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Sometime last year Vid penned a post on 10 Things You Don’t Know About Us – he thought he’d take advantage of my being away and pen lots of embarrassing facts about me. It went on to become one of the most popular articles on our website and so many of you have been asking for another post on those lines πŸ™‚

Well it’s finally here. Only this time we’re doing it slightly differently – I’m writing 5 things you don’t know about Vid and Vid’s penning 5 things you don’t know about me. He’s promised me he won’t be mean – we’ll see how that goes πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy 10 Things You Don’t Know About Us – Part Deux

5 Things You Don’t Know About Vid

 

1) The secret about Vid’s fangirls

Let me kick this off with something that makes Vid blush tomato red.

If you’ve been reading Bruised Passports for a while, you probably know both of us are passionate about women’s education and equality. Both of us firmly believe that truly happy relationships can exist only when one celebrates individuality and questions (and bins!) stereotypes based on gender. Neither of us ‘wears the pants in the family’ (yep, that’s one stereotype we loathe!) – we take all decisions together πŸ™‚

Now I know feminist men are all the trend these days, ever since Justin Trudeau spoke about it (love him!). But here at Bruised Passports we’ve been seeing that trend ever since 2013. Back in 2013, we made Bruised Passports’ first ever video and I called Vid a feminist. We got lots of fan-mail from teenage girls addressed to him after that. So cute πŸ™‚

3 years later that adjective still holds true – any of our friends/family will tell you this, Vid can often be found getting into discussions and arguments while questioning sexist remarks and contesting patriarchal stereotypes – I really respect him for it and seems like I’m not the only one πŸ™‚ Even today, a lot of the young readers we meet want a photo with Vid and they’ll always tell him they love him for being a vociferous feminist! Yay!

Here’s the video I’m talking about:

 

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If you didn’t know already, we hate sexist stereotypes – true happiness can’t co-exist with gender biases πŸ™‚

 

2) Vid’s love affair with photography

If Vid’s family could change one thing about him – it would have to be his restless nature! Vid can’t sit still in one place for more than 10 minutes – you’ll find him pacing up and down rooms looking for things to do.Β 

But all that changes when he has a camera in hand – he can stay still for 2 hours to make a 10 second long time lapse video, he can sit outside in extreme temperatures (think -30Β°C at the Arctic Circle!) to get that perfect shot of the sunset…. the list goes on!!

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The night sky over Lake Wanaka – one of Vid’s favourite shots, for which he stayed out for the better part of a night

 

3) Vid’s the party clown

If you’re looking for giggles – Vid’s your person! In fact he’s infamous amongst our friends for saying the most absurd things with a straight face.Β 

This spells trouble for people who meet him for the first time because they always take his jokes at face value. Ergo I need to carry around a disclaimer stating ‘Take everything he says with a pinch of salt’ whenever we meet a bunch of new people. It’s not a fun job!!

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Class AΒ goofball

 

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Vid – always the one clowning around! πŸ˜‰

 

4) Vid and I are constantly bartering household duties

I know it’s probably considered good practice to be able to do everything oneself but Vid and I are constantly bartering household duties when we live in a house – I love cooking and hate ironing – Vid irons, I cook. Β Vid shops for groceries, I vacuum the house. The list goes on. But we take turns at washing laundry – that’s one barter I haven’t been able to settle in my favour YET! It’s an ongoing project πŸ˜‰

 

5) Vid’s a shiny disco ball – of optimism!

It’s no secret. Both of us are glass half-full kinda people. But I won’t lie – it doesn’t take much to get me down in the dumps. If you’ve been following Bruised Passports for a couple of years, you’d know I was plunged into an abyss of darkness when my dad (he was my best friend!) passed away. For a year, I couldn’t even talk about it or get myself to go back to work. My recovery took really long, but Vid nursed me back to health like one does a baby. Every single day he’d tell me to value what I have – amazing friends, a gorgeous family, a job I love – instead of plunging myself deeper and deeper into grief. Thanks to his outlook towards life, I find myself getting better and better every day. Vid makes me see the light at the end of the tunnel every single day!!

