Saturday, April 22, 2017

When Time Goes Still ..!!

It's been a while since I last posted anything even though my life had been entirely a rollercoaster ride. This space is so generous to take me back despite me neglecting it all these while. I am glad that I have something that has accepted me the way I have been all these days and I can rant anything good or bad that I feel. I am so grateful to this blog for capturing all my moments and emotions and have been such a beautiful way of remembering the things. In these few days my life has changed completely and left me clueless. But just as I am trying to gather myself, I keep making even some more memories... the beautiful ones, the precious ones! That's more like a silver lining in between the darkness of clouds.

The thing that I have enjoyed the most apart from reading, is traveling. I guess I can travel throughout my life if I have the company I want. A desired company always makes a journey delightful! This experience is what provokes me to mention something about some of my previous trips.

The first trip to be mentioned is to Pondicherry. My third one! It all started when all of a sudden I got a message from my friend asking me to just go somewhere. Like all earlier times, we kept checking for places/ buses/ hotels and kept on rotating around the same options that we have all earlier times and could not decide. Then after lots of back forth we decided it to be Pondicherry. Train was booked under emergency and hotel was booked just the same day. But amongst all these chaos, we managed to get to the station on time, could plan the whole itinerary just on time. Like my friend says, we are getting better every time! To this, I will just tell you.. We will be perfect when we avoid these last moment decisions. But I agree, that's the fun!

Pondicherry is just amazing, the perfect blend of Indian and Western culture. I am such a fan of French architecture and cuisine and White Town there is just heaven for me! I don't mind not going to the sea or the ashram or any such spiritual place. For me.. for us, fun was just roaming around and gaze the sea waves for hours. From morning we would start from our cute little room and just roam around and explore... halt at Le Cafe and savor the yummy lasagna... talk about previous trips and other memories... search for other French joints to eat... walk around the entire French colony searching that place and finally enjoy a delicious lunch over some amazing drinks! Nothing would beat the flow, neither the heat nor the pain of walking around and the best part yet remained - when you come back tired and drained and yet you can feel the chilling air coming from the slight space of your hotel room! The rush to get inside and that moment was just crazy! The short power nap of two hours, in that chilling AC on top of an eventful day and a bit of alcohol in that cocktail, was just enough for us to come into form for the evening. The agenda for the evening remained pretty much same except that it became musical! We spent hours on the promenade crooning to some of our all time favorite songs. People were passing by, waves were coming and going, evening was setting by, the calmness was settling in and the songs just made the time stop! How I wish that moment to just go on and on!! We were lost, no worries, no tensions, no works, no stress... just pure bliss! The evening was magical!! We stopped only when we felt the roller coaster within us and realized that we were hungry. The second highlight of the evening was the amazing rooftop dinner at Le Chateau - empty hall, dim lights, slow soothing music, pleasant weather, awesome delicacies, classy drinks, great company and a perfect moment! I can still feel that moment as I write! It was just a dream! The dream just got sweeter when we had ice cream after the dinner!

The weekend was spent in just roaming around the local town and the unknown roads of the White Town and all those numerous talks about the place and various other places and the people and lunch again at Le Chateau and snacks at Le Cafe and songs again at the Promenade. And it was just perfect!

A few things worth mentioning that almost drove me crazy and yet adds to this memorable trip would be the crazy auto rickshaw, L2B Lounge (amazing ambience), the super crazy breakfast that we got in our hotel, the waiters at the Le Cafe and of course, the busy Bussy Street with a number of ENT Clinics!

The two days were a beautiful dream and we are still clouted by the memories. I don't want to come out of this hangover!!

People hold on to memories so tight because memories don't change when everything else does!!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A Year Gone, Am Still Here ..!!

Well, I am back to blogging! Not that things have changed or have gotten any better, but it's just that I am tired now waiting - waiting for some inspiration, waiting for something really wonderful to happen, simply waiting. I have now realized that things will happen when it's time, I cannot let anything happen as per my will. But I can help myself, keeping myself engaged in all my activities - reading, blogging, traveling, etc. I see, it's already a year and I did not do much. I read a few books and some blogs and journals but I cannot count that - that was not up to my mark! Only area where I was good was in traveling. May be, it was a way of me escaping from all the prevailing issues. I always thought that would somehow inspire me, but they did as long as I was out of Bangalore. Once I entered the city, I was back to the mundane yet again! All I have is the memories of those places and some amazing flashbacks of the great views, few of which I could capture (as in my photo blog). But enough of those sufferings now! It's time I will start all my activities again, focus a little more on my career/studies, read and write more often and travel a lot!!

As I have started writing, it's worth mentioning a few things that happened in last year. Chuku was finally out of home but not really on her own.. for her elder sister was always there!! Yet that was not meant to be, she left me and moved to Mumbai.. to be on her own! I am glad, she has managed really well all these days and I am also happy with the way she's started taking things - the kid has finally grown up!

