X-tacy of travel: An Ode To Wanderlust

Day 24 (X) ~ #BlogchatterA2Z

All artwork is done by Seema Misra, Copyright Lonely Canopy.

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I exist in many places …

In the book stores, cafes, traffic jams, malls and buses of Bangalore

In the tea gardens of Nilgiris

In the chocolate stores of Ooty

In the German bakeries, monasteries and Tibetan cafes of Mcleodganj

In the wine shops, home stays and coffee estates of Coorg

In the humid beaches of Fort Kochi

In the streets, dhabas, morning walk parks and gullies of Jaipur

In the sandy desert camps,Β  havelis turned into shops and trippy cafes of Jaisalmer

In the winding pretty country roads of Wayanad

In the always raining but utterly non happening beaches of Kannur

In the colonial bylanes and art galleries of Pondicherry

In the crumbling edifices and glory in all things ruined, at Hampi

In the unnamed streaming rivers of Chamba

In the always satisfying, deceptively simple shopping complexes of Chandigarh

In the maddeningly addictive street food places of Delhi

In the alarmingly calm city street and cafes of Paro

In the bustling meals-ready hotels of Udupi

In the antique markets of Mapusa, where you could bargain on history

In the charmingly exotic lake hotels of Udaipur

In the pristine beach sands of Gopalpur

In the traffic less and stress less pavements of Thimphu

In the barren forest trails of Sariska

In the busy Mall Road of Shimla

In the flight of a nameless flamingo, in Chillika

In the crowded chat shops of Lucknow

In the narrow hill roads and desolate structures of Kurseong

In the soaring valleys, plunging horizons spilling over bowls of sea

In the countless sunrises, handful of sunsets

In the list of plans, and forgettable failures

In the missed opportunities and surprise discoveries

In the hopes of a magical day spent dreaming

In the warm comforts of a sumptuous meal by the sea

In the vast emptiness of a floating cloud

In the unimaginable yet possible

In the moment, and many more that make many more such moments…

30th Dec 2017

Siniolchu, Cochrane Place, Kurseong

61 thoughts on “X-tacy of travel: An Ode To Wanderlust

    1. Thanks, Meena. This is a watercolor I made many years ago, when I traveled to Pondicherry. It remains close to my heart for all the emotions associated with it.

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    1. Thanks, Ashwini. Its an old artwork that’s very special to me. Yes, these are places I been to … I wanted to capture the feeling of how travel changes a piece of you forever.

      Glad you stopped by πŸ™‚

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  1. Loved your ode to wanderlust and the simple yet beautiful way you have described the list of places you have been to! Especially these lines – In the list of plans, and forgettable failures – In the missed opportunities and surprise discoveries – connect so well when we plan a travel or are on a journey. Beautiful artwork too, Seema, captures the free spirit of traveling so well!

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    1. Anshu, I feel so humbled by your words. Thanks for always being there through April. I wouldn’t have completed this challenge without you support πŸ™‚ It made my first attempt at this challenge so much easier.

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      1. Lovely words, Seema! The blogging world is a world of give and take. You come to my blog and I will come to yours. But, I would have come to your blog even without you visiting mine. Seriously, some blogs are so lovable, that you want to be a part of it. And, yours is one of them, Deepa!

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  2. Wow! Speechless! What a list of places with such a vivid description! Your words were like a river passing through a wild dense forest which caught me also in its flow. I must say I enjoyed the adventurous journey. And how can I forget the artwork. It’s just spectacular.

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  3. Wandered with you today:crisscrossing cities and forests, cafes and palaces–utterly delicious.
    Thank you Seema.
    Your words were like wide brush strokes, painting vast canvases of your travel memories.
    Loved it.
    X is for Xavier’s college canteen

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  4. Love the concept…I exist in many places! In tune with my own fiction.

    Well chosen artwork too. Totally fits the lost in places theme of the ode. Really should have found your blog much sooner!

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  5. I had such a beautiful time journeying throughout India through your beautiful poem, Seema! But, most of all, I loved the painting, with the striking as well as the calming shades of blue! In fact, that was me, in your painting, walking along with the waves on that beach!

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  6. What a delightful ode that was . It truly stirred the wanderlust in me as well . And I loved your artwork too . I must thank you for commenting on my blog post so that I could discover this gem from you !

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    1. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

      I believe how many times or places you travel to. Its how present you are while travelling and the way you experience a place and let it change you.

      So keep travelling how and when you can, physically, through a book, a movie, or simply a flight of fantasy πŸ™‚

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  7. Hi Seema, I am visiting your blog for the first and instantly fell in love with the beauty of each of your composition – poetry or your art works and doodles. You seem to be multi-talented.
    A wonderful and deep poem which shows you have keen observation and you are so full of life!
    I have also visited most of the places listed in your poem and this is one more reason I was pleasantly surprised and had an instant liking to your way of narration.
    Kudos for this enchanting narration – seems like re-visiting those places again!


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