kisama amphitheatre
Woovly calls me the guy who chases festivals around the world. So, as you can relate, it was a life-long dream for me to visit the Hornbill festival in Nagaland. And it almost turned into a nightmare.   How on earth did I end up Camping at the Hornbill Festival? I was riding near Shillong in early November, and then realised that the Hornbill festival would take place in Kohima from December 1st to 10th. I wanted to get to Kibithoo by December 20th, for the K2K2K ride that I am currently on. So, the Hornbill fest looked like a […]

7 Lessons I learnt from Camping at the Hornbill Festival

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It was not just the weird-looking contraption that caught my fleeting attention. It was also what was written on it. “Ja Houve de Balao, Aviao, Barco, Carro, Moto e Bicicleta … Maz de skate e a 1 vez!!!” I knew a little Portuguese, thanks to 2 weeks in Brazil, and I kind of figured out the translation. It went something like, “There has been balloon, plane, boat, car, motorcycle and bicycle. But first time on a skateboard”   I sat in the arrivals section of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, sipping a lukewarm sugary drink that […]

Meet the Brazilian skating around the world – Marcelo Silva

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My back was beginning to ache.   I had expected the 70 KM ride from Mahe to Vayalada to be relatively easy, given that I am used to much longer rides. And it was indeed easy, up until Balussery in Kozhikode district. But nobody warned me about the uphill and rocky climb to reach Vayalada. From Balussery, the road gradually kept winding upwards. A few kilometres before the Vayalada point, the paved roads gave way to potholed roads. As I got even closer to Vayalada, the potholed roads gave away to rocky strips. With rocks not for the faint hearted. […]

Places to visit in Kerala that you’ve never heard of: Vayalada and Kakkayam Dam

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My days of being a full-time wanderer, are behind me for now. Now that I am back in a corporate job, I try to find exciting vacations, while saving up for my next long travel. And one important factor when taking these vacations, is time. I do want to travel cheap, but I also want to maximise the time in any new place. So logically, the best option is to take a direct flight. Thus minimizing any transit time, and maximising your vacation period. Wondering where to go with an Indian passport? Click here to check out my list of […]

10 Direct flights from India, that you may not have known about!

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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!

Rock temples in Mamallapuram, India
30th June 2015 – Mamallapuram, India The quest is close, and one day remains Don’t judge me when I say I did nothing today. I’ve had a hell of a year, and survived it. I deserve rest in my own serene and calming way.   Maybe it was a good thing that my family visited me here.   I find myself relaxed, without any timelines to chase or to get back. So, I decided to stay one more day in Mamallapuram, and explore it a little bit with my folks. And it wasn’t so bad as I thought.   I may have […]

Project 365: Day 364 – The big day is tomorrow!

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29th June 2015 – Mamallapuram, India The bullet finally saw some action. And a familiar town woke me up with a surfing beach. Familiarity and family have a similar ring, My ears are ready, for whatever it is they preach. The unthinkable does happen. Sometimes. I should have left from Mamallapuram to Chidambaram today. But a surprise call last evening from my parents, informing me that they might head here, put me off balance. I still wasn’t sure of it though.   I woke up in the morning and took the bullet outside for a short ride, looking for tea stalls to have […]

Project 365: Day 363 – Smiles abound in Mamallapuram

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28th June 2015 – Chennai, India I took the fight to the rain gods, and Came out winning, flashing a proud grin. They tried to keep me subdued, But today, I am not letting myself be pinned. Finally, I left Chennai today. But not too far, I only managed a mere 40 KMs before rain forced me to settle at Mamallapuram for the day.   But before all that happened, I stepped out for an early morning sunday breakfast at one of my favourite restaurants in Chennai. MASH is so awesome, that till date, it is one of only 3 restaurant reviews […]

Project 365: Day 362 – Till we meet again, Chennai

Rains in Chennai, India
27th June 2015 – Chennai, India There is one more adventure left for me. And I should head out soon to get into it. But the rain feels incessantly malicious today, I am going to bide my time, and just sit. I should be leaving Chennai already. The last part of my trip involved riding home to Kerala, from Chennai with my bike. But through the Southern coastal route, passing by Chidambaram, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, and Trivandrum. The only problem: I can’t get out of Chennai.   I should have left yesterday evening towards Mahabalipuram, but a freak rain had me grounded in the […]

