A blind date with mysteries around the world! #SayYesToTheWorld


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We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

I am thirty plus now! May be I would live for ten more years, or twenty more or just a day other than this one! The world that lays it’s arms open for me would close someday and I’ll silently be amongst the thousands of them, who never stepped out to explore it! Thus, I set off, I set off on a journey that was still unknown to me, I date with time, a date with world, a blind date!

For days I travelled, explored and experienced! This world was insane! Each new corner says a different story, each new valley has a mystery attached to it! Those very mountains standing with pride over the stretch of land has so much to offer other than shades. Those wide stretch milky oceans has a depth of lakhs and mysteries worth crores! The greens that surround the nature so widely have an aura of unknowing spirits in them.

So, off I went, to explore the world, my blind date henceforth. The beauty of the world is vast, so are it’s mysteries! I wanted to solve those mysteries since ages. Hence, when the world allowed me a blind date, I asked if I could explore those mysterious places in it, if I could try my level of efforts to solve those mysteries. If only I could have the key to the questions those destinations left on the minds of the people, if only I could visit there and get a first hand experience of how these mysteries have survived to be still a question even after centuries.

My date with lake Natron, the petrifying lake, Tanzania was to know how the natural resources have got the power to create the incredible statues of each animal or living things that died in it.

When unnerved this, I headed straight to India, to the Roopkaland skeleton lake to solve the mystery of the those skeletons that have been part of this lake since years and are still preserved in their basic forms.

From there I went to watch the panorama of the colourful Vinicunka rainbow mountains at Peru and indulge in a breathtaking experience of watching the colours create a charisma on a mountain.

The blood falls of Antarctica was my next destination. I was super curious to know how in a chilling climate of Antarctica can water falling from a cliff can bleed?

I slowly opened my eyes. I had been in a state of slumber for hours. Hence, dreamt of going on a blind date with the world during this hour. Credit to the recent post by Indiblogger giving me high end ideas on the same! But, what if the wish comes true, what if I was really on a trail of a blind date with those unexplored mysterious places?

There was more to explore, to unwind and to find around the globe. I’ll de hitting almost all of them. It’s an exaggeration, but what doesn’t happen when you wish sincerely! My thirst for exploring could never satisfy. Going on with a bucket list to planned destinations is good, but unveiling secret and never before destinations is great! After all, “It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville. Hence, #TheBlindDate with the world is going to be charismatic, captivating and hmmm…. you can guess what….!!

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The  other side of Himalayas! #SayYesToTheWorld

Jammu and Kashmir, the enticing beauty of mother earth, the favourite tourist attraction of the world, the place that’s known worldwide because of its spectacular sceneries and captivating location! Little do we know about what this place goes through with each passing day, the experience of the locals here can never be even dreamed by a non local of here.

Literally all the people around the world want to visit this excotic beauty one day or another. Simultaneously, we are so much concerned if this place is safe for us or not. As this place is famous to be a house of terror, a place where terrorism breeds and non social activists are bored and tutored. Whenever any tourist, be it an Indian or international persona, plans a trip here, are always in a dilemma whether visiting here would be safe or not!

When I visited Kashmir along with my family, my thoughts weren’t different from any of these people. The excitement of visiting the most beautiful place of the country was another thing and the fear of bring victimised of any sudden dangerous activity was hindering our minds too. Nothing personal, but as locals residing in metropolitans and always believing in what media portrays us, we never tend to see the other side of the coin.

Similarly, whenever someone said there’s something fishy going on at the border, we would always comment that the locals residing there are guilty too.

But, how very wrong I was! During my stay at Jammu and Kashmir, a major chunk of time spent at Srinagar, I met the most loving people I have ever came across to in my entire life! Their humble hospitality, their coming out of the way and caring for you, their being ready to help at whatever time you ask for, their down to earth manner of dealing with you, spoke volumes about them being an entirely loving community.

What depressed me was why I never looked or thought upon their side of story! Imagine staying in a beautiful place but being bombarded with bullets at war time? The fear of the chances of getting killed before returning back from market, the horror of seeing hundreds of dead body in front of you when you go out to a valley for a family picnic? And most of all, the terror of the chances that your home, with all your loving family members in it, getting blown up by a bomb at any time without a warning! Going everyday to the local market and catching military officials all ready with their long guns and bullets in a position to shoot anyone who comes in front of them which may seem doubtful.

Their side of this sorry seemed most saddening to me! When they say, they don’t even know if they are free till now or not? They are still fighting for their independence, independence of safety, security of happiness! They say, they are not even involved in this fight, in this war, but still are giving sacrifices of their loved ones regularly. It’s really sad to hear that between the fight for land between two nations, these innocent locals have to bear so much! What they have seen in their lives, we haven’t even imagined in our lives. This, is what makes them so peace-loving, so bearable, so tolerable. When I was there, these locals always used to say, with teared eyes, if you can solve a problem with love and tolerance, avoid violence, it always snatches your happiness! Nobody knows the result of violence as much as we do!

From that time onwards,I changed my outlook of judging people in general! Now when someone says to me, that people residing at certain area are of certain quality, I know very well, until I stay with them, live with them, I cannot judge their lifestyles just by staying on the opposite side of the globe.

This little experience of my trip changed my outlook of the world, now I love each and every corner of the world and respect the people residing there. These all people have a story behind them which we never have bothered to hear, these people are lovely, so it the world, so is everyone around us! Hence, let’s stop discriminations and hatred, let’s say #yestotheworld!!