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The Pictures

So my little expedition has some good parts too, and that I am going to show with the unprofessional photos here.

The foodie me will definitely start with the photos of the deliciousness.

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And now comes all the traditional Gujarati accessories, Of course I wouldn’t return without getting something from it.

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The beautiful lake.

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Some pictures from the zoo.

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Birds giving me all kinds of poses

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Some garba dancing to the beats of water drum

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Because it was dear cousin’r birthday: (Or we just needed a reason :-p)
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Me twirling around:

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Well, there is always certain kind of madness with us-

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And yet, I am happy that I am back, in time for Diwali.

 

 

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A little expedition #1

A little time changed almost everything, from a peaceful simple day to an extra adventurous one. And believe me I did not expect this much of being adventurous in less than twenty four hours of time.

So the previous night my cousin called me and asked me if I would help her with her wedding arrangements. It was more of a begging request, the way it sounded to me. And what with so little time, she has now, she really needed someone to calm her jitters and take over instead.

I said yes without even thinking, and realising the fact that she was asking for it instantly, the next day, as it happened. It is Navratri and I had no plans as yet, so I booked the next tickets, and was all set to leave right the next morning.

My packing routine was a disaster with more clothes lying on the bed than in the bag. And to top it my mom kept bringing things to carry for my brother. Yes, as it happens I might have said yes to my cousin also because I could meet my brother. So the night went by and morning brought a fresh day or so I thought. I thought now that the hassle is over; I simply have to fly there.

Oh but come on, this is me, who was I kidding, when has anything ever been so simple for me?

The basic schedule was my train would leave at 8:30, I’ll reach Howrah station by 12:30, and then I will leave for the airport and reach by 2:00 despite the traffic. Even if there was more traffic or my train got late, I could still catch the 4:40 flight that I was booked in. I had enough time in hand. Well, this was the plan!!

So I reached the station in the morning and got to know that the train was 2 hours late! There was no point in waiting there, and I live nearby so I went home, and returned at 10 only to be delayed even more. And that’s when the panic kicked in. I started to do the Math. I was hoping against all hopes. An already delayed train was only to delay even more, not over speed and make up for the lost time. There was only one other train in which I could go and that was late too. So I went to the ticket counter and asked for the timings, which she was ‘not sure’ about.

My dad had come to drop me this second time, so the good citizens that we were, had to go to another counter to buy the platform tickets for him, where the person sitting on the counter was mostly interested in drinking tea and well, gossiping. We were already so restless that we could lose it any second. Little did I know that I’d need that patience for the entire day?

The second train which I could have gone on was nowhere to be seen, and we were waiting on platform 4 where my train was supposed to come. It was almost 10:45 when it dragged along in platform 2 and they started announcing the change of platforms. I hauled my bag along again, to that place, because of course the escalator wasn’t working.

It left at 11.

The running time from my place to Howrah is 4 hours at the minimum, so even if I reached at 3, the chances were really thinning to get onto that flight.

Dragging, and walking the train reached at 2:40 to Santragachi (Right before Howrah) and I got down there. My dad had booked a car for me from there, which apparently was near from the airport, and reduced the chances of getting into traffic. (Sometimes I think so much dependent I am on my dad.) But again the cab driver kept telling that he was 5 minutes away from my place for fifteen minutes. I thought I had earned some time by getting down here, but then I had lost it in that 15 minutes wait. I lost it completely, and booked a prepaid taxi from there which was conveniently cheaper, and right in front of me. I really begged him to drive in a rush and reach the airport before 4. And after almost another 15 minutes the other cab driver called me and informed that he was there but couldn’t find me. I’ll admit here that I cut the call and pretended to not listen, and did not even care to inform him that I had left. But had I waited for him for half an hour I would have certainly missed the flight.

This taxi-man was really sweet and drove me straight to the airport and I reached sharp at 3:55. Even before I could get down, the driver jumped outside and took out my bag.

Well, the check in took 10 minutes and he really requested me to go directly to the gate, as the boarding had already started. With my laptop bag and everything, I went, only to be checked in once again, which took longer than I had anticipated. So by the time, I got in it was already 4:20 and they were announcing for the last calls!

I know, I could have gone straight, but how could I? Of course there was one last thing to do. My best friend had paid her monthly visit just minutes back, and I had things to look into.