It’s true – nobody’s life is perfect. But it’s better to concentrate on the good bits, leave out the negativity and clutter that seem to define modern life, and celebrate the everyday πŸ™‚

Let me give you an example! On our recent road trip to Ladakh, there were many days when it tookΒ us over 12 hours just to drive 200 kms. All along the way, there were traffic jams and barely-there roads but then there were spectacular views too. This is pretty representative of life itself – look to the left and there are traffic jams and muck, look to the right and there’s gorgeosity. Life is truly what you make of it – Niggles come and go, optimism and smiles last πŸ™‚Β 

Perspective - a crazy traffic jam or gorgeous panoramas. What do you see?
Perspective – a crazy traffic jam or gorgeous panoramas. What do you see?

 

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You create your own happiness

 

I’ll let Vid take over from here – remember point 4? I think you’ll get a lot of it soon πŸ˜‰

 

5 Things You Don’t Know About Savi

 

1) Savi’s vocabulary is….errr…

Teehee – I can see all of Savi’s friends nodding their heads right about now. Savi uses the longest words while having conversations and writing. It amuses her friends (and me!) to no end. I blame it on years of studying English Literature.Β 

In her world, it’s never ‘drunk’, always ‘inebriated’, it’s never ‘middle-class’, always ‘bourgeois’, it isn’t ‘repeat’ but ‘regurgitate’…. I could go on. I always need to proof-read blog posts on Bruised Passports in public interest – to weed out all the long words in order to make them readable.

She’s learning to reign it in but a short word is always followed by a cheeky “see I’m using short words” grin. There’s also no guarantee for the lapses that follow a drink or two. What do I tell you? The inebriated bourgeois starts regurgitating her favourite long words after a beer (sorry Savi, couldn’t help it) :-pΒ 

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Always poring over a book -grrr!

 

2) Savi doesn’t like expensive gifts but…

If you know the story about our $5 engagements rings, then you probably know about Savi’s disdain for expensive gifts. But she always asks for the craziest gifts – coupons for trolley rides around airports. Seriously who needs those? I still don’t know how I get blackmailed into it every single time!! Let me dig up a super old photo for you:

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The things I have to do to stay married to this girl πŸ˜‰ She dislikes diamonds but wants a ‘trolley ride’ around the airport before EVERY flight. Sigh!

 

3) Bruised Passports is the way it is because ofΒ thisΒ elf

Savi’s the most conscientious worker in the world. I click photos for our website, manage our Facebook page, and help with the technical end of things but Bruised Passports is what it is because of Savi. She works so hard on all aspects and refuses to sacrifice our social media schedule or publishing articles for anything in the world. She can’t “let it be” – that phrase doesn’t exist in her dictionary. Instead she’ll fret, worry, burn the midnight oil, and somehow finish everything. Why? Because a missed post means a red blotch on the Excel sheet in her mind. Once a teacher, always a teacher πŸ˜‰ This might be why she finished her PhD in just 3 years, much to everyone’s surprise!

All jokes apart, I’m so proud of her of being the perfect boss but I won’t lie – her conscientious behaviour amuses me to no end sometimes. Especially when she’s standing in the middle of a remote desert, wrinkling her nose and looking to the heavens for….. mobile connectivity, so she can upload an article or social media post on time πŸ˜‰ Guffaws follow, I can’t help it

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Geek alert πŸ˜‰

 

4) SaviΒ loves naps

I think if Savi was born in Spain, she’d be a professional siesta-er (if there be such a thing!). She loves her naps and I find her crawling into bed most afternoons, irrespective of where we are! That’s not all – no sooner has an airplane or car started moving, Savi’s a-sleeeeeeeep!!

 

Professional napper alert!
Professional napper alert!

 

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She’s even got a tee to profess her love!!

