This blog belongs to all of us: you, me and everyone who supports women going out there and exploring the world and themselves. As I travel around the world, I mostly see people traveling in groups or as couples for a variety of reasons- for discovering a new country/ culture, for fun, to attend a destination wedding, retail therapy 😀 etc. Obviously, I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with that.

At the same time, I see a lot women (and men too) traveling by themselves for a variety of reasons; whatever your reason, this liberating experience can be precursor for the change you want to see in yourself and in the world!

What happens when a female has to step out of her house (be it her choice or when it’s forced on her)? For a lot of us, it can be a thrilling experience; at the same time, some women are still hesitant about stepping out of their preconceived sense of fear or comfort or both. These women are given a false sense of protection and comfort for a variety of reasons.

I’d like to start a conversation about these stereotypes and biases, and what you do to change those perceptions. Does traveling solo means you’re a loner and that you don’t have many friends and family? Do you enjoy your own company? Do you get hung up on the idea- what will people think about me when they see me traveling by myself (you and I sure can get that irritating guy wanting to be friends with you or an elderly couple feeling pity for you, but isn’t it fun breaking down their hard-held beliefs and assumptions :-D)? As a female, how has traveling changed you? Please share both your positive and negative experiences, and everything in between.
Gentlemen- what have you done to give those wings to women in your life so that they could fly (both literally and metaphorically)?

So,

Meet people from different countries
Take the road less traveled
Broaden your horizons
Discover a new you!

ABOUT ME

                                                                      Aiena Mehta

                                  Traveler, Trainer and Flight Attendant

I started flying as a flight attendant after completing my Bachelor’s Degree. I discovered a lot of Indian cities during my 3 years of flying in India.

My international adventures started when I joined an international airline. I would prefer to go out with my team members; however, I would not shy away from going out by myself. I would painstakingly organize trips and convince my colleagues to come along 🙂

I have been in the aviation industry for more than 19 years and still going strong. I got an MBA degree while flying, and I also work as a leadership trainer. I’m from India, and I live in United Arab Emirates at the moment.

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16 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Great Going !!! Before reading your story I used to think that women must become Teachers, Doctors or Engineers etc. but you opened my eyes .Apparently it gives an exposure that one can surely make people know different cultures people languages and obviously how to handle with them.
    I wish you all the best for all your future endeavors.
    God bless you.

    1. Hi Tarique,

      Thanks for your wishes!

      One can be what one wants to be; this is true for both men and women. Sadly, most cultures have a lot of stereotypes and biases about women. This is a gentle push in making it a world in which our sisters, mothers, aunts and female friends can reach their full potential.

      I firmly believe that traveling and exchanging ideas and thoughts can make this world a better place to live in.

      Wish you all the best in your endeavors too! Keep reading the blogs and make sure that women in your life are traveling, connecting, creating and becoming who they want to be and can be.

      Regards,

      Aiena.

      1. Very True most cultures like mine oh I forgot to mention I am from India like the Indian Culture still have biases.
        You are doing a great job .In-fact your reply was a pleasant surprise and again Wish you all the best!!!!

        Tarique

        1. Good to meet you here Tarique.

          Well, no culture is perfect. We Indians have a lot of good things such as our collective value system; at the same time, we still have a long way to go. When Indian women will flourish, India will prosper! We need to have more dialogue around this.

          Which city in India are you from? Please share your insights about your city on the India page.

          Best Wishes,

          Aiena.

  2. I belong to a town callled as Gaya named on the name of a famous Demon Gayasur in the state of Bihar with Patna as its capital city.It has a river Falgu without water, a mountain without trees Brahmjohnny and a man without brains that’s me.Well that was just a joke.
    I will definitely make a proper web page which will include Bodh Gaya, PitaMaheshwar,Vishnupath and of-course School run by the Missionaries of Charity (Roman Catholic)Nazareth I did my schooling their.See Give me sometime I know HTML and CSS but I would need sometime to present it not as good as you presented Delhi & Punjab but yes I will try to put some good pictures and some good things and but i will try my best to be as per the standards of this Web page of yours.
    Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity, i left web development due to various reasons but i will try .

