StreetTrotter is a Travel, Culture & Lifestyle blog, inspiring people everyday with real stories to look good and travel even better. Founded in 2012 by Shraddha Gupta, Founder & COO, this space is all about experiencing new things in life, be it a daring mountain trek, a frugal backpacking trip, a runway look made local, or simply anything that scares you enough to live a little more deeper.
I made a career switch in my 30s. Turned out to be the best decision of my life.
But first, let me start from exactly where I left.
I quit my job at 31 to take a break without a plan B? - But that was back in 2019 - SO WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
Fast Forward to today: I am currently a UX Manager and Design Lead in a tech+design agency in Toronto, and it took me a while to find this career that I have really started to enjoy. It did not happen by chance, and I didn’t just fall into it. In fact, I chose it.
"Fluttering prayer flags that symbolize the sky, air, fire, water, and earth. Chanting monks, and snow-capped mountains. A beast-like Yeti, that rests in the folklore of the Himalayan people. The Wisdom Eyes of the all-seeing Buddha. And trekking trails that call to the human wanderlust. Entering Nepal."
A small and gorgeous landlocked country located in South Asia, Nepal is a storehouse of history and natural beauty. The country is surrounded by India in the south, west, and east; while the northern area is guarded by China. Spread over an area of 147,181 Km2 - Nepal has made its name heard as a center of Buddhism, a gateway to the mighty Himalayas, and as the second-richest country for water resources all over the world. It is a multilingual country with a number of ethnicities residing peacefully side by side throughout time.
Deconstructing the Ravana Effigy Making Craft of Tatarpur, Delhi and meeting the Ravanwalas
A line of effigies shaped in bamboo in the form of humongous heads, giant mustaches, and fearsome eyes, lie around on an open road. Some are ready to be painted, some are getting their finishing touches, while others are all decked up to be assembled. Besides the heads are huge structures of limbs and torsos that range from a few feet to about three or four storeys high. These effigy parts lying around are of the mythical demon king of Lanka, ‘Ravana’ in Hindu mythology. And the place we are describing is popularly known as the “Lanka of Delhi'', ‘Tatarpur’.