Preethi 🇮🇳🌏 (@peppytravelgirl)#peppytravelgirl 
Wanderer.
Finding stories and spinning a few, wherever I go ♥️
Love and all that.
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I've never subscribed to the idea of all these 'days', beca
Love and all that. . I've never subscribed to the idea of all these 'days', because I think love transcends all labels and definitions and doesn't need a day to be expressed, felt, or made. . Love everyday. Love someone through thick and thin, through good and bad. Tell someone how you feel, today, tomorrow, whenever. Surprise your partner. Talk to your best friend. Give your parents a hug. Take yourself out to dinner. Go solo for a movie. Book that trip you’ve always wanted to. Let go of toxic relationships. Put yourself first. . Do it for no reason at all 🙂 . This is all love. This is how I celebrate it. Everyday ♥️ . And you? . . . . . . #peppytravelgirl
14.02.2019 12:40:16
If I had to list out all the reasons I love South Bombay, architecture would be
If I had to list out all the reasons I love South Bombay, architecture would be somewhere near the top! . I’ve walked these lanes a thousand times, and I still marvel at the grandeur of these colonial-era buildings. This part of town will always be quintessentially ‘Bombay’ over ‘Mumbai’, know what I mean? Where else will you find heritage structures, double-decker buses, kaali-peelis, the lingering smell of fish, salt in the air, and oodles of history all bundled into one? . I studied in this area for 2 years, but barely got out and explored. And now that I’m in the city for a week or so more, I thought why ever not? Curiosity is a good thing, because it’s taking me places, showing me things, and telling me stories that I haven’t seen before, and in my world, that’s the BEST thing possible. So here I go, dedicating some time to my home city, discovering parts of it I haven’t seen before, and finding stories in nooks and crannies. SoBo now, somewhere else soon! . What’s your favourite story from your city? . . 📸: @trulynomadly . . #peppytravelgirl
12.02.2019 12:30:07
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Saree at an art fest? Yes please! 😃
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Donning a saree really isn’t as hard as yo
Saree at an art fest? Yes please! 😃 . Donning a saree really isn’t as hard as you’d think, especially when it’s with a crop top 😁 Mum’s been killing the handloom game for YEARS now, and I thought I’d twin with her for the day we spent at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 😄 Best part? No pins! . Every year, since 20 years, Mumbai experiences a week-long melange of the arts. Students from art schools put up installations, some crazy creative, some carrying a message. Experts from across the city and the country come down to help others understand their art. Sometimes some of us get to give it a shot too! Homegrown brands find a corner to sell their wares, and what makes me so happy about this is a lot of these products are sourced and created organically. Grand music and dance performances make up the evenings against the glittering night sky, and dip you right into the culture of our country, with a taste of what’s going on outside it as well! . It’s a riot of colours and sounds, and folks from around the city arrive in droves to experience some part of it. And although this makes it a tad chaotic, you can tune out the crowds and enjoy the festival for what it offers if you find your little space. . The main street of Kala Ghoda was maaaaaad crowded. Every. Single. Person. Wants. A. Photograph (look behind me). You’ll NEVER get a frame with no one in it! What I loved, though, were some of the music and dance performances that I could attend, and some of the performers were SO GOOD I could cry! I also tried a workshop for the first time - mandala art therapy - which was one of THE most meditative experiences I have ever had. It teaches you to stay focused, to find flexibility in stability, and the other way round. And hey, it looks pretty amazing, so there’s that! 😄 . I’m glad I went 3 times this year, because I’ve managed to see and do something vividly different each time around and actually experience a little bit of everything going on! . Fellow Mumbaikars, did you go? What was your experience like? And for y’all outside Mumbai, what’s the equivalent of a KGAF in your city? I’ll add it to my list 😄 . 📸: @p.prema28 (aka Amma) . . #peppytravelgirl#tkgaf20
10.02.2019 12:30:48
Thank you, 2018 ✨
Thank you, 2018 ✨...more
31.12.2018 13:18:13
LIFE UPDATE.
