An Ode to Bombay

I remember coming to Bombay for the first time and being very bitter about it. Cursing why I came here but as days went by, the situation changed, a love affair started with this city. Like two reluctant people coming together in a relationship. Here I was the reluctant lover, who was taking his time…

The Journey: Everest Base Camp – Epilogue 

The journey back, starting from Kalapathar to Lukla, was not as long as it was while coming but it was enough for us five, and possibly others who had left prematurely, to reflect on the last nine days. It might not be necessary that all ten of us would have had an epiphany but I…

Chapter 6 – Everest Base Camp Trek – The hidden Gem

“You have to know where you are going to reach your destination.” – Lailah Gifty Akita After nine days of flying, climbing and walking, all we were rewarded was a sneak peek of the highest mountain in the world. This is where we turned our attention towards Kalapathar, which till now our guide said was optional…

Chapter 5 – Everest Base Camp Trek – Closer to Heaven

We started the ninth day in the shadow of the mountains which hid the prize behind them like an oyster hides a pearl. Between the howling winds and sunny morning, we made our way climbing hills of boulders and rocks one after the other. Every path looked the same. It would have been easy to…

Chapter 4 – Everest Base Camp Trek – For the Fallen

Experiencing snow it isn’t new to me but when you are walking in a desolate landscape with nothing but the mountains for the company, the script changes. Picture this, two great peaks Ama Dablam at the back and Lobuche in the front, in between it’s you walking side by side with a raging river, Dudh…

Chapter 3 – Everest Base Camp Trek – The Godly Mother

Dull weather was waiting for us when we started our day four trek to Deboche via Tengboche. The day’s view was under cloud cover. Luckily for us except for light drizzle, the rain didn’t bother us much. The best thing about the base camp trek was the ever-changing terrain and with it the landscape. From…

Chapter 2 – Everest Base Camp Trek – The Melting Pot

Day two was one of the toughest and picturesque of the twelve days we trekked. Moving through the pine trees of Sagarmatha national park, hi-fiving kids on the way we reached the landmark of the day; Hillary Bridge. Sitting at an impressive height of 135m off the ground, crossing it made us feel we had…

Chapter 1 – Everest Base Camp Trek – The Lukla Landing

Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the Journey. — Robert J. Hastings  I distinctly remember my first impression about the group besides the extra baggage (later when I found out what was in the extra baggage,…

The Journey: Everest Base Camp – Prologue

April 9th, 2018: 14:00 – “We made it” shouted Uday with all the strength he could summon. Shortly after, others in the group joined in celebrating what was going to be the highlight of our life for years to come. We all posed for pictures, tied prayers flags on the big boulder which made up…

Paris, je t’aime: Eiffel – the symbol of love

Eiffel: Our first view Our first view of the Eiffel was through a window of the metro train. As the train neared the station, a lifelong dream was coming to its end. We had seen it in so many films, read about it in books, the symbol of love to the world was right before…

Part 4 : What’s left to write about Paris?

Like with most of the European cities, walking is the best way to explore if you have time on your hands. Paris, not being an exception, is best experienced while walking on its cobbled streets. Walking around, we experienced the places which we hadn’t even read about. Following La Rive Gauche we felt like Jesse and…

Part 3: What’s left to write about Paris?

Making a quick stop at Moulin Rouge (a famous cabaret in Paris) and Pont Notre-Dame, we arrived at Lido another famous cabaret in Paris. I was told by Raphael that in the recent years Lido has become more famous than Moulin Rouge owning to its location at Champs-Élysées. While personally, he didn’t find much difference…

Part 2: What’s left to write about Paris?

As Wikipedia says the Paris metro is one of the densest metro systems in the world, with 245 stations. We were to find out the entire length & breadth of the Paris train system (no we didn’t measure it) in the coming days. When you commute by Bombay locals, comfort is a luxurious word. The…

Part 1: What’s left to write about Paris?

As I was preparing to move from writing about mountains (Triund Diaries) to writing about my favourite city (Paris), I had been doing a lot of reading to jog my memory about the places and things we did when we were in Paris. Blog after blog, article after article gave out impressive details about Paris…

Triund diaries: Conclusion – 101 for Triund/Snowline trek

Here are some tips for folks interested in Triund/Snowline hike: Solo travelling doesn’t mean you “have to be alone” or “are alone” all the time. You can strike conversations with fellow travellers (which by the way happens a lot), reflect on things and write if you like. Please keep away from your phone unless you…