“A Sailor is an artist, whose medium is the wind”

-Webb Chiles

Here is one artist just like Webb Chiles says. We introduce to you one of India’s Youngest Sailors, Ananya Chouhan. Since falling in love with the waters at age 12, Ananya has not looked back. She has many wins which add to her list of achievements in India and abroad.

Doing fantastically well even in academics, Ananya Chouhan bagged a silver in the  Laser 4.7 Girls, under 18 category at the recently held Hyderabad Sailing Week. In July 2015 in 30th Laser Sailing Championship Hyderabad, she  won a Gold medal in the under 16 Girls category .

Holi Festival in India
Holi Festival – India
Img Source: holifestival.com

 

“Sometimes all you need is a little splash of colour “

 

Isn’t the above quote true?  Be it any situation or circumstance just a little bit of colour adds wonders to it. Nobody would want to live a life in monochrome, would they? That’s when festivals come in and try to make our lives colourful.

One such festival is Holi which is celebrated in India with great fervor and enthusiasm across the length and breadth of the country. It’s rightly called as the “Festival of Colours” as people enjoy spraying each other with colourful water and colours also known as “Abeer” & “Gulal” .

‘Of all the paths you take in life make sure some of them are dirt’ and Piyush has taken this quite literally. Piyush Chavan is that guy who will make your normal life feel a tad bit dull. He has achieved so much at his age that it is almost difficult to not be in awe of him!

#AdventureNme blogging contest

 

#adventureNme blogging contest

 

So far nobody has been able to explain what the definition of Adventure would be. Us ambitious lot at AdventureN made a few efforts and asked people around, “What adventure means to you?” with #AdventureNme.

Far from what we expected, the answers from people ranged from being philosophical, crazy, hilarious and pretty insightful!

How to balance life and training? Be it the Ironman Triathlon or any other Training, the answer is really very simple says Dr. Kaustubh Radkar.

Dr. Kaustubh Radkar is India’s only Ironman Coach and has an aim to give the country least of 100 Ironman titles from the people he trains in this very year.

The monsoon has eased and winter is coming. October is the month when Navratri and Dassehra hold major importance. But in case you want to check out a few off-beat festivals this month, we bring you a list of some festivals which you are probably not aware of.

 

The Groove Yoga Festival (Oct 1-Oct 6)

 

Yoga on the Beach
Photo: kauaiyogaonthebeach.com

Where: Ashiyana Center, Mandrem beach, Goa

For all health conscious people, this festival is a perfect mix of exercise with enjoyment. This 6-day retreat with a relaxed atmosphere comprises of yoga classes, sound workshops AcroYoga, bodywork, kirtan, concerts, beach parties etc. Basically, everything you want for a chilled out October while being healthy is here.

SAARC Sufi Festival (Oct 10-Oct 12)

 

SAARC sufi festival
Image Source: allevents.in

Where: Diggi Palace, Jaipur

This festival is organised in collaboration with The Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature. The festival at Diggi Palace has a beautiful mix of soulful Sufi music with some excellent Sufiyana shayari.

The festival will witness 50 SAARC Sufi scholars, 20 poets, 80 Sufi musicians, singers and dancers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka perform and enthrall the audience. The festival will also see book launches and academic seminars. It aims to spread the vision of a terror free world.

Jodhpur Riff (Oct 23-Oct 27)

 

Jodhpur Riff Festival
Image Source: www.esamskriti.com

Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The Jodhpur Riff is a music festival typically for and to promote Rajasthani folk music and is held at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The festival has received a much deserved international acclaim when it was listed as one of the 25 best international music festivals from around the world. It is supported by UNESCO as a ‘People’s Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development’.

 

Pushkar Camel Fair (Oct 19-Oct 25)

 

Pushkar Fair Rajasthan
Photo: pushkarcamelfair.in

Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan

Popularly known as the Pushkar Mela, the Pushkar Fair is the world’s largest camel festival that starts with a camel race. The festival that spreads over 5 days has now become popular for competitions like ‘matka phod’, ‘longest moustache’ and ‘bridal competition’. The fair is a vibrant depiction of the local culture that is now widely visited by foreign tourists as well.

 

Ramnagar Ramleela

 

Ramnagar Ramleela Festival Varanasi
Image Credits: mybanaras.com

Where: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Ramlila a play based on the Ramayana has been enacted in India since 200 years. Although Ramlilas happen all around the country, the best one can be seen at Varanasi, along the banks of Ganges. The enactment takes place starting from Anant Chaturdashi and goes on till the full moon.

Whoever said exercising needs to be a boring and mundane? That only running on a treadmill is how you can stay healthy? Luckily enough for us, our geographical features are such that allow us the luxury to create a natural gym out in the open. Why then not use it? This World Heart Day, experience trekking your way to a healthy heart.

Nothing can beat soaking yourself in the glory of nature, especially when it is responsible for the essential nutrients of your body. Early morning sun is known to be the best source of Vitamin D, that in turn reduces the risk of colon and breast cancer, according to a study by the University of California.

Sweta K Bhanushali

Visually breathtaking, Baltasar Kormákur‘s  ‘Everest‘ The Movie is based on the 1996 tragic expedition to the highest peak in the world which saw the death of 12 people in a single season, making this one of the deadliest year on Everest.

