To Blogging!

It has been a tad more than 2 years that I have been wandering and wondering! Thanks to my “vagabond neurosis,” my sickness and my only redemption, I have found life in the soulful glimpses of: a local bus window seat, a freezing moment waiting for the sun to rise, the echo on the mountain top, the warmth of the first few sun rays, the calm of the last few…and an attachi full of memories.

2017 was as harsh as rewarding! Badass!

Nonetheless, that’s really not the point! Amidst all of this, I have been slightly away from my blog. Okay, a lot away! I have been blogging at several other portals but somehow not been able to find time to land up here much! Confession over!

I don’t intend to surrender my sword lightly! While I was away, I realised, how my blog, is like my home! Nobody here would tell me that I can’t throw words around, nobody rules my expressions, commas and style! I can honestly convey the feelings flowing right from my heart, reaching up to my finger tips and smashing keyboard, in the middle of the night! I don’t run for making this sound sane, neither does my reader expect that! My readers here, are also my fellow bloggers, and I can’t begin to tell you how much I love them! How they have been as strangers who now me better than anyone else.

I am free here and only in freedom, do we express ourselves the best! 



Still exploring. Kind of bipolar- for my equal love for home and the world. Essentially believe in what George Bernard Shaw said, "life isn't about finding yourself but creating yourself"


  • LightHouse Dann Verner January 9, 2018 at 7:34 pm Reply

    Blessed the Wanderer, for when their path comes to rest a LightHouse they become.

    • Paul Mansfield January 9, 2018 at 8:06 pm Reply

      Hello Ambika 🤓, you’re back! So glad you picked your ‘sword’ back up, and took to the pen again. And that photograph speaks to the soulful wonderings your life is about: gorgeous shot! as well.

      • ambikabhardwaj January 9, 2018 at 9:40 pm Reply

        Paul! Thanks for the warm welcome! You’ve always been the most encouraging! Hope your vacation with family went great! We have so much to catch up on! Your website looks amazing, full of new work! I am hopping on to it, right about now!

      • ambikabhardwaj January 9, 2018 at 10:36 pm Reply

        Golden words! I am surprised, we haven’t spoken before! You come across as a free soul! How is it going for you?

      • paulmansfield30 January 9, 2018 at 11:39 pm Reply

        We do have much to catch up on.. travel, video production, film photography, life! just wanted to write you a quick note before I headed off to work, but your comments on my Popzeit blog were much appreciated. you seem more curious about film photography, so I wish to get back to you soon on that subject, (still need to figure out how to moderate comments at my blog!) anyway, happy shooting until then.. 😸 — 🎥

        • ambikabhardwaj January 10, 2018 at 11:18 am Reply

          I have never worked with film camera. And the thought of just 36 shots seems exciting! How do you process the images?
          Is there an issue with moderating the comments?

          • paulmansfield30 January 11, 2018 at 4:33 pm

            Hi Ambika, sorry about the delay, we’ve been having trouble with our wireless, so I’m off line until we can figure it out. So I’ll be brief this time, and just say that yes! As I’m learning how to utlize wordpress, and figure out which kind of content to focus on — Photography, Video Editing or Food Stories from Around the World, I have 3 blogs, all in different stages of development. And wish to focus it down to one blog, with a vareity of stories, as I have a lot of life and art experience to write about. So, at the moment, I think the place you commented on, on my Popzeit blog, is somehow stuck in my ‘waiting to be moderated’ location. So soon, I hope to figure it out, get back on line, and continue bloggin and sharing. Your last two blog entrees, looked really cool. The poem and the list of places you wish to go. Always good to put out their your plan, and you never know who’ll pitch in and help you get to these places. 😸

          • paulmansfield30 January 12, 2018 at 1:27 am

            Hi Ambika, wow! the wireless is still spotty – all across America right now, with Comcast right now.. at any rate, let me bring my letter to you back into focus: you had asked about shooting 35mm film and you liked that limitation of only having 36 frames to get your shot – it seems like you’re travling a lot, and in places, that it might be hard to get your film developed. Although, you can shoot film and mail it into be developed, and get the negatives back with a digital CD, to upload those beautiful images, of the Himalayan mountains 😉 for example, and edit them there. What I can say, when you’re ready to invest in a 35mm film system, Nikon, Canon, Olympus are all excellent systems, and the lenses are interchangeable, most-times with your digital system. One of the great shooting opportunities for you, might be shooting landscape, because the Fujifilm slides I would recommend, would give you such a purity or colors and image, that you’d be pleasantly suprised by the restults. So I just wanted to plant that creative seed, for when you’re ready to explore film photography. It seems like digital photography and video capture is really serving you well, on your great explorations of the world now. And your blog writing and poetics are showing us that too. Thanks! for sharing. And will catch back up with you, once these (damn!) comcast wireless folks, get our system back on line. ja mata! ciao for now

          • ambikabhardwaj January 15, 2018 at 4:20 am

            Paul, hope the wireless works fine now. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights on film camera. Honestly, I would love to try it. The 36 shots limitation, is not only exciting but I’d like to see the colours and this transition from digital to film. For my next trip, which is from the southern end of India, kanyakumari to the far north, Kashmir, I am planning to buy a point and shoot camera. Not to sure of if I should carry my Mark4. It would be terrible if I lose it. Though, wise men here advice me that DSLR would be quite a responsibility and I might lose some moments if I rely on unpacking my camera bag for every shot. Still a little confused. I thing I’ll carry it anyway. Ahahahah!
            It’s so amazing to see that you read my random thoughts! Thank you so much for everything!

