1. Travelogues turn you on


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Be it in the form of books, magazines, feature films, television shows or documentaries.  Pouring over pages after pages of travel related articles, sitting glued to your chair while watching a travel based show or listening to someone recount their adventurous travel tales excites you, entices you and makes you happy.

2. Researching a new place is your forte


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Discovering snippets of information on a town’s history, its art and culture, monuments or
tourist attractions is an immensely satisfying and rewarding experience. You would happily burn the midnight oil studying about a faraway land from the comfort of your own home.

3. Discussing different cities / cultures is your favourite pastime


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Exchanging information on rituals, beliefs, food, laws etc with other like-minded
people keeps you going. If you meet someone well-travelled, you pick their brains about their journey, what they saw and what they experienced.

4. You know as much about a place as a local resident

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You might not remember the last time you actually packed your bags and hopped onto  a bus / train / airplane, but you probably know more than an average tourist who  just visits the popular ‘touristy haunts’ and does not feel the need to explore, take in the
very essence of an area.

Actual travel may be limited to wishful thinking for you, but in no way means that you are unaware of the world around you. You might be an armchair traveller by choice, due to restricted time / resources or any other personal / professional reason but you know your lust for anything travel related isn’t lesser than anyone else.


Because most of us have siblings – brothers, sisters, twins, step-siblings, foster siblings or adoptive siblings.



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The Bodyguard’s number one goal in life is to (you guessed it) PROTECT you. Usually an older sibling that you can count on when you need a ride late at night, scare away unwanted or shady people and even rough up your jerk of an ex !


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Want to go to a movie, play laser tag, visit the new art gallery in town, plan a surprise for your significant other, experiment in the kitchen or just laze around and watch TV. This sibling is your “go to” person. He/ She is open to trying out new things and knows how to have fun. What’s more, you are super comfortable with them.



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You have a love-hate relationship with this sibling. Your perspectives and opinions are so varied that you end up fighting over most things. Which channel to watch on the TV, who gets the remote, who gets the last slice of cake, which colour should the bedroom be painted – the battles that ensue are no less than a wrestling match.


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Watch out for this sibling, because he / she is the picture of perfection when your parents are around BUT turns into a devil when alone with you. Remember Megan of “Drake and Josh” fame ?



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Money, your car, clothes – the list goes on. As the years roll by, only one thing remains constant – your sibling borrowing stuff from you.



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When the teacher asks you to write an essay about someone who inspires you and is your role-model, who do write about ? Your Sibling of course. You imitate them and hope that someday you’ll grow up to be just like them.


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This sibling is taller than you, smarter than you, prettier than you AND gets better grades. They’re good at everything they do and your life is constantly compared to theirs. Everyone makes it a point to tell you how you’re falling short of the benchmark your “perfect” sibling has set. Sometimes you wonder, are they really an upgraded version of yourself ? Is your situation like Luke Dunphy (of Modern Family), always overshadowed by Alex Dunphy and her achievements ?



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You can ALWAYS count on this sibling to get you out of sticky situations. He / She will be there for you Anytime, Anywhere ! Have a math test and need a tutor ? Need relationship advice ? Looking for a travelling partner ? Need help convincing your parents to increase your allowance ? Fret not, your superhero sibling will come through for you.



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This sibling is like a third parent. Usually older than you, they take babysitting to a whole new level. They make you do chores, scold you when you’ve done something wrong and sometimes even take stay up at night until you’ve returned home safely.



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You never get to see or spend much time with this sibling because they’re either studying abroad, living by themselves or staying in another city due to work. You exchange pleasantries on the phone and meet them over the holidays, but that’s just about it.

What is your sibling like ? Tell us in the comments section below .



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Will you walk with me,

Just stroll without any destination in mind ?

Will you listen to my woes

And kiss my tears away ?

Will you befriend my family

And celebrate with them ?

Will you bring me flowers ;

Laugh at my jokes ?


Can I hope for respect,

for my feelings and my persoanl space ?

