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Online travel journal explores Delhi
VANDANA SEBASTIAN  14th Mar 2011

One of the shots at Nehru Park

Whether you're passing through Delhi on a business trip or whether you've lived here all your life, you'll never know enough about this glorious city. This is why Delhi is the first city to be featured in Bring Home Stories, a newly-launched online travel video journal. The travel journal focuses on exploring places through the eyes of two people — a local from the area and a foreigner.

The website tries not to be a clichéd travel guide that focuses on historical monuments and popular eating joints. It delves into slightly more out-of-the-box Delhi experiences, like getting visiting cards made, enjoying the sights at Nehru Park and trying out the roadside fruit chaat, which according to the website is a healthier, tastier option than aloo chaat or golgappas.

The website has an online travel show called My 24 Hours, where two people explore Delhi. The show is non-scripted and spontaneous, which makes it both informal and natural. Bring Home Stories was started by Sapna Bhatia, a freelance journalist and globetrotter. "People don't know much about the real India. Most travel guides are outdated and colloquial. For example, they describe monuments and festivals in a way that expects the reader to already know the basics of the city's history and traditions. But when a person is visiting, especially from abroad, they will in most cases not be aware of the city's history. Bring Home Stories was started to be a fun way to learn about the place you're visiting," says Bhatia.

Bhatia and her staff have been working hard on the project since its inception last month. They also have freelancers who contribute. Readers can also contribute by writing in about their experiences. The journal also helps locals know more about their city. There are a couple of unique shops in Delhi featured on the website with location details. "We decided to showcase Delhi first because it's the only city with such a rich history spanning over 5000 years," says Bhatia.

 
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