    Best Regards
    Tarique

    1. I love Bodh Gaya; I think it is one of the most tranquil places on earth!
      Places like Bodh Gaya are the hidden gems of India. Hampi is another such great place to discover in India.

      I look forward to reading your article; take your time to write it.

      Take care.

      Aiena.

      1. Good to know about Hampi, Karnataka. To be very honest first time i heard of this place so thank you for this.I checked on google as you said its a hidden gem too so i will definitely do some research on it .
        I have shifted to Rafiganj where my forefathers belonged to a village in this block.I just started a coaching center so busy .
        Honestly copying and pasting is not my cup of tea so i will look for some genuine books on these cities and the lords and write in my own English as much as I know .What i believe the more simple and straight forward and grammatically correct the English is the more people read it and there is a word called as user friendly
        So the language will be different the information and but the pictures we cannot change it.
        I will do it for sure.
        Best Regards
        Tarique

  3. Some work in progress on bodhgaya
    NEED SUGGESTIONS COPIED FROM WEB BUT LANGUAGE WILL BE MINE

    Seat of Enlightenment: The Diamond Throne, Vajrasana.
    “Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. It is a place which should be visited or seen by a person of devotion and which would cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence”.
    Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha-to-be, had been dwelling on the banks of the Nairanjana River with five ascetic followers for six years practicing austerities. Realising that austerities could not lead to realisation he abandoned them. His five ascetic companions disgusted at his seeming failure, deserted him and left for Sarnath.
    He then moved towards the village of Senani where he was offered rice milk by a Brahmin girl, Sujata. Accepting from a grass-cutter a gift of kusa grass for a mat, the Bodhisattva took a seat under a pipal tree facing east. Here he resolved not to rise again until enlightenment was attained.

    “Here on this seat my body may shrivel up,
    my skin, my bones, my flesh may dissolve,
    but my body will not move from this seat
    until I have attained Enlightenment,
    so difficult to obtain in the course of many kalpas”.
    As Gautama sat in deep meditation, Mara, Lord of Illusion, perceiving that his power was about to be broken, rushed to distract him from his purpose. The Bodhisattva touched the earth, calling it to bear witness the countless lifetimes of virtue that had led him to this place of enlightenment. When the earth shook, confirming the truth of Gautama’s words, Mara unleashed his army of demons. In the epic battle that ensued, Gautama’s wisdom broke through the illusions and the power of his compassion transformed the demons’ weapons into flowers and Mara and all his forces fled in disarray.
    Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indianstate of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment (Pali: bodhi) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.[2] Since antiquity, Bodh Gaya has remained the object of pilgrimage and veneration for both Hindus and Buddhists.[3]
    For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha,[citation needed] the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[4]

    1. Hey,

      Good content, but I think that the story about Gautam Budha can be simplified. Most people would not know about the names of rivers and villages in India.

      1. I got your point .There are too many villages so let me discuss two rivers one Falgu River and Sone which used have the longest bridge.I will discuss about Shersah’s tomb in Sasaram. Then if you allow then Raajgir and Mahaveer, The founder of Jainism.
        Regards
        Tarique

        1. Hey Why can’t you create an FB profile so that we can be friends on the Facebook .Your work i am doing with full enthusiasm .

          Regards
          Tarique

          1. Hi Tarique,

            I’m not a big fan of Facebook for a variety of reasons.

            We sadly live in a digitally connected world, yet disconnected with ourselves because we get excited to know about other people’s lives on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. Above all, people live such fake lives on Facebook that it can be painful and irritating; all that targeted advertising is icing on the cake 😀

            So, trying out a balanced approach with this website. Not saying no to any social media connections, but I do not see any value in it.

            Regards,

            Aiena.

  4. Sorry I failed to notice your views about social media.
    You are right in fact what i myself felt that people do look into others more still we find some good childhood friends but then its okay its your life and you are correct .very few appreciate it.

    tarique

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