“Adipoli!”, says Nikolay Timoshchuk Jr. The American who stop his job as a college instructor final 12 months to journey the world to “enlighten” folks about “what a wonderful world it is that we live in”, is euphoric that his YouTube channel Back2Life has hit 1 lakh subscribers.
Nikolay, who has been in Kerala for the previous 45 days, feels that it’s in all probability his coverage of not following a script “as it feels fake” that has gained him the hearts of netizens. “What you see on screen is my immediate reaction when visiting a place, meeting a person or trying a new dish.”
And so, if a video of him eating at YouTuber Sameera Nizarudin’s dwelling within the metropolis bought him 1,05,872 views, his put up on a KSTRC bus experience from Wayanad to Kozhikode fetched him 2,32,715 clicks and one on a head therapeutic massage at a road in Kozhikode 2,61,874 views.
The traveller, who has lined 10 nations, together with Hawaii, Bali, Italy and Sri Lanka to this point, says that he finds Malayalis heat and welcoming.
As somebody who believes in “going with the flow”, Nikolay says he’s lucky to have skilled so many fantastic issues whereas visiting Kerala, “right from heading to a stranger’s house for breakfast upon landing in an unknown country, cheering for Kerala Blasters at a match in Kochi to exploring the glorious food at Kozhikode and spending time at an old age home.”
- The meet-up on Wednesday noticed a big group of kids on the seaside. Subin S Kumar has been following Nikolay’s travels proper from Kozhikode to Thiruvananthapuram on YouTube. “Unlike most foreigners, Nikolay indulges in conversations with the locals. The joy when he meets a new person, greets them in Malayalam, tries out a new dish, visits a new sight…it’s all well captured. I live near Kovalam and knew that the Kovalam beach would be featured in his travelogue once he reached Thiruvananthapuram. One evening, while out with my wife at the beach, we bumped into Nikolay at the lighthouse. I was so happy to meet him,” says Subin, a pharmacist.
- Faculty college students Vivek KB, Thara Anjali and Varsha Vasudevan say that they noticed a put up on Instagram and determined to attend the occasion in order that they may do their bit to wash the seaside.
- Paula Almeda, who’s within the metropolis on a vacation, learnt in regards to the seaside clean-up by way of a good friend. Paula, who lives in Spain, says she likes to volunteer for beach-cleaning. “I have already done it in Vietnam and Cambodia and now in India. I am part of a volunteer programme in my town to clean beaches. If everyone spent an hour a day cleaning the beach, the ocean would eventually become clean. So, it is a case of creating awareness not to throw things in, but also, to take things out.”
Nikolay says he believes that the easiest way to discover the tradition of a spot is thru the native folks, consuming their meals and talking their language. “Folks appear to be tickled pink after I tackle them in my rudimentary Malayalam. After I wore a mundu in Alappuzha, I had autorickshaw drivers complementing me.”
The 26-year-old grins when he says he has a big Malayali fan following on his channel. “In fact, many of them leave comments in Malayalam on my page, which I get translated by friends. Some of them leave suggestions on what to see next,” Nikolay says.
When he started receiving requests from his Malayali followers for a meet-up, he determined to carry one at Shanghumugham seaside.
“I have been to a lot of beaches since I came here and when I came to Shanghumugham, I was disheartened to see the garbage strewn around. I have a voice right now in Kerala thanks to my YouTube channel and I wanted to do my bit. Why should this trash prevent people from using the beach as a tourist spot? The crowd that gathered at the meet-up is a young one; that’s the next generation and so why not get these kids focussed on what matters? I hope that this builds a platform to educate and empower people to make a difference,” says Nikolay, who will probably be travelling to Tamil Nadu subsequent.