Florid AH!!

My sister has been eating my head to put this up ūüėõ Stalking me everyday! This one is for her – Apologies for being off the grid. Will be around sooner!


From the cold of New York, D and I flew¬†to sultry Miami. My sister was picking us and we had landed early. D got woefully reminded of my lack of machine knowledge when I kept calling out every second car as a BMW which apparently my sister has? Or wait.. was it Honda? I am not sure anymore. It was a nice car with butt warming seats – that meant D had to get out for every single errand as my sister and I refused to move our bums ūüėÄ

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First Dinner @ Versailles

First evening was spent trying to molest my sister into giving me attention. I was dying for it after being deprived for five years! What was surreal was being with her in a setting that is NOT India and NOT home.

Next day we left for Orlando – two days of Universal Studios and Island of Adventure which translated in two days of Harry Potter. D and I used to be pretty insane about the series and this was our dreams coming to life. Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade delivered! We spent two days trying out spells with our wand, having butterbeer, going on those amazing multi-dimensional rides, catching Celestina Warbeck’s show, riding the Hogwarts Express and of course, wondering about our lost letters. Honeydukes was an absolute treasure as I sampled never-melting ice-cream, chocolate frogs and fudge flies. We also randomly roamed in other areas of the parks and especially enjoyed exhibits from Minions, The Mummy, Transformers, MIB and so on. By the time it was evening, we were dead on our feet but just¬†not ready to stop. The place shone and twinkled with some¬†wonderful smells easing our senses into a soft lull.

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Insert Hogwarts theme music here
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She taught me how to pose!

We got¬†back to Miami and made grand plans of ferry, the multi-million homes and indulging in water sports. And because it was us, the weather played a spoiler and lo! We were greeted with THUNDERSTORMS in Miami! We made the best of indoors by helping ourselves to mimosas and wine and all day breakfast! And of course, shopping was on the cards – my sister is one of the best shopping companions ever. Her taste is amazing and this time she made sure I got my own stuff instead of raiding her wardrobe as usual! That felt like home ‚̧ A visit to Everglades worked out well as the weather set the scene for some thrilling time as we imagined being chased and attacked by those sleepy alligators. We also caught a show by the Gator Boys which was absolutely incredible! It helped that the guy was really good looking ūüėČ

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She also taught me to tie my shoes…
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Everglades in the storms
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Stranded in the boat…

Sunday was my birthday (YAY!!!) and of course, the forecast was thunderstorms yet again. Basking in the holiday mood, we still confidently made our way to South Beach ready to take on the world. I caught two radically different versions of the beach that day. It was¬†dark and ominous in the beginning and this powerful spell of showers¬†drenched us in half a minute! Wet and dripping, we were well into our¬†“happy hours” when the sun shone in full glory. D and I happily albeit¬†unsteadily made our way back to South Beach and whew! I realized the true beauty of that place. There were shades of blue vying for attention and luckily the beach was almost deserted. We grabbed a pristine white spot as our tequila-led spirits led us into¬†dancing madly ūüôā

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The dark before…
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Happy Hours ūüėÄ
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Birthday Brunch!
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And the stunning after!

A quiet evening lovingly led us to the end of my birthday and the end of the Florida stay as we were all flying to New Orleans – our last stop before it was time to say goodbye.

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Love her !!!!
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Back !! :)

South Beach, Miami
South Beach, Miami

After almost a month, I am back ūüôā It sure feels like coming back home!

The trip was the most amazing experience I have had in my life. Three weeks of unadulterated bliss, exploring new places, people, foods, cultures, weathers and of course, some interesting spirits. The best of all was the time I spent with my sister for more than a week – the longest I have spent since she left almost five years back. It felt so good – we had our share of laughs and hugs and idiotic comments – and of course, that one standard sibling fight. Our time is incomplete without yelling at each other and making up eleven minutes later.

I am rambling. I am so excited! I don’t know where to start. I don’t know how to describe. There were so many gems and landmark moments in this trip, each unique in their own way. Some were shared with others while some happened inside my head.¬†¬†A blue, pink, red and gray sky holiday ūüôā

A brief background – I went to Houston where my brother-in-law is based with my brand-new fiance (who is also a cousin of my bro-in-law)… yes! We played happy families indeed. After that there was Washington where I was lucky to catch the last breath of the fall colors. New York and New Jersey followed which also included a trip to Princeton. After that it was Miami baby! ūüôā A quick trip to Orlando and the Harry Potter Universe were a part of it. And then a relaxing Thanksgiving in New Orleans. It was back to Houston for Black Friday and then a happy yet tearful farewell to USA and my sister. Memories that cannot be weighed or forgotten I have carried back as my only souvenirs. I have left a part of me in each and every place I visited and I hope it blends in with the tokens that other starry-eyed people have left behind.

I did zero writing during that time – there was a lot to think and feel but nothing that could be translated into words. Right now, all I can think about is capturing those magical moments into my ink and try to spell it out to relive my entire trip with you wonderful people.

I will start making rounds and try to catch up on your writing soon. Apologies if I get a little late for your celebrations. It is December and the second-happiest month of the year! So yay… No holiday hangover.

Invisible

Photo: Navnit Sreekumar
Photo: Navnit Sreekumar

Strolling along the beach at midnight,

Lost in the solitude with melting sands,

Looking out towards an azure horizon

– still invisible.

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Hands reaching around to clasp

The tremors of the wind; now inciting

To embrace¬†the warmth of another’s¬†arms

– still invisible.

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Breathing in the sorcery of the night,

Heart beats to the pulse of a shy moon

Humming the silent songs for a beloved

– still invisible.

 .

Eyes shine at the fireworks of the stars,

Igniting the rich plumage of a buoyant sky

Bridal shower awaiting the paramour

– still invisible.

 .

Salt-kissed wisps of thoughts scintillating,

Stealing a wish from the floating lanterns.

Come whisk me beyond the galaxies you,

– still invisible!


A girl dreams. A woman hopes. For that love to sweep her off the feet into a spiral of ecstasy and euphoria. 

Nights like these link up very well with Open Link Night at dVerse ūüôā

Oh Goa, you beauty!

Oh Goa, you beauty!

You are not a city,

You are not just a state,

You are a state of Mind!

 

How you welcomed us with your lush greens,

And cascades of cleansing showers.

You embraced us in your glorious beauty,

And made us a home miles away from home.

 

You entranced with your secret delights!

The night flea markets,

The dinghy all-night food stalls,

The soft white melting sands,

The intimate backwaters,

The rolling mountain passes,

The magical hidden lakes,

The amber mines and ebony caves,

The milky froth of waterfalls,

The never-dying lamp,

The haunted dead-ends,

The concealed passages of forts,

The lazy floating islands,

The simplicity of your people.

 

You taught me the true spirit of Chrismas,

Of the worth of giving, sharing and cherishing,

Of the joysof caroling and crib hunting,

Of gobbling X’mas lunches at old wine farms,

Of dancing in the streets during the carnival days…

 

There is so much more than meets the eyes,

So much beyond the rave parties and beaches,

A feeling of pity comes for those drunk tourists,

Who love you only for the easy booty and alcohol.

 

You have been a second mother,

Blessed and nurtured within me a new life,

Impatient now you are to hold me again,

I won’t keep you waiting.

I am coming.


Goa is the tourist state of India where I also spent two years doing my Masters. This is an expression of the love and belonging I feel with her. It is a coincidence that Gabriella at dVerse should ask us to write poems on our beloved city when just the other day I wrote this post, expressing my confusion of where do I finally belong. So this was kind of perfect! ūüôā