How did you come up with the this “Blog name”?
When I was living in Navi Mumbai and was not even a blogger, I used to spend a lot of time on the large Mumbai style windows of my apartment. I used that space to talk to myself, brood and spend some ‘Me Time’. And the same was repeated when I used to travel to some destination. As the train/bus/taxi whizzed by on a long journey, I used to stare out of window and think about things that bothered me, even as the frames changed rapidally.
What are your tips to save money?
I take a lot of liberties when I am traveling solo on a tight budget. I spend a minimum on accommodation because I am spending the least time in hotels. Also, I take public transport and eat in roadside dhabas (when traveling in India) with good hygiene standards, of course.
Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?
Australia. I had huge expectations from Australia. But somehow, I was not excited when I was finally in Australia. I went to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. I found all these places very boring and ordinary. Even Opera House did nothing to me. It is just overhyped and well marketed.
For you, what are the most and least liveable cities you’ve visited?
I have lived in 7 cities so far. I have mostly enjoyed each and every place I have been to. At the risk of starting a controversy, I have never been able to enjoy living in Delhi NCR, even though I am North India.
On the contrary, I have a strong emotional connect with Mumbai where I lived for seven years. The food, people, city attractions, cultural events, creative avenues, etc available in Mumbai, I feel are tailor-made for me. I enjoyed my 2 months-long stay in Bengaluru as well. The food there is just so good and cheap even in the poshest of localities. Both Mumbai and Bengaluru also have a plethora of amazing weekend destinations you can go to on a whim.
A piece of advice for all the wanderlusters out there?
Travel for yourself. Do not travel to outsmart anyone or to show off. Travel for your soul. That is where the true contentment is. That is where you can learn something from travel.
Quick fire Question
- Favourite airline: Air India – Great Food, brilliant hospitality and a comfortable environment. It feels like home.
- Favourite country: India followed by Bhutan
- Favourite city: Mumbai. There is just no parallel to this lovely city.
- Favourite beach: Palolem Beach, Goa
- Favourite food: Maharashtrian and South Indian food