 

5) Savi lives in a fairy tale and makes sure everyone around her does too

It’s time for a storyΒ πŸ˜€Β 

This one is about a li’l thing but one that is reflective of our take on life itself, so I thought I thought I’d share it with you. We often get asked how we end up in fairytale scenarios in life. Well this is how…

A few months ago, we rented our car to explore Latvia. On our last day there, we drove through our favourite stretches of the Latvian countryside. Mid-way, we spotted this magical woodland andΒ decided to drive in there for a picnic. If I was left to my own devices, I would’ve just slapped sandwiches on a rug and feasted on them.Β But Savi dragged me for a rambly walk through woodland lanes dripping with wildflowers and berries, collected wildflowers, and arranged a picnic spread between prancing with wild squirrels. I put on some songs and VOILÁ a picture-perfect picnic.

 

To LIVE THE DREAM, you don’t need a lot of money or luck – you just need INCLINATION & TIME (and a dreamy-eyed girl hellbent on dancing with unicorns!). Then you can create your own fairy tale – just make sure it’s based on happiness and equality!Β πŸ™‚

 

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Picture-perfect picnic – there’s a secret to fairy-tale scenarios!

 

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You make your own fairytaleΒ πŸ™‚

 

That’s it – 10 more things you didn’t know about us. We hope you enjoyed reading this post. We LOVE hearing from you – Tell us one thing about yourself in the comments below πŸ™‚

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Want to know even more about us?

  1. Read Part I – 10 Things You Don’t Know About Us
  2. Check out Who Are Savi and Vid πŸ™‚
  3. We answered all YOUR questions in this post
  4. Savi wrote about her goals in life in this postΒ 
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73 thoughts on “10 Things You Don’t Know About Us – Part Deux

  1. Loved this one too! Though after meeting you two, I could guess few things mentioned here. Savi, you are my favourite. I see a bit of my reflection in you or maybe vice versa. Though my husband is totally opposite of what Vid is. He is very stable, calm and patient and realistic. I wish he could meet you but he had to travel so maybe next time. Keep smiling. Believe in fairy tales. Travel and take us along. I love you guys.

    1. No problem Surabhi – we’ll definitely meet super soon. It was so amazing seeing you at the Delhi meetup – as I said that day, your comments light up my day. Much love πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Savi and Vid,
    It was lovely reading the post and knowing you . My better half and me too work together and there is so much to relate to. We too are planning a Road Trip this October, after reading your Blog. Thank you inspiring.

    1. Thanks Pamela – it’s quite crazy working together eh πŸ˜‰ Do send us photos from your road trip in October – we’d love to share them with our readers

  3. Loved knowing more about you guys!
    About me one thing is that I love bruisedpassports. Been quite following you guys since long now. And your Lapland trip posts are my favourite and it’s on my bucket list too. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Cherry – awww thank you so much for that. So happy to hear that and we hope you make it to Lapland super soon πŸ™‚

  4. I’m very new to ‘Bruised Passports’ but I m kinda addicted to you both now. After my work is done, the only blog that’s open in another tab is “Bruised passport”. N I must say U both are simply waoo… Savi is a doll. N m fan of her dressing senses…!! & Vid.. ??? Love u both… <3

    1. Thanks a million Akanksha – so happy to hear that. Welcome to the Bruised Passports family – I really hope you continue to enjoy our adventures around the world πŸ™‚

  5. Fabulous! You guys are so cute together πŸ™‚ Hope everyone has the same perspective towards life. Travelling teaches you a whole lot of new things. I read all of your posts which are so fascinating wanting me and my husband to go to each place to experience all of it. Keep inspiring people to travel so that they have less time for their minds to wander away. There is always that road less traveled which has made all the difference. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Kavya – travelling sure teaches one a whole lot of stuff. So happy to hear that our posts inspire you two to explore new places – yay πŸ™‚

  6. Hey Sav & Vid.. You guys are adorable & I love the take you have on travel.. Also I should admit that you have passed the travel bug to me.. Cheers!

