It is infact difficult to believe that i have stayed away from my laptop for a whole week.. Too much!! Even worse.. I haven’t blogged for 6 days at a stretch.. But i understood that blogging has not yet become an addiction.. It is still in the habit stage.. I could love without blogging all these days even though at the sight of anything interesting or boring I would start wondering how to blog it as soon as i got back home..
For the few who do not know the reason for the break-up between my “love” (hereinafter referred to as blog, in case you set your karpanai horse galloping ) I was ‘supposedly’ on vacation with my parents.. Initially I thought I should update 6 different posts since wordpress is sweet enough to allow me to edit the date and time of publishing.. But then I couldn’t think of that much to write.. So thought I will write one blog by dating the events.. In fact I sat with my mom one evening and recollected where we went on each day from the day we started.. She helped, despite the fact that I spend more time blogging than with her.. She did not have much of a choice there…
The very reason for my vacation was, “I was working so hard that I needed a break” – apdinu sonna enna kalleduthu adinga.. My mom was working so hard that she needed a break.. So as a poruppaana daughter I thought I will take her some place so that she could rest.. We chose Yercaud.. I made sure I was the poruppaana daughter throughout the vacation.. I did not have my laptop and there was no mobile signal at the resort most of the time.. So now it’s my turn, did not have much of a choice there..
So here goes..
May 16th, 2011
Slept at 1.30 AM.. Woke up at 5 AM, got ready and left the house by 6.. Of course there was last minute packing.. The first time we went for a vacation by car with this driver.. As usual he was late.. Car a rendu dhadava idichar.. Very rare but this time he managed to hurt the car badly.. And yes paadhi dhooram ponadhukapparam my parents were asking me if I took all mobile chargers, tooth brush, tablets, lottu, losukku, aatukutti, etc.. I patiently grit my teeth and said yes for everything.. Finally asked, “ippo illanu sonna u-turn a poda poreenga, gammuna vaanga”.. The questions stopped there.. Good!! Halted at Vellore Saravana Bhavan and had a proper breakfast.. My mom was happy that I had a good breakfast.. Normally I struggle to eat in the morning.. My driver succeeded in making me yell at him.. He did not notice that my mom was getting off the car and he started the car.. I obviously lost my temper instantly.. His mission accomplished.. Good she did not get hurt.. Reached Sterling Resorts for lunch.. Lunch was great.. Did not expect it to be after climbing around 200 steps to our room which was I believe the last in the resort itself.. Kadaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee room.. Appove I was thinking ipdi than daily nadakanuma innum 5 days ku, romba sandosam.. I had a feeling they will say no room service.. Nalla vela.. But even if you order tea/coffee they take minimum half hour because of the distance.. Idhula once the guy brought tea instead of coffee and paavam went back.. But the view from the room was awesome.. The view was better than the views from any of the view points in the whole place.. The first view point we visited on the very first day was funnily called ‘Lady’s seat’.. Yen nu therla.. To be honest we were not interested in asking also.. The view was different from there but not as good as the one from our room.. We went for a walk in the evening.. Climate was pleasant..
May 17th, 2011
Woke up late.. Had breakfast.. Went to rose garden.. Pretty mokka place when compared to the ones in Ooty and Kodaikanal.. But since the weather was nice, it was a good walk around the place.. Then went to some place called Pakoda point – another one of those view points.. The best part in this place was the cholam (called American Corn, God knows for what) and the fruit platters sold.. The corn selling lady was very nice.. I was thinking whether or not to buy the corn.. En mind voice a catch pantu she gave me a sample to taste.. She was pretty confident that I will buy once I tasted the sample.. And I did.. It was real awesome.. We got a fruit platter as well which had water melon and pineapple.. The pineapple was the best I have ever tasted.. Then had lunch at some local hotel.. Yercaud is full of pepper.. And coffee plants.. Pepper na pepper apdi oru pepper.. Pepper pepper everywhere.. Even the dishes will be chicken pepper fry, mutton pepper fry.. Pepper pepper fry than korachal..
