“I always knew I would go to space”
– Mae. C Jemison
This is the courage that helped Mae to become the first African American woman in space. She is known all around the world for her great achievement. She is a legendary and brave woman, who fearlessly led her first mission in space aboard the space shuttle named ‘Endeavour’. Her mission was called STS-47. When she was a little child she couldn’t decide which occupation she would like to take up when she would grow up. She studied chemical engineering, and was also a physician and NASA astronaut. She also volunteered as a doctor in Cambodia and Sierra Leone. She spent one hundred and ninety hours, thirty minutes and twenty three seconds in space.
Mae’s inspiration to join NASA was an African American actor (Nichelle Nichols)who played lieutenant Uhura on the famous television series, Star Trek.
Mae could speak many different languages like, Russian, Swahili and Japanese. After she came back from space,she realised that her true passion was helping people, improving health and serving the needy of the people inAfrica. So she quit NASA and founded a company which uses satellites to do just that.
All young girls around the world look up to Mae Jemison as an inspiration and as an idol. Her story tell us that it doesn’t matter what our race, gender, colour or caste is, to achieve our dreams we only need willpower.
Rosa Parks may not be known to everyone. But the people who know her, know the efforts she put in to make the world an equal place to live in where there would be no difference between dark skinned people and fair skinned people, so that everyone would live in a fair and happy place. And the people who don’t know who she is don’t worry, I will tell you why she is a role model for so many girls around the world.
I found Rosa Park’s name mentioned in a book named ‘Bedtime stories For Rebel Girls’. Her story was very inspiring. It highlighted the situation in her life which made her so famous. I am going to narrate for you this incident so that even you get inspired and touched and see how huge the problem of racism is.
It was getting late at night. Rosa had finished her work and was coming home in the local bus. At that time Africa was ruled by the whites or the English people. The dark skinned people were treated harshly. As Rosa climbed inside the bus she noticed that the bus was almost empty, so she sat in the first seat. At the next stop a bus attendant came with some English people, Rosa saw them but she did not pay any attention to them. The bus attendant told her kindly, “Madam, you are sitting on the first seat, the first seat is reserved for the whites.” Rosa calmly looked at the bus attendant straight in the eye and said, “Sir, I refuse to move as I sat here and I have all the rights to continue to sit here.”
Rosa spent that night in jail but overnight she became famous for voicing her rights against the Britishers, while the Britishers were still smarting from this insult.
This is the true spirit of a rebel, to go against injustice and to fight for equal rights.
Today I am going to rate a movie I recently saw, the movie’s name is ‘Man from Earth.’ The plot revolves around a man who has lived for 14,000 years! At first when you hear this you will think that it is just a movie without any sense, but later on the movie will wrap you up with curiosity.
It is a very interesting movie the man tells his friends that his age was 14,000. His friends thought it impossible and thought that their friend had gone crazy. While everyone was aging and started getting wrinkles and became old, this amazing man (John Oldman played by David Lee Smith) never ages at all! His friends start asking him different questions, he starts answering them filing us with more curiosity.
Then his friend Harry (played by John Billingsley) asks his wonderful friend if he knew anything about the period of Jesus Christ, John answers after a lot of hesitation he finally tells his friends that he was Jesus Christ! He tells them how he had never walked on water and that he had healed only a few people. His friends were a bit sentimentally hurt that their friend claims to be the god they were following.
The movie is a beautiful picture full of laughter, understanding and other complicated emotions.
Yes! It was no other than Alice from the book ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ by Lewis Caroll. This very line shows us the curiosity filled in little Alice this shows that she wants to know and learn more.
Curiosity is another form of innocence. (it is not always compulsory that innocence is only shown in children) Every time a person is curious he/she is only showing their innocence. My mother says that, there is no harm in being curious. We can call curiosity as the thirst of knowing more. Some people think that trying to chew more than we can bite (In this case for trying to know things that are beyond our ability) is a crime.
Many great people tasted success just because of their curiosity and their quench to fulfill their thirst, like Albert Einstein.
