Life without Logic

by on February 28th, 2013
Life without Logic 7 billion people running loose on the planet shouldn’t have lasted very long. Surprisingly enough, we defy the odds every single day and here we are, living in relative peaceful harmony. The reason being man is a rational animal. We’ve worked out that it doesn’t make sense to decapitate each other over a tube of toothpaste or stab a cop over a parking ticket. Everyone from a Wall Street banker to an African farmer has some sort of system and lives within the confines of well-defined rules. It’s in our best interest to follow most of the rules of this system. But our brains are so good at automating logic that instead of evaluating each situation ... [Click to Continue]


A Short Guide to Tourist Scams in India

by on February 10th, 2013
A Short Guide to Tourist Scams in India Odds are you won’t be able to spend a day in India without someone trying to get the better of you. From the predictable to outrageous, mundane to ingenious, India has it all on display. The reasons for this are numerous. Bollywood has publicized a notion that Westerners are minted. Given that half the country lives on less than 2$ per day, who’s to argue with that. A Westerner in India sticks out like an Irishman at an AA meeting and everyone from the poor rickshaw guy to the town crook is going to have a go at you. Crooks will always attempt to exploit your naivety to run away ... [Click to Continue]

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Erm, What’s Cooking Doc?

by on January 31st, 2013
Lunch is Served You could classify cooking as a ‘nice to have’ skill and you would be horribly wrong. Cooking is an art. It’s right up there with painting and sculpture (excluding the modern variations, of course). Just as music soothes your soul, a well prepared meal satisfies your hunger, repairs your body and plays with your senses. I did not always subscribe to this line of thought. It all started a short while ago as one of those stupid things people do, once a year, typically while under the influence – a new year’s resolution. Mine involved eating healthier. Simple to visualize but not so easy to implement. It completely upset the ... [Click to Continue]

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Behind the Scenes of a Backpacker Hostel

by on January 28th, 2013
Behind the Scenes of a Backpacker Hostel Its 3:00 am and my phone’s ringing. Not ideal. I tell myself it’s all a part of my dream, turn over and attempt to bury my head under my pillow. All to no effect. That annoying Nokia tune continues, undeterred by my lame evasive action. I blindly claw my way to the desk and answer the phone. It’s my security guard patiently explaining that one of our guests (who has probably had one too many beers) has now decided to leave Goa at 5 am. So she now wants the receptionist to magically appear and help her clear her bill. What’s worse, she has no cash and can only pay ... [Click to Continue]


Broccoli vs Steak

by on September 16th, 2012
Broccoli vs Steak As funny as this viral Facebook quote may be, we’ve come a long way from hunting and fishing. The world we live in has changed so drastically in the past 100 years that ignorance or culture is no longer an excuse to sit back and wait for someone else to fix the problem. Which brings us to the question – is there a problem? I believe there is. We need to consider vegetarianism or at a bare minimum reduce our consumption of meat for a couple of reasons Hunger A child dies from hunger every 6 seconds. 6 million children die of starvation every year. One acre of land can ... [Click to Continue]


The Beer is Best in Toy Town

by on September 7th, 2012
BMW Munich (German: München) is undoubtedly a guy’s paradise. It’s got everything a man could want – fast cars, great beer, fanatical football and cute girls (though I’ll admit to being a bit prejudiced towards Bavarian blondes). Even Hemmingway said “You do not even go somewhere else, I tell you there’s nothing like Munich. Everything else is a waste of time in Germany”. In addition to this, Munich has consistently ranked among the top 10 most livable cities in the World that’s clean, crime free and well organized leading to the nickname Toy Town. The first thing that strikes you when you arrive is that Münchens (can I call them that?) are ... [Click to Continue]


Motorcycle Diary: Adventures in Nepal

by on June 2nd, 2012
Motorcycle Diary: Adventures in Nepal “You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it’s all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizz ing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it’s right there, so ... [Click to Continue]


Temple Hopping in the Kathmandu Valley

by on May 20th, 2012
Pathan Museum Although famous for its mountains (especially the big one), Nepal often lives in the shadow of India when it comes to culture. However, driving through the narrow roads of Kathmandu, its clear that this place is as different from India as chocolate cake is from cheese cake. People look different and talk different (though the food tastes the same). Kathmandu is a boiling pot of cultures and this Country, less than 1/20th the size of India, boasts of 120 native languages. Kathmandu Valley is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its beautiful and historically significant temples. Since the Buddha was born in Southern Nepal, many temples are ... [Click to Continue]

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How to Start a Backpackers Hostel

by on April 8th, 2012
How to Start a Backpackers Hostel Having quit my job to start a backpackers hostel (check it out and give us a like), let me tell you that getting into the backpacking business is less glamorous than what it appears. However, a job is only as fun as you allow it to be. You’re the boss and your job involves hanging out with interesting people on holiday. Life is a holiday (except when the toilet’s broken). Let me break down this process to give you a glimpse into what goes into the making of a backpackers hostel.. 1. Take the plunge There isn’t a bachelors of backpacking (yet) and starting a backpackers hostel requires no eduction. ... [Click to Continue]


One Year Later..

by on April 1st, 2012
Asterix Hostel Exactly one year ago, I set out from my little rabbit hole to explore the World and find out what exactly was my role in this complicated World. A year later, I’ve learnt a great many lessons from amazing places and people alike. Allow me to talk you through my journey over the past year. The Beginning (Mar 31, 2011) My last day as an employee of a corporate sweatshop. I’ve been handsomely rewarded for my time but that’s the problem. I’ve grown too comfortable with my life to even question whether this fat paycheck, a new computer, another exorbitant dinner is what I wanted from my life and my ... [Click to Continue]