My most COMFORTABLE look…


In today’s world, everyone is keeping pace with fashion. People want to look the best and up-to-date. From wedding to birthday to daily wear, we take hours or even days before that event to decide what to wear so that we look great. If you do not have the budget to buy designer dress, just show the picture of the outfit and your tailor would become your designer. Go to the market and sellers will say, “Ma’am, it’s the latest Sabyasachi design.” Well, I am no superstar, I do not feel like spending 60 lakhs over a dress which I would wear only for 60 minutes. I mean, WHY? I never get that. I have seen people wearing the most expensive dresses but not comfortable. Most stylish shoes, wearing which they cannot even walk properly but might get a great click.

I dress myself for comfort and not for the sake of impressing others. If my set of clothes are comfortable, I wear them for years even if it goes out of fashion and then, my friends would say,” Oh, that’s the one you used to wear in college”. Ha-ha. I have been like that way. I do buy new clothes but don’t discard the old ones. My most comfortable look is the one in which I feel free and confident with my wide smile. Be it my pink pyjamas with cute bunny prints paired along a loose T-shirt, that’s my most natural and comfortable look!

 

 

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IMPERFECT


I feel, I am a person who tries to do everything right. Early to bed and early to rise. Prepare food and eat healthy. Regularly work out to remain fit without a cheat. All cleaning and laundry on every weekend. Read and write whenever I get some time. Do not poke my nose into other’s affairs. I am polite and friendly to others. Respect all elders and make sure to get in touch with all my kith and kin and definitely love kids. Start planning months before for long weekends. I don’t keep grudges and forgive easily. Deliver my work on time and keep learning new things. Help whenever needed. Enjoy me-time. And fighting is not my cup of tea. Aah.. so perfect, right?

But, here I am in reality, who is not that perfect. Sometimes, spend my whole night watching series or reading a book. And then, miss my cab for office the next morning. Often, skip my workouts and eat unhealthy food. Binge on as many desserts as I could. At times, don’t feel like doing any work at all but lying down lazy. Laugh till my cheeks get red and cry until puffed eyes. I shout and get irritated with things going around me. Say stupid things and behave funny. Often, do what my heart says, not realizing whether right or wrong. Then, feel guilty after doing it. I keep fighting with myself to distance myself from negative thoughts that keep popping up after every failure. I don’t have any clear career goals set, rather have a bucket list of places to be visited and cuisines to be savoured. And I still love my this happy and broken side where I am IMPERFECT.

AWAY


Take me to a place
Where life is simple
No doors to lock
No risk of life
Where it is freshness all around
No sound of vehicles
No crowd of people
Where it’s just me
No one to complain
No formalities to make
Where there is no worry
No negativity flowing
No responsibilities growing
Where secret thoughts spread
No technology to waste time on
No luxury to buy and enjoy
Where no one is broken
No hatred around
No lives are taken
Where mind is occupied with pleasures
No hostile feelings
No abusive words
Where I can watch the nature, rise and raise
No pollution in any form
No garbage cluttered
Where I am just I
Take me to a place
Where I can live and no one can find.

A FIRE


I sink down for hours
Amidst the magnificent garden
Not paying heed to its beauty
But thinking about your elegance.
My heart aches to think of the day
When I last saw you
I still miss holding your hands
While watching movies
I still remember cooking
Your favourite dishes
But we are strangers again
And this time with memories.

I sink down for hours
Under the starry night
Trying to hear
The sound of your anklets
Dying to watch
The twinkle in your eyes
But all in vain
And swallowed up in dark abyss. .

Was that just a fling?
Or it was more than that?
What do I want from you?
Do I want to cast a spell over you?
And make you fall in love with me?
Or make you dream about us?
And live there, in dreams?
Could I find you again?
Is it possible?
How do I reach you?
How do I find my way to you?
To get burned up, again?
Do you remember how happy we were?
Sing for me now.
Dance with me.
Everything was perfect.
And complete.
This is what we were together
“a FIRE”.

A Sudden Plan


It had been a very long time since I shared any travel experience after Adi-Kailash Trip. So here it goes –

One day, one of my friends pinged me on WhatsApp saying that she has not travelled for last few months and desperately needs one trip. I replied, asking her to suggest some places after which I would plan the travel. Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and many more places were discussed. At last, we both agreed for Triund trekking in next 3 days. It is near Mcloedgunj in Himachal Pradesh. As travelling in group is more fun, I asked a few friends and cousins to join. So, the final count turned to 5 members for the trip.

As planned, we left for the bus station in Delhi on Friday night but our bus was 2 hours late. Hoping, the driver would cover this and reach Mcloedgunj on time, we happily took our seats and chit-chatted. We reached Mcloedgunj on Saturday morning by 8am. We freshened up and after having breakfast, reached the starting point of the trek and followed the trail to reach our destination. We saw few people had hired a horse/pony to enjoy the ride and reach the top. Most of them had kids along them. Otherwise, it is best to hike all the way.

