Life Talk

Not all people can be YOUR people: Getting over the ‘save a soul’ syndrome

I’ve never been a social butterfly. I’m not an incapable-of-human-interaction moth either. Just that, I’ve always been more used to intimate groups of people or one-on-one interactions where you get to know each other, really talk and listen. That was social enough for me. Until last year. When I said hello to the “other side”. …

Hills are a-calling, Travels

The Return to Gairibas and Men in Camouflage Eyeing Tits: Sandakphu Trek Day 5 and 6

I woke up to the frantic noise of camera shutters clicking. We were at the Trekker’s Hut in Gairibas, and this was the morning after our descent from Sandakphu. I looked around and found Aishani sleeping soundly. Rahul’s bed was empty though. I peered out of the window. It was cloudy and really foggy. Who …

Hills are a-calling, Travels

Gasping for Breath & Tolerating Idiots on the Final Climb to Sandakphu – Sandakphu Trek Day 4

I try not to give in to the urge to stereotype, even when it’s really, really tempting. But there’s this one specimen of humans that tests my restraint the most. You know who I’m talking about. The one that brings out the eye roll and under-the-breath muttering of “uncultured” in every Bengali and Tamilian. Yep. …

Hills are a-calling, Travels

Gravity defying stunts on the way to Kala Pokhari: Sandakphu Trek Day 3

“Okay, so we have two options. Either we take the straight but highly steep path via Kaiyakata, which is also the more popular route. Or we take the slightly roundabout but easier on the legs jungle route,” said Rahul, on the morning of our trek to Kala Pokhari. We were sitting outside the Trekkers’ Hut, …

Hills are a-calling, Travels

The long, REALLY long walk to Gairibas: Sandakphu Trek Day 2

In Bengali, there’s a popular song which, when translated, goes roughly like this – What if this path we’re on never ended? How would that be? It’s meant to sound romantic, but I’ve always found it a tad ominous. And turns out, I was right. This song became the theme of our “short and easy” …