Beep! Beep! With a resentful scowl, you mount to the banging of your alarm tone (after perhaps snoozing it for five sets of five minutes!). Having done your chores in a jiffy, you douse your breakfast with caffeine to buck up! Driving to work- you mentally truss yourself to face the challenges of the robotic day (Is that even a design day?). Back to back meetings, dealing with credit crunch crisis, scrutinizing over reports and skimming through your mails, pretending to stay content and energetic (No, it’s not a Monday I’m referring to!) . You open your social media, and see friends travelling the world. The 9 to 6 work shift is a forgotten concept as the overburden of work commitments take up whole of you than you could fathom. You forget everything as you survive through the heinous period of vulnerability.  And then the usual- you drive back home thinking about life, feeling trapped in a box, looking for inspiration around. You seek no support, but faces that dictate the same story as yours. Heart laden with despair you retired for the night. Tomorrow was a new day with the same offerings. You are far from Ricochet to the other end of the spectrum.

Waiting to reach the ripe old age of retirement to live the life you dreamt of (maybe).  Saving money, making plans of breaking out of the template! Now my mind is all boggled with questions. If the main idea is breaking away from a template, what is that template? Is it a single template that applies to our society? Or to our generation? Or to a certain aspect of life? Or does each individual person have their own template?

Hold it right there! Was this the life you signed up for? Not really. Then go out there and fulfill your hearts’ yearning. You only get fascinated to live by the motto “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” Are you wondering who fits the bill to sustain standing out? He could be an architect, an artist, an experience designer or just another individual with a grand plan. Being unstoppable gives one the liberty to escape the city space to experience a riot of sights, sounds and smells.

How does one let go of the plan bubble, and start? It all begins with revolutionizing your thought process. Steady those insecurities and get a grip on you and train the mind to stop succumbing to negative questions like, what if I don’t make it? Next on the agenda is- figuring out what works for you? (Well, there has to be something).  Happiness is not a project you’re dreading, it is the travel you are going to take up next. So stop postponing it and start doing things that make you happy. Venturing into something new every once in a while may rescue you from an anxious pitfall! Only a determined mind will be able to maneuver the vehicle around the roadblocks. So give yourself a pep talk and start practicing from now!

To become an enthusiast, one has to live a curious life- where learning has no end. More often, the worrisome act of paying bills makes you do a job you may not be enjoying. For starters decide between either seeking securities of the monthly pay check or take a risk and pursue your passion.  Stop looking for happiness only in the shopping mall. Those material possessions can give only fleeting happiness.  Toss those dimes wisely on experiences that you are going to tuck away in the treasury of your memories. Every once in a while do the unthinkable. Walking on unfamiliar terrain enhances creativity. Lastly! Don’t play by the rules and trust your instinct. I hope you have traced your route map!

dtours India brings together individuals who have defied the conventional patterns and chased after their dreams.  It is like a guide book inspiring people to improve the society, adapting from foreign lands. So what are you waiting for? You could be a rose rescuer in the garden of life. Stop inspecting about the highs and lows in life and start following your instinct! Give yourself the Zen time that you deserve.

                                  – Sanchita Chugh


With creative mind, pursuing different branches of design

Travelling in itself is a great way to learn and experience things, but when you travel solo, things are not so functional, there is a lot of burden on your mind- from deciding the accommodation or where to go or to figure out the transportation and during all this you waste a lot of time which could be utilized in learning and experiencing. Now imagine a hassle-free travel, nothing but the best is already lined up for you to experience, all you have to do is pack and leave. Travelling is truly the best teacher, there is arising learning curve at every step:

  • Before going (how would the weather be, what all places to visit)
  • While you are there (literally everything from food to clothes to language to culture, the smell)
  • After you’re done with the trip (going over everything that you experienced on the trip)

Now imagine People from various parts of the country, from similar or contrasting design fields with fresh perspectives and with a special eye to appreciate different things. Like, when you visit say for example Taj Mahal, the outcome of everybody’s visit would be individual like the fashion designer would tell you about the carvings on the stone, the architect would be amazed by how stable it was made in that era. The point is, everybody would have a different outcome from what they experienced and to talk about so many contrasting perspectives would just make you much more open minded, inspired and aware in an unforgettable manner.

Solo travel can take a toll sometimes and you’d be out in a conscious zone all the time. Travelling with a group of like-minded people with a tour organized by designers would fulfil all the things you want to do in a solo travel but with a safety net (the tour guide got your back all the time..!!)  and a tour plan that is put together by years of trial and testing. Hard to reach destinations, transportation, rules, access to places that would be difficult to figure out on your own and the best part somebody is always there to take your photograph.