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The initial path towards Triund…

The trek is full of rocky steps, stony path and tiring curves. We came across the best views of mountains and forests. We also relaxed in between the trek under the shade of trees and at refreshment shops that offered water and snacks. And you know the joy of eating a bowl of Maggi in hilly areas. The ambience was very calm and fresh. We also saw small streams throughout the trek.

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Oldest Chai Shop as it claimed since 1984!

On the way, while 2 friends were a bit behind rest of us, I thought of waiting for them and sat under a tree which was on the valley side. As 2 thick branches were at the back of me, I loosened my backpack. Then, assuming that the bag was resting on the branches, to relax my shoulder muscles, I literally took my hands off the straps and pheww… My bag rolled down the not-so-slant valley. I told my friends what happened. On hearing my situation, one of the local person asked me in which direction did it fall and whether it was light or heavy. I guess he was a lead of some travel group. As soon as I told him, without wasting a time, he went down jumping. We watched him as far as our eyes could and then he was not visible. We were discussing whether he is safe or not and whether he could find it or not. My friends were scolding me for my foolishness. And he appeared with my BAG… yeyyyee…!! He told that it had got stuck on some tree downwards. Thank god for that tree and big thanks to that unknown person who helped me. Who says without a motive, people don’t help these days. Selfless and helpful people still exist. After spending few minutes on this incident, we continued our trekking witnessing the flora and fauna of that area.

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This is where I sat and my bag rolled… behind me.. down the valley..

 

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Dense forest with different variety of trees and plants.

We walked for an hour or two more. At last, we could view the grassy meadows and breathed a sigh of relief but there was still a kilometer to reach. Enchanted with the scenery, we just sat on a big rock for some time. We got up and felt that we were struggling more to complete that last one kilometer.

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Relaxing though just a kilometer away and enjoying the beauty!

Finally, stepped into Triund by late noon after 4 hours of our start. These 4 hours included many breaks for pictures and actual breaks and of course that bag thing. Though it was a bit crowded due to its peak season, the panorama was amazing. We decided to explore more towards its other end adding a few more miles to our trekking. Triund is surrounded by astounding mountain ranges and appealing valleys.

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We hiked more from those huts seen at the left side to find less crowded area.

After a while, found a place with less crowd and put our bags in tents. Enjoyed our evening by roaming around with a cup of tea watching the beautiful hues of sunset and inhaling THE FRESH AIR which we normally don’t in cities. I realized that fresh air makes us happier.

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Waiting for Maggi.. and getting some warmth!
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Isn’t it a picture perfect?? Everything is so beautiful around us.
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Ideal place to meditate… 😉

While moving towards our tent, it started drizzling and in those few minutes only, a rainbow appeared too. It’s truly said that some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. We saw the beauty of the whole region from the top. It was a treat to our eyes. What a relaxation it was!

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Got blurred…
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Towards the other end of Triund, found this small temple.

I must say that night camping at Triund top is one of the best experiences even better than the day. There was cold breeze flowing during dinner time. The aroma of food wafted on the breeze and we savored every morsel of our food. Everyone was enjoying the night, singing, dancing, drinking and having a gala time with their dear ones. Sitting and gossiping beneath the starry sky, we admired the beautiful night.

I slept like a baby in the cozy sleeping bag and woke up to a fascinating sunrise. Asked my friends to wake up to view the morning beauty of Triund. We had experienced the shades of sunset followed by a night with billions of stars and then it was time for the warmth of sunrise.

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How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

After having hot yummy breakfast and clicking few more pictures, it was time to retrace our path back to Mcloedgunj and it was easier on the way back.

Triund trekking is relatively an easy trek, a beautiful walk and climb through forests. I believe, the trek is not too exhausting even for the first timers. It was one of the memorable treks I had and enjoyed every bend of its trail.

We came back to Delhi, mesmerized with a great feeling despite of tiring journey.

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Hum Paanch…..

 

Growth


High-school classmates we were
Not-that-good-friends though
Memories are still blur
Anything apart from grades we hardly know.

Did not notice when we became Facebook friends
Time passed by and met in Chennai
That too after a decade
From then there was no good-bye.

Everything one did makes the other smile
Every moment spent together was worthwhile
Meeting after 10 years was a fate
Falling in love was beyond control and great.

He seems to be the Pooh
Who is acknowledged to have a clever idea
Also, curious about how to brew
And very fond of food.

I am like the Piglet
Pooh’s closest friend
Who tries to be brave but sometimes fret
And often takes risk even when afraid.

He is lazy
And I am is cartoonish
Together we are crazy
And buffoonish.

Time arrived for our willing hands to hold
And we took the wedding oath
To abide by until we are old
For our long and healthy growth.

Our infinite affection
Will keep us together
Our perpetual connection
No doubt will last forever!

Magnetic


Have you ever experienced
That magnetic attraction?
When with no exact reason
You conceal your emotion.
Whether they are good or bad
Similar or dissimilar
You feel glad
To catch only the glimpse of other.
They seem to be an epitome of perfection
And you wish to express your affection
As you see in them your own reflection
And perceive a deep hidden connection.