I looked at HIM again proudly and told HIM that he wasn’t the only bright star! We do have many shiny bright ones in our community! He sniffed and then grew a bit jealous. His rays began to get warmer and more penetrating. I giggled and told him that there was more to come. More names that I would list down now. Names of those people who have been with Ghumakkar for long, like HIM in the sky, shining everyday and never losing their glamour and vigor. His jaw dropped and with awe, he said …Read More
At Ghumakkar, we have a plethora of posts which talk about many good places within India and abroad. The content is so rich that it inspired us to create something called “Ghumakkar Guide”. Yes, this is the same thing what we discussed last time and really satisfies us to see such encouraging words from you all. Thank you for your support. The team is working on formatting such posts and it shall be out soon. I am sure it will evolve over time and with your feedback.Read More
When I think of co-operation from within our community, the thing that comes immediately to my mind is how all of you stood by us through tough times during this year start (February month, to be precise). We faced a lot of outages and server issues and emerged out successful in fighting all those troubles. As of now, you should see the site loading faster.Read More
Monsoons have set in and have sprinkled the magical showers in a few places already. They are still grooming to take their best form. For the mischievous, entertaining and lovable climate, don’t you think a fest ,a party, a carnival or maybe some great escapes to the season’s best locations is a good idea? How are you all enjoying in this fantabulous weather?Read More
pril 2013 was a great month for Ghumakkar.com. Let me share some statistics with you to quantify this. Between March 28 2013 and Apr 29, 2013, about 120,000 pages were read on Ghumakkar.com. So at some level, your stories touched all those who came here looking for info about a destination or advice on a particular route or just for reading pleasure. This is big and is about 8% more over the previous month. Thank you. I believe, it is the metric of making a valuable contribution towards the greater good of ‘Traveling’. To make it even more joyous, we crossed 50,000 user base on our Facebook page. Wow! So we urge you to spread the word whenever your story is published next. Your story needs to go everywhere and hopefully more people would get inspired to head-out and travel more.
Now, lets go back a little and look at the great travel stories of April 2013. Praveen Wadhwa took us on a long walk, from Nanaksar to Tanakpur to Lohaghat to the real unknown high-reaches of Dharchula, taking a detour or two to Nepal in the process. In between, educating us on various herbs and the daily struggle and wins of local folks. Vishal, who debuted recently continued to dazzle us by his amazing shots and narrative of his ‘Ride to Ladhak’. If you haven’t read this series then I would strongly suggest it. Rakesh Bawa’s romantic journey of Kashmir continues along side Nirdesh’s polite (yet firm) take on monuments in Delhi and around. Nirdesh is now becoming a historian’s favourite and on my occasional talks to other Authors, his name keeps popping up. And to balance the top-heavy (aka North heavy) line-up, Venkat’s Coorgi delights with mouth-watering holidays are a treat to cherish.Read More
At Ghumakkar, what we have always loved is how welcoming our community is when we make changes on technical front or otherwise. Likewise, we are more enthusiastic when it comes to welcoming our new authors! I mean it when I say that this part – the introduction of new authors to our community, is my personal favorite! It gives me joy sufficient enough to keep me happy through out the month! Without much ado, let us get introduced to our newest members of the family.Read More
In this context I must mention how proud we @ Ghumakkar feel about our lovely community of authors and readers. Without your constant support and love, we couldn’t have sailed so smoothly during those days when our servers faced severe outage and we did have some attacks on our site, during the last few weekends. We thank you all for standing by us when we were troubled by these technical issues.Read More
Every New Year is a harbinger of new hopes, dreams and expectations. With each new year we should forget the past, dream of a brighter future and sail through the year, with occasional ups and downs. The year 2012 ended well, with no Dooms day :) Do you thank God for it or are you disappointed? Heehee.. I am an eternal optimist and hence have no regrets for what dint happen ! It only gave more time for us to explore more places, don’t you think?Read More
A big thank you to Manish, Vibha and DL for allowing us to stalk them, bombarding them with conflicting parameters, contradicting and cajoling them on every opportunity and being the source of constant worry for the last two weeks of 2012.
After that, we agreed on some common guidelines and shared them with our esteemed Jury and the game began. After multiple rounds of conversations, jigs and re-jigs, we arrived at the final list. But before I announce that, a special shout out for Rishi Raj Gupta, Sushant Singhal and Praveen Wadhwa for giving the winners a fighting finish. All three of you were favorites to more than one Jury member and need a special hug. Congratulations.
And now, to the blow of a thousand trumpets, here’s the announcement of the fab final four Ghumakkars of the Year 2013, in reverse alphabetical order:Read More
RRG is an avid biker who adores his marvelous bike ; for him riding gives more pleasure than probably anything else in the world! Or should we humbly say, he is definitely head-over-heels in love with his bike and is ready to go anywhere across the globe on it? Well well…This amazing equation between man and his magnificent machine has produced brilliant motorcycle Diaries which we have not only read, but have loved it too!Read More
What do we look for when we are travelling? I know the list can be endless. I have a long list myself – peace, closeness to nature, fresh air, a break from work, time to contemplate, and so on. But in spite of that, I often end up finding what I wasn’t even looking for. When you find something that you were looking for, you experience a sense of fulfillment, but when you find something that you weren’t expecting to find, it can change your life.Read More
Change is born when there is a need or demand for it. Ghumakkar monthly newsletter too is changing – to a more convenient and accessible format. It will now be published directly on our website in the name which we have christined as “Monthly Digest”.
The decision to shift from Newsletter format to Monthly digest happened based on the feedback we have received and from what we have learnt over last many months. And hence this change. We believe at the end of every month, the Monthly Digest will be a collation and celebration of the FoG, Insight, Author Interview, new Authors’ introduction, Featured Story etc. We value your feedback on this and other points which you feel should be brought to our notice.Read More