By Raeesa Usmani
A simultaneous pace
Of one’s spiritual and geographical state.
It makes one modest
As they say
And helps realize, the tiniest place
One occupies on the earth
A small planet in the universe
Difficult to locate amongst rest.
Travel facilitates the meeting
Between heart and mind
To bring them close
To thousands of people at times.
To know not only new space
But also novel self
Lying under layers
Unexplored and unveiled.
A traveler travels to utopian places
To explore and bring forth the unveiled traces.
Narratives of the natives
Those oral tales and epics
Buried deep down in the hearts since ages.
Those random talks and pleasant chats
With chaiwallas and local lads
Relieving golden past through the tales
Told orally by the inhabitants
The memories cherished and shared
Can never be located anywhere else.
The perilous travel,
Thus, pays off
When travel narratives – the amazing tales
Lying in the indigenous hearts
When unearthed by the traveler
On her path – are praised by all.
Raeesa Usmani is a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Biotechnology, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, Gujarat, India. A Gold Medalist in M. A. in English Literature and Language at Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, she received her M. Phil degree on Travel Writing. She is currently working for a doctorate. She has published poems and research papers in journals and has presented papers in national and international conferences. Her areas of interest include Travel Writing, Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching, Gender Studies, Translation Studies, and Partition Literature.
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