Welcome to Shoestrings On The Move!
Hi! I am Dipanwita Chakraborty and this is my official blog and website.
My travels have been majorly instinctive, on whims and sans any set itinerary (exceptions overruled). For me, the best way to settle is to keep moving. I love to travel solo, which makes me connect with the place, its people and culture wholeheartedly. Experiential and sustainable travel is what I believe in very strongly. My tryst with modesty and frugality during my treks has made the desire of giving back to the society (in whatever capacity I can) more steadfast. Wherever I go, I try to befriend people and listen to their stories. A simple smile is more than sufficient for people to open up to you. My wish of sharing my travel tales triggered the idea of Shoestrings On The Move.
Two adages that I firmly go by – “All that glitters is not gold” and “What others think of you is not your concern”. Being a girl, I was often judged by the way I walked, laughed, talked, behaved in public, the friends I hung out with and the clothes I wore. Did I ever care? Never. Mom always taught us- “The more you give in to people’s sneers, the more they shall pull you down. So stay undeterred, stay united and never judge people by their appearances”. Living by this is definitely not a cake walk but I try to do so in full measure.
Just like every coin has two sides, there is always another side to every story, likewise, every human being has two faces. The one which he appears to be around everyone and second is honest-to-goodness. And knowing that second face takes an inordinate amount of faith and trust to be instilled in both the hearts. Carrying a secret till your grave, being true to someone’s trust and your own promises need a great deal of gall. I have entered this very different state and position lately and have come across many untold stories. They have allowed me to share their stories as long as their anonymity was intact, to which, I have agreed. Humans & Beings is my personal project through which I intend to convey the success stories of people who have braved all the odds (emotional as well as societal) and come out as winners in their own small way.
Through this long-term personal project, I try to shed light upon various social stigmas across our society, which are prevalent but we, as the masses at large, often tend to either shut ourselves up with indifference or turn a blind eye since they are still considered to be taboo. Today, however, people have started coming out of the closet. So all we need to do is – listen, understand, accept and help.
If you wish for me to share your untold story here, you may get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.