A Flight Post

Like someone said, it’s not the destination but the journey which becomes a memory and to me changes my view towards life making me more responsible.

How does that work? For me, the little good things that I observe and be able to apply to my life. In literal corporate terms, “Best Practice Implementation”.

Airport these days, are quite accessible to the larger crowd as against the past decade. Thanks to the ever growing demand, cost effective transportation due to cut throat competition. So, on my trip to next destination, I am all eyes and ears to what’s going around. And, not being a shopoholic gives me a little edge to peek through colors occasionally, be it accessories, books or food at display. Yeah, I did eye a couple of souvenirs and a shades 🤩

Good weather, pleasant day and a cup of tea to a start another adventure.

2020 gift to self – Happy New Year

We all like to gift the best to oneself……I sometime do that by eating my favorite ice cream, cooking a favorite dish for my son…yes we feel gifted doing for people we love the most…some times reading one page from a favorite book, a veces putting my leg out of the balcony with my little one and sipping tea while the rain sprinkles our feet…..aaahhh…small moments matters.

A couple of invitations from family and friends for the new year’s Eve kept me thinking where to head….finally decided with family……..too much pressure 😃

Yet, the strong Aries quality in me made sure to do my solo ride to welcome 2020 in style…..After the late night dinner, I as usual was ready by 6 and headed off to Shoolagiri dam.

The weather was at it’s best and Sun decided to be a bit lazy in showing up as clouds over powered them….so the chill in air was fresh making it a good ride……

Completely unexpected was a bit of off roading for about 5 kilometers….not a good one for car travel…….I went slow to the unknown roads between a couple of villages.,…..

Almost close to the dam, I met a couple on Dominar………we talked, did some photos, I breathed fresh air….ahhh my bike as well cleaned itself with the freshness in air……I loved the gift to self…….185 kilometers to begin…

Happy New Year folks….so what gift did you give your self…..???

Dhyanalinga – Isha Yoga Centre -A Spiritual Awakening

In the month of June, travel to Coimbatore came as part of visit to Agr-Intex expo, that exhibited new innovation in agricultural technology. For a commerce graduate in me, it’s a learning and I was not only amazed but intrigued as I learnt about seeds, plants, small and big machinery at various stalls from different Indian states.

The flocking crowd was bent to set an example of their inquisitiveness to innovative methods, nonetheless which tiny village they come from. My country is moving rapidly to a new age and I was feeling proud.

Like I always do, any official trip will compliment with a travel to neighborhood, and this time I wandered off to the famous Aadhiyogi Shiva Statue at Isha Yoga Centre. What fascinated me was the fact that, the tall statue was away from buzzing crowd and the very sight amidst the mountains was possible only until one came close to 2/3 kilometers.

It was a spectacular sight. An unforgettable moment!!!! While I always chose to visit on a less crowded day, I ended up being on an auspicious morning with more than 10000 devotees flocking for their pre-booked rituals. On any normal day, this place more a dhyana centre would witness devotees quietly meditating for hours. The yoga centre largely attracts foreign tourists for meditation who choose relevant plans the centre has to offer, based on number of days, type of meditation and cost. The surroundings with well manicured plants are meticulously kept. I was then provoked to spend some time in the dhyana mandir along with Aarti, my travel buddy for some peace and enlightment.

Isha Yoga Centre can be reached via local buses that ply every hour, which is the cheapest mode of transport from Coimbatore bus station.

Chettinad Tale

Hello Folks,

A comeback after break always carries a good feeling. Here is a short tale from my recent travel experience. Yet another bag packing travel story from Southern tip of India. After two day trip to Kochi (I am yet to write about it), little did I know what was in store at Karaikudi, where I was supposed to have a business meeting. These sudden meetings have been slightly arduous yet full of surprises.

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At the centre of Kanadukathan

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Since I sometimes end up overthinking, that provokes anxiety only to later result in overwhelming experience or a fruitful event or travel. Chettinad experience was one such travel, which I thought was purely professional. Alighting train at Madurai and travelling by road was a better option rather to have multiple break journeys in train. With luggage more than usual and sweat tripping, I was only waiting to rush to my accommodation and have a quick shower to cleanse body and mind.

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The Landmark – Chettinad Palace

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Silence to the core mid-day

This is one another time, I booked a hostel. Chettinad Packers, did have good reviews and true to the fact, the very slight impressed me. Reaching this place, which was a little away was held an unplanned surprise to self. Though usually I check the destination and hotel, sometimes, I am drawn to other factors in accommodations. Just about 5 minutes from the hostel was this magnificent building that seemed very familiar. It took less than a minute for me realize that this mansion was home to either villans or hero in Tamil movies. Remember seeing them in one of the travel stories in YouTube. This was for sure a part of my passive bucket list. 

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I was very pleased with the room for it was spic and span, taking care of basic needs. The manager(Akash) also managed to help me with a bike taking into account my urgent requirement to attend meeting. While speeding in the smooth roads, I realized that this quaint village for sure did not have the word “traffic” in it’s dictionary. How peaceful can riding be…..while I was trying to sway until my destination arrived.

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Though, I did get lost in a deserted path for about 5 kilometers…a big thank you to google maps…not a soul all through the uneven patch……it was perfect offroading experience…before connecting the high way. Nevertheless, my return was careful and smoother.

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Lunch time, all thoughts got drawn to chettinad cuisine…. specially mutton the traditional way. I chose meal over biryani. After a hearty meal, Akash accompanied me to one of the Chettiar’s palace and showed me around. There is nominal charge of Rs.50/- and receipt is given for the same. These funds collected go to the caretakers expenses.

As I entered the mansion, I see a long rectangular hallway with two major entrances and I was warned not to take photographs since the owner is not keen on this place being posted on social media. For sure the hall was a place to be shot, as it had an array of long standing cupboards with mirrors, tall pillars, corridors and impeccable architecture.

Proceeding further, we were greeted by the caretaker, who had a welcoming smile on her face. This where my photo shoot started…..the next room was a hall with broad seating both sides edged by long pillars made of single wood along with a open roof courtyard at the center. One can walk through both side to reach the wash area and then to kitchen. It was massive, more than what one could imagine by just looking at the house from its main entrance.

There were few bedrooms at the ground floor, yet most of them were at the first floor. I learnt there were more than 40 bedrooms in the mansion. They were all locked and I could barely get a sight of it. The dark and narrow staircase alongside Yellow painted walls led us to the roof of the building to give the best view of the quaint town. It was a u-turn to history.

Hope you enjoyed reading this piece of hidden history. To be back soon…Luv Vannie

 

Nearly a feast at Khandwa, Indore

It’s year since my invitation to Khandwa was pending from a dear friend of mine. And then a call unexpectedly help planned my tour in just about a days time. Lots of talking, family time, kiddo time, local market visits and a must temple visit happened.

The best moments were indeed ones that satisfied my tummy. Few mouth watering items include those that were familiar and few those were introduced for the first time.

What an experience!!!!

The best Deal Kachori I had.

Sabudhana Kichidi….

Home made Paneer curry (soft and delicious), Stuffed capsicum, Dal, Jeera rice and Roti.

Gulkand and Kiwi Sharbhat

Ice dish

Mango Lassi

Doodh Jalebi

Poha for breakfast

Club Cheese Sandwich

Genie Dosa

Pani Puri (Indore wali)

Aloo Patties

Butte ka Kiss

Dahi Bade

Dry fruit Rabdi

Rabdi Gola (cocktail types)

Just a few those I tried….and gained a few kilos…don’t regret savoring these though……Indeed a culinary tour after long.

Cheers!