For a long time now, I had been yearning for a vacation. If not a proper vacation, I was expecting some change from the daily grind. When S’s friend invited us for his wedding in Theni for the weekend, I almost wanted to go. But then, it would be full of S’s friends – whom I haven’t met more than once and that too during our wedding. Most of them are not married, which means I will be the only girl of the group. I didn’t want S to be stuck with me in an effort to make me feel comfortable and politely denied the invitation. S coaxed me to come to the wedding every day last week and I finally gave in. S promised me to take me somewhere nearby for sightseeing too. I was one happy soul and started to look forward to the weekend. We were to go to Theni in our car which takes about 8hrs and I was so excited knowing so much private talking time I get to have with S.
Just before a day we started to Theni, one of S’s friends wanted to join with us in the car. I was pretty irritated. First, he is S’s close friend and we both were school mates too, but I barely knew him. I become too conscious in front of new people and that’s the last thing I want on a road trip with S. I stay away from S for almost the entire week. When I get a chance to be with him, there is always something or someone interrupting it. Its like the way of my life. I tried to control my frustration, but it didn’t help. I had to bring it up with S. He being S, understood my mindset and pacified me. At the end, I had to adjust to this set up, as there was no other way. The D-day arrived. I was so excited; we were doing night time drive for the first time. We picked up S’s friend and our journey started.
It wasn’t one bit like how I imagined it to be. I had no clue how the first four hours went by. All three of us talked endlessly, laughed our hearts out and had the best time ever. We had hot cup of coffee from a roadside shop at 2 in the morning. What fun it was. Towards the end, S’s friend fell asleep. The job of not letting S’s eyes close fell on my shoulders. It was 3.30 in the morning and I started my non-stop talk. When all my stories were exhausted, we reached the venue. After leaving S’s friend at his room, we started our journey back to the hotel room. I saw the most amazing sunrise, the golden ball of sun emerging from never ending coconut trees with a backdrop of hills surrounding us and cool breeze brushing past us. We stopped the car on the highway, basked in the morning sun for a good ten minutes and started our journey again.
When we reached our hotel room, our brains refused to work as soon as we saw the bed. Sleep was the only thing we could think of. Being awake for all the night, we were extra hungry too. After a quick breakfast, we slept off with an alarm set up for 2hrs later. When the alarm went off, I got up in a jiffy getting excited about the place we were to visit. For the next hour, I tried waking up S in all possible ways with none actually helping. It was his idea to drive during the night so that we can go sightseeing during the day. When I mentioned about sleep, he smiled it off and said he would manage just fine -So much for his confidence, especially on his love for sleep. At one point, I switched on the TV and stopped bothering him – after all he managed really well on road for more than 9hrs. But then he got up and we were on the road again and this time towards Thekkady – a place I fell in love with and enjoyed every bit of it.
More on Thekkady trip and the return journey on next part.
PS – Our camera refused to work after the first few clicks, not sure why 😦 Here is a pic from my mobile on the beautiful coconut trees, sunrise and the hills surrounding us.