Wandering to Stillness !!!


I always was fascinated to travel out but never knew travel inwards would be a more beautiful experience. I left my job two years back to travel , to travel all around the country unaware that an universal plan was being made for me to prepare me to take one of the most beautiful journey – The Inner Journey.

I had not even heard this term “The Inner Journey” two years back. The last two years has been a beautiful journey with ups as majestic as Mt Everest and downs as beautiful as Ziro Valley. And has been a journey with self realizations and lots of learning with experiences.  The Taste buds and the mind have stopped wandering now and is enjoying the stillness :).  Yes even the taste buds has found its real taste with little bit of wandering sometimes ;)

The Wandering Taste Buds was started to share my travel experiences and the taste buds experiences. It will continue with the sharing of travel experiences but this time of the experiences from the inner journey though I am not sure how much I will able to pen them down in words :)

The Apatani Faces of Ziro


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The Apatanis are indigenous tribe of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh and one of the most beautiful people.

And the most captivating members of the tribe are the older women of the community. They wear facial tattoos and massive black nose plugs (known as Yapin Hulo in local language). These nose plugs are made of cane slice. This tradition is non existent now and comes from the old times. It is said that as Apatani women were most beautiful in Arunachal Pradesh, the men of other tribes used to kidnap them. And so the Apatani men had to get their women tattooed and make them wear nose plugs making them less appealing.

The women used to tattoo their faces with a horizontal line from the forehead to the tip of the nose, and five lines on their chins.

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The Dree Festival of the Apatanis


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Ziro, the beautiful valley in Arunachal Pradesh, is home to the Apatani tribe. I got an opportunity to visit this picturesque valley and meet lovely people on one of their important festival ‘Dree’. The beautiful landscape of Ziro The beauty of the Ziro valley can’t be described in words. It is the perfect landscape that I used to picture in my childhood when someone instructed me to do some painting. But with no love for painting I was never able to bring it on my drawing book. I was awestruck by this scenic view in front of my eyes all the time – The blue and green mountains surrounding the verdant green of the paddy field, the blue sky with white clouds, bamboo huts, the lush green dense forest – amazing display of colours. It looked as if someone has edited and saturated the colours in photoshop – Nature would have done it ;) Continue reading

An Evening in Dibrugarh


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We had an evening to spend in Dibrugarh before we started our awaited journey towards Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. We just strolled around to experience the evening in the quaint little town of Assam on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river dotted with numerous tea gardens. A walk through the streets was the best way to get a picture of a slow and a laid back life in this beautiful town.

I’ll let the pictures tell you about our evening spent in Dibrugarh.

1. Supari (Betel nut)

is everywhere. Supari Trees everywhere in the town and supari in everyone’s mouth. :). People are not tired of chewing suparis the whole day and night.
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