Will I ever hate a train journey?

That night when I boarded Nilgiri express with my parents from Coimbatore to Chennai, for my college admission, was the first of my many train journeys. Sitting in the train I thought, ‘next time on I get to travel on my own, I am going to make a lot of train friends, and remember them…

And so it begins, my life in Pune

At the railway station, handing over a water bottle, my father asked me, “Why are you going to Pune?” I wondered what to answer. “I have not experienced that part of my country. So I am uprooting myself from here and moving to Pune.” — Can I tell him this? The very fact that I…

Interview with Mithun Das, a renowned cyclist

He was the base camp leader of YHAI Sarpass trek-2011. On an acclimatization trek he stunned us with his introduction. A long distant cyclist par excellence he had ventured many firsts. When 30 km is what I could imagine as anyone’s cycling ability, his dream of cycling for 1000 km got me rethinking my own benchmarks. Passionate…

A rare, light moment at Monkey falls

Soon after crossing Aliyar catchment, the bus began its ascent on the winding roads with 40 hair-pin bends leading to Valparai, a hill town. En route, I noticed a signboard with ‘Monkey falls’ written on it and decided to see it on my way back. After wandering for a few days at Valparai, I boarded…

Remembering my journey to the base camp at Kasol

I reached the Bangalore International airport exactly 45 mins before my flight take-off time. Predictably, the flight attendants played strict and did not allow me to board. Those days, I diligently saved up money for the two weeks trip that I would go on every 6 months. So I had not budgeted 11,000 INR spare…

My dream ride that was made to happen

I reached Coonor Mountain railway station at 12.50 noon. The ticket counter will open only 45 minutes before the train departure time at 3 o clock. With so much time to kill what do I do? A single girl with a shoulder bag, camera bag and a hand luggage, as it is, I was attracting…

An hour to remember at the Dulles Airport

It was high time we decided where to go. I and my photographer friend had been discussing what could be a good, non-typical place to rest our feet, have a cup of coffee and pass time on a Saturday evening. Of all places, we decided to go on a long drive to the newly constructed Bengaluru…

Will I ever hate a train journey?

That night when I boarded Nilgiri express with my parents from Coimbatore to Chennai, for my college admission, was the first of my many train journeys. Sitting in the train I thought, ‘next time on I get to travel on my own, I am going to make a lot of train friends, and remember them…