On Turning the big 3-Ohhh! :)

Exactly a week ago, I turned 30. There I said, 30..Three..Zero.. 30! I do not know why I felt the need to say it out as many times as I just did. Maybe it was to see if I feel any different, maybe it was to see if I said it as many times I would develop some magical powers that could change a few things in my life.On retrospect do I need those magical powers? Maybe not, If i look carefully I did have those powers and they were what made my 20’s the decade I left behind so magical.

The 20’s have been amazing to me, I did most of the things that most people do when they are in their 20’s. I feel privileged to have had that opportunity, to experience all those things I did. There were fireworks, first kisses, broken hearts,being broke almost always,the first ridiculously expensive shoes I bought, the first job, meeting my soul mate and many many things that make it a decade that I was worth remembering. There was a lot of figuring it out- “it” being so many things-life,career, education, the one. Now that I am done figuring at least most of it- I am excited to be 30. Those 10 years made me an adult. And I am thankful for it.

Turning 30, is full of exciting possibilities, I know who I am and well, mostly what I want (though the other half might beg to differ). I know that there is no one responsible for my happiness..except for me (cliched), but it is amazing how so many of us know this but refuse to work on it. I know that no one can take my accomplishments of the past decade and no one else can accomplish new things except for me. I spent the last few years of my 20’s being angry and disappointed with myself, with some of the choices I made, with my bad luck and wishing I could live the lives of those around me. The more I wanted that, life told me in not so kind way that you can’t wish to live someone else’s life, you have to live with what you have and the make the most of it, Yes, there will be people who are disappointed with the choices you make, you will be disappointed with the choices you have made but there hey, you can’t please them all, now, can you? And while they tell you how disappointed they are, hopefully there is something that you can take away from it.

So while I look back on the decade that has passed, I hope that some of the learnings from the last decade can be put to good use in this decade. I hope to forgive more often, take care of myself and my short comings. Remember and work on being the master of my destiny and be the touch of sunshine in the lives of the people who I may cross paths with. I have always been one to celebrate and I celebrated bidding my 20’s and welcoming my 30’s in style. I did the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge climb (that is another post altogether) and as I stood on the summit looking down on the beautiful city, the sun shining on my face, that at that moment, there was no one else like me, that what I did was my own achievement and no one else could take that away from me. So there I was smiling from ear to ear and proud of the way I embraced 30. You will be kind to me won’t you?

365 days and the journey still continues :)

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love”- Ernnest Hemingway

A trip is all about the experiences, the little memories you make all through the way & this is what my husband probably had in mind when our 1st wedding anniversary trip was being planned. Coz he loves me , to have planned this special journey with me!:)

Right now if you ask me, I have no recollection of how we came to agree on the bike trip but all I knew was that this was something he wanted to do and game I was for it!
There was nothing more exciting that I looked forward to than this trip becoz all I wanted it to be was a trip that both of us would remember and something through which we could relive 365 days of madness that our life has been:)

Being married to S was nothing short of an adventure and every trip that we undertook has been nothing less of it either. On a warm June we set out to explore Pondicherry, on his sweetheart (read Avenger)* & that trip turned out to be one of my best to the place coz he had booked us into a lovely resort close to Auroville, with all essentials for a night stay packed without my knowledge into a little back pack. I loved the way he had thought through the whole thing and never let me even get the faintest of idea of what he was upto…so now you get the drift of where the second trip is headed..;)

This month with our anniversary being the highlight, S wanted to make sure that nothing would spoil the journey… and hence the chosen destination Munnar. I haven’t been there and was looking to walk through the tea estates, enjoy the view of the lake, and a walk through the clouds. So all set we decided that our sweetheart* would be packed and sent to Madurai and us to follow on the night bus.
Bags packed, the phone calls home informing them about the journey, we set off, to wake up at the temple city of the south, Madurai. We weren’t quiet prepared for what awaited us in Madurai.. the fact that we assumed we would get rooms on arrival like royalty was soon broken into a million pieces. So the next best thing to do was to find the railway station and wait it out till we could pick up the bike. We freshened up at one of the relatively decent looking hotels and headed out for a quick breakfast, picked up the bike and headed to destination Munnar or so is what i thought.

