The drudgeries of life can sometimes overwhelm and ensnare us. No one can testify to this better than Prakriti Varshney, a fashion and apparel design undergrad, who left her 9-to-5 job to travel. Her love for travel came to life after a trip to Spiti Valley in 2016. Ever since then, she has been travelling to Spiti regularly and knows every nook and cranny of it. I recently got a chance to interview her. Here are some snippets of our conversation:
What made you quit your job?
After my graduation, I joined a fashion apparel startup and it took me just a month to realise that I am not made for all of this; waking up at 6 am, leaving home by 7 am, working endlessly till 7 pm, reaching home by 9 pm. No time for family, no time for myself.
Even though I was earning a good amount of money, I was never really at peace. In a month I emailed my boss for a week's off and, as expected, he said no. But I insisted, so he gave me 5 days' leave.
"That's when I first went to Spiti Valley (which was my dream since I was in 10th grade) with a couple of friends. I fall short of words to describe how mesmerizing my escape to this wonderland was."
After this trip to Spiti, my love for travelling had come to life. So, I saved every penny earned and asked for leaves on alternate months and like everyone’s 9-to-5, I struggled to get them, which, after about a year, made me quit my job. That's how it all began. I had no idea that I would come this far. I had no plans of making a living out of travelling.
"I never knew anything, I just followed my heart (with all the savings I did in one year of the job)."