A nation-wide hunt for India’s true explorers.

 

 

Machu Picchu, Peru sounds exotic and fun, Doesn’t it?

 

 

National Geographic Channel (NGC) is running the contest Mission Explorer.’ The mission of the contest is to search people who have made a difference in their life as well in others life by taking a leap ‘Beyond Boundaries.  It is an India-only project with a global appeal concept.  Mission explorer will shortlist the individuals who are bent upon following their passion and working towards achieving the greater good.  

 

 

Here is an account of all that happened at the Mission Explorer Bloggers meet with  National Geographic Channel (NGC). On November 21, 2015,  I met the jury at Qila, New Delhi. Since I was traveling, I could not blog about it before.

 

 

Explorer, Trip to Peru, NGC, Bloggers meet
Are you an explorer?

 

 

NGC launches nationwide hunt for individuals who look at the world through an explorer’s eye
As I entered Qila for the bloggers meet.

 

 

What do we understand of the word ‘Explorer’?
 

We majorly relate it with traveling, discovering and globetrotting to places that are far-fetched. But in real sense, explorer does not have limitations. It has a wider canvas. An explorer could be anyone who treads an unknown path and it could be in any of his/her field of interest. When NGC announced Mission Explorer, I thought it was only going to be about traveling but here I was mistaken. If you have explored Culture, Science, Technology, Nature, The World, Trekking routes, Adventure, History, etc. you are absolutely eligible to be called an Explorer.  

 

 

Mission Explorer Bloggers meet at Kila
Mission Explorer Bloggers meet at Kila

 

 

Kila is spelled in two ways, its called Qila too. This used to be Blue frog a few years ago. I quite like this place. Its just opposite to the Qutub Minar. My cab dropped me here at 11 a.m. and I was curious to know about Mission Explorer.

 

 

The registration desk was right there. I dropped my card and made my way to the terrace. A fortnight ago, the winters had just begun to settle in stealthily in Delhi and an open place for the meet-up looked warm and inviting to me. 

 

 

People who are constantly looking at the world through an explorer’s eye.
Nat Geo Explorer– Do you look at the world through an explorer’s eye?

 

 

The terrace was buzzing with people from NGC, the jury and a limited set of bloggers. Each one was an explorer in their own way. I  made conversations and picked  inspiration from the people around. When I say, I have quit my job to live a life of a blogger, traveler or a writer, I am on my mission too but this was the time to introspect further. Was I doing anything unique yet, was I helping mankind in any way? 

 

 

NAT GEO Mission Explorer
NAT GEO Mission Explorer

 

 

Trust me, when it comes to India we have immense talent and creativity around us. And if you really look around, people are taking the plunge to follow their passion. What they need is platforms like this to talk about their work and get recognized. And even if there is no platform, there is satisfaction of what you are doing. When I heard it from the judges, it further instilled the courage to keep doing what you want to do because some things are not done for money, prizes or fame but only for oneself. When they started doing what they did, be it in music or technology or surfing, they dint know that their work would give them money and fame.

 

 

The terrace setup was lovely for the bloggers meet
The terrace setup was a lovely setting for the bloggers meet

 

 

Before the formal event started, we had enough to eat and keep busy. The food was really good at Qila. Three of my favorite things have been snapped and are in the pictures below. BTW, you are not supposed to get hungry because you can’t afford to miss more details about the contest. Apply for it soon because NGC promises to send 3 of the winners on an expedition to Machu Picchu, Peru.

 

 

 Chicken-Wantons-at-Qila-New-Delhi

Chicken-Wantons-at-Qila-New-Delhi

 

 

Boursin pepper cheese oon oats baguette, Qila, Restaurant review, New Delhi
Qila- Boursin pepper cheese on oats baguette

 

 

Qila, Qutub Minar, New Delhi, Snacks, Mushroom and Ginger Pot Stickers
Qila- Mushroom and Ginger Pot Stickers

 

 

After we had enough personal and informal discussions with each other and the jury, Swati Mohan took to the center-stage and talked about Mission Explorer. She called upon the jury to formally introduce them to us.  Tapan Raj, Arjun Venkatraman and Ishita Malaviya were the mission explorers as of now. They briefly talked about their passion, their work, their excitement to be the jury and the rules of the contest. They were not looking for something big or wondrous but more unique, thoughtful and life-changing works. I asked them how would they compare an art with technology or music or more. And they answered, they would look down deep into all its aspects before taking a final call.

 

 

Swati Mohan (Business head of FOX and NGC –India)
Swati Mohan (Business head of FOX and NGC –India)

 

 

MIDIval Punditz are pioneers of electronic music from India. They combined electronica and classical and have created a revolution in music.
 

Ishita Malaviya, is too young a girl and is single-handedly making us sit back and talk about surfing.  She is  India’s first recognized woman surfer. Surf board is her biggest love and she runs the Shaka Surf Club in Udupi,
 

Arjun Venkatraman, is known as the modern day aadivasi.  He has been working to connect isolated communities with the rest of the world using cheap technology. 
 

Tushar Agarwal & Sanjay Madan are the first Indians to achieve 90,000-km trip crossing almost 50 countries in the same car. They were not there at the event.

 

 

(From L-R): Swati Mohan (Business head of FOX and NGC –India), Tapan Raj, Arjun Venkatraman and Ishita Malaviya
(From L-R): Swati Mohan (Business head of FOX and NGC –India), Tapan Raj, Arjun Venkatraman and Ishita Malaviya

 

 

It was a very short and crisp event but with loads of inspiration to take back home.

Do apply and if you have queries, you may put down in the comments below. 

 

 

Registrations close on December 25.

 

 

Mission Explorer Rules
            www.missionexplorer.in

 

 

Happy Blogging!

Written by

Manjulika Pramod

An engineer who loves to be called a blogger more!
Traveler, short-story writer, voracious reader, foodie is the better me!
Reading, eating, traveling, exploring, observing and blogging are the beautiful highs of my life.