The Himalayan Hangover

So I’m back from my long awaited trip and trying to catch up with life now… With the appraisal process just round the corner, I needed this trip to be better armed to face the bullets..

I went to Gulmarg, and I can now safely say that it does full justice to its title of “heaven on earth”…for the uninformed, Gulmarg is a town, in the Baramula district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. There goes a tick on my bucket list…

Days spent there went in a daze…literally…since the weather was pleasantly unpredictable. From snow biking to digging my feet in the knee deep snow of the Himalayas to walking aimlessly in the most scenic views of the snow-capped mountains, Gulmarg had all the fodder for my soul! The best thing was that there was barely any connectivity and the bad network gave way to deeper enriching conversations.

Sharing a few glimpses of the trip…


Tulip Gardens


A Brook in Gulmarg

No clue what it is…except that it’s BEAUTIFUL

Pine trees as high as you can see

Not sure if the mountains are trying to stretch their necks, or the clouds bending down!

The biggest benefit of this trip was that it led to bursting a few very strong misconceptions about the place. When anyone (that includes me) hears the word “Kashmir”, the first thought is that of violence, tension, danger, etc. None of it is true. What I realized after spending time interacting with the locals, is that they are craving for a normal life as much as we do. The place that could be thriving way more than it is currently, based on tourism, is restricted to some extent because of the perception of people towards it.

No, the place is not dangerous. No, there isn’t violence every time you step out of the house. Yes, they are the most polite people you will ever find in the entire world. And finally, Yes you must all visit it once in this lifetime to feel closer to yourselves if not anything else!


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Conquering fears

We all have a few words that we hear and no matter the surroundings, the feelings those words garner, will be unique…I too have a few such words, one of the being climbing… I can say this with utmost surety that no matter what, climbing will mean just one thing to me and that is Edinburgh! Yepp…sounds weird I know…

So the thing is that, I am acrophobic. Okay let’s face it, I have a lot of phobias.. height, water, enclosed spaces, ceiling fans (do not judge me here… ) are a few of them… anyway, acrophobia tops my list.. Last year when I was in Edinburgh, I didn’t know that my leisurely-I-want-to-pamper-myself vacation is going to end up being the one where I have done the most walking and climbing. As beautiful as that city is, the landscape had me breathless (literally).

This was about the same time, when my new found passion of “Fitness” had just dawned upon me. So I was not in the best of my shape but my spirits were soaring. On my very first day in Edinburgh, while dragging a huge set of suitcases (hubby dearest was clearly doing most of the dragging, while I was trying to navigate) we ended up in front of a long long staircase. Apparently that was what Google maps thought was the best route to get to my apartment (not so much though). So here I was….

Best Route (as per GPS)

The next day we went to see the Arthur’s Seat (the highest, most beautiful peak in Edinburgh). We had no plans to hike or trek and hence were not geared up in the most appropriate attire or shoes. However, on seeing the peak from a distance, a certain sense of adrenaline pumped down my spine and the next minute, I was on my way climbing up the peak.

Going up wasn’t as difficult as I thought and I managed to take decent breaks in between to admire the view while ensuring I don’t look down. Once on top, the feeling was beyond my imagination. A sense of exhilarating freedom and victory. Though it wasn’t that high and most people I know would do that for a normal morning jog. But it meant a whole lot of stuff to me. I partly overcame my fear of heights..

My only regret was not carrying a bottle of wine to enjoy the view up there.

Who knows, maybe next time!

P.S. I’ll skip the part where I was petrified to death while going down. So much so, that at one point I almost considered wrapping myself in a thick jacket and rolling down the hill, since that was the only way I thought I could have managed.


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Gateway to heaven…#writephoto

Holding her wrinkled hand, he was silently observing her…Unconsciously drawing lines on her now swollen veins, he traveled back in time when they were 20-something and had just started dating…

“What if you get bored of me?!”, she would say cringing her forehead… “I would never”, he said feeling the most confident than ever…

Few years later when they were parting ways, they thought that was the end of their story… “I hope you never forget me”, she said misty eyed, bidding him farewell at the airport.. “In case I do, meet me on the other side of the world”, he said with a smirk!

50 years had gone by since then, they had moved on in life, built stone walls around them with the ruins of a broken relationship and a rock solid friendship…

Lying in the hospital bed, just hours before breaking that wall and crossing over, she opened her eyes for that one last time and said,

“See you on the other side, my friend!”

