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Happy Hours Make Happy Days

Happy Hours begin

There is never a dearth of happy hours in my life.  They can never hide from me – I usually find them by instinct. The week gone by was pretty much fun, what with Vidur being at home, enjoying his study holidays. Did I say enjoy? Yes. In fact, he came up with the phrase happy hours to describe these two weeks before his exams begin.  We’ve been having a pleasant time at home, cooking, clutter clearing, working and going out. Did I say going out? Yes, I did! After almost a month and a half, I actually put on footwear to go out!

Remember that post I wrote about Myntra? Well, those guys organized a get together for their valued customers on March 8. I took Vidur along and we had a very good time meeting the team, a fun evening wrapped up with a really nice dinner. They gifted me a bottle of wine.

Happy Hours Myntra

On the occasion of Women’s Day, they also had a special offer called “Happy Hours” with solid discounts and I enjoyed shopping some stuff for my friends.

By the way, the week before, I had a nice time being interviewed by Matthew McEwan and talking about being an early riser. Do check it out!

To celebrate being mobile again, I decided to spend a few happy hours making plans for vacation-time coming right up after Vidur’s exams are over at the end of this month. Well, not exactly mobile, as I still can’t twiddle my toes – but “better than before” is a great state to be in. believe me.

If  there is one place I am eager to visit again, it is north east India – Sikkim in particular. Remember I posted about feathered friends and landscapes from there last year in June? Oh, what bliss. This time, rather than get a travel agent do the planning, I’ve decided to look for air tickets and do it all myself right from the itinerary to the accommodation to the local travel. It is a good thing we visited once, so that is an advantage. But it was such a short trip it just wasn’t enough. It literally rained on our parade and it wasn’t safe to visit all the places we had planned.

So let me show you some of the sights we missed during our trip, through my dear friend Ravi’s eyes. Yep, he was the one who inspired me to visit Sikkim and generously as always, he says his pictures are my pictures. I like it. A lot.

Here we go then!

Let the happy hours begin!

This is a beautiful sight! The Teesta river undulates all over the place and is full of energy. It flows like someone is chasing it. Lovely memories!

Teesta bridge happy hours

Tiger bridge over river Teesta on the way from Siliguri to Gangtok. The road over the bridge leads to Tibet.

I am so sad we didn’t visit the Rumtek Monastery last time. I love monasteries. I believe Gangtok alone has more than 200. My dream is to visit them all. I love the glimpse of a monastery as we travel, safely sheltered in nature. Sigh! Look at the skies!

Rumtek Monastery happy hours

Inside Rumtek Monastery

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Inside view of the Rumtek Monastery

Now this is a sight I never tire of seeing. You know, all the drums rotate together during prayer time. It is a beautiful sight.

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The prayer wheels of Rumtek Monastery

Here’s a little monk at the Labrang Monastery

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One of the young monks at the Labrang Monastery

Butter lamps – they light hundreds of them! and it is such a gorgeous sight.

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Butter lamps at the Dom Monastery, Ravangla

Every where we travel in the north-east, there are prayer flags of different types, shapes and sizes.

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The prayer flags fluttering away on the mountain slopes

Here’s a cute shot of school kids dressed in their traditional clothes all ready to attend a function! What sweet smiles!

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Cute young kids of the local school in Ravangla all dressed up in traditional attire for a function

Here’s a unique sight. White prayer flags

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Prayer flags on the road to LingBon Monastery

And what is life without some spice and variety?

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The fiery hot red chillies of Sikkim

I am so looking forward to visiting the Northeast again. I hope it happens soon. Armed with our air ticket and our backpack, there is no limit to the joy we will experience this trip.

I just realized that ten years ago, our budget was limited to train and bus travel. We just couldn’t afford it. But today, I am grateful we can, at least once a year. And thanks to air tickets India is such a fabulous destination and there are so many places to go, sights to see. My fondest wish is to see as much of India as possible over the next ten years.

So that’s an account of my happy hours.

What incident do you recall that you would dub happy hours?

And now, off to Unknown Mami’s place. From there, who knows where we’ll go! One thing is guaranteed though. It will be a fantastic trip!

Unknown Mami

Have a great week ahead!

 

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31 Comments

  • Reply
    Mrs CAROLYN DANIELLE HUGHES
    March 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I love my trips into your world Vidya. Your words and photos are so vivid and so beautiful. Thank you 🙂
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    Carolyn Hughes
    March 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Not sure why my name has come up in full in my reply Vidya. It looks a bit formal!!!
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    Terri Sonoda
    March 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    LOVE all the beautiful pictures, especially that one of the school childrean. Precious! I’m glad you are mobile once again, my friend! I’m still looking forward to that day. I am excited, though, because in 3 weeks, my son will be visiting and we will have some of those “happy hours” together. He has been bitten by the photo bug, so he’s going to help me get the cover art finalized for my new book. He’s also going to cook for me! He’s on a vegetarian diet and swears he’ll get me to like it. The jury is still out on that one!
    Lovely post, my friend. XOXO’s
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      Vidya Sury
      March 14, 2013 at 7:30 am

      That sounds great, Terri! I want to hear all about when your son visits! A man cooking is a wondrous thing! 😀 Can’t wait to read your next book – am sure it is going to be even better than Sara’s Sleep because you are among my favorite writers!

