I love the name these guys came up with. Well, the big bright banner you see on top is not (only) a crass attempt by me to exploit the commercial potential of the blog and surrender to the capitalist urges that ruin the media, but more on the lines of promoting an idea which I genuinely think is interesting and getting a small sum of money for it which might be enough for me to pay one of the sportswear companies for a pair of new shoes.
Anyway, because of complex tracking code issues and all, I won't put a direct link here. Secondly, I am sure that many of you have read about the concept elsewhere from bloggers who have put up the banners as well, before me because heck, they generate a damn lot more traffic than I do.
If you haven't and if you're an internet novice and came here (of all places) looking for something like this (thanks Google!), let me explain. The concept is simple, these guys give you 50 grand to travel on a circuit across certain touristy parts of the country. Anyway, you have to virtually liveblog the entire journey - which would be fun considering that there might be times that the only way to blog is to take advantage of mobile networks. Now, obviously, despite the fact that my company would fire me if I even applied for another day's leave in the next three years, I have applied because I genuinely think that the idea is interesting. And after the recent Kerala trip - I can assure you that you can live like a king for 50 grand in 15 days. Then again, in such a circuit you'll need to take buses and trains and not have a large, comfortable Utility Vehicles to trash about.
Now, given other online tools such as Flickr (which is in its Gamma testing phase and has gone beserk of late) and YouTube you can even post images and video of your trip, which would definately make the blog much more fun. Bandwidth will, I assume, be an issue from certain parts of the country, but the idfea is good.
Let me clarify, honestly, that I'm not writing a plug over here, I think the concept is interesting, but I don't quite know how it will work out. Anyway, click the ad, and find out more, trust me, its worth your while.