Thank You For An Amazing Year!

I wouldn’t be here if not for the travel editor of our local daily, who edited butchered my article to accommodate his own piece in a weekend supplement.

That decapitated article led to the birth of ‘The Urge To Wander’, exactly a year ago today. The start of an uncharacteristically unplanned journey, that I half expected to derail along the way.

But here I am, a year later. With a whole lot more to share.

Floating Market
A preview

I know you have had a surfeit of reviews over the past couple of weeks, so I won’t add to your agony with more stats and links to past posts. Or future plans for that matter.

All I want to say is that I have enjoyed every minute of the journey. And the most rewarding part has been connecting with the wonderful community we have here.

Ta Phrom
And another!

You my virtual friends, are the reason this has been worthwhile. And I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

And on this anniversary, I acknowledge your generosity and kindness, by setting up a special page here, to showcase all the awards you have showered me with – over 90 to date! I am touched and honoured, and wish I could find enough time to acknowledge each of them individually.

Thank you once again for an amazing year!

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

128 thoughts on “Thank You For An Amazing Year!

  1. I remember reading your earlier posts on China and Egypt, and I knew this blog was different — and it still is! I’m glad you keep producing eloquent and enticing blog posts Madhu! Keep the spirit up — and travel more! πŸ™‚

  2. I love your beauty of writing interesting posts in a soft and engaging manner. Your pictures are always high quality ones and I do savour your blog. Keep going – you are the one I’m always waiting for…

  3. A wonderful year for you, but even better for us! I consider myself lucky to have found your blog, and having had the opportunity to travel along with you to places I would otherwise never have seen.
    Happy anniversary!

  4. What a milestone, Madhu. I’m grateful to the editor who butchered your article. I believe you reach a broader, more appreciative audience and can do your own editing. How great is that. I’ve said before, your standards are high and it shows.

    1. Thank you dear Claudine……wouldn’t still be here without the encouragement I have received from friends like you πŸ™‚

  5. All I can say is, you have an amazing gift Madhu. Your photography and your ability to tell a story and draw us in is very unique. I look forward to your travel adventures this year. Thank you. πŸ™‚

    1. Appreciate your kindness Sumithra, thank you so much. Have added this award to my brand new awards page πŸ™‚

  6. Have enjoyed landing here .. nearly every day too … you take me to the most fantastic places, and you tell me about what I see … just like a perfect guide. The top photo today is fantastic – the clearness in it. It’s just like I’m in a boat behind … You bring so much beauty and excitement to my every day.

    1. What more can I ask for Viveka? Thank YOU…….it has been a pleasure having you on board πŸ™‚ That first image is a particular favourite of mine.

  7. Congratulations. I look forward to another year of travels πŸ™‚

  8. It is a pleasure and an education to read your posts and see your amazing photos. Happy Anniversary. Wishing you all the best in 2013. We are blessed to have you in the blogging community.

  9. Hi,
    Congrats on your first year in the blogosphere. It has been wonderful going on these fantastic travels that you have shared with us, and so many amazing photos. I am looking forward to seeing a lot more . πŸ™‚

  10. Happy blog birthday Madhu !!!
    Yo have certainly made my year more fun, more entertaining, and much more besides…so without any further ceremony…

    1. Aah, these are the best birthday wishes I have ever received πŸ˜†
      And you couldn’t possibly have had more fun at my blog, than I have had at yours! Thank YOU Jo!

      1. Well here is hoping that many many persons kiss your butt Madhu…hehehehe…because I am sure it is a very nice butt.
        I did…have loads of fun at yours…glad to hear you did at mine too.

        1. Nah…cause it is just the way it is supposed to be, I’ve seen it on a photo once…it’s a very very nice butt…

  11. Madhu, I have loved accompanying you on your travels through your stunning photos and sharing your blogging journey has been an absolute priviledge – here’s to the next year!

  12. Hi Madhu,
    It was a fortunate thing for us when you set out on your own with The Urge to Wander! I can hardly believe your blog is only one year old! I look forward to many more years of beautiful photos, great histories and stories, and vicarious travel!

    1. Thank you Rufina! Does it seem longer? To me the year seems to have flown by…way too fast for my liking πŸ™‚

  13. I enjoy reading your posts and love the pictures you share with us; and you are absolutely right,,, the community spirit on WP is the best. Keep up the good work!

  14. Congratulations on the anniversary Madhu! 90 awards and counting….100 awards very soon… has been a rewarding year, isn’t it? In a year of reading your posts I’ve wished a million times I win a huge lotto so I could travel and see what you show us. Thanks for the beautiful posts with awesome pictures and narrative. Good Luck!

    1. Thank you Shaantz. It has been my pleasure entirely πŸ™‚
      Apologies for my long absence from your site. Have been rather busy with some community projects and visiting family ever since we returned from holiday. Shall catch up soon, I promise πŸ™‚

      1. I am still here…stop by when you can. I haven’t blogged much, just the occasional pictures for the photo challenges. By the way, according to the WP helper-monkeys, you commented most on my site πŸ™‚ Thanks for keeping those stats soaring!