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I don’t know how to say this. Anyhoo. Here goes!
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For those of y
LIFE UPDATE. . I don’t know how to say this. Anyhoo. Here goes! . For those of you who were following The Calling on @tlc_india , you probably already know this. I won. I freaking won, and it was the HARDEST secret I’ve ever had to keep. I don’t exactly have the words to express HOW thrilled I am at the prospect of being able to go wherever I want over the next year, of getting this opportunity to create exciting new content, and experience things that will likely blow my mind. It’s overwhelming. I’m reeling, and I can’t wait. . Why am I telling you today? Because it took me a WHILE to grasp what was going on. It took a while, but it’s finally, FINALLY sunk in that this is all 100% REAL and that it’s ACTUALLY HAPPENING. . Bloody poetic. Exactly one year after I leave my job, I’m somewhere I didn’t even imagine myself to be, but still on that path that leads to a dream. Can’t. Freaking. Comprehend. . I’ve got plans. I’ve got ideas. And I’ve got lots to learn. It’s going to be a mad journey, but hey, madness is what I signed up for to begin with. . Who’s with meeeeee?!?!?! . #peppytravelgirl
28.12.2018 13:16:31
27.12.18 - exactly a year since I left the comfortable confines of a plush glass
27.12.18 - exactly a year since I left the comfortable confines of a plush glass building and ventured into the mysterious, alluring unknown. . I remember my last day at work like it was yesterday. I spent my time reading and re-reading farewell emails I had drafted over the week, perfecting each line and word. I walked around the floor saying my goodbyes, meeting everyone who had touched my life in the last 3.5 years. I thanked all those who had mentored me and taken a closer interest in my career. Met those colleagues who had become friends and hugged it out, knowing they’d be the ones I’d miss the most. I went to the cafeteria folks to thank them, and they gave me a free bhel puri as a farewell snack 🙈😄 There were tears. This had been my first job, and the only one I’d ever had. . One year from the day, I look back, and I’m happy that I took the leap. Nothing went according to plan. Absolutely nothing. And that was my greatest teacher. I learned to adapt. I realised that uncertainty is the only certain thing, and somewhere, it’s all part of a plan. The Universe’s plan, I’d say. . Because my own plan or not, every incident, every opportunity, every action, every reaction over this past year has been carefully orchestrated to bring me to where I am now, and to make me who I am now. Shape me for something newer and more exciting than I could’ve thought. Given me a chance to do what I want, and grow at the same time. Blossom. . It’s taught me to believe in myself beyond any doubt that the world might cast. To stay strong, and keep pushing. To fight my own mind when it tells me to give up, and just have faith. . And that’s why, I will. I’m looking at another uncertain, exciting year, and this time, I promise myself this - to love more, do more, be more, see more. To be kinder to myself. To believe in me a little more than I did yesterday. To push myself and get better, but to do so with love. To own this time I have, and to know that I am worth it, that everything I’m doing is worth it, and yes, it is enough. . What a ride. Here’s to never stopping 🥂
27.12.2018 13:21:30
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What was your BEST part of 2018?
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It’s totally that time of the year! The one ‘
What was your BEST part of 2018? . It’s totally that time of the year! The one ‘let’s reflect on what’s happened and think about the future’. The one where we ‘let go of what’s happened and raise a toast to a new beginning’. Ah well. That’s gonna happen anyway, them resolutions be an annual recurrence 😆 And while those little pixies do make their yearly passage through our minds, let’s not forget the most FUN we’ve had this year, because whatever I choose to change for the next, I sure want THAT to continue! . So TELL ME! What was the best and fun-est part of 2018 for you? 😃 . (One of mine was being surprised time and again by people and places. It should never stop 🤪) . . . . . . . . . #peppytravelgirl#london#london_city_photo#visitlondon#explorelondon#traveltrip#exploringlondon#londongirls#prettylittlelondon#visituk#timeoutlondon#londoncalling#letsgoout#natgeomyshot#dailyshot#femaletraveller#thewanderer#traveltolive#womenwhoexplore#ladiesgoneglobal#travelgirldiary#mytravelstory#travelcommunity#simplyadventure#solowanderer#theexplorer#womenwhowander#explorewithme
26.12.2018 13:08:43
I visited the most INCREDIBLE place ever!