      I fondly remember your post about going veg! 😀 Hugs. I am sure it will be more fun with your son! Love you, my friend!!
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    Ravi A V Kumar
    March 11, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Sikkim is awesome. would definitely go back there. It is indeed a photographer’s paradise.. Actually was planning to go there last April if my Kashmir trip did not materialize.. but it did, so Sikkim-2 had to wait 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      March 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Welcome, Ravi. Your fabulous photos got here long before you did! Oh yes, Sikkim is a place I definitely want to visit again! And after seeing your Kashmir photos, my list of places to go is only becoming longer! 🙂 And yes, Ahd is definitely on it.

      So happy to see you here! Hugs, Vidya
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    BLOGitse
    March 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Beautiful shots!
    There would be so much to see in India…but it’s great to see your memories, better than nothing!
    Have a good week!
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    Leovi
    March 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Exquisite pictures, yes, I like as much as your happy hours, are gorgeous!
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    Debbie
    March 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Beautiful picture Vidya. Thank you for sharing them. i most likely will never make it to India, but if I ever do, will be sure to let you know.

    There is many places here in the USA that i need to go see. That is one of my goals. I am one that like the road trips. Love just getting in the car and driving.

    Thanks again for sharing these pictures. Love them
    Debbie
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    Anne-Sophie
    March 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Your photos make me want to go to India even more (It’s always been a dream of mine to visit this beautiful subcontinent…). LIke you, I love to travel and I have so many great memories of visiting countries all over the world that it’s impossible to list them all. They all made me happy and thinking about the trips makes me smile every single time. 🙂
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    Evelyn Lim
    March 12, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Beautiful shots, Vidya. One day, I would like to explore the less traveled places on Earth like Sikkim.

    Like you, I enjoy it when my girls are off from school. Granted it means that I do less work but it is nice to have them around.

    You sure sound like you lead a very blissful life. How lucky you are! In Singapore, life has become extremely stressful. And so, I rarely come across people who tells me that they are having a happy life. I just can’t help smiling reading your post 🙂

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    Vishnu
    March 12, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Vidya so great the photos just like the photos of the trip you posted. Looking forward to seeing your photos from the next trip. Hope you’re having fun planning the trip which is usually more fun than the trip sometimes – the excitement and possibilities:) My next trip is Israel – I can’t wait to go and almost did a couple months back but did not work out. I know it’s going to the most spiritual experience of my life.

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    Kimberly
    March 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Oh sweets…I know that I haven’t commented in a while but know that I read every single one of your posts from my iPod while getting the boy child ready for school.
    You bring so much happy to my morning. I just wanted you to know that xo
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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    March 12, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I just love Ravi’s photos, especially the one of the school children. Can’t wait to hear about your next trip! Good luck to Vidur on this exams. I know he’ll do well!!
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    Jodi @ Heal Now
    March 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Hppy hours is cuddling with my daughter at night. It is especially great when i don’t have to get up afterwards and do work, and I know I could then just move to cuddling with the hubby and blissful sleep!
    xoJ
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    Sandi Amorim
    March 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Happy hours include:
    – my days of silence at my favourite retreat
    – belly laughs with my sister
    – travelling with my husband
    – cooking dinner for friends

    A beautiful post Vidya. Thanks for asking the question. xoS
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    Josh
    March 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Happy Hours come from just reading your posts. I love the pictures and the glimpse of life in India.
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    Shann
    March 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful post. I love the images!
    Happy Hours include:
    Time with my family
    Hiking the shores of Lake Michigan
    Sacred Goddess time with my best friend
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    Galen Pearl
    March 13, 2013 at 12:12 am

    So glad you are mobile again! And as always I love your travel posts and photos. You are an adventurer!
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    Star Traci
    March 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Yay for happy hours and happy days! We are on school holiday right now and we are doing much the same — balancing fun going-outs and clutter clearing! Hope the happy days continue even after the holidays end!
    🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      March 14, 2013 at 7:03 am

      Ah that’s the best, Traci! I am doing exactly the same thing! Hugs and happy, happy hours to you!

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    My Inner Chick
    March 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Stunning.
    Is the little boy really a MONK? Tell me more…
    Amazing.
    I want to be a Christan Monk! Is this possible.
    Love you more than melting dove chocolate.
    xxxxxxxxxxxx
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      Vidya Sury
      March 14, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Huggggs KiM! 😀 You really make me smile! Isn’t he cute? I think there are Christian monks. Not sure though.
      Love you more than Lindt’s thin mints 😀

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    Pamela
    March 14, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Thank you beautiful friend. And what a gorgeous bridge!
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      Vidya Sury
      March 14, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Yo Pamela! Yes, it looks so dreamlike! Sort of makes me think of Annalise type stories! 😀 Hugs.

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    vanita
    March 14, 2013 at 10:10 am

    those red chilis? i have them in my freezer. though i think ours are imported from Guyana, i’m sure they’re ust as wicked spicy. i sat here and looked at the bridge picture for the longest time. i may have ignored you on messenger but now u know why. that bridge, the length of it, the width of the river…just wow. i don’t think i could cross it. it’s just so wide. i can see myself freaking out that the bridge will collapse or something before i reached the other side. 😀 good luck with the trip planning. i hear it starts out super exciting but becomes a lot of work. so glad you’re walking around and u guys are having a great time!
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    Unknown Mami
    March 15, 2013 at 12:32 am

    My life is always full of happy hours.
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