My friendship with Medhavi is the most unique. It’s strange that I made a life long friend as soon as I started chatting with her at the height of 14,000 feet at Roopkund trek. She turned out to be a kindered spirit. As good as my female version! I was shocked to discover that we shared same passions for travel, same hunger for adventure, same disdain for marriage and routine corporate life and even the same zodiac sign. We even cracked similar jokes on the same person. Our secret modus operandi to manage more travels in a year also turned out to be eerily similar. Surprisingly our dress code is also the same in this only picture of ours. I respect and admire her audacity and courage when its comes to travel. She has amazing fitness level, thanks to her passion for sports, notably, Badminton. I often tease her by calling her ‘Badminton Legs’..
Medhavi’s amazing sense of humor cracks me up. It’s uncommon to find a girl with a funny bone. We discuss travel only. (We talk in jokes!) When I asked her the kind of money you spend on expensive trekking in India , you could have done a trip across the world! To this, she replied nonchalantly, “The world can wait, my country is so beautiful. I want to enjoy its beauty first!” I agree with this viewpoint since I also think like this.
She is very courageous and most of her trips are solo in inaccessible and remote parts of the country. She has been very modest and never made any brouhaha about traveling solo. The fearless person that she is, she is never shy to try a new adventure. More than fearing the adventure, she likes to take the bull by horn and perceive it as a challenge than a threat! I have seen her beating both men and women when she is up for a challenge. When she is not climbing mountains, she’s her girly self. She will go to spa, eat cheesecakes at 5 star cafes, go to brunches; all of which I can’t stand! These are the only modern urban frills she does otherwise she is very unmaterialistic like me. She will anyday prefer a trek over an iphone! Without second thoughts!
She is an inspiration to all the travelers (Not just women). I am proud to be friends with one of the most adventurous, fit and funny person I have ever known.
Priyanka Balwa says.. "She lives to travel, she is always on the go to find the next best adventure"
Medhavi is what you'd get if you google search "woman who is practical, wild, rebellious yet emotionally sensitive"
She is an explorer in the truest sense. From food to people to places to hobbies to sports - she is always on the go to find the next best adventure.
That doesn't let her be any less of a grounded person.
She lives to travel. If today she is partying at a virgin beach, tomorrow she could be at an obscure-out-of-coverage-freezing-beyond-human-tolerance-high-mountains.
Wherever she goes, she collects memories and friends.
If you have already pictured her as a hippie, you are in for a surprise. She wears her super geeky IT professional pants to pay her bills and inspite of so much happening in life, manages to be pretty damn good at it as well.
All in all, she is a power house and truly personifies a strong, independent woman who lives life on her own terms.
Medhavi, keep exploring and never let that flame die.
Love you :*
Dhiraj Padnani says.. "One of the long-pending items on my bucket-list is to experience a fraction of adventures lived by Medhavi"
The thought of writing a testimonial for Medhavi is exciting as well as overwhelming, primarily because am unsure if I'll be able to do justice to her multifaceted personality. She is someone who could go on an exploration with Mike Horn or Bear Grylls and would narrate about her experiences as just another thing. Her passion for traveling, her zest as an explorer, her relentless strive to conquer summits, her affection towards nature - are evident in the way she meticulously juggles her time between work, travel, family and friends.
My earliest memories of Medhavi is of our college days as a candid, open-minded, focused and a go-getter person. Fast forward a couple of years into software industry, its great to see her efficiently utilize long weekends and holidays to pursue her passion as a traveler. I have always been impressed by her attitude towards life, her adaptability to difficult treks and her ability to navigate new places as a local. I have seen her maintain her composure and make the best out of - a flat tire, a missed flight and a delayed ascent to a summit.
Its often said - 'Life is what you make it' and Medhavi is a great example of this profound realization. One of the long-pending items on my bucket-list is to experience a fraction of adventures lived by Medhavi and I hope someday am able to narrate my travel experiences with a similar spark she exuberates. I wish her luck in her journey to fulfill her quest for next adventure.