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@devraiartvillage is an NGO that’s w
I visited the most INCREDIBLE place ever! . @devraiartvillage is an NGO that’s working to preserve and promote traditional Adivasi art and culture. They create art in the form of rock dhokra, which is mixing rock and brass to make beautiful artefacts. They also work with vegetables to make really cool things like the lamp I’m looking at. It’s made from a bottle gourd! . The craftsmen are super talented and I was so glad to have had the chance to talk to them and understand what they do. They’re largely from Chattisgarh, and they’re trained in the art at the NGO itself. . I think it’ll always fascinate me, the sheer depth of culture and art in this country, and how much there is to discover. Devrai is a real gem, and totally something you need to see when you’re in Panchgani. . . . . . . . . . . #peppytravelgirl#panchgani#mahabaleshwar#maharashtra#maharashtra_igers#maharashtratourism#cntgiveitashot#natgeoyourshot#ngtindia#ngtdailyshot#tripadventure#storiesofindia#_hpics#_soi#_woi#indianphotography#indiatraveldiaries#schooloftravel#studentoflife#creatorcommune#ladiesgoneglobal#mypixeldiary#createcommunity#theworldismyoyster#mountainbabes#igramming_india#adventureisoutthere#indiantravelsquad#tripotocommunity#oph
20.12.2018 13:38:06
😄😄😄
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We Mumbai folks are really not used to winter, are we 😄 The bracing 12° we
😄😄😄 . We Mumbai folks are really not used to winter, are we 😄 The bracing 12° weather in Panchgani had us quaking down to our shoes, and out came all those sweaters and jackets! It was fun, though. We did the typical, Maharashtra-hill-station things - drove to all the points and watched all the sunsets, with a cup of chai in one hand and a ‘bhutta’ in the other. We feasted endlessly on fat, juicy strawberries (sometimes lathered with cream, so help me god), even tried this thing called strawberry wine (it was quite nice - sharp, tart, slightly acidic). We came back to our @airbnb and played Uno till someone wanted to kill the other. Y’know, typical family things. . I haven’t traveled anywhere with my family for a very long time, and this quick getaway was quite refreshing. It was miraculous, the way everyone’s schedule aligned, and the long spoken about family trip finally materialised. . I’ve read quite a few accounts of how the meaning of travel changes for us individually, and how it affects our travels with others. And I noticed it on this trip. The biggest change, by FAR, was that I simply let go of any sort of care and the usual mild paranoia I carry with me when I travel alone, and just went with the flow. Maybe because I had others who could be responsible instead of me 🤪 or because I wasn’t thinking of when the last bus back to my room was 🙈 or because I wasn’t worrying about anything at all. And it’s been so long that I’ve been travelling by myself, I’d forgotten what it felt like 😁 . I don’t mind doing this more often 🤪 . What’s your take on travelling with family? . . 📸: @radhika_parthasarathy . . . . . . . . #peppytravelgirl#panchgani#mahabaleshwar#maharashtra#maharashtra_igers#maharashtratourism#cntgiveitashot#natgeoyourshot#ngtindia#ngtdailyshot#tripadventure#storiesofindia#_hpics#_soi#_woi#indianphotography#indiatraveldiaries#schooloftravel#studentoflife#creatorcommune#ladiesgoneglobal#mypixeldiary#createcommunity#theworldismyoyster#mountainbabes#igramming_india#adventureisoutthere#indiantravelsquad#tripotocommunity#oph
18.12.2018 13:18:08
Did a bit of a double take when I saw this picture and immediately scoured my he
