This week I’m crafting from Leopold Cafe, in the heart of Colaba district, downtown Mumbai. This cafe, set up 1871, is finest recognised as centrepiece hangout in traditional novel, Shantaram, centered on the genuine story by Gregory David Roberts.

Shantaram was usually suggested although touring via India previous year, and grace linked me with a copy in Berlin. It promptly turned just one of my favourite textbooks of all time. Thrilling, descriptive, immersive, uncooked, and serious. Captures the Mumbai experience totally.

I have found that looking at great publications whilst producing one’s very own (Prepare Sea), increases excellent of one’s creating. This has helped condition anything from richer descriptions, engaging narratives, even scientific relativity, this kind of as from Stephen Hawking’s ultimate book, Temporary Responses to Big Questions.

On our way south by way of India to Sri Lanka, following twelve times in Delhi, we extended our remain in Mumbai another night time. 1st thing Saturday early morning we experience the teach to northern Goa, our home for the following pair of months.

I have experienced a non-end fever for ten times, normal bouts of predictable belly ailments, in a little bit of a lull immediately after extraordinary change from preceding domestic regimen. Goa really should help proper this, and Vipassana will absolutely chill anything out.

Lately, I’m questioning why I travel at all, acquiring located comforts of dwelling and a veritable spouse and children. Journey appeared to be my exploring for some thing. Possessing found, whichever, travel now appears to be for the sake of, drawing out a three thirty day period journey on different motivations. All of this is offering superb philosophical musing for the last chapter of my reserve. I’m finding out what I genuinely need from lifestyle, and if there is any hope for me, or humanity.

With that, here’s a recap of the previous 7 days in journey everyday living.

Working day Journey to Haryana

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Breakfast before the journey, with Govind

Right after meeting domainer mate Govind at Kashmiri Gate station for breakfast, we embarked on the 3 hour bus ride to Karnal City, Haryana.

On achieving our destination, the bus didn’t prevent, requiring bursting onto the pavement underneath, as a result of 3 men who’d jumped into the doorway of the bus. Pedestrians have been surprised at the physical appearance of a random gora (foreigner) in a extremely area space. In the melee I shed my treasured water bottle from Auroville, but disappointment lasted seconds. Actual physical attachment, and all that.

At the place of work of Haryana School of Net Marketing (HSIM), I was welcomed with a bouquet of roses. Adhering to introductions to the really noble employees, I chatted in the office with Govind, Navn from my GameX 2018 staff, and numerous team associates. Heaping platters of snacks arrived, which I assumed was lunch. They laughed at me – lunch was nevertheless to arrive!

In fact, with a few tables connected collectively, the overall business office of all around sixteen individuals sat all over to consume. Just about every human being ready a dish to share, complemented by rice, roti and lassi. I sampled specific foodstuff for the initially time, these kinds of as a paneer casserole that was most divine. There had been also various curries and salads. I could scarcely take in any much more, but stuffed myself out of courtesy.

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Just after lunch with employees of Haryana University of Internet Advertising and marketing (HSIM)

Following lunch, I was requested to introduce myself, and share career advice. I started out with my story – how SEA came about – and my knowledge in the Web world. For tips, I urged the younger industry experts to look to the long run to predict and adapt for coming tendencies. Alternatively of stuck in the lull of existing day saturation, early adopters have the gain of additional time and know-how to assert authority. I cited illustrations these kinds of as Good and Holochain, how Joined Info will alter marketing and advertising, and P2P’s coming disruption of internet internet hosting. I been given a spherical of applause, and a hefty e-book on Hindu philosophy.

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Slowly ambling back to more compact workplace, I was quickly whisked absent by one of the women, whose sister and brother-in-legislation arrived. Getting me to their home, I fulfilled the elderly moms and dads and little ones, before even further snacks and desserts have been served. It was the most food I’d eaten in decades.

With a thunderstorm pouring down and dark slipping, I reported farewell to the team, then dropped off at bus end. The bus barely paused, resulting in a gigantic leap over puddles to hurtle myself on the bus. The travellers ended up surprised. Just one was so amazed he paid for my bus ticket, spending the following hour chatting about lifestyle in Delhi.

Thank you HSIM for the warm welcome. The humble generosity of Indians lends great charm to the magic of the country as a entire. The West can find out classes on provider and courtesy from its Asian siblings.

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Navn Gupta, Sea and Govind

Review of BlogX 2019

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Sea and Bijay rocking BlogX 2019

BlogX 2019 was my 2nd successive BlogX. Past calendar year I moderated a panel on the long run of Online advancement in India. Invited back again, on the early morning of February 8, at Delhi’s Eros Resort, I co-hosted an energetic half hour about Podcasting with the outstanding Bijay Gautum.

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My credentials? In the early 2000s, I ran one of the most prosperous and well-known Net radio station directories, UMFM. UK’s Know-how Journal dubbed me “one of the pioneers of World wide web radio”. Although I took a 10 years crack shortly after arriving in Melbourne, with growing security in my lifetime podcasts will return. Thank goodness Bijay is proficient in the ins and outs of the podcasting earth. It is come a lengthy way, yet so handful of bloggers integrate it in their do the job.

Other guests talked over influencer marketing and advertising, the ability of video blogging, and value of interactive content. There was a blogathon sponsored by Air Asia, with contestants acting out flight scenes in Hindi. A outstanding buffet lunch was served, permitting for handy mingling involving speakers, and prior acquaintances.

Although slow commencing, BlogX’s electricity and depth picked up around the working day, and was a reliable manufacturing in the conclusion. Gracious many thanks to Noopur and Sarvesh at Techmagnate for getting me back again, and I hope to see you all soon.

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BlogX speakers and guests on the stage for a big selfie

Supersonic Bonobo Weekend in Pune

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A great deal of this 3 month trip has been an easy itinerary to craft. Commencing in Delhi, moving south to Sri Lanka, a handful of milestones together the way. Intentionally, a number of pockets left open for spontaneity. A single can go mad from overly demanding preparing, and a single typically misses out on some remarkable activities.

This weekend is a person of these open periods, between Mumbai and Goa. Perhaps we’d like Mumbai more than enough to stay lengthier, or desire to expend an added weekend beside ocean and seaside. Both was excellent, but this spare weekend occurs to aspect Bonobo‘s stay physical appearance at VH1 Supersonic Competition in Pune, a few hrs east of Mumbai. No strategies, no commitments, flexibility to go with the movement, opened prospects in a new city, with a single of my favorite artists.

In the close, I was daunted by the prospect of a business mega pageant, with 16+ age group, busy to get to, and from there to Goa. I want chill and silence, creating by the waves of the ocean. Remain in a person position for a although. In the conclusion, we prolonged our remain at Mumbai’s Carlton Resort, and booked a train from Mumbai to Goa on Saturday for two added Goan evenings.

Times to Appear

Upcoming week we’ll check in from Arambol, Goa, our property for two weeks. I’ll be back again in the Strategy Sea crafting groove, ending its remaining edit. Overview of the train journey to Goa.

To complement these private adventures, we have a slew of contemporary information suited for electronic nomads and inquisitive vacationers. How To Pack for Epic Adventures, 15-20 Destinations to Pay a visit to in India, Ideas to Reserve Indian Prepare Tickets, and even more commentaries on the entire world.

Have a good 7 days, and hold the dreams alive!


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