This was the route that we took Madurai-Vadipatti-Batlagundu-Vatlagundu-Perumalmalai-via palani route-Ganeshpuram & finally reached Elephant Valley resort
All through the drive we passed through mountain, plains, fields, rash drivers, curious onlookers ( probably at the sight of me) and also ear marked the Dindigual Thalpakattu Biryani as a stop over luncheon spot on the return leg of the journey.

All through the ride on NH7 the mind was put to rest, there was no work pressure, there were no phone calls, no worries abt this or that.. what I didn’t know was that the Ghat roads would take my breath away.As we started the climb the curves kept getting better & with each climb the drive keeps getting better for the man behind the wheels and for the pillion rider a chance to take in the brilliance that nature had to offer.

We stopped for breaks that included stretches & photo sessions and antakshari.. which included changing the letters so that we could sing whichever song we knew.. all the while thinking a few more hours and i would reach Munnar.. as we kept finding our way asking the locals for directions, I came across this signboard which said Elephant Valley and that’s when S asked if i have any idea what it was… prompt came my reply, it’s probably a place where they keep people of my size 😛 ( so much for my ability to crack a joke on myself). this got S worried as he would tell me later he just assumed I had seen right through the surprise and played all along knowing where we were headed! 😀

Soon on the last stretch we stopped to ask a local about Ganeshpuram and he just rattled all the major landmarks and gave away the location of the elephant valley! S’s face said it all and then i figured out we were headed there and yet again S told me we were only halting for lunch. Soon we reached EV and I was told we were going to spending the next two days here and that too on the tree house. Seeing my shocked expression S thought I was unhappy about the surprise and didn’t wanna stay there.. but all that happened to me was that I was overwhelmed and was coming to terms with the situation.:)

The walk to the tree house was long..we trekked across coffee plantations, a hanging bridge and the sight of the tree house was breath-taking! the interiors were done up beautifully with the sound of the river adding to the experience of living in a tree house. tastefully done up without harming the environment , it taught us also not abuse nature and live in harmony with it! And the best of it all was exploring some of the property on horse back! 🙂 N S who on a regular day cannot wake up before 8 am woke up at 6:30 am to watch the sunrise and bugged me out of bed, that was the effect being in the lap of nature had on him! 😀
Once settled, we headed out to explore Kodai and to check out shopping and eating places that we had heard so much about.Slightly crowded but the ride leading upto the city was breath-taking.. for one it was chill and two the deep gorges, the tall tress, the mist. clouds all added to the beauty of the ride. We did the usual touristy stuff, walk around most of the place, go around the kodai lake which is huge and beautiful, Coakers walk which disappointed me as I didn’t get to catch a glimpse of the city that lay beneath. 😦 lesson learnt: never go there in the evenings when it’s all misty!
A sleepy city that Kodai is apart from the regular touristy stuff there ain’t anything much to do so we manged to cover most of it in a day and half.We discovered an awesome Tibetian restaurant & a pastry shop with awesome cakes, bun & what not!!

Both me and S were extremely sad that our two beautiful days of being so far away from civilization was coming to an end.. each hairpin curve down, all we could think of was why do good things come to an end so soon.

Our last pittstop was at The Gateway Hotel a sprawling property on a hill with a bird’s-eye view of Madurai, which again had a beautiful driveway leading upto the property making up for the view of the city that i missed at Kodai. 🙂 after a cup of steaming hot coffee and a light snack we headed back to parcel our sweetheart back to Chennai and wait for the bus home!
Indeed it was a well deserved break and a good one at that.. on this trip I learnt that driving the ghats/ Nilgiri stretch keeda in S would never die..how many ever trips we do and he prefers silence unlike me who would love the complete opposite . S would keep giving me surprises and I would never see thru it. N lastly I could never tire from having him as my better n bitter half 🙂

So this one blog is for us.. for this adventurous trip we took.. for days when either of us are low, for days when life hands us the lemons we’ll have this to read through and the millions of pictures i clicked! happy anniversary.. love you.. always! 🙂

I leave you guys with a few pics.. some of my fav from the trip 🙂 in no particular order

Hope you enjoy them

 

Old Monk, Pictionary, friends… & a Happy New Year!

