New Year…New Beginning

 

Every year there is a 31st December and then comes the 1st January. Everyone has their own way to welcome the New year. Some get drunk, some want a good high, some go loud and crazy, some like it quiet. Every year we move on from the previous year to a new one with lots of Positivity, Excitement, Resolutions, Dreams, Hopes, Love and plan to make this year the best one we have ever had.

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New Year is a beautiful way to start up something new or something fresh. Yes…it’s just another day like the rest of the year (I have heard a lot of people say that). But there is something which makes this day really special. It’s the vibe around this day, it’s the feeling of something new starting, it’s the positivity,Β  it’s the hope of putting everything behind and starting afresh. These feelings make it extremely special and important.

Every year we make plans for the New year. Some people want to quit smoking, some want to be single. Some people want to buy a new car, some want a bigger house, some people want a better job, some want a salary hike.

This year let’s make one more list. A list of things you want to do for yourself. To make the ‘Inner You’ happy. Forget about everything the world or the society wants you to achieve. Forget about your job or your bank account or your expensive cars. Think about the real you. What do ‘YOU’ want to achieve in this new year. The year that is full of light and life and beauty. Make a list of things you want to do to make yourself happy. Things that’ll help you to grow. Not materialistic growth but the real one. Growth of the soul. And don’t just think it in your head, go ahead and actually make one. Write it down. At least 6 things you want to achieve in 2018 for yourself. It could be anything. Stupid, crazy, bizarre, funny, as far as its making you happy Go Ahead.

For so many years we have been working on a ‘To do List’ which in the bigger picture doesn’t even matter. Let’s start working on the list that will matter. A list that’ll help us Grow…from within.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

#LetThePositivityFlow

Travellers Don’t Belong To Any Country!!

As a Traveller I am constantly moving from one place to another. Learning about various cultures, traditions, festivals, languages, laws and much more. I meet people from all around the world and learn so much from each one of them. I am growing with every new experience, every new person I meet, every new thing I learn from a fellow traveller. And that’s the reason I believe that TRAVELLERS DON’T BELONG TO ANY COUNTRY….because they are constantly travelling and they are constantly growing.

I recently went solo backpacking in India. The initial plan was to have a week long trip which ended up becoming an almost month long trip. And I am so glad It did. 

Every trip of mine is extremely special to me. It always teaches me something new and this one was no different. I had the most fun experiences and many first timers on this one. 

I started this trip from Bombay and the plan was to go to Kasol, Malana, Tosh, explore some places around and come back in a week. 

As a Traveller I hate to go anywhere with a fixed plan. I feel it kills the spontaneity. I like to go Travel with no return ticket and no middle plan. And even though I had a plan for this trip I didn’t follow it. And that was the best thing I did. 

This was my first time in this side of Himachal. And it wasn’t too late before I realised that Kasol wasn’t the place for me. I found it too commercial. I expected it to be a lil unexplored. After a day in Kasol and spending some time in Chhalal , I went on this trek to Tosh. 

Tosh was beautiful. It was exactly the place I expected Kasol to be. Not many people around. Extremely Pretty. And the best part was when it started snowing. It was super stunning to wake up to something like this. 


Because of the snowfall I got stuck in Tosh for a couple of days and couldn’t visit Malana. But it was totally worth it. 

This was all nice and beautiful but it was somewhere a part of the plan. The journey that began after this was totally unplanned and the best part of my Trip. 

After Himachal I went to Jaipur for a day to attend a food festival I was invited for. I didn’t want to stay in a hotel so I booked myself in a Hostel. 

I was sitting at the rooftop restaurant at the hostel and reading ‘Into Thin Air’ (I wanted to read it after I finished reading ‘Into The Wild’ by Jon Krakauer ). I was the only one sitting at a table which was for 8 people, so a group of 5 girls asked me if they can join in. I said ‘sure’. 

After a brief conversation I got to know that the girls met each other while traveling and started traveling together. I also got to know that one of the girl is a chef. She said she is not a professional chef but she loves food and loves to cook. I invited all the girls for the food festival and they happily agreed. 

The same day I met this guy from Italy who was in Bombay for 2 months working in a NGO and is now traveling for a bit. I got real positive vibes from all these people including this guy I met. So I invited him as well. 

Now we were a group of crazy backpackers in this extremely fancy Food festival called ‘Gourmet Getaway’. Everyone was dressed in fancy Gowns and Tuxedos and we were in our Denims and T shirts. We are backpackers after all. No one was carrying any fancy clothes. We had great food, drank the best red wine and went crazy. We all became friends and had the best time together. 


