Somewhere in the hills today,
The giggly clouds gushed in,
To stumble upon the trees
Of different shapes and sizes
Swaying in the same direction
Of the wistful wind
That came by
To eye the giggly clouds.
Oh what a gorgeous orange love triangle it was.
– Shramona Poddar
Shramona Poddar likes to identify herself as a part-time traveller and a full-time dreamer, she spends most of her time eating, doodling, travelling, dreaming and storytelling. The 23-year-old strongly believes in living in the moment and wishes to travel as much as she can ‘because you never know when one might die’, says the young traveller. A dog and kid lover, she still finds it tough in deciding what she loves more, the mountains or the sea?
Her motivation for travelling comes from living in the small town Chandannagar, 35 km away from Kolkata, where she used to climb the trees as a kid, fishing, running and playing in open fields looking at the blue sky. Though she never understood as a child why she loved all this, everything was clear once she had a sudden urge to travel in college. Once out of college, she saved enough for the travels, convinced her parents and made her first solo trip to McLeod Ganj in 2013. Nonetheless, the first trip changed her completely, the experience she gained was life changing as she had to make her own decisions and was responsible for herself completely.
Shramona loves solo travelling but that’s not the only way she’d like to travel. She has a particular way of travelling where she’d like to stay with the locals and travel in public transportation eliminating the need to spend tonnes on car travels. She wouldn’t mind travelling with someone who’d travel the same way as her! Poddar says people are surprised when they see her having such a grown up attitude, she says everything comes from the travels she has made solely. Her solo trips involve planning, she does agree she has some apprehensions and makes sure her place to stay are safe well in advance. She makes sure she enjoys whatever she sees, going to see a sunset and staying there for a while is what she calls spontaneous.
Shramona wants to travel full time in the future but she still has parents to be convinced and understands the fact our parents do not come from the same ideology. Travel money doesn’t come easy as well. The traveller has worked two jobs in Mumbai, not to forget to freelance all the while taking care of household expenses in the metropolitan. She still continues to do the same by doing away with unnecessary expenses for the love of travelling.
Miss Poddar does not enjoy a 9 to 5 routine, rather than cribbing about things she decided to quit her job and travel for at least 3 months. Last year on her birthday in September she travelled to Mussoorie after quitting her job. The courageous woman has battled cold, heated food in the Sun, sung songs in the dark just so that she isn’t scared or lonely and has learnt a lot in the process. Shifting from 9 to 5 may not be easy but it’s all worth it in the end, says Shramona.
She says ‘one can find glitter from garbage’ and does not believe in having any favourite place out of all the travels she has made! Her 5 must haves would be pepper spray, a good pair of comfortable shoes, a good scarf for cold and hot weather, willingness to travel without expectations and be able to deal with the situation. Lastly, to ‘be kind’ which would help you in meeting with people. A smile to strangers on your way to travel goes a long way!
Shramona enjoys meeting new people and leaves a part of her heart wherever she goes, she has friends ranging from a 5-year-old kid to an 80-year-old elderly! Moreover, she loves the fact no one knows her, a sense of unfamiliarity excites her. To have a slow life is what she wants to incorporate into her daily life, the birds flying, leaves moving, the beauty of travelling is forever intriguing to the young traveller.
One life lesson she has learnt is to be ready for any situation that comes your way, to be able to act confident to handle things a certain way when things go south is a must!
Images by ©Shramona Poddar
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