If It Rains, We’ll Just Get Wet!

wet wet wet!

wet wet wet!

I’m headed to Goa for the weekend. I leave on Thursday morning and am back by Saturday.

Two really fun people who lived about 10 minutes away from each other for most of their lives without really getting to know one another met after a series of failed relationships and life incidents that left them pretty disillusioned till cupid hit them right between the eyes and they never looked back. They’re getting married in Goa, monsoon wedding and all, and the rest of us are going to cheer them on.

I’ll be back on Sunday, so it’s going to be a short trip. But it looks like it’ll be a fun one, and I could do with some fun! I’ve been feeling pretty horrid lately about a bunch of stuff, so hopefully, this will be the breath of fresh air the doctor would have ordered. ;)

Cheers!

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If We Took a Holiday…

I desperately need a vacation! I feel listless and depressed. The Dubai summer is relentless and has brought with it intense humidity as well. Just walking to the car makes me start sweating and the summer somehow saps all the energy outta me. It makes me wanna curl up into a hole and drink margaritas till October (when I’ll simply switch to Irish coffee of course! *grin*).

I remember a summer like this one, a  few years ago. We had a long weekend and my friends and I decided to escape the heat and go away to Nasik.

We landed in Bombay to a wet and gray morning, which was just wonderful after all that intense yellow heat of Dubai. We set off immediately.

Onward to Nasik!

Onward to Nasik!

We stayed at the Beyond, a bungalow nestled in the middle of the vineyards of Sula.

The Beyond

The Beyond

If you look at their website now, you’ll see what they call The Beyond is a 32 room resort with a spa and all the other trimmings. But when we went there in 2009, they just had one bungalow, no restaurant, no resort or spa. This was quite perfect for us, cos you know how we prefer renting homes to hotel rooms.

we had hammocks!! :D

we had hammocks!! :D

Since it was off-season, we had the run of the entire place, including the surrounding hills and lakes.

View from the house

View from the house

Of course, other than lazy walks to the lake and hills, we didn’t do much of anything.

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At The Beyond

lazing

lazing

Oh hang on! There was one thing we did with gusto! We ate! We ate like there was no tomorrow!

The bungalow came with three men who would cook and clean for us. I’d have happily married the cook and brought him back with me, he was so good! We’d start the morning around the massive round dining table. The cook would make hot paranthas and bring them out as soon as he made one instead of stacking them up to serve all of us together. This had all of us scrambling for the prime spot- the chair closest to the kitchen. When things got a bit ridiculous, the cook just shook his head and cut the paranthas into portions so he could serve more of us and make us behave like the adults we were pretending to be.

Then of course, he’d ask us if we wanted chai. We’d all nod our heads, but by the time he brought out the chai, we would have started on the wine (Yeah, right after breakfast. Don’t judge us! We were on vacation!)

In fact… a lot of wine was had!

Salud!

Salud!

When you know you've had enough  to drink! :P

When you know you’ve had enough to drink :P

We might have lounged around the pool for a bit, might have gone for walks around the hills and the lake. But what we mainly did was eat the wonderful food cooked for us and drink wine like there was no tomorrow! At the end of 3 blissful days, we returned back home with enough excess baggage around our waists to last us till the holiday season.

The end of the rainbow!

The end of the rainbow didn’t have gold, but there was wine!

 

Sigh. I need a vacation!

On a Whim!

When I talk about our group trips to people, they always comment on how we all manage to plan our time off from work at the same time in order to go on a break together. But really, timing is of the least concern when planning such a trip. It is easy for people who don’t work at the same place to plan trips together. What really matters is that we share the same lust for travel and adventure. And the more people I meet who are amazed at our teamwork to put together such trips, the more I realize how lucky I am to have friends who are as crazy about travel as I am.

This fact was drilled down to me all the more when last week, when my friend S pinged us (in our whatsapp group chat) cos he was watching Zindagi na Milegi Dubara on TV. It was making him wanna take off on a holiday somewhere! That made me switch channels to the movie as well (for the uninitiated, the movie is about three friends who drive around Spain on their holiday), and watching the movie made me miss my holidays with the gang even more!  Our holiday in June seemed like a long time ago and our next big one was too far away to keep me at bay.

S said “Guys! Let’s go somewhere for the long weekend coming up in Dec!”  ” I’m iiiiiiiiin!” I chimed in enthusiastically! V and her husband Sp also agreed!! When his wife H said yes as well, S was taken aback! He hadn’t expected so many people to agree, least of all his wife, who is usually the practical one when it comes to such things! :D

We met up on Monday after work to discuss more and decide whether it was “practical” to do this. Of course… practicality was thrown to the winds. Someone said ” zindagi na milegi dubara” (ahem! could have been me, I’m filmier than the rest :P) and we took out our credit cards to seal the deal by booking the tickets. We got home late, after midnight, cos we were feverishly looking up cheap rates for good hotels and cheaper airfares to get us there!

Finally, a week down the line, there are 7 of us plus an enthusiastic toddler (how could she not be?! I’m her fairy god-mom of travel after all!), and we’re off to Nepal for the long weekend! :)

By the time you read this, I should be in Kathmandu, hopefully looking up at the Himalayas and sipping on chai. I’ll be back with updates and pics on the trip soon!

How often do you do something on a whim?

Dilon mein tum apni betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum.
Jo apni aankhon mein hairaniyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum

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The hindi poem is by Gulzar, taken from the movie Zindagi na Milegi Dubara.