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My Happy Places – 6 Places I Would Rather Be Right Now

by Vidya Sury May 20, 2012 23 comments
My happy places

Today, I’d rather be in my happy place than at work. But I have miles to go before I sleep. Yes, friends, it has been a busy week, extending into a busy weekend with work deadlines to be met. I love it – yet with barely four hours of sleep each night over the last six days, I’ve been secretly wishing I could go to any one of the following places.

I am yearning to:

  • Slow down a little
  • Breathe a little
  • Play a little
  • Watch a movie with my son
  • Catch up on my reading
  • Try a couple of new recipes
  • Go shopping

That’s just the tip of my to-do iceberg. And yes, I will get to it in the coming week, after my crazy-busy work schedule eases off on Tuesday (hopefully). Until then, let me fantasize. Please feel welcome to join me in my fantasy! Here, then, are some of . . .

My happy places – where I’d rather be right now!

This gorgeous scene is from our visit to the Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad. The blue sky, ancient monument, the lawns, the history, the sheer serenity of our surroundings took our breath away. After all the walking, it was lovely to stand and stare.

My happy places

Another view of the Golkonda fort. Couldn’t get enough of this beautiful place I’ve visited so many times. When we lived in Hyderabad, it was customary to take all our guests on a sightseeing tour of the city, and it definitely included this iconic fort. We would carry picnic lunches and have a fabulous time. My happy places

The scene below is at the Mysore Zoo. The lake had ducks swimming around with their little ones. It was just so peaceful to look at the ripples in the water with the warm sunshine on our faces.

My happy places

We also visited the Ranganthittu bird sanctuary near Mysore. A beautiful spot with interesting stone arrangements. The bird sanctuary, of course, was fantastic. We took a boat ride around the sanctuary and then spent time in nature.

My happy places

This gorgeous statue is at the Mysore Zoo. Sitting comfortably in the middle of a large pond–isnt the goddess of wealth beautiful?

My happy places

A great trip to Horsley Hills took us back to nature as we wandered around, admiring the greenery, birdsong and the prehistoric trees there.

My happy places

Have a wonderful week ahead, folks!


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Terri Sonoda May 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Ooooohhh I love your happy places! Wish I could visit them with you. That would be more than lovely, my friend! I hope your work goes quickly and smoothly, and you are able to take some time and enjoy some of those things on your list. Thinking of you today, as always, and wishing you lots of love and peace. XOXOs

Vidya Sury May 21, 2012 at 3:00 am

Hugs! Terri. Best part is – they’re all easily accessible places! Thanks for your lovely wishes! And all the best to you with your interviews and assignments! Looking forward to your success 😀

Betsy at Zen Mama May 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I always look so forward to my Sundays in India! My school ended last Thursday and I am doing all those things you are going to do! We saw a movie yesterday, I’m gardening today and I began working on my next book yesterday morning!! So exciting!! By the way, where is this incredible happy place???

Vidya Sury May 21, 2012 at 3:02 am

These places span three cities, Betsy. I’ve lived in all of them, so they’re all my cities 😀 The last photo is very precious to me. When you visit me, I’ll take you to all of them. I am glad you’re enjoying a break, because I know how hard you’ve been working! I am going to join you in the revelry soon! 😀

Galen Pearl May 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Is there some way to make work a happy place? But I know it’s not the same. I went up to my cabin this weekend and just sat and read a whole book! Ahhh, now that was a happy place!

Vidya Sury May 21, 2012 at 3:03 am

Galen, for me, work IS a happy place 😀 I could go to any of those places with my laptop and get on with what am doing :D. I’d love to see pictures of your cabin – you’ve mentioned it a number of times! 😀 Hugs. Cabin + a whole book = bliss!

Nita Davis May 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Very pretty happy places. Hope your week goes well and you are able to get to have a good amount of you time.

Vidya Sury May 21, 2012 at 3:15 am

Thank you, Nita! I will 🙂 I am glad you stopped by – have a wonderful week ahead!

Cathy | Treatment Talk May 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Hi Vidya,

Beautiful happy places. I can see why you want to go there. Thanks for sharing. Have a peaceful day!

Vidya Sury May 21, 2012 at 3:05 am

Hi Cathy! thank you! 🙂 I love those places for the memories they evoke! I wish you a great week ahead too!

La Principessa Errante May 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm

What gorgeous, gorgeous shots. These happy places are just divine.

Vidya Sury May 21, 2012 at 3:20 am

Thank you, Cindy! Loved your post too! Glad you came by!

Keetha Broyles May 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Vidya, those are some gorgeous places to go for a bit of R&R, but if it was I who had spent all those hours at work with so little sleep, the place I’d like BEST to go would be to my own cozy little living room couch.

Vidya Sury May 21, 2012 at 3:05 am

Keetha – my favorite place IS my living room – that’s where I put my feet up and work (thank you, laptop). But I thought posting a pic of my living room would not be as interesting as these pictures, which are lovely places too. Oh yes, I totally endorse my own living room couch. Thank you for coming by!

Harleena Singh May 21, 2012 at 5:13 am

Love the wonderful pictures Vidya!You always do come up with such wonderful snaps and keep all of us enchanted, great hobby I must say! And yes such places are wonderful when we want a get-away after having worked so hard and meeting deadlines. :)Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Vishnu May 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

The last photo is my favorite! That’s one powerful Goddess!

Kimberly May 22, 2012 at 12:17 am

I hope that you do get to slow down my friend. I did and let me tell you…it sure helps to heal the mind.
Gorgeous pictures as always my friend. xoxo

Michelle May 22, 2012 at 6:01 am

I’d like to visit your happy places too! I hope it gets better soon and you get to cross some of those items off your list.

My Inner Chick May 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

–Besides loving you, Vidya,
I love your shots of the Statues…..
WOW. It makes one want to pray to her God.

Xxxx Love

thoughtstomull.com May 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Oh, my! How will you choose from so many happy places?! They all look so inviting and peaceful!

Unknown Mami May 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm

It’s Tuesday and I hope things have slowed down for you.

Nikky44 May 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Great peaceful places!!!

Lori Gosselin May 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hi Vidya! Those are beautiful happy places! I read about your peaceful activities which you crave and anticipate and realize that today I’ve had to slow down a bit (thanks to a sore arm from too much repetitive work – pushing too hard) and enjoy my visit with my kids. I’ll catch up later – that’s all there is to it!
You always inspire me.


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