Wednesday, April 13, 2011

As I travel…

Day before yesterday I was in a train to Agra. Few days back I was in bus to Hyderabad. And two months back I was in a flight to Delhi.

These journeys have been quite different from each other. The dissimilarity is not just in the mode of transportation but in the experience too. From middle class lot of buses and trains to upper middle class of planes, the treatment you get, the way you behave, the mannerism you opt for, all tend to differ. It is sometimes strange to see how we tend to act differently at different settings, how our behavior and reservations differ from place to place, from journey to journey. What is even stranger is that all this seems to be normal and ceases to look stranger!

Though these journeys are so different from each other, I found one common factor in all these. Feeling liberated. Whenever I travel and as I travel and leave behind every tree, building on my way, I feel this unexplainable happiness. I feel a unique sense of freedom when I see myself moving rather than being stagnant at one place.

Many a times while sitting at the window seat, I have thought of how this moving away is letting me come closer to my inner self. Sitting by the window I think of the people I love, I think of the moments I have cherished, of the events that have made me strong and that have made me what I am.

Journey lets me be with myself, no office task to worry upon, no responsibilities to take care of… freedom from all these. Though this freedom is momentary, it is an experience worth having. I think that’s the very charm of it. You never know till when it will last, till when you will be able to experience this and that’s the very attraction. Isn’t it?

Apart from this there is always an excitement about reaching your destination and a hope, a positive feeling about the new place. May be that’s the reason why I prefer my journeys more than the destinations.


  1. quite a new treatment for the travel write ups..........liked this version as well........

  2. Precisely... I also love the travels precisely because you are not asked/expected to do while travelling- i utilize the time romancing with books :-).
    Mine a Marketing job... lots of travel which translates into lots of books read :)

  3. @Fatte: Yes that is also one of the things I love to get lots of time to read :)

  4. Nowerdays work is catching up even on travel with laptops and cellphone, pressure is built on travel but relatively lesser degree. Travelling is the best time to catch up on reading

  5. @Deguide: Thats very sad but true..however comparatively we still get more time for reading while traveling.