12 Travel lessons from the movie 'Qarib Qarib Singlle'

  • Qarib Qarib Singlle movieImage courtesy: indianexpress.com

    Did you watch the romcom film Qarib Qarib Singlle? Well, if your answer is yes, you’ll agree with the travel lessons mentioned below, or maybe even add a few more. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, no worries, we’ve got you the best moments from this comic flick. The story is about Viyogi (Irrfan Khan) and Jaya (Parvathy) who meet on an online dating site. They book their flight tickets and embark on an adventurous trip to meet their ex-lovers. Their fun-filled journey from Rishikesh through Alwar to Gangtok is sure to inspire the traveller within you.

    1. Journey is as important as the destination

    RishikeshWhen Viyogi and Jaya drive from Dehradun airport to Rishikesh, Jaya takes in the fresh mountain air and loses herself in the breathtaking vistas.

    This scene explains that you must stop being in a hurry to reach your destination but instead savour the journey delights.

    2. Try adventure sports

    River raftingAfter meeting Viyogi’s first ex-lover in Rishikesh, Viyogi and Jaya indulge in river-rafting - a ride of their lifetime.

    This scene encourages you to try out adrenaline-pumping activities and create everlasting memories.

    3. Travel gives a break from the city routine

    Lakshman JhulaRemember Viyogi says that you must travel in order to break the monotony of life? Well, without embarking on the trip, it wouldn’t have been possible for them to see this awe-inspiring view of Laxman Jhula.

    This scene urges you to take travel breaks so that you don’t miss out on the beauty of life.

    4. Experience spiritual bliss

    Ganga AartiIn Rishikesh, Viyogi and Jaya offer prayers to the holy river and find peace during Ganga Aarti.

    This scene depicts that no journey is complete without a spiritual experience.

    5. Scared of sleeping alone? Try chatting with your friends!

    Do you recall that scene where Viyogi is scared of sleeping alone in Rishikesh? Then, he dials Jaya’s number, who’s in the other room and talks to her until he falls asleep.

    This scene is relevant to those of you who face a similar problem like Viyogi. So, the next time you’re scared to sleep alone, chat with your friends...after all a friend in need is a friend indeed!

    6. Indulge in Heritage Trips

    Fairy Queen TrainImage courtesy: royalindiantrains.com

    Viyogi surprises Jaya with the Fairy Queen Train journey. This heritage engine runs between New Delhi and Alwar; it’s an experience of a lifetime.

    Well, this scene motivates you to add heritage trips to your bucket list and relive history.

    7. Try a different dish or a snack

    pakoda When Viyogi realises that there are only sandwiches in the Fairy Queen Train and no Indian snacks like pakoda, he gets off the train to buy them from the platform vendor. He tells Jaya that tea with pakoda is an ultimate treat.

    This scene emphasises that you must try something new on your trip like savouring the local cuisines rather than your regular diet.

    8. Go with the flow

    After getting down from the train to buy pakoda, Viyogi mistakenly enters the wrong train. But does he crib over it? No - instead he befriends the passengers on the train and begins to play cards with them.

    This scene explains that there would be times during your trip when things may not go as planned. So, the best thing you can do, is to go with the flow and enjoy what comes your way.

    9. Don’t miss a wildlife safari

    Wildlife safariJaya reaches Alwar and checks into the hotel, while Viyogi is struggling to reach in time, having taken the wrong train. She uses this time, to travel solo and indulge in wildlife safari where she befriends a foreigner.

    This scene shows that you must travel solo once in your lifetime and indulge in the popular activities the place has to offer.

    10. Not all experiences come at a cost

    Remember when Jaya accidentally slips over Viyogi, he falls to the ground facing the night sky. He’s awe-struck with the view of the star-studded sky.

    This scene depicts that you don’t need to spend money to experience the beauty of nature. Some of them come free of cost like taking a breezy walk along the beach, admiring the twinkling sky and taking in the smell of wet mud during the first rain.

    11. Travel clears your head

    Gangtok RopewayAt the end of the movie, when Viyogi realises that he doesn’t want to lose Jaya, he takes a ropeway to Gangtok. While savouring the panoramic view of Gangtok, he confesses his love to her on the ropeway.

    This scene explains that travel clears your head and helps you build life-long relationships: a friend or a life partner.

    12. Travel improves your personality

    Viyogi and Jaya get to know each other on this trip. They express to each other their individual areas of improvement, which would help them, live a better life. For Jaya, it means standing up for herself and expressing what she thinks and feels. On the other hand, for Viyogi, it means to stop being a self-obsessed person.

    This scene depicts that your travel experiences including the time spent with your companions, play an important role in shaping up your personality. As they say, travel changes you (for the best).

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