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1st July 2015 – Mamallapuram, India The memories will remain etched for ever Of a year that went by in poetry and pics. But its not the places that will spring to mind. Its only – and always – the people who will stick. I thought this day would never come, but it’s day 365 today!   Its been 35 countries (and Kosovo), spread across 3 different continents. With 21 international flights, 23 international border crossings by land and couchsurfing in 20 countries. Riding a motorbike through 12000 km of the indian subcontinent, including the cold Himalayan roads of Nepal and […]

Project 365: Day 365 – That’s all, ladies and gentlemen!


One last day in the sun. Wailoaloa beach, Fiji 3
21st July 2014 – Wailoaloa, Fiji Had the itch today. For the internet, for the sun, And for a little bit of the debauchery that men long to do. The beach was promised. And promises were kept. And like a flower that found its spring, I found my blossom too. Fi and Api, were amazing CS hosts. But I had to leave them today, to head to bamboo backpackers, for 3 reasons. For better internet, since my daily posts were pending. For the beach, which I have been missing for a while. And for the airport, which is close to Wailoaloa […]

Project 365: Day 20 – Winter is coming


It's alliteration day at Sigatoka, Fiji 3
20th July 2014 – Sigatoka, Fiji Grains of sand – like time and space – Slipped away, and burnt like coal. The elements are at odds today, not backing out. Earth lost. For today, water was my call.  Finally, I caught the early morning bus from Lautoka to Nadi, and from Nadi to Sigatoka, to see the famous sand dunes. In a small village, which is called ‘rugby town’, i wanted to find out why this name. And I did. The sand dunes are used by the rugby teams to practice, as they got stronger by running up the high dunes. […]

Project 365: Day 19 – Sleepy sunday in Sigatoka



Alone in a crowd. - Nadi, Fiji 2
19th July 2014 – Nadi, Fiji Like a hundred unborn children crying aloud, For a little bit of sunlight they never shall get. Like a wind carrying the waves on its shoulder, such was the silence, and the noise, of the market.      Last night happened to be another long Kava night, ending around 3 AM. The locals don’t believe me when I tell them that Kava does nothing to affect my sobriety, so they kept making me drink. The only thing it did, was make me sleep till noon, and thus screwing up my plans to visit the Sigatoka […]

Project 365: Day 18 – Through sounds and silence


Hiding the ray - Nadi, Fiji 2
18th July 2014 – Nadi, Fiji Rafi blared aloud, and tikka overwhelmed my nostrils. And a little bit of India I found, in a colourful temple dome. While the flowers were showered, and the poojas done, I had to remind myself again. I am still not home. Took a morning bus from Lautoka to Nadi town. There is pretty much nothing in Nadi for me. Yes, there are plenty for the Aussie or European travellers, with Nadi being so much like India. There were hindi songs everywhere, and Indian restaurants everywhere. But, nothing for me. I didn’t come so far to […]

Project 365: Day 17 – Am I home already?


I DID follow her. - Lautoka, Fiji 4
17th July 2014 – Lautoka, Fiji Soft sand cuddled her toes, And the cool wind kisses her cheek. As the ocean lay bare beyond her, she asked, “Follow me?”. But no answer did she seek. The immigration process at Nadi airport was one of the longest I’ve had so far. They asked me questions for nearly an hour. And I could understand their predicament. Almost all the Indians who have come to Fiji, have NEVER LEFT! They stayed there for generations, and at one point, 65% of the population of Fiji was Indian. Even now, you can’t take a corner in […]

Project 365: Day 16 – Osmann would be proud



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This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning