About Bharari – what’s in a name…
In our mother tongue, Marathi (spoken by over 90 million people), Bharari means “taking flight“. We felt that Bharari (pronounced like “Ferrari” with bh sound) is an appropriate name for what we plan to do -to fly off from our comfortable nest to explore this wonderful world.
Our site will feature…
- Travel articles, in English and Marathi, from our experiences from traveling to new places all over the world
- Guest articles from those who don’t normally blog
- Photo series
- Videos of some of the wonderful and fascinating things we have seen
- Reviews and recommendations of movies that we enjoyed watching; books that we enjoyed reading; as well as reviews of other products/gear/gadgets that we use and recommend
- Our future travel plans
It is not our intention to make this site into an online journal of our day-to-day activities. We think of this site as our labour of love. The aim is to document our personal experiences – based on the places that we see, the things that we experience, and the people that we meet – from our point of view. One of the primary aims of this site is to keep us motivated to follow through with our World Tour plans.
Have a look at our Media page for a selection of our articles and interviews that were published in global newspapers, magazines and other websites.
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About Neeraj & Bhakti
Neeraj was born in a small town in India 200km northeast of Mumbai. He spent his most impressionable years in India – climbing trees in his backyard and biking to ‘far-off’ places (far enough to scare his mother) – before moving to Toronto.
He holds a degree from the University of Toronto and has worked in the Financial Services industry. In September 2008, when Lehman Brothers had just successfully collapsed, Neeraj quit his full-time employment to take his traveling, trekking and mountaineering passion to the next level. He spent several months in India, during which he traveled the length and breadth of Maharashtra state and completed many challenging treks, including a trek to the base of Mt. Kanchendzonga, which was the 3rd highest peak in the world (and still is!).
He returned to Toronto in January 2009 and learned a few first-hand lessons in global macro economics whilst searching for ways to make money (i.e. searching for a job) at the peak of recession. Destiny had other things in mind. He filed his income taxes for 2008 and got a handsome return, which he used to fund an extended tour of Southeast Asia while the world suffered its worst economic slump since the Great Depression. He is proud of the fact that his spending stimulus helped the travel industry to recover from its lows.
From late-2009 to mid-2012, he worked hard as an Independent Risk Management Consultant on various Capital Markets projects. During this time, he met and fell in love with Bhakti and made the biggest “risk management” decision of his life … they got married on December 28th, 2010! They honeymooned in Malaysia and Myanmar and made several smaller trips after that, the best ones being a summer road trip in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and spending Christmas 2011 in Mexico City.
After successfully implementing his last project in mid-2012, he took on some additional risk and booked a one-way ticket to India for himself and his wife. They backpacked extensively in the northeastern part, covering the “7 Sister States”, as well as Druk Yul – the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan – dubbed as the last Shangri-La. Their experiences and adventures were out of this world to say the least! He also took the opportunity to take his wife to Anandwan, Somnath and Hemalkasa – all are social projects under Baba Amte’s Maharogi Sewa Samiti umbrella. They returned to Canada just before Christmas.
True to her name, Bhakti, meaning devotion, is devoted to the people she loves and cares about. She is exceptional in her field having won several awards and trips from her company, as well as awards in academics. In her spare time, she creates handicrafts and hand-made greeting cards, which are a work of art.
Bhakti’s hard-working and down-to-earth nature has won her many friends, well-wishers and admirers where ever she goes. A born artist, she has drawn applause for her singing and poetry. She is currently continuing her education in Indian Classical singing.
Bhakti is now the backbone and the voice-of-reason in Neeraj’s life. Together, all they wish for is to live happily ever after.
Well, that is it for now. Only this is the beginning!
Have a look at the He Says, She Says article, about what Neeraj says about Bhakti and what she says about him.