I did it ..!!! 3 weeks of work, 14 million cups of caffeine and a numb rear in tow, i have just set foot onto planet vacation .Maybe next time ill settle for a trip to Casablanca, but this trip is dedicated to the friends who make life worth the effort. I need to get away ...and Im on my way to Mumbai, Bangalore and on a maiden (no pun) over to Kolkata.
I flew Jet airways bahrain Mumbai for hte first time, and Yes it does make me proud- Great service, seats the normal xl people fit into, a tasty fare at 200000ft off the ground and needless to say Good looking indian women, who show the world that honey - the maharajas came from INDIA, so we are kind of the best in hospitality.Either I really needed to get out, or I may have been besotted with the competitive service the Indians have to offer. Jai hind!! Ok Patriotism is jiving around.roll out the gadar and Krantiveer DVD, Mr. G is heading to Indiaaaaaaaa.......
DAy 1 - APRIL 18 - FRIDAY
Simple. reach mumbai, pick up ma cherie and scoot. Hmm met the in-loves on the way. reached Bangalore after a tedious shortly spaced trip and voila went straight out meeting buddies.
Jeff and his wife ranju came in and we went for grub at herb n Spices. besides the broken fish that was awaited to swim in from bavaria, the food was near about average basking in the midst ofan interior concept pioneerd by ONLY PLACE, off st.marks road. I mean the central courtyard with a a tiled roof concept is kinda being done to death. I dont own ma own restaurant, hence budgets for a ncie interior are only secondary at this point.ha!!!
Maadu's sangeet (yet another bodhi-tect bites the dust) would have been enjoyable if i didnt bask in the jet lag that i fooled myself prevailed.
System shutdown at 12:07 am.
Day 2 APRIL 19- SATURDAY
Ouch !!! sleeping till 10am.....wow thats a vacation. But im not the type. guess was just tired outta ma wits.
A couple of TV shows, newspapers and coffees later I emerged as the proverbial phenix and landed up at couch. great food, ncie music and an interior that doesnt beg for attention.
i guess the candid shots will summarise the events which seemed like an episode out of friends, with central perk being replaced by COUCH.
A beautiful evening. The pics kinda say it all. Thanks George, AMy, Jeff , ranju and Sim for making it a glorious evening!!!! DJ Ajay - we need to talk....that was some tripping music. Nice ot know that some guys out there undertand the word TEMPO>
Day 3 APRIL 20- SUNDAY
The Biryani day, saw us gorging on a biryani sponsored by Parachute Oil. ouch savoury. I tossed all over and then ran to Hari, the owner at Prince salon, who was garcious to change me from an unshaven wonder. Himesh bhai - no hard feelings.
A shave in time and a massage saw my grey cells wanting to go for lunch break. The body rested, the mind was on vacation and the stomach was showing - parking full sign.Hmmmm.......nice evening again!!!! Went for Rohit's wedding to Harsha. Cute couple. Though i might have been arrested for being party for this Baal-vivah!! i mean do all madu guys look pretty much the same - in terms of vital
stats/....well the horse retired from the reverlry, and amde was dethroned onto a chariot like chair. No mr.freud,
there are no double meanings to that.
met up with ..hmmmmm...vishwesh, vanessa, chaitra, ayesha, joleen, nikhil, sumit, umair, mahen, preety, mallika, anuj, tutool, chaitra, nidheesh, lester, srujal and ruchi. anyone else?hmm........ The wedding entourage did land up geoffrey's though to celebrate anuj and Molly's day out, wherein there adorable 1.5 yr old ladykiller karan was lapping up the love of life. Lotta pointers on the cricket, the market tumbloing, the bleak future of IT, the property rates, and parenthood ....helped everyone lap up the beers that Anuj so benevoletnly footed.
The trip aint over - A midnight drive to Jeff's place to usher in his birthday led us feeling like columbus with every gally feeling new. Luckily the cricket bat takent o hit jeff wasnt used on too many wrong people. Waking a couple up from sleep abusing them, then eating cake at their house and then ramblign till the wee hours of the morning wherein they didnt ask us to leave for love of courtesy. ha!!!
Day 4 APRIL 21 MONDAY
Summarising the last couple of days is not a menial task!!! Done!!!
