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Blog | Travel

15 May 2017

Traveller of the Week : Akshay Dubey

Akshay Dubey, a full-time traveller and business head of Eccentric Outdoors adventure travel e-magazine is also a certified mountaineer from NIM Uttarkashi and a Limca Book of World Record holder. Dubey covered Mana Pass, Uttarakhand on a motorbike – which is the highest motorable pass in the world at 18399 ft in 2012 and well, broke records. He loves to travel on his motorbike or cycle and loves to explore the uncharted territories of India.

 

Akshay Dubey

 

In a conversation with us, Akshay recalls that he was not always like this. A major change in perspectives and approach to life was experienced by him during his trip to Ladakh as a college student back in 2008. He met many people from other walks of life and while interacting with them he built relationships, gained knowledge, and shared experiences that led him to feel an indispensable transmission of positive energy. He recalls this particular instance on the trip wherein he got drenched in the rain while on his way to Pangong Tso. He had no prior travel experience and was shivering badly. A Dhaba owner gave him shelter without charging him and that changed him. His faith in humanity was restored, despite the socio-economic differences in our country. Akshay and the Dhaba owner are very good friends now and still in touch. Every time he visits Ladakh, he makes sure that he pays his kind friend a visit.

 

Dubey prefers to travel solo as it helps him to push his limits. He feels that travelling is a medium to test your character and consistently push yourself to your limits so that you know yourself better. Last year in September, Akshay cycled 3700 km from Guwahati- Tawang-Shillong-Nagaland-Gangtok-Bhutan via Tiger Nest Monastery and Nepal.  It was one of his toughest journeys so far.

 

As a traveller by profession, Akshay travels almost every time. Yes, he faces problems in terms of food and inhospitable weather conditions but he thinks that these are all part and parcels of travelling. These problems make one strong and help fight the mundaneness of daily life. These help us find answers to those unsaid questions which never strike our preoccupied mind otherwise. Dubey feels that travelling is the best way to vent out stress, revive positivity and attain the meaning of life. Perhaps this is why he always plans his trip and does a lot of homework on destination, route and homestays. Rest, he says, is dealt with as it comes.

 

 

Having travelled to about 23 states in our country and Land of Thunder Dragon-Bhutan, Akshay expresses his utmost love for India as a travel destination. He mentions that it gives us the opportunity to explore the rich, diversified culture and teaches us multiple lessons on life, experiences on life beyond just four walls and how travelling can, indeed, change people’s lives. Akshay feels that everyone should travel because there is no greater learning in life than the lessons learnt while travelling. He feels that travel puts him in the right frame of mind to be generous, non-judgemental, appreciative of nature, and capable enough to handle adverse situations. According to him, travel heals us.

Akshay’s favourite five destinations are Ladakh/Spiti Valley, Munsiyari, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Lakshadweep. He says that the five things he never forgets to carry along on a trip are – a map, solar chargers, First aid kit, a flinter, and of course, his camera.
He applauds us for our good work. We hope we get to see him set many more records along with an example for the rest of us!

Words by Aishwarya Choudhary
Images by ©Akshay Dubey

 

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Blog | Travel

8 May 2017

Traveller of the Week : Neelambari Warty

Hailing from the city of dreams, a city that never sleeps, Neelambari Warty’s dreams go beyond the city. Partly a ‘life re-inventionist’, partly an explorer, she had been bitten by the travel bug quite early in her life. Her childhood was filled with frequent road trips and eventually, she took to travelling for the sheer love of movement. Now she is happily in love with little Italian towns while perpetually crushes over Ladakh.

 

Neelambari Warty

 

Neelambari gives shopping advice and does wardrobe makeovers for a living; a living that lets her be a traveller. Recent times have found her writing passionately about her travels more than any other mundane subjects and well, handling her 7 years old’s tantrums like a pro.

Now in Dubai, she had been shuttling between India and UAE for the last two years but every time she is in the country, she makes sure she pays a visit to the great Himalayas.

