Exactly three years ago, right after finishing my undergrad studies, I set off to India for about two months to spend the rest of my summer there. Hands down, it was the best summer I've had to date. No two months have ever been so relaxing and fun. I can't believe it's been three years, because it feels like yesterday.
Summer 2007 -
I was eating my Aaji's homemade Amti-Bhaat, Daalimbyanchi Usal, Kadhi Khichadi, Solkadi, Anarse, Satorya, Shrikhand, and other countless awesome Maharashtrian delicacies. Not that Aai doesn't make them here, but authentic Indian food in India is something else all together. I can't help but think about how 'chilled out' I was, after accomplishing what I wanted to accomplish during my undergrad years.
I was in Mumbai, jumping off and on Churchgate Fast locals. Street shopping. Eating Chhabildas' Batata Wadas. Drinking Piyush at Panshikars. Hanging out at Bandstand. Sleeping with my head in my Aaji's lap. It was all a great time. Ever since I was two till when we came to the US, I've spent every summer in Mumbai, but this one had it's own charm; one which I can't express in words.
I visited to Goa for a holiday within a holiday! I went to Pune and Aurangabad to visit my relatives. Tulshibaag in Pune, Panchakki in Aurangabad, and beaches in Goa. It was bliss personified!
I'm longing to go back home right now. It's weird, my friends call me crazy because I live with my family, yet call Mumbai my home. I guess it is a little off-beat. I'm yet to decide where home is. NJ or Mumbai?