As January rolled in, I got caught up in the AtoZ challenge 2017 brouhaha. I was determined not to miss it this year but when I sat down to mull over what I wanted to write; I drew blanks. Panicked, I reached out to fellow bloggers; veterans and virgins alike. A few days of furious brainstorming over frantic tweets and DMs before a calm descended onto my writer self. Up bubbled the thought – write about what you love doing the most.
So my theme manifest for the challenge is Peregrination Chronicles!
Peregi…………………………………… what????? 😉
OK I was just trying to stand apart in the sea of 2000+ bloggers who have signed up for this challenge. 🙂
Peregrination simply means a course of travel; journey [per-i-gruh–ney-shuh n]
It often transpires that one travels with some touristy notions of seeing this and eating that and doing something not done before. The itineraries are super planned with hard pressed reccos of others who have been-there and done-that.
All of this fails for the traveller in me; for I am a tribe apart from Le Tourist as I want to venture into things not done, seen, or eaten before. I vie to try the mundane and ordinary rather than the most touted.
And on this quest, I have often encountered:
Zen as I did in Khalstee, Ladakh (see post on Z)
Glee on the roads of Rewari, Haryana (see post on E & T)
Surreal in the midst of the Sam desert, Jaisalmer (see post on S)
Innovativeness in Khabrar, Nainital (see post on M)
My theme is to sift through my globetrotting pictures (past/present) and pick out those moments which remained etched in my mind long after the bags were unpacked. It could be a snapshot of a food menu of a roadside eatery or a signboard that had me reversing my tracks or of a broken monument in the middle of nowhere or a simple tale of kindness or friendship encountered enroute to my destination.
These are not the main event, not even the highlights but by-the-way moments which have become epic in my retelling of these tales. These are simple yarns spun out of threads of fun, laughter or just mind-blowing awesomeness!
In between, I will also throw up some stupendous travel-words that I encountered during my journey like:
Xenodichial – hospitable; kindly to strangers
XenoPhilia – love of foreigners
Xenagogue – guide; someone who conducts strangers
[ Maybe you have some that I havent found as yet? Wont you please share them?]
So sit back and enjoy the ride into my wanderlust memories as I endeavour to regale you with moments that made my travels special and rememberance-worthy.
Watch out for Amazing, Awesome, Astounding on Ist April 2017 in my blog post titled April Fools !!
For the uninitiated, AtoZ challenge is a blogging challenge wherein one has to write on every alphabet from A to Z and post on all days of April, except sundays. Usually its better to devise a theme as it makes it easy to write the posts. Plus readers have a reason to stay hooked too.
The A to Z Challenge is created by Arlee Bird of Tossing it Out
and co-hosted by
Alex J. Cavanaugh of Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jeremy Hawkins of Hollywood Nuts
John Holton of The Sound of One Hand Typing
J Lenni Dorner of Blog of J. Lenni Dorner