, before I knew it, I was zapping through the early morning roads of Delhi. A right turn from the Lajpat Nagar…