The Carnival

 7 billion varied souls, some in similar shades but all of different color, 7 billion different textures, some fluid some crude, but all are made of vulnerability and some truth, They say opposite …

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The Carnival

Carnival-stock3258_SM 7 billion varied souls, some in similar shades but all of different color,

7 billion different textures, some fluid some crude, but all are made of vulnerability and some truth,

They say opposite souls in this carnival attract, but the doorway says that the similar ones leave the exit more often together,

I was told not to befriend anyone at the carnival still I did.

 

The rules of carnival are such that most likely you enter alone and leave alone,

But to enjoy the carnival to the fullest all you have to do is lend your soul,

Some souls manage to warm you up and the most difficult ones often end up leaving their traces in yours,

Leaving a little bit of them in you and still changing your composition forever completely.

I was told not to befriend anyone at the carnival still I did.

Going-to-the-Carnival-circus-and-carnivals-20358670-1440-900You know it from the start that some bubbly bouncy souls make the perfect partners to enjoy the carnival rides,

You agree to lend your soul and sometimes even if you don’t agree your souls get intertwined,

You want to make the most of the ride so you give away a piece of you even though you know you are never getting it back,

You end the ride and the soul cries, you call  it growing up and making space for new bubbly souls,

But somewhere even you know that you are left with nothing but some big holes.

I was told not to befriend anyone at the carnival still I did.

 

imagesSome peaceful souls you find in corners of the noisiest shows of the carnival,

Watching out for your back in that chaotic show and they often end up becoming the friendly souls,

But you walk a few miles together most often to realize you are further booked on two different rides,

Sometimes you skip the ride to walk another mile with that peaceful soul but sometimes you will choose a new ride over that same old friendly soul,

Oh boy! No one told you sacrifices and compromises were the T&C of the carnival tickets which will make you skip fun rides the most.

I was told not to befriend anyone at the carnival still I did.

 

Some of these jumpy souls promise to watch out for you after another ride,

You promise them back the same,but baby you have just taken your heart for a ride!

The ride is over the adrenaline is down, you know there’s another show at the carnival to watch but the warm part of your soul begins to frown,

You know you have found your perfect carnival buddy already, but it’s too early to stick to that , even the sun isn’t down already.

I was told not to befriend anyone at the carnival still I did.

 

Everyone has shows to be a part of, everyone has rides to complete,

But you want to exit the carnival anyways because you are done with its uncertainty,

The forevers are just till the next ride we find, the attempts are half hearted and there’s always shortage of time.

Everyone wants to make the most of this carnival, and most just aim  to hold on to another soul so they don’t exit alone.

I was told not to befriend anyone at the carnival still I did. 

 

IMG-20160521-WA0041The adrenaline is awesome, so is the façade of new experiences disguised as parting ways,

there are no clear winners at this carnival and it’s fun to set your own rules straight,

So these two similar whitish bouncy souls said they meant in words like forever and together and got confused looking at so many rides there just then they spotted the emergency exit,

they tore the carnival tickets, flung it in the air, found a quaint garden beyond the carnival and decided to spend their day there,

I was told not to befriend anyone at the carnival still I am glad i just did.

 

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Euro 2016 – 11 Countries 21 days – A planned itinerary – How I made the most of it!

Imagine an absolute cinephile, having being made to watch first 15 minutes of 11 movies and not allowed to watch the rest of it.

Imagine a voracious reader being allowed to read exactly 79 pages from the end of 11 different books and is compelled to remain ignorant about the rest of the pages.

It sucks right? 

Now imagine a travel junkie/freak/obsessed/lover (Read ME)  being asked to travel 10 different countries in a span of 21 days and not allowed to do most of the must-dos at each of these places. 

 

I was totally against this idea of a planned itinerary for Europe of all the places. Exploring Europe through a bus coach for me was more like spending money to sit in a high-end 4D show of Imagica (Incredible India is the name I guess for the ones who have been there) and looking at all these historical places and knowing about them once in a while, but you can’t really jump in the there and breathe the air the locals breathe, eat the food the locals eat, travel the way the natives of those places do, because hell yeah you are sitting in the expensive ride and hence you are there but still not there.

Or it sounded more like exploring Europe on YouTube with a 4D experience ofcourse. And I knew even before I went that I shouldn’t expect much from this trip. It’s like going to school you know after maths period you will have geography period and after that will be literature and you know what time you will go home and what all you will learn, but you are still going to do it anyways. 

But then my love for getting out and travelling surpassed all my preconceived notions about this trip and I was ready to surrender my 21 days on a pre-decided itinerary decided by Lord-knows-who and try and make the most of what I get on this 4D experience.

And guess what?! 

I did exactly that and made the most of it but en route i totally understood the importance of a word called ‘Choice’ and realised that even in the most planned situations and predefined repercussions we have a choice. It’s horribly obvious but extremely underrated. 

A choice to do things differently or a choice to look at things differently.

If we manage to use these 2 alternatively at our convenience it won’t be too long before reaching a point where we are perpetually happy. 

That’s the thing about travelling, it just doesn’t open up windows for you to discover new things outside, but it also rubs off the junk within to enable us to see through ourselves from the inside. 

Call it therapy, call it meditation, call it rehab, call it eternal bliss, call it a fad or a latest obsession post the movie Queen, but for me traveling is the first exception to the law of diminishing marginal utility (second exception being the movie jab we met ofcourse). The more you do it, the more you want to do it. There’s never that you can be done with it.

Traveling actually also teaches you to be at one place at a time and living it up there completely. And that’s an exhilarating feeling trust me on that. 

In the world where we are surrounded by technology, check ins, multi-tasking, the i-am-more-busy-than-you competition etc it gets very difficult to be able to surrender oneself to the moment you are in and just celebrate its existence. It actually requires conscious effort to just switch off and observe the thickness of the wind blowing on your face and tickling your nose, observe the shapes of the leaves in a particular region, observe the color of beer changing with every region and observe the beliefs and values which guide the fears of a particular community. 

Travelling makes all of this happen and boom suddenly you realise all your problems with life, people and situations around you are way too miniscule for the attention it is getting. And isn’t life pretty much like traveling itself? We roughly get about 60-70 years to live, so many jobs to do, so many people to meet, so many people to hold on to and so many emotions to live by, it may not be possible to do it all and live it all but that doesnt make our lives any incomplete or less worthy of living and  don’t we all eventually make peace with whatever we come across whoever we come across and live it up in that moment absolutely instead of trying to do it all in the few years we get on earth. I guess traveling was pretty much that for me. You do somethings, you are bound to skip some, the one who wins in the end is the one who was 100% there wherever he was. 

Well before I do another 500 words on the subject I love the most, I will cut the long story short and tell you that I will be doing a series of crisp bites of my 10+1 country sojourn and tell you what managed to excite me the most in a span of few hours that I got out there. Would be more than happy for more insights on those places from the lucky souls who have managed to discover some cooler elements from that location.

Until then let’s enjoy the choices we always have, to change the things or change our lenses and ofcourse the third choice of watching out this space for more on Euro 2016 😉