That’s another amazing thing about traveling. You meet strangers and share so much love and Warmth, you explore and experience new things together that you become a big part of each other’s Travel.

This trip was telling me each day that ‘This is Not it’. I am going to surprise you with new experiences every day. And I was happily accepting and enjoying it all. 

The next day, while me and my new found friends were chilling at the hostel we met another crazy backpacker, Jannika. 

Jannika was from Germany and unlike my other friends at the hostel who would sleep by 10pm, she was a night owl like me. (Yes, Sarah , Kritine, Jess , Meg and Fatima would eat dinner at 6 and sleep by 10). They called it their Australian culture. 

I loved the positivity and the vibe of these 6 beautiful backpackers. We became real good friends and I cancelled my plan of going back to Bombay for Holi and I decided to spend Holi with them. 

The hostel we were staying at had organised a Pool party for Holi. We all bought tickets and decided to go there. 


It’s so different celebrating a festival in your home country with people from other countries who have no idea about the festival. It’s great explaining them the stories behind the festival and getting to know their side to it. 

After a mad Holi party it was time for me to come back to Bombay. The girl gang from Australia left Jaipur. They went ahead with their individual plans. I had my ticket booked for Bombay. And just then I had another spontaneous plan waiting for me. 

Jannika was going to Ranthambhore to do the Tiger safari and then to Varanasi. I had both these places on my travel list but I could never go. Jannika asked me if I would like to join her travel plan and I agreed. 

So I postponed my ticket once again and we left from Jaipur to Ranthambhore on a General class train. 

General class has its own charm. I had never experienced this madness before. No one has got a seat. You can sit wherever you get a place to sit. And there are atleast 4 people fighting for one seat. The entire coach is full of people with no place even to stand. We somehow managed to get one seat for the two of us ( That too because people knew we are not used to this madness, so they were being kind and offered us their seat). It was a great and a super interesting  conversation we had with the people around. Everyone thought I am also from Germany and they started talking to me in English. They couldn’t speak English that well but they were trying with a few words they knew. I played along. I wanted to know what do they talk about me when they have no idea about me knowing Hindi. And I was right. They kept talking about me and Jannika in Hindi thinking that I don’t understand their language. One guy even told his friend about me being on my honeymoon and that I told him that. 

I have experienced this on most of my Travel in India where people think I am from Spain. I get treated like a foreigner in my own country and its hilarious. This time in Jaipur when I went to Hawa mahal they asked me why I have a Rs 20 ticket as that’s just for Indians. When I told him I am from Bombay he didn’t believe me and asked me to show him my ID. 

This trip gave me a lot of first time experiences. From Travelling on a General class ticket to Having no place to sleep to Sitting near the doors of a train and waiting for the Ticket Checker to give me a seat to Meeting strangers and Traveling with them spontaneously to Falling real sick and running around in a new city to find a good Doctor to walking non stop with a 15KG Backpack on my shoulders to Great conversations with people on a local bus and many many more such brilliant experiences. 

Varanasi introduced me and Jannika to our third partner in crime, Colm. 


Colm, a 38 year old from London with the Heart of a 25 year old boy. Full of energy and wit. He joined me and Jannika in Varanasi and we were a gang. We spent the entire day Traveling and exploring places together. We would sit by the ghats in Varanasi for hours and listen to coke studio Pakistan and Indian Ocean. 

Colm , Jannika and I love food. We went to this cafe called The Dosa Cafe. It’s run by a couple in their 50s. Real tiny place but extremely popular and super yumm Dosas and Upma and Ginger lemon Honey Tea. The man owned a Photocopy shop a few years back. He wanted to do something else and came up with The Dosa Cafe. It started with a very basic menu of a few usual dosas and Idlis but today they have a massive variety of South Indian food. And what I loved about the place was that it had a super positive vibe with love all around. The couple don’t feed you because they want to make a lot of money, they do so because they love to feed people and you can feel it there. And it’s not just Humans who can’t go back from this cafe Hungry, even the animals come here and the man feeds them with the same love and warmth. 

After Varanasi, Colm and I were planning to go to Delhi and Jannika was going to Amritsar and Rishikesh. But this time it wasn’t me changing my plan, it was Jannika. Colm and I somehow managed to convince Jannika to come with us to Delhi, spend a day with us and from there she can go to Amritsar or Rishikesh. She agreed and all three of us came to Delhi. We three had crazy time in Delhi and Jannika ended up staying there for 3 days. 

