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Contest: Writing

Calling all student travellers... wanderers... storytellers!

We had an amazing array of entries on the theme of 'Most memorable journey in India'! Now we need your votes to decide which writer wins a prize! The top three most liked entries are winners of the contest.

The most liked entry/the winner of the contest gets 3000 Rs of cash prize and 4000 Rs worth of merchandise
The second most liked entry gets 2000 Rs of cash prize and 3000 Rs worth of merchandise
The third most liked entry gets 1000 Rs of cash prize and 2000 Rs worth of merchandise.

The winner will be announced on the 20th of May after all the votes have been counted!

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Read the other travel contest entries

Summer Sunset in Shimmering Shimla, Anurima Chanda. Read Story

The Voice of Timeless Ellora, Siddhartha Chakraborti. Read Story

Withering Away, Kiran Bhargava. Read Story

From The Eyes of Tomorrow, Rajiv K. Mishra. Read Story

Short Story on Life, Gaurav Shrestha. Read Story

Of Serendipity and Soul-searching, Prateek Singhal. Read Story

Darjeeling is the Goth of East India, Jelena Savkovic. Read Story


 

 

 

 

Serendipity and Soul-searching

Prateek Singhal,
Delhi Technological University


When I first decided to go journeying to Haridwar, for a complete month no less, I was clueless about what I was getting into. Here was I- a single boy of twenty from Delhi- all alone in a city of nearly two million. To make matters worse, I had my eBook reader as my only companion and means of entertainment, for there was no television, Internet connection, or laptop.

Haridwar has a culture quite unlike Delhi. There is a sense of ease in their way of life, a degree of camaraderie and bonhomie that exists even between complete strangers. If the simply marvelous mini-treks or a refreshing dip in the river Ganges isn’t enough to pique your interest, the spicy food and the spicier anecdotes certainly will. Moreover, I went during the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, so I had the opportunity to witness an immense inflow of travellers from all over the country.

Everyone should take a hiatus from the hustle-and-bustle of city life and have a quiet moment of introspection in this peaceful city. I have been a recluse for most of my life, yet before I knew it, I was going on solitary walks along the banks of river Ganges, trekking in Rishikesh, chatting up with random fellow travelers in cafes, and experiencing an unprecedented level of tranquility.

William Blackstone once said: “Man was formed for society, and is neither capable of living alone, nor has the courage to do it.”

I disagree.

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