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Chasing Your Dreams

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There are a lot of reasons why this weekend’s Kerala trip was very very memorable, and will be very dear to me.

One of the reasons is this (little?) young girl coming all the way from Bilaspur for a two day weekend trip. When I first met Jaya at the airport, she looked a little nervous. Three hours later, as the whole group sat on the banks of a river, she sat inside, not caring if her clothes got wet or dirty. Later at night, as some of us sat at the beach, I asked her what made her come for the trip. She spoke of a lot of things she had gone through in such a young age, and while we listened in silence, all our hearts went out to her. Then she told us how much she wanted to fulfil her dreams, and every desire. And even though there isn’t an airport in Bilaspur, how she and Ananya went to Raipur and took a flight all the way to Kochi for this trip.

It makes me so happy to know that girls like Jaya and Ananya, take the plunge at such young ages to live their desires, that there are people from Bilasupur, Sangli and more travelling across the country even for such short trips, that people like them are putting their smaller towns on the map and in the hearts of metro-residing travellers. Seeing you walking around happily, taking photos everywhere, trying new food, opening up to strangers, living life is why I feel so happy about my job.

And that is exactly why all of us, from wherever we come, should travel.

Tinks, you make me feel like an older brother. May we always smile like this, and always hug whenever we see each other, and may you fulfil every single dream of yours.

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Neeraj Narayanan

Neeraj Narayanan, a.k.a Captain Nero, is the founder of OHOT. In the summer of 2013, he quit his corporate job and went backpacking around the world. In a year full of (mis)adventures, he ended up being chased by a bear in a Croatian forest, being held at gunpoint by a mafia gang lord in Turkey, running with the bulls in Spain, and dancing in the clubs of Spain and Italy. A year later, he started leading group trips for people.

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