February 18, 2018


'I beg young people to travel. If you don't have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful.
Come back and you are going to see your country differently, you're going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. You're going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people their day consists of walking twelve miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons you can't get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of the flight.'
-Henry Rollins

Every time I read these lines, it leaves an imprint; tells me why travel is important and not just over-rated, helps me become a traveler everyday, look at life non-materialistically and begs the young soul in me to travel more.

It does not matter how and where we travel, whether 2 miles or 2000 miles. It changes you, makes you look into yourself, look beyond the standard horizon, tells you where serenity lies and where peace resides. My recent trip to the Himalayas in India is one such example I set for myself to seek where my peace resides. Its in those little things when you watch a flowing river, hear a bird singing, feel that cold breeze brushing on your body and realizing how Science has created beautiful wonders.

Somewhat of a planned trip with friends, which went twisting around as we traveled along. After a good flight to the capital, Delhi, we merged into the most densely populated city in India. A short search and we easily found our way into Delhi metro with help from the local-ites, who by the way were the sweetest guides. I, personally, was amazed by the fact that Delhi metro was almost similar to what I experienced in Vienna, which is known for its transport connectivity. It was not my first time to travel by Delhi metro but the first time that I observed and realized how much importance these things hold. A short stay at the capital with expensive cab rides through the well known traffic got us through the day with a visit to the India gate, the Qutub Minar precinct & an awesome evening shopping at Sarojini nagar market (A must visit for any female, with an assurance of empty suitcase carried along). That freezing evening made us stop by a chai tapri for a quick recharge, where we accidently tried a "Fan" popularly known as khari. It tasted way more better than a cup of tea with a twist of ginger & honey and sided by crackers. We immediately bought a pack full of Fans and rushed to the station to catch our train to Rishikesh via Haridwar.

Touchdown Haridwar, which to be honest, I had never imagined would be a destination I will visit with my friends but I am glad, I did. Our delayed train to Rishikesh charged us with frustration as it ruined our plans in Rishikesh for the day and on reaching our hostel we had to cut short the activities we had planned, which ruined our moods furthermore. While gathering some positive energy we went for the 16kms river rafting in the Ganges, which turned out to be the best adventure sport I had done till date. The instructor guided us about the raft and consequences if any mistakes were committed. It scared me at first but then, that's what adventure is all about, isn't it?

As we sat on the raft, still, at intermediate segments without moving our rows, I looked at the instructor, looking past the Ganga, he looked so content with the job. So happy amidst that beautiful water. I asked him if this job is 365 days a year and while he told me with a slight sigh in his tone that it closes in monsoon, I felt like telling him he's lucky. He's lucky to sit here in full energy and force, unstoppable by the rapids and the flashy winds. He's lucky to have a work which gives him joy and not just money, lucky to be not stuck amongst the crowd but rather float in the Ganga and live his life king-size.
I wish I could tell him, people visit here for leisure and your daily job is associated with leisure. I wish I had told him what I thought. Not to prove how I romanticize all this but to tell him, just another human being, that hes's doing great in his life.

The instructor would say "Ganga maiyya ki jay!" before every rapid and we were supposed to repeat what he says. Not being a religious person, I am against chanting but something in his energy made me do it. Not because I started believing in Ganga as a goddess, but believing in the fact that religions definitely do not make people, people make religions, they believe in the force that drives them daily. These honest forces of his belief in Ganga, showed why people who stay the simplest are the happiest. How dedication to your work, no matter what work it is, is important and how these beliefs need to be just true at heart, not as a show-off.

As the massive force of the Ganga left me awestruck and we took a dip in that freezing cold water, the water currents ran past us and it struck me how deep that water must be but yet we were in it with our life jackets, trying to float and swim like babies.

Post rafting as we tried to rush at the Ganga aarti held everyday, we somehow missed it and instead had to settle for a dinner at Chotiwala dhaba which was an infamous restaurant in Rishikesh. Seeing all those sad faces because the trip wasn't going according to the plan, I tried inducing some motivation in everyone for the next day trip to Auli, the most awaited destination of the trip.

On hell of a roadtrip to Auli with all kinds of motion sickness, rocky roads, Himalayan ghats, and beautiful terrains led us to this small town of Joshimath, base to Auli. We reached there by night when all the dinner buffets were finished and we had to survive on Maggi for the night. We woke up to 0 degree Celsius with all the layers we could fit into and rushed for a cable car ride after a quick breakfast. Again missing the tickets for the cable car, we settled for a car ride to Auli, which fortunately was the best decision we had taken and took us through the best of roads covered with snow.

