As a vast majority of my readers know, the best trip I've ever been to was to Manali in my final year of engineering college. (This was the 'Techno-trip' and comprised of people who had been involved with organizing an event called Technodrome in college. I made some very good friends while working for this event.) In fact it had such an impact on me that I've actually written two posts about it. Here you go: http://swappinglives.blogspot.com/2007/05/greatest-nostalgia-inducing-trip-of-my.html and http://swappinglives.blogspot.com/2007/05/manali-trip-2003-contd.html .
As a minor digression, do you sometimes go back and read some stuff you've written earlier and absolutely cringe at how badly you've written. And then cringe some more that you thought it was a epitome of awesome writing at the time of writing it? It happens a lot to me. And these two posts are definitely prime examples of this happening. I couldn't bear to read these two posts in their entirety.
Anyway, coming to the crux of this post, we're doing the Techno Trip again!!
This idea came in when I was visiting Delhi over my birthday in August. Sitting together at R's place PS, R and I decided that we HAVE to do another trip in which all of us from the original Techno trip will go on one more trip. Now i'll be frank with you, i wasn't expecting this plan to go anywhere. Getting 5-6 people from across the country to come together, get leaves and generally take a break from their lives is a bit difficult. But the desire to relive the DCE trip days was too strong to resist. In just over a month the dream is being realised!
Ok so the plan post all iterations (which included Mumbai, Murud, Jazeera, Kashid, Coorg, Ooty, Goa and even Singapore) is that we meet at the Delhi airport tonight and drive to Kasauli (350 odd kilometers from Delhi) ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasauli )and vacation there till Saturday after which we go back to our dreary lives with some more glorious memories.
Its been so long that the entire gang has been together without any timelines or other engagements that it seems a bit unreal that this plan is actually going through.
I wouldn't like to raise your hopes, but there is some talk about making this an annual affair. I shall update you as more details trickle in...