“Traveling, it leaves you speechless – then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Batutta
…and welcome to my website. I’m a thirty-something corporate busybody with a full time job that I enjoy and a zest for travelling. Although I’m Indian (by way of passport), I identify myself as a product of multiple cultures; I’ve lived in 3 countries, travelled to over 25 countries and have friends in 4 corners of the world (perks of being a boarding school alumni). I love photography and through my travels have attempted to improve my status from beginner to amateur, although I’m quite a long way off! I absolutely LOVE food, enjoy Bollywood music and think there is nothing more special than spending time with family and friends.
You may be wondering why I started this website when there are countless others out there. What makes me different? Well, I’m no one special but I must have slight narcissistic proclivities.
Being Indian, it is a little bit harder than most to just pick up and go at a moment’s notice. Alas, citizens from so-called “developing countries” suffer from having to apply for a tourist visa for virtually every country that they travel to (on the flip side, my passport holds a wide array of visas and stamps so many of my friends have stamp envy). Couple that with scrutiny from an embassy/immigration officer who wonders whether your reason for travel is because you secretly want to immigrate to that country, it can tend to put a fair number of people off travelling. So, I want others in a similar position to not be deterred by these long drawn out processes and inspire them to travel.
I am an Indian Muslim woman (no way, really?!) and the eyebrows that has raised in my community when people hear that I am traveling without parental supervision is almost laughable. I am in my 30s people, it is not scandalous! So this blog is my feeble attempt of breaking the stereotype of a minority female traveller.
And finally, finding halal food whilst on holiday is also a challenge. I do not claim to be an expert on halal eating, but I hope to share some of my experiences with you so that if you do find yourself in a place I have travelled to before, you might find things a tad bit easier.
So I leave you with these words from Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired be vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
Seek your own adventure because the “journey of a thousand miles, begins with one step.”