So many relations in life blur the line of life and death, and who knows, we may have truly found our soulmate for life and beyond! I have found mine… 🙂

Thank you Sue for yet another thought provoking photo prompt… For rules please visit here



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Thursday photo prompt – Gold #writephoto

There I was,

Ready to open my wings to the world,

To take on the golden sky and twirl;

Yet unborn were my dreams and desires,

But she was suppressing her silent fears,

Fears that I may lose my way,

Fears that her baby bird may not stay,

But I have just learnt to fly,

And I refused to be shy.

And one day,

I will return to my nest – bold and warm,

To rest a while in her heaving bosom!

golden pathway across the see at sunset with a bird caught in the light

Thanks Sue for the awe-inspiring photo prompt… I wanted to focus only on the golden sky, but could not somehow ignore the lone bird taking a glorious flight!



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Coming back to life…

A lot has been going on lately… and I failed miserably at my “one post a day” target… I succumbed to monotony…! Got bogged down by health issues and despite they not being that grave, I overstated them in my head and found an excuse to not do anything but the bare essential!

But I am getting back on track with life… All this while, my happy hours were restricted to the time I exercised…beyond that there was pretty much nothing that excited me… In hindsight, I think a lot of that had got to do with the fact that I barely had a break in about 8 months… Imagine, having to behave like an adult for 8 months without a break!!!

The last time I had a proper holiday was when I traveled to UK last year September with hubby dearest.. Post which I am only pretending that I am unable to find anything that excites me as much as the peaks of Scotland or the lanes of London… That said, I am feeling better now, also because I finally managed to plan a teeny weeny break…Yay for that! I call it a break since I’ll be off the hook only for a couple of days (and that does NOT qualify as a holiday) (Details on that one later.. :))

So while I am happy anticipating the time off, I bumped into these few old pics of my last holiday!





London Bridge
& of course, Me 😉
































Now that I plan to stop being a vegetable, I hope I can catch up with my writing and all the wonderful pending posts that I may have missed out on reading!


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300 & counting!!

Okay so this is going to be a bit of a narcissistic and longer than usual post… I just crossed my first 300 followers mark… *doing my little happy dance*…


I’m super ecstatic about it… reasons being:

1. I didn’t think I could write shit… leave aside have someone read it and like it…

2. This blog is less than two months old and it seems to have become a living, breathing separate entity with a mind of its own…

3. With the attention span of a goldfish I didn’t think I would be able to keep up with the blog.. which in a way did happen when I first created an account on WordPress a year back and then just forgot about it.. Until less than two months ago when I was having one of those epiphanies that I am going to lead a pretty meaningless life…not to forget that hubby dearest threatened to lock me up in a room with a bottle of wine and my laptop until I jibber jabber something on the keyboard… so yeah all that worked!

4. I forgot why I was writing a numbered list…anyways

So yes… I’m happy that I managed to partly live up to the “pseudo-writer” label that I bestowed upon myself and in the process hopefully made for some decent writing! Having said that, in this quest for myself… I realized one very important thing.. I absolutely and truly enjoy writing…it is the feeling of  liberation that’s captivating… I’m a lot of things throughout the day, but here it’s just “ME”!

And I will be cursed with a writers’ block for the rest of my life if I end this post without the mention of the ones that truly deserve it… so here’s a biggggg thank you and a bigger hug to all of you awesome people who inspire me and encourage me day in and day out with such brilliant writing and a generous feedback on my work. Your warmth and love is what makes this ride worthwhile..


Keep writing…


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The demons within..

It was a scary feeling…she didn’t want to get out of bed… she didn’t want the day to start…or rather she couldn’t, AGAIN… This feeling was not new to her…

Laying in bed, staring at the was like she was having a free fall. She could not help but think of the time when this sorrow had become her only friend… when it took her years to accept it and more importantly publicly acknowledge her “condition”… Yeah, that’s what they called it.. How she spent days, nights and years grappling with her own demons… the ones that would hide at the faintest sound of another person.. they made it all the more difficult for people to see her pain… “But you look just fine!”, “What’s there for you to worry about?! you have a job, friends and good life!”, they would remark… She was truly alone in this battle..against herself..

When she finally thought that she had won or at least heard the forces retreat, here it was…back again…to immerse her in their dark world, where her voices couldn’t be heard…where once again she would be trapped…But this time, she was better prepared.. she would not let them have her..after all what anti-depressants couldn’t do, her razor blade could!


This is in response to the daily post “Immerse


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