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Coast to Coast: Day 7

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Unbelievably, the trip was to come to an end tonight. The very thought brought in mixed emotions. Aastha and I were determined to witness the last east coast sunrise (I was sure the next sunrise I see will not be in Bangalore). Google helped us with the time, and we were at the Gandhi beach at 6:00am. Pondicherry and the people felt way friendlier. I could see countless health freaks run, walk, jog along the beach. We also had another great mind like ours, present at the venue to click the sunrise. However, we did not bother to reciprocate to his smile and hello gesture! 
We accomplished mission 'Capture Sunrise' by 7:00am and felt rather enthusiastic. The thought of returning to the guest house vanished and we chose to explore the streets of Pondicherry all by ourselves.  It was going to be a Girls Day Out! The twist that no restaurants would open before 8:00am added to our misery.We crossed streets right, left and center to reach a venue for a healthy breakfast.We sat cross…

Coast to Coast: Day 6

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As the clock struck 12, we wished each other 'Happy New Year 2014'...

The night had just begun and we could see the wilderness as we drove back to La Marina. A debrief of the day was enough a slot to put us to sleep.  
We woke up early (by New Year standards) and landed ourselves at Baker Street. It was just the right spot for a wake up brunch. We thoroughly spent time tasting each and every name on the menu. After a cold coffee, we walked through the streets and decided to go for the famous Pondicherry shopping. We passed shops, boutiques, designer cafe but it was all about going in with excitement and returning empty handed. I wondered how people even shopped here! Neither the street shopping, nor the yearning to buy anything help as we walked past the Governor's splendid bungalow. (The inability to buy was a function of lack of interesting collecting)
We came back, caught some sleep to balance the morning quota. We did not mind skipping lunch for an interesting evening …

Coast to Coast: Day 5

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What happens in the trip, stays with the tripmates... and it still does!

The next day was overwhelming, it was going to be the New Year's eve! We woke up embarrassed, unable to put up with the guilt of having troubled the two poor souls and not letting them catch enough sleep! The reverse strategy worked wonders as the guys chose to follow 'ahimsa' in everything they did. We drove to the Brihadeeswara temple, spectacularly magnificent at the very first sight! The three 'dwars' spoke of might and fight as we entered the premises. We bargained to our brain's content to find a guide who could balance his output of knowledge with the input we had to offer. 
This time I was determined to visit the deity irrespective of the queue, even in the absence of enough support among us. The Shiv Ling was huge! I did not wish for anything for it was more of history than devotion to me! We went around the temple as the guide took us past architecture, literature with logic, bel…

Coast to Coast: Day 4

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I realized how strongly togetherness could beat the thought of any apprehension at such times...!


Aastha was up early, all set to visit the temple. We dressed to fulfill the temple traditions (including Dhruv and Mihir) as per our research on Google and advice from near and dear. The walk to temple was little less than 2mins but what surprised us was the queue that reminded me of the Pied Piper of Hamelin! Aastha and I chose to step in first, make way and share our path to success with the guys who were hand holding the caught camera. It was a Monday, I closed my eyes to visualize the linga in Somnath to offer prayers from a stainless steel railing 600m away. Looks like the guys followed the same strategy and came out in no time.
After a breakfast in the most locale place possible, we changed to fight the sun and sand in Dhanushkodi. It was a day of experiencing 'means of transport'. We got into a 4 seater rick to take us to Dhanushkodi after a heavy bargain. The next in line …

Coast to Coast: Day 3 (contd...)

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To be continued...


The drive from Cape Comorin to Rameshwaram was 'first class' as we call in our local language. Our first stop was the windmills spot (wondering why? Of course, for photos). We took the luxury to halt the car and click numerous pictures, both natural and posed (including the current profile picture on fb). Being close to a windmill is a joy in itself!
The drive was smooth, fast and we were not surprised when the speedometer showed a progressive shift from 120 through 180kmph. All said and done, we started to google for a beach to spend time with a setting sun. It was Eravadi this time. It was a perfect coastline and I etched to touch the curve as shown by google maps. Perfectly in time, we reached the fishing beach with no sight of people around. It was purely  about fishing; we could see fish bones ranging from small, medium to large that smelt of fish till our nostrils could no longer feel the difference. The creative director in Dhruva woke up to the sight…

Coast to Coast: Day 3

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The perfect day that came to an end at 3:30am...