Project 365: Day 361 – A rainy and lazy day in Chennai

Karl Schmiddt memorial at Elliot's beach, Chennai
26th June 2015 – Chennai, India Sunrises are totally my thing nowadays. And I go from beach to beach, looking for the best. Being back again in a beach where I found myself. Feels beyond good. Feels like I’ve earned my rest.   After hanging around the Marina beach area for 2 days in the morning recently, I needed to get back to one of my more favourite beaches.   Elliots beach in Besant Nagar, has to be the place where I have spent most of my early mornings in Chennai. In fact, there was a time during my employment days in […]

Project 365: Day 360 – To the memory of a Dutchman

Kollywood at Marina beach, Chennai
25th June 2015 – Chennai, India There was no glare of the soft box or reflectors Only the distant sight of a port city, and the rising sun. I have only watched the exaggeration on screen, But I find now that the background score is also fun.   With nothing else to do again, I stepped out Marina beach again today morning. The second time in 3 days. But I had an unexpected surprise in store today. A kollywood movie shooting.   Unlike what most of my non-Indian friends believe, India is not just Bollywood. Bollywood refers to the Hindi-language movie industry of […]

Project 365: Day 359 – Kollywood. Not Bollywood.

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24th June 2015 – Chennai, India Familiarity did breed contempt, thats for sure. Else how did I never check out such beautiful things? Like a forgotten teardrop on the chennai map, I finally heard the distant church bells ring. There is something very different about living in a country, and visiting there. When you live there, you are caught up in the pace of the city, and tend to ignore the beautiful things around you. But when you visit there, you are relaxed. You soak in more of the sights, you hear all the noises of the place, and you smell and feel every […]

Project 365: Day 358 – Catching up with St. Thomas

Marina beach at sunrise. Chennai, India.
23rd June 2015 – Chennai, India Home is near, I can almost smell the fish flavour And hear the sound of my mother, crying marriage. Fortunately, there are still a few sights along the way Until the destination, and the start of a new page.   I reached Chennai last evening, and went straight to bed. I wanted to count sheep, but instead counted all the countries in the last 12 months. After 3 continents, and 35 countries, I was back home.   Well, technically, not yet. Home is still 1400 KM away, tucked in the northern regions of Kerala. And it […]

Project 365: Day 357 – Mornings at Marina

Namrata Rai performing Kathak at Namaste India, in Bucharest, Romania
6th June 2015 – Bucharest, Romania A mere 25 days waited in front of me, To find myself back in the warmth of home. But then, home found its own way to come to me. After all, home is wherever your heart decides to roam. I decided to go back to the Herastrau park again today. But not to enjoy the public domain, rather for 2 other reasons. One was to see the Dimitrie Gusti National village museum. Another was to get a little taste of home. And I found the perfect partner to go along with. Cristina Istrati was not only a published […]

Project 365: Day 340 – From Bucharest. Namaste India.

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26th December 2014 – Erode, India Its not the first time that I am leaving home, Nor would this be the proverbial last. But itchy feet, and cheap flights have put me in the air again. And the tricking wanderlust is back – steady, yet fast. I left home again. Considering that my blog name is iamnothome, I am surprised to actually end up 3 times at home on this trip. Well, not for another 6 months. I left home in the morning, to catch a train to Chennai. From Chennai, tomorrow I fly to Srilanka, and from there to […]

Project 365: Day 178 – And, I am gone. Again.

25th December 2014 – Vadakara, India With the sorrow of a lost motorbike still not past, I saw one again today. And a pretty lass riding it. Riding is an attractive trait, I’ve always felt. Even on a little girl, I must gleefully admit. For my last day in Kerala, I went back for the Mela again, since there was nothing else for me to do at home. But today, I clicked around all the little children that were playing around on the rides. Its a colourful affair, a mela. Apart from the rides which are always decked in colours, […]

Project 365: Day 177 – Common love. For the motorbike.