Did a bit of a double take when I saw this picture and immediately scoured my head for signs of grey. None yet. Light, y u do dis? 🤪 . This was a drop-dead gorgeous spot we stopped at on the way to Pangong. If you think it’s familiar, you probably recognise it from the movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The movie made this location pretty famous, and there are quite a few signs that’ll tell you so. There’s a small shack of sorts that’s a cute little ‘restaurant’, run by a sweet ol’ lady who makes the yummiest yak-butter tea everrrrrrrrrr 🤤 . Shoot location or not, it sure is worth stopping by just for the quintessential mountain experience - lovely people, gorgeous views, and of course, chai and Maggi. . . . . . . . . . . . . #peppytravelgirl#ladakhdiaries#himalayangeographic#himalayangirls#hippieinhills#themountainsarecalling#explorehimalayas#lehladakh#cntgiveitashot#natgeoyourshot#ngtindia#ngtdailyshot#tripadventure#storiesofindia#_hpics#_soi#_woi#indianphotography#indiatraveldiaries#schooloftravel#studentoflife#creatorcommune#teampixel@madebygoogle#ladiesgoneglobal#mypixeldiary#createcommunity#theworldismyoyster#mountainbabes#igramming_india#adventureisoutthere
14.12.2018 12:30:34
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And we left those prayers fluttering in the wind, to be carried far and wide, ma
And we left those prayers fluttering in the wind, to be carried far and wide, maybe, hopefully, reaching everyone in this world 🌎💫 . Cold mornings like this one have me shivering down to my toes, but the sheer beauty of what I see and where I am always has me grinning ear-to-ear 😁 Open skies, endless nature, and boundless positive energy - that’s happiness right there 🥰 . . . . . . . . . . . #peppytravelgirl#pangongtso#cntgiveitashot#ngtindia#ngtdailyshot#lonelyplanetindia#outlooktraveller#_soi#oph#sidthewanderer#wanderersofindia#_coi#mypixeldiary#visualmobs#aroundtheworldpics#streetsofindia#storiesofindia#himalayangeographic#storiesofindia#forahappymoment#lonelyplanetindia#othallofframe#beautifuldestinations#hubs_united#travelrealindia#yourshot_india#incredibleindia#mypixeldiary#incredibleindia
13.12.2018 12:36:12
I was dreaming. I was flying somewhere above the clouds. I was in the middle of
I was dreaming. I was flying somewhere above the clouds. I was in the middle of the vast nothingness, and that felt like everything. Boundless energy seeped into me as I spread my invisible wings and let the winds take me wherever they felt. I was free. . I was dreaming. I was floating in a river with water so clear you could see the rocks at the bottom. The sun was winking just out of sight as fluffy, white clouds drifted across the bright blue sky. I could hear the sound of the river gurgling past me. A little further, trees rustled and birds chirped away happily. I was peaceful. . I was dreaming. I was sitting on the floor of a forest, leaning against a tall tree and looking up at the green canopy that swayed gently in the breeze, sending patterns of shadows playing across my face. Komorebi. Someone taught me that word recently. I closed my eyes and saw colours flash. Yellow and orange as the sun hit my face, deep blue and green when the leaves stopped the light. The hum of the forest filled my heart as I felt a smile creeping across my face. I was happy. . I was dreaming. I had walked into a roomful of people and they all turned to stare at me. Introvert’s nightmare. But they smiled - large, genuine grins - and welcomed me into their fold with open arms. The initial terror faded as a warm glow flowed into my stomach and made me giddy with delight. I was grateful. . I never wanted to wake up. But then I didn’t need to. Because these were never dreams, really. These were magical experiences that actually happened, which have translated into fantastic memories that have stayed with me, and call me back. . We talk about making our dreams come true, but looking back, there have been some moments you could say have come right out of a dream. So while I keep dreaming a little bit more about tomorrow, I never want to forget that maybe somewhere, I’m living a dream too. And maybe this feeling, of remembering each one of those moments and letting them fill me the way they filled me then, is my way of thanking the Universe. . What’s your dream? . #peppytravelgirl
09.12.2018 12:30:01
My school didn’t look like this at ALL!
