Ten day Challenge.Post 5 -Six places.
This post is a part of the ten day challenge I started here.
Post 5 is Six Places.
There are many many places that I have had the privilege of living in. My dad had a transferable job and we kept moving. When I got married too, the same continued. I truly believe that this has helped me grow as a person.
A good friend of mine had once told me "Preeti--you're a true survivor. If we throw you in the North Pole also, you will go and make friends with Polar bears and be happy there."
Later I thought about what she had said. It was indeed true! How well she had surmised me and captured a true part of my personality with that statement of hers.
Today I have good friends spread all over the world. If I call them and tell them I am coming over tomorrow to stay with them, they would welcome me with open arms.(I'd do the same for them too) I do feel fortunate to have so many good friends in so many places.
Among all the places I have lived in and travelled to, the following are my absolute favourites:
1. Norwich, UK. Undoubtedly. I so miss living there. I made such good friends there. One of my closest friends lives there and I am so grateful for her presence in my life.There are so many lovely things about Norwich. I could write a whole book! Here is a picture of a Cathedral (St.Peter Mancroft Cathedral) that I used to often visit when I lived there.
2.Pondicherry,India: Again one of my closest friends lives here. I love her home in Pondicherry.Funny how I associate places with my good friends. If you have not visited Pondicherry, it is an absolute 'must-go' place. The place is divided into white town (where I used to live) and 'rest of the city'. The rest of the city is like any other small south Indian City. But the White town is totally a world of its own. I used to live very close to the Aurobindo Asharam. Oh --the serenity! The french villas, the cobbled streets, the greenery filled paths, the architecture, but most importantly the atmosphere there, is what I miss most.
3. Bangalore India. Love the city, love the language (I can speak Kannada, apart from Tamil, Mallu,Konkani, Hindi, English. I also understand Marathi perfectly), Love the culture, love the people, absolutely LOVE the weather! Once again, one of my closest friends lives here! (I have about 5 people who I can say are my closest friends) :-)
Here is a picture I clicked at Ranga Shankara--which is a superb world class cultural hub and a 'must-do ' place.
4. Kerala--God's own country. (My mom lives in a tiny village in Kerala. I love the place): If you have never been to Kerala, you truly ar missing something in Life.
Kerala Tourism's international campaign, Your Moment Is Waiting is a film that goes far beyond the realm of a commercial, to capture the soul of Kerala like no destination hitherto has. Stark Communications, which has been handling the Kerala Tourism brand for almost two decades, conceived, scripted and then assigned the task of creating this film to the renowned ad film maker Prakash Varma
I went there recently and blogged about it(with lots of photos) here. Oh--what a DIVINE place! Here is yet another picture of me that satish clicked in this gorgeous, picture-perfect place
Wherever I may roam..
(love this song by Metallica)
No matter where I roam, my favourite favourite place is my home. Home to me is anywhere where my two children and their dad is :-) I do feel blessed. ( touch wood!)
Tomorrow: Five foods (and I am NOT a foodie at all!)
Waiting to read your book on Norwich, UK :)ReplyDelete
For the Seven wants -- pt 1 is a total must , missed the '1' in the previous blog.
Must visit Kerala on my next trip to India...it's been eluding me.ReplyDelete
I have never been to UK but somehow I would not want to live there....the main reason being the thought of how they treated my country for years.
It's a blessing to be able to experience so much culture and diversity!
I live in UK never been to norwhich :(ReplyDelete
and maldives i already seen ur pic beautiful ...
let me recommentd you a place try australia :)
all the best ..
I have been following your challenge blog and I L O V E them all!
Great posts every time!!
Im still on my 3rd now :(( guess Ive to learn time & stress management.. heheReplyDelete
Eve: I guess you got to MAKE-UP ;-) :-DReplyDelete
Gayu: thanks a LOT! many follow but very few express :) Am grateful.
Bikram: yeah Australia is a place I like too..But I don't like the discrimination there in recent times against Indians.
Shachi: oh--that is because you have never been to UK and you have never had English friends. Some of my closest friends are English--and oh my God--they are so genuinely apologetic for "what their forefathers did over which they had no control." I love the 'stiff english upper lip' :)I love their sense of humour. I love the reserved demeanour until you get to know them well. Also you will never ever be invited to an Englishman's house unless they consider you a TRUE friend. (Very different from the Indian way where everyone is invited home). And once a friendship is made, it is an enduring one and a true. The very fact that you and I are comminicating to each other using English speaks for itself :) I love English langauge and most things English :)ReplyDelete
Somehow I do not like U.S of A for several reasons. To each their own I guess! :) Length of this reply shows how deeply I feel about this :) :)
Horizon: Heh heh..Thank you!!
Okay, for the above comment: agree, agree and agree! British humour is oh. My. God. Awesome. Plus the crisp accent, drool-inducing, seriously :PReplyDelete
Not to say any culture is 'superior', just a tad bit more sexy :P
Loving the challenge! Though I'd find it hard to limit my 'places' to a list of 6 :)
Sucheta: yes :) Talking about British sense of humour itself is making me chuckle madly. Yeah, of course no culture is 'Superior'. I do LOVE my India too :)ReplyDelete
have the same feeling about 2,3ReplyDelete
I often tend to confuse Mauritius with Maldives.
I have shared the your blog links to people who are looking out for honeymoon destinations. again, lovely pics. the blue is always enchanting. :)
That cathedral looks so majestic ! And, Maldives is on my must visit places.ReplyDelete
I loved your dress (In the pic)....& you are amazingly beautiful both by heart & looks....
Wonderful Pic of yours.
& I loved your Idea of this post...what made you think abt such a wonderful countdown ....its really good
I'm plesantly surprised of seeing ur blog..I love it, dear:) The pictures and looks like ur an ace photographer. Plus, lucky you since childhood, I dreamt of travelling in various places. Cheers
Im both on wordpress and blogspot.
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wonderful pics!! By d way.. u had promised to upload more pics of maldives when u had posted it for the first time... Hope u remember that!! ;)ReplyDelete
and yeah...Kerala is truly God's own country.....my dad's place is a small village there.....
but even there modernization is slowly creeping in now...much of the greenery is being replaced by concrete structures!
racism there is not true to the level it has been portrayed .. trust meReplyDelete
I have been there ..
media has done more damage.. and if we think of it we indians are more racist then anyone else :)
Everything you've listed is an inspiration. Now I will never be out of what movies to see and books to read. Thanks for being you! Order on the way for books. Blessings on the journey.ReplyDelete