If you are bitten by a travel bug then you are either travelling or making travel plans. I have been busy these days doing the latter. Now my toddler has grown up and her options of food have widened so I feel like increasing my challenge level. Currently I have three plans in my planner:
- Singapore-Bali, 2. Jaipur and 3. Kausani.
The first and second are to be held for few more months so we thought of focusing on Kausani. My toddler will be 3 in September end so we decided to celebrate her birthday in the mountains. It was a last moment plan so was not structured well, the tickets were not confirmed and all the resorts where I wanted to stay had already been booked.
Then fortunately or unfortunately we had to cancel our plan to go to our home town for Dusshera. Now this cancellation was not that heart breaking because of the waiting tickets and heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand . But after doing so much of research I had become nostalgic and had wanted to go to the mountains once again. I wanted to see the sunrise in Kausani and smell the pine trees. To distract myself from this destination I had to think of something else and I stumbled upon ‘Cinque Terre ‘ in Italy. The photos of that place were breath-taking. But as I started searching this new place I became sadder. Now my phone was loaded with photos of Kausani and Cinque Terre.
Then the book , Alchemist, which I was re-reading this month came to an end . After closing the book I closed my eyes and thought that what is the book saying that the treasure we look elsewhere lies at our backyard. Anyway I found it confusing so I slept off. When I woke up in the morning and went to my balcony there was a fresh breeze blowing. It didn’t carry the smell of the pine or the sea but still was fresh. The view outside was somewhat similar to the photos in my phone. I felt good.
View from my Balcony
In the evening I happened to leave office well on time to enjoy a cup of tea at home with a spectacular sunset view , again from my balcony . Now this was so similar to that desired at kausani, except that this was sunset not a sunrise..
View from my Balcony
Then I realized that the nature had conspired the finishing of the novel alchemist such that it coincides with the sunrise and sunset . I had found my treasure, not in the backyard but in my balcony. I was happy.
But that doesn’t mean i will be hanging on my balcony all year long. A new plan is already under execution 🙂
Meanwhile I purchased three books this month- The little Prince, My family and Other Animals and Eat Pray and Love . I think all these are a sign leading me towards something/somewhere.
Before I could smell the freshly purchased books and sink into the world of travel to dreamlands my husband reminded me that first I need to finish the war Mr Iyer had started one year back !!!! Damn!!!
1. MR Iyer Goes To War is the Indian modern version of the misadventures of Don Quixote and his companion Rancho.
2. The little prince is a heart touching story of a Little prince from a tiny planet giving lessons about friendship and loneliness.
3. My Family and Other Animal is a funny journal of a boy who moved from England to Corfu .
4. Eat Pray Love is a book about a women’s journey through Italy , India and Bali.
If I get time will surely
review read these books 🙂