"Escape to Freedom" mallyak's Profile
More than 30 years in the Hotel industry-long days and late nights-Shift work -a frantic Stressed out mission to keep pace with peers and I suddenly realized that I have wondered into mid-life leanings towards relaxed meanderings and wonderings.After nearly 25 years in Australia -A great country with an excellent standard of living -freindly people -Good weather-great career opportunities the craving to get back to my roots has set in.Perhaps its the expectation of a Standard of Life not Living that matters.I have outgrown the "Posing in front of world Monuments and shooting away with with my Nikkon-Smugly ticking away cities of the world I have been lucky enough to visit and suddenly I realize its time to let go of the past surrender the Now and create something for the future.
In India, even the most mischievous minds cannot ignore chaos. The chaos in India is so blunt, so apparent, no one tries to hide it, the streets, the people, the way the Autorickshaws navigate, the horns, the broken pedestrian paths, the cows, the dirt, the aesthetics, the bended rules, the ceremonies, the time frames, the promises, the mess that infiltrate through all the senses. In India, the mind is left with two radical options firstly to get into depression by trying to keep on holding firmly and hopelessly to an apparent view of systematic order or surrender to chaos, to admit that the "what is" is chaotic by its nature beyond any possible control.Therefore, in India, even the most stubborn of minds finally become peaceful by not resisting anymore to what is apparently Chaotic surroundings!
This is why I love India so much, That is why I feel so relaxed amidst all this chaos.I know there is an Oasis of Calm around the corner-there is no need to look for it-it all suddnely appears !
All our travels are low budget independent travels staying in hostels , budget hotels and Family home stays.I dislike the five star or the up market restaurants which serve "Fine Dining "food .The best places to eat are where one finds plenty of Locals eating and if it is street food and one sees a crowd of locals eating than that is where we head for and that is why we love travelling in Asia and India where some of the finest food is available at such cheap prices.AS long as basic precautions are taken there is nothing to worry about.Here I have to admit that my wife-soul mate and best freind Geetha has put up with my cravings for good food and the first thing I do when I reach a new destination is search for places to eat!
Alappuzha,Kochi,State of kerala
2000-Rail journey across Singapore-Malaysia and ThailandAsia
2003-New Zealand New Zealand
2006-India-Hampi HampiSrilanka Sri Lanka
2007-India-New DelhiNew Delhi-AmritsarAmritsar-AgraAgra
2010-Thailand-Denmark-Finland-Sweden-Russia-Belarus-Poland-Germany- Czech Republic-Slovakia-Hungary
What the future holds we don't know yet But Plans are always on paper-
A dream of mine is to travel the lenght and Breadth of India by the Indian Railways-I would call it Romancing the Indian Railways-The great advantage of travelling by Railways across India is the time they give to yourself.You can eat-you can read-You can simply watch the Indian country side pass by and listen to the shrilling shouts of "garam Chai-Idli wada-Sanwich-Samosa-Could drinks-piaper(spellings modified!!)at stations across the lenght of the countryand making new freinds along the way.As a child I had the advantage of travelling First Class by Indian Railways as father worked for them!After coming to Australia travelling took a new meaning and I found my self surrounded by Glossy hustle and bustle of Airports crossing continents but strangely iI cannot recollect gleaming faces or Chirpy conversations in this methodical way of transport.Today after having travelled by Railways in India-Thailand -Malaysia-Australia-Europe, there is no doubt which is the Best Railway in the world-India followed closely By Thailand.Ofcourse it is all cost related and value for money for ordinary economy airconditioned travel.
1.India-Hampi-Amritsar-New Delhi-South kannara-Rajasthan
Tajmahal and Taj Intercontinental Bombay -India-1981-87
Sydney intercontinenetal Hotel-Australia-1987-1995.
Star City Casino and Hotel -Sydney-Australia-1995-Present
Its been a long journey-did not think I'd survived in a Hostile Kitchen enviroment for 6 months and nearly completed 30 years and would chose the same proffession if I had to start all overagain!
Heavily discounted Airline Tickets-free and discounted hotels-Working with so many cultures and nationalities,trying out different types of food- what more could you ask from a job??
Lastly a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all fellow members who have made time to visit my pages, rated-commented, criticised and complemented my pages.Its always nice to get acknowledged for however small a comment or rating one adds and I always make sure I Say "Thanks for Visiting my pages"!
And all photos in my pages are taken by me-You are free to use them with my permission
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