A two-week business-trip to Stamford, Connecticut in January – sounds delightful, doesn’t it? I mean, an almost wholly-sponsored travel opportunity to another country? Yes, please! I was obviously thrilled at this wonderful start to 2017, and while I read and researched quite a bit on where to go, what to wear, and how to commute, I was not mentally prepared for the temperamental weather.
The 2017 edition of Labour Day fell on a Monday, which meant that it would be a long weekend for the working class. Since most of my weekends involve my sitting in my room and binge-listening to 90’s songs while pampering Ginger, the resident kitty, I decided that I need to step out of the confines of my home this time, and I began planning a three-day trip to Hampi in earnest. It so happened that Hampi, already a winter-lover’s nightmare, decided to give Bangalore summer a run for its money by shining satanically at an average temperature of 38 degree Celsius! Just the thought of the number gave me a headache. So a friend and I begrudgingly changed the destination to Kochi (most of the begrudging was on my part, since I did not plan in time to witness the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale). Continue reading “History and Art by the Sea – Kochi”
Mustard-yellow mansions and bougainvillea facades, calm-inducing ashrams and history-resurrecting museums, sandy feet and sun-kissed skin – this pretty much sums up my weekend at Puducherry. Continue reading “A Weekend at Puducherry”
A while ago, my friends and I were invited to attend a two-day wedding in Chennai. While the wedding was festive and quite enjoyable, we sneaked out early on day two to return home, for various reasons. I hitched a ride back with two of my friends since they were driving, and we decided to stop by the historic port town of Mahabalipuram. Continue reading “Glimpses of an Era – Mahabalipuram”
I hope you’re not one of those feminists!
I’ve always had a not-very-uncommon outlook at life. Growing up, I’ve always wanted to be fiercely independent, paying my own bills, repairing my own TV, fixing my own mess and the like. I’ve always wanted to be the best in any room – the smartest, the funniest, and the one who everyone would want to talk to. Add to this, I grew accustomed to a certain lifestyle, one that was only fuelled by my desire to make my purchases, big ticket or small, without taking a peek at the price tag. Like I said – a not-very-uncommon outlook. Continue reading “I gave up a lucrative side hustle – here’s why”
“We’re all mad here.”
– Cheshire Cat, Alice in Wonderland
Christmas vacation for the family translates into several things – tinsel decor, sweaters, homemade sweets and munchies, midnight Mass and grandma’s place. We’ve probably skipped just one or two Christmases at grandma’s; it is an unwritten family rule that we ought to spend whatever few days us working class can manage to find, in serene Chikmagalur. Continue reading “Christmas At The Lake”
The sudden drop in Bangalore’s temperature took me back to the cold winter of early ’13, and in particular, the frosty weather in Delhi. My family and I had taken a mini-vacation to visit my dad who was working in Delhi at that time – we toured around the heritage sites of Delhi and Agra, stuffing our faces with Delhi’s delightful culinary creations while wearing as many woolens as possible. Continue reading “Delightfully Yours, Delhi and Agra”
I’m no travel guru. Sure, I love to visit new places, explore cities, savor in the details of ancient structures and marvel at the aesthetic pleasures that Nature sometimes throws at us when we least expect Her to. I guess I just have a deep appreciation for the uncharted, the seldom visited and quite simply, happy discoveries. A mini-vacation to Goa, and a recent trip to Shettihalli, Karnataka captured my attention – two completely different journeys, different explorations – one awestruck me! Continue reading “Sweet Escape – Goa and Shettihalli”