Traveling Solo in Kutch

by Mridula on January 25, 2014

in Canon D550,Gujarat,India,Photography

It is not that I seek out to travel solo but solo trips just happen. Like first I thought I was going to Bhutan with my younger nephew but that didn’t happen. In the end the first trip of 2014 was to Kutch, my personal vacation and solo. I will recount conversations that happened because of traveling solo.

1. Somewhere in Kutch

Taxi Driver to me: It is all very nice but Ma’am you should have come with your family …

Me: Yes I know but …

The Road to Narayan Sarovar

The Road to Narayan Sarovar

2. At Narayan Sarovar

Man: Are you a journalist?

Me: No I am not.

Man: With that camera I thought you were!

3. A young Air-force boy in the the same coach of the train while traveling from Ahmebdabad to Bhuj

Boy: Ma’am where are you from?

Me: Gurgaon

Boy: Well you must be working there cause I can recognize a Haryanvi when I see one.

Me: laughs

4. Taxi Driver to me at after coming back from the BSF Check Post

The officer was asking if you are a foreigner! I told him she is traveling alone but she is from Delhi and speaks Hindi.

Low Angle Shot

Am I Scientist?

5. At Great Rann of Kutch

Woman: Are you a scientist?

Me: No

Woman: Well you are sitting on the ground and clicking pictures so I thought you must be conducting research.

So much so for trying for another angle for a photograph!

6. Me taking pictures at the Great Rann of Kutch

A stranger: Ma’am which country you are from?

Me: मैं भारत से हूँ और हिन्दी में बोलते हैं. (I am from India and I speak in Hindi).

7. Again at the great Rann of Kutch two boys come to me and ask

Boys: Can we take your camera and clicked posing with it?

Me: Yes and if you wish you can take pictures with it.

Boys: No ma’am we are happy posing.

All Because of a Tripod!

All Because of a Tripod!

8. Again At Great Rann of Kutch

Girl: Are you a professional photographer?

Me: No I like clicking pictures but I am not a professional.

Girl: Points to the tripod and says- well with all this I thought you must be but you say you are not!

9. At the White Rann Camp Tents, Gorevali Village at Breakfast I got chatting with another woman

Me: Sometimes it is good to travel solo

Woman: Yes you will enjoy particularly if you are a loner!

Me: Scratching my head and thinking if I am a loner, I guess I am a bit of.

At the Rann of Kutch

At the Rann of Kutch

10. And for a change me to a boy at Great Rann of Kutch, he was the quietest boy around, was on cell phone for a while before, I guess with his girlftriend.

Me: Will you click a picture for mine.

Boy: Sure.

I give him my cell phone and stand.

Boy: आप बहुत tension में लग रहे हो (you look so tense)

I burst out laughing!

People were a bit curious about me traveling solo but it was mostly fun. I never once was hassled.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachit Aggarwal January 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Seeing your picture makes me realized oh this is the place where so many movies were shot, refugee is one of them. Great.

And yes, conversations are no doubt great.

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Mridula February 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm

I think some of the recent movies have been shot here too like Raamleela. It is quite scenic in a stark way!

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Manish Kumar January 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm

आपकी कच्छ के लोगों से ये हल्की फुल्की गपशप पसंद आई। मुझे कभी अकेले घूमना पसंद नहीं रहा क्यूँकि अपने जैसा कोई मुसाफ़िर साथ हो तो घूमने का मज़ा कम से कम मेरे लिए चौगुना हो जाता है।

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Mridula February 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Manish for me alone, with company, with my daughter, as family everything is fun!

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Niranjan January 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm

It is fun answering all those curious and quirky questions to some stranger on the road. I love it :)

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Mridula January 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Niranjan, but I also long for a day when traveling solo would become much more common!

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My Unfinished Life January 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm

interesting conversations….. :)

http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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Mridula January 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Thank you Sushmita.

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Deepa January 26, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Nice post :) I would love to travel solo and will probably try it this year. I was wondering, how many types of questions one have to answer. And one more, I was surprised to read questions like foreigner and scientist· You are looking beautiful and amazing background :)

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Mridula January 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

Thank you Deepa. As not too many Indian women travel solo the ones who do get all the questions! :D

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Gauri Kekre January 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Hi Mridula, just wanted to let you know that I think you are swell! It is my dream to travel solo and I would love for you to give me some tips and guidance :-)
I think the fact that you travel solo on a regular basis is totally awesome and inspiring! Great post :-)

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Mridula January 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Gauri I do not travel solo that often, and it is easier on sponsored trips that happen due to my blog. My first trip would be to go to a region that is women friendly even if it is outside India.

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abhijit January 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Tantalising and beautiful great Rann. Wish I could go there someday.

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Mridula January 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Do go Abhijit you will like it.

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Indian Wildlife January 26, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Interesting narrative. Though your pictures are also equally good, i loved the way in which you made this post, mainly with conversations. great idea !

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Mridula January 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Thank you.

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Shrinidhi Hande January 26, 2014 at 11:42 am

I liked the scientist part!

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Mridula January 26, 2014 at 11:47 am

That was a new one too Shrinidhi!

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Anu January 26, 2014 at 8:19 am

You seem to have garnered some interesting attention during your stay in kutch, Mridula… :-)

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Mridula January 26, 2014 at 11:48 am

But no serious hassle Anu which was a big blessing.

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Hiral Trivedi January 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Haah, I heard people saying, “She is from TV (TV ma thi laage chhe)” near Rann. :D They make you feel pretty important, isn’t it?

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Mridula January 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Aah, no not yet Hiral :D

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sindhoooo January 25, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Enjoyed this post greatly! Love all the photographs! You look so beautiful!

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Mridula January 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Thank you Sindhu :D

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r ramakrishnan January 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Are you visiting/have visited the Rann Utsav which is on now ?

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Mridula January 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm

No Rama the tents cost 15K per night out there. Way out of my budget.

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r ramakrishnan January 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Nice conversations ! Incredible pics.You look gorgeous in red surrounded by white wilderness !

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Mridula January 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Thank you.

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