So we should always remember that we can be successful only if we remember that being curious never does any harm.
Women play a very important role in our lives. Some women are daughters, some women are wives, while some women are mothers. Without women the circle of life is not complete, women cook, they clean and take care of children that does not make them less important or unimportant, as a matter of fact this makes woman more important than men (sometimes, and sometimes both men and women are equal). Imagine this world without mothers and wives. This world would have no colour and no joy!
Every person has some woman in his or her life, we should cherish each moment with our mothers, wives and daughters because we should understand the importance of women in life.
Equality everywhere is necessary, many women now have become equal or better than men. We can’t say anymore that woman can’t go to office to work, because society has decided to change and adapt to the changes. So, no matter what people say, women deserve all the respect as given to men.
HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY TO ALL WOMEN OUT THERE!
About Image: J. Howard Miller (1918–2004), artist employed by Westinghouse, poster used by the War Production Co-ordinating Committee – From scan of copy belonging to the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, retrieved from the website of the Virginia Historical Society., Public Domain, Link
Day 14. January-24. Puri
We hired a car for roaming around Puri and had planned to go to ChilikaLake near Satpada. We hired a boat from there and started out boat trip around 10:00 which lasted till evening. It was really an amazing experience. We saw some Dolphins but too fast for my camera as they were not in the mood to come near us and pose for us they were maintaining the low profile and we as a good tourists behaved ourselves.
On the way towards Sea Mouth we saw so many beautiful migrated birds enjoying their afternoon after meal time sitting by the bamboo sticks placed everywhere within the lake. Then we stopped by an island parked our boat there we saw so many sea creatures waiting for being cooked. And a guy with a basket full of shells with a real pearl in it.
these girls had live sea food. As in fresh Tiger Prawns and crabs recently caught from the water. I loved the sea on the other side of the island this was really an unique experience when you have a lake on one end and beautiful waves of Bay of Bengal on other.
After food we all were so drowsy but then still visited the ‘Chilika Visitor’s centre’ after coming on land. We reached back around 5:30-6:00. Then we just chilled out.
I’ve noticed that drivers here in puri are really very arrogant and they have this irritating habit of honking after every few minutes despite the car is within the traffic or on the empty road. And also they give money to anyone and everyone who stops them. That can be some random bhaktjans who has arranged some pooja and collecting money from car drivers or a place that don’t seem like a toll booth nor they provide any receipt. Which is so weird.
We got our car today in the evening. Which was receiving so from tomorrow we didn’t need to waste money on any such drivers.
As we’re planning to goto Konark and Raghurajpur tomorrow.
Gopalpur to Puri
We had heavy filling breakfast at our resort at Gopalpur and left from Gopalpur around 8:00a.m. vidula and Sumati will be driving today. The drive was almost 150kms from Gopalpur to Puri. It was refreshing and filled with heartwarming landscapes, fields and lots of migrated birdies. I guess this whole area starting from Pulicat and all the way towards Puri is full with migrated birds during this season of the year. That is one of the reason for many beautiful sanctuaries around this area.
I was sitting at the back seat so got a chance to capture some amazing flicks.
We reached Puri around 12:00p.m had lunch and went to take the blessings of Lord Jaganath . Thr temple was good not clean though the Idol was colourful and very well maintained but the people specially the pandas here are ruining the essence of the place by commercialising and cussing the devotees about how god will curse if they don’t give money or if You won’t buy prasaad there. Which was a bit disheartening though. But the Temple is amazing, I liked the Carving near the Sthambs but sadly, that too is fading away as a new white and red cemented construction is coming on it.
The temple is popular as one of the four dhams. Puri sees millions of devotees throng the Jagannath Temple premises throughout the year seeking the blessings of Lord.
The security follows some rules before allowing the devotees inside. They will ask you your religion. I’m thankful he didn’t ask me my Gotra. As only Hindus are allowed to visit the temple.
We roamed around the place for awhile, tried some delicacies and also booked a cab for Tomorrow for Chilika and left for hotel.
Our car was sent for servicing at a Mahindra service centre.
