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Things I Learnt On My Solo Trip

In a surprising chain of events I landed up booking a week long vacation all by myself.  I wish I could explain a little more about what made me take this impulsive decision, but I genuinely don’t know what made me do it. I woke up one morning, decided I wanted to do something, and went ahead and booked my tickets. I guess somewhere in my subconscious mind it had to do with the fact that not many would be excited about travel plans, plus coordinating with time and plans was taking a toll on my mental peace. So here I was, making my way to another city all by myself. All that I knew was that I had a hostel to stay at, and I was sure I’d make friends along the way. Something about this was exciting. While I’ll soon share some stories with you from the trip,…

Kochi Muziris Biennale & Varkala: A perfect end to 2016

I tried to make the most of my two-week winter break in December, and ended the year with a vacation in Kerala. Essentially, my friend and I were visiting Kochi for the biennale, but after overcoming some rather poor planning and a constant state of indecision, we managed to get ourselves to Varkala – which is by far, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. We spent 5 nights in Fort Kochi, primarily to get the feel of the biennale – where we could take it all in at our own pace and not rush through. The Kochi Muziris Biennale is an international art festival held every other year in Fort Kochi, and this time, it’s on for 108 days (starting December 2016). There are about 8 main venues for the biennale, though several cafés and local shops around Fort Kochi have collaborated with the festival as well.…

ChatRoom #7 – Ameya Kolambekar

You know how you haven’t met someone, but you’ve been following their work on the internet, and everything that they do inspires you a little to stalk their every move online a little more? At the expense of sounding creepy, I’d like to say I have a bunch of such “online friends” who I’ve never met, and who have also made it to my “People I must meet one day” list. Ameya Kolambekar is one such person. Online friends are great sometimes. Guys, meet Northstalgia , one of my favorite travel inspiration accounts- Who is Ameya Kolambekar?  You know that guy who loves traveling but is stuck in a 9-6? That’s me. I adore pets, football keeps my weekends busy and I find myself digging into history quite a bit. And, I never have a bad hair day. (The first thing that strikes me here- this man has a great sense…

Breakfast in Goa : Sri, Vagator

A unique setting on the quiet hill side of Vagator, Goa, Sri comes as a highly recommended breakfast spot by many. We headed over early morning on one of our quarterly breaks to Goa, and found ourselves in a cosy spot in this restaurant, the only customers this early in the morning (10:00am is early in Goa :/) “I want a garden like this” Sri at first will remind you of a large colonial bungalow that has been converted to a commercial space. The large kitchen area and courtyard definitely seem to suggest so. Plants of all varieties, both local and exotic, adorn the place. Cats make their way to quiet corners while dogs lounge around in the sun, or sit beside you and make for great breakfast company. This popular spot boasts of a big shaded courtyard covered in thick green foliage that acts as a great camouflage and makes…

Running through the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk

Snarled by traffic, crammed by shops selling silver jewelry, saris, blouses and mannequins dressed in lehengas, marking the entrance to stores filled with excited women shopping for a shaadi – Delhi’s most famous shopping street is characterized by drama, pandemonium and an old world charm quite lost in the otherwise buzzing metropolis. No visit to Delhi is complete without a visit to Chandni Chowk, a name that we’ve heard while growing up in India, thanks to Bollywood. And of course I decided to check out this epic place. Since we were staying in Dwarka, we decided to start off the day early, and thank God for that. Because you need a lot of time to take in the charm that Chandni Chowk has to offer. And more so because the traffic jams in the narrow lanes will have you covering a distance of 1km in 45minutes (we of course decided…

Summerhouse Cafe, Delhi

Nothing beats drinking in the open air – especially on a chill Autumn night, when a light breeze makes you reach for your sweater and fairy lights and low music set the mood for intimate conversations between lovers and tipsy debates between friends. It was on one such night that I went over to say hello to Ricky and Esther, the two people who are the lifeline of Summerhouse Café. As I walked in, I could get a distinct sense of luxury in the buzzing second floor, while the sprawling rooftop bar was like a breath of fresh air in the otherwise smaller pubs around the area. I immediately fell in love with the place, so much so that I decided to stay back for a drink. It’s my comfort zone- pretty lights, techno, whiskey, conversations; I’d regret it if I hadn’t stayed back :) So here’s one thing I’ve figured out -…

Axis Bank Regatta CEO Cup, Goa

People lounge in hammocks under palm trees, enjoy a foot massage on the sunbeds, sip on wine while walking around the green lawns; a beachfront institution, cocktails and sunsets, gourmet food under the stars, a casino with Russian dancers to begin the night and a dance floor to end it all. The lifestyle of the rich and famous has always been a point of envy. But the finer things in life come at a cost, a cost that usually lies at the end of a hard day’s work.  So when the opportunity arose to pack their bags and head off to a weekend of pure luxurious living, the rich and famous gladly obliged. Keeping in mind the spirit of living of the rich and famous, Axis Bank recently organized the Regatta CEO Cup, the first of it’s kind in India, in an attempt to revolutionize the concept of luxurious living.…

We Saw The Taj Mahal In 25 Minutes

“A teardrop on the cheek of eternity”, “The embodiment of all things pure”, “The sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes” are all phrases that describe the greatest symbol of love that the world has ever known-the Taj Mahal. Considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, lakhs of tourists come down to Agra to catch a once in a lifetime glimpse of the Taj Mahal. And we covered it in 25minutes. They say unplanned trips make for the best memories. What they don’t tell you is that “best memories” can be a best bad memory, or a best good memory. Either way, you’re stuck with this memory forever, and well, you learn to laugh along. A business trip to Delhi gave us a few hours in hand to do…well, nothing. And guess what yours truly, a mad(wo)man bitten by the travel bug decided…

ChatRoom #1 – Pratik Gandhi

Hello folks! I am so glad to be back here after so long, and with something brand new. I took 2 months off to organize a few things around the blog, and am glad to see it working out for me. Anyway, enough about me for now, I’ here to talk about this new series I’m introducing on my webspace- ChatRoom. ChatRoom is nothing but a fun conversation between me and anyone who has inspired , helped, motivated or simply entertained me/us and made a difference :D I have consciously been making an effort to live in the moment, and in the process realised how even the smallest of motivational talks can help you feel better about things, or how the most basic joke will bring a smile to your face when you really need it. I’ve realised over the last couple of years the importance of each individual, each encounter, each…

3 Days in Pondicherry

I promised myself that I’d not give in the urge to write a blog post about the holiday. But seeing people ranting over the internet about Pondicherry not being a nice place, and listening to the occasional complain about having nothing to do at Pondicherry, I thought venting out my feels would give a better idea to many. Or so I hope. Guys, go to Pondicherry once in your life. But don’t go expecting Goa. 3 days at Pondicherry and the place seems to have grown on me. A quaint, tiny beach town that doesn’t offer you too much in terms of an adrenaline filled holiday was the perfect break I was looking for the weekend. We ate, walked, ate a little more, explored the history the town had to offer, and of course, ate some more. Don’t go looking for nightlife and beaches you can party at. Public transport will be…

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