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Travel Diary Of A Non-employed Man…

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RRG in Bliss

Well, for those who know me, it is rather difficult for them not be startled as they read the title of this blog 🙂

It is for the very first time in my nine-year long career that I am not working! Well, read it this way – for the very first time in my life, I have taken a long break whilst moving between jobs… and I am really not complaining, for a change, you see…

While the above picture is taken at a virgin beach at Pondicherry, where I am presently stationed, my travel started with driving Guy (my new jeep) to Lucknow. 11 hours straight! I took NH-2, and covered towns of Agra, Etawah and Kanpur to reach Lucknow. And boy, what a ride it was! With rains lashing Guy for most part of the journey, this is how it looked the next morning – the true Jeeper’s Jeep:

Guy at Lucknow

Lucknow was a totally ‘food-festival-holiday’ for me – I just refused to dine at home! Zeeshan ke Shaami, Galauti Kabab aur Boti-Paraathe, Sadar ke Gol-gappe, Naushein-Jahan ki Dum-biryani, Udaigunj ke Salim ki Gosht-biryani, Chowk waale Tiwariji ki Thandai – you name it and I had it! And despite being there for four full days and even with ‘highway on my plate’ style of travel, I still missed a lot – couldn’t eat Idris ki Imli ke Koyle waali Biryani, Ratti ke Khaste, Chaudhary Sweets ki Ras-Malai, Madras Mess ka Masala Dosa… all now parked in the menu now for the next time. Insha Allah!

Lord knows, I am a biker at heart, love riding True – my Royal Enfield Classic. And to me, what Rishad Saam Mehta, a travel writer and Bullet enthusiast, is absolutely right when he calls it “a meditative motorcycle — on a Bullet on the highway, you feel alone and happy…”

And yet, you will have to trust me, driving a Thar comes closest next to it. I was alone, and happy, while driving Guy for all those long hours. Nothing between me and silence… no phone, no email… sheer bliss of belonging to the road! An absolute marvel of a machine, I drove it for 10 hours non-stop on my journey back to Gurgaon! Only to fly off to Pondicherry…

As my wife Neha calls it, I am thoroughly enjoying my ‘currently non-employed’ status to the hilt! Does my grin in the picture above not say that? 🙂

Detailed travelogs will follow on Ghumakkar.com soon. I now sign off and go back to bliss!

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  1. Enjoy your well deserved break..must say I feel jealous 🙂

    Ajit Singh Rao

    January 13, 2014 at 10:22 PM

  2. Truly inspiring.. good to have the first series of your Jeep Diaries!!

    Wish u best..happy driving. 🙂


    January 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

  3. If I have to choose to learn just 1 thing from you, Sir, that would be – How to live life..


    January 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

  4. Sir, this is what we call life full of enjoyments, excitements and journey of adventures…
    Every time when I meet some new in my life there is always something about you that I share with my new friends and colleagues and they feels that I am fortunate enough to work under such great personality who always have something which makes you learn in your life…


    January 14, 2014 at 10:44 PM

  5. haha. Brilliant. And this is from someone who is in same job for last 12+ years. And to think of it, the breaks in past jobs have not been more than a week.

    Look forward to your logs RRG. Make the most of un-employed-status 🙂

    Nandan Jha

    January 16, 2014 at 9:56 AM

  6. This is truly inspiring, the second of its kind…the first from an equally awe-inspiring boss who spoke about taking a “plunge” and finally did so (you know who Im talking about !)…and then it’s you ! What’s with the new fad, I wonder 😉


    January 18, 2014 at 5:12 PM

  7. Everyone deserves a break from what seems to be their best life too. You need to take time out for yourself. Sometimes solitude is too peaceful. Thanks for this lovely share. I particularly loved the Guy. I am eager to take a break myself.

    Manthan Bhansali

    February 14, 2014 at 9:54 AM

  8. Hi RRG,
    Nice writing. I would like to invite you to be an admin writer to share your travel experiences at http://www.travees.com. Travees is a global community for travelers to share travel experiences, find cotravelers, couch-surfing. Travees will also contribute to help you to fund your upcoming travels.


    October 25, 2015 at 12:59 PM

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