Then we grabbed a chance to capture the blissful Sunset while coming back to our hotel.
Puri offers the tourist the rare opportunity of witnessing the colourful Sun rise and Sun set at the same place.
Which is rare.
This was the view from our hotel 😀
Vishakapatnam to Odissa (Gopalpur) January 22.
We left from Vizag around 9:00-9:30a.m. for Gopalpur which is around 300kms today’s drive was bit longer as compared to other days. While leaving Vishakapatnam I wasn’t feeling so good, I think it was the city I felt in love with or may be the place we visited last night. I will definitely come with Sumit again for a weekend stay here.
Then on the way we stopped at a place for food a typical Odisha cusine was served, I loved the food 😀
And here starts our journey in a new state. Each state has its own way of welcoming you. Here in odissa ‘I observed that people on the road contemplate keenly they wait for someone coming in your direction and then head towards them so they can bang or atleast scold the driver who is on the wrong side of the globe according to them’😝
Gopalpur and our resort (swosti resort)both gave me a relaxing break from the hectic day. The beach was mesmerizing. One of the cleanest and pleasant one. This languorous beach with coconut groves, casuarinas and gentle sand dunes is deserted for miles.
We just Chilled around the beach for few hours and then had most amazing food at Hotel Mayfair just next to our resort. Which again is a very posh place for commercial meetings. And our day ended with equally soothing and yummazing dessert🍰
We started early today from Kakinada and reached Vishakapatnam aka Vizag around 12:00-12:30 p.m. to Vishakapatnam. I liked this place so much it has so much positive vibes around. One of my Neighbor Rashi Gupta is also from Vizag she always have so many lovely things to say about her hometown now I know why. Even our hotel ‘Daspalla’ where we are staying is quite elegant.
The Security at the entrance were so kind, a guy and a lady. The moment we entered they welcomed us do warmly and were so amused to see only girls travelling and driving for so many days. The lady was so curious about our trip and enquired about our route and also showed her concern about our wellness. Later then, everytime we went out that lady was continuously smiling with appreciation:)
We had lunch at the hotel’s restaurant and then had planned to Visit a temple nearby so me and Sumati left the temple is just 18kms near Vizag. It is called Simhachalam It is dedicated to Narasimha (the man-lion), an incarnation of Vishnu. The architectural style of the central shrine is Kalinga architecture.
Had Darshan and Prasad and sat there for awhile. Legend has it that the Ugra form of Narasimha as he killed the demon Hiranyakashipu was so fierce that the image is kept covered by sandal paste throughout the year. The image resembles a Shivalingam covered with sandal paste. It is only once a year, during the Chandana Visarjana that the sandal paste is removed, and the image is seen by pilgrims. During Akshaytritiya.
We returned back to Vizag and picked Vidula from hotel then we explored the beach road. Vizag is really clean and very beautiful. We also got a chance to encounter a Live Boxing Match there which was something I’ve never seen.
We even planned to visit the ‘Submarine Museum’ but unfortunately it was closed due to renovation work in progress. As it was wrecked badly by the recent Cyclone named as ‘Hud Hud’ We roamed around for awhile and then went to the Hotel ‘The Park‘ for dinner at ‘Bamboo Bay’ It was one of the most romantic place I’ve recently been. But then when you see so much love in the air you instantly miss your beloved and want them beside you to relish the moment🙂
Even the food there was so amazing .This is among those places I will love to come back with my hubby 😉
We had light breakfast at our Hotel in Vijaywada and left for Kakinada we’ve a new companion now. Sumati Madiman, she is a good driver and really perky. She can talk about anything and everything which made this drive more exciting and I’m really looking forward to know her more. I was little bit finicky about Andra Pradesh initially but somehow I felt I hardly know Andhra Pradesh and especially esthetic wise. Telangana and Andra Pradesh is not at all same. I really loved the roads and infrastructure here. Whereas at times I hated Hyderabad roads.
The ride was quite delightful today. We passed Godavari river as most of this area is surrounded by Godavari. We reached around 12:30-1:00 p.m. The hotel was ok but the staff was really very kind.
