Trip to Bhutan: Land of Thunder Dragon

In loving memory of my grandma whose indomitable spirit and energy has inspired generations.


‘The Land of Thunder Dragon’, ‘Pioneer of Gross National Happiness’, ‘Only country located entirely within Himalayas’, ‘Mysterious’- these are some of the phrases typically associated with this small, landlocked- Bhutan. I visited Bhutan in April 2017 and the only regret I had was that the trip was short. (more…)


In God’s Own Country (Kerala): Kochi and Alleppey

This post is about my 4 day trip to Kochi and Alleppey in the Indian state of Kerala. I visited these places with my friend who goes by the pseudo-name mythalez. We made an attempt to write about our journey as a conversation. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoyed writing this collaboratively.

TheSlowStarter: We had an interesting start to the trip. I almost didn’t make it.

Mythalez: I gave you a call as I got onto my cab around 8 am. The call woke you up, I guess. Your house was 1.5 hour drive away from airport while the flight was in 2 hours. The fun began!

TheSlowStarter: Yes, it’s probably a record to reach the airport in that time. I packed for the trip in 5 min (all the years of experience in travelling for work helped :P). (more…)

Maldives in a Budget


Maldives and budget typically don’t go together. This beautiful island nation in Indian Ocean has that alluring charm but appears to be out of reach. With tourism contributing to 30% of the country’s GDP and 100+ resorts thriving in a 300K population country, Maldives has branded itself as a luxury destination with many couples heading here for honeymoon. In fact, non couples are probably rare here since my friend and I were recognized by the hotel staff as “two single ladies”. Located in Indian Ocean southwest of India and Sri Lanka, Maldives is just a couple of hrs by flight from these countries. (more…)