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!)