After having lunch we headed to Coringa Wild Life Sanctuary. Which wasn’t a sanctuary at all and definitely nothing related to Wildlife either. I guess there should be some wild animals or birds but can be viewed only in the interior of the sanctuary. Where local people or normal tourist aren’t allowed. There was a long wooden bridge so we clicked a lot of pics there.
At the entry gate the lady demanded me for Rs.200 each by saying ‘We need to pay that as we are Tourists’ I was so amused and also bit agitated by the comment. Sumati still laughs about this scene that people calling us tourists. Even later on that wooden bridge ‘People came to us and asked us get our pictures clicked with them’ that was really weird. But we agreed and thought of it as a new experience and enjoyed the attention 😄
Then Vidula insisted that we should go to Yanam. Yanam [French: Yanaon] is a town in the Indian union territory of Pondicherry. There was not much to explore so we came back to Kakinada.
Nellore to Vijaywada. 19-January.
As it was just two of us, Me and Vidula, we started early today. On the way we stopped by a shack and had some amazing south Indian breakfast.
I drove almost 200kms today. We reached Vijaywada around 12:00p.m. met Sumati Madiman, our new cotraveller. I was so relived to see her. She added the much required freshness to the drive.
We freshen up and left for ‘Gora Science Centre‘ there we met so many amazing people. We met Subha, her uncles and her Grandmother (Daughter of Mr.Gora), theyall are actually the descendants of Mr. Gora.
‘Gora Science Centre‘ was started by Mr.Gora and Saraswati Gora in 1961. The centre with its interactive touch, feel and explore popular science exhibits helps people to understand basic scientific principles and develop critical inquiry. The centre adopts scientific strategies to investigative the claims of the paranormal and godmen. It also focuses awareness building on witchcraft and sorcery and their impact on children and women.
They were waiting for us, we had lunch there. Homemade lunch ahh after a long time.(I loved the Tomato-Baingan Thecha)
Then we visited the centre. And later a reporter from ‘The Hindu‘ Mrs. Sujhatha Verma, took our interview for her newspaper. Which was so enthralling. While answering her queries I’d this self realization my excitement and guilt regarding the trip that ‘how we all want a break from our routine. It isn’t about the people or place but the same old routine we’re following and yes enjoying it though. Still a break like this makes you feel completely free and rejuvenates your soul.’
On the way to Vijaywada somewhere near Guntur we stopped by a milestone and were so happy to know that the team has already covered almost 3500 kms till now and that again is an achievement in itself 🙂
January 18. Sellarupet to Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.
Now after the girls leaving, it is just me and Vidula till Vijaywada. Sumati is suppose to join us there. We started early today as we have planned to visit Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary. Which was mesmerizing and worth. It is the second largest brackish-water eco-system in India after Chilika lake in Orissa. We saw some amazing birds there.
Also we were lucky to capture some spectacular PinkFlamingos while heading towards Satish Dhawan Rocket Launching Centre, ISRO at Shriharikota.
When we reached at the ISRO Centre we came to know that it is opened only two days in week and only those people with authorised letter are allowed to visit the Rocket launching pad. And right now there is nothing much to see than the colonies where people/workers are leaving. So we clicked some pics from outside and we left for Kakinada.
We reached Nellore around 12:30.p.m.
It was a relaxing day. Started with a bang though.
It was Sunday today when people were just waking up and planning their day whereas, our day was already made 🙂
Since morning I was feeling a bit low. Prerna being a Mountaineer got an urgent call from back home and she decided to leave so she will stay one more day in Pondi and will leave tomorrow. Whereas, Sayali has some personal issues to be resolved so her dad has asked to come asap. So, even she would be leaving today from Chennai. We will drop her on our way to Sullurupeta.
Initially, after Vanita leaving we were suppose to be four and then after Sumati would have joined us from Vijaywada. Which makes five who will stay till the end of the journey. But all of a sudden the scenario is totally changed. There is just two of us left for next two days. Just me and Vidula. Which is a high risk but for some reason I am mentally prepared to face the consequences. Hence, I was feeling bad for Vidula as she being the organiser and backbone of the team, she was a bit nervous and worried. Which is natural. I assured her that “whatever happens I’m not going to leave you even if you send me I won’t go back”
Then the time has come that we should start our today’s journey.
