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Little Travel Bug #BookReview | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama Travel broadens the mind—there’s no doubt about it. As a child of the ’60s, I was fortunate to enjoy summer holidays that were earmarked for travel. The planning would begin months in advance, itineraries drawn around events we had to attend—marriages invariably took place during these months to facilitate maximum attendance. We’d travel in large groups that included children in various age-groups and this meant getting concession forms signed by the school before train tickets were booked. Yes, train tickets. We didn’t do air travel then. It wasn’t even considered. I am glad. I wouldn’t have missed the joy of those sometimes 2-3-day-long train journeys, gazing through the windows, watching fields and other landscapes pass by, sometimes fantasizing about stories. And the food. Oh! Preparations would begin days before we traveled to make all those dry and fried snacks to keep us engaged. Parcels would be made for family and friends who knew we were passing through their stations, who’d come and meet us. Menus would be drawn up for the travelers—and of course we all had our favorites. The excitement of packing was something else. Lists …