Do it alone…

I was a little apprehensive,i had never done this before…i had seen lot of people doing it before,and i always wondered how and why they did it???

Well,don’t put your dirty minds to work…im talking about shopping alone!!! Yes,untill recently,i had never gone all by myself to get anything…well except groceries or medicines! ‘Shopping’ alone…i was completely alien to the concept.I had to get books the other day…and i had waited for quite a few days because i didn’t have company,but that day i was so bored,and annoyed and just nothing else to do…i decided to go alone.And i was glad i didn’t stay back home that day.It is not bad as it looks…going alone somewhere,and definitely for buying books.Firstly,i was really glad that bookstore was stocked with books by Indian authors,i have a thing for them and always end up buying Indian books rather than classics!

i like to take my own sweet time…well,for everything, but esp for picking up books.And this time around,there was no one to push me!i peacefully went through all sections,and read synopsis of more than a few books.Neither once did i feel like taking someone else’s opinion as to how would he/she find the book.It was oddly peaceful…the whole thing! i also thought that online shopping was taking away this…the satisfaction of smelling the book,feeling it in your hands before actually buying it…i had missed this for such a long time!
i had a good time all by myself,and me being completely a ‘friends and family’ person….i thought i needed this.i loved the silence and placidity of the bookstore and i also ended up buying better books(yes,by Indian authors) than last couple of times.I have shed my inhibition about doing things alone…i have rather started to luxuriate in it.i also happened to travel alone this week and yet again,i realised the joy behind it.I soaked in all the coldplay and Pink Floyd and Nirvana….looking throught the window,seeing the countryside zooming by…peaceful!

I think everyone should try it…for the sake of true contenment.Next time around,when you really want to do something and you don’t have company…realise that it’s a great opportunity!!!Go ahead,do it alone..And you’ll find better things…

(P.S. : For my guest blogger,you will have to wait a little longer)

bits n pieces of rajasthan

Here are a few photographs taken by me during the recent Rajasthan tour…These are taken from a point and shoot camera…so not too rich in quality,but yeh,i like taking shots…and hence  sharing them with all…

@ Gurushikhar,Mt.Abu

 

@ Chittodgarh

 

@ Chittodgarh

 

a lamp in a local market @ Udaipur

 

one of the many "baba's" @ jaisalmer

 

one of the many children in Rajasthan,trying to earn money

 

Jaisalmer fort

@ Jaisalmer fort

 

@ Jaisalmer fort

 

camel ride @ Sam desert

 

Jaipur lake palace

 

@ Jantar mantar,Jaipur

 

Arch detail @ Agra fort

 

Taj Mahal,Agra

slice of heaven…

Its been almost a week since i returned from the Rajasthan tour,but there’s still a certain hangover…well you can’t really shake off 12 days of fun so easily!!

Rajasthan…there are so many things i could write about this tour,about the wonderful palaces epitomising the super luxurious lifestyle of the bygone era,the robust forts that are outliving time,the narrow lanes in the heart of the city,the highlight of the tour :desert safari,the numerous lakes that we saw(which was actually a surprise) or about the extreme poverty in spite of flourishing tourism,the exceedingly high horn pitches,the quirky version of the local music…well i could just go on and on….But today i am not writing about this exquisite state of India,but more so about the tour…

This tour is one of the best times i have had till now…and it does not need a great deal of thinking,figuring out why…i have always liked people more than places(..or things),and the great time i had during this tour is also all thanks to the wonderful people i went with.People they were before,now they are these most amazing friends,and i am so glad they all took me in.I dont remember having so much fun before,laughing so much(well…except while being clicked,forgot to even smile then,damn),playing cards so much,…i have never been favoured so much..and that too by everyone!

I would just like to say a big big thank you to everyone,and that it means a lot to me,being one of you!i just hope that the bonding between everyone just keeps growing!

Here are a few group snaps from the tour…amazing moments,to be cherished forever,and beyound!Love you all!

@Udaipur palace

 

Gurushikhar,Mt.Abu

 

@ Dilwara Temple

 

Images courtesy:Aditya Deshmukh and Shraddha Deo

(more on the tour in coming days)