 Our midnight sleep was short lived. The ring from reception woke us up at 5:45am and served as an alarm to help us spring out of our beds. Yes, the sunrise that we had yearned for, was scheduled for 6:15am by the heavens. The last night's strategy to check out the beach and parking really did not help. We were stopped by the police at the very beginning and we had no option but to get down and run. People threw anxious glances (as if it would make a difference)as the four of us ran, making way for ourselves to catch the first ray of sunrise. The run just din't seem to come to an end! (How I cursed my fitness levels and took pride in my will). The moment we reached, at what was supposed to be the sunrise point, it was swarmed with a gazillion heads! I was shell shocked to even take a stab at counting the number of people standing in front of me. A dejected me, stood there in hope to witness the beautiful sunrise right from the (…

Coast to Coast: Day 2

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I was charged...

I woke up early of a blocked nose and I knew Pranayam had to work its charm to keep me up for the day. A freshened I, took to the sofa and started breathing in and out in pursuit of bliss. Aastha did not miss the moment and started clicking till we walked out to find Dhruva giving the Figo a wash. 'Biscuit' was all-good-morning and reached us with the indeed innocent expression. I just could not resist not bringing him closer and played with him for a while.

The next one hour just sped by- we were at the beach clicking introduction shots for the four of us. We left the beach at the earliest with a clear objective in mind: To watch sunset in Kanyakumari! Little did we know, that it would be the most interestingly spontaneous day at hand... The drive to Kanyakumari looked pleasant until we chose to visit the Tangasseri beach as recommended by Google. It was a difficult choice: Sunset in Kanyakumari vs. Time at Tangasseri but we went with the latter. My selfishn…

Coast to Coast: Day 1

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The morning could just be great...
Indeed it was! I woke up at half past seven trying to peace the battle between the waves and a growling stomach. I was too excited to take a walk at the beach, all alone, but restrained my thoughts at Mihir's sight. He was too deep in sleep to be waken up but I felt an 'FYI' would help. He jumped out of bed to my call (the third one) and just followed (escorted) me to the breakfast bay. We ordered coffee and I took a stroll as the photographer got ready to harness his skills.
We walked to the beach and it was simply a pleasant sight. All I could see was the stretch of coconut trees along the road and the sea on the opposite side till my sight could allow me. The sun was up and it was beyond my thoughts to frame all that I witnessed. I formed a small world of my own- it was the water, the sand and I...  I returned to the present as I caught a glimpse of Dhruva and Aastha in the car about 20mts away. And I knew, it was just going to be all …

Coast to Coast: Day 0

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We decided to call our vacation: Coast to Coast (C2C fondly).This trip was going to be special! And I knew it right on Day 0. I could virtually check the second last item on my 'Wishlist 2012' that read 'Do something, I haven't done before'. My first travel companion was Dhruv followed by the lovely Ford Figo. It took me a while to recognize Mihir in his new look at the NetApp reception lobby. But before we realized, we had already hit the road to Kozhikode (To be pronounced as 'Koi-kode'). Mysore en-route, we din't spare a chance to have lunch at Dhruv's home before the coconuts could begin to challenge us. Memories from SDM came flooding by. For a moment, I was tempted to visit the campus but got away with it at this spectacular sight.(pic below. Photo Credits: Mihir)  We cut through the forest (I believe it was the other side of Nagarhole) as the sunset. I was up in anticipation of spotting a lion or atleast a deer which was fairly impossible in t…

Winter 2013: A Dream Come True!

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It was an interesting day today! The best part being, a realization that dawned upon me: I cannot write more than 25 words/min in the literal sense (with a pen on a paper). As I wrote a letter to my maternal grandma, I felt how much I missed writing to my relatives and friends. Now they are all just a 'ping' away.
Giving writing a thought, brought to my attention the wish to capture my Dec'13 in a few posts, that has been long pending for now... I wonder how Winter just brings new hopes, surprises and joy to me; and Winter 2013 was no different! 2011 brought me close to a home away from home in College Station, 2012 saw the very own Mumbai and 2013 revealed a new horizon of beauty in India- down south.
It all started, when I eavesdropped a conversation in our cafeteria one fine afternoon. I need to thank Srikant for keeping my order of a veg sandwich on hold for long to help the cause. The small unsure 'yes, I will be glad to join you' was a dream come true on Dec 26…