How bird-watching and spotting some Flamingos helped me break some stereotypes.

I am not a morning person. I love to see a sunrise, but would seldom get up in the morning for the same!

The few times I have seen the rising sun is when I have been up all night.  Never by choice, I have woken up in the morning. I know I a missing out on something. I am dumb. I know that too.


Having visited Varanasi, I have not seen the sunrise at the ghats. George Clooney talked about how beautiful the sunrise looks from the Ganges in the movie Galaxy. I have been to the holy city about four times now. I feel Varanasi is a much hyped city. I did not like the dramatic and the poetic Ganga aarti.  No offense meant. But this post isn’t about that.


This post is about me breaking my stereotypes and trying something different.

I love nature, but I am more of a beach person. Water does that to me, what mountains do to people.

I am also not so much into birds and animals. I love human beings. How much ever twisted we  are, I love the way we feel, express and survive. Darwin got it right. Continue reading How bird-watching and spotting some Flamingos helped me break some stereotypes.

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Best Moustache destinations in 2016!

Lonely Planet brings out the best of travel in 2016. It also brings out a list of the best moustache destinations to look for in the coming year!
Well the writer said- “A well-groomed upper lip never goes out of style.” This hobo couldn’t agree more!
Any guesses which place tops the list?

It’s our own ‪#‎rajasthan‬
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To read more on the best moustache destinations in 2016 read Lonely Planet’s story here.

Well now that the gurus of travel so say, here is my tryst with moustache!

This picture was taken four years ago at the Kala Ghoda Art Festival  that happens to be in Mumbai every February.

I love the vibe of the fest and when this happened, paparazzi moment happened for the hobo!

My tryst with moustache! :P
My tryst with moustache! 😛

Do you have such memories to share?

The hobo would love to hear from you.

Love,

Nostalgic Hobo!

5 travel words (beyond wanderlust) from different countries

I know I said I am a big fan of my country and I will write about things I love about India.

But then, travel has no language and to talk about the common language of travel, I asked people from different countries who have traveled extensively to India, fallen in love with the country about the travel words they totally relate with.

Read on to know a little more about them and the travel words from their countries.

Jonathan1)Jonathan Strömberg

From: Sweden

Travel word from Sweden: Resfeber. (Swedish)

Meaning: The restlessness of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins.It is filled with anxiety and anticipation that can manifest as illness. Continue reading 5 travel words (beyond wanderlust) from different countries

The irony of quitting my job for a travel fellowship, but not allowed to travel!

I quit my job for a fellowship that would have allowed me to travel. Ironically, now I cannot travel. Well not by choice, but by accident. Pun intended. You will know the pun shortly.

Life is funny. Meh.


Humor is the only way to deal with it.  Bah.


The random ramblings.

I never plan things in my life. Good things(or bad) happen to me by accident.  I quit my  job on July 30,  this year for a super cool fellowship that allowed me to travel to  interiors of the country. It was a six- month travel fellowship where I would  constantly be on the go! What else would one want?

I left Mumbai to relocate to Delhi where “office” was located.  Delhi would have been my base for a week, while the rest of the time, I would have been on the go.

I experienced  a week of living in a backpackers hostel- The hosteller where I made friends with people from different countries such as Germany, Iran, Egypt. I was exploring Hauz Khas Village, where I had a Bhutanese meal at this super awesome place Yeti and I happened to eavesdrop into a conversation of a girl and a guy on their first date. It is fun when you are sitting at a table alone and you can sneak-peek into other people’s conversations! I explored Kunzum travel cafe at Hauz Khas Village a place to just be, meet fellow travelers and pay whatever you like for the coffee or tea.

I had just began to explore Delhi solo, and I meet with an accident while I was walking on the road, at Haus Khas village, a car tyre ran over my foot and I fractured it. Luckily, I was with people from The Hosteller who took me to a hospital for first aid. The guy who ran over his car on me, ran away! And now, I am back to Mumbai and cannot travel.

I am restless. Once you get the itchy feet syndrome, you cannot help it. I cannot wait to pack my bag and just leave!

Because the antidote to travel is travel.

A mind map of my trip to Goa!

 

Goa: A state of Mind


Goa is one place I love the most. I have become a Goa Baba and I do not know what Goa has done to me. I yearn to go back to Goa. The place brings out the best of people. And to do these differently, I thought to create a mind map of my trip. I do hope you enjoy reading going through the mind map and it is something new that I have come up with. Our entire itinerary is in the mind map.

From renting bikes, to getting lost, to seeing a hermit, eating different breads in Goa, watching the Goa carnival, visiting the spice plantations, attending the international photography exhibition, hitchhiking, eating vegan food, exploring beaches such as Mobor, Bettalbatium, Varca, Cabo De Rama  we experienced a lot in Goa. And there is still so much more to Goa. All of this is put up in one mind map!

A mind map to my trip to Goa!
A mind map to my trip to Goa! (Click on the image to read!)

Continue reading A mind map of my trip to Goa!

9 Funny and silly travel quotes

We usually talk about travel and say how it changed our lives or inspired us. There are quotes all over that spark our wanderlust. This hobo thought to tickle your funny bone with some quotes which otherwise may not have caught your eye.


These images say it all!

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quote-writing-and-travel-broaden-your-ass-if-not-your-mind-and-i-like-to-write-standing-up-ernest-hemingway

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Chinese quotequote-i-have-found-out-that-there-ain-t-no-surer-way-to-find-out-whether-you-like-people-or-hate-them-mark-twain

And in the end, here’s the one I like the most.

P.S: This is all in good humour.

If travel was for free