2010 was a totally brilliant for many reasons that are already up on the blog.. I started the new year with someone who is nothing less than special, who has a brilliant sense of humour ( which even after a year has not yet rubbed on me), made peace with people who I needed to and started living life on a completely different mode altogether. Each passing day brought with it some excitement, a new thing discovered about self, about the husband, new additions to the house, travelled, got a hike and learnt that you need to take the learning’s that life offers everyday into your stride.. 🙂

Through this journey of juggling my 9-7 job, a husband, self and many other things I made friends with the husband’s ever entertaining bunch of friend’s with whom there is never a dull moment. A bunch of crazy people, who love their music, food, travelling, photography, their crazy ass cocktails( sane ones and insane ones), Old Monk, Bloody Mary’s, Thumbs up ( mentioned on special request ), and most importantly they never let go off an opportunity to pull each other’s leg! 😀

They all get along like a house on fire, every get together there is a new story and then there is a repeat of the old stories for the new members … this is where me and D come into the picture…I am married to the lead vocalist of the band and D to the bassist and that leaves BB the long-standing and the only fan to be married soon to the new addition to the gang 🙂

A unique mix each of them put them altogether they are nothing short of the headiest cocktail you could get. So you probably would have gotten the drift of how my new year would have been there was loads of laughter, conversations, who is to marry next and what kinda girl should they marry ( highly controversial topic ) 😉 & various rounds of dumb charades & Pictionary with weird drawings where the opposite team instead of looking into what their own team member was drawing kept looking into ours (when it was All Play rounds) and eventually ended up guessing the wrong word coz my dear hubby misread the word! 😛

In between all this there was an irate neighbor who thought we were pounding on the floor and requested us not to, a huge stuffed toy froggie who was manhandled by almost everyone, a lost & then found wallet and lastly a car that broke down twice that were highlights of the day 🙂
It was my first new year away from home where I was out partying… instead of a quiet a day at home looking back on the year. This year I broke away from tradition partied hard, had hardly any money in my wallet except for a few foreign currencies and had two of the best nights in my life!

So here’s to all of you a part of my hubby darling’s extended family…have a wonderful new year and may we have enough good luck, get together’s and happiness all of these which never run out!

Ain’t no sunshine when she is gone….

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
It’s not warm when she’s away.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
and she’s always gone too long
anytime she goes away.

well this is one of her fav songs..and also features in one of her fav movies Notting hill! 🙂

these line perfectly describes how i feel abt the person i m dedicating this post to.. wanted it to be special…coz this one is dedicated to that someone special my soul sister Prani.. (my own sister pls dnt take offence to this..i love you as much as i love her)

My soul sister if i may say is completely crazy!! my world of sunshine she is… from throwing attitude,to giving dirty looks, to being the most spaced out person she is one of a kind!and i mean it she is ONE of a kind!

From a terrifyin senior to my soul sister it’s been a quiet a journey for two people..me and her….i still remember meeting her the first time Main Middle bathroom ( c’mon nw don’t get dirty ideas) and trust me i hated her..i just couldn imagine that someone could be really nasty to a fresher! 😉

I m sure if you ask both us we wouldn’t know where and how we became such inseperable friends…. but all i knw is that every moment spent with her has always been a celebration of a kind. we have had our moments of complete maddness, wept our hearts out, gone for long walks around the campus, shared our respectives ‘highs’ ( well it was always her n never me) had girls day outs, watched movies together, contemplated over life, shared accessories, clothes and also gud friends.
It’s very rarely in life that you make those special friends who can complete a sentence even before u finish it, read your mind and even better we both were suffering sleeplessness together. I have always been known to follow her..all the way from wcc to mcc to living together now….

She now stands at the threshold to a new beginning….yes she is gettin married..on July 25th..with that an era of friendship is going to go through a change..i know her every fear, i knw wat’s on her mind…i knw wat’s going to make her smile and i knw wats not going to…but through this all i am sure i will always be her best friend and she mine..for this is a lifetime of friendship and sisterhood that will i m sure will stand the test of time!
I ‘ll be there on her D-day to usher her into that world of happoness and to always make sure that she stays happy! 🙂 love ya babes..so here’s to us…and our friendship…Cheers!