Snow, white, ice, everything nice. That's what Auli was all about. So peaceful, so serene and almost unreal views of the mountains left us overwhelmed. Slipping like babies and falling on our butts on the frozen ice surely gave us bad injuries but those seemed to have no attention while we were busy digesting the experience of that snowy mountain.

A further extension to Auli visit was a so called hot spring hidden somewhere between a small village called Tapovan near Joshimath. Though the hot spring was extremely disappointing, it left us with strong visual memories of that black rock formation and settlements tucked between the valleys and also, a taste of native Momos, after which, we returned to our base.

A planned overnight journey from Auli to Dehradun had to be replaced with a daytime journey till Rishikesh back, due to risky drives in the mountains overnight. Again, collecting some positive energy after cancelled plans, we traveled back to Rishikesh. This time, overlooking the Prayag Sangams of the rivers, where Science didn't fail to amaze me once again.
We reached just in time for the Ganga aarti, saw the aarti and went back to a hostel at night by the Ganges riding in a tuk-tuk. Tried a nice calm cafe by the river hidden inside a shop, which to our surprise served delicious food from around the world except for North-Indian food.

After a lot of contemplation, on our last night of this trip, we decided to let ourselves breathe and enjoy where we stood and so we did. Chilling on a night by the Ganges, chatting about life, how we fucked up, how we enjoyed this so called planned journey and how we should do this more often.

Today, when I write about this, I know it's not a story with a climax, it does not have a cyclonic action but as I sit here, I do know it was this experience which will count, this travel which taught me something, made me loosen up myself and tell myself how things never go your way, you have to find a path and keep going. Why I say this, is the very first quote in this post which holds true for a reason.

November 15, 2017

State Of Denial

Love is a forbidden thing nowadays, the most purest thing that exists on this planet is forbidden. Its deeply saddening to know people are afraid of love now, they are afraid of falling into it, thinking of it as a trap. It is suffocating for certain people and a feeling of bliss, only for a handful. Those who seek, do not get it, those who get loved do not want it. A feeling of oddity, one must say. 

There is a constant question in my head, why? Why are people becoming more afraid of love, of commitment, of desire and fire?
While I seek that answer, I realize how we think, how we develop in this modern age full of artificial intelligence. We find places to subside the feeling deep inside us because we are afraid. Afraid of that feeling of rush inside us. It is scary, sure; not the feeling of love, the will to hide.

The modern world is a monster, not just out of an article in a daily newspaper which suggests its eating our brain bit by bit, till we break down on small things and finally disappear nowhere to be found. The thumb lock condition, the mental breakdown, frustration on a cancelled plan, depression of a teenager; its all there but purposely overlooked. Why again? Too afraid to accept?

Its a normal day to see a person (age no bar) walking across a busy road, not looking up, not looking at the building that collapsed, a building that's shining, a rainbow that's arising, or a person that's drowning. Why? Too afraid to leave someone on a blue tick?

There is no love without feeling, there is no feeling without love. The human robot gets a citizenship and we feel the chill through us that the world is changing! How long did that feeling last? Did you Like it and scroll down? 

Love is a sacred thing for a holy being, who knows what it takes to love. To love a person, a thing, a family, a nation, the planet. The state of denial is what it will take to destroy us, not even leaving an expansion joint for the moment of truth before it collapses..




July 20, 2015


Sometimes you think the clouds are lighter
Sometimes darker
Sometimes so pure,
Sometimes just so deep

Deep within our fear resides
Deep down the veins,
Deep down rides the anger
Deep and deeper

Oh, you don't know what it is
You don't know what it means,
To be left aside all so sudden
To be left aside all by me

The pain, the cure, its all a myth
For no one is real in this world,
For no one realizes what someone means to you
For all that glitters, is not gold..

December 28, 2013

Stepping forward by not being backward

Being that one girl or a woman, no different than any other. Having simple dreams, wishing for a prince charming, wishing that her Dad becomes immortal, wishing that she doesn't have to leave her house even after marriage..

Challenging our customs or age old traditions according to our own "religions" has always taken my interest. It has always surprised me in every possible way. I know what I think is right and wrong in some way or the other but everyone's thoughts are supposed to be that way. Like every other woman, I never want to leave my house, my parents, my city, my friends, my colleagues. All these things question me. They make me think, why girls are supposed to leave everything, but I do not have the question why don't boys have to leave everything instead of girls, because its not fair. Its not fair to tell anyone or to decide for someone that he/she has to do this or that. Why do all these things have to be inevitable in the Indian families? Why do we have to consider what others will think if we go against the religion? Why do we have to be afraid to tell our own parents that we are an atheist and we cannot believe in God like they do? Why, even after being an atheist will a girl have to adjust after marriage if the family is orthodox?