I don’t know what I thought, but I made it at 4:25 and entered with the last warning call for boarding the flight! I had done it so many times with the train, the time ticking by, the train already leaving the station, and I’d get in in the last second, but catching a flight this way, was not on my books!

By then I had really lost it. I was exhausted running the whole day, and all I wanted was to go off to sleep. But of course I was huddled between the seats in the aisle and on the window. And the window person kept waking me for his lavatory break every 20 minute or so. Well, I also made a fool of myself, and was so drenched that I fiddled with the seat belt making it look like I was travelling for the first time, and even let a stranger help me with it. I thought then, that I didn’t care, but justly later I assumed, what a fool I made of myself!!

The next thing I knew was that they were announcing that we had arrived early and will land in another 5 minutes.

Honestly I didn’t even care if I had landed in another planet altogether.

Know the blogger #2

  1. Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?

Every single person who strives hard for his goal is an inspiration to me, especially the optimist ones.

 

  1. What age do you wish you could stay at permanently?

I don’t wish that. It is a part of life, I cannot stop that, I want to enjoy each and every aspect of life, from being naïve and careless to being wise and responsible. I want to grow old and have experienced life. That’s all I want. I do not wish to remain at a place. No, that is not what life is for. Not for me. I’d like to say one day “I haven’t grown my hair white overnight” Sorry I know the Hindi idiom sounds right here. I couldn’t just translate it best. “Dhhop me baal saffed nahi hue hain beta” Hahahah I think that would be fun too.

 

  1. What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?

Crime petrol. (related to crime reality)  I used to watch it so much, that I was obsessed it at a point of time, so much so that I started being scared of my own people, of the people that I used to meet often, I wouldn’t even want to go alone at night alone. That is when I realised I had to stop watching it. Being protective for yourself was different, and being over protective, even in your own room was different.

 

  1. What’s your ideal way to spend a weekend?

When I used to stay in Mumbai, my answer would have been sure ‘A weekend trip to Goa’ but since I am no more there, I do not have many options. I would satisfy myself now with a good evening spent here somewhere nearby, possibly a place I have not been to, a movie may be, and then a good dinner. I’d want the next day to just read and write on my terrace as there isn’t much really around here, as my friend Elizabeth has in Houston.

 

  1. What is something that is considered a luxury, but you don’t think you could live without?

My laptop? I don’t know any other ‘luxury’ that I might not have lived without.

 

  1. What is your claim to fame?

Don’t know much about fame. I’d be happy if I achieve my goals.

 

  1. What is something you enjoy doing the old-fashioned way?

Reading newspaper. I don’t like news apps though they update you almost every single hour.

And dating, hate the dating apps too. I mean there are people who can find their soul mates there, but me? No way! I have trust issues with my own people, let alone with some random guy on some dating app!

 

  1. What’s your favorite book or movie genre?

Except for horror I can really pick up any book and read it. And honestly I can finish it too, I mean I am only proud of one thing, I never leave anything incomplete, whether it is good or bad, I don’t know, but I do it. Even if I don’t like the book much, I’ll finish it. Same goes with any other thing too. I go till then end.

 

  1. How often do you people-watch?

Rarely! Only when I travel.

 

  1. What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

That people are really too obsessed about other people’s business, especially in India and also especially women. I mean please just stop it, you aren’t going to feel any good when they do it with you.

 

  1. What’s the best day of the year?

I don’t know how to answer this, but I am happy when I am travelling. But yes, I can say the best day of my life, that is when my brother was born. I was so overjoyed that I lied about an exam at home and missed school. I did get to hear a lot though, but it was all worth it when I got to meet my baby brother just moments after he was born, though they allowed me to hold him only after he was brought home, under proper care of my mother.

 

  1. What subject interests you that not many people have heard of?

Still thinking!

  1. How do you relax after a long day of work?

Comedy shows, and then after a while reading. I am a freak for both like there is nothing more soothing than reading and honestly no one laughs much these days, not the loud ones, only a small smile. I like the natural laugh where your stomach makes that stupid sound, where your cheeks and jaws ache, and tears are just a moment away. I guess very few shows do that but the idea seems nice. And also apart from these comedy shows and series there is pretty much nothing to laugh at, at the end of the day, except of course your own life.

 

  1. What’s the best book series or TV series you’ve ever read or watched?

The shiva trilogy- Amish tripathi

That’s the only series that come to my mind now that was gripping.

