A few years ago, I interviewed Meigo Mark – a European traveller who was on a mission to walk 40,075 kilometres. Why? Because it is the total length of the equator. His journey took him from his home in Estonia to many countries including India. I remember asking him if it was hard to wake up each day to walk. He had said, “Walking feels like the mission of the heart, mind and spirit.” I have looked at the simple act of walking very differently since.
As per United Nations Environment, more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s; 60% of which ends up in landfills or natural environment. While there are studies are being conducted, government schemes being designed and development interventions implemented, what is missing are small but proactive actions and lifestyle changes by individuals like you and me. Continue reading “My New Year Resolution That Promotes A More Sustainable Lifestyle”
Along with everything that we stand to learn and practice everywhere else…
According to news reports this week, France has emerged as the world leader in promoting sustainable tourism. According to a report by The Economist’s Sustainable Tourism Index, France, Germany and the UK are best at preserving their social, cultural and environmental capital. Continue reading “This Is Why France Still Reigns As World Champion In Sustainable Tourism”
The Indian government’s decision to limit the total number of domestic tourists to 40,000 a day inside the Taj Mahal has led to conflicted emotions across the world. Do we need a special privilege to visit our own cultural heritage? The question that needs to be highlighted is a much bigger one. Continue reading “India’s First Step Towards Regulating Tourist Traffic Is Under The Scanner, But Why?”
The Himalayas are a trekker’s delight and thousands flock to various trekking destinations each year. A handful never return. A first-hand account of why you should never take a visit to the mountains lightly. Continue reading “The Himalayas Let Me Return Alive, I Am Wiser For It”
As an aid worker, the journey to a workstation can be perilous. Work is stressful and heart-wrenching. Amid all this, the ability to marvel at fellow human beings and celebrate the natural beauty of the most offbeat locations can be the best reward. Continue reading “A Page From A Humanitarian Response Officer’s Diary: The Nepal Earthquake 2015”
Not all who wander are considered lost; and sometimes a journey into the unknown can take us to interesting finds that make for a memory worth writing home about. My recent visit to Vietnam with a friend proved to be all the endorsement to that fact I needed. Continue reading “A Secret Café In Vietnam That Offers Tea, Coffee And Perspective”