Because, Eureka moments are real!

-Kritika Saigal


The Land of Surprises and Contrasts

Pack your bags and leave? Easier said than done! Heaps of documents, routing, visa- applications, permissions and what not! We were all committed to experience a place where tradition meets the cosmopolitan! It’s crazy, yet peaceful, it’s fast – paced, but relaxed. It’s just a magical city that will captivate you, and leave you enchanted. There’s always calm to be found amongst the chaos

Whether it’s the morning rush hour, brimming metro trains or the sea of neon lights and tightly packed skyscrapers, Japanese cities promise a feeling of belongingness. They’re densely populated hives of life and activity like nowhere else on earth – but these vast, sprawling urbanizations have far more to offer than meets the eye at first glance.

The nation who has brought you whacky inventions, capsule hotels, manga cafes, clothing shops for dogs, and cat shrines. The nation obsessed with cartoon characters, hello kitty, and anime. It is totally a sight to be reckoned with. Japan is definitely a country that’s moved forward without forgetting its heritage – and there’s nowhere better to appreciate that than any Japanese city. It’s a hard-working culture that knows how to tune-out

Unlike most cities in the world, an unmatchable sense of scheme can be established in many of Japan’s city streets. Design in every form has a strong vocabulary, hardly unnoticed. From a lonely bench in a secluded garden, to a manhole. From public consoles, to seats on the bullet train, everything narrates a thought. There is a sublime elegance, that stretches as far as the eye can go.

We cherished unknown wonders that were in store. The mighty wood museum, standing like a dream amongst snowcapped mountains makes a statement of its own.

Japan is a haven of such unknown wonders – be it within the confines of an art museum in Tokyo, providing aerial view of the city or an art site, whose context is decided by what already exists. That’s how the nation makes peace with everything that’s around. Yet at the same time, these experiences always feel quintessentially metamorphic. Wherever possible, Brutalism had a strong visual impact, which was nothing, but cold, and attractive. The geographical breadth of the Japanese archipelago is impressive, from packed cities like tokyo to islands dedicated to art like Naoshima

Dtours was already well-read about what japan had in store. Yet, the aesthetic appeal was unrealistic – from the modern minimalism of architect Tadao Ando’s concrete buildings, to the wabi-sabi philosophy that celebrates transience and imperfection as seen in Zen gardens.

Not a single stone has disappointed. Being fortunate enough to travel extensively across Japan, visiting far-flung art islands, modern museums, Tadao ando endeavors, cloud-brushing mountains, smaller cities – and meeting smiling faces, honest human beings and their mannerisms. There was so much to see and learn. A few incidents were so overpowering, that they felt too good to be true.

The itinerary did make an honest attempt to cover everything, a near-impossible feat in one week. It left a curated taste of the cultural richness and diversity Japan has to offer, with the goal of creating memories that linger long after flying home – starting, of course, with Tokyo.

Sanchita Chugh


an experience full of pinch-me moments

Having been on multiple dtours, i would like to divide this note into general learning from the dtours and specific learnings from the far east – particularly Japan and Seoul.

#learning from the dtour experience:-

  • How to absorb, how to understand, how to imbibe, how to be curious
  • Information is not learning, to see is to believe
  • The power of the collective, what can one do in a group can never be done alone – not in the same intensity not with the same intent
  • Beg, borrow, steal – go the distance – don’t give up
  • It is important to be an enthusiast
  • Energy, mental and physical – is 80% of the job
  • Outside one’s comfort zone –  that’s where the learning takes place
  • Eureka moments are real

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the best 5 best buildings of the japan tour

  1. Chichu Museum-Tadao Ando- subterranean to keep the sanctity of the island’s natural scape intact. Presence of two courtyards with dry and green landscape again reiterating that nature is part of art. Building was itself a work of art-the empty spaces to introspect, the quality of natural light, the mass and void relationship, the minimalistic vocabulary; it also participated in the representation of other art pieces. Complete experience design.
  2. Tama art University Library-Toyo Ito-extremely poetic in spatiality, mind boggling concept of structure and modularity, as dynamic as can be with each arch different and yet the same. Paradise for voracious readers.
  3. 21_21 Design Sight-Tadao Ando-scale and space-making felt extremely ‘correct’
  4. Archidepot-the very concept of displaying and storing models, very unusual concept but extremely relevant.
  5. Teshima Art Gallery-SANAA- it simply cannot get more fundamental than this. Essence of Japanese reverence towards nature exemplified best here.

Lena Gupta