Cheat Sheet Principle of Life: ‘The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the sea’, as quoted by Karen Blixen, a Danish author.
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Fisherman’s Cove and Mahabalipuram, on a team offsite. This quote clung to my brain during the time I spent at Fisherman’s Cove. No matter how many times I go to a beach, I am always amazed by the vastness of the sea, the mysteries beneath it and the power it holds in its waves. I am also soothed by the touch of the grainy sand beneath my feet and the steady hum of the waves, like the heartbeat of the sea. We stayed at Fisherman’s Cove, on the first day of the trip.
On the second day we went on a day trip to Mahabalipuram. It is also known as Mamallapuram. We visited the Shore Temple, Krishna’s Butter Ball and another monument at Mahabalipuram. The guide at Shore Temple mentioned that the Shore Temple has been standing for 1300 years. The locals feel proud that the Tsunami in 2004, has not affected the Shore Temple, but rather revealed new ruins.
There were many vendors at the entrance of the Shore Temple. Most of them sold multi-colored chains and they were persistent in their quest of finding a buyer. When one of my colleagues who is a North Indian said that he does not want to buy anything in Kannada, the seller demanded in Hindi, that he should speak Tamil. Well, I guess it will take a little bit more time for the Tamilians to forgive the Kannadigas after the recent Amma jail episode.
The trip ended with lunch at Sarvana Bhavan and return trip to Bangalore in the Shatabdi Express. Tamil sambar is indeed tasty and different. The train journey was comfortable. Sometimes, I got the feeling that I was in a flight. The texture of the seats, the arrangement of the seats, the luggage racks on the top, the food service and the good suspension system of the train gave me a false in-flight experience.
On the whole it was a great trip with the team!