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“…We Were Set to Spend the Night Outside At 3ºC” – Tharmini

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T: A short bio about yourself, A 3-4 lines that best describe you, what you do for a living and so…
T:  I am Tharmini and I am the curator of Travelling Kanmani, a travel blog (my IG handle is travelling.kanmani). The focus of my blog is to share my love for travel and words to the world. I hope to provide a platform for girls all over the world to see and know that one does not have to rich to be able to travel wide. I am currently working as a writer at Star Media Group.

T: Where have you been?
T: I have been to India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and have travelled to almost all the states (yet to explore Sarawak) in Malaysia.

T: What’s your favourite place so far? Why?
T: My favourite place so far is the Himalayas. I am a mountain person. When I reach the peak, I am rewarded a view so spectacular and magnificent that all the hard work during the climb is forgotten.

T: One unforgettable travel experience or incident that sticks in your mind…
T:  When I visited India with a friend, we had to decide between hiring a cab or take a local bus to travel from a remote town to another remote town.

The journey would be approximately 10 hours by bus and significantly less by cab. To save money, we chose the local bus since the driver assured us that it would still be lively by the time we arrive. As the seat was hard, it was almost painful to sit for 10 hours with the cold air hitting the face fiercely.

The worst part is, once we reached our destination (Bhuntar Town at Himachal Pradesh), there was no one around. The bus left and we were all alone in the dark. We started walking and found a hotel (Malabar Hotel) and knocked hard. No one opened the door so we were set to spend the night outside at 3 deg Celsius. After 10 mins, the door opened and we have never been so grateful to God.

T: Many Muslim travellers are anxious as the issue of Islamophobia is rising. How can we deal with this issue?
T: While there are many good people around the world who embrace oneness, there are also people who are Islamophobic. The best to deal with this is to research a place well before making travel plans. It is crucial to understand the stand of the visiting county’s government regarding the issue. Safety must come first, at all times.

T: What place is top of your bucket list?
T: Bhutan! (one of the happiest and cleanest countries in the world, that’s the reason why)