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Sleep Pretty Darling

I am sure most people who do not live in India would never have the courage to drive in India. You will use a driver. However, what I am writing applies to both, those who drive themselves while on road trips, and those who use drivers.

I am referring to a recent road trip of mine, where I drove 1650 km into Central India.

Driving in India is not easy, and a 1650 km drive in India could be the equivalent of a 5000 km drive in Europe

We have cows on the highway

We have potholes

We have people who jay-walk on the highway

We also have narrow roads where the local tractor drives you off

We do have bridges that are under construction

Of course, amidst all this, we have some of the most beautiful country you can find.

The driving during this trip was hard, and so was the photography. However, I was driving alone, and the one thing that i realised was, that to make it back safe, healthy and with lots of good photos, what I needed every night, was a good night's sleep.

Apart from the tea breaks at the local highway dhabas, managing my sleep and rest was critical. This is especially so, since I was also photographing the places wherever I went.

If you use a driver, make sure he gets enough rest, and that he gets to bed on time.

Go easy on the alcohol as well. It helps to enjoy the trip!


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I have been in the corporate world all my life, and have decided to take a sabbatical from this world. I am now a budding entrepreneur in my old age. This is wonderful because, apart from giving me the freedom to paint my own canvas, and to choose the canvas, it also gives me the time to do some of the things that I really like to do. These are, to travel, to photograph and to write. I still use a Nikon D 200. I started with B&W film, and this is something that I still love. The things that I am really grateful to the corporate world are, that I got the chance to travel the world, and meet lots of very interesting people. I have, over the years, become very interested in history, physics, culture,conservation, the environment and street food! I love landscapes, street photography, people, macro photography, geometrical shapes

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