    • ambikabhardwaj January 9, 2018 at 9:38 pm Reply

      Golden words! I am surprised, we haven’t spoken before! You come across as a free soul! How is it going for you?

      • LightHouse Dann Verner January 9, 2018 at 11:22 pm Reply

        Oh yes I’m definitely a free soul. I tiny bit eccentric. Lol. An old hippie turned Lighthouse. My wandering days long past. Your blog refreshes me. You are living a Blessed journey which later in life you will appreciate. Namaste’

        • ambikabhardwaj January 10, 2018 at 11:21 am Reply

          I truly hope your spinal cord is better now. The fact that it does not deter you to venture out is commendable! Looking forward to read more of you, Mr. LightHouse! <3

          • LightHouse Dann Verner January 10, 2018 at 12:50 pm

            Nothing slows me down. Life kicks, I kick right back. Thank you for the kind words

          • ambikabhardwaj January 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm

            And miles to go before I sleep! Fits you the best! 🙂

          • LightHouse Dann Verner January 10, 2018 at 6:58 pm


      • Paul Mansfield January 15, 2018 at 5:36 pm Reply

        Hi Ambika,
        You bet! ;-). glad to add to your photographic experience. Wow! Your trip itinerary does sound exciting. I think too, you might be able to add a 35mm film component, that goes with your Mark4, that wouldn’t bog you down. You may want to consider, at first, a smaller film camera, like a Contax G1, with a Contax 45mm Lens – f2.0.Then you could load it with some Kodak Portra 160 or FujiFilm Provia 50 ASA, and to shoot those wondeful skies and mountain ranges you’re about to see. This small range finder camera, is inexpensive, and goes around your neck, like a second camera to your DSLR. I find this 1-2 combo, of smaller range finder camera with a digital DSLR, a really good combination, that gives you the best of both worlds, without being too heavy or burdensome. Especially, when what your’ packing is of great consideration. aight, Ambika, good luck! hope this was helpful

        • ambikabhardwaj January 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm Reply

          Dear Paul,
          This is very helpful. I’ll check this online tomorrow. In fact, if the colours are, as described by you, this makes a lot of sense. Thank you so much!
          Speak to you soon! Lots of love to you and your family!
          I’ll spam you with pictures soon! 😂

          • paulmansfield30 January 16, 2018 at 12:04 am

            Can’t wait! 🤓👏 arigato gozaimasu!

          • ambikabhardwaj January 17, 2018 at 10:55 pm

            I Googled that too! 😛 Ahahahaha!

          • paulmansfield30 January 18, 2018 at 1:37 am

            Ha ha! 😝

    • ambikabhardwaj January 10, 2018 at 9:37 am Reply

      Now that you are the LightHouse, I look forward to many more adventures we’ll share reading each other!

  • Ravi S January 9, 2018 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Nice to read ur post after a long time

  • Kimo January 10, 2018 at 2:51 am Reply

    घुमककड़ । 😀

  • Debarup Mukherjee January 10, 2018 at 3:00 am Reply

    Good to see you with your blog again. As I told you before don’t ignore it, keep writing.

  • joyroses13 January 10, 2018 at 3:09 am Reply

    Great post and welcome “home” 😉

    • ambikabhardwaj January 10, 2018 at 9:35 am Reply

      Home to have you back here! Such a wonderful feeling! I love your nuggets of gold! Thanks for the warmth! <3

  • ThoughtsBecomeWords January 10, 2018 at 4:13 am Reply

    Beautiful photos and emotions! Happy blogging in 2018 🙂

  • ESP xtruck January 10, 2018 at 5:41 am Reply

    Welcome back..and may this new year find you more at the blog home 🙂

    • ambikabhardwaj January 10, 2018 at 9:34 am Reply

      That’s the best anyone could have wished! 🙂
      Happy New Year <3

  • arv! January 10, 2018 at 10:43 am Reply

    Homecoming? Well, hotel, hostel can never give you the feeling of home.

    • ambikabhardwaj January 10, 2018 at 5:13 pm Reply

      Himalayas are home, no doubt! But blogging on your own website, nothing like it!

      • arv! January 11, 2018 at 10:06 am Reply

        well. you have many liberties in your own home. 🙂

  • Nomadosauras January 10, 2018 at 4:15 pm Reply

    A very warm welcome to the swashbuckling swordswoman! 🙂
    Now that you ‘re back home, I look forward to reading a little more about your adventures and escapades with the Kateeli Nachaniya herself, the Himachal Days! 😀

    • ambikabhardwaj January 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm Reply

      Have I ever mentioned how much I love you? Thank you so much! You are no less of a kateeli Nachaniya!

      • Nomadosauras January 11, 2018 at 4:42 am Reply

        This has to be the best sobriquet anyone has ever given me! 😂

        • ambikabhardwaj January 11, 2018 at 8:33 am Reply

          I won’t lie, I googled sobriquet! Ahahahahha!

  • Rajat Kumar August 1, 2018 at 8:52 pm Reply

    Wonderful and influential post. I love being nomad and lost in a land where I am close to the mother nature…
    What’s up with your hand? I just focused on it. I thought its some prop or you’re holding something…

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