“Travelling has always been a part of my family. I did my first all boys trip from Nagpur to Goa in 2005. Back then, going to Goa was a big deal because it was considered ‘evil’ in a small town like Nagpur. During my engineering, I had aced a job. Unfortunately, I scored 59.4% and they wanted 60%. This was when I decided to study for my CAT.
My first solo trip happened when I planned a trip to Chennai and then Pondicherry. I did everything by myself and made friends along the way. It was then that it hit me. This is what real travelling was. After my CAT, in 2008, I started travelling around India. I spent two months in the North and returned back home because I was broke. I saved money soon after and went on a 40 day trip to Leh Ladakh where I realised I have decent photography skills and recorded my entire trip in the form of pictures which are still saved in the folders on my Facebook. I took up a full time job in Pune and would travel on the side which is when my first trip to Hyderabad happened and also the first time I met Neharika. I went to my friends office in Hyderabad where Neharika also happened to be and we hit it off amazingly well. It was an instant connection. We became close friends and Hyderabad had become almost a second home. There were emotions but long distance was something that didn’t work for the both of us so we remained friends. In 2014, I got a job in Hyderabad and moved here. On my birthday, Neharika sent me a link as a gift. She said that my website is live now and that I don’t have to waste my time on Facebook anymore. The blog went viral when I wrote a post during Ramadan about the top 20 places for Haleem in Hyderabad. I went to Italy and while I sat there alone on a beach it hit me that I am ready to have someone next to me and with me. I was ready to settle down. Neharika and I decided to get married but we wanted to see if our lifestyles would gel or not. So, we decided to do a two week backpack trip to Europe and she wanted to go to Paris. I decided that it was the perfect place to pop the question because it would mean the world to her. So, on our last day in Paris, while we were on the Eiffel Tower, I asked her to marry me. For a person who never believed in the magic of Paris, that day, I felt the City of Love in my bones.We did a court marriage so we can use the money we saved for travelling instead.
Even today, I tell people that we got married with just Rs. 271. Till date it doesn’t feel like we are married. It feels like I’m living with my best friend, a partner. We do everything together and despite the bumps on the way, it is as beautiful as it gets.”
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