Wanderlust

Happy 2015, year of Travel!

Hey guys, if you’re reading this you’ve found my blog. Cool as! For those who know me, you know about a month ago I bought a two way ticket to Malaysia and Philippines. If you don’t know me you know this now. The idea was a bit of a whynot moment and originally I was meant to leave in June. I thought 6 months would be a good amount of time to gather some funds around me. Next thing I know, i’m staring at my receipt for a ticket departing in January to Malaysia and April to Manila, Philippines . Out the window went the saving plans. Savings? Ain’t nobody got time for that. At this stage I’m a backpacker, I have no plan and a strict budget. The vague idea is to backpack through Malaysia and then onwards through India,Nepal and Manila. Make some friends, learn some languages and maybe work. I don’t know when I’ll come home. Maybe I’ll find a new home.

Coming Jan 1 2015 My life and I will quite literally be up in the air. Some days I wish I was leaving tomorrow and other days I am actually drowning in the overwhelmingly large ocean known as “what the f**k am I doing”. I’ve started this blog cause well I like to write and why not? I can kept track of my ideas and plans. I can make sure I remember the things that help me travel easier- and the things that don’t. I’ll also without a doubt be writing down my travel adventures as they unravel out in front of me, making you green with envy at the new places I find and the beautiful humans I meet. So can’t wait! Blogging also is an easy way for me to keep you in the loop with my movements. God knows I am bad enough at keeping in touch with my friends who live in the same city as me!

So, it’s the last month of 2014. I’ve allowed myself a month to fantasize about all my travelling possibilities, to stare at maps and stay up until 1 am reading travel blogs. One month away from D-DAY and shit has to get real. That means I need some form of a plan. At least for that first week in the unknown! There is no way in hell things to go well with me landing in Malaysia with no bed, no idea where I am and no language skills whatsoever.

This is my list for first quarter of 2015, the start of my travel prep, and this month I’ll be blogging about how good I am at getting all this shit done.

First quarter of 2015

January – Malaysia (Voluntary Work/Travel/New year)
February – Lucknow and Delhi (Wedding Shoot/Travel)
March – Nepal (Voluntary Work/Travel)
April, May – Philippines (Voluntary Work/Travel/Future plans)

Travel Preparation

Buy a backpack. Cos you can’t go backpacking without one.
Find a work – random voluntary work in the above mentioned countries through YGIP
Travel Insurance. Just writing those word makes me want to run away.
Draft up a Rough itinerary for the first two weeks in Malaysia.

If I can get through this by the end of the month I’m going to be so impressed I will be going to party.

My Travel Blog Wandering Mak

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The Food of The Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan has many many lovely sceneries… from the stunning views of the Himalayas to the gho or Kira-clad Bhutanese going about their daily business, to the monks and mini-monks, and the quaint architecture of their Dzongs and temples. Food was the least of my concerns while I was there.

Vegetarians would likely not complain. Most dishes are non-meat. There isn’t also a good source of seafood outside of those brought in from India. Landlocked, there isn’t much variety in local ingredients. For the whole week I was there, I ate a lot of potatoes, vegetable dumplings and yak meat. All that accompanied by mountain rice and lots of chilies. So if you like all that carbo plus the spicy chili peppers, you won’t have any reason to complain. I guess.

Chilies are a regular ingredient in many dishes in Bhutan, so it’s not surprising that the national food, ema datshi, involves a heavy dose of chilies.

Ema datshi is a curry made of chili and cheese – ema locally means chili, and datshi means cheese – and is eaten almost daily. It is very easy to prepare; cooking time usually takes just around ten minutes. It also requires simple ingredients, such as tomatoes and onions.

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Momos are those dumplings much like their Chinese counterparts in appearance. The fillings differ though. The Bhutanese version has vegetables and cheese, accompanied by chili dip. Then someone told me that there was Ema Datshi on the table. I’ve read about this spicy “chili con queso” and hoped it’s asking to my favorite dish of chili relleno. Seems like this is the national dish of Bhutan, the way the locals talked about it. I didn’t waste time trying it, and then……felt I actually turned red — perhaps with nostrils flaring, smoke coming out — after just a spoonful. So. Don’t tell me you were not warned! As they say in Bhutan, “If it doesn’t make you sweat, why bother to eat it?”

