India Today - - CONTENTS - (Aroon Purie)

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.

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