I will pursue my
dreams again of visiting
a lot many places
I will go around
again exploring places and
I will wander in
those alleys again trying to
find lost history
“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Linking to Microblog Mondays
From the time we Indians are born, we are always taught the tenet of “Unity in Diversity“. This is based on the fact that though we have a number of different religions, regions, castes, languages, food items and more in the country, we still live in a united India. Yes, everything is not as perfect as it was intended with discrimination at various levels but then we still celebrate each others festivals, have different types of food and even speak more than one language.
Growing up in an environment like this has always taught me to appreciate diversity in every form. Having traveled to more than 25 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa, I have met people from across the board. It has given me interesting perspectives of their culture, their thoughts and even their beliefs. Eg: Saving and investing a certain amount of money is not just an Indian or specifically an Asian thing.
Meeting people who are different than we are also plays a strong role in helping remove stereotypes and myths created over many years. Eg: Not everyone from Africa deals in drugs and human trafficking.
This is why we crawl out of our warm sleeping bags at 3 a.m. It’s to watch the sun rising above the trees in our dark camp ground. As we quickly enjoy our morning coffee in the dark, head lamps on our heads, this is why we brace ourselves against the chilly wind (even in late July!)
The coffee and the deserted forest sunrise felt hours ago as I had been hiking slowly and steadily uphill since just after dawn. I was already feeling the steady incline and this was just the first few miles! As my calves started to hurt and my head ached just a little, a sign of the super high altitude, I thought to myself, why am I doing this? Why am I forcing my body up another mountain?
Then I had mornings like this one; crossing creek after creek across slippery moss covered rocks and logs. I felt like giving up when like a scene out of a movie, so completely unreal, I realized there was an older baby deer in the middle of the trail just in front of me!
Standing in the middle of the single track trail, I was amazed as the fawn began to walk towards me.
From spectacular natural beauty to historical legacy, Turkey has so much to offer for any tourist. And Istanbul with its strategic location in the Bosphorus straddling Europe on one hand and Asia on the other, keeps its place as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
From palaces to bazaars, from mosques to malls; Istanbul blends history with modernity. It’s also a beautiful melting pot of cultures from the European to the Asian traditions finding way in normal lives. To top it all, it has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well.
A trip to Istanbul was always a dream for me until I discovered that I was getting 1 lakh credit points to give wings to my dream. Now that I was being generously showered with this gift, I had to ensure that I planned my trip in the best possible way.
But little did I know the cumbersome process it would be. I was quite confused at the amount of information available on the Internet. But all the information wasn’t really aggregated in one place.
And that’s when I stumbled across Skyscanner’s Travel Wizard.
‘The Karachi Deception’ is Shatrujeet Nath’s first novel. In the past he has delved into business journalism and was the Assistant Editor at Economic Times. This novel is published by Grey Oak Publishers in combination with Westland Books and seems to be another addition to the list in the growing and upcoming military thriller genre in India. Does it work? Let’s check it out.
The blurb goes like this –
Project Abhimanyu – an audacious plot hatched by the RAW and the Indian Army intelligence to assassinate Mumbai’s dreaded underworld don Irshad Dilawar, who’s hiding in Pakistan and assisting the ISI in its proxy war against India.
Major Imtiaz Ahmed is picked to lead the special ops mission deep inside Pakistan – but the ISI and Dilawar are several steps ahead of the Indians. Beaten at every turn, Major Imtiaz is faced with the horrifying realization that Project Abhimanyu has been compromised…and his men are being lured into a deadly trap.
Set against the backdrop of global terrorism, Shatrujeet Nath’s debut novel is a quintessential spy thriller where nothing is what it seems – and treachery is a constant companion.
“Game” was one of the movies released on 1st April 2011 after a gap of more than a month for the movie industry. It was a gap not because Bollywood suddenly stopped making movies. But instead they realised that it would have been foolhardy to release anything during this period because of the World Cup. Considering that India were the eventual champions, their decision was vindicated. So now lets get back to the movie.