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Everything that we ramble about. About everything that we ramble over.

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Learnings From Lingshed Hostel In Leh

As much as the stark terrain of Ladakh makes it a dream destination for adventure and hiking enthusiasts, many have recounted how the essence of simplicity in Ladakh made them think and reflect their own lives and taught them about sensitivity and sensibility.    Today, there are many such travellers who have visited Ladakh and have been inspired to make a contribution to better the lives of those who face the...

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In The Land of Dzongs

Bhutan is the country of happiness, the kingdom of dragons, the country with no traffic lights.  And it is the country of Dzongs. Anyone setting foot in the beautiful Bhutan is bound to get enchanted by the many Dzongs fortresses sitting on hills here. It’s not just the marvels of their diverse architecture with their distinctive design and size, but it is also the history and legends about their origin that make them an...

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The hills of the heart of India

Sitting on a Mac and writing about my experience at Pachmarhi and Satpura is quite a torrid affair. The experience of Pachmarhi and the Satpura range should have been written while walking through the forests, or lazing around eating Poha, or while almost dozing off under a Banyan tree, or while watching two Rockagama lizards battle it out in their quest for mating rites. To stare at a neat blank screen and pen this blog...

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Nepal for you

For a while, we have been talking about visiting Nepal. There is much more the ‪country‬ than you would have ever thought and with the ‪earthquake‬ put behind, it is time that you returned to Kathmandu. Apart from Kathmandu, there are enough possibilities for adventurers of all ages. So don’t ignore Nepal anymore. The country has bounced back like no other.   New and Classic Incentive possibilities:For...

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Zen and the art of avoiding the heat and the rains of South Asia in August

There are many reasons for you to not travel to South Asia in August – even if that is the only time you can travel with the summer and the vacations that come along with it. Most will tell you that it rains most of the time in August. When it’s not raining, it is sunny and unbearably hot and humid. If both of them do not bother you, the mosquitoes and the waterlogging and the mudslides are sure to turn your...

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A quiz on rivers and turtles

Very little is known about India’s rivers and wildlife. However, the rivers of India harbour a great amount of biodiversity and attract a host of migratory birds. Do you know about this unique region of India? Of the turtles, crocodiles, Indian skimmers and dolphins that live there? Or the jackals and leopards that live on the river’s banks? Take this quiz to find out.Tell the world:Click to share on Twitter...

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Are you an Earthonomist?

How well do you know this world that we live in? We know all about the latest tech or the new iPhone release. But do we know about Mother Earth and all here creatures? Take this quiz to find out.Tell the world:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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The Jungle Book is much better than you think it is.

Rudyard Kipling had taken creative liberties while writing the Jungle Book. The original movie took Kipling’s liberties while designing the characters of the Jungle Book. The new movie has been touted to be a masterpiece with developed and necessary characters weaving together a story that is as smooth as Mowgli’s Parkour-on-a-banyan-tree skills. Universally, the story has been acclaimed to be poignant, the characters...

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The importance of learning Survival Skills

by Lee Burton   In our development as a species, mankind journeyed across numerous continents and lived in a variety of habitats, each of which required a unique set of primitive skills in order to flourish.  Prior to the industrial revolution and the advent of modern technologies, it was essential to have intimate knowledge of the local environment and mastery of basic fundamentals in order to ensure one’s...

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The freedom to be adventurous

by Mrs. Malathi Ramaswamy   Having been born before the Independence of India during the British Colonial time and brought up in a traditional and cultural family I will recount what I remember…..   Though traditional, we had freedom of speech and action as long as we did not hurt any one by speech or action. I was one among five sisters. We were sent to a good School and completed our Senior Cambridge. My...

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Weaving from the womb: Stories from Rupshu (Eastern Ladakh)

by Monisha Ahmed   Lanze was laying a new warp on the loom to make cloth for her family. As she stretched out one end of the warp, her mother, Abi Yangzom, helped her by straightening out the warp threads with her fingers and removing any knots. Lanze attached her end of the warp to the front roller and tied the belt securely across her back. She held firm to her end, while her mother tightly pulled and pulled on the...

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Fauna and Family revisited

by Disha Sharma   Recently I reconnected with a school friend after 16 years and I was mildly amused when she said she wasn’t surprised that I am a veterinarian and now pursuing a career in wildlife medicine and conservation. “How so?” I asked. She remembered I’d announced on the microphone that I wanted to be veterinarian during our class 10 Farewell Party. Turns out not many people are surprised by my career...

