K is for Kitschy Trip to Kasauli

March 2015

Imagine you are undertaking a meandering journey to the mountains; all excited, hopeful and with that sparkle of anticipation in your eyes. Away from the busyness and monotony of life in the plains. As your MPV starts making that climb uphill, you literally clutch your heart in excitement, in prescience (apparently) of what the climb ahead holds. Life will be peaking with joy during the next 5 days of your holiday in Kasauli. But little do you know that there’s more to it than meets the eye.

You realise your travel agent has booked you in a dilapidated, non- scenic place, right in the middle of a bustling market. You didn’t leave the plains to land yourself in another crowded place, did you? Fortunately, you have a very kind, helpful classmate from school who generously helps book you in her family resort which is gorgeous, but the food doesn’t go well with your teenager’s tummy.
Then, there is not much to do in this sleepy, little township. You are happy with the nothingness, but the family wants some adventure, some good food-to assuage the stomach bug, some places to explore and some more. But a peak will not always translate to a peak. What might peak for you might not peak for others.

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You return to you hearth in the plains. A flurry of activities over powers your being. It’s time to spring clean, move the woollens inside, donate the old clothes and tidy up the cupboards with summer wear. It’s suddenly a lot of work, after having put your feet up and having done nothing for a few days. The vacation is over (did it really start?) and reality has bitten you. Hard.

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You speak to some wise friends and family.They dispense some nuggets of wisdom.
Your friend says it’s pertinent to find the work and play balance every day. It’s different when you are on vacation. It’s all play, then (as if I didn’t know!). I translate this in my head as “When in the plains; keep a mind that is plain, simple and balanced. Focus on things, chores and work that need to be done, after all there is no escaping from the rigours of a routine. And yes, take that time out for “play” as well.
The family member tells you, “Derive satisfaction from within. Do things that will nurture you as a person. Also do things that will nurture you as a family unit.” Quite bang on indeed.
And I have followed the advice now for a while now.

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These days more and more of us are seeking out for external sources to make us happy. Be it friends, partying, dining out, technology, social media, the mall visits or holidays and so on so forth. In the process we forget to cherish the simple pleasures that can be derived from our every day life. A steaming cup of coffee in the balcony or garden, a walk in the park, watching movies on the DVD on a lazy weekend, reading a gratifying book, having a soulful conversation, gardening, listening to music, playing with our pets, a board game with the family, rustling up that meal, baking; all this can uplift us beyond imagination.
You don’t always need to get away; you need to find your inner peace right here where you are;  within yourself.

Note to Self: It’s uncanny this piece was scheduled for today, as I can’t wait to get away this Good Friday weekend, for a little break to a valley nearby. Yes, it’s something to look forward to, but I need to remember that when I return I will have no choice but to return to my schedule and a big job list awaiting me.  A holiday might not always translate into happiness. Or even if it does, that happiness might be short-lived. Happiness is a state of mind. It finally boils down to being content with what we have, where we are and how we make the most of the situations or circumstances that life throws upon us.

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My theme for this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge is Travel Epiphanies that are my very own tales of adventure and revelation. I will be writing 26 posts throughout the month of April. You can read my theme here.

28 comments on “{K} is for Kitschy Trip to Kasauli : #AtoZChallenge”

  1. Vacations are happiness as long as you don’t put a pressure on yourself. Be it while planning or exploring. I totally get what you mean. I went to Kasauli way back in 1995. Can’t remember a bit but I wish to go again, some day 🙂
    Have fun over the weekend and share tales.

  2. Even when a vacation doesn’t go exactly as you’d hoped, it’s still a challenge to let go of the free time and make the transition back to the demands of a daily grind. I love how you always find a valuable lesson to take home in your heart, Natasha.

  3. Thanks, I just added, well, all of these to my to-do list: A steaming cup of coffee in the balcony or garden 2.a walk in the park, watching movies on the DVD on a lazy weekend, reading a gratifying book, having a soulful conversation, gardening, listening to music, playing with our pets, a board game with the family, rustling up that meal, baking. 🙂

  4. Oh bummer for the Kasauli outing though its similar to a lot of other such places like Dalhousie ( Dull+lousy, as one of my cousins puts it)!!! But yes nothingness can translate different to different peeps.

    Getting away for me is simply switching off and staying connected only as much as I can manage it! I am in that mode now- much to the chagrin of a lot of peeps. But I need this time to declutter the mind, house and the soul!!!

    Have a great weekend!!!! Hope to see another holiday nugget from it!!! 🙂

    Theme: Peregrination Chronicles (travel)
    K is for Kathakali in Kerala #atozchallenge

    • Yeah Dull-housie totally! We were there last summer after a lovely jaunt to Mcleood gang and oh dear god, was more than just a bummer.

      Happy de-cluttering! It’s a must do ritual that we all should undertake time to time.

    • Yes we all need a break. Definitely! We do the same too. And try not to carry work at all. Though looks like I’ll end up working on my weekend break this time. 🙁 Thanks to #AtoZ.

      Breaks do refresh us, and they are essential. But it’s equally relevant to find those little breaks during the course of our day and replenish our selves. Thank you for reading and commenting. 🙂

  5. Well, I pay the price for any holiday with cartloads of laundry! 🙂

    Inner peace is always within, that’s why it’s called inner peace I guess…if you have it, it travels with you, if you don’t then you’re not going to find it at journeys’ or rainbows’ ends…

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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