Looking Back at 2016 : In Pictures

The New Year is just round the corner as 2016 comes to an end. This year has been quite exciting for me, both in terms of travel and big decisions that I took in life (finally!!). Looking back at 2016 brings a smile on my face, every time so it’s only natural that I feel like sharing all that had happened over the years. But because that is definitely not a good idea lest the post becomes never-ending, let me share a handful of fun moments which I shared over the course of the year on my Instagram timeline.

A Day-Trip to Yercaud
Yercaud remained elusive to me for quite some time before one fine morning I finally decided to drive down up to this colonial hill-station. Though my visit there was not during the best of seasons when it is most beautiful but the slowness and the charm of the uncrowded place made up for it.… continue reading

Life 2.0 : Bye Bye Bangalore

On November the 30th last month, I took a leap of faith into uncertainty. A couple of weeks after that, on the 14th of this month to be specific, I went a step further. I packed all my stuff and left Bangalore and with it, a stable and well-paying job  and any chance of returning to the corporate life. As my train rolled out of the platform, I remember a strange feeling of excitement and nervousness building up inside me. After all it was not one of those decisions which you take overnight.

I have been thinking about it for more than half a year before I found myself in a position to actually decide.

Life 3.0 rajiv verma

Life 2.0

Back in 2009, when I came to Bangalore, I knew that I am not going down to settle down here (or in any city), I knew I would leave.… continue reading

A Train Through The Borail Hills

Close to a decade and a half back, I had taken the Silchar – Guwahati meter gauge train or Pahad line, as it was popularly known back then, once. For the kid that I was at that time, it was the most wonderful journey I had ever been on. I was delighted to say the least. The beautiful rail-line that snaked its way up and down the gradual inclines of the Borail range, the numerous tunnels built through the hills and the deep dense greenery had more than blown me away. So much so that I did not mind sharing my reserved seat with double the number of people it was supposed to accommodate.

Through the Borail Hills, Dima Hasao - Assam

Through the Borail Hills, Dima Hasao – Assam

From my window seat, I kept looking outside, lost in the beauty of the lone houses atop random hills and the meandering river below.… continue reading

Walking the streets of George Town

The glimpse that we had got yesterday of this beauty called George Town had made sure we to keep us all excited for the next morning. We wanted to explore the place as much as we can and we wanted to explore it slow. And what better way to do that than walk. Even better was the fact that we knew where most of the must see things in George Town were, thanks to last evening’s trishaw ride. We had first decided to walk to the heritage area of George Town right from our hotel near Komtar, but thanks to the humidity we soon hopped on one of the Rapid Penang buses (CAT bus) that ply at regular intervals and are free.

Khoo Kongsi, George Town - Penang chinese temple

Khoo Kongsi, George Town – Penang

The street art in George Town was one of the things I had been looking forward to, but yesterday’s quick visit to the heritage area had made me realize that this place was much more than that.… continue reading

Some History and Some Adventure

Old historic places have always intrigued be. From churches to old buildings to age-old neighborhoods and towns, the older they are, with their past preserved, the more they seem to impress me. There’s one thing I find common at such places, something I like the most and it would not be wrong if I say that it actually is the thing I enjoy the most when visiting age-old places. It’s the rustic charm that they have. You just have to just slow down a little and try to see beyond the obvious and you will realize how many stories lay undiscovered all around. The more you peel the layers, the more you realize how fascinating it is.

Tangkuban Perahu volcano

The Tangkuban Perahu, Badung – East Java Credit

Thankfully, our part of the world has many such wonderful places to be explored and one such place is the Bandung in Indonesia.… continue reading

The charm called George Town

Of all the place we visited in Malaysia, George Town was the most beautiful. Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, this historical little town is a delight for people like me who enjoy getting a look and feel of the historic past of places. George Town with its charm had delighted me more than I had expected it to. No sooner had we walked out of the Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal in George Town after crossing over from Butterworth, the ageing but colorful buildings, the narrow roads and the seemingly easy-going people on the road made me fall in love with the place, almost immediately.

George Town - An UNESCO World Heritage Site photo

George Town – An UNESCO World Heritage Site

When you are so impressed by a place at its first look you can’t wait to get under its skin and explore.… continue reading

Getting to know the Hexa, in flesh

The first thing that caught my attention the moment I stepped inside the car was its surprisingly premium-looking interiors. And premium they were, unlike any SUV I have come across of-course except for the Land Rover which I took for a wonderful off-roading session some time back. As I settled down on the driving-seat while my team-mates made themselves comfortable in their respective seats, I couldn’t help but appreciate the perfectly in sync with each other interiors and the equally impressive console. It had impressed me yesterday by its looks from the outside and it does the same again today, from the inside. “It is going to be an exciting day”, I thought to myself as I belted-up, all set to hit the highway.

Test Driving the Tata Hexa

Test Driving the Tata Hexa

Okay, before I share with you my feelings about the TATA Hexa after our 180-kilometer drive which took us through varying road conditions, let me tell you that I have absolutely no technical gyan when it comes to cars.… continue reading

A fun weekend with friends and the Hexa

The memories of the last such drive in Goa, where I had driven the TATA Tiago (then known as Zica) through the beautiful roads of South Goa, brought a smile on my face as I boarded my flight to Hyderabad. I along with a bunch of other top bloggers of the country was invited by TATA Motors get a first-hand experience of TATA Motors’ upcoming SUV, the Tata Hexa. Last time we had had a lot of fun in Goa so quite naturally this time too, I was looking forward to a great weekend in Hyderabad. I am sure the other bloggers too had similar expectations.

tata hexa with camping gear fully loaded

The fully loaded Tata Hexa

In the lush green lawn of the hotel and under a clear blue sky stood the Hexa, all loaded with adventure accessories. … continue reading