Me, Myself & Jain

Lao Tzu wisely said that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Well, mine began with this blog on January 22, 2012, as a simple journal to chronicle my travels, that has today grown to become an essential part of my life.

So, whose ME?

I am Snigdha, a banker by profession based out of Mumbai, India. While I love to talk, eat, read, write, make crafty’ things, hang out with friends, etc – “my ultimate thing or passion” is traveling….

Given a choice I would love to live out of a suitcase, but I have loans to pay and a full-time job to take care of them. I do however manage to take enough time off work to travel and catch a decent glimpse of any city I travel to (for work). 🙂

My travel philosophy is – always travel budget, yet be comfortable and I believe that there is no place that cannot be visited because it’s too expensive. I have lived by this motto and managed to travel extensively in India and 31 other countries across Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and USA!

After-all, traveling budget means you get to visit many more places in the same budget! 🙂

My endeavor is to visit at least 2 new countries and 2 new places in India every year. I set travel targets for each year and you can read more on my travel targets for 2014 here. 🙂

Me and My Travel Companions :)

Me and My Travel Companions 🙂

Here is a little more about MYSELF and my quirks on travel –

The obsessive planner  I love travel planning and can search through countless articles on the Internet, zillion travel books, plan little details and go over it ‘n’ number of times, any time during the day or night! This naturally makes travel guides and travel related books my favorites!

Travel at every possible opportunity – I am always on the lookout for adding in a holiday or a quick trip whenever possible. The holiday list is my most awaited object in Dec- Jan and once my HR circulates this, the next 10-15 days are very busy with mapping out broad options / destinations for all long weekends. Since I also travel a fair bit for work, I always extend work trips over the weekend and am now a pro at getting the most out of any place in the least amount of time available.

Perks of the obsession  – With all this planning, I often get to ‘transport’ myself to another place twice – once when I am reading about it and the second time when I actually visit it 🙂

With this, I also end up planning the travel and itineraries for my family and friends, thanks to which I get to call myself ‘a travel consultant’ (way more glamorous than a banker!).

Slip-ups of the obsessive mind  – I believe the best way to see a place is to first aimlessly walk around for a couple of hours to get familiar, before I ‘get set and go’! I call it my ice-breaker with a new city 🙂

I also travel with an open mind as this helps me meet with new &  interesting people, experience places like a local and discover many exciting things / unusual places and not fuss much over non-availability of vegetarian food sometimes!

Lastly, my travel companion is usually my sister, which limits my freedom, but she makes up for it with her eccentricity! Also, it has made me realize that we’re more like-minded than I ever knew and (best part!) we never get home-sick! 🙂

What’s JAIN?

Jain is a community of Indians, staunch vegetarians that do not eat any form of meat, sea food and eggs (though I am now a vegetarian more out of choice than religion). While this makes finding food pretty tough sometimes; the growing vegetarian / vegan cult works to my advantage and I’ve managed to even experiment with some local cuisines. After numerous trials and errors, I now have my checklist of the right questions to ask in any restaurant/cafe and I’ve also figured my own art of scanning menus! 🙂

So join me on this journey as I pack my backpack, tighten up those shoe laces and ‘GET SET AND GO’.

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Updated this post in November 2019. 

445 Responses to “Me, Myself & Jain”

  1. jacksonjc9 August 12, 2014 at 14:42 #

    I enjoyed going through your blog and I wish to read more of your adventures 🙂

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  2. willteachfortravel November 2, 2014 at 03:36 #

    Love your introduction! Thanks for the like on my blog…and I became “addicted” to the rainforest in Hawaii this year in January, so I know what you mean by becoming addicting to jungle climates.

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    • getsetandgo November 22, 2014 at 19:00 #

      Thanks…I haven’t been to the rainforest in Hawai yet, but would love to be there someday 🙂

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  3. The Sock Mistress November 2, 2014 at 12:43 #

    Glad I found your blog, I look forward to exploring my way through your pages 🙂

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  4. Fractions of the world November 8, 2014 at 03:39 #

    I can’t believe it took me so long to find your blog! Impressive collection of stories and pictures, very happy to now follow you. Cheers from Belgium, Tine

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    • getsetandgo November 22, 2014 at 19:12 #

      Thanks a ton for visiting my blog and the kind words 🙂 Happy travels….

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  5. milkymender November 10, 2014 at 07:53 #

    Wow your blog is fantastic! Thanks for writing!

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  6. Phil November 17, 2014 at 17:25 #

    You have a truly wonderful blog 😀

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  7. harrienijland November 19, 2014 at 17:27 #

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I like your photo-essays; and that you name them like that, because that’s what they really are. See you, Harrie.

