What makes a nation? What holds it together? Are animals, for all their territorial instincts, more tolerant than human beings who pride themselves on their superior intelligence? At Travel Purist, we may not have all the answers but we continue to ask questions through our travels and seek beauty amid imperfection.
Recently, Zimbabwean writer Blessing Musariri turned guest writer and ‘local purist’ for us, sharing insider tips to her country that she says is suffering from “politico-ecomitis”. And even as nations came down heavily on migrants, the spectacular event known as the Great Migration continued without interruption in the grasslands of the Masai Mara. Countries around the world are seeking freedom and independence in one way or another - Britain from the EU, Catalonia from Spain, others from poverty and war. On 15th August, India celebrated 70 years of Independence, as did Pakistan (the previous day) so we traced the Independence trail.
Meanwhile, conservation and environment supporter Nitisha Agrawal recorded her experience of living with the struggling Korku tribe of Central India. And even as the world seemed to hang by a thread, Travel Purist celebrated the stories woven into India’s textiles.
So here’s what happened since our last newsletter.
Of gawking at one of the Seven Wonders, gorging at a 'gochi-gochi' and avoiding being chomped by a lion. Local purist Blessing Musariri introduces us to Zimbabwe, a place she calls home. Read more
MIGRANTS IN THE MARA
It takes all types to make a place thrive. It’s a good thing that migrants are welcome in the Masai Mara. Travel Purist brings you a photo feature that catches the homeward journey of the wildebeest, introduces you to the other animals of the Mara, as well as its extraordinary people. Read more
TRIBAL RHYTHM: THE KORKUS OF KHANDWA
Tattooed women, songs like "a softly flowing stream" and the struggle to survive. Nitisha Agrawal lives with the largely undocumented Korku tribe of Central India and writes about their fading culture. Read more
THE LONG ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE
A bullet-riddled wall, the car used for Netaji's escape, Gandhi's bloodstained cloth and other reminders from India's freedom struggle. Travel Purist maps a few landmarks. Read more
FABRIC OF A NATION
A country so diverse, even its textiles reflect its myriad hues. Travel Purist curates a list of India’s most attractive textile destinations. Read more
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