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I am a laidback person who enjoys meeting new people.
For me, travel is meaningless without some sort of contact, at any level, with the local people of a place I visit. However beautiful a place, at the end of the day, for me, it the people of the place that make me like the place or not.
Coming from a Jain background I guess all my moral and philosophical beliefs spring (or should do) from the central concept of AHIMSA. Unfortunately it is much more easy concept to accept in theory than to apply in practice. But I am trying.
Keep it simple.
Do not judge or be judged.
Do not cause suffering or take suffering.
The world needs less religion and more spirituality.
My conscience is the highest authority in my moral decisions. I do not need, and indeed find it an insult to my conscience and intelligence, to think that I need a preacher or a book to tell me right from wrong.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
** I am soon travelling and so cannot host until my return to London **
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I love travelling and meeting new people on my travels. Prefer to interact with local residents of any destination rather than impersonal hotel staff. Also love hosting people from all over the world to exchange ideas.
To date (Dec 2014) I have:
a) Hosted more than 55 times
b) Surfed more than 20 times
c) hosted a CS charity BBQ event for 40+ guests at my place on behalf of a CS member from outside London
d)held kitchen-surfing dinners at my place 3 times
Travelling - as follows
visited 27 states (12%)Create your own visited map of The World or Free android travel guide
And especially travelling within India as follows -
visited 12 states (34.2%)Create your own visited map of India or Free android travel guide
And then reading, films, music, spirituality, yoga, holistic massage, nature, wildlife, sunrise, sunsets, beaches, mountains.
Have started to apprecaite art - mainly abstract paintings and sclupture too.
Have started to learn painting using acrlyics - any help in this area will be greatly appreciated!
Music, Movies, and Books
Things fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga -
to understand India!Bombay: Maximum City by Suketu Mehta
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
Life of Pi - Yann MartelMovies -PakeezaDevdasSlumdog MillionaireAmelieJodaa AkbarLa vita è bella (Life is Beautiful)Music -Dhrupad, Jazz, Ghazals, Sufi, Chet Baker, A R Rehman,Fela Kuti
TV Series - Breaking Bad, Fargo, Better Call Saul, Orange is the New Black
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Visiting Jain temples in Ranakpur, Rajasthan and in Palitana, Gujarat.
Experiencing Dev Deepawali celebrations in Varanasi, India.
Watching the annual wilderbeest migration in Serengati in Kenya.
Viewing the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania.
Experiencing the laidback life of Lamu, Kenya and the backwaters of Kerala, India.
Travelling for one month throughout Europe on Euro Rail on a grand budget of £70 (admittedly this was quite a few years ago but without the benefits of internet or Couch Surfing at that time).
Walked in total silence thru a forest from pre dawn to sunrise - awesome
Watching the sun rise over snow peaked Himalayas
Teach, Learn, Share
Share life experiences., travel experiences, good food and jokes.
What I Can Share with Hosts
My company, good conversation over dinner. I can guide you through a basic stretching exercises using yoga postures. I am learning Thai Yoga massage and can offer that.
Maybe I can cook simple Indian vegetarian meals.
Can guide you about London.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Rwanda, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Kenya, United Kingdom