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The Other F Word

Two women knocked at my door and I’m greeted with outstretched hands and smiling faces brimming with confidence. Rajni and Manju had come to take me along on a fact finding mission to a nearby village.
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Secrets of an Impractical Backpacker

They were bulky, often ineffective and mostly indulgences I could have done without. But sometimes you need to ignore the rules and embrace the ‘happiness quotient’ instead.
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Here Comes The Gramdoot

It bothers me immensely to watch images broadcast in western media, of Indians living in abject poverty. I thought it excessive that stories about India centered on rampant corruption, mismanagement of projects and finances and the deprivation that stems from it; discrediting and ridiculing us as an emerging super power.
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Homegrown Hero

I’m back in the country. My 5th day here started with an eight hour drive through potholed highways and dry, uninspiring landscape from Pune to Beed district in Marathwada region in Maharashtra. Just outside Beed the landscape changed.
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Half Way Mark!

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go,” said TS Elliot. Six months ago, I set out to spend a year looking for adventure and inspiration. I packed up my life in a backpack and took the proverbial leap of faith. Did I find what I was looking for? Am I inspired? Am I better person for having left? Was it worth it?
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Creating a Third Choice

Sihem HabchiIt all started with a nation wide march across 23 cities, in 2002- in response to an epidemic of violent crimes against young Muslim women that were perpetrated by Muslim male gangs in the infamous Parisian suburbs called Cites- low cost housing projects.(Pronounced See-tay).
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Globetrotting Girlfriends

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing women on my travels. These gorgeous girls, some solo traveler, others cackling groups of girlfriends will be my friends for a long time to come. Allow me to introduce you to a few.
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Colours of Compassion

The greatest lesson I’ve learnt on this journey is to never again doubt the ability of a single inspired person to change the world. Meeting Jos Ruijs reinforced my faith further. Jos is a dreamer and a doer and runs an organisation called Colour4kids. They work on projects all over the world, simply adding a little colour to the lives of underprivileged children.
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Playing The Global Mama

Aaah Amsterdam! A Mecca of pleasures and indulgences and the perfect city to head to for a little mid-trip ‘rest and relaxation’. Though I eventually did everything but rest and relax. But at least I can check off ‘attend the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam’ from my list. They really do know their coffee here. And what goes well with it.
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The Hero In Everyone

I’ve been on the move for a half a year and the past week has been the slowest I’ve spent in all that time. It took an immense effort to keep my foul mood and despair in check. I hadn’t just been robbed of my bag; I had been robbed of my freedom to move. So what does one do with time to spare in Paris- with no form of ID and almost no money?
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