The film beautifully showcases the splendour and challenges of reaching the summit. It also does justice to the evident commercialisation seen sprouting at the Everest Base Camp as several scenes show a string of people attempting the summit.

Nikita Abhyankar

By now, perhaps everyone has read and spoken enough about the couple who left their high-paying advertising jobs to travel the world and are ‘now scrubbing toilets’ for a living. They blog at HowFarFromHome.com

The first time I read about this couple in news, it made me feel sorry for them; gave the idea that they are regretting taking the decision they did and choosing a life of travel.

how far from home animals
Photo: How Far From Home Blog

Expectedly, other news publications followed suit and these are a few more headlines that I came across:

  • This couple quit their advertising jobs to travel the world – and now they scrub toilets for food Business Insider
  • The Couple Who Quit Their Ad Jobs to Travel the World Ended Up Poor and Scrubbing Toilets –Adweek
  • Nomadic couple who quit high-paying advertising jobs to travel, forced to scrub toilets to survive –NYDaily
  • Would you quit your job and scrub toilets to travel? This South African couple did –Firstpost
  • This Couple Quit Their Jobs To Travel And Now Scrub Toilets To Get By –Buzzfeed
  • Nomadic couple have to scrub toilets to fund their travels –Deccan Chronicle

Now, coming from a journalism industry where lives and jobs are hanging by the thread of click-baits, I preferred reading the original blog written by the South African travelling-couple Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnbergo.

Ohh and must I add, it was far from wimpy, whiny, or sad!

how far from home travel
Photo: How Far From Home Blog

The blog clearly shows that the Cartell-Dirnbergo duo knew what they were headed for. They write, “Although we knew it wouldn’t be easy, we are certainly learning fast that this isn’t for faint hearts, and we need to learn to react and adapt to everything that’s thrown our way.”

Nobody ever said that travelling or backpacking was a kid’s play. Every travel blogger that I have come across have had a story with similar patterns.

Get a high paying job – get stuck in the rut – realise you don’t want to do it – leave cushy job to travel and be a blogger – have a difficult financial life while having the best time of your life.

But most of people who are yet to have their awakening moment, read these blogs, see the pretty pictures and keep wondering how awesome the life of a travel blogger is. Seldom anybody sees the darker side of it. This is where it is most important to read the last part of this blog.

how far from home travel
Photo: How Far From Home Blog

“But even though we probably have more greys than when we started, dirt under our nails despite long showers, and cheap snack food as a main form of nutrition, this crazy lifestyle allows us to enjoy the freedom of exploring rich Swedish forests, never-ending Nordic fjords, Italian cobbled alleyways, and cosmopolitan cities. We have time to brainstorm our own ideas, and push our own creative experiments. It’s like heaven for us. Sure, wood needs to be stacked, and garbage needs to be taken out (it’s our version of a shit sandwich, as Mark Manson put it), but once that’s done, we’re free to explore, wander and be one with our meandering thoughts. You work under your own schedule, using (a lot of) spare time to jog around mirrored lakes, craft inspired creations and breathe the Arctic air. There’s nothing quite like swopping million rand advertising budgets for toilet scrubbing to teach you about humility, life and the importance of living each day as if it were your last.”

For this, I couldn’t be more thankful to the Cartell-Dirnbergo duo for showing the world what it is really like.

By Nikita Abhyankar

Every year on Rakshabandhan and Bhaidooj, I go jumping to my brother, superficially choosing these days to celebrate our relationship. Some cynics always commented, “Why do you need a day to celebrate love for your brother?”

I would have remained oblivious to the answer for my question had I not come across an article on Lakshya Foundation, and how its founder is assisting civilians to Ladakh for Rakshabandhan.

My chat with the founder President of this NGO, Anuradha Prabhudesai, was short and yet it left me lingering with thoughts of soldiers living at the border in extreme conditions so we could live a life of peace in our cozy urban houses.

Rakshabandhan
(Photo: lakshyafoundation.co.in)

“We don’t know what’s going on around us. What about the unsung heroes?” says Anuradha with a sincere concern in her voice.

For Anuradha, it all started with a leisure trip to the war-ravaged town of Drass in 2004 with her husband and friends when she first spotted an army caption that read, ‘I only regret that I have but one life to lay down for the country.’

Paramveer Chakra awardee
With Paramveer Chakra awardee (Kargil War) Yogendra Singh Yadav (Photo: lakshyafoundation.co.in)

It was perhaps this hard-hitting line that made Anuradha go back to Ladakh in 2005 during Rakshabandhan when she tied rakhis to the soldiers and distributed home-made food. The heart-warming response from the army men inspired her to go back almost every year. Eventually civilians, who believed in the idea of Lakshya Foundations also joined her.

Rakshabandhan
(Photo: lakshyafoundation.co.in)

This year she released the 2nd edition of the book, ‘Salute to our heroes – 10 inspiring stories of Kargil braveheart’, on Kargil Vijay Diwas (26th July).

Over the years, Anuradha’s bond with the soldiers has only become stronger with her annual visits to Kargil. She has taken over 500 civilians to Ladakh, giving them first-hand experience of an Army-life and conducting get-togethers of Army wives and war-widows.

Rakshabandhan
(Photo: lakshyafoundation.co.in)

This Rakshabandhan, the least we could do is spare a thought for those living away from their loved ones for us to sleep peacefully with our families.

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