    1. Thanks a ton – we’re SO happy we’ve managed to pass on the travel bug to you -yay, mission accomplished πŸ™‚

  7. I absolutely love this! Savi, you remind me of me and Vid of my partner. Our goal is to travel like this…one day *sigh*

    1. Thanks a lot Kellie – my favourite part about blogging is connecting with like-minded souls across the world, so I’m really happy you stumbled on Bruised Passports. I hope you two get to travel TONS super soon πŸ™‚

  8. Point no. 1 about Savi is absolutely TRUE! And Vid, fantastic photography! Great post, superb blog, two lovely people!

    1. I KNEW her friends would agree with Point no. 1 πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much – both of us LOVE hearing from you πŸ™‚

  9. Savi you’re a doll. Like you even I didn’t get a diamond for my wedding, I traded it for a trip instead and have been doing this for past 4 years we got married. A trolley ride is a better idea over a diamond anyday. I am gonna try this one on my next trip ?

    1. Thanks Kamakshi – high five for being the different ones πŸ™‚ Trolley rides come highly recommended from me – you need to try them!

  10. This post is so so cute and mushy Savi and Vid. I am reading your blog from last couple of years and in love with it.
    I want to try your itinerary for German Alps road trip very soon.
    You both are amazing together and I totally believe having an out of the world partner takes life to different level. I am glad to say I am lucky in that way (blessed with an amazing boy friend errrrr husband now πŸ™‚

    Loads of love and wishes for both of you.

    1. Thanks a ton Shefali. I agree with you – having an equally crazy partner in crime makes life so much more fun πŸ™‚ Do send us photos when you visit the German Alps

  11. Hey Guys, thank you! One a crappy weekday morning, knowing you could be heading for trouble at work! This blog, you guys and especially this particular post makes this bourgeois girl inebriated with happiness (if i have said this right)!

    But work isn’t all thats about me (thankfully!). I find my daily dose of inspiration in blogs like yours. Enough to turn my workaholic boy (& me) into travel smitten kittens! With crazy work schedules and life in a city like London we managed to see 6 countries in one year. So you are spot on with inspiration! πŸ™‚

    Here’s wishing you both many more travels and highways strewn with happiness, love, joy!
    Vidhu

    PS: Vid, you are a brilliant photographer – those pictures play an integral role in deciding our next stop!

    1. Hehe thanks Vidhu – I know I need to show your comment to Savi. We’re so happy to hear you managed to visit 6 new countries last year. Yay. That’s our mission accomplished then πŸ˜‰ I hope all is well in London town – we miss it so!

  12. I’ve read your blog since the very beginning. And I’m now a resident doctor with nil free time who loves traveling. Such a bad combination. However, your posts keep me a little bit sane. Vicarious traveling, love you guys to bits!

    1. Hey Neerja – thanks for being there with Bruised Passports since the very beginning. We always love hearing from you πŸ™‚ PS thank you for all the love

  13. You guys are unique in yr way , awesomely loving , it’s getting addicted to read yr blog , feels with smile and peace , how blessed you guys to live this picture perfect life , then realise the efforts , hard work , passion behind this . This fairytale life is not gifted but designed and created by you guys with vision focus , planning , patience and dedication. You guys are truly a star blessed by God. Savi it’s so positive to see any of ur pics , it refreshes and lighten up the mood , u smile like Angel , a naughty one , but full of life , as Vid revels there is a workaholic girl behind the face of carefree girl , love you a lot , Did you are truly a good example in our Indian society , very few can be so favorable to feminine , I liked yrs association , keep travelling and making every bit of life.