 

Veering off the beaten path isn’t just a way to break the monotony to her, it’s also a reminder of an unfamiliar freedom we all seek in our own lives.  Leaving for her first travel trip to bits and pieces of broken memory, she clearly recalls Ladakh being a game changer for her. The simplicity of the mountains, the valleys and the innocent ways of life shifted the entire paradigm of perceiving herself in this world. Her senses had been reigned in by the deafening silences and the overwhelming calmness of the place, all three times that she had been there and yet, she hasn’t had enough!

 

As a traveller, she prefers having company over going solo. She loves to meet new people and find out about their lives for there’s so much to learn from each traveller and the locals. It opens her mind and enlightens her, she feels. The newness of a particular village, town or a city in a person excites her. She keeps her arms wide open to love from diverse cultures. This keeps her dreaming about her next vacation, next travel plan, next escape even though she doesn’t claim to be a full-time traveller.

 

Neelambari remarks how every trip is unique. When travelling with family, she makes sure to check all reviews on TripAdvisor. Travelling in groups becomes a worry for her only when the weather turns unpredictable and itineraries have to be rescheduled. She expresses how temperaments and tolerance levels of individuals are put to the test during unseen events. Hence, she likes to be a planned traveller even though it’s a retreat to relax, she invariably ends up planning that well ahead.

 

A responsible traveller, she believes in minimising any negative impact on the environment along with balancing socio-economic conditions. According to her, a few must haves and must dos are; to use and buy local products as much as possible, carrying glass bottles to refill and reuse, anti-allergy tablets and ointments, eye masks for quick naps and not to forget a swiss knife.

 

 

 

Neelambari has travelled to about 15 states in India, visited Nepal and has done multiple international journeys. She inherits the lust to travel from her dad, and she hopes that more people follow suit to discover and form themselves.

Her list of top recommendations includes a visit to the Himalayas at least once a year, a visit to Maasai Mara to experience seamless nature and wildlife reserves, Italy for both food and history and the South of Germany for the fairytale castles, countryside and Bavarian culture. Clearly, she has a thing for lush greens!

 

Despite travelling far and wide, there are much more miles to go. Travelling has made her realise that one needs to get away and venture into unfamiliar territories from time to time. If this doesn’t happen then the monotony, as she puts it, becomes lethal and one can’t get in touch with the essence of life. No one is ordinary, ‘one must probe into the depths of their being through travelling!’

Words by Aishwarya Choudhary
Images by ©Neelambari Warty

 

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Blog | Interviews | Photography

2 March 2017

Interview with Photographer : Aniruddha Das

Aniruddha Das was born in Kolkata and is a true Bengali at heart. He loves the city and all that it has to offer which naturally makes him a huge football fan. He played the sport when he was younger and was even offered a semi-professional training though unable to pursue due to his knee injury. Out of pure love for football, he took up photography in order to get involved with the game any way he could!

 

Aniruddha Das

Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you get started creating?

– Born and raised in Kolkata, I am a true blue Bengali. I love city and all it has to offer, which also made me a huge fan of football. I played the sport a lot in my childhood and adolescence and was even offered a semi-professional training, but due to a serious knee injury, I could not take it up. It was then, out of pure love, for the sport that I decided to take up photography in order to be involved with the game in some way or another.

Being a student of RK Mission Residential School at Narendrapur, I had the opportunity of watching the nature closely, getting inspired from the ambience there. I completed Computer Science Engineering from Kolkata, started working in Cognizant Technology Solutions, all the while working as a freelance photographer for the East Bengal Football Club, but soon gave up the former as it was photography that I always wanted to do.

 

Inspiro India: How did you develop interest in this field?

– As a child, I followed my father around as he captured the world, one moment at a time, using a film SLR. I even watched him develop films in the dark room, playing with chemicals to get the best result. Wanting to create something of my own made me pick up a camera, and I haven’t been able to put it down ever since! I still love the thrill of developing a negative. Even today, I shoot my personal projects, those close to my heart, with a film camera. It’s a different world out there; what a digital camera shows you is nothing compared to the beauty of the moment captured through a film camera, specially in Medium Format. Currently, I am using a Hasselblad 501c and it has become a passion project of sorts. A different story in every 120mm frame.