And also the Clifton chronicles by Jeffrey archer. I am yet to read the last part though.

 

  1. Where is the farthest you’ve ever been from home?

Mumbai-26 hours away by train, lived there for almost two years.

 

  1. What’s the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?

A lot many, I can’t choose one. There have been so many times when I have just gone ‘AWWW’ to the extent of having tears. Like a small baby just not wanting to leave you, when you are not even that good with kids. What must he want form you? What must he have seen in you to want to stay with you, when his own parents were leaving.

 

  1. What is the most annoying question people ask you?

When are you getting married?

I mean if I knew it from now, I’d ask you to ‘save the date’. But I don’t even have a man in my life, then what type of question is that.

 

  1. What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with no preparation?

Macbeth.

 

  1. If you were the dictator on a small island nation, what crazy dictator stuff would you do?

I’d make every woman a queen and give them the POWER to order men!

(Sorry for being so rude to men!) But it’s only imaginary.

 

  1. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

Go on a solo trip.

 

  1. Would you rather go hand gliding or whitewater rafting?

White water rafting. As much as I love water, I am also scared of it but I’d still so that.

 

  1. What’s your dream car?

Not so much fond of cars, but I like mini cooper.

 

  1. What’s worth spending more on to get the best?

Travelling.

 

  1. What is something a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get?

Snapchat? I don’t know people are obsessed with a lot of things lately.

 

  1. What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Oh God? 10 years? I don’t know what am I to do a month from now!

 

  1. Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

Udaipur!

 

  1. What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t gotten around to it?

Get a stagnant job. I have been switching places, and jobs so often that I am not sure whether I am even made for a 9 to 5 job!

 

  1. What is the best thing that happened to you last week?

Thinking, give me some time,…

Still thinking!

Honestly last week was terrible, but this started off really great, I am going to tell you all very soon about it.  😀

 

  1. What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind, only to experience it for the first time again?

We went on a trip to Goa with my cousins a few years back, I’d love to re-live that.

 

  1. If all jobs had the same pay rate and hours, what job would you want to have?

Wedding planning, or traditional fashion (If that’s even a thing.)

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And that’s how …#10 (Finale)

I just couldn’t leave the same day. Not after everyone bidding us adieu. I simply could not pack my bags again and leave the very day and separate from Miss. B and Miss. R too. So I decided to stay the another day. At least one more day with them. And hence the three girls had a gala time. A girly day with a little shopping spree, movies and all the street food. Food is the best part, right?

 

The day just went by, in a flicker. How can time fly so fast, I mean really, how?

 

And that’s how I left, aloof from everyone. It wasn’t the end though. I was not travelling home. I was travelling to yet another city, four hours away towards east. I have some work there and then finally I will be home.

 

It was time to leave all the fun time behind and get serious about work. I had two back to back scheduled meetings each day. And I had no idea when those two days just flew by and it was time again to travel.

 

By then I was so exhausted that I just wanted to reach home magically. But as I was so, so far away from home that if I traveled by train it could take me more than 36 hours to reach home. And my luck, I did have to travel by train leaving me even more frustrated and exhausted. Not so much fun anymore, right? Specially for a person like me who hates trains. But what could I do except to succumb to it and be stuck in that train for 36 hours.

 

I was left there in the train, missing my brother. My vacation ended and the reality hit back hard. All the fun ended and it was time for routine work.

 

And that’s how I traveled from Jamshedpur to- Kolkata- Ahmedabad- Mumbai- Rajkot- Banugar- Jamnagar- Morbi and then finally back to Jamshedpur. I had the taste of the big city as well as the smallest village, the peace and the havoc, I stressed on work and had the time to enjoy myself too. It was all an excellent experience.

 

A time worth seizing. A lot of memories gathered.

And that’s how …#9

We woke in the afternoon. Yes we were so tired and drenched after the late night/ early morning party that we slept till 1 o’ clock in the afternoon. Everyone was still tired and had no intention of waking up, hence making Miss. B play her usual smart card. She switched on the gardening pipe and sprayed all of us with the cold water. Everyone was wide awake now. And then started the game of playing with water.

 

No one remained dry, everyone was sweated in that cool water during the hot afternoon, Mr. R, Miss. B, Miss. R, Mr. B, Mr. H, my brother, every single one of us. Oh my God! We did not leave any chance to enjoy and have a blast with each other. We danced and we sang with that artificial rainfall and no one realised that, that beautiful morning awaited a sad ending.