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  8. Bob Mills November 22, 2014 at 20:05 #

    Excellent blog my friend! As I am also vegetarian I was immediately drawn to read more.
    You certainly do seem to have travelled and I admire your motivation.
    Thanks so much for visiting and following my own blog; I really do appreciate your interest.
    Kind Regards
    Bob

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    • getsetandgo November 23, 2014 at 22:54 #

      Thanks for visiting my blog and the kind words…. Look forward to reading more of your journeys too 🙂

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  9. rodi (Rob and Diane) November 22, 2014 at 21:35 #

    Hi there

    Thanks for stopping in and liking my post on Ecuador. Love your blog and can’t tell you how refreshing it is to read that someone else in the blogging world that also enjoys travel has an actual real job and doesn’t live on “online income”. Understanding how to balance responsibilities and leisure is a talent many don’t share anymore.

    My blog is new and our adventure is only starting soon when we become expats. I’m following you and love the tips on Cambodia which is high on our list and so close to Penang, our destination.

    Hope you follow us too; Cheers

    RoDi

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    • getsetandgo November 23, 2014 at 22:55 #

      Thanks for visiting my blog and the kind words…. It makes all the effort worthwhile…. I look forward to reading more of your journeys too 🙂

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  10. alstories November 23, 2014 at 17:29 #

    Look forward to following your blog. May the four winds be with you.

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  11. Piggletino November 23, 2014 at 20:03 #

    Whee!! My scout needs to read this blog more often! You visit some of the nicest places!! 🙂

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  12. Nussaibah November 23, 2014 at 21:26 #

    Thanks for following me! Looking forward to reading more about your travels 🙂

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  13. PasadenaDaisy November 25, 2014 at 07:57 #

    Hi – thanks for stopping by my blog and “liking” Vancouver. I’m looking forward to exploring your blog as well.

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  14. sensiblysilly November 25, 2014 at 17:18 #

    Glad i found your blog, loving all of your posts here! 🙂 Being a Jain myself, its good to know people turning vegetarian out of choice.
    I have also started blogging recently, and its gonna be all about travelling, food and everything else in my life. will be updating soon.. Please stopby my blog sometime 🙂

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    • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:37 #

      Thanks Anusha for the kind words and will definitely stop by your blog son 🙂

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  15. wersojourners November 26, 2014 at 22:43 #

    wonderful blog and travels! thanks for taking time to stop by my world.

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  16. equinoxio21 November 29, 2014 at 00:55 #

    Hmmm. You’re a Jain? Interesting.
    Learned about them a long while ago. Some of the most “orthodox” used to carry a small broom to gently sweep away any insect in their path lest they should accidentally step on one. I thought that was a great manifestation of a high respect for Life! 🙂
    Have a lovely week-end.
    Brian

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    • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:40 #

      Thanks and we do have very high respect for live and for every living being….

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  17. raveburbleblog November 29, 2014 at 09:06 #

    Namaste Snigdha.

    Thanks for dropping by raveburbleblog, and for liking my elephant post. Most of the time I’m a royal idiot on my blog, but occasionally I get serious about things, and that particularly applies to the treatment of animals. So to have people ‘like’ my posts is a really big help to the message I’m trying to get across.

    I was reading on here how you were treated by BA on one of your trips. Absolutely disgusting! Good for you for posting that, and I truly hope they learn from it and treat everybody a darn sight better in the future. Grrrrr.

    I’ve not had the pleasure of visiting Mumbai, but it’s definately on my list of places to go. If I do get there, lets meet up for chai. And if you are coming to New Zealand, let me know and I’ll get my chai pot out. No wait, I’m guessing chai isn’t vegan. What is your vegan equivalent? Let me know and I’ll have a go at making it. 😀

    Meantime, happy travels and keep on blogging on.

    Rave

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    • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:43 #

      Thanks Rave… I haven’t been to NZ yet, but hopefully should be there soon 🙂 Do let me know when you are in Mumbai next and I’ll be happy to catch up..
      P.S I drink coffee 🙂

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  18. Jules Brown December 3, 2014 at 23:46 #

    Thanks for stopping by Jules Told me and liking my post. Great to see that you are an avid planner and guidebook reader – me too! Hope to be able to help out some time with your travel plans.

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    • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:45 #

      Thanks Jules and its great to meet like minded people through such blogs… I look forward to reading more on your travels and planning 🙂

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  19. gabbartrip December 4, 2014 at 14:11 #

    Hello Snigdha. Thank you for stopping by and leading me here! What you write resonates at several levels with me, especially turning vegetarian by choice, and will be stopping by more often. Regards.

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  20. theuncommoneur December 8, 2014 at 15:46 #

    I look forward to reading and learning more about your journeys!

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    • tirtha22 December 11, 2014 at 19:51 #

      I am inspired by the humble beginning of this blog and the beautiful travel narrations out here.

