THE SOLO TRAVELLER

There are a lot of things left to do and a lot of places left to see before I’d be able to say that I lived the good life.Not that I think that my life is lacking in anyway whatsoever (except for the more than occasional bout of procrastination when I am at home, it’s more or less perfect).

I met a dear friend the other day who told me just how much she’d love to travel solo.To just pack her bags and hit the road.As it happens the thought of travelling solo has been on my mind for a while.Call it a state of inertia or getting stuck with something or the other at home, the thought has just somehow not been able to materialize.

As I type this, I find myself making plans for the weekend to bike it out and meet my brother in Jaipur. The thought of stuffing my dust covered back pack and riding away to an easy 300 km ride from Delhi. It would also give my bike the much needed mileage it’s been aching to get for the better part of the last two yrs.

The best part about travelling solo is the ease with which you can plan the entire itinerary based on your convenience.No need to wait for somebody to catch up and no fear of being left behind.The freedom to stop and to start at will.

And the added advantage of clicking a bunch of photographs and having enough material for my next post. Yayy.

So here is to the coming weekend,my bike and the road to Jaipur.

 

Liebester Award

liebster-award1     And just when I thought my creative horses were out of steam, when I thought I couldn’t find enough creativity in me to put it into another post, Mou Mishra nominates me for the liebester award.I again thank you for nominating me for this award. Logging into my account after almost a fortnight and the first thing I come across is being nominated for this award, was a kind of a surprise(that’s me putting it mildly).I enjoy reading your blogs Mou for its informative content.There is always something more that I end up adding to my knowledge. So now here goes answering all your questions: 1. Are you a tea or coffee person? I am a bit of both.Every evening me and my gang of friends always catch up at Nescafe having either a coffee or a tea depending on which one of the two catches my fancy at that time.A sort of a destressing time for us where we can bitch about almost anything and everything under the clear blue sky. 2. Who’s a better companion: a cat or a dog? A dog person. I have a pug who practically owns the house.Sometimes I feel my father’s will, will only have his name, naming me and brother as the caretakers. He he he 🙂 .

3. Which one you like more: Ice Lolly or Ice Cream?

Do I like my right arm or my left??? 🙂 4. What is your favourite season? I don’t like it too hot,neither do I like it too cold.Something in the middle.Pleasant. Sadly there’s an excess of all the seasons in Delhi. 5. Who is your favourite author? There are many. But presently it has to the late khushwant singh. If you haven’t read anything from him then I suggest you try TRUTH, LOVE AND A LITTLE MALICE. 6. Which is the creepiest insect that you’ve encountered? Intestinal worms.You don’t see them but man oh man, you do encounter them….he he he 🙂 7. Which one you like more: a flowering or a non-flowering plant? A flowering plant. Had I been younger and in college then my choice would have been a cannabis plant for unlimited weed.Believe me, best flowering plants in the world. But now since I am older and wiser I guess I’ll stick to Lilies. 8. Which is more convenient to you: typing or writing? There is no point in de-evolutionising your self.Moving ahead with the times, I choose typing. 9. Which one would you prefer: beach or mountains? Both of them are majestic in their nature. If they give you access then it is not because mankind conquered them but because they were too lazy to unleash their fury. But since I already see a lot of beaches in my profession, I’ll say mountains. 10. What would you prefer on your vacation: rainfall or snowfall? Snowfall. 11. In your opinion, what is the greatest wealth in this world and why? The greatest wealth in the world is a good night’s sleep after a hard day’s work knowing fully well that you deserved every penny that you earned. If I could nominate you again Mou then I would have but since I can’t then let me name my fabulous nominees.And the liebester goes to(just like announcing an oscar 🙂 ): 1.Michelle @http://lessonsinfrench.wordpress.com/ 2.Tamara @http://blendedfamilychaos.com/ 3.Infinitezip @http://zipsrid.wordpress.com/ 4.Jenine Silos @http://writeforacause.org/ 5.Janey @http://cupidorcats.wordpress.com/ 6.Joe @http://joewriteshiswrongs.wordpress.com/ And my questions to all of you writers are: 1.What is the one thing that you just cannot do without???? 2.What will your reaction be if somebody keeps pushing you too hard???? Would you turn savage or take the high road and be calm??? 3.What does being free mean to you???? No matter how good you are, there is always someone else in the world better than you.Don’t compete with them but never pass the chance of being a little better even if it means burning the night oil. And that is exactly why I am here.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EVERYTHING-BLOGGING 101-SAY YOUR NAME

I did not change my title. I am pretty content with it as I spent a pretty long time contemplating on the right title.I did change my tagline though, as there was none before.So let this post be about the thought process that went into choosing this title.

Why did I choose this title???? Cos at present I have no idea as to how this blog will look a couple of months down the line. The kind of content I publish on it, I will decide on that as time takes its course. At present I am very happy writing about whatever it is that I feel like writing.Anything that catches my eye comes out in the form of a post on this blog.

For me this is my ‘little space on the internet'(I saw this line in somebody’s comment somewhere, can’t remember who though).My space where I live whichever way I see fit.

