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When Tired People Go On a Vacation

20 Mar

There comes a moment in your life when you tell yourself, “enough”. Enough of following the routine blindly, enough of working like a robot, and enough of taking shit from people. And at that moment, my friend, you must listen to that inner voice. You must take a break. You must surrender to isolation, where the foursquare check-ins seems futile, and the ‘last seen’ doesn’t bother you. You must go on a vacation and let the exploration heal your past bruises and give you a new perspective towards life.

I chose Kashmir, or let’s just say Kashmir chose me. After asking people, if they want to join me for a vacation I gave up hope. All I got was ‘maybe’, ‘no’, and even ‘why do you need me, ask your boyfriend no?’ replies. Alas, a ray of hope came in the form of a Delhi colleague who said she would meet me at Srinagar directly, or else it would have been a solo trip.

SNOWWW!

SNOWWW!


It was partially a solo trip since I travelled from Mumbai to Srinagar and back alone. It was my first flight trip and I was a bit nervous, but eventually everything went smooth. My first flight experience was smooth. I was flying Indigo and I had all the three seats to myself, so I was quite lucky!

Now planning a solo trip is not easy. Choosing a destination, booking packages according to your budget, booking tickets requires research. Safety is something, which you also need to consider since you’re going alone. I had those “why are you going there to meet terrorists?” conversations all the time, where I tried to explain that there is more to the place just than violence. But all in vain. People were very discouraging. Only handful of lovely people who encouraged me saying, “Oh you’re going to have a time of your life.” And they were cent percent correct.

The night I returned, I took my diary out to document my stay. And you won’t believe I couldn’t come up with anything. Kashmir was well…beyond words. To recall, all I do is close my eyes and the vision of me seeing snow for the first time appears. I can still feel the numbness in my hands when I first immersed my hand in fresh snow. The hop when I first sat on a pony. The smoke released from my mouth when I spoke. The beautiful people who looked very much at peace; contrary to people here who have a constipated look on their face all the time. The serene Dal lake which has a calming air of tranquil around it. The simple food which satisfied our hunger and taste. The painful day of departure, where I shed copious tears at the airport.

The serene Dal Lake

The serene Dal Lake


Kashmir taught me how all my problems are petty in comparison to the problems its residents face daily. And, that there is a place which can make you forget your incompleteness and your failure. That, there lies beauty in your wretchedness, which is superior to your materialistic happiness. That, nothing, absolutely nothing is important than Mother Nature.

Kashmiri Kids are cute lil buttons!

Kashmiri Kids are cute lil buttons!


It also made me realise that I should travel more often. I don’t know when and where my next vacation will be, but I have started saving for it already. But, let me tell you one thing, if you want to go somewhere then just go. No two minds. No listening to people. No ifs, hows and buts. Don’t keep waiting for people. Just go. And, then come back feeling all triumphant. That feeling, my friend is something which you need to experience every now and then.