Catch me on Discovery Channel soon in a travel show about South Africa! With three other friends and Jonty Rhodes, we promise to show you the best of South Africa and leave you gasping for more! ;-)
All the dope
You know how you have a big dream, and then it comes true?
Yeah, sometimes as easy and in-the-blink-of-an-eye as that.
It doesn’t happen often (if ever), but when it does, you feel overwhelmed enough to thank your lucky stars and revel in the joy.
I wrote earlier about the amazing surprise September 2014 held in store for me.
Along with three other people who got mad-level lucky like me, I flew off to #MeetSouthAfrica in December 2014 get me some much-needed African sun in the middle of a cold Delhi winter. And then, all thanks to the South African Tourism Board India, followed an epic journey that has given me some of my most memorable moments of my life.
Along with an intensely talented camera crew to capture our travels, we went cage-diving with the Great White Sharks, sandboarding down Cape Town dunes, and quad biking along forest trails. We tasted wine in beautiful vineyards and beer in historic breweries. We were awed by nature’s majesty in Kruger, and danced with the Shangana tribe in Mpumalanga. And, to make things even more exciting, we jumped off cliffs wherever we saw one (well, almost).
Aaaand we got to travel with the fabulous Jonty Rhodes, undisputed god of fielding in cricket and – as we discovered – a fantastic travel companion and charmer par extraordinaire. With the celebrity culture I see here in India, I expect all headline-makers to lug around some airs, some high-handedness. But Jonty is so approachable and down to earth, it knocked my socks off: right from bantering with some construction guys who hollered “heyyyy Jonty, is that you, man?” at him, to chit-chatting with us about everything under the sun after dinners, aided with generous amounts of wine.
More than anything else, his love for his country, and his pure, unadulterated passion for travel shone through in every conversation I had with him. He’s truly the best brand ambassador South African tourism could have! I was amazed at how he knew so much about everything related to South Africa, and how patiently he answered all sorts of curious questions we had about his land and his people. He seeks out adventure in every form, and as he says himself, he’s probably travelled to more remote parts of India than a lot of Indians, given his itch for going off the beaten track and exploring places for himself. :-)
Some memories are meant to last forever, and this South African sojourn was definitely one of them. More than once, as I went to bed in African land, I laughed to myself about how unreal it all felt and how it came to be, just like that.
And now, for the last leg of this amazing dream come true, we’re all going to appear in a travel show on Discovery Channel!
Yup, we’ll take the viewers along on the magical journey we were lucky to be a part of, for a glimpse of the amazingly beautiful country we all fell in love with.
Discovery Channel India
Episode 1 on April 26 (Sunday) at 8 PM and Episode 2 on May 3 (Sunday) at 8 PM
Ya’ll have got to tune in to watch us! :)
And if you need any convincing, here’s the promo!