Being a travel writer is all what I have dreamed of becoming since I started watching Food Safari. Yes, food was the main source of inspiration and like many others in India, the exposure to western culture brought lust for something- wanderlust. It wasn’t just simple touristing for me. I never dreamt of getting an extravagant hotel booked, with a pre-planned tour to the city.
Like the rest of the youth population in India, I worship bunny too. He lived a life he wanted on his terms and gave us all new life goals *(for all those who don’t know who bunny is). To the detached and confused youth, the life of a runaway vagabond sound like heaven with its own financial perks. So, since that movie, I haven’t stopped mailing my Curriculum Vitae Fox Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, and National Geograohic Traveller.
The magazine purchase, however rare it was, left me in the clutches of student poverty. The showaholic nature of mine grew worse as all I watched was travel shows, all day, every day. I knew about places I have never visited like the small shop that the host went in Vietnam. Traveloholic.
I started understanding that I always loved travelling, irrespective of my age. I analysed my childhood trips and tours with or without family and I knew that I can live travelling. It was no more the detached youth yearning to run away. I now knew that travelling made me human again while liberating my thoughts.
I learnt new emotions, new stories, how to make people happy with the little you have. Too much beauty brought tears to my eyes, I know where to place the camera, and it looked good even blurred. I wasn’t a confident teenager, leaving behind my glorious days of unabashed confidence in my childhood. So I knew that writing is my only option.
There was a lot still undiscovered, near the places people knew about. No one was interested in those and it shocked me to core. I started to discover places, no big places, but the small ones which can make you feel human again. I wonder whether people will be interested in reading about those. Will they pay you for telling them about the hidden gems near them?
I do not know, but I dream of finding the answer to this.
*Bunny is the main character of a Bollywood movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. He worked as an intern for Fox Traveller and later got a job as a videographer and eventually a host for his own travel show. A song Ilahi takes us with Bunny as he travel places in all over the world and eats good food.