    1. Thanks a ton for your little note Sonali πŸ™‚ So happy to hear you enjoy reading our blog – we love having you along for the ride

  14. It was wonderful knowing all this about you guys, now I love you even more! πŸ™‚ It is always a delight to come across feminist men, and I must say I respect Vid a lot more for that. Savi, I simply love the way you write (inebriated bourgeois?! πŸ˜€ ) and I feel your words bring Vid’s excellent photography to life. I look forward as much to reading your posts as much as I do to Vid’s photography.
    One thing about myself: I really wanted to study English literature, but ended up pursuing my love for science and becoming an engineer. But I remain a voracious reader and I love Jane Austen and Wodehouse. Savi, I’d love to know what your favourites are. πŸ™‚
    P.S: I SO wish I lived in Delhi so I could meet you guys in person. I really hope you come to Bangalore sometime! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a ton Ramya – yay. I belong to the school of thought that believes one can create magic with the playthings that are words πŸ™‚ I love Austen too but some of my favourites include Virginia Woolf, Murakami, and Kafka πŸ™‚

  15. Great Post Savi and Vid.
    Savi’s Vocab is something I always notice while reading your post its amazing and inspiring to read more and more.
    and Vid’s Photography is something i look upto and wonder how do you get such a blue sky always πŸ™‚

    You are an inspiration and Couple Goals to be.

    Thanks and continue to travel.

    1. Hey Neha – thanks a million πŸ™‚ I always wait for blue skies – they make everything look so much better πŸ˜€

  16. Hey guys – your posts always result in a smile! This inside peek “Part Deux” of each others personality and quirks on the road is no exception. I know it’s a ton of work to keep this blog going….but keep going! We need your energy, enthusiasm, and great writing and photography to brighten our spirits especially on rather mundane days.

    1. Thanks a ton for your little note Deborah – so happy to hear you enjoy reading Bruised Passports. Yay πŸ™‚

  17. Hi Savi/Vid ,

    Theres a famous dialogue from one of mohanalal movies ( malayalam)
    “Vayasaam kalathu chaaru kaserayil irinnu orkan kore madhura smaranakal vekkanam”

    means – While we are healthy , we should be keen to create wonderful memories to cherish while we are at our old age , relaxing on a recliner chair πŸ™‚

    I am sure this makes absolute sense in your lives. Happy to see you two smiling . Gorgeous couple πŸ™‚
    Stunning photography Vid πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a ton for your li’l note Prem- we completely agree with that quote, which is why we prioritise experiences over all else πŸ˜€

  18. OMG…this is the 1st post I’ve read of bruised passports and I know what’s coming my way. It always makes me super happy when I see people love their dreams and life they want to πŸ™‚ and the line stuck on my mind is “you create your own happiness” you both are fabulous and are in perfect union with the universal source of love. Much love to u guys….<3
    Now I'm gonna sit and read all of your posts the entire day πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Komal – your little note made us so happy. Thank you so much for all the love – we hope you continue to enjoy Bruised Passports and follow our adventures around the world. Love and hugs, Savi and Vid

  19. Wow I am so glad I came upon your website trying to google a road trip to Spain.
    It’s nice to see people enjoying life & making their travel dreams come true.
    It sure seems like you both compliment each other with her words & your photography.
    Love your zest for life keep living your own fairytale life.
    Keep posting I will look forward to reading?

  20. I am so glad I came across your websit while trying to google for a road trip to Spain.
    It’s so nice to see people enjoying life & living their travel dreams.
    You both compliment each other she with her words & you with you photography.
    Love your zest for life,Keep living your fairytale life & keep posting.
    I will keep reading?

    1. Thanks a million Poonam – so happy you stumbled upon our website. Do follow our adventures on Facebook and Instagram too πŸ™‚

  21. Guys.. U got a new lover. In fact, two. We are your true fans n always dreamt of our lives to be the synonyms of travel, love and fun. But unfortunately, we are confined. πŸ™

  22. Hi Savi n Vid,
    So I’ve been seeing your pics for a while now and they rmare just awesome! Always wondered how you maintain that tempo…
    And then I read this and the things that make the two of you SaviVid!!!
    I’d been going through a rough phase in identifying with the girl I wanted to marry, and after I read this post I saw the truth, you’ve got to be crazy for n with each other and always ready to pull n push each other towards greatness. That is what makes so much chemistry between two individuals that exists despite all the storms in the sea! And I’m glad that reading this, I know I made the right call to wait for that right person to come along!!!!
    Thanks guys for sharing this about you! I’m very happy! Keep the travels awesome! And keep yourselves awesome too! Peace!!!

