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A Trip Close to Heart, Pondicherry

The mental trip was done, several times, even before the actual one started! And yet, when the time came, I didn’t feel I was prepared for it. But in a better sense of the experience! The excitement was almost overwhelming and the trip that followed, didn’t disappoint! So, I started my Pondicherry trip on 28th March on a decent Friday evening, from Secunderabad. On arrival in Chennai, I boarded on my pre-booked cab to Pondi, reached Ginger Pondicherry, got refreshed and started visiting places I chalked down in my two days itinerary. The cafes, the Promenade, Auroville and 1-2 surprising finds, the treasures, on the way. Here is a picturesque memoir of my journey at the French Capital, in India.

 

A Glimpse of the East-Coast Route from the Cab

A Glimpse of the East-Coast Route from the Cab

Day 1 comprised of relaxing at the hotel room, a visit to the Baker Street Cafe and the Promenade.

 

My Room @Ginger Pondicherry

My Room @Ginger Pondicherry

A View of the Baker Street Bakery

A View of the Baker Street Bakery

Sea View from the Promenade

Sea View from the Promenade

Day 2 visits comprised of a trip in Auroville, Baker Street, Cafe Food Habit and again, the Promenade.

 

Boutique Shops @Auroville

Boutique Shops @Auroville

Concrete plaque on the way to Matri-Mandir @Auroville

Concrete plaque on the way to Matri-Mandir @Auroville

Matri-Mandir, the meditation center @Auroville

Matri-Mandir, the meditation center @Auroville

 

Earth without art is just "eh"!!!

Earth without art is just “eh”!!!

 

 

Food Habit

A quiet & comfy evening @Food Habit

The yummy fares @Food Habit

The yummy fares @Food Habit

A View of the Promenade, Pondi

A View of the Promenade, Pondi

AND the collectibles for my loved ones! I admit, I had most fun in purchasing these as each made me think of my friends’ choices and likes and about them 🙂

Pondi Souvenir

Pondi Souvenir

So, another night of refreshing sleep followed and I started for Hyderabad. Some moments that I could capture from the cab on the way to Chennai Central Station.

Backwater

Backwater

A glimpse of the azure sea n the sky...

A glimpse of the azure sea n the sky…

Thus, Pondicherry bid me adieu, with a bag-full of souvenir, a heart-full of sweet memories and a soul full of yearnings to return again 🙂

 

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A Fun Filled Krav Maga Team Outing – Part I

It was a CW Proposal. If you are wondering what or who this highly confidential sounding CW is, then here is the answer – CW denotes Mr. Clarence Wong, the never exhaustive activity think-tank in our energetic Hyderabad Krav Maga family. Now, to catch up on the trail let’s come back to the ‘CW Proposal’ which was a quick trip to Medak Church and the nearby dam. So, on a fine Saturday afternoon, divided in four cars, we started our trip.

The group on the trip

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The journey that ensued created a string of fun-filled moments that till date we cherish. For instance the memorable detour of our Sir ji and Rahul; their pakoda picnic on the way while the rest of us was trying to get them back with us thinking they are having a hard time finding the way back!

medak2Sir n Rahul before taking off to their detour! 😀

We also did experience being ‘stranded’ in the middle of a highway, that also sitting in a moving car due a spectacular difference in speed between the three other cars! While CW’s mean-machine zoomed passed ours, there was no sign of Sir’s Yeti cause of his cautious driving 😀 . The only relief was the occasional view of Kaushik’s car which signaled that we’re on the right way!

knThat’s KN’s car; our relief!

And at last we reached! The rain started by that time creating a lovely weather but also hurrying us up on the way back. So, here are some quick treat to eyes, the places that we visited –

churchThe Medak Church, our main trip attraction.

medak4A view from the Church entrance of the rain drenched pathway.

dam 1Trip attraction No: 2; Medak Dam

dam2A lovely water bed near the dam.

And as the evening darkness was setting in fast, conniving with the cloudy weather, we had to start our return journey ASAP. But a lovely and memorable trip was this one paving way for many more in the days to come 🙂

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Life Begins @30!!!

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The numbers are just a trick played by your mind ‘polished’ with social conventions, norms, rules, customs and other blah n blahs! You can always check the strength of these so called ‘guardians’, the ideas, against the natural element, say for instance water, and washed these shackles will be for sure; freeing you and giving a chance to be yourself!

So, here I started; moused through the RSVP platform and found myself at the start of an amazing weekend trip, my very first adventure trip to Dandeli; yonder to the white water of River Kali. I flowed, drowned, floated, choked, laughed, screamed, survived and LIVED!

Several stages of being one with the nature woven together, thanks to modern technology!

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The rocking ride.

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The much ‘awaited’ collision!

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The ‘content’ n thoroughly happy me 🙂

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A chatty gathering of the thrilled group around the camp-fire. The warmth ensued from those flames paved way for dreams untold…

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A peaceful night out in the tent amid the nature, twinkling starts and night chill.