Now when the trip was coming to an end for real we planned our next one together. We three have decided to meet in London in November and do a road trip all around. 

I am extremely happy and I feel super blessed to have realised how important it is to Travel. It’s the biggest learning one could ever get from anywhere. I meet amazing people everytime I Travel and I am in touch with most of them. Everyone I meet takes away something from me and give me a part of their life and learnings. They teach me to be fearless, to be compassionate , to be kind , to be accepting and to be a better human being. I am growing as a person and as a soul everytime I Travel. Traveling teaches me to break free from this materialistic happiness and learn about the real happiness. It teaches me to celebrate life and relations. It teaches me to make mistakes and learn from them. It teaches me to trust strangers. It teaches me that it’s not about any country or caste or colour, it’s about the person. And that’s why I say it again that TRAVELLERS DON’T BELONG TO ANY COUNTRY AND I AM HAPPY TO BE A TRAVELLER. πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

To Travel is to Live!

‘Into The Wild’ is a travel film directed by Sean Penn. It’s one of my all time favourite movie. I watch it when I am happy, I watch it when I am sad, I watch is when I am excited, I watch it when I am depressed…In short, I watch it all the time. This film is one of my biggest inspiration to go out and TRAVEL. 


After I saw the film for the first time I was just in awe of Chris McCandless (The Boy film is based on). But I couldn’t connect with it because I had NEVER travelled solo. I have always been a people’s person. I love having my people around and I wasn’t sure if I’ll be able to stay and travel solo. But the film inspired me to just go out and see how it goes. 

In India, the travel culture is a little different. Most people want to go to maximum number of places in limited number of days. For example, if they go to Europe for 10 days, instead of staying in one country and enjoying it proper they want to go to 5 and put a check in on Facebook. 

The first thing about Traveling is that you should Travel for yourself, you should travel to ‘Live’ that particular place you are going to. Traveling is not something to brag about, it’s for your own self to grow. 


There is a big difference between a Tourist and a Traveler. BE A TRAVELER! When I say ‘Live’ the place you are going to what I mean is that just go to a place with NO PLAN at all. Just go with the flow. Every morning will bring something more beautiful, something more exciting and fun. Make random and spontaneous plans when you are Traveling. Meet the locals , interact with them, eat with them, Drink with them. Learn about their culture , tell them about yours. Meet complete strangers on the way and Travel with them. Make local friends, Talk to anyone you feel like talking to, get out of your comfort zone, smile, flirt, meet a girl, tell her she is pretty, play with the kids on the streets, go to a cafe read a book and do nothing the entire day, Traveling is not about doing something all the time. Sometimes you can just sit and read a book or listen to your favourite song or talk to someone all day and do nothing else.

These are few of the pictures from my recent Solo Trips.

Enjoying a super awesome cup of Jaggery Tea someone offered me. 


Met him while trekking. I was too tired and he offered me Beedi and ‘Chai’ in his small little hut. 

Met someone from Khel foundation while traveling in Lucknow. And he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. πŸ˜‚

The offer was to come and spend two hours with these amazing kids with no media people being involved. 😎😎

Told him how as a kid when my mum was cutting vegetables I would take the top cut part of the ladyfingers and stick them on my fingers to scare everyone. He got really excited and did the same to scare me. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


Ed, A fellow Traveler I met who has been cycling from England. Travelled 7000 Kms. so far in 5 months and will be travelling for a year and a half more. We met, became friends and he promised to meet me when in Bombay and I promised to show him around when he comes here. 

***Thats the reason you should keep traveling because while you are at it, you meet some amazing people on the way and many new friendships and bonds are formed.

Today, after so many solo trips all I can tell you is that THERE IS NOTHING MORE LIBERATING THAN TRAVEL. 

Since we were little we have always been told by our parents to be careful, to not go anywhere alone, to not trust people easily, to not eat anything a stranger offers, to know your limits etc etc etc..DO NOT LISTEN TO ANY OF IT!  The only thing you need to keep in mind is LISTEN TO YOUR HEART! Go with you gut feeling. If your gut feeling tells you to avoid something or someone then just Avoid. Be it a relative or a stranger. It doesn’t matter who the person is. BUT if your gut feeling tells you to go for it, then JUST GO FOR IT!!! And don’t get disheartened if you make a mistake because that mistake will help you not to make another mistake in the future. It will only make you wiser. So it’s an all side Plus Plus.

A lot of people also have this misconception that You need to have a lot of money to Travel.

NOPE!

