All the ways …

There are many way to do things … here I mean pay your tribute etc. etc. however this was one way I saw recently

There is a giveaway for who guesses it right!

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Beginning … yet again…

55 fiction

It has been quite some time that this space has not seen any new post. There had been few attempts to revive it and it crashed each time. Though it is difficult to write when one’s mind is somewhere else though it could be said for many other forms of art where people or artists focus on their craft despite of all the odds and triumph. I might not an artist after all.

What happened with me? It is difficult to say because I am not sure if I ever considered it my Craft and myself a craftsman. It just come out as by product of my wandering. May that’s what it became – a by product- which stopped to happen once these efforts focused somewhere other direction.

Hope to write more often.

The day…

When we travel or not, nonetheless, there are days those are dear to us and we like to think about those days on the other hand there are some other days those are etched in our memory as a gash and we don’t like to about those days. These are quite clear classification and pretty much sorted. Then there comes the third one, the days we are not sure about, was it bad or good, I learn a word for such days, “weird”

These are the days when you start to feel really bad and something nice turns up and then when you start feel good and a turn and it keeps happening whole day one by one as if keeping the balance of the day. It is looking at one’s life in nutshell of one day’s time.

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life as it goes by, from a window of train

It makes you feel funny as at the end of the day you can’t decide how to feel about the day and that’s where your personality type comes in play, that is, whether you are optimistic and celebrate life like it is a game and look at the glass half full or you are one pessimistic and concerns are more important to you compared to celebration and you are the one who look at glass half empty. It becomes important as that decides on these weird days that how and what mood you will take with you to bed.

Ultimately it is you who can make a conscious choice of being happy or sad or indifferent about something or may be everything, let alone a day!

An Evening – 2

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An evening at India Gate, New Delhi

An Evening

This was a hot but lovely evening and I happened to be at India Gate, New Delhi. India Gate happens to be surrounded by lawns and people come there and look at the majestic figure of war, struggle, freedom,  sacrifice which India of course is.

On this evening, I did the same and instagramed about it as well earlier

Running hawkers

I saw some hawkers running with their material while looking behind occasionally as if somebody was following them. Some of them even entered into the water body and hid their wares in water. Looking at them, it certainly became a matter of amusement and I could not help it but ask.

It turned out local municipal corporation people were confiscating their stuff so that they could not sell it there as they were not allowed to use the site for the purpose. These were the people who made their living by doing these odd jobs and selling food, snacks & knick knack at this kind of busy places.

Indeed they were doing it illegally but authorities were not giving a solution but mere a scare. One of hawker shared,”looks like their salaries are delayed and they want some money, as usual”

Life just took a deep sigh and moved on.

Sports travel?

Tonight India & Pakistan are playing one day international cricket match between them in England and excitement in these two country is palpable. One can go anywhere and every where in restaurants to pubs to clubs and one is thing is playing on almost all the screens. The cricket game. Many people have gone to the extent of taking flights to England just to watch the match.

So as a traveller, how likely it is for you to spend on a costly flight ticket for a game of say tournament. I read a lot about soccer or football love of people and how many of the fan clubs travel with their teams unofficially mostly pooling their own money many times to support their favourite teams and to cheer for them.

The world cups of soccer are madness and then there are series like European Premier League etc. Tennis is huge game in many country and people follow Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open, French Open on a scale and enthusiasm unimaginable for many other. Polo, Golf, F1 Moto GP are other few games garnering fame, money and eyeball around the world at some scale of other.

However, which game we could say is biggest travel motivator? It seems football/ Soccer will beat any game hands down for top spot mobilising 100+ countries to compete for coveted trophy and mobilising people as well to travel and go around the place.

It would be good to hear from any of you to hear about your travel story motivated by sports in particular, however, for now let’s see the Cricket Match. #Ind v/s #Pak. #ChampiansTrophy #Edgbaston #England #Cricket #Game

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55 Fiction. One example of drabble is 55 Fiction, which is a form of micro-fiction that refers to the works of fiction that are either limited to a maximum of 55 words or have a requirement of exactly 55 words.

Their eyes met.

He almost murmured hesitantly,”is this seat taken?”

“I hope not” She replied smiling . To start a conversation which went on …

 

#tragedy #Machester

It is sad, really sad to see, we get hurt & don’t learn.

