Globetrotter, writer, photographer, biker, mountaineer, radio ham, civil defence, cyclist, foodie, film critic, and a lifetime student with an eye for detail. I have travelled 47 countries so far to learn the history, culture, and lifestyle. I am passionate about learning new things, exploring new subjects and getting new knowledge. All my life, I have never been afraid to raise my hand and say “Hey, I’m new and uneducated, how do I do this.” A student’s attitude is what I call it.
I write on lifestyle, travel, food, fashion, arts, entertainment, education, health, fitness, technology, business, finance, sports, auto, and nation. Read my published work in the DNA newspaper here.
Globe Trotting: I've been to Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican, and Vietnam.
Photography: I did two Solo Photo Exhibitions at NCPA (National Centre for Performing Arts) in Mumbai. I have been fortunate enough to be covered & mentioned by the media. Here are some of the coverage in Newspapers & Magazines.
1st Solo Photography Exhibition - 'Paradise Less Travelled': This exhibition aims to showcase some of the magnificent images of very low tourism regions of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, interior parts of Orissa and the ancient Silk route through Kinnaur & Spiti Districts of the Himachal Pradesh with subjects like landscapes, people, culture, nature & lifestyle. This Exhibition was held at NCPA, Mumbai on 3rd Sep to 12th Sep 2007.
2nd Solo Photography Exhibition - 'Dhaja Varasganth': This exhibition aims to showcase the Moods of the Flags in the Air and the Flag Changing Ritual of Jain Temples. This Exhibition was held at NCPA, Mumbai on 1st Mar to 10th Mar 2008.
Mountaineering & Trekking: I graduated the Mountaineering Course (26 Days) at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, Uttaranchal State (Batch - 191) in the year 2006.
Motor Biking: I did 4 Solo rides on my Bajaj NS-200 Motorbike
1) Mumbai - Ladakh - Mumbai
2) Mumbai - Hyderabad - Mumbai
3) Mumbai - Bengaluru - Mumbai
4) Mumbai - Nagpur – Mumbai
Ornithology: I was a serious bird watcher (2004 - 2005), have a good collection of books on Ornithology by Salim Ali and others with an Olympus 10x40 Binocular which I still use for all my outings. I had a field trip to Namdapha Forest Reserve in the Border District of Changlang (Arunachal Pradesh State) and remote areas of Orissa.
Civil Defence: I joined Civil Defence in 2015 and did 12 courses here in Mumbai Staff College and 12 courses at the National College (NCDC, National Civil Defence College, Nagpur)
Courses I did at National Civil Defence College (NCDC) Nagpur:
1) Unexploded Bombs & Explosive Safety
2) Management of Deceased
3) Biological Incident First Responders
4) Incident Command Management System
5) Earthquake Disaster Preparedness & Management
6) TOT in Disaster Psycho-Social Intervention
7) Management of Media during Emergencies
8) Basic Life Support
9) Advanced Life Support
10) Emergency Operations Centre Management
11) TOT on Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies
12) Collapsed Structure Search & Rescue
Other Course I did at National level (Bengaluru)
All India Watermanship Course at Bengaluru, Karnataka (2015)
Ham Radio: I gave my Amateur Wireless Radio Exam in Mid-2013 and got the call sign VU2NFJ from the Ministry of Communication, New Delhi. My past apparatus consisted of Yaesu Ft-840 (HF Radio), ICOM-2300H (VHF Base Station), and Wouxon KGUVD1P (VHF/UHF Handy). My antennas were 5/8 Vertical Ground, Magmount ¼ Wave for TX, HF Dipole, and Discone Antenna for RX.
I did a Solo Radio Expedition at Mt. Kalsubai (5400 ft) on occasion of World Amateur Radio Day on 18th April 2015, with 13 QSO successfully to study the Radio Wave Propagation. (For Non-Hams, the ’13 QSO’ means I spoke with 13 Hams from the Peak on Wireless Radio to Mumbai) With my Call Sign: VU2NFJ. I also work on SDR (Software Defined Radio) for Receiving Weather Satellite Images (NOAA). I also got my DXCC award on 20 Mtrs Band in 2017.
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