LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
IT’S SOMETIMES HARD TO REMEMBER WHEN
travel went from being something that got one from point A to point B to something that was accorded so much importance and involved months of precise planning. When life was simpler and less nuanced, passport stamps were not an acquisition and people undertook journeys to connect with friends and family rather than to detach from them and rediscover themselves as they already knew who they were. Over the years, immersive travel that invokes a deliberate detachment from the routine has garnered favour, especially since people are constantly looking for ways to minimise their brush with the mundane. Today people want journeys to help them shed reality and slip into a second skin, one which is not dictated by the roles they play in daily life.
In our travel issue, we have actor Rana Daggubati standing tall as he talks about his love for journeys, the great outdoors and how he loves combining business with pleasure whenever he can. In his next film Haathi Mere Saathi he plays a mahout and roams the forests in this classic 1971 remake.
Staying with the central theme, we also get a range of experts to go back in time and reminisce about their first journeys. You may go back to a city or country countless time, but that first flush, when you come face to face with a reality and culture that’s so at odds with your own, is always memorable. Himraj Soin, who is an explorer and an adventurer retraces his steps and shares details of his first, momentous encounter with the Antarctica. Similarly, author Ashwin Sanghi dwells on his love affair with Kashmir and how it shaped his writing, while others like photographer Ashima Narain and British writer Emma Glass contemplate the nature of home and the shifting lens through which we connect our first journeys to places that occupy our thoughts and actions. Their first journeys make for compelling reads.
First journeys aside, Michelin-star chef Adriano Baldassarre has made an incredible journey into India, where he is plating his Italian fantasies on a plate. In this issue he shares his thoughts about the future of food and Italian cuisine in particular. Also, how he’s bringing authentic Italian food to India.
Food and travel make for perfect companions and if you throw in a glass (or bottle) of prosecco, your vacation is made. With summer hitting us in waves and a long break coming up, it is time to make your travel plans and head out to new or old places that make for the finest memories.