It takes a lifetime to see and experience the country that we are born in, so imagine the number of lifetimes needed to see the world.
If not all, we can try to visit few places of interest outside our own country to experience an iota of their culture, food, architecture, and landscape.
It is fascinating how the eyes and mind are reborn when you visit these places. When you process the myriad of thoughts and images of each of these journeys, you start appreciating what you have and you are better prepared for the impending change. A journey from India to other countries can either be “Back to the future” or “Back to the past”.
Few decades back it was just a handful of people who ventured out of the country ,more for higher studies than as a tourist. The scholarship money would be well spent to see a bit of the country they are studying in as well as the neighboring countries. Relatives and friends back home had to wait for days for a hand-written letter to reach them. After their return, every photo and slide along with the narration was savored by the untraveled with a resolution to see them in this lifetime.
It is a different story now with digital cameras, Internet, and social media. It is easy to book, reserve, and share information instantly and can take your relatives and friends on a virtual tour along with you to all the destinations. All that is needed is the time, money, and interest to experience the Brown Bear hunting the Salmon in Alaska, get blown over by the northern lights, feel the mist of the Niagara Falls, take in the scent of the cherry blossoms in the Far East, fly over the Angels Water Falls, exclaim over the Tulips in Amsterdam, and the never-ending list goes on.
I would love it if you can accompany me in my quest to relive every moment spent outside India through words and pictures.
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