"Ellan Vannin"

Before we go ahead, I’d like to do a group activity. So stretch your right hand out. And now your left hand. Now, rotate your hands so that your palms face each other. Now spread them apart a bit more. A little bit more. Aww….here’s a hug back for you. Welcome to my first ever travel post. And I’m pleased to have the lovely Sugandha host it on her gorgeous blog "Shades of Life"

I "met" Sugandha through a common writing group, and what inspired me most is her zeal for writing, and of course books. She's superbly easy to talk to  and is a bibliophile who finds time for reading, no matter how busy she gets. She says she's a sporadic blogger and can at times, not write anything for a week, but can also be found churning out quality posts back to back. Which frankly, I believe is the sign of a good writer. Unlike a lot of us writers, Sugandha is unusually quiet over social media, jumping in to mostly respond to a conversation. I personally think that she's just observing us crazy folks and trying to figure out which one of us to use as fodder for her next amazing post.  Ask her to describe herself, and she says "in her own words:

"I am wrong and I am right, I Crawl and I fly. I love and I hate, I live my life learning. I am what I am... A human with making"


Travelling is something that is very dear to me. Probably as much as both writing and photography are. So, when Sugandha told me that she’d like me to do a  guest travel post for her, on a place starting with the letter “I” (so it blended in with her A-to-Z challenge), I pondered over it for a few minutes. My mind had gone blank. And then I looked up, and glanced at my MacBook's wallpaper. There it was, literally screaming “Me, me…..talk about me!”. I smiled, and typed a “yes” to Sugandha and connected my hard drive up to get the photos that I required.

It was time to let the world know about one of the lesser known places in Europe - the beautiful and dynamic, Isle of Man.


Click here to read the rest of this post, and explore the magical Isle of Man here on Sungandha's blog. And don't forget to leave a comment. Either there or here.