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On cheese, do remember that Bhutanese love their cheese made from milk from cows, goats or yaks. It is not your typical cheese though. But you’d find them in many dishes. Also, most hotels and dining places serve food buffet style. There would be a variety of choices , for sure. While there, I never hesitated trying the noodle dishes, the leafy green vegetables which looked like they were simply boiled and the potatoes which came in a variety of preparations! Best Bhutanese meal was in a place in Chimi Lakhang in the middle of paddy fields, seated by a window with a perfect view of farmers harvesting their rice. I’m telling you, the scenery certainly ranks higher in importance, regardless of what’s on your plate.
Dishes which I tried in my trip
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yak burger and fries -- not bad!
Tibetan Momos : Chicken Momos
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Spinach Momos
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Yak  Fried Stuffed Momos
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Fried Momos
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Veggie momo
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Tibetan Samosa
Yak Burger
Tibetan Bread – Pun
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Naan with Mutton curry
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Szechuan Mala Rice Noodles served with roasted peanuts
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Cheesy pun for breakfast
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Tibetan thali with chicken
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Tibetan pun with spicy potato
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Thukpa
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Yak Chese Sandwhich
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carrot cake, with vanilla-caramel ribbon ice-cream, topped with a heavenly sliver of honey comb. Sin never tasted this good!
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In search of companion to travel world

It’s a dream of mine to both travel the world and live without money. I have found out that both can be possible with enough will power and faith in the kindness of strangers. I gonna start my journey from Delhi, India around mid august on a bicycle heading to Nepal and from there Neighboring countries. Not sure if I will keep or drop the bicycle at any point and continue hitchhiking. I will be covering Asia first for at least a year since there will definitely be lots of volunteering on farms, villages and schools  involved. I welcome one or two travel companions for all or parts of my adventure, because after all, what’s a experience when it’s not shared. Reply here or send me a private message if you’re interested. Further things discussed on PM how to travel with shoestring budget.

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Dear Bloggers help me

My name is Madhu Kalyan Mattaparthi and I enjoy living.

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As Helen Keller once said:

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

We need to take full advantage of the time we have. Experience everything. Dare to be adventurous, scared, embarrassed, and alone. Dare to laugh, to live, to enjoy the present, and to exploit every opportunity. For it is in these moments of emotional extreme that we find out who we really are and what we love to do. Pursue them. Seek out experiences that make you come alive and settle for nothing less.

As Alfred Tennyson wrote in Ulysses:

I am part of all that I have met.

Make your adventures count.

Seek out friends in strangers, eat foods that are delicious delicacies of other cultures,  live hard, laugh often, and above all, enjoy life. Because in the end we will all return to the earth. Let’s hit it running.

My name is Madhu Kalyan and I want to share my perspective of the world.

Recently finding myself struggling to find my “calling” in life led me to discover that my true desire is to travel the world and see places through the lens of my camera, nothing–in the whole world–could make my heart happier.

This campaign is just a launching pad for my wanderlust. There are so many places in the India that are just as extravagant as many of the World Wonders, and more specifically, Himalayas. I want to travel some of the great landmarks that reside between the borders of India, and document the whole trip from my camera. So why not explore the unknown right in your very own backyard? A question I asked myself, “Why not?” Quickly after some excitement of making my dreams unfold, I realized I need YOUR help. This entire campaign will NOT be possible with out you.

My link

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/documentary-on-india/x/7516875

Travel Memories 2013

Travel photos are a wonderful way to treasure memories and remind yourself of your brave, fun-loving side. They are a great pick-me-up if you ever feel blue or bored; a snapshot of a time when you pushed yourself, discovered or experienced wonder at something new.

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Wanderlust

As I sit here in my classroom looking outside of a nearby window and think about how easy it would be to run away. Run away and see the world that I so desperately want to see. Never staying in one place for too long sounds awesome. Seeing the world and how people live in the environment that they choose to make a family in. As I look out that window, my mind dreams of the many places I long to see, the one place that is on the top of my list is Asia. The beautiful mountains, the people who live there, and all the amazing temples. Just to walk in Asia would be a dream come true, I can’t wait to get out of this place and see the amazing wonders in the world. Maybe after I’ve wandered through all of the places on the top of my list I’ll go to other continents like Europe or Africa anywhere that I can walk and look at everything there is to see. After all of that then I’ll probably settle down on some mountains or live in a big city, but that dream won’t happen until I get rid of this wanderlust. But honestly, I don’t think that’ll happen. My mind was meant to wander and it’ll keep on wondering until I stop breathing. 

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-Mkalyan