Hi, I am Shoma Abhyankar. It was only after I was holed up in a cubicle designing house plans the entire day, that I realized that indoors make me claustrophobic. When I am outdoors, I love letting the breeze play with my hair, the rippling waters of seas, rivers and streams tickle my feet….I love to sit surrounded by nature or roam in the ruins of temples, forts and palaces and let the forests and ruins all speak to me in whispers of the birds that sing…of the butterflies that dance…of the kings and queens…of the battles and coups…
There is so much to see and just one life time… so I left my job to bring up a beautiful daughter and move all over the country with my military man. That helped in satisfying my travel hungry self too. So there I was travelling Srinagar(Kashmir) in northern India to Shillong(Meghalaya) in eastern India to Andamans in south and Jodhpur(Rajasthan) in Western parts of country and many more destinations within the country.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
I believe travel makes me more tolerant…more open to different cultures….more knowledgeable about the world and not to forget introduce me to various cuisines! I would love to inspire my daughter and others to explore the rich heritage, the diverse landscape and variety of culture that our incredible country has to offer.
Travel I must to expand my horizon…to find new experiences and meet passionate travelers…to learn new stories…To grow as a human being!
My Travel Whims
Road travel fascinates me…mostly because that allows me my pace….to stop at will and marvel at something that piqued my interest….to decide which path to take….laid back. Unless there is an unavoidable urgency, I like to explore all along the way to the final destination…
Though I would love to be more spontaneous in my travels but I like my clean sheets to have a peaceful night before taking the next day full on….well, so I plan my travels and look for a clean room to rest in! I prefer not to be stranded or exposed to unfavorable conditions and people during my travels…Safety is a prerequisite!
I am looking for adventure no doubt…but hunting for food or surviving on bugs is not my idea of adventure….give me cooked food and I am good to go…I like my luxuries!
And the stories….
I have many memorable travel moments. And hence the stories…. Welcome to my travel stories at ASTONISHING INDIA.