To The Emerald of the Equator

To the Emerald of the Equator

The month of April saw me returning back from trip of Singapore, Hong Kong & Macau. We stayed in all the three places longer than what people generally stay. After a long time, we both vacationed together and at our own pace. We wanted it that way. Vasu has been telling me to think about our next destination and book tickets. I am being just lazy.

April also saw three other international trips either getting declined or cancelled for some reason or the other. For me, personal trips are far more important than FAM trips. So, no issues. I was not worried but started thinking … where next? Should I take Vasu’s advice seriously?

And then this invite came my way.

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This is what you see when you leave Mumbai Airport.

I am flying to

International Media Convention in Thailand

If you are regular at my Facebook page, you would know that I was invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand to be a part of International Mega Convention held in Bangkok on 25th July, 2014. It was a weeklong trip with some sightseeing before the convention.

First things first, I’ll speak about the convention here, which was the main objective of this visit. Rest of the articles will follow later.
I have attended several international media events before, and have represented India. So, I was looking forward to see how different this one was.

To say in one sentence, the entire program was short and simple… crisp and to the point. The way I would have liked it.
bangkok mega convention

Over 900

In search of Polar bears …

Poland calling me…

In a few hours I will be at the airport on my way to Poland on an invitation from Tourism board of Poland. It’s my first visit there and I am excited.


I am sure there would be more colors than this white.

It is not that I had never heard of this country before. I can recount my introduction to Poland.

The pictorial stories I had read when I was

Hello from Malaysia

When I said Bye to you in my last post, I was flying to Turkey. And Hello from Malaysia now?
Well, the week long trip to Turkey has ended and I am in Malaysia right now. 😀

It so happened that I, along with a senior journalist from Delhi, was chosen from India to cover the Ramadan festival in Malaysia. The news came to me just 2 days before I flew to Turkey ! I was to fly out on the same day I would have returned from Turkey.

ramadan delicacy

I love adventures of travel. 🙂
My passport

ICTT Conference

ICTT Conference

I was invited to the ICTT (International Conference on Travel Technology) India which was held in Trivandrum.
It was a first of its kind of travel and technology conference in India by ATTOI (Association of Travel Trade Organizations, India). I have shared the program’s link in an earlier post.

A two day conference with 17 speakers from all over the world, it was a huge success. The chief minister of Kerala inaugurated the function. My favourite among the guest speakers was Shashi Tharoor who simply stole the show with his short yet powerful speech.

ICTT India

Shashi Tharoor has a huge no. of fan followers on Twitter.

ConClay in Kanatal -II

Contd from Part I here… ..
This was the day for our Unconference. It started at 10 AM and went till evening. The discussions and knowledge sharing was quite satisfying for all of us. Each one of us bringing a fresh dish on his/her platter. I won’t go into the details in this post as to who presented what, some other participants have written about it. I’ll share all the links at the end and write about it separately. Again we could not go anywhere so settled down for Antakshari around a bonfire.

kanatal resort

Manish posing next to ConClay banner.

ConClay in Kanatal -I

When I wrote on my Facebook timeline that I have fallen in love with Uttarakhand, I wasn’t wrong! Three trips in last one year have proven that. Last month I returned from my 3 week trekking trip to Valley of flowers, Hemkunt Sahib, Badrinath et al & now again!
“Are there not many places to visit in India”, I was asked when I told I am going there again.

Yes, there are, but then this time it was an invitation again. I was approached by Club Mahindra if I would like to be a part of the ConClay’s ‘Unconference’ at Kanatal. This is my second invitation from Club Mahindra.


The Himalayan range.

ConClay is nothing but