Those winding roads of Bhutan offer not just spectacular views but a smooth ride and drivers with great discipline. When there was a rare traffic hold up, nobody selfishly tried to get ahead by driving on the wrong side or honking unto eternity. An interesting fact is that a lot of the road work is done by India.
Last year was when I really got back into the listening to podcasts regularly. These are a few good ones that I discovered.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
This is a very interesting premise for a comedy podcast. Conan interviews several of his celebrity guests in the hope of discovering why it is that he never formed any lasting friendships with any of them. It’s a funny podcast that gives you some insights into not just the guests themselves but also about his close employees. If you are regular listener of podcasts, you will also be familiar with the most common ads that are a part of each show. Conan puts his own little spin on these with hilarious results. These are a highlight for me and I could watch the podcast for these alone.
Everything is Alive
In Everything is Alive every episode features a mock interview with an inanimate object. I never expected to like a podcast with such a quirky premise but somehow they made it work. The production quality is top notch and the conviction with which the voice actors deliver their lines is beyond compare.
Cabinet of Curiosities
This podcast comes from the creator of the more widely known podcast Lore. While
We didn’t cross new destinations off our list this year thanks to the birth of my son. However, in the last few months, we have been flying ever higher. Caring for him has been a brand new journey all of its own. When he lights up with a smile, most things pale in comparison to it. The innocence of a child, the way his mere presence makes us cross question all of our own ways, his ability to light up so many other lives and the special warmth that you feel when you hold him close to your heart are just some of the new experiences I have had this year. The most important one though is how much one appreciates one’s own parents when you become one. Unconditional love is something I would never have understood until I became a parent myself.
I miss Peru so dearly. The place and the unforgettable conversations with strangers. The wholly unexpected fulfillment of the dream to visit Machu Picchu. The sleepless nights I spent trying to get my visa in time for my departure. It all keeps coming back every time I go through my collection of photos from Peru.
San Francisco is a city of incredible contrasts. One minute I would find myself walking through a glitzy section like Union Square and just a few blocks later something that felt so far removed from it. Ugly graffiti, poorly maintained streets and the distinct smell of weed following you everywhere you went.
Bhutan is an amazing destination for Indian travellers. No visa hassles, easy to get to and very light on the pocket. When I think about the word that comes to mind when I think about my trip there, it was peace.
When I first stepped into this area in Mumbai, I could not believe that I was still in the same city. If I had been beamed into the place, other than the presence of the Indian vehicles, I could easily have mistaken it for someplace in Europe.
How does a place get
I don’t usually try to capture birds on my pocket camera as this is usually an exercise in frustration. No matter the 30x optical zoom that it offers you need an insanely steady hand or a tripod to capture something like this. It took multiple tries but I just didn’t want to move on without a good shot of this beautiful bird.
I have stayed almost my entire life near this temple and yet I never made it until a few days ago to this particular one. I never visit temples for religious purposes but this is one nicely situated right by the Mula Mutha river.