Monday, January 25, 2010

My vacation: A perfect blend of Everything

Going home was a spontaneous decision. My initial plans were to start working towards final year project but then fell home sick.. :( I just packed my bags and left off. My parents had no clue regarding my arrival. My vacation was a blend of everything.

The Journey

The journey from Bangalore-Kundapur is a tiring one and I rarely fall asleep on bus. That day I dint sleep during the 10hrs night journey.

My family

My dad has 11 siblings and mom has 5. I could see the happiness in the faces of my uncles and aunts after they saw me. They were also proud of me that I got placed. Speaking of my cousins, I have more then 2 dozen cousins out of which majority of them are younger then me. It’s a nice feeling to be around them and the little ones are really cute. I love kids and have spent a lot of time with them this vacation. At one instance I also started speaking like them. Well there is nothing like being a part of a big family. Being treated like a 10yr old kid even when you are 21, isn’t it great.

Temples

Udupi is known as the land of temples. In the radius of 2km from my home there are around 7temples. I visited them all and also went to other famous temples around. Yeah, you can tell that my vacation was more of a pilgrimage.

Friends

I met a lot of my PU friends back home and had also had a great time with them. I started missing my hostel friends so went off to Mangalore and spent a great day there.

Rathotsava-Village fair-Paryaya

There was a village fair on 10th Jan, which I had mentioned in my earlier post. Enjoyed that with my close friends and also saw a concert till 1am. My native place is Saligrama. The Saligrama Rathotsava was on 16th Jan. I stayed at my native for 2days and was spending time with my cousins and relatives. My uncle has an ice cream shop. I helped in managing the shop. I do that every year. Those 2 days I do the job of waiter-cashier-manager. It is always a good experience. Udupi Paryaya was on 17th Jan. I will write about it some other time. But it was a fun filled night that started at 9pm on 17th and ended on 9am on 18th. Our family deity (Kuladevata) is Mahalasa Narayani. There was Rathotsava at the temple on 20th Jan. Our Swamiji (Kashi Matt) were also present on the occasion. I got to witness the Pallaki Utsav and also the Rathotsava that day.

Food

Finally the best part of vacation, the FOOD. I was craving for home food in Bangalore. When I went home I had simple yet great food. I happened to get 3feasts in various temples and that is, typical Konkani food. No wonder I look bit fat now. :)

Beach

The weather is hot and humid at my place. I hadn’t been to a beach for a long time so decided to go there. None of my friends were around so went alone. It is just 3kms from my place. It’s a calm beach with very few people. Walked for an hour in the shore, cut out from the world and enjoying a moment of peace.

That was a short summary of my 15days vacation. Now back to Hostel. If any of you have relatives in the Udupi-Mangalore area then do visit there for a week. You don’t know what all you can experience at that part of Karnataka.

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