Friday, July 05, 2013

Around the world in less than 4 minutes!

This post has been written as part of the contest That Tuesday Thingy run on a bloggers group that I am a part of, Indiblogeshwaris.com.  Taking this video as the prompt, we have to write a post if this song talked to us. You too can participate in this only if this piece talked to you! The song is from the album Time Traveller by Rahul Sharma.






It did to me. And here’s what we talked.
 
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Deodar and chinar trees all around
Snow-capped mountains in Gulmarg
Apples and strawberries hanging on branches
House-boats making the Dal Lake come alive

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Bright pink and orange Leheriya in Jaipur
Romancing with myself under the stars at Lake Palace in Udaipur
Camel safari on a full moon night in the sand dunes
Palaces, royalty and dal baati choorma of Rajasthan

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 Breathtaking Taj Mahal at sunrise
Magical aarti on the banks of Ganga
Ghaats and temples of Varanasi
Krishna leela in Vrindavan and Mathura

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 Sun setting at Bandra bandstand
Night wearing Queen’s necklace at Marine Drive
Mid-night hogging at Bade Miyan
Sitting near the sea and watching the world go by

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Sun, sand, lazying around at the beach
Looking at the sea and soaking in what everyone calls, Goa
Dancing away at Garba nights in Ahmedabad
Feasting on Oondhiyo, Paatra, Aam Panna and Kutch embroidery

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Tea plantations and waterfalls of Munnar
Savouring Poriyal, Appam and Stew in backwaters of Kerala
In Chennai,sipping the degree coffee and
draping myself in a bright Kanjeevaram saree

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French Indian amalgam and peaceful Auroville in Puducherry
The trams and Durga Pujo pandals of Kolkata
And enjoying the old-world charm sipping coffee in Flury’s
Visiting the tea plantations of Darjeeling riding on a toy train

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Walking and exploring NYC with a travel cappuccino in my hands
Times Square, Manhattan, cafes, hot dogs and Magnolia cup cakes
Traveling in the London tube and visiting mini India, Southhall
Watching Wimbledon live, gorging on the strawberries and cream

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Lit up Eiffel Tower in the evening light show
With eyes drowned in the beauty of the city, enjoying the Gondola ride in Venice
Coffee on the cobbled streets of Rome and Margherita pizza in Naples
Doing my Bollywood bit in a chiffon saree in Swiss Alps

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City girl in me jumping with joy in Singapore
Nature at its best at Northern Lights of Aurora
Treating myself to Baklava and Meze in Istanbul
Succumbing to sin in the Sin City, Las Vegas. Atleast once!

 


I promise to take myself to all these places, to treat my heart and soul to the wonders of the world, to let my eyes soak in the magic this world has to offer. I promise myself. One step at a time, one place at a time.

I watched the video a few times. With eyes wide open earlier and then eyes closed and taking in the music later. From very first second the places shown in this triggered my fantasies and my dream of travelling and seeing the world. I just made the list of places on my wishlist and why they are on that list.

After writing this, I am more determined. I won’t devoid myself of the colors, people and experiences this world has to offer!           


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

 


36 comments:

  1. Vrindavan and Mathura are where I want to be too - lovely poem enjoyed your journey.

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    1. Thanks Suzy. My journey that I shall undertake some day soon.

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  2. Good luck...and I hope your dream to visti these places comes soon.....One at a time :)

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    1. Ain't you a sweetheart Kajal? Thank you. :-)

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  3. Wanderlust! I want to pack my bags and take off. I really do

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  4. I have in the past five years have visited many places in the US I never thought in life I'd see. It's great to go traveling, I very often go to Spain where my son resides.

    Yvonne.

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  5. Woman on wonderlust....sahi hai. Simply loved ur take :)

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    1. Oh that I am! Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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  6. I love to do all these too. Fab!

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  7. Ah, I just wish and wish. Why does travel mean money and time. Sheesh, what a shame. Naina, I hold you responsible.

    And all the very besht to you for travelling.

    First time here :)

    Joy always,
    Susan

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    1. Sorry Susan! Let me come to Goa and make it upto you soon!

      And by the way, welcome to this space. I hope you like it here. Thanks for dropping by!

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  8. Oh how lovely! Travelling is surely one way of finding eternal peace. The soul sometimes need to go in transit to find solace to oneself. The poem definitely took my mind on a wonderful trip :)

    Richa

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    1. Oh yes Richa. People who travel shall be able to corroborate with facts! Wish you many travels too!

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  9. Interesting ! Ur post reminded me of another video Incredible India. I wish I travelled arnd the world if not in 80 days atleast by the time I become 80 ;)
    GOOD TAKE NAINA! good luck
    lvoed it

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    1. Amen, Afshan! Amen to that! Thank you so much! :-)

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  10. I meant I wish I too travel around the world not traveled :)

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  11. wanderlust ! I can relate to it so well !

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    1. You are the master of it and an inspiration, Ruchira!

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  12. Saare Jahaan se accha Hindustan hamara.

    A beautiful vivid poetry. Loved it Naina.

    Good luck. :)

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    1. Glad you liked it Preetilata. Thank you :-)

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  13. The mind is an awesome machine.

    It can make us travel the world in seconds :)

    Great write up!

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    1. Thank you for such kind words and thanks for dropping by. :-)

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  14. Woman, you painted a visual treat~ Beautifully done! Good luck on the contest. :)

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  15. You covered almost the whole of India,NSEW. I am missing India more now :(

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    1. But you can always read these lines and feel closer to home. :-)

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  16. So you love travel too. That's quite a list. Wishing you to do them all in due course :)

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    1. Thank you Shail. And I hope you are enjoying your American vacation as well!

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  17. thats really lovely..feels as if i have traveled all these places through this poem, a diff b'ful place with each para..keep writing!

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    1. Well, mission accomplished then A S! Thank you! :-)

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  18. beautiful poetry written and first time enter ur blog so nice blog

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  19. Naina, I thought initially that you had gone to all the places and I was going to ping u immediately! You wrote it as if you had been there :) And then I read below. Go, go, go Naina. In btw if you are going to munnar or paris do call me..I wanna go too :)

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    1. Oh Bhavana, I wish!! Sigh!

      But deal. Lets visit these 2 places together. Done?

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