Travel Enrichments

Travelling to long distances via any channel be it road, rail or air is indeed a pleasure as long as you gain yourselves a vision to enjoy your journey. Even the commuting to your workplace daily can be a pleasure if each journey could show you something new, some new discovery.  The only thing that is lacking in  Chennai is the acute traffic problem and I am sure we have been discussing this time and again. A few of the top discussions on Chennai traffic is here (for your reading pleasure)

  1. Monday Blues and Chennai
  2. Acute Road Indiscipline 
  3. Educated Illiterates

Well! Coming back to our discussion on enjoying travel, there are two great sayings that share this too.

  1. The Woods are lovely dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep

    (From Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost)

  2. Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss
    A famous English proverb

In Chennai, you can observe in workplaces and elsewhere some clowns always asking this negative wave tainted question “Are you travelling from soooooo…. far daily?” I really feel pity for these type of educated illiterates. I simply brand them as educated illiterates for the simple reason they just embrace defeat. They might be having a sinister motive of discouraging others but both in the short and long run, it is a defeat for them indeed.

There is indeed a Tamil proverb too which describes those who are afraid and/or reluctant to travel to different places as toads in the domestic well water (kinathuth thavalai). The meaning of this phrase is that “One who does not travel to different places would not get diversified picture of the world and people. He always thinks that his place is the entire world. This is similar to the toad in the domestic well that thinks the well is the world”.

Readers –> What do you think? Share your views too.