I clicked some departing selfies with Prerana and Sayali and along with Sayali left for Sullurupeta via Chennai.
I will definitely miss these girls.
We reached Sullurupeta in Andhra Pradesh around 3:00.p.m.checked in at ‘Hotel Kinnera Grand’. We had Andhra meal for lunch. Vidula joked about the name of the hotel, that ‘Now in Andhra most of our hotel names have the word ‘Grand’ in it’. (Which really were grand in every sense though)
Then we left to visit Nelapattu Birds Sanctuary which was around 18-20kms. It was late so we decided to visit the nearby sanctuary instead of going towards Pulicat Lake, the hotel people were also so kind they helped ua in planning and also sent one guy with us who knew local language so he can guide and assist us with the road and the place.
(P.S. – He knew only telegu and some English words😝)
Nelapattu Birds Sanctuary is a well known bird sanctuary in India and is the favorite spot of migration for GreyPelicans. The sanctuary covers around 40,040 ha of area and is also located near Pulicat Lake, which is also known as the 2nd largest salt lake in India. Which we will be going tomorrow.
The time period between Octobers to March is the ideal time to visit the sanctuary. It was really an Amazing Experience .
Vellanki is really a cool place. We left from Vellanki around 8:30-9:00a.m. After having a filling breakfast. We stopped at Tranquebar it is also called Tharangambadi. We directly headed towards the beach of Tranquebar which also have a Danish Fort nearby the fort was basically built for soldiers to stay as it was near the shore so the goods that are transported were kept in the fort those days. There was a small museum inside the fort. It was a delightful break. there is a small café opposite the Danish Fort we had light snacks and left for our next destination.
Pondicherry aka Puducherry. The City of Pondicherry have recorded history after the advent of the Colonial Powers like the Dutch, Portuguese, British and the French.
Our hotel was Already booked for that day. We were received by Revathi Co-chairman of the Annamalai Institute. Even the media people were expected but due to the Pongal they changed the plan. Sayali wanted to buy ‘Mallets‘ from this particular shop in Auroville, so we rushed to Auroville. The place is called ‘Svaram‘ which is the place where you can buy beautifully synchronized musical instruments. I just loved that place. It was about to close so Prerna took the responsibility and drove insanely, so that we reach there before it closes. It was a hell-o-kind of drive. Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township. We came across so many foreigners roaming around on mopeds and bikes.
You may get a sense of the appeal of the place after a visit to the visitors Centre and the ‘Mantrimandir‘ in Auroville.
We later roamed around the place had coffee at a beautiful café in Auroville. and there I met this adorable creature.
It was already late we had food and as that was our relaxing day we all planned a party and bought some snacks and boozers and partied till late. We played ‘I never ever had..’ and ‘Truth and Dare.’
Next day, after having breakfast we left for Auroville again some of us wanted to roam around and some of us were keen on sightseeing. Also, Vanita was leaving the same day so we dropped her at Pondicherry bus stand.
Later we went to ‘Aurbhindo Ashram‘. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual community located in Pondicherry.
It is a calm and beautifully decorated ashram. I bought some books from there one for me and another for my daughter Keya.
Then we went to an exquisite Italian café had Coffee and Crepe there. Which was yummy. 🙂
Later that evening we explored the beach at Pondicherry again. 😀
14 January. Rameshwaram to Vellankani.
We started early and went to see Ramsetu outside Rameshwaram city. There the beach was just wonderful. High surfers waves and pleasant breeze. But that was a point from where the local people take us to the Ramsetu in there 4×4 vehicle as the road wasn’t suitable for ordinary vehicles. But it would take our another two hours which wasn’t fitting in our already tight schedule. So we all decided to start our journey towards Vellankani. I drove almost 150kms today. For lunch we stopped by the shack in a small village on the way and had authentic Lemon rice with tomato chutney and coconut chutney.
