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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Philosophy? Passions? Je ne sais quoi. | 2014 - Year in Review

Teardrops in the sky. #rain #music #neilsedaka #saturday #YouMeanEverythingToMe #oldies
If not anything else, how remarkable and noteworthy 2014 has been as a proof that I am such a liar. or perhaps truly a very optimistic soul, so much that I absolutely hated 'intersteller' I don't think we as a society have peaked yet and doomsday, if there is one, is centuries away. and I can continue living my lazy life aha. anyways, I just read through my last years' review and plans and resolutions of course for this year i.e. 2014 the write-ups though had pretty much nothing as goals except on blogging front, and on which I failed miserably. sorry about that. but here is my promise to you my readers, for the future. no more blogging goals. *feels relieved*

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So while I am trying to find my passions, fruits and fitness, all and everything life around 10 miles radius of central park, I do admit I am slow and I continue to be because I feel its a good thing. I am really loving the fact that I wait and stay back every day for sunrise and sunset to wish the sun, hello and goodbye, that I can remember and cherish the harvest and blood moon from my window still and that, I no longer run to mountains, with only motive to escape the regular life but for greater connection with nature and the extra pleasure. I am happy where I am.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Solo Traveling - Truth Or Dare

“HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE” - Che Guevara [Front Page Explore!]

I have been getting quite a few questions about Solo Travel and Safety measures around it, So rather than responding individually which I have done in the past and found it very difficult to do, I thought I'll share a quick post on it with everyone.

This is not the first time I have received this type of question and not the first time me writing about and emphasizing on different aspect of it every time. A lot of time focus is on female solo travelers, but this time, I have got many messages and emails from male travel enthusiasts, interesting.

For me more than traveling, its the idea of the travel that's intriguing. Imagining yourself in a strange surrounding, contemplating what and how'd you feel and absorb the the atmosphere and interactions with the strangers. Experiencing any place, with all your heart and mind, without certain fears and inhibitions is what is truly a travel experience, not just visiting a place and worrying about numerous things, and safety as one of them. That means one shouldn't travel unless s/he is comfortable doing it but isn't that the contradiction to what travel is all about? - leaving your comfort zone and venturing into the unknown.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Of Salgado, Summer, Artistic Adventures & New York City

The Second Spring is here. The leaves have began their winter melon'ish rendezvous and streets are about to turn in to paintings, and along with them, I have ventured on another artistic voyage of my own, to paint every corner of my new place, in red. but that's a story for another day I suppose. For now I am only trying to share a certain experience with you all, and Oh, how difficult it is to articulate my thoughts and put them in to words!... after all this while.

IMG_0194अनुच्छतु प्रवाहं ॥..meaning-  "Go with the flow". .. just like water...I keep telling myself at every situation. For all these months, I felt I had nothing significant to say or share, so I shifted my focus towards other things and stopped writing. This past week, I had the opportunity to attend a talk with world renowned Photographer Sebastiao Selgado in lower Manhattan, an experience, many felt I was lucky to have, and I thought I might share few thoughts about the episode with everyone since it sort of brought affirmation to my own opinions, aspirations and ambitions.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Falling In Love With Seattle

Castle Point State Park, San Juan Islands Seattle Washington
castle point / san juan island

Technically, This isn't my first trip to Seattle, Washington. I had been there before in October last year on my way back to New York from Alaska. But I dint spend much time there then and It wasn't home. Now It is, and I already miss it.

I just got back from a couple of days long trip to the west, Washington & Oregon. This trip was due earlier, in March and I could make it only now, but nonetheless It was great time spent with family, friends the beauty that the wilderness there is. Actually, Just a week before, I was in West Virginia, VA, PA and Maryland as well. Needless to say, I have soaked in so much of glorious lush green forests beauty this summer has brought, I will cherish it through the fall season when the red, oranges & yellow show up and this time, I hope I'd get lucky.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mountain Trail Horseback Riding in West Virginia

Me on Socks.
me on my horse 

For good, for bad, I sometime feel I am at the wrong place at wrong time, all the times. Traits of a wandering mind perhaps, but the truth is so. I should be somewhere in a country side stable, riding my horses, may be few propeller around for flying to work and come back home, a few waterfalls in my backyard to get a personal spa bath anytime I like, a few cats, dogs, alpacas and goats to play with, and a nice cabin to sleep and wake up in with a snow peak views. Well, I am here in a small studio in the city of New York,  very close-by actually, and I love it too. Can I be a contradiction enough?

Its been five years since I first rode a horse, and moving away from Bangalore and of course the constant move ever since I had not been able to pursue the skill further. I did my basic-level horse-riding course there, and I have some really fond memories of that time.

* The article I wrote on my horse-riding experience in 2009 : Hoof prints on your heart *

Thursday, May 22, 2014

From Manhattan to Montauk : Exploring Long Island, New York

A nice dive from from above followed by a short nap on the bed of yellow maple buds... Awesomeness. #eastmoriches #newyork #longisland #usa

Long Island, The name and place fascinated me ever since I read "The Great Gatsby" sure it was imaginative, I know not. but when I moved to New York around this time last year, I had this one wish to explore the beaches of east end, which earlier I thought never existed, perhaps biking or trekking the stretch. I finally had a chance to discover a good large part of Long Island last week and it was nothing less than epic, and today after a long hiatus, I am writing about that experience and sharing glimpses of the place.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Say Hello To Japan, Or May Be Not : Sakura Matsuri Festival, New York

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"Some Say, Life is hard. but thats just talk. In fact, its good to be alive. Its exciting." 

As I begin penning this article, I am back to watching "Dreams" by Akira Kurosawa, My Introduction to Japan, A movie that made me fall in love with this country, its landscapes and culture alike. Each frame so intriguing and perfect, the foxes walking through the misty forest, the peach orchard and the rainbow. I lived Japan through his dreams and wished to visit the country and see those scenes in real one fine day. My happy tunes - the song of the procession in the village of the watermills. perhaps that explains why had such huge expectations from this festival.

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