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Published: December 16th 2019
Another turbulent year has passed and coming to an end. Why do I say it’s turbulent? Didn’t we gain much? Well, I don’t know about you all, but the volatile situation in the world makes me shudder, keeps me awake at night. A polarized United States fuelled by the President, trade war of US with China, tension with Brexit in the UK, months long unrest in Hong Kong often turning violent, slaughter in New Zealand, an unpopular Act in India defying the Constitution, total chaos with climate change - you name it. Last night I woke up with a nightmare, - armed thugs at my door. Why do I dream all these? Because a world of negativity is leaving its mark in my unconscious mind! I think we are losing it. We are losing our patience, we are losing our tolerance. My father taught me to look at the half-full glass, not the half- empty one. And I have always seen the half-full glass through that prism of my mind. But I am losing faith on humanity. The fundamental statutes of life – love and peace,- slowly evaporating from this beautiful world. But I try to escape from the turmoil. During
these turbulent times I take refuge in the world I have always known – my world of books and writing, and my beloved blogs to share my passion of travel with you. Yes, you are my friends in the Travelblog community that gives me a moment of peace and solitude. Thank you for that.
“Then where have you been so long Tab? Where are your blogs”? Shhh, I know I have been away for a while. But hang on just for a moment. Not everything was not in my control. I had a bad accident in Tanzania in 2018. I was in a Masai village past Ngorongoro taking photos when I slipped and broke my leg real bad. The bad part of it, it was a long way from home and flying with a badly broken leg halfway across the world to Canada was no fun. Have you ever tried to sort your luggage alone in a hotel room while hobbling with a pair of crutches? I bet some of you may have. Yeah, I fell down a couple of times while sorting out my suitcase before my flight back to Canada and hit my tail bone. But all
are not bad. I will never forget the help I found from Eddie my driver and guide in Tanzania, I will be ever grateful to the flight crews of KLM way back home. When I was lying down in bed for nearly 5 months this year after my surgery, I thought about it over and over again - Why me? Is it my bad Karma? I didn’t have an answer. But again, I don’t want to look at half empty glass. Edie, the flight crews of KLM and my decisive wife with a total air of positivity restored my faith in the world again.
The 5 months laying in bed gave me enough time to think over this unsettled world. Believe me, I only had a tree outside my window to talk to during the days and no one else. I even took multiple photos of the tree while lying in bed and sent them to the TV guys with my story. They showed the photo and told my story. Anyway, what was I talking? Oh yes, during the time I was lying in bed, I followed the world of today that seems to be falling apart. Are we really at a crossroad of civilization that we really don’t know how to handle? Or are we walking backwards in the name of civilization? I have a gut feeling perhaps my second thought is right. Otherwise why do we keep on doing the same mistakes over and over again. We never learn from our mistakes. Yes, I am coming to the point. Talking about civilization, I thought about Peru how we destroyed a glorious Inca Civilization many years ago. If we are prudent, why do we keep doing the same thing over and over again? Why divide the faith and people? That’s when I wrote this book – Inca Land Peru. Yes, I refused to waste my time lying in bed...I wanted to share my love for travel with the rest of Travelblog community and beyond. And I knew at the bottom of my heart, if anyone would appreciate it, it would be you my friends in Travelblog. ‘You raised me up’, so this is a tribute to you all! No, I am not here for any materialistic gain...I just want to share with you a product of my passion that I learned from all of you as a toddler. And I am sure you would be equally proud of it as I am. So please check it out. And this is not the only outlet where it is available. http://amzn.to/2muChdd
Oh, yes 5 months of solitary confinement was enough for me to create mischief. And I sure did. I worked with someone who helped me creating my website. The tabdiary
contains all my books and blogs and video clips. Hope you would enjoy.
Getting back to my travel plan now! Yes, being a bionic man I haven’t cut down my passion to travel. How could I? It’s in my blood, it’s tattooed in my brain. So, I will travel to India in February and then travelling back to Africa at the end of May 2020. Yes, Africa is my passion now. And this would not be just to quench my thirst for wilderness in the mountains of Uganda and Savannah of Tanzania which I would do. But the biggest in my agenda is to share the pain of the horrendous African holocaust in Rwanda. That is humanity. And you see, I have not lost my faith in it yet. And I want to learn it once again. So please stay tuned. And a big Thank you to all my friends in Travelblog. You gave me the courage to write. That's why I am here today!
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