You seriously don’t need a lot of money to Travel. You can go backpacking with very little money. All of my Backpacking trips are super Low budget. You don’t need money to Travel, You just need a will. Stay in Hostels, Try couchsurfing, Travel light, Use public Transport, do whatever but don’t let money be an excuse to stop you from Traveling! 

The best part about traveling is that it comes with just one side effect and that is that once you start traveling , you just want to Travel more and more. Apart from this its just a plus in everything. It’ll make you a person and show you the good side of your personality which you had no idea ever existed. 

Travel will help your soul grow!

Once you start Traveling solo you will see the change in you. You will be more Wise, Calm, Positive, Confident, Happy, Healthy, Fit, Giving, Caring, Understanding, Kind, Open minded and a much better Human being. 

Please stop finding excuses and start traveling. Go out and explore. There is so much to see and experience. Next week, next month will NEVER come. If you want to start something, Do it today! 

This is my all time favourite song. It’s from INTO THE WILD (Obviously πŸ˜›). It NEVER fails to motivate me. Hope it does the same to you guys and you pack your bags and start Traveling. Read

 LONG NIGHTS (By Eddie Vedder)

Have no fear

For when I’m alone

I’ll be better off 

Than I was before
I’ve got this light

I’ll be around to grow

Who I was before

I cannot recall


Long nights allow 

Me to feel I’m falling

I am falling
The lights go out

Let me feel I’m falling

I am falling 

safely to the ground


I’ll take this soul 

That’s inside me now

Like a brand new friend

I’ll forever know


I’ve got this life 

And the will to show

I will always be 

Better than before


Long nights allow 

Me to feel I’m falling

I am falling
The lights go out

Let me feel I’m falling

I am falling 

safely to the ground.

#LetThePositivityFlow  πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

Start!

I never considered myself to be the ‘writer sort’ , but over a period of time I understood one simple thing that somewhere deep down inside there is always a writer in each one of us. Sitting there to write , to express, to explore. And the best thing to do is LET IT OUT!

I have been planning to start writing for a real long time but for the past couple of months the feeling is so strong that I feel I have so much to say, so much to share and express. I feel I am at my Positive best. Real happy from within and it gets better with every passing day. Then why not share it? Right?

So here I am, writing my first blog. At 2:30AM , sitting in my room with a big smile on my face.

 Yes, I am really excited. 

I just saw Sully with a friend . 

(For those of you who don’t know Sully is a Hollywood film with Tom Hanks in the lead role. It has just released and if you haven’t seen it yet please go watch it.)

So I saw this film and it left me with this weird feeling inside. I was extremely happy with the film. I loved it. I loved how everyone survived but still I felt a little something inside me. Some sort of emptiness (if that makes any sense). I don’t know how to explain what I felt. But I kept thinking about it. I was constantly thinking about something without knowing what exactly I was thinking about. We all have our inner self talking to us all the time. Sometimes we listen , sometimes we ignore. At this point there was something which I felt so strong about but didn’t know what exactly. I knew I wanted myself to understand something, to learn something about life…but what? 

I believe in Omens. They are the signs universe is trying to guide us with. They are the voice of your inner self . Never ignore them. 

There are situations when everyone is asking you to do something which is good for you, which is also practical at that point and will get you lots of good things in life. But You on the other hand want to do something else and you feel that’s what is right for you. No matter how impractical it may sound somewhere it’s making you happy from within. It’s making you feel Positive. That’s your inner voice. And you’ll see certain things around you which will make your belief even stronger. That’s an Omen. They are guiding you towards what’s right for the real you, Your Soul. 

After thinking for a while I knew what was bothering me. We, in today’s generation are all running behind everything that’s materialistic. We want Money , fame, big cars , expensive phones, etc. We are constantly planning for our future which we have no idea about. I am not saying securing your future is wrong, but not living your present to secure your future is wrong. 

What would have I done if I was on a flight which is about to crash?

The only thing on my mind at that point would be my loved ones. Not the money or the BMWs .

I knew this was the thought which was making me feel empty and upset. As soon as I realised this I felt perfectly normal. I could sense the vibes change. And trust me, it’s super easy to understand such a small lil thing. Let’s just learn to value our present first. Lets make our relationships important not the phones or the iPads. Lets live in the present  because that’s all we have. We all are so Blessed to be here. The real motive of our existence is not just to Grow as a person but to grow as a Soul. We all are amazing. Every soul is beautiful. Let’s cut all barriers and love each other. Let’s not judge people. Souls have no Religion, No country, No Status, NOTHING. Let’s just…Grow as a soul.

And

 #LetThePositivityFlow πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