Just One Page

Someone wise once said : “Life is like a book, and those who do not travel, merely read one page of it.” I, for one, couldn’t agree more.

Someone wise once said :

“Life is like a book, and those who do not travel, merely read one page of it.”

I, for one, couldn’t agree more. 

For the past 2 days, I have been exploring the tropical islands of Thailand.  I have experienced its history and culture through the famous Alangkarn extravaganza… taken a speed boat to Coral Island, and done para sailing in the waters of Pattaya…  witnessed the night life at Walking Street (at 1 am!)… and enjoyed an evening at the Hard Rock Cafe… I have even watched elephants slam-dunk a basketball and fed milk to a live tiger !

Needless to say, the itinerary was exhausting, but exciting.  While work has kept me very very busy this whole month, the trip to Siam has come as a much-deserved respite. 

On a personal note, it’s amazing how a single-minded focus on “tourism” can transform a city so completely.  I wish we could take a leaf or two from their book and improve our own cities.  I have seen the benefits first hand, in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.  There is no way Bombay can become the New York or Singapore of India !  For a long time to come.

I am looking forward to my next visit in Bangkok, this December… and reading more than a page.  So should you.

World66 : A Different Route

A scan through Robin Good’s blog posts resulted in the discovery of a gem of website that goes by the name of World66.com. Based on the premise that “travellers are the most reliable source of information for other travellers”, this website makes admirable use of wikis to provide a publishing platform for any traveller who wishes to share his pearls of wisdom with others !

A scan through Robin Good’s blog posts resulted in the discovery of a gem of website that goes by the name of World66.com. Based on the premise that “travellers are the most reliable source of information for other travellers”, this website makes admirable use of wikis to provide a publishing platform for any traveller who wishes to share his pearls of wisdom with others !

World66.com is one of the most complete travel resources on the internet, thanks to more than 40.000 articles on 10.000 destinations all over the world.

The company was founded by Douwe and Richard Osinga in 1999, went through the wild years of the Internet hype and came out with its soul untouched. Indeed, after a few years as a rather closed content project without a proper licence, it has now joined the open content community publishing its articles under the Creative Commons Licence.

I had written about wikis in an earlier post, when I had first chanced upon the concept. I think this technology will make eminent sense for people in all kinds of situations. I can clearly foresee the need for a similar platform for folks seeking the truth in medicine and health, for one. There’s still no easy way to cut through all the hype put out there by pharmaceutical majors, for someone wanting to know how a particular drug works or what side effects it has to offer. And that’s just one example !

Looking forward to more such discoveries…

P.S. Of course, I couldn’t resist contributing a short note to the website on how to Get Around the city of Mumbai, based on my own experiences growing up in the metropolis.