For me most of the opportunities come via email, be it a FAM trip, an opportunity to contribute to a magazine, or a radio interview! Recently I got a chance of talking about travel with RJ Annie on Radio One 94.3 FM. It was featured on #MumbaiOnDeman #traveljunkie, we did the conversation via phone. The show was aired in Mumbai but it can be heard anywhere in the work via their webcast.
Later they gave me the recording of the show. I put it to some pictures to the talk and thought about sharing it on my blog too. Five years later I am sure I will like to go back and listen to it again! So if you click on the video below you can hear us talk and see pictures from the trips I am talking about.
I keep going back to Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal again and again when asked about my most memorable trip! It was such a tough trek. At one point I wrote on a piece of paper, “beat me with a stick if I talk about trekking ever again!” And yet it is the trip I remember and cherish so much! This is the first trip I talk about on the show!
As I am growing older and doing a lot of FAM trips, I have started cherishing my family trips a lot more. I will always relish the fact that it was me who took my daughter and niece on their first trip abroad. It was Hong Kong for Disneyland and what a trip it was. I am happy I took them together to Prague too! In the second segment I talk about Hong Kong with Double Trouble and a little bit of Prague.
And even though there was no time to talk more, my trip with my sister to Budapest last year was an epic too. I am already looking forward to our next holiday together this year!
When I met RJ Alisha, I asked her “How did you find me, because we don’t know each-other?” She replied, “We searched a lot about travel bloggers and discovered you!” And that is how I appeared on the Sunday Brunch of Radio One 94.3 FM.
I was not sure when the program would be on air. And at 1.00 pm on Sunday I saw a tweet by a friend, Shashanka, that I was live on Radio One, from 10 to 11 am. I was swimming at that time! I saw the tweet two hours after the program went live. I sent a few tweets to the official handle of Radio One and they gave me the recording, which I duly present to you.
Even though I have been on radio before, they were recording live from our destination! This was the first trip to a recording studio! When I went through their office, I was amazed at how young the employees were! It actually looked like one of my classrooms when I used to teach!
Alisha and I talked about trekking in India and nearby. When I listened to our conversation once again, I realize that she asked me about solo trekking more than once. I tried to say that it was not easy for beginners.
I will elaborate on it here. You can go solo on the trails that are well marked like Triund and Valley of Flowers. But otherwise, it is easy to get lost and we, in India, do not have an effective rescue system in place. In a group someone will realize that a member is missing. Locals or your guides will search for you. But alone you are much more vulnerable.
I have never been lost (other than for a shot while in Goa and we were a big group) but I have heard stories of people who were forced to spend a night in the open in the jungle and it is not a pleasant thought.
That said, listen to the recording and tell me how did you find me on Radio One 94.3 FM?
I am Mridula Dwivedi, I love to travel! I started my travel blog in 2005. I have been going places since! For more details do check out my media kit! In another life I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur. I was a professor when I quit my job in 2015.
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