Category: Where in blazes was Teja?

There are many ways you can slice and dice the world. ‘Geography’ sounds like it ought to be a precise subject, but it is not.

I learned about our world through science, human history, sociology, politics, as well as literature – whether written or coded in culture. So in my head, I do not always classify stories using its present day country boundaries.

Sometimes it is the ecological boundaries that matter. For instance, ‘Atacama desert’ is its own geography, despite being classed under ‘Chile’. The people who have their ethnic history grown from there, are distinct for it. Similarly, sometimes it is the language boundaries that matter, or a common religious history. And sometimes, it is the country boundaries of hundreds of years ago, that matter.

Today’s national boundaries are often too young, and too superficial, to be relevant to a story.

Indeed, most of us living in a state government paradigm – especially the urbanites – can’t imagine a world where this demarcation did not exist.

But, rural areas at the edges of administration still can. In many places of the world they still live in the rhythms of life passed down from thousands of years ago, governed mainly by the limits set by nature and not man. What does it matter to someone living in the jungles of Borneo, if he is crossing from ‘Malaysia’ to ‘Indonesia’ along the highland paths his ancestors crossed as part of his same jungle country?

I mean, do I need a visa or what

:) Ah, yes. Political entity. So you’d know which state governs the systems and logistics of the location.

Yes. So I categorise the content on this webpage by ‘country’ – as in, political entities. Click the images for stories and guides for each one.

View down a Canal in Den Haag, Netherlands | Netherlands travel Pinterest board cover image
Balinese dancer statuette | Indonesia travel Pinterest board image
Valley of the Moon, Atacama Desert, Chile | Chile travel Pinterest board image
We have made you into nations and tribes so that you might come to know one another.


Looking up to the chandelier of Kampung Kling mosque, Malacca. 2

The Tomb of the Underrated Legend near Malacca's Harmony Street

Harmony Street lies within Malacca’s UNESCO Heritage City zone. Its actual name is Jalan Tukang Emas, which translates to ‘Goldsmith Street’. It attained its moniker ‘Harmony’ street, due to the neighbourly co-presence of multiple places of worship from different faiths....

Article 'I Went to Kashmir after its Autonomy was Revoked' on travel blog Teja on the Horizon | Sun obscured by hazy cloud with its light reflecting matte on the surface of Nigeen Lake, Kashmir 2

I Went to Kashmir After Its Autonomy Was Revoked

I went to Srinagar in September 2019, when Kashmir was still in turmoil. On 5 August, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP-led government had suddenly and unilaterally revoked Article 370 in the Indian Constitution. At the time, I...

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