Taking a break from the monotony of daily routine is always a good idea. Change is a necessity; else we will find ourselves stuck in the humdrumness of every day. Travelling is a wonderful way to ensure that such change is always a part of our lives. But what if three out of four from a group are always working, and you have a pet cat at home that cannot be left alone for a prolonged period of time? You still take that vacation, but to a place closer to home. Continue reading “Chasing Coffee Trails in Coorg”
A little over a year ago, I extended my two-week work-trip to include a week of holidaying in New York City. Looking back, I have mixed feelings. I think I visited the urban delight at a wrong time – a bitter winter, snow days, apprehension in the air due to recent political events are just a few things to list out. On the plus side, I reconnected with distant family, learnt the value of relationships, realized the true meaning of home, and made decent use of an opportunity to travel to a new place.
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”