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Eight years of This Guy’s On His Own Trip.
On June 8, 2014, if someone had asked me where I expected to be in 2022, I l’d have smiled. I was a little nervous that day because I was leading my 1st trip. I remember googling “Ice Breaking Games”. I remember rehearsing the itinerary, remember making a 100 calls to hotels, transporters just to make sure nothing went wrong.
Eight years back, I was just a boy. Today, I wonder what I am.
There are a 1000 memories from these 8 years. As one of my closest asks me, “What are your favourite moments from these years?”, and I think back, a hundred fly by in my mind, like a movie in reverse. Bhutan, Bali, Spain, Croatia, Ladakh, Kerala, birthdays, hugs, dancing on top of buses, hugs, surprises, happy tears, hugs, bro code, more places, hugs.
Why do I see so many hugs. Maybe cos it’s the best part of these years – the bonds, the trust, the secrets people shared with me, the huge huge outpour of love from so so many people. Its overwhelming.
When I started leading trips, I had never known that so many people have baggage. I never knew that people even travelled to forget pain or leave it behind for a while.
The people who put trust in me and joined me – Sakshi, Niyati, Radu, Smriti, Shaurya, Harsh, Vishnupriya, how they have all blossomed through their own hard work, passion and love.
The people who have helped me so unconditionally over the years, it would be unfair to name a few, there have been so many.
When I first started, I used to know everyone on our fb page, I used to be so excited even when one person liked the page, and it went from 200 to 300 to 600. How we reached 1.3 lakhs people on FB organically, how we moved to Insta.
Money is an important part of business, an important part of life. But not the most. The biggest takeaway in these years will be the surreal friendships, the brotherhood, the mad love so many people feel for each other here.
OHOT isn’t a job, isn’t work, isn’t a brand to me. To me, its my life. Its what I breathe. Its what I wake up with, carry in my heartbeat, and sleep with. Its with me every second of my life.
8 years back, I was a boy. Today I wonder what I am.