About the quirky wanderer.


As a kid, I looked forward to my summer vacations. Ticking off dates in the calendar waiting to fly to Delhi. A 6 hour journey would take me to a small town in the foothills of the Himalayas. Here is where my grandparents stayed.
Summer vacations were spent walking on white, rounded pebbles on the banks of the pristine Yamuna. Watching it gurgle away was one of my favourite pastimes. But not as much as plucking raw mangoes and litchis hanging low in orchards.
Somewhere in these long nature walks and chasing paper boats in brooks, I fell in love with nature. Trees became friends and mountains became protectors.

As I grew up, frequent road trips with parents made me fall in love with road travel , with rural India, it’s diversity and its people. I respected differences, valued simplicity and found beauty in the ordinary. But most of all I fell in love with my country.

I wrote in a diary. Summaries of travels, random anecdotes and memories. Then in 2006, blogging happened. Those pages of a diary were now public. It was very amateurish but it gave me friends for life.

Amidst highs and lows of life, travel was a constant companion. I never traveled solo, but found my solo moments even when I traveled with someone else.
My relationship with Mountains is therapeutic. I have always asked them questions, they have always given me answers, enveloped me and freed me from urban shackles.

Soon I longed to set out and explore. “Find a guy and go” my dad said.
I told him if he let me go to Italy I will come back and get serious about marriage.
I am running away ever since:)

Travel for me was an escape earlier but now it’s the best source of learning I can ever get. It’s an exchange, between places and me. People and me. Stories and me. It’s made me open my knots, let go of my inhibitions, accept the world with open arms and most of all bettered me as a human being.

I love long road trips, love starry skies, love the mountain chill, love walking on dry leaves, love the gurgle of streams, love the feel of forests, love the winter sun, love leaving a part of me in places I visit.

The Quirky Wanderer is a door lover, a story weaver, a travel writer, a part time social media consultant, a full time doting aunt.


84 thoughts on “About the quirky wanderer.

  1. Hello πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and following.

    Looks like you have got a beautiful site here with some very interesting and diverse content.

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    Happy Diwali and have a great time…

  2. Hi there

    I love your blog and the stories are well written. I found it from Maverickbird’s Very Inspiring Blog Award post and I’m an immediate fan and new follower.

    In a few months, my wife Diane and I are trying early retirement due to an unexpected layoff from my crappy job exactly one year ago. Since we’re both kind of young,(I am 49, Diane is 43) we chose an overseas destination because it’s more affordable.

    We love travel, want to immerse in other cultures and always had intentions of retiring young enough to experience the world while still young and fit enough to really enjoy it.

    I recently started my blog ahead of our upcoming move and populated it with stories of our transition to early retirement and previous travels to places we researched as retirement destinations. I’m constantly scouring through other blogs with similar topics looking for new friends, contacts, ideas and advice. I’d love it if you check us out at http://www.experimentalexpats.com. and give us a follow or share if you enjoy my writing.

    We’ve never visited our intended destination (Penang) so our move is a real leap of faith. Anyway, I look forward to reading a lot more of your blog and thanks for sharing !!

    Best wishes
    Rob and Diane

    1. Hello!
      Welcome to my blog πŸ™‚ Thanks for taking out the time to read my posts and appreciating them. I am humbled πŸ™‚

      I am happy to connect with you guys as we share a mutual interest (travel) πŸ™‚

      Would love to read your travel stories πŸ™‚

      Best regds

  3. Hello! Thank you very much for following Rusty Travel Trunk πŸ™‚ I look forward to checking out your blog here, especially that huge bucket list you mention as I have a huge one, too!

  4. Divsi….just love your pics and awesome blogs….u have clicked some really stunning pics and have got a really nice gallery…..fan of urs…@devforu007

  5. It’s very interesting how you view the world. India tends to be a fascinating place, so has it been for thousands of years, This is the only country in the world that has preserved its ancient religion more or less in tact. Everything in India-meaning the religion-gets its roots for the vedas. And if you look very closely it can blow your mind. It is the source of so many things in the world, thats putting it mildly. Invaders and empires that came to India came to rule and change, they may have ruled but never changed it. In fact they were changed in the process.

    Splendid photographs by the way, I thoroughly enjoyed them…Thanks!!!

  6. Finally we met in person and what a small world it is indeed!!! Enjoy your travels wherever the road leads you and hope to see many more exotic doors open in your journey in life!!!

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  9. Hi! I’m a new subscriber of your’s. So glad I found this blog! Your writing and pictures are so relaxing to read and I too am a lover of starry skies, mountains and long road trips πŸ™‚

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  11. I am very impressed with the content of this blog. While capturing the beauty and timelessness of these places, the Quirky Wanderer is also able to provide the information and stories behind it all to kindle the curiosity of the reader. I hope to continue being a supportive follower of this photographic documentation.
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