December 2015 Blog Contest Winner

December 2015 Blog Contest Winner

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By Swathi Chatrapathy


It’s not everyday that someone who hates anything colder than Mumbai’s winter decides to go on a winter trek in the Himalayas. But Ananya Mody went on the trek and what she experienced taught her many life-lessons. Ananya presents her trek to Kedarkantha in a beautiful perspective in her blog, Getting High – 2016 at 12,500 ft.

Here’s an excerpt:

I refuse to have a mundane existence. I believe in tasting the air that I breathe as it knocks the wind out of my lungs. I choose not to succumb to routine which I have seen far more closely than I would have liked to. Change is the master I respect, whose path I follow. And when I notice a pattern forming, a cycle taking shape, I realise that it is time I take a lesson from my master again.

You can read the whole blog post here.

Congrats Ananya! Hope you get to brave many more fears in future! (Also, hope you can perfect your snow angel the next time!)



Swathi Chatrapathy

Chief Editor

About the author

Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers.

A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content.

Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters's in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact on a person's mind, body and spirit.