The roads less travelled

about my journeys

Dead Man Talking

I woke up with a jolt when the jeep evaded a pothole with a sudden turn. We were deep in a forest (in shit!) or why else the road so dark and the sides so impervious! I rubbed my eyes and peered out through the glass; the canopy of tall trees had screened out the sun and there was an eerie darkness enveloping the long winding road before us. “Where have we reached?” I asked. The driver did not reply. … Continue reading

10 Best Travel Stories of the Year

For the last one year at RRR, I have been traveling and posting stories without respite. Here’s a selection of the best 10 travel stories of the year. I hope it would inspire you to join me when I pack my bag for the next journey. 1) Closely Watched Trains: I love train journeys. Who doesn’t, alle? So here in this story I put the craving under microscope to study it in detail. Did you too once check out in … Continue reading

A Mountain for a Gift

Maybe I am crazy. But for a very long time I have been cherishing a dream to celebrate this day all alone in one of the most dramatic places I’ve ever been, I noted in my diary. “But you are all alone. You need a guide,” said Deepthi, my Coorg hostess. The 7km trek to Thadiyantemole, the tallest peak in Coorg (5700 feet above sea level)  began from King’s Cottage, a beautiful estate home in Kakkabe (Coorg), in early morning. … Continue reading

My Close Encounters with Death

We had no other job that evening. So we both waited patiently for the other to make the first move. I clung myself tightly to the highest rung of that spiked iron pole at the top of Peeru hills. That was the maximum I could help as the pole abruptly tapered out into a blue sky just above my head. When I looked down I saw the wild buffalo eagerly waiting for me at the bottom. Twenty-six minutes it waited … Continue reading