Posted by: Sreejith | November 17, 2007

Vacations

Paid vacations are probably the best part about working. The philosophical overtone in that sentence could be attributed to the fact that its the fag end of my two week long vacation, and i am much more wiser than i was 10 days back. In the meantime i’ve made some startling discoveries and much unlearning has been done.

The train journey from Bangalore to Trivandrum taught me some valuable lessons none lesser than the value of listening to your heart. There was this British couple from Bristol who boarded my train at Cochin. Being my inquisitive self, i interrogated them for a couple of hours and they patiently answered all my queries because jolly good sports they were. We discussed everything from the most trivial of things like the impact of eco tourism on India’s GDP to the most crucial topics like the future of Lewis Hamilton. I must admit that i was rather taken aback by their in-depth knowledge of India’s history and some of its little known cultures. These two people might have been well informed(both were doctors) but then they also told me that many of their Briton friends already perceive India as a super power and as one of the future world leaders. Well at least we are no longer all elephants and snake charmers πŸ™‚

Back to the listening to your heart lesson, these two had been to the usual Agra and Delhi tour but then after that they decided to not plan their travel and instead backpack their way across India. Since then they had been to Dharmshala, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Jaipur and were now on their way to the beaches of Varkala and the backwaters of Veli! I say that sounded quite adventurous and totally fun and more so because i’ve been to these places too! So i decided to listen to my heart on this vacation and not be all analytical for a change.

The catch here was that my heart said sleep! And sleep i did like there was no tomorrow. In fact the first week went by with me doing just sleeping and using Facebook! Now i’ve been using Orkut for almost four years and after the initial honeymoon period Orkut has been more of a burden to bear. Its not just the bad server and donuts part but there is simply nothing worthwhile to do on Orkut. On the other hand Facebook with all its cool applications promises to be a welcome change. A word of caution though – if you use Facebook, don’t ever start the Never Ending Movie Quiz on the Flixter Movies application. It never ends(duh) and will kill all of your time!

Anyway after 1 week of pure unadulterated nothingness, i decided enough void had been created and it was time to do some fun activity. So i cajoled Amma(mom) and Achchan(dad) to join me on a quick trip to watch the sunrise at Kanyakumari. Now Kanyakumari was only 90 kms from my home and i estimated that it would take me about 2 hours to drive down. So the plan was to get going by 4.00 so as to catch the sunrise at 6.15. Unfortunately Amma is worse at procrastination(i am only her son) than me and by the time she got ready it was already 5.00 So we had to shelve all plans of watching the sunrise. We finally manage to reach Kanyakumari by 7.30 and were greeted by this fantastic sight.

The sea at Kanyakumari

As you might know Kanyakumari is where the Bay of Bengal and Arabian sea meet the Indian Ocean. If you look closely at the picture you can notice the color of the sea change from shades of green to one of blue as you look at the horizon. I am not sure which color is which sea but nevertheless thats the confluence and its a grand sight.

Then there are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the giant Thiruvalluvar Statue to check out as well. The view of the ocean from both these points are spectacular and you could spend all day gazing at the vast expanse of the ocean and wondering how inconspicuous we were in its presence.

Once we had done that we decided to also make a quick visit to the Vattakottai Fort(Circular Fort) and the beach there as well. The Fort in itself is not much to write home about but the view of the ocean from its vantage position is certainly a sight to behold. The sea out here looked quite shallow and had a beautiful turquoise tinge to it. Its like one of those quaint little beaches which have not yet been touched by man. We also saw a wind farm out here and this was the first time i had personally seen one.

Kanyakumari was one of those few places where you could watch the sunrise as well as the sunset. But since we had locked Angie(our dog) in, we had to go back before evening to go check on her and hence skipped staying back for the sunset. But all in all, sunrise or no sunrise, it was a good trip.

After ages i was able to spend some fun time with Amma and Achchan. On the way back we had lunch at a restaurant and i realized it was the first time in over 8 or 9 years that i was eating out with my parents. Considering that i have been eating out everyday for the past 2.5 years thats quite a revelation to me! Well i also paid the bill and that was another first too! Most times when i go home all i do is get pampered and get treated like a kid but this time i felt all grown up. Must be the coming of age thing. Time i went looking for that fountain of youth.

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Responses

  1. He he.. paying the bill for your parents.. That must have felt real strange!! πŸ˜›

  2. > A word of caution though – if you use Facebook, don’t ever start the Never Ending Movie Quiz on the Flixter Movies application. It never ends(duh) and will kill all of your time!

    Nice way to end competition. i was about to catch up with you πŸ˜›

  3. so now i know why u had such scores πŸ™‚

  4. jeez man, u just made me fucking home sick…used to ride to kanyakumari…have to do that in my next vacation…there used to be a circular restaurant tht was into the sea and a swimming pool ( a concret tank )…i think the tsunami put that outta action..

    great tht u r getting to spend some quality time with ur parents…rock on…

  5. All of it sounds so awesome! I’ve been to most of the place you mentioned above, my school took us to a month South India trip and then my three years in Chennai were superb!! :)Went to places like Mallar, Trivetri, and my all time favorite Pondicherry to name a few..ohh, I miss the South so much: safe, secure and clean!!
    And I know what its like to pay for you parents, have been doing it since I began working and nothing is more satisfying!! πŸ™‚

  6. u are a sadist man..makin people like me pretty homesick..i can very well identify with taking parents out for dinner after a really long time.

