A swift travel, as Tamanna takes prêt to the streets.

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Nitin Sadana

Words by:

JoB Desk


A Master of Form and Colour

In Anushe Pirani we find a study in solidity and vibrance. The way Pirani's work wraps around you right from the atelier shows her mastery over forms and colours.

It began with a date on 7 October 1970 in London’s Regent’s Park. The air was crisp, filled with a sense of possibility. The young couple, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, spoke about a love for travel and soon enough, fell in love. Together they drove around England–a journey that paved the path for a discovery of Europe–Czechoslovakia, Austria, Yugoslavia, Venice, Switzerland and France. Before long, the couple caught the travel bug. Inspired by the travels of the hippies, beckoned by the great cities of Morocco and Afghanistan, they hit the road. Their journey took them across Asia and resulted in a book–Across Asia on the Cheap

Their route was a detour of the hippie trail. But time had morphed the path. Wars and conflicts affected borders and behaviours—including the modes of communication. Travellers no longer stuck notices on pinboards in guesthouses from Lahore to Rishikesh, and the Wheelers sought an answer to the queries of the wayward travellers they encountered along the way. That’s when the Lonely Planet came into existence.

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That single act brought about a new chapter in publishing, ushering a generation of budget-conscious travellers to venture out into the great unknown. In the decades that followed, Lonely Planet became the bible for backpackers taking off to discover the world.

The Lonely Planet team–now a small empire in its own right, followed the footsteps of modern-day hippie communities who travelled from Goa to Gokarna and Phuket to Phi Phi, living in idealistic communes. Eventually, these communities were nudged away from their private utopias—serene beaches coupled with low rents—by bands of tourists. For long, seasoned travellers lamented about the “Lonely-Planetisation” of the world. 

Today, the Lonely Planet is a fragment of an age that passed us by. The thick book, now replaced by the ubiquitous smartphone that promises to leave little to the imagination. Routes, rates and reviews in the palm of your hand evade a sense of discovery that challenges the very spirit of travel—to get lost and discover.

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A Broken Home

In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people – the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me. I was sub-divisional police officer of the town, and in an aimless, petty kind of way anti-European feeling was very bitter. No one had the guts to raise a riot, but if a European woman went through the bazaars alone somebody would probably spit betel juice over her dress.

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