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A grain of sand

It was 5:45 am and I was running late. As I somehow got ready and did a last check on my luggage, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, with some toothpaste on my nose. Washing it off, I realised I had forgotten to pack my toiletries. At 6:15, my disorganised, sleepy self was dragged out by my mom. Fast forward a few hours and I find myself in a car looking out at the city opening its eyes and stretching out with...

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Bloody Paradise: A workshop on Chambal Ecology

Ancient Indian mythology narrates the creation of the Chambal River, in a strange and unorthodox manner. The Chambal river, as we know it today, originates in the desert state of Rajasthan, and flows through Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to join the Yamuna and take its name. Mythology however, tells a different story. The word Chambal, or Charmanyavati, means the blood of cows. Legend has it that the mighty river was...

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Greenland

I am here. I am living. And at 3.7, there is no other place that I would much rather be. These are the only thoughts that come to mind when you sit and write where I am sitting and writing. Shun the 7-hour excruciating straight climb up 3 mountains. Shun the fact that you virtually put your life at risk (sic!) when you go down slippery slopes and fallen trees. Shun the fact that you were supposed to be in Spiti and ended up...

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Our top picks for 2016 for your family

We have met very few who do not actually like the wild. An encounter with a wild animal is special. It is thrilling. It is beautiful. It is inspiring. It is energizing. For the inquisitive young one or the curious parent, it can be a very interesting experience.   Part of the entire experience is the suspense of it all. A monument could be seen at any time of the day. But an animal will only appear if it wants to and if...

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Your first trip to South Asia

When you sit down to plan your first trip to South Asia, the enormity and diversity of the region will baffle you. The region is one of those parts of the world of which much is still unknown though accessible. The amount of information on the internet skims only the surface and it is difficult to choose where to go and what to see based on that.   As humans, whenever we are confused like this, the easiest way out is to...

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Dos and Don’ts of visiting the Himalayas

The Himalayas are as amazing to look at as the people who reside in them. Travelling through the Himalayas, if taken in the right spirit, can be extremely rewarding. On the other hand, the wrong attitude and the wrong preparation can lead to a disastrous experience – and you do not want to do that after the long flight to the country and all the efforts made to reach there. So here are a few tips on how to travel in the...

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The Himalayas have 2 faces

The first is a lush green mountain face. The beard is formed by Temperate Alpine forests. Then there is a small stubble of grassland. The top of the Himalayas – snowline and above – form the bald head of this weird old captain.   Growing Potatoes near Udaipur     But there is another face of this mountain range. This is completely clean shaven – with high altitude deserts and marmots covering...

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Cycling to the end of the year

Cycling has a totally different meaning in the Indian psyche. This everyday mode of transport is often used as the entry-level mode used to travel from home to work and vice versa. We had never thought of going cross country with a cycle or riding down a mountain. Trains and buses were supposed to do that job for us. The cycle was for more perfunctory uses like distributing papers or transporting milk or going to office....

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Illusions and the Illusive

Sunderbans is the name given to a beautiful forest or a forest in which the Sundari tree (Heritiera fomes) grows. At the early stages of the history of the area, the entire Bengal basin was submerged under the sea and sedimentation from the Ganges-Brahmaputra River systems created a landmass, which is today’s Bengal Delta. The first Sundari trees presumably first took root below the Rajmahal Hills, establishing the...

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To green hills and unknown beaches – Along the Western Ghats

Soham Sabnis travelled with his friend along the lush coast of Maharashtra. Here is an account of their trip.   It is impossible to find such green anywhere else in the world. Everything felt fresh. Dry earth was alive again. The forests were buzzing and the sea felt great. On a journey of 4 days along the Konkan coast we really discovered how important the rains were to revive the parched land. 180km (approx) over 4...

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City of Forests

There are 2 kinds of people in Delhi – those who are from Delhi (but whose forefathers may have arrived from somewhere else) and those who have migrated here for work or study. In any debate or any situation, you will see a distinct inclination of the former towards the sport of espousing everything that makes Delhi great. On the other hand will see an inclination of the latter towards an equally enthralling sport of...

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While Delhi woke up

As a country, India has turned the fast-forward button on. The country’s growth has led to some very busy days for very busy bodies. You’d see this especially in the bigger cities like Delhi or Mumbai. We who stay in the city stop to think about how the city has grown and where the city’s roots lie. The pleasures of walking around or roaming around the boulevards of a city were the first ones to have cut down upon as we...

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