Melancholy Reflections…

I had meant this to be a gallery of vibrant reflections, one from each of our 2013 travel destinations. A year end review and a celebration of my urge to wander.  

Reflection of Victoria memorial, Kolkata

But the shocking demise of my sister’s daughter in law – a beautiful, vivacious, happy go lucky and heartbreakingly young mother of a two year old boy – turned my final post of the year into a sombre reflection on the transient nature of our lives. On the futility of human expectations and the unpredictability of our tomorrows.

And a reminder to treasure every waking moment of the coming year. To say “I love you” more often. To be more grateful and caring and open…and alive.

That is how she lived her life. And that is how she will be remembered.

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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