I have so many interests, so many hobbies that it is just next to impossible to write about anything in particular. I am a die hard fan of anything that moves on 2 wheels, I love travelling- glad to say my profession has compensated me on that front quite well, reading,running,swimming. Though trying to cut down on excess fat, I love eating.The adventurist within is always aching to try anything new.

The fact is I get bored very easily with the monotony of life. The monotony of doing the same thing over and over again drives me nuts.I like having an opinion about everything and if I don’t then I find out and make an opinion then.

I work for about 8 months every year in batches,7 days a weeks,being on call 24 hrs a day and the close to 4 months that I do get to spend at home, I spend them doing just about anything that pops into my head.

I like being ‘the jack of all trades’, throwing in a little bit of my hard earned wisdom into any conversation that I see myself fit to be a part of.

And hence the title -A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EVERYTHING.

As for the updated tagline-well that’s something I’d like to leave for a post later down the line.

HOME ALONE

I am your shadow,

Wherever you go I always follow.

When you are away,

There is nothing else for me to do.

I cannot go out alone.

For I am too small, the others,too big.

They laugh!!

I bark at them,

Furious I tell them-wait till my brother gets back.

Attached is a picture of Oren. He is a brave little thing but only when me or my father are around.Otherwise you can very well call him a mouse.He’s been with us for more than 2 years now and it’s been nothing but a pleasure to have him.WP_20140411_15_49_57_Pro

 

The fifty shows how gets scared by anything even slightly bigger than him (yes, plants included) and the brother being referred t is offcourse ME.

This also happens to be my first ‘fifty’.It might be shit but I do hope atleast the pic is worth your time spent reading this.

 

 

 

WHO AM I AND WHY AM I HERE???

Hey guys!!!My name is Vikas Reddy. I started blogging about a month and a half back. I used to blog under a pseudonym before but after having mustered enough courage and on the back of some constant bickering by a friend, I finally started blogging under my name.

By trade I am a marine engineer.At present am at home on my well deserved leave for the next few months and hence I decided to use this time to do something constructive and build my blog.I started blogging with the sole purpose of trying to become a better writer and storyteller. I do hope to get published someday.God knows what the content of that book might be though but then that’s what wordpress is for-to experiment with your writing and storytelling abilities till you attain perfection.

Everything in this world takes it’s own sweet time to grow.And the same thing is applicable to my blog.Just like parents raise their kids and hope to be proud of them someday, I hope that sometime down the line, my blog has enough creative content to fill me with the same pride. That’s precisely the reason why I blog. Maintaining a journal offcourse gets you into the habit of writing on a regular basis but it is hard to get the kind of inputs that you can expect from the blogging world.

Blogging not only gives me the opportunity to read pieces published by somebody sitting in the other corner of the world but also the tools to connect to with like minded people. I am yet to receive some criticism about my writing abilities though but would love to receive them as I start connecting and bonding with the enormous blogging community of wordpress.

If I can think about where I would a year hence with my blog,then I would like to look at myself with some really fascinating and creative pieces that any publisher would give his right arm to publish but more importantly having developed the skill set to tell an ordinary story into extraordinary tale.

As I recently read on the blog of the ‘Bookgirl’-so much to read and so little time. I do hope to read as much as possible and no better place than a blogging community and guess what- It’s free!!!!

A STORY TELLER OR A WRITER??? FINDING MY NICHE

I was going through this post the other day on http://adoptingjames.wordpress.com/ which highlighted the difference between a story teller and a writer and how difficult it is for people to master both.People more often than not settle for the one they can find their niche in. It made me think about which one of the two I would like to find my niche in, if i can’t do so in both.

When I think about writers, the images that come to my mind are of people at par with William Shakespeare, sitting at a river bank somewhere composing ballads or poems. People with above average intelligence are most likely the ones who end up understanding and then enjoying them.The ability to exercise expertise on your chosen language and making it into a craft is probably best left to scholars.

Storytelling on the other hand is the lesser qualified and more glorified cousin of writing. A craft that needs no education and no experience.With only imagination and the creativity of your mind, a story not worth telling becomes a story worth sharing.In contrast to writing, a story can be told in whichever way the author sees fit and in whichever language he feels like sharing.There are no binding rules.A decent command over the language in which the story is written together with a well thought out plot is all that the author needs to make sure his audience finds him instead of him looking for them.

But then for some,the select few, both the eloquence of the language they write in together with their storytelling abilities, go hand in hand. A trade mastered after years and years of practice( and of failing) and patience.

So which one of the two would I like to be????If I can’t master both(though I try), then I will any day settle to be a story teller instead of a writer. Like everything else in the world, practice and patience are key elements in this art as well.

Stories can be found in anything people do.One doesn’t have to be an actor or a sport star to make their stories connect with people. But what they do need is a well though out plot which again requires experience. The same experience which comes out of churning really bad (and at times pathetic) posts which are masterpieces to nobody else but you.

So here is to some really pathetic posts, pieces of fiction and the infinite number of brain rants which I hope to use as my launchpad in my endeavour to find my niche in storytelling. And if good enough, to becoming a better writer as well.