When we reached Vellankani we experienced very positive vibes, which worked for us as well. As our hotel seems one of the loveliest place, which also have a swimming pool. ‘We definitely gonna enjoy here’ that was our first reaction. Which eventually we did. Prerna taught us floating in the water with ears inside the water for support I was holding a rod though it was an excellent experiment. So relaxing so soothing. After that we went to see the church of Vellankani. The churches here are breathtakingly spectacular. Anyone who goes to Velankanni should visit ‘The Shrine Basilica’ comprising of three Churches, Our Lady’s Tank, Church Museum, Priests’ Residence, Offering Center, Stations of the Cross, Stations of the Rosary, Shrine Mega Mahal and Vailankanni Beach. The unique feature of the church is its Gothic architecture.
Also the food that we had tonight was just so mouthwatering. These guys had Chicken chettinad and Lama Parotha and Fish. Whereas, I’d onion uttapam with four types of chutneys. We had some relaxing time, which allowed us gel well together and which was fun.
While returning back I bought a black necklace with a cross at the end, And also for the first time I tried Jackfruit and I liked it. 😀
One more thing about this town is that, Vellankani was one of the worst hit areas in the 2004 Asian Tsunami.
Day 3. 13 January
From Kanyakumari to Rameshwaram.
After yesterday’s mesmerizing sunset at Kanyakumari I got a chance to even catch few glimpse of equally beautiful Sunrise from the rooftop of our hotel. We left around 7:30 from Kanyakumari and I drove all the way. We had a breakfast break after around 100kms at 9:30-10:00 a.m. I’d onion dosa rest of my friends had Pudina dosa, Onion uttapam and tomato uttapam. And also orange and Mosambi juice. It was so fillings that we thought of having lunch directly at Rameshwaram. I drove again almost 200kms then Sayali and later Vidula drove till Rameshwaram. Before the town there is this amazing bridge called Pamban Bridge.This bridge is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait which connects the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India. The bridge refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever railway bridge, though primarily it means the latter.
Everyone among the team was equally enthusiastic and photo fanatic. And in a mood to make the most of it from this trip. We were stopping by every picturesque place to capture the beauty. Even on highways we use to stop if we see some amazing, which again is a very different experience. And also we took the pics with the banner that Shivkumar’s sponsorer friends couried.
When we reached Rameshwaram around 2:30-3:00 p.m. After getting fresh we headed towards the restaurant for food. I really like South indians thalis. We tried that with some authentic chutneys. After that we explored the beach and went straight to take the blessings of Lord Shiva. The Rameshwaram temple is so vibrant. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of aJyotirlinga meaning “pillar of light”
Also, the idols of god and goddess are very colourful and beautifully carved.
Together withVaranasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. According to Hindu mythology, this is the place from where the Hindu god Rama built a bridge, across the sea to Lanka to rescue Sita jee from her abductor Ravana. TheRamanathaswamy Temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva is located at the centre of the town and is closely associated with Rama.
From a local shop I bought a nicely carved black ‘Shiv Linga and Nandi‘ statue from a shop for my Mandir. After darshan we again went to the beach I touched the water. I’m a bit old fashioned but I don’t care. Then we clicked few pics sat for a while and came back to our hotel and crashed into our bed:D
From Kovallam to Kanyakumari.
Last night, I can’t say I slept well but I woke up fresh. Is it the zest or the Kerala weather can’t say but felt great when we started. We had breakfast at our hotel under the shades of coconut groves. I had little bit of idli chutney as I needed to taste it cus I like different types of chutneys and then I keep on experimenting at my place. After we left, halfway Vidula asked me to drive, mentally I was not prepared yet I agreed. I’ve tried my hand on several cars but never got a chance to drive Scorpion. Thus, it turned out to be a great decision as I enjoyed the drive. Drove almost 50-60kms we reached by 1:00 p.m. at Kanyakumari.
Went directly to our hotel ‘Sivamurrgan‘ thanks to ShivKumar Arumugam one of my twitter friend who supported us with sponsorship throughout Tamilnadu. Then we had Sapada for lunch at nearby restaurant.