  15. I’ve been on WP around a year now too (although blogging for six years now) and totally agree with your comment about the community aspect. Blogging is enoyable anyway, but all the comments and exchanges really are the icing on the cake.

  16. From one traveler to another…I LOVE your pictures! Sorry I can’t comment too often but I do read and enjoy.

    Here’s to many more years of great blogging!

    1. Please don’t be sorry Ameena. I have a tough time catching up with my blog reading, and I don’t even have young children to look after. I admire all you young mothers who juggle so many identities perfectly. Thank YOU.

  17. a wonderful chance brought you to The Urge to Wander, a great joy for all of us who read your posts and drool over the beautiful photos and stories of places far away … you are a blessing to us all Madhu, happy birthday, and wishing you many more πŸ™‚

    1. Aah, thank YOU Dadirri πŸ™‚
      I wouldn’t still be here without the validation and generosity of friends such as you!

    1. I am overwhelmed by all the good wishes Marie πŸ™‚ Thank YOU for reading, and taking the time to leave words of encouragement.

  18. I’m sorry that you had a bad experience with your editor, but your loss (more like his/her loss) was our gain! Best wishes and congratulations, Madhu.

    1. Thank you so much Elisa.
      Yes I am grateful that episode led me here…I got to ‘know’ all you wonderful people didn’t I? πŸ™‚

  19. I missed your blogs this past week, Madhu, so came looking. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with you, hon. Here’s to many more wonderful posts.

    1. Thank you dear Jo…..always a pleasure to see you here πŸ™‚
      Am falling behind again….caught up in some community programmes and looking after my dad in law who is spending a few days with us while it is still pleasant here (as pleasant as Chennai can get!)

      1. Don’t worry, Madhu. I have no idea how you cope with the number of followers you have and still manage to post. (suspect you don’t sleep a lot) Take care of yourself.

        1. You suspect right πŸ™‚
          Plan to slow down a bit this year. No more A-Z’s and other deadlines. But it is rather addictive isn’t it? πŸ™‚

        2. Afraid so. I’m in a bit of a “why am I jumping through hoops/doing this” phase, but the answer is I love the praise, and that most certainly is addictive.

  20. Madhu, sending you all the blessed for a splendid 2013! It’s been a joy traveling along with you this year. What a stunning shot of Ta Prohm too. πŸ™‚ I really like the angle.

    1. So sweet of you to say that Anne. Looking forward to taking you along πŸ™‚ Hope mom is feeling better.

  21. Glad I’m there! πŸ˜€ Hihi. I can’t believe this blog is only a year old! It has gone far………………………………………………………………………………….. very far. In numbers, in success, in quality, in brilliance, and the community engagement. The Urge to Wonder is truly a top best blog in my opinion.

  22. Madhu-I am still discovering your blog, one post at a time. But from what I can see, this is a courageous chronicle of somebody who dared to test the borders of normal. I look forward to reading all your posts in the coming days. Lovely photos accompanying your heartfelt words. Love it!

  23. What an achievement! From the moment I delved into that first post (of yours I stumbled upon) I’ve been addicted to a little Madhu in my life – first simply reading our wonderful posts – and photographs, and then later the tremendous encouragement you’ve given me, and the things I’ve learned from our ‘talks’ – all because of a vainglorious editor … how lucky are we πŸ™‚

    1. Oh no no, I am the lucky one Meredith. Ever grateful to that ‘vainglorious’ editor, because I wouldn’t have gotten to know you otherwise…..and what a pleasure it has been πŸ™‚

  24. Adding my congratulations to the many.
    As I age into traveling virtually by mind and blog rather than in reality, I gratefully appreciate the vicarious journeying I do in your wonderful photos and text.

  25. Happy Blogiversary to you, Madhu. Yours is one of my very favourites. I can’t ever imagine you sitting at home in your armchair, unless it’s to peruse a new travel catalogue and plan your next trip. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you AD πŸ™‚
      That’s all I did till I started this blog. Now I am hard-pressed for time for my travel research!!

  26. Thank you Madhu for so many wonderful and engaging adventures, specially to such exotic places as Cambodia & Thailand. Great shots!

  27. i too would like to add my thanks for all the adventures (and sometimes the meals!) you have enjoyed – or at least enjoyed via your camera. will never forget your green tea post!
    continue to enjoy the journey and all the very best to you for 2013. may it be a year full of unexpected blessings! happy blogging.

    1. Thanks for noticing Kasturika! I chose two of my best images for this post, I guess it kind of got buried under all the sentiment πŸ™‚

  28. Madhu, you have been, and continue to be, a wonderful blogpal. Please keep on inspiring us to get out of our comfort zones and feel more alive by by traveling. πŸ™‚

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