May 18th, 2011
Woke up late, again.. It was a temple day… Visited all temples in Yercaud.. Rajarajeshwari temple.. Servaraayan temple… This was in a cave where we had to bend till the altar.. It is an idheegam that the cave ends in Karnataka.. Therla.. 5 nimisham bend pannadhuke mudhugu gaali.. Idhula Karnataka verikam poguma nu yaaru paakardhu.. Idheegama, seri ok.. Nalladhunu kumbudu potutu we came.. Then we went to Maha Meru temple.. There were hoardings everywhere that it was the world’s largest gopuram.. Poi paatha gopurame kaanam.. But it was a nice temple.. newly constructed.. The wood work was awesome.. The surrounding was very pleasant.. Colour colour a poochi.. We proceeded to a place called Kiliyur falls.. But unfortunately the way was pretty slippery and many could not access it.. Got back to the Reosrt and had lunch.. We had a visitor who came via the window (epdi thorandhaarnu therla) and skillfully stole an apple.. Mr.Monkey.. Avaru paatuku edho avaru veetla naanga thangi irukaa maari vandhu apple eduthutu poitaar.. God knows how he sensed it.. (He/she nu epdi theriyum nu keka koodaadhu, I just thought of calling it a he, avlodhaan).. Actually Resort la neraya monkeys.. But not much of experiences except this one
May 19th, 2011
Obviously woke up late.. Visited the botanical garden.. Nice place maintained by the Central Government.. But not maintained properly.. Variety of plants and flowers.. Would be better if maintained more cleanly.. Too many uneven steps.. So had to take care of my Dad.. My mom made one statement, “Nee kalyaanam aagi poita naandhane ungappava paathukanum.. I dunno why, the only dialogue that came to my mind was the one in the Pokiri lift scene, “Andha paradesi mattum en kaila kedachaan”.. Told my mom, she had a hearty laugh.. She is also looking for a “Nerayya padicharakanum, pereeeeeeeeya job la irukanum, romba rommmmba nallavara irukanum” kinda maapla for her daughter.. Then proceeded to Annamalai temple.. The temple was closed but the surrounding was very nice.. A big family was sitting on the ground and singing old Tamil songs.. ‘Andha naal nyaabagam nejile vandhadhe’ was sung very dramatically by everyone.. They were having fun and we had fun watching them.. Sat at the temple itself for a while and then went for lunch.. We had lunch at a hotel called Shervaroys.. Awesome place and great food.. A very tastefully built and decorated hotel.. Very stylish.. They had vaathus and vaankozhis.. Not for eating.. But for watching.. They had a pond around which all these birds were kept.. Beautiful surrounding.. The swans were very pretty.. Took photos.. Got back to the Resort.. The ppl in the next room had kept the room’s window open.. Monkeys vandhu velayaaditu poitaanga.. Paavam.. Had chilly cheese toast in the evening.. An on-site sales person had come to meet us regarding upgradation of membership.. A bright young boy.. It is nice to meet talented sales people who are very polite and they don’t force you to buy..