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24th December 2014 – Vadakara, India The festive season has creeped up on me so soon, And before I knew it, its already Christmas tomorrow. Well, there is merriness in plenty, in the melas of Kerala, Which won over the cold december evening, clearing it of sorrow. With 2 days to spend in Kerala, and no idea what to do, I was checking around the place for things to pass my time. I went in the morning for a little workout at the Mahe football grounds. Well, it definitely was little, as I started watching the football after 15 minutes […]

Project 365: Day 176 – Time for a Mela

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23rd December 2014 – Mahe, India Home is only a figment of your imagination, when the world Around you, has been holding on to you in its little hold. But once in a while, as luck would have it, the winds does take you Back to the river , where your travel plans temporarily fold. So, I am back home for a couple of days, because of a family wedding, and to collect a travel card which was delivered to my home address. I had taken an intercity bus last evening, after my episode at the gym. And thanks to […]

Project 365: Day 175 – The pleasures of home

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22nd December 2014 – Chennai, India With the playstation playing havoc with my thumbs, gaming was no-go.I played around with credit-cards, and ended up booking like crazy.And once the company of my laptop, became a bit too boring, I finally picked up a pair of dumb-bells. Now, who is lazy? I finished some more bookings today. First was an electronic visa for Turkey, where I reach on the 21st of Jan. Then, was a long search for budget accommodation in Maldives, and finally found something which looks pretty cheap. I will have to write a blogpost about travelling cheap in Maldives, […]

Project 365: Day 174 – Weighted and ready to go

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21st December 2014 – Chennai, India The chaotic nature of an Indian road trip, has given way,To the more relaxed nature of chilling on a beanbag. The blisters from the handlebar of the bike, have given way too. The joystick has now started to carry my thumb into a drag. I should be going out today, and trying to click something.  But I guess, I am still recovering from the motorbike episode. So, here I was, in my brother’s house, lounging on his beanbag. While playing Fifa on the playstation. Till the point that my thumb started getting sore. What an […]

Project 365: Day 173 – Stationed and playing

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20th December 2014 – Mamallapuram, India No time to surf, nor did I have the energy get up early. But an evening ride, became a pleasant affair. Watching vendors made their stuff, and strut their fare. I could keep coming back here, for all I care. When one visits Chennai, it is foolhardy not to visit Mamallapuram, which is just 30 km away. Well, I did. Last time I was here, and countless times before that. The ECR, or the East Coast Road, is one of my favourite roads in India. Purely for the views that it offers, running against […]

Project 365: Day 172 – The ECR is always beautiful

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19th December 2014 – Chennai, India After months in the highlands, the beach called me back To its warm bosom, and to the cold, stares of strangers. I had no bike to take care of, and no laptop to protect, I was one, with the early morning sun, sans any danger. I love early morning rides with my motorbike. But since I don’t have one now, took an auto rickshaw to one of my favourite beaches in Chennai. I have written too much about bezant nagar before, so will not write anything new. Just that, this place rejuvenates me whenever […]

Project 365: Day 171 – Back to the beach

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18th December 2014 – Chennai, India I felt like an amputee today, who lost his wheels somewhere on the way. To wake up in a foreign land, and start looking for his bike keys. Only to realise that the motorcycle episode has ended now.  After a fight with myself, the victor is clear. I am totally at peace. I came to Chennai today morning, and slept at my brother’s house. Almost the whole day. Only to wake up at night, and realise that I have not clicked anything for the day. I took my bike keys, and was about to […]

Project 365: Day 170 – Thats all from the motorcycle, folks

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17th December 2014 – Kolkata, India Three weeks. No, they appeared more like 3 decades, Have passed through along with the winds, wafting with a curry flavour. While the city of joy gears up to shop for a not-so-cold christmas, I am heading south today. I have fish curry to savour. I sent the bike through Gati today, and I think those guys did a good job of packing the bike thoroughly. One of the risks with send your motorbike through parcel, is that something always tends to end up broken or bent. So, I had to oversee the packing. […]

Project 365: Day 169 – Goodbye Kolkata