I began this blog almost a year and a half ago – to be precise, on the 17th of November, 2007. Over the years, I have traveled quite a lot, and during the last year and a half, have written about my experiences too. It has been a wonderful journey, meeting like minded people and learning about new places too, discovering much about myself too. Thanks, Sandhya, for encouraging me to blog!
As a celebration, here is a post about two places I have visited recently, or rather, to be accurate, a trailer of what is to come soon, within the next week.
….and Two Travelogues Coming Up!!!!
Travel, they say, broadens the mind – be it a short trip just to a place you haven’t been before, or to a place you have visited a number of times. So it has been with me too. Over the last two weeks, I have visited two places – one right in my backyard, so to speak, and the other more than a thousand kilometers away, to a city I have visited often, and where I went to the same places I have been to, many times before. The two trips couldn’t have been more dissimilar, yet, there was much I enjoyed, as well as learnt, on both.
The first trip we took was an overnight family camp organized by BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society). This was held at their conservation Education Centre attached to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park just off the more popular Film City. Of course, we never expected to see any animals, and none surprised us, but we did see a lot of insects and lizards, and learnt a lot about nature as a whole, and the flora and fauna of the area. We also realized what peril the national park was in, and felt rather sad about the whole thing. All in all, I returned rather dispirited after the camp, wondering about the future of the wildlife in the environs of Mumbai.
The second trip was something more personal, a quick visit to Chennai for attending the 60th birthday of my uncle. Shankar was, of course, too busy, so again this trip was only for me and Samhith. We enjoyed ourselves, meeting up with all my uncles and aunts, and many of my cousins. While the function was, of course, the raison d’être of my trip, an unexpected pleasure was a visit to a few temples, most of which I had visited before, when I was a kid, a little older than Samhith is, today. I enjoyed re-visiting them, for I found my memories sketchy, and especially enjoyed taking photographs. While my personal experiences on the trip will probably feature sometime soon in a personal blog, you can soon look forward to reading about the temples I visited right here.
While I write up my experiences about both these trips, take a look at my photographs.