Story until March 2015
I grew up in a family of six. I have three siblings and I’m the third one in line. Both my elder siblings are married and each one has a kid. Which makes me the center of all the concerns right now at home. Being 32 and single is not the best position to be in in India.
My father served in the Indian Navy which should explain why packing and unpacking has never been a concern for me.
This has been my journey to where I’m today:
Engineering (Computer Science)
Software Engineer (With Infosys)
MBA- Human Resources (From XIMB)
Placed in one of the Big 4 consulting firms
2015 – 2016
With a small job in a big firm, I moved to one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world – Mumbai.
A lot of people tend to assume that it was my job that led me to quit my life in Mumbai and begin this journey but that’s not true. There were a lot of things in my life that was not going right and by right I mean they weren’t making me a happier person. Life in Mumbai sure is difficult (from house hunting to traveling by local trains), but if the other aspects of your life are also not going right then it gets worse.
I could see myself falling in a dark pitch of monotony and sadness. I reached a point where I found no motivation to wake up in the morning. From being a morning person who loved running I turned into a person who struggled to wake up at any hour. I wasn’t even sleeping well, it was just difficult to get up and do anything. I often found myself imagining the end of my life.
Somewhere in this conundrum, on a breakdown call with my mom, I found the motivation to change things for better.
Life After Oct 2016
In Oct 2016, very dramatically, I quit my corporate job and left for an adventure to fill my soul with joy again. I backpacked around Latin America from Nov 2016 to Nov 2017 and it was one memorable journey.
Since my return to India, I have been traveling around India, trying to take up freelancing assignments like I set up a hostel for some people in Kodaikanal, Worked in the diversity and inclusion team of an Indian conglomerate, Painted a cafe in Mcleodganj, took up writing work online etc. Anything that would help the boat stay afloat.
Hitchhiking, staying with farmers, dancing with strangers, Hostels, mixed dorms, learning Spanish, drunk night, volunteering, painting the walls, Basically everything that I thought was reserved for a best selling novel.
I maintain this blog to document my journey which is intended to also help anyone looking for tips on Budget travel, Solo travel, or traveling on an Indian passport.
There hasn’t been an epiphany of sorts during my travels but it has changed me in ways that I could never imagine. Some changes were temporary and some changed me permanently.