About journeys and coming back home…

I travel. As a hobby, as a passion and as a person willing to explore new places. But what travel brings to us, is whole new memories to cherish. I present three memories of people, who helped create those memories and remain to me as people who are #madeofgreat

Experience 1:

Place: Khardung La, Ladakh

We were a team of 18 ladies, energetic and cheerful ( and damn stylish if I may add? 😉  ) on our way back to Leh from Nubra valley. We had previously

360 degree of the Camp at Nubra

visited Hunder valley, rode huge Bactrian camels, had spent a beautiful night in tent overlooking bright night sky, star-gazing like we had never done before.

In the morning, we had gone to Diskit monastery and were getting back to our base in Leh, from where, we were supposed to go to Pangong Tso the next day.

Diskit, God made himself look like one, thanks to the clouds! 🙂

But the weather had a different plan. It started snowing heavily.

Traffic came to stop at Khardung La

We were stranded in the mountain pass for nearly 18 hours. Being new to this experience of getting stuck in snow was bit shocking to many, but we kept our cool. We had little choice…it was freezing! 😛

The snow at Khardung La

Weather became worse, we saw a truck getting stuck just in the road above us. Suddenly we saw military jawans. And dozers. Our Angels. In minutes, the roads were cleared so that enough space for one car could be managed. Traffic started again. Finally, at around 9 PM in the evening, we were able to come near the pass. We went to Pangong Tso the next day. A separate post coming soon… 🙂

Dozers to the rescue!

We again saw our saviors. Standing in the cold night, guarding and guiding all those who were stuck, assuring those who were stranded on their way home. The smile from their faces not fading and not tired to return the salutes from all of us. They are truly made of great.


Experience 2:

Place: Neil Island, Andaman

We were on our way from Havelock to Neil Island. I fell down and broke my foot (funnily, I was not aware of it then 😀 ) , details of the post here 🙂 We went to the nearest Govt health center. The person at the desk not only helped me with the necessary medicines but also, asked me not to let this stop me from exploring the island. Looking back now, I think that assurance was made of great.

Experience 3:

Place: Home

I always wanted to travel to Ladakh. It was a dream from the times I saw the pictures in some travel magazines. But my parents could not accompany me due to health issues. I was sad, because I knew how much my entire family loves to travel. And not being able to go to Ladakh, that they raved due to health issues was real depressing. Nevertheless, they encouraged me to take the trip by myself. My mom brought me a pair of gloves. Dad brought me the backpack. The same mom, who still cries when I am hurt, the same dad, who gets anxious when I am late from work, and asks me every time before I go out, if I have not forgotten my mobile phone. 🙂 I understood how anxious they were about letting me go on my own, but at the same time, how much they wanted me to go ahead and catch our dream. I can sort of feel how much courage they had to muster to give me the nod. Parents, who else are the more worthy to receive the title of #madeofgreat ? 🙂

So, my dear friend, do you have anyone who you think are made of great? Let me know in the comments section below 🙂

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Alok says:

    nice read and thank you for the photo tour of your journey and good luck for your next one
    Indeed a nicely written post. I wish you good luck for the contest
    Here is my answer
    The association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi is that of two greats. Lionel Messi has been exceptionally talented who with his hard work, determination and sacrifices has got better and tougher in his chosen sport so is the Image, reputation and quality of TATA Motors that have transformed brilliant ideas into masterpieces of engineering and created a brand and products that we are so proud of as Indians. Lionel Messi has transformed his body and the mind body co-ordination into a masterpiece of precision and excellence it would not be wrong to say that Lionel Messi is the TATA Motors of sports where as TATA Motors is the Lionel Messi of vehicles both giants in their own spheres driven by the drive to excel and lead by example. So Lionel Messi is the best choice for becoming the brand Ambassador for TATA Motors

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    1. enawonder says:

      Thank you Alok. 🙂


  2. Prajakta Sinha says:

    Such a brilliant,beautiful post! Inspiration,

    These are not mere words but a part of our soul. Not just the ones that we carry around in our individual bodies but that supreme soul that binds us all together in this universe. That is why we teach our children values and morals so that these little pockets of our souls do not die away. But when we look around at our modern day lifestyle and society,it leaves a lot to be desired, right? Wrong 🙂 I would say,as long as we have even 1 shred of humanity left,there is a ray of sunshine and that is what we see here.

    I am inspired by your story just as I am inspired by the stories of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. As I said above about humanity and ray of sunshine, it is very few icons left in this world who make me feel that way. Both Tata and Messi definitely make it to this short list.

    When we talk about Tata Motors,we talk about the pride that every Indian feels because this is our truly global brand, a brand with a soul, with every product made to help us fly. This is a corporate behemoth that has not amassed its fortunes at the cost of the little man but by being a part of the very grassroots. The legacy of excellence and giving back to the society selflessly is so ingrained in Tata DNA that it has become part of folklore. Even today,in any Indian home, the moment a son/daughter gains employment in a Tata company, nobody talks about salary or CTC, they just thank their lucky stars that they are a part of Tata family. The very soul of India resides in Tata. Tata Motors has taken these very same values global, making Indians proud of what they represent. ‘Look,we represent excellence, with a dollop of old world values, with love and respect’ !

    When we look at Messi, we see a boy with dreams in his eyes and a man who has put everything he had in making them come true, and he did! With singleminded focus,dedication and hardwork, he has managed to outdo every obstacle he faced since his birth personally, healthwise and family financial situation wise. Every obstacle became just another step for him to grow and reach up the sky. And still, every time he walks out on the field, he plays with the same agility, alarcity and a a hunger to prove himself as if it is his first game! He hasn’t achieved his demi-God status without superhuman efforts.

    When these two demi-Gods of their respective fields come together, there are bound to be fireworks and that is exactly what it is! Purely from a corporate point of view, there are rare instances when we see such a perfect fit form. It can be called a divine sign that a symbol of vibrancy and dynamism like no other has taken shape with the partnership of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. More than a mere advertising gambit,it is an amalgamation of those perhaps ‘lost’ values that the world needs more of,now more than ever. Maybe the Gods are finally happy!

    Prajakta Sinha


  3. ‘What drives us from within is what makes us great’, This is the founding principle behind the overall brand association between Argentinian Football Maestro Lionel Messi and Automobile Giant TATA Motors. The overall #madeofgreat campaign is made upon a clear cut vision of seeking excellence along with self-belief.
    TATA Motors and Lionel Messi, both are the ones people look up to get inspired. Lionel Messi is an amazingly renowned player with huge fan following across the world. TATA Motors is an Indian company which has achieved global distinction in past decades and appeals as a company with immense potential. TATA Motors stands at a path defining phase of its evolution story with some overwhelming produts planned in future. Lionel Messi with a global appeal complements Tata Motors. Interestingly, Lionel Messi is Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF, a sign that he is #madeofgreat values similar to TATA Motors which cares for values first and foremost.
    Thus the association is truly #madeofgreat. Legend and Talent have come together to make a truly fantastic combination. The collaboration will be a win-win for both.
    I can be reached at twitter handle @adityakt


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