As mentioned earlier, I had a great deal of traveling the whole of last year - from Goa to Hampi to Goa again to Ooty to Odisha!! While all the trips were simply fabulous - I would definitely like to put some more words of appreciation to my second trip to Goa and Ooty. While in the first Goa trip, we were bound by time and had only thought of covering as many places as possible.. in the second trip, we were much experienced and had a fair idea of what we really want. In the whole duration of 4 days, all we did was enjoyed the long evening walks on the shore, had amazingly delicious foods, hit the local ice-cream store almost twice a day and simply relaxed and enjoyed! Even though Goa was overcrowded then, yet it could not stop us from enjoying! Second amazing trip, almost at the end of the year was to Ooty - amazing particularly because we went in the off-season when it was less crowded and extremely chilly! The awesome resort we stayed in, the extraordinary views the place had and the super-chill environment and wonderful company - what else I could have asked for!

My year ended with my family at Odisha. This was the only trip, when I was at home all the time - all thanks to cold and fever. Whatever it was, it was still great and I still long to be at home again!

2014 was not that great - at least as I was expecting. But I haven't lose any hope. I still believe things will be fine. I have placed my trust on few things and few people - I know, I won't fail! Fingers crossed!

What won't kill me, will simply make me strong!!

Monday, April 07, 2014

On - Off Mode ..!!

I am in an on-off mode now as far as blogging is concerned. Somehow I don't find anything motivating around. But I will definitely put up something as soon as I have something interesting to share. As of now, it's the same old life... same old people... same old stuff... a little less motivation... some facts to worry about and loads of works!!!

I just hope I don't stay like this all the time. I just hope, this time will pass away and I will be back to my form soon. Till then, all I can do is just let my life go on... without actually thinking what, how, when, where!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Beautiful Day ..!!

It's been a while since I have been meaning to take time out and just be with myself. Not that I am always busy or surrounded by people, it's just that I never enjoyed those times. Sometimes I would feel lonely and at other times, I would be either bored or scared. But the time I had today was just lovely!

After a long time, I just went out without any company (which I don't do usually) and without any work (which I don't do either). I started at 11:30 AM which was an hour late than the time I had thought of. Again I was churned between taking the bus or autorickshaw - bus would have delayed more since I wanted to visit the temples, which would close in the afternoon. But I ended up taking bus till the Jagannath Temple in Agara. As always, the place was not empty yet their was some sort of calmness and quietness in my mind, which I had been looking for. Without delaying, I set off for Koramangala to visit my favorite Ganesh Temple there. But I couldn't make it, it was already closed and would have opened only in evening. It was sad, I wanted to be there... it's been a while since I visited that, but there was nothing I could have done then. So half heartedly I started to my third spot for the day, the Shirdi Sai Temple in Koramangala. I had no idea of where it was except for the hint I took from VJ! I still thought if giving it a try, I would not be lost in that place at least! Finally I found the place without being lost for even once. After seeing the temple, I wondered how come I could never visit this place earlier! How come one of the best places ever in Koramangala skipped out of my sight! It was a beautiful temple of Sai Baba. The presence of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, Vaishno Devi, Parvati Devi and Mahaveer added to the tranquility of the place. It was just amazing, especially the 'arati' part. I could just see one for Mahadev (lucky enough to see it at that time of the day). Then I spend a wonderful half an hour in the arati session for Sai Baba. The devotional chants and the devotees around make the whole place just divine! The memories of shirdi visit kept coming in my mind. The entire time I spent there kind of relaxed my otherwise wandering mind. It brought some stillness which was exactly what I was looking for, considering the situations at home. I was so glad to have spent a wonderful quality time! 

After the main mission of the day being accomplished, I had obviously no plans for the rest of the day. So just to keep up with the same inertia of calmness and a happy mind, I looked out for good food. At such times, the one that comes to rescue is Dalma! Having packed my lunch, I came back to my nest to have a happy lunch over the best sitcom Friends. 

I don't exactly remember when I slept off in the afternoon but all I knew was, I had a deep sleep and I woke up with a call from Ma at around 7:30 PM in the evening. I so much wanted to see them all that I literally had to blackmail Chinki to make her come on skype! I am so glad that she did, it was just wonderful seeing Bapa and Ma after a long time! (I saw Chinki last weekend only :P). And thus ends my wonderful day with this blog post of mine!

All beautiful relationships do not depend on how well we understand someone, but on how well we manage the misunderstandings!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Memorable Weekend Getaway..!!

I may not have updated my blog space since a long time, but here is something I just cannot leave without mentioning. A weekend getaway from the moribund city life of Bangalore, so perfect with wonderful people for company (the people who keep appearing in my blog from time to time and about whom I will explain sometime later).

