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January 13, 2009

Exploring the World Around You

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel
until he comes home and
rests his head on his old, familiar pillow"
— Lin Yutang

Am I different or my friends don't have the zeal to explore the world? I came across this thought when I told one of my friends that we should take a trip to a hill station located near to his native place which happens to be in Uttranchal. The way he answered said it all. An affirmative just to appease and did not meant it.

This was not first time when I asked him about the trip. My friends can vouch that I keep pestering them to go out and explore the places around. Every time I say that, the only word that I hear is "No". I don't know if they have other plans but at times there are just not interested.

I know that I could go out with my family, but things are different with them. The fun you have with your friends is not the same with family around. Don't you want to get out of your routine and see places never seen before and come back refreshed? I don't know why my friends don't think alike.

I have a simple philosophy. You live only once so why not take a moment to explore the scenic beauty, ancient places and the world around you. Guess my friends have a different take on life.

I do have to admit though, that some times being persistent helps. I found a friend who also likes to travel. The two of us went to explore the beaches of Goa and had great fun. Initially, we were a group of three planning to see the Taj Mahal, but plans changed and we landed up in Goa with the two of us.

We came up with the thought that we would travel to a new destination once a year. Last year I would have visited Kashmir, but I had to cancel my trip on the last minute due to unavoidable circumstances. My friends had a great time over there.

This year, I am planning to do something different. Planning to go on a trip alone. Also promised my family that I will take them to Taj Mahal this year. That does not mean that I will stop bugging my friends.

After all its the company you are in that makes your journey worthwhile to remember. Then they are times when you have to be on your own so that you could enjoy what you admire.

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