Sunday, January 22, 2006

Chennai Chronicles

Since I landed up in India, this is the first day I am spending at home lazing around. For me, an ideal vacation should have at least one day of doing absolutely NOTHING. Today's nothing day is extra special because it was originally meant to be spent at the dentist's getting a tooth extracted :-O! But I got an unexpected reprieve and no tooth is getting pulled out. Now, is that being in heaven or what :-)?

Chennai's been great so far. The weather is super-awesome right now - like the porridge in Goldilocks and the three bears, it's neither too hot or cold. At home, I am being pampered and spoilt rotten :-D. Don't even ask about the food. I have been hogging like there is no tomorrow. Everytime I go to any store which features any kind of food, I start marvelling at the sheer varieties of food available and feel obliged to buy something to taste. This besides eating all the wonderful food my mom and my relatives have been making for me. Again I am proving beyond any doubt that I am the original foodie :-D.

I spent most of last week in Bangalore in honor of Shilpa's wedding. Boy, it was reallllllllllll great to attend a wedding after such a long time. Since I did not have much time to shop before leaving for Bangalore, other than buying shoes, I had to raid my sister's and my mom's closets for the clothes for the various functions. Once I got to B'lore, I landed both feet first bang in the middle of the wedding preparations. The three days of the wedding festivities just flew past - fun, frolic, some work but mostly a lot of joy - I will defer to Shilpa to write about it. But I must say that the actual wedding ceremony was really beautiful. And should also mention that Shilpa looked sooo pretty and bride-like, we all had trouble believing it was indeed her - heheheh :-)!

I should mention my total disappointment with Bangalore's traffic and roads. Compared to the pot-holed and cratered roads of Bangalore, Chennai just rocks! Bangalore, the silicon valley of India? With roads like those, sorry, I really don't think so!

My cousins, as expected, have all become even taller than when I saw then a year and a half ago:

Incident 1: At the airport, I heard a voice welcoming me but couldn't spot the source. Then I looked up skywards and there was my cousin K saying "Welcome akka". I asked my uncle how tall K was - and my uncle said "6 feet 3 inches and growing. We don't know how much taller he will be tomorrow". Sigh!

Incident 2: I was seeing another uncle and my cousin S off after their visit to my house. And my uncle went "Oh Archu, have you become shorter since I saw you the last time?". Whatttt!?! For heaven's sake, I was wearing heels at that time. Looks like S is shooting upwards too. Sigghhh!

Incident 3: Another cousin, I asked him how tall he was even before I stood up beside him. He's only a good 13 centimeters taller than me. Siiiigggghhhhhh!

Ah, how could I not mention TV? Whenever I get the chance, I have been watching Tamil channels in fond hopes of associating visuals with all the songs that I have heard on raaga back in the US. Also a couple of movies. Hopefully my eyes won't be hanging out of their sockets by the time I get back.

These are all just the brief highlights of what I have been upto so far. Vactioning in general is fun. Vacationing in India is bliss. It's official folks - I am in a state of vacation moksha :-D!

p.s. Saranya - see I did put up a post from india :-D. Even if it meant subjecting you all to reading the mundane happenings of my mundane life ....*evil laughter* X-)!

14 comments:

spark said...

that's cool of you. blogging during your vacation. shows that you are really have a great time in India. enjoy!

Thanu said...

Anything abt india can never be mundane... have fun vacationg. Have a Nongu on my behalf.

prasanna said...

>
>Bangalore, the silicon valley of India? With roads like those, sorry, I really don't think so!
>

Come on..as long as the Corporates/Services sector get their work done with least amount of expense..they wouldn't mind those pot-holes..unless otherwise there is a disruption in connectivity or electricity..

You should have checked out the Palm Meadows locality in Blore..read about in Little-India magazine..imitating the Silicon valley residential setup with homes having Spanish tiles..

Stolen photo:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shastrix/471

I can only envy you on your vacation :(

Archana Bahuguna said...

Hey Archana, I was really not expecting a post from you but I was still doing the pointless clicking secretly hoping you would have written something. And boom! there I got the surprise:-)! So far so great, you keep having the bliss of your moksha ...

Suds said...

Good to know ur are enjoying...

Rahul Obla said...

Share the same thoughts abt traffic in B'lore. I was very disappointed to see, what the once beautiful city has become :(. As for the food .... Ummmm .... India is definitely a heaven for Food junkies :). Enjoy !.....

Ginkgo said...

nalla vayatha valikatum...:P

Saranya Kishore said...

Hey Arch!
Swweet! :)
Nice to see an update/

Archana Bahuguna said...

Time for another update, dont you think? :-) Blogpal.

Shilpa said...

Hmm...yeah India is fun

I've lots to crib abt blore...will do it soon

Archana said...

Thank you all people :-). My vacation was super-duper fun. I ate a lot and have become fat (ok, ok, stop grinning). Now back to work and the same old grind ...

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