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There’s something to be said about the
My school didn’t look like this at ALL! . There’s something to be said about the Nagas. They’ll look at you and smile in an instant, their eyes crinkling at the edges and you KNOW it’s genuine warmth. They love communicating with you, and even though neither of you can understand what the other is saying, you get by with some pointing and clumsy flapping of arms (that me. The women I met were far too elegant and even if they flap their arms, they’d probably look like elegant angels granting wishes to all of mankind. Except when they want to be fierce. Oh my, fierce they can be). . Travel makes you adapt in a very simple way. It’ll throw you into the situation and say ‘There you go. Deal.’ And there’s nothing left to do BUT that 😅 Which is exactly where the magic lies, don’t you think? Be it communicating with folks who have no idea what you’re going on about, getting stranded in a strange place in the middle of the night, or busting your knee open courtesy an accident, these are all unplanned incidents that you’re forced to deal with with resources available at that point in time. . And it’s thanks to these that I’ve never grown faster. . When they say travel makes you smarter, more creative, more open, more flexible, they ain’t lying! It’s all a product of being put in different situations at different times and figuring your way out of it, but what really makes a difference is being open to it. It’s so easy to simply say ‘I can’t do this anymore, I’m booking myself on the next flight out’, but I’ve noticed the change really happens when you say ‘Okay. Here’s the issue. These are my options. Let’s work this out.’ And then the magic unfolds; you’re left marvelling at how beautifully everything worked out, and how grateful you are for everything around you 💫 . Has travel helped you grow? How? . . . . #peppytravelgirl
07.12.2018 12:30:12
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Imagine living in a house that shows you views like this one every single day 🤩
Imagine living in a house that shows you views like this one every single day 🤩 . Salem from Nagaland! The last destination from my month-long adventure, and the one I would give anything to be back in right now. The Hornbill festival is going on, and I would’ve been there right now were it not for a bunch of other things that came up. No matter, I’m coming back for ya, Nagaland! . I was in Mokokchung, home to the Ao tribe. The Aos are some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. I had a little bit of time by myself to wander off into Chungtia, explore the traditional houses, speak to the residents, grind bamboo with them, and even meet a fiercely protective mother hen 😄 . I need more time here. I want to live here, experience the life here, and learn so much about a culture I know so little about. Soon! 😃 Like someone told me - ‘you’ll get your time.’ Divine timing sure is a thing, eh? . . . . . . . #peppytravelgirl#nagaland#mokokchung#nagalanddiaries#nagalandtourism
06.12.2018 12:32:08
I think to myself, what do I have, if not the world in the palm of my hands? An
I think to myself, what do I have, if not the world in the palm of my hands? An idea of where I want to be? Unbounded opportunities to go and do just that? . What is left to do, than grow, every single day? Think. Ideate. Create. Maybe it’s time to expand a little bit. Surrender myself to the vista of possibilities that lies before me. Build on everything I have learnt so far, and push myself into a zone where I’ll be forced to blossom. . It’s always, always a process. The thought of leaving your comfort zone and breaking into something you have NO IDEA of is scary. Trepidation flooded my stomach when I left my job. It returned when I gave up everything I had once again to embark on a journey for The Calling. It’s back now, as I think about what next. But isn’t that the point? To do something that scares you? To pick up the one, tiny little seedling that you know exists inside you somewhere, the one which might sprout; plant it, and nurture it like your own little baby, till you watch it grow and bloom into a beautiful flower? . Maybe it’s time for me to sit back, close my eyes, take a deep breath and visualise my path ahead. Let it crystallise. And when I see that, the one thing left for me to do is what I did all those months ago when I left my job, or what I did some months ago when I went on a shoot. . Jump. And give it my best goddamn shot. . Ever think about what your path ahead looks like? How do you visualise it? . . . . . . #peppytravelgirl
30.11.2018 12:42:05
A lone thought crossed my mind as I wandered closer to the sunset.
