When Mridula first invited me to write an essay for BlogBharti’s Spotlight series, I readily agreed. She asked that it be travel related. I nodded.
But when I sat down to actually write it I had no clue where to begin. A travelogue has a definite starting point, and events on the journey string it along, but an essay? It was then that I actually begun to reflect on what I already knew albeit subconsciously, that I travel as much for the mystery of the open road as for the joy of exploring the documented.
In my essay Beyond The Open Road, Wandering and Wondering I write of how ‘the mystery of the unknown excites imagination for, it is in the gaps in knowledge and understanding that our imagination can play out, and when the possibilities are many, and the traveler can choose his pick, the journey acquires the personality of the traveler.’
Mridula nudged me along, politely reminding me of my promise to submit the essay to BlogBharti's Spotlight Series, and in writing it I came to realise with some clarity that I wander so that I may wonder.