This is a perfect week to publish Kash’s Lucky 13 interview. You see, it was his birthday just a few days ago. There was a great group of travel bloggers that celebrated with him last Saturday night in Berlin and…. there is video.
Kash is a man on the move. He is one of the European travel bloggers that I most admire for his knowledge, insights, and vision for the future of the industry, along with Melvin of TravelDudes (upcoming interview) and Keith Jenkins.
In addition to being smart and thoughtful, Kash is a whole load of fun, which was brought home yet again last weekend in Berlin.
He’s got a great project coming up on his website which will highlight the luxury hostels of Europe — yes, you read that right — and he’s one of the people you will hearing a lot more about in the coming months and years. Get ahead of the curve and catch him before he gets big-time.
1 – Fill in the blank: I have an irrational fear of _______
Shitting in public toilets. Recently discovered this is known as Parcopresis (‘bashful bowel’ syndrome) I’m not alone- Supposedly 4 million people in UK suffer from toilet phobia!
2 – What do you most miss from school?
My school library- place where I could read anything from Love Poems of Pablo Neruda, Tolstoy , John Braine and Isaac Bashevis Singer -brilliant collection. I discovered the world in that library.
3 – Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
4 – Give us your one paragraph obituary, as you’d like to have it turn out in the end.
He lived, loved and saw the world. He lived a life with no regrets, making every moment count till his last breath.
5 – What particular accomplishment are your parents most proud of you for?
No particular accomplishment- I think they are happy with the person I am today and proud of all of my achievements- good or bad as all of them have made me the person I am today
6 – Who is your favorite politician from today or from history and why?
I studied Economics. I grew up in India where I have seen politicians as corrupt people who are a stumbling block to social and economic progress. Living in Britain for the past 12 years has made me more apathetic towards them.
7 – Festival you most want to go to?
Love to revisit the Kolkata Book Festival. Takes place every January and is just an amazing place to be..filled with the smell of new books, great food and the happy commotion of people.
8 – If you could be transported to one time/place in history what would it be, and why?
I would love to go back to the 60’s. What is they not to love about the 60’s… The Beatles, The New Wave in French Cinema breathlessly led by the king of cool Jean Paul Belmondo. Yves Saint Laurent. The Austin-Morris Minor. Plus it was my favourite era of British Writing- Kingsley Amis, John Braine Alan Silitoe.
We were more idealistic. Despite the technological progress and innovations of the last few decades I feel as humans we were more connected with each other, more openminded about life and opportunities then.
9. Superhero you would most want to hang out with for a weekend and knock back a few pints with.
10 – You have an unlimited travel budget for 24 hours — tell us what you’d do.
I love travelling on a budget so this is a tough question!
If I had unlimited travel budget I’d invite all my travel blogger buds ( including you Micheal!) and we’d all jet off to a beautiful secluded island, chill out…. play football/volleyball on the beach, watch sunset…then light a campfire and have a king size barbecube… sing songs with unlimited amounts of champagne and mojitos…dance till dawn.
11 — Mom and Dad are never going to read this, so I can finally admit that I lied to them about _________.
The missing wad of Rs 5 bills when I was 9. I spent it on buying cadbury chocolate bars every afternoon for 2 months!
12 — What is your favorite continent and why?
Europe. Europe. For me it has everything- history, great diversity of cultures, great food, beaches, mountains and easy to move around.
13 — if I were King for the day, I would make ______ illegal and punishable by __________.
Tanning salons illegal and punishable by sending clients to cold, wet dreary place. Like Scotland! Haha.