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October 20, 2020

Is it a bird? Is it a Plane? It’s a Bot!

Of Caminos, Trees and Bots and finding the light in them all today.

What the Bot!

For me to keep in touch and spend less time marketing and more time writing, I tried to find a Virtual Assistant. Alas I was unsuccessful...

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Published on October 20, 2020 01:12

October 12, 2020

Its Prime Time – What it means for YOU!

Prime time for books

It’s time to load up adventures on your Kindle or ereader

Today October 13, is the start of Amazon Prime day.

So, I’ve discounted my books to 99c, 99 Rs, or 99p across the Amazon stores. This is the chance for you to grab the books, or any books that you may have missed reading.


Do you know that all the books come with lots of bonuses like:

The Camino Ingles has lots of one-page printouts with details of acco...

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Published on October 12, 2020 23:46

October 11, 2020

Blooming miracles in the times of Covid

Why is the Sacred Lotus blooming out of season?
This years diminished tourist season might have kept the tourists, pilgrims and trekkers out, but that did not stop the flowers from blooming, and keeping on blooming late in the year. It made me think – what  good things come Covid times, what surprises have you have in the year of the Covid?
Last year at this time, we were all gearing up for the start of the ‘twenti...
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Published on October 11, 2020 20:21

August 17, 2020

How to travel to Uttarakhand during COVID times – real life experience

The intrepid owner of Cafe Buransh in Sari village gives this account of reaching Sari Village from Kerala in August. This makes a succinct how-to of all the requirements to travel to Uttarakhand from within India.However, requirements change all the time, so please check before you plan to go.

How to get from Kerala to Uttarakhand

Here are the details as recounted by Rajani Muralidharan.

1) Get an RTPCR test done 72...

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Published on August 17, 2020 02:09

August 13, 2020

The Bells of Santiago – August 997 – Not a Typo

13th August 997 was a deadly day for Santiago de Compostela. On that day, the bells of Santiago were ripped out of the burnt and destroyed Cathedral and carted on over 800 kms on the backs of Christian prisoners to the Cordoba moque by Al mansur, who yearly attacked Christian towns and villages, razing the cathedrals, destroying the towns and enslaving the population. The bells and the doors of the cathedral were in...

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Published on August 13, 2020 04:52

August 9, 2020

Secret Saunterings around the Valley of Flowers – Listen to a short excerpt from the book


8th August 2019 – An excerpt from the book

Secrets that you discover when sauntering -when you need a holiday within a holiday – battling with a altitude sickness I decide to stay back in Ghangaria, and wander all around the village, discovering exciting things from the edges of the adventure.

I created the audio using “Polly”, an AI tool from Amazon. Let me know if you like  the voice. This one is created directl...

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Published on August 09, 2020 23:26

August 6, 2020

The Valley of Flowers – An Audio Snippet


6th August 2019 – Audio Snippet

Is there any region of the Himalayas, or even of the world, to excel this region in beauty and grandeur? Where else are there to be found such narrow and precipitous valleys and gorges, such serene vistas of alp, forest, snow-field and peak? – Frank Smythe

I answered Frank Smythe’s question in my book – with a no!

Listen to the video  – I created the audio using “Polly”, an AI to...

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Published on August 06, 2020 01:24

The Next Best thing to trekking is remembering – 6th August Special


6th August 2019 – Dream Fulfilled

“How many decades will there be before the Indian woman is emancipated from the mental, moral and physical slavery she has endured for countless generations?” -Frank Smythe

I answered Frank Smythe’s question – two generations. In 1937, when he wrote this book, my mother was a scrawny ten-year-old in a small town far in the south called Podanur, and on the trek, I stood in the exact...

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Published on August 06, 2020 00:10

July 30, 2020

What on earth is a Trekkaversary? And why do we need one?


Celebrate the trekkaversary of our HImalayan adventure today! It’s exactly one year, since we set off from Brisbane, on our way to India.
We went via Kuala Lumpur, where I lost my notebook – the scribbling type, not electronic – Delhi, and Dehra Dun. Just 24 hours to get to the start of the adventure.

Why celebrate?

Why not?
When we have no idea of when we can travel next – its time to do a Wordsworth and let the me...

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Published on July 30, 2020 04:54

July 22, 2020

12 Questions on walking the Camino Ingles (in the time of the virus)


The Camino Ingles is a medieval era pilgrimage trail in Galicia in Northern Spain. It is quieter, shorter and less popular than the epic Camino Frances, but it has a unique beauty and is not without challenges. In the time of the virus it has the advantage of being completely in one province, Galicia. Galicia exited the most stringent features of the lockdown in mid-June as opposed to 1st July like the rest of Spain. This post has bee...

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Published on July 22, 2020 00:05