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Do you love to travel? Who inspires you to travel? Are you currently undertaking an inspiring journey? The stories of inspiring Indian women who live to travel!
Do you love to travel? Who inspires you to travel? Are you currently undertaking an inspiring journey? Here I look at some inspiring Indian women who live to travel!
I love travelling, although I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like (who wouldn’t, right?). But I still take out some time to travel even if for the weekend and surprisingly 2013 and 2014 (till now) have been good years for me. In 2013 I explored many corners of Europe and also traveled to Turkey and since 2014 has begun, I have traveled at least once every month within India.
But I wonder, people who make a living out of travel, what are their perspectives. Do they ever have travel fatigue? Does the charm of traveling to some far-off place wears off?
We all know Shivya Nath, the famous Shooting Star. Shivya has been a personal inspiration for me. I not only like her for her brave decision of leaving her corporate job at the age of 23 in order to travel the world, but that she is very passionate about travel and also holds a social responsibility towards it. She is the co-founder of India Untravelled, which aims to introduce travel enthusiasts to responsible travel experiences in rural India. I’m fascinated as to how does a typical day in her ‘hop on from one flight to another’ routine looks like.
However, in this post I look at some inspiring Indian women travelers who manage both their jobs and their passion of travelling.
Neelima describes herself as a hopeless incurable travel addict. Her trip to Ladakh in 2008 changed the way she perceived traveling and since then, she has never looked back. She has been to 20 states and Union territories so far, from the remote forests of Andaman and Chhattisgarh to the border areas of Nagaland andKashmir. Her dream is to set foot in all the Indian states and UTs (corrected) before she turns 30.
Neelima is a diehard fan of the Himalayas and the Western Ghats; she has hiked up the Himalayas more times than she can remember. She is constantly in search of offbeat places that few have known about. She has been to many beautiful yet unexplored places such as Sikkim in the monsoons, hiked in search of the heavenly lakes and valleys of Kashmir, the church that’s submerged in water, a village where no one wears footwear and many more. Her stories have been published in Nat Geo, The Hindu, The Alternative and many more. She blogs here and likes interacting with fellow travelers and listen to their stories.
Travel and academics, how does that sound? Being an academic and into travel, I was instantly fascinated by Mridula. Mridula, who works as an assistant professor of Human Resource Management at Gurgaon, also writes stories for GoNOMAD. The first was about trekking in Goa. She is known for her blog Travel Tales From India which was named the best travel Indiblog at the India Weblog Awards in 2007. Her blog has also been rated highly by the BBC and the Guardian.
In December 2010 she was featured in a National Geograpic Skoda Yeti Video. In 2007, Mridula joined the ranks of the GoNOMAD bloggers when they began hosting Travel Tales From India on their network.
See India through the lens of an Indian-origin Australian woman living in India. After following the traditional career-path for 16 years, Rakhee decided to move to India in 2011 while in her 30s. She backpacked across the country for nine months and while blogging about it, she started to receive offers to write for online publications. She is a traveler by nature and loves anything to do with travel, from writing about travel, to putting together itineraries for people and giving travel tips.
She has travelled to 49 countries in the world and has another 50 on her bucket list. Apart from being a traveler, she is also a business consultant and an entrepreneur and co-founded a Gourmet Pop-Up shop in Mumbai called Potluck Me. Her travel writings as well as others on business, food, etc. can be accessed on her website here.
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
While boys are taught to naturally own the space they enter, girls are taught to give up, to accommodate, to adjust since "it is their primary responsibility to keep families and relations together."
Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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