CURRENTLY CELEBRATING MAHA-SHIVRATRI IN : GOKARNA
NEXT FESTIVAL HOLI IN : MATHURA
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
― Steve Jobs
Follow your heart…
Awards and Recognitions :
( Check out point no. 17 in the list of offbeat destinations )
Why did I leave my well settled corporate job ?
This is the story of a 23 year old software engineer who quit his job to follow his passion of becoming a travel writer. The story is mine and people like me who have worked in the corporate world but there is a part of them which says :
”No you are not meant to to do this thing. Nature has better plans for you “
After working for 6 months in a software company Accenture, I realized that I am not interested in software testing. There was money in it. But I knew I lacked the passion. Every moment I knew that I don’t see myself here five years down the line. I started looking for alternatives. Alongside this job, I decided to freelance as a trek coordinator with Bangalore Mountaineering Club on weekends.
Read here : From Techie To Trek Coordinator
“The best part of trekking is that it brings us closer to each other . Not just closer to us but closer with dear Nature.”
In the outside world, a person might be someone else’s boss or CEO of a company but while trekking everyone was equal. By this time it was clear that my inclination towards writing and travelling was more than towards software testing.
The only thing required was to take a “leap of faith“. A voice in my heart was inching to know more about diverse colors of India. It was time to say good bye to corporate world and begin a new journey.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
– Steve Jobs
The life lessons which I have learned in the past 2 months of traveling (so far) is priceless as compared to the previous 22 years of life. Through hornbill festival of Kohima, I learned how Nagaland has preserved the culture and traditions of its 16 tribes.
While we had read about the North Eastern states that the sunrises at 4:30 and sets at 5 pm ( while there are no signs of sunset in my homeland Chhattisgarh), it was a truly remarkable sight to witness and experience the same.
These travels have changed my perspectives altogether. While we call them as ‘tribals’, the people from the North East follow the custom of “Jamai System” in which the husbands have to leave their houses and stay with in-laws, as compared to the rest of India where the opposite happens.
These travels have taught me how to trust people. After spending 3 days with an stranger Garo family at a small village Aampati in Tura, I realised that
“Love has No Language”
After participating in the Jaipur Literature Festival, I realised that Yes,! There’s a place in India where writers are welcome to express their views freely and the art of reading is celebrated.
Maybe it was the ‘leap of faith’ due to which I won the ‘Blogger of the Month December‘ award by Vunique travelers and ‘Top Indian Travel Blogs About Offbeat Destinations‘ by holidify in the month of January. But happiness greater than this is doing what I love every moment, every single day.
Whats the plan now ?
Explore the diverse colors of India though its colorful festivals and then see how it goes from there. Any sponsors are welcome to contribute 😀
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