I believe today was SUBWAY day - The routine was simple - woke up, blogged, subway'd and then slept till jeff' call set my ringtone and alarm on orgasm mode simultaneously.
Wait a minute I packed in 3 hours to watch U, Me and HUM - Kill me.........slowly.............good second half. for movei reviews I willge tback to ya.......So where was I..... Bang - Its time to gorge on jeff's birthday at the swanky new joint - BaBque Nation at Indiranagar - At rs450 per head its a steal- ur right - they steal from you. Ha!! No i liked the concept - Ajay Abraham thanks for the ti[s on how to cook your own goose ....i meant meat. I cant believe we all packed in that much!!! I think the surprise bash had jeff stumped a day earlier. he's a smart guy - he figured it out!!! So there we were 15 of us on our best behaviour - till all heel broke loose. The pictures showed the gala we had.
Arresting the whole JINGBANG- of moi, sim, brunzz, amy, george, sunil and naz who ushered in the good the bad, and the F'ugly at HINT at bangalore central. I guess the music was ncie enough to get us swaying and the Bollywood night actually had us all in a nice mood.
Wait it aint over............A dash at 12am to the Taj West End, went on till 3:30 am. Wow and was that a mjor bitchin session or what.................ha in hindi BaKKchoddi is the term that was coined in my college days.......interesting its still part of my jargon.
Day 6 APRIL 23 WEDNESDAY
Action packed day again with meeeting my Saviour Saju, and listening to tryst with politics, life in general and more politics. Wow Nikki, you're doing well. If you read this, understand it !!!! A quick dash to the bodhi tree for eating, meeting and cheating.
Gaurav got packed in with the It was nice to go around to the tree, then onto hundredhands
The cute meeting with the ever dashing, and genuine gaurav set the lightson flashback lane on , but had to be cut short bby our rendezvous at the kandolkar's..............a cute shack at micheal palya boasting of Bangalore and Goa's finest Pav Bhaji.......be warned the couple is newly married and took us in to be bored by an ATKINS marketing session by moi. Vishwesh and Vaness - didn't i tell you carbs were not good for me........pity you guys!!! lovely time......thanks again!!!
That dash for my 3rd view of RACE was a heart wrencign finish to a beautiful evening......
Day 7 APRIL 24 THURSDAY
Epsilon was the main attraction, post the cosy lunch at Ruby Tuesday's and the book hunting with sim at blossoms. A quick stop at the bodhi tree again to pay respects to the alma mater was good in itself.
Got to see Sim's work at Epsilon and the contemporary bug that bangalorens have lapped up with ease. very very international upmarket houses....... Got 7-8 crores. Come one - lets move in. Still cheaper than mumbai.....ha!!!!!
DAY 8 APRIL 25 FRIDAY
Jor Bole ki kor bole.............AAMI KOLKATA........ yes Ive made it - to Kolkata............West Bengal .......land of the V's (all B's are replaced with B), land of mocchi, land of the Bipasha's and rani's , land of the howrah, and the Dada's........
A quiet morning spent rejeuevenating and undoing all the doings of Bangalore. Food at the Restaurant on the First floor (how typical) was enought o drive me back into bed. Another trip to the aiport to pick up Gaurav......and voila the trio unite..........before asif runs me thru - someplace else, most of kolkata, roxy, tantra, park street and pretyt much a large part of the city.
Day 9 APRIL 26 SATURDAY
RAGHU DIXIT .......u rock.....
bonie n Dhrubo
Lapping it up at ITC Shonar Bangla
Day 10 APRIL 27 SUNDAY
lunch again at
Charles Correa - City center
DAY 11 APRIL 28 MONDAY
lunch again at the RAFF
dinner with Sim........candelight.....
DAY 12 APRIL 29 TUESDAY
Lunch from Noorani's - chicken Sesame.........wow....
the Lab stuff at Kalba devi
watched "SIRF" at inox
Dinner at THALI
DAY 13 APRIL 30 WEDNESDAY
Sarkari rendezvous at churchgate
SHAURYA at Ebony lounge metroa
school stuff again
lounging away at marine drive
DAY 14 MAY 1 THURSDAY
A hint of shopping
INDU AUNTY and manav bhaiya meeting
DAY 15 MAY 2 FRIDAY
kalbadevi the Lab stuff
DAY 16 MAY 3 SATURDAY
Back to Pavillion Sakrar........