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Life would end, but we shouldn’t stop living (The Nainital Road Trip)

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

 I have been to several places in India, and some of them ended up not quite good. That’s when I realized, it’s not just “where” you visit, but also, “who” you go with, makes a difference. Better company can make a dull place lighten up, and a beautiful place- a bride.

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It was long since we took a road trip, so that is when we started writing down the “places to drive to”. I believe I came up with 5-6 destinations close to Delhi, and then stuck with “Nainital” while convincing the other travelers :D

I was fascinated by some of the beautiful pictures of Nainital up on the internet. So there we were, Mr Husband and me, on the highway, to Nainital, for 2 days with 2 awesome friends.

Per Wiki, Nainital is a hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and headquarters of Nainital district in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas. Situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres (6,837 ft) above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest are Naina (2,615 m (8,579 ft)) on the north, Deopatha (2,438 m (7,999 ft)) on the west, and Ayarpatha (2,278 m (7,474 ft)) on the south.

We took the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Moradabad – Rampur – Suar – Bazpur – Kaladunghi – Nainital route while going to Nainital, and it was pathetic. It was a cluster of potholes for around 25-30 Kms. If you are planning to travel to Nainital in the near future, please avoid this route. While coming back, we took the Delhi – Moradabad – Rampur – Bilaspur – Rudrapur – Haldwani – Nainital and it was much better than the other one.

It was raining heavily when we reached Nainital and we checked into our hotel. We stayed at “The Earl’s Court” at Mallital, very close to Nainital. It felt like an average hotel to all of us. The main drawback was that the hotel didn’t have any view from any room and the entire property consisted majorly of the building and the parking space. I felt the trip is ruined, only to realize that this is going to be one of the best trips ever.

In the evening, after taking a stroll through the Mall road (and shopping a bit), we went to Manu Maharani for a couple of drinks and snacks. Oh, what a place and what hospitality! We fell in love with the place in no more than 5 mins. The evening was mostly spent on talking, giggling and laughing. And did I forget to mention? It was Mr Husband’s birthday and we couldn’t have had a better time than we had there. They also had a dog named “Dollar” and he was such a lovely boy! The view, the place, the people, everything deserves a 5 star. Undoubtedly, all of us can go back to the place over and over again.

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                                                           Birthday and Friendship

The next day was spent on photography, boating at the Naini Lake, riding the trolley to the Snow View point, shopping again, trying out the delicacies and doing nothing more, just watch the world pass by.

The thrilling moment was while stepping into the kart for Go-Karting. Oh My! Didn’t I see my fear turn into magic in a few seconds? These trills make you feel alive at times.

It wasn’t a long stay there, but every second was worth it. I found my best friend in Mr Husband (again!) and 2 superb friends during the trip. Who would have asked for more? I anyways shopped a lot (haha).

Below are some of the pictures from the trip, hope you like them all :)

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Keep travelling, it brings out the best in you!

Talk to you soon,

Shanta

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Whiskey and my song

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It’s a cold night and I can’t sleep

It’s a new city, a new place I am in.

I can hear the whiskey pouring onto the glasses

I can hear the party people sing.

 

Alone in my room, I sing a sad song

The smell of whiskey lingers on.

 

Wish I could make words build a way

I would have spoken for many a day.

To build a way that leads me to my folks

To relive bygone days, participate in those endless talks.

 

The life that bid my goodbye

And is now, far behind…far behind.

 

My eyes are glassy, my thoughts wander off

I realize I may not be able to stay awake for long,

Still I wish  I would close my eyes,

Only to wake up on the other side of life…

 

 

-Shanta

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Photograph taken in Assam (Aug 2014)


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The Masks

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While we ponder over the activities

Others indulge themselves in,

Why don’t we see the masks that rest on our faces?

We are no longer what we think we are.

 

Our thoughts are fabricated,

Our vision is blurred;

We cannot let these masks fall,

For our ugliness we cannot face.

 

We laugh at the clowns,

Strangely, they laugh at us.

We are all shadows of a darker self,

Have become what we used to hate.

 

These masks have become our self.

We have evolved, emotions we do not feel…

We laugh at our neighbors, abuse our Mother

We are no longer what we think we are.

 

-Shanta (Poetry 2014)

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