  7. man.. it’s a nice feeling to pay for your parents. It makes your parents (especialy your Dad) proud of you.

    During a vacation, some thing that every body forgets is to spend some time with your parents. We just spend time for ourselves… either it’s taking a well deserved rest or just roaming around..

    Gud post… you made all to think about the values…

    Keep going

  8. The fountain of youth eh!! look no further …. I hold the secret …
    but ofcourse, I wont let you in on it for free πŸ˜›

  9. As you grow up, I guess the secret to feeling homesick is talk about parents…Its such a wonderful thing that you did for them. I’m sure they’ll be glowing with this fact.
    Kanyakumari can be one of those oooh places to visit….we did that trip while in college though we were to do a study of the Padmanabhapuram palace.

  10. Himank, it sure did feel odd.. strangely satisfying too.

    Parry, ahem.. i had 11K to your 5 odd K. thats not called catching up πŸ˜€

    Sanyam, obviously… remember that unlike you i dont have to go home and serve the wife πŸ˜›

    Tys, everyplace that i go to.. you’ve gone riding there before! u sure did have an adeventurous time in your heyday!

    Sam, a 1 month tour? wow.. thats quite a long time! and 3 years in Chennai? hmm.. i was there for 4 months πŸ™‚

    Mathew, then come home!! btw you describe all about Paris and then call me the sadist! πŸ˜›

    Chris, absolutely! On the surface they were scolding me for spending so much money but i know they would have been happy inside πŸ™‚ thank you for dropping by!

    Rama, rama rama.. kya hai yeh drama πŸ˜€

    Prats, so true..Amma was really really happy about it πŸ™‚ The Padmanabhapuram palace was not on my list ..wonder how i missed it.

  11. Had u seen Master card ad..

    the concept is same as the last lines of u r post..

    we can also see the sun rise frm the horizon in kanyakumari..

    My first steamer experience in kanyakumari only way back to 1993

  12. Wow…lovely post Sreejith. Your revelation only wants me to go to Kerala ASAP. I’ve always wanted to see the backwaters and Kanyakumari. Being with your parents for two weeks is the best thing that can happen to anyone.

    And, I love that picture by the way. πŸ™‚

  13. Hi! Making me homesick!!! I am so far from India.

    Reading your post I walked on the memory lane when I paid for my grandfather’s bus ticket and he was so proud of it that he told all at home and in neighborhood as if I was the one hitting six to make India win cricket World Cup.

    πŸ™‚

  14. Paid vacations – Priceless! πŸ˜€

  15. Im planning for one during Christmas he he

  16. I went to Kanyakumari too! Yesterday, and saw the sunset.

    It’s amazing how the sea is green closer to the shore, and blue towards the horizon, with a sharp demarcation. But I was the only one who didn’t enthusiatically jump into the sea. Dunno what came over me. Usually I’m the first one in.

  17. lovely shot dude πŸ™‚
    and you have made me too nostalgic to write a comment 😦

    I want to go home!

  18. i had a yamaha rx 100, on of the first models 125cc (my coz got it now), and a lot of time in my hand…hve ridden to coorg, goa, bangalore and to lot of places in kerala…

    looking back, it must hve been the most freeing time of my life….love traveling…

    keep posting with pics…it seems like reliving the memories

  19. Hey! You sound nice n recharged!! Good going:)

    Havent been to Kerala in maybe 7 years now…:( Hubby n I have been considerin biking down from Mumbai… we recntly did the konkan belt on the bike.. Alibag-Shrivardhan-Murud… boy! It was gorgeous…:)

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  21. Kiran, 93? now that was a really long time back!

    Ruhi, oh please do come!.. we are after all God’s own country πŸ™‚

    Chandrika, it must be a special thing for them grown ups too! btw home is where the heart is πŸ™‚

    Sangfroid, hihihi..

    Anantha, have fun mate!

    AP, you did! small world… but then i wish it had been a wee bit smaller for we could have run into each other πŸ™‚

    Kunal, Thanks! Soon you’ll set up a home in Hyd itself na πŸ˜€

    Tys, my hero! your escapes are worth emulating πŸ™‚

    Ziah, Recharged to the hilt! Konkan belt! WOW! you do sound like a fun couple!

    Abhi, hmm.. but then flattery will get me anyday πŸ™‚ thank you!!

  22. ahhh, u thought we will forget u if u dont post…u thought u r just wht u write…u thought i come here to read ur nonsense…well u thought wrong buds!!!

    time to post the next one…this time with lots of pics…i want see that greasy long hair i keep imagining u with πŸ™‚

    hows parents?

  23. Tys, been busy lately 😦 everyone’s doing well. thanks for asking!


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