Posts tagged ‘Vagabond’

February 12, 2010

Vote for Backpacking Ninja

Travel has been part of my dna. Growing up my dad never missed any opportunity for family holidays to travel all corners of india (and nepal). Every couple of years, we used up his LTC scheme to travel 30/45days summer trip to travel across the country. we started from Kashmir when I was 7/8yr old and his last LTC trip before retirement was to Andaman islands. Traveling was part of my childhood, so it was natural for me to use up all possible to relocate and travel with every possible opportunity i had to explore new places and people. its great liberating experience.

My personality test say i am a explorer type. but frankly for most part i had decent job with possibilities to travel to various countries and I did my pick for 20-30days/year vacation travel. and I even took break from my worklife to explore few corners but minute I got good decent job offer, I came back to comfort-zone.
I always had great admiration for traveler, lonely planet book maker. (Roff’s vagabonding was good read and now he is my facebook friend..;))

anyways, point is-I have been stocking Backpacking Ninja aka aparna for sometime now. All I know is- she has passion to explore and courage to let go daily lazy life. That’s very admiring skills to have.

Now I hear she is finalist for India Today’s search for explorer.

and for me, her story is worth voting for. Ok honestly I am biased even other’s stories seems to be cool. but vote for her anyways.;)
vote here @ Titan World

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July 10, 2008

Vagabond — Part2

After reading Vagabonding by Rolf Potts, made me wonder about life and what I am doing with it.!

Recently I was tracking Matt Harding, 31 yr American who decided to travel around the world. I envy folks like him. Two things that caught my attention, which wanted to share with you today:

Where the Hell is Matt? is 4mins dancing video. and what’s more interesting is- background score incidentally is in Bengali and is an adaptation from the poem “Stream of Life” from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore and it has been sung by Palbasha Siddiqui, a 17 year old second generation Bengali of Bangladeshi origin from Minneapolis in the US.(More @ Palbasha Siddique is up there with Madonna and Mariah). Its awesome– don’t miss it.

and if travel is your interest and like me, you always blamed money or time then watch Matt’s Interview:

Indian version of Matt: BackPacking Ninja. She is another awesome vagabond lady.

**** update in 2009 ****

finally I managed to do it.. backpacking in eastern Europe  hitch hiking,.. I love my life.. I hope to come back and write more about the journey..

**** update in 2011 ****

In paris, I met Rolf Potts during a poetry reading.. wow. I was so excited to met him and say how this book was motivation for my backpacking. wonderful evening, coffee conversations and poetry reading by other follow travels..

did I let you that I love my life!!..;)

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September 5, 2007

Vagabonding Journey Planner

I consider myself lucky & blessed for all the opportunities I had over the years, for interesting renaissance life experiences and traveling is one of the habits I value at premium for richness it brought to my thought process, tolerance, understanding oneness in diversity, appreciation for life, home and time.

OK Iam not a Vagabond. I am a common man with desire for certain level of material comforts. But I always wondered for long-term travel and excused myself due to lack of money and time. Reading Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, by Rolf Potts made me realize, may be I don’t lack resources but desire to make such a journey. and may be my Indian DNA structure is constantly mapping my interest in the context of family, friends, material success and appreciate for all of those, since billion others at our doorsteps lack those. [/my Review @ Journey with Books: Vagabonding by Rolf Potts]

I subscribe to view that Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention to arrive safely in a pretty & well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a ride!’ and purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. May be this very thought can make me constantly challenge my comfort-zone to make such a journey.

But Challenges is not the lifestyle or resources but emotional support system. To find a partner in crime who share view & energy for such exploration. One thing I certainty don’t want to do- is to gain rich life experience and not have enough people f/or enough time around me to share those rich life experience.

May be along with Art of Traveling, I need to learn of Art of Balancing. And May be for Starters, I should map my travel and pen down my experience. Vagadoner Blog Page coming soon not sure how soon is soon…

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