Three trains, 190 rupees, 700 odd kilometers and one frugal traveller!
Rustic scenes from a rustic town. My mode of travel for weeks to come! The ring of the bell, the groaning wheels, The creaky brakes and jumpy seat, The lapping waves on the sand, The salty sea breeze, combine In an orchestra churning a rustic rhapsody.
I support the amending the Performing Circus Animals Act to exclude the bull. I support the sport that is Jallikattu. Why? The answer to such questions can be very simple. I can just say, "Why not?" and be done with it - I need no reason to support or oppose anything. I can do so [...]
Cheap but bulky. I made a huge mistake in purchasing this sleeping bag and I shall not recommend it to any of my fellow trekkers unless all you're going camping with a vehicle. Available at 1400 INR, it is one of the cheapest 10 degree sleeping bags available. However, there is a very good reason [...]
Comfortable, reliable and trendy. Although a completely unknown brand to me, I used a pair of these for my Triund and Ilaqa Trek in the Himalayas. Being trail runners and not trekking boots, they are light enough to not weigh you down but heavy enough to stabilise you on tricky paths. Waterproofing: The first thing I [...]
As sad as I am to type this, I am not a very fit person. I’m only very average when it comes to fitness and that isn’t great news when you are going to a much higher altitude, alone. I realised the fact that I wasn’t in great shape by trekking standards and I did [...]
Solo-travel is oxymoronic. One can never travel alone. There are always people sharing a part of the path with you. To me and to anyone who finds “classic, no nonsense” train travel fantastic, no train journey can be complete without the swaying and swerving of the train carriages, the sound of the wheels racing on [...]
The bass guitar remains even to the most avid music fans, an enigma. They might have listened to thousands of tracks thousands of times and yet, they don't know what the bass guitar is. Common responses include but aren't limited to: "What is that guy even doing?" "What is that longer guitar?" "Did he switch [...]
This is not an overall view or essay on women's rights movements or feminism. Here, I lament about how recent and ongoing women's rights movements in India leave me at odds with myself on the issue. To give my readers a short background, I have been brought up in an Liberal Hindu Brahmin family in [...]
One year ago, during my second semester, I submitted a rather fascinating article on fingerprints and the chemicals involved in their identification. I remember distinctly how random and spur of the moment that article was. I was fetching tea one evening at SPS hostel when I stumbled upon a poster from my own department. Inspired [...]