One of the smaller joys in the world is, playing hookey in office and blogging. One the pleasures that I havent indulged in a very long time. However, after such a wonderful weekend with many a madcap bloggers ( that is a compliment!) it is imperative that I give my veritably dead blog a boost. I have been really lax in doing that though.
A very wise person told me ( you know who you are..) that I should capture all my memories while I can ( before they fade away into hazy wholesomeness ).
I got the final push when the following two ladies decided to string them memories into words ( and images) : Shail & How do you know , thanks for your awesome words!
Predictably, it all started with an innocuous email and my instant response was.. YES!! whenever.. wherever… and then a long long silence :-) In between, Tawang happened ( which was so wonderful that I am still sinking some of the memories in… which might end up in may be more than one post.. later) and I was so broke that I was reconsidering my decision about the bloggers meet. In between, many were dropping out. I hardly know anyone I reasoned. I dont blog anymore. Things are too complicated. I am nearly broke. I am serving my notice period. I dont have any offers in hand etc etc… but as it always is.. there was only one reason to go. I WANTED TO.
That did not mean that things got easy for me. No sirry! There was a problem of vacation ( in notice period!! ) which was somehow managed. Manager had a baby and was out of office. I was second in command. This needed a lot of dicey handling . This prevarication went about until a week before the trip. Then followed the hazy handle everything before the trip craze which I wont bore you with. I would however say this. I packed my bag the day I left for Chandigarh. The clothes were picked out and washed a day before. After a series of really hot days, providence chose that night to rain. ( and drench all my clothes.. much to my dismay !)
When I reached home, I found my sister struggling hard to iron each and every of the clothes I planned to carry on the trip ( God bless her ). Why we didnt use the drier in the washing machine is something we both couldn’t figure out ( in hind sight) . So, with a bag full of half dried clothes and with fervent prayer that they wont stink before I reach Chandigarh, I set out for catching the plane ( which was thankfully uneventful!) May I mention that I had not slept for two days ? By the time I reached Chandigarh, all I could think of was BED..
So, I reached the hotel. Checked in. Emptied all of my clothes, hung them on various places and put the fan to max. Then I took a really long shower. ( Bliss!!) Once half my clothes were dry, I decided to pack them back in ( After all I was sharing the room with someone else and I didnt want to look messy )
When I was just about to hit the bed, I got a call… from someone inviting over to her room. I debated with myself. Should I go or should I rest ? But traveling with people I know nothing about ( since I haven’t even read their blog.. ) seemed very daunting. So, off I went and was I glad that I did.
Aathira, Indrani & I, were all from Bangalore but hadn’t known each other or seen each other’s blog and yet.. there was such an instant bonhomie that it surprised me. We chatted up amicably until Nupur and Roshi joined us.. by then we were like old friends.. chatting, laughing and posing of course! Somewhere in the late evening rest of the crowd trickled in.. with three little imps who had so much energy and no time for the old fogies. They pretty much ran through all the nooks that could be found in the cramped space of the hotel.
We were to go to dinner in an hour. While waiting for others to show up, I promptly went to sleep. I was told later that I gave all of them a little bit of scare. ( Well worried enough for Hitchy to have returned to the hotel from the restaurant and reach my room. ) which promptly made me a butt of all their jokes all through the dinner ( now please crack from butt jokes here ) . After an elaborate dinner we went in search of ice cream which sadly I did not get to eat even @ the end of the trip ( someone please gimme some ice cream the next time y’all meet me.. for we will meet again no ? )
As it happened I had the room for myself for the rest of the night. My clothes thanks you all my fellow travelers!
Thus, fortified with good humor , we all started out in the morning.
Draft from May 27th. I wonder why I never completed this post.