 

We played till 2 o’ clock and then each one of us rushed to the bath rooms. And we all were seated for lunch at 2:30.

 

We did the little packing of my brothrr and Mr. R post lunch and we killed some time clicking last pictures with each other. And then the clock struck 5.

 

Miss. R, me, my brother and Mr. R, we all left with their bags, even Mr. H decided to leave then. We reached to the bus stop and were all so nostalgic that no spoke until the bus’ horn went on. It was ready to leave.

 

Unwillingly, we ushered their luggage into the trunk and they settled on their seats after the final good bye. The bus left but we waited for Mr. H’s bus and then even he left leaving behind me and Miss. R. Honestly even her presence made me feel so, so good right then. In fact I felt the ice already melting. Our relationship warmed up in those two days. And that’s how my brother and Mr. R left us. Mr. R back to his work and my brother to his college.

 

PS: He got into the college that he interviewed for and they gave him instant joining. And he just left me. I had no chance, even to digest the news that my baby brother will not live with me anymore. I did not even realise that when I left for my vacation, that I would not find him at home when I return.

And that’s how …#7

Somehow I landed up with the amount of time to think about ‘The thing’ post the long interview of my brother and the extended wait, the travel and meeting the other people.  It was actually nothing and yet a lot of thing for me. It was something that was related to Miss. R and now that I was at her place it was more difficult not to think about it.  What exactly, even I don’t know. It all started with a bad incident followed by a lot of dramatic issues. It was literally nothing but grew to something really serious, an extremely bad experience, some really harsh words spoken on her side. I never repeated them, as I never had the courage to speak something so piercing. I know, words spoken stay with us, they can never be taken back.

 

Miss. R behaved as if nothing had ever happened, so I took the same road too. Why dig out old matters, right? I thought it to be rather easy but it turned out to be more complicated despite everything I put in  to forget  the past and be normal. And you know, what? I did. I succeeded.

 

From then on it became quite easy to mingle with even Miss. R. The only problem was that I know that I will never forget those hard words. Only, I can learn to live with it.

 

So all of us together. It was a once in a blue moon kind of thing. And we were pretty sure that we would have a great time.

 

And that’s how I realised that sometimes, forgetting the past or at the least leaving it in the past is the best thing to do. But I will somehow still remember the ‘past’.

And that’s how …#5

Today was even interesting. I must say with each passing day I am enjoying my trip to the fullest. Today was no exception and yet an ultimate day. But I guess it all has come to an end rather very shortly. I could do with few more days, but I think I  have to be satisfied now.

 

So, what happened today? Well, the day was going by smoothly enough until the evening. We had a planned schedule, we thought we had one more day to ourselves and then we will go to our respective works the next day. We both had important scheduled meetings the next day. And then we’d leave. The trip would end.

 

But my dear Mr. R did have surprises. It was so unexpected that for a while I remained stuck to the ground, stunned.

 

We were there sitting in the lawn, sipping tea and I suggested going on a walk. But he wouldn’t budge. It was absolutely against his nature and then something weird happened. He just smiled and left, went upstairs and shut himself in the room. When I followed him, he came out of the room as if nothing was cryptic. He simply said, “I am not in the mood to go out today.”

 

And hence I opened my book and started reading my current novel. It was after only ten minutes that  I heard a car barging towards out door and pushing the horn to its extent. We both rushed to our door. Mr. R was smiling widely, picking up the bags from the trunk, welcoming everyone and I was the one remained frozen, stunned, knowing not how to react.

 

Mr. H, Mr. B, Miss. B, Miss. R and Mr.T were all exuberant and ecstatic. Even my brother was with them. How, Why? I had no idea. After the moment of surprise passed even I was extremely happy. I had no idea, no words how to express what I was feeling. And so I just smiled and welcomed them all into our house.

 

And that’s how our gang  was back with a bang that day.

 

But I defroze soon and we went on bike rides in the cool, calm air, enjoying the empty streets, and the sudden come back of all of us together.

 

I was happy, I really was but there was one thing at the back of my mind constantly hitting on me. I have no idea what am I to do of that particular matter. How am I going to deal with all of this.

 

I thought I was on a work vacation but now this? How am I to deal with this now???