We’re definitely in the mood of sightseeing while Vidula and Vanita planned to take rest. So we departed.
We took a ferry from the coast and went to the Vivekanand Memorial. That was a spectacular place to visit. It has one temple, one meditation hall and one large hall with a king size Vivekanand swami’s statue. And the sweet coincidence was today is Vivekanand jee’s Smruti din (Birthday). Then the same ferry took us to towards the statue of the Tamil Poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar. The statue is a 133 feet (40.6 m) tall stone sculpture. Both the places are located at an island near Kanyakumari on the southernmost Coromandel Coast, where two seas and an ocean meet; the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. This makes that place looks so picturesque. Even the ferry ride was quite delightful. Everytime you enter you’ve to carry a life-jacket even though you won’t be wearing it later during the ride. There was a group of Rajasthani people, ladies wearing beautiful Ghagras and authentic Ghunghats and men were all protective type. They were adamant that all of them should tie the life-jacket so after trying for a while they asked one foreigner lady to assist and that lady was so generous she started helping each one of them with the buckling the jacket. And by the time the last person was buckled tightly the ferry reached its destination and everyone started laughing. That was really cute.
The statue of Thiruvalluvar was like an Indian version of Statue of liberty.
We walked two-three storeys and reached near the feet of that statue. It was almost the closing time so the security was asking people to hurry up.
We came back to the town and at a local shop had this sweet bonda I’d coffee and went towards Kanyakumari temple. On the way Prerna bought one mund (lungi) for her and I bought one for my hubby. Later Vidula and Vanita joined us and we went to this typical dhabha type food joint. Their these girls had ‘Beef fry’ with ‘Parotha’ and some ‘Chicken curry’. Whereas, I had Dosa and chutney.
Day 1. 11- January
Mumbai to Trivandrum 🙂
I became a part of a road trip which includes travelling by Mahindra Scorpio 4×4. Initiated by Vidula Tade for her website called Buffyfish.com
She planned a 28-day-long, approximately 5,000-kms expedition along the coast of the Indian Peninsula from Mumbai to Kolkata via Kanyakumari Starting on January 4 this year. Which includes a documentary on the life of some successful women we will be interviewing from every state we’re visiting.
Young women of different age groups
became part of the exciting journey, joining in from different cities including me. Vidula Tade, Sayali Pandhkar , Prerna Dangi, Subhadra Devi Leela and Vanita Kariappa started their journey from mumbai on 4 January 2015.
Two will be leaving after trivandrum and I am joining them from there later Sumati Madiman will also be part of the drive from Vijaywada. For east coast.
I will be starting my first leg of journey today from Mumbai.
Without my family.
Yet, I’m sure this drive will turn into the most memorable trip of mine.
I’m pretty excited and equally worried about my 8yro daughter Keya.
I have never left her alone for so long but her courage and understanding is commendable.
My hubby and my daughter came to drop me till Mumbai airport😄
While waiting at the airport for my flight to take off I bought a gift for Vidula as its her birthday today.
I’ve been told that Prerna and Sayali will be coming and pick me.
Looking forward to start my exciting journey .
I reached Trivandrum airport around 7:00 p.m. Sayali and Prerna were there. When I reached the place where we were suppose to stay I was welcomed by everyone. One of the lady was shaving her head which was a cultural shock for me I was a bit taken back for a while and I thought I’m among some Hippies. The place was ok but the construction seems new. But despite of all this thoughts and things I came across I had a very clear vision and was ready to adapt anything and everything.
I gifted the diary I’ve bought for Vidula and she gave me the band that she brought for all of us.
We went out for shopping lungi but the lungi guy comes only in the morning. So then went to a restra they smoked had beer n we all eat. Even I had Shandies i.e. Beer plus some soft drink I had it with thumsup. Which tasted good😝
Then we clicked some pics and roamed around the beach for few minutes.
I recorded the sound of waves.
Kovallam beach is so musical loved the tides and enjoyed the shor of shore:)