Phew! it was quite a task. Earlier this year, Jyoti planned a nice little vacation for the three of us in Goa. It was a great trip, we got off at the airport and were greeted with a car, which I then proceeded to drive around all over Goa. At least it seemed that way. At the end of the vacation I had driven at least 1500 kms so I guess we did cover a lot of ground.
We started by going to North Goa and stayed in Baga for a few days and then into the more dense forest area at Molem and ended with the calm and serenity of South Goa at Sernabetim. Trip report is on Jyoti’s blog.
One of the things that was also planned, was to look at the possibility of buying a small apartment, which we could use as a get-away home.
We did get a little bit of a break here, when our neighbour from Gurgaon told us about a friend wanting to sell his apartment. From that initial meeting to almost three months, several emails and phone calls we finally managed to get the place.
We are now the proud owners of apartment 211at Las Palmas, Arpora, Goa.
There were a lot of anxious and tense moments for all involved, with the lawyers and banks asking for all kinds of papers, but it finally concluded.
I was too tired to take photos and JÃ¼rgen who was carrying a new camera was very willing to use both his own and my camera so we got some shots of the place.
Photos are in the gallery:
As Jyoti put it, we are now Bhargoans 😉
During the summer break we do try and get out of Delhi for a while and as soon as Kabir got back from his Bangalore vacation we planned a trip into the hills. Our trusted friend and hardware provider Amit, has a little shop in Manali that he wanted to visit and we decided that we would drive up along with him and his family.
The biggest problem with driving out is having to wake up at an unearthly hour to start the journey in order to beat the traffic and have a smooth drive. Despite protests from everyone, we did manage to leave the house by 0530 hrs and got out of Delhi well on time.
Jyoti was the car DJ and kept the music running through the entire drive. A very good mix of it ensured I did not fall asleep. With the various minor stoppages, we made pretty good time and reached just outside Kullu within 12 hours. The drive was pleasant, we had rain in some places in the plains and as we hit the hills it cleared up and the weather was great. A little warm but fresh mountain air instead of diesel.
Well, the trip report could go and on, so I won’t because I am sure Jyoti will be writing one out soon enough. I just wanted to share some of the photos that I took during the trip. I got some good views and some great people shots.
For some strange reason, the drive back was not that great. Maybe it was the fact that we would have to get back to work as well. But the Delhi border was blocked solid and it took over two hours to get in. The road after Karnal was also just plain SLOW. Final drive time was over 18 hrs.
Trip was good and we all enjoyed it.
With all good intentions one normally sets out to get the best images. But sometimes, you just forget or sometimes you just get it all wrong. Here are some of my images that went totally wrong in technical terms but I feel they still look kinda neat.
There are a few more images in the gallery and hopefully there will be some updates.
While on the issue of updates, I am not sure how or why but Kabir seems to be convinced that he should start a photoblog of his own. Here’s his first post. Not sure why he chose this shot of the airport as his first post specially since he has some really nice images from Goa.
Looking forward to those.
we certainly did.
Holi this year was quiet yet a lot of fun. We had several of Kabir’s friends turning up to mix their colours and plot their moves from our place. Our other visitors were Aunty, Kavi and Ira, Ravi, Candy and Udit, Navin, Tanushri, Aniket and Parth and then just us.
Food was done in advance and the beer was chilled! A good time was had by one and all. Here are a few photos:
Not many taken since the camera was getting coloured, but there are a few more in the gallery.
Hope you all had a good and safe holi too!
Today is Jyoti’s birthday. A very happy birthday to you. Its tough making blog entries for someone you love so much. There is so much to tell and yet there is so much you don’t want to tell. Its very special and thats the only reason there have been no posts about Jyoti earlier. She was complaining to me a while ago that I never blog about her.
Okay, I am not revealing her age. I don’t want to get beaten up just yet.
Today must be one of the strangest birthday’s for Jyoti. Kabir has exams and Jyoti is busy working with him revising all the stuff. For me its the last few days before freed.in so not much time do anything at all. For a quick celebration we went after school for lunch at the Barbeque Nation. An interesting place that needs a separate entry. Will probably do one after freed.in.
For now, Jyoti a very Happy Birthday to you, and do remember I love you.
Happy Birthday Dude!
Kabir is now all of eleven. Man they sure grow fast. The lingo has changed the hairstyle is unique, the music has changed. Soon it will be attitude and then the “teenage” starts! In the meantime, lets enjoy some Akon, Linkin Park and many more. Fortunately, there are some groups that I can identify with as well, specially Greenday!
Have a good one kiddo!