Can I confide in you ;

Offer advice and counsel ?


Can I have faith in you ;

Or do expectations inevitably lead to disappointment ?


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Around the world in 80 days – Wanderlust is their middle name. They make it a point not only to visit new places, and savour new cuisines but also to soak in the various cultures of the world. They know about the hidden gems in their own city; don’t be surprised if they know about the ones in yours too!


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Blue’s Clues – Just like Blue in the show “Blue’s Clues”, this person likes to communicate via hints. If you meet such a person be prepared for lots of Indirect references, the Silent treatment and the constant struggle of trying to figure out what they’re thinking because they won’t come right out and say it. Tip : Tell them you aren’t psychic !

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Care bear – Sweet, kind and helpful. The type of person you can’t help but like. It’s all sunshine, butterflies and flowers when you’re around them. Some even take care of you and your home just like your mother would.

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Devil in disguise – It’s true when people say appearances are deceptive and the “Devil in Disguise” is case in point. What goes on outside is completely in contrast with their true intentions. Beware !

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Eyesore – You don’t know why but you hate them for no good reason. Their mere presence annoys you. You avoid them like the plague.

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Food food – The quintessential foodie. They live to eat.

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Giraffe – They’re so freaking tall you just have to ask – How’s the weather up there? People with average height seem like midgets in comparison.

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Health nut – The fitness freak who spends most of his/her time working out in the gym, doing yoga or any other type of exercise. They keep tabs on what and how much they eat and treat their body like a temple. Whether its nutrition facts or their idea of a perfect exercise regimen, they’ll be happy to give you all sorts of gyaan, irrespective of whether you asked for it or not.

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I, me, myself – They do not give a damn about other people’s feelings. They will not hesitate to walk all over you or manipulate you for their own gain.

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Justin Bieber fan/hater – The world can be easily divided into die-hard fans of Justin and the people who hate him to death. Well, love him or hate him, you just can’t ignore the world’s most popular teen. You’re sure to bump into one sometime or the other.

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Knock-off – They steal ideas, concepts, styles and even words. They lack originality or are just too afraid to put their own ideas / thoughts forward. Either way they aren’t their real selves – just a Knock-off.

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The Lannister – Yes, you guessed it right ! They always pay their debts. If you mess with them, they will have their revenge.

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Magazine cover model – Perfectly groomed looks, the most stylish clothes, designer watches and bags from the costliest brands, is what you will see. Never a hair out of place, you wonder if they just stepped out of the cover page of Vogue !

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Nemesis – Your biggest competitor, you arch rival – they could be at your school or at work. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer they say, so keep a keen eye on their every move.

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Out of your league crush – Dreamy eyes, smart, funny and attractive. They’re probably all of these things or so you believe. In your eyes they’re oh-so-hot and perfect relationship material. The only glitch is that they’re out of your reach and you cannot gather up the courage to ask them out. So, you just gaze at them from afar.

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Penny wise – Money related decisions are very carefully analysed. Savings are given priority over Spending. Impulse buying is a strict no-no.

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Queen bee – A girl who loves to be the centre of attention ALL the time. If someone else gets the spotlight even for a second she feels threatened / stressed. She wants her every whim or fancy to be fulfilled because the world revolves around her Of course.

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Roadside romeo – He’s the creepy guy who tries just too hard. He interprets “Sorry, I’m not interested.” as ‘Try again tomorrow”.  This guy would go to any lengths to impress you and just doesn’t take no for an answer.

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Sun of the solar system – Their charismatic and happy personality along with their social skills tend to attract people towards them. They are the life of any party and are always surrounded by a bunch of people. They become the centre of attention as people naturally gravitate towards their charm.

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Twinkle toes – Dancing is in their blood; they love to swirl, twirl and groove. Turn on the music and watch them own the stage.

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Uptight – This person has a tendency of only doing what’s right or what’s allowed. Their body and mind rebels when they’re asked to loosen up or bend the rules even a little bit.