It’s funny ho
A lone thought crossed my mind as I wandered closer to the sunset. It’s funny how the simplest things can have an effect so grandiose, that no one sees it coming, nor can one reason with how or why it happened. No one can ever guess how one single sunrise or one single sunset can trigger a series of events that make it impossible for you to return to the person you were before. How does that even happen? . Who’s to say? Maybe the soft light helps you see a little bit more. The lingering colours open your eyes to what you weren’t able to comprehend before. The universal truth of inevitability drops those mental Tetris blocks into exactly the right slots. And somewhere, something starts making sense. . It doesn’t come crashing down just then, though. The moment has happened, and you’re accepting it, still trying to process it. You lock yourself away for days, trying to make sense of how everything suddenly makes sense. Not used to this clarity, and unsure of what to do next, you find yourself a little lost. . And then your mind goes into a spiral - going back minutes, hours, days, weeks, months to when you thought you were ‘normal’, and you flash past everything that has come to pass. You see what happened more clearly in retrospect, and there begins the analysis, the thinking, the processing. And you realise you can’t go back to feeling the way you did back then again. Too much has changed. Time. Place. Circumstance. You. What remains is a single, timeless question - what happens next? . I suppose this is one of those moments that’s called ‘defining’. I’ve had a couple recently. Have you? Let me know in the comments section below. . . 📸: @clickninja . . . #peppytravelgirl
29.11.2018 14:38:19
Talk about perfect evenings ✨
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Getting here, the southernmost tip of the island
Talk about perfect evenings ✨ . Getting here, the southernmost tip of the island, is a ridiculously gorgeous journey. We start at a beach - white sands and all - and then stomp our way through the lush rainforest, hike up the slope, till we get to THIS viewpoint at Chidiyatapu. It’s a visual treat. You can see the clear blue water on one side, you can hear the forest - a constant hum - as you walk through it, you sweat bucketloads while in the forest, and the instant you step out of it and see what’s waiting for you, you’re cooled down by a soft, gentle breeze. Turn to your right, and there’s a spectacular sunset waiting to happen. Turn to your left, and there’s a vibrant painting of pinks and blues and oranges, signalling the onset of twilight. And then you just want to take it in. You just want to sit there, stare, think, dream, and smile, or maybe burst into peals of laughter, like I did! 🤪 . Yes, I hopped across that narrow little ridge to the other side of the cliff too. Unimpeded views of the Andaman Sea await, and you feel so connected with nature right then. This is the kind of place you want to keep to yourself forever. The kind of place where you’ll go to empty your mind of thought, maybe recharge those batteries a little 🧚🏼‍♀️ . TL;DR - if you’re in the Andamans, love nature, don’t mind a sunset, and fancy a bit of a hike, GO to Chidiyatapu. Spend an evening. Have the funnest time 💚😍 . 📸: Favourite @clickninja . . . . . . . #peppytravelgirl#andamandiaries#andamans#havelock#havelockisland#chidiyatapu#tripotocommunity#_hpics#travelersofindia#indiantravelblogger#storiesofindia#_soi#ngtdailyshot#exploreindia#sheisnotlost#ladiesgoneglobal#dametraveler#girlswhoexplore#incredibleindia#discoverindia#outlooktraveller#cntgiveitashot#othallofframe#lonelyplanetindia#ladiesgoneglobal#travelchick#sheexplores#schooloftravel#studentoflife#sidthewanderer
28.11.2018 12:30:15
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