I don’t watch, read, hear news by any direct means. I used to be news hogger but then I realised it all in vain. However I get to know things in this high tech – high speed times by people anyway. In my Facebook feed, over heard while travelling, as part of conversation from somebody, major events anyway come to my notice as I heard about #Manchester #tragedy and then could not help but google it and checked on people who I know in Manchester & UK mostly.

So there is continues new report flooding and suggesting it was a #suicide #attack means somebody set him/her/them selves off the bomb, so they can killed few innocents. Its tragic & sad that innocent people are dead but do we learn? Are not we, as human race, self destructive mode?

We hope, those get strength to endure, grieve !

Asato Maa Sad Gamay

Tamaso Maa Jyotir Gamay

Mrityor Maa Amritam Gamay

Bus Memoire – Inception

This is series I am starting to write about my travel by bus which I thought for a many times why not “bas” ( “bas” in hindi mean, enough)

Travelling with one compulsion that is mode of transport i.e. Flight, Train, Bus, Car, Motorbike, Cycle and variants of these. Today, we have technology to support ( or break?) us in almost every possible realm of life and travel is of course not one untouched by it. We have different modes of transport at different stages of travel and it is pretty convenient in most of situation compared to, say, 50years back.

Do you like it? Of course you would probably like the part where because of these fasters, convenient and comfortable transport people are able to travel so much ( allegedly Mrs. Hilary Clinton flew so much) and then somebody else broke her record too  ( obviously John Kerry had to do it ), by the way do you notice then both have lost their bid for presidency ? coincidence , eh? Anyway!

What I meant was, do you like these mode of transport or given a chance to undo all this and bring back those chariots and horses , you would press the button? Do you like that feeling of travelling for days and nights together and more to reach somewhere and again days and nights together for next leg of your journey, like good old fashioned ways or you want it to be jet set age? Where journey is reduced to ordeal of booking a tickets after long research and deliberations, airport checkins, drinking, sleeping & watching some movie which have possibly already watch!

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Travel, Do we need more speed?!

Coming to the title, bus journey feels like most widely available & used mode of transport, however I don’t like them as such for various reasons those are mostly related to being 186 cms tall, sense of smells  and living in a developing country. The ordeal of sitting in the uncomfortably designed seat just for me has not been really inviting you know, specially if the journey is for more then 12 hours.

Not with stating my reservations or rather forced to, I travelled a lot in buses. I, now hear  about exotic bus routes around the world and some of them are inviting, some others reminds me of my own journeys back then.

Some of the famous bus rides wraps around cities like London, Paris, NewYork City, Buenos Aires, Edinburg, Dubai, Bangkok, Rome, Sydney, Barcelona covering these respective country’s landscape and there are some city tours like Beijing, Moscow. Tallinn, Stockholm, Budapest etc. which tells more about the cities, architeture  and local culture. Hope to feel elated one day on a bus journey, that it.

Pizza & Backpackers!

How scared are you of being penniless?  how important is money for you as a traveller? Now a days web is ripe with stories of people who claim that “money is not necessary for travelling but the will power to do so” Do you think so? If one travels without money, how do you pay your meals? ( forget about flights) Don’t you have to think twice or hundred times to how would you go from point A to point B because only comfortable and convenient way is expensive? or is it okay to be dependent of mercy of people? What would you think of somebody doing the same? beggar? That’s not so nice I guess!!

In conversation with another backpacker it came out that he was being served a free pizza by known cafe of us and for some reason and he was damn happy about it. He could not stop grinning and I asked, him being a european, it was just a pizza! what’s the big deal man? And he came out emotionally, “You don’t know value of a free pizza for a backpacker of 1.5years”.

Intrigued, I was all ears and he obliged telling me, it is not as it looks like for every person from EU, in fact in many ways this is good time to be in South East Asia at large and India in particular. Cost of living, ratio of quality of life to cost of living, quality of people, society, food. Top of that who does not like a free pizza. 🙂 He kept going on and on for some time. We moved on after that ….

But the thought stuck to my mind and I come out here to ask you, what do you think?!

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Delicious Pie I had at friends place in Finland, awesome people made a cheese pie along manny other for me!!