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      • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:56 #

        Thanks a ton for the kind words 🙂

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    • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:50 #

      Thanks visiting my blog and for the kind words.. Happy travels 🙂

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  21. Sia-Discover Life December 12, 2014 at 23:01 #

    Beautiful clicks! Enjoyed the journey through your blog. 🙂

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  22. amyestacey December 13, 2014 at 03:30 #

    Thank you for your like. I love your blog. India is towards the top of my list at the moment, I’ll be looking to your blog when I’m in the planning stages!

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    • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 16:01 #

      Thanks and please feel free to write to me if you need any help with planning your trip to India…

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  23. buildingmybento December 13, 2014 at 04:32 #

    Cheers for liking my post about Japanese trains, Snigdha! Nice to see your photos from China…if you ever plan to visit Guangdong, let me know.

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  24. Kitty and Vince December 13, 2014 at 04:50 #

    Hi! Thanks for dropping by. Your blog is awesome. And, yeah, when it comes to travel, we’re obsessive planners too. 😀

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  25. mohamedthaver December 14, 2014 at 15:15 #

    Its good to see that you do not let a job come in the way of travel. So many of us would not travel giving ourselves excuses like I have an EMI to pay so I cannot quit my job. Kudos to the likes of you 🙂

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  26. Boho Hobo December 18, 2014 at 00:32 #

    Have been a vegetarian since birth and usually struggle to find vegetarian food when I am traveling – except for when I was in India 🙂 Nice to ‘meet’ you! x

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    • getsetandgo December 27, 2014 at 19:19 #

      Lol….I can so relate to this feeling…. 🙂 And nice to meet you too 🙂

      Though I have heard Bali is as good for vegetarians too….

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  27. Lela Bonchjela December 30, 2014 at 15:07 #

    Ahh! When I visit Bombay again, we can meet! If you swing by Singapore, you have a friend to take you around 😉

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    • getsetandgo January 5, 2015 at 20:59 #

      Hey, please do let me know when you are in Mumbai next and I will be happy to take you around 🙂 Will also reach out to you in case I come to Singapore 🙂

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  28. healingpilgrim January 8, 2015 at 05:29 #

    Hey Snighda! Thanks SO much for introducing me to your wonderful blog.. and for dropping by mine (and liking it too). I look forward to reading more about your adventures in travel and life. Happy new year, Amit

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    • getsetandgo January 26, 2015 at 19:58 #

      Hey Amit, thanks a ton for the kind words and following my travel tales…. makes all the effort worthwhile 🙂

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  29. johnnajay January 9, 2015 at 08:30 #

    I would love to travel as much as you do :)) It looks like so much fun. If you happen to come to Japan I will show you around! 😀

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    • getsetandgo January 26, 2015 at 20:37 #

      Thanks so much for the kind words and the offer…. Will definitely reach out to you when I am there 🙂

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  30. Wooly and Raeski January 10, 2015 at 06:01 #

    Thank you for following our blog. Through our photography and words we hope to inspire others to get out and see the world. And perhaps through those travels the world will become a smaller and less threatening place as we discover the many kindred spirits who share our passions, hopes and aspirations. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

    It’s never too early or late to discover and follow your heart. Make time for the people, work, and causes you truly care about. Cheers, Wooly and Raeski.

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    • getsetandgo January 26, 2015 at 20:41 #

      Hi Wooly and Raeski… Thanks for visiting my blog and for sharing your insightful thoughts… I just wish more people thought on similar lines because then we would truly have a beautiful word to live in…

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  31. more59 January 11, 2015 at 19:54 #

    Thank you for stopping by my crazy life – happy travels – Live well Laugh Ofteb

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  32. Adha January 19, 2015 at 13:59 #

    Hi.
    Impressive. Really nice to see someone so enthusiastic about travelling. I love to traval as well. But i haven’t been to soo many places as you. Your travel destinations are inspiring. I would use your travelogues as a guide when I travel. (:
    And if i may, i would like to suggest you to visit “Peroton islands” near Gujarat. That was a really good trip for me. I was in 8th std. That time. Thats almost 7 years ago… probably, the trip got more exciting. But if u get a chance. Do visit and write about it. I would love to read ur trip to Peroton islands. (:
    Cheers, all the best.. Take care. (:

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    • getsetandgo January 26, 2015 at 21:07 #

      Thanks for the kind words and the suggestion.. I’ll definitely add this to my list 🙂

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  33. Ray Laskowitz January 20, 2015 at 22:59 #

    Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. — Ray

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  34. vanbytheriver January 26, 2015 at 23:31 #

    Hello Snigdha, I will just have to follow you for the vicarious travel thrills. Thanks for stopping by. ☺Van

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  35. Manoj Radhakrishnan February 4, 2015 at 16:18 #

    Very nice blog. Hello from fellow vegetarian travellers 🙂 Will be honoured if you would stop by our website sometime: http://www.travel-notes.org/

