The etymology of the versatile phrase "to each his own" can be traced back to the German language, but what makes it absolutely brilliant is the fact that it is a perfect fit for a million different situations. I used to quote the same phrase whenever my grandmother used to ask me why I do not pray to any god in the mornings. I had immense respect for my grandmother and her beliefs, but I simply couldn't alter my fundamental beliefs to please her. I accompanied her to pilgrimage sites because it made her happy, but I could not join my hands and prostrate before a monolithic idol that had not helped me achieve anything in my life, directly or spiritually.
But that barely means that I'm an atheist. If at all I need to be christened, I'd like to be addressed as an agnostic who's open to polite discussions on the matter. I extract my spiritual emancipation from numerous other sources outside the extravagant temples. It could be from a movie, family or friends, food, or a stay amidst the Himalayas, amongst several other possibilities. Hence, I am one of a breed who's not repulsed to the idea of maintaining good relations with people who do not share my faith. I am open to one and all.
If you are also one of those who can sympathise with what the introductory paragraphs, I am the bearer of fortunate information for all of you. Now you need not seek out unnecessary excuses when your parents/grandparents ask you to accompany them to religious places, you simply reply in the affirmative and find your own gods around theirs. In this article, I'll tell you how the Char Dhams – Rameswaram, Dwarka, Badrinath and Puri can be perfect travel destinations for millennials. Read on.