Shoma Abhyankar
Profession: Travel blogger/freelance writer
Country: India, Pune

Hazaar Khwaishein Aisi (A Thousand Dreams)…

 

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Only a few days ago, I had poured out my angst post the mindless attacks on innocent lives at Nice, Kabul, Turkey and Munich. With such everyday restless frenzy and hatred in world, I have slipped more often into a contemplative mood and wondered where on earth should I go but a traveler at heart I have also found myself daydreaming of breeze rustling in my hair, oceans swelling and ebbing at horizon, mountains bowing under my feet, delicious aromas tingling my senses, whetting my appetite and the centuries unfolding in stories retold by the stone ruins….

Atop these mountains I dream to go...where heavens descend and happiness does glow!
Atop these mountains I dream to go…where heavens descend and happiness does glow!

Wishes and dreams are like those unbridled horses… running amok…bringing your senses alive…pulsating with happiness…driving the fears away and transporting you into a world where there are no worries, no pain, no death, no sadness!

Free of fear, happiness blossoms
Free of fear, happiness blossoms

And I have dreamt of flying like a kite, swooshing down the zip-line from highest peak, diving in deepest of seas, surfing the highest ocean wave, sky-diving without fear, dancing away the night and gazing at the horizon in anticipation of a beautiful future with northern lights dazzling the night and my beloved by my side…

दिल है छोटा सा छोटी सी आशा
चाँद तारों को छूने की आशा,
आसमानों में उड़ने की आशा
बादलों की मैं ओढू चुनरिया,
अपनी चोटी में बांध लूँ दुनिया


A favorite, this song almost sums up my dreams…

I dream of the Alps and of the Great Barrier Reef, of Yellowstone Park and of cruising through the seas to Antarctica, of Belgian chocolates and Italian pasta, of Roman gladiators and Greek temples, of African safaris and Cheery blossoms of Japan….of places unknown to my ever fluttering heart….

But off late the one thing that has kept my thoughts preoccupied are the hills of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal, somehow has eluded my travel plans for a long time now. Himachal literally means “In the lap of Himalayas” and is blessed with scenic valleys like Chamba, Kangra, Spiti, Solang and more, placid deep lakes, gurgling rivers, snow-capped hills, monasteries, heritage and adventure sites, orchards… Trekking, hiking, rafting, snow skiing…Himachal has it all. Come October and Bir Billing will be the flooded with paragliding enthusiasts and Hot Air ballooning. How I wish I were there with my life partner soaking up all the beauty and cherishing the moments forever.

Dreams are proof that we are alive and unless we give in to our dreams we will not know happiness. In words of Richard Bach:

“You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true”

And I believe that before I close my eyes forever, I will travel the world and realize all my dreams……

And yes, I haven’t stopped here, I have many small to big dreams and goals yet to achieve in my life. I have passion for life, I have passion for my dreams and in fact, this zeal, passion defines my life!

What’s your story? I am all ears to hear yours!

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