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    • getsetandgo February 21, 2015 at 12:07 #

      Hi Manoj, thanks for visiting my blog and I’ll definitely look up yours 🙂

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    • getsetandgo February 21, 2015 at 12:07 #

      Hi Manoj, thanks for visiting my blog and I’ll definitely look up yours 🙂

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  36. Santosh Namby February 23, 2015 at 23:48 #

    Reading your intro is like looking into a mirror, with a few changes 🙂
    I am not a vegetarian and I’m a civil servant not a banker, but with regard to travelling, we were probably twins in some lifetime 😛
    Was lovely reading your posts and I’ll keep returning to read more…

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  37. www.californiacocktailcampers.com March 30, 2015 at 07:02 #

    Dear Snigdha,
    thank you so much for liking my most recent post at http://www.californiacocktailcampers.com! It’s always such an honor and a thrill when other bloggers like my posts. It inspires me to want to post more! I look forward to reading more about your adventures.
    Thank you again so much!
    Warmly,
    Elizabeth

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  38. Himanshu April 15, 2015 at 12:33 #

    Glad to have found your blog. Nicely written. C u around more often.

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  39. Mony May 27, 2015 at 15:28 #

    Hi dear!
    A lovely travel blog i must say!
    Very refreshing:)

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  40. hiteshgs70 November 30, 2015 at 12:17 #

    great blog…keep it up…would be visiting your blog frequently

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  41. shivani pandey April 5, 2016 at 17:32 #

    Thanks for visiting my Blog and Liking my post, Namaste!

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  42. catherinesin May 8, 2016 at 20:04 #

    Truly inspired by your intro 🙂 and I love traveling too.

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  43. jan May 24, 2016 at 02:12 #

    Budget travel and vegetarian food was all I needed to follow you 🙂 The intro is inspiring.. looking forward to following your journey!

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  44. Rashminotes June 8, 2016 at 15:20 #

    You have a lovely blog:) Look forward to reading many of your posts:) Thanks for stopping by mine!

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    • getsetandgo June 23, 2016 at 20:51 #

      Thanks Rashmi for visiting my blog and the kind words 🙂

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  45. J LeClair July 19, 2016 at 22:43 #

    What a pleasure to meet another obsessive travel planner! I cannot even say how many Excel spreadsheets I have for all my trips (which are usually to Japan). Thanks for stopping by my blog, Jessy

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    • getsetandgo July 21, 2016 at 21:26 #

      Its so good to meet with you too… I make long exel sheets with the day wise plans, then add contingency plan 1 followed by contingency plan 2 too…

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      • J LeClair July 21, 2016 at 23:41 #

        Contingency plans are a great idea!! I tend to stick rigidly to my original plan. I should be more flexible. 🙂

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      • getsetandgo August 6, 2016 at 20:04 #

        I know I think like that too but am just not able to try the flexible approach…

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  46. stoplookgoblog August 28, 2016 at 14:41 #

    Thank you for liking a post…big boost for us beginners. Went through your blog and really liked the variety of topics you have covered. Looking forward to seeing more.

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    • getsetandgo September 11, 2016 at 19:29 #

      Thanks for visiting my blog and the kind words… All the very best for a great blogging journey 🙂

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  47. daemy07 November 9, 2016 at 19:33 #

    Hi 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog. You’re blog is great and your extensive travel posts come in handy for others who want to experience traveling too. Hope you get to travel to more places. Good luck

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    • getsetandgo November 27, 2016 at 09:01 #

      Thanks for visiting my blog and the kind words 🙂

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  48. NomadicRo November 19, 2016 at 22:53 #

    Last time in India was in 2007..a VERY long time ago! I’m sure it has changed a lot since the. Funnily enough, I am teaching Aravind Adiga’s novel ‘The White Tiger’ to my students right now and it got me thinking about visiting India again! I also recently read ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory Roberts..have you read either of these books? If so, what did you think?

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    • getsetandgo November 27, 2016 at 09:09 #

      Yes, India has definitely changed a lot since 2007… I have read both these books. I live in Mumbai and hence loved seeing it from a foreigners eyes in Shantaram. Have you read any of William Dalrymple’s books on India?

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  49. scottabrown88 November 20, 2016 at 23:22 #

    Hey Snigdha! Thanks ever so much for stopping by. Looks like you’ve got a good amount of trips on here. I’d better get reading 🙂

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    • getsetandgo November 27, 2016 at 09:12 #

      Thanks and Happy Time reading… Hope it helps in your travels 🙂

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    • getsetandgo November 27, 2016 at 09:12 #

      Thanks and Happy Time reading… Hope it helps in your travels 🙂

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  50. prayagkadivar December 5, 2016 at 14:38 #

    hey thanks for stopping by million mile mind. always happy to see Indian girl traveling this way.

    would like to meet you in mumbai if possible,
    good luck

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