May 20th, 2011
Till now was writing based on the notes I had written sitting along with my mom… Inime naane recollect pannanum.. This day was check-out day.. The stay at the sterling resorts was awesome.. There are very few places that I don’t feel like leaving.. This was one such place.. My mom also got very attached to the room.. She kept saying “bye bye room, bye bye monkeys, bye bye tea table”.. The resort had a cage with rabbits.. Very cute ones.. Bid adieu and headed to Hogenakkal.. Read it is a Kannada word.. Reached in the evening.. Had lunch and stayed at Hotel Tamilnadu.. The room looked okay at the face of it.. But nights were horrible.. Insects insects insects.. Aaargh!!! Unclean place.. Bad service.. It was a drishti pottu to the entire vacation.. Couldn’t sleep properly.. Eppo edhu vandhu mela vizhumnu theriyaadhu.. Went to the falls in the evening.. Mad rush of people.. Took the ‘parisal’ ride.. According to my mom it is ‘parisil’.. Holy angels la padichaanga.. Wat to do.. The parisal oatravar was a pretty entertaining character.. First time parisal oatra chinna paiyan maari excited a edho kadha sollite vandhaar.. Endha padathoda shooting enga eduthaanga nu he was telling… He named so many movies, none of which my dad has seen.. But my dad was reacting as if he has seen all those movies just not to cut the excitement of the parisal oatravar.. Then I asked about the Raavanan shoot location.. Inga than apdi nu oru paaraya kaamchaar.. Naandhaan Abhishek Bhachan kum vikram kum parisal oati kootitu vandhen.. I felt honoured cos I could write something entertaining in my blog after all.. An awesome journey.. There were sales ladies selling soft drinks and chips in parisals.. Sad part was the number of plastic bottles dumped in the waters.. Makkal thirundhave mataanga..
May 21st, 2011
Went to the falls again.. Found a place where we could sit and dip our legs in the running water… Got bitten by kutti kutti fish.. Sat there for around an hour watching kids having fun in the water.. Specially the way one year olds and two year olds enjoy.. Treat to watch.. Got back to the room and packed..
May 22nd, 2011
Vacation ended.. I was happy leaving this place.. A very mokka stay.. Had aambur biryani at aambur for lunch.. Super tasty.. Got back home at 5 in the evening..
For people (including me) who have been thinking that Yercaud has nothing much to see, here is a list:
- Rose Garden
- Botanical Garden
- Pakoda point – do not miss the cholam and pineapple
- Annamalai temple
- Raja Rajeshwari temple
- Servarayan temple
- Shervaroys hotel
- Maha Meru temple
- Kiliyur falls
- Sterling resorts offers safaris, trekking, etc..
No mobile network was working at the Resort.. But invariably there was network whenever a client called.. And full signal was there outside the hotel.. So was in regular touch with office people.. Most of the times signal will be there at a particular step (out of those 200 steps) and I will sit there itself and finish my office calls.. Enga nagandha signal poidumonu.. Called up my CFO from the hotel to inform him that there was no signal.. He said, “Very lucky ma”.. But eppo phone panna mudiyaadho aapo than clients will mail that they want someone to come and meet them or collect payment.. Enna koduma sir..
To be very honest, my team worked pretty well during my absence.. Suganthi was under great pressure but she handled it well.. Thank you.. My new BDE caught me when I was in the parisal journey.. Vidaama she kept calling until there was signal.. Kadamai unarchi..
So finally vacation has come to an end.. Naaliki office.. My BDE has given me loads of client visits..
1. The whole process of writing this blog.. Was nice re-living it.. My mom will start off from tomorrow.. Idhe neram last week naama inga ponom anga ponom..
Finally, THE much awaited DARSHAN! – Thalaivar 2.0!
Pardon me, but you’re obviously mistaking me for someone who gives a damn
இந்த டைம்ஸ் ஆப் இந்தியா காரனுங்களுக்கு விவரமே தெரியாது போல # “Tough first night for Kani “
கடிகாரத்தில் 10 நிமிடம் வேகமாக வைத்திருப்பது கடிகாரத்தை மட்டுமே சுறுசுறுப்பாக வைத்திருக்கிறது,நான் எப்போதும் 10நிமிடம் தாமதம்தான்
குழந்தையின் பிறப்பை ஆவலுடன் எதிர்பார்ப்பது போல்,வயதுமுதிர்ந்தவரின் மரணமும் நேரடியாகவோ மறைமுகமாகவோ எதிர்பார்க்கபடுகிறது
Will blog regularly from tomorrow.. Take care.. Until my next blog