Tagged with " Deshadanam 2014"
May 4, 2016 - Life Hacks    2 Comments

Traveling To India For A Month – A Backpackers Guide

A friend I made in NYC asked me for advice regarding traveling to India for a month.

This was my reply and I thought it had enough material to be shared with everyone. Please feel free to add your suggestions and comments as well. He asked me:

My friend is getting married in Ahmedabad on new years so I am thinking of spending January in India. I haven’t made specific plans yet. I know its a short time but what should I see in a month?

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Feb 9, 2016 - Life Hacks    2 Comments

Yet Another Post On The Perks Of Being A Solo Traveler

The greatest part of my failed attempt to travel around India for a year was the 17 days I spent traveling Gujarat in the summer of 2014. Subramanian, my friend from college was pursuing his post graduation at SVNIT in the diamond city of Surat and was kind enough to let me bunk with him for a few nights.

Given that this was the first time during the trip that I would be actively traveling alone into uncharted territory, I decided to leave my car, Matilda, in the campus and backpack around Gujarat.

As I boarded the bus from Surat to Bhuj in the Kutch district with a packet of Thepla, a generous gift from Subramanian, I had no idea as to how much of an adventure the trip was going to be.

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Dec 21, 2014 - Memoir    6 Comments

Packing Up and Moving Out

This is a memoir I scribbled on my notebook on 19th April 2014, while I was in Bhuj, Gujarat. I had to leave my journey unfinished and return home after Gujarat to help with my sisters marriage.

Although the dream of traveling India is unfulfilled, I still consider this journey a successful one, because I found what I was looking for. But that calls for another article.


I like to think that there is a plan in all the random things I do. Truth be told, I am not a man with a plan. I know what I want or part of what I want and the rest always evens out for me. This is the story of how every piece fell in the right place for me and how I got to start my discovery of India.

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Jul 10, 2014 - World View    12 Comments

The Art of Bragging

I was in Mumbai a few months back, and during a conversation with Sumit over chicken (he is the only guy I know who loves chicken as much as I do), I declared that everything I do, I do it to brag about it. And I was not a wee bit ashamed to admit it. Because that is the truth!

The first time it hit me, I was cycling back home from Cochin. Now some of you might remember the first time I cycled to Cochin and then the cycling trip I took with my friend to Alleppey. The trip to Alleppey was epic. But looking back, the trip to Cochin was a mere 38.7 kms and I did it in about 2 hours. With my current physique I can do it every other day if I want to. Nothing much to brag about really.

Did that stop me from making a big deal of it? No!

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Apr 7, 2014 - Life Hacks    15 Comments

The Hunt For Matilda

India is very well connected by trains (in fact one of the best train networks in the world), state transport buses and rickshaws. But when it was time to decide how I would be travelling the country, I wanted something that would give me the freedom to take any road I want whenever I wanted.

A two wheeler was an obvious choice but the idea of travelling with luggage didn’t appeal to me. Then there is the risk factor that comes with a bike along with all the coolness and adventure. After looking into various four wheeler options I decided that I wanted a Bolero. A 3 day trip in a friends Bolero to Manipal in March 2013 confirmed my choice.

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