    1. Thanks for your little note Anshuman – absolutely you’ve got to look for happiness, nay euphoria in relationships. Nothing else should do. It isn’t the place to make compromises πŸ™‚

  23. Hey Vid & savi,

    I randomly came across through @ bruised passports while planning for a road trip to Devon & Cornwall and since that day there is no looking back. I follow you everywhere πŸ˜‰ I love reading your Blogs and its feels so amazing to learn more about the two of you. Vid, I love your Photography and Savi for the way she dresses up (Bright and Lovely). Perfect Combination. Would Love to meet you Guys πŸ™‚ I wish life surprises you in different ways and those surprises keep you happy and smiling always.I would love to work with you guys.

    Happy Life and

    1. Thanks a million for all the love Soniya – so happy to know you enjoy reading about our adventures. We loved hearing from you πŸ™‚

  24. You guys are so amazing!! I love the way u are supercool and making your own fairytales!! You are my favourite couple!! I admire you and wanna live a travelling and adventurous life just like you both?? Do make a plan for Punjab,, will love to meet you!!keep travelling,stay blessed always?

  25. I just started following your blog, love reading them, I love the way you both describe each other, you guys inspire me a lot and I want to use that for deciding how to live my future,thank you keep posting…??

  26. Point no 1 about Savi was so funny, I couldn’t stop laughing. πŸ˜€ I just love the two of you so much…Vid beind so warm and funny and Savi you are such an inspiration. Cheers to breaking stereotypes!! Looking forward to your upcoming posts.

    1. Hey Matrika,

      Thanks a lot πŸ™‚ Vid is such a riot – everyone around him knows that he is always joking πŸ˜‰

  27. Hi Savi, Hi Vid,
    I stumbled upon your profile on IG n instantly fell in love with you guys and what you’ll do.
    I’m just 21 n I love to travel and someday I hope to travel with my boyfriend, the way you guys do. You’ll are truly such an inspiration!

    XOXO

  28. Omg such a long list of comments that I had to scroll like for 30 secs to get to the leave a comment section πŸ˜€ ..I have been following ur insta handle and couple of blogs before I stumbled upon this article abt the very facts abt u guys !!

    I love the write ups “all of em” ..just inspires my wanderlust even more so much so that I wish to pen down mine too.. you guys please come to Kolkata once, as I hail from this part of our incredible country .

    Cheerio:)

    1. Thanks you so much for the lovely comment Debjani – we definitely hope to make it to Kolkata soon πŸ™‚

  29. The blogs you write, the pictures you upload, and the love that you both share are such treat to the eyes and the heart.I recently got married to this incredible man who is a mirror reflection of Vid. Sounds crazy right? I can so relate to the part where you guys do the household chores together and patriarchy never overshadows the feelings you have for each other. What amuses me more is Savy’s vocabulary ❀. I am an English Literature student and most of the time my husband whines about hurling literary jargons at him. Husbands are funny sometimes and too cute, right? I just followed your instagram handle and watched your vlog on Seychelles vacay( read the blog too). We are willing to visit Seychelles this November for honeymoon. Please let us know if it is a good idea to visit the island in November and keep spreading the warmth and love that you always do.

    Sending you best wishes and love all the way from Bangalore. πŸ™‚

    1. Dear Arpita,

      Congratulations on your wedding πŸ™‚ Life is even better when shared with a like-minded and compassionate person πŸ™‚

      So happy to hear that you enjoy our work. Seychelles will be great in November and you’ll definitely have the time of your lives.

      Have a great trip and do share photos when you get back.

      Much love
      Savi and Vid

  30. I just love the way you guys pen down things. You guys are unique and super special to me. Your blog is my travel Bible. I love reading your posts and showing your pictures to everyone interested in travel or photography. I love love love you guys!!!

  31. Wow guys, so genuine and so honest. I don’t know how do you embrace the realities so beautifully. Wish I could meet you guys someday!!
    Loved reading the article, I think my man is also like Vid *Lucky me*

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