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Starting off for the next installment of fun. The whole group together.

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SMILE MILE! 🙂

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Gangtok – The Most Cherished Moments of my Life

Ever since my chilhood, I have always felt mesmerized by the sublime presence of those mighty mountains. I wanted to feel the cold air on my face; breath in the fresh nature and get rejuvenated with the balmy greeneries all around. It was a much coveted and never-to-be-had dream to spend some days in the some hill stations and have a wonderful holiday. I used to listen to my friends in school after Summer vacation that they may have visited Shimla or Sikkim and used to envy them seeing the pictures. So when this chance for visiting Gangtok came, it was like a million dollar offer to me and I immediately accepted or rather was almost on my knees in gratefulness before my parents as they accepted 😉 .

“Gangtok”, the queen of Sikkim. It was also the first hill station that I ever set foot in. So the experience of first encounter to a different world within our world was something that till date enthrall me without fail. It was so ethereal that I can hardly scratch out the exact word to describe my feelings!!! Now I would like to skip the boring details of the bus journey to  Siliguri; but one thing I remember and must share here – it was the speechless expression I gave to my parents seeing the bus!!! It’s called Rocket bus for its speed and I expected some fancy bus for my fantastic journey….n what came in front of us was enough to wring out a huge drop of sweat from my head (like those in Japanese animation :D)…So I would like to drop a blanket over this episode and let us directly reach to the jeep that carried us to Gangtok, my heaven… 🙂

So here comes the journey to Gangtok…the hilly road winding along the the sprightly river Tista all the way from Siliguri to Ganngtok; small residential areas, roadside dhabas, digging in smoking hot noodle soup, happy smiling people….it was as if I am inside a movie!!! Tista surely infected us with its cheerfulness. The river itself was like a happy prologue to a never forgettable experience of holidaying in hilly area.

It was a long four hours journey from Siliguri to Gangtok in a shared jeep; and we had to travel overnight to reach Siliguri also. But the excitement was such, that nothing mattered. It was just the expectation of a dream like holiday destination that kept me wide awake. And then ultimately we reached there in Gangtok. My feeling was as if I have just awoken from my sleep and have opened my eyes to a new realm. I remember the weather was a bit cloudy, but refreshingly cold and it was the charm of that weather which took away the last sign of tiredness. A boy rom the lodge we stayde, was already there to show us the way and led us to a picture perfect lodge; Subhas Lodge. It was small but very well arranged with its ever-smiling manager and home-away-from-home hospitality. We got a room where there were one double bed and one single; just perfect for me!!! That room also had a wide window without any grill and opened towards the slopping valley outside. I was in a dream like state with everything so perfect. I wish i had the picture of that lodge and its manager.

Enthusiasm took time to sink in and after a light meal we retired to our rooms and had a sound sleep for some hours. Then started our Gangtok trip in the real sense. We started exploring the market area and surroundings in evening. And just like a child wondering expressing wonder at everything it sees, my heart was getting filled with everything I saw, smelled, touched…Coming back to home it was another ethereal scene that was awaiting us. We opened the window, and the first thought was – has the starlit sky descended down on the valley!!!!!! In every stair of that slopping valley there were residencies and the light looked just like the stars in the sky; only this time they were in the valley down there…with a heart full of happiness, peace and expectation for more wonders, I went to sleep the first night i

From the next day we started on our site-seeing trips. We visited the flower exhibition with its variegated flowers and orchids; the museum with its rich collection and somber ambience; the highest point in the city and the vibrant local markets – bringing back with us lots of souvenirs and rich memories. But it was the Tshangu Lake next day that was the icing on the cake for me. With a temperature that is freezing for the plane-living people like us, this lake presents breath-taking beauty and unfailingly charms every single visitor there. However, apart from beauty, there had been funny moments enough to keep us entertained (though it was at my and my sister’s cost 😦 )… When jumping into the cab I wore just a regular sweater on my dress and the driver and some others advised me to put on something more…But as u know, we are the hot blooded teenagers n not supposed to feel that cold (at least that was my idea!!!), so didn’t listen to them…now ultimately the scene was, with every turn that our cab started to take after sometime, I also started covering me…first with another jacket…next turn – a muffler…next turn – my gloves…next turn – nothing left and I was feeling my nose falling off in cold!!! But the entire incident gave other good chance to laugh (sigh) … 😀

On the way home that day I took the memories in heart which are still alive. Evey time I feel like going away somewhere, it’s these places in Gangtok that I feel like visit again and again. Another memorable place I visited in my Gangtok trip was the Rumtek Monastery.

No matter how many times I visit each of these destinations within Gangtok, it will never be enough. Their surprising freshness and enigmatic charms keep me ever thirsty for visiting this hill-station again and again.

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