 

Brand: Nike

 

Inspiro India: Did you face any kind of problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?

– Being born and brought up in Calcutta, there is a different kind of love and attachment that I feel for the place. However, being the kind of city that it is, though you’ll get the most amazing subjects to capture, there is very little opportunity to take this field up professionally. In terms of the exposure the city has to offer, I felt that had I stayed there, I would have never been able to expose myself to the kind of photography I wanted to do. It’s still a little amateurish; you can pursue photography as a hobby, but not as a profession. That’s when I decided to shift to Bangalore, where opportunities are in abundance. I currently work with 22Feet Tribal Worldwide, a digital solutions provider, and this has allowed me to work with a multitude of brands across categories. Talking about the satisfaction that this field provides, I’d like to say that there is no better job in the world! Traveling, taking pictures of people and places – it is a different kind of satisfaction, where you’re content on the inside, but always hungry for more!

 

Inspiro India: What is it about Sports photography that interests you the most? What has been your favourite photo location in India?

– Watching a game live from the stands is one thing, being on the ground where all the action is happening is another. The thrill of sharing the same space with the best sportsmen in the country and in the world is inexplicable – you have to be there to believe it! The best thing about shooting a match live is that you don’t know what’ll happen in the next moment. You’re amidst all the action, the tension, the sweat, alone with your camera and clicking away, when suddenly you’ll get the most brilliant shot, the one you’d always wanted but never really knew how to get! Speaking of my favourite photo location in India, I was given a running project and I had to choose the location for shooting it. After a thorough research, we finalised on Gurudongmar Lake (Sikkim), which is one of the highest lakes in the world. Once there, we realised that while it was the best place to shoot the project, it would also be the most difficult! The air was thin and the temperature was low, but the pictures were great!

 

Brand: Fastrack

Brand: Fastrack

Brand: Fastrack

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing work flow and the equipment that you use?

– My equipment depends on the kind of project I am involved with. While shooting sports, I
usually use two 1DXs with a Canon 70-200mm and a Canon 200-400mm mounted in each. It is always a struggle using two heavy systems but I prefer keeping it that way! While shooting fashion, portraits and landscapes, I like to use a Canon 5DS and in lenses, a Zeiss 35mm and 85mm and a Canon 50mm. The standard post-processing work flow is choosing the best photographs from the shoot and proof-reading the images at least twice with two different edits to get the perfect look for the project. Once the look and feel is set right (which is always the toughest and most confusing part), I choose the top 10-15 images from the lot and treat them all accordingly. This is where the artist in you comes to play – not only are you editing the shots, but actually creating the perfect photographs!

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

– I always wanted to be a traveller. I love meeting new people, seeing new places, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and exposing myself to all sorts of experiences that this world has to offer. The whole thought behind this is to grow as a person, and you can’t really do that if you’re stuck in one place all the time. When you travel a lot, you leave behind a piece of yourself wherever you go and take in a little of the place instead. Luckily for me, my work allows me to travel as much as I want, so I’m happy!

 

Brand: Nike

Brand: Nike

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a photographer?

– I don’t just enjoy being a photographer, I love every bit of it! The feel of the equipment between the fingers is something beyond compare. The smell of the studio, the process of developing negatives, the post-processing work, the final image – it’s all a part of the job and I love it. I get to travel, see and work with new faces, visit places and face challenges that I wouldn’t have otherwise faced had I been doing something else. Photography is something so close to me that it has become more of a journey than a profession. A journey that I am proud and happy to embark upon!

 

Brand: Wildcraft

Brand: Nike

Brand: Nike

©Aniruddha Das

 

Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– Every artist will always tell you to follow your heart, and it is true, however cliché it may sound. You’ll never be fully satisfied if your heart doesn’t get what it wants, so stick with what you do best and follow your dreams. To all inspiring photographers, I would just like to say that it is not the equipment; it is your creativity that matters. You can shoot the most brilliant pictures with a non-professional camera and a mediocre one with the most expensive and professional camera that’s out there. Become one with the equipment and know everything about it, so much so that if someone asks you to open a camera blindfolded, you’d do a marvellous job even at that!

 

 

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