I begin this blogpost with a sincere apology for not being regular. Travelling. Working. Discovering. Breathing. Existing. And living. I have been doing it all and rather handsomely. In short, I have gathered plenty of colours that are dying to be spilled into stories that can be shared and read. But I have been rather lazy and unorganized in doing so. Hence the apology.
Thankfully, I got a very good reason to update. My friend and fellow blogger, Nupur (whose blog has the most awesome-st name, btw: ‘Tugging My Luggage‘) nominated me for something called the ”Liebster Award”. To be frank, I have no idea what this is about. But she nominated me. So my guess is it’s pretty huge. Many many thanks for the honour! The word liebster comes from liebe which is German for love. So I am already touched and humbled by the gesture. Danke! :-)
I have never looked at Colours on my palette (Have you liked it yet?) as a travel blog. I look it as a blog, yes. A medium of expression. Of thoughts. Words. Experiences. Discoveries. Inventions. Conversations. And stories. They all form the different colours of this palette. However, travel is an extremely crucial part of it. Most of my stories and experiences come from my travels. Fictional, imaginary, real and/or otherwise. I read a quote somewhere that aptly explains it all: “Travelling: It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” :)
Continuing the tradition of all this ‘liebe’, I answer Nupur’s lovely questions in this post:
What got you hooked to travel?
I don’t really know the answer to that. I have travelled since a kid. Mostly with family members, as a child. More with friends, as I grow up. And occasionally, alone. As a girl from a small town, a large part of my childhood was spent in touring “bigger”, metropolitan cities, visiting my grandparents and planning family holidays. Today, I am hooked to travel for many reasons. One, it helps you switch off- a real art. Two, it helps you give time to yourself-something we often forget or ignore. Travel is an addiction because it helps us understand ourselves and the people around us much better. And it never ends. Both the travels and the learnings.
What is your favourite thing about travel?
That I get to meet and embrace multiple cultures, cuisines and colours. That I get to collect souvenirs(not necessarily material). That I get to switch off. That I get to discover and pen so many stories waiting to be told. In different narratives. From different perspectives. In different colours.
One place which you would love to return over and over again?
Nice Ville, South France
Puducherry, South India
Cherrapunjee, North East India
One place you would never return?
Vatican City on Christmas eve. Maddening crowd!
If you had to settle down in one place, which would it be?
I ask myself this question every single day! At the moment, I am thinking South Goa. A year ago, I would have said Kerala.
Which is your favourite travel photo?
So many! And so many more that are printed in my memory. But for the sake of answering this question, here’s one:
The break of dawn. Clicked in a small village in South Germany that goes by the name ‘Unterjesingen Sandäcker’
What do you prefer to carry, hard copy books or e-books?
Hard copy. Always. It isn’t really reading if you can’t smell the pages.
What do you prefer, short term or long term travel?
Both, I guess. Depends on the company I travel with.
Which are your must have packing items?
Water bottle, diary, ink pen, a book to read, earphones, battery charger
How has blogging helped you?
It has helped me narrate stories in a way that doesn’t put the reader to sleep (hopefully). It has helped me connect to other fellow bloggers and travellers. It has helped in expressing myself better. Hopefully, the learning continues.
Now that I have done my bit, I would like to nominate the following blogs:
Mindblogging @ My Will
Communique | Talking Loud
Rum Lola Rum
Bom Sight & Thought House
Heaven on Earth
Media. Social Issues. Agriculture. Feminism
A Reluctant Ombudsman
And here are my questions:
1) What has travel taught you?
2) One travel story that you never get tired of narrating?
3) What has been your cheapest and most extravagant travel experience?
4) What has been your worst travel experience?
5) One place that you haven’t been able to visit yet and would like to travel to? Why?
6) One place that you have visited and would like to travel again to? Why?
7) One unforgettable souvenir from your travels?
8) If you had all the money you need, what is the one place in this world that you would like to spend it on?
9) A travel tip that you would like to share?
10) Why do you blog?
Looking forward to some really interesting answers. Till then, keep travelling! :)
-Share your gratitude and link back the blogger who has nominated you
-Answer their 10 questions
-Nominate more blogs (10, if you can)
-Draft 10 questions of your own