There are no encyclopedia-cal answers to these questions because we don't think out of the world which has been till now. We don't see the person open minded-ly, who is in fact, being open minded. Who is telling you not just to open your eyes, but who is telling you, your eyes can move in 360 degrees.
I have always been a person who believes that there is a world, which has Science in it rather than a world which has astrology in it. A true believer of herself when she gets successful rather than believing that God made her successful. Who will not believe in astrology just because she thinks its not fake but only a mind game.

The people who believe in me, are few, only because I dare to be different. I dare to go out of the silly box and boundary created around me. Daring here does not mean not being afraid of the dark, it means walking by it, searching for a candle somewhere. Accepting me, understanding me, is difficult. Now, I am not afraid to say that, yes it is difficult.

Dreaming for a prince charming or even the people around me, has a definition that they understand me by what I am because I understand them by what they are. That they accept me as I am, just because I have accepted them always, as they are. That not trying to change me, only except the fact when I'm genuinely wrong, because I don't try to "change" anyone because they are different than I am. That respecting my thoughts when I place in front of them, just because I have to follow the customs even when I don't will to.
I have always dream't of a future house in which I will be me, just my surname will change, according to the "custom". Where he will understand why am I in his house, rather than him thinking that I have just entered his property. Where they will understand me when I say, I want to follow my hobbies, even if they don't suit my age. Where my happiness will matter to them, more than "other people". Where my kids will love me because of who I am and what I have always strive to be, because I know, they are my kids, and they, after all, are my people. :)          

July 13, 2013

The He factor.

What is dominance all about? Is it just being "bossy" or does it refer just only to the nature of any particular person or does it relate to leadership qualities of an "ideal leader"? Quizzically real, dominance is just a state of mind which a person has when he starts thinking that he is superior. But here, by superior I do not mean his base of nature of acting. Superior in the context of thinking that the other one is inferior. This type of superiority complex arrives from the surroundings or precisely, the society in which we have been in since decades and even centuries.

Factually, the dominance of 'he' over 'she' is the most common or "universally accepted" dominance. Dominance when a girl is born and people start thinking about the dowry which they'll have to pay whereas when a boy comes up, its just the joy celebrated with sweets! 
Dominance when you tell a girl to not get educated just because your boy has to and you do not have enough money for both! 
Dominance when you do not teach your kids better and after they grow up, the wife is blamed that she did not teach better!
Dominance is when you tell your wife to wake up early and make food for you or your kids but you do not help her in carrying even the used cup back in the kitchen! 
It is when the society gets worried for girl when she's at the age of marriage but the society never cared when she was young! 
It is when you tell her to not go out late at night, and when your son comes back at 3 am, it is fair enough to be a GUY! 
It is also when a guy makes 10 girlfriends, he becomes a stud and when she makes those 10 boyfriends, she becomes a used piece of shit! 
It is also when there's a baby care room in a ladies' toilet but not one in the gents'. 
It is when you tell your girl to pick up the stuff or serve, when guests are home and you do not tell the guy to help her out! 
It is when you tell a girl that she has to learn to house-make but you, yourself do not know its 'h'. It is when you tell your daughters, sisters or girlfriends to not wear short or indecent clothes, but you wear a pair of jeans hanging below your buttocks showing off that jockey.
Dominance is when a rape takes place and the world still blames that girl!

These things, plus or minus, pessimistically or optimistically, real or unreal, are supposed to be there, somewhere in the air around you, constantly present but you cannot see it. Might be a condition that some of you have not ever gone through anything of this, or may be some of you have gone through everything of this. These are not the only things to be listed of, this space is too short to list them all at one go. When you realize that you have to accept the facts, you'll realize the facts are not so simple, yet not so difficult to accept too.

December 30, 2012


Alone in all, in this beautiful world,
Close to people, but still far away,
People forget, I regret,
Again a new start, that's all I get.

Feelings are hurt, 
With forgiveness in a row,
But it gets too late 
To come back with a vow.

Relationships matter,
Till an extent,
Not to forget, 
Its too late to regret.

May 03, 2012


Blinking eyes, tucked-in hair
Nervous toes & flying butterflies

A look at the butterflies, off they go,
Leaving behind a smile of row

Touch of the lips on the honeybunch trees,
Blushing little butterflies, making smile the tree

Mildly disappearing butterflies go off the sight,
Catch the moon & hold it tight

A day will come when butterflies dont go,
Honeybunch trees will come in the row

Kissing the tree, will butterflies remain,
And never let themselves disappear again..