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In a queue of about 20 people, six or seven backed out as their turn came, laughing nervously. One woman lost her balance in front of me; thankfully her grip on the handlebar was tight, or she would have hurtled down the vertical slide into god knows what. I grew more and more nervous as I moved ahead, imagining all sorts of scary scenarios, all involving injury or death.
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While you might consider your journey a success if no family members went missing between departure and arrival, children might disagree. The loss of a purple crayon or a green Lego block is the kind of things you won't be forgiven for.
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The mention of Haridwar brings to mind images filled with piety and picturesque pujas and the Ganga aarti by the fast-flowing river at Har ki Pauri, right? But, as we discovered on a recent, visit, there's much more that you can explore on the banks of the Ganges.
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Ladakh was always on my bucket list, for obvious reasons - the mighty Lower Himalayas, the pristine monasteries, the stark landscapes. However what touched me the most on this wondrous trip to Ladakh was its people. Simple yet shrouded in beautiful complexities, right from their faces to their lives, everything about these people is full of contrasts. I am sharing a few lives with you. Some real, and some fleshed out by my imagination.
It was the end of tenth grade, I remember it being a Wednesday, that I sat down in front of my parents and told them I was ready to stop going to school. I was playing with my awful, sweaty pinstriped collar, made from some rubbish polyester blend, when my father said, "I think that's a great idea! Why didn't you come up with it sooner?"
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Once you know there is more to the world than you previously imagined, you cannot go back. You wonder what it means to be really alive. Travelling sets you free from the things you thought you couldn't live without, having found new things, indispensable to you: dreams and a passionate spirit.
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