The initial plan was to go to Shirdi, which I had been thinking of visiting since a long time but never had the chance. Then I found some like minded people equally interested in going there. I might have subsided the plan, had the situation been different. But because of the recent incidents that happened, I thought going there would be a good escape. And who knows, may be I would be blessed by Sai Baba to get some inner strength and face everything! Somehow I kept believing that it's the time for me to go and so I did (rather We did :-)).

We did all our bookings and reservations prior to the decided date. The plan sounded a bit deviated but we were determined to make it. On Friday, we bunked the office and worked only for half a day (purely officially) and then set out for the airport. Our flight was scheduled for that evening for Pune. I never had such an enjoyable flight, all thanks to the company I was traveling with. The photo sessions started off there itself. We reached Pune where our chauffeur was waiting with a nameplate for us. That was quite a welcome in that state !! We immediately started for Shirdi as we planned to see the early morning darshan. As it always happens, the road trip was awesome - good food, good music, good talks, good roadside views and everything! We were dead tired by the time we reached but we still ditched sleep and got ready for the temple (good that we did, else we would have missed the puja).

Inside the temple, after lots of resting, talking and waiting, finally it was our turn to go inside the main hall where the darshan was to be done. Our group was divided as we made our way into the hall (which was a matter of worry for us). The ambiance inside the hall was soothing. The marble white deity of Baba was glowing. The radiant face will make one forget everything. The entire hall was echoed with devotional songs as the arti was performed. The arti was significant in a way since it was the beginning of the day. After around an hour or so, it got over and was the time when the devotees get to go near the deity. In some time, we were out and were done with visiting other smaller temples inside it. I was visiting for the first time so I really did not set any expectations out of that darshan. All I can summarize is, it was wonderful and I will surely come once again, may be with my parents.

After the main programme on our agenda was ticked off, we were a little relaxed. People with me were a little more relaxed than I was, so they just slept off! We got ready for Shani Shignapur, the village famous for having houses with no doors. The village is said to be protected by Lord Shani, the raging and powerful of the planetary gods! The entire trip to the village was tiring due to the uneven roads. The experience became dreadful as we were nearing the village. The place so famous for its security left us frozen when our cab was followed by a group of bikers, who intended to take out money from us in the name of darshan n all. Such horrible experience it was! And scary too! All thanks to our cab driver, who served as a perfect guide to us - we could save ourselves from such people. We just hoped the visit to that place be over as soon as possible.

The moment we were done, it was time for the longest journey of the weekend - Shani Shignapur to Mahabaleswar via Pune. And probably it was the best part of the entire plan too! We just talked, on and on about various things, various topics. We halted at different places for food and refreshment. To add to it, the mountains and hilly roadways - they were a delight in themselves. Every odd seems beautiful when there are good people to share it - people who can make you laugh till you drop, by showing you white fox on the ghats or elephants from nowhere! :D

By the time we reached Mahabaleswar, it was late and dark. The plan of having dinner at Mapro Gardens was already shifted to the next day and after having a simple dinner, we hurried to the bungalow we had booked. The place was calm, cozy and beautiful. After deciding on our schedule for the next day, we soon got ready for a photo session. The place was just apt for photography experiments! Our photographer did an incredible job (yes, the subjects were amazing too :P)! We then retired to our room for some rest. The plan was to talk the whole night but some people just loved the cozy bed and were soon in the dreamworld!! Next day, we were almost 2 hours late as per the plan yet we decided to still go with it. After a brief photo shoot, we checked out of the bungalow and started for the beautiful Sahyadri mountain ranges of Mahabaleswar. There is one thing about mountains - they are always beautiful! They will never ditch the viewers. Mahabaleswar was just heaven for such nature gazers and photographers! We covered almost all the view points and could not get over the beauty of the place. We did our best in capturing the mesmerizing beauty. Even though the photos came out nicely, yet they would never match the beauty that is engraved in our hearts! We met a few people- mostly the snacks and juice sellers and we totally lost ourselves to their simplicity! Some people are just so wonderful - they just create an everlasting impression in our minds! We were almost done with the visit when we decided to go for a boat ride in the famous Venna lake there. The experience was awesome! Our last shot was to be at Mapro Garden for lunch but we could just manage to have juice and ice-cream (yes, they are the tastiest I ever had)!

Without wasting anymore time, we just set out to Pune for our departure was scheduled from there. We hardly talked while coming back. The two days of unlimited fun took a toll on us and we were dead tired. After a proper Maharashtrian lunch, we made our way to the airport and just made in time. Thus ended the saga of our ultimate trip!

Our entire visit was memorable - all thanks to a few people and places that I would like to mention - our cab driver (such a wonderful fellow he was), the snacks selling lady, the service guy at the airport, the air hostess on our return flight, the shop where we looked for banana, the bungalow where we stayed, the boatman at the lake, the Pune city, beautiful Mahabaleswar, serene Shirdi and Shani Shignapur. On top of everything, good company! However odd it would be, we can still enjoy if we have wonderful people to share with. I was lucky in that way -  I had a wonderful group, both visible and invisible :P :D

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why!