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Vanilla – Plain Joes and Janes. The words “Simple” and “Average” describe them best.

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Worry wart – As the name suggests, they expect the worst out of every situation and spend their time incessantly worrying – even about the most littlest and insignificant of things.


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Xena – A strong and confident woman that you look up to – this may be your mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, teacher, neighbour, friend or wife. You love how they take care of themselves and those close to them.


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Yo-yo – One minute it’s this and the next minute it’s that ! They do not stick to their decisions, regret after making one and are almost always unsure when given multiple alternatives.

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Zone of negativity – Pessimistic in their perspective towards life in general, to them the glass is always half empty. If you come into contact with one – Run. Far far away.

Which of these people have you met ?



Dark. Sinister. Menacing.

That’s how Aaron looked when a bolt of lightning offered a momentary glimpse of the basilica’s hall. But he wasn’t always like this. He had been the good and noble Lord Aaron once. Once, but that seemed a long time ago.


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Once upon a time in Italy, there was a town like no other. Scenic and abundant, with an unhurried air about its townsfolk. Most of the lands and its incomes belonged to Lord Aaron Salvatore, a just man endowed with both charm and wit. The Salvatores were one of the oldest names there and their estate had pride of place in the valley town. Aaron’s father had been loved and respected in equal measure. After his father’s death, the responsibility of carrying on their legacy fell in his hands. Aaron did all he could to be a worthy overlord; genuinely cared for the town and its residents, worked in their interest and solved any crisis that needed solving. He earned the respect of the townsfolk through his deeds and not his last name.

He was an ardent believer in the power of prayer. His faith in the Almighty was unshakable but the thing that mattered to him above all else was his family. His wife and children meant the world to him, gave meaning to his life and were the reason for his happiness.

Everything was perfect, the stuff of fairytales. Too perfect. Not for long though, dark clouds loomed over the horizon. Their peaceful town had been embroiled in a war they wanted no part of. Since they were all drawn into it, they had to fight. Fight for their lands, fight for their families and fight for peace in the valley. Lord Aaron wasn’t the kind of man to let his people die whilst he did nothing. With a heavy heart, he set out with his men to help bring an end to the war. He could not forsake his responsibilities and duties, no matter how much he hated leaving behind his wife and children. Before he left though, he prayed that his family did not suffer any harm. “I ask you not to protect me during the war; my family’s wellbeing means more to me than my own fate. Keep them safe when I’m not around to do it. That’s all I ask of you.”

After several months of fighting, the war was won. Fatigued, he returned home to find the town eerily calm. In his happiness and relief to be back, he didn’t notice that something was amiss. Upon reaching home, he found his home all deserted but for his butler. It seemed as though the man had aged years in a matter of months. He was uncharacteristically dishevelled and bandaged up. Aaron’s footsteps caught his attention and he looked at him with blank eyes. “They came at night” he said. “Armed men that hunted us like wolves and left behind a trail of blood and body parts. I was wounded, sprawled on the floor with the others and they took me for a dead man.”

All dead. Aaron just stood there looking as if made of stone. His wife, his lovely wife was lying there with the corpses of his children. Even his little daughter who he fondly called Strawberry. They were all dead. There was absolutely nothing he could do.

He stalked to the basilica through the desolate lanes. The night was dark and gloomy with the promise of a storm. The weather mirrored the turmoil in his heart. Once inside, he faced the almighty and set down the silver goblet he’d brought with him. The goblet was filled with blood! The blood of his family, the blood of his wife, the blood of his children, his daughter’s infectious laughter was in it, his son’s curious questions, his wife’s tender love, his time with them, his happy memories, his not so happy memories, his home and his life. He lifted the goblet to his lips and drank. He drank deep till there was nothing left.

“You mean nothing to me now” he raged. Everything he once held dear had been taken away from him. He was left with nothing. Nothing except:

Grief. Wrath. Vengeance.

This tale was narrated